Please excuse the three-day hiatus. It’s simply been impossible to take time to sit at a keyboard. In fact, I only have a moment now, but I have a number of items backed up that I’ve been saving, so I hope to be able to post them soon. I’ve been out of town for a week visiting Memphis, where both of my wife’s parents are hospitalized. I was still able to post items through Thursday — blogging provided some brief respites from the stress — but by the end of the week the family crisis had deepened to the point that blogging was just unthinkable.
At this moment, I’d just like to take a quick moment to thank Sunny Philips for correcting a post from June 2. On that date, I mentioned being perplexed because after the ceremony swearing in Bobby Harrell as the new House speaker, "For some reason, David Wilkins — who was no longer speaker — presided while his successor milled about on the floor accepting congratulations."
Sunny pointed out the obvious, which is that Mr. Wilkins is speaker until June 21. I would not have been perplexed that day if I had taken a moment to read the two press releases that had been pressed into my hand just as the oath was being administered to Mr. Harrell. (Here’s one of them.)
I’m leaving that item in, because it honestly expresses the confusion that was in my mind, and that of some House members, at the time. I also leave it up as a reminder of what I say in the intro to my blog: "So if you see mistakes, say something so I can fix them."
Fact is, this particular error — which I had compounded by repeating on a later date — had already been pointed out to me by a colleague on the editorial board. I fixed the problem in that case, but had forgotten about that reference on June 2.
So thanks, Sunny.