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Joe Sobran, R.I.P.

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Today I read Ann Coulter’s column with great sadness – Joe Sobran has died.

I do not recall his National Review days, and indeed, I first became acquainted with his superlative writing through his book “Alias Shakespeare.” As a fellow Oxfordian, I was intrigued by his writing, and later became a devotee of his columns as published on his website. I did, over the last few years, lose track of his writings in the overall internet din.

I’m sorry I did. I enjoyed his writings immensely, and I now learn that no less than Ann Coulter was a fan too.

May flights of angels carry him to his rest. He now knows for certain who wrote that line.

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October 7, 2010 at 12:02 am

Sabato’s Prediction

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By now, I’m sure most readers have learned of Larry Sabato’s prognostication for the 2010 election.

Given what we can see at this moment, Republicans have a good chance to win the House by picking up as many as 47 seats, net. This is a “net” number since the GOP will probably lose several of its own congressional districts in Delaware, Hawaii, and Louisiana. This estimate, which may be raised or lowered by Election Day, is based on a careful district-by-district analysis, plus electoral modeling based on trends in President Obama’s Gallup job approval rating and the Democratic-versus-Republican congressional generic ballot (discussed later in this essay). If anything, we have been conservative in estimating the probable GOP House gains, if the election were being held today.

In the Senate, we now believe the GOP will do a bit better than our long-time prediction of +7 seats. Republicans have an outside shot at winning full control (+10), but are more likely to end up with +8 (or maybe +9, at which point it will be interesting to see how senators such as Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and others react).

Worth reading the whole thing. My principal reason for noting this post is I think it worthy of comment for its conservatism. A lot of people are waking up to Scott Brown’s victory and suddenly finding it significant nine months later. Some of us thought it significant at the time. That this is now a conservative prediction is amazing.

I’m adding Sabato’s blog to the blogroll. He seems a smooth sippin’ drink to me.

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September 5, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Just So – Remember

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A fine new blog called America Ad Nauseam has appeared. As near as I can tell, it started in August, but has already been featured on The American Thinker. Clearly, this is a blog worthy of continued attention, as this recent post indicates.

Money quote:

Republicans must remember and learn from a key mistake of the Bush administration. Too often Bush was content with letting history be his final judge. Ultimately, this is the case with many presidents, but it was not wise to merely leave it at that when full throated and compelling policy defense could and should have been made to the American people. Letting the opposition define him is what led to his abysmal approval rating. If you let someone lie long and loudly enough without opposition, people will regard it as reality.

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February 2, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Reconstitution Complete

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It’s done — all 1216 original MartiniPundit posts (including the seven that were never publicly published) are back. All have the right date, and most have the right time. For a small but significant number, I didn’t have completely accurate time stamps, and I had to try to interpret those. I apologize for any imprecision there, and will certainly correct any where better information comes to light. Unfortunately, the comments and trackbacks are next to impossible to transfer and so I’ve reluctantly had to proceed without them. Thanks to all who’ve visited past and present.

This is the last Site Meter visitor count as of early September 2008 which I’ll also add to the right:


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November 20, 2008 at 6:53 pm

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Soxblog Hands in His Glove

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I read that Dean Barnett, the inestimable Soxblog, died today. He will be missed.

Dean was one of the early bloggers I found, and I always enjoyed his wit, his wisdom, and his ability to keep his cool. He quickly earned a place on my blogroll, and I was privileged to have had a place on his. While his blog lasted, he was a daily stop, and we also e-mailed from time to time. Though we both lived in Boston, we never managed to meet. I regret that very much.

I was happy for him that he had found a place as a columnist in recent years, and all I had to see was his byline to know that I was in for a treat. Alas, that voice is now gone, and we are all the poorer for it. 

Goodbye Dean.

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October 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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Half-Way Mark

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Roughly half-way there.

Interesting, Google allegedly caches web-pages for some period (said to be eternity), but apparently that isn’t so. Many of the original MartiniPundit posts, while appearing in searches, do not appear in caches. This has slowed me down in terms of reposting since I now have to parse a text archive in two and sometimes three separate files.

Still, at this writing, just over half of the 1200+ posts are back up.

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October 21, 2008 at 1:09 am

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MartiniPundit went offline some time ago, but had at least been up and available to those diehards who still visited despite not a word having issued from me for some eighteen months. A couple of weeks ago, finding the hosting costs couldn’t possibly justify keeping the site alive, I let it expire.

No sooner had I done so than I was contacted by a reader telling me the site was down. And then a friend, who apparently continued to use the blogroll, mentioned it. So, here I am again, breathing life back into this blog.

Alas, there appears no easy solution for migrating posts from my old software to this new (WordPress) and more importantly — free — software. Thus, I will have to bring back everything by hand. This will take time, but it will allow me to add categories, a thing the blog never used before. Once I think we’re sufficiently back, I’ll make a more general announcement. If you stumble across this, please have patience as there are more than a thousand entries. Alas, comments and trackbacks will be lost. Not to mention the record that more than 100,000 of you visited at one time or another.

Now, I’m not promising a deluge of words, though that’s possible. But this will mean the site will remain, at least as long as WordPress does.

Update Well, some words were issued but not actually published. I’ve rectified that now.

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September 24, 2008 at 10:10 pm

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