About

This is a site that I’ve put together as sort of the intersection of my two current obsessions: politics, and weird hobbies.  Although you could very easily make the argument that politics is a weird hobby.  Heck, I would.

If you’re wandering in here from the political end:  hi, yes, I’m a geek.  Never pretended otherwise, never will.

If you’re wandering in here from the weird hobby end: hi, yes, I’m a Republican.  Never pretended otherwise, never will.

Either way, enjoy.  Or face the wrath of my lobster minions.



Also, because we’ve had a couple of people try already: real emails only, please. And by “please” I mean “or I’ll just mark your comment as spam and go on with my life, singing tra-la-la.”

Yes, English can be a very compact language.

[UPDATE, 09/01/2009]: People have asked me, “What is my policy on acceptable comments?”  It’s fairly simple: an acceptable comment is whatever I say that it is, and if I ever decide that I need advice on determining acceptability I’ll be sure to ask someone.  I am capricious as a matter of policy, a bit of a sadist, and I play favorites.  What else?  Oh, yes: you are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.

That being said, I care a whole hell of a lot less about non-political comments than I do political ones.

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  • Andy says:

    Moe,

    Where did you find your background painting? It’s awesome.

    SciFi art at it’s finest.

    Thanks,
    Andy

  • Moe_Lane says:

    I forget the site: not photobucket, and (alas) no artist informatin.

  • Loren Heal says:

    Hey, Moe. Just a note to say I’m putting you in my RSS reader.

    (“Socrates” on RS)

  • w.t. watts says:

    i was drawn to the site by your asimov reference. you probably also referenced weeks ago to statship troopers.

    nice site!

    tom watts

    old
    viet nam
    conservative
    trying to learn to use html

  • Mark Johnson says:

    Moe,

    You are in Illinois correct? I am a New Media Consultant based in Normal. I would like to talk with you about projects I am working on.

    Please shoot me an e-mail at adfocus at gmail.com.

    Thanks,
    Mark Johnson

  • C Montuori says:

    Moe,

    You’ve got to be my favorite front page writer on RS, and I’m very happy to see your independent work. Best of luck here.

    The ‘best review ever’ link was awesome until Amazon took it down, btw.

  • Good luck, and keep up the fight!

  • MathMom says:

    Ah thank them lobsters is dayud. They ain’t akchooly fahtin, fur as ah kin see.

  • Myron says:

    I’ve enjoyed your posts on Red State and look forward to enjoying this blog as well.

    As for the background, here’s my opinion. It’s your blog, it’s your choice. But I kinda like it. If you want to make a neat background just put a good CD in your Cd drive, play it with Windows Media Player with the visualization on and take a bunch of screen shots. Bound to get some good ones.

  • Chris Muir says:

    Great article on renditions at Redstate,man!

  • iamfelix says:

    The background picture is Ecstasy by American artist Maxfield Parrish”>Maxfield Parrish. (I love him).

    Nice blog!

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Whoops! I haven’t updated this page lately. The current background is a replacement of the replacement. I’m exceptionally fond of Parrish myself, and the original background had colors that reminded me of his work. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Robert Arvanitis says:

    Mr. Lane:

    Interesting piece on the Armenian genocide resolution.

    America’s interests come first. Period.

    That said, what is best for America regarding Turkey?

    IF Turkey was a stable, secular democracy, seeking entry into EU, for example, and other close ties to the West, then we should be sensitive to Turkish priorities.

    But I see a country increasingly Islamicist, decreasingly tolerant of minorities (Kurds, the Orthodox Patriarchate…), intransigently in denial over their own history, and now grandstanding at Davos, playing to the extreme side of the Palestinian civil war.

    So tell me, is it yet another carrot for yet another thuggish state?

  • Chris Anderson says:

    Hi Moe,

    You are my favorite read on RS. I always make sure that I check your articles out no matter what the subject. I find your sense of (evil towards donks) humor and snarky comments akin to my own thoughts, which proves great minds think alike – lol.

    Since I could not find an email addy for you to send this, I thought I would post it here for you to see and ask you to comment on this:

    A quote from this article:
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18794.html

    Here is the quote:

    At least one group of Democrats was happy with the development — the Congressional Black Caucus. The caucus was worried about how Gregg would handle the counting of minorities in the 2010 census, which will be one of the major tasks of whoever ends up becoming commerce secretary.

    “When Sen. Gregg was first nominated, members of the CBC expressed concerns about his commitment to core functions of the Commerce Department, like the census and minority- and women-owned businesses,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “In his statement today, Gregg expressed ‘irresolvable conflicts’ on these very same issues. In light of this, we feel that his decision to withdraw is in the best interest of all parties.”

    Can you find out and comment on WHERE the CBC proves that Gregg expressed iressolvable conflicts on these very same issues?
    Looks like a rear guard smear campaign to me, what do you think?

    Thanks & keep up the good work!

    Newshound

  • Moe_Lane says:

    Honestly, I figure that the semantic content of that CBC statement was pretty much nil.

  • Chris Anderson says:

    I dunno, I kinda took it to mean the CBC was trying to paint Gregg as a racist woman hating neanderthal by turning ‘irresolvable conflicts’ (a generality) into a fabricated statement that they want to club him over the head with. You know how the left’s policy of “say it loud enough & long enough and it becomes the truth” goes. Take my word for it, some nimrod in the MSM will pick that up and run with it eventually to prove once again that Republicans are racists!

  • DontTreadOnMe says:

    Just stopping by to say hi, and check out your website since I am normally very lazy and usually hang to one place only. Anyway, so far so good here, will be cozy until the RS that is the Rising Sun is up tomorrow. Enjoy your posts, and comments never dull. AKA DONTREADONME

  • Maureen Holland says:

    Hey Moe: Just wondering if you’re the Moe Lane whose Dad (Joe?) worked at Mutual of New York and who lived in a big hourse in Norwalk CT.

  • David says:

    Moe I’ve been lucking on RS for over a year now, only just joined in the last mouth and have to say I try and read everyhting that you put up. I have to admit that I sometimes find myself reading post else where and think to myself what would Moe have to say about this or that but there is no contact piont, that I can find at least. Is there anyway you guys over at RS can have some kind of Tips link so that us, how can I put this, who are well not so well endowed with the english language can bring stories/more info to your attension? Being Dyslexic myself, it can be hard to express my thourghts as well as I would like in a blog/diary especially when you guys do such a good job.

  • Moe_Lane says:

    I’ve passed the suggestion along.

  • Moe, I meant to send you this as a private message but could not find an email address for you on the site (maybe I’m being a little dense). Thank you for mentioning my website – trackacrat.com – on the podcast with Fausta today. Would you mind emailing me when you have a moment?

  • Jingles says:

    Hey Moe,

    Are you open to discussion of a wide spectrum of politics and various ideologies, or are you generally restricting conversation to the center and right?

    Even though I’m a flaming lefty, I’ve always enjoyed your work on RedState.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Generally you should be safe enough over here using the same rules of thumb that you’ve developed to survive RS. I’d keep the politics out of the non-politics threads, but that’s just regular courtesy, not anything specific.

  • janetney says:

    moe: haystack (dave) is going through an extremely harsh time right now…i think his site (hickpolitics) is down…we’re good friends and i haven’t heard from him in a few months…have you heard from him? (i was a contributing writer on hickpolitics…i miss him)

    janet

  • BigGator5 says:

    Hey Moe, could you email me? Thanks.

  • Deuce Geary says:

    Moe,

    Just added you to my blogroll and was hoping you’d look around my place and consider a reciprocal link.

    Deuce

  • Just Sage says:

    The backround painting is done by a man named Maxfield Parrish!

  • Linda Miller says:

    i think the background artist is maxfield parrish?

  • Jim Tracy says:

    How do I create a blog like this.

    Thanks,

    Jim Tracy

  • Joseph Zagursky says:

    Moe,
    I sent this to President Obama and I’m passing it on to hundreds of my correspondents… and to you just FYI.
    Joe Zagursky
    ______________________________________________________________
    From: Joe Zagursky
    To: Obama
    Sent: Sunday, August 09, 2009 1:55 PM
    Subject: Fishy U tube

    Dear President Obama

    1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    flag@whitehouse.gov

    202-456-1111,

    I found this “fishy” U-Tube portrayal of a town meeting in Texas that was attended by an “angry mob” deriding the AARP people who wanted to declare their support of your healthcare plans.

    http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2009/08/06/behold-those-scary-scary-swastika-bearing-astroturfers/

    Actually, these are Americans who are now “angry” because of your financial policies which have scared the heck out of them. They are now understandably fearful of your extending this process by rushing “healthcare reform.”

    I think they are angry because you and the congress simply dismiss them using your ideological stances. Absolutely no straight talk from you and the Congressional Democrats.

    I wonder why you don’t change the limits on “malpractice” for providers. We, insured, end up paying for those outlandish awards.

    I’m going to continue to look for the swastikas that the Honorable Pelosi attributes to these taxpaying Americans. Actually I found some of these in “Acorn organized” U tubes. The Acorn people had Hitler moustache painted on G.W.Bush’s picture.

    Sincerely,
    Joseph Zagursky

  • Mark Hovis says:

    What is your favorite color?

  • DanNY says:

    Moe,
    You might be interested in my open letter to Newt Gingrich about staying out of our New York Battle:
    http://nygoe.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/open-letter-to-newt-gingrich-stay-out-of-new-york-battle/

    Dan Maloney
    NY State Coordinator
    Gathering of Eagles
    http://nygoe.wordpress.com/

  • dudette says:

    Moe I read you on RedState–glad you chose Maxfield Parrish for your background. Did you see the countrywide exhibit of his orinals a year or so ago? it went to San Diego at the museum and was phenomenal, and his works were for sale, handled by some people up in Vermont. Don’t know what happened beyodn that. I do know Dinkybird had brought over 300K at auction years ago, oil on paper…..

  • dudette says:

    —hey, any ideas of how to keep the congressional mollusks and slugs from voting anymore? Body blocks at the Capitol??? If we can keep them out of D.C. maybe we can stay free.

  • Valrobex says:

    Hey Moe,

    There’s something wrong with you!

    I spent a minute of my life watching them lobsters and they ain’t fightin’!! An’ it’s blasphemous to use the old Star Trek battle theme. It just ain’t right. You oughta be ashamed.

    I’ve enjoyed your stuff at Red State and accidentally clicked on something and wound up here. I’ll be coming back. Take care.

    Agape

  • Tim Bladel says:

    Moe, you are a very wonderful person, and a killer blogger/ what ever else you do. Yea, that is about it.

  • Paul O'Keefe says:

    I don’t know if the irony is lost on you, but I hit your site today and saw an ad for Alan Grayson along side your column. I have a screen capture if you would like it for your archives. I’m sure Alan knows the best websites to advertise to reach true conservative voters, but chances are that you use one of those ad services that rotates ad’s without you knowing who is advertising, etc. Shoot me an email if you want the screen capture.

  • NotSoBlueStater says:

    I haven’t seen anybody blog on the fact that Mass. Democrats are starting to panic that Scott Brown is still comfortably ahead of Elizabeth Warren in the polls. Brian McGrory wrote about it in the Globe this week, but I only saw the headline as it was behind the firewall. As a MA resident, I wasn’t surprised that Brown beat Coakley, and I won’t be surprised when he beats her again (oh wait, it’s two DIFFERENT bright, mousy, very liberal women? at least the other one put some people in jail!).

    There’s a story in here somewhere: It’s about how everybody thinks MA is the most liberal state in the union, when we’re actually the most provincial state in the union, and most of us grew up Democrats. The story has to do with all politics being local, and outside money leading to bad decisions — based on misconceptions from a distance. A middle of the road Democrat would probably beat Brown, but Hollywood money won’t flow to someone like that.

    Just wanted to point this out to you, as these tales of common sense seem to be your forte. I’d have simply sent you e-mail, but alas, I don’t have one for you.

    NSBS

  • NotSoBlueStater says:

    Oh yah. I think what’s evolving, though, is that Democrats are getting worried. Not surprising, I suppose. That’s sort of assume when momentum fades, I guess.

  • Catseye says:

    Moe you might want to check out this blog:http://deadliestblogpage.wordpress.com/
    He has a history of the Arthurian Age going.

  • Stan Pruss says:

    You should be aware that a large part of Johnson Controls business is auto parts supply. He might have lost his job. But they also sell to the non Detroit companies, so it’s just a guess. This is meant as a private comment and doesn’t need to be published.

  • Paul Knag says:

    Moe, please blog about the use of federal and state funds
    to support activities of a Communist controlled entity in New Haven. The vote for the use of state funds is set for Tuesay.
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/301352/connecticut-s-red-ink-jack-fowler

  • Mr. Lane,
    The mystery background for your site is ‘Ecstasy’, by the legendary American illustrator Maxfield Parrish, painted in 1929, for the 1930 General Electric Mazda Lamp calendar.

    Yours respectfully,
    Michael

  • Mel Hill says:

    Hi, Moe!

    With the election season heating up, I was wondering how you’d be handling the 2012 campaign on your blog. Specifically, I was wondering if you’d be interested in content syndication; publishing articles to your site to supplement your own coverage. This isn’t meant to replace your original content, but rather to help you fill in on slow days, post more, or give yourself a vacation.

    It basically makes you a curator of content in addition to a provider- which you’re already doing by linking, quoting, retweeting, etc. Let me know if it’s something that you might be interested in… Everyone needs a break sometime! The only difference is with embedding full articles, you don’t send readers away. (oh yeah, and it’s free)

  • Ausonius says:

    Greetings Mr. Lane!

    WHAT has happened at RedState? I am in contact with WestCoastPatriette and a few others who are bewildered by the supposed upgrade or revamping.

    If you have any way to contact Erick Erickson, let him know that basically nothing works.

    Cato@rock.com

    Best Wishes!

    Ausonius

  • Kaitlyn says:

    Hi Moe, I was looking to use your article about Obama’s war on Coal but was wondering what qualifications I could include about yourself besides being an evil giraffe and political hack ;) thanks!

  • Doc Holliday says:

    When I log in it says “Howdy Doc Holliday”. When Acat logs in, does it say “Meow”?

  • promethics says:

    Moe, I notice that all of your links over on the Liber tab are dead. Were you planning to repost that stuff at all?

    • Moe_Lane says:

      …Wait, what?

      :tappity tappity tappity:

      I think that Stormloader (that’s the free hosting site) is having a very, very bad day right now. If that’s permanent… dear God. There’s something like five, six years’ worth of obsessive roleplaying game material work on that thing. I honestly don’t know if I want to spend the month it’ll take to reconstitute the files and transfer them over.

  • David Lloyd-Jones says:

    Moe,

    Just so you know you’re not the only political geek, or geek political, I’m working my way through the superb diifferential equation videos at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te6Mplq3DCU&list=ECEC88901EBADDD980 — MIT’s Internet campus.

    Teacher, Arthur Mattuck, now emeritus, is superb. The whole online MIT/OCW proposition is also good: cousins in refugee camps in Kenya use it for computer programming and other courses…

    Cheers,

    -dlj.

  • garfieldjl says:

    Moe,

    I’ve been trying to contact you via your e-mail for a while, could you please check it? In other news, did you hear about the DoJ blocking off an FBI investigation into Harry Reid?

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