Friday, June 24, 2005

I HAVE ACCEPTED AN INVITATION to join the Liberal Coalition. This is my first post as a new member; I'll be cross-posting it at Liberty Street.

I have been a reader of Liberal Coalition blogs since shortly after I created my own blog; and it is very special to be invited as a member of this group. It's an honor to be part of a blogging group that includes writers like Elayne Riggs, Echidne, Rivka, John McKay, Trish Wilson, and many more I don't know as well yet, but will before too long!


Friday Blogaround 

We welcome five new members to The Liberal Coalition:

  • Dodecahedron
  • firedoglake
  • Liberty Street
  • Science and Politics
  • Welcome to Gilead

    Please stop by and welcome each one.

    It's been an interesting week out there in the world. Let's see what our take on it is.

  • All Facts and Opinions tackles a burning issue.
  • archy explores just what it would mean if the flag-burning amendment is passed.
  • Bark Bark Woof Woof takes notes on how good the Republicans are at demonizing people.
  • blogAmY wants to know what you think.
  • bloggg goes to a radio show.
  • Chris has a reply for Karl.
  • Collective Sigh on what Dick Durbin should have said.
  • Corrente on getting good help to fight in Iraq.
  • Dodecahedron joins the ranks by pissing off a right-wing blogger.
  • NTodd checks the timetable.
  • Echidne recommends some Princely reading.
  • firedoglake says it's all in the timing.
  • First Draft defines "last throes."
  • The Gamer's Nook gets animated about Star Wars.
  • Happy Furry Puppy on the flag.
  • iddybud on the relevance of the DSM.
  • Jesse finds something Republicans and Saddam Hussein agree on.
  • Left Is Right has some gas pains.
  • Liberty Street has a compilation of comments on Herr Rove.
  • Bryant on eminent domain.
  • Michael on the joys of living in the Land of Lincoln.
  • Pen-Elayne is job-hunting.
  • Rivka at Respectful of Otters has some thoughts on men.
  • Rook's Rant has some strange growths.
  • rubber hose wonders what a queen is worth (don't start...)
  • Science and Politics shares a letter.
  • Scrutiny Hooligans waves the flag.
  • SoonerThought on who's for fighting.
  • Speedkill gets caught in the Vortex.
  • Steve Gilliard shares a letter from the front line.
  • T. Rex has a rhetorical suggestion.
  • The Invisible Library looks at a particular word.
  • Congratulations to Trish on her wedding!
  • Welcome to Gilead looks at theocracy in Ohio.
  • Wanda opens a can on hypocrites and gay-bashers. Go Wanda!
  • WTF Is It Now?? is pissed at Guess-Who.
  • The Yellow Doggerel Democrat has some choice words for Gov. Perry.

    Go read up on The Downing Street Memo and let your voice be heard.

  • Thursday, June 23, 2005

    Horatio Here 

    Hello all,

    First off, let me say how glad I am to be invited to join the Liberal Coalition of bloggers. I'm pretty new to this whole thing, so stuff that might seem trivial to you guys (a comment!!!) just about flips me out. I've been a pretty regular reader of blogs for about 3 years now, but I'd never considered writing my own till about four weeks ago. It's been a lot of fun so far.

    Names have never been easy for me. My birth certificate says I am [redacted], but since there are too many [redacted] in my family (My mother's name is [redacted], (she goes by [redacted]), my father's name is [redacted] (he goes by [redacted]), and my grandfather was [redacted]) my parents called me [redacted]. This is how I am known to 99.9% of the world. So we go from a name that makes one instinctively straighten one's necktie to a name that it is virtually impossible to take seriously. In any case, I felt like I had to have a cool moniker for blogging (like Atrios or Kos), so I settled on [redacted], which is Horatio. This represents a big shift for me seeing as my [redacted].

    I graduated from Dartmouth College in 1999 with a degree in English Literature. My career path was not readily apparent, so first year out of school I lived with a [redacted]. [redacted]. [redacted].

    Now I live in Chicago with my wife and two month old baby daughter. I work [redacted] which is fun because it gives me the opportunity to work alongside Republicans all day long. I am, and have been since I could hold a baseball, pathetically devoted to the Chicago Cubs, an affliction for which there is unfortunately no remedy. For those who don't understand, let me just say that the experience of seeing the Cubs uniform on TV or at Wrigley Field is identical to being in a crowded airport and all of a sudden seeing your brother walk by. It's not really something I can control. I enjoy birdwatching, I love a game of backgammon, and I feel that there is nothing more exhiliarating than going all-in in a game of Hold 'Em.

    I'm glad to be part of this formidable group of bloggers, and I hope that my contributions will add a little bit to it. If you want to get a idea of what I usually like to write about, stop by Dodecahedron for some 12 sided fun. Thanks again.