On vacation

Following the lead of Congress, which in itself is an oxy-moron, I’m taking at least the month of August off from the day-to-day grind at Capitol Hill Blue.

It will be a working vacation. I have a full schedule of events relating to citizen journalism and the future of online journalism, starting with the Media Giraffe Conference in Washington next week and continuing with involvement in a number of citizen’s journalism organizations.

So I’ll be back sometime after Labor Day, or maybe sometime after Halloween, or Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or New Year’s. It depends on how wrapped up I get in this whole citizens’ journalism thing.

I don’t have to worry about Blue as much as I used to. We have three good columnists: Hal Brown, Phil Hoskins and Rob Kazelis who add much needed variety to our site. We have the commentary of Dan Thomasson, Deroy Murdock, Bonnie Erbe, Paul Crisp and others to keep the discussions flowing and we have the talented crew of moderators who keep ReaderRant active as the best discussion board on the Internet.

So I doubt anyone will miss me over the next few weeks. I’ll be active over at Blue Ridge Muse and DougThompson.Com and I’ve got a new community-news site that launches on September 1 so I won’t be vegging out at the beach.

Enjoy what’s left of the summer folks. See you on the flip side.


  1. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    Doug, CHB is the best in quality postings, news features & editorials, no other site I can think of matches CHB. Don’t make it too much of a working Holiday, you need to re-charge your energy cells.

    And the various folks who post on the rants: Carl Nemo,
    Gene, Kent Shaw, Sandra Price, SEAL & many others, my hat is off to your excellent postings, I am honored to be in your school, you all our truly awesome in your political awareness, observations & historical insights.

  2. Helen Rainier


    I wish you a happy and relaxing vacation although you will be “working.” It’s always good (and necessary) to take time for yourself to do the things you want to do.

    Have a good one and we’ll keep things going for you here (uh oh!).

  3. Sandra Price

    I just did a check up of this conference that Doug will be attending and I am very interested in the concept of improving our media to expand through the internet.

    Who would ever have imagined 10 years ago that the media would be driving our government in so many different ways? The internet media may even have the powers to elect our President and Legislators.

    I have given up searching for the news from the television and radio and now rely fully on the internet sites who I respect can bring in our news so necessary for our daily decisions.

    Another great asset to the internet can be found on the forums. Being raised on individual freedoms and Ayn Rand I have spent many years looking for ideal Americans like Rourke, Reardon and Galt. We have a couple on Reader Rant and they are all attacked by the collectivists. That’s part of the political game.

    I’m getting old and want to see a free America before too much longer. I’m drawn back to Reader Rant (sometimes against my will) to see if we have collected more real free thinkers and I think I see that we are.

    Go Chief, Go and come back with all the new tools of the internet trade that will allow us all to be exposed to how to fix what ails us. “O brave new world that has such people in’t”

  4. bryan mcclellan

    Please enjoy your vacation albeit a working one,and thanks again for the open forum Sir. CHB and it’s contributers are truly the best of the best on the net. Cosmiconion..

  5. Carl Nemo

    Have a great vacation Doug and thanks for your patience concerning my chronic SPAM block issues… : )

    Carl Nemo **==

  6. Helen Rainier


    I’m with you. Since I left Wisconsin last winter and moved out here to Washington, I have stopped watching network news and reading a “hard copy” daily newspaper.

    I check out web sites I have come to trust for news, and try each day to watch the Daily Show, Colbert Report, Keith Olbermann, and MTP on Sunday mornings. In the early morning hours, if awake, I watch Morning Joe (w/Scarborough and other interesting people. Mike Brzezinski and just this past week Craig Crawford — who is also on KO’s show a lot).

    If I want to check out the MSM papers, I go to their on-line sites (trying to help save trees). Same with news magazines — the on-line sites have most of what I am interested in.

    And, of course, great sites such as CHB, Buzzflash, Raw Story, Americablog, Think Progress and various others usually have reference links you can go to for the original stories, or enough info to do one’s own research.

  7. Sandra Price

    Helen, I see that we follow the same television news sources which can also give us a laugh or two along with the news.

    I refuse to be judged by any political party at this time and will settle for individual freedoms no matter who promotes them. I fear the power of the federal government that hit a new low in ethics during the current Administration and I daily admit my leaving the GOP in 1992 was the best thing I have ever done.

    I noted the sites you listed and will venture over later this afternoon and check them out. Thanks

  8. Jim Arnold

    Doug, everyone needs a vacation, no doubt.

    Maybe you will find the time to figure out how to update readers on your Campaign for a New America or whatever it was. Remember that? It was the campaign where you requested $25 donations. Some of us did contribute. And more than once, you replied on this site that you planned to provide readers with updates. But, alas, when updates did not appear and some of us brought it up, you said that “server” problems prevented that from happening. You also said that “unlike Congress, I keep my promises,” or something similar. That was months ago when it was still cold. It’s mid-summer now, and I am still waiting for those “updates.”

    Then again, I am well aware that $25 doesn’t last as long as it used to. Sometimes it seems to just fly out the window!

    Jim Arnold

  9. Blue


    My apologies for not sending out a CFOA update. I have been up to my armpits in alligators. An update went out today.

    If you feel your contribution was a waste, I will refund it.