TwitterFacebook

Krauthammer: Obama Has Ruthlessly Shattered the GOP, Created Internal Civil War

Kitchen sink
Opinion • Views: 28,944

Charles Krauthammer gives President Obama credit for a “stunning accomplishment,” saying that Obama has ruthlessly shattered the Republican Party, breaking their will and causing an internal civil war while vacationing in luxury and playing golf every day: Krauthammer to Hannity: Obama Has Successfully Created ‘An Internal Civil War’ Within the GOP.

Also, Obama’s overplaying his hand, and will go down in history as a failed president with a radical ideology. And he needs to give in to the Republicans now or he’ll be blamed for the fiscal cliff.

Basically, Krauthammer’s throwing everything he has against the wall in this one, hoping something will stick. I’m no Beltway insider like the K-man, but it seems to me the Republican Party has done a pretty damned good job of shattering itself.

Jump to bottom

327 comments

1 The Mountain That Blogs  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:06:14pm

The Tea Party are all Democratic plants? Got it.

2 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:07:15pm

The Derp is strong with this one.

3 erik_t  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:07:22pm

The GOP needed absolutely no help in pitting social-regressive nutters against the fuckyouIgotmine rich by turning the pander to 11. I think they managed to do that all by themselves.

4 lawhawk  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:07:49pm

Obama has destroyed the GOP but he must cave to GOP demands or else things will get worse esp. with the fiscal cliff/debt ceiling?

That's the gist (and 140 character summation of his comments).

Weak. Tea.

5 SteveMcG  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:08:12pm

I like something Chris Matthews once said about either Sarah Palin or Christine ODonnell: "If you don't have anything to say, say everything."

6 Romantic Heretic  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:08:27pm

Once again, a person big on personal responsibility doesn't want to take personal responsibility.

7 Kronocide  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:08:39pm

Krauthammer went Beck.

8 Charles Johnson  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:08:57pm

re: #4 lawhawk

Right, Obama shattered their will, ruthlessly, and destroyed them. That's why he now needs to surrender.

9 allegro  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:09:13pm

Please proceed, Governor...

That's pretty much all it took.

10 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:10:52pm

Obama made Romney give that 47% talk to his rich friends!!!1!

11 Charles Johnson  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:10:54pm

I'm no Beltway insider like the K-man, but it seems to me the GOP has done a pretty damned good job of shattering its own will.

12 jaunte  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:11:18pm
...ruthlessly shattered the Republican Party, breaking their will and causing an internal civil war...

All that from the golf course. He's truly a magic man.

13 erik_t  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:12:23pm
14 Kid A  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:12:27pm

Golf. Vacations. Now those are the signs of a failed presidency. Hannity is such a donkeyfuck.

15 Romantic Heretic  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:12:29pm

Ach. Tried to watch the video.

Son of a bitch! I cannot get over the loaded language that The Ministry of Truth uses. Wondering "Should Obama have taken a tropical vacation (sneer)?" Of course if Obama had stayed in Washington it would have been, "See?! See?! Obama hates Christmas!"

Christ Almighty!

16 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:13:06pm

Obama made the Republicans nominate Romney instead of a real conservative!!!1!

17 Kragar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:13:19pm

Reminds me of an Onion article about Bin Laden making threats in Afghanistan. "The US has spread their forces thin across the entire country while we have consolidated our power inside this hidden cave. You have no choice but to surrender!"

18 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:15:04pm

"Obama is making the GOP look like idiots! That's why he should give in to their demands, so they can feel good about themselves again!"

Think the only thing I've heard today that's funnier is the arguments by wingnuts that the GOP is "center-right" because Democrats are even farther left than they were in the 60's.

19 jaunte  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:15:05pm

"Rigidly clinging to radical ideology." Like the 400k compromise?

20 Kragar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:15:24pm

Gunman shoots three cops inside New Jersey police station

Obviously they need full time police on duty.

21 SteveMcG  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:15:38pm

I don;t think Hilary Clinton could have smashed the Republican Party.

22 lawhawk  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:15:43pm

re: #11 Charles Johnson

The money men at Koch, Adelson, Rove (and Dewey, Cheaten and Howe) seem to have done much of the legwork by funding astroturf groups, tea party "independents", and radicalized the GOP to the point where the long time GOPers can't get anything done within their own caucus.

23 Mich-again  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:16:24pm

Sean 11ty reminds me Lou Costello.

24 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:17:27pm
25 SteveMcG  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:18:10pm

re: 20 Kragar

Just goes to show you that a madman can get a gun off of anybody.

26 erik_t  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:19:26pm

re: #20 Kragar

Gunman shoots three cops inside New Jersey police station

Obviously they need full time police on duty.

Gubmint building, probably a gun-free zone.

/

27 Mich-again  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:19:50pm

Did he say ruthless skill or ruthless kill?

28 rwdflynavy  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:21:18pm
29 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:21:19pm

re: #20 Kragar

Gunman shoots three cops inside New Jersey police station

Obviously they need full time police on duty.

If only someone around there had been armed.

///

30 Ian G.  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:21:40pm

So since Obama has somehow "caused" the GOP to be engaged in civil war, Obama is the one who should surrender? Huh?

I'd love to see how this "logic" might have worked throughout history. I'm picturing Atahualpa threatening Pizzaro: "Yes, Spaniard, you have captured me, and my empire is in tatters due to the war I just had with my brother, but you'd better surrender now, lest Spain be conquered by my armies!"

31 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:26:40pm

Remember that Karl Rove tried to warn birthers that Obama was "leading them into a trap". Basically they wound up punching Obama in the fist with their face.

He also tried to warn the party about nominating unelectable Tea Party candidates. Which led to the GOP punching Obama in the knee with the pit of their stomach.

Scary when Karl Rove is one of the voices of reason within the GOP.

32 stabby  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:29:24pm

It's a continuation of the original "civil war" but with the party of L on the other side....
Sorry, couldn't resist pointing this out

33 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:31:19pm

Seriously, you have the GOP and its apologists all but screaming to Obama "Look at what you made us do!" as they send us careening over the fiscal cliff.

34 Mich-again  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:31:57pm

The most valuable commodity is confidence in the economy.

35 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:32:45pm

re: #20 Kragar

Gunman shoots three cops inside New Jersey police station

Obviously they need full time police on duty.

Guys, the man in question was already under arrest and had been searched. Those cops were shot with a police gun. Even outlawing all private ownership of firearms would not have prevented this one. This is a case of an asshole who knew he was caught and found a way to go out in a hail of gunfire. No change in the law would have prevented it.

36 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:32:55pm

re: #34 Mich-again

The most valuable commodity is confidence in the economy.

And faith in the captains of industry and finance!!!

37 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:33:13pm

re: #32 stabby

It's a continuation of the original "civil war" but with the party of L on the other side....
Sorry, couldn't resist pointing this out

Go to work!

38 erik_t  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:34:00pm

re: #35 Dark_Falcon

Guys, the man in question was already under arrest and had been searched. Those cops were shot with a police gun. Even outlawing all private ownership of firearms would not have prevented this one. This is a case of an asshole who knew he was caught and found a way to go out in a hail of gunfire. No change in the law would have prevented it.

British police do not carry firearms on their person at all times.

39 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:34:11pm

re: #35 Dark_Falcon

Guys, the man in question was already under arrest and had been searched. Those cops were shot with a police gun. Even outlawing all private ownership of firearms would not have prevented this one. This is a case of an asshole who knew he was caught and found a way to go out in a hail of gunfire. No change in the law would have prevented it.

That aspect is true, it also goes to show that armed police are not a "surefire" solution to an armed assailant.

40 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:35:34pm

re: #39 Sol Berdinowitz

That aspect is true, it also goes to show that armed police are not a surefire solution to an airmed assailant.

There are no surefire solutions. It's not a safe world. You can do things right and still end up dead.

41 rwdflynavy  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:37:23pm

CPS Teacher Busted For Public Urination And Having A Gun, Officials Say

A city public school teacher was nabbed for having a gun after fleeing from cops who spotted him relieving himself in a West Garfield Park alley, authorities said.

He's just ahead of his time, following the NRA's plan!!!11
//

42 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:38:37pm

re: #40 Dark_Falcon

There are no surefire solutions. It's not a safe world. You can do things right and still end up dead.

The NRA will be heard arguing that banning or restricting assault weapons will not diminish attacks and then they put forth another totally spurious proposal. that was the point of my argument there.

The point is, we cannot let the NRA dictate the game. I hope that this year's excesses of gun violence is going to inspire more politicians to stop cowering before the gun lobby.

43 Mich-again  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:39:08pm

So the GOP has turned into a bucket of crawfish, all snapping at each other.

44 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:41:22pm

There was always a surly side to the Tea Party that more than indirectly hinted that they would not hesitate to turn on the GOP if they failed to sufficiently support the TP agenda and ideology. They have wasted almost no time making good that threat.

45 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:43:21pm

re: #43 Mich-again

So the GOP has turned into a bucket of crawfish, all snapping at each other.

They've been a bucket of crawfish ever since they started appealing to the bigots and mouth-breathers in the South that now make up their base. The GOP establishment just used to be able to hide it better.

It's amazing what the election of a black man to the White House has exposed in the Republican party.

46 A Man for all Seasons  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:44:36pm

Looks like we might drive off the fiscal cliff. I'm glad I'm retiring early in 2013.
I'm glad I don't have to deal the new inheritance rate on the death tax.
I can't believe My tax rate goes up 6000.00/yr in Fed taxes. That's 500 bucks extra a month in taxes. Weeeee!

47 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:44:42pm

re: #37 wrenchwench

Go to work!

I dunno, I'm not sure how we'll manage without stabby to correct & enlighten us. We'd prolly just keep fumbling around not really understanding anything like we did for all those years before s/he arrived. We're so unworthy... //

48 Charles Johnson  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:47:33pm

About those rocket launchers turned in in Los Angeles...

He says that police believe the "shoulder-fired" weapons are antiquated, decades-old, launchers from wars past often picked up by collectors or passed down to family members by veterans.

Here's a picture of both of them - the second one is an M72 light anti-tank weapon.

Image: ZZ1D0F9B39.jpg

49 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:47:52pm

re: #45 Lidane

It's amazing what the election of a black man to the White House has exposed in the Republican party.

They refused to distance themselves from the extremists or advise them to pipe down, and now it is coming back to really bite them in the butt. They know they need these people to win regional and state elections, but that they are doomed at a national level unless they can come up with a way to appeal outside this shrinking base.

50 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:49:59pm

re: #35 Dark_Falcon

Guys, the man in question was already under arrest and had been searched. Those cops were shot with a police gun. Even outlawing all private ownership of firearms would not have prevented this one. This is a case of an asshole who knew he was caught and found a way to go out in a hail of gunfire. No change in the law would have prevented it.

It also shows that the gun nuts don't need an armory to protect the constitution. If it comes down to an armed insurrection, they can do as others have done throughout history and take their weapons from those they oppose.

51 rwdflynavy  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:50:22pm

My wife likes "Say Yes to the Dress". Is it wrong I call it "Say No to the Ho"?

52 Shiplord Kirel  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:51:56pm

New page: The New York firefighter ambush case has taken a new turn.

Woman charged with killing NY firefighters.

The 24 year old woman has been charged with providing the weapons used by the shooter, apparently by acting as a straw buyer.

53 erik_t  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:52:31pm

re: #52 Shiplord Kirel

New page: The New York firefighter ambush case has taken a new turn.

Woman charged with killing NY firefighters.

The 24 year old woman has been charged with providing the weapons used by the shooter, apparently by acting as a straw buyer.

MENTAL HEALTH!!!!1

54 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:55:41pm

There was some wild speculation that went around earlier in the lead-up to Obama's meeting with Congressional leaders, suggesting that he might agree to a temporary scaled-back fiscal cliff deal to push out deadline 60-90 days in order to give Congress time to get its shit together.

Thankfully, it looks like the initial spasms of rage over said speculation were for naught:

AP: Obama Not Making New Cliff Offer

Obama instead is spelling out again a plan he says can pass the House and Senate, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was unauthorized to speak publicly about the private meeting.

Obama wants a bill to halt looming tax increases on all families making $250,000 a year or less and would extend unemployment insurance to many people about to lose it. His proposal would also cover other issues as the Jan. 1 deadline nears.

If he does not get a counter proposal that can pass both chambers, Obama will press for a straight up-or-down vote on his idea, the source said.

55 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:58:51pm
56 allegro  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 1:59:16pm

re: #51 rwdflynavy

My wife likes "Say Yes to the Dress". Is it wrong I call it "Say No to the Ho"?

ISn't that a show about wedding dresses? If so, without further information, I would say that your term for it is quite offensive.

57 freetoken  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:00:11pm

I see MJ has published a compiled list of mass murders in the US:

US Mass Shootings, 1982-2012: Data From Mother Jones' Investigation

Quite a list for a "civilized" nation.

58 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:00:21pm

re: #52 Shiplord Kirel

New page: The New York firefighter ambush case has taken a new turn.

Woman charged with killing NY firefighters.

The 24 year old woman has been charged with providing the weapons used by the shooter, apparently by acting as a straw buyer.

Has the NRA come out in favor of posting armed guards at all blazes?

59 Renaissance_Man  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:02:04pm

re: #58 Sol Berdinowitz

Has the NRA come out in favor of posting armed guards at all blazes?

We simply have to have a real conversation about violent video games and movies in this country.

60 Bulworth  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:02:07pm

re: #14 Kid A

And teleprompters! /

61 William Barnett-Lewis  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:03:01pm

re: #52 Shiplord Kirel

New page: The New York firefighter ambush case has taken a new turn.

Woman charged with killing NY firefighters.

The 24 year old woman has been charged with providing the weapons used by the shooter, apparently by acting as a straw buyer.

It will be interesting to see if it ever goes to trial or not. That, I suppose will depend on how good her attorney is which will be determined by how much money gets poured into it. Of course, this is a Vietnamese woman so she may well be allowed to be convicted to "prove" they are serious about stopping straw sales.

My bet is good lawyer bought by NRA, et al, getting a plea with no jail time.

62 Killgore Trout  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:03:29pm

re: #55 Gus

[Embedded content]

Damn.

63 freetoken  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:05:29pm

It's no where near a complete list, as MJ cut off entry it appears at a certain number of people killed.

For example, I remembered one left off the list from here in San Diego county not long ago, which happens to show up in the CNN list of mass shootings at schools:

[Link: www.cnn.com...]

Only 2 died in that 2001 shooting, though 13 were injured. But it didn't make the MJ list - which only goes to show that there are very many more mass shootings than what is on the MJ list.

64 Killgore Trout  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:06:24pm

Delhi gang-rape victim dies in hospital in Singapore

A female student gang-raped on a bus in India's capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital, doctors say.

"The patient passed away peacefully at 4:45am on 29 Dec 2012," a statement from the hospital said. The patient's family had been by her side, it added.
...
"She had suffered from severe organ failure following serious injuries to her body and brain. She was courageous in fighting for her life for so long against the odds but the trauma to her body was too severe for her to overcome," the statement went on.

"We are humbled by the privilege of being tasked to care for her in her final struggle," Mr Loh said.

65 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:10:25pm

re: #61 William Barnett-Lewis

It will be interesting to see if it ever goes to trial or not. That, I suppose will depend on how good her attorney is which will be determined by how much money gets poured into it. Of course, this is a Vietnamese woman so she may well be allowed to be convicted to "prove" they are serious about stopping straw sales.

My bet is good lawyer bought by NRA, et al, getting a plea with no jail time.

Vietnamese would make her less likely to get convicted, since East Asians aren't seen as "crime prone" by most people, even wingnuts. They are less likely to be seen as a 'problem' and they tend to have more intact families with more people who are seen as 'solid citizens' who will vouch for them. As with many things in life, who you know and how you are seen can decide your fate.

67 uncah91  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:16:44pm

re: #40 Dark_Falcon

There are no surefire solutions. It's not a safe world. You can do things right and still end up dead.

No, what this shows is how futile the idea of arming everyone for self defense is. The advantage is always to the attacker. Here we have an unarmed opponent in the middle of armed defenders who already know the person is "bad". You can't get a more advantageous position for the defenders, and yet the presence of firearms still allows the the attacker to do serious damage which would not have been possible of no one was armed.

68 Charles Johnson  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:17:07pm
69 Renaissance_Man  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:17:56pm

re: #67 uncah91

No, what this shows is how futile the idea of arming everyone for self defense is. The advantage is always to the attacker. Here we have an unarmed opponent in the middle of armed defenders who already know the person is "bad". You can't get a more advantageous position or the defenders, and yet the presence of firearms still allows the the attacker to do serious damage which would not have been possible of no one was armed.

Make no mistake, the fantasy of 'self-defence' guns is one of the biggest reasons why Americans sacrifice their children to the gun cult.

70 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:18:22pm

re: #48 Charles Johnson

About those rocket launchers turned in in Los Angeles...

Here's a picture of both of them - the second one is an M72 light anti-tank weapon.

Image: ZZ1D0F9B39.jpg

Oh noes! It's the curse of the non-functional metal box! Again!

71 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:18:22pm

re: #66 Charles Johnson

Leading causes of violence-related deaths in the US.

See!! If you got rid of ALL the gunz, there is still fire/burn!!!

72 freetoken  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:19:09pm

re: #66 Charles Johnson

Leading causes of violence-related deaths in the US.

I see those dreaded knives made of red herring bone get up to fourth place.

73 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:19:54pm

re: #72 freetoken

I see those dreaded knives made of red herring bone get up to fourth place.

And check out that strawman claw.

74 Pawn of the Oppressor  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:20:15pm

Krauthammer is right, in the sense that all it takes to drive Republicans crazy is to be black and President at the same time. You don't even have to actually do anything.

75 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:21:35pm

re: #64 Killgore Trout

Delhi gang-rape victim dies in hospital in Singapore

I am certain God will welcome her into Heaven. Her attackers, however, can expect to enter Hellfire unless they turn themselves in and confess.

76 uncah91  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:22:56pm

re: #74 Pawn of the Oppressor

Krauthammer is right, in the sense that all it takes to drive Republicans crazy is to be black a Democrat and President at the same time. You don't even have to actually do anything.

FTFY

77 Romantic Heretic  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:23:47pm

re: #40 Dark_Falcon

There are no surefire solutions. It's not a safe world. You can do things right and still end up dead.

True. But, despite what the NRA says we should make all efforts to at least lessen incidents like these.

The NRA's only point seems to be that people's lives are less valuable than 'are guns!'

78 freetoken  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:24:59pm
79 hellosnackbar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:25:04pm

As a non American but as someone who recognises the USA as the equivalent of Ancient Rome in terms of power and who is very happy at its influence.
I have formed an opinion that the GOP seems filled these days with a plethora of anti science pro religious head cases.
One could accuse me of prejudice ; but I could never vote for a Mormon bishop to become the POTUS.
It's my belief (based on the reality of religious bigotry) that religion should never be integrated into politics; trying to woo voters with statements of commitment to imaginary sky fairies makes me want to throw up!

80 Killgore Trout  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:26:19pm

re: #75 Dark_Falcon

I am certain God will welcome her into Heaven. Her attackers, however, can expect to enter Hellfire unless they turn themselves in and confess.

I'm not holding my breath for divine justice. I was just reading some details of the attack. Horrific beyond belief and stuff that confessions shouldn't absolve.

81 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:26:22pm

re: #63 freetoken

It's no where near a complete list, as MJ cut off entry it appears at a certain number of people killed.

For example, I remembered one left off the list from here in San Diego county not long ago, which happens to show up in the CNN list of mass shootings at schools:

[Link: www.cnn.com...]

Only 2 died in that 2001 shooting, though 13 were injured. But it didn't make the MJ list - which only goes to show that there are very many more mass shootings than what is on the MJ list.

They set the limit at five dead. Heard the author interviewed the other day on All Things Considered. Damned Liberal media, with their facts and all...

82 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:26:28pm

re: #68 Charles Johnson

[Embedded content]

Apparently Boehner's office released a statement stating what everybody already knew, namely that the House is not going to do anything unless the Senate takes action first. As of right now, the US House of Representatives is effectively nonoperational.

83 dragonfire1981  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:27:08pm

OBAMA SMASH!!

84 freetoken  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:27:31pm

re: #81 austin_blue

There is one entry though on that list with 4 dead, which would be below the cut-off, no?

85 Romantic Heretic  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:30:09pm

re: #48 Charles Johnson

About those rocket launchers turned in in Los Angeles...

Here's a picture of both of them - the second one is an M72 light anti-tank weapon.

Image: ZZ1D0F9B39.jpg

The M72 comes with a rocket in it. Maybe the rocket was removed but I can't tell from the picture. I believe the other is a Carl Gustav, which is a recoilless weapon.

Both are obsolete by modern military standards but they would rip any non-military vehicle open like a can of sardines. I believe both would be effective against MICV like the Bradley or the BMP.

86 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:31:10pm

re: #84 freetoken

There is one entry though on that list with 4 dead, which would be below the cut-off, no?

I thought they included the shooter if he also died/suicided. Hmmm... Time to go to Mother Jones. BBIAB.

87 freetoken  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:32:40pm

re: #80 Killgore Trout

Lots of rapes in Delhi it appears:

Most rapes in Delhi, Mumbai is second

Delhi is perhaps the most unsafe city for women as 414 rape cases were reported in the national capital in 2010, the highest among 35 major cities in the country, while Mumbai followed it with 194 such incidents.

[...]

I wonder how many are unreported.

88 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:35:08pm

re: #84 freetoken

There is one entry though on that list with 4 dead, which would be below the cut-off, no?

Ah, you are right. At least four killed by the shooter:

We used the following criteria to identify cases of mass murder:

The killings were carried out by a lone shooter. (Except in the case of the Columbine massacre and the Westside Middle School killings, both of which involved two shooters.)

The shootings happened during a single incident and in a public place. (Public, except in the case of a party in Crandon, Wisconsin, and another in Seattle.) Crimes primarily related to armed robbery or gang activity are not included.

The shooter took the lives of at least four people. An FBI crime classification report identifies an individual as a mass murderer (as opposed to a spree killer or a serial killer) if he kills four or more people in a single incident (not including himself), and typically in a single location.

If the shooter died or was hurt from injuries sustained during the incident, he is included in the total victim count. (But we have excluded cases in which there were three fatalities and the shooter also died, per the previous criterion.)
We included six so-called "spree killings"—prominent cases that fit closely with our above criteria for mass murder, but in which the killings occurred in multiple locations over a short period of time.

For more on how we determined the criteria, see our mass shootings explainer. Also: more on the crucial mental illness factor, and on the recent barrage of state laws rolling back gun restrictions across the US.

89 Killgore Trout  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:35:36pm

Looks like we're going over the cliff. There are probably enough stop gap measures to avoid much of the short term consequences but this means that it's going to drag into next year. Dems and Republicans will continue fighting about what they should have done the previous year while problems continue to pile up unsolved. I've been trying to be optimistic and pragmatic about things but I think we're fucked. I don;t feel good about this at all.

90 kirkspencer  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:36:35pm

re: #89 Killgore Trout

Looks like we're going over the cliff. There are probably enough stop gap measures to avoid much of the short term consequences but this means that it's going to drag into next year. Dems and Republicans will continue fighting about what they should have done the previous year while problems continue to pile up unsolved. I've been trying to be optimistic and pragmatic about things but I think we're fucked. I don;t feel good about this at all.

Slope, darnit.

It is not a cliff.

91 Killgore Trout  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:38:03pm

re: #87 freetoken

Lots of rapes in Delhi it appears:

Most rapes in Delhi, Mumbai is second

I wonder how many are unreported.

Probably lots. It is still very much a male privileged society. There are also caste system problems and some backwards cultural practices. Hopefully this latest incident will spark some serious changes.

92 jaunte  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:44:26pm

The Mayans said there would be a cliff.

93 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:45:32pm

Here's the man responsible for the state the Republican Party is in. With his lovely wife.

Image: 121227_barack_michelle_obama_605.jpg

First lady Michelle Obama says she has learned patience by watching her husband and has done "pretty well" at keeping her opinions private.

"I have learned from my husband, watching him, that it does require a great deal of patience to really feel the full impact of the work that you do on the ground," she told Barabara Walters in an interview broadcast Wednesday. "It doesn't happen right away."

"She has a bigger difficulty biting her tongue," President Obama chimed in.

"I think I've done pretty well at that," his wife shot back.

"Not bad," he said.

[...]

94 jaunte  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:48:32pm

The logic of House GOP intransigence

"...some question whether Republicans may be oversensitive to the potential political fallout from voting to raise taxes. Last week, Harper Polling surveyed Republican voters on whether a candidate who signs a no-tax pledge, such as the one advocated by conservative activist Grover Norquist, should ever violate that pledge. A less-than-overwhelming 47 percent said the pledge should be followed."
[Link: www.politico.com...]

95 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:49:13pm

Two-minute warning given for POTUS' speech.

[Link: www.whitehouse.gov...]

96 Ojoe  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:50:47pm

Einstein said ( I paraphrase) "You cannot solve a problem with the mentality that created it."

This pretty much explains Congress and the President and the R and D parties, relative to this "Fiscal Cliff" shit.

Good Luck, everyone.

97 dragonfire1981  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:51:52pm

Presser starting now.

98 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:52:44pm
Looks like we're going over the cliff. There are probably enough stop gap measures to avoid much of the short term consequences but this means that it's going to drag into next year. Dems and Republicans will continue fighting about what they should have done the previous year while problems continue to pile up unsolved. I've been trying to be optimistic and pragmatic about things but I think we're fucked. I don;t feel good about this at all.

Nope. And every small business in America is going to have to redo their payrolls by either January 15th or the 31st, depending on their paycheck cycle. The larger, too, but it's a lot more work for the little guys and gals. Then, when the inevitable resolution occurs, they'll get to do it again. Pain for the 98%, an annoyance for the 2%.

Well played, Speaker Boehner!

99 engineer cat  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:53:33pm

“He’s been using this, and I must say with great skill–-and ruthless skill and success–to fracture and basically shatter the Republican opposition… His objective from the very beginning was to break the will of the Republicans in the House, and to create an internal civil war. And he’s done that.”

oh don't i only wish i believed that obama had the skill and power to do exactly that

100 Ojoe  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:55:13pm

Do I see co-operation for the Common Good in Washington D.C.?

No.

101 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:56:27pm

re: #99 engineer cat

“He’s been using this, and I must say with great skill–-and ruthless skill and success–to fracture and basically shatter the Republican opposition… His objective from the very beginning was to break the will of the Republicans in the House, and to create an internal civil war. And he’s done that.”

They have been doing it to themselves, but they have to blame it on someone outside, someone who has some hidden skills to cause otherwise Good Americans to do Bad Things at his bidding...

102 dragonfire1981  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:57:21pm

Understand this folks: This is the 1% effectively holding the rest of the country hostage because they don't want pay a penny more in taxes.

103 Ojoe  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:57:34pm

Link

Heathcliff.

104 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:58:04pm

That is one pissed off President of the United States.

105 mgardener  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:58:41pm

He looks like a constipated vampire.

106 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:59:07pm

Heh:

107 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 2:59:16pm

re: #104 austin_blue

That is one pissed off President of the United States.

I'm sure he's tired of the nothing-based disrespect.

108 Interesting Times  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:00:07pm

re: #104 austin_blue

That is one pissed off President of the United States.

GOOD. I hope he finally calls out the sniveling, useless, Koch-sucking House republicants. How the hell is one supposed to compromise with hostage-taking fuckwits who say "do everything I want or the economy gets it"?

109 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:00:42pm

I'm so pissed that I'm going to watch Rev. Al.

WHOOOOO WEEEEEEEEE GOP!

110 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:03:43pm

re: #104 austin_blue

That is one pissed off President of the United States.

You know it's bad when he's so obviously pissed that he could spit nails.

111 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:04:07pm

re: #87 freetoken

Lots of rapes in Delhi it appears:

Most rapes in Delhi, Mumbai is second

I wonder how many are unreported.

Woman Whose Gang Rape Galvanized India Dies

The woman, whose intestines were removed because of injuries caused by a metal rod used during the rape, has not been identified. She was flown to Singapore on Wednesday night after being treated at a local hospital.

112 Ojoe  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:05:04pm

Well I'm not watching the video, but in the very big picture, pissed off is no good because cooperation produces the best results, and well, it's Obama's watch, this is happening on his watch, and working together is just out the window. It is all disfunctional now. Maybe there will be a compromise? I hope so. But it does not look likely.

113 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:05:17pm

re: #110 Lidane

You know it's bad when he's so obviously pissed that he could spit nails.

Angry black man!!!

114 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:05:23pm

re: #111 Gus

Ya know, the news is the news, but.

115 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:06:38pm

re: #104 austin_blue

That is one pissed off President of the United States.

I don't think any of us can understand how he feels. Being hated for what you instead of who you are has got to be infuriating on a level I can't even fathom. As Parker and Stone pointed out, I literally can't 'get' how Barack Obama feels when this happens.

116 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:06:43pm
117 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:07:05pm
118 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:07:43pm

re: #112 Ojoe

There is a point beyond which calm is impossible, and from what you say Obama has reached that point.

119 bratwurst  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:08:04pm

re: #112 Ojoe

it's Obama's watch, this is happening on his watch

Give it a rest already.

120 Ojoe  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:08:24pm

re: #118 Dark_Falcon

It is all a mess.

121 Ojoe  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:08:59pm

re: #119 bratwurst

You think someone else has been in charge?

122 Interesting Times  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:10:16pm

re: #111 Gus

Woman Whose Gang Rape Galvanized India Dies

Not going to be easy for me to comment on this without violating LGF site rules. But I will say the son of India's president is a toxic piece of filth:

Some politicians have come under fire for comments insulting the protesters and diminishing the crime.

On Friday, Abhijit Mukherjee, a national legislator and the son of India's president, apologized for calling the protesters "highly dented and painted" women, who go from discos to demonstrations.

Image: hi-india-protest-cp-0376772.jpg

123 dragonfire1981  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:10:41pm

Does anyone think it's frustrating that the GOP blocks Obama at every turn then has the audacity to scream "TYRANT! DICTATOR!!" if he attempts to go around them to make something happen?

124 Ojoe  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:11:31pm

Political parties are not mentioned (nor constrained) in the Constitution. Yet they have this seeming lock on the governmental machinery of the country. Look what disfunction they are producing.

125 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:11:38pm

re: #122 Interesting Times

Not going to be easy for me to comment on this without violating LGF site rules. But I will say the son of India's president is a toxic piece of filth:

Image: hi-india-protest-cp-0376772.jpg

Scum.

126 bratwurst  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:11:49pm

re: #121 Ojoe

You think someone else has been in charge?

Your "non-partisan" cloak has long worn thin enough to expose your naked dislike of the man. You fool nobody except perhaps yourself.

127 engineer cat  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:11:56pm

politics is the continuation of obtuse stupidity by other means

128 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:11:57pm

re: #121 Ojoe

You think someone else has been in charge?

If Boehner won't bring it to the floor, it appears that he is. The legislature legislates. That's it job. The President says what he wants, but he can't legislate.

This is pretty basic stuff, Ojoe.

129 Tigger2  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:12:40pm

re: #121 Ojoe

You think someone else has been in charge?

No, but you can't compromise with assholes that will not compromise, electing simple-ass teabaggers to congress is one of the worst things that has happened to this country.

130 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:12:47pm

re: #117 austin_blue

Animals.

No, animals don't behave that way. Sadly, that sort of sadistic, intentional brutality is is distinctly human. I can't even begin to imagine...I hope she was knocked unconscious in the early minutes of the attack and didn't have to endure the entire hour.

131 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:13:40pm

Obama is the one responsible?

Really?

132 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:14:27pm

re: #130 CuriousLurker

No, animals don't behave that way. Sadly, that sort of sadistic, intentional brutality is is distinctly human. I can't even begin to imagine...I hope she was knocked unconscious in the early minutes of the attack and didn't have to endure the entire hour.

Agreed.

133 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:14:50pm

BBIAB

134 dragonfire1981  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:15:05pm

re: #130 CuriousLurker

No, animals don't behave that way. Sadly, that sort of sadistic, intentional brutality is is distinctly human. I can't even begin to imagine...I hope she was knocked unconscious in the early minutes of the attack and didn't have to endure the entire hour.

Is there evidence of animals taking pleasure in the suffering of other creatures?

135 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:15:52pm

re: #134 dragonfire1981

Is there evidence of animals taking pleasure in the suffering of other creatures?

Hard to say. Plenty of animals, particularly higher mammals, who engage in "playing" with their prey before the kill.

136 engineer cat  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:16:09pm

i guess now that we've reached a state of brute force where everybody's taxes will be raised and conclusions must be drawn, the gop will

fail to realize it and continue to refuse to pass any tax relief unless social security and medicare are killed and their precious millionaires and corporations are spared any discomfort

137 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:16:19pm

re: #134 dragonfire1981

Is there evidence of animals taking pleasure in the suffering of other creatures?

Not that I know of.

138 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:17:14pm

re: #115 Dark_Falcon

I don't think any of us can understand how he feels. Being hated for what you instead of who you are has got to be infuriating on a level I can't even fathom. As Parker and Stone pointed out, I literally can't 'get' how Barack Obama feels when this happens.

Work on it Dark. It's called 'empathy'. It can be learned.

139 HappyWarrior  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:18:11pm

Charles Whinehammer sounds more like it. Goddamn though, this is the dude who claimed Obama knew that it would be raining the day of his convention speech. He may have one time had some intellectual credibility but ever since Obama's been president, he's shown himself more and more to be a bitter right wing hack.

140 Interesting Times  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:18:16pm

re: #134 dragonfire1981

Is there evidence of animals taking pleasure in the suffering of other creatures?

The closest would be the face-ripping chimpanzees. Unlike humans, however, they have the excuse of not knowing any better.

141 Varek Raith  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:18:35pm

re: #8 Charles Johnson

Right, Obama shattered their will, ruthlessly, and destroyed them. That's why he now needs to surrender.

Seems legit.

142 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:18:50pm

re: #126 bratwurst

Your "non-partisan" cloak has long worn thin enough to expose your naked dislike of the man. You fool nobody except perhaps yourself.

That's in competition with 'the thickest pair of rose colored glasses ever' for lgf phrase of the day.

143 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:19:10pm

re: #135 Targetpractice

Hard to say. Plenty of animals, particularly higher mammals, who engage in "playing" with their prey before the kill.

I find it really difficult if not impossible to believe that when my cat catches a mouse & plays with it that she's aware of the mouse's suffering.

144 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:21:47pm

re: #130 CuriousLurker

No, animals don't behave that way. Sadly, that sort of sadistic, intentional brutality is is distinctly human. I can't even begin to imagine...I hope she was knocked unconscious in the early minutes of the attack and didn't have to endure the entire hour.

qft. oh my dog.

145 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:21:56pm

re: #143 CuriousLurker

I find it really difficult if not impossible to believe that when my cat catches a mouse & plays with it that she's aware of the mouse's suffering.

I'd have to agree, humans are unique in that it can be shown we're aware of the suffering of our target.

146 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:22:09pm

Of course, humans are animals. As much as some folks try to deny this thinking that we're some other "high life form" category.

147 Ming  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:22:15pm

Krauthammer has it exactly backwards. Obama did not create the civil war within the GOP. In reality, the GOP's internal strife is inevitable, given that two of their main constituencies are almost polar opposites: (1) small-government, "libertarian-leaning" Republicans, and (2) big-government, "let's have a Christian theocracy and lots of wars" Republicans. There are also those who have a problem with women and non-whites, and those aren't the type of people who get along well with others; thus more internal strife.

So OF COURSE there will be internal strife within the GOP; it follows directly from the deep ideological conflicts. Perhaps no single person embodied these conflicts more than Paul Ryan, the "Ayn Rand Catholic".

A group thus prone to conflicts often finds a common enemy to unite against. It's the only thing that holds them together. President Obama is that enemy. Krauthammer has the cause and effect exactly backwards. Obama didn't cause the GOP's internal divisions. The GOP's internal divisions causes the blind hatred of the President.

148 efuseakay  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:22:16pm

re: #121 Ojoe

You think someone else has been in charge?

Tell us what the President can do about this without the approval of the House.

149 HappyWarrior  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:22:42pm

re: #148 efuseakay

Tell us what the President can do about this without the approval of the House.

Use a magical wand?

150 Political Atheist  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:23:27pm

re: #143 CuriousLurker

I was thinking that over. I think they are hard wired to get after movement of small things like birds are hard wired to fly around obstacles.

151 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:23:53pm

re: #143 CuriousLurker

I find it really difficult if not impossible to believe that when my cat catches a mouse & plays with it that she's aware of the mouse's suffering.

Interesting. According to the London Zoo & Animal Planet, cats play with their prey to avoid injury.

152 HappyWarrior  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:24:18pm

Maybe just maybe if the Republicans sole agenda wasn't thwarting Obama, there would have been some progress. They wanted to ruin him on day one and that's the reason why Ryan and the other big shots in the GOP caucus met on the day of Obama's inauguration to plan how they would make him as weak as possible. They care more about making Obama look bad than real solutions for the country. Blaming Obama is weak sauce.

153 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:24:22pm

re: #142 wrenchwench

That's in competition with 'the thickest pair of rose colored glasses ever' for lgf phrase of the day.

Favorite this one. We will need it.

154 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:25:00pm

re: #149 HappyWarrior

Use a magical wand?

Same one he used on the Republicans?

155 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:25:04pm
156 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:25:25pm

Oh wait, I get it. Obama is responsible because he is a black man in the White House and the GOP has experienced massive cognitive dissonance because of it.

So, simply in the act of being elected, he is responsible.

*spit*

So, simply by being a woman, man is forced to be a rapist pig.

Yes, now I understand.

*grr*

157 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:25:29pm

re: #146 Gus

Of course, humans are animals. As much as some folks try to deny this thinking that we're some other "high life form" category.

Heh. Yeah, I was originally going to answer, "Besides humans, no, I don't know of any."

158 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:26:48pm

re: #152 HappyWarrior

Maybe just maybe if the Republicans sole agenda wasn't thwarting Obama, there would have been some progress. They wanted to ruin him on day one and that's the reason why Ryan and the other big shots in the GOP caucus met on the day of Obama's inauguration to plan how they would make him as weak as possible. They care more about making Obama look bad than real solutions for the country. Blaming Obama is weak sauce.

Where IS wonder boy Ryan? Leadership my ass.

159 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:26:51pm
160 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:26:51pm

re: #148 efuseakay

Tell us what the President can do about this without the approval of the House.

HE'S BEEN POTUS WITHOUT REPUBLICAN APPROVAL SINCE 2008! TYRANT! USURPER! ELEVENTY!

///

161 HappyWarrior  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:27:50pm

re: #158 Stanghazi

Where IS wonder boy Ryan? Leadership my ass.

Haven't heard much from him since him and Romney lost.

162 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:28:18pm

re: #156 Holidays are Family Fun Time

Oh wait, I get it. Obama is responsible because he is a black man in the White House and the GOP has experienced massive cognitive dissonance because of it.

So, simply in the act of being elected, he is responsible.

*spit*

So, simply by being a woman, man is forced to be a rapist pig.

Yes, now I understand.

*grr*

Yes, and the very act of getting elected President was the moral equivalent of a woman putting on a miniskirt and high heels and making provocative gestures at a group of young men.

/

163 engineer cat  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:28:47pm

re: #121 Ojoe

You think someone else has been in charge?

american government 101:

the framers, seeking to avoid tyranny and concentrated power, intentionally created a 'balance of powers' with interlocking authority so that nothing significant can be done without cooperation

if certain parties refuse to cooperate and compromise then the constitution will not operate

164 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:28:56pm
165 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:28:56pm

re: #158 Stanghazi

Where IS wonder boy Ryan? Leadership my ass.

He's busy thanking his lucky stars that he still has a job after tethering himself to Romney.

166 HappyWarrior  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:29:07pm

re: #154 wrenchwench

Same one he used on the Republicans?

Yeah, he used it and convinced them to become irrational partisans and allowed guys like Santorum to be seen as serious presidential contender material. He's amazing. Maybe now, he'll to a trick and make it look like Boehner can't even control his own caucus.

167 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:29:14pm

Oh look! Another dumb "petition":

We Demand Obama Issue Executive Order Making White House, Federal Buildings and Events Gun Free Zones

Journalist Alex Jones and Infowars.com are calling for President Barack Obama to issue an executive order amending the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990. The executive order will establish the White House, all federal buildings and federal events as gun free zones and all federal security personnel will turn in their guns. We also demand the order apply to private schools such as Sidwell Friends School attended by the president’s daughters. This petition is a response to government and corporate media dismissing a call for armed guards at schools following the Sandy Hook shooting. Jones and Infowars.com believe there should not be a double standard. If the government believes gun free zones are a solution for citizens, the same standard should apply to government servants and employees.

168 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:29:28pm

re: #161 HappyWarrior

Haven't heard much from him since him and Romney lost.

Exlack a lacky. Budget guru my ass. He's prob in St. Barths on our dime.

169 engineer cat  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:29:35pm

re: #143 CuriousLurker

I find it really difficult if not impossible to believe that when my cat catches a mouse & plays with it that she's aware of the mouse's suffering.

calling it 'playing' is merely anthropomorphizing

170 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:30:35pm

re: #121 Ojoe

You think someone else has been in charge?

171 HappyWarrior  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:30:57pm

re: #168 Stanghazi

Exlack a lacky. Budget guru my ass. He's prob in St. Barths on our dime.

Probably. I don't miss seeing him on TV. I can tell you that much. He's a hack.

172 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:31:17pm

Someone, please explain this one.

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the school hired security guards to keep them out of their daughter's performances in school productions. When she cut off all contact with them, her parents responded by stopping payment on tuition checks.

Both the school and the court have sided with Aubrey. The University of Cincinnati gave her a full scholarship for her senior year, and the judge issued a civil stalking order against her parents, ordering them to stay at least 500 feet away from her and have no contact with her until September 2013.

Helicopter parents are nothing new. They ignore boundaries or simply embarrass their adult children once they've left for college -- or worse -- in the workplace. Few cases are so extreme as Ireland's.

In June 2012, researchers at the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University conducted a study of 340 students and found that many simply grow accustomed to parents' constant involvement. Nearly seven out of 10 students said it was "somewhat" or "very appropriate" to receive help from their parents in writing a resume or a cover letter. One-fifth of students thought it was fine to have their parents contact a prospective employer.

173 Charles Johnson  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:31:32pm

re: #164 wrenchwench

NBC announced yesterday that David Gregory wouldn't be the host this weekend.

174 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:31:59pm

re: #167 Gus

Oh look! Another dumb "petition":

We Demand Obama Issue Executive Order Making White House, Federal Buildings and Events Gun Free Zones

The logical extension of this is to declare all of America a gun-free zone and confiscate all privately owned weapons...

Needless to say, this is not anything that is thought out, it is all political grandstanding. How dare somebody dismiss a serious propoal put forth by the NRA?

175 engineer cat  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:32:00pm

re: #1 The Mountain That Blogs

The Tea Party are all Democratic plants? Got it.

if they are plants then at least that explains why they stay stuck in place in the mud acting like they have no brains

176 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:32:01pm

re: #173 Charles Johnson

NBC announced yesterday that David Gregory wouldn't be the host this weekend.

Oh, that's right. He's on the lam.

177 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:32:15pm

re: #158 Stanghazi

Where IS wonder boy Ryan? Leadership my ass.

Hiding in the bushes, not wanting to get caught up in what looks like Boehner's swan song.

178 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:32:52pm

re: #176 wrenchwench

Oh, that's right. He's on the lam.

And now we know why!!

179 Killgore Trout  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:33:22pm

re: #164 wrenchwench

[Embedded content]

This also means that there's no budget deal. Obama's going to make the rounds for PR purposes. No deal, and there's no chance of one on the horizon.

180 kirkspencer  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:33:42pm

re: #167 Gus

Oh look! Another dumb "petition":

We Demand Obama Issue Executive Order Making White House, Federal Buildings and Events Gun Free Zones

Actually, they are gun free zones.

See, despite the common idiocy none of the areas cited are truly "gun free". On duty police officers (to give the most common exception) are allowed to be armed in those places and situations.

The whole whine is yet another case of lying or ignorance. Hard to tell any more, but I'm still willing to give benefit of the doubt to a few poor souls.

181 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:33:53pm
182 Charles Johnson  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:34:31pm

re: #143 CuriousLurker

I find it really difficult if not impossible to believe that when my cat catches a mouse & plays with it that she's aware of the mouse's suffering.

Impossible to say. But I'm not sure it makes a whole lot of difference to the mouse.

I've seen cats play with small creatures before killing them, and it's true you can never be certain you're not projecting human emotions, but I have to say they give every appearance of having a great time during the killing process.

183 Killgore Trout  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:34:52pm

After a lost decade my business was finally starting to pick up again. I'm prepared as best I can be but I don;t know if I can make it through another recession.

184 Charles Johnson  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:35:13pm

re: #181 Gus

[Embedded content]

He's back! Watch the wingnuts start demanding for him to be arrested.

185 BongCrodny  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:36:12pm

Elect ideologues, and then blame the other guy when things go haywire.

What could go wrong?

186 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:36:21pm

re: #184 Charles Johnson

He's back! Watch the wingnuts start demanding for him to be arrested.

Quick! Start a petition!

//

187 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:37:08pm

re: #179 Killgore Trout

This also means that there's no budget deal. Obama's going to make the rounds for PR purposes. No deal, and there's no chance of one on the horizon.

Obama's tired of negotiating with himself, which is what this situation has dissolved into. Even if Boehner were willing to risk his speakership to negotiate a deal, he can not make any guarantee that he'd be able to produce the votes. And McConnell is not making any bold moves either because he's up for reelection in '14 and doesn't want to be seen as supporting Boehner in this endeavor.

188 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:37:17pm

re: #179 Killgore Trout

This also means that there's no budget deal. Obama's going to make the rounds for PR purposes. No deal, and there's no chance of one on the horizon.

When you're the president, it's called 'politics' or 'leadership' or 'using the bully pulpit', not 'PR purposes'.

189 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:37:21pm

re: #183 Killgore Trout

After a lost decade my business was finally starting to pick up again. I'm prepared as best I can be but I don;t know if I can make it through another recession.

musical instruments --??

190 Killgore Trout  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:39:28pm

re: #189 Holidays are Family Fun Time

musical instruments --??

Yeah. I finally had my first good year since the economic meltdown. I was thinking of going to auction in London in the spring to make purchases. If the economy takes a shit again I'll have to stay home and hold on to my money.

191 allegro  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:39:49pm

re: #182 Charles Johnson

Impossible to say. But I'm not sure it makes a whole lot of difference to the mouse.

I've seen cats play with small creatures before killing them, and it's true you can never be certain you're not projecting human emotions, but I have to say they give every appearance of having a great time during the killing process.

Of course they are. NOM!

192 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:40:43pm

re: #190 Killgore Trout

Yeah. I finally had my first good year since the economic meltdown. I was thinking of going to auction in London in the spring to make purchases. If the economy takes a shit again I'll have to stay home and hold on to my money.

bummer. keep on typing.

193 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:41:22pm

re: #191 allegro

Of course they are. NOM!

Oh yeahhhh, I forgot we have a resident expert!

194 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:41:30pm

re: #187 Targetpractice

Obama's tired of negotiating with himself, which is what this situation has dissolved into.

Obama's been negotiating with himself since he took office because the GOP are useless, obstructionist assholes. Guess he decided to change things up for his second term.

Good for him.

195 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:42:22pm

This story is about more than helicoptor parents. something quite weird is going on here.

“It’s just been really embarrassing and upsetting to have my parents come to my university when I’m a grown adult and just basically slander my name and follow me around,” Aubrey Ireland said in an Oct. 9 court hearing.

Despite her good grades and success in musical shows, David and Julie Ireland often drove 600 miles from Leawood, Kan., to visit their daughter unannounced. They accused her of using illegal drugs, promiscuity and suffering from mental woes. She insisted none of that was true and asked them to stop, but their accusations escalated. They informed her department head she had mental issues that could force them to go to court to have her treated.

The parents knew about what they saw as their daughter’s problems because, they admit, they installed monitoring software on her laptop and cellphone, allowing them to see her every keystroke and phone number dialed or received. It was “like I was a dog with a collar on,” said the daughter, a dean’s list student every quarter.

The parents became such an issue that the school hired security guards to keep them out of their daughter’s performances. When the parents stopped paying her tuition because she’d cut off all contact with them, the school gave her a full scholarship for her final year.

The college senior decided to seek a civil stalking order to keep her parents away from her after they went to UC and told her college administrators they could seek to have her taken in for mental evaluations. She filed a Sept. 24 stalking order against her parents.

196 engineer cat  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:44:03pm

re: #158 Stanghazi

Where IS wonder boy Ryan? Leadership my ass.

he seems to have been shocked and traumatized by the discovery that when he went on national teevee and lied his ass off people would actually check the facts

197 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:45:03pm

re: #194 Lidane

Obama's been negotiating with himself since he took office because the GOP are useless, obstructionist assholes. Guess he decided to change things up for his second term.

Good for him.

He was compelled to make an effort to show that he was negotiating in good faith with the GOP during his first term. Now that everyone knows that the GOP was not negotiating in any sort of good faith, he is changing his tactics.

198 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:45:50pm

re: #190 Killgore Trout

Yeah. I finally had my first good year since the economic meltdown. I was thinking of going to auction in London in the spring to make purchases. If the economy takes a shit again I'll have to stay home and hold on to my money.

I have the world's tiniest violin here in my hand and it's playing a very, very sad song for you. Can you hear it? Here, you can have it for free—*hands violin to KT*—maybe you can teach one of the frogs to play. Do you feel better now? /

199 engineer cat  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:48:27pm

re: #194 Lidane

Obama's been negotiating with himself since he took office because the GOP are useless, obstructionist assholes. Guess he decided to change things up for his second term.

Good for him.

i think he should use the tactic of the greek oracle - when the king refused to pay for the oracle pronouncements at the asking price, they tore up half of the text and doubled the price

200 Funky_Gibbon  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:48:48pm

So basically the Republicans are getting their excuses in early.

201 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:53:17pm
202 Charles Johnson  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:55:06pm

New feature: when you upload an image you now see a thumbnail version of it when it's finished, and you can click it to zoom to the full size.

203 Charles Johnson  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:56:37pm
204 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:56:58pm
205 Kragar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:59:21pm
206 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:01:40pm

re: #203 Charles Johnson

Giraffe.

Frog.

207 Kragar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:02:31pm
208 engineer cat  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:02:38pm

sch, zsch, tsch, tzsch

studying german makes my teeth hurtz

209 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:03:07pm

re: #207 Kragar

Image: Tardar+Sauce.jpg

lol

210 Charles Johnson  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:03:56pm
211 Kragar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:04:08pm
212 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:05:04pm

I own weird, like photogenically weird cat. I will find way to make $$.

Hopefully they are.

What is in front of you.....

213 Jimmah  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:05:56pm
214 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:08:25pm
215 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:08:41pm

re: #208 engineer cat

sch, zsch, tsch, tzsch

studying german makes my teeth hurtz

Pfirsischstreuselblechkuchenschnitten!

216 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:09:35pm

re: #213 Jimmah

link didn't work for me, prob me.

HEY MO FO and your WIFE.

217 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:10:43pm

re: #214 Gus

Hamster.

THE HORROR!

218 FemNaziBitch  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:10:58pm

Well, the Xmas puzzle isn't putting itself together.

Later all.

219 Four More Tears  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:11:12pm

Weren't we told Krauthammer was one of the serious Conservatives?

220 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:13:10pm

re: #219 Four More Tears

Weren't we told Krauthammer was one of the serious Conservatives?

We were also told that National Review are the sane, intellectual conservatives and look how that turned out.

221 jaunte  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:13:21pm

The Worst Congress In 60 Years?

...The 112th Congress elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010 is set to close the least productive session since the U.S. House Clerk started keeping records...

...As of Friday, the president had signed 219 bills passed by this Congress into law. There’s almost no chance they can avoid blowing by the current recordholder –the 104th (1995-1996) — to officially become the least productive Congress ever. The “Contract With America” Congress passed only 333 bills in the third and fourth year of President Clinton’s first term after also coming into office after a Republican wave election...

222 Four More Tears  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:14:17pm

re: #219 Four More Tears

Weren't we told Krauthammer was one of the serious Conservatives?

Dear Charlie Kraut,

If you want to know who's to blame for the strife in your party, try looking at THAT FUCKING NETWORK THAT YOU'RE ON.

223 Jimmah  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:14:26pm

Anyone looking for a sculpture for the living room that would serve as a great talking point will be hard pressed to do better than this:

Image: sculpture_catellan_pope01_lanonaora.jpg

224 jaunte  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:14:54pm
225 Jimmah  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:16:19pm

re: #216 Stanghazi

link didn't work for me, prob me.

HEY MO FO and your WIFE.

Hi Stanley! Ice says hi too. Hope you are having a great holiday :)

226 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:18:06pm

re: #213 Jimmah

GOP new strategy - first look:

Image: Back-to-the-Future-back-to-the-future-30958506-471-700.jpg

Buy me a pint, then, Jimmah!

She Who Must Be Obeyed and I will be in Edinburgh in early April.

Cheers!

227 Jimmah  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:21:47pm

re: #226 austin_blue

Cool! Hope to see you there. Hi to SWMBO as well :)

Stormy here tonight - sounds like a old horror movie, banshees and all.

228 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:23:33pm

re: #225 Jimmah

Hi Stanley! Ice says hi too. Hope you are having a great holiday :)

Yes, and so much love back atcha.

229 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:24:24pm

My brother the frog hunter.

Image: frog_hunter.jpg

Some frogs are more elusive than others.

230 Kragar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:24:50pm

20 Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2012

20. “Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike”
Opening Weekend: $1.8 million
Estimated Budget: $10 million
Worldwide Gross: $3.3 million

231 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:26:38pm

re: #229 wrenchwench

My brother the frog hunter.

Image: frog_hunter.jpg

Some frogs are more elusive than others.

Actually better than your usual good-bye.

Improve on it!

232 Jimmah  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:31:42pm

re: #228 Stanghazi

Yes, and so much love back atcha.

I gotta go crash soon - busy day tomorrow, with hogmanay coming up. Quick heads up - I think we are sending you a pic of our cat wearing a santa hat shortly

:)

233 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:32:16pm
234 Jimmah  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:33:53pm

Very nice ambient album - Koan : Argonautica

Night folks

235 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:35:12pm

To: Errant

If and when the radio, TV, phones and internet all cease to function all at once, you will know that the regime has started weapons confiscation and the roundup of conservatives.

Your assignment is to terminate any Democrat party operatives within your reach, starting as high as possible in the chain of command. Those giving the orders to the underlings must be the first to pay.

22 posted on Friday, December 28, 2012 11:24:58 AM by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)

236 TedStriker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:35:44pm

re: #1 The Mountain That Blogs

The Tea Party are all Democratic plants? Got it.

Plant? I thought they usually called your kind a "fruit"...

/Clue

237 TedStriker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:36:52pm

re: #5 SteveMcG

I like something Chris Matthews once said about either Sarah Palin or Christine ODonnell: "If you don't have anything to say, say everything."

The Gish Gallop, before there was one.

238 TedStriker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:37:42pm

re: #7 Kronocide

Krauthammer went Beck.

Once you go Beck, you never go back.

///

239 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:39:18pm

re: #238 TedStriker

Once you go Beck, you never go back.

///

You never go full Beck.

240 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:41:30pm

re: #190 Killgore Trout

Here, look at this. See? And you thought I was just being snarky.

There's also this, courtesy of a Lithuanian luthier:

241 Political Atheist  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:44:12pm

Friday night-Starting to plot dinner. Got this idea to do outrageous burgers. Thinking 2/3 beef 1/3 ground pork stuffed with bleu cheese. Herbed oven fries. Red wine.

242 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:46:11pm

re: #240 CuriousLurker

Does anyone happen to know the composer or the title of the musical piece in the video? It sounds familiar and I love classical music, but I'm not cultured enough to know who/what it is...

243 Stanghazi  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:48:00pm

re: #241 Political Atheist

Friday night-Starting to plot dinner. Got this idea to do outrageous burgers. Thinking 2/3 beef 1/3 ground pork stuffed with bleu cheese. Herbed oven fries. Red wine.

Sounds PERFECT.

244 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:49:42pm

re: #241 Political Atheist

Friday night-Starting to plot dinner. Got this idea to do outrageous burgers. Thinking 2/3 beef 1/3 ground pork stuffed with bleu cheese. Herbed oven fries. Red wine.

If you leave the pork out of my burger and give me sparkling cider instead, we're SO on.

245 Lidane  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:50:03pm

Heh. Cue the wingnut flailing:

[Link: coolingtwilight.com...]

246 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:50:55pm

re: #242 CuriousLurker

Does anyone happen to know the composer or the title of the musical piece in the video? It sounds familiar and I love classical music, but I'm not cultured enough to know who/what it is...

Bach?

247 TedStriker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:53:03pm

re: #48 Charles Johnson

About those rocket launchers turned in in Los Angeles...

Here's a picture of both of them - the second one is an M72 light anti-tank weapon.

Image: ZZ1D0F9B39.jpg

A long time ago (30 years or so), I used to play with a LAW tube that my dad picked up in our local military surplus store.

248 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:53:17pm

re: #246 Gus

Bach?

Thanks. That was my first thought, but it was just a wild guess on my part. I have a bunch of his stuff, so maybe that's why it sounded familiar. I'll have to check.

KT prolly knows, but I doubt he's gonna tell me now. //

249 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:53:41pm

re: #248 CuriousLurker

Thanks. That was my first thought, but it was just a wild guess on my part. I have a bunch of his stuff, so maybe that's why it sounded familiar. I'll have to check.

KT prolly knows, but I doubt he's gonna tell me now. //

That's just a guess. :D

250 Interesting Times  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:56:16pm

re: #248 CuriousLurker

Thanks. That was my first thought, but it was just a wild guess on my part. I have a bunch of his stuff, so maybe that's why it sounded familiar. I'll have to check.

It made me think of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, but again, just a guess. Freetoken would be a good person to ask, though he doesn't appear to be online right now.

251 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:57:07pm

re: #248 CuriousLurker

Thanks. That was my first thought, but it was just a wild guess on my part. I have a bunch of his stuff, so maybe that's why it sounded familiar. I'll have to check.

KT prolly knows, but I doubt he's gonna tell me now. //

OK. It's Bach. Found it in the comments. Bach Violin Concerto in A Minor.

252 TedStriker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:58:42pm

re: #235 Gus

Jeebus, what a paranoid nut.

253 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:59:13pm

J.s Bach Violin concerto in A minor BWV.1041 1st & 3rd mov

I used to listen to a lot of Bach, Hayden, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn.

254 jvic  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:01:17pm

re: #182 Charles Johnson

I've seen cats play with small creatures before killing them, and it's true you can never be certain you're not projecting human emotions, but I have to say they give every appearance of having a great time during the killing process.

Perhaps it will become (or is) possible to monitor cats' brains to assess whether they are (apparently) feeling pleasure.

I'd just as soon the following conjecture hadn't crossed my mind: Maybe natural selection sometimes favors predators to whom the killing process is a pleasure. (How do feral cats and other felines behave?)

255 Decatur Deb  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:01:29pm

re: #250 Interesting Times

It made me think of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, but again, just a guess. Freetoken would be a good person to ask, though he doesn't appear to be online right now.

One Season:

256 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:04:54pm

I go grocery shopping once a week with my friend and neighbor, D. Another friend went to Houston and asked me if I'd like some fresh shrimp brought back. I thought of my friend D., who is a Katrina refugee and has complained about only being able to get frozen shrimp here, and I put in a request for 2 pounds. She brought back 3 pounds, and I gave it all to D. A few days later (day before yesterday) she brought over:

-Gumbo
-Red rice that she says is halfway between Cajun and Jambalaya
-Potatoes with ham and green beans
-Cheesy broccoli and cauliflower
-a wing and a thigh and some stuffing from the Christmas meal she and her boyfriend had
-potato salad
-a plate with more shrimp and ham

I haven't eaten that well in years. And I'd never had gumbo before. And there's still some left for tonight!

Yesterday I gave her one of my butternut squash pies with my possibly best-ever crust. I'm still indebted.

257 Political Atheist  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:05:56pm

re: #254 jvic

I found myself watching the series The Story Of Us recently. Got thinking-We might have developed intelligence and tool making to offset a lack of natural weapons like lions enjoy.

Makes me wonder if the capacity for brutality comes with the long slow kill. Lots of spears and a huge fight before the big animal goes down. Just pondering... Animals that can kill and eat easily might not need this. Like big predator/small prey animals.

258 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:06:58pm

re: #251 Gus

OK. It's Bach. Found it in the comments. Bach Violin Concerto in A Minor.

re: #253 Gus

J.s Bach Violin concerto in A minor BWV.1041 1st & 3rd mov

[Embedded content]

I used to listen to a lot of Bach, Hayden, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn.

MWAH! I totally love you. Thanks!

259 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:10:37pm

re: #250 Interesting Times

It made me think of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, but again, just a guess. Freetoken would be a good person to ask, though he doesn't appear to be online right now.

I love Vivaldi's Four Seasons. At least I can remember stuff with an actual name rather than a description like all the numbered Bach stuff. He composed soooo many.

260 EmmaAnne  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:11:15pm

re: #230 Kragar

20 Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2012

Not sure if some of these are really bombs though. This one:

15. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”
Opening Weekend: $22.1 million
Estimated Budget: $57 million
Worldwide Gross: $132.6 million (U.S., $51.8 million)

Made several times its budget. Not a bomb IMO.

Atlas Shrugged counts by any measure though.

261 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:12:37pm

re: #258 CuriousLurker

re: #253 Gus

MWAH! I totally love you. Thanks!

Mwah back! :D I knew it was a concerto and thought it sounded like Bach. Was listening through a bunch and then dug into the comments.

262 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:12:44pm

re: #256 wrenchwench

Yesterday I gave her one of my butternut squash pies with my possibly best-ever crust. I'm still indebted.

Dammit, why does it have to have vodka in it? *stomps foot*

263 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:13:48pm

re: #261 Gus

Mwah back! :D I knew it was a concerto and thought it sounded like Bach. Was listening through a bunch and then dug into the comments.

I should've checked the comments, but I've grown so accustomed to ignoring them (esp. on YT) that I didn't even think to look.

264 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:14:08pm

re: #262 CuriousLurker

Dammit, why does it have to have vodka in it? *stomps foot*

I know...

My previous best crust was made with lard :O

265 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:14:42pm
266 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:15:19pm

re: #264 wrenchwench

I know...

My previous best crust was made with lard :O

&^#%$@*! I can't win for losing.

267 Charles Johnson  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:19:08pm
268 Targetpractice  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:19:22pm

re: #230 Kragar

20 Biggest Box Office Bombs of 2012

Couple of those I wanted to go see. Dredd was one, Cloud Atlas was the other. Might rent Battleship, just out of morbid curiosity.

269 allegro  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:21:18pm

re: #254 jvic

Perhaps it will become (or is) possible to monitor cats' brains to assess whether they are (apparently) feeling pleasure.

I'd just as soon the following conjecture hadn't crossed my mind: Maybe natural selection sometimes favors predators to whom the killing process is a pleasure. (How do feral cats and other felines behave?)

Why wouldn't it be a pleasure? Do we not, with pleasurable anticipation, look forward to a meal when we're hungry? To a cat, a mouse or a bird is food. Stalking, pouncing, and killing it is like us preparing a meal, our mouths watering, knowing our grumbling tummies will soon be filled.

270 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:22:36pm

re: #269 allegro

Heh, good point.

271 William Barnett-Lewis  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:23:56pm

Hey, RWC, good to see you around tonight. Got a new photo toy for Christmas...

Image: PC271151.JPG

That's a Mentor 5x7 from East Germany (60's I think). It's like a T-34 had a love child with a Speed Graphic ;) I've got my old Bausch & Lomb Tessar from 1912 mounted in this picture. Hopefully I can get out and try it out this weekend.

273 Cinnabar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:26:00pm

re: #266 CuriousLurker

&^#%$@*! I can't win for losing.

Allegedly, if you thoroughly mix part of flour with fat (about 1/3 to 1/2) and then make the piecrust, you can skip the vodka trick. Both of them are ways of reducing the amount of gluten in the final product.

But what do I know, I rarely make pies, and almost always buy premade crusts.

276 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:33:35pm

re: #273 Cinnabar

Allegedly, if you thoroughly mix part of flour with fat (about 1/3 to 1/2) and then make the piecrust, you can skip the vodka trick. Both of them are ways of reducing the amount of gluten in the final product.

But what do I know, I rarely make pies, and almost always buy premade crusts.

Thanks! That's good to know, I'll try it next time.

277 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:36:15pm

re: #275 Gus

Wow, so many variations. I was listening to it on iTunes just now, and even when it's violins each musician/orchestra brings their own...feeling/sound to it.

278 b_sharp  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:36:20pm

re: #229 wrenchwench

My brother the frog hunter.

Image: frog_hunter.jpg

Some frogs are more elusive than others.

I think the frog found him.

279 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:36:30pm

re: #276 CuriousLurker

Thanks! That's good to know, I'll try it next time.

If you come to my house for pie, I will make allowable crust as well as I can. I left the cloves out of D.'s pie because I know she doesn't like it (them?).

281 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:37:44pm

re: #280 Gus

Yo no canto por cantar - Victor Jara

[Embedded content]

Chilean Court Indicts Two Men for Murder of Singer Victor Jara

Jara was shot 44 times while being held in military custody at Chile’s national stadium in the days after Augusto Pinochet seized power on Sept. 11, 1973, the court found according to a copy of the resolution forwarded by e-mail by the press office of the Chilean judiciary today. Five more men were indicted as accomplices in the killing.

282 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:38:05pm

re: #279 wrenchwench

If you come to my house for pie, I will make allowable crust as well as I can. I left the cloves out of D.'s pie because I know she doesn't like it (them?).

Them. I like cloves.

Mmm, pie. I'm definitely coming over for some if I'm ever in your area.

283 jvic  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:42:55pm

allegro #269,

IMHO the crux is whether the predator gets pleasure from tormenting the prey: if you will, from prolonging the killing process.

Cf. Political Atheist #257.

(My attempt to post a more detailed reply was rejected with a Duplicate Comment message. It might be Firefox, which has started crashing after years of smooth performance.)

284 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:43:55pm

re: #278 b_sharp

I think the frog found him.

It found the best hiding place, unless there's a mirror, or two frog hunters!

285 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:45:37pm

Heading home for some gumbo! Later, lizards!

286 allegro  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:50:26pm

re: #283 jvic

allegro #269,

IMHO the crux is whether the predator gets pleasure from tormenting the prey: if you will, from prolonging the killing process.

Cf. Political Atheist #257.

(My attempt to post a more detailed reply was rejected with a Duplicate Comment message. It might be Firefox, which has started crashing after years of smooth performance.)

"Tormenting" is not a cat/predator concept. Prolonging a kill, in our eyes, is in theirs a process of weakening prey to make a successful kill. What we see in domesticated cats, that we see as play, is a form of natural behavior manifestation. They don't need to kill for food but the instincts are still there and they will eat the prey if they successfully manage to kill it or offer it as a gift, as a big cat will offer a gift to the leader of a pride.

287 darthstar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:50:39pm

Hey everyone...I've spent much of the last few hours trying to upgrade this HP Mini I have from Win 7 Starter to Ubuntu. I created a flash drive ISO, changed the boot sequence to USB, and nothing. Trying a download now to my hard drive where I'll use daemon tools to read the ISO and try to run the OS install from there...maybe I can fuck this machine up enough to allow booting from USB.

288 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:51:52pm

CL Go to Cook's Illustrated and get their pie crust recipe. Yes it does use vodka but that is to lower the gluten so your pie crust will be tender. [Link: www.cooksillustrated.com...] You can get a 14 day free trial too.

289 darthstar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:52:56pm

re: #287 darthstar

Hey everyone...I've spent much of the last few hours trying to upgrade this HP Mini I have from Win 7 Starter to Ubuntu. I created a flash drive ISO, changed the boot sequence to USB, and nothing. Trying a download now to my hard drive where I'll use daemon tools to read the ISO and try to run the OS install from there...maybe I can fuck this machine up enough to allow booting from USB.

Oh, and for whatever reason, Win 7 won't read my USB drive. The box will with the splashOS that opens before hand, but it won't let me download to the hard drive, only the USB...so I have to boot windows all the way up to get the damn thing to download 700mb to the hard drive after putting it on a stick. Fuckin' windows. Fuckin' Meg...yeah, I blame her.

290 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:55:43pm

re: #288 PhillyPretzel

CL Go to Cook's Illustrated and get their pie crust recipe. Yes it does use vodka but that is to lower the gluten so your pie crust will be tender. [Link: www.cooksillustrated.com...] You can get a 14 day free trial too.

Thanks!

291 b_sharp  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:56:54pm

re: #289 darthstar

Oh, and for whatever reason, Win 7 won't read my USB drive. The box will with the splashOS that opens before hand, but it won't let me download to the hard drive, only the USB...so I have to boot windows all the way up to get the damn thing to download 700mb to the hard drive after putting it on a stick. Fuckin' windows. Fuckin' Meg...yeah, I blame her.

How was the iso created? What boot manager is it using? Was it a live dvd iso originally?

Did you follow the steps given at the Ubuntu site?

292 PhillyPretzel  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:57:04pm

re: #290 CuriousLurker

Look for the foolproof pie crust. They have a lot of recipes for pie crusts.

293 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:57:16pm

re: #242 CuriousLurker

Does anyone happen to know the composer or the title of the musical piece in the video? It sounds familiar and I love classical music, but I'm not cultured enough to know who/what it is...

One of the Brandenburg Concerti by Bach, I think. There are six. Not sure which one that is.

294 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:57:41pm

re: #292 PhillyPretzel

Look for the foolproof pie crust. They have a lot of recipes for pie crusts.

Will do. ;)

295 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:58:39pm

Jorge Cafrune

...In 1977, after several years spent living in Spain, he returned to Argentina which was governed at the time by the military dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla.

The government saw a menace in Cafrune's outspoken music, particularly his politically controversial song, Zamba de mi esperanza.

On his persistence, Cafrune said, "Although it is not in the authorized repertoire, if my people requests it of me, I am going to sing it."

On January 31, 1978, Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Enrique Villanueva ordered the assassination of Cafrune.

After being run over by a van driven by two nineteen year old men, Cafrune died within twelve hours.

Zamba de mi esperanza - Joge Cafrune

296 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 5:59:11pm

re: #293 austin_blue

Thanks. Gus nailed it in his #251/#253.

297 darthstar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:01:52pm

re: #291 b_sharp

How was the iso created? What boot manager is it using? Was it a live dvd iso originally?

Did you follow the steps given at the Ubuntu site?

I just downloaded the ISO to a flash drive...maybe I should use my other laptop to create the flash. I only have 2GB drives, so I can't use live DVD (needs 4+)...but I should be able to fix that...good idea on using boot manager. I still hate Meg.

298 jvic  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:01:55pm

re: #286 allegro

"Tormenting" is not a cat/predator concept. Prolonging a kill, in our eyes, is in theirs a process of weakening prey to make a successful kill. What we see in domesticated cats, that we see as play, is a form of natural behavior manifestation. They don't need to kill for food but the instincts are still there and they will eat the prey if they successfully manage to kill it or offer it as a gift, as a big cat will offer a gift to the leader of a pride.

I'm not aware of data which confirms or refutes the statement I bolded. I am content to wait for experiments or hyperlinks.

But cf Charles #182:

I've seen cats play with small creatures before killing them, and it's true you can never be certain you're not projecting human emotions, but I have to say they give every appearance of having a great time during the killing process.

299 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:03:54pm

re: #296 CuriousLurker

Thanks. Gus nailed it in his #251/#253.

See, a little snark turned out to become a learning experience. :D

300 b_sharp  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:05:15pm

re: #297 darthstar

I just downloaded the ISO to a flash drive...maybe I should use my other laptop to create the flash. I only have 2GB drives, so I can't use live DVD (needs 4+)...but I should be able to fix that...good idea on using boot manager. I still hate Meg.

Use pendrive. A USB drive will not boot without syslinux as a boot loader. If you just copied the iso to the drive you actually don't have a bootable or installable source.

301 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:05:57pm

In South America being really sad is part of our entertainment.

302 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:06:10pm

re: #296 CuriousLurker

Thanks. Gus nailed it in his #251/#253.

Stupid Gus...

303 allegro  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:08:07pm

re: #298 jvic

I'm not aware of data which confirms or refutes the statement I bolded. I am content to wait for experiments or hyperlinks.

But cf Charles #182:

Knock yourself out. I was just offering 30+ years of professional experience to answer your question. Do with it as you wish.

304 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:08:16pm

re: #302 austin_blue

Stupid Gus...

Image: Bizos-Mesrine-Bras-2.jpg

305 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:08:58pm

re: #289 darthstar

Hey, Darth. I saw the thing about the friend you lost right before Xmas. Sorry to hear about that. Be careful out there.

306 darthstar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:10:29pm

re: #297 darthstar

READ THE FUCKING MANUAL...I think I'm headed in the right direction now.

307 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:10:36pm

re: #299 Gus

See, a little snark turned out to become a learning experience. :D

It sure did! LOL

308 darthstar  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:11:30pm

re: #300 b_sharp

yep...reburning now

309 Gus  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:11:30pm

On TV!

Jorge Cafrune - Zamba de mi esperanza (Raffaella Carra)

You can hear the castellano and I almost detect some Brazilian Portuguese.

310 austin_blue  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:12:00pm

re: #304 Gus

Image: Bizos-Mesrine-Bras-2.jpg

Hah! Nice riposte, Athos.

311 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:12:06pm

re: #138 wrenchwench

Work on it Dark. It's called 'empathy'. It can be learned.

What the creators of South Park were saying (it was an episode of the show where Stan was in the doghouse with Token for his attempts to defend his father's use of the n-word) is that its impossible to know how much racism hurts if you haven't experienced. You can and should still try to understand, but if it doesn't happen to you you're not going to truly 'get it'. What I was saying was not a confession of lack of empathy; I was referring to the limits of empathy.

312 Ghost of Tom Joad  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:16:06pm

WTF? Obama used his eleven-dimensional chess method to turn the GOP into a bunch of raving lunatics, so in order to save the country from those lunatics, he needs to give them everything they want, with a cherry (or unaborted fetus) on top.

That's like Shithammer's football team being down 50 points at the 2-minute warning in the 4th quarter, and telling the other team they need to forfeit otherwise they're going to rampage through the stands and throw people into the parking lot from their nosebleed seats.

Like everything else in their minds, it's never their ideology that has failed, it's the always the fault of something, or somebody, else. The black man drove the white guys crazy.

I swear, I would literally give up everything I had if Obama would just bust into a session of the House with The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Papa" blaring on the speakers just so I can watch the entire Republican party's heads explode while they simultaneously shit themselves (Ted Nugent, I'm putting you in charge of this).

313 jvic  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:16:36pm

re: #303 allegro

Knock yourself out. I was just offering 30+ years of professional experience to answer your question. Do with it as you wish.

I await publications in refereed journals.

314 allegro  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:18:14pm

re: #313 jvic

I await publications in refereed journals.

LOL I will not be doing your homework for you, sweet pea. If you don't believe me, fine. Research it yourself. Otherwise you can pay me like my other clients do.

315 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:23:22pm

Well, I bought the DVD of Monsters vs. Aliens on sale for $5 at Amazon the other day, so I'm going to go forget about the real world for about about 90 minutes in favor of funny, silly animated creatures.

Cats fed so they won't interrupt: Check
Bowl of homemade chicken soup ready: Check
Fresh cup of coffee: Check
Smokes: Check
Electric blanket warmed up: Check

I think that just about covers it. Later, lizards.

316 A Man for all Seasons  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:25:08pm

re: #315 CuriousLurker

Well, I bought the DVD of Monsters vs. Aliens on sale for $5 at Amazon the other day, so I'm going to go forget about the real world for about about 90 minutes in favor of funny, silly animated creatures.

Cats fed so they won't interrupt: Check
Bowl of homemade chicken soup ready: Check
Fresh cup of coffee: Check
Smokes: Check
Electric blanket warmed up: Check

I think that just about covers it. Later, lizards.

Much love C_L!
( I learned that phrase here in Oklahoma)

317 CuriousLurker  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:26:48pm

re: #316 A Man for all Seasons

Much love C_L!
( I learned that phrase here in Oklahoma)

Right back at'cha, Hoops. ;)

~~~GONE~~~

318 jvic  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:34:18pm

re: #314 allegro

LOL I will not be doing your homework for you, sweet pea. If you don't believe me, fine. Research it yourself. Otherwise you can pay me like my other clients do.

Appeal to accomplishment. In fact, appeal to unverified accomplishment.

319 allegro  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 6:51:38pm

re: #318 jvic

Appeal to accomplishment. In fact, appeal to unverified accomplishment.

Perhaps if you applied the time it took you to find that link, you could have found the information to verify the answer I already gave you to the question which you seem so heated to know. Attempting - and failing - to insult me just makes you look like an ungrateful little idiot after I made an attempt in good nature to answer your question. I have already quite clearly expressed my disinterest in your believing that answer or not.

320 Romantic Heretic  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 7:40:59pm

re: #315 CuriousLurker

Well, I bought the DVD of Monsters vs. Aliens on sale for $5 at Amazon the other day, so I'm going to go forget about the real world for about about 90 minutes in favor of funny, silly animated creatures.

Cats fed so they won't interrupt: Check
Bowl of homemade chicken soup ready: Check
Fresh cup of coffee: Check
Smokes: Check
Electric blanket warmed up: Check

I think that just about covers it. Later, lizards.

That is a fun little movie. Not quite as much fun as Megamind, but still a decent time waster.

321 wrenchwench  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 8:55:08pm

re: #282 CuriousLurker

re: #279 wrenchwench

If you come to my house for pie, I will make allowable crust as well as I can. I left the cloves out of D.'s pie because I know she doesn't like it (them?).

Them. I like cloves.

Mmm, pie. I'm definitely coming over for some if I'm ever in your area.

I should add, that's contingent on you not wearing any patchouli.

322 Kdizzle  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 11:21:03pm

re: #112 Ojoe

I'm sorry but every time I read something you post I just can't shake the feeling that you are just a cowardly little pussy. Nothing but a supply-sider that doesn't want to associate yourself with a unpopular brand name like the GOP.

Grow a pair of balls and just admit it and quite this hit and run New Whig party faux centrist bullshit.

I'd have a lot more respect for you. Don't expect any more respect for your plutocracy adoring, completely discredited many times over, Randian cult loving, Glibertarian horse shit though.

323 prairiefire  Fri, Dec 28, 2012 11:57:30pm

re: #322 Kdizzle

Kicking some ass, Kdizzle?

324 Kdizzle  Sat, Dec 29, 2012 12:06:03am

re: #323 prairiefire

For those who deserve it? Yes.

325 prairiefire  Sat, Dec 29, 2012 12:11:20am

re: #324 Kdizzle

For those who deserve it? Yes.

That's feeling pretty feisty against someone who's been registered since 2004. I think he's been consistent for the most part, for all those years. He's probably gone to bed by now anyway.

326 S.D.  Sat, Dec 29, 2012 5:32:17am

In all Due Respect: Mr. Krauthammer and Mr. Hannity are entirely full of S___...

327 CuriousLurker  Sat, Dec 29, 2012 8:15:09am

re: #321 wrenchwench

Them. I like cloves.

Mmm, pie. I'm definitely coming over for some if I'm ever in your area.

I should add, that's contingent on you not wearing any patchouli.

Deal!


This article has been archived.
Comments are closed.

^ back to top ^

TwitterFacebook

Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing!
For about 33 cents a day (per month) or 22 cents a day (per year), our subscription option turns off all advertisements at LGF!
Read more...

► LGF Headlines

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Articles

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Pages

  • Loading...

► Top 10 Comments

  • Loading...

► Bottom Comments

  • Loading...

► Recent Comments

  • Loading...

► Tools/Info

► Tag Cloud

► Contact

You must have Javascript enabled to use the contact form.
Your email:

Subject:

Message:


Messages may be published unless you request otherwise.
Tech Note:
Using the Contact Form
LGF Pages

This button leads to the main index of LGF Pages, our user-submitted articles. You can post your own LGF Pages simply by registering a free account with us.

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.

Last updated: 2014-03-07 2:19 pm PST

LGF User's Guide
Recent Pages
Rightwingconspirator
Broward Deputies Violently Arrest Men for Video Recording Before Destroying Evidence - Photography Is Not a Crime: PINAC
A group of South Florida filmmakers who were violently arrested for video recording from a public observation deck on a beach last year produced an impressive investigative documentary of their ordeal, documenting everything from their arrest to the ensuing ...

28 minutes ago
Views: 52 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Randall Gross
Future of Film: Special Report
Also worthy of note among Film's problems: the mass migration of serious adult drama to Television. The movie industry is facing a crisis: Seduced by mobile phones and video games, younger audiences are drifting away. This year, domestic box office, ...

2 hours ago
Views: 60 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Hyped Up On Ganja
Lindsay Lohan reveals she’s voting for Mitt Romney because ‘employment is really important’
Asked to expound on her comment, Miss Lohan giggled, and replied "Wingnut Mormons are so $$#@#$ hawt and junk" / But this was not the first time the fledgling political pundit has jumped into the presidential twitter fray. In early ...

23 hours, 27 minutes ago
Views: 205 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Souliren
Natalie MacMaster
1 day, 21 hours ago
Views: 125 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 1
The War TARDIS
Doctor Who “Into the Dalek” Open Thread
This episode will echo old Dalek episodes, both with a bit of a twist. Also, Clara will be finding someone, as she seems to be moving from her feelings of the 11th. But, this for talking.

2 days, 22 hours ago
Views: 296 • Comments: 41
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 5
FemNaziBitch
Roger Goodell: ‘I Didn’t Get It Right.’ -NFL TAKES A NEW STANCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admits he was wrong on the Ray Rice decision, and Goodell took an important step Thursday towards showing the league is serious about cracking down on domestic violence as well as sexual assault. In a ...

4 days, 4 hours ago
Views: 236 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 3
sagehen
Doctor Who Spoiler Thread
For those who want to post immediately... live... without having to hide spoilers behind the button.

1 week, 2 days ago
Views: 709 • Comments: 99
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 6
EiMitch
Escapist: Maniac Cop
escapistmagazine.com Link broken? The gist is that this is an impressively sarcastic review of an old slasher flick based on the "unrealistic" premise of a cop abusing his power to murder people.

1 week, 3 days ago
Views: 532 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 1
CriticalDragon1177
Io9 - Everything You Need To Know About Lemuria, The Lost Continent Of Lemurs
Esther Inglis-Arkell talks about the weirdest lost continent myth, I've ever heard. Its the only one I know of that ever included giant telepathic lemurs. No seriously! In 1858 a young zoologist, playing around with an idea, came up with ...

1 week, 4 days ago
Views: 741 • Comments: 4
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 7
 Frank says:

Beauty is a French phonetic corruption of a short, cloth neck ornament, currently in resurgence.