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Jul042009

Seriously, What Do You Got? (With Help From Gasparino & Ratigan)

I have questions...I need feedback on the site.

  1. More comedy or less comedy.
  2. More financial videos or fewer.
  3. Do you want links to other stories to open in a new tab/window or do you want to go directly to the linked article and then use your 'back' button to return here.
  4. Do you want just the photos on the front page with the rest of the story inside or do you want the entire post on the front page so you don't have to click through.
  5. I generally put the clips inside so as not to slow the load of the front page.  Too many videos can clog it.
  6. For RSS Readers, do you care which version of RSS you get.  I have links to both regular RSS and Feedburner active on the site, and I keep thinking I should just choose one.
  7. What else you got  (watch it...Gasparino & Ratigan).  All suggestions are welcomed.

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Reader Comments (47)

I like u'r site the way it is...a nice balance of everything...u'r effort is much appreciated...cheers
Jul 4, 2009 at 10:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterAndrew
Change nothing... good blend of humor and pertinent info.
Jul 4, 2009 at 12:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterMatt SF
Are you kidding? I use your site as an example of good design and I'm thinking seriously about changing my latest site to look like yours!
Jul 4, 2009 at 12:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobertM
I appreciate the site compliments....but let me ask you about 1 thing:

Do you want links to other stories to open in a new tab/window or do you want to go directly to the linked article and then use your 'back' button to return here.


What is your opinion on this? It's something that all bloggers have to decide, and I have no preference...so I want to know what readers prefer. Or does it just not really matter very much how the links open?
Jul 4, 2009 at 2:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterDailyBail
Matt

A technical question for you: how do you incorporate your 'tweet this' button into your text like you did at the top of this article you wrote on your site? I can't seem to figure out how to blend it into my text...and trust me I've tried.

http://steadfastfinances.com/blog/2009/07/02/should-we-adopt-a-national-sin-tax-on-junk-food-to-reduce-obesity-epidemic/

And by the way, I agree with your thesis. Excellent article.
Jul 4, 2009 at 2:17 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Robert.

I like how your site emphasizes the Bush-Obama Administration and the fact that things haven't really changed at all.

This is a great story and a great point...

http://betrayedbyobama.blogspot.com/2009/07/obama-still-failing-to-regulate.html

If you want to add a tiny bit more to that story in terms of commentary, I would love to post it here on TDB, with links back to your site of course.

I haven't had time to cover that little gem yet, and probably won't get to it on my own.
Jul 4, 2009 at 2:25 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
First, you do an awesome job and you have a great site.

But, since you asked...

I think there should only be one or two comment opportunities at one time. New comment opportunities pop up so quickly, nobody finds the old ones. Good comments should find their way to the front page to spark more discussion. If you do this, please correct obvious spelling mistakes.

Maybe a bit more organization in news stories.

How about some science, especially when it is political in nature. Right now, LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite is circling the moon. Why is this interesting? Because its goal is to find a proper place to land (WHAT?) and it may take pictures of Apollo debris on the surface (if the governments allows us to see the results – you know – conspiracy stuff). This could turn out to be the most interesting story in decades, think about it. I know, you don’t want to turn your site into a conspiracy site but you could present the news about LCROSS tactfully and let the readers decide what to make of it.

How about delving into philosophy, I am a huge fan. Nietzsche told us all about how the powerful control the masses using suffering (religious, economic, etc).

Comedy is good as long as it doesn’t appeal to thirteen year olds like the youtube fail videos. To all but the angry libs, John Stewart and Cobert are only funny for a few minutes. After that they just sound angry and sarcastic and they pander to the lefties. The angry guy video is lame. I live in the south and I am from the north so I may just be getting my fill without angry guy.

How about a section called good and evil. You put the good people in one column and the evil in the other column. Good, Jim Rogers, Janet Tavakoli, Ron Paul and evil George Soros, Ben Bernanke, and Al Gore. Maybe you can tone it down by saying…we support…we do not support…just an idea.

I like lists, how about…What Daily Bail’s readers fear most…
1 The Next Great Depression
2 North Korea
3 Obama’s Marxist-Leninist Agenda
4 Sarah Palin running for President
5 Rahm Emanuel
6 Central Banking System and Goldman Sachs

How about the top stories links like most sites have.

How about a podcast link or two.

Thanks,
Gobias
Jul 4, 2009 at 4:04 PM | Unregistered Commentergobias bluth
@Robert
....y, I would love to post it here on TDB,

It would be better if you posted to the seeking alpha link directly with your own commentary. It's a good article and all I'm doing with that site is news aggregation with little commentary. BTW, GoldmanSachs666.com is back in business after the court ruled in Mike's favor so I'll be posting there mostly.
Jul 4, 2009 at 4:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobertM
On my list under Evil - Andrea Mitchell - This chick needs help. What is her real name anyway? Another self hating lib with a big chip on her shoulder. Andrea, leave Sarah Palin alone. You don't know jack or jill baby.
Jul 4, 2009 at 6:01 PM | Unregistered Commentergobias bluth
I just saw another Palin hating video done by Anderson Cooper. Yes, we all know why Anderson hates Palin and God. What I don't understand is why he isn't as happy as a goblin (urban slang) now that Obama is in charge. Why the insufferable smugness of liberals now that they are the ones being able to push their socialist freelove agendas? They still have to take their parting shots at Sarah Palin. I think they are disgusting and shameless. Anderson was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and he continually denies his charmed upbringing. Anderson's brother had to jump out of window to feel happier. Maybe there is no hope for Anderson.
Jul 4, 2009 at 6:45 PM | Unregistered Commentergobias bluth
Gobias.

I will elaborate more later, but I am a fiscal conservative who dislikes Sarah Palin. In fact I consider her nomination to the vice-presidency to be the single greatest political insult in the history of my lifetime.

It took her several colleges to get a communications degree. I've listened closely to her speeches and I'm pretty sure she doesn't speak English. Her grammar is beyond atrocious. Just because you support her small government message, doesn't mean you should support the least intelligent person in national politics, potentially ever. Now I know there are and have been some low IQ Sentors and Reps, but I would venture that she has a lower IQ than every single one of them.

I could write for days about how much I can't stand her,...and I'm truly mystified why you wouldn't support someone like Ron Paul or Mitt Romney instead...I still don't get why all the love for Palin, other than her small government message which is no different than the message of the other candidates....

I will never forgive McCain, who is no brainiac himself, graduating at the absolute bottom of his Annapolis class, for nominating her.
Jul 4, 2009 at 8:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterDailyBail
Also Gobias...

I was raised Greek Orthodox and have been an atheist since I was 22...But I don't hate god. I just believe that he doesn't exist, and that religion was created to control the masses and explain the mysteries of nature before empirical science. I don't like to be controlled, and I don't believe in mythology.

You will not find many who believe in smaller government than I do...I would cut the federal government by 50% as a warm-up...

But I like many other Libertarians am extremely liberal socially...nutshelled, live and let live...

I appreciate your thoughts and am glad you hang around here, but I wanted you to know that not all the Palin haters are Liberals who hate god...some of us are just extreme fiscal conservatives who don't even consider god when making our decisions about politics...ya know, that little thing about separation of Church and State.
Jul 4, 2009 at 8:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterDailyBail
@Gobias

I have no feelings either way on Andrea Mitchell. You do realize that she has been married to free-money Alan Greenspan for almost 2 decades, right?

Also, you haven't been around since the beginning so I understand your not knowing, but we try to keep things light on the politics around here...we are trying to stop the bailouts after all...

I don't care what side you vote with as long as you understand the inherent injustice of bailing out failure with borrowed money from our children--generational rape as I named it months ago in one of my first stories...

Most of us here understand that the Republicans are full of an equal amount of bullshit as the Democrats...so keep that in mind when you take aim at one side without firing at the other...

In my mind, Pelosi and Palin are the perfect examples of what is wrong with our political system...it's pretty disheartening to see such an extreme lack of intelligence near the top of both corrupt political organizations...and unfortunately they are the only 2 organizations that we have...
Jul 4, 2009 at 8:17 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
@gobias bluth:

"After that they just sound angry and sarcastic and they pander to the lefties."

oh no, anything but sarcasm! does the truth irk you?

--------

@DailyBail:

"and I'm truly mystified why you wouldn't support someone like Mitt Romney instead, who to me seemed like the perfect Conservative candidate..."

has Mittens weighed in on the bank bailouts? i've heard him opine on foreign policy since the election (read: we must kick foreigner ass, lest they think we have little dicks), but i don't recall him saying anything on TARP and such. it's possible he has and i missed it, as i don't watch much news.
Jul 4, 2009 at 8:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterAssassin
Assassin

I've seen nothing from Romney on the bailouts. I didn't mean to imply that I supported his candidacy, because I did NOT. I was just surprised that he did not win the nomination over McCain.

Probably not too surprising to hear that I supported Dr. Ron Paul.
Jul 4, 2009 at 9:54 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Wishing a very happy Overthrow Your Government Day to Steve and all the Daily Bail-ers.
**********************

For the record, I like everything about the site -- it gives great sustenance in these lean times.

Personally, I prefer new windows for outside links. Clips and links inside is probably best. Video is great, but unusual shots like old-school Reagan, Barney Frank with cigar, e.g. are awesome. And I'm good with the comedy, but especially when it's balanced by Steve's righteous venom.

I also like the idea of a Good and Evil, or Heroes and Asshats list. That would go a long way toward showing what this site is about and toward keeping the focus on the bailouts. To paraphrase the Great Leader (Bush Fils, not Blackbush) "Either you are with us,... or you are with the generational rapists." Plus, the D's and R's will shake out in such a way that proves this isn't a partisan site.

(Steve, btw, I've been w/o email for a little while, but finally got your message -- sorry bout that. Would like to write a couple of things to post. Is the Daily Bail email best for questions about format, etc.?)
Jul 4, 2009 at 11:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
Why do I like Sarah Palin? I guess it is because she is the only politician that I would enjoy meeting and befriending. She has an interesting life, a nice husband, and a real family. She has an interesting view of politics and appears to really enjoy her life. My hope was that Palin would encourage other regular people to be in politics. Why does a woman of so little intelligence as you believe deserve so much contempt and fear from the left? Why does the left ignore Biden? Is it too painful or are they just hypocrites?

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Who I wouldn’t want to meet…
Michelle Obama, a bitter woman who is filled with hate and resentment.
Meghan McCain, a silly woman who seems to thrive on showing liberals that she too cares too much.
Colin Powell, a sick man who can’t figure out if he stands for anything.
John Kerry, an elitist gigolo who hates the United States.
Al Gore, a sad opportunist who doesn’t practice what he preaches.
Hillary Clinton, a power hungry woman who doesn’t respect herself enough to divorce Bill.
Really, it is sad.

So, was it at the University of Virginia that you learned to hate the idea of a God? Is it wrong to be spiritual? Yes, religion created the Dark Ages but it also can create an important sense of belonging and community.

I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them. Spinoza

Daily, you call yourself a lib who likes to keep things light but you call Obama’s fleecing of America generational rape? You compare believing in God to believing in Santa. You look down on people who don’t use University of Virginia grammar? I thought Dubya had the lowest IQ or was it Carter?

Okay, now about being smart. What has it done for Obama? He grew up unhappy which led him to drugs and anger at his lack of identity and carefree mother. He hates his father and because of his lack of respect for him, he denies his black family. His last living relative died in Hawaii who he referred to as Toot, right? He is mulatto and that can be a tough upbringing back when he was a kid even in liberal Hawaii. Even Oprah had to bow down or risk losing her devoted soccer moms to the chosen one. He never learned the word no and for that we will have to pay the price. He is a charlatan that has been groomed by the wizards behind the curtain as I have said before. Yes, he will be tested, thanks Biden.

A soul that knows it is loved but does not itself love betrays its sediment: what is at the bottom comes up. Nietzsche
.
So, you were going to vote for McCain up until he picked Sarah Palin? Well, then I understand your disappointment. But that is not the case, was it? McCain was old and boring, what would you have done. His handlers knew he couldn’t even excite the geriatric ladies who would hate his hot younger wife.

As a fiscal conservative, you must be rethinking Obama. My guess is that you are more of a socialist than you think. I enjoy the debate but please tone down the hypocrisy. Obama is the one who is bailing out failure. Sarah Palin is the one who is trying to bring methane hydrates to Chicago.

Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate
As we voyage along through life,
Tis the set of the soul that decides its goal
And not the calm or the strife.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Jul 5, 2009 at 2:44 AM | Unregistered Commentergobias bluth
@"you learned to hate the idea of a God? Is it wrong to be spiritual? "

Who is 'hating the idea of god'?
How can you hate something that does not exist?

How can it be wrong to be 'spiritual'? Is it wrong to sit on giant mushrooms whilst sipping tea with the Mad Hatter? It's your delusion.
Jul 5, 2009 at 10:25 AM | Unregistered CommenterRobertM
Gobias


1) I do not hate god. I simply do not believe in the mythology of Christianity any longer, or any other mythology accepted as religion.

But I accept that others believe and offer RESPECT for their views. My father remains Greek Orthodox. My Greek grandmother attends church twice per week. The majority of my extended family are believers. My brother is a buddhist.

You said:

"So, was it at the University of Virginia that you learned to hate the idea of a God? Is it wrong to be spiritual? Yes, religion created the Dark Ages but it also can create an important sense of belonging and community."

My response: Again, there is no hate on my part. I'm simply a non-believer. Why does that equate to hate, in your mind?

2) Gobias also wrote the following:

Daily, you call yourself a lib who likes to keep things light but you call Obama’s fleecing of America generational rape? I thought Dubya had the lowest IQ or was it Carter?

My response: Once more and for the record: I am a Libertarian. I have conservative views on fiscal matters and liberal views on social issues. And in my mind, stealing money from the next generation to bailout out Wall Street is generational rape, and should be opposed by all.

When discussing intelligence, I was referring to candidates for the Presidency. I am as easy-going personally as you will find. I am more than a little bit weary of putting another low-intelligence monster in control. And Sarah Palin makes George Bush look like a Rhodes Scholar.

I will address your other points in a 2nd post so that this doesn't get too long.
Jul 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterDailyBail
Gobias wrote:

So, you were going to vote for McCain up until he picked Sarah Palin? Well,then I understand your disappointment. But that is not the case, was it? McCain was old and boring, what would you have done. His handlers knew he couldn’t even excite the geriatric ladies who would hate his hot younger wife

My response: I was undecided frankly before McCain picked Palin. If McCain had chosen Ron Paul, I would have supported him undoubtedly.

Gobias wrote:

As a fiscal conservative, you must be rethinking Obama. My guess is that you are more of a socialist than you think. I enjoy the debate but please tone down the hypocrisy. Obama is the one who is bailing out failure. Sarah Palin is the one who is trying to bring methane hydrates to Chicago.


My response: Gobias, do you actually read my stories? OF COURSE, I'm upset with Obama for his continuation of the Bush-Paulson Doctrine of bailing out failure. But I am fair and hold them both responsible. Have you not noticed our themes here--it's CAPTURE--Wall Street owns Washington--and it's disgusting at its core. This is what we fight against.

In summary, the discussion began with some statements you made about those who oppose Palin--and I was simply trying to point out that many fiscal Conservatives do not support Palin as well. Some of us have higher standards--her message of small government is laudable certainly, but it does not make her acceptable as a candidate for the Presidency.

We're good. I enjoy your commentary. You just struck a nerve with me when you implied that the only people who disliked Palin were liberal God-haters, There are so many candidates out there who are more qualified than Obama and Palin. We can do better.

And lastly, to imply that I'm a Socialist is a pretty-low blow considering my 400 stories on this site lambasting the concept of rewarding failure through bailouts. My political utopia would be an extremely small federal government, with individual freedom as its cornerstone.

Jul 5, 2009 at 11:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterDailyBail
@Robert

"Is it wrong to sit on giant mushrooms whilst sipping tea with the Mad Hatter?"

That is a great line, Robert.
Jul 5, 2009 at 11:53 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
@James

Yes, the email address you have is the one to use...I can probably handle any reformatting issues on my end...I can pull your text out of an email for example and paste it and create a story with you as the guest author. It's pretty simple in that regard. If you want to choose the photo or photos yourself from google images you can send the pics in an email to me. Thanks.
Jul 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Honestly, this is why I try to keep the site free of politics...so we can focus on what we all agree upon...

I appreciate all our readers and all points of view. And of course I don't believe that there's anything wrong with a healthy belief in god. Far from it. In fact I should never have mentioned my personal views on religion. That should be rule #1 for bloggers and especially me. If your site is not about religion, then don't talk about it.

Everyone is welcome here. And I appreciate the site suggestions. Thanks to James for responding about links--and how they should open...I guess that's an issue that no one really cares about--which is good, because now I will stop worrying about it...

I am still open to site suggestions from any and all...
Jul 5, 2009 at 12:15 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I have 4 new stories ready to be published, but I am going to leave this post up for the rest of the day so I can perhaps get some more feedback from readers. Thanks.
Jul 5, 2009 at 1:22 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
@DB

Re formatting etc... sounds great. Will try to put some things together soon.
Jul 5, 2009 at 2:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
@DB

I use Explorer and I get the same error message as others: "IE cannot open the Internet site.....dailybail.com Operation aborted."
Jul 5, 2009 at 2:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
@James

Does it work when you reload the page?

Does this only happen on certain pages, or on all pages?

It is either the new "linked in" widget that I installed or it's the code from one of the videos.

I really like the 'Linked in: related stories widget' and it drives about 500 extra pageviews per day, but I'm not sure it's worth it if it's causing the error message.


NOTE: I have removed the widget code...let me know if that solves the problem...I will try myself, but I don't usually get the error message in IE...only the first time I load the page when I haven't used IE for a few hours...this is not the easiest issue to de-bug, so any help is appreciated.
Jul 5, 2009 at 2:14 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Just tried it again (3:39 pm Eastern) and it worked fine. Debugged? Possibly.
Jul 5, 2009 at 3:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames H
What do I got? I didn't get nuthin'. I had to pay $50 and pick up the garbage.
Jul 5, 2009 at 3:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterSomething Polish
I think I understand what keeps you up at night. Everything coveted by man in this world is rationed in one way or another. Even a mother’s love, just ask Obama. Keep in mind that aside from the religious right, the right wing enjoys debate a bit more than the left. I mean no offense. I am still trying to understand, however, how you can be a fiscal conservative with regards to spending the government’s dime and a liberal socialist. Aside from your want of smaller government which does not coincide with most liberal socialists call it what you may, can you give me an example of each. What type of socialism do you support? Cutting the government in half would lead to social anarchy, the average American has become way too dependent on big government. Is it some sort of utopian socialism I do not know about? Where can I move to enjoy Libertarian socialism?

Yes, we’re good. This is the spirited debate that is needed.

DailyBail wrote - “And lastly, to imply that I'm a Socialist is a pretty-low blow considering my 400 stories on this site lambasting the concept of rewarding failure through bailouts.”

I think that we all would agree that bailing out the failed robber barons of today is wrong and that it may lead to a further deterioration of our quasi-capitalist system. Yes, it is insanity to throw good money after bad as my economic guru Jim Rogers points out every chance he gets.

What are the benefits of a godless culture? What is right and what is wrong in a godless world? If it feels good then do it? What is our basis for judging evil or does it even exist? Wouldn’t that make you a crude Utilitarianist? Act utilitarianism or rule utilitarianism? Is it the goal of man to attempt to bring about the greatest good for the greatest number of people? Socialism is the answer? Is that what history has taught us?

Robert says… "Is it wrong to sit on giant mushrooms whilst sipping tea with the Mad Hatter?"

“In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence... and loathing seizes him.” Nietzsche

“And if there were a God, I think it very unlikely that He would have such an uneasy vanity as to be offended by those who doubt His existence.” Bertrand Russell

From the movie Malice (hmmmm)…

Jed: I have an M.D. from Harvard, I am board certified in cardio-thoracic medicine and trauma surgery, I have been awarded citations from seven different medical boards in New England, and I am never, ever sick at sea. So I ask you; when someone goes into that chapel and they fall on their knees and they pray to God that their wife doesn't miscarry or that their daughter doesn't bleed to death or that their mother doesn't suffer acute neural trauma from postoperative shock, who do you think they're praying to? Now, go ahead and read your Bible, Dennis, and you go to your church, and, with any luck, you might win the annual raffle, but if you're looking for God, he was in operating room number two on November 17, and he doesn't like to be second guessed. You ask me if I have a God complex. Let me tell you something: I am God.

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.” Voltaire
Jul 5, 2009 at 5:53 PM | Unregistered Commentergobias bluth
I haven't read your full response...but I wanted to answer your first question....probably my fault for not explaining...by socially liberal I am referring to my views on choice, and individual liberty issues...I support a woman's right to choose except in certain cases of the third trimester where I believe a lot of dubious abortions take place...and I don't think government should get involved in people's private lives...I think the drug war is a failure and should be stopped...these types of things...

I don't mean that I support high taxes and the welfare state...far from it...I want to bring our troops home from bases all over the world...I want a graduated, flat income tax with NO deuctions...Moreover, I think a zero capital gains tax makes economic sense as it will spur more investment...though I know that in our current environment we can't cut any taxes...we have to cut spending first...

I would 'means test' all entitlement spending as my big start on our un-funded liabilities of $45 trillion...

Socially liberal is simply a blanket phrase that Libertarians use to describe their views on government intrusion into private matters.
Jul 5, 2009 at 6:50 PM | Unregistered CommenterDailyBail
"I think I understand what keeps you up at night."

The state of our nation, national debt, ridiculous spending.


"Keep in mind that aside from the religious right, the right wing enjoys debate a bit more than the left"

I agree with this. I think the left is more dismissive to debate than the right, though it's hard to generailze something so broad.


"Even a mother’s love, just ask Obama"

Not sure what your implication is here.. My parents have been married 44 years. I just didn't mention her in previous posts.


"Yes, it is insanity to throw good money after bad as my economic guru Jim Rogers points out every chance he gets. "

Are you aware of how many Jimmy Rogers videos I have posted on this site...might be 6 or 7...he's one of our heroes...search for him on the site search above...some of the best videos on here are from Jimmy.


"What are the benefits of a godless culture? What is right and what is wrong in a godless world? If it feels good then do it? What is our basis for judging evil or does it even exist? Wouldn’t that make you a crude Utilitarianist? Act utilitarianism or rule utilitarianism? Is it the goal of man to attempt to bring about the greatest good for the greatest number of people? Socialism is the answer? Is that what history has taught us?"

You keep thinking I'm a Socialist...I do not support Socialism, yet it surrounds me. Bush was a Socialist. Obama is a Socialist. McCain was a Socialist and if she were in power, Palin would be a Socialist. They are all beholden to Wall Street. And both McCain and Palin are on record for supporting teh bailouts last fall of AIG and Wall Street. I am fighting Socialism with every story I write. We have so many quasi-nationalized industries these days, you could honestly make the case that we are a Socialist nation. And bailouts are Socialism for the rich and they must be stopped.

For anyone who thinks the bailouts are over with partial TARP repayment...Morgan Stanley has $300 billion of debt issued with an FDIC backing...that is a huge number and is just one example.
Jul 5, 2009 at 7:10 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
"Jed: I have an M.D. from Harvard, I am board certified in cardio-thoracic medicine and trauma surgery, I have been awarded citations from seven different medical boards in New England, and I am never, ever sick at sea. So I ask you; when someone goes into that chapel and they fall on their knees and they pray to God that their wife doesn't miscarry or that their daughter doesn't bleed to death or that their mother doesn't suffer acute neural trauma from postoperative shock, who do you think they're praying to? Now, go ahead and read your Bible, Dennis, and you go to your church, and, with any luck, you might win the annual raffle, but if you're looking for God, he was in operating room number two on November 17, and he doesn't like to be second guessed. You ask me if I have a God complex. Let me tell you something: I am God."

I've seen the movie...I remember this part...and I can't understand why you would quote it...surgeons are by nature incredibly egotistical...they all have god complexes...that is nothing new or telling about society...it is however very telling about surgeons...2 of the 4 guys in my weekly golf foursome are surgeons...i have to deal with their egos, I understand and laugh about it...and you seem to use it as proof of something sinister...not sure I get that...

Jul 5, 2009 at 7:19 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Narcissistic personality disorder, aka "the God Complex" aka Barry Soetoro.
Jul 5, 2009 at 8:24 PM | Unregistered Commentergobias bluth
# More financial videos or fewer
More
# Do you want links to other stories to open in a new tab/window or do you want to go directly to the linked article and then use your 'back' button to return here.
New Tab - for the techies to open mobs of links and multitask
# Do you want just the photos on the front page with the rest of the story inside or do you want the entire post on the front page so you don't have to click through.
Headline photos, no preference on clicking through
# For RSS Readers, do you care which version of RSS you get.
No, but I say keep it simple or simply add the plethora of rss reader
# What else you got (watch it...Gaspa
Jul 5, 2009 at 10:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterThink4aChange
Great site. My votes are as follows:

1 & 2 - about right
3 - new tab
4 & 5 - view with Bloglines
6 - Don't know what is used but here is the URL being used: http://dailybail.com/home/rss.xml
Jul 6, 2009 at 8:34 AM | Unregistered Commenterhappyviewer
1. More comedy. I disagree with Job and love truth through sarcasm. Please give us more John Stewart, more Stephen Colbert and more WallStreetPro.
2. You have about the right balance of financial videos.
3. Links to other stories in a new tabs please. FYI, requiring viewers to use the 'back' button skews your site traffic metrics. Try to avoid that if possible.
4. Like James H already said, your unique and unusual photos are a very strong draw to this site. If I'm honest, it's the single thing that has been keeping me jonesing for new posts. I have no idea where you are sourcing them, but they are fantastic, especially the ones in our around the White House and Capitol Hill. Hell, my sister works there and I don't get to see pictures so candid and with such hilarious expressions. Keep a candid portrait photography whore happy why don't you. It's the least you can do to assuage my bailout blues.
However, for the sake of front page real estate efficiency, I would recommend only including one or two photos or video stills and a brief paragraph from the story like your favorite thought or line or paragraph or something. I would also break up your stories with salient or humorous quotations from the story in a larger font in a balloon or ribbon to break up the story into chunks and make them, the longer ones at least, a bit easier to digest. I think that viewers should have to click through photos/video stills on the front page with a brief summary to read the rest of the story. It's all about wetting your audiences appetite. This is standard industry practice for a reason - BBC, AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, Yahoo! News, etc.. If the wheel isn't broken ...
5. Was 5 a question? Including video stills rather than the video imbeds is justified and reduces front page load times. Stet.
6. Regular RSS is adequate. I agree, you should just choose one.
7. And that's it and that's the only thing I need, is this. I don't need this or this. Just this ashtray. And this paddle game, the ashtray and the paddle game and that's all I need. And this remote control. The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that's all I need. And these matches. The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control and the paddle ball. And this lamp. The ashtray, this paddle game and the remote control and the lamp and that's all I need. And that's all I need too. I don't need one other thing, not one - I need this. The paddle game, and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches, for sure. And this. And that's all I need. The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, this magazine and the chair.
Jul 7, 2009 at 5:41 AM | Unregistered Commenterspideydouble
@DailyBail

What do you mean by a 'tweet this' button in your text? I can try to dig up the code and email it to you. It can't be that hard to implement.

Could you please implement ReCAPTCHA before users are allowed to post comments sooner rather than later. The bots and spammers are certain to be on their way once this site picks up more traffic. Be ahead of the game. Be proactive. That and I hate the post-comment HTML escaped trap. This should be done before the comment can be created anyway and I always forget and you miss out on 60% of my valuable comments that get lost in a black hole of oblivion. It's the God Complex in me that just said that last thing. LOL. Hey, it's for the kids. They need a digital library and the least your guests can do is help them with a few brain cycles before commenting.

http://recaptcha.net/
Jul 7, 2009 at 5:50 AM | Unregistered Commenterspideydouble
@DailyBail

I do agree with gobias regarding good comments getting lost. Can you take a look at implementing a voting system like gamespot or amazon or facebook. Rate the comment/rate the user/thumbs up/thumbs down/helpful/not helpful/like/dislike. That tech is foreign to me, but I think you need it and it will give your audience something to do. Can you please look into it for me?

Feel free to give this comment a thumbs down or permaban the username. :p
Jul 7, 2009 at 6:01 AM | Unregistered Commenterspideydouble
I disagree regarding a good and evil column we support /we do not support or any such list. People are complex creatures and even my favorite analysts/pundits can be redonkulous and inconsistent - sometimes exhibiting good judgment, at other times ...

Oh and ABOVE ALL ELSE. please keep it focused on the bailouts.

Bailout News, Opinion & Analysis. A Path to Federal Bankruptcy.
Jul 7, 2009 at 6:07 AM | Unregistered Commenterspideydouble
@James H

"Wishing a very happy Overthrow Your Government Day"

You my friend are something special. I drink to this.
Jul 7, 2009 at 6:09 AM | Unregistered Commenterspideydouble
I don't know about the error messages other users are having with Microsoft Internet Explorer ("IE"), but I have used both IE7 and IE8 and the site works fine for me with both. I recommend you all avoid IE entirely for the sake of security, stability, and supporting web standards versus proprietary tech. Try the Acid3 Test and read up on the numerous IE security vulnerabilities to see what I am talking about. Someone should register the domain InternetExplorer666.com. LOL
Jul 7, 2009 at 6:12 AM | Unregistered Commenterspideydouble
Spidey

Thanks for your detailed and very funny responses. A few questions:

3. Links to other stories in a new tabs please. FYI, requiring viewers to use the 'back' button skews your site traffic metrics. Try to avoid that if possible.

I will start setting all the new links so that they open in a new browser ( I assume you meant ALL links including ones that go to my other stories or other parts of this site, and not just links that take you away from the site?)

What effect on site metrics does it have if I don't have the links open in a new tab? This is an honest question...most sites just send you directly to the new link without opening it (Drudgereport, clusterstock, etc.) in a new tab...i'm curious and un-informed?

And this adaption of yours from the Jerk with Steve Martin is classic:

7. And that's it and that's the only thing I need, is this. I don't need this or this. Just this ashtray. And this paddle game, the ashtray and the paddle game and that's all I need. And this remote control. The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that's all I need. And these matches. The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control and the paddle ball. And this lamp. The ashtray, this paddle game and the remote control and the lamp and that's all I need. And that's all I need too. I don't need one other thing, not one - I need this. The paddle game, and the chair, and the remote control, and the matches, for sure. And this. And that's all I need. The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, this magazine and the chair.
Jul 7, 2009 at 10:47 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Overall great job DB. Keep it coming!
Jul 7, 2009 at 10:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterBrasco
What do you mean by a 'tweet this' button in your text?

If you follow the link below that comment, it show the 'tweet this' button with text wrapped around it nicely, as though it were integrated into the text...

However, this is not a big deal...I am just going to continue sticking the tweet this button at the end of my stories.

RECAPTCHA...

thanks for the link to that and I will try to see if it can be installed...(I'm on the Squarespace platform and I'm not sure RECAPTCHA can be integrated into the sytem...I will look into it...)

Also, is RECAPTCHA the best one to use or just one example of a 'comments' widget ?

I've done NO research yet into this...
Jul 7, 2009 at 10:55 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I don't know about the error messages other users are having with Microsoft Internet Explorer ("IE"), but I have used both IE7 and IE8 and the site works fine for me with both. I recommend you all avoid IE entirely for the sake of security, stability, and supporting web standards versus proprietary tech. Try the Acid3 Test and read up on the numerous IE security vulnerabilities to see what I am talking about. Someone should register the domain InternetExplorer666.com. LOL


I use Firefox and there were never any problems...

The linked within code has been removed from teh site, and it seems like ALL teh problems went away...to explain further, with IE it was giving an error/abort message when you loaded the pages occasionally...weird bug and the linked within people are working on solving it...

By all means please let me know if the errors persist...because that would mean the problem is not with the linked within code..
Jul 7, 2009 at 11:01 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
@spidey

Cheers!
Jul 7, 2009 at 11:39 AM | Unregistered CommenterJames H

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