State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

Strange Bedfellows
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soft bigotry, meet low expectations, part II
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so long and thanks for all the fish
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(Don’t) Carry Me Back To Ol’ Virginie
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Sex Offender Registries
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I have a little bit of a problem (with sex offender registration)
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Car Culture and Families
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Soft bigotry, meet low expectations
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Money on my mind, ’cause money is what I’m thinkin’
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Glenn Beck for Peace
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Few people actually care about partisanship
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The comments...

Michael Drew
+ Making a different determination from your subordinate about the resources to commit to an endeavor -- much less merely taking a short interval to prudently [. . .]

[...] Friedersdorf and Freddie deBoer have had a tit-for-tat over the whole controversy about someone from the National Endowment for the [...]

McCain has piled in very heavily indeed. LGF has basically shown him to be a white nationalist:

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/34727_The_Other_Other_McCain

This I did not know.

Michael Drew
+ Some obviously would disagree with that, but it is intended to be taken in contrast to the U.S. experience under Bush II in 2003-2006, where [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ It is not the case that there is overwhelming evidence on the table that that. Sorry, please read that as follows: *It is not the case that [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ If you're going to say that this is a situation where he shouldn't change course, but not that a president never should, then it seems [. . .]
Sgt. Mom
+ Thank you, Buttercup. I mean that sincerely. My son has endured this situation for over 10 years now, with no ending in sight. With the [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ Those first couple questions sound pushy, but I actually mean them sincerely. Do we believe that a U.S. political disengagement from Afghanistan would lead [. . .]
Sgt. Mom
+ Scott""However , states are free to give juveniles jury trials if they want to."" When do they ever 'want to' Scott? Can you provide some [. . .]
+ @Jamelle "...What’s more, the side-effects of harsh sex offender laws – homelessness, joblessness, heightened anxiety and stress – make it far more likely that serious [. . .]
Buttercup
+ Thank you Sgt. for fighting for my rights! God bless you and God speed to a happy ending for your son. I've read about your plight on [. . .]
Cathy
+ You said: "As for executing juveniles and the retarded, who cares as long as they get all the due process guaranteed by law. " Due process? Here's [. . .]
Michael Drew

E.D., who have you got represetin' in your avatar? (Agree on Afgh., btw...)

Nancy Irving
+ "It’s just that none of the stores where buy our food or basic supplies at live downtown, and nobody wants them to either." Why wouldn't you [. . .]

[...] Friedersdorf and Freddie deBoer have had a tit-for-tat over the whole controversy about someone from the National Endowment for the [...]

As someone of a libertarian-ish bent, I've never understood the romanticism that some libertarians have for the confederacy. It's pretty sad and abhorrent.

greginak

the confeds were just ducky with the fugitive slave laws also. States rights didn't seem to matter much when it benefited them.

For most libertarians, I suspect that was a feature, not a bug.

+ I'm picking nits here, but that first sentence should say "some libertarians" - views of the Confederacy tend to be a central division in the [. . .]
Chad S.
+ And nevermind that the Confederate government was an unmitigated structural mess because the states could veto orders/requests from the central government(while they demanded the central [. . .]
Sam M
+ "You’re the only saying '…greatrest [sic] butchers in world history.'" OK. But the original post said the iraq war was: "a strategic and humanitarian disaster of the [. . .]
Michael Drew
+ What do you mean by "leave the governing of Afghanistan to the Afghans"? Is there some way that our interventions in governing led [. . .]
cathy
+ Elvis Presly was a sex offender, and I guess my grandfather was also. My husband would also fit the category too. Oh yes, [. . .]
Katherine
+ I think you're right. Given that people in the US seem to like things like Social Security and Medicare, on the whole, America basically [. . .]
Katherine
+ Juding from what others have noted about Glen Beck's very different, less crazy tone on an earlier, non-Fox show prior to Obama's election, I'm more [. . .]
+ People who supported the Iraq war (e.g., TWS) are not qualified to opine on foreign policy. Which means that the Secretary of State [. . .]
Gunner Sykes
+ It's high time to kick the neocons to the curb. Think how refreshing it would be to have real conservatives representing the party. [. . .]
+ Which is fine, if you view it solely as "the best example of art having a dramatic effect on public awareness within the past few [. . .]
+ I shouldn't even respond to this because it's so obviously mean-spirited. What does Bush have to do with this discussion? You're just trying to be [. . .]
Kirk

So the prez should never back down or change his mind? You must have loved Bush.

+ So, I'm not a war monger any more? How did that happen? I'm not scoring any points at all. I'm just trying to see the political [. . .]
Kirk
+ So do you want Obama to withdraw from Afghanistan or not? Or more importantly (from your perspective), how can you use either decision to score [. . .]
Jaybird
+ The second he goes strong Ron Paul no-bones-about-it isolationist, the Republican establishment will start treating him the way that they treated Ron Paul. Expect a picture [. . .]
+ By strategy, I mean the strategy Obama's general gave him and he's still sitting on. This is presumably the strategy that Obama asked him for [. . .]

I'm just saying it would be ironic if Beck spearheaded an anti-war revival on the right.

Bob Cheeks

Hey, I like Glenn Beck! E.D. are you trying to hurt my feelings, which were adequately displayed the other day.

Kirk
+ The clusterfuck that was the Afghan election is a big change. Lots of other factors have gotten worse since January in Afghanistan. Staying the course [. . .]
North
+ I'm with you Mark. As a neoliberal myself I'd be over the moon to get some libertarians into the party. I for one welcome our [. . .]
Kirk
+ That assumes that the number of raids is a fixed number--the only question is whether we do it with infantry of air power. But if [. . .]
Bob

Likewise, the other "B" man in W's life.

http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/barney/

TheFool
+ I can think of a very good reason for bringing up the Hope poster: it's the best example of art having a dramatic effect on [. . .]
Bob
+ BB today: "I am reading Matt Latimer's book, just out today, Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor. Two things struck me. First is confirmation [. . .]

What was that book Bruce Bartlett wrote again? Some Bush-worshiping nonsense.

 
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