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I never did get to thank Tim F. for the almost decade of posting here. It came out of the blue when he hung up his keys to the joint, and I hope he reconsiders and comes back once he has more time. Even if it is to just post pictures of that beautiful dog of his. Many of you don’t know it, but Tim F. is one of the main reasons the blog is the way it is today. As I was making my slow and long overdue metamorphosis away from the GOP, I decided to give the reins over to someone from a different perspective. Tim F. was a long time commenter who was with the site from the very beginning, even at my wingnuttiest. Now, I don’t know how many of you have started your own project like this website, but I was very hesistant to turn over the keys to anyone. As it turned out, my judgment was better than normal, and Tim was a very valuable addition to this website. He worked out so well that I was happy to allow many others join the site and post their thoughts, opinions, and four letter words. Ironically, Tim has spent seven years trying to lure me to Pittsburgh to go to a Steelers game with him or have some beers, and I resisted. Now, I start to come out of my shell, and Tim bails on me. At any rate, thanks, Tim, and the door is always open if you want to come back.

One of Tim’s earlier endeavors was to bring beerblogging to the site, and to somewhat fill that void, I would recommend you all visit Stace Boschma’s website Brew Like a Girl. They have a whole bunch of things you beer drinkers might enjoy, including tips, secrets, and reviews, so go check it out.

In other news, The Ann Arbor Review of Books, a site put together for independent media criticism by another reader here, is looking for writers. If you are interested in writing, or if you are just interested in another blog, go here.

Finally, my good buddy Bill Hicks (of Jill and Bill or “the Ills” fame), notes that Nate Silver really, really blew it on some climate change posts, and urged me to have all of you read this TP piece rebutting it. One of Bill’s biggest passions (more so than even tequila) is the climate change issue, so please check it out.

That’s it for me. I’m just wiped out.

71 replies
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    gbear says:

    I blame Obama.

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    Sad to see Tim F go, but I guess life calls him. In the mean time could you check out my latest Powerpoint project? It’s my bit for voter Education (and voters need all they can get). Early Voting 2012. It’s downloadable, so if you want to run it on your own computer or do your own presentation, it can be done. Please comment if there’s some mistakes or something that I missed.

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    robertdsc-iPhone 4 says:

    I blame Tunch.

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    Yutsano says:

    I demand regular Maxpuppeh updates.

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    Felinious Wench says:

    If we were good conservatives, we’d be defending Nate’s climate change analysis as bold, a game changer.

    We are not good conservatives. WTF, Nate?

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    Tim F. was a long time commenter who was with the site from the very beginning, even at my wingnuttiest.

    Old John Cole was a wingnutty soul
    And a wingnutty soul was he;
    He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl,
    And he called for his house pets three.

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    gogol's wife says:

    I enjoyed Tim F., but I can’t live without Max.

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    red dog says:

    Yes, please have Tim post monthly pics of Wonderdog MAX…he is such a stalwart fellow.

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    gbear says:

    @CarolDuhart2: Shorter CarolDuhart2: ‘Hey guys, watch this!”

    I’m feeling wiped out too. Time to go pet the cat…

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    cathyx says:

    If posting this has wiped you out, you ought to go to the doctors and get checked.

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    Donut says:

    Silver kept me sane in 2008. Every time I worried that Obama would slip behind McCain, Nate’s model soothed worried mind.

    This election season … I dunno. It seems as though he’s made his model overly complicated. He’s TOO wonky. Sam Wang has been much more engaging for me, this time around.

    My two cents.

    Also, too – I didn’t even realize Tim F. had bowed out. I’ll miss the Max pix, too.

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    jayboat says:

    Always enjoyed Tim’s taste in artwork, and of course, Max.

    Mitt Romney forced to play the RomneyCare card.
    Rushbo’s head explodes.

    That is all.

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    Recently I went to the archives of and read up on how McCain had to hire temps to do his canvassing and such for him. It was such an entertaining fail on so many levels of organization. I think Romney is headed almost the same way. Yes, he will mobilize some Mormons, but the self-righteousness needed to canvass weekly despite repeated failures is likely to backfire rather than help.
    So he may turn to paid help, most of which will come from the 47% who need the money.

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    Quicksand says:

    John, you run a very good and valuable site. Thanks are owed to you too.

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    Violet says:

    John, Where did the rotating tags at the top under the B-J logo go? Been missing for a bit.

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    MikeJ says:


    Mitt Romney forced to play the RomneyCare card.

    I’m starting to get the idea that, especially after the 47% thing, Mitt knows he’s going to lose and just doesn’t want to be remembered as that raging asshole the Republicans were dumb enough to run.

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    Maude says:

    I asked yesterday if the top under the banner had changed. Phew. I thought the brain was doing a thingy.

    I miss Tim F.

    It’s more that typing. It’s the commitment etc.
    Also, it;s a dessert topping and a floor wax.

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    El Tiburon says:

    Ok shucks I’ll take his spot…

    TBogg was also thinking about hanging it up after 10 years of blogging. But his boss was able to persuade him to stick around.

    I am just saying is all.

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    Mike Lamb says:

    Brew Like A Girl linkie no workie.

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    Violet says:

    I will miss Tim F. and am FOREVER grateful for his hard work in getting people to call in about the health care bill, now law. He was great at encouraging us and his “Callers Guide” is an invaluable resource for future legislative pushes.

    John, take care of yourself. You’re still recovering, right?

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    jayboat says:


    Mitt knows he’s going to lose and just doesn’t want to be remembered as that raging asshole the Republicans were dumb enough to run.

    Too late.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    I’ll second Violet’s question: Did you intend to lose the rotating tag headers, or is it just the latest variant on FYWP?

    ‘Cuz I kinda miss them. Especially ‘Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack!”, since I always imagined you as the kid who ends up in military school in that book…

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    (1) Big thanks to Tim. I hope he’ll come back as a commenter, if not a FPer, and of course I want him to keep posting pictures of MAXPUPPEH!!

    (2) Have asked on a couple of threads, and I believe others have too: what have you (by “you” I include FYWP if required) done with the rotating tag lines or whatever their proper name is: up by the banner with the balloon graphic, lines like “Han shot first” and “All your base are belong to Tunch” and the like. Seriously, please bring them back.

    As the kids these days like to twit: kthxbai

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    Violet says:

    @Anne Laurie: @SiubhanDuinne: I think Word Press got ticked off by all the FYWP comments and decided to take a scalp.

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    geg6 says:

    Ummmm, Cole? Unless Tim F. is bagging out completely, he’ll still be here in Pittsburgh and still drinking beer. So that’s no excuse not to come to the ‘Burgh for a small meet up. And besides, if Tim can’t make it, I’ll be happy to keep you company or have you over for a meal and some drinks. We have two extra bedrooms available (we actually have three, but one is out of commission for reasons I’d rather not get into), so you wouldn’t have to drive home until morning. And doesn’t your sister live in the city somewhere?

    You need to quit making excuses. Step a bit further out of your shell. :)

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    Maude says:

    Everyone can send an email to John about the rotaters.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Exactly what I would expect of FYWP.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Maude: Heh. You funny lady.

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    WereBear says:

    Vitamin C did wonders for me with fatigue issues. Cannot hurt; recc’d by a Nobel Prize winning chemist, ya know!

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    chopper says:

    what the hell is nate silver doing writing a book about climate science?

    since when does being hot shit analyzing polls make you an expert in the climate?

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    hep kitty says:

    WHAT is wrong with the effing intertrons today?? Had trouble all day both at work and here at home.

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    John Cole says:

    @Maude: Why would you do that to me?

    This is the first I have heard of it. They were working the other day. Gimme some time to dig.

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    Violet says:

    From Nate Silver:

    Nate Silver ‏@fivethirtyeight
    Hidden positive for Romney: stock market off a bunch on renewed investor concerns about Europe. Can’t rule out October surprise.

    Wouldn’t surprise me to see the stock market take a tumble. Europe has been a mess over the last few days. Okay, years, but I mean it’s heated up again.

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    scav says:

    @MikeJ: That man may very well be staring down the inner knowledge that he’s not only probably a footnote in history, he’s a footnote in history that will be mined and studied for jokes and examples of what not to do Pratfalls and Pitfalls: A Critical Analysis of the 2012 Willard “Mitt” Romney campaign in the Early Twenty-First Century.

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    kdaug says:

    Now, I start to come out of my shell, and Tim bails on me.

    That’s the it works, little birdie.

    Now fly.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Cole started slowly with Imani and Heather. He’s working his way up :-)

    Give the man some time to acclimate, or acclimatize, or whatever the verb is.

    SD +2

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    MikeJ says:

    @John Cole: If it helps, they disappeared the same night all the database connection errors showed up the other day. I assumed you pulled ’em to have one less db call per page load.

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    Maude says:

    @John Cole:
    I do things like that. I also mentioned Comcast because I knew you’d defend it.
    It’s gotta be a FP glitch. Only the MSM knows why.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @hep kitty:

    Me too. I always blame myself but maybe I don’t need to, this once. They’ve been sucky all day, for sure. Work, home, iPad, BlackBerry, Uncle Tom Cobbley and all.

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    John Cole says:

    It’s fixed now. Someone disabled the plugin.

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    Maude says:

    It’s Word Press. We don’t ask questions. The purpose of WP is to increase curse word vocabulary.

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    Steeplejack says:


    They’re still there for me (Firefox, WinXP). Has something changed in your fragile ecostructure?

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    scav says:

    Rotating mottos still showing up in my probably antique version of chome: I can even get them to change. Currently the Tasty Mustard and Arugula and (hold on, cut and paste and reload here) and I’m now showering with Rahm.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @John Cole: Yay, Cole!

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    Maude says:

    I have FF and XP. No rotaters.
    2 HD Nooks. Nice going, B&N.
    Bet they sell.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @John Cole:

    It’s fixed now.

    Heh. And the first tag to appear is “Mission Accomplished.”

    Coincidence? I.Think.Not.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Cole says he fixed them minutes ago.

    The two new Nooks look nice. I’ll be interested to see whether they can be “rooted” and what that will mean in terms of their use as an economical Android tablet.

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    Maude says:

    If they root, they’re keepers.

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    Joel says:

    @WereBear: I’m assuming there’s snark, there, right?

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    JPL says:

    @John Cole: Was it Tunch or Rosie? Since Lily is perfect it could not be her..

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    General Stuck says:

    It’s fixed now. Someone disabled the plugin.

    It was me. I did it one dark and stormy night, and loved doing it , I’d do it again, also too, given half the chance. What plugin?

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    Violet says:

    @John Cole: Yay! Thanks!
    @Steeplejack: Maybe Cole fixed them before you saw them?

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    MikeJ says:


    I’ll be interested to see whether they can be “rooted” and what that will mean in terms of their use as an economical Android tablet.

    About a year and a half ago there was a delay with shipments of an older model of nook and the online paranoia said it was a conspiracy to add software to block rooting. B&N issued a statement saying it didn’t bother them at all if you rooted and they actually incorporated some of the features rooters were most looking for into the next gen Nooks.

    I have a rooted first gen NC. I’d kinda like a new one just because the processor is a bit slow and video playback kinda sucks. Of course video works fine on my larger Galaxy tab so it’s not really that urgent.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Yeah, he said they were fixed at 8:55.

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    TS says:


    Wouldn’t surprise me to see the stock market take a tumble. Europe has been a mess over the last few days. Okay, years, but I mean it’s heated up again.

    This has been happening every month for 4 years. Nate works for the MSM – has to give some hope to the Romney fans (the few that remain)

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    Steeplejack says:


    I saw only a brief, nontechnical story this morning, but a 9" color Nook for about $250 could be a very tempting alternative to an iPad, providing it could be unleashed.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Yee-hah! Thanks Tunch, for walking over JG’s keyboard and fixing the sub-header’s.

    Only a cat could do dat.

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    Maude says:

    The display is supposed to be primo.
    When it comes out, I’ll read about all the features.

    Gee, I wonder who disabled that plugin?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Missed Tim’s GBCW. Sayonara motherfucker.

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    Tim’s just sad he can’t get Heady Topper, America’s best beer. (Come back Tim!)

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    tBone says:

    Many of you don’t know it, but Tim F. is one of the main reasons the blog is the way it is today.

    I know you’re sad he left, but there’s no reason for a cheap shot like that.

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    I do understand the handing over the keys thing. In 2008 I put Middle Earth Journal to sleep when I accepted a gig at Newshoggers. As site administrator at Newshoggers it was my blog so no problem. By the time Newshoggers died I had the keys to The Moderate Voice but it was not my place so I reincarnated Middle Earth Journal. A lot less traffic than TMV but it’s still my place although I share it with a couple of my partners from Newhoggers. I still cross post at TMV but I concentrate on Middle Earth Journal because it’s my place.

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    Tim F. says:

    Thanks, John. It has nothing to do with anything going on around here, but just a need on my part to slim my time commitments way down and get some focus for a little while. Even when I’m not blogging the feeling that I could, or should, keeps me reading much more blogs and news than I really should right now.

    You can play humble if you want, but you were one of the best bloggers even when you were still a Republican. There is one major reason why this site is as big and successful as it is.

    I promise to blow some dust off my account if and when things settle down, but for now I want to focus on just science. Of course I read this, so the magic eight ball suggests that my chances of ever achieving that are somewhere below 100%.

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    cokane says:

    sucks to learn that silver did that in his book. just like it sucked to read back in the day that levitt did the same thing. economics trained folks often don’t know the extent of their own knowledge, unfortunately.

    Dunno why these assholes think they can reinvent the wheel from real scientists… o well. Still a good guy overall.

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    1badbaba3 says:

    NFL refs are back!

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    Cole may be a bit more fun to read than Tim, but in my early BJ (mostly lurking) days Tim kept me coming back because I could be pretty sure something smart was going to get written.


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    suzanne says:

    Thanks, Tim. And thanks, John.
    Football aside, I really love this place.

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    four letter words

    man, that’s some offensive shit

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