November 20, 2003


People sure do like to comment these days, donít they? Man, this place has turned into a miniature LGF since I've been away. Letís see if a return to regular mundane posting doesnít cut things back a little.

Posted by Tim Blair at November 20, 2003 07:16 AM

Tim, your boring little postings will just jam up the works.

Do nothing and they will come.

Posted by: LB at November 20, 2003 at 07:51 AM

You might consider a name change.

> might I suggest Little Green Goalpost

Posted by: papertiger at November 20, 2003 at 08:16 AM

Tim, Great to have you back.

Hope you had an enjoyable visit to my homeland. A bit too warm in Southern CA, si? It's rather similar to our Sunburnt Land, is it not?

Caught your piece in Nov 18 issue of the Bulletin. Loved this:

"(The left have never forgiven Reagan for ending the Cold War; in fact, they dispute that he had anything to do with it, usually giving credit to some commie bystander named Gorbachev.)"

Tim, please have a quiet word with Bulletin TV columnist Patrick Carlyon. He wrote in his 18/11 Jimmy Carter piece:

"Americans did the only sensible thing. They voted Carter out and voted in a B-grade actor instead."

Methinks Patrick is a confused or ignorant, or perhaps both! He NEEDS your wisdom, Tim. Help him clean out the cobwebs, would you?

Or perhaps I could enlighten the dear boy. I was there in New York City, November,1980, campaigning for Reagan in the last desperate days; one of a few voices crying out in the wilderness of the Fuzzy Utopians. It was...challenging.

Let's just say it was a memorable experience being posted outside a Manhattan upper east side polling place on election day. One clever trio approached me smirking, one wearing a "Reagan for Shah" lapel button. How cute. "Laugh now, cry later", I shot back.

I'll never forget the elation and vindication we felt while watching the TV election results in NY Republican HQ. The US map was a sea of blue for Reagan and a few islands of red for Carter. How appropriate the color choices! One could wax eloquent upon the rich symbolism.

Tim, when is the next Blogfest? Thanksgiving Day is coming up fast. I promised before to bring the pumpkin pies. So, what's the word?

Hasta la vista, amigo
Yanqui Virago

Posted by: Yanqui Virago at November 20, 2003 at 09:56 AM

What was the grand Listening Tour (capitals Tim's) all about? Was it just a wanky name for a holiday?

Posted by: Bungled Gloryhole at November 20, 2003 at 10:10 AM

hey, if you can afford to cruise around 'merka in a caddy the size of battlestar galactica you can afford the extra bandwidth

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at November 20, 2003 at 11:09 AM

I liek 2 talk 2 my freinds in teh comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Amos at November 20, 2003 at 12:01 PM

Geeze, about time.

Welcome back. Now get to work!

Posted by: akpm at November 20, 2003 at 12:38 PM

Glad you're back.

Posted by: Donnah at November 20, 2003 at 12:52 PM

Tim who? I thought this was Andrea Harris's blog.

Posted by: Joe Geoghegan at November 20, 2003 at 01:04 PM

Listening involved listening to this

Posted by: iowahawk at November 20, 2003 at 02:55 PM

I think it's time for a new poll.

Posted by: Clarke Kent at November 20, 2003 at 03:20 PM

Yes, a new poll.

I've written it for him:

Tim has just completed a Grand Listening Tour of the United States. Where should his next vacation be?

(a) Taking a vegetarian detox holiday helping out on Philip Adams' farm
(b) On manoevres with the New Zealand navy
(c) Competing in the next Paris-Dakar rally in an automatic Datsun 120Y with Margo Kingston as co-driver
(d) Attending the next International Socialists' annual convention in Birmingham
(e) Joining the Brisbane Lions on their next annual end-of-season trip.

Posted by: ilibcc at November 20, 2003 at 03:47 PM

No, Joe G., just on my server space, which is why I do get concerned about excess trollage. Hope you don't have a problem with that. Though if you do, I've got the tiniest violin in the world all ready to play a sad song for you.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at November 20, 2003 at 04:01 PM

Damn, woman, I meant it in good fun!
You've got an itchy violin finger.

Posted by: Joe Geoghegan at November 20, 2003 at 06:01 PM

Just checking.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at November 20, 2003 at 09:40 PM

Tim you really had me fucking worried. I began to think that roaming around the good old USA you'd start thinking this is a helluva lot better than home. God forbid. I've missed you man and was really beginning to think that you had given up on the tremendous source of pleasure you provide for us eeevil right wingers who desparatley need a spokesman with wit. Mark Steyn can't do it all by himself.

Posted by: John Harman at November 21, 2003 at 08:16 AM

How mundane.

Posted by: Miranda Divide at November 21, 2003 at 12:05 PM

Don't care where you go on yer next trip, Tim, as long as "Dallas, Texas" is on the itinerary. Two or three days should do it.

Posted by: Kim du Toit at November 21, 2003 at 01:06 PM