Hulk Media, Inc.

I’m dying here:

The retired wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million in damages Friday by a Florida jury in an invasion of privacy case against Gawker.com over its publication of a sex tape.

The wrestler, known in court by his legal name, Terry G. Bollea, sobbed as the verdict was announced in late afternoon, according to people in the courtroom. The jury had considered the case for about six hours.

Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker and a defendant in the case, was found personally liable, as was Albert J. Daulerio, the site’s former editor in chief.

In his closing argument in the two-week trial, the wrestler’s lawyer delivered a lacerating attack on Gawker’s culture and guiding principles.

“It’s just porn,” the lawyer, Kenneth G. Turkel, told the six-person jury in St. Petersburg, Fla., considering the claim by the 62-year-old former wrestler that he was humiliated and emotionally shattered by Gawker’s 2012 publication of a secretly recorded video of him having sex with a friend’s wife.

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.






159 replies
  1. 1
    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    WHATCHA YA GONNA DO BROTHER, WHEN THE 24″ PYTHONS AND HULKAMANIA RUN WILD ON YOU!?

    Woooo!

  2. 2
    gene108 says:

    I don’t think there are any nice guys involved.

  3. 3
    redshirt says:

    Oh yeah!
    Snap in to it!

  4. 4
    KingsCross says:

    https://youtu.be/3bZzM4s0Hgs
    It has to be said at least every six months.
    Minimally.

  5. 5
    Served says:

    I was genuinely shocked at how smug and sarcastic Daulerio was in his depo. It was GHASTLY. Why would they treat a legal proceeding like it was still Gawker?

  6. 6
    Steve in the ATL says:

    So Hulk gets $115M for banging his friend’s wife? Damn.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    speaking of internet outlets, the fever has finally broke at GOS.

    Tuesday’s rout did the trick.

    for the first time in a year and a half I perused the site without having to shower off the sick CDS muck.

  8. 8
    raven says:

    No EERS thread huh.

  9. 9
    BBA says:

    The left-wing answer to Breitbart forced to give all its assets to a racist over-the-hill steroid addict.

    That’s…uh…something?

  10. 10
    Marc says:

    @Steve in the ATL: for having her husband set it up, film someone without their consent, and cash in. Even a jerk doesn’t deserve that.

  11. 11
    smith says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: I think both parties may be approaching a Come to Jesus moment.

  12. 12
    redshirt says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Good work if you can get it.

    OH YEAH!

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    bystander says:

    How many men with steroid-ravaged genitals will now want to be filmed so they can sue for pain and suffering? Slippery slope.

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    Germy says:

    …the claim by the 62-year-old former wrestler that he was humiliated and emotionally shattered by Gawker’s 2012 publication of a secretly recorded video of him having sex with a friend’s wife.

    Imagine how the friend must feel.

    And it’s not his real name? All this time I thought his last name was Hogan and his parents named him Hulk.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: At long last, people don’t have a different opinion than you. Thank you for patiently waiting for people to make their own decisions for themselves. I know it must have been hell.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    Erin Andrews gets $55,000,000 dollars. Hulk gets $115,000,000 dollars. TAX FREE! Praise the Invisible Hand.

    I image there are some media personalities leaking nude tapes to internet outlets as we speak.

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    Germy says:

    @Marc:

    for having her husband set it up, film someone without their consent, and cash in.

    Oh, I didn’t know about that part.

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    Davebo says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    He’ll be incredibly lucky to see 5 million.

    The editor certainly doesn’t have that kind of cash so he’s out for assumably half.

    The founder also probably can’t cover 50 million plus. And whatever he manages to get out of the two is taxable income since no physical injury was incurred.

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    Brachiator says:

    The rationale used by Gawker was similar to that used by the douchebags who distributed and enjoyed the nude photographs of various female stars. Since they were public personas, they were fair game. If they ever appeared in a film nude or even in a provocative pose, then they had no right to privacy. If they ever discussed or alluded to their sex lives in interviews, they gave up any privacy rights.

    We will see what happens on appeal, but Hogan made a fairly good case I think that his wrestling persona was a performance, and not the same as who he was as an individual.

    I don’t see what public service Gawker was pursuing in trying to publicize this material.

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    Germy says:

    Hogan is only 62? That can’t be right. I thought he was ten years older.

  21. 21
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Davebo: I can’t imagine the amount standing up on appeal, if the verdict even survives at all, but not my area of expertise. Interesting times….

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I’m just glad we won’t ever have to see another Terry Bollea sex tape. This is a win for humanity.

  23. 23
    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I don’t care if people like Sanders. But left wing CDS is as disgusting as right wing CDS. Especially when they’re too lazy and unimaginative to develop their own substantive line of attacks and simply repeat Trey Gowdy’s discredited personal smears.

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    Brachiator says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch:

    Erin Andrews gets $55,000,000 dollars. Hulk gets $115,000,000 dollars. TAX FREE! Praise the Invisible Hand.

    You’re snarking, right?

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    Marc says:

    Yea, this seems to me to be pretty similar to the Andrews case. I’m having a hard time seeing why they’re legally different. The gawker folks really were arrogant as hell.

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    redshirt says:

    Somewhere in a dusty closet the Iron Sheikh stirs to life……

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    John Cole says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: You’re a fucking asshole for thinking Erin Andrews did anything wrong. She was changing in her private hotel room while some scumbag filmed her. You’re a total dickhead.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @Served: Assholes gotta asshole.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: You should remember that the rabble don’t have our brilliant political acumen for determining what is an acceptable political attack and what is out of bounds. They just know what they like and don’t like. We need to teach classes.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @John Cole: What did Terry Bollea do wrong?

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    geg6 says:

    @gene108:

    I’m with you. Both sides here disgust me. In fact, I find Mr. Bollea vastly more distasteful than Gawker. And that’s saying something.

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    @redshirt:

    Phrasing!

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    Davebo says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I’d agree the amount won’t stand but I’m not so sure the verdict will change.

    As I said, even if the award is dropped to 10 million there’s a zero chance of him getting 5 million. Ask the family of Ron Goldman!

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    cokane says:

    nice. Fuck Gawker.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    @John Cole: Are you high? Where did I say she did anything wrong? You have to stop UR crazed projection.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @redshirt: Wrong wrestler, dude.

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    @Marc:

    Yea, this seems to me to be pretty similar to the Andrews case. I’m having a hard time seeing why they’re legally different.

    I can see several ways they’re legally different. The biggest, most obvious one is that Andrews sued the person who filmed her and the hotels who let him do it, while Hogan went after the Gawker for publicizing his sex tape. That means they had to pursue completely different legal theories.

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    geg6 says:

    @Brachiator:

    If that jury bought an argument as stupid as that, they are even more stupid than I could have imagined. This is a guy who sold his personal life as a reality tv show. Fuck him. I wouldn’t give him a penny.

    ETA: Perhaps my disgust with professional wrestling and people who are such attention whores that they splash their personal lives and families on reality tv shows may be coloring my opinion. Nah. Hulk Hogan is a horrible human being, regardless.

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    kc says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Yeah, Gawker had a First Amendment defense. “It was journalism.” Not present in the Andrews case.

    Not saying I buy Gawker’s defense, btw.

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    Germy says:

    @geg6:

    If that jury bought an argument as stupid as that, they are even more stupid than I could have imagined.

    Must have been a jury of his peers?

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    Gravenstone says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: Maybe your follow on line about “more celebs leaking nude tapes” had something to do with Mr. Cole snapping your pinhead off?

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Well, it was no less than Kos himself who recently taught them a lesson, explaining in chapter and verse why he would no longer permit publication of their right wing talking points.

    Of course they didn’t need any lessons. Let’s dispel with this fiction that the Sandernistas didn’t know what they were doing. They knew exactly what they were doing.

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    dr. bloor says:

    @John Cole: I think your snark meter might need new batteries. Or mine does, I’m not sure.

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    🚸 Martin says:

    @John Cole: I didn’t read it that way. Seems to me he was just noting that celebrities are compensated at much higher rates than other people when they are wronged. No accusation that past cases weren’t wronged, just that future lawsuits might not quite so clear. Might beat washed up musicians hitting the state fair circuit for rehab money.

    Compare that to how we compensate black families with dead relatives from the hands of police or poor parents whose kids were poisoned by the state who might be lucky to get a hundred grand. I think that’s the contrast you are supposed to draw here.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    I know his attorney. In fact I know most of everyone in his attorney’s extended family. Good people, though I haven’t spoken to or seen any of them for years. In fact I know several of the attorneys in the firms younger brothers or cousins – as we all went to the same high school. One of the attorney’s there went to high school with my younger brother.

    Small world!

    As for this case, it’ll be interesting to see what happens on appeal. Hogan brought the same suit in Federal Court and lost. This is why they switched to Florida state court.

    And the big question, still unanswered, is who sent the tape to the folks at Gawker. Hogan has claimed it wasn’t him. The question is was it Bubba The Love Sponge (formerly Todd before he had it legally changed) Clem? Was it his then wife who is on the tape? I’m not sure it really bears on the case (or in this case is that bares?)

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Steve in the ATL: The appeal is what will be interesting. Hogan originally brought suit in Federal Court where he lost. He then decided that he’d have a better shot in a Florida state court.

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    scav says:

    Stepping back and squinting a bit, I’m seeing a few weird dots, Martin Shkreli’s arrogance, sense of invulnerability and personality is somehow pulled from the same pit as AJ Daulerio’s and I’m not sure the populace is as enamored with those preening sharks as it once was.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Other than sleeping with his best friend’s wife while still married to his own wife? Nothing.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: Maybe, but I’m still unclear on how “Sandernistas” are somehow a monolithic political group responsible for all the ills of the world, versus, say Clinton surrogates who used right wing – and racist – attacks against Obama in 2008.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    @Gravenstone: Oh fuck you. I never said “more celebs leaking nude tapes” you illiterate monkey. I said, “I image there are some media personalities leaking.” We had this is the past. Pam Anderson and Kim Kardashian obviously “leaked” sex tapes for profit motives.

  51. 51
    Mike in NC says:

    This weekend in Las Vegas, Hulk Hogan will endorse Trump, live on stage with the real estate mogul and a shitfaced Wayne Newton. It’s all showbiz, people.

  52. 52

    @🚸 Martin:

    Seems to me he was just noting that celebrities are compensated at much higher rates than other people when they are wronged.

    Two points:

    1) It’s not obvious that’s true. Plenty of non-celebrities have won huge judgments, especially when punitive damages are figured in.

    2) In at least some cases, damages are based on on things that tend to favor the rich and famous. They earn more money, so damages based on lost wages are more. They are better known, so damage to their reputation is comparatively worse. And they’re more likely to attract a lot of interest, so damages based on how many people see their sex tape will be correspondingly large.

  53. 53
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I’m not smart enough to understand all the legal mumbo jumbo but it sounds like you are saying the respective spouses own the legal rights to the cheating couple’s sexy time?

  54. 54
    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I have always denounced Clinton’s smears (endless times).

    Example #1

    Example #2

  55. 55
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: And yet you support her now? Did she ever apologize?

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: Not saying that at all. I’m saying that as far as I can tell Hogan has done nothing legally wrong. Ethically? Depends on how you view cheating on your own spouse wth the spouse of your best friend.

    The one unanswered question after all this time is still: who leaked the tape? And why?

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    mark says:

    Growing up in Tampa, I knew several fake errr… “Pro” wrestlers and went to school at Jesuit HS with a lot of their kids. The announcer, Gordon Solie who was The Man back then lived 2 homes down from me. Nice guy but ..always thought the benefit of knowing that WWF was all bullshit and fake at very early age a huge plus in my development. To not trust what you see on TV is not taught to most American kids

    Great Malenko the evil Russian was from Brooklyn and Jewish. Pat Song and his deadly “claw” move from North Korea was born and grew up in San Francisco. etc. etc. Its amazing how many pro wrestlers lived in Tampa. Btw, played football against Hogan is H.S. and he wasn’t that good. Glad he won his lawsuit not so much for him but the scumbags he sued.

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    Tim C. says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: I think that’s because while the crazy is deep and wide in their diaries, Kos himself remains a very practical and sensible dude. Not perfect, but when push comes to shove he would never cut off his nose to spite his face.

  59. 59
    raven says:

    @mark: 40 years ago I broke my back and spent 2 months in Grady Hospital in Atlanta. I had never known anyone who thought pro wrestling was a real sport until I was on a ward with a dude who did. It was hilarious!

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    🚸 Martin says:

    @Roger Moore:

    1) It’s not obvious that’s true. Plenty of non-celebrities have won huge judgments, especially when punitive damages are figured in.

    2) In at least some cases, damages are based on on things that tend to favor the rich and famous. They earn more money, so damages based on lost wages are more. They are better known, so damage to their reputation is comparatively worse. And they’re more likely to attract a lot of interest, so damages based on how many people see their sex tape will be correspondingly large.

    No, I get all of that. But Hulk Hogan doesn’t carry the lost wages argument any more – he sure as shit isn’t staring down the barrel of $115M in earnings due to his celebrity. But I think that speaks to David’s point – if you are a recognized name with few future earning prospects, why not toss your sex tape into the ring and hope to win a suit. In either case (which are quite different) the jury seems to be basing their damages on the effect of embarrassment on a public figure. Lots of people can reach that standard.

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    Mai.naem.mobile says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: so does this mean that if Hils routs the Donald the fever on the right might finally break? That alone would be worth a massive GOTV effort from the Dems.

  62. 62
    smith says:

    @Tim C.: I think in general Kos feels more allegiance to the Democratic Party than to any particular candidate. Not that he doesn’t pick sides in primaries but his overall goals are larger than that.

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    🚸 Martin says:

    @Mai.naem.mobile:

    so does this mean that if Hils routs the Donald the fever on the right might finally break?

    Fever didn’t break when Goldwater got routed in 64. In fact, it’s pretty much the same fucking fever 52 years later.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    @raven: It’s like walking into the middle of a Monty Python sketch. I was in college when I first encountered one of those guys.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @raven: Jeez, I’m old enough to remember Sunnyside Garden; I think the bouts were broadcast on WOR, Channel 9. Even then everybody knew it was all staged.

    One time waiting for a plane out of LGA, i sat a couple of barstools down from Andre the Giant, who was nursing a drink, probably also waiting for a plane. Dude kept to himself.

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    geg6 says:

    @🚸 Martin:

    AFAICT, Florida Man was every person on this idiot jury. This is a ridiculous case and a ridiculous verdict. He’s a media whore. Media whores can’t be embarrassed or have their privacy invaded. They live off that shit. Literally, in his case for sure. Just another reason to never step foot in Florida again.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I don’t support her. I have always said I support the most electable candidate. Unfortunately the most electable candidate Lawerence Lessig dropped out. And Sanders isn’t electable. Even you have said you doubt his electability. Now, if Warren was running, I would support her as strongly as I did Obama. But she’s not. That leaves one electable candidate – Clinton.

    My cable system dropped MSNBC, leaving me with CNN. Do I support CNN – no. But it’s more palatable than TYT and Fixxed News.

  68. 68
    raven says:

    @Ben Cisco: This guy was bent over in a trunk when a car slammed into him and broke both his legs and his hips. A month after my surgery they came and removed the stitches from my hip where they had done a bone graft. The skin had grown over the stitches and it hurt like hell when they took them out and I made some noise. He laughed his ass off as he did when the guy next to me had a win break in his traction splint and they replaced that. So he bitched and whined about wanting to go home and they finally said “Ok but we will put you in a cast”. He agreed and they took him down to the casting room. When he came back they had put him in a full body with a bar between his legs!!! There was nothing he could do but cry and my buddy and I laughed our asses off as they wheeled him out!!!

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    @Mai.naem.mobile: You know why Trump lost? Because they didn’t nominate a true conservative.

    I feel like I should put a trademark symbol on that. It’s what they always say.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @mark: What years were you at Jesuit? If you played football against Hogan, you were there way before me. I know a bunch of the same folks. The best Malenko story was when Malenko brought Father Billac to Rodeph Shalom Synagogue one year for Simchat Torah (the Festival or Receiving the Law). Billac worked out at Malenko’s (real last name Simon) gym on Cypress. My Dad handed him one of the Torahs to dance with and he just beamed.

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    raven says:

    @Gin & Tonic: This was in Atlanta and TBS was just a local station that showed that shit and the Braves.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    @raven: HAHAHA! Sounds like he earned it.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @mark: If you played against Hogan you were there way before my time.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @geg6:

    Oh, he’s famous? Well, obviously we should be able to see his genitals anytime we want; this is AMERICA, after all.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: You thought Lawrence Lessig was the most electable candidate? Please use sarc tags in the future for these types of statements. If this wasn’t sarc, please see immediate professional help.

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    raven says:

    @Ben Cisco: He also listened to church on Sunday mornings! Meanwhile the orderlies would roll me and my buddy over to the windows and we’d fire up the bud!!!

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    raven says:

    The Eers are getting their butts kicked.

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    raven says:

    Looks like the NFL is putting the heat on these jackasses in Georgia for their fucking religious liberty bill.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Iowa Old Lady: Thats why I’m praying they figure out a way to get Cruz the nomination. He’s a pure conservative, the kind CPAC junkies kill for. The only thing that is going to break the conservative fever – and nothing but dying will – is to nominate a Real Conservative (TM) and lose with him. You’d think the fact the Real Conservative (TM) can’t even win with Republicans in the primary would be a clue that he can’t win a general but that would require critical thinking and stuff.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @raven:

    This was in Atlanta and TBS was just a local station that showed that shit and the Braves.

    The Bill Tush Show, with up and coming comedienne Jan Hooks?

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Adam L Silverman: If you’re going to present yourself as a blogging professional, you’re going to have to learn to distinguish it without the tags.

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    raven says:

    That is the last thing that Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, wants to hear. He’s eager to host Super Bowls in the team’s new stadium, which is set to open in 2017. The team is currently finalizing its presentation to NFL owners for a May meeting.

    “The bid that we put together is a very, very competitive one,” Blank said last month. “Not just because of the stadium, but because of where the stadium is located in downtown Atlanta.”

    The NFL has moved a Super Bowl amid controversy before. It relocated the 1993 game from Arizona to a stadium outside Los Angeles after Arizona refused to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday.

    HB 757 has already hurt Georgia’s reputation. A coalition of businesses — including Twitter, Chase, UPS and Delta — signed a pledge stating they believe that treating all Georgians fairly “is essential to maintaining Georgia’s strong brand as the premier home for talented workers, growing businesses, entrepreneurial innovation, and a thriving travel and tourism industry.” Salesforce, a cloud-computing company valued at $44 billion, vowed to pull its investments out of Atlanta if the bill becomes law.

    Deal has said he won’t sign any bill that promotes discrimination in order to protect people of faith. The Huffington Post reached out to his office on Thursday to see if that means he’ll veto HB 757. His spokeswoman Jen Talaber didn’t offer much clarity.

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    raven says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Huh, I guess. I remember the sports and the fact that my mate and I watched the war that we were in end as we looked on.

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    Mike J says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I thought Mark Twain was ahead of his time when he used sarcasm tags in his works. Without them, nobody would have gotten the joke.

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    smith says:

    @geg6:

    Media whores can’t be embarrassed or have their privacy invaded.

    Sorry. but this sounds a lot like the argument that whores can’t be raped. He may be a reality show performer, and an obnoxious one at that, but “reality shows” are shows, not reality. A performer in a reality show should still be able to sequester some of his life from the public if he wishes.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @raven:

    The Eers are getting their butts kicked.

    Hence no March Madness open thread?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: I support Clinton and I have doubts about Sanders electability even though electability arguments are like assholes but that doesn’t mean I’m going to gratuitously shit on the voters we may need in November. Sanders was never going to win the primary and if lightning struck and he somehow did, that was actually a good thing because it would have revealed that Clinton was too weak to win a general and Sanders was riding a wave election. But you jackals just like to shit on people so you took every opportunity to alienate people you might need in November. It’s like you were shitty, shitty winners.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @raven: In his heart, yes

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    geg6 says:

    @Chyron HR:

    That’s not what I said, but please feel free to completely misrepresent what I said. The asshole is claiming he was being a private citizen when he’s not playing a fake athlete. And so his personal life should be out of bounds and he was humiliated by having his personal life splashed all over the Internet. This is completely bullshit. The guy put his personal life, with his family and all their personal foibles, on national tv on a reality tv show. Their fights, their romances and their breakups. He simply can’t claim that his personal life is suddenly off the table and that having his personal shit on the Internet has now made him so embarrassed and humiliated that it’s ruined his life. He did that to himself. There is no equivalence to the Erin Andrews case and that they awarded him a penny, let alone $115 million is a travesty of justice and an outrage to people who have actually had their privacy invaded.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Gawker is appealing and will probably get that judgement either voided or significantly reduced.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Nothing in his entire thread makes a scrap of sense to me. It’s like I wandered into a remote country where I recognised a few words here and there but none of the syntax and none of the context and none of the cultural touchstones.

    I’m just going to put on my PJs and finish reading my book.

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    raven says:

    In your face Huggins!!!!

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @geg6:

    That’s not what I said, but please feel free to completely misrepresent what I said. The asshole is claiming he was being a private citizen when he’s not playing a fake athlete. And so his personal life should be out of bounds and he was humiliated by having his personal life splashed all over the Internet. This is completely bullshit. The guy put his personal life, with his family and all their personal foibles, on national tv on a reality tv show. Their fights, their romances and their breakups. He simply can’t claim that his personal life is suddenly off the table and that having his personal shit on the Internet has now made him so embarrassed and humiliated that it’s ruined his life. He did that to himself. There is no equivalence to the Erin Andrews case and that they awarded him a penny, let alone $115 million is a travesty of justice and an outrage to people who have actually had their privacy invaded.

    Steve in the ATL, J., concurs.

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    raven says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I’m still talking about my back and Grady!

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @geg6: That sounds suspiciously like the argument that you can’t rape a prostitute.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: No, it doesn’t.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I can’t argue with that logic. :)

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    raven says:

    SF AUSTIN!!!!!!!

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Germy: Even I knew that Terry Bollea was his actual name and that Hulk Hogan was just the stage-character name he used when wrestling.

    ETA: Or does my snark meter need adjusting?

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @geg6: I thought it was curious too that the judgment was against Nick Denton and the editor personally as well as against Gawker. Not sure how Florida law reads on that, but wouldn’t they need something pretty major to pierce the corporate veil? Or, the simpler explanation is jury composed of six Florida Men.

    Would also like to see the jury instructions. There has got to be reversible error there to get that kind of award.

    Of course, experience has also taught me that the entire purpose of Florida (its government, businesses, and citizens) is to extract money from out of state interests.

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    geg6 says:

    @smith:

    Yeah. No. It’s not even close. He’s put his whole life on view. Actual whores aren’t on duty 24/7. It’s just a job. They don’t do it for fame or attention. They do it to live and, often, feed their children. I respect whores. I don’t respect this asshole or the Kardashians or anyone else who put it all out there and then try to draw a line after the fact. Fuck him with his own tiny little steroid shriveled dick.

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    KingsCross says:

    2016 DNC Platform for Hillary supporters on this site…..Fuck Cole!.https://youtu.be/kuq9vGBXgD0?list=RD4lH9EV_Urxk

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: What a joke. So it’s okay for Sanders’s supporters to personally attack Clinton’s voters with disgusting misogyny and racism. But pointing out the behavior is the real offense. How Republican.

    Emily Nussbaum, television critic for the New Yorker magazine, tweeted some positive feedback for Hillary Clinton.

    “I’m into Hillary, obviously, but I genuinely thought she did really well tonight,” Ms Nussbaum wrote.

    About a half an hour later, she followed up with this: “Man, the Feel The Bern crew (as opposed to Bern himself) is such a drag. Say anything pro-Hil & they yell ‘bitch‘ & ‘psycho.’ V idealistic!”

    Kathleen Geier, a freelance contributor to The Nation and herself a Sanders supporter, says while she has gotten her fair share of ugly online comments from male Clinton supporters, the level of vitriol coming from what she calls a “tiny minority” of Sanders boosters troubles her.

    “I think they’re doing harm to the cause,” she says. “I haven’t seen people treat Obama supporters like this, or supporters of other male establishment candidates – just Hillary. So it’s definitely misogyny.”

    Sexism is not the only bad behaviour demonstrated online by Sanders supporters – an ugly racial element has arisen, too.

    “I’ve gotten everything from ‘shill’, ‘paid infiltrator’, to flat out having somebody actually call me a N***** in the midst of this,” says Elon James White, CEO of This Week in Blackness, who has been critical of Mr Sanders’ record on race.

    “They harass and try to take away the credibility from the people who question Mr Sanders.”

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    geg6 says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Thanks. I’m outraged that this creep got an award like that when Erin Andrews got a pittance in comparison.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Fricking Yale Now Stephen Ficking Austin? A university named after The Six Million Dollar Man? ;-)

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @geg6:

    Fuck him with his own tiny little steroid shriveled dick.

    I’m going to file that under “Facts I Didn’t Need to Know.”

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    burnspbesq says:

    @raven:

    No EERS thread huh

    With good reason, as it turns out.

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    geg6 says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    I don’t know that it’s a fact, but I am of the opinion that professional wrestlers probably have small dicks to begin with simply because if there is anything professional wrestling is about other than over compensation, I can’t imagine what it would be. And then we get into the rampant abuse of steroids in that circus and the known side effects on male genitalia and, well, I think shriveled dicks are probably an occupational hazard.

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    burnspbesq says:

    The best performances of the tournament to date: Thomas Walkup (SFA) and Makai Mason (Yale). Wonder what odds you could have gotten on that …

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: So second hand stories about rando voters who probably aren’t even Democrats are the fault of Bernie Sanders and/or reflective of Sanders supporters on the whole but actual right wing and racist attacks by Clinton surrogates in 2008 are meh, whatever? It sounds like you may actually have a side here versus being some impartial arbiter of the most electable candidate.

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    Aimai says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: this is weird–kos shut fown the pumas in the 2008 elections too. Kos has slways banned people whobhe felt were harming the nominee or the party.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    One of those was eight years ago. Get a fcuking grip.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @raven:

    Those are subjects I could handle with a modicum of intelligence.

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    Tara the Antisocial Social Worker says:

    Regardless of my personal opinion of Hogan, this verdict sets a good precedent, and will be helpful for future revenge-porn victims. It doesn’t matter if they’re a “public figure.” It doesn’t matter if he talked about sex. (Elizabeth Hasselbeck tried the same nonsense argument, slut-shaming Erin Andrews for wearing a skimpy outfit on Dancing with the Stars.) It wouldn’t even matter if Hogan or Andrews had consensually posed nude on some other occasion – that doesn’t mean the rules of consent no longer apply to them.

    Gawker chose to disregard consent, and they’re paying for it. Even if the award gets reduced, the next Hunter Moore or .Michael David Barrett has a good incentive to think twice.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @burnspbesq: Whats the statute of limitations on that, counselor?

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    jl says:

    This does get Hulk back in the news. He supporting Trump?
    If so, maybe this gets him on the short list for Trump veep nom?
    Irresponsible not to speculate (INTS)

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    Joel says:

    @gene108: That’s about the sum of it.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Aimai: I’m not implicating Pumas. I’m implicating actual Clinton surrogates. That’s the beauty of this argument.

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    NotMax says:

    Could. Not. Care. Less.

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    Joel says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Reportedly it was an extortion scam, right? I don’t know the ins and outs (no pun intended) of this case, because I learned about it when How Did This Get Made did their No Holds Barred episode. But it sure sounds like a classic extortion case, and Gawker was the willing media outlet.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I feel bad about my earlier negative comment about Terry Bollea. In a just world, I should have never seen the Bollea sex tape, much less masturbated to it over and over. Gawker must pay.

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    JGabriel says:

    @Germy:

    And it’s not his real name? All this time I thought his last name was Hogan and his parents named him Hulk.

    I know. I’m so disillusioned. Shattered even. Next thing you know, we’ll discover that Peter Everhard’s real name isn’t really Peter Everhard.

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    Joel says:

    Blown opportunity to post “Real American” here.

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    cbear says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I always knew you would end up cheating on me–but, but, Hulk Hogan? How could you…you bastard!

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    jl says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: You certainly have left a documented history in the blog comments of being an extremely sensitive and delicate flower of a person.

    I will testify in your support. I’ll have some expenses though. Perhaps large expenses.

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    Aimai says:

    @Tara the Antisocial Social Worker: thank you! A very important point!

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    Aimai says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: what are you even talking about. David koch was specifically talking about dkos. Kos shuts down surrogates and posters who contravene site policy. He did so to clinton supporters who bashed or attacked obama and he is doing so to sanders supporters who attack hillary. Its perfectly evenhanded. You are making no sense.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @cbear: Ceeb! It was between Wrestlemania’s. I was weak.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Aimai: Are you going to make me retype the whole damned thread or can you just read it?

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    Botsplainer, Cryptofascist Tool of the Oppressor Class says:

    Gawker is still silent. Daulerio and Denton are having chug contests of Maalox and Scotch at the bar nearest Gawker headquarters, and their lawyers are happily counting stacks of replenished retainer for the appeal filing.

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    mark says:

    @Adam L Silverman: And?
    I’m proud to have been born in 55. Greatest music of any generation.

    Love living in South Tampa. Wish I there right now.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @jl: Your reputation would never recover from supporting me. You’d prolly have to change one of the two letters in your pseudonym to ever have a normal life again.

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    Ben Cisco says:

    @raven: For medicinal purposes, of course.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Joel: I remember seeing something on that, but its never been quite clear to me who was doing the extortion? Clem? Clem’s now ex-wife? Hogan himself? Some third party? Hogan has stated that he didn’t know he was being recorded. Since this was the Clem’s home, that leaves the two of them. I just can’t imagine what the motive would be.

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    NotMax says:

    @mark

    ’55?

    Just for fun:

    #1 on the charts on Jan. 1.

    #1 on the charts on Dec. 31.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Bubba is the original source of the recording-curiously he was not allowed to testify in the trial, which Gawker will sure to use in their appeal.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @mark: That wasn’t meant as a knock on you/your age. I tried to edit the original reply I made and the edit function went wonky, so I threw that up as a second reply. There is nothing wrong with being older than me.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Howard Beale IV: Okay, now it makes sense – a bit. I figured it had to be one of the Clems.

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    NotMax says:

    @NotMax

    Had forgotten (or repressed the memory) that the first tune linked rhymes Liberace with Pagliacci.

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    Cheap Jim, formerly Cheap Jim says:

    Has Florida just become the American Britain, where anyone who doesn’t like what the press writes threaten to prosecute because the courts just roll over for them?

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    Tara the Antisocial Social Worker says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead:

    That sounds suspiciously like the argument that you can’t rape a prostitute.

    If you define “prostitute” as “anyone the speaker decides is too sexual,” of course. I made the mistake of looking at a comments thread one some site or other when the Erin Andrews verdict came in. “She only got the job because of her looks, so she’s a slut and the rules of consent don’t apply to her!” “She was prancing around on Dancing With the Stars, so she’s a slut and the rules of consent don’t apply to her!” (The “rules of consent” part was not stated outright, of course, probably because the commenters didn’t actually grasp the concept of consent.)

    It’s kinda weird watching a man get slut-shamed, actually.

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    seaboogie says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Cuckolding is a thing in the erotic world. So if you get two payoffs (orgasm + extortion), that just probably ups the ante – especially with a celebrity. World is a strange place.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Tara the Antisocial Social Worker:

    It’s kinda weird watching a man get slut-shamed, actually.

    This. I was waiting for someone to call me out on my Terry Bollea remarks but that never happened.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @Adam L Silverman: This judgement is way out of line when you look at other recent judgements for invasion of privacy and the process that this trial took. Gawker fully expected to be on the losing side a few days ago and planned on appealing. Also, the video leaked long before Gawker got its paws on it and Boella was in damage control-Gawker was the one website who had the deepest pockets he could go after. His career as a wrestler was long over a decade ago. And most damage awards on appeal usually get trimmed dramatically if they aren’t overturned outright (which this one has a chance of happening due to the video being leaked to other sites.)

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Howard Beale IV: Tracking. I figure the appeal is going to change things up a bit.

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    Andy says:

    I fucking hate you guys! If it isn’t somebody I like , fuck their post!
    Troll…..everybody I don’t know.
    This is part of the problem….IMO.

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    mark says:

    @NotMax: Wow! too funny.

    Of course I meant growing up with rock & roll and at 8 y/o watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan live and then the music of the 60s and 70s

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    KingsCross says:

    Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

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    KingsCross says:

    @Andy: Idiot! There…How about that..”I’m back in Baby’s Arms”….https://youtu.be/MBgQ5ZiphUs

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    David Lloyd-Jones says:

    @gene108: “Hogan” still seems to be walking around, in the land of the Second Amendment, yet. I’d say this is a small suggestion that the husband is a nice guy.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Andy: I don’t know what you are smoking but I want some.

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    Andy says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: @Just Some Fuckhead: I’m not smoking anything, just sick of the bullshit!

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    Andy says:

    @Andy: This site is heavily into Clinton, that may be a big mistake down the road.
    I’m just a douche-bag, no bona fides that count on this site. Which is usual for the top earners. Which make up most of the postings from the majority commentators of this blog. 200K plus is pretty damn good. No matter what your field.

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    Andy says:

    @Andy: Also the emphasis on calling someone a” troll.”
    It basically shuts down conversation on whatever that person posted.
    Fuck….You …Purists.. !
    Listen to other viewpoints, no matter how elementary to your senses.
    Fucking- A ,the proprietor of this site was a fucking conservative.
    Now you fawn at his postings…Disgusting!

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Andy: Is that you, Fred?

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    FridayNext says:

    @David Lloyd-Jones:
    You mean the guy who encouraged his wife to have sex with his friend, then taped it saying to his wife something like “this is gonna make us rich.”

    Yeah seems like a peach!

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    worn says:

    @Steve in the ATL: Well, damn, I had forgotten all about Bill Tush. And I’m old enough to remember when Ted’s station was ‘lil ole WTCG at 17 on the UHF dial.

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