Angry Republican in Texas Lynches Chair in Presidential Effigy


The racists are getting restless. It’s beginning to dawn on them that Romney is going down.*** To wit,

Some jackass in Austin, TX, a city generally known for its rampant liberalism, lynched a chair in effigy.

[yes, I edited it. I need the traffic, yo!]

[via Burnt Orange Report]

[read full post at ABLC]

91 replies
  1. 1
    aimai says:

    Holy shit. This image is like some kind of semioticians nightmare run amuck. Can we burn down this guy’s house in effigy?


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    I just don’t know what to think. Lynching an effigy is pretty damn horrific, yes … but a *chair*? You could equally imagine it as satire. A sort of ugly example of Poe’s Law in action.

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    jeff says:

    That is nothing other than a threat of violence to blacks.

    Sublter people can claim it is also something else. I’m from the South and can read.

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    jeff says:

    That is nothing other than a threat of violence to blacks.

    Sublter people can claim it is also something else. I’m from the South and can read.

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    The Bearded Blogger says:

    Can’t get to ABLC, aparently I’m spam. WTF?

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    Punchy says:

    I dont undystand the connection between chair and Obama.

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    Oh I don’t think the guy dangling cheap furniture from the tree was intending it as satire, no. It’s just that their coded language has become so bizarre, it’s getting harder to tell the difference.

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    Oh I don’t think the guy dangling cheap furniture from the tree was intending it as satire, no. It’s just that their coded language has become so bizarre, it’s getting harder to tell the difference.

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    The Bearded Blogger says:

    @jeff: Sublimation

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    raven says:

    @Punchy: Eastwood.

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    raven says:

    @Punchy: Eastwood. again

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    Roger Moore says:


    That is nothing other than a threat of violence to blacks.

    More specifically, it is a threat to a particular black man who was recently represented by an empty chair on national television. I wonder if the Secret Service has paid the chair’s owner a visit yet.

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    raven says:

    @Punchy: Eastwood. again

  14. 14
    Spatula says:

    ABL, wouldn’t it just make more sense for what you want to accomplish, and for Cole too, for you to just come over to BJ full time?

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    poco says:

    @Punchy: Remember Clint Eastwood–took me a while to get the connection.

    ETA–Everybody else explained this already.

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    MikeBoyScout says:

    When someone makes common cause with Romney/Ryan and the Republicans, this is fundamentally what they are about.

    Romney got caught telling his and his party’s truth.
    We have them where we want them.

    Gekko/Galt is the anvil
    We are the HAMMER!

    Hammer it home.

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    Keith says:

    I’d give it less than a week before his house gets rolled. Probably gonna happen multiple times, too, given that he’s doing this in a liberal college town.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Remember the empty chair that Clint Eastwood used at the Republican convention as a place-holder for Obama in his famous “yelling at clouds” conversation performance-art piece?

    ETA: Three minutes late. Tough crowd.

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    Has saying, “if you don’t like what I’m doing, don’t come down my street” ever worked for a non-juvenile? Total douchenozzle.

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    Good God. My guess is that this will only get worse if President Obama wins another term, as I believe he will. They’re really going to lose their shit when Rmoney goes down, and they see their fucked up little world crashing down around them. I’m guessing there will be violence, but I pray that it that happens, and I hope it doesn’t, most of us will turn on these creeps and drive them out of decent society, and that they’ll lose heart altogether and just give up on politics and go stew impotently in their own bitterness. And I hope that whoever comes out and says “Nigger!” does it soon. The sooner it happens, the sooner these assholes will show themselves to be what they are to the studiously independent and evenhanded pinheads who’ve made themselves believe that both sides do it. Hell, we all know it’s coming; let’s just get it over with already.

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    Citizen_X says:

    “I don’t really give a damn whether it disturbs you or not. You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you. I don’t give a shit. If you don’t like it, don’t come down my street.”

    I don’t think this guy was going for subtlety. I think he’s a fuckwad Klansman.

    I hope a thousand people come down “his” street.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Lucky, lucky you. You missed the RNC.

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    Wow I see from the story that in 2010 the homeowner won “Yard Of The Month” from the homeowners’ association.

    Texas. What the fuck.

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    I don’t know; they both seem pretty much on the ball here. I’m guessing they’ve talked this through thoroughly. If they think this is the way to go, then who are we to gainsay them?

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    This would be a significantly better country if Texas did secede.

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    jl says:


    ” Holy shit. This image is like some kind of semioticians nightmare run amuck. Can we burn down this guy’s house in effigy? ”

    I have to think this one through before I make a substantive comment. One level, it is ugly and racist, and maybe should be investigated. On another, I wonder if I am hallucinating and need to go see a doc.

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    lacp says:

    @Southern Beale: Wonder what he was displaying then?

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    beltane says:

    @MikeBoyScout: Romeny made it abundantly clear that to him and the big money boys, the whole country is ni-CLANG. Mitt’s quite the prankster and the target of his little prank are the dumbass white conservatives who think their white skin means they’re entitled to a spot on the lifeboats.

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    Raya says:

    I got nothing. This guy’s message couldn’t be clearer — or uglier. This is the most stunning example of hate “speech” I’ve seen in a long time.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    These guys will be losing their shit on a scale of Biblical proportions. If they decide to leave or commit suicide, is that a bad thing, to wish? Perhaps I should invest some money in companies that make drugs for psychological disorders because these tea
    partiers will be off the chain.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @MoeLarryAndJesus: Go fuck yourself.

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    Darkrose says:

    I’m telling you, Obama needs to give a speech stressing that drinking Drano is bad.

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    Josie says:

    @MoeLarryAndJesus: Your comment would be significantly better if it didn’t contain such an obvious over generalization.

    ETA: Or, what Corner Stone said.

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    Ivan Ivanovich Renko says:

    @beltane: That’s the country is, though- or soon enough will be.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Austin isn’t exactly a bastion of liberalism. It has pockets of hippies but there are a fuckton of tech companies and state legislature type people all over the place.
    Try buying a house in Austin. Refugees from CA have driven the housing prices through the roof.

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    jl says:

    @Corner Stone: Those would be hi tech libertarian CA refugees mostly?

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    jomike says:

    Austin is liberal only in comparison to the rest of Texas. Outside the UT campus it’s basically Nashville.

    But no matter. Texas soon will be as purple as Colorado and Virginia, at which point the GOP will have no choice but to moderate its positions if it is to remain a national party. Mr. Chair Lyncher will be irrelevant soon enough.

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    Keith G says:

    @Corner Stone: I see you got there first.

    It always saddens me when I find “progressives” who are so mind-numbingly, goddamn knee-jerk stupid.

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    beltane says:

    @Darkrose: If you really want to mess with them have Obama give a speech saying Drano is bad for your health followed by a secretly recorded speech where Mitt Romney gloats about how much money he plans to make extracting gold teeth from Drano victims who are all a bunch of moochers and parasites.

    With no place left to turn these people will simply have to evaporate into nothingness.

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    This story also appeared on Burnt Orange. The author of that blog lives in the Austin, Texas area, as does the chair hanger.

    She clearly understood this act as a call to lynch President Obama. And I agree.

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    trollhattan says:

    O/T, eligible bachelor Willard “Mitt” Romney profiled in “Town and Country” circa 1967. What a peculiar find. It’s only missing “draft dodger” and “selflessly abuses weird kids for the enjoyment of others.”

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    Citizen_X says:

    @jomike: Every big city in Texas–and the Rio Grande Valley–is more liberal than the rest of the state. Tom DeLay and the rest of the Rethugs redistricted Texas for a reason.

    And yeah, Austin’s loaded with Libertarians (which means they add up to what? 7%?).

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    beltane says:

    @trollhattan: He paints in watercolor? Yuck, the whole thing is a little too much like this morning’s sugar daddy thread.

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    trollhattan says:

    Back in the halcyon days of Iraq II, a local antiwar display revved up winger protests in front of the very house where it was displayed.

    I think the good people of Austin should rise up and be similarly patriotic WRT chairboy.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @jomike: Mr. Chair Lyncher will remain in power for 20+ years. He’ll die in office of natural causes.
    It is disheartening to me to see people who believe the change in demographics will auto change the politics in Texas.

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    trollhattan says:

    I learned in my dating days if the parents subscribed to “Town and Country” I was probably persona non grata. Occasionally it worked to my favor if the daughter didn’t get along with the ‘rents.

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    danielx says:

    Bud Johnson, ten gallon asshat.

    Molly Ivins, we could really use you right now.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @jl: Bunch of those types. But I am not joking when I say that someone from CA who had paid $750K for a 1000-1200sqft place showed up in Austin and saw they could buy a 2500sqft place on a half acre lot for $350K they peed themselves and said, “Yeah. I’ll take two thanks.”
    Go to any small shop around Austin’s outskirts and tell them you’re from CA.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:



    is only one letter removed from choirboy and I gotta say, that makes me gag a little bit.

    ETA: Autocorrect agrees with me, did not want to allow “chairboy” and in fact “fixed” it while my eyes were averted. But I was too quick for it :-)

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    trollhattan says:

    Ha! Bringing it full circle back to Texas, what if somebody asked Gov. Perry, “Are you ready to send this guy to the choir?”

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    BethanyAnne says:

    Austin is a bastion of mediocre in a sea of awful. I grew up in Texas, south of Houston. Had to come back here when the economy collapsed. Leaving again in about a week. Don’t care how many Texans it offends. This place is a shithole. There may be a flood of people entering the state, hoping for cheap housing and maybe a job. That doesn’t make it a decent place to live – it just makes it possible. I’ve seen more casual cruelty here than I care to remember. You think this place is worth defending? Tell it to my friends who’ve been beaten up for being queer. Fuck Texas.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @BethanyAnne: Friendswood? Clearlake?

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    Keith G says:

    @Corner Stone: Right you are. It takes more than numbers to assert political power. Besides social infrastructure, it takes a willingness, ability and desire to become active in electoral politics. The Texas 29th was drawn to be an Hispanic majority district and has never had an non-anglo rep.

    It will take more that the mere fact of a demographic shift over the next decade and a half to pry the GOP out of power. As for me, I am thinking it may take wolf bane and wooden stakes.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @Corner Stone: West Columbia, Freeport, Lake Jackson.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @BethanyAnne: Hmm, down 288 then.
    Ok, thanks. You don’t like it here then maybe you shouldn’t be sucking hind tit here. Glad to watch the door hit you on your way to bigger and better things. Best.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @Corner Stone: Why, thank you.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    I will sooo miss Texas. The assholes hearing that I’m a vegetarian, and sneaking meat into my food.

    The weather – it’s only bad in Houston 11 months of the year!

    The pollution – I remember watching the screens on the refinery side of our house in Texas City disintegrate every 5 years.

    The lovely people who took Paul’s smile from us. He smiled at everyone, but they knew he was a queer he could kill when he smiled at them.

    I’ll miss my brother, who has a supportive congregation that understands why he don’t speak to that queer in his family no more.

    The rapists I went to high school with. Excellent football players, so the administration covered for them.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @BethanyAnne: You know, to be fair, you could be describing any number of blue states there.

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    A Humble Lurker says:

    @Corner Stone:
    You might want to consider growing a thicker skin. This being the intertubes and all.

    And I’d like to point out you appear to be getting more offended at the Texas bashing then the actual subject of this post. Interesting.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @Soonergrunt: Maybe. It’s the concentration of asshole, you know? I know there are idjits everywhere. But Texas glorifies them, and expects everyone else to marvel at the sight.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I’d like to tell a different story of Texas. I’d like to put down here that there are people who accept people without asking them who they love. There are people who step up when they see bullying or wrongdoing to someone who is “different”. Which is a strange euphemism for older generations because people younger than us don’t see anything “different” about anyone at all.
    Nothing good happened a lot of places in the past, all across this country. But things don’t always stay the same.

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    TheYankeeApologist says:

    I lived in Austin for 6 years. I met a lot of really cool, hip, liberal folks.

    I also met quite a few Ron Paul worshipping libertarians.

    I also saw a cop taser a prone, handcuffed homeless woman.

    I now live back in the greater NYC/NJ area. Same shit, different area code. Cities are cities, people.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @A Humble Lurker: I’ll take it under advisement as I do all your thoughtful suggestions.

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    max says:

    @jeff: That is nothing other than a threat of violence to blacks. Sublter people can claim it is also something else. I’m from the South and can read.


    Citizen X: I don’t think this guy was going for subtlety. I think he’s a fuckwad Klansman.

    Yeah. There are some. I’ve had a few … ahem… exchanges with the fellows. {brightly} Like the time that guy was going to come to my house and plant a bomb in my truck!

    I wonder… what if I torched a scarecrow Klansman in effigy? I mean, we are a great many burning objects on lawns down on the scoreboard.

    danielx: Molly Ivins, we could really use you right now.

    Off the top of the head (because I gave the book to someone) – Molly quoting a guy coming to sit down at the diner table with his friends: “Rush says racism is dead. He’s right. What are the n****** going to say now?” [She didn’t put the asterisks in.]

    Keith G: It will take more that the mere fact of a demographic shift over the next decade and a half to pry the GOP out of power.

    Oh, ye of little faith. Give me my amnesty for immigrants and done something about registration and felon disqualification and we’ll be in strike distance. They would not have gone to so much trouble to cook those districts as hard as they did were it not for the possibility they might lose them.

    [‘Darkest before the dawn &c. ‘]

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    Josie says:

    Texas is a big spread-out state with an extremely diverse population. We have a super expensive media market for anyone running for political office and have been redistricted to the enth degree for the benefit of Republicans. The result is some really stupid but well-funded politicians gaining ground here. They (and their followers) do not speak for the whole of Texas, and the rest of us get really tired of being tarred with their brush.

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    Keith G says:


    Oh, ye of little faith

    Unfortunately, it is not about faith, little or great. It is about the lessons of practical experience. Hispanic voter turnout lags behind other ethnic groups. I wish it did not, but it does – and it has.

    Of coruse it can change, but it will not happen on its own. Unfortunately I have no idea what the answer is other than the various Hispanic communities stepping up an doing a whole lot of organizing and outreach.

    @BethanyAnne: As an out school teacher for most of my 25 yr career down here, I could not have asked for a better environment. I am sorry your experience was different. I have heard that the suburbs south of town were more of a cracker-fest then other parts, but I have had many friends from down there do just fine. Center city Houston is a very welcoming place and an area that barely felt the downturn (from my POV).

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    Jethro Troll says:

    Cornerstone’s not mad because you’re dissing Texas.
    He’s mad because you’re dissing his chair.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:


    Your opinion has been noted, and appropriately filed.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    @Keith G: I lived in Montrose for a few years. It was better than where I grew up – which is way beyond suburbs, and into small town hell.

    I do have one question, though. And it will sound like a troll, but really, that’s not how I mean it. Given the concentration of sociopath in Texas, if it’s not fair to call it a shithole, where is?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jethro Troll: There has to be a reason why that black guy is sitting in it. Doesn’t there?

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    Scamp Dog says:

    What makes it bizarre for me is the lack of human effigy there. I imagine some guys standing around hollering “darn it Jethro, I thought YOU had tied him to the chair. Now he’s done run away and we’re so slow he’s so fast we cain’t catch ‘im.”

    Not the impression he had in mind, I’m sure.

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    jshooper says:

    OMG…Cornerstone lives near me (jaw hits the floor)

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    Corner Stone says:

    @jshooper: Hey baby. Let’s meet in a tea room nearby.

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    danah gaz says:

    Democrats are the real racists.

    Because shut up, that’s why.

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    AHH onna Droid says:

    @Soonergrunt: Things can be bad just because theyre bad without making it a pissing contest. However, I suspect you will be deeply disappointed if you research sociological and public health metrics and compare the states with high educational attainment versus, well, ex confederate slave states and territories populated by same. The funk emanating from Texas and Florida has its roots in history. It’s a well-aged funk.

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    Spatula says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Hey hall monitor: Did you ever consider it might be a neutral/friendly suggestion? I’m entirely serious. ABL wants to ramp up her national exposure on an ongoing basis, Cole wants to help her do it. Apparently ABLC is not pulling the numbers that she and Cole both want for it, so why not move the operation over under the BJ banner and have her blog here full time?

    What’s the problem?

  78. 78
    danah gaz says:

    @Spatula: Shut up and quit trying to derail the thread.

    In case you haven’t noticed, nobody here cares what you think. Nobody here has ever cared what you think, and considering the trend, it’s a safe bet that nobody ever will care what you think. Just so we’re crystal, by everybody I mean ABL, every other front-pager and each and every reader of this blog.

    Is there some part of this that you do not understand?

    Find a hobby, go away, open a vein, whatever.

    Just stop forcing us to acknowledge your pathetic existence.

    PS: When Dan Savage said “It Gets Better?”, he made an exception in your case.

    Now go away.


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    Yutsano says:

    @danah gaz: Please do not feed Special Timmeh. He’ll be possessed into going ranting after you, and your manicure is too nice to ruin on him. :)

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    Pinkamena Panic says:

    Oh, Timmeh, when will you ever learn that nobody gives a fuck what you say because it comes out of you?

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    Spatula says:

    @danah gaz:

    Your pathetic hatefulness speaks for itself.

    Some day you will drown in your own bile.

    I care what I think, and that’s good enough for me. The fact that my continued presence here, blessed by John Cole himself, drives cretins like you to ugly, frothing madness, is bonus.

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    Spatula says:

    @Pinkamena Panic:

    Unlike you, I don’t require the approval of BJ commenters to validate my existence. I pee on your shoe.

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    Spatula says:

    Hey Dana Spaz: Good going! Awesome of you to derail the thread you were so petrified I was trying to derail, maroon.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @The Other Chuck: I thought this was satire when I first saw it.

    ETA: Not that some dude really did this but intended it ironically. I thought this was the Onion.

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    Lee says:

    The suburbs of Austin are wingnut red. I’m guessing this actually took place in the suburbs.

    And the racist dumbass can’t even make a good noose.

    Hopefully the Secret Service will be knocking on his door.

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    eileen says:

    @BethanyAnne: In general I feel like ragging on Texas is a bit like constantly making fun of your younger dumber brother, but…

    As a recent escapee of Houston, I will NOT miss fat assholes driving SUVs HONKING AT ME while I was riding a bike in the damned bike lane. That shit is LOUD, people, there’s no glass between me and the horn. Also, your car is powered by a combustion engine, I can hear you coming, promise. One lady harassed me so much (driving up right behind me, LAYING on the horn), that at the next red light I pulled up beside her, knocked on her window, said “don’t you ever fucking do that again” and just glared at her for 4 minutes straight with the look “I will fucking kill you”. She cowered. heh.

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    A Humble Lurker says:

    @Corner Stone:
    Well, you know. If you want to stop coming across as a whiny little bitch. But that’s up to you. Some people dig that look.

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    Corner Stone says:


    As a recent escapee of Houston

    Boston, Chicago, LA, Miami, blah blah blah. You could enter any of two dozen metro area names for this anecdote.
    At least put something determinative in there.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @A Humble Lurker: You’re very helpful today. Preciates yas.

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    bjacques says:

    A week after the state of Texas killed 80,000 voters less than 2 months before the election, I’m hard pressed to say something good the place. But I grew up there so I more or less identify with it. I grew up in Nassau Bay, across the road from Johnson Space Center, where I later worked. Outside of the big cities, individuals are all right but depressing in groups. Houston’s mostly civilized. I’ve always preferred it to Austin because at least I could afford to live in Houston. Even Dallas has civilization, in the south (Lakewood).

    For what it’s worth, in Texas is only a few percentage points from being a blue state, thanks to the big cities. The opposite is true even of blue states.

    It’s sort of a rambling way of hoping you’ll give Texas another chance by moving back to Houston before giving up entirely.

    (Disclaimer: I actually live in Amsterdam now, but that’s from an opportunity that opened up in the late ’90s. If I had to live anywhere back in the states on my current budget I’d probably move back to the Big Smog.

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