I mean, I did give out some tasteful and very generous song dedications on the Friday music thread but that’s neither here nor there.  I have no commentary on any of the juicy current events from the last week. You have Jill Stein and Russia; Obama and Hezbollah; McCabe and the Dossier; the tax cut and surprise corporate bonuses; The Alt-Right vs The Last Jedi; Trump and tank killing missiles for Ukraine; Senator Scott and tokenism; and Rosie O’Donnell and a public bribery attempt.  No, I’m not messing with it at this time.

Instead, I offer you peace and tranquility on this holiest of holidays in the West.  A rare moment in political discussion where kindness and agreeableness reigns supreme.  Unfortunately, that requires not discussing politics at all so I’m taking Christmas off.

Not that I would presume to tell you what to do, but I’m totally going to do that and suggest that you should stop reading political blogs and go spend time with family and friends.  Or go, I don’t know, help the homeless or some shit like that if you aren’t on speaking terms with loved ones.  Disconnect and go find you some happiness somewhere, man.

Merry Christmas.


  1. Merry Christmas ya’ll, we got snow for Christmas eve day here , in our new home, we are very happy got family coming up tonight for food and drinks, should be a very nice evening.

  2. Honestly, I figured JimK finally got around to pulling the plug on RT. That site has been a zombie for so long that it’s way past time for a mercy killing.

  3. I found RT right after 9/11, along with Stephen DenBeste and other luminaries of the nascent right wing blogosphere. While I was already conservative I took in many sources to help shape and define what I truly believed and why.

    Lee dying was a blow, since he was not a few years older than me – a contemporary. While carrying on RT was a noble experiment, it’s probapast time to turn the lights off.

    I’ll give Hal credit for trying to shoulder the burden, but when the magic is gone, it’s gone.

  4. I started reading on RTFLC in late 2004/early 2005. I think I’m one of the relative latecomers. If I recall correctly, I stumbled onto it when I was trying to find some information to debunk Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.

    Lee was incredible as a writer and a community-builder. We argued a lot, but I want it known that no matter how vicious we got, I had a tremendous amount of respect for the man and believe we would have been friends under other circumstances. It is my fondest wish that he reads RVS now and again from his laptop in Valhalla and laughs at what a sanctimonious prick I’m being. I’d expect nothing else.

    I agree with you that a fresh start was for the best. Nobody can take Lee’s place in the world, but ensuring that there remains a place in which freethinkers from all sides of the spectrum can discuss the issues of the day with humor and passion is my goal. I am fine with being the Kylo Ren to his Darth Vader as long as it means keeping alive what he started.

  5. I’ve always read both widely and diversely, and often I seek out sources that challenge me to dig deep and objectively justify my beliefs to myself.

    I take nothing on faith specifically because I know how awful humans are, so I always want multiple sources just so I can avoid confirmation biases both implicit and explicit.

    What I don’t need is more posts about how orange literally Hitler is causing the apocalypse by his latest tweet storm. It doesn’t add anything to the conversation. I can get that anywhere.

    That shit is why I unfriended half of the people on my Facebook before I just shut it down. If I didn’t have my kickstarter account tied to it is never log back in.

    While I’ve always been a consumer of blogs, I’ve never been much of a commenter. I don’t need to be. I read this to slaughter my own sacred cows,

    I don’t have to justify my beliefs to anyone I’m not related to by blood or marriage. Also the old adage about arguing on the internet being akin to winning the special Olympics. Life is too short to waste the time on it.

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