Bernie’s Black Barrier

At a Netroots gathering over the weekend Bernie Sanders was heckled by members of the Black Lives Matter campaign. On Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Ed Show”, Ed Schultz rightly pointed out Sanders’ strong support of civil rights, including protest marches in the 1960’s. He then asked expert black Michael Eric Dyson wassup with that?

Dyson’s reply was to ask Bernie the query made famous by Janet Jackson, “what have you done for me lately?”

I could have seen this coming a couple of weeks ago when Bernie eagerly accepted an invitation to Joe Madison’s Sirius/XM radio show “The Black Eagle”. Joe’s predominantly black call-in audience could not grasp Bernie’s economic plans. They wanted easy answers to address “the black man’s problem”. Then Bernie really blew it when he stumbled over Madison’s basically asinine question of whether President Sanders would apologize to blacks for slavery.

Bernie’s “black problem” is not his. The problem lies with blacks who don’t understand when white folks can’t find jobs, black folks sure as hell won’t find them. An economic prescription to save the middle class and ease entry into it, helps blacks and whites alike.

Hillary will most likely get the black vote. Why should she? What has she done for “the black community” that Sanders hasn’t? Moreover why should anyone do anything for the black community when helping the human community will automatically help blacks if they do their part. The reaction to Sanders, quite frankly, has me fed up with the Black Lives Matter movement.

BLACK LIVES DO NOT MATTER TO BLACK PEOPLE

Need proof? Look at the black on black crime rate in Baltimore and Chicago, just to name two cities. Our problem is we want black lives to matter TO WHITE PEOPLE. First, why should they when we don’t keep our own houses in order? Second, who cares what white people think of us? Will we accept second best until they “love us”?

Just because we got a seat at the lunch counter doesn’t mean we don’t have to pay for the lunch.

A prescription that reduces rich privilege (not white privilege) and guarantees a living wage and healthcare to all who do their part (and makes the criminal justice system even-handed) is what we need right now. There is no problem unique to black folks that Sanders’ plans will not at least partially alleviate.

If all blacks are looking for is a candidate who will apologize for slavery, and promise relief without responsibility, then Bernie is not your man. That’s your fault, not his. If you vote for another establishment candidate, you will wake up again four years from now asking, “what have you done for me lately?”

What do you think? The bar is open.

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504 thoughts on “Bernie’s Black Barrier

  1. Sanders said he supports requiring police officers to wear body cameras and other reforms so that “suspects are treated with respect.” Long-term, he said, tensions in urban areas between police and residents need to be eased through increased economic and educational opportunity.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/30/politics/bernie-sanders-presidential-run-first-interview/

    R, these seem like two reasonable, BLMatter-friendly approaches. The first idea is already well under way. The second will dominate this thread. The bartender has opened a spicy jar of peanuts for this one. I predict the word “socialist” and its offspring will be mentioned 126 times before your next post. 🙂

  2. .” Our problem is we want black lives to matter TO WHITE PEOPLE. First, why should they when we don’t keep our own houses in order? Second, who cares what white people think of us? Will we accept second best until they “love us”?

    Now that is a poignant statement if I ever heard one.

  3. Because they vote as a block for people who have their worst interests at heart, and because they blame whites more than themselves for troubles they and liberals created, I have no reason to care about those black lives. I don’t wish them ill. I just don’t care.

    I agree with Ragi poignant.

  4. Ahhh yes..the boring and ages old quandary of the socialist. Racial politcs getting in the way of socialism.

    Racial politcs is a great tool for those who want to take other people’s money. But it also can stifle redistribution.

    Poor Rutherford. 150 years later and its the same blog.

  5. “First, why should they when we don’t keep our own houses in order? Second, who cares what white people think of us? Will we accept second best until they “love us”?

    Lol. ” We”. “Our”

  6. “I predict the word “socialist” and its offspring will be mentioned 126 times before your next post. :)”

    If this blog entry has been written 10 million times throughout the century. Of course we are going to bring up socialism….just like you did!

  7. You’re going to have a hard sell on this one to the negro, Chapo.

    Bernie is a product of the Jew. And we all know how much the negro thinks of the Jew. Maybe if the disheveled hair disowned the Polacks, got in the prostrate position and mouthed the Shahada at Netroots with a KKKos/Dyson blessing shown on the Al $harpton network, everything would correct itself. Added bonus if Bernie can end it with a Honorable Elijah Mohammad message thrown in for good measure. 😈

    Why do most blacks always have to be pacified and sucked up to? Is it insecurity? Anger? Frustration? I mean, Dyson is a complete POS and utterly liar. I know he’s a race hustler getting paid to spew. But he appears to speak for millions of angry black men.

    #BLACKLIESMATTER – Pants Up, Don’t Loot.

    Your silhouette cracked me up by the way. All we need is red circle around it with a line diagonally through it and we’ll have come full circle to the very first SNL Skit I saw in 1975 with one of those nuts making like George Wallace.

  8. Black lives will matter when blacks honor and respect the traditional family structure. Those that do AND integrate into society will find the most success. Fairness or equality cannot be legislated, though that hasn’t stopped us from trying.

    If Hellery gets the black vote, I will blame the black voters. Ignorance crosses all racial boundaries.

  9. Rutherford,

    Serious question. Real question. You may not be the best source or most objective, especially as much as I tease you, but at least you can do so without going into a fit of rage and rationally (usually).

    Why should most whites love the Black Man considering the predatory nature, the lawlessness, the continual berating of ‘white privilege’ by so many blacks, the lifetime accusations of racism where none really exists for most of us, the demands for this and that, clearly the sitting of a racist President, etc…

    White America is never given a bit of credit for anything but accusations of evil from 95% of blacks. What do you think is the strongest and/or most valid reason that whites shouldn’t disdain Black America, when Black America is so clearly hostile to White America?

  10. Black Lives Matter apparently is the topic of the day so I’ll voice my opinion of Go Set A Watchman versus To Kill A Mockingbird: Out of all the reviews I have read the one statement I most agree with is:

    Review: ‘Go Set a Watchman’ is Boo Radley. Like that key character from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, it was meant to stay inside, locked away, hidden from the world. It was never supposed to be published “

    Mockingbird was and still is a literary piece of art regardless of the subject whereas Watchman will never be .
    To refresh my memory I reread Mockingbird before settling down to read Watchman. The first thing that struck me was style. In the words of Thomas S. Healy Mockingbird is a lesson in how to write a novel, If Rev Healey were to review Watchman I dare say he would not apply that same sentence. It became apparent to me the difference when several excerpts from Mockingbird were included in Watchman. Where and when this novel was written will remain a mystery but researchers using variant data analytics have determine that Harper Lee was the author of both but only Mockingbird was all hers. Watchman contains passages that do not at all fit her writing style. Truman Capote comes to mind.

    I was disappointed in Watchman although the subject matter was pertinent to today’s civil unrest. It did capture the feelings and indignation of that time. Jean Louise could be any liberal in today”s world especially those liberals with “First World” problems.

    I don’t often pay $14.00 for an ebook. I feel like I purchase a Louie Vuitton made in China.

  11. Lol….found the perfect term for Rutherford and Bernie. Fossil Socialists.

    http://freebeacon.com/columns/bernie-sanderss-fossil-socialism/

    It’s ironic to see a 50 year old Rutherford lamenting identity politics only after coat tailing some dumb international brotherhood shit of an old Jewish Menshevik. (Ironically one originally supported by the NRA…of course R has magically come to terms with that. 2nd amendment should only reflect community norms)

    I remember a primary document based question on an AP European History test in which it had a bunch of leftists fighting over the existence of racial and national politics within their ranks. I’m pretty sure the documents spanned a time frame of 1848 to 1914.

  12. The ‘crisis of now’ has been used effectively to control us for decades. It is the collective’s emotions that are being played at any given time to move the agenda. This blog has been a fascinating reflection of that over the years that I have been participating here. EVERYTHING the media presents should be suspect first and foremost as a fabrication and mass MANipulation™. We’d be healthier and freer to approach their information that way. Prove it. That is what we should be demanding with everything they state.

    All this leads to a fascinating realization about mind control in America today: Until something is associated with a strong emotional response, it doesn’t exist in the consciousness of the masses.

    Everything that’s “real” is first constructed out of pure emotion, then pushed into the minds of the masses via the crisis of the NOW. Only then does it count as real, and from that point forward it can be leveraged to pass new laws that further erode the rights and liberties of Americans.

    This is why the No. 1 tool of mind control from the mainstream media is emotional manipulation of the viewers. Emotional coverage can be authentic in cases where the crisis is real and attention is justified, but emotional manipulation is usually contrived in order to evoke a response for the sole purpose of manipulation.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/049655_emotional_domination_mind_control_engineered_crisis.html

  13. Lol. ” We”. “Our”

    Seems to me it would be odd for a black man, however atypical, to refer to other blacks as “you” and “your”.

    I finally put your constant gripe in bold letters and the best you can do is be an ass.

    Typical.

  14. “I finally put your constant gripe in bold letters and the best you can do is be an ass.”

    Lol. Yeah. Man…I’ve been screaming for years to replace identity politics with “fossil” socialism. Becuase that will help blacks escape the disease in their culture….caused by… fossil sociism.

  15. From the prior thread:

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    blockquote> Rutherford thought the 3/5 compromise was a civil war era legislative act of discrimination imposed by those racist Southerners. Never thought that, never said that. In fact my answer to Muffy was dead on – apportionment of representatives. I never said nor thought it was civil war era.

    Now drop it and move on. You’re pissing me off.

  16. “Now drop it and move on. You’re pissing me off.”

    LOL. It was theat damned confederate flag.

    You’re a twit.

  17. Rutherford. Focus. Focus! I need a rational answer to my question about why Whites should love Blacks. What is a rational, secular reason for meeting those demands?

  18. More whites are in her position regarding blacks, much as in a broken love affair. Obama and liberals made it worse.

  19. Rabbit, that Marley post is priceless. My mention of socialism was purely a prediction, no judgment. I think we are up to about a dozen already. Of course, my last comment on this thread, if need be, will look something like this … socialism, socialism, socialism. 😉

    Races can not love or hate other races. Individuals love or hate other individuals. If they choose to justify those emotions with group dynamics, then that choice is theirs as well, and they must live with it.

  20. A year ago today, the best man I’ve ever known, my father, passed away. This was one of the songs played at his funeral. Zevon wrote it when he himself was dying of abdominal cancer. He was still lucid enough to write but knew his time was short. I can’t listen to it without smiling or tearing up, usually both.

    Time is short for the human animal. Why so many of us choose to spend that time hating eludes me. Time also heals all wounds, they say. A more accurate portrayal might be, time numbs all wounds. It’s still fresh for me.

    Think I’ll step out for a while.

  21. “Races can not love or hate other races. Individuals love or hate other individuals. If they choose to justify those emotions with group dynamics, then that choice is theirs as well, and they must live with it.”

    My prediction is that this will be the best comment in the entire thread.

  22. From the prior thread: Tigre I connected 3/5ths to the flag only as similar evidence of racism. If you thought otherwise, YOU misunderstood.

    Sorry to all for cluttering this thread with old discussion but Tigre’s getting my goat today.

  23. Apparently, the group dynamics of the vast majority of Black America is an irrational bloc hatred of White America. Unfortunately, most of them are not willing to just “live with it.” Wish they would, though.

    I get weary of the lies, bullshit, hustling, and lame threats. As long as they would stay out of my hair, I really, really, really don’t give a damn if they hate me.

  24. Rutherord prior experience with you never gave cause to believe you supported the ” raise all boats” philosophy. Your evolution is interesting.

  25. Why should most whites love the Black Man considering …

    Tex I consider liking any GROUP silly. Folks who say “I like the Italian people”; wtf does that mean?

    To answer your question from a different angle, many blacks increase polarization between the races. I like Coates but he is such a sad sack that I find him hard to take in large doses. I can only imagine how hard it is for the average white to listen to him.

    I used to say that it takes 200 years of freedom to overcome 100 years of bondage. I still feel this country deserves the scorn it gets for “the old days” particularly when revisionists try to pretend a lot of shit did not go down.

    BUT

    Everything written about black dysfunction is true. Many blacks would rather keep whining than keep families intact and neighborhoods safe. Leaders like Dyson don’t help. The sanest voice on the matter, Bill Cosby, has been discredited.

    I joked with my wife yesterday that with Cosby gone, it falls on me to carry the torch.

  26. (Ironically one originally supported by the NRA…of course R has magically come to terms with that. 2nd amendment should only reflect community norms)

    Newtown taught me that gun bans are not the answer. We have a society with lawful people dead set on gun ownership. Since that is the case, taking into account community norms seems a good compromise.

  27. What will our anti-Semitic Chapo do when his new socialist mensch plays nice with Israel?

    Our relationship with Israel has been irrational for some time. I do not expect that to change substantially. Bernie is anti-war. I think he will put boots on the ground for Israel as a last resort.

    I’m not sure, but I THINK he supports the Iran deal.

  28. ” I still feel this country deserves the scorn it gets for “the old days” -R

    “Tex I consider liking any GROUP silly”. -R

    I’m confused. Blanket statements about present day groups-bad.

    Blanket statements about historical groups applied to present day groups-apparently good.

    By the way, I love people from the island of Malta. I’ve never met a Maltese person I didn’t like and they march to their own drum. An awesome sub culture of America.

    We are fooling ourselves if we think blanket statements of sub cultures can’t be made.

  29. Thor, sorry about your loss. Today last year we put my father-in-law in the hospital.

    If any of you get diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, go drink a fith of vodka, sit down next to a big tree in the woods, put a .45 to your head and pull the trigger.

    I swear to God I will. And God will have my back.

    Don’t think you will just be losing your keys on a journey in which you slowly forget how to talk.

    You will become rabid. An attacking Zombie. Yes, with foam at the mouth. You will have 5 times your normal strength. Loved ones will become part of the conspiracy. You will see black ravens and crows everywhere ( literally).

    4 years later you will be dead anyways.

  30. Coming up two years since my father died. Hard to believe that much time has passed. Since I was not close to my father like Thor was to his, I guess I don’t miss the void much, don’t think about it much. I help my mother out on those special days to drive her there and stuff. But when my mother passes, it will be a far different story. I will indeed miss her greatly.

    Thor seems like a good guy. I would have liked to have met his father. But I still have a beef with your Thor about the lies you told in 2012 – especially the economy. I hope you did notice the link I provided yesterday documenting more than 3,000,000 children live in poverty today than they did the first day of Obama holding the Presidency. You can’t blame that on George Bush with a straight face after seven years of Barack Obama’s policies.

    I don’t think I could ever hold you or Rutherford with much respect after two years ago. What the both of you did irreparably damaged this nation in a small way along with 60MM other dumb clucks too ignorant to see through what a wretched bastard Barack Obama is. Huck is right. Barack Obama is not just grossly incompetent.

    Barack Obama is not fit to be President. He has meant to damage to this country in the worst way. Worse, he’s full fledged bastard and thug. My only hope is when that damage comes to light and America reaps what it sow, men like you Thor and Rutherford will get the brunt of it. You earned it. On that day, you will have no sympathy from me.

  31. This discussion regarding Black Lives Matter makes me think of children who blame their parents for their failures. Today’s mantra is “It’s not my fault”.

    DR I read you loud and clear regarding Alzheimer.

  32. This cracks me up. Military recruiting stations do not allow guns. So the vigilantes in TN have surrounded the facilities with weapons.

  33. Although it’s meant well I think armed civilians @recruiting stations is a bad idea. On one hand they send an awkward visual,on the other hand a nut can show up and say “I’m here to help” and then start shooting.

  34. Thor, sorry for the anniversary of your loss. You’re right. The wound gets numbed but never healed. We lost our Dads the same year. The harder part is we lost a dear friend.

    Hang in there. I’ll be thinking about you.

  35. Alfie I only believe in raise all boats when the policy is truly applied to the masses. This is not to be confused with trickle-down which assumes some aggrandizement of the rich will ipso-facto help the poor. That, I think is a crock of shit.

  36. How has those norms worked out in Chicago?

    My understanding is that IL has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Controlling who has guns is not enough if you don’t work on the underlying culture.

    My only disappointment with Bernie is that like most leftists he will not address sick culture.

  37. I’m thinking of you too, Thor and Rutherford. My father died twenty years ago on July 13, two hours after our son’s sixteenth birthday.

    I hope you like this song,Thor and . Its attitude has some connection to the motivation of people who settled here.

  38. Rabbit I’m sorry about your FIL but surely Altzeimers effects different people differently. I know it’s no picnic for anyone but the violence you describe – I doubt that is universal. I could be wrong.

  39. Today’s mantra is “It’s not my fault”.

    Yes it’s a matter of no accountability or responsibility anymore.

    While Tex has implied on his more vicious days that I deserved to be canned by IBM, I DO run through my mind what if anything I could have done to make myself layoff-proof. While I consider IBM run by bastards and I look forward to their eventual bankruptcy I can’t get around feeling guilty that when my name hit “the list” no one said “hey, wait a minute, we can’t lay HIM off”.

    That’s why Kasich broke me up the other day as he described telling your family you lost your job. It’s right behind losing a loved one in its emotional impact.

    I was telling my wife at dinner that the part time nature of my current job has muted the impact of my layoff, effective September 18th. Just got my 60 days notice on Monday.

  40. This is not to be confused with trickle-down which assumes some aggrandizement of the rich will ipso-facto help the poor. That, I think is a crock of shit.

    UTTERLY FRICKING UNBELIEVABLE THAT A GROWN MAN WITH A HARVARD DEGREE COULD BE THIS MASSIVELY STUPID@!!@!@!@!

    You know how I know that you’re a “canned” program, El Chapoford? An algorithm of infinite loop and no use? Because this is the same shit you mouth every time about a subject you know nothing about. You might as well be talking about brain surgery. You don’t even know what “trickle-down” economics is. That’s some euphemism somebody as equally and profanely ignorant as you coined when they discovered “their boat” had about a million self-drilled holes in the bottom like your career at IBM.

    I really hope you set this to memory so you don’t continue to read so utterly void and incredibly uneducated. This is where you fall into the JAL and Densico category.

    Supply-side economics is premised on two very simple concepts: growth and wealth are maximized by lowering entry barriers to produce supply and invest in capital. Period. It was accompanied by the theory that by lowering federal income taxes and capital gains taxes, more equity would be available to the private sector for investment. SS Economics is a macro-economics concept which has nothing to do with monies being passed down to the working poor – that would be a facilitation in theory of the shareholders of the business to do as much.

    The historical record: Since its inception of which you were a direct benefactor in your entire 24 years at IBM, the concept of supply-side economics led to the longest period of sustained growth in U.S. History, with two short-lived, minor recessions over 26 years. David Stockman, Paul Volcker, Robert Mundell, and Arthur Laffer are generally credited with the theory, though there are historical figures who presented similar theories of which supply-side was based. All of what you earned in your 401k plan over your 24 years at IBM was achieved, including the roaring 90s under Billy Bob Clinton, under the guidelines of supply-side economics. All of it. And I would think even a hack like you would have to grimace in lying those two decades weren’t financial times times for just about every one.

    The historical Obama Record: In 2008, all of that changed. Our economy is now based under something resembling Keynesian Economics. I would call it more statist economics than Keynesian economics because Obama has not lowered taxes to any significant degree and in fact, has redistributed taxes – hence the 47% number. Obama’s economists believe increased government expenditures will stimulate demand. For seven years in a row under the auspices of Obama’s policies, middle class wages have fallen – to the point in net dollars, household income is now at 1996 levels. That by itself explains why the working poor are struggling so mightily and more than 3MM children are living in poverty now under Obama than they were under Bush. And the real desperation is hidden by the fact that Barack Hussein Obama will leave office doubling national debt, while the despicable Fed has set America up for the greatest fall in American history by continuing to print money and hold interest rates artificially low. Even they are out of bullets. That’s why Yellen went apoplectic at the mere mention of an audit of the Fed. If the majority of American people really understand how much they are being taken, all hell would break loose.

    I would like to think that even you would attempt to pursue finding truth. But frankly, I don’t think you and some of the others that periodically cruise through the board are smart enough to even recognize truth, much less want to arrive at truth.

    You have no fucking clue or idea what works in economics. You might as well be one of these morons like Nancy Pelosi who believe increasing the allocation of food stamps stimulates the economy and growth.

  41. “From the prior thread: Tigre I connected 3/5ths to the flag only as similar evidence of racism. If you thought otherwise, YOU misunderstood.”

    Yawn.

    Sure, sure.

  42. My 5 year old is doing a beach wrestling tournament. He had a practice today at the beach. No surprise there.

    Fucking cops shut it down. Combat sports in public without a license.

    Part of me is thinking that’s kind of bad ass.

  43. On a related note, honest to God the TV stations need to run Chris Rock’s “How Not to Get Yo Ass Whupped by the Police” as a PSA every fucking night of the week until it sticks.

    This lady who wound up dead in her cell fat lipped the police officer. Now she did not deserve to end up dead but for fuck’s sake when the cop pulls you over, speak when spoken to and be polite to a fault. You’re not going to win an argument with a cop. Did this lady learn nothing from Eric Garner?

    If a cop approaches you, shut the fuck up and behave!!!!

  44. “I doubt that is universal. I could be wrong.”

    From what I have been told, its all par for the course for early onset. Early onset Alzheimer’s seems to be a different animal. When I was at the hospital last year, they told me they have seen people my age die from it.

    Here is the rub. Nobody will take you with that disease if you are young. As in your options are jail or some insane asylum.

    My father-in-law died in only 9 days, handcuffed to a bed while everyone argued over who would take him in. Diagnosed at 58. Seemed just a little off. Dead by 62.

    At one point they tried to send him back home. We said fuck no!

    Had he lived longer, God forbid, he could have easily ended up in jail. Jail! Can you believe that shit?

    Felt like we put him down like a bad dog.

    I was the one in charge of him because for a year, he would only listen to me.

    At the end, he started talking about his Mom and his life seemed to go in reverse. That was during lulls in the violent mania.
    My stoner buddy was his care taker while I was at work. What a combo those two were for two years.

    What is weird is two days before his death I jokingly demanded a beer for him. He started cracking up. He was in a stupor but totally got my joke and seemed lucid for a brief moment.

    I still have the Moody Blues Mix tape I made for his funeral in my iTunes. Feels so profound.

    My brother brewed a Britsh Mild for the funeral. We hauled that keg right into the place. Best funeral I have ever been in.

    Keg of home brew makes a funeral better.

  45. I will say, Rabbit, while its anecdotal a friend of the family had a mother who went out similar to your FIL. I don’t know how old she was but same thing: verbally and physically abusive, hard to find a place that would keep her. Couldn’t recognize her daughter (our friend) or mistook her for her own mother. By the time our friend was at her wits end, the mother declined within days and was gone.

    Kinda like peanut butter allergies, I don’t remember this Altzeimers shit growing up. I guess it existed and they just called it dementia.

    Guess it shows the same mind capable of genius can haunt the crap out of you if the wiring goes bad.

  46. You are a good man rabbit, and your friend is too.

    We have discussed the problem. What are the solutions? Are we only spectators?

  47. Thor – I remember losing my father many years ago. He was the first in my family to go, and I was only in my early ‘twenties. After a month had passed, I remember asking my older brother, when does it get better? I know the answer now. It never gets better; there are just more and more times you don’t think about it, and when you do, that hole is still there.

    Tex – I think you are on the money; my impression is that most white folks in US are disgusted with the “black race” there, and for two reasons: firstly, they think that their problems are of their own making, and secondly, they are tired of being blamed for it. My experience was that they don’t much care to help people who won’t try to help themselves – be they black, white, Puerto Rican, rastafarian. It might come as a shock to some, but people don’t like other people who angrily get in their face, with one hand pointing the finger at them and the other one outstretched for a handout.

  48. It might come as a shock to some, but people don’t like other people who angrily get in their face, with one hand pointing the finger at them and the other one outstretched for a handout.

    Damn straight. That is exactly how I feel about Black America anymore. And it’s been sometime since I’ve let these fools get away with it either, I don’t give a damn what color their skin. But more often than not, it’s black.

  49. “I don’t give a damn what color their skin. But more often than not, it’s black.”

    I think most of white America is running out of fucks to give. I know I have. They’ve been all used up.

    Confederate flags, 3/5ths blah, blah, blah (lol), #BlackLivesMatter, Ferguson, Michele Antoinette speeches. . .

    I predict the intensity of the alarm for idiot liberals will be increasing. White privilege/guilt routine is empowering and the left can’t stand the thought of losing it. But there’s the paradox. The supply of fucks is running low.

  50. Alzheimer’s is what my MIL had. She died a year ago. Her husband had it before her and passed in 07. It took a while before we realized mom had it. She was trying to hide it from us, she knew something was wrong. She started telling everyone there was someone in her attic tormenting her at night. Had everyone including the local police search her attic. Nothing there, though she insisted ‘he’ was a good hider. We needed her to stop driving, but taking the keys away did not always work. I finally pulled the ignition fuse and the next time she ran the battery down tying to get it to start. Then it was ‘call the mechanic, my car is broke’. I left little notes under the hood to alert anyone who tried to ‘fix’ it. She had several mechanics come look at it.

    We felt bad that we had to use trickery to get her cooperation. The trip to the ‘home’ was quite an adventure in itself. Then she was all about trying to escape.

    She went through phases of anger and violence and eventually morphed into a phase of extreme gentleness. She always hated animals and was allergic to most, but now befriended a dog she called a cat and would allow it to sit in her lap as she watched classic movies all day. She seemed to always remember me, though not my name and exactly where I fit in. For the most part she thought my wife was her older sister that had abused her when she was growing up, the one she hated. Then for a time she thought she was an old friend of hers. Finally before she passed, she remembered her daughter.

    Sad, though really an interesting ride.

  51. Flowers for Algernon is another good example of mental decline.
    I know one thing. Children in these situations grow up fast.

    Black lives matter still disgusts me, especially after a couple of liberal politicians were booed down for saying all lives matter.

    Hence the latest video based on a collection of letters. I have my own old letters from the 1800’s which also reflect a struggle against adversity.

  52. My father also had Alzheimer’s, though his death certificate gives the reason of death as sepsis. Personally, I think the West Nile and accompanying neurological trauma killed him before the Alzheimer’s had a chance to.

    Funny story which you probably have to know my parents to appreciate more.

    My parents house had the highest single steps to get into I’ve ever seen. Each was at least a foot tall – not conducive to the elderly. My dad dragged one leg the last 24 months of his life and was blind. My mother would act has crutch, wheel him to the door, lift him out of the chair, and she’s less than five feet tall. It was a pitiful sight to say the least and I knew my mother was going to get hurt one day if we didn’t do something.

    One day, I saw my mother trying to get my father into the house through the garage and had I not been there to catch them, they both would have been hurt severely. They would not leave that house and my father was in no position to be moved. It was by the grace of God I was standing behind them.

    Out of desperation, I built my mother a ramp and the only place the route was shallow and long enough to compensate my elderly mother being able to push the wheelchair was through the side garage door leading up to elevated patio. The ramp had a platform that made a 90 degree turn to minimize the slope. When I was near completing it, I was putting on the rails and it occurred to me that should my mother lose control of the wheelchair on the down slope, I didn’t want my father’s face taking brunt of the runaway free ride.

    It was April on the day of the Boston bombing at that time of the year is pleasant in Oklahoma. I told my mother I need to take my dad out on the ramp to see (1) If she could handle the slope; (2) to measure where the rail would hit my father at worst in the stomach or the rails of the wheelchair should she lose control.

    My little dad was always cold-natured. We wrapped him in a down jacket, mid day and it had to be at least 60 degree outside. I was in a t-shirt by this time. I stand at the bottom to see if mom could handle going down which was actually harder on her than going up pushing my father in the wheelchair. Mom gets dad down to the bottom where I’m making like a catcher just in case.

    While my father is sitting in the wheelchair, I put a 2×4 across his chest so he could feel it.

    Tex: “What do you think of where this hits Dad?”

    Dad (in this gruff voice): “I’m cold as hell!”

    😆 😆 😆

    That’s all he got out. 😈 Back into the house.

    To this day, I have no idea if dad was there but it sure gives my mother and I a good laugh when we talk about it.

  53. Even better, he uses “paradox” in one sentence and “supply of fucks” in the next.

    This blog deserves better circulation. Entertaining as hell. 😄

  54. the violence you describe – I doubt that is universal. I could be wrong.” – R

    Sad to say it’s more the norm especially as DR said in the early stages. One of the things I have noticed in someone who was later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s was the angry stage. If they can’t seem to remember a word they become almost violent about it. Most people as they approach the CRS stage of life laugh it off. The frustration in the beginning must be horrific.

    I use my laughter at my CRS as the guide to my sanity.

  55. I wouldn’t say that. I’d just withdraw. But its up to you. I think we can get them on the team.

  56. Thanks for the article link, Alfie. Several of us have written the same thing. It is good to be confirmed.

    We are under attack internally and externally. Our current leaders are by their own admission destroying our country in exchange for another one.

    Blacks have had their chance. They will now be relegated to a permanent under class as their masters bring in hordes of illegals People pay smugglers $1500 to get into the the US.

    Many times, the smugglers hold the immigrants until their families pay more money. Otherwise they kill them.

    The smugglers also smuggle drugs, and weapons as well as people. They are active in all 50 streets. Sometimes, rival gangs hunt for illegals hidden in safe place to steal them from their original handlers.

    The press doesn’t tell us this. Donald Trump is right in what he says, and other Republicans need to listen to him and change his message into a more palatable version as they pray he doesn’t run as a third party candidate.

  57. Male guilt over grilling.

    Liberalism is like a Pick Your Own Adventure Book in which every ending is utter insanity.

    Tex….I used to think you were nuts.

    But, nothing would make me happier to see this country split.

    Can you imagine watching a brand new independent nation of liberals try to survive. The failure would be on so many levels and directions it would look like a magnesium fire with water thrown on it.

  58. Can you imagine watching a brand new independent nation of liberals try to survive. The failure would be on so many levels and directions it would look like a magnesium fire with water thrown on it.

    😆 I would just call the new Leftist nation The Vietnamese Cluster Fuck. Hell, Rutherford might have a go at their new President. Black, partially disabled, politically correct, and about half queer. He’s perfect.

  59. Alfie, the City Journal article does not surprise me. Apparently businesses are averse to paying Americans a decent wage within the country and outside. Either ship the job to India or pay a Mexican criminally low wages here.

    Shit, and you folks laugh when I call big business the enemy. True scum without an ounce of patriotism. 😡

  60. Black, partially disabled, politically correct, and about half queer.

    Hey I can’t help my man-crush on the Rabbit. In the tradition of Thoreau, he is an intellectual and a woodsman. And he kills animals and drinks homemade beer. What’s not to love? 😍

  61. I can’t help but chuckle at the disgust expressed here about Black Lives Matter but virtually no one can bring themselves to say “I agree with Rutherford” when that disgust was the entire thrust of my piece. 🙄

  62. Rutherford, your blog entry was the tired socialism of a jaded college liberal arts senior.

    The thesis wasn’t the depravity of perversions that your politicians have to apologize for saying “all lives matter”, it was that said perversions are an unfortunate road block to Venezuelan style socialism.

    How brave. You took a stand maaaaan. All lives matter.

    The phrase “black lives matter” is now true and tested code for any politician running for office: black mobs and angry ignorance get the green light.

    You people are nuts. All your slopes really are slippery as fuck and they all end in insanity.

  63. Killing animals? You would starve. If I don’t get a deer this year I’m going to see a therapist.

  64. rabbit: “Can you imagine watching a brand new independent nation of liberals try to survive. The failure would be on so many levels and directions it would look like a magnesium fire with water thrown on it.”

    An interesting concept, but you are late to the party. Ayn Rand describes this exact scenario in exquisite detail in her 1957 novel, Atlas Shrugged. Her descriptions of this dystopian world were perfect right down to the detail of how resentful – not grateful, resentful – the parasites were of the worker-bees.

    The reality of socialism, though, is more of an atomic meltdown than an atomic bomb. Look around you at the Great Socialist Experiments of the Soviet Union and the Baltic states. Not a spectacular bust, just a chronic dragging across the bottom

  65. I guess I was thinking of other dynamics.

    A culture where the American forefathers are villified, the classic nuclear family not respected, traditional masculinity deemed evil and everyone has to check their privilege at all times.

    At least your Dominionists would have their backs to the wall and the few Christian bakers left would be churning out butt plug cakes to your chagrin.

    Honestly, even if John Galt didn’t quit, the country would collapse.

  66. I agree with you Rutherford. Many, not all big businesses are like the progressives, believers of an ideology and business model which is foreign to our country. They are in Sofia Jannok’s sense foreign occupiers.

    For example, former Democratic presidential candidate Westley Clark suggests internment camps.

    You may be seeing the light now, but talk is cheap. How will you atone for your sins to make the world better?

  67. One side effect of the Baltic states’ forced socialism is a respect for freedom and private enterprise.

    They are still relatively poor countries, but their economies are growing. Estonia has especially been so vocal about economic conservatism that they have attracted criticism from such luminaries as Paul Krugman.

    The Baltic countries have also sent combat soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Socialism taught them some lessons.

    Not everyone has to check privilege at all times. Blacks are exempt because we owe them reparations.

    Hispanics, a variant of whites don’t check their privilege either. They are the new party base, or they will be until they see the world as Baltic states do.

  68. “R”

    Speaking of not being able to say, your comment about trickle-down was responded to in full and left you with a question you can’t answer and conveniently ignore. If “trickle-down” so bad, why is it the best years of your life were under supply-side which you lived off until inheritance? And where’s the Obama beef? At least under Bush, wages went higher for a time. Nada with Obama.

    You had most of a career. At least 60% of a career. Be glad it was at the beginning of graduation – you got the benefit of compounded interest. Today’s college grads, half of them, can only find part-time work.

    When average household income now is equal to what is was 20 years ago, there is your answer. Throw in inflation, and families are living off about 60-70% of what they did then. You ignore Obama’s massive failures – and so does the media. Bought groceries lately? Way up.

    I can’t speak for the physical aspects, but you ain’t had it so bad.

  69. @ Rutherford I didn’t get your outrage.i sensed some anger,frustration and incredulity being shattered. I actually found it poetic that the straw that broke your back was the BLM folks hating on your Bernie.
    As for your take on the CJ article I guess that’s one way of looking at it.when I offered it I was thinking about how some heavy issues are so interrelated.
    So in closing I have to take a shot at Obamas legacy aka ACA. In 2016 we will essentially have four insurance providers. Anthem,U.S. Healthcare,AETNA and the Government. The last one never gets mentioned but it’s part of the problem so there it is on my list. Less competition less choice and intense pressures on facilities and clinicians is bad . The American healthcare system is/has gotten worse under ACA NOT BETTER!!!

  70. Donald Trump remains popular though he is a blowhard and a braggart who has supported Democrats in the past.

    I think he is tapping into anger and concern which represents lost patience with liberals who are destroying our country and with Republicans who are too cowardly and politically correct to tell the truth.

    Republicans must steal Trump’s issues and own them to save the country. Something is happening with everything from illegal immigration to murdering babies before selling organs to lying about the Iranian nuclear agreement.

    For these reasons, if the Twilight Zone gives us Trump v Hillary or another liberal, I will vote for Trump.

    How will you who failed to see this coming in 2008 atone for your sins? Unlike foolish diehards and traitors, you have regrets. How will you help correct what your votes helped give us? You have a responsibility.

  71. The American healthcare system is/has gotten worse under ACA NOT BETTER!!!

    And the death toll is mounting. The health care industry in conjunction with the pharma industry is killing an estimated 160,000 of us annually. All this is legal and happening in neighborhoods in all 57 states, though it doesn’t provide the same dramatic response as a shooting or hollywood style beheading. The snews won’t claim it.

    4th estate = 4 the state

    Insurance wrote the act and as private enterprise guaranteed themselves 20 percent PROFIT. The medical professionals don’t have that guarantee and are rather told what they can make and how they have to make it by the very same insurance conglomerates. This is only one facet of our fascist state, boys and girls. The pretense of this as democracy or republic is just for crowd control. Politiker sind schweinehunde. Traitors all.

  72. Trump is there to stir the pot, something he has successfully practiced for decades. None of this is random. He’s added for dramatic interest. Another carrot to dangle. The fix has long been in. Trump will divide the GOP like RP did last go round. We are the glue that keeps this whole shebang from disintegrating and collapsing in on itself.

    Put on your red shoes and dance

    There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home

  73. Well, okay. Let’s see how honest everyone around here is. I’ve heard everyone from Rutherford to Poolman make these same points, and now a Senator has said it.

    Whether you like Ted Cruz (and I do) or you loathe him (like Rutherford), I dare anyone to tell me in this 20 minutes, and it is certainly worth the listen, where this guy is not telling the truth.

    And I’ll be damned Rutherford if Ted Cruz gives compliment to one Democratic Senator. And you would be pleased who that is.

  74. Ha ha. That was supposed to be a text message to someone. Oops. Disregard. – DR

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    Was that for Hillary? You’re about to get classified, Bourne Rabbit. 😉

  75. James, I apologize for Obama if you apologize for offering up McCain/Palin and Romney/Nixon err… Ryan. Throw in 2000 and 2004 as well. If not, then I’ll throw you an olive leaf.
    American Joik!

  76. @Thor I didn’t vote for McCain/ Palin so I can’t help you but Romney/Ryan WAS Americas last chance to be great. FWIW you don’t have to apologize for Obama,just don’t do anything that stupid again😀

  77. Tex, Cruz is an odd case. Crazy as a fruitcake. His father, 10 times nuttier. BUT I have to give him credit for bucking the establishment (or the cartel, as he calls it). I’ve heard excerpts from his new book and at the risk of his own future, he protested how the sausage is made.

    Can’t simply write him off.

  78. Cruz is an odd case. Crazy as a fruitcake.

    Why? Cause Cruz a Christian, bigot? Tell me exactly how Cruz is crazy. Then tell me what makes Bernie Sanders so wonderfully sane. You apparently want to ignore Sander’s first 50 years of life, known even in Dim circles as “fruitcake.”

    You’re so full of shit and so biased, you’re not credible. But I could have written that for you before you typed it. I should have, but then you wouldn’t have listened to the video – which you probably didn’t anyway.

    Nonetheless, you heard it from the man’s own lips. There is nobody like Cruz in the Democratic Party as they goosestep into oblivion. Lemmings over the cliff, you in tow.

  79. Why yes Muffy. I wouldn’t mind a small nod indicating that I CAN recognize the hypocrisy within some black movements.

    Since Rabbit doesn’t like my endorsement of Sanders he throws the baby out with the bath water.

    Sanders’ 2% support among blacks demonstrates to me a certain intellectual laziness. They like HRC because they’ve heard of her. When Bernie was marching for their rights, she was a Goldwater Republican. Puffffft.

  80. Rutherford, you’ve been strangely silent about Planned Parenthood’s well documented organ harvest. You pretty comfortable with munching romaine and drinking red whine while Dr. Mengele of the Democratic Party talks about crushing the skull but saving the thorax? Nice, huh?

    Real swell people you’re partied with. But Cruz? Nuttier than a fruitcake, even if unlike Obama, Cruz willing to put his grades from Harvard out there unlike some other sham we all know too well.

    Bernie going to make a call on that one like Cruz did? Or is Bernie, “the brave” Mr. Sanders going to skip the party?

    😈

  81. Tex, Tex, Tex Did you bother to read my entire comment? I gave the guy kudos.

    Why is he nutty? How bout his supposed call to the Pentagon to reassure his constituents that we weren’t invading TX?

    The link you posted actually jumped 75% into the video and I was so intrigued, when it was over I started at the beginning. He commended Bernie and called Mitch McConnell a liar. That takes balls.

    And who knows? Maybe we need a nut for potus? Ever since Bush 41 the presidency has been boring as hell.

  82. I haven’t watched the damning PP video. PP is the symbol for the pro-life movement to rail against. Last I heard, 3% of their “business” involves abortion.

    But here’s a question. If tissue from aborted fetuses is used to save lives or do valuable research, isn’t that somewhat redemptive? I’m just asking.

  83. You’re welcome, Thor. I like the video you posted “Never give up.”

    Sami in Finland says the joik “is a form of music that requires particular voice control skills and a huge degree of coordination across participants,… is the asthetic Sami form par exellence. In its poetic form it contains a variety of culturally contextualised codes and signs systems based on complex rules. Recently adapted for use within a range of mixed genre from rock to jazz and to pop music in general. This syncretism has led to a broad and international popularity for Sami music.” You and I like this sort of music, so we are ahead of the curve.

    Joik was so invideous governments banned it. It promotes the same group solidarity we need to “take our country back”

    I can’t apologize ( though I would if I could) for the Republican candidates since 2000 because I had nothing to do with their selection. If I could, I would apologize for farther back.

    Romney might have pulled us from the edge. I had hope for him, but he was too weak, I wish he had had Sarah Palin’s testosterzone. Or maybe Sami singer Sofia Jannok’s. She has been called a woman of steel. Romney was more a man of tin.

    Obama was more obviously toxic than any of the others, and watching the press and party hide his true nature was like watching the train as it hit my wife and me.

    Thanks for your apology. I respect it.

  84. I believe the Department of Justice will investigate Hillary after they investigate and prosecute the people who taped the Planned Parenthood chats. Public pressure might force them to go after Hillary, but I’m not betting the farm on it.

    I like Cruz We need more like him to put our leaders and press on the defensive.

  85. &#9833 Life for sale, &#9834
    Appetizing young life for sale.
    Life that’s fresh and still unspoiled,
    Life that’s only slightly soiled,
    &#9834 Life for sale. &#9833

  86. Late term abortions are also a small percentage of the business, but given the number of abortions, it adds up. I read an estimate of 10,000 per year. Some of them survive the procedure. A nurse told of babies trying to swim out of toilets.

    Obama voted to kill survivors of abortion when he was a state senator.

    They are all human beings, and they deserve the respect and dignity of born people. Burning their bodies in heating plants or dumping them in land fills is a desecration of human life. Some mothers give permission to donate organs. I don’t have a problem with that.

    However, when doctors use sonograms to alter a procedure to better preserve specific organs and then to sell them, they have crossed the line to evil, even if it is legal.

    One also wonders how many late term babies were aborted because PP counselors encouraged women to abort for the money they would bring.
    One wonders how much pain the babies felt.

    Our grand daughter was not supposed to exist, and she was almost aborted. She is happy and has no signs of terrible twos in spite of her earlier problems and possibly uncertain future. Each one of those late term abortions could have been like our grand daughter.

  87. Clearly, “selling” body parts is demented and disgusting.

    I prefer to discuss abortion disconnected from Planned Parenthood which has become pure propaganda.

    I think it’s pretty reasonable to outlaw third trimester abortions completely except where the mother’s life is at risk.

    Sorry gang but I honestly don’t remember if Roe v Wade is consistent with that. Need to go wiki.

  88. Last I heard, 3% of their “business” involves abortion.

    What the hell do you do all day that you’re so colossally in the dark? Are you a closet gamer? Stoner? Is your DVR full of $harpton reruns? I know you’re not cleaning the pad.

    You forgot something. Make that two. Abortion is also approximately 50% of PP’s revenue. Don’t kid yourself – this a money making practice. That 3% is a nice ruse by mealy-mouthed nitwits, but it doesn’t fly when held to scrutiny to excuse the premise. This is the PP cash cow – aborting babies. Second, PP was, is and will be America’s largest abortion provider. Over a 1,000 a day at last count.

    But here’s a question. If tissue from aborted fetuses is used to save lives or do valuable research, isn’t that somewhat redemptive? I’m just asking.

    I’m sure if we searched hard enough, Mengele probably provided a few breakthroughs in research too, especially with twins. 🙄 You want to know the scientific truth about embryonic stem cell research, forgetting the miracles of stem cell research itself have fallen woefully short of the promises it was sold on? It’s unnecessary. Oh, it may eliminate a little work, but it is unnecessary. There is ample published scientific evidence showing that adult stem cells and other post-natal stem cells work equally as well to conduct research. .

    That lame excuse about Cruz above was pathetic. You were calling Cruz a nutcake long before Jade Helm. Tigre is right – you’re a damn recorder of MSNBC lemming speak. If we cracked open that coconut of yours, I am convinced there’d be a channel selector with one MSNBC button, a 128K sized recorder that has to purged each evening as you can’t even store or recall what you said the day before, and a throttle cable.

  89. Apparently there is a transportation bill which funds state roads going through Congress that has attached to it a bill that will end the ACA. Looks like a Congressman is doing a legislature blackmail as states depend on those federal funds. I think there should be a law about presenting a bill with unrelated items.

    I really don’t know what to think about the PPH video. I think the jury is still out on that one. Even Snopes says “uncertain”. The chat could have been faked by insiders or parents have signed over organs and tissue from abortions and employees have stated their feelings. I have a feeling it will turn out PPH has done nothing illegal.

    Birth certificates, tax forms, private emails, it’s all the same and will be much ado about nothing as usual.

    I agree with you Rutherford 😉

  90. “Why yes Muffy. I wouldn’t mind a small nod indicating that I CAN recognize the hypocrisy within some black movements.”

    Then it’s you who agrees with some of us.

    “I haven’t watched the damning PP video. PP is the symbol for the pro-life movement to rail against. Last I heard, 3% of their “business” involves abortion.

    But here’s a question. If tissue from aborted fetuses is used to save lives or do valuable research, isn’t that somewhat redemptive? I’m just asking.”

    No. Nothing like redemption.

    Nor symbolic, can’t agree with you there either. PP is not symbolic that black lives don’t matter – they practice it and they profit it.

    Hopefully you don’t need a small nod indicating that you can recognize that if there’s a line we can cross to the point of being as a nation of people fully lost, we’ve hit it with what is recorded on the video that you don’t care to watch of the bloodless brides of Dr. Frankenstein munching on salads and cackling about Lamborginis for livers.

    They should have blood in their wineglasses.

  91. Cruz ain’t nutty. The “look” and snark doesn’t work. I don’t think he’s electable. But Nutty?

    Oh yeah. MSNBC boy says Thomas is dumb too.

    Off to Wiki…🙊

  92. @ Raji

    I don’t know what you’re saying for some of your review. But first the disagreement.

    The quoted review with which you most agree –

    ‘Go Set a Watchman’ is Boo Radley. Like that key character from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, it was meant to stay inside, locked away, hidden from the world. It was never supposed to be published “ “

    Why says? (I don’t mean who wrote the review you quoted, I had read it already myself).

    But this is Harper Lee’s work, even the experts have had to agree if not entirely. And these are her characters. Under whose authority but hers should the book not be published? And if it’s not a question of who is to say, then why? Is it not good enough to warrant publication?

    And what do you mean only Mockingbird was “all hers?” Again, not what the data analysts say but how do you mean “all hers?”

    Mockingbird was a polished rewrite of a rejected first draft that was Watchman. If anything doesn’t it make sense that her first drafts and other unpublished works are more likely “all her” in that they didn’t go through the editing process?

    Are you saying she didn’t have any help polishing Mockinbird?

    And are you suggesting that she was influenced by Capote? Or are you insinuating Capote wrote parts of Watchman? A China-made Louis Vuitton sounds like the latter.

  93. Rutherford hasn’t seen the video becuase MSNBC isn’t showing it.

    They are blabbering incoherently about women’s health.

    I’ve been watching.

  94. That guy looks like he just donated his frontal lobes.

    James, instead of having to apologize to each other in the future, how about we get money out of the equation. Then perhaps we can have “thinkers” and “achievers” to choose from instead of self- marketers.

    R- my ideal POTUS would be real boring. You would hardly notice him/her, just like a good ref in football or basketball. There for the important decisions, but otherwise staying out of the way, not sticking their nose in everything.

  95. Come to think of it, how is that PP is not symbolic of “black lives DON’T matter?” Is there some dispute as to the truth about Margaret Sanger re: eugenics or the forming of the PP organization? I am asking.

  96. PP vids have been faked in the past. I refuse to watch them. The debate should be about abortion, not PP.

    Raji, if the POTUS had the line item veto then these bills with unrelated amendments wouldn’t be such a problem.

  97. If I were John Kerry, I would preface my answer to each member of the Senate committee thusly:

    “Senator, have you read the deal? If not, save your political grandstanding and STFU until you have questions for me based on your reading of the deal. Until then I’m not answering your question.”

  98. MSNBC boy says Thomas is dumb too.

    Didn’t say Cruz was dumb. In fact I think he’s quite smart. Used to be a scotus clerk if I’m not mistaken.

    But tell me El Tigre, what do you think of a senator who, instead of telling his constituents that THEY are nuts, calls the pentagon to be sure we’re not invading TX. Please explain that to me.

  99. Here you go, Rutherford. Here is why Trump has stepped into the ring…

    Trump Repeating Ross Perot’s Old Trick to get Clintons Elected

    Trump gave far more money to Democrats in the last three elections and he is very close friends of the Clintons. Just as Perot entered the race in ’92 and ’96, Trump will draw away money, volunteers and votes from Jeb Bush.

    http://henrymakow.com/2015/07/trump-repeating-ross-perots.html

  100. Muffy bands often include demos of well known songs as extras on their albums for die-hard fans. To my knowledge literature has no analog to that. If “Watchman” were published as a recently found “demo tape” of Mockingbird maybe there’d be less criticism?

  101. MSNBC isn’t showing it.
    They are blabbering incoherently about women’s health.
    I’ve been watching.

    They’re mostly blabbering about Trump. Are you stoned?

    As I said in a prior comment, I don’t trust these undercover videos.

  102. Come to think of it, how is that PP is not symbolic of “black lives DON’T matter?”

    To the extent they abort black babies, your point is well taken.

    To the extent (supposedly 3% of the time) that PP facilitates abortion, they defy their own name. Abortion is often the result of NOT PLANNING.

  103. Pools this is a well circulated theory and one which I don’t consider far fetched. Sadly I am just that cynical that Trump could well be a hired spoiler.

  104. Planned Parenthood began to remove inferior people from the gene pool. Margaret Sanger considered blacks to be inferior.

    Even today more blacks are aborted in New York City than born.

    You should look at the video. It is chilling.

    Ben Fold’s girlfriend decided to have an abortion. He wanted to keep the baby. His anguish is also chilling. Killing a baby for whatever reason is an emotional blow for many people.

    I know how it feels to lose a baby, but I don’t know emotions associated with an abortion, but they are surely as Ben described them. He broke up with his girl friend.

  105. James one of the problems I have is this tendency to paint the woman having the abortion as heartless monster. Yes, I do believe some women so debased that they view abortion as birth control. But I believe there are also women haunted by the decision for the rest of their lives.

  106. Thor I don’t know how quite to define electable but yes, I’d say Bush is electable.

    In fact, the very very sad truth is that when all the drama is over, we may end up with Bush v Clinton. 😟

    I’d also say with this crop, with the exception of The Donald, we have no real GOP clowns this time. Not a single one I can summarily dismiss, even Cruz.

    On the Dem side I find the only clown so far to be Lincoln Chafee.

  107. But this is Harper Lee’s work, even the experts have had to agree if not entirely. And these are her characters. Under whose authority but hers should the book not be published? – Muffy

    Check the copyright. If it’s hers, then publishing it was her choice. If it belongs to any other entity, then it was out of her hands.

    “Mockingbird was a polished rewrite of a rejected first draft that was Watchman.” – Muffy

    Honest question, is this conjecture or substantiated? I’ve read neither book, but I’ve heard Watchman is set decades in the future from Mockingbird. This would be quite an upheaval in setting, context, relevant dialogue. Doesn’t really fit the mold of a rewrite, and a curious request by any publisher.

  108. Cruz calling the DoD had two components to it.. The bottom line he got to play the caring for the constituency card. The thing one can say about Cruz is that he is very much a senator from and for Texas. It’s actually refreshing to see.
    As for Rutherfords Kerry advice. R that is exactly his position so your advice is not so awesome..

  109. But tell me El Tigre, what do you think of a senator who, instead of telling his constituents that THEY are nuts, calls the pentagon to be sure we’re not invading TX. Please explain that to me.

    More parroting MSNBC crap. This is what Rutherford is told to believe by Chrissie, $harpton and Chaz, so he does it. If Rutherford had any sense, he would be embarrassed. Rutherford is an infant.

  110. Huck,

    If you’re still with us and you haven’t already seen it, got another good movie for you. Had seen it once before some years ago and had forgotten about it too. Found out tonight it was directed by Clint Eastwood, who I have decided is a much better director than actor. Ron Howard helped produce it.

    I truly have no taste for Angelina Jolie, but she is excellent in this one: The Changeling. Terribly sad but wonderfully acted. On NetFlix.

  111. And another one. And this one I was reminded of reading the reviews. Was on Netflix, but I don’t think it is at this minute. You’ll have to look.

    Winter’s Bone.

  112. Yes, Rutherford, many women are haunted by the decision for the rest of their lives. “Brick”, the video I posted implies that fate. However, a minority of women are cavalier.

    Abortionists have an obligation to respect the babies they kill. The Planned Parenthood reps showed no respect. That is my quarrel, not so much with most women seeking an abortion. They also were altering surgical procedures to better save organs, not to improve treatment of their patients.

    As you know, our daughter and son in law strongly considered aborting our grand daughter when doctors gave them no good news. My wife and also thought of abortion when we wrongly thought she was expecting in England. I know a little of the heartbreak and mixed emotions couples can feel on the threshold of such a decision.

    Alan Dershowitz said Ted
    Cruz was one of the brightest students he ever taught.

    Jimmy Kimmel’s show is interviewing people who watched our astronauts land on Pluto, showing views of the beaches and palm trees. One woman actually said no one landed there because it is over a billion years away. Since we are so obsessed with race, I’ll tell you she is black.

  113. “James one of the problems I have is this tendency to paint the woman having the abortion as heartless monster. Yes, I do believe some women so debased that they view abortion as birth control. But I believe there are also women haunted by the decision for the rest of their lives.”

    You have this problem of a tendency to paint the woman having the abortion as heartless monster?

    Yes, there are. And?

  114. I’m going to catch deserved flak for this internet bombast, but I swear women have been throwing themselves at me this summer.

    I mean aggressively. Sexually, too.

    In one case, right in front of my wife! This woman nudged my wife and asked if I was single!

    Weirdest thing.

    The only thing that explains it is that I haven’t shaved my beard since Easter and beards are hipster shit.

    Some here know the ugly reality that is Dead Rabbit.

    Why do men have mid life crises? I don’t get it. I’m motherfucking fonzi since I turned 40. I had to work so hard for a piece of ass in my 20s…and now, as married cornball….I’m the man. Strange life.

    I’m starting to think there is a dude shortage.

  115. Agree about The Changeling, Tex. Clint composes a mean film score too on that one and quite a few of his other films.

  116. @ Thor again –

    “Check the copyright. If it’s hers, then publishing it was her choice. If it belongs to any other entity, then it was out of her hands.”

    I’m not questioning whose choice it was to publish it.

  117. Re: Trump – I don’t believe this conspiracy theory either.

    The other R hopefuls should not comment on Trump at all, IMO. What can possibly be gained from arguing with him? Is it just too hard to resist engaging him or do these people actually think it’s wise?

  118. R, “Yes, there are. And?” was in response to your “But I believe there are also women haunted…”

  119. I’m not questioning whose choice it was to publish it. – Muffy

    Ok. I guess this statement made me think there was some question as to the origins and ownership.

    “But this is Harper Lee’s work, even the experts have had to agree if not entirely.”

  120. Whoever posted the Rich Lowry review of Coates’ new book — very interesting review.

    I would suggest Coates’ flaw is actually not racial. It’s human. In an interview with Jon Stewart Coates said the arc of history bends toward chaos, not Justice. That my friends is a sick world view, independent from racial politics.

  121. As for Rutherfords Kerry advice. R that is exactly his position so your advice is not so awesome..

    Might be his position but did he even come close to saying it, Trump style? I wanna see him explicitly tell the show boaters to read the damn deal before mouthing off.

    I bet most still haven’t read it.

  122. More parroting MSNBC crap. This is what Rutherford is told to believe by Chrissie, $harpton and Chaz, so he does it. If Rutherford had any sense, he would be embarrassed. Rutherford is an infant.

    You’re a fucking idiot and pretending to be El Tigre doesn’t suit you. I SAW Cruz say he called the Pentagon. Am I supposed to believe you or my lying eyes?

    Seriously Tex, one Tigre is enough. Stick to your more elevated level of ad hominem.

  123. Thanks for the clarification Muffy. I needed it.

    And? And simply that an opinion on any subject stands the light of day better when the participants are viewed realistically. I’m NOT saying you demonize all women who choose abortion but IF you did, I would find your stance flawed.

  124. Trump is a media creation. An outlet not known for its integrity, HuffPo, did the right thing. They pushed all Trump coverage off the front page news section to the entertainment section.

    The media is willfully complicit in Trump’s double digit lead over Bush.

  125. Muffy, re: Harper Lee

    As we both know all authors have help polishing their work. That’s a given so when I say Mockingbird is all “hers” I mean exactly that. Other writers have not written pieces of the original. It was apparent to me at the beginning that Watchman did not have the same rhythm or style throughout as in Mockingbird. It became more apparent when word for word paragraphs from Mockingbird showed up in Watchman. A lot of authors often do that when writing a sequel but the style is consistent. Not so in Watchman.

    Lee and Capote were friends and influenced each other in their writings. Some parts of the style of writing in Watchman did feel a bit like Capote.

    I never indicated that the book should not be published. It was a good story and a fairly good sequel. It should not be considered a classic which is all I was trying to say.

    My first reaction to your post was WHOA don’t kill the messenger 🙂 We can agree to disagree as is normal for any book reviewers.

    I also haven’t found documented evidence that “Mockingbird was a polished rewrite of a rejected first draft that was Watchman.” . My copy of Mockingbird is very old and the acknowledgements are from another period of literature. If I hadn’t just read Mockingbird before Watchmen I might not have been as critical.

  126. I do believe 2016 will boil down to who has the most money and right now Jeb is way ahead. Good point about Trump.

  127. R – your assertion that Trump is nothing more than a media invention is way off the mark.

    I know it chaps your ass, but people like what Trump has to say. If you ask 100 Americans, 99 will tell you that there’s not a gram’s worth of difference between the Dems and Repubs, AND THE AVERAGE AMERICAN HATES THEM BOTH.

    But the thing that Americans in “flyover country” hate the worst is that politicians in both parties are so goddamned spineless – just TERRIFIED that they might say something offhand that the professional soreheads can seize on as “racist,” “sexist,” “ageist,” “Islamophobic,” – fill in the blank – and end their careers. You goddamned fools. You are letting these whiners turn America into another Europe. The next step is to ban “hate speech.” Mark my words.

    Trump is having none of that. He has the guts to say what everybody already knows, and his poll numbers show it. Nothing more, nothing less. He’s not ahead because the “media” put him ahead; he’s ahead because he deserves it.

  128. DR –
    1) Everybody wants something they can’t have. The more married and tangled-up you are, the more enticing.
    2) Nowadays, women are making up for lost time when they dast not engage in intercourse outside of wedlock for fear of a.)pregnancy, and b.)murder. Now everybody, including women, entertain themselves with Internet porn and because of it a lot of women are considerably more aroused much of the time – and feel perfectly comfortable doing something about it. A lot of them have the man’s attitude now: it’s just pussy. What a good time to be alive.
    3) We all know about pheromones. Maybe you need to take a shower.

  129. “But I believe there are also women haunted by the decision for the rest of their lives”

    Rare, rare, rare.

    http://www.medicaldaily.com/more-95-women-who-get-abortion-dont-regret-their-decision-even-three-years-later-342768

    Recent poll shows that further down the road, almost none regret the decision to abort . Almost none. But of course, the Fetus People glom onto those who say they DO and parade them in front of the cameras.

    The case could be made that most of those women have other problems, and neurosis about prior abortion(s) is but one.

  130. Put on your red shoes.

    Acknowledged. David Bowie. “Let’s Dance.” You didn’t think you were going to slip that one through, did you, Poolman?

  131. I agree with Parker. Donald Trump is a product of bi- coastal press and politicians’ lies. The heartland and border regions know the truth because they see and live it. They voted Democrats out of office because Republicans told them they would listen to their concerns and deal with reality. Republicans also lied.

    Trump told the truth in language which people appreciated. Even Bernie Sanders is riding a little wave because extreme leftists know politicians have also been lying to them. The Tea Party and OWS revolutionaries are not dead.

    If anyone created Trump, it was the politicians and news people who lied to us. They now have a “Tiger by the Tail.” Its time for the rest of us to “put on your red shoes and dance” until “The End.”

  132. I SAW Cruz say he called the Pentagon.

    So what? Cruz called the Pentagon. When are you going to learn little man, people don’t trust Supreme Leader Barack Obama or his jackboot staff for damn good reasons. Damn good reasons. Obama is more of an asshole than you are. Cruz damn sure shouldn’t trust Ayatollah Obama and neither should Texas, who that petty little tyrant Obama has been targeting since his nasty ass sat in the Oval Office.

    What kind of judge of character are you, Mr. Weiner fan? Mr. Obama fan?

    You’re not credible.

  133. “And? And simply that an opinion on any subject stands the light of day better when the participants are viewed realistically. I’m NOT saying you demonize all women who choose abortion but IF you did, I would find your stance flawed.”

    Here’s what I’m getting at – we’re talking about a video purporting to show professionals discussing real practices, techniques, and pricing of salvaging human body parts for either profit, or recycling, or redemptive (helps saves lives…) purposes. Organ donation without the consent of the donor or the death of the person some think is the rightful donor.

    It goes to the heart of the abortion debate – whose liver it is. And should a decision to abort really be cast as a stab at redemption through recycling? It seems coercive, and when you talk about whitewashing – it has no equal.

    You brought up the woman’s feelings and made nebulous accusation of callous, unrealistic views of her in particular on the part of those of us wishing to err on the side of caution when determining that the life inside is only “fully” human when it reaches the outside. I’m asking for specifics on that.

    I’m further asking of what relevance are her feelings of remorse? Again, is recycling being sold to her as redemption for her decision?

  134. I don’t know, Poolman, though I am swinging your way about the depravity at the Fed. The utter callousness and inhumanity of someone who after personally conducting thousands of abortions, can then sit around and feed their fat face while gulping red wine casually discussing the most effective way of crushing the skull with forceps to save the thorax, is about as close as I can come to imagining Moloch in our midst.

  135. @ Raji

    Thanks for replying. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to kill you – just your message. Rather the few parts that I thought I understood. Much of it, I did not. Understand as in comprehension, not agreement.

    ”I never indicated that the book should not be published. It was a good story and a fairly good sequel. It should not be considered a classic which is all I was trying to say.”

    Fair enough. I took this to mean otherwise – “Go Set a Watchman’ is Boo Radley. Like that key character from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, it was meant to stay inside, locked away, hidden from the world. It was never supposed to be published.

    I thought you agreed with that statement and further misunderstood “never” to include now.

    ”Other writers have not written pieces of the original. It was apparent to me at the beginning that Watchman did not have the same rhythm or style throughout as in Mockingbird. It became more apparent when word for word paragraphs from Mockingbird showed up in Watchman. A lot of authors often do that when writing a sequel but the style is consistent. Not so in Watchman.
    Lee and Capote were friends and influenced each other in their writings. Some parts of the style of writing in Watchman did feel a bit like Capote.”

    And here I’m just asking for clarification as to the degree of influence. I think I received it – if you mean that Capote wrote parts of Watchman. To which I disagree. And yes, that’s normal.

    I also haven’t found documented evidence that “Mockingbird was a polished rewrite of a rejected first draft that was Watchman.” My copy of Mockingbird is very old and the acknowledgements are from another period of literature. If I hadn’t just read Mockingbird before Watchmen I might not have been as critical.”

    My subjective definition and general perceptions are based on a 2010 documentary called “Hey, Boo! Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird” and an accompanying book I read entitled “Scout, Atticus & Boo: A Celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird.” Along with and a number of recent articles and reviews I read before delving into the book.

    1) Watchman was submitted to her publishers and rejected (fact)
    2) A statement attributed to Lee indicates she was asked by her editor to rewrite a novel from Scout’s perspective based on some flashback scenes in Watchman that were particularly well-received by her editor (fact, though not uncontroversial as such)
    3) Watchman was published unedited. Lee didn’t even reread the manuscript upon its rediscovery (also a subject of some controversy) but rather trusted a number of close friends including an early benefactor from the Mockingbird days. (fact, according to recent statements attributed to her lawyer and longtime friend of the family, and the benefactor)

    And then subsequent to reading it for myself.

    1) Some of the passages read like first drafts of polished versions in Mockingbird. Chapter 3 for example. I wonder if that’s the same piece that you attribute to Capote. I have not read any of his work except for In Cold Blood, which I didn’t particularly like. You see my predicament.
    2) Capote’s input is a key component to the mythology surrounding Mockingbird. Personally I think that Capote would have taken credit for it if he could have, all things considered. He was Trumpish in his appetite for publicity. That and according to Harper Lee’s sister Alice, Capote was jealous and coveted the Pulitzer and Nat’l Book Award, neither of which he received and both which were given to Lee.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-harper-lee-go-set-a-watchman/

    Again, sorry for putting you off. That wasn’t my goal. I do like to argue, but not for the sake of it.

  136. Oh, Capote and Lee also reportedly had a falling out. Further catnip to Capote’s bitterness and approbation lust.

    Just exactly how old is your copy of Mockingbird?

  137. Parker I was wrong to suggest Trump is nothing more than a media creation. You are dead right that he is tapping into American exasperation. I said so a thread or two ago.

    But what does “chap my ass” is the disingenuous bullshit coming from the press as they complain about his “sucking up all the oxygen” while they deliberately fan the flames.

  138. Parker I do think there is a subtle difference between being haunted and “regretting”. By haunted, I mean they never make peace with it or get comfortable with it even though they may very well feel they would make the same choice again.

    (Regarding your abortion comment).

  139. I respect peoples rights of opinion on any matter and this includes the passion of Muffy and questioning eye of Raji regards Lee’s books.Muffy I applaud your passion even though I far from share it.

    I personally don’t care for Lee,find TKAM a poorly written children’s book artificially elevated to classic mostly due to the movie,and can’t shake the fishy smells emanating from a manuscript being “found”at a time of Ferguson,Obama,Baltimore,#blacklivesmatter and inequality.

    Fiction is an admirable excursion form the day to day grind though and often a worthy Rx for humans.

  140. I think I’ve said this before but Trump ’16 is equal parts Silvio Berlusconi and pro Hillary pain in the ass. He represents a a danger to both the right and left and is exactly the kind of candidate you get when yo create a society that cares more about the ass of a Kardashian than the abilities of a presidential candidate.
    Trump will go loud and proud and if it works for him his ego will drive him to reach for the brass ring. US history indicates ignorant sheep will clamor to the calls of his empty slogans and give him some credibility. His personal history hints at him losing interest or self defeat coupled with his affinity to supporting Clintons true base.Wall St.

  141. Minor correction – “she was asked by her editor to rewrite a novel from Scout’s perspective” should read “”she was asked by her editor to write a novel from Scout’s perspective.”

  142. So what? Cruz called the Pentagon.

    Tex have you become so unhinged that you think martial law in Texas in 2015 is something to be worried about? You’re making Poolman look completely reasonable.

  143. “I bet most still haven’t read it.”

    I bet most haven’t yet been given the opportunity to do so, and I bet that is why Kerry isn’t taking your advice and telling them to read what they haven’t been given.

    “Huck, do you REALLY think Obama had any direct involvement in the rainbow White House?”

    Why on earth would I think anything else?

    Someone who micro-manages their image as much as Barack Obama isn’t going to allow something like that to be left to chance. You can damn well bet it was a calculated decision by his team and that he gave expressed permission at the least, and an overt order at the most. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were the one who screwed in the light bulbs.

  144. Moloch, Molech… Baal, Bel.. What difference at this point does it make? A beast by any other name is still evil.

    While I see the fed as the granddaddy of all corrupt institutes, it may just be the one that affects us the most directly. All our institutions are corrupt and have been infiltrated by black hearts. We often only see what floats to the surface. Trafficking in human body parts has been happening for centuries. It isn’t just from PP’s aborted fetuses that parts are being salvaged and sold for profit. The internet is full of accounts of illegal body snatching and organ harvesting.

    The abuses of babies and children are a big part of what these ‘people’ do behind closed doors. Many themselves were abused and have been forced to participate in the abuse of others. In this way, they also can themselves be controlled. Evidence of this has been playing out in courts in the UK since Jimmy Saville passed, though several witnesses and participants have since been silenced and our media have kept it on the down low. The depths of depravity in human society know no end. There is good reason we are warned not to be a part of this world system.

  145. yo create a society that cares more about the ass of a Kardashian than the abilities of a presidential candidate.

    Well said, Alfie. LOL And there may be no rescuing us from that. Sooner or later, all Americans are in for a very rude wake up call.

    Pretty much tend to agree though Trump and Sanders for that matter have definitely demonstrated two things. Most people are tired of mealy-mouthed pols and candidates would do better to go bold and shoot straight. And perhaps more importantly, just how truly awful this current government is. That Cruz speech lit me up yesterday. There’s about a dozen others that should have been saying that years ago.

    In a country functioning properly, neither Trump nor Sanders would be a serious candidate and on par with Jesse Ventura and Al Franken. But politics has become such a farce anymore, we’re a long ways from the politics of even 25 years ago.

  146. I dunno. Rutherford makes a compelling case that Cruz is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Totally nuts.

    Back in the old hood in Boston this weekend. What a trip. Nothing stays the same. I feel like Carlito.

  147. Tex have you become so unhinged that you think martial law in Texas in 2015 is something to be worried about?

    Intriguing to be called insane by a self-identified rube that thinks America’s best days lay ahead by becoming Greece.

    Martial law was never the issue, stupid. Being you’ve been stroked and blanketed your entire life while you sucked at Larry O’Donnell’s thumb on the filthy couch, you’re too cocooned to not recognize the fascist thuggery this prick you fawned over the last decade has invoked. Let’s see: attempted to stifle the press, attempted to “neutralize” the internet, used the FBI and IRS to threaten and harass ordinary citizens, provided cover for Benghazi, stamp out the 1st Amendment, depress the 2nd Amendment, ignore the Constitutional aspects of Presidential authority after 22 times announcing he didn’t have the authority, coddled terrorists while demoralizing the military, and appeased the Supreme Leader of Iran.

    Oh, why yes I cede your point. May we have another Waco and Ruby Ridge, dear sir?

  148. Well Alfie more than anyone I was disappointed to know that you wouldn’t be reading Watchman. Late in the story the character of Jean Louise confronts Atticus and has extensive rows with a few other characters. It tore me apart, to be frank and just a little melodramatic. Things get heated and political and even physical. But ultimately it seemed to me a very honest and hard discussion about race and the particulars of the history of black Americans and white Americans being initially separated and unequal, and then trying to be united, dying to be united, and being utterly frustrated every step of the way.

    This book could have been published at any time after Mockingbird and it would have been timely. It’s a long hard look at the past and the future colliding and wreaking havoc on the present.

    PS…the full story of how the manuscript was “discovered” is entirely plausible. They thought it was something else (the first of two drafts of the same story separated by stretches of time). I’m by no means certain of any of it but I lean towards having faith in its authenticity. Obviously.

    Thanks for taking part.

  149. Obama didn’t physically arrange the lights or likely even flick the switch but the rainbow had the go ahead of the WH and fits the marketing strategy of the Administration.The WH twitter page was bannered too and hash tagged .

  150. @ Thor

    “I’m not questioning whose choice it was to publish it.” – muffy

    “Ok. I guess this statement made me think there was some question as to the origins and ownership.”-thor

    There is. But not by me.

  151. @ET when was your last visit? I was literally in my old neighborhood just a bit ago after a few years and it was really a lesson of “you can’t really go back”.

  152. “The Congress was issued their copies of the JCPOA on 19 July and the 60 day clock began on the 20th.”

    Thank you, Alfie. I have had multiple distractions lately, as well as net connectivity issues, so I’ve been out of the news loop for a few days.

  153. The distance between regret and haunting is miles. There are no subtle gradations. I regret not going to Winnipeg last summer. The man and his daughter sizzling to death in a wrecked truck still haunt me.
    I enjoyed the To Kill a Mocking Bird discussion.

    You can go back home again. It is no longer the home you left, but it is a different home.

  154. Again, is recycling being sold to her as redemption for her decision?

    Buried within this question is the notion women are being sold on abortion (coerced). If PP has a political slant then maybe so.

    Would be nice if PP lived up to its name and provided low cost or free care to pregnant women and then assisted with adoption services at little or no cost.

  155. Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister said “when impatience becomes not an individual but a social impatience of feeling this is the introduction of revolutions”

  156. Tex one thing that ALMOST endears you to me is your stubborn attachment to even the wackiest ideas so long as it fits your narrative.

    Texas invasion and occupation right around the corner. 🙄

  157. Rutherford are you aware of the full context of Sen. Cruz’s asking the question?

    By your asking the question, I gather not. What context beyond nut job paranoia am I missing?

    For Tigre and Muffy:

    And racism.

  158. Tex one thing that ALMOST endears you to me is your stubborn attachment to even the wackiest ideas so long as it fits your narrative.

    Like Republicans not going the way of the Whigs stubborn? Sorry, but the only thing I’ve been able to consistently find endearing about you is letting me post on your blog.

    Once again, your limited capabilities aren’t allowing you to understand just how much people distrust your Dear Leader. Obama is a proven failed piece of shit, asshole and thug. While I doubt Texas worried about Obama invading as Obama can’t manage to hit a golf ball much less lead an invasion, Texans also know him well enough to recognize the Piece of Shit President is not to ever, ever, ever be trusted and requires constant supervision.

    Unlike say Illinois which is bankrupt, Texas is still kicking serious ass by the way – just in case you didn’t notice your “lessers.” 😈

  159. So this guy that shot up the Lafayette theater had left a trail of rants on the Internet.

    So I say to everyone here: keep your shit together and if you need help, go get it. I don’t want my blog becoming famous for the wrong reason.

  160. ” I don’t want my blog becoming famous for the wrong reason”

    I’ve thought about that before. Forget doing something despicable. What if one of us caught 15 minutes of true fame, as horrifying as that would be.

    Would we get ratted out here?

    Embarrassing posts how chicks dig me and fantasies about punching Senators at make believe block parties read by all.

  161. “So is this a rational actor in the modern era of geo politics? Wtf? This is what the Supreme Leader tweets a couple of weeks after the agreement?”

    Before questioning whether or not it is irrational, ask yourself what this has or will cost him.

    I think we both know the answer to that is—nothing.

  162. Would we get ratted out here?

    OMG! Rutherford is salivating at the chance to expose us, Rabbit. I guarantee “R” gets orgasmic at the idea of Rabbit, Tigre, Gorilla, or Tex laying it down in a theater with the idea we left our Bush Manifesto on the Rutherford Lawson Bar & Grill blog.

    Bonus points if in my messianic complex, they burn my stake to the ground and go looking to interview Rutherford for scoop.

  163. Everyone of our ‘representatives’ ought to be able to call out the POTUS or any other ‘representative’ of we the people when it is deemed they have operated in a less than ethical way or against the principles of their entrusted position or office. That is supposedly our foundation and a far cry from reality in dc. While I like what Cruz has to say, it disturbs me somewhat that he married into Goldman Sachs and gives so much support to Israel, a well known terrorist state. He is a bit creepy, but I’d offer that perception might be lessened in person. He does fit the look of a politician which could be much of the creepy part.

  164. The Rutherford Lawson Blog goes famous for it’s black on white on black on white crime… and racism… and conspiracy… and sexism… and death to america

  165. As I said earlier Cruz had two components in play regards contacting the DoD. First and foremost he is very much a constituent supporting Senator. Sadly he has a healthy supply of constituents that are in fact bat shit crazy and took a looooonnnngggg cold drink of Alex Jones et al Krazy Punch.
    I believe Cruz when he says he had people asking him about Operation Jade Helm 2015 (which began 7/15) and simply reached out to the Army. He actually added some degree of calm to the whole thing especially given Texas Gov Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard** to observe the operation and protect the state [from invasion].
    Cruz of course is a politician and took a swipe at the feds as well in his explaining why citizens were concerned,even if he didn’t share their same concerns.That’s part two.
    Jade Helm is a NOT unprecedented military exercise with a focus on special operations forces. A portion of Texas had been designated “hostile territory” so as to arrange forces. Two other locations in Utah and California were also designated “hostile”.Jade Helm is a multi state exercise with operations being conducted in 8 states.

    **The Texas State Guard is like the National Guard but answers solely to the state. Texas is not the only state to have a state militia in addition to its US Army and Air National Guard units

  166. Yes but there are other politicians including many (D)’s who would make a phone call or appearance somewhere to placate constituents. Warren for example walked a line for the OWS folks. And lets be clear on a related matter….at least Ted Cruz doesn’t think 7000 Marines stationed on one side of Guam could flip it over.

  167. at least Ted Cruz doesn’t think 7000 Marines stationed on one side of Guam could flip it over.

    You’ve got me there.

    Of course there is a difference between crazy and stupid.

  168. Rutherford, how can you even imagine that Ted Cruz is dumb? I have already written that Alan Dershowitz (sp) said Ted was one of the best and smartest students he ever had.

    If he is crazy, he can still sing “I’ve done no harm, at least to myself.” Men at Work

  169. James you’ve got it backwards. Mr. “Guam” is stupid. Cruz is crazy.

    As I already stated, Cruz was a SCOTUS clerk. Dummies don’t get that assignment.

  170. No Alfie. You didn’t fail. I get it. I was just correcting James that I know he ain’t dumb.

    One might argue his public diss of McConnell and his tell all book about the “cartel” make him politically crazy but that’s moving the goal posts.

  171. Tigre, I discovered you can “never go back” about fifteen years ago when I strolled through my childhood neighborhood. Those were the best of times until we moved when I was in the 5th grade. Then those were the worst of times.

    You know the part that distressed me the most? I know this is strange. The vegetation and the trees. Either everything was gone, or everything looked different. Nothing seemed familiar. Not even my elementary school. Frankly, I found it incredibly depressing and it made me feel old.

  172. Better stated: he panders to crazies.

    You mean the crazies that have created 35% of the new jobs in Obama’s failed economy? This is what I mean, Rutherford. You make these stupid rationalization of “crazies” when it’s your neck of the woods that sucks, that’s the murder capital of the world, that is bankrupt, that is crooked.

    Speaking of crazies, who do you think Bernie Sanders is preaching to? The intellectual giants? 😛

  173. Tex despite your protestations there is no defending citizenry who believe Barack Obama is somehow going to occupy Texas and there is no defending a governor who calls out the state guard to “monitor” them. So much for respect for our troops.

    But here’s an interesting twist. You’ve claimed in the past that our military so loathes Obama that they sooner turn on him than attack Americans. Apparently some Texans do not agree with you.

  174. Get over it, R. It’s all a gesture to remind the Feds states have rights and there are believe it or not, limits.

    It’s healthy and American as apple pie.

    I’m sure MSNBC is going wild with it, so you think it’s a big deal…..well….It’s not.

    Fucking liberals. Pinky assholes until the army is operating in Texas. Then they tie their yellow ribbons everywhere.

  175. Here is what you fail to understand because you’re so myopic and sheltered, so hoodwinked by one charlatan after another, so indoctrinated with Chris Hayes rhetorical proximity. This wasn’t The Alamo. It wasn’t intended to be. It was shot across Obama’s bow and a loud statement that said, “WE DON’T LIKE YOU, WE DON’T RESPECT YOU, AND WE DON’T TRUST YOU.”

    If the troops are so disrespected by the actions of Texas, why do so many of them come from the state of Texas, including the two famous SEALS who made movies? Trust me on this one, R. Texas is far more popular with “our troops” you’re so concerned with than your President.

  176. Speaking of crazies, who do you think Bernie Sanders is preaching to? The intellectual giants?

    Bernie is preaching to people tired of moderates pretending to be progressive.

    It’s worth noting Sanders is calling for a revolution. Many, including you, want one.

  177. Well Rabbit, let’s say it’s as American as apple pie. How bout some answers to these questions:

    1) is Obamas admin the first to conduct military exercises within the country? If not, where was all the apple pie paranoia under Bush?

    2) Is there something inherently wrong with the practice?

    3) Is there anything the Obama admin could/should have done to ease fears up front?

  178. Texas is far more popular with “our troops” you’re so concerned with than your President.

    But the troops must not be popular with Texas. Otherwise they wouldn’t fear the troops doing “Obamas evil bidding”. 😈

    Yes you probably hit it on the head Tex. There was probably little true fear involved. It was just another fuck you to the president. Personally I’d like Texas to grow the fuck up.

  179. Rutherford, I don’t think you understand Texas. What state would you consider grown up? Remember, we are supposed to hold the fed accountable. They work for us, not the other way around. Bet you forgot that little tidbit somewhere along the line.

  180. There are 7 states geographically involved in Jade Helm. Why is Texas the only one getting its panties in a wad. I thought that was the land of really tough asses. What a bunch of babies. Hell, Germans operate in New Mexico. You don’t see those people freaking out over it.

    The irony is, any conservative can tell you Obama doesn’t have a clue how to deal with insurgent/irregular warfare enemies like ISIS. This operation uses the unique terrain of the American Southwest to specifically train for such scenarios, but of course it’s all about Texas and not about training our gals and guys to better prepare them. What a bunch of fucking phonies.

    I hope Cruz is watching very closely. If he becomes our next CIC, what he learns could serve him well.

  181. This ought to be more concerning to anyone actually paying attention to JH.

    “If you look at a map surrounding Ukraine, it looks somewhat similar to the diversity of alliances and informal geopolitical affinities as what can be found in the scenario map of Operation Jade Helm. This training event gets our forces ready for irregular warfare on a large scale, and Eastern Europe is a very clear contingency operation right now whether we like to admit it or not.”

    It’s conjecture, informed conjecture, but entirely possible that they are war-gaming operations in the Ukraine. You want the game show host in charge when that goes down, just because he had the balls to call out Mexican rapists and John McCain?

  182. Gorilla, where are you? This armchair Field marshal requires your expertise. Are these training operations essential? Is this one being conducted in any unorthodox way which should raise our concern?

  183. Yes, R, the average Texan is mistrustful of Obama.

    No, these exercises have probably taken place before.

    Obama’s voice means nothing to them. at this point. Massive liar.

    This is a nothing burger. Why don’t you concentrate on something like sanctuary cities where lives are being loss and jobs taken.

  184. Thor and Rutherford. You don’t don’t understand Texas. You just don’t.

    Babies?

    If you served, you would never say that about the state of Texes.

  185. Texas! Not Texes. Damn!

    “I hope Cruz is watching very closely. If he becomes our next CIC, what he learns could serve him well.”

    That is laughable. There is an Islamic Terrorist state the very size of Texas already achieved in the Middle East. JV-a-stan. That is the Texas the next CIC better learn from.

    In 2009 we were told that the world only hated Bush and Obama would change things becuase he’s chill and apologetic. I have old emails in a Hotmail account even from family members telling me this. It was the message of the campaign.

    Flash forward 2015 and we have a weekly polished reality TV show with 12 year olds crucifying other 12 year olds, the Supreme Leader of Iran is tweeting clip art with Obama putting a 1911 to his head and Russia has it’s 1980s back. Meanwhile China is building Navy Bases in neutral waters.

    Would this make you happy? Texas is a bunch of meanies who despise Obama. Happy now?

    Who cares?

    There are Sanctuary Cities where the Federal Goverent is defied and people are dying. But, Cruz called the Pentagon. The Stars and Bars are bad. Blah blah blah blah.

  186. Tex – I have tried to “go back” several times and capture the good times/places. Sure, I believed the you-can-never-go-back stuff intellectually, but when I tried it for real, I found it not not just theory. Very depressing. Very sad. Cuts the guts out of you, especially if you had a lovely childhood filled with memories of wonderful people.

    Your post reminded me of an old Stanley Brothers gospel song from the ‘fifties.

  187. Muffy, you are far and away a much better researcher than I. My oldest is a research genius so I have some knowledge of what you can do. I on the other hand express myself from impressions not so much facts.

    Yes the review and my subsequent statement do sound contradictory. I thought the review was amusing and pretty much along my line of thought is why I quoted it. So now let me think this through a bit. The story was “timely” but could have been written by any other author. In that vein Watchman should not have been published by Harper Lee et al and promoted as another classic. It also may be as simple as Harper Lee had one book in her.

    Regardless of the facts I was disappointed. I do agree with you regarding Capote but I have to agree with Alfie that something “is rotten in Denmark”.

    Of course you would not have invested time in reading Watchman without a through review. Me I read it out of curiosity which made me read To Kill A Mockingbird again which I thoroughly enjoyed. I read about 2-3 books a week and think most of them are trash (my impression not factual) which is why I occasionally reread the classics.

  188. You can go home again, but you must make it a new home. I returned to the US after two years away from the “world” and four years from the home in which my parents raised me. My parents and brother on leave from Vietnam met me at the air port and it was good to see them, but they were not the family I had last seen. They surprised me with a new car they had purchased and they had remodeled the house. Little was the same. Even my favorite radio station had changed.

    I wasn’t even home. My mind was back there where we had med evaced a woman who was bleeding to death. I had not slept for 26 hours, and the only tangible thing that made sense was the Disneyland balloon the flight attendant had given me which was bobbing against the dining room ceiling. Everyone went to sleep, but I was in another time zone, so I sat there contemplating where I belonged.

    I got tired about day break, and since I was used to sleeping on the ground. I took a knife from the silverware drawer, put it under me and slept for 18 hours.

    We own it all now, and our children also grew up on the same farm which raised me. They are all gone now, including our children who have their own homes, but I still remain on the farm I desperately wanted to escape when I was young. Sometimes, i miss the old home which died while I was gone, but not very often.

  189. Sorry about that, Rutherford. I didn’t read the passage in which you wrote Cruz is smart.

    Ted Crulze is as crazy as you are Rutherford, and I think you are sane. He knows the establishment of both parties has been unable to cope with the forces of evil change. At least they are evil from our prospective.

    Trump is a court jester with no business in politics, but he has articulated the fear and anger normal people feel as they watch our country circle the drain. They are tired and want something change. It doesn’t matter if they are irrational. They will follow a leader who will restore their vision of what is right.

    Palin and Obama were once mirror images, and Bernie Sanders fills the leftist role. he caters to the same type of people who are disgusted with the state of our society. Of course, they are un-American and would destroy our nation in exchange for a foreign ideology, but otherwise, they are not much different from other angry Americans.

    The last thing I want is an armed revolution, but I am afraid we could come to that if Obama and his henchmen are not removed by votes. Trump could re elect Hillary, and if he does, life will become even more interesting than it is now. If he runs as a Republican, I will vote for Trump because even with his flaws he is better than anything the Democrats have to offer.

    You are one who helped put us here, Rutherford.

  190. @ thor…I can’t find the name of the operation but last year the USN and USMC held a multi state exercise in the Southeast.The mission was to “invade” and stabilize a “country” that was being threatened by its neighbor and internal negative forces.

  191. Pools, you wanna take a stab at the questions I asked Rabbit?

    Sure. I got a little time.

    1) is Obamas admin the first to conduct military exercises within the country? If not, where was all the apple pie paranoia under Bush?

    This is the largest military exercise on American soil ever. The goal is to infiltrate the regular population and conduct realistic operations in civilian enclaves covertly with real equipment and as realistically as possible. There are targeted peoples and objectives of this operation making it somewhat unnerving to many. There was plenty of paranoia when Bush was president, but the media wasn’t spotlighting any of it. People don’t trust ‘the government’ much in the south and for good reason. Obama is just more ‘in your face’ about it. Remember the clinging to guns and bibles quote?

    2) Is there something inherently wrong with the practice?

    The Posse Comitatus Act was put in place

    to limit the powers of the federal government in using its military personnel to act as domestic law enforcement personnel.

    The Act may have been cancelled by the NDAA of 2011, according to some. The thought of our own armed forces using our backyards as potential war zone is a little uncomfortable in the least. The fact that they are targeting communities and groups is unsettling. It resembles martial law and further enforces their control over us rather than the fact that they are to be doing our bidding. The intelligence gathering alone (spying) leaves many uneasy, as it should.

    3) Is there anything the Obama admin could/should have done to ease fears up front?

    Not if they actually were the most transparent administration evah.

    Alas, but that’s been proved the biggest lie.

  192. I find it interesting Alfie that some books start out as an adult book and become a child’s book and other books start out as a child’s book and is really for adults such as Alice in Wonderland. Sometimes it also depends on the stage of one’s life that it is read.

    “Fiction is an admirable excursion form the day to day grind though and often a worthy Rx for humans.” Well it beats TV!

  193. Poolman, what is your opinion on the drones that are causing problems to the firefighters in CA? Supposedly they are privately owned and can’t be traced or so we are told.

    We have conducted military “exercises” in this country forever. One of the reasons they are more public is the use of Google Earth. Military aerial exercises are on a daily basis especially in the rural areas.

  194. Talk about big brother! I’ve mentioned Watchman in my posts and in my searching. I noticed on Google News “news suggested for me” referred to Watchmen info. I cleared out cookies and checked back no mention of Watchman news. Today after posting on the RL blog checked out GN and low and behold what do you think GN recommended for me?!?

    Just something to think about as we tool around the WWW.

  195. Funny story I heard on the radio. Lady of the house was talking to her real estate agent and wondered what the aerial view looked like. She went to Google Earth and saw her husband sneaking a smoke behind the car about he swore he had quit.

  196. Rachel Platten has an international hit with this song. Her words exprerss the tone on this blog and for the fed up people currently worshiping the false prophets Trump and Sanders.

    Obama told us what we was planning, but too few of us listened.

    “Can you hear my voice this time?…My power’s turned on.. and I don’t really care if nobody else believes…I may have only one match, but i can make an explosion.” This would be a good campaign song.

    And she built this.

    I participated in a number of military excercises in the Air Force. On one we had to set up a medical unit in the Black Hills. Soviet Missiles were in bound and we had to get out fast. Someone forgot the paper work and the guards refused to let us out of the main gate. By the time we resolved the issue, our convoy could only drive a hundred feet before we were incinerated.

  197. Rutherford asked:
    1) is Obamas admin the first to conduct military exercises within the country? If not, where was all the apple pie paranoia under Bush?
    No this is not the first large scale military exercise to occur on US soil,and by that I specifically mean off federal land. The scale is perhaps the biggest only because it is primarily ground based.Jade Helm is not without an air component which occurs near daily in parts of America but the ground presence and potential airborne/air assault insertion is different.
    Previous seaborne exercise have been larger by every measure and for decades the air based exercise called Roving Sands** far exceeded Jade Helm in the personnel category. For example RS ’01 had 18,700 participants. Jade Helm 2015 has 1,200 that won’t exceed 65 individuals while “out in the world”.

    2) Is there something inherently wrong with the practice?
    No! Oother than the nuisance factor and fear produced by those maliciously or innocently ignorant of the exercise. Malicious ignorance is TX Gov. Abbott,Alex Jones and pool like people. Innocent ignorance stems from those that see the local military base rev up and come out the gate and you didn’t hear about it because of poor journalism and crappy public affairs operations. EVERY STATE & COMMUNITY THAT JH ’15 is operating in has had their local law enforcement folks briefed!!!
    Posse Comitatus doesn’t even come close to applicability and is an example of malicious ignorance.

    3) Is there anything the Obama admin could/should have done to ease fears up front?
    By Obama Administration you must mean DoD. Jade Helm,just like other military exercises that come off government “owned” land are extensively planned and structured. Every state and locality is notified of the pending operation. Here’s the kicker… Such notification is very business like and therefore fails to illicit much concern.
    Communities are given email and telephone contact information for people you need to contact for information on the exercises dates.
    You get the same thing for legal liaisons so citizens and civilian authorities know who to contact for things like property damage. (“Hello? This is farmer Jones, Damndest thing a f #$$&ing tank knocked my fence down…wheres my compensation”?)
    Police departments are told that on X date during Y-Z times they may expect calls from citizens about gunfire and explosions.
    Here’s a local issue. You can’t really publicize this stuff since the soldiers don’t need to be followed by people trying to get selfies with green berets,Rangers or SEALS. Its a war game not a holiday reenactment. So sadly,picking on farmer Jones again…”Holy Shit there is automatic weapons fire out here”!!!”Send help”! “I’ll try to hold them off-God Bless America”!
    Could more have been done? A fair question but I think I touched upon how too much information not only interfere with the quality of training but could pose a larger risk to public safety.Hope that helps R

  198. ** Just in case anyone cares Roving Sands is a multi force /multi national air defense exercise that predates the GWOT. It had a geographic focus of California to New Mexico with a focus on the latter secondary to White Sands Missile Range

  199. Thanks for the explanation, Alfie. We called them war games. We did our jobs which included creating and treating mass casualities. Later, we and our squadron critiqued our performance and if it was too bad, we had to repeat, usually by surprise at 2AM.

    We took them seriously on one base, because we were packed and told to prepare to leave for central Europe on 24 hours notice.

    Rachel Platten of my link to Fight Song is obviously a German-American. Germans are our largest white ethnic group. Germans apply to our current discussion of Hispanic immigration since they were considered an infestation at one time. German culture gave equal importance to church and the beer garden. My wife had her first beer when she was seven. , So many settled the Midwest most of our neighbors were of German extraction. My wife’s grandmother, great aunt and other relatives spoke German when they didn’t want the kids to know what they were saying.

    Wisconsin so vigerously encouraged immigration that they established an Office of Commissioner of Emigration in New York with promotional materials in English and German.
    Germans were allowed to vote before they became citizens.

    Railroad companies actively courted northern Europeans with promotional devices and messengers extolling the benefits of American life. Their motive was to populate towns they were establishing along their newly constructed rail road lines and to make customers in the empty Great Plains.

    Hispanics are not the first mass migrants to the US.

  200. Somehow I got suckered into wrestling a King Kong Bundy type at my son’s beach wrestling tournament. He was about 400 pounds.

    To my shock, I was able to suflex him. The crowd went crazy. He then did a few very terrible things to me. I think my spine is still on the beach.

    My son is proud, so I guess my first and only sanctioned match was worth it. I lost 3 to 2, but kind of came out the unofficial winner on account of that suflex.

    I have the first part on video but my brothers phone died and missed my big move.

  201. Why don’t you concentrate on something like sanctuary cities where lives are being loss and jobs taken.

    Rabbit, like all issues there are subtleties here that should not be glossed over.

    My understanding is that the main thrust behind sanctuary cities is to allow illegal immigrants to report crime and cooperate with authorities without fear of deportation. Seems to me a noble motive. Are there bad consequences? No doubt.

    Like every policy, there are trade offs. I assume you don’t like this trade off.

  202. It’s defying federal law. Figured since your so concerned with people remotely challenging the Feds, this would really bother you.

    It’s against the law.

  203. On this “you can’t go back” theme, part of the let down is our own ego. Where you USED to be has lived on without you, has passed you by. You don’t get greeted by all your old pals cos many of them have left (or died). A place where you once belonged, you don’t belong anymore. It’s a very ego-centric experience and I don’t say that as criticism. It’s human.

    Consider the difference between dropping by the old neighborhood and attending a staged reunion. Reunions are often fun. Why? Cos everybody still knows your name.

  204. Rabbit, I hope your spine gets better.

    You misunderstood my point about Cruz. Now that the headline-making stuff is over, I hope he continues to watch the operation, ask to be briefed on how it went, what vulnerabilities and what strengths it revealed. I don’t care that he called the DOD, I just hope he goes beyond grandstanding and actually learns something important that can help him as a senator and possibly President. He does work for us, after all.

    I’m sorry I don’t have your “it’s a Texas thing” insight, but when somebody claims such loyalty to the troops, until they start training in their state, at which time they go into a “seven days in may” hissy fit, then yes, I think they are acting childish. Perhaps you can make the argument that the Governor doesn’t speak for all Texans, but they did elect him, right?

    On Texas exceptionalism – I’ve only met a handful of people from Texas for longer than an airport conversation. Three in particular come to mind. One was a poet, one was a small-time drug hustler that eventually became a real-estate agent and one was a mechanic, loved to hunt and fish, fit in well in Eastern Washington. Other than their accent, nothing particularly different about them. Not outlandishly dumb or bright, nice or mean, generous or selfish, tough or weak.

    Support the Troops.

  205. I on the other hand express myself from impressions not so much facts.

    Raji I am much the same way. Perhaps, in addition to your default politeness, that is why you don’t beat me about the head like the others do.

    Admittedly, as a blogger, I should be held to a “higher” standard.

  206. We live through time and space. You are revisiting the space but not the time. It’s like lamenting over the best hamburger you ever had instead of going out and looking for another really great one. In the end, which one brings you more joy?

    If you can snatch the pebble from my hand …

  207. I got tired about day break, and since I was used to sleeping on the ground. I took a knife from the silverware drawer, put it under me and slept for 18 hours.

    That’s disturbing James. Some sort of PTSD?

  208. Maybe so, Rutherford. I didn’t feel safe without a weapon nearby. I also had a bad temper. I destroyed 25 transistor radios on my first summer back, and I tried to recover a lost memory. I knew it had happened, but I couldn’t remember. It came back on June 23, 1973. No one knows about it. It will die with me.

    My brother wanted to show off to his girlfriend two days after I came home . He was a big tough Vietnam veteran, and he was six inches taller and twenty pounds heavier than I.

    Unfortunately, he didn’t know what I had survived. My boney little fingers dug between his, I twisted my wrists, and down to the floor he went. I could have killed him. I wanted to, because for a moment, he was not my brother.

    I didn’t tell anyone, because the neighbors and family were watching us to see how we had changed. I heard them talking about my cousin.

    I guess this would sound disturbing, but I am so used to it, it doesn’t bother me. I’m not like that now, though I am still fit enough to beat the president in a wrestling match. My speed makes up for my age. Now, I really sound disturbed. Ha!

  209. some books start out as an adult book and become a child’s book and other books start out as a child’s book and is really for adults such as Alice in Wonderland.

    Kenneth Graham’s “The Wind in the Willows” which I’ve read several times, is written in adult language even though it’s clearly a children’s book. It’s themes of friendship and ego (Mr. Toad) appeal to all ages.

  210. Raji cookies are the bane of anyone valuing their privacy. I don’t even think about it anymore. But it is alarming when you go searching for a new mobility scooter on the web and suddenly scooter ads start popping up everywhere.

  211. Gawd, do I wish wienerfied Washington would pick a fight with Texas. Fucking peckerwoods in the Northwest – the absolute strangest people on earth. About half of them still think it’s 1968 and smell like something between the coastal water way and body funk. I’d seek out Thor just to shake his hand before the beating and shootings commenced. 😈

  212. Poolman, what is your opinion on the drones that are causing problems to the firefighters in CA? Supposedly they are privately owned and can’t be traced or so we are told.

    I had not kept up. The kid that mounted a hand gun to a drone and put the video on line was arrested and is out on bond for supposedly unrelated circumstances. I read pizzas are being delivered by drones. It’s a Brave New World and drones are a major part of it, Raji. But they should be able to be traced. We already have the technology to trace radio and microwave signals. What kind of problems are they causing, mere nuisance or actual obstacles?

    Certainly they aren’t providing the level of havoc our predator drones are bringing to Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, to name a few. Certainly they aren’t firing rounds at firefighters? Who is doing the complaining?

    Private drones are totally legal and a rapidly growing market. I would prefer to see less of them, but that isn’t how capitalism works. As soon as the technology is available, why would anyone expect them not to flood the marketplace, especially given the publicity they get. And they are pretty cheap.

    There will be laws following every new technology. If they are hindering the work of emergency workers, then they will likely be restricted and I’d say take them out If it is just for surveillance, we have the same right as any other citizen to know what are tax supported efforts are being used for and how, especially on public lands. I have no problem with people documenting the state or any of their players. When it comes to spying, turnabout is fair play.

  213. She went to Google Earth and saw her husband sneaking a smoke behind the car about he swore he had quit.

    Funny, but not likely. Google Earth is not in realtime.

  214. Germans apply to our current discussion of Hispanic immigration since they were considered an infestation at one time.

    The great paradox of this country is that every new wave was treated like shit. The Statue of Liberty states a virtue we have NEVER lived up to.

    It is a measure of each ethnic group the degree to which they overcame our inherent bigotry. Jews and Asians have thrived here. Africans (who “immigrated” by force), not so much.

    Lou Reed said it better albeit vulgarly.

  215. “Give me your hungry, your tired your poor I’ll piss on ’em
    That’s what the Statue of Bigotry says
    Your poor huddled masses, let’s club ’em to death
    and get it over with and just dump ’em on the boulevard.” – Lou Reed, from “Dirty Boulevard” from the album New York.

  216. but when somebody claims such loyalty to the troops, until they start training in their state, at which time they go into a “seven days in may” hissy fit, then yes, I think they are acting childish.

    BINGO!!!!!

  217. We live through time and space. You are revisiting the space but not the time.

    You’re on fire today Thor.

    There was a Mexican restaurant in Manhattan named Xotchles (pronounced sa-chills). My parents courted there. I the picky eater would only eat re fried beans until I got older. The waiter would always say to me “you come for your beans?” We went there once a year at most. They always remembered us and treated us like family. The last time was with my college roommate and we saw Woody Allen bum a cig from the bartender.

    Turned the place into a fucking Chinese restaurant. I felt like a friend had died.

    P.S. I still remember 35 years later the family name that ran the place, the Maldonado’s.

  218. Google Earth is not in realtime.

    I thought the same thing Pools but notice we are inferring she caught him smoking realtime but the anecdote doesn’t say that. Could have been an image from the week before – she still caught him red-handed. Assuming it’s not a concocted story.

  219. The great paradox of this country is that every new wave was treated like shit. The Statue of Liberty states a virtue we have NEVER lived up to.

    Tell me something. Make that two. What have you done to better this country, the fact I find you one of the most sanctimonious, retching blowhards I’ve ever read, notwithstanding. And who on earth does it better than America? Just one.

    Since you find Thor (what kind of rube judges a state by one trip through an airport?) so magnanimous today, why don’t you tell Thor his father’s service in WWII was not terribly virtuous, a sham and a waste of time, Mother Theresa.

  220. “The Statue of Liberty states a virtue we have NEVER lived up to.”

    Ever heard of the Ugly American? We aren’t exactly welcomed abroad.

  221. Its true we have treated large populations of newcomers like manure. Human nature fails to match our high ideals. Look at other countries. Our record is better than most. We really are special and our aspiration makes us try to live up to the expectations.

    Two examples of lives changed by discrimination are Al Capone and the Kennedys. Al was bright and turned to crime because Americans treated Italians like dirt. Joe Kennedy was determined to buy political office for his family so his contemporaries would be forced to regard him as better than shanty Irish.

    Around 1906, a group sued to get a Fin deported under the Asian Exclusion Act. Many Fins were so disgusted by their treatment they left the US to become part of the Soviet Workers’ Paradise.

  222. Apparently Poolman, these private drones are being sent up to view the fires (fires have always attracted viewers). They are so small the planes carrying the firefighters and supplies are concerned the engines will suck them up and cause damage like a bird does.

  223. Ugly American is more than our foreign policy. My wife and I went so native a Eurorail conductor asked for proof that we were Americans.

    My wife and I winced when we saw American tourists. They were loud, boisterous and pushy. Our dispositions improved when US tourists turned out to be Canadians.

    Europeans don’t like each other either. A Dutch man told us “Of course you know Germans are pigs. Fins and Swedes disgust each other, though they intermarry. A Fin told me Swedish blondes look like rabbit fur. Actress Mila Kunis’ family migrated to the US to escape Ukrainian anti -sematism.

    Asians also carry grudges.

    So don’t be too hard on the US.

  224. James (and Tex) of course you are right that we do it better than just about anyone. My seemingly unamerican rhetoric is really just a reaction to the nationalism and exceptionalism meme that I think makes us lose our way.

    I suppose it’s a valid argument that it is better to have lofty goals you do not achieve than to have no goals at all.

    Not achieving the goal is always a disappointment to us Peter Pan idealists.

  225. LOL James I’m beginning to think we are the most hostile species on the planet.

    I wonder if we need an alien invasion to unite ALL OF US against a common enemy?

  226. And who on earth does it better than America?

    What are the ‘does it’ parameters?

    Suicide is up (veterans at a rate of 22 per day) I don’t know if that’s a best. 😐
    I know we are no longer high on health, except the cost per unit.
    Life expectancy has fallen, as has education and church attendance.
    Infant mortality, quality of life, happiness quotient, blah, blah, blah.
    There’s a whole lot of data that can show others ‘do it’ better.

    If you are talking red, white, blue jingo warrior shit, then you may be right.

    ‘Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?’

  227. Poolman I think Tex and James are speaking to tolerance of immigrants and perhaps tolerance in general. Being gay gets you killed in some countries. That hasn’t happened here in decades.

    But on the stats, yeah we have lost our golden boy status. We reek of mediocrity.

  228. They are so small the planes carrying the firefighters and supplies are concerned the engines will suck them up and cause damage like a bird does.

    Like a jet engine? I thought most of the planes fighting fires were prop jobs. I suppose there could be a hazard. I guess it will lead to regulation. Except for media drones, of course.

  229. I’ve never seen racism like I did in Iceland.

    They mobbed a Japaense buddy of mine (ironically he hated Asians himself), picked him up and screamed Monkey!

    There is a small amount of people from the Philippines and Laos there. (Or there were). They were treated like garbage on a level any black person born after 1970 only hears stories or lies about.

  230. i think all of you hit on it for me to some degree. There were plenty of ghosts. Shit, too many that never left.

    I fucking hate hipsters.

  231. Australians are the worst tavelers I’ve encountered. The Ugly American is hugely exaggerated IME. Funny thing is I think the self-loathing American is born of the same weakness of character, soft and bubble-like existence. Both types also think themselves enlightened.

  232. Yes, I ( and maybe Tex) was referring to our general tolerance of immigrants and people of different ethnic groups.

    I don’t think Simon Cowell could have gotten away with this one in the US. A Lithuanian immigrant woman auditioned on Britain’s Got Talent or a similar show. Simon told the poor woman her singing was so bad, even Lithuanians wouldn’t like it.

    Sami Singer Sofia Jannok and others of her culture are still called mongoloid mongrels.

    I hate hipsters too. I wish they wouldn’t do it and multiply.

    Yes we may be one of the most hostile species on earth. And we are armed.

  233. Ever heard of the Ugly American? We aren’t exactly welcomed abroad.

    Really? Tell that to the people in the Calcutta train stations who are cared for by Christian missionaries and the nuns like Mother Theresa. Raji, if America is so ugly, why are you here? 🙂 Tell that to the people in Haita. Or Nicaragua. Tell that to Jews of Israel. Tell that to the Greeks who are begging for U.S. tourism, or Italy. Tell that to the next country how ugly America is when we finance and logistically move basic necessities in the next natural disaster. Or Europeans when Putin raises the stakes. Tell that to the Sauds right now about how ugly Americans are when they are threatened by a potential nuclear armed Iran. Tell that to all of the college graduates minted with a professional degree from another country. Or the B1Bs who don’t want to leave.

    I am utterly amazed, especially with people who have immigrated to America, and I don’t know that includes you, that can find nothing good to say about America but live off her fruits. They are the worst form of ingrates and the lowest forms of trash. And frankly and speaking only myself, I’ve about had it with their shit and their mouth.

    I’m really getting fed up with the people who continue to bad mouth America while living here. And I know a bunch of other people who are fed up too.

    I think it’s about time we native Americans who still think this is the best country on earth start to treat some of America’s critics like they deserve to be treated. Like dogs.

  234. So I have an image of hipster in my head but I wanted a better definition to see what Tigre was hating on.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipster_(contemporary_subculture)

    I skimmed the above. I have to laugh because I picture my “retirement” (like I’ll ever get to have one) as sitting at a cafe in Harvard Square with long curly white hair and a white goatee trying to stay rejuvenated by surrounding myself with young intellectuals. I don’t think that fits the full definition of hipster but Tigre would hate me just the same.

  235. I think it’s about time we native Americans who still think this is the best country on earth start to treat some of America’s critics like they deserve to be treated. Like dogs.

    You didn’t just refer to yourself as a Native American did you? OMG I’ll be chuckling about that unfortunate choice of words all night. 😂😂😂

  236. “by surrounding myself with young intellectuals”

    You dumb as hell, mayn. Simply put, not educated. Spending all your time watching cable news makes you stupidererrr.

    Belky, you aren’t even educated enough for the white ivory tower. Forget about the real world. You want not of that.

    The only person with a white goatee is going to be the plus size hospice nurse when she is empting out your bed pan.

    Knock it off with these superficial longings…gives me nausea.

  237. Yeah, God forbid Americans are a little loud…As our charity floods the globe.

    Just the eradication of Guinea worm disease alone should be enough to give us 100 years of slack for having a hearty but annoying laugh on a European train.

    We have lost more lives helping people then any major power in human history.

    Even my nobody ass has been paying a Rwandan boy’s tuition for ten years. There are millions of me.

    When you people are done blowing Euro trash, why don’t you suck my red, white and, with the inclusion of a large vein, blue, Kielbasa.

  238. Why all the hate roofa? I didn’t say I was an intellectual. I just said I wanted to be surrounded by them.

    On a more serious note, when’s the last time you visited a college town? The energy is palpable.

  239. “Bet when that motherfucker graduates he takes a good American job”

    He calls me “father”. So…I hope my son gets a good job.

    It’s not that you want to be an intellectual that bugs me, its that you aspire to be a caricature of one. It’s shallow and even narcissistic.

  240. When was the last time you were in a “college town” Rutherford. I’ve been on tour of late due to my son and let me tell you the only thing palpable was the timeless orgy of uselessness found in the youthful douchebags who think after a semester of 101 courses they know everything. I found the immediate vicinity of metro Boston universities to laughable. Every fucking punk ass think they’re the original thing. Fucktards completely oblivious of everyone that came before them. The bar names change and some of the fads cycle but college towns are the epitome of life lived waste fully .
    As for hipsters specifically I think there are only a few “demographics” more worthy of scorn and public beatings. Hipsters are indeed as some have said the dead end of western civilizations cultural progress.

  241. I think it’s about time we native Americans who still think this is the best country on earth start to treat some of America’s critics like they deserve to be treated. Like dogs.

    I chuckled over that one too, Rutherford. 😆 I guess Tex and Liz Warren got their native on. I know some dogs that are treated a whole lot better than some people. I once built a pool for a dog.

  242. You have to be careful with terms like Native American and African American. Roger Whitaker who sang Durham Town and sold over 60 million records world-wide was born in Kenya and served in Kenya’s military. He is an African Brit, but he is white.

    The United States must be doing something right. The world still looks to us for leadership in hard times, though Obama has done he what he can do to stop that. Thousands or millions of people want to move here.

    I’m glad our children attended Midwest colleges.

  243. About half of them still think it’s 1968 and smell like something between the coastal water way and body funk. – Tex

    I take it back. Not childish at all. 🙂

    you find Thor (what kind of rube judges a state by one trip through an airport?) – Tex

    What kind of rube reads this [I’ve only met a handful of people from Texas for longer than an airport conversation] and doesn’t see that I’m freely admitting that my experience with Texans is anecdotal. Which leaves me with only the actions of that great state to judge its citizens by (see panties-in-a-wad above). Add to that the fact that they can’t seem to lock the back door (after you come up and kick our ass, we’ll show you how to guard a border.) and you’ve done little to change my mind.

    Support the Troops.

  244. James, I hope you understood my reference to Germans was in regard to the Luftwaffe operating in New Mexico, not Germans immigrating there.

    Do you have Hutterites in Iowa? There is a Hutterite community near here, about 30 miles west of Spokane. Their pseudo-German accent is pretty cool. Probably helps them sell pies. Very nice, very serious people.

  245. na·tive
    ˈnādiv/
    noun

    a person born in a specified place or associated with a place by birth, whether subsequently resident there or not.

    Gawd damn you two are stupid. Sorry, but Rutherford you’re as much a loser as Poolman. Chuckle about that.

  246. What kind of rube reads this [I’ve only met a handful of people from Texas for longer than an airport conversation] and doesn’t see that I’m freely admitting that my experience with Texans is anecdotal.

    No, you weren’t. You’re a smug and arrogant punk and I had forgotten that. A prick, in fact.

    Which leaves me with only the actions of that great state to judge its citizens by (see panties-in-a-wad above). Add to that the fact that they can’t seem to lock the back door (after you come up and kick our ass, we’ll show you how to guard a border.) and you’ve done little to change my mind.

    No wonder you’re vested in Obama. You think 1,200 miles of a 3rd world country equates to Vancouver, “writer”? The reason there is no worry for illegal aliens in Washington, in that shit hole, pussified grunge world you reside, the sane ones are crossing the border north to hide from the stench and world’s ugliest women.

  247. You know, Rutherford. It sometimes bothers me a little in my more sedated moments that I use you as kick ball because you’re so helpless, even if I have valid reason to use you as a kickball for the damage you Obama twits have caused to my own children.

    As I sat around the other day wasting time here reading your responses in the best way you know how, I was ruminating on what is it about you and Thor I am utterly sure I wouldn’t like in the real world. What is it that is so tempting to burn you and your family’s house down to the ground with you in it? 😈

    And then it dawned on me. You’re the smug, smarmy little punks – that little worm from the fifth grade that eats boogers and sits with wet pants in the classroom, that after a fight on the play ground that you watched while standing in platform shoes, then talks loudly like he’s part of the action.

    I never did care for that type.

    Now, you can add that to my manifesto when I go off and I give you your 15 minutes of fame. 😉

  248. It’s not that you want to be an intellectual that bugs me, its that you aspire to be a caricature of one. It’s shallow and even narcissistic.

    Damn straight, Rabbit. I missed this one. Well said. Much better than I said it.

    I disdain these Leftist, D.C. wannabee coastal idiots that couldn’t turn a wrench much less make America work, then want to talk down to me when it’s their world that is in disarray and dysfunctional.

    Or sorry shit asses that come over to our country and have the unmitigated gall to tell us how bad it is, and park their asses in residence? Or some putrid punk sits in his little bird nest and feels vested to comment about how the state that has created 35% of the new jobs in this country under this MASSIVELY FAILED PRESIDENT, a President whose done everything in his sniveling power to make sure it fails, is substandard? Shit, Texas had to use their own state money to protect the border. And they call Texas paranoid? It’s not paranoia. It’s anger. And it’s real. So is mine.

    I can’t wait for these sorry fucks to see the Texas I know up close and personal. See those guys like Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell? Small town Texas and so are their daddy’s who produced them. I have more faith in 10 of them then I do 1,000,000 free spirit poets with attitude. We’ll see whose smarter and tougher when the time comes.

    Let them keep running their mouths. .

  249. Raji, if America is so ugly, why are you here?

    Tex you know damn well what I was referring to. I understand Texans are some of the worst of the “Ugly Americans” abroad. Actually for you that was pretty good. Six or more comments before you could find one worthy of jumping on my arse.

  250. I understand, thor.

    Iowa has Amana colonies. They are related to the Hutterites, and some think the Hutterited women borrowed their sun bonnet style from the Amanas. The Amanas are mostly in eastern Iowa ahd have been a lucrative tourist attraction.

    I think Hutterites live about an hour north of us in South Dakota. we’ve driven by one. Most of the United States colonies are in Dakota and the Pacific Northwest. More Hutterittes live in the Prairie Provinces than in the US. When I was a boy, I read an article in the Saturday Evening Post that Hutterites were prospering and they were in danger of taking over a large part of the US with their communistic theology.

    I agree, they seem to be nice and serious people.

    I hope they are more tolerant than the Dutch community I am related to. They don’t like Germans. My father in law expanded his seed and feed business until it reached the Dutch enclave. He had hit a brick wall which he by passed by making his son in law’s farm a head quarters for the Dutch sales branch.

  251. My cousins live in Texas. They groan about the liberal enclave of their Austin home. As Abortion Barbie learned Hispanics , many of whom have been in Texas as long as Texas has existed also own the Texas ethos. “Don’t mess with Texas.”

    I think the unlamented Lori of the other blog is from Texas. A major regret is that she multiplied.

  252. This “Ugly American Abroad” thing is nothing but bigotry and insecurity by some Europeans.

    American self loathers, people reverting to a high school mentality where they blindly look up to hollow versions of who they deem cool kids (in this case certain Europeans) jump on this shit.

    Never in human history have the people from a juggernaut global power tried help those in need. From the Marshall Plan to the rock concerts for Haiti.

    Never. Unprecedented.

    AIDS in Africa. Parasites in drinking water.

    ABC News: “The fact is that Americans give more than the citizens of any other country. … They also volunteer more,” Brooks said. “Americans per capita individually give about three and a half times more money per year, than the French per capita. … Seven times more than the Germans and 14 times more than the Italians.”

    “Now, you might notice that these other countries have different average incomes or different tax systems,” he said. “But even when you take that into account, Americans give 10 times more than the Italians. The fact is, that Americans give on a different scale than anybody else in the world.”

    Ugly Americans.

    In some cases, white crosses span massive fields in some of these countries.

    Ugly Americans.

    Loud? Happy on vacation? A foreigner oblivious to subtle foriegn cultural nuances? Oh the horror.

  253. You’re the smug, smarmy little punks – that little worm from the fifth grade that eats boogers and sits with wet pants in the classroom”

    And you were the fifth grade bully that caused them to wet their pants and eat boogers!

  254. Did I miss the conversation describing chucklehead Tex as bipolar?

    bi·po·lar
    bīˈpōlər/
    adjective

    having or relating to two poles or extremities.
    characterized by both manic and depressive episodes, or manic ones only.

  255. I see there are plenty of articles (academic and WaPo worthy) retrieved from Google on the “Ugly American Myth.”

  256. And you were the fifth grade bully that caused them to wet their pants and eat boogers!

    If the need arises, I still can be too.

    Raji, you may or may not be aware Houston, TX, not NYC, is the most international city in America. My wife lives in a loft that I would say is predominately Indian. Ten years ago, it was predominately white professional when she moved there. Most of the natives (that word Poolman and Rutherford apparently have no idea what it means) have left. For the most part, I have found imports from India very reserved, cooperative, and friendly though private. But here is something else I have noticed. The complex has gone from new and pristine to filthy – even dirty diapers left on the porches. Fortunately, my wife will be retiring in the near future and it’s not worth moving. So she smiles and tolerates it.

    You might appreciate that all cultures are not of equal value now. Apparently, that light bulb hasn’t clicked on yet. And America isn’t the substandard one.

  257. James, the deal with Texas is that it’s about 40% Dim, most located in the inner cities of metropolitan areas, Hispanics and then there are the Lori types scattered in and around the suburbs of the major cities – like the former lezzie mayor of Houston who threatened to go into church pews and prosecute messages she didn’t like. Think that was last year. She got shut down quick. She’s a wannabee jackboot thug like Lori.

    The biggest surprise is as bad as activists Dimocrats are across America, surprising the Texas ones I’ve met are the most radical and worst I’ve met. Austin is an island into itself – academia rules. But that too is changing.

  258. Six or more comments before you could find one worthy of jumping on my arse.

    LOL. Oh, there are times like the Poolman I can find you extremely reasonable, sometimes profound, even funny. You’re far from the worst. But I do think too many of you “independents” or whatever you classify yourself as, have a predilection for being true ingrates. At least you’re not a mooch and a parasite. 🙂

    See, I can give you a compliment. 🙂

  259. Gawd damn you two are stupid.

    You’re the one who’s stupid and remarkably thin skinned. Did you really think I thought you were saying you’re a fucking Indian? I can’t speak for Poolman but I was simply making fun of you.

    Damn Tex don’t take yourself so goddam seriously.

  260. No, you weren’t. You’re a smug and arrogant punk and I had forgotten that. A prick, in fact.

    This kind of shit usually happens after a weekend visit from his better half comes to an end and he takes his loneliness out on the moderates and libs here.

    Tex we’ve all gone down this road long enough that you can just say “I miss my wife” or whatever the case may be and you’ll get consolation. This isn’t Tulsaworld. This is a blog where folks have come to “know” each other.

    You’re too damned old to be relying on ad hominem all the time to work out your personal struggles.

    P.S. I know you’ll refute my diagnosis. Goes with the territory.

  261. Will wonders never cease. Thanks for the compliment, I think 😉

    Tex I have lived in Texas visited Houston many times. I’ll have to admit it’s the only state I’ve lived in I found myself a total bigot. Of course it’s a very important international city and seaport but Katrina had a lot to do with changing the environment and not for the good.

    My only experience with Indians were professionals in FL and like all races, some good some bad . I was fortunate to become good friends with a lovely Indian family (i.e. the moniker “Raji”) . I was one of their few lily white WASP friends.

  262. Loud? Happy on vacation? A foreigner oblivious to subtle foriegn cultural nuances? Oh the horror.

    You’re the one making a capital case about it. Your last paragraph was ALL anyone was saying. We weren’t talking about American charity or anything else. The comments were simply about how some Americans are viewed as crass when they travel abroad. No biggie. Just a fucking observation.

    You and Tex are smoking from the same joint today and you need to find a new dealer.

  263. I was one of their few lily white WASP friends.

    That’s the longest time between punches in a one-two punch that I’ve ever seen. Years ago some of us, including me, thought you were a man until you set the record straight. Today came the second punch. I can’t speak for anyone else but I thought you were of Indian heritage.

    LOL 😂😂😂😂😂 One of my favorite things in life is seeing assumptions challenged. I’ll be enjoying this revelation the rest of the day!!!

  264. I am having really mixed feelings about this raising the minimum wage. This does not address the fact that 40 year old college grads should not be flipping burgers full time at Mickey D’s. I’m thinking paying them 30,000 dollars a year to do so is not the right direction.

    Damn, I’m conflicted.

  265. Alfie I think you’re way too hard on college kids. I think it’s great that between the ages of 18 and 22 these kids think they have “new” ideas and that they can make a difference.

    It almost sounds like you’re hoping for a campus full of cynics. Cynicism is for old fogies like me.

  266. Tex we’ve all gone down this road long enough that you can just say “I miss my wife” or whatever the case may be and you’ll get consolation. This isn’t Tulsaworld. This is a blog where folks have come to “know” each other. You’re too damned old to be relying on ad hominem all the time to work out your personal struggles.

    No, I don’t know you. I “know” what you stand for politically and that you’re a garden variety Christian bigot with zero knowledge of that which you are critical, which makes you buffoonish and a clown. I’ll refute your diagnosis for as long as you continue to be 180 wrong in you assumptions you make. That will be forever.

    You wanted to pick a fight, tagging along. Yuck, yuck, yuck. Go pick another booger and suck it up, jester.

    Rutherford, Thor is the typical cocky, arrogant schmuck I’ve grown accustomed to in Lefty land. For the most part, that’s the Washington state I know – and my knowledge of Washington is apparently a hell of a lot better than Thor’s knowledge of Texas. Thor reminds me of a somewhat infamous player for his beloved home team named Adam Morrison, who once announced how clever and truly deep he was at the young age of 21 on national TV by quoting Karl Marx. He later became the biggest draft pick bust the world has ever known along with another Washingtonian named Ryan Leif. Seems to be a pattern. 😎

    That’s the West Coast Lefty I’ve grown accustomed.

  267. Did you really think I thought you were saying you’re a fucking Indian? I can’t speak for Poolman but I was simply making fun of you.

    You were making fun of a perfectly legitimate adjective, numbnuts, to describe someone born here. I’m not offended at anything but your ignorance and the fact your vote negates mine.

  268. Last year: Health insurance premiums jump 33% – check
    This year: Employer health insurance plan cancellation in 45 day notice received – check

    Nice going jackholes. It’s a start all right.

  269. “Cynicism is for old fogies like me.”

    Could have used a little of your cynicism when you were gushing over Messianic speeches about the seas rising…

    Instead we got oragasmic screams for a boy band out of you.

  270. You guys are too rough on hipsters.

    When the hipsters come, the property values go up. They don’t mug you, they just bug the shit out of you.

    They are the biggest betas on Earth.

    You can bust balls at their expense in the open, to their face, while you enjoy a pint. What more can you ask? These hipsters are hilarious!

    I go back to my street I grew up on and see gang graffiti and thugs. Those are the ones I despise.

  271. Regarding the nutty Obama poster, really Poolman?

    Not the hope or change angle you prefer? I see method in his madness whereas you only see madness come from his method. 😉 Yes we can! 😈

  272. No, I don’t know you.

    Fine but I suppose you think you know some others here. My point still stands. Your swings from amicable and friendly bastard to nasty attack dog have an underlying explanation. Share it or don’t. I don’t care. Hell you may not even be enough in touch with yourself to even articulate it.

    Suffice it to say you have “friends” here even if you don’t consider me among them. Don’t forget that.

  273. Oh it gets worse Rutherford. I was one of the very first group to register Republican in the state of Florida. Fl was Democratic and there was no Republican party or primary. This was in the early 70’s. To top it off FL also did not have branch banking if you can imagine and my career was International banking. End of my career. Yep I was a good ole Repub WASP 😆

  274. “This ugly American thing goes way beyond those simple observations…”

    When in Rome do as the Romans do. Isn’t that we tell our immigrants to do?!?

  275. Yeah…..immigrating to France and visiting Paris on vacation is different. Edgy smart, bro. Edgy smart.

  276. You don’t need me to confirm your intellect. You will have this blog here for your great grand children to read.

  277. Tex, I meant what I said. I was admitting up front that my knowledge of Texans was anecdotal. Therefore, I have only what I read in the news and you and Rabbit with your “inside” knowledge to teach me how different Texans are. (So far not too impressed. They did help get us to the moon, probably some deep anchored guilt over letting the President get murdered in broad daylight on one of their streets) If you misread my disclaimer, it’s your own fault, not mine. If you think I’m smug, so be it. I only used the word “rube” because you did. Bullies hate being treated the way they treat others. You did just admit being a bully, right?

    [If the need arises, I still can be too. – Tex]

    And you have a Fordor’s knowledge of Washington at best. Quit wasting my time with that angle. (BTW, I hated RL and he was from Montana anyway.)

    A little advice, stop trying to prove how tough you are to everyone. It’s a sign of weakness.

  278. Huck, I think I heard you mention them. I am hanging out with Lamb of God at the hotel pool in Lexington KY as I type. Don’t know much about them but I’ll have to give it a listen. Really, really nice cats. They’re doing a cannonball contest with my daughter.

    Maybe it’s better I don’t know more about them. People have been bothering them for selfies. I knew they were rockers from the look, but didn’t ask until all the selfies and autographs. When they found out who I was they wanted a photo with the group.

    If you were the fan (shit maybe it was DR), they get me seal of being really regular gracious dudes. Fun.

  279. I was admitting up front that my knowledge of Texans was anecdotal.

    Thor I tried a new approach of admitting when I was in over my head and needed to Google/wiki. All it did was get me kicked in the ass again.

  280. When they found out who I was they wanted a photo with the group.

    Shit, reading this makes me wonder if you’re more famous than Lamb of God. And if that’s true, wtf are you doing on this blog? I’m not worthy!!!!

    And … why is Lamb of God (heavy metal?) in Lexington KY. And why are you there? Vacation?

    You’ve posted one helluva tease here.

  281. I only picked my nose because recycling was “in” and I didn’t pee my pants because I was always dehydrated because the bullies took my milk money every day at the bus stop.

  282. A little advice, stop trying to prove how tough you are to everyone. It’s a sign of weakness.

    Says the ‘Poet’ who envisions himself as part Gremlin, part hammer-wielding thunder God. Is that what you think I’m doing here? Proving my toughness on an irrelevant blog for a couple of booger pickin, chicken-winged, sanctimonious snot wads who to be honest, I don’t give a shit about? {snicker}

    You’re not fit to be giving me advice about anything, booger. But you do need to put a sock in it about how clever you and your fondue sniffing ilk are in the state of Greenpeace and body funk. I don’t mean to insult, but when I think of tough, I don’t exactly think of writers overtly paranoid about finding leaky pipelines in every creek bed, viewed from the Fiat convertible.

    Besides, Rutherford needs a friend.

  283. @ The room:
    There is very much a reality to the notion of the “ugly American”. It comes in many forms but I personally experienced it in Bermuda. I was on my honeymoon and trying to enjoy my special dinner at what was at the time THE restaurant on the island. Well the table next to us had a fat,older and loud mouth drunk who ruined my night out. The arrogant prick believed himself entitled to behave however he liked to secondary to his $700-$1000 tab. He belittled the staff and they took it all for the bucks. Under no circumstances could I imagine they didn’t speak of the “loutish piece of shit American”.

  284. @ Rutherford. no I’m not too hard on college kids,millennials or anyone. I’m real. Youth is wasted upon the young.By all means don’t aspire to be a retiree posing as a community cling-on. Grey haired and drinking a chai looking at the college kids is just creepy.

  285. Hipsters are not a community negative per se. I agree with rabbit that a band of douchebag hipsters is far superior to a band of ferals or jersey shore type douchebags. Still hipster really are a joke. They try to be the cutting edge of culture,that nobody else really cares about but when someone else even hints at it the huff and try to find some other phony schtick. Take your tight pants and Warbly Parkers and just STFU.

  286. @ Thor. I applaud Boston coming to its senses and walking away from the Olympics bid. Keep in mind it was a bid they were never going to get compared to other international cities. Boston was never going to be able to host them logistically. It was going to be a dramatic waste of money. The Games are a f#$%&*! joke. The IOC is a corrupt entity and every nation in the past 20 years that have hosted them has either been an autocratic hole or are stuck with debt and monuments to their stupidity. (Beijing,Athens & London!!!)

  287. According to RCP, only two in this group will make it into the debate.

    “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are separated by only 1.5 percentage points” – RCP

  288. I don’t mean to insult,

    Ehhh yes you do.

    You’re an odd mixture of Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee today. On the one hand so thin skinned that any perceived slight (including good natured teasing) gets an immediate stinging retort. On the other hand under the illusion that your religious devotion gives you license to be unpleasant AND that you deserve somehow to continue to earn the respect of other Christians. I’d imagine you applaud Huckabee’s holocaust reference this past weekend.

    Even attempts to meet you with an olive branch are mocked.

    Two more days, maybe a week more of venting and you’ll be back to your old self. My advice to Thor is wait it out while the others here humor you through your latest round of tantrums.

  289. Thor just imagine Kasich being excluded from the main stage in his own state. Wild!!!

    There will be a kiddie table debate earlier in the evening. I’ll be watching both.

  290. Alfie, I kind of thought you would feel that way. I didn’t know if there would be a gentrification carrot dangled. Vancouver actually produced more usable assets from their World’s Fair than the Olympics. Of course, those were winter games, smaller scale. I take it Romney wasn’t asked to be part of the mix?

    I agree with you on the IOC, down there with FIFA.

  291. Would be a spank for Kasich, but he got in so late, he had to see this as a possibility. OTOH, the opening act featuring a Graham, Jindal, Christie, Perry crossfire might be more entertaining than watching Trump fire people in the “Main Event”.

  292. [I’d imagine you applaud Huckabee’s holocaust reference this past weekend. Even attempts to meet you with an olive branch are mocked.]

    Matter of fact, I did. Only I would have used the word inferno instead of oven to be more rhetorically proximate.

    Because the olive branch is a decoy to take the bait – a meaningless and insincere gesture, transparently phony like Booger’s worldly facts about Tejas. I’d rather you talk shit to me. It’s the only time you’re completely truthful with me. 😆 It’s almost intellectually insulting you think I don’t recognize you would like me to burn.

    Speaking of burning flesh, where’s brave Bernie the Greek stand about Iran? I don’t follow Leftist mendacity and propaganda as closely anymore. Bernie sitting this one out while making like Marx? I know Bernie is unkempt. Is he a politically expedient coward like Dear Leader Obama, hung between Marx and Hollywood and not wanting to offend his ACLU/SPLC buds while realizing Iran with nuclear bomb isn’t exactly in Tel Aviv’s best interests either?

    I’m a little surprised you’ve become a Bernie fan with your affinity for the Ayatollah types, Rutherford. And I have to admit, BBW Raji threw me for a loop this morning. All those nasty Indian jokes about red dots and 7-11s wasted too.

    I purposely did not light Booger up like I should have because I don’t want Booger to leave you alone to fend. The more hapless bastards from the Left on this board, the more fun it is for us tough guys.

  293. [There is very much a reality to the notion of the “ugly American”. It comes in many forms but I personally experienced it in Bermuda.]

    Well, I don’t deny there’s ugly Americans. By the way, Alfie. Bermuda is a particularly popular destination location for you Yankee types. Just saying. But what country doesn’t have its share of louses?

    Good grief, ever dealt with the stinking French? Or the Chinese? And I won’t even stoke the flames of Islamists who once knocked my 5’00” tall mother to the ground in an elevator. Women don’t get in with the men and she made the mistake of not knowing. She said, “They smelled so bad, they actually did me a favor.” 😈

    My mother used to teach water aerobics for a group of seniors. At this particular Marriott, once a year the Oklahoma Muslim community would rent out a large part of the hotel. My mother walked in to use the indoor pool. These nasty animals and their clan had literally left a greasy ring around the pool. The Marriott had to drain then scrub the pool before it could be used again.

    And people want to speak about “ugly” Americans? Shudder…

  294. Bernie has not addressed foreign policy as much as he should. In that he shares Liz Warren’s fatal flaw. He’s anti-war if that means anything.

    You know what bothers me about Kasich, whom I otherwise like? First too much damn talk about God. I don’t want to vote for a candidate who does not respect the right not to believe. Until I think he respects religious skeptics, I can’t fully support him.

    Second, he wants boots on the ground to defeat ISIL. Points for honesty on the issue but a major demerit for what I fear is a repeat of prior military failures. I think I’d be happier if Kasich said we are going to deploy devastating force. That way I know we won’t be ensconced in another decades long religious war.

  295. I purposely did not light Booger up like I should have because I don’t want Booger to leave you alone to fend. – Tex

    You don’t care if R has friends here. Hell, everybody is your buddy until they disagree with you. Then it’s the tough guy, what’s-the-sound-of-one-mouth-flapping routine. R doesn’t enter into the equation.

    I hope you are happy, Tex. But the way you long for the past, see no hope in the future, your irritability, those are classic signs of depression. Me and James disagree as starkly as you and I on most things, but we keep it civil. Why is that? I think it is because we are both happy. We see great troubles in the world. We see the causes and therefore, the cures differently. But in our own lives, what we can control (or think we can), we are generally happy.

    So, like I said, I hope you are happy too. Not tomorrow or the next day, when you release another barrage of personal crap which I’m sure is already headed my way, but tonight, when the computer is shut down and there is no one left to impress but yourself, I hope you are happy. I truly do.

  296. re: drones and airplanes. Bad thing. Except for some converted WWII bombers, nearly all firefighter planes we have here are “turbo-props” – not piston – airplanes; similar to jet engines on airliners, but spinning propellers instead of the big fan you see on an airliner. They consume huge quantities of air and have large air intakes, often pointing forward. A drone in there could be a very bad thing. Ditto a drone against the windshield, where it would likely penetrate at that speed.

    No easy way to trace them. Too small to be seen on radar. Radio control signal could be traced theoretically to the source via triangulation. Our ham radio club used to sponsor “fox hunts” to find hidden transmitters for prizes. Works OK.

    These guys really need to back off with the drones; they are trés fun, and enjoying a lot of freedom – for now – but US govt is always looking for a good excuse to over-regulate, and they are giving it to them.

    re: depression vs. manic-depression. The real culprit is prolonged idleness. Eats on you like a cancer. Look at the pissed-off young men in major US cities – unemployed, alienated, angry, and always looking for some way to lash out.

    re: “It’s not that you want to be an intellectual that bugs me, its that you aspire to be a caricature of one. It’s shallow and even narcissistic.”

    ??? What??? What you trying to say, Willis? “you aspire to be a caricature of one.” ??? It’s shallow and narcissistc????? What the fuck does that word-salad mean? You channeling Sarah Palin this afternoon? What IS you smokin’ out there in the wilderness?

  297. re: Turks are killing Kurds. You got it all wrong. That is a GREAT thing. Turks killing Isis;, Kurds and Isis killing Turks. Syrians killing Egyptians, Iranians killing Iraqis. Everybody killing everybody, and every dead man a Muslim nutcase. It just doesn’t get any better than that…

    If those poor Muslim women ever get control of their own fertility, this shit will come to an end, but for now, it’s enough to kill as many as possible of the children that they unwillingly bear for the bearded barbarians.

  298. I think ET’s claim to fame is being the father of the daughter who they were having cannonball contests with 😉

    I have a feeling Thor’s absence at times is for personal reasons not because of someone’s slander. I have spent time in the Northwest and found it to be congenial although I found the Asian population not so congenial to the so called ugly American in their midst. Talk about reverse bigotry.

    Alfie I have had similar experiences in Bermuda. It is a very British country and they take offense at loud unruly behavior.

  299. DR You think there should be a difference made between tourists and immigrants as to their behavior abroad? It would be interesting to ask a Mexican tourist about their experience while touring around America.

    I’ve often wondered how you came about picking the moniker, Dead Rabbit. Does it refer to the gangs in NY and London of the 1800’s but they were Irish and you are not, correct?

  300. “You think there should be a difference made between tourists and immigrants as to their behavior abroad?”

    Come on Raji. Of course there is. Ever have culture shock before?

    I couldn’t even walk in a crowded room my first month in Iceland.

    Assimilation doesn’t happen on 5 day vacation. And if you aren’t assimilated, you’re going to unconsciously do shit that is off putting. Plus, you are on vacation. Carefree!

    I once was mocked for saying “excuse me”.

  301. “By all means don’t aspire to be a retiree posing as a community cling-on. Grey haired and drinking a chai looking at the college kids is just creepy.”

    That made me laugh out loud!

  302. The human body is a miracle, proved once again. Thor, I thought about your son while watching the following video. The cure rate is crazy high. Autoimmune disorders are greatly helped in often completly cured. Cancer eradicated. I know and have known plenty of people that have undergone chemo treatments for cancer. No need. This needs to go viral before pharma snuffs them all…

    http://www.zengardner.com/the-miracle-of-gcmaf/

    Let me know if/when you digest that one. There’s more. 🙂

  303. Dr. Booger,

    Hell, everybody is your buddy until they disagree with you. Then it’s the tough guy, what’s-the-sound-of-one-mouth-flapping routine. R doesn’t enter into the equation.

    No, that is not true either. R actually did enter into the equation this time. You surely wouldn’t have liked what I typed, then deleted.

    Most I actually like, including a few I occasionally dig here. Some of you I actually do not. Your smart mouth, smarmy, arrogant act and spoon fed right coast propaganda makes you incredibly easy to dislike. Above all others here, I find you a punk. Not all the time. Just when you get comfortable.

    I think instead of Depression, I would just call it the human element. In fact, from a sheer clinical diagnosis, I find you come far closer to manic. That manifests itself sometimes here and most definitely on your own blog. I don’t have your life changing problems, Thor. I’m pretty consistently a bastard and long-winded story teller who likes to laugh. When you’re a punk, I’ll do it at your expense.

    I think I’m one of the few here to recognize these differences irreconcilable, or at least honest enough to admit it openly. We need to split this country and be done with it before thousands, perhaps millions actually do get hurt. And the reason I think you cowards from the Left find that idea intolerable, is because deep down, you know who it is that is predominately keeping you safe.

    Now Parker does make a very legitimate point about idleness. And the last few years, I really, really, really have come to hate your politic. That’s a dangerous brew. It follows I ain’t going to much care what happens to you and yours either, and it follows that the politic is quickly moving to the personal. I try not to hate your type.

    But it is becoming more difficult with each legal fiat, each liberty stomped, the ingrate act, the false accusations, the bigotry, each thievery from my coffer to yours, and the arrogance. Especially the arrogance. Throw in your thug for President and you just begging me to shut your mouth? And you honestly think I’m not willing to do something about it?

    Okay.

  304. Nope, not beautiful, big or black! Just think of a petite, gray headed, 70’s something grandma exercising her brain on the RL blog to avoid dementia. Oh and refined but thanks to you have learned to be tolerant. 😉

  305. Oh and refined but thanks to you have learned to be tolerant. 😉

    Well, I’m glad I could be of service. Next, we’ll work on seeing if we can make you smart.

  306. I don’t find the candidates to be bland, Alfie. In fact, I find this election far more colorful than any of memory. There’s only one Republican candidate I would refuse to vote for (I think) – and Donald Trump probably comes close but he would win over Bernie Sanders in my book, neither whom I find terribly credible, yet make strong points on issues that need to be addressed.

    Fidel Castro would get my vote over Hillary Clinton.

    A pox on the Republican Party if people like Carly Fiorina, John Kasich and Bobby Jindal are left out of the debates. All are bright, successful and interesting.

    But I agree with you, the forum and format is ludicrous. Nothing will come of it. I made a suggestion if they (FOX and the RNC) were really serious about the candidates and debates this election, they should hold four 90 minute debates which four randomly selected candidates in each debate, say M-TH. I would record them and watch at my leisure. Anything but four candidates or less in my estimation becomes nothing but clutter, forcing the candidates to speak in soundbites and cliche’ – maybe even draw attention to themselves.

  307. “bland” is a bad word choice on my part. I just don’t feel any of them are taking a real shot at standing out. They’re coming off too calculated and safe for me right now. That and the thought of the debate structure leads me to feel like it isn’t going to help much,help anyone candidate of more importantly the voters.

  308. Given above you might think I’m discounting Trump too much. the thing is I find him so lacking the noise he makes isn’t helpful. I’d really like to see Perry,Kasich,Bush,Walker and maybe Jindal step up their comments and positions.

  309. Tex…is the one Rand Paul?

    My son is begging me to enter a wrestling tournament next weekend. Shit. How can I say no.

    He will coach me and I will coach him.

    This time I’ll have to wrestle numerous times.

    God help me.

    The boy better not ever complain about having an older guy for a Dad.

  310. Oh goodness. Sorry Pools I didn’t watch the video. An herbal “cure” to cancer? 🙄

    I have more faith in the research going on to attack cancers with other viruses like smallpox.

  311. I must agree with Tex on this one … I don’t find the GOP field bland at all. If they lose to Clinton, a proven liar, they have no one to blame but themselves.

  312. Tex…is the one Rand Paul?

    Lindsey Graham. But to be honest, Rabbit, there’s so many of them I’ve almost forgotten who is running. I’m thinking Christie, Pataki, and Santorum would be next on the list on nopes.

    Three of my four favorites probably won’t even be invited to the debate, one Kasich probably got in too late.

    I actually find Rand Paul rather interesting. He’s not my preference but then neither was Mitt Romney and I grew to like him. Still do.

  313. Rutherford, as each day passes, I’m not entirely sure like most that Hillary Clinton is even going to be the Dim candidate. Could she run a more pathetic campaign? It’s like she’s trying to lose. What in the world does that harridan got to sell besides her husband? And the serial philanderers popularity is fading each passing year.

    I’ve read it on pretty good source, that Slick – the consummate politician – is possibly showing signs of early dementia. For real. No joking there is that is nothing to joke about.

  314. Tex I’m truly ashamed of the left’s infatuation with HRC. She can’t even be straight about how many devices she was using. Basically when her lips move there is a 50/50 chance she’s lying and she’s got the “depends on what the word is is” technique down pat.

    Everyone says Bernie can’t get the nomination. You know what that means? The only one to stop HRC is Biden. And I’m fairly comfortable saying if Biden runs for POTUS he will lose.

  315. *If they lose to Clinton, a proven liar, they have no one to blame but themselves.”

    That’s not true. America could be to blame.

  316. This is only the first of several debates and as the GOP field thins out the subsequent debates will be of greater value.

    How do you truly “thin out” a field when each candidate has about six or seven minutes of time? If they’re going to do that, they would do better to allocate nine minutes to a speech. Alfie is absolutely right. Ten people on a stage is a joke.

    Worse, the Republican establishment being the home of grasping the defeat from the jaws of victory, ought to know each passing debate, people begin to lose interest. That’s the thin world we live in. Apparently Karl Rove and the rest of the dinks are still too stupid to understand that.

    Besides, this election is already over. By the time the Puerto Ricans and the Mexicans load up the box, Republicans can kiss Florida and Virginia goodbye before it starts. The demographics is so skewed to the Left now, there is no room for error, perhaps no room at all. For instance, I can guarantee you that Scott Walker would not win Wisconsin in national election. Kasich is more popular in Ohio and might win there, but he can’t carry much anything else unexpectedly.

    If there is one thing you have convinced me of Rutherford, there are far more of you than there are of me. But I’m not sure you’re going to like the outcome when the time arrives. The thrill of an election win will also be accompanied most likely by great personal distress that you haven’t yet known. Me too. It will be a challenging time for all of us – even those with resources and healthcare. We’re not only morally bankrupt. We’re fiscally bankrupt. We just don’t know it yet. 🙂

    The only way a Republican wins in 2016, no matter how strong the candidate, is if America collapses, the bennies pulled, and people grow desperate. This is no longer 1980, so even then the election would hang by a thread.

    At the risk of the limp dick Hammer calling me clearly suffering a state of Depression (cough cough) and being absolutely wrong because my faith is not in politicians, America’s days as we know it now are numbered. That’s not depression – that’s reality. And while it pains me to say it, that’s imminent. The best thing I can leave my children is an education that can’t be done without. For the time, that is there. No guarantees.

    There’s no way out of it. Barack Obama by himself didn’t cause it, because it was years in the making before that asshole and thug arrived on the scene. But he did escalate the day of reckoning dramatically. America has been sold out. I’m not saying America will completely collapse for quite some time because we are so intensive in world affairs, our military second to none, our currency the standard, our economy still 100 years powerful. But these world leaders are juggling the balls as we speak just to make ends meet. But as America weakens, others will fall by the wayside. The dominoes will begin to fall. The EU will sometime soon if it isn’t already there in everything but declaration become feckless. China and Russia will rush in to fill the void. Radical Islam will win out most of the middle east – a Caliphate will take hold. Israel will begin to find herself more isolated, the U.N. will become the voice of authority I suspect and most things will become more globalized like rights.

    I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but the America you knew will not be there for your children.

    This is why I think Conservatives are making a grave and possibly lethal mistake by not breaking away from America.

  317. Tex I don’t offer as a consolation or much of anything else but on one point you touch on there is something pretty interesting happening. You don’t hear about it too much but NATO is all up in places like Poland.some of the exercises look like total Cold War stuff. NATO seems to be offering itself as a foil to Russia and I think the EU is open for it.

  318. Interesting, Alfie. Frankly, I find most of Europe impotent – even Germany. You probably would know better than I would, but with this rank coward as President, a CiC whom the American military absolutely loathes, I don’t think NATO is formidable without the U.S.. Maybe they will surprise me.

    What’s funny as I was out in the front yard, my mind wandered to guys like Rutherford. I don’t believe Rutherford is cognizant of this as he celebrates the big wins, and I know most of the black and Hispanic populace isn’t. But most their own lives are getting appreciably worse as they continue to elect these maggots like Obama, Pelosi, and Reid – all except the gentry, techs, bankers, academia and guys like Hammer, white lefties basically profiting or holding using these imbeciles as fodder. The gentry’s time is coming when the mob forms and academia has peaked.

    I’m not nearly as interested in politic as I was three years ago, except for the fact to put the screws to these turds in the most personal way I know how. But I am fascinated by the field. At least half of these guys and gal are pretty good, I think. I don’t think it will make any difference as I said above, but it’s a good squad – better than the last several years.

    A little off the subject but I will show how I know times are a changing. I used to buy a reasonably cheap window air conditioning unit each year and give it to Catholic Charities. They would cool a small room, but not a house. You can hardly breath in July and August in Oklahoma without air conditioning. They called me last week if I would be willing to do it again. I told them no and I told them why. I’m not supporting people who vote against me anymore. I felt a tinge of guilt because the lady was so nice as they told me they appreciated my past support.

    The lady told me they had received two window air conditioning units all summer. They used to receive dozens. I think without even a bit of conversation, a lot of people have concluded what I have. There’s no need to support these folk anymore. Let Uncle Sammy do it.

  319. Ok so two things: first why is Tex calling Thor Hammer? The God of Thunder thing?

    Second, Tex who are you punishing by no longer donating the AC units? I’m not understanding this. Is the Catholic charity group liberal? Or is it the poor who are beneficiaries of the charity, who are getting your scorn? You’ve lost me.

    FWIW kudos to you for buying new stuff for the express purpose of donation. That’s really cool (no pun intended).

  320. OMFG!!!! Obama said today that if he could run for a third term, he’d win.

    Watch your backs … this is a subtle hint at a planned constitutional subversion that will result in Obama being …

    President for Life!!!!

    I think I’ll call my Senator to voice my concern!!!! 😬😬😬😬

  321. “I think I’ll call my Senator to voice my concern!!!! ”

    You go ahead and do that. I’ll be waging war.

  322. Second, Tex who are you punishing by no longer donating the AC units?

    Damn son. LOL The Catholic Charity people are some of the finest souls on earth. It ain’t them voting for the Bammy.

    I figure it is you and the Hammer’s turn to pick up the charitable work for the Obama poor from here on out.

  323. Ah ok Tex that helps me understand. You’re punishing the poor, many of whom probably don’t vote.

    Well charity ain’t mandatory and you’ve already done more than most so I guess there’s that.

  324. I’ll be waging war.

    Why is it that whenever Rabbit and Tex talk about taking up arms, I always think of this? The only question is, is it Tex or Rabbit firing the cannon while the other jumps from the watchtower?

  325. You’re punishing the poor, many of whom probably don’t vote.

    Let me get this straight? I’m punishing the poor for buying half dozen air conditioners or so, then stopping? But you’re assisting the poor by what? Voting for Obama? 😛

    Too good. No wonder you and the Hammer have grown so close. Two peas…

  326. Wow that’s pretty awesome ET. The Lamb of God/Slipknot tour is on the East Coast right now. The band is based in Richmond, Virginia. I will be seeing them with my oldest in Vegas the end of August. In the mean time, I’ve been reading the memoir of the singer’s experience in a Czech prison and enjoying their latest CD that was just released last Friday.

    Rutherford, you probably remember getting the line “This is a motherfucking invitation…” stuck in your head a few months back. That’s Lamb of God 🙂

    Here’s one about Pankrac Prison. A terrible place with a terrible history.

  327. Rutherford, you probably remember getting the line “This is a motherfucking invitation…” stuck in your head a few months back. That’s Lamb of God 🙂

    Oh shit, that was LoG? I loved that tune!!

  328. Oh goodness. Sorry Pools I didn’t watch the video. An herbal “cure” to cancer? 🙄

    No herb this time, Ruthers. Rather a protein your body makes. Illegal to market in the western world apparently. Capitalism demands managed health rather than a healthy population. It’s actually quite sinister when it comes down to it.

  329. “This is how I picture my initial meeting with Rutherford in the “bar.”

    I keep laughing out loud at this and have looked at the link 5 times.

  330. I love the video, Tex. It was memorable.

    I had little time to read comments, but I did see Thor’s statement about happiness. I hope you all are as happy as Thor and I am. Yesterday was especially good.

  331. lol. R, Re: LOG, I sent an email a couple of years back that should’ve clued you in on an explanation. Perhaps I will remind, perhaps not. I admit that I like the mystery.

    Listened to LOG. Not my cup if tea. But I see they’re respected in the heavy metal world.

    On a whirl wind deposition taking tour. Decided to bring my daughter to make it a mini vacation/bring your kid to work “week” with a pit stop at Cedar Point.

  332. “It turns out Jon Stewart isn’t our Edward R. Murrow or our Mark Twain. He’s more like our . . . Jay Carney. Don’t count on future generations knowing Stewart’s name any more than they will know Carney’s. Remember when, under a Republican president, it was the duty of all comedians to be the loyal opposition, to speak truth to power? Stewart does the opposite. He’s more like a referee who sneaks into the Patriots’ locker room to ask Tom Brady how much he wants his footballs deflated.” ~ Kyle Smith

    Not that this was any surprise, mind you. 🙂

  333. So who da hell is Kyle Smith? Do I need to google or do you have a link?

    You’ll be happy to know one of Stewart’s “correspondents” had a racial dispute with him. 😊

  334. One reason you’re not hearing this is, despite his behavior, Stewart has steadfastly said he is a comedian. Limbaugh, although he is in fact just a comedian, makes no such claim.

  335. I think what is more alarming is that the leader of the free world reached out to a fucking comedian for help. It’s like Nixon having secret meetings with Johnny Carson.

    Of course they weren’t secret at all. The press just did a piss poor job of unearthing this sooner. Surprised? Not at all. Our press is a shadow of its former self.

  336. Finally, you’ve finally made a comment I not only agree with, but applaud. Something to match some of your finer posts. You’re absolutely right in your assessment in my estimation. And I’ll add one other thing.

    The American press when considered as a whole is not a shadow of its former self. It’s corrupt, craven and driven by its own ideology – most of it Dem operatives with bylines. But I do admit, there are some on the right who are equally as slanted. But they are outnumbered 10-1.

  337. “One reason you’re not hearing this is, despite his behavior, Stewart has steadfastly said he is a comedian. Limbaugh, although he is in fact just a comedian, makes no such claim.”

    I think we all know why we’re not hearing this, and it doesn’t have anything to do with how Rush or Stewart self-identify.

    It’s because, when it comes to holding the left up to its own standards, we are told “this is different because….” Just like you’ve done here.

    It’s also because the GOP is completely stupid when it comes to coordinated messaging.

    Then again, the only thing the GOP has been coordinated in lately is continuing the policies it was elected to reject.

  338. While Stewert is a secret operative for Obama, these same liberals want to shut down AM Radio.

    Liberal scum and the media that helps them hide- Fuck off!

  339. Ok question for the bar:

    We’ve talked a lot about guns killing people. How do folks feel about this American dentist who went to Africa and killed a lion? I’m not taking sides on this one cos logic tells me if you’re a hunter, all bets are off for any poor animal out there. (Yes I know there are “hunting seasons” and other rules I don’t know about.)

    Jimmy Kimmel went batshit crazy angry at this guy. What do you guys think, especially the hunters here?

  340. Well, hmmm………killed by a bullet: quick and lethal, or living to old age, crippled and unable to defend himself, and killed by other predators, shredded limb from limb…let me think about that.

  341. “How do folks feel about this American dentist who went to Africa and killed a lion?”

    This does not even crack my Top 100 of shit that needs to be worried about.

  342. Well it’s on my top 10 things to think about. The following is a post from FB that expresses my feelings. Sorry for the length.

    “….. A discussion about Cecil’s death is NOT the time to talk about resource management (culling herds, poor villagers who go hungry while lions luxuriate in abundant habitats) or the economic needs of African countries or god forbid, the legality of a rich, entitled, greedy member of a species who used his wealth to kill a member of another species. Please do not “argue the other side” because Cecil was not killed out of hunger or self-defense. No villager’s belly was full today because of Cecil’s death.
    To me, this is an ethical issue. It should not matter if it is legal or illegal, legal here, illegal over there… like the lions know where the imaginary line in the sand is… The human species is blessed with the ability to reason and ask why. Why do so many of our species pervert this gift and ask “Why Not?”
    What is wrong with the human species that it is even a possibility to pay to kill an animal that is not, but should be, on the Endangered Species list? If every Theo Bronchorst turned down Palmer, then this probably would not have happened. If every Trymore Ndlovu said “not on my land,” then this probably would not have happened. If every person in Walter Palmer’s life who knew he was going to do this treated it like he was planning to kill a human, this probably would not have happened. I only say probably because where there is a will, there is a way.
    I’m not at all interested in Walter Palmer or his “I thought i was killing legally” apology -…..
    I ask, yet again, what could the people of Noah’s time have been doing that was SO horrific to have brought on the wrath of God in the form of an earth-encompassing flood?? Or, is it that acts such as Walter Palmer’s murder of Cecil [and fill the blank of every unethical and immoral act of the human species that clog the nightly news] are so heinous that the heavens are sending a second flood in the form of the impending effects of global warming?
    And one more thing – this lion had a name. He was, in a way, a celebrity, and because of that, everyone is talking about his death. The lion (or elephant, tiger, rhinoceros or polar bear) that was killed today, under the same circumstances, will not make the headlines. For Cecil’s sake, let his fame instigate change. If you know someone who hunts “big game” with a gun, screw up the courage to call them and tell them you think their “right” to kill today infringes upon your children’s “right” to save up enough money to go on a photographic safari to see wild African animals.
    ….. ‪#‎RIPCecil‬. Know that your death has touched the lives of millions of people who never knew you existed until you didn’t.”

  343. Omaha radio station KFAB interviewed a big game hunter with experience in Africa. He said Zimbabi is a poor and corrupt country. It used to have a white population, until the government decided to take their farm land. The hunter has some friends who were forced off their land. One family refused to leave. They were murdered, and their land possessed.$50,000 will feed a village for a year, and the people will likely eat the meat.

    Outfitters treat their customers like royality with gormet meals, and daily laundry service.

    Hunters trust the outfitters, because they know the language, laws and regulations, and they know how to hunt. They take the hunter where the animals should be and if they find their quarry, they shoot the animal. Sometimes they fail to kill what they intend to shoot because the animal can’t be found.

    After the hunt, the outfitters take care of everything, including displaying the animal. The rest of Cecil probably fed a village.

    An English scientist speculated that Cecil’s death may put his ten cubs at risk. His departure may so weaken his alliance of male lions that rivals may take over and kill the cubs.

    I cannot imagine doing anything so crass as spending thousands of dollars to shoot an animal However, I cannot imagine the leftist nonchalance about an organization which harvests and sells parts of babies, some of whom were old enough to feel the pain of dismemberment.

    I also can’t understand why black lives matter is so racist and violent. Nor do I understand why the national media is so nonchallent about how New York City is degenerating into the hell hole that two mayors worked to repair.

    I also don’t understand why Hillary and Bill aren’t under the witness protection program. I don’t understand why our Democratic leaders are so trusting of Iran and other enemies.
    I do understand that our grand daughter and I had fun on a merry go round and a train at the zoo. My wife and I are members and got an appreciation day with our daughter and grand daughter. We also saw some of the varieties of animals that big game hunters shoot.

    The left is falling apart as their evil slips out. Even so, the Republican road show may give us Hillary. Won’t that be special?

  344. “If only we had him on tape making jokes about buying a Lamborghini by selling its body parts.”

    For the life of me I’ll never understand how so many pro abortion people get so upset over the death of an animal.

  345. Even in this blog, Cecil has gotten more words and paragraphs then all the children crucified on crosses in Syria.

  346. “Palmer took an unsporting and incompetent approach to Cecil, according to reports. The dentist and his guides reportedly used bait to lure the animal out of the park land where it would have been illegal to shoot him and used a spotlight to illuminate Palmer’s shot.”

    Head lighting is not sporting.

    “Hunting ethics revolve around swift killshots that do not cause suffering. Cecil was still alive more than a day and a half after Palmer’s initial, well-lit bow-and-arrow shot failed to kill.”

    “Just 20,000 African lions survive today.”

    “On the specifics of the hunt, with baiting, with using lights, and also killing a lion that has a pride – all of it just adds up to an incredibly unethical, unscrupulous way of going about this.”
    “This is much closer to assassination than hunting.”

    “The rest of Cecil probably fed a village.” – James

    Nope, didn’t happen….left to rot. Hid the collar too. The guides and Palmer knew what they were doing was wrong. This was not the first time Palmer broke the rules…there was that bear thingy while back.

    “But while trophy hunting licenses do generate significant raw sums of revenue for the governments that sell them, almost none of that cash ever makes it to the communities that are supposed to benefit, according to a 2013 analysis by Economists At Large. The review found that just 3 percent of hunting company revenues actually reach the communities adjacent to hunting ground. “The vast majority of their expenditure does not accrue to local people and businesses, but to firms, government agencies and individuals located internationally or in national capitals,” the study found.”

    James, Social media spreads the news. I think there are those people who think it is more important to have a big heart rather than a big dick.

  347. Old Cecil being taken out is a disgusting and cowardly act that underlines much of society’s sickness, yet pales in comparison to the daily crimes being committed against humanity and creation by those in positions of power.

    Americans generally give special honor to animals, preferring them over human companionship. The treatment of animals is sometimes better than the treatment of humans by some. I know people that have spent tens of thousands of dollars to provide medical treatment to pets. We do love our pets. Surely those people are the most upset by this kill. Those that oppose hunting for sport are also up in arms. I have my own feelings regarding trophy hunters and the like.

    Though I find dead rabbit mostly delusional when it comes to much of reality, he is right in weighing in on the absurdity of this event being prioritized over innumerable and ongoing human abuses. But his comparison is silly to me based on what I have learned.

    Were there actually children crucified on crosses? I’ve seen a lot of blue screen video and photo shopped images and I have read and listened to an awful lot of propaganda regarding this ISIS group that the CIA/Israels/Sauds put together. John McCain is their goto guy – and we’ve got proof. Rita Katz gets all the exclusives, even BEFORE ISIS posts them on youtube. 🙄 Funny, especially if you know anything about her, history of her SITE, and the reason her father was killed in Iran.

    Successfully spoon feeding the masses…

    The purpose for posting these (crucifixion) images is to scare the shit out of Americans. So far it has been a successful campaign, due to the ignorance of the public at large.

    When it comes to children and babies being killed or abused, nobody does it better than those in power.

    http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2015/07/child-sacrifice.html

  348. “I’ll never understand how so many pro abortion people get so upset over the death of an animal.”-DR

    I’ll never understand how many people don’t take the time to read the whole post before commenting. Can you explain how you came about that only pro abortion people get upset over the death of an animal?

    For your benefit I’ll requote the following statement:
    “…such as Walter Palmer’s murder of Cecil [and fill the blank of every “unethical and immoral act of the human species” that clog the nightly news] are so heinous….”

  349. I’d be lying if I said I said the death of Cecil didn’t sicken me. Gorgeous big cat, unique in stature because of his mane, beautiful animal.

    I am a proponent of legal hunting, have been on a couple. I would have a hard time killing deer because of their beauty and grace, but realize regulated hunting actually increases the stock and have no argument with people who enjoy it as long it is humane, dressed, and consumed. That goes for a lot of animals. I’m the kind of guy that doesn’t even kill pill bugs walking through my kitchen. I roll them up and throw them in the yard. I’m a real softy when it comes to God’s creatures. About the only thing that dies in my house are spiders, flies, and mosquitoes. I think dogs are near and dear to God’s own heart, and I like my two strays who found me (didn’t even go to the shelter) better than 99% of people.

    But not exotic animals. I think this dentist was a twisted bastard, the animal carried an arrow around for 40 hours before succumbing, and I have no problem with this dentist’s life becoming a living hell. I hope they ruin the fucking prick, and I don’t care if he livings in hiding for the rest of his natural life or puts a gun to his temple to escape. Good riddance.

    And I have enough room in my heart to be sickened by both the death of Cecil and the actions of the butchers at Planned Parenthood.

  350. “I’ll never understand how many people don’t take the time to read the whole post before commenting.”

    I wasn’t referring to you or your comment.
    My apologies, my lady.

  351. Pity about the lion. I like to imagine the dentist being hurled into the lion’s den at the Brookfield Zoo at feeding time.

    Planned Parenthood should either continue to take federal money and limit its abortion activities to a referral service, or stop lording over peoples’ free consciences regarding abortion. The collective response from the left promoting recycling is a lie designed to coerce a cowed public, and possibly a vulnerable woman in a dicey predicament.

    So too a stinker is the unrelated but similarly dishonest mutation about sanctuary cities. No one is buying that the upshot is that such treatment is likely to encourage lawbreakers and gang bangers to cooperate with the authorities and rat out their own. I mind the dishonesty (the cover up) more than I mind the sanctuary cities making it easy for illegal immigrants to harm Americans.

    It’s time for the IRS to go. March that cueball Koskinen to the curb and super glue his ass to Lois Lerner’s face.

    It’s time that monies that unions rake in are prohibited from going to electing politicians too.

    It’s way past time for universities to clean house and put the aging hipster Viagra poppers and old cronies out to pasture.

  352. I don’t really see how the “ugly Americans” amounts to much more than xenophobia.

    Bristling at loud vacationers, poor drivers, leers and catcalls or just plain cultural slights (Frenchmen call you to their side with a little whistle while they pat their thigh) – are not quite the same as prejudice against a people or nation.

  353. Jon Stewart. This one is easy. Not a true comedian, more of a clown at a six year old’s birthday party. Around the above-age-if-only-physically crowd he’s a reader and a mugger and a pause-for-effect guy with a microphone. Sometimes makes the obvious reply to other lefties in the guest chair and for that he’s regarded as something approaching even-handedness. Hah! Off script and without writers he’s a flop. He makes faces and repeats old material by way of answers and plays a bit of a different role than his hosting duties – somewhat conciliatory, borderline obsequious.

    Good riddance Jon. Go back to comedy or better yet, go away.

  354. “Let me get this straight? I’m punishing the poor for buying half dozen air conditioners or so, then stopping? But you’re assisting the poor by what? Voting for Obama?”

    Funny! Excellent observation, Tex.

  355. This Planned Parenthood farce about not allowing any federal monies to be used for abortion is about as outlandish and not believable as people still believing in the magic of Hope & Change, or that Iran is won’t strive to produce fissile material under the rules of Dear Leader Obama and the Dishonorable John F_ing Kerry’s latest agreement.

    Money is the most fungible of all assets. There absolutely no way the euphemistically called “Planned Parenthood” can guarantee some portion of the $560MM is not used each year to conduct abortions,whether directly or indirectly. PP is not making enough to support this many clinics and paying doctors with routine checkups, counseling, and handing out birth control pills and condoms.

    So this morning I read some goosestepper in priestly black robe out in LA has demanded this Center for Medical Progress (or whatever) refrain from any further release of the videos. Now as most of you are aware, of all the egregious acts this Gestapo Administration and the Democratic Party as whole has invoked the last several years, IMO it’s their simply thumbing their noses as existing law that is the most egregious – say like sanctuary cities.

    What troubles me more than anything about Conservatives in this war for the culture and soul of America, all of us who are honest recognize the deck is stacked against us and we simply roll over in each and every battle and play dead. What a bunch of useful idiots and cowards we have become.

    My suggestion is to send something to the judge stating, “Since greater L.A. county has chosen to not recognize the federal law of retention of deportation of illegal aliens, We The People of good conscience have chosen to follow your lead and that of the President of the United States, which merits from this day forward, we will decide which laws we will choose to follow and which we won’t. Therefore, we have rendered your demands to refrain from the release of videos null and void.” And let them continue to drip out one by one.

    Send them to me. I can guarantee their release as millions receive these videos in their own personal mailbox in the blink of an eye and keystroke.

    They going to arrest millions of us? 😛

  356. It’s not that I don’t care about the dead lion, it’s just that I am not going to allow the interweb to get me to use it as a source of my daily dose of outrage. There’s shit goin on all over the world, all over the country, all over the state, and even all over my little town right now that takes a higher priority for my attention than a hunter killing a lion.

    I’m a pick-your-battles kind of guy. And this isn’t going to be one that I pick.

  357. Huck, I’m not faulting the people that aren’t outraged. And if I left that impression, let me correct it now. You are right. There are far more pressing issues facing this country headed to only God’s knows where. But all of us have the palpable feeling that’s a dark place – or they should if they have any sense at all.

    No doubt it’s a personal weakness when a quarter of a million Syrians have lost their lives and I now hardly give thought. I’m so jaded anymore, I have to truly stop and think about how calloused I myself have become.

    Yes, it’s an animal. But it’s just another notch in the belt with millions of holes of how fundamentally flawed this aggregate nation has become. We have so lost our bearings, our humanity, our wisdom, sometimes the only thing left for me to care much about are my family, my friends, and God’s creatures.

    I can’t help but be outraged when something that senseless and depraved, something so beautiful and majestic, has been taken from all of us in a stupid act of selfishness. It leaves an emptiness with me.

  358. I never understood big game hunting. I do know many of these high dollar hunts actually counter poaching and bring a ton of money into sustaining animal populations.

    I don’t know anything about Cecil killer. But, it would be a shame if this guy was lead astray by guides and now labled nothing more then flavor of the month villian by the mob and the idiot media.

    I find it ironic on the week we have unquestionable and unedited tape of Planned Parenthood selling body parts of babies everyone is outraged over one lion in a Continent absolutely savaged with disease, famine and murder.

    Like Huck, I just don’t have room to be outraged by pervert hunting that apparently killed a celebrity lion.

  359. @Rutherford yes canned hunts basically are hunts that occur with a defined space. The space is the biggest variable ranging from acres at a “private” hunting range to an area defined by human development up to and including conservation/ preservation lands. The animals range from groomed stupid to wild but familiar. Basically big game hunting outside of human protection and population control is gone.

  360. There is enough for everyone to cheer or need,that’s for sure but that doesn’t totally mean we need to grade the things.
    One could make a case that the Syrian Civil War isn’t any of our concern. We certainly aren’t spending much political or ideological capital on it.

  361. Even in this blog, Cecil has gotten more words and paragraphs then all the children crucified on crosses in Syria.

    Huh? I just asked a simple question.

  362. No one is buying that the upshot is that such treatment is likely to encourage lawbreakers and gang bangers to cooperate with the authorities and rat out their own.

    I never said that. The idea is that honest people whose only crime is crossing the border won’t cooperate with law enforcement for fear of deportation. I’m not talking about gang bangers and other criminals.

  363. It’s time that monies that unions rake in are prohibited from going to electing politicians too.

    So you oppose that and citizens united and lobbyists too I suppose. All monied interests?

  364. The point you make is invalid regards sanctuary cities. History is loaded with minority groups failure to cooperate with the police for a number of reasons. Fear of the illegals doing even more illegal shit is higher on the list than deportation. Fuck for simplification purposes check all the anonymous tip lines available.

  365. Don’t know exactly how old each of you are, but if you’re 60 and under, I hope you’re not depending on Social Security to get you to blue hair days.

    Gang, we’ve been lied to. Now some of us already recognize that fact and have planned accordingly. And I am well aware, sooner or later my wife and I will probably find ourselves classified as “rich” though we’re not, so the means testing surely coming down the pike will put the screws to us further. In fact, it would not surprise me a bit if I took that amount “promised” me and multiplied by about ¼ to arrive at a truer amount.

    This isn’t calculus. Every entitlement promised to you by the American government is going to be cents on the dollar. You’ve been warned.

    Rutherford, you still think “single payer” is the path to prosperity? 😈

    Very interesting article, easy read on this very thing.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/421790/social-security-bankruptcy-statement-baby-boomers

  366. I didn’t read the whole NR article. Frankly all I can think of is the dumbass tea partiers saying “get your government hands off my Medicare”.

    Everyone loves their own entitlements and hates everyone else’s.

    The American Dream of retirement is over. You work till you die.

    You’re welcome.

  367. Hate to get the Texas dander up again but Rick Perry is dumb as a post. I cannot think of a single intelligent thing he has said. I have no idea why he’s putting himself through another grueling campaign.

  368. Why would that make me happy? I want those ignorant dinks you listen to like gospel to hang around with their dozens of viewers. It amuses me when you sound just like them. Frankly, if I could choose who to walk the plank from MSNBC, I mean really walk the plank, I would choose Chaz Maddow, followed by that POS and worm Larry O’Donnell.

    Right over the shark tank.

    You’ve got to be kidding you wonder why $harpton made it? 😈 Does it take cracka to tell you why? MSNBC, the biggests cowards and pussies on TV? And sadly, it’s that very reason sooner or later, the whole network goes down.

    Enjoy it while it lasts, Bernie.

  369. Listen is the right word. I listen to Schultz on the MSNBC Sirius/XM radio station on my way home from exercise 3 times a week.

    I won’t miss him much. Too rough around the edges for my taste and a former conservative which makes me skeptical. (I have the same problem with former conservative Arianna Huffington.)

  370. James, I learned that I will have my very first grand daughter by Christmas! Lord willing, of course. This grandpa stuff is cool beans. This fall grandson number 4 arrives, then a girl in December! Brand new babies with that new baby smell that I don’t have to change diapers for! Life is awesome! 😀

  371. Congratulations, Poolman. Sure do like my girls. Granddaughters would be equally as cool. But smells isn’t the best memory of having of infants. 🙂 It’s those toothless smiles…

  372. Thanks! It was effortless on my part. 😆 Like you guys, my name won’t carry on, but the genetics are undeniable. 🙂

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