Back in about January or so I made a resolution to myself that I'd try to post more. I'd noticed that I started off strong back in 2008, but the amount I had to say seemed to be steadily dwindling. I always tell other people that the more you write, the better you're likely to get at it -- not that it holds true all the time; all one has to do to see that quantity and quality aren't always a match is pick up a Danielle Steele novel. If I wanted to remain semi-competent as a wordsmith, I needed to crank out more verbiage. Purely for my own satisfaction, of course. I have no delusions (well, almost none) of ever being an A-list blogger or having a gazillion readers.
Well, it hasn't happened. It's mid-July, and I seem to be averaging (if I'm lucky) a post once a week or so. I'm not sure if it's because it's summer and I'm sort of busy, or if it's because I have nothing to say. I used to like ranting about politics, but lately I don't see the point. It's really hard to tell the politicians on the right side of the political spectrum apart -- they all seem to be competing for a lead role in a "Dumb and Dumber" sequel -- and I can't work up any enthusiasm for saying anything about the Democrats. I'm just relieved that no one seems to be focusing much on Bernie Sanders's age -- as long as the mass media are more focused on trying to figure out just what a democratic socialist is than the fact that Bernie is older than Hillary, they're at least sort of focusing on ideas more than on personalities.
As for other current affairs, like the negotiations with Iran, about the only thoughts I've had are all along the lines of "just how stupid are you people?!" "You people" being the folks freaking out over the idea of using diplomacy instead of brute force for a change. As far as I can tell, the only appreciable effect lifting sanctions on Iran is going to have is that oil prices will remain low as Iranian oil re-enters the market -- so how is this a bad thing? Granted, Israel is freaking out, but that's their problem, not ours. Israel already has nuclear weapons; it seems like they should be able to intimidate their neighbors just fine without our help.