Andrew Breitbart Dead

ABC News reporting that LA Coroner’s office says he died shortly after midnight last night of natural causes.  Condolences to his family.

Open thread.

Adding, “If you don’t have anything nice to say about the deceased…” as they say.

Also, treat his death better than Andrew Breitbart treated Ted Kennedy’s death, at least.

567 replies
  1. 1

    Natural Causes? At 43? I’m turning 43 this year. Yikes.

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    Yevgraf says:

    Fuck him. If there is a hell, I hope he isn’t enjoying it.

    Anyways, I checked over at FReeperville so y’all don’t have to. His death is worse than Vince Foster and Mena, apparently – the conspiracy spinners are on a roll.

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    Kane says:

    Seems kind of early to declare that he died of natural causes.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    I know there’s going to be a lot of hand wringing over whether we can or cannot say anything bad about him. Don’t. Say nice things like:

    1. The morale of shit improved today because they will no longer be compared to him.
    2. Another set of lungs can now consume the air that would have been breathed by Andrew.
    3. More alcohol for Rush.

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    SuperHrefna says:

    Condolences to his family yes, he was a human being and I’m sure he had people who loved him and I am sorry for them. But I’m happy for us.

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    Bmaccnm says:

    Won’t speak ill of the recently dead. Don’t have nothin to say.

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    rlrr says:

    Natural Causes

    Somebody should find a cure for that.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    What I think about Breitbart and his actions before and after his death are pretty much the same, but yeah, his family is suffering right now. I feel for them.

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    PeakVT says:

    Anyone who doesn’t like people speaking ill of the dead should probably stop reading this thread right about … now.

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    aretino says:

    Substance abuse or GOP “friends” who are getting worried he will spill the beans under threat of jail from his Maine vote-fraud sponsorship?

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    It could be that he had something that was lifelong and it finally caught up with him. In any case, the less said, the better. He slandered ACORN, Shirley Sherrod, and black farmers seeking justice. I won’t miss him.

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    Zandar says:

    @blackfrancis789:

    I’ll be 37 this year myself. And Cole, well…yeah.

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    flukebucket says:

    BEHAVE YOURSELVES!

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    Corey says:

    Cocaine overdose. Bank on it.

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    Argive says:

    My heart goes out to his wife and kids. 43 is too young.

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    Kane says:

    So much for the adage that only the good die young.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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    Paul_D says:

    Natural Causes? What, Karma?

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    Mike Furlan says:

    @Yevgraf:

    Where was Seal Team Six last night?

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    Elizabelle says:

    Breitbart had youngish children, so I am sorry for his family.

    But I don’t feel any sorrow at his loss to public discourse.

    Were people in sackcloth and ashes over Father Coughlin and Joe McCarthy?

    Although that’s territory actually inhabited by Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who have bigger megaphones than Breitbart did.

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    Marc says:

    Yep, I’m in the “say something nice about the recently dead or say nothing at all.”

    I’ve got nothing to say.

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    Carnacki says:

    Can someone just rage himself to death? Because that kind of anger he often displayed can’t be healthy

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Bmaccnm: Co-signed.

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    Scott says:

    Ain’t worth mourning.

    He earned his legacy.

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    I would quote Clarence Darrow at times like this: “I’ve never killed a man, but I’ve read many an obituary with a great deal of satisfaction.”

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    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    Huh. Be careful what you wish for, I guess.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Kane: The Repulsive die at middle age (I’m 42)?

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    Rob says:

    How is that natural to die at 43? Either he had a heart attack (which wouldn’t surprise me with how angry he always seemed to be) or something else entirely.

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    elmo says:

    I left this comment in the prior thread, but it’s more appropriate for this one, so:

    I have decided to believe that his untimely death is another data point, along with that meltdown he had at CPAC, in confirmation that there really was something seriously wrong with the man. Lack of blood flow to the brain can cause all kinds of unfortunate things, from erratic behavior to paranoid delusions. The poor man was just having a series of strokes in public, and couldn’t help what was happening to him.

    Poor bastard.

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    Cacti says:

    A dead asshole is still an asshole.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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    JCT says:

    @Kane: If this was part of the press release from the hospital it was likely due to an MI. While 43 is very young to die from an infarct, it still falls within a “natural” cause of death as opposed to drugs or alcohol (the leading causes of an “unnatural” death).

    About 25-30% of folks die from their acute MI. Still a surprisingly high number.

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    Ken says:

    So I visit, see this title, just below it “What Some Fools Believe,” then “A Ron Paul Conspiracy Theory,” and I have to check that it’s March 1, not April 1.

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    aimai says:

    I’m sincerely sorry for his family and friends. That’s way too young.

    aimai

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    JPL says:

    Maybe this would be a time to turn off comments. I can’t think of anything positive to say about him.

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    David Hunt says:

    Although my personal feelings for Breitbart were that I wouldn’t piss on him if he were on fire, my condolences go out to his family and anyone else who cared for him.

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    biff diggerence says:

    Natural Causes: Negro in White House

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    I have had a friend who had a heart attack in her mid 30s and another die of a massive stroke when he was 42.

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    SuperHrefna says:

    @Zandar: I just turned 40, seeing dates like 1969-2012 is like hearing footsteps on my grave. Mind you I’m getting into the best shape I’ve been in years with Weight Watchers. Points Plus is a great program, I’ve lost 30lbs already and losing the rest seems possible.

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    chopper says:

    “If you don’t have anything nice to say about the deceased…”

    “…point out that the deceased was a grade-A douchebag”?

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    General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero) says:

    Yep, I’m in the “say something nice about the recently dead or say nothing at all.”

    I got nothing

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    I am not a fan of speaking ill of the recently deceased, so I will say nothing about Breitbart.

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    Yevgraf says:

    @Mike Furlan:

    Where was Seal Team Six last night?

    Breitbart’s house, apparently. Here’s hoping they visit Jabba Jiggles’ palace soon (assuming that his fourth wife doesn’t strangle him with her chain).

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    shortstop says:

    Meh. I don’t know his family, they don’t know me and sending them condolences on a blog they’ll never read has nothing to do with them and everything to do with “See what a decent person I am; now we’ve gotten that out of the way, wasn’t he a world-class asshole?”

    I am going to assume he treated his family the way he treated everyone else: with pure, arrogant, self-centered contempt and the anger and control issues that go along with advanced untreated alcoholism.

    Those of you worrying about dropping dead of heart attacks at 43 probably have nothing to fear unless you’re total rageaholics, too.

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    JPL says:

    His reaction to the occupy protesters was a little of the top.

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    Bmaccnm says:

    @blackfrancis789: Oh, yeah,baby.

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    Cacti says:

    Okay, I’ll take a crack at this “say something nice about the recently dead” thingy:

    It’s nice that Andrew Breitbart won’t be able to hurt anyone else.

    How’d I do?

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    beergoggles says:

    The ultimate publicity stunt!

  48. 48

    Uh oh. Cole is going to make some of you sit in the naughty chair!

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    MaxxLange says:

    I love that the first report was on his own site, but everyone needed confirmation.

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    Ash Can says:

    I feel so bad about Andrew Breitbart’s passing that I may have to go drown my sorrows in the best damn bottle of champagne I can find.

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    J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The last time someone died of natural causes at age 43 was in the 1400’s, I think.

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    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    This.

    When Lee Atwater croaked, I didn’t refrain from “speaking ill of the just departed”. Some people’s actions in life don’t demand we adopt some artificial social decorum simply because they kicked the bucket. If Limbaugh died of a massive heart attack tomorrow, you can be guarandamnteed we wouldn’t be following said decorum regarding his death. As noted above, Breitbart wasn’t much better, he just didn’t have the radio syndication gig to disseminate his asshole rantings to a wider audience.

    His family, different story, too bad for them.

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    mass says:

    Hopefully he had life insurance for his kids.

    There, that was positive.

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    someofparts says:

    As to natural causes being fatal at 43. My dad explained that one third of the men who die from heart attacks are in their 50s. Reason apparently being that they don’t think they are old enough yet to have to downshift on bad health habits.

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    Quiddity says:

    Ok, the kids are going to hurt, along with some others, but what do you say about someone who you view as thoroughly unlikeable and a political menace?

    I’d say, no cheering his death, but no ignoring his record.

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    4tehlulz says:

    The real victim in this: James O’Keefe’s lawyer.

    who will pay his retainer now?

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    elfranko says:

    “being an asshole” is now “natural causes?” ok….

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    Bmaccnm says:

    @elmo: Uncontrolled diabetes can cause that kind of erratic behavior, and can lead to a very early death by MI.

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    celticdragonchick says:

    I feel sorry for his family. I sure don’t feel sorry for him.

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    Howlin Wolfe says:

    Natural causes could have been a heart defect or high risk factors coming together to cause stroke or myocardial infarction or sumpthin.
    He was an angry, red-faced dude, never a good sign for one’s health. If he drank a lot, or smoked, that would have hastened the work of those “natural” causes.
    I don’t blame the family if they don’t want the details of the cause of his death all over the media. He was a minor figure, when all is told. I kind of hoped he would be gobsmacked into sense, like our esteemed host was, and Charles Johnson was. Directing that anger and energy to fight a good fight would have been a blessing.
    Are any mormons out there going to try to baptize him in their faith posthumously? Or do they only do that for non-Xians?

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    @shortstop: Not a rageaholic. Is it too late to start?

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    SuperHrefna says:

    @Carnacki: I agree. Stroke or aneurysm is my guess.

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    Biff Longbotham says:

    When bad things happen to good people…uh, nevermind.

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    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    Remember that time when Ted Kennedy died and all the wingnuts were respectful?

    Me neither.

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    DougJarvus Green-Ellis says:

    43 is awfully young.

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    tomvox1 says:

    @blackfrancis789:

    Are you an alcoholic cokehead with a rage problem? If not, don’t sweat it.

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    Simmelicious says:

    I’m not laughing, especially because of his family, so I guess per Oscar Wilde I have a heart of stone.

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    SuperHrefna says:

    @MaxxLange: It is a fitting monument to his journalistic integrity!

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    gnomedad says:

    @elmo:

    I have decided to believe that his untimely death is another data point, along with that meltdown he had at CPAC, in confirmation that there really was something seriously wrong with the man. Lack of blood flow to the brain can cause all kinds of unfortunate things, from erratic behavior to paranoid delusions. The poor man was just having a series of strokes in public, and couldn’t help what was happening to him.

    Assuming you’re serious, which I am, I’ll add that I’m wondering more and more from what I learn whether any of us really choose our personalities. This is anathema to the free moral choice / party of individual responsibility / punish the underclass crowd, of course.

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    canuckistani says:

    I feel sad for his family.

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    tomvox1 says:

    Adding, “If you don’t have anything nice to say about the deceased…” as they say.

    Heh. Good luck with that, Z.

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    chaucer says:

    gosh! i think a toast is in order. of condolence, of course.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @MaxxLange:

    I love that the first report was on his own site, but everyone needed confirmation.

    Perfect.

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    MNPundit says:

    Better ‘n Russert. That’s all I got. It’s enough.

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    quannlace says:

    n confirmation that there really was something seriously wrong with the man. Lack of bloo

    Yeah, that was my first thought: Either some condition or a bad diagnosis was responsible for his recent going-off-the-rails.
    *******
    Damn, yesterday, 66 seemed absurdly young to die of a heart attack, and today, 43? Sheeeeesssh.

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    Legalize says:

    ACORN

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    TooManyJens says:

    @blackfrancis789: My husband’s 43. Yikes indeed.

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    Cacti says:

    @DougJarvus Green-Ellis:

    43 is awfully young.

    In the interest of balance, “some people say” it was 43 years too long.

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    fubar says:

    Good Riddance! Can’t wait for the toxicology report.

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    biff diggerence says:

    Anyone that angry is bound to die young.

    Too busy being geopolitically pissed off to see a physician for some Metoprolol and Crestor.

    Moron.

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    Mary Jane says:

    From the ABC link:

    Big Government (one of his websites) broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal and also, in 2011, the “Weinergate” photo scandal that led to the resignation of New York Rep. Anthony Weiner.

    Your liberal media.

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    Schlemizel says:

    Dimbart? If you don’t have anything nice to say, sit next to me!

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    Mudge says:

    Big Hollywood, Big Government..

    The Big One? Symmetry?

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    Penh says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if James O’Keefe poisoned him so he could do an expose on liberals who say mean things about dead conservatives. Does anyone know where he was last night?

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    RedKitten says:

    My sympathies go out to the handful of people who mourn his passing.

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    Cacti says:

    Andrew Breitbart was a majority* of the way to 100 years old.

    *PolitiFact has rated this statement as “Mostly True”.

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    sloan says:

    But the shitty reporting continues. From the ABC News link:

    Big Government broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal

    Really? The way I remember it James O’Keefe wore a Pimp Daddy Halloween costume and just made that shit up out of thin air. And the media ran with it with no fact checking whatsoever. I didn’t realize it had been accepted as a fact even though it never happened.

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    Weezie Jefferson says:

    I disagreed with pretty much everything that came out of his mouth. But my thoughts are with his family and friends. Folks lost a dad, spouse, sibling, friend, etc. last night and that is devastating.

    That said, though I am stunned at this news, I am sort of not surprised. Being deeply, deeply enraged/outraged 24 hours a day, 7 days a week has got to burn your candle out pretty quickly. Definitely a cautionary tale for those of us in his age group. We must watch the cholesterol, the drinking and smoking, and the perpetual outrage.

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    Tuffy says:

    BAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    So much justice.

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    gnomedad says:

    @comrade scott’s agenda of rage:
    You’re on notice, Rush (and others), if you don’t want people to celebrate your death, there’s still time to stop being an asshole.

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    wilfred says:

    Nothing.

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    jibeaux says:

    Davy Jones seemed like a real sweetheart.
    That’s all I have to say.

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    brettvk says:

    NPR now reporting this, saying cause of death “unknown.”

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    Damned at Random says:

    Live fast, die young, leave a bloated, putrid, unlamented corpse.

    What ye sow, that also shall ye reap

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    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    @Mary Jane:

    Oh, god fucking dammit, ABC.

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    Sophia says:

    Am I allowed to say something not nice about the author of the ABC post? Because this:

    Big Government broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal

    is making me kind of stabby.

    eta: damn. This thread is moving fast.

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    Chyron HR says:

    I, for one, am going to take the high road and just say: “Go to hell Barack Andrew.”

    (Also, your mother fucks dogs.)

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    Onihanzo says:

    *takes the podium* Andrew Breitbart’s death is a traumatic and heart-breaking loss to his family and friends. Let us not forget that.

    Let us also not forget that his sudden death is a heart-breaking loss to those of us who hoped to see Shirley Sherrod sue the pants off the vitriolic and mendacious sonuvabitch.

    Rest in peace, you unapologetic, life-destroying asshole. You’ve earned it.

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    @tomvox1: I’m not, but I’m a fast learner!

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    Raenelle says:

    My money’s on brain aneurysm.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Here’s LATimes link to 2010 profile of Breitbart, about the time the Shirley Sherrod case was front and center.

    http://articles.latimes.com/pr.....t-20100826

    If you’re interested, read it next few days. LATimes stuff goes behind paywall March 5. (Great minds.)

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    Tom65 says:

    Since the guy revelled in being hated, I can think of no greater tribute than this:

    Burn in hell, asswipe.

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    RoonieRoo says:

    Having known enough people that have lost a parent at this age when they were small children, I have great sorrow for his family. Douche or not, he was a human being with people that did love him and children who lost their father.

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    Jon H says:

    “The last time someone died of natural causes at age 43 was in the 1400’s, I think.”

    Natural causes != “old age”.

    Natural causes is anything that isn’t from an immediate external cause. Overdose would be “accidental death” or “death by misadventure”. Death due to a lifetime of bad eating habits, smoking, and drinking to excess would also be “natural causes”, so long as they didn’t die because they drank too much, passed out, and choked on their own vomit.

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    UncommonSense says:

    Dead at 43 from natural causes. Wow.

    I’m 46, and that’s why I try to eat well and get to the gym at least four days a week. I have young children and would like to be here at least to get them through high school.

    How awful for his family. May God bless them and comfort them.

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    catclub says:

    @Elizabelle: The reading in church was Jonah in Ninevah where ‘all the people from the young to the old, were in sackcloth.’

    I had the image of a babies in sackcloth onesies.

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    Dan says:

    Three things stuck out of that article for me:

    1. He was 43.

    2. His words, “I love making enemies.”

    3. “Big Government broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal…”

    It’s hard for family to lose someone so young but I, a stranger, am resisting the urge to spit on the ground.

    …adding, of course, that all the signs point to him being a damaged man that probably struggled with depression and unhappiness. That’s what I’ll try to remember about him (after or alongside his contribution to modern society).

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    erlking says:

    Cut off even in the blossoms of [his] sin,
    Unhousel’d, disappointed, unanel’d;
    No reckoning made, but sent to [his] account
    With all [his] imperfections on [his] head.

    I didn’t say it…Will did.

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    Ah, and now we’ll never get to experience his come-to-Jesus moment, I always felt he was (like Cole) ripe for conversion. The loudest people in the room are often the most insecure, after all.

    Anyway… It was shocking news, and I’m very sorry he died out of turn, it is a terrible thing to happen to a person and to their family.

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    Cacti says:

    @Onihanzo:

    takes the podium Andrew Breitbart’s death is a traumatic and heart-breaking loss to his family and friends.

    And yet, I’m completely unmoved.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Carnacki: Actually, yes, one can. Biggest lesson of PTSD counseling is that being pissed off and stressed out all the time shortens ones lifespan.

    I’m sure that he was absolutely lovely to his family and pets and that they are grieving right now. I hope that they find comfort in whatever they believe in, and that they learn from this and turn away from the very ragegasm behavior and serial dishonesty that defined Andrew Breitbart’s life. Because Breitbart was a toxic person whose existence benefited almost no one outside that small circle of family and pets, save for a few other toxic personalities like Dana Loesch, James O’Keefe, and John Nolte. Hell has just filled one more special place.

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    elmo says:

    @gnomedad:

    I’m quite serious that I have decided to believe that; not entirely serious that it is, in fact, the case. I genuinely don’t know.

    To me, the value of believing it is twofold: it allows me to pity the man, and his family, which is a more congenial emotion toward the recently dead than hate; and it has the added benefit of casting everything he did as expressions of mental illness, which I devoutly believe he would have found intolerable.

    And yes, I freely admit those two ideas are somewhat contradictory. I am large; I contain multitudes.

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    catclub says:

    @Onihanzo: “Rest in peace”

    how about: “Rest,… um,… somewhere.”

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    Elie says:

    @Carnacki:

    Simple answer: Yes, you can. Rages make big changes in your catecholamines (a type of substance that stimulates the cardiovascular and other organ systems). Those catecholamines eff up your heart and brain and if there is a weakness… well…

    No one lives forever and all of our actions and the impact of those actions make the statement about us. He certainly made his statement which unfortunately, will live on … Lucky for him, in the scheme of all our lives, his impact will be forgotten over time. May he have the peace in death that he refused to enjoy or spread to his fellow person, while alive..

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    Jon H says:

    As for “think of his loved ones”, I’m sure Shirley Sherrod’s loved ones were pretty upset when she got fired for a bullshit reason, and I’m sure Breitbart was celebrating.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Mary Jane:

    Big Government (one of his websites) broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal a

    Jesus FUCKING Christ.

    Again: Burn it all down.

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    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    @RoonieRoo:

    This. I pay my respects not to him, for obvious reasons, but to his family, who still lost a father (barring any sort of massive estrangement).

    That said I’ll be glad to wait a day before speaking of him in historical terms, but good god, media folks, don’t fellate him and push outright lies that the man himself helped peddle.

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    cthulhu says:

    @Elizabelle: I think I’ll go with what you said. (And I’m sure, besides his kids, he had other people who will miss him a great deal).

    I will say, that for all the damage he did to public discourse, he also, at times, seemed to acknowledge that he was clown, which is more than can be said for people like McCarthy, Rush, a whole host of GOP people, and even Brietbart’s protege, James O’Keefe.

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    harlana says:

    damn, i thot this headline was a joke at first – yes it will be interesting to see what an autopsy reveals. i do wonder how much he abused his body, so let’s not get too worried about the dangers of being 43 or thereabouts! let’s wait and see what the report says.

    anyway, i don’t wanna sink to right-wing levels of dancing on the grave of someone i found repugnant in life so, to quote Wolff Blitzer, “we’ll have to leave it there.”

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    shortstop says:

    Re the addendum to this post, serious question, Zandar: presumably you’re acquainted with Breitbart’s full record. You know the relentless way he destroyed the careers and reputations of innocent people, the role he played in vote suppression efforts, the screaming joy he took in all of it and the fact that he wasn’t about to stop. What is the point of putting up a thread about his death and then telling people they can’t negatively review this man’s character and record? Seriously?

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    Elizabelle says:

    From the LATimes profile (comment 102): this is odd:

    3. The Kurt Cobain Moment, around 1994. “In essence, the media was saying, ‘Hey, see that guy, that’s your generation’s spokesman,'” said Breitbart, not a fan of grunge music’s suicidal prince. “I was like, ‘This guy seems like a world class [screw-up].’ And I just started to have the awkwardly pedestrian revelation that my parents were right.”

    Talk about world class [screw-ups]. At least Kurt left some timeless music.

    Andrew Breitbart. The man your parents warned you against. If you had sane parents.

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    WaterGirl says:

    No matter how much I despise someone and what they stand for, I would never wish for anything bad to happen to someone, ever. But I can’t deny that my first response was not “oh, no!” as it usually is when I learn on the internet that someone has died.

    Instead, my immediate response was “if this is true, it’s a good thing.” I am not proud of that, and I don’t think I have ever had that response before.

    Now I feel kind of sick to my stomach after reading the ABC news article Zandar linked to above. He was certainly excited about his life and was thrilled that he was making a difference, and those are things I admire.

    So now I just feel sad, and sick, and confused. Rest in peace. I feel badly for your family and friends and people who loved you.

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    Paul_D says:

    Sully’s head must be in the high RPM range deciding where the Moore Award will go next.

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    Cacti says:

    @Dan:

    Big Government broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal

    Embrace the new truthiness, my friend.

    Fabricating a story is the same as breaking it, and 40 is half of 100 in our brave new world.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Cacti:
    Hear Hear!

    @Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity:
    I remember how kind they were to Paul Wellstone. But that was understandable, after all all Kennedy and Wellstone did with their lives was try to make the world a better place for everyone. Dimbart would never have stooped so low.

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    biff diggerence says:

    “If you don’t have anything nice to say . . . ”

    (is in itself not a nice thing to say)

    Credit to DF Wallace.

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    MosesZD says:

    “If you don’t have anything nice to say about the deceased…” as they say.

    Bullshit. You want people to say nice things about you when you’re dead? Be a nice person.

    Breitbart was an asshole. His death will only improve the universe. I will smile all day long and the only better news would be if Thomas, Scalia, Roberts and Alito dropped dead as well. These people are blights on the face of humanity and deserve no respect whatsoever.

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    Yutsano says:

    @RedKitten: Wot she said. I’ll save the reverse hagiography for a later date.

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    Heliopause says:

    natural causes

    Let the conspiracy theories begin…

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    Onihanzo says:

    @catclub

    Damn. I missed my editing window for that. :(

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    suzanne says:

    I saw this on the news this morning, and WTF?!?!

    If I can’t say something nice (for seventy-two hours), I won’t say anything at all.

    :::radio silence:::

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    SarahT says:

    When the death of someone that young is ruled “Natural Causes” it often means a heart attack or stroke brought on by years of drug &/or alcohol abuse, & the Coroner is trying to be considerate to the surviving family, etc. This was the case w/my brother, anyway – his 5 year Yarzheit will be next week. I miss him. He would’ve loathed Andrew Breitbart.

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    Biff Longbotham says:

    @Cacti: Re: #89 Ka-Chow!!

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    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    to paraphrase many brietbart fans recently.

    crack is whack

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    Howlin Wolfe says:

    @aimai: This is the classiest comment here, Aimai.

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    Mouse Tolliver says:

    @Penh:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if James O’Keefe poisoned him so he could do an expose on liberals who say mean things about dead conservatives. Does anyone know where he was last night?

    Probably working on his legal defense against the conservative female blogger who accused him of drugging her and stealing her panties.

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    CaseyL says:

    H’mm. Say something nice, and express pity…

    The nice: It’s nice to see karma fulfilled so quickly. And completely.

    The pity: It’s a pity he died… before Sherrod could sue him for everything he owned.

    How’s that?

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    MsWimey says:

    Saw this comment on another site. ‘He’s probably lying about this too.’ I’ll admit I must be evil cos I laughed. Sympathy of course to his nearest and dearest.

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    Lit3Bolt says:

    Something’s fishy with the “natural causes” line for explaining away his death at age 43. I think he died of natural causes the same way Billy Mays did.

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    gnomedad says:

    @elmo:

    it has the added benefit of casting everything he did as expressions of mental illness

    Revenge via pity? I like it.

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    kindness says:

    Is this true? NPR said nothing this morning.

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    debit says:

    Here’s the thing. I love my dad. However, I recognize that he believes things that I think are ridiculous, and does things that I think are wrong. When he dies, I will mourn him deeply. However, I don’t expect others to do the same, especially those he may have caused to be harmed.

    Breitbart was a bad person. I’m sure his family mourns him, but he caused, with great malice and deliberation, great harm. I am not sorry he’s dead and hope that if there is a hell, he’s there and suffering.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    There’s an ABC contact form here. Can someone with an American address give them some helpful feedback about the “ACORN child sex trafficking” bullshit?

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    TPM reporting

    Breitbart was walking near his house in the Brentwood neighborhood shortly after midnight Thursday when he collapsed, his father-in-law Orson Bean said.

    Someone saw him fall and called paramedics, who tried to revive him. They rushed him to the emergency room at UCLA Medical Center, Bean said.

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    rb says:

    Big Government broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal

    What. The. Fuck.

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    peach flavored shampoo says:

    I hope he brought suntan lotion where he’s going

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    gnomedad says:

    @biff diggerence:
    Also, “open thread … behave yourselves”. Like that’s gonna happen.

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    Elizabelle says:

    From the LATimes profile. Breitbart’s family background; his father in law is Orson Bean. (Remember him? No idea if he’s still alive.)

    Breitbart, who lives in Westwood with his wife, Susie, and their four young children, was adopted by moderately conservative Jewish parents and attended two of L.A.’s most exclusive private schools — Carlthorp and Brentwood.
    __
    His father, Gerald, owned Fox and Hounds, a landmark Tudor-style Santa Monica restaurant that later became the punk rock club Madame Wong’s West. His mother, Arlene, was an executive for Bank of America in Beverly Hills and downtown L.A.
    __
    His sister, also adopted, is Latina. People make fun of how frequently he mentions being adopted, he said, but he added: “My family, it reflects that e pluribus unum mindset — you know, that we’re one from many. My family is the American family.”
    __
    At Tulane, he joined a fraternity and developed a fondness for “girly” drinks and alt-80s British rock. “The music sort of meshed with my philosophical angst. I would say I was a shallow nihilist,” Breitbart said. “I had an affinity for Bertrand Russell and I was looking for intellectual architecture to frame my belief in nothing and my atheism.”
    __
    After college, Breitbart lived in Venice, where he waited on tables at Hal’s and was a self-described “rollerblading, gallivanting, jocular goofball. It’s embarrassing.” At Hal’s, he met his wife, the daughter of Orson Bean, the Venice actor and political conservative.
    __
    “Orson was there for my political transformation, and I don’t think it could have happened had I not had someone like him who I admired,” Breitbart said. “It was so awkward, the thoughts I was having.”

    If not for the politics and bravado, you might have liked this dude. Might.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    No I’m not glad he’s dead. It’s a terrible thing.

    Was a member of his fan club? Can’t say that I was.

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    Emma says:

    @elmo: Funny you should say that. When I saw that last public explosion of his I thought “he’s going to give himself a heart attack.”

    I can’t bring myself to celebrate anyone’s death. I also can’t bring myself to say good things about someone who in life was as Breibart was. So. Nothing to say.

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    harlana says:

    href=”#comment-3080919″>Carnacki: Can someone just rage himself to death? Because that kind of anger he often displayed can’t be healthy

    i honestly thought most of it was for show, for bookings and so forth, (y’know, the whole Ann Coulter-type thing) but perhaps i was wrong.

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    redshirt says:

    All life is precious, even the assholes.

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    PaulW says:

    Great. I had to change my political blog’s banner.

    It had Breitbart Delendus Est in the descriptive. That’s slightly in bad taste considering the current situation.

    That said, “natural causes” is not natural in this day and age for someone 43 years old. There had to be something going on there… considering his rage issues, maybe high blood pressure?

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    nitpicker says:

    As someone once said about the passing of Jesse Helms, “He’s in a better world now. And so are we.”

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    @PeakVT: So true. I just read the news on another site and came here for full reporting. beyond that, I’d best shut up.

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    Hawes says:

    @jibeaux: Yes, poor Davey gets linked in a death troika with Breitbart.

    Cosmically speaking the only possible person to die next to complete it would be Stephen Hawking.

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    evinfuilt says:

    Big Government broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal

    This is what ABC put in there obit there for him… He maybe dead, but his zombie lies will live forever.

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    brettvk says:

    @MosesZD: endorsed.

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    tomvox1 says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    Yeah, I just used that form to urge them to issue a correction.
    Maybe if enough of us do that, they will?
    I know, I know…don’t hold your breath. But worth a shot.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @peach flavored shampoo:
    I hope he brought a load of extra large pineapples.

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    Interrobang says:

    My grandpa used to say “you have to eat a pint of dirt before you die.” Given where he spent most of his time wallowing around, he probably just used up his quota early…

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    Andrew says:

    I am a seminary student. I have no doubt that God loved Andrew Breitbart. To slip into some of the language we use in describing eschatology, I have no doubt that in God’s infinite mercy, love, and grace, Andrew Breitbart will be welcome at the Supper of the Lamb. I also know how much torment and suffering he is going to experience when he sees who he is sitting next to.

    For some idea, may I recommend Flannery O’Connor’s Revelation?

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    kindness says:

    Yup, it’s true. Gotta be a drug overdose though. Natural causes doesn’t cut it at 43.

    Hey! I want the beer concession at his graveside so I can make bank and we can all piss on his grave with vigor.

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    tomvox1 says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    Yeah, I just used that form to urge them to issue a correction.
    Maybe if enough of us do that, they will?
    I know, I know…don’t hold your breath. But worth a shot.

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    catclub says:

    @peach flavored shampoo: Suntan lotion? Asbestos underwear.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    I hope he had time at the end to know he was dying and he had a moment of realization:

    “Damn, what a complete asshole I was.”

    Because that’s what he was and I see no point in pretending otherwise just because his hypertense meat has stopped moving.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Cacti: golf clap

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    jheartney says:

    I won’t comment on the man himself, but I will note that:

    A. My next oldest brother passed at 42 from cancer.

    B,. I myself had a minor MI at 40 (still going strong at 53).

    “Natural causes” can take you at almost any age. There are no guarantees. Live the best life you can NOW. Sad when people don’t do that.

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    RedKitten says:

    In the hours immediately following Senator Ted Kennedy’s death, Breitbart called Kennedy a “villain”, a “duplicitous bastard”, a “prick” and “a special pile of human excrement.”

    Does that mean we can return the favour?

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    Jon H says:

    @PaulW: “That said, “natural causes” is not natural in this day and age for someone 43 years old. There had to be something going on there… considering his rage issues, maybe high blood pressure?”

    That *is* considered natural causes.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Last tidbits from the LATimes profile, link at 102:

    The comedy website Funny or Die posted a video showing “Breitbart” (played by a lookalike actor) apparently having sex with a goat, only to reveal he was actually pushing the animal out of the path of an oncoming truck. A message apologized for presenting the video “without appropriate context.”
    __
    Still, Breitbart’s the kind of guy who wants to be liked. He professes to loathe the journalistic establishment, often telling reporters, “It’s not your business model that sucks, it’s you.” But he is generous with his time and welcomes interviews, and before the Sherrod incident at least, he was rewarded with mostly favorable pieces in the New Yorker and Time magazine.
    __
    … Breitbart’s friend Mickey Kaus, the conservative Democratic blogger, said there was nothing fake about Breitbart’s ability to charm. “Everybody who meets him likes him. He is not a devious, Machiavellian guy. He reacts from his gut.”
    __
    …Breitbart.com was launched as a news aggregation site in 2005. Later, a series of topical subsites was added — Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism and Big Peace, all designed to counter what Breitbart describes as the “bully media cabal” that ignores stories at odds with prevailing liberal orthodoxy. His goal, he says often, is to “destroy the institutional left.”

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    Culture of Truth says:

    I’m not a doctor, but no matter how much you dislike the policies or a President or a movement, the amount of rage he seemed to harbor, and unleash, did not strike me as at all healthy.

    I would hope if a liberal friend acted that way, I would say, “yes George W. Bush is not a great President, but for your own sake, calm down.”

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    Persia says:

    @Kane: I notice that NPR says ‘undisclosed causes.’

    I feel sorry for the kids he left behind.

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    Satanicpanic says:

    It’s a shame for someone who hasn’t yet had a positive influence on the world to die so young.

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    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    @WaterGirl:

    This. I just have issues with the idea of celebrating death, no matter who died and how vile they were. I’ll accept the bloodless utilitarianism of someone’s death being a net good in the long run, but unless it’s a welcome release to someone who lived a long, fruitful life and deserves their rest, then….yeah, no celebration. No mourning, but no celebration.

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    debit says:

    @RedKitten:

    In the hours immediately following Senator Ted Kennedy’s death, Breitbart called Kennedy a “villain”, a “duplicitous bastard”, a “prick” and “a special pile of human excrement.”

    Because it needs to be repeated.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    I got nothing to say. Absolutely nothing.

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    MTiffany says:

    Just waiting for Nancy Grace to start baselessly alleging that someone from the Occupy movement murdered Breitbart. I apologize for the tautologic phrasing ‘Nancy Grace’ and ‘baselessly alleging.’

    If you can’t say anything nice about the dead, say something truthful about the living.

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    Lihtox says:

    Y’all realize that if you speak ill of the dead on the GOP side, then you lose the right to take offense when they dance in the streets for one of ours? Just sayin’.

    My sympathies to the Breitbart family.

    (And last time I checked, a heart attack counts as a “natural cause”. Perhaps the family just doesn’t want to release the details.)

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    Schlemizel says:

    As for the cause of death – younger folks tend to die from their first heart attack. Not just because they don’t think they are having one but mostly because the mechanisms that caused the attack are much more damaged. Either there was something wrong with them or they were predisposed to the issue. I had a good friend who went out at 38. He had time to call to his wife that something was wrong and was dead before she could cross the room to him.

    It does not have to be drugs. And if it were rage I would have been gone 20 years younger than him.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Onihanzo:

    Let us also not forget that his sudden death is a heart-breaking loss to those of us who hoped to see Shirley Sherrod sue the pants off the vitriolic and mendacious sonuvabitch.

    He has an estate. You can’t defame the dead, but you can sue the shit out of them.

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    harlana says:

    as a clearly tortured human being, perhaps he will now find the peace which eluded him in life.
    ok, i think have fulfilled my “if you can’t say anything nice” obligation

    :)

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    Mike D. says:

    What is there to say? It’s just crazy, but of course all too common.

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    @Elizabelle:

    Were people in sackcloth and ashes over Father Coughlin and Joe McCarthy?

    I don’t think so, though I’m of a younger demographic, heh. Which shows how far the public discourse has fallen.

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    elmo says:

    @Bmaccnm:

    Thank you. That’s exactly the kind of thing I’m talking about. Or a series of TIAs culminating in a massive stroke.

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    I just wrote about it.

    It’s fucking bizarre because I had a dream about him and James O’keefe last night. They were suing me over something in my blog.

    Then I dreamt I was on a speeding boat and people were jumping out. I was supposed to jump out as well but I knew if I did so I’d die. So I didn’t want to.

    Weird.

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    jrg says:

    Big Government broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal

    You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.

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    aimai says:

    I object to the clickable link which offers, without rebuttal, the assertion that he “broke the ACORN child sex ring scandal” or some such garbage. This is such a massive misstatement of his O’Keefe B-roll hoax on the major media that it literally makes me sick.

    aimai

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    ET says:

    God y’all are fast.

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    elmo says:

    @Satanicpanic:

    It’s a shame for someone who hasn’t yet had a positive influence on the world to die so young.

    Oh, I like that.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @nitpicker:

    “He’s in a better world now. And so are we.”

    So stealing that.

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    Tim says:

    If I was one of the people directly hurt by this bastard I would dance on his grave.

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    Veritas says:

    So when Osama bin Laden died, liberals and “progressives” were outraged at “disgusting” and “blood thirsty” celebrations, and there was much hand-wringing over this terrorist who killed thousands.

    Breitbart dies, and nothing but jubilation from leftists. This over someone who never killed nor hurt anyone.

    You stay classy, liberals.

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    samara morgan says:

    brain aneurysm i bet.
    he was a career rage-raver and industrialized rage is bad for humans.
    and im not sad.
    another one gone.
    sic semper mendacious assholes everywhere.
    i also bet his wife is GLAD! Betcha he was just as awful at home as he was in public.
    ;)

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    Onihanzo says:

    @Bobby Thomson:

    Much more difficult to do when the man responsible for the defamation is cold and in the ground.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    goodby to a person who was a professional slanderer.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Lihtox:
    Like they have ever shown the least concern for the other sides feelings. No, they dance in the streets with delight when Kennedy or Wellstone die and then demand sackcloth and ashes when a guy like Dimbart checks out.

    Their mourning policy is identical to their political policy – do as we demand not as we do.

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    liberal says:

    @MosesZD:

    His death will only improve the universe.

    Yeah, this is the “utilitarian” argument I keep falling back on.

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    Someguy says:

    All I feel is regret over this.

    Regret it didn’t happen 40 year earlier.

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    Applejinx says:

    Dude was apparently just a bit younger than ME.

    I’m gonna behave myself, just a little bit, out of compassion for another human being, however fucked up he was. I’m in the ‘poor bastard’ camp while not overlooking the damage he did- it’s not a lot of fun being that horrible.

    He didn’t live to find his conscience, his peace, or his Lily.

    I think people’s reactions to his death REALLY reveal who they are- and how much they are like mirror images of him. Think hard on that.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @sloan: @Comrade Mary:

    Comrade Mary, I went to your link and posted a comment.

    sloan, I kind of stole your comment (I added a couple of introductory words and made 2 changes to your test) and posted it as most of my comment at the ABC link.

    “Big Government broke the ACORN child sex trafficking scandal.”
    __
    Really? The way I remember it James O’Keefe wore a Pimp Daddy Halloween costume and just made that shit stuff up out of thin air. And the media ran with it with no fact checking whatsoever. I didn’t realize it had been accepted as a fact even though it never happened.

    Thanks to both of you.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Breitbart struck me as somehow whose rage preceded his alleged anger at Obama or black farmers or the Left. That kind of fury, especially give the targets, was so disproportionate, it almost certainly had to have another source. Is that a ‘not nice thing to say’? Sorry, he was a public figure and that is what he was famous for. That and defaming people.

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    martha says:

    @erlking: Will always seems to have a way with words…

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    eemom says:

    His death generated this splendiforous thread.

    There, that was nice.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    @Veritas:

    can’t you ever post without lying? oh wait, of course you can’t… silly me

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    The Dangerman says:

    Perhaps he saw an early press release from Arpaio’s Birth Certificate investigation?

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    AnnaN says:

    Breitbart is dead? I’m okay with that.

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    Onihanzo says:

    @Veritas:

    Feel free to quote any of us here who were outraged over Bin Laden’s death, you invincibly ignorant colostomy bag.

    Troll harder, shitstain.

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    gnomedad says:

    @jheartney:

    “Natural causes” can take you at almost any age. There are no guarantees. Live the best life you can NOW. Sad when people don’t do that.

    Yes. Death can take anyone. The statistics change as you age, but for any given individual at any given time, you either die or you don’t.

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    pk says:

    I think it says something about a person’s life that out of 192 comments not even a handful have anything positive to say about his life.

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    Tom says:

    @ Culture of Truth

    He clearly had issues that stemmed from someplace inside of him. And my guess is that he self-medicated to the point of dying of natural causes at 43.

    In hindsight, that “behave yourself” video seems to be of a guy in the throes of a death spiral.

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    eemom says:

    Also too, we’re finding out how old everybody is.

    Most of y’all are younger than me. : (

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    sloan says:

    Brace yourselves for the ANDREW BREITBART KILLED BY OBAMACARE headlines in 3…2…1…

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    Elizabelle says:

    Enough cogitating on Andrew Breitbart for me.

    Going back to mourning Davy Jones. A thoughtful (in real life) and entertaining chap.

    He contributed something to my life.

    Catch you guys later.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @Veritas:

    Why do you hate “progressives” so much? Don’t you know Mitt Romney claims to be one?

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    Satanicpanic says:

    @Veritas: Fuck you, I celebrated his death too. Good riddance and I’m glad we had a real President who could make it happen. You probably didn’t understand because we didn’t add “yeah, and all those other mooslims should die too!”

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    chowkster says:

    He will remain unaffected by Obamacare

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    Cacti says:

    @Veritas:

    Must suck to lose your benefactor.

    I’m sure per-post trolling makes you highly qualified for future work in roadside sign twirling.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    @Veritas:

    Fuck you and yours, Veritas. When bin Laden died I was thrilled. When Ted Kennedy died your beloved sack of shit Breitbart was delighted.

    Good riddance to Brietbart’s lying, despicable ass. The only shame of it is that Rush is still alive.

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    Onihanzo says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    Posted a comment about how promoting false information such as this undermines their network integrity, with relevant link and quote.

    I know. I chuckled as I proof-read it too.

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    Betsy says:

    @J.A.F. Rusty Shackleford: And that’s exactly the century that suited him best, isn’t it.

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    Steve says:

    It’s not necessarily a bad thing to be hated. Lots of conservatives hated MLK and celebrated when he died. Just make sure that if you’re hated, it’s for the right reasons.

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    Herbal Infusion Bagger says:

    First reactions:

    1. Jesus, he died at 43?
    2. Jesus, he was only 43? He looked in his late 50s at least.
    3. What commenters said earlier. There were probably undiagnosed health issues and the guy was suffering from minor strokes before he keeled over.
    4. O’Keefe will have to find another person to bankroll him and pay his legal bills. My bet is O’Keefe ends up in paid r*tf*cking operations for conservative SuperPACs, and will go to jail after he pulls one of his stunts on the wrong GOP candidate.

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    GregB says:

    In other news, MSNBC just showed a “battlefield states map” and it had Michigan on it.

    The last Michigan poll had Obama up by near 20 points on every one of the GOP-er shit heels.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Veritas: Oooh, we’re not being classy. Oh, no, next we’ll be getting angry because the Republicans keep lying and breaking their promises. And what will that do to the atmosphere when we stop being the nice guys?

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    Will says:

    The nicest thing I can say about him is that a person with his energy and ruthlessness would have been a great asset for our side.

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    Arakiba says:

    Good riddance.

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    cathyx says:

    It can not be natural causes if you die at 43. That’s not natural.

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    Trentrunner says:

    Obama outlived him. Shirley Sherrod outlived him. Most all of the people he lied about, ranted at, smeared, and generally fucked over have outlived him.

    Today is a good day.

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    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    Y’all realize that if you speak ill of the dead on the GOP side, then you lose the right to take offense when they dance in the streets for one of ours? Just sayin’.

    @Lihtox: Not really a problem. I have always expected them to. I take no more offense at that than I do at sharks that eat people. It’s simply their nature.

    I might add that it is a truly stupid person who expects mercy from their enemies.

    In the hours immediately following Senator Ted Kennedy’s death, Breitbart called Kennedy a “villain”, a “duplicitous bastard”, a “prick” and “a special pile of human excrement.”

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    Ziggy says:

    Not saying anything mean. You can’t make me say anything nice though either.

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    virginia says:

    I remember him on John King talking about “exculpatory evidence” and “context is everything” and “raison d’ete” (his mispronunciation). A handsome, passionate, childish rhetoric machine. That’s all I’ve got.

    That and the bizarre insistence on “the farmer’s wife …” Pauvre petit.

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    Nemesis says:

    Apparently the purity police cant reach inside the BJ sphere. They are out in force over at Kos.

    Guess I can say too bad he didnt DIAF. The man inflicted pain and hate upon many people during his short stay on this planet. I wont celebrate his passing. In fact, he was insignificant. He existed to do one thing: stick a thumb in the eye of all liberals. If it took lies to do this, so be it. So goodbye AB. I shall never speak of ye again.

    The CT shit will hit the fan today. No doubt.

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    cthulhu says:

    @Elizabelle:

    From the LATimes profile. Breitbart’s family background; his father in law is Orson Bean. (Remember him? No idea if he’s still alive.)

    Yes, he’s still alive; he has had a recurring role on Desperate Housewives the past few years (I am not going to explain how I know that). The theory is that conservative actors are very rare (though I don’t think there’s hard data supporting this) but I will admit that I do have a difficult time not thinking about an actor’s politics when I am watching them on screen if I happen to know that they are very different from my own.

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    LAC says:

    @pk:

    Agree – and here’s one more:

    Condolences to his family. But the bitch lived in the public eye, inflicting harm on others for his own twisted view of life. Have anything nice to say about that? You gotta be kidding.

    C’mon Rush, pretty please…they do come in threes.

    (what? I asked nicely)

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    Veritas says:

    f@Onihanzo

    How soon we forget. Mclaren, just to name one “progressive” on here, called Americans who celebrated bin Laden’s death “bloodthirsty animals”, I believe.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Veritas: If you mean the reaction from the usual concern trolls about people climbing street signs in Times Square and near the White House to cheer Osama’s death, I’ll have to confess I haven’t seen any of that over Breitbart. Pics or it didn’t happen.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @GregB:

    Yeah, but it’s one of Romney’s 3 home states (4 if you count Planet Moroni). Clearly he has the home field advantage in the general election.

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    Fwiffo says:

    To bad Hitchens is gone. His memorial of Jerry Falwell was perfect, I’m sure he’d have the right words for this moment.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Go in peace, Breitbart; you certainly didn’t come in peace.

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    MTiffany says:

    @Veritas: “[Ted] Kennedy was a special pile of human excrement.” — Andrew Breitbart on the death of Ted Kennedy. Yes, classy.

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    Sloegin says:

    You got it the wrong way around about OBL Veritas, but that must be natural for you.

    Andrew Breitbart and Michael Kelly both passed awfully young. Sucks to be dead.

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    harlana says:

    and yes, i thot he was at least 50 – 53 would not have been a stretch either

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    Cacti says:

    @Veritas:

    In the hours immediately following Senator Ted Kennedy’s death, Breitbart called Kennedy a “villain”, a “duplicitous bastard”, a “prick” and “a special pile of human excrement.”

    We’re just applying the same standards of respect for the dead that were used by your late employer.

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    TooManyJens says:

    @MaxxLange:

    I love that the first report was on his own site, but everyone needed confirmation.

    Telling, isn’t it?

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    Veritas says:

    Ted Kennedy killed somebody.

    Breitbart killed no one.

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    Sly says:

    @Veritas:

    How soon we forget. Mclaren…

    Stopped reading.

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    rlrr says:

    @Shit for Brains:

    Did you get all scratchy constructing that straw man?

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    butler says:

    Ted Kennedy killed somebody.

    So did Laura Bush. Should we get the hateful obits ready for her passing?

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    Veritas says:

    @butler:

    No, Laura Bush did not.

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    Trentrunner says:

    Now Dana Loesch is on CNN blowing Breitbart’s corpse.

    And fuck the mourning tone trolls here. The fight is over what Breitbart stood for, and I can think of nothing more salutary than to piss on his grave to let people know that what Breitbart did was APPALLING AND REPREHENSIBLE.

    Oh, and for those saying that if we tell the truth about Breitbart now after his death that the Right will feel like they can do the same to us.

    Newsflash: They already do it. As always, they don’t wait for our lead to behave like total shits. (See, Breitbart on the death of “prick” and “lying sack of shit” Ted Kennedy.)

    He is dead. That is good.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @Veritas:

    Buh buh waaaah kennuduhhhhhhh

    And yet if someone were to mention the name of the POTUS from 2001 through 2008, you’d start sobbing and soiling yourself and screaming that it’s ancient history and doesn’t count. Funny how that works.

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    Rick Massimo says:

    (This is me saying nothing.)

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    J.W. Hamner says:

    @Zandar:

    Also, treat his death better than Andrew Breitbart treated Ted Kennedy’s death, at least.

    I don’t pay any attention to the guy, so I had no idea what he said when Ted Kennedy died… but after reading it I no longer have sympathy for rigid enforcement of the “if you don’t have anything nice to say…” concept on the day of his death in his particular case. In addition, he was a public figure, not your neighbor down the street whose lawn you always complained about… the expectations and standards are simply different for people who make their living the way he did.

    Though certainly 43 is too young and I do feel bad for his family.

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    Cacti says:

    @Veritas:

    Breitbart slandered a woman and ruined her career for his own amusement.

    Fix’d

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    Dave says:

    Natural causes my ass.

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    cmorenc says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    What I think about Breitbart and his actions before and after his death are pretty much the same, but yeah, his family is suffering right now. I feel for them.

    THAT. Breitbart was an ass to us, but he was ‘Dad’ to his kids. So for them, I’ll have a bit of a sad today.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    @Veritas: Here’s the link:
    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2.....bin-laden/

    I certainly wasn’t unhappy that Bin Laden was gone. He and those who worked with him killed hundreds of people for no reason and without remorse.

    But I can see some people thinking some of the celebrations were less than dignified even for an enemy. I can see some people concerned that such would offend Muslims, who while not sorry bin Laden was gone either, might have taken some offense at the crassness. Some wondered if he could have been captured and tried. But no one missed him or wished he was still alive.

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    Winston Smith says:

    @Veritas:

    Breitbart killed no one.

    Maybe if corporations can be people, so can the truth.

    He killed that as dead as he could.

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    “‘Why do you grant a BULLY special status upon his death? This isnt lib v con.'”

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    Nemesis says:

    Given the firey nature of hell (if it exists) AB may want to donn a pair of mittbots magic underwear for protection.

    Will the mormon church now pothumously baptize AB into their heaven?

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    Onihanzo says:

    @Veritas: Which strangely isn’t outrage over Bin Laden’s death.

    C’mon, troll. Put your back into it.

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    Hal says:

    Yes he was a human being, most likely, and I don’t wish death on anyone, but the man was a lying asshole. No need to whitewash who he really was.

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    Veritas says:

    @CarolDuhart2:

    So the previous feefees of jihadists (something different from *Muslims*, the vast majority of whom were just as happy as us to see him gone, bin Laden was *very* unpopular in the Muslim world by 2011) are more important than trying to respect a fellow American. Got it.

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    butler says:

    No, Laura Bush did not.

    She must have been lying when she admitted that she did.

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    Death Panel Truck says:

    Also, treat his death better than Andrew Breitbart treated Ted Kennedy’s death, at least.

    That bus left the station about an hour ago. ;)

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    @Veritas:

    Yes, Laura Bush killed someone in a car accident, just like Ted Kennedy did. You moron.

    Meanwhile the world is a slightly better place today because Breitbart’s voice of unreason has gone silent. I can’t see how that’s a bad thing.

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    nitpicker says:

    @Veritas: Never hurt anyone? Please.

    And tell Ted Kennedy’s family the one about how to respect the dead. They’d love to hear it, I’m sure.

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    Veritas says:

    @butler:

    [citation needed]

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    geg6 says:

    Very late to this thread, but my condolences to his family. Otherwise, this is only a plus for the entire human race. And it doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s been obvious for years that he had some sort of major problem, whether with anger issues that led to a heart attack or the drug/alchohol problems that his behavior always signalled to me or both, I always knew he wouldn’t live to old age.

    In his honor, I am watching HBO’s “The Loving Story,” one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever seen. Richard and Mildred Loving are the very picture of what true love really is and means. I love them.

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    Veritas says:

    Cahppaquiddick wasn’t just a “car accident”, it was MURDER.

    Ted Kennedy was a murderer.

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    Brachiator says:

    Andrew Breitbart Dead

    Condolences to his family.

    Celebrations for the rest of us.

    He was a vile piece of crap who willingly did evil to people in order to support and sustain his ideology.

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    All you mean old liberals are just so–mean. Naughty, naughty, naughty!

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    SenyorDave says:

    Looks like Sullivan is having a sad over the death.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedaily.....t-rip.html

    Ironic that at the bottom is something from another post “Stay classy, Rush”. Breitbart was the print version of Limbaugh.

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    Fwiffo says:

    Since this is tagged as an open thread, can I use it to complain about WordPress? It recently started detecting me (sometimes) as a mobile browser. I’m using Google Chrome (a current or recent version) for Linux. The “Switch to Desktop” link at the bottom of the site is not formatted correctly or something, but manually adding “?wpmp_switcher=desktop” to the URL works (for a little while).

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    butler says:

    [citation needed]

    My condolences that your google is broken. Could that be the reason you’re such a lying tool, you just don’t have access to even the most basic factual information?

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    nitpicker says:

    @Veritas: Citation supplied. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04.....laura.html

    Now provide one for your claim Kennedy was a murderer.

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    rb says:

    He was obviously a person in torment, who delighted in tormenting others to compensate. His latest on-air actions game the impression of someone who had lost control, was crying out for help, who wanted to catch a beating because at least then he’d be getting some attention.

    I’m glad his suffering is over.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @geg6: It’s always time to talk about the living… How did John’s surgery go? How is he doing?

    P.S. I imagine Henry would have been at John’s side during recovery. Hugs to everyone.

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    wenchacha says:

    I am still grieving the death of my son’s best friend, at the very tender age of 21. He was murdered by an acquaintance; a shotgun blast in his back.

    The shock and horror of his death is still very close to all of us who loved him.

    I sound like a scold, but I have had my fill of death for the moment.

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    Paul_D says:

    @Veritas:
    Here’s your citation. Now go piss up a rope.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Veritas:

    It’s in her Wikipedia entry, you willfully ignorant motherfucker.

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    amk says:

    wish one could say nice things about him.

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    Mark B. says:

    He seemed to have a similar personality to a few people I’ve known who drank themselves to death. I’m sorry he didn’t get help, and that he did so much harm to others before he expired. Perhaps this event will help some of his rageaholic followers examine their lives and think about becoming better human beings. Probably not, but we can hope.

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    Fwiffo says:

    Wouldn’t it be amusing if this were an elaborate O’Keefe-style “sting” to prove that lefty bloggers are heartless assholes?

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    bemused says:

    I think it’s sad to see a life wasted making a living from and enjoying hurting people.

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    eemom says:

    Was it Breitbart who was yelling “Behave yourselves” at the Occupy protesters recently or am I thinking of someone else? He certainly didn’t look very healthy then.

    Also, what does “natural causes” mean? As far as I can discern it means anything except suicide, homicide or drugs.

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    GWH says:

    As my grandma would say, he was so crooked they had to screw him into the ground instead of bury him. It’s not unheard of, but 43 is generally young for death by natural causes (assuming that’s the truth). It must’ve been some serious condition that was either kept quiet or came out of nowhere. Or maybe it was simply karma coming to collect on some serious debts.

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    Mary Jane says:

    @Comrade Mary: #145

    There’s an ABC contact form here. Can someone with an American address give them some helpful feedback about the “ACORN child sex trafficking” bullshit?

    Thanks for that.

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    Drive-By Nomad says:

    @Corey:

    Cocaine overdose.

    son it says here you’re 43, but that’s impossible

    you look like you could be… 65

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    Onihanzo says:

    @Veritas: The problem with this theory is that Breitbart was not in any way involved in a fellowship with anyone else but himself and his hunger for fame. He was no ‘fellow American’ in my book. He was a paid antagonist and shill for continued race division in this country and a professional bullshit artist that ruined a woman’s life for no reason except to get his site and his name in the papers.

    Mendacious character assassination that he never once–never ONCE—apologized to her for.

    So no, I’m devoid of any sympathy for the guy. His family, sure. But as I’ve stated earlier, the only regret I find in his death is that Shirley Sherrod won’t be getting her chance to hold him accountable.

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    jim filyaw says:

    when one of these monsters passes, i’m reminded of the post on the nyt obit of jerry falwell. it went something to the effect: may he find in death the compassion and tolerance he spent his life trying to deny others.

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    muddy says:

    @eemom:

    Was it Breitbart who was yelling “Behave yourselves” at the Occupy protesters recently or am I thinking of someone else? He certainly didn’t look very healthy then.

    Yes, that was he. Also shouting “stop raping people” I think, out of which I didn’t get much sense.

    Headline: “Apoplectic Man Has Apoplexy”

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    Dave says:

    @bemused: This. Celebrating death is not something I believe in. He wasted his life on hate and anger. You only get one shot at it. And he wasted his.

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    UncommonSense says:

    @sloan:

    No, brace yourselves for “BREITBART KILLED BY OBAMA!!!1!!ELEVENTY!!

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    Cermet says:

    @LAC: I vote for scalia to be next and bush the brain dead mass murderer as well would round out to a nice three … .

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    Cluttered Mind says:

    I woke up feeling kind of crappy today. Then I read this post. I’m feeling much better now.

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    Yevgraf says:

    @Trentrunner:

    Now Dana Loesch is on CNN blowing Breitbart’s corpse.

    Try as she might, it won’t work. I will say, though, there are people who would pay to see that sort of attempt on the internet at the low, low rate of 19.95 per month on a secure site, billed discreetly as “Galaxy Entertainment XXXV” on your credit card.

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    Bob2 says:

    Isn’t Veritas one of the O’keefe trolls anyway?
    Project Veritas and all.

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    joeyess says:

    “shortly after midnight….”

    Here in my neck of the woods that would make it around 2 am.

    Shortly after 2 this morning, I was awakened by a crash, tinkle and din of an antique, silver candy bowl that was full of change. Of course this also set off a chain reaction of the scurrying and bounds of 3 cats that lay on various parts of my body. Needless to say, this whirling dervish of sixty claws all at the same time left me a hot mess of bloody slashes and deep, penetrating puncture wounds, and standing in the middle of the room in my boxer shorts, cursing anything that moved on 4 legs and threatening to combine their pelts and make a fucking hat.

    Considering that I have been convinced for some time now that I and I alone was being trolled on the internet and teevee by Breitbart every time he wrote something or said something outrageous, I blame Andrew for the bloody, shredded mess that sits before this computer and types this post.

    RIP Andrew Breitbart. RIP.

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    Martin says:

    It’s times like this that I wonder if I have this whole atheism thing wrong.

    But put me down for coke as cause as well. LA, money, manic personality, asshole. He’s in the zone.

    And I’m 43 and he looks like my dad, so there’s that too.

    Oh well. Everybody poops. It was just his time. I hope he fertilizes a nice tree.

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    Ajay says:

    Strangely, I fee bad.

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    Catsy says:

    I feel genuine sympathy for his family. Even the most evil of men have parents, children or spouses who love them.

    I’m going to go out on a limb, though, and wager that none of them are likely to make a habit of reading Balloon Juice. Just a guess.

    So fuck this recurring nonsense about how people shouldn’t speak ill of the recently dead. That notion has merit when you’re talking about someone in the presence of others likely to be personally hurt by it. When talking about controversial or toxic public figures–especially on blog comments–it’s a trope that does nothing but aid in the whitewashing of their ugly records. His supporters certainly aren’t going to waste any time writing his hagiography and fixing that in the public image.

    Breitbart was a relentlessly hateful and dishonest piece of shit who has caused immeasurable damage to this country and its politics–to say nothing of the innocent people and organizations whose reputations he destroyed.

    This country and our political discourse are a healthier place for his passing. It is and will remain the best thing he ever did for America–as well as a strong argument in favor of the existence of karma.

    Good riddance.

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    Zastrozzi says:

    The whole thing is sad. I feel sorry for his family and children.

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    CarolDuhart2 says:

    @Veritas: Veritas, let’s not whitewash things too much. He lied about black people looking for justice and was deliberately slandering good people helping the poor. Those who weren’t helped because ACORN wasn’t around anymore was his legacy. Shirley Shrerrod was his legacy. I’m sure Mary Landreu misses him very much.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Condolences to his family; I’m sure the universe will treat his spirit as it so deserves.

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    Narcissus says:

    My money says speedball.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Veritas:

    I sincerely hope that you, shitstain, die a natural death, and soon, like Breitbart.

    Such a departure will make this world a much better place.

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    scav says:

    Late to the game and I must admit I had to be reminded which exactly of the pouty yellers he was. (They do rather blur together sometimes.) But, having caught up, I think I can manage this for his legacy. May he serve as a poster child and role model in all things for those of his ilk.

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    TooManyJens says:

    @SenyorDave:

    Looks like Sullivan is having a sad over the death.

    He actually used the phrase “high stakes in-the-arena 24/7 blogging lifestyle”. That’s it, I’m not getting out of the boat for the rest of the morning.

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    celiadexter says:

    I’m a hard-core atheist but that man is in hell.

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    TooManyJens says:

    The 500 character limit on the ABC News feedback form isn’t nearly enough to tell them how ashamed they should be for parroting that “ACORN child sex trafficking scandal” lie.

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    walker10 says:

    Catsy – March 1, 2012 | 11:14 am · Link

    I feel genuine sympathy for his family. Even the most evil of men have parents, children or spouses who love them.

    I’m going to go out on a limb, though, and wager that none of them are likely to make a habit of reading Balloon Juice. Just a guess.

    So fuck this recurring nonsense about how people shouldn’t speak ill of the recently dead. That notion has merit when you’re talking about someone in the presence of others likely to be personally hurt by it. When talking about controversial or toxic public figures—especially on blog comments—it’s a trope that does nothing but aid in the whitewashing of their ugly records. His supporters certainly aren’t going to waste any time writing his hagiography and fixing that in the public image.

    Breitbart was a relentlessly hateful and dishonest piece of shit who has caused immeasurable damage to this country and its politics—to say nothing of the innocent people and organizations whose reputations he destroyed.

    This country and our political discourse are a healthier place for his passing. It is and will remain the best thing he ever did for America—as well as a strong argument in favor of the existence of karma.

    Good riddance.

    Once again the socialists regale us with their ‘superiority.’

    Ya must have been doing something right Andrew judging from some of these thoughtless comments.

    God be with you.

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    James Hulsey says:

    Also, treat his death better than Andrew Breitbart treated Ted Kennedy’s death, at least.

    Talk about a low bar being set.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @TooManyJens:

    He actually used the phrase “high stakes in-the-arena 24/7 blogging lifestyle”. That’s it, I’m not getting out of the boat for the rest of the morning.

    Meanwhile, the serfs are sleeping in all over Afghanistan today, because they’re not leading high stakes in-the-arena 24/7 blogging lifestyles.

    Sullivan’s “natural death” also cannot come too soon.

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    Narcissus says:

    she don’t lie she don’t lie she don’t lie

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    LD50 says:

    Hopefully they took the scuba suit and ball gag off him before the paramedics showed up.

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    Mary Jane says:

    @wenchacha:

    How tragic. I’m so sorry.

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    Xenos says:

    @Bobby Thomson:

    He has an estate. You can’t defame the dead, but you can sue the shit out of them.

    The point of suing Breitbart was not so much to make him pay but to get him in a very long and very uncomfortable deposition. And then turn around and sue Roger Ailes and a few other people, too. The really deep pockets.

    That opportunity is lost now.

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    bemused says:

    @TooManyJens:

    I hope they are getting a lot of feedback on that. Damn “liberal” media.

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    Chyron HR says:

    As an olive branch to Veritas, I offer Breitbart the same prayer he said for President Obama every day: Psalm 109:8.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @joeyess:
    I was holding a cat in my lap, petting it as it snoozed peacefully, one night. A bolt of lightening hit very close by and I now know what it feels like to be inside a blender. shredded up the front, across the shoulder & across the back.

    Luckily the little guy found a hidey hole or I would deeply regret what followed. I do feel for you, OUCH!

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    Donald G says:

    Publicly crowing and gloating about Breitbart’s death brings us down to the level of Breitbart and his jackal pack of attack dogs and gives them ammunition to use against us when they nutpick the comments. We are supposed to be better than that.

    Not crowing and gloating is not the same as whitewashing the fact that he was a shrill partisan liar who ran with poorly sourced stories and caused pain and suffering to a good many people and actively did evil in this world. It would however show that we are classier than those of his ilk. It also gives Breitbart an importance and significance he doesn’t deserve.

    Let’s save the venomous bile for when a much larger and more influential serpent passes, one who is heard on the radio for three hours everyday and is the spiritual and intellectual head of the current Republican party.

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    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    “high stakes in-the-arena 24/7 blogging lifestyle”.

    @TooManyJens: Once a Keyboard Kommando, always a Keyboard Kommando. Semper Fi.

    I would mention that Sullivan has no shame, but he proves that every day of his life so I won’t waste my breath.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    Wait, I’m 43 too.

    Is everyone on this blog 43?

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    Winston Smith says:

    @Fwiffo:

    Wouldn’t it be amusing if this were an elaborate O’Keefe-style “sting” to prove that lefty bloggers are heartless assholes?

    I’m going to bet that Breitbart’s apostles will find great joy in publishing anthologies of the worst comments they can find.

    These are people who cannot inspire love, so they take great pride in inspiring hate. It proves (to them) that they matter.

    (Edit: Some Freepers are trawling Kos and DU looking for exactly such material.)

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    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    Let’s save the venomous bile for when a much larger and more influential serpent passes, one who is heard on the radio for three hours everyday and is the spiritual and intellectual head of the current Republican party.

    @Donald G: My case of Dom Perignon is not “venomous bile”, you snob.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Cermet:
    No no no – I want Boy Blunder to live a long and miserable old age. The further we get from his destruction of America the more obvious it will become & the more people will be willing to label him the monster he was.

    Like the Dread Pirate Roberts:

    . . . and I’ll tell you why. So that every shriek of every child at seeing your hideousness will be yours to cherish. Every babe that weeps at your approach, every woman who cries out, “Dear God! What is that thing,” will echo in your perfect ears. That is what to the pain means. It means I leave you in anguish, wallowing in freakish misery forever.

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    justawriter says:

    I think the scene at the pearly gates will be something like this: Jerry Falwell greets Andy as he huffs and puffs his way up the celestial stairway: JERRY: “Good to see you Andy. Well, not good, but you know what I mean. Anyway, here’s one bit of advice. Keep your head down. I saw God the other day and she’s a n… Angry Black Lady.”

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    Rafer Janders says:

    @WaterGirl:

    No matter how much I despise someone and what they stand for, I would never wish for anything bad to happen to someone, ever.

    I just can’t believe this. You’d never want anything bad to happen to, say, Osama bin Laden? Milosevic? Saddam Hussein? Assad? Qaddafi?

    People like this should live out their full lives in sweetness and light, never experiencing suffering or any accountability for the harm they’ve caused to so many?

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    Aet says:

    Really should have turned off the comments on this one.

    At best, all of us would have nothing to say.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Donald G:
    The fact that that bloated gas bag, junkie still walks the earth is just further proof there is no God.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @joeyess: That does not sound like fun. Thanks for making it into an interesting story for us, though!

    I have two words for you: antibiotic ointment.

    You probably know this already, but do not fool around with cat scratches and punctures. Start using it now. Do now wait.

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    max says:

    I have a little list they never will be missed.

    Does the blog header “we survived the Breitbartocolypse’ need to be changed?

    max
    [`Or is it now truer than ever?’]

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    pat says:

    two thoughts: I wonder what he was doing out walking “shortly after midnight?” Walking the dog?

    I believe Hitchens said of Falwell, “if he’d had an enema he could have been buried in a matchbox.”

    Not that that appies in this case, of course.

    Oh, and the folks who rightfully feel sorry for his children, do you believe he would have never ever been involved in a particularly nasty divorce, in which case you could really feel sorry for his kids. Just a thought.

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    noodler says:

    @Jewish Steel: I resemble that remark. Seeing my birth year in an obit is scary. Although he looked much older (altho I think I look younger). My thoughts and prayers for his family.

    Perhaps an aneurysm? Did he get an advance copy of the Sheriff Joe investigation?

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    gex says:

    @blackfrancis789: Way late, but that’s only natural causes if high blood pressure, stress, and abject hatred of others are “natural.” Let’s face it, lifestyle kills a great many Americans. And it’s not the gay lifestyle either. It’s the real Merkun lifestyle that laughs at arugula and LOVES to eat at Applebess.

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    gex says:

    @Jewish Steel: Close. 41.

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    Martin says:

    @Jewish Steel:

    Is everyone on this blog 43?

    Lots of us are. We were born in interesting times and have become interesting people.

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    samara morgan says:

    @Donald G: dispassionately and mathematically the world is a slightly better place without Breitbart.

    Matt Yglesias ‏ @mattyglesias
    Conventions around dead people are ridiculous. The world outlook is slightly improved with @AndrewBrietbart dead.

    im betting raging killed him.
    kharma’s a bitch.

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    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    @Narcissus: you take Sally, I’ll take Sue

    there ain’t no difference between the two…

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    Commenting at Ballon Juice since 1937 says:

    Meth is some bad sh*t. Not that I’m insinuating anything.

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    Waldo says:

    Trying to care … Trying to care …

    Nope.

    Nothing.

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    harlana says:

    @Rafer Janders: my personal belief is that such people experience the suffering they have inflicted on others during the death experience or sometime soon thereafter – since, at that time, they can no longer physically and mentally separate themselves from the rest of humanity and the spirits of those they have tormented or worse, their consciousness is inserted into the souls and minds of the others they have wronged, they experience the suffering from the victims point of view and finally comprehend the scope and magnitude of what they have done. the more people they have affected, the longer, more arduous and horrifying the journey through each soul affected by their horrible crimes.

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    Mueller says:

    How you speak of him now, they will speak of you when your time comes.
    A widow grieves and children mourn, but nothing more can harm him. He has escaped the misery and humiliation of old age. He has left his mark on his time. Who else who has posted here can claim the same?
    God speed Mr. Breitbart.

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    joeyess says:

    @WaterGirl: Oh I didn’t wait. I went straight to the bathroom and mended myself…… Didn’t see a single cat the rest of the night. I’m convince they understand every word we say to them.

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    Onihanzo says:

    @Donald G: How quickly your moral high horse gets converted into glue.

    “Crowing about someone’s death is wrong and even though conservatives swing their hammers, why… it’s simply undignified for progressives to pick up an axe handle in reply. Unless it’s Rush. If that happens, I’m pitching a circus tent over his grave. But you’re still just a bunch of tactless ghouls!”

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    Good Riddance says:

    I felt for his family long before he died….

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    James Hulsey says:

    @Jewish Steel: No, 43 is in the rear-view-mirror for me. But it is about the time I started running to maintain my health.

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    John D says:

    @Jewish Steel: I am, for another week.

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    Birthmarker says:

    It’s interesting that as soon as he’s debunked he changes kill to murder.

    Was Breitbart an atheist as implied? How much coverage will that get, I wonder.

    Sincere condolences to the family. Losing a parent at a young age I do not wish on others.

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    Also, treat his death better than Andrew Breitbart treated Ted Kennedy’s death, at least.

    Why? He was a horrible, disgusting human being!

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    @Veritas:

    No, just a bad driver.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @gex: @Martin: @noodler:

    In college at one point I took a look around at my arty, unbigoted, liberal circle of friends and realized, my god, we could all be cousins. We didn’t even have any friends with brown eyes and only a few with blue.

    So have a bunch of genetic likes congregated again? Do you guys have green eyes too?

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    Auldblackjack says:

    @flukebucket:

    OK. How’sa bout;
    I wont be attending the funeral, but I will send a nice note saying I approve of it.

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    SuperHrefna says:

    @WaterGirl: Very true, and if one of the scratches looks pink and puffy go STRAIGHT to the doctor and get your antibiotic prescription. I have had cat-induced cellulitis (I had a disagreement with a feral cat about whether or not he was going back into his cage) and it is nothing to joke about. If you don’t start antibiotics (10 days of Cipro in my case) as soon as symptoms emerge you can end up in hospital for a few days on an IV antibiotic drip like the mother of one of my friends…

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    joeyess says:

    @Jewish Steel: 51 and hazel green here.

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    Dr. Squid says:

    Why am I reminded of Mr. Kripps from Welcome Back, Kotter?

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    mhh says:

    He dropped dead from an apoplexy of rage. He will be missed by his family and people who think Rush Limbaugh is an inspiration. The rest of us will be delighted to go on without him.

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    Poopyman says:

    Well, if rage killed Breitbart then I guess the good news is that there’s now one less source of rage in the world to endanger my own health.

    So there’s that.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Rafer Janders:

    I just can’t believe this. You’d never want anything bad to happen to, say, Osama bin Laden? Milosevic? Saddam Hussein? Assad? Qaddafi?
    __
    People like this should live out their full lives in sweetness and light, never experiencing suffering or any accountability for the harm they’ve caused to so many?

    I don’t wish for something bad to happen to them, no. I think it must be the catholic guilt. Even when you leave the church, the guilt stays with you. Also, if I wished for a bad thing to happen to someone else. I would feel like I was just asking for some terrible thing to happen to me.

    That said, am I sorry that Bin Laden is dead? No. Do I think we did anything wrong in killing him as part of the raid? No. I felt no sorrow, no outrage. Nothing except relief that he was gone and pride in our president who had the balls to make that tough call. He was risking his entire political career, and his ability to govern our country, and he knew it. Balls of steel.

    I have no problem with the drone strikes that are killing all these Al Qedda higher ups. Or with the america citizen who had joined them. That’s war.

    I am completely on board with accountability and consequences.

    But I also through it is wrong when we kept seeing the photo everywhere – can’t remember who, dark hair, rough shaven, with his teeth being examined in captivity. Punish him, kill him if that’s the result of a trial, but public humiliation of a prisoner is wrong. That makes us no better than them.

    I do think the larger world is better off without the hate of Andrew Breitbart in it. But no, I can’t look at these awful people and wish that something bad would happen to them personally or wish that they would die.

    So does my combination of beliefs seem weird or inconsistent? I don’t know.

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    synykyl says:

    Poor Jud is dead
    Poor Jud Fry is dead
    His friends will weep and wail for miles around
    The daisies in the dell
    Will give out a different smell
    Because poor Jud is underneath the ground

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @TooManyJens: JOIN US. JOIN US.

    @John D: Let us know how it is on the other side.

    @James Hulsey: I started running in my 30s…but my back was already destroyed and had to quit when I was 38/39.Just before I was going to start sweeping my bracket in the local 5ks. I was fast! It breaks my heart to think of it.

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    Maus says:

    My first thought was “oh, another lame media prank.”

    My second was that suicide is often “natural causes”. Maybe he had the courage to do what Lee Atwater couldn’t?

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    amused says:

    Wow, wishes really do come true!

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    KPHayes says:

    The author of the ABC article is Christina Ng (twitter @ChristinaNg27).

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    samara morgan says:

    Zandar, beware!
    you have attracted the attention of the Mad Hermaneutic/Semiotic Outlaw-Wrestler of Protein Wisdom!
    he reproduced the entire thread!

    And here’s a reprint of the single comment thread on Balloon-Juice — John Cole’s once right-of-center, libertarian site, which is now among the left’s more storied online fever swamps — concerning the death of Andrew Breitbart.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    @Donald G:

    Let’s save the venomous bile for when a much larger and more influential serpent passes, one who is heard on the radio for three hours everyday and is the spiritual and intellectual head of the current Republican party.

    Oh, I think I’ll be able to work up more bile on that glorious day. And of course I hope his demise involves chainsaws and cigarette lighters.

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    Svensker says:

    @wenchacha:

    That’s unbelievable. Sincere condolences.

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    Winston Smith says:

    Typical Freeper response:

    I will never believe 100% that it was completely natural, even though my wife’s dad died of a sudden heart attach at age 38.

    In other words: “How could this be natural even though I know it could?!”

    This was great, too:

    I will always suspect fowl play here.

    He was probably killed by CANADIAN geese who here here illegally.

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    Yutsano says:

    @TooManyJens: 39 here too. About six months from the dreaded day. :)

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    Lupin says:

    Very very minor villain. I need to conserve my urine for graves such as Yoo’s, Cheyney’s, Bush’s, etc.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Veritas: Well, shitbird, I, and damn near everyone here celebrated when OBL was killed.
    I’ll also note that OBL didn’t do anywhere near as much damage to the American body politic and American Society as AB.
    They were both shitbird examples of humanity whose passing only makes the world better for the rest of us. Much like your own passing will, I suspect.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @joeyess: Yay! I imagine you were pretty angry, and they knew it.

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    mdblanche says:

    What nice things can I say on this occasion?

    I suppose I can say that Andrew Breitbart has finally done something that improves the integrity of political discourse in this country and I can praise his kindness to animals for feeding some hungry worms.

    My condolences to his family (who had no choice in the matter), but not to his friends (who did).

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @joeyess: My father shades toward hazel but I am closer to green.

    “But my brother Esau is an hairy man…”

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    Butch says:

    Can I just….some idiot is quoted over at Talking Points Memo about his “big heart.” I may have to delete my TPM bookmark.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @Yutsano: Pfft. Stripling.

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    SectarianSofa says:

    @Lupin:

    Good point. A shame, really — quite young — could have had another couple lives in there.

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    samara morgan says:

    i feel happy, so this must be a good thing.
    i lurve kharma.
    i think death by rage poisoning is likely an occupational hazard for conservative rage-ravers.

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    Rafer Janders says:

    @harlana:

    Uh huh. Got any proof of that? Because otherwise it’s just a convenient feel-good fantasy that’s no different, really, than believing in pixies, sprites, and wee little leprechauns.

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    John D says:

    @Jewish Steel: Unlikely to be able to — Mass Effect 3 will be out and I will be lost to y’all.

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    debit says:

    @Winston Smith:

    (Edit: Some Freepers are trawling Kos and DU looking for exactly such material.)

    And so what? Oh noes, someone on a rightwing website will say something bad about liberals! Because, you know, THAT never happens.

    God, sometimes I think we behave like battered spouses, thinking that if we just creep around quietly enough we won’t get beaten this time. Except it never works, does it?

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    TooManyJens says:

    @Jewish Steel:

    JOIN US. JOIN US.

    I certainly plan to!

    @Michael Demmons:

    Why? He was a horrible, disgusting human being!

    That is why. How hard is it to be better than that?

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    SectarianSofa says:

    @Jewish Steel:
    I believe I’m almost exactly the same age as Cole, and I’m still an immature ass.

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    Rafer Janders says:

    @harlana:

    My personal belief is that when such people die without having faced earthly justice, their last thought is “Sweet! I got away with it!” and then they’re dead. And that’s it.

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    J.D. Rhoades says:

    Let us not dwell on his death. Let us, instead, remember his life.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Veritas: So by nutpicking mclaren, who NOBODY takes seriously, you just outed yourself (as if we needed additional confirmation) as a complete moronic jerkass.

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    Wile E. Quixote says:

    Here’s Jonah Goldberg’s epitaph:

    “He was the modern conservative iteration of a 1960’s radical,” conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg told Fox News, minutes after Breitbart’s death was reported.

    Wait, I thought 60’s radicals were bad guys. This just provides more evidence for the belief that modern conservatism is a post-modern and revolutionary belief system like Maoism or Soviet Communism.

    “When I say he was the most fearless guy I ever knew, it really is true. I mean, he truly loved the fight,” he said.

    Well of course it’s true Jonah, you’re a fucking coward who spends his time hanging around fucking cowards. Perhaps if you had gotten off of your fat, lazy cowardly ass and joined the military, or Hell, if you just cut mommy’s apron strings and went out to make your own way in the world you’d meet some people with real courage and wouldn’t be saying silly things like this about Andrew Breitbart, who was another chickenshit conservative.

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    Birthmarker says:

    It kills me how BJ comments are referred to with such hyperbole as fever swamps. Half the posts are about food and most of the other half are about pets.

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    Beauzeaux says:

    @cathyx:
    Of course it is. There are a limited number of causes for death: accident, murder, suicide, and natural causes. When someone dies because of cancer it’s “natural causes” even if the person is a child. Age has nothing to do with it.

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    Amanda in the South Bay says:

    I bet dollars to doughnuts one reason why people are being so respectful of his death is that his demographics-male, late 30s-mid to 40s-ish-is probably the most prevalent demographic on Balloon Juice. And I bet most of them are going through the sorta mid life crisis that this kind of thing brings out-the people who partied a lot earlier in their lives, are now living in the suburbs, and are thinking “OMG death is so near!” or something like that.

    Of course I hope most (all) of those people in that demographic lead much healthier lives of exercise, not using coke, and moderate alcohol consumption. But that does seem to the the BJ demographic sweet spot. Hence my eye rolling at all those posts by DougJ of obscure bands from the 80s, but that’s another story…

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    Jennifer says:

    There’s no need to speak ill of Breitbart. He did that well enough on his own.

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    samara morgan says:

    @Aet: why? dont you feel happy?
    here’s the math
    function [Breitbart] limit 0 == less blogverse poison, less disinformation and scams, less vitriol, less conservative ressentiment on parade, less racism and (hopefully) less James O’Keefe.

    its a mathematical win.
    ;)

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    Wile E. Quixote says:

    @Xenos:

    The point of suing Breitbart was not so much to make him pay but to get him in a very long and very uncomfortable deposition. And then turn around and sue Roger Ailes and a few other people, too. The really deep pockets.

    That opportunity is lost now.

    Hey, maybe Ailes had him killed to prevent this sort of thing from happening.

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    pragmatism says:

    condolences to the family.

    careful what you all wish for. breitbart seems like a true statesman compared to his underlings.

    “natural causes” is the fox framing of this story. until there’s an autopsy, its speculation.

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    Shana says:

    Just took a look at the ABC News story. They seem to have edited it to remove the lie that was mentioned in several earlier posts.

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    Winston Smith says:

    @debit:

    God, sometimes I think we behave like battered spouses, thinking that if we just creep around quietly enough we won’t get beaten this time. Except it never works, does it?

    True.

    I don’t see the point of acting like Breitbart will be missed. He didn’t deserve to die, but I won’t miss him.

    When I was in college, a classmate killed himself. He was an asshole. He had one friend and everyone else he made miserable. Upon hearing the news, a group of us were sitting around pondering the sadness. I mean, it is sad when someone so young takes their own life. Another classmate came through and asked why everyone was so sad, “XXXX killed himself.” My friend said, “Really? Good. I hated that guy.” I admit, I felt relieved that someone said it.

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    joeyess says:

    The Loonie Moonie Tunes are right now losing their collective minds.

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    Onihanzo says:

    @samara morgan:

    How lazy of a nutpicker do you have to be to refrain from linking to the thread & comments in question… but include such inapplicable inanity as Fwiffo’s complaint about WordPress not working?

    Heh. Indeed.

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    TooManyJens says:

    @Shana: No, it’s still there. 17th paragraph.

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    Maus says:

    @samara morgan: Oh no! A Tone Troll is Tone Trolling, whatever will we do!

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    Heliopause says:

    My sources in the Admin tell me that one of the members of the Hit Team didn’t make it out. Not sure if he’s alive or dead, but either way they think he’s being held at O’Keefe’s place. More later.

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    @Howlin Wolfe: He made himself a public figure, however minor. He also gleefully, caused metric shit ton of damage to many people in that capacity. That was his choice, and his family needs to live with it; if that means public details of the cause of his death, oh well.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Veritas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Bush

    On the night of November 6, 1963, Laura Welch ran a stop sign, causing a fatal car accident that killed her friend in another car. The driver of the other car was her close friend and classmate Michael Dutton Douglas. By some accounts, he had been Welch’s boyfriend at one time. Welch and her passenger, both 17, were treated for minor injuries. According to the accident report released by the city of Midland in 2000, in response to an open-records request, she was not charged in the incident

    Internal citations removed.

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    Satanicpanic says:

    @J.D. Rhoades:

    Let us not dwell on his death. Let us, instead, remember his life.

    Oh that’s delicious. Well played sir, well played.

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    Rafer Janders says:

    @Wile E. Quixote:

    “When I say he was the most fearless guy I ever knew, it really is true. I mean, he truly loved the fight,” he said.

    High praise indeed, coming from Jonah “Doughboy” Goldberg.

    Breitbart was born in 1969, so was around 32, depending on his birthday, at the time of the September 11th attacks, and 34 when we attacked Iraq. He wasn’t too old to enlist, if he really believed we were in the existential fight he claimed we were. So it seems he didn’t love the fight enought to, you know, actually fight it.

    Screaming “behave yourselves” at a bunch of peaceful protestors while being held back by police, sure. Actually picking up a rifle for combat in Iraq? That’s a job for the little people.

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    pragmatism says:

    @Shana: thanks for the parenting advice on the Limbaugh/Slut/Freakout thread last night. :)

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    mazzy says:

    I was running errands in Brooklyn and turned on the Mike Gallagher show on WOR radio. Apparently the liberals killed Breitbart because he recently announced that he had tapes of President Obama in college–tapes liberals didn’t want seen. And a courageous truthteller like Breitbart was bound to be killed by liberals. In fact, one killer asserted that all the speakers at CPAC were a target.

    Oy vey.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @blackfrancis789:

    I’m 43 too. Seems very young to die of “natural causes”, but who knows.

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    Jim says:

    Time to check out this borderline hypertension of mine. I don’t wanna go out like that.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Xenos: “That opportunity is lost now.”
    Which makes one wonder.

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    srv says:

    @Amanda in the South Bay: Think that’s a little young. I’d bet the demographic averages late 50’s. But John’s never done a poll.

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    joeyess says:

    @samara morgan: The number of comments on that post over there at PW is staggering. And by “staggering”, I mean staggeringly sparse.

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    shortstop says:

    @Yutsano: Dreaded schmeaded. 40 is awesome; do not fear it. My 40s have been far superior to my 30s in almost every way. And I have green eyes, but I also did in my 30s.

    Hey, to the two or three people equating verbally smacking Breitbart with a career of lying to ruin innocent people’s names: a little perspective, please. You may defensibly call us nasty, inappropriate or poorly timed, but you lose all credibility when you quiveringly complain that a bunch of people effing up in a blog thread is “the mirror image” or “reducing ourselves to the level” of making wholesale and unjust destruction one’s life’s work. “Think hard on that”? Um, no. An analysis that banal deserves three seconds’ review, tops, Applejinx.

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    Maus says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q):

    his family needs to live with it; if that means public details of the cause of his death, oh well.

    Whaaaa, I’m not one of those “never speak ill of the dead” fellas, but I don’t need to know if he offed himself or took a ton of cocaine or liver failed or had a final stroke, it doesn’t matter unless there was foul play.

    That is verging on goulish.

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    samara morgan says:

    @Onihanzo: i just feel happy.
    its like when Gollum fell into Mt. Doom with the One Ring.
    @Winston Smith: i am glad hes dead.
    why pretend?
    Breitbart was a liar and a bomb thrower and he understood perfectly well what he was doing.
    “his temper was like a violent red dog and he always kept it close at hand”
    I think that is what killed him.
    dig Josh Trevino.

    You wish to honor the man? Verywell then. Take up his sword and fight as he did.

    But Josh, Breitbarts sword was rage…….live by the sword, die by the sword.
    sic semper conservative rage-ravers everywhere.

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    shortstop says:

    I am kinda laughing at all the people here who are 43, though. I’d have put a couple of them in their mid- to late 30s and one of them in his 60s or 70s. Limitations of the typed word.

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    Wile E. Quixote says:

    Veritas trolled:

    So when Osama bin Laden died, liberals and “progressives” were outraged at “disgusting” and “blood thirsty” celebrations, and there was much hand-wringing over this terrorist who killed thousands.

    Not this liberal. Hell, I wished that the SEALS had captured bin Laden alive, then they could have dragged his ass to Enumclaw, Washington, in the conservative part of King County, strapped him down in a stable and let him get fucked to death by a horse on live, streaming video. Then they could have fed his corpse to some hungry pigs.

    Breitbart dies, and nothing but jubilation from leftists. This over someone who never killed nor hurt anyone.

    Yeah, I guess that Shirley Sherrod doesn’t count for you, but then again why would it. You’re a conservative and conservatives are racist pieces of shit.

    You stay classy, liberals.

    Hey Veritas, I hear there’s a job opening at Big Government right now.

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    shortstop says:

    @J.D. Rhoades: Superlative.

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    kc says:

    Also, treat his death better than Andrew Breitbart treated Ted Kennedy’s death, at least.

    No can do.

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    SqueakyRat says:

    @Comrade Mary: If he had a family, I hope they die too.

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    rlrr says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    Note: If exactly the same thing had happened to Hillary Clinton, the right wing media would be calling her a murderer every chance the got.

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    bootsy says:

    Oh, you lib fools! He just jumped onto one of O’Keefe’s RapeBoats(tm) and is now living like Gary Cooper in the Objectivist/Libertarian Kingdom of Christian Somalia. Save the prayers for yourselves!

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    The Other Chuck says:

    He brought down with smears and libel an organization that keeps roofs over peoples heads and otherwise empowers the poor. Limbaugh merely talks, Breitbart took tangible action.

    So fuck him. I hope he suffered.

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    Larkspur says:

    @Rick Massimo: Include me in.

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    TooManyJens says:

    @shortstop:

    Dreaded schmeaded. 40 is awesome; do not fear it. My 40s have been far superior to my 30s in almost every way.

    I’m edging up on 40 and really starting to feel that “Fuck it. I’m too old to put up with bullshit. I’m too old to care what people think” vibe. I like it! Female friends of mine in their 40s tell me that’s the best part.

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    Winston Smith says:

    @samara morgan:

    @Winston Smith: i am glad hes dead.
    why pretend?

    I’m not glad Andrew Breitbart is dead. I just won’t miss him. There’s a difference.

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    shortstop says:

    @shortstop: effing around, not effing up. Never that.

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    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    i think death by rage poisoning is likely an occupational hazard for conservative rage-ravers.

    @samara morgan: I have a parent who is really not that into politics but is addicted to rage – just like Breitbart obviously was.

    I have been waiting for a phone call for years. It hasn’t happened yet, and I gotta tell you, I’m somewhat surprised. I could not live with the amount of rage this person carries around on a daily basis.

    Breitbart’s death is no surprise at all. Limbaugh’s will be – don’t know how that guy has lived this long with so much hate in his soul.

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    samara morgan says:

    @Birthmarker: i knoes.
    the juicitariat are mostly weenies.
    they wont even let me say Christie is fat or Romney is a mormon.
    ;)

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    kc says:

    @Tuffy:

    Real justice would have been a double-westuit situation. Oh, well.

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    shortstop says:

    @TooManyJens: It’s true. The significant expansion of the list of things too small to be sweated more than compensates for a slight change in boob latitude and the occasional noun hiding where it can’t be retrieved. (Anyway, those nouns always show up 20 minutes after you stopped needing them.)

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    Wile E. Quixote says:

    @Winston Smith:

    I’m going to bet that Breitbart’s apostles will find great joy in publishing anthologies of the worst comments they can find.

    These are people who cannot inspire love, so they take great pride in inspiring hate. It proves (to them) that they matter.

    (Edit: Some Freepers are trawling Kos and DU looking for exactly such material.)

    Fuck ’em. Who gives a shit? Here’s hoping that reading this comment thread will fill a few more of them with so much rage that they too drop dead at an early age.

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    flukebucket says:

    Here is a link a few of my Facebook friends are putting up to explain it all.

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    @Maus:Ghoulish it may be, but I maintain it was his choice to live so publicly. You can bet your ass he’d have banged on about the need to know the cause of death of a young liberal, just in case it was somehow salacious.

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    samara morgan says:

    @Winston Smith: /shrug
    chacun a son gout.
    do you absolve Breitbart of responsibility for his actions? he was a cognizant actor for the side of evil and oppression.
    ‘sides, im a logical person and i showed the math.

    function [Breitbart] limit 0 == less blogverse poison, less disinformation and scams, less vitriol, less conservative ressentiment on parade, less racism and (hopefully) less James O’Keefe.
    __
    its a mathematical win.

    the world is better without him.
    i shall dance naow.
    ;)

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    kc says:

    @Southern Beale:

    Try to dream about Rush tonight, will you?

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    Poopyman says:

    @SqueakyRat: Good try, troll. Run along now.

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    Gus says:

    @blackfrancis789: Yeah, but that guy was a stroke waiting to happen. You can’t be that intense about stupid bullshit with it not taking a toll on your body.

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    quannlace says:

    Hmm, wonder if it’ll turn out to be something like aortic dissection, the same condition that took John Ritter. Once it starts, it has a very low survival rate.

  451. 451
    TenguPhule says:

    says he died shortly after midnight last night of natural causes.

    One less bullet to shoot for the execution squads.

  452. 452
    SRW1 says:

    Andrew Breitbart made himself look like an idiot when he couldn’t help himself saying shitty things about a political opponent on the occasion of that political opponent passing away.

    Maybe there’s a lesson in there somewhere to be applied on the occasion of Andrew Breitbart’s passing away.

  453. 453
    Tonal Crow says:

    Here’s his memorial video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4od4QQVK1o .

  454. 454
    dlnelson says:

    Whether he died a rich man or a poor man, his children will be eligible for SS until they are 21, I believe. Government dole and all that.

  455. 455
    Jay C says:

    Pithy comment re Andrew Breitbart from Shakespeare’s Sister:

    I didn’t know the man personally, and what I knew of him I did not like.
    __
    But I am not glad he’s dead. I would have preferred instead that he’d lived long enough to change his mind.

  456. 456
    cokane says:

    43 — Natural causes? Wtf?

    Pretty shocking news for someone that wealthy to die so young. I’m pretty skeptical personally.

    Will speak ill of the dead. Fuck it. The man targeted legitimate organizations in his scorched-earth quest to destroy liberals. He ruined ACORN, which doesn’t even really do political organizing. It’s an organization that helps homeless people find housing, and does income tax returns for the really poor, among other, mundane, but necessary services.

    He tried to destroy the reputation of a good public servant, and an organization with a rich history NAACP. All based on what’s the opposite of the truth.

    He tried to destroy one of the best news organizations of our time. Again, with lies and deception. He slammed NPR for bias, while his contribution to the journalistic world the Big Government, etc. sites are a caricature of Fox News.

    As a wiser man once said, if he was given an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.

  457. 457
    Soonergrunt says:

    @rlrr: And Veritas would be eating that shit with a spoon.

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  459. 459
    TenguPhule says:

    How you speak of him now, they will speak of you when your time comes.

    They’d do that anyway.

    Let his spawn’s seed fail and his gene line die out.

    And it needs assistance, well so be it.

  460. 460
    g says:

    @Veritas: Oh, he hurt people. But whatever.

    TPM says he was walking in his Brentwood neighborhood at midnight when he collapsed, then was rushed to UCLA Med Center where he died.

    Seems a little odd.

  461. 461
    Mike in NC says:

    Let us not dwell on his death. Let us, instead, remember his life.

    Meh. Time for Big Celebration.

  462. 462
    Mike says:

    America is a cleaner place without him.

  463. 463
    Soonergrunt says:

    @samara morgan: Knock yourself out with those. Those facts about those men just don’t matter to what damage those men actually do in the world.

  464. 464
    Studly Pantload, the emotionally unavailable unicorn says:

    If the man was anything near the unhinged rage-aholic in his personal life as he was in public, here’s hoping his children are young enough to not have beeen too scarred by having such an unpredictable and devastating firestorm in their home.

  465. 465
    samara morgan says:

    wow……..the protein wisdom comments are fabulous.
    apparently some of the commentors think O’Keefe is “unmasculine”.
    which brings up the next question…….who takes over the Big Whatever media empire if O’Keefe isnt masculine enough?

    masculine defn. n. beefy and ragey, with at least three chins.

  466. 466
    Soonergrunt says:

    @TooManyJens: She’s classier than I am. Good for her.

  467. 467
    Mnemosyne says:

    Between this and James Joyner’s wife, I’m a little freaked out, because Breitbart and I were the same age.

    On the other hand, I have very low blood pressure, no family history of heart disease, and I’m very close to the top of my BMI range, so the likelihood of me dropping dead of a heart attack is fairly low.

  468. 468
    Jennifer says:

    About the nicest thing you could say about him is that he didn’t make the world a better place. I’m sure this is a tragedy for his family. But given that he chose to devote his energies to destruction rather than creation of anything of value, he won’t be missed by the rest of the world.

  469. 469
    Elie says:

    @Will:

    Sorry — that is a pretty weird thing to say. “Our side” can do without mean sociopaths…

  470. 470
    Mnemosyne says:

    @g:

    Not necessarily — haven’t you ever had a dog start scratching the door at midnight because it had to pee NAO!

  471. 471
    MTiffany says:

    I had nothing nice to say about the man when he was alive so I see no reason to start lying about him now.

  472. 472
    Violet says:

    Wow. I’ve been away from everything this morning and am only just now checking in. I’m completely shocked. Condolences to his family. So young.

  473. 473
    MattR says:

    @TooManyJens :@Shana: The original ABC article still has the “child sex trafficking” line. They also have a second article up about Breitbart that describes what happened with ACORN more accurately.

    Breitbart acted as a mentor and advocate for conservative activist James O’Keefe, who propagated hidden-camera videos of him and fellow activist Hannah Giles supposedly catching the low-income housing and voter registration company ACORN giving advice on how to avoid taxes and get away with child prostitution.
    __
    In the selectively edited videos, which Breitbart posted on his websites, Giles dressed as a prostitute and O’Keefe played her pimp while they both attempted to elicit damning responses from ACORN employees. In response to the videos, Congress voted to defund ACORN, essentially putting the community organizing nonprofit out of business.
    __
    The ACORN videos, just like the Sherrod video, were later found to be heavily edited. The Government Accountability Office ultimately issued a report showing ACORN had not mismanaged federal funds.

  474. 474
    MTiffany says:

    @Jennifer:

    “About the nicest thing you could say about him is that he didn’t make the world a better place.”

    That’s not entirely true. I mean, he did leave it, after all.

  475. 475
    samara morgan says:

    @Soonergrunt: well you wont let me say Unjust Immoral America.
    ;)

  476. 476
    wrb says:

    @Martin:

    It’s times like this that I wonder if I have this whole atheism thing wrong.

    Pantheism for me.

    Brietbart was for the trashing of nature. “Natural Causes” got him. Then snickered.

  477. 477
    TooManyJens says:

    @MattR: Yes, that article’s much better. Maybe Christina Ng needs to walk down the hall and get her colleague to explain to her what really happened.

  478. 478
    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    do you absolve Breitbart of responsibility for his actions? he was a cognizant actor for the side of evil and oppression.

    @samara morgan: Can I steal this? Sick to death of the “turn the other cheek” crowd bawling about how uncivil we’re being. He knew what he was doing.

    Think I’ll join you in some dancing on the grave of a murderous rage addict who would have merrily given orders for any of the commentors here to be run over with a bulldozer without a second thought.

  479. 479
    Soonergrunt says:

    @samara morgan: I’ll let you say whatever you want, as long as you stay on topic in my threads. How the others police their threads is their business. You get to deal (or not) with the fall out from the community from your comments. Just like everyone else.

  480. 480
    jim filyaw says:

    i’ll try to be nice, but i can’t help but imagine the glee we’d hear from the likes of limbaugh and hannity if krugman, stewart, or benen were to bite the dust. the best i can do is f***’im!

  481. 481
    penpen says:

    @Winston Smith:

    He was probably killed by CANADIAN geese who here here illegally.

    LOL

    Bravo!

  482. 482
    Tonal Crow says:

    @wrb:

    Brietbart was for the trashing of nature. “Natural Causes” got him. Then snickered.

    I hadn’t previously thought of the phrase “natural causes” in quite that way.

  483. 483
    Beauzeaux says:

    The only possible sympathy is for his children who did not choose to be related to him. However, his wife married him on purpose and his friends knew what he was.

  484. 484
    ShadeTail says:

    It is absolutely wrong to speak ill of the dead.

    Gosh, Stalin was efficient, wasn’t he?

  485. 485
    pseudonymous in nc says:

    I feel sad for his kids. I feel happy for the families of those whose lives will now not be ruined by his actions.

  486. 486
    Bmaccnm says:

    @Mueller: Piss off. I know people who have actually made the world a better place. No one can claim that for Andrew Breitbart.

  487. 487
    samara morgan says:

    @Soonergrunt: i guess you and Dennis and tim f. havent banned me……. yet.
    Kay threatened to.
    the rest all have, even the MasterTroll.
    freddie and er-ick just marked my comments as spam in WP so i couldn’t comment.
    didnt actually have the nads for upfront banning i guess.
    ;)

  488. 488

    WWBD?

    Or, let’s say Maddow passed away, what would Breitbart say?

  489. 489
    Mueller says:

    Small mean words from small mean people.

  490. 490
    samara morgan says:

    @Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity: help yourself.
    Breitbart was an agent for evil and disinformation. He was a rational actor by his standards. he chose his path.
    the world is a better place without him.
    i shall dance, and none will stop me.
    /jete, jete, pas de chat, sorti de basque, channee, channee sur le coup de pied
    ;)

  491. 491
    Catsy says:

    @walker10: Oh look, we seem to have attracted a bevy of concern trolls, expressing their deep concern about how very uncivil we’re being by celebrating the passing of a vile propagandist who made a career out of race-baiting, voter suppression, libel and mendacity.

    I eagerly await links to where they took their peers to task for celebrating the death of OBL. Because we mustn’t speak ill of the recently deceased, no matter how awful a person they were or how much damage they did to society.

    Your concern has been noted and filed in the appropriate drawer. Run along and play now.

  492. 492
    amk says:

    @Mueller: GFY. small & mean enough ?

  493. 493
    TooManyJens says:

    @mikefromArlington:

    Or, let’s say Maddow passed away, what would Breitbart say?

    Something shitty. And then we’d say, “See, more evidence of what a fucking asshole he is.” Not sure I see the point of using that as a yardstick for behavior.

  494. 494
    ShadeTail says:

    @Mueller:

    You know yourself so well. But enough of *your* petty self-congratulating nasty attitude, this post and discussion thread is about a different small mean asshole.

  495. 495
    Maus says:

    @Mueller: Enjoy your stay.

  496. 496
    Maus says:

    @Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity:

    Breitbart’s death is no surprise at all. Limbaugh’s will be – don’t know how that guy has lived this long with so much hate in his soul.

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/424060_608261147762_14101146_32765092_848014682_n.jpg

  497. 497
    dww44 says:

    @elmo: I somehow missed the CPAC meltdown. Was that this year? a Link? While I’ve not read down this long thread I like what Hilary Rosen had to say. She was quoted by Josh Marshall.

    I noticed on my Facebook feed this morning this comment from my friend Hilary Rosen: “‎#AndrewBreitbart RIP you big crazy rabble-rousing bundle of contradictions, loathsome actions and a giant heart. You have made your mark.” I don’t think I can say anything more fitting.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/a.....?ref=fpblg

  498. 498
    Jim Treacher says:

    Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

  499. 499
    Maus says:

    @dww44:

    and a giant heart

    Literally, not figuratively.

  500. 500
    Winston Smith says:

    @samara morgan:

    do you absolve Breitbart of responsibility for his actions?

    Of course not? It the fact that I’m not celebrating his death equal to me celebrating his life? Are we in wingnutlang now?

    he was a cognizant actor for the side of evil and oppression.

    Agreed. I don’t see his death as any kind of victory against that side. The qualifications for his job were “angry, stupid and without any devotion to the truth.” There are no shortage of candidates to fill his shoes. His passing will result in exactly ZERO reduction in the right’s capacity to traffic in lies.

  501. 501
    TooManyJens says:

    Oh look, the bottom-feeders are here.

  502. 502
    shortstop says:

    Josh Marshall’s needs-an-editor-as-badly-as-ever post notes that Breitbart tried and failed to engage him via tweet last night. A quick look at AB’s Twitter account reveals that he was blustering and braying at people almost up to his death; as usual, the tweets get more bizarre as the hours past first cocktail add up. His last day on earth, like the others, was fittingly wasted.

  503. 503
    Marci Kiser says:

    This walking ragegasm had a wife and kids? Great. So did Osama bin Laden (actually, OBL had more of the former and latter). Funny how the ‘husband and father’ club was never used to beat people when they cheered his death.

  504. 504
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Jim Treacher: But plenty of people who suffered for Breitbart’s shitty actions in the world can be reached for comment. The difference between him and you, Jimmy, is that Breitbart’s death is worth a couple of threads and yours won’t rate but a comment or two in a pre-existing open thread.

  505. 505
    dww44 says:

    @sloan: Why don’t we all bombard ABC News and say this very thing? That his jihad against ACORN had no basis in fact and ABC ought to correct its text to reflect the truth.

  506. 506
    Socraticsilence says:

    If I believed in an afterlife I suppose his supporters mightb take comfort in the possibility that he’s smearing Jesus in heaven now.

  507. 507
    Jim Treacher says:

    @Soonergrunt: Your venomous rage speaks for itself.

  508. 508
    Schlemizel says:

    WOW! 508 comments! Anyone know the longest thread in BJ history? Too bad the subject didn’t deserve this much attention. (sez the guy who as a dozen of those posts here)

  509. 509
    Catsy says:

    @Schlemizel: I believe the longest threads in B-J history were inspired by either ABL or ED Kain posting on a day ending with “Y”, or toko loko going off her meds.

  510. 510
    Tonal Crow says:

    There once was a liar named Breitbart,
    Who reveled in amoral street art,
    He’s now passed away,
    And “good riddance” I say,
    For America desp’rately needs restart.


    See his memorial video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4od4QQVK1o

  511. 511
    Karen says:

    @Veritas:

    Oh please Veritas. As if you wouldn’t be celebrating if Obama was killed. Or his family. You’d be at the head of the line, buying tons of champagne.

  512. 512
    Karen says:

    I won’t say all kinds of horrible things because it’s so well known it’s redundant. But what I will say is karma is a bitch. All the money in the world can’t protect you from that.

  513. 513
    dance around in your bones says:

    My first kid almost died of an aneurysm at age 16. A sudden collapse on the sidewalk makes me think aneurysm or heart attack.

    I am not a doctor, and I’ve never played one on TV.

    So sad for those (however many) who loved him; but I for one will not miss his toxic mischief-making. He harmed a lot of good, decent people. What a crummy thing to have said about you when you are gone. Well, hell – he did that all on his own. Writhe in peace?

  514. 514
    trex says:

    @Jim Treacher

    Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment

    I’m going to assume she objected to lying hatemongers on a vendetta to destroy the lives of good people just as much as any decent person would.

    Your venomous rage speaks for itself

    Bwaaaahahaha! Uh…you have READ Breitbart, right? Seen him on video? Maybe scrolled through his twitter feed once or twice? Methinks you need to reexamine your line of attack here. Or were you just confused and thinking of Breitbart’s bizarre public “Stop raping!” paroxysm when you wrote that?

    Whether you like it or not, society doesn’t miss a hatemonger he’s gone. Fools might, but not the higher-minded.

  515. 515
    The Populist says:

    @Enhanced Voting Techniques:

    This. I wonder if he had some genetic issue that finally caught up to him?

    I don’t wish anyone death so I feel for his family.

  516. 516
    The Populist says:

    @Veritas: Uhhh no they weren’t Veritas. Proof or your making shit up.

    BTW, go back to CI. I’ve seen you over at that cesspool.

  517. 517
    ladies auxiliary fuckhead (f/k/a eemom) says:

    @Schlemizel:
    @Catsy:

    The longest I remember was the ABL-Cole-Greenwald twitter imbroglio last New Year’s, which topped 1,000.

  518. 518
    Samara Morgan says:

    @Jim Treacher: we aren’t mad! we are happy!
    happy happy joy joy
    ;)

  519. 519
    Q.Q. Moar says:

    Hey guys, Jim Treacher is here to tell us how grown-ups are supposed to act!

  520. 520
    fidelio says:

    @J.D. Rhoades: Where should we deliver the internet you just won?!

  521. 521
    Samara Morgan says:

    @Winston Smith: dude, i showed you the math.
    its a victory.
    it will take quite a while for another orc with comparable influence to emerge from Sarumans pits.
    indeed, without Breitbart the Big Whatever media empire may crumble into dust.
    Even the PW commentariat thinks O’Keefe is too effeminate to take on the job.

  522. 522
    shortstop says:

    @ladies auxiliary fuckhead (f/k/a eemom): Give it to us in 100 words or less, whydoncha.

  523. 523
    negative 1 says:

    Here’s an attempt to make something positive out of him, or at least his death…
    I never knew that he was adopted but if he died of natural causes at 43 he may have been predisposed for a health condition and never known it? Why? Because it is often difficult for adopted children to access medical records from their birth parents if those records exist at all. It could have been really important, maybe Breitbart would have been more wary of heart disease if he knew he had a genetic predisposition. A small thing to change, but one that should be. The parent putting the child up for adoption could still be kept confidential, but their family medical history should travel with the adoption records.

  524. 524
    Corner Stone says:

    @Wile E. Quixote: Holy shit! The windmills didn’t get you after all.

  525. 525
    Samara Morgan says:

    @Q.Q. Moar: oh goody, i luff Treacher Time.
    How did his personal injury lawsuit work out?
    didnt he get hit by a mystery black SUV last time he was here?

  526. 526
    Paul in KY says:

    I feel about the same as when Micheal Kelly died.

  527. 527
    Comrade Mary says:

    @shortstop:

    I am kinda laughing at all the people here who are 43, though. I’d have put a couple of them in their mid- to late 30s and one of them in his 60s or 70s. Limitations of the typed word.

    Guess my age and my eye colour and you’ll win a prize.

  528. 528
    Q.Q. Moar says:

    Trolling through the ‘Breitbart in memoriam’ comments at Freak Repugnant, I found this gem: “That’s what I like about FR. FR is the best dissimulator of information in the Free World.”

    Breitbart was also a great dissimulator of information, so I can understand why the FR rubes feel such a pang of loss.

  529. 529
    Comrade Mary says:

    @SqueakyRat: Fuck you, ghoul.

  530. 530
    Samara Morgan says:

    @Jim Treacher:

    Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

    wallah…..that is the exact same thing the Mad Semiotic OUTLAW! Wrestler said at his blog.
    are you the same guy?

    has n/e one ever seen Treacher and Goldstein together?

  531. 531
    Tonal Crow says:

    @Samara Morgan: Na. The Dark Lord does not lack Orcs.

  532. 532
    Tonal Crow says:

    @Q.Q. Moar:

    Trolling through the ‘Breitbart in memoriam’ comments at Freak Repugnant, I found this gem: “That’s what I like about FR. FR is the best dissimulator of information in the Free World.”

    FTW!

  533. 533
    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    Crossposted at Protein Jizzdom:

    Smile, cons. Right about now someone is weighing Breitbart’s swollen liver.

  534. 534
    THE says:

    I can believe the rage shortened his life. It often does, I think.

    But death is always the greater enemy for me. So I try never to rejoice at it. Ever. On principle.

  535. 535
    Ruckus says:

    As positive as I can be.
    The world is a better place today. Not a lot better mind you, but better.

  536. 536
    Samara Morgan says:

    @Tonal Crow: ahhh, but apparently he lacks sufficiently manly orcs.

    Abe Froman says March 1, 2012 at 10:33 am
    He didn’t slander Shirley Sherrod. Are you really this stupid? As to O’Keefe, he’s an odd duck, but aside from his political convictions, he’s pretty much a left-wing-style weirdo. Maybe you resent that there’s one theatrical and not particularly masculine cat on our side when ya’ll thought you had the market cornered.

  537. 537
    Samara Morgan says:

    srsly, what will happen to Big Hollywood and Big Government and the Big Whatever media empire?

  538. 538
    harlana says:

    @Rafer Janders: whatevs, you don’t have to agree with it (nobody does) / so sorry i offended you or insulted your obviously supreme intelligence with my particular “fairies” philosophy / i do not attack or criticize atheists or agnostics here (it’s called “tolerance” and “acceptance” of different viewpoints) and i would appreciate it if you would not attempt to shame me because i believe in some form of existence after death.

  539. 539
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Jim Treacher: I feel about Breitbart the same way I would feel on the death of a child molester. At least he won’t be able to hurt any more innocents for his jollies.
    I assure you, there is no rage.

  540. 540
    harlana says:

    @Rafer Janders: but beyond that, i think you’re hot. call me.

  541. 541
    Wile E. Quixote says:

    @Jim Treacher:
    Hey Jim, I hear that a job just opened up at Big Government. You should totally go for it, that way you wouldn’t have to be Tucker Carlson’s bitch any more.

  542. 542
    Samara Morgan says:

    @Wile E. Quixote: lawl.

    Frum pretty much gets what im feelin’.

    And this is where it becomes difficult to honor the Roman injunction to speak no ill of the dead. It’s difficult for me to assess Breitbart’s impact upon American media and American politics as anything other than poisonous. When one of the leading media figures of the day achieves his success by his giddy disdain for truth and fairness—when one of our leading political figures offers to his admirers a politics inflamed by rage and devoid of ideas—how to withhold a profoundly negative judgment on his life and career?
    Especially when that career was so representative of his times?
    We live in a time of political and media demagoguery unparalleled since the 19th century. Many of our most important public figures have gained their influence and power by inciting and exploiting the ugliest of passions—by manipulating fears and prejudices—by serving up falsehoods as reported truth. In time these figures will one by one die. What are we to say of this cohort, this group, this generation? That their mothers loved them? That their families are bereaved? That their fans admired them and their employees treated generously by them? Public figures are inescapably judged by their public actions. When those public actions are poisonous, the obituary cannot be pleasant reading.

    that is why the world is a better place today.

  543. 543
    Samara Morgan says:

    @Jim Treacher: see what Frum says here?

    This indifference to detail suffused all of Breitbart’s work, and may indeed be his most important and lasting legacy. Breitbart sometimes got stories right (Anthony Weiner). More often he got them wrong (Sherrod). He did not much care either way. Just as all is fair in a shooting war, so manipulation and deception are legitimate tools in a culture war. Breitbart used those tools without qualm or regret, and he inspired a cohort of young conservative journalists to do likewise.

    that is Breitbarts legacy, Treach. Its you and Fucker Carlson and James Poulos the Tarnsman of Gor and James O’Keefe. A cohort of young conservative ratfuckers that are willing to use any lie, any inflammatory rhetoric, say anything, do anything to win.

  544. 544
    liberal says:

    @Winston Smith:

    I don’t see his death as any kind of victory against that side. The qualifications for his job were “angry, stupid and without any devotion to the truth.” There are no shortage of candidates to fill his shoes. His passing will result in exactly ZERO reduction in the right’s capacity to traffic in lies.

    Probably the strongest argument against dancing on his grave.

  545. 545
    Samara Morgan says:

    @Jim Treacher: and conservatives can’t ever “win” the “culture war” or “take back culture”, no matter how many dirty tricks you use.
    Because culture isnt a steering wheel you can grab on to wrench back onto your conservative path.
    That is what Big Hollywood was, Breitbarts attempt to “take back culture”.
    Culture is not a steering wheel…it is a multidimensional reflective surface.
    Liberals will always beat you in the culture wars because they are just being part of culture, being themselves, just trying to write a good book, make a good film, write and perform good music.
    I dont think Breitbart ever understood culture at all.

  546. 546
    Samara Morgan says:

    @liberal: you and winston are wrong.
    Breitbart was an avatar of a kind of culture warrior who would do anything and say anything to “win”.
    i think Big Government and Big Hollywood will whither and die without him.
    and that is a thing to eminently be desired.

  547. 547
    Catsy says:

    @liberal: It is only a strong argument against dancing on the graves of evil men if you agree with the premise of the argument: namely, that Breitbart’s passing “will result in exactly ZERO reduction in the right’s capacity to traffic in lies”.

    How so? That there is no shortage of bile and mendacity on the right is not news. But few right-wing smear peddlers are as successful or influential as Breitbart was, or as capable of commanding undeserved credibility from the media for his lies.

    Sure, ten more wingnuts will try to step into his shoes. That doesn’t mean they’ll be successful at doing so. This is a net improvement in American politics and society no matter how you slice it.

  548. 548
    Corner Stone says:

    @Jim Treacher: Was it Teddy K. who tried to run you down in the street that one time?
    Or did he contract it out since you’re such a powerful voice for conservatives?

  549. 549
    Winston Smith says:

    @Samara Morgan:

    dude, i showed you the math.
    its a victory.
    it will take quite a while for another orc with comparable influence to emerge from Sarumans pits.
    indeed, without Breitbart the Big Whatever media empire may crumble into dust.
    Even the PW commentariat thinks O’Keefe is too effeminate to take on the job.

    I would like to agree with you, but I can’t. Don’t forget that Breitbart was not really self-created. He wrote a fan email to Drudge, and started there. He then became the beneficiary of Wingnut Welfare™. There are plenty of grubs ready to transform into a new creepy-crawly. Breitbart just wasn’t that special. Heck, the people who paid Andrew will probably save his widow by giving her his position. Really, how hard is it to be slightly more crazy than Erick Erickson and slightly less crazy than Joseph Farah?

  550. 550
    Joe Bauers says:

    “Also, treat his death better than Andrew Breitbart treated Ted Kennedy’s death, at least.”

    No. Fuck that guy in half. I’d say fuck him to death, but I guess I’m too late for that. I’m not going to pretend that the world was a better place with that fucker walking around in it.

    In conclusion, fuck him.

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    Ben Franklin says:

    @Corner Stone:

    They weren’t AJAX windmills..

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Winston Smith:

    Really, how hard is it to be slightly more crazy than Erick Erickson and slightly less crazy than Joseph Farah?

    Well, it was a hard enough balancing act that the stress killed him.

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    Joe Bauers says:

    @Jim Treacher:

    Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

    He’s dead, Jim. Can he at some point have been dead long enough for you ghouls to let that poor woman rest in peace, and stop dragging her corpse out to use as a cudgel against Kennedy?

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    Lucy says:

    You pathetic libs are still crying in your beer over the revelations that nailed your most idiotic idols. We’ll see who mourns for the idiots and for all of you. Go forth and ?

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    Soonergrunt says:

    I don’t see anyone here crying in beer or anything else. Except a bunch of conservatives. Andy made racism, mendacity, and hypocrisy into things to be proud of for you guys and that’s why they and you are shooting the squid clouds of butthurt. The great universal arbiter of justice has called Andrew Breitbart to an early judgment. There’s enough evidence to condemn it seems. I hope for the sake of whatever sad, lonely people who have nothing positive by which to judge and therefore love you that you’re not too close to 43.

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    samara morgan says:

    @Winston Smith: well sure. O’Keefe is one. but he doesnt have enough chins.
    nah, there are thousand count threads all over the conservosphere overflowing with weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    And given Breitbarts last rage-rave going off on the owwies, i suspect the onset of vascular dementia. mebbe the Kochs had him whacked before he could destroy his own brand.
    ;)

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    opie_jeanne says:

    @Elizabelle: Maybe the Mormons will baptize him. Wouldn’t that be special.

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    opie_jeanne says:

    @Bobby Thomson: Yeah, but what’s the fun in taking the money from the survivors?

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    Markmac says:

    Breitbart was a foul piece of human scum who enjoyed lying about other people for his own benefit. Fuck ‘im.

    Too soon?

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    Jim Treacher says:

    @trex: Bwaaahaha indeed.

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    Jim Treacher says:

    @Joe Bauers: I’m not the one who brought her into it, Copernicus.

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    Jim Treacher says:

    @Corner Stone: No, and no. Please let me know if you have any other stupid questions.

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    Jim Treacher says:

    @Samara Morgan: Look at the pretty lights. The pretty, pretty lights.

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    Jim Treacher says:

    @Samara Morgan: And then what happened, hon?

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    Jim Treacher says:

    @Soonergrunt: You are full of rage. Just accept it, sweetie.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Jim Treacher: And what kind of wierd sexual thing have you got that you call a guy “sweetie”? Gay people don’t do that, so there has to be something abnormal about your own.
    I’ll bet the neighbors keep their pets and children away from you, don’t they?

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    Jim Treacher says:

    @Soonergrunt: Why does it bother you, sweetie?

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