Memo to White House Staff: Too Much Obama is Not a Good Thing

Today I was going to write a piece on a couple of bumps on the campaign trail that Obama is encountering or will encounter down the line. But then one of my readers alerted me to an article that was just too good to ignore.

Jim Treacher of The Daily Caller reports second-hand from a report by Seth Mandel of Commentary, a conservative web site, that Obama’s name has mysteriously emerged within the biographies of most of the modern Presidents on WhiteHouse.gov, the official web site of the White House. Here is a sample:

On Feb. 22, 1924 Calvin Coolidge became the first president to make a public radio address to the American people. President Coolidge later helped create the Federal Radio Commission, which has now evolved to become the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). President Obama became the first president to hold virtual gatherings and town halls using Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.

When I read Treacher and Mandel’s articles I assumed them a spoof. So I wandered over to whitehouse.gov and to my shock discovered the Obama promotion to have infected every presidential biography from Calvin Coolidge to George W. Bush with the exception of Gerald Ford.

I’ve always fancied myself a US Presidents buff although I’ve lost my edge with age. I’ve looked at the biographies of these Presidents on whitehouse.gov before and I do not recall them having plugs for George W. Bush while he was in office. If any of my readers can document that other Presidents have spewed their self-love over half the POTUS bios before, then I’ll let the Obama staff off the hook.

Now of course Treacher and Mandel would like us to believe that Obama himself did the edit jobs. That of course is preposterous. Someone on the White House webmaster’s staff updated the biographies. But you still have to ask why. To this minute it almost looks like the site was hacked. How in anyone’s right mind could the insertion of Obama propaganda into thirteen presidential biographies be considered a good idea? How could this not be considered not just self-serving but downright disrespectful?

I doubt Barack Obama is any more a narcissist than any other politician but his staff needs a wake up call. If I want to read about Obama’s accomplishments, I’ll click on his biography. If I want to read about LBJ then dammit, give me a bio of LBJ. I don’t need Obama in there.

Respectfully,
Rutherford

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254 thoughts on “Memo to White House Staff: Too Much Obama is Not a Good Thing

  1. I agree. Whoever is writing that stuff has opened a wide opportunity for mockery. People are already making fun if it.

  2. Winners always rewrite history, Rutherford. It’s easier now in the virtual world with digital files. I find a lot of editing nowadays, after-the-fact.

    Make you throw up a little in your mouth?

  3. I’m so used to you guys posting trash about Obama that I don’t take 80% seriously but this time Tigre posted this Treacher article and the further I got the more I slapped my head in disbelief.

    This is embarrassing beyond words. It’s actually insulting on several levels. First, the biographies of the POTUS’s should be pristine, carefully written pieces that educate. Instead it’s like f*cking graffiti was written over each one — KILROY WAS HERE!

    But it’s actually insulting toward Obama and his dumbass staff doesn’t get it. It’s patronizing … oh isn’t Obama sooooo special? Well no. He’s not so special that he gets to ride the coattails of FDR and Dwight Eisenhower. It’s the equivalent of a cyber-pat on the head for our special kid Obama. It reminds me of parents who don’t know when to shut up about their kids.

    Funny thing is some of the disgust in this comment belongs in the original article. I wrote the article before a nap and I woke up grumpy. I should have written it while grumpy.

  4. Rutherford I just finished reading the previous thread. I listened to the rest of the show (I hadn’t gotten to Blake before 😆 ), and I have a general question so I’ll put it here. You can move it if you want.

    A long time ago I downloaded a bunch of podcasts of your show from iTunes. They were free, as I’m sure you know. Do you get anything out of downloads? Money? Anything like that?

  5. Do you get anything out of downloads? Money? Anything like that?

    Good googly moogly how I wish I did. I even signed up for “revenue sharing” at BlogTalkRadio supposedly getting a piece of the action for clicked advertisements. Haven’t seen a penny since I started. 😦

  6. In fact, because I use their premium services, it costs money to do the broadcast. I’m so strapped financially that Sandi has been gracious enough to foot the bill. She’s semi-actively looking for a sponsor.

  7. Rutherford you SUCK!
    No seriously though I do hate you a little R for your offering today allows ME to earn yet another f!@#ing ObamaPail™.

    I to doubt Obama had an active hand in this but I will offer this:
    http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/baseball/
    That’s a semi clickable screen shot from one of W’s pages from the day.
    I offer it to add some credence to the following.
    Although it crosses a line the additions to Beschlosses (spelling) bios showing Oval continuity isn’t the gravest sin committed by BHO and his Admin. They do indeed cross a line though and could’ve been done on a different page leaving bio’s pure.
    Feel free to go to Obama.com or whatever and offer that suggestion,you can take full credit too. I’ll just take my Pail and go home.

  8. I live to give, but no top billing? “One of my readers?”

    Did you get to the tweets? Some are priceless.

    Another gift from the clueless Obama cult. Report your neighbor, Julia, deface presidential biographies. . . the hits keep coming.

    I guess with such an astonishing lack of accomplishment, it’s more business as usual taking credit for others’.

  9. I thought this was a spoof mocking how quick some of us pile on dear leader. Rutherford throws out some Onion type stuff and then rips us a new one in the comment section.

    This is what the fake Greek pillars forshadowed. Sickening. This faux omnipotence bull shit is exactly why the Julia site was almost kind of chilling. The “dear leader” dig is so fitting.

  10. Politics aside, I don’t know how anyone wouldn’t secretly enjoy watching Obama lose in November just for personal reasons. The guy is so distant. So full of himself. His inner circles the type of people who would wear arm bands in a different era.

    Another thing that mystifies me is the liberal take on the Euro crisis. What does that situation mean to you guys and how do you frame what is going on there with your most fundamental of views?

    These deflationary cycles brought on by the global debt bomb is a God send.

    What scares me about my finacial stratagem is that it seems to be impossible to disprove. Inflation? Buy gold and silver. Deflation. More striking evidence you should be buying gold and silver. The other thing that scares me is that the poolman agrees with me.

    Oh well. No matter what I will be bequeathing cool shiny shit to my two lads.

  11. Dude. I don’t know how you do the urban thing. You deserve your monster pay days just for living in the city alone.

  12. ” He’s not so special that he gets to ride the coattails of FDR and Dwight Eisenhower. ” – R

    Actually, the Ike one is linked to Michele, not Barack. And even more fodder for Tex, the Nixon one actually mentions Nixon, Carter and Obama all in the same paragraph. That can’t be good. 😉

    I like the Reagan one:

    “Did you know?

    President Reagan designated Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday; today the Obama Administration honors this tradition, with the First and Second Families participating in service projects on this day.
    In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.”

  13. DR, I know you know, but having grown up in the city I’m not as affected as a lot of my suburban friends.

    I don’t hear sirens, but when we have suburban friends over it wakes them up.

  14. Rabbit, did you catch Poolman’s entry at the end of the last thread, about Icelandic elves living in rocks? I’m dying for your commentary. I have a feeling James might have something to say on this too.

  15. Yeah Thor, it’s making my life more difficult. Now I have to tell my rock waterfall guy when setting these things to make sure the boulder windows face the view. 😆

  16. Hey Thor,

    This might sound strange but affirming the existence of elves in Iceland is display of nationalism. I would say most Icelandic people I met believed in elves. Its comparable to the large demographic of Americans that believe in ghosts. The difference is telling ghost stories doesn’t directly connect Americans to a legend of the past that all people share because no such legend exists in our diverse land. Not so in Iceland. That politician is playing the nationalism card. Its probably being received postively with a grain of salt wink and smirk.

  17. Yeah, Thor. He’s white with orange stripes. The orange folks with white stripes hate his white ass. 😆

  18. No, he hates the Red Sox and is bored shitless with the Tomahawk Chop and embraced the team of Ty Cobb and Al Kaline.

  19. This might sound strange but affirming the existence of elves in Iceland is display of nationalism

    Fantastic! How fun! We should adopt a similar harmless tradition. Affirming the existence of al Qaeda is how we show ours. 😐

  20. I doubt Barack Obama is any more a narcissist than any other politician but his staff needs a wake up call.

    You’ve got to be kidding? We are the ones we’ve been waiting for? Standing in front of Greek columns? This is the generation where the rise of seas begins to slow? Two autobiographies of himself?

    I’ve never witnessed a more malignant narcissist than O’Vomit.

  21. “I would say most Icelandic people I met believed in elves.” – DR

    No shit? That blows me away. So is the Lord of the Rings huge there, or is it blasphemy?

    My favorite elf.

  22. “Now I have to tell my rock waterfall guy when setting these things to make sure the boulder windows face the view.” Poolman

    I’ve heard of being caught between a rock and a hard place, but never between an elf and a wet spot. 😉

  23. Another thing that mystifies me is the liberal take on the Euro crisis. What does that situation mean to you guys and how do you frame what is going on there with your most fundamental of views?

    My understanding of global economics does not qualify me to be an expert on the euro crisis. All I can say is that austerity doesn’t seem to work. The crisis continues and you get a pissed off populace to boot.

  24. So the other question that comes to mind is how does Michael Beschloss feel about his bios being corrupted by Obama propaganda? Or was he asked to actually write the blurbs? (I’m pretty sure from what I’ve seen on the tube that Beschloss is an Obama fan.)

  25. On topic, while a staffer might have been the one to make the changes I cannon imagine this would occur without Obama’s expressed approval. I do have thoughts as to why he would do this.

  26. Give us a break R. Obama’s narcissism is beyond the pale. It explains virtually all of his actions and messages. It’s why he’s so thin-skinned and delivers delusional speeches laying claim for the accomplishments of others and laying blame for failures. It is his most defining characteristic. You don’t see it? Come on.

  27. “I fixed it for you. As for the white Hispanic … cute, very cute.”

    Well, there were hoodies in handcuffs later. Am I allowed to make that observation?

  28. Leave it to Tex to cherry pick the one sentence that gives faint praise to Obama

    😀

    Well, hell yes. You don’t think I’m in here to be cordial or something, do you? Keep you humble.

    Besides, it had been at least three days since I kicked the dog.

  29. Pfesser,

    LOL. I prefer the target in the back. Ever see the movie Judge Roy Bean? My type of gun fight.

  30. I liked the post about elves.It made me laugh.

    Scandinavians still carry elements of their old religions. In fact, so many believe in shamanism that Norway has declared Paganism an accepted religion. Otherwise, old religions beliefs and practices remain in the culture as they do here.

    The sauna, a religions cleansing ritual is still popular no matter what the religion. Someone wrote that the national sport of Finland is drowning. That is because the sauna has become a competiive sport. People compete against each other to see who can stand the most heat or who can tolerate being beaten by birch branches the longest. Then, they dive into cold water. Hence the drowning.

    Santa Clause has many parents, but Scandinavian traditions helped make him who he is. Shamen got high after consuming a red and white mushroom, and they watched flying reindeer circling their chimneys. Spirits communicate through fire. Do you remember that video you saw Thor? You wrote it was a combination of ABBA and Andian music. Do you remember the fire in one part of the video?
    That is why flying reindeer followed the smoke down the chimney.

    A Russian YouTube video discussed a Siberian-Sami related culture. As funny as the elves, I thought the psychotherapist who is also an hereditory shaman was hilarious. Her clients think it is a good thing.

    A Scandinavian related people in north west Russia was so wedded to its old pagan religion that they kept worshiping after the Russians tried to blow up their sacred mountain.

    The joik is a music form as popular as elves and trolls. It has been commercialized, but shaman use it to send themselves into the spirit world after repeating the music for ten or twelve hours. The Barney theme could do the job in less than half the time.

    Many Finns and others still have sacred trees to protect their homes.

    Time Magazine wrote that heavy metal music is most popular in Scandinavia because of its Viking and pagan traditions.

    A teacher friend said she has had several Scandinavian students. Finns, especially were different from any of them. They were very bright but not like the others.

    Elves don’t surprise me, but they are funny.

    You might enjoy an Icelandic YouTube video “Dating Viking Women”

  31. I agree with 5, Rutherford.

    Someone in Obamas’ circle has aspirations of personality cult. There is a pattern from “The One” and fake Greek columns to altered biographies.

    My theory is elders told him he was special when he was a child, and he believed them.

  32. re: Tex@49. Of course the classic of that genre:

    re: @52. Reminds me of the WV motto: Thank God for Mississippi.

  33. Anybody else getting a chuckle out of Don Clintone’ ripping Obama a sphincter from behind, while doing Bomba’s commercials?

    If the Don and Dona Clintone’s have been consistent with anything, it is this. They got a long memory, and you know that deep in the belly, that Arkansas fire is burning to get even for being called racists in 2008.

  34. Tex – re: video clips. I was thinking about this before I got up this morning. OT. In my opinion the best clip in movie history.

  35. I cannon imagine this would occur without Obama’s expressed approval.

    Noah, I’m not sure you’re giving credit to the way bureaucracies and delegation works. Do you really think Obama approves every change to WhiteHouse.org? C’mon man, that’s just plain silly. Think about it a minute:

    9:00am — Meeting with Netanyahu
    11:00am – Discussion with Boehner on debt ceiling
    Noon — Call to Hollande to congratulate on French win Prez win
    12:30 — Review changes to Calvin Coolidge bio on whitehouse.org
    1:00 – Security briefing

    Yeah, that makes LOTS of sense. 🙄

  36. Noam was entertaining, but wrong. It wasn’t just empty rhetoric in pursuit of PR. Obama both created and bought into his own bullshit. That’s something different and more dangerous.

  37. You see Noah, it’s comments like the one I addressed above that make me doubt you are really interested in the truth. You’re even willing to convince yourself of pure silliness to maintain your “Obama is evil” opinion.

  38. R, it looks more like this:

    9:00am — Breakfast
    11:00am – Tee Time
    Noon — primping and preening in the clubhouse at the turn
    12:30 — Call to Soros
    1:00 – Nap

    He could fit it in.

  39. Tigre, do you live in downtown Atlanta? I was wondering why you’d be hearing gunshots. That’s a damn urban phenom. How’s Atlanta’s crime rate compared to other cities? I’ve never heard it to be notorious.

  40. re: Obama is evil.

    My Dad was born in 1904; his father in the 1860’s, so my father’s take on life was pretty old-school, even for that day and time. When he found me shooting birds with my BB gun, he told me a little parable once about a young boy who entertained himself by gigging frogs.

    One frog complained about the procedure, to which the little boy replied, “It’s only in fun!”

    “Fun for you, said the frog; death for me.” I gave up shooting birds.

    Do I think Obama is evil? No. But the result is the same.

  41. “Tigre, do you live in downtown Atlanta? I was wondering why you’d be hearing gunshots. That’s a damn urban phenom. How’s Atlanta’s crime rate compared to other cities? I’ve never heard it to be notorious.”

    Yes. And I’m baffled why you ask since we’ve discussed this many times (usually in response to being lectured about black culture from the likes of guys like you and G-chin). 🙄 I am definitely a minority in my neighborhood.

    Atlanta used to be the gunshot capital of the country — now easily surpassed by Detroit and apparently Chicago (although I remember Miami taking the lead for some time).

    If you are asking about the violent crime rate, I can’t tell you. I’d have to look it up.

    I’m guessing by your comments about visits to Atlanta you were never “in the hood.”

  42. Do you really think Obama approves every change to WhiteHouse.org? C’mon man, that’s just plain silly

    Were I a leader, you are dam straight I would approve any information that was about me. If my minions were making changes and posting for all the world to see about me, they dam well better ask me first.

  43. Thanks Rutherford. I wouldn’t have known it either without my Swedish and Danish family branches.

    This is off the present topic but fits the gay marriage theme. Our Methodist Church is world- wide. It is growing in Africa while shrinking in the US. The general conference expected to approve of gay marriage as some other mainstream denominations have.

    The Methodists did not approve of gay marriage because the growing African delegation voted against it. I think they reflect the views of the majority of the church so African influence is probably a good thing..

    In March, Obama said Rutherford B. Hayes didn’t believe the telephone would take off. Obama was as wrong as reporters who mocked Sarah Palin’s version of Paul Revere’s ride.

    I don’t know if you or Noah is right about Obama’s knowing about the histories, but I do know Obama’s staff does sloppy research either from ignorance or design.

  44. Negative Mel was an experiment to try and understand how google ranks items in its search. Our first attempt was making up a fictitious character named Negative Mel to see how he would progress in the search rankings as we added content to the web in various forms. Unfortunately our choice was in direct competition with negative commentary about Mel Gibson so we changed the name to another character.

  45. James, I think there is definitely some truth in Obama having “special smoke” blown up his ass at various stages in his life and him not having the good sense (or perhaps humility) to take it with a grain of salt.

    I know everyone gets their hackles up with my racial observations but being black can really be a lose/lose. On the one hand, you can be underestimated and treated like crap. On the other hand, the phenom of low expectations can make any brain fart from you sound like Albert Einstein. It’s a condescending (even if well meaning), “oh what a smart Negro!”

    Obama was raised primarily by white folks. He has no “accent”. He’s articulate (even when he talks about 57 states). The result I’m sure is that lots of people in his life have told him how unusual and special he is, not realizing they are really just expressing a prejudice against blacks by doing so.

    I see it in my own life more as a disabled person than as a black person. The expectations of some upon seeing me are so low that if I can string five words together in a sentence, suddenly I’m a genius. Add Harvard to the mix and then “oh how inspirational!” Inspirational my ass. I was a big fish in a small pond at high school and a protozoa in college. I watched a discussion on http://bloggingheads.tv yesterday and wondered just how I could’ve wound up so damn stupid. These guys were SMART. It was all I could do to keep up with the conversation.

    Long story short, believing your own press can be a very bad idea. 😐

  46. Anybody else getting a chuckle out of Don Clintone’ ripping Obama a sphincter from behind, while doing Bomba’s commercials?

    If the Don and Dona Clintone’s have been consistent with anything, it is this. They got a long memory, and you know that deep in the belly, that Arkansas fire is burning to get even for being called racists in 2008.

    Can’t really argue with you on this one Tex. I do think the new book may have a lot of bullcrap in it (like Michelle Obama restricting Oprah’s access to the POTUS) but I do know that Bill Clinton recently stumped for some local politician who was running against someone who had abandoned Hillary back in 2008.

    Yes … long memory indeed.

  47. Pfesser,

    Did you know Jennifer O’Neil has been married nine times? Nine times?

    I always thought she was pretty – but I don’t think I would want to marry her.

  48. Obama both created and bought into his own bullshit. That’s something different and more dangerous.

    While I see what you’re driving at I think it is far more admirable to truly be self-deluded than to cynically manipulate a message that you know in your heart is empty BS.

  49. Rutherford,

    President Kardashian’s problem is that his thugs are mere child’s play compared to the Clintonista thugs. Though they deserve each other, but Clinton is far and away the more clever bully.

    And Hillary? Hillary Rotten Clinton is ruthless.

  50. PF, Obama is shooting birds and gigging frogs? 🙂

    BTW, nice parable from your Dad. Sounds like he was a wise man. (Hey just out of curiosity, were your parents atheists? I’m always fascinated at how anyone in this God-dominated culture comes away disbelieving.)

  51. “While I see what you’re driving at I think it is far more admirable to truly be self-deluded than to cynically manipulate a message that you know in your heart is empty BS.”

    And what do make of Obama?

  52. Tigre, your guess is correct Sir. I never visited the more “colorful” parts of Atlanta. Was there on business with not much time to tour. From what I understand Atlanta has a more established black middle and upper class than about any other city in the country.

    Now that you mention it, I do recall your mentioning Atlanta but the brain is old and tired so I was just re-confirming.

  53. All were Democrats, the party of Big Government.

    What’s Ann Coulter’s point in saying this? I wasn’t aware of Dem’s being on a different pay scale from Repubs.

    And Ann of all people to throw stones? She gets paid a handsome salary to produce nothing of worth … to simply spout off. To paraphrase Hillary Rosen, has Ann Coulter ever worked a “real job” in her life?

    Pfffffft.

  54. Come on “R”. We all agree Obama inherited a leaking ship. But you don’t knock the bottom of the ship out of while you’re still at sea to fix it like Bomba did.

    To paraphrase Otter, “You fucked up. You trusted him.”

  55. Unfortunately our choice was in direct competition with negative commentary about Mel Gibson so we changed the name to another character.

    LOL that’s hilarious. Choosing the right terms in a search can be damn tricky, When I went scouring the net for a “picture” of Narcissus, I saw an overwhelming number of pics of flowers. I had never heard of the narcissus flower. Go figure.

    Aside to Tigre … pay attention dude, your question was asked and answered in the previous thread.

  56. Rutherford, I agree with what you wrote. As you know, on one base, I hung around with five or so black friends. They taught me a lot, and I taught them a few things. I think they liked my telling them they were stupid in a non-racial way when they deserved it.They did the same to me. On another base, a black friend was as Biden described “clean and articulate” Everyone liked him.

    He and I chatted with some NCO club wives. After he left, one of the women said. “I really like H.” She said he was smart and just an all around nice man. Unlike many blacks he was not uppity. I could have vomited, because it was wrong on several levels..

    As you wrote, you are dealing with white guilt, white prejudice and non- handicapped guilt and bias. Hispanics aren’t all that thrilled with blacks either.

    My Welsh and some Scandinavian ancestors suffered discrimination, and so did I after I returned to the US from the service. They could assimilate because they were white, and I could to by not admitting I was a veteran. Unless you are a light skinned black or no one sees your disability, you can’t do that.

    Like you, I think Obama had some serious identity problems which may still be unresolved. According the the new book, Reverend Wright was the father Obama never had. Obama was uncertain about his religious identity too. He didn’t know if he could become a Christian because of his Muslim beliefs and tradition. Rev. Wright assured him he could, and he introduced Obama to black liberation theology tinged with Marxism.

    According to the book Rev Wright still hurts after Obama cast him aside. Obama does that a lot, from political expediency and maybe because as you wrote he was taught that he was special.

  57. I love propaganda. Notice in Tex’s charts “Total Welfare Spending since 1950” that in 1981 “Reagan slashes welfare’ but in 1996 “Reform ends welfare”. Why doesn’t it say “Clinton ends welfare”? We wouldn’t want to credit a Democrat in a series of conservative talking points now would we?

    Pfffft.

  58. Also I’d like to better understand the job growth chart since a very often seen graph that I’ve posted before shows positive job creation under Obama after a steep falloff under Bush.

  59. Rutherford, you really have led a sheltered life. lol.

    Marijuana generally slows speech and helps focus. Israel has probably done some of the best research regarding the lung issues.

    As Irv said, people who smoke both cigarettes AND marijuana have LESS cases of lung cancer statistically than those who only smoke cigarettes.

    Marijuana has never been linked to cancer or death.

  60. It would be interesting to know who really does make a decision like this. My guess would be Valerie Jarrett.

    Beautifully shot scene, that (Summer of ’42). Robert Mulligan (director) did To Kill a Mockingbird too (how’d your wife like the book btw, Tigre?).

  61. R, you think saying “look at Coulter and how much she makes without producing anything” is an answer to an entire piece centering on the preposterous nature of the “taxpayer funded” salaries of government employees that out strip the private market.

    And you don’t get the point of “more” government employees costing “more?”

    Good God Man!

    This eludes you? Wow.

  62. “Aside to Tigre … pay attention dude, your question was asked and answered in the previous thread.”

    Which question and what did you say? I ask a lot of questions. Some you answer, others you don’t.

  63. “While I see what you’re driving at I think it is far more admirable to truly be self-deluded than to cynically manipulate a message that you know in your heart is empty BS”.

    I couldn’t disagree more. Our Chocolate Mussolini, Exhibit “A.”

    R, it’s a lethal combination when self-delusion meets real power.

  64. Easy to see growth in employment percentile when the job market shrinks. If everyone is on the foodstamp roll, and we got The Bomba acting as President, we got a hundred percent Dimocratic employment. Woo Hoo!

    That’s no propaganda, Mr. Lawson. That’s President Kim’s chickens coming home to roost.

    Face it, Homey. The economic record of Obama’s spending vs. Job Growth is the absolute worst in recorded history. Bring back Zimbabwe. What has your family got for your $54,000 of spending more than The Bomba took in, El Rutherfordo?

  65. “It has been commercialized, but shaman use it to send themselves into the spirit world after repeating the music for ten or twelve hours. The Barney theme could do the job in less than half the time.” – James

    That’s funny. 🙂

    I can understand the fire (thank you for explaining the scenes in the video) being spiritual. They can be hypnotizing. One of my survival instructors called campfires the “wilderness TV”.

  66. Tigre, the asked and answered question was about Negative Mel. I asked Noah about it last thread, he answered it, and then I replied with some boring comments about SEO.

    Since the comments didn’t contain the keywords “black resentment” or “reverse racism” or “Trayvon Martin” I guess they passed through your mental filter. 😉

  67. BTW … of course I get Ann Coulter’s point. She thinks fed workers are overpaid. She hurts her case by singling out Democrats. And her credibility is, as I said, questionable considering she brings in big bucks for something we could all easily do without.

    Then again, maybe I need to consult with my stock adviser Rabbit on the current rate for snark on the exchange.

  68. “Of course the problem PF is that in real life the woman’s husband walks in on the Mrs. Robinson f*ckfest and blows the kids head off” – R

    I didn’t watch the clip, but I do remember the Mad Magazine cartoon synopsis. In S of 42, the husband is away fighting in WWII. Mrs. Robinson is from “The Graduate”.

  69. “Though they deserve each other, but Clinton is far and away the more clever bully.
    And Hillary? Hillary Rotten Clinton is ruthless.” Tex

    And yet, he did what the Republican’ts couldn’t, beat the Clinton’s in an election.

    It’s no wonder Bill takes jabs at Obama. He doesn’t like losing. Just look at who he chooses to pal around with, Dole and George Sr., the two guys whose asses he kicked upside down and sideways.

  70. ON topic, as opposed to my last post, have you seen this?

    http://obamainhistory.tumblr.com/

    I hooted and hollered.

    re: Jennifer O’Neill. God. When this movie came out, I wasn’t that much older than Hermie. Seeing her in that bra and panties nearly drove me out of my mind. Now that I think of it, it still does.

    In the story, she had just gotten word that her husband had been killed in the war, so he wasn’t about to walk in on them. It has been well documented that in times of death there is a lot more sex among the relatives. Nature provides for carrying on the species, doesn’t it? I had an amazing experience with a former high school classmate about three days before her wedding. The first, last and only time. Haven’t seen her since. That was 1977. And a second young lady – the same circumstances, about ten years later. Human nature is a funny thing.

    Married nine times, huh? Guess you can’t judge a book…well, you know. I have an old friend who is a retired ski slope photographer. He photographed quite a few very famous folks in Aspen and Telluride many years back. I mentioned that I thought Christie Brinkley was the most amazing human being I had ever laid eyes on and that I would love to spend some time with her. His only response was, “No you don’t. Talk to her ten minutes and you won’t want anything to do with her.” Damn.

  71. “She thinks fed workers are overpaid.” 🙄

    I was addressing the “overpopulation” of them component of, “what does the Democratic party have to do with the amount they are paid” part.

    I love how the left is untroubled by a comfortable bureaucrat paid with tax dollars with so many hurting in the private sector — then turn around and scream about the inequity of someone NOT paid by the taxpayers making a lot of money.

    R, sometimes I can’t tell whether you “don’t get it” or deliberately misdirect.

  72. R asked:
    “Sounds like he was a wise man. (Hey just out of curiosity, were your parents atheists? I’m always fascinated at how anyone in this God-dominated culture comes away disbelieving.)”

    Believers, I guess, but not churchers, although people TRIED to get them to go.

    An older acquaintance of mine caught religion and decided that it would be the nicest thing he could do to save my mother’s soul, so he came up and started his spiel.

    She listened for a few minutes and famously said, “Now Joe, you might as well go back down the holler. I ain’t been to church in thirty years and I’m a better Christian than anybody you got in your congregation. Hell, by they time they hit the church door on their way out they’re already gossiping about their neighbors.”

    “Now let me help YOU out. You get ever’body all gathered up by the creek bank and you have a baptizin’. You souse ’em down and as soon as you pull ’em back up, you take a big hammer and knock ’em in the head, like my Papa used to do an old hog when he butchered him. Kill them while they are still wet, before they have time to back-slide and you might save a few souls.” Thus endeth his foray into saving my mother.

    God, how many people do you know whose mother has been dead seventeen years that still thinks of them every day, and every time with a big smile. Not very many, I’d wager…

  73. This is dead rabbit reporting from the lower intestine of government waste as I type this. If you could see the wasteful bureaucracy I am staring at this very moment. Hundreds of thousands of salary dollars for people who don’t do shit. Got to go. Don’t want to get caught typing this.

    The bureaucracy just keeps growing and growing. The horror. The horror.

  74. re: Pot and lungs. The latest I had heard, many years ago, is that pot was probably a little harder on your lungs than tobacco, but nobody could smoke three packs of dope a day, so net/net it was pretty benign. (Paraquat-treated Mexican is a whole different thing, though.)

    The best way I am told is to get some olive oil and heat it up with your leaves, leaching the active ingredient into the oil. Temperature is important. Then get a brownie mix and use your “special” oil as the oil called for in the recipe. There are recipes all over the Web; I of course don’t have any personal experience, but they SAY it is far and away the most economical and pleasant way to do it.

  75. “Also I’d like to better understand the job growth chart since a very often seen graph that I’ve posted before shows positive job creation under Obama after a steep falloff under Bush.” – R

    You won’t see that chart from a rightie, a deep v shape, turning almost upon the change of administrations. If you extend the exercise beyond the hypocrisy zone and assume the new president isn’t responsible for anything until September 12 of his first year in office, the jobs balance sheet tips totally in Obama’s favor.

    Fair and balanced. 😉

  76. MANHATTAN (CN) – A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction late Wednesday to block provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the military to indefinitely detain anyone it accuses of knowingly or unknowingly supporting terrorism.

    http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/05/16/46550.htm

    YES! WE!! CAN!!!

    As you guys probably know, few things in our system give me joy anymore. I rejoice at anything positive. This is a flicker of that hope.

  77. Poolman, I love you in a manly sort of way, but if you wuz here, I’d kiss you right on the mouth.

    Sometimes I feel like that inscription marking the entrance to hell, “Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here,” and then there are days like today I have maybe just a little flicker of it.

  78. Coulter has said many stupid things (although actually they are genius if all she wants is to sell books) to cause thinking people to completely disregard her opinions.

    This is the one that did it for me. (For those who don’t know, Medved is a conservative talker, one of the better ones, IMO.)

    Coulter to Michael Medved.

    [However, she added: “Jews don’t accept the New Testament, so, you know, as long as we’re playing this new sport of ‘he who is offended first wins,’ if anyone’s going to be offended by anyone else’s religion, the Jews believe that my savior, a Jew, was a raving lunatic, and you don’t see me sniffling and crying.”]

    There is no Jewish theology of Jesus.

    http://www.jta.org/news/article/2007/10/19/104773/jesusann

  79. “I’m always fascinated at how anyone in this God-dominated culture comes away disbelieving.”

    12 years of Catholic school is a great recipe for atheism. 😉

  80. I’m such a dork, I went through the whole list. I had forgotten that Jefferson and Adams both died on the same day, the 50th birthday of the U.S.

    Of course Obama is a narcissist, politicians are by nature egotistical. But I think this is straight politicking. The connections are almost all policy reminders and linked to sights that are relevant to the election.

    If it was simple self-involvement, he would have latched on to Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, not Coolidge, Nixon and Carter. And Clinton’s page would have been entirely deleted. 😉

  81. Rabbit, I don’t know how you maintain. I have to bite my tongue just visiting my grand kid’s classrooms. Going through what they are trying to teach and the way it is presented drives me up a wall. Convoluted best describes it.

    When I pick them up there are 8 or 10 full-sized school buses that transport maybe 30 kids to who knows where. A few of the kids are handicapped. Several buses are handicapped equipped. 1 kid goes on 1 of those buses with a driver and an assistant. 1 kid goes on another with a driver and an assistant. Full-sized buses! And they got their diesel engines idling the whole time.

    And that is just one elementary school. We got them all over the place.

    There is no way I could work for government. No frikkin’ way. Is it worse than marketing? Maybe. Most may not be intentionally evil.

    But we live in a land of enablers, so it definitely helps the “wrong” side.

  82. “You souse ‘em down and as soon as you pull ‘em back up, you take a big hammer and knock ‘em in the head, like my Papa used to do an old hog when he butchered him. Kill them while they are still wet, before they have time to back-slide and you might save a few souls.” – Pf

    Absolutely Classic. 🙂

    Ever try that on a J. Witness? I would miss that lady too.

  83. Thanks thor. I’ll remember “wilderness TV.” Its true isn’t it?

    The woman’s singing as she spread her arms to be superimposed over the hawk’s wings shows the spiritual connection with nature. Humans are part of nature, not set above as our world-wide religions place mankind.

    I’ve never attended a Catholic school, but that was funny Gypseykat.

    On a sad note Donna Summers died of cancer.

    You all might be interested in the Drudge Report headline. Big Government has found a publicity booklet published to promote Obama’s first abandoned book. The headline should make birthers swoon.

    The author wrote that Breitbart didn’t think Obama was born in Kenya, but he believed the press ignored the president’s past because they had already composed the inspirational story which led to the White House.

    If this booklet is legitimate, it further supports the thesis of this post. Probably as a result of his childhood, Obama is full of himself, and he feels he has the right to re- invent himself to his advantage.

    I think he was trying to do what Elizabeth Warren did–make himself more exotic than he was to gain attention and acceptance.

  84. “This is dead rabbit reporting from the lower intestine of government waste as I type this. If you could see the wasteful bureaucracy I am staring at this very moment.” DR

    Get back to work you parasite. Those kids aren’t going to learn how to fail on their own. 🙂

  85. I’ve liked Michael Medved since he told how when he was in high school, he and a group of students tried to get the school to sanction a rice paddy on the football field to show their solidarity with the Viet Cong. He was a liberal then.

  86. “get some olive oil and heat it up with your leaves, leaching the active ingredient into the oil. Temperature is important. Then get a brownie mix and use your “special” oil as the oil called for in the recipe.”

    That is way too much work for someone who is stoned. The first batch might come out ok, but by the second round we’d be chewing the leaves, drinking the oil and wondering why the oven smelled like burning Tupperware. 😛

  87. I didn’t watch the clip, but I do remember the Mad Magazine cartoon synopsis. In S of 42, the husband is away fighting in WWII. Mrs. Robinson is from “The Graduate”.

    You took me way too literally Thor. I was suggesting that in real life the kid would not be so lucky and the reference to Mrs. Robinson was simply a comment on the age difference.

    I guess I mixed my movie metaphors.

  88. thor – Have you seen this recipe for Vodka Christmas Cake?

    Ingredients:
    1 cup of water
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 cup of sugar
    1 tsp salt
    1 cup of brown sugar
    lemon juice
    4 large eggs
    lots of nuts
    1 bottle Vodka
    2 cups of dried fruit

    Sample the vodka to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the vodka again. To be sure it is the highest quality, pour one level cup and drink.

    Repeat.

    Turn on the electric mixer. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.

    Add one teaspoon of sugar. Beat again. At this point it’s best to make sure the vodka is shtill OK.

    Try another cup …. just in case. Turn off the mixerer.

    Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.

    Pick fruit off floor.

    Mix on the turner.

    If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers pry it loose with a sdrewscriver.

    Sample the vodka to check for tonsisticity.

    Next, sift two cups of salt. Or something. Who careshz.

    Check the vodka.

    Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.

    Add one table.

    Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.

    Greash the oven and wee in the fridge.

    Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.

    Don’t forget to beat off the turner.

    Finally, throw the bowl through the window, finish the vodka

    Fall into bed.

    CHERRY MISTMAS

  89. Speaking of metaphors, this reminds me one of my favorite sitcom exchanges that occurred on the ill-fated “The Tortelli’s”. I’ll reconstruct the dialog as best I remember it:

    Nick Tortelli — “The early bird catches the worm.”
    Loretta Tortelli — “and a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”
    Nick — “Ahhh Loretta, you extended my metaphor.”
    Loretta — “Oooooo Nicky, I didn’t mean to. I was just sitting here.”

    😆

  90. I had an amazing experience with a former high school classmate about three days before her wedding.

    Why is it all I can think of is the “lucky” groom? 😐

    “Talk to her ten minutes and you won’t want anything to do with her.”

    Billy Joel learned that lesson the hard way.

  91. “Why is it all I can think of is the “lucky” groom? ”

    Ah, Rutherford – you know what has no conscience – especially at age 22. But it’s OK – she wasn’t a virgin.

    …and remember, you can’t miss what you can’t measure, can you? LOL

  92. “He was a liberal then.”

    I hadn’t heard his “rice paddy” story. Now there’s a guy that evolved. I recall hearing why he “turned”. It had to do with him getting mugged.

  93. Ya gotta love the Breitbart web site. They’re sure Barack was born in Hawaii BUT lookie here at this booklet!!!! It’s great the way they try to play it both ways.

    Assuming for the moment that the booklet is not a complete fabrication (Breitbart’s boys are well known for making sh*t up), it is damning … in fact it’s worse than discovering that he was really born in Kenya. It says that he and his reps would lie about it to somehow enhance his “rep”. “Let’s say you were born in Kenya … makes you sound more international.”

    Of course, this explodes the whole conspiracy theory that Obama was groomed from the age of 3 to become POTUS and turn the US into a Communist country. In such an alternate reality, his Communist handlers would never have allowed a bio to say that he was born in Kenya. 😯

  94. R, sorry I misunderstood. Speaking of extended metaphors, did you catch this in PF’s first Summer of 42 post?

    “I was thinking about this before I got up” 😉

  95. I had forgotten that Jefferson and Adams both died on the same day, the 50th birthday of the U.S.

    Legend has it that one of Adam’s last words was “Jefferson lives” not knowing his sometime friend and foe had died earlier that day.

  96. you can’t miss what you can’t measure, can you?

    Sounds like a variation on what I was taught by my manager years ago — “If it isn’t on paper, it doesn’t exist.”

  97. I was telling my wife now that Donna Summer has passed perhaps an autopsy can settle once and for all if she is a “she”. (Years ago there were persistent rumors that Donna was transgender.) My wife scoffed at me. 😦

  98. Sorry folks … after the third “have you ever wondered”, I wanted to shoot the 12 year old in the head. 👿

    This kid belongs at home watching “Glee”. Her parents must be insufferable.

  99. Sorry, R. You can’t shoot her unless she is the aggressor, just like here in America.

    I saw an interview with Donna Summer about five years ago. I was expecting some disco airhead; boy was I wrong. She was so smart and articulate (and had some nice hoots, but who’s looking at that?) I watched the whole thing. Good businesswoman, a pleasure to hear her talk.

  100. Rutherford, it isn’t about the child. It’s about the message. The fact that the twelve-year-old grasps it and our larger society does not is what’s profound.

    Obama speaks perfectly. Years of training can help. The presentation is always the focus. We don’t want real meat. We only want the sensation of it.

  101. LOL Poolman … the gay marriage “tradition” of the Catholic church only serves to support my assertion that there is more in heaven and earth than is dreamt of in Tex’s brain. 🙂

  102. The fact that the twelve-year-old grasps it

    Call me cynical but I think the kid has memorized talking points fed to her by adults. She doesn’t “grasp” anything. I do give her credit for delivering that speech sans notes or teleprompter though.

    I’m not saying that a kid her age can’t understand how screwed up things are. In fact, children often see this stuff plainer than we do. It’s just the style of her rhetoric and the sources she quotes that sounds a bit much for a 12 year old. Like I said, if she truly is that much of a smart ass, her parents must be insufferable.

  103. Poolman, we’ve got to stop meeting like this …. both of us Lee Camp and Mark Fiore fans. Scary!

    When I start subscribing to Brother Nathaniel videos, that’s when I know I need an intervention. 🙂

  104. 😆 I just found out you were into Lee Camp when I listened to Magilla intimidating your co-host the other day.

    The latest Brother Nathaniel almost parrots Tex, so I didn’t post it. 😀

  105. The Breitbart preamble reads like Rutherford’s ex-post facto disclaimers on the “real concerns” in the Zimmerman case (i.e. gun ownership). 😐

  106. 12 years of Catholic school is a great recipe for atheism

    Really. Didn’t do that to either of my kids, one who is a full ride to medical at Texas. On the scale of intellect, her Einstein to you the amoeba., she never saw anything but a Catholic school and volunteers to assist Hispanic children, including this summer in Equador. So where are the Catholic atheist good works?

    I think the problem was the attendee. You and Thor need to get together for remedial basic math. He just told me Clinton kicked ass, yet Clinton never even got a majority vote in a Presidential election. I owe Bill Clinton a huge favor. Clinton was so good his first two years, he gave the country our first Republican Congress in 40 years. And frankly, Bob Dole was John McCain – since Clinton acted like a Republican financial after the 1994 annihilation, Clinton was the better candidate.

    In fact, the only real political blowout kick ass events I’ve witness in my voting life favor Republicans. 1980, 1984, 1988, 1994, 2010.

    Now if you want to see any ass kicking, we can talk about the great one, Ronald Reagan. 3,000 votes in Minnesota and the Great One would have swept all 50 states. That’s an ass kicking, Bore Thor.

  107. Except for one thing. The most important truth is not love. it is survival. Like Rutherford, i think the girl has a good memory.

    If the Breitbart column is true, I agree with Rutherford. It makes Obama and Elizabeth Warren soul mates.

  108. There is no Jewish theology of Jesus. There are a small number of isolated Talmudic and Midrashic references describing him as a rabbinical student who strayed and who lured others into heresy; these have had virtually no impact on Jewish views of Christianity.

    😆 What do they think Jesus was? A Buddhist? If you ever want to make a Jew real uncomfortable, pass Isaiah 53 past them and ask them to explain.

  109. James

    The former Elizabeth Warren doesn’t go by that name anymore. She’s been adopted as Fauxcohantas by President Kardashian.

    😀

  110. Dead Rabbit is an influential blogger born in Warsaw, Poland. He is currently working on his biographical opus, Tiny Penis, Wide Shoulders: A Polock’s Tale.

    In this biography, he picks right up where he left off in the eighth grade describing fictionalized accounts of women he didn’t really have sex with on a family vacation to Niagra Falls. He also talks about his struggles being a Chipawa Indian trapped in a Slavic body.

  111. Nah, I copped that Tigre. I can’t claim credit. Just thought it was funny when Tigre wrote it.

  112. Well I didn’t come up with it. I just wanted to give R a little shit for telling me I missed something fro the prior thread and here I delivered it to him on a silver platter — no credit. 😆

    I still think it’s because I’m a cracker.

  113. The more I read about what was done the more I think this was an act of a desperate and self centered man. Obama I think sees the coming storm and the end of his Presidency. This to me is quite possibly the most pathetic self serving act I have ever seen. Not content to let history decide, the man is trying to write it himself. Every time I read it I get a little more angry.

  114. Damn it R. I gave you Fauxcohantas earlier in the week. 🙄

    My sincere apologies Tigre. I believe in credit where credit is due and that is indeed a classic. Sorry I didn’t spot it when you first posted it.

  115. LOL … Tigre, I don’t think of you as a cracker. For some reason I don’t even think of you as a southerner. And yes, Tex is Tex … he defies categorization.

  116. Ooooo looking worse and worse for Trayvon. Why didn’t his father warn him “I live in a high class neighborhood fool with my high class girlfriend. Don’t f*ck things up for me with yo ghetto attitude. I’ll ship your delinquent ass back to yo mama so fast your head will spin.”

    If only he had received that fatherly advice, none of this might have happened. 😦

  117. I think I’ve found a way towards unity in Sanford, Florida. Both the Martin and Zimmerman families should file a joint lawsuit against the makers of Skittles. Clearly if the fool hadn’t been addicted to Skittles, none of this would have happened.

    Tigre, would you take the case? It’s a money maker man!!!!

  118. Noah the only difference between us on this topic is the extent of Obama’s involvement. Otherwise I do share your outrage. Alfie has been kind in his assessment of it. I find it greatly insulting.

    Muffy may very well be right that Valerie Jarrett is behind it. The POTUS has not been served well by his staff.

  119. Speaking of Muffy:

    Muffy what prompted your Biden bash? I gotta tell you, I watched him on the stump this morning and the mofo was on fire. I know you guys don’t respect him but the truth is he is an asset to Obama in the fight against Romney. Obama by way of the autobiographies is a wealthy man. The contrast with millionaire Romney isn’t sharp enough. Joe, on the other hand still looks scrappy. He has said he was the poorest man in the Senate.

    This is the contrast. Romney accusing the middle class of class envy and Biden affirming the middle class ambition to succeed. Agree or disagree, the contrast is there and the public will make a choice.

  120. What tipped you off?

    Not ready to go there yet. I have a couple other places to check out first. Let’s just say my conspiracy antennae are twitching. 😀

  121. How do you figure Biden is an asset, Rutherford? Jughead Joe seems to do quite well when they list assets, being he’s many times a millionaire.

    Personally, I believe this election is all about Obama – making Joe Biden almost irrelevant. I can’t believe that idiot really thinks he’s going to be a candidate in 2016. 😆 Joe has been busted about lying so many times, he’s a laugh track. Constitutional Expert? OMG!!!

    But besides being perhaps the dumbest man to ever hold a Senate seat and a gaffe a minute, Biden is a poor representative to talk about helping the down and out and his blue collar roots.

    Biden truly is a One Percenter x 2. Less than One Percent of his One Percenter ranking income goes to charity. If I were the V.P. candidate debating Jughead Joe, I’d hold that published fact as ammunition in the debate.

    Bet I could turn that disingenuous clown red faced and red assed in about fifteen seconds.

  122. “For some reason I don’t even think of you as a southerner.”

    I’m not. Think of me as a Boston version of My Cousin Vinny. The movie has earned me a nickname among my southern lawyer friends. No Boston accent though. Thank God.

  123. Biden is an asset because he makes Obama look good by comparison. Were he Sarah Palin, the press would have portrayed him as an idiot by now. He has said more foolish things than Palin. Even Osama bin Ladin thought Biden was incompetent.

    The liberal press covers for them both. Its latest attempt to hide the truth was the booklet promoting a book Obama later abandoned. An AP story in 2004 described Obama as a Kenyan running for the Illinois State Legislature. As I wrote before, Obama, like Elizabeth Warren embelished himself for personal gain.

    Biden is a rich man who gives much less to charity than Romney.

    As you know, I like to poke at people in a friendly way. Now, I tell my wife it is time for me to listen to the news when Rush or Michael are on the radio. She rolls her eyes, The way things are going, I may be right.

    When did Romney accuse the middle class of class envy? I don’t believe he has. He has accused the Obama administration and liberal Democrats of fostering class envy. Most of those liberals are rich enough to qualify for membership in the 1%.

    Martin was not addicted to Skittles. He was on marijuana and was on school suspension for drug use. I think Martin would still be alive if he had not pounded on an armed man.

  124. R sometimes I think you live an alternate reality. No one takes Biden seriously. He’s a total clown. He can’t carry coherent message about identifying with the working class as a proxy for the $10 million president. And the simulated outrage? The only ones enthralled by it are the OWS types and MSNBCers.

    The sound of Obama avoiding his record is deafening.

  125. An eclipse of the sun will pass over North America from Iowa west late Sunday afternoon. Anyone in Utah or west will have a super view.

  126. “When did Romney accuse the middle class of class envy? I don’t believe he has. He has accused the Obama administration and liberal Democrats of fostering class envy.”

    That’s exactly right.

    What the hell are you talking about R?

  127. dead rabbit, 162 was funny. :Poland and Ukraine make some good flash mobs. I suspect you were in the one a dance troupe made in Cracow last spring.

  128. James – the beauty of the “carry” laws is that you never know who is armed. I had dinner last night with a British ER doc (born in UK, but parents are Pakistani). He and his wife are young (about 30), have four kids and are the consummate hosts. Much to my surprise, he told us that both he AND his wife are armed nearly all the time they are out of the house. He figures that when you need your gun you need it in a hurry. Anybody who picks this lovely-looking couple for robbery is making a very bad mistake.

    Southern Virginia is a VERY polite place.

    Can’t argue with that.

    ET, what’s a yute?

  129. James, many years ago I did some skydiving in the Missouri River Basin a ways outside of KC. Flat as a pancake and hotter than hell (on the ground). Is that similar to your neck of the woods?

  130. “ET, what’s a yute?”

    😆 😆

    I can recite almost every line of that movie. You know, there are times I have to be in rural county courthouses down here and swear I walked on to the set.

  131. Yes, it is El Tigre. Our land is so apparently flat that we can see twenty miles from our up stairs window.

    As last year’s flood showed, much of the valley has low spots and remains of old river channels. They helped make the Corps of Engineers inundation maps wrong because low spots trapped water. Usually, the apparently flat land must be leveled for center pivots.

    We get a lot of wind, and people used to sky dive from the Loess Hills east of the valley.

    I’d hate living in the hills. You can’t see out.

  132. I agree, Pfessor. A student was doing stupid things like leaving dead dogs on our car at night. My wife trained to get a carry permit, and she told her students Everything was quiet after she shared her news.

  133. Recent Biden clips have him looking like he’s in mid-transformation to a werewolf or something. He may be doing a good job but I thought the audience sounds were more awkward than anything.

    Do you people honestly believe that Romney wants to destroy the middle class?

    What Trayvon Martin news were you referring to in particular, Rutherford?

    I’m intrigued by poolman’s announcement.

  134. Sorry about the name change Rutherford. I’m playing around with some stuff connected to a website I’m building. No blog in the works. 🙂

  135. James – re: dead dogs

    Many years ago, when both my aunt and uncle were living, there was a veritable blizzard one winter’s evening. Esther and Albert lived in a rural area, with no houses in sight of theirs. My uncle happened to look out the window and under the dusk-to-dawn light, saw someone crouched behind his car fiddling with the gas filler cap.

    Albert was an old man at that time, probably close to eighty. He got his pistol off the mantle and went out a door on the other side of the house. Between the wind, snow and cold, the fellow never saw or heard my uncle walk right up behind him.

    It was a neighbor’s boy – about twenty-five, recently married, poor to the point of having almost nothing. My uncle put his pistol in his pocket and touched the boy on the shoulder, who saw Albert and started crying.

    The boy was just about froze to death; the snow was pouring down the back of his shirt; his hands were wet and icy. Albert told him to wait there.

    He went back in the house, brought out a second gas can and his leather coat and put it around the boy’s shoulders. He said, “Harold, you don’t have to steal from me; if you need some gas, just come and ask.”

    The boy took his own can, about half-full and left. He was so ashamed he had his wife drop Albert’s coat off the next day and they soon moved out of the valley. I never heard of him ever getting into trouble again.

    Helluva story. Life in the hollers really is different from anywhere else. I have to get some of this stuff written down somewhere.

  136. <Tiny Penis, Wide Shoulders: A Polock’s Tale

    😆 I’m waiting with bated breath. Sounds like an NYT Bestseller to me. I’d buy it for the title alone.

    I kind of like Skinny Legs & Tiny Penis, Wide Shoulders With Guns That Feed Us

    A Pollock’s Tale, by Rabbit Schwarzenegger

    Don’t know about you older gentlemen, but I have begin to notice ‘Old Blue Steel’ is starting to experience a little shrinkage himself. Guess the blood flow ain’t what she used to be. Either that, or the intrigue of the unknown isn’t such a mystery these days.

  137. Tex –
    As you may have noticed when you were young, when the testosterone levels start going up around twelve or thirteen, the size of the blue-veined throbber increases quite rapidly to its adult dimensions. I wonder if, as testosterone levels decline later in life, what the Lord giveth, he then taketh away.

    A shittieth thing to do, if you ask me…

  138. That is a good story, Pfessor. Yes, you should write your stories. We collected old stories from our county and put them in a book to preserve them. Unless you write it, it will die with you and your family.

    Yours was funny too, Tex.

    I remember an old song “Old Pappy Time is a picking my pocket, stealing constantly…”

  139. Don’t know, PFesser. I just had the most complete lab work I’ve ever had, and testosterone was one of the many items check. Mine was actually a little on the high side for my age – whatever that means. Probably means without this rather large dose of statin, my LDL would be in the stratosphere since testosterone the precursor to cholesterol. I remember from meds that those statins are a competitive enzyme, and I’ll bet money without even researching it, the “competitive” is after the production of testosterone.

    Makes sense what you say since if I recall my biochemistry, testosterone is a precursor to many if not most of the “sex” hormones. Maybe in conjunction with the atherosclerosis we all experience, the teeny peeny syndrome was inevitable. I can remember a day when I could at least change my wife’s facial expression upon entry. 😆

    She’s gone from the wide eyed, “easy boy”, to making out mental grocery lists on those incredibly rare amorous occasions. What’s worse, I had my first experience sometime back of failing to report for work. At least we both laughed simultaneously about it.

    I think the only thing that might make me stray is the curiosity of is it the routine and the mundane? Or is there something actually wrong. Only way to know for sure is the cat scratch.

    I do know this. I don’t care what the pharmaceuticals are telling us. My insufficiency started just about the same time my statin level was increased dramatically. When I asked about side effects, they just kind of brushed me off.

    I wanted to say, “What apple cart do you think I just dropped off? In other words, you don’t know any more than I do – maybe less.”

  140. “She’s gone from the wide eyed, “easy boy”, to making out mental grocery lists on those incredibly rare amorous occasions”

    Yeah, the REAL sign of trouble is when she says, “Beige – we should definitely paint the ceiling beige.”

    My cousin’s wife was the Bitch from Hell; she was a direct descendent of Devil Anse Hatfield, of Hatfields and McCoys fame and hadn’t had ANY of it bred out of her by the intervening generations. Mean as hell and crazy as a big-assed bird, as he used to say.

    I wasn’t there of course, but I swear to God he told me this was true. He thought he was doing just fine during one of their bedroon sessions, looked up and she was *filing her nails.* That takes some guts, let me tell you.

    That was his first wife.

  141. Hey Pfesser. I know you specialists get so specialized, you seldom have time to keep up to date about other fields of specialty. I’ve got a question – well, actually it’s a bitch and a question.

    I had a myocardial perfusion scan last week, along with the blood work. Strange test in that it only emulates being stressed – there was no physical exertion, – the crap they inject you with makes your arteries dilate and gives you a splitting headache. Reminded me of a nitro patch which I’m sure is the same effect.

    Anyway. I get the results back and they want me to go on the ‘South Beach’ diet. I’d as soon be dead. But get this.

    My lab results show a somewhat elevated creatine kinase level which I’ve read is a possible marker for damaged muscle – though not necessarily the heart (it runs in my family). So I tell you all that to ask this.

    They recommend I come into their pharmacy (yep, the electro physiologist now has his own pharmacy) to purchase “vitamins.” I tell them I’ll be back in August anyway. We can talk then. You would have thought I had told them to shove it up their ass. All I was trying to tell them is let me work in the diet, and we’ll measure again in 3 months.

    Doctors now purchasing the pharmacies? Is this a new trend of some type? The all inclusive office visit? They already do the lab work, which is also new.

  142. He thought he was doing just fine during one of their bedroon sessions, looked up and she was *filing her nails.* That takes some guts, let me tell you.

    ** GUFFAW **

    Hope Muffy doesn’t read this. 😆

    I learned a big lesson during the birth of our first daughter. I thought I was larger than normal – or so I was told a few times (probably lying to coax me into buying something). Anyway, you’d hit rock bottom on some occasions, so I thought, “Hey, I might be an unknown Johnny Wadd or something.” Nope.

    Anyway, I watched a nine pound baby pass through my wife, and the doctor was sitting there playing catcher. My daughter hadn’t been around 30 seconds, when this funny doctor looked up at me and asked, “Do you mind if I stitch my initials down here.” LOL. I said, “Don’t use mine. I thought I was doing a little damage. Now I realize I was like a minnow in the sea of love.”

  143. That sounds pretty bogus to me. With all the govt cutbacks in payments to doctors, some are getting into some pretty sketchy areas. Time for me to get out of this business for a while.

    Sounds like you had a persantine scan. Not that much fun. I don’t know what to make of the elevated CPK – it’s not specific to the heart, though…

    Have you thought about bicycling? I have gotten a little fat in my old age and it is so hot here in the summers that I can’t run hard enough to get decent exercise before I have heatstroke. Bicycling is more efficient and moves a lot more air over you for cooling and lets you get up a decent heart rate. On a good day I can get to 160, which is my predicted Max, and you only need about 80%. Do that for a few weeks and you can eat whatever you like and the fat will still fall off.

  144. “Biden is an asset because he makes Obama look good by comparison.” – James

    I once heard someone refer to Biden as “impeachment insurance”. Sorry James, but I think Palin would have been too.

  145. re: size. We had a great professor for our “sex” classes in med school, Dr. Barbara I. She was about forty and hot, hot, hot. The term MILF hadn’t been invented yet, but should have, just for her.

    She was lecturing about men’s concern over size. “I always tell my patients the following: In the normal state, the vagina is completely collapsed; there is no space in there. (True, I can confirm that on CT scans.) During childbirth, it dilates to 11cm.”

    “All men fall in that range, 0-11cm. So don’t worry about it. Enjoy yourself.”

    We were taught on our OB rotations to, when sewing up episiotomies after childbirth, to put in a couple of “husband stitches.” That is to say, make it a little tighter than before. I always did that. Nowadays they would get in trouble for even suggesting such a thing.

  146. The extra stitch, hey? 🙂

    It was like having a whole new hymen first time after child number one. It was months before my wife let me try that again. I swear to you this is the truth.

    I could actually feel that thing rip. No wonder she said, “No way, Jose.”

    My honey, my baby. Don’t put my on no shelf. She said, “Don’t hand me no lines, and keep your hands to yourself.”

  147. Rutherford
    “Noah the only difference between us on this topic is the extent of Obama’s involvement.”

    At the end of the day to be President means, you are the man. As leader if his minions did this without his approval, that is still a failure as a leader. He should have known about something like this and if his people are running around with the authority to do this without his knowledge, then I have a great many other concerns about what is going on in his administration.

  148. “An eclipse of the sun will pass over North America from Iowa west late Sunday afternoon. Anyone in Utah or west will have a super view.” – James

    I look forward to it James. Partial solar eclipses are cool, but have you ever seen a total solar eclipse? Life changing.

  149. thor, I agree Sarah might have been the same kind of insurance. My point is the press reacts to Biden with “That’s just Joe being himself.” while they tell us Palin is off her rocker.

    I have a medical question. At my advanced age, I only have to take drops for glaucoma in my left eye. I cross country ski, ride a bike and though we have a rototiller, I garden with a shovel. I exercise until I am gasping, and my teeth throb.

    In the late seventies, a drunk driver caused an accident which put me into another world for a little bit. My memory of the impact and shortly after is a blank because I was unconscious. My first memory is telling my wife to be sure to tell the cops to check the other man’s alcohol level, but I can’t remember if it was when they put me in the ambulance or when I was in the hospital. it is fuzzy. .

    I was in a hospital room with two shattered teeth that no one did anything about. They woke me every two hours and aimed a flashlight at my eyes to see if they were dilating independently of each other.

    Two days later, I was out of the hospital with temporary crowns on my teeth after my wife raised a stink about my teeth.

    Shortly after I got home, my left side began to tingle and flirt with numbness. I asked my wife to look at my eyes. One pupil was tiny, and the other was huge. I refused to go to the doctor for a little bit, because of my previous bad experience. Sensation returned, and my eyes were back to normal.

    We have been hearing about the effects of concussions on football players etc. My wife worries sometimes. What are the chances I will suddenly lose my marbles? The accident happened over thirty years ago, and I don’t see any obvious effects yet.

    I have a medical question. At my advanced age, I only have to take drops for glaucoma in my left eye. I cross country ski, ride a bike…. Oops!

  150. No thor, I have never seen a total eclipse of the sun My brother and college friends saw one in southern Canada, but I couldn’t go, because I had to haul corn. He taped the reaction with his tape recorder.

    My father saw one when he was a boy, and as you write about life changing, he spoke of it often.

    I have been in two which were close enough to totality that it grew dark enough that birds and our chickens roosted for the night. The air got cooler and the dull sky had a brownish hue..

    Tree leaves projected thin crescent shadows on the ground.

    Did you travel to see the total eclipse or were you lucky enough to be under it?

  151. “what the Lord giveth, he then taketh away.
    A shittieth thing to do, if you ask me…” PF

    Yeah, but he also gives you a protruding belly and failing eyesight to shelter you from your downfall. 😉

  152. I think Martin would still be alive if he had not pounded on an armed man.

    Contemplating a new post on the subject that may surprise some of you. Let’s just say sometimes it’s wise to know when to throw in the towel.

    P.S. James, the Skittles comment was a joke.

  153. “At the end of the day to be President means, you are the man. As leader if his minions did this without his approval, that is still a failure as a leader. He should have known about something like this and if his people are running around with the authority to do this without his knowledge, then I have a great many other concerns about what is going on in his administration.” – Nagic

    This is boilerplate (in fact, it’s so vague, I wonder if you really read through the “changes or are just repeating what you heard other people say) that could be applied to Nixon and Watergate as well as Reagan and Iran-Contra. I assume you were on the side of the critics in both those instances?

  154. No blog in the works. 🙂

    Damn. I was looking forward to it Muffy. The only female “amateur” conservative blogger I know of is “Nice Deb” and since I suspect she ain’t all that nice, I haven’t spent more than a few seconds on her blog. The fact that she’s in cahoots with BiW is enough to give me pause. 🙂

    Yours would have been a refreshing, non-knee-jerk conservative voice. Oh well I can always hope you’ll eventually come around. 😉

    P.S. I don’t say “amateur” as a swipe. I’m an amateur. I’m contrasting with blogs by Andrew Sullivan and other paid pundits.

  155. blue-veined throbber

    This just gets better and better. OK … so that is what the blue reference is about. Still sounds a bit pathological to me. I’d see a doctor. 🙂

  156. Hey Tex, on the subject of cholesterol, I read a headline the other day that “good cholesterol” may not be so good after all. I didn’t read the article. Have you seen anything about it?

  157. Haven’t seen anything negative on HDL, Rutherford. I know from my test, my cardiologist is still recommending to get it as high as possible – especially if you’re male.

    If you see it, let me know.

  158. Regarding “size” I always loved the line from Elaine Boozler, a standup comedian from a couple of decades ago (don’t know what she’s up to now).

    She said, “don’t worry … so long as it reaches from you to me, we’ll be fine.” Both funny and compassionate.

  159. re: @232. Women who will be honest with you – and that is always someone you have never been to bed with – will tell you that, contrary to popular lore, size matters and matters a LOT. An OK guy or even a small guy can make things just fine and of course it’s always fun, but the honest girls, not just trying to be nice, will tell you that it is the exceptional fellow they remember for a lifetime.

    As Jimma Carter said, life isn’t fair.

  160. James, looks like we’re brothers in glaucoma. I take drops in both eyes. When did you get diagnosed? My Dad just got a potential glaucoma diagnosis at the ripe old age of 83 and I thought that was odd. I thought signs of glaucoma would show up much younger.

  161. “Did you travel to see the total eclipse or were you lucky enough to be under it?” – James

    I skipped school and drove over to the Tri-Cities with my brother and his future ex-wife. We drove through the night and listened to Larry King (I’m not a huge King fan but it was interesting because people kept calling in with their “total solar” experiences and hell, it was the late seventies and their was nothing else on.)

    A lot of people went to Goldendale because there is a replica of Stonehenge their, but we chose the confluence of the Columbia and Snake. (About 3 miles as the Salmon swims from where the Kennewick man was later unearthed.) We were standing on the same river banks upon which Lewis, Clark and Sacajawea stood 175 years before.

    I wrote an essay on it about twenty five years ago. Maybe I’ll fish it out of my college stuff and flesh it out for you. Their are all kinds of weird things that go on, a rolling light image on the ground, the birds get all messed up so it naturally gets incredibly quiet.

    When the sun is completely covered you can look directly at it without harm. Solar flares leap beyond the disc of the moon creating a ring of fire.

    To me, the most amazing part is when it goes total and again when it exits. When it starts, you can actually see the shadow moving across the Earth’s surface toward you. When it ends, the returning sunlight races toward you at immense speed, like a sweeping lighthouse beam, only it’s on a planetary scale.

    Eclipses can last a couple hours, but total phases, depending on where you are positioned in the path of the shadow, last only seconds or minutes. So precious, so fleeting, so powerful. Yet, it leaves not a mark. There are lessons to be learned there.

  162. PF … whatever happened to the good old days when women were told they didn’t have orgasms? Feminism has made it tough for men in so many ways. 🙂

  163. Thanks thor. I’d love to read more if you have the time.

    How about that Rutherford? We are brothers. Our opthamologist discovered glaucoma in my left eye around 2007. I lost 2% of my periferal vision. Since then, my eye pressure is good, and my right eye is also fine. One side effect was the medicine might change my eye color to brown and my eye lashes would thrive. Nothing happened. It would be funny if your eye changed to blue. ha!

    I also have incipient cataracts because of so many years in the son. I have had them for ten years, but so far, they are stable, and have not affected my vision.

    My father was diagnosed with glaucoma when he was ninety, and he had cataract surgery when he was 92.He was still able to drive after the surgery. I would have thought these conditions showed up earlier too. \

    I knew the Skittles were a joke. I was just being snarkey.

  164. Haha. Boys, as long “I be strokin’ ” means you’re not not having one – everybody’s happy.

  165. Rutherford – re: women’s “not having orgasms.”

    You probably don’t know the origin of the vibrator and its relationship to women who – as you say, were not supposed to have orgasms.

    Women were said to suffer from “hysteria” – literally, a mental illness related to the hyster, or uterus. They were treated by their physicians by the manual induction of “hysterical paroxysms” – known today as orgasm. This of course took a lot of time and made their fingers tired, and the doctors were delighted by the invention of the vibrator, which shortened the time considerably.

    There is a good WebSite called “good vibrations” – goodvibes.com – that has the whole story. They have been around since the ‘seventies and are run by really good people. They also have a very extensive collection of antique vibes; great fun to look at. I can’t send you the URL; my work computer keeps kicking me off the site because of “adult content.”

  166. Ah, here you go, Dude.

    The narrator is Carol Queen, sexologist. (Yes, there is such a thing.) She is quite famous on the Left Coast, mostly for a series of videotapes about switching the male/female roles (penetratively speaking) in bedroom play (Bend over Boyfriend, or “BOB” as they are affectionately known). See the kind of interesting stuff you learn here?

    Anyway, none of that stuff in this vid. Enjoy, it’s lots of fun

  167. ET – you know how a good ol’ boy gets his woman hot?

    Have violent sex with her and then wipe his crank on the curtains.

    Now I’m here to tell you, if nothing else will, that’ll make her hot!

  168. James, I take two different eyedrops. One when I wake up and then when I go to bed. Then another only before bed time. The one I take twice a day (Azopt) is actually a suspension so you have to shake it before using it. It always leaves a white powder deposit on my eyelashes. In fact, once back in Middlebury my eye doctor said “I know you’re not lying about taking your drops cos I see the drop residue.”

    The funny thing about losing your peripheral is you really don’t notice it. As far as I’m concerned, my eyesight hasn’t changed a bit but the vision field test tells a different story. I was diagnosed about 10 years ago and it’s been stable since then.

  169. PF I am aware that hysterectomy originated as a treatment for women who were hysterical and it was believed the uterus was the source of the problem.

  170. R –

    The ancients believed that the uterus wandered the body in an unknowable pattern until it was time to conceive and then settled down to the appropriate place. Hence, “hysterical” behavior. I’m still not sure that is wrong.

    Until my hero, Charles Proteus Steinmetz worked it out, the heating of magnetic transformer cores was called “hysteresis loss” and considered uncalculable.

    He kind of reminds me of you. He was crippled and brilliant, and nearly didn’t make it into the country, but some guy at Ellis Island recognized him as a famous mathematician and physicist and greeted him enthusiastically, causing the authorities to let him in. He was given the name Proteus by his buddies because he could throw lightning bolts. The backstories make these old history lessons really come alive.

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