Welcome to this month’s edition of the open thread, our place for off-topic conversations, news tips, suggestions, discussions of stories no one has bothered to post (at least yet), etc. As 2017 ends and 2018 begins we remind you that the President has said that the war on Christmas is now officially over, so Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and please for the love of the Son, the Father and the Holy Spirit no more debates about whether to wish people a “Happy Festivus” or a “Merry Festivus”, mmmkay?
Speaking of the President, to our knowledge, there is no truth that this song is about him:
2017 was a relatively slow year for IPR, especially towards the end, with no signs at this time that 2018 will be anything but slower. So slow, in fact, that a reader this morning asks:
Is IPR officially dead?
It’s as dead as people want it to be. Quite a few people, yourself included, are signed up to post articles and I can sign up others if they are interested, especially if I know them from the comments here or real life or blogs elsewhere or have verifiable proof they are not one of our trolls in disguise. Every once in a while I get inspired to post a bunch of articles myself, but it’s hard to sustain that momentum when no one else is posting much in the way of articles, when I get busy with other things, when I get depressed, or when there is a lot of nonsense in the comments, or any combination thereof.
At the moment it’s pretty dead. I’m hoping it doesn’t stay dead, but I’m not sure whether or when I am up for trying to revive it yet again if I don’t get much help in doing so.
Or, since we do have that pesky video posting tradition in the Open Threads, here is how me and perhaps some of the past active article posters at IPR feel about it now:
No truth, to our knowledge, that Marilyn Manson is any relation to Augustus Invictus.
And it’s not even that 2017 was all bad. In some ways it was very, very good. For one thing I spent the summer in Kentucky…
And for another…
We’ll see if the bubble bursts in 2018 or just keeps on growing but in the meantime I have started cashing out profits slowly allowing me to retire (at least for now, and maybe forever). I thought I would use the opportunity to make what I thought was a very generous offer to work as a volunteer for my state party full time for 7 months, while bringing in major outside investment to get them on the ballot statewide for the first time in 16 years, but elements of my state party connected with the Mises Caucus and the Alt Right disagree heartily. Details in an upcoming article, if I ever get around to writing it.
With so much drama in the LPA it’s kinda hard being Paulie, hey, but I somehow someway ….
Oh, who am I kidding… about the only thing I have in common with Snoop there is the actual gin and juice. Speaking of which, I was sober from June to late November last year, but from one ceremonial drink when I got back around family for the first time since February on Thanksgiving to the aforementioned LPA drama and well, next thing you know…some people call it a problem, I call it a solution…
Also speaking of LPA, there is no truth, to our knowledge, that former LPA member (and current LPNH chair) Darryl W. Perry is actually also country singer Darryl Lix:
And that’s that for 2017. Here’s resolving to try to make 2018 better. Kind of like these guys and gals:
As for me, I’m back in Alabama and with any luck will be out in the woods before too long. Maybe even somewhere with no wi-fi or cell signal…it’s all good!