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1 wrenchwench  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:02:58pm

I like his ragged voice. Like Tom Waits 100 years ago.

2 Charles Johnson  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:09:30pm

re: #1 wrenchwench

And he’s a really good guitarist too.

3 wrenchwench  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:09:38pm

Gotta read the short article at the link to appreciate the meaning of the very short video.


Youtube Video

Later, lizards.

4 Stanley Sea  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:11:33pm

re: #3 wrenchwench

Gotta read the short article at the link to appreciate the meaning of the very short video.

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Later, lizards.

NICE!

5 TedStriker  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:25:32pm

I think I’ve just witnessed a couple of the oddest things on TV that I have seen in quite a while.

Here I am at work, I go out to smoke a cigarette about twenty minutes ago; someone had the TV in our break room (which I have to go through to our smoking area). As I walk in, I hear Chubby Checker singing “The Twist”, look at the TV, and notice that Mr. Checker was indeed singing his hit…on Fox News…on Mike Huckabee’s show with a live band backing him and Huck and his studio audience getting into it. Nothing against Mr. Checker, because I love that song and he’s one of the icons of early rock-and-roll, but it just seems like an odd venue; to each their own, I suppose.

So, I then flip the channel to TruTV to see what’s on, so I can watch it through the outside glass door while I smoke; Hardcore Pawn is on, but before I can come back inside to flip it from that, during a commercial break, a commercial from FarmersOnly.com comes on to pimp their dating service for “farmers”, “ranchers”, and “country folk”, that “city folks just don’t get”, as they show video of some men and women doing chores out on the farm.

Again, to each their own, I suppose, but the producers of that commercial apparently love their Comic Sans, because they made use of it. That’s one of the few fonts that makes me want to retch, because it’s so overused.

6 Charles Johnson  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:29:48pm
7 Decatur Deb  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:30:25pm

re: #6 Charles Johnson

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Under New Management

8 Political Atheist  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:51:27pm

Whew long day. Just finished my new interview/work studio for a jewelry documentary series called Kraftwerks. The room was a tired old mess, so we cleared everything out and remodeled it with a jewelry casting trade museum kinda look and feel. Painted, re did lights, put in shelves and decorated.

ballardlightcapture.blogspot.com

Torches, crucibles, copper specimen etc.

Copper specimen, induction coil and a torch

Crucibles and flasks

9 Rev_Arthur_Belling  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:53:49pm

re: #1 wrenchwench

I find his voice too high-pitched to even think of a comparison to Tom Waits. But he is a fine guitarist, and lyricist as well (I’m assuming he writes his own).

(hearing that gravel in his voice, I wonder if it’s not a sore throat or something).

For instance, compare this video of Love is All:

Youtube Video

10 Decatur Deb  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:56:06pm

re: #8 Political Atheist

Whew long day. Just finished my new interview/work studio for a jewelry documentary series called Kraftwerks. The room was a tired old mess, so we cleared everything out and remodeled it with a jewelry casting trade museum kinda look and feel. Painted, re did lights, put in shelves and decorated.

ballardlightcapture.blogspot.com

Torches, crucibles, copper specimen etc.

Copper specimen, induction coil and a torch

Crucibles and flasks

People never understand how much of photography is manual labor. The commercial studio I apprenticed in had a carpenter on staff.

11 PhillyPretzel  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 6:58:31pm

re: #8 Political Atheist

That is beautiful.

12 Political Atheist  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:03:29pm

re: #11 PhillyPretzel

re: #10 Decatur Deb

Thanks! I feel like we are off to a good start in there, Get that vibe going for interviews and hands on sessions on camera.

13 Decatur Deb  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:06:26pm

re: #12 Political Atheist

Thanks! I feel like we are off to a good start in there, Get that vibe going for interviews and hands on sessions on camera.

The copper will be even neater when the verdigris starts to build.

14 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:14:29pm

Twitter has ADD or something.

15 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:17:06pm

Freaking goofy.

16 Rev_Arthur_Belling  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:21:50pm

re: #14 Gus

Twitter has always had ADD or something.

FTFY

17 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:25:26pm

re: #16 Rev_Arthur_Belling

FTFY

Cripes. Had to log off from there. Someone was posting pic after pic of this Mark McMorris kid saying “women find him handsome.” So goofy.

18 Lidane  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:26:00pm
19 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:26:34pm

Then it was like 4 pics of the same broken down door in Sochi. In a row.

20 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:26:46pm

Suburbia.

21 Political Atheist  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:27:36pm

re: #13 Decatur Deb

The copper will be even neater when the verdigris starts to build.

That is from an accident. Instead of a steady slow pour into a spinning crucible that acts like a sprinkler with the molten metal, the pour rate exceeded the waters ability to chill it into spheres and freeze it. The spheres of copper were still molten enough to melt together, underwater on the side of a stainless steel funnel that is about 4 feet wide. Blew up the bottom of the barrel with a steam explosion too.

Heh, got steam punked!

22 NJDhockeyfan  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:52:00pm
23 TedStriker  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 7:56:23pm

re: #22 NJDhockeyfan

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Love that video…Walken’s a dancing fool.

24 The War TARDIS  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:00:41pm

re: #22 NJDhockeyfan

re: #23 TedStriker

It is truly an awesome video.

25 The War TARDIS  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:01:13pm

For something else awesome: The Vulcan Howl

Youtube Video

26 Killgore Trout  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:11:14pm

It’s sad to see Afghanistan going down like this….

Afghan civilian casualties rise as NATO pulls out

Here’s a tidbit for Alan Grayson, Code Pink and the rest of the anti-drone crowd….

The report attributed 74 per cent of total civilian deaths and injuries in 2013 to anti-Government elements, 11 per cent to pro-Government forces (eight per cent to ANSF and three per cent to international forces) and 10 per cent to ground engagements between anti-Government elements and pro-Government forces. Five per cent of civilian casualties were unattributed, resulting mostly from explosive remnants of war.
“At the start of 2014, it is imperative that all parties, but particularly anti-Government elements, halt the worsening impact of the conflict on Afghan civilians,” Kubis stressed. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) used by anti-Government elements caused 34 per cent of all civilian casualties, according to the report, while ground engagements between parties to conflict caused 27 per cent and suicide and complex attacks by anti-Government elements caused 15 per cent.

27 Killgore Trout  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:13:55pm

Fight between George Zimmerman and DMX canceled by promoter … or was it?
Looks like he might have just been milking the internet for more free publicity.

28 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:26:16pm
29 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:28:51pm

Not Sochi.

30 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:35:58pm
31 The War TARDIS  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:37:34pm

re: #30 Gus

Yeah, this happens in Suburb heavy counties.

I hate Suburbs.

32 Lidane  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:39:40pm

re: #27 Killgore Trout

DMX should offer to kick Zimmerman’s ass for free. Hell, he should even offer to wear a hoodie and carry Skittles and tea, just to give Zimmerman a familiar sight.

33 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:48:50pm
34 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:51:43pm
35 The War TARDIS  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:59:08pm

re: #34 Gus

And this is why Jared Padalecki has a straight, express, one-way ticket to hell.

36 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 8:59:15pm

37 b_sharp  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:03:03pm

re: #17 Gus

Cripes. Had to log off from there. Someone was posting pic after pic of this Mark McMorris kid saying “women find him handsome.” So goofy.

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Kid won bronze with a rib he broke 2 weeks ago.

38 The War TARDIS  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:11:22pm

re: #37 b_sharp

Either me, you, or Gus killed the thread.

39 abolitionist  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:13:16pm

re: #35 The War TARDIS

And this is why Jared Padalecki has a straight, express, one-way ticket to hell.

That’s way harsh, IMO.

40 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:14:16pm

re: #38 The War TARDIS

Either me, you, or Gus killed the thread.

Thread’s a little over 3 hours old with 39 comments now.

41 The War TARDIS  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:14:27pm

re: #39 abolitionist

He’s still a massive tool.

He still hasn’t apologized enough.

42 The War TARDIS  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:15:32pm

re: #39 abolitionist

Also, look at the kids. They amount of sadness made me angry again about what Padalecki said.

43 NJDhockeyfan  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:19:10pm

This picture is going to give me nightmares tonight

44 The War TARDIS  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:22:43pm

re: #43 NJDhockeyfan

What in the hell is happening there?

It looks like he is about to go all zombie or something.

45 abolitionist  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:25:13pm

re: #44 The War TARDIS

That reporter got some Sochi water in his eye. Not a zombie. (Yet)

46 Feline Fearless Leader  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:26:56pm

Good essay today on Stonekettle Station.

stonekettle.com

47 NJDhockeyfan  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:27:16pm

re: #41 The War TARDIS

He’s still a massive tool.

He still hasn’t apologized enough.

That was bad, this is worse…

Valentino Promotes Amy Adams’ Handbag She Wore to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Funeral

As if a funeral could get any sadder. Valentino is receiving a huge backlash after promoting one of their handbags on Friday, Feb. 7. Why the outcry? The fashion house specifically sent out a press release about the bag Oscar-nominated actress Amy Adams wore — to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s funeral.

“We are pleased to announce Amy Adams carrying the Valentino Garavani Rockstud Duble bag from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection on Feb. 6 in New York,” the shameless press release read.

With the statement, a photo of a grieving Adams was attached, which showed her heading into the funeral in NYC with the $2,500 bag in hand.

48 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:28:42pm

I think about the children while others focus on the outrage.

49 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:44:24pm
50 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:45:54pm

Or in post-modern internet speak… OMG DINAH SHORE WAS A REPUBLICAN!!! :D

51 The War TARDIS  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:47:33pm

re: #47 NJDhockeyfan

Hold on a second.

Youtube Video

Fuckity Bye

52 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:53:47pm

Doris Day sings “Possess Me” in the movie, “Pillow Talk” With Rock Hudson.

Youtube Video

53 Eclectic Cyborg  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 9:59:45pm

OT

As far as stand up comedians go, Gabriel Iglesias is pretty entertaining.

54 Killgore Trout  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 10:05:09pm

Mike Rowe on the High Cost of College
Youtube Video

55 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 10:15:16pm
56 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 10:34:38pm
57 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 10:43:34pm
58 Lidane  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 10:45:30pm
59 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 10:52:00pm

60 wheat-dogghazi  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 10:52:34pm

re: #58 Lidane

My old high school buddy sent me this story, but from Newsday. I grew up not far from that neighborhood. Here’s the real estate listing, FYI. signaturepremier.com

61 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 10:59:53pm
62 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 11:34:16pm
63 Lidane  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 11:47:24pm
64 Gus  Sat, Feb 8, 2014 11:53:36pm

65 wheat-dogghazi  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 12:01:58am

re: #64 Gus

Lotus pods! With corgis inside them! Run for your lives!!

66 Gus  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 12:31:05am

Good night. Morning. Etc.

67 Lidane  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 1:52:36am
68 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 4:04:00am

re: #67 Lidane

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Damn piece reads like it was from Info Wars:

Snowden has made it clear that if he is arrested, if he vanishes, or if he “dies” from any cause whatsoever, ALL of the information in his possession will be published publicly.

TRN has confirmed that, working through Julian Assange and his “WikiLeaks” organization, copies of the encrypted data have already been distributed to more than one-thousand, two hundred (1200) web sites around the world. Those sites have agreed to conceal the information until such time as contact with Snowden is “lost.” Once contact is lost, the sites have been told they will receive the Decryption keys via CD ROM, E-mail and P2P / Bit-Torrent file transfer. Once the decryption keys are sent, the sites have been instructed to wait a specific amount of time to confirm Snowden’s disappearance, arrest or death and upon expiration of that time period, to publish the decrypted materials.

Making the situation all the more dire for the government is that Snowden has made clear he will release some of the information under certain “other” circumstances. For instance, if Martial Law is declared in the US or if any elections are canceled for any reason, all the government employee info goes out. If an economic collapse takes place, all the Banker/Stock Broker/Commodities Trader information goes out. If Corporations start hyper-inflating prices, all the information about them, their officers and Board of Directors will go out.

Snowden literally has the most powerful people in the United States in an inescapable stranglehold. If any of the things articulated above take place, everyone throughout the country will know exactly who to blame and exactly where they live. One can only speculate that under the right conditions, it might not be long until those responsible for the problems of our country, faced consequences for their actions; consequences delivered one at a time, in the dark of night, when there is no help … . and no escape.

69 Varek Raith  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 4:23:48am
70 wheat-dogghazi  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 4:27:16am

re: #68 Dark_Falcon

Damn piece reads like it was from Info Wars:

Snowden literally has the most powerful people in the United States in an inescapable stranglehold. If any of the things articulated above take place, everyone throughout the country will know exactly who to blame and exactly where they live. One can only speculate that under the right conditions, it might not be long until those responsible for the problems of our country, faced consequences for their actions; consequences delivered one at a time, in the dark of night, when there is no help … . and no escape.

Reads like the breathless kind of jacket flap copy publishers put on otherwise mediocre suspense novels.

71 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 4:34:39am

re: #70 wheat-dogghazi

Reads like the breathless kind of jacket flap copy publishers put on otherwise mediocre suspense novels.

Indeed. But bullshit has always been a dudebro specialty, so the use of such tactics is not surprising.

72 wheat-dogghazi  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 4:36:03am

re: #71 Dark_Falcon

Is the source Teh Greenwald, or is this fertile imaginings of the Alex Jones fringe?

73 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 4:46:53am

re: #72 wheat-dogghazi

Is the source Teh Greenwald, or is this fertile imaginings of the Alex Jones fringe?

This one also has pro-Sarah Palin side links, so its the latter. Although how one can be a fan of the above-average in brainpower Edward Snowden and the clearly below-average in brainpower Sarah Palin is beyond me. Major dudebro cognitive dissonance.

74 Rev_Arthur_Belling  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 4:53:53am

re: #73 Dark_Falcon

If that’s true, hasn’t he put a major bullseye on his head from Russia? I’m sure Putin would love to see all that NSA stuff released.

75 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 5:00:04am

re: #74 Rev_Arthur_Belling

If that’s true, hasn’t he put a major bullseye on his head from Russia? I’m sure Putin would love to see all that NSA stuff released.

That’s the tipoff: If this info were true, Russia would ensure it got copies of all that data and it likely would have started using it by now.

76 Rev_Arthur_Belling  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 5:14:26am

re: #68 Dark_Falcon

Making the situation all the more dire for the government is that Snowden has made clear he will release some of the information under certain “other” circumstances. For instance, if Martial Law is declared in the US or if any elections are canceled for any reason, all the government employee info goes out. If an economic collapse takes place, all the Banker/Stock Broker/Commodities Trader information goes out. If Corporations start hyper-inflating prices, all the information about them, their officers and Board of Directors will go out.

So Snowden is now threatening techno-blackmail? or is that extortion?

I love the “martial law” clause. This paragraph makes him sound like a one-man Anonymous. “I’ll dox you! And then you’ll be sorry!”

77 BeenHereAwhile  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 5:22:53am

re: #55 Gus

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Mandy Patinkin sings Bali Ha’i:
(Still good 19 years later)

Youtube Video

78 Eventual Carrion  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 5:32:01am

re: #68 Dark_Falcon

Damn piece reads like it was from Info Wars:

Snowden has made it clear that if he is arrested, if he vanishes, or if he “dies” from any cause whatsoever, ALL of the information in his possession will be published publicly.
[snip]

And he ended his screed with “Death to America!”

79 ericblair  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 5:39:35am

re: #76 Rev_Arthur_Belling

So Snowden is now threatening techno-blackmail? or is that extortion?

I love the “martial law” clause. This paragraph makes him sound like a one-man Anonymous. “I’ll dox you! And then you’ll be sorry!”

I assume Wikileaks publicity stunt. Greenwald and Wikileaks look like they’ve been parceling out whatever they can find for maximum publicity and if there was something really REALLY juicy in there they’d publish it first, not hold off until the Black Helicopters finally came for St Snowden.

I’m also pretty sure that China and Russia have had free access to all this material for months. Even if China and Russia couldn’t break the encryption Snowden said he had on those disks (which I doubt for several reasons), Snowden was in a pretty horrible bargaining position in Hong Kong and had precisely one thing to trade for sanctuary. Any other powers could probably trade for Snowden data from China or Russia, because this sort of shit happens all the time.

Also, it’s fairly clear that Wikileaks and Greenwald consider the US the only power in the world who would possibly assassinate someone for political gain. Obviously, this kind of dead-man’s switch is a total win/win for a rival power; that Wikileaks doesn’t address this (that I see) means that there’s only the US, its dupes, and its victims in the world. Nice.

80 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 5:47:33am

re: #79 ericblair

I assume Wikileaks publicity stunt. Greenwald and Wikileaks look like they’ve been parceling out whatever they can find for maximum publicity and if there was something really REALLY juicy in there they’d publish it first, not hold off until the Black Helicopters finally came for St Snowden.

I’m also pretty sure that China and Russia have had free access to all this material for months. Even if China and Russia couldn’t break the encryption Snowden said he had on those disks (which I doubt for several reasons), Snowden was in a pretty horrible bargaining position in Hong Kong and had precisely one thing to trade for sanctuary. Any other powers could probably trade for Snowden data from China or Russia, because this sort of shit happens all the time.

Also, it’s fairly clear that Wikileaks and Greenwald consider the US the only power in the world who would possibly assassinate someone for political gain. Obviously, this kind of dead-man’s switch is a total win/win for a rival power; that Wikileaks doesn’t address this (that I see) means that there’s only the US, its dupes, and its victims in the world. Nice.

It’s standard “Blame America First!” rhetorical tactics, heightened by the fact that Wikileaks is an effective mouthpiece for Russian intelligence. To be clear, it didn’t start out that way, but Russia has regained the capability to subvert foreign organizations developed by the KGB.

81 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 5:54:37am

WTFITS. Can someone translate this meme from “Wingnutese”?

82 lawhawk  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 6:04:53am

What? You mean that Snowden wont release all the records if the country he’s staying in engages in violent crackdowns against those expressing themselves peacefully in opposition of government policy? Those who speak out against homophobia and the government’s anti-gay policies?

Or if Snowden’s host country has an economic collapse or there’s a major terror incident. Or the former leader decides to come back and take the reins of power in order to fulfill their oligarchic dreams.

Wait. It’s Russia, so that’s completely irrelevant. But a perception that the US might spy on a US citizen somewhere at some time, even if it’s under a government warrant? That’ll spur outrageous outrage and the drip of articles.

83 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 6:05:14am

re: #81 Pie-onist Overlord

WTFITS. Can someone translate this meme from “Wingnutese”?

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It’s a nonsensical update of Ronald Reagan’s classic “ordinary taxpayer goes to the grocery to buy a pound of hamburger meat and while there sees a ‘strapping young buck’ buying steak with food stamps’.”

The implication is that the person “working 70 hours a week” is oppressed by government demands for his money and the person getting government assistance is mooching. Unlike the Reagan version, however, there is no racial subtext to the”Some-ecard”.

84 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 6:05:57am

re: #81 Pie-onist Overlord

WTFITS. Can someone translate this meme from “Wingnutese”?

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The only translation that needs is “If you’re really dumb enough to believe that, I have a bridge to sell you. Cheap!”

85 William Barnett-Lewis  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 6:07:42am

re: #83 Dark_Falcon

It’s a nonsensical update of Ronald Reagan’s classic “ordinary taxpayer goes to the grocery to buy a pound of hamburger meat and while there sees a ‘strapping young buck’ buying steak with food stamps’.”

The implication is that the person “working 70 hours a week” is oppressed by government demands for his money and the person getting government assistance is mooching. Unlike the Reagan version, however, there is no racial subtext to the”Some-ecard”.

Do you really think the sender of that doesn’t believe moocher = black? They may be smart enough not to say it out loud, but I’d be willing to bet they believe it.

87 Varek Raith  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 6:33:13am
88 Dr Lizardo  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 6:37:15am

re: #87 Varek Raith

Texas grand jury refuses murder indictment on man who killed deputy on no-knock raid
A no knock warrant for freaking weed?

Forget it Jake Varek Raith; it’s Chinatown Texas.

89 ObserverArt  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 6:46:38am

Goooood…morning!

Well, at least it is above 25° and that is a good thing.

re: #81 Pie-onist Overlord

WTFITS. Can someone translate this meme from “Wingnutese”?

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Now about Pie-onist’s query. That is some tortured language for sure. I think Dark_Falcon has the correct intended message.

But can it not also mean that the poor individual with a family that has to work two or more part-time positions also pays taxes into it all still can’t afford to buy what you can?

Using Dark’s Reagan example…the underpaid 70 hour worker is still not buying the ground chuck…they are getting the last day it is able to be sold hamburger and mixing that with breadcrumbs to extend it.

Many times I see things this way too. It is almost like creating a culture war amongst all the people hurting. And I think Fox and others have been very adept at doing just that. Divide and conquer. Gut the middle class and get them fighting for scraps with the lower classes. Meanwhile “YOU” gets to gather up all the bucks laughing as they deposit the check at the bank on their way out for a nice steak dinner and drinks.

90 Varek Raith  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 6:49:59am

re: #89 ObserverArt

Goooood…morning!

Well, at least it is above 25° and that is a good thing.

Heatwave!

91 compound_Idaho  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 6:52:27am

re: #17 Gus

Cripes. Had to log off from there. Someone was posting pic after pic of this Mark McMorris kid saying “women find him handsome.” So goofy.

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To be precise, McMorris uses a regular snowboard stance, not goofy.

92 wheat-dogghazi  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 6:56:19am

re: #90 Varek Raith

Heatwave!

Youtube Video

93 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 6:58:00am

re: #85 William Barnett-Lewis

Do you really think the sender of that doesn’t believe moocher = black? They may be smart enough not to say it out loud, but I’d be willing to bet they believe it.

The person who sent it might well believe that, as might the person who created the ecard, but the ecard itself does not contain racial subtext. You have your suspicions and they are well-founded, but those suspicions cannot be proven from the ecard. Given that, I did not want to make a claim which I could not support from the facts in evidence.

94 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 7:20:00am

re: #87 Varek Raith

Texas grand jury refuses murder indictment on man who killed deputy on no-knock raid
A no knock warrant for freaking weed?

And the guy is still likely to go to prison. The grand jury didn’t indict on murder, but they did indict him for possessing marijuana while also possessing a deadly weapon. Under Texas law that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

95 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 7:27:00am

Good morning lizards!

It’s right above freezing and wet this morning and Tennessee is still awesome :)

96 kirkspencer  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 7:29:49am

re: #81 Pie-onist Overlord

WTFITS. Can someone translate this meme from “Wingnutese”?

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It’s extremely risky if they’d think about it. Because it’s real easy to say they’re right - the majority of the funding for the people in need comes from the people only somewhat making it. The rich pay some and watch the lower classes fight it out amongst themselves.

97 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 7:34:55am

Iranian TV airs simulated bombing of Tel Aviv, US aircraft carrier

Clip shows simulated strikes on Ben Gurion Airport, Haifa, USS Abraham Lincoln in retaliation for hypothetical attack on Iran

98 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 7:41:43am

re: #97 NJDhockeyfan

Iranian TV airs simulated bombing of Tel Aviv, US aircraft carrier

LOL! That’s a piece of bullshit worthy of Bryan Fischer. Fortunately (and unfortunately), the Iranian Navy and Air Force don’t actually believe it. They’re working on ways to take out a US carrier, make no mistake, but they know that doing so will be very difficult and the American reply would be devastating.

99 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 7:59:04am

re: #96 kirkspencer

It’s extremely risky if they’d think about it. Because it’s real easy to say they’re right - the majority of the funding for the people in need comes from the people only somewhat making it. The rich pay some and watch the lower classes fight it out amongst themselves.

I think it is a rather tortuous rendering of the popular, although completely bogus wingnut meme, courtesy of Cato.org HURR HURRRR!!!!!! TEH WELFARES & TEH FOOD STAMPS PAYS MOAR THEN HAVIN A REAL JRRB!!!!1!!!!!!

100 Ryan King  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:06:11am

Liberalism killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

By Ben Shapiro

National Review continues it’s spin cycle down the toilet bowl.

Libertarianism becomes libertinism without a cultural force pushing back against the penchant for sin; Hollywood has no such cultural force. In fact, the Hollywood demand is for more self-abasement, less spirituality, less principle, less standards.

101 wheat-dogghazi  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:08:10am

re: #99 Pie-onist Overlord

I think it is a rather tortuous rendering of the popular, although completely bogus wingnut meme, courtesy of Cato.org HURR HURRRR!!!!!! TEH WELFARES & TEH FOOD STAMPS PAYS MOAR THEN HAVIN A REAL JRRB!!!!1!!!!!!

This reasoning makes no sense at all. The minimum wage now is so low that there is little incentive for a person on welfare to work minimum wage, because as soon as they start working they risk losing AFDC and WIC benefits, and if a mother, shelling out money for daycare. If the minimum wage were higher, it would help get people off welfare. Yet, raising the minimum seems to be a non-starter issue in Congress now.

102 wheat-dogghazi  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:09:30am

re: #100 Ryan King

More incisive commentary from Little Ben.

103 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:11:16am

re: #101 wheat-dogghazi

This reasoning makes no sense at all. The minimum wage now is so low that there is little incentive for a person on welfare to work minimum wage, because as soon as they start working they risk losing AFDC and WIC benefits, and if a mother, shelling out money for daycare. If the minimum wage were higher, it would help get people off welfare. Yet, raising the minimum seems to be a non-starter issue in Congress now.

What the difference between a Liberal and a Conservative?

A Liberal, on hearing that (whether or not it is even true) welfare pays more than a minimum wage job, thinks: “Raise the Minimum Wage!”

A Conservative, hearing the same thing, thinks “Eliminate teh welfares, & lower teh minimum wage!!!!1!!!!”

104 wheat-dogghazi  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:17:03am

re: #103 Pie-onist Overlord

What the difference between a Liberal and a Conservative?

A Liberal, on hearing that (whether or not it is even true) welfare pays more than a minimum wage job, thinks: “Raise the Minimum Wage!”

A Conservative, hearing the same thing, thinks “Eliminate teh welfares, & lower teh minimum wage!!!!1!!!!”

Sadly, that’s close to the truth.

I confess I don’t know the answer, but I suspect that working the typical 30-35 hr work week at minimum wage (since full-time jobs are scarce nowadays) pays only a little bit more than welfare benefits.

105 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:20:40am

re: #100 Ryan King

No one knows what sort of demons plagued Seymour Hoffman. But without a sound moral structure around those in Hollywood who have every financial and talent advantage, the path to destruction is far too easy.

That strikes me as very true. Temptation is a very strong Siren, and a man needs the ropes of a sound moral structure to resist her.

106 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:21:03am

This is promising if the report is accurate….
Iran to reveal detonator information in deal with UN

If Iran does come clean about its past bomb making efforts it might indicate they’ve changed their plans. The problem is the press reports are often overly optimistic about “ground breaking” agreements and “unprecedented cooperation”. Iranian leadership often has wildly different interpretations of these “agreements”.

107 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:23:48am

Ah, that didn’t take long….

Iran, UN nuclear agency agree new steps but suspect site off-limits

Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog agreed Sunday on new “practical” steps to increase transparency over Tehran’s controversial nuclear work, although a suspect military site remained off-limits.

Iranian officials said the International Atomic Energy Agency was not being granted access to the Parchin military site, where Tehran is suspected of having experimented with nuclear arms development.

Talks in Tehran between Iran and the IAEA on Saturday and Sunday also did not cover allegations that prior to 2003, and possibly since, Iran’s nuclear work had “possible military dimensions”, state media said.

Heh.

108 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:31:24am

re: #106 Killgore Trout

This is promising if the report is accurate….
Iran to reveal detonator information in deal with UN

If Iran does come clean about its past bomb making efforts it might indicate they’ve changed their plans. The problem is the press reports are often overly optimistic about “ground breaking” agreements and “unprecedented cooperation”. Iranian leadership often has wildly different interpretations of these “agreements”.

The Iranians are going to do what they are good at, wasting time of the UN so they can continue their work on the bomb. The clock is ticking…

109 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:33:38am

re: #108 NJDhockeyfan

The Iranians are going to do what they are good at, wasting time of the UN so they can continue their work on the bomb. The clock is ticking…

it certainly looks that way.

110 Ryan King  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:38:28am

re: #105 Dark_Falcon

That strikes me as very true. Temptation is a very strong Siren, and a man needs the ropes of a sound moral structure to resist her.

The narrative that conservatism is a kinder gentler repression for our own good and liberalism is libertinism (the exact opposite of conservatism) is precisely the shallow moral dreck proselytized by morons such as Shapiro, Fischer, take your pick.

It’s a concept rooted in biblical morality ingrained in an ideology.

111 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:39:09am

This is really starting to annoy me…
Barclays customer data ‘stolen and sold’, newspaper says

Pro-nuclear candidate Masuzoe ‘wins Tokyo governor vote’
The Brits usually are much better with grammar than Americans but the unnecessary quotes in headlines is distracting and useless. I’m usually not a grammar Nazi but this is just silly.

112 Ryan King  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:41:38am

Not to mention, I wonder what Shapiro’s commentary is on Rush being addicted to Oxycontin, the recent GOP congress critter buying coke, et al..

But if it’s an actor, therefore Hollywood, therefore liberalism, which is libertinism, which is bad because see this guy is dead.

This is not thinking.

113 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:42:35am

Some theories and explanation here: The BBC’s use of quotation marks

114 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:43:46am

A student doing his best Richard Pryor imitation…


Electronics seized from Georgia Tech student burned in apartment

Channel 2 Action News now knows police confiscated several electronics from the apartment of the Georgia Tech grad student who set himself on fire.

Saamer Akhshabi is at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta. Investigators said he suffered third-degree burns on 90 percent of his body.

Early on, Channel 2 learned police found a Molotov cocktail and plastic bottles containing flammable liquids.

Police released the 911 call and a number of new details in an incident report on Thursday.

Channel 2’s Erica Byfield reported when firefighters pulled up to Akhshabi’s apartment on 10th Street in Midtown Atlanta, he was still on fire.

The report also reveals investigators also took three laptops, three cellphones, two jump drives and homemade movies from Akhshabi’s apartment.

Lastly, the report listed a witness - Byfield found out the witness is also a Tech grad student.

One of Akhshabi’s neighbors called 911.

The FBI is heading up the investigation.

115 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:44:06am

I always jump the gun on something. Getting antsy and doing a little “spring” cleaning today, rearranging some furniture, changing curtains, etc. and I find out that it’s going to be 60 today, but—

We’re getting snow on Tues and a “wintry mix” on Wed. Temps falling like a stone, too.

It really isn’t too early for the crocuses and daffodils to start sprouting, as they have always done, but not this year.

116 wheat-dogghazi  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:44:30am

re: #110 Ryan King

The narrative that conservatism is a kinder gentler repression for our own good and liberalism is libertinism (the exact opposite of conservatism) is precisely the shallow moral dreck proselytized by morons such as Shapiro, Fischer, take your pick.

It’s a concept rooted in biblical morality ingrained in an ideology.

It’s also the tired, worn-out meme of Hollywood as Sin City, USA, that’s as old as the movie industry itself. Shapiro is not saying anything at all original. Change the names, dates and circumstances, and it could have been written by someone 80 years ago.

117 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:44:53am

My oldest son, who is a kosher caterer, was selected to be on the Chopped show.

Details of time, etc. TBD.

118 Rev_Arthur_Belling  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:46:15am

re: #105 Dark_Falcon

That strikes me as very true. Temptation is a very strong Siren, and a man needs the ropes of a sound moral structure to resist her.

It may strike you as true, but it is wrong. Addiction has claimed the lives of people with “sound moral structure” surrounding them as much as the “libertines” in Hollywood. The reason we don’t hear about them is because they are usually out of the public spotlight, unlike the performers we see daily on the Internet.

No one knows what sort of demons plagued Seymour Hoffman. But without a sound moral structure around those in Hollywood who have every financial and talent advantage, the path to destruction is far too easy.

Then stop making his death into a morality play about “Hollywood.”

119 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:47:03am

re: #111 Killgore Trout

This is really starting to annoy me…
Barclays customer data ‘stolen and sold’, newspaper says

Pro-nuclear candidate Masuzoe ‘wins Tokyo governor vote’
The Brits usually are much better with grammar than Americans but the unnecessary quotes in headlines is distracting and useless. I’m usually not a grammar Nazi but this is just silly.

Wouldn’t they practice putting allegations or something not yet proved in quotes? I know that’s something that I’ve done for many years just in general writing, but you don’t see a lot of it these days when people take anything for the “truth”.

120 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:47:50am

HURR HURR!!!!!!!
Infographic courtesy of Koch front Heritage, natch.

121 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:52:55am

re: #110 Ryan King

The narrative that conservatism is a kinder gentler repression for our own good and liberalism is libertinism (the exact opposite of conservatism) is precisely the shallow moral dreck proselytized by morons such as Shapiro, Fischer, take your pick.

It’s a concept rooted in biblical morality ingrained in an ideology.

It’s not ‘repression’, its the point that people are best when they live by a proper moral code, and without that code it is far too easy to fall prey to temptation. To resist a temptation, people must be taught why it is dangerous and wrong.

But I don’t see that as the most salient point in the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Rather, Hoffman was in a good bit of psychological distress and did not deal with it properly. His use of heroin was a failure in his duty to his children, but it was less a fundamental moral failing and more that he was trying to self-medicate.

122 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:55:03am

re: #117 Pie-onist Overlord

My oldest son, who is a kosher caterer, was selected to be on the Chopped show.

Details of time, etc. TBD.

Make sure you get one or more of your pies on the show. You’ve got the talent to have a featured dessert on a show like that.

123 Feline Fearless Leader  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:56:43am

re: #122 Dark_Falcon

Make sure you get one or more of your pies on the show. You’ve got the talent to have a featured dessert on a show like that.

Might be a challenge to get a pie out in 10-15 minutes. Assuming you get to the dessert round in the first place. Also have to feature the basket ingredients and they might not be pie-friendly.

124 HappyWarrior  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:56:45am

re: #112 Ryan King

Not to mention, I wonder what Shapiro’s commentary is on Rush being addicted to Oxycontin, the recent GOP congress critter buying coke, et al..

But if it’s an actor, therefore Hollywood, therefore liberalism, which is libertinism, which is bad because see this guy is dead.

This is not thinking.

Or that our previous Republican president was a recovering alcoholic. Not a low blow on GWB meant by the way but to point out that addiction is something that transcends ideology and Shapiro blaming “hollywood” and “liberalism” for Hoffman’s addiction and subsequent death is really fucking pathetic even for him.I believe the guy had been sober for well over 20 years alcohol wise long before he became prominent as an actor.

125 Pie-onist Overlord  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:57:22am

Isn’t “Chopped” the show where they give you a bunch of ingredients and say “Make something!”

126 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:57:57am

re: #111 Killgore Trout

This is really starting to annoy me…
Barclays customer data ‘stolen and sold’, newspaper says

Pro-nuclear candidate Masuzoe ‘wins Tokyo governor vote’
The Brits usually are much better with grammar than Americans but the unnecessary quotes in headlines is distracting and useless. I’m usually not a grammar Nazi but this is just silly.

Still, those are important stories and the BBC’s reporting on the Tokyo election is quite good. I can forgive some grammar silliness in the headline in exchange for a well-written and informative article.

127 Justanotherhuman  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 8:59:05am

re: #121 Dark_Falcon

It’s not ‘repression’, its the point that people are best when they live by a proper moral code, and without that code it is far too easy to fall prey to temptation. To resist a temptation, people must be taught why it is dangerous and wrong.

But I don’t see that as the most salient point in the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Rather, Hoffman was in a good bit of psychological distress and did not deal with it properly. His use of heroin was a failure in his duty to his children, but it was less a fundamental moral failing and more that he was trying to self-medicate.

So who sets the “proper moral code” of which you speak?

The reason I didn’t do most of the drugs and alcohol out there others were doing is not because religion told me it was wrong, but because I didn’t wish to do myself harm, but that wasn’t it entirely. I also didn’t want to do my children harm, either, lose a job, wreck my precarious financial position, etc..

These are material considerations, not “moral” ones.

128 Political Atheist  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:02:54am

Not Approved By The MPAA put up a music Page, Perfect for cooking brunch….

129 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:02:56am

re: #119 Justanotherhuman

Wouldn’t they practice putting allegations or something not yet proved in quotes? I know that’s something that I’ve done for many years just in general writing, but you don’t see a lot of it these days when people take anything for the “truth”.

I guess I can see the argument for the practice, it does make for a more concise headline. Instead of New Study Shows Vitamin C Reduces Cancer Risk the BBC would say Vitamin C “Reduces Cancer”. I would still prefer the longer headline because it’s more informative because it tells who is making the claim. then I can judge if the article is worth reading. Otherwise I have no idea if it’s a peer reviewed study or a holistic guru/interior designer making vitamin claims using a Ouija board.

130 Ryan King  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:03:00am

re: #121 Dark_Falcon

It’s not ‘repression’, its the point that people are best when they live by a proper moral code, and without that code it is far too easy to fall prey to temptation. To resist a temptation, people must be taught why it is dangerous and wrong.

Repression, suppression, call it whatever you want. It’s a concept rooted in resistance of specifi human urges by whatever means necessary, which creates other problems.

And if you challenge that orthodoxy, you are against morals and a libertine.

It’s a very shortsighted concept.

131 Feline Fearless Leader  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:03:41am

Giving serious consideration to cat-tricide. One of the FOs just cascaded a bunch of dirty dishes into the sink. Two salad plates and a pyrex bowl broken - plus some various shards scattered about.

>:(

132 Skip Intro  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:04:27am

re: #29 Gus

That would rent for around $3000 per month in San Francisco these days.

133 Feline Fearless Leader  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:05:05am

re: #125 Pie-onist Overlord

Isn’t “Chopped” the show where they give you a bunch of ingredients and say “Make something!”

Yes. Three rounds and one of the contestants eliminated after each round. Each round starts with a basket of ingredients that need to be incorporated in the dish. Some real odd-ball stuff turns up there.

134 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:05:20am

re: #131 Feline Fearless Leader

Giving serious consideration to cat-tricide. One of the FOs just cascaded a bunch of dirty dishes into the sink. Two salad plates and a pyrex bowl broken - plus some various shards scattered about.

>:(

Maybe you’ve been serving too much salad lately and your Overlords feel that you should be serving meals more to their liking.

/

135 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:06:22am

ok, now I’m just scrolling headlines looking to see if quotes are justified or not. Need moar kofeeee!

136 Feline Fearless Leader  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:08:00am

re: #134 Dark_Falcon

Maybe you’ve been serving too much salad lately and your Overlords feel that you should be serving meals more to their liking.

/

I think it’s that the elder cat is a neurotic mess with the unfortunate feline trait of enjoying knocking things off shelves or other high places.

She is causing behavior modification. One of my dresser drawers now holds my wallet, money clip, cell phones, and keys since I got sick of picking them up off of the floor every morning. Toilet paper is now longer put on the dispensers as well since she goes in and unrolls it.

137 Skip Intro  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:08:28am

re: #81 Pie-onist Overlord

WTFITS. Can someone translate this meme from “Wingnutese”?

[Embedded content]

Because the rich don’t pay taxes, all of your benefits come from the poor.

138 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:09:10am

re: #117 Pie-onist Overlord

My oldest son, who is a kosher caterer, was selected to be on the Chopped show.

Please make sure this isn’t some horrific underground David Cronenberg “Videodrome”-type torture theatre operation before he goes on.

139 Decatur Deb  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:11:49am

re: #138 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Please make sure this isn’t some horrific underground David Cronenberg “Videodrome”-type torture theatre operation before he goes on.

Or customizing street rods. Or they mistook him for a mohel.

140 A Mom Anon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:16:54am

re: #105 Dark_Falcon

Yeah, but Shapiro is blaming liberal Hollywood. Which is bullshit. Addiction doesn’t just live in liberal places (whatever the hell that means), it lives EVERYWHERE. It doesn’t discriminate by race, religion, economics or anything else. This one hits home for me. I have a brother who refuses to clean up (I have had to cut ties to him as a result), a brother in law who just entered treatment for the first time, assorted relatives with alcohol problems, alcoholism killed my maternal grandma and those are just the ones I know about. I had my own issues with Quaaludes as a teen and drinking entirely too much years later. It’s an illness, just like diabetes and Ben needs to shut his piehole about addiction til he either sees it first hand or does some freaking research. He’s a spoiled little buffoon/hack.

141 Tigger2  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:17:54am

re: #49 Gus

[Embedded content]

Damn I remember that commercial.

142 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:18:17am

re: #139 Decatur Deb

If someone approaches me out of the blue and asks if I’d like to be on a reality show called “Chopped”, I’m going to put distance and obstacles between myself and my inquisitor as fast as possible.

143 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:20:28am

When I went to bed last night the freezing rain was still falling and all the trees were creaking and groaning under the weight. I thought for sure I’d wake up to no power. I have electricity but others aren’t so lucky.


Power outages continue in Portland area with Clackamas County hit hardest

144 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:25:26am

re: #105 Dark_Falcon

That strikes me as very true. Temptation is a very strong Siren, and a man needs the ropes of a sound moral structure to resist her.

Side note: why is your metaphoric problem causer specifically female?

main point: addiction has nothing to do with morality.

145 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:32:11am

re: #143 Killgore Trout

When I went to bed last night the freezing rain was still falling and all the trees were creaking and groaning under the weight. I thought for sure I’d wake up to no power. I have electricity but others aren’t so lucky.

Power outages continue in Portland area with Clackamas County hit hardest

Sounds like a conspiracy; better call Maddow’s interns ASAP.

146 Rev_Arthur_Belling  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:33:21am

re: #144 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

why is your metaphoric problem causer specifically female?

I’m going to guess because he referred to Temptation as a “siren.”

In Greek mythology, the Sirens (Greek singular: Σειρήν Seirēn; Greek plural: Σειρῆνες Seirēnes) were dangerous and beautiful creatures, portrayed as femme fatales who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. - Wikipedia

147 Varek Raith  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:34:05am

re: #145 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Sounds like a conspiracy; better call Maddow’s interns ASAP.

Image: 3254982-4173396489-50550.jpg
:P

148 Hercules Grytpype-Thynneghazi  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:34:10am

re: #144 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Side note: why is your metaphoric problem causer specifically female?

It’s implicit in the siren metaphor.

149 Gus  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:34:22am

re: #145 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Sounds like a conspiracy; better call Maddow’s interns ASAP.

Good point. I’m sure the Koch brothers are to blame for the freezing rain.

150 HappyWarrior  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:35:06am

re: #140 A Mom Anon

Yeah, but Shapiro is blaming liberal Hollywood. Which is bullshit. Addiction doesn’t just live in liberal places (whatever the hell that means), it lives EVERYWHERE. It doesn’t discriminate by race, religion, economics or anything else. This one hits home for me. I have a brother who refuses to clean up (I have had to cut ties to him as a result), a brother in law who just entered treatment for the first time, assorted relatives with alcohol problems, alcoholism killed my maternal grandma and those are just the ones I know about. I had my own issues with Quaaludes as a teen and drinking entirely too much years later. It’s an illness, just like diabetes and Ben needs to shut his piehole about addiction til he either sees it first hand or does some freaking research. He’s a spoiled little buffoon/hack.

Exactly, addiction is something that effects rich, poor, man, woman, black, white, liberal, conservative, etc. To try to blame “Hollywood” and “Liberalism” for addiction is just a pathetic attempt by Shapiro to use the tragedy of Hoffman’s death to smear the left and Hollywood. It’s really sad that the guy’s whole take on anything is to blame the left which is funny since IIRC he comes from a liberal family.

151 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:40:16am

Behold…Frogs inside rocks!

152 Ryan King  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:43:07am

re: #146 Rev_Arthur_Belling

I’m going to guess because he referred to Temptation as a “siren.”

That damn wimminsfolk Eve, she started it all.

153 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:45:29am

re: #145 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Sounds like a conspiracy; better call Maddow’s interns ASAP.

They won’t look into it unless there’s a connection to a Koch Bros/Bohemian Gove conspiracy.

154 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:46:13am

re: #151 NJDhockeyfan

Behold…Frogs inside rocks!

[Embedded content]

Rock on!

155 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:46:41am

re: #149 Gus

Good point. I’m sure the Koch brothers are to blame for the freezing rain.

Rovian weather machine!

156 Dr Lizardo  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:47:31am

re: #143 Killgore Trout

When I went to bed last night the freezing rain was still falling and all the trees were creaking and groaning under the weight. I thought for sure I’d wake up to no power. I have electricity but others aren’t so lucky.

Power outages continue in Portland area with Clackamas County hit hardest

Looking pretty bad; TriMet even had the shut down the MAX system. That’s a first, I think.

157 b_sharp  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:54:05am

re: #151 NJDhockeyfan

Behold…Frogs inside rocks!

[Embedded content]

I’m skeptical.

158 Killgore Trout  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 9:55:57am

re: #156 Dr Lizardo

Looking pretty bad; TriMet even had the shut down the MAX system. That’s a first, I think.

It’s pretty bad but I’ve seen worse. 6 or 7 years ago we had an ice storm that kept everything frozen solid for over a week. this should clear up in a couple days.

159 Dark_Falcon  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 10:08:16am

re: #146 Rev_Arthur_Belling

I’m going to guess because he referred to Temptation as a “siren.”

That’s the reason.

160 NJDhockeyfan  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 10:14:57am

re: #157 b_sharp

I’m skeptical.

Me too. They had me until the part about live frogs found inside.

161 Lidane  Sun, Feb 9, 2014 12:24:55pm

re: #100 Ryan King

Liberalism killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

By Ben Shapiro

National Review continues it’s spin cycle down the toilet bowl.

God, Shapiro is an ignorant little shit. Hoffman died because he was an addict and despite all his best efforts and his 20+ years of sobriety, his demons still won. It’s as simple as that.

His death has nothing to do with liberalism, conservatism, or anything in between. WTF. Are the comments at least pointing this out or is NR its usual cesspool of idiocy and fail?


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St. Vincent Performs ‘Los Ageless’ One of Stephen's very favorite singer-songwriters collaborates with three pairs of boots to perform a song off her new album "Masseduction". Subscribe To "The Late Show" Channel HERE: bit.lyFor more content from "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", click ...
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer (Official) Watch the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and see it in theaters December 15. Get your tickets now: fandango.com Visit Star Wars at starwars.comSubscribe to Star Wars on YouTube at youtube.comLike Star Wars on Facebook at ...
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Brazil Branches of US-Based Church Target of Numerous Probes Church Based human trafficking and forced labor -- it's just religious freedom in action.../// When workers made a mistake, such as cutting a frame too short, she says they were screamed at and sometimes even hit to expunge the ...
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