Thursday, July 26, 2007

Blog About The War? I'm Staying Out of the Bushes.

I got an e-mail today from a reader, Melissa Crawford, who I've known long before I started blogging. Usually this is the kind of letter I'd respond to privately but let's face it, it's been a slow week on the News-Press front. So I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and answer her letter and get my lead topic for today out of it as well. Here's what she had to say. (I've edited it for brevity.)

Hi Craig,

Still love your blog! . . .
I must admit, though, that after catching up on your site that I am angry . . . When I read your entry about Pelosi visiting and Capps being there and all the Democrats gathering together, taking photos with smiles on their faces, etc. I got truly upset. There are people dying because of this war that was entered into under false pretenses and because of lies. As an attorney, I am sure you can appreciate the current degradation of our Constitution and the unprecedented dictatorial practices of this administration . . . So, when I see everyone all friendly and having a good time while people are needlessly dying in Iraq . . . I get upset.

I get further upset when you are an attorney with a deeper understanding of what is going on than the average person and you stay silent. You have the public's attention. Does that not give you the responsibility to address the truth of this matter and criticize the Democrats in office for failing to make any headway in ending this war?

I really hope you step up to the plate here.

I'm afraid I'm going to disappoint you.

There are a lot of blogs out there that cover politics and the war in Iraq. Many of them are written by people who are better connected politically and are better informed about politics than I am.

The first rule of writing is write about what you know. For me that means the News-Press and things that are Santa Barbara.

Sure, I'm angry about being misled about the war and frustrated about the inability of anyone to do anything about ending it. But in the end all I have to offer on the subject are my opinions and my anger and what the blogosphere doesn't need is another angry and opinionated blogger.

My goal is to be informative and witty. I like to stick to topics that offer me an opportunity to achieve that goal. There aren't many punch lines to be had blogging about the war and its surrounding politics.

Having said that, I do reserve the right to take the occasional pot shot at the Bush administration.

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Time to lighten things up. As promised, today is the day I announce the winner of the iPhone photo contest. Last week I asked for photos of my blog running on the screen of an iPhone. The response was, well, underwhelming. Nevertheless, I got one entry that blew me away. Here it is.

All I can say is "Mrs. McCaw, have you no shame?"

I'll reveal the identity of the true winner tomorrow.

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