Tag: Open Thread

Sunday Open Thread [6.22.2014]

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Sunday Open Thread [6.22.2014]

Here’s another great read: Tea Party’s embarrassing irony: How its ideal nation rejects basic American beliefs. This has been pretty plain to most of us who have been watching these folks have their temper tantrum, but:

What I’d argue, rather, is that the Tea Party’s philosophy of government (again, as understood by Salam) has embedded within it an aversion to basic democratic principles that goes far beyond a typical contempt for Washington, politicians and pundits. When Salam writes that Teatopia is founded on a commitment to a “robust federalism” intended to let “different states … offer different visions of the good life” and allow citizens to “vote with their feet” by moving to whichever state best reflects their values, he’s not describing a common aversion to corruption or a distaste for political theater. He’s describing a childish and essentially anti-political belief that a return to an Articles of Confederation-style U.S. order — in which each state is more of a sovereign unto itself than a member of a larger American whole — will produce 50 mini-nations where everyone basically agrees.

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Wednesday Open Thread (01-15-14)

Filed in Open Thread by on January 15, 2014 2 Comments
Wednesday Open Thread (01-15-14)

Here’s a story that makes me hate people.  Just go read the post.  Calling a dying woman’s tweets about her, you know, dying, “deathbed selfies” is vile.  Seriously, what is wrong with these people? If you have other feelings about how people should live or die, you can keep them to yourself, Keller family and mouth-breathers at Fishbowl DC. No one asked you, and no one ever will.

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Saturday Open Thread [12.21.13]

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Saturday Open Thread [12.21.13]

As pointed out in the open thread last night, the Deputy State Treasurer has been denied her request to return to a Merit job following her medical leave and resignation from the Department of the Treasury. So we have an employee of the Treasury who resigned her office, but took a medical leave to deal with an unnamed situation, who is back in the office now (doing what?) and is now told by OMB that she will not be allowed to return to the merit system. And of course, Chip Flowers is still pointing fingers (at the OMB) and is now threatening them:

“I am very concerned that the OMB continues to publicly talk about personnel matters, which clearly violates the state’s privacy and confidentiality policies,” Flowers said. “While I recognize that Director Visalli and the staff of OMB, if the state gets sued, would not have to write a personal check, I think it’s egregious they’re willing to put taxpayers on the hook for a large lawsuit just to cover their you-know-whats in public.”

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Tuesday Open Thread (4-02-13)

Filed in Open Thread by on April 2, 2013 17 Comments

Looks like the crew of DL is swamped today.

In the spirit of the season and what would Jesus do scenario, a Georgia town has made gun ownership mandatory. Don’t worry, the ordinance doesn’t carry penalties. Just another example of lawmakers wasting taxpayer money.

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Easter Open Thread [3.31.13]

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Happy Easter, everyone! Have you gotten to the part of the day where you and yours are creating new tortures for those horrifying Peeps?

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Tuesday Open Thread (02-26-13)

Filed in National, Open Thread by on February 26, 2013 21 Comments

Thought I’d take a stab at the open thread. I’m really trying to figure out the Republican position on sequester. This is what I’ve come up: Blame Obama for the cuts we love. Ezra Klein doesn’t understand the Republican position either.

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Wednesday Open Thread [12.26.12]

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Wednesday Open Thread [12.26.12]

Happy Boxing Day, everybody! I hope everyone got what they wanted this year, and if they didn’t, may the New Year treat them (and all of us) kindly. How’s your family?

The Six Day Coup at FreedomWorks shows that wingnuts really are crazy, greedy, destructive SOBs, even behind the closed doors of their own organizations.

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Wednesday Open Thread [6/6/12]

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Your Wednesday Open Thread. Sorry this is late.

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Monday Open Thread [04/16/12]

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Monday Open Thread [04/16/12]

Monday Open Thread

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Sunday Open Thread [4/15/12]

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Sunday Open Thread [4/15/12]

So what’s on your mind today? Tax Day this year is April 17, but in honor of everyone who is trying to get their taxes in order today, we have this video showing you how to get a tax rate like Mitt Romney’s. This video is about 1 minute long and put down all drinks first. It’s hilarious!

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Saturday Open Thread [4.14.12]

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Saturday Open Thread [4.14.12]

What’s on your mind today?

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Friday Open Thread [04.13.12]

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Friday Open Thread [04.13.12]

Friday the 13th Open Thread.

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Monday Open Thread [2.27.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 27, 2012 17 Comments

Sorry this Open Thread is late — much going on today. Please be sure to see Pandora’s excellent blogging on the Red Clay mess and be sure to pass this info on to your friends and relatives who might live in Red Clay. She’s done an excellent job of turning over the rock that is Red Clay decision-making.

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Sunday Open Thread — Oscars Edition! [2.26.12]

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Tonite the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents their awards for 2011 film achievements. If you are outside of this industry, the interest in the Oscars seems to be either, 1) Dishy — what they wore, who they were with, what they screwed up or 2) Snobby — mostly centered around the perceived lack of artistry in the nominations. I’m in Camp 2. So what do you think about this year’s nominations? Join us below and tell us who you think will win, what should have been nominated and preview the night’s gossip.

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Wednesday Open Thread [2.22.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 22, 2012 15 Comments

Rick Santorum is now the stronger general election candidate against President Obama. I assume the reason for that is he inspires social theocratic fascists and is largely unknown to the rest of the general nonpartisan population, while Romney is now pretty much hated by everyone everywhere.

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Tuesday Open Thread [2.21.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 21, 2012 13 Comments

Here is something different: a poll of primary voters about who they want as Vice President. Now, I imagine that none of the four contenders will be picked as a Vice President nominee by the eventual winner. The four contenders are each toxic in their own right, and the toxic winner will need some fresh air to rehabiliate his campaign for the fall, and that means a fresh face. And yet, Santorum shockingly comes in second.

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Monday Open Thread [2.20.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 20, 2012 16 Comments

We a special Presidents’ Day Quiz, and some new polling results in Michigan and Texas. In Michigan, the race is getting closer, and in Texas, Mitt Romney comes in third, nearly thirty points behind the frontrunner.

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Saturday Open Thread [2.11.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 11, 2012 27 Comments

I’d almost forgotten it was winter, with daffodils coming up and willow trees budding already. Unfortunately for most of my friends, I am a fan of winter and look forward to a few snow days each season, so am hoping there will be a proper snostorm before it is all said and done. But here we are, cruising the internets and catching up on the stuff that happened during the week:

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Friday Open Thread [2.10.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 10, 2012 11 Comments

Gingrich’s sugar daddy, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, says he is done contributing to the Super PAC backing Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. So that is the end of Gingrich.

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Thursday Open Thread [2.9.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 9, 2012 6 Comments

Earlier this morning I said Rush Limbaugh was right. It pained me to type those words, but in that instance, in describing his own party, his own base, he should be right since they follow his command. Rush being right in that context is far different than being right morally, legally and ethically. Like Bill O’Reilly is in the following instance. Click through for that and more polling goodness.

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Sunday Open Thread [2.5.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 5, 2012 22 Comments

It is Super Bowl Sunday and many of you are tending to the food and drinks (and fine tuning the color calibrations on your TVs) that you’ll serve at your parties this evening. In case you’ve a few lazy minutes today to catch up on some reading, the theme of this Open Thread is The Media.

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Thursday Open Thread (2.2.12)

Filed in Open Thread by on February 2, 2012 7 Comments

This one’s for you, Jason! Other than that… I got nothing. I’m blogged out today!

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Sunday Open Thread [1.29.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on January 29, 2012 9 Comments

So what is going on today? Commenter TT reminded me of just how wonderful House of Cards is, and that I haven’t seen it for awhile. Time to fix that. TT notes that it is streaming on Netflix AND it is streaming on Amazon. So pick your preferred delivery method and go.

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Saturday Open Thread [1.28.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on January 28, 2012 15 Comments

It is a gorgeous day outside and hope that everyone is having some fun today. But if you are inside catching up on paperwork, reading or just looking through recipes for goodies to cook for Super Bowl Sunday (yawn), use this thread to talk about what interests you today or news we should be paying attention to.

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Black Friday Open Thread [11.25.11]

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Black Friday Open Thread [11.25.11]

On your Black Friday open thread, tell us about the deals you scored, the leftovers you are making or the laughing you are doing at the shoppers or the people working out leftovers strategies.

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