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Political Irony is going to have someone else posting stories for a month.

Why? Because I’m leaving the country on a trip. I’m going to go see what’s up in the Middle East, including visiting Egypt, Israel, and other countries. I should have Internet access from time to time so you will see some posts filed by me, but mostly you will see posts from my good friend “Iron Filing”. So if you disagree with anything you see in here, it was definitely posted by my substitute!



  1. Dan wrote:

    LOL. Running for political office??? “if you disagree with anything you see in here, it was definitely posted by my substitute!” sounds like Washington-speak to me.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    Plausible Deniability!

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 8:51 am | Permalink
  3. PatriotSGT wrote:

    Have a good time and stay safe!

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 11:06 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    What PatriotSGT said!

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 11:29 am | Permalink
  5. Have fun!

    “Iron Filing” *pun-groan*

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  6. Bard wrote:

    Good Luck IK

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink
  7. Iron Filing wrote:

    What THOUGHT DANCER said!

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink
  8. Sammy wrote:

    Safe travels, IK. As for IF, you’d better watch out, cuz we ain’t givin’ you no slack.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Permalink
  9. Patricia wrote:

    We expect a full report on your return! πŸ™‚

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
  10. john wrote:

    And stay out of trouble. No really. Come back safe.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Permalink
  11. starluna wrote:

    Make sure your passport doesn’t expire while you are away. And don’t go hiking anywhere near the Iranian border.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink
  12. A REGULAR READER wrote:

    Israel and Egypt? Oy that is so Jewish! (Baruch hashem, friend! ~heh~)

    Stay safe, keep your powder dry, and don’t take any wooden shekels…etc, etc… we will miss you!

    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 12:35 am | Permalink
  13. Iron Knee wrote:

    Visiting a few other countries than Egypt and Israel, but those will have to remain a mystery, for now!

    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 3:55 am | Permalink
  14. JamesM wrote:

    During your sabbatical, to WHOM do I address my emails containing ironic links or content?

    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink
  15. Mark wrote:

    Safe travels..!

    Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Permalink
  16. Iron Knee wrote:

    We’re off on the first leg of our trip! Be nice to Iron Filing! πŸ™‚

    Friday, November 4, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  17. rk wrote:

    We’ll treat IF just like we treat you!

    Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Permalink
  18. Iron Knee wrote:

    We’ve been in Cairo for a few days now. Saw Tahir Square, but we just finished up the Feast of Abraham and it was a huge party scene. You wouldn’t know these people are in the middle of a democratic revolution — everyone seems to be in good spirits. Tourism is starting to pick up again and things seem almost normal (for Egypt). Everyone loves to talk about what is going on with the upcoming elections.

    Already had one media myth exploded. The story we hear in the US was that Mubarak was a good leader for a while, but then he turned bad. I guess that is a good story for the US, since we supported him. But the people here tell me that once Mubarak gained power, he immediately set about installing himself for life and was not a particularly good leader. Of course, Egypt has had pretty good leaders in the past — both Sadat and Nasser are beloved.

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Permalink
  19. Iron Filing wrote:

    Great to get an update from you IK!
    Although I’m enjoying hosting PI for you, I’m sure that I’m only one among many anxiously awaiting your return to the helm of Political Irony πŸ™‚

    Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink
  20. Iron Knee wrote:

    You’re doing a great job, Iron Filing. I might just stay here in Egypt!

    Friday, November 18, 2011 at 9:24 am | Permalink
  21. IK: No! Come back to us! πŸ˜‰

    Friday, November 18, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink
  22. Iron Filing wrote:

    Ditto to Thought Dancer πŸ™‚

    Friday, November 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink
  23. Iron Knee wrote:

    You guys are too sweet. I am having a great time here, though. We stayed in Cairo last night, about a block from the protests that erupted yesterday. Been interesting talking to people about that, getting conflicting opinions. One person was happy for the protests (that he estimated at a million people) because they would keep the military from trying to stay in charge. Another, younger person, thought that the protests were just to give the Islamic Brotherhood some good PR before the elections coming up at the end of the month. Situation is complicated.

    Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink
  24. Iron Knee wrote:

    We were in Alexandria last night, now back in Cairo. The protests turned violent yesterday (while we were gone) with 2 people dead and around a thousand injured. Looks calmer now, but there was tear gas earlier today. Was going to wander over, but now thinking we will just watch from the relative safety of our 16th floor window, which looks down on Tahir square.

    Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 5:12 am | Permalink
  25. IK: Oh the places you’ll go!

    Stay safe, and please prepare a post for when you get back.

    Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 11:06 am | Permalink
  26. Iron Knee wrote:

    Trying to stay safe. The protests escalated again, with the police driving everyone out of the square using tear gas and beating the protestors with sticks. Then the police set fire to everything left by the protestors, their signs, flags, tents, even a motorcycle. We stayed inside the hotel while that was going on, watching it from our window or on TV. Finally things have calmed down, so I went across the street where there is internet.

    Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Permalink
  27. Don wrote:

    A couple people getting pepper sprayed in Portland pales in comparison. Be safe.

    Monday, November 21, 2011 at 11:54 am | Permalink
  28. Don. Yeah. I’ll feel better when IK goes to a more stable location.

    Monday, November 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink
  29. Iron Knee wrote:

    All safe! Have been away from Cairo for two days, in the Sinai peninsula now. Going to Jordan tomorrow.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    See my comments here:

    Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 3:02 am | Permalink
  30. IK: Good to hear from you!

    Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 3:31 am | Permalink
  31. PatriotSGT wrote:

    You sure know how to pick a vacation spot πŸ™‚ I think you should talk to your travel agent.

    Happy Thanksgiving to All

    Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink
  32. Iron Knee wrote:

    Just finishing up in Jordan. Petra was even more amazing than I expected. Also spent the night with Bedouins in Wadi Rum and floated on the surface of the Dead Sea. Tomorrow we move on to Israel.

    Monday, November 28, 2011 at 11:44 am | Permalink
  33. Don wrote:

    Did you see any remnants of the old railroad near Wadi Rum? Lawrence of Arabia and his cronies had a particular dislike for it and expressed their animus with high explosives.

    Monday, November 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink
  34. Iron Knee wrote:

    The old railroad is still there, and still working. It is narrow gauge, and used for transporting freight (no passengers). We were told that the Ottomans cut down hundreds of thousands of trees building that railroad, changing the landscape (and the weather) permanently. Can’t blame the locals for being upset!

    Monday, November 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
  35. Eve wrote:

    You missed a great story. According to the Daily Rash, Barney Frank is in the running to portray Elmer Fudd in a new DreamWorks production of Steven Spielberg’s “Bugs Bunny” movie. Sounds pretty good!

    Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink
  36. Iron Knee wrote:

    We’re back in the US. Through the miracle of time zones, we will have been in transit for 31 hours, all in the same day. We started in Israel at 3am and our last leg arrives home at 11:47pm the same day.

    Now we just need a vacation to recover from our vacation.

    Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink