It’s Just A Flesh Wound

I know it’s completely tasteless, but I can’t read this:

“We lost, but I’m not going away,” Romney said, according to a person who attended the meeting and relayed the remarks to Politico. “I will continue to help.”

…without seeing this:

Making fun of W. Mitt never gets old.

And, what the heck this might be a good time for the almost-time-for-the-first-weekend-cocktail open thread.

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152 replies
  1. 1
    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    I’m assuming the video is the black knight since I can’t view videos at work.

    What does Mitt want to do to help: Teach other wealthy people how to Bain companies?

  2. 2
    BGinCHI says:

    Tom, did you listen to Science Friday today? The part on coastlines in the NE in the wake of Sandy?

    I wanted to jump through the radio and murder one of the guests (Robert Young) who suggested over and over that markets ought to dictate how we manage the coastlines and our resources.

    Anybody else hear that?

  3. 3
    Peregrinus says:

    This trope might be relevant.

    Unless his “help” consists of telling the rest of the GOP “don’t do all the stupid shit I did,” I think the Republicans will tell him (rightly – and hypocritically) to shove it.

  4. 4
    schrodinger's cat says:

    With friends like RMoney and Palin, GOP does not need any enemies. Please proceed, Governor.

  5. 5
    SatanicPanic says:

    “I will continue to help… myself”

  6. 6
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    I just got done telling off a friend of ours because he and his wife have gone completely around the bend after Obama won again. The idiot is on SS and bitching about welfare fraud, using California as the example. He lost it when our daughter pointed out to him that the increased welfare fraud is a direct consequence of the Governator and the Republican abusing the ‘two-thirds’ rule which forced through cuts in welfare, including the fraud units, which resulted in higher fraud.

    Gee, I wonder why…

    I know he is going to lose it over what I said but I am not going to tolerate that kind of bullshit in my life. If he wants to be a Full Metal Teahadist then he can just FOAD.

    I’ve got better things to do than listen to the dumb as fuck rantings of a deranged winger. The change in him and his wife after the election has been startling, to say the least.

  7. 7
    Ted & Hellen says:

    These “let’s make fun of members of the OTHER tribe” threads are so lame.

    How about a “let’s make fun of Harry Reid for being a DINO traitor as per usual and putting personal prerogatives before the good of party or country” thread?”

    Who gives a shit what Willard says or does? He is a non-person now.

  8. 8
    beltane says:

    Romney is notoriously unable to read social cues. Until a Republican with more money than him comes out to explicitly tell him to go disappear for a while, Mitt Romney will continue to linger like a stinky fart in a stuck elevator.

  9. 9
    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @Ted & Hellen: How bout you FOAD, asshole.

  10. 10
    Mike in NC says:

    Please proceed to disappear off the face of the Earth, ex-governor.

  11. 11
    MikeJ says:

    @Mike in NC: Why? I like having republicans covered in the stench of defeat hanging around reminding people how bad they suck.

  12. 12
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:



  13. 13
    keestadoll says:

    “a good time for the almost-time-for-the-first-weekend-cocktail open thread”

    A new heading is born! I like.

  14. 14
    mdblanche says:

    Um, I’m pretty sure you have gone away, Mitt. This is the first I’ve heard of you since you went out to pump your own gas.

    Not that I’m complaining that you’ve gone away…

  15. 15
    Chyron HR says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Poor Tim. He loved this site 8 years ago when it was a right-wing cesspool, but then all these damn Democrats took over and started saying bad things about the glorious Republican party.

  16. 16
    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    @mdblanche: This is the first I’ve heard of you since you went out to pump your own gas.

    This makes him more visible than their last actual President!

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    I welcome Mitt’s helping the Republican party. I hope he does it as often as possible.

    Appearing in public and giving speeches on the economy and labor issues would be really helpful…just in case he’s reading this.

  18. 18
    Ted & Hellen says:


    Dance, little dancing dog. Bark, dance, and entertain me.

  19. 19
    Mike E says:

    Cocktail, I wish. I’m stuck in iced over Mayberry, 100’s of car crashes littering the landscape, drinking a steaming mug of coffee with hot cocoa powder and NO liquor to spruce it up.


  20. 20
    Mark S. says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Jesus, you are really a tiresome person.

  21. 21
    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Chyron HR:

    hmmm…really, is there anything you’d like to write with your little stubs that isn’t a lie?

    Dance, little desperate tribal doggie. Dance!

  22. 22
    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    Agreed. If we’re lucky, GWB will be inspired by Romney’s example and follow suit.

  23. 23
    Donald G says:

    And Snowbilly Snooki and Fox News have parted ways.


    RCP is spinning it that Fox offered her a new contract, but that she decided not to renew the relationship.

  24. 24
    ruemara says:

    I welcome Mitt helping the Republican Party. I welcome the re-election of Reince Preibus as party chair. I fully support every endeavour these fine people make that is in vein with their prior efforts. I say the Republican party simply needs to make sure that their message gets out to every minority and woman, since that was really what the problem was in 2012.

    Also, I say, please remind me not to make the bacon chocolate chip cookies and the peanut butter banana cookies in a house with two chubby dogs. They’re sweet as can be, but for the past hour, they’ve been sitting in the kitchen trying to make me feel guilty. But I can’t complain, having friends with a decent kitchen to allow me to bake in it is great. And it all goes to charity so even greater.

  25. 25

    For fans of old masala Hindi movies (aka Bollywood) from the 70s and the Gangnam style.

    Jeetendra doing the Gangnam style

  26. 26
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Good news from Virginia. Hopefully, the same will happen in the other Republican-dominated Blue states.

  27. 27
    ding dong says:

    I would like Obama to appoint him to a ceremonial position where he has to be confirmed by the Senate and he has to release his tax do they expect to attract minorities and women when he is so obviously neither.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Mark S.: I also enjoy pie, but occasionally I can talk about other things.

  29. 29
    Mark S. says:


    Oh, it’s great that you and your chubby dogs are baking cookies right after DINO Harry Reid SOLD US OUT.

    I bet they’re tribal doggies just like every one who comments here besides me.

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    Helen Bedd says:

    And in other Willard news

    Former Mitt Romney strategist Stuart Stevens sent a letter to the Washington Post asking them to reconsider a “Four-Pinocchio” ruling for Romney’s ad on Chrysler and China, after Chrysler announced that it would begin building Jeep models in China.

    Write Stevens: “I would hope that you would take another look at this and stress test it for accuracy away from the heat of a campaign. I’ve been doing campaigns and writing about campaigns for some time and I believe that the ad and Romney’s statement were completely accurate, unusually so by any standards.”

    The verdict: “We reaffirm our earlier ruling of Four Pinocchios.”

  32. 32
    piratedan says:

    well you know…. birds gotta swim and grifters gotta grift and all that

  33. 33
    srv says:


    We haven’t had a Scotch debate in a long time.

    Aberlour 12, yummie.

  34. 34
    MikeBoyScout says:

    sigh ….

    One day Mittens will rule a planet. Just be glad it will be nowhere near our own.

  35. 35
    Tonal Crow says:

    Nooooo don’t throw us in the Mitt patch again! We’ll die die die in there!

  36. 36
    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    The change in him and his wife after the election has been startling, to say the least.

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: I have a family member who, in all honesty, I believe is going to require psychiatric hospitalization as a result of the last election. The paranoia has gone completely out of control, and she is starting to get a little too close to that bright line of “harming self or others”.

    A lot of these folks do not understand why they did not win. Most don’t seem to think it was stolen (which tells you that even the hardcore Republicans know who commits voter fraud in this country) but they can’t come to terms with losing, and truly don’t understand how this was possible.

  37. 37
    mdblanche says:

    @Xecky Gilchrist: The huge gaping void that was in the White House from 2001-2009? I’m pretty sure I saw on Fox News that it was a Democrat.

  38. 38
    Scotius says:

    Republicans show no mercy for anyone who loses like Mitt or spoils the narrative like W. wound up doing.

    Mitt might might as well be a disabled person on Social Security for all the shit the Republicans could give.

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    Raven says:

    Don’t take the bait.

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    ruemara says:

    @Mark S.: Nice! But I have to admit, I find it funny that DiFi and Schumer never get any heat for their bullshit. It’s hard to stomach DiFi sometimes, and then she crafts a really good assault weapons ban. I suppose the lack of party discipline and the selfish nature of our crop of Senators is truly all Obama’s fault and mine, since I chose to make cookies near chubby dogs.

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    Aside from the fact that T&H is somewhat of an ass, I actually agree with what he said in comment #7.

  42. 42
    Raven says:

    @Linda Featheringill: Oh god. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  43. 43
    PeakVT says:

    Mitt who?

    Speaking of rich assholes, George Bush will no longer be cleaning Tom Hicks’ pool.

  44. 44
    Tonal Crow says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    How about a “let’s make fun of Harry Reid for being a DINO traitor as per usual and putting personal prerogatives before the good of party or country” thread?”

    Who gives a shit what Willard says or does? He is a non-person now.

    I don’t agree with the second part. We should hang Willard around the GOP’s necks, not let them easily disown him and the enrich-the-rich and bueggar-everyone-else ideology that he represents.

  45. 45
    Gindy51 says:

    @Helen Bedd: They should have added a new category of five just for that statement.

  46. 46
    Maude says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent):
    Christie has been behind the effort to make dunes to prevent the sea water from overwhelming towns along the shore. Where these have been done, they survived Sandy. A man who builds these said they have to be a certain height width and length. They used recycled Christmas trees for some of them.
    From what I gather, there is push back against this.

  47. 47
    scav says:

    @Helen Bedd: Appealing a ruling of Four Pinocchios at this late date, immediately after the inauguration? That’s gotta set a new international record for sad.

  48. 48
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    I’m really surprised at the change in him after the election, it’s like night and day. We have always known that him and his wife are conservative but they have kept politics to themselves in the past. I have no idea why he unloaded on us like he did since we gave him no reason to and we’ve tiptoed around a couple of other deranged things he said after the election but I finally decided that enough was enough.

    I’m sorry to hear that the infection has spread to your family too. Friends going deranged is bad enough but family? Fuck.

    Good luck with your family member.


    I think Timmeh escaped from police custody…

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    shortstop says:

    @scav: It ties with everything John McCain has said since November 5, 2008.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @Linda Featheringill: That’s no reason to encourage him

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    shortstop says:

    @SatanicPanic: On the contrary, being encouraged by Linda is about the most embarrassing thing that could happen to Tim.

  52. 52
    scav says:

    @shortstop: Marathon v. Sprint but I otherwise agree. Strong effort by Mccain in his complaint about Hillary’s fawning media.

  53. 53
    Mike E says:

    Has anyone else seen TV spots that target your Congress-critter re: Hagel?

  54. 54
    gogol's wife says:


    That’s all I could think. Really?

  55. 55
    shortstop says:

    @scav: Is there a central office in which they surgically remove the dignity of each person nailing the GOP nom?

  56. 56
    shortstop says:

    @Mike E: No, but I live in a godless communist district where the price of said spots would be more wasted than the purchase of season Cubs tickets. What do they say?

  57. 57
    Maxwel says:

    Troll & Headcheese, heh.

  58. 58
    Tonal Crow says:


    @scav: Is there a central office in which they surgically remove the dignity of each person nailing the GOP nom?

    No. If you are the GOP nominee in this day and age, you have little true dignity — and close to zero integrity — by definition.

  59. 59
    quannlace says:

    22 degrees here in northern NJ, and snowing. So the white wine I brought in from the car’s trunk is definitely well-chilled.

  60. 60
    BGinCHI says:

    @shortstop: Having Schakowsky as our congresswoman means never having to say we’re sorry.

    Love the Schak!

  61. 61
    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: Thanks. The combo of weeping self-pity combined with shrieking rage is really something to behold, as is the ability to work Obama into any conversation at all.

    me: Wow, it’s really raining hard today.


    me: um, what the fuck does the rain have to do with Obama?

    lunatic: Well, he’s ruining the country after all. We’ll all be dead or in camps soon.

    -actual conversation from today

  62. 62
    Joel says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Lanny Davis is back!

  63. 63
    efgoldman says:

    @Donald G:

    RCP is spinning it that Fox offered her a new contract, but that she decided not to renew the relationship

    They probably offered her minimum wage. As far as they’re concerned its a living wage, after all.
    For Mooserealla’s sake, I hope she’s saved up her grift proceeds of the last five years, ’cause there’s not a lot more out there.
    Maybe there’s a TeaHadi sugar daddy somewhere waiting just for her…

  64. 64
    NotMax says:


    They’re freeze dried and stored in a vault.

    At Bohemian Grove or the Cayman Islands, I forget which.

  65. 65
    StringOnAStick says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: Hugh, your friends have been mainlining Faux ever since the election and they finally reached toxic OD levels. I really didn’t think that there was even more ’11’ for Faux to turn it up to, but they have managed it.

    I can’t visit my own parents anymore for the very same reason. My dad always was a paranoid Bircher type, but he spends every single evening plugged into Faux from 5pm until bed time, and every moment in a car plugged into hate radio. He knows I am a DFH and within 15 minutes of a visit he is trying to pick a political fight because of what Rush/Billo/Sean had to say that day. It is insufferable, so I stay away.

  66. 66
    SatanicPanic says:

    @shortstop: good point. Linda, please proceed

  67. 67
    👽 Martin says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: We’ve got a few friends that have gone there too. It’s the full epistemic closure. Fox told them that Romney would win, because blah and Benghazi. And even if Romney didn’t win, the GOP would win the Senate. Everyone they knew was voting for Romney, because the rest of us walked on eggshells regarding politics around them. And the polls that showed Obama leading were skewed. They were completely blindsided. They didn’t even get the benefit of having to wait until the next day to get the outcome – it was decided before Ohio even finished counting.

    Rather than realize they were lied to by the only people they were taught to trust, they can only conclude that Fox and company themselves were duped in some grand conspiracy, along with the voters. It’s a dark place they’re headed…

    Fortunately, my mom has gone the other way. She stopped watching Fox and only watches CBS news now.

  68. 68
    Mike E says:

    @shortstop: it’s a slick NCIS-style spot with bites from Fox News & Snufalopoulis, saying the pick is weak, that he’ll take away our guns eliminate nukes and all military funding. Then it compels me to call Kay Hagan to just say no.

  69. 69
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    “She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country and will be expanding her voice in the national discussion.”

    Die in obscurity, you worthless bimbo.

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    Maude says:

    Same here. The snow is so pretty. Until tomorrow when I have to walk around in it.

  71. 71
    Buffalo Rude says:

    @BGinCHI: Yeah. The “free market” had me talking to my car radio rather forcefully.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease: ZOMG, as the kids say (text). I think you were truly not exaggerating about the potential need for psychiatric intervention. Is there a good psych emergency department in your region? I ask because it sounds unlikely that she will be willing to engage in treatment otherwise.

    @Raven: The hardest part about not engaging with a troll (or stalker) is the discipline required to, well, not engage. Plays out here pretty much daily, several times.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Die in obscurity, you worthless bimbo.

    Fortunately or not, our modern information/intertooobz YouTube society means no-one ever totally dies, for good or evil. Some grifter or other will be monetizing her memory and image when you and I are long gone.

  74. 74
    BGinCHI says:

    @Buffalo Rude: I’m glad someone else heard that!

    What a dickhead that guy was.

    Ira should have ripped him one, but that would be asking too much of that guy.

  75. 75
    joes527 says:

    @Donald G: The comments on the site are a hoot. Fox is going all leftie, so without them she’s Django Sarah Unchained!

  76. 76
    lumpkin says:

    @Helen Bedd:
    It figures that Mr. Sore Loser, “I didn’t want your stupid presidency anyway” would hire an equally sore loser strategist.

  77. 77
    Villago Delenda Est says:


    Good lord. The stupid (of those commentors). It BURNS!

  78. 78
    Mark S. says:


    Sarah just needs three chords a Twitter account and the truth!

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @👽 Martin: I could not for the life of me figure out why you friends had gone to episiotomy closure. Were they both surgeons, or ob-gyns?

    And this is prior to the first cocktail of the weekend, sad to say. I am, however, heading out to imbibe it shortly. Mr. Q has agreed to indulge me in a margarita at my favorite purveyor of same. Of course the generous Macallan pours he receives at the same establishment help.

  80. 80
    Gravenstone says:

    @Donald G:

    RCP is spinning it that Fox offered her a new contract, but that she decided not to renew the relationship.

    Actually, I could believe that. For her, showing up even once a month probably smacked too much of actual … work.

  81. 81
    22over7 says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    It’s the same horseshit I heard in the 90s, when the UN was going to implement the New World Order and all true Americans were going to be shipped off to the newly-built gulag under the newly-constructed Denver airport. Yawn.

    At the time, I read an interview of a county social worker in upstate Idaho. He was asked if he worried about the local militia stealing nuclear material from the nearby Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. He said he wasn’t, because most of the militia guys he knew couldn’t read.

    Made me wish they’d actually stolen some.

  82. 82
    Roger Moore says:

    Dear Mitt,

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

    Your adoring public

  83. 83
    scav says:

    @NotMax: There was that blind trust for Sr’s manhood in the 80’s. Maybe they still have the key.

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    Liberty60 says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:
    Man, your friend is going to really loseit when you point out this article, describing how the Democratic supermajority in California is turning around our state finances, after years of Republican misrule.

  85. 85
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    Wow. An observation about the weather lead to that? Just wow. Our friend started after the election by dropping a bomb out of nowhere (he started the ‘conversation’ unprompted by anything from us) about how wildlife officials tell people not to feed wild animals and how Obama and the Democrats wanting to feed the poor is just like that. That starving them will encourage them to go look for work instead of being lazy and sitting on their asses collecting welfare.

    It quickly went downhill from there and today I finally had enough.


    Yup, they mainline Faux, AFP and horseshit like that. Swallow enough of that poison and it will corrode your soul.

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    Allan says:

    Please proceed, Governor.

  87. 87
    Roger Moore says:


    Appealing a ruling of Four Pinocchios at this late date, immediately after the inauguration?

    We can’t all be as perfect as the Procrastinators Society of America.

  88. 88
    Roger Moore says:


    Is there a central office in which they surgically remove the dignity of each person nailing the GOP nom?

    Didn’t you watch the last race for the nomination? The Republican candidates have to get their dignity (and shame) removed long before they get the nomination.

  89. 89
    22over7 says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:

    Exactly. In my state, we were told (by whom? by THEM) that our driver’s licenses would no longer be honored by the airlines, and so everyone had to get a passport or they wouldn’t be able to get on a plane. I said, again, horseshit, and nobody believed me until some airline travel occurred without incident.

    It never ends.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Roger Moore:

    We can’t all be as perfect as the Procrastinators Society of America.

    I was going to join, if I ever got around to it.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @👽 Martin:

    I live in a conservative area and wingers here were shell-shocked after the election, they truly thought that Rmoney and the Republicans were going to win it all. One of my saner conservative friends knew it was coming but hoped that it wouldn’t happen. I told him before the election that Republicans are pissing on women, gays and brown people to such a degree that I couldn’t see how they could win. He called me up after the election and told me that I was on the money in my assessment of the election.

    He’s no winger, just an old school Republican who is confused by what has happened to his party.

    ETA: I’m glad to hear that sanity has overtaken your Mom. CBS isn’t great but it’s a huge step up from Faux.

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    poco says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: Thanks for the link! It was really funny.

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    shortstop says:

    @Roger Moore: Y’all are so literal! Let me try rephrasing this to more clearly express my point:

    Is there no modern GOP presidential candidate who, after losing to the younger, smarter, funnier, cooler black guy, can refrain from making a pathetic spectacle of himself by not publicly and obsessively picking the scabs of defeat?

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    MaryRC says:

    @Donald G: I wonder what will happen to the studio that Fox built for her on her Wasilla property. Does Fox own it?

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    scav says:

    GSD, they’re all doing it: Sen. Johnson Whining about WaPo For Awarding Him ‘Worst Week In Washington’ although this guy is at least managing his self-skewering before his best-by date.

    Mute button guys. One of those under-appreciated talents.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:


    Thank YOU for that link, I’m probably going to need it. You’re right, he’s going to be pissed when I tell him that things will only get better when the adults are back in charge…

    and then send him that link. :)


    I read the same thing somewhere and it made me laugh.

    That’s what sane people do when they read insane shit like that.

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    Been sippin on don julio 1942 since wednesday night. Interspersed with some snowboarding and good times with good friends in Beaver Creek/Vail. Have a good weekend, irascible balloon juice people. I loves ya.

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    Raven says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: I got an apology today from my fucking idiot half brother who had the stones to jump ugly (on Facebook) when I “disrespected” Allan West after the election. Little shit is lucky he’s 2000 miles away.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: CBS is fine. I don’t expect her to watch Maddow, but so long as she’s not mainlining GOP propaganda, I’m thrilled. Looking forward to getting my mom back.

    Thankfully for me her Patriots lost. Our neighbor is a former 49ers cheerleader (and our Superbowl destination as a result), and not being football fans, we would have have dueling obligations for who to root for.

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    shortstop says:

    @scav: Hmmmm. This smells of an ill-conceived, coordinated “Push Back Against the Leftist Media’s Less Than Flattering Coverage of You” campaign. Next they’ll be takin’ their umbrage directly to the people via townhalls. This can only end in heartbreak.

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    Allan says:

    @Linda Featheringill: One may also find a few kernels of corn in a mound of excrement. They are theoretically edible.

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    shortstop says:

    @ranchandsyrup: How does that snowboarding work after all the Don Julio? Is it easier, harder or does it not matter? I ask only for information, and send love back atcha, of course.

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    magurakurin says:

    Rmoney is like the Incredible Shrinking Man. Right now he is the little guy living in the doll house. Soon he’ll be fighting the spider and then… we come.

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    scav says:

    @shortstop: Synchronized worm-eating.

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    shortstop says:

    @scav: I love it when you talk sexy to me.

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    👽 Martin says:

    Fighting against the tyranny of B’s

    Back in mid-January, Bartashevitch and his high school age daughter got into an argument about her grades. She apparently got Bs and not As. As sometimes happens in these cases, things degenerated and the daughter, 15, told her father she “hated” him, at which point he grabbed his assault rifle and pointed it at her.

    And once again, this never would have happened if that 15 year old girl had been armed.

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    Roger Moore says:


    Is there no modern GOP presidential candidate who, after losing to the younger, smarter, funnier, cooler black guy, can refrain from making a pathetic spectacle of himself by not publicly and obsessively picking the scabs of defeat?

    Of course not. The modern Republican party is the party of resentment, and distaste (or stronger) for minorities is a major ingredient. Public complaint is how they make their points. There’s no way the party would let anyone close to the reins of power who could resist the temptation to make a public fool of himself for being beaten by the Kenyan Usurper.

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    @shortstop: Surprisingly well. Just sippin. It is too delicious to shoot. Warms me up nicely and I haven’t hurt myself yet. Take care shortstop.

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    shortstop says:

    @Roger Moore: It wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t insist on chest-thumping and dick-swinging while they cry like little girls. Here I am talking about John McCain. Mitt Romney’s is, thankgodfully for all of America, not on display.

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    efgoldman says:

    @👽 Martin:

    Bartashevitch admitted having a physical confrontation with his wife and daughter, and admitted to pointing the gun at both of them. He said the gun was not loaded and that he checked the chamber before pointing it at them.

    Maybe instead of licensing guns, we ought to give IQ tests to prospective owners.

    He said the gun was not loaded….

    Anybody that says that, in any context, ought to have his second amendment right revoked, unto ten generations.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:


    Congratulations, that’s good to hear! I hope his political health improves. :)

    Small steps and all that. I was hoping to turn my friend with gentle reason but the more I tried, the worse he got. I finally told him off because it was clear that there was no changing his mind gently so it was time to slap him upside the head. I’m sure he is wondering what the hell happened as I have never talked to him like I did today. My Mom was abandoned with seven kids by her conservative christian husband who also refused to pay child support and moved out of state (when they didn’t pursue fathers back in the day) and was forced into welfare. After all my Mom and us kids went through, he hit a raw nerve with me with his anti-welfare rants.

    I hope the slap upside his head helps but I really doubt it, he sounds like he has totally gone around the bend.


    @👽 Martin:

    Arguing about football is a hell of a lot better than being divided about politics!


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    Roger Moore says:


    It wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t insist on chest-thumping and dick-swinging while they cry like little girls.

    I think the problem is that being beaten by Obama makes them feel like little girls. That makes them both want to act like pouty little girls because that’s how they feel and like stupid macho assholes because that’s how they want to be perceived. They just don’t get that A) acting like big swinging dicks is part of what lost them the election in the first place and B) pouty dick swinger is even less attractive than either pouty girl or macho disk swinger.

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    Mark S. says:

    Doug Mataconis, freestylin’ comedian:

    In any event, I cannot honestly see CNN, and most certainly not MSNBC, giving Palin a contract.

    Ya think?

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    scav says:

    @Roger Moore: Could Pouty Dick Swinger be their first trembling feeble efforts at metrosexual?

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    scav says:

    self-correcting mute button enabled!

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    A Humble Lurker says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    hmmm…really, is there anything you’d like to write with your little stubs that isn’t a lie?

    Well, there’s the post you linked to.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease: I’ve had the same experience with my family. These days I dread it whenever my mother brings up politics because I have to endure her angry and increasingly racist rants. If I say anything back, her response is ten times worse. If I try to change the subject, I’m being rude and her response is twenty times worse.

    I think they know now what’s happening. They may not admit it, even to themselves, but they know. Our country’s changing and they’re not going to get their country back. It’s being taken over by the people they always believed they were better than. They’re not taking it well. I really fear they want to do something crazy to destroy the country, just to get back at the non-straight white Christian men or well behaved women who took it away from them.

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    David in NY says:

    I’m trying to figure out my great-grandfather, a Democrat in Michigan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a veteran of the battle of Wilmington (see Spielberg’s Lincoln), Union side of course. Why a Democrat? In a diary of about 1912, he said, “All the Republicans are interested in is power.”

    Plus ça change …

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    redshirt says:

    Adding to the “This election sent people crazy” bandwagon. I regaled you all about my Father cancelling Xmas after the election because he doesn’t want to be around “you people”. He was in utter shock, and maybe had a psychological break. It was weird, especially for him – he’s always been Conservative, but never a Wingnut. Until now, apparently. He just retired too, and I wonder if there’s a connection.

    To his credit, he made amends, somewhat. I’m waiting to corner him then unload and have it fully out. Mid March in the game plan.

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    gogol's wife says:

    I’m glad I live in a blue state. Everyone I meet is calm and collected. People are so relieved. Inauguration Day was a blast.

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    David in NY says:

    I don’t read anything Ted and what’shername say, or anything anybody says to them. But I do kinda wish they’d just engage in a mutual suicide pact and relieve us of the waste of space on these threads.

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    mdblanche says:

    @joes527: Well Fox did just hire Dennis Kucinich…

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @👽 Martin: An armed dad is a polite household

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    Elie says:

    Romney is a completely classless and unaware being.

    Forget not attending the inauguration — but he didn’t even make a statement in support of the people who lost everything when Sandy hit…. And did you see even an expression of regret after Newtown?

    He is a low low creature who is the perfect symbol of the creepy and getting ever creepier Republican party. Just when you think that they have hit bottom, they surprise you with going under that low bar…

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    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    Whatever Romney is up to, I hope it costs a bucketload of his own money.

    …though if so, he might be in danger of fragging by his sons.

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    Elie says:

    @👽 Martin:

    Gawd this makes me cry.

    Clearly — there is untreated mental illness here. Well people do not do this. If we can’t believe that, well, its over. Daddy has a major problem..

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    Jennifer says:

    “We lost, but I’m not going away,” Romney said…

    Sounds like Sarah Palin, which would suggest that we can look forward to the Romneys’ reality TV show.

    Suggested title: The Real Douchebags of La Jolla.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:


    Good luck with that, seriously. I have drawn a personal line in my life and I am not going to tolerate this bullshit from anyone, family, friend or customer. I hope we don’t lose these friends over this incident but I think we will, which is really sad, which makes me ever more angry at the Koch-Sucking Republicans. They don’t love this country, they love money and absolute power and they will do anything to get and keep it, even if it means pitting friends and family against each other.

    I’m sick and tired of all of the bullshit and I’m not gonna sit back and take it.

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    redshirt says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: Me either. I’m for fighting at every step. We all should be – it’s the only way shit is going to change. Person to person.

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    Ksmiami says:

    @ruemara: I wish my dog was chubby – we recently adopted a rescue siberian husky with the sweetest disposition, high energy and a total unwillingness to eat anything but lamb, salmon, chicken and yogurt. Ugh

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    MikeJ says:

    @redshirt: Do your wingnuts do like mine and believe every stupid story they hear? One that stands out was a few years ago there was a flu epidemic and the French government suggested that people skip faire la bise. Then the stories about “FRENCH GOVERNMENT BANS KISSING” came along. Never mind that nobody had ever banned anything. It was harharhar.

    Today’s outrage? Somebody somewhere came up with a petition to make the day after the super bowl a holiday. OUTRAGE! Somebody on the internet said something stupid! Thanks Obama!

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    Maude says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:
    Sometimes leaving people behind is for the best. They aren’t going to change and the aggravation isn’t worth it.

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    MikeJ says:


    a total unwillingness to eat anything but lamb, salmon, chicken and yogurt.

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    CAfan says:

    Monty Python is always in good taste, Mr. Levenson.
    Esp. in reference to Republican idiocy.

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    @redshirt: Very true. I have been lucky in that only one friend has gone by the boards over politics of the last five years, and the only person at the job who was beating the s0ckalist drum learned to shut it early on. It is obvious to all except the diehard NeoConfederates, but it’s going to be a while yet.

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    Jewish Steel says:


    Breathtaking credulousness. Yes, that seems to be a prerequisite.

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    Misterpuff says:

    The Rest of the Gop: “Run Away! Run Away!”

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    redshirt says:

    @MikeJ: I’ve only got the one wingnut, thank FSM. And he’s newly minted and still getting his Freep Feet.

    He mentions Benghazi/Soros/Solyandra though, so he’s catching on!

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    Roger Moore says:

    @gogol’s wife:
    I think the big thing is that the wingnuts in blue areas are used to getting some kind of pushback if they start spouting the crazy. They’re probably at least slightly more in touch with reality as a result, which makes them more likely to change their minds and turn blue themselves. All in all a very nice difference.

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    Brachiator says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    I’m glad I live in a blue state. Everyone I meet is calm and collected. People are so relieved. Inauguration Day was a blast.

    A fellow commuter, a little old white lady that some might believe was a conservative by her appearance asked me if I had seen the inauguration. I told her that I had to work that day. A public employee, she had watched the whole thing on her day off and been proud and pleased. She was, however, pessimistic and said that it was too bad that “they are not going to let Obama do all that he wants to do.”

    Still, no wingnuttery, just agreeable appreciation.

    “We lost, but I’m not going away,” Romney said, according to a person who attended the meeting and relayed the remarks to Politico.

    What Romney doesn’t understand is that nobody cares.

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    ruemara says:

    @Ksmiami: Does he like peanut butter? I realized too late that this was a siren call to dogs. You might be able to entice him to try something else.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @schrodinger’s cat: In the 80s I used to watch at least one Bollywood flick on a Saturday. Those musical/dance numbers could not be beat.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    a stinky fart in a stuck elevator.

    I want to marry this line.

    Well, no, that’s not true. But I do want to flirt with this line and hope it buys me a drink.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Donald G:

    Sarah Palin Parts Ways With FOX News


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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Mark S.:

    Oh, it’s great that you and your chubby dogs are baking cookies right after DINO Harry Reid SOLD US OUT.
    I bet they’re tribal doggies just like every one who comments here besides me.

    This whole comment is wonderful. Well done.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:




    I’ll try to gently change their minds but I’m not going to stress myself out in doing so. If they insist on being stupid then I will insist on them leaving me the fuck alone and tell them why.

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    Those musical/dance numbers could not be beat.


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    @David in NY: Republicans even back then were pro-business and anti-immigrant. They also had some liberal Republicans back then, who now seem to be an extinct group among the GOP office bearers.

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    amk says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Who gives a shit what Willard says or does? He is a non-person now.

    And yet, here your were giving him a public tongue bath just a few weeks back.

    Dishonest punk.

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    fuckwit says:

    Keep fucking that chicken.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @David in NY: The Republicans sold out Southern Blacks to make Hayes president. So your great-grandfather was right.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @gogol’s wife: Blue stater too, who agrees with you. I don’t know anyone personally who has expressed upset that President Obama was re-elected. I’m sure my White co-workers voted for Romneybot 2.0, but they keep that to themselves.

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