Three years of NEO!

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Three years ago this week Nebraskaenergyobserver made its debut on the Internet. So first, congratulations to my dearest friend Neo. Blogs are like Gibbon’s description of empires – they rise and fall and the sands of history cover them and their place knows them no more. It is, as I know myself, easy enough to start up a blog – it is the maintaining it which is the hard part. So, I think three years is something to celebrate.

Neo’s blog is a window on the world. He is part of an America which many of us admire, but which many foreigners (and quite a few Americans) never visit – the ‘fly-over States’. I spent a year in the mid-West twenty years ago, and retain a fondness for it and all it represents; this is one of the reasons I am fond of this place. It is redolent of American virtues: self-reliance; a sense of personal responsibility; but a willingness to do the right thing to help others, even at personal cost. You might say these are human virtues, and I would agree; but they are exemplified by the America which, at great cost, sustained the free world during the Cold War Years, ensuring that the gains from the defeat of Fascism were not lost. Neo, like many of his readers, has an admiration for the ‘greatest generation’ and a keen sense of patriotism. He is proud of America for what it has done and for what it represents. Other countries are countries – America is a dream.

That is why for him, and for so many, the past few years have been ones of grim realisation: realisation that, to use a Churchill quotation, our leaders have failed to ‘rise to the level of events'; we have great events and small men; nor is that a partisan political point; since Reagan and Thatcher the ‘free world’ has wanted a figure of stature.

As we look out from the prairie, the aspect is dark: the ‘Arab spring’ has given way to a winter of discontent, as the whole region is buffeted by the storms of radical Islam, a phenomenon which our secular, liberal elites fail to grasp; yes, these people really do believe women should be neither seen nor heard, they do believe in stoning homosexuals, and they will chop your head off. In Israel, the one democracy in the region is in a permanent state of siege, with only the US really supporting her; and across Europe, the complacency of a political elite is being rudely shattered by the realisation that President Putin is up to something and will not be stopped by being told he is being naughty. Super Powers may want to retire, but when they try, they may find themselves draw back from the plow.

In the meantime, America itself changes, and values which were once universal are relativised; social cohesion, always a difficult thing to achieve, is threatened; and faith in the rule of law is challenged by the rule of lawyers, in whom few place any confidence: the difference between a confidence trickster and a politician is that they both take your money, but only the latter demands you like him for it.

All of these trends Neo covers, but he also provides us with a great historical perspective, good company, good music and great movies, as well as a wry sense of humour which says that even if the world is going to hell in a handcart, it’s five o’clock somewhere – hence the clip – so join me in raising a glass to our friend Neo :)

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40 Responses to Three years of NEO!

  1. NEO says:

    Seems rather self-aggrandizing to like this post, so I won’t. That doesn’t mean, dearest friend, that I don’t, I like it a lot, and love the fact that you are my partner here. :-) xx

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    • JessicaHof says:

      I know, that’s why I surprised you with it :) xx

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      • NEO says:

        I figured as much, but it is nice to be appreciated. :-) xx

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        • JessicaHof says:

          And, as you can see from the comboxes, it isn’t just me :) Yay for you :) xx

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        • NEO says:

          blushes Thanks, dearest friend! :-) xx

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Ha! :) xx

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        • NEO says:

          Ha, yourself, and Good Day to you! :-) xx

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Nice to be able to return the compliment, dearest friend – as they say in some circles, multos annos :) xx

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        • NEO says:

          Thanks, that must be amongst those educated Brit Christians, whose company I enjoy so much :-) xx

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Ha! Ha! And we love your company too :) xx

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        • NEO says:

          And that pleases me immensely. :-) xx

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  2. Congratulations, NEO!

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks, Dan.

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  3. boudicabpi says:

    Congratulations on 3 years.
    Bob A.

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks, Bob.

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  4. Congratulations Neo – and nicely done Jess :)

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks, Geoffrey. :-)

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      • My pleasure Neo – well done!

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        • NEO says:

          And thanks, again. A lot of it, which won’t surprise you, is Jess, more behind the scenes than I would prefer. Muse, partner, supporter, and more, I wouldn’t have made it this far without her.

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        • Aye, she’s a grand lass, as we say in these parts :)

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Very kind of you both :oops: xx

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        • NEO says:

          Ha! Still much more fetching when you do it, than the rest of us :-)

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        • JessicaHof says:

          You are very kind dear sir :) xx

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        • NEO says:

          Thank you, ma’am :-) xx

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        • JessicaHof says:

          :) xx

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        • NEO says:

          :-) xx

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, As we say around here, she’s definitely a keeper :-)

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        • That’s for sure :)

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        • NEO says:

          :-)

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  5. Cheers !!!

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks, Wil.

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  6. Well said Jessica! And God Bless NEO! Myself, I am thinking of 45 years ago, and the Moon Landing! My father a British scientist loved this great American and Western achievement!

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    • NEO says:

      Ah, Fr. Robert, so many of us were remembering it this week, what a grand achievement it was, and in fact so was the TRINTY test a few year earlier on the same day. And thanks, so much my friend.

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  7. Congrats, NEO. They say it takes a year or two to get traction in the blogging business and 90% won’t last that long. I have seen some popular ones come and go when the blogger begins to realize just what a commitment it is to keep one going. Three years puts you among the veterans. Keep up the good work.

    I know to what Jessica refers. Although now stuck in the great lakes region (where progressives run amok), I was born and raised on the plains of South Dakota, and even spent a great year in Waco, Nebraska, where I spent many a summer night walking the Union Pacific tracks and watching the progress of the trains from the town before to the town after. I also grew up in a train town, this one the hub for the once-great Milwaukee Road, and later for the coal trains of the Burlington route.

    I was always watching the trains disappear into the distance and admiring the sun for being able to travel over the horizon. Wanderlust filled me from an early age, and it still fills me today. But the great plains will always be home. The mighty Missouri will always be my river. And the people of the prairie will always be my people.

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  8. NEO says:

    Thanks, so much. I wouldn’t have without the encouragement of a lot of folks. It’s a lot more of a commitment than it looks like.

    Ha! i grew up in NW Indiana, and trains are in the blood, I spent hours watching the old PRR and can just remember on a quiet night hearing the Berkshires on the old Nickle Plate Chicago division.

    Before I landed here, I had lived in North Dakota (Fargo and Garrison), Montana and a a bit in Kansas. If I ever leave here, which I wouldn’t bet on, it’ll likely be for Wyoming, a little topography wouldn’t hurt, maybe!

    But yeah, the best people are between the Mississippi and the mountains, hands down. They’re my folks. :-)

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  9. the unit says:

    Well, I’m a newby, but I’ve sure enjoyed reading here, and doing a little superficial commenting. :) Yes, congratulations for a great site and longevity.

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    • NEO says:

      Always need more, Unit. Glad you’re here, and thanks. :-)

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  10. Mike says:

    Here’s to three more! Cheers!

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    • NEO says:

      Thanks, Buddy!

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