Sneaking Back In ...

You and my other previously regular reader will both be happy to know that I'm starting to find time to blog again. I've missed a lot of what's gone on lately, but I've been reading Winter Patriot dot com and I've been very impressed with what's been going on there. Thanks to everyone who has been blogging at our community site in my absence (or silence), I've been learning a great deal and being enticed (or forced) to ride some trains of thought I hadn't previously enjoyed (or suffered) -- and I hope you have been, too.

You can read more here and/or comment below.


So glad to see something

So glad to see something from you again, Winter.

I'm waving, too!

I'm waving, too!

Plunger Speaks - Again


Thought you might appreciate this effort at connecting all the dots and calling out the criminals by name.

McJ's picture

Quite a collection

Wow - that's quite a collection of information - good work!

"I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain..." -- Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v


There's a lot of good stuff there, Plunger. And it's nice to see something from you again too.

A Book?

That's an extraordinary collection of information and links, Plunger. I don't suppose you would consider condensing it into a book, would you? It would be a mighty task, for sure, but the result would be extrememly valuable.

This is good news.

This is good news.

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Welcome home!

Hey Winter, great to see you back! I trust the project went well, and am hoping for a link or three. Some pretty impressive minds have been gathering here in your absence, and many deep thoughts have been thought - and it can't get anything but better now.
And Plunger, great stuff!
A nice anagram for Senator Reid is Dire Treason...

sorry, no links

Thanks for your kind words, Bob. Unfortunately my project -- a benefit concert -- was plagued by technical and non-technical difficulties, many of which we did not manage to overcome, and I have nothing to link to. From some other angles it went well. We managed to help some people who badly needed help, on a very local level, and it was "fitting and proper" that we did so, as Abe Lincoln would have said.

But it was also entirely "fitting and proper" that the recording equipment broke down during the show, because everything else broke down along the way, including some of the people. For starters, our keyboard wizard, who would have been easily our strongest player and probably our strongest singer, got a sudden and serious illness which nobody has been able to diagnose, and she isn't recovering yet.

She's the only one we're still worried about, but she's not the only one who was sick that night. The sax player was having trouble breathing. One of the other guys was having gastro trouble and hadn't been able to keep any food down for more than a week. And I had done too much rehearsal and too little pampering and two of my fingertips were split open and bled all the way through the set. Not helpful, especially for classical guitar. I was only good for rock and roll, and even then not much good, to tell you the truth. I didn't play well, nor could I have. And equipment trouble kept popping up all over the place, and I couldn't have been less surprised when the guy doing the video said he hadn't actually got anything recorded. It was that kind of a show.

Actually I'm glad I don't have to listen to it again. I'm also glad we didn't do it in a recording studio, because it would have been a big waste of money. Fortunately it wasn't about who played well; it was about doing it at all; it was about getting people together who needed to be together, and some other things too. Fortunately as well, it a VSOP deal; one-time-only, there-and-gone. It was great that we did it, but it's great to be back.


It sounds like it was hardly the sabattical you might have been looking forward to. Still, I'm glad there were important "non-tangible" benefits from it all. Welcome back.

Thanks, James

And thanks for your "WORLD WAR" post as well. Fantastic work!

Thanks WP and thanks

Thanks WP and thanks Debbieanne, too.

McJ's picture


Hurray - you're back!
party time! party time! party time!
Not a sidebar recommendation- but I was thinking of posting this article on the Mumbai Terror attacks in the forum in case you didn't catch it. It has some interesting analysis of the the deaths of Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare and two of his colleagues, encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar and Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte.

"I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain..." -- Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v

good article, I think!

I'm still working through it, but so far I think it looks like a keeper.

Thanks for posting this, and so much else. The site got a lot better while I was away than it ever was when I was here (and I'm hoping my return won't spoil it!) Wink

McJ's picture

Your welcome and your return

Your welcome and your return will only make things better!

"I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain..." -- Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v

Welcome back, WP!

It's so good to see you. Last week I experienced the Blue Screen Of Death on my computer and haven't been able to visit as usual. I'm on my daughter's computer at her home. Mine won't even turn on anymore.

Sorry about your benefit and all. I hope everyone gets to feeling much better real soon. It sounds as if we should all extend our praise for your (all) persistence and determination in following through with the concert. Kudos.

I'm glad you're back.

welcome back

Great to have you back, WP. There has been some great work done during your absence, I agree. Looking forward to your input too.

Glad to see you are back

I have been checking regularly, and am glad to see you are back. Regarding a sidebar link, a site who's author has an wonderful command of the English language while at the same time possessing an incredible ability to separate the important stuff from the bs is...Pro Libertate (

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Welcome Cranky Old Guy

And thanks for the suggestion - looks like an interesting blog, I linked it up on the sidebar and will check it out.

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