Open Thread

By NB Staff | January 24, 2010 | 11:04 AM EST

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Is the global warming myth crashing and burning?First we had ClimateGate. Now in the past few days have come numerous revelations about the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change clearly employing junk science to further climate hysteria.Will this lead to a complete unraveling of the IPCC along with even greater public skepticism about man's role in global warming, or can the alarmists recover?

By NB Staff | January 23, 2010 | 9:50 AM EST

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point. Ben Bernanke -- should he or shouldn't he be reconfirmed as Federal Reserve Chairman?Clearly, the stock market wants him to be. After all, much of the market's decline last week was due to fears of him not having enough votes.

By NB Staff | January 22, 2010 | 10:27 AM EST

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: the punditry's up in arms over the First Amendment.

Free speech really does mean free speech, and the laws that the "Citizens" ruling overturned directly and heinously restricted the stuff. Forget for the moment the broad characterization of the ruling -- such as The New York Times claim that it "sweep[s] aside a century-old understanding"...We are living in a fragmented media age in which many nontraditional sources are producing journalism, even and especially of the advocacy variety (my opinion magazine, Reason, is funded by a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Why should nonprofit journalism producers -- like the Sierra Club, say -- have to ask for the government's permission to send a political documentary across the airwaves?

Does the Times want a monopoly on political speech?

By NB Staff | January 21, 2010 | 4:16 AM EST

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: DoD's Fort Hood report makes some, er, strange omissions.

Frustrated by the Department of Defense's description of the Fort Hood rampage as an "incident" by an "alleged perpetrator," several members of the House Armed Services Committee wondered if political correctness is besting common sense as the US tries to understand the nature and strategy of its enemies...

By NB Staff | January 20, 2010 | 9:46 AM EST

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Brown's election overshadows another GOP victory.

By NB Staff | January 19, 2010 | 8:42 PM EST
By NB Staff | January 19, 2010 | 10:19 AM EST
For general discussion and debate, but NBers are encouraged to discuss the special election in Massachusetts and to post updates and breaking news. A primer to get everyone going:
By NB Staff | January 18, 2010 | 11:20 AM EST

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: gamblers are predicting Scott Brown will beat Martha Coakley in Tuesday's special senatorial election:

Thoughts?

By NB Staff | January 17, 2010 | 10:23 AM EST

Well, another two games yesterday -- stinkers both. So far, only one of the six playoff games has been worth watching. Will that change today? Please? Pretty please? With sugar on top?

By NB Staff | January 17, 2010 | 10:18 AM EST

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Brown vs. Coakley.Will Brown win on Tuesday, and what happens politically if he does? Will it really be the end of the nation's dreadful move to the left? How will it impact the elections in November? And how will the Obama-loving media respond?

By NB Staff | January 14, 2010 | 9:56 AM EST

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: the "labor loophole."

By NB Staff | January 13, 2010 | 9:48 AM EST

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Martha Coakley--K Street's choice for Senator.