This is fucking bullshit, man. I don’t get it. I just don’t fucking get Mitt Romney at all. Don’t get me wrong–I don’t understand the idea of wanting to be president at all. It’s tons of work, there’s never really a fucking second when you’re NOT on the job, at least a hundred million people who you’re technically supposed to represent are going to hate every fucking thing you do, and there’s the possibility that you’ll be the person responsible for incinerating half the people on the globe at any given moment. So, yeah–shitty, shitty job. But back to Romney. … Continue reading I Just Don’t Fucking Get It
For a little break from it all…here is a One Minute Time Lapse video I made of the mix of clouds rolling through Madison this morning. And geese at the end too. Continue reading Interlude
It’s just some funky old photo to most of y’all. Looking closer, you might guess, correctly, that it was taken on a Sunday. For the record, it was an Easter Sunday. Also for the record, I believe it may be the only (and last) photo ever taken of me carrying a purse. But if you’re from Texas, you see more. Almost certainly, in at least one of the springtimes of your childhood, you too were situated, possibly against your will or better judgement, in a field ofLupinus texensis so your parents, aunts, uncles, and/or Meemaws could snap your picture. Transcending … Continue reading They make our heart sing
Oh, GOD, I cannot with this country right now: My daughter’s fourth-grade teacher is unmarried and pregnant. Although she is a fantastic educator, kids at that age are bound to ask questions and are old enough that you cannot placate them with a simple answer. I asked her teacher what she told the children about her condition. She told me that she informed them she was pregnant (she is due in June, so this was obvious) and that was it. I asked her if she planned to keep the baby. She told me that was her business alone and she … Continue reading Get The Fuck Over It
It was fun while it lasted: the fleeting notion of Democrats crossing over to vote for Santorum. Some did but not enough to beat Mittbot. I talked to a customer from Ann Arbor who early voted for Senator Sweater Vest because he wanted to “fuck up the Romney bandwagon.” It’s not much of a bandwagon for a man with a Cadillac at every McMansion. On to the post title. I’ve been trying to bestow an ecclesiastical title on Santorum for quite some time and decided that an arch-conservative should be an Archbishop. It’s hard to imagine the Pope or a … Continue reading Democrats for Archbishop Santorum
In case anyone still cares, this is how youcall someone a liar without calling him a liar: “Senator, you know, wait a minute,” Gregory interrupted. “You talk about this stuff every week. And by the way, it’s not just in this campaign. Sir in this campaign, you talk about it, and I’ve gone back years when you’ve been in public life and you have made this a centerpiece of your public life. So the notion that these are not deeply held views worthy of question and scrutiny – it’s not just about the press.” “Yeah, they are deeply held views, … Continue reading How It’s Done
It’s been misty, foggy and cloudy for days here in NOLA. It’s driving me crazy; make that crazier. I’m juggling a preposterous number of balls right now so posting will be light from me this week. Hey, stop cheering. It’ll give me a complex or some such shit perhaps even an edifice complex… Enough preamble and Sheckiness, it’s time for a regular feature here at First Draft, Adrastos’ obsession with the Jayhawks: Continue reading Monday Night Music: Clouds
The NYT’sCharles Blow tried to make a funny about Romney’s magic underwear, failed, and got smacked around for it, but what I want to talk about is this statement: @thepubliceditor:I applaud@CharlesMBlow for apologizing for his tweet on Romney. Criticism based on religion is inappropriate, on Twitter or anywhere else. Blow really should have been reprimanded for not being able to come up with anything better than the magic underwear thing. You work at theTimes, man, put your shoulder into it! Have one of your interns look up something about Mormonism that all of Twitter hasn’t adequately addressed before now. … Continue reading Cheap Shots and Christ on Sale
Jesus and I need to have a talk about his shitty friends, and how they’re not invited to our parties anymore. A. Continue reading Jurassic Prick
OK folks – it’s that time again.
Old drums of Freepitude have been piling up to the point that I can’t get to the air filtration controls any more, and that’s just not safe.
OK – blowers are on 10 – let’s get cracking!
First of all, Jim Rob has had two bold red banners up on the index page for some time now :
Strangely, theyboth disappeared this past Monday. I wonder why? Perhaps Jimbo has realized that he’s backed the wrong horse (again), and is preparing to jump on the Santorum Explosion?
But at this point in time(the end of Janurary) it’sballs to the wall for Newtie!
I dreamed of trolling against Newt in my maidenform bra and all I got was this big old zot
Washington Times ^| Jan 20, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 9:33:09 PM byHoodat
Hmm – the mods appear to have altered the title just a tad.
(This thread no longer exists, BTW)
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Newt Gingrich on Friday backed at least a portion of the Dream Act, saying that he would grant a path to citizenship to illegal immigrant youths who agree to sign up and serve in the U.S. military.
That’s a much tighter standard than the full Dream Act, which President Obama wants. That legislation would allow legal status and an eventual path to citizenship for children and young adults who join the military, but would also apply to those who go to college — a much broader class of people.
“I am opposed to anybody who came here illegally getting citizenship. That’s entirely wrong,” the GOP presidential candidate and former House speaker told a young man who asked about illegal immigrant students. “The only exception I would make is if young people, the ones you are dealing with, are willing to join the American military and serve the United States.”
Speaking a day before South Carolina’s GOP primary, Mr. Gingrich said that would put them on par with any other foreign-born legal resident who joins the U.S. military, and who under the law has a path to citizenship.
Mr. Gingrich’s stance puts him in between Mr. Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney, who has said he would veto the Dream Act.
************************************Remember the outrage on these boards when the Dems were pushing for passage of the DREAM Act?
To: HoodatYou’re really on an anti-Newt rampage tonight. Who are you supporting? Mitt or Santorum or Paul2 posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 9:34:47 PM byReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it’s the new black. Mmm mmm mmm…)To: ReneeLynnI’m supporting the kid from Winchester, VA.6 posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 9:38:58 PM byHoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)To: HoodatNewt lovers will disregard this just like global warming, lobbying freddie mac, the Newt leftist here on this board love him working goverment for 20 years then cashing in making 3-5 million a year, but romney can’t invest his own money open up a business and make a real honest living.Amazing group of leftist and hypocrites we now have here.
To: gswilderSo is this what we have come to as conservatives?Support a serial adulterer
Support a person who supports replacing Obamacare (said there were a good 300 pages of Obamacare)
Endorsed a government mandate in healthcare in 1994 & 1995, and beyond.
In 2003, Newt talked about how the government has to take the lead in regulatory control of healthcare
In 2005, he talks about redistribution of wealth to the poor to support healthcare
His healthcare thinktank has taken in $30 million from insurance companies
In 2011, Newt opposed Paul Ryans medicare reform. Said it was too much radical reform.
Newt claimed FDR was the greatest president of the 20th century
Support a person who made a global warming ad with Pelosi
Supported Government subsidies for Ethanol to reduce GHG’s
Said he believed carbon emissions are going up in the atmosphere
Support a person who would have signed the dream act
Support a person who goes after capitalism (Bain)
Only speaker sanctioned with Ethics issues
Forced to resign from the house (400 members, including 100 republicans voted him out)
Made $1.5m from lobbying Freddie and Fannie
Was critical of Bush’s anti-terror policies
Opposed the surge in Iraq
These are just a few things I am aware of. And they are not conspiracies, lies or things taken out of context. Almost all the items above, you can find a video of Newt saying them in his own words.
To me, it seems like Newt is flipping and flopping as much as Romney.
To: GoMonsterbye75 posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 11:51:33 PM byJim Robinson(Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)To: freedomfiter2Wow, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to elect a real conservative and it looks like we’re getting another hold your nose election. My sentiments exactly. And with McNewt as the nominee, we may actually lose.
To: gswilderAnd I saw a video of him last night talking about replacing Obamacare with another similar plan.You’re finally getting Newt.
He is a technocrat. Full of “ideas” but they all involve tinkering with Gov’t.
He doesn’t really have the vision to return power to the power notwithstanding his “soaring” rhetoric.
Newt is unsteady and will disappoint. Guaranteed.
To: GoMonsterthe Newt leftist here on this board love him working goverment for 20 years then cashing in making 3-5 million a year, but romney can’t invest his own money open up a business and make a real honest living.As someone who has called Romney some pretty vile names I have to wonder why this very important fact can’t even be discussed here. It seems all discussion of Romney is verbotten (sp)–he’s the enemy, and any DISCUSSION of who he is beyond anti-Mormon stuff is out of the question.
I seem to recall a website where everyone heaped praise on Sarah Palin for starting a business and meeting a payroll. I seem to recall a website where Obama was bashed relentlessly for living only in the world of academia and government/’community leadership.’
I seem to recall a website where we wanted Washington insiders out, and people who were actual businessmen were in, and where capitalism was championed–real capitalism, not government payouts, but where failing companies were reorganized and all the realities (some not so comfortable) that entailed.
I keep looking for that website, where having money wasn’t a crime particularly when the rich were giving much of their money to charity (in Romney’s case, this includes many non-Mormon causes). That same site praised Sarah Palin for her devotion to her husband and kids through good times and bad.
Not sure what happened to that site. I keep finding this other one, where a serial philanderer and do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do Big Government guy who took money from the hated Fannie Mae when he wasn’t in government or teaching (not that there’s anything wrong with either, but one needs more varied experience) is being toasted as a conservative icon.
I know I’ve posted30 Rock clips before but this is a seasonal classic. So, put on your yellow and blue togs and meet Leap Day William: http://www.nbc.com/assets/video/5-0/swf/DirectWidget.swf?CXNID=1000004.10045NXC&widID=49d06ba1523528c3&configXML=http://www.nbc.com/service/videowidget/params/dmlkZW9faWQ9MTM4NzAzMA==/%3FpageURL%3Dunknown%26referrerURL%3Dunknown Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Leap Day
GROSS. Just … gross. Am I the only one who wants to check his freezer for human heads? The whole thing just smacks of somebody who’s watched too many sitcoms and thinks that shit’s actually hilarious in real life. As with every sitcom I try to watch (other than Raising Hope, which is fucking awesome) I am alternately bored and nauseous, listening to him. I don’t know what’s creepier, the constant assertion that his family belongs to him (and it’s not that he says “my house,” it’s the defensive intonation), the way he’s unable to say “vagina” (like the word … Continue reading My Boy, My Wife, My House, My Right
I don’t know what happened to cause this — I think maybe I saw one on a show, or had a dream, or something — but I really want a Siberian Husky puppy all of a sudden. If you could have any pet at all, what would you have? A. Continue reading Weekend Question Thread
I spent my morning and afternoon dealing with the annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association convention in Madison. It was, of course, the only day it snowed in the past three weeks or so, which made for a hellish drive. I was meeting a group of newspaper kids there, who were apparently so concerned about my safety and my driving that they kept texting me every five minutes and demanding a response. By the time I got there, I’d missed the keynote, which apparently was to say I saved an hour of sleep and prevented a brain aneurism. The guy noted that … Continue reading A reminder of what we can be
Carnival brings out the best and the worst in people. One of theNOLA bloggers, Amy Mueller, wroteabout how her daughter was hassled and insulted at the Muses parade by a drunken college kid, which led to anoutpouring of good, good, good vibrations as you can see in the clip below: http://swfs.bimvid.com/bimvid_player-3_2_7.swf?x-bim-callletters=WWLTV Continue reading Proud to be a New Orleanian
Frequent commenter Filkertom is busking over at the Great Orange Satan. I tell everyone I know about this song: A. Continue reading Throw Some Money in the Guitar Case
Oscar used to be a mild mannered pussy cat. But the older he gets, the more cattitude he has. This is Oscar glaring at our friend Wendy aka Elspeth Ravenwind as she took his picture instead of petting him. The nerve: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Oscar The Unlikely Bad Ass
Little mostly-naked-chicken-rat Riot (the adrenal cancer makes them lose their fur) woke up with one hell of a hangover on Ash Wednesday: The beads were thanks to an awesome Mardi Gras party some friends threw on Sunday night. The ferrets like shiny things so they’ve appropriated them. A. Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: Lent Edition
Now we’re doing this again: Teachers at a Des Plaines high school want students to leave some room for the holy spirit. They’ve instituted a policy at Maine West High School dances to keep students from getting a little too dirty with their dancing. The school requires all dance-goers to wear a wristband. If they are caught “dancing in a way that simulates a sexual act” the wristband is removed. If they’re caught doing it again after that, they’ll be sent home. Trib Local writes: “We’re certainly not the only school in the country dealing with this issue. It seems … Continue reading Kids These Days
FromAlbum4 Another Republiclown debate last night, they say the last one this cycle. God, what a ‘choice.’ Batchelor Number One — Boring! Batchelor Number Two — Cheating! Batchelor Number Three — Methuselah! And Batchelor Number Four —Santorum. Like Burl Ives in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, I couldn’t watch. Cover my eyes with an umbrella and, “Ohhh, tell me when it’s over.” Continue reading What The Dating Game in Hell Must Look Like
Because I’m an American, I know there’s all sorts of international folks who would gladly kidnap and behead me. On TV. I know there are white supremacists in the United States who would happily hunt me down in the woods. But that’s so minuscule—the number of people who are like that. The chances are so small. I think the bigger problem is that, on both sides, we fight people whose politics are different than ours with the worst of that. Like their efforts to equate Obama with Ayers, or to equate McCain with Timothy McVeigh. Or, you know, to call … Continue reading Just kill it and move on to the next one
I’m not Catholic, or much of anything, so I don’t observe Lent. I am, however, exhausted from a week of more or less non-stop Carnival revelry. You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been MIA from First Draft. Here’s why: Dr. A and I live near the start of the parade route so our days have been devoted to entertaining, dodging traffic and devising ingenious ways to get home after work from the Quarter. Today it’s over and as always I’m relieved. Below is a picture of my friend Craig Giesecke (on the left) and some random dude we met on St. … Continue reading NOLA Notes: Ash Wednesday Edition
Do what you’re good at. Do it well, don’t steal all the money for stupid shit, don’t bitch out your customers if they leave for someplace else, and value the customers you have. This shouldn’t be some kind of revolutionary thing, and yet: Eight years ago, David Jacobs, publisher of the weekly Boston Courant, paid a web designer in Ukraine to create a website for his newspaper. On that initial investment, and on subsequent research and development, the Courant spent a total of $50,000. The result is a slick, user-friendly layout. But no one — save the Courant’s small staff, … Continue reading How to Win at Newspapering: Just Do Your Job
Who can tell what’s really going on? Religious liberty has been a leading topic in recent weeks because of the Obama administration’s mandate that insurance companies provide free birth control even to people employed by church-affiliated organizations, including schools and hospitals. Opponents frame the debate as one of religious liberty while proponents of the mandate say it’s about women’s health and access to contraception. Figuring out who’s right is WAY TOO HARD, you guys. Especially right after quoting shit like this: Romney rarely ventures into social issues in his campaign speeches, but people participating in a town hall-style meeting one … Continue reading Both Sides Always
Whip me, beat me, take away my charge card, I would like to kiss this entire speech by Digital First CEO John Paton with tongue: All of us have been subjected to the annual spectacle of a gaggle of print publishers gathering on a panel – Doug Knight, our moderator this evening, has officiated over a couple of these – to declaim they are not dead yet. It’s an embarrassing display played out time and time again at conferences where our industry heads look like aging ingénues at Stratford declaring they can still play Juliette. And nobody has the heart … Continue reading Stop the Presses, Somebody’s Making Sense
Something I’ve got on continuous repeat right now. A. Continue reading I Guess I’ll Walk Away
ViaNtodd, here’sa great piece of history: That year, Christianity Today — edited by Harold Lindsell, champion of “inerrancy” and author ofThe Battle for the Bible — published a special issue devoted to the topics of contraception and abortion. That issue included many articles that today would get their authors, editors — probably even theirreaders — fired from almost any evangelical institution. For example, one article by a professor from Dallas Theological Seminary criticized the Roman Catholic position on abortion as unbiblical. Jonathan Dudley quotes from the article in his bookBroken Words: The Abuse of Science and Faith in American Politics. … Continue reading How Life Began at Conception
Good morning, all – it’s been a quiet week in Freeperville, and I thought I would have to do another Putrid Potpourri Edition, when suddenly, a gift from the gods whistled out of the sky and fell into my pond with the resounding smack of a dozen King Logs.
Suit up, and we’ll find out what the hubbub is all about!
It’sThe Great White Mope!
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 8:39:38 PM by2ndDivisionVet
If Sarah is flirting, I was seduced a long time ago! For everyone who doesn’t want Romney, this is huge!
A huge horselaugh, maybe.
It’s only in the modern era that Presidential nominations have been locked up before most American voters even tuned in.
You need a helmet with a flashing red light and “Hopelessly out of touch” stenciled on it. Most “conservatives” only want to go back to 1956 or so. These yahoos want to go all the way back to 1948 and Thomas Dewey. How did that work out for you guys, by the way?
So this year, for the nation, the Republican Primary is kind of a return to older times, when all Americans counted, not just the few power brokers. The race has been a very rich blue blood from New England ( where he would not carry one state in the general election ) and a group of three, Newt, Rick and Ron scrambling for the 60 plus percent of Republicans who won’t be bought!
If that means 60% of GOPers who won’t be voting, I can live with that.
And now, a new card is thrown into the game,
Sarah Palin coming off the bench to be the choice at a divided GOP Convention! And with just a hint, she will stir the pot and drive the media nuts! Hurrah for Sarah.
In one of my most recent columns I told you about a conversation I had with a friend who had attended CPAC. He told me that Sarah had been the closing speaker, and the best. And he said, she had indicated she was not out of the game, and he even predictedshe would be the horse to mount for the General election race.
That’s the only verb that describes this possiblity. Did the Governor from Alaska out fox the pundits, the consultants, and the power elite in the GOP to dance right around all the murderous press that she would have had to endure?
Because she certainly won’t have to deal with any press should she snag the nomination. Uh huh.
Looks like this lady is not someone to play with.
I have been a Palin supporter from the beginning. For me, she was the choice by lengths. None of the rest of the candidates have her charisma, her grit, her unique character. For America, in this time of crisis and cross roads, there is only one person who can truly change the course of the ship of state! And that’s Sarah.
So is this for real?
We can’t know. She did not hint towards jumping in now. She hinted that she could be the one to pick in a brokered convention.
But this does provide a ray of hope. It provides one more reason NOT to vote for Romney. But it also provides a reason to go to the polls and vote for anybody other than Romney.
These bozos are actually “Operation Chaos”ingthemselves. God can’t love me this much.
It does provide a real reason to be involved. For the grass roots, make your choice from Newt, Rick or Ron but do it and be there on Primary Day. Don’t let Romney buy you, or win because of apathy.
America does not have one flat tire. We have four flat tires, a blown engine, no battery, and a leaky gas tank where fuel is running …and may ignite if it hits something electric or hot.
Ignite, sweet prince!
We need someone with a renewed vision of the old America. Yes, the old America. The one that put a man on the moon. The one that on Decemeber 25, 1991 won the half century Cold War liberating 500 million souls in 13 nations! We need the old America that when I was born was unquestionably the wealthiest, most powerful, most successful nation in the entire world. And we need someone who knows why all that happened.
Huge revenues from a top marginal tax rate of 90%?
Sarah proved in Alaska she could be an executive. She went against corruption in her own party…and beat the oil companies at the same time! In her third year as governor her approval ratings in Alaska were over eighty percent!!!! 80 percent!
You’re kinda glossing over what they were after that (and now), aren’t you?
So… we wait. But now, on the horizon, we see a light. So GOP grass roots, get to the polls, and pick anyone but Mitt!!!
To: 2ndDivisionVetFirst, I seriously doubt she would take nomination. Second, if by some very huge fluke she was nominated over her objection, I more seriously doubt that she could beat Obama.
I love her zeal, and would celebrate her as president – but, we Palin lovers are but a tiny piece of this nations citizenship.
No, not likely.
You just cannot decide at a moment’s notice decide to run for president, especially after publicly denying she would. If she decided tomorrow to do it, she would not find enough support to accomplish this.
She is either better off to stay at Fox news and give the occasional statement of conservatives ideals or run for the House or Senate.
I hear there’s a position open at MSNBC.
That has always been my position about her.10 posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 8:49:17 PM byJonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)To: 2ndDivisionVet
Amazing she had no time for CPAC the last four years that they’ve asked her and now she does…she’s trying to play kingmaker.
There was a movie out a few years ago with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves called the the Devil’s Advocate where Al Pacino who plays the devil says at the end “Vanity my favorite sin of all.” That’s Sarah she can’t live without the spotlight.
Actually during her 20 year in politics, Governor Palin earned her reputation as being a strong leader, a reformer, someone who can take on the establishment and beat them.
That, or a quitter. It was one of those two things.
Since Palin came on the national scene 3 1/2 years ago, she has helpedconservativesher bank account make historical gains.
Palin is currently playing an important role in the effort to defeat Mitt Romney.
By endorsing Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell.
21 posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 9:06:44 PM byansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dang man, this lady’s playing with me. We had a name for girls like that in high school.
Hmmm. Just did a Google Image search on the words “prick tease” and there were 5 pics of Grifterella on the first two pages. Try it yourself.
Problem is, I keep falling for her. She’s still got me hooked and knows it. Why doesn’t she just play nice, quit teasing me (us), and jump in?To: ansel12
Why did she show up at CPAC this year and not the last three despite being asked repeatedly? She thought she was to big for CPAC till the last year she saw her star fading she can’t live without that once you get that taste of power you do anything to keep it.
If there is any reality to this, the convention will be a blood-fest worse than ‘64 ‘76 or ‘80.
In my frustration that we were event talking about birth control at all, I missed how completely sure those mythical “some Democrats” and “even the liberal media’s” Howard Kurtz thought for sureObama should capitulate to the bishops in order to secure the votes of … stuff: Last week, even Democrats were nervous the White House was screwing the decision up. “Why aren’t we messaging this better?,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski demanded of President Obama’s campaign manager, Politico reported. Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski sounded triumphant February 9, tellingABC News, “The reality is Democrats are starting to break from the president … Continue reading A Losing Issue
Have you ever met someone famous, or someone you greatly admired? How did you react? A. Continue reading Weekend Question Thread