...to retire from Rambix and the Red Star.
This is harder than I thought it would be, mostly because I've had a great time doing this blog. A really great time
. I have criminal justice running through my veins, so this venture was an easy and natural fit for me, and the people I've "met" through blogging are the best of the best.
The challenge is there is no natural stopping point for a blog. I never really had a time frame in mind when I started blogging; I just figured I'd do it until I got sick of it. And frankly, I'm not
sick of it at all - I still love exposing things you'll not read about in the MSM, particularly the Red Star.
The reason I'm retiring is that the blogging is encroaching on my personal life, and has been interfering with family time. I have a young child who is growing faster than I can believe, and I just don't want to miss any of it. If I was a single guy it would be a different story. I think anyone who is married with young children might understand.
Aside from family life, I want to have more time to immerse myself in my faith, and to have that focus be an example for my child.
Don't worry, I haven't gone soft. I still despise criminal scumbags and the girlie-men who allow them to fester in our once-fine cities. I still think Mayor Rybak is an empty suit, and the Minneapolis city council couldn't run a 7-11 store, much less a mid-sized city like Minneapolis (the difference is if it was 7-11 they would just go out of business; with Minneapolis they are perpetually enabled by the wishy-washy liberal multiculturalist urban socialists).
It's really going to be painful not to be able to write about the crime stories ignored by the MSM, because, believe me, the Quagmire ain't over.
The Rambix blog has been doing better than ever, but I didn't do it for ego. I did it to get the word out, to create an awareness, and because I care about crime victims and potential victims (and there are a lot of potential
victims in Minneapolis). I think I succeeded to some degree.
I've never been comfortable with the personal attention. I've turned down a couple of radio interviews, a magazine/periodical interview, and personal appearances. People have been generous and accomodating, but those things aren't me. Don't get me wrong, I like the increased exposure for readership and to spread the message, but the focus should be on crime and quality of life and the victims.
I'll still be involved in the "community" in other ways. I'm also going to follow and read the best bloggers in the country, many of which are located right here in the Twin Cities. Minnesota has a first-class local blogging community, and I'll be checking in as often as possible. I hope that some of them pick up some of the crime reporting: KvM
(and it's socialist-like collective of smart bloggers), Powerline
, Shot in the Dark
(Mitch Berg - the best blog writer out there, in my view), Fraters Libertas
, Minnesota Democrats Exposed
, and many others found in the MOB blogroll.
I'm grateful and appreciate of all the readers and frequent commenters of the Rambix blog, such as Margaret Martin
(vote for him if you're in his district), McGruv, jb doubtless
, Andrew Rothman
, bobby_b, crap, usedtobeliberal, AntiElf, Joel Rosenberg
, jay, The Watcher, Kevin from Minneapolis, all the "anonymous's", ORD to MSP, bud, a Cedar-Riversider and NRA mem, amy, Bjorn, team ramrod, Rebecca, nathan bissonette, Chunkstyle, Greg, Rich, Spectator, PaulC, Sam, Silence Dogood, and many, many others. There's a lot of talent in these names (and others I may have missed), and I hope to see some of them who haven't been blogging start their own and share their wisdom.
Sorry about the long post - I just have a lot to say as I wrap this up.
It's been a lot of fun.
If you're now aware that the Red Star filters your crime stories and suppresses certain information to fit their social engineering, then I've done my job.
If you're now aware that Mayor Rybak and the Minneapolis City Council are ineffective empty suits, then I've done my job.
If you're now aware that criminals from different states and countries are importing their filth and violence to Minneapolis and the Twin Cities and beyond, then I've done my job.
If you're now aware that blogs are the future of information flow and truth, and that MSM such as the Red Star know it, then I've done my job.
Stay safe, never let your guard down, and never let the scumbags win. And never stop trying to get the useless politicians out of office - don't entrust your
safety to people who can't do the job.
P.S. I'll leave the blog page up for awhile for reference.