Test, test, test…1,2,3, umm, is this thing on? I know you’re out there, I saw you post in the last thread.
When I was fifteen, my parents were at a movie and the keys to the truck were right there by the door. I hope this endeavor ends better than that one did. I feel a little like Chief O’Brien, come to think of it.
Well, I won’t be a regular clockwork poster. Firstly because there’s a stable of great writers here already whose work I respect, even as I’ve disagreed with almost all of them at one point or another. Secondly because I have work. And while I do from time to time comment from work, I can’t maintain discussion threads while running around doing service calls. For those of you who don’t know, most of you are my employers because I work for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs as an IT technician. It’s a great job, and I thank you all deeply for paying me to do something I’m fairly good at for people who do important work. You might see some more of my posting vice commenting on the weekends. I’ll likely post about military and veteran issues, computer hardware, some types of computer games, politics (of course), very very occasionally union issues, and whatever else strikes my fancy while trying to stay out of the way of the smarter ones–which is to say all the other front pagers. And now for the obligatory disclaimer–nothing I post should ever be construed as the official position or opinion of the US Government, the Departments of Defense or Veterans’ Affairs, the American Federation of Government Employees, or pretty much anybody else, and sure as hell not John Cole or any of the other Front Pagers.
Now, in addition to the inevitable hair pulling, teeth gnashing, and loud pompous pronouncements that “Balloon-Juice has jumped the shark”–all of which I did the moment John offered me this gig–this is an open thread.
ETA–for those who missed it, here is TPM’s “Debate in 100 Seconds: It’s a Scary World Out There”
Just to let you all know–I was waiting for John to give you all a heads-up/fair warning kind of announcement, but he’s no doubt busy with the second most wonderful dog in the world (after my dog, of course), as he should be. Being me, I got too impatient to wait after he gave me the keys this morning. Since I have family business to attend tomorrow and I understand there’s some kind of feasting event on Thursday, I just hit ‘publish’ at the opportune time.