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It is that time of the week again.  It is time for my totally off-key open thread.  I will throw out a couple of topics just to skid the grease (a weak pun):

Larry NOT GAY Craig

So we have Larry “I’m not gay” Craig who was pretty much forced to step down by the rank and file Republican caucus because he became a black eye on the Republican Party.

Common quotes (and I will graciously paraphrase) went something like this:

“He needs to resign for the sake of the Party”

“His act was a disgrace and badly reflects on the [Senate] [Party]”

“He is guilty of a crime, and needs to step down”

“He pled guilty to a crime and should resign”

Virtually everyone insists that they aren’t against Larry Craig because he is (OR IS NOT) gay.

Now you all know me — not one to shy away from pointing out some kind of double standard…

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I have been tinkering around here today, cleaning up some spills, updating some old plugins and adding new features.

If you have posted a comment here today, you might have noticed one of the new features:

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That’s right, you now have the ability to edit your own comments!

Now, if you make a mistake, or you want to re-work something, you have 30 minutes to make those changes. If you let more than thirty minutes pass, you will be outta luck.

There is a small bug that you will have to work around until I figure out how to solve it. If you make an edit to your comment, you are going to be stuck in the “Edit Mode” until you leave the comment page and come back to it. I will work on the bug when I find the time. I am sure you can live with this minor irritation in the meantime. (after all, you’ve endured MY comments here for quite some time. :lol: )

Now I am off to do some more stuff here. I will keep you informed. Bear in mind that you might get the “Maintenance Mode” screen every now and then until I am done.

<s>UPDATE: I have changed the comment preview. The AJAX “live comment” preview got to be real problematic when threads got to be so bloomin’ long. So instead, I installed a “preview button” like the old Movable Type sites had.</s>

UPDATE #2: Okay, this was it for today, I promise.

I have now installed “paged” comments. It is currently set up to show twenty comments per page, with the last twenty comments displayed initially. You can either “show all” or go back by individual pages.

Why set it up this way?

It is easier on the page loads for those extremely long comment threads. I might increase the number of comments displayed to fiddy, if it becomes too annoying for y’all.

UPDATE to the UPDATE:  I had to remove the “preview button”, and remembered why I went for the “Live Preview” in the first place.  Besides, now that there are paged comments, the issue with too many comments making the Live Preview drag, is no longer an issue.

But while I have your divided attention…

You might have noticed this little thing at the bottom of every post:

It is called “Sphere”, and it is supposed to be able to find other sites with related content.  Right now, I have it programmed to search only political sites Left and Right.  I thought it would be interesting to see what results it brings in.

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Yes, it is time for another installment of DJ’s Totally Off-Topic, Open Thread. This is where you come to talk about totally unrelated stuff so you won’t clog up the other topic-oriented threads.

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The Rott is banned in Iran.

I know, I know — it is disappointing.  You tried so hard to be accepted, but what can you do?

I was checking server speeds through Host-Tracker, which checks server response times with 78 nodes all around the world.  It just so happens that Host Iran, THE Internet gateway in Tehran, Iran no longer allows traffic to visit this site. 

I check all of the sites I work on every week and it would allow traffic a week ago, and it allows traffic to a lot of other sites, but no longer.

So now you’ve done it — you’ve gone and pissed off the Mullahs.

BTW:  IsraPundit just got banned this week also.

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I found this at Urban Scrawl

You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night. You pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for the bus:

  • An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
  • An old friend who once saved your life.
  • The perfect woman (or man) of your dreams.

There can only be one passenger in your car and you can’t return to the bus stop once you have left it. Which one would you choose to offer a ride to?

Think before you answer. This is a moral / ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job selection process, so your future could depend on how you answer this question.

What would you do?

I posted the answer at comment #29

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Oh come on, things can’t be this bad with the Department of Defense:

Short of Purple Hearts, Navy tells vet to buy own

Korean War veteran Nyles Reed, 75, opened an envelope last week to learn a Purple Heart had been approved for injuries he sustained as a Marine on June 22, 1952.But there was no medal. Just a certificate and a form stating that the medal was “out of stock.”“I can imagine, of course, with what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, there’s a big shortage,” Reed said. “At least, I would imagine so.”The form letter from the Navy Personnel Command told Reed he could wait 90 days and resubmit an application, or buy his own medal.After waiting 55 years, however, Reed decided to pay $42 for his own Purple Heart and accompanying ribbon — plus state sales taxes — at a military surplus store.On the day he was injured, getting a medal was the last thing on his mind. Stationed close to the front lines at Panmunjom, where peace talks were under way, Reed “was a forward observer — the one that’s up on the front line directing the artillery. I had to get to the observation point.”

Reed jumped in a Jeep and had started out when a 76-millimeter shell “comes in and hits right below the Jeep in the mud. And when it went off, it blew the Jeep over and threw me into the windshield, where I busted my cheek — you can see the scar — and I was bleeding like a stuck pig.”

“And I could see this battalion aid station, with Navy corpsmen. So this doc, this surgeon, sewed me up and he says, ‘Do you want a Purple Heart?’ That’s when I said, ‘I haven’t got time! They’re waiting for me up at the front lines,’” Reed recalled. He rushed back to duty.

About three years ago, Reed said, he started thinking that it would be nice to have the Purple Heart to pass on to his two sons or daughter, or to show to his eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

“I thought it was going to be an easy thing. Well, I found out that’s not true,” Reed said. The first response Reed got was that there was nothing in his record about the incident, and that he had to provide witness statements and other verification.

Reed located two Marine Corps buddies, who provided the statements.

“Then I started sending all this information to congressmen, senators, the president, the commandant of the Marine Corps, anybody,” Reed said. “Well, I kept getting turned down.”

“The real support I got was from Sen. (John) Cornyn.”

John Drogan, a spokesman for the Texas Republican, said Thursday that the senator’s office has now arranged for Reed to get an actual medal.

“I have word from Navy folks they have just received additional Purple Heart medals, and we are going to make sure Mr. Reed gets his,” Drogan said, adding that he could not explain why the Navy Department had no medals when the senator’s office contacted it last month.

Maj. J. DeLaRosa, a media affairs officer for the Marines at the Pentagon, couldn’t believe Reed received only the certificate.

“That’s unacceptable. ‘Out of stock’? That’s like saying, ‘We’re out of ammo.’ That’s like saying ‘The Marines are going to close tomorrow.’ It just seems a bit weird,” DeLaRosa said. “There have been a lot of guys wounded, but not to the point that we’re out of medals.”

The Department of Defense estimates that 29,098 troops have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan through Thursday.

For his part, Reed is simply happy he finally received recognition for what happened to him that day. “That’s why I am so grateful to Sen. Cornyn.”

I just sent Mr. Reed a check for $42.00 because there is no excusable reason why this man – after waiting 55 years just to be awarded this medal — should have to pay for it out of his own pocket or wait another minute for the government to get their shit together.  (Okay, that is going to take longer than a minute.)

I have heard of this happening before.  I have been a volunteer at the VA here in Seattle for fifteen years. I have seen this kind of thing about twenty times.  It is disgraceful.

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Due to popular demand (if one thinks that LC Wil is “popular”) I have opened this second open and free-fer-all thread.

There are no prizes for being first.

I was invited to go to the dealer’s auction this morning, and lookie what I picked up:

Not bad for $2500, huh?

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Okay, after seeing a few threads go totally off the rails, I thought it would be a nice thing to have an occasional open thread where you can just say whatever you want right off the top (or bottom) of your head.

You can talk about the love of my life:

 

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Or anything else you want. It is all up to you, so have fun.

(Update: Click the “Give us more, O Emperor! to see DJ’s other kitty—B.)
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It’s an honest poll, I am interested in the outcome for a project I am working on.

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(Careful, it is kind of a trick question. I would suggest you look up the definitions first before you cast your vote.)

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