Open thread

Heard this song for the first time at the end of that awful Jesse and Celeste movie, though I heard the Biz Markie take on it a million billion times back in the day.

Talk about whatever.






41 replies
  1. 1
    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    Anyone else seeing these commercials for that “Ounce of Courage” movie? I mean, looking into it, it was basically ‘The War on ‘The War on Christmas’: The Movie’. And it’s just….guh. And I keep seeing these damn commercials everywhere too. “WE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM!” Yeah, the freedom from a phantom menace. Good god…

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist and Fact Checker says:

    The things I miss by not watching Meet The Press. Bill Bennet apparently actually said this, (via Pierce)

    Let me just say. I don’t think we throw out the whole Bush whole eight years. We won the war in Iraq. Bush did a lot of fine things.

    He was appearing on a panel with a woman who once seriously proposed that dolphins (that didn’t exist) were actually angels in disguise. The fact that these two people are taken seriously is as good a symptom as any of why our politics are so fucked up.

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    Cassidy says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik: WTF is up with 80’s actors going all Jesusey in their later years?

  4. 4
    jimmiraybob says:

    Is it possible that someone could develop an application that graphs all of Romney’s (R-Etch a Sketch) positions on the various subjects. I’m envisioning an update of the standard analog Spirograph (by Kenner) technology.

    Thanks in advance.

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    catclub says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist and Fact Checker: I watched that clip. As far as I know, it is the first time I have watched any of MTP since I saw clip with Cheney talking from the side of his mouth – like the Penguin.

    What I noted was the slack-jawed gaze of the other panel members as Bennett was pontificating. None was saying: But Ryan VOTED for every one of those deficit doubling Bush things you say his VP role will repudiate, Tax cuts, Wars, Medicare part D.

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    Ed in NJ says:

    So when Rmoney was “pressed” by David Gregory on not mentioning the troops in his RNC speech, he claimed to have made a detailed policy speech on Afghanistan the day before to the American Legion.

    Turns out the detailed plan took 16 seconds:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/.....35000.html

    He will lie about anything.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @jimmiraybob:

    I think your standard Rorschach test blot would cover that.

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    srv says:

    15% of Ohioans think that Anchor Baby Mitt got Osama.

    http://www.heavy.com/news/2012.....bin-laden/

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    The Red Pen says:

    Lots of traffic on Free Republic explaining — well, insisting without evidence — that polls are all made up numbers designed to demotivate conservatives and pump up Obama. Apparently, this even applies to Rasmussen — “the most accurate one” — as long as they insist on publishing numbers showing Obama’s convention bump.

    Freepers are quick to point out that Nate Silver is a “little fag who does polling for Daily Kos” (not sure if any of that claim reflects reality). Silver was also totally wrong about the 2010 election because he called it “close” (he gave the Republicans an 80% chance of taking the house) and thought they’d get 30 seats (or, if you actually read 538, 55-60 seats which is very close to 30 for people who think that an 80/20 probability is “close”). Bottom line, he should be ignored — according to the Freeper brain trust.

    Satan figures into all this somehow, also too.

    The upshot is that all this is good for McCain Romney and Nate Silver just proves how desperate the Democrats are.

    Is anyone else supporting the GOTV effort that MoveOn is involved in?

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Ed in NJ:

    What astonishes me about both Rmoney and Lyin’ Ryan is that they imagine they can continue get away with this indefinitely. Up to about a month ago, that might be a good assumption, but they’ve gone to the well too many times, and the reservoir of media airhead gullibility is getting very low.

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    catclub says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist and Fact Checker: So _THAT_ is why she is called the dolphin lady.

    But it seemed so real when she read in the Hitchhiker’s Guide Trilogy.

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    catclub says:

    @srv: I can explain that.

    In 2008, Romney and McCain both said that Obama was an idiot when Obama said “If we have evidence, we will go into Pakistan and take out our enemies” (meaning OBL).

    So the fact that they opposed Obama was the real motivating goad to get the job done.

    Nah, I got nothin. Those people are crazy.

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    khead says:

    Midnight Run is a movie that deserves better than a 1:20 PM showing on one of the Cinemax channels.

    That is all.

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    The Red Pen says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik:

    Anyone else seeing these commercials for that “Ounce of Courage” movie?

    I suffered through a few minutes of “Huckabee” with guests Chuck Norris (producer?) and the lead actor from the movie.

    They played a clip where the lead gives a speech from a rooftop. He dramatically claims that the Pilgrims came here to escape religious oppression (sort of true), and that their first act was to plant a cross (probably true), and that this represented their dedication to a society where people could worship as they please or not worship at all (totally false). In fact, people who failed to worship according to Puritan was were burned, hanged and crushed to death. Whatevs.

    I was at the gym and the TV caught my eye when they played another clip. In this clip, someone at a meeting was explaining to a Jewish person that they were free to blow their shofar wherever and whenever they wanted, so Christians ought to be free to force the entire school to recognize Jeebus, or something to that effect. I thought, “Is this satire?” so I watched a little more.

    See, if there’s anything I’ve learned about Jews, it’s that they love nothing more than blowing shofars — really to the exclusion of all other activities. This character’s bold invitation for a throng of shofar-weilding Jews to stand in front of his house at 3am shofarring their asses off really moved me.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @catclub: If he didn’t have to run against Romney, he would have divorced Michelle and married one of Osama’s daughters instead.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @Cassidy: I think it’s the drugs. Recovered addicts have a big overlap with Jesus freaks and they seem to have great sticking power. The ex-addict is usually afraid leaving the cult will result in relapse, even though neuroscience now shows you’re probably in the clear at about 12 years.

    Malcolm X was an ex addict and ex felon who was similarly afraid to leave Nation of Islam for the same reasons (until he went to the Middle East and had his eyes opened about traditional Islam).

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @The Red Pen: Is anyone else supporting the GOTV effort that MoveOn is involved in?

    Bit late to the party, I think.

    My local MoveOn-bot is registering voters with Women for Obama.

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    R-Jud says:

    Who needs a new Obama ringtone?

    I’m going with the last one.

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    Baron Elmo says:

    Nobody else is saying it, so I will: thanks for the hat tip to Freddie Scott, one of the great undervalued soul men.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @The Red Pen:

    The upshot is that all this is good for McCain Romney and Nate Silver just proves how desperate the Democrats are.

    There are thousands of cinemas across the country where the cue for the next reel is being missed because the projectionist is posting on Free Republic.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I saw this yesterday. I’m, like, wow: Ryan thinks he and Mitt are running against Senators Obama and Biden in 2008, not against the incumbent President and Vice-President in 2012.

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    @The Red Pen:
    I can’t lurk on freep anymore. The toxins, they will kill me.

    Shame we can’t convince them that the REAL election isn’t until Nov 7th. The alleged Nov 6th date being a liberal plot…

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    The Red Pen says:

    @Judas Escargot, Acerbic Prophet of the Mighty Potato God:

    Shame we can’t convince [the Freepers] that the REAL election isn’t until Nov 7th. The alleged Nov 6th date being a liberal plot…

    This is totally doable; we just need to figure out a way to make Michele Bachmann say it — or APPEAR to say it.

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    shortstop says:

    While my attention was diverted last week, did we discuss this?

  25. 25
    Bubblegum Tate says:

    Rashida Jones will be mine. Oh yes. She will be mine.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @The Red Pen:

    Nate Silver is a “little [bzzt] who does polling for Daily Kos” (not sure if any of that claim reflects reality).

    Well, from what I’ve seen in pictures, Mr. Silver is not at all what you would call a large man, so the “little” part may be correct.

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    DougJ says:

    @Bubblegum Tate:

    She’s adorable. Like a less annoying Zooey Deschanel.

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    shortstop says:

    @DougJ: I feel like I should be annoyed by Zooey, but I really never am. Does that mean I’m obnoxious?

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    The Red Pen says:

    @Bubblegum Tate:

    Well, from what I’ve seen in pictures, Mr. Silver is not at all what you would call a large man, so the “little” part may be correct.

    Maybe. I’m really tall, so my concept of what constitutes large and small is pretty skewed.

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    Ann Rynd says:

    I saw a video of Kaplan’s Jennifer Rubin a few days ago and I can’t get her face out of my mind. What she says is demented but her face when she says things is a wonder to behold.
    I’m doing a one woman bullet face-stare, performance tweet fest on my new twitter account. Need some followers to retweet my tweets. I really have no idea why I’m doing this but this is a woman made for mockery.
    thanks kiddos.

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    Ann Rynd says:

    I saw a video of Kaplan’s Jennifer Rubin a few days ago and I can’t get her face out of my mind. What she says is demented but her face when she says things is a wonder to behold.
    I’m doing a one woman bullet face-stare, performance tweet fest on my new twitter account. Need some followers to retweet my tweets. I really have no idea why I’m doing this but this is a woman made for mockery.
    thanks kiddos.

  32. 32
    Ann Rynd says:

    I saw a video of Kaplan’s Jennifer Rubin a few days ago and I can’t get her face out of my mind. What she says is demented but her face when she says things is a wonder to behold.
    I’m doing a one woman bullet face-stare, performance tweet fest on my new twitter account. Need some followers to retweet my tweets. I really have no idea why I’m doing this but this is a woman made for mockery.
    thanks kiddos.

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    Ann Rynd says:

    so sorry for multiple posts. Can’t delete. Hate when that happens.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist and Fact Checker says:

    @catclub: it’s not in the lexicon, but it comes from the Elian Gonzales episode (it occurs to me that some of our whippersnapper posters may not even remember that). A fisherman who had watched some other fishermen save the kid attached himself to the drunken uncles and the nutty cousin like a remora, and he made up a story about dolphins driving great white sharks away from Elian. Peggy Noonan wrote a drunken screed about Bill Clinton and Janet Reno being so evil they actually thought the boy’s father had a right to raise his own child in spite of Fidel Castro, it included a masturbatory paragraph about how Ronald would not have scoffed at the idea that those dolphins (which didn’t exist) were actually God’s Angels (I’m sure it was capitalized) sent to save one of His Children! I agree, but she thought it was a sign of RR’s wisdom.

    That’s a lot of typing, but if I had my way, every time she appeared on TeeVee “Magick Dolphin Lady” would be under her talking head.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @The Red Pen:

    See, if there’s anything I’ve learned about Jews, it’s that they love nothing more than blowing shofars—really to the exclusion of all other activities.

    You are misinformed: We also spend considerable time singing “The Dreidel Song” and eating matzo. I wouldn’t advise blowing a shofar right after eating matzo, though.

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    The Red Pen says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    You are misinformed: We also spend considerable time singing “The Dreidel Song” and eating matzo.

    Are you trying to tell me that a movie boasting the “Chuck Norris Seal of Approval” does not accurately portray the interests and activities of Jewish-Americans?

    Next you’ll tell me that American Christians aren’t in imminent danger of being rounded up in death camps and executed by Obama’s Chicago thugs!

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    shortstop says:

    @The Red Pen: This is the funniest thing I’ve read all week. And yes, it’s only Monday, but this week is a contender. Thanks for the laughs.

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    Hungry Joe says:

    @The Red Pen:

    I’m sorry — did you say something? I couldn’t hear you over the shofar.

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    nastybrutishntall says:

    @The Red Pen: The going has gotten so weird and the weird so pro that The Onion can now be regarded as a respected, if somewhat dry, historical journal.

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    DougJ says:

    @shortstop:

    I guess I have the same feeling, though the episode where she talked about “rocking a lot of polka dots” did annoy me a little.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Baron Elmo: I didn’t know that Biz Markie’s song was a riff on an older song. (Learning something on BJ!). Need to look up Freddie Scott.

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