A unicorn dies every time the other side wins

The mantra of “My country, right or wrong” has, unfortunately, metastasized into something far more insidious: “My party, right or wrong.”

Along those lines, South Carolina blogger Charlie Speicht Speight, writing at The Garnet Spy, breaks out a host of shopworn bromides which he claims highlights just how far our nation has fallen. The unstated assumption is that this has occurred under the watch of President Barack Obama.

Speicht Speight puts forth a series of amorphous questions which may have few quantifiable answers but serve a larger purpose of getting red meat Republicans worked into a lather as the 2012 presidential election looms.

Consider some excerpts from Speicht’s Speight’s piece, titled “Do You Remember America?

Do you recall that magnificent, unapologetic juggernaut of democracy and freedom?

Do you remember the America that made herself into a mighty power that she used to protect the oppressed elsewhere in the world, asking for little in return?

Do you remember how America created, built, manufactured, invented, assembled, hammered, welded, bought, sold, sailed, flew, plowed, sowed, harvested and shared?

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Are things that slow in Monaco? Apparently

One of the most interesting features that WordPress offers is the ability of users to determine what countries they’re generating traffic from.

Beginning in late February, WordPress, the platform on which I host this site, added a feature which allows bloggers to track visits by country on a daily, weekly, monthly and overall basis.

Some of the viewership statistics for this blog have been rather astonishing, not to mention mystifying, to say the least. It’s not so much total numbers that have me scratching my head, but where the figures are coming from.

The five countries where the Cotton Boll Conspiracy has generated the most traffic is hardly a surprise; the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and India are all English-speaking nations, or, in the case of India, has a significant portion of its population that speaks English.

The next five countries are a little less predictable: Germany, France, Italy, Turkey and the Netherlands. However, English is a popular secondary language in most, if not all, those nations.

Then with Nos. 11-15 it starts to get a bit odd. Visitors from Spain, the Philippines, Brazil, Sweden and Poland have tallied over 1,250 visits between them in less than three months.

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Old Jules: A Lone Star State treasure

More than a decade after first catching on, blogs today usually fall into one of a just a few categories. Political blogs, business blogs and media blogs are among the best known. They are also among the most conventional.

However, none are more predictable, generally speaking, than the personal blog, which is often nothing more than an online diary detailing the events of a blogger’s daily life.

In the hands of a talented and observant writer, a personal blog can be funny and illuminating; when authored by the unimaginative or incoherent, it can be little more than a listless refrain of grievances or a sampling of inane inertia.

One personal blog that is anything but predictable, boring or insipid is So Far From Home. It’s written by a character named Old Jules, who describes himself as “68 years old, living in the middle of nowhere in the Texas Hill Country with four cats and a dozen chickens.”

Consider the categories that Old Jules features on his blog: Book Reviews, Y2K, White Trash Repairs, Music Links, Country Life, Survival and Romance. Heavy on humor and wisdom, So Far From Heaven is anything but your typical.

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