Weekend Open Thread

“I reject the cynical view that politics is a dirty business.”

–Richard Nixon

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  1. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    In TNTSNBN

    ps – Attention TNTSNBN – your letter to Pols is only hurting you. A link with the article title and a fair use quote will increase the SEO for your site.

  2. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Reddit PAC aims to kick SOPA’s daddy Lamar Smith out of Congress – I don’t see the money from the PAC having much influence. But if a significant chunk of reddit viewers in his district vote for his competitor, enough to replace him, that would be gigantic.

  3. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Middle-aged prodigies: Seven poster children over 40

    Ultramarathon runner Marco Olmo started running in his 20s but didn’t win his first big title until he was 50. In 2006, aged 58, he won the 166-kilometre Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc – considered one of the world’s toughest races – and proved it wasn’t a fluke by winning again the next year.

  4. JFrackenlooper says:

    I seem have stumbled onto someone’s strangely eclectic news feed?  

    In any case, more stories on drinking frack fluid being good for jobs please!  Isn’t Celestial Seasonings somewhere out there by all that new frackilicious drilling any how?  I see a marketable opportunity here, and if I’m about anything its opportunity.  

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    than this?

    “I’m learning to say ‘y’all,’ and I like grits. Things, strange things are happening to me.”

    . . . bless his heart.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03

  6. SSG_Dan says:

    …in an effort to try and deal with the tidal wave of Post-traumatic Stress Injuries 10 years of war have inflicted on our troops, anything goes…

    Wal-Mart Therapy Tried as Pentagon Copes With Traumatized Troops

    The Pentagon still has “no consistent diagnosis, no consistent tools and different levels of professionals” working on solutions, Senator Patty Murray, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said in an interview.

    In an effort to change that, the military says it’s trying to find cases sooner by embedding therapists in combat units and spending $40 million to study 20 treatments, some of which may work within weeks. Among them is a therapy that sends some troops on a 45-minute trip through a Wal-Mart store.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/

    When some of our fine CoPolsters start banging the war drums to “Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran” and advocate invading any country they don’t like or understand, refer back to this article and understand the cost of war when the troops return home.

     

  7. BlueCat says:

    I’m almost finished with the wonderful author Thomas Mallon’s novel Watergate.  As long as you remember that historical fiction is fiction, not docudrama, it’s primary job being to be a good novel, it’s a very engaging, entertaining imagining and exploration of many of the principal and peripheral actors as human beings which, of course, they were, much as I despise most of them. It’s also fun, after all these years, for those of us who were coming of age during the era of Vietnam, the Pentagon Papers and Watergate to get a sort of refresher course in the complex array of events, timelines and characters that was the Watergate scandal.  Delicious sly humor. Great read.

  8. RavenDawg says:

    A liberal, a moderate, and a conservative walk into a bar and the bartender says, “hello Mitt”!

    (Ba da bing)

  9. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    James Dyson reinvented the vacuum. Now he wants to remake the economy

    It could be a good moment to bring manufacturing back home: Overseas wages and employment costs are rising, as are long-distance shipping costs, and political instability and natural disasters have shown the weaknesses in long, complex, multinational supply chains. Perhaps it is easier, some companies now say, to have all your suppliers within driving distance, even if that costs more. That’s what auto manufacturers have long done.

    What is a job? What’s a factory?

    But this is not a simple or uncontroversial matter.

    A big reason why manufacturing jobs and factories moved to the Far East was because Asia and the rest of the developing world have a very different definition of “job” and “factory.” Western manufacturing, by the end of the Second World War, had come to be based around what some economists called a Fordist model: After the innovations of Henry Ford and his industrial comrades, factory jobs became lifelong, secure relationships between employer and employee, and factories permanent features on the landscape

  10. Libertad says:

    Rassmussen’s daily presidential polling has Obama’s rating increasing to -19.

    Meanwhile, I am slowing coming to think that Obama is my best bet for prosperity … here’s how …  The massive amount of the newly poor are lowering my costs for services.

  11. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Rush Limbaugh Scandal Proves Contagious for Talk-Radio Advertisers

    Premiere Networks, which distributes Limbaugh as well as a host of other right-wing talkers, sent an email out to its affiliates early Friday listing 98 large corporations that have requested their ads appear only on “programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity).”

    There’s lots of places to spend advertising money and doing so on hate shows leaves companies open to serious damage. So the sensible move is to not advertise on the shows. But with no advertising dollars, the audience share becomes irrelevant – the shows will go away.

  12. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Not because enough people in this country have looked at it logically. Not because our politicians have lead us to a sensible approach. Nope, but because Latin & South America are tired of paying the price for our failed drug policy.

  13. SSG_Dan says:

    …I refuse to even link to it,  but their “major expose” on outside spending on political campaigns is the most pathetic excuse of partisan reporting I’ve seen from that rag in years.

    Funny how they chose to focus on 527s, leaving PART OF ONE PARAGRAPH to comment on American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.

    I’m guessing Ryan Call got to commission the story and review the copy.

  14. Ralphie says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03

    We have to get the hell out of Afghanistan.  Now.

    • The realistThe realist says:

      Will only deteriorate further.  In no way good for the U.S. to remain there.

    • DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

      Afghanistan is going to explode.

    • BlueCat says:

      there is no logical reason for remaining.  The Taliban was only our problem in so far as they were providing the major base of operations for El Qaeda in Afghanistan.  Now that base has long been in Pakistan and there is no way any outsider is ever going to be able to step in and sort out Afghanistan. Certainly not with a weak foreign imposed regime. The people don’t want us and our troops are under terrific stress as unwanted foreign interlopers. It’s only surprising that this kind of tragedy doesn’t happen more often.  

    • SSG_Dan says:

      …sending Special Operations troops on multiple combat deployments may affect their mental health to the point they snap and do something homicidal?

      Heads up folks – the average number of deployments for the Special Ops community (Rangers, SF, Force Recon, SEALS, AF FO) is ELEVEN. True, they’re 6-9 months, but it’s all combat time.

      I am sad to say I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner. And just to scare the bejezus out of all of you, they’re all eventually coming home to no jobs, several months wait for VA care, and a civilian population clueless to their sacrifices.

      Pleasant dreams!

      • Ralphie says:

        That discipline is important.

        And this was clearly a breach of discipline.

        If we can’t win the hearts and minds of our own troops, how the hell are we going to win the hearts and minds of the Afghanis?

        The answer is, clearly, we can’t do either.

        We have no business over there.  The mission is a bad joke.

        • SSG_Dan says:

          ..but discipline has FUCK-ALL to do with PTSI.

          If you’re brain is cooked from years of traumatic exposures(Combat, witnessing a horrible death from IED, dead children, body parts that used to be your battle buddy), there’s nothing that “discipline” can do if your frontal lobe shuts down and you start acting out your trauma.

          My gut instinct is that this guy had enough stressors piled onto him by being new in theater,and that he had a nightmare that trigged his PTSI.

          We’re sending our men and women back into the meatgrinder after they’ve had so many more combat tours than anything seen in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. NO exceptions for diagnosed PTSI or TBI on top of that.

          In one sense I agree with you – if the 99.5% of Americans will not step up and serve, then maybe it’s time to get the fuck out of AFPAK. And the Horn of Africa. And the Philippines. And Sub-asian Europe.

          But maybe we should take care of the .5% that have been fighting for 10+ years!

  15. Ralphie says:

    But Peter Bergman of Firesign Theatre is dead at age 72.

    For those too young to remember, here’s a little taste…

    There are many more skits on YouTube.

  16. MADCO says:

    - appears to give GOTP great talking points

    - appears to make D’s look disconnected

    - appears to create an argument about priorities

    - in fact, while it may be eventually inevitable, it does not help the USA.   http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46

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