Dear Readers: Inspired by Hot Air’s Ed Morrissy’s group, MOB (Minnesota Organization of Bloggers), I set-up a Beer Summit for our wonderful team of San Diego pundits at the wonderful KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro. Collectively, we are known as the SLOBs (San-Diego Local Order of Bloggers):
From left to right, we had Doo Doo Economics, Left Coast Rebel, Sarah Bond of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition, Beers with Demo, and yours truly. W.C. Varones is rather like the Scarlett Pimpernel, so decided to remain anonymous:
They seek him here.
They seek him there.
Those Lefties seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven?
Or is he in hell? That damned elusive W.C.!
The handsome, curly-haired divinity on the end is my beloved, Horemheb. He had no comment when I informed him I had ordered “Raging Bitch” ale for the occasion. Wise man, indeed!
The Beer Summit was wonderful, and we are planning do this regularly. The ideas and discussions bouncing back and forth were truly energizing, and we will need this kind of re-charging if we are to sustain ourselves over the next few election cycles. I hope our example inspires pundits and bloggers from across the country to to the same thing. Gathering together in a tavern to exchange information and ideas initiated the American Revolution, and will help inspire us during this dynamic period.
I can’t stress how blessed I feel to be part of such a dynamic team. They all agreed when I said that it would take several election cycles before we could really be sure we got the local, state, and federal governments back on the right track. Without having compatriots such as this, the effort would be more difficult — especially when there is a rough patch (e.g., the passage of Obamacare).
The passage of Arizona’s SB 1070 was one of the topics we chatted about, and none of us were surprised to learn that Arizona tourists were canceling reservations to San Diego after our city Council’s asinine resolution. Two points: 1) This retaliation was predictable by anyone with an ounce of common sense. 2) This will hurt us more than them — Arizonans really do come to San Diego and LA, whereas elitist leftist politicos tend NOT to vacation in the Grand Canyon State anyway.
Beers with Demo noted that Yuma is just across the California Border, and is a relatively easy drive to make from San Diego. He remarked that it would be relatively easy to get a group of Tea Party activists together (perhaps paint up the cars with statements of support and apologies to AZ), and do a convoy to Yuma on the 8. Perhaps we could even meet up with a AZ Tea Party group in Yuma to formally apologize for the stupidity of our city Council. The possibilities are endless, and are currently being explored by our Tea Party group.
The elite California political reactions to the passage of the Arizona law is one of the many reasons that California is now ranked 51st in business climate, behind such luminaries as New York and New Jersey! Way to go, Sacramento!
The SLOBs also discussed Sarah Palin, the Greek bailout and the European economic crisis, the California Governor and Senate races (only Chuck Devore and Mickey Kaus inspired any degree of enthusiasm among all candidates discussed; for Governor, Steve Poizner seems to be the pick-of-the-day, though we held out hopes that “Evil Meg” would kick some SEIU butt should she win in the primary). We also learned what got each one of into blogging and citizen activism.
It was a ton of fun!