Sunday, June 02, 2002

Welcome, New Readers!

Wow…looks like I got a lot more out of Friday’s LA Blogger Party than just a chance to meet some of the best writers in the City of Angels. I also got a five-fold jump in hits over my daily average. So welcome aboard, newcomers! I hope you’re back soon!

Since so many of you are new to the page, now seems like as good a time as any to give you a little introduction to the site.

Like any web log, is a personal soapbox where I spout off about politics, culture, and everything else under the sun. Yes, the whole enterprise is breathtakingly vain--from the site name to the day-to-day content. But then, as the writer of Ecclesiastes reminds us, all is vanity.

My take on life tends to be rather conservative. However, this site is not called “” If you want the conservative party line, here’s a link to the White House Press Office.

My particular brand of conservatism is a mixed cocktail of libertarianism and Christian traditionalism. If you’re familiar with the canon of sainted conservatives, you could say I try bringing together the top hat–and-monocle world of Albert Jay Nock with the youthful, free-spirited Christianity found along Hilaire Belloc’s Path to Rome. Or, to put it in pop culture terms, if I were a character from the Simpsons, I’d be one-half Bart, and one-half Mr. Burns.

These two sides of me often clash on this page, but don’t mind that. As the saying goes, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” One day I’ll review a Dvorak CD, the next day I’ll post pictures of Latin Pop goddess Thalia. Other days we’ll drink ice water and discuss the news, other days we’ll head down to Teejay and pop open some Coronas. Needless to say, it’s a wild ride here. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

(Originally Posted at 11:00 on January 27, 2002)