July 17, 2005


The Bear Flag League Conference was terrific. I'm exhausted, since I was "on duty" the whole time taking care of the speakers and guests. Therefore, someone else will blog the substance of the conference—probably while I'm still in the media room downstairs watching The American Revolution on VHS with Attila the Hub.

Personally, I plan to monitor Right on the Left Beach, as he's likely to have the best pictures of the event, and get them onto his site the fastest.

There are too many people to name, but it was wonderful to see the Bear Flag Leaguers again, and to attach a few more faces to bloggers' (and commenters') names.

Luminaries included Scott of Blog Cabin California, who moderated the event; Justene of Calblog, who founded the Bear Flag League and organized this event (and whose daughters have their own blog); Daniel Weintraub, who writes for the Sacramento Bee, and was a cause celebre in the 'sphere a while back when the decision was made by his employers to edit his blog (he is also one of the true gentlemen of the 'sphere); Bob Hertzberg of BigIdeas4LA.com, who nearly used the power of the 'sphere to become mayor of Los Angeles; Joseph C. Phillips of the Conservative Brotherhood—an actor and activist who also publishes recipes on his "non-blog"; Ted Costa of Fair Districts, which tackles the issue of gerrymandering head-on; and Allan Hoffenblum of California Target Book, a rich resource for anyone interested in Golden State politics.

Thanks, everyone. It was an amazing event.

UPDATE: Attila the Hub asked me as we milled around on the patio waiting for the buffet to be ready how many people at this gathering weren't lawyers.

"Oh, two or three," I replied.

UPDATE 2, 11:33 Monday night: I'd say Darleen Click's post is the most comprehensive summary of the issues discussed. Cobb has two posts on the subject. And he's got even more here.

Right on the Left Beach has two sets of pictures: one of our speakers and organizers, and one that concentrates on the attendees. See Xrlq posing with Kevin Drum! Baldilocks with Cobb! Attila Girl without quite enough makeup on (remember, I had to get there by noon; that's a bit on the early side for me).

Brian Hay blogged the event for Big Ideas 4 LA, and Flap has chick pix. Naturally, Patterico has a thing or two to say, and Baldilocks has her own photos.

UPDATE 3, 12:27 a.m. Tuesday: Miller's Time has pix and commentary.

UPDATE 4, 7:35 p.m. Tuesday: The Claremont Institute summarizes Weintraub's excellent column in the Sacramento Bee, and provides commentary. I so wanted to see Dan's column that I actually registered to read an online paper (something I had not done in a while; usually, I figure if they want my eyeballs on their pages, they won't put up obstacles thereto).

UPDATE 5, 8:17 a.m. Wednesday: There's a thorough rundown of the most important issues discussed over at Blog Cabin California.

Posted by Attila at July 17, 2005 07:49 PM | TrackBack

I was sorry that you were on duty the whole time. It wasn't supposed to be that way but there were some unexpected glitches. You did a great job. I'm not sure it would have come off at all without all your work in the last two weeks! Thanks so much.

Posted by: Justene at July 17, 2005 08:28 PM

I was happy to do it; you never know when my "hostess" instincts will take over!

'Sides, I'm the one that got the directions wrong, so shepherding a few people in after the program started was the least I could do.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 17, 2005 11:13 PM

I was thrilled with the event and it was wonderful to meet you and so many others that attended.

I've got pages of notes I'm reviewing and organizing this morning.

Thanks to Justene and you and the others for an informative and enjoyable conference!

Posted by: Darleen at July 18, 2005 07:08 AM

Thanks for all your hard work yesterday.

Posted by: Miller's Time at July 18, 2005 06:45 PM

Oh, stop! Justene put this together. I just stepped in to help in the final ten days when she got busy with Real Work at her office.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 18, 2005 06:59 PM

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