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The Week on Forum: St. Urho, Stewart vs. Cramer, Madison locksmiths, and the Taliban

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This week, Forons pondered the future of everything from major urban metropolises to print media to political party alignments. With all this frantic speculation, we bet everyone's glad for the widely-celebrated St. Urho's Day. Or not.

Funny and absurd

Hard news just got a whole lot more pliable.

Re: Is the Capital Times just going for laughs now?
Post by narcoleptish Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:04 pm

In other news, the Crigley family has narrowed their search for a new house paint down to two similar shades of green, Morning Mist and English Moss. Mrs Crigley is said to have firmly stuck with her original choice of Hatbox Brown for the trim.

But Aaron, some people read E!Online like it's their job.

Re: Drudge Report tip: New York to burn, sinners
Post by AaronTheSnob Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:17 pm

Well, Pastor Wiley Drake believes him, so it must be so.

But the thing is: If NYC and LA and other major urban cities get hit, that means all the cool, trendy people in the country will die, right? The very bedrock of American pop culture will presumably be obliterated.

If so, what would be the point of living? I don't know about any of the rest of you, but I personally would not want to live in a world without Ryan Secrest, Britney Spears or Bea Arthur. No way.

In case you needed another excuse to get sloshed.

Re: Hey Finns!
Post by feelshame Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:16 am

I am not a Yooper. 100% Sconnie. St Urho's Day is actually a northern Minnesota tradition started in the 1950s. And by tradition, I mean excuse to get drunk a day earlier and one-up the Irish.

This WILL be so full of sweet awesomeness. And booze. Mostly booze.

Wearing of purple and green, polka dancing and shouting at grasshoppers is encouraged, but not required.

I hate "it's a definite possibility" even more than this one.

Re: You know what I think....?
Post by MeLurkyLongTime Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:08 am

I think people need to stop using the phrase (if you can even call it that) "It is what it is". What is IT exactly? Absolute stupidity?

I'm partial to Colbert myself.

Re: Cramer v. Stewart
Post by Shipley Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:47 pm

It took me until the end of this to figure out Stuart is Jon Stewart. So I don't think that brings clarity to an already confusing arguement.

Is there some difference between Mad Money and Real Money? does mad money not affect the market? Because if some douche box was spending mad money and help fuel this loss, which has literally wiped my father out in the space of a few months, then I think we need to apologize to Cramer find whoever is accountable since Mad Money looks just Real Money.
Is Fast Money something different?

How do I know if the buck and a quarter in my pocket right now is not Mad Money? Is there a disclaimer?

Sharp and smart

It's sly. It's underhanded. It's politics as usual.

HA-HA, RINO is going to screw GOP.
Post by white_rabbit Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:53 am

Rumors floating around the internet tubes is that Republican Senator Arlen Specter is preparing to flip parties to the Democratic side of the aisle, mostly because the party of the circular firing squad is planning on putting up a primary challenge against Specter because he voted for the Obama stimulus bill. Specter was a member of the Democratic party but switched the mid '60's to the GOP. I'm betting he will change party affiliation shortly after Senator-elect Al Franken is seated, giving the Democratic Senators a super-majority.

Think of your front door as the first three digits of your SSN.

Re: Madison's Locksmith Problem
Post by snoqueen Mon Mar 09, 2009 7:32 am

Last year I locked myself out of my car at MATC and paid a locksmith $60 to come get me in, and I thought it was a fair price. The actual work only took about ten minutes but they showed up promptly and helped me out when I needed it, so I had no complaints.

I called a key shop I had driven past many times, one I knew actually existed and had been in operation for years. I asked how much it would cost before I agreed to a service call, too. Calling a locksmith does put you in a vulnerable position -- they are basically helping break into your house or car -- and I would definitely want to know who I was calling.

You might have to pay extra for a nighttime or weekend call, but it shouldn't be in the hundreds of dollars.

I've seen this "points of service" crap with other businesses, including roofers. I think it's just that: crap. I would not do business with any of these people. It's a polite way of saying "I operate out of my car." There are better alternatives.

Matt the Mediator in for the kill.

Re: Obama mulls reaching out to moderate Taliban
Post by madmatt77 Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:40 pm

D-man, more information is needed to answer your question. What is your definition of a taliban member? Clearly the taliban is not a group that has well-defined membership requirements. Is the taliban then just composed of the original members of the "government" that ruled Afghanistan until 2001? Would you include family members and friends of that original group?

If we strictly define the taliban as the Afghani insurgents fighting the U.S. for control of Afghanistan to rule as an islamic caliphate, then we can almost surely rule out "moderates" within that definition. I don't think this is the definition the Administration is using, as this is most likely a very small group of individuals who are obviously not going to respond to diplomacy.

I suspect; however, that the Obama administration is using a more loose definition of taliban. This might include other insurgent groups that are loosely allied with the Taliban merely for strategic purposes. An example might be armed members of a Pashtun tribe that oppose Western "control" over their homeland. They may fight alongside the Taliban, but may not have the strict ideology we ascribe to the Taliban. If this is the definition being used by the Administration, then it's not too hard to see how some of these individuals could be persuaded to assist the U.S. I'm guessing some of these tribes have seen so much war and disaster that their main reason for working with the Taliban is protection. They may become partners with the U.S. if they receive the same guarantee backed by the U.S. military.

I don't claim to know what the Obama Administration means by "Taliban", I am merely offering a few plausible explanations. The word "taliban" is pashto for "students", so I would imagine that many more groups use this term than the particular group being alluded to in this story.

You can't just snuff it out, CDA.

Re: CDA Mulls Smoking Ban at Allied
Post by TAsunder Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:48 am

A) the article seems to have content that contradicts one of the people quoted. One guy says "most economically challenged people smoke" and then the article presents statistics that appear to clearly disprove this statement. Strange journalism there...

B) If you ban smoking inside the building, won't people then end up smoking right outside, thereby possibly making any second hand smoke situation far worse for people on the lower floors?

I lived in a dorm during college where people would smoke outside my window. Even though it was closed, there was tons of second hand smoke. I didn't die or anything, but it was kind of annoying. Maybe better windows would have solved this, though.

C) If the logic is that the apartments should be kept in good condition for future tenants or uses, shouldn't smoking just be the tip of the iceberg? Will pets be allowed in the buildings? I assume not based on this reasoning. etc.

Because beef aint "what's for dinner" on Lenten Fridays.

Re: Madison Restaurants that Serve Wild Salmon?
Post by ms4denmark Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:16 pm

We serve wild caught salmon at the Brass Ring on two of our entrees, the Bourbon Street Salmon Salad and Salmon Sandwich. Both are reasonably priced at under $10 and are highly commended by patrons (I don't eat salmon).

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