Free Forum Friday November 19

Gratuitous Cute Kitty Shot

We’ll be rotating the quote on the sidebar each Friday as part of our blog’s Free Forum Friday Movement.

You can discuss the quote, or nothing in particular, or everything all at once. It’s Free Forum Friday.

Vamos a gozar.


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24 Responses to Free Forum Friday November 19

  1. Monotreme says:

    This morning I received a panicky Twit from Sarah Palin:

    @SarahPalinUSA
    43 days til job-killing tax hikes slam 70% of job-creators. 7 yrs of ignoring this oncoming train wreck, it’s time we demand DC deal w/this,

    @SarahPalinUSA
    make tx cuts perm;quit punishing work ethic.Swallow w/promising Obama the credit…whatever it takes to break impasse & save US jobs/economy

    (She’s not so good at compressing her thoughts into 140 characters and often needs two or three twits to get to what she’s saying.)

    She also retwitted a Michelle Malkin twit:

    @michellemalkin
    The Obamacare Waiver-mania! movement builds. Lots of updates: http://is.gd/hqjvq

    I am tickled pink that by relying on Congressional inaction, something that is good for this country might actually happen. For example, the 2001 tax cuts could be allowed to expire, then Congress could institute a payroll tax holiday for the bottom 98% of wage earners as a stimulative economic benefit.

  2. We should have shorted GM yesterday.

  3. shrinkers says:

    @fopplssiegeparty

    GM is certainly demonstrating the wisdom of Obama’s economic policies. Already recovering from a massive near-death, perhaps a million jobs saved right there, nearly half of the loan payment paid back, GM stock skyrocketing — it was clearly the right decision to help them out.

    It’s interesting that the right criticizes Obama for being a “socialist” when his actions such as this display a clear pro-capitalist preference. I mean really, taking such bold and aggressive action to rescue one of America’s leading corporations? What could be more pro-capitalist than that?

    And not just “capitalist,” but “brilliantly capitalist.” To have rescued not just this huge corporation, but at least a million private-sector jobs at the same time — well, clearly, one of the most capable Presidents we’ve had in a very long time, when it comes to economic matters. The People were right to put him into office in 2008.

  4. Hey, this is a good place for this purpose (I hope).

    I’d like to know a few things from those of you who are visiting the site and contributing comments.
    1) How often do you come here?
    2) What prompts you to visit when you do? Is it a regular schedule kind of thing, or are you using software that alerts you?
    3) How are you interacting with the site (e.g., computer and web browser, computer and reader, mobile phone web browser, mobile phone reader)
    4) If you’re using a reader, what reader are you using?

    Also, I’d love it if you would start rating the articles as well. They have star ratings at the end. This will help us to provide a better experience for you.

    Any other feedback you’d like to provide? What are we offering that you like? What should we do less of? What should we do more of?

  5. 1) How often do you come here?
    Several times a day.
    2) What prompts you to visit when you do? Is it a regular schedule kind of thing, or are you using software that alerts you?
    It has become part of my regular rotation. No alerting software.
    3) How are you interacting with the site (e.g., computer and web browser, computer and reader, mobile phone web browser, mobile phone reader)
    Old fashioned desktop.
    4) If you’re using a reader, what reader are you using?

  6. filistro says:

    FFF!!!

    Here’s something I’ve been wondering lately… is the Party over?

    Suddenly the Tea Party seems SO last season, doesn’t it? They were this enormous, looming, omnipresent entity and now…. pfffft! … there’s nothing about them in the news anywhere. I even did a search on Google and the only recent mention of the Tea Party is the growing suspicion they are unfairly inflating the vote for Bristol Palin on Dancing With The Stars (a misguided vote-manipulation that is causing a furious backlash of anger and resentment across the nation, BTW. One guy even shot his TV set.)

    Poor Bart… left all alone with his teacups and his memories… 🙂

  7. @Fili – We can sure hope so!

  8. filistro says:

    1) How often do you come here?

    ***So frequently that it’s a pity my visits aren’t counted in the stats 🙂

    2) What prompts you to visit when you do? Is it a regular schedule kind of thing, or are you using software that alerts you?

    ***Curiosity about what’s going on… and hopes for new comments from my favorites

    3) How are you interacting with the site (e.g., computer and web browser, computer and reader, mobile phone web browser, mobile phone reader)

    ***Computer and browser.

    4) If you’re using a reader, what reader are you using?

    ***What’s a reader?

  9. shortchain says:

    how often? Several times a day, as conflicting work permits. Some days I’m clicking all the time.

    what prompts me to visit? The spirit, man, the spirit moves me. Sometimes I just need some intellectual stimulation, or some humor. I’ll leave you all to interpret who I get each of those from.

    how I browse? Multiple computers, running various operating systems, generally with a version of firefox (4.0 beta 7 right now), depending on where I am.

    by reader, I assume you mean some newfangled doohickey like an I-Pad. No.

  10. marc miwerdz says:

    On FFF, I would like to state 2 of my pet peeves. Car manufacturers have pretty much agreed to place the steering wheel on the left side of the car. Thats obviously the logical thing to do. Why is it they cant agree on which side to put the gasoline intake cap? When you pull into a gas station its like a chinese fire drill with everyone turning around to get to the pump of their choice only to be stymied by a car coming the other way. I propose all new cars should have their tanks on the left side. This would create a more orderly and sensible operation at your friendly gas station. My other peeve is somewhat in the same vein. American industry produces thousands of electrical appliances each year. They have figured out that the plug should be standardized so they all will fit into the same outlet. Common sense. Why do cell phone makers require us to have a different charger for seemingly every phone ever made? Every time I buy a new phone its a new charger for home and a new one for the car. Just sayin

  11. Jean says:

    Monotreme,

    re: This morning I received a panicky Twit from Sarah Palin:

    Received a panicky Twit? Sarah Palin IS a panicky Twit.

  12. shortchain says:

    marc,

    Hey, my British Leyland vehicle has the filler in the middle right behind the hood (no, that’s the “bonnet”, you pathetic American types). Of course, it also came with the most gawd-awful electronics you’ve ever seen (two engine fires, 3 electronic ignitions, and a short somewhere in the wiring harness that defies diagnosis) and it spends all its time in the garage, but you don’t have to worry about where to pull up to the pump…

  13. Just Sayin' says:

    I come here on regular rotation daily, on a desktop. And for fili’s question if the tea party is so yesterday. YES YES YES. They aren’t exactly needed anymore by the gop. those teapartiers that made it in to congress don’t have much power to advance their agenda. The real battle is coming in 2012 and tea partiers need not apply. Ha!

  14. Just sayin' says:

    and ditto what Jean says.

  15. shortchain says:

    As for the teapers, did you notice that the only organizations that had orientation for the incoming representatives were the astroturf ones? While some may pretend that the organization is somehow a grassroots movement, it’s clear now that only the parts of it that are corporate-backed will have any real sway in Congress, because only they have the wherewithal.

  16. Mainer says:

    1) How often do you come here?

    ***5 or 6 yimes a day when not working and there is some thing interesting going on here double that.

    2) What prompts you to visit when you do? Is it a regular schedule kind of thing, or are you using software that alerts you?

    ***Interested in the view points I find here. Also many of you link to some really good stuff or have bounced around and found some thing I didn’t know and off I go exploring. A mind is a terrible thing to waste especially at my age.

    3) How are you interacting with the site (e.g., computer and web browser, computer and reader, mobile phone web browser, mobile phone reader)

    ***Computer and browser with occasional Blackberry hook up

    4) If you’re using a reader, what reader are you using?

    ***Too echo the others……What’s a reader? I lost my computer glasses once and had my wife read it to me does that count?

  17. @marc – Mercedes Benz has long touted the filler neck on the opposite side of the driver as a safety feature. If you run out of gas, you don’t have to stand in traffic to refuel. I think this is a reasonable standard.

    Phones- I mostly hate them, so my opinion is less than worthless.

  18. Mainer says:

    And has any one noticed that the more expensive the phone the cheesier the chargers get? I would like to take both of the chargers for my Blackberry (replacements all) and hook them up to whom ever made the decision to supply such pieces of crap. They would have at least a 50/50 chance of survival as that is about how often they work as intended.

  19. Mainer says:

    Oh and they used to make the hoses at gas stations long enough that if you got in wrong side right you could still reach the filler, haven’t seen that in a while.

    As a kid working in a gas station I hatted the cars with the filler under the license plate in the rear. Now it was center mounted which was good but what a bear in the winter when you would have to beat several inches of ice and snow off to get the damned thing open to put gas in.

  20. Bart DePalma says:

    filistro says:

    Suddenly the Tea Party seems SO last season, doesn’t it? They were this enormous, looming, omnipresent entity and now…. pfffft! … there’s nothing about them in the news anywhere.

    Apart from a brief period after the Tea Party driven Scott Brown victory, the Dem media also largely ignored us until the Dem polling collapsed last summer. Despite the lack of coverage, 41% of voters a couple weeks ago were still Tea Party supporters.

    Playing ostrich again after the election is hardly likely to make us go away in 2011. When our new Congress comes to town in January, get ready for the next brew up.

  21. shrinkers says:

    Hey, Bart, how’s Scott “The One” Brown workin’ out for ya? Gonna primary him out of the party?

    And hey, I really hope you Teabagger people stick around. Your candidates cost you the Senate a couple weeks ago. Chances are good you’ll avoid winning the Presidency, and probably give us back the House in 2012!

  22. Monotreme says:

    Mainer:

    It seems as though many of the major phone manufacturers are coalescing around the micro-USB as a standard.

  23. mclever says:

    To answer Michael Weiss’s questions:

    1) How often do you come here?
    – Several times per day, depending on my availability.

    2) What prompts you to visit when you do? Is it a regular schedule kind of thing, or are you using software that alerts you?
    – Check periodically throughout the day whenever there’s a lull in work. No alerts, just semi-regular refreshes whenever I’m online.

    3) How are you interacting with the site (e.g., computer and web browser, computer and reader, mobile phone web browser, mobile phone reader)
    – Windows laptop with Firefox usually. Sometimes IE if I’m using a different PC. No smartphone or reader for me.

    4) If you’re using a reader, what reader are you using?
    – N/A

    Any other feedback you’d like to provide? What are we offering that you like? What should we do less of? What should we do more of?

    Generally, I’ve liked the mix of articles between economic topics, political minutiae, and general speculation. I would like to see a guest article or two from an alternative (conservative or libertarian) perspective, just for the discussion that would inevitably ensue. I tend to prefer articles that are more informative rather than pure opinion, but I think variety helps to keep things form getting dull. I definitely appreciate the hard work that’s gone into making this site happen.

  24. Mr. Universe says:

    @Mainer

    I used to leave a short bungee in the back of my Jeep to prop the spring loaded license plate open that covered the gas hole. Since I live in a state that won’t allow you to pump your own gas, I found that it prevented damage to my vehicle and kept pump jockeys from forgetting to replace my gas cap.

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