Weekend/NYE Question Thread

Resolutions? I started running again in October. I’d basically quit over the spring/summer, a combination of being crazy-busy with the Irish bar book and then throwing my back out and then just lazy. I missed running, so in the fall when things calmed down a little I started it up again, and now I can’t believe I ever quit. (I don’t have shin splints this time, but I do have this weird pain in my right foot, on the outside of the foot just in front of the ankle joint, and a wicked side stitch that won’t go away no … Continue reading Weekend/NYE Question Thread

A scientific rationale as to why designated drivers are hard to come by

Scout got to the Walker fiasco before I could, so I thought I’d take a moment to explain one of the heaviest mysteries I’ve encountered to this stage in life. Tonight, we’re going out to celebrate The Missus’s birthday with some of her friends. She has some “normal” friends like A and a couple people she met through social engagements and previous jobs. Then, there are her work friends, who have been known to plow through an entire bottle of Red Stag and then give each other “cleavage checks” before they head out to the bars. We will be going … Continue reading A scientific rationale as to why designated drivers are hard to come by

When you think Walker is doing something with a heart…Wait a day

The other day WI Gov. Walker made a big deal thathe was going to lift a cap on a program for the elderly and disabled: On Wednesday, flanked by advocates for the state’s needy population, the governor announced he was lifting the cap on Family Care and would offer legislation to expand by $80 million the program that keeps the elderly and disabled out of nursing homes. The changes had been in the works for month. A heart you say? Perhaps worried about the Recall? Nah. The State Journal learned the next day he had been ordered to do so … Continue reading When you think Walker is doing something with a heart…Wait a day

Hey, You Suck!

And now it’s Santorumentum, or something: Though the news of Santorum’s apparent surge is sure to stun casual observers of Iowa, Santorum himself has been predicting his moment will come for months. He all but moved to Iowaover the summer and set about visiting every one of the state’s 99 counties. As recounted at one stophere, Santorum tread lightly on the trail, declining to correct a voter who called Obama a “Muslim Communist” to Santorum’s face. See, this is why months of speculation are total crap. Plus this GOP field is full of nutsacks, and every time the voters get … Continue reading Hey, You Suck!

America, the day after Christmas, 1929

My mother is the dark-haired girl sitting between her father and her older sister. They’re on the steps of her grandparents’ house in Hext, Texas. Said grandparents were probably the source of presents, the dolls, the baseball bat, a stiff new pair of overalls for the oldest boy. My great-grandfather ran a general store and while hardly well-off, at least had enough to spare. His daughter, my grandmother, on the right, isn’t even 30 in this picture. You can’t see the sunglasses underneath my grandfather’s hat. He’d been gassed in World War I and barely survived, living the rest of … Continue reading America, the day after Christmas, 1929

Stop Helping

If only we’ll give them just one more tax break, this time they won’t piss it all away. “Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores to raise cash after a weak holiday shopping season for the retailer,” APreports. “The closings fueled speculation about whether the 125-year-old retailer can turn itself around.” I wonder if Quinn – and the Illinois General Assembly – knew that Sears was (supposedly) banking the futures of 120 stores on Christmas shopping under catastrophic economic conditions whenhe signed more than $150 million in tax breaks to the company into … Continue reading Stop Helping

Merciful God

I would cut off my right arm, I really would: Well, there is a big bag of money out there, and it is indeed going to the Wrong People, and those would be the people in whose company Willard Romney has spent his entire, cosseted, entitled existence. He has embarked on a divisive campaign of misdirection, hoping against hope that nobody notices that he mortgaged himself to his ambition on an adjustable rate, and that he’s underwater on his soul. A. Continue reading Merciful God

Local Church Acts Reasonably; Church Hierarchy, Not So Much

Oh, sit DOWN like you supposed to: CHICAGO — On the heels of an agreement about parade times reached between Chicago LGBT Pride organizers and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel church — which sits on the June parade route — the Windy City’s Cardinal Francis George compared the event to “something like the Ku Klux Klan.” “You don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism,” the Cardinal told Fox News Chicago on Sunday. When FOX tells you to chill out with the inappropriate and inflammatory rhetoric, you … Continue reading Local Church Acts Reasonably; Church Hierarchy, Not So Much

Tweet of the day: Comedy Icon Edition

It comes from the greatAlbert Brookswho was born Albert Einstein and also has distinctive hair: As a man ages watching the ball drop on New Years takes on a whole different meaning. Brooks has been in a bit of a career slump as a writer-director but hisReal Life, Modern Romance, Lost In America, Defending Your Life andMother are classics. Here’s a clip featuring Albert and Debbie Reynolds as the title character inMother.Dr A and I call this the “protective ice” scene. Continue reading Tweet of the day: Comedy Icon Edition

Memo to His Young Fans: Ron Paul is OLD AS HELL

I don’t mean old in years, because look, Jimmy Carter is 457 and I think we should run him again tomorrow. Also being old is not a guarantee that one will be a racist, homophobic moron. One of my least favorite things is the idea that you have to attain a certain age to hold an opinion, and that once you hit 40 everybody’s Republican, and nobody younger than 25 knows anything at all about taxes or responsibility, or similar forms of reductive, ageist bullshit. I meanold in thinking, old in the world he inhabits, and old in his approach … Continue reading Memo to His Young Fans: Ron Paul is OLD AS HELL

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Son of the Revenge of the Putrid Potpourri edition

Good morning, gentle people – last clean-up edtion of Obsession starts right now – Let’s upwrap our last presents, shall we?

First up, from November 14th – Freepers notice that President Obama’s poll numbers have changed course and are rising.

“Pollsters can’t be trusted”, sez the Freeperati!“I’ll wait to see what Rasmussen has to say!”

Um – thisis Rasmussen.

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (WTH? Hussein rising?)
Rasmussen Reports ^ | 14 November 2011 | Scott Rasmussen

Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 8:56:26 AM byScottinVA

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-eight percent (38%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15 (see trends).

That’s the president’s best Approval Index rating in three months. Still, most voters continue to favor repeal of his primary legislative accomplishment, the health care law.

The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates are also available on Twitter and Facebook

Overall, 50% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president’s job performance. That’s the first time since June that the president has reached the 50% mark. Forty-nine percent (49%) at least somewhat disapprove.


Monday morning facepalm as Americans appear to be going brain-dead again.
1 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 8:56:32 AM byScottinVA
To: ScottinVA

BHO is going to win reelection. When that happens it’s not going to be pretty.

3 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 9:01:45 AM bysvcw (God’s Grace – thank you!)
Pretty fucking hilarious is what it’s gonna be.
The post-election edition of Obsession may have to be a two-parter.

To: Tulane

The Kenyan’s poll numbers are rising. Not good.

Tax the rich, blame do nothing congress, blame Wall St, OWS mau maus, 2nd quarter GDP growth, Libya? What could it be?

10 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 9:06:16 AM byy6162

All of the above, plus a gaggle of GOP condidates better suited for piling out of a tiny car than for debating?

To: throwback
He’s betting on the stupidity of the American people. It’s a pretty good bet.

I completely agree.He’s still the “shiny new bling,” I guess.

18 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 9:11:39 AM byScottinVA (Hurrah me boys, for FREEDOM! `Tis the risin` o` the moon!)

Fo shizzle.

To: ScottinVA

ALL POLLS, that is without exception all public released polls are for profit marketing tools to shape public opinion. They only work as long as gullible people pay attention to them. Best poll is to ask people you know and what you see from people you learned to trust.

23 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 9:13:37 AM byMechanicos (Why does the DOE have a SWAT Team?)

Yeah, that makes sense. Ignore national polls andonly poll people who share your views.
Stupidity personified.

To: Mechanicos
Best poll is to ask people you know and what you see from people you learned to trust

I can’t speak for others, but the people I know and trust tend conservative. It won’t be a good representation of the public at large. That’s why I take all those anectotes of “everyone I talk to says he’s toast” with a pound of salt.

26 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 9:16:58 AM byScottinVA (Hurrah me boys, for FREEDOM! `Tis the risin` o` the moon!)


To: Mechanicos

Ramussen is by far the most accurate right-leaning pollster…it is a mistake to simply dismiss his polls when they don’t tell you what you want to hear.

35 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 9:22:28 AM byMoby Grape (Formerly Impeach the Boy…name change necessary after the Marxist won)

Oh – and you’re banned.

To: Longbow1969

The simple reason is that several GOP candidates’ cults, have been using Alinsky tactics against other Republicans.

Instead of against the left.

Ignoring Reagan’s 11th Commandment.

Reagan was right.

39 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 9:24:07 AM byCringing Negativism Network (Evict the unsanitary, violent occupiers. Now.)
To: Tulane

Well I think we’re all greatly underestimating something. For the first time in my life that I can ever remember the “tax the rich” “screw them for their success” is not a just a fringe element of people anymore. What I mean by this is I don’t believe it’s just the OWS people.I think there are people you would not expect in your neighborhoods, daily lives, who secretly are angry at the rich and want them punished.

Maybe because they’re underwater on their mortgages and/or are out of work, or because the banksters played roulette with their 401Ks, and the rich aren’t missing any house payments?

I think there is an undercurrent out there in the country where people who have either stayed stagnant in their salaries or have had financial difficulties are blaming the wealthy for it.

In other breaking news – people who have been mugged are blaming criminals for it. Film at 11.

I’ve never seen anything like that before in America, and its awful. Point is, I think it’d be unwise for the GOP candidates, and the right overall to dismiss the class warfare angle as a singular radical left wing OWS idea. I think it has gained traction, and I think people who don’t identify with the left or the radicalism of it are actually starting to agree with. Which is terrifying.

62 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 10:16:54 AM byhitchwolf
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Simple fact is – allowing the financial sector to police itself is like allowing rapists to practice abstinence.

To: ScottinVA
Good Grief! Would some of you folks get a grip…PLEASE!

I cannot believe some of you people lap up these daily tracking polls the way you do. If Obama and his administration thought they were in such great shape, they wouldn’t be asking Clinton for guidance; they wouldn’t be going full throttle against Cain…yada…yada.

It’s a daily tracking poll for crying out loud. Way too many variables for me to have a conniption fit over.

I swear, the Left must laugh their A$$es off at us.

69 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 10:26:55 AM byArtcore

Yes, Ido laugh my ass off at you.
Don’t like it? Don’t be so fucking risible.

To: ScottinVA

Predictably, the hand-wringers and doom-and-gloomers here on FR are WAY, WAY overreacting to an job approval poll that is clearly an OUTLIER from every other approval poll currently out there. And of course the majority here is already throwing up their hands, waving the white flag of surrender, and more-or-less declaring Obama the victor one full year prior to an election. YOU PEOPLE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES.

Folks, think about it… Has there been ANY positive news for the country in the past week? NO! Unemployment is still at an alarmingly high 9%, there are still 14 million people out of work, the national debt has increased by $5 TRILLION over the past three years, we’re on the verge of a nuclear Iran, Obama continues to be mired in scandals, etc. etc. Obama’s approval numbers have consistently remained around 44% on every other poll.So did you ever stop to think that perhaps Rasmussen has taken a BAD SAMPLE of popular opinion over the past several days???

Hindsight’s a bitch, innit?

Thursday, December 22, 2011 (4days ago)

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14 (see trends).

That’s the president’s best Approval Index rating since August.

But no, too many of you want to panic, give up, and declare Obama unbeatable. It quite frankly MAKES ME SICK andmakes me not want to post on Free Republic any longer because I don’t need all this extra negativity in my life.

Go piss up a rope.

If there is ever a time to start building a backbone of steel, it’s NOW!!! And QUIT READING AND LISTENING TO THE STATE RUN MEDIA FOR CRYING OUT!!

Somehow the right-leaning Rasmussen has morphed into the “State Run Media”.

Nobody tells meanything.

The media is purposefully going to try to depress you.

They’re hiding behind your couch and justwaiting to jump out and kill your self esteem with snarky comments about how you dress and what TV shows you watch.

They’re going to try to convince you that the economy is improving when it’s NOT, that Obama’s poll numbers are improving when they AREN’T (Heck, let’s not forget that Jimmy frickin’ Carter had a 54% approval rating in Gallup just 10 months before the 1980 election!), and that the GOP candidates are terrible when they AREN’T!


The American people all KNOW things are bad right now. Poll after poll is showing 80% of them think the country is going in the wrong direction and even more think the economy STINKS, for crying out loud!

I’m officially making my prediction right now that OBAMA IS TOAST IN 2012 AND WILL LOSE HIS RE-ELECTION BID IN A LANDSLIDE.That’s right… MARK IT DOWN AND BOOK IT.

Done and done.

I also predict that Rasmussen will have Obama’s job approval numbers back around 45% within the next week and may even drop below 40% with the next year.

You’re definitely batting .000 so far.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 (4days ago)

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Thirty-seven percent (37%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14 (see trends).

That’s the president’s best Approval Index rating since August.

A LOT can and will happen between now and the November 2012 election. We’re gearing up for yet another deficit reduction battle in Congress with the super-committee over the next couple of weeks, which will almost certainly be a drain on Obama like it was this past summer.

Wall Street Journal: The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension of a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass. This is no easy double play. Republicans have also achieved the small miracle of letting [President] Obama position himself as an election-year tax cutter, although he’s spent most of his Presidency promoting tax increases and he would hit the economy with one of the largest tax increases ever in 2013. … At this stage, Republicans would do best to cut their losses and find a way to extend the payroll holiday quickly.

ObamaCare has a very good chance of being struck down and he will be rightly portrayed as a overreaching president who’s signature piece of legislation was ruled unconstitutional.Greece and Italy is almost certain to default at some point, which will send the U.S. stock markets into a tail spin.

And these muon-brained twatwaffles accuse theLeftof “hating America”?

The U.S. has a 50-50 chance of lapsing back into another recession during the next year. Would ANY of this make Obama more re-electable??? HELL NO!!


85 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 11:16:48 AM byDestroyLiberalism

More pig-ignorant Freepertronics after the rift.

Continue reading “Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Son of the Revenge of the Putrid Potpourri edition”

Merry Christmas

The days are dim and cold and short. I think that’s what it is. I think that’s why we drape our homes in strings of stars and light the fire and invite people in: Gather close, because your warmth keeps out the wind. Our traditions date from times when winter meant death, when winter meant the very old and very young and very ill were felled sooner than expected, and a community could expect to lose its weakest members and, if they weren’t careful, its strongest as well. As we still can, in many places. As we still do, so … Continue reading Merry Christmas

Weekend Question Thread

Building from Doc’s post yesterday: How much education do you liberal elites really have? I’ve got a bachelor’s degree. In journalism, for all the good it did me. I spent more time downstairs at the newspaper than I did in class. I’ve thought about grad school, off and on, and Mr. A’s in the middle of his master’s program right now, but to be honest after three and a half years I was climbing the walls and ready to get out and just start working. School and I didn’t hate each other, but we weren’t BFFs either. A. Continue reading Weekend Question Thread

Graduation Day

The end of the year means Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Freedom From Religion Foundation protests, Bowl Games, seeing family you love, tolerating family you don’t, gifts, department store return lines jammed with angry people, travel, traffic, headaches and Jenny Craig’s hotline exploding with cries of “I’m too fat!” For me, it’s a happy-sad gathering that involves that involves me wearing the most expensive thing I own that wasn’t autographed by a football player. Mid-year graduation is always a strange phenomenon for me. I usually end up gowning up in apparel that makes me look like a cross between Henry VIII and … Continue reading Graduation Day

Ho, Ho…OH

FromAlbum4 Police sought to justify their action, insisting the suspect, a dirty, smelly hippie who wears retro Austin Powers-style felt clothing, uses several aliases (St. Nick, S. Claus, K. Kringle), and who gained entry to the residence via an open heating duct, was probably on drugs…claims some sort of bizarre contraption involving a sleigh and flying reindeer provided roof access. Suspect furthermore expected free food and drink in exchange for a collectivist, socialist-style scheme of toy distribution to children who in exchange didn’t even have to mop the floors or clean the bathrooms, thus fostering an attitude of entitlement based … Continue reading Ho, Ho…OH

Because we are cursing bunch of cocksuckers around here

And because Athenae tweeted this, and I couldn’t agree more, some thoughts on the effectiveness, or non-effectiveness, ofprofanity. Best of all, one of the commenters links to this video, which, getting back to ruining children by exposing them to reality, contains one of my favorite bits ever from Fry & Laurie, at 0:45 seconds. Continue reading Because we are cursing bunch of cocksuckers around here

The kids are alright: Star Witness

Because we could all use some inspiration: These two high school students, Kate and Janelle, are seniors in the arts program at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School (PCVS), located in downtown Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Earlier in the fall, district school board trustees voted to close the old (founded in 1827!) downtown fixture next year and move its highly-regarded Integrated Arts program to larger more modern Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School. The decision to close down the much-beloved PCVS sparkedprotest afterprotest in thecommunity but it didn’t seem much of anything was going to reverse the trustees’ decision. A few weeks ago, … Continue reading The kids are alright: Star Witness

Newt Gingrich meets Raylan Givens

Newt Gingrich has said a lot of stupidly outrageous things over the years but his“round up activist judges” rant is a new low. So much for separation of powers. It’s only aimed at librull judges but could apply to several wingnut Supremes: come on down, Justices Scalia. Thomas and Alito. If the Gingrich plan is ever implemented, there’s a US Marshall who would be perfect other than the fact that he’s fictional, sort of like Newt’s whole idiotic scheme. That would be, of course, Raylan Givens ofteevee’sJustfied.The only flaw with *my* plan is that Raylan is apt to shoot first … Continue reading Newt Gingrich meets Raylan Givens