Open Thread: Galt — It’s Where All the Freethinking Individualists are Going!


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I knew that this is now A Thing, because the acquaintance-since-college who inspired the phrase “squid- cloud of butthurt” around the time of President Obama’s first election announced late last night that they & spouse are absolutely going Galt, this time for real no backsies, and that couple has always conscientiously refused to have a thought that was less than third-hand. But the epical, category-defining Squid-Cloud of Butthurt frontpaged by LGM’s Robert Farley is one very special snowflake indeed:

[T]oday starts a new course for my life. I’ve soured on electoral politics given what happened last night. I believe now the best course of action is outright revolt. What do I mean by that?…

…I’m choosing another rather unique path; a personal boycott, if you will. Starting early this morning, I am going to un-friend every single individual on Facebook who voted for Obama, or I even suspect may have Democrat leanings. I will do the same in person. All family and friends, even close family and friends, who I know to be Democrats are hereby dead to me. I vow never to speak to them again for the rest of my life, or have any communications with them. They are in short, the enemies of liberty. They deserve nothing less than hatred and utter contempt

I strongly urge all other libertarians to do the same. Are you married to someone who voted for Obama, have a girlfriend who voted ‘O’. Divorce them. Break up with them without haste. Vow not to attend family functions, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas for example, if there will be any family members in attendance who are Democrats…

If I meet a Democrat in my life from here on out, I will shun them immediately. I will spit on the ground in front of them, being careful not to spit in their general direction so that they can’t charge me with some stupid little nuisance law. Then I’ll tell them in no un-certain terms: “I do not associate with Democrats. You all are communist pigs, and I have nothing but utter disgust for you. Sir/Madam, you are scum of the earth.” Then I’ll turn and walk the other way.

Buttons. Boy, you can have a lot of fun with this. I plan to make up a bunch of buttons, and wear them around town, sayings like “Democrats are Communist Pigs,” or “Welfare moochers steal from hard-working Americans,” “Only Nazis support Seat Belt laws” or “No Smoking Ban: Nanny-Staters go Fuck Yourselves.”…

For now, off to my first assignment: Telling all my friends and family who voted for Obama to “fuck off, don’t ever speak to me again you slimeball mother fuckers.” Wish me luck!

(I seem to remember at least one simulacra of this guy in the huckster room or the late-night room parties at every comix/StarTrek/sf-fantasy convention I attended between the early 1970s and the mid-1990s, but perhaps that was before The Internet Changed Everything.)

Anyways… Eric Dondero is a very angry man! Perhaps someone should introduce him to Shelly Dankert? Surely such a meeting of freethinking intellects would be magic, in a hyperrationalist way — the greatest coupling of slans since the Roark/Taggert courtship…

And “noted bloggist B-Skillet over at the Christian Men’s Defense Network” could throw the batchelor party! (Who says Gawker is nothing but hipster-friendly celebrity gossip and kitten videos?)

193 replies
  1. 1
    Mino says:

    Did he lose a bet and have to stop smoking if Obama won? Sounds like me the first couple of months. ROAR.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    This picture is beyond the pail.

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    WereBear says:

    Nothing wrong with kitten videos! We can find a point of common ground.

    Though perhaps not that part that was spit upon.

    As I always say, Let them go Galt!

    They will find that Xboxes and smart phones and all kinds of fun things (though perhaps not Cheetos) were all invented by Democrats.

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    low-tech cyclist says:

    We’ll miss them SO much if they go. :D

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    wetcasements says:

    Someone should tell him that the US goverment (the military, natch) invented the internet.

    Moran.

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    Chris says:

    For a guy who says “this might be my last post here for some time” as a threat, he sure is active in the comments thread.

    You know this moustachioed douche will be posting regular 5 alarm communist take over warnings about every 13 hours. Eric Dondero just can’t quit.

    I think losing suits these fappers. Rage addiction must feel deeply satisfying when self-justified.

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    prufrock says:

    If Eric Dondero is serious, he should leave the country for someplace that really values personal freedom…like Somalia.

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    sm*t cl*de says:

    You have to admire the guy’s ability to “spit on the ground in front of” someone without spitting “in their general direction”.
    Even Nate Silver can’t do that.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    So…becoming a friendless buffoon helps the cause if liberty how exactly?

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    MikeJ says:

    TAL had a show last week about people cutting off friends for political beliefs.

    One guy had a disease that requires him to have a blood transfusion every month. His insurance was about to be cut off when the ACA passed. As a result of Obama being president, this guy gets to continue living. As a result, he has a little trouble with his friend voting for a guy who has sworn to do what he can to kill him.

    In a different story, a Republican found out that one of his friends was going to vote for Obama. He stated his belief that Obama is a soçialist, and that wasn’t enough to convince that damned dirty dem. Soçialist! Just saying the word ought to be enough to snap somebody to their senses.

    Pretty cool that they found two cases that were so much alike.

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    Percysowner says:

    So Robert Farley is going to hold his breath until he turns purple, because THAT will show us.

    Look Dude, Mitt Romney, your fearless leader had this wonderful idea of self-deportation, perhaps you should consider it. I mean my grandmother and great grandmother (one day the army marched into great grandma’s town and when they left she was pregnant and unmarried no idea if it was consensual or not) hoarded their pennies so they could get on a boat and come to America to make a better life. I suspect you have more than a few pennies horded somewhere, so go, leave the country and God be with you. Don’t let the door hit you as you leave.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    James Fallows has been exchanging messages with a guy who’s planning to shut down his company rather than return to the crushing top marginal tax rates of the dark, dark Clinton era. He has, I gather, a tech firm with about fifty employees, so if he follows through, it probably will cause problems for his (ex) employees, but he added that he spoke to a fellow Galtian who is going to shut down his “very large moving company”. Now, I’m no Fox Business Channel expert, but it seems to me that demand for movers is pretty inelastic, if I remember my Econ 101 terms. If I flip open the yellow pages and call John Galt’s Good Movers for an estimate, and get no answer, I’m just gonna call Bekins, or Mayflower, or Hungry Teachers, or Two Big Guys and A Van, and as their demand picks up, they’re gonna hire JGGM’s laid off workers, and with the housing market by all accounts coming back, isn’t this a really dumb time to be shutting down a moving company?

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Percysowner: No, no — Robert Farley is pointing & laughing at Angry Galtist Eric Dondero.

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    NonyNony says:

    @Percysowner:

    Robert Farley is going to hold his breath until he turns purple, because THAT will show us.

    Nono. Robert Farley put this guy on the front page of his blog for the mocking he deserves. Eric Dondero is going to hold his breath until he turns purple and THAT will show us.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @sm*t cl*de: YEah, those are some “stupid little laws” that prevent Madisonian heroes of FreeBerty from spitting on people, aren’t they? Locke would despise such a thoughtless tyranny.

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    Rand Careaga says:

    Not Robert Farley. The screed is by Eric Dondero. He’s a familiar type: Eric Hoffer nailed him sixty years ago in The True Believer. Here’s how he proposes to handle his family:

    I disowned them this morning. On Facebook and through an email. But fortunately my parents are diehard Republicans, and a sister. It’s only the fucked up brother in Delaware, piece of shit, scumbag mother fucker who is a Democrat, and another sister in Philly who won’t tell me, but I’m almost certain voted for Obama. They are dead to me now. And I will not under any circumstances attend their funerals in 30 or 40 years.

    Eric Dondero. Make a note of that name. I’d say it’s even odds that within five years a search of Google News for the text strings “Eric Dondero” and “mass shooting” will yield a couple of pages of results.

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    NonyNony says:

    And “noted bloggist B-Skillet over at the Christian Men’s Defense Network” could throw the batchelor party!

    Holy crap the training wheels have come off the Republican clown car, haven’t they? That is some grade A radioactive stupid right there.

    I think someone has been watching too much Internet porn and feeling guilty about it.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Good thing that all my friends are normal people and pretty liberal/leftwing (and mostly Black like me). I guess I’ll never have to worry about being unfriended by a crazy Rightwinger since I don’t have any such things in my personal life.

    Such a mature response to the democratic re-election of our President. WOW. Just wow. Why doesn’t he just leave the US altogether and get it over with? Why stay in a country where people are allowed to vote differently than you?

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    Warren Terra says:

    Via Rob Delaney’s twitter feed, a link to a humdinger of an essay about the significance of Obama’s re-election, written by David Simon of The Wire and Treme. I’ll put in an early paragraph as a taster; a later paragraph ending “That’s the point” is my favorite, but I think the essay builds to there and I don’t want to spoil it:

    But the country is changing. And this may be the last election in which anyone but a fool tries to play — on a national level, at least — the cards of racial exclusion, of immigrant fear, of the patronization of women and hegemony over their bodies, of self-righteous discrimination against homosexuals. Some in the Republican party and among the teabagged fringe will continue to play such losing hands for some time to come; this shit worked well in its day and distracted many from addressing any of our essential national issues. But again, if they play that weak-ass game past this point, they are fools.

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    WereBear says:

    @MikeJ: In a different story, a Republican found out that one of his friends was going to vote for Obama. He stated his belief that Obama is a soçialist, and that wasn’t enough to convince that damned dirty dem. Soçialist! Just saying the word ought to be enough to snap somebody to their senses.

    One of the many casualties of this economy was my mother’s independence. She basically lost her retirement and was working two jobs on top of her social security because her traumatic upbringing means she can’t do frugal. I was relieved when an old friend lost her husband and proposed the two of them join forces; Old Friend had a house and some financial depth.

    However, this means my mother is drenched in 24/7 Faux News. As seen in a recent conversation:

    I can’t trust President Obama (the one she voted for in 2008) any more!

    Why not, Mom?

    He’s a socialist!

    What’s that, Mom?

    You know… like Hitler!

    Pure Faux talking points. How do you have a conversation with someone who is now living on a different planet?

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    Lavocat says:

    If only life were so damned easy to spot The Stupidest Motherfuckers In The World Evah!

    Please, oh, please, oh, please let this piece NOT be satire.

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    artem1s says:

    Sonia he going to stop leaving out his trash? Driving on roads? Getting mail? Using the Internet? Calling the fire department, police, etc.

    Is he going to give up Starbucks? I’m pretty sure there’s a one dem limit in their hiring policy manual. Wouldn’t want his latte soiled by dirty soci@list digits!

    Fine by me if the guy drops out but he better be willing to go Kazinski and live in a shack in the woods for the rest of his life if he wants to eliminate all the Dems in his life.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Geezus. In the name of whatever sisterhood is supposed to exist out there, please keep B-Skillet unmarried and celibate.

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    Schlemizel says:

    Wife has been unfriended by a couple of nutballs so thats a win for her!

    Read a thing about some dingbat tweeting she was moving to Australia to get away from American so-sol-ism! She deleted all tweets when the responses started rolling in!

    Jim has it right up above in the comments. These fools going gault would open up a lot of opportunity & create a lot of new businesses & business owners. Plus we wouldn’t have to put up the useless sacks of sheep shit any more – so win-win!

    But where to go? Even most third world nations have universal healthcare and a long list of social programs.

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    Ken_L says:

    Lots of wingnuts swearing they’ll go Galt, right now, don’t try to stop them. This seems to mean stop participating in the human race by (e.g.) refusing to go to the mall any more, so not sure they quite got the finer points of old Ayn R. In their muddled little brains they apparently believe the Libtards will come whimpering to ask their forgiveness, or something … they don’t actually explain what the point is. But I’m sure they’ll be sorely missed.

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    Schlemizel says:

    saw this & wanted to post it only because it mentions Coles Law.
    http://www.gocomics.com/thearg.....2012/11/08

    sorry ’bout that

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    WereBear says:

    @Schlemizel: But where to go? Even most third world nations have universal healthcare and a long list of social programs.

    Somalia. It is a Galtian paradise.

    And the warlords dealing with a massive influx of wingnuts would make an excellent Dark Sitcom… a genre I just invented.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @Schlemizel:

    Read a thing about some dingbat tweeting she was moving to Australia to get away from American so-sol-ism!

    And because their “President” is a good Christian man. Don’t forget the best part.

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    lou says:

    Unfortunately, my mother’s doctor is making the same threat of ending her practice. She claimed that she is not getting reimbursed by Medicare for flu shots and gets only $10 for patient visits, or so my mother alleged. So now my mother sent me angry texts about Obama’s election. I just unfriended her and my sister on Facebook as part of a cooling-off period. My sister was blaming Obama for the stock market crash and the decline in her daughter’s college fund. We’ll see about Christmas.

    The doctor, as far as I am concerned, can go to hell for scaring old people with lies.

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    Cassidy says:

    This guy has never loudly proclaimed shit in a grocery store. You can just tell by the conversation it’s his inside voice. Fucking coward.

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    hep kitty says:

    I went to the source post. The guy says to fire all your clients that voted for Obama. It’s satire, right? Right?

    Otherwise, I’d like to personally tell this guy and all his whiny pals to shove it (with a cluster of habanero peppers on the end) directly up their collective, whiny, libertarian asses since I had to live through EIGHT FUCKING YEARS of the Bush presidency.

    Hey dudes, for that matter, why don’t you just spend out the rest of your days trying to learn to suck your own dick. It will give you something to do that doesn’t necessarily contribute in any way to society with the exception of finally shutting that piehole of yours.

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    Lancelot Link says:

    Eric Dondero. Make a note of that name

    Well, technically it’s Eric Dondero Rittberg. This isn’t his first appearance here.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    I will spit on the ground in front of them, being careful not to spit in their general direction

    How do you do that? Circle around behind, and spit from there? Or I guess he could stand sort of sideways, at someone’s three o’clock, and spit on the ground in front of him, but not toward him.

    Well as long as it keeps them busy I guess. Bless their hearts.

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    hep kitty says:

    If this guy was in a street fight with a 5 year old girl scout wearing an Obama sticker, girl scout would totally whip his ass and make him cry like a baby.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Lancelot Link: How did I know this guy would look like Ignatius J. Reilly?

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    Boudica says:

    In the immortal words of Jon Stewart….You lost. It’s supposed to taste like a shit sandwich.

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    Xenos says:

    @Patricia Kayden: As a white male, I can assure you that there are plenty of people like this. They like to interject random non-sequitors into innocent conversations that display their racism, galtian ‘maker’ status, trolling for approval. If one ignores them, they assume you are a fellow traveller. If one objects, they get all pissy, self-rightious, and demanding as to why one can’t take a joke.

    It is extremely tedious matter to deal with these people, often in work or social settings where it is just not appropriate. But they just love shoving their racism in your face, daring you to do something about it.

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    Kirbster says:

    Wow, I freely admit that if Mitt had been elected, I would have made a few changes to my investment portfolio, but that was about as radical as I planned to get.

    How many “friends” could someone this unpleasant have?

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    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Nonono, his plan is brilliant. You see if his moving company is no longer there than the young couple buying their first house can no longer move (the other companies are all busy or something.) Then their contract falls through, then the housing market collapses and then, libertarian paradise!

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    Sargeant Pepper's Spray says:

    I see this guy screaming about “livin’ in a van down by the river” at some point in the very near future.

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    Brachiator says:

    I strongly urge all other libertarians to do the same. Are you married to someone who voted for Obama, have a girlfriend who voted ‘O’. Divorce them. Break up with them without haste.

    I wonder how many libertarians have wives or girlfriends. And wouldn’t marriage be incompatible with “liberty” anyway, also, too?

    Btw, how many votes did the libertarian presidential candidate get in the recent election? I heard something about a (relative) fringe party surge.

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    p says:

    that rant could’ve been penned by jesus’ general or the late jon swift!

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    hep kitty says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Free Market! Let it roll!

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    KT says:

    Does this bozo actually think people will miss him? Will somehow feel deprived or that their life will be less without him? Most of them probably are tired of his rants and will reel genuine relief at never having to endure his Fox barf again.

    What a loser.

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    Allen West is still holding out and holding his breath until he turns blue: NONONONONONO! NO FAIR!

    Heh. How do you like your schaden freude?

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Anne Laurie: (I seem to remember at least one simulacra of this guy in the huckster room or the late-night room parties at every comix/StarTrek/sf-fantasy convention I attended between the early 1970s and the mid-1990s, but perhaps that was before The Internet Changed Everything.)

    Your memory is right. Actually there was usually more than one guy (sometimes a gal) who had a group around him and they all sprouted their crazy anti-government, libertarian ideas. I even knew a bunch of them. Stopped discussing politics with them because I was that living horror — a statist. They usually wanted to go to the cheapest restaurants and diners to eat.

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    greennotGreen says:

    Starting early this morning, I’m going to un-friend every single individual on Facebook who voted for Obama or who I even suspect may have Democrat leanings.

    Thereby immeasurably improving their lives.

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    Randy P says:

    @Brachiator: Well, here are the startling numbers from my tiny PA borough. 39% Romney, 59% Obama, 0.8% Stein, 1.8% Johnson. The Libertarian got twice the votes of the Green.

    We’re only talking < 1000 votes here. But this is a historically R area (Delaware County). The county council is 100% Republican, the borough council is all-but-one Republican. As I recall Dem votes roughly tied Republican in 2008.

    Most of the other races had the same mix. 60% for the Dem for attorney general of the state for instance, and for Casey for Senate, and a solid block for the Libertarian. Only the congressional and state legislature race were majority R.

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    dr. bloor says:

    Dondero forgot farting in our general direction.

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    Todd says:

    I need a cigarette. Rove is meeting the big donors today, either in a fishing boat, a junkyard or an abandoned parking garage.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....90510.html

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    For now, off to my first assignment: Telling all my friends and family who voted for Obama to “fuck off, don’t ever speak to me again you slimeball mother fuckers.” that I’m connecting with my inner child, and behaving like an asshole! Wish me luck!

    Luck!

    @Todd: Please please please let it be the fishing boat! Pretty please?

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    Baud says:

    @Randy P:

    Vote splitters are fascinating.

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    giltay says:

    Then I’ll tell them in no un-certain terms: “I do not associate with Democrats. You all are communist pigs, and I have nothing but utter disgust for you. Sir/Madam, you are scum of the earth.”

    But it’s the Democrats’ fault that America is more partisan.

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    El Cid says:

    Given that black people and Latinos so overwhelmingly voted for Obama, he should use that as a proxy to choose to withhold his friendship from all of the black people and Latinos in his life, which I’m sure will be quite painful, that loss.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    They usually wanted to go to the cheapest restaurants and diners to eat.

    And since a lot of the time those would be ‘ethnic'(Mexican, Chinese, Jewish deli) you could count on them to make offensive “jokes” about the menus or the decor. And to query the waiter endlessly about every ingredient in every dish, including the ones they’d already announced they had no intention of eating. Then they’d try to short the communal check (“I didn’t even touch two of the six platters”, or suggest that everyone just divide the check equally after they’d had three expensive cocktails and an ala-carte dish prepared to their exacting specifications, when everyone else at the table had two beers or a pot of tea). Also, needless to say, proper libertarians don’t tip, which meant the rest of us had to cover their shortfall…

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    fuddmain says:

    @Todd: I love this bit from the article:

    The Democrats’ ground organization was beyond anything they’d imagined, pulling in new voters with stunning effectiveness.

    I guess these dumbshits weren’t paying attention in 2008.

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    danielx says:

    @Todd:

    By preference a fishing boat which – purely by coincidence – will have some logging chains and concrete blocks aboard.

    “Communist pigs”? Eric clearly hasn’t noted that even the Communists aren’t Communists any more. Unless he’s equating those socialist hellholes like, say, Norway with East Germany circa 1957.

    This much schadenfreude may be unhealthy, but I’m going to wallow in as long as possible.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    @Baud: I’ve always thought that the “I vote for the person, not the party” voter either didn’t understand politics, was an insufferable poseur, or was self-deluded. Or some combinatuon of the above.

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    debbie says:

    NPR reported on the anti-abortion movement’s reaction to the election. They insist the way back is to free the Republican party from those who focus on business and economics instead of what true conservatism is really about: Christian Sharia.

    Good news for McConnell and Boehner.

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    Comrade Scrutinizer says:

    s/combinatuon/combination

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    nemesis says:

    Then I’ll tell them in no un-certain terms:

    Only uber-intellectual types hyphenate uncertain.

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    Lurking Canadian says:

    @Todd: That was awesome. Sweet, sweet wingnut tears, falling from the sky all around me.

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    Rick Massimo says:

    If any of these ragers, who are totally gonna go Galt and be completely self-sufficient and show all of us, actually got off their asses and did anything to help get Mitt Romney elected, I’ll eat – I dunno, something that isn’t food.

    I think I’m gonna try to friend this guy on Facebook so he can unfriend me.

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    Boudica says:

    @debbie: I heard the same NPR story this morning while walking. I hope no one heard my multiple “bullshit” exclamations. These people believe they lost because Romney didn’t reach out to the true believers. And they just need someone deeply committed to the cause to convince all Americans of their position. Cloud Cuckooland.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Eric Dondero is a pathetic sack of shit.

    That is all.

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    James Fallows has a thing going with lots of letters from right wing basement-dwelling Drudge wannabees pretending to be business owners who are going to shut down their productive businesses and fire all their workers because Obama won.

    Because every business owner and startupper I know has lots of time to read, troll, and write letters to liberal blogs.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @fuddmain:

    UNLIMITED CORPORATE CASH! was going to rule, you know. These are Mammon-worshiping maggots, after all. It’s the only thing they think is important.

    Adam Smith wept.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    “I don’t think anyone on our side understood or comprehended how good their turnout was going to be,” said Henry Barbour, a Republican committee man from Mississippi. “The Democrats do voter registration like a factory, like a business, and Republicans tend to leave it to the blue hairs.”

    So are we supposed to let them off the hook for the business they hired to do voter registration for them, who was actually throwing away democratic registrations?

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    Kane says:

    Just out of curiosity, I did a google search of his name. Apparently he is a former paultard who fell from grace. And his photo looks just like how one would imagine.

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    FridayNext says:

    So that angry Youtube Lady, Shelly Dankert was drunk on Buttershots and water?

    Buttershots is too strong for her? She needs to water it down?

    And they call Democrats pussies?

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    NonyNony says:

    @debbie:

    NPR reported on the anti-abortion movement’s reaction to the election. They insist the way back is to free the Republican party from those who focus on business and economics instead of what true conservatism is really about: Christian Sharia.

    I encourage Republicans to go with the idea that the Republican party is losing because it’s too inclusive.

    Go with that guys. Truly, that is a winning strategy for the long term.

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    Lurking Canadian says:

    @Bill E Pilgrim: They are also all willing and able to give up their income out of spite.

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    lacp says:

    “I’ll tell them in no un-certain terms…” No, you won’t tell anybody anything, you doughy piece of shit, because the first time you talked to somebody like that they’d slap your teeth right out of your face.

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    Corpus Christy says:

    at least one simulacra

    You mean “simulacrum.”

    (Or you mean more than one.)

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    jibeaux says:

    @Suffern ACE: Uh, Haley, the “blue hairs” are your BASE. Trust me, the direction you’re supposed to go in from here involves not pissing off any more people.

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    The news that Libertarians are self-deporting from my life is AWESOME!!!!!

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    JPL says:

    Rather than appeal to minorities, the rethugs will pass more voter suppression laws. Only white guys should vote cuz the founding fathers said so.

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    Allow me to indulge in a little shameless self-promotion: today is the ninth anniversary of my little blog Bark Bark Woof Woof.

    Forward, however awkwardly.

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    Kane says:

    From RationalWiki’s “List of Internet kooks.”

    Eric Dondero—A nuke-the-Middle East Republican fanatic who thinks he is a libertarian. This particular bundle of contradictions is actually not all that uncommon, but Dondero is hyperactive about spamming every Internet forum imaginable with his barely-coherent wingnuttery. He attacks big-L Libertarians for not being pro-war, libertarian-leaning Democrats for not being Republicans, anti-war Republicans for not being real Republicans, and his former boss, Ron Paul (who fired him), for just about everything.

    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/L.....rnet_kooks

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    Corpus Christy says:

    It’s BACHELOR party, Copernicus.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Todd: also it appears that they were caught in their own closed bubble and believed that there actually was an enthusiasm gap.

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    El Cid says:

    My conservative friends and colleagues have been complaining for months and months that if Romney loses it’s because a Republican establishment wouldn’t let a true conservative run.

    When I ask them which candidate who was actually running could both represent what they wanted and could win among a wide American voting population, they have no clear answer that they seem to really feel strong about.

    Some really liked Rick Santorum, and thought that maybe he could connect with the average voter etc., but worried that maybe his conservative social views might alienate him and that the media would try to shut him down, etc.

    If their best argument is that Obama would have been much more strongly under threat by a true conservative like Rick Santorum, just someone better at not saying weird things, they’re going to have a difficult search.

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    This is just priceless:

    After his speech, Mr. Obama tried to call both Mr. Boehner and the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, but was told they were asleep.

    Yes, well in all fairness, the entire Republican Party has been asleep for the past 10 years.

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    jibeaux says:

    I have a serious question. I need to get Obama for America off autopay. I don’t know if they do this automatically, but they drew on Monday. I got a kind offer by email which would allow me to redirect it to some other tin cup, but for whatever reason didn’t tell you about how to stop the autopay. Does anyone know if they’ll stop automatically?

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    Emma says:

    @jeffreyw: This Cuban-American isn’t surprised. The old guard is dying off. The younger ones don’t have “dreams of going back.” They were either born here, came as babies, or arrived within the last ten years. Different way of looking at things.

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    So there’s this chain sandwich shop that just opened near me — I’ve been going to another one a little further away, but when one opened near me I thought great. But I’ve been twice and both times they’ve had Fox News on the TV so I was like, forget it. But then in the mail I got a coupon for a free sub? So I think today I will collect my free sub and tell them why I won’t be back.

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    debbie says:

    @ Bill E Pilgrim:

    And that’s the problem with the Republican vision for this country: a nation of Tony Soprano wannabes, threatening and bullying their way through life to get what they want. E pluribus, baby

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    hep kitty says:

    @jeffreyw: Keanu Reeves voice: WHOA

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    Bill E Pilgrim says:

    @Lurking Canadian: Right, well I guess the theory is that it’s not going to be profitable for them now because Obamacare regulations argle bargle blargh and being masters of the Randian universe they have tons of money that they’ve been deigning to turn into jobs instead of just enjoying for themselves but now it’s just throwing money down the toilet of taxes because of the oppressive forces of Big Poverty so forget it.

    But it reality yes, most people anyone knows scrambling to run a business live paycheck to paycheck and need the income as much as anyone does.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @El Cid: this is funny. What they need to do is suppress the votes of republican primary voters who vote for candidates like Romney. Perhaps republican voter suppression efforts will be unleashed against republican voters.

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    jibeaux says:

    @Southern Beale: Oh, is that what they’re calling SoCo induced comas these days?

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    Raven says:

    @Southern Beale: That is great!

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    Jamey says:

    Sounds like the right wants a Citizen’s Divorce. Finally, moar clients for Hind-rocker!

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    iLarynx says:

    The comments at Eric Dondero’s site are priceless! The wingnuts are going full Jack D. Ripper breakdown mode:

    Eric Dondero said…
    If we don’t acknowledge that most Americans are now liberty-haters we will never, ever progress as a movement.
    We have to look in the mirror now, and fess up. Most Americans are fascists, socialists, communists, and at the least welfare moocherists.

    The only thing left for them to do is to walk quietly into the bathroom, close the door, and pull the trigger.

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    jibeaux says:

    That headline “I accept your terms, sir!” makes me giggle.

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    Raven says:

    Any of you academics know anything about this?

    Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @debbie:

    I heard that and was torn between laughter & utter revulsion.

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    hep kitty says:

    It was really cute how they were going on and on and on this morning on Morning Ho (haven’t watched it in ages) about HOW TO FIX REPUBLICAN MESSAGING! Joe going on about something about “niche markets” – just word vomiting.
    That’s all they need is a new marketing strategy. THAT’s the ticket. Worked reel reel gud this last time. (Pssst, there’s only so far you can take these things and for so long, Rovester)

    So much fun to watch.

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    Raven says:

    Any of you academics know anything about this?

    Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States.

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    Paul says:

    @debbie:

    NPR reported on the anti-abortion movement’s reaction to the election. They insist the way back is to free the Republican party from those who focus on business and economics instead of what true conservatism is really about: Christian Sharia.

    Yup. These hypocrites are against Sharia law, but at the same time they want to impose Christian Biblical law on us.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @debbie:

    I heard that and was torn between laughter & utter revulsion.

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    Paul says:

    @debbie:

    NPR reported on the anti-abortion movement’s reaction to the election. They insist the way back is to free the Republican party from those who focus on business and economics instead of what true conservatism is really about: Christian Sharia.

    Yup. These hypocrites are against Sharia law, but at the same time they want to impose Christian Biblical law on us.

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    RSA says:

    This is awesome. Eric Dondero explains the details of going Galt: talking shit about poor people, wearing home-made buttons with political slogans, and crapping on his neighbor’s lawn.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @jeffreyw:

    The old anti-castro brigade is dieing & their kids are actual Americans so that shouldn’t be a surprise. But it sure is good news!

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @iLarynx: what kind of person looks in the mirror to find the faults in other people?

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    jimmiraybob says:

    …they & spouse are absolutely going Galt…

    More job openings.

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    debbie says:

    Then I’ll turn and walk the other way.

    This reminds me of that C&W song with the line, “How come you never showed me your good side until you walked out on me?”

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    gelfling545 says:

    I’m choosing another rather unique path; a personal boycott, if you will. Starting early this morning, I am going to un-friend every single individual on Facebook who voted for Obama, or I even suspect may have Democrat leanings.

    They will be grateful since they’ve only kept the connection because they are too polite to unfriend you. Also, it may take them some time to realize you’ve done this because they’ve been hiding your content all along!

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    Buh-bye Karl.

    Don’t see how Karl Rove can have a career after blowing so much of his friends’ money. Rich people don’t like that.

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    @Todd: Here’s my favorite article about the election:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11.....rs.html?hp

    “Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, in February. Mr. Adelson, the biggest single donor in political history, supported eight candidates through “super PACs.” All of them lost on Tuesday.”

    So much for the business and strategic acumen of our Masters of the Universe.

    Wingers have poor self-awareness, not to mention awareness of others, and so I think what happened to Farley etc. is that the election shocked them into facing the truth that most people really don’t see them as noble fighters for freedom, but hate and despise them and their views. Must be quite a shock.

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    Tyro says:

    I guess these dumbshits weren’t paying attention in 2008.

    The right wing is convinced that 2008 turnout was just a fluke from young people and racial minorities attracted to the novelty of a black president, not because of the well-oiled, sophisticated turnout operation. (and, to be fair, since this apparatus seems to have been shut down in 2010, it’s hard to blame them for not realizing what Obama was doing)

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    jimmiraybob says:

    Speaking of unbridled hatred, anger and rage, I assume Breitbart will remain Galted.

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    Sir Nose'D says:

    @Rand Careaga:

    Some wailing and gnashing of teeth is to be expected on the right, but I fear that as much as we lightly talk about conservative derangement syndrome, this election will cause many to double down, and sometimes it will end violently.

    When someone boasts about choosing one’s worldview over their friends and family, it cannot end well. It both gives me a sad, and Sir Nose’D is concerned.

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    Jamey says:

    @sm*t cl*de:

    Even Nate Silver can’t do that.

    Looks like we have a meme for our time.

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    El Cid says:

    @RSA: A libertarian utopia!

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    El Cid says:

    @Paul: What’s needed to modernize the Republican Party for 21st century America is Mediterranean pastoralist tribal law from 1,800 BC.

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    Nylund says:

    As a democrat I am totally fine with assholes deciding to stay away from me. I’m also fine with them going out of their way to prove to America they are assholes.

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    Fester Addams says:

    Someone send him the paperwork to renounce his U.S. citizenship. He can have a tourist visa in case he gets stopped by the Arizona police before he can hie away to libertarian paradise (which is Somalia, right?)

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    graves007 says:

    If this loser had any balls at all, and if he thinks the US is in such a dire state because a democrat was democratically elected, then he should just kill himself and spare everyone around him his angry dramaqueen horsehit.

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    NCSteve says:

    Dear Galtian Overlords:

    Less talking about moving to Galt’s Gulch and more actual moving, please. Thanks.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Raven: I’m not an academic but I did work for an educational non-profit in support services for the field supervisors and then in fund raising.

    Here goes: I’d class it as an educational reform group especially interested in new ways to use technology in teaching. Big give away is they are getting money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There are also the names of a number of financial firms (hedge funds especially like “reform”.) They are sure they will find ways to improve education and then train teachers to use their methods. It’s probably one of the current trendy things in educational philosophy.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Raven: Raven, nothing Bill & Melinda Gates do that has anything to do with education is ever admirable. They are leading forces in the school “deform” movement that is working to dismantle and privatize as much of the public school system as possible.

    If you are interested in ed issues, http://dianeravitch.net/ is the site for you. She has a Gates tag, too (scroll to bottom of page). Don’t know if she addresses the program you are interested in but you’ll get enough of a taste of where Gates is coming from to be completely and utterly appalled.

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    iLarynx says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    what kind of person looks in the mirror to find the faults in other people?

    Yes. Good catch. And at the top of his list of faults is “fascist.” Feel free to psychoanalyze if you like (or are masochistic!). Quite a bit of projection going on there if you ask me.

    This guy (and probably most of his brethren) don’t appear to have any love in their lives. Perhaps they are of a sexual persuasion that is frequently suppressed in today’s society, or maybe they’re just anti-social assholes and nobody will have anything to do with them. They seem perpetually frustrated with lots of anger and lots of time on their hands. It brings to mind a comment by Robin Williams in Good Morning Vietnam when discussing a severely, tightly wound asshole: “There is a man in serious need of a blow job.”

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    The Pale Scot says:

    Concrete blocks? Cement galoshes are so passé.

    You wanna take ’em out for a Staten Island Boat Ride.

    That’s when you take a guy out fishing and use them for bait.

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    g says:

    Wish me luck!

    Oh, what a wonderful, fulfilling life this man has chosen to live our his days!

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @PurpleGirl: Hedge fund like “reform” because they see public schools as a huge revenue stream, once they privatize as much of it as possible. For a while, the for-profit college sector had some of the highest returns of any stock market sector and they are hoping to replicate that in a much bigger way in the K-12 grades.

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    g says:

    I don’t usually click through but I did with this one. From over there:

    I am going to step this up. I am going to do far more of this in my life. It’s going to be my personal crusade.

    He’s dedicating his life to being an asshole. I’m sure that will bring so much reward to him.

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    SFAW says:

    @Brachiator:

    I wonder how many libertarians have wives or girlfriends.

    You lie! Mr. Eric Dondero Rittberg (of Ulm) has a very fine girlfriend.

    Named Rosie Palmer. Did you know she has 5 sisters?

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    r€nato says:

    @Southern Beale: I do believe that today Rove is meeting with his donors (or their reps) to go over things. How I would love to be a fly on that wall. You can bullshit the rubes, you’re not going to bullshit the superdonors.

    I think that’s the second greatest result from Tuesday, Rove’s complete humiliation.

    Going back to Mr. Dondero… he clearly needs to shut off the computer, go outside and get some fresh air, realize that there’s a great big beautiful world out there that has nothing to do with politics.

    In short, get a life, loser. Lashing out at your friends and loved ones accomplishes nothing but impoverishing your own life and makes you a lonely, bitter loser. It won’t change a single person’s mind with regard to their beliefs. Not a single person will say, “Oh my god, Eric Dondero, please don’t unfriend me! I’ll even change everything I believe about how society and government should be organized to align with your libertarian philosophy! Just tell me what to believe and I’ll believe it, if only you’ll continue being my friend!”

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    hedgehog the occasional commenter says:

    @Anne Laurie:
    OMG yes. Spousal unit and I go to a lot of SF cons. They are still populated by the type.

    On topic–seriously, WTF is wrong with these people? Are they all emotionally 5 years old (and yes, I realize that’s an insult to 5 year olds?) Rhetorical–I just can’t wrap my head around this kind of spoiled-bratness. Yeesh.

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    Percysowner says:

    @Anne Laurie: To everyone who corrected me, yeah I misread. SORRY!

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    SFAW says:

    @sm*t cl*de:

    Even Nate Silver can’t do that.

    Ah, but Dean Chambers (a/k/a The Clueless Eunuch) can, by unskewing the way the “target” is standing. Or unskewing the wind. Or the sidewalk. Or something.

    Well, whatever. You libtards, with your overarching fealty to those discredited ideas known as “math” and “statistics” can all suck it.

    Oh, wait – wrong thread?

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    Raven says:

    @Ohio Mom: Thanks!

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    quannlace says:

    Vow not to attend family functions, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas for example, if there

    Phew, that’s a relief. Any doubt that this pompous, self-important asshole was any more tolerable in the past?

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    SFAW says:

    I second the motion that Eric Dondero Rittberg von Dingledangledongle of Ulm should REALLY show the libtards, fsacist/commie Demon-rats, and other undesirables, by setting up permanent shop in Mogadishu. It’s a lovely coastal city, and he will be welcomed with open arms.

    Or should that be locked-and-loaded arms? I can never remember.

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    jonas says:

    You know who really needs to go Galt and leave the country? Donald Trump. Please for the love of God, go.

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    Chris says:

    Wow. I’ve unfriended people over politics, don’t get me wrong, but usually because they said or posted something incredibly offensive. To do it just because you lost an election and need to take it out on someone? Pathetic!

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    Chris says:

    @Xenos:

    I’ve noticed these people. Used to try and ignore them but no dice – do that they’ll just assume you don’t mind and are on their side and double down.

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    J R in WVa says:

    Good Bye! Parting is such Sweet sorrow joy!!

    And take all your little friends with you, also, too!

    That is all

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    Argive says:

    A very conservative friend of mine from high school defriended me on facebook in 2008 after I posted something like “victory!” on my news feed. I was a little bemused by her doing that; after all she had gone nuts in 2004 and I didn’t really mind. In any case she refriended me about a year or so after Obama’s inauguration, so I figured it was all water under the bridge.

    Fast forward to today, when I posted this mea culpa from Dean Chambers and this TNC piece? Well, she defriended me once more. At first I was a bit offended. Now, I think it’s just sad.

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    1badbaba3 says:

    Why, oh why is Obam-alam dragging his feet on the big gun confiscation and the FEMA death camps? I tire of the incessant mewling and puking of the Reich and wish it to cease.

    Obama = Bad Hitler

    Worst Hitler Ever

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    Bruce S says:

    This guy was an adviser to Ron Paul – they had some sort of falling out and he’s been pushing Romney as the libertarian thing to do. Which means he’s a clueless geek unhinged from reality, but by GOP standards…an experienced political insider.

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    clone12 says:

    I hope the guy boycotts that government-funded internet. Total commie contraption!

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    dead existentialist says:

    Not even gonna read the thread. Just have to comment that that is one of the funniest rants I’ve ever read. What a nut! I’ll bet all his family and friends end up telling him that they voted for President Obama just to rid themselves of his company.

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    Bruce S says:

    This guy’s principled political stance is really going to have a negative impact on my life if…uh…he’s ever standing in line in a supermarket in front of me wearing several of his stupid buttons and yelling about food stamps. That will really suck.

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    Democrat Partisan Asshole says:

    My wife knew the post-election unfriending was coming from one of her relatives anyway, so when he posted the usual union-bashing drivel on one of her Facebook posts last week, she let him have it, telling him to stop blaming Obama and the unions for his own personal failures in life – which she then proceeded to relate in graphic and extensive detail for the benefit of all his relatives and friends.

    His own brother “liked” her post and mailed her a message of support afterwards.

    I found this to be an excellent idea.

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    Michael G says:

    I plan to make up a bunch of buttons, and wear them around town,

    This is truly the mark of someone completely sane.

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    Uncle Ebeneezer says:

    @p: Oh man. As great as Charlie Pierce, TBogg and Roy Edroso have been at providing laughs at the expense of dim-witted wing nuts, I can only IMAGINE what Jon Swift could have done in this election cycle. Damn, I wish he was still around :(

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    blondie says:

    How can we miss you if you won’t go away?

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    @Michael G:
    I think he’s doing wonders for the dating scene. Imagine how many bad breakups he’s preventing by advertising his assholishness up front?

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    Helen Bedd says:

    “Only Nazis support Seat Belt laws” or “No Smoking Ban: Nanny-Staters go Fuck Yourselves.”

    Yeah, yeah…give me the liberty to bring on my own death needlessly……

    PS
    Pretty sure Hitler’s original Volkswagon didn’t come with seat belts..

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    r€nato says:

    @quannlace: I would be THRILLED if the loudmouth teabagger friends of my parents went Galt and stopped showing up to family functions.

    Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen because my folks are hardcore GOP.

    But, their friends are certainly free to not invite us liberal soshulist commie libtards. To a person, they feel free to mouth off about Obama and Pelosi and Reid and liberals in general without any regard to the political persuasion of those at the table.

    That puts us in a really uncomfortable position. When someone farts at the table, the proper reaction is not to fart yourself; it’s to politely ignore it and talk about something else. But I get really, really weary of being constantly insulted and having to just sit there and take it silently, because *I* am too polite to start an argument.

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    El Cid says:

    Such liberty-minded rugged individualists — why have they wasted so much time among us weaklings anyway? Don’t the empty plains and rugged mountains in some wild part of the world await their magic abilities to tame them?

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    r€nato says:

    @Bruce S: you mean he didn’t push Gary Johnson? WTF?

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    Citizen_X says:

    My favorite comment from Dondero’s fans:

    I have a message for America.
    __
    Fuck You.

    Now there’s an election winner!

    Semi-related: has anyone seen this? WIngtard from Heritage Action intones, “We are in a war!” With dramatic video! (Remember that Pawlenty video that tried to make him look heroic and non-boring? Like that.) “Over the last four years, the conservative movement has grown stronger.” That’s why you just lost, right? Plus: extra Reagan!

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    smith says:

    @Kane:

    He was fired by Ron Paul? Holy hell, if you got fired by Ron Paul that means that you are incompetent beyond belief.

    This guy’s friends (if he really truly has any) and family are probably relieved that they won’t have to deal with his drooling idiocy anymore.

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    Democrat Partisan Asshole says:

    Yeah, yeah…give me the liberty to bring on my own death needlessly

    @Helen Bedd: The world’s first anti-smoking campaign was, in all seriousness, launched by the Nazi party. The scientists already knew – all scientists, including ours – but unlike here, Hitler’s wish for a healthy citizenry trumped tobacco money. Of course, Hitler’s wishes trumped everything, which caused some problems later.

    And FWIW, the original VW did come with seat belts.

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    ottercliff says:

    See you later dude. My guess is that you have a very small circle of friends to begin with. Chopping the list down and running around with your pathetic “buttons” ought to cut that to near zero in a couple of weeks.

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    Lahru says:

    Eric Dondero Rittberg of Angleton,TX is a very unhappy person today and will continue to be very upset with the rest of us because……

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    JoeShabadoo says:

    @r€nato: The superdonors are rubes.
    Having money doesn’t make them less likely to fall for a scam, particularly this one. This scam is perfectly aimed at old, rich, white men. It plays on their insecurities while at the same time telling them that they are powerful Galtian overlords who can change the country. Rove will just say he was lying to the masses not to the elite. Those that do leave probably won’t do it because its a scam but because Rove lost. They will go looking for another PAC scam to lose money to or create their own money funnel.

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    GxB says:

    @iLarynx:

    Most Americans are fascists, socialists, communists, and at the least welfare moocherists.

    I really started to get a parody troll vibe at that point but not so sadly, no. Sounds like he’s channeling Jackie Chiles “Egregious, ridiculous, preposterous….”

    Its not so much the blowhards I worry about (they’re rather entertaining) it’s the quiet ones that will make the headlines.

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    GxB says:

    @jimmiraybob:

    More job openings.

    Yeahbut they’re all at Chik-fil-A and The Washington Post – pass.

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    he added that he spoke to a fellow Galtian who is going to shut down his “very large moving company”. Now, I’m no Fox Business Channel expert, but it seems to me that demand for movers is pretty inelastic, if I remember my Econ 101 terms. If I flip open the yellow pages and call John Galt’s Good Movers for an estimate, and get no answer, I’m just gonna call Bekins, or Mayflower, or Hungry Teachers, or Two Big Guys and A Van, and as their demand picks up, they’re gonna hire JGGM’s laid off workers, and with the housing market by all accounts coming back, isn’t this a really dumb time to be shutting down a moving company?

    Especially with so many other noble, principled libertarians planning to pack up and leave. Why not throw a “Galt’s Gulch Relocation Special” (while not lowering prices, natch) and help your fellow Randroids evacuate the Communist Hellhole of America before calling it quits?

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    srv says:

    Oops, what Todd already said

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    joel hanes says:

    @Southern Beale:

    new sandwich shop has Fox News on

    You might try just asking if they’ll change the channel first. In my experience, bars and lounges and restaurants have no particular committment to Fox — they think it’s what their customers want to watch, and are happy to change the channel if requested.

    If two or three of us do this, they might start getting the idea that maybe Fox isn’t OK with the average American customer, and leave it on something else.

    If many of us do this, they’ll think it’s a conspiracy, but we’ll be making a good start at driving Fox out of the public spaces.

    And if fifty people — just fifty people a day! — walk into their local sandwich shop and ask politely that the channel be changed to anything but Fox News — well, they’ll think it’s a movement. And so it is, friends, it’s the Fox News Public Massacre movement, and all you gotta do to join in is to ask your local bartender or sandwich shop owner or barber to change the channel if it’s Fox.

    Either that, or buy one of these

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    Chris says:

    @iLarynx:

    If we don’t acknowledge that most Americans are now liberty-haters we will never, ever progress as a movement.

    That doesn’t even make sense.

    How the fuck do you “progress” as a movement when you write off the majority of the population of a democratic country with (at least in theory and mostly in practice) universal suffrage?

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    Jason says:

    @Chris: @Chris: How the fuck do you “progress” as a movement when you write off the majority of the population of a democratic country with (at least in theory and mostly in practice) universal suffrage?

    He’s at the “complete separatist” stage every radical extremist movement goes through when they realize they won’t get their way. Expect him to book a ticket to the Principality of Sealand some time soon.

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @Chris: You revolt! Or maybe ask Trump for some money to be a soldier in his Revolution! (although this being American Consevatism, you probably pay trump to fight in his own revolution).

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    Stuart_b says:

    When I saw “Are you married to someone who voted for Obama, have a girlfriend who voted ‘O’. Divorce them. Break up with them” and some of his other ideas, I thought the quote was a put-on. Following the link, and seeing it is from an explicitly libertarian website suggests otherwise, but he’s so over the top and petty it still seems maybe he’s poking fun at some of his more extreme brethren. But if it’s a joke, his commenters seem to be missing it.

    The thing that strikes me is how few of the real Randian heroes in the world are actual Randians. People who are creative and ambitious seem to LIKE the idea that everyone else is affluent, if only because it means more customers for them.

    Watch the old movie “Solid Gold Cadillac”, and tell me this isn’t true:

    Paul Douglas = Randian hero
    Fred C. Clark = Randian

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    Tonal Crow says:

    Are you married to someone who voted for Obama, have a girlfriend who voted ‘O’. Divorce them. Break up with them without haste. Vow not to attend family functions, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas for example, if there will be any family members in attendance who are Democrats…

    I thought Republicans were the party of marriage and “family values”.

    But really, that’s so over-the-top it’s got to be DougJ trolling again.

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    Hoodie says:

    Vow not to attend family functions, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas for example, if there will be any family members in attendance who are Democrats…

    I’m really hoping my brother-in-law takes this advice this year when we go to my in-laws’ place for Turkey Day. They keep their wingnuttia under wraps, but he’s probably on suicide watch right now, or else he’s mapping out a final apocalyptic assault on the local Whole Foods so he can take out some of those folks that just want free stuff. It’s the source endless amusement to see him moldering in NOVA, increasingly surrounded by shiny new US citizens of assorted non-white hues. The guy’s lived his entire adult life in the People’s Republic of the Department of Defense and hasn’t had a private sector job since he flipped burgers at Roy Rodgers in high school.

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    Tin Roof says:

    I love this dog in the bucket pic.

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    Herbal Infusion Bagger says:

    @Todd:

    I need a cigarette. Rove is meeting the big donors today, either in a fishing boat, a junkyard or an abandoned parking garage.

    I’m going to the store. Do we need another bag of schadenfraude-flavored popcorn, or are we good?

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    iLarynx says:

    @GxB:

    Its not so much the blowhards I worry about (they’re rather entertaining) it’s the quiet ones that will make the headlines.

    It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see this guy in the papers real soon though:

    Man bleeds to death from hundreds of tiny pinpricks while attempting to affix scores of “Americans are moocherists” buttons to himself.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @lacp: HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    But Dems are pacifists who don’t like violence! We wouldn’t brutalize anyone who spat in our direction without spitting at us. (How does work again?)

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    @Jason:

    He’s at the “complete separatist” stage every radical extremist movement goes through when they realize they won’t get their way. Expect him to book a ticket to the Principality of Sealand some time soon.

    Funny you should mention Sealand; Roy Bates, Prince of Sealand, passed away about a month ago.

    What little I’ve heard of Sealand recently, it sounds like their experiment in autonomy may be coming to an end. HavenCo (the data haven that hoped to take a page from Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon) has gone out of business; the Pirate Bay wanted to buy Sealand back in 2007 but was turned down; and Sealand will have its own online casino soon.

    I expect that within a few years, Sealand will be an odd footnote in history.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Southern Beale: That’s what happened to me with an auto repair shop I used to visit. Everytime I go in, it’s Fox News. I stopped going and found a different shop. Why would I subject myself to hours of Fox News while I wait for my car to be fixed?

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    Svensker says:

    @joel hanes:

    You can get anything you want…

    Edited for brain fart!

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @dead existentialist: Ha! That’s probably true.

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    LD50 says:

    It’s pretty clear that being an asshole has become an end in itself for conservatives.

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    Ruckus says:

    If they are all going maybe we should chip in bus fare.
    If we wait till they turn blue from holding their breath we won’t even have to collect much.

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    SFAW says:

    @Herbal Infusion Bagger:

    Do we need another bag of schadenfraude-flavored popcorn, or are we good?

    You can NEVER have enough schadenfreude-flavored anything. So, please pick me up some of the popcorn, and (although I generally stay away from “sweet” beer) a six of wingnut-tear-flavored beer while you’re at it.

    Oh, yeah, also some “Going Glatt” Kosher beef, maybe a bagel or two, too. Also.

    Thanks for asking!

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    Larryb says:

    the greatest coupling of slans since the Roark/Taggert courtship…

    Nice Van Vogt reference, Ann.

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    ericblair says:

    @Jay in Oregon:

    Funny you should mention Sealand; Roy Bates, Prince of Sealand, passed away about a month ago.

    So, um, technically was he a ship’s Master? This Mr. Bates? Cuz, that would be awesome. And yes, I’m that mature.

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    Hugely says:

    if nobody has posted this:

    http://whitepeoplemourningromney.tumblr.com/

    im gonna have a beer and shoot it out through my nose I think lol

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    Hob says:

    @Randy P: And the only states where Johnson did any better than that were Montana and Wyoming. He got 1.3% in freaking Arizona.

    Either the appeal of the Libertarians to right-wingers is grossly exaggerated, or the right has a pretty good understanding that voting for a spoiler is a bad idea no matter how much you may like him.

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    Lauren says:

    That Shelley Dankert link in the OP is absolutely priceless.

    “Figure out how to use the fucking internet or get the fuck off it.”

    “…you Gary-Johnson-votin’ DOUCHEBAGS!…”

    The whole 24 minutes are hilarious, including the sound of clinking ice cubes and cigarette inhalations.

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    mere mortal says:

    Thanks for that link, it was just hilarious.

    “I plan to make up a bunch of buttons, and wear them around town, sayings like … “Only Nazis support Seat Belt laws””

    That’s the funniest shit I’ve read in a long time. I have got to get me one of those buttons. Maybe I’ll print one up myself: “Seat Belts, *exactly* like tiny gas chambers”.

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    Redleg says:

    The funny thing is that these going Galt douchebags actually think their mediocre contributions will actually be missed. LOL.

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    rickstersherpa says:

    Robert Farley was just sharing the snark. It is so much fun watching all the Conservative asshole’s heads explode. And this dude is really shows the authoritarian heart that lies within so called “libertarianism.”

    More from Farley.

    …Lotta great stuff out there for those who enjoy despair-of-the-broken-and-defeated posts. Assrocket and RS McCain are the best I’ve seen; feel free to link to others in comments. With regards to the LGM Electoral Challenge, Florida remains outstanding (“What are you doing Florida? You got the rest of the union to help you along. What’s going wrong?”), and the cut off point for vote counts doesn’t happen until Friday in any case…” http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblo.....-terms-sir

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