State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

Bachelor Party Bleg
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Democracy Doesn’t Do Nuance: Why the Dems Lost Control of the Debate
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on the field of reason
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keep it simple, stupid
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File this away under “unsurprising findings”
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a broken system ctd.
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just a thought
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David Rothkopf,
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One of these things is not like the other
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The comments...

I figured as much. I don't know that it's possible to be in your 20's in Arlington/Alexandria and not regularly go to the Drafthouse.

Will

I love the Drafthouse, but we go there all the time . . .

+ Also - would it be too obvious for me to suggest the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse? I'd also second the Lazer Tag suggestion, though [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ ...And in that spirit, I just listened to Jack Beatty on the NPR show "On Point" say unequivocally that a "robust public option" absolutely is [. . .]
Will
+ Scott and Mike - Both bachelor parties sound fantastic. Neither of us really has access to a cabin or a farm, though. We're also stuck in [. . .]
Will

That's a suggestion worth investigating. Thanks Dan!

Will

I think I'm with you on that one, Mike. I'm not really a big fan of strip clubs, either.

+ I will also add (and this may forever mark me as a weenie) that I see the strip club thing as incredibly disrespectful to the [. . .]
Dan Miller
+ I highly recommend skydiving. It's definitely a memorable experience, and it's loads of fun. Skydive Delmarva is a pretty good spot--it's relatively close [. . .]
+ Will, This might help: http://artofmanliness.com/2009/01/08/throw-a-bachelor-party/ As I think I related to Scott just before his bachelor party, mine involved about a dozen guys at a friend's farm. We [. . .]
Jaybird
+ More, more, and more transparency is pretty much the only weapon against false and misleading claims. For my part, I think that the internet is [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ But you'd be being alarmist if you thought Obama really would be for some kind of national requirement that states allows same-sex couples to marry, [. . .]
Jaybird

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/17226

2-5 players.

This is not terribly appropriate for a huge number of folks... but it's a *GREAT* 4-hour session for 5 people. With beer.

+ Then I'm going to ask: How is the debate over healthcare any different than what goes on in the market? We effectively have various choices [. . .]
Louis B.

What's wrong with the Wild West? Only two towns ever had more than 4 killings in one year, amongst other statistics.

Jaybird

(And, for the record, I wrote a guest post describing, in detail, my moral philosophy)

Michael Drew
+ It surely requires a willingness to be corrected or informed when the truth is offered. In any case, surely we can say that there [. . .]
+ I will forever remember my stag where the Best Man coordinated to have myself and five of my closest friends eschew civilization and head out [. . .]
Jaybird
+ I and Thou? You seriously put yourself in that category? Fair enough. We all have ideas of ourselves in our heads. I will share with you [. . .]
Will
+ Not a teatotaller, but definitely not a fan of raucous partying. He is kind of a dork (and I mean that affectionately), so laser tag [. . .]
+ See Standard Libertarian Disclaimer Number 12. I believe this guy is the poster boy for that. http://reason.wikia.com/wiki/Standard_libertarian_disclaimer In the alternative, Thoreau had a post [. . .]
Will
+ AC does seem to be the go-to location, but that place really is a hole, and I don't think the groom has any interest in [. . .]
Jaybird
+ Lazer Tag. Define "excessive". Teatotalling? If "a little too much beer" is okay under controlled circumstances, rent The Road Warrior, Mad Max, and Mad Max beyond [. . .]
+ Top Golf in Kingstown, Alexandria. A good place to start the festivities, hang out, have a couple beers, and hit some golf balls in [. . .]
+ I wanted to say that I agree with your comments concerning the banning of folks like Limbaugh on CNN. I find their comments reprehensible, [. . .]
+ No time to say more right now, but I think we are using different definitions of "good faith." For instance, I would use the [. . .]
+ Where I come down on government responsibility is that I think basic emergency insurance should be mandatory for anyone who can afford it, just like [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ If you're referring to Klein's taking whomever to task, I think he was saying that that should be the intent of reform over all, not [. . .]
+ Good God, FDR, LBJ and Huey Long would be speechless with wonder at how the Party of the People talks to America these days. Those [. . .]
+ I’m sorry, but this evidence that the protests have been effective is really, really weak tea. Maybe. It's either that they've been more effective than [. . .]
+ [...] I’m surprised … I’d have thought the figure closer to 95%, after all I think 40% was a low figure for useless documents in [. . .]
+ [...] I’m surprised … I’d have thought the figure closer to 95%, after all I think 40% was a low figure for useless documents in [. . .]
+ Not to de-rail the conversation in another direction, but it's the same with gay marriage. Democrats will point to the micro-steps that Obama has made [. . .]
+ But I don't think you can accuse the protesters of acting in bad faith. The Sarah Palins and Rush Limbaughs of the world, definitely; [. . .]
Ryan
+ I'm actually somewhat sympathetic to this. John Stuart Mill certainly thought that freedom of speech did not extend to inciting a mob. It's [. . .]
Ryan
+ Maybe we can put those bat-wing saloon doors on building too. Nothing to calm these kinds of storms like converting an entire society into [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ This seems to be a response to the back and forth slow more than what it is attached to, so I'll take it as such. [. . .]
Jack
+ There is a difference between ridiculous assumptions and different life experiences/points of view. I grew up on the east coast and now live in the [. . .]
Jack
+ Q. for ElectronJohn... I'm also a small business owner, and one of the reasons I prefer to work with other independent contractors rather than hiring up [. . .]
+ Hmm....I think I see where there's some confusion here, Michael. The statement above about centrism and bad legislation aside, this post is not meant [. . .]
Sycophant of the Bourgeois
+ As a libertarian that generally puts me against whichever party is in power. For the last 4 years I regularly watched Olberman/MSNBC and tore [. . .]
Michael Drew

I can't stand David Rothkopf. He really is a special case.

Sycophant of the Bourgeois

Change! Yes we can!

I'm searching the archives. I can't seem to find a post of any liberal criticizing their incoherent rallying cry.

Michael Drew
+ Let's be clear about the logic here. It is the following: Some Democrats in an ideal world favor single-payer health care. ==> [. . .]
+ You know, Martin Buber is the most important writer I've ever read. I took his work to heart. What you can say about me, no [. . .]
+ This is a small comment but can I point out the shifting sands of principle here. I mean small government conservatives are the poster child [. . .]
 
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