Reports of the death of this blog are exaggerated.
In fact, greatly so. Sure, we've been gone a while. Sharpedo has been travelling and generally fulfilling whatever duties an officer in a mega corporation aimed at the world's impressionable youngsters has, and I have been busting my rear. When you do bankruptcy and commercial creditor's rights law, a recession is plate-spinning time.
Plus, facebook has given me another outlet for pictures of my beautiful kids, my useless trivia and urge to try to be witty on a daily basis. It also provides a forum for Winston to routinely call me wrong. So that has not been here.
But really, what has been lacking since November has been a foil. I couldn't go after the media. Jon Stewart does that to perfection every evening. I don't have time to chronicle the endless displays of spineless jellytude put on by the Democratic "leadership" in Congress. DailyKos is already all over that with the depth and breadth (if uneven quality) that only a cloud-computing megasite can bring to the subject.
So what did I have to write about? Not much, and certainly not much that warranted taking 10 minutes out of an already jam-packed day to sit down and compose something other than a quick facebook status hit.
Now, however, we've got something. Tuesday the voters of Wake County decided to urinate all over Harold Webb's legacy and soundly rejected socioeconomic diversity as a goal in education. In so doing, they handed the reins of the best school system in North Carolina over to the anti-busing, anti-magnet school, anti-diversity, anti-year round, anti-sex ed, anti-science, anti-arts, anti-tax right wing. Let's hear it for Topeka!
So the parents who whined about reassignment are about to start reassigning students all over the place - enforcing a policy that requires you to go to the school nearest your house - regardless of how crappy or overcrowded that school might be. And when they come to take my kids out of Lynn Road and put them in Jeffery's Grove, well... let's just say they ain't seen nothing yet.
So this blog, or at least the Wake County side of our editorial board, is now going to focus a little more intently on the new members of the Wake County Board of Education. This should serve as their notice.
I'm ready for Deborah Prickett, et al, to call for tax increases to build the innumerable new schools that their "neighborhood schools" policy is going to require. And if they think they will be able to cannibalize the budgets of schools in established areas of town just to build their realtor friends some shiny new educational palaces in Apex and Wake Forest without a fight, they're REALLY kidding themselves.
Few things are more fun than being an angry voter with an outlet for publication. Let's see what they propose.