Seems Fitting

Louis CK, as always:

I love that guy.

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  1. 1
    efgoldman says:

    A great tragedy. Or not:

    Early this morning in Houston, an 18-wheeler and a sedan collided on a freeway. Both vehicles spun out, and the 18-wheeler tipped over, severely injuring the driver and spilling the trailer’s contents on the road. What was inside? Beer. Dozens and dozens of cases of beer. The beer spilled across the highway, and the driver remains in serious condition in the hospital. [KPRC]

    http://consumerist.com/2014/09.....s-freeway/

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    beth says:

    File this under either Divorce From Hell or Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned:

    http://www.postandcourier.com/.....vorce-case

    Jenny Sanford filed a new complaint in their 4-year-old divorce case, saying a “substantial change of circumstances” has developed, so the ex-governor’s visitation with his youngest son should be limited.
    She also is asking the court to require Sanford to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and enroll in anger management and parenting programs.

  3. 3
    lamh36 says:

    Hmm, so Obama had to answer for Rev Wright, the pastor of his church, not even his father?

    Rand Paul has to answer for shh daddy Ron says.

    Will Teddy Cruz have to answer for what his crazy daddy said?

    Ted Cruz’s Dad: ‘The Average Black’ Does Not Know The Minimum Wage Is Bad

    Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) father said that African Americans “need to be educated” about Democrats, adding that “the average black does not” know that the minimum wage is bad.

  4. 4
    sharl says:

    Former Wired writer Kevin Poulsen was rather ranty this evening about Apple and its iCloud:

    Nearly every news outlet covering the iCloud leak is repeating the dangerously false claim that Apple two-factor helps protect iCloud files

    Adam Caudill @adamcaudill
    @kpoulsen I wonder how many users are picking dangerously weak passwords because they think Apple’s two-factor auth is protecting them.

    “To protect against this type of attack, we advise all users to … enable two-step verification.” Total flimflammery from Apple.

    Matthew Panzarino @panzer
    Apple’s Two Factor Authentication Doesn’t Protect iCloud Backups Or Photo Streams http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/.....o-streams/

  5. 5
    John Cole +0 says:

    @beth: If he is truly endangering the kid, that is one thing. If she is using the legal system just to fuck with him, she is an awful person and probably shouldn’t be around her son, either.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @beth:

    File this under either Divorce From Hell or Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned:

    Or under Adventures on the Appalachian Trail.

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    beth says:

    @John Cole +0: I bet the kid walked in on Dad and his fiancee drinking wine and having sex. I also think there’s no love lost between these two – both self-professed “family-value” conservatives.

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    efgoldman says:

    @beth:

    File this under either Divorce From Hell or Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned:

    Yeah, but he’s already in Congress and been renominated. All I know about SC politics is that they’re a sewer, but I doubt that any credible challenge can be… umm… mounted.

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    Hal says:

    Something is going on with Darren Wilson’s funding pages.

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/.....story.html

    “Oganizers have remained silent on why donation pages raising more than $400,000 for the police officer who killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., were shut down without explanation over the weekend.

    A related Facebook page has been deleting comments from those who raise questions about the accountability of the donations.

    And who is valiantly raising money for this hero?

    The three officers listed on Shield of Hope’s state nonprofit records are Joseph Eagan, Timothy Zoll and Jeffrey Roorda. …Roorda is a Democratic member of the Missouri House of Representatives who is running for state Senate. He is also a former police officer.

    Roorda sponsored a bill in January that would keep police officers’ names secret if they were involved in a shooting unless they were criminally charged. That bill went nowhere.

    Roorda was fired from the police force of Arnold, a St. Louis exurb, in 2001. His superiors accused him of filing a false statement against a suspect in 1997 and against his own police chief when the chief declined to give Roorda paid paternity leave, according to Missouri court records.

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    Violet says:

    I love Louis CK.

    Trigger warning: VEGETARIANS WILL FIND THIS HORRIFYING.

    @efgoldman: One time I was driving home at night on a freeway. It was one of those foggy nights where the street lights seem shrouded in gloom. A light mist that made it hard to see the road ahead.

    I was driving on a freeway and suddenly traffic slowed down. Through the fog I could see there was stuff on the road but until I was right on top of it I didn’t know what it was. Turns out some truck had lost a load of raw meat and it was scattered all across the roadway. The entire freeway was covered with hunks of meat. There was nowhere to go but forward through it. As we all drove slowly forward, the vehicles in front would thump-thump-thump over it and pieces of raw meat would fly up onto the vehicles behind. There’s nothing quite like thumping over hunks of raw meat on the road while having small chunks of raw meat splatter across your windshield and the entire front of your vehicle.

    It was absolutely disgusting.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Hal:

    Oganizers have remained silent on why donation pages raising more than $400,000 for the police officer who killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., were shut down

    Hey, 400 grand isn’t quite retire-to-Rio bucks, but it can go a pretty long way in Bumfuck, MO.

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

    @John Cole +0: It could be either, but perhaps she’s concerned about another adventure on the Appalachian Trail, young son in tow.

    I always said criminal law is a much more polite practice than domestic relations, and clients are far easier to deal with. I made one limited appearance in a divorce case, to brief the appeal of a ruling on attorneys’ fees; I was retained by husband’s counsel. He prevailed at the appellate level, but the amount of money they spent fighting about money was ridiculous, especially given that it was not a tremendously high income battle.

  13. 13
    efgoldman says:

    @Violet:

    It was absolutely disgusting.

    Sort-of-similar true story, from mrs efgoldman’s childhood: The local dairy farm burned down in the wee small hours; dozens of animals were killed. Young (@10 y.o.) future mrs efgoldman ran upstairs to wake ma and tell her. Mother says, almost awake “but think of the price of roast beef.”

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    catclub says:

    I think Glen Beck is developing sanity. or the quotes from him that end up being publicized are no longer selected to illustrate his craziness. It is hard to believe (but possibly true) that he is the eminence gris of the crazy right wing radio talkers.
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/l.....-president

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @lamh36: the Beltway-apotheosed Tim Russert asked Obama to explain remarks made by Harry Belafontte and Louis Farrakhan, two men whom– as much as my long ago google search indicated– the then-Senator had never met. I saw his smug spawn’s smug mug on my TeeVee today, riled up all my old contempt for the old blowhard.

    @John Cole +0: Nobody really knows but them, of course, but she was pretty quiet, media-wise, during their divorce and his return to politics, be weird if she turned so vindictive after all this time

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    catclub says:

    @efgoldman: Curfee’s curve in Winston-Salem, on I-40 was famous. One Christmas morning ( circa 1970?) we helped try to chase cattle that had been freed from a cattle truck by the curve. I have no memory of actually catching any.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): My first job out of law school was at a small firm where one partner did divorce work. I occasionally needed to show up in family court to ask of a continuance or something like that (I could never have handled a substantive family law case – it was horrible). Not my cup of tea at all.

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    Violet says:

    @John Cole +0: From what I read at the time of the Appalachian Trail incident, she’s the one who’s the real Bible thumper. And the one with the drive and determination. She was the proverbial power behind the throne.

    It doesn’t surprise me that she’s upset that he’s bringing their kids into the home when his mistress is around. That would violate her morals. Plus she’s asking for records to be closed and a guardian ad litem be appointed for the kid:

    Jenny Sanford also is seeking to have a guardian ad litem – a court-appointed official – to look after their youngest son’s best interests on the ongoing legal proceedings, and she is seeking to have the case sealed from the public.

    Her request to seal the record cited the previous media and public interest in the case, as well as her son’s status as a high school sophomore.

    “I believe that the allegations in this case will have the potential to cause our son unnecessary embarrassment and ridicule,” her affidavit says. “Further … I would like him to be able to share his concerns and wishes free from public scrutiny.”

    So it sounds like she’s got her son’s interests at heart.

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    Keith G says:

    @beth: How do you know that and why would such speculation be of interest?

    That seems to me to be a cousin of the voyeurism linked to the “hacked Apple Cloud” story. Maybe in someway this type of story is worse in that a nekkid picture is just a nekkid picture, while “families in turmoil” news stories not only have no societal import, they deal in the commercialization of the spectacle of personal conflict, pain, and anguish.

    I guess that peering into the personal space of others is a rather common human desire.

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    CaseyL says:

    @catclub: I haven’t been paying much attention to him, but he seems to be getting less completely hateful lately.

    People always said he was nuts. Not just bad, cruel, mendacious, and inflammatory, but actually nuts. His rants were described as being completely over the top, out of control.

    It’s possible that he was was in fact objectively, medically insane for many years – the years he spent building up his reputation and profession as a RWNJ – and finally got some help (chemical or whatever).

    If that’s so, it’ll be interesting to see what happens now.

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    efgoldman says:

    Apropos of nothing: The TV commercials for casinos always show attractive, youngish (30s), happy people in elegant dress clothes.
    Then you go inside, and almost every customer you see is straight out of the “people of Walmart” pictures. But sadder.

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    AliceBlue says:

    @Violet:
    I wonder why he still hasn’t married his “soul mate.”

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    efgoldman says:

    @efgoldman: Dammit!! I forgot FYWP’s forbidden words. Trying again with some edits,

    Apropos of nothing: The TV commercials for cas1n0s always show attractive, youngish (30s), happy people in elegant dress clothes.
    Then you go inside, and almost every customer you see is straight out of the “people of Walmart” pictures. But sadder.

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    beth says:

    @Keith G: Well let’s just file it under two wrongs don’t make a right and I should know better. Mark Sanford, as my congressman, would have a doctor peer into my uterus whether I needed it or not if I wanted an abortion and would have my employer peer into my medical records if I wanted to obtain birth control pills under the insurance plan I pay dearly for. So yeah, I should be a better person – I’ll try harder to care about his privacy when he starts to even pretend to care about mine.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @efgoldman:

    But sadder.

    Because they are wearing the “desperately trying to have fun face?”

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @CaseyL:

    It’s possible that he was was in fact objectively, medically insane for many years – the years he spent building up his reputation and profession as a RWNJ – and finally got some help (chemical or whatever).

    Beck’s said many times that he’s been diagnosed as bipolar. He blames his very public substance-abuse problems on self-medicating. It’s possible he’s finally found a better, hopefully medically supervised method of dealing with his mood swings. Or then again, many “manic depressives” seem to “age out” of their worst problems in middle age (at one point, doctors were experimenting with hormones since women after menopause tended to settle down, to a degree).

    Or then again, we could be seeing the point in Beck’s arc between manic paranoia and depressive suicidal ideation…

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    efgoldman says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    Because they are wearing the “desperately trying to have fun face?

    Because they’re pissing away money they obviously don’t have. At least at Evil Mart they get goods for that money.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    Or then again, we could be seeing the point in Beck’s arc between manic paranoia and depressive suicidal ideation…

    Or it could just be another con for the rubes.

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    NotMax says:

    First time this year have had the need to turn on a fan. Noticed the power cord’s insulation was flaking off and bare copper was showing through.

    Took out the old (original) power cord, wired in a new one. As the fan is more than 60 years old years old, guess I grudgingly can forgive it needing repair.

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    hilts says:

    OT

    Gazprombank GPB, a Russian bank targeted with sanctions by President Obama over the Ukraine crisis, has hired has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby against those sanctions, according to a new disclosure filed with the Senate.

    In a filing submitted Friday and effective that day, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and former Senator John Breaux, D-La., are listed as the main lobbyists under the Gazprombank account for the firm Squire Patton Boggs, lobbying on “banking laws and regulations including applicable sanctions.”

    h/t http://www.publicintegrity.org.....s-senators

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @AliceBlue: Catty response: Guys like Sanford are never as desirable once the ball’n’chain has given them their “freedom”…

    Equally unworthy comment: From what’s been made public, Sanford’s the kind of think-with-the-little-head idiot who backs out on making a new commitment, soul mate or no, because he wants to “explore all his options”.

    Third possibility, his lawyers have cowed him into believing he should not acquire any more legal entanglements until the kids have aged out…

  32. 32
    Suzanne says:

    My new science oven is here and IT ROCKS.

    I got my last paycheck from my old job. My boss is still texting me trying to figure out how to run the place without me. Hah.

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    kc says:

    @beth:

    Mark Sanford is a sociopath. The scariest thing in that story is the line that says he’s running unopposed for re-election.

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    catclub says:

    @efgoldman: I remember the woman being interviewed saying that for a certain reason her group was treated like royalty when they visited a gambling establishment – they had all their teeth. A Mississippi gambling establishment.

    Jill Conner Brown, Sweet Potato Queen

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    kc says:

    @beth:

    I live in the SC district just north of you. You got Mark Sanford; we got Tom Rice; who’s been running around bragging about his role suing Obama.

    What a state!

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    catclub says:

    @efgoldman: haha. I preemptively changed mine to gambling establishments. FYWP

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    kc says:

    @hilts:

    Those whores.

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    beth says:

    @kc: I’m still trying to figure out what’s up with the Nikki Haley anti-bullying commercials. What a weird issue to hang a governor’s race on. And what 8 year old writes a letter to the governor when she’s being bullied at school? This whole thing smells fishy. I bet after the election we find out that girl’s related to someone on her staff.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Violet:

    So it sounds like she’s got her son’s interests at heart.

    I don’t doubt that. The question is how much vindictiveness she has for Mark Sanford in her heart. I suspect that her filing contains some volatile fluff concocted by her lawyers, but there may be a specific issue that made Mrs. Sanford blow a gasket:

    Her filing also asks the court to bar both of them from the following:
    ….Making any negative comments about the other in the presence of their youngest son….

    We don’t know what actually happened, but if Mrs Sanford sincerely believes that her ex-husband was making negative comments about her to her son then what she is doing is entirely understandable, and good for her.

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    catclub says:

    John Breaux makes Mary Landrieu look like a principled politician in the mold of Mo Udall. Or Gandhi.

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    Violet says:

    @Mandalay: The anger management class request for Mark Sanford caught my eye. He seems like such a milquetoast to me. It’s hard for me to imagine him summoning up enough energy to be angry. Maybe he’s quite different from his public persona. Or maybe it’s just tossed in there by her lawyers for some reason.

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    kc says:

    @beth:

    I haven’t seen that yet, but from your description, I don’t get it either. Unless Haley is trying to suggest a comparison of herself to the girl? I think Haley sees herself as bravely standing up to the bullies in the legislature. She’s got a bit of that Palin victim complex.

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    Mandalay says:

    It looks like Chris Christie is aiming to succeed Herman Cain as the joke candidate for 2016:

    Mr. Christie, usually known for his oratorical sure-footedness, offered a wobbly reply, displaying little grasp of the facts and claiming that if he were in charge, Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, would know better than to mess with him.
    According to an audio recording of the event, he said Mr. Putin had taken the measure of Mr. Obama. “I don’t believe, given who I am, that he would make the same judgment,” Mr. Christie said. “Let’s leave it at that.”

    One attendee described Mr. Christie’s answer as disturbingly heavy on swagger and light on substance. Another called it “uncomfortable to watch.”

    Christie is remarkably confident about the size of his fearsome dick given that he probably hasn’t even seen it in the last 25 years.

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    MattR says:

    @Mandalay: @Violet: It seems to me that her first request is really the crux of the issue.

    Exposing their youngest son “overnight to a member of the opposite sex not related to the plaintiff or defendant through blood or marriage.”

    This can be a reasonable concern for young children, but not for a high school sophomore. But if she is overly religious, I am not shocked that she would be appalled by the idea of her ex-husband freely fornicating in the same house as her innocent child. It also seems to indicate that she would be OK with her ex-husband having a gay lover stay overnight while that child was in the house ;)

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @sharl: From the “Oh, fucking HELL, people!” files, a list of the 500 most common passwords.

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    catclub says:

    @Comrade Mary: I was impressed by these: 12 !Qaz2wsx
    11 zaq1ZAQ!

    Left handed typists. No similar ones on the right hand side of the keyboard.

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    Violet says:

    @Comrade Mary:
    Seriously, this is Number 23:

    Myspace1

    How old is that password?

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    Violet says:

    @Comrade Mary: What’s also interesting is the numbers almost always go at the end. It’s not “1Football”; it’s “Football1”. That simple change might help make a much more robust password.

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    hilts says:

    @catclub:

    Whatever John Breaux chooses to do following his time in the Senate, Mary Landrieu is still a goddamn fucking asshole.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @hilts:

    Mary Landrieu is still a goddamn fucking asshole.

    And yes vote on several important pieces of legislation.

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    🚸 Martin says:

    @sharl: Here’s a decent writeup of what’s going on.

    While Apple should make it harder for these things to happen, this is effectively a massive, targeted attack on the accounts of specific individuals, not unlike what our spy agencies do. Celebrities need tremendously more security than the rest of us, and they are not inherently well equipped for doing so. Nobody wants to have to go to a security professional before setting up a personal device, but these people really do need to do that – and that professional better be 100% reliable, or they’re right back where they started.

    This ultimately comes down to needing better security concepts than we employ now.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Comrade Mary: “Fuckyou1” AND “Fuckyou2”.

    The root cause is still patriarchy, no matter how stupid their passwords.

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    Dog On Porch says:

    @beth: A disgraced politician who made a national laughing stock of his marriage lands on his electoral feet a few years later, and his ex can’t handle it. It’s understandable, but face it– if she had another weapon in her vendetta arsenal, she would have buried him by now. The moral being: some chicks just can’t let go.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Comrade Mary: Didn’t mean to seem like I was saying fuck you, either with a 1 or a 2 afterward. Just laughing that both of those came up.

    Of course, when a site prompts me to enter an email address, they get “diediedie@mydarling.com”. My ex husband did “fuckyou@yourmouth.com”.

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    Mandalay says:

    @catclub:

    Left handed typists.

    Not really; it’s because we write from left to right.

    I suspect that a lot of passwords for languages that are written from right to left, such as Arabic, would be formed from characters on the right side of the keyboard rather than the left.

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    catclub says:

    @🚸 Martin:

    While Apple should make it harder for these things to happen, this is effectively a massive, targeted attack on the accounts of specific individuals

    and apparently it sets off no alarm bells at Apple that certain accounts are being massively attacked. hmmm
    They already skipped the ‘three tries and we start slowing down repsonse dramatically’ bit of code. So it looks worse for their security team. Aren’t these celebrities their customers? And wouldn’t protecting the accounts of celebrity customers be good for business?

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    Mandalay says:

    @Suzanne:

    My ex husband did “fuckyou@yourmouth.com”.

    I sorry that you broke up. He sounds like a keeper.

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    beth says:

    @Dog On Porch: She had a chance to bury him by running against him in the primary election. She’s a pretty smart woman (Wall Street background, IIRC) and still had a bunch of sympathy going for her but she chose not to run for office, ostensibly for her children’s sake.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Mandalay: He has his moments.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Comrade Mary:

    Either that list is combined from all English-speaking countries, or British sports/sports teams are way more popular in the US than I ever realized.

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    Hal says:

    On Mark Sanford; as the son of a verbally abusive asshole of a father, who after taking me and my sister from school, promising us we would never see my mother again, and then attacking her car windshield with a tire iron when she tracked us down, brought a preacher to court to vouch for his loving character; I am immediately suspicious of claims of bitter ex wives just using kids because they are totes jealous. Yes I’m biased, but why on earth would Jenny Sanford want some old horndog back or be jealous of his tramp new wife? Did that sound impartial?

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    There are 7 different variants on Jesus. That is not anywhere near enough jesus and yet also too much.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: Bullshit, I met three in my local taqueria.

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    Captain C says:

    @efgoldman:

    Raoul Duke: What was I doing here? What was the meaning of this trip? Was I just roaming around in a drug frenzy of some kind? Or had I really come out here to Las Vegas to work on a story? Who are these people, these faces? Where do they come from? They look like caricatures of used car dealers from Dallas, and sweet Jesus, there were a hell of a lot of them at 4:30 on a Sunday morning, still humping the American dream, that vision of the big winner somehow emerging from the last minute pre-dawn chaos of a stale Vegas casino.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Captain C:

    No point mentioning those bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.”

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    Another Holocene Human (now with new computer) says:

    @Hal: Well said.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: two men say they’re Jesus, one of must be wrong

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    debbie says:

    @Anne Laurie:

    It’s possible he’s finally found a better, hopefully medically supervised method of dealing with his mood swings.

    Nonsense. A couple of weeks ago, he said, “I’m not a prophet, but I see things.” Nuff said.

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    Danny says:

    John, I haven’t hung out here for a long time so I don’t know if you’re on about those things anymore but if you read this, could you pls tweet Greenwald and ask him his position on Rand promissing he would bomb Iraq if he only were President? Would be so much fun!

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    Applejinx says:

    Where the heck do the line-noisey ones like l6fkiy9oN come from? Dvorak keyboards?

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    StringOnAStick says:

    @debbie: Beck’s current dipping of his mental toes in the pool of sanity is just something any really good showman does to keep their career going, also known as “keep ’em guessing”. It really adds that “wow, what will he say next; I simply must tune in!” bit O fun.

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    KS in MA says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    Most of them look like they’re not even trying to have fun.

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