Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Blog That Started It All

It's true. This is the blog that started it all for me. It got me into this blogging thing and I have yet to stop. Started in 2005, Six Hours On Sunday, was a way for me to write. There was no topic. Everything was game. I wound up posting a lot of political musings on here, a few of which I still love reading to this day, which is extremely rare of me to say. Usually when I read old stuff of mine I want to rewrite the whole thing or scrap the piece altogether.

Because there was never any narrow focus on this blog, it had a hard time targeting a reader. I'm sure I attracted some with image posts, or humor posts, but then I probably lost some readers when I essentially came out as a democrat and started to post a slew of political things during the 2008 presidential campaign season. And then, maybe, as time went on and I was posting fewer political blogs some readers might have come back. And then they would have left again because of the intense graduate school curriculum I faced for two years.

Six Hours On Sunday will always be here as long as I am writing or have a desire to. So this is not its final post, but it could be the last one for a while. For once, I have started a new blog with a narrow focus. It's called At Home With London. It is about my journey as a dad who is raising his first daughter who was born at 26 weeks. So, if you're just getting here for some reason and you want to follow me, I'll be over there writing and attempting to document an adventure unlike any other.

God bless you for reading.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Signed, "Dad"

13 February 2014    7:32pm

I just wrote on your first Valentine's Day card. I love what I wrote and I was doing great until I had to sign. I had never signed Dad before and it moved me to tears. It was such a powerful and unexpected moment and I felt I shared it with you even though I am here at home and you are a few miles away tucked into your isolette. 

Monday, March 03, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Good News Regarding The News

Via the Dish:

All three cable-news networks are losing younger viewers in droves, with Fox News losing the most. The median viewer age at Fox is 68. 68!!!! 

I think cable-news networks losing the younger viewer is very positive. These viewers are increasingly reading their news on mobile devices. Where they are reading the news still matters. But the fact that fewer people are watching the news is a positive trend.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The State of the Union

What a masterful speech by Obama. His delivery, as normal, was eloquent and well-timed, but it was the content of his speech and the enthusiasm with which he delivered his fifth SOTU address that was so positive and encouraging. 

He had a wonderful defense of the ACA, pointing out the guest who recently signed up for affordable care and then a few days later had a sharp pain, which led to a surgery that would have bankrupted this particular person the week before. He pointed out that in 2014, gender discrimination, regarding the price of health insurance will end, thanks to the ACA. In Colorado, gender discrimination is already illegal, but in Wyoming, a state near and dear to my heart, but so far behind in many ways, women pay 76 to 100% more than men for health insurance. Wyoming and Arkansas lead the way in this sorry respect and in 2014 they will no longer. 

Obama hit his opponents hard on many issues and, by doing so, everyone watching tonight's address got to see the tepid reaction on the right to: equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, ending the war in Afghanistan, preventing American military intervention in Syria, making a deal with Iran to put an end to their nuclear ambitions, and to this gem, "America must move off a permanent war footing." Beautiful. 

It was an oddly energizing speech. One doesn't expect much from these formalities, but sometimes something promising breaks through. Tonight that happened. Obama was only confrontational because he listed his administration's successes, those his opponents spent so much time and energy resisting without providing thorough solutions themselves.

And yet, the Republican address is given by a woman whose party didn't seem very excited at all about paying females the .23 cents on the dollar they lose to their male counterparts solely because they are female. 

There is still a lot of work to do, but Obama did channel hope and promise tonight and those who stayed in their seats did not come off looking very good.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bridgegate Editorial

I thought this was a good editorial. Bridgegate matters. As did Benghazi and the IRS. But they are not the same thing and if there were a republican in the White House right now, and if Christie were the frontrunner for the democrats, he would be under the same amount of scrutiny.