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Teen Mom – I Wanna Go Out from Merlin on Vimeo.

Here’s some video from my New Year’s Eve party. I’m the tall guy with the glasses and pie.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Are you missing the link for your NYE party video?

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    The Red Pen says:

    Here’s an interesting juxtaposition, which I just came across.

    Townhall: (emphasis mine)

    Even our economic problems stem from the cultural rejection of personal responsibility and the acceptance of collective responsibility. And none of our problems would be as bad if the church was still shaping the culture instead of merely responding to it.

    The BIBLE (Acts 4:32-33)

    The whole congregation of believers was united as one—one heart, one mind! They didn’t even claim ownership of their own possessions. No one said, “That’s mine; you can’t have it.” They shared everything. The apostles gave powerful witness to the resurrection of the Master Jesus, and grace was on all of them

    There’s got to be a better word for these people than “Christians” because obviously that isn’t an accurate term.

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    mistermix says:

    @Amir Khalid: The video’s embedded – not working for you? That’s my house band, Teen Mom.

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    BGinCHI says:

    Thanks for that clip, Mistermix. Our musical tastes run in the same directions when it comes to fuzzy pop.

    Here’s the link to their vinyl on Analog Edition, for those interested. I know at least Ross in Detroit has turntables to burn.

    For those who like some twang and some fuzzy Neil Young guitar, check out Angus Stone’s recent release “Broken Brights.” Terrific record.

    It’s here, if you want MP3.

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    👽 Martin says:

    So last night we learned that old guard Republicans are more closely aligned on policy with Democrats than they are with the Tea Party. Not surprised, but the clearest illustration of it that we’ve seen. I wonder if we’ll see any defections.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @mistermix: I thought they were from DC?

    Unless you just mean that you play them at your house a lot.

    In that case our house band is the Old 97s, though sometimes they have to fight with Richard Buckner and the Silver Jews for the stage.

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    KG says:

    @The Red Pen: well, the Bible is a big book, you can’t expect Christainists to read all of it and understand all of it! Besides, that’s probably a mistranslation, it probably should have read:

    The whole congregation of believers was united as one – one heart, one mind! We got ours, fuck off you fucking pagans. You aren’t good enough to enter the Kingdom of Heaven and will burn in Hell for all eternity.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Ah, I see. The embedded video is working just fine for me; I thought you meant there was another video in the post.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @The Red Pen: Ummm. The West went through the whole “whose church is The Church” episode. It wasn’t pretty. I highly doubt conservative evangelicals would be very happy with the answer if we had to go through that again.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @jeffreyw: Toad in the hole?

    Or Adam falling through the raft?

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    Origuy says:

    There are some gems on Twitter #fireBoehner; “Cantor is a RINO”, “Alan Watts for Speaker”, “Neal Boortz for Speaker”. Hard to tell which are the true believers and which the trolls.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    From TPM

    “The Speaker will make the supplemental his first priority in the new Congress,” a Boehner aide tells TPM. That’s DC-ese for Hurricane Sandy relief.
    Trying to quell the furor, Boehner is reportedly going to meet with members of the New York and New Jersey delegations this afternoon.
    Meanwhile, Gov. Chris Christie will add his voice to the outrage at a press conference in Trenton at 2 p.m. ET.

    I’m not a fan of Christie or his media boosters, but anything that makes Boehner’s life less comfortable is okay with me.

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    I have maybe a weird idea on gun control advocacy.

    It seems that solid data on gun violence and information about firearms themselves is hard to consolidate. I would love to provide data and links to solid research (to each other) so we could educate ourselves and at least combat the misinformation of the NRA. So often they try to make it look like firearms laws are way too complicated and unsuccessful to even tackle. Without a solid knowledge of the gun themselves and existing regulations, non-gun people like myself have a hard time debating.

    My bet is, armed with proper information on national and international experience with gun control and a knowledge of the law and the guns themselves, reasonable gun control laws would be crafted – heck crowd sourced.

    Here’s my first contribution: The NRA repeatedly says that the CDC determined in 2003 that gun control does not reduce crime. Upon ready the study I found that (surprise) the NRA is lying. By reading just the summary I found that the study just found that data is lacking to make a determination:

    “The Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws or combinations of laws reviewed on violent outcomes. (Note that insufficient evidence to determine effectiveness should not be interpreted as evidence of ineffectiveness.)”

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    Tractarian says:

    @👽 Martin:

    I wonder if we’ll see any defections.

    This doesn’t have anything to do with the cliff legislation, but it sounds an awful lot like a defection to me:

    “As far as I’m concerned, I’m on my own. They’re going to have to go a long way to get my vote on anything.”

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    jeffreyw says:

    @BGinCHI: Heh, there must be a thousand ways to love an egg. This is one to go – already in a basket for you.

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    Raven says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Fucking asshole Peter King is on whining that “these are real people” and, by the way, “they usually vote republican”.

    Xin Loi dumb fucks.

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    Violet says:


    Fucking asshole Peter King is on whining that “these are real people” and, by the way, “they usually vote republican”.

    Hilarious. Maybe those people should re-think their vote, since the Republican leadership clearly doesn’t give a damn about them until they’re forced to care.

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    Raven says:

    Luke Russert to Barney Frank

    “You are a transformative figure”


    “Well thank you, actually I spend a lot of time trying to transform my own figure”!

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Raven: Turned it on just in time to see the most un-self-aware person in the Beltway media ask why Biden had an easier time negotiating with Congress than Obama. Because Obama’s the problem. So glad Frank came back with McTurtle’s “Number one priority to make Obama a one term president”. I hope other Dems were watching, ’cause that “What’s wrong with Obama?” thing is gonna come up on every Sabbath Gasbagathon.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @The Other Bob:

    This is not a weird idea, it’s a great idea. You should start a blog on it.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @The Other Bob:

    I see you already have a blog, but maybe the title should be different to attract the right readers!

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    The Red Pen says:


    well, the Bible is a big book, you can’t expect Christainists to read all of it and understand all of it!

    These people treat it like one of those “End User Licenses” — they scroll to the end and click “Agree.”

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    doctortecate says:

    La Boom Deux non?

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    Jay C says:


    Ummm, I’m fairly sure that the wingnuts tweeting away their displeasure would be more likely to want “Alan West for Speaker”: I’m not sure that Alan Watts would have particularly wanted the job. Though it’s hard to see how could he could do worse (even now, thirty years dead) than the current buffoon circus…

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Just remember, Boner isn’t going to run for Pres in 2016. Gov. Christie might (and you see I put ‘Gov.’ in front of his name & didn’t mess with his name any, that shows the cachet he has).

    Christie delenda est!

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    Origuy says:

    @Jay C: Oops. Yes, it was Alan West. No breakfast yet.

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    handsmile says:

    @Jay C:

    If the tweets were clamoring for Naomi Watts to be Speaker of the House, I might consider changing my party affiliation.

    Mr. Boehner, it would seem, is now being applauded by the sound of one hand clapping.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jay C:

    Didn’t Allen West lose his election? I’m not 100 percent up on the rules, but I’m pretty sure you have to actually be a member of the House of Representatives in order to be the Speaker of the House.

    (Obviously, my snark is not directed at you.)

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