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I just am not motivated to blog the last couple of days. Here are some pets instead.

Maybe something will hit me later.






66 replies
  1. 1
    Svensker says:

    Maybe something will hit me later.

    Well, as long as it’s not Tommy Friedman’s big stick.

    You know, if you don’t blog, I have to find other things to fill my time. Like work. Making a living. Cleaning up the house. Sending those letters I promised my husband would go out last week. Your lack of activity has an impact here in northern NJ.

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    Punchy says:

    Only liberal commie pinko abortion bloggers blog thru the mostest American of holidays (the one representing white men taking over brown skinned people’s land). Glad to see yer a real patriot. I think. Can I see yo birth certy first?

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    CIRCVS MAXIMVS MMVIII says:

    We’re in that lull between the campaign and inauguration day when not much is pissing us off (mostly because our guys won).

    I’m sure the righty’s have plenty to blog about, and that’s okay, because without knowing how to read the roadsigns, they don’t have much of a party that will be a vehicle to where they want to go. Let them bitch and complain all they want, it’s good they’re getting a taste of what it’s like.

    Take a break John :)

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    lilly Von Schtupp says:

    What Svensker said. If you don’t blog, it messes up my morning routine (Coffee, Balloon Juice, Sic Semper Tyrannis, and Calculated Risk). Not to put any pressure on you. Did you finish Andrew Bacevich’s book? Should I buy now or wait for paper back?

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    Brian J says:

    Here’s a question for the group.

    Yesterday, I get home from work, and there’s a gift from one of my brothers by the front door. It’s a copy of The Obama Nation, by Jerome Corsi. Even I had to take a second look at this when I opened it, because I wasn’t sure if I was hallucinating. My brother is a fairly moderate guy politically, but he and his wife did vote for Obama, if they are telling me the truth, which they probably are. So, either this is a really deep joke, where he’s trying to mess with my head, or either he or his wife ran into a book store, saw something that they thought I’d like because I was obsessed with the election, and picked it quickly.

    What do you guys think? And what should I say when I return it?

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    Seems to me I came some real scummy right-wing propaganda about the Clintons by someone named Corsi. Or was it Corso? But I think the name was Joseph. Is there a family operation?

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    Zifnab says:

    Maybe something will hit me later.

    Clearly, Malkin needs to post more.

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    John Cole says:

    @lilly Von Schtupp: Yes, and I keep promising to review it, but it is too depressing. But buy the book. Most important book I have read in a decade, and a real eye opener.

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    srv says:

    Maybe Tim can do a post about the latest Resveratrol study.

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    Laura W says:

    @Brian J: Brian, instead of trying to guess their intentions, why not just ask them directly? Quick and clean, open communication is rarely the wrong choice when there is a confusing situation.

    On that same note, here is a very delayed response to something you posted a while back re. was it OK to tell a woman that you had tickets to something and your intended companion had bailed out and would she like to go with? (I think that was the situation.)
    Why would you not want to flatter her by just asking her directly and honestly, without the ruse? Why would knowing that she was your default, second-choice pick earn you any points of endearment with her? Hard to imagine you’d gain anything by fabricating the story and what’s so risky about saying: "I’ve got two tickets to X. Would you like to join me?"

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    Nicole says:

    Well, for a morning eye-roll Justin Higgins wrote a piece on ways the GOP can lure back the youth vote. He seems to miss the obvious way, though, which is, don’t suck at governing.

    Hey, CIRCVS! See what I did there? Thanks again.

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    srv says:

    On Bacevich, what John said. Like I said on another thread, he makes me look like a starry-eyed optimist.

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    Zifnab says:

    @Nicole:

    The disconnect is more about words and less about policies.

    Wow. Two paragraphs in and already an epic fail.

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    Dr. Laura says:

    @Brian J: Too, also, if they are good, well-intentioned people, as you seem to indicate, even if they were "messing with your head" (not my bet), why return the book? That’s a bit pissy. Get the receipt and exchange for something you want. Keep it and sell on eBay or amazon and pocket the $$ for something you want.

    Ask yourself: WWSOD?

    Good advice, 5 cents

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    Tymannosourus says:

    @Brian J

    or either he or his wife ran into a book store, saw something that they thought I’d like because I was obsessed with the election, and picked it quickly.

    I would guess that this is the case. Especially given the cover, it looks on its face like it is a tribute to Obama rather than the literary bile that it really is.

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    Laura W says:

    @Brian J: Too, also, if they are good, well-intentioned people, as you seem to indicate, even if they were "messing with your head" (not my bet), why return the book? That’s a bit pissy. Get the receipt and exchange for something you want. Keep it and sell on eBay or amazon and pocket the $$ for something you want.

    Ask yourself: WWSOD?

    Good advice, 5 cents

    (Forgot if I change handle I go to moderation hell. This advice is far too important to delay its delivery another second. ~ Dr. Laura)

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    Joey Maloney says:

    TBogg, is that you?

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    Paddy O'Shea says:

    Brian J: Regarding Obama Nation, you might want to try this stratagem: Gift wrap it and give it back to him for Christmas. Smile as he opens it on that festive morn, and act like you feel that you have given him the most wonderful thing ever. Obviously he will know that this is the very book he befouled your doorstep with, but you should in no way acknowledge being aware of this unimportant detail.

    Chances are that while there, in front of so many other happy family members, he will thank you and move on to his next Christmas surprise.

    That way you save yourself the pain of having to squander perfectly good money on the fellow for a gift.

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    Brian J says:

    @ Laura W:

    I didn’t mean to indicate that I’d return it out of spite and then shove it in their faces. I’d either (a) do what you said or (b) keep the money and donate it to charity or hold on to it for another time, as I have this weird thing about birthday presents and birthdays in general that I doubt you want to hear about.

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    smiley says:

    Ever had a stomach so upset that nothings seems to help? That’s me right now. First dry toast, then Tums, then Pepto-Bismol – twice. Any suggestions?

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    Tymannosourus says:

    Closed Circuit to Meet The Press:

    Given what’s going on in the world right now, you have Ted Turner on……. really? Terrorism is back centerstage, the worst president ever is polishing the brass on the Titanic that is his legacy, and one of the major staples of the american economy is on its way out.

    I get that people probably want a break from economy stuff, but c’mon guys.

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    Nicole says:

    @Zifnab:

    Heh. So true. I get Pajama’s email every day and try to read at least one of the op-eds linked so I can reassure myself that I’m not sequestering myself in a bubble and that most of them really are that stupid.

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    gnomedad says:

    The "Stealing Elections" blurb in the sidebar reminded me — I am thankful that Obama won so big that we don’t have to listen to "ACORN stole the election" from the fReichtards. Although it’s probably out there somewhere.

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    Laura W says:

    @smiley: Assuming you’re not the enema type, sparkling water. Plain, not the flavored shit. I always find the carbonation settling. (Of course, if you have none on hand you will not want to deal with a store so you’ll need to beg someone else to procure for you.)
    Oh…peppermint or ginger tea, too.
    That will be a nickel, please.

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    Paddy O'Shea says:

    gnomedad: There is always the possibility that they took the Vimax and are suffering some deleterious side effects. Like brain damage.

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    BlueDog says:

    Wonder what Rev. Joe’s Sunday masses will be about between now and inauguration day. [bless me father for I have sinned, these are my sins: I phonebanked, canvassed, caucused, and voted for Barack…]

    "If you are one of the 54 percent of Catholics who voted for a pro-abortion candidate, you were clear on his position and you knew the gravity of the question, I urge you to go to confession before receiving communion. Don’t risk losing your state of grace by receiving sacrilegiously," the Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor of St. Joseph’s, wrote in a letter dated Nov. 21.

    http://www.modbee.com/local/story/515762.html

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    Punchy says:

    Johnny, ken we gets a en-eff-el thread sometime BEFORE the 3rd Q of the late games?
    GO BEARZ, bitchez!

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    Aww! There’s tasty, succulent Fergus exposing his underbelly. Now I feel guilty about whining.

    Why I can’t make fat jokes about Tunch.

    Burmese are never, ever warm enough.

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    Tymannosourus says:

    @Punchy:

    GO BEARZ, bitchez!

    Kyle "Neckbeard" Orton will need Orthoscopic surgery by the second quarter after Mr. Allen gets done with him.
    Just. You. Watch.

    Sorry for the thread hijacking…

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    Cassidy says:

    @ Brian
    "thank you guys so much for the book. I’ve allready read it though, so would you guys be offended if I returned it for another".

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    smiley says:

    @Laura W: Thanks. I feel better now.

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    Brian J says:

    @ Cassidy:

    Unlike my mother, who seems to take everything personally, I doubt he or his wife would remember to ask what I did with it. I’ll thank him for it, but the conversation would almost certainly end there. Small miracles, right?

    Even if he was trying to bust my chops, which I doubt, I don’t care. I like to buy things, but there’s very little that I actually want or need right now. The only things I want for Christmas are gift certificates for massages or some contributions towards getting cosmetic work done on my car, which I may end up buying for myself. I’d much rather my mother and the rest of my family to spend the money on themselves. It’s tough to convey the feeling. Everyone thinks I am so hard to shop for. I’m not. I just don’t care that much.

    Ah, thanks for letting me vent.

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    Laura W says:

    @smiley: Bueno. I’ve been struggling with same issue all weekend and only this morning did I remember I had several vials of these on hand. Really good, and really cheap. I get them from my acupuncturist. I discovered them a decade ago when I became fast friends with another acupuncturist in CO. We had some good old times, she and I. I knew them as Hangover Pills back then.

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    Tony J says:

    For a little light reading, check out this

    I guess the DFHs were right again. Once you make torture official un-official policy for an institution as top-down and instinctively self-protective as the military, it’s A) hard to get them to stop, and B) highly unlikely they’re ever going to accept that they, as individuals, were wrong to do it in the first place.

    Oh, and that dog being ostracised in the second picture, clearly possessed by demons and not happy about it at all.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Svensker:

    Or, like so many in North Jersey will do this week, you can speculate endlessly about whether Don Bosco’s secondary is good enough to shut down Bergen Catholic’s passing attack.

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    burnspbesq says:

    And can I mention how much I enjoyed watching Brian Cushing dismantle Notre Dame’s offense last night, possibly costing Charlie Weis his job?

    Cushing was all set to go to ND, but changed his mind when the Sagging Irish fired Ty Willingham.

    Karma comes in many forms. Last night, Karma was wearing number 10 in cardinal and gold.

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    Dennis - SGMM says:

    @Nicole:
    Read the article at your link. What a gem. This jumped out at me:

    Yes, he was attacking the Bush administration by pushing “change,” but he was also trying to inspire a group of young adults who favor big ideas over meticulous details and new vision over long-developed experience. John McCain ran as the pragmatist, while Barack Obama ran as the idealist. Idealism sells to the youth vote.

    So much FAIL in such a short piece. We have a "long-developed experience" with Republican government. We’ll have an even longer-developed experience in getting over it. Republicans ran on their ideals; fear-mongering, division, faux patriotism, and endless war, in the last election. Once again, there’s nothing wrong with Republicans, they just aren’t optimally packaged. Stay with it guys!

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    It’s nice of those dogs to let the monkey use their couch.

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    Dennis - SGMM says:

    Re-reading, for the umpteenth time, Thomas Pynchon’s estimable Mason & Dixon when I came across this:

    …In Time, these People are able to forget ev’rything. Be willing to wait a little, and ye may gull them again, however ye wish,— even unto their own Dissolution. In America, as I apprehend, Time is the true River that runs ’round Hell.

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    AhabTRuler says:

    The depths of my hatred for television advertising cannot be expressed in words.

    Is AT&T implying now that if you don’t have their service you might get killed? That’s a lovely position to take. Never mind that AT&T sucks no more or less than Verizon (I have Verizon, my fiancee has AT&T). But hey, you could be dead if you don’t BUYYYYYYYY, so…..

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    Svensker says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Or, like so many in North Jersey will do this week, you can speculate endlessly about whether Don Bosco’s secondary is good enough to shut down Bergen Catholic’s passing attack.

    I love Don Bosco. Always makes me want to have chocolate when I hear the name.

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    Johnny Pez says:

    Those of you who have never found yourselves buried under a pile of sleeping dogs will never understand. It is the highest level of consciousness that a human can experience. It is . . .

    dogvana.

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    Laura W says:

    @Johnny Pez: So an earlier thread had a funny online singles ad and this post reminds me of one I saw earlier from a charming man:

    Must not weigh more than 130lbs.
    No dogs in the house.
    Both non-negotiable. Don’t even ask.

    The other day I saw one that really made me snort:
    If you like Obama, forget it. I do not condone infanticide and I don’t think paying higher taxes is patriotic.

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    smiley says:

    Hey! I just got a phone call from Michelle Obama!

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    Nicole says:

    @Dennis – SGMM: Almost as good is the comment section, where at least one person is already waxing ecstatic about Palin in 2012. Admittedly, so am I, but for completely different reasons…

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    bedlam says:

    OOKKKK, new here, will do some update reading.

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    Johnny Pez says:

    @Laura W: Eh, Randroids. How could they be expected to understand the Joy of Dog? Any Randroid who owns a dog doubtless keeps it tied up in the back yard 24/7.

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    Calouste says:

    @Dennis – SGMM:

    There might also be an issue that John McCain’s "long developed experience" consisted of 26 years of collecting pay checks from Congress, the Keating 5 scandal, covering up part of Abrahamoff’s dirty laundry, an immigration bill he decided to vote against himself later, and a lot of mavericky self-promotion, mostly about something that finished 35 years ago.

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    Laura W says:

    @smiley: I told her you were feeling unwell.

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    While waiting for a short commuter flight out of Sacramento yesterday, I noticed a well-groomed, tastefully-dressed late-middle aged woman reading a Townhall magazine.

    I was surprised to realize that (1) of course, there actually is a magazine and not just a website, and (2) people must actually read it.

    To be fair – given that it was Sacramento and all – she might have been a consultant, lobbyist, or other professional whose job required her to keep up with the wingnut clientele.

    Yes, I live in a bubble.

  52. 52

    John this must be heaven for your with Dierdorf calling the Patriots/Steelers game. Now if Big Ben can just get them in the endzone a couple of times this might be an interesting game.

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    smiley says:

    @Laura W: She didn’t seem too concerned about my health. All she could talk about was Jim Martin. I got eerily similar calls from Barak and from Andrew Young last week.

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    Laura W says:

    @smiley: Surprising. She seems so gracious on the tee vee.

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    Dennis - SGMM says:

    @Nicole:
    I liked the one from the woman who felt that young people shouldn’t be allowed to vote because they "have probably never had mortgage payments,car payments,have a family to raise or to try and put children through college or care for an aging parent…"

    The entire Bush family is ruled out on three counts, McCain on at least two, those who choose not to marry and orphans on at least one, and most Catholic priests on all. It’s that kind of sound reasoning, as well as the inexplicable love for Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal, that will keep Republicans out of office for a couple of more cycles.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Svensker:

    When my siblings and I were in eighth grade, we were allowed to decide whether we were going to public school or Catholic school for high school. My brothers and I all chose Ridgewood over Bosco. My sisters all chose Immaculate Heart. I have never had any doubt as to who made the better choice.

    Go Maroons!

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    Laura W says:

    CNN Sunday Night. I did not want to watch CNN Heroes of the Year AT ALL, trust me, but it was truly the only thing on last night. I’d seen the Top Chef like 3x, and Dog Whisperer 2x. So I put it on "in the background" and was riveted. I’m going back tonight to watch from the start since I missed the first part, incl. the profile of the woman who won.

    If you have ever silently feared that you have wasted the majority of your life as a self-centered, myopic, non-contributing, vacuous, insipid twat twit, who thinks only of yourself and never gets off your ass to do much of anything for anybody else and are afraid that you have truly lived "too small a life for your soul"…this show will do nothing to disprove your hypothesis.

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    eastriver says:

    Can you please GOD not post any more photos of you with not-much-clothing on?

    I beg you.

    I visit this lovely site for your wisdom, not your flesh.

    I don’t ask Angelina Jolie her thoughts on Obama’s plans for Iran.

    I don’t ask you to flash me some pale thigh.

    Think of the children.

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    L. Ron Obama says:

    @Tymannosourus:

    You were saying?

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    CIRCVS MAXIMVS MMVIII says:

    "thank you guys so much for the book. I’ve allready read it though, so would you guys be offended if I returned it for another".

    Yes, telling a lie is so much better than telling a carefully selected truth.

    Wuss.

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    Nicole says:

    @Dennis – SGMM:

    It’s that kind of sound reasoning, as well as the inexplicable love for Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal, that will keep Republicans out of office for a couple of more cycles.

    From your mouth to the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s ear…

    (I actually think that an argument could be made for lowering the voting age, since a lot of teenagers work and thus pay taxes.)

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    tom.a says:

    Never thought I’d see some dude spooning his basset hound on balloon-juice, but I guess things are-a-changin’.

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    2th&nayle says:

    @tom.a: Hey, I think that’s a great pic! Nothing like a ‘A Man and His Whounz’, Kodak moment! Looks to me like ‘Shiny Eyes’ on the end, is thinkin’, "Wonder when ‘Diamond John’ is going to break down and get us a bigger couch??"

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    2th&nayle says:

    @tom.a: Hey, I think that’s a great pic! Nothing like a ‘A Man and His Whoonz’, Kodak moment! My bet would be, the Bassetts had prior possession, when ‘Dad’ decided it was time for a nappy. Looks to me like ‘Shiny Eyes’ on the end, is thinkin’, "Wonder when ‘Diamond John’ is going to break down and get us a bigger couch??"

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    2th&nayle says:

    Please excuse the post @ 63. I dumbed up somewhere in the edit. Will try to do better in the future.

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    Ben says:

    @tom.a: Hey, I think that’s a great pic! Nothing like a ‘A Man and His Whounz’, Kodak moment! Looks to me like ‘Shiny Eyes’ on the end, is thinkin’, "Wonder when ‘Diamond John’ is going to break down and get us a bigger couch??"

    Bingo… yes, it is me and my two deceased Basset’s. Anyone who has been around a Basset knows that they want to be close no matter how uncomfortable that is for the master. I now have a much bigger sofa for the two new Basset’s.

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