A Long Goodbye

We are approaching ten years. I have renewed for one more month and then we will likely go dark. Comments are open.

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55 Responses to A Long Goodbye

  1. C. L. says:

    Does this announcement include the whole shebang, i.e., the Republic, too?

    Due to other issues going on with me, it would be hard to think of this announcement coming at a worse time than right now. I don’t know what to say. I’m numb.

    For what it’s worth, I loved it here. Posting this comment the old fashioned way felt good.

  2. jacksonsdad says:

    Damn gonna miss y’all. Gotta figger’ out a way to privately pass around each others e-mail (and phone #’s if desired). I can always sacrifice one of my trash e-mails if necessary, compile whatever info anyone wants to send me then share it with Inner Circle Members. Glad to do it if that winds up being the best way.

    I already know how to get in touch w/ several of you but would like to keep the quilt intact for those times when we all need good folks to share with and lean on.

    Saw the writing on the wall but Damn… just damn.

  3. MadBrad says:

    My life has changed a lot since we tried the new format. Not publishing every day has been a blessing. I have been doing some writing offline that has caused me to not be engaged in media consumption online, on television or on the radio. The writing that I am doing there will in fact live longer than the writing that I have done here. Nonetheless the writing that I have done here got me ready for the project that I am now engaged in.

    In the time I have left here I suppose I will be doing some archiving for my personal library but where to begin? There are so many outstanding publications here. Perhaps I should go the way of Solomon and say “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity”.

  4. Ben says:

    I just want to say thank you all. I have read this blog everyday since some time in late 2009. With the divorce and the loss of my job checking this site everyday is actually my longest standing habit. This year has seen everything that has been consistent in my life fall away and has left me at a loss. I appreciate all the opportunity I have had here to learn and refine my positions. I have never met any of you but I will never forget the impact you have had on me.

    This site has a treasure of knowledge on it and it will be a shame to see it die, but the bigger loss will be the breaking of the community we have built.

    I don’t do any social media and am not a regular on any other site so I guess my internet presence will be dropping to zero.

    Good luck. God bless and thanks.

  5. C. L. says:

    If it must be this way, thank you for this final post, RD. For the Revo:

  6. Bman says:

    So, will we ever be able to visit old posts and read them again? Or will it go absolutely dark?

  7. C. L. says:

    Doc, Doc-O, Greg B, Jim22, Locke n Load, notamobster, mr_bill, Rich, Slaphappypap, slinger, Son of the Rabbit People, DarthJay, Uke, and many others that never quite made the transition to the Republic forum, I want you to know that I have been greatly missing your input since the switch. It ain’t the same without you. A shadow of what it was. I don’t know shit about some things compared to you guys.

    To the rest of you who hung on, I’ll really miss you all, too, if this is it. I got nowhere else to go, and I don’t want to go anywhere else anyway, so, take care, every one of you.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I tried to make it a discussion forum but that failed. We have fewer hits per day than anytime since 2009. I am open to suggestions that don’t include asking people to blog everyday of their lives.

      • C. L. says:

        I’d still like to meet you someday, RD, and thank you in person for everything this blog gave to me. It’s no small list.

        PS – apparently, people like nice, safe pictures. πŸ™‚

        • R.D. Walker says:

          I am very proud of what we did here.

          • C. L. says:

            You should be. It was fantastic. You should be.

            For various reasons piled on me right now in addition to the end of the REVO, I almost have tears in my eyes just having a conversation here again, knowing it may be the last.

            You really should remove that long comment of mine up above, the free trade one. It doesn’t belong here. I don’t really need to be showing my ignorance one more time.

            • R.D. Walker says:

              As you wish.

              • C. L. says:

                I confess that post was a feeble attempt to spark your debate interest back to life and change the Kobayashi Maru scenario that is playing out here. As a former SERE instructor, you understand how important it is to not lose all hope. πŸ™‚

            • Ben says:

              CL I am with you. Just knowing I had this group to turn to for support has helped me lately. Even if activity was low I still refreshed the forum every time I touched my phone.

              A year ago I loved my wife and my job and my life. It seems like everything from my life a year ago will be stripped away. We will see if I have the strength to build something new. I did not expect this site to be on that list but I understand it is time.

              • C. L. says:

                Ben, for all I know, you could be a serial killer, but, I don’t think so. I think you are a fine human being. I’ll be going dark, too. I have no desire to start up new friendships on some other blog.

                I’ll not be leaving contact info. I still want to meet you guys, but, you are gifted people. Let’s use that and make it a bit of a challenge to meet for a cup of coffee or something. I’ve left more than enough info laying around here that should make it easy, at least as easy as it was for me to track some of you down. πŸ™‚

          • Cold Warrior says:

            You should be proud.

            I’m envious. Some of you guys got to shoot at Commies.


    • DocO says:


      If you want, send a Facebook friend request to Paul Olsztyn. I certainly have appreciated all I have learned from the whole gang here and I hate to see it end.

      For me the internecine conflicts in the group shattered the fellowship I felt here. Disagreement and debate are good, “As iron sharpens iron”, but something happened where I felt there was a disparaging attitude in the conversation that was usually reserved for trolls. Maybe I’m just getting sensitive in my old age.

      For me this just continued a recent life trajectory of trying to deepen my Christian faith. A political solution for our country seems beyond the pale at this point without a religious revival. If good men such as ourselves can’t come together, what hope for the country as a whole?

      • C. L. says:

        DocO, per your second paragraph, I felt that same thing, but I put it off because I can be too sensitive for my own good sometimes and I just put it off to that.

        As far as Facebook goes, I have never been a member and I never plan to be. I don’t do social media. I’m a dinosaur who likes being a dinosaur. Still, I’m glad for the chance to talk again, even briefly.

        • DocO says:

          I believe you, me and Nota are all Michigan based Revos. We should try to get together sometime.

          • C. L. says:

            I would like that, but it’s very hard for me to get away. Nota has contact info for me if you ever have plans for venturing above the bridge. πŸ™‚

            I’m still making an occasional post in the Revo Republic. I probably will until the bitter end. I left a funny for Rockheim; I hope he sees it.

            • DocO says:

              Sounds like a quest across the Mackinac is in order. My wife and I usually spend a week in the late summer in the Leelanau peninsula each year. Next time we’re headed up there I’ll reach out to Nota and see if we can’t figure a day to make a trip to the land of pasties, white fish and black flies.

              • C. L. says:

                I had a homemade pasty for supper today. I had deep fried whitefish at a hunting camp party two weeks ago. I was bitten by black flies all summer. You’ve been here before, haven’t you? πŸ™‚

                I heard from Nota and another Revoista today. That trip to the UP next summer looks like it just might be a thing. I really hope so. Anyone else? It might end up being as good as the 37th Rolling Stones farewell tour.

                • DocO says:

                  Yeah, I’ve spent my fair share of time camping up in the UP when I was a kid and I’ve taken a few trips there as an adult as well. The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is one of my favorite places on earth.

                  I’ll try to keep in touch with Nota via email as next summer draws near and we’ll see what we can do about a Michigan Revo Reunion.

                • notamobster says:

                  Pictures rocks, my hometown… That’s where my friend C**** lives real close to, also.

    • Rich says:

      Hey CL: Thanks for the kind words. I guess I just never quite synced with the new format. And I missed the deeper subject matter dive of the “old” format. Nonetheless, I am deeply saddened to see The Revo go. For years this site has been a solace, a place to learn, a place to contribute, a place of humor and insight such as I never could have hoped to find anywhere. As far as I am concerned, all the Revo people are plain brilliant. And I say that having worked at a branch of Bell labs where brilliant people abounded. But those Bell folk had nothing on the Revo. Not one single thing. And please do know, dear wise, funny, talented, fully human CL – that includes you in spades.

      RD, MadBrad, Bman, CL, notamobster, Van-a-gram, DocO, Ben, Jacksonsdad, Cold Warrior, trebor snoyl, Jim22, Ray Davies, fasttimes, Rj, mr_bill, Sortahwitte and Uke – I thank you all for your wisdom, thinking, knowledge, humor, faith, decency and humanity, and your willingness to share it here for so many years. Such has been to me a treasure beyond measure; one I shall miss dearly, and remember always. God Bless you all, Rich

      PS – RD – keeping the archives until at least the end of December would be much appreciated.

  8. trebor snoyl says:

    Thank you all for the laughter and the tears, and special thanks to Bman for clueing me in on this site. I will miss it.

    • Ray Davies says:

      We’ll miss you too, it took a bit before I caught on to your name. When you see Bman tell him Linda and I say hello. I’d like to buy him another PBR one of these days.

  9. C. L. says:

    I have a chance to learn one more thing here.

    At the bottom of every topic is a list of social media icons. Just to the right of them there is a number. The number is not the same on each topic. What does that number mean?

  10. fasttimes says:

    RD, what are the issues with the site and keeping it? what are the goals? new readership? are “hits” important or is the base a good enough reason to hold a place?
    what are other issues?

    i know the republic is not like revo in its heyday, but personally i have liked the republic site, even if the activity isn’t near what the blog has been.

  11. Rj says:

    Damn I will miss this blog, although the last few months I have not visited daily for most of the last ten years I have.
    I shall miss the discussion of all y’all folks who are a lot smarter than l.
    I’m not sure where it all started falling apart, but it will be a great loss for me. yall each have stirred me to deeper thinking and given me a lot of food for thought over the years.
    Special thanks to all who have blogged and commented here, RD, Nota, MadBrad, everyone. I am saddened and disheartened.
    I understand the work keeping this thing up has been for those who did the daily work. I will be posting my personal contact info in the inner circle. a text or call with your blogging name will get a reply.

  12. mr_bill says:

    A most wholehearted Thank You to fellow Revoistas for welcoming me here and putting up with my long rants.

    You all have made this place a bastion of sanity and reason in a world that has become awash in emotional populism and impulsiveness. More than reasoned discussion, I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie here. It’s been great getting to know you all and share in a piece of your lives.

    Recently, I’ve embarked on a career move which is far more demanding of my time and I rarely make it online to commiserate these days. Aside from that, a beautiful, amazing woman has taken a liking to yours truly and I’m thoroughly enjoying spending every minute with her which means less time in front of the screen.

    Special thanks to R.D., MadBrad, Jim22, Bman, and Nota for their tireless work in creating content daily.

    I’m happy to share my contact info and I’d post it in the Inner Circle, but I can’t seem to remember what the heck my password is to log in to it.

  13. Ben says:

    I put up a post in the private section of the republic forum with my info just in case people aren’t looking theee anymore.

    • notamobster says:

      I have re-enabled comments in the inner circle section, so people can share private info one last time.

      Mr Bill, check your email. I’ll send you the password.

  14. notamobster says:

    I am sad that our exercise in the intellectual expression and proofing of the ideas of liberty has come to an end, but that’s how life goes. To everything, there is a season.

    This site, the people who lived here with me, and the ideas exchanged were, are, and always will be an immense part of who I am. You can’t spend as much time in each other’s minds as we have, and not grow to love one another.

    When I moved back to Michigan in 2009, I had a pressing sense of urgency to make it happen. Three months later, my mom died.

    When I have my life to the Lord, I had the very same impending urgency.

    For the past many months (the time I’ve been missing from The Revo), I’ve had a fire of urgency to learn the word of God, strengthen my relationship with him, and focus my energy on matters of the spirit.

    I have this drive within me, that “time is short and I have much catching up to do”. It’s as strong as my intellectual curiosity was in days past, but more dire.

    I really think God wanted/wants me to know and trust his ways, so I’ve been absent from politics and social media to focus on matters of the spirit, which are eminently more important.

    I will always love you folks and what you’ve done for the strengthening and sharpening of my values.

    • notamobster says:

      “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

      And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

      The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

      Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.”

      Romans 13: 11-13

  15. notamobster says:

    Comments are enabled on the inner circle.

  16. C. L. says:

    Thanks for re-enabling access to the off-topic threads. I always enjoyed that section and I spent the better part of a few hours this morning going through the last year and a half of them. Some good memories there.

  17. Bman says:

    I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget my traditional gift to The Real Revo. Her birthday is coming up and well, it looks to be her last.

    I come bearing gifts.

    OOPS! I meant this….

    • Rich says:

      Looks like the bra … er … ah … horn O’plenty there.

      That said, I’ve always felt a bit sorry for gals carrying a heavy load topside. It’s gotta be heck on the spine. But … still a verrah nice sight to see.

  18. C. L. says:

    Time is short here, so I’ll finally get this out. I never believed all those coffee beans were hand-picked by Juan Valdez.

  19. Sortahwitte says:

    I can’t get into the inner circle, so I will spill my guts here.

    What a ride! The wide range of people that wrote entries, the people that gave comments, just wow. The individuals that I now call friends are not like any friends I had before. I will only name RD Walksabout, but won’t name others in fear of leaving someone out. You know who you are and how much sioux and I love you. I had the friends of my youth. Now I have some very special friends to last beyond this place. You are in my prayers.

    I was fortunate to attend the get-togethers in Memphis and Branson. Those were really, really fun. I laughed until I blew beverages out my nose. It was also a place to put names and faces together and to share what we were about. Those were special times.

    This place could be realistically be called a brain trust. I learned so much here. I learned about economic theory and facts. I learned about the many different people that call themselves conservatives. I learned that not everyone that prays and trusts God is in my church building. Here, I first learned about Martin Luther. Here I learned about the goodness of people. You have made me look at things from a bunch of different sides.

    OK, that’s all for the moment. I reserve the right to add to this.
    Love, G&S

  20. MadBrad says:

    Please everyone, leave contact information in the Protected Inner Circle.


  21. C. L. says:

    I heard this on the way home from town today. I thought it should be a part of the end.

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