Here’s Another Open Thread Because Now I Am on the Bottle And Blah Blah Blah

Sposed to be people coming over, but it appears they are running late, but that is ok because I have been pre-gaming for the last hour.

At any rate, I was thinking, “do the Balloon Juice readers really care what blogs I love? I mean, there is the blog roll over there, but do they really care what the first sites I visit every day are?”

And because I am drinking and my judgement is impaired, I decided that yes, you do. So here they are:

1.) The Washington Monthly
2.) Atrios
3.) Tbogg
4.) Rumproast
5.) The Booman Tribune
6.) Wolcott
7.) Oliver Willis
8.) LGM

I basically check those pretty much first thing when I log on, then do the newspapers, memeorandum, and then rock through other blogs.

Why do I tell you this? Because after two glasses of wine, I am convinced that YOU CARE. Also, because I have the power. Just like I have the power to post this:

It’s on, bitches. Post your bad videos and music below.

230 replies
  1. 1
    Gravenstone says:

    Please tell me that’s not boxed wine you’re partaking of. Otherwise, we may have to perform an intervention to keep you off the Althouse path.

  2. 2
    BethanyAnne says:

    Given the tensions around here today, how about an ASL “Fuck You”?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv3tadz5Q3o

  3. 3
    MikeJ says:

    You still haven’t moved Sully to monitor and mock. DougJ said he would have done it if he could figure out the computer box thingee. I might suggest Prof Winebox for the same category.

  4. 4
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I didn’t know I cared until just now.

  5. 5
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Kevin over at Rumproast wrote the single funniest thing I’ve ever read on the internet back during the primary. I still giggle when I recall it.

  6. 6
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I read Atrios daily because I have a fear of getting lost in Philly and not knowing which train to take.

  7. 7
    John Cole says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: WHat was it?

    They all rock over there, but Betty Cracker kills me most often.

  8. 8
    dr. bloor says:

    Up next for Cole: a video date with Ann Althouse.

  9. 9
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @John Cole: The Hillary event where Bill Clinton’s hair looked like cotton candy.

  10. 10
    Phoebe says:

    Here’s Peggy Lee’s not-remotely-depressed-sounding version of “Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay”.

    It’s not the bad music you requested, but she’s sittin’ on that dock like she owns it, so I believe it fits tonight. I dedicate it to ABL.

  11. 11

    It’s a good thing that Mary Poppins is the kind of movie you can watch over and over again, since we’ve seen it at least twice each day since our 4 year old got that movie for her birthday last week…

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    debit says:

    Oh, honey. It’s cute that you think we care.

    @ thread: I’m years late, but I finally signed up for Steam and am now downloading Dragon Age: Origins. I guess we’ll see if it cures my video game ennui.

  13. 13
    Sentient Puddle says:

    Thanks to the suggestions of everybody from yesterday, I am now currently brewing a honey hibiscus wit beer. This promises to turn out interesting.

    Unfortunately in the process, I somehow managed to get into an argument with someone who is ostensibly a beer connoisseur and says that you do not boil hops while making beer. I honestly don’t know what to make of this.

  14. 14
    Uncle Clarence Thomas says:

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    Global Climate Change – your days are numbered. President Obama, having solved the coal problem, the fracking problem, the nuclear problem, and the the offshore oil drilling/pollution problem, will kick your ass by announcing today his plan to open part of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to oil drilling.

    All aboard this man’s wide, wide shoulders and let him carry us to a brighter, sustainable energy future!
    .
    .

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    Nellcote says:

    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now makes his associates sign a draconian nondisclosure agreement that, among other things, asserts that the organization’s huge trove of leaked material is “solely the property of WikiLeaks,” according to a report Wednesday.

    “You accept and agree that the information disclosed, or to be disclosed to you pursuant to this agreement is, by its nature, valuable proprietary commercial information,” the agreement reads, “the misuse or unauthorized disclosure of which would be likely to cause us considerable damage.”

    The confidentiality agreement (.pdf), revealed by the New Statesman, imposes a penalty of 12 million British pounds– nearly $20 million — on anyone responsible for a significant leak of the organization’s unpublished material. The figure is based on a “typical open-market valuation” of WikiLeaks’ collection, the agreement claims.

    Interestingly, the agreement warns that any breach is likely to cause WikiLeaks to lose the “opportunity to sell the information to other news broadcasters and publishers.”

    linky

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Phoebe:

    It’s not the bad music you requested, but she’s sittin’ on that dock like she owns it, so I believe it fits tonight. I dedicate it to ABL.

    If we’re dedicating songs to ABL, here’s my submission.

  17. 17
    Paddy says:

    Jeff’s watching a special on {{shudder}} Death Metal and I’m wishing I could just go hang with David for his birthday.

    Video Overnight Thread- Happy Birthday David Byrne!!! ‘This Must Be The Place’ Live

  18. 18
    cbear says:

    Tbogg is the single funniest writer on the internets. Bar none.

  19. 19
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @cbear:

    Tbogg is the single funniest writer on the internets. Bar none.

    Agreed, that’s what makes commenting on his site so frustrating. He’s already mined all the good material in his post.

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    bk says:

    Here is something from a group that was popular in 1964; 2012 could be an even bigger blowout than 1964.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....ature=fvst

  22. 22
    cbear says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: He used to have probably the most interesting comments section evah before he moved to FDL. That place was my original “home” and really interesting threads used to run to 2-300 comments.
    Memorably, Goldstein dropped by a couple of times and was alomst driven to suicide by the pwning. Good times.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I was expecting Pretty Vacant.

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    piratedan says:

    @benintn:

    well this is about as religious as I get….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lPsJqebXT0

    RIP Country Dick Montana

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    4jkb4ia says:

    @General Stuck:

    The bullpen is an illusion. That is all. Never mind that McClellan lost the game today fair and square. And I have learned never to trash talk on this blog again.

    And BREAKING : Huckabee not to run.

  27. 27
    Shoemaker-Levy 9 says:

    1. I so stopped reading Washington Monthly in 2009.
    2. I so stopped reading Atrios in 2007.
    3. I so stopped reading Tbogg in 2010.
    4. I so stopped reading Rumproast after the Mongolian primary.
    5. I so stopped reading Booman in 12 BC.
    6. I so stopped reading Wolcott during sweeps month.
    7. I so stopped reading Oliver Willis for Lent.
    8. I so stopped reading LGM when I realized what the L stood for.

  28. 28
    Dennis SGMM says:

    @cbear:

    He used to have probably the most interesting comments section evah before he moved to FDL.

    Agreed: his Blogspot place was the first blog where I was a regular commenter. Whether it was FDL’s registration requirement or plain blog fatigue, the comments have never been the same since he moved.

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    Hawes says:

    Did anyone catch the sickening story about the head of the IMF raping the hotel maid in NY? In addition to the horror visited upon the woman, could there be a better metaphor for the sociopathic world of powerful bankers? Sodomizing a minimum wage worker and then skipping off to JFK to catch a flight to Paris?

    I always assumed that calling the banking class sociopaths was a form of metaphorical exaggeration, but I think in a lot of cases it might be true.

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    General Stuck says:

    Can’t help but love this blog, in spite of myself. We’ve had what amounts to a blog race riot raging for several days on multiple threads, and the blog owner is drunk as skunk fishing for compliments on his blog roll. There ought to be a Pulitzer for blogging in the “believe it or not” category.

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    Hawes says:

    @Dennis SGMM: I gotta go with the FDL hassles. You’d have to comment every hour just to stay logged in. And your new passwords seemed to be in Wingdings font.

  32. 32
    Radon Chong says:

    Steve Benen sets the gold standard for political blogging, IMHO.

  33. 33

    Music for lovers. [I didn’t say lovers of what.]

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-V4ytkl2p0

    Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, cats, everything. What’s not to love?

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    Galileo126 says:

    I really dig Betty Cracker @ Rumproast. She rocks the snark!

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    gogol's wife says:

    Why isn’t Wolcott on the blog roll? I always want to go straight from here to there.

    And you have to put Oleg Menshikov on the blog roll. (Just kidding, it’s in Russian, but I love Oleg Menshikov.)

  36. 36
    Mrs. Polly says:

    We lerve you too, Mr. Cole. Being blogrolled is honor enough, but to be in such company on your must-read list? It’s pure Nirvana!

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @General Stuck:

    Can’t help but love this blog, in spite of myself. We’ve had what amounts to a blog race riot raging for several days on multiple threads, and the blog owner is drunk as skunk fishing for compliments on his blog roll. There ought to be a Pulitzer for blogging in the “believe it or not” category.

    You better love this blog or I’ll drop the banhammer by proxy on you. A drunken John is easily my best buddy.

  38. 38
    srv says:

    Hey John, could you get on that secret cool-bloggers chat room and ask WTF happened to The Poorman? No posts since December.

  39. 39
    ruemara says:

    Why you gotta hate on Snap? Other than that, it’s a boring night, I can’t drink and the raid went down the tubes while the raid leader has a QQ about people failing to be geared. Think I’ll go make some jewelry or write something.

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    Joel says:

    I think we all need some Marvin Hawkins.

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    Dennis SGMM says:

    @Hawes:

    I gotta go with the FDL hassles.

    You did have to jump through some hoops. IIRC, there were some teething problems with authentication as well. To add to the woes, early adopters could have their nick as a link to their personal blog while latecomers could not.

  43. 43
    cbear says:

    @Dennis SGMM: What was your nic at the old site?

  44. 44
    Epicurus says:

    1) Atrios
    2) Josh Marshall
    3) FDL (just for the front page)
    4) TBogg
    5) et al.: Mostly off Mr. B’s blogroll

  45. 45
    General Stuck says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Sheat fucked, I requested my own banning a long time ago. It don’t mean nothin”

  46. 46
    Dennis SGMM says:

    @cbear:

    I’d have to go back and dig through the archives to find it. I think that it was just “Dennis P.”

  47. 47

    That’s actually interesting info, I’d like to hear what other places folks check first thing when they log on. I have to say it changes sometimes depending on what’s happening in the world … when the whole Wisconsin thing was in full-throttle I’d check First Draft every morning first thing because they had a blogger on the scene covering the protests.

    In general the places I hit first thing when I log on are:

    1-Twitter
    2-Here
    3-Used to be Huffington Post but not so much anymore, it’s gotten kinda lame… I’d say probably ThinkProgress

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    goblue72 says:

    Granted the Altantic jumped the shark into glibertarian-ville some time ago, but I’d really like a prescription to whatever meds they are on that resulted in this alternate reality view that Sarah Palin would have made a good President:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/mag.....alin/8492/

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    soonergrunt says:

    @Nellcote: Careful, now. You’ll be slaughtering a sacred cow or two with that one.

  50. 50
    ROSSINDETROIT says:

    I’m still at work after 10 hours. Do that riot thing over for me. I wanna see what I missed.

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    Galileo126 says:

    (1) Steve Benen @ Washington Monthly (new site threw me for a loop)
    (2) Dependable Renegade (Watertiger)
    (3) WTF is it now (sparse postings)
    (4) C&L
    (5) D-kos
    (6) Rightwingwatch.org
    (7) Media Matters
    (8) TPM
    (9) Cesca (love me some B&E)
    (10) last, but not least – Digby (and her movie reviews)

  52. 52
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Balloon Juice has become my default blog
    TPM and Think Progress
    Washington Monthly
    Greg Sargent
    Krugman
    Chait and Ezra Klein for the leftish establishment view
    Attaturk and Dependable Renegade for snark
    The Guardian

  53. 53
    Hawes says:

    Fallows is good now that he’s back from wherever.

    Bonddad’s Blog is good if you can get over not understanding half the crap they’re talking about. Same with Delong’s blog.

  54. 54
    ROSSINDETROIT says:

    1) MakeBlog. My pals, who are The Telegraph’s #1 rated educational site.
    2) Josh Marshall because he’s often been ahead of the curve on big news.
    3) Here because I’m a mean bastard & like suffering
    4) Ten Se*y Ladies
    5) K-Thug

  55. 55
    4jkb4ia says:

    I’m impressed the Huckabee thing was already posted. Even Taegan Goddard didn’t have it.

  56. 56
    cbear says:

    @Dennis SGMM: That sounds really familiar. I was chris c.
    I was a regular there and at Atrios’s and Digby’s and very early FDL. I honestly feel like those sites kept me sane during those years when everything I thought I knew about my country and our values was turned upside down.
    I think I ended up here because it was the closest thing to the original tbogg I could find.

  57. 57
    Dustin says:

    Since this is the thread for lists:

    – Ballon Juice: because I just can’t quit you guys

    – Little Green Footballs: another reformed former republican turned rational attacker of wingnutistan

    – Think Progress: pretty much a liberal cnn in my books

    – Wherever Steve Benen happens to be blogging: because he’s been a god amongst bloggers for as long as I can remember

    – Pharyngula: hardcore scientist and GNU atheist… yep and yep

    – And of course a cursory glance of both memeorandum and techmeme just to see what the latest freakouts of the day are, because I hate my blood pressure to get too low.

  58. 58
    mcd410x says:

    Guy Boucher. I’m really impressed. Go Bolts!

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    @Dustin:

    Little Green Footballs: another reformed former republican turned rational attacker of wingnutistan

    Yeah when the fuck did that happen? I remember we used to call LGF “Little Green Snotballs” over at Atrios’ place. Then all of a sudden the dude started making sense. What the fuck happened?

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    eemom says:

    um, not to alarm anyone, but the blog is unravelling.

    Please click calmly on the nearest exit link.

  61. 61
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Southern Beale: Wasn’t Palin the breaking point for him? Larry something? I never really followed any rightwing blogs

  62. 62
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Then all of a sudden the dude started making sense. What the fuck happened?

    My guess would be something like this.

    Love is a powerful thing.

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    Dollared says:

    @cbear: Actually, at the 2004-05 peak of desperation, Wonkette was the only place that delivered enough snark. I loves me some Digby, but she would make so much sense it would make me cry – and then I’d have to run back to Wonkette to make it absurd enough. And Anna Marie sold out, and has not been heard from since…

  64. 64
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @eemom:

    Please click calmly on the nearest exit link.

    You first. We’ll be right behind.

  65. 65
    John Weiss says:

    Two glasses of wine? Pussy! I don’t get maudlin ’til after a couple of glasses of rum!

    ‘Course I am a Texan.

  66. 66
    John Cole says:

    Fuck. I forgot C@L and Sargent.

  67. 67
    4jkb4ia says:

    EW: The Archive. A big piece has just been published in the WaPo about Rahm. It seems very trivial now, although there was a cute line about Rahm’s reaction to criticism being to slam down the phone.
    Political Wire
    DK Elections
    538
    Greg Sargent

  68. 68

    @goblue72:

    Oh Lord that is painful to see. Good grief.

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    General Stuck says:

    I don’t have much interest in independent thinkers these days coming from bloggers. The only thing I want to know is how to beat the godddam wingnuts. It may be pretentious, but the blogger I trust most is me. And most of what I learn is in comment sections, but not all of it, of course. When Cole gets halfway serious, he can be near brilliant in dissecting wingnuttery down to it’s frightened shivering core.

    Dougj is good, and can be incisive and brilliant in his thread posts, and thought provoking, if we can pry his eyes away from the village soap opera long enough.

    I have come to really like mistermix, after not so much when he first arrived and some after. He has his head screwed on very well at this point, imo.

    I wish Dennis G posted more, it is mostly a mind meld on ideological political takes of the right wing these days.

    Kay is my unconditional internet friend, and is the class of this place.

    And ABL, what can I say, a bundle of smarts and energy and flaws, synergized into fearless ventures through the mind fields of race relations in this country. Not many willing to take up that radioactive mantel.

    Tom is a most excellent writer as well, and Anne Laurie, bless her heart, she means well, mostly, and likes critters and is a library of knowledge on dogs and cats.

    the comment section currently, is a cross between a romper room and Dante’s inferno. There are some brilliant commenters here, and I wish I could tune the bad ones out more than I do. I like it, that for the first time in a long time, people are linking to music again. I hope that is a good sign for the future.

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    eemom says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    no, you go check the restrooms, fuckie. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time before the power shuts off.

  71. 71
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Jay Newton Small from Time tweeted the following

    JNSmall Jay Newton-Small
    OMG: Huck had Donald Trump pre-tape an endorsement of his non-candidacy???

    did anybody watch the Huckabee show? Is this serious?

  72. 72
    scav says:

    @General Stuck:

    I like it, that for the first time in a long time, people are linking to music again. I hope that is a good sign for the future.

    Given the very next thread? ? ? umm.

  73. 73
    cbear says:

    @Dollared:

    I loves me some Digby, but she would make so much sense it would make me cry

    Too true. I stopped commenting at her place because I almost felt it was disrespectful to sully her beautiful writing with my flamethrowing (and often scatological)comments.
    Had the pleasure of meeting her and Mr Digby last year in Vegas and she was incredibly gracious and friendly. I felt like a 10-yr-old girl at a Bieber concert when she actually knew who I was and made reference to some stuff I had written.
    I hope to evolve to her level of humanness some day, but seriously dounbt I will ever make it.

  74. 74
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @cbear:

    I felt like a 10-yr-old girl at a Bieber concert when she actually knew who I was and made reference to some stuff I had written.

    I can’t imagine being appreciated for something I wrote. That must have been disconcerting.

    I love Digby and read her everyday but man, her commenters are a sack of crazy. I feel bad for her every time I open comments.

  75. 75
    Allan says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    I can’t imagine being appreciated for something I wrote.

    That’s encouraging. It suggests you have a greater level of self-awareness than I would have otherwise surmised.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Allan:

    That’s encouraging. It suggests you have a greater level of self-awareness than I would have otherwise surmised.

    Do you make a prissy “Hrrmmph” sound when you comment? Because I always imagine that when I read your comments.

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    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Even Digby has had to close comments on some of her threads. Hey we’ve all done it.

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    Allan says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Auditory hallucinations? I take back what I said about your grasp on reality.

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    Dollared says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: That’s the sound of “surmising.”

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Dollared:

    That’s the sound of “surmising.”

    I surmised as much.

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    Dollared says:

    @cbear: I share your fan-boy emo, and envy you for meeting her. And yeah, her commenters do tend to prove the continental tilt theory. Glad you could hang in there with them. I’d rather just bait the General.

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    Dollared says:

    @General Stuck: Remember, we all are here because nothing is more important than beating the wingnuts. It may make the disagreements about strategy heated, but we are all talking about parallel paths to the same goal.

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    cbear says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: To be clear, it wasn’t her appreciating some incisive brilliant piece I had written but more an acknowledgement of who I was and that I had had something to say that she had taken note of. Like I said, extremely gracious lady.

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    cbear says:

    @Dollared: @cbear: Oh, I doubt I’ve even read a single comment thread there in the last 4 years—beautiful mind and all that. lol

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    Cliff says:

    For the most part I like Steve Benen’s work, but his “Republican X is deeply confused” schtick (where X = whatever wingnut said the most recent stupidest fucking thing ever) gets on my nerves.

    It would do my blood pressure wonders if he just started calling out lies and the filthy fucking liars who tell them.

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    Elroy's Lunch says:

    1- Balloon Juice
    2- Steve Benen/Washington Monthly
    3 – James Fallows
    4 – K-Thug

    + 4, Malbec

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    4jkb4ia says:

    I Kissed A Girl(Katy Perry). This and “Buy You A Drank” are so bad, I have actively changed the radio station. The first one is also an active insult to a very good song by Jill Sobule.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @cbear: Either way..

    At any rate, she’s one of the few bloggers that consistently sees what she’s looking at and not what she hopes is there.

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    fordpowers says:

    to be sickly honest. your list isnt that much different from mine – but i would add BJ as one of the top 5.

    That is all

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    Ghanima Atreides says:

    That snap video is is the first decent tune you have embedded in two years.

    And I nevah miss an oppo to link American Trash.

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    cbear says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: That’s probably one of the most incisive descriptions of her I have ever heard/read. Srsly.

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    Doug Harlan J says:

    @MikeJ:

    I will do it in heartbeat once I figure out how.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @cbear:

    That’s probably one of the most incisive descriptions of her I have ever heard/read. Srsly.

    I believe this is the definition of wisdom.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    1 – here
    2 – Sully (hangs head in shame)
    3 – boingboing

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    General Stuck says:

    I don’t remember who posted the recipe for coating Brussell Sprouts in Olive Oil and baking them in the over. But I want to thank them, just cooked up a batch that way and they are just simply delicious.

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    Dollared says:

    @Cliff: Yeah. Kinda has that high school debate feel. The problem is that the only real way to deal with wingnuttia is mocking, and Benen has to live in DC. The rest of us just mock away, from afar.

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    cbear says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: word.

    The only other person that I can immediately think of in that category is Billmon.

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    Allan says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: OMG, someone just complimented something you wrote! How was it for you? Goosebumps? Tingle? Glow? Savor this moment.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @General Stuck: I brown them in a pan with pine nuts. yummy :)

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    cbear says:

    @General Stuck:

    Brussell Sprouts

    ….and don’t forget to wash behind those big ears before you go nighty. lol

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Is there a mosquito in here?

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @Duncan Dönitz (formerly Otto Graf von Pfmidtnöchtler-Pízsmőgy, Mumphrey, et al.): My 3-year old son was hooked on “League of Their Own” and “Man from Snowy River”. Both rewatchable endless times, as it turned out. Although I was afraid he was going to grow up thinking cowboys were Australian and MLB was played by girls.

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    cbear says:

    @Allan: you don’t get out much, do you?

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    Allan says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: First harumphing, now a ringing in your ears? I think you should call 911. It may be a stroke.

    @cbear: This doesn’t involve you.

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    General Stuck says:

    @cbear:

    I have no idea what your comment means.

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    Martin says:

    Raided the kitchen for a drink and gave rum and lemonade a whirl. Damn, I could get used to this.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Allan:

    This doesn’t involve you.

    lmao

    You sort of involved him when you called attention to his appreciative comment, doncha think?

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    shortstop says:

    @Cliff: I mostly gave up on him because of that…and because of his inability to give more than cursory attention to policy issues when there’s any juicy Republican gossip (some of which is delicious, too much of which is sad) around. I also noticed that only about once every two-three months was I finding something on his blog that I hadn’t already read (with far more substantive analysis attached) several other places. I think most of the people who still really enjoy him don’t read any other political blogs and use him as a headline aggregator.

    It’s too bad because he’s clearly a nice guy who cares about progressive principles, but he seems to be hoping to ride that super-mildly sarcastic, unshrill Democrat bit to bigger, much more mainstream things. And I say that as someone with less than no patience for firebaggers of any kind. I don’t love blogger hysteria and self-drama. I do love blogging spine and I like snark to be strong enough to count.

    I do find it a little strange that Cole still loves him so, but maybe it was unshrill folk like Benen who helped John come over from the dark side.

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    Allan says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: You’re still dodging the question. How did it feel when a stranger on the internet praised something you wrote?

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    BGinCHI says:

    Late to the thread because, you know, I have a life, but: 2 glasses of wine and he spills it?

    What’s harsh interrogation, Jagermeister?

    You are a national security threat, Cole.

    Waterboarding in WV: they turn on the shower. NO!!!!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason: Man From Snowy River may be one of the top 5 most rewatchable “all audience” movies of all time.
    No. No, I’m going with it. It definitely IS in the top 5.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Allan:

    You’re still dodging the question. How did it feel when a stranger on the internet praised something you wrote?

    Me and ceeb go back years so I’m not sure I’d characterize him as a “stranger on the internet.”

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    Allan says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Still dodging. How did it feel?

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    cbear says:

    @General Stuck: Uh, at one time I think practically every mother in America told their kids to eat their brussel sprouts and wash behind their ears, Stuck. Your comment about brussel sprouts just reminded me of that long ago stuf from my own mom.

    Were you looking for something controversial?

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    Crusty Dem says:

    @General Stuck:

    Toss them in a mustard cream sauce for an extra-fattening treat. I spent 10 years in the South, I can turn anything healthy into a fatty Southern dish (hint: bacon, cream, and butter are your friends), this would earn me my own show on the Food network if I were a cute woman with bouncy cleavage…

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @cbear: While you were out hobnobbing the world with the blogerati, we got ourselves a whole new type of troll: the hallmonitor troll. Thankfully he doesn’t have any real power outside of that which he imagines.

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    shortstop says:

    @Allan: Where are you going with this? I have no dog in this fight, but you may want to put down that shovel.

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    Even Digby has had to close comments on some of her threads. Hey we’ve all done both sides do it.

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    Corner Stone says:

    This oughtta be interesting.

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    freelancer says:

    01) Balloon Juice (der)
    02) Steve Benen
    03) TNC
    04) TBogg
    05) Phil Plait
    06) Hemant Mehta
    07) Maddowblog
    08) Wonkette
    09) Emily Hauser (Ellaester to you)
    10) C&L (Susie Madrack notwithstanding)
    11) PZ Myers
    12) Radly Balko

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    BGinCHI says:

    @shortstop: Hey girl, long time no talk. You missed some weird shovel-whacking around this joint.

    /tiptoes away

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    Allan says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Why won’t you answer the question? Are you uncomfortable acknowledging any emotion on this site for fear that someone will mock you?

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    Allan says:

    @shortstop: You’re right. You don’t have any dog in this fight.

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    Dustin says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Yeah when the fuck did that happen? I remember we used to call LGF “Little Green Snotballs” over at Atrios’ place. Then all of a sudden the dude started making sense. What the fuck happened?

    I’m not sure, mostly because I started following him largely after his ‘conversion’, but from what I’ve seen the guy has zero tolerance for anti-science jackassery and corruption. He reached his breaking point and now he’s one of the best sources out there for ripping into teabaggers and the religious right. The fact that many of the “old-time” Righty bloggers see him as a Judas figure who betrayed the cause just makes it all the sweeter, and it offers a perspective not many outside of our very own Cole can provide.

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    cbear says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Yeah, I picked up on that—unfortunately the virus seems to be mutating and replicating. I realy wish these people would wear condoms, but I think it’s probably too much to ask.

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    shortstop says:

    @BGinCHI: Hey, B. I’ve been following sex-ay Italian cyclists around the lake district from the comfort of my rented Fiat. Occasionally I would throw them little bottles of water (frizzante, of course) and, on particularly nasty hills, badly conjugated words of encouragement.

    This place does seem to have taken a sharp downward spiral. I can’t get through most of the threads right now. Since I didn’t add anything of value to them anyway, this affects only me, but I’m still a little bummed about it.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Allan:

    You’re right. You don’t have any dog in this fight.

    lol

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    shortstop says:

    @Allan: Pssssst…I think your “dog” is invisible to everyone except you. But carry on if you feel strongly that you’re accomplishing something.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @cbear:

    Yeah, I picked up on that—-unfortunately the virus seems to be mutating and replicating. I realy wish these people would wear condoms, but I think it’s probably too much to ask.

    All we can do is love and teach others how to love. That’s all we can do.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Che forza!

    Expect an update on travels via secure channel.

    I want to hear about your IT travels. I miss the tifosi and all the belle macchine….

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    Allan says:

    @shortstop: Thanks. Same to you.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Agreed. Plus, kicking against the pricks. That’s love too.

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    Ghanima Atreides says:

    @Dustin: Basically Charles switched sides over Expelled. There was a cleave event that turned wingnut against wingnut.
    It was Charles against Instapundit in a bloody battle that rent the very fabric of wingnut reality. Even staunch oldskool conservatives like Pixy Misa defected to the left.
    It was a blogstorm of epic proportions.
    Then Charles caught some Becktards advocating burning books on evolution.

    A little known fact is that Pam Geller, famous toilet blogger and shrieking harpy was once one of Charles most favored blogfriends.

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    shortstop says:

    @BGinCHI: That’s no way to refer to an ex, gorgeous engine or not.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Allan: I’ve done my damnednest to bring you into the mainstream here but you absolutely insist on being a prissy little douchebag. If you ever get tired of yer tragic shame spiral, I’m here for ya.

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    shortstop says:

    I am looking out the window at some poor dude struggling with two bassets in the cold, driving rain — as we well know in this household, no hound will be hurried in locating a late-night pee spot — and TBogg appears like MAGIC. Oooeeee.

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    Allan says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: If you were actually representative of the mainstream of any community of people, there’s no way I would want to be part of it. It’s the extent to which you are an outlier, an embarrassment to the proprietor, and a pariah among the decent folk who read and comment here that I retain some hope for BJ. Slim, yes, but hope remains.

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    THE says:

    @Ghanima Atreides:
    Wow, I didn’t know Pixy had switched to the left.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Allan: And yet, you’re the clown who kept asking some stranger on the toobz “How did it feel?”

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    handy says:

    @TBogg:

    I bet she still wears that, but now it’s like an ironic think, kinda like Beverly Hills debutantes sporting trucker hats or Wall Street execs wearing Che Guevara shirts.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Allan:

    If you were actually representative of the mainstream of any community of people, there’s no way I would want to be part of it. It’s the extent to which you are an outlier, an embarrassment to the proprietor, and a pariah among the decent folk who read and comment here that I retain some hope for BJ. Slim, yes, but hope remains.

    I’m not pitching myself as the mainstream. I’m saying yer so out there on the other side that you make me look like a sympathetic character. Let that sink in.

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    shortstop says:

    the decent folk who read and comment here

    Awesome. A little heavyhanded, but parody is hard. Serviceable effort.

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    Allan says:

    @Corner Stone: Earlier tonight, Fuckhead indicated that he doesn’t get that kind of validation of his writing. So when he got some, I wanted to know how it felt. I wondered if Fuckhead was brave enough to acknowledge experiencing an emotion. I got my answer.

    You’re not afraid to admit that listening to Adele makes you weep. That’s an indication that there might actually be a human with a conscience lurking somewhere inside you, and why I’m generally content to spar with you. You even made me laugh tonight with your Rosie comment.

    But you run with a sick fuck, and someday he’s going to mock you for crying over music and make you feel bad for having revealed that here at BJ.

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    Jim Newell says:

    NOPE, NO HURT FEELINGS HERE.

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    cbear says:

    @TBogg: Er, hey Tom, we were just talking about you…..(blushes).

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    Allan says:

    @shortstop: Thanks, I aim to please! Your validation completes me. Really.

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    shortstop says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I dunno about sympathetic, but of the two of you, you definitely come off as the asshole people would rather have a beer with.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Allan:

    and someday he’s going to mock you for crying over music and make you feel bad for having revealed that here at BJ.

    He’ll never betray me like that! Never!
    That kind of heinous action would make him some kind of…fuckhead. Or something similar.

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    shortstop says:

    @Allan: You’re not a parody? Ooooeeeee. Wait, wait — are you that guy Cole describes as sending him endless scolding emails demanding that he ban character A and bad actor B? Or am I thinking of someone else?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @shortstop:

    I dunno about sympathetic, but of the two of you, you definitely come off as the asshole people would rather have a beer with.

    Stop it before you make me cry.

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    shortstop says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Oops. It’s late and the sense of community got to me.

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    Allan says:

    @shortstop: Why, yes, that’s a tremendously unfavorable spin on some past events. Thanks for remembering so uncharitably.

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    shortstop says:

    Thanks for remembering so uncharitably.

    Well, there’s also the fact that, not remembering you, I thought you were a hamhanded parody tonight. So you’ve actually made an impression on me in two different ways!

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @shortstop: I don’t have a dog in yer fight with Allan but I can tell you from experience you should just back away slowly before you get a link that explains your bad behavior.

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    cbear says:

    @shortstop: I’m not really sure who this twit is, but he’s totally harshing my mellow tonight.

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    freelancer says:

    @TBogg:

    You know, it’s frightening. The Soros smear. Yesterday, I read terrorist interrogator Matthew Alexander’s new book Kill or Capture, and though short, it was brilliant. It laid out a story and history of 2006 clusterfuck Northern Iraq in the wake of the manhunt and death of al-Zarqawi, and how the best interrogators in the military used the passions and principles of Al Qaeda’s most ruthless against them in a mental chess game to get them to devour their own. And it worked. Great story, and you understand why the whole way through.

    But then at the end, you get to the acknowledgements and you see that Alexander was able to write this book due to a fellowship from Soros.org. Doesn’t matter that Alexander’s account represents a written history of what happened and how Army special forces and a special task force wiped Al Qaeda in Iraq off the face of Mesopotamia in the wake of Zarqawi, it’s the Soros bucks tainting the truth, and torture is now it’s very own Shibboleth. Just as the Bible and American History have received their very own whitewash so as to correct “liberal mistakes” that betrayed current principles of conservativism, I predict that such works portraying torture an absolute evil such as those in Poe’s Pit and the Pendulum, Dumas’ Man in the Iron Mask, William Goldman’s The Princess Bride, and last but most prominently, Orwell’s Room 101 will eventually get it’s own conservative rewrite.

    When 1984 gets edited for a certain crowd to portray Room 101 as “enhanced interrogation”, and the Ministry of Truth is modified so that it describes the proverbial lamestream media, the Wingularity will have occured and the stupidity will collapse in on itself, creating a new, alternate universe that parallels our own, yet eating away at itself in perpetuity.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Man From Snowy River may be one of the top 5 most rewatchable “all audience” movies of all time.

    The book is fucking amazing. And it’s my mom’s favorite flick too.

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    shortstop says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I’m cool with that, as long as the DSM-V is involved.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @shortstop: I feel like you and I had a real breakthrough tonight after years of quiet resentment. I think we have Allan to thank for that.

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    Allan says:

    @shortstop: Sadly, I can’t seem to place you at all. So I have nothing with which to balance the ugliness and mean-girl act you’ve displayed this evening, and am left with rather a bad first impression of you as well. I do hope that over time you’ll exhibit some good qualities and I’ll find a way to overcome my initial judgment.

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    shortstop says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Sometimes the designated sick person really does act as a healer to others.

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    shortstop says:

    Double post. Y’all heard me the first time.

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    shortstop says:

    @Allan: Oh, Allan. You don’t really want to venture into gender-specific insults, do you? I feel certain that that violates some principle you fervently believe that you actually hold. It may feel good now, but you’ll hate yourself in the morning.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Allan:

    I do hope that over time you’ll exhibit some good qualities and I’ll find a way to overcome my initial judgment.

    She doesn’t fit into any of the DFD profiles? Or maybe another site with detailed explanations of the horrors people visit upon each other online?
    You disappoint me. I thought I could count on you.

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    cbear says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I’m guessing this may be the last time we explore our feminine sides here, bro. Some people just can’t handle two robustly hetreo guys having a quiet conversation in a corner without hurling accusations and innuendos and such shit. Sad really.

    Say, you bringing anybody special to the big rally tomorrow night? I put aside my grief over that last girl I lost and went out and got myself a new girlfriend—she’s clipped and dipped and ready to get a holler on.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @shortstop:

    Oh, Allan. You don’t really want to venture into gender-specific insults, do you? I feel certain that that violates some principle you fervently and smugly believe that you actually hold. It may feel good now, but you’ll hate yourself in the morning.

    That’s gonna leave a mark.

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    shortstop says:

    @Corner Stone: What’s DFD?

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    Allan says:

    @shortstop: Interesting response. Remember, I don’t know who the fuck you are, so I have no basis for ascribing a gender to you. Do you believe that only females are capable of “mean-girl” behavior?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @cbear: I won’t let an online bully stop me from forming convenient internet relationships with anonymous strangers for temporary tactical benefit. If that makes my tough guy bonafides suspect, so be it. I feel strongly about this.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @shortstop: Derailing For Dummies.
    It’s a website people who are unable to form cogent arguments use to point people to they disagree with.
    It’s a shorthand for lazy people. IOW, Allan and his ilk think it’s the bee’s knees because they like to redirect conversations and arguments away from actual topics and discussions they can no longer handle, ie “win”.

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    cbear says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I know what you mean, honey buddy. To hell with them, I just can’t quit you.

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    shortstop says:

    @Allan: I know — it’s not a question of “belief” — that people of both genders are capable of being mean, and that persons not seeking to specifically use someone’s gender as an intended weapon can say so without gender-loaded language. Can you provide me with some examples of you ascribing “mean-girl” behavior to a man? Can you show me instances in which you’ve seen someone else do it?

    You’re going to have to hurry with those links, because I’m about to turn into a pumpkin here. And remember, as we established earlier, the mere act of continuing to dig does not mean you’re still in the game.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Corner Stone: Have you checked it to see if there’s an entry for Allan’s behavior? I think that may actually help more than simply mocking him.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @cbear: Nor you I.

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    cbear says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    @shortstop:

    Oh, Allan. You don’t really want to venture into gender-specific insults, do you? I feel certain that that violates some principle you fervently and smugly believe that you actually hold. It may feel good now, but you’ll hate yourself in the morning.

    That’s gonna leave a mark.

    I’m kind of picturing him staggering away from his computer with a stiletto heel jammed into his eye.

    I’m not sure who this shortstop lady is but I like the cut of her jib.

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    Allan says:

    @shortstop: Actually, I just called your behavior “mean-girl” with no knowledge of your gender, so I don’t think I need to provide you with more proof of my comfort with using that term to describe your hateful and exclusionary actions toward a stranger you have deemed to be an other.

    And you’ve clarified for me rather nicely that you are not only a mean and hateful person, but one who happily associates with bullies and cowards. So you just run right along and turn into a pumpkin, secure in your cocoon of like-thinking assholes.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Who said I was here to help?

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    shortstop says:

    @Corner Stone: Ah. So, in a nutshell, Cole had him perfectly pegged. I thought that might be the case.

    But it’s fun to see him hoisted on his own petard. Get people of this mindset a little rattled and they’ll always reach immediately for the barb that betrays their prejudices. They’re horrified later, of course, to see it laid out bare, but there it is.

    Assuming (with some confidence) that those links from Al will not be forthcoming, I wish all of you a good night.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Allan:

    to describe your hateful and exclusionary actions toward a stranger you have deemed to be an other.

    Maybe another e-mail to Cole? Mebbe an e-mail? An email? Hmmm?

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    Allan says:

    @cbear: You might want to spend less time fantasizing about committing acts of violence against other people. It’s probably bad for your soul, if you have one.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @cbear:

    I’m not sure who this shortstop lady is but I like the cut of her jib.

    Seriously? shortstop has been commenting here for, I’m thinking at least six years.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Who said I was here to help?

    Maybe this will help you help.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Yeah, I’m following shortstop to bed. After the connection we made tonight, it only seems appropriate.

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    Allan says:

    @Corner Stone: I emailed Cole when m_c was making his blog unreadable. These commenters aren’t making it unreadable. They’re just ugly, hateful, bitter people who enjoy ganging up on someone for sport. I’m only staying around to give them a target, and to see who else is a sadist and can’t resist throwing a punch when they’re sure they’re in the comfortable majority. Like you.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Allan: Kid, I will bring it to you and your patron any day of the week you little weaksauce punk.
    Just admit it. You’re a sad little 5th rate remora sucking hind teat on a 4th rate blogger here.
    No one else acts like they have any kind of imprimatur here except for clowns like you.

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    cbear says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Dude, you seem to forget—I’ve been away away engaging in more lofty pursuits and it’s really hard to remember all the little people.

    Srsly, has she always posted as shortstop?

    Hey shortstop, my apologies for not remembering you. I was on a vision quest for a while and everything got a little murky. JSF is guiding me back into the light and I’m slowly but surely finding myself again. The man is a godsend and I truly can’t understand all the hate and homophobia and assholery that he’s subjected to and that has come to dominate so many of these threads.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @cbear:

    The man is a godsend and I truly can’t understand all the hate and homophobia and assholery that he’s subjected to and that has come to dominate so many of these threads.

    It’s the cross I bear, ceeb. I think ultimately it makes me a better person. They say that which does not kill you makes you stronger, after the whole almost dying and being in intensive care for a year followed by years of rehabilitation and learning how to walk again and eat with a spoon all over again. But I’m here to tell ya, it gets better. Actually Dan Savage said that but I’m claiming it as my own.

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    Allan says:

    @Corner Stone: It’s really kind of simple. I’ll try explaining it again.

    I emailed Cole because m_c was horrible, derailing every thread with rants about EDK. Cole and the other FPers actually post a link to their email up at the top of the blog, and I took that as an invitation to offer feedback.

    I watch people on blogs and in real life piss and moan about the things they hate and the things they wish would change, and I just laugh. Because I do basic research and find the most senior person at that company or institution with which I have a beef and communicate my dissatisfaction directly to them. And it feels good to offer my candid feedback.

    And sometimes, it even gets results.

    Cole resisted my feedback, but ultimately decided all on his own to ban m_c. I didn’t feel that I was responsible for it, and am confident that I am not the only person who communicated my annoyance to him.

    I’m just the only one with the guts to come out in the comments here and say that I did.

    That’s why I am called a hall monitor and a scold and a prim prissy moralist and all the other terms that get people upset when they’re applied to Glenn Greenwald, whose writing style I enjoy emulating here at BJ because the proprietor is inordinately fond of GG, and I find it kind of amusing to tweak him that way.

    And m_c is back now, under a new identity, and she’s much better now, and she and I are getting along great these days, which is a demonstration of how I’m able to actually change my perception of people when I see them make an effort to be better.

    And if I ever saw you step away from the clot of scum with which you’ve aligned yourself and make an effort to be a better person, I bet you and I could get along as well.

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    cbear says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I hope it was before he got into the whole Santorum thing cause even making that up had to have been a messy business. Pls tell me you washed your hands?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Allan: That isn’t why you’re called those things Allan. You’re called a prim, prissy, hall monitor because of the bullshit you yourself pull on this blog. Your repeated attempts to shut down rough debate, redirect to ABLC or DFD or some other amateur psychology site. As some substitute for standing in and waging blog war as every other poster here does.
    No one here is falling for that. At ABLC you have the over weighted position, which is how you like it. You don’t care to stand straight and give/take. Given the opportunity you’d ban dissent. No one who’s ever read a comment here by you could argue the truth of that. You’d reign as a smug little tyrant, and lord your position over anyone who stopped by.
    This blog isn’t your local pharmacy chain, where you can find a timid asst mgr and bully him into giving you some of his time. You have to stand up and bring it, repeatedly. No one here cares if you’re going to take your business elsewhere.
    Shorter: you’re a fucking punk who can’t stand the light of day commenters on this blog bring in your sad direction.
    Fuck, shortstop who’s one of the most get-along-and-go-along good natured people here just saw through you in about 3 seconds flat. Or less.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Hmmm.

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    cbear says:

    @Allan:

    ….Because I do basic research and find the most senior person at that company or institution with which I have a beef and communicate my dissatisfaction directly to them. And it feels good to offer my candid feedback.

    And sometimes, it even gets results.

    …..

    And m_c is back now, under a new identity, and she’s much better now, and she and I are getting along great these days, which is a demonstration of how I’m able to actually change my perception of people when I see them make an effort to be better.

    I think I’ve placed you now—-you played Nurse Ratchet in the movie, right?

    *formatting, how does it work?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Let me go, Corner Stone. Let him make you a better person like he did for Matoko Chan.

    *stifled sob*

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    Allan says:

    @cbear: That was better. At least you managed to keep your homicidal fantasies in check for the duration of that response.

    You’re thinking of Louise Fletcher. Lovely actress, and a child of deaf parents. Great movie.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: No! No, you bastard! We’re going to beat this!…together

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    Allan says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: It’s up to Corner Stone. I played no role in making m_c better, that was all her choice. I merely changed in how I interacted with her once it was clear that she was making the effort.

    I know many of the commenters here at BJ are suspended in amber, eternally frozen at the moment of their initial impression of other personalities, and forever bitterly clinging to some slight or affront they endured years ago. So I’m not sure that CS wants to change, as he’s especially fond of dredging through the archives.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Corner Stone:

    No! No, you bastard! We’re going to beat this!…together

    You’ve got a chance to be somebody better! Don’t let me hold you back – I could never forgive myself! I could never forgive us.

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    Allan says:

    @Corner Stone: Is this the comment that was stuck in moderation? Glad it was retrieved for you.

    You certainly do spend a great number of words talking about how no one here gives a fuck about me.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Allan: I don’t need the archives. I have the entire history of BJ tatted out onto my pen!s.
    Just the left side, of course.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Allan: No one does. But for some reason you keep fooling yourself that you’re a special entity here.
    You aren’t. Things will go better for you here when you realize that.

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    @Allan:

    wow, this is awesome.

    i tip my 59oz(orange juice, store bought, but upscale and not from concentrate) to your defense of the smug-life.

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    Allan says:

    @Corner Stone: I think it was Fred, in his infinite wisdom, who advised ABL that by posting about the stupid awful racist things that people do, she was actually rewarding them, and that she should just ignore them and walk away and not give them the satisfaction of letting them know they had struck a nerve. This, he counseled, is the best approach for dealing with unpleasant people.

    That’s not my style. I’m a talker. I like to talk through differences. But you might want to follow Fred’s advice if you find me so unpleasant. Choosing not to respond to me, or talk about me, would be a great way to indicate that you don’t want our dialogue to continue.

    Who is special, and how is that determined? The blog host certainly thinks you’re special. He’s even singled you out from the crowd on occasion to directly address you. How special is that? And he’s done the same with me. So it appears to me that you and I are equally special in our own special ways.

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    cbear says:

    @Allan: My homicidal fantasies????

    Look you fucking twit, I don’t know whether you got taken off the tit too soon or whether the toilet training at your house was a little too rigorous, but you can take your childish delusions and projections and neuroses and shove ’em up your keister.
    Do you have any idea how much of a good little German you sound like?

    …Because I do basic research and find the most senior person at that company or institution with which I have a beef and communicate my dissatisfaction directly to them. And it feels good to offer my candid feedback.

    You’re just the type of moralising authoritarian un-self-aware fucktard that typifies the goopers in this country, but the sad thing is you don’t have a fucking clue who you are and come here looking for some sort of validation that can only come from excluding others with whom you don’t agree.

    Fuck off.

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    Allan says:

    @cbear:

    I’m kind of picturing him staggering away from his computer with a stiletto heel jammed into his eye.

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    cbear says:

    @Allan: That’s right, asswipe.
    I said exactly that, AFTER you got totally p’wned by shortstop, a LADY who nailed you on your false equivalency bullshit quicker than a duck on a junebug.

    Metaphors, how do they fucking work???

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    Allan says:

    @cbear:

    you can take your childish delusions and projections and neuroses and shove ‘em up your keister.

    Another metaphor?

    Just checking, because you seem incredibly angry about some words typed on a blog. I do hope you’re all alone wherever you are and that no people or pets are in danger of abuse at your hands this evening.

    Also, is it supposed to bother me for some reason that shortstop is female, and I am male, and that in your admittedly twisted, violent and perverted mind she bested me in our interaction? Perhaps you can articulate for me what her gender has to do with how I should feel.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @cbear: cbear! Watch it! You’re about to get a link to a website thrown at you!
    You’re derailing…or objectifying…or some shit. I don’t know, but I know you’re the bad guy!

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    Allan says:

    @Corner Stone: And you’re still talking about me? You have the funniest way of showing how much I don’t matter.

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    cbear says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I don’t know, but I know you’re the bad guy!

    Yeah, mebbe so, but at least I got to tap Michele Pfeiffer before they blowed me and my weasel dust all to hell.

    And with that violent (yet somehow strangely stimulating) fantasy exploding off the page, I say, g’nite.

    Say goodbye…to the bad guy.

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    pkdz says:

    @Southern Beale:

    He saw the right wing as going over the cliff and didn’t want join them (anymore). Here’s his list of reasons:

    http://littlegreenfootballs.co....._The_Right

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    Step2 says:

    The problem with irony is that not everybody gets it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-cFtSPIF4Q

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    Kevin K. says:

    John, I’m at an undisclosed location celebrating a somewhat tragic birthday (I’m how fucking old????) and having my goofy blog make your list was the best possible way to start my day. It almost makes me want to come out of semi-retirement. Almost. But I’ve got one helluva crew holding down the fort and I’m sure they’re overjoyed about this as well.

    I don’t read many blogs since my Big Burnout, but I still check in here more than any other blog besides Rumproast. Also love me some No More Mister Nice Blog, TBogg, Digby, Wonkette, and, yes, Mr. Newell.

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    Kevin K. says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Thanks a bunch. I felt pretty good about that one. Here it is for anyone who wants to relive the glory. Read it all or just scroll down to Bill Clinton’s head.

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    Jill says:

    You might want to consider expanding your horizons, John, especially when one of your top blogs is a guy whose idea of wisdom is to post things like “Open Thread” with the sole text being “Enjoy.”

    As an active participant in Blogroll Amnesty Day (™ the late, great Jon Swift/Al Weisel), I make it my business to discover new blogs whenever I can. Most of the new ones I’ve put on my blogroll are far more entertaining and insightful than most of those you mentioned.

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    General Stuck says:

    @cbear:

    Were you looking for something controversial?

    No, smartass. I never heard of cultural quip about Brussel Sprouts and cleaning behind ears, and didn’t know what you were referring to.

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    Lisa says:

    OMG I love that video. Sigh, I remember the awesomeness of the high-top fade haircut. And the running man. What? That shit was awesome.

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    Dustin says:

    So someone tell me, is Allan seriously a real person and not just a sock puppet designed to at like an overly prim and proper egotistical jackass? Because if we’re going to talk first impressions that’s pretty much what I get from every comment from him here. Everyone else? Mocking, humor, and sarcasm. But him? Yeah, not so much.

    Allan: you’re acting like you’re the privileged child, like you’ve got Daddy’s ear or something. Then you go and do your “mean girl” schtick which, if recent history is any judge, is pretty damn offensive all on it’s own. When called on it what do you do? You act superior and like we’re all the morons.

    Sorry, that shit don’t fly. Get off your soapbox, get back in the pit with the rest of us, and pull the telephone pull out of your ass so you can walk tall again.

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    gil mann says:

    @Kevin K.:

    I’ve got one helluva crew holding down the fort

    RR’s an embarrassment of FPer riches, no doubt, but I think I speak for everyone when I say that, if the plan was to establish a veritable murderer’s row over there so that your voice wouldn’t be missed, it failed spectacularly.

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    shortstop says:

    @cbear: Dead thread, but no worries — JSF is suffering from false recovered memory syndrome where I’m concerned. I’ve only been here a year or two, and I don’t visit all that often, so it’s often hard for me to keep the personalities straight.

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    Allan says:

    @Dustin: Thanks for your feedback. There seems to be a great deal of interest among the commenters here in jamming things into or pulling them out of my ass. I wonder why that’s the case.

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    Ghanima Atreides says:

    @Corner Stone: well….he did force Cole to ban me by threatening to deprive Balloon Juice of his presence.
    So he has power of a sort.
    /salutes Allan with respect

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    Phoebe says:

    Oh my sweet lard. I naively thought this was going to be 200+ links to bad music or videos, or maybe more dedications to ABL or people at least arguing about which is worse, or not really bad, or whatever, but dang. You guys are like my former foster daughter on facebook, but with less profanity. I’m in awe. But not in any hall monitor way: be yourselves!

    Fuckhead: your dedication (Ain’t no Sunshine) was perfect, though, ha!

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    Ghanima Atreides says:

    @Allan: shall we have a poll?
    My initial impression of you was that you have a corncob stuck up your butt.
    Praps’ its your propensity to lecture blogcommenters on “manners”.

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    Phoebe says:

    @Kevin K.: I like that it tasted salty.

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    Dustin says:

    @Allan: Thanks for reinforcing the point.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Ghanima Atreides: Um, I would suggest that *you* forced Cole to ban you.
    I’m pretty damned sure Cole doesn’t take direction from anon people who e-mail him that they are taking their ball and leaving until Cole performs some certain action.

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    @Corner Stone:
    Sometimes all I can do is laugh…

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