Open Thread

Yo Peeps,

You all come up with something to chat about, I have blog-block. 



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25 responses to “Open Thread

  1. dog's eye view

    Picking up on Brian’s comment from previous thread:

    Huckabee On Gay Adoption: ‘Children Are Not Puppies’

    Huckabee also compared gay marriage to drug use, incest and polygamy.

    Talk about someone who does not want voters to even think about him and dogs in the same sentence. At least, I have not forgotten (what little I know about Mr. Huckabee’s family).

  2. TempeBev

    I like the open thread, however, don’t forget the one I sent.

    We can talk about sewing or just so-so stuff. Have a wonderful Monday evening everyone.

  3. Didn’t forget, just not in the mood to put up a thread today and wanted to change the old one.

  4. Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican’s Number 2: Priest Pedophilia Linked To Homosexuality

    Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, made the comments during a news conference Monday in Chile, where one of the church’s highest-profile pedophile cases involves a priest having sex with young girls.

    “Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and pedophilia. But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and pedophilia. That is true,” said Bertone. “That is the problem.”

  5. dog's eye view

    Mississippi Delta: land of permanent recession

    McClatchy reporting.

  6. tonyb39

    Good evening all!
    Damn Huckabee,real nice Christian man,rubbish,judgmental homophobe is more like it..Thanks for the good links everyone..

  7. McCain Ad Says Hayworth Committed To Birtherism, Stopping Alien Invasion (VIDEO)

  8. At the insistence of my nephew I’ve started tweeting, god help us all!

  9. First Lady Michelle Obama Makes Surprise Visit To Haiti

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are visiting Haiti to underscore to the Haitian people and the Haitian government the enduring U.S. commitment to help Haiti recover and rebuild, especially as we enter the rainy and hurricane seasons, and to thank the women and men across the whole of the U.S. government for their extraordinary efforts in Haiti during the past three months. They will also reach out to the UN and international relief communities in recognition of the truly global effort underway to help.

  10. dog's eye view

    Echooooooo. Anybody out there today?

  11. Obama to attend funeral in Poland

    President Obama will leave for Poland on Saturday to attend a funeral for the president and the first lady who died in a plane crash over the weekend, the White House announced.

    “On Saturday evening, the President will travel to Krakow, Poland to attend the State Funeral of President Lech Kaczynski and First Lady Maria Kaczynska on Sunday, April 18th,” read a statement from White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. “The President will travel to Krakow to express the depth of our condolences to an important and trusted ally, and our support for the Polish people, on behalf of the American people.

  12. dog's eye view

    Taibbi is not opining.

    Brooks actually said that, in one of my favorite columns (favorite re example of Brooks’ disconnect from larger society and anyone not found in his upper class Chevy Chase neighborhood) .

    Wherein all these laid off engineers and other midlife workers were lazing around (depressed, David) while the rich produced. Due to the superior personal characteristics of the rich. You might have thought it was parody but it’s just Bobo.

    Hunting for that link. Column was egregious. Maybe Taibbi links to it….

  13. dog's eye view

    Hey Doots. Regrettably so.

  14. I hope he gets some very serious brig time!

  15. dog's eye view

    Here’s that Brooks column, and it’s worth a Backchannel thread of its own to discuss.

    It’s even worse than I remembered. Classic.

    Brooks was seeing the effects of the economy’s downturn/restructuring due to globalization, pre-cataclysm (when everyone took notice).

    He observed unemployed mid-life men who wouldn’t take worse jobs and put it down to laziness and poor character on the part of displaced. He couldn’t see or admit the underlying change in the whole economic structure.

    Meanwhile, Brooks observed the investment bankers, hedge fund managers (think “banksters”), and other well-compensated professionals — in Washington, they’re Brooks’ neighbors — showing up at their offices and striving away for their hard-earned rewards. Ya think?

    The link to the NYTimes article (and series) Brooks is addressing will follow.

    (Apologies for the all caps quotes. Does WordPress provide italics for commenters?)

    Bye-Bye, Bootstraps
    August 3, 2006

    “… Through some screw-up in the moral superstructure, we now have a plutocratic upper class infused with the staid industriousness of Ben Franklin, while we are apparently seeing the emergence of a Wal-Mart leisure class — devil-may-care middle-age slackers who live off home-equity loans and disability payments so they can surf the History Channel and enjoy fantasy football leagues.

    For the first time in human history, the rich work longer hours than the proletariat.

    Today’s super-wealthy no longer [jet off to Europe] … Instead, their lives are marked by sleep deprivation and conference calls, and their idea of leisure is jetting off to Aspen to hear Zbigniew Brzezinski [speak at conferences].

    Meanwhile, down the income ladder, the percentage of middle-age men who have dropped out of the labor force has doubled over the past 40 years, to over 12 percent. Many of the men have disabilities. Others struggle to find work. But in a recent DINNER-PARTY DOMINATING ARTICLE (“italics” dog’s) The Times’s Louis Uchitelle and David Leonhardt describe two men who are not exactly Horatio Alger wonderboys.

    Christopher Priga, 54, earned a six-figure income as an electrical engineer at Xerox but is now shown relaxing at a coffee shop with a book and a smoke while waiting for a job commensurate with his self-esteem. “To be honest, I’m kind of looking for the home run,” he said. “There’s no point in hitting for base hits.”

    Alan Beggerow, once a steelworker, now sleeps nine hours day, reads two or three books a week, writes Amazon reviews, practices the piano and writes Louis L’Amour-style westerns. “I have come to realize that my free time is worth a lot to me,” he said.

    … But I try not to judge these gentlemen harshly. WHAT I SEE IS A MIGRATION OF VALUES. Once upon a time, middle-class men would have defined their dignity by their ability to work hard, provide for their family and live as self-reliant members of society. But these fellows, to judge by their quotations, define their dignity the same way the subjects of Thorstein Veblen’s “The Theory of the Leisure Class” defined theirs.

    … In other words, the values that used to prevail among the manorial estates have migrated to parts of mass society while THE GRINDING WORK ETHIC OF THE IMMIGRANT PREVAILS IN THE STRATOSPHERE.”


    That’s right. The upper class is working like Haitians off the boat, while the middle class reads novels. David Brooks said this so it must be true.

    Brooks does not comment on the third man profiled in the article, a former prisoner and recovered drug addict. Because, you know, he made his bed.

  16. tonyb39

    Thanks for the M.Taibbi link.David Brooks always the shit head.They say Brooks is the Republican columnist liberals love,not this liberal..

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