.....I was a political blogger and this was a political blog. Probably not a very good one mind you, but one that had a small, recurring, readership and that actually won an award. (Best Local Blogger - Houston Press 2009). Of course, that award was for Lose an Eye, It's a Sport, which I actually shuttered about two days before winning said award. (Oops.)
I say all that to say this: I won't be watching the debates tonight, and I won't be blogging the Presidential, or any other, election this year. I just don't have any interest in show business for ugly people any longer. At least, not in blog form.
If, for some odd reason, you still want to see what I think is important (politically, from the media, etc) you can follow my Diigo Feed or you can keep up with me on Twitter (User Name: Blogawful) Given the quality of content coming from our politicians lately I think a 140 character cap is just about all they deserve.
Because this blog is now of a more personal bent (with a healthy bit of travel information) I still might opine on transit issues from time to time because I do feel those to be of importance, and interesting, something that's been missing from political races for a while now.
For you Texas political junkies I offer up two sources of good political commentary:
Perry Vs. World
On the South Steps
Both of these bloggers (note: Evan is a personal friend of mine, I do not know the anonymous blogger behind South Steps) offer up better, and more coherent analysis of current events in Texas than do anyone currently writing for Texas lock-step political media. Unfortunately, they have no equivalent on the left side of the political spectrum or I would offer up a link here as well. This may change if Texas suddenly develops a Democratic Party not populated by the perpetually angry. One can only hope.
I think that, when it comes to Houston politics we're all anxiously awaiting the re-boot and re-launch of blogHouston. I know that the folks in charge over there are starting to stir a little, but the time demands of free blogging sometimes tend to make such ventures more trouble than their worth.
One other blogger to whom I want to give a shout out.
If there's any more of a political dinosaur in TX. It's this gentleman. A Big C conservative Democrat in Texas who's also a former newspaper worker. Most of his time is spent offering (spot on) criticism of Houston's local fish-wrap, our former newspaper of record who's current claim to fame is running increasing slide shows about nude celebrities.
When I shuttered Lose an Eye I was told by an acquaintance that I could probably forget ever winning another award for my blogging from anyone. As the years have gone by I've realized something that (I think) has made me a better blogger: I'm good with that. Hopefully you'll think I'm better because of that.