Below The Beltway

I believe in the free speech that liberals used to believe in, the economic freedom that conservatives used to believe in, and the personal freedom that America used to believe in.

December 4, 2011

Maintenance Note

by @ 1:51 pm. Filed under Blogging, News About The Site

One of the files in the template that I’ve been using here seems to have been corrupted.

The site is going to look a little odd for awhile until I figure out what happened.

November 27, 2011

Only The Good Die Young

by @ 9:51 pm. Filed under Personal

As I’ve already noted, it’s not been the happiest of Thanksgiving weekends, made the more so by the news I received on Friday that my uncle, Thomas Vincent Mataconis, had passed away after a battle with cancer that he did not deserve, not that anyone deserves a battle with disease I’ve come to hate.

He was a good man, with a loving family, and children and Grandchildren who will miss him terribly.

Like A Thief In The Night

by @ 8:58 pm. Filed under Blogging, Outside The Beltway

I haven’t posted much here recently, with my political blogging being now mostly at Outside The Beltway and my own indecision about what I should do next with this site.

Nonetheless, I feel it necessary to say something about the news at OTB today from its founder, James Joyner, that his wife had passed away in her sleep at the far too young age of 41. She leaves behind a husband and two daughters, one a month shy of three and another who was born in only June of this year. It’s all tremendously sad, and inexplicable. I cannot imagine how I would react in a similar situation, or how I’d even be able to contemplate the future. But, contemplate we must. I cannot imagine what James is going through. It’s something nobody should ever have to go through.

July 23, 2011

Saturday Mental Health Break

by @ 10:32 am. Filed under Blogging

Because it’s too damn hot, and Washington is too damn insane, here’s a chimpanzee riding on a Segway:

July 4, 2011

Six Years Ago Today

by @ 11:37 am. Filed under Blogging, News About The Site

It was six years ago today that I first dipped my toes into the blogosphere.

It’s been an interesting little journey, with traffic hits coming from everyone from Michelle Malkin to Glenn Reynolds. I’ve met a number of good people since I started this and, while  I’m not doing most of my political blogging over at Outside The Beltway these days, I haven’t forgotten about this place. I’ve been neglectful about posting here, but I’m going to work on changing that.

And, oh yea, Happy Fourth Of July too !

April 26, 2011

Ron Paul And Gary Johnson

by @ 2:22 pm. Filed under Blogging, Outside The Beltway

I am quoted in this Daily Caller article about the differences between Ron Paul and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson.

For those of you arriving here from the link in that article, you can find most of my current political writing over at Outside The Beltway.

February 8, 2011

Ron Paul On The PATRIOT Act: A Classic Case Of Sacrificing Liberty For Security

by @ 3:55 pm. Filed under Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Ron Paul

February 3, 2011

Ron Paul On The Crisis In Egypt

Andy Pettitte To Retire From Baseball

by @ 5:41 pm. Filed under Baseball, New York Yankees, Sports


After a season that was wracked by a hamstring injury, Yankees ace Andy Pettitte has decided to retire:

The Yankees’ frustrating off-season took another discouraging turn with the news Thursday that Andy Pettitte would retire. Pettitte called Hal Steinbrenner, the team’s managing general partner, to tell him his plans. The Yankees confirmed in a news release that Pettitte would make a formal announcement on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees had hoped that Pettitte, 38, would continue pitching, and they were prepared to pay him $12 million or more to come back. But after missing two months last summer with a groin injury, Pettitte has decided to end his 16-year career.

After failing to sign the free-agent Cliff Lee, the Yankees badly wanted Pettitte back to solidify a rotation that is shaky beyond C. C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes and the erratic A. J. Burnett. Pettitte was an All-Star last season, when he was 11-3 with a 3.28 earned run average, and like Mike Mussina in 2008, he retires near the top of his game.

Pettitte is married with four children and lives in Deer Park, Tex. But he often said his family enjoyed spending summers in Westchester County, and Manager Joe Girardi recently said that Pettitte had been throwing this off-season.

But General Manager Brian Cashman has been doubtful all along. Cashman said Pettitte had told him not to count on him for 2011, and he proceeded under that assumption.

Pettitte was a part of every Yankees World Series win from 1996 on, and he’s going to be missed.

February 2, 2011

Rand Paul’s First Speech In The Senate

by @ 12:52 pm. Filed under Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Rand Paul

On spending and the deficit:

An interesting speech, especially the part about the legacy of Henry Clay.

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