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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Heartland Strategy

From Will Marshall at the Progressive Policy Institute:

Can it work?


Blogger Gustav said...

It doesn't look much like a "Heartland" strategy, does it? I hate that big red line from North Dakota all the way down to the Rio Grande.

12/15/2004 01:08:00 AM  

Blogger Bobbie said...

I heart your website....when I saw the ticker, it made me angry and I told my roommate about it! We hate GWB and can't believe what happened either! America is f-ed

12/15/2004 01:19:00 AM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Does anyone know where I can find a counter that displays how much money our military would costs us if they were not deployed in our defense. I wonder if your counter is counting just the difference between cost of the war, minus the cost to maintain a standing army that is not deployed. I get the feeling that whoever designed it is pushing an anti-war agenda...and not being entirely truthful.

Or how much it cost to maintain a military between wars....what a total waste of money.

12/15/2004 02:43:00 AM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Just as I suspected, only half the truth:

This amount is based on the National Priorities Project analysis of the three requests made by the Bush Administration for funding for the war on Iraq, and what Congress actually allocated.As I recall that included funding for upgrading Iraqi Infrastructure too.

Adjusted for inflation WW1 cost 200 billion dollars, so I guess we are getting of light here, in both economic and human costs. Sounds like an excellent job of managing our nations defense need by YOUR elected administration.

Lets talk about how much money we are totally wasting on humanitarian and Foreign aid world wide, how about a counter for that.

12/15/2004 03:04:00 AM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

I hate that big red line from North Dakota all the way down to the Rio Grande..
Apparently we are un-reformable, eh.

12/15/2004 03:10:00 AM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

BTW: I put that space below an italicized quote by entering 2 periods.

BTW2: I started a new non-political blog. And it came with Blogger comments built-in.

But Halo-Scan has a cool tool to easily replace Blogger comments with Halo-Scans. Let me know if you want more info. Of course halo-scans have that 1000-3000 character limit. But the developer is working on a preview function.

12/15/2004 03:17:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Apparently we are un-reformable, eh?.

I hate that red line because it's there, not the group of states or the people in them. I wish the Dems could find a strategy to speak to the people in those states. I think the progressive philosophy has the interests of those folks at heart as well -- we've just got to find a way to speak their language. There once was a time when farmers voted Democratic ...

As far as HaloScan goes, thanks for the offer, but I won't partake until the character limit is upgraded. I need a lot of characters to explain all the flaws in y'all's arguments ;-).

Boffoblog has an excellent comment system -- with the comments and the comment-writer integrated together into the permalink. I may investigate getting something like that. I hope that the current system of having to link to the comments, and then again to write a post, without seeing the comments is not too inconvenient for Warsaw Stationers (it shouldn't be with tabbed browsing! Just tab back and forth). Complaints, if many and vociferous, will convince me to change the system sooner rather than later.

Have you noticed the bookmark/tab icon Red? I've had some positive feedback on it -- even from wafflestomper!

If you want one, all you have to do is between your "head" tags, write LINK REL="shortcut icon" href= "whatever picture you choose from photobucket or something"-- as a tag, between the "<>" thingies. Some directions will tell you ".ico" is necessary at the end, but it's not. Mine is a ".bmp" for example. You may have to shrink the pic down to 32x32 or 16x16 though.

12/15/2004 03:15:00 PM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Boffoblog is using Type-Pad. It is superior, but it is not free. I think its like $14 a month.

Judge Wafflestomper is right...."What Icon"? You got to remember I am pretty stupid. Please be more specific. I don't know exactly what you are talking about.

I use Tabbed Browsing, but your comments don't open in a separate tab. Which means I cant see the original article or other comments while I am commenting. Which means I cant copy and paste from them into my comment.

As far as Dems appealing to the red spine voters...they would have to abandon their base to appeal to us. We are simply fundamentally opposed to the principles they represent. They are actively attempting to dis-enfranchise us, and take our power away and give it to "others", and we are never going to voluntarily participate in our political demise.

12/15/2004 04:32:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...


Thank you for "hearting" my blog. Please come back. I hope to make money out of this someday, and more readership is the key to the big bucks ;-D. But seriously, please return, I want a big variety of views and I need a team to help me fend off these conservatives.

But America isn't f-ed. Just because the guy who we wanted to win didn't, won't ruin the country. What will ruin the country is if we sit back and pout, exasperated and inactive. Losing an election is part of democracy, not the end of the world. Clinton had eight years, and although the Republicans predicted disaster, America still did ok. I don't buy what the liberal doomsdayers are saying, either.

I also don't "hate" GWB -- as they say in "American History X" -- hate is baggage. I might add that it nearly always leads to violence. I strongly disagree with Bush, and this blog is here for me to present a (I hope) cool-headed argument for why.

Red, you have to open my blog in two tabs. Keep one on the comments page, and open the blogger "post a comment" in the other. Then you can switch back and forth and then cut and paste. I'll look into getting a new comment system.

12/15/2004 07:37:00 PM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Well, don't do it on my account. Don't interpret my comments as complaints. You should use whatever kind YOU prefer. It don't really matter to me. I am not suggesting you should use any particular system.

I did open this in a new window. With Maxthon you have to toggle a switch to force a new tab. But then you forget you did, then the next thing you know you have 20 tabs open.

My problem, not yours.

Let me know when you get rich blogging.

12/15/2004 09:06:00 PM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

What Icon ?

12/15/2004 09:07:00 PM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Hey though, If I did want to suggest a change in your site......it would be to have a clock set to "Warsaw Time" displayed.

The math is just too hard for me.

12/15/2004 09:10:00 PM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

OK....I figured out what y'all are talkin bout with the Address Bar and Tab Icons.

And while I get those from some sites (Blogger Home displays a big red B, Halo-Scan displays a big H, Photo-bucket has a little Camera, etc), I am not getting one here.

I am just getting a small default IE / Maxthon Icon.

What does your Icon look like... "WS"?


12/16/2004 01:14:00 AM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

What Wafflestomper was laughing about is that for it to work with IE, it has to be saved as "favicon.ico".

I have made me a 16x16 Icon with Macroangelo, but I cant find anywhere to host it online....yet.

Photobucket dont host .ico files. And neither apparently does anybody else. The websites that have it, are self-hosted and just simply install it on their own server.

Does anybody know of a Blogger / Blogspot blog that has a Favicon that works with IE?

12/16/2004 05:34:00 AM  

Blogger wafflestomper said...

and redneck once again takes the lead in the esthetics category by appealing to the minimalistic crowd with an "rt" tab icon. the warsaw station could again close in if he were to rearrange the site so that content shows up 30 seconds ahead of the margins, instead of the other way around...

instapundit used to have a left margin where he put his links and ads. he re-did his site and got rid of that margin solely because it slowed down his load time.

12/20/2004 10:14:00 PM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

What Icon ?

12/21/2004 03:59:00 PM  

Blogger wafflestomper said...

this is confusing me now. apparently redneck did nothing to add the "rt" next to his domain address in the address bar? is that why you guessed that warsawstation would have "ws"? i would tell you, rt, to open gustav's blog in firefox (if you haven't deleted it) to see the icon, but this morning his is not showing up (a problem with the server holding the pic maybe?).

the "rt" shows up in mozilla, not ie. gustav, with my screen resolution in ie, the center column lines up below the old honolulu blue - tough loss sunday, btw. harrington looked like he should be put on suicide watch during his post-game interview. maybe just an extreme combination of flu/fatigue.

12/21/2004 04:41:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Ok, I know why almost all of this is happening.

Red only uses IE or Maxthon. I think that these browsers only accept tag icons with the file name ending ".ico". Photobucket doesn't host such files, so Red and I are in search of somewhere that does. I switched my tab icon host from photobucket to yahoo briefcase (it holds .ico files, but adds a bunch of letters and numbers to the end), but obviously, as stomper's experience shows, this is not working out. Back to photobucket we go.

Who needs IE anyways. It's really ticking me off. In order to make things look nice in IE, I have to scrunch my text more than needed for Firefox and Netscape. The text size also makes a big difference. Try taking your text size down one lower, and see if it works better in IE. It should be ok in "medium."

I'm very attatched to the double-sidebar format. I'm going to experiment some more before I abandon it altogether.

After a good start, the Lions have been plummeting downhill. We've been dealing with "tough losses" for a long time in Detroit Lions Land. Too long.

Fortunately, I'm not able to watch any of these disasters. My satellite service doesn't offer any American Sports, except some playoff games in each major sport as well as the Superbowl.

12/21/2004 05:39:00 PM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

I am just messin with you Stomper for accurately predicting my "What Icon" response.

I have not seen my or Gus's favicon with IE yet.

Mine is installed per the IE spec, and it still don't work with any of MY IE browsers. Although Dody (who hosted my Favicon.ico) sent me a screen-shot showing it working with his IE browser. I have no idea why it don't work with my IE...it should.

I have yet to see a blogspot blog that has a working Favicon in IE, I am thinking they might be blocking or re-directing it somehow.

12/21/2004 06:15:00 PM  

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