Help Day by Day

Things have changed greatly in the eight or so years that I’ve been blogging. The tools we use, from our blogging platform to the way we measure and interact with visitors, are all much different now. Group efforts have largely surpassed the lone blogger, pioneers have reached a national audience or faded from the stage. A large number of well known writers in the infancy of the blogosphere have moved on to other projects and places in their lives.

Not all things have changed. One enduring part of the conservative portion of the blogosphere is our daily dose of Chris Muir’s Day by Day. Even on days when I don’t write anything (and lately that’s been more days than it should) I open this site so I can read the latest from the fictional lives of Sam, Zed, Jan, Damon, and the rest.

Chris’s efforts are 100% reader supported. Every year he holds one fund raiser to sustain his work. In years past the goal has been reached early, and usually surpassed previous years. This year things are going a little slower. In order to reach his goal Chris has extended this years fund-raiser. I urge you to visit Day by Day and contribute what you can to keep this wonderful part of our daily lives going. Please visit soon and push this years totals over the top.

Busy Boy

You may have noticed that I haven’t been updating this page very often. Even less than my usual lackluster standards. Well, there’s a reason.

I am still at my same day job (10 years and counting, minus a short hiatus. 6 years plus since I returned) and I still enjoy what I do there. If that and all the demands of family life weren’t enough, I’ve decided to branch out into something I am very passionate and excited about – Travel.

I had explored becoming a travel agent about 6 years ago. I even dabbled in it for a while, but for a variety of reasons never moved forward. For the past few years it remained just an idea. Then, a few weeks ago, I moved ahead with my plan and started Getawayngo Travel. As you can imagine, starting a new venture can be quite time-consuming. Training, marketing, and basic set up have taken quite a bit of time over the past few weeks. There’s more to do, but the foundation has been laid.

banner960x200I want Getawayngo Travel to be your source for outstanding service on exciting travel deals. Visit us to receive personalized service, attention to detail, value, and selection when you are making your travel plans. My focus is going to be Family Travel, Cruises, and Groups.

I invite you to visit my website linked above, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

I’m not abandoning bRight & Early by any means. It’s just going to take a little better time management on my part to integrate both into the rest of my activities.

Try The Fun New White House Game!

It’s Wild! It’s Whacky!! It’s the most fun you can have while destroying a country!!!

It’s Whack – A – Scandal!

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Batteries not included, as they were supposed to be manufactured by one of our bankrupt green crony friends.

Morning Quote

It is indeed difficult to imagine how men who have entirely renounced the habit of managing their own affairs could be successful in choosing those who ought to lead them. It is impossible to believe that a liberal, energetic, and wise government can ever emerge from the ballots of a nation of servants. ― Alexis de Tocqueville (source)

Morning Quote

We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. — Ronald Reagan (source)

One Boston Bombing Suspect Killed Another on the Run

We are waking up this morning to this news regarding the bombing in Boston.

One of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead, the other on the loose and large parts of the city are on virtual lockdown after a chaotic night of mayhem that included the murder of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer and a shootout with police, authorities said early Friday.

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Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. All mass transit was shut down.

“We believe this to be a terrorist,” Davis said in a press conference. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody.”

NRA 500

Connecticut Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy sent a letter to Rupert Murdoch, head of Fox Sports parent company News Corp., suggesting that it’s not appropriate for the National Rifle Association to sponsor this weekend’s NASCAR race.

“The race not only brings national attention to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate,” the Connecticut Democrat wrote in a letter to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of the channel that’s due to broadcast the race, as reported by CNN. “It also features the live shooting of guns at the end of the race.”

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And he chided Mr. Murdoch: “You should play a constructive role in our national dialogue by refraining from broadcasting the NRA 500,” he wrote, CNN reported. “By airing this race, you will be strengthening the brand of a radical organization that is currently standing in the way of meaningful progress on this issue.” (my emphasis)

The NRA is a strong, committed, focused organization, but they are far from being “radical”. As for “strengthening the brand”? Well, that’s why companies and organizations sponsor these races.

NASCAR NRA Venn DiagramPerhaps this Venn Diagram showing the relationship between the NRA and NASCAR fans will help.

My pics in the League Too Tough To Tame — Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, and Trevor Bayne.

Morning Quote

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. – Thomas Paine

Source: Paine, Thomas (2011-03-24). Writings of Thomas Paine – Volume 1 (1774-1779): the American Crisis. Kindle Edition.

Morning Quote

Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. — Thomas Jefferson (Source)