Dear readers,

The time has come for a new focus.  Most of my energy is going into a new nonprofit I’ve started.  I’ve been working on this in my free time since last spring.  It represents the fruition of plans I first laid in college, and I am extremely excited and energized.  However I’ve found of late I simply don’t have the energy to write posts.

I might find that energy again in a few months, or find time here and there for a post when something important flies my way.  But for the moment I need to focus on making my passion a reality and doing my part to actively make this country a better place.  I want to warmly and deeply thank everyone who has read, commented on and linked to this blog.  You’ve repeatedly made my day.

The blog itself has been an illuminating adventure.  I’ve taken stands, made mistakes, debated, learned, and explored a great deal.  Its been a great blast and you’ve all been a great part of it.

– Dan

UPDATE:  I’m back, although on a rather random and light schedule.


Happy Apologize for Getting Shot in the Face Day!

WriteChic is onto something big with her holiday idea:

Harry M. Whittington (born March 3, 1927) is the American lawyer and real estate investor who received international media attention on February 11, 2006.  He was shot in the face by Vice President Dick Cheney while hunting quail with two women on a ranch in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Harry’s decision to apologize for getting shot by a possibly drunk VP is a darkly humorous reminder that power not only corrupts the bullies, it corrupts the victims as well.  Happy AGSF Day!

Youtube and Pearl Records Don’t Understand Fair Use

A video of mine was taken down from Youtube due to a copyright complaint from Pearl Records (which seems to be Garth Brook‘s personal record label).

I don’t think they get Fair Use.

The video in question was a few seconds of Garth Brooks performing American Pie (which is owned by Don McLean) at the We Are One Concert.  What I intended to share was the reaction of the crowd.  Everyone was singing along, and the crowd went wild whenever Obama came on the screen.  This wasn’t shot for commercial purposes, nor to show Garth’s performance of somebody else’s song.  It was to show the excitement and the energy of the audience at the concert.

Its a shame youtube yanked the video, but far more of a shame that Garth Brook’s label, Pearl Records, felt the need to issue a complaint.  There was nothing wrong with the video, and now my account on youtube has one strike against it.

Well done Pearl Records.

Michael Steele – The New Fail

Republicans have chosen another winner to head their party, Michael Steele made abundantly clear in a weekly address:

In the weekly Republican address, Steele said of Congressional Democrats:

“For the last two weeks, they’ve been trying to force a massive spending bill through Congress under the guise of economic relief.”

Steele said Republicans are ready to work with “reasonable Democrats to do what is right for America,” but he charged the Republican ideas have not been included.

“Good ideas — lots of them — all left out of this plan by the Democrats in Congress,” he said.

He’s referring to one single “good idea”.  Tax cuts.  Which worked so well for this country the past 8 years.  The Republicans are out of ideas and the Democrats are ready to sit down and solve problems.  It looks like their loss of power has left Republicans spinning in rhetorical circles repeating the phrase “tax cuts” like a child clutching a security blanket.