WE LIVE in such a good time.
You no longer have to get hired by the New York Times or the Washington Post if you want to use your writing skill and your mind to report or comment, offer insight, analysis, whatever.
You no longer have to have a printing press and a distribution network of homeless people that they put in the back of a box truck to stand in the median and sell your comments. You no longer have to have that.
That's why nobody reads the Houston Chronicle editorial pages anymore. Why would you? You can read better editorials from Unca Darrell. U-N-C-A. Unca Darrell.
Used to be a guy named Kevin Whited. He did a blog called BlogHouston. He wrote better editorials than anybody.
And there's another one called Big Jolly. You want good political insight in Houston, Big Jolly. Fantastic. I don't know if he's still writing, but he used to.
There are all these . . . there are people with day jobs who are better writers, more insightful, better scoop, better perspective than people who write professionally. And these people, because they're not willing to work for the peanuts writers get, they have a day job and they get home at night and they do a podcast or a blog or whatever.
All of this is wonderful! There is so much great commentary, analysis, perspective, entertainment on any subject you want to know.
Right on! And thanks.
The best segment in Mr. Berry's morning broadcast, however, comes at 5:40 on the tape. It's the big wet kiss to America by David Hewson, an Irish singer-songwriter who calls himself Bono. (Mr. Berry was celebrating Mr. Hewson's 56th birthday today.)
You can YouTube the speech here.
Mr. Hewson understands and respects our country far better than the Clever People who torment us from the press, academia, and the higher reaches of our government. The difference is that, unlike Mr. Hewson, these progressives, as they style themselves, can barely tolerate America; they see our country as an object, not of affection, but for fundamental transformation. With them in charge of the transforming, natch.
Mr. Berry and the bloggers he mentions beg to differ. And this enrages the progressives. So far, however -- and sadly -- it has not loosened their grip on the throat of America.