Open Line Friday!

“You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun.”

–Rush Limbaugh, Wednesday

44 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. parsingreality says:

    Can’t see any harm in having a gun just laying around.

    Isn’t that what Rush means?

  2. BlueCat says:

    Just testing to see if I got this right,

  3. JeffcoBlueJeffcoBlue says:

    Like so far, needs cleanup in places.

    I’m off to upload an avatar!

  4. UglyAmericanUglyAmerican says:

    HTML tags? Really? I like the avatar.

  5. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Really good article about how we’re all in violation of the CFAA. And because of that federal prosecutors are going after people with punishments that:

    Swartz was facing more prison time than he would have if he’d committed a serious physical crime, such as assault, burglary, grand theft larceny or involuntary manslaughter.

    • Being from that era and remembering the crafting of the CFAA and its revision, not all computer services were protected by username/password even back in the day. Text banners promoted the TOS to users as they signed on to unprotected systems. For a time it was contemplated that the CFAA be used against spammers by posting TOS announcements to the SMTP greeting message; one of my own systems did this for a while when I was more involved in anti-spam development, not that I ever expected to have anyone prosecuted for it – it was just a widely accepted idea in the anti-spam community.

      The article is outright wrong in singling out a roommate’s use of Netflix -the TOU for Netflix allows household use of a single account. It is likewise mischaracterizing most peoples’ use of the NYTimes website. And by their interpretation of “publicly accessible”, anyone who figures out a flaw in software allowing unauthorized access is merely accessing publicly available information.

      It seems after all this time, people don’t really have a good idea about computer security concepts or realities.

  6. Gray in Mountains says:

    How do I identify new posts?

  7. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    http://www.salon.com/2013/01/16/religion_may_not_survive_the_internet/

    A traditional religion, one built on “right belief,” requires a closed information system. That is why the Catholic Church put an official seal of approval on some ancient texts and banned or burned others. It is why some Bible-believing Christians are forbidden to marry nonbelievers. It is why Quiverfull moms home school their kids from carefully screened text books. It is why, when you get sucked into conversations with your fundamentalist uncle George from Florida, you sometimes wonder if he has some superpower that allows him to magically close down all avenues into his mind. (He does!)

    Religions have spent eons honing defenses that keep outside information away from insiders. The innermost ring wall is a set of certainties and associated emotions like anxiety and disgust and righteous indignation that block curiosity. The outer wall is a set of behaviors aimed at insulating believers from contradictory evidence and from heretics who are potential transmitters of dangerous ideas. These behaviors range from memorizing sacred texts to wearing distinctive undergarments to killing infidels. Such defenses worked beautifully during humanity’s infancy. But they weren’t really designed for the current information age.

    Tech-savvy mega-churches may have twitter missionaries, and Calvinist cuties may make viral videos about how Jesus worship isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship, but that doesn’t change the facts: the free flow of information is really, really bad for the product they are selling.

  8. CaninesCanines says:

    “Dear Abby, Dear Abby…my rights are all wrong…”

  9. TimothyTribbett says:

    Who am I? Why am I here? Holly crap what is up with all the red?

    • ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

      Have you looked at an electoral map lately, son? It’s a red land.

      • Have you looked at an electoral map adjusted for population rather than land mass? It’ll put a damper on that mistaken impression.

        There are a few versions over at Politicker.com, widely replicated across a number of other sites if you don’t want to go there to see them – just search for ’2012 election map adjusted for population’.

      • TimothyTribbett says:

        Well boy actually I have looked at an electoral map lately and when I looked I realized President Obama will serve a second term.

      • roccoprahn says:

        Only a redleg would be proud of a shitbag tactic called red mapping.

        Pinkos like this agop reptile are bragging about how gerrymandering districts has allowed them to retain HR seats inspite of being outvoted by nearly 5 percent.

        The new tactic is for redleg states like Michigan and Wisconsin, with solidly Democratic electorates but copperhead State Legislatures, due to redmapping, to pass legislation splitting the electoral votes.

        Had that been the case this past November, scumney would have won the election in spite of being outvoted by 5 million votes.

        The only way the redleg can win now is by Apartheid.

        And he’s trying that one with all his might.

        • TimothyTribbett says:

          Absolutely correct Rocco. Let them keep believing that they some how hold the Country while they loose more and more influence. I need to ask you a quick favor. Let Arapagop know for me that I leave in the morning to attend the inauguration. Doh!

      • AristotleAristotle says:

        Red… and mostly empty.

  10. roccoprahn says:

    Reverend Sharpton just destroyed cracker joe carr on MSNBC.

    Definately worth the watch.

  11. parsingreality says:

    Well, pretty much as I feared. Much slower to load, just a lot more pretty colors and graphics which have little to do with, you know, communicating. HTML tags? Is this 1999? No quote block, bold, italic, etc. All the meat is packed into a narrow column instead of across most of the page.

    I used to open a page in my Opera, put [new} in the “Find In Page” search, and I could just hit Enter and move from one new comment to another. Not now. In fact, from the front page I have no clue if there are any responses or not, or how many new.

    I really hate to piss on the feet of people who have contributed so much to my political fun. There was a food forum I spent a lot of time on like here. And just like here, it went New and Improved. It wasn’t, I stopped posting.

    Sadly, I think this is gonna have to be a repeat. I’ll come bacck a few times, but I think I’m outta here.

    Thanks for the memories.

    • Check the ‘Pardon the dust’ diary. The Guvs have already committed to bringing back the ‘[new]‘ tag.

      I’m with you on the too little space on the page comment. I don’t find it significantly slower to load, though.

      I always used HTML on the old site; never did care for the buttons. I’m pretty sure WordPress offers a visual editor that would be a huge step up from the old site’s editing “capabilities” – hopefully we’ll have access to it shortly.

  12. Sir RobinSir Robin says:

    Testing. This is fun. Anything new when one is old is fun:-)

    There was a heck of a panel on CSPAN today on the issue of eradicating poverty Anyone see it. I mean, it was a refreshing use of the airwaves to hear truth spoke to power. If Obama waslistening, he’d throw away the draft of the State of the Union speech, and rewrite it.

    • Gray in Mountains says:

      I watched a good portion of it and enjoyed it as well, especially the prof from Drexel getting in Newt’s face while he proclaims that he has had several “radical” ideas while participating. Tavis Smiley is a good facilitator of this kind of disussion

  13. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Testing the new format. Apparently, we no longer have headlines?

  14. ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

    I like the new site. Red with occasional bits of purple!

    That’s Colorado history too. Now if we could just do something about the libs running the place. :)

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