Introducing…THE SCANNERS!

~~By InsightAnalytical–GRL

THE SCANNER is a new feature we’re going to experiment with! We may find it too much to manage, but it’s worth a try!

Basically, THE SCANNER is patterned after THE PAST WEEK post that appears on Sundays.  But, THE SCANNER will appear throughout the week on an occasional basis…or perhaps more often…in addition to our regular posting.

We’re going to experiment with possibly three versions:

The Scanner: Politics Edition

The Scanner: International Edition

The Scanner: Readers’ Choice Edition

The Political and International Editions

These editions will pick up links of interesting stories that otherwise wouldn’t carry an entire post, and also include brief commentary.  An example is the “Midweek’s Musings” post from today (whose title will be changed to The Scanner: Politics Edition.)

The International Edition is meant to replace the old World Media Watch. The format will be more flexible and more free-flowing.

The Scanner: Readers’ Choice Edition

We often get interesting links included in the comments sections of posts. We’d love to collect them together in on spot so they aren’t lost.  This scanner will hopefully accomplish this.  We urge all commentors who include a link to FLAG their post, perhaps with a label like ‘LINK‘ in the post!  That way, they will be easier to spot.  We might also include specific standout comments that we think should be highlighted.

We’re planning to put up a “TAB” at the top of the page (along with the others already there…About, Life, etc) where we will create an archive of the SCANNER posts.  Each post will be dated and labeled so the contents are easily identified.

So, that’s the plan! We’ll see how it works out! Thanks for hanging in there with us!!!

Testing…Do you like this design? Comments Welcomed…UPDATE…TEST OVER


After messing around with a couple of different WP themes, I’m back to this one for now…and have to redo some widgets!

Each of the others had limitations…the first one had way too much white space and all the pertinent sidebar info was down at the bottom..

The second one…I couldn’t even edit my own comments and I’m hearing some people had problems…

I can see why people go to fee-based blogs!

However, we’ll stay with this one for now!!

Luckily, one I replaced the Contributors widget, all the rest seemed to come back!  Saved me HOURS of time…But I AM looking for a new puma pic…and I’m going to try to play around with some little things….

Thanks for your patience…



I apologize for the delay in restoring some of the little do-dads….


I like the ability to keep multiple stories up and visible and shows the times……which may help with a new feature we’re going to try…..Is it “user friendly?” (Once you figure it out?) COMMENTS come at the very end, so scroll down past the white space to leave your thoughts on this!!  THANK YOU!!!! (I’ll be out for awhile, so it may take time to moderate.)

Let us know!!


THE SCANNER-Politics, 11/06/08: NM Elections; PUMA Integrity; LA Times Crapola on Post-Racial Promise; Class; Movie–“Rope”

Note: We are on moderation for awhile so that we may have a hassle-free community.

~~By InsightAnalytical-GRL

Here in NM-CD2 Bill Richardson worked his magic and Harry Teague, the oil guy was elected. The seat usually goes Republican, but Teague is chummy with Republicans like Steve Pearce, who lost the Senate race. Teague and Pearce are in the same line of business and from the same locale. Teague headed a board of some sort in Lea County and was beloved by Republican members. Enough said.  Money came into this race this time, whereas last time, the ex-pastor Al Kissling was not part of the club and he got nothing…except well over 30% of the vote against Pearce.  This time around, he was shut out of the primary.

I wrote extensively about Teague earlier so do a Search of the blog for the gory details…

Tom Udall never set foot down here in Southern NM, except for a closed fundraiser with the money people.  Thank you, Tom Udall!

I did not vote for either of these people because of, in the case of Teague, his past history and close money connections to Richardson and because, in the case of Udall, his slighting of this part of the state.

Locally, the Democrats pretty much took it all except a couple of offices.  My local incumbent state rep returns to Santa Fe and will be joined by a another newly elected Democrat.

I haven’t check the NM political blogs, so I don’t know what the scuttlebutt is on Richardson as a potential Secretary of State. Let him go.  He pulled a few “Obama” tricks down here and I won’t miss him if he goes. Maybe he’ll get lost somewhere in the Middle East and will never be heard from again…

By the way, the problems with absentee ballots not arriving has been forgotten. The local rag reported that voting went smoothly, no problems…Down the memory hole…


I have to say I really enjoyed Edge of Forever’s (Not Your Sweetie) take on the election and the indications that she hasn’t dropped the mantle of the PUMA.  The little graphic which says “Don’t Follow the Crowd, Stay True to Yourself” at the link captures my feeling completely. I believe in keeping my INTEGRITY, which means we’re going to keep eyeing everything hurled at us from DC with great suspicion.  Edge is one my FAVORITES–maybe because I’m a Jersey girl who grew up about 10 minutes from Midtown Manhattan.  I think we share a common attitude…


Question of the day: How far down do the expectations get “dialed down,” Pelosi??  As far down as when you “took impeachment off the table” when you took the House in 2006? When you didn’t lift a finger to change Medicare Part D as Kennedy had vowed from the Senate side?  When you let Karl Rove get off without answering the subpoenas the Judiciary Committee had voted to issue? Reality is going to bite a lot of Obamacrats in the butt…


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