Not that it matters, but my day-job duties, my end-of-semester instructional duties, my parental duties, and my necessary activities as a homeowner seem to have reached some sort of simultaneous peaks ... so blogging's very much on the back burner.
Having watched most of the eight-way Democratic presidential candidates' "debate" a few evenings ago on MSNBC, it occurs to me that Ron Paul as a Republican candidate for the office has quite a bit in common with both Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel in the corresponding Democratic contest. All three have at least a nodding acquaintance with the notion of a principled political philosophy; all three are intensely unsatisfactory to the bipartisan/nonpartisan orthodoxy that runs USA, Inc; and none of the three have the remotest snowball's chance of being elected to the figurehead CEO job.
Make sure you vote, though. Remember: if you don't vote, you can't complain. And the show must go on. And the nice policeman is your friend. More commonplace lies later; that's enough for now.