Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Day of the dead hampster edition

Good morning, everyone – time to suit up and hit the iso chamber again and pry the tops of some reeking drums of freepitude. We’d probably better hurry, as the EPA has been sniffing around here lately, and I’m not exactly sure our permits are good for the kind of messes we’ve been uncovering of late.

I know you’ve all been curious how the Biden / Ryan debate live thread came out, so let’s get right to it.

Another miserable FR Live Thread failure.

| 10/11/12
| hole_n_one

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:11:29 PM by hole_n_one

Yet again, FR fails the big LIVE THREAD test.

How does what is supposed to be the premiere conservative site on the ‘net continue to fail?

would have expanded on this except it took forever to get this simple
post through the muck and molasses that we have to wade thru on night’s(sic)
like this

posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:11:29 PM
by hole_n_one

To: hole_n_one

We need to donate more so they can expand the server farm and get a fatter pipe.

posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:13:04 PM
by Squawk 8888
(True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
I thought that this was what the last freepathon was for. (they’re already running another one) What’s that definition of insanity again?

To: hole_n_one

FR is always SO slow on ‘big nights’ that I wonder about a DOS attack..

Nice if JR would comment on what the deal is.

posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:14:17 PM
by jstolzen
(All it takes for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing – Edmund Burke)
Yeah – that’s it. This rinky-dink site with its 15-year-old script and crappy cheap-ass server farm just happens to come under DOS attacks when too many people try to post at the same time.

To: hole_n_one


posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:18:48 PM
by DCBryan1
(If there is ever another revolution, we need to decorate telephone poles with the MSM.)
…Zot. It’s ok – you can say it.

To: DCBryan1

Why zot this? It’s a legit gripe and it would be nice to find out
if anything can be done about it. IMHO I think the cause is FR’s
popularity- more users than the servers can handle.

posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 10:26:32 PM
by Squawk 8888
(True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
Why zot this? Because Jim Rob don’t like it when the rubes catch on that all their money is going to keep him in The Olive Garden, and very little of it on gear and upkeep.
Fortunately, must of them are either too stupid or too scared to…

What’s the Point of Donating If We Can’t Access This Site at Peak Times?

October 12, 2012
| Self

Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:54:00 PM by PittsburghAfterDark

I have to ask this very seriously, do you know that this site has
been completely unusable to perhaps thousands and thousands of others
during either the first Presidential or Vice-Presidential debate and for
an hour or so after their respective conclusions?

This has never
happened in previous election cycles during debates, election night
results or during large breaking news events. Slow? Yes. Unusable, no.

had multiple tabs opened for the debates this year and the FR one just
wheel spin, wheel spin, wheel spin… blank page, no progress bar moving
on the address bar. It’s just the internet equivalent of dead air for

If you’re getting this during a VP debate I fully expect this site to be dead and inaccessible from 6PM-4AM election night.

Update us would you? What’s going on?
posted on Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:54:09 PM
by PittsburghAfterDark

To: PittsburghAfterDark
I completely agree. This is ridiculous! I know it’s not politically
correct to say this around here, but at what point does the equipment
for this site get upgraded, or replaced?

I’ve already purposed that I won’t even waste my time coming here for the next presidential debate.

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 12:01:16 AM
by Artcore

To: Hoosier-Daddy

Jim, I would doubt it’s through put.Can you tell if you’re being attacked. The timing is… interesting.

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 12:04:32 AM
by Hoosier-Daddy
( “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”)

To: PittsburghAfterDark

Being an IT professional, I would suggest that he run it in the
cloud, that way it scales, is reliable, and it can add servers
dynamically…I do this all the time for customers who have much bigger

Amazon, Azure, etc.

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 12:06:13 AM
by BereanBrain
Being an IT professional myself, I would suggest that cloud computing is just another crappy business model designed to squeeze more money out of you for the same service, with the added benefit of less security and a round-robin of finger-pointing when the shit breaks down.
Just buy another fucking hampster and be done with it.

To: BereanBrain

That sounds well-reasoned!
Can you rent cloud capacity by the hour?

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 12:11:16 AM
by Bobalu
(It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
Just fucking shoot me.

To: BereanBrain

Only downside to the cloud environment is that you’re at the
mercy of your host node.


Then again, I do favor dedicated hardware so
I’m a bit bias in that regard.

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 12:14:27 AM
by Txngal

To: Artcore

If your having trouble getting on FR.Do what quite a few female
freepers do…clean house, use the washing machine, take the clothes
out of the dryer and fold. If its a real long time, scrub the kitchen

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 12:18:19 AM
by goat granny

To: Jim Robinson

It seems like the OP was asking about the relationship between donations and performance.

There is some relationship, right?

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 12:18:24 AM
by epic stache
I can’t look.

To: gunsequalfreedom

Too bad all of those Mitt supporters have been tossed off the site.

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 12:22:45 AM
by Last of the Mohicans
Tell me when it’s over.

To: The Cajun

If denial of service is a problem, FR could make connections
secure at login and IP whitelist forum usage. Could even use
certificates installed on server and in browser.

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 1:42:00 AM
by ExxonPatrolUs
(“Trizzle, trazzle, trozzle, trome, time for this one to come home” – Mr Wizard)
But that would make it so much easier more difficult for DHS to keep an eye on you bozos.
Much more after the Denial Of Reality attack…

To: Last of the Mohicans
They weren’t tossed, they left.

Romney isn’t the first choice for
many of us, he is only a lesser evil. Many of us were doing all we could
do to get a real conservative nominated, others insisted on undermining
the effort, and they got called out on it, got their feelings hurt and

We can be pretty sure of one thing, Romney’s choice of Paul
Ryan was the result of conservative efforts. Without that he may well
have picked someone far less conservative.

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 2:04:51 AM
(The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
They weren’t tossed, they left.

Not true.

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 11:08:08 AM
by epic stache


Many of us were doing all we could do to get a real conservative
nominated, others insisted on undermining the effort, and they got
called out on it, got their feelings hurt and left.

The most vicious purgings took place after Romney had effectively wrapped up the nomination.

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 11:13:24 AM
by epic stache


bingo…the cache, search and routing is the problem

had it looked at 3 months ago by the best of the best IT folk…

told the powers that be and was told no thx to any help


posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 3:07:08 PM
by advertising guy
(” that lie has it’s own sleep number ” David Feherty PGA Championship 2012)
If Jim Rob turned down anything free, it would be due to a mix of paranioa and not really understanding what all this cache/script/server malarkey is anyway.

To: advertising guy; John Robinson

If you have some concrete advice to offer, please be my guest.
But freepmail it to John Robinson not me. Does no good to offer it to
me. It’s all over my head. Thanks

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 3:15:02 PM
by Jim Robinson
(Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)

To: Jim Robinson

just did…now the ball is in your court

posted on Friday, October 12, 2012 4:09:51 PM
by advertising guy
(” that lie has it’s own sleep number ” David Feherty PGA Championship 2012)
Well, that was fun, wasn’t it?
And a lot more entertaining than watching the Freeperati call Joe Biden “rude” for an hour and a half.
Next up –In The Foister!

After Foisting Romney on Base, GOP Elites Now Start to Gripe ^

| September 24, 2012
| Benjamin Domenech

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 9:05:17 PM by neverdem

One of the most interesting aspects of the 2012 election is how the
tea party movement has proven more politically mature than the
center-right’s self-styled elites, and those who spent much of the
Republican primary season chiding swathes of people for being
insufficiently pragmatic have turned out to be far more childish than
the conservative base.

For the past several weeks, Mitt Romney
has been surrounded by critics from the DC-Manhattan elite who’ve
denounced him for a lackluster, unfocused campaign, teeing off on Team
Romney in the wake of the 47 percent comments for a number of issues—but
mostly, in my read, from failing to take their advice. Romney’s
defenders, meanwhile, have been many of the same individuals who spent
the primary season torching him in effigy as the encapsulation of
everything they hate about the Republican ruling class. For months the
elites bashed the base for failing to suck it up and see the big
picture, to line up for Romney and come on in for the big win. But they
got their wish!

The tea party movement—once again proving its
pragmatism once the general election season rolls around—lined up in the
immediate aftermath of the Paul Ryan pick and has proven they can grow
up. Professional concern troll David Frum, who spent most of the primary
season telling liberals why conservatives were never going to suck it
up and go for Romney, now seems very concerned that they have. Michelle
Malkin, who could be taking the wood to Romney on a daily basis for his
infidelity to the immigration hardline, has morphed into a loyal soldier
while Peggy Noonan is calling for Romney to bring in the 82-year-old
Jim Baker to rescue his campaign (yes, really). Ann Romney seems a bit
perturbed about this.

posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 9:05:23 PM
by neverdem

To: neverdem

One gets the feeling that the GOP-e care more about destroying the conservative wing of the party than winning the election.

posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 9:12:00 PM
by Slings and Arrows
(You can’t have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
They don’t want to destroy you idiots – that would dry up the money supply.
They just want you to sit down and shut up, so they can continue to hide what they really are.
Just ask Lee Atwater.

To: neverdem

Remember, those elites have to hire Mexicans to change their lightbulbs!

posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 9:12:09 PM
(The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)

To: neverdem
The tea party movement—once again proving its pragmatism once the
general election season rolls around—lined up in the immediate
aftermath of the Paul Ryan pick and has proven they can grow up.

Isn’t it grand how folks who want others to do something find them
particularly insightful and ‘grown up’ when they capitulate and do it?

Backing Romney isn’t my idea of growing up. It’s my idea of selling out because you have very little alternative.

Yeah sure, they’re grown up, and have resigned themselves to seeing Romney dissect their nation rather than Obama.

I’m certainly not going to trash them for it. I’m certainly not going
to congratulate them for it either. This is something none of us are
going to be proud of.

Taking out Obama is going to be grand, but then reality sets in. My God, what a reality.

posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 9:16:26 PM
by DoughtyOne
(Imagine how bad these global protests would be, if Obama hadn’t won us so many new friends.)

To: neverdem

With a wink and a nod the elitist, establishment Republicans sold
us Romney like a cheap chord(sic) of wood… what it really amounted to was
it was Romney’s turn to run and no outsiders were welcome.

I’ve for a long time felt that Romney doesn’t even really want to
win.He won’t take it to the Mau-Mau where it will really do some

posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 9:20:01 PM
by Bullish
(Barry’s not fit to shine the shoes of a REAL President.)
You swallowed your dog whistle.

To: sickoflibs

Some of us moved to Romney from Palin.

It was heartbreaking when Palin stood down. About the worst thing that could happen.

That said, I picked Romney once Palin stood down. With an
understanding that we would bail on Romney after one election cycle,
unless he picked a good VP.

Well it turns out he picked a good VP.


posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 9:34:14 PM
by Cringing Negativism Network
(America doesn’t need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
Now seems like a good time.

To: Slings and Arrows

One gets the feeling that the GOP-e care more about destroying the conservative wing of the party than winning the election.

It’s not just a feeling and the only reason they hate conservatives
is that conservatives stand in the way of their destroying America.

posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 10:34:22 PM
by freedomfiter2
(Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
Well, there you have it. The GOP is hell-bent on destroying America.
Time for one more oldie – how about –Ryan’s gonna shank Romney before this is over!

Romney: Obama ‘Did Not’ Raise Taxes (who nominated this idiot?)


| 9/25/2012
| Gregory J. Krieg

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 5:30:44 AM by markomalley

Paul Ryan stood by helplessly, and in apparent pain, as Mitt Romney
strayed from campaign talking points on President Obama’s tax record
during a joint “reset” rally today in Ohio.

In the midst of
remarks ridiculing the president’s handling of the economy, Romney said:
“I admit this, he has one thing he did not do in his first four years –
he’s said he’s going to do in the next four years, which is to raise

During the primaries, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul
offered a very different view of the presidents record, when she told
the L.A. Times: “President Obama has raised taxes 19 times.”

You can see video of this latest gaffe on Mediaite

swear, if it was anybody else…ANYBODY…even the Hildabeast or Jimmuh
Catah…in the WH, there is NO WAY that this asshat would get my vote.

Sadly, there is a clear and present danger to the US and a moral imperative to remove that threat.

posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 5:30:50 AM
by markomalley

To: markomalley

The GOP-E cleared the way for him and shoved him down Conservative throats. He’s all theirs.

posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 5:34:25 AM
by Timber Rattler
(Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)

To: nuconvert

At least he didn’t “suspend” his campaign.

posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 5:38:50 AM
by treetopsandroofs
(Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just “The Great War” and “Roosevelt’s Wars”.)

To: Tublecane

We have this odd tendency to pretend the income tax is the only tax. There’re like a billion of them.

Yes, but if you’re one of the 47% that didn’t pay federal income
taxes last year you’re a parasite according to the mindless chorus.

posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 6:20:57 AM
by freedomfiter2
(Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)

To: DeaconRed

Is there some sort of dope that Romney and McCain got hooked on?

How can two such lousy candidates have been put forward by the Republicans.

The really sad part is that at this time there is nothing we can do
but vote for this _________ (sorry I had to leave it blank, my knowledge
of the English language cannot find a descriptive word that covers what
I think this early in the morning. Nothing I can place here and not get
banned anyway.)

posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 6:53:06 AM
by Venturer

To: ltc8k6; Gilbo_3
RE :”Can’t really say that, because Barry clearly did raise taxes. It’s been his mantra to make the “rich” pay more in taxes.

Yes they can say that ‘Romney admits that Obama didnt raise taxes’
because Romney just said he didnt.Now if Romney later says that Obama
raised taxes then the MSM and O campaign will play the clips together
and tell viewers to conclude that you cant believe anything Romney says.

posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 7:50:59 AM
by sickoflibs
(Romney is still a liberal. Just watch him. (Obama-ney Care ))

To: markomalley
Romney is NOT a fighter. If he was, there wouldn’t be a push right
now for him start fighting and acting as if he actually cares about this
election! He’s the typical MODERATE that was shoved into place by the
RNC and still thinks that elections are won by keeping your mouth shut
except to compliment your opponent as he slams you!

I continue to
wonder if the best thing for this Republic is for Obama to win – that’s
right, I said “win” – so that the RNC will finally be shown to be
completely inept and incompetent in picking candidates for our party and
therefore, seen as incapable of winning an election even against the
most evil and socialistic president this country has ever had. Perhaps
then – and only then – will the dumb incompetent moderates in our party
finally consider voting for a Newt or a Sarah.

posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 8:02:43 AM
by Arcy
(When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, people groan.)
And we’re done for another week!
It was a pleasure hanging out with you guys in the Crack Van last week – next time, I’ll bring the gabagool.

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9 thoughts on “Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Day of the dead hampster edition

  1. Scott S. says:

    I think I’d be looking forward to the freepers’ post-Election Day butthurt more if I wasn’t a bit worried that they were going to start stocking up on fuel oil and fertilizer…

  2. left rev., proud cheesehead says:

    They don’t need to, Scott S. They already have ALL the gunz, ALL the gutz, and ALL the God on their righteous side. With the added bonus of owners with money. Fuel oil and fertilizer is old school and the vast majority of them would only wind up blowing themselves and their families to glory.
    Seriously, I’ve heard them chatting over coffee at the local cafe in the mornings. They’re primed for the war to end all wars and save this blessed country from…something, probably brown or black. And their wimminz…they’re all about protecting their wiminz. I’m not exagerating. I live in a rural, Wisconsin community and I hear these sentiments a lot. Most of them are over forty, struggling in agriculture, drowning in bills, decently educated but utterly immersed in the FOX bubble, and without exception, conservative, evangelical Christians of various flavors.
    You’d think, with that much bravado, there would be more than 15 of them. I’m in the Rod and Gun Club with all of them, and it still hasn’t sunk in that liberals can shoot bang-bangs too.

  3. MapleStreet says:

    I honestly and in all truthfulness don’t understand: how do they ignore that the same machine that ran Bush II is the same machine running Romney’s campaign and platform?
    They’re close enough to talk about the GOP-elite running the show. They consider Bush II as kryptonite. But they never quite seem to make the jump to the effects of Citizen’s United allowing KKKarl Rove et al to stay in the background while controlling the cash and thus ultimately controlling them like the puppetmaster in the background and in full control of the marionettes.

  4. MapleStreet says:

    Another Freeperthon? The other one hasn’t finished yet. Have the Freepers managed to warp the fabric of space and time as to disturb the continuum?
    RE: DOS Attack, fairly easy for them to pull their logs and see if there is any evidence. Of course, why waste a good conspiracy theory?
    Frankly, like so many recent conspiracy theories, they seem so counterproductive. The Freepers make the reich wing look bad. So why would the left want to DOS them? I look on the Freepers like the lady who told police that they couldn’t arrest her because she is a repub (ADMITTEDLY, this is from the examiner – putting name of source in lower case intentional. Caveat Emptor, or what would the Latin be for let the reader beware… )
    Yet the easy answer is to look and see that each page is dynamically created from their database (not too unusual for a low volume server). And just picturing what the traffic increase must have been for FR during a political event, …

  5. Aaaargh says:

    Funny how the Crack Van seems to manage to careen down the highway just fine during a preznitial debate, despite everyone being drunk and in the back singing, with numerous folks dangling from the doors and windows frightening the horses and children, without constant “freepathons.”

  6. Nesim says:

    One of the things that domoed Romney was the perception of his being smug and arrogant. I heard this repeated by fellow republicans who dont like the choices and have found both he and McCain personality wise to be irritating at best.

  7. Meltem says:

    erin, these are exactly as i had in my head when we were shotiong. they turned out perfectly. i love love love the relaxed lifestyle sessions and this family were perfect models for it. baby d is a charmer. my favorite is the one of him with arms stretched out on his blanket ready to take on the world. my second favorite is the set of mom and dad on the couch with him asleep taken from the side and from above. those are so peaceful and colorful at the same time. a good balance of colors and calmness. lovely work! we need more of these types of models and sessions!lesli

  8. Arjunnaa says:

    Erin, you know how much I love these! Thank you for sharing your wofdernul talent to further decorate my pink pastel home. They turned out so perfectly. Good luck this week as you welcome your new little one.

  9. Jan says:

    To those who are enamored with the free marekt approach to health care access I say why not go all the way then? Let me posit the following scenario: The year is 2010, in response to not very widespread complaints that some people in America might actually be getting something for nothing, Congress springs into action. At the end of a grueling session, and in a remarkable display of bipartisanship, they emerge with the Healthcare Ultimate Responsibility Law (HURL). The legislation rescinds the long existing federal mandate that hospitals provide free care to those in need, and dismantles Medicare. It also abolishes all private health insurance, as some policy holders have been consuming a disproportionate amount of medical care in excess of what their premiums would have covered. Prior to leaving for his weekly salon session / hunting trip, President Britt Momley signs the bill into law, pronouncing it “…the final solution to the free rider problem…” Vice President Johann Moneygrubber and Secretary of Wealth and Inhumane Disservices Don Clydesdale look on in awe. Finally, free marekt forces will determine the delivery of health services. Anyone wishing to see a doctor will be required to have cash on the barrelhead. Everyone’s net worth can be immediately ascertained by reading the RFID chip embedded at the base of their necks. Fools desperate enough to show up on the steps of medical institutions seeking care with no means to pay are strapped to gurneys in five point restraints and promptly, but cheaply, euthanized. Since these freeloaders would obviously have no means to pay for burial services, their useful tissues and organs are harvested to provide spare parts for the paying customers and luminaries like Paris Hilton and former Vice President Dick Cheney. The remainder of the body is burned on the premises to provide heat for the hot tubs on the liposuction unit. Many panicked Americans seeking treatment flee to the Canadian and Mexican borders only to be turned back by immigration authorities. They die in droves, providing the few remaining U.S. medical schools with a steady stream of anatomical specimens. There is not much need for doctors, with such a limited patient pool, the U.S. actually becomes the world’s largest exporter of trained physicians, and the nursing shortage that loomed so large in the early part of the decade has been resolved overnight. Surplus cadavers are collected by companies BFI and Waste Management, Inc, who in true entrepreneurial spirit have expanded their recycling operations to include corpses. No sense in burying the wretches, that’s just a waste of prime real estate! Instead, bodies are trucked off to mass incinerators where they provide the fuel to run industry. At last, a cheap source of renewable energy. Yes, it’s a new day in America, and no one is on the public dole!

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