My flight was cancelled because Al Gore is fat

I won’t be at the solidarity rally tomorrow after all because I got snowed in up here in fly-over country. So I thought I’d do a post of two unrelated items lacking the sturm und drang of most of the week’s topics.

1. Why isn’t this detail from Ian Murphy’s epic prank call getting more LOLs?

“I was really hoping to talk directly to Scott,” I said. He said that could be arranged and that I should just leave my number. I explained to Gilkes, “My goddamn maid, Maria, put my phone in the washer. I’d have her deported, but she works for next to nothing.” Gilkes found this amusing. “I’m calling from the VOID—with the VOID, or whatever it’s called. You know, the Snype!”

2. The always excellent Evan Dawson has a fascinating piece about one of the Finger Lakes’ most unusual grapes, Saperavi, a key component of the legendary McGregor Black Russian Red as well as a new wine from Standing Stone.

What else not-so-serious is going on?

126 replies
  1. 1
    Little Boots says:

    new thread. now my previous bon mots (oh, google it) are for naught.

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    Little Boots says:

    and I loved the maid thing too, Doug. Yes, that should be much more widely known.

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    BD of MN says:

    Wii Fit and cocktails… ah, such is the fun of Friday nights…

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    Redshirt says:

    This is all so very random. I love it.

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    TooManyJens says:

    I miss @MayorEmanuel. I’m really feeling surprisingly morose about the whole time vortex thing.

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    Dennis SGMM says:

    I’m here in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains listening to the rain. What a gift it is: programming the wildflowers and making my old car shine like it was brand new.

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    Martin says:

    @Dennis SGMM: It might actually snow in Newport Beach tomorrow night. I’m rather excited.

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    mr. whipple says:

    I won’t be at the solidarity rally tomorrow after all because I got snowed in up here in fly-over country.

    If you hop in the tank you still might be able to make it.

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    Little Boots says:

    ya know, there is some stuff going on here in flyover country. drop in.

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    Redshirt says:

    My Birthday party got canceled because of the snow, Doug, if that’s any consolation. Is it?

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    cat48 says:

    Newt Gingrich is going to hate Obama’s new Social Secretary which is a historic appointment:

    The White House made history in two ways Friday, when it announced Jeremy Bernard as its new social secretary — the first man and the first openly gay person to fill that role.
    Bernard, who is currently the Senior Advisor to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, will replace Julianna Smoot, the White House announced.

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    ChrisNYC says:

    I LOVE that story about the phone. It makes me laugh just to think of it and it will for years. As good or better though is, when he’s talking to Walker and says:

    “They’re probly putting hobos in suits. (pause) That’s what WE do. (pause) Sometimes.”

    Walker pauses after that, just for a sec. I think “hobos” was just on the edge of blowing the ruse.

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    Dennis SGMM says:

    The snow has come down to a level that I haven’t seen since the early Seventies. I only had to drive eight miles up Glendora Mountain Road to feel the crunch of it under my hiking boots. I know that there are places where snow is a burden (I lived in Spokane) but, it’s a welcome gift. Clean, crisp air, snow, and an old Mazda Miata with the top down on a snake twisty mountain road. Life can be good.

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    Little Boots says:

    Okay, it’s totally cliched, does it help if I say I’m gay? but really, why the hell hasn’t every White House social secretary of the past 200 years been a gay man? srrsly.

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    sukabi says:

    @ChrisNYC: probably wasn’t close to blowing it… Walker probably got confused and thought he was talking to the asshole from Nevada instead.

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    cleek says:

    Flight Control HD. it’s the most addictide, stupid, frustrating simple game i’ve played since i beat Peggle Nights, last week.


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    Mark S. says:

    Talked to my teabagging parents tonight. God, it’s amazing what you learn when you get all of your news from Fox and Rush. Did you know Wisconsin teachers get paid $80,000 a year? It’s true. Well, no, it’s not.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Mark S.:

    If only. I could quit my job and live on my partner’s salary. oh, heaven.

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    El Cid says:

    @Mark S.: It’s true enough. How true do you need it to be?

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    Redshirt says:

    Ha! Ten years ago my Birthday party was also ruined. I’m cursed! But blessed – anyone familiar with that feeling?

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    Little Boots says:

    @Mark S.:

    My parents are conservative, have always been, no big deal. but lately they are impossible to talk to. they watch Fox all day and they are just hopeless. Fox news really is poison. they are intelligent, well read, but since getting hooked on Fox, absolutely crazy. it’s a problem.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Well pfoopf! All that memorizing and practicing for nothing.
    ( ::whistles :: “. . . a flibbertigibbet, a will-o’-the-wisp, a clown . . .”)

    :::SHAKES FIST::: Darn you to heck, Al Gore!

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    El Cid says:

    This is awesome. Via Digby.

    At a recent gathering in South Carolina, the site of a crucial early presidential primary next year, party activists said the [Palin] didn’t have the experience, the knowledge of issues or the ability to get beyond folksy slang and bumper-sticker generalities that they think is needed to win and govern.
    Many are shopping for someone else.

    I know, right? Pretty impressive.

    Even in South Carolina, Republicans are starting to wise up.

    No wait — maybe not.

    They’re looking at Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., for example, and seeing what they call a smarter, more experienced candidate who’s equally as conservative.
    Sarah Palin with a brain,” said Gail Moore, a Republican from Columbia.


    The Himalayas were formed when India’s continental plate smashed up against Asia, lifting the seafloor between it and Asia up high enough to be the highest peaks on the planet (from sea level).

    This process could represent the Reagan / Southern Strategy dumbening of the political plain.

    As the collision takes place, Wingnut is raised hiiiiigh up over the former surroundings, forming some of the highest peaks of Wingnut which have ever existed.

    One important difference is that the Himalayas are still growing higher, as India still presses into Asia. However, they rise very, very slowly.

    The right wing plate collision, however, manages to keep the Wingnut peaks growing higher much more quickly, and some observers believe that the rate is increasing. There could even be some sort of repulsive dark energy at work.

    In the Himalayan case, the collision then pushed the leading edge of the Indian plate down, smashing it into the Earth for hundreds of miles.

    The GOP subduction dumbening too pushes the national political plate down, down, down, falling deep into the Earth, where under tremendous pressure the material melts and returns to the mantle.

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    KCinDC says:

    What the hell is with this BP ad that hides the text of some posts (like this one) and can’t be moved? I don’t mind so much if y’all want to take some money from BP as they do their best to convince us they’re really good guys, but can you at least not let them hide the words we’re trying to read?

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    Mark S. says:

    @El Cid:

    Can’t. Breathe. Laughing. Too. Hard.

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    Little Boots says:

    @El Cid:

    I am speechless. I am without speech. that is bljgiuaklajieloualeoaiold.

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    freelancer says:

    @El Cid:

    Jesus. I’m speechless. The GOP primary is going to be AWESOME.

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    General Stuck says:


    Oh Christ, if it snowing in southern Cal, then it will likely cross our paths in the high desert a few miles east. I’m up to here with this winter, that has reminded me of the two I spent in Montana years ago and haven’t quite yet warmed back up from. I know global warming doesn’t mean everyone’s temperature goes up on cue, but we have been beyond the low 8 ball this winter. It will probly be 120 in the shade come June though.

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    General Stuck says:

    If we don’t get edit back, I’m taking to the streets for lowly commenter bargaining rights.

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    Mark S. says:

    @Little Boots:

    What makes Fox so poisonous is the cultists their viewers firmly believe that Fox is the only media outlet that isn’t biased. Screaming about liberal bias for twenty years was really the smartest thing conservatives ever did. If only they knew as much about, well, anything concerning governing (economics, science, geopolitics) as they do about mass propaganda.

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    freelancer says:

    @General Stuck:

    Open edit in new tab or new window.

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    I tried reading Bobo’s latest prose piece in which he fellates Mitch Daniels but could only get three paragraphs in before I was seized with an uncontrollable urge to hunt him down and repeatedly slam a rifle butt into his head. I blame Al Gore and the Ubuntu development team for this and am now going to relax with some friends and some beers at the Madison grill.

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    @El Cid: Oh please let this happen. Caribou Barbie vs. crazy eyes Shelly. If they ever got on a stage together the resulting density would rip a hole in the space-time continuum and immediately transport them both to a parallel universe full of Lovecraftian horrors.

    We can only hope.

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    jwb says:

    @General Stuck: You do know you can edit by opening edit up in a new tab or window, right?

    ETA: Yup, still working.
    ETA2: What freelancer said.

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    Little Boots says:

    @Mark S.: it’s true. though I would say flipping the definition of “elite” was their smartest, most effective move. used to be that the elite was the guy that owned the company and could fire you, or worse, the guy in New York who could shut down your whole factory and many more like it on a whim. Now it’s some Hollywood actor or snooty professor who can … well, be all elite and shit.

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    MikeJ says:

    Is the edit problem limited to any particular os/browser/version?

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    General Stuck says:

    WASHINGTON – Just 52 percent of the US public accurately believes the sweeping health care overhaul enacted last year is still law of the land, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey.

    Twenty-two percent wrongly said the Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act had already been repealed, while 26 percent didn’t know or wouldn’t say.

    The results reflect a surprising level of ignorance among the public on an issue that has been one of the most high-profile in recent years, making frequent headlines and being discussed ad nauseum in the press.

    Break out the rubber mallets

    Or just follow Howie’s lead

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    Mark S. says:

    @Wile E. Quixote:

    I think Mitch Daniels should run, like hell away from Bobo. Brooks sounds like Pepe le Pew in that fucking column.

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    Punchy says:

    But what does Sullivan think about snow?

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    General Stuck says:


    I tried that. You mean open a new browser window and go to bj and the comment and try edit again? that doesn’t work for me, unless I’m missing something.

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    jwb says:

    @Mark S.: I’d say buying up media properties and investing heavily in think tanks was the smartest thing they did.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Doing laundry so I can pack for tomorrow’s trip to NY, and scoreboard watching. Union and Yale both tied tonight, so the regular season championship of the ECAC hockey league will be decided tomorrow night. If Union beats Princeton at home on Senior night, or if Yale loses at Cornell, the trophy and the top seed in the playoffs are ours.

    Go Garnet!

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    jwb says:

    @MikeJ: From all reports, the editing problem is universal.

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    scav says:

    @El Cid: What is this, the Olympiad of stupid? — oh it huts to laugh.

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    TooManyJens says:

    @General Stuck:

    The results reflect a surprising level of ignorance among the public on an issue that has been one of the most high-profile in recent years, making frequent headlines and being discussed ad nauseum in the press.

    Hard to believe that something that’s been “discussed” so extensively in our media would be so misunderstood, isn’t it? It’s almost like the purpose of media coverage isn’t to inform people.

    God damn, I hate the news industry.

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    jwb says:

    @General Stuck: No, click the “click to edit” button but have it open a new window.

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    MattR says:

    @General Stuck: Right click on the edit link and choose “open in new tab” or “open in new window”. It took me a while to figure out that was what people meant.

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    jwb says:

    @MattR: Or control click, if you live in Mac land.

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    Little Boots says:

    @TooManyJens: as you should, although in this case, not sure how this works. people were so whipped up about it, so stupidly, that seeing so many who think it’s been repealed already might actually calm them down. not sure, but I think if morons are going to be morons, maybe telling them they got what they want and to sit down and stfu might be the best result.

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    General Stuck says:


    edit – got it now. thanks all.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @General Stuck: Sure the Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act has been repealed. BUT what about OBAMACARE!

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    General Stuck says:


    Stuff like this wipes out any optimism I can muster these days. I don’t know if it’s all media, or mostly just a country of brain dead bumpkins. Either way, you can’t run a democracy when half the people are not informed in the most basic way, on at least the biggest issues.

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    Zuzu's Petals says:

    So speaking of solidarity rallies…my son and his wife and little girl are going to the one in Salem, Oregon. (They have friends in Wisconsin.)

    Any suggestions for a sign for a non-union family who pays a lot of taxes and supports public employee uninos?

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    stannate says:

    I’d be very curious to try a Black Russian, though judging by McGregor’s website, I would most likely have to visit the winery. Unless I’m missing it, I don’t know if NY wineries can ship out-of-state.

    Eastern European wines are a whole ‘nother universe to explore. I’ve tried a couple versions of Saperavi from Georgia–the Kvareli and Kindzmarauli, with the latter having a unique full-bodied, yet somewhat spicy taste that isn’t like anything else before or since. Romania apparently wants to become like the Chile of the Old World, as it has become a go-to source for good-quality Cabs and Merlots that won’t set you back much in the wallet. There’s one native varietal from Romania, Fetească neagră, that I tried once, but I was unfortunately a bit under the influence so I can’t recall much of its tasting profile apart from “good.” And then there’s Hungary’s wines, which I’ve talked about before.

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    Little Boots says:

    @General Stuck:

    we need a better people. we need to send out for a better people. this people is annoying.

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    freelancer says:


    No idea, but this, about Daniels made me do a triple take:

    These people claim that the United States is on the edge of a fiscal cliff, that what they care about is liberty. But at every opportunity they show that an actual record of fiscal conservatism in government isn’t nearly as important to them as polarizing rhetoric.

    My emphasis.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Went to see Kathy Griffin at the Kennedy Center tonight, so I am now informed in the best possible way, i.e., D-list pop culture. She did a solid two-hour set.

    Think I will toddle off to bed soon, because I have to go back to work early in the morning. It’s just not fair.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Am I wrong, or is that complete bullshit? Too late, too tired and too liquored up to check.

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    kdaug says:

    Getting angry thinking about Diebold again, in re: another comment on some other thread about some close election. How the fuck can you trust the results?

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    Maude says:

    I have an interest in wine making and I don’t drink wine. The wine makers are artists in a way.

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    Mike E says:

    @stannate: I bought some Hungarian wine in Sopron, trying to spend all their inconvertible currency before traveling to Austria. It was a honey colored deal, with legs… damn thing was so leggy in practically walked across the border all by itself. Caramel-like. Not that good.

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    Ailuridae says:


    It is complete and utter bull shit that doesn’t show a cursory understanding of how Social Security works or for that matter what it means for the government to issue debt.

    I hope Bruce Webb has some free time

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    In their seemingly endless quest to find irrelevance through FoxLite editorial decisions, CNN has fired Kathleen Parker and replaced her with (among others) E.D. Hill. Yes, that E.D. Hill.

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    stannate says:

    @Mike E: You must have had Tokaji, which is a potent dessert wine. I’ve never had the luxury of tasting any of the expensive German BA’s or TBA’s, but even when compared to icewine, Tokaji is powerfully sweet. I’ve drank mead that was less sweet than some Tokaji.

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    jwb says:

    @Ailuridae: And Factcheck dumped this item just in time for the weekend talk shows. Rather than talking about labor issues, we’re now going to have conversations by VSPs on why we need to cut government. Coincidence?

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @El Cid: No. NONONONONONONO! For the love of all that is good and not evil, NOOOO! ::shakes fist at the ignorance::

    ETA: Testing, one two three. Editing my own goddamn comment should not be this hard.

    ETA II: Yippppppeeee!

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    Steeplejack says:


    Thanks, that’s what I thought. [Face-planting in bed]

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    JPK says:

    The best part of the prank was that he got Walker to take the call at all. The best part of that was the story about the maid and the VOID and “Snype.” That thing about “Maria” still makes me laugh and groan every time at the combination of audaciousness and stupidity. Dennis was right when he said it played perfectly to the sense Walker’s staff must have of a rich asshole — more like pitch-perfect. In other news, I’m going to the Olympia rally tomorrow, for all the good it will do and I hope it will do some. But I can’t help being reminded of marching against the Iraq War this time of year in 2003.

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    TooManyJens says:

    Yes, I’m linking you to a “Fox and Friends” clip. You’ll thank me.

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    Ruckus says:

    Was supposed to snow north of the bay tonight but we have clear sky and stars. Getting cold though (39 now going to 25).

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    Mary G says:

    @Dennis SGMM: @Martin: Snow level 500 feet! That is the lowest I think I have ever heard it predicted. There is a lot of pink on the Weather Channel radar – freezing rain in Southern California! Everyone else probably thinks we are nuts to be excited about a cold snap. I’ll have to tuck the hibiscus bushes in tomorrow night. They were badly damaged the last time we almost had a frost.

    And the freaking out by the local media about WHAT WILL THIS DO TO THE OSCARS???? is hilarious.

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    Three-nineteen says:

    @Zuzu’s Petals: How about “Private Company Employee Supports Public Unions”?

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    freelancer says:


    You read Tbogg yet? He’s got a vicious one line takedown of Althouse. I got out of the boat. All of her posts on the protests are infuriating enough to almost make me want to penalize all state workers just so this dipshit gets canned by the guy she’s cheerleading.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @freelancer: I hate you. I hate you for making me get off that boat. I hate you for making me read even one word of the Inebriated Professor. And, I hate myself with the intensity of eleven-billionty hot suns that I read some of the comments.

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    I won’t be at the solidarity rally tomorrow after all because I got snowed in up here in fly-over country The Koch Bros(TM) gave me 50 large and a coupon good for a blow job from Scott “Bottoms Up” Walker to stay away.


    I don’t know if this qualifies as not serious, but the ad with Rusty Orange Boner is creeping le fuck living out of me.

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    Bastard SOB.

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    Jebediah says:

    @Mary G:

    Everyone else probably thinks we are nuts to be excited about a cold snap.

    Yeah, but I am hoping the cold doesn’t get too snappy till I get home. Motorcycle+rain+night shift=thank FSM my commute isn’t too long.
    I really would rather speculate, as opposed to find out first-hand, how my old FZR handles in frizzing rain.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Thoughtful Black Co-Citizen: Because it hates you. SATSQ

    ETA (Because I can, bitchez): Or, FYWP. No other explanation needed.

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    sukabi says:

    @asiangrrlMN: don’t waste your energy hating yourself or freelancer… it’s informative to open the door to a drunks’ house once in awhile… let’s you know who NOT TO INVITE to yours.

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    gnomedad says:

    I clicked through to Althouse and read

    If I made you laugh today, why not donate $5?

    Yeah, you did, but no.

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    Mary G says:

    @Jebediah: Oh yeah, that isn’t good at all, be safe. I would almost worry more about the other drivers, at least some of whom will certainly try to cope by driving really, really fast. Recipe for fail, of course. Tow truck drivers are rubbing their hands together with glee. Good luck.

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    freelancer says:


    I saw that as well. I thought “Fuck you, I visited YOUR website. You should be paying me.”

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    Jebediah says:

    @Mary G:
    Thanks – yeah,the other drivers are the problem. I am old enough that on wet pavement, I am very cautious about traction – but around here, plenty of folks do not know to slow down a bit in the wet. At least it won’t be late Friday night/early Saturday AM when people have been out drinking… oh, wait… damn.

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    jwb says:

    @freelancer: Hey, don’t be unkind: she’s giving up $10K so that this clown she supports can be governor. She’s got to make up that difference somehow. Sacrifice is for chumps.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @sukabi: You are right. Plus, I need to own it and say, “I choose to look at the drunk show. That’s on me.”

    @gnomedad: FUCK YEAH! I need compensation for the brain cells I lost reading that post.

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    Mark S. says:


    Wow, that piece is misleading as hell. It’s like saying if I borrowed money from Lily to pay Tunch back and turned around and said that Tunch was causing my debt problems.

    It reads a lot like a McMegan post. Does she use Brooks Jackson as a pen name?

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    sukabi says:

    @Mark S.: it doesn’t matter… they’ve all sucked the same Koch and their goal is the same… kill the middle class.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Mark S.: TUNCHIE! You said TUNCH! Does that mean pictures are imminent?

    I’m so easily led down the Tunch-shaped path. Sigh.

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    Mark S. says:

    @asiangrrlMN: I hope not. He’s mad that I still owe him money. Gotta run.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Mark S.: You can briskly stride to escape the wrath of Tunch.*

    *First time I EVER made a Tunchie weight joke.

    @Mark S.: That’s a good point, Mark. COLE! Pics of Lily. And Tunch.

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    Mark S. says:

    When’s the last time we got a picture of Lily? 2009? Does John still own her?

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    Jebediah says:

    @Mark S.:

    Does John still own her?

    Think you have the owner/owned relationship backwards.

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    freelancer says:

    Anyone seen The Wild & Wonderful Whites of West Virginia?

    My jaw is on the fucking floor right now.

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    Jebediah says:

    Anyone else got teh “Speaker Boner takes your questions” ad? I clicked on it, and the first five questions seemed to me to be questions Lil Boner would probably rather not answer. Did he not realize that the internets isn’t only teatards?

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    Jebediah says:

    And Rosie!

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    jwb says:

    @Mark S.: And what does that tell us? Who gets all the attention around here? crazy Rosie and overlord Tunch. Calm, rational, liberal Lily never gets the media coverage. Why? Why? Why? I blame Obama.

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    srv says:

    What else not-so-serious is going on?

    Apparently my employers worldwide IT Help infra-structure is down for planned service tonight.

    I guess I should not find these kinds of things to be so serious anymore.

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Jebediah: Very true. Haven’t seen pics of EITHER dog lately. Hm….

    @jwb: Poor Lily. She needs to act up a bit more to get more prominence.

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    jwb says:

    @Jebediah: Not here, but I got it on YouTube earlier today. I just presumed it was a teaser ad. Is it legit? Who’s running it?

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    Jebediah says:

    I’ll take another look – once I saw folks were asking impertinent questions already, I jumped back here – figured my services were not needed.

    edit: aw frick now it has gone away. I did see “youtube/johnboner” on there so maybe it is the Orange Weiner’s youtube channel?

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    hamletta says:

    @Redshirt: DC got three feet of snow on my 16th birthday. This was decades ago, before Al Gore caused the weather to turn extreme.

    I had gone to my best friend’s house for a sleepover anyway, just ’cause; I wound up stuck there for three days and begging for my mommy to pick me up once they got the roads cleared. BFF and I were on the edge of murder/suicide.

    In the meantime, we ate frozen pizza, listened to the Clash, and wrote letters to the editor of CREEM.

    A couple of months later, my mom picked me up after I’d taken the PSAT with the latest copy of CREEM, which carried my letter (my first published work).

    Aced the PSAT, but published! In CREEM! Boy Howdy™!

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    jwb says:

    Not usually a fan of punditry by anecdote, but the quote Herbert used to conclude his column was excellent:

    I asked Lynda Hiller if she felt generally optimistic or pessimistic. She was quiet for a moment, then said: “I don’t think things are going to get any better. I think we’re going to hit rock bottom. The big shots are in charge, and they just don’t give a darn about the little person.”

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @jwb: If not exceedingly depressing because of its accuracy.

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    Felanius Kootea (formerly Salt and freshly ground black people) says:

    Just got back from an NIH review in DC. The NIH staff are pretty much prepared for a government shutdown that would mean the cancellation of over 1000 study section meetings in the next few weeks. That means research proposals, no matter how meritorious, won’t get reviewed and many NIH staff (including some who were lured away from academe and persuaded to work for the government) won’t get paid.

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    Jebediah says:

    It appears to be Orange Wanker’s youtube channel.

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    hamletta says:

    @Little Boots: No, we don’t.

    As some Texas politician, quoted by Molly Ivins (GRHS), once said, “The people is not dumb.”

    You don’t ever give up on people. The most Fox-numbed hater of unions will still give you the shirt off his back.

    We have to appeal to people’s basic decency.

    Cutting funds for TANF, or WIC, or whatever it’s called now, is great in the abstract, but people don’t want kids to go to bed hungry.

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    jwb says:

    @Jebediah: Thanks. I’ll be interested to hear what innocuous questions actually end up being selected. I think this is a job for DougJ.

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    @freelancer: jesus christ. i was on the fence about going out and brave the rain in search of wine.

    reading that pushed me right over the line…


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    hamletta says:

    Idle Googling on “do do that voodoo” turned up this piece in the New York Sun from 2007. (Didn’t that paper die a well-deserved death?)

    It’s a cultchah piece on the anniversary of Cole Porter’s first big musical. What’s the big deal? They could use the n-word back then, and we can’t use it now, dammit!

    I am not kidding.

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    @Mark S.:

    I think Mitch Daniels should run, like hell away from Bobo. Brooks sounds like Pepe le Pew in that fucking column.

    Yeah, but he’s on the edge. You know that Brooks is tightly wound up and about to snap. I don’t know what it is, or when it’s going to happen he’s going to go from being Pepe le Pew to being Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs in about zero New York seconds..

    It’s not going to be pretty. Republican politicians and Blue Dog Democrats will start disappearing, strangely enough in every case the disappearance occurred soon after the Times</i. published a flattering OpEd about them. Then the bodies start turning up and pretty soon the death toll is up there somewhere between the Battle of Kursk and the bombing of Hiroshima and still, the bodies keep coming.

    Meanwhile David Brooks is down in the cellar of of a distinguished two story colonial in Nassau County. He’s naked and dancing around in the suit he’s making out of the skins of Republican politicians (and Joe Lieberman). While he’s dancing around in the suit he’s pretending that he’s John Thune and he’s on Meet the Press and David Gregory is fawning over him and telling him how primal his scent and admiring his athletic grace and body type. Meanwhile, over in the pit he dug in the corner, a frightened and naked Mitch Daniels is trapped and being starved so his skin will be easier to remove from his body, dreading the moment where Brooks comes over to the pit and tells him “It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again.”

    Yeah, whenever you see Brooks writing that crazy shit I want you to think about the scene that I described. Of course if I knew where the fuck I was going with this I could have worked in something about Gail Collins being Clarise Starling, but if I did that I’d have to figure out who was going to be Hannibal Lecter. I was thinking Stephen Colbert or maybe Keith Olbermann, I couldn’t figure out which one though because the image of Mitch Daniels cowering helplessly in a pit while David Brooks stood above him screaming “it puts the lotion on it’s skin or it gets the hose again!” was strangely appealing, as was the image of Ross Douthat being one of the hapless prison guards that Lecter slaughters, you know the guard who got his face cut off.

    So, just out of curiosity, on a scale of 1 to 10, hypothetically speaking, how fucked up is that?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Angry Black Lady: I wouldn’t risk it ABL. I made the mistake of driving in California when it rained once. And up here we drive through it all the time so it doesn’t bug us. I almost went hoarse from the road rage.

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    Dennis SGMM says:

    Many Californians drive on bad tires because most of the time it doesn’t matter. “Aquaplane” is an aircraft that can land on the water.

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    Mark S. says:

    @Wile E. Quixote:

    Pretty fucked up. But even if Brooks got caught, he’s such an American institution they’d let him continue doing the NewsHour in the contraption Hannibal Lecter was in.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I drank your fucking wine, dickwad.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Wile E. Quixote: Jesus

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    hamletta says:

    @Wile E. Quixote: It goes to 11. But that’s one more than 10, innit?

    You are not sick. They are that depraved.

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    celiadexter says:

    About the Saperavi — I had the McGregor years ago, didn’t know what grape it came from but liked it a lot — the problem is that they are NOT giving it away, which is sadly true of all good New York wines. But if you take the D or the Q train (I think) somewhere near the end of the line in Brooklyn and find yourself in Brighton Beach, there are Russian liquor stores on the main drag with all kinds of Georgian wine made from Saperavi. The labels are in Georgian script (looks like a mixture of Russian and Thai) and some of the wine is sweeter than we’re used to, but the price is right so you can experiment. Have fun.

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    Why isn’t this detail from Ian Murphy’s epic prank call getting more LOLs?

    Well, I wrote about it.

    I don’t think it’s funny. I think it’s sick. Of course that’s the kind of ruse that would make the Governor’s chief of staff think he was talking to a real big shot.

    I would love to be a fly on the wall when Walker reamed Keith Gilkes a new one after it was revealed this was a prank and Walker became a national laughingstock. Teanutties hate nothing more than being laughed at.

    Gilkes was his campaign manager. You’d think he’d have known better.

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    Speaking of laughing at the Teanutties, have y’all seen this new Jack In The Box TV ad? I think they’re poking fun at Tea Party “patriot” crap, in a clever way. When an ad agency mocks you to sell hamburgers … I think that says something about your movement.

    Maybe it’s me.

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    What else not-so-serious is going on?

    Local news fail comedy gold.

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    Phyllis says:

    @Steeplejack: You lucky devil. She’s been to SC a couple of times, once in N. Charleston & once in Greenville. I couldn’t go either time. Would love to see her live.

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    chopper says:

    after a long week of work and child care, i finally saw the weekend and woke up sick today. sigh.

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    Doug Hill says:


    They can ship to many states. They are one of the best states about shipping now.

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    Cat Lady says:


    Way late to this party, but when a guy is on a news show and what he’s saying is so interesting and righteous that there’s more outrage at the bank than curiosity about why the fuck he’s got vampire teeth, we’ve crossed some kind of event horizon.

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