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January 3, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

VACATION'S END....Well, I'm back. Finally. Did you miss me?

Many thanks to Steve Benen, who did some terrific guest blogging in my absence, as well as the Washington Monthly editors who also pitched in. As I hope all of you know by now, Steve's regular blog is The Carpetbagger Report, and for my money it's probably more deserving of wider recognition than any political blog out there. If you haven't bookmarked it yet and made it part of your daily reading, you should consider doing it. Right now would be a good time.

You've probably also noticed that Debra Dickerson is visiting with us and has written a few guest posts recently. She'll be here for a few more days, and if she wants to use the word "spoze" she's more than welcome to. Everyone OK with that?

Kevin Drum 12:17 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (28)

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Well yeah, actually I did. Your guest bloggers were the best set you have had so far, but I guess you actually aren't a half-bad writer.

Cranky

Posted by: Cranky Observer on January 3, 2006 at 12:22 PM | PERMALINK

Welcome back Kevin.

Posted by: Al on January 3, 2006 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

I'll live with "spoze", just please draw the line this side of "prolly"

Posted by: hopeless pedant on January 3, 2006 at 12:29 PM | PERMALINK

I spoze it's ok...

Posted by: tom on January 3, 2006 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

Steve was awesome. A real credit to Washington Monthly's online efforts. Any chance of keeping him, and removing the "guest" moniker.

Posted by: Mysticdog on January 3, 2006 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

You don't have to aks.

Posted by: lib on January 3, 2006 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

welcome back, Kevin. i missed you but i did appreciate Steve B and Debra D.

Posted by: rimone on January 3, 2006 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, we missed you Kev, big time. Still, spoze you deserved a break.

Posted by: MDtoMN on January 3, 2006 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

You missed Abramoff's pleading guilty, but you didn't miss it by much.

Posted by: phil on January 3, 2006 at 12:42 PM | PERMALINK

I gotta second Mysticdog...Kinda nice being able to see what's up on Eastern time, instead of always being late to the show.

Oh yeah...like you, Kevin, he's pretty good at writing opinions in a manner that invites commentary.

Y'all keep up the good work. (Is y'all stil allowable?)

Posted by: grape_crush on January 3, 2006 at 12:45 PM | PERMALINK

Welcome back, Kevin, and Happy New Year!

I agree with others here - Steve was the best guest you've had. Consistently thoughtful, well-written posts. Just for score-keeping purposes, that's more a comment on his high quality than about anything lacking in your previous guests. I've already bookmarked The Carpetbagger Report...

Glad to have you back.

Posted by: Liberel on January 3, 2006 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

>(Is y'all stil allowable?)

No, it ain't.

Posted by: MJ Memphis on January 3, 2006 at 12:54 PM | PERMALINK

I am not, typically, someone to whinge on about others choices in guest posts and the like (or whingong on about your supposed decline,(or not)), but really, that semi-literate pretentious 'cool' rot that the illiterate git has going on is at once irritating, a waste of space and uninteresting.

Rather like that lobotimised cretin, Maureen Dowd. If you would like Dowdification, then carry on.

Posted by: collounsbury on January 3, 2006 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

I realize the the need to make sure the constituency is happy but, to be honest, I don't keep score. I read Steve's posts everyday the same as I read yours. Deb was roughly handled for some reasons best left in the archive (uncivil and trite come to mind), so I'm glad the teacher came back to the room to settle down the class.

And as they say (you now who they are), absence makes the heart grow founder but is in itself not evidence of the absence.

Posted by: ww on January 3, 2006 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

"Y'all" drives me nuts, especially when used as a singular pronoun. Since English lacks a gender neutral pronoun, I am forced to use "dude". Christ, what a world.

Posted by: Ned Beaumont on January 3, 2006 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

Back in college I made my contribution to non-standard English by teaching some Japanese and Chinese students the proper use of the terms "ya'll", "ain't", and "over yonder". Which, in Alabama, is useful information to know.

Posted by: MJ Memphis on January 3, 2006 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

Welcome Back Kevin. I didn't realize how bad I need my Daily Drum.

My "screen" name has changed. I have been using "Tillman," but I don't want anyone to think I am related to Pat Tillman and trying to exploit the family name.

The new name is Psyberian since I was a psych major and have and love Siberian Huskies. Cool dogs.

Posted by: Psyberian on January 3, 2006 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin Drum: She'll be here for a few more days, and if she wants to use the word "spoze" she's more than welcome to. Everyone OK with that?

Perhaps "spoze" is from Korean?

Even if not, I'll let two of my favorite quotes do the talking.

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary."
- James D. Nicoll

"English is the result of Norman men-at-arms attempting to pick up Saxon barmaids and is no more legitimate than any of the other results."
- H. Beam Piper

Posted by: alex on January 3, 2006 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

Welcome back, Kevin.

I enjoy all of your contributors, some more than others. The range of people you get is what makes it interesting.

You have some really rude regulars around here, left and right, and it is irritating to watch them be childish to others. I hope your guests know to ignore the egregious snarks.

I look forward to reading you (and your guests) in what stands to be a very contentious political year.

Posted by: fercryinoutloud on January 3, 2006 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, Psyberian!

We lead parallell lives... Currently have a grey-and-white female just under a year old - our 3rd consecutive huskie. Why would anyone ever consider a different breed?

Posted by: Liberel on January 3, 2006 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

Welcome back!

Yeah, we missed you. Steve's made his way into my bookmarks (not your first guest poster who's done that, btw), because he's damned good. But you're the guy we come here to read.

Posted by: RT on January 3, 2006 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK

My comment wasn't defending the purity of English. It was about the dual message inherent in making serious points in cloyingly cutesy language. Does she take herself seriously or not? Her "spoze" undercuts her stance by making her sound like Barbie. I asked why she felt the need to discount her own statements that way.

Joyce warped language to achieve specific aims. I asked what her aims were. The commenters seemed to miss that point entirely, assuming I was nit-picking language. Can't help but wonder what that means.

Posted by: Nancy on January 3, 2006 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

Yes.

Posted by: ELR on January 3, 2006 at 7:25 PM | PERMALINK

I sposed it was spelled with an 's' instead of a 'z' ;-).

Posted by: supersaurus on January 4, 2006 at 1:19 AM | PERMALINK

I'm okay with "spoze" and am down with "prolly", too. I understand the nuance that the use of either those words provide. Ain't the English langwidge just grand?

Posted by: grapeshot on January 4, 2006 at 3:31 AM | PERMALINK

...yes. I missed your input on events. But you did provide us with some excellent "substitute teachers"....(and the multi-colored, slimy spitwads weren't mine. They came from the back row somewhere).

Posted by: Gordon on January 4, 2006 at 7:29 AM | PERMALINK

No, Kevin!

IMO we suffer enough from illiterates without having to put up with it from Posters.

Posted by: maunga on January 4, 2006 at 8:58 AM | PERMALINK

, that semi-literate pretentious 'cool' rot that the illiterate git has going on is at once irritating, a waste of space and uninteresting.
I have been using "Tillman," but I don't want anyone to think I am related to Pat Tillman and trying to exploit the family name.

Posted by: ilan on January 4, 2006 at 10:30 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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