: Had a great holiday week. Family. Friends. Tons of nieces and nephews arguing and playing. The sound of “Uncle Jayzeeeeeee” still rings lovingly in my ears. Hope your holiday was as relaxing and pleasurable.
Anyway, Hub Blog will continue the off-and-on posting through the weekend and through next week’s New Year celebrations. For now, some items on pieces I’ve noticed over the past few days, some about Boston, others not:
: Cosmo Macero has redesigned his new blog site
. Has that classic, can't-beat-it Instapundit
look. And the posts are also interesting. Check it out. ... P.S. Looks like Cosmo is another disgruntled Pats blogger. I just can't blog on the Pats these days. It's too depressing.
The South Rises Again
: During one of many holiday cocktail gatherings attended by Hub Blog, the conversation turned to -- surprise! -- politics and the Trent Lott affair in particular. One of my friends, a fellow New Englander, bemoaned how Southerners, along with the occasional Californian, now dominate American politics. Though we disagreed on a lot of points, here's where we agreed: A.) The Lott affair was not an aberration, for there’s still a strong strain of Jeff Davis nostalgia coursing through Southern politics and the GOP in particular; B.) there is indeed a contradictory ‘new South’ with an enviable record of racial integration, as opposed to the slower rate of integration here in Boston; C.) there probably won't be another Massachusetts Democrat elected president again in our lifetime (not that there should be); and D.) we're blatantly jealous the South has critical political power and the fond memory of Robert E. Lee to shove in our Civil War trivia-buff faces. ... The next morning, I read this column in the Washington Post
and wondered if my friend’s more adamant Northern views indeed reflect a deep -- and possibly growing -- North-South-West Coast political realignment.