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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Appalachian trail update edition

Morning, good people!

This is going to be a short one – trying to heal up enough to enjoy vacation for the next couple of weeks.

First up –take a hike!

Republicans pull plug on Mark Sanford

Politico ^

| April 17th, 2013
| Alex Isenstadt

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:02:44 PM by KantianBurke

National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanford’s suddenly
besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned — a potentially
fatal blow to the former South Carolina governor’s dramatic comeback

Blindsided by news that Sanford’s ex-wife has accused him of
trespassing and concluding he has no plausible path to victory, the
National Republican Congressional Committee has decided not to spend
more money on Sanford’s behalf ahead of the May 7 special election.


Blindsided? Knowing that scumbag’s history and they’re acting surprised? Too late to save the House seat. Epic fail.
posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:02:44 PM
by KantianBurke

To: KantianBurke

A few years ago he had a good shot at winning the GOP nomination
for president and now he can not even get the support of his own party
to win a House seat.

He is the GOP’s John Edwards.

posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:05:24 PM
by OKRA2012
Not really.
Edwards had better hair.

To: KantianBurke

Now he finally has time to hike the Appalachian Trail.

posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:07:59 PM
by PGR88

To: KantianBurke

If he were a RAT he’d be a victim and a hero. That’s the difference between them and us.

posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:08:08 PM
by clintonh8r
(Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
Oh, really?
From 2009:

SC: Gov. Sanford not heard from since Thursday (Updated)

The State, Columbia, SC ^

| 2009-06-22
| John O’Connor & Clif Leblanc

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 2:41:34 PM by rabscuttle385

governor’s office issued a statement Monday afternoon: “Gov. Sanford is
taking some time away from the office this week to recharge after the
stimulus battle and the legislative session, and to work on a couple of
projects that have fallen by the wayside. We are not going to discuss
the specifics of his travel arrangements or his security arrangements.”

The whereabouts of Gov. Mark Sanford have been unknown to state
officials since Thursday, and some state leaders are questioning who is
in charge of the executive office.


To: counterpunch

I pray he is not resigning or worse… He’s been standing strong through so much crap in SC.

posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 2:49:09 PM
by RebelTXRose

To: stylecouncilor

How does this make him a ‘bad’ guy??

posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 2:49:47 PM
by spacejunkie2001

To: rabscuttle385

I smell a cooked up HIT PIECE with a nice misquote of his wife to add a special flavor.

The Columbia rag is a dedicated left wing Dem propaganda sheet stocked
full of recent lobotomized journalism student leftists from USC

posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 2:54:12 PM
by ncalburt
(Read all about)

To: stylecouncilor

He has been the most outspoken critic of Obama. He has been frequently mentioned as a possible candidate for President in 2012.

Now he is missing. This is scary. This is not some anonymous Gov.
from a minor state. This is one of the top five plausible replacements
for Obama in the next election.

Let us hope that it turns out to be something like him visiting the troops.

Worst case is that it’s an Arkencide. Or a kidnapping/ drugging / setup designed to neutralize him in place with a ‘honey trap’.

posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 2:58:29 PM
by Jack Black
To: rabscuttle385


Guy goes out on a hunting/fishing/backpacking/whatever trip to down a few 6pacs with his buds – and it is a crisis?

Our Governor is gone all the time and with the Legislature out of session – it’s common.

BTW the Kings are running big this year.

posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 3:02:26 PM
(Who IS that fat lady, and why is she singing?????)

Yeah – lotsa difference.

To: KantianBurke
I’ll send him money if he asks…

we need ALL the pubs we can get, even the flawed ones…

how he was supported wildly here until his affair came up, then whammo,
the holier than thou conservatives want him tarred and feathered…

we need him…we need him badly even with his sin…

we all sin in some way…

posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:18:17 PM
by cherry

To: Girlene

Don’t fall for that. Republicans nominated him fair and square. I
know many folks who are strong bible-believers, greatest generation
folks, pro-military, pro-life and rinos who willing voted for him twice
during the primaries. We’re getting exactly what we deserved.

posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:30:06 PM
by Mr Fuji
Couldn’t have put it better myself.
More after the trailhead.
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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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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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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – “Hello, suckers!” edition

Good morning, everyone!

The Endless Freepathon is over, and with almost a month to go before the next one! (pay up, Kibitzer)

Gullibility is high on the list of Freeperati characteristics, so let’s kick off with –Are we not suckers? We are FREEPO!

Are Hannity, Rush, and the big talkers playing us for $$$? (vanity)

Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 10:41:51 PM by teg_76

Do you ever get the feeling that Rush and Hannity don’t really care who wins, just as long as their dollars keep rolling in from us tea party saps.


Besides Mark Levin, what prominent talker has gone out on a limb and endorsed true conservative candidates? Everyday we have to here Hannity interview the John McCains of the world. If he truly believed in the conservative movement, wouldn’t he be out there trumpeting Richard Mourdock and Don Stenberg like Levin is?

As for Rush, he is more interested in commercializing the tea party movement with his “Two if by tea” than promoting it.

Besides Mark Levin, they’re all sellouts just like the Republican leadership…looking out for their own career over the well being of the country.

Eric Cantor with his support of Richard Lugar and Adam Kinzinger in their primaries is consolidating moderate, establishment support behind his ambition to be speaker some day. But Hannity is more interested in a softball interview with him than evicerating him for his actions.

There are very few leaders in our movement.

1 posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 10:42:04 PM by teg_76
That would be because you’re Authoritatrians for the most part (with some fake libertarians thrown in for flavour). The Dems have always been the Party of grassroots, and the Repubs have always been the Party of STFU and do/think what we tell you to.
Also, self-analysis doesn’t seem to be high on your list of priorities – just sayin’…

To: teg_76

In a word …YES !

2 posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 10:43:54 PM by sushiman
To: teg_76

We stopped listening to Rush long ago, as he bumped bellies with those who rolled out the red carpet for tens of millions of illegals, during war time, as he babbled about feminist and golf.

It became unbearable.

64 posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2012 12:07:21 AM by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
To: teg_76

Drive BOR off the air first.

4 posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 10:45:49 PM by Paladin2
Of course the sheep jump in, loudly braying that being sheared isn’t really that baaaaaad.

To: teg_76

What’s your beef with Rush? He doesn’t do interviews,


so that part of your argument is out and he came as close to a Primary endorsement he has ever had with Santorum. I don’t feel played at all.

5 posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 10:46:47 PM by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)

Take the hook out of your mouth.

Ya… we just hate it when people make a name for themselves and make money by promoting their ideas.

Greedy Capitalists promoting ideas just because it sells.

someone should stop them

12 posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 10:54:06 PM by GregoTX (Federalist)

Uh, yes. Notice how quick they fold up and alter their views once their paychecks are in jeopardy.

16 posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 10:56:29 PM by Antoninus (Sorry, gone rogue.)

To: teg_76
One way to look at it is we are using them to get our ideas out. If they get too far from home, they go the way of BOR and leave the radio.


Fox has their own rules, as we saw with Glenn Beck. Now he can be as crazy as he wants to be, but while at Fox, he was “handled”.

And now he’s handling himself.

In a marketplace of ideas, the bad ideas go away eventually. CNN. MSNBC, and others are examples of that. There is absolutely nothing to stop you from blogging, becoming a writer, or becoming a talk show host.To keep an audience, you would have to keep some opinions close to your vest.

Death penalty for being brown, ferinstance.

Savage and Stein prove that. Levin is the only one that can call someone a liar, or communist and get back on the air the next day. I think hat’s because he’s a lawyer and leaves a way out. Look at what’s happened to Anne (sic) Coulter. I bet her next book isn’t quite the best seller she is used to.

18 posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 10:57:26 PM by chuckles
To: teg_76

Rush and Levin are the only ones I listen to. Occasionally Beck…tho I’m growing tired of the ‘spectacular revelations’ he has


(i.e. the Buffett connection to the pipeline deal. FReepers knew about that MONTHS ago!!!)

Hannity drives me nuts and I turn his show OFF as of late. He’s a toadie for the RNC…panders to the establishment with this “can’t we all just get along” attitude.

Particularly pissed about his lecturing to us about Breitbart’s death and that HE knew about Andrew’s heart condition and that we should lay off about the autopsy.


Most annoying with him is his pandering for the ‘black vote’ with the guests and callers he has on. It’s like…”well I know you’re going to vote for Obama…but can I sway you and your kids by sending you a beautiful arrangement of flowers from Pre-Flora and toys for the kids?” It’s disgusting. I’m sorry, No different from what the Democraps promise them. And that’s my damned opinion. So, there.

21 posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 11:02:26 PM by RushIsMyTeddyBear
Freepers then speculate about their hero jumping into a lifeboat and leaving them to go down with the ship…

To: teg_76

Yes, but Rush to his credit is pretty open about it. I don’t think he is joking one whit about bolting if the bottom drops out, and why not? Who would not if the option were there? He has also paid his dues and busted the crap out of many a leftist when he is not, in his own words “carrying water” for the Geriatric Old Plantation.

Hannity . . . Don’t like him for a number of reasons so I will withold comment. I don’t think I can be objective about him.

11 posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 10:53:47 PM by Psalm 144 (Obama’s record is an open charnel pit. Romney’s too, but under a whitened sepulchre.)
To: Psalm 144

Would you explain a little bit more about Rush bolting? It’s been a good 2-3 weeks or more since I listened to his show. Is he talking about leaving the U.S.? I’d love to know when he discussed this.

39 posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 11:17:03 PM by ChocChipCookie
To: Psalm 144

He said he’d go to Costa Rica of all places. That was back in 2010 before the passage of ObamaCare.

43 posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 11:28:37 PM by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
So – let me get this straight – Viagra-boy is wanting to move to Costa Rica, which has national health care?
To get away from “Obamacare”??
With YOUR money??
More collateral damage after the drone attack…

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – catchup and flies edition

OK folks – I’m now a month behind instead of three weeks behind on the aging drums of Freeper yuck.

Gird your loins – here we go!

First up (from oldest to newest) –“If I – was da king – of da foreeeeeest!”

Obama: ‘The Problem Is … I’m Not the
Emperor of the United States’
Weekly Standard ^| February 15, 2013 | Daniel

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 1:25:12 PM by Sub-Driver

‘The Problem Is … I’m Not the Emperor of the United States’ Daniel Halper
February 15, 2013 1:42 PM

In a Google hangout last evening, President Barack Obama explained
that his problem is that he’s “not the emperor of the United States”:

“This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency,”
said Obama. “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not
the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”


Narcissist in chief…
posted on Friday, February 15, 2013
1:25:15 PM by Sub-Driver

To: Sub-Driver

FUBO, wannabe dictator!!

posted on Friday, February 15, 2013
1:26:28 PM by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)

You tellim, Jimbo!!

To: Sub-Driver

No the problem is he acts like he is the emperor

posted on Friday, February 15, 2013
1:28:12 PM by plain talk

To: Sub-Driver

The fact that he views it as a problem is a huge and dangerous

posted on Friday, February 15, 2013
1:30:10 PM by Will88

To: Sub-Driver
‘The Problem Is … I’m Not the Emperor of
the United States’

The problem is that he’s trying to be.
Impeach oboma for his abuse of power.

posted on Friday, February 15, 2013
1:33:22 PM by concerned about politics (“Get thee
behind me, Liberal”)

This all sounds so vaguely familiar somehow…

To: VanDeKoik

Well to be fair, Bush did the same thing. “If this were a
dictatorship it would be a heck of a lot easier… as long as I’m the

posted on Friday, February 15, 2013
1:39:54 PM by rudabaga


To: Sub-Driver

I hate Obama.
Really, really hate him. I don’t know if I can survive four more years. If only
he would be impeached. If only.

posted on Friday, February 15, 2013
5:33:27 PM by ilovesarah2012

Ah – hang onto that hope – it’ll be so amusing to wach it die.
So much more after the articles of impeachment!

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Amusing Grace edition

Good morning, gentle people! Thanks for helping me wade through the oldest drums of Freeper toxic waste last week – now we can get to some more current hazerdous material. I have a pack-O-CPAC pallet in the back still, but that’s for next Monday.

Let’s suit up and take a look, shall we?


First up – Birther Boogaloo!

Even Tea Party favorite Allen West wouldn’t support investigation of Obama’s eligibility

Coach is Right ^

| 4/5/13
| George Spelvin

Posted on Friday, April 05, 2013 10:39:13 AM by Oldpuppymax

Tea Party favorite former US Congressman Allen West admitted to
investigator Lt. Mike Zullo that political expediency was more important
to him than supporting the investigation of Barack Obama’s eligibility
for office. “I would really have to think about this, but I don’t think
so,” West said in response to Zullo’s question: “Would you support an
individual that steps forward to bring this (document fraud) to the

The officer heading up Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case
Posse investigation went to the Conservative C-PAC enclave with radio
talk host Carl Gallups to tell any and all listeners about the criminal
law enforcement probe of birth certificate document fraud. (1) Zullo
described his conversation with West as a face to face, direct on
conversation with the Tea Party favorite to whose political campaign so
many trusting Americans gave their hard earned dollars.

The retired Lieutenant Army Colonel said to Zullo that spending his political capital…

posted on Friday, April 05, 2013 10:39:13 AM
by Oldpuppymax
OK, Freepers – this is Allen Fucking West!
You know – the other black guy you like.
Maybe now you’ll drop this stupidity and slowly back away from it.

To: Oldpuppymax

This is great news to all the trolls and haters at FR!

posted on Friday, April 05, 2013 10:41:34 AM
by treetopsandroofs
(Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just “The Great War” and “Roosevelt’s Wars”.)

Um –

To: Oldpuppymax
Zullo told West, “I can’t tell you who Barack Obama is,” to which West replied, “You get the tin foil hat label.”West feared the ridicule of being called a Birther.

Then, don’t bother calling me for donations. Don’t bother calling me for any reason.

I’ve learned that how people handle the little things in life is a good
predictor of how they’ll handle the big things. I thought West might be
one of the good ones, but now?

I wish I could believe him and his concern for justice for Benghazi victims and casualties, but I guess I don’t now.

What have you done for me lately, Mr. Politician?

posted on Friday, April 05, 2013 10:52:05 AM
by GBA
(Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)

Distracted you and kept you from staring up at the rain with your mouth open until you drowned?

To: Oldpuppymax

Well, spending one’s political capital on something that is going
to go nowhere, even though it should go somewhere, is probably not a
very wise way to spend one’s political capital.

What is more worrisome than his fraudulent identity is the fact that
America has elected this bum twice, and is likely to replace him with a
psychotic bag lady.

posted on Friday, April 05, 2013 10:58:25 AM
by chris37


To: Oldpuppymax

Political capital or personal ambition? Just another joker wrapping himself in the mantel of conservatism for personal gain.

posted on Friday, April 05, 2013 11:02:03 AM
by Hotlanta Mike
(“Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it.” Lao Tzu)

Well, at least they’re consistent.

To: Oldpuppymax

West can go to hell!!

posted on Friday, April 05, 2013 11:03:36 AM
by dalereed

I told you guys – we’re doing CPACnext week.

To: Oldpuppymax

The rhinocerous is crapping in the punch bowl. And yet, the band plays on. (Kiss America good-bye.)

posted on Friday, April 05, 2013 11:19:42 AM
by faithhopecharity


To: Responsibility2nd
>>>So What? I’m a die-hard birther and I agree with Col.
West. Obama’s eligibility has been investigated for the last 7 year

Me too. Want to make him look even more sympathetic? Unfortunately
nobody cares and that lack of caring will backfire into sympathy. That
is the sad, cold truth.

Those here who think it will achieve
anything are the same ones that thought Obama would lose by 20. They are
not living in the [sad] real world…but on an island.

posted on Friday, April 05, 2013 12:32:12 PM
by NELSON111

And thus endeth the lesson.
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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – CPAC Attack edition

Morning, folks – I’ve been threatening to do a CPAC edition for weeks now,, so here it is.
The stupid is going to be very strong with this one, so blowers on max speed!

First up –CPAC hack!

Turns Away Pamela Geller

Big Government ^| March 1, 2013 | Breitbart News

Posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013
3:23:08 AM by Bratch

For the last four years, Pamela Geller of and the American
Freedom Defense Initiative have held events at CPAC featuring guests she
invites to discuss the influence of Islamism on America. But this year, the
American Conservative Union (ACU) has no room for Geller or her message.


In years past, the events were standing room only thanks to their
popularity, but that apparently was not enough to counter pressure brought to
bear from somewhere to exclude Geller’s message.


In the comment section, someone opines that Grover Norquist
may have had something to do with the blacklist.

1 posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 3:23:23 AM
by Bratch

Well, well, well.

Grover (da cash) Norquist in one corner and Pam (da tits)
Geller in the other,

Who will the Freeperati line up against?

To: Bratch

In its attempt to redefine Conservatism, CPAC is defining itself into

2 posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 3:35:32 AM by shibumi
(Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)

Forget I asked,

To: shibumi

CPAC is OBama is AlQuaida

3 posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 3:44:55 AM by Hardraade
( (Vendetta))

Chocolate is fencepost is lunar lander.

To: Hardraade

Grover is married to a Palestinian Moslem.

Damaged goods.

5 posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 3:56:44 AM by shibumi
(Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)

Grover Norquist – muzzie RINO!

To: shibumi

Yep.He’s been an arab agent for years.

12 posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 4:58:04 AM by Hardraade
( (Vendetta))



To: Bratch
Progressivism is an insidious cancer.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

Communist Goals (1963)

posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 6:10:50 AM
by cripplecreek
Actually, cancer is an insidious cancer. When your number comes up, I kinda doubt you’ll be screaming “OBAMACARE!”

(my favourite saying – “A Republican is just a Democrat who hasn’t getten cancer yet.”)

To: MestaMachine

Thank you.

Pam has a bounty on her head.

Or, in your case, a little lower.

Muslims hate and fear anyone who criticizes Islam, but especially a
strong woman who doesn’t hesitate to expose the vicious and inhumane
manner in which Islam treats its own women and children, as well as
other folks.The fact she is also a Jewess makes her doubly a target.

A “Jewess”??

For realz?

It wouldn’t surprise me if there are stealth Muslims operating in the
U.S. with the intent of hunting down and eliminating critics of Islam.

posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 6:18:31 AM
by SatinDoll

It wouldn’t surprise me if lightning struck your tinfoil beanie.

To: Bratch

CPAC…the new progressive gathering of idjits.

Next thing they will bar Sarah Palin and Allen West.

What a bunch of irrelevent effers.

posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 6:12:52 AM
by Candor7
(Obama fascism article:(

To: shibumi

Sen Ted Cruz is the Keynote, is Ted Cruz irrelevant?

posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 6:23:37 AM
by Perdogg
(Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator)

To: Perdogg

Jeb Bush, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell …

The fact that those people are invited speakers tells you that the ACU’s goal has little to do with conservatism.

posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 6:50:36 AM
by Pan_Yan

To: Pan_Yan
But you are ignoring Allen West, Sarah Palin, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz intentionally.
posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 6:57:27 AM
by Perdogg
(Sen Ted Cruz is my adoptive Senator)

Girls – girls.
Neither one of you is pretty.

To: Bratch
The Islamic Free market Institute is a co-sponsor of CPAC, and the
Muslim Public Affairs Council, who blamed Israel for 9/11, is a prized
participant. Oh, and they also are in bed with the ACLU. Anyone who
thinks that at this point CPAC has anything to do with American
conservatism is a sucker. They sold out some time ago.
posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 9:07:30 AM
by hinckley buzzard


To: shibumi

Before we condemn CPAC, let’s get some more facts. Neither CPAC
nor Geller is quoted in the linked article. There is nothing. Incredibly
bad journalism.

posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 9:25:03 AM
by heye2monn

Um – this is Dead Breitbart.
What did you expect? Sprinkles?

To: hinckley buzzard

If so, that would explain a lot.

If I were Sarah Palin I think I’d stay away from this group.

posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 9:15:57 AM
by butterdezillion

To: Bratch

Darn it, I really like Pam, she fights the good fight (plus I
find her totally not guilty/smoking hot)


CPAC fumbled the ball here.

posted on Saturday, March 02, 2013 12:22:07 PM
by isom35

And in conclusion – tits.
More after the wrinkle in eternity..

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Roamin’ Scandals edition

Good morning, everyone!

I see there’s quite a few drums of concentrated stupid lined up in the staging area with “Ben Gazzara” stamped all over them. Let’s suit up and investigate, shall we?


The first one just says –But…but…but…BENGHAZZZZZIIIII!‏

Gallup: Americans’ Attention to IRS, Benghazi Stories Below Average

Gallup ^

| 05/16/2013
| Frank Newport

Posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 1:35:37 PM by SeekAndFind

Slim majorities of Americans are very or somewhat closely following
the situations involving the Internal Revenue Service (54%) and the
congressional hearings on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi,
Libya, and its aftermath (53%) — comparatively low based on historical
measures of other news stories over the last two decades.

results are based on a May 14-15 Gallup poll. Despite extensive news
coverage of these stories in recent days, the level of attention being
paid to each is below the average 60% of Americans who have closely
followed more than 200 news stories Gallup has measured over the past
several decades. Additionally, Americans appear to be paying almost
exactly the same levels of attention to both stories, despite the
relative newness of the IRS story during the time in which this survey
was in the field.

Republicans More Tuned In

are much more likely to say they are following these news stories
closely than are independents or in particular Democrats. There is a
21-percentage-point gap between Republicans and Democrats in terms of
following the Benghazi story closely, and a 27-point gap on the IRS

posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 1:35:37 PM
by SeekAndFind

You know, if you don’t provide something at least as interesting as “Swamp People”, folks are apt to change the channel. Just sayin’.

To: SeekAndFind

Gallup: Americans are stupider than we ever imagined.

posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 1:37:39 PM
by brownsfan
(Behold, the power of government cheese.)

Blaming the audience for your poor ratings is the hallmark of the soon-to-be-unemployed Producer.

To: SeekAndFind

There’s that 46% number again…

posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 1:38:21 PM
by neodad
(USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom’s Fortress)


To: SeekAndFind; All

The question is not how much attention the sheeple are giving to
IRS, Benghazi, imo, but how much attention the corrupt, Obama-protecting
media is giving to IRS, Benghazi.

posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 1:40:13 PM
by Amendment10

Let’s look at this (Saturday) morning’s headlines, shall we?
“Shots fired at Cannes send actors scrambling”.
Hmmm – maybe FOX has something?
“Powerball at 16 million”
“U.S. slams Russia for sending Syria anti-ship missiles”
“Missing men mystery in US boomtown oil fields”
Damned corrupt, Obama-loving FOX news!

To: SeekAndFind

Not surprising. I mean, they did vote for obama — twice.

posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 1:41:22 PM
by jersey117


Out of work, crap economy, defeated, socialized… numb.

posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 1:42:46 PM
by Gene Eric
(The Palin Doctrine.)

…but enough about Sarah Palin…

To: SeekAndFind
Nice to know comrade gallup is still keeping Goebbels going.


posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 1:43:02 PM
by LibLieSlayer

Let’s see what advice oberstgruppenfuhrer Gallup has for the Freeperati, shall we?

Word to your mother.

To: SeekAndFind

I think more folks are paying attention than we actually know.

caller in to Rush, today, said

Stupidity AI

To: brownsfan

American proved their stupidity in 2008, reaffirmed it in 2012. I
truly believe Ronald Reagan would have had trouble beating 0bama last
year with the dumbing down of the American public, and the 24/7
propaganda effort by the socialist run media/entertainment complex.

posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 1:45:49 PM
by henkster
(I have one more cow than my neighbor. I am a kulak.)

I’m sensing a theme here…

To: SeekAndFind

Calls were made to 0bamaphones.

posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 2:03:44 PM
by windsorknot


To: SeekAndFind

Sad. This has NO traction. None. GOP blowing it.

posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 2:59:00 PM
by RIghtwardHo

To: RIghtwardHo

RE: GOP blowing it.

What do you suggest they do that they aren’t already doing?

posted on Friday, May 17, 2013 3:03:25 PM
by SeekAndFind

More after the click through.

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Odds and Clods edition

Well, folks, let’s go back in time a little and mine some putrid nuggets from the recent past – because Freeper idiocy has no expiration date.

First up –stick to your gunships!

Navy Announces USS Gabrielle Giffords

abc ^

| Feb 10, 2012 3:38pm
| Luis Martinez

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 10:29:13 PM by Red Steel

The Navy’s newest ship will be the USS Gabrielle Giffords.

Secretary Ray Mabus made the announcement at a Pentagon ceremony today,
calling Giffords someone whose name is synonymous with courage.

Rep. Gabby Giffords looked on at the Pentagon as Mabus made the
announcement in a public ceremony. Also in attendance at this
afternoon’s brief ceremony in the Pentagon Courtyard was Roxana Green,
the mother of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green.

was among those killed in last year’s deadly shooting rampage in Tucson
that targeted Giffords as she met constituents outside a supermarket.
Roxana Green will be the ship’s sponsor.

Giffords is still
recovering from the gunshot wounds to her head that she suffered during
last January’s shooting incident. She stepped down from Congress two
weeks ago.

The ship named today for her, which has yet to be
built, will be the Navy’s 10th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), a new kind of
ship designed to bring the Navy fighting power into shallow coastal
areas. The first two ships in this class were called Freedom and
Independence, but the conventional practice since then has been to name
the other ships in the class after a city.

“It’s very appropriate
that LCS 10 be named for someone who has become synonymous with
courage, who has inspired the nation with remarkable resiliency and
showed the possibilities of the human spirit,” said Mabus.

said the notion occurred to him that this would be a “fitting tribute”
not only to Giffords but to Navy families because she was a Navy spouse.
Her husband, Mark Kelly, was until recently an astronaut and Navy

posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 10:29:13 PM
by Red Steel


To: Red Steel

Is this appropriate?

posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 10:29:46 PM
by Red Steel

Define “appropriate”.
Appropriate for Freeperville, or appropriate for human beings?

To: Red Steel
posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 10:31:06 PM
by Travis McGee

Um – does the word “irony” ring a bell?
This doesn’t exactly make your point – if anything, just the opposite.

To: Red Steel

the USS Victim?

posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 10:32:21 PM
by digger48


To: Red Steel

Welcome to “Feel Good” Nation.

I see Mabus got his orders from the White House.

posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 10:34:54 PM
by headstamp 2
(What would Scooby do?)

Let me introduce you to three words:
“Commander In Chief”
What do you suppose those three words mean?

To: Red Steel


It’s an awful thing to be shot and it takes a lot of strength to make it through the recovery, but exceptional courage?

We have literally thousands upon thousands of sailors who’ve
undergone catastrophic injuries and illnesses that took years of therapy
to recover that were worse than what Giffords had to deal with.

We used to name our ships in memory of great warriors… now we name them after whoever is popular in Washington.

posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 10:39:28 PM
by Bogey78O
(We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)

Ah, yes – great warriors like Ronald Reagan. Why, who could forget when he bravely faced down made “Jap Zero”?
Whatta warrior!
And, of course, the coup de grace

To: Red Steel
Is this appropriate?

If it has half a head…

posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 10:35:11 PM
by null and void
(If the government is so worried about civil disturbance, why are they working so hard to disturb us?)

Oh, Freeperati – you never ever disappoint me.
Die in a fire.
More stinking thinking after the jump…

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


They’re everywhere!

Exhibit A:

Illinois GOP leader sends racist email aimed at former Miss America


| June 23, 2013
| Larry Yellen

Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 6:37:57 PM by chicagolady

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) –

Erika Harold is a Harvard educated lawyer, a former Miss America, and a conservative Republican who’s now running for Congress.

Her beauty queen credentials have gotten her lots of attention, but an email that surfaced today could get her a lot more.

is running against incumbent Rodney Davis in a primary next March.
Since she is bi-racial, GOP activist Doug Ibendahl wrote that she’d be
good for the party.

“Just be a great face for the Republican
party,” Ibendahl wrote. “We could actually do, in Illinois, we could do
more than talk about diversity. We could actually promote it.”

last night, Ibendahl received an email from Jim Allen, the chairman of
the Montgomery County Republican party, south of Springfield. Allen is
backing Rodney Davis and he wrote that Harold is being “used like a
street walker,” that she’s “the love child” of the Democrats, and that
someday she’ll be “working for some law firm that needs to meet their
quota for minority hires.” Ibendahl says Allen ought to resign his party


So Much for a BIG TENT to include all kinds of folks. The Illinois
Republican party has had many African Americans and Hispanics step up
and run for office and they have not given one inch or support or sent a
nickel their way.

The only candidates the ILLINOIS GOP will support
is if you are Pro gay marriage, Pro Amnesty
and anything that will
defeat Conservative values. What a bunch of LOSERS! I am sure the
Illinois GOP is just one example of many GOP organizations that are
striving to stop Conservatives, It is NOT only the IRS!

posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 6:37:57 PM
by chicagolady
So much for a BIG TENT, indeed.
Do you even r ead what you write?

To: chicagolady

This guy was already forced out over this. I have to disagree
with how they are describing. His email might be insulting, and sexist,
but I didn’t see a race part

posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 6:43:59 PM
by nickcarraway


To: chicagolady
the chairman of the Montgomery County Republican party,

I’d say this guy is your basic RINO who doesn’t like conservatives.
She’s conservative, and that’s why he’s trying to plant these doubts.

RINOs have done the same thing for every non-WASP candidate, whether
black, Asian or Hispanic. The latter groups in the GOP, particularly the
blacks and Hispanics, tend to be conservative, and RINOs don’t like

posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 7:03:10 PM
by livius

And we’re off!!

To: nickcarraway

The connotation of Love Child and Street walker…Seems
like you are the only one who has had trouble surmising what that could

the e-mail goes on…

“Now, Miss Queen is being used like a street walker and her pimps are
the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS,” Allen wrote in an e-mail to
Republican News Watch.

The Post-Dispatch describes it as an independent website run by
conservative Republicans who are challenging moderate GOP leaders in

He also predicted that Davis would win and that Harold would be
“working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority

posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 7:11:25 PM
by chicagolady
(Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)

To: chicagolady

Chicago republicans make Michigan RINOs look like Ronald Reagan.

posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 7:20:53 PM
by cripplecreek

And now – t he best post of the thread!!

To: chicagolady

and soon, Illinois GOPers will be able to concealed carry to these circular firing squad events

posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 7:48:26 PM
by bigbob

More footbullet action after the circular jump…

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – strange bedfellows edition

Morning, all! Firstly, in The Endless Freepathon(tm) news, the usual trick of throwing subsciptions and pledges into the total at the last moment and declaring victory doesn’t seem to be working so well lately.

The Thick Red Line’s been sitting at 84% for a week or so now. Was Lincoln right?

Anywhoo, let’s pause in the mining of Freeper Fools’ Gold from days of yore and get right to the new stuff, shall we? Theres a lot of infighting this week as the pseudo-libertarians and the for real fascists lock horns.

ISO suits on – blowers on max – airlock seals lubed (my favourite part) – rubber duckie dangling from light fixture…

KIBITZER!!! Very funny. Take that down please, before I shoot it.

Thenk yew.

First off –Ap-Pauled!!

Ron Paul: Manning ‘should be released’Politico ^ | 8/22/2013 | Breanna Edwards

Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:34:00 PM by Republican Wildcat

Former Rep. Ron Paul believes that Chelsea Manning — previously known as Bradley Manning — has done enough time in custody for the WikiLeaks scandal and should be released.

Paul, who made his comments at a Reddit AMA session on Thursday, agreed that Manning should’ve been punished for practicing civil disobedience and breaking the law, but Manning’s time served until now, as well as the other factors in the case, should prompt Manning’s release.

“He deserves some punishment, but he has already received (in my estimation) excessive amounts of punishment. He has been in prison for over 3 years as well as tortured, and most military personnel who are caught committing war crimes never receive any penalties.” Paul wrote when asked about Manning’s sentence.

“I think he should be released now, that he has done us a great service by letting the people know the truth[. He’s] a whistleblower in my estimation (even the courts did not charge him with aiding the enemy), and I believe his goal was to inform the American people of the truth about what was happening in the Iraq / Afghanistan Wars,” the veteran politician who now runs his own Internet show wrote.

1 posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:34:00 PM by Republican Wildcat

Oh dear.

To: Republican Wildcat

Paul should be committed.

2 posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:38:19 PM by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
Followed immediately by:
To: Republican Wildcat

Ron Paul is correct. The US Government is the enemy of freedom.

3 posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:38:39 PM by delapaz
Elspeth – be a dear and pass the butter please.
To: Republican Wildcat

Paul is nuttier than squirrel poop.

4 posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:39:10 PM by jazusamo (“I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white.” T. Sowell)
This, of course, is like being called “lazy” by Oedipus Tex.
To: Republican Wildcat

Given where the socialists and RINOs have led us I really want to support Libertarians when I can as I believe this country needs a strong dose of “leave me the Hell alone” inserted into the mix. Then crazy crap like this comes out. I hope Rand doesn’t want to release Manning.

5 posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:42:48 PM by plain talk
And therin lies your problem.
Republicans have never really liked libertarians, but tolerated them as useful idiots. It’s the political equivalent of “Cafeteria Catholics”, deciding what to pick and choose from the libertarian buffet of crazy.
They like the idea (or at least they think they do) of paying no Federal Income tax, but hate the idea of not being able to summon up a couple of Divisions to go bomb and shoot up some brown people.
They like the idea (or at least they think they do) of not being spied on, but they hate the idea of what Manning did to the point of wanting him killed.
Republicans are mostly Authoritarian jerkoffs with delusions of independence.
You can’t have it both ways, bozos. Pick a side and come down on it.
To: Republican Wildcat

Poor Rand. I almost feel sorry for him. He needs to have a talk with his dad. If Rand has any shot in ‘16… Ron needs to be sent to the rest home now.

9 posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:46:56 PM by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
To: Republican Wildcat

He can’t keep his mouth shut, can he. No matter the amount that this will reflect on his son and their common political heritage, he still has to take the contrarian position on everything that comes up.

Libertarians on the street are okay guys — we even sometimes agree. But their icons are often nuts.

17 posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:59:22 PM by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.)
To: Republican Wildcat

If the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree, then Rand Paul’s political career will soon be history.

21 posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 7:10:11 PM by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
To: Sirius Lee

Ron Paul’s ridiculous positions pretty much more than cancel out all of his correct positions on the issues. This one is so off the wall that one can only conclude that Ron Paul is certifiably insane.

He needs to shut up and go away before he destroys his son’s political career.

26 posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 7:22:38 PM by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
See? Love Rand Paul, but hate Ron Paul, because he won’t be quiet with the crazy. So when TraitorTraitorTraitorTraitorTraitors like Manning come along, Freepers are upset that reality clashes with their Authoritarian / fascist / line-them-all-up-and-shoot them mentality.
To: Republican Wildcat

Ron Paul is absolutely correct. Manning should be released.

From a B-52 at max cruising altitude over the Pacific.

32 posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:29:24 PM by ASA Vet (Don’t assume Shahanshah Obama will allow another election.)
To: Republican Wildcat
I think Manning should be released as well . . . providing that he is standing on one of these with a properly fitted and adjusted hempen necktie:
Ft. Smith gallows.
46 posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 8:56:08 AM by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
Like I said.
More after the short drop…

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Mother’s Day

A child of mine
Would eat fire, sing death
Still my hands forever
With her uncompromised mortality
— Marilyn Hacker, The Song of Liadan
I have one regret from the birth of my daughter.
I wish I could remember the anesthesiologist’s last name.
His first name was Luke, and he had the unfortunate job of holding my head while the doctors stitched me back together.
When they took Kick from me — it felt like that, like they’d stolen something that was mine, ripped it away — in the operating room, Mr. A got to hold her first. I kept asking, “Is she okay? Is she okay? Is she okay?”
“Is she okay?” my OB asked, incredulously. “Listen to her.”
She was howling, red-faced, flailing her tiny arms and legs. The doctor held her up over the curtain, then put her face next to mine for a second, just a second, so soft. Then she and Mr. A were taken to recovery and I was left alone with Luke. I was shaking, the adrenaline rush completely unexpected, shaking so hard I rattled the table.
You’ve got to understand, I said to Luke the anesthesiologist. She was our last chance. She was our very last chance.
We’d been trying for ten years to have a baby, most of those years in fertility treatment of one kind or another. After this last embryo transfer, we’d have been done. Out of options, at least for a child of our own. I’d given up on the idea, got drunk at a wine festival the week before the pregnancy test that confirmed she existed, accused the nurse who called with the news of screwing with me. Our very last chance, and it worked.
My teeth were chattering. I couldn’t breathe.
I’d had a thousand tests during this pregnancy. Not one of them had put my mind completely at ease. An ultrasound could tell you if your baby had two hands, two feet, but it couldn’t tell you if her brain was working typically, if she could see, if she could hear or make sounds or breathe outside the womb. So this moment was the first time I felt the answer was certain: She was fine, and she was here.
The shaking stopped, slowly, as the pain meds seeped into my blood. I was wheeled into the recovery room, and became dimly aware that I was starving. I could have murdered a cheeseburger and fries.
She was curled in a tiny blanket, snuggled up against Mr. A’s shoulder, and they were both wrapped in another blanket. I saw the top of her tiny head first, downy and pink.
They’d taken my heart out of my body, and there it was open to the world. Anything could happen to it.
I’ve never been so frightened.
Oh God, I thought. What did I do?

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Gruesome grab bag edition

Morning, all!

No unifying theme this week, I’m afraid – just random derpitude.

Let’s start with –Read it and sweep! (composite thread)

Republican Establishment Gloats After Primary Victories
Breitbart ^ | 05/06/14 | Tony Lee

Posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎29‎:‎41‎ ‎AM by Viennacon

The Republican establishment gloated after three underfunded Tea Party challengers failed to knock off incumbent Republicans in primaries on Tuesday while another establishment-backed candidate secured the GOP nomination for Senate in North Carolina.

“Next up is that fraud @MattBevin! #GOP,” tweeted Jahan Wilcox, a former aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who is now the RNC’s director of rapid response. (He later deleted it and said his thoughts were his “personal opinions.”)

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) defeated her primary challenger Frank Roche despite a series of high-profile outbursts in support of amnesty. Ellmers was heavily backed by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s group.

“Folks should be talking more about Ellmers,” tweeted Becky Tallent, a senior aide to Speaker John Boehner who formerly served as one of Sen. John McCain’s top amnesty lieutenants.

Boehner (R-OH) unsurprisingly coasted to victory against challenger J.D Winteregg. In response, Ana Navarro, the Jeb Bush ally, promptly tweeted,”Congratulations to @johnboehner on decisive primary win. Rumors of his demise were greatly exagerated…who’s crying now?”

Ohio freshman Rep. David Joyce defeated Matt Lynch, who was endorsed by FreedomWorks and Ron Paul, which prompted Brian Walsh, the former NRSC director of communications who still advises the group, to tweet, “BOOM.”

In the night’s main event, Tillis avoided what would have been a costly runoff to win the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate by securing more than 40% of the vote. He will take on vulnerable incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) in the fall. Tillis defeated Greg Brannon — who was backed by FreedomWorks, Rand Paul, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and nearly every local Tea Party group — and Mark Harris — who received the support of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Chamber of Commerce, and American Crossroads backed Tillis for the win.


And these people are relying on suckers to vote for them henceforth. Just listen to their sneering jibes. If you think these people will save America, you’re dead wrong.
1 posted on ‎5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎29‎:‎41‎ ‎AM by Viennacon
If you think bugfuck crazy fringe candidates are going to win elections, you’re dead brain.

To: Viennacon

Flux the GOP and the majority morons called voters. Flux politics too all rotten stuff mostly with mostly rotten people involved. Precious few are salt of the earth types.

2 posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎36‎:‎32‎ ‎AM by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)

Go flux yourself.
So – how did this ever happen (since the teahadists have their finger on the political pulse of America)?

To: Viennacon

Liberals are really circling the wagons now. Wonder how much primary fraud is going on?

4 posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎38‎:‎52‎ ‎AM by Olog-hai

Never mind.

To: Olog-hai

Liberals circling the wagons? My friend, just look at some of the other threads here tonight. MASSIVE surge of pro-Karl Rove, anti-conservative sentiment. Not sure if these poindexters were sent over specifically from DU or if they are just the more insane McCain section of FreeRepublic rearing their ugly heads.

One thing is for sure, JimRob needs to get out the Zot, and set it to kill.

6 posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎43‎:‎48‎ ‎AM by Viennacon


To: Olog-hai

It’s beyond madness. The Establishment is right now tearing into conservatives, on the war path… and various Freepers are jumping on the bandwagon!

If this is not fixed, then FR will have transformed from a conservative site to a republican site… two very different things.

10 posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎2‎:‎50‎:‎08‎ ‎AM by Viennacon

To: Viennacon
“If this is not fixed, then FR will have transformed from a conservative site to a republican site… two very different things.”

That happened long ago.

18 posted on 5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎3‎:‎06‎:‎37‎ ‎AM by Godebert


To: Viennacon
One thing is for sure, JimRob needs to get out the Zot, and set it to kill.

Oh yeah! That’s JUST what we need. Another purge after the very first series of primaries. Good grief.

44 posted on ‎5‎/‎7‎/‎2014‎ ‎6‎:‎12‎:‎48‎ ‎AM by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)

More after the quantum singularity…

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Aqua Buddah Strikes Back edition

Morning, all.

You know that there is no love lost between the Freeperati and the Rand Paul contingent, right?

I mean, “Randroid” is the nicest thing the rank and file have to say about him.

Well – this came bubbling up from the political cesspool that is CPAC:

Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
The Associated Press ^ | 03-08-2014 | Stephen Dinan

Posted on ‎3‎/‎8‎/‎2014‎ ‎4‎:‎52‎:‎54‎ ‎PM by PaulCruz2016

Sen. Rand Paul demolished his competition in the 2014 Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll on Saturday, winning 31 percent of the vote — nearly three times the total of second-place Sen. Ted Cruz.

Mr. Cruz’s 11 percent was still a big improvement for the freshman senator, who won just 4 percent in last year’s straw poll. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson was third with 9 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was fourth with 8 percent in results that signal growing discontent with the GOP establishment in Washington.

Indeed, CPAC voters now have an unfavorable view of Republicans in Congress, with 51 percent saying they disapprove of the job the GOP is doing on Capitol Hill. Just last year the GOP had a 54 percent approval rating, and in 2012 they held a 70 percent approval rating.


Rand Paul: 31%
Ted Cruz: 11%
All the other losers (Christie, Bush): less than 10%
1 posted on 3‎/‎8‎/‎2014‎ ‎4‎:‎52‎:‎54‎ ‎PM by PaulCruz2016
Please note the poster’s handle.
I’m almost afraid to look.

To: PaulCruz2016

So the Ron Paul cultists turned out for Rand.

3 posted on ‎3‎/‎8‎/‎2014‎ ‎4‎:‎55‎:‎28‎ ‎PM by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males—-the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))

To: PaulCruz2016

How many Paulestinians did they bus in?

4 posted on 3‎/‎8‎/‎2014‎ ‎4‎:‎55‎:‎36‎ ‎PM by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin’s next run, what will you do?)

“Paulestinians”? That’s a new one.

To: PaulCruz2016

After hearing about the background of those attending CPAC I am not sure I would ever support such a group.I wondered why Ted needed to be at such an event but he has to touch all the hands in his run for president. I just hope he remembers where he came from when he makes it over the top.

8 posted on ‎3‎/‎8‎/‎2014‎ ‎4‎:‎58‎:‎23‎ ‎PM by Hostage (ARTICLE V)

Ted Cruz? “Over the top”?
That ship sailed so very long ago…

To: PaulCruz2016
Rand Paul: 31%

Legalized pot gathered more support than Rand.

14 posted on ‎3‎/‎8‎/‎2014‎ ‎5‎:‎02‎:‎19‎ ‎PM by itsahoot (Voting for RINOs is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)

…and is a lot more fun.

To: PaulCruz2016

This is meaningless, half the voters were under 30 years old. That is a group who don’t show up at the polls.

Also, the Paul’s push legalized marijuana which may account for Paul’s popularity with the Pothead vote.

I like Ted Cruz, but he doesn’t inherit Pauliacs.

16 posted on ‎3‎/‎8‎/‎2014‎ ‎5‎:‎04‎:‎24‎ ‎PM by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)

“Pauliacs” (writes down in notebook)

To: PaulCruz2016

I sure wouldn’t be crowing over this…Romney one (sic) the 2012 CPAC straw vote

29 posted on ‎3‎/‎8‎/‎2014‎ ‎5‎:‎12‎:‎29‎ ‎PM by Nifster


To: PaulCruz2016

While I prefer Cruz on top


I think its going to take both of them to win.

36 posted on ‎3‎/‎8‎/‎2014‎ ‎5‎:‎17‎:‎39‎ ‎PM by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)

OK, Freepers. What’s the real reason you hate the Paul-bearers so much?
Immigration stance?
Pot proponency?

To: Zenjitsuman
26 posted on 3‎/‎8‎/‎2014‎ ‎5‎:‎10‎:‎30‎ ‎PM by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin’s next run, what will you do?)

Never mind.

To: PaulCruz2016; All
Indeed, his (Rand Paul’s) father, then-Rep. Ron Paul, won the straw poll twice on a similar libertarian-minded message, though he struggled to translate that support into votes when it came to primaries and caucuses.

GOOD!!! CPAC can choose the little punk all they want, but, thank God he still has to win the votes of the American people in the Primaries; which he WILL NOT do. It would be easier for me to forgive Rand Paul for raping a nun easier than I can forgive him for endorsing, and campaigning for, Mitch “The Bitch” McConnell. I will never forgive him for that, and I will never vote for the little political whore.NEVER!!

168 posted on ‎3‎/‎8‎/‎2014‎ ‎8‎:‎41‎:‎48‎ ‎PM by Din Maker (If Ted Cruz gave Rand Paul one of his balls, they’d both have one.)

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Now You Can’t Even Protest

It’s so rude, this sort of thing:

The act McMillin says is disruptive to our economy? Picketing.

House Bill 4643, sponsored by McMillin, would increase fines for protesters violating current picketing laws to $1,000 a day for individuals, and $10,000 a day for organizations sponsoring pickets, such as unions.

That’s right. McMillin’s solution to our fickle economy is to impose tougher penalties on a law already on the books.He first introduced the bill in 2011, but it was shot down by the House. Tommy doesn’t like to give up on his anti-union aspirations, though. After reintroducing the bill last April, the House, ever so bent to the right, seems to have taken a liking to McMillin’s idea. Last month, the bill was given a final reading and will now be taken up by the full House for a vote.

Can’t imagine what could have prompted this.



How To Ruin Your Newspaper: An Instruction Manual

Ten easy steps:

8. Less editorial edge: On the editorial page, inch steadily toward a centrist position with the objective of avoiding the alienation of any individual or group to the point that angry readers start canceling subscriptions. Become convinced that if no one calls to complain about an editorial then that’s a good sign.

7. Rely on focus groups: Form a focus group of readers and assign more weight to its members’ ideas for coverage than to your gut instinct. Readers often have no concept of the public-service mandate newspapers strive to live by. Focus groups will ask for more coverage of the high school girls’ volleyball team or the best rides at the state fair. Indulge them their preferences and inevitably the newspaper will move away from bold, grab-’em-by-the-collar coverage toward scrapbook material.

6. Create new community-related projects: Expand the definition of a newspaper and play a bigger role in cosponsoring community events. Better yet, dream up new projects the newspaper can sponsor entirely on its own: a bridal extravaganza or a women’s expo. “Borrow” the city hall reporter for a couple of weeks to help coordinate the coverage. Hope that no one notices the sudden dearth of stories about city hall.

All ten are made of YEAH NO KIDDING, but these are my favorites because they’ve happened everywhere I’ve worked, especially #6. Let’s do some shiny new thing, instead of making sure we continue to do what we’re supposed to do! I have zero problem with sponsorships as a marketing tool, but you’ve got to consider whether what you’re sponsoring has anything to do with your mission. If all you get is your name on a poster, that’s not a good use of your money (or anybody’s time).

The linked list above focuses on ways newsrooms can add to the dysfunction ruling American newspapers, so I’d add a few items that address other departments’ all-too-common responses to middling declines in revenue, such as:

1. Deliberately undercut distribution: You have a product which is already appealing to fewer people. Let’s make it harder to find! Drop a few delivery routes. Stop filling a few newspaper boxes (but leave the boxes in place so people know you’ve given up on them). If people complain that they can’t find a paper, route them to circulation.

2. Speaking of circulation, staff it with untrained minimum-wagers, and hide them behind a confusing phone tree: That way, when someone does actually want the paper enough to call, they’ll be so frustrated in every attempt to hand you their money that they’ll give up and read your competitors, or just watch local news on TV.

3. Assume your website markets itself: More people are getting their news online! It’s a basic fact of our existence, so if you put your news online, everybody who might have read it in print will read it on the Interwebs! Forget that the paper is the best and in many cases the ONLY way your news organization advertises itself, or that areas with high housing turnover such as commuter suburbs bring in new people who don’t know you’re their local source. The Internet magically beams information into the heads of the people who need it and will let them know to visit your site each day. Being online will save you millions!

4. For that matter, assume your newspaper markets itself: There’s no need to spend any money telling people who you are, what you do, or where to find your product. Your area is going through a housing boom, but your circulation numbers are declining? Attribute it to chaos theory, not your lack of outreach to new homeowners.

5. Communicate changes to your customers after the fact, and assume they are idiots: Give no warning before reducing home delivery, and whatever you do, don’t give people who’ve paid for the paper their money back if they’re suddenly getting less service for their subscription dollars. An editorial in the paper you’re publishing less frequently and distributing in fewer places will suffice to let everyone know what’s going on. You could also send them a letter telling them you’re going to give them details really soon on how you’re screwing them over. That’s always a winner.

6. Above all, bitch loudly about your potential customers in the trades: Nobody reads anymore, the ungrateful bastards. All kids today care about is their iPhones, and they’d rather twerk than hear about local government. We used to have a country of responsible adults and now everybody under 30 is an idiot (and luckily will never get any older, so there’s no point in not pissing them off).

7. Never miss an opportunity to declare your primary money-making medium a dead dog: This in no way undermines your sales staff’s efforts to convince people to invest cash in print campaigns with your paper. Just keep telling them it’s a matter of time before the whole thing goes tits-up. This has the added bonus of informing local officials that you’re weak and if they want to screw over the journalists trying to keep them in check, now would be an excellent time. There’s really no way to lose here.

Feel free to add your own in the comments.


The Role of Government

Let me see if I’ve got this straight. Government can’t be trusted to tell you if you can or cannot own a gun, or sort out where you might graze your cattle, or regulate the health insurance market, but it has no more noble calling than designating if you had any choice in how you became disabled.

Divide and conquer. Basically this guy wants to turn Medicaid into the Hunger Games and let people fight one another for the largesse the Capitol doles out.

This week can seriously fuck itself.