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By the same token, we always appreciate suggestions for posts and links to interesting things, so we don't consider it 'off-topic' or 'threadjacking' to leave them in the comments.
Whose thread you leave it in would depend on the topic. If it's a newsy item, then the daily links would probably be the best spot. If it's a more worldly item, especially if it relates to the military, then Bruce is your guy. For cultural matters, such as education and the economy, I'd turn it over to Barrie. Dr. Bliss, our resident shrink, doesn't have the time to spend with comments, so don't bother there. Geek stuff and videos and such should be directed to me, Dr. Mercury.
As a small caveat, many times a blogger will glance over the comments ten or twenty minutes later, but then get busy and not check again. So if you leave a suggestion and it goes unanswered, it might just be the person never saw it. If it's actually important, leave it in one of my threads because I answer everybody. (I work at home so I have more time than they do)
In summation, none of the bloggers are going to complain if you jump into one of their posts with an off-topic link. Proper protocol merely dictates that you acknowledge your off-topicness with a quick "Pardon my being off-topic, but have you seen this amazing video?" or words to that effect, just to let people know.
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I would add one caveat: It's not safe to assume that we will read all comments. We like to, but there are time constraints.
It's probably best to consider comments to be directed to fellow readers/commenters.
Cheers, BD! Keep posting, eating, drinking, and cruising (new picnic is a piece of work!)
Well in light of this post, allow me to 'hijack' this thread with a rant and possibly provide a chuckle. Behold the absurdity of Obamacare. Feel free to expand on this if you feel it is warranted.
81 new IRS employees to enforce the new tax on Tanning Salons! Explain to me how this is the proper role for our Federal Government! The new tax is expected to generate $10,000,000. So help me with the math....$10 million divided by 81 employees = $124,000 per person. Less the total cost for employee....what do you think $70,000 per employee for wages, benefits and pension obligations....I'll bet that is on the low side....So you net a total of around $4,000,000 in new revenue...can anyone find any way to justify this? lol
Is 81 new employees to net out $4,000,000 in new taxes any more absurd than this?
Well I don't know if I did the link thing correct. But here is another attempt. The video is the classic Monty Python skit "Ministry of Silly Walks.
Check out the "Quick reference quide" right below the comments box. Put a [url] before the address and a [/url] after it and it'll make it a link, like so:
To embed it in the text, check out the "More tips here" link, below.
BD - Good point, I've clarified the post.
Andrew - I wouldn't be surprised if they started at $70K -- but you can bet it'll blossom to one of those (seemingly common) $124K figures in just a few years.
Tanning salons. Sheesh.
Dr. M, thanks for the help. You wouldn't be surprised....? I would be amazed if they didn't blossom north of $100K in short order.
You work at home? Wow - I didn't know they let the orangutans in the ape house at the zoo have computers. :-)
~~snap~~ I'm en fuego today!!
All good points Doc. Not only the great posts but the great commentary from the audience. Great place to cyber-hang out.
Thanks for responding to Sarah's comment #9 in "Sharing the Love" re: providing a contact link. Nice to know that someone will at least review the comments for communications re: "heads-up" info, etc.
I think a posting, inspired by JMA's comment # 10, as to how readers first encountered Maggie's Farm would be fascinating as well as agriculturally instructive. Sadly, I cannot remember the specific search that lead me here, maybe firearms-related, but Maggie's is now my go-to site when I seek an intellectual recharge... which is frequently, as my batteries are aging.
Erroneous "Vivid Recollections" might be a good topic, with a political turn. Remember stories of politicians "vivid recollections" of the "Dream" speech flickering on their parents' color tv (before the invention of color tv) and the like?
And what is with Bird Dog's pant legs? One inside the boot, one over the boot? Has he lost even more weight since the turkey photo? Or is someone pulling MY leg?
BTW...The Band is unsurpassed !!
I'm not much for country music, but thats not bad.
Kind of appropriate actually - we made it to the land of grits and real sausage/pepper gravy. :>)
In January I read this in the Boston Herald and never saw anything else about it on TV or in print. I dropped this link and comment here but no one seemed to notice.
It seems important to me.
If you need a reason to stop all funding for PBS then look no further.
Is there anyone out there that doesn't think that the reason this interview
was delayed broadcast until now was political? If this had run in October,
Frank would have lost his re-election bid. Period.
Barney Frank tells young TV interviewers job exhausts him
By Donna Goodison
Friday, January 7, 2011 http://www.bostonherald.com
He’s old, he’s tired and thinks it would be nice to have some free time and not have to read a lot of very boring and very complicated stuff that he doesn’t care about.
That’s what U.S. Rep. Barney Frank told three college-age “Roadtrip Nation” interviewers during a July 2009 sit-down in his Washington, D.C., office for the public television program that aired Wednesday on ’GBH Kids.
“I’m tired, and I think . . . it’d be nice to have some free time, not have to read a lot of stuff I don’t care about,” Frank said. “But I have this chairmanship. It’s an important time for the country.”
Sean Bielat - Frank’s Republican challenger last November - said he wished he’d seen the Frank interview during the campaign.
“This was part of the case that I was trying to make - that it’s kind of rote for him at this point, that he’s kind of going through the motions, but he feels like he’s so important that he can’t not be there,” said Bielat, who’s undecided about his own future political plans.
As chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Frank spearheaded the financial reform law enacted in July. The Roadtrippers’ 2009 interview with him came on the day of a key House vote on the sweeping health-care reform legislation.
“I’m in the middle of stuff, and I just . . . can’t walk away from it,” Frank told the youths. “I’m getting old and tired, and I’m working too hard, and this would have been a great job 20 years ago when I was 50 years old. It’s a lot of work now.”
“In one of our debates at WBUR, at the end, he made some sort of wistful comment about writing books,” Bielat said. “I think he’s been thinking this way for a while, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him wrapping up his career here shortly.”
A spokesman for Frank, who declined to be interviewed for this story, said it was premature to discuss his prospects of running for a 17th term.
So why does he continue in politics after a 43-year run that includes his November re-election to a 16th term as a Democrat representing the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts?
“Now it’s a sense of obligation,” Frank, 70, told the three young people, who were from Montana.
Frank’s “Roadtrip Nation” interview can be viewed at www.roadtripnation.com/BarneyFrank.
Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1307885
You folks are EXCELLENT! Thank you for taking the time to put Maggie's Farm out each day. You and Theo are the first two stops of the morning (and throughout the day)!
Keep up the good work.
Hi :) The lack of a Contact page has landed me here; please excuse my 'off-topic' interruption, if you would!
I was recently made aware of The Grange by someone kind enough to take a moment to give a brief explanation. They provided me with their email address which won't work...iggs7771866. I was wondering if anyone who recognizes it would let them know I did find the site and tried to contact them.
Please pardon this OT, but...
I'd like to offer you a copy of my book, the Western Front (ebook or paperback) if you're so inclined. From one patriot to another, just saying thanks for what you guys do at Maggies Farm.
Please let me know if you're interested via the email address entered for this post and I'll send it over.
If you consider this an inappropriate post, then by all means delete it. My apologies.
This sounds like something for Bird Dog -- he's our "prolific reader" of the bunch. Me, I don't own an e-reader and haven't read a book in years. Make the same offer within a few hours of one of his posts (while he's still reading the comments), and just put an "Off-topic:" at the beginning.