Open Thread

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How long...?

How long do we have to deal with all the edwards, obama and clinton love diaries that keep clogging up the rec'd list? It is really getting ridiculous.

May I suggest something to everyone that says they never read the rec'd list and/or never rec'd diaries? PLEASE start recommending diaries that deserve to be put on top or... that do not have the following words in them .. > edwards, clinton or obama <

My little rant.

Thank you.

by kevin22262 2007-06-06 04:07PM | 0 recs
Re: Bashing Blogs

Recently on Bill Maher, Ben Affleck, Bill Maher and PJ O'Rourke bash people who blog. Quotes below, video at /maher-overtime-nobody-cares-about-your. html

-Maher saw the medium as a bunch of folks simply "preaching to the converted".

- O'Rourke described blog content as nothing more than reading your sister's diary.

- And Affleck tells bloggers, "Nobody cares about your fucking blog. It's not even a blog, it's just you at home, typing."

by mecarr 2007-06-06 04:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Bashing Blogs

Yo! Ben....

Nobody cares about your 'acting' career. It's just you making faces in the mirror.

by Pericles 2007-06-06 05:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Bashing Blogs

Ben Afflec is an asshat.

by JonesingforaDem 2007-06-06 07:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Open Thread

Considered posting a diary about this; just will post it here.

I read Breaking Blue this morning, and two stories quite close to each other there featured Rep. John Conyers. Here's what Conyers says when he shows up in the first story:

"Fox News has a history of inappropriate on-air mistakes that are neither fair, nor balanced. This type of disrespect for people of color should no longer be tolerated. I am personally offended by the network's complete disregard for accuracy in reporting and lackluster on-air apology." - House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI)

And here's what he says when he shows up in the second story:

We, the undersigned Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), strongly support the 2008 Presidential Candidate Primary Debates that are being sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute (CBC Institute)... given the importance to African-Americans and others to hear from you on your positions on critical issues that affect  their lives and the country, we urge you to participate in the CBC Institute-sponsored debates whether telecast by Fox News or by CNN.

...because when he shows up in the second article, it's as a signatory of the CBC letter to Barack Obama urging him to participate in the Fox News debate.

I just... I don't get this. Not only did progressive members of the CBC sign that letter; so is a member who here, just a few weeks later, publicly indicates opposition to Fox itself via the laudable and incisive comments quoted above.

I'm beginning to wonder whether the appearance of the names on the letter supporting the debate should be taken to actually mean anything at all. Did the signatories necessarily agree with the letter their names appear on? Were they given a real choice as to whether or not their names would appear on it? Did they get a chance to read it?

And I don't suppose-- Is there anyone (a constituent, say) who would be in a good position to contact Conyers' office and ask him whether, given that Conyers has said he thinks that Fox's disrespect "should no longer be tolerated", this means that he no longer supports them hosting a CBC-endorsed debate?

by Silent sound 2007-06-06 04:23PM | 0 recs
O'Reilly is scared to death of Edwards

After a segment about how John Edwards campaigning with Danny Glover is the dumbest political move he's seen in 10 years (seriously), Bill O'Reilly talks to a couple of Democratic consultants who both disagreed with him and said it wasn't dumb at all.

They pointed out that for all of O'Reilly's bluster about how Edwards is supposedly doomed, he's leading in Iowa and beating the Republican candidates in the polls. O'Reilly got so flustered he finally just blurted out that Edwards is "no longer a contender." Of course, if he really believed that, he wouldn't have done the segment. The fact that he did do it shows how terrified he is of Edwards.

Looks like Fox Noise is still bitter about Edwards telling them what they could do with their debates.

by MeanBoneII 2007-06-06 04:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Open Thread

My sister and her partner got married this past weekend.  I'm wondering if my marriage doesn't yet feel cheapened because their wedding doesn't count in this state, or if it's a gradual cheapening and I'm just impatient.

by Jay R 2007-06-06 04:44PM | 0 recs
Your sister should listen to the GOP contenders...

...about the sanctity of marriage. McCain, Giuliani, Gingrich, and Thompson all believe that marriage must be protected or it will be devalued and people will start treating it like a cheap thing to throw away at the drop of a hat ... oh, wait.

by MeanBoneII 2007-06-06 05:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Your sister should listen to the GOP contender

Interestingly, you know that Romney rubbish about seven year marriages in France? Turns out he's wrong. Turns out it's Iran which does that.

by Englishlefty 2007-06-06 05:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Open Thread

As a follow-up to my diary over the weekend on the misguided Coal to Liquid Fuel legislation (Al Gore - "A horrible mistake"), I'm pleased to report that has taken up our cause with a petition against the legislation.

Please sign it.

by WVaBlue 2007-06-06 06:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Open Thread

I don't see this elsewhere.  WaPO is reporting that both Rudy and McCain have announced they will skip the Iowa caucuses.  The Post talks about 50,000 participants; the last time out it drew 25,000 and the one and only venue in Ames probably can not hold 50,000.

The Rudy to skip Iowa rumors are at least partially true.  Rudy's spokesman said it would cost $3 million to compete in the Iowa straw poll.  I think that the real number, if he wanted to beat Romney, is closer to $10 million.

BTW, Romney spent $1.8 million on advertising in the first quarter and an additional $200,000 on GOTV.  He also spent $2 million on salaries and $7 million more on everything else.  Wonder how much he's spent on Iowa and New Hampshire in the second quarter?  McCain has spent only $8 million including $2 million in salaries, and another $994 K on direct mail.  That certainly explains why he had a lot of donors.

by David Kowalski 2007-06-06 08:05PM | 0 recs
Waiting on Huck

I am concerned over a Huck surge in the R primary - I don't think he can win, but think he is dangerous (or at least a veep)

We need Huck-history and be prepared for the surge.

by gb1437a 2007-06-06 08:17PM | 0 recs

As I have made clear I'm an Obama supporter.  But, I've been giving a lot of thought to Iraq.  And recently listened to a Tuft's hosted event with the most prominent middle east scholars at /index.asp

which you can listen to from Itunes Podcast

And, everyone said we cannot leave Iraq.  I hate it, but really deep down I know we cannot leave Iraq...after taking several International Courses at American U.  the one of the top IR programs, and hearing what the facutly has said, and now hearing the lectures - we simply cannot leave.

Bush didn't listen to the scholars going in.  And now, as much as we would like to leave - we need to listen to the academic community and stay with a different course.  I know you all can probably find some people who advocate leaving, but these people are the definitive experts.

We all know that Joe Biden is one of the biggest panderers out there - so why is he advocating staying.  Because, he has listend.  Iraq is not Vietnam, it is worse, leaving has much larger consequinces.

Next Week Edwards is in Austin, and I am really considering taking this information, and asking - what is to be done?

by gb1437a 2007-06-07 12:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Open Thread

In a speech to a black group Obama used the term Quiet Riot.  He was discussing South Central LA and the riots which took place there 15 years ago.  He said the children and the grandchildren of these people who rioted could do this again.  Is this like yelling fire in a crowded theatre?  As a mainstream candidate you don't insight people to riot.  If the media could stop fawning over him for 5 minutes they might call him on this--if Hillary said this she would be pilloried.

by changehorses08 2007-06-07 07:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Open Thread

If you read the comments in the speech that is not really the context that was used.  The MSM picked up on the term, but he was talking about private suffering.

by gb1437a 2007-06-07 07:50AM | 0 recs


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