Friday Evening Open Thread: Lizard People


(Mike Luckovich via GoComics.com)

Commentor WarrenTerra points out a hilarious Iowa wrap-up from Paul Constant Seattle’s The Stranger, “Necropolis Now“:

… It’s clear that Gingrich is going to lash himself to Romney’s side in a brutal race around the country, slashing again and again at the layers of money protecting the Mormon from the shame and indignities of actual political campaigning. Now that Herman Cain is out of the race, it’s the only real entertainment we’re looking at for 2012. But hating another candidate isn’t a good enough reason for the American public to support a candidate; most Americans haven’t met Mitt Romney, after all, and so they don’t know how to loathe him on a personal level…
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After breaking free from the sad-sack horde of ghosts from the bad old days of the 1990s, I speed-walked across the empty streets of Des Moines to the Romney party. It was in a swank hotel—the Hotel Fort Des Moines—and the crowd was noticeably drunker than the Gingrich affair. At the door to the rally, a Romney supporter told me the room was stuffed full.
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Let’s take a moment to reflect on Romney supporters. There are quite a few young ones, and they all look like creepy little jerks. They are obviously born of wealth, their pale skin moisturized as much as human skin can be moisturized, their teeth perfect and white, their hair leavened with a dollop of extremely expensive product, their costly clothing hanging perfectly on their toned bodies. Hiding behind their smiles is an intense hatred for any humanity that does not look like it trotted right over from the country club. But, oh! Those smiles! It took me a moment to realize that the Romney supporter was telling me that the room was full and I couldn’t get in due to fire codes, because his body language was completely detached from what his words were saying. His broad smile and gimlet eyes seemed to suggest that he’d just asked me to be his best friend for ever and ever, even as he was denying me entrance into a place I wanted to go. Underneath those textbook-perfect manners and impeccable optimism lurked something nasty. It reminded me of that scene in the movie version of Cabaret when a young, beautiful blond man stands up at an outdoor cafe and bursts into song. For a moment, you’re struck by his health and vigor and the depth and perfection of his voice. And then you realize—not just contextually; your subconscious knows there’s something wrong, possibly because there’s a rheumy milkiness hiding somewhere underneath that Aryan skin—that oh, no, wait. This guy is a Nazi, and his proper behavior is barely concealing a burning hatred for the human race…

So, apart from nasty faux bonhommie, what’s on the agenda for the weekend?

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106 replies
  1. 1
    Roger Moore says:

    I believe there’s supposed to be some football happening this weekend, and I, like many other BJers, plan on watching.

  2. 2
    realbtl says:

    This is spooky. I just posted “(Money) can’t buy me love” on Tom’s thread as you were putting this up.

  3. 3
    Steeplejack says:

    Hey, nasty faux bonhomie works in many situations!

    Thinking about Thai takeout tonight. Specifically basil beef. Currently in negotiations with my lazy slug subpersonality to make it happen.

  4. 4
    Davis X. Machina says:

    I’m amazed at how far we’ve come in this country in my lifetime of 50-some years. The first woman on a major ticket. The first woman running for the top of a major ticket, for reals. (Not that we should forget the pioneers like Shirley Chisolm.) In 2000, a double first — a Jew and a Nosferatu both on major tickets. Barriers falling right and left, age-old prejudice against Jews, and the undead, fading away.

    Then 2008, and a man of color, elected President. And I, who as a little, little boy saw some of the last ‘Whites Only’ signs lived to see it.

    Now another barrier is ready to fall, and the top spot on a major party ticket is about to go to a biologically inert non-organism made entirely from textured vegetable protein.

  5. 5
    dmsilev says:

    So, apart from nasty faux bonhommie, what’s on the agenda for the weekend?

    Family. As of a few hours ago, I’m an uncle twice over. Yes, we’re all rather excited.

  6. 6
    burnspbesq says:

    What’s on the agenda for this weekend? Everything I didn’t finish last weekend. Plus lots of college basketball, and Giants – Falcons.

  7. 7
    JPL says:

    I watching The Debt and just read the NYTimes article about the angry black lady. Later I plan on slitting my wrists..(not really but I might overdose on tums)

  8. 8
    Svensker says:

    @dmsilev:

    You weren’t kidding about that 30 minutes or so thing! Congratulations!

  9. 9
    burnspbesq says:

    One of the things that is odd about the music industry as currently constituted, at least where jazz is concerned, is that there is sometimes a long lag between when albums are recorded and when they are released. There are two records due out this month that feature Hank Jones, who died in 2010. One of them also features Paul Motian, who died in October. I’ll be getting both, but it’s a little creepy.

    Also too, the new Kathleen Edwards record comes out on 1/17. Big squee!

  10. 10
    dmsilev says:

    @Svensker: Nope. That’s the one saving grace of C-sections. Once the doctors say “you need this”, the ETA as it were can be predicted fairly accurately…

    Sister-in-law, brother, niece, nephew all doing fine.

  11. 11
    MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson says:

    John McCain just endorsed Obama at a Romney rally:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....AAAAAAABAA

    Partial transcript of the remarks delivered at an event in Charleston by Grand Admiral Today I Am John McCain I Think:

    “I am confident with the leadership and backing of the American people, President Obama will turn this country around.”

    Nikki Haley and Mitt Romney then staged an intervention, enabling John McCain to endorse President Romney.

  12. 12
    Svensker says:

    @dmsilev:

    :)

  13. 13
    MikeJ says:

    @MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson: Did he do it again? I thought he had already endorsed Obama yesterday or day before.

  14. 14
    JC says:

    Great writing in that article!

  15. 15
    MikeBoyScout says:

    @11 MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson: More Good News for John McCain!

  16. 16
    Citizen_X says:

    @dmsilev: Congratulations!

    Now you and BGinCHI can have triple birthday parties together and save costs!

  17. 17
    JGabriel says:

    People keep saying Mitt Romney is the most “electable” candidate. Dan Schnur in today’s NY Times, for example:

    Romney is calm and collected, rational and electable …

    But is that true? Let’s look at the record on that:

    Candidate — Elections Won

    Mitt Romney — 1
    John Huntsman — 2
    Rick Santorum — 4
    Michele Bachmann — 6
    Rick Perry — 9
    Newt Gingrich — 10
    Ron Paul — 10

    For reference:

    Barack Obama — 6

    Seems like everyone else running for the GOP nomination has won more elections than Dog On Car, despite his personal wealth. Why do Republicans — why would anyone — think a guy who has won only one public election in his entire life would be their most electable candidate for the office of President of the United States of America</a??

    So sad. That saddest part is: this really is the best they can do, isn't it?

    .

  18. 18
    dmsilev says:

    @Citizen_X: Thanks. Of course, my folks are halfway across the country from here, so the logistics on your suggestion would be a tad challenging.

  19. 19
    Yutsano says:

    Oil change. Car payment. Typical boring blah weekend. Three days and no plans next weekend. I may go to Canuckistan. Cause I can.

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    Brachiator says:

    … It’s clear that Gingrich is going to lash himself to Romney’s side in a brutal race around the country, slashing again and again at the layers of money protecting the Mormon from the shame and indignities of actual political campaigning.

    Has any political cartoonist done the obvious caricature of Gingrich as the Incredible (or Insufferable) Newt?

    “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson:

    Didn’t he do more or less the same thing in New Hampshire the other day?

    McCain just can’t help but blurt out the truth, and strongly imply that Mitt is Shit.

  22. 22
    Mark S. says:

    I don’t think any sentence better crystallizes how stupid David Brooks is than this one:

    America is creative because of its moral materialism — when social values and economic ambitions get down in the mosh pit and dance.

    Never mind the idiotic imagery, “moral materialism”? Basically, it means the rich keep all the money while the rest of us get preached at by assholes like Bobo.

  23. 23
    JGabriel says:

    ARRRGH! FUCK YOU, WordPress! (for not letting me fix my typo/formatting error in # 17.)

    .

  24. 24
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @JGabriel:

    So sad. That saddest part is: this really is the best they can do, isn’t it?

    They probably can do better.

    But those who could have no interest in being bested by the near Sheriff who, despite the economy being in the doldrums, at best, has the advantage of incumbency and a Republican House that talks jobs but has no time to do shit about them, because they’re too fucking busy trying to regulate women’s uteri and reaffirm god bothered national slogans.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Mark S.: I’m trying to visualize David Brooks in a mosh pit.

    It’s not working.

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    I have a certain distrust for the appearance style dissections of groups. If you don’t mind a beard, I clean up real well. My physique is perfect for men’s dress clothing, assuming properly sized, and I know how to pick it and wear it.

    Until you get ahold of one of my hands or a good look at them, you’d be hard put to tell that the tan and wrinkles aren’t thanks to the yacht I didn’t just step off of. As for speech, neither vocabulary nor structure are going to give me away; not unless I decide to play construction site on you…

    No, I certainly am not “one of them” regardless of appearances when chosen.

  27. 27
    JGabriel says:

    @Brachiator:

    Has any political cartoonist done the obvious caricature of Gingrich as the Incredible (or Insufferable) Newt?
    __
    “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”

    How would we know? It’s not like anyone has ever seen him when he’s not.

    .

  28. 28
    burnspbesq says:

    @Yutsano:

    Dude, your guys lost to the worst team in the history of college basketball last night. What gives?

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @JGabriel: Even Willard’s one win led to a largely failed Governorship. He was despised by his constituents within 2 years, destroying any chance of serving a second term.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Mark S.:

    BoBo will find a way to top it, I’m sure. He always does. Just when you think you’ve reached peak BoBo idiocy, he drags you back down into the darkness where his soul should be and dredges up more santorum.

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    JGabriel says:

    @dmsilev:

    I’m trying to visualize David Brooks in a mosh pit. It’s not working.

    Start from the end result and work backwards: there’s a puddle of blood on the floor there …

    .

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    gnomedad says:

    In 1996, I was hoping to see a bumper sticker: “Bob Dole – It’s His Turn, I Guess”.

  33. 33

    @JGabriel:

    Candidate — Elections Won

    Numbers can be fun, but take Michelle for example, these are some real narrow numbers just to use the House ones. A CD?

  34. 34
    burnspbesq says:

    Congrats to Andrew Wenger of Duke, winner of the Herman Trophy as the player of the year in college soccer.

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    JPL says:

    Since this is OT.. for those who can link to the AJC, here is a classic cartoon

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    JGabriel says:

    @Chuck Butcher:

    Numbers can be fun, but take Michelle for example, these are some real narrow numbers just to use the House ones.

    That’s not just the House elections. It’s Bachmann’s 3 House elections plus 3 State Rep. elections. I counted every election for public office by each of the candidates that I could find documented in their Wikipedia entries — local, state, and federal.

    .

  37. 37
    dmsilev says:

    Tomorrow’s Running of the Clowns should be interesting. If the remaining candidates have any sense (debatable, I know), they’ll all be gunning for the Romneybot. Not so much for New Hampshire, since everyone expects the Romneytronic 3000 to do well, but for South Carolina (only a couple of weeks away) and then Florida. If Romney wins those, it’s over, so the others are running out of time to clobber him.

  38. 38
    El Cruzado says:

    Romney, the preppy douchebro candidate?

    He’s soooo going to get slaughtered…

  39. 39
    Drum Circles And Weed says:

    An Old Loss Dogs Surging Santorum

    From the Wall Street Journal. Everyone knows what it means. In another world, I could feel bad for Rick Santorum.

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    Brachiator says:

    So, apart from nasty faux bonhommie, what’s on the agenda for the weekend?

    Will try to watch the PBS documentary on Charles and Ray Eames. Found out it will be available for preview online and on the iPad app.

    If you’re at all interested in design and architecture of the 20th century, you’re likely familiar with the work of husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames, who are responsible for some of the most famous furniture designs of the modern era, many of them for Herman Miller. PBS’s American Masters Series has a full episode (narrated by James Franco!) dedicated to the duo, which you can now watch online. We suggest you do, if you haven’t seen it already.

    As an aside, I caught a preview of the new Showtime tv show, “House of Lies,” and although I really like the stars, Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, I really found the show to be a steaming pile. Some reviewers have described it as “subversive” and edgy, and it obviously tries hard to skewer the supposedly delicate sensitivies of the mass of tv watching rubes, it is not only pointlessly faux cynical, but predictable, dull with a dash of woman hating. Two quick examples.

    The series opens with Cheadle (a shark of a management consultant) trying to awaken a seemingly unconscious woman lying in his bed. Throws water on her face. Drags her onto a chair. In a comical aside, he insults her. Turns out it was his ex wife and they had angry sex. But it is all OK, because she is a sociopathic b^tch who also conveniently hates their young gay son.

    In another scene, Cheadle is going out to dinner with a stripper he met in a club, and who his major client believes is his wife. When she steps out of the car, she asks, “Do I look like a stripper?” Cheadle replies, “No, you look like a high class escort,” and she giggles and fawns like a puppy tossed a treat at being called a whore. It’s not like she could ever be taken for a respectable woman. Hilarious.

    Maybe it gets better.

    Oh yeah, and then there’s the part about the gay son, around age 10 I guess, auditioning for the school play. Grease. And wanting to edge out another student who is wrong for the part in part because she is just too fat.

  41. 41
    PeakVT says:

    If you’ve thought that the weather in the US has been weird this winter, it’s probably because the weather in the US has been weird this winter.

  42. 42
    The Pale Scot says:

    Wow, that was the closest thing to Thompson I’ve read in a while, but you should have added the next paragraph.

    “They might be hateful fake-tanned lizard people, but Romney hires consummate professionals; they know exactly how many people their man can draw. I was directed to an overflow room with a small TV. On that TV, I could see that the Romney rally was stuffed full with beautiful people. The overflow room that the Romney Youth directed me to—oddly shaped, stained, lit with fluorescent lightbulbs, furnished with the chairs that the rest of the hotel had rejected—was barely populated. But we did have something tying us together: We were all ugly in that room”

    Lot’s of Fear and Loathing in there

  43. 43
    MikeJ says:

    @PeakVT:

    If you’ve thought that the weather in the US has been weird this winter, it’s probably because the weather in the US has been weird this winter.

    We’ve had more than one stretch of over a week without rain. In Seattle. In December.

  44. 44
    Geeno says:

    @Brachiator: I picture Newt as Ahab lashed to Romney’s Moby Dick. Ugh that conjured messed up images.

  45. 45
    PeakVT says:

    @MikeJ: Here, there’s only an inch of snow on the ground, the city has plowed once, and two ski areas are closed (not major ones, though).

  46. 46
    burnspbesq says:

    In which the Kaplan Daily, of all media outlets, demolishes Romney’s job-creation claims.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/....._blog.html

  47. 47
    Jebediah says:

    @dmsilev:

    Family. As of a few hours ago, I’m an uncle twice over. Yes, we’re all rather excited.

    Congratulations – being an uncle rocks. I have no kids myself but I do so love being an uncle (although I would be happier if nieces and nephews weren’t so far away.)

  48. 48
    Suffern ACE says:

    My weekend includes celebrating a middle-aged birthday at a show called ominously “The Intergalactic Nemesis” while holding it together enough not to give into the urge to participate in “Ride the Subway Without Pants Day”, which would seem appropriate for much younger and far older men than I.

  49. 49
    Brachiator says:

    @Geeno:

    I picture Newt as Ahab lashed to Romney’s Moby Dick. Ugh that conjured messed up images.

    How about Newt on top of Romney’s car, like the pet dog that was forgotten. Only angry and snarling.

  50. 50
    burnspbesq says:

    @PeakVT:

    Check out the Yosemite Conservancy webcams. No snow anywhere in sight. When we visited the Ahwanee for the Bracebridge Dinner in 2004, there was knee-deep snow in that meadow.

    http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/webcams

  51. 51
    Maude says:

    @PeakVT:
    Is it cold enough to make snow?

  52. 52
    Cassidy says:

    @Geeno: So is Santorum the frothy, oily slick on top of the water they’re swimming through?

  53. 53
    burnspbesq says:

    If you’re in Chicago this weekend, you might want to try sneaking into the American Academy of Social Sciences meeting. Krugman is giving a presentation on his paper on interstellar trade.

  54. 54
    Jebediah says:

    @Brachiator:

    Has any political cartoonist done the obvious caricature of Gingrich as the Incredible (or Insufferable) Newt?
    “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”

    With the obvious response along the lines of “Probably, since I loathe you now…”

  55. 55
    Mark S. says:

    @PeakVT:

    I sure as hell don’t remember ever seeing bees in early January.

  56. 56
    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Currently in negotiations with my lazy slug subpersonality to make it happen.

    Wow, that is a perfect description. I am so stealing that for future negotiations with myself.!

  57. 57
    MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson says:

    Not to evoke the recent er.. debate.. about nuns or a certain person with the initials GG, but this struck me as good news and praiseworthy from the Obama DOJ:

    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/.....g-018.html

    Attorney General Eric Holder Announces Revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s Definition of Rape
    Data Reported on Rape Will Better Reflect State Criminal Codes, Victim Experiences

    Attorney General Eric Holder today announced revisions to the Uniform Crime Report’s (UCR) definition of rape, which will lead to a more comprehensive statistical reporting of rape nationwide. The new definition is more inclusive, better reflects state criminal codes and focuses on the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be rape. The new definition of rape is: “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” The definition is used by the FBI to collect information from local law enforcement agencies about reported rapes.

  58. 58
    burnspbesq says:

    @Mark S.:

    You want bees? I have about 20,000 nasty little hybridized bastards in my front hedge. They’re going to have to be exterminated soon, because when they get pissed off, they go out a couple thousand at a time looking for a fight, and the whole block has issues. It’s a shame; they do a great job of pollinating the whole neighborhood’s fruit trees and tomato plants. But they’re dangerous. We’ll get rid of them and put a smaller hive of a tamer variety in the back yard.

  59. 59
    Jebediah says:

    Anybody in here know anything about them little AppleTV boxes? Specifically, Youtube – when I search youtube on my computer (going through the same router as the appleTv on its way to the same modem to the same ISP) I get much different results than the exact same search terms on the appleTV.
    My wife wanted me to see some video she had found. On the computer, it came up in the first page of results. On the appleTV we gave up after scrolling through literally hundreds of results.
    I like the idea of, in theory, being able to see videos on a bigger screen and listen through the stereo. I hate that, in practice, I can’t see the ones I want.

  60. 60
    PeakVT says:

    @Maude: Yes, and all of the ski areas do to some extent, plus one of the community operations. The two that are closed have the least. SuicideSix is pretty small, and Mad River Glen does things its own way. I just finished updating my map of Vermont ski areas if you’d like to know more.

  61. 61
    tulip says:

    Football. Lot of football. I’m not rooting for anybody really, just hoping for good games.

    While it pains me, and I hate the Doncos, so go Steelers. Hopefully it will be an asswhipping of epic proportions.

    (I feel dirty even typing that)

  62. 62
    Ron says:

    I’m actually watching my alma mater play hockey. Doesn’t happen often but they are on national television. Of course they are 3-15 overall, 1-6 in conference so I hope they don’t embarrass themselves on national television.

  63. 63
    tofubo says:

    @MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson:

    notwithstanding the occasional good news from the DOJ, unless and until obama replaces holder (with the likes of a feingold ([real]D-WI, forcedRet.)), i won’t be voting for him again next november again

    OT

    http://mohandasgandhi.tumblr.c.....e-standoff

    hearts and mind or some such thingy

  64. 64
    Montysano says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    They probably can do better.

    But those who could have no interest in being bested by the near Sheriff who, despite the economy being in the doldrums, at best, has the advantage of incumbency not being carpet-chewing batshit insane.

    Better?

    Great writing in the link Paul Constant article, also too.

  65. 65
    TuiMel says:

    @dmsilev:

    I’m trying to visualize David Brooks in a mosh pit.
    It’s not working.

    I think you should thank your lucky stars for that.

  66. 66
    Kola Noscopy says:

    Wow. That is some sweet sweet writing from the Stranger author.

  67. 67
    Svensker says:

    @tulip:

    You musta smeared it on me cuz I feel the same way. Go Stillers? WTF? Crush them Broncos!

  68. 68
    Nutella says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Krugman is giving a presentation on his paper on interstellar trade.

    Krugman does science fiction talks?

  69. 69
    MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson says:

    @Svensker:

    And the Lord said unto Brady Quinn…

    Thou art my most recently chosen in the third quarter and thou shalt smite the spawn of Pittsburgh even unto the squirrelly bits of New Mexico.

  70. 70
    MikeJ says:

    @Jebediah: As an experiment, change the user agent on your browser to match what the apple box uses, then repeat the search.

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    srv says:

    @Nutella: He’s only an economists because he couldn’t work out psychohistory. True story.

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    Linnaeus says:

    @MikeJ:

    We’ve had more than one stretch of over a week without rain. In Seattle. In December.

    Yep, that was very odd. In one of my jobs, I work for a company that does environmental management consulting. One of the services we do for some of our clients is collect stormwater runoff and have it tested to make sure that our clients are keeping their spaces properly clean and toxic crap isn’t flowing into Puget Sound any more than it already is. Of course, for us to be able to do this, it has to rain a certain amount and we have to capture the sample while it is raining. So this December was, you might say, difficult.

  74. 74
    JGabriel says:

    @Nutella:

    Krugman does science fiction talks?

    Sort of, but burnspbesq @ #53 is referring to a 33-year-old paper on interstellar trade that Krugman is reading for a humor session at the ASSA Chicago conference.

    .

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Mark S.: Bobo:

    America is creative because of its moral materialism—when social values and economic ambitions get down in the mosh pit and dance.

    Well, after stuffing one’s face at the Applebee’s salad bar, there’s really nothing better to do than get down into the mosh pit and dance til you puke.

  76. 76
    JPL says:

    @Mike in NC: Well if Applebee’s had a salad bar, then the puking would come.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @dmsilev:

    I’m trying to visualize David Brooks in a mosh pit.

    I’m trying to visualize it, too… Oh, how terrible, he just got knocked down by some overly aggressive moshers. Now he’s getting stomped on! There’s blood everywhere! … Damn, why do I always have to wake up just when I’ve gotten to the good part of the dream?

  78. 78

    @JGabriel:
    Maybe you didn’t get my point, a CD is a real narrow measure of electioneering, something smaller is… well hell, smaller? It’s fun, but meaningful? Not so much.

    In a rational world of rational actors even mentioning Mitt and electibility in the same sentence would be malpractice. Those are pretty big assumptions of fictions existing only in the imagination of…

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    Nutella says:

    More evidence about who is a serious candidate for president:

    Obama, Romney, Paul, and (surprisingly) Gingrich are really running – they filed to get on the Illinois primary ballot with the maximum number of delegates.

    Perry and Roemer made an empty gesture and Santorum suddenly started running but didn’t quite get organized in time to make a strong showing.

    The rest didn’t show up at all.

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    jl says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Remember, Bobo means a very civil mosh pit, full of the humble respectful arcehtypal real Americans who know there place and respect their betters.

    That help?

    You are welcome.

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    Svensker says:

    @MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson:

    And the Lord said unto Brady Quinn…Thou art my most recently chosen in the third quarter and thou shalt smite the spawn of Pittsburgh even unto the squirrelly bits of New Mexico.

    I wish Denver would give Quinn a shot and bench that Tebow person. Failing that, I’ll be rootin’ for da Stillers.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @jl:

    Remember Bobo means a very civil mosh pit, full of the humble respectful arcehtypal real Americans who know there place and respect their betters.

    I see, so a place that has as much similarity to a mosh pit as the rest of Brooks’s writing does to the real world.

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    trollhattan says:

    @burnspbesq:

    They closed Tioga Pass road, as usual, last fall then opened it up in December because it’s bare. That’s freaking 9,943 feet elevation!

    We set an alltime high temp here on Tuesday and December was the fourth driest on record.

    Yup, it’s bidnez as usual and Al Gore remains a chubby mansion owner.

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    MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson says:

    @Svensker:

    Thou blasphemest against the Temporarily Chosen One Whom Some Call Tim?

    Surely the wrath of God shall fall upon thee, thy seed shall be dried up and thou shalt be remembered only as part of a Saturday Night Live episode.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Well, I did just get back from getting the takeout–and hitting the grocery store!–so there can be a good outcome. Gotta go for that win-win negotiation. Lazy slug gets good food without much effort. Also, pantry restocked, so more sluggage possible tomorrow.

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    Svensker says:

    @MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson:

    Surely the wrath of God shall fall upon thee, thy seed shall be dried up and thou shalt be remembered only as part of a Saturday Night Live episode.

    Why, yes, I AM a Jets fan. Why do you ask?

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    MildlyAmusedRainbowPerson says:

    @Svensker:

    I can definitely see why the wrath of God no longer bothers you. And why you might view Brady Quinn in comparatively favorable terms.

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    JGabriel says:

    @tofubo:

    … unless and until obama replaces holder (with the likes of a feingold ([real]D-WI, forcedRet.)), i won’t be voting for him again next november again

    Let’s farm this one out to TBogg:

    Every year in Happy Gumdrop Fairy-Tale Land all of the sprites and elves and woodland creatures gather together to pick the Rainbow Sunshine Queen. … (click link for the rest.)

    .

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    gbear says:

    This weekend is a belated Christmas dinner and gift exchange with my sisters (too hard to get together during the actual holiday).

    My youngest sister had me hold off on buying my niece’s present until she inventoried the haul she got for on-time Christmas. She then called me up and let me know what I could get her. I ordered it on Amazon and, of course, the shipping got held up and it isn’t going to be here on time. Rats.
    But apparently there is a silver lining: the niece just loves getting packages in the mail, so she’ll probably enjoy my present more when I ship it to her next week than if I’d given it to her in person tomorrow.

    My assignment for the meal (from the oldest sister) was to bring desert, then the particular desert was specified, then a particular store was specified, then my oldest sister told me she’d just pick it up herself and I’ll reimburse her. Some days my ineptness pays off..

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    It took me a moment to realize that the Romney supporter was telling me that the room was full and I couldn’t get in due to fire codes, because his body language was completely detached from what his words were saying. His broad smile and gimlet eyes seemed to suggest that he’d just asked me to be his best friend for ever and ever ….

    Not to be whatever but that’s standard-issue LDS as far as I’m concerned. I mean, half my family is Mormon. It’s like the lights are on but no one is home.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Krugman a couple days ago – think this got quoted on here but worth repeating

    Second, there are people writing about economic issues who are a lot less confrontational than I am; how often do you hear about them? This is not a game, and it is also not a dinner party; you have to be clear and forceful to get heard at all.

    It’s precious that the debate Krugman now has to deal with is whether he’s popped too many monocles into teacups by saying out loud that Chicago’s luminaries don’t actually have any models

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    Jebediah says:

    @MikeJ:
    Thanks – the google tells me what the appleTV user agent string might be. Still trying to find where, in Firefox, to change it (or if I can.)
    I guess if that’s the thing, I’ll continue to be frustrated, unless it turns out I can change the appleTV user agent to give me better results.
    But I learned something, so that’s good – thanks!

    And, of course, the Bully Pulpit would have prevented the whole problem in the first place.

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    Cacti says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Not to be whatever but that’s standard-issue LDS as far as I’m concerned. I mean, half my family is Mormon. It’s like the lights are on but no one is home.

    Having spent many years in the Mo-church, Mitt’s cheesy smile, unfunny jokes, and general awkwardness is very Mormon. Most true, believing Mormons (aka TBMs) have no idea how to relate to never-Mo’s. The church is their whole life.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Nutella: Our primary system is strange. So does that mean even if Perry were to win Illinois, he would only get one delegate for the effort?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @burnspbesq: Look for Mary-Louise Knutson’s new album. Very good pianist. Very nice person as well.

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    handsmile says:

    Yes there is a certain football match this weekend. It’s taking place on Sunday in Manchester, England. Between the Red half and the Blue half of that city. Officially, it’s part of the third round of the annual Football Association Cup. Millions of people around the world will be watching.

    I, for one, hope that it will be a nasty and brutish affair. Humiliating for one side would be good too.

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    grandpa john says:

    @dmsilev: try visualizing him in a septic tank, that would be a more realistic location.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @trollhattan:

    Might be a good time to blow the Hetch Hetchy dam. At this rate, there won’t be much water behind it in the spring.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @Linnaeus: I’ve been storm sampling since about 1991. It’s a hell of a lot easier now getting on site at the right time, with internet radar and NOAA models, than it was back then, but it’s still hard to do when it doesn’t rain!

    In my state there’s a copout where you can sample baseflow if there’s no rain. Seems to me that will screw up the national runoff quality statistics at some point though.

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    Leadpipe says:

    @burnspbesq: climate change is restoring Hetch Hetchy without removing the dam. saving us about 6 billion.

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    hitchhiker says:

    This weekend? Just put the 21-yr-old daughter on a plane for London, where she’ll wait to board another for Johannesburg, where she’ll wait to board a third for Llongwe, Malawi.

    So I think that means a lot of time watching the flightaware site, tracking her on her way into this adventure. Aside from that?

    Dunno. Might catch a debate, or go for a walk, or bake some bread. Might thank the FSM for getting to see the next generation grow into sentient adulthood and leave it at that.

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    DougW says:

    @Yutsano: If you can afford it and it is still operating, have dinner at Antico Borgo (it may be Borgo Antico) in Gastown. Bestest Italian food ever. It’s not on the menu, but share a plate of penne con Gorgonzola with a friend. The best pasta dish I’ve ever eaten. We usually do a couple of simple salads, share the pasta dish and then move on to secondi. Plan a 2 hours. Tirimisu or special desserts are awesome. The wine selection makes me drool. This is your assignment agent. If not this weekend, asap.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Some wonderful person posted all of Transatlantic Sessions 5 to YouTube. I’m down for the count. See y’all tomorrow.

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    what’s on the agenda for the weekend?

    NFL.
    Beer.
    Year-end reporting.

    Maybe a comet will hit the laptop, and all my dreams will come true.

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    Ian says:

    @Chuck Butcher:
    Not to mention MN-6 is Repub heavy, and Bachmann kept winning damn close elections. She really is too batshit crazy for republicans

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    Hurling Dervish says:

    I finally realized why Mitt icks me so viscerally. He reminds me of the boss from Office Space: “Yeahhh. I’m going to need you to work this weekend. Thanks a lot.”

    In fact, that is exactly him, and I’ll bet you anything it’s going to hit a lot of people. Whenever he speaks dogmatically, he sounds like the unwavering boss barking out an order that makes no sense but that you cannot contradict.

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