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Winning for Best Latin American Coverage! THANK YOU, DOUG!
I won last year for Best Latin American Coverage, and Doug Ross will soon announce this year’s winners of the Fabulous 50 Blog Awards.
Will I win?
As you can see from the heading, the blog’s name was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s quote,
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
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I am considering ceasing to blog on politics.
For eight years I have posted on serious issues taking place in our hemisphere that affect our everyday lives, and, to be honest, I’ve about had it. Every post on Latin America takes time researching sources from the country in Spanish, French or Portuguese, plus English-language reports. And what for? The American media and the American public would care more if the Iranians were making deals with Martians than they care if Hezbollah makes deals with the Zetas right in our own country.
The American politics posts draw more traffic but are clearly out of the mainstream of a coddled, self-absorbed electorate that thinks their vaginas, their abortions, and their welfare checks are more important than national security, chronic unemployment and respect for the Constitution.
Half the country doesn’t even pay federal income taxes. They do not value the effort of us who do.
The re-election of Obama ensures a bad economy, which in turn ensures that I will remain unemployed as a translator. At the same time, I have always been interested in literacy. Therefore, I’m considering blogging my Spanish-to-English translation work so it’s available for free for whoever may want to read it or not.
I may continue the Carnival of Latin America on Mondays, since that’s the sort of thing I have been reading on my own time for decades.
And to hell with politics.
And many thanks to all commenters here, Facebook, and Twitter for their encouraging words.
Linked by Monty Pelerin. Thanks!
Go to her blog and donate to her tip jar. We are going through hard times, and she’s in need.
Rusty Shackleford reports that Dan Riehl is also hospitalized.
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Dr. Melissa Clouthier writes:
Sorry I didn’t write earlier. Thought you’d want to know that Dan went into the hospital last night with respiratory failure. They had to do pulmonary bypass because he couldn’t be intubated. The doctor gave him a 50-50 chance of living.
I talked to the nurse today, she thinks he’s doing better. They’re currently chasing his heart rate and trying to keep him oxygenated — he has a nasal canula now, which is not that big of a deal. They said they’d try to move him out of ICU tonight but weren’t sure.
He’s at the Fairfax County hospital.
— BlogHer(@BlogHer) August 2, 2012
4,000 women bloggers are meeting in NY City from today until Saturday at BlogHer12, and Pres. Barack Obama adressed the standing-room-only crowd in the Hilton’s largest ballroom at 4:40PM today via live feed, as he had dome in 2004.
Where is Romney?
I talked to the Romney campaign and they said that Romney couldn’t make it because he’s in Colorado today.
Imagine this: 4,000 bloggers, all of voting age, most of them activists, and the Romney campaign does not get him to spend five minutes (which was the length of Obama’s speech) with them?
More maddening yet: the rumor is that “Romney couldn’t be bothered to answer”.
Big PR fail, on this one.
Bingley’s dinner, THE social event of the NJ blogosphere, took place last night and I was honored to have been a guest.
Suzette brought the wonderful delicate phyllo triangles and posted about the procedure. Here’s what the finished product looked like,
The Chinese pilgrims added to the festivity,
Yesterday I posted on how the Zetas allegedly tortured and killed a man and a woman, who still remain unidentified, for posting on the internet on drug violence in the country.
However, the two victims are not the first bloggers to be murdered because of their posting: Last month Humberto Milan Zalazar, who ran a website, was killed also because of his posting.
The Economist comments on the most recent murders,
It isn’t clear how the killers selected their victims, as such blogs usually allow anonymous comments.
I’ll let the techies discuss how hard or how easy it would be to find the IP address of a post or a comment and compare it to the IP address of a smart phone from someone you have kidnapped. However, it is clear that the narcos are driving their point of dominance by terror.
Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, and for bloggers.
On a side note, while I visit Instapundit every day and am grateful for his links, it’s a sad day to see this entry,
IN AMERICA, WE HAVE ATTACKWATCH.COM. In Mexico, a deadly threat to ‘scandal mongers’ using social media.
Attack Watch – a White House website that quickly has become a joke – doesn’t disembowel and hang anyone a few miles from the US border.