Friday, October 10, 2014

FRIDAY ROUND-THE-HORN.

•   The Nobel Peace Prize just awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay (the latter of whom was famous shot by Taliban creeps for daring to go to school) has become, as everything in the world does sooner than later, an excuse for trolling prior NPP winner Barack Obama by conservatives and libertarians (but I repeat myself). The low-water mark (so far) can be found at American Thinker where, after some standard-issue anti-Obama arghblargh by Rick Moran, major Thinker Thomas Lifson is allowed a "dissent" in which he denigrates the Award as an affirmative-action participation trophy:
Yes, this is not as terrible as awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama based on nothing (unless you count being half black), but that is not the same as getting it right... 
Neither of these young women have anything to do with peace or fraternity between nations. Even though they inhabit two nations with a long history of mutual antagonism.
The Nobel Committee has hijacked the Prize, and now awards it to anybody that semi-plausibly can be identified with some sort of good works. It has become a PC award, and, as in the case of Yassir Arafat, has gone to monsters, or, as in the case of Jimmy Carter, people who have made the world a worse place. 
Instead of patting the Nobel Committee on the back we should be mocking them for mush-headed egotism in their deviation from the explicit instructions of Alfred Nobel.
Yeah, better it should go to guys like Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Kissinger. This is one of those occasions where "Christ, what an asshole" is both the most appropriate response and woefully insufficient.

•   Torture enthusiast Andrew C, McCarthy is pushing #Benghazi again via a front group's open letter to Trey Gowdy. McCarthy has been very open about wanting to impeach Obama for oh why not; in this case, the argument boils down to Leon Panetta's talking smack about Obama, let's get him on the witness stand ("the need for such an inquiry has become both indisputable and even more urgent"). I suppose he'll do it again when the Postmaster General puts out a book. Meanwhile Jonah Goldberg does his bit in the midst of a fart-filled flogging of the Secret Service scandalette:
Neither answer excludes the other, and both speak volumes about this White House’s problems. The underlying scandal is fairly minor. But if the White House would falsify records and lie to the public about this, is it really so hard to imagine that it would deceive the public – and Congress – about larger issues like, say, Benghazi?
Get used to it: When the Republicans take the Senate, it's gonna be this 24 hours a day.

•    On a happier note, I have added two blogs to the "Forget About Politics" sidebar that may give you some pleasure, both by former colleagues at the Old Firm. Life along bumpy dirt roads started as a series of Facebook posts by one colleague (who for some reason wants to be known as josegarcia333) about his upbringing in Texas and Mexico; he eventually realized he had more to say than Facebook could accommodate. You know how, once in a great while, someone starts talking about their childhood and you realize they're not just running a highlight reel but actually telling a story? That's this. Also added, lutheran liar looks at life, by Alice Henry Whitmore, ace copywriter and in this venue a composer of bagatelles which always brighten my day and might yours; here's an example. The most durable thing in writing etc.

•    Comity coffee break over -- everyone back on your heads! PJ Media kingpin and crackpot Roger L. Simon:
It’s time for Republicans to give serious thought to what happens if they win the Senate and House this November, as it looks increasingly that they will. While not exactly Pyrrhic, this victory will present a whole range of potential problems and traps that could negatively affect this country’s future and the world. And as we know, we are living in precarious times. 
Barack Obama is a man unaccustomed to losing. Life has been exceptionally kind to him, sailing, as he did, through balmy Oahu sunsets, college, law school and career on into the presidency with scarcely a bump... 
This man is angry but highly unlikely to go into an anger management program. Imagine what will happen after November. We could be looking at behavior that would fit the very definition of “acting out,” anti-social but on a global scale. And he still has two more years in office...
Don't tease us, Rog, tell us how specifically Obama's gonna go mental!
The Environmental Protection Agency could become a virtual American gestapo...
Shit, I knew I should have changed out my lightbulbs! Oh well, at least the camps will be smoke-free.

209 comments:

  1. The Nobel Committee has hijacked the Prize,"Okay, nobody move! This is a hijacking!"


    "Uh, sir, this is your airplane."


    "Yeah, but now I'm going to decide where it goes."

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  2. Halloween_Jack12:46 PM

    I'm curious as to what exactly they mean by Jimmy Carter making the world "a worse place" (I know that they hate him generally, as they do all Democrats), unless this is their way of letting slip that they're having second thoughts about Reagan, and wish he'd never taken office. Pardoning draft dodgers? Pulling the U.S. out of the Moscow Olympics? Billy?

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  3. standard-issue anti-Obama arghblargh by Rick Moran

    Get a brain, Moran!

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  4. Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said, "Children must go to school, not be financially exploited."

    What is this crazy talk?

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  5. Derelict12:58 PM

    The Nobel Committee has hijacked the Prize . . .

    Um, isn't it their prize to bestow as they see fit? It's like saying I hijacked my own car and forced it to take me to the grocery store.

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  6. Indeed, any Republicans reading that bit were no doubt outraged.

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  7. Derelict12:59 PM

    Carter has made the world a worse place by helping to build housing for poor people. And if anything makes the world a worse place, it's being charitable to the poors.

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  8. Well, he did allow the Shah to enter the US for medical treatment.

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  9. coozledad1:06 PM

    They want it for Bushie.

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  10. guys like Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Kissinger.In fairness, Roosevelt supposedly was a decent mediator between Russia and Japan. And it's not like he had previously undermined the McKinley administration's treaty efforts, or authorized massive naval bombardments of Manchuria.

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  11. I couldn't have said it better myself.

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  12. Probably something to do with that sinister asshole supporting a two-state solution. They called him an anti-Semite for years after he talked about that.

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  13. The large companies that are trying to reshape our education system for completely philanthropic reasons (honest!) would like a word with Mr. Jagland.

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  14. Did any of them go off on Al Gore? I know it's not immediately germane, but on the other hand it's the right time of year for "It was cold today, therefore Al Gore is fat" lines.

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  15. It was all his fault J.R. got shot.

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  16. Gromet1:25 PM

    I suspect in GOP math, Carter has actually caused all the terrorism since 1978 by not nuking Terhan to save(/kill) the hostages. It taught those A-rabs they could push us around.


    If he'd been tough like Reagan in Beirut Grenada, we never would have had 9/11.


    And let us not forget Clinton is also to blame and Obama is an ISIS sleeper agent.

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  17. Treating river blindness among at-risk populations eliminates their drive to treat their own river blindness.

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  18. Ted the slacker1:28 PM

    Lets be fair, there is a connection between Obama and Malala. When they met, she told him his drone strikes were fomenting terrorism.

    And yep, that's gotta burn.

    As far as the brethren go, however, the question is whether they side with black guy who's commander in chief in the war on terror, or an actual Muslim who covers her head and talks like a dirty hippy.

    Don't be silly, of course they take aim at Obama. Even if he's the guy who blows up terrorists albeit not fast enough for their liking.

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  19. In fairness, roughly half a million Filipinos were killed.

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  20. TGuerrant1:35 PM

    Ah, well there's how Kissinger scored a Peace Prize - he doubled that easily in Vietnam.

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  21. Susan of Texas1:36 PM

    Carter made Regan look bad by doing good works after leaving office while Reagan cashed in.

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  22. As Sir Terry said, "Build a fire for a man, and he'll be warm for one night; set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

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  23. Megalon1:58 PM

    "There were probably more deserving candidates"

    Although I won't name any.

    And just what the fuck is Lifson's problem? His argument seems to based on some sort of weird Alfred Nobel fundamentalism. That the prize should be awarded based on a literal interpretation of the original description of



    “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity
    between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and
    for the holding and promotion of peace congresses"



    Without telling us who HE thinks have won, of course. Just how many "peace congresses" have their been this year?



    He even admits Satyarthi and Malala "deserve praise" but still calls their win a "perversion". Just bizarre.

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  24. Of course the US committed war crimes during the Philippine-American War, and Roosevelt approved extreme measures. I'm merely attempting to point out that at least Roosevelt hadn't deliberately worsened the very situation that he subsequently received the prize for.

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  25. TGuerrant2:04 PM

    Maybe after he cut and pasted the girls' names, he got too frustrated trying to spell Netanyahu from memory.

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  26. whetstone2:06 PM

    [Hears the news about Malala Yousafzay]
    [Thinks "no one could possibly object to this"]
    [Goes to Alicublog]


    I don't know how you do it, Roy.

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  27. The underlying scandal is fairly minor.From a member of the Goldberg family, talking about a Democratic administration. I have a sudden, inexplicable feeling of déjà vu

    But if the White House would falsify records and lie to the public about thisI think it still counts as begging the question even when phrased as a weaselly conditional.

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  28. whetstone2:08 PM

    If she was in favor of Taliban charter schools, the American Thinker would probably be all for it.

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  29. "Netan... netanyahoo... net... AW HELL, it's almost lunch time, screw it already."

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  30. Explanation-free, debate-proof saturation marketing. A RWNJ columnist who's inexplicably allowed three columns a week in the Globe & Mail recently stated that Obama has screwed up everything he's touched in the Middle East without offering the perspective of comparison with the last three Republican presidents' numerous high-body-count fiascos in the same region. No discussion either about how the ME is inherently unmanageable or why it got that way.

    They plaster the media with this shit the same way you see ubiquitous McDonalds and Coca-Cola logos draping the infrastructure of every event from local Little League games to the World Cup. Liberals suck! Always refreshing!

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  31. albeit not fast enough for their liking</i.

    Or they're the wrong terrorists, or he didn't seek congressional approval, or our brave military is blowing up terrorists in spite of Obama...

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  32. gbbalto2:32 PM

    What is this "two young girls" anyway? One of them is a 60 y.o. man!

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  33. Guest2:39 PM

    Heeeeeeyyy...... wait a minute!

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  34. Audio72:43 PM

    Jimmy C and the Panama Canal "giveaway" is your answer. We apparently built it and owned it. Forever. St Ronnie used to get huge chunks of money and applause when he said that. The loons never forget this stuff. Never.

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  35. Tracy2:46 PM

    The "BAC Members" page at McCarthy's front group is a veritable who's-who of teh crazy. That list may provide Roy with material for the next five years.

    http://benghazicoalition.org/bac-members/

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  36. A wingnut pundit deigning to do even the most rudimentary research before popping off?? That's just silly.

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  37. Audio72:53 PM

    Not to kick a man when he is down, but Ronnie was in the middle stages of Altzheimers by the time he left office. He soon even forgot he used to be a Hollywood actor, which may have been a blessing considering his film career.

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  38. Reagan was all set to repatriate the Panama Canal to Florida, but the monsters in the Dem congress blocked it.

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  39. if Obama were a white Republican, the brethren would be absolutely enthralled with the way his Administration is blowing up foreigners for corporate profits and Bibi.
    ~

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  40. Ted the slacker2:55 PM

    Or #benghazi obviously #tcot #irs #notmypresident

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  41. runsinbackground2:57 PM

    Who was the youngest Nobel recipient prior to Yousafzay? Do you think that receiving a (well deserved) prestigious international award at 17 might go to one's head a little? I remember hearing a report on NPR to that effect, dealing with Fields Medal winners.

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  42. Megalon2:57 PM

    OF COURSE! The Nobel Committee, in a classic Alinskyite psyops tactic, awarded the prize to the unworthy Satyarthi and Yousafzay to intentionally create a scandal to distract us from the only thing that can stop The One, BENGHAZI! It's all coming together now.

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  43. hellslittlestangel3:05 PM

    "When the Republicans take the Senate... "

    Now, now. Is this our side's "Ebola! ISIS! We're all gonna die!"?

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  44. they aren't both girls, either. The Bangladeshi one is a guy.

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  45. gocart mozart3:39 PM

    "The underlying scandal is fairly minor."


    Were talking about the campaign volunteer who had legal sex in Brazil right? Where's the "scandal"? Shouldn't he be running for congress in South Carolina or something?

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  46. Derelict3:50 PM

    Compare and contrast the post-White House activities:

    Nixon--resigned from office, crawled back into hole. Emerged shortly before death to attempt rehabilitation of his image.
    Ford--gave speeches to various clubs, became AEI senior fellow, joined numerous corporate boards.
    Carter--active in Habitat for Humanity, working to help prevent/cure Third-World diseases, active fundraiser for any number of humanitarian foundations.
    Reagan--gave speech to Sony for huge speaking fee before sliding into full-blown Alzhiemers, rendering him incapable of leaving the house.
    George H.W. Bush--returned to advising Carlyle Group, gives occasional speech, shaved head to show solidarity with single cancer-stricken child, jumped from airplane on every birthday (don't know if he did that for his last one).
    Clinton--actively fundraises for wide variety of left-leaning social causes, started foundation to advance such causes, regularly plumps for Democratic politicians, wife served as U.S. Senator from NY and U.S. Secretary of State.
    George W. Bush--paints pictures of own feet in bathtub, paints portraits using pictures obtained on Internet, spends most of his time hiding from his legacy.

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  47. Thank god for that.

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  48. gocart mozart4:05 PM

    First Mango says it all:

    "If the Nobel peace prize meant anything, Bibi Netanyahu should get the prize. He has every reason to annihilate the Palestinian pestilence, but he uses superhuman restraint. But after awarding it to scoundrels like Arafat, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, and Obama, the award means nothing."

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  49. Who can tell with their crazy moon-speak names?

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  50. GOD PLEASE NO

    we have enough native crazy as it is

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  51. gocart mozart4:08 PM

    I give up. I can't figure out the wingnut mind.



    "Right. And the media are predictably misrepresenting the facts to
    satisfy the PC Police. Ms Yousafzai's plight is about the rights of
    'children', not the systemic oppression of women by muslim men."

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  52. Coke rots your teeth, but wingnuts rot your brain.

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  53. This is a fun game:

    The Academy has hijacked the Oscars!

    The 4H has hijacked the piglet contest!

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  54. gocart mozart4:10 PM

    Yes, but you knew that right?

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  55. The GOP has hijacked the wingnut vote!

    ...oh, wait.

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  56. j_bird4:11 PM

    Pants down and ass on display within 3 sentences. Efficient work, Mr. Lifson.

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  57. Provider_UNE4:12 PM

    Actually given the flood of panic laced emails i have recieved from democratic fundraising efforts, you might be on to something...
    ...

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  58. J Neo Marvin4:12 PM

    Solar panels on the White House? Eeeeeevil!

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  59. j_bird4:14 PM

    I got out of the boat, and the comments do mention "Algore" in company with "scoundrels" such as Obama, Arafat, and Carter.

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  60. If Malala receives near universal encomium for being the victim of a shooting by violent right wing fundamentalists, that might create sympathy for other victims, like Gabby Giffords.

    Can't have that happen!

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  61. She should have stood her ground and returned fire, after all.

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  62. A Republican majority is worse than Ebola, ISIS, killer bees and Canada goose poop rolled together.

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  63. StringOnAStick4:18 PM

    Head; desk. Repeatedly. Are you trying to kill me?

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  64. We could be looking at behavior that would fit the very definition of
    “acting out,” anti-social but on a global scale. And he still has two
    more years in office...


    That's nice of him to pre-explain why Congress will continue to be an ineffective bunch of blowhards and bunglers even when they hold both Houses. Fear of a [n Angry] Black Planet [President]!

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  65. behavior that would fit the very definition of “acting out,”

    They're still holding themselves back from coming out and saying "uppity".

    C'mon, Mr. Lifson, you know you want to.

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  66. gocart mozart4:26 PM

    sorry

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  67. smut clyde4:32 PM

    The lunatics have hijacked the production of Marat / Sade!

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  68. "Pestilence"?


    Shades of der Ewige Juden.

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  69. GeniusLemur4:36 PM

    So the argument here is that his life has been easy, so he's in a rage all the time? How do even the right-wing faithful manage to swallow this shit?

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  70. GeniusLemur4:38 PM

    Ronald Reagan: the man that severe Alzheimer's actually made smarter

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  71. Acting out is used to describe the behavior of children, so I guess it as close as he can get to calling Obama "Boy."

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  72. GeniusLemur4:40 PM

    Rush Limbaugh has hijacked the bullshit train!

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  73. All blahs are angry all the time, because reasons.

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  74. LookWhosInTheFreezer4:43 PM

    We could be looking at behavior that would fit the very definition of
    “acting out,” anti-social but on a global scale.



    You mean like destabilizing the Middle East by starting a disastrous war to get back at the dictator who tried to kill your Daddy a couple decades ago?

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  75. The phrase “Cartagena hooker” alone is a mellifluous gift to ink-stained wretches everywhere

    Fuck, Jonah is really actually turning into Ignatius P. Reilly, isn't he?

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  76. stepped_pyramids4:45 PM

    Yeah, or like that time he mooned Congress after the 2010 election. Obama is definitely known for his unpredictable behavior and angry outbursts, you betcha.

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  77. TGuerrant4:46 PM

    Damn. That happens to me at holiday parties, too.

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  78. stepped_pyramids4:46 PM

    Not nearly smart enough.

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  79. j_bird4:51 PM

    Algore isn't even a person for them anymore. It's a substance, probably some kind of spreadable nutritional yeast.

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  80. John E Williams5:05 PM

    I LOVE the new blogs, especially Life along bumpy dirt roads!

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  81. Gromet5:06 PM

    That's right. They share a hive mind. They're not distinct individuals with gumption, like real Americans.

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  82. stepped_pyramids5:07 PM

    This has baffled me for years: what's the implied joke in "Algore"? Most of the other wingnut shibboleths are obvious, but that one is a puzzler.

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  83. Yesterday or the day before some genius on Twitter (after demonstrating a failure to understand how race is defined in the US) solemnly observed that Hawaii isn't exactly Harlem, if you know what I mean.

    Because only authentic African-Americans come from Harlem! Also, Hawaii is all exactly like you see in the advertisements.

    But attempts to push the narrative that Obama spent his youth wafting through Hawaii aside, it's nice of this idiot to explain the behavior of the son of multimillionaires and presidents when he didn't get his way.

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  84. It's right up there with "moonbat".

    The right seems to have some very... unusual ideas about us.

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  85. ALGORE IS MADE FROM PEOPLE!

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  86. Who could be happier than Real Americans, cowering in their safe rooms, guns and colloidal silver at the ready, waiting for civilization to collapse and the UN hordes to invade?

    Good times!

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  87. Wrangler5:24 PM

    They share the same digestion symptoms at any rate.

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  88. stepped_pyramids5:25 PM

    "Moonbat" at least has obvious roots in concepts associated with insanity. My recollection is that in ancient internet times it was just a generic term for a political wacko (just like "wingnut" is an older term for a loonie, too). The shuffling of moonbat=left, wingnut=right seems to have happened during the latter part of the first Dubya administration.


    There's some theory that "moonbat" was a mangling of the last name of George Monbiot, who was a popular target of warbloggers due to the unseemly inability to embrace the administration's claims about Iraq. That seems far-fetched to me. On the other hand, it's not too much different from the origin of "fisking".

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  89. Obviously a linguistic mission for someone with Gazoogle skills and a strong stomach.

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  90. ADHDJ5:27 PM

    When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the lunches are all in confederacy against him.

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  91. I would like to make the occasional cheese dip with this comment.

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  92. Like the time he stood up during the State of The Union address and yelled "YOU LIE!".

    I mean, that was him, right? Angry and all that?

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  93. I have said elsewhere, if I hear the bullshit phrase "false flag" one more fucking time I shall be forced to go medieval on someone's ass.

    Can't see how you could address the hot mess that is Alex Jones without liberal (HAH!) use of that phrase.

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  94. YNWA405155:44 PM

    He didn't immediately invade Nicaragua when the Sandanistas took over?

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  95. Matt Jones5:46 PM

    "We could be looking at behavior that would fit the very definition of “acting out,” anti-social but on a global scale."


    Because in Greater Wingnuttia, spending six years trying to literally sabotage anything you can get your grubby paws on just because you disagree with the President is definitely NOT "acting out".

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  96. OT, but talk about "acting out":



    Connecticut Republican Mark Greenberg's support for universal
    background checks just cost him perfect marks from the National Rifle
    Association.

    The NRA reduced the wealthy businessman's rating from an "A" to and
    "F" after he came out in favor of background checks during a Thursday
    debate against Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D), The Connecticut Mirror reported.
    The district Greenberg is hoping to represent includes Newtown, Conn.,
    the site of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

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  97. Matt Jones5:53 PM

    In case you missed it, here's one of Bibi's bros from the Knesset calling for *literal* ethnic cleansing. Like "armed dudes go house-to-house and you can either GTFO of the country or die right there for 'resisting'" ethnic cleansing.

    http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/expel-palestinians-populate-gaza-jews-says-knesset-deputy-speaker

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  98. You forgot that Carter and his wife have served as Election watchers in a number of important international elections. Also: you forgot Poland.

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  99. It is like "Al-Gebra"--it implies he's a muslim stooge.

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  100. We could be looking at behavior that would fit the very definition of
    “acting out,” anti-social but on a global scale. And he still has two
    more years in office...The Environmental Protection Agency could become a virtual American gestapo...

    Sometimes, I wish I was in the room with one of these goobers when s/he starts making these ridiculous doomsday predictions. I would like to walk up to the braying jackass in question and say the following:

    "Sir/Madam, I would like to bet $1000 that what you have just said does not happen within [insert reasonable timespan here]. That is $1000 that I absolutely cannot afford to lose, but I am willing to put it up, because what you have just said is so preposterous that I can not possibly lose. This is not gambling - it's charity. I will give you odds if you want, I will put the money in trust so that there is no chance that I might withdraw, but I would like you to either accept this bet or shut your trap."

    I'd never do this, of course, but someone should. Someone needs to address this lunacy that has gripped our news apparatus by the throat. Someone needs to do this enough times that dipshits like Simon won't casually claim that the President is going to deliberately impoverish the country out of revenge. There have to be some fucking consequences for this.

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  101. Derelict6:25 PM

    I prefer Fear of a Barack Planet, but that's just me.

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  102. Megalon6:30 PM

    I know! They should really re-organize all the Gestapos into one agency. Typical government inefficiency.

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  103. In early 2013, when Obama signed some weak executive orders regarding guns in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, Congressmen Steve Stockman (R.-TX)

    Jesus Christ, this Clinton-era militia sympathizing douchebag is still around?

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  104. They could appoint a Czar of Gestapos!

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  105. Megalon6:38 PM

    But shouldn't it be "Al-Gore" then? Unless his name is supposed to be like Abdul Alhazred's and he swore his oath of office on a copy of the Necronomicon.

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  106. Well, if I found all that rolled together on my front porch, I'd be unhappy, but I'd also be able to turn on the garden hose and clean up. Republican majorities are not nearly so amenable, though hosing them down would at least be poetic justice.

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  107. Yeah, but Bibi hasn't followed his advice yet, has he? BAM! Peace Prize!

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  108. "... the systemic oppression of women by muslim men."Yeah, I hear a bunch of them advocate for wifely submission and sweeping restrictions on birth control. And don't get them started on single women's sexuality.

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  109. OK, imagine that I'm saying this in Katherine Hepburn's voice "Nevah...theless."

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  110. Nice try, Jonah, but we already know that's not ink.

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  111. Someone needs to do this enough times that dipshits like Simon won't
    casually claim that the President is going to deliberately impoverish
    the country out of revenge.[Insert pun about projection here]

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  112. Life has been exceptionally kind to himIndeed, when the authoritative history of the latter half of the twentieth century in America is written, it will be the half-black children of divorce with names like "Obama" and who will be seen to be the very definition of "Life on Easy Street."

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  113. Dear Nobel Committee, for your consideration:

    I haven't strangled my noisy neighbor yet.

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  114. LittlePig7:58 PM

    I always thought it was 'Algore' | "Igor", as in (Peter Lorre) yes, master (/Peter Lorre). Blah! Blah! stuff.
    I think they were going 'Mad-Scientist" angle.

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  115. Typical big goobermint liberal thinking. They should outsource it to BlackXeAcedemi.

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  116. what do you mean, "turning into"?

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  117. Or by a patriot who wants their country back.

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  118. Derelict10:21 PM

    And he's STILL on the wrong track!

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  119. Derelict10:27 PM

    Have a wingnut and a smear!

    Or, since the holidays are approaching

    I'd like to teach the world to kvetch
    About every Obama thing.
    About Benghazi, or IRS,
    Or muddy roads in the spring.

    Too bad the polar bears will soon be gone!

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  120. redoubtagain11:55 PM

    (I'm not angry all the time--I just have a low boiling point where Republicans are concerned. . . )

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  121. willf2:12 AM

    As would Arne Duncan.

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  122. Another Kiwi3:16 AM

    Could R.L.Simon take a look at his fellow travellers for better examples of" sailing, as they did, through balmy [insert gated community name here]
    sunsets, college, law school and career on into [insert Right Wing sinecure here] with
    scarcely a bump.

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  123. Donalbain4:35 AM

    William Bragg Jr. Aged 25. Physics. Won jointly with his father Sir William for X-ray crystallography.

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  124. davdoodles6:59 AM

    "....if [Republicants] win the Senate and House this November... victory will present a whole range of
    potential problems and traps that could negatively affect this country’s
    future and the world."


    Even a stopped clock...
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  125. Great minds…mumble mumble

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  126. FlipYrWhig10:20 AM

    Being a biracial son of a single mother who died young... That's the life.

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  127. Too bad he wasn't gay on top of that. That would have opened so many more doors for him!

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  128. Maybe this will be the year they try to launch their answer to the NPP, instead of sending in Rush Limbaugh's name and bitching when someone who is not a skeevy bigot instead receives the prize.

    It would be wonderful. They'd call it something like the Reagan Achievement Trophy and then ask for donations.

    Then they'd issue a very detailed list of attributes nominees must embody in order to win and and ask for donations. Soon after they'd issue a second, even more detailed list because the first list didn't do enough to exclude anyone with the slightest non-conservative tendencies. And they'd ask for donations. Then they'd issue a third list because the second is too elitist and doesn't have enough Jesus. And ask for donations.

    A couple of years later, they'd say they were ready to accept nominees and remind people the submit a $50 check with each nomination.

    Some 5 years in the future, they'd be ready to hold the first awards ceremony and ask for donations. The ceremony would be a gala dinner, to which everyone is invited, provided they can dish up at least $500 for a ticket.

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  129. Right... just like Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles pointing the gun at his own head and exclaiming "Next man makes a move, the nigger gets it!"

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  130. "In fairness, roughly half a million Filipinos were killed."


    And your point was...?

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  131. "He's not bluffing!"

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  132. Not that I want to bash on Jonah excessively*, but the phrase "Cartagena hooker" doesn't sound "mellifluous" so much as "urbandictionary.com euphemism for bizarre sexual act probably resulting in hurried ER visit".

    i.e. "Honey, want to do the 'Cartagena hooker' tonight?"
    "I haven't healed up from LAST time!"

    *NOTE: this statement may be untrue

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  133. Ginantonic1:46 PM

    " this victory will present a whole range of potential problems and
    traps that could negatively affect this country’s future and the world."

    I couldn't have said it better myself, Mr. Simon.

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  134. DocAmazing1:54 PM

    Let's make it a Kaiser of Chekas, just for variety.

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  135. gocart mozart2:04 PM

    He hijacked himself?

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  136. Christopher Hazell2:15 PM

    But if the White House would falsify records and lie to the public about this, is it really so hard to imagine that it would deceive the public – and Congress – about larger issues like, say, Benghazi?



    Um...


    James Clapper blatantly lied about the extent of NSA spying on American citizens.


    We know this White House will lie about much larger issues because they've been caught lying about much larger issues. Try to keep up, man.

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  137. I hear you can go blind doing that.

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  138. Derelict2:53 PM

    Obama is proof of how much better the blahs and the poors have it than billionaires like the Kochs. The Kochs had to be born into their fortunes, unlike poor people who get everything handed to them and live enviable lives. I'll be Chuck and Dave would LOVE to get a free Cadillac, free T-bone steaks, and affirmative action when applying for a job.

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  139. Derelict2:58 PM

    Bill Kristol to the discourtesy phone, please!

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  140. Derelict2:59 PM

    If you step into a Republican majority, you have to throw the shoes away. Even extended pressure washing won't get that off.

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  141. Fear of a Blahrack Planet, really. :p

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  142. gocart mozart4:25 PM

    Secret G.O.P. election strategy revealed.
    Source: http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-gop-amps-up-their-all-purpose.html

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu_30-8ZlmQ

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  143. The company formerly known as Eric Prince's.

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  144. GeniusLemur6:25 PM

    He hijacked his own mouth.

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  145. Ellis_Weiner6:45 PM

    "We could be looking at behavior that would fit the very definition of “acting out,” anti-social but on a global scale."


    They just reel this concern-troll shit out like yard goods, don't they? It's the sort of thing that gives pretentious gasbag armchair psychologizing a bad name.

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  146. And Mayor 0.1%, aka Rahm Emanuel.
    ~

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  147. glennisw8:32 PM

    Barack Obama is a man unaccustomed to losing. Life has been exceptionally kind to him, sailing, as he did, through balmy Oahu sunsets, college, law school and career on into the presidency with scarcely a bump...



    goodness, if he were a Republican, Simon would be lauding his dedication and hard work. funny.....

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  148. glennisw8:33 PM

    That's hilarious, I missed that in my first reading. And he goes on and on about it, doesn't he? What an ignorant twit.

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  149. glennisw8:35 PM

    He's angry AND he wears mom-jeans.

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  150. glennisw8:37 PM

    Or like shutting down the government or cutting funding to the CDC during an epidemic?

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  151. Another Kiwi8:38 PM

    I think it might be $5000 a ticket. Cheetos ain't cheap.

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  152. glennisw8:38 PM

    Well, sure! Anyone who resists the urge to commit genocide despite his deep desire to do so deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  153. glennisw8:40 PM

    He has a correction there now, but in it he misspells "India."


    Kind of funny. "Oops, I wrote it was two chicks, but one's a guy from Idnia."

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  154. glennisw8:42 PM

    David Vitter is going to chair the committee investigating it.

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  155. glennisw8:43 PM

    Yup. Unlike that perfectly candid and transparent Bush administration.

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  156. RogerAiles8:46 PM

    If Roger L. Simon was a human being, he'd be begging the forgiveness of the Gestapo's survivors right now.

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  157. Derelict10:47 PM

    Or deaf.

    I always thought Limbaugh must have a sixth sense 'cause he sure doesn't show any sign of the other five.

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  158. tigrismus10:51 PM

    a man unaccustomed to losing. Life has been exceptionally kind to him,
    sailing, as he did, through balmy Oahu sunsets, college, law school and
    career on into the presidency with scarcely a bump...


    Oh come on, how is this not 100x better description of every Republican candidate ever? I mean really, you're going to field Mitt Romney and then complain about Obama's easy life?

    This man is angry but highly unlikely to go into an anger management
    program. Imagine what will happen after November. We could be looking
    at behavior that would fit the very definition of “acting out,”
    anti-social but on a global scale. And he still has two more years in
    office...


    Ditto my above statement but with "George W Bush" and "acting out on a global scale" instead. It's like a disease with them, isn't it?

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  159. Meanie-meanie, tickle a person11:00 PM

    The Environmental Protection Agency could become a virtual American gestapo...

    If it wasn't for virtuality, the wingnuts would have no reality at all...

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  160. Meanie-meanie, tickle a person11:03 PM

    And proud of it...

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  161. Meanie-meanie, tickle a person11:05 PM

    The Palins have hijacked the Lakeside Trailer park...

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  162. Make it a beef on weck, and hold the horseradish.

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  163. "Okay, Glass, now put everyone in a stylish black uniform ..."

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  164. AGoodQuestion1:27 AM

    Well obviously Malala Yousafzay doesn't deserve a Nobel Peace Prize, duh. She got shot in the head. What excuse does she have for not being strapped and blowing away the Taliban first? Good guys with guns stopping bad guys with guns, that's who should get prizes.

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  165. AGoodQuestion1:37 AM

    Well there's that HillBuzz guy who insists he is. Forget the blogger's name, but he's gay himself and also uses homosexuality as a standard slur, which isn't fucked up at all.

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  166. AGoodQuestion1:47 AM

    A Nobel Peace Prize for not committing all-out genocide. That'd be aiming high.


    Near under that is someone making an Obama teleprompter joke. Who needs new material? Or good material?

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  167. SqueakyRat2:38 AM

    Birds fly like birds, but fruit flies like fruit.

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  168. Jon Hendry2:41 AM

    Like in Indonesia.... You know maybe Obama was living at some resort in Bali? SO EASY.

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  169. SqueakyRat2:52 AM

    I knew something was hurting its image.

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  170. Jon Hendry2:53 AM

    Allowed the production of the Star Wars Christmas Special.

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  171. Jon Hendry2:54 AM

    That infernal Kenyan ventriloquism!

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  172. Jon Hendry2:57 AM

    Hell, they flattened a *huge* amount of Gaza Strip territory bordering Israel during the recent war. That's effectively ethnic cleansing, even if Israel didn't do it in order to move onto the 'cleansed' land. They essentially denied use of the Gaza territory to the Gazans.

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  173. PorlockJunior3:52 AM

    Everybody's got this wrong, though Aimai is right about the sinister Muslim connection.

    Algorism is the practice of not using a good traditional abacus to do arithmetic, but sneakily writing numbers in positional notation and applying suitable rules for computing. Like, using ARABIC numerals! (Well, Hinudu-Arabic, but does that make it any better?) Who knows what crazy results this could yield?

    It's also the old form of "aglorithm". And sure enough, Algore is a person who can do arithmetic and work out problems by logical procedures.

    [Peace be to you, Al-Khwarizmi. We're just kidding around here. We owe you a lot.]

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  174. smut clyde5:23 AM

    Well if you're going to be PEDANTIC about it,
    Madhya Pradesh =/= Bangladesh.

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  175. Derelict9:07 AM

    And they're trying to drive it to Nebraska!

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  176. Derelict9:08 AM

    It's his time there that dogs him to this day, according to various gastronome wingnuts.

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  177. Derelict9:12 AM

    The EPA is Gestapo-like because the agency won't let Exxon dumps billions of gallons of toxic sludge into the public water supply. Indeed, in its egalitarian majesty, the EPA also won't let the mom-and-pop dry cleaner pour used carbon-tetrachloride into the groundwater, either.
    Both of these things are precisely equivalent to rounding up and executing millions of people.

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  178. Derelict9:13 AM

    I think you mean he's going to high-chair the committee.

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  179. Derelict9:15 AM

    Projectile politicking.

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  180. Derelict9:17 AM

    They could probably hold the ceremony on a cruise ship. Get everyone out to sea, and then ask for donations.

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  181. Well, the paleoconservatives already have their answer to the Nobel Literature Prize. Look up "Ingersoll Prize" (nothing in Wikipedia, for some reason)

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  182. Especially peace prizes!

    An armed society is a peaceful society, after all!

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  183. You're right. [Hangs head in shame.]

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  184. David Sagneri11:00 AM

    It's almost like to successfully become president requires a mix of consistently winning at life and luck that there haven't been any events that the person wasn't able to overcome. Sorta axiomatic in a way.

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  185. DocAmazing12:00 PM

    Hell, he should apologize to the Gestapo.

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  186. glennisw12:16 PM

    Washed down with a cold Dr. Nut.

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  187. StringOnAStick12:25 PM

    I've grown to like the term "moonbat". I've always been fond of the moon, and bats are pretty cool too, so hey, mash them together and try to get me to think its an insult? Nope, not working. It is entertaining when they get all toddler-tantrum/spittle-flecked saying it though

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  188. They are still brooding over Nixon. They are really trying to turn Obama, rhetorically, into a kind of Nixonian character--hunkered down in the White House grinding his teeth, talking to the pictures, and drawing up enemies lists filled (no doubt) with the names of Jews.

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  189. realinterrobang2:36 PM

    You realise that not everyone in the Knesset agrees with Netanyahu, right? That person is just the Israeli counterpart to MK Moabi, who wants all the Israelis killed, and who put out a contract on her own relative for opining on YouTube that being an Arab with Israeli citizenship wasn't so bad actually. (And she's an elected member of the Knesset.)

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  190. realinterrobang2:38 PM

    נתניהו?
    Seems like a no-brainer to me.

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  191. realinterrobang2:40 PM

    IMO Ronnie was in the middle stages of Alzheimer's by the time he was gov of CA...

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  192. John Wesley Hardin2:41 PM

    I believe "Algore" was a 'joke' by Rush Limbaugh in the '90s. It's supposed to be cognate with "Igor," as Clinton was the evil mastermind and Gore his comic-relief sidekick.

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  193. stepped_pyramids3:48 PM

    That seems plausible enough as an origin. And since then, it's just become a ritual indicator of group membership. I don't think most of them know what it means anymore, either.

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  194. smut clyde3:51 PM

    a virtual American gestapo.
    I guess that's like a virtual pub. A kind of on-line experience where your browser shows the wall of a prison cell, and you can tap Morse messages through to whomever is logged on as being in the next cell.

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  195. I believe Rush Limbaugh was a joke in the '90s.


    And ever since.

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  196. Well, evading the virtual Gestapo is easy - all you have to do is reboot your modem.

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  197. Mary Ellen Sandahl8:50 PM

    I find the idea of the EPA becoming any kind of Gestapo, virtual or whichever, to be wonderful and exquisite, and I'm sure Seymour Peck would say the same.
    And they say wingnuts aren't funny!

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  198. mommadillo10:16 PM

    They're still brooding over the goddamn Civil War. Conservatives have elevated holding a grudge to an artform.

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