Open Chat... All Day, Every Day! Express Your Views, Debate, and Challenge the Views of Others!

In order to keep up with the nature of free, spirited debate, I wanted to place the chat feature at the top of the homepage. This ensures people can come here and share their views on anything they wish and not have it be related to any specific discussion. Here, people can share ideas, links, and views "unmoderated" and an their own pace. To me, this makes The Elephant in the Room blog truly a place for debate.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Weekly News Headline and Debate Topic Forum

As addressed in my letter here, unfortunately, due to a career change, The Elephant in the Room blog has undergone some changes as well. Most noticeably is the lack of daily updates and Morning Headlines posts. As time goes on, things do change, but my goal with the blog is to ensure it changes as little as possible with respect to the amount of civil debate and information passing that occurs.

In the letter linked above, I tossed around the idea of opening up weekly news headline and debate topic forums so that the debate about relevant issues continues. Because of the nature of my new job, I'm unable to post daily headlines posts as I arrive at work. These posts have served as a way of fostering spirited, civil debate relating to relevant current events, and I think those things are the "bread and butter" of the blog. I truly hope they can continue at a high level.

So here we are: the first round of the weekly open forum. I'll try my best to post this on Sunday night or Monday morning each week, and hopefully, if people feel so inclined, they will come here with whatever news subjects, links, headlines, stories, and other topics in general (it doesn't have to be solely what's going on in the news) they'd like to debate. After a few weeks of this, we can all look at how it has gone in addition to looking at what tweaks need to be made. Post whatever you wish in the comments section below, and reply to other people's posts as well. I hope this works out! Thank you for understanding :-).


  1. Great idea!

    The Pope resigning is a big headline for me... being Catholic and all. What does everyone think? I doubt there will be much discussion however.

    1. Hi Rick

      I'm not Catholic, so I've really not paid a lot of attention to the Pope. But after the announcement came out, I saw a couple of newsreels. On closer inspection - he looks tired, weary.

      From the report, he hadn't planned on being Pope; he'd wanted to spend time and write books with his older brother in his 'golden years.' My only insight on how a Pope is selected, comes from the Da Vinci Code (sorry) but if that was anywhere near an accurate depiction - Pope didn't look like a position you could really just say 'not interested' to, even if you did have other plans for your life.

      I know Catholics world wide will miss him. But, I think he knows best how he feels physically. Being Pope and all, I'm sure he's prayed and is comfortable in the knowledge that God is alright with his decision.

      Sorry to be so ignorant about the 'inner workings' of your faith. We Baptists don't have too many rituals...well, unless you happen to accidentally find yourself in a Southern Baptist church....All I can say about that is - very interesting - in a fun way : )

  2. Seriously?

    Is nayone else scared by this?