Packing the Boxes

At last, we are preparing to move the site. If all goes well, the only thing you will need to do is make sure you have bookmarked.

The plan is to move the site on Friday, November 12, late in the day.
Features of the new site:
  • Cleaner Look: Black text on a white background
  • Better Performance: The random page layout errors should go away
  • Protection Against Forging: It will be harder (though not impossible) to craft comments that appear to come from some other known commenter
  • Mobile Phone Access: The site automatically formats for mobile phones such as iPhones, BlackBerries, Android, and Windows Mobile
  • Email Interface: You will be able to  send comments to the site via email.
  • Threaded Conversations: Replies will appear immediately after the associated comment.

And more!

Ed: note: This has been long overdue. We look forward to our new home. My original intent was to keep the discussion forum alive. But I think we should look beyond that now. 538 has taken on a life of its own. And so shall we at We have an opinion. We engaged the oposition. We will continue to have our voices heard. Are you listening? Can you speak? Then jump in. We want you here.

 Mr. Universe.

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23 Responses to Packing the Boxes

  1. Mr. Universe says:

    Y’all ready for this?

  2. Bart DePalma says:

    Thank you very much for the work you put in.

  3. mostlyilurk says:

    A big thank you from me too. Although I don’t post a lot, I enjoy reading the discussions here. I think they’re far more interesting and informative (and, fun) than what appears at the new 538.

  4. robert verdi says:

    I hope it all works out.

  5. Monotreme says:

    This is gonna be so good.

  6. filistro says:

    The new site is awesome. It’s a much more relaxed, colorful, chat-type atmosphere… and it’s so user-friendly, even techno-idiots like me can navigate it easily. Once we get there, I’m hoping to see a lot of you lurkers come out of the shadows and start contributing to the conversation. (I know this place is kind of daunting to new posters.)

  7. Realist says:

    Hmmm…that worked. Why can’t I post in Did You Know?

  8. Realist says:

    Tomorrow cannot come soon enough. 😦

  9. Realist says:

    test?Posting to the Did You Know and Up To Our Eyeballs topics isn’t working, it seems. 😦

  10. filistro says:

    Realist, I can’t post there either.And I had prepared a real spanking to deliver to GROG, too :-((Of course, being a clearly sexist Republican male he would probably have ENJOYED it, so… maybe just as well 😉

  11. Realist says:

    Wow. Something’s very wrong here. It looks like it won’t allow us to use formatting anymore. When I try to use italics, I get an error.

  12. Gator says:

    Hey all. Looking forward to the new site. Just thought I’d post this (below) on this thread since it’s kind of a no subject thread. Got this in an email from a friend in Miss. Very sad and very moving. It will take two posts cuz it’s about 4500 words, but very worth reading.**************************************This is a true story. Please take time to read it and remember our fallen soldiers and those still fighting for our freedom. Please pass it on. Note: Sgt Eric Newman was killed in Afghanistan by an IED on October 14. His body arrived in Meridian , Ms., on October 24, from where Sgt. Newman was escorted to his home town of Waynesboro , Ms. for a full honors Military funeral. The following describes what one man saw as part of the motorcycle escort. I Saw America Today I was among more than 200 people gathered on the tarmac at the Meridian Air Navel Station to welcome Sgt. Eric C. Newman, 30, of Waynesboro, Miss. home from Afghanistan . He did not exit to cheers and hugs but was greeted by respectful silence. Military men and women, bikers, policemen, firemen, all in formation riveted their attention as Sgt. Newman disembarked from the plane carrying him.He exited in a flag draped coffin, killed in action in Afghanistan .The family stood near the hearse and as Sgt. Newman’s casket approached he was greeted by his new wife and his mother as they draped their arms around the casket where their beloved husband and son lay. There would be no married life for the newly married couple and another mother had given her son in the name of freedom. I saw America today.The procession formed with a police escort in front leading the hearse carrying Sgt. Newman which was followed by his family, more than 100 bikers, including the Patriot Guard Riders, scores of police officers, firemen, and friends. I rode near the front and I never could see the end of the procession as we rolled over the hills from Meridian to Waynesboro .I saw America today.On the 60 mile journey truckers, the big rigs, pulled to the side of the road, exited their trucks and put hand over heart in honor of Sgt. Newman and the American flag. Down the road from one big shiny rig was a humble logging truck, driver standing on the ground, hand over heart. For sixty miles a mixture of people stood by the side of the road, flag in hand as we rolled past. At every junction where a side road entered there were people. At the overpasses there was always a fire truck displaying a large American flag. Every fire department along the way had their fire truck standing by to honor this young American who gave his life for us.There was a young Boy Scout, in uniform, proudly saluting Sgt. Newman and the American flags that passed him.A man in bib overalls stood by a ragged old pickup truck giving honor. Just down the road was a man dressed in suit and tie by his expensive SUV.

  13. Gator says:

    I Saw America Today pt2Something in the bright blue sky above caught my eye. It was two jet fighter planes flying over the procession, the thoughtful action of fellow soldiers.I could see a woman kneeling, holding something out in her hands. At first I thought it must be a camera but as I passed I could clearly see it was a folded American flag. Just like the one that was given to my mother when my father died. Yes, it was her way of saying, “I lost a loved one as well.”I saw America today.As we left the main road and entered Waynesboro two fire trucks were parked in such a way as to form an arch with a giant American flag suspended between the two.The streets were lined solid with people. No cars were moving. I observed someone in a wheel chair on the side of the road. When we drew closer I saw several in wheel chairs, some on crutches. They were old, and fragile. They were residents of a nursing home. On down the road there was another group from yet another nursing home, all waving tiny American flags.As we wound our way through town hundreds of people lined the sides of the streets. We passed an elementary school. The children lined the fence three deep, most with flags, some with red, white, and blue balloons which were later released.Next we passed the high school. Again the students respectfully lined the streets adjacent to the school. All were standing respectfully in honor of Sgt. Newman.And did I mention the yellow ribbons? They were on trees, mailboxes, fences, and anywhere people could place them.I saw America today.When we had finished the escort all the bikers were asked to meet at the First Baptist Church of Waynesboro. There they gathered us up and escorted us to the Western Sizzlin’ where the people of the town treated us to lunch for doing something of which we were proud to be a part.Today, I saw America and I’m proud to be an American. God bless America .Rod Smith, Patriot Guard RiderOctober 2 4 , 2010, Laurel , Mississippi ——————————————————————————–

  14. Realist says:

    @Gator,I may not always agree with the motives of those who send our troops into harm’s way, but that’s very different from how I feel about those who volunteer to go.Heroes come in all sizes, shapes, and types. It is heroic to be willing to put your country above your life.Today we honor that particular breed of hero. And I, for one, hope that those who choose to place those heroes at risk do so with appropriate gravitas and understanding how fortunate they are, and how valuable those heroes are.

  15. Gator says:

    @RealistI often disagree with the reasons we’ve gone to war. Today is a day to remember those who serve/served. And a day to put aside partisanship and remember that when we send our bravest and finest off to protect and defend us, they aren’t Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative. They are simply Americans. And as those people along the route that day, when we honor them and mourn them we are not Republicans or Democrats… we are simply Americans.Shiloh, Mainer, Bart and all the others on here who served… THANK YOU.I may disagree with you, I may not even like you, but I respect you and honor your service.

  16. mclever says:

    Great story, Gator.Wish all our heroes got the welcome home they so richly deserve. Our soldiers deserve respect and recognition for the sacrifices they’ve made.Coming from a family with a long tradition of military service, I also agree completely with what Realist said. I may not always agree with those who write the orders, but my respect and admiration for those who volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way for my sake shall never fade.

  17. GROG says:

    Great story Gator. Thanks for sharing. I already wished shiloh and happy Veterans Day and would like to say the same to Mainer and Bart. Thank you.

  18. shiloh says:

    “The Modern Patriotism, the True Patriotism, the only Rational Patriotism is Loyalty to the Nation all of the time, Loyalty to the Government when it deserves it.” ~ Mark Twain

  19. Mr. Universe says:

    I join with Gator in wishing our Vets a fond rememberance and salute to you service. shiloh, Bart, Mainer; this one’s for you.

  20. Mr. Universe says:

    The one thing I appreciate more than anything from oour veterans is that their service gives me the privlege to express my thoughts on this blog. How cool is that?

  21. Mr. Universe says:

    Thanks, Leslie Nielson

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