Blog Host Shaming

This is where all of you explain to me in excruciating detail what an asshole I am. The story- we had 562 draft posts in the WordPress dashboard, so I fired off an email asking all the fp posters if I could delete them. I have no idea why this was such a pressing issue, as it had nothing to do with server performance. But I got a bee in my bonnet, thought everyone had responded, and went ahead and deleted them.

Then got an email from Anne Laurie, and it turns out I deleted stuff she was saving. I feel like the biggest asshole, so here is your chance to say everything nasty you ever wanted to say about me:

Sorry, Anne.

112 replies
  1. 1
    AT says:

    People draft and edit posts on this site?

  2. 2
    Roger Moore says:

    Does this mean the front pagers will stop bigfootting each other for a while?

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    John Cole says:

    @AT: I don’t, which goes a long way to explaining the quality of my posts.

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    sb says:

    I can’t bring myself to do it. Even when the site raises my blood pressure, I visit daily. I don’t comment all that much but I enjoy the posts, enjoy the comments–including the pissing contests–so, calling you an a-hole ain’t gonna happen.

    Thanks for the site, JC. Keep it going as long as you’re willing and able.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    But were you naked when you cleaned things up? Did you hurt yourself in the process?

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    lamh35 says:

    Dang! Unfortunately, ur not really that much of an A*hole even on ur most sanctimonious, snarky, self-righteous, uncompromising, white-priveleged days. So I’ve go nothin’ to add.

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    mclaren says:

    Why would anyone want to say anything nasty about John Cole? He’s one of the fairest and most sensible people on this blog, as far as I can tell.

    It utterly baffles me when people get their hate on about stuff like this. George W. Bush…the Iraq War…torture…that stuff I can understand people getting foaming-at-the-mouth enraged about.

    But this stuff?


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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Weird how you always manage to overlook Anne Laurie.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    OP is an awesome guy. I don’t know why anyone would say anything bad about him.

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    MikeJ says:

    Will there be a footy thread for the USMNT tonight?

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    dewzke says:

    You are a good man, John. (since you turned) Nah, you always were. /atheist lefty

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    sb says:

    @MikeJ: Chances of a USMNT win tonight, MikeJ? I like the odds of a Boehner apology better but I’m cheering for the boys.

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    Kay says:

    @Comrade Mary: Why,oh why can’t I recommend this?


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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @arguingwithsignposts: Opie grew up to be that smarmy Cunningham boy in Milwaukee.

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    Chet says:

    Oh, come on. If you want to save stuff, save it in Evernote or something. The WP dash? That’s like trying to save stuff in the garbage can and complaining when someone empties it.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    Mistakes were made…

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    Baud says:


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    max says:

    I feel like the biggest asshole, so here is your chance to say everything nasty you ever wanted to say about me:


    Dumb shit happens man.

    [‘Pity we’ll miss Anne’s unposted posts, but hey, she’s pretty good at this.’]

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    geg6 says:

    Don’t you be fucking with Anne Laurie, Cole. I owe her a big one.

    As for calling you an asshole, I have several reasons other than that. For one, you have not yet told me how gorgeous my new girl is. Everyone else has, but not you, you asshole.

    Second, you haven’t responded to my email. I know how you hate getting email, but jeebus. I’m not bitching about the site acting up, the new server, ABL, Zandar or Obama and his DRONEZ! I expect an answer, asshole. ;-P

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    askew says:

    Man, out of all of the front pagers to do this to. Anne Laurie already has a complex about you ignoring her and now this.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:


    Second, you haven’t responded to my email.

    I expect he deleted that as well.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Prolly wanna at least find out if geg6 looks like Kathy Bates, John.

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    amk says:

    fatcats lover.

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    Gmann says:

    You Austin TX heartbreaking, mustard losing, post deleting dolt.

    Kinda new here, so I’ll leave it at that. . . Certainly not an asshole, but a tad on the strange side. . .

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    Baud says:

    OT: I’m watching Rachel and the Supreme Court artist drew the most hideous picture of Justice Scalia during the argument today. I wonder if the artist is gay.

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    raven says:

    Don’t sweat the small shit.

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    geg6 says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    Not quite. But I do own a mallet.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    I shame thee long and hard.


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    PigInZen says:

    You should just go back to being conservative.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: She (at one point) self-described as having spiky short hair. So I guess it’s possible if Kathy Bates decided to explore her unrequited punk side.

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    MikeJ says:

    @sb: There’s a chance of a win, but I’m not putting any money on it. Mexico hasn’t done better than a draw yet.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


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    Villago Delenda Est says:


    Well, yes, because being an asshole is not just expected with them, it’s a prerequisite.

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    Poopyman says:

    @Baud: I thought that was a rather accurate drawing. Kinda like Jabba the Hutt.

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    Poopyman says:

    @geg6: IIRC that was a sledgehammer.

    Gotta raise your game.

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    Redshirt says:


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    Baud says:


    Didn’t say it was inaccurate — just hideous.

    ETA: And Jabba the Hut really deserves better.

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    Randy P says:

    Didn’t you do a complete backup before your server upgrade? Shirley your IT team can recover this stuff.

    I speak as someone who is really terrible about backup policy, both at home and at work.

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    Anoniminous says:

    Talk to the person who did the server swap. Proper protocol is to back-up everything to tape* disk before switching.

    * Yes. I am an olds.

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    geg6 says:


    Been a long time since I’ve seen the movie. No matter, though. I have a couple of sledges in the garage, too.

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    JWL says:

    You want to talk about feeling like an asshole? OK.

    A casual acquaintance- actually a guy I hired to plaster my walls- lent me his father’s WW2 82nd Airborne yearbook (yeah, the 82nd published one). Being a WW2 freak, I accepted it, and extended my profound assurance that I would guard it, if not with my life, then jealously. I’d take the best of care with it. He had explained it was a family treasure, one that his son would inherit. I also met his son, and he was as good a guy as his old man.

    Just last week he phoned and asked for it back. I said sure, no problem. But when I went looking for it, looking where I thought I had put it, it wasn’t there. I spent hours turning my house inside out, but it was no where to be found.

    I was just about to call him and confess, feeling near as rotten as I’ve ever felt in my life, when I took one last look around. I then experienced a “Thank You, Lord” moment. Because I did find it, just a few feet away from where I thought I’d left it (and where I had already looked at least a half dozen times). I nearly vomited, I was so relieved.

    The moral being: never accept anything that cannot be replaced.

    Again, Thank You Lord, and a Happy Easter Bunny Hopping Day To You, Ma’am, This Weekend.

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    Yutsano says:


    Proper protocol is to back-up everything to tape

    Incidentally, the IRS still does this…

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    Punchy says:

    Trash The Host Thread? REALLY?

    I’ll bite: who’s the bigger asshole, 2013 Scalia or 2005 Cole?

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    Baud says:


    Makes sense. Tape is probably the only storage medium that can handle Mitt Romney’s secret tax returns.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Punchy: Scalia, but only because he has actual power.

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    Baud says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Scalia, because it’s goddamn 2013.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    The alleged participants in the alleged Bin Laden murder raid can’t seem to keep their story straight.

    Why would that be?

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    piratedan says:

    our mistakes are the one thing in this life that we truly own imho either by acts (or cats) of commission or omission. Ty for the site JC and the quality FP folks and the excellent commentariat. I learn more things here than just about anywhere else on the web and engage with people who can just as instruct via snark and/or constructive arguments. Been called out on my transgressions here and lauded for my insight. Not sure that there’s any place else on the web that I feel so comfortable being me.

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    WereBear says:

    There should be a backup because of the recent server move. Of all the times for John to screw up, this would be the best possible one!

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    Suffern ACE says:

    None of this would happen if there were policy manuals. I think we need to have a bleg so we can raise money to hire mckinzie or Bain.

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    Anoniminous says:


    Not surprised. The last time they tried to update their computer equipment they blew $4 billion and got squat.

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    eastriver says:

    And you’re a drunk. Which will be partially ameliorated if you follow through and adopt a kid. But you have to stop drinking first. Getting your diet under control is a proxy for getting your boozing in hand. Like your pet fetish is an emotional proxy for children.

    Typing on an iPhone, so no beating around bushes.

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    raven says:

    @JWL: I lost track of two rare films I had on video. I asked everyone I could think of if they had it and no one did. I gave up and three years later a buddy who I had not asked was moving and brought them over.

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    Schlemizel says:

    JAY-ZEUS Cole! if you want to troll for praise just say so. Yes you screwed up & AL ought to have one free shot at your nads in retribution.

    But we all should understand that this blog is not your job, not your livelihood and (hopefully) not the driving force in your life. Mistakes will happen, maybe you are a bit insensitive but that happens.

    We love what you do & appreciate it a lot. Tell her your sorry & move on

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    Schlemizel says:


    Magnetic or paper?

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    amk says:

    @Punchy: black robed vs scantily clad. umm, though choice of ah’s.

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    NotMax says:

    562 drafts sitting around gathering virtual dust? Well past time to clean up.

    Also too, knowing of the, um, idiosyncrasies of the site and particularly of WP, if the drafters did not already have back-ups on their machines, that’s their lookout.

    Not worth kvetching about at all.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    even North Korean dictators save their front pager’s posts.

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    eemom says:

    O Cole/asshole T, but I’ve been wondering: is the March madness thingie over? And did Duke lose?

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: And Sarah Proud & Tall — if she’s still in Australia, it would have been the middle of the night when Cole gave “everybody” a two-hour window to move their drafts elsewhere or lose them. I keep vampire hours, which is why I lost out.

    Way I look at it, Cole’s the owner, the rest of us are just bartenders at his joint. More fool me, if I start to mistake an employer (who doesn’t pay me anything but exposure) for a friend!

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    YellowJournalism says:

    God damn you, John Cole. You asshole who:

    -Even in your wingnut days, posted interesting topics and welcomed opposing views.
    -Admits your failings and offers apologies when necessary.
    -Shares your life and family (furry and human) with what could possibly be the most eclectic bunch of comments who may/may not be who they say they are. (And it’s probably scarier that we are who we say we are, if you think about it.)
    -Shares the spotlight with front pagers, some who used to be members of the aforementioned group of weirdos.
    -Takes in animals and posts adorable pictures, and shares embarrassing stories of being under your pets’ control.
    -Encourages a community of people who offer eachother emotional support, engage in pet rescue, give tips for finding jobs, and display artistic wares.
    -Overcomes a cranky loner streak to meet up with people on your travels.
    -Posts hilarious rants and drunken tweets.

    All that, and you delete people’s draft posts. You monster.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Culture of Truth: he is the least dictator looking dictator they’ve had there yet. I’m sure he’s got a general’s uniform with epaulettes and all sorts of doodads.

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    Baud says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    Man, that’s so melancholy.

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    White Trash Liberal says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Because memory is a fickle, faulty instrument made moreso under duress… And a raid into hostile territory to kill public enemy #1 is stressful beyond most everyone’s ken.

    Eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable because people only see part of an event and then fill in details afterward. A disagreement over whether OBL was reaching for a weapon or not is certainly a discrepancy that can arise. It’s not unusual.

    While I am sure you are inferring sinister motives to differing accounts, Occam’s razor safely makes the death of OBL exactly the kind of scenario that films such as Rashomon or Memento point to as saying as much about the participants as to the event itself.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    Way I look at it, Cole’s the owner, the rest of us are just bartenders at his joint. More fool me, if I start to mistake an employer (who doesn’t pay me anything but exposure) for a friend!

    Yeah, he’s a dick. Just gotta suck it up and be glad he isn’t a bigger dick.

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    amk says:

    @Ted & Hellen: omg, obl is alive !!!


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    lojasmo says:

    You are somewhat accident prone, and have an affinity for animals. Also, too, you take shitty pictures.

    But we love ya, dude.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @White Trash Liberal:

    Wait, so you’re saying that a difference in a very small detail (he did or did not reach for a gun) doesn’t put the entire raid into question? Where do you live, planet Earth?

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    Comrade Mary says:

    John, I think I found a way for you to make amends. (And yes, the most recent entry is from a Papillon. God is watching you.)

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    Redshirt says:

    Two solutions!

    1. FP’ers! Save your drafts locally.

    2. All! Use this event to back up your own stuff!

    My experience is most folks don’t understand the importance of backups until they lose everything. So, live vicariously through Anne Laurie and use this opportunity to backup what’s important to you.

    And if it’s really important (baby pictures, for example), make another backup. Perhaps in “the cloud”.

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    Baud says:

    Anyone else using Firefox, and is this site crashing it every 2 minutes?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Comrade Mary: You want Cole to eat kitty litter?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Anoniminous: Heh. We were supposed to roll out the huge system upgrade that they started 15 years ago and kept promising. Still hasn’t happened yet. I’m not holding my breath that it’ll happen either. I will say this: the system the IRS uses is almost hack-proof unless an insider is helping.

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    kwAwk says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    Look at the bright side, at least he didn’t delete all of your posted content too.

    On a related note, has anybody started a calendar to keep track of Cole’s menstrual cycle yet?

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    Anya says:

    @Anne Laurie: AL, why don’t you just come out and call him a thoughtless asshole?

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    srv says:

    This is really an BJ apocolypse, we might not have FP’ers stepping on each other for weeks now.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    I blame Obama.

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    White Trash Liberal says:


    The fact that there is a discrepancy in accounts on the OBL raid highlights, in my opinion, the reality of the incident. It’s when there is a lockstep uniform story announced and corroborated by experts and witnesses that my suspicious hackles are raised. See Tillman, Pat.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:


    On a related note, has anybody started a calendar to keep track of Cole’s menstrual cycle yet?

    I tried, but every time Allan shows up, he syncs with him and throws off my dates.

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    tofubo says:

    you’re just another one of those insincere liberuls doing that tired old no-apology apology

    asking for permission beforehand, awiating an appropriate time for response, doing what you said you were going to do, and then saying sorry to the person you wronged

    how lame, you should be ashamed, a real conservative would have said that the make-up of the countertops of their unpaid intern in benghazi caused them to be forget that you paid them 2,000$ to lie to the prosecutors and then deleted them on principle cus that’s the kind of stand-up guy you are

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    geg6 says:


    Yes. And I blame that asshole Cole.

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    Heliopause says:

    Accept Jesus, John Cole.

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    different-church-lady says:

    It’s times like this when it’s good to remember Tug McGraw’s “Frozen Snowball” theory of pitching.

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    kwAwk says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: lmao

    Though I do have to give Cole some credit for being man enough to publicly apologize.

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    Irony Abounds says:

    @Baud: Melancholy ain’t exactly the word I’d use. To err is human, to forgive is divine. Cole is human, AL is certainly not divine.

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    mclaren says:


    You fool, he isn’t saying obl is alive — Ted & Helen is saying that obl is alive and wearing a black flesh mask as he poses as Barack Obama!

    Just wait till Obama’s next State of the Union speech where he starts screaming “Allahu akhbar!” and pulls out an AR-15 and starts blasting away at congress and the Supreme Court justices…

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    Yutsano says:


    Just wait till Obama’s next State of the Union speech where he starts screaming “Allahu akhbar!” and pulls out an AR-15 and starts blasting away at congress and the Supreme Court justices…

    Stop teasing me…

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    lojasmo says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    A huffpost blog with a link that says nothing?

    Strong trolling! Would click three links again, for sure.

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    Mike E says:

    @different-church-lady: Ya gotta believe!

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    NotMax says:

    @Anne Laurie

    More fool me, if I start to mistake an employer (who doesn’t pay me anything but exposure) for a friend!

    As if the two are necessarily mutually exclusive?

    As if friends are incapable of doing anything foolish or thoughtless or inconvenient or boneheaded?

    That dog won’t hunt. That agenda does not compute.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Anne Laurie: I don’t have any posts brewing like you do. I’m lazy.
    Which in this case works out for me!

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    Short Bus Bully says:

    “Daniel-san! Show me… fuck the dog!”

    This shit happens man.

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    dms says:

    Raymond ShawJohn Cole is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known in my life.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Soonergrunt: Nice planning.

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    different-church-lady says:

    A lesson to those who trust the cloud.

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    Another_Bob says:

    Many years ago, I was supposed to have ordered some radioactive biochemicals for someone else in my lab to do a big experiment she had planned. I forgot. On the day of the big experiment, she asked me where it was. I sheepishly told her I hadn’t ordered it, and she instantly started crying. As in, whimpering with pain crying. Boy, did I feel like a schmuck. But not as big of a schmuck as John Cole when he deleted that stuff that Anne Laurie was saving. Thank you, John, because I’m no longer the biggest schmuck in the U.S.A.

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    Groucho48 says:


    It wasn’t hiding behind a jar of mustard of unknown provenance, was it?

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    mclaren says:


    The troll-fu is strong with this one!

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    Thymezone says:

    Sorry, it’s been 8 years and I have already said everything nasty I wanted to say about you. But that’s only you. The rest of these miscreants have a lot of wrath coming their way, one of these days when I get around to it.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @White Trash Liberal:

    See Tillman, Pat.

    It has been established here at BJ that nothing untoward occurred in the death of Pat Tillman. To admit otherwise would be to concede that conspiracies take place, and it has also been established here that conspiracies do not happen. Ever.

    Of course, the alleged plan to kill OBL was itself a…conspiracy.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Actually, my best GUESS is that OBL is dead, as he already had been for sometime when Obama’s fake raid was staged.

    None of you credulous maroons knows with any more certainty than I what really happened, of course. You simply know what your government has spoon fed to you, and for your own tribal reasons you choose to believe it.

    Emphasis on BELIEVE.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Oh…Mclaren seems to have balanced out its meds and is thusly attempting to bond with the Bots.


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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Dude, when you discover that even mclaren thinks your crazy conspiracy theory is too far out to be plausible, it’s time to reconsider it.

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    Amir Khalid says:


    Just wait till Obama’s next State of the Union speech where he starts screaming “Allahu akhbar!”

    “God is the news”?

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    Lavocat says:

    Why in the hell would you EVER delete a draft post YOU YOURSELF haven’t written?

    That’s grounds for an asskicking, right there.

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    Currants says:

    @sb: ditto. Even if late.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Mnemosyne: I love that it thinks some X-Files level conspiracy shit is going on when the simple answer is that JSOC is really good at killing things whenever and wherever they want.

    Ted & Hellen Says:

    That’s the only real complaint anyone around here has. Send this motherfucking piece of shit into the internet wilds to find a new group of people to be a completely miserable douche to.

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    Ted & Hellen says:


    Gotten any emails lately, assidy?

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    Cassidy says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Nope. You sending some more? He really loves that shit.

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    Cassidy says:

    @Ted & Hellen: But I’ve noticed a lot less of you and a lot less miserable venom. Your welcome for the PSA. Just lookin’ out for ya you big glob of shit, you.

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