Running on Empty

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I’ve reached that point where all the nooze stories coalesce into one swirling, stinking chaos. Or to put it another way, my morale is hurting.

My book, Behold!, should have been out by now. But there’s a paper shortage. Things don’t work very well, since SloJo’s in the White House.

The sun is shining, for a change. My wife is after me to go out and get some exercise. I’d like to find that magic post that brings back the 100-plus readers that I’ve lost per day, but I have yet to discover what that is.

All right, I’ll take a hike. I don’t know what I want to write about this morning, anyway.

Here goes…

‘The Stories I Don’t Cover’ (2018)

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My excuse is that I couldn’t possibly cover all the stories that have a bearing on our case, no matter how I tried. The ones I do report on are bad enough.

The Stories I Don’t Cover

Ezekiel sometimes protested that people wouldn’t listen to him, why bother? God told him, Never mind–if they listen and mend their ways, good; if they won’t, then whatever happens to them, it’s not your fault. I’ll only blame you if you don’t warn them.

Not that any blogger can claim to be a prophet. But it does worry me sometimes: “Did I do wrong, not writing up the latest Democrat abomination just because it made me sick?” No–everybody else has already covered it.

And besides, there’s always popular demand…

 

Please Hit the Freakin’ ‘Like’ Button

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I am told that it would somehow help me, as a blogger, if more of my readers pressed the “Like” button. I don’t know how that’s supposed to work, but people who know much more about such things assure me that it does. If no one hits your Like Button, a robot exiles you to the fringes of the galaxy.

Could we do this as an experiment? Everybody hits the like button, and see what happens after two weeks of this, or so. I’m not asking you for money. Or votes. Just a second or two of hardly noticeable effort.

Can we at least try this? In advance, thank you (whether it works or not).

Is This Blog Broken?

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Recently Joe Scott and Mark Simone, two names much bigger than mine, publicly wondered why they seemed to be losing so many readers and viewers lately.

Here at leeduigon.com, this blog is making like a rowboat with a football-sized hole in the bottom. Except for New Year’s, I’ve lost at least 100 views a day so far this month. And of course all I get out of WordPress is “Nope, nothin’ wrong here.”

Was it something I said? Or didn’t say? Or have I got only a tiny piece of a problem now widespread across the social media? Maybe people are disgusted and just don’t want to hear anymore.

And maybe it’s just more of the happy hormads in Big Tech doing their thing of suppressing conservative blogs, helping SloJo with his mass censorship project.

Wish I knew what to do about it.

Totally Out of Gas

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Write your blog! Go to the pharmacy! Write your Newswithviews! Finished? Good–now get busy on your book!

Man, I don’t think that I can do that…

I am exceedingly tired. Oh, to be sixty again. They tell me Behold! (Bell Mountain No. 14) is at the printer’s now but being held up by “supply chain issues.” It’s not like there’s any urgency about finishing Ozias, Prince in Peril; but I would like to get it done and have some time off before I start writing the next book.

I’m so tempted to let go this afternoon and have another cigar.

What’ll I Blog Today?

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Why do I think the nooze landscape looks like this?

The various items in the nooze more and more all seem part of the same big, dreary, tedious story–which makes it rather hard to write them up.

Is this blog broken? I can’t get any explanation out of WordPress. It’s been months since any new followers were added, and the daily viewership has sunk back down to 2015-ish levels. Was it something I said? Or should’ve said, but didn’t? Some of you have blogs of your own. How are yours doing?

Anyway, I’m going to try to get through the weekend without taxing my patience or yours with redundant nooze reports featuring wicked idiots.

Let’s see if this approach does any good.

Our Weather Is Not PDGAA

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At the start of the week it was brutally cold. Then the temperature shot up to near 70 and it rained a lot. Now the temperature is plummeting again, the sky looks like cement, and supposedly we’re gonna get snow tomorrow night… probably followed by rain, for a typical New Jersey slush-and-mud fest. As my wife says, “If you can live in New Jersey, you can live anywhere.”

You may have noticed I have not weighed in on the Speaker of the House brouhaha. I’ll give you an opinion if you ask me for it, but on the whole, probably nobody needs me to report on this exhaustively-covered story. You’d think nothing else was happening.

So… no nooze if I can help it. I stand ready to post your hymn and prayer requests, and if I see a good laugh trying to sneak past, I’ll pounce on it.

Let’s see what happens while I’m having my cigar.

P.S.–I was taking it for granted that everybody knows what “PDGAA” (or “pdgaa”) means. Maybe I can use it as click bait.

Can I Get Up the Hill Today?

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Every so often I feel overwhelmed. For most writers, that goes with the territory. Anyway, here I am with a Newswithviews piece to write but no idea of what I should write about, no ideas for blog posts, and the sun is out (finally!) so I’d better get cracking on my book today, too!

It’s like a very high hill rising up in front of me, that has to be climbed. And when you’re done with that, there’s more hills, bunky!

Maybe if I eat something, I’ll get an idea.

(Hey! Don’t forget to pick up the laundry!)

Any nooze tips, anybody?

‘Unknowable’ Nails It!

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Quote from “Unknowable,” just this morning: “The ‘public square’ is now privately owned.”

Bullseye! Simple, succinct, and right on target. That is precisely what’s wrong with our public square–private companies, that is, Big Tech, have taken it over. And those companies always have a shell-like ear open to the whispers of the deep state. That’s why Donald Trump is not our president anymore.

The Constitution forbids the government to abridge free speech. They very badly want to abridge free speech–and hey, no problem! Big Tech and Corporate America, they’ll do it for us! They’d better, if they know what’s good for them. And so they become the sock puppets and henchmen of Big Brother–the kind of government our country’s founders tried to save us from.

Only too many of us don’t want to be saved from authoritarian rule, do we?

They’d go crawling back to King George III if he were still alive.

‘My Love’s an Arbutus’ (From Me to You)

This is my annual Christmas gift to my readers–My Love’s an Arbutus, by the Fairhaven Singers. This hauntingly beautiful song is used as Alice’s theme in Scrooge, my favorite movie adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Can’t watch it without being deeply moved. But then if redemption doesn’t stir your soul, what will?