Just a drop of water in an endless sea.

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I thought about calling this And thanks for all the fish, but that's been done. I confess to being tempted with The Wrath of the Valheru, but only because it's the coolest phrase in English ever. I also thought about The Bad Wolf, but that would be lost on the non-geeky.

So, I'm leaving.

Traditionally, diaries such as these tend to focus on how awful everyone's been to the diarist; how the blogosphere is a great, teeming mass of unfairness that stalks the land like a great, teeming, unfair, massive thing; and they tend to be interesting only from an anthropological perspective. We've been blessed with relatively few of even the truly interesting type -- the great kowalski's numerous successes in defying convention notwithstanding -- so I'm hoping this one will at least do all the budding archaeology majors a service.

One last time, please, read on.

I've been with RedState since just before it went live, and it's been one helluva ride. In honor of that ride, there are some things I need to get out there.

First and foremost, whenever someone leaves, there's the inevitable Why? followed by the even more inevitable I know the real reason. This isn't helped when the person leaving is coy about the rationale, as some have been, so let me put the record straight, right hand raised, left hand on the keyboard, gripping hand on the Bible.

I'm so tired. That's pretty much it. I don't mean this to be a Waah, waah, woe is me moment -- if what follows doesn't make clear how enjoyable all this has been, nothing will -- but it really does take a lot of effort to make this nominal hobby work, and balancing that against a job that eats, and has always eaten, a lot of my time, and an ever-growing brood, is a balancing act without easy parallel. Moreover, it has been driven home to me by everyone's decision to focus on the 2008 GOP Presidential nomination, forsaking Congress and local government, that my voice carries a lot less weight than it once did -- a good thing, I stress, because that means the community has several hundred minds of its own, but a tiring thing, nevertheless.

I have lost a few friendships as a result of my work here, including one that I treasured, of someone I admire and respect (and rather like) to this day. I'm by nature a fairly darkly cynical fellow, and the occasional cheerleading that is needed for good Party efforts has become harder of late.

I am, until the end of this diary, a Director of this site, and I am honored to be one; but my chair is a rotating one, and it will soon be filled by another. My production on the site has become limited to behind-the-scenes work, some nasty troll-killing, and the odd bit of meta-site work to keep the comments and diaries from getting out of control. In other words, my real value to the site has plunged to very close to
nil.

And, I must confess, I no longer take the great joy in troll-killing that I once did. It's a short, grim smile, where before I'd have a grin that would last whole minutes.

The intra-site bloodfest that has been the 2008 primaries has been ... hard. No matter what someone says about your preferred candidate -- or their own voting tendencies -- it would have been nice if most folks had remembered that we're gonna wake up next to each other the morning after the primaries, and that we can't do that thing where we awkwardly pause before mumbling something, grab the keys, and never making eye contact, hurry out the door. Basically, it's been like having a year of Schiavo and Miers all bundled up into one big lovefest that never ends: Obsessive ranting and spinning and condemnation among folks who normally share politics, conversation, and hobbies is enough to drive anyone who cares about this site bonkers.

I have the option to remain a Contributor and moderator; but I don't do halfsies.

Because the seat is rotating, this is probably the best possible time to hang up my holster, smile, softly sing A Wanderin' Star, and leave.

So, that's why. Nothing romantic, nothing special, just being ready for a break at the right time.

That leads to thanks where due.

First, I owe Ben, Mike, and Josh a sincere thanks for bringing me on board as the least talented, affirmative-action Cajun Editor three and a half years ago; and an even deeper thanks for opening the toolkit to me, while I was making fun of Mike's shirt, no less.

Second, I owe Ben, Erick, Clayton, and Mike, a thanks for this turn at being a Director. It was worth the wait, guys.

Third, I owe my fellow Contributors a hearty round of thanks for putting up with, befriending, and offering encouragement and jibes to me when I needed both. I'm privileged to have been part of such a wonderful group, and don't ever think I don't know it.

Fourth, I owe every diarist and commenter whom I haven't banned (permanently) a sincere round of thanks for the good arguments, the repartee, and Tbone's Cajun jokes. Actually, that last leads to an important point: A lot of the smiles, laughs, and happy cackles of determination I've experienced these last three years are due in no small part to all of the wonderful members of the community that have made their online home here. Naming Tbone doesn't take away from the hundreds of others whose words I've treasured; I could name them all day, and still not finish.

Fifth, I want to take a moment to thank Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, Duncan Black, Oliver Willis, the whole crew at Obsidian Wings, and the writers of any other far-left wing moron factory I've inadvertantly omitted, for sending us the waves of cretins who've, between them, managed to make target practice a sport for the whole family again. A special thanks for MKS, acupuncture-boy.

Sixth, Rachel: Thank you for sending me one email that kept me going when I thought I shouldn't. And congratulations again.

Now, a few remaining administrative notes.

First: I have withheld any statement of support for any GOP Presidential candidate because it seemed like bad idea, as a Director of the site, to make such an endorsement, and -- God, how I've waited to say this -- because the whole damned lot can go to Hell. What an incompetent mass of horse rear-flesh bound up in what, on paper, is one of the most talented groups the GOP has ever had. I could go on, but the full thing is in my concurrently posted piece, And the horses you all rode in on, one at a time, then rotate.

Second, Lonewacko Blog, if you're reading this -- and based on your obsessively repeated tirade across half the blogosphere and Wikipedia, you are: I banned you, you dirty little racist. I banned you for being a racist, and for showing us that you are a racist. I did not ban you for criticizing George W. Bush, in no small part because where you disagreed with him, I have publicly disagreed with him, you diseased piece of rhinoceros pizzle; I banned you because you decided to share your problems with brown people on this site.

Speaking of whining, puling little men without chests: Dear Adam Bonin: You pathetic excuse for a mockup of a pigtailed little girl. You were banned because you were an obnoxious ass who liked to drop off-topic bank shots into comments whenever you didn't like the way a thread was going; because you lacked more than infrequent courtesy in how you treated a place that doesn't resemble the asylum you call your community home; and because whenever you felt threatened, you went running for Mommy and Daddy as loudly as you could. Your weaselly attempt to frame (I used a word with which you're familiar to bring this back into the realm of the comprehensible for you) your banning to any and all who would listen is replete with a priori conceptual, logical, and, best of all, factual errors on a nearly unparalleled scale. The next time you want to whine about getting a richly deserved punishment, save yourself the embarrassment of making up new facts you like, and just cry into the hindquarters of a baboon at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Speaking of little girls: To Matt Stoller: One day, you're going to learn that there are consequences to pathetically seeking friendship from people offline, then knifing them in the kidneys online, not least of which is that when those pictures of you and the obese, naked clowns come to light, there's no one there to defend you. I will come out of retirement the day that happens, Stinky, to pee on the burial site of your reputation.

Third: Oh, how I've longed to say this -- to the astroturfing advance scouts of certain political campaigns, many of whom alternate between singlehandedly driving the collective IQ of the site from above 100 to just above 1, and to suddenly turning out pieces that magically change writing styles and abilities: I hope your conscience lets you sleep well at night, because were I the little angel on your shoulder, I'd be trying out an Ogre Battle style halo shot on your skull nightly.

Fourth, because no one else will say this: Mitt Romney belongs to a cult. Not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; that's no cult. His freaking political campaign is a cult, and I could have been one of his supporters but for the cult he founded. A pox on everyone formally associated with the campaign, and indeed, everyone ever formally associated with that cult.

Fifth: Guys, when commenting, please hit preview. Please.

Sixth: To all the banned Ron Paul supporters who've filled my inbox lately: Go worship your Nazi-coddler in the privacy of your own home, and stop wasting my Party's time with it. Oh, and **** Ron Paul.

Final, random notes:

These will be the last words I ever write at RedState. I can say that with 99% certainty, because I'm a horrible sucker for nostalgia. I sometimes, on long road trips, pass the old Publix where my wife and I shopped for the first couple of years after we married, and I tear up and start choking just driving into that parking lot. Dropping three-point-five years of commitment into a website means that if I don't want to bawl like an Adam Bonin, I need to stay away.

I've transferred my best content to my old site, now three and change years quiescent. I may write there again; I may not. I'd say comments are welcome -- and they are -- but I can't get any commenting service, neither Blogspot's, nor a third-party's service, to function there, and I'm too cheap to spring for private hosting.

The email address on the contact form is going to go inactive right after I hit "Submit" on this diary, so don't use that if you want to get in touch. My old blog has my current email address on the left bar.

I have five regrets, in total, one of which, no one knows but yours truly. One is known to three people, and can be guessed by about four more. One is known to every Contributor, each of whom is sworn to secrecy. Aside from those, I regret not being able to see RedState 3.0 -- you guys have no idea the work that's going into that. It's gonna rock. The fifth, and most poignant regret, is that I never had the chance to properly beg Ramesh Ponnuru to write something for the site. National Review may have slipped a peg on the old respectability scale, but not because of any work of Ramesh's. The man is one of my heroes, and this regret stings.

There's so much more, but I don't want to make this diary any longer than it already is. Thanks again, folks: It really has been an adventure. So:

I don't know half of you as well as I should like, and like less than half of you as well as you deserve.

Always all the best, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year,

Thomas H. Crown


Great Ogre Battle reference! I bet that no more than ten people or so will get it (as an Ogre Battle fan, I appluad it)

Good luck with your future plans!

I'd played the game once, some time ago, on an emulator. I played it way too quickly though, without a manual though, and I guess too much of it just slipped my mind.

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I bought it for the SNES when it first came out. I ended up liking it so much that I bought the Playstation re-release a few years later.

Not the diary, which is characteristically heartfelt and excellent, but the decision.

Thomas, I'm a fan, and this hurts. This hurts like it did when I was a kid and the Giants, or Rangers, or Yankees lost the last game of the playoff series. I would find myself lying awake for hours and moping for days wondering what I was going to do now that my favorite team's season was over.

I wonder now what is going to happen to RedState without you. It will go on and grow, of that I am confident. But we lost something today. A big something, despite your characterization of your role.

As a kid, it took me a long time to realize that there was always next year, and so I learned that the journey was the destination. Like then, I take comfort in the knowledge that for you too, there will be a next year. And I look forward to your return to the site sometime after the 2008 elections.

Best of luck.

Sincerely,

Mark Impomeni

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I was in the middle of writing a long winded reply about how much I enjoyed and admired your contributions here (you are one of the many reasons I became actively involved in this site more than 2 years ago) but decided to just say: Gods speed Thomas and may God continue to bless you!

Founder and contributor to The Minority Report and Editor for The Hinzsight Report

...brought a tear to my eye.

Happy trails.

As a long-time lurker and occasional poster hereabouts, I suspect you'll be missed.

You will be missed, by me and plenty of others.

Best -

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I have enjoyed reading your work. I wish you the best, and may life treat you kindly. Good luck and God bless.

I've always enjoyed reading your blogs, and will miss doing so in the future.

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Haven't always agreed with you, but thank you for your work here.

Redstate has become a must read site for me over the past two years and this is due in no small part to your contribution.

Thank you and God speed.

I have immensely enjoyed reading the things you have had to say Thomas, and it is not without sadness that I consider the lack of your contributions here in the future.
I will hope that someday you will return, but I wish you well in whatever you do going forward. God Bless.

As one of the whacked-out libertarians (no relation to the Lonewacko), I'll miss you.

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. --Voltaire

Take care Thomas. This was probably more a formality than anything else as you haven't (visibly) been around much for a while. I'll miss you bud, be well.

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I will miss your artful takedowns of the endless array of trolls. Your ability to shred their lack of logic was immensely fun.

Even the times I disagreed with you, I admired your skill at presenting your views. I feel lucky that I only got one warning for skating too close to forbidden territory. I never had to bring a note from home.

Thanks again. I know I will miss your Catholic slant on the American political process.

And Amen on hitting "Preview Comment" before posting.

not "to die on the stage".

I think the same can be said for others, like yourself I suspect, whose growing family and career responsiblities could sink them if they also engaged in other pursuits.

Have a good rest and enjoy life!

And who knows, when the kids are self-sustaining (maybe in their thirties with the current trends in university tuition :>)), what adventures there may be?

Best,

The ultramontanists are easily startled, but they'll soon be back -- and in greater numbers.

The Stoller and Romney comments are especially appreciated.

But who shall I make my jokes about Hit Dice to, from now on?

Moe

PS: Godspeed, Thomas, and remember: I once quit blogging, too.

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

That was indeed a dashing exit Thomas.

If you think I'm going to let you just walk away, you're stark raving nuts.

Come back, Shane!

"At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid." --Friedrich Nietzsche

I don't like this at all. Not one little bit. I've already been missing you, and just hoped that you were doing a little bit of that Robert Hahn-working-your-rear-off-and-couldn't-make-time deals or so-busy-with-babies-no-time-to-turn-around-and-spit times. Of course, I knew that would end and you'd be back some day.

Now a dear John letter. This really really really really stinks. :(

And I don't like it. Not one little bit. What a crappy day.

I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful 100 percent.

You can't leave Paul and I to man the reactionary wall alone.

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Thomas by Oz

Thank you for all you've done.

I don't ALWAYS agree with anyone here (gamecock being the closest, I suppose), but I have always appreciated hearing from you even when we disagreed.

Even your last post leaves me alternately tearing up and chortling, something that you seem to be very good at.

Best of luck elsewhere. If you even find yourself in any sort of dire need, let the Directors here know and I'm sure you'll receive what you need to get you through.

May you have the best of luck in your future endeavors.
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Hope you think about coming back after this whole election business is settled.

"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that." - Bill Shankly

why you will be so sorely missed around here. You are a wonderful writer with heart, soul and conscience profoundly present. I hope that 2008 will be all you need and more than you dreamed! And come back .....

I can sympathize with the fatigue; you've done a lot more than I ever have, and I'm nowhere near "great." Unless you meant that with a wink, and I doubt it, I'm just another person who has gone through his fair share of wringers in life and is still standing here, sometimes sitting behind the keyboard, trying to figure out the difference between the things that I'm aware of and the things that are worth knowing and the things that are true, and always trying to make sure the last are the least numerous but most significant and dependable.

It's a virtually impossible task, and there aren't many people who I can say tried to accomplish it (or succeeded as well) as you have in the time I've been here.

You've been one of my heroes on this blog, and by extension in my life, which has become in some ways too inseparable from this blog in terms of the content of my every waking hour's thoughts. There is really only one other person here, who shall remain nameless, that I place in the same echelon.

This is heartbreaking to me, Thomas. I'll really need some more time to collect my thoughts, but I had to say something right now.

And everyone you've kicked, slapped or hit with a Spiked Pipe™ while slashdotting them into the Phantom Zone in the time I've been here has richly, fulsomely deserved it -- in spades and with extreme prejudice.

S**t. I can't type. I think I want to puke.

More later...

While the bile is creeping up my throat and that sick salty taste is swishing around in my mouth, before the involuntary spasmodics begin and I projectile vomit onto my keyboard and ruin at least eight dollars worth of wireless technology:

It would be unbelievably cool if Ramesh Ponnuru started writing here, at least whenever he gets the chance. I've always wondered why he hasn't and I know I'd read every word.

Like the rest here, I am very sorry to see you leave. Thanks for your service to this little corner of the conservative community.

Now, for some reason, I now have the urge to hear Clint Eastwood sing... ;-)


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given, from whom much is expected. And I don't need a Warren-purpose-driven-life chapter to conclude same.

Christian, you are wise. We need you. I know the fatigue of the Clinton-Morris-imposed upon America permanent campaign, and I confess now to being a co-conspirator with the bij, aka, Kavon Nikrad at www.race42008.com in aiding and abetting same, BUT, I also wrote little on the horse race till recently and took time off for Sabbaticals.

Many times, I could have used fatigue as an excuse for quitting.

Thomas, I challenge you to renounce this surrender.

God bless and please refer Thomas to a high level in purgatory....

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www.race42008.com
www.fred08.com

Stare decisis is fo' suckas -- Feddie

My production on the site has become limited to behind-the-scenes work, some nasty troll-killing, and the odd bit of meta-site work to keep the comments and diaries from getting out of control. In other words, my real value to the site has plunged to very close to nil.

I would strongly disagree with your second statement there. Having been a professional Unix sysadmin for longer than most people have been on the net, and having been employed keeping the bits flowing at a top-25 website, I can appreciate probably more than most the effort it takes behind the scenes to keep redstate.com up and going and always there for us all.

Heck, my own personal multiplicity of half- and quarter-finished projects are the main reason I haven't taken it upon myself to learn Drupal just so I could figure out how to get some of the pre-Drupal features back here.

Anyways, I just wanted you to know that some of us appreciate the behind-the-scenes work more than you might realize (and appreciate the Kansas reference, as well).

All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see.

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I might say more later, but I want to say this. Even though I immediately butted heads with you when I joined, you and Leon were the posters that motivated me as a socially conservative Catholic to be part of this community. Thank you.

No one of good character leaves behind a wasted life - John McCain

as someone who you probably came close to banning during that whole Ben/WaPo thing, when I kept telling you that you were acting immature....

I am terribly sorry to see you leave. Your intimidating intellect and wit (we have plenty of 1/2 wits) will be sorely missed.

I have learned to always read your posts with thoughtful contemplation...and usually learned from them something I did not previously know.

Thomas,

Your wit and intellect were among the first things that attracted and addicted me to RedState. Your contributions to the site has been of great value. I count not banning me among those. I am sure that I can speak for the whole RedState community in extending our thanks to those un-named clients who were billed for your time here. :-)

However, your leaving is hardly a surprise. Even this sideshow of malformed human intellect, lunatic logic and head injury rationale loses its ability to nourish our baser needs as time goes on.

I too will wish you a well and continued productive life lawyering and such. If you find yourself in LA,(city not state), lunch is on me and thanks for picking one of my theme songs as your exit music.

God bless you and your family.

JT

PS. Jack Ass is not a curse word. pfft.

Envisioning when all that is Left is the Right.

I frankly see this as the penultimate act, not knowing what is next.

Overall, it is the articulate and caustic nature of your rectitude I will miss most(second only to your theological depth). Appropriately, I leave you with this from Aeterni Patris

"He won this title of distinction for himself: that singlehanded he victoriously combated the errors of former times, and supplied invincible arms to put to rout those which might in after times spring up."

"Nec Aspera Terrent"
bene ambula et redambula
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And at least with a bit of "talking" to my digestive tract:

The most important thing I can say after all of this, Thomas, is simple:

Most of All, to Thine Own Self be True

And that entails understanding what really your own needs are and why they exist, and deciding what to do about them. This is the Land of the Free, and it is also One Nation Under God.

I trust that if you are true to yourself (and many people are not), it will satisfy the requirements of anyone More Important than you or I.

I'll truly miss you, and I'd appreciate it if the Editors got together and made an archive of all of Thomas' posts so that people can download them and read them at their leisure.

But for yourself, Thomas: do whatever you think is best, next. I trust your judgment implicitly, so don't tarry on those things. Everything happens for a reason, after all.

All my hopes,
Alex

Best wishes in the New Year for you and your family.

I've enjoyed your contributions to the site.

JW

" Got to love the Lord for making things like that."
Morally Compromised

I especially enjoyed the photo of Ronald McDonald getting carted away when you had a lot of behind the scenes work to do. I remember that I directed another poster here, janis, to this photo, and she ended up with whiskey sour all over her keyboard. If you ever can manage to have some time to post here at RedState I will very much appreciate it.

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For they passed a noble law,
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe, and saw.

Thomas, as much as I'd love to join others to beg, plead, argue, threaten, and whatever else I can think of to get you to stay, I know what you mean. So I wish you a great relief and rest in walking away.

But at the same time I earnestly hope you'll come back in some small capacity in 6 months or so.

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, thinking, I'm sorry he's leaving, when--bam! Wow. Thanks very much. I didn't know you wanted me as a contributor. But if it is any consolation, you got me to register on the site to leave this comment. Best of luck in all of your endeavors.--Ramesh Ponnuru

We are addictive, and now you can't get away [queue up the Vincent Price evil laughter]

Stare decisis is fo' suckas -- Feddie

We'd love to have you here in any way, shape, or form. But we're not worthy.

Fight On!

Let's see what he's got. ;)

Envisioning when all that is Left is the Right.

Stare decisis is fo' suckas -- Feddie

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Thomas can stay now, his leaving has achieved its main purpose for the site. Ramesh is about two comments away from becoming as addicted to the site as gamecock and mbecker are.

Good to see you here Ramesh, hope it's not the last time.

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I love your work. I'm glad you're here. Ignore Tbone and mbecker, they are grouchy old men. Post again.

And, Thomas, now you have to come back and read Mr. Ponnuru's work. And you won't be able to avoid commenting. Nanny nanny boo boo. We've got you now. :)

I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful 100 percent.

I am not grouchy. I am caustic, sarcastic and mean spirited without any regard for the frailities of the human condition. However, being all these things make me a very happy and fun loving guy. And, if I'm old, McCain is ancient. And, only stupid idiots would ignore mbecker and me.

Envisioning when all that is Left is the Right.

Your brilliant writing and rhetorical skill gives RedState much of the texture that we junkies crave.

In a day when we've been conditioned to be tolerant of everything, you're not afraid to call a fool a fool.

And you're so right about the Lonewacko.

Thanks, Thomas. -- V

There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life. - Frank Zappa

I'll bring you around to the virtues of Bob Dylan, but it appears that, alas, it won't be here at this site.

Farewell, my friend. I feel lonely already.

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and it's not one I per se want to attend. Very early in my RS tenure, I remarked that if there were no Thomas Crown, RS would have to invent one.

Well, we're not going to do that. Impossible.

Thomas, it's been a privilege to work with and to get to know you.

Fondly,
Mark

All the best,

Steve Dillard

I'd never say never, but I'm pretty new to posting here. Good luck & Godspeed, I understand how things can wear on a person. Any kind of politics can be rough, & intra-party is no different - sometimes even more.

From another long time lurker and infrequent commenter -- you will be missed.

When I first started reading RedState, you and Leon were perhaps the first two regulars who made enough of an impression on me that I eagerly looked forward to your input on a topic. Happily, there are now many more who've joined the conversation here, and yet I still think that yours is a unique voice and one whose absence will leave a hole.

I can definitely relate to the increasing call of a growing brood at home and applaud your wisdom in responding to that call. (I wish I had the strength of will to do the same and spend less time here. ;-)

Best wishes and may God bless you in whatever you put your hand to!
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I've really appreciated your writing here.

Life's a series of choices we all make, for me I've found it difficult to maintain a proper balance at times and my desire to be the best and do the right thing often conflicted with the "little things", like raising the kids and staying married.

Best thing to happen to me in a long time is my current challenge to stay alive, it's been a real eye opener and afforded me the opportunity to reassess and assign priorities differently. I, like you seemingly, walked away from some things that I never thought I would and I've found simple pleasures in unexpected places.

I wish that for you, not an incurable disease mind you, but simple pleasures in unexpected places.

One of those, for me, was this place, where your contributions were appreciated by this simple man.

May there always be work for your hands to do ..
May your purse always hold a coin or two...
May the sun always shine on your windowpane...
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain...
May the hand of a friend always be near you...
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you...
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

God Bless Thomas!

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Oh and it must be said again **** Ron Paul!

Well done is better than well said. —Benjamin Franklin

Have a good life away from blogging. I can understand your sentiments, even though I can't agree with them. Because I believe in conservative solutions to America's problem I also believe that it's a good thing for conservatives to be able to share and disseminate ideas and information in a forum like this. So I'm staying, even though like you I believe that the 2008 primaries have somewhat poisoned the atmosphere of this site. Nevertheless, I hope that things will improve after we've settled on a candidate.

Hang all traitors and secessionists! Hang them high!
- Me

And I wouldn't have pegged you as a Torchwood fan.

For we have a peculiar power of thinking before we act, and of acting, too, whereas other men are courageous from ignorance but hesitate upon reflection.

Specifically look at how late in the list I am. The old timers know what we are losing.

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But thankfully, I can say it in person.

Happy New Year, friend.

so I won't even try to get all sniffly and sentimental...

For those outside the Contributor's list who never heard this story, let me just share HERE that it was Thomas who first caught my eye when I took my maiden voyages of lurkdom in here and registered under my very old, original pseudonym of "estrangedad" WAY back...not long after the site first came live.

Thomas scared the bejeezus out of me...watching him take out the long knives only to leave slight but embarrassing scars on any who wouldn't bother to investigate, research, and offer logical, intelligent, and sensible comments and analysis taught me a very valuable lesson at an early blog age-pay attention, and if you can't hang with the big dogs-shut up and listen, and fergawdsakes...stay up on the porch with the puppies.

Much as I love all my fellow Contributors, Directors, and readers-Thomas is (and always has been) my favorite. No offense intended or implied to any of the others here...

Thomas-whether you come back or not, you are the one "person" in a world of shadows and electrons that has had an effect on what I do...here and in other pursuits. Not too many teachers in the faux-reality world of the internet. I thank you for that.

Now, go take care of Thomas, and Mrs. Thomas, and all the little Thomases-we'll still be here when you've taken care of what really matters in life.

< /sniffly sentimentality >

haystack's 12th:
Conservatives (and Presidential Candidates especially) shall offer no aid and comfort to the opposition in times of legislative conflict (and ensuing political campaigns).

I'm pretty new to the site, and tend to just post about people being crazy bots for their candidates, but I've learned so very much about my own "Republicanism" and my own "Conservatism." In no small part has the words of Thomas helped in informing my opinion.

Thanks for your service to this community.

One of the members here has a very accurate and true quote from Benjamin Franklin. "Well done is better than well said."

For those of us lucky to have gotten to read all the wonderful thoughts put to words, we can honestly say that your well said was well done.

Godspeed sir!

When I was just starting to nose around in this whole blogosphere thing a few years ago, I really was just looking for some news and had no idea what I'd find or what sites I'd regularly visit. I certainly didn't expect to end up in regular discussions with other politicos or begin writing my own blog. Your commentary kept me coming back to this site, got me to register, start commenting, and here I am three years later. You will be missed.

www.republicansenate.org

I'm sad to see you go. You always provided such great debate and commentary and made me a better poster. Thank you for that.

Take care and God bless.

There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why ... I dream of things that never were and ask why not. - Robert Kennedy

May I add my voice to all those who have shown their appreciation for you and your work. Having said that, I know what it is like to be tired.

All the best Thomas - nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky. Now pardon me while I hit "preview".

I may just get a bracelet with "WWTS" on it - "What Would Thomas Say". It would elevate and inform my discourse mightily.

Please let us know where we can read what you write, when you feel like writing again.

As a former fairly active poster and continual lurker, thank you for 4 years or so of enjoyable political commentary and debate. You (and Trevino, to a lesser extent) were the intellectual hooks that drew me to this site back during the 2004 race.

And now you are both gone. Alas, Babylon.

Timshel, brother.

Redstate will miss you.

Best to you and your family.

... but this sucks. SUCKS!

Thomas Crown settled a few scores in this post, and one of the people he settled them with emailed me asking if I intended to endorse everything he had to say about him. Answer: No. I don't have the foggiest about the points in dispute. But I endorse Thomas Crown himself!

The crew dons dresses
Water floods the engine room
Another rat jumps

False sense of safety
Brings long-delayed Special Time -
Zip your pants up, freak.

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

OK, that was funny. First time I've seen anyone bounced for haikupidity as well.

Online Integrity
no shield to fetishist trolls.
Do you grok... Ralphie?

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

much more entertaining! :-)


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Oh, and "online integrity" is six on, not five.

[That, at least, is a fair cop. - Moe Lane]

Although I must admit a suicide-poster using haiku is several notches above what we normally get here.

Now that it's becoming increasingly clear that, no, the Democrats aren't actually going to be just given the keys to power - heck, they broke off in the lock the ones they already got - we should start seeing more effort from the trolletariat. They work under the delusion that going after Righty sites is much more useful to their cause than, say, door-to-door caucusing or ten hours a week licking envelopes, so we should see some quite inventive exercises in futility in the next few months. :)

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

"Maybe I can't throw every starfish back in the ocean... but I can throw *THIS* one back."

That said, I think that we haven't even scratched the surface of how the internet is capable of influencing the political process. I'm very excited to see what happens in 2020.

But I ramble.

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. --Voltaire

should let them waste their creativity here, then. Yet I realize that even in their best composition mode, the urge to re-live freshman year and chant "Bush lied, children died" would overwhelm their restraint and the suicide-posting would revert to form. Then again, even that banality takes time away from licking envelopes....but then again, the disruptions...you guys really do have to balance these concerns to make the tough decisions.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Nobody, and I repeat NOBODY LEON, told me you were leaving. It's like kicking me in the gut. Your grandfather would roll over in his grave. What's the matter with you? Why won't you get married in the Catholic church? Don't you love Jesus?

Ok, I learned guilt from my grandmother. Is it working?

This just feels so wrong. Don't go. It's OH KAY to be a flip flopper. Pretty please?

"I'm just beginning...The pen's in my hand...Ending unplanned"

 
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