SSMTW Open Thread
Obama believes the stimulus will start making a difference Real Soon Now.
Roland Burris will not seek election to his Senate seat.
Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearings start today.
A South Korean TV station is reporting the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il is suffering from cancer .
The House has their health care bill ready to be reported out of committee. The Senate is still working on a compromise bill that will get 60 votes.
President Obama also has a plan for funding community colleges . His plan is to spend $12 billion over 10 years. How to pay for it? The plan is to "end the role of private banks in the federal education lending system."
And a special announcement from your friendly moderator...
It doesn't take a look back through posting history to realize that the quality of discourse has dropped off recently. Perhaps this is because of the lack of attention that is paid to having new open threads and thoughful diaries. If it is that, hopefully I can get us back on track by putting in a bit more daily effort. John, Ender, and the rest of the old mod team have had their plate full for awhile (and I don't fault them for it); maybe that is why standards have slipped.
In any case, I'll put in a bit more effort to the site and try to contribute a bit more. In addition, let's all try to be respectful of other posters and their ideas. Discussions can be heated (and if we're doing it right, they should be!), but let's bear in mind the site rules and that we're all friends here. If we wanted to just hear ourselves type, Daily Kos and Redstate serve us just fine. Disagreements will happen, but we can keep everything above board without ad hominems or bad-faith arguments.
Do also bear in mind the pitfalls of text-based communication. Much of communication is body language, which we don't have here. Therefore we project our emotions on to others' comments. Assume good faith and we won't be getting the wrong idea which leads us downhill.
That's enough from me. On with the sword fighting!