About Me and The Shack

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E-Mail: thesundriesshack AT gmail DOT com
Twitter: jimmiebjr

The Blog and My Politics:

There are probably a bazillion blogs with right-leaning political commentary and a bazillion more with geeky-fun videos, music, sports, and science articles. Only The Sundries Shack puts all that together in a nice little package and throws a weekly podcast on top of the whole shebang.

My name is Jimmie Bise, Jr., and this is my blog. I’ve been here since April, 2004 which makes me one of the old guard among bloggers. I write about the things that interest me, inside politics and out. The Sundries Shack really isn’t a blog, in the way you think of blogs (you know what I mean, yes?). It’s easier if you think of this site as a place where I share all the things I findĀ  interesting, strange, and wonderful with anyone who wants to come by. The world is a pretty awesome place and I like sharing the most awesome things with you.

On politics, my theory is simple: If it puts more control of your life in your hands, I’m generally for it; if it puts more control of your life in the hands of bureaucrats or some member of Congress, I’m generally against it. Small government and the ability of people to order their communities as they see fit are a big deal to me, as I believe they were a big deal to the Founders. Abraham Lincoln said it very well when he said,

The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities.

The Nobler Interests:

I welcome tips from my readers. I try to share the most interesting things I can find, and the more interesting stories I see, the more I can share. Makes sense, right? If you care to drop me any tips, you can reach me at thesundriesshack AT gmail DOT com. I keep all personal information confidential unless you give me explicit permission to do otherwise or you are unusually abusive and obscene. The latter has never happened and I hope it never will.

me-in-a-tux-2007I’ve also been a musician — a singer, a choral director, and a horn player — for well over 25 years. I have founded a community chamber orchestra, served on the board of one of the oldest community show choirs in the Washington, DC area, played baritone saxophone in a local jazz band, and just started working with a brand new a cappella choir (no web site yet. We’re just getting started) for which I am the Assistant Director. I generally sing the Bass II part, by the way. Yep, I’m a boomer. Music is a very big deal to me, and so it’s a big deal here at The Shack.

I am also a sports nut, with special emphasis on My Beloved Redskins and the red-rocking Washington Capitals. I was raised to love the teams where you live and have a slight bit of distrust for any sports fan who has lived a long time in one place (or worse, was raised there) and doesn’t have at least some small affection for the home team. I also love baseball, and faithfully follow my local Atlantic League team, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

Cha-Ching!

Though I write because I enjoy writing, I also do this for money. My goal is to turn my writing and musical talents into gainful full-time employment. I started The Shack with Mark Twain’s quote in mind.

“Write without pay until somebody offers to pay you. If nobody offers within three years, sawing wood is what you were intended for.”

So far, that’s worked out a little bit. I’ve worked most recently for the now-defunct American Issues Project. I am also a contributing writer to Right Wing News, The Greenroom, Hot Air, and News Real Blog. I’m now without an outside writing project, so if you’re looking for someone to give you some knockout content, I’m definitely your guy. I’m not ready to start sawing wood yet.

I’ve also taken a plunge into the podcasting world. You can get all the details on my weekly show, The Delivery, right here. I’m always on the lookout for interesting subjects, good guests (who can use Skype!), and advertisers looking for a great bargain.

Quotes and Miscellany:

This end bit really isn’t much “about me”, but in a way it is. I love good quotes and I tend to collect them here or there. I don’t have a better place to put them than at the end of this section. Perhaps you can divine a bit more about me from the quotes I list here. If so, then they serve a good purpose.

I really like this particular from President Roosevelt. It’s too long to be a national motto, but it wouldn’t disappoint me one bit if every schoolchild had to memorize it and recite it once a week. It seems a small difference between the messages of “You are great just the way you are!” and “You are good today, but you can be great tomorrow!” but, really, the distance between the two is considerable, especially to a child.

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt, speech entitled “Citizenship in a Republic”, given at the Sorbonne, Paris on April 23, 1910

I prefer to rotate quotes in my blog header as well. When I swap one out, I’ll put them here, for posterity. I did say I liked quotes.

Replaced on March 6, 2009: “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” – George Orwell, “In Front of Your Nose”

Replaced on August 8, 2009: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Updated November 28, 2009. Time for a rewrite!