By John Ballard
When I began blogging in ernest in 2004 one of my first decisions what to limit my content to ideas and events I found intresting, possibly important, but probably not widely known. Although I am obviously an old-fashioned Liberal, I have never spent much time at any of the top-tier sites, Left or Right, figuring that if something it important I will know about it soon enough, and if I feel the need to address an issue, I can do so on my own terms.
I am not attracted, then, to any of the places were they play the same notes over and over. That's one of the annoying features of the Fox people. They seem to find a tilted spin on nearly everything. I sometimes think even the weather forecasts are sending a political message. Something about those telegenic blond haired female reporters and guys with permanent smirks just turns me off.
And by the same token, I am bored quickly with MSNBC, Current and other networks that handle their Left-wing content just as undiluted by reflection, but with more salt-of-the-earth and academic types who tend not to be as pretty. It's all about cocooning. And it's not that different from self-gratification, if you catch my drift.
But sometimes, like a child in the toy department or an alcoholic in a package store, I come across something that I just have to grab and share. (I admit that if I'm cooking a recipe that calls for brown sugar I secretly hope the box has been open and dried out so I can pop some of the hard lumpy pieces from the top into my mouth and eat them like candy. That's how much I have a substance abuse issue with sugar.)
I promise not to do this often, but here is a box of candy that I just came across and I had to share.