Howdy. Zandar here. I understand
foul-mouthed vitriol inside jokes introductions are in order, so let’s start this off. You’re probably wondering who I am and why I’m here. I’m not terribly sure about the latter (or why John Cole believes I should be here other than I’m “interesting”) but the former is easy enough. Before we begin, however, let’s get something out of the way.
I have no pets.
Not even goldfish. Not even a stolen road cone named “Murray the Obtuse.” No pets have I. I live in an apartment building in the Cincinnati suburbs of northern Kentucky which doesn’t allow pets, so I’m basically pretty good with that. I like animals, I just don’t have any. Kinda bachelory over here too. You might have seen me at my blog (where I yell at Rand Paul a lot) or some of the other blogs I contribute to, so if you’re wondering “who the hell is this guy, anyway?” I’ve left a lot of digital evidence around as to how my mind works, such as it is.
I like the Atlanta Braves, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the Duke Blue Devils. I’ve been known to make a number of pointless eighties movies references for no apparent reason, and to me the only Doctor Who is Tom Baker (Nothing against the new guys. Love the new series. New guys are not Tom Baker.) I like my Kindle, I hate coffee, and I come from a long line of Long Island Catholic Democrats (which is funny because I was adopted when I was three days old.) I was born in Nebraska, grew up in North Carolina as the oldest child of four, and now live in Kentucky. I do IT work for a Fortune 100 company and I’m in my mid-30’s.
The last ten minutes of Meet The Robinsons makes me cry every damn time. I refer to John Boehner as “Orange Julius”. I do not like oatmeal, but I enjoy a pickle, pastrami, and pepperoni sandwich on rye with Tabasco sauce with the best of them. I played tuba in high school and was pretty decent.
Mostly however, I am an unapologetic supporter of Barack Obama. I don’t always agree with all of his policies, those of you who have read my stuff are aware of my vehement disagreement with his choice of Tim Geithner as Treasury Secretary and there are a number of things I feel he could have improved on a civil liberties perspective. But given the alternative, I’ll vote for him again in 2012 without hesitation for a number of reasons, chief of which is the fact he really has been the most progressive President we’ve had in decades if not generations. I believe the Republican Party is all but lost right now, that its leaders do not understand basic macroeconomics, and that have resigned themselves to misguided and dangerous efforts to disenfranchise the voting rights of millions of Americans because it’s the only way they can retain power, and I think that’s the largest issue we face as a country today. I write because I feel that this needs to be addressed and both issues do not get enough attention, so I fling posts into the abyss out of the vain hope that I can make “a difference.”
That anyone listens to what I have to say is coincidental, I assure you. Anyway, I am terribly grateful to be in the presence of writers I have a lot of respect for, as well as a community that dwarfs my own comfortable environs by about two orders of magnitude. I’ve been called up from AAA to pitch in the rotation, as it were. I will try not to implode the place.
Maybe I’ll get a hedgehog, too. Who knows.