I’m leaving

I’m leaving. I do intend to come back, but I’m not making any promises.

It will probably be quiet around here next week. We’re taking the kids someplace warm to remind them what the sun looks like. While I’m at it, I may take a stab at the kind of travel or food writing that I’d so rather be doing.

We’ll be changing planes in Houston. I’ll wave to you.

Ya’ll be good. See you again soon.

Chris Ladd is a Texan living in the Chicago area. He has been involved in grassroots Republican politics for most of his life. He was a Republican precinct committeeman in suburban Chicago until he resigned from the party and his position after the 2016 Republican Convention. He can be reached at gopliferchicago at gmail dot com.

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37 comments on “I’m leaving
  1. flypusher says:

    Have a safe and fun trip, and we’ll try not to trash the place too much while you’re gone.

  2. Tuttabella says:

    Maybe while you’re on your travels you will finally figure out Which Way is Right. Try not to make any wrong turns, and good luck folding up that map.

    I myself would love to travel back in time, to 1975, in fact, the year you brought up for comparison in your recent iPhone/RadioShack blog entry, to the analog days, when technology was considered special, had a special place in the home, and was taken care of so it could last for as long as possible — not like the digital, disposable mentality of today.

  3. DanMan says:

    Like I said the other day…my work is done here. Another one bites the dust. But hey, at least you opened up for comments before the flameout. That’s what gave the hits you crowed about a week ago.

    • CaptSternn says:

      Somehow I doubt Lifer is leaving because of conservatives disagreeing with him. Running a blog is a major chore. I started one back before others were running them, before there was even a name for what I was doing. I dropped it because it was a chore and I figured such a thing would never catch on. D’oh!

      Lifer has done a good job of running his blog on different news sites. Exposure most bloggers never get. He has also provided open comments instead of moderated comments, a place where those of us that don’t have the stamina or exposure can still get our opinions out in public and be heard. He once accused me of running a blog on his blog. Guess that’s a lazy man’s way of doing it.

      So until you run your own blog and get the exposure and activity that Lifer has gotten, I wouldn’t be throwing stones or breaking my arm patting myself on the back.

      • DanMan says:

        Good points but my hunch he is fed most of his material like elboobybob and despo were, has multiple posters using multiple names and is rewarded more for his liberal political commitment that his actual efforts to provide “a better way for the GOP”. Every article he promoted to make the GOP return its glory days, whenever that was for him (for me it was about 1993-1996) are democrat policy.

        But let’s face it, another way to look at it is he has a major media platform to promote leftist agitprop with his portal in this Hearst outlet. He likely has the same set-up with other print media providers who march in near lockstep politically and thus editorially. Remember the charade that was Ellie Light a few years ago? I put him in that category at the media’s appreciation. It’s all about the eyes looking at it and him opening his comments is what had him hit his peak. The media is extremely adversarial when it comes to politics and he is on the same side as they are.

        Yeah, I’ll give him credit for letting everybody speak up finally, so kudos for that.

        btw, CaptSternn you’re a very solid poster. I appreciate the sentiment behind your posts.

      • Tuttabella says:

        Dan: Lifer also has a blog on a newspaper well-known for its ultra conservative views, so no, he doesn’t just host blogs where the editorial board agrees with him.

        I agree that he’s essentially a Democrat, but he is unable to recognize it and accept it, thus giving the term RINO a new, personal meaning. He comes across as unabashedly liberal in his social policies, and I detect none of the restraint that would make him even a moderate.

      • Houston-Stay-At-Homer says:

        When the Yankees were eliminated from the pennant race this past year, I congratulated myself on a job well done. Another season of disappointment in New York occurred, and clearly my work was pivotal in making that happen.

        Killing Bin Laden? I played a large part in that.
        Rise in the stock market since Obama has been in office? That was me too.
        Teaching Miley Cyrus to twerk? My work as well.

        Dan, I have no doubt that the world really is out to get you, but you just don’t have to be so darned paranoid about it. Now, let me sign in with my 18 other screen names to point out how brilliant my comment is.

      • Houston-Stay-At-Homer says:

        Tutt…I would suggest that the thought the Lifer is “essentially a Democrat” is a pretty big problem for Republicans.

        If being “essentially a Democrat” includes anti-union, professionals who are fiscal conservatives but don’t mind gay folks getting married and women having the option of safe and legal abortions, then the GOP is not going to play very well in national elections.

      • desperado says:

        Nicely done, Homer.

      • objv says:

        Homer: I agree with Tutt in her conclusion that Lifer is “essentially a Democrat” but unable to regcogize and accept it. Lifer’s stance on gay marriage doesn’t really make much of a difference, but his predilection toward big government and social programs does. The numerous blog entries promoting a minimum income are the latest example

        Congratulations on teaching Miley Cyrus to twerk, but you might not want to take credit for the stock market during the past two days. 🙂

      • Tuttabella says:

        Exactly, OV. I was referring to Lifer’s views on social programs, not social conservatism and gay marriage, etc. He does not come across as a fiscal conservative, especially considering his call for a minimum income and giving ALL of us $10,000 a year.

      • flypusher says:

        Was the Super Bowl your dirty work too, HSAH??

    • rucasdad says:

      wtf is this guy talking about?

      • GG says:

        Kind of bizarre isn’t it?

      • rucasdad says:

        Extremely. Kind of like watching a running back break free and book it for a touchdown and then showboating when he crosses the goal line. Unfortunately in this case, for Dan, it’s the wrong end zone. But we’ll cheer him on regardless and entertain his self-proclaimed “gotchas” nonetheless.

    • John Galt says:

      Ummm…I’m pretty sure Chris is just going on vacation and, given this winter in Chicago, who can blame him?

      • rucasdad says:

        Exactly. It’s f***ing FRIGID here. But let’s not let these facts get in the way of Dan patting himself on the back for some reason he only knows. No, I rather like to see someone so cringe-worthy make an ass out of themselves. And I must say, Dan is a professional at that.

      • DanMan says:

        Well rucas, glad your freezing your ass off too.

      • rucasdad says:

        Oh Dan! You’re such a silly goose.

        “Well rucas, glad YOU’RE freezing your ass off too.”

        There you go, Dan. FIFY. And YOU’RE welcome!

      • DanMan says:

        Sorry about that rucas, you being a liberal is more your problem than mine. Actually the last time I was in Minnesota I had a real nice time. The Wild hosted us at the end of the season a few years back when they affiliated with our then local IHL team. One of the things that stood out was the reverence folks up there have for hockey. I learned that US hockey was born in Minnesota and was told about an arena near there that is open 24/7 and maintained for aspiring college and pro players.

        St. Paul had recently finished their new hockey arena and I was fairly familiar with the new Rockets arena. Man what a difference! Toyota Center is a cracker box compared to the Wild’s den. And I was told on more than one occasion that no basketball was allowed in there. And they have the equivalent of a Gander Mountain/Bass Pro Shop inside the place. Slate floors up there, polished concrete here, Rock and granite wall covering up there, industrial paint here, nice seats vs cheap seats. Across the board the fit and finish of that arena smoked this can.

        I didn’t realize the Mississippi was as wide as it was up there either. Minneapolis didn’t come off quite as clean as St. Paul from my recollection but the Wild hosts showed us a very good time. And I got to see actual pro hockey up close. Our team was more of a way station for injury recoveries and players on the way up or down. I think they moved to Boise so I don’t keep up them or know if they are still part of the Wild’s farm or not.

        I know y’all are a heck of a lot colder than we are but I am burning through my wood pile at a pretty good clip this year. Glad I have gas heat too. It was colder (and raining) here than in New Jersey during the Seattle romp.

  4. Turtles Run says:

    Food writing sounds pretty good right about now. Take care and defrost some.

  5. CaptSternn says:

    Take care and stay safe, Lifer.

  6. Crogged says:

    Stop making sense makes sense because sense never seems to reach anyone.

  7. Tuttabella says:

    But the subtext of your blog says that leaving isnt exactly an option.

    I guess Sartre was wrong about there being no exit.

    May the ghost of Graham Greene watch over you.

    • objv says:

      Tuttabella, you always make me smile! Yes, we’ll need to hold Lifer to his word. 🙂

      Lifer: Hope you enjoy writing about travel and food. I highly recommend Venezuela. It’s sunny, tropical, has great food, interesting politics, and going there is a great adventure – if you don’t mind a bit of danger. My family and I had the time of our lives there.

  8. Bobo Amerigo says:

    Have some fun with your sun.

  9. texan5142 says:

    Cool Runnings! Say hello to the warm weather for me.

    Best wishes from
    Frozen in Minnesota

    • Turtles Run says:

      How cold is it there and how hard did you laugh when you heard the schools were closing because the weather dropped below freezing for a little bit?

      • texan5142 says:

        Right now it is a balmy 3. Talked with my brother in Pearland last week when the city was shut down because of 29 degree weather. He asked me jokingly what we do in that kind of weather. I said everything. We don’t shut down unless it is a white out. When ya can’t see past the hood of your car because of blowing snow it is time to stay home. Everyone still seems to make it to the store for booze and smokes.

      • CaptSternn says:
      • Texan5142 says:

        Hahahaha! Yep!

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