I'm in Tennessee with my son, visiting my folks. Between that and the holidays, I haven't been blogging. I'm taking a short break. When I get back to Chicago, I've got some posts in my head about a couple of people who died in recent months, including the Irish diplomat and intellectual Conor Cruise O'Brien, whom I met years ago, mob gambler and casino head Lefty Rosenthal, whose life was the subject of Martin Scorsese's movie Casino and Political Science writer Samuel Huntington, whose book "Political Order In Changing Societies" was key to my master's theses (I wrote three short theses for my master's in Political Science, rather than one large one).
In the meantime, I'll note that I passed a couple of blog milestones in the last few weeks. I had my 50,000th hit on my blog-- it turned out to be from my old friend Dan-- and had my 1000th post sometime in the last couple of weeks.
See you in a few days.