Sunday, April 01, 2007

So it's come to this

It's not like I have a lot of readers these days, but I still feel an obligation to let you all know what's what.

I've been posting here for over three years. Before that, I started posting at diet coke for breakfast, and at Elm and Ivy. Along the way I've brought some other people into blogging. And perhaps my proudest achievement has been teaming up with The Man, and eventually several others, to create Blogs4Bauer, which I'm pleased to say is still going strong, even though 24 has been pretty lame this year.

At times, I was a prolific blogger, putting up as many as 10 posts a day. More recently, I've been an absentee blogger, going weeks without any new content. It was exciting for a while to have my brother, tanstaafl, join me over here—but he's starting a new job this week, and will have next to no time to contribute.

For my part, I've been swamped at work. I also have my political obligations, and I'm now on the board at my church. When you get right down to it, I just haven't had the time that this blog requires in order to be worth continuing. I tried to get around that fact with my F'ed Up Fridays feature, which was fun for a while. But recently, even that has been too time-intensive.

Political blogging is hard work. The market is saturated, and in order to keep it interesting, you've got to put in the work. You have to find interesting topics, and you have to do the requisite research in order not to sound like an idiot. And it has to be fun.

For a while, I had so many things I wanted to post about, and just not enough time to do it—that was enough to keep me going. More recently, however, I'm even having trouble making the time to find topics that are interesting to me. That means it's no longer fun. I'm burnt out on politics, and it shows. And it's burnt me out on blogging about politics.

So, I've decided to shutter RFTR.

If there are any topics I just can't pass up, I may throw up a post here now and then. And maybe someday I'll be back full time. For now, I just can't do it anymore.

In closing, I want to thank my friends. Of course, everyone from diet coke for breakfast, particularly tanstaafl and Jake, for getting me started. I've thoroughly enjoyed my political blogging, and that's the only reason I'm bowing out now that it's become a chore.

To all of the rest of my friends, thank you.

The Man, thanks for being a constant friend and providing a perfect example of how to bow out of this when it's not fun anymore. We'll still be in touch, of course, and I look forward to having more time to contribute to B4B. Wyatt, I plan to continue supporting my local gunfighter, and of course continue working with you at B4B. The Boy, you're my only blogging AND facebook friend, so of course you won't get rid of me that easily. Jenn, even though we haven't been talking as much recently, I still enjoy your near-constant righteous indignation. Maybe now I'll be able to call into your radio show more often. I'm lucky enough to get TNNBG's precious little rants by email as well, and I look forward to those continuing. Dave, we also haven't been talking as much recently—but I still love what you have to say, and hope we can get back in touch as time goes on. GaijinBiker, I sincerely miss your wit and wisdom, and hope you return soon. Oh, and that your marriage works out well for you, too. Kobayashi, you're an inspiration—I'm not sure what else I can say. SarahK, we've had our ups and downs, but you're always entertaining. And I still intend to drive you nuts with my skepticism. Jim, I still fully intend to harass you on googletalk every chance I get. The same goes for you, Pam. Exile, I'll see you in a few weeks. And Renee, you know I'll always be reading. And overly critical.

Is that everybody? I hope so. If I forgot you, please don't take offense.

To my readers: it's been great having you along, and if I ever get back into this, I hope that you'll find me again. In the meantime, feel free to contact me at rftr.blogger@gmail.com, and I'll be glad to provide my indignant perspective on the issues of the day.

I wish you all the best.

Sincerely,
RFTR

Friday, March 30, 2007

Yeesh

Watch this whole thing, and then read this.

This is the problem with debates like these. Rosie gets flared up and is just spouting nonsense that someone else spewed to her and she took as fact. What's my first inclination? To look up the melting point of steel. What's hers? To invoke Yale and Harvard in a way that she never honestly intends to follow up on.

Ridiculous.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

F'ed Up Fridays - XIV

Kill them before they kill you.

The mom is right. And now the daughter will pay the consequences. It's really a pretty simple system: bad choices mean bad consequences, good choices mean good consequences.

And when the internet wakes up, you'll never see your car again.

Strippers are all thieves at heart.

Sure, that's what we should be doing—celebrating this guy. Somebody tell him to put the cookie down.

So, what, now we're counterfeiting our own money?

Don't forget about their headaches!

What a waste.

F the French.

Be careful, or you'll wind up with sawdust in places you never knew you had.

Number of hips liable to be broken? Four. (Thanks to Wyatt)

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Sorry for the short post and lack of pictures. As I said earlier, I've had a tough week and didn't have a lot of time to surf for FuF this week. Plus, none of you are helping much with the submissions, so quit your complaining and get to work, ya lazy bums.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Delay of Game

F'ed Up Fridays has been delayed. Due to a killer week, I just haven't had the time to pull the post together.

No worries, though—I have the material and will be posting it either this evening or first thing tomorrow morning.

Of course, that also means you have time to get in your own submissions.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Government Sucks—Figure it Out

Ron Bailey, via Instapundit, points out an important fact about the Walter Reed scandal:

You Wonder What Universal Government Health Care Might Look Like....

Well, look no further than the scandalous mess at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Crappy hospitals, endless waits, mountains of paperwork and, at the end of the day, no real accountability from the people who run the joint. Folks, if the government can't or won't take good care of our injured soldiers, what makes you think that it will take good care of little Sally or Uncle Bill?
There are very few things that government does well, and even fewer that government does better than the private sector.

We have been conditioned—by politicians who either hope to consolidate their own power or are so narcissistic that they think they (and only they) have the solutions to the world's problems—to think that government is a force for good, acting only to better society and to provide what the cold, cruel private sector does not.

There is such a thing as a market externality—these are the problems that the market will not act to solve, and result in situations where government truly is the only solution.

But the simple fact is that healthcare is as screwed up as it is today because of government intervention and regulation and the unfettered right to sue a doctor for pretty much anything.

Even for all of these problems, however, we have the best healthcare system in the world. We provide the kind of medical expertise that is not available anywhere else in the world. Sure, there are some treatments you can't get in the United States that you can get elsewhere—but we can easily boast the best doctors in the world. Furthermore, we do not have long waits for surgery—think it happens like that in countries with universal coverage? Not bloody likely.

Friday, March 02, 2007

F'ed Up Fridays - XIII

3 VWs for under 17,000!

Um. Really??? Somehow I doubt it.

This may be the perfect news story. (Thanks to Wyatt.)

This is also pretty perfect. Bet Gore didn't want that little nugget to get out.

Many might expect me to point to this article and say something about how whiney psychologists are, or how everyone's always saying that the youth of today is doomed. Instead, I'd like to point out how right this article is. Kids are raised today to believe that they are all special, and deserve everything. I'm not concerned, however, as they'll learn the truth once they get real jobs.

Another banner day for NASA. (You'd think I'd be getting sick of criticizing NASA, but I'm not!)

Um. Wtf???

I'm surprised that this isn't more common, particularly with the number of cops out there using laptops while driving.

Heh.

She never realized that leather boots are made from skin. This is a perfect example of precisely the kind of people who support PETA.

This guy's colums sound hilarious. As far as preventing such hate speech from being published—well, it sounds like the market is taking care of that on its own, doesn't it?

Well, Brett, it sounds like the motives were to a)get a car, and 2)to get a baby.

Cool. Does this mean we can get them to stop pooping everywhere?

It's a good thing that our public schools are focusing on what's important. And keeping our kids off drugs.

Personally, I don't blame Bush or Gore for this one. But I do think we should ask Dennis Kucinich for his help. If you think about the history of science fiction, though, what's to say that aliens would provide us with technologies and alternative fuels that would be better for our environment? Anyone who's seen Alien vs. Predator, for example, knows what I'm talking about. (I.E. the Predators are hugely advanced, but see nothing wrong with potentially wiping out humanity if their big game (the aliens) escape from the sacred pyramid.) Then there's all of the sci-fi that deals with aliens who've consumed their own planet and are exploring the universe for new resources.

F'ing liberals. They really are perverse.

If it's melting, then stop pointing spotlights at it! Jeez. And don't freaking drop these there, either!

As a stockholder, I say give it to the stockholders.

Oh dear. Don't they know that the odd ones always suck?

Okay, now seriously, who hasn't used the showers at Yale for this? (Submitted by GOP and College, the pervert.)

So it appears that Angelina Jolie is adopting another kid, this time from Vietnam. In a related story, I have secured exclusive footage from inside the Jolie household.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

F'ed Up Fridays - XII

I don't like coins period, so I don't particularly care what it looks like. Do you?

I gotta say, without him, DVR would be significantly less convenient.

Another banner day for NASA.

Yes, well, being an idiot and having people constantly point it out in public is bound to have an affect.

I have a close friend who deals with stress through hair-apy, and recently considered shaving her head. Unlike some people, however, she listened to her stylist and allowed herself to be talked out of the Sinead look. Of course, she also probably couldn't have turned a profit by going further.

Extra limbs sound like they could be a result of inbreeding; Nicky Janaway sounds like he almost certainly is.

Wait a minute. If they'd pulled over, it would have been legal? Of course, that may still have stopped traffic.

Get this: "Ratlam's superintendent of police, Satish Saxena said it was not immediately clear whether the hospital was disposing of bones properly." Um, it seems immediately clear to me. Am I crazy?

Yet another new reason why I prefer to stay the hell away from cats.

Talk about f'ed up cells.

Never forget the fastest way to become a millionaire.

Well sure, it's got to be bettter than playing Operation.

A smack upside the head should do it.

Twisted, but come on—is 122 attacks and 20 murders really THAT significant a statistic? And if you click through to the actual report, you'll see that the number was higher in 2004 and almost 2.5 times higher in 1999. There is no evidence of a trend of any kind, particularly not a rising one. This is stupid alarmism because it makes for a scary headline. And that's even more F'ed Up.

Thankfully, in space, no one can hear Richard Branson scream.

The tighter you squeeze your fist, the more they will slip through your fingers. Seriously, though, is anyone besides me surprised the RIAA hasn't been slammed by hackers in the past couple of years?

Why do I get the feeling she made this up?

Note to self: if you think you hear a rape, don't reach for your sword.

And that's probably about the most we should expect them to find.

This one speaks for itself: "One of the tourists -- a retired U.S. serviceman whom officials estimated was in his 70s -- allegedly put Warner Segura in a headlock and broke his clavicle..."

Read the first paragraph and tell me if it doesn't freak you out a little bit.

You know all of those pictures of 14 year-olds in Hamas colors carrying AK-47s around? Guess who can get into the U.S. with no problem. Better yet, if they're 16-18 and traveling with "religious groups," all they need is a birth certificate.