#nerdprom Open Thread

Obama was amusing.

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  1. 1
    Raven says:

    Raining men?

  2. 2
    Clime Acts says:

    Don’t forget cool.

  3. 3
    Clime Acts says:

    And smooth.

  4. 4
    Clime Acts says:

    We do not deserve this man.

  5. 5
    JGabriel says:

    I missed the nerdprom. Anyone got a link to an online stream of it?


  6. 6
    Raven says:

    Motherfuckin heads are explodin on the War on Christmas!

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    cathyx says:

    What is nerdprom? A dance event?

  8. 8
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?

    Pit bulls are DELICIOUS!

  9. 9
    Quaker in a Basement says:

    Somewhere in a different universe, there’s a president who is exactly like Obama, except he’s white and Republican.

    He enjoys an unrivaled cult of devotion.

  10. 10
    cathyx says:

    Oh, the correspondents dinner.

  11. 11
    Raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I didn’t quite get that either.

  12. 12
    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    So, today in the mail I received my California voter info pamphlet for the June “primary” election, and inside, I see that, running for the Senate as a Republican is… Orly fucking Taitz.

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    MikeJ says:

    @cathyx: Trying to make the correspondent’s dinner sound cooler than it is. I’ve been to enough YAPCs and foo camps to know how real geeks party. Luke Russert would have his lunch money taken from him at a real nerd prom.

  14. 14
    efgoldman says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass:

    I see that, running for the Senate as a Republican is… Orly fucking Taitz.

    Oh, do go vote for it in the GOBP primary. DO! (Assuming there’s nothing of importance on the Dem side, where you live.)

  15. 15
    The Dangerman says:

    Sadly, Kimmel is going down in flames…

    ETA: OK, the Sully/Lindsay joke was pretty good…

  16. 16
    Alison says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: Hrrm, wonder when I’ll get mine. What the eff are we even voting on in June?

  17. 17
    PeorgieTirebiter says:

    @The Dangerman: that’s putting it mildly. farging awful.

  18. 18
    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @Alison: There are two ballot measures, propositions 28 and 29 (vote NO on 28, YES on 29), plus various primaries and local stuff, depending on where you live.

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    mcd410x says:

    There’s an alarming percentage of folks who rip the Villagers but secretly want to be them.

    What Charles Pierce said.

    This “event” makes me want to vomit.

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    JGabriel says:

    Well, Kimmel was … uneven. Some good jokes, a lot not so good.


  21. 21

    He sucked syphilitic donkeys.

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    jl says:

    I forgot about the thing, so just caught a few minutes at the end of Kimmel’s act.

    Kimmel ended pretty OK. Seemed pretty phoned in, explored an inch or two beyond mild inoffensiveness. Appropriate subdued mild laffs, just what you need at a lame event like this before the schmoozefest continues.

    Ed Henry is really funny, though, IMHO. Laffs.

  23. 23
    gogol's wife says:


    I am not watching this event (will try to see Obama tomorrow if somebody puts it up somewhere), but I read an article about Kimmel getting ready for it, and it was pre-ordained that he wouldn’t be good, because the whole thing was about how he had to avoid being “rude” like Stephen Colbert.

    Stephen Colbert’s performance will survive through the ages.

  24. 24
    Old Dan and Little Ann says:

    I thought it was funny.

  25. 25
    Alison says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: Oh right, the tobacco tax thingie. I was just chuckling the other day at a commercial about how awful it was…paid for by Philip Morris. OH WELL OKAY THEN.

    28 I’m less sure about – what’s your reasons for being against it? (Not being ornery, I’m honestly curious because I’m undecided)

  26. 26
    Soonergrunt says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: That was funny.

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    4tehlulz says:

    @Ben Cisco (onboard the Defiant): So he had an unusually good night then?

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    jl says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Maybe people should just watch reruns of the Colbert extravaganza.

    I think the Kimmel non joke joke about the corporate press will be about as far as anyone goes from now on.

    If Mitt wins, in the midst of the rubble, the press dinner will be fun, if you like black humor. The corporate raider and office supply jokes will be hoots.

    Anyway, it was a few laughs. Nice lead in for ‘Senate Agriculture Cmte. Marks Up the 2012 Farm Bill’ Think I’ll click on that.

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    askew says:

    Obama was hysterical tonight and very, very biting. He was much, much harsher and funnier than Kimmel.

    I am hoping for Jimmy Fallon next year.

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    lamh35 says:

    What I want to know is how many people here and in the room other than the urban press and Black conservatives and maybe a few young interns actually got the joke about “Young Jeezy”?

    If ya didn’t here it is:

    Young Jeezy – My President ft. Nas

    Fox News is gonna explode!

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    DCLaw1 says:

    Kimmel kept rushing and stepping on his jokes. If time was tight, he should have cut the dozen or so groaners.

  32. 32
    arguingwithsignposts says:

    There has really only been one nerd prom, and the Colbert will never be topped.

    ETA: Fuck you, clime acts.

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    Clime Acts says:


    There’s an alarming percentage of folks who rip the Villagers but secretly want to be them.


    Many of them comment at Balloon Juice.

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    jl says:

    @askew: I missed Obama’s act. Except for the clip up on youtube already about the pit bull.

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    gbear says:

    @mcd410x: That pathetic slide show at Huffpo (Pierce’s link) is worth slogging through all the photos of ‘glamorous’ villagers just to get to the picture of Rachel Maddow in jeans and a black pullover and drinks in hand. She was so not like the others that I laughed. I bet she even considered wearing a hoodie to the event.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @Alison: My root problem with 28 is that I think term limits for the Assembly and Senate should be abolished entirely, it was a bad idea from the get-go, and has given us an even bigger group of idiots in the legislature,

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    MikeJ says:


    I bet she even considered wearing a hoodie to the event.

    She didn’t want to get shot.

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    Clime Acts says:


    She was so not like the others that I laughed.

    So what the fuck was she doing at this repulsive freak show?

    If Obama had any cojones he would have told the organizers to fuck off thank you, he had much better ways to spend his time.

    But no…there he was sitting in the Imperial Throne, demonstrating how very much things have CHANGED since he came into office.


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    gbear says:

    Did Obama bring up the names Thomas Mann or Norman Ornstein? Were they at the event?

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    Nellcote says:


    If Mitt wins, in the midst of the rubble, the press dinner will be fun, if you like black humor.

    Mitt in blackface doing comedy?

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    gbear says:

    @Clime Acts: Free drinks, free food, free freak show? How could she refuse?

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    Culture of Truth says:

    Yes, Obama was harsher and funnier than I expected. He did that thing again where it’s all in fun until he cuts you. That dog video cracked me up.

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    Nellcote says:


    I am hoping for Jimmy Fallon next year.

    Ed Henry gets to pick. I’m betting on Dennis Miller.

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    AA+ Bonds says:


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    Nellcote says:

    @Culture of Truth:

    He did that thing again where it’s all in fun until he cuts you.


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    DCLaw1 says:

    Argle barge and get off my lawn! What’s all this laughing amidst the grim march of a gray, joyless life??

  48. 48

    Well, I posted this downstairs but this may be a better place since it’s an open thread:

    Nerves Have Been Struck.

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    AA+ Bonds says:


    just to get to the picture of Rachel Maddow in jeans and a black pullover and drinks in hand

    This is in no way a knock on Maddow (and I have plenty of them if you want some) but my experience of the D.C. crowd is that if she were a straight white woman she would never, ever, ever be allowed to get away with that but as a lesbian she has been Othered

  50. 50

    In other news I seem to be getting a ton of search engine hits off the terms “Obama fillibuster proof majority,” etc. I’m guessing one of those chain e-mail has started going around and people are Googling to see if it’s true?

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Oh, I got it. It was a poke at Sarah Palin’s line four years ago when she posed the same question and answered it “Lipstick” — and also a poke at everyone who’s having a fit over his having tasted dog when he was a child in Indonesia.

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    hildebrand says:

    @Clime Acts: Such a jolly soul aren’t we? Such a marvelous right little ray of sunshine? I dub thee Marvin henceforth and forevermore.

    Edit: Just the personality, mind you, not the brain size.

  53. 53
    4tehlulz says:

    inb4 Seal Team 6 raid on Mitt.

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    Alison says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: Ah, okay – definitely can see your point. Fuck, any resident of our ridonkulous state should feel the same way these days.

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    jl says:

    @Nellcote: No, I wasn’t thinking about that kind of black humor. I was thinking about jokes that end like:

    “So if get them individually packaged, you can lower the markup and with the rebate, you’re ahead one and a half percent per 30 minute customer rollover and can lose one FTE.”


    har har har.

    All you folks in purchasing know the set up.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    I don’t watch tend to watch utter shit about rich people glad-handing each other but I have to assume Clime Acts is funnier than anything that happened this year

    The only real humor I have seen from this business, ever, was the Hulk Hogan bit about the birth certificate and that was only funny to me because it relates to an inside joke between me and a best friend

  57. 57

    I didn’t watch Nerd Prom but according to Twitter Kimmel called the media out for being what’s wrong with the world, or something to that effect.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    I mean the funniest thing that could happen to the Correspondents’ Dinner is if it turned out they were actually just shipping everyone who walked through the door to a camp in Siberia

    And no, someone saying something like that from the stage while all of them look uncomfortable or laugh or whatever does not qualify as ‘funny’

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    Anya says:

    @Clime Acts: You’re a perpetual outrage machine aren’t you?

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    David Koch says:

    Obama was funny. Not as funny as last year, but still funny.

    Kimmel was flat, but that’s understandable, he’s not a political comedian like Seth Myer.

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    gbear says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Well we’re all glad that you have a sliver of human experience that allows you to feel the smallest sense of pleasure over one of the bits.

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    jl says:

    @Southern Beale: It will be interesting to see if Kimmel’s thirty seconds of diluted Colbert will cause of fuss. If it does, the press is a bunch of pompous losers (except rich losers).

    Thanks to mcd410x @19 for the Pierce link. I clicked through the slide show. I am so out of it, I do not know who half those people are.

    I don’t think Blitzer was really there, though. The pics look like it was someone a Wolf Blitzer mask taped over his face.

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    AA+ Bonds says:


    Let’s be honest: you have no experience that actually allows you to relate to any of these monsters, and that’s a good thing and I hope you look in the mirror and feel proud of that because you should, you really should

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    If not thinking the Correspondents’ Dinner is funny means that someone has no sense of humor, then the sick joke is that America still exists

  65. 65
    jl says:

    @AA+ Bonds: I find the correspondents dinner funny. Ha ha funny. Like a clown.

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    AA+ Bonds says:


    One does have to have some real gallows humor that the ruling class is more the ruling class than ever before in the history of the United States

    If you couldn’t laugh that these people walk free and get paid for it and go to parties like this on our dime, you’d go insane

  67. 67
    Yutsano says:

    Eric Fehnstrom has to be a Democratic plant. He just has to be. No way in the world could anyone buy this bullshit.

    (warning: Hufflepuff link)

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    JGabriel says:

    The prophet Nostradumbass:

    So, today in the mail I received my California voter info pamphlet for the June “primary” election, and inside, I see that, running for the Senate as a Republican is… Orly fucking Taitz

    If you can vote in the CA GOP primary, then you must vote for Orly. I so hope she wins the nomination. The country needs a birther dentist lawyer Likudnik running for national office, if only to provide comic fodder for the writers at The Daily Show.


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    jl says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Some day, there will be four while a GOPper is president. If the current GOP goon show does not shut down soon and they don’t reform themselves, think about what that will be like.

    Yeah, it will take some robust gallows humor to get through.

    Hope, and pretty sure, not next year though.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Culture of Truth:
    It can’t be fun being the main comedy act at the WHCD if you have to keep it nice and polite, and then you get upstaged, as a comedian, by POTUS.

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    amk says:

    @Clime Acts:

    birther, deather and a racist pig. A 3-fer. Victory!

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    I think my friends are funny; I think these people are my enemies and the enemies of the American people

    Goebbels got some decent laugh lines in too over the years, no lie, but when I go through the archives at Calvin, I am not exactly doubled over

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    gbear says:

    @AA+ Bonds: I’m not even watching the damned thing. I’m going to wait until tomorrow to watch Obama’s speech. I’m only commenting on your puffed-up outrage over a dress-up party because you’re so completely humorless about it.

    When I look in the mirror. I see an old guy who a coworker just told me looks a lot like the captain of the Titanic, and the fuck I’m going to feel any guilt or shame at your expense.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @AA+ Bonds: you should know from tired comedy acts.

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    lamh35 says:

    I’m finally watching Obama’s WHCD bit it was way more biting than I expected.

    And way better than Kimmel.

    Oh and that dog video was pretty funny

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    jl says:

    @JGabriel: CA has an open primary coming up. No reason to vote for any crazy person.

    But, if you could stick the GOP with some one like her, it would be interesting.

    It will be interesting to see how many state leg and congressional districts where no GOPper at all will get enough votes to get into general. I bet there will be at least a few.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    I don’t rag on the press as a social institution – which is good for me, because these people aren’t the press

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    AA+ Bonds says:


    If there’s one thing I do a lot, it’s laugh

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    DCLaw1 says:


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    AA+ Bonds says:


    It’s possible you’re just old

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    You can bet the farm that they’ll never, ever invite Colbert back.

    Because he ripped them a plethora of new ones when he was there. They were all deserved, too.

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    DCLaw1 says:


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    AA+ Bonds says:


    So in other words you’ve given up

    I really find it fascinating that so many people here think that there is no difference between laughing and laughing at rich celebrities

    What miserable people your friends must be

    Then again, if you’re really a lawyer in D.C., you must be deep into Stockholm syndrome with these freaks

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    A Humble Lurker says:

    @Clime Acts:
    Finally getting some self awareness? ’bout damn time.

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    gbear says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Super. Just keep turning that frown upside down.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @lamh35: You were right. That crowd didn’t appreciate the Young Jeezy joke. And the, what looked like, ad-lib with Michelle afterward made it even more effective.

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    DCLaw1 says:

    @AA+ Bonds: “So in other words you’ve given up”

    Turns out you are pretty funny!

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a lawyer and then have to spend time next to the actual ruling class – the truly wealthy and their indolent lifestyles, people who would commit suicide if they were told they’d have to live on your income as an attorney

    It must be extremely stressful especially if you are fake laughing at their jokes all the time and going on the Internet to defend them

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @AA+ Bonds: And it’s possible your act is old.

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    xian says:

    better trolls please

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    lamh35 says:

    @Hill Dweller: the laughs you heard were from the urban press and the younger members (white and black). The ole farts had NO idea who Jeezy is made it funnier for me cause soon as I heard it I thought of “My President Is…” POTUS just made Jeezy’s night.

    Oh and the wink after he said he was born in Hawaii was awesome!

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    DCLaw1 says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Yes, they are indeed quite bleak and stressful, these things you imagine. Man, I’m getting stressed out and depressed already just visualizing them!

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    jl says:

    This is funny. Youngman says he did bird calls at the White House. They could get Berle and Youngman next year. Oh, wait, too late.

    Henny Youngman heckles Milton Berle 1966

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    Paddy says:

    @JGabriel: Here’s complete videos of PBO’s “Speech”, the red carpet etc should be available at CSPAN.

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    lamh35 says:

    Oh and Keith Olbermann’s had the thinest damn skin ever. Dude is damn near transculent.

    He now mad at Jimmy Kimmel for the jokes Kimmel told at WHCD.

    Jeez…Keith O really needs to get over himself.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    It is very genuinely funny for me to think of the Washington press corps showing up to the big shithead party in all their stolen finery, and getting bags thrown over their head, and getting pushed off a plane a few hours later and frogmarched into a Baghdad prison by singing and clapping Iraqis

    Come on, you’d love that, deep down you’re human too, allow yourself to chuckle

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    lamh35 says:

    So since Ed Henry the head of WHCD next year, who’s the host…some conservative comedian???? Jeff Foxworthy or Dennis Miller…ugh!

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    DCLaw1 says:

    @lamh35: That’s so awesome to hear.

    @AA+ Bonds: This is the part where I nervously back away while looking to see if you’ve got a shiv palmed.

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    Redshift says:


    Some day, there will be four while a GOPper is president. If the current GOP goon show does not shut down soon and they don’t reform themselves, think about what that will be like.

    That’s easy — it’ll be Rich Little or Zombie Rich Little depending on whether he’s still alive, all four years.

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    xian says:

    I just try to remind myself that they have those voices in their heads all the livelong day and it makes their tiresome bleatings here a bit more bearable.

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    Yutsano says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: Apparently you missed the confession of him being a Republican ratfucker. That explains a lot. He uses “you liberals” too much to be any sort of an ally.

    I won’t get started on the pedo sympathizer.

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    Redshift says:

    I watched a bunch of it because I’m at my m-i-l’s house, and if it wasn’t on, something worse would have been. I thought Kimmel was okay, and I didn’t feel like he trying to be inoffensive. He had some okay political barbs, not brilliant, but I think that’s because he’s not as good a political comedian as Colbert or Seth Myers, not because he was particularly holding back.

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    jl says:

    A BJ commenter pointed this TPM video out yesterday. I thought it was really funny. I laughed out loud.

    Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Deliver Speeches To Students

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    SarahT says:

    @Raven: “It’s Raining Men”


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    Steve says:

    “One does have to have some real gallows humor that the ruling class is more the ruling class than ever before in the history of the United States”


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    askew says:


    Ed Henry gets to pick. I’m betting on Dennis Miller.

    Ed Henry is picking? Yikes, I’d bet on Miller as well then unless there is an even more unfunny, right-wing comedian around.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Steve: Andrew Carnegie called. He wants his hyperbole back.

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    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    i like the theory that kimmel took a dive, don’t know if its true.

    the real take should be that obama owned the eating dog thing. “its raining men” was funny. the first time i heard that song, ironically, it was dennis miller who was hosting a kids show in pittsburgh that no one cared about. it was sandwiched the end of the saturday cartoons and before the game of the week. it was such a wtf moment i remembered it until i realized how funny it was, years later. its a shame that is also the best you can say for dennis miller.

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    Clime Acts says:


    So…it’s important to the level of joyfulness in your own life that you know the villager whores, whether political or media or corporate are rubbing elbows and plotting our destruction in D.C.?

    That gives you happiness?

    The you are unwell.

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    JGabriel says:


    Here’s complete videos of PBO’s “Speech”, the red carpet etc should be available at CSPAN.



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    satanicpanic says:


    unless there is an even more unfunny, right-wing comedian around.

    Victoria Jackson (that would actually be pretty amusing to watch)

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    Clime Acts says:


    My outrage is bipartisan. Unlike you, I am just as appalled when a Democratic president kisses village ass as when a Puke does the same.

    And don’t bore be with rebuttals about the awesomeness of Obama’s “fuck you” speech to the assembled elite. Just by BEING THERE he validated the gathered cretins and criminals, and gave his blessing to the horrific ritual.


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    Clime Acts says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    That would be so lovely to watch.

    I have tingles.

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    sistermoon says:

    @Clime Acts: He doesn’t tell the organizers to fuck off because this event raises money to provide scholarship money to poor kids who want to study journalism.


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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Yes, the political media in this country is horrible. Irrespective of the skeevy occasion, Obama _as a performer_ killed. And Kimmel even pulled out some firebaggish humor about Democrats as pushovers and Obama squandering opportunities, so there was something in it for even the darkest pits of self-loathing that populate the comment sections of the blogosphere.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Clime Acts: Just like how by being here instead of telling us to fuck off you validate us. Consistency, thy name ought to be Timkola Acts.

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    Clime Acts says:


    My god, you’re a standardless dumbass.

    If the KKK threw a fundraiser for journalism, would you attend?

    ETA: Bleeding Unwiped Sphincter

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @FlipYrWhig: I mean, there was literally a joke about what a bad negotiator Obama is. Resident firebaggers ought to be lapping it up.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Clime Acts: If NAMBLA threw a fundraiser, would you attend again?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I watched that twice. Ouch. Obama’s telling his audience their story, and why it matters. And he’s totally rocking the house. Whereas Mitt is telling his audience a meandering story about the office supplies business, and they’re fighting to stay awake. We’re looking at the difference between boys and men, and it’s painfully obvious that Mitt is among the little boys. If I were Mitt I’d just give up now.

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    Clime Acts says:


    Gosh no. I’m on a monthly donation program already…plus all the money I spend on my own boys. I’m not giving the VIP pedos any more than I already do.

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    xaneroxane says:

    OT no doubt, but at a South Beach (Miami) bar and bored with the band. Thought of you…

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    From Charles Pierce’s link, this is the headline on the HuffPo article:

    Meghan McCain Goes After Greta Van Susteren For Inviting Lindsay Lohan To White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    The only words in there that don’t make me pray for a meteor are “after”, “for”, and “to”.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    Timmeh is interested in two things: derailing threads, and drawing attention to himself. Don’t give him the oxygen.

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    JGabriel says:

    Jay in Oregon:

    Meghan McCain Goes After Greta Van Susteren For Inviting Lindsay Lohan To White House Correspondents’ Dinner

    The only words in there that don’t make me pray for a meteor are “after”, “for”, and “to”.

    I don’t think any of us wants a meteor strike on the WHCD until we know President Obama is equipped with a blast shield strong enough to protect him & Michelle from the impact.


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    xian says:

    I’ve also noticed that derp and sexy-names seem to trade off threads, probably depending on whether the better angle is to trumpet unlimited corporate cash or to deflate something positive about the potus.

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    Clime Acts says:



    You should be a secret agent for KAOS.

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    jl says:

    @Amir Khalid: The theme of Romney’s talk was ‘things are not always what they seem’. So, rich fatcats running off with public money that used to be spent on kids are are really doing the kids a favor.

    The big serious daddy, a stiff, who has the kids’ college fund lost and for an indeterminate time unavailable in a day trading hall of mirrors has to explain that things are not really what they look like.

    Mitt should see if he can use this for his theme song. Might go over better.
    Allen/Palmer – Things are seldom what they seem (from HMS Pinafore)

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    xian says:

    @jl: It’s almost as if confusing people about what’s true is part of their tactics.

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    jl says:

    Sharp deals dwell in every fold;
    All that glitters is not gold;
    Stocks turn out to be but dogs;
    Fatcats may be hungry dogs.

    Students. (puzzled)
    So they be,

    I keep the buck and drop the mill;
    Grab the most, shove you the bill;
    You grab the farthing if you will,
    Yet it is a farthing still.

    Students. (puzzled)
    Yes, I know.
    That is so.
    Though to catch your drift I’m striving,
    It is shady, it is shady;
    I don’t see at what you’re driving,
    Richy daddy, Richy daddy.

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    jl says:

    @xian: Indeed. I think you found the tell.

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    Clime Acts says:


    omg, you guys are on to me, I mean us, I mean ALL of us…

    whatever to do!

    you have found the TELL!


    ETA: Indeed!

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    jl says:

    @Clime Acts: Are you drunk, or something? WTF are you talking about?

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    Clime Acts says:

    I’m just confusing people…it’s part of what I do.

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    jack burton says:

    @Clime Acts: The helicopters weren’t laughing.

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    TheYankeeApologist says:

    @Clime Acts:
    I just don’t get it. What is the personal value for you here? You clearly disagree with the tenor of the politics here, and it’s not like your comments are intended to change minds or even provoke discussion that doesn’t devolve into ad hominem slugfests.

    Cato is either DougJ tourist-trolling or a mouth-breathing intern for Rush Limbaugh. I get why he comes here. You actually remind me of JoeBeese quite a bit. I never understood why people like the two of you come here just to argue.

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    Quaker in a Basement says:

    OK, maybe Kimmel sucked. But “What’s black and white and read all over? Nothing!”

    Pure gold.

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    A Humble Lurker says:

    @Clime Acts: How about your girls?

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    David Koch says:

    @Quaker in a Basement: I didn’t get that one, what did it mean?

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @David Koch:
    The death of the printed newspaper.

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    rachel says:

    @TheYankeeApologist: JoeBeese… I that name rings a distant bell for me, but I don’t remember why.

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    4tehlulz says:

    @rachel: Me too, but I remember that they weren’t good reasons.

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    xian says:

    @David Koch: it meant newspapers are dying

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    xian says:

    @TheYankeeApologist: ingredients seem to include equal parts self-loathing and attention seeking at any cost, but don’t rule out that such trolls may simply be fellow travelers or useful idiots for the nihilistic right.

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    Applejinx says:

    I can’t get over how clever Obama is.

    pit bulls are delicious

    Let’s run down all the levels that works on…
    -funny joke, because it’s out of left field in a Palin bit
    -stealing the ‘dog eating’ thing preemptively by using it in a joke
    -correct time and place for a scandalous joke
    -pit bulls are scary and dangerous, unsympathetic
    -Obama’s so tough, when he eats dog it’s a pit bull
    -PALIN is the pit bull by her own comparison and Obama ate her and McCain up
    -he’s now joking about it and reminding us of it
    -in a joke that on the surface looks like it’s a harmless gag on himself, like Bush ‘looking under the couch for the WMDs’

    Just take a moment and consider the messaging on that. Our President (that I voted for, and will vote for again) is capable of being THAT devious in a seemingly self-deprecating joke. I swear, I might watch him debating Romney live, which I never do, just to enjoy the carnage.

    This is who I want talking to foreign governments and defusing the crazy Republican extremism on my behalf, as the world chokes on right-winger crazy policies and coughs up hairballs. I want THIS guy handling it. We need him bigtime.

    Let him turn into Morgan Freeman from the stress. It’s well spent, a political peak few get to ascend, and it’s appreciated.

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    xian says:

    @jl: narcissism: it thought we were talking about it when we were talking about Romney and how Republicans need to run against reality, with its well known liberal bias.

    relates to that attention thing.

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    Lojasmo says:


    Ed henry

    Henry Rollins. Let the games begin!

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    patrick II says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Never get away with it? Do you think she would be arrested at the gate by fashion police?

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    Lojasmo says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    I thought your level of stupid had reached it’s Zenith. Guess not.

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    eLearning says:


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    John Weiss says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: We named a room for Ms. Tates, in honor of her ‘versatility’, as it a combination of computer, laundry, TV and cat feeding station.

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    David Koch says:

    @Lojasmo: That would be an inspired choice.

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