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RIP, Andrew Breitbart

Right wing activist dies suddenly
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This is shocking news: Andrew Breitbart passed away early this morning in Los Angeles.

We were friends once, but that ended when I could no longer stomach the right wing extremism that Andrew chose instead to embrace. I’m a bit sad that he won’t be ranting any more on Twitter about my “magic ponytail,” but some of his other, more venomous insults I must confess I won’t miss at all.

From all accounts, Andrew was a good family man who loved his wife and children, and I want to extend my sincere condolences for their loss.

UPDATE at 3/1/12 8:53:20 am

Shirley Sherrod, who was falsely accused of racism by Andrew Breitbart and subsequently filed a defamation lawsuit against him, has released a statement:

“The news of Mr. Breitbart’s death came as a surprise to me when I was informed of it this morning. My prayers go out to Mr. Breitbart’s family as they cope through this very difficult time.”

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280 comments

1 ReamWorks SKG  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:11:24am

(I had no idea you had a ponytail. I have to update my mental picture of you.)

2 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:12:21am

re: #1 reuven

I'm OFFENDED! Brietbart gets his own thread, but poor Davy Jones doesn't. In 20 years, who will more remember?

Take it back.

3 Simply Sarah  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:12:33am

re: #1 reuven

I'm OFFENDED! Brietbart gets his own thread, but poor Davy Jones doesn't. In 20 years, who will more remember?

Even as a joke, that's uh, err...

4 NJDhockeyfan  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:12:53am

re: #1 reuven

I'm OFFENDED! Brietbart gets his own thread, but poor Davy Jones doesn't. In 20 years, who will more remember?

Davy Jones died too? I have been out of the loop for a couple days.

5 ReamWorks SKG  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:13:03am

re: #2 wrenchwench

Take what back? :-)

6 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:13:22am

I wish, instead, he'd stayed alive and changed as a person, or at least as a persona.

7 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:13:37am

May he rest in peace. To his family, friends and co-workers, my condolences.

8 Sionainn  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:13:37am

I feel bad for his wife and children. So sad for them.

9 SpaceJesus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:13:45am
To: Dawgreg

“Instant Heart Attack” powders and sprays have been around in the CIA and KGM arsenals for at least fifty years.

The beauty of the good ones is the cause the heart attack, and leave no trace for autopsy.

I would not put it past Gangster Government Inc. to slip a few samples to outside operatives, who also wanted to see Andrew Breitbart dead.

128 posted on Thursday, March 01, 2012 9:22:28 AM by Travis McGee ([Link: www.enemiesforeignanddomestic.com)...]
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Obummer can't pull a fast one on freep

10 shutdown  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:13:50am

re: #4 NJDhockeyfan

Davy Jones died too? I have been out of the loop for a couple days.

Holy cow, man - where have you been???

11 Acemarilllion  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:14:06am

42 years young is way too early to pass away.

Thoughts go out to his family and friends.

12 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:14:30am

re: #10 Turnabout is Fair Play

He's on dialup.

13 lawhawk  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:14:48am

It is absolutely shocking that the first news story I saw this morning was that Breitbart was dead at the age of 43. 43. Not much older than I am. It will be tough on his family and friends to say the least.

14 Simply Sarah  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:15:03am

re: #9 SpaceJesus

Obummer can't pull a fast one on freep

And yet Rush survived the entire Clinton administration, despite them having no issues killing Vince Foster.
/

15 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:15:29am

re: #5 reuven

Take what back? :-)

Too bad you can't edit quotations of your post. :)

You didn't know about the ponytail?!?

16 NJDhockeyfan  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:15:31am

re: #10 Turnabout is Fair Play

Holy cow, man - where have you been???

Work meeting all day yesterday. Dial up at home. I am missing a lot.

17 ReamWorks SKG  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:16:09am

re: #14 Simply Sarah

Maybe they miscalculated the dosage needed for his bodyweight. Or perhaps, from all his drug use, he developed a resistance.

18 Charles Johnson  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:16:16am

I'm not going to allow any comments celebrating Breitbart's death, of course. If you're tempted to do that, you should think twice before posting it at LGF.

19 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:17:03am

re: #18 Charles Johnson

I'm not going to allow any comments celebrating Breitbart's death, of course. If you're tempted to do that, you should think twice before posting it at LGF at all.

FTFY... Not that that's going to stop some people from doing so at other places, though.

20 NJDhockeyfan  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:17:28am
From all accounts, Andrew was a good family man who loved his wife and children, and I want to extend my sincere condolences for their loss.

Leaving politics aside, that was very nice Charles.

21 makeitstop  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:18:20am

re: #4 NJDhockeyfan

Davy Jones died too? I have been out of the loop for a couple days.

You have to stick around. You wander off and people start dying.
/

22 shutdown  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:19:06am

re: #21 makeitstop

You have to stick around. You wander off and people start dying.
/

That is not a coincidence! NJD is a stone cold assassin.
/ (sarc tag added to avoid doubt - unless....)

23 neilk  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:19:12am

Hear, hear.

24 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:19:14am

re: #13 lawhawk

It is absolutely shocking that the first news story I saw this morning was that Breitbart was dead at the age of 43. 43. Not much older than I am. It will be tough on his family and friends to say the least.

Dude, you're not yet 43? Yeesh, I'm feeling terribly old.

25 Feline Fearless Leader  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:19:23am

My condolences for his family's loss.

Not much else to say. I didn't follow his tweets, and unfortunately did not have that positive of an opinion of him due to his quotes and video snippets of his actions shown on LGF.

So from my life's point of view he acts simply as a piece of scenery that will fade from sight as the train of life moves on into the future.

26 NJDhockeyfan  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:19:43am

re: #21 makeitstop

You have to stick around. You wander off and people start dying.
/

I have an alibi I swear!

27 Simply Sarah  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:19:58am

re: #18 Charles Johnson

I'm not going to allow any comments celebrating Breitbart's death, of course. If you're tempted to do that, you should think twice before posting it at LGF.

A big part of what keeps me posting here is that I know you won't allow that sort of thing.

28 Feline Fearless Leader  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:20:09am

re: #26 NJDhockeyfan

I have an alibi I swear!

Battery on your electric car ran down, did it?
;)

29 mr.fusion  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:20:29am

I know a lot of people had problems with his tactics but he was bold, had a vision for the way technology should be incorporated into the debate, and for the most part was a very formidable opponent.

30 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:20:35am

I have to say, I liked magic ponytail, too. Didn't he think up "jazzy ponytail" also?

31 makeitstop  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:20:53am

My thoughts on Breitbart aside, I'm stunned that he was just 43.

He looked a lot older. And 43 is just way too young for anyone to die.

32 Joanne  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:21:16am

And the conspiracy theories begin. This from Yahoo news where I first read of his death. Many, many more like it (not to mention other comments which have no place in a death announcement).

7 users liked this comment | 11 users disliked this commentJDM • 25 mins ago

The man was a Patriot, hero & Truthseeker. That's why they killed him. "Natural causes", my azzz. Remember, 2 of Obama's former gay lovers from the Rev. Wright's church were also murdered - story suppressed by the liberal media. Somthing's rotten in Denmark.

33 ReamWorks SKG  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:21:36am

I was looking through the other obits of the day, so nobody would be forgotten in someone's shadow and came across this interesting guy:

[Link: www.nytimes.com...]

34 OhNoZombies!  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:21:51am

Wow! This has shocked me out of hybernation!
He was the same age as my husband...
My condolences to his family.

35 Flounder  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:23:04am

re: #33 reuven

Bride of Pinbot is my favorite pinball game. I wanted to buy one, but it is out of my price range.

36 NJDhockeyfan  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:23:49am
37 leftynyc  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:23:51am

re: #32 JustJay

And the conspiracy theories begin. This from Yahoo news where I first read of his death. Many, many more like it (not to mention other comments which have no place in a death announcement).

According to that swamp, no conservative dies of natural causes....they're so pure, they live forever or are getting killed by whichever Democrat is in power. Their minds immediately go to conspiracies and not to the 4 children who lost their father today.

38 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:24:56am

The sudden deaths always seem the most tragic, as there's no real warning and no time for the soon-to-be-deceased to make peace with the world before his/her passing. Had a cousin who went in a similar fashion not more than 5 years back, found dead in the kitchen in the middle of the day. All I remember from the moment I first heard he'd died was just standing there, frozen in shock, my brain locked up by inability to make sense of what I'd just heard.

But what helped me, helped a lot of us, make it through it all was looking back upon his life and marveling at how many lives he'd changed and how much good and friendship he's brought to others. I know little about Breitbart outside of the persona he created on the Internet, but I hear that he was a wonderful family man and good friend to many. I hope that they, like me, can take solace in this in the coming days.

39 Flounder  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:25:12am

My local paper on Andrews passing
[Link: www.timesunion.com...]

40 celticdragon  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:25:20am

Unfortunately, lest we forget...Breitbart had a few things to say when Ted Kennedy died:

Early this morning, news broke that Sen. Ted Kennedy had passed away after serving in the U.S. Senate for nearly 50 years. Soon after, conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart began a sustained assault on Kennedy’s memory, tweeting “Rest in Chappaquiddick.”

Over the course of the next three hours, Breitbart unapologetically attacked Kennedy, calling him a “villain,” “a big ass motherf@#$er,” a “duplicitous bastard” and a “prick.” “I’ll shut my mouth for Carter. That’s just politics. Kennedy was a special pile of human excrement,” wrote Breitbart in one tweet.

When Politico’s Michael Calderone highlighted Breitbart’s attacks in an article called, “Not all Kennedy critics hold fire,” a pleased Breitbart tweeted:

Andrew Breitbart tweets about Politico covering his tweets.

When a fellow conservative tweeted to Breitbart asking him not to treat Kennedy like they believe some on the left treated the passing of Tony Snow and Ronald Reagan, Breitbart responded “How dare you compare Snow & Reagan to Kennedy! Why do you grant a BULLY special status upon his death? This isnt lib v con.” Despite his claim that his attacks weren’t about “lib v. con,” Breitbart repeatedly justified them in ideological terms.

“Look, this man was granted absolution for nothing. Class, life station played a part but PARTY was everything. GOP couldnt get away with it,” complained Breitbart in one tweet. “IF a GOP possesses 1/100 of human failings of T. Kennedy he/she is TOAST,” he claimed in another. “In this moment I cant but recognize absolute backwardness of media & society. Bush=EVIL. Ted Kennedy=SAINT. Im gonna keep fighin’, folks,” Breitbart said in another tweet.

We do not have to repay him in kind. Sadly, however, this is a major part of his legacy.

41 CuriousLurker  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:25:39am

Condolences to his family & friends. May they find comfort in one another.

42 jaunte  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:25:56am

re: #36 NJDhockeyfan

Nothing brings out the assholes like the death of a political opponent.

43 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:26:52am

re: #40 celticdragon

Unfortunately, lest we not forget...Breitbart had a few things to say when Ted Kennedy died:

We do not have to repay him in kind. Sadly, however, this is a major part of his legacy.

I've seen that brought up a few times already. And I don't know what Andy's response to the outrage was at the time, but I know that more than a few who indulged in glee at Kennedy's passing said the same thing to me in each instance: "You did the same when Reagan died."

44 CuriousLurker  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:27:52am

Okay, I see where this is going this morning. Later.

45 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:28:27am

re: #36 NJDhockeyfan

Ugh.

Liberals celebrate death of Andrew Breitbart

I dunno. I went to dkos in the first minutes and it was extremely civil. So opinions differ.

46 ReamWorks SKG  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:28:44am

Taking joy in someone's death is a political move that always backfires. It doesn't help your credibility, and just gives fuel to your opponents.

Now I'm off to the gym! Have a great day everyone, and stay healthy!

47 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:29:36am

Zero is the amount of interest I've ever had with Matt Yglesias.

48 Tim G.  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:30:16am

Good of you to take the high road Charles. I haven't followed your war with AB but have been an admirer of your work since Mark Steyn mentioned you years ago.

49 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:30:27am

The best thing I can say about Breitbart is take care of your ticker. What momma said was true. Eat right and get plenty of exercise. And quit smoking!

I would also add that it doesn't pay to stress yourself out or take yourself too seriously.

50 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:30:32am

re: #44 CuriousLurker

Okay, I see where this is going this morning. Later.

The show must go on! :)

51 ReamWorks SKG  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:31:20am

re: #36 NJDhockeyfan

Ugh.

Liberals celebrate death of Andrew Breitbart

Picking out a few tweets from a pool of billions is hardly good research.

(But I up-voted you for pointing out this "reporting" because we shouldn't shoot the messenger! We'll probably see others making this case.)

52 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:32:23am

re: #51 reuven

Picking out a few tweets from a pool of billions is hardly good research.

Indeed, especially when there's 1000s more from liberals being respectful.

53 celticdragon  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:32:40am

re: #43 Targetpractice

I've seen that brought up a few times already. And I don't know what Andy's response to the outrage was at the time, but I know that more than a few who indulged in glee at Kennedy's passing said the same thing to me in each instance: "You did the same when Reagan died."

So we break the chain here. Mr Breitbart wrote his own epitaph. We should neither ignore or embellish it. At the same time, we should also acknowledge the loss to his family and 4 young children who will miss their father. I will not miss him, personally, but I cannot celebrate or rejoice in a life cut so very short.

54 jaunte  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:32:55am

@EricBoehlert
Condolences to Andrew Breitbart's friends and family today. He was a force of nature and a passionate foe.

55 Joanne  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:33:03am

re: #36 NJDhockeyfan

Ugh.

Liberals celebrate death of Andrew Breitbart

I have never heard of almost all (but one) of those twitter users. Who are they?

56 McSpiff  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:33:03am

re: #51 reuven

Picking out a few tweets from a pool of billions is hardly good research.

Well said

57 Robert O.  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:33:32am

On CNN, it said he died of "natural consequences." He is only 43 (!) Did he have cancer or something I didn't realize.

RIP, even though I could hardly stomach his views at the end.

58 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:34:05am

My apologies for the comments I spent on this subject on the previous thread. I wasn't trying to make light of another persons death. My bad.

59 erik_t  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:34:13am

re: #57 Robert O.

On CNN, it said he died of "natural consequences." He is only 43 (!) Did he have cancer or something I didn't realize.

RIP, even though I could hardly stomach his views at the end.

Prevailing thought seems to be heart attack, as he collapsed and was pronounced dead at the hospital. And, you know, he was kind of a model of someone that I might expect to have early-onset cardiac problems.

60 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:34:16am

re: #57 Robert O.

On CNN, it said he died of "natural consequences." He is only 43 (!) Did he have cancer or something I didn't realize.

RIP, even though I could hardly stomach his views at the end.

I'm guessing heart attack. Or maybe an aneurism.

61 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:34:17am

re: #36 NJDhockeyfan

Removed my ding because, well, some liberals did celebrate. If only you used "some"...

62 jaunte  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:34:55am

Think Progress:
Conservative Publisher Andrew Breitbart Dead At 43

It says a great deal about the quality of publisher and provocateur Andrew Breitbart’s showmanship and his commitment to carrying a performance through that, as the news broke this morning that he had passed away at the untimely age of 43, many people weren’t sure the announcement was real. At ThinkProgress, we send condolences to his family, and remember him as an expert and captivating provocateur, even in our many serious disagreements with him on the issues.

63 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:36:37am

Will Yglesias get Sully's Malkin award? /

64 makeitstop  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:36:45am

re: #57 Robert O.

On CNN, it said he died of "natural consequences." He is only 43 (!) Did he have cancer or something I didn't realize.

RIP, even though I could hardly stomach his views at the end.

Natural consequences?

Is that CNN's Freudian slip or yours?

65 Wozza Matter?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:36:58am

re: #58 Cannadian Club Akbar

My apologies for the comments I spent on this subject on the previous thread. I wasn't trying to make light of another persons death. My bad.

So do I and neither was I.

66 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:37:05am

re: #57 Robert O.

On CNN, it said he died of "natural consequences." He is only 43 (!) Did he have cancer or something I didn't realize.

RIP, even though I could hardly stomach his views at the end.

Apparently he'd had heart-related issues last year, which is leading most to conclude that that's the cause. It seems he went out doing what he loved, making his mark in the world of politics.

67 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:37:11am

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

68 ReamWorks SKG  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:37:12am
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

And now I'm really just about to hop into my electric car (it's a Northern CA thing) and go to the gym. Bye!

69 Big Steve  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:37:27am

re: #51 reuven

Picking out a few tweets from a pool of billions is hardly good research. (But I up-voted you for pointing out this "reporting" because we shouldn't shoot the messenger!)

There are assholes at all points of the political compass.

70 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:37:29am

My family is susceptible to aneurisms. Both sides. Both my mom and dad had surgeries before they burst.

My grandparents died in their sleep. Jews generally don't do autopsies. At least, we're not supposed to, but in those days, I don't think it was standard practice for anyone. Maybe for someone famous, like Andrew, it's different.

Anyway, after my mother's aneurism surgery, we pondered if her mother died of one. We supposed it was a heart attack.

71 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:37:33am

re: #67 Gus

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Except if they don't want you doing unto them, then don't.

72 allegro  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:38:10am

I'm not one to subscribe to the notion that upon death all become temporarily worthy of a feigned respect that was not earned during life. I do feel compassion for his family and know that the days, weeks, and months ahead are going to be very, very difficult for them. They have my most sincere condolences

73 Wozza Matter?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:38:12am

re: #61 sator arepo tenet opera rotas

Removed my ding because, well, some liberals did celebrate. If only you used "some"...

I wish people wouldn't use liberal/conservative labels in this context "assholes" is a better descriptor.

74 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:38:23am

re: #70 Madge

If he died while under care at UCLA, there probably won't be a need for an autopsy unless there's some allegation of misconduct by one of the attending doctors.

75 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:39:11am

re: #70 Madge

My family is susceptible to aneurisms. Both sides. Both my mom and dad had surgeries before they burst.

My grandparents died in their sleep. Jews generally don't do autopsies. At least, we're not supposed to, but in those days, I don't think it was standard practice for anyone. Maybe for someone famous, like Andrew, it's different.

Anyway, after my mother's aneurism surgery, we pondered if her mother died of one. We supposed it was a heart attack.

The prevailing theory on my cousin's death is still aneurysm, as his mother died not but 3 years later of a heart attack. Granted, she'd been having health issues for years on account of shitty care by the VA, but it seems that heart problems are a family legacy. That and cancer.

76 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:39:25am

I heard a guy that works for Glenn Beck who worked for BrietbartTV on the radio earlier. I said he was in the CBS studio (pre-brietbartTV) when Dan Rather gave the farewell speech. He called Andrew, who appenrently worked for Drudge and let him listen in. It was on Drudge (apparently within minutes). Wonder who broke the Rathergate story, actually.
(har)

77 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:40:18am

Server getting the hiccups?

78 Interesting Times  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:40:52am

re: #72 allegro

I'm not one to subscribe to the notion that upon death all become temporarily worthy of a feigned respect that was not earned during life. I do feel compassion for his family and know that the days, weeks, and months ahead are going to be very, very difficult for them. They have my most sincere condolences

THIS.

79 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:41:05am

re: #76 Cannadian Club Akbar

I heard a guy that works for Glenn Beck who worked for BrietbartTV on the radio earlier. I HE said he was in the CBS studio (pre-brietbartTV) when Dan Rather gave the farewell speech. He called Andrew, who appenrently worked for Drudge and let him listen in. It was on Drudge (apparently within minutes). Wonder who broke the Rathergate story, actually.
(har)

PIMF

80 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:42:15am

Heh.

81 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:42:55am

re: #74 Obdicut

If he died while under care at UCLA, there probably won't be a need for an autopsy unless there's some allegation of misconduct by one of the attending doctors.

I thought I read they were going to do one, but maybe not.

My mother's second husband (otherwise known as my ex-stepfather, but I don't regard him as any kind of father) is currently in the hospital on his deathbed.

One of my relatives was telling me about it. I remained silent. One of those uncomfortable silences where you expect someone to say something and they don't. That be me. I have nothing to say. He was (is) an angry, abusive personality. Why should I have anything to say? So I say nothing. It's ok to say nothing.

82 neilk  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:43:09am

Without defending anybody in particular, I will mention that Breitbart was not your average politician or operative. His goal was personal destruction, and I think this is being reflected in some of the inappropriate reactions that we're seeing this morning. He didn't want to stop politicians' reelections, he wanted to destroy their marriages. He was as happy about getting a political appointee fired as getting a desk clerk fired.

His family isn't responsible for what he did and they don't deserve any less sympathy because of the person he chose to be. But at the same time, you can't say he didn't bring some of this invective onto himself. So I pity his family, both for their loss and for having to deal with the bad blood Andrew left behind, that he is no longer here to take responsibility for.

83 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:43:35am

re: #30 Madge

I have to say, I liked magic ponytail, too. Didn't he think up "jazzy ponytail" also?

I believe the technical term is "minor/major seventh ponytail".

84 erik_t  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:44:00am

re: #72 allegro

I'm not one to subscribe to the notion that upon death all become temporarily worthy of a feigned respect that was not earned during life. I do feel compassion for his family and know that the days, weeks, and months ahead are going to be very, very difficult for them. They have my most sincere condolences

There is a meaningful difference between respect and acting respectful, I think. I did not, do not, and will not ever respect Andrew Breitbart, but I feel that I can state that without disrespecting his memory or those around him, for whom I do feel sympathy at this time.

(unless it's empathy; I never did figure out the difference between those two)

85 Unions = Innovation slash slash  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:44:36am

OT, but interesting editorial from a professor who spoke to my Regional Security Studies Group last week on the challenges with crafting peace in Afghanistan.

Designing a Comprehensive Peace Process for Afghanistan

86 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:44:41am
87 Crimsonfisted  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:44:45am

I am so sorry. All my prayers for his family.

88 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:44:50am

re: #82 neilk

Without defending anybody in particular, I will mention that Breitbart was not your average politician or operative. His goal was personal destruction, and I think this is being reflected in some of the inappropriate reactions that we're seeing this morning. He didn't want to stop politicians' reelections, he wanted to destroy their marriages. He was as happy about getting a political appointee fired as getting a desk clerk fired.

His family isn't responsible for what he did and they don't deserve any less sympathy because of the person he chose to be. But at the same time, you can't say he didn't bring some of this invective onto himself. So I pity his family, both for their loss and for having to deal with the bad blood Andrew left behind, that he is no longer here to take responsibility for.

Can't say I necessarily agree with all that, but I respect it.

89 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:45:22am

re: #84 erik_t

The old meaning of sympathy was that you felt the same pain-- had been in the same situation.

The old meaning of empathy was that you intellectually simulated the pain for yourself, that you thought about it and 'experienced' it on an intellectual level.

The distinction in meaning has basically been lost by now.

90 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:45:32am

re: #83 Pope Ron Polyp XXXVII

I believe the technical term is "minor/major seventh ponytail".

Some of the banter between Charles and Andrew was really quite funny.

91 Interesting Times  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:45:44am
92 SpaceJesus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:45:52am

The video was damning. Cocaine, women, anti-American slogans, and overt communist sympathies. Obama winced at the thought of his immature, collegiate antics as he put the video tape back in its box. A sigh as he shook his head. He felt a tidal wave of relief as he poured himself a scotch in the oval office, knowing that fortunately, this was the only copy of the video in existence. It was his again. The reassurance that the tape would never again fall into the hands of his enemies calmed the president as he sipped his 14 year Glennmorangie alone behind his desk in the eerie midnight silence. Obama wasn't sure how Andrew had obtained the video, but one thing was certain: Andrew had put up much a better struggle for it than Obama had ever anticipated. Perhaps it was because the president had been too busy to maintain his training, or perhaps it was because Breitbart was defending his own home that night, but the 43 year olds sword play was still quite deadly. A small smile crept across the President's face as he recalled pulling his katana out of Andrew's chest just hours before in the Los Angeles dusk. "Never again" he said to himself as he stood. Never again would he be so careless with evidence of his raucous past. The President set down his rocks glass with a clank, lifted his prize from the desk and flicked it into the flames of the oval office fireplace. "It is done." Glancing once more at his Hanzo Steel on the fireplace mantel, its steely surface shimmering off the moonlight from the oval office window, Obama retired to bed. His enemy finally vanquished by his own hand, the leader of the free world retired to his chamber. Tomorrow was going to be a big day.

93 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:45:56am
94 Wozza Matter?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:46:19am

re: #81 Madge

I thought I read they were going to do one, but maybe not.

My mother's second husband (otherwise known as my ex-stepfather, but I don't regard him as any kind of father) is currently in the hospital on his deathbed.

One of my relatives was telling me about it. I remained silent. One of those uncomfortable silences where you expect someone to say something and they don't. That be me. I have nothing to say. He was (is) an angry, abusive personality. Why should I have anything to say? So I say nothing. It's ok to say nothing.

If he's had heart problems they should be able to tell without one that it was his heart that gave out, but if they don't think it was his heart that gave out they may need an autopsy for certifying the death properly.

95 SpaceJesus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:46:37am

Sorry, all the freep conspiracy comments got me excited.

96 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:46:47am

re: #90 Madge

Some of the banter between Charles and Andrew was really quite funny.

He was a very colorful character that is for sure.

97 Charles Johnson  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:48:02am

re: #36 NJDhockeyfan

Ugh.

Liberals celebrate death of Andrew Breitbart

Oh for crying out loud. Here's the other side of that stupidity:

25 People Who Think President Obama Killed Andrew Breitbart

I really don't appreciate the attempt to claim that "liberals" are celebrating Breitbart's death. I think we've seen over and over that some human beings will react in disgusting ways to a person's death, and it has nothing to do with being liberal or conservative.

98 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:49:18am

re: #92 SpaceJesus

It reads like a conservative softcore porn novel. Disgusting.

99 Varek Raith  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:49:34am

Wow.
RIP man.

100 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:51:21am

re: #91 Interesting Times

Shirley is a class act.

101 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:51:45am

Question. If people die in "3's", is that the finally or do people have to be really famous? (sorry but it is a fact of life, kinda)

102 jamesfirecat  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:52:05am

re: #98 thedopefishlives

It reads like a conservative softcore porn novel. Disgusting.

I could stand a hear a little more.

103 SpaceJesus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:52:29am

re: #98 thedopefishlives

thank you

104 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:53:31am

re: #101 Cannadian Club Akbar

I've never understood what anyone meant by that.

105 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:54:03am

re: #104 Obdicut

I've never understood what anyone meant by that.

It just happens.

106 iossarian  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:55:25am

Before anyone slings rocks at people "celebrating" Breitbart's death, I would like to remind them that there are many examples of death being celebrated that can easily be dredged up on a moment's notice.

Sometimes, the "we don't celebrate anyone's death" rule can be bent a little in the case of people who are truly evil*.

* By which I mean, not American, or otherwise of dubious moral character.

107 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:56:35am

re: #36 NJDhockeyfan

Ugh.

Liberals celebrate death of Andrew Breitbart

Matt Iglesias is the only one of those folks I've heard of.

Seriously, people, rule of thumb...when someone you don't like dies, don't comment on Twitter. You look like a dope.

108 William of Orange  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:56:56am

I could say so many bad things right now. How such persons with a twisted view are bad for forming decent discussions. But that would only get me so much bad Karma. I know that a death in a family is a very traumatic occurrence.

For what it's worth, Andrew said ridiculous things which gave him sort of a center stage in LGF, but we must not forget that he was someone's son who will be missed. And we'll know, even we here at LGF will miss him as well. He was not only a source of frustration mostly but also a source of entertainment.

Andrew, I hate to admit it but I'll miss you.

W.

109 iossarian  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:57:17am

re: #107 SanFranciscoZionist

Matt Iglesias is the only one of those folks I've heard of.

Seriously, people, rule of thumb...when someone you don't like dies, don't comment on Twitter. You look like a dope.

Does that include Osama bin Laden?

110 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:57:20am

re: #105 Cannadian Club Akbar

It just happens.

Maybe I am mistaken.
"It's just never true that they die in threes. There are always more or less, but people try to fit it into a three," McCants explains. "But because three is the number of communication, it gets people talking and by talking people feel like they are able to control death. We like to believe, if it is three, we can handle it. It makes people feel safe, but unfortunately the rule just isn't true.
[Link: www.popeater.com...]

111 Prideful, Arrogant Marriage Equality Advocate  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:57:31am

OMG. He was only 43!
I did not care for him at all but he was someones father and son and possibly brother. And he was so young!

So sorry for his friends and family.

112 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:57:56am

re: #109 iossarian

Does that include Osama bin Laden?

Na. Fuck him.

113 Unions = Innovation slash slash  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:57:58am

re: #109 iossarian

Does that include Osama bin Laden?

That would be a rule of middle finger, not thumb.
//

114 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:58:01am

re: #43 Targetpractice

I've seen that brought up a few times already. And I don't know what Andy's response to the outrage was at the time, but I know that more than a few who indulged in glee at Kennedy's passing said the same thing to me in each instance: "You did the same when Reagan died."

Who are these people who walk around being giddy when old politicians die?

115 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:58:17am

re: #109 iossarian

As harald said in the previous thread, a "political opponent in a democratic society".

116 [deleted]  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:58:23am
117 Unions = Innovation slash slash  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:59:16am

re: #116 MikeTheModerateDemocrat
Bye Mike.

118 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:59:40am

D'oh.

119 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:59:45am

It's pretty easy not to step into a doodoo...

120 Wozza Matter?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:59:56am

re: #114 SanFranciscoZionist

Who are these people who walk around being giddy when old politicians die?

Old politicians never die, they just join the upper house.

121 Charles Johnson  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 8:59:59am

Not cool. Continue down this road and you will lose your account.

122 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:00:12am

re: #51 reuven

Picking out a few tweets from a pool of billions is hardly good research.

(But I up-voted you for pointing out this "reporting" because we shouldn't shoot the messenger! We'll probably see others making this case.)

We will. You could find horrible tweets about just about any public figure's death, sadly.

Make that, any public figure.

It doesn't make doing it any less stupid and vile, but it does prove nothing except that someone is inappropriate and has a Twitter account.

Let us remember that the next time a pack of Freepers are all over the death of someone they don't like.

123 Varek Raith  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:00:34am

Come on, show some respect.
Geez, it's not like dissing him in death has any meaning.
Let him RIP.

124 iossarian  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:01:43am

re: #115 sator arepo tenet opera rotas

As harald said in the previous thread, a "political opponent in a democratic society".

Edge case: Hugo Chavez and his struggle with cancer.

125 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:01:49am

re: #114 SanFranciscoZionist

Who are these people who walk around being giddy when old politicians die?

I've no clue. I know there were some who likewise had a few chuckles over Byrd's passing, but I never did. Overall, I that most politicians don't do enough things that one might classify as "evil" in life to warrant any glee over their death. We may disagree with them, we may curse their names, but in death they deserve some measure of respect.

126 Jack Burton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:01:55am

When Ted Kennedy and Michael Jackson died (or more generally anyone I had some issue with for one reason or another), I banned myself from saying anything bad for several weeks. By the time my criticism-after-death embargo was lifted, I didn't care about either enough anymore to say much and just moved on.

I suspect this might turn out the same way. I do hope his family and friends are well supported and they don't suffer from grief for too long.

127 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:02:27am

re: #124 iossarian

Edge case: Hugo Chavez and his struggle with cancer.

I give Hugo no sympathy. But then I never said I was a good man.

128 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:02:41am

re: #93 Gus

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Nice lady.

129 Jack Burton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:03:21am

re: #127 Cannadian Club Akbar

I give Hugo no sympathy. But then I never said I was a good man.

Not giving sympathy is not the same thing as dancing on a grave.

130 MikeTheModerateDemocrat  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:03:58am

re: #18 Charles Johnson

I'm not going to allow any comments celebrating Breitbart's death, of course. If you're tempted to do that, you should think twice before posting it at LGF.

You deleted it before I could edit it Charles. Sorry, not for how I feel, but for posting it here.

131 leftynyc  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:04:01am

re: #74 Obdicut

If he died while under care at UCLA, there probably won't be a need for an autopsy unless there's some allegation of misconduct by one of the attending doctors.

In NY any untimely death requires an autopsy unless there is a family objection.

132 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:04:08am

re: #124 iossarian

Edge case: Hugo Chavez and his struggle with cancer.

I'm on the record here, in older comments, hoping he would die. I'm not sure I will outright celebrate though. But yeah, we will see how the rules hold up.

133 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:04:31am

re: #124 iossarian

Edge case: Hugo Chavez and his struggle with cancer.

I wouldn't wish cancer on my worst enemy.

134 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:04:35am

re: #109 iossarian

Does that include Osama bin Laden?

No.

If you kill that many people, and cause that much destruction, you get exempted from the 'act respectful in the face of death' rule.

135 Varek Raith  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:04:39am

re: #129 ArchangelMichael

Not giving sympathy is not the same thing as dancing on a grave.

There are a handful of people in the last century who get that honor.
;)

136 jamesfirecat  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:04:43am

re: #124 iossarian

Edge case: Hugo Chavez and his struggle with cancer.

Also Castro and his artificial anus.

137 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:04:49am

re: #129 ArchangelMichael

Not giving sympathy is not the same thing as dancing on a grave.

I will dance for:
Assad
Dinnerjacket
More I am sure...

138 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:06:08am

re: #124 iossarian

Edge case: Hugo Chavez and his struggle with cancer.

I reserve the right to poke fun at his claims that we gave him cancer.

This is different from making fun of him for having cancer.

139 Unions = Innovation slash slash  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:06:09am

re: #137 Cannadian Club Akbar

I will dance for:
Assad
Dinnerjacket
More I am sure...

Destruction of a Mime school and an Accordion factory.
//

140 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:06:15am

That was nice, Charles. There on the Twitter.

141 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:07:00am

re: #134 SanFranciscoZionist

No.

If you kill that many people, and cause that much destruction, you get exempted from the 'act respectful in the face of death' rule.

Hear hear.

142 Varek Raith  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:07:28am

re: #139 Prison life's structured...

Destruction of a Mime school and an Accordion factory.
//

Vuvuzelas.
Most annoying thing ever.

143 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:08:00am

re: #142 Varek Raith

Vuvuzelas.
Most annoying thing ever.

Think it's time to revise the Geneva Conventions on "crimes against humanity."

/

144 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:08:08am

re: #139 Prison life's structured...

Destruction of a Mime school and an Accordion factory.
//

And the guy who came up with the Mentos commercials.
/

145 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:08:30am

Charles is a class act too.

146 neilk  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:08:33am

Hugo Chavez has a family too.

147 Political Atheist  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:09:29am

I found it especially sad when an ex friend passed away. I think it was the thought that we would never be able to settle it, let alone become friends again. In my case it was not as harsh as Andrew on full throttle, but still the finality hurts.

148 Unions = Innovation slash slash  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:09:43am

re: #139 Prison life's structured...

Destruction of a Mime school and an Accordion factory.
//

Admiral Benson: Be seated! Ah... Many of you are wondering what's wrong with my pants, well they started running short on materials right before they got to the knees so don't give me any shit. Ah. I look out there on all you wonderful guys and I say to myself "What I wouldn't give to be 20 years younger... and a woman". You know, I've personally flown over 194 missions and I was shot down on every one. Come to think of it, I've never landed a plane in my life.

149 erik_t  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:09:47am

re: #143 Targetpractice

Think it's time to revise the Geneva Conventions on "crimes against humanity."

/

Downding for the sarc.

/

150 Michael McBacon  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:09:55am

You know what, I'll miss his crazy rants.

151 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:11:30am

re: #148 Prison life's structured...

"There is no fighting in here!! This is a War Room"!!!!
(separate yet equal)

152 William of Orange  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:11:35am

Only a couple of months older than me.


Really brings home I'm mortal too.

153 Prideful, Arrogant Marriage Equality Advocate  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:11:38am

I didn't read through the whole thread. Was he sick or was this just a sudden thing?

154 thecommodore  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:11:50am

I feel awful for his family, especially his children. Any untimely death is a tragedy.

But what that said, while from all accounts Breitbart seemed like a funny affable chap on a personal level, he did and said some incredibly vile things, and I hoped karma would bite him hard.

But not like this.

RIP Andrew Breitbart.

155 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:12:39am

re: #146 neilk

Hugo Chavez has a family too.

So did Saddam, OBL, Gaddafi, etc. Granted, I don't think Chavez has done enough to put him in even close to the same league (that honor goes to his buddy Fidel).

156 William of Orange  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:13:41am

re: #126 ArchangelMichael

When Ted Kennedy and Michael Jackson died (or more generally anyone I had some issue with for one reason or another), I banned myself from saying anything bad for several weeks. By the time my criticism-after-death embargo was lifted, I didn't care about either enough anymore to say much and just moved on.

I suspect this might turn out the same way. I do hope his family and friends are well supported and they don't suffer from grief for too long.

Or very recently, the right's reaction the Whitney Houston's death. Equally appaling. I'm not going down that road...

157 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:13:44am

re: #153 The Round Heeled Savage Cannibal Ghoul

I didn't read through the whole thread. Was he sick or was this just a sudden thing?

Just collapsed suddenly and was never revived. There's reports of heart problems last year, so that prevailing theory is heart attack and/or aneurysm.

158 Unions = Innovation slash slash  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:14:23am

re: #151 Cannadian Club Akbar

"There is no fighting in here!! This is a War Room"!!!
(separate yet equal)

Mr. President, We cannot allow a mineshaft gap!!"

159 celticdragon  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:14:52am

O/T

Just ordered my announcements and cap/gown package today.

I have wanted this for over twenty years, and I am finally getting my BS in geology.

160 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:14:56am

The man I once was.

161 Prideful, Arrogant Marriage Equality Advocate  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:15:08am

re: #157 Targetpractice

Well hopefully he did not suffer and it was quick.

162 leftynyc  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:15:08am

re: #137 Cannadian Club Akbar

I will dance for:
Assad
Dinnerjacket
More I am sure...

Mullah Omar

163 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:15:11am

re: #157 Targetpractice

43 year old guy, it's generally going to be heart or liver.

164 erik_t  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:15:19am

Notional Democrats Nelson, Manchin and Casey vote with Republicans as Blunt amendment fails 51-48.

Notional Democrats Nelson (NE), Manchin (WV) and Casey (PA) can take a long walk off a short electoral pier.

165 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:15:28am

re: #158 Prison life's structured...

Mr. President, We cannot allow a mineshaft gap!!"

"Mr President, I have a plan! Mein fuhrer, I can walk!"

166 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:15:39am

re: #159 celticdragon

O/T

Just ordered my announcements and cap/gown package today.

I have wanted this for over twenty years, and I am finally getting my BS in geology.

Woot!!!

167 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:15:53am

re: #159 celticdragon

O/T

Just ordered my announcements and cap/gown package today.

I have wanted this for over twenty years, and I am finally getting my BS in geology.

No BS in BS?

///

168 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:16:02am

re: #163 Obdicut

43 year old guy, it's generally going to be heart or liver.

DON'T SAY LIVER!!!!
///

169 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:16:06am

re: #164 erik_t

Glad to see it fail, though.

170 jamesfirecat  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:16:30am

re: #164 erik_t

Notional Democrats Nelson, Manchin and Casey vote with Republicans as Blunt amendment fails 51-48.

Notional Democrats Nelson, Manchin and Casey can take a long walk off a short electoral pier.

Well if there's one thing you can count on the Senate for, its that nothing ever gets passed (by) it!

171 wiffersnapper  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:16:32am

He will be missed. Wish he hadn't gone off the deep end though.

172 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:17:01am

re: #146 neilk

Hugo Chavez has a family too.

Yes. And when he goes, they will grieve, because to him he is a husband and a father and a cousin and what have you.

I won't mourn him myself, but I'm aware that they will. And it's right that they should.

Hell, if Assad's children survive what's coming, they'll mourn for their father when he finally gets his. That doesn't mean that his death won't be long overdue at that point.

173 celticdragon  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:17:12am

re: #167 Targetpractice

No BS in BS?

///

heh!

You could say I have a degree in "rocks fer jocks..."

174 erik_t  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:17:17am

re: #169 Obdicut

Glad to see it fail, though.

Frankly, that's as minimally comforting as saying you're glad to see the failure of a presidential candidate who somehow wholly rejects the separation of church and state.

Wait, what!?

175 jamesfirecat  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:17:23am

re: #165 Targetpractice

"Mr President, I have a plan! Mein fuhrer, I can walk!"

"There will be much time, and little to do..."

176 leftynyc  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:17:35am

re: #159 celticdragon

O/T

Just ordered my announcements and cap/gown package today.

I have wanted this for over twenty years, and I am finally getting my BS in geology.

Mazel Tov on your wonderful accomplisment!!!

177 Simply Sarah  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:17:40am

re: #152 William of Orange

Only a couple of months older than me.

Really brings home I'm mortal too.

Memento mori, dude. Memento mori.

178 celticdragon  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:18:09am

re: #176 leftynyc

Thank you :)

Off to lunch now.

BBL :)

179 Wozza Matter?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:18:35am

re: #135 Varek Raith

There are a handful of people in the last century who get that honor.
;)

Whoever developed the Steam online software purchase and verification system. Verily.

180 Simply Sarah  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:18:54am

re: #159 celticdragon

O/T

Just ordered my announcements and cap/gown package today.

I have wanted this for over twenty years, and I am finally getting my BS in geology.

Woo! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

181 djcelts  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:19:13am

How long until the wingnuts start with the conspiracy talk about how he died?

182 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:19:22am

re: #177 Simply Sarah

Memento mori, dude. Memento mori.

Court Spokesman: "Remember, thou art mortal! Remember, thou art mortal! Remember, thou art mortal! Remember, thou..."
Marcus Vindictus: "Oh, blow it out your ass!"

183 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:19:33am

re: #155 Targetpractice

So did Saddam, OBL, Gaddafi, etc. Granted, I don't think Chavez has done enough to put him in even close to the same league (that honor goes to his buddy Fidel).

He's an authoritarian leader, quite like Putin. If such guys don't leave on their own accord, there's usually no pretty way to remove them.

184 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:19:54am

What. The. Fuck.

From all accounts, Andrew was a good family man who loved his wife and children, and I want to extend my sincere condolences for their loss.

A class act as always, Charles. Good form, sir.

185 allegro  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:20:16am

re: #159 celticdragon

O/T

Just ordered my announcements and cap/gown package today.

I have wanted this for over twenty years, and I am finally getting my BS in geology.

That is so excellent! You have the right to be very proud of this accomplishment. Any science degree is hard won after years of study, stress, and deprivation of the funner things in life, like sleep. Congrats!

186 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:20:36am

re: #183 sator arepo tenet opera rotas

He's an authoritarian leader, quite like Putin. If such guys don't leave on their own accord, there's usually no pretty way to remove them.

True enough. But on the "murdering tyrant" scale, he's not even really rating. I'll take some joy in seeing him removed from power, but none in his passing.

187 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:21:00am

re: #181 djcelts

How long until the wingnuts start with the conspiracy talk about how he died?

I'm sure they already have. Not going to look, though.

188 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:21:38am

How do you get a google cached version of a page?

189 Simply Sarah  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:21:45am

re: #164 erik_t

Notional Democrats Nelson, Manchin and Casey vote with Republicans as Blunt amendment fails 51-48.

Notional Democrats Nelson (NE), Manchin (WV) and Casey (PA) can take a long walk off a short electoral pier.

Ugh. I'm glad it was defeated, since I wasn't sure if it would be, but the fact that we had to fucking even worry about is depressing. So to is the fact that Snowe was the only Republican willing to stand against it and she's not running for re-election, so...

190 Bubblehead II  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:22:41am

re: #181 djcelts

Already Started.

191 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:22:57am
192 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:23:04am

OT- people in a lieberrie need to understand they are talking loud. Shutty!!!

193 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:23:57am

re: #192 Cannadian Club Akbar

OT- people in a lieberrie need to understand they are talking loud. Shutty!!!

Have you tried the stink-eye?

194 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:24:02am

re: #190 Bubblehead II

Already Started.

Never heard of any of those guys either.

195 erik_t  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:24:09am

re: #189 Simply Sarah

Ugh. I'm glad it was defeated, since I wasn't sure if it would be, but the fact that we had to fucking even worry about is depressing. So to is the fact that Snowe was the only Republican willing to stand against it and she's not running for re-election, so...

I'll just have to take comfort in the polling.

67-25-8 are in favor/opposed/unsure of keeping their employers' beliefs the fuck out of their insurance coverage.

Not sure to be more baffled by the 25% or the 8%.

196 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:24:57am

re: #189 Simply Sarah

Ugh. I'm glad it was defeated, since I wasn't sure if it would be, but the fact that we had to fucking even worry about is depressing. So to is the fact that Snowe was the only Republican willing to stand against it and she's not running for re-election, so...

She stood against for that very reason. The TPers are threatening to primary her, and she's one of the few these days in politics whose dignity won't allow them to cover themselves in mud just to win a primary run. I expect the seat to go Democrat in November.

197 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:25:24am

re: #186 Targetpractice

True enough. But on the "murdering tyrant" scale, he's not even really rating. I'll take some joy in seeing him removed from power, but none in his passing.

Neither is Putin, but... OK, let's drop it.

198 Jack Burton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:25:33am

re: #190 Bubblehead II

Already Started.

Oh what a shock. Mancow is on there.

/

199 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:25:52am

re: #195 erik_t

SCOTUS soon. All will be well....

200 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:25:57am

re: #197 sator arepo tenet opera rotas

Neither is Putin, but... OK, let's drop it.

Fair enough. I hate the bastard, but not enough to get a kick out of his death.

201 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:26:28am

Andrew Breitbart: 'They couldn't revive him,' father-in-law says

Andrew Breitbart, the 43-year-old conservative writer who died Thursday morning, was found collapsed on the sidewalk near his Westwood home while taking a nighttime walk, his father-in-law told The Times.

Breitbart was found about 12:30 or 1 a.m.

"He was walking near the house somewhere.... He was taken by paramedics to UCLA and they couldn't revive him," said his father-in-law, actor Orson Bean, who spoke with his daughter, Susannah Bean Breitbart, about what happened.

"We're devastated. I loved him like a son," Bean said. "It looks like a heart attack, but no one knows until" an autopsy is done...

202 Simply Sarah  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:27:05am

re: #196 Targetpractice

She stood against for that very reason. The TPers are threatening to primary her, and she's one of the few these days in politics whose dignity won't allow them to cover themselves in mud just to win a primary run. I expect the seat to go Democrat in November.

That seems likely, although Maine also elected their current governor, so...

203 austin_blue  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:27:13am

re: #159 celticdragon

O/T

Just ordered my announcements and cap/gown package today.

I have wanted this for over twenty years, and I am finally getting my BS in geology.

Have you learned the secret handshake yet? It involves an Estwing pick-point and a geode...

In any case, congratulations and welcome to our little club of rock lickers.

204 BongCrodny  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:27:15am

re: #189 Simply Sarah

Ugh. I'm glad it was defeated, since I wasn't sure if it would be, but the fact that we had to fucking even worry about is depressing. So to is the fact that Snowe was the only Republican willing to stand against it and she's not running for re-election, so...

Nelson's the guy who is most likely to vote against Democrats. In 2006, he voted with the Democrats 36% of the time.

Sometimes I wonder why he even has the (D) after his name.

205 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:27:19am

re: #188 To hold my temper, most of the time.

How do you get a google cached version of a page?

Copy the url into the search field, then add "cache:" (minus the quotes, no spaces) to the beginning of the url, then hit "search".

On the odd occasion, there will not be a google cache for the page you're looking at.

206 S.D.  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:27:27am

IMO, he was a horrible man, but I certainly didn't want him to be harmed in any way.

My condolences to his family.

207 Typhaeon  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:28:22am

I hope he'll find the peace in death that he was clearly missing in life, and that his wife and their children carry on better works in his name than he himself.

No child, adult or not, deserves to have their father die as young as Breitbart, regardless of what he said or his comportment in public.

208 BongCrodny  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:28:29am

re: #194 SanFranciscoZionist

Never heard of any of those guys either.

I've heard of Mancow, but the rest are totally under the radar.

209 erik_t  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:28:46am

re: #196 Targetpractice

She stood against for that very reason. The TPers are threatening to primary her, and she's one of the few these days in politics whose dignity won't allow them to cover themselves in mud just to win a primary run. I expect the seat to go Democrat in November.

Silver forecasts ~80% D.

210 SanFranciscoZionist  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:28:58am

re: #208 BongCrodny

I've heard of Mancow, but the rest are totally under the radar.

Mancow's the one who agreed to be waterboarded on his radio show, right?

211 Simply Sarah  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:29:04am

re: #203 austin_blue

Have you learned the secret handshake yet? It involves an Estwing pick-point and a geode...

In any case, congratulations and welcome to our little club of rock lickers.

Secret handshake? Pick-point? Rock lickers? Hmm...
/

212 Varek Raith  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:29:28am

re: #208 BongCrodny

I've heard of Mancow, but the rest are totally under the radar.

Mancow is a prick.

213 Wozza Matter?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:29:30am

re: #210 SanFranciscoZionist

Mancow's the one who agreed to be waterboarded on his radio show, right?

Yeah, after Hannity chickened out.

214 Feline Fearless Leader  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:29:40am

re: #203 austin_blue

Have you learned the secret handshake yet? It involves an Estwing pick-point and a geode...

In any case, congratulations and welcome to our little club of rock lickers.

You're also entitled to the "I'm not trespassing, I'm a geologist!" T-shirt.

215 Decatur Deb  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:29:42am

May he find peace.


(Excellent choice of photos, Charles. He looks human and a bit tragic.)

216 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:30:55am

re: #204 BongCrodny

Nelson's the guy who is most likely to vote against Democrats. In 2006, he voted with the Democrats 36% of the time.

Sometimes I wonder why he even has the (D) after his name.

Because we have to remember that D in Georgia and D in Maine mean totally different things, same as with R. What can get you elected in Mobile can get your ass shit-canned in NYC.

217 leftynyc  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:31:09am

re: #202 Simply Sarah

That seems likely, although Maine also elected their current governor, so...

I thought the same thing but he won with only 38% of the vote due to a third party candidate.

218 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:31:30am

re: #194 SanFranciscoZionist

Never heard of any of those guys either.

One of them appears to be a "self-help author". Seems like she may need to follow some of her own advice.

219 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:31:35am

re: #192 Cannadian Club Akbar

OT- people in a lieberrie need to understand they are talking loud. Shutty!!!

Loud guy just asked someone to turn down the little sounds on their computer. Irony.

220 Jack Burton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:31:52am

re: #210 SanFranciscoZionist

Mancow's the one who agreed to be waterboarded on his radio show, right?

Yeah. He's also the guy that went to a party some friends of mine throw during the San Diego Comic Con, and then went on Alex Jones show and said it was full of satanists, vampires, and shape-shifters.

221 erik_t  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:32:02am

re: #216 Targetpractice

Because we have to remember that D in Georgia and D in Maine mean totally different things, same as with R. What can get you elected in Mobile can get your ass shit-canned in NYC.

There's absolutely truth to that,but we're talking about giving employers the right to deny you insurance based on their religious beliefs.

How fucking big do we envision this tent, precisely?

222 BongCrodny  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:32:33am

re: #202 Simply Sarah

That seems likely, although Maine also elected their current governor, so...

Well, sort of.

LePage won with 38% of the vote; we had a very strong independent candidate this time around. If either the Democrat or the Independent had dropped out of the race "for the sake of the state" (which, of course, was not going to happen), it's very likely LePage would only be an afterthought right now.

223 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:32:36am

re: #220 ArchangelMichael

Yeah. He's also the guy that went to a party some friends of mine throw during the San Diego Comic Con, and then went on Alex Jones show and said it was full of satanists, vampires, and shape-shifters.

Art Bell?
///love Coast to Coast, BTW

224 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:32:45am

And apparently the Democratic party uses cancer to kill people.

Oh the irony of the rightwing touting Chavez talking points.

225 Simply Sarah  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:32:49am

re: #217 leftynyc

I thought the same thing but he won with only 38% of the vote due to a third party candidate.

Granted, but I'm just pointing out that it's still possible things can conspire to bring in someone surprisingly right wing.

226 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:33:10am

re: #221 erik_t

There's absolutely truth to that,but we're talking about giving employers the right to deny you insurance based on their religious beliefs.

How fucking big do we envision this tent, precisely?

Gift horse, mouth, all that. When you're trying to win enough seats to decide who sits on what committee and such, you can't be too picky.

227 What, me worry?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:33:55am

Ok, ya'll gotta run. Take care.

AND I DO MEAN THAT!!!

228 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:34:06am

Ah, Carla, Carla...

229 Varek Raith  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:34:33am

re: #228 sator arepo tenet opera rotas

Ah, Carla, Carla...

Back?

230 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:34:37am

re: #201 Gus

I'm forty, and not in the best of shape. Not to speak ill of the dead on this very thread, but just by eyeballing I'd say I'm in a little better shape than Breitbart was, who was just three years my elder.

My close friend just started taking medication for high blood pressure, after poor results from a job related physical. He's six years younger than me, and though he has more stress in his life than I do, he's in much better shape than I am.

I think I'll be heading to the local Walgreens to check my blood pressure today. These two bits of news have me thinking.

231 sffilk  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:35:03am

My condolences to the Breitbart family.

As far as Mr. Breitbart, the Jewish prayer of hearing of a death says it best: "Blessed are Thou, oh L-rd our G-D, ruler of the universe, the true judge."

Also, a very classy response by Ms. Sherrod.

232 Wozza Matter?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:35:21am

re: #227 Madge

Ok, ya'll gotta run. Take care.

AND I DO MEAN THAT!!!

Don't worry (clang) we'll be (clunk. OW)...fine

233 erik_t  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:35:24am

re: #226 Targetpractice

Gift horse, mouth, all that. When you're trying to win enough seats to decide who sits on what committee and such, you can't be too picky.

Ben Nelson is the kind of gift horse that drops twenty pounds of half-digested-grass gift-horseshit all over my driveway.

I mean, hell, would you donate to a Lieberman-D campaign too?

234 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:35:30am

re: #230 Slumbering Behemoth

I'm forty, and not in the best of shape. Not to speak ill of the dead on this very thread, but just by eyeballing I'd say I'm in a little better shape than Breitbart was, who was just three years my elder.

My close friend just started taking medication for high blood pressure, after poor results from a job related physical. He's six years younger than me, and though he has more stress in his life than I do, he's in much better shape than I am.

I think I'll be heading to the local Walgreens to check my blood pressure today. These two bits of news have me thinking.

Give blood; they'll take your blood pressure for you.

235 Cannadian Club Akbar  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:35:46am

re: #230 Slumbering Behemoth

I'm 44, a smoker and a drinker (shock) but I walk about 25 miles a week. BP is 115/80.

236 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:36:08am

re: #229 Varek Raith

Back?

This is probably the only thread she updinged.

237 Varek Raith  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:37:39am

Just checked my BP.
115/70

238 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:37:46am

re: #234 To hold my temper, most of the time.

Give blood; they'll take your blood pressure for you.

Did that before when I was 17, and found out I have some blood sugar issues. I was a useless lump for the rest of the day.

239 erik_t  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:38:13am

re: #234 To hold my temper, most of the time.

Give blood; they'll take your blood pressure for you.

In many municipalities, fire stations offer free blood pressure checks on a drop-in basis.

240 Jack Burton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:38:17am

re: #235 Cannadian Club Akbar

I'm 44, a smoker and a drinker (shock) but I walk about 25 miles a week. BP is 115/80.

I'd be willing to bet that, assuming you have little or no stress and no family history of heart problems or cancer, you'll live to be 100 ish and laugh yourself to death at all the health freaks that drop dead at 60-70.

241 Targetpractice  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:38:59am

re: #233 erik_t

Ben Nelson is the kind of gift horse that drops twenty pounds of half-digested-grass gift-horseshit all over my driveway.

I mean, hell, would you donate to a Lieberman-D campaign too?

This is probably the point where I mention that I have supported Lieberman in the past, mostly because (at the time) I considered him "one of the sane ones."

These days, not so much, but I still respect him.

242 allegro  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:39:03am

re: #221 erik_t

There's absolutely truth to that,but we're talking about giving employers the right to deny you insurance based on their religious beliefs.

How fucking big do we envision this tent, precisely?

Obama Gets It

Posted on Tumblr by the Obama campaign:

Image: employer_authorization.jpg

I appreciate that Marcotte makes the accurate argument that health insurance is part of a compensation package and as such, an employer making demands on what it may or may not include based on personal biases is no different than demanding how one may spend the paycheck earned.

243 erik_t  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:41:31am

accidental post - derp

244 HappyWarrior  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:41:51am

Wow I just heard about this. Shocking is the word. Anyhow 43 is too young for anyone. Condolences for his family and friends.

245 Gus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:45:01am
246 Charles Johnson  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:49:17am

If you turn on CSPAN, you'll see Republican politicians lavishing praise on Breitbart. Louie "Terror Babies" Gohmert just compared him to John Quincy Adams and Abraham Lincoln.

247 Fat Bastard Vegetarian  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:50:11am

You're a class act, Charles.

248 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:50:13am

re: #246 Charles Johnson


Which is just as inappropriate as hating on him in this moment.

249 Wozza Matter?  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:53:15am

re: #246 Charles Johnson

If you turn on CSPAN, you'll see Republican politicians lavishing praise on Breitbart. Louie "Terror Babies" Gohmert just compared him to John Quincy Adams and Abraham Lincoln.

I'm surprised seismologists haven't picked up Lincoln's spinning.

250 Tigger2005  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:56:52am

I know it happens all the time, but it's still hard for me to understand how people who are married with children and who by all accounts are good parents, can engage in the kind of tactics that Breitbart used. Is this the example they want to set for their kids, the legacy they want to leave to them? Ugly, nasty, ad homenim attacks on one's political opponents and detractors, duplicitious behavior bordering on the criminal, etc.? I suppose maybe Breitbart saw it as "protecting" his family from the evil liberal agenda. But the mean-spirited, polarized political atmosphere that Breitbart helped create, and eagerly contributed to, is not going to help his family (or anyone) in the long run.

251 Jack Burton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:59:09am

re: #250 Tigger2005

When you just think you are right, it's easy to make the ends justify the means.

Even more so when you think you are right with God.

252 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 9:59:18am

re: #247 Fat Bastard Vegetarian

You're a class act, Charles.

Indeed. I haven't read through this entire thread, and I won't, but I feel fairly confident that comments here won't be a mirror image of the ones left by Fox News commenters on the news of Whitney Houston's death.

253 thecommodore  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:08:41am

re: #40 celticdragon

Unfortunately, lest we forget...Breitbart had a few things to say when Ted Kennedy died:

We do not have to repay him in kind. Sadly, however, this is a major part of his legacy.

What goes around comes around, I'm afraid.

254 Tigger2005  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:08:42am

re: #251 ArchangelMichael

When you just think you are right, it's easy to make the ends justify the means.

Even more so when you think you are right with God.

But the thing is, take a guy like Reagan. Have you ever listened to his 1964 speech in support of Barry Goldwater? Reagan felt like some Americans were basically saying we should surrender to the Soviet Union rather than risk nuclear war. He believed this strongly. Yet he didn't viciously attack them or say they were not Americans. He referred to them as "our well-meaning liberal friends." He didn't rip them even though he felt like their attitudes were tantamount to treason.

Why don't men want to be gentlemen anymore? I would feel cheap and disgusted with myself if I acted like Breitbart, or Rush.

255 thecommodore  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:10:18am

re: #231 sffilk

Also, a very classy response by Ms. Sherrod.

Breitbart and his toadies could have learned something from her.

256 Lidane  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:14:44am

I can't say I was a fan of his work, but 43 is way too young for anyone to die of natural causes.

Condolences to his family and friends.

257 Archangelus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:14:49am

Be my opinions of the man what they were, my sympathies go out to the family.
43 is far too young an age to go...

258 Slumbering Behemoth Stinks  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:25:36am

Back in the day, I worked with a guy who died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 24. Even further back in the day, I had a roommate who blacked out while walking to work, and woke up in the hospital. At the age of 22, he had a brain tumor the size of a golf ball.

At age forty, I feel like I've beaten some rather strange odds to still be drawing breath.

259 SpaceJesus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:36:32am

oh shut up rodan

260 Jack Burton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:40:18am

re: #259 SpaceJesus

oh shut up rodan

Haha... where does he get this "Anti-Hispanic bigot" BS?

261 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:41:40am

re: #260 ArchangelMichael

Haha... where does he get this "Anti-Hispanic bigot" BS?

I think it's from pointing out that the Christian conquest of Muslim Spain involved the mass murder of Jews and Muslims.

262 SpaceJesus  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:43:15am

re: #260 ArchangelMichael

I pointed out to him that criticizing the Muslims for conquering Spain while celebrating the Spanish extermination of Native Americans made little sense. Apparently this means I hate Hispanics.

263 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:45:32am

re: #262 SpaceJesus

I was close.

264 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 10:53:55am

re: #231 sffilk

My condolences to the Breitbart family.

As far as Mr. Breitbart, the Jewish prayer of hearing of a death says it best: "Blessed are Thou, oh L-rd our G-D, ruler of the universe, the true judge."

Also, a very classy response by Ms. Sherrod.

Classier than i would have been if someone had tried to ruin my life

265 jvic  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 11:36:03am

An honest, decent, and honorable post by Charles.

266 sffilk  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 11:51:20am

re: #264 windupbird is in the gravity well

Classier than i would have been if someone had tried to ruin my life

She's taking the high road. Best way to go.

267 neilk  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 11:57:11am

re: #264 windupbird is in the gravity well

There are plenty of people who would be all too happy to resume the life-ruining project if she said something tasteless.

268 Dustoff848  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 12:39:22pm

Will you publish a follow up entry to talk about all the joyous and tasteless comments/tweets being posted around the net about his death the way you hammer the far right for making tasteless comments regarding Libs?

Just wondering.

269 Ming  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 12:42:24pm

re: #266 sffilk

She's taking the high road. Best way to go.

Shirley Sherrod didn't ask for what happened to her. All she did was to give a heartfelt speech that, ironically, tried to promote healing between the races.

I can't even imagine how shocked she must have been when her words were taken out of context, and broadcast all over the country.

270 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 12:44:45pm

re: #268 Dustoff848

You could make a Page if you wanted to.

271 Obdicut  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 12:49:20pm

re: #268 Dustoff848

The far right like Romney and Santorum?

272 jvic  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 12:50:05pm

re: #254 Tigger2005

But the thing is, take a guy like Reagan. Have you ever listened to his 1964 speech in support of Barry Goldwater? Reagan felt like some Americans were basically saying we should surrender to the Soviet Union rather than risk nuclear war. He believed this strongly. Yet he didn't viciously attack them or say they were not Americans. He referred to them as "our well-meaning liberal friends." He didn't rip them even though he felt like their attitudes were tantamount to treason.

Why don't men want to be gentlemen anymore?

For dangerously many Americans, politics has become a socially acceptable way of acting out hate.

273 jamesfirecat  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 1:17:54pm

re: #268 Dustoff848

Will you publish a follow up entry to talk about all the joyous and tasteless comments/tweets being posted around the net about his death the way you hammer the far right for making tasteless comments regarding Libs?

Just wondering.

If you feel the need to remind us that ZOMG Libs do it to! Feel free to make a page on the subject.

274 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 1:36:10pm

re: #268 Dustoff848

Will you publish a follow up entry to talk about all the joyous and tasteless comments/tweets being posted around the net about his death the way you hammer the far right for making tasteless comments regarding Libs?

Just wondering.

Make a page.

275 Charles Johnson  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:02:28pm

re: #268 Dustoff848

Will you publish a follow up entry to talk about all the joyous and tasteless comments/tweets being posted around the net about his death the way you hammer the far right for making tasteless comments regarding Libs?

Just wondering.

No.

276 wrenchwench  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 2:03:36pm

lol

277 reine.de.tout  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 3:36:30pm

Very honorable and classy post, Charles.

278 ಠ_ಠ  Thu, Mar 1, 2012 6:02:04pm

re: #45 sator arepo tenet opera rotas

Haha they're cherry-picking TWEETS now? Pathetic.

279 sffilk  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 7:08:25am

re: #269 Ming

Shirley Sherrod didn't ask for what happened to her. All she did was to give a heartfelt speech that, ironically, tried to promote healing between the races.

I can't even imagine how shocked she must have been when her words were taken out of context, and broadcast all over the country.

It makes you wonder if she's going to continue her lawsuit.

280 Citizen Bob  Fri, Mar 2, 2012 10:29:03pm

Mr. Johnson, you are a class act. Slime only begets more slime. I salute you for being the change you wish to see.


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Rightwingconspirator
Are Higher Frame Rates Really a Better Moving Image in Cinema?
As a guy who scratches the surface of this medium with humble indy efforts and some industrial video experience I have to watch carefully. If I commit to the wrong camera or format, it can hurt financially. Once I had ...

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For guitar fans…
I suppose one needs to be a guitar freak of a certain age to recognize both of these guys. Gabrels' work might be familiar to fans of Bowie/Tin Machine. Nelson's work? I believe him to be one of the most ...

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 Frank says:

There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.