Monthly Archives: February 2015

Friday Ferretblogging: ‘The ferrets wouldn’t judge me’

UK model and her four pet ferrets: 

Explaining how she became so close to her furry pets, Sophie said: ‘The ferrets were my excuse to leave the house and not seem as alone as I was. I took them for quite long walks in the hills near my home.

‘It might sound sad but they were my friends. For a long time, along with my sister, they were the only friends that I had.

‘The ferrets wouldn’t judge me and were always there for me when I had a bad day. They were a big responsibility.



Odds & Sods: Reading List Edition

the-who odds--sods

I’m still slowly emerging from the Carnival bubble. I started catching up with my reading today and two articles leapt out and smacked me in the face. Kapow.

All You Need Is Rudy: Mayor 9/11’s abominable comments about President Obama have gotten a lot of attention this week. GOPers have been going there for years, but rarely one who is allegedly a “moderate.” Cough, snort, cough.

Rudy’s comments have even become an issue in the emerging 2016 Republican Campaign. Thus far, they’re all afraid to disagree with him because they’re scared shitless of their base. No shocker.

Anyway, the article is by long time New York reporter, Wayne Bartlett, who enumerates the ways in which Mayor 9/11 “loves” his country and the people in his life. Hint: he’s a terrible husband and a chickenhawk.  The article is entitled What Rudy Giuliani Knows About Love. Pity it’s too late for Valentine’s Day. It makes me wonder if Rudy has even read about love:

Bill-O’s Brian Williams Problem: It looks as if Fox’s big macher has been making shit up about his years as a “war correspondent.” At first blush, it looks worse than Williams’ embellishment: Bill-O flat out made shit up. Of course, Fox News is based on making shit up so Bill-O isn’t likely to get his worthless ass suspended but I can dream. Sorry if I overused the phrase making shit up but nothing else seemed fitting. Bill-O is so full of shit that flies follow him around…

The article is by the estimable David Corn and his colleague Daniel Schulman. The title mentions a certain suspended NBC anchorman. I’m sure Bill-O will be calling them pinheaded pinkos for the foreseeable future. David Corn has already posted a follow-up article with the thrilling title, These Are Questions Bill O’Reilly Won’t Answer. Longtime Bill-O nemesis, Keith Olbermann, had a bit of fun with this on the tweeter tube:

I haven’t posted a tune from Odds & Sods at the end of this feature for quite some time. This Holland-Dozier-Holland classic seemed appropriate:




“You Dare to Hope…”

I spent the last several weeks writing about almost nothing good. Even though I’m tenured and I have time in rank, I still fear being fired, laid off or “RIF-ed” as they say. I don’t know why. It’s just the horrible nature of living in a state where people seem to hate you for being part of a university system that the governor has blamed for all the bad things that have befallen “regular people” or “taxpayers.”

I’m not alone. The cuts in Louisiana have me grateful that I didn’t take a job there when I had the chance. Governor PBJ is trying to salvage a presidential campaign by filling holes with cuts. In Kansas, Sam Brownback is trying to do the same basic thing, only in his case, it’s to salvage his stupid theory on economics. Even Illinois is starting to tremble at the university level, as one of my former professors just got a “Hi, the legislature is having state budget troubles and thus they are cutting the shit out of education” emails from her administrators.

Ever since I was a kid, I took refuge from these kinds of brutal beatings in the Miracle on Ice. Call it sappy, jingoist or whatever, but for some reason this moment in time always helped me. It resonated with me. It gave me a spark of life when all around me was dark. It is why I ate Ramen for about three weeks so I could afford to buy their autographed trading cards. It was why A and I climbed on a train that dumped us off in Depew, New York, giving us the opportunity to see the Boys of Winter skate one more time. I was why when things were horrible, I found myself girding up and getting up for just one more round.

Of all the organizations that have tried to capture it perfectly, ESPN has done an incredibly admirable job. The most recent 30-for-30 helped humanize the faceless Soviet Machine that served as the Goliath for our David. However, the piece above was one of my favorite for a simple reason: Ken Dryden’s quote about the Soviets and hope.

“You dared to hope and then you hoped so hard and are just so afraid that the Soviets are going to do what they’ve done countless times before and just crush your hope.”

In reading through the seminal volume on the event, “One Goal,” Powers and Kaminsky made a similar argument: The Soviets might let you believe for just a fleeting second that you could do something that no one had the right to expect you to do. Then, when they were sure you started to believe in yourself, they would just kill you, without even really having to try that hard.

This is life at the whims of a power that is all-encompassing and that simply can’t be overcome.

The book then noted Herb Brooks’ underlying message: What if you didn’t buy into the script? What if you took a “Twilight Zone” approach and figured, “Wait a minute, who says this story has to end the way it has ended every other time you’ve read it?”

I know that a grown man should be better than this and find something better to do with his time. I’m over 40 and most of the guys on the team are approaching 60. Bobby Suter became the first casualty to the players’ line up a few months back. I remember being at one event where Suter was clearly a bit disgruntled at the fawning masses and he muttered something to the effect of, “Why can’t people just let it go?”

I don’t know if he ever figured it out, but I know what it is for me.


To let go of these kids is to let go of hope. To put them on a dusty shelf in a dark closet is to say that things will always continue as they are and that the bad guys will win because they have the money and the power to do so. To put them away and let go is to say, “We’re stuck in neutral and we should be grateful we aren’t going backward.”

This Sunday is the 35th anniversary of that game. The team is gathering as we speak to commemorate the event in Lake Placid and honor their fallen teammate by retiring his number 20. It’s as good of a time as any to remind us that hope is a good thing.

Thanks, boys.

Friday Catblogging: Off The Wall Devil Cat

Della loves to show off her belly when she’s up against the wall, motherfugu:


Speak of the devil, Della’s glowing eyes have given me an earworm:

Bibi’s Boner

I’ve been following the mishigas involving Speaker Boner’s, uh, boner in inviting Netanyahu to speak to Congress throughout my time in the Carnival bubble. I guess it’s payback for Bibi’s essentially endorsing Willard Mittbot Romney in 2012. The whole mishigas is objectionable in so many ways: it enables Bibi to lobby Congress to sabotage sensitive negotiations with Iran, plus there’s an Israeli general election is coming up soon and an unpopular Netanyahu is clinging to office. Unfortunately, Israel’s multi-party system, the collapse of the Israeli left, and an inept Labor party campaign is more likely than not going  to let him ooze back into power with another unstable and obnoxious right wing coalition.

Josh Marshall has done a great job covering the story at TPM but the MSM’s take on it has been ludicrous, as pointed out by my man Jim Newell at Salon:

 This is a tiddlywinks way of approaching the real problem with the invitation, focusing on bad dinner-table manners without delving into the more serious subtext. It’s Wolf Blitzer-esque in its superficiality. Fittingly, the CNN article is accompanied by a brief clip of Wolf Blitzer talking about it, in the same tenor that he might talk about Kanye West’s treatment of Beck at the Grammys — that this begins and ends as a story about a social faux-pas.

Who cares whether Boehner gave the White House a “heads up” or not? There’s a big difference between a “heads up” or “notification,” on the one hand, and a “consultation” on the other. A “heads up” or “notification” implies that Boehner had already made up his mind to extend the invitation. If he had already decided to send the invitation, it’s not important whether he called president with deets or sent a telegram or carrier pigeon down Pennsylvania Avenue. He certainly should have “consulted” with the White House before extending the invitation. The White House would have told him not to do it, though, which is why he didn’t consult with them.

The invitation was a big deal not because of the lack of the “heads up,” but because it was an explicit effort to sabotage the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Benjamin Netanyahu and a whole hell of a lot of influential Republican foreign policy people do not want any nuclear deal with Iran. They do not trust Iran to adhere to any agreement that restricts them from obtaining nuclear weapons. Thus they consider diplomatic talks with Iran contrary to Western interests. They want to blow up the talks, and then they want to blow up Iran.

We’re back in familiar territory: IOKIYAR. Imagine if Speaker Pelosi had interfered with Bush administration negotiations aimed at resolving a major foreign policy issue. Boner, Chinless Mitch, and the whole gang would be calling her a traitor and demanding her ouster but IOKIYAR because they’re the daddy party or some such shit. Oy, such malakatude.

As for Bibi, this mishigas is an example of his colossal arrogance and blatant chutzpah. Israel is a client state of the United States and biting the hand that feeds you may be popular in some quarters but it’s downright stupid. He’s lucky that President Obama and Secretary Kerry are grownups as well as experienced politicians who recognize posturing when they see it.

Hopefully, this gambit will backfire but all Netanyahu needs to form the next Israeli government is to win the most seats in the upcoming election. He doesn’t need a majority to do so, which should give pause to those Americans who dream of a multi-party system.

As for Speaker Boner, he ought to be ashamed of himself for openly taking sides in another country’s election and for pandering once again to the chickenhawks and rapturists in his party. Remember Jeb Bush, moderate Republican? He just weighed in to support Bibi’s speech. His father, of course, had similar issues with an arrogant right wing Israeli PM, Yitzhak Shamir. So much for the Jebster’s foreign policy being more like the old man’s than his nitwit brother’s.

While I was looking at my pulp fiction file for this morning’s post, I stumbled upon the book cover below. If they were still doing this book, Bibi’s boner would surely be, uh, inserted:


Just What We Need…Another Banana Republican

From Album 5

So, Jeb’s insisting he’s “his own man” (while looking — a bit spookily — like chinless Mitch McConnell, IMHO); anyway, for obvious reasons he wants to establish a bit of distance between especially Junior, who pretty much shat on the family/brand name…but…if you look at the details and the lineup, it’s the same gang of crooks and charlatans who crashed and burned the first time — a stale rehash. One last chance to get the band together, the Let’s-See-If-We-Can-Perpetually-Clusterfuck-It-While-Profiteering-On-Death-And-Misery Tour (featuring Paul Wolfowitz on comb…that link isn’t NSFW, but it IS gross).

Anyway…oh, and you’ve gotta love the “mistakes were made” passive voice crap. Reminds me of something a friend from Central America told me about the pipsqueak pashas running the juntas and deathsquads. They’d show up on television in full regalia, and explain that, sure, “mistakes were made, but…in a war, people die…”

No shit. Just not the people insisting we go to war…

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Tall Dark and Deadly

Sometimes I pick a cover just because I like the title. This is one of those times:


Album Cover Art Wednesday: Valence Street

Valence Street is not only the title of a 1999 Neville Brothers album, it’s the main drag of my Uptown New Orleans neighborhood. I occasionally call my 13th Ward hood Neville-land because so many members of their extended family live, or used to live, nearby. Valence Street is also my corner for Magazine Street parades during Carnival, which is the primary reason I haven’t been writing here as much for the last few weeks. I’m also slowly recovering from a Krewe du Vieux related leg injury that makes it hard to sit at the computer for long spells. All the walking and standing I do during Mardi Gras doesn’t help either, but that’s neither here nor there.

Art Neville still lives on Valence Street and he’s hanging in there at the age of 77. I was talking to one of his nephews on the parade route last week and he could tell I was about to inquire about Art so he told me, “He’s feeling better all the time and ready to play some shows.” Here’s a link to a fine Keith Spera profile of Art on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

The other reason I’m posting the cover of Valence Street is the fine black and white photography by Michael Wilson:


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For More on the ‘Draft Jeff Sessions’ Movement, We Turn to Jeff Sessions

After the last Daily Caller comment section “joke” about Sessions, I decided to see if there actually was a Draft Jeff Sessions movement afoot. And “movement” is one way to put it, as evidenced by this Breitbart fanfic: 

So the Draft Sessions movement gained steam: Not since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 had such a “draft” movement been so successful. The Republican Establishment was still suspicious of Sessions, but they were so hungry for victory that they were willing to overlook their differences. And the rank and file, of course, were quite happy with Sessions. It was a new kind of “fusionism”—a fusionism for the 21st century.

But what was most remarkable was Sessions’ ability to reach out both to USIP and to Democrats. His “One America” message resonated across the country. In the words of the famous poem:

When Sessions speaks, we rejoice
His is the wonderful voice
Of millions of grateful Americans
Who’ve made unity their choice.

Sweet disco Jesus. I’m sexually aroused. I’m ready to vote for this big, strong, killative MAYUNN. What could possibly derail this dream?

Oh yeah, Jeff Sessions:

Through the massive get-out-the-vote efforts of three leaders – including a former aid to Martin Luther King – black voter turnout began to creep toward 80%, and a handful of black legislators were elected. That’s where Sessions stepped in, charging three voting rights organisers with voter fraud. All three were quickly acquitted. Sessions’s choice to focus on their efforts looked a lot less like good governance and a lot more like voter intimidation.

As the Senate judiciary committee mulled this over, several other worrisome notes about the nominee came to light. As I wrote in 2002:

Senate Democrats tracked down a career justice department employee named J Gerald Hebert, who testified, albeit reluctantly, that in a conversation between the two men Sessions had labelled the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “un-American” and “communist-inspired”. Hebert said Sessions had claimed these groups “forced civil rights down the throats of people.”

In his confirmation hearings, Sessions sealed his own fate by saying such groupscould be construed as “un-American” when “they involve themselves in promoting un-American positions” in foreign policy. Hebert testified that the young lawyer tended to “pop off” on such topics regularly, noting that Sessions had called a white civil rights lawyer a “disgrace to his race” for litigating voting rights cases.

If that weren’t enough, a black former assistant US attorney, Thomas Figures, testified that Sessions had called him “boy”, and that he had joked about the Ku Klux Klan in ways that implied he wasn’t particularly appalled by their appalling tactics.

Nothing says “unity” like this guy. This will do wonders for GOP outreach in minority communities, for the image of the Republican Party as the party of pissed off old white dudes. I can see this being a truly effective counterpoint to a party that last time around nominated a black man and probably is about to nominate a woman for president. I can’t think of anything that will make the contrast so clear.

Run, Jeff. Run.


‘Take This Off the Record’

Oh, you aren’t racist. You aren’t a bad person. You just think black people are lazy and nuts: 

During an interview with the Clarion-Ledger about education funding in Mississippi, Alday referenced welfare and his beliefs about its impact.

“I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work,” he said in the interview published Sunday.

I see. And how did you happen to give this interview that, magically, made you, a good person, look like a bad person?

But Alday said he would not resign from his seat and instead blamed his comments on Clarion-Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell. The lawmaker said he wouldn’t have made the remarks if he had realized they would be included in the article.

“It was late at night and he called me,” Alday said. “He asked me a question back to when I was in law enforcement … I have a way of talking and saying, ‘take this off the record.'”

I’m sorry, off the record doesn’t work like this. NOTHING WORKS LIKE THIS. You do not get to say stupid shit to a reporter after a certain hour of the day and then decide later, on your own, what is and is not fair game.

I had a source once, used to call me up hammered and tell me stuff and then say “that was off the record.” He was a nice enough guy and a total moron so I explained to him that “off the record” meant he would ask first if we were off the record, and then IF AND ONLY IF I agreed, he would tell me something I could not use except to broaden my own understanding of an ongoing situation. The stuff he told me off the record was generally about his own messy personal life and so who gave a shit anyway, but you get fair warning once. After that, your mouth is on you, pal.

If you are so shitfaced (because that is what “late at night” means; being tired does not make you a racist whereas being drunk makes it harder to hide that you are one) when a reporter calls that you can’t be trusted to use your own mouth to form words that reflect the intentions of your brain, there is a very easy way to handle it and it is called END CALL on your phone.


The GOP’s Candidates Aren’t Good Enough for the GOP

They all suck, apparently, because they all want to turn America into Amnesterica or some shit: 

Of course, most GOP contenders who support an ultimate pathway to citizenship, or at least a process of normalization, condition their support on things like further securing America’s Southern border and making illegal immigrants pay a financial penalty. But nearly all support the general principle: most of the 11 million illegal immigrants who violated America’s laws in making their way into the country should be allowed to stay and work in the country so long as they haven’t committed any further crimes.

Well, who else you gonna vote for, chump?

Cruz is INELIGIBLE and Carson and Santorum are both pro-Amnesty or pro-legalization…Carson is for gun control. The only hope we have is for Senator Sessions to run. He’s the only one who can win.

Ah. Sorted.


Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – mouldy ouldies edition

OK, folks – time to reach WAY back for some long-neglected drums of concentrated stoopid.

Let’s start with the – two second rule!

Officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice judged unfit for duty by police in 2012 ^ | 12/03/2014 | Tom McCarthy in New York

Posted on 12‎/‎3‎/‎2014‎ ‎10‎:‎46‎:‎48‎ ‎PM by Forgotten Amendments

A police officer who shot a 12-year-old dead in a Cleveland park late last month had been judged unfit for police service two years earlier by a small suburban force where he worked for six months, according to records released on Wednesday.

Officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed Tamir Rice on 22 November, was specifically faulted for breaking down emotionally while handling a live gun. During a training episode at a firing range, Loehmann was reported to be “distracted and weepy” and incommunicative. “His handgun performance was dismal,” deputy chief Jim Polak of the Independence, Ohio, police department wrote in an internal memo.

The memo concludes with a recommendation that Loehmann be “released from the employment of the City of Independence”. Less than a week later, on 3 December 2012, Loehmann resigned.

1 posted on 12‎/‎3‎/‎2014‎ ‎10‎:‎46‎:‎48‎ ‎PM by Forgotten Amendments


To: Forgotten Amendments

The good news is that they found out before he killed anyone,


the bad news is that in his field of work, policing, well………

2 posted on 12‎/‎3‎/‎2014‎ ‎10‎:‎52‎:‎41‎ ‎PM by ansel12

Ain’t it the troof? But, ya know – omelets – eggs…
As usual, the Freeperati line up in two rows – “Jackbooted Thugs” to the right, and “Police officers are under a lot of stress” to the further right.
But this time, there’s a third line.
Is it the “Cops shoot niggers all the time because they’re always breaking the law” line?
Is it the “The kid had it coming” line?
To: Forgotten Amendments

He cried while handling a gun???


Yep. Real fucking funny.

Does he need a Snuggy too?

Maybe the other deoartment gave him a POS weapon like some 1980’s Glock 17, by Mattel.

I know I’d cry…

6 posted on 12‎/‎3‎/‎2014‎ ‎10‎:‎55‎:‎04‎ ‎PM by Vendome (Don’t take life so seriously-you won’t live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)

That’s right – it’s the “Cops who cry are pussies, even if they try to redeem themselves by gunning down a 12-year-old” line.
To: Forgotten Amendments

Picked up a loaded handgun. . And got weepy. I’m speechless.

7 posted on ‎12‎/‎3‎/‎2014‎ ‎10‎:‎56‎:‎02‎ ‎PM by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)

Me too.
To: Rusty0604

Officer Garmack placed his partner in a bad situation by pulling up within a few feet of a possibly armed suspect, creating a very small time window for a proper reaction. Poor training or ignoring their training is what caused this incident. Garmack should have been fired on the spot. Loehmann was unfortunately put in a near no-win position thanks to his partner. His value as an effective officer is now gone and hopefully will no longer be an LEO. These officers should have been several YARDS from this kid, coming from different directions, barking out commands for the kid to follow.

23 posted on 12‎/‎4‎/‎2014‎ ‎1‎:‎38‎:‎31‎ ‎AM by yadent

Ah – I see the “Police officers are under a lot of stress” contingent has arrived.
To: Forgotten Amendments

“Loehmann shot the boy dead within two seconds of a police car driven by Garmack arriving to the park and pulling to a stop within feet of the child. In the video, released by Cleveland police a week ago, Loehmann appears to fire his gun as he opens the door to leave the police car.”

Two seconds!

9 posted on 12‎/‎3‎/‎2014‎ ‎11‎:‎02‎:‎23‎ ‎PM by Rusty0604

Of course, one Freeper does seem to find the diamond ring at the bottom of this particular cesspool:
To: Forgotten Amendments

Independence PD has to feel extraordinarily good that their vetting process seemed to work in this tragedy

19 posted on 12‎/‎4‎/‎2014‎ ‎12‎:‎31‎:‎47‎ ‎AM by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what’s in it= definition of stool sample)

More old sludge after the justified shooting…

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Master Debater edition

All righty, good people – Kibitzer said on last Monday’s obsession that he was going to cruise over to Freeperville to see how the site held up during the final Presedential debate – heh – as if Jim Rob and company were going to let a disastrous repeat (in the middle of a Freepathon, no less) of the near-total failure of the $352,000.00 / year website occur.

I find such cynical aspersions unfounded and completely ungrounded in reality, so let’s go see what improvements have been made!

Final debate LIVE THREADCSPAN ^| 10/22/12 | GeorgiaDawg32

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 4:44:46 PM by GeorgiaDawg32

Available to watch on any news channel. 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Yes it’s early but NCIS is a rerun.

1 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 4:44:53 PM by GeorgiaDawg32
And Honey Boo Boo isn’t available in all areas.

To: GeorgiaDawg32

In before the crash!!

Prayers up for Romney!

3 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 4:46:40 PM by RandallFlagg (“Liberalism is about as progressive as CANCER” -Alfonzo Rachel)

To: GeorgiaDawg32

I figure I better get a post in now before it all
goes to hell.

Hi Mom.

7 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 4:48:31 PM by tet68 ( ” We would not die in that man’s company, that fears his fellowship to die with us…” Henry V.)

You cock-eyed optimist.

To: GeorgiaDawg32

am I the only one that can’t get through during these debates?

12 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 4:49:57 PM by MNDude (OWS Movement RIP)

Yes. It’s just you. Because you didn’t pay out enough. Put your hands on the TV and open up your wallet!

To: RandallFlagg

“In before the crash!!”

3 hours prior to debate time and it already took me 3 tries and 5 min to get a reply entry box…

Yeah, see you at 3AM when things go back to normal.


35 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 5:01:16 PM by PittsburghAfterDark


To: GeorgiaDawg32

From a “related” thread discussing the last R/O debate:

(Jim Robinson)

To: Yaelle

The system is not handling the increased loads and we do not know why yet. John says the system is not getting overloaded, the db is not overloaded, the cpus are mostly idle, the load averages are low, the db load averages are low, just reaches a point where throughput stalls. I’m not a techie and I have no idea how to fix it. I thought maybe we could add another server or more RAM or replace some older servers or something, but I guess John doesn’t think that will do it. There’s something wrong in the system software or the configuration but he’s having trouble finding it.

And I’m really upset too, but there’s not a freaking thing I can do about it until John gets it figured out.


63 posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 2:01:19 PM by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!) [ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies | Report Abuse]

And in related news, fuck you.

To: traderrob6

I can’t stand that I can’t get on during anything at all important. It stinks! Election night ought to be another disaster… I’ve always relied on FR for election night, but sure won’t count on it this year.

59 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 5:36:43 PM by sissyjane

And don’t forget that monthly donation!

To: Responsibility2nd
“as there are Donald Trump’s Big Announcement threads?” I read it will be on Wednesday and he seems particularly delighted to have something great.

Oh, that’s a whole ‘nother thread, that is.

I read he was going to drop it during the Republican Convention but he got cut with some others because the storm forced convention to delay by one day, so some got cut because of time restraints.

102 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 6:15:06 PM by hummingbird (Lather, Rinse…BUT DO NOT REPEAT – REPEAT IS A WASTE – A SCAM!)

To: dforest

“Hot Air, they have a live thread!”

Yup, that’s where I was last time and that’s where I’ll be tonight! See you there!

84 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 6:00:28 PM by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)

To: mylife

I just got my first “Oops” message from Chrome. FR is going down for the count.Off to Lucianne I guess…

123 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 6:40:37 PM by paul544


To: RedMDer; John Robinson; Jim Robinson

$2 / day donor praying for John to sort this out. Put an ACE front on Adobe. It isn’t the database, it isn’t the server, it’s the front end. I’m just a 30 year systems analyst throwing out anything that might right the ship.

Load balance? Connection pool (kill unused sessions?) Seek help. We are Free Republic, and have amazing resources. Use them!

200 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 7:29:30 PM by glock rocks (Optimist? Pessimist? Naw, I’m an Awesomist – There’s a dragon in that glass!)

(amazing racehorses)

To: Alas Babylon!

and I’m donating monthly for what?

235 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 7:41:35 PM by estrogen (sick of the racist rants from the left)

To: estrogen
and I’m donating monthly for what?

So that you can feel good about the aggravation!

251 posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 7:46:00 PM by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 – The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))

To: penelopesire
Ann Romney looks very nice tonight. It sure will be nice to have a classy first lady again.

I haven’t spotted her yet, either. I’ve mistakenly watched FoxNews!

Yes, it will be lovely to have a classy First Lady, instead of the racist, angry _itch!


PRAYERS FOR MITT ROMNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The actual debate comments after the jumpola, plus – t he absolutely most epic-est, history-making series of posts by a single user in FR history!

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – You say tornaydo, and I say tornahdo Edition

Happy Memorial Day, one and all!

Well, the terrible F4 that hit Oklahoma caused a lot of pain and suffering, and not only in places it actually hit.

Get ready for Obama’s BIG BOUNCE: Oklahoma


Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 4:40:01 PM by Toespi

AF1 is getting fired up. Add another devastating, crushing event to
the list that saves Obama. Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook, Jodi Arias
verdict during Benghazi hearing, etc…now the Oklahoma devastation.

posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 4:40:01 PM
by Toespi
So you’re all butthurt because an actual news event pushed your nothingburger off the front page?
Boo fucking hoo.

To: Toespi

Some of them Okies will tell him to get his ass back on that plane.

posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 4:41:11 PM
by Sybeck1
(What has the GOP done today to gain your support in 2014?)

And, no doubt, tell him they don’t want any disaster relief unless it’s offset in the budget.

To: Toespi

Is it possible, just for a moment, to feel for these people who
have lost everything, maybe even their children, without playing the
Obama card?

posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 4:41:36 PM
by greatvikingone

To: Toespi

The FEMA checks are on the way. Correct?

posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 4:45:37 PM
by Theoria

Apparently not.

To: don-o

I did not start this thread out of insensitivity. I am and have
been stunned by the devastating events that have hit this nation,
multiple times. Each time, Obama benefits. I think it is creepy and
frankly evil.

posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 4:49:29 PM
by Toespi


To: Toespi

Yup, you are right.

If these tornado’s (sic) are as devastating as the media is describing,
Obama is going to have a field day. All the scandals surrounding him
will be forgotten by the media and Hussein will get to play Mr. “I feel
your pain” President.

posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 4:52:00 PM
by Longbow1969

How DARE he??

To: Toespi

The thread is fine. Believe me…Obama and his minions are
already plotting how they can benefit from this. The people of Oklahoma
do not want Obama anywhere near our state. I will be furious if he tries
to come here!

posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 4:57:10 PM
by yellowdoghunter
(No man is without sin.)

That and a quarter will get you a Xerox of a cup of coffee.

To: Toespi

Each time, Obama benefits. I think it is creepy and frankly evil.
Agree. It is indeed creepy the way disasters seem to benefit him.

posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 4:59:10 PM
by Starboard

No, dumbfuck, I’ll tell you what is creepy.
Freeperati who are looking at a natural disaster, and all they can think about is their psychotic and pathological hatred of the man in the “Once-White House”.
That’s as creepy as it gets.

To: Starboard

It’s sick in the way they use these disasters to take advantage of people’s suffering to gain approval points in the polls.

posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 7:28:29 PM
by American Constitutionalist


To: Toespi
” Get ready for Obama’s BIG BOUNCE: Oklahoma ‘

Obama’s Tornadogate scandal, him trying to improve his poll numbers.

posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 7:39:47 PM
by American Constitutionalist

More shark-jumping action after the ski jump.

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The Past Isn’t Even Past

Fuck Jeb and his entire family sideways with a rake: 

“I won’t talk about the past,” Bush said on Friday when a reporter asked him about an upcoming foreign policy speech in Chicago, according to Bloomberg Politics. “I’ll talk about the future. If I’m in the process of considering the possibility of running, it’s not about re-litigating anything in the past. It’s about trying to create a set of ideas and principles that will help us move forward.”

The past. Because nobody died today.  Nobody will die tomorrow. It’s the past.

You sick bastard. The bombs and guns and bullets your brother sent over there are still killing people every single day. The soldiers who come home are still dying, years later, some by inches and some by their own hands. And the politics you people poisoned are still burning through this country’s veins, and the way I know that is that you are showing your face in public and no one is throwing rotten fruit.

The past. How nice it must be to be able to shrug it off like that. How nice it must be to wake up free of nightmares, with all your limbs attached. How nice it must be to sleep beside your wife and children, all of whom are alive, beneath a roof without holes in it, in a house with running water, without fear of being fucking BEHEADED by the monsters your actions loosed. It’s the past, for you. How nice. How peaceful. How normal.

How convenient, you fucking horror show. How easy. How small. How mean.



Sunday Morning Video: Bruce Springsteen Live In Paris

I’m going to pop my head out of the Carnival bubble ever so briefly to post this fabulous 1985 show from the peak of Bruce’s commercial success.



Love Story

I don’t know how I missed this when it came out — Rachel McAdams is my motherfucking homegirl and I love Bill Nighy like my own left breast — but I just saw it the other night and it’s unbelievably lovely.


Newspapers Don’t Understand How Newspapers Work

God, THIS: 

 Newspapers cut the physical size of the paper, reduce pages, eliminate syndicated features, cut the reporting staff, severely limit the hours for delivery complaints/problems and then ask for more and more and more money.

At the hotel management company my oldest son and I founded eight years ago (and he still runs) when we raised prices we not only gave you something — nicer towels, better shampoo — we told you about it to make sure you knew you were paying more for more.

At newspapers for a quarter century or more it has been more for less, a strategy that must fail.

Plus insulting the customers you do have, and implying anyone else who might someday be your customer is a fucking idiot who can’t read. Astonishing to me that this isn’t a winning strategy.


Sweeping up after Governor Deadeyes

I wonder what it’s like working on Gov. Scott Walker’s staff these days. It has to be a heady time to be with a man who suddenly rocketed to the front of the Republican party’s conga line for the presidential nomination. The guy survived three elections in four years, a series of protests comparable to the Vietnam War outrage and is now looked upon as a conservative media darling. He essentially controls the whole state, as the Republicans dominate the State Legislature and every Democratic gambit since his election in 2010 has failed to slow his roll.

He’s the son of a Baptist preacher who never finished college and is now meeting with the heads of state and chatting up his brand of political “boldness” across the pond.

And yet, part of me thinks that there’s an awful lot of scotch and ibuprofen being consumed at the state capitol these days, and not just by Walker’s adversaries.

Walker and his crew had to know that the $300 million cut to the university system would cause howls of pain. In the past, the cuts were buffered by trims to inefficiencies or reworking of standard practices. When the last set of financial whacks took place, Walker and the Republicans were able to undermine the outrage by “exposing” a supposed $1.6 billion slush fund that was just lying around. Of course, it wasn’t true, but when the UW administrators and PR officials fumbled about for a decent explanation, it looked like they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

This time is different in that the UW has done a better job of explaining the reality of those funds and pushing out on the line that this cut is tantamount to a 13 percent reduction in overall state funding. Add that to the public-affairs brilliance of Madison’s chancellor, Rebecca Blank, who has been meeting with support staff and maintenance crew to explain how this will kill them, and you get a much different picture this time around. You also have a few Republicans saying, “Hey, this isn’t going to be good…”

Walker’s staff has not only dealt with this shift from “Everybody Loves Scooter” to “Uh… Dude?” but also in his ability to bounce around from idea to idea on this whole UW System plan.

One of Walker’s greatest strengths as far as his constituents go is his ability to be absolute and rock-solid sure on things. He never gave an inch on Act 10 and he constantly paints things in perfect black/white contrast so even the most feeble-minded of his followers can see it. We have a “taker vs. taxpayer” argument that works well. We have an “Unintimidated” governor who is standing strong among the wafflers. We have an “Act 10 for the UW system” pitch that pits rich professors who don’t work for shit against people with three and four jobs.

Those dichotomies and absolutist strategies have boded well for him in racing to the front of the line for president. However, for the past several weeks, he keeps throwing out random ideas about the UW cuts that have forced his staffers to try to reconfigure the message while still telling people who love the “straightforward” Walker that this is EXACTLY what he had in mind all along.

First was the “you’ll have more flexibility, which means you can solve all these problems you say we are giving you,” argument.

Then, when it was clear the flexibility couldn’t solve the problem, he noted that the universities didn’t have to take the $150 million bite out of each term, meaning they could push all this off to the second year of the budget and pray for a lottery win or something.

Then, when the university folks explained that a huge cut now for freedom later wouldn’t work, he had his staffers put out the word that he could easily see flexibility and such coming earlier, so “There’s nothing to see here…”

After that, people in his own party became skittish that the UW would jack tuition through the stratosphere if they had any freedom, Walker floated the idea of giving people freedom but putting a cap on tuition, the only “freedom” that actually would actually create additional revenue. In addition, the University folk pushed back with a “Here we go again” argument about Walker and his horse-trading.

At each point, the PR arm of the Walker campaign has gone into “bob and weave” mode while trying to Jedi-mind-trick people into thinking this isn’t abnormal.

If Walker wins the presidential nod for the Republicans, this isn’t going to be a huge problem for him. He basically gets to fart in the elevator that is the state of Wisconsin and walk out at the penthouse, leaving the rest of us to live with the stink as we go all the way back down to the lobby. However, if he swings and misses to represent the Elephant Party, he then has to actually deal with the people he screwed to get this situation into shape.

For his staff, however, all they can do is walk behind the elephant and quickly sweep away whatever randomly falls out, hoping that no one notices or that they don’t get hit by it.

Friday Ferretblogging: Warm Fuzzy Edition

Vicious predator beastie.