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February 01, 2006

State of the Union - Open Thread

Here's an open thread - first time at this egotistic blog. Now, my mellow is on you, what you gonna do?

Posted by mbowen at February 1, 2006 08:15 AM

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I was very disappointed by how little Bush had to say about the Gulf Coast and Katrina recovery.

Posted by: Editor B at February 1, 2006 08:46 AM

I am Wonder Mike, and I'd like to say hello.

Couldn't resist . . .

P.S. the chicken tastes like wood

Posted by: Uncle Mikey at February 1, 2006 09:25 AM

When the democrats applauded when Bush talked about the failure of Social Security Reform, I wish he would have added: " . . . well that was childish?!?" ;)

Posted by: Jon at February 1, 2006 07:20 PM

Love the site.

Stylistically, I like the variation of photos in the banner. I liked the classic cityscape a lot, too, and think you should keep it in the rotation. Not that my opinion matters- I just think it looks good.

Any thoughts on the SOTU re: the need for more science/technical people?

Posted by: Dave Eaton at February 1, 2006 08:49 PM

Thanks Dave.

I still haven't seen the whole video nor read the entire transcript. I'm very busy this week. I'm inclined to attribute the whole Bush is anti-science concept to another BDS Meme. When Bush said he wanted a man on mars last year, people were saying that he was diverting attention from the 'failure' in Iraq. Remember that?

I could see myself teaching high school math when I'm old and gimpy, but not a moment before. Having been a part of the math and science crew since puberty, I definitely think our nation would be improved by a healthy dose, specifically as it adds to our competency in social matters. People who see the beauty in logic and philosphy want to see that in people, and a little determinism goes a long way in a stochastic world.

Posted by: Cobb [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 2, 2006 08:50 AM

I just want to say I love the site. I came upon it by accident and I keep coming back. I find it very thought provoking and stimulating. I have posted a few times anonymously but will eventually get around to setting up a username. While I'm not an African American, I am very interested in learning more about why and how the community thinks the way it appears the majority does. Maybe break down some stereo-types and gain a greater insight on the culture. As a Caucasian (actually mixed with Native American) I wonder why we have to be so different. I want to learn and understand. Thanks for all your hard work. I'm glad I found your site and yes I'm a conservative/republican.

Posted by: Anonymous at February 4, 2006 09:50 PM

Well of course you are welcome to come and discuss anything here. Please do.

I would say that blackfolks a) have survived and prospered in America against the tide. b) Have found historical and contemporary reasons to *be* different. c) are therefore skeptical about their citizenship. We have existential issues.

They can be overcome of course, but how is not well known to blacks themselves or others, nor are the consequences of this triumph. It's not a problem for the country as a whole, but it is very troubling for our society.

Posted by: Cobb [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 5, 2006 09:27 AM

This thread may have passed on, but I agree about the antiscience/BDS meme. I'm in industrial R and D, and frankly, there's a lot of academic science that is just plain risible. Funny to hear your take on teaching high school- I said nearly the same thing to my wife recently, that I'd like to do it, but only after I'd had all the flavor chewed out of me.

If they wanted to send me to Mars, though, I'd go in a heartbeat (though middle-aged chunk-style scientists aren't likely to be at the top of the list) my misgivings about government notwithstanding. My family, on the other hand, might take exception. I kind of hope they would, anyway.

Posted by: Dave Eaton at February 7, 2006 08:21 PM