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.

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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!)
BanHimSquad
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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)
FIFY.
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!

RomneyFudge

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!!

So get a damn grip, people, and START CAMPAIGNING AGAINST OBAMABY TALKING TO YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND CO-WORKERS RIGHT NOW!!

85 posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 11:16:48 AM byDestroyLiberalism
.IdiotBush
More pig-ignorant Freepertronics after the rift.

What’s next here? Ah –That uppity bitch set up NASCAR !!!

Rush Limbaugh Says First Lady Was Booed Partly Because NASCAR Fans Hate Her ‘Uppityism’
ABCNews ^ | November 20, 2011 | Jake Tapper

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 9:00:36 PM bySteelfish

By Jake Tapper

Nov 21, 2011 Rush Limbaugh Says First Lady Was Booed Partly Because NASCAR Fans Hate Her ‘Uppityism’

On Sunday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden visited Homestead Miami speedway to serve as ceremonial grand marshals of the Ford 400, where some in the crowd booed them.

The White House downplayed the incident today, with the First Lady’s communications director Kristina Schake saying only that “Mrs. Obama was proud to join NASCAR in recognizing our nation’s veterans and military families to raise awareness of this important issue for all Americans. As she has always said, she will proudly stand with anyone making a major commitment to serve and honor our military community and yesterday, NASCAR did just that.”

On his radio show today, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh gave many reasons for why he thought they were booed.

Citing the 2008 incident where then-Sen. Obama was secretly recorded at a fundraiser describing small town Pennsylvanians in hard economic times as getting “bitter” and “cling(ing) to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Limbaugh said “people that go to NASCAR races are the very people her husband called bitter clingers.”
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ABC Nightly News, says that Limbaugh’s comment smacks of racism
1 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 9:00:38 PM bySteelfish
YaThink

To: Steelfish
Rush didn’t use the word “uppity.”

The race-baiting community agitators at ABC Snooze used it.

2 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 9:04:14 PM byE. Pluribus Unum (“The very idea of a community organizer is to stir up a mob for some political purpose.” Ann Coulter)
To: E. Pluribus Unum
Yeah…he DID say it. But it means, according to Websters… putting on or marked by airs of superiority : arrogant, presumptuous And that is the impression some have of Michelle.
6 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 9:07:29 PM byWinstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don’t need a revolution like China’s; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
Let me save you the trouble.
I grew up in Waco, Texas.
I heard that term used a lot.
Ialways heard it from a white person, about a black person who they thought had forgotten his place.
I neveronce heard it used by a whtie person about another white person. Not once. Ever.
I never once heard it used by a black person aboutanyone. Not once. Ever.
Just thought I’d clear that up for you.

To: Steelfish

Bacrock Obama shows that you don’t put aboy in to do a man’s job.Yeah, I called him a boy. He sure as hell ain’t a man.

8 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 9:09:07 PM byDarren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
Glad we gotthat straight.
Thread title time, please!

To: Steelfish

Sending Michelle to the NASCAR race was a set-up orchestrated by the Obama campaign as they knew she would be booed by the crowd.

11 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 9:10:09 PM bytrumandogz (In Rick Perry’s Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
And there ya have it.

To: Major Matt Mason

“Since when is the word “uppity” racist? That is just dumb, frankly.”

It has a long history in the South—”uppity n****r”. It was an unfortunate choice of words by Limbaugh.

33 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 9:29:55 PM byModelBreaker
Ban_him
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This next thread was pulled, but not before it was cached –

Let’s Get To The Point: Newt Gingrich Is A Sinister And Corrupt Blowhard
Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2011 | Michael Brendan Dougherty

Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 2:26:06 PM byBoingBoing

Newt Gingrich is a slime-bucket. That isn’t an opinion. You just need to understand his relationship with Freddie Mac. For the past few years, Newt Gingrich appeared to be a staunch foe of Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored enterprise that is the guarantor of so much bad mortgage paper.

As John Derbyshire points out at National Review: Back during the 2008 presidential campaign, he told a Fox News interviewer that then-Senator Obama ought to return contributions he had received from Freddie Mac and its sister racket, Fannie Mae. Just last year Newt brought out a campaign book in which he argued for getting rid of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Elite, establishment, genuine phony for President

1 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 2:26:09 PM byBoingBoing
Gosh – why in the world did Jim Rob have this thread pulled?

To: BoingBoing

I am a hardcore Tea Party member who was prepared to go all-in to support a Palin candidacy and then switched to Cain when she decided not to run.

Who’d you switch to when the Cain Train jumped the tracks?

I have been following Newt Gingrich for a long time and am dismayed by how many Tea Party members are so easily fooled by him.

Newt Gingrich is not what you think he is.

Those aren’t the candidates you’re looking for.

He is telling you what you want to hear without really meaning it.

He is the ultimate insider.

Why didn’t he say anything about the insider trading by Congress?

Newt has a long history. Please do your research. Please do not support him only because “he seems smart in the debates.” Please do your research.

Newt is totally wrong for the Tea Party.

6 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 2:35:13 PM bybobk333
To: BoingBoing

Is FR anything but a “hate site” anymore?

No one is for anyone. All anyone seems to want to do is tear down every candidate. Are we that infiltrated that we post every “I Hate This Conservative Because” article?

And for the fools who will whimper and cry, “Oh, Newt’s not conservative enough,” I would remind them of his 90% Lifetime ACU rating.

8 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 2:36:32 PM byMindBender26 (Trying to being some reality and sanity to an increasingly strange internet environment)
To: MindBender26

No we just hate you.

10 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 2:37:15 PM bycentral_va ( I won’t be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
Heh.

To: MindBender26
I certainly agree with you. There are little bands of pseudo trolls that swarm for thread to thread, trashing any candidate that is moving up. I believe this site is thoroughly infiltrated by either dems or certain candidates trolls. Pretty much giving up on the site.
15 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 2:40:19 PM bybfree (The revolution is coming – OBAMI IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM)
Jim Rob says go piss up a rope.

To: BoingBoing

Got a good chuckle out of the subject line of an email someone sent me this morning:

Newt, “a stupid man’s idea of what a smart man is.”

21 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 2:42:52 PM byEternalVigilance (Nutritionally, you are what you eat. Politically, you are what you endorse.)
Bingo

Again – I can’timagine why Jim Rob had this thread yanked.

To: jessduntno
Enlighten us on his history of accomplishments in the Speaker’s Chair, if you will be so kind.

Were there any?

I believe we agree on this.

Newt’s most important accomplishment — according to him — was a very strong economy, when Clinton was president and he was speaker, that produced budget surpluses in the late nineties.

What he neglects to say is that there was a crazy *Internet bubble* going on in the late nineties where anyone with an idea was getting huge investments and ridiculous market caps. The stock market was out of control and sky-rocketed upwards. People were getting inflated salaries.

As much as he wants to trumpet it, Newt Gingrich should not get any points for budget surpluses caused by the Internet bubble.

What else has he accomplished? I don’t know. The Contract with America was a failure which led to another almost twenty years of corrupt government.

33 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 2:46:40 PM bybobk333
YouForgotPoland
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To: BoingBoing

Sometimes it takes a slime bucket to beat a slime bucket…

43 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 2:52:40 PM byapillar
This is what’s known as “damning with faint praise”.

To: editor-surveyor
Since the word “humor” was lifted from the original article, I didn’t see it as such.

This was back in 2004 when FR was flexing its muscle again (RatherGate, on the heels of Sore Loserman). It’s also when the Left learned how to Freep the Freepers by trolling.

It was an interesting thing back then. It’s a full-on assault now. With friendly fire, too.

-PJ

135 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 5:41:51 PM byPolitical Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
To: editor-surveyor

Do you drool while your(sic) typing?

138 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 5:53:09 PM byGator113 (~Just livin’ life, my way~.. Newt/West 2012.”got a lot swirling around in my head.”)
To: Gator113

No, that’s the spittle running down your screen.

141 posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 6:08:00 PM byeditor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax – No Way!)
FightBell
DING!!!
Ok – what’s next in our treasure trove of back-dated stupidity?
Good thing we had a war!

Will Gold Be Confiscated?Armstrong Economics ^ | November 22, 2011 | Martin Armstrong

Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 1:18:19 AM byRazzz42

One of the top questions I have been getting is will gold be confiscated? While that is not likely under normal conditions, we seem to be headed for abnormal conditions. This move to confiscate “repatriate”ALL money held in Switzerland back to Greece being orchestrated by the Europeans to ensure they get their pound of flesh out of Greece, such a wholesale attempt to confiscate ALL wealth is bordering on Communism. The way gold was confiscated under FDR was whatever gold deposits the banks had they too were seized and replaced with dollars. They did not go house to house. The key here seems to be not leaving your gold in banks, and it may come down to even cash based upon this latest European trick and MF Global.

(snip > 2000 words of hysteria)

1 posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 1:18:22 AM byRazzz42
I’m writing a nasty letter to Glenn Beck about this,

To: Razzz42
I’ve made this argument several times with gold bugs that squirrel their coins and bars away in safes in the concrete at home.

When FDR planned to print boatloads of money, he went to the proverbial place “where the money is”. That’s where a modern bank robber would go. Why steal worthless money? So being the socialist liberal he was, he had plans to save us from our ignorant selves by building bridges and dams with our own money. To keep from following Germany down the rabbit hole, he at least said, Lets steal everybody’s gold to back our money and we can obtain utopia and save the dollar. Germany just printed money and elected a maniac to save them.

Some seem to think FDR saved us from hell, but from all I ever saw, the unemployment rate was never under 19% for 11 years.Good thing we had a war to get everybody back to work and kill the other schmucks that were living with the hobo’s(sic).

Today, we are in the same position. Obama wants his utopia and us hayseeds don’t seem to understand that our money belongs to the greater good. We have doubled the debt in 3 years so things are getting dicey and everybody is becoming aware of the absurdity, even S&P and Moody’s. So, where’s the money? Gold, of course, along with silver, and I’m willing to bet land, because of coming food shortages. If you hold your mouth just right, you can imagine Obama in the oval office saying we must contribute our teeth and wedding rings to the good of the nation

If you hold your mouth just right, you can also imagine that your neighbour’s dog is giving you advice on who to kill before they come for your irreplacable MREs.

so we can pay unemployment to the OWS crew smoking dope and crapping on the man.

Iknew hippies were involved somehow.

To print this much money, I’m afraid of what’s coming down the road. The minute we start to have any good news, food, gas, and everything not reproducible will head to the sky. People say he wouldn’t dare. How did we end up with 2 car companies? Banks, insurance companies? Hugo Chavez would be jealous. IMO, bullets and beans will be the new money anyway. If someone pays for bread with a gold coin, they will probably be beheaded before they get their first sandwitch. A couple of hundred tons of gold would make the money at least worth a few pennies.

8 posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 2:14:05 AM bychuckles
To: chuckles

Yeah, like you wouldn’t trade me a loaf of bread for a $20 Liberty. Sure, and when you do I’m certain that you will run right down and confess your crime and throw yourself at someone’s mercy.

Keep it real chuckles, if we get down to the short and curlys that you describe, there won’t be a Safeway store open anywhere to buy your bread anyway. Who is going to bake it? Who will bring it to market, and in what?

I think I’ll keep my gold and silver. You do what you think best.We have been getting ready for this for quite a while at our house. Bring it.

10 posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 4:33:42 AM byRearden (Deo Vindice)
It hasn’t occurred to any of these bozos yet that they’re talking about securing the perimetersagainst each other.

To: LukeL

Pasta: 120 pounds, freeze dried and sealed – check
Rice: 200 pounds, freeze dried and sealed – check
Beans: 120 pounds Pintoes, 80 pounds Black Beans, 120 pounds Small Red, 120 Small White, 15 pounds Limas and Split Peas – check
MRE: 12 cases/ 12 per case – check
Arms and ammunition: Lots, enough to arm at least 12 people and bullets to keep them running for years.

“running”? I thought you were preparing to stand down the National Guard and/or SWAT?

Extensive stockpiles of 7.62 and 5.56, 1000 rounds of 12ga buckshot among others.

That should make your coming house fire rather interesting.

Other ordinance I would rather not talk about.

…except that you just did.

Water: Secure water source plus 6 blue barrels inside the house, treated and changed once per year.
First Aid: Extensive supplies of everything from bandages to surgical equipment and a former Navy Corpsman in house. Meds too, lots of them.

We’ll be able to stay doped up foryears!

Did I mention that we have a small farm way out in the country, very secluded.

All the neighbors moved away years ago when I started patrolling my perimeter carrying a .50 cal BMG.

We are praying for the very, very best. We are prepared for the worst, I hope.

14 posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 5:41:47 AM byRearden (Deo Vindice)
“Here’s the house, Mr. and Mrs. Sansome – what do you think?”

“I’ts a little run down, but your price is certainly right – why is it so reasonable?”

“Well, it’s a foreclosure, after all. It was once owned by some crazy survivalists, but they ended up shooting each other over whose turn it was to change out the 50-gallon water drums. They had spent all their money on dried beans and ammunition anyway, so foreclosure was a foregone conclusion The bank was able to recover some of their investment by putting everything they’d hoarded for sale at auction.
Isn’t the house nice, though? Plenty of room for your ferrets!”

“We’ll take it!”
Time for one more, I think.
How about –Lemon Pledge?

Newt takes no-adultery pledge
Politico ^

Posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 1:33:17 PM bySub-Driver

Newt takes no-adultery pledge

By ALEXANDER BURNS | 12/12/11 1:09 PM EST

When the Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader unveiled a sweeping pledge on marriage and abortion over the summer, Newt Gingrich was one of the candidates who passed on signing it.

Now, Gingrich has answered the pledge with a lengthy written response, vowing to support a federal marriage amendment, reinstate the Mexico City policy — and, per the stipulations of The Family Leader pledge, to be faithful to his wife:

I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others.

Gingrich’s full response after the jump …

To Bob Vander Plaats and the Executive Board of The FAMiLY LEADER:

I appreciate the opportunity to affirm my strong support of the mission of the FAMiLY LEADER by solemnly vowing to defend and strengthen the family through the following actions I would take as President of the United States.

Defending Marriage. As President, I will vigorously enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted under my leadership as Speaker of the House, and ensure compliance with its provisions, especially in the military. I will also aggressively defend the constitutionality of DOMA in federal and state courts. I will support sending a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the states for ratification. I will also oppose any judicial, bureaucratic, or legislative effort to define marriage in any manner other than as between one man and one woman.
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Really?
1 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 1:33:21 PM bySub-Driver
CallBullshit
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To: Sub-Driver; All

Do you think this will work as well as the Grover Norquist Tax Pledge?

2 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 1:37:47 PM bygleeaikin
Heh.

To: Sub-Driver

Didn’t he do that at least 3 other times?

3 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 1:38:18 PM bydriftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
To: Sub-Driver

Considering his age and the shape he’s in, was the pledge really necessary?

6 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 1:39:40 PM byCaptainK (…please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
Shazam
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To: Sub-Driver

I actually believe him. He will be raked over the coals for saying it, but I do believe him. My take is that he’s seen the fruits of infidelity

CalistaGingrich

and he’s not likely to go there again. Of course, that is JUST an opinion!

7 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 1:40:29 PM byjdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
To: Sub-Driver

If he wouldn’t keep his vow to his Creator, should we believe that he’d keep his vow to the voters?

8 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 1:40:40 PM byConstitutionalist Conservative (Never mind.)
Shazam
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To: Sub-Driver
The adultery is what it is; for Newt’s sake I hope he’s sincerely repented and done everything in his power to make amends with his ex-wives. That’s not for me to judge.

I am however, personally insulted that Newt would attempt to explain to me (the voter) that his indiscretions arose from his love of country:

“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate”

To me it’s really no different than, “I smoked but I didn’t inhale,” with the exception that Clinton didn’t attempt to cloak his pot smoking with his patriotism. IMHO, Newt’s “explanation,” is an insult to the intelligence of everybody he hoped would buy it.

12 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 1:45:49 PM byJoe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)

To: Sub-Driver

This pledge by Newt should bring about a new round of mass amnesia by conservatives around here.

20 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 1:53:09 PM byReagan Man (“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”)
Reagan man, Reagan man – does whatever a Reagan can.
(Mostly lie there and smell bad)

To: jdsteel

I tend to agree with you. I think he may have had a genuine turn-around with God. I also have noticed that he frequently takes the opportunity to drive home the message that our rights come from God and not from the state. Santorum and Bachmann have doe the same, but Gingrich has the numbers right now.

For those who are opining that the new rules for this year might allow a dark-horse entry early next year…I can only say that… I have never heard any of those possible candidates proposed by the same pundits repeatedly emphasizing that message. I can’t honestly say that I’ve heard any of them talk about it at all. They may have…but I am unaware of it.

I want a presidential candidate who understand the the economy is NOT the main goal…but rather a restoration of the country from top to bottom, a country of good people who seek God and His Wisdom.

24 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 1:54:23 PM bySumProVita (Cogito, ergo…Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
Um – we already tried that once.
SalemWitchTrials2
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To: Sub-Driver

When did my party start bowing to the bob van plaats of the world

37 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 2:01:36 PM byskaterboy (Hate=Love…Love=Hate)
1979?

To: Sub-Driver

Oh brother. He already presumably took vows to be faithful to his wife when he got married. The rest is between him and his wife. This is just a vulgar and unnecessary campaign gimmick.

63 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 2:27:01 PM byAnotherUnixGeek
CaptainObvious
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To: Sub-Driver

Read my lips. No new mistresses.

78 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 2:44:46 PM byTzar (A progressive is a bible thumper who writes his scripture on a cocktail napkin.)
To: Sub-Driver

We need a President not a Saint!

127 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 4:30:23 PM bytallyhoe
..followed immediately by:

To: tallyhoe
“We need a President not a Saint!”

So much for the “Character Counts” mantra of the not-too-distant past.

130 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 4:43:56 PM byriverdawg
To: Sub-Driver

All this… just to win the Iowa primary?

I wonder what he’ll do to win Nevada, just sayin’.

138 posted on Monday, December 12, 2011 6:06:56 PM byLa Enchiladita (Newt says amnesty isn’t amnesty.)
DaredevilStunt
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What would YOU do for a Kit-Kat bar?
See you fine people next Monday!.
(bonus Bailey Bulldog blogging below)
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12 thoughts on “Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Son of the Revenge of the Putrid Potpourri edition

  1. Archy says:

    Good stuff, Tommy. Thanks for the combing thru the garbage and finding something to recycle.
    (The realtor comments were very good!)
    All best wishes for the coming new year.

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  2. left rev., ferret envy says:

    Merry whatthehelleverfloatsyerboat Tommy! Did that new iso suit with the sports package arrive parcel post yet? They guarantee delivery sometime before hell freezes over.

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  3. I don’t understand the righties’ fascination with Alinsky, but what do I know.
    I didn’t know where else to post this but I thought you guys would get a kick out of this: Scott Walker got named Governor Of The Year! Woot! ‘cept it’s buy a fake journal created by a Republican astroturfer.Woooopsies!

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  4. Tommy T says:

    Archy – thanks – hopefully Ms. A will get a kick out of that one, too.
    Left Rev – the new iso suit came Friday – I really like the spoiler and ground effect lighting!
    SB – thanks for the tip – needless to say, the Freeperati are treating the “Governor’s Journal” astroturf award as if it was a lamp shaped like a lady’s leg. I’ll be knocking it over and breaking it next Monday.
    Tommy

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  5. thebewilderness says:

    “mired in scandal”?
    Another Inego Montoya moment provided by people who never cease to amaze.

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  6. Tom Allen says:

    “Simple fact is – allowing the financial sector to police itself is like allowing rapists to practice abstinence.”
    I see. And you’re defending the Obama Administration and the current Democratic leadership because…?
    Primary season is coming up, you know.

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  7. Tommy T says:

    “you’re defending the Obama Administration and the current Democratic leadership because?”
    Um – I’m making fun of the Republican twatwaffles who believe in the Invisible Hand Of The Free Market(tm).
    If you think I’m defending anything, you’re reading a bit too much into a satire series.
    Tommy

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  8. Kibitzer 2006 says:

    Unfortunately, I fear we will not be treated to the spectacle of the Smartest GOP Candidate (TM), a low bar I grant, debating Obama. The Salamander slipped and got stuck in the santorum in Virginia, failing to collect enough signatures to get on the primary ballot. His campaign even forgot to registernewtgingrich.com. Of course you can all visit the site multiple times for a random assortment of Salamander Stupidity.

    To: Steelfish
    Sending Michelle to the NASCAR race was a set-up orchestrated by the Obama campaign as they knew she would be booed by the crowd. [November 21, 2011 9:10:09 PM by trumandogz (In Rick Perry’s Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)]

    How fiendishly clever to give bigots a chance to be bigots.

    I think I’ll keep my gold and silver. You do what you think best. We have been getting ready for this for quite a while at our house. Bring it [on?]. [November 23, 2011 4:33:42 AM by Rearden (Deo Vindice)]

    I seem to remember some other idiot suggesting “bring it on.”

    First Aid: Extensive supplies of everything from bandages to surgical equipment and a former Navy Corpsman in house. Meds too, lots of them. [December 12, 2011 1:33:21 PM by Sub-Driver]

    I suggest you start taking those meds now.

    “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate” [December 12, 2011 1:45:49 PM by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum), quoting the Salamander]

    So, screwing for Truth, Justice and the American Way?
    Anyway, best wishes to all of you for whatever.
    –Kibitzer

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  9. Athenae says:

    So being the socialist liberal he was, he had plans to save us from our ignorant selves by building bridges and dams with our own money.
    Yes. That is exactly what he did. The bastard!
    Also, plenty of room for our ferrets? YAAAAAY! I’ve been thinking about militarizing them, you know. Strap a little AK onto Claire, let her go to town on the neighbor’s cat.
    A.

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  10. armored goldfish says:

    I like how gold-bug survivalists assume that there is a functioning method of symbolic payment for goods and services after the end. Or even that survivors would not use a barter economy. I mean, it’s more efficient and lets people deal only with people they like and trust.

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  11. mazareth says:

    Thanks yet again. Looking forward to the year end wrap up next week.

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  12. Pope Impious XXIII says:

    All I’m asking for is ferrets with frickin’ laser beams strapped to their heads.. Is that so hard?

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