First some housekeeping: I've contacted Ender about the spam comments. There's thousands from our friends in China, so my apologies, but I'll wait and let him clear that user out. Also, are there really people who believe you get paid for posting comments with links? I thought that latest "hey, get paid real money for doing next to nothing!" scam got debunked.
Second, how 'bout those Saints? New Orleans needed that, and the team earned it.
Whither the Democrats now?
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Houston Mayor Bill White enters the Texas governor's race. He's my mayor.
Who's cooking? I'm not this year; we're going out, to a local hotel's affaire. That way I don't feel too guilty about making someone work on Thanksgiving.
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A new open thread, all wrapped up in shiny paper, just for you.
A general question: What is your opinion on the need for more active moderation here? By that, I mean someone jumping into threads and providing admonishment for posters who stray into the personal attack territory, somewhat along the lines of what happens at the Forum.
Happy Halloween, everyone.
I'm wondering about Afghanistan: why are we there ? Have the Democrats bought into the brown bogeyman scare tactics, or does the idea of spreading democracy and stability through violence now appeal, all of a sudden? Is Obama too much of a politician to say "you know, I've changed my mind on Afghanistan . . . . "
Ender asked for suggestions that might facilitate participation here. In that spirit, some of my links are from blogs; maybe perusing them will spark some ideas that can be applied to SC. This is an open thread.
Pournelle has some philosophical musings about the affect of increasing bureaucracy upon a democratic society, quoting this well known writer
Hello everyone. It certainly has been a while and I see that, quite understandably, the site has gone downhill. I have no interest in closing up shop unless you guys want me to because I do not mind hosting the site.
However it is quite clear that there is no future here if nothing changes. Would you all be interested in moving on to a different format / different site name / different ruleset - etc? I don't know if you had that discussion or not. There are certain things that are easy to implement (with not much labor on my part) that I would be willing to consider.
Is it just me, or are people taking things way too seriously when the President cannot make a speech to schoolchildren without it causing an uproar?
This is an open thread. What's on your mind?
You know it's bad when Bob (aka cheneyslovechild) tosses in the towel . I guess it's hard to be passionate about something when reality slaps you in the face.
Here's your OT for the week.
For those of you who are looking for a bit more activity, The Forvm is in ship-shape. We're a little slow at the moment, but they aren't.
Sarah Palin is no longer governor of Alaska. Palin resigned suddenly a few weeks ago...a move which shocked and confused many pundits.
Have a good 1st half of the week...and a good rest of the week. Let's reuse this one since it only has 6 posts.
Here's your open thread for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I'm away doing some house and dogsitting for a family member, so I don't have too much time to check in this week. I'll be back on Monday!
Good news, everybody! Today is semi-annual profit-sharing day at my employer. I awoke to find some extra cash in the credit union account. Not the full share, mind you, since I've only been employed for about 50 days or so, but extra money all the same. Cheers!
His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI broke his wrist during a fall.
The confirmation hearings for Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor are kaput. The Senate has already scheduled a committee vote on Tuesday, and the Republicans, true to their word , will not filibuster her floor vote.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Matt Taibbi has a great article about Goldman Sachs.
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...
Hope everyone had an enjoyable Independence Day Weekend. Today we celebrate the wild fig, or we would if we were ancient Romans.
This is an Open Thread. Write about whatever the fig you'd like.
Finally, Obama advisor David Axelrod refused to rule out the taxing of health care benefits to help pay for the heath care reform bill making its way through congress. This is a stark contrast to Obama's campaign promise not to raise taxes on middle class families. Sen. McCain's health care plan did rely on taxing health care benefits, which President Obama called "the biggest middle class tax increase in history ". [edit by stinerman; SL and I posted OTs at the same time]
And now for something really important: Transformers 2 may be the worst-reviewed $400million hit.