Wednesday Open Thread

Filed in National by on December 16, 2009

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for this week to be over (not just because vacation is coming next week). I’m exhausted for yesterday just from reading the comments.

Let’s think about something else. How about the “Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2009″ from Bad Astronomy. This is my favorite, the skies over Rapa Nui (Easter Island) as a moai statue looks on (#3 “Eternal Stargazing”):

Yesterday, Cassandra pointed us to this Balloon Juice thread, where the commenters were having fun with GOP-branded URL shortener. Mediaite tells the story:

It’s easy to mock the GOP for its lack of new media savvy. So let’s do it: ha, ha, the GOP lacks new media savvy.

But the real question is: what is the GOP consulting firm that’s pulled the trigger on GOP.com and GOP.am thinking? Political Media, which bills itself as a “New Media consulting firm,” actually does pretty impressive web design, aesthetically speaking. GOP.com and some of their other projects, like Grooms for Governor and Frank Scaturro for Congress, are quite pleasing to the eye, especially compared to other political websites.

But Political Media seems to be a bit naive about what will happen after they’ve built it all, and about the cleverness and malevolence of the unsympathetic forces at work on the Internet.

I put this in the actions have consequences category. Some conservatives spend so much time trying to protect themselves from the outside culture that they are unfamiliar with it. Conservatives now try to create their own reality – Fox News, their own schools (including a college for home-schooled conservatives). Unfortunately reality has a way of being, you know, real.

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  1. liberalgeek says:

    I have a $2,300 deductible on my Employee+kids healthplan. On Monday Mrs. Geek wrote a check for $20 to an allergist taking my “deductible paid” to $2,285 for the year. Just in time to start all over again for 2010. Next year, I have to try to hit the new target of $2,400.

  2. anon says:

    Let’s think about something else.

    So Mrs. Lincoln, apart from that, how was the play?

    :-)

  3. anon says:

    First Charlie Copeland, then TW at DelawarePolitics gets a boner over disgraced Lt. Colonal Alan West’s call for former military to overthrow the US government.

  4. h. says:

    Can someone explain what “fisting” is? I hear there is an uproar over it.

  5. anon says:

    Sex trolls.

  6. h. says:

    Yep, not a peep.

  7. a.price says:

    fisting is what the Bush administration did to our civil liberties.

  8. MJ says:

    I’m not going to touch the fisting thread. ;-)

    And here’s something from the chutzpah file – http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/12/jailed_ex-state_rep_ted_alvin_klaudt_threatens_new.php?ref=fpb. Note that this guy is (1) a Republican; (2) family values conservative; (3) authored legislation to protect children.

    And another one bites the dust.

  9. Lizard says:

    Pelosi rushes votes to catch plane to Copenhagen
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-16-2009 | Byron York

    The House is rushing to pass four major bills today — a Defense Department appropriations bill, a debt-limit extension bill, a continuing resolution to keep the government going, and a new stimulus bill. New versions of all the bills were only introduced last night — one of them, the stimulus, is an entirely new measure — which means lawmakers are scurrying to learn what is in the bills before the accelerated schedule of voting. “They introduced a brand-new stimulus bill around 11-ish,” says one House GOP source. “And we’re voting on it today.” There is little doubt that few lawmakers, Democrat or Republican, will have much of a chance to examine the bills before voting.

    The reason for the rush is that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to lead a House delegation to the climate change summit in Copenhagen, and the delegation plane is scheduled to leave after the last vote tonight.

    *****

    I know, I nkow, it’s no big deal cause the congresscritters have speed readers on their staffs to tell them what’s in the bill and Nancy to tell them how to vote…

    God help us all.

  10. MJ says:

    Anole – nothing different that what Gingrich/Livingston/Armey/DeLay/Hastert did. But I guess it’s now a crime since you rethugs are out of power.