Or What?

Saxby Chambliss, whose name I haven’t heard once in the health care debate this year, has some advice for Obama:

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said today that, because of angry town hallers and the like, President Obama should show “humility” when he speaks to Congress Wednesday night.

“What you’re seeing is folks on my side anxious to see what the president has to say tomorrow night,” Chambliss said. “I think he’s gonna have to express some humility based on what we’ve seen around the country this August and that’s not his inclination.”

Or what? You’ll all vote no? Dick Armey and Freedomworks will pay for a wingnut bus across the country? Sarah Palin’s ghostwriter will scribble something barely legible on Facebook? You’ll hold your breath? What exactly are you all going to do? You’ve already cranked up the crazy to max.

You know, there is a really rowdy debate about the future of health care going on, but it is all happening internally inside the Democratic party with occasional input from Olympia Snowe. All the Republicans are doing are throwing spitballs and making lame threats, although in fairness, Chuck Grassley does show up on TV every now and then to debate the position he had 24 hours earlier.

At any rate, I guess we should just be happy Saxby didn’t channel fellow Georgian Lynn Westmoreland and tell Obama he better not be uppity.

93 replies
  1. 1
    dr. bloor says:

    Shorter Chambliss: Just get those dirty shoes o’ yours off the sidewalk, you uppity Negro.

  2. 2
    Linkmeister says:

    You and Mustang Bobby over at Shakesville came up with the same word: Uppity.

    It’s a close race among Republican Senators as to which one I despise most, but Chambliss is running closely behind those two idiots from Oklahoma.

  3. 3
    General Winfield Stuck says:

    What exactly are you all going to do? You’ve already cranked up the crazy to max.

    I plan to email this to Beck

    Peak Wingnut?

  4. 4
    The Moar You Know says:

    I have some advice for Saxby Chambliss. He should fuck himself with a chainsaw, sideways.

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    BR says:

    The problem is the media might make that into a story line: “did Obama show enough humility as some conservatives said he should?”

    Which is why for the next 24 hours we need to flood CNN and other middle-of-the-road news orgs with comments calling for them to give fair coverage of health care reform, the public option, etc. They usually get pushed around by the right. I think we need to push back.

    I just wrote to CNN and told them to report the truth rather than “both sides” on the fact that of independents like me and moderates, by their own polling, support a public option, not just wacko commie liberals.

    http://www.cnn.com/feedback/cnntv/

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    raff says:

    At any rate, I guess we should just be happy Saxby didn’t channel fellow Georgian Lynn Westmoreland and tell Obama he better not be uppity.

    I thought that was implied.

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    General Winfield Stuck says:

    You know, there is a really rowdy debate about the future of health care going on, but it is all happening internally inside the Democratic party with occasional input from Olympia Snowe.

    I heard Axelrod this weekend pooh pooh the media/wingnut narrative of fail, and he gave a sly little grin that they were a lot closer than folks knew to getting a good deal. He wouldn’t commit on the PO, but knows full well that Pelosi has crawled out on that limb and pitched a tent. Made me feel a tad better. anyways.

  8. 8
    General Winfield Stuck says:

    And Fuck Saxby Chambliss with Osama Bin Ladens dick.

  9. 9
    linda says:

    same same… shorter saxby: fuck that nigger.

  10. 10
    JK says:

    I hope there’s a special place in hell for Saxby Chambliss for the despicable campaign he ran against Max Cleland.

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    Wilson Heath says:

    I’m actually a bit afraid of the holding-their-breath threat. Imagine what would be happening if their brain damage were even more profound. Yes, an army of Glen Becks, faux-plumbers, and hockey moms.

  12. 12
    HRA says:

    When will they run out of ways to insult the president?

    The hell with showing humility to those unintelligent loud mouths. I could say more and I have to resist or I’ll really go off on the wingnuts. How did they ever get elected?

  13. 13
    Donald G says:

    Shorter Saxby Chambliss: “I remember when black folk had to come to the back door. Nowadays, they stroll up to the front porch and come in by the front door as if there’s nothing wrong with it. I want my country back, Ya-hooo! Also, WOLVERINES!”

  14. 14
    El Cid says:

    Hey, remember when segregationist dirtbag Senator Jesse Helms (R-White Hands-NC) said that if President Bill Clinton that if he came to NC that Clinton “better have a bodyguard (which Presidents normally do, but still).

  15. 15
    Seanly says:

    @JK:

    a-fugging-men. Anyone who implies that a triple amputee blew himself up to get out of Viet Nam deserves nothing but hatred & contempt for the rest of time.

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    Shell says:

    Humility for fucking what? People bringing rifles to a townhall. Howling yahoos shouting down sick and dessperate people trying to ask a question of their representative? Republicans telling folks who can’t get insurance to ‘grow up and get insurance?” The deliberate and cynical spread of outright lies?

    The mind reels.

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    Leelee for Obama says:

    I have a image in my little head of Barack, Rahm, Valerie and Joe Biden, in the Residence, with Barack doing the Sheriff Bart routine-out down the guns of the N—– gets it. I got such a case of the giggles, I almost woke up the little old Mother!

    Saxby Chambliss should eat shit and then kiss the two shitheads from OK, using a wide stance. Also.

  18. 18
    Mark S. says:

    I don’t really give a fuck what any of these Republicans say right now for the aforementioned reasons John gave. I am very curious what Obama is going to say tomorrow night. If he comes out and praises what a great job his buddy Max Baucus did, I’m probably going to hope this entire piece of shit fails.

    Maybe I’m just depressed because I finally read Taibbi’s article on the mess.

  19. 19
    demkat620 says:

    @Leelee for Obama: Oh I would so love to hear him say
    “excuse me while I whip this out”
    as the first line of his address tomorrow.

  20. 20
    Bruce (formerly Steve S.) says:

    “I think he’s gonna have to express some humility…”

    Yes, that’s a dog whistle. And no, I don’t see dog whistles under every rock.

  21. 21
    Trinity says:

    I am so f**king tired of white people, I don’t know what to do.

    Saxby Chambliss can kiss my big fat black a**.

    Yeah, I said it.

    F**king douchebag.

  22. 22
    Trinity says:

    @Trinity: Present company excluded. :/

  23. 23
    John Cole says:

    @Bruce (formerly Steve S.): It isn’t a dog whistle. It’s a bullhorn. Even my stupid ass picked up on it.

  24. 24
    Svensker says:

    “I think he’s gonna have to express some humility…”

    I’ve heard this a couple places today — it must be bubbling up from the trogdolyteosphere. One guy explained that since 48% of the people of the U.S. didn’t vote for and don’t like Obama, it is up to Obama to be humble and do what the 48% want.

    One assumes “or else”.

  25. 25
    Trinity says:

    @Trinity: Present company excluded!

  26. 26
    Angela says:

    Yeah, it’s a bullhorn.

  27. 27

    Hark, hark the dogs do bark.

    Christ, anyone taking bets that one of those fuckers won’t eventually drop the “n” bomb in front of a live mic?

    @Leelee for Obama: Life in Saxbyville

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    Chad N Freude says:

    Humility, you know, like Bush and Cheney. We really need a humble president, Heaven forbid we have a President with the arrogance to actually lead. Chambliss is a wretched, contemptible, despicable imitation of a human person. And an idiot. Also.

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    Chad N Freude says:

    @HRA:

    When will they run out of ways to insult the president?

    Umm . . . Never?

  30. 30
    geg6 says:

    The ugly truth about all this hysteria is beginning to peek it’s monstrous head out of the dark places where it’s publicly lived for the last few years. It has finally seemed to dawn on some in the MSM that this is very much about race and otherness and they are finally saying it. Even (gasp) not completely insane (as opposed to completely cynical)Goopers like Newt are trying to get the crazy to backpedal a bit. My niece, an 8 year old, was pissed that the school required her to get permission to watch the preznit today and why that was. When I asked her she thought that was, she said because some of the other kids’ parents complained. When I asked why she thought they did that, she said it was because he’s black and that some of the kids whose parents complained were embarrassed and admitted that their parents said bad racial things about him. These kids talk among themselves and they know what’s happening. That said, my niece is a sweetheart. She and her friends went to the embarrased kids at lunch and told them they’d be friends and even if their parents were stupid, that didn’t mean they were. Whoever said it in the last thread got it right: THE KIDZ ARE ALL RIGHT!

  31. 31
    Ash Can says:

    He wouldn’t do it because he has way too much class, but I’d pull a muscle or two laughing if this asinine remark prompted Obama to call Chambliss’s pathetic ass out in his speech tomorrow. You just know that the prez would do it in a way that would leave Chambliss smiling and nodding before he even realized that the big ol’ sack of lard he was holding was actually his ass.

  32. 32
    Ash Can says:

    And PS @geg6: That is one great story. Thanks for sharing it. The kids are indeed all right.

  33. 33
    Molly says:

    There’s nothing else. They’ve completely shot their wads, trailing clouds of glory as they come.

  34. 34

    Shorter Hedley Lamarr Saxby Chambliss: THE WHITE, GODFEARING CITIZENS OF ROCK RIDGE GEORGIA wish to express our extreme displeasure with your choice of sheriff president. Please remove him immediately! The fact that you have sent him here just goes to prove that you are the leading asshole in the state nation!

  35. 35
    Midnight Marauder says:

    @Shell:

    Humility for fucking what? People bringing rifles to a townhall. Howling yahoos shouting down sick and dessperate people trying to ask a question of their representative? Republicans telling folks who can’t get insurance to ‘grow up and get insurance?” The deliberate and cynical spread of outright lies?

    The mind reels.

    To borrow a page of Jim Halpert:

    It’s a bold move to tell the President of the United States to show humility to a bunch of people who believe he’s a muslim, fascist, Stalinist, atheist, anti-christ and who’ve threaten armed rebellion against anything and everything his administration attempts to do. But then again, Saxby is a bold guy. Is bold the right word?

  36. 36
    Chad N Freude says:

    @geg6: That is a great story. But ever the cynical pessimist, I do not doubt that some kids are infected by their parents, kind of like HIV or h1n1, and will grow up to carry on the fight against decency. This is never going to go away completely.

  37. 37
    Leelee for Obama says:

    @geg6: That was me, and yeah, they are. The kids will save this country. It almost makes me happy that the exit of a couple generations will make the more perfect union a reality. Thing is, I may or may not be around to see it. But, Moses didn’t see the Promised Land either. Didn’t keep him from trodding the desert in open toed s h o e s!

  38. 38

    Senator Chambliss went on to suggest that President Obama give his speech clad in a red riding jacket, white jodhpurs and holding a lantern.

    To Hell with Christmas, I can not wait for the RNC’s next round of ads aimed at gaining my vote. Even now they’re probably trying decide between offers of a burning cross in every n!gger’s yard or the more subtle montage of lynching victims with the tag line “They didn’t vote Republican.”

  39. 39
    Chad N Freude says:

    @Leelee for Obama: Hmmm. So you identify with Moses. Interesting. Is there anything else you’d like to tell your therapist?

    Note to the humor-impaired: It’s a joke. Well, it’s intended to be a joke.

  40. 40
    El Cid says:

    Who, or why, or which, or whut, is the ACORN-fearing Putz?
    Is he a smallish dork, or tallish bear?
    Does he plop as he empties his stool on the stairs?

    Or SHPLUTZ — the ACORN-fearing Putz?

  41. 41
    stacie says:

    Just a quick note from a Georgian — I’m in CD-4, Cynthia McKinney’s old district (if we need a moment of “Democrats Are Batshit Insane Too!”), and I’ve gotta put a plug in for Hank Johnson, my representative and a guy whose staff is right on top of constituent issues.

    I e-mailed him in June to ask about whether any American companies might be involved in Iranian telephone surveillance during the big demonstrations over there, and about a week later a staffer called me to say that the software Iran uses comes with the Nokia system the country uses. About a week after that, I heard the same information laid out on NPR. I like to think that the staffer sent a tip to NPR, but probably they’re unrelated.

    Anyway, not all of Georgia’s congressional delegation is crazy. Just saying. Hank seems like a good dude with a great staff, and I’ll happily be voting for him in 2010.

  42. 42
    Leelee for Obama says:

    @Chad N Freude: The open toes s h o e s part for sure, and the leader of a rag-tag bunch of slave-serfs, yeah. A more difficult bunch than Dems would be hard to find, but trod we do-beating the donkey all the way!

    BTW-can’t tell you how much I love your screen-name. (I almost said handle and thought it might be a bit too Freudian.)

  43. 43
    John Cole says:

    @stacie: I’ve exchanged emails with Hank Johnson’s staff. They used to read this website. Not sure if they do anymore.

  44. 44
    Chad N Freude says:

    @Leelee for Obama: Thank you. If you’d like to date my screen-name, maybe you and it can take in a movie some time. And your tagline is really funny.

  45. 45
    Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist says:

    @El Cid: Oh, very nice. I imagine this being read in Ken Nordine’s voice.

  46. 46
    El Cid says:

    @stacie: He’s the author and main sponsor of the HIRE act, which would be a tax-credit version of “cash for clunkers” for home furnishings and building / finishing material, in industry which which maintains a lot of both manufacturers and retailers in Georgia. Except, just the credit for consumer and/or reseller purchases of finished products and classes of building / finishing materials, no trade-in part.

  47. 47
    Chad N Freude says:

    @Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist: OMG! Somebody else who knows the work of Ken Nordine?!! OMG!

    You really should see about changing your first name. Addressing envelopes to you is really difficult.

  48. 48
    El Cid says:

    @Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist: Very good! Boomy. Did you know that it refers to a Muslim saint bearing a traditional Persian honorific in the Swat valley / district of Pakistan?

  49. 49
    Cain says:

    @BR:

    Which is why for the next 24 hours we need to flood CNN and other middle-of-the-road news orgs with comments calling for them to give fair coverage of health care reform, the public option, etc. They usually get pushed around by the right. I think we need to push back.

    I think we’d rather whine about how Obama is not getting us our pet pony. The magical unity pony has lost his magic, and is now just a mound of shit we shout at.

    cain

  50. 50
    Senyordave says:

    Did good ol’ Saxby communicate what happens if Obama isn’t humble enough? Are a couple of good ol’ boys gonna pay him a visit and learn him some manners?

  51. 51
    Cain says:

    Oh yeah.. Fuck you Chambliss you piece of shit. I hope your balls get attacked by a nest of hornets.

    cain

  52. 52
    Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist says:

    @Chad N Freude: I happened to hear a different Nordine version of The Akond of Swat on the weird little local radio station some years ago. It was one where he sung it, and it was a real rocker, in a very weird way. I have since been unable to find it in any medium; I bought one CD for which I found a review that claimed the singing version was on there, but it was really the spoken one. :P

    @El Cid: I did! I looked it up after I found out about the poem.

  53. 53
    Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist says:

    @Chad N Freude: Oh, and you can just address the letters to “Xecky”.

  54. 54
    JHF says:

    Saxby’s remarks are pure-dee southern racism. There’s not a sentient Georgian who doesn’t know he just almost used the “n” word.

  55. 55
    Bruce (formerly Steve S.) says:

    “It isn’t a dog whistle. It’s a bullhorn.”

    Which suggests that our mainstream pundits are a wee bit hard o’ hearing.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I feel so at home here.
    Ken Nordine! W00t!

    House of Cards! Double w00t!!

    The Thirteen Clocks (that might be a different thread). Henry V – Princess Katharine’s French lesson (an earlier thread). I learn so much from Balloon Juice, and have such fun when someone uses a reference that I recognise but that might not be an everyday meme (makes me feel smart).

    Hank Johnson: yes indeed. Sadly, I don’t live in his district (I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m in John Linder’s CD) but I’ve had a fair amount of interaction with Hank’s staff through work and they are top-notch.

    Cannot watch the catnip-crazed moggies on the BlackBerry but have sent myself a message to watch it tomorrow.

  57. 57
    Morbo says:

    Dick Armey and Freedomworks will pay for a wingnut bus across the country that catches on fire and kills the elderly?

    There, Fixed that for you.

  58. 58

    Damn dude. You should have posted a warning to unhook our Irony-O-Meters.

    BusBank CEO Bill Maulsby blamed insufficient federal oversight, “We’re not safety experts,” he said. “We clearly need to depend on the federal government.”

    From – Reasons to Lace up the DMs and Play GOPer Junkstomp, Vol. CMXII.

  59. 59
    HRA says:

    JHF: “Saxby’s remarks are pure-dee southern racism. There’s not a sentient Georgian who doesn’t know he just almost used the “n” word.”

    It came through loud and clear even though he did not use it. The word, humility, did it.

    Great story, geg6.

  60. 60

    @stacie: John Lewis (D-GA 05) should be counted as well. He is a great American and a great man.

  61. 61
    kay says:

    “The uproar over health care reform does not seem to have greatly altered public opinion….”

    That’s the NYTimes.

    They’re looking at polling, and it hasn’t budged all summer. I think the media probably drop the tea baggers right about….now.

    What a huge fucking waste of time that mess was.

  62. 62
    bayville says:

    … although in fairness, Chuck Grassley does show up on TV every now and then to debate the position he had 24 hours earlier.

    And he’s one of the sane ones.

  63. 63
    Gus says:

    “It isn’t a dog whistle. It’s a bullhorn.”
    Which suggests that our mainstream pundits are a wee bit hard o’ hearing

    I was pleasantly surprised during last year’s campaign to hear David Gergen point out that a similar statement was racist. I wish I could remember the context.

  64. 64
    Chad N Freude says:

    @Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist: Thanks. You can call me Chad.

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    Chad N Freude says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: The Thirteen Clocks. That should be compulsory reading in all elementary schools to indoctrinate children in the reading of subversive books about goodness and sweetness, with charming illustrations by the author.

  66. 66
    Roger Moore says:

    @kommrade reproductive vigor:

    Hark, hark the dogs do bark.

    But only 28% of them one in three.

  67. 67
    Chad N Freude says:

    @bayville: One of the sane ones, but dishonest as the day is long. At the summer solstice. at the North Pole.

  68. 68
    Emma Anne says:

    @Trinity: me too and I am a white people.

  69. 69
    bayville says:

    @Chad N Freude
    Don’t get me wrong, Grassley’s nuts —and not so bright to boot– but he’s fuckin normal compared to DeMint, Coburn, Bachman and the King of Crazy Andy McCarthy.

  70. 70
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Chad N Freude 10:55 pm

    Oh hell yeah. I recently sent a copy to a young niece in hopes that the subversion will kick in earlier for her than for me.

    Also highly recommended, for the same reasons (although a very different kind of book): The Bear That Wasn’t.

  71. 71
    Chad N Freude says:

    @bayville: I don’t think Grassley is crazy, just a hypocritical liar, to a degree rarely matched even by the greatest hypocritical liars (like Iago, for instance).

  72. 72
    Chad N Freude says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I gave a copy to my granddaughter not long ago. And the Wizard of Oz. Also.

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    Seanly says:

    @kommrade reproductive vigor:

    They’ll just say it was “taken out of context” like when Dick(head) Armey called Barney Frank “Barney Fag” or numerous other recent examples.

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    SIA aka ScreamingInAtlanta says:

    @The Moar You Know: this is good advice.

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    SIA aka ScreamingInAtlanta says:

    Why is 95% of the news coming out of this state so embarassing? Newt, Paul Broun, Kingston, that other idiot. Hell, we might as well be Oklahoma. At least John Lewis is my rep. Saxby is a bad piece of work from start to finish.

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    Free At Last says:

    @Gus:

    That rang a bell in my mind and a quick search came up with the following

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....16605.html

    in which Gergen, who I believe is originally from the South, is reported to explain the common “uppity” dog-whistle.

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    Frank says:

    Beyond disgusting.

    I’m a Southern Boy. I grew up white under Jim Crow.

    I know the code words.

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    Donald G says:

    @Frank: I’m a Southern white boy, too – born just a couple years after the Civil and Voting Rights Acts. Because the educational establishment in my area back in the seventies tried to deprogram us from the toxins of our parents and grandparents influence (albeit some with greater success than others), the code words flash like a neon sign over a seedy used car lot.

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    Nguyen-Dixie says:

    I hate that this douchebag is my Senator. At least my Rep is John Lewis.

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    wlrube says:

    @SIA aka ScreamingInAtlanta:

    No kidding — the other Georgia Senator is Johnny Isakson, who wrote the provision on “end-of-life counseling” and therefore obviously wants to murder Down Syndrome babies and the elderly. Saxby, you’re going to have to do better than a TV ad showing a Vietnam-veteran Senator alongside Saddam and Osama if you’re going to top Isakson’s level of pure evil.

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    Mike G says:

    She and her friends went to the embarrased kids at lunch and told them they’d be friends and even if their parents were stupid, that didn’t mean they were.

    That is just golden. Maybe, just maybe Republican Bone-Stupid won’t be quite as contagious between the generations as I fear.

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    JenJen says:

    @geg6: Awesome story, geg6. I’d love to hear more stories like this one. The Kids Are Alright!

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    Seanly says:

    @geg6:

    She and her friends went to the embarrased kids at lunch and told them they’d be friends and even if their parents were stupid, that didn’t mean they were.

    Maybe there is hope for us after all.

    And our secret commie indoctrination is taking hold. Also.

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    TheEmperfect says:

    I thought he was addressing kids.

  85. 85
    TheEmperfect says:

    Never mind. Dumb comment on my part. I haven’t been home long enough today to catch up on current events. You can decline it if you want.

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    Reks says:

    Obama should just thank Chambliss in his speech for being a constructive and cooperative voice on healthcare reform. That should be enough to earn him some ire from the talk radio loons.

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    CalD says:

    Dang. And I was so hoping ol’ Saxby would be on board with this.

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    Tom65 says:

    Who knew that life would imitate Blazing Saddles?

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    DZ says:

    Another note about Sen. Grassley. Apart from his hypocrisy and estrangement from the truth, he also gets around $140,000 per year in ag subsidies

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    IndieTarheel says:

    Saxby should go swimming in a pool of effluent.This message brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.

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    Leelee for Obama says:

    @Tom65: Mel Brooks is a genius! I don’t know which movie is better from the political viewpoint, Blazing Saddles or History of the World, Part 1, or the re-make of To Be or Not To Be.

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    binzinerator says:

    @Trinity:

    I am so f**king tired of white people, I don’t know what to do.

    Present company excluded. :/

    Hell, shitstained pigs like Chambliss make me fucking tired of white people too, and I’m white.

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    Maureen Meyer says:

    “Showing humility” means “not being uppity.”

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