I haven't been posting here much lately...not so much because I've been busy with other things (although I have), but because ever since the election, there's been this nagging sense that...well...a lot of the "fun" has gone out of it. People have different reasons for posting in the PRSI forum, but you have to admit, for the last eight years, a lot of it, maybe even most of it, has been spurred by whatever the latest outrage was from the Bush administration. With Obama, even though he's not in office yet, it's just not the same. Just on his cabinet picks alone, there's this sense of things moving deliberately, thoughtfully, in the direction they need to go. And aside from the occasional word of praise or analysis, there really isn't much to say about that. Nor do we face any lack of problems to solve -- hell no. But again, so far it feels like these things are going to be finally addressed, after eight (or is that 38?) years of benign neglect. No, it seems like federally-generated controversies and divisions are going to be actively discouraged, albeit not eliminated altogether. A part of me (the part that enjoys posting here and lambasting political lamebrains) says, "Don't worry; the congressional Republicans will throw up enough barriers, and the right-wing media will spew enough venom, to give us some controversial subjects." And of course the Obama administration, as intelligent as it is, will stumble into a blunder or two all on its own. But the better part of my nature hopes that that will happen as little as possible. We'll still have fun with the occasional imbecile like Blago, but I really hope that the next four or eight years will be relatively calm, compared to the last eight, and that we'll finally see things moving in the right direction again. That may not be controversial, it may not be fun to slam in the political forum, but we'll all be the better off for it. You know, I really didn't intend this to sound like this was some kind of "New Year's wish" on my part, but I guess it is. I wish that you, I, everyone, will find as little as possible to complain about here over the next four years. Cheers, everyone.