In Which National Review Columnist Kevin D. Williamson Falsely Accuses Me of “Fabrications”

Fabricating a fabrication
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National Review columnist Kevin D. Williamson

In a recent article for National Review attempting to defend his grotesque statements about working class whites and attacking Donald Trump supporters (which I would normally be wholeheartedly in favor of, except this is National Review and they’re every bit as bad as Donald Trump but in slightly different ways), Kevin D. Williamson comes out of left field with an attack on … well, yours truly.

He begins by ripping Breitbart “News” as a “pseudojournalism site” (which, again, I’d normally agree with, but his only real objection to them is that they’re pro-Trump and that offends his upper class conservative sensibilities), and then suddenly out of nowhere accuses me of “fabrications.”

I don’t give the furry crack of a rat’s behind what the people at Breitbart think about anything, if indeed they can be said to think at all. I don’t even much care what they write about me, and would care still less if the world were less credulous. (I’ve had congressional staffers ask me, straight-facedly, about fabrications from Little Green Footballs.) They’re a stain on the name and memory of Andrew Breitbart, who had Trump’s number long ago and saw him for the impostor he is.

Since I’ve only written a few articles about Williamson and his repellent beliefs, and since he mentions that “congressional staffers” asked him about something written at LGF, it’s pretty clear which piece he’s referring to. By far the most popular LGF article about Williamson, and the one most likely to have been read by congressional staffers, is the one in which I called him out for his truly awful statements about women who have abortions: National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson: Women Who Have Abortions Should Be Hanged, and So Should Doctors.

This article was shared on social media nearly 6,000 times. And that title, dear readers, is 100% accurate, because this is exactly what Williamson said on Twitter in September 2014.

Attorney Isaac Levy was having a discussion with NRO writer Charles Cooke, and asked him whether women who have abortions should get life sentences without parole, because Cooke had written one of those standard right wing articles equating abortion with first degree murder.

Williamson’s response — “I have hanging more in mind” — astounded me at the time, because you don’t very often hear conservatives come right out and say things like this. When I tweeted a link to his statement, he replied and made it clear this is precisely what he believes:

And after a few more exchanges, I asked him directly whether doctors and hospital staff should also be charged with murder. His response:

OK, so there you have it. He expressed these horrible inhuman opinions very clearly, and responded directly to questions, defending his opinions at every step.

In what way did I “fabricate” any of this?

I’d ask Kevin Williamson directly about his false accusation, but at some point after the exchanges above he blocked me on Twitter. I’d demand a retraction of this false slur, but I know that’s not how conservatives roll.

So instead I’m posting this new article about Williamson’s clearly stated belief that women who have abortions should be hanged, to point out how sleazy and dishonest this guy is.

And for the record, I saved screenshots of the tweets above, in case he now tries to delete them.

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215 comments

1
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:14:56pm

How ironically pertinent to the discussion downstairs.

2
GlutenFreeJesus  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:16:17pm

These are your guys, DF.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:17:11pm

re: #2 GlutenFreeJesus

These are your guys, DF.

I look forward to another 5 or 6 links trying to “explain” how it’s not racist, it just has a troll problem.

And also a writer problem.

4
dharmamark  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:17:55pm

Is he smug? He looks smug. Asshole.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:18:07pm

re: #3 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I look forward to another 5 or 6 links trying to “explain” how it’s not racist, it just has a troll problem.

And also a writer problem.

Even though this sexist fuckstickle was one of his favorites to tout as a “reasonable conservative voice.”

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:19:08pm

re: #5 HappyWarrior

Even though this sexist fuckstickle was one of his favorites to tout as a “reasonable conservative voice.”

Oops. So very reasonable, eh?

/my patience may have run out at some point in the past year or so.

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GlutenFreeJesus  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:19:13pm

“BBL”

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:19:27pm

Well this fits what we’ve been talking about downstairs. I don’t know why Williamson is so smug. Big whoop, you write for a racist shit rag founded by an asshole who fancied himself an American aristocrat.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:19:40pm

re: #1 klys (maker of Silmarils)

How ironically pertinent to the discussion downstairs.

No, don’t be silly! This is misogynist. We were discussing whether NRO was racist.

/mansplaining

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:19:45pm

re: #6 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Oops. So very reasonable, eh?

/my patience may have run out at some point in the past year or so.

As you’ve probably noticed, so has mine.

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Chez Ko Pe  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:20:03pm

What is Williamson going for with that look? Did he ask someone to make him look like that? #mindboggling

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:20:04pm

re: #9 Blind Frog Belly White

No, don’t be silly! This is misogynist. We were discussing whether NRO was racist.

/mansplaining

I need to give this more updings. Lizards, please assist!

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:21:54pm

OT: sorry, I missed the end of the last thread, but I love this cover of Purple Rain by the Waterboys (they did it for years in their live shows):

dailymotion.com

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Dark_Falcon  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:23:30pm

I didn’t defend this stupid ‘fabrications’ line when it came out and I’m not going to try to justify it now. Mr. Williamson was wrong to go after Charles and he deserves to get the online backhand for it. Upding to Charles for giving said backhand.

That said, I’m not going to post further on this thread. My doing so would just be contentious and not fun for all concerned, especially given that we were talking about Nation Review on the previous thread.

I’ll still try to read the replies to this post, though. And I will not downding any comment on this thread unless it insults me personally. Give Mr. Williamson everything he deserves and more. I’ll catch you folks on the next thread or on the Page I’m planning to put up (which will not be about NR, I promise).

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majii  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:24:39pm

You committed the unforgivable “sin” of repeating exactly what Williamson said, Charles, and he just cannot have that. Reminds me of Newt Gingrich going on Fox News in the last election and saying that he reserved the right to deny something we clearly heard him say. Maybe what annoyed Williamson the most was having someone on the hill ask him about what he stated on Twitter. Wingnuts hate being asked about the odious sh*t they say/write.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:24:46pm

re: #14 Dark_Falcon

Great, you have achieved the minimum bar of humanity by not defending an obvious falsehood. Congratulations! We applaud you!

Heaven forbid you have to actually defend your beliefs across more than one thread, I know that’s very taxing.

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lawhawk  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:26:02pm

What war on women? /

What misogyny from the right?

These are the same people who would outlaw abortion under all circumstances, including rape and incest. They don’t care about the consequences, or the health of the women. Only that women be forced to carry to term.

After that, these same women and their newborn children are left to their own devices. Screw them as the GOP pushes to eliminate the safety net. Screw the GOP moves to deny health care access to women.

Screw the GOP as they push cuts for birth control, reproductive health, and even deny funding for Zika without cutting funding from equally important Ebola research. The GOP simply can’t understand that government’s role to promote and protect the general welfare. They are only interested in redistributing the wealth to the rich and the burdens to everyone else. In the end, they screw everyone, but the rich stay rich.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:28:55pm
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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:28:56pm

What’s not fun is listening to someone repeatedly defend a magazine that tries to put an intellectual gloss over the racism and misogyny rampant in the Republican party.

Just for the record.

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scottslemmons  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:29:27pm

Fabrication = True stuff that Kevin Williamson wants everyone to believe isn’t true.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:29:57pm

re: #19 klys (maker of Silmarils)

What’s not fun is listening to someone repeatedly defend a magazine that tries to put an intellectual gloss over the racism and misogyny rampant in the Republican party.

Just for the record.

Thank you.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:30:53pm

“This person exposed me as an asshole by quoting me directly, with context included, so that my thoughts were clearly communicated. It’s unconscionable!”

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Majacita  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:31:13pm

I was in trial once and asked if the witness had ever testified differently than she was testifying today. She said no. I played the tape where she testified completely differently. I asked her again if she had testified differently. She said no again. It wasn’t a lawyer trick. It was a very obvious lie. I have never really understood it. People can really believe a lie that they’ve told themselves even when you show it to them on videotape.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:31:48pm

re: #14 Dark_Falcon

I didn’t defend this stupid ‘fabrications’ line when it came out and I’m not going to try to justify it now. Mr. Williamson was wrong to go after Charles and he deserves to get the online backhand for it. Upding to Charles for giving said backhand.

That said, I’m not going to post further on this thread. My doing so would just be contentious and not fun for all concerned, especially given that we were talking about Nation Review on the previous thread.

I’ll still try to read the replies to this post, though. And I will not downding any comment on this thread unless it insults me personally. Give Mr. Williamson everything he deserves and more. I’ll catch you folks on the next thread or on the Page I’m planning to put up (which will not be about NR, I promise).

I hate to badger but I really do not get what it is about NRO that inspires such defense of you. They clearly have contempt for Charles and what Charles stands for. And I’ll say this again loudly, NRO does not give two shits about you, they only care about the conservative movement and polishing up that turd through taux intellectual crap. Really dude, open your eyes, these people suck. It’s not just Williamson. It started with Buckley and it’s not going to change.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:31:55pm

re: #23 Majacita

I was in trial once and asked if the witness had ever testified differently than she was testifying today. She said no. I played the tape where she testified completely differently. I asked her again if she had testified differently. She said no again. It wasn’t a lawyer trick. It was a very obvious lie. I have never really understood it. People can really believe a lie that they’ve told themselves even when you show it to them on videotape.

Self-delusion is an amazingly powerful tool.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:32:09pm

Uh oh.

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Franklin  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:32:17pm

Watching the Big Short, again, for the bajillionth time.

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b.d.  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:33:10pm

re: #22 Pawn of the Oppressor

“This person exposed me as an asshole by quoting me directly, with context included, so that my thoughts were clearly communicated. It’s unconscionable!”

No kidding, did Williamson take lessons from Newt?

Newt Gingrich: ‘Any Ad Which Quotes What I Said On Sunday Is A Falsehood’

thinkprogress.org

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:33:37pm

re: #26 Charles Johnson

There was a comment alluding to this earlier today.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:34:08pm

We’re talking about Kevin Williamson. A man who thinks women who choose to get a procedure that is legal in nearly every Western democracy should be hanged. This is what NRO thinks is legitimate opinion. Let me just state that again so it’s clear who we’re dealing with here.

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majii  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:34:34pm

re: #17 lawhawk

“The GOP simply can’t understand that government’s role to promote and protect the general welfare. They are only interested in redistributing the wealth to the rich and the burdens to everyone else. In the end, they screw everyone, but the rich stay rich.”

This is the same mindset that has Sam Brownback in his current budgetary predicament. Even though revenue is way down in the state, he’s still refusing to agree to rescind the huge tax cuts he enacted, the very tax cuts that caused the state’s structural deficit. The Kansas City Star noted this week that some republicans in the state legislature are fed up with him and are saying out loud that he created this mess, and it’s up to him to solve it. Yes, yes, he did, but they are not acknowledging that they were with him every step of the way. Now that the state is facing another round of forced budget cuts that most impact the poor and middle class in the state, they’re talking about leaving him to fix the budget on his lonesome. Today, the Kansas City Star Editorial Board called Brownback a coward because he was too chicken to face the public when it was announced that he’ll again have problems balancing the budget. Brownback is not backing down. He has said he plans to keep the tax cuts in place. If Arthur Laffer ever had a puppet, it’s Sam Brownback.

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scottslemmons  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:34:39pm

re: #18 Backwoods_Sleuth

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Sheesh, what an asshole.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:35:06pm

re: #28 b.d.

No kidding, did Williamson take lessons from Newt?

thinkprogress.org

I remember a quote by a baseball player now granted this gentleman’s first language wasn’t English but he said “Reporters write down what I say but not what I mean.”

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MsJ  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:35:26pm

re: #24 HappyWarrior

I hate to badger but I really do not get what it is about NRO that inspires such defense of you. They clearly have contempt for Charles and what Charles stands for. And I’ll say this again loudly, NRO does not give two shits about you, they only care about the conservative movement and polishing up that turd through taux intellectual crap. Really dude, open your eyes, these people suck. It’s not just Williamson. It started with Buckley and it’s not going to change.

It’s the National REPUBLICANS Online. Go team.

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lawhawk  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:36:05pm

re: #31 majii

Looks like you read that Slate piece today too.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:36:09pm

re: #34 MsJ

It’s the National REPUBLICANS Online. Go team.

True but even I find my fellow Orioles fans obnoxious sometimes. A man’s got to have limits.

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MsJ  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:38:44pm

re: #36 HappyWarrior

True but even I find my fellow Orioles fans obnoxious sometimes. A man’s got to have limits.

I try to not engage. The brainwashing is complete and it’s not going to go away.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:39:10pm

re: #37 MsJ

I try to not engage. The brainwashing is complete and it’s not going to go away.

I’m what they call stubborn :).

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The Ghost of a Flea  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:41:16pm

The reason NRO is shit is because it continually rectifies the past to service the current identity politics of social conservatism while (1) denying it, (2) abhorring the insane retrograde belief structure that has formed from the crazy alt-history that it perpetuates. If you can only comment on Harriet Tubman within the frame of “she’s okay, but these awful feminists and race hustlers shouldn’t have pulled this off” the the point of the article isn’t Harriet Tubman as person, it’s Harriet Tubman as yet another excuse to re-iterate that all liberals and stupid and evil and deserve nothing.

Much like the beneficent of mythos of Ronald Reagan and William Buckley airbrushes the ugly aspects of past conservatism so that present conservatism can be presented as not just the same reactionary shit, but some kind of boldness and honesty. The joke being, the rest of the world isn’t supposed to notice that the Reagan-esque condescension that NRO sells is what begat the angry fuckwittery of people like Limbaugh, which begat the mindlessly hateful shit of Breitbart. All have the same “we’re correct, and Right, and we’ll work backwards from that” premise.

Keeping in mind that the fundamental dishonesty and lunacy of this kind of rolling anachronistic cynicism is crystallized in “Liberal Fascism,” in which the horror of Nazi Germany is appropriated to demonstrate how awful and dangerous American liberals are. Because that is “serious thinking” if you’re willing to be fundamentally dishonest, disingenuously, and cynical. And those three adjectives are what keeps coming up with regard to NRO. It’s the pseudo-intellectual branch of the “can fail, can only be failed” worldview that’s been propagated.

Hence the joke of stuff like “Against Trump” and the Williamson screed about Trump voters: they set the stage for this solipsistic politics by their own revisions and myth-making. They encouraged anti-intellectualism as a basis for culture war issues as long as it seemed containable in the lower orders, while the leading class did “serious” stuff like read David Brooks columns about how “serious” they are. They’re con men, in that they wish to cynical use the paranoid style, and to move a “base” whose fear they inflate to insane levels, but they’ve gone all Hubbardian and started to believe their own hustle: hence this kind of endless loquacious game of Pin The Tail On The True Scotsman, where there’s always a new Serious Conservative Hope about to break out and change politics.

Well, that particular rainbow-shitting unicorn has failed to manifest, so now that failure has to be explained away because can’t fail. So Trump is a secret liberal, and those dedicated party bloc voters who used to be lauded as bedrock are shitty meth-addled, unemployed proles.

Marginally longer sentences and patrician affectations don’t actually conceal that they’re just selling the same hubris as the other hucksters.

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No Country For Old Haters  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:41:57pm

re: #20 scottslemmons

Fabrication = True stuff that Kevin Williamson wants everyone to believe isn’t true.

At least Williamson realizes that his extreme beliefs aren’t something he should want people to know about. Too many of these right wing assholes are proud of their extreme beliefs.

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Ming5000  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:42:53pm

re: #39 The Ghost of a Flea

Did you just bang that out?! Wow

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No Country For Old Haters  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:43:23pm

re: #26 Charles Johnson

Uh oh.

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Aw crap. That’s why I stay away from opiates.

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Belafon  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:44:12pm

re: #35 lawhawk

Looks like you read that Slate piece today too.

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D_F, the people listed in the Slate article - Brownback, Norquist, etc. - and those at NRO all have one thing in common: The do not have to suffer for their beliefs. They probably have other things in common as well, but this is the big one.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:44:29pm

re: #39 The Ghost of a Flea

The reason NRO is shit is because it continually rectifies the past to service the current identity politics of social conservatism while (1) denying it, (2) abhorring the insane retrograde belief structure that has formed from the crazy alt-history that it perpetuates. If you can only comment on Harriet Tubman within the frame of “she’s okay, but good these awful feminists and race hustlers shouldn’t have pulled this off” the the point of the article isn’t Harriet Tubman as person, it’s Harriet Tubman as yet another excuse to re-iterate that all liberals and stupid and evil and deserve nothing.

Much like the beneficent of mythos of Ronald Reagan and William Buckley airbrushes the ugly aspects of past conservatism so that present conservatism can be presented as not just the same reactionary shit, but some kind of boldness and honesty. The joke being, the rest of the world isn’t supposed to notice that the Reagan-esque condescension that NRO sells is what begat the angry fuckwittery of people like Limbaugh, which begat the mindlessly hateful shit of Breitbart. All have the same “we’re correct, and Right, and we’ll work backwards from that” premise.

Keeping in mind that the fundamental dishonesty and lunacy of this kind of rolling anachronistic cynicism is crystallized in “Liberal Fascism,” in which the horror of Nazi Germany is appropriated to demonstrate how awful and dangerous American liberals are. Because that is “serious thinking” if you’re willing to be fundamentally dishonest, disingenuously, and cynical. And those three adjectives are what keeps coming up with regard to NRO. It’s the pseudo-intellectual branch of the “can fail, can only be failed” worldview that’s been propagated.

Hence the joke of stuff like “Against Trump” and the Williamson screed about Trump voters: they set the stage for this solipsistic politics by their own revisions and myth-making. They encouraged anti-intellectualism as a basis for culture war issues as long as it seemed containable in the lower orders, while the leading class did “serious” stuff like read David Brooks columns about how “serious” they are. They’re con men, in that they wish to cynical use the paranoid style, and to move a “base” whose fear they inflate to insane levels, but they’ve gone all Hubbardian and started to believe their own hustle: hence this kind of endless loquacious game of Pin The Tail On The True Scotsman, where there’s always a new Serious Conservative Hope about to break out and change politics.

Well, that particular rainbow-shitting unicorn has failed to manifest, so now that failure has to be explained away because can’t fail. So Trump is a secret liberal, and those dedicated party bloc voters who used to be lauded as bedrock are shitty meth-addled, unemployed proles.

Marginally longer sentences and patrician affectations don’t actually conceal that they’re just selling the same hubris as the other hucksters.

Oh man, this may be one of the best posts I’ve ever seen about NRO and the skullfuckery they engage in.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:45:47pm

re: #39 The Ghost of a Flea

A post so nice, I updung it twice!

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stpaulbear  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:48:54pm

re: #26 Charles Johnson

Uh oh.

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So will dimJim say that Prince was a democrat now? Moron.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:50:07pm

re: #45 Blind Frog Belly White

A post so nice, I updung it twice!

Seriously, that was awesome. I’ve never seen it articulated so well. Let me add another thing about NR and I’ll bring up Jonah Goldberg here. Jonah has written a book that likens my, your, and many of our fellow lizards ideology to fascism. He outright equated our ideology and let me add as a student of history, of the left and right, the left stood far more against fascism than conservatism did since many conservatives and DF has even admitted this before sympathized with fascism due to their fears of communism. I just don’t know how someone can continue to defend such a publication. And I mean it, NR doesn’t give a fuck about DF. Their only mission is protecting movement conservatism and trying to polish the shit they’ve been spewing since the 50’s.

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freetoken  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:58:12pm

re: #47 HappyWarrior

Goldberg also called Leonard Nimoy a pornographer.

National Review is quite the work.

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:58:54pm

re: #13 Barefoot Grin

OT: sorry, I missed the end of the last thread, but I love this cover of Purple Rain by the Waterboys (they did it for years in their live shows):

dailymotion.com

That link sucked. Here’s a better one:

bbc.co.uk

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:59:34pm

The mistake made time again is thinking that establishment conservatives like NRO, Reagan, McConnell, McCain, etc share little or no guilt in the creation of things like the TP, people like Limbaugh, Breitbart, and now Trump. I think Ghost already said it better than I could but I love how he describes the two sides of the right wing movement’s coin being pretty much the same thing and how they feed off each other.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 5:59:55pm

re: #48 freetoken

Goldberg also called Leonard Nimoy a pornographer.

National Review is quite the work.

Wow, I didn’t know about that.

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Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:00:26pm

“the part that he’s been playing…”

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Aunty Entity Dragon  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:00:33pm
(I’ve had congressional staffers ask me, straight-facedly, about fabrications from Little Green Footballs.)

But Chuckie C Johnson, Breitbart and Ace of Spades all said you are irrelevant now, nobody reads you and all the real lizards went to the stalker blog!

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majii  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:02:17pm

re: #47 HappyWarrior

Their bottom line is protecting movement conservatism by duping others into supporting their opulent lifestyles. Most of Carson’s campaign was based on grifting. They know that if they can rile some people up emotionally, they can get them to forget about thinking logically and persuade them to open their pocketbooks and send them some of their hard-earned cash. Limbaugh uses his program to convince less fortunate Americans to support policies that protect his wealth and so do those who appear on Fox regularly. Look at what happened to that right-winger last year who lost his health insurance, tried to get Obamacare, and was denied coverage because those he’d voted into office refused to expand Medicaid. Dude was very pissed and blamed the president because he didn’t qualify for Medicaid in his state. He went begging on GoFundMe and quickly found that most who donated money for his medical expenses were, GASP! Democrats and liberals. I donated to his fund and left a message that it would be wise if he’d stop listening to those on the right who had convinced him that liberals/democrats are evil. I didn’t read one comment from a right-winger on the site. Not one. They respond well to bigoted bakers who refuse to bake cakes for LGBTQ Americans, but don’t ask them to help someone who needs funding for medical expenses.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:03:52pm

re: #29 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Here’s where things get real squirrelly real quick - if ANYONE in his inner circle knew he was using, CVS in Minnesosa sells Narcan over the counter, and they should have had a few on hand with them for precisely this reason.

Sad to say the autopsy and toxicology results will probably tell us a side of Prince’s story that was probably being left out of his upcoming biography that was s supposed to be published in 2017.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:05:19pm

re: #54 majii

Their bottom line is protecting movement conservatism by duping others into supporting their opulent lifestyles. Most of Carson’s campaign was based on grifting. They know that if they can rile some people up emotionally, they can get them to forget about thinking logically and persuade them to open their pocketbooks and send them some of their hard-earned cash. Limbaugh uses his program to convince less fortunate Americans to support policies that protect his wealth and so do those who appear on Fox regularly. Look at what happened to that right-winger last year who lost his health insurance, tried to get Obamacare, and was denied coverage because those he’d voted into office refused to expand Medicaid. Dude was very pissed and blamed the president because he didn’t qualify for Medicaid in his state. He went begging on GoFundMe and quickly found that most who donated money for his medical expenses were, GASP! Democrats and liberals. I donated to his fund and left a message that it would be wise if he’d stop listening to those on the right who had convinced him that liberals/democrats are evil. I didn’t read one comment from a right-winger on the site. Not one. They respond well to bigoted bakers who refuse to bake cakes for LGBTQ Americans, but don’t ask them to help someone who needs funding for medical expenses.

Very well said. We are talking a party who has had audience members that boo gay servicemembers, chatns let him die, etc. I really hope that guy learned something from his experience. It’s disgusting how wealthy conservatives use people. Limbaugh’s a fucking coward.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:05:59pm
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Bubblehead II  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:07:29pm

Night Lizards.
The I.F. rule is now in effect.

Sleep well and may the Deity of your choice smile down upon you and yours.

And yes, It’s expected.

Prince - When Doves Cry

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:10:25pm

I have frequently seen conservative Republicans with no sense of irony use what the parties were 100+ years ago to tell Democrats and liberals they can’t criticize the Republican party on civil rights. What constructive things has the Republican party done for African-Americans since President Eisenhower left office? I won’t say LBJ was enlightened on race but he was far more forward thinking and acting as a president than any of his Republican successors were. That’s the thing though. As the Democratic party has become the party of civil rights, the Republican Party has less and less resembled the party of Lincoln.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:14:10pm

re: #58 Bubblehead II

To me, this was his best song ever. I still get shivers when I hear it’s opening.

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No Country For Old Haters  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:16:01pm

re: #59 HappyWarrior

I have frequently seen conservative Republicans with no sense of irony use what the parties were 100+ years ago to tell Democrats and liberals they can’t criticize the Republican party on civil rights. What constructive things has the Republican party done for African-Americans since President Eisenhower left office? I won’t say LBJ was enlightened on race but he was far more forward thinking and acting as a president than any of his Republican successors were. That’s the thing though. As the Democratic party has become the party of civil rights, the Republican Party has less and less resembled the party of Lincoln.

In another 50 years, no one still living will have been alive when the Republicans were the good guys. By then they’ll probably be a small, openly white supremacist party that no longer pretends to be the party of Lincoln.

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Reality Based Steve  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:16:50pm

I’m sure that others have commented on the lastest news out of Trump Central. Today he had a trifecta aparently

1. The GOP should change it’s platform regarding abortion, to allow for rape, incest and life of the mother.

2. That trans-folk should be allowed to use which ever restroom they feel is appropriate for them.

3. That he supports raising taxes on the rich, including himself.

Naturally over at FreeRepugnant, an officially “All Hail Trump on Order of JimRob” site, they are going berserk. It’s amazing to watch them try and spin this like it’s OK, and that it will all be better in the morning. The remaining Cruz supporters are possibly using the terms “Are you happy NOW?” and “I told you so”.

Ah the sweet taste of wingnut tears with my dinner of hummus, olives, pita and cheese.

Oh waiter, another bottle of the “Broken and Shattered Dreams, 2016 vintage please

RBS

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:16:51pm

re: #61 No Country For Old Haters

In another 50 years, no one still living will have been alive when the Republicans were the good guys. By then they’ll probably be a small, openly white supremacist party that no longer pretends to be the party of Lincoln.

Yep.

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Aunty Entity Dragon  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:17:02pm

Breitbart is now talking about the Big Trans Hate Machine that got Schilling fired.

That is going to be the name of my band. Top that one, Zack de la Rocha!

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:17:53pm

re: #62 Reality Based Steve

I’m sure that others have commented on the lastest news out of Trump Central. Today he had a trifecta aparently

1. The GOP should change it’s platform regarding abortion, to allow for rape, incest and life of the mother.

2. That trans-folk should be allowed to use which ever restroom they feel is appropriate for them.

3. That he supports raising taxes on the rich, including himself.

Naturally over at FreeRepugnant, an officially “All Hail Trump on Order of JimRob” site, they are going berserk. It’s amazing to watch them try and spin this like it’s OK, and that it will all be better in the morning. The remaining Cruz supporters are possibly using the terms “Are you happy NOW?” and “I told you so”.

Ah the sweet taste of wingnut tears with my dinner of hummus, olives, pita and cheese.

RBS

That’s the damndest thing and that’s why I find the Never Trump stuff so hollow. He’s not the worst they could offer and man that’s scary.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:18:49pm

re: #64 Aunty Entity Dragon

Breitbart is now talking about the Big Trans Hate Machine that got Schilling fired.

That is going to be the name of my band. Top that one, Zack de la Rocha!

Schilling can kiss my ass. Be a bigot, there’s consequences Curt. You’re not entitled to your job at ESPN, asshole.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:21:36pm

I wonder what would happen if I wrote a bunch of stuff saying that Evangelical Christians believe in bullshit and they shouldn’t have rights. Yeah I’m sure nothing bad would happen to me if I did that if I were a public figure.

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No Country For Old Haters  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:23:26pm

re: #62 Reality Based Steve

I’m sure that others have commented on the lastest news out of Trump Central. Today he had a trifecta aparently

1. The GOP should change it’s platform regarding abortion, to allow for rape, incest and life of the mother.

Add “and abortion on demand for anyone before the 3rd trimester.” and they’ll have reached a point where they’re somewhat acceptable to normal people.

Change it to “between a woman and her doctor, and none of the Republican’s damn business” and we’ll really have something.

I’m not going to look at FR to see the mess. I wind up depressed for a week if read the insanity posted there.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:23:42pm

Why the hell are they so threatened by transpeople anyhow? They have no evidence of all of transgendered people committing sexual assaults on girls and women in bathrooms. There are plenty of Republicans and conservatives OTOH who have had their share of problems in bathrooms though. Maybe that’s what McGrory should have signed, a ban banning Republicans from bathrooms. //

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bratwurst  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:23:47pm

re: #66 HappyWarrior

Schilling can kiss my ass. Be a bigot, there’s consequences Curt. You’re not entitled to your job at ESPN, asshole.

And just keep in mind this incident did not happen in a vacuum. Last season he lost his Sunday night gig for this:

Anyone with half a brain who had gotten another job with the company would lay off of social media completely. Schilling does not have half a brain.

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:23:58pm

re: #31 majii

Yet I bet the Star also failed to chide the people who were every bit as culpable for the budgetary train wreck that is Kansas….

The readership, who didn’t see a problem with a majority GOP government and elected them.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:24:31pm

re: #70 bratwurst

And just keep in mind this incident did not happen in a vacuum. Last season he lost his Sunday night gig for this:

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Anyone with half a brain who had gotten another job with the company would lay off of social media completely. Schilling does not have half a brain.

Exactly, I do remember that.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:25:30pm

re: #62 Reality Based Steve

Now I want fresh homemade hummus. And pickles and olives. And feta.

I’m hungry.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:27:32pm

re: #73 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Now I want fresh homemade hummus. And pickles and olives. And feta.

I’m hungry.

I’m still a member of Friends of Hummus.

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Reality Based Steve  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:27:34pm

re: #73 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Now I want fresh homemade hummus. And pickles and olives. And feta.

I’m hungry.

I’m sorry. I also have pepperochini and some salami, but you probably don’t need to know that I guess.

RBS

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:28:11pm

re: #75 Reality Based Steve

I’m sorry. I also have pepperochini and some salami, but you probably don’t need to know that I guess.

RBS

That’s just evil.

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Reality Based Steve  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:28:47pm

re: #76 klys (maker of Silmarils)

That’s just evil.

Bwwwwwaaaaaahhhhhhhh

RBS

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:30:15pm

re: #53 Aunty Entity Dragon

Gawd, I can only imagine what kind of unintelligible Furbish screed will be coming out from he-who-shall-not-be-named over Prince….

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No Country For Old Haters  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:30:37pm

re: #69 HappyWarrior

Why the hell are they so threatened by transpeople anyhow? They have no evidence of all of transgendered people committing sexual assaults on girls and women in bathrooms. There are plenty of Republicans and conservatives OTOH who have had their share of problems in bathrooms though. Maybe that’s what McGrory should have signed, a ban banning Republicans from bathrooms. //

They didn’t exist on Father Knows Best, and Liberals support their right to exist. Both good reasons in the minds of Conservative rubes to hate them, and good opportunities for Republican politicians and commentators to whip the rubes into a frenzy of hate of the “other” over.

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No Depression  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:30:44pm

re: #69 HappyWarrior

Why the hell are they so threatened by transpeople anyhow? They have no evidence of all of transgendered people committing sexual assaults on girls and women in bathrooms. There are plenty of Republicans and conservatives OTOH who have had their share of problems in bathrooms though. Maybe that’s what McGrory should have signed, a ban banning Republicans from bathrooms. //

Because of telos or some shit.

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stpaulbear  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:33:53pm

re: #73 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Now I want fresh homemade hummus. And pickles and olives. And feta.

I’m hungry.

A couple days ago the city paper ran a ‘daily deal’ offer from my favorite pizza place in town - $10 off any order over $20 - and I bought four coupons. It’s the first time that I’ve ever gone in for one of those deals; it just popped up on Facebook. So tonight for dinner I had half (I couldn’t help myself) of a large thin crust sausage, mushroom and black olive pizza, plus the side salad I had to buy to get it over $20.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:34:23pm

re: #69 HappyWarrior

Why the hell are they so threatened by transpeople anyhow? They have no evidence of all of transgendered people committing sexual assaults on girls and women in bathrooms. There are plenty of Republicans and conservatives OTOH who have had their share of problems in bathrooms though. Maybe that’s what McGrory should have signed, a ban banning Republicans from bathrooms. //

Daughter1 forwarded this, a Tennessean’s measured thoughts on the matter. Not safe for work, kids, Sunday school, morons:

Trae Crowder on Transgender Bathrooms

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:36:17pm

re: #81 stpaulbear

A couple days ago the city paper ran a ‘daily deal’ offer from my favorite pizza place in town - $10 off any order over $20 - and I bought four coupons. It’s the first time that I’ve ever gone in for one of those deals; it just popped up on Facebook. So tonight for dinner I had half (I couldn’t help myself) of a large thin crust sausage, mushroom and black olive pizza, plus the side salad I had to buy to get it over $20.

There is a frozen diet meal in the fridge. I could do it early, but I save it to eat with mr. klys. I could do a snack, but I am debating trying to talk him into splitting the kale salad kit that I got at the grocery store today, because I absolutely shouldn’t eat the entire thing by myself.

Which means no calories available for food right now. I will keep drinking my sparkling flavored water thing and hope that keeps it at bay until it’s time for dinner in probably another 2 hours.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:37:47pm

re: #82 Decatur Deb

Daughter1 forwarded this, a Tennessean’s measured thoughts on the matter. Not safe for work, kids, Sunday school, morons:

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Video

And that’s why you can’t judge a book by its cover. Nice rant.

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Mattand  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:39:07pm

re: #70 bratwurst

Schilling nearly economically sank a fucking state with his video game company and is severely in debt, yet he knowingly posted stuff that would possibly jeopardize what little income he has.

I just cannot wrap my head around how people like this manage to navigate life on a day-to-day basis.

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No Country For Old Haters  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:39:12pm

re: #82 Decatur Deb

Daughter1 forwarded this, a Tennessean’s measured thoughts on the matter. Not safe for work, kids, Sunday school, morons:

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Video

That was awesome.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:39:33pm

re: #84 HappyWarrior

And that’s why you can’t judge a book by its cover. Nice rant.

Love the accent and the stereotype-fu.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:39:54pm

re: #86 No Country For Old Haters

That was awesome.

Yeah it was. He said it so much better than I could.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:41:29pm

re: #87 Decatur Deb

Love the accent and the stereotype-fu.

Yeah it was quite good.

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stpaulbear  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:43:52pm

re: #83 klys (maker of Silmarils)

There is a frozen diet meal in the fridge. I could do it early, but I save it to eat with mr. klys. I could do a snack, but I am debating trying to talk him into splitting the kale salad kit that I got at the grocery store today, because I absolutely shouldn’t eat the entire thing by myself.

Which means no calories available for food right now. I will keep drinking my sparkling flavored water thing and hope that keeps it at bay until it’s time for dinner in probably another 2 hours.

I’ve snacked on dry cheerios when I’ve been in that position before. I treat each cheerio like it’s a potato chip, only eating one at a time, maybe an eighth of a cup tops. Of course they’re nothing but carbs, but it beats nibbling away at bag of chips.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:48:14pm

re: #70 bratwurst

Plus he has the gall to use Gehrig’s name as his handle. Asshole.

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Great White Snark  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:49:42pm
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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:50:23pm

re: #91 Stanley Sea

Plus he has the gall to use Gehrig’s name as his handle. Asshole.

I think it has something to do with his son. But I agree.

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:51:12pm

re: #86 No Country For Old Haters

That was awesome.

“…shit you don’t understand like homos and algebra….”

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Dave In Austin  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:52:44pm

re: #91 Stanley Sea

Plus he has the gall to use Gehrig’s name as his handle. Asshole.

When he was playing he sponsored a ALS Foundation. That’s prolly why. I was a big fan back in the Diamondback days. I think he’s an asshole now

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:52:51pm

re: #94 Barefoot Grin

“…shit you don’t understand like homos and algebra….”

That was good. I imagine those who claim they’re not PC were probably mightly offended by that one heh.

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MsJ  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:53:01pm

re: #85 Mattand

Schilling nearly economically sank a fucking state with his video game company and is severely in debt, yet he knowingly posted stuff that would possibly jeopardize what little income he has.

I just cannot wrap my head around people like this manage to navigate life on a day-to-day basis.

That shows you how powerful hate is.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:53:31pm

re: #95 Dave In Austin

When he was playing he sponsored a ALS Foundation. That’s prolly why. I was a big fan back in the Diamondback days. I think he’s an asshole now

I think he has a close relative who may have had ALS. It’s too bad because he has done charitable things but he’s an asshole.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:54:47pm

I’ve seen at least three comments in this thread so far that would be absolutely fantastic as LGF Pages.

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Barefoot Grin  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:54:59pm

re: #96 HappyWarrior

That was good. I imagine those who claim they’re not PC were probably mightly offended by that one heh.

Sometimes you gotta speak the language. [Sorry that I got the quote slightly wrong, but the non-pc part was right.]

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:55:37pm

re: #100 Barefoot Grin

Sometimes you gotta speak the language. [Sorry that I got the quote slightly wrong, but the non-pc part was right.]

It was more effective that way.

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:58:20pm

Feel the Bern.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 6:59:40pm

re: #102 goddamnedfrank

Feel the Bern.

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Doing their best to act like a leftwing Tea Party.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:00:22pm

Pretty funny to accuse Clinton of pandering though given there’s some good evidence that Bernie pandered after Bowie died but I don’t think people cared because it’s not a big fucking deal.

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No Depression  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:01:50pm

re: #102 goddamnedfrank

Feel the Bern.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:05:31pm

re: #102 goddamnedfrank

Yup.

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EPR-radar  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:05:45pm

re: #99 Charles Johnson

I’ve seen at least three comments in this thread so far that would be absolutely fantastic as LGF Pages.

Agreed. My difficulty with creating posts like that is that I’m too impatient to get to the inevitable conclusion that the GOP, US conservatism, the National Review et al. are all 100% garbage, and have been that way for many years.

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Aunty Entity Dragon  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:05:45pm

re: #99 Charles Johnson

I’ve seen at least three comments in this thread so far that would be absolutely fantastic as LGF Pages.

I take it that was a hint.

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No Country For Old Haters  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:07:27pm

re: #102 goddamnedfrank

Feel the Bern.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:08:49pm

re: #108 Aunty Entity Dragon

I take it that was a hint.

Who, me?

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:09:23pm

The Bernie incident I’m talking by the way involves him saying he didn’t know Bowie’s music that well and not long after Starman was playing at his rally. Really I don’t care but his supporters shouldn’t throw stones.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:10:50pm

I just hate to see brilliant comments that get buried and lost in the comment section. Not dissing the comment section, but some ideas and opinions deserve more attention.

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Belafon  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:14:26pm

re: #102 goddamnedfrank

Feel the Bern.

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That last comment reminded me of a scene from Ex Machina. Ava (the android) is asking Caleb questions. One of the questions is his favorite color. He says blue, but then she tell him that he’s lying. Then he says “I’m not six years old, so of course I don’t have a favorite color.”

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Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:15:08pm

Here they come.

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:17:06pm

re: #106 Charles Johnson

Yup.

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I saw someone refer to them as the Herbal Tea Party. Seems apropos.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:17:09pm

re: #115 Charles Johnson

Here they come.

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I wonder how they’d feel if you called Bernie too chicken to take on the NRA.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:17:24pm

re: #116 goddamnedfrank

I saw someone refer to them as the Herbal Tea Party. Seems apropos.

More and more by the day unfortunately.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:19:34pm

I am not suggesting Clinton is perfect or without problems but to proclaim Clinton bought and to ignore Bernie’s problems is just chicken shit. BB’s want to present a narrative where Bernie has always been on the correct issues facing the progressive movement and HRC has always took the coward’s way out and that’s just not true. Not even touching his record on guns, there’s also Bernie’s vote on that nuclear waste area in Texas and his record on immigration which isn’t too pretty.

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ObserverArt  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:20:31pm

re: #26 Charles Johnson

Uh oh.

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re: #29 klys (maker of Silmarils)

There was a comment alluding to this earlier today.

GGT and I were discussing this earlier. I also heard from a friend that is a huge Prince fan and she too said she was suspicious of it being the flu. So, I’m thinking there had been a lot of ‘speculation’ about what happened last week among the Prince fans.

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SteelPH  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:21:31pm

re: #119 HappyWarrior

I am not suggesting Clinton is perfect or without problems but to proclaim Clinton bought and to ignore Bernie’s problems is just chicken shit. BB’s want to present a narrative where Bernie has always been on the correct issues facing the progressive movement and HRC has always took the coward’s way out and that’s just not true. Not even touching his record on guns, there’s also Bernie’s vote on that nuclear waste area in Texas and his record on immigration which isn’t too pretty.

And then there’s these people using someone’s death to attack Clinton. Sickening.

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HappyWarrior  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:24:00pm

re: #121 SteelPH

And then there’s these people using someone’s death to attack Clinton. Sickening.

Right, definitely.

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:25:15pm

re: #120 ObserverArt

GGT and I were discussing this earlier. I also heard from a friend that is a huge Prince fan and she too said she was suspicious of it being the flu. So, I’m thinking there had been a lot of ‘speculation’ about what happened last week among the Prince fans.

Speculation is reckless. The drug overdose could’ve been acetaminophen, they pack that shit into NyQuil, it’s really easy for someone with the flu to take too much of it and damage their liver.

The bout of flu I had recently was easily the worst I’ve experienced in two decades, and I was up to date on flu vaccine.

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calochortus  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:27:33pm

So, I should be at my weaving guild meeting this evening, but I’m pretty sure I’m coming down with a cold and thought I wouldn’t share it with everyone there. You guys may want to wipe down your keyboards, however.

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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:28:35pm

re: #124 calochortus

So, I should be at my weaving guild meeting this evening, but I’m pretty sure I’m coming down with a cold and thought I wouldn’t share it with everyone there. You guys may want to wipe down your keyboards, however.

I’ll wear a face mask. It’s cool.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:29:25pm

re: #124 calochortus

So, I should be at my weaving guild meeting this evening, but I’m pretty sure I’m coming down with a cold and thought I wouldn’t share it with everyone there. You guys may want to wipe down your keyboards, however.

A little drinking weaving music:

Ian & Sylvia - Nancy Whiskey

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:31:13pm

re: #82 Decatur Deb

Daughter1 forwarded this, a Tennessean’s measured thoughts on the matter. Not safe for work, kids, Sunday school, morons:

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Video

“You know… Homos. Algebra. Shit like that.”

ROFL. I want this man for President.

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Reality Based Steve  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:31:29pm

re: #124 calochortus

So, I should be at my weaving guild meeting this evening, but I’m pretty sure I’m coming down with a cold and thought I wouldn’t share it with everyone there. You guys may want to wipe down your keyboards, however.

I’ll just pop down to the shop, get the rubber Haz-Mat diving suit, the full face over-pressure mask, over -the- seals rubber gloves and latex hood. Or I’ll just risk it. What the hell, you only go around once. (or more, possibly, depending)

RBS

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Reality Based Steve  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:33:42pm

re: #127 Pawn of the Oppressor

“You know… Homos. Algebra. Shit like that.”

ROFL. I want this man for President.

yes…. I just loved that line… had to run it back to make sure I heard it right. Funny thing is, I know a guy a LOT like that. Looks and sounds like the biggest redneck you can imagine, right down to the Copenhagen can in the jeans pocket. I’m center - left generally and he make me feel like freaking Rush Limbaugh. Great guy.

RBS

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Scout  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:34:19pm

I just learned Prince wrote “Manic Monday.”

Knock me over with a feather.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:34:49pm
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The Vicious Babushka  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:35:05pm

re: #116 goddamnedfrank

I saw someone refer to them as the Herbal Tea Party. Seems apropos.

The Green Tea Party

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Floral Giraffe  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:35:32pm

re: #120 ObserverArt

Vanity Fair says opiates

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Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:39:03pm
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wheat-dogghazi-mailgate  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:39:08pm

re: #133 Floral Giraffe

Vanity Fair says opiates

One of our commenters said it was a heroin overdose that created the inflight medical emergency a few days ago. Prince either OD’d again, or his death resulted from complications from the first OD. 57-year-old bodies are not as resilient as 27-year-old ones.

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The globulosus alpuzzzzz from Wisconsin  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:39:22pm

re: #131 Stanley Sea

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… it was simply the right thing to do.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:43:57pm
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Scout  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:45:20pm

re: #132 The Vicious Babushka

The Green Tea Party

Hey, unfair hit on Japan!!!

(Just kidding around)

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calochortus  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:45:26pm

re: #137 Charles Johnson

Isn’t he just too special…

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Belafon  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:46:07pm

re: #137 Charles Johnson

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Of everything that’s been posted here from outside (not comments here), that one actually is relatively classy.

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Charles Johnson  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:46:22pm
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majii  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:47:27pm

re: #73 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Wish you could drop in. I’m cooking green beans, corn bread, chicken breasts, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes for dessert. I’m almost finished. In between times, I finished painting the third bath. Now, I have to paint the vanity and trim.

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Lidane  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:49:28pm

re: #130 Scout

I just learned Prince wrote “Manic Monday.”

Knock me over with a feather.

He also wrote and played the synth melody in this song:

Stevie Nicks - Stand Back (Official Video)

He’s got ASCAP credits as the co-composer and co-arranger of “Stand Back” even though Stevie Nicks is the only person credited with writing it.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:50:03pm

re: #129 Reality Based Steve

It’s easy to gloat and enjoy his characterful delivery, too, but he really hits on some deep, dark truths. Sippy cups with Mountain Dew, whipping kids with coat hangars, dad just wanting to beat on “something different” - he’s not exaggerating for effect.

I do have one contention with him though, about his assertion that child molesters don’t attack kids in bathrooms with dad waiting outside. I remember a couple of cases in the last ten years where that exactly happened. I believe one little boy was actually murdered in the public bathroom at a rest stop or a camp site. It made national news because it was so rare and nightmarish, but it happened more than once, too.

Other than that, he’s said more truth in 90 seconds than the average Republican politician says in years.

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Decatur Deb  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:50:29pm

re: #142 majii

Wish you could drop in. I’m cooking green beans, corn bread, chicken breasts, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes for dessert. I’m almost finished. In between times, I finished painting the third bath. Now, I have to paint the vanity and trim.

“I can wash out 44 pairs of socks and have ‘em hangin out on the line
I can starch & iron 2 dozens shirts ‘fore you can count from 1 to 9
I can scoop up a great big dipper full of lard from the drippins can
Throw it in the skillet, go out & do my shopping, be back before it melts in the pan
‘Cause I’m a woman! W-O-M-A-N, I’ll say it again

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vgranucci  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:51:34pm

re: #18 Backwoods_Sleuth

Camille Paglia’s still alive?

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ObserverArt  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:53:51pm

re: #103 HappyWarrior

Doing their best to act like a leftwing Tea Party.

You know when the Tea Party first got going there were some far left members. I think one of the original Tea Party groups may have even been founded by a far left liberal.

Once many of the groups were ‘astro-turfed’ by money from Republican groups and became more and more taken over and labeled as far right the leftist members probably just gave up.

But Bernie may have resuscitated them into another grouping and they may be the ones using him to rally to some of their original Tea Party thinking. Add in other independent types and they may play a large roll in the Berner Base.

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Billy Batts  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:55:04pm

I found the set list for the Prince gig I saw in Houston at Hofheinz Pavilion in 2000. The best part is that all these songs were played as one, as he played fragments of each one. setlist.fm

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calochortus  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:55:07pm

re: #140 Belafon

Of everything that’s been posted here from outside (not comments here), that one actually is relatively classy.

Seems a bit self-serving to me. I wonder how many inmates actually qualify for drug programs?

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Belafon  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:56:37pm

re: #149 calochortus

Seems a bit self-serving to me. I wonder how many inmates actually qualify for drug programs?

His solution to the drug problem is not going to work very well, but I was just comparing it to the really low bar set by other comments, such as those from the Bernie fanatics.

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Kragar  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:56:43pm
152
majii  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:58:06pm

re: #149 calochortus

When Jan Brewer was in office, the legislature cut spending on medical care for the indigent. She later decided that although she wagged her bony finger in the president’s face on the tarmac to score political points, she saw how expanding Medicaid could help the state meet its medical costs. How ironic.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:58:11pm

re: #133 Floral Giraffe

Vanity Fair says opiates

Admittedly I’m basing this on a very limited knowledge of the man, however:

I find that really hard to believe. From what I’ve heard about his work ethic, his religious attitudes, and the top-down, highly private way he ran his estate, drugs just sound really freaking unlikely, unless his staff and helpers were complicit in getting him drugs. Did he have a Dr. Feelgood? How long did he have a problem? If he was using, he was hiding it well, IMO.

Addiction is a bitch, but he just never came across as wanting to mess with anything that put him out of control in any way, unless he was experimenting and things got out of control.

Edit: I am not one to think wishfully. If toxicology comes back showing he was loaded up on Heroin, I’ll change how I think of him. But right now, this sounds like gossip.

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No Country For Old Haters  Apr 21, 2016 • 7:58:12pm

re: #132 The Vicious Babushka

The Green Tea Party

Green Tea Party came first, but since there’s already a Green Party, I’m jumping on the Herbal Tea Party bandwagon.

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calochortus  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:00:17pm

re: #150 Belafon

His solution to the drug problem is not going to work very well, but I was just comparing it to the really low bar set by other comments, such as those from the Bernie fanatics.

I thought that might be it. I did a brief search but didn’t find much about the drug program except that in the past there haven’t been many inmates involved, but that was from nearly a decade ago.

156
Billy Batts  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:00:24pm

re: #27 Franklin

Watching the Big Short, again, for the bajillionth time.

Great book. Read it if you haven’t.

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Billy Batts  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:02:30pm

Just watched a clip of Prince playing at the Super Bowl. Fucking amazing.

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:04:26pm

re: #157 Billy Batts

Just watched a clip of Prince playing at the Super Bowl. Fucking amazing.

I watched that earlier. I remember hearing that he was going to be in the halftime show and I thought, “What? He’s too good for football.”

Those close-up high-powered TV cameras revealed what a fucking phenomenal performer he was. I regret that I never saw him live.

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Scout  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:08:40pm

re: #158 Pawn of the Oppressor

I regret that I never saw him live.

I never saw Prince play live either, but I did see Dez Dickerson a few times.

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Stanley Sea  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:09:16pm

I just looked up the set list when I saw him (UC San Diego, 1997)

One thing we remember - I called my old concert friend who lives in Boston now when I heard - Prince was going against ticketmaster or something. Our tickets had to be legit & were checked intensely. The line to get in the venue was insane.

It was a great show, of course.

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Billy Batts  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:09:40pm

Every walk of life was at that Prince concert in 2000. Black, white, Asian, teenagers, middle-aged, seniors. He had the ultimate crossover appeal, I don’t know anyone that didn’t like him.

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ObserverArt  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:10:50pm

re: #153 Pawn of the Oppressor

Admittedly I’m basing this on a very limited knowledge of the man, however:

I find that really hard to believe. From what I’ve heard about his work ethic, his religious attitudes, and the top-down, highly private way he ran his estate, drugs just sound really freaking unlikely, unless his staff and helpers were complicit in getting him drugs. Did he have a Dr. Feelgood? How long did he have a problem? If he was using, he was hiding it well, IMO.

Addiction is a bitch, but he just never came across as wanting to mess with anything that put him out of control in any way, unless he was experimenting and things got out of control.

I tend to think this may be the case if it was indeed drug related. IF.

Who knows, maybe he was growing depressed with getting older or thinking he wasn’t being as creative as he would like and got into some experimentation looking for that kick or edge. And who knows if some experimentation grew out of control too fast.

I hope it is not the case. Too many times a great artist falls to something like drugs and then people use it to downgrade their life’s work. I’d hate that to happen to him.

He could have been clean up until a few weeks ago.

He also was human. And we are all frail.

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Billy Batts  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:12:39pm

Remember that scene in “Do the Right Thing” when Mookie is questioning Pino about his favorite athletes? Mookie then asks him who his favorite performer is. Long pause and Mookie yells “Prince!” Pino then replies “Bruuuuuuuuce!” Lol, it’s a great scene about race in America.

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Reality Based Steve  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:13:21pm

re: #62 Reality Based Steve

This comment pretty much sums up the current state at FreeRepugnant….

To: chae
If you’d told me just one year ago, that Freepers would be defending raising taxes, abortion “rights” being included in the party platform, and perverts in the bathroom with little girls, I would have thought you were insane…
Yep. And in the meantime, FReepathons are lasting longer and longer and longer. Gee, I wonder why.

16 posted on 4/21/2016, 4:15:29 PM by Responsibility2nd (Sorry Donald. My candidates support pro-life.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

I really have to laugh about this. The 2 days after JimRob declares Trump the Prospective Nominee and zottings occured when Cruz fans voiced objections, this happens. The timing is just too perfect for my words to express.

I’m getting ready to go to bed, catch you all tomorrow. Sleep tight and don’t worry, there isn’t really a large monster under your bed. (it’s in the closet….)

RBS

165
calochortus  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:15:26pm

re: #164 Reality Based Steve

This comment pretty much sums up the current state at FreeRepugnant….

I really have to laugh about this. The 2 days after JimRob declares Trump the Prospective Nominee and zottings occured when Cruz fans voiced objections, this happens. The timing is just too perfect for my words to express.

I’m getting ready to go to bed, catch you all tomorrow. Sleep tight and don’t worry, there isn’t really a large monster under your bed. (it’s in the closet….)

RBS

Yup, it is moderately entertaining to see the general confusion that reigns over there right now.

166
GlutenFreeJesus  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:19:52pm

re: #69 HappyWarrior

They keep watching silence of the lambs.

167
Eric The Fruit Bat  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:21:28pm

re: #141 Charles Johnson

Prince had more talent coming out of his excrement than those who come to vilify him with their words.

168
prairiefire  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:21:59pm

re: #131 Stanley Sea

A sad fuck could be had.

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goddamnedfrank  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:23:51pm
170
Lidane  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:24:18pm
171
Lidane  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:26:38pm
172
Reality Based Steve  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:26:41pm

Prince was a fantastic artist, performer, musician and writer. So much good stuff.

Then there is this bizarre cover of Purple Rain…. Tom Jones (yes, THAT Tom Jones) looking like he’s going to kill his agent, and David Gilmour on guitar. Even if you can’t handle the vocals, please fast forward to 2:30 for the Gilmour. He’s awesome.

Purple Rain - David Gilmour & Tom Jones

RBS

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:28:46pm

re: #153 Pawn of the Oppressor

I’m beginning to believe that addiction and capitalism are two sides of the same coin. The big difference is that unlike capitalism, addiction has a chemical component that can be introduced externally, whereas process addictions (internet, sex, gambling) and capitalism are not externally dependent on a chemical.

174
ObserverArt  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:34:37pm

More reporting on Prince and drug OD on plane.

New York Daily News - Prince was treated for drug overdose six days before death, report says

Prince received drug overdose treatment six days before his death during his plane’s emergency landing in rural Illinois, according to a report.

Medical examiners are investigating the cause of the 57-year-old legendary musician’s Thursday death at his Minnesota estate. But doctors in Moline, Ill., only 48 minutes from his home, gave Prince a so-called “save shot” during the emergency stop last Friday, TMZ reported.

Representatives for Prince attributed the stop to a flu, and he left the hospital hours later, over objections from hospital staff, who wanted him to stay for a full 24 hours, according to TMZ.

Sources told the gossip site Prince was “not doing well” when he left the hospital. He had wowed fans in two shows at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre only hours before the flight.

The “save shots” usually help combat opiates, such as heroin and narcotic painkillers, in the bloodstream. Doctors and paramedics have used the injectable medication, called naloxone, for years, according to WebMD.

Police said emergency personnel pronounced the seven-time Grammy winner dead at 10:03 a.m. Thursday inside his Chanhassen, Minn., recording studio. They had tried to revive him for about 20 minutes at the time.

A 911 call unearthed by TMZ earlier in the day revealed that a witness at Paisley Park, Prince’s suburban Minneapolis home, believed him dead even before the first responders arrived.

“Um, we’re at Prince’s house,” the man said. “So, yeah, um, the person is dead here.”

Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson spoke briefly to a crowd of grievers who amassed outside the complex Thursday as word spread worldwide of the legend’s death.

More in the story…

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Pawn of the Oppressor  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:35:38pm

re: #173 Eric The Fruit Bat

Ah, but Capitalism does have a chemical addiction component: Adenosine triphosphate. If you fail at capitalism, your supply dries up, and you die.

176
Stanley Sea  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:41:48pm

Oh people, my kitty just came out of the bathroom, after recovering all day from her spay surgery. She mewed at me, rubbed against me, is sweet as can be.

All will be good.

177
Kragar  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:42:50pm

Me from 6 days ago:

God fucking dammit

178
Billy Batts  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:42:59pm

re: #174 ObserverArt

Eh, TMZ. I’ll wait for the toxicology report.

179
Stanley Sea  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:45:53pm

re: #178 Billy Batts

Eh, TMZ. I’ll wait for the toxicology report.

They were the first with the news.

180
Reality Based Steve  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:47:10pm

re: #176 Stanley Sea

Oh people, my kitty just came out of the bathroom, after recovering all day from her spay surgery. She mewed at me, rubbed against me, is sweet as can be.

All will be good.

does she have to wear the “Cone Of Shame”?

RBS

181
majii  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:47:27pm

re: #176 Stanley Sea

I’m glad to know your kitty is coping well after surgery. I had my little doggie baby neutered last year, and he came out of it like a champ.

182
Lidane  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:47:28pm

So last week I busted my ass and did a massive, detailed report on the ad campaigns that one of our clients is running. I showed them how they were wasting money by spending money long after their ads ceased to be effective and that their strategy was terrible. I even included detailed figures showing how much they would’ve saved if they’d cut off their ads when it became obvious they’d lost steam. The VP and the COO of the company both read over it before I sent it and signed off on it.

Today I found out I have to do another report before the conference call we have with said client tomorrow afternoon. Half the ads this week are new. The other half are the same fucking ads I told them to stop running because they were wasting a lot of money on them.

I am highly unmotivated to do this work but it has to get done. Blargh.

183
ObserverArt  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:49:22pm

re: #178 Billy Batts

Eh, TMZ. I’ll wait for the toxicology report.

I understand. It is just that the report goes to what LGF member rhuarc posted earlier today when news was first breaking.

Comment #491 - rhurac - Tech Note: New Autosave Feature in LGF Pages Thread

And with that, it is sad no matter what happened. Had enough for today. Later.

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klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:50:10pm

re: #176 Stanley Sea

Oh people, my kitty just came out of the bathroom, after recovering all day from her spay surgery. She mewed at me, rubbed against me, is sweet as can be.

All will be good.

I notice a distinct lack of cat pictures.

185
calochortus  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:52:28pm

re: #184 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I notice a distinct lack of cat pictures.

Perhaps SS is respecting kitty dignity and waiting until “Hillary” is fully recovered?

Does Hillary have a new name yet, or is the one she came with starting to stick?

186
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:53:07pm

re: #185 calochortus

Perhaps SS is respecting kitty dignity and waiting until “Hillary” is fully recovered?

Does Hillary have a new name yet, or is the one she came with starting to stick?

Forget dignity, I want kitty photos!

If you don’t get it changed within two weeks you’re going to have a hell of a time with it. Again, ask me how I know…

187
Stanley Sea  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:55:57pm

re: #180 Reality Based Steve

does she have to wear the “Cone Of Shame”?

RBS

No, they recommended against it. “drives em crazy” She’s a bit doped up still, but full of love.

188
The Engineer Lobuno  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:56:01pm

re: #182 Lidane

{{Lidane}}

189
Stanley Sea  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:57:44pm

re: #184 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I notice a distinct lack of cat pictures.

They will come. Oh don’t you worry.

190
Stanley Sea  Apr 21, 2016 • 8:58:24pm

re: #185 calochortus

Perhaps SS is respecting kitty dignity and waiting until “Hillary” is fully recovered?

Does Hillary have a new name yet, or is the one she came with starting to stick?

I think I’m going to name her Chica. Hillary is not going to stick.

191
calochortus  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:00:40pm

I think I’ll pack it in for the evening.
Hasta mañana, Lizards

192
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:00:57pm

re: #191 calochortus

I think I’ll pack it in for the evening.
Hasta mañana, Lizards

Feel better!

193
calochortus  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:01:26pm

re: #192 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Feel better!

Thanks. I’ll do my best.

194
prairiefire  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:03:55pm

re: #190 Stanley Sea

Que bonita, pequeno Chica!

195
Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:03:59pm

re: #176 Stanley Sea

Oh people, my kitty just came out of the bathroom, after recovering all day from her spay surgery. She mewed at me, rubbed against me, is sweet as can be.

All will be good.

Hope you pass the first staff audit.

196
Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:05:18pm

re: #186 klys (maker of Silmarils)

Forget dignity, I want kitty photos!

If you don’t get it changed within two weeks you’re going to have a hell of a time with it. Again, ask me how I know…

197
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:06:07pm

re: #196 Feline Fearless Leader

Dignities.
198
Kragar  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:09:46pm

Finishing touches on my latest

199
prairiefire  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:10:00pm

re: #197 klys (maker of Silmarils)

I can feel the fire in those eyes.

200
klys (maker of Silmarils)  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:10:44pm

re: #199 prairiefire

I can feel the fire in those eyes.

She’s very, very good at the death glare.

201
Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:10:53pm
But the cone is so stylish!
202
Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:11:29pm

re: #198 Kragar

Finishing touches on my latest

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Looks like cat fodder! ;p

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The Ghost of a Flea  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:14:49pm

Shit, if I knew I was going to get that much attention I might have paid a bit more attention to grammar.

204
Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:15:08pm
And this is much cooler in the summer months!
205
Stanley Sea  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:15:41pm

re: #195 Feline Fearless Leader

Hope you pass the first staff audit.

It’s already fun. She’s wandering around checking it all out. She’s going to be a pistol I think. I found a website that talked about Tortie’s and their “Tortitude” ha.

206
Feline Fearless Leader  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:20:33pm

re: #205 Stanley Sea

It’s already fun. She’s wandering around checking it all out. She’s going to be a pistol I think. I found a website that talked about Tortie’s and their “Tortitude” ha.

So, she should soon adopt the title “Empress of Gulls” as well I am sure.

207
majii  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:25:02pm

re: #205 Stanley Sea

How long will we have to wait to see pics of the baby? I love kitty pics.

208
Eric The Fruit Bat  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:30:12pm

re: #175 Pawn of the Oppressor

ATP is a signaling component of many brain activities, and Gambling addiction at least made it into DSM-IV. Capitalism has many components and contradictions that have many similar attributes to addictions.

209
Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 21, 2016 • 9:35:11pm

re: #208 Eric The Fruit Bat

ATP is a signaling component of many brain activities, and Gambling addiction at least made it into DSM-IV. Capitalism has many components and contradictions that have many similar attributes to addictions.

Like Greed?

210
Shimshon  Apr 21, 2016 • 10:02:16pm

re: #59 HappyWarrior

I have frequently seen conservative Republicans with no sense of irony use what the parties were 100+ years ago to tell Democrats and liberals they can’t criticize the Republican party on civil rights. What constructive things has the Republican party done for African-Americans since President Eisenhower left office? I won’t say LBJ was enlightened on race but he was far more forward thinking and acting as a president than any of his Republican successors were. That’s the thing though. As the Democratic party has become the party of civil rights, the Republican Party has less and less resembled the party of Lincoln.

They think the Democratic party and liberals hurt minorities more by giving them “handouts” that keep them dependent to trick them into continuing to vote for the Democrats. Nothing can penetrate that ignorance.

211
Shimshon  Apr 21, 2016 • 10:02:56pm

I remember when the NRO used to stand for noble institutions like slavery, white supremacy and segregation. My how the mighty have fallen.

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Shimshon  Apr 21, 2016 • 10:03:53pm

re: #209 Eclectic Cyborg

Like Greed?

There were certain passages in the Bible about greed, funny the so-called Christians on the right political spectrum do their best to ignore it. Because, look, a gay, or an abortion! *smoke bomb*

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Eric The Fruit Bat  Apr 21, 2016 • 10:08:10pm

re: #209 Eclectic Cyborg

Ah-yep. I still need to flesh out some details, but my thinking is more along the lines that the processes are shared between capitalism and addiction, but capitalism is nominally accepted whereas addiction is not.

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Eclectic Cyborg  Apr 21, 2016 • 10:44:18pm

re: #212 Shimshon

There were certain passages in the Bible about greed, funny the so-called Christians on the right political spectrum do their best to ignore it. Because, look, a gay, or an abortion! *smoke bomb*

They ignore that passage about the plank in the eye too. Funny that.

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Shimshon  Apr 21, 2016 • 11:43:28pm

re: #214 Eclectic Cyborg

They ignore that passage about the plank in the eye too. Funny that.

And the gate too small to let a rich man get to heaven is just about a small gate in Jerusalem nothing at all about greed /s


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