#3: “The People's Republic of Journalistan”. Comical speculation occurs over the subject of likely results of the Russian takeover of Livejournal.
#2: “This is What I've Been Reduced To”. Mid-Holiday hangover movie dialogue quiz.
#1: “Well, My Calendar Says It's 2007 A.D., But That's Clearly a Typo”. Many confused and/or confusing reactions are registered to the news that Mitt Romney has been accused of heresy.
#3: “Double, Double, Toil and Trouble”. The real estate bubble bursts, and I vent my impotent rage about the ‘great moderation’ scam. People who know more about economics than I do show up to scold me.
#2: “This Will Be the Best Vacation Ever”. I lay out my plans to visit the Conservative Political Action Committee. People express their desires for me to ratfuck various right-wing talking heads.
#1: “Leonard Pierce Presents Things That Leonard Pierce Thinks”. I set forth my opinions on a wide variety of topics, and Calamity Jon gets yelled at for not liking the Muppet Show.
#3: “Ask Not What You Can Do For Your Country, Or, The Audacity of Dope”. I wax rhapsodic about political speeches of days gone by, and experience curious feelings of tenderness towards Bill Buckley.
#2: “Careful With That Ax, Hill”. I criticize Hillary Clinton for borrowing from the G.O.P. playbook, and make what may be the only correct political prognostications I have ever made.
#1: “All Apologies”. Inspired by ‘The Ole Perfesser’ Glenn Reynolds’ criticism of Barack Obama, I urge people to apologize for crimes committed by members of their ethnic group.
#3: “More Great Strides in Middle Eastern Democracy”. I discuss Palestinian apartheid, cruelly mock the Free Tibet movement, and translate Godwin’s law into hardboiled.
#2: “La Réponse”. A foreign-language edition of the Question Game goes as expected.
#1: “Now Watch Him Blame It All on the Actors”. In the least surprising development of the year, I criticize Joss Whedon and people go apeshit.
#3: “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Another Completely Asinine LiveJournal Controversy”. I disapprove of the word ‘boobs’ and wish for everyone involved in the Open Source Boob Project to be run over by a garbage truck.
#2: “Take That Kangol Off”. People get all fluttery about a sex poll.
#1: “If You Know, You’ll Know. If You Don’t, You’ll Learn.”. I engage in my favorite LiveJournal guilty pleasure, the ‘iconversation’. Most commented-upon post of the year!
#3: “Presenting: What Will Be The Least Successful Monday Poll Ever!”. I completely underestimate your tolerance for Scriptural translation issues.
#2: “MONDAY IS POLL”. A poll involving lady rappers and video games brings out the geek in my readership.
#1: “Tom Waits…FOR NO MAN”. A poll about Tom Waits results in recriminations and bad feelings.
#3: “Sing It!”. I solicit feedback regarding peoples’ favorite little bits of spoken-word banter in pop songs.
#2: “Whyte Rappaz R.N. Dainja”. Opinions run feverish as I contemplate the ups and downs when white folks try to rock the mic.
#1: “Monday Poll: Man, Iraq War, You Suck”. My regular Monday poll is invaded by a right-wing troll; hilarity ensues.
#3: “I’m Suspicious”. I accuse my Friends List of conspiring to be adorable. They weasel out of it.
#2: “Dark Knight: It Had David Goyer All Over It”. Much debate over the biggest bat-movie of all time, including some from Calamity Jon, who hadn’t seen it.
#1: “I Have To Do This Every Year Or So Just to Get It Out of My System”. Nothin’ but a Coen Brothers quote thread, baby.
#3: “Things White People Give Birth To”. Remember Sarah Palin? Here, the names of her children are made the subject of fun.
#2: “Five!”. My attempt to rank the films of Woody Allen touches of much argumentation.
#1: “I Woke Up This Morning With the Strangest Sensations”. It is my birthday and I immediately start acting like a cranky old coot.
#3: “EDWNRP Fridays!”. A proposed new feature called ‘Extremely Difficult with No Real Payoff Friday’ gets off to an inauspicious start.
#2: “Tootie-Ootie-Ootle”. My claim that the pop music of the 1940s sucks dog cock is inexplicably met with hostility.
#1: “I Really Want To Know!”. A poll reveals the position of my readership as regards my confrontation with some MADD ladies.
#3: “Please Remove Me From Your Mailing List”. My landlady sends me crazy crap over the internet.
#2: “Change…Like You Wouldn’t Believe”. The Pierce/Thurman “Team Awesome” ticket holds a press conference. It doesn’t go well.
#1: “Owes Nap!”. The dozens are played with hilarious results.
#3: “People Who Fetishize Guns Should Be Shot Dead with My .38-caliber Smith & Wesson 686”. I plan a trip to New York, and squeaky pedants pester me about firearms.
#2: “Wednesday Celebration Poll”. Variant attitudes towards the Thanksgiving holiday are noted.
#1: “In Case You Were Wondering How the Wingnuts Were Reacting to Our New Era…”. Project Leper begins as right-wing whining reaches a fever pitch.
LESSON LEARNED: When I do something fulfilling or exciting, like go to Paris or get a great new writing or speaking gig, you are all silent like crabs. But when I offer you a chance to violently disagree with me, or make fun of my fat mama, you jump like sharks. God bless us every one!