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Twitter Time

These days, everyone’s got a Twitter account. So, in the finest tradition of bandwagon jumpers, I am jumping on the bandwagon:

What good is it? Sometimes, I have an idea that’s just too brief to make a good blog post. To the twitter it goes! will also be handy for posting links to news articles and other blogs that I believe are important but would bog down the blog here. Lastly, I will use it to announce new blog posts.

There are many other twitter accounts that I enjoy keeping up with. Here are a few: — The official twitter of the Lubbock County Democratic Party. It’s very handy for keeping up with events put on by the local Party. — Stephen Colbert. Funny stuff; nuff said. — Barack Obama’s twitter. 1.7 million followers and counting.

If there’s a favorite twitter account you follow and think other might find useful, feel free to mention it in the comments.

This and That

Well, the A-J blog relocation seems to have gone well. Thanks to all the LubbockOnline staff for providing a swell home on the internet.

Unfortunately, the move meant that Lubbock Left posting and commenting went away for a few days. Oh well.

So, what did I miss? For starters, Alberto “I cannot recall” Gonzales got a six-figure/one-class professor gig at Texas Tech this Fall, earning Lubbock another black eye in the national scene. I expect that the Hancellor will be offering Karl Rove a million-dollar janitorial position next.

On the international scene, President Obama is keeping us out of a new cold war and putting us on a path toward nuclear disarmament as he promised. Thank goodness that the unipolar worldview of American Exceptionalism is no longer dominating our foreign policy.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, the City of Lubbock has been busy banning balloon releases and cutting the budget of our Health Department. (And guess which one of those two topics the talk radio guys have been fixating on? This is why Lubbock needs more bloggers.)

What else is new? Leave a comment with the news you wish you could have discussed over the past few days and let’s have a go at it.

Tomorrow: superheroes!

Back Again

After a 24-hour blip, the version of Lubbock Left is back.

To clear the air: the blog was taken down for editorial rather than technical reasons. However, the A-J editor and I had a good discussion yesterday, and cooler heads prevailed. No feelings were hurt, and I’m not one to hold any sort of grudge for one instance of lost temper. I am grateful to for co-hosting my blog, and I hope they get a useful boost in traffic from the folks reading it.

Thanks to all my readers who expressed concern. And don’t worry: I won’t be self-censoring or pulling any punches.

I’m happy to answer questions in the comments, and I’ll get a new post up ASAP.

A Note to my readers

The version of this blog is down and is currently displaying the following message:

This user has elected to delete their account and the content is no longer available.

This is an issue that will hopefully be resolved by the end of the day today. You are not missing any content other than the ongoing conversations in the blog comments, for which I apologize.

Lubbock Left: Now on!

I just want to share some good news with y’all: The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal online division has approached me about cross-posting my blog at, and I have accepted. This means that from here on out you will see the same content here reproduced at The comment threads will be unique to each site, however.

Thanks to all of my readers, especially those who have been with me since I started this project a year and a half ago. Your interest in this site made the leap to possible.

Christmas Break

Well friends, I’m going to be internet-free for several days as I celebrate Christmas with my future in-laws.

I leave you with Freedom Rock.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I will be internet-free for a few days, and hopefully I can knock out a good book or two to share with y’all.


Left in Lubbock Forum

Well, I scratched an itch that will hopefully help fellow West Texas progressives who are looking for a place to hang out online: I have created the Left in Lubbock Forum. You can find a permanent link to it at the top of this blog next to the “Home” link.

I hope that adding this forum to the Lubbock Left blog will start some interesting discussions and spark some new planning and organization for West Texas progressives.

See you there!

New Poll: Obama Signs Post-Election

I turned on the polls again on the sidebar to the right.

Our new poll is all about post-election signage. How long do you plan to leave your Obama yard sign out?

Inquiring minds want you to answer this poll!

Amarillo has got it goin’ on…

…when it comes to a vibrant art/music/indie culture community.

I’m in Amarillo today for Homer’s Backyard Ball, a charity outdoor Texas
country concert, and I’ve had some time to tool around coffeehouses in Amarillo.

I’m impressed!

The 806 is a fairly new coffeehouse / lounge with a great atmosphere, including lots of progressive reading material and a great selection of art on the walls.

Roasters is another great coffeehouse near the big Hastings (and the one that was torn down). They have a great art exhibit of photographs of Amarillo musicians.

Lubbock has a vibrant art/music/indie culture scene, and I’m glad to see that Amarillo does as well.

Now if only we could get them talking to each other…

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