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    RoonieRoo says:

    Yay! We’re here. I hope. Finally.

  3. 3
    Steve says:

    O brave new world…

  4. 4
    TenguPhule says:

    Comments without Borders will continue it’s mission to drive the locals crazy.

  5. 5
    Steve says:

    # Laura W Says:
    September 28th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    FIRST

    I think this might be the first time I’ve ever seen that and not wanted to commit an axe murder.

  6. 6
    Comrade Glocksman says:

    We have arrived!

  7. 7
    Steve says:

    Auto-preview is a lying bastard.

  8. 8
    Charity says:

    Mazel tov, and may you be well served by the new server.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    This is Ground Control to Major Tom?

  10. 10
    Comrade Nixon Hailfire Palin says:

    I, for one, welcome our new comment formatting overlords.

  11. 11
    Stuck in the Fun House says:

    Wow man, What a rush!

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    Comrade Jake says:

    So no new functionality? That’s a buzzkill.

  13. 13
    rob! says:

    wow–went to http://www.balloon-juice.com, and it loaded instantly! i MUST be in the new location.

    can i be the first to sat Obama/Biden ’08 here?

    oh, and “Bible Spice”–i friggin’ LOVE that. a nickel to whoever coined it.

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    Comrade Desert Hussein Rat says:

    Hmm. Time to break in the new furniture.

  15. 15

    Tag plugin has imploded. Checking…

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    Wait, whats different? Everything looks the same. Its like electing McCain and waking up the next morning only to find he is not really a reformer, a big let down. i was at least expecting punch and pie.

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    Laura W says:

    Tag plugin has imploded

    Man, I’m sleepy.
    I thought that said Trigg Palin

  18. 18
    Comrade Josh Vondoktorpepper says:

    It’s amazing. The love inside, you take it with you.

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    Brian J says:

    Congratulations on the new digs.

    Allow me to open the floodgates with a question. Today at work, one of my friends comes in and asks me what Barack Obama will do to fix the economy. (He’s a smart guy, but he’s a conservative, and he’s definitely falling into the trap of not thinking things through enough and then repeating ridiculous claims. He’s enjoying Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Facism, for instance.) Well anyway, I have to wonder, was he testing my reasons for supporting Obama, or was he simply looking for answer he might like? And why in the world didn’t he go to Obama’s site? It seems like the easiest way to get a sense of what a person is thinking.

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    Krista says:

    So does that mean that the archives are now gone, or are your Kool-Aid drinking days still recorded for posterity?

  21. 21
    Comrade Jake says:

    Things would appear to load faster. I kind of like the numbered posts. They give me a sense of accomplishment.

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    Charity says:

    Brian J: point your coworker to barackobama.com/plan. Tell him real intellectuals only believe primary sources.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    He’s a smart guy, but he’s a conservative, and he’s definitely falling into the trap of not thinking things through enough and then repeating ridiculous claims. He’s enjoying Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Facism, for instance.

    Sarah Palin, is that you?

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    lampwick says:

    Weasel Parade
    are:

    Johnny Drama – vocals, lead guitar
    Bible Spice – bass, moose
    Steve Schmidt – random effects generator
    Rick Davis – lobbyist

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    Polish the Guillotines (formerly FLILF Hunter) says:

    Welcome to the funhouse.

    Badd Ass.

  26. 26
    Eric says:

    Wow John, it’s almost like you have a real website now!

    I already miss the 1990s-era load times :(

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    drag0n says:

    seems pretty zippy!

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    Comrade Jake says:

    “Mooselini” is 1000 times better than “Bible Spice”, IMO, but Johnny Drama is spot-on.

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    srv says:

    Crap. Who are all these posters? All the people who’ve been clogging up the balloon tubes for the last several years?

    Get off my lawn blog!

  30. 30
    Polish the Guillotines (formerly FLILF Hunter) says:

    lampwick Says:
    September 28th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Weasel Parade
    are:

    Johnny Drama – vocals, lead guitar
    Bible Spice – bass, moose
    Steve Schmidt – random effects generator
    Rick Davis – lobbyist

    Slight lineup change:

    Steve Schmidt – backstabbing asshole manager

  31. 31
    Laura W says:

    I made the mistake of posting this in the Bird Talk thread earlier and feel about as invisible now as Obama was to McCrank in the debate. Will repost in hopes of getting some much needed attention answers:

    What would happen if something were to happen to McShame, rendering him unable to carry on as the nominee? Specifically, what would the Rethugs do? How would they choose a new one? Would s/he be allowed to choose own VP and ditch Palin?
    It could happen, you know, and as we’ve seen, it probably will.

    I know I could probably research this on the internets, but I try to do as little for myself as possible.

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    Polish the Guillotines (formerly FLILF Hunter) says:

    WOOORRRDDD PRRREEESSS!

    Your “new and improved” blockquotes char — uh — mock? — yeah, mock me.

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    Dennis - SGMM says:

    Well done.

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    uila says:

    Bible Spice – base, moose

    Fixed

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    t jasper parnell says:

    The next President and First Lady. This may be sexist but man is she gorgeous.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    What would happen if something were to happen to McShame, rendering him unable to carry on as the nominee? Specifically, what would the Rethugs do?

    At this point I think they would party like it’s 1999.

    Seriously? Who knows. I read somewhere that even replacing Palin would be very tricky to do. I think they’d need to hold another convention in either case.

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    t jasper parnell says:

    Oh and congratulations. I like the borderlessness of your great war on the Right.

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    lampwick says:

    I like the borderlessness; it’s cool. Never have liked this font, however.

    Jake is following me around the internets.

    But it’s not a big deal.

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    Cap'n Phealy says:

    Success! Success! They’ve done it! They’ve done it!

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    Comrade Jake says:

    The sheet Obama’s studying in this photo reads:

    “You are a BAD MOTHER FUCKER.”

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    benjoya says:

    “Bible Spice”—i friggin’ LOVE that. a nickel to whoever coined it.

    believe it was tbogg. mooselini also genius, caribou barbie not bad johnny drama good mcWar mcLame mcBush mcSame mcGoo mcAnus all servicible mcThuseleh mine

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    Comrade Warren Terra says:

    This Balloon Juice seems OK, but I miss WordPress Error already.

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    A few notes:

    1. This is not the real John. This is just some network and server nerd who has his login. Root hath its privileges. Questions about ads and whatnot are not things I can answer.
    2. Some of you may be experiencing the same thing I see, where the complete roster of comment tags are not present. I’m not entirely sure what’s causing that, and I agree it’s annoying. I had one of our techs take a look, since she had not visited the site, and all the formatting buttons load for her. This may be some weirdness from the transfer that will cure itself – i.e., the very best kind of issue, in a tech’s eyes.
    3. The archive listings, in the original templates, are (for some bizarre reason) coded in the header. Those of you who were lucky enough to catch what we saw when we found this and got the links to show know what a disaster that is with the new version of WP. I’m not the designer, so this will have to be addressed during the redesign as it looks like most of the current templating needs to be discarded.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Jake is following me around the internets.

    But it’s not a big deal.

    Who says you’re not following me there, tough guy?

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    What would happen if something were to happen to McShame, rendering him unable to carry on as the nominee? Specifically, what would the Rethugs do? How would they choose a new one? Would s/he be allowed to choose own VP and ditch Palin?
    It could happen, you know, and as we’ve seen, it probably will.

    That won’t happen, cause God is leading Sarah and John to a Brave New World Order that has such people in it that job creation will be accomplished by maverick reforms and healthcare credits that offset new taxes on healthcare mean that no one will get sick or old or die unless Russia invades the Alaskan airspace with terrorists who hate us because of our freedoms.

    kthxbai.

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    Brian J says:

    Brian J: point your coworker to barackobama.com/plan. Tell him real intellectuals only believe primary sources.

    That’s exactly what I did.

    Sarah Palin, is that you?

    Just because someone is smart doesn’t mean they can’t make poor intellectual decisions. I’ve made lots of dumb comments talking about politics, but I’ve made fewer as I’ve grown. I don’t think my friend is stupid. Instead, I think his opinions are under developed. There’s a big, big difference.

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    Stuck in the Fun House says:

    Bravo Comrade Cole. The Proletariat has taken notice of your achievement and would like to bestow Hero of the Intertubes medal upon you. Or maybe just a thanks!

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Oh NOES! The koolaid drinkers have taken John!

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    maxbaer (not the original) says:

    Nice new digs, John. And it still has that new server smell. It’ll be beer-stained soon enough, tho.

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Not-John: I have an incomplete roster of tags, same as the old version of WP: close tags, dict, b-quote, link, ext-link, strong, em, code, strike, ol, li. The new buttons for things like tables didn’t seem to work, so do we really need them?

    Let me see if this blockquote works with multiple paragraphs:

    I’m struck by this Mark Salter line in a pool report that just came out, which seems to suggest McCain’s camp is a little worried about how McCain’s demeanor toward Obama came across.

    “It was very tough debate but I don’t think our candidate went over the line. He stayed on offense in a respectful way,” he said.

    If it were obvious, he wouldn’t have to say it twice.

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Crap. We still have the broken blockquote problem, as there should have been 3 paragraphs in the last blockquoted comment I posted. That’s probably more important to most people here than extra tag buttons.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Just because someone is smart doesn’t mean they can’t make poor intellectual decisions.

    Yeah I was just giving you the business.

  53. 53
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Just because someone is smart doesn’t mean they can’t make poor intellectual decisions.

    Myiq was here?

  54. 54
    lampwick says:

    Bush’s credibility + 700,000,000,000 = 700,000,000,000

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    TheFountainHead says:

    Now this is change I can believe in!

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    Laura W says:

    Nothing sexist about telling the truth, Jasper.
    The next president and first lady.
    I just spent too much time looking for one of my fave shots of her in a chartreuse dress many primaries ago. That was the night I got my girl crush on her, visually.
    The day I caught her speaking live at the rally with Caroline (and Oprah?) where Shriver showed up spontaneously…that was the day I wrote every woman I know and said: I CAN’T BELIEVE WE MIGHT BE SO LUCKY AS TO HAVE THIS WOMAN AS FIRST LADY!
    It also, by association, totally sold me on Barack, although that deal was done anyway. Any man smart enough to attract a woman of this caliber, and keep her, is not to be underestimated.

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    Annette says:

    Testing: mysql query numbers, active comments, avg load while removing the spam comments that followed like rats from the old location. Added the new server to the remote monitor in case the hooligans get out of hand.

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    evie says:

    Thanks for keeping the same RSS feed. Such a smooth transition rarely happens (hi, TPM!).

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    Brian J says:

    Yeah I was just giving you the business.

    Oops.

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Testing: mysql query numbers, active comments, avg load while removing the spam comments that followed like rats from the old location. Added the new server to the remote monitor in case the hooligans get out of hand.

    I like Annette. John, can we keep her?

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    ThymeZone says:

    Damn, this thing is fast!

    Good job, congrats. Apparently some details to be sorted and things to be tweaked, but this is exciting.

    I’ll be raising money to start a Word Press Error museum.

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    gbear says:

    The archive listings, in the original templates, are (for some bizarre reason) coded in the header. Those of you who were lucky enough to catch what we saw when we found this and got the links to show know what a disaster that is with the new version of WP. I’m not the designer, so this will have to be addressed during the redesign as it looks like most of the current templating needs to be discarded.

    Thanks, not-John.

    But will the real John be able to play piano after the operation?

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    Dennis - SGMM says:

    “It was very tough debate but I don’t think our candidate went over the line.

    Your candidate went over the line, crossed the Rubicon and jumped the shark several weeks ago, pal. When they made your candidate they broke the shovel.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Brian J: if your friend genuinely interested in knowing what Obama will do? Because that question is a loaded one from folks on the right. They have this meme that nobody knows what Obama will do, because he never provides details.

    Nevermind the fact that McCain has absolutely no fucking clue.

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    ThymeZone says:

    Any man smart enough to attract a woman of this caliber, and keep her, is not to be underestimated.

    Totally agree. They’re just an incredible couple. A pretty large part of my obsessive support of his candidacy just stems from the fact that I like them a lot on a personal level.

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    Brian J says:

    Brian J: if your friend genuinely interested in knowing what Obama will do? Because that question is a loaded one from folks on the right. They have this meme that nobody knows what Obama will do, because he never provides details.

    That’s what I was wondering.

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    Annette says:

    This is one block

    This is another.

    This is a third block.

    With a line break.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    I love that Team McCain is having to defend their fearless leader’s assholiness in the first debate. That is some karmic revenge for Gore’s sighing in 2000.

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    ThymeZone says:

    your friend genuinely interested in knowing what Obama will do?

    I don’t remember a candidacy that has provided so much detail in answer to that kind of question.

    And not just information, but intelligent material that is clearly written from a postion of respect for the intelligence of the voter.

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    TheFountainHead says:

    I think the redesign requires some serious thought be given to making links open in new window. That’s my deep thought, straight from Port Authority.

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    Comrade jnfr says:

    I am fine with the lack of borders, but please make your middle column smaller!

    /sob

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    t jasper parnell says:

    Brian J, I had a similar conversation and sent my interlocutor transcripts of Palin’s babbling and John McCain declaring every international event to be the greatest problem since Canae as well as links to Obama’s record, via thomas, and links to his site. It seems to me that trying to convince someone who doesn’t want to vote for Obama to vote for Obama is futile while showing him or her that McCain is batshit crazy and that Palin might make a good cow-bell-ringing Hockey Mom ought.

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    Soylent Green says:

    Tovarishch Cole, thank you for your attention to this matter.

    I also want to say: fuck Bill Clinton and the mule he rode in on for being so obviously in thrall to the 2012 gambit that we talked about during the primary. In every one of his recent media appearances he gave McCain a nice long Lewinsky while damning Obama with praise so faint the Hubble telescope couldn’t see it.

    The only explanation is that he wants McAsshole to win so that Hill can run again in four years. He knows that his legacy as the Last Good President will go right into the toilet after Obama gets and excels at the job, and wants to screw the party and the nation to save it.

    Is Hillary on board with this crap or is Bill doing his own thing? We haven’t heard a word from Hillary lately.

  74. 74
    D-Chance. says:

    My beautiful boxes are still missing.

    Is this a harbinger of the Obamamerica administration?

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    Comrade DrDave says:

    Sweet.

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    gbear says:

    Here’s a reprise of a tune for our new borderless postinggrounds. The original was swept away in the crossover.

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    Joshua Norton says:

    making links open in new window.

    I’d like them to come in and clean my apt. 2 times a month. See what you can do about that.

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    TheFountainHead says:

    deep thought two: Can we get the site to recognize us latte drinkin’ elites with iPhones and reformat accordingly? TPM did a stellar job with that. And, hey, my bus is here!

  79. 79
    t jasper parnell says:

    Peter Sellars on the issues that are at this very moment concerning us all.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    I also want to say: fuck Bill Clinton and the mule he rode in on for being so obviously in thrall to the 2012 gambit that we talked about during the primary. In every one of his recent media appearances he gave McCain a nice long Lewinsky while damning Obama with praise so faint the Hubble telescope couldn’t see it.

    Read Ta-Nehisi Coates on Clinton. You will feel better.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Would someone please answer Laura W’s question @ 31 so I can stop thinking about it? Please?

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    ThymeZone says:

    This must be what it felt like to get electricity in the farmhouse for the first time.

    Well, if your farmhouse didn’t have electricity until 1999. But still.

    Again I must say, damn, this thing is fast. Fast trumps a lot of other little problems, believe me, so it’s fine with me if the details get taken care of in the fullness of time.

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    Martin says:

    The only explanation is that he wants McAsshole to win so that Hill can run again in four years.

    You know, it’s funny, but I don’t hear the wingers bitching about him any more. Who are they going to vote against now?

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    Comrade Throwing the Stones says:

    Nice new digs John

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Peter Sellars on the issues that are at this very moment concerning us all.

    -What- _a_ funny looking CD.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    My beautiful boxes are still missing.

    Until John gets the design finalized, this Greasemonkey script will bring back the borders + add alternating background colors.

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    t jasper parnell says:

    Would someone please answer Laura W’s question @ 31 so I can stop thinking about it? Please?

    The smart money is on Zombie Regan for Pres with Zombie TR as VP, order to be determined by all in wrestling. On the other hand, it might be that as a political party they could vote to suspend whatever rules they have in place to nominate Tweety and Sylvester or the Wiley and Roadrunner.

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    Stuck in the Fun House says:

    I kind of like the open borders thing. It sort of represents openness with room for the snark to breath.

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    JimPortlandOR says:

    oooooo. its quick. like that.

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    Ok- This is the real John Cole. How will you know? Because I will say fuck.

    This is not the new site design. This is the move to the new server. We upgraded WordPress and moved to a new server. The design will be sometime in the near future.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    How do we know Annette won’t say fuck?

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    How do we know Annette won’t say fuck?

    She’s been working on the server and Word Press all day and hasn’t said fuck yet, therefore she never will.

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    Polish the Guillotines (formerly FLILF Hunter) says:

    You know, it’s funny, but I don’t hear the wingers bitching about him any more. Who are they going to vote against now?

    It’s funny, but he’s brilliant enough that this could be a head-fake to the right, i.e. if Clinton acts like he’s “endorsing” McCain, then maybe it’ll turn the wingers off.

    But he’s also so completely narcissistic that it’s all about Hill in 2012.

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    The Other Steve says:

    I’m not seeing this page. What am I doing wrong?

  95. 95
    BH-Buck says:

    Wasabi Gasp,

    Your Greasemonkey script is pretty slick… Good job!

  96. 96
    Joshua Norton says:

    Greasemonkey script will bring back the borders

    Cool. I finally got to use Greasemonkey for something. I keep forgetting I have it installed in Firefox.

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    Annette says:

    Genius.

    This is a block.

    This is the secnod block.

    And let’s see if this thing
    will accept line breaks now that we have our plugin cooperating.

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    Brian J says:

    I also want to say: fuck Bill Clinton and the mule he rode in on for being so obviously in thrall to the 2012 gambit that we talked about during the primary. In every one of his recent media appearances he gave McCain a nice long Lewinsky while damning Obama with praise so faint the Hubble telescope couldn’t see it.

    The only explanation is that he wants McAsshole to win so that Hill can run again in four years. He knows that his legacy as the Last Good President will go right into the toilet after Obama gets and excels at the job, and wants to screw the party and the nation to save it.

    Do you really, in your heart of hearts, think that the Clintons want McCain to win? Leaving aside whatever deep desire that each elected official has to advance, do you really think that the Clintons think McCain will stand up for what they believe in?

    Short of simply keeping quiet for any number of reasons, I’m not sure what you want the Clintons to do. I don’t think Bill Clinton has done anything really damaging to Obama, as in saying that he believes McCain is the better choice. Whenever he makes a statement that isn’t entirely disparaging to McCain, people seem to think that this is an underhanded way to help McCain. It seems to rely on the same sort of literal interpretation, or rather misinterpretation, that conservatives use when they note how many times Obama said he agreed with McCain during the debates. There’s a certain style of getting people to be more receptive to you and your message. Being the fire-breathing knee basher is good for us, but we’re already going to vote for Obama. That sort of style isn’t likely to win over many people besides those who aren’t already leaning towards Obama.

    As for their physical presence via campaign rallies and so forth, have you ever considered that Obama might not want her and her husband to participate too heavily? It’s one thing when a president is campaigning for his vice president, but it’s different when there is someone who has an equal or possibly (for now, at least) stature in your party to be featured too heavily during the campaign. To have Hillary out there as much as some people say they expect her to be out there would definitely take the focus off Obama, but not in a positive way. Besides that, there’s the chance that the mythical deep division in the party between the Clinton and Obama camps could be a central part of the narrative again.

    But let’s assume that they are really as power hungry as you imply. To be so blatant in their desires to sabotage Obama would absolutely destroy her hypothetical chances in 2012. She and her husband would be ostracized from the party. Their careers would be, in a word, over.

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Thanks, wasabi gasp. That’s lipstick on a pig that we can believe in.

    I open links in a new tab/window with a right click or Shift-click. Works.

  101. 101
    Brian J says:

    Anybody read the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, yet?

    Has John McCain? If he didn’t have time to read a two or three page document last week, what are the chances he will read this one?

  102. 102
    Comrade donovong says:

    Bill clinton is now completely irrelevant. THAT is why he is pissed.

  103. 103
    Ed Drone says:

    Bush’s credibility + 700,000,000,000 = 700,000,000,000

    Wrong! Bush’s credibility + $700,000,000,000 = $699,999,999.98

    Comrade Ed

  104. 104
    Comrade Tax Analyst says:

    Laura W Says:
    September 28th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Tag plugin has imploded

    Man, I’m sleepy.
    I thought that said Trigg Palin

    No, but I have it on good authority that it will be her NEXT child’s name.

    Congratulations, John. This seems to work much faster than the old site.

  105. 105
    BH-Buck says:

    quicktags.js file keeps changing.

  106. 106
    Ed Drone says:

    Interesting — when I did the comment #103 above, I had the small set of buttons, but once I submitted that comment, I got the full set. I wonder what they all mean?

    Ed

  107. 107
    cain says:

    Speaking of Ed, whatever happened to him. He was swallowed by Malkin (haha) I know but is he still as wing nutty now? I remember John saying he does say useful things from time to time. But I suppose if you get swallowed by Malkin there is no hope for you.

    cain

  108. 108
    Scott H says:
    Anybody read the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, yet?

    Has John McCain? If he didn’t have time to read a two or three page document last week, what are the chances he will read this one?

    Interesting question. I managed to get through the summary and the section-by-section since I posted. McCain could get through this on that blackberry thang he invented. If he was interested.

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    Annette says:

    The comment tag plugin is having an identity crisis. We’re going to disable and remove both, then reload the later version of it to see if can get WP to agree that it is in fact using the latest version of the plugin and will it pretty please leave all the nice formatting options in place. The format buttons are going to vanish and then return.

  110. 110
    Martin says:

    This is a test of the John Cole detector. This is only a test.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/new.....;dist=hppr

    [/test]

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Your Greasemonkey script is pretty slick… Good job!

    I can’t take credit for the function. It’s something I ripped out of a long forgotten bookmarklet and have used for assorted CSS tweaking ever since.

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    Soylent Green says:

    To be so blatant in their desires to sabotage Obama would absolutely destroy her hypothetical chances in 2012.

    That should be abundantly clear to the Clintons, so I don’t know what to think. And I’ve never viewed the Clintons as being sufficiently Machievellian to betray their party so brazenly.

    There’s an excellent comment, at 9:23, on the Ta-Nahisi Coates post about this that Jake linked to above ( I couldn’t get my link to it to work) that makes a compelling case for the alternative idea that Bill is doing the same thing Obama is doing, being deferential toward McCain to help people still on the fence to move to Obama without feeling they are dissing McCain. I don’t know if I buy it.

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    Comrade The Moar You Know says:
    Testing: mysql query numbers, active comments, avg load while removing the spam comments that followed like rats from the old location. Added the new server to the remote monitor in case the hooligans get out of hand.

    I like Annette. John, can we keep her?

    Amen. As a guy geek, nothing is sexier than a girl geek :)

  114. 114
    wasabi gasp says:

    Annette,

    Can you possibly install wp-chunk?

  115. 115
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    How do we know Annette won’t say fuck?

    [Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
    Neo: Whoa. Déjà vu.
    [Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
    Trinity: What did you just say?
    Neo: Nothing. Just had a little déjà vu.
    Trinity: What did you see?
    Cypher: What happened?
    Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
    Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
    Neo: It might have been. I’m not sure.
    Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
    Neo: What is it?
    Trinity: A déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.

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    BettyPageisaBlonde says:

    Following your example I just upgraded WordPress on my partner’s blog and fuck me if it wasn’t much fun. But… I love it. Well done and thanks.

    And Annette, cheers to you from one girl geek to another.

    :D

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    Товарищ Scott Ю says:

    Amen. As a guy geek, nothing is sexier than a girl geek

    In new citizen ownership proletarian paradise we are not looking at each other in such sexiful ways.

    (OTOH, Congress hasn’t voted on the bailout. What the heck.)

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    Scott H says:

    Ooops. I bet Cyrillic font won’t play.

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    Annette says:

    Can you possibly install wp-chunk?

    Done.

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    srv says:

    Heroes of the Balloon-Juice Union awards to Mary, Annette and wasabi gasp.

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    Conservatively Liberal says:

    Without borders, terrorists will be able to sneak in and blow up our posts! I demand borders!

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Very cool! Thanks, Annette.

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    ninerdave says:

    How come I’m still seeing WP-Error?

    HA! Kidding. Thanks John!

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    Julie says:

    TheFountainHead Says:
    deep thought two: Can we get the site to recognize us latte drinkin’ elites with iPhones and reformat accordingly? TPM did a stellar job with that. And, hey, my bus is here!

    Balloon Juice!Mobile would make my entire month.

  125. 125
    Jon H says:

    My God – It’s Full Of Stars!

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    BettyPageisaBlonde says:

    Can I edit the CSS for the site? Pretty please? I’m scared by this whole borderless-comment thing!

    We’re one step away from the dreaded knock at the door accompanied by “Housekeeping!”

    :D

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    malraux says:

    No idea if this has been picked up anywhere, but what the heck was up with McCain proposing a spending freeze? Briefly checking his web page, all I could tell was that his idea of what constitutes issues is crazily scatterbrained. That and autoplaying talking heads are really fucking annoying. But for me at least that was a McCain idea I’d not heard before, mainly because its crazy.

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    Annette says:

    Refresh after comment deletion, checking sort in query process list…

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    Governer Palin says:

    hi john its me and i wanted to greet you from the people of alaska. or as we like to say just “hi” lol. bristol and i and john (SENATOR john mccane i mean) r going to be in ohio tomorrow and maybe if. do you know where john is becuz he said he would meet us here and i dont know i guess he’ll show cuz he said he would but i dont. steve shmitt said i should memorize this book but its long like the phone book it has the constitution and the decoration of independance and the address of gettysburg which is the town where abraham lincoln was born i think. well dont you know i was goin to memorize it but then bristol said mom i should just put it under my pillow when i sleep and it will help me good enough which is true by my. experience when i went to college for my decree in journalsm. in idaho way back in the day.

    anyway im ramblin like shmitt also said i should avoid so just a shout out to my homies at the balloon juice and to congradulate you on the new no borders. ps did you know alaska has borders in it? it it has a maritime border with russia!!!! xxxoooo Sarah

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    TheFountainHead says:

    My God – It’s Full Of Stars!

    Ooooo, good one.

    Annette, can WP even handle a mobile version or will that just cause explosions?

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    Stevenovitch says:

    For now, if the non border thing is pissing you off just copy and paste this up in your address bar and press enter:

    javascript: var c=document.getElementsByTagName(‘li’); for(var i=0;i< c.length;i++)if(c[i].id.substr(0,7)==’comment’)c[i].style.border=’1px solid black’; alert(‘finished’);

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    g-rant says:

    To those who say their conservative friends can’t be persuaded: My view is that if they are even thinking about what Obama has to say, they have doubts. Feeding those doubts can only be a positive. Yeah, they may reflexively pull the R lever, but as we all know, being the voting booth, alone, with no one but you to know what you do, is a liberating experience. If someone goes in with doubts, that’s one more possible Obama vote (even if they never admit it).

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    Polish the Guillotines (formerly FLILF Hunter) says:

    If you are seeing this…

    You are not blind. Repeat: You are NOT blind.

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    binzinerator says:

    What the fuck?! Any time of day I used to easily get to my favorite WordPress Error, and now all I can see is this goddamned balloon-juice blog.

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    Comrade 2liberal says:

    hey – ‘comrade’ – someone shoud inform you the new server has been hacked and the forces of Rove are pre-pending “comrade” to John Cole and a lot of other names d’guerre!!

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    b. hussein canuckistani says:

    If it’s not too late for the nickname listings, I’m fond of McHindenburg, because it works on so many amusing levels.
    Bit of a Godwin, though.

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    malraux says:

    What the fuck?! Any time of day I used to easily get to my favorite WordPress Error, and now all I can see is this goddamned balloon-juice blog.

    My Firefox is convinced that WordPress Error is the name of this site.

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    Annette says:

    Bad WP: comment deletion and refresh caused formatting options to disappear. Running through the same obstacles to get the advanced items back after restoring a site for a user whose password was not secure and who has not made a backup in eons. Have you changed your password lately to something with at least six and preferably eight or more characters, combining numeric and special characters and upper-and lowercase letters? If not, why not? Also remember, people: backup early, backup often. The damage some kid in Turkey did to his site is minor, with just some index files defaced. It would have been much worse…

    Talk amongst yourselves.

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Oh, my goodness gracious. A bossy girl geek.

    If she now reminds us to floss daily, my Kinsey score is going to be changed forever.

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    TheFountainHead says:

    Talk amongst yourselves.

    Now there’s a BJ tradition.

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    Delia says:

    Well, all the extra little HTML tags are gone from earlier in the day. OTOH, then I was on the laptop and now I’m on the desktop, so who knows.

    But I feel very insecure without my borders. I can haz borderz?

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    камрад комисaр Xenos says:

    Cyrillic font seems to translate to latinized Greek equivalents. That funny triangle type letter D becomes a Greek δέλτα, for example. Although tried it since the final rollout, so I will get to try the edit function if I am making a fool of myself here.

    камрад комисaр (Dar Komisar – Uh Oh! Oh!)

    It is rare that I can blame the website for making a fool of me – I usually need no help at all.

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    камрад комисaр Xenos says:

    Feh, who needs an edit function anyway.

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    Stuck in the Fun House says:

    Talk amongst yourselves.

    Ain’t she sexy when sassy. I think I’m in love!

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    Annette says:

    You requested mobile, you got it: installed a mobile plugin. I’m sure John won’t mind.

    Now when I’m hanging out at the dentist’s office later this morning, I can keep up with the scintillating conversation around here.

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    Stuck in the Fun House says:

    But I feel very insecure without my borders. I can haz borderz?

    Just take a couple of strips of Duck Tape and strap ’em on your monitor where you want the borders. Also keeps out unwanted terraists.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Wow, a whole crapload o’ comments just went poof!

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    Martin says:

    On the bailout bill. Notes as I read it:

    $250B to start. $100B with approval. $350B more with more approval.

    Paulson will insure mortgage backed securities purchased before March 14, 2008 – both the assets and premiums. (I assume this is what the house republicans injected). Participants have to pay premiums at a rate he gets to set based on the risk on the asset. He can’t insure more than he reasonably feels he can pay out on. Premiums go into a separate fund to be used to pay claims.

    Paulson has 45 days to publish the following:

    (1) Mechanisms for purchasing troubled assets.
    (2) Methods for pricing and valuing troubled assets.
    (3) Procedures for selecting asset managers.
    (4) Criteria for identifying troubled assets for purchase.

    Paulson cannot buy assets for more than the seller paid. Banks, etc. can only break-even or lose money under this plan.

    Report to Congress every 30 days.

    All institutions may participate (he can’t discriminate). He can provide direct financial support to institutions with less than $1B in assets that serve low-income or underserved communities, provided they were well capitalized before June 30 and are facing downward rating due to the securities covered under this bill.

    Should focus on buying securities from eligible retirement funds.

    Oversight board: Fed Chair, Paulson, Dir. of Fed. Home Finance Agency, Dir. of SEC, Sec. of HUD. Meet monthly.

    Paulson can sell assets whenever and however he wants. Proceeds to be transferred to the Treasury (can’t keep it in the fund and buy more stuff)

    Must reimburse FDIC for services rendered.

    Must prevent conflict of interest in the following situations:

    (1) conflicts arising in the selection or hiring of contractors or advisors, including asset managers;
    (2) the purchase of troubled assets;
    (3) the management of the troubled assets held;
    (4) post-employment restrictions on employees; and
    (5) any other potential conflict of interest, as the Secretary deems necessary or appropriate in the public interest.

    Must encourage participants to provide homeowner assistance. May use loan guarantees and credit enhancement to prevent foreclosures. Can provide term extension, rate reduction, principle write-down, and so on to help with loan modification (all this stuff do be done with respect to net present value to the taxpayer).

    Must use appropriate agencies to identify and acquire rental properties or to provide loan modification in order to help tenants that are up to date on their rent to remain in the property under the terms of the lease.

    Treasury can buy directly from companies without going through the marketplace.

    Executives can have their bonuses recovered if they provide false information, even if discovered after the fact. No golden parachutes. Applies to top 5 executives in the institution. (This seems relatively vague and weak, IMO)

    Must work with foreign banks with similar plans.

    Must minimize long-term negative impact to taxpayer. Hold assets to maturity or sell at optimum time as Paulson determines. Use auctions or reverse auctions if would provide maximum benefit to taxpayer.

    Must pursue additional measures to ensure that assets are reasonably priced and reflect underlying value.

    All participating institutions must provide a warrant for non-voting common stock (with anti-dilution provisions).

    Must provide description, amounts, and pricing of all assets to the public within 2 days of purchase.

    Performance of the package will be measured by:

    (i) foreclosure mitigation;
    (ii) cost reduction;
    (iii) whether it has provided stability or prevented disruption to the financial markets or the banking system; and
    (iv) whether it has protected tax- payers.

    That’s about half of it. I need to take a break.

    Looks like the house only got one small inclusion so far over Dodd’s first bill. His first bill had warrants at 125% coverage of losses. That is, if Paulson bought $1B in securities from BofA, sold them for $800M, BofA would grant $200M + 25% ($250B) worth of common stock back to Treasury based on the share price of BofA at the time of /purchase/. If the stock went up 100% by the time Paulson sells, we’d have $500B in stock to offset the $200M loss in the security. IOW, sell us crap and we’ll make up for it later. The warrant is there, but I don’t see the premium here. Maybe it’s still to come.

    Other than that and the insurance provision, so far it looks a hell of a lot like the one that McCain shafted. I didn’t read that in detail and I’m not comparing them side-by-side, so I might have missed some stuff. And of course I’m only halfway through and it’s boring as hell to read.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    And, they’re back again.

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    Wini says:

    Ooh la la! SO much easier to read on the blackberry.

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    TheFountainHead says:

    You requested mobile, you got it: installed a mobile plugin. I’m sure John won’t mind.

    He will, but only because you’ve undermined his ability to keep us miserable.

    You are fantastic, in short.

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    Kali's Little Sister says:

    Would someone please answer Laura W’s question @ 31 so I can stop thinking about it? Please?

    I think Laura W asked the best question ever. I will now scuttle off to sleep, with visions of Laura W’s question dancing in my head.

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    Martin says:

    Can I edit the CSS for the site? Pretty please? I’m scared by this whole borderless-comment thing!

    Um, if you’re a geek, why don’t you use a browser that allows you to assign a CSS on a per-site basis?

    (OmniWeb does this, BTW)

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    TheFountainHead says:

    Aww, the iPhone doesn’t get get recognized as a connected mobile device. Oh well.

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    Anybody read the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, yet?

    Yeah.

    Meh. Right on the edge of acceptability, where I’m concerned. Though, if Krugman is correct, and there are major revisions coming, who knows.

    I’m still short the market.

  156. 156
    Wini says:

    One modification to my glee: names now show at the end of a post (they were at the top before), so on a Blackberry you now have to read before potentially judging a comment by its author. Probably a good thing?

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    Looks like the house only got one small inclusion so far over Dodd’s first bill. His first bill had warrants at 125% coverage of losses. That is, if Paulson bought $1B in securities from BofA, sold them for $800M, BofA would grant $200M + 25% ($250B) worth of common stock back to Treasury based on the share price of BofA at the time of /purchase/. If the stock went up 100% by the time Paulson sells, we’d have $500B in stock to offset the $200M loss in the security. IOW, sell us crap and we’ll make up for it later. The warrant is there, but I don’t see the premium here. Maybe it’s still to come.

    As far as I can tell, the Secretary of the Treasury gets to exercise as many of the warrants as he sees fit. That can’t possibly be right, but that’s what I see.

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    Martin says:

    Regarding Laura’s question, I’m almost positive that if McCain died now, he’d stay on the ballot and assuming he won, Palin would take office as McCain is unable to perform the job and then could appoint a new VP. Same deal if he died after the election.

    The constitution doesn’t actually say anything about it, but we’re past the filing deadlines for most states, so that’s pretty much all there is. Of course, this is the benefit of having a Pres/VP ticket – if the Pres dies, you are voting for VP. If the VP dies, you are voting for pres with an appointment. In either case, they could announce the VP pick ahead of time.

    Really, it’s only a problem if your VP candidate is an idiot and you don’t think people would vote for her (or him!) at the top of the ticket.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    Welcome to the funhouse.

    When do Cowboy Curtis and Lady Elaine show up?

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    Annette says:

    I believe the developer released this before the iPhone was released, based on the dates, and that’s likely the problem. I can verify that it works with the Danger browser via T-mobile. I’ll scrounge around to see if he has any updates or if anyone else has something that will recognize what all the cool kids are carrying. I’m also looking for a new comment formatting tool, as this one hasn’t been updated in forever (in Internet years) and it keeps resetting itself for some insane reason. Suggestions? Shout them out.

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    bago says:

    If you’re a geek, use fiddler2 and straight up hack the response to your http GET/POST.

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    Martin says:

    As far as I can tell, the Secretary of the Treasury gets to exercise as many of the warrants as he sees fit. That can’t possibly be right, but that’s what I see.

    Yeah, he can surrender warrants, but I think he’d need to show that it benefits taxpayers to do so, so I think this is just one of those filling-in-all-gaps provisions.

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    Kali's Little Sister says:

    Really, it’s only a problem if your VP candidate is an idiot and you don’t think people would vote for her (or him!) at the top of the ticket.

    Yup, it was a truly glorious question.

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    srv says:

    Laura @ 31, I think the choice is up to the party machine, not just the VP candidate.

    Don’t worry, Dick has this all covered. I keep thinking they’re going to appoint him Co-Vice-President.

  165. 165
    bago says:

    Just use some JS at the page load area to determine which version of the site to load. Switch on useragent string.

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    Annette says:

    If you’re a geek, use fiddler2 and straight up hack the response to your http GET/POST

    Let me clarify: suggestions for a comment formatting tool that is a plugin and that can be managed by Regular Joe (or Regular Comrade John, as the case may be). I can’t spend all my time hanging out at the water cooler. There’s a fall garden to get in, you know.

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    I don’t quite know how to react to a Balloon Juice that doesn’t make me apple-v every post before I hit submit. Will I ever adjust?

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    srv says:

    he’d stay on the ballot and assuming he won

    McGovern had to replace Eagleton after the convention. The DNC committeemen validated by vote. RNC may have a different process, but it’s up to them.

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    srv says:

    I can’t spend all my time hanging out at the water cooler.

    Sigh, and I was just about to propose.

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Because I am so damn sick of futzing around with OpenXML, I’m trying blockquote again.

    [Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
    Neo: Whoa. Déjà vu.
    [Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
    Trinity: What did you just say?
    Neo: Nothing. Just had a little déjà vu.
    Trinity: What did you see?
    Cypher: What happened?
    Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
    Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
    Neo: It might have been. I’m not sure.
    Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
    Neo: What is it?
    Trinity: A déjà vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.

    (And is it just me, but did the 2 sequels blow chunks?)

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    Martin says:

    apple-v

    Apple-v? It’s Command-V. Tech support is hard enough…

    I’ll accept Saint John’s Arms-V, but not many people would get that.

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    iluvsummr says:

    wasabi gasp Says:

    Until John gets the design finalized, this Greasemonkey script will bring back the borders + add alternating background colors.

    Thanks for the script — the borders really do make a difference.

  173. 173
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Oh, well. The line breaks from the original IMDB cut and paste were fine, but double-Entering to get a new paragraph for my parenthetical comment worked in preview but not in reality. Just need to be patient, I guess.

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    bago says:

    Annette: Hence the conditional. Of course since you’re server side, well, the possibilities are endless.

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    OriGuy says:

    I’m (barely) old enough to remember that when George McGovern dumped Tom Eagleton, the DNC met to approve his replacement. It appears the same sort of thing would happen if either McCain or Palin dropped out or died. From the Rules of the Republican Party at gop.org:

    RULE NO. 9
    Filling Vacancies in Nominations
    (a) The Republican National Committee is hereby authorized and empowered to fill any and all
    vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or otherwise of the Republican candidate
    for President of the United States or the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, as nominated by the national convention, or the Republican National Committee may reconvene the national convention for the purpose of filling any such vacancies.

    It goes on from there. Of course, state laws affect whose names actually appear on the ballot.

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    bago says:

    Seriously though, good on you for knowing what fiddler is and how it is used. I have had to interview so many douchebag “web developers” recently that didn’t even know what an anchor tag was or how to reverse a linked list. It’s nice to know there’s someone competent backing up one of my favorite sources of snark.

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    Beej says:

    Have you seen the insane right’s newest explanation for the bailout mess? Apparently it’s all the fault of affirmative action in lending practices. See, it’s those irresponsible brown people who borrowed money for houses they couldn’t afford, and, of course, the Democrats who insisted they be treated equally, who are really to blame for the implosion of the subprime mortgage market.
    the poor investment bankers were just caught in the undertow. For more, read Glenn Greenwald and follow his links to Krikorian and, shu d d d d d d der, Michelle Malkin.

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    Joshua Norton says:

    (And is it just me, but did the 2 sequels blow chunks?)

    Most sequels blow chunks. But Matrix sequels wasn’t as bad as Dune’s. But that’s pretty much damning with faint praise. Brrrr!

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    OriGuy says:

    Arrgh, got bit by the paragraphs in blockquotes bug. Nevertheless, Annette, you are a Goddess of the Geek Pantheon for the improvements so far.

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    Martin says:

    McGovern had to replace Eagleton after the convention. The DNC committeemen validated by vote. RNC may have a different process, but it’s up to them.

    Remember that they’re still constrained by the filing deadlines in each state, so after a certain point, that option starts to go away.

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    Martin says:

    Have you seen the insane right’s newest explanation for the bailout mess? Apparently it’s all the fault of affirmative action in lending practices.

    BULLSHIT!

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    Nikolita says:

    The update looks great, thanks John and company for the new server! :) I love that my comments actually post now, and don’t take forever to do it either.

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    Annette says:

    Added iPhone the user agent array in the mobile plugin. If someone could test again, that’d be just swell.

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    Conservatively Liberal says:

    Added iPhone the user agent array in the mobile plugin. If someone could test again, that’d be just swell.

    Send me an iPhone and I will be glad to get right on it! ;)

    shuffles back to peanut gallery

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    Annette says:

    I’m afraid that I would face an uprising by my peasants minions employees were I to send out new gear to random third parties.

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    Annette says:

    Test for comment post after separating the items in the formatting plugin, since they won’t work and play well together when in the same directory.

    block1

    block2

    block3.0

    block3.1

    block3.2

    Note to self: if you have it working after this post and refresh, leave it alone, would you? Thank you.

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    Annette says:

    1

    2

    3
    (single line break) 3.1

    (double line break)3.2

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    Jeff says:

    Was looking at something else and saw this repeat of McCain;s from the first Republican debate in October 2007.

    I do know that when I looked into Mr. Putin’s eyes, I saw three letters: a K, a G and a B.

    I know these guys repeat themselves, but Jesus.

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    ThymeZone says:

    Wow. BJ on a Blackberry.

    This beats the invention of penicillin.

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    null pointer exception says:

    hey great work with the new site! I am going to test the footnote tag
    1

    this is a footnote [back]

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    cain says:

    Niiice.. so much nicer than wordpress blog! We need to cruise the wordpress plugins to see what other bling we could get installed on here. You’re too good, Annette.

    BTW folks, OpenLeft had a great post on smack down of that tool David Broder. Who still can’t admit to himself that he’s backing a losing ticket. Check it out here.. it’s somewhat similar to the monkey comparison on TPM: The link is here.

    I read the sunday paper today in the Oregon, and Jonah Goldberg had some fucked up commentary on how the media is claiming that if you don’t vote for Obama you’re racist. WTF, if you don’t want your country to go downhill you’d vote for a smart choice. I’d like to send him a wetsuit and two dildos, I think he instinctively knows what to do with them.

    cain

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    cain says:

    Hey, can we have re-editable posts??

    cain

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    ninerdave says:

    Wow, looks like we might be able to post picts.

    Here’s a test:

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    Eric Fail says:

    psst, Annette… this will bring our borders back under control:


    ol.commentlist li {
    border: 1px solid #999;
    padding: 5px 5px 0px 5px;
    margin-bottom: 5px;
    }

    Aahhh, that’s better.

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    ninerdave says:

    Nope guess not.

    Seconding editable posts.

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    Eric Fail says:

    Hmm, <code> tag FAIL.

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    CharlesF says:

    What’s this all about then? Why does my name still suck?

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    Conservatively Liberal says:

    What’s this all about then? Why does my name still suck?

    I hooked your name up to a hose and tried to vacuum my garage floor but it didn’t work, so I would say that your name don’t suck.

    Get your money back if you can. ;)

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    bago says:

    So many html tags, so little time.

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    Conservatively Liberal says:

    Weird. I refreshed the page and it is now formatted for the mobile version (text only), and there is a link at the bottom of the page to “Exit the mobile version”. If I click on it I get the same page but that option is no longer at the bottom of the page. If I go to the main page, it is formatted properly. But when I click on an entry I am back at the mobile page (with the option to exit it at the bottom of the page).

    Time to smoke another bowl and see what happens! :)

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    Conservatively Liberal says:

    And after posting that I am now at the regular page and I didn’t even smoke a bowl yet! I feel cheated. ;)

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    Comrade grumpy realist says:

    Whoever put the Cyrillic in up above, I’m seeing it as Russian and not Greek.

    Hmm, lessee…

    日本語も読めますか?

    Are other people seeing the above as Japanese or does it come out as Elvish?

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    Where’s the fridge, I’m starving.

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    Comrade Johnny Pez says:

    intelligent material that is clearly written from a postion of respect for the intelligence of the voter

    In other words, elitism.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Come back everybody! Let’s watch the European markets crash.

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    SGEW says:

    Congratulations, O mighty webmaster people, on the (apparently) successful transition.

    test
    test
    test

    test1

    test2

    footnote test [back]
    footnote test 2 [back]

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    SGEW says:

    test said:

    testing
    . . .
    testing
    . . .
    testing

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    SGEW says:

    good test

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    Comrade Jake says:

    NBC this morning is BRUTAL on Palin. Absolutely BRUTAL.

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    boonagain says:

    Did you see this?

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    4tehlulz says:

    Posting in a test thread.

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    Wow. BJ on a Blackberry.

    This beats the invention of penicillin.

    Wow. Better than a cure for the clap. That must explain why I love this joint.

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    Unfortunately, I am not smarter than a 4th grader! Jesus I can’t get a blockquote right. Just missing all those WordPress errors. Sign … I miss the old days. John McCain was 3 inches taller, my neighbor had just invented the wheel, and smoking wasn’t bad for you.

  215. 215
    Comrade Jake says:

    Hmmm. Let’s try an image:

  216. 216
    Comrade Jake says:

    No dice.

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Wow. Diane Francis, a financial columnist for Canada’s conservative National Post, was just on a Toronto radio show, describing how some Asian and European banks are now collapsing. She’s also making the claim that if credit stays stuck, within two weeks, people won’t be able to use ATMs. (I know that some say that’s pure scare tactics, of course.)

    But what is most striking is that she went out of her way to talk about the Republicans’, and especailly McCain’s, grandstanding next week. He really is getting no love up here.

  218. 218
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Block quote test with line breaks only (maybe).

    First line.

    Second line after shift-Enter to (maybe?) impose break tags instead of paragraph tags.

  219. 219
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Nope. Shift-Enter isn’t the magic bullet.

    (I saw what you did, SGEW. Hmmm.)

    First line.
    .
    Second line.
    .
    Third line.

    First line.

    Second line.

    Third line.

  220. 220
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Grr! Spaces on lines instead of ellipses don’t work.

    First.

    Second.

    Third.

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    камрад комисaр Xenos says:

    Whoever put the Cyrillic in up above, I’m seeing it as Russian and not Greek

    That is what I get for posting just because the baby got me up and I could not get back to sleep. The cyrillic and greek characters appear to work in the body of the comment, but not in the field for the name. This is an improvement from the old WP, where both comment and field had limited character pages available (maybe my inability to tinker with Google Chrome is the problem).

    In any case, it is getting time to get beyond the Soviet-era shtick. The new American Socialism feels more like African Socialism to me, with a small, wealthy elite and masses of undereducated, unhealthy post-colonial people who the government tries to mollify with cheesy kiSwahili catch-phrases while doing damn little to effect the reforms that will attract international capital back in to rebuild the ravaged country.

    HARAMBE!

  222. 222
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Can I make one period work?

    One.
    .
    Two.

  223. 223
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Nope. Has to be ellipses.

  224. 224
    Krista says:

    Annette Says:
    September 28th, 2008 at 11:48 pm
    You requested mobile, you got it: installed a mobile plugin. I’m sure John won’t mind.

    Now when I’m hanging out at the dentist’s office later this morning, I can keep up with the scintillating conversation around here.

    Can I just add to the Annette-love that is going on around here? Your geek-prowess is impressive, but it’s the subtle snark that delights us beyond all reason.

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    SGEW says:

    May I just say that the Balloon-Juice WordPress fix has turned my otherwise dreary and blah Monday morning into an exercise in joy? (Ok, maybe that’s a bit much, but I’m stickin’ to it).

    Hooray for Annette!

    Your geek-prowess is impressive, but it’s the subtle snark that delights us beyond all reason.

    Nonsense. It is perfectly reasonable to delight in both geek-prowess and subtle snark. It is well within the bounds of reason.

    Demand NO2 from your dentist, Annette. It shall make our conversation even more scintillating.

  226. 226
    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Welcome to the dollhouse?

  227. 227
    SGEW says:

    So I’m jumping around trying to figure out the new bailout proposal, reading everyone that I can (thanks also to Martin in comments, above at 148). As I’ve said before, I’m much more willing to heed “expert” opinion on the financial crisis than I am on other issues, and (as a hopped-up partisan so close to an election) am pretty ready to defer to my candidate’s position (as much as that might have galled me in other circumstances; see, e.g., FISA, “clean coal,” not-quite universal health care, etc.).

    Krugman, DeLong, and hilzoy seem to support the bill as drafted (with major reservations, but it’s better than nothing) and that may be good enough for me, at this point. Obviously, there will have to be huge reforms made soon, but it looks like we might have to wait for the Obama administration for that to happen (anyone have any idea who th’ Treasury Sec.’s gonna be?).

    More importantly, in my opinion, is this latest WND poll*, which is overwhelmingly against the proposed bailout. I’ve never been steered wrong by taking the opposite tack than the readers of WorldNetDaily.

    *Warning: links to WorldNetDaily, which may cause apoplexy, eye gouging, and spontaneous head explosion.

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    SGEW says:

    BTW, the bailout proposal appears to have gone from “All Your Bailout Are Belong To Me” to “Throwing Money Into a TARP-Pit

    Sounds like progress to me.

  229. 229
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Wheeeee! There goes my bank!

  230. 230
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Wachovia? Is it officially sold off now or are they still in talks?

  231. 231
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    $1.00 a share to Citigroup.

  232. 232
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    (Damn, this new thingy is fast! Annette is a goddess.)

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    SGEW says:

    Aaaargh! Citigroup To Buy Wachovia Banking Operations!

    Why do people that I protest against have to buy institutions that I patronize?! O! The ethical quandaries ahead for me!

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    greynoldsct00 says:

    Wachovia? Is it officially sold off now or are they still in talks?

    I was just reading Wall Street and didn’t see that, they reported talks with Wells. I’m keeping an eye, Wachovia’s my bank… wheeeee!

  235. 235
    greynoldsct00 says:

    Citigroup to Buy Wachovia Banking Operations

    WSJ was scooped! I posted too soon…

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    The ethical quandaries ahead for me!

    Not a problem. We’re going to have One Big Bank RSN. It’s either put your money in the mattress, or suck it up.

  237. 237
    Ryan S. says:

    CNN says Wachovia has been bought by Citigroup.

  238. 238
    r€nato says:

    I’m going to miss your “WordPress >> Error” blog.

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    SGEW says:

    From NYT:

    In a statement, the FDIC . . . emphasized that Wachovia did not fail and that the Deposit Insurance Fund would not be affected.
    . . .
    “For Wachovia customers, today’s action will ensure seamless continuity of service from their bank and full protection for all of their deposits,” FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair said in a statement. “There will be no interruption in services and bank customers should expect business as usual.”

    (emphasis mine)
    Nothing to see here, move along.

  240. 240
    TheFountainHead says:

    Added iPhone the user agent array in the mobile plugin. If someone could test again, that’d be just swell.

    Confirmed. It is teh sexy.

  241. 241
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Did y’all know that Wachovia was bought by Citigroup?

  242. 242
    TheFountainHead says:

    CNN says Wachovia has been bought by Citigroup.

    This smells more of, “Hey, it’s a good time to buy!” than “Help us! Save us! We haz no monies!”

  243. 243
    SGEW says:

    Ye gods. The wing nuts are really going all out in blaming the current financial crisis on the CRA and ACORN.

    It really is true that they’ll always find a way to blame everything on minorities. How can they keep getting away with this?

  244. 244
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Citigroup has been on my shitlist for years.

    They ran a computer leasing operation where both my ex and I leased from them. When my payments were complete after 36 months, they stopped automatically withdrawing payments from my bank account. I asked my ex if he had stopped paying for his two computers, which he had started leasing months before me, and after he checked his faxed copy of the agreement, he found that not only was he still paying, the term should have been over 8 months earlier.

    It turned out there was some fine print saying that even though the lease was for 36 months at $xxx per month, it was his responsibility to tell them the term was complete, and if he didn’t, they would just continue taking his money. No matter how he argued on the phone, they refused to refund the extra payments, a couple of thousand dollars. Of course, he should have known better, and he did sign that contract, but that’s still pretty damn shady.

  245. 245
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    This smells more of, “Hey, it’s a good time to buy!” than “Help us! Save us! We haz no monies!”

    Man, Wachovia was bleeding money. They had a shitload of bad paper that they acquired from Golden West, and it killed them.

  246. 246
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    It really is true that they’ll always find a way to blame everything on minorities. How can they keep getting away with this?

    Because the media is “balanced” and gives assholes like Eric Cantor (who was pushing this shit yesterday) equal time to spread their lies.

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    SGEW says:

    pretty damn shady

    That’s their motto, after all.

    Citigroup: Pretty Damn Shady.

    I suppose the upcoming CitiMorganChaseBank of Amerika’s motto will be ALL YOUR MONIEZ ARE BELONG TO ME.

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    r€nato says:

    it’s not a good week for a wingnut unless he can find something to blame on dark-skinned folks.

  249. 249
    SGEW says:

    Because the media is “balanced”

    Today, on CNN’s “Point/CounterPoint”: Is America Ready For A Black President?

    Point: Dr. Cornell West of Princeton University
    CounterPoint: The Grand Wizard of the KKK, Mississippi division

    Moderator: David S. Broder

    (I much prefer the Onion’s latest Point/Counterpoint, by the way)

  250. 250
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    I suppose the upcoming CitiMorganChaseBank of Amerika’s motto will be ALL YOUR MONIEZ ARE BELONG TO ME.

    The Free Market(TM) at it’s best.

  251. 251
    Comrade Jake says:

    I can’t fucking stand CNN’s online BS. They are absolutely terrible.

    “Is America Ready for a Black President?” FUCK YOU.

  252. 252
    камрад комисaр Xenos says:

    BTW, the bailout proposal appears to have gone from “All Your Bailout Are Belong To Me” to “Throwing Money Into a TARP-Pit”

    Did Krugman coin TARP-Pit? It is clever, but does not scan well. A wit on the Calculated Risk called it the Taxpayer Anal Rape Program, which I think will catch on better.

  253. 253
    SGEW says:

    Ok, maybe my earlier (tentative) support for the bailout proposal was misplaced.

    From the AP: Bush Confident Bailout Bill Will Stabilize Economy

    That does not reassure me.

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    yay! Nice job! Now if you could just get read of the Pajamas TV ads. :^D

  255. 255

    Wachovia, whuh?? I think I’m going back to bed.

  256. 256
    Comrade Jake says:

    Kramer was on NBC this morning talking about how good the bailout plan is, and that he wishes he could invest in it.

    I take that as a sign that we’re screwed.

  257. 257
    TheFountainHead says:

    America Bank: Because the Germans Didn’t Get it Right the First Time!

  258. 258
    libarbarian says:

    ZEE GOGGLES ZEY DO NOHTING!!!!!!

  259. 259
    SGEW says:

    That’s it. I’m going to try and ignore the financial news and just read the latest Pirate news.

    . . . (reads pirate news) . . .

    Oh. That’s not really any better for my agita.

  260. 260
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    I can’t fucking stand CNN’s online BS. They are absolutely terrible.

    “Is America Ready for a Black President?” FUCK YOU.

    I hear you, but it might be good to get it out in the open. I know people who will not vote for Obama because he’s black. Well, black-ish, anyway. Maybe it might not be a bad idea to drive the racism out in the open. That’s what you have to do to kill cockroaches.

  261. 261
    TheFountainHead says:

    Christ, Krugman took a 2×4 to McCain this morning.

  262. 262
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Comrade Jake at 6:10 AM: NBC this morning is BRUTAL on Palin. Absolutely BRUTAL.

    Details? I need some sweet, sweet schadenfreude while I’m huddled under my blankie.

  263. 263
    SGEW says:

    I hear you, but it might be good to get it out in the open.

    The problem is, the way the media (i.e., CNN, Fox, etc.) “get it out in the open” is through their Broderesque “balanced” routine (which I satirized, above). On one side: some fast-talking black guy says one thing*, and on the other you side have a racist who (surprise surprise!) disagrees.

    This is not a conversation on race, and helps nobody. All it does is legitimize racists.

    *Don’t get me wrong, I loooove Dr. West. But he does talk fast.

  264. 264
    Comrade Jake says:

    Details? I need some sweet, sweet schadenfreude while I’m huddled under my blankie.

    First, they ran the NRO commentary from Parker? stating that she doesn’t have the experience to be VP. They used it as an example of how conservatives are now questioning her fitness.

    That was bad, but the brutal part was when they split the screen and ran the SNL skit side by side with her Couric interview, where Fey was repeating her nonsense response verbatim. KABOOM.

  265. 265
    TheFountainHead says:

    Sooo, remember how Matt Damon said it was all like a bad Disney movie? Head of Skate

  266. 266
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    The problem is, the way the media (i.e., CNN, Fox, etc.) “get it out in the open” is through their Broderesque “balanced” routine (which I satirized, above). On one side: some fast-talking black guy says one thing*, and on the other you side have a racist who (surprise surprise!) disagrees.

    Not fair, you demolishing my airy-fairy dream about serious social change with naked, brutal fact. I need a Word Press error right now, while I regroup.

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    Dork says:

    Fix the goddamn comments. I want boxes, bitch. None of this nambly, pambly freestyling shit.

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    SGEW says:

    . . . the brutal part was when they split the screen and ran the SNL skit side by side with her Couric interview, where Fey was repeating her nonsense response verbatim.

    Oh man, I’ve been waiting for someone to do that (I tried it with the SNL vid and the Couric clip in two separate windows the other day: the overlap was amazing).

    Can’t wait for th’ YouTube.

  270. 270
    SGEW says:

    Gaaah! PC, why did you do that to me?!

    I really have to stop blindly clickin’ on links.

  271. 271
    Comrade Jake says:

    From TPM:

    The Wall St. Journal reports that Sarah Palin will be headed to John McCain’s Sedona ranch this week for a few days of intensive debate preparation, in the wake of her problematic interview with Katie Couric. In particular, a McCain adviser said the goal will be for her debate answers to be “her words,” and not campaign talking points that she’s had trouble reciting properly.

    This should go well.

  272. 272
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    SEGW @ 239:

    From NYT:

    In a statement, the FDIC . . . emphasized that Wachovia did not fail and that the Deposit Insurance Fund would not be affected.
    . . .
    “For Wachovia customers, today’s action will ensure seamless continuity of service from their bank and full protection for all of their deposits,” FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair said in a statement. “There will be no interruption in services and bank customers should expect business as usual.”

    They left out this part (from Bloomberg):

    Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) — Citigroup Inc., the biggest U.S. bank by assets, agreed to buy the banking operations of Wachovia Corp., the Charlotte, North Carolina-based lender best by mortgage losses and a 74 percent drop in market value this year.

    Citigroup will absorb as much as $42 billion of losses on Wachovia’s $312 billion pool of loans, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said today in a statement. The FDIC will take on losses beyond that amount in exchange for $12 billion in preferred stock and warrants.

    (emphasis mine)
    Nothing to see here, move along.

  273. 273
    Annette says:

    You’re a chatty bunch, aren’t you?

    The problem with the block quote is the insertion of blank space line feed. One carriage return (to start a new line) is apparently fine, but two or more is a no go. The solution, as someone noted above, is to put some ellipses in between your blocks, or just close one block and start another. There’s probably a solution for this, and I’ll poke around at it in between all the other things that we do on a daily basis around here.

  274. 274
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Eek! The block quotes got buggered up there.

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    Comrade Darkness says:

    Why do people that I protest against have to buy institutions that I patronize?! O! The ethical quandaries ahead for me!

    You were protesting citigroup and not wachovia? Clearly, you are not involved in internet security. If your bank account in the U.S. gets emptied by overseas scammers, odds are wachovia was in on the assist. Ruining thousands of lives, just to make their little transfer fees, apparently. Fortis too has a nasty history of helping money laundering. Gods, I’m really starting to like this downturn from a house-cleaning perspective.

  276. 276
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    We just keep hoping you’ll show up to chide us some more. Also, it’s novel to be able to actually, you know, post comments and actually see them show up.

  277. 277
    Conservatively Liberal says:

    From a post at Kos about how the military is giving six times as much to Obama as they are McCain:

    “We feel confident that many U.S. troops stationed overseas will support John McCain in the election this fall, but we suspect most are too busy doing the important work of defending this country than to make political contributions,” Goldfarb said.

    So I guess Goldfart is saying that a soldier who is stationed overseas is the only kind of soldier that matters to McCain? What an idiot (in other words, business as usual for Goldfart).

  278. 278
    SGEW says:

    You were protesting citigroup and not wachovia?

    Environmental issues (coal investments), not internet security issues (of which I am mostly ignorant of). All banks are bad, but some are more bad than others kind of thing (I protest XOM and Shell but not BP, even though BP is plenty bad, for instance – there’s only so much protest time in a day).

    You’re a chatty bunch, aren’t you?

    You have no idea.

    Oh, and Comrade Scrutinizer: My “Nothing to see here, move along” line was ironic, if I failed to make that clear ;)

  279. 279
    4jkb4ia says:

    New site looks very nice, at least in Firefox.

  280. 280
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Then did she raise on high the Holy Blockquote of Annette, saying, “Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy snark.”

    And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the Malkins and Broders and Red-States and Powerlines and K-Los and Hewitts.

    Now did the Lady say, “First thou clickest the B-Quote button, then typest a set of words, then pressest the Enter key. Then thou must count to three as thou types the periods. Three shall be the number of the counting and the number of the counting shall be three. One shalt thou not count, neither shalt thou count two, excepting that thou then proceedeth to three. Four is right out as overkill. Once the periods number three, being the number of the counting, be reached, then addest more sets of text, three periods each in between, then clickest the /B-Quote, then lobbest thou the Holy Blockquote in the direction of thine foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.”

  281. 281
    Comrade Darkness says:

    Hey, how about a tip jar for Annette?

    She’s a geek, so we noes she won’t blow the dough on lipstick or anything like that. She can have a tip from me if she promises to spend the money on beer.

  282. 282
    SGEW says:

    And the people did rejoice and did feast upon the Malkins and Broders and Red-States and Powerlines and K-Los and Hewitts.

    Skip a bit brother.

    [a day without a MP reference is a wasted day]

  283. 283
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Got it SGEW, I was wanting to try block quote inside block quote the way I used to do it.

  284. 284
    Lab2112 says:

    Of course U.S. troops stationed overseas absolutely support John McCain (except for the DADT fudgepackers and closet Muslims in uniform — a true disgrace). Patriotic American soldiers know that McCain will stand courageous and firm against Iranian Nuclear aggression, while Barry is wildly anxious to transform America into a Islamic-Socialist paradise.

  285. 285
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Dow’s down 160 in the first six or seven minutes.

  286. 286
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Oh, fuck. Find and replace didn’t work completely in Notepad and all I can see now are a myriad of typos in my last post. I shall have to fling myself off a tall tower somewhere.

  287. 287
    Comrade Darkness says:

    pull the other one

    it’s got bells on

  288. 288
    TheFountainHead says:

    Dow’s down 160 in the first six or seven minutes.

    W00t!

  289. 289
    Comrade Darkness says:

    Word press added a marquee there…

    Well, it makes us geezers feel good that one thing hasn’t change: the preview still lies to us like a snake that just bit Sarah Palin after a long night at an Irish pub.

  290. 290
    Comrade Darkness says:

    I spent all day . . . burying the

    cat

  291. 291
    Comrade Darkness says:

    Ah, much better. Line breaks cause unexpected havoc, they does.

  292. 292
    pharniel says:

    m goooo blue
    glad i can actually see

  293. 293
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Huh. Pressing “Submit Comment” without typing anything gives me an error message. Whodathunkit?

  294. 294
    Dave says:

    Congrats! Keep up the great work

  295. 295
    Kamishna ya Watu Xenos says:

    “Wachovia did not fail,” the F.D.I.C. said, “rather it is to be acquired by Citigroup Inc. on an open-bank basis with assistance from the F.D.I.C.”

    Comments like this from the FDIC do very little to restore trust in the banking and regulatory systems.

    Meanwhile, we are now down 3% in the first 20 minutes. Hold her Newt, she’s a-heading for the river!

  296. 296
    PC says:

    /r/ blink tag in the new site.

    kthxbai.

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    Punchy says:

    She’s a geek, so we noes she won’t blow the dough on lipstick or anything like that. She can have a tip from me if she promises to spend the money on beer.

    I’m pretty sure geeks dont drop dimes on draws of draft. Too bizzay trying to reconfigure the hard drives penchant for reformatting the configured format, and hacking into Palin’s email addy.

  298. 298
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    No blinky?

  299. 299
    Dennis - SGMM says:

    Dow is off nearly 300. I thought that the bailout was supposed to inspire confidence in the markets.

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    The Other Steve says:

    Citi is buying up Wachovia!

    What’s awesome about this all is that the companies who were too big to fail have now become even bigger!

  302. 302
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Dennis, I’m hearing two sets of spin here in Toronto:

    1) The delay in approval is spooking investors
    2) There’s no confidence in the bill even if it passes

    I think the markets wouldn’t be as bad if they had come to a decision earlier, but they may have still dropped to some degree.

  303. 303
    Comrade Jake says:

    I hate to rain on the “Troops give to Obama!” parade here, but if you look at the study – it’s based on a pretty small number of troops. The only data they have are what the FEC provides, which consists only of those folks giving more than $200. I’m not sure the results are statistically significant.

  304. 304
    The Other Steve says:

    Dow is off nearly 300. I thought that the bailout was supposed to inspire confidence in the markets.

    LIESS!!!! LIES! ALL LIES!

    The fundamentals of our economy is strong, my friends.

  305. 305
    The Other Steve says:

    I hate to rain on the “Troops give to Obama!” parade here, but if you look at the study – it’s based on a pretty small number of troops. The only data they have are what the FEC provides, which consists only of those folks giving more than $200. I’m not sure the results are statistically significant.

    John McCain has been endorsed by more Generals and Admirals than soldiers giving to Barack Obama!

  306. 306
    The Other Steve says:

    We need a pitcher! Not a belly itcher!

  307. 307
    Dennis - SGMM says:

    Dennis, I’m hearing two sets of spin here in Toronto:

    Makes sense. I’m wondering if the media will have the stones to contradict the Republicans bloviating about their concern for the taxpayer. That ship sailed during the Reagan years and was scuttled in the Marianas trench by the Bush administration.

  308. 308
    4tehlulz says:

    Dow down 3%, NASDAQ down nearly 5%.

    Wonder if we’ll see pause triggers today.

  309. 309
    Svensker says:

    Dow is off nearly 300. I thought that the bailout was supposed to inspire confidence in the markets.

    Think the Wachovia failure, plus Fortis failure in Europe, plus Blinksey (or whatever it’s called) in UK is spooking the folks. Worldwide Depression, bitches!

  310. 310
    Comrade Jake says:

    Anyone else see where Team McCain is now stating that if Gwen Ifil asks too many foreign-policy questions this Thursday, she will have to answer for it?

    Questions concerning moose-hunting are, however, perfectly acceptable.

  311. 311
    SGEW says:

    Anyone else see where Team McCain is now stating that if Gwen Ifil asks too many foreign-policy questions this Thursday, she will have to answer for it?

    TPM has the video here.

  312. 312
    TheFountainHead says:

    Anyone else see where Team McCain is now stating that if Gwen Ifil asks too many foreign-policy questions this Thursday, she will have to answer for it?

    Questions concerning moose-hunting are, however, perfectly acceptable.

    Deference, goddamnit, deference!!

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    Krista says:
    Annette Says:
    September 28th, 2008 at 11:48 pm
    You requested mobile, you got it: installed a mobile plugin. I’m sure John won’t mind.

    Now when I’m hanging out at the dentist’s office later this morning, I can keep up with the scintillating conversation around here.

    Can I just add to the Annette-love that is going on around here? Your geek-prowess is impressive, but it’s the subtle snark that delights us beyond all reason.

    Yeah, the blockquotes were buggered up a bit. Annette’s entire quote was meant to be in the blockquote, but the bit about the dentist got excluded.

    And yes, we are a seriously chatty bunch. We’ve got a bit of a community thing going on here.

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    TheFountainHead says:

    Aww, now I fail at B-quotes too.

    /shame

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    Comrade The Moar You Know says:

    Lab2112 Says:
    September 29th, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Of course U.S. troops stationed overseas absolutely support John McCain (except for the DADT fudgepackers and closet Muslims in uniform—a true disgrace). Patriotic American soldiers know that McCain will stand courageous and firm against Iranian Nuclear aggression, while Barry is wildly anxious to transform America into a Islamic-Socialist paradise.

    7/10. Good effort, not enough racism.

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    AkaComrade says:

    Open borders will clearly embolden the terrorists.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Nancy Pfotenhauer, aka Ilsa, She Wolf of the Nazis.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    The other part from this morning’s NBC take: Biden has done 90+ interviews since his selection as Obama’s VP. Palin has done 3, one of which with that GOP butt-pirate Hannity.

    I mean, it’s unreal how much of a joke Palin is turning out to be.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    LONGEST BALLOON-JUICE THREAD. EVAH.

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    SGEW says:

    Speaking of the debate spin, anyone remember The Daily Show’s bit on the Bush-Kerry debate from 2004?

    Super Classic. Still relevant.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    LONGEST BALLOON-JUICE THREAD. EVAH.

    The Great Borderless Satan?

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    SGEW says:

    We’ve got a bit of a community thing going on here.

    Just what you’d expect from a bunch of elitist, uppity “community organizer” supporters.

    Damn libruls and their stupid “communities”!

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Dow is off nearly 300. I thought that the bailout was supposed to inspire confidence in the markets.

    Some people over at the GOS won’t be satisfied ’til the Dow tanks by 1000.

  324. 324
    Kamishna ya Watu Xenos says:

    I am not putting more money in the market until it either drops another 20%, or stays steady with 20% inflation priced in.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    # SGEW Says:
    September 29th, 2008 at 9:36 am

    We’ve got a bit of a community thing going on here.

    Just what you’d expect from a bunch of elitist, uppity “community organizer” supporters.

    Damn libruls and their stupid “communities”!

    Well, I tried to do a little airy-fairy social-consciousness raising earlier, but I was smacked down. So now I’m back to the “Ilsa, She Wolf of the Nazis” level.

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    LONGEST BALLOON-JUICE THREAD. EVAH.

    I’m just practising for my upcoming state of permanent joblessness.

    Brother, can you spare a pixel?

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Plus I can’t get over actually being able to post comments in less than an hour.

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    Roonieroo says:

    Yeah, I got up this morning after reading all the articles saying that if they didn’t get the bailout done then Monday would see the market drop badly.

    Uh huh. They got the bailout nailed down and ….the market is dropping badly.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Some people over at the GOS won’t be satisfied ‘til the Dow tanks by 1000.

    I like visiting the GOS from time to time. They’re decent for posting recent info and news items. If something happens of interest to the left-wing blogosphere, you’re likely to find it there.

    By the same token, it appears to be something of a magnet for wankers.

  330. 330
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Crap, I’m still doing the block quote thing wrong.

  331. 331
    TheFountainHead says:

    By the same token, it appears to be something of a magnet for wankers.

    Heh. If the GOS is a magnet for wankers (and it is), who exactly does this place attract!

  332. 332
    Comrade Tbonevitch says:

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m pouring one out for WordPress Error. Things will never be the same without him.

    Love having a mobile version of the site, hate having it based on user agent detection. I’d much prefer a dedicated mobile URL instead.

    The mobile template also needs some work. With the borderless comment aesthetic carrying over from the full version of the site and the lack of whitespace, it’s really hard to read.

    Excellent work so far, though. Props to Annette et al.

  333. 333
    Comrade The Moar You Know says:

    Hmmm, blockquote’s not working the same as previously. Let’s try this:

    Lab2112 Says:
    September 29th, 2008 at 8:37 am
    Of course U.S. troops stationed overseas absolutely support John McCain (except for the DADT fudgepackers and closet Muslims in uniform—a true disgrace). Patriotic American soldiers know that McCain will stand courageous and firm against Iranian Nuclear aggression, while Barry is wildly anxious to transform America into a Islamic-Socialist paradise.

    7/10. Good effort, not enough racism.

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    AkaComrade says:

    I appreciate how fast I can now get my daily BJ.

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    SGEW says:

    Well, I tried to do a little airy-fairy social-consciousness raising earlier

    Baby steps, Scrutinizer. Baby steps.

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    4tehlulz says:

    >>Brother, can you spare a pixel?

    WILL WORK FOR FOOD AND/OR BROADBAND

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Heh. If the GOS is a magnet for wankers (and it is), who exactly does this place attract!

    Comrades?

  338. 338
    bago says:

    We make our own borders.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Dammit, I keep pimping my Nancy Whatsername==Ilsa, She Wolf comment. Somebody laugh, so that I can get to work.

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    4tehlulz says:

    >>who exactly does this place attract!

    Wankers that at least acknowledge that we’re wankers and accept that this will never change.

    Also about 90% fewer concern trolls that GOS.

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    The Other Steve says:

    Anyone else see where Team McCain is now stating that if Gwen Ifil asks too many foreign-policy questions this Thursday, she will have to answer for it?

    What? Are they going to burn a cross in her lawn, or is it pistols at dawn?

  342. 342
    4tehlulz says:

    *than

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    Chinn Romney, polygamist says:

    I’ll have you know that the Belmont Estate Grounds have never looked better. Thank You Sarah!

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    SGEW says:

    Somebody laugh, so that I can get to work.

    I laughed when I saw it. But then, I have actually seen “Ilsa, She Wolf of the S.S.”

    In a theater. Took me years to recover.

  345. 345
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Jesus Christ. This goes beyond working the refs: they’re PREDICTING that Palin will be sandbagged by “too many” foreign policy questions. I predict that “any” will be “too many”.

    Maybe Palin and her team have a future in soccer.

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    SGEW says:

    Error establishing a database connection

    Hooray! I was getting worried that the new upgrade would be too flawless.

    I like being reminded of the fallibility of the world (by which I mean the internet).

  347. 347
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Yeah, posting has slowed down a bit. It’s real world weekday traffic now.

    Hold me, BJ.

  348. 348

    So what’s the deal here? Are we seeing how big a comment thread can get before we freeze up the system?

  349. 349
    zzyzx says:

    Huh? Where am I?

  350. 350
    cleek says:

    i am in a box!

  351. 351
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    So what’s the deal here? Are we seeing how big a comment thread can get before we freeze up the system?

    Perhaps John and Annette are closeted together, —discussing things? It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

  352. 352
    cleek says:

    booo… preview allows in-line CSS, but it gets stripped in the final comment.

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    Ash Can says:

    Team McCain is now stating that if Gwen Ifil asks too many foreign-policy questions this Thursday, she will have to answer for it

    Oh, for fuck’s sake. Yes, I’m sure Gwen Ifill is seeing that this morning and thinking, “Goddness gracious, I’d better be extra super nice to that poor Sarah.”

    This is like when some empty-headed athlete mouths off about the opposing team just before a big game, gets quoted in the press, and the quote gets blown up into 340-point Times Roman bold and plastered to the main wall of said rival’s clubhouse. I just hope Ms. Ifill doesn’t injure her hand too badly when she crushes her coffee mug with rage upon seeing this ridiculous quote (as well as its stunningly stupid context).

    Actually, the more I think about it, the more I suspect a set-up here. Team McCain might be waving a red flag in front of Gwen Ifill to encourage her to go full throttle in lighting Palin up. Palin crashes and burns so badly in the debate that even the so-cons have to admit that replacing her with Lieberman is for the best. Team McCain fires a parting shot at Ifill for being OMGSOMEEEEENsob!!, and proceeds to work on salvaging itself.

  354. 354
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Preview has been lying to me all morning about block quoting.

  355. 355
    Comrade Jake says:

    My friends, Cole has posted a new thread, my friends, this thread shall soon die.

  356. 356
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Preview is cake.

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    Comrade The Moar You Know says:

    Jesus Christ. This goes beyond working the refs: they’re PREDICTING that Palin will be sandbagged by “too many” foreign policy questions. I predict that “any” will be “too many”.

    Godammit, I am dumber for having watched that. Fuck Nancy Poofenhauser or whatever the fuck her name is, and fuck Fox News for enabling/encouraging/abetting.

  358. 358
    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    Ash Can @ 346

    The McCain campaign is already saying that Couric’s interview was unfair and ful of gotcha’s. Katie fuckin’ Couric, a tough interviewer. The mind boggles.

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    Roonieroo says:

    New thread? But we need to get this to at least 400!

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    uh_clem says:

    The comments are too wide, i.e. the lines are too long.

    It’s unreadable.

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    Comrade Grumpy Code Monkey says:

    LONGEST BALLOON-JUICE THREAD. EVAH.

    And we haven’t (yet) brought the site to its knees. Nice.

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    Annette says:

    Hey, how about a tip jar for Annette?

    She’s a geek, so we noes she won’t blow the dough on lipstick or anything like that. She can have a tip from me if she promises to spend the money on beer.

    Thanks, but not necessary. And I would spend such stuff on beer, but alas, a bout with oral cancer (no, I dont smoke and never have) left me unable to drink alcohol. The radiation, instead of giving me super powers like they promise in the movies, just left me with an overly sensitive mouth and tongue. What’s left of it. Bummer.

    The load has climbed, and I’ve taken the trace back to the queries that WP uses. The newer version appears to be better in some respects as far as the time spent on and number of total queries, but there are still a lot of high-resource sorts and copies going on. The comment table contains about half a million comments, and a lot of what I’m seeing here is operations on that table. So we’ll see what we can do about optimizing that so mySQL doesn’t pound the server quite so much. We may experiment with some query caching, but that will be in the overnight hours since it requires that the process be restarted after changes are made.

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    Annette says:

    Ah, the light is shed: scraper bots. Here’s the deal: in general, when a page is requested, the WP cache plugin caches that page. Result: one set of WP-generated queries. If the page doesn’t change, that’s the page served up when someone next requests it. If it does change (in a lengthy and active comment thread, for instance) the cached page is regenerated. We all know – or at least many of us do – that WP generates a ton of queries per page because of the way it’s coded. What I just saw in the logs, and blocked, was an automated bot running through every single page on the site. Result: many, many sets of WP-generated queries, as it works to answer those page requests. The cache grows as each page is also stored. Further result: high loads, because the bot requests come in at a much higher rate than any human could possibly attain.

    We saw this same type of thing on the original server, but because the new server is more powerful, the effects of the bot are lessened somewhat, although not entirely. The real question to my mind is: why would someone set off a scraper bot against this site for no apparent reason? The requesting hosts are in various places (this last one from a machine at Abbott Labs in IL), and we see this same activity to a lesser extent on other sites that are as busy as this one and less busy, so there’s no pattern we can point to in order to institute fuller controls. The life of a tech…

    Also, I’ll be testing out this comment tag plugin along with a few others on my blog, to see what we can make of it all.

  364. 364
    cain says:

    We saw this same type of thing on the original server, but because the new server is more powerful, the effects of the bot are lessened somewhat, although not entirely. The real question to my mind is: why would someone set off a scraper bot against this site for no apparent reason? The requesting hosts are in various places (this last one from a machine at Abbott Labs in IL), and we see this same activity to a lesser extent on other sites that are as busy as this one and less busy, so there’s no pattern we can point to in order to institute fuller controls. The life of a tech…

    I had a suspicion there was an attack. I had asked john to look at the logs because it was happening between certain times. I hope this isn’t some kind of malicious attack.

    cain

  365. 365
    Annette says:

    Testing to watch query orders after killing off four more bots…

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    ImJohnGalt says:

    Dennis, I’m hearing two sets of spin here in Toronto:

    Hey Mary, you seem to know a little about these here internets in Toronto. You know any techie/webdev not too long out of college who might want to come to a smallish company that will give them way more responsiblity than they should have, where the pay is okay but we’re not in danger of going under?

    [I know, I know, I’ve gotta stop overselling ourselves].

  367. 367
    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head, but I can ask around. What sort of work and qualifications are you talking about? Server admin? Database work? Front-end development? All of the above?

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    Shinobi says:

    Wow… The comments actually loaded in under 20 minutes. WOW!

    Do I need to update my RSS aggregator?

  369. 369
    Annette says:

    The RSS feed remained the same, so no updates to that are necessary.

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    boonagain says:

    test

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