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Video: TR Out Loud - November 7, 2008

It was the Presidential election week in the United States, and so this TROLOV -- that's TR Out Loud on Video -- captured some of the hot political posts that topped the boards. For those of you who are saturated with politics, there is plenty of distraction in this episode as well.

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It was the Presidential election week in the United States, and so this TROLOV -- that's TR Out Loud on Video --  captured some of the hot political posts that topped the boards. For those of you who are saturated with politics, there is plenty of distraction in this episode as well. If you're not a fan of video (sorry about the Flash, Jaqui), you can choose to just listen to the audio file.

Notes: Top discussion threads:

  1. McCain vs. Obama: Who would be better for tech?
  2. Poll: Who will you vote for in the 2008 U.S. presidential election?
  3. Avoid this. It's the key reason McCain lost the election
  4. Are salaried employees entitled to overtime pay?
  5. The worst excuses for missing work

Be sure to check out the TR Member pet pics and the TR Member tattoo pics galleries. ALSO, I NEED PHOTOS OF YOUR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES -- past or present -- so that I can create another TR member gallery on the site. Send me your photos -- pets, tattoos, and/or Halloween costumes.

Here are some additional TR Out Loud posts/podcasts from this past week:

Most “Thumbs Up” in the TR Questions arena over the past two weeks?

  1. Jacky Howe (13 thumbs)
  2. OH Smeg (6 thumbs)
  3. TheChas (5 thumbs)
  4. Old Mycroft and CaptBilly1Eye (4 thumbs)
  5. larry  (3 thumbs)
Most Comments in the TR Forums this week?

  1. jdclyde (190 posts)
  2. Old Mycroft (110 posts)
  3. Jacky Howe (107 posts)
  4. boxfiddler (100 posts)
  5. Palmetto (95 posts)
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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

149 comments
kenmorrison30
kenmorrison30

I enjoy the video format. I truly the concept of following up what on what other subscribers found interesting. Great addition!

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

for it. I have also worked out how I can actually get it to play without stopping every 30 seconds. Open it up to play and just let it run through with no sound and minimize the screen. I just open TR again in another tab. Half and hour later I can go back to the TROLOV Video and it will play through with no LAG. Now if I could just automate that I would be more than happy. ;) Another good one Sonja, cool outfit. Come on Tammy where is your Halloween outfit. :p

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

But I didn't really think you lot got so worked up over a Election in New Zealand last Saturday. :D Granted Helen Clark stopped American War Ships from dropping in on NZ as they wouldn't declare if the where caring Nukes or not and NZ is a Declared Nuke Free Zone but that is what the NZ People wanted so a new Prime Minister there is unlikely to change that bit of Legislation. :p This is because the Kiwis don't like to look out on their fields at night and see the sheep Glowing in the dark as it's considered as [b]Unsporting[/b] to be able to catch your favorite Finance by just walking out to the back paddock and the ewe not having a fair chance to be confused with the other sheep in the paddock. :p May I suggest the Movie [b]Black Sheep[/b] this is a NZ production made by the NZ Government. This is sold around the world as a Comedy but in NZ it is given to every member of the population as a Owners Manual on how not to treat your Sheep. Very clever idea of the NZ Government there selling this and making a massive profit while still offering the service to it's citizens. :D Maybe that is why you lot are so interested in the NZ Elections. ;) Col ]:)

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

What makes you think that any male except JD wants to cross dress :0 For Halloween this year, I did nothing, so nothing to show. I had only 5 or 6 trick or treaters as well, and lots of candy.. The candy is now at work, slowly going away.

willcomp
willcomp

must be Tammy's favorite clothing line. Makes a good ol' Southern boy proud!

jdclyde
jdclyde

last weeks halloween or this weeks election... :p Drat, I didn't get the most thumbs up this week. After I got hundreds of them last week too.... ;\ Another great cast, but it bums me out. Here this is my last Friday that I work THIS YEAR [i](put in vacation daze for the rest of them)[/i]. Can we move this to Thursdays? :D And I ALWAYS have hit the check mark.... Took a pic of the tat, but it didn't turn out. Will try again this weekend. And you didn't include the title for my halloween pic. "The family that slays together, stays together". ThingOne in the middle, ThingTwo on the right, my ex on the far left...... :D

Jellimonsta
Jellimonsta

Great job as usual Soni. I did not get dressed up for Halloween, but the kids did. Maybe I will send in a pic of them?! :D BTW, whats up with the slurring? Did you hit the bottle prior to recording? :p ;\ Keep em coming.

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

..as Sonja??? I said I was going as her ;) -Tammy :-)

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

if you logon using another PC you can Vote again. ;)

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

LOL I stock up when the fair comes to town - which happened to be this week - ended today (that was a new one I just got) - the back says - Trucks just ain't for boys. I have a ball cap I wear that is pink - part of it has a rebel flag and the other part says - Dixie girls My favorite outfits are jeans, my dixie t-shirts and ball caps (outside the leather wear when I'm Harley riding) - I have mentioned I own a Jeep Rubicon and a truck didn't I? -Tammy :-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

dixie outfitters, was just reading their history. The winners write the history books, and it sounded a lot better for Northerners to say they were fighting for freedom than to say they were fighting for money. As a good northern boy, I have long known it was the oppressive taxes that caused the war. Oppressive taxes are always a bad thing. Hope the current administration knows that.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Are you trying to throw me under the bus? ;) Sometimes words are too big for my dainty little mouth. :D

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

great job by the makeup artist you even have her eyes. :p

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

another browser on the same system, you can vote again

jdclyde
jdclyde

oh come on, we know you have a nice prius... ;\

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

... that is one that will be debated long after I'm gone... Was just having a debate (I'll call it a debate though it was more of an arguement) - over Obama's wish to keep taxes lower but wishes to raised Min wage to 9.xx by 2010. Something has to go up if you lower taxes and raise Min wage that high. Guess milk will cost me 6 dollars a gallon - as that is where we will feel a huge pinch - food. Cost of living will go way up, house taxes, etc... Hmmm... I better stop before I get more irritated over things that I know will cost me triple in 2 yrs time should it all happen. -Tammy :-)

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

living in a small town and the local copper confiscatated our arsenal and said that we were being a public nuisance. He gave them back to us a week later and told us to behave at the next cracker night or he would keep them. I can't imagine that happening in this day and age.

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

... though not all get dressed up and have different concepts - I remember when I use to work with AOL UK - the kids always talked about using turnips instead of pumpkins -Tammy :-)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

I really miss Cracker Night here. OK so I was a bit of a problem child when it came to Crackers. Not a big fan of the Pretty Colours of Sky Rockets, Catherine Wheels but Roman Candles where fun if you ignored the destructions and held them while pointing them at the enemy. :D While Double Bungers where certainly fun they never made a big enough bang for my liking and I much preferred the ones that I made out of 2 threepenny Bungers slightly modified of course. :^0 However I never had a problem with ruining cloths before Cracker night when I was out surveying the neighborhood. I figured out very early in the piece that if you lit a Smoke poked a hole through one end and then laid the Trap you could be far enough away when it went Bang not to get caught or even accused. :0 Of course things like Tom Thumbs made a nice change as you could hold them in your hand light them and throw then even if they went off before they left your hand they did no damage but they certainly scared the unwary around me. Of course I had to unravel them all so instead of just 1 series of Bangs I had lots of small crackers to throw at whatever took my fancy. :D Of course Sky Rockets not used in the recommended manner certainly did prove entertaining. Instead of standing them in a bottle and lighting the fuse letting them run up a old car ramp or fire them out of a custom made Firing Solution where you could aim them at houses never lost it's appeal to me. ;) Even when they moved it from November to June it was still fun though somewhat colder. :p Of course now if a looser hears a fire cracker let off they ring the Police and report Gun Shots. Can't help but wonder how they would react in a real emergency situation. B-) Col

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

on cracker night, terrorize that is. Don't remember celebrating Halloween though. Thanks to John Williamson Teary eyes at the window, Where did Mum and Dad go? I wish someone would hurry up and come and get me, Gee I'm scared The cat shot through, She saw the light and fled. Cracker night was a real big deal, when I was a little kid They started lettin' them off after tea I ran inside and hid And all the dogs from everywhere were underneath me bed. We all went down in our dressing gowns to see the big bonfire Wide eyes watched the straw man burn on a mile-high pile of tyres Hot as hell, big black smell and red hot rings of wire. Sky rockets zinging, Catherine wheels spinning, What a flamin' evening, Fire trucks were screaming Smoky haze hangin' round for days And Grandma's ears were ringing. Everynight after school draggin' bits of wood, Boxes and branches and rotten old fences, And mattresses were good. We even scrounged a vinyl lounge And anything we could Little Guy Fawkes's and letter boxes Blown all out of shape Light the wick and back off quick, And make the big escape Cackin' ourselves and rippin' my shirt Scrambling through the gate Sky rockets zinging Catherine wheels spinning What a flamin' evening Fire trucks were screaming Smoky haze hangin' round for days And Grandma's ears were ringing. A house burnt down on the edge of town We all took off with Pa This thing whizzed across the road And nearly hit our car A bang and spark lit up the park And everyone went Ah! Ah! Ah! Cracker night was a real big deal, When I was a little kid, It seems like only yesterday Tucked away in bed Dreams of schemes and double bunger Daring things we did.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

What makes you think anyone outside the US even knows what Halloween even is? Other than a way to terrorize young children when they are susceptible I'm not sure what it's actually for or for that matter anyone who even celebrates it when they are in the US. :0 Col

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

Your'e right we need a lot more content from members. I did have a couple of photos that were supposed to be sent in for this week but when the battery goes flat and you have left it until the last....................minute. You can't get them off the bloody camera. Next week. ;)

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

forgot about the eyes.... well there is next year right??? and speaking of costumes... we still need more halloween costumes (past and present) for our gallery - which also will be featured in our newsletter :D -Tammy :-)

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

for a long time. It was on of my uncles favorite shows. He loved Bert and Ernie. ;)

jdclyde
jdclyde

That would apply I had stopped at some time.... :p ;\

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Have you been drinking out of the bit bucket again? :p

jdclyde
jdclyde

C is for cookie, thats good enough for me C is for cookie, thats good enough for me C is for cookie, thats good enough for me oh! cookie cookie cookie starts with C! :D

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

trouble with one let alone having two of them. ;)

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

I don't think Mae will mind too much. Hope not. This might be a BATB day for me as bighair snuck up on my blindside and hit me a good one.

jdclyde
jdclyde

I hope Mae doesn't mind if I use some copyright infringement here.... ;\

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

Just feel like blitching about stuff today. :0 Different from yesterday when I felt like complaining. Big difference, to the trained eye.

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

it fits in their mailbox :p My normal everyday drive - Black 2008 Jeep Rubicon 6 speed - my other normal drive - 2002 Black Toyota Tundra 4WD - the Harley? 1994 Fatboy No sissy cars here ;) :p -Tammy :-)

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

where you over pay on State taxes and they give you a refund and then the federal gov wants you to claim that over payment as income the next year so they can tax you on it? geeeeeeesh -Tammy :-)

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

I'm taking that as a good thing. I've enough issues already.

jdclyde
jdclyde

it missed you..... ;\

jdclyde
jdclyde

that hp mini-laptop I won as a door prize! :D

jdclyde
jdclyde

I will have to give enough judgment for the both of us! B-)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

My father had a few of the Pogo collections and I wound up with them. Not in very good shape, but every now and then, I need some of Walt Kelly's perspective. Was reading "I Go Pogo" Saturday.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I remember Pogo. I have a Pogo book around here somewhere, too. I got it when my Grandfather died. I remember pouring through that book on rainy afternoons at their house.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I'm one of 'these people'. But not one of 'those people'.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

and Hope For The Best. Biggest exacta I've ever cashed. One of those that paid enough I had to report it and pay income tax on it. Pretty big thrill, all the same. :D

santeewelding
santeewelding

"The other day"? I remember that strip. Maybe you're one of them.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

But the other day, I heard Pogo say that they was us. :0 Now what? ?:|

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

I'm missing something somewhere, I just know it. Phrasing like, "these people", always makes me wonder, "what people?" Are they them? Gotta watch out for them. I know that much.

tcavadias
tcavadias Staff

.. for now though I'll reserve my judgement and hope for the best :-) -Tammy :-)

jdclyde
jdclyde

upon lower and middle income houses, but the cultists can't quite comprehend the money has to come from somewhere. It makes some stooge somewhere feel better about themselves because they finally make a bigger pay check, but there is a disconnect about how far that check will go. If these people would have taken the basics in school, they would understand this....