Monthly Archives: December 2011

Weekend/NYE Question Thread


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 matter how many bananas I eat or how much water I drink. Help, runners.)

I’ve also done the cliché thing and started a diet, in connection withthis evil thing that my friend Jennifer turned me onto. Now I go around looking at labels and considering the fast-food menu seriously instead of just getting the lard-smeared nacho plate, and while it’s a pain the ass, I do feel better than I did when I was eating butter shortbread for breakfast.

I have a fridge full of veggies and recipes for 400-calorie meals and if I’m very, very good all day I can still have a glass of wine or dessert or some of the nachos anyway. I’ve never wanted to be neurotic about what I eat, but look, I ain’t getting any younger and women in my family live into their 90s. Stuff need to work a good long time yet.

I’d like to stick with those things in 2012, because the better physically I feel, the more I’m able to accomplish, and there’s so much this year that needs doing.

What are yours?


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 out with the latter this evening.

Early in this process, I volunteered to be the designated driver. I don’t like getting shit-hammered, I really hate hangovers and if I’m getting drunk, I’d like to make sure I’m safe about it.

I think it goes back to my first experience with a drunken driver. When I was 17 or so, my best friend decided no one was driving his car, dammit, and he was just fucking fine. Thus, I found myself riding shotgun, sober as a judge, on the U.S.S. Look Out For That Fucking Light Pole.

When we were inevitably pulled over, my good friend had the misfortune of breathing within 10 feet of the cop who asked, “You drinking?”

True to form and without missing a beat, my friend answered, “Why? Are you buying?”

It was all down hill from there.

In any case, DDing isn’t exactly popular around here. I know at least two people who have court-mandated breathalyzer-keyed ignition locks on their cars and I can’t read the local paper without seeing something about some idiot who showed up drunk to a DUI hearing.

Dennis Miller, back when he was funny for the right reasons, once noted that there are two groups of people in the country now: Those who get pathetically drunk in public and the rest of us poor bastards who are now expected to drive these pinheads home. The first group seems to be growing while the second group seems to be shrinking.

Here’s my logical “Doc-based” explanation as to why.

Let’s start out with the concept of you and a fellow barhopper heading out for a night on the town. If you both have about equal tolerance and start drinking about the same time, you’re getting hammered at the same rate. You thus both find it equally difficult to walk, you both are OK when you want to tell the other person “just one more thing” and you each think the other is fucking hilarious.

You have a very small differentiation in how much of an asshole you are being in your own minds because you’re both drunk. You both might be raging assholes who are puking all over yourselves and trying to grab the bartender’s genitalia, but neither of you notices because the gap between your assholic behavior is so small.

I have labeled this differentiation the A.T.G. or “asshole tolerance gap.”

See Figure 1:


Now, let’s think about you, your drunken friends and your poor designated driver. As you continue from rich to good looking to bulletproof to invisible in your alcohol-soaked mind, your DD is sitting there, sipping a Diet Coke and wondering why everyone else at the table thinks it’s hysterical that the woman at the next table is wearing a “Where’s the Beef?” T-shirt over her A-cup-sized chest. It’s also unclear to your DD why one of your party has been staring at the jukebox for 45 minutes trying to find “That one fucking song… you know what I’m talking about? By that chick… With the tits… And… Fuck, man… It was just here!” Meanwhile, the one girl that everyone hates because because after two drinks she makes it clear that when she says “Let’s blow this place!” it in no way means she’s planning to leave, is over in the corner trying to seduce someone’s husband.

It’s not just your friends that become a problem at that stage for the DD. Your own perception of reality has become something between that of a kaleidoscope and an acid trip as you suddenly come apart on your DD in one of the following ways:

1) The “I love you” attack: This is marked by several staggering passes at your beloved DD, who is doing his/her best not to topple over and spill Diet Coke all over the place as you fall slobbering on top of him/her with a “You know I love you, right?”

2) The “horny toad” approach: Alcohol lowers your inhibitions until you suddenly feel like Don Juan or Bella in Twilight. Either way, you sense nothing but yourself, your groin and the DD. There is likely to be a lot of groping, fondling and the inevitable line of “What’s your fucking problem? Don’t you want me?”

3) The “fuck barter” conundrum: Drunks want several things all at once: Food, more booze, sex and sleep. The last one, they really don’t cognitively want, but their body’s putting the squeeze on them to lay down, vomit and start the road to recovery. Still, if you’re drunk, you’re fighting that urge because you “so totally want breakfast/Taco Bell.” Thus, you will offer to trade your DD anything, including a rim job, for the chance to get a stack of waffles or a burrito supreme (no those aren’t euphemisms).

Here’s a tip from me to the rest of the DDs out there: If he/she says, “I will blow you right now for some pancakes,” don’t expect head and don’t bother with the IHOP run. The drunk will be asleep before the second traffic light.

4) The “Dylan Thomas” fight or flight mechanism: Some folks are angry drunks or violent drunks. Some are stubborn drunks. The best way to deal with these drunks is to not be around them in the first place. However, the DD needs to make sure they get home alive. Thus, after what seems like six minutes to you but is actually about 19 hours, the DD will do the “hey, it’s time to get going” thing, which will trigger a “do not go gentle into that good night” moment. You don’t wanna go dammit. That DD fucker isn’t the boss of you. He isn’t the king of Dirk. People can’t tell you what the fuck to do… All of this leads to either a drunken slapfest fight or you running through the parking lot in the middle of a snow storm wearing nothing but a bra, a pair of vomit soaked jeans and one shoe. And if you’re a woman, you’ll likely be wearing even less than that.

At the time you are engaging in any/all of these behaviors, you appear to be totally rational and in the right. Of course, you’re so drunk you spent three minutes making out with the wooden Indian who is guarding the entrance to the smoking lounge at the bar, so what do you know? Meanwhile, the DD is fighting the urge to try to carry you to the car and swearing to GOD that he/she will never DD again. The reason is because he/she sees reality while you are growing more and more and more disturbed and assholic.

Thus, the A.T.G. is much wider.

See Figure 2:


Everyone has an asshole tolerance threshold. Some people can tolerate anything. Take my mother, for example, who works with eighth graders all day. Her tolerance levels are beyond anything I can possibly comprehend. I really think she could have an armored car dropped on her from the top of Empire State Building and emerge unscathed with a “That all you got?” smirk on her face.

Other people are way too sensitive for their own damned good. I remember getting an earful from a former colleague who was incensed at the dominant-male-hegemonic-hierarchial-paternalistic-hegemonic-hegemony of this world after someone in our group made the mistake of referring to a “covered sewer access opening” as a “manhole cover.”

However, for most of us, we have a moderately OK level of tolerance. When someone farts in public, drops an off-color joke or makes an inappropriate movement, we can grit our teeth, blow it off and move on with life. We don’t like it but we tolerate it.

And yet we all have our limits, which is why the A.T.G. is such an effective and rational explanation for why we have fewer DDs and those who do DD don’t like it all that much.

That said, my other theory, known as the “Who the fuck puked in my car?” axiom, also seems promising.

Friday Catblogging: Willie won’t follow

Slamming the door hard on today’s “open mouth” trend (see below):

Willie no smil

Friday Ferretblogging: HAPPY NEW YEAR BITCHES!

Continuing today’s theme of animals with their mouths open, have a Riot:



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 by the Feds:

But on Thursday the State Journal obtained a copy of a Dec. 13 letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ordering the state to lift the cap and immediately enroll people not enrolled since Walker capped the program in July.

Did he mention that Wednesday?

Walker did not mention the letter during Wednesday’s announcement, a move which a day later has led critics to accuse the governor of trying to take credit for something he was being ordered to do.

“To try and take credit for this move was despicable,” said state Rep. Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee.

Richards was one of 37 legislators who in July signed a letter sent to the federal government, asking officials to step in and force Walker to remove the cap.

Friday Guest Catblogging: Tortilicious

This magnificent kitty mouth and set of teeth belong to Sassy who is allegedly my old friend Susan Caldwell’s daughter Delia’s cat. I say allegedly because Sassy the torti lives with Susan who took this awesomely toothsome picture:


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 a closer look at any one particular nutsack, they decide a random one of the others might be better. Everybody got a good look at Bachmann and shuddered. Everybody spent about half an hour with Perry and decided they’d rather elect a ham sandwich. All Gingrich has been able to do is remind us that the 90s were really, really fucking stupid, and Ron Paul is the kind of bigot even other bigots don’t want to have over for tea.

Which leaves Romney, whose turn it is, and who might have been electable given this absolute shitfest of an economy, but for that he’s got to run in a Republican primary, and so has to amputate everything that made him remotely palatable and then cauterize the wounds. For which I supposed we should be grateful, Democrats. If Romney didn’t have to out-crazy the political E Ward, we might have to worry about Obama’s re-election chances.


Thursday Night Music: Blue Jay Way

December is a very foggy month in New Orleans. This year has been no exception. When I think fog, I think Candlestick Park, 221-B Baker Street and George Harrison’s marvelous tune, Blue Jay Way:



So, in Governor Dudley Goodhair’s world, Solynda [sic] is a country, butCanada isn’t.

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 his life nearly blind and plagued by a slowly deteriorating cardiopulmonary system. By later standards, he would have been declared fully disabled on discharge but full benefits for WWI veterans, even the non-wounded and able-bodied, were a very, very, long time in coming.

My grandparents’ existence at this point, at the beginning of The Depression, swung between the places and times my grandather was able to work, assuming there was paying work to find, and the eventuality that his health would fail, if the job didn’t end first, or the weather would turn too harsh. They traveled back and forth between the Gulf Coast, where the warm winters were easier, and the Hill Country where they could stay with family during the lean times. A lot of the time in between was spent camping or living out of a truck.


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 law under cover of darkness two Fridays ago.

You know, I do get that there are things government can do to reward businesses that genuinely create jobs and improve the local tax base. Public infrastructure improvements, for example, that make a location more attractive: We’re gonna come here but you have to have the roads to support us.

But this constant practice of massive tax incentive packages doesn’t actually help the targeted company any more than it helps the community, because if you relocate a business you need the cops to patrol it and the schools to educate the children of employees and money to keep the streetlights on. Without all that, you’re left with someplace not even the CEO wants to live.


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.


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 might want to consider heeding their advice, but no:

“That’s a little strong analogy, isn’t it? Ku Klux Klan?” the Fox reporter said to the Cardinal in response.

“It is, but you take a look at the rhetoric,” he responded.“The rhetoric of the Ku Klux Klan, the rhetoric of some of the gay liberation people. Who is the enemy? Who is the enemy?The Catholic Church.”

The enemy of my enemy is not always my friend, pal. The fact that the parish in question was just fine with the parade (just not with the timing, which would have snarled the hell out of traffic, so parish leaders acted like grownups and reached an actual solution) makes it all the more ridiculous that His Eminence went out of his way to fall on his keys, in a public-relations sense.


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.

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 to people with whom, as a politician, he will most certainly have to deal:

He is what I would describe as “out of touch,” with both Hispanic and Black culture. Ron is far from being the hippest guy around. He is completely clueless when it comes to Hispanic and Black culture, particularly Mexican-American culture. And he is most certainly intolerant of Spanish and those who speak strictly Spanish in his presence, (as are a number of Americans, nothing out of the ordinary here.)


Is Ron Paul a homo-phobe? Well, yes and no. He is not all bigoted towards homosexuals. He supports their rights to do whatever they please in their private lives. He is however, personally uncomfortable around homosexuals, no different from a lot of older folks of his era.

Cole takes this all to mean that Paul actually is a racist, homophobic anti-Semite, and while I certainly wouldn’t argue those, I would say a larger problem that this letter reveals is that he is, like lots of people once favored by a power structure, totally out of his depth when it comes to life these days, and what’s more, DELIBERATELY out of his depth.

Which wouldn’t all be a problem for him if he wasn’t running for president, after all. One can be a racist, homophobic, anti-Semite in the ways the above letter defines and have lots of friends and live in a town and do a job and live what is deemed by society to be a reasonably respectable life. So long as you arrange things such that you have minimal contact with anyone who is not like you, you won’t ever be unhappy and thus will have no reason whatsoever to learn to deal.

Every single person reading this knows ten people like this. It’s just they usually confine their clueless pondering about why those black kids don’t pull up their pants and why all those homeless don’t get jobs and why men would ever want to kiss other men to embarrassing the younger relatives at the family party, instead of putting themselves in the position of having to decide on policy that concerns those about whom they know nothing on purpose.

That the world doesn’t work like this anymore, that it’s so much easier to be exposed to information about people different from ourselves and thus grow and change and push each other, that makes anyone — of any age — tolerant and curious and young, intellectually speaking. And anyone who doesn’t want to come along might as well be a fossil.


Quote of the day

It comes from actor Daniel Craig who clearly spent some time around Tony Blair:

“Politicians are shitheads. That’s how they become politicians, even the good ones. We’re actors, we’re artists, we’re very nice to each other. They’ll turn around and stab you in the fucking back.”

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

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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 very close to home.

Every year, I complain about the cold, about the inconvenience of travel in the snow, about the seeming endlessness of the overcast sky, but winter speaks to me like a muscle-memory, knit into some deep German part of me that knows that cold outside is imperative for warmth within.

It’s an instinct I obey: Prepare. Stock up. Reinforce the window frames, unroll the rugs, take the thickest blankets out of storage. Bake bread and make stew and chili and fill the freezer, just in case. The pantry is full of seasonings and supplies. Is this all those Little House books I read? There are two grocery stores within walking distance and we live on the second floor; we’re in no danger of being snowed in. Our traditions are about interdependence: Share what you have, because that way everyone has enough. Maybe I just want to have enough to share, so that if you come to the door I can feed you.

(If the Detroit Lions came to the door, I could feed them. We won’t have to grocery shop until June.)

I want to gather everyone in. We’ve had a steady parade of houseguests since Thanksgiving: The only point to having more than one room is to fill the others with people you love. I feel that way about this place, too. Why have this room unless it’s full of people? The Secret Santa thing made me so happy, because it showed me and the rest of the Internet how much you care about each other. I’ve always wanted to have a house full of people like that.

Especially now, when it’s dark, and the wind is howling outside the door.


Sunday Morning Video: Magic Christmas Tree- Rifftrax

Here are MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett riffing on a truly incomprehensible flick:

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.