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July 16, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

OUTTA HERE....I'm about to get on a plane to Austin, where I'll be attending Netroots Nation for the next few days. Blogging during the convention may be either heavy or light, depending on how much time I have, how good the WiFi connections are, how interesting the sessions are, whether my MacBook performs as advertised, etc. etc. There's no telling, really, but one way or the other there will at least be some blogging, so don't go away.

If you're going to be at NN yourself, be sure to look me up. I'll be wandering around the convention center lobby Thursday morning, heading down to Lockhart for barbecue after the morning sessions are over, and then back for the keynote in the evening. So I should be easy to find.

Kevin Drum 6:46 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (19)

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But -- who will feed Inkblot and Domino?

Posted by: pol on July 16, 2008 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

Those cats need to go on a diet anyways.

Posted by: Just Sayin' on July 16, 2008 at 7:06 PM | PERMALINK

BlueGirl is apparently trapped and being held hostage on Amtrak outside of town.

I urge you to get to her, find her, and break her out.


Try and get Ezra and Yglesias to help you. They're young and easily replaceable.

Posted by: jerry on July 16, 2008 at 7:23 PM | PERMALINK

Its Hot down here in Tejas, I suggest taking a dip in the very cool, clean water of Barton Springs.

Posted by: Jet on July 16, 2008 at 7:35 PM | PERMALINK


I think that the next step after buying a Mac is to start using Twitter.

Posted by: Alex on July 16, 2008 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

Don't forget to check your Facebook account!!

Posted by: Joe Klein's conscience on July 16, 2008 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

Thought I might be able to join you but things are too busy here in Houston. God we so love $140 a barrel oil.

Posted by: keith g on July 16, 2008 at 8:38 PM | PERMALINK

Be aware, there is construction on the freeway (uh, two lane death trap) running through Lockhart, the worst of which is directly in front of Kreuz's. I think there is one sign to Smitty's on some old beat down white shack with a red Smitty's sign tacked to it(on the right going south). Should have no problem finding Black's BBQ, they are very proud of themselves.

If you're not with BG tomorrow and/or maybe Friday night, I'll see ya Saturday at 10:30 in ballroom E...

Posted by: elmo on July 16, 2008 at 8:55 PM | PERMALINK

Oh yeah, just into Lockhart, when a string of houses pop up on both sides of the road, on the right, you'll see a ground level marque with a big arrow on top pointing down a gravel driveway that reads..."Doyle's auto repair shop"( or some shit like that)...That's were my Daddy lives. You don't want to stop and talk to him though, he's a flaming wingnut.

Posted by: elmo on July 16, 2008 at 9:18 PM | PERMALINK

Have fun! I envy you a great weekend in Austin!

Posted by: Teresa on July 16, 2008 at 9:22 PM | PERMALINK

As someone from Central Texas who has lived in Austin for forty plus years, I must say, why the hell are you wasting your time driving to Lockhart for that skanky barfecue? Just drive down South Lamar to Artz Ribhouse if you must indulge in flesh of the cow. Lockhart is a bunch of rednecks. No offense, Elmo, I've got a bunch of wingnut relatives too. And I don't like being around them!

Posted by: siditous on July 16, 2008 at 10:34 PM | PERMALINK

I hope we retreat from the trendy but still lazy practice of adding the suffix "-Nation" to any number of terms associated with a gathering of people, like we do for the suffix "-gate" for any political scandal real or imagined, big or small.

Posted by: Out in Pasadena on July 16, 2008 at 11:05 PM | PERMALINK

I left out the last i in siditious. Damn it all.

Posted by: siditious on July 16, 2008 at 11:05 PM | PERMALINK

Have fun in Lockhart--that may be the highlight of the trip. Just don't wind up on that toll road to nowhere--TX 130.

Actually, I might just check out next year's Netroots Nation.

Posted by: mikeel on July 16, 2008 at 11:27 PM | PERMALINK

Hope you have fun in Austin. BTW, Blue Girl is being held captive on an Amtrak train east of Dallas - probably a teensy bit far away for a rescue mission. From her blog post, our redhead is one pissed off gal. Can't blame her.

Posted by: bob in fla on July 17, 2008 at 12:19 AM | PERMALINK

Let me be the lone Texan who does not implore you to eat at a specific establishment. Austin's good but growing too fast and traffic-filled. When my dad, a golf-obsessed banking attorney, somehow got a "Keep Austin Weird" hat, the apocalypse was upon us.

Posted by: Mike on July 17, 2008 at 2:35 AM | PERMALINK

according to the latest American Human Development Report, Texas may be a few decades behind your area of california...so don't count too much on there being broadband...

Posted by: billy on July 17, 2008 at 5:31 AM | PERMALINK

I hope you find time to take note of Al Gore's speech today, in which he will propose a plan for the USA to obtain 100 percent of its electricity from solar, wind, geothermal and other clean renewable energy sources within ten years. It is probably the most important speech that any politician will give this year -- including Obama and McCain.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on July 17, 2008 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

From Ronnie Cummins via Counterpunch:

Millions of Americans, especially the “netroots,” those drawing their information and inspiration from the open sources of the internet, are finally connecting the dots between the burning issues, moving beyond limited concerns to radical awareness. A politicized new majority is waking up to the fact that the proverbial “end” is near. We must move beyond “business as usual” and tepid reform. We must link together our burning issues, unite our heretofore-fragmented forces and communities into a qualitatively more powerful current, and press and confront the Fortune 500 and the nation’s thousands of elected public officials—before it’s too late. In these dangerous, careening times we have no choice but to grab the wheel from Democratic Party hacks and fake netroots and grassroots leaders, make a sharp radical turn, and accelerate along the path of grassroots and netroots resistance, from Main Street to Manhattan, from City Hall to the Capitol.

The crazed neo-con project for world domination, aided and abetted by profit-obsessed multinational corporations; countered feebly by the “loyal opposition” of centrist Democrats, single-issue public interest groups, and top-down “progressive” organizations like MoveOn, have brought us to the precipice. Radical crises demand radical remedies. The “road to the right” that the Democrats and Obama are taking is suicidal. Either we mobilize a revitalized Movement to take to the streets and the suites of the corporations and the politicians or we’re going over the cliff. Move over MoveOn. We will not sit by and watch our Netroots Nation devolve into a nation of sheep and lemmings.

Leftists must be pretty desperate to think the Netroots can be anything but conservative moderates, but these are desperate times.

Posted by: Brojo on July 17, 2008 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK



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