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January 22, 2009

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bgates

Cap'n Hate - you mean this Tom Hanks?
the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen,” [Hanks] told Tarts. “There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them.

Pal2Pal (Sara)

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Captain Hate

Bush is the first president with limited Secret Service detail. Reid snuck that one in, and bragged about it.

Nothing is too petty for that odious vermin Reid.

bgates, thanks for clearing that up; I thought Hanks might be above making an ass out of himself with public pontifications but don't mind being wrong on that. Screw Whoreyweird.

C.R.

Well at least we seem to be keeping Laura busy.

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Pofarmer

Odious vermin.

I like it.

Reid kinda looks like a rat.

Pagar

From the McClatchy link posted by Mel.

"It signifies the great importance he attaches to open, accountable government.

Every time I see one of these statements, my blood pressure just goes berserk.

There is nothing open and accountable about a person who is not even willing to prove he has an American birth certificate to meet the very basic requirement of the Constitution. Americans know very little about the most secretive person who has ever been elected to that office.

Rocco

January 21, 2009

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

January 22, 2009

"President Barack Obama is joined by Vice President Joe Biden and retired military officers in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday after signing executive orders, including one to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay."

C.R.

Reactions from the Bush team regarding Obama's speech"

"On Plane to Texas, Critiques of the Speech"
LUN

Captain Hate

Po, I always want to call him a worm, but earthworms perform beneficial work for the health of the soil and I wouldn't want their good names stained by an association with such a useless entity. Maybe a pinworm.

Lesley

Go see "Slum Dog Millionaire."

Do not waste your time on "The Duchess." Insipid costume drama. Read "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire" by Amanda Foreman, instead.

Am rereading Peter Mayle food porn: "Encore Provence." Am reliving langoustines at Club 55 and pate de fois gras at L'Ami Louis. You foodies started this.

That is all. Back to our regularly scheduled programming. :)

Jane

Pagar,

It's not like I disagreed with you....

Pofarmer

That certainly didn't take long

H.R.45 Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009

LUN

clarice

Peter Mayle is considered a wretched curse for drawing all those sightseers to the Rousillon area of the Vaucluse.

Where BTW the food is nice but not that great. It's more Mediterranean than classic French.

Pofarmer

"President Barack Obama is joined by Vice President Joe Biden and retired military officers

My concern is, is he gonna listen to the actual ACTIVE military officers that are now under his, uhhhm, command?(that's even hard to type.)

My guess is no.

Ki Brand

Isn't the gilli brand like a horse place or something?

Obamawing.

Stephanie

Has everyone seen the new Iowahawk piece? Not yesterday's but today's?

Is this man hewn from Olympus,
Sent by Zeus to save our souls?
Or a plastic dashboard Jesus
In a car he can't control?

narciso

I jusr finished watching the State of the State Address from the KTUU feed in Juneau,
and I have mixed thoughts. First, because it was so good, compared to the dirge praised to the hilt on Tuesday. I know as one of my neighbors has been won't to say
"there's more people in Manhattan than Alaska" this was not a conversation about
the Campaign. The contrast is so striking
and sharp, but ultimately sad because we won't be getting that kind of clarity of purpose except once a year, and at CPAC.
The KTUU people wisely cut the feed when
Kertula the democrat spokesman began speaking because no one really cares what
she saids anyways.

JM Hanes

If y'all want to see Hollywood on brains, check out Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood. It's one of my new daily reads.

Fithian

TypePad Update.
On my third try, I received the following response:

On Jan 22, 2009 11:14 AM, TypePad Customer Support said:

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Zalary

Some of their bloggers may want pagination, but since they could obviously offer a choice, it seems clear they are trying to reduce the load on their own servers -- in the disingenuous name of their clients.

I fired off the taking-my-business-elsewhere-if-I-can't-opt-out shot in reply -- and asked how to contact their co-founder directly. I'll push back a couple more times, and then make good on my word. The Quasiblogger glitch derives from another new "feature" that I can't decline, so I'm ready to toss in the towel anyway. Maybe that kind of "feedback" will help bolster complaints from TM and/or others.

Neo
Do we have time to do a similar thing with carbon emissions to save ourselves from climate change?

Not a hope in hell. Most of the "green" stuff is verging on a gigantic scam. Carbon trading, with its huge government subsidies, is just what finance and industry wanted. It's not going to do a damn thing about climate change, but it'll make a lot of money for a lot of people and postpone the moment of reckoning. I am not against renewable energy, but to spoil all the decent countryside in the UK with wind farms is driving me mad. It's absolutely unnecessary, and it takes 2500 square kilometres to produce a gigawatt - that's an awful lot of countryside.

cathyf

JMH -- I think you hit bingo on six-apart's motivation. When you hit refresh and it takes a long time to load, that's not just "the internet" being slow, that's direct hits on the typepad servers.

I've pretty much adapted, if grumpily. I have one whole page just for JOM, and I have each thread in a different tab on the page. I sit down and hit "Reload All Tabs" when I've been away for awhile, and reload the tab I'm in whenever I run out of thread, and round robin through my tabs. As far as the advertising goes, they've screwed that up, too. I only interact with the center column now. I have no reason at all to look at anything but the center column, and I have my font size set up high enough that there is a horizontal scroll bar and I can't even look at the ads or the Recent Comments section or anything else on the left or right without putting out some effort.

Fithian

cathyf:

I flat out told the TypePad folks that's what I believe too. We'll see how they respond -- it appears that Zalary and Laura are now alternating the chore of handling my complaints. As long as I don't tick off the "revolved" button, I think they're required to keep keep it up. I enjoy contemplating the idea that figuring out what to thank me for at the beginning of each reply is going to get progressively harder.

What's ironic though, is that all this moving back and forth between pages, and/or searching each page individually (if you can bring yourself to do it), must mean a whole lot more calls, no? Does splitting threads up somehow even out the demand?

RichatUF

JM Hanes-

Good point. Each page has a seperate url which loads the top post and the additional comments-it seems it would put more stress on the server. I thought it was a way to boost hit counts on the ads.

cathyf

Well, the way I do a search doesn't talk to their server. I have one thread per tab, and all of the pages are lined up on the Back button. So I hit ctrl-F, and if it's not on the current page I hit the Back button and the previous page appears but it's already on my computer (I don't refresh it.) I just keep repeating until I find what I'm looking for or run out of pages on my Forward/Back browser queue.

The irony about the ads is this... Without the << | >> crap, I am always on the first page. When I hit Refresh on the first page, the browser draws the page by moving to the top, and then sending the rest of the page, and then moves down to my current page position as the last step when it finishes loading. This has the effect of leaving me staring at what fits in the height of my browser window while the page loads. Which is right where the ads are. With the new regime, the page sits at the top of the comments while waiting for the reload to finish on every page but the first. Depending on how long Tom's initial post is, this is below where the ads are.

So it may be that in the old regime it didn't count when I hit "refresh", but it is in fact an extraordinarily effective way to deliver the advertising content -- I'm sitting here watching the screen load, and it doesn't take long enough to go do something else, so you've got my complete undivided attention focused right there on the ads.

Thomas Jackson

Why am I not surprised at any of this from the leftwingnut fringe. They ought to all pledge to take a 12 step program to end their drug use.

matt

Clarice;

The beauty in that swath of the world from Spain to Italy is that it's all good. It just depends on where you stop for a meal. Bouillabaise? Tapas? some fresh snapper with a simple sauce of olive oil, diced tomatoes and herbs? grilled baby potatoes?

A liter of an incredible local Aglianico or Barbera or vin ordinaire (sometimes extraordinaire) for a couple of Euros?

Simple, mostly healthy, and delicious....all one really needs mosttimes.

PD

My sweetie noticed that it said "Harpo Productions" at the end of the video. That's Oprah's outfit ("oprah" backward = "harpo"). I guess we shouldn't be surprised, it's just more of the love fest as evidenced here.

There is no love of country in this video. If it were, they could have been doing this eight years ago. It's a pledge of allegience to a cult of personality. I guess they're trying to inspire us ... to say, "wow, you lot really are a bunch of dumbbells."

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