Apr 192012
 

I have spent a lot of time today trying to sort through a problem with Reddit, a site where I post links to my articles.  They have just banned me from posting in politics, unless 90% of my submissions come from other sources than this blog.  This is contrary to my agreement with them that I would submit at least 50% from other sources.  Reddit was our biggest source of readership and will impact our ratings negatively.  In the past few months our second biggest source of readership (Buzzflash.net) has gone dark, our third biggest (StumbleUpon) has changed their format, making it far less popular and cutting visits from there to about 33% of what it used to be.  Care2 is the one bright light in this mix.  I’m feeling pretty frustrated.  I’m current with replies.  Today’s chores have been moved to tomorrow.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:35 (average 4:10).  To do it click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From MoveOn: The Secret That Colonel Sanders Gets But Women Who Vote Republican Don’t.

19WomenVoters

…or like a black man joining the KKK.

From NY Times: A new revelation of young American soldiers caught on camera while defiling insurgents’ remains in Afghanistan has intensified questions within the military community about whether fundamental discipline is breaking down given the nature and length of the war.

In my view, this behavior is symptomatic of low morale, caused by putting troops in mortal danger with no legitimate hope of success.  Withdrawal should begin immediately.

From Politico: Despite hesitation from some conservatives about Mitt Romney’s candidacy, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday that House Republicans are “excited” about rallying behind the former Massachusetts governor in his bid to oust President Barack Obama.

Excited over Switch Hit Mitt, who bats from both sides of every plate?  Put a load of that in your garden.

Cartoon:

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  8 Responses to “Open Thread–4/19/2012”

  1. MoveOn — Excellent.  Didn’t Michael Steele,, former head of the RNC, make some crack about him going to a KKK meeting?  Just my memory which isn’t always reliable as I read a lot and some things get fuzzified.

    New York Times — TC, “In my view, this behavior is symptomatic of low morale, caused by putting troops in mortal danger with no legitimate hope of success.  Withdrawal should begin immediately.” — couldn’t agree more.  I also think that it is a lack of leadership in the field.  What is the term used, a lack of good order and discipline?

    Politico — I seem to recall that one of Rmoney’s staffers said that they basically reset Rmoney — he has one face for the nomination process and a different one for the presidential race.  I wonder which one the little worm Cantor is looking at.  Whish one are these bozos prepared to back and do they know the difference?

    Cartoon — good one.  Probably already has a healthy supply, maybe even a different one for each day of the week.

    I saw a short blurb that the NRA has removed Nugent’s recent remarks from their website and are distancing themselves. Smart move. I wonder if the heat is starting to build in the kitchen?

     

    • I vaguely remember that, but forget the context.

      I agree, but I consider the lack of good order and discipline symptomatic of the morale issue.

      Good point!

      I wouldn’t doubt it.

      But he’s still a member of the NRA Board of Directors.

  2. 3:36 You just beat me today by .01 second.

    Funny that Romney hasn’t distanced himself from Ted Nugent but the NRA has.

  3. If this photo doesn’t brink a lump in your throat or tear to your eye …

    It’s of a little Iraqi boy who lives in an orphanage.  He drew a chalk picture of his Mother, just so he could sleep in her arms.
     
     
     
  4. 3:04  I seem to have gotten a bit behind on the puzzles again.  I will catch up today (Saturday).