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You may have noticed that the site has been having problems for a few days. I don’t know if someone hacked into the site (again), or if it is the victim of a denial of service attack, or whatever. I’ve spent a few days trying to fix it but so far have failed.

The biggest problem is that I’m starting a new company, and I don’t have enough time to fix the blog right now (the last time this happened, it took weeks of hard work). Sorry, but I’m giving up.

It has been a great run. I started this blog in May 2008 and expected to do this maybe up until the election. But then you happened. I’ve made new friends, and have reconnected with old friends who found the blog. I’ve gone to parties and had people come up to me and tell me that they discovered this cool new blog, not knowing it was me who ran it (how crazy is that?). I have gotten so much out of this. Thank you all.

If you need a political humor fix, I recommend looking at Matt Bors’ new site The Nib at

I’ll take the site down in a few days, but I’ll put up a list of other sources of political humor. Meanwhile, try the links.

If I ever decide to do something similar, I’ll post information in the Political Irony facebook page at, and on twitter at

thanks again,

Wm Leler AKA Iron Knee

UPDATE: Just posted something to the blog and it worked (mostly). So I may continue to post things on and off.



  1. Desert Gecko wrote:

    We will miss you. Thank you for years of thought-provoking entertainment!

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  2. I can’t even imagine how much work has been involved in publishing this blog, but it has helped to keep me sane and informed, and I thank you for that. So sorry to see it go, but I wish you great good luck in your new endeavour.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  3. Chris wrote:

    Thanks for the many laughs over the years. I have always looked forward to your posts. Good luck!

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Permalink
  4. Jeff wrote:

    It’s been a pleasure reading this. I will certainly miss the informative, insightful, and hilarious stories. Good luck in the future!

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink
  5. Mike wrote:

    I will miss this little corner of sanity in an otherwise mad world. Good luck and God speed.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    I’m really going to miss this site. I’ve enjoyed it so much and it’s one of my few “must do” things every day.

    Thanks for it all.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
  7. Greg wrote:

    Thanks for all the great work through the years. Your site has been a daily source of entertainment as well as a great public service. It will be missed!

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm | Permalink
  8. Tim wrote:

    I began most of my days by looking at your site, and was never disappointed. I will miss you. Good luck

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink
  9. Rick wrote:

    Many thanks for the years of political sanity. I’ve really appreciated this little escape every morning. Best on your new venture.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink
  10. David Freeman wrote:

    Damn and Double Damn. This is the post I did not want to read but I understand. I can’t imagine how much work it was to do such a great job especially since I know how much work it was to spend 6 weeks doing a poor shadow of what you did.
    – Iron Filing

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Permalink
  11. Steve wrote:

    I was an 18 year old university freshman when I started reading this site, and have since graduated and started work as a lawyer, all the while keeping myself entertained and informed by regularly visiting your site (and irregularly posting comments).

    Thanks very much for the years of effort, and best of luck with your next adventure.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink
  12. rk wrote:

    Thanks, it has been informative and enjoyable!

    And I’m sorry I’ve been to busy to participate of recent.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Permalink
  13. Dave, TN wrote:

    I will certainly miss this site, it was and is at the top of my “Fav” list for a reason. Wish you good luck with your new endeavor.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Permalink
  14. just me wrote:


    Good luck to you though, and THANK YOU!

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Permalink
  15. Michael wrote:

    Thanks for keeping this going for as long as you have. It’s been a lot of fun discussing (and, at times, arguing) various points with many people on this site. I feel that my ability to make clear arguments has gotten better as a result of this site, so thank you for that service.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:15 pm | Permalink
  16. Terri wrote:

    Very sorry to see this but thanks for all your work. Be well.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Permalink
  17. Becky wrote:

    I will echo others in saying that this has been one of my favorite sites and I checked it every day, even when you said posting would be spotty. I will miss it. I thank you for all the work you put into it and wish you well.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm | Permalink
  18. a regular reader wrote:

    Wow, I will miss your blog immensely! Live long and prosper–or as much of either as you desire, anyway. And thank you.

    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:26 am | Permalink
  19. ebdoug wrote:

    Every single day. I think I haven’t missed a day since you started the site. You have a gentleness in your comments that other commentators don’t have.
    I also have to add that while the site was having problems I went to your “home” wm leler site and looked at pictures of your trips. I, also would have been taking pictures of aura borealis and the ponies on the fell.
    Starting a business, you will be able to take other trips so I’ll check in over there periodically and read your update about your new business.
    Having spent 20 years starting and running our tiny town Web site, I understand the work involved. Of course, I have computer geek son to help me. The town did not have a Web Site. And last year a Republican got in as Town Supervisor. The voted to go to a paid Web Site instead of my free one. And yes, the new one is not kept up to date. There is in event in our town scheduled for April of 2013 just in case you are interested. No beautiful pictures, etc.
    No one can do political commentary as you do. Thank you, Eva

    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:32 am | Permalink
  20. ebdoug wrote:

    Actually, you will be commenting on the other sits so give us a list of which ones you read and your screen name.

    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:36 am | Permalink
  21. il-08 wrote:

    Ratfarts…. just ratfarts.

    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 8:06 am | Permalink
  22. FM wrote:

    Thank you so much for all your hard work, insight and humor, and the very very best on all your future endevours, this site will be sorely missed by both my husband and I who read it regularly.

    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:54 am | Permalink
  23. Judy wrote:

    Wow, I can’t tell you how much we are going to miss you and your commentary. This has been my go-to site for a while now. Thanks for the fun and irony. Good luck in your future endeavors. Know you will be missed.

    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:32 am | Permalink
  24. Don wrote:

    IK, you’re Wm Leler? I never knew. “>D

    Gonna miss the site, Wm, but I certainly understand.


    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Permalink
  25. Sammy wrote:


    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm | Permalink
  26. Kirk wrote:

    Thank you so much for the years of great material! I always expected that this would lead to a column in some larger media outlet for you. Sorry to see it end over technical reasons, but I totally understand, (well, probably not,) how much work this must be. Know that you will be missed. Best of luck with your new company!

    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
  27. Thatguy wrote:

    What can I say that these other wonderful PI faithful haven’t? Thank you for your work, you’ve been an absolutely terrific read and great discussion destination for the three or four years I’ve been visiting. I really and truly appreciate it.

    Best of luck as you move forward with your new business and life in general. I think yours will be the first page I “like” on Facebook… Just in case!

    Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink
  28. Annie Onimouse wrote:

    Wow. Sincerely, THANK YOU. PI has been the first link in my Politics section for years. I can’ tell you how much I’ve enjoyed you work. Great job. I wish you the best of luck, and hope you come back soon.

    Thanks, man.

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:02 am | Permalink
  29. Quinten Lansu wrote:

    Hey Iron Knee, sorry to see you go. I’ve been following your blog since about 2008 I think. Even though I’m Dutch, I follow American politics because of the drama. And you bring the drama like no other.

    I loved the cartoons, but especially your own insights. Your blog has always been a highlight in my feed reader.

    Sorry to see you go, but thank you for all the content you’ve gathered and put up here over the years.

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:24 am | Permalink
  30. Richard wrote:

    Be well. Good luck with the new company.

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:55 am | Permalink
  31. Cyn wrote:

    oh no! say it ain’t so! thank you. gonna miss this. πŸ™

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:08 am | Permalink
  32. Slavenka wrote:

    It was a great pleasure to be your regular reader. Thank you for your hard work.Good luck!

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:44 am | Permalink
  33. Mike wrote:

    Thank you!

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:48 am | Permalink
  34. Scott wrote:

    This day was going so nicely — and then I saw your sad news. Mega-BUMMER. But God bless you for all the joy you’ve brought to my way of seeing things that would otherwise have me trying to decide between hemlock and Limbaugh through earphones at full volume.

    Best wishes for your new project.

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:50 am | Permalink
  35. Ray wrote:

    A sad day.
    Enjoyed your site, comment, cartoons, the whole thing from the beginning, and PI will be missed.
    Good luck in all your future endeavors.

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:01 am | Permalink
  36. David Drymon wrote:

    A huge thank you from me as we’ll. you’ve been an inspiration to me and I have passed along your excellent things to others. Keep in touch. Dave

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:12 am | Permalink
  37. westomoon wrote:

    Ah, this is sad news indeed — my mailbox will be losing its one reliably bright spot. Sad, too, that you’ve been obliged to contend with so many tech catastrophes. I don’t blame you for throwing up your hands at last.

    It’ll be a different world without Political Irony — you’ve been the most grown-up voice, by far, in the cacophony. I give you this honor over, say, Jon Stewart because you can whip out a mean analysis and burst into righteous indignation when it’s justified. I haven’t always agreed with you, but I’ve always, always valued your perspective.

    Thank you for the many years of humor and sanity. I will miss you, IK!

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink
  38. tiki god wrote:

    site seems to be working fine for me?

    I’d be happy to host / manage your wordpress for you!

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  39. John G wrote:

    No! Don’t go!

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink
  40. Leigh R wrote:

    Thank you so much, I’ve enjoyed visiting so often πŸ™‚

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink
  41. Mark H wrote:

    Hello and Goodbye from Brisbane Australia
    I cant remember how I stumbled across you, but I too will miss your regular emails. They have provided a great balance to the rubbish we get here from the Murdoch press which dominates the Australian print media.

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Permalink
  42. Robby wrote:

    Thanks for all the laughs, viewpoints, and articles! πŸ™‚ I’ve had this place bookmarked since I found it and return to it often. I hope you reconsider. This has always been a great place to go to get a refreshing outlook on things. πŸ™‚ I love this blog, hate to see it go.

    Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:10 pm | Permalink
  43. Alison wrote:

    Thanks so much for your insight over the years. I’m sorry to see you end this, but I understand why you must do so. And I have to say, I’m grateful for all the laughs. There were many!

    Best of luck in your new endeavor.

    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:18 am | Permalink
  44. Hassan wrote:

    Sad to see you leave. I enjoyed this site and conversations here.

    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:18 am | Permalink
  45. Tim wrote:

    Sad to see the blog go. Thanks for all the years of highly entertaining posts. Best of luck with the new endeavor!

    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:22 am | Permalink
  46. Trip wrote:

    I will also miss this site very much. Thank you so much for running it. Good luck with your new business venture!

    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:28 am | Permalink
  47. Steve wrote:

    You’ll be sorely missed! Thank you so much for keeping it going for as many years as you have.

    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  48. Joe wrote:

    I saw this post yesterday and now just checked again today out of habit. Thank you for this website. I will miss it and your insights very much. Best of luck with your business!

    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 11:11 am | Permalink
  49. Nance wrote:

    Thank you for your hard work and your voice for so many years. I cannot tell you how many times I linked to your site from my own, directing people here for a truly clear and intelligent discourse on so many current topics. Your new business will undoubtedly do well if your perseverance, tact, and work ethic here is any indication. Again, thank you.

    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:21 pm | Permalink
  50. Sam Foster wrote:

    Thank you.

    Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  51. DimitryR wrote:

    Your blog has been a daily read for me for the last 3 years. Sorry to see you hang it up. Good luck with your future endeavors!

    Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:50 am | Permalink
  52. Drew wrote:

    I’ve been reading since some time before the 2008 election, and stuck around ever since. I’ll be sad to see it go, but thanks for running it for all these years…

    Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  53. Dan Nott wrote:

    Thank you for all your work! I’ve been reading this blog for a year or so now, and as an aspiring cartoonist, really loved your take on the absurdity of current events. You will be missed and I hope you’ll be back!

    Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm | Permalink
  54. DaddyO wrote:

    It’s the end of an era. This site has reliably been one of the more useful and entertaining in my list of daily visits. Your work was always appreciated and PI will be missed. Thanks for everything and best of luck in your new endeavor.

    Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink
  55. Papa J wrote:

    Thank you for staying for the extra time. It has been enlightening. Keep me on email, you might get back to this again. I would like to hear more from you.

    Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Permalink
  56. Don in Waco wrote:

    Thanks bunches. Its been a nice ride.

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:07 am | Permalink
  57. Rosario wrote:

    Your blog will be sorely missed…!
    Thank you so much, I’ve enjoyed immensely.

    Good luck and cheers from Uruguay, South America

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm | Permalink
  58. ebdoug wrote:

    Phew, about the new posts. I’ve been warned about the little URls. (bring in virus) I wonder if the site you are on got rid of the problem.

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:06 am | Permalink
  59. PatriotSGT wrote:

    IK thans you for donating alot of your personal time simply for the purpose of allowing conversation to take place in a civil manner. I first found your little blog in 2009 I believe while recovering from my 3rd and final tour overseas and it provided me a venue to discuss some of the questions I had about life in general and allowed me to hear different viewpoints. The next year while I was battling cancer it was the bright spot of my day while I would be home alone dealing with the side effects of treatment. Your site got me out of bed and kept me thinking and engaged. After that it was just a part of what I’d do and I looked forward to each day to see how different people thought about different things.
    My friend, you’ve given more then you know and I’m sure I am not the only one who feels this way. Take care and may you enjoy some free time without the hassles of site management and daily research. We’ll all miss you and I’ll miss you. Keep my email and if you begin again in any fashion or ever need anyting, let me know.

    I’ll also miss an aweful lot of the PI contributers. There are some truely awesome contributers I’ve seen over the years. Thank you as well!


    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:17 am | Permalink
  60. David Freeman wrote:

    Well said PtSgt.

    You are definitely one of the “truly awesome contributors”. IK’s selections and analysis alone made this site excellent but regular commenters like you made this a daily must read.
    Thanks again to IK but also thanks to all the commenters for their thoughtful insights.


    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:38 am | Permalink
  61. a regular reader wrote:

    So, um, you were just fucking with us? (You’re only quitting PI if/when the connectivity gods get their periods?)

    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:12 am | Permalink
  62. Iron Knee wrote:

    Ha ha! The site got so bad that it took like 20 seconds just to load any page. Trying to post any message kept failing over and over. I spent two days trying to figure out what was wrong, had my hosting provider check everything on their end, all to no avail. So I finally gave up.

    Then you guys posted an embarrassment of so many sweet messages. And I still had to load the site in order to delete spam messages (as long as I left the site up). Then a week later it suddenly started working again. So, as I said in the update, I started posting a few messages again, when I had the time.

    As I said, I’m really busy now starting a new company, but it won’t always be this bad. Hopefully, I’ll have more spare time as we get closer to the election. So I’m slacking for a while now, but figured it makes sense to post things I see from time to time to keep it alive until I have more time.

    I hope that is acceptable to you! πŸ™‚

    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Permalink
  63. PATRIOTSGT wrote:

    Thank you David!

    It’s funny, but I don’t see myself that way. There are so many very knowledgeable and articulate contributors, like yourself, that I feel more like a hack sometimes. Folks like you and the others who tolerate my amateurish attempts at debate and discourse deserve most of the credit.

    But, I do feel like I’m making forward progress πŸ™‚

    Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink