Another Open Thread

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Since I quit drinking (again) I find myself strangely unmotivated to write posts in the wee small hours of the night.

I’m sure there will be some news in the morning that is worth discussing. You’ll just have to wait until I get up.

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67 Responses to Another Open Thread

  1. myiq2xu says:

  2. votermom says:

    On making one’s predecessor look good, Bloomberg:Guliani as Biden:Cheney

  3. votermom says:

    I hope they actually do this

    The core of the effort, however, will be in straight reporting of the type that Herring says is nearly extinct on cable television today.

    “The news used to be you would confirm your source multiple times, you would report the fact, and you would leave it up to the viewer to determine what we should or should not do. That is missing,” he said.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Might be fun if they take on the “old guard” GOP too and give the new kids some support. Kind of wish a combo of Reason/PJmedia would be the next new news network, with Whittle, Stossel, Vodkapundit, Gillispie helming some shows. Hopefully this network will dip into that pool for their on-air personalities.

  4. votermom says:

    Love this post:

    The world press has spent weeks speaking of scandal and troubles in the Church. I watched hundreds of college students tear up because they have a new Father in the Faith. We are not seeing the same reality.

    • votermom says:

      Last night Pope Francis skipped the Papal limo and took the shuttle with the other cardinals

      and other anecdotes fro Cardinal Dolan

      • So far I am liking it. Not pretentious at all. May he continue in his humble ways. (Personally, I hope he gets rid of the red shoes!) Less money spent on foolish wardrobes and the accouterments of politicians would be a great thing!!

        • votermom says:

          I have read that he has rep for cleaning house when he is in charge – I think he will try to reform the Curia – clean out the corrupt – which is probably a big reason the cardinals picked an outsider.

          St Francis said Christ told him “Go, Francis, and repair my Church in ruins.” Francis eventually realized this meant not the local falling down church building, but the Church itself which was becoming stultified and corrupt.
          He decided this meant living a Christ-like life, ministering to the poor, and evangelizing – he even went to Egypt to try to convert the Sultan. He was the first person recorded to bear stigmata.

          It’s a really big signal on Bergoglio’s focus that he picked the name Francis. Also very ambitious, in a way.

  5. myiq2xu says:

  6. myiq2xu says:

    • Mary says:

      Speaking of MSNBC promotions/demotions……

      Ed Schultz is out on MSNBC primetime weekdays—moving to weekends.
      His replacement? Chris Hayes, of hamster-voice fame.

  7. myiq2xu says:

  8. DeniseVB says:

    I see CPAC is kicking off this morning, Cspan will be covering it live around 11:30ish ? In related news, Obama’s scheduled a meeting with the Senate Republicans at the same time. (according to Koffler’s WH sched today). Coincidence ?

  9. votermom says:

    WR Mead on Pope Francis

    Francis straddles more than just geographical divides. Doctrinally, he is as tough minded as his predecessor. Those expecting a new pope to ordain women, bless abortion, and allow gay priests to marry in St. Peter’s must brace themselves for disappointment. But what we know of Francis’s ministry in Argentina suggests that he knows that in Christianity doctrine, important as it may be, is not the heart of the matter. Christianity at the end of the day is about God’s all-forgiving, all-embracing, illimitable love. Love is the chocolate, doctrine is the box and the point of the doctrine is to protect the chocolate and keep it fresh for use, not to separate people from the feast God wants us to share.

  10. myiq2xu says:

    If Obama has lost WaPo . . .

    Reopen the White House doors to tourists

    THE DECISION to drop White House tours always had a whiff of what’s known as Washington Monument syndrome. The ham-handed tactic is employed when government is faced with budget cuts and officials go after the services that are most visible and appreciated by the public. It’s a kind of bureaucratic hostage-taking, so the pushback that the Obama administration has encountered is a proper comeuppance.


    Administration officials, The Post’s David Nakamura reported, said the decision was made by the Secret Service, which estimated that ending the tours would save $74,000 in weekly overtime costs. Why overtime is needed for the self-guided tours that are plotted out with plenty of advance notice is anybody’s guess. But even accepting the explanation by a Secret Service spokesman that the decision involved a broader reassignment of officers to minimize furloughs, is the $2 million that’s estimated to be saved through September really worth the price of shutting Americans out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.?

    Apparently the president doesn’t think so. In an interview Wednesday with ABC News, President Obama said he’s talking with the Secret Service about restoring some visits, citing in particular long-planned visits by school groups. “Can we make sure that kids, potentially, can still come to tour?” he asked. Well, he’s the one in the house, and he has the authority to provide the answer.

    All Obama needs to do is say “Make it happen” to his staff. He doesn’t need Congressional approval. He is the Chief Executive.

    This was a political ploy that backfired. Now he’s looking for a face-saving way out.

  11. myiq2xu says:

    Are you inspired?

  12. myiq2xu says:

  13. wmcb says:

    Fun discussions on communism going on over on the Reason blog. I do occasionally run into one of those ditzy progressives who are very well read, and so assure me that I “don’t understand Marx”, and there is nothing in Marx that requires an abusive State, since the State will go !away! once all the people are fully communistically self-actualized in the class struggle and stuff! All that heavy-handed stuff is just to tear down the existing oppressive order and get us there, see? Then it goes away all poofy-like-magic. Morons. Anyhoo, here are some comments in the fun discussion going on:

    Seeing as how “true” Communism is a state that was never actually intended to be achieved, and instead to be utilized as a carrot-on-a-stick, keeping the masses entrenched in perpetual totalitarianism in exchange for false promises of a stateless, classless society, it isn’t fair to pass any sort of negative judgement on Communism.

    Also, since Communism is (in fantasy/theory) a stateless society, and yet by it’s very definition Communism cannot come to pass without the establishment of a totalitarian state, anybody who ever attempts to implement Communism is by definition not a True Scotsman, thereby resetting the score and ensuring Communism remains a wholly benevolent and stateless endeavor which must never be subject to criticism or scrutiny.

    Furthermore, derpty derpa derpitty doo.

    Love that. Yes, Marxist theory postulates a beautiful cooperative world, not a Mighty Govt as it is falsely accused of. Only it can’t be implemented without lopping heads and taking away rights, and it can’t be sustained unless millions of people voluntarily utterly eschew self-interest. So we’ll need an authoritarian State just until that happens, mm’kay? It’s temporary-like, I promise.

    Yes, the endgame of communism is the state withering away because it is no longer needed. The leaders just voluntarily give up any remaining power.

    I was just a kid when I first read the communist manifesto, but I remember thinking to myself that this guy does not understand people at all, except for one thing – he totally gets the destructive power of envy and how it can be used to manipulate people.

    Reason is often a fun site for theoretical arguments of competing systems. Somes Doctrinaire Libertarians are as Pollyanna as the communists in their dreams of how people will behave, but it’s almost always interesting and smart debate over there, even granting that.

    • votermom says:

      One thing about communism is how, even years/decades after they gain power, the revolution/struggles/campaign is never over. There are always some enemies of the people lurking about somewhere with their evil thoughts somehow preventing the people in power from creating paradise.

      • wmcb says:

        Yup. And as soon as we finish that never-ending job, we’re all gonna be equal, PROMISE.

        • myiq2xu says:

          I wouldn’t limit that to communism. Our government has been finding new problems to solve since 1933.

        • wmcb says:

          True. Our govt of late has merely been a less-pure form of the same attitude.

          Which is why the writers of our Constitution were some smart fuckers and astute observers of human nature. You make the framework as a structure that exists on its own, not subject to whims. AKA the Rule of Law. Otherwise, you don’t sweat the small stuff.

          You leave that “small stuff” to be worked out by smaller, more culturally homegenous groups who are local, and have to live next door to those they are trying to impose rules upon. There will be hits and misses, ebb and flow and change. Good ideas and terrible ones. But the overarching federal structure ensures no one gets too batshit crazy.

          Federalism works. It’s a solid structure that contains and moderates the creativity and benefits of chaos and democracy, while limiting its downside.

        • votermom says:

          I blame fed income tax. Feed the monster and it grows.

    • votermom says:

      I’m looking at the chart linked to that for the bubble that says “abortion” – don’t see it. Or even in-utero death.

  14. HELENK says:

    #breaking: Senate Judiciary approves ban on assault weapons & high-capacity ammunition clips, measure faces near certain defeat in Senate

  15. foxyladi14 says:

    When they ban guns then only the criminals and nuts will have guns. 🙄

  16. HELENK says:

    guess they thought they could bully a college student. Sorry guys he is still young enough to believe in a free press

  17. HELENK says:

    backtrack’s latest excuse for not allowing the keystone pipeline

  18. votermom says:

    Angel cloud in Florida 😀

  19. votermom says:

    So funny how media can still report this this way without a trace of irony:

    Francis, an Argentine who was elected on Wednesday, replaces Benedict XVI, whose papacy was plagued by a series of public relations blunders at the start of his reign that offended many.

    Benedict angered the Muslim world with a speech in 2006 in which he appeared to endorse the view that Islam is inherently violent, sparking deadly protests in several countries as well as attacks on Christians.

  20. HELENK says:

    the republicans have a group of youngsters that are going to have great impact on their party and I think for the better.

    Paul Ryan — Rand Paul — Ted Cruz and a few others seem to understand that at this time in the history of our country you have to stand up and be counted, not just go along to get along

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