Open Thread - Weekend Edition 11/16

The past two and a half weeks have been a bit tough here at old Blue. I love this place and I know many of you do too. After dealing with all the controversy, though, I saw something beautiful had happened.

Christopher wrote a post announcing that he was planning to start a Young Dems chapter in Cabarrus County - a Republican stronghold. In the comments of that post, I witnessed this exchange:

Woo!
Submitted by boldlyblue on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 9:43pm.

I'm in Cabarrus County and we've just begun working on putting together a Teen Dems chapter as well. This is definitely awesome. :)

CLINTON for President • PERDUE for Governor • NEAL for Senate • KISSELL for Congress

wonderful!
Submitted by Christopher on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 2:06am.

let's seriously seriously seriously get in contact about this stuff. i can be reached via email at christopher.schuler [at] gmail.com, or via facebook or something. shoot me an e-mail or some contact info and i'll get back to you ASAP.

Check
Submitted by boldlyblue on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 6:44pm.

Check your e-mail. :)

CLINTON for President • PERDUE for Governor • NEAL for Senate • KISSELL for Congress

Yes sir. I'll be in touch
Submitted by Christopher on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 6:52pm.

Yes sir. I'll be in touch with you as soon as I can get out of the office today. Thanks again for your speedy response!

In my eyes, connecting Democrats is one of the best functions of this site. Chances are, boldlyblue and Christopher would have connected without BlueNC. It sure warmed my heart to see it unfold here, though.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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The best function

In my eyes, connecting Democrats is one of the best functions of this site.

This site has restored my faith over and over again in Democrats. When I was so discouraged with party leadership, it was the words of members here that made me decide not to give up my membership in The People's Party.


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

Since a lot of folks may be on the road next week....

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving...and urge you to give thanks to ....Whoever You Want To. Here's a great way to do it.


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

Very cool.

A dance even I could do!! :) I have a lot to be grateful for.

"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."

That's a hoot!



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



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Now THAT

brought a smile! Thank you.

Despotism

I've been mesmerized this week by this film at the Internet Archive:

Despotism

Measures how a society ranks on a spectrum stretching from democracy to despotism. Explains how societies and nations can be measured by the degree that power is concentrated and respect for the individual is restricted. Where does your community, state and nation stand on these scales?

From 1946 but some of the parameters seems eerily contemporary

Thanks, Greg.

Did y'all notice the pledge that was recited?

"... one Nation, indivisible, ... "

The year was 1946, pre-Knights of Columbus strong arm move to put "under God" in the pledge in the 50's. I keep trying to tell my parents and my friends who send those "under God" spam-mails that The Greatest Generation recited the pledge without "under God" in it their entire lives and it didn't appear to hurt their morals or disfigure their patriotism one tiny little bit.

Is a community despotic if it tells me -- loudly -- that I can't be a real American or a real Christian if I don't like "under God" in my pledge?

"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."

When a legislature becomes a cerimonial assembly only

and have no real control over lawmaking.....

Economic Distribution
Information
Respect and
Power

Boy that scale is on a slippery slope.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

: D

Thanks Betsy! We're officially taking over Cabarrus County. Repugs beware.

Snagged this awesome video

from daily kos top comments diary for today. Pretty amazing thing.

"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."

A bit tough at Old blue

As the lame drive by lurker and occasional poster, I missed all the problems. Denial? No, just not paying attention. Is the site OK? I thought we were one of the best and well regarded State sites in the country. What gives? Anyone up for a two sentence roundup?

Shuler YES again

Probably not the best to address this

Just controversy caused by new user. If you missed it, don't go looking for it. We are moving past it. :)



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I should just add

We're so glad you're here.

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



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Momoaizo's Blog recognized as the most active!

Well, at The Pilot newspaper site, any way! W00t! Matt Moriarty gives props - er, acknowledgment in the Opinion section here, and then go leave some comments for Mo and let her know we love her.

I think Linda Cockman's "Progressive Discussions" liberal-slant blog probably gets the most response. And her posts usually linger with one or two comments. My posts usually get between zero and one.
(...)
I think the blogs are a strong contributor to our online product right now, and I'm hoping readers who don't usually check them out will start doing so. We've made a lot of changes in recent weeks that I think make them better.

The blogs at the Pilot have been up for a little more than a year, I think. I wish more small newspapers would do this - it facilitates communication in the community, and their bigger brothers and sisters - particularly in Greensboro, it seems - have it down to a fine science.

Today's edition of Blog Pimping with Linda Cloud has been brought to you by Progressive Discussions, hosted at The Pilot.com.


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

...and rest assured it is included

in the Progressive NC Blog search engine....as is yours, m'dear.

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



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You are such a good pimp...I mean friend ;)

Thank you Linda, you have been one of my few supporters and commentors. Your activism on my blog and here makes me grateful for that day (over a year ago?) that we met. I continue to count you as one of my many blessings.

Right now there is an active debate going on in a Blackwater post. There is a gentleman that insists that the only reason that Blackwater is even in the news is because of a left-wing plot to embarass the Bush administration.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

Oh come on ...

There is actually a guy arguing this nonsense??

...the only reason that Blackwater is even in the news is because of a left-wing plot to embarass the Bush administration.

Oh yeah, those 17 dead Iraqis were really Democratic suicide "embarassers" specially trained by Ted Kennedy at Berkley.

In general, we don't need to make stuff up about the Bush (mis)administration.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Now that's a good comment PD

I'm just not sure argue guy would get it. You are always welcomed to hop thru to my place and leave him a comment (hint, hint)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Progressive Discussions

grateful for some advice-podcasting

First - that video had someone on the Great Wall at Mutianyu(northeast of Beijing)- a place I recall with gratitude. I was there in Dec.1999 and it snowed, and there were no other people around. Being alone on the Great Wall is pretty hard at most of the tourist places,so that was a special memory.

Second, I have arranged to link my son's third grade with a third grade class in China - exchanging letters and photos and things. Third grade is when kids in China start to study English. I would like to set up a podcast - I have a Mac Powerbook G4, a bit older system compared to some things I see in the Apple store. Anyone have good ideas for setting this up? I am way behind the curve on this and would appreciate anyone who could walk me through it.(Could pay for technical advice.) I think this will be fun for the kids to learn about the differences in schools and life.

I have no technical expertise at all. . .

but what a wonderful learning experience you're setting up! You should blog about it as it goes - I would love to be able read and see the progress of this, and if it works out well, you'd have the makings of both a great book and a perhaps even a speaking engagement or two.

I'm sure the techier folks here can guide you in the right direction....Robert? Lance? Other Geeks?


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

Podcasting

What a great project!

My daughter is in Japan, teaching English, and I send pictures to her class of our schools, stores (I was kicked out of HT for taking pictures of cheese. How many people can say that?), people and such to help them see what it is like here in NC. It's too bad that the neocons never realized that our greatest "weapon" in preventing ill will towards Americans was/is through greater openness and the sharing of American culture. Sighhhhhh!

As for podcasting, there is a great tutorial here, and there are some links here to tools that will do most of it for you.

Good luck!

thanks for links!

I should be shamed to admit, but I don't even have flickr or anything to send photos except as jpgs. Just never got around to learning most of what my computer does. Byt the way, do you have your screen name on your license plate? I think I have seen it on Jones Ferry Road.(near where I live)

I was approached by my Chinese teacher to link up classes, and just passed on the info to my son's school. I hear the Chinese school is very excited - they have a cool brochure about their school, which is modern with kids in uniforms. I understand they charge fees - there are different "tiers" to schools there, even in the public sector. My son's school is more a realistic school - large number of free lunch kids, doing what they can with limited resources. I think it will be fun.

In the past I have done presentations on China for kids in kindergarten and first grade and they really love to learn about another country. I think they are in for a shock when they see the typical school day for Chinese kids!

What about video?

You should throw a couple bucks down on a webcam, and maybe get a live video chat or something with the kids, they can each individually have their own penpal or something. This might make it so they are more attent and it seems more personal than an entire class listening to a podcast, although I'm sure the language barrier only allows for so much. Either way I think it's a wonderful idea, and I'm terribly jealous my elementary school never tried anything similar. Oh, the eighties.

live video a problem

I wanted to get a webcam but live chat would be awkward with a thirteen hour time difference. Chinese kids have a long school day, but not til 9 pm!

the main thing is that the Chinese kids are beginners at English, so chat is not likely, even with my son, who has had several years of Chinese language. I like to think that sharing drawings, photos, and descriptions of daily life and school life can be blended together to use math and science as well as a little English. They can take a poll on what kids eat for breakfast. They can share their favorite hobbies. They can show local plants and trees - maybe some photos of a local farmer's market(to compare with a typical Chinese market - live eels, etc.)

Remember, these kids are swamped with the drills for standardized tests(the American kids - Chinese, too, probably) so a little fun learning could be a nice break. My dream, at least.

Taking Jack and Russell

to their new home at Working for Change's house. She's a well-known caretaker of wayward boys (doggies)......and Democratic campaign workers. :)



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Foster pups doing great

currently barking up a storm at their new 'siblings"...Buddy and Sweetie are handling it like champs.

All the dogs have been running in and out all day...thank goodness for the fenced in yard. All the excitement has made for some very intense puppy-naps on the couch. Guess who gets to be at the bottom of the pile. hehehe!

For some reason, have started calling them Peanut and Stinky. Well, you can probably guess where the Stinky comes from...

Good grief!

The baby is in the hospital (ER) to have a hair removed from her toe, where it has wrapped around and cut off the circulation. They want to take her into the ER, knock her out, and make an incision to cut through the hair or whatever it is. This has been going on since 7am this morning and still no end in sight!!!

She's fine, getting circulation, but the thought of her going into the ER, then the OR and getting a little scalpel incision. Yikes.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Oh...poor baby

Poor mommy and daddy....hang in there. I'd be a nervous wreck.

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



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get well, baby p.!

How we all survive parenthood, I will never know. These tiny things that turn into crisis (my son's sore throat on Christmas Day in 05 turned into Kawasaki's Disease, admitted to the pediatric cardiac unit by New Year's - that will scare the bejesus out of anyone!)

Really, i hope everything goes well and goes quickly. Get some rest, and report back later. I will be here - my son gave me his cough and is trying to milk it to skip Chinese class. He just wants to beat me at Clue again.

Yikes is right!

I hope everything turns out ok!


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

Holy Cow, what a terrible

Holy Cow, what a terrible thing. Prayers and wishes.

Harry Taylor has announced his run at dKos.

Hop over and say hello.

"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."

Seems like everything is alright.

We didn't have to do the surgery, we actually treated it with Nair and washed it really well. if it was hair, the Nair would dissolve it. Anyways, the swelling is down, color is mostly normal, etc.

Thanks everyone for the concern and well wishes!

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

that's really good news, Robert.

What a creative solution! I'm so glad it worked. :)


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

baby p

I am glad you were able to avoid surgery. Whew!

Hee!

Ok - Huckabee might be a conservative for whom I would never vote - but this is going to attract a lot of attention in IA tomorrow.


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

I thought the same thing!!

That is one of my favorite movies.


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