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1 simoom  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:22:39pm

Apparently sourgrapes don't "stop at the water's edge":

[Link: politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com...]

Longtime Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma criticized President Barack Obama over the president's surprise trip to Afghanistan Tuesday, describing the visit as "campaign related" and an "attempt to shore up his national security credentials."

"We've seen recently that President Obama has visited college campuses in an attempt to win back the support of that age group since he has lost it over the last three years," Inhofe said in a statement. "Similarly, this trip to Afghanistan is an attempt to shore up his national security credentials, because he has spent the past three years gutting our military."

2 Kragar  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:22:48pm

Heard it on the radio on the way home. Sounded good to me.

3 Targetpractice  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:23:44pm

re: #1 simoom

Apparently sourgrapes don't "stop at the water's edge":

[Embedded content] [Link: politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com...]

Wonder if they were similarly critical when Bush decided to make a "surprise" visit on Thanksgiving?

4 Mocking Jay  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:24:31pm

Pfft. Typical Obama, jetsetting around the world on the taxpayers dime...

/

5 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:25:18pm

Off topic... except that Obama is mentioned in comments:

Joe Farah seems to be looking to turn WND into a Holy VDARE (as if WND wasn't already 50% of the way there), e.g., today's hot story there: 100 BLACKS BEAT WHITE COUPLE, MEDIA BURY ATTACK

There’s outrage in Norfolk, Va., today after a white couple was attacked by a group of dozens of black teenagers, and the local newspaper did not report on the incident for two weeks, despite the victims being employees of the paper.

Oh, yes, outrage. We love us some outrage.

Now, it is a very troubling story, of a community very much in trouble. Here is the article in the local VA paper, the paper which waited two weeks to write about, a wait that apparently outrages the WND readership:

A beating at Church and Brambleton

[...]

Forster and Rostami wondered if the officer who answered their call treated all crime victims the same way. When Rostami, who admits she was hysterical, tried to describe what had happened, she says the officer told her to shut up and get in the car. Both said the officer did not record any names of witnesses who stopped to help. Rostami said the officer told them the attackers were "probably juveniles anyway. What are we going to do? Find their parents and tell them?"

The officer pointed to public housing in the area and said large groups of teenagers look for trouble on the weekends. "It's what they do," he told Forster.

Could that be true? Could violent mobs of teens be so commonplace in Norfolk that police and victims have no recourse?

Police spokesman Chris Amos said officers often respond to reports of crowds fighting; sirens are usually enough to disperse the group. On that night, he said, a report of gunfire in a nearby neighborhood prompted the officer to decide getting Forster and Rostami off the street quickly made more sense than remaining at the intersection. The officer gave them his card and told them to call later to file a report. [...]

Frankly, Norfolk is a community in need of some serious work. The newspaper column continues and explains its position:

Here's why their story is in the paper today. We cannot allow such callousness to continue unremarked, from the irrational, senseless teenagers who attacked two people just trying to go home, from the police officer whose conduct may have been typical but certainly seems cold, from the tweeting nitwits who think beating a man in Norfolk will change the death of Trayvon Martin.

Apparently that is not good enough for WND.

(continued)

6 erik_t  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:25:45pm
"Similarly, this trip to Afghanistan is an attempt to shore up his national security credentials, because he has spent the past three years gutting our military."

Meanwhile, back in reality...

7 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:26:04pm

(continued)

The Norfolk paper column discusses the problem of racial violence and how horrified one of the victims were when they checked online about the incident the next day. It should be noted that this story was reported in various outlets after it happened - there was no cover up.

The next day, Forster searched Twitter for mention of the attack.

One post chilled him.

"I feel for the white man who got beat up at the light," wrote one person.

"I don't," wrote another, indicating laughter. "(do it for trayvon martin)"

Anyway, back to WND. Oh, look at those comments at WND:

crackpipe
So that is what Obama's kids have been up to.

and

John
I have always said that negros were far more racist then white folks could ever be,and as YOU WILL SEE in the coming weeks and months they themselfs will prove it.

and

Anita Eitmann
Whites, Hespanics, and all other races unite now against the black racist media, government officials, and all of the other racists in government. We all have to put a stop to this. God save the second amendment. If 20 would have attacked me, 15 would have died.

lee
In your dreams!

and hundreds of others.

Oh, wait, I don't see KT around here... That's it!! KT is planting all those comment right now at WND!

8 Randall Gross  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:26:06pm

The live version of the speech he gave directly to the troops was also good, there were a couple of moments that were tough, but the message was right on. It was a speech about the troops and how it was their accomplishment. He ended by going through the SRO hangar to shake hands.

9 simoom  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:26:41pm

@Charles

You can get the whitehouse.gov version of the speech video here:
[Link: www.whitehouse.gov...]

10 Daniel Ballard  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:29:44pm

Kudos to President Obama. Quite the compliment to our forces right there.

11 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:30:06pm

re: #9 simoom

@Charles

You can get the whitehouse.gov version of the speech video here:
[Link: www.whitehouse.gov...]

Thanks, the audio track's better on that one.

12 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:33:49pm

As for Afghanistan itself... I do think that we had reached the point of diminishing returns some time ago.

We will never turn that country into what

we

think is ideal. We will have to settle for simply what works.

Lots of gnashing of teeth about this speech around the wingnut-sphere.

13 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:35:50pm

Left Blogs Hit Mitt's 'Carter' Quip - Politico - Tim Mak

Liberal bloggers zeroed in on a comment that Romney made Monday on Osama bin Laden. Asked if he would have given the order to go after the wanted terrorist, Romney replied, “Of course, even Jimmy Carter would have given that order.”

Those on the left interpreted this as a minimization of the president’s decision, and a tarnishing of his successful mission - “trying to belittle the president’s victory,” wrote a blogger at the Political Carnival.

“So the Republican position on the operation that took out Osama bin Laden is that it was no big deal? Good luck with that one,” added Charles Johnson at LittleGreenFootballs.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow wrote on her blog to decry “this notion, common in Republican circles, that this was an easy call for the president to make, and that anyone in the same position would have done the same thing.”

14 Kragar  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:37:19pm

re: #12 freetoken

Lots of gnashing of teeth about this speech around the wingnut-sphere.

We must stay until each and every enemy is dead, like we did during the Civil War, and the Germans after World War I and II.

15 Randall Gross  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:37:32pm

Here's the link to the President's address to the troops at Bagram:
[Link: www.whitehouse.gov...]

16 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:44:30pm

re: #15 Randall Gross

Here's the link to the President's address to the troops at Bagram:
[Link: www.whitehouse.gov...]

Excellent. The troops really seem to like him. I watched some of his entrance earlier and their faces just lit up when he came near.

17 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:47:07pm
18 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:48:23pm

re: #7 freetoken

You know Killgore. He's hard to stop once he gets going.

19 Randall Gross  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:48:54pm

re: #16 Charles Johnson

Excellent. The troops really seem to like him. I watched some of his entrance earlier and their faces just lit up when he came near.

I wish they had left the hand shaking session in, the troops were swarming him, and very happy to meet him. This was big, and it was needed - there's been some setbacks and disillusionment from the bad eggs who got in the news lately. It was important for the soldiers to hear the CIC say he's proud of them.

20 Killgore Trout  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:50:12pm

re: #7 freetoken

Oh, wait, I don't see KT around here... That's it!! KT is planting all those comment right now at WND!

Sorry, I was indisposed ...with...er...ummmmm... stuff...and things.
/

21 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:50:38pm

re: #18 Charles Johnson

You know Killgore. He's hard to stop once he gets going.

Oh yes, once his fingers warms up he must be able to do 500 words per minute or so on his keyboard.

KT must have thousands of aliases too... looking at that WND article, which is getting a new comment every 10 seconds or so.

22 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:52:57pm

re: #21 freetoken

Oh yes, once his fingers warms up he must be able to do 500 words per minute or so on his keyboard.

KT must have thousands of aliases too... looking at that WND article, which is getting a new comment every 10 seconds or so.

His comment-planting facility is inhuman. These wingnuts don't stand a chance.

23 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:53:22pm

re: #20 Killgore Trout

Heh, you were real creative with these:

Michaelp
I WOULD BE INSULTING ANIMALS, IF I CALLED THEM THAT. ANOTHER 10 YEARS AND THEY WILL BE WIPED OUT BY THERE OWN. THANKS TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FOR KEEPING THEM FULL OF FREE MONEY, HIDING WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON WITH THE BLACK RACE. BY HIDING WHATS REALLY GOING ON, ONLY MAKES IT WORSE. 80% OF BLACK FAMILIES HAVE NO FATHERS IN THEM ! WHO IS TAKING CARE OF THIS MAJOR PROBLEM ? LATINOS HAVE THE THE VOTES NOW. SO WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE BLACK RACE THEN ?

and

shunkasica
Maybe when he gets back from grandstanding in Afghanastan, Preezy Steezy B.O. Kewel Aww Yeah will hold a dog eating summit with the victims of this outrageous incident and some of the Bongo Congolese who were involved in the attack.

and

BobVedari
Yawn - this is such a non-event. Black thugs beat up white people. Where's the news in that. But I'll bet every one of them looked like the erstwhile son of that Racist-in-Chief, Barak Hussein Obama (mmm mmm mmm). Wonder how white people taste compared to dog meat. Care to tell us, Mr. President?

and

Jack Aerospace Engineer/Pilot, retired and a vietnam vet..Like fishing, sports, shooting competetion,karate.
People, this is why I carry a pistol with me in my vehicle fully loaded with hollow points..and I will NOT hesitate to use it..I guess I hope a group of black apes try something with me so I can eradicate a bunch of them..sounds very harsh, but I am fed up with negros.

and hundreds of others.

KT - omnipresent from the beginning.

24 Kragar  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:53:25pm

re: #21 freetoken

Oh yes, once his fingers warms up he must be able to do 500 words per minute or so on his keyboard.

KT must have thousands of aliases too... looking at that WND article, which is getting a new comment every 10 seconds or so.

KT is an intelligent algorithm, nestled in every corner of the internet.

25 Killgore Trout  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:54:21pm

Peaceful protest update: Female officer hit in the head with skateboard
May Day protest: LAPD officer hit in head with skateboard

The incident occurred near 4th and Hill streets when some protesters appeared to swarm a smaller number of LAPD officers, who in turn called for backup.

A police official said a female officer was struck in the head with a skateboard and taken to a hospital. The impact of the blow dented her helmet, the official said, but her injury appears not to be life-threatening.

Overall, however, officials said most of the thousands of protesters were nonviolent.

Nice touch

26 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:55:32pm

Now that WND uses DISQUS one can see the other posts a commenter has left, and on other sites too.

Funny thing about those usernames over at WND... the commenters seem to leave comments at places like .... Human Events, Glenn Beck's place, oh.. and, get this, Breitbart's blog sites.

27 Killgore Trout  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:55:42pm

re: #24 Kragar

KT is an intelligent algorithm, nestled in every corner of the internet.

Between planting racist comments and and staging all the violence at OWS protests my days are pretty full.
/

28 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:55:52pm

re: #26 freetoken

Now that WND uses DISQUS one can see the other posts a commenter has left, and on other sites too.

Funny thing about those usernames over at WND... the commenters seem to leave comments at places like ... Human Events, Glenn Beck's place, oh.. and, get this, Breitbart's blog sites.

Can you believe it?

29 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:58:01pm

re: #28 Charles Johnson

Can you believe it?

Apparently, based on some comments over there, this is all a plot by internationalists to cause race wars to give the government an excuse to take away our guns, just so the UN can come in and take over... or something like that.

30 Randall Gross  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:59:10pm

The same story is posted here, two comments.

31 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 5:59:45pm

re: #30 Randall Gross

The Page:

[Link: littlegreenfootballs.com...]

32 Killgore Trout  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:03:39pm

re: #27 Killgore Trout

Between planting racist comments and and staging all the violence at OWS protests my days are pretty full.
/

Damn, I forgot about the terrorism. I gotta stuff some white powder in some envelopes. BBL
Edit; Sarc tag added for clarity to avoid outrageous outrage
/

33 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:04:39pm

re: #31 freetoken

It's being reported weirdly, too. It talks about the crowd of 100 people, but the couple is 'only' claiming about thirty attacked them. And the results were not really what you'd expect from 30 people attacking.

34 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:06:43pm

re: #33 Obdicut

It's being reported weirdly, too. It talks about the crowd of 100 people, but the couple is 'only' claiming about thirty attacked them. And the results were not really what you'd expect from 30 people attacking.

As Randall Gross said, doesn't pass the sniff test. Another example of a race baiting exaggeration most likely.

You 90% be afraid of the fearful 10%

oooga booga.

35 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:14:29pm

re: #34 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

It's a really weird newspaper article. It ends on this kind of sanctimonious "How can we make it better if we look away?" note, but there's no hint of any way to make it better. It seems like just lurid reporting to me, without any actual positive benefit.

36 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:15:17pm

re: #35 Obdicut

It's a really weird newspaper article. It ends on this kind of sanctimonious "How can we make it better if we look away?" note, but there's no hint of any way to make it better. It seems like just lurid reporting to me, without any actual positive benefit.

Agree. Smells like link bait.

37 Randall Gross  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:18:18pm

Meanwhile Roger Simon is just mad as hell, and is telling us we should be mad or something. Check the terminal nihilism in this editorial:

[Link: dyn.politico.com...]

It's like he's trying to prime the wingers to get mad about whatever decision the Court might make, but just mumbles and meanders off at the end.

38 Mich-again  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:18:26pm

re: #12 freetoken

As for Afghanistan itself... I do think that we had reached the point of diminishing returns some time ago.

I am convinced the reason we stayed in Afghanistan after we left Iraq is that Afghanistan is a treasure trove of untapped mines, estimates are in the trillion dollar range of known reserves of a number of valuable metals, including rare earth metals and lithium, 2 key enablers for a modern electrical infrastructure and reduced reliance on fossil fuels.

True the Chinese and Indian firms have been the ones snatching up the mining rights from the Afghanistan government, but the fact is, just by increasing the supplies of these materials on the global market it will drive costs lower and benefit all manufacturers and consumers.

So we will probably be around until the new large mines are established and the Chinese and Indians bring in their own security forces to protect their mines and supply routes.

ANd just as important, we couldn't just let these mines fall into the hands of the Taliban. If they were to be the ones tapping the untold cash flow, it would make it almost impossible to stop them from gaining strength and influence throughout Afghanistan and beyond.

Its all about the mines. That's my take.

39 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:20:14pm

re: #37 Randall Gross

Meanwhile Roger Simon is just mad as hell, and is telling us we should be mad or something. Check the terminal nihilism in this editorial:

[Link: dyn.politico.com...]

It's like he's trying to prime the wingers to get mad about whatever decision the Court might make, but just mumbles and meanders off at the end.

I stopped reading at:

Allow me to pause here while I wipe away the tears of laughter (or of sorrow) from my cheeks.

40 Randall Gross  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:28:00pm

Stlacktivist just tweeted this:

[Link: bit.ly...]

41 Gus  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:29:24pm

re: #40 Randall Gross

Stlacktivist just tweeted this:

[Link: bit.ly...]

Oh yeah. Trying to reason with RBPundit. That'll work.

//

42 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:31:12pm

re: #40 Randall Gross

Stlacktivist just tweeted this:

[Link: bit.ly...]

The truth comes out.

43 Randall Gross  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:32:01pm

re: #42 Charles Johnson

He probably had to check the boxes to get the acct reinstated.

44 Kragar  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:34:27pm

re: #36 Charles Johnson

Agree. Smells like link bait.

I see plenty of link to this article, but nothing in the news about the original attack.

45 Randall Gross  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:37:24pm

Time to pick up the grandkid, later all

46 What, me worry?  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:38:42pm

re: #33 Obdicut

It's being reported weirdly, too. It talks about the crowd of 100 people, but the couple is 'only' claiming about thirty attacked them. And the results were not really what you'd expect from 30 people attacking.

I got that it was a large crowd that was there, probably 30, with a smaller number who actually attacked the man and woman. WND is hardly reputable.

Bottom line is, we still have a problem with race in this country. I don't think that's a revelation! We've come a very long way, but the journey isn't over. It's a hard conversation to have.

47 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:40:13pm

re: #45 Randall Gross

Time to pick up the grandkid, later all

Put me down!
(oh shit...I know what this just invited)

48 Mich-again  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:42:43pm

re: #46 What, me worry?

Bottom line is, we still have a problem with race in this country.

Model the behavior you wish to see in others..

49 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:49:44pm

re: #48 Mich-again

Model the behavior you wish to see in others..

I run around naked all the time...I've yet to see Sandra Bullock do the same.

50 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 6:49:44pm

re: #46 What, me worry?

Drudge has really, really been relentless in pushing the race war idea. It's getting very Stormfront in there.

51 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:00:14pm

Rachel Maddow now pointing out that "Forward" is the Wisconsin state motto.

52 Gus  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:00:21pm

re: #50 Obdicut

Drudge has really, really been relentless in pushing the race war idea. It's getting very Stormfront in there.

Conspiracy nuts really eat up the race war stuff.

53 Killgore Trout  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:00:41pm

Humble suggestion for future Maydays: Instead of violent riots and terrorism maybe picnics and dancing would work better.

54 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:02:56pm

re: #51 Charles Johnson

Rachel Maddow now pointing out that "Forward" is the Wisconsin state motto.

Damn commie cows and their cheese.

55 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:03:19pm

re: #51 Charles Johnson

Rachel Maddow now pointing out that "Forward" is the Wisconsin state motto.

As she should. The whole hoopola was absurdness. But that's what happens when you're the Washington Times and your agenda is to make anything Obama and the Democrats do look sinister as possible for your moronic readership.

56 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:05:39pm

re: #54 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

Damn commie cows and their cheese.

Family farmers are supporting collective bargaining.

[Link: www.foodfirst.org...]

Damn reds.

57 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:07:01pm
58 Charles Johnson  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:08:01pm

She was reacting to:

My reply:

59 Gus  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:09:12pm

re: #58 Charles Johnson

She was reacting to:

[Embedded content]

They're going to continue on with this strange conspiracy theory of which they have absolutely no proof. Nothing. They're weird.

60 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:10:36pm

re: #57 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

61 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:11:25pm

re: #59 Gus

Do they have the slightest shred of evidence that it was an organized effort? I mean, that it wasn't just people who were annoyed at being spammed reporting and blocking?

62 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:11:52pm

re: #60 Dark_Falcon

Er. Why do you think she has more wit and talent?

63 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:12:03pm

re: #53 Killgore Trout

Humble suggestion for future Maydays: Instead of violent riots and terrorism maybe picnics and dancing would work better.

Have you ever tried to organize a picnic by committee? It's impossible to even agree on what kind of soda and beer to serve!

64 Sheila Broflovski  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:12:11pm
65 Killgore Trout  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:12:35pm

qui tacet consentire videtur

66 Gus  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:12:41pm

re: #61 Obdicut

Do they have the slightest shred of evidence that it was an organized effort? I mean, that it wasn't just people who were annoyed at being spammed reporting and blocking?

None. Just that he was reported for spam allegedly. Which could happen. But there's no "smoking gun" Tweet, email, or anything that reads "block and report Chris Loesch."

67 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:13:06pm

re: #65 Killgore Trout

Which is bullshit.

68 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:13:18pm

re: #62 Obdicut

Er. Why do you think she has more wit and talent?

Because I've seen her be wittier when she's calm, and some of it is just hope as well. I'm also trying a 'nice' tactic, to see if it has any positive effect (I doubt it will).

69 Gus  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:14:13pm
70 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:14:37pm

re: #60 Dark_Falcon

[Embedded content]

She has as much wit and talent as the pole she should be dancing on.

71 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:15:03pm

re: #70 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

She has as much wit and talent as the pole she should be dancing on.

That ain't nice.

72 Gus  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:15:32pm
73 William Barnett-Lewis  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:16:24pm

re: #70 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

She has as much wit and talent as the pole she should be dancing on.

Meow.

74 Gus  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:16:41pm
75 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:16:42pm

re: #71 Dark_Falcon

That ain't nice.

She called you Charles' water boy recently...and yet you feel the need to kiss her ass? I know you agree with her politically, but you're putting yourself in one Romney of a corner.

76 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:17:26pm

re: #70 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

She has as much wit and talent as the pole she should be dancing on.

Dude, attacking women via sexuality is stupid.

77 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:18:40pm

re: #76 Obdicut

Dude, attacking women via sexuality is stupid.

She's not on CNN because she's an intellectual.

78 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:19:01pm

re: #75 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

She called you Charles' water boy recently...and yet you feel the need to kiss her ass? I know you agree with her politically, but you're putting yourself in one Romney of a corner.

I feel no need to kiss her ass. But I am tired and I'm not really in the mood for a fight. I also don't like saying that a given woman should be a stripper. It verges far too close to 'slut-shaming' for my taste.

79 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:19:20pm

re: #76 Obdicut

Dude, attacking women via sexuality is stupid.

Quite Concur.

80 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:19:47pm

re: #77 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

Saying she should be a stripper is stupid and misogynistic. I think she's a complete asshole, but denigrating women by saying they ought to be strippers is always going to be a shitty frat-boy move.

81 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:20:05pm

re: #78 Dark_Falcon

I feel no need to kiss her ass. But I am tired and I'm not really in the mood for a fight. I also don't like saying that a given woman should be a stripper. It verges far too close to 'slut-shaming' for my taste.

There's no shame in being a slut, though you and Obdicut are right...I was wrong to use pole dancing as an example for her...that actually takes talent.

82 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:20:20pm

re: #80 Obdicut

See my 81.

83 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:20:45pm

re: #82 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

Whatever, dude. It was a shitty thing to say.

84 blueraven  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:22:51pm

re: #65 Killgore Trout

qui tacet consentire videtur

To what?

85 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:23:36pm

re: #83 Obdicut

Whatever, dude. It was a shitty thing to say.

Darth has just decided that tonight he wants to be an ass on the Internet.

86 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:25:58pm

re: #63 Dark_Falcon

Have you ever tried to organize a picnic by committee? It's impossible to even agree on what kind of soda and beer to serve!

Not to mention organizing and controlling the bonfire for people to jump over later on.

87 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:26:56pm

re: #86 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste

Not to mention organizing and controlling the bonfire for people to jump over later on.

This is what bossy older sisters are for. The food, not the bonfire. Bonfires are what the brothers-in-law are for.

88 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:27:30pm

re: #86 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste

Not to mention organizing and controlling the bonfire for people to jump over later on.

That'd be a long time before it would be an issue. Any fire area would first be reserved for cooking, for my father and his brothers dearly love to grill.

89 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:28:39pm

re: #87 Mostly sane, most of the time.

This is what bossy older sisters are for. The food, not the bonfire. Bonfires are what the brothers-in-law are for.

Division of labor is a bit more even for us, and most of the cooking is still done by the Boomers, with some help by the Gen Xers.

90 Gus  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:29:31pm

I haven't said anything yet so therefore I must agree with everybody.

//

91 MittDoesNotCompute  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:30:07pm

re: #70 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

That was a low-class thing to say, even if your target has no class.

92 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:30:22pm

re: #88 Dark_Falcon

That'd be a long time before it would be an issue. Any fire area would first be reserved for cooking, for my father and his brothers dearly love to grill.

Our one group's get together had bonfire and cooking fire as separate venue. As the usual host had old trees that were being taken down due to age and dry rot there was always a supply of fuel for the former (including burning out stumps) and he got a good number of volunteers to help split logs for the bonfire in any case.

Helped that there were 3-4 male firebugs usually in attendance who were quite willing to tend it and haul more wood without being asked.

93 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:31:14pm

re: #90 Gus

I haven't said anything yet so therefore I must agree with everybody.

//

Everybody pile on Gus!!1

///

95 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:38:05pm
96 palomino  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:38:11pm

re: #53 Killgore Trout

Humble suggestion for future Maydays: Instead of violent riots and terrorism maybe picnics and dancing would work better.

Didn't you just post an article that said there were thousands of nonviolent protesters at this year's May Day?

But since some asshole threw a skateboard none of the peaceful protesters count? They don't exist?

97 dragonath  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:39:49pm

I'd like to introduce the concept of an anti-Pulitzer that would be awarded for certain numbskull tweets. Kind of what the Raspberries are to the Oscars.

It shall be known as the Twitchy, after... ah never mind...

98 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:42:57pm

Feline Overlord update from this morning. (When he broke normal "get up!" routine by instead climbing under the covers and just going to sleep himself.)

At lunch I went and checked on him. He was sitting in the middle of the living room - definitely not normal. His right eye was closed and tearing heavily. And he hadn't eaten any food since last night.

So I called the cat hospital* and managed to hit an open appointment for a half four later. Not his normal doctor at the cat hospital, but one that has seen some of the other cats at one time or another.

Diagnosis is that he had a blood pressure spike that has also put excessive pressure in his eye. As a result there was some retinal bleeding and a partial glaucoma condition. (Which cats are generally not subject to, as compared to humans.) So he was in considerable pain and thus not happy.

Vet put some salve on the eye that numbed it a bit - mainly in order to examine it.

He's home, sleeping and eating. We've adjusted the dosage on his blood pressure medication (temporarily doubling it), plus he's getting eye drops (steroid, and also an antibiotic) 2-3 times a day for the rest of the week.

And there is a follow-up visit scheduled for Friday to see if things have improved. The vet thinks we caught it early enough that there might not be any permanent damage to his eyesight.

* - One advantage of living in a large city is specialized pet care. That the nearby Univ. of Penn has a very good veterinary department doesn't hurt either. The cat sitter I get for trips via the one service is actually a grad student there and a very good fit for watching an older cat.

99 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:47:07pm

re: #98 Feline Emperor of the Conservative Waste

Feline Overlord update from this morning. (When he broke normal "get up!" routine by instead climbing under the covers and just going to sleep himself.)

At lunch I went and checked on him. He was sitting in the middle of the living room - definitely not normal. His right eye was closed and tearing heavily. And he hadn't eaten any food since last night.

So I called the cat hospital* and managed to hit an open appointment for a half four later. Not his normal doctor at the cat hospital, but one that has seen some of the other cats at one time or another.

Diagnosis is that he had a blood pressure spike that has also put excessive pressure in his eye. As a result there was some retinal bleeding and a partial glaucoma condition. (Which cats are generally not subject to, as compared to humans.) So he was in considerable pain and thus not happy.

Vet put some salve on the eye that numbed it a bit - mainly in order to examine it.

He's home, sleeping and eating. We've adjusted the dosage on his blood pressure medication (temporarily doubling it), plus he's getting eye drops (steroid, and also an antibiotic) 2-3 times a day for the rest of the week.

And there is a follow-up visit scheduled for Friday to see if things have improved. The vet thinks we caught it early enough that there might not be any permanent damage to his eyesight.

* - One advantage of living in a large city is specialized pet care. That the nearby Univ. of Penn has a very good veterinary department doesn't hurt either. The cat sitter I get for trips via the one service is actually a grad student there and a very good fit for watching an older cat.

I know all about blood pressure spikes. You cat has my sympathy.

100 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:50:03pm

Great speeches, especially the one to the troops: "A new greatest generation."

As a student of history, and a retired soldier, I believe that this campaign in Afghanistan will eventually be recognized as one of the epics of modern warfare.

It has been grueling, and heartbreaking, with many setbacks and frustrations; but we have stayed with it for over a decade, against an endlessly resourceful and ruthless enemy, and we are on the verge of success.

Bin Laden is gone, consigned to the sea and the dustbin of history. His gang has been reduced to comically suicidal plots worthy of a Road-Runner cartoon, even as they are hunted to the very ends of the Earth and put down like rabid dogs.

Bin Laden's former hosts, the Taliban, scramble for their very lives to make deals, even as they scramble to avoid our drones and missiles.

The brilliantly perceptive and energetic man who made these speeches does not deserve all the credit, but he deserves a large share of it.

Second term! Second term! Second term! Second term!

101 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:52:14pm

re: #100 Shiplord Kirel

Great speeches, especially the one to the troops: "A new greatest generation."

As a student of history, and a retired soldier, I believe that this campaign in Afghanistan will eventually be recognized as one of the epics of modern warfare.

It has been grueling, and heartbreaking, with many setbacks and frustrations; but we have stayed with it for over a decade, against an endlessly resourceful and ruthless enemy, and we are on the verge of success.

Bin Laden is gone, consigned to the sea and the dustbin of history. His gang has been reduced to comically suicidal plots worthy of a Road-Runner cartoon, even as they are hunted to the very ends of the Earth and put down like rabid dogs.

Bin Laden's former hosts, the Taliban, scramble for their very lives to make deals, even as they scramble to avoid our drones and missiles.

The brilliantly perceptive and energetic man who made these speeches does not deserve all the credit, but he deserves a large share of it.

Second term! Second term! Second term! Second term!

One term only. Mitt Romney can do better to straighten out our problems.

/please hold off the hostile questions, just for tonight.

102 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:54:30pm

re: #101 Dark_Falcon

Why say something and then be completely unwilling to take responsibility for it?

103 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:57:21pm

re: #102 Obdicut

Why say something and then be completely unwilling to take responsibility for it?

I'm responsible for it, upding or downding as you like. I'm just tired and not really up for an intense discussion.

104 Obdicut  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:59:24pm

re: #103 Dark_Falcon

I don't know what to say. Just saying "Go Romney" and then saying "But I don't want to talk about" does kind of sum up GOP support for Romney. It's tired, defensive, and seems mostly like you're trying to convince yourself.

Especially after all the negative stuff you've said about him.

Anyway, this is apropos:

105 blueraven  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:59:40pm

re: #103 Dark_Falcon

I'm responsible for it, upding or downding as you like. I'm just tired and not really up for an intense discussion.

You do that all the time. I understand the feeling. When I am not up to defending a position, I dont type anything on the page.

106 Sheila Broflovski  Tue, May 1, 2012 7:59:48pm

re: #103 Dark_Falcon

I'm responsible for it, upding or downding as you like. I'm just tired and not really up for an intense discussion.

You shouldn't throw a burning turd in the room and then just walk away.

107 allegro  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:00:54pm

re: #101 Dark_Falcon

One term only. Mitt Romney can do better to straighten out our problems.

/please hold off the hostile questions, just for tonight.

Yeah, with the same policies (but on steroids if he had his way) that got us into the wars, financial meltdown, foreclosure messes, increasing income inequality, etc. in the first place. Not a question, hostile or otherwise. Just a statement of fact.

108 Targetpractice  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:03:21pm

re: #103 Dark_Falcon

I'm responsible for it, upding or downding as you like. I'm just tired and not really up for an intense discussion.

No offense, Dark, but if you're not up to defending your position, best not to voice it until you are.

109 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:04:10pm

I see the green ham, but I have yet to see the green eggs.

110 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:05:59pm

re: #101 Dark_Falcon

One term only. Mitt Romney can do better to straighten out our problems.

/please hold off the hostile questions, just for tonight.

Oh DARK

111 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:06:11pm

re: #101 Dark_Falcon

One term only. Mitt Romney can do better to straighten out our problems.

/please hold off the hostile questions, just for tonight.

Mitt's smart and he's within shouting distance of human decency, unlike several of his primary opponents, but he doesn't even have the full support of his own party. That is actually to his credit, since many of the anti-Mitts are superstitious bigots, but it will not help him in the race. Beyond that, his decision to pander to the crazy train element will cost him far more in the general than it was ever worth in the primaries.

112 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:07:33pm

PARTY FIRST.

113 erik_t  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:08:24pm

re: #111 Shiplord Kirel

Mitt's smart and he's within shouting distance of human decency, unlike several of his primary opponents, but he doesn't even have the full support of his own party.

I won't speak to Mitt the man, but Mitt the 2012 presidential candidate is an unapologetically craven and serial liar, is within the bounds of human decency only when it won't cost him anything, and either incompetent or an idiot.

114 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:08:29pm

Problem with Mitt is the guy has no leadership in him. He just panders when he thinks the position will get him more support or conservative bonafides. And he's promising more of the same old crap we've heard about the economy from his party going back to the 80's. He's a stale relic and it shows. And on foreign policy, it needs to be pointed out that both he and McCain scolded Obama for suggesting that the action that was eventually done should be on the table. Romney's a joke to me.

115 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:08:56pm
116 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:09:16pm

re: #112 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

PARTY FIRST.

or

PARTY HARDER!

Nonsensical positions are nonsensical from all positions.

117 blueraven  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:14:29pm

Jon Stewart just skewered the republicans/Fox news over their reaction to the Obama/Clinton Bin Laden ad. It was beauty.

118 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:14:29pm

re: #107 allegro

Yeah, with the same policies (but on steroids if he had his way) that got us into the wars, financial meltdown, foreclosure messes, increasing income inequality, etc. in the first place. Not a question, hostile or otherwise. Just a statement of fact.

Exactly, he has said that his economic plan is essentially the Bush one. I am sorry but even an economic moron like myself knows that cutting taxes yet refusing to even consider cutting the military budget as Romney has is moronic. Romney may not be a dumb guy but he certainly panders to a simple minded view of the economy. Not to mention, he seems to care more about the wealthy staying wealthy than the rest of us.

119 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:14:34pm

V srne V nz gbb pelcgvp.

120 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:15:20pm

re: #119 b_sharp

V srne V nz gbb pelcgvp.

Is this forehead typing, or did you sit on the keyboard?

121 Mich-again  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:15:23pm

Mitt Romney wishes there was still a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast where he could finally get loose and tell some jokes roasting some liberal..

122 Targetpractice  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:15:38pm

re: #119 b_sharp

V srne V nz gbb pelcgvp.

Take the cat off the keyboard.

123 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:16:14pm

re: #120 Mostly sane, most of the time.

Is this forehead typing, or did you sit on the keyboard?

I was told to sit on it and rotate.

So I did.

13 times.

124 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:17:03pm

re: #122 Targetpractice

Take the cat off the keyboard.

No way, I just get a mouthful of cat hair.

125 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:17:35pm

re: #121 Mich-again

Mitt Romney wishes there was still a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast where he could finally get loose and tell some jokes roasting some liberal..

His advisers wouldn't let him go. Some joke he'd tell would be used used as a trumped up outrage by some wingnut or another to keep Romney scared of him.

126 blueraven  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:19:45pm

re: #125 Dark_Falcon

His advisers wouldn't let him go. Some joke he'd tell would be used used as a trumped up outrage by some wingnut or another to keep Romney scared of him.

That's the problem right there.

127 Targetpractice  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:20:29pm

I see the bandwagon has rolled in, time for all good little party cheerleaders to hope aboard.

128 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:22:27pm

re: #126 blueraven

That's the problem right there.

How said wing nuts expect to win the presidency that way, I do not know. Unless they don't, which I could believe. Some of them might prefer to remain in the opposition, especially people like Bryan Fischer. If you're the majority party, you have to get things done, and the makeup of the Congress is such that someone like Fischer would not be able to have it all his own way. I doubt that would appeal to Fischer, since he seems to think compromise akin to kowtowing to Satan.

129 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:22:27pm

re: #127 Targetpractice

I see the bandwagon has rolled in, time for all good little party cheerleaders to hope aboard.

Hope is a good thing to hope for.

Especially while on a sinking ship.

130 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:22:39pm

Okay, chicken is off the grill and in mah belly...except for the thigh the dogs talked me out of...herding dogs are good negotiators.

131 Romantic Heretic  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:23:31pm

re: #94 Learned Mother of Zion

My granddaughter Mookie, in yesterday's Huntsville Times.

What a sweetie. :)

132 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:23:39pm

re: #129 b_sharp

Hope is a good thing to hope for.

Can I hope for a 5 on the AP Calc test for The Princess instead?

133 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:23:47pm

re: #127 Targetpractice

I see the bandwagon has rolled in, time for all good little party cheerleaders to hope aboard.

Will there be cake or is the cake a lie?

134 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:24:42pm

re: #132 Mostly sane, most of the time.

Can I hope for a 5 on the AP Calc test for The Princess instead?

I'll even help you hope.

135 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:25:09pm

re: #133 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

Will there be cake or is the cake a lie?

No dessert for you.

136 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:25:10pm

re: #128 Dark_Falcon

How said wing nuts expect to win the presidency that way, I do not know. Unless they don't, which I could believe. Some of them might prefer to remain in the opposition, especially people like Bryan Fischer. If you're the majority party, you have to get things done, and the makeup of the Congress is such that someone like Fischer would not be able to have it all his own way. I doubt that would appeal to Fischer, since he seems to think compromise akin to kowtowing to Satan.

The problem honestly is that people like Fischer have sway in the first place. This is a man that really thinks that giving the CMOH to people who save lives in military service "feminizes" it. And I am not even beginning to crack the surface with his backwards as hell statements about gays, Muslims, and others who aren't Christians. And then there's guys like Limbaugh. The problem to me is the Republican Party leadership has enabled idiots like these guys by constantly pandering to them. Now that's not Mitt's fault because this started long before he first was elected but I think he hasn't helped matters by pandering to people like that. And by the way speaking as a swing state party, the party does it self no favors by have surrogates that refer to voters in this Democratic leaning area of the state as not being real Virginians.

137 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:25:51pm

re: #132 Mostly sane, most of the time.

Can I hope for a 5 on the AP Calc test for The Princess instead?

I stopped taking calculus after spending 45 minutes figuring out that x=0.

138 blueraven  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:26:28pm

re: #128 Dark_Falcon

How said wing nuts expect to win the presidency that way, I do not know. Unless they don't, which I could believe. Some of them might prefer to remain in the opposition, especially people like Bryan Fischer. If you're the majority party, you have to get things done, and the makeup of the Congress is such that someone like Fischer would not be able to have it all his own way. I doubt that would appeal to Fischer, since he seems to think compromise akin to kowtowing to Satan.

The problem I was referring to is Romney himself. He has allowed them to put him in this position by his own pandering and flip flopping. You reap what you sow.

139 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:27:05pm

re: #137 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

I stopped taking calculus after spending 45 minutes figuring out that x=0.

I loved Calculus so much, I took the classes several times.

140 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:27:36pm

re: #139 b_sharp

I loved Calculus so much, I took the classes several times.

What's wrong with you? (former history major, English minor)

141 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:27:56pm

Well, my Repub housemate says Romney has no chance. This dude has been Romney all along, he's not a Gingrich or Palin grumpy.

I smiled lightly. What else could I do.

142 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:28:13pm

re: #136 HappyWarrior

The problem honestly is that people like Fischer have sway in the first place.

Fischer has sway with about 9% of the population...but in primary season, that's all you need to be relevant. The people he influences will vote for Mitt regardless of how much they hate him because, well, he isn't Barack Obama, whom they think is a Kenyan socialist muslim.

143 Targetpractice  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:29:05pm

re: #142 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

Fischer has sway with about 9% of the population...but in primary season, that's all you need to be relevant. The people he influences will vote for Mitt regardless of how much they hate him because, well, he isn't Barack Obama, whom they think is a Kenyan socialist muslim.

Some will, but may will refuse to abandon their principles and decide that another 4 years of Obama is better than "Obama-lite."

144 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:29:11pm

re: #119 b_sharp

V srne V nz gbb pelcgvp.

Can we please get some computer geeks in here so this really geeky joke doesn't go to waste?

145 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:29:30pm

re: #142 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

Fischer has sway with about 9% of the population...but in primary season, that's all you need to be relevant. The people he influences will vote for Mitt regardless of how much they hate him because, well, he isn't Barack Obama, whom they think is a Kenyan socialist muslim.

Right, I know he doesn't have sway with much but when Republican candidates appear on his show and don't call his stupid crap out, I think they're pandering to his bs. Same thing with Boehner when he decides to consult with Rush "I compare feminists to Nazis" Limbaugh on the debt.

146 erik_t  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:29:53pm

re: #142 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

Fischer has sway with about 9% of the population...but in primary season, that's all you need to be relevant. The people he influences will vote for Mitt regardless of how much they hate him because, well, he isn't Barack Obama, whom they think is a Kenyan socialist muslim.

Curiously, this appears to be all you need to be relevant in Republican primary season. I cannot think of any left-wing equivalents.

147 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:29:59pm

re: #144 b_sharp

Can we please get some computer geeks in here so this really geeky joke doesn't go to waste?

it really MEANT something?

good luck

148 allegro  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:30:12pm

Barton is on the Daily Show whining about how persecuted the poor christians are in this country. My eyeballs are rolling so hard they may get stuck. What a load of bullshit.

149 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:31:05pm

re: #138 blueraven

The problem I was referring to is Romney himself. He has allowed them to put him in this position by his own pandering and flip flopping. You reap what you sow.

You can't wage an entirely mobile defense in life, sooner or later you have to make a stand or you'll just get bullied eternally. The problem for Romney is that he's got little leverage to keep Fischer from flouncing if Fischer feels defied. If Fischer flounces, Romney is the one who loses the election. The only way to turn the tables would be for Mitt to get any ally who could win over some of Fischer's followers.

150 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:31:11pm

re: #138 blueraven

The problem I was referring to is Romney himself. He has allowed them to put him in this position by his own pandering and flip flopping. You reap what you sow.

Romney probably knows he doesn't have a hope in hell of winning, but he knows he'll be able to parlay this campaign into 7 or 8 figures after the election, and who can't use a little extra money? Once November comes and goes, he'll flip back to a moderate position and pretend he never said 99% of the stupid shit he has...and everyone will let him.

151 prairiefire  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:32:03pm

re: #141 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

Well, my Repub housemate says Romney has no chance. This dude has been Romney all along, he's not a Gingrich or Palin grumpy.

I smiled lightly. What else could I do.

I also give a small, slightly startled smile and say "Oh?" And then I change the subject. I am through fighting with the repubs in my life.

152 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:32:13pm

re: #140 HappyWarrior

What's wrong with you? (former history major, English minor)

I think too linearly. (CS major, Psych major, Phil minor, miner minor)

153 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:32:37pm

re: #144 b_sharp

Can we please get some computer geeks in here so this really geeky joke doesn't go to waste?

Rot13.

Commonly used to encrypt things like spoilers on many websites.

154 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:33:14pm

re: #152 b_sharp

I think too linearly. (CS major, Psych major, Phil minor, miner minor)

Heh yeah I understand. I can't imagine having majored in anything but the humanties this said.

155 blueraven  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:33:31pm

re: #149 Dark_Falcon

You can't wage an entirely mobile defense in life, sooner or later you have to make a stand or you'll just get bullied eternally. The problem for Romney is that he's got little leverage to keep Fischer from flouncing if Fischer feels defied. If Fischer flounces, Romney is the one who loses the election. The only way to turn the tables would be for Mitt to get any ally who could win over some of Fischer's followers.

Actually he might win over a lot of independents and maybe even some fiscally conservative Dems if he would show he had a backbone.

156 Mich-again  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:33:57pm

re: #138 blueraven

Someday a GOP presidential candidate will figure out its best in the long term to skip trying to impress the radicals in order to win early primaries. Let the other nutjob candidates fight over the fringe right, the smart candidate will take the center and let the rest fight over the right. Else you end up like Mitt, in the center, in control, and with a long history of saying stupid things pandering to the far right. And he can't unsay them now.

157 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:34:10pm

re: #147 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

it really MEANT something?

good luck

Sigh...

[Link: web.forret.com...]

158 Targetpractice  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:34:28pm

re: #155 blueraven

Actually he might win over a lot of independents and maybe even some fiscally conservative Dems if he would show he had a backbone.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

Oh wait, you were serious?

159 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:35:07pm

re: #155 blueraven

Actually he might win over a lot of independents and maybe even some fiscally conservative Dems if he would show he had a backbone.

I'm looking forward to a new phrase being coined this year: Obama Republicans - moderate republicans and 'Independents' who won't vote for a pandering used car salesman and wish to maintain some dignity.

160 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:35:18pm

re: #153 SanFranciscoZionist

Rot13.

Commonly used to encrypt things like spoilers on many websites.

BINGO!!!
Thank you dear lady.

But did you giggle just a bit?

161 Talking Point Detective  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:35:45pm

re: #53 Killgore Trout

Humble suggestion for future Maydays: Instead of violent riots and terrorism maybe picnics and dancing would work better.

Still chum fishing I see.

What % of the people all around the world staging May Day rallies do you suppose engaged in violence?

I detect just a smidgen of selective "concern" on your part about sensationalist media coverage.

Just a smidgen.

162 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:37:07pm

re: #160 b_sharp

BINGO!!!
Thank you dear lady.

But did you giggle just a bit?

A tad.

163 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:37:08pm

re: #157 b_sharp

Sigh...

[Link: web.forret.com...]

I appreciate your smarts.

164 erik_t  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:39:13pm

OH SHIT SHIT GODDAMNIT CAT YOU ARE SO WET STOP RUBBING AGAINST MY LEG.

If I give you a towel, will you use it?

No?

Damnit.

165 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:39:38pm

New Year's Resolution #4026

I will not tell jokes before their time.

166 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:39:44pm

re: #135 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

No dessert for you.

Good...I went to the Giants game Sunday and then took my wife out to a French restaurant...96 Weight Watchers points in one day! I'm on good behavior now, diet wise...

167 Targetpractice  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:40:10pm

Romney's caught between the proverbial rock and hard place. He can't divorce himself from the far-right without everybody and their uncle calling himself on it, but he can't cozy up to the far-right without abandoning all hope of winning the election.

Yet, try as I might, I can't find in me any sorrow for him.

168 LadyBehir  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:40:47pm

Obama Republican here! Even wrote his name on the Republican ballot in PA. Can't stand any of the others running.

169 erik_t  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:40:47pm

re: #149 Dark_Falcon

The problem for Romney is that he's got little leverage to keep Fischer from flouncing if Fischer feels defied. If Fischer flounces, Romney is the one who loses the election. The only way to turn the tables would be for Mitt to get any ally who could win over some of Fischer's followers.

The way you say this makes it sound like you think it would be bad to force Fischer from the Romney camp.

This makes me sad.

170 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:40:53pm

re: #164 erik_t

OH SHIT SHIT GODDAMNIT CAT YOU ARE SO WET STOP RUBBING AGAINST MY LEG.

My cat loves water, and when it rains he'll go outside in the middle of the night then walk across me before collapsing into my armpit...soaking wet...and fall asleep.

171 goddamnedfrank  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:40:56pm

re: #101 Dark_Falcon

One term only. Mitt Romney can do better to straighten out our problems.

/please hold off the hostile questions, just for tonight.

Fine, no questions then, just an observation, nothing has changed since you said this:

It seemed like it was 'his turn' and he seemed electable. My problem with him has become that he stands for nothing but a desire to be president. In that regard, he's worse than Gingrich, and worse than Obama as well. Both Barack and Newt want to be president because they have things they want to do and they need the presidency to enact them. Romney seems to just want to be president.

Not one thing has changed, Romney hasn't presented a single idea that he actually stands for beyond his own personal ambition to lower taxes on himself and his hatred for President Obama. You just got backed into a corner when all your alternative candidates turned out not to be viable, and that's why you can't handle any questions.

172 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:41:01pm

re: #161 Talking Point Detective

Still chum fishing I see.

What % of the people all around the world staging May Day rallies do you suppose engaged in violence?

I detect just a smidgen of selective "concern" on your part about sensationalist media coverage.

Just a smidgen.

I wonder all the time what key words KT & NJHockey guy have on their google alerts.

173 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:41:15pm

re: #168 LadyBehir

Obama Republican here! Even wrote his name on the Republican ballot in PA. Can't stand any of the others running.

It's got a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

174 Mich-again  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:41:19pm

re: #159 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

I'm looking forward to a new phrase being coined this year: Obama Republicans - moderate republicans and 'Independents' who won't vote for a pandering used car salesman and wish to maintain some dignity.

That would include me.. Voted GOP every time since 1982 mid-terms. Not this year.

175 Talking Point Detective  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:42:14pm

re: #172 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

I wonder all the time what key words KT & NJHockey guy have on their google alerts.

I think that "concern" is at the top of the list.

176 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:43:03pm

re: #166 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

Good...I went to the Giants game Sunday and then took my wife out to a French restaurant...96 Weight Watchers points in one day! I'm on good behavior now, diet wise...

LOL. 96. You could be a commercial. Before (96) and after (22)

177 Mentis Fugit  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:43:17pm

re: #119 b_sharp

V srne V nz gbb pelcgvp.

Abg pelcgvp rabhtu, qhqr. V xabj EBG13 jura V frr vg.

178 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:43:19pm

re: #159 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

I'm looking forward to a new phrase being coined this year: Obama Republicans - moderate republicans and 'Independents' who won't vote for a pandering used car salesman and wish to maintain some dignity.

It wouldn't surprise me. I think moderate Republicans have if they didn't in 2008 realized that Obama isn't this firebreathing radical socialist and they probably also see as Romney as someone who could have been a voice of moderate Republicanism but chose the path that he did.

179 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:43:34pm

re: #163 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

I appreciate your smarts.

The first time I saw something written in rot13 I deciphered it by looking for common one, two and three character words and then mapping out the alphabet.

Had I been smart I would have just asked someone what was going on.

180 Talking Point Detective  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:44:10pm

re: #170 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

My cat loves water, and when it rains he'll go outside in the middle of the night then walk across me before collapsing into my armpit...soaking wet...and fall asleep.

Someone just forwarded this to me:

The Dog's Diary

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Dinner! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!


The Cat's Diary

Day 983 of My Captivity

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now ...

181 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:44:33pm

re: #176 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

LOL. 96. You could be a commercial. Before (96) and after (22)

Yeah...I get 49 points a day right now...down from 52 when I started, but they reward you for losing weight with fewer points...looking forward to 48. :) Oh, and I'm down 16lbs since I started two months ago.

182 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:45:00pm

re: #170 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

My cat loves water, and when it rains he'll go outside in the middle of the night then walk across me before collapsing into my armpit...soaking wet...and fall asleep.

My wife's cat will climb into the tub with her and sit on her stomach.

183 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:46:32pm

re: #173 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

It's got a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

I tweeted it. Yah

184 Targetpractice  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:46:36pm

re: #171 goddamnedfrank

Fine, no questions then, just an observation, nothing has changed since you said this:

Not one thing has changed, Romney hasn't presented a single idea that he actually stands for beyond his own personal ambition to lower taxes on himself and his hatred for President Obama. You just got backed into a corner when all your alternative candidates turned out not to be viable, and that's why you can't handle any questions.

The only thing that's "changed" is that the "moderate" position in the party got dragged, kicking and screaming, into the darkness of the far-right.

185 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:47:36pm

re: #177 Mentis Fugit

Abg pelcgvp rabhtu, qhqr.

UBJ ZNAL URER TBG VG?

186 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:48:58pm

re: #181 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

Yeah...I get 49 points a day right now...down from 52 when I started, but they reward you for losing weight with fewer points...looking forward to 48. :) Oh, and I'm down 16lbs since I started two months ago.

How in the hell did I only get 22? You're doing good. Just no more lamb.

187 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:49:10pm

re: #177 Mentis Fugit

Abg pelcgvp rabhtu, qhqr. V xabj EBG13 jura V frr vg.

You are a true geek among geeks.

188 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:52:06pm

re: #180 Talking Point Detective

Someone just forwarded this to me:

The Dog's Diary

8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Dinner! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

The Cat's Diary

Day 983 of My Captivity

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now ...

Love it.

189 Mentis Fugit  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:52:07pm

re: #187 b_sharp

You are a true geek among geeks.

Hu, gunaxf. V guvax.

V fcrag sne gbb zhpu gvzr ba Hfrarg va gur '90f.

190 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:52:21pm

re: #169 erik_t

The way you say this makes it sound like you think it would be bad to force Fischer from the Romney camp.

This makes me sad.

You read me wrong. Few things would please me more than that poisonous farts removal from any position of influence. But I want him gone, and most of his followers to stay, since their votes are needed.

191 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:52:39pm

re: #183 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

I tweeted it. Yah

I'm starting to twitter a bit. darthstar99...follow me if you like.

192 Gus  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:52:47pm

Was Richard M. Nixon a Closet Marxist: Forward Together
46th Inaugural Theme, 'Forward Together' and its Marxist-Socialist-Communist origins reveal

193 Mich-again  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:53:57pm

re: #190 Dark_Falcon

But I want him gone, and most of his followers to stay, since their votes are needed.

The problem is for every one of them you attract, you repel 1.351927 others.

194 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:54:38pm

re: #189 Mentis Fugit

Hu, gunaxf. V guvax.

V fcrag sne gbb zhpu gvzr ba Hfrarg va gur '90f.

That's where I first ran across it, although it was in 2002.

195 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:55:20pm

re: #190 Dark_Falcon

You read me wrong. Few things would please me more than that poisonous farts removal from any position of influence. But I want him gone, and most of his followers to stay, since their votes are needed.

Only if you want to elect obstructionist assholes.

196 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:56:40pm

re: #193 Mich-again

The problem is for every one of them you attract, you repel 1.351927 others.

On Sundays, 1.61803399 others.

197 erik_t  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:56:45pm

re: #190 Dark_Falcon

You read me wrong. Few things would please me more than that poisonous farts removal from any position of influence. But I want him gone, and most of his followers to stay, since their votes are needed.

This is a distinction that isn't. You don't want to unfollow his flock. You just want them to mindlessly vote against their own interests for your terrible candidate.

Seriously, man. Step back and look at what you're saying.

198 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:56:54pm

re: #192 Gus

Was Richard M. Nixon a Closet Marxist: Forward Together
46th Inaugural Theme, 'Forward Together' and its Marxist-Socialist-Communist origins reveal

He did meet Mao and Zhou Enlai you know. So clearly a Maoist too.//

199 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:57:34pm

Once again, Kevin D. Williamson of National Review is the man who will take on those whom others fear to say 'Boo!' to:

Exit, Pursued By Elephant

My congratulations to Matthew Franck et al. for having successfully chased Richard Grenell out of the Romney campaign, handing the Democrats a nice little example of Republicans’ elevating their sexual obsessions over foreign policy (for Pete’s sake). I do hope that Mr. Romney extends the appropriate gratitude for the manufactured controversy.

As Haley Barbour observed: “Purity in politics is a loser; unity in politics is a winner. . . . If you had to agree with Haley Barbour on every issue, it would be a mighty small party. That’s just a fact, and we need people to understand that at the end of the day, Reagan was right: A person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is your friend and ally, not some 20 percent traitor.”

I suppose Haley Barbour forgot to include the no-homo caveat. Perhaps Roger Chillingsworth will take the job.

200 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:58:15pm

re: #197 erik_t

This is a distinction that isn't. You don't want to unfollow his flock. You just want them to mindlessly vote against their own interests for your terrible candidate.

Seriously, man. Step back and look at what you're saying.

Their interests are not what Fischer tells them they are.

201 Mich-again  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:58:36pm

re: #196 b_sharp

On Sundays, 1.61803399 others.

Oh like I'm supposed to believe your data has 8 decimal places of accuracy.

202 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:58:45pm

re: #197 erik_t

This is a distinction that isn't. You don't want to unfollow his flock. You just want them to mindlessly vote against their own interests for your terrible candidate.

Seriously, man. Step back and look at what you're saying.

I don't like David Duke, but his friends in white sheets seem to be a tightly knit social group.

203 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 8:59:13pm

re: #200 Dark_Falcon

Their interests are not what Fischer tells them they are.

They follow him because they agree with him.

204 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:00:14pm

re: #203 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

They follow him because they agree with him.

How many people actually 'follow' Bryan Fischer?

205 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:00:35pm

re: #203 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

They follow him because they agree with him.

I know. I was thinking about how to end that agreement.

206 Mich-again  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:01:16pm

re: #203 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

They follow him because they agree with him.

Sometimes a guy will see a band marching down the street and jump out in front to pretend like he was leading them all along. See - Glen Beck..

207 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:01:27pm

re: #204 SanFranciscoZionist

How many people actually 'follow' Bryan Fischer?

Not many, but it doesn't take many when they're US Senators.

208 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:02:06pm

re: #207 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

Not many, but it doesn't take many when they're US Senators.

I fear for our bears.

209 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:02:12pm

re: #205 Dark_Falcon

I know. I was thinking about how to end that agreement.

Teach their children not to be bigots, and in 20 years or so, you will have change.

210 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:02:32pm

re: #191 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

I'm starting to twitter a bit. darthstar99...follow me if you like.

I already do you twit.

211 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:02:40pm

re: #209 darthstar (click me, I dare ya)

Teach their children not to be bigots, and in 20 years or so, you will have change.

That's secular indoctrination. //

212 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:02:45pm

re: #208 SanFranciscoZionist

I fear for our bears.

I think Lindsey Graham will be fine.

213 Targetpractice  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:03:12pm

re: #199 Dark_Falcon

Once again, Kevin D. Williamson of National Review is the man who will take on those whom others fear to say 'Boo!' to:

Exit, Pursued By Elephant

He might as well be trying to argue with a brick wall. Scratch that, the wall might actually give if pressed hard enough. The wingnuts are going to continue to demand "purity" because, in their minds, it's "impure" politicians who are the reason why things are falling apart. "Compromise" is a four-letter word to them.

214 darthstar  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:03:17pm

re: #210 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

I already do you twit.

Okay, so I'm an iltwiterit.

215 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:05:02pm

I think it's crazy that the adviser's sexuality was even made an issue. I mean for fuck sakes this is 2012. I have straight, gay, bi, etc friends. If Romney wants to have a gay man advising him on foreign policy, he should be able to without a bunch of neanderthals flipping out. I swear these people are like children when it comes to homosexuality and maybe even more immature honest.

216 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:06:01pm

re: #201 Mich-again

Oh like I'm supposed to believe your data has 8 decimal places of accuracy.

It depends on how many places I make up.

217 palomino  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:06:45pm

re: #190 Dark_Falcon

You read me wrong. Few things would please me more than that poisonous farts removal from any position of influence. But I want him gone, and most of his followers to stay, since their votes are needed.

But his followers are as crazy and bigoted as he is. Why do you want their votes? If you think the GOP can come back to reality as a center-right governing party, pandering to Fischer's followers isn't gonna help.

This is what I don't get about your views: you post frequently about how fucked up the GOP is, you agree with others when they point out how fucked up the GOP is, and then you rationalize supporting the GOP. Logic flies out the window in that course of events.

218 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:06:52pm

re: #215 HappyWarrior

I think it's crazy that the adviser's sexuality was even made an issue. I mean for fuck sakes this is 2012. ...

See, there's your bias right there.

If you weren't so reprobate you'd know that the proper term is "The Year of our LORD 2012".

What do you have against Christians?

219 Mich-again  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:07:08pm

The difference between purify and putrify is Tea..

220 goddamnedfrank  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:07:32pm

re: #190 Dark_Falcon

You read me wrong. Few things would please me more than that poisonous farts removal from any position of influence. But I want him gone, and most of his followers to stay, since their votes are needed.

So was it or was it not bullshit when you said this recently?:

Not all SoCons are Freepers. Romney needs conservatives, but he can win without some of the fringe. And even if he doesn't, a Mass Flounce by the fringe would cut the fringe's influence considerably, which would help every who isn't part of that fringe going forward.

I think you're starting to realize that the GOP does in fact really need those votes, that it's is in thrall to the social conservatives, and that if they lose them they'll be considerably weakened in the future.

Here's what you haven't addressed and are afraid to address, as the social conservatives have become more and more atavistic and drag the party further to the right, maintaining their support comes at the cost of alienating moderates and independent voters. The GOP has pandered its way into an unsustainable either or situation, one that cannot be fixed by simply replacing a few fringe figureheads.

221 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:08:19pm

re: #215 HappyWarrior

I think it's crazy that the adviser's sexuality was even made an issue. I mean for fuck sakes this is 2012. I have straight, gay, bi, etc friends. If Romney wants to have a gay man advising him on foreign policy, he should be able to without a bunch of neanderthals flipping out. I swear these people are like children when it comes to homosexuality and maybe even more immature honest.

Grennel's other statements would have been a death knell in past campaigns, but they settled on the gay thing.

Awful people.

222 simoom  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:08:22pm

Interesting. Some 501(c)(4) called Veterans For a Strong America is up with a slickly produced (rousing score, well edited, fancy effects) ad/video basically accusing the President of using service members sacrifice solely for his political gain. Looking over their facebook and twitter history they seem to have previously been entirely involved in GOP politics, and this appears to be their first ad ever, so I'm guessing the money and the pro ad agency behind it really just needed their name.

223 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:09:40pm

re: #218 freetoken

See, there's your bias right there.

If you weren't so reprobate you'd know that the proper term is "The Year of our LORD 2012".

What do you have against Christians?

Haha touche. By the way, did anyone hear about Bill Nye being booed today or recently in Waco for saying the moon reflects the light of the sun?

224 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:10:55pm

re: #221 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

Grennel's other statements would have been a death knell in past campaigns, but they settled on the gay thing.

Awful people.

What were Grennel's other statements? I'm sure it's more of the usual crap that all Obama does is "apologize." Funny that Bin Laden and Qaddafi guy would disagree but facts seem to bother people like that.

225 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:11:11pm

re: #223 HappyWarrior

Haha touche. By the way, did anyone hear about Bill Nye being booed today or recently in Waco for saying the moon reflects the light of the sun?

It reflects the goodness of mankind.

Because goodness knows that basalt and dust reflect goodness. Not electromagnetic waves.

226 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:11:58pm

re: #223 HappyWarrior

Haha touche. By the way, did anyone hear about Bill Nye being booed today or recently in Waco for saying the moon reflects the light of the sun?

That's a 2006 story that is being recycled this week for some reason.

227 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:12:21pm

re: #225 Mostly sane, most of the time.

It reflects the goodness of mankind.

Because goodness knows that basalt and dust reflect goodness. Not electromagnetic waves.

Heh yeah and anyhow I am just realizing this is an old story. Thought it was new because someone I knew posted it on facebook.

228 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:12:54pm

re: #226 freetoken

That's a 2006 story that is being recycled this week for some reason.

I just noticed that. Wonder why?

229 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:13:17pm

Goodnight friends, I hear a pillow calling my name.

230 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:13:35pm

re: #228 HappyWarrior

I just noticed that. Wonder why?

The internet has it's own physics. Things pop in and out of the time line without known cause.

231 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:13:49pm

re: #229 b_sharp

Goodnight friends, I hear a pillow calling my name.

Um. I suggest a trip to the laundry room for the pillow.

232 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:14:34pm

re: #230 freetoken

The internet has it's own physics. Things pop in and out of the time line without known cause.

True that. Anyhow. This country needs to realize how important science is if we want to move forward as a nation in this century.

233 b_sharp  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:14:40pm

re: #231 Mostly sane, most of the time.

Um. I suggest a trip to the laundry room for the pillow.

I'm waiting for the third leg to grow.

234 gwangung  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:15:01pm

re: #223 HappyWarrior

Haha touche. By the way, did anyone hear about Bill Nye being booed today or recently in Waco for saying the moon reflects the light of the sun?

[Link: www.thinkatheist.com...]

235 Targetpractice  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:15:06pm

re: #222 simoom

Interesting. Some 501(c)(4) called Veterans For a Strong America is up with a slickly produced (rousing score, well edited, fancy effects) ad/video basically accusing the President of using service members sacrifice solely for his political gain. Looking over their facebook and twitter history they seem to have previously been entirely involved in GOP politics, and this appears to be their first ad ever, so I'm guessing the money and the pro ad agency behind it really just needed their name.

Yeah, no. Obama ain't got nothing on this, this, or even this.

236 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:15:42pm

re: #224 HappyWarrior

What were Grennel's other statements? I'm sure it's more of the usual crap that all Obama does is "apologize." Funny that Bin Laden and Qaddafi guy would disagree but facts seem to bother people like that.

Misogyny squared. Someone pull up the tweets?

237 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:16:25pm

re: #223 HappyWarrior

Haha touche. By the way, did anyone hear about Bill Nye being booed today or recently in Waco for saying the moon reflects the light of the sun?

Bill Nye was BOOED? America=toast

238 simoom  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:16:27pm

Here's the ad if anyone's interested. I was torn about giving them the hits, but honestly I doubt it we'll make much difference:

239 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:16:50pm

re: #223 HappyWarrior

Haha touche. By the way, did anyone hear about Bill Nye being booed today or recently in Waco for saying the moon reflects the light of the sun?

That was a while ago, and I have a vague idea it wasn't exactly like that, but I'm having trouble finding the story now.

240 palomino  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:16:51pm

re: #215 HappyWarrior

I think it's crazy that the adviser's sexuality was even made an issue. I mean for fuck sakes this is 2012. I have straight, gay, bi, etc friends. If Romney wants to have a gay man advising him on foreign policy, he should be able to without a bunch of neanderthals flipping out. I swear these people are like children when it comes to homosexuality and maybe even more immature honest.

You're right--they are worse than children. Most kids old enough to understand human sexuality don't have a problem with homosexuality. It's the older folks (Fischer and his followers, for example) who still can't get over the fact that the pee-pee goes in the "wrong hole" if you're gay.

And on that issue, fully one-third of gay couples don't even practice anal intercourse, while about one-third of straight couples do. So the whole ick factor that motivates much of the virulent homophobia is a misinformed figment of the religious extremists' imagination, be they Christian, Muslim, whatever.

241 gwangung  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:16:54pm

re: #224 HappyWarrior

What were Grennel's other statements? I'm sure it's more of the usual crap that all Obama does is "apologize." Funny that Bin Laden and Qaddafi guy would disagree but facts seem to bother people like that.

If you're apologizing, you're less likely to see the shiv coming.

242 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:16:59pm

re: #234 gwangung

That's the 2009 blog entry that is being chased around the net. But a religious forum brought it up this week as if this was new, when the original Waco article is from 2006.

The internet's ways are not our ways.

243 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:17:20pm

re: #237 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

Bill Nye was BOOED? America=toast

Yeah it's old news. Bill Nye is awesome. He made science more enjoyable for me. Seems like a really nice guy too.

244 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:19:38pm

re: #242 freetoken

That's the 2009 blog entry that is being chased around the net. But a religious forum brought it up this week as if this was new, when the original Waco article is from 2006.

The internet's ways are not our ways.

OK, now I recall what happened. Apparently he pointed out that the Bible is incorrect to call the moon a 'great light', since it's merely a reflector.

This, I would wager, is perhaps the dumbest 'error' anyone could find in the text of Genesis, but the Wacoans were annoyed.

245 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:20:35pm

re: #213 Targetpractice

He might as well be trying to argue with a brick wall. Scratch that, the wall might actually give if pressed hard enough. The wingnuts are going to continue to demand "purity" because, in their minds, it's "impure" politicians who are the reason why things are falling apart. "Compromise" is a four-letter word to them.

Williamson is like a honey badger: He don't give a shit. He knows the wingsnuts are wrong and is just gonna say it. If they hate him, they hate him. He's fearless, and he has at times gone after Rachel Maddow and she at him, but they're more like each other than they'll let on.

246 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:21:57pm

re: #244 SanFranciscoZionist

OK, now I recall what happened. Apparently he pointed out that the Bible is incorrect to call the moon a 'great light', since it's merely a reflector.

This, I would wager, is perhaps the dumbest 'error' anyone could find in the text of Genesis, but the Wacoans were annoyed.

Gotcha. Booing him for that though? Seems silly to me. Anyhow, I think biblical or any holy book literalism is a dangerous way to go through life.

247 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:23:54pm

re: #246 HappyWarrior

Gotcha. Booing him for that though? Seems silly to me. Anyhow, I think biblical or any holy book literalism is a dangerous way to go through life.

I said this upthread. Someone lost their Govt. job for saying CRUCIFY.

It's a dangerous religious world if you are not.

248 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:26:10pm

re: #247 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

I said this upthread. Someone lost their Govt. job for saying CRUCIFY.

It's a dangerous religious world if you are not.

That wasn't just the religious angle, though that was the biggest single part. It was also that having an mentality of humiliating and destroying one malefactor to intimidate others who might transgress bothers many people. I cannot say I am one of them though, as that was a part that official's remarks I really didn't have a problem with.

249 Amory Blaine  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:26:18pm

Someone mentioned here the Wisconsin flag has the word Forward on it. It also carries the phrase E pluribus unum. A collective idea if there ever was one.

250 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:26:31pm

re: #247 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

I said this upthread. Someone lost their Govt. job for saying CRUCIFY.

It's a dangerous religious world if you are not.

Yikes. And yeah it is. I would hate to be an openly atheist person in this country given the hostility people have towards them. People should be free to believe or not to believe. I think that's part of the great thing about religious freedom. Not only do you have the freedom to worship peacefully but you have the freedom not to worship at all if you so wish. I'm not a religious person particularly and I enjoy not having to by law be a member of a certain church.

251 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:28:02pm

re: #246 HappyWarrior

Gotcha. Booing him for that though? Seems silly to me. Anyhow, I think biblical or any holy book literalism is a dangerous way to go through life.

I don't know enough about the incident, or Bill Nye to know if:

a. He's religious, and thought this would be a fun little Bible fact to throw in in what he thought was a receptive audience,

b. He was being difficult, assuming it to be a religious audience, and wishing to be annoying (seems unlikely, the man is a children's entertainer),

c. He happened to mention the Bible randomly for no special reason, and the audience reacted poorly,

or

d. Someone asked, and he answered accurately.

Those are all the options that immediately occur to me.

252 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:30:44pm

re: #251 SanFranciscoZionist

I don't know enough about the incident, or Bill Nye to know if:

a. He's religious, and thought this would be a fun little Bible fact to throw in in what he thought was a receptive audience,

b. He was being difficult, assuming it to be a religious audience, and wishing to be annoying (seems unlikely, the man is a children's entertainer),

c. He happened to mention the Bible randomly for no special reason, and the audience reacted poorly,

or

d. Someone asked, and he answered accurately.

Those are all the options that immediately occur to me.

I think it's C or D. I believe he's a well known skeptic but not in the Dawkins style which would diqualify your A or B.

253 erik_t  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:31:17pm

re: #251 SanFranciscoZionist

I don't know enough about the incident, or Bill Nye to know if:

He's awesome personally; we've talked for several minutes about 747 avionics wiring.

That's all I've got.

254 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:31:31pm

In my daily quest for the True Our America I come across numerous (very numerous, verging on innumerable) blogs with a steady stream of creationists' delusions. Occasionally I'm attempted to comment, but usually decide against it as for the most part it is a waste of time.

This was brought home to me recently when I left a meaningful post at one of the Reformed literalists sites, only to have my comment deleted.

They just don't want to hear the truth.

Still, the burden remains with me, that I have a (even if tiny) responsibility to correct the delusional from their own pitfalls and dead ends down which they seem insistent upon pursuing.

Perhaps it's a cross I must bear, yet it can be quite frustrating. I've dealt with creationists for 30 years and know their routines (they don't change much over time) and know that it is very rare indeed for one to get the epiphany that they don't really know that about which they preach so much.

On those rare occasions though I do come across some soul who is undergoing a frame change, sort of a mental rebuilding process (we all do this as we age, hopefully.)

All of this is a long way to get to the point that there have been a few changes over the years and the religious culture in this nation is undergoing another separation. Now, it's not as big as the Great Schism or even the Reformation, but there is something palpable happening in that the fundamentalists, while getting all the noisier and more dogmatic, are starting to be out numbered by a new form of American Christianity.

Now, the fundamentalists are lamenting this left and right, and attribute it to narcissism or selfishness on behalf of the younger generation. Maybe the younger ones are narcissistic... or maybe they are just burnt out from information overload, courtesy of Twitter and the internet.

To where this will lead I do not know. While the fundamentalist teenagers still do stunts like the walkout the other week of Dan Savage, a great number of 20-something and 30-something church-goers aren't falling in line.

255 Dark_Falcon  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:32:08pm

Good night.

256 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:34:33pm

re: #237 Residence: Hopeandchangeistan 2012

Bill Nye was BOOED? America=toast

More on that Bill Nye-Waco-moon-God thing.

So, a story’s making the rounds — again — on Tumblr that Bill Nye was booed for contradicting the Bible in Waco, Texas, by pointing out that the moon doesn’t generate its own light.

That did, in fact, happen…in April, 2006. And the next night, Nye got on MSNBC’s Countdown to discuss the incident. He insisted that he wasn’t heckled, but lost in all the hubbub was this even more important point he’d hoped to make (emphasis added):

UNGER: …Let’s start first, though, with what happened to you during that lecture. Now as a scientist you come across this sort of heckling from time to time?…

NYE: I have to tell you guys, I didn’t think I was heckled. People left. I don’t remember being heckled. I got a standing O at the end…

UNGER: Lots of shouts out there. That was kind of a heckle.

NYE: Let’s—I don’t want to get to far afield here and talk too much about me, but I was talking about how a very famous reverend, Jerry Falwell insisted that he thinks that global climate change, global heating is a myth, and he was going to buy a Chevy Suburban the next time he had an opportunity, and I pointed out that that’s bad.

And that the literal interpretation of the Bible, to me, is not satisfactory, it’s just not enough information…

Some people left because they were concerned. Knock yourselves out. But people—we have taxpayers and voters that don’t believe in global heating, think it’s a myth. That’s not in anybody’s best interest. I’m going to tell you, as a scientist and so on, engineer and taxpayer and voter that global heating, global warming is a very serious problem. And you can’t ignore it. It’s a problem discovered through the process of science. So it’s a worthy thing.

257 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:35:08pm

re: #252 HappyWarrior

I think it's C or D. I believe he's a well known skeptic but not in the Dawkins style which would diqualify your A or B.

A quick search reveals that, asked if he believes in God, Bill Nye commented to McCall Magazine, "You really can't know."

Seems to eliminate A. I thought of that because it's the sort of thing I would do--bring up something cool and Biblical and realize too late I misgaged the audience.

258 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:35:54pm

re: #257 SanFranciscoZionist

A quick search reveals that, asked if he believes in God, Bill Nye commented to McCall Magazine, "You really can't know."

Seems to eliminate A. I thought of that because it's the sort of thing I would do--bring up something cool and Biblical and realize too late I misgaged the audience.

Unless he's an agnostic with an ethusiasm for Biblical studies. I know a few.

259 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:37:26pm

re: #256 Shiplord Kirel

Thanks much for the detail.

Weird it's making the rounds again. Similar to the Dan Savage recent event ?

260 HappyWarrior  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:38:17pm

re: #256 Shiplord Kirel

More on that Bill Nye-Waco-moon-God thing.

Hard to argue with what he was saying. Anyhow, just weird that this got brought up again. Weird how that happens but that's the internet.

261 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:41:54pm

So let's say that God wanted to give people some light to see by at night. Sort of.

It's that whole falling off a cliff without sunlight thing, you know?

Whose job is it to tell him how he has to do it?

263 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:47:08pm
The blog section boasts about having two felonies knocked down to misdemeanors and describes a court battle with an ex-girlfriend. Zimmerman faced two felonies in 2005 for obstructing justice and battery on a law enforcement officer, but the cases were reduced to misdemeanor simple battery, and he was left with no criminal conviction on his record.

Read more here: [Link: www.miamiherald.com...]

This is one of the things that sits in my gut. Zimmerman had a history with the police. How did that not factor?

264 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:48:04pm

re: #261 Mostly sane, most of the time.

So let's say that God wanted to give people some light to see by at night. Sort of.

It's that whole falling off a cliff without sunlight thing, you know?

Whose job is it to tell him how he has to do it?

Also, "God made a great light, and a lesser light reflector--the light to govern the day and the light reflector to govern the night," just doesn't FLOW.

265 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Tue, May 1, 2012 9:50:51pm

re: #264 SanFranciscoZionist

Also, "God made a great light, and a lesser light reflector--the light to govern the day and the light reflector to govern the night," just doesn't FLOW.

Yes, but if the Bible had to also be a science textbook for a people who had not yet figured out gravity (the wheel, I think, and fire, yes, and perhaps some simple machines), it would be REALLY long.

266 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 10:06:41pm

re: #265 Mostly sane, most of the time.

Yes, but if the Bible had to also be a science textbook for a people who had not yet figured out gravity (the wheel, I think, and fire, yes, and perhaps some simple machines), it would be REALLY long.

Also, probably have been ignored, eaten, or housed in a shrine and given due respect without being read.

267 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Tue, May 1, 2012 10:11:22pm

re: #266 SanFranciscoZionist

Also, probably have been ignored, eaten, or housed in a shrine and given due respect without being read.

Yeah, pretty much.

268 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 10:13:39pm

Oh wtf, just went to the daily caller for some stupid ass reason. what a hotbed of conspiracy and ODS. Tucker is making money, but zero reputation. It's amazing how the two transposed. This is our problem.

269 Page 3 in the Binder of Women  Tue, May 1, 2012 10:22:03pm

lol, love the wang dang karma

270 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 10:26:18pm

re: #266 SanFranciscoZionist

Also, probably have been ignored, eaten, or housed in a shrine and given due respect without being read.

Heh, speaking of shrines housing holy books and such, did you know that the oldest surviving illustrated Gospels, the Garima Gospels, which are probably over 1400 years old, are still (to the best of my knowledge) housed in a simple building in the middle of nowhere? See the whole story here:

Extreme Bookbinding

One of the world's most rare written and drawn objects - right there in the mountains of Ethiopia. I always wonder how some antiquities remain where they are for thousands of years, but others get stolen and bought and traded around the world.

271 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, May 1, 2012 10:28:33pm

re: #270 freetoken

Heh, speaking of shrines housing holy books and such, did you know that the oldest surviving illustrated Gospels, the Garima Gospels, which are probably over 1400 years old, are still (to the best of my knowledge) housed in a simple building in the middle of nowhere? See the whole story here:

Extreme Bookbinding

One of the world's most rare written and drawn objects - right there in the mountains of Ethiopia. I always wonder how some antiquities remain where they are for thousands of years, but others get stolen and bought and traded around the world.

That's astonishing. I've never heard of that manuscript before.

272 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 10:36:31pm

re: #271 SanFranciscoZionist

That's astonishing. I've never heard of that manuscript before.

Nobody in the "West" had before 1950 or so.

Reality is stranger than fiction.

Think about it - some little community in mountains goes to their religious ceremonies every week, with the religious leader using a book written and illustrated in the distant past, not just for years or decades but for centuries, century after century.

Entire civilizations come and go.

Yet that little corner of a particular sect of one religion just putters on.

There is a special arrogance in many contemporary writers these days, as if we today are somehow special or our own way of doing things is the one that will last.

Hah.

273 Lidane  Tue, May 1, 2012 10:45:46pm

re: #215 HappyWarrior

I think it's crazy that the adviser's sexuality was even made an issue. I mean for fuck sakes this is 2012.

It's 2012, but you're talking about people who want to go back to the antebellum South. Social progress is a bad thing, don'tcha know.

274 Lidane  Tue, May 1, 2012 10:50:26pm
275 freetoken  Tue, May 1, 2012 10:58:07pm

re: #274 Lidane

I will note that there is a note at the bottom of that HuffPo piece.

Nevertheless, the whole fixation the SoCons have with PP is absurd. PP is just another "antichrist" to them, the Roman Pope evidently having fallen out of fashion.

276 Targetpractice  Tue, May 1, 2012 11:02:11pm

re: #274 Lidane

Yeah, this makes total sense:

Texas Attorney General Compares Planned Parenthood To Terrorist Organization

*sigh*

For those playing the home game, Judge Jerry Smith is the same judge who threw a tantrum in open court by demanding the Justice Department provide a letter detailing the administration's stance on whether the Supreme Court may overturn laws written by Congress. And it is very rare for an appeals court judge, which Smith is, to unilaterally put a stay on a lower court's decision, especially within hours of that decision being released.

The man's a partisan hack and brings shame to the judicial system.

277 efuseakay  Wed, May 2, 2012 12:18:15am

A little late to this party... looks like the wingers are all pissed off (when aren't they) that no troops were invited to the President's speech... not even bothering admit that earlier, he addressed them personally. No. I'm not surprised.

278 palomino  Wed, May 2, 2012 12:37:24am

re: #254 freetoken

I sincerely hope you're right. But haven't the mainline Christian denominations (Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Catholic, etc) been losing members while evangelical Protestants have grown fairly rapidly? What's the new form of American Christianity you refer to?

279 Lidane  Wed, May 2, 2012 12:48:43am

ZOMG! COMMUNIST!

Looking Forward by George H. W. Bush

Published back when he was running for POTUS. Eek!

280 freetoken  Wed, May 2, 2012 1:00:07am

re: #278 palomino

Yes, many "mainline" churches have been growing grayer and withering. However, I guess I should have been clearer, in that what I perceive is happening is among those who want to label themselves "evangelical" but don't want to follow all the lines laid down by the fundamentalists of yesterday (which here in the US means the fundamentalism movement which started at the end of the 19th century and developed during the 20th in reaction to modernism.)

Part of this is change is that many churches, especially big congregations, these days want to be "non-denominational". The pitfall is of course the leader(s) of said congregations can be quite unaccountable; the upside for many church-goers is that such congregations are more flexible.

I see this as just the latest chapter is a long story of what has happened to Christianity since the Enlightenment, as group after group peels away from the establishment religious organization and sets up independent shop. Then, with the onset of the industrial revolution and the increased flow of peoples to new locations, the changes in lifestyles, and finally the ease of access to vast mounds of information - all of this means that the older concepts of religious structures don't work.

It's not that Americans are less religious than before (and this has been shown by surveys), but rather that religious institutions are no longer serving the needs.

I don't expect that all of today's Fundamentalists are going to turn into Universalists, but I do see the structured church losing influence as long as modernity channels modern societies and civilizations. None of this is particularly controversial for religion watchers, but I guess I'm saying it's just becoming more obvious.

Sure, if our civilization collapses then the old ways could return, with religious institutions taking over large portions of society. That might happen eventually, but not in 2012.

281 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Wed, May 2, 2012 1:25:53am

re: #65 Killgore Trout

qui tacet consentire videtur

I'd suggest looking in the mirror.

282 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Wed, May 2, 2012 1:38:46am

re: #180 Talking Point Detective

The cat's part to be read in Stewie's voice.

283 goddamnedfrank  Wed, May 2, 2012 1:41:48am

Let's check in with Pastor Creepy-Pants:

Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male. And when your daughter starts acting too butch, you reign her in. And you say, 'Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.'"

For some reason the line "smell like a girl" and "you are going to dress yourself up" struck me as even more creepy than his advice on son punching. Dude's got some odd fixations and should not be allowed around children.

284 freetoken  Wed, May 2, 2012 2:11:45am
285 freetoken  Wed, May 2, 2012 2:28:32am

The Australian TV network ABC has an investigative reporting show called "Four Corners", and this week they are running an episode called Mitt Romney and the Mormons.

It's a strikingly blunt look at religion in America and how Mitt's Mormonism is disturbing the religious right, an the role of the religious right in GOP politics.

It's the kind of show that one doesn't find on US major networks, at least when discussing these kind of topics.

Not anything in there that is revelatory to me, but I am surprised at how different the Australian network comes off on this topic compared to US networks.

Recommend trying to find it somewhere to watch.

286 (I Stand By What I Said Whatever It Was)  Wed, May 2, 2012 2:34:02am
287 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Wed, May 2, 2012 2:47:14am

Is this more cool or creepy?

288 freetoken  Wed, May 2, 2012 3:02:15am

That ABC (Australia) documentary has some good footage in it.

Roughly at the halfway point, around 26:00, the host goes to interview one of the "12" who run the Mormon church, and gets a few insights.

What I though was most insightful though was the Freudian slip: the Mormon leader referred to President Obama as "Osama" - then corrected himself, but the producer left in the video (got to love those Australians.)

I'd put in on Youtube but I suspect that ABC would have it pulled, at least while the show is still fresh and being aired online in Australia. If you have a good proxy you might be able to view it online (at the above link.)

289 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Wed, May 2, 2012 3:03:42am

re: #288 freetoken

Put it on RuTube. ///

290 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Wed, May 2, 2012 3:12:51am

Soviet pop rendition of sonnet 90.

291 freetoken  Wed, May 2, 2012 3:23:05am

Looks like someone already uploaded it to youtube - I wonder how long it will last:


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