Friday, September 12, 2008
Beldar to guest-blog at HughHewitt.com until the election
I'm tickled to announce that between now and the election, I'll be doing some guest-blogging at HughHewitt.com. Hugh and the good folks at Townhall have offered me that opportunity as a way to make my posts accessible to a broader audience. There as here, however, the views I express will be my own, as will my blunders.
I'll probably move most of my blogging about Gov. Palin there, and most of my other political blogging as well, but I'll try to cross-post short pieces here linking each of my posts there just to keep a consistent record. And after the election, I expect to be back here full-time.
I've posted a self-introductory post there for now, and I've got a couple of others almost ready to go that I'll try to post before Ike makes landfall.
Thanks for your readership at either location!
[Copied here for archival purposes on November 5, 2008, from the post linked above at HughHewitt.com.]
[Guest Post by Bill Dyer a/k/a Beldar]
Hugh Hewitt has been one of my inspirations since I first started my own blogging in September 2003 at the oddly named BeldarBlog. ("Beldar" is the nickname I received in the late 1970s as a student at UT-Austin, a beer-slurred version of "Bill Dyer" from the days when Dan Aykroyd and the Saturday Night Live cast were still running their "Coneheads" skits.) During and after the 2004 elections, Hugh was generous to credit my small roles in the Rathergate and Swiftboat controversies with links and praise here, a few guest appearances on his radio show, and a mention or two in his fine 2005 book, Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That's Changing Your World.
Now, with just a few weeks left before the 2008 election, there's an increased appetite for pundits' political opinions, but there's also an increasingly urgent need for fact-gathering and -distribution to back up that punditry. Hugh and the fine folks from Townhall.com have generously invited me to guest-blog here between now and the election for the express purpose of exposing my blogging to "more eyeballs" — which means to all of you.
On my own blog, I've recently been among the most enthusiastic supporters of GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin of Alaska. Hurricane Ike (and my power and internet access) permitting, I plan to continue writing about her here — partly to provide hard information to rebut the Left's attempts to smear her, and partly to continue contributing to America's self-education about this remarkable new force of nature on the political scene.
Like Hugh, I write in the hope of persuading, but not with any pretense that I'm neutral or unbiased. Rather, I write as an undisguised and unabashed partisan: I'm as proud to be a committed conservative and a third-generation Republican as I am to be a fourth-generation Texan. In my day job, I'm a courtroom lawyer who's practiced civil litigation in Houston since 1981. My law practice has mostly involved disputes between businesses, and although I practiced at very large law firms representing Fortune-500 companies until 1992, since then I've practiced either on my own or at very small firms, where my clients are more typically small businesses and entrepreneurs.
My training and practice as a lawyer has given me a set of habits that affect my blogging both for better and worse: I strive for concision, but unlike Hugh, I almost always fail at achieving it. I also strive, with somewhat better success, to gather and assemble and organize credible evidence to back up my assertions. Once in a while I can even contribute an original thought and turn a decent phrase or two. And I hope to match Hugh's consistent standards for decency and ethics — sharing my opinions vividly but, I hope, never hatefully.
My views and Hugh's align far more often than not, but while I'm guest-blogging, I'll try to be careful to mark my posts conspicuously. And you certainly shouldn't assume that my opinions reflect Hugh's own. My inevitable blunders will be my own, too. I thank Hugh for his trust, and I hope not to disappoint either him or you.
Other weblog posts, if any, whose authors have linked to Beldar to guest-blog at HughHewitt.com until the election and sent a trackback ping are listed here:
(1) Bingo made the following comment | Sep 12, 2008 9:48:46 AM | Permalink
Congrats Beldar...and an EXCELLENT debut over at HH.com
(2) stan made the following comment | Sep 12, 2008 10:08:45 AM | Permalink
Way to go! For one post, you might have some fun discussing whether the performance of the MSM is so pathetic because of their bias or because of their incompetence.
(3) Dan S made the following comment | Sep 12, 2008 10:21:18 AM | Permalink
Though, means I'll have to wade through all that Hewitt noise to hone in on your signal! :)
(I like Hugh, just not as much.)
(4) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Sep 12, 2008 12:32:10 PM | Permalink
Dear Mr. Dyer: Nice work. Don't be excessively modest; Hugh Hewitt is not losing because you are guest blogging. This isn't charity for you. By no means. This is Adam Smith's classic definition of trade for mutual advantage. The only trouble is having to register to leave comments at Townhall. Eh.
(5) Jonathan Sadow made the following comment | Sep 13, 2008 8:40:17 PM | Permalink
Congratulations on your promotion! The only drawback to blogging there is the larger number of viewers makes it harder to keep the moonbats away. Your ability to argue rationally and logically tends to shame away the moonbats here, but the sheer number of them on Hewitt's blog makes it difficult to fight them off.
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