Hi, Folks, I've been away (as my trusty friend JCF noted) with very little internet or media exposure. Ah, blessed silence. Here I am cleaning up the spam comments and retrieving legitimate comments that did not get posted. As you have noticed, there's an increased amount of spam in the blogosphere. I will be back with my normally trenchant commentary this weekend, when I finally return to my usual time zone.
Meanwhile: consider this an open thread. What have I missed? ;-)