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Have a nice week

I’m going to be camping for the next week, so my access to the innertubes might be a bit erratic (but I managed to post three stories a day last summer when I went camping in the wilds of Canada, so who knows).

I’ve noticed lately that people have been submitting old postings of mine to aggregator sites (like Reddit, Stumbleupon, Fark, and Digg) and I’ve been getting lots of traffic from that. So feel free to wander down memory lane, look up some old stories, and submit them to your favorite aggregator (there is a handy-dandy tool at the end of each post to help you do that). You can also post links on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. I’m really hoping that we can build up momentum for real health care reform.

Other than that, I hope everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of summer! And remember, the point is not which side you’re on, the point is to have a good discussion that helps both sides understand the other side’s point of view.

UPDATE: I’ve made this post sticky, so it will appear first, but I’ll still try to post things (I managed to post three stories today, thanks to the iPhone!).

UPDATE 2: I’m back home! Sorry about missing a few days — didn’t even have cell phone coverage for a few days, and very little WiFi anywhere. Highlights of the trip: renting the 24 inch telescope at Pine Mountain Observatory for the night, rafting rapids on the Deschutes River, camping inside the crater of an active volcano for two nights, spelunking inside a lava tube, sunset on Paulina Peak, and a yummy dinner at Timberline Lodge. Also see the “I could see Russia” comment.



  1. Mary wrote:

    I love, love your website and use it in emails, facebook and now on my blog 😀

    Monday, August 17, 2009 at 10:59 am | Permalink
  2. starluna wrote:

    Have a good time. Resist the temptation to connect to the intertubes.

    Monday, August 17, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Permalink
  3. Oh please, don’t resist the temptation! (Starluna, I appreciate your courtesy to Iron Knee, but this week is going to be … hairy on health care reform. Iron Knee’s infusion of irony into the debate is a relief.)

    Have a great time, take pictures, post. We can make LOLIronKnees out of them. 😉

    Monday, August 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Permalink
  4. Daniel Habtemariam wrote:

    First, politicalwire is going on vacation. And now, politicalirony?? Hasn’t anyone thought of me through all this? What do you expect me to do for 2 weeks? 😉

    Have an awesome time! You have a great website. And you attract largely informed, reasonable commenters, which is a bit of a rarity on the interNets.

    Monday, August 17, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Permalink
  5. Cyn wrote:

    have fun. & do stay OFFLINE! we’ll survive..barely. 🙂 everyone needs to get offline & go out into the real world..occasionally..for some perspective. & yes, photos of political irony in the wild would be cool too. 🙂

    Monday, August 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Permalink
  6. Randy wrote:

    Have fun. See you when you return.

    Monday, August 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
  7. elkythedogsperson wrote:

    “I’m going to be camping for the next week…”

    Right. We can read between the lines. Another public persona off to visit his mistress in Latin America.


    Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 9:23 am | Permalink
  8. starluna wrote:

    Darn. Just when Iron Knee leaves for a (no doubt much needed) vacation, this happens:

    “On the other side, House GOP leader John Boehner has written to Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and CEO Billy Tauzin, urging him to reconsider the powerful drug industry’s support of Obama’s overall thrust, or as Boehner puts it ‘Washington Democrats’ government takeover of health care.'”

    Read the letter yourself:

    Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Permalink
  9. Iron Knee wrote:

    I’m giggling from the mistress in Latin America line. Actually, my first wife was from Latin America, so it makes sense.

    Today as we were finishing up a hike where we had climbed up to a ridge with a fantastic view, we encountered a family. Someone asked how the view was and the little girl answered “I could see Russia!”. We totally cracked up (we are in Central Oregon, nowhere near Russia).

    Life is good. I can’t believe I can connect through my iPhone in the middle of nowhere!

    Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Permalink
  10. Cyn wrote:

    still spend more time w/ nature than technology! & have fun!

    Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Permalink
  11. Randy wrote:

    hey, gulp.

    Nothing changed.
    The site is the same.

    You really meant it?

    I need my fix….


    Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Permalink
  12. Cyn wrote:

    YIPPIE! he’s back. & sounds like he had a wonderful vacation! 🙂

    Monday, August 24, 2009 at 11:11 am | Permalink
  13. Randy wrote:


    Welcome back!

    Monday, August 24, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Permalink