Topical thread: Open and topical threads
So far the topical open threads have gathered great material. As Bruce mentioned and hoped, the partisan nature that accompanied certain posts was muted when readers could offer a look at topics such as trade and entitlements without the intervening point of view of a particular post.
Angry Bear will always offer attitude and links, but I for one found the format informative and I think will continue the conversation.
To avoid any confusion I will label ‘open threads’ as such for any subject, and use the term ‘topical threads’ by providing a subject title as in the last two. We don’t have the option of offering forums except through google groups, but this move to informed conversation appeals to me and suffices for now.
Unless of course someone offers an alternative…
I confess that at times I am passionate enough about a topic to feel impelled to post a link or a comment not related to the post. I suppose this is a no-no. Other than simply containing my opinion and keeping it to myself, is there some way to permit “random” posts? Can there be an open thread constantly available to accomodate such comments?
Here’s one of those random thoughts that I think might be kind of important but doesn’t fit into your typical thread. The other night I was channel surfing and my tuner got momentarily stuck on Fox News. The horror! It was Mike Huckabee’s show…he had Chuck Norris on and Huckabee demonstrated a karate chop. So what’s interesting about that? Nothing, except that I noticed how much weight Mike Huckabee seems to have gained….or should I say regained. His suit was busting out of its buttons and he looked like a stuffed sausage. I’m taking this as a signal that Huckabee is giving up any plans to run in 2012. Afterall, in 2008 one of Huckabee’s major themes was the need for personal discipline and he used his diet and exercise regimen as an example of self-discipline. So does this clear the field for SarahPocalypse 2012?
I understand the dilemma…perhaps a short note I can respond to. Mostly such a request is no trouble on its own…but sometimes OT mean hijacking. There really is no strict rule…just be judicious,
Now that is funny as well.
Why is it funny, Dan? For some of us that seems to be a somewhat strange response.
If I may make a suggestion, add an Open Thread every day or every other day. As we have seen they are successful at generating discussions. Of course some of us 😀 try to start a discussion by knowingly submitting a controversial subject. But, is that not what they are for? Open discussion?
Thanks for casting the gauntlet on the Health Insurance correction bill over the New Years’ weekend.
On serious note it was a great start to the topic.
Why is it funny, Dan?
Good question. I don’t live in a glass house but sometime our argument buddies surprise me in a bad way.
I think it’s funny too. I thought it even funnier when Limbaugh who had been denouncing “drug addicts” turned out to be a whopping addict himself. Or that conservative moralist who denounced liberals and their lack of self control turned out to be a badly indebted gambler well known in Las Vegas. Hypocrisy and/or self contradiction tends to be funny.
In which I explain how Atrios and Krugman have not come to grips with their analytical errors on the PPIP program