Here goes nothing . . .

It’s been a few weeks now since I started putting all comments in moderation (roughly) between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. That has worked out well, I think, and I’m not planning to change that anytime soon. In the spirit of compromise, however, I’m going to experiment with something this weekend: an open thread.

I’ve never done an open thread, which I’ve seen other bloggers use as a way for readers to talk about whatever topic they choose. It would probably make more sense on my blog if I were stricter about keeping comments on-topic, but I do have a reason for doing it: I’d like to keep commenting on-topic for my Sunday print column, which I typically post here on Friday evenings.

So, here’s what I’d like to try: On Friday afternoons, I’ll post the open thread for the weekend, on which y’all can keep talking politics, swap YouTube links, talk sports, whatever — as long as you continue to follow the rules, I don’t care which topics you address. My request from y’all is that you stick to the topic on the Sunday column post.

If it works, I may kick off each week’s open thread with an apolitical topic of my own. It might one day evolve to take on more of a regular theme on my part, a la Jay’s Friday travelin’ music. Or it might not. We’ll have to see how it goes. And if it becomes too much of a magnet for trashy talk that creates too many headaches, I’ll have no qualms about ending it.

That was far too long to be a preamble for something else, so I’ll leave it at that. Without further ado, here is your weekend OPEN THREAD. Enjoy.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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344 comments Add your comment

Real Scootter

August 3rd, 2012
3:12 pm

Real Scootter

August 3rd, 2012
3:12 pm

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 3rd, 2012
3:14 pm

Kyle- It’s not fair to judge our conduct with all these bookman liberals around.

Real Scootter

August 3rd, 2012
3:16 pm

Let’s talk about Gay Rights! :shock:

the cat

August 3rd, 2012
3:22 pm

Mittens will not be the Republican nominee. He will remove himself in disgrace before then. Who will take his place?

Skip

August 3rd, 2012
3:27 pm

What’s the over/under on this lasting till dark?

Jefferson

August 3rd, 2012
3:28 pm

VP Cheney was worse than VP Mondale.

Peadawg

August 3rd, 2012
3:28 pm

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/488186_417996578237699_1685141169_n.jpg

Here’s a picture of why the CFA “kiss-in” it totally awesome!!!!! Yeah buddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aquagirl

August 3rd, 2012
3:30 pm

Ban gay illegal immigrant spotted owls from the military!

Now I feel better. Thanks Kyle.

JamVet

August 3rd, 2012
3:31 pm

Kudos, Kyle!

Careful, brother! Your spirit of open-mindedness and dare I say it, progressiveness, vis a vis this forum, may not sit well with the hard core righties here.

But from this lib, a hearty and hale thank you…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQHZ7nvBSLY

Erwin's cat

August 3rd, 2012
3:33 pm

What’s for dinner?

They BOTH suck

August 3rd, 2012
3:36 pm

Kyle: Thanks for the new approach

I report: Your conduct speaks for itself. No need to project your deficiencies onto others.. Quit making excuses

They BOTH suck

August 3rd, 2012
3:38 pm

Jam

Back at you and for Bruno as well, if he is around later

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ehc6GJ3R7M&feature=related

Aquagirl

August 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

What’s for dinner?

OLYMPICS.

skipper

August 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

Saw a clip awhile back from the “Pride” parade on the news…..what do these wack jobs think they are doing to help their cause? Continue, please…the Cathey’s are getting richer because of a group or loonies……………….

They BOTH suck

August 3rd, 2012
3:41 pm

Numbers-R-US

August 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

I see the DOW is up over 200 points. Can you imagine what would have happened if we had lost 190,000 instead of gaining 163,000 jobs in July. Now Republicans will just have to be sad.

stands for decibels

August 3rd, 2012
3:43 pm

What’s for dinner?

Dunno. Whatever it is, I’ll have to forgo seconds since I need to slip in a run tonight, afterwards.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

August 3rd, 2012
3:44 pm

Where’s Jay? Thought he might have gone catatonic after the tsplost vote. A missed opportunity for big taxes like that has got to be painful.

Numbers-R-US

August 3rd, 2012
3:45 pm

I thought Kyle said he’s still pulling the plug at 7:00. So, basically all he has done is give everyone his blessing to talk about whatever until then. Well, it’s better than some alternatives.

Kyle Wingfield

August 3rd, 2012
3:45 pm

VRWC: He’s on vacation. Will be back next week.

Kyle Wingfield

August 3rd, 2012
3:46 pm

Numbers @ 3:45: For now, the plug only gets pulled weeknights. That is subject to change.

Numbers-R-US

August 3rd, 2012
3:48 pm

Speaking of sadness. I see numerous Republican Congressmen expressing their sorrow with respect to their legislation whereby they agreed to a compromise solution in case they could not reach a compromise solution. :lol:

Sequestration is a dish best served up cold.

Numbers-R-US

August 3rd, 2012
3:48 pm

Cool, Kyle. Now we will have options.

They BOTH suck

August 3rd, 2012
3:48 pm

Mr_B

August 3rd, 2012
3:49 pm

“Kyle- It’s not fair to judge our conduct with all these bookman liberals around.”

That’s true, Kyle. We make the Whiner look so much worse by comparison.

Mr_B

August 3rd, 2012
3:51 pm

And thanks for the thread, Kyle!

josef

August 3rd, 2012
3:52 pm

KYLE

Thanks, I for one, will try to remember to be nice and put my best foot forward…

SCOOTTER

Gay rights? I wanna talk about Gay lefts! :-)

stands for decibels

August 3rd, 2012
3:52 pm

Anyone else following the trial of that Russian punk group whose name cannot be repeated here on the AJC blogs?

obozo

August 3rd, 2012
3:55 pm

So the unemployment rate goes up and I’m a hero. Let’s hear it for me. Even the Teleprompter is finding this one hard to swallow.

Lucky I have so many little sycophants.

Numbers-R-US

August 3rd, 2012
3:57 pm

josef

August 3rd, 2012
3:57 pm

sfd

Sorta following it…it seems they’re pushing the envelope…not that that’s always such a bad thing in that it does establish what the limits are…

Numbers-R-US

August 3rd, 2012
3:58 pm

So the unemployment rate goes up and I’m a hero. Let’s hear it for me. Even the Teleprompter is finding this one hard to swallow.

Lucky I have so many little sycophants.

I suppose anything is possible in the land of obozo.

Big D

August 3rd, 2012
3:58 pm

I wonder how many on the left realize that if todays “kiss in” were held in a Muslim country the participants would most likely be beheaded under sharia law. Just wondering.

That Black Guy

August 3rd, 2012
4:01 pm

Kyle, thanks.

Fellow travelers, the fate of this experiment is in our hand. If another Blogger tries to drag the thread down a jackhole, ignore them. They come out with insults, ignore them. Let Kyle ban them. The confrontations BACK AND FORTH is what he’s trying to stop.

There are those who seek to insult right out of the gate (you know who you are, you post here and Jay’s place). Just email Kyle and keep it moving.

There are some good, smart, funny, respectful people here. Don’t let the loons screw it up for the rest of us.

Michael H. Smith

August 3rd, 2012
4:02 pm

Doesn’t matter to me if you go open forum. So long as that is made clear from outset, as so many have whined, cried, pitched childish fits like nursery school toddlers whenever someone goes off topic to another subject. Secondly I’m glad you posted your rules Kyle for all the self-appointed owners of your blog who think they have some sort of property rights and authority over these AJC blogs. Third I hope you will consider the use of insinuations, innuendos, inferences or implications to the effect thereof when used for the purpose of demeaning personal attacks the equivalent of name calling. However, I’d be the first to say… if I quack like a Conservative, waddle like a Conservative, appear to swim the same waters as Conservatives then by all means I’m probably a dang Conservative – which just doesn’t bother one wuddle quack quack.

Lord Help Us

August 3rd, 2012
4:04 pm

Why are the gymnasts so tiny? Do some of them go on to careers as jockeys?

josef

August 3rd, 2012
4:05 pm

godless heathen

August 3rd, 2012
4:06 pm

Ok, When the someone broke Jay’s blog last Friday night I was just about to jump into someone’s comment, that Conservatives must hate the Olympics because of all the Europeans.

I was going to reply that Conservatives love the Olympics because:
1) Americans are generally whipping socialists’ butts
2) High achievers get the gold
3) Noone gets there through Affirmative Action
4) You get to see the flag and hear the SSB almost every night.

That said, I haven’t watched a minute of it and don’t plan to. I hate the way NBC treats the sheeple.

weetamoe

August 3rd, 2012
4:07 pm

Um, the little kids in the family came home giggling at the kissing. Is that okay?

josef

August 3rd, 2012
4:08 pm

BIG D

We are painfully aware of it…we are also aware that our government supports with megabucks those countries where the death penalty is imposed (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistant). We are also aware that there are those here at home who would do the same given the chance…

That Black Guy

August 3rd, 2012
4:08 pm

One other thing…

If you witnessed your child acting the way some of you do here with the name calling, insults, and out right bitterness, would you cheer them on or would you stop them and have a discussion about civility.

Hillbilly D

August 3rd, 2012
4:09 pm

Here’s my 2¢……..

Some folks have a tendency to get worked up here at times, depending on the topic, and go over the line and other folks like to try to goad other folks into doing something that will get that person in trouble. So everybody just behave and do unto others and prove to Kyle that he can trust his posters.

Carry on.

Thulsa Doom

August 3rd, 2012
4:09 pm

I just wanna know when Harry Reid is going to release 10 years worth of tax returns.

Michael H. Smith

August 3rd, 2012
4:10 pm

Okay bring on the tunes. Heard this one today, it took me back must be over forty years now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAfYCuOtgQg

They BOTH suck

August 3rd, 2012
4:10 pm

Big D

Are you aware that being an evangelical Christian can get you the same result in some of those countries?

I’m sure you do, so what is your point?

Kyle Wingfield

August 3rd, 2012
4:12 pm

TBG and Hillbilly:

Spot. On.

They BOTH suck

August 3rd, 2012
4:14 pm

Numbers-R-US

August 3rd, 2012
4:14 pm

I just wanna know when Harry Reid is going to release 10 years worth of tax returns.

As soon as Mitt gives them to him, I’m sure Reid be glad to get them published on the web for our viewing pleasure.

Thulsa Doom

August 3rd, 2012
4:15 pm

they both suck,

I forgot to tell you when we were talking about Nigeria being the most corrupt nation on earth. 60 minutes had an appointment to speak with the ruler of Nigeria about its corruption problem years back. And of course the Nigerian head of state denied that there was a corruption problem. When they at the presidential palace for their meeting with the president his underling demanded a bribe from Mike Wallace in order to get in to meet with the president. Wayyy too funny.