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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Irritable Liberal Syndrome is one year old

I started this blog on the advice of some friends and launched the blog on March 25, 2010.  My first post was during the final days of the debate about the Affordable Care Act more commonly known as health care reform. A watered down version of the original intended bill passed with fierce resistance from the GOP which precipitated an assault on the bill that is still ongoing.

The Republicans knew they didn't have the votes to stop it but put forward amendment after amendment to try to slow it down or kill it. My favorite amendment was to deny convicted sex offenders free Viagra, one of the few sensible amendments. The irony was that the Republicans chose Se. David Vitter (R-LA) to propose it. If you recall, Vitter survived a scandal about his propensity for frequenting brothels in both Washington DC and New Orleans. It was rumored his particular perversion got him the sobriquet, Vitter the (I'll leave the rest of it to your imagination).

He survived and gave a humble statement to the media with his forgiving wife by his side.

It's been fun but it's also a grind cranking out about 1,100 posts in that time. Readership has grown slowly, a lot slower than I had hoped for but I guess that is par for a crowded blogging world, especially in the politcical arena. They say most blogs don't last more than a couple of months. I have, thanks to my readers and friends who have encouraged and helped me.

I don't plan to stop and hope my readership continues to grow. In these current times there is no shortage of material. As an old Chinese curse goes, 'may you live in interesting times'.

I hope you enjoy my posts. I include a fair amount of irritability, some humor and a lot of music videos, music being one of my true loves which started when I was about 9 years old and my parents, for some unkown reason bought be Jailhouse Rock by Elvis. I heard that wailing sax and was hooked forever. I have no idea why my parents bought the record for me, I certainly didn't ask them to.

I always appreciate reader comments and if you feel inclined, click on an ad once in a while so I can make a few dollars every once in a while.

If there is one thing that gives me pleasure is that my blog is read all over the world despite being largely about American politics.

Thank you one and all and here's to another year of irritable blogging.

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