On this Carl Curtis Open Comment Friday, you can let your freak-flag fly just a little more than it usually does in the comments section.
Oh sure, you were already discussing the Planned Parenthood Organ Harvesting video, and touching on the Iran deal. Not to mention a little Presidential politics mixed in.
But you can open it up to some of your own local stories as well.
Remember the rules:
- Please enter some sort of a name — either yours or a made up one — to assist in the conversations on the comment boards
- Do not enter web links or phone numbers. We do not want to have to police the veracity of the link and we do not want you pimping your or someone else’s web site. Any comments with links will automatically NOT post.
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- In the words of the great Jim Rome, “Have a take and don’t suck.”
Just one more time I am going to pimp my podcast interview with GOP Presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson. You can listen right here:
The discussion is pretty much exclusively on the proposed Iran nuclear deal.
And as long as we’re on the POTUS candidates, here is one a few weeks back with Senator Lindsey Graham.
Graham has been trailing in the pack lately, but I can tell you that I think he will come more to the fore as the situation with Isis and Syria gets more heated.
You may remember that he proposed an invasion of Syria in our discussion:
And back at the Iowa Lincoln Day dinner, I also interviewed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the leader in the Iowa polls.
I can prove it. See:
This was post-interview.
Alas, I had problems with my recorder and ended up getting none of our discussion.
We talked about his recent trip to Israel, his thoughts on Mideast and foreign policy in general. As those things go, he didn’t really say anything that he didn’t say in his other speeches that day.
I did try to nail him down on the goofball issue of that day:
Who would he want to see on the new $20 bill?
“I’m not so worried about whose face is on the twenty, as much as making sure Americans can keep as many of those $20 bills as possible in their pockets.”
(For those of you keeping a tally on who to put on the new $20 — or $10 I suppose:
Walker: Doesn’t care.
Graham: Keep it the same.
Sen. Deb Fischer: Doesn’t care.)
2nd District GOP candidate General Don Bacon made a statement about the Iran deal today. In full…
I’ve spent the last few days studying the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran. It deserved careful consideration. I’ve concluded this agreement is wrong for America and our allies.
The one benefit of the proposal is that it will make it harder for Iran to quickly obtain a nuclear weapon. However, the administration acknowledges that Iran will have a “1-year break-out” capability to amass enough fuel to produce a nuclear weapon even after this agreement is put into effect. This is not sufficient and the bar has been set too low.
The costs of this agreement are high. Iran will come out from underneath economic sanctions and eventually will have the weapons embargo removed. This will allow Iran to grow as a regional power and to ramp up its terrorism efforts, undermining its neighbors, Israel and the United States. The dire threat to Israel will continue. And, Iran will still hold four American hostages.
We should believe it when Iran says it is our enemy–its actions have shown it. Just last week their Supreme Leader said, “Death to America.” Iran is behind the killing of over a 1,000 Americans in Iraq using the Shi’a militias. During my year in Baghdad our area would normally get hit with between three to thirty rockets or mortars a day, and most originated from Sadr City where the Shi’a militias operated from. The weapons used were newly produced from Iran’s factories. Iran had two training camps for the Shi’a militias that were located South of Tehran, Iran. While I was there we captured a senior Iranian operative in Iraq who was evaluating the training needs of the Shi’a militia and who was advising them on their operations against American servicemen and women. And, we should not forget that the Beirut Barracks and Khobar Towers bombings were inspired by Iran.
We should maintain crippling economic sanctions, an arms embargo, and the credible threat of air strikes with the goal of dismantling the nuclear infrastructure in Iran. The current agreement sets the bar too low, and should have included the return of our American hostages being held in Iran. The President’s proposal will result in a stronger and more dangerous Iran.
So now for the REAL fun.
Did you know that today is World Emoji Day?
“Duh, Sweeper. Do you think I’m some sort of caveman/woman?”
So here is how it will go:
First, keep in mind that some of the Emojis are hard to see. Them’s the breaks. They also show up differently, depending on your platform (Twitter, web, etc.). Some are more descriptive than others. (You’d be surprised/not-really-that-surprised how few Emojis there really are, and how Japanese centric they are.) If you’re not sure what something is, try cutting and pasting it into the Google machine and see what it says.
THESE ARE NOT CURRENTLY IN ORDER!
Connect the Politician’s letter with the Emoji’s number.
Then in the comments, list your results — with the meaning behind the Emoji.
(Example: “g4 because Johanns really likes sand“)
Uh, but do better than that.
Easy Bonus: Who is the non-Nebraskan politico Emoji up top?
Have at it, have fun (complaints will not be tolerated) and have a great weekend!