Open Thread - 5/3/08

I bet we have a lot of bloggers out canvassing, putting up signs, making phone calls and standing the last day of early voting at the polls. Last night sounds like it was a rousing success. I wish I could have been there.

You Tube is down, so I'm not able to get anymore of the videos loaded. I'll keep trying and will move the diaries back to the front page to give our speakers some face time.

Here's a nice clean open thread.



BlueNC blocked in Iraq

Found out last night that is one of the sites blocked in Iraq that troops can't access.

I wonder what other sites are blocked and what are allowed and whether there is a political bias.

Brother is in Iraq also

the only sites they let him visit are .mil type sites.

When he was going over, I mentioned BlueNC cause I write here and I told him I would write something every now and then just for him. Kinda like Carol Burnette did with the tugging of her ear at the end of her shows for her mom kinda thing. He told me then that he would not be able to see it. So no tugging.

Many guys would abuse the surfing aspect of the net (Youtube and myspace can eat up a lot of time, so can writing on BlueNC!), but I think one of the bigger reasons is bandwidth. Many of the locations are on some form of satellite, or shared satellite and having folks on youtube or MSchat voice chatting home would just eat up the bandwidth. That is my opinion.

I am happy to write emails to him. I remember being on a ship and a letter would take up to 18 days to finally get to me. So hitting send and it being available to him within seconds is kinda cool.

Eye candy:

You wouldn't believe the fragrance from these babies. When I opened my front door earlier, I got hit with a big wave of it, so I stood there swinging my door back and forth (I can't afford Glade).

They were there when I bought the house,

some 13 years ago (wow, I'm getting old). I have no idea what kind they are, but the previous owners both worked for Lowes, so they probably got them from the Lawn & Garden department.

I'm a sucker for 'em

I grew up in the deep South, and never saw the small variety of azalea until I moved to NC.
Azalea's in my home state were HUGE (like the magnolias), but I don't remember a scent associated with them.

One of these days . . . maybe before I'm too old to enjoy them, I'm going to replace the smallish pink and red azaleas that some fiend planted here in my front yard with those big ole PURPLE type.

Of course, I also think that one of these days I'll weed.

Lord, you should see

the rest of my yard. It's a total mess, but it's a natural mess (that's me rationalizing). I live at the end of a dead-end street, with (relatively) deep woods on two sides, a wooded vacant lot beside me, and a whole mess of trees in my front yard. This time of the year you can barely spot my house until you pull into the driveway.

I love it. :)

Wonderful azaleas, Steve!

We have a couple of small ones that I hope will thrive. And those "big purple ones" Brunette, I always thought were called "Rhododendrons". I love them all.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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They are.....but I've seen purplish azaleas too

big blooms and small leaves. They were really pinkish purple, though.

There's a house that has its own pond - as many do around here - and it is surrounded by azaleas. They were gorgeous a week or so ago. I haven't driven by them recently. I want my azaleas to look like Steve's but my husband likes the manicured look our builder put together. Ish.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


You wait, you just wait. I'll find you and throw freakin' flower spit balls at you.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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I'm probably preaching to the choir,

since there seems to be some fairly avid gardeners here (I'm not one of them). But if you don't already have some in the ground, you should try some hybrid trumpet lilies:

I planted four or five some 8-10 years ago, and this one guy survived, coming back bigger every year. It's not just the camera angle, this dude is huge.

That is gorgeous

I feel like I'm going under with my yard. I don't have enough woods and what I do have is overgrown with briars and prickers. I had a lot of it cleaned out and then April hit and it all grew back. My yard is about 3 acres of bare nothing with a little over an acre of woods in back, so I keep putting in shrub beds and trees but they just don't show up. Next year on one border of the yard I plan to till and put in a huge bulb bed. Next year. :D

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Put in some glads

I planted a few bulbs that turned into a dozen or so after a few seasons, and they were both beautiful and fascinating, the way the blossoms sprout all the way up the stalk. I wish I had some pics, but they died off before I got my camera. ;(

I plan to put in glads...I love them

I've been searching some bulb catalogs. I'd like to try some for each season and I'd like to try some I've never heard of. Why not? (Other than the fact that some of them are very expensive) Oh year.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I'm going out for some sunshine therapy

My fingernails are too clean and I need to do something about that. :D

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Elizabeth Edwards Speaks to the Press: Do Your Job

Elizabeth Edwards Speaks

Watching the campaign unfold, I saw how the press gravitated toward a narrative template for the campaign, searching out characters as if for a novel: on one side, a self-described 9/11 hero with a colorful personal life, a former senator who had played a president in the movies, a genuine war hero with a stunning wife and an intriguing temperament, and a handsome governor with a beautiful family and a high school sweetheart as his bride.

And on the other side, a senator who had been first lady, a young African-American senator with an Ivy League diploma, a Hispanic governor with a self-deprecating sense of humor and even a former senator from the South standing loyally beside his ill wife. Issues that could make a difference in the lives of Americans didn't fit into the narrative template and, therefore, took a back seat to these superficialities.

If voters want a vibrant, vigorous press, apparently we will have to demand it. Not by screaming out our windows as in the movie "Network" but by talking calmly, repeatedly, constantly in the ears of those in whom we have entrusted this enormous responsibility. Do your job, so we can -- as voters -- do ours.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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Except they're laying off people

The press is in a tailspin. The interTubes are taking their revenues, so they cut staff to keep up their margins. This is downward spiral pure and simple.

Their job is to make money. They're not even doing that very well.

Oh, well then.

That's okay. Never mind.

I'm rolling my eyes at you, James. Since you have a teen-aged daughter, you know what that looks like.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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::rolls eyes back::

I don't know why I wrote that. I think it's because I hadn't commented on the latest rounds of downsizing at the N&O which were announced this week.

Yeah. That's my excuse.



The problem is that news has to compete not only with the inter-tubes, but with crappy 24 hour teevee infotainment.

Read Mrs. Edward's column. It is brilliant. She calls the MSM to task for shaping the race by not reporting on the issues but reporting on the entertainment stories. We know Barack Obama's bowling score, but we don't know (except maybe for Sam and Robert) Joe Biden's health care plan.

That was her point. Maybe if the news divisions stuck to news and not entertainment, they'd do a little better in the ratings.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
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Family time!


These are going out to Stokes County precincts...

Bill Clinton is coming to Person County!!

How's that for some effective whining?? He is scheduled to appear at Person High School at 8:00 pm tomorrow evening, May 5, until 10:00.

Don't believe me, here is the event listing on the Clinton website.

(Please note that I really can't take any credit for this.)

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I am definately going, there will be voters in abundance

so candidate Mike will be there. We do have a Wi-fi in the school, though I am not sure about reception in the gym. I just might be able to live blog it, but that would limit my egocentric self-promotion. Perhaps I could get another attendee to live blog it. hhhhmmmm....

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I may have just wet myself

I am sure I am just delusional from exhaustion, but this absolutely made me cry with laughter.
Thought I'd post it here, since I am sure everyone is out hustling too and might need to take a break from the intensity and just laugh.

The Onion



Very funny.

yikes!! :) Given the suspected target

of the giant #*$&$(##, I'm wondering if I should just disappear for a few days. ;D

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."