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  1. They even SMELL authentic…Eau de Campaign Promises.

  2. In Russia, dump takes you!

  3. No BBF last week means but one thing: This blog has become something worse than deplorable. It’s become… respectable.

    I shall visit no more.

  4. This blog has become something worse than deplorable. It’s become… respectable.

    Them’s fightin’ words, mister.

  5. “Mister” connotes respectability.

    I rest my case.

  6. I shall visit no more.

    Yay!!

  7. I shall visit no more.

    How could you possibly visit less?

  8. There’s that.

  9. “Mister” connotes respectability.

    I rest my case.

    I used “mister” because if I said “jackhole”, one of these other numbskulls would have thought I was addressing their sorry ass instead of yours.

  10. It would’ve been an upgrade for them.

  11. Paulsabitch, what happened to your planned trip to LQ?

  12. Did somebody say, “Jackhole”?

  13. Work. Got even busier — which is good, in that this contract is based on hours, not project fees or monthly retainer. Bad news is the wonderful place we stay in LQ is going away soon. The owner (a friend of mine you met, I think, at the BBC networking event) is walking away from it. Bought it at $775,000 two+ years ago; today it’s worth less than $250,000.

    I’m bummed about that, and the fact that I was going to bolt and leave you with the check.

  14. Paul: gimme a chance, I can fix the respectable problem

  15. Did somebody say, “Jackhole”?

    I sneezed a minute ago.

  16. Does anyone know if PJ made it home alive? Her kids?

  17. Where was she going?

    I was in her neck of the woods last week.

  18. From Utah back to San Diego, Paul.

  19. She went to Mormon World.

  20. No worries. They don’t bother her kind.

    I know these things. Don’t ask.

  21. I saw that article. Once I regained my sight.

  22. MOM!!! PAUL’S KILLING THE THREAD AGAIN!!!

  23. o Hai! wotz goin on?

  24. Great timing, Frances.

  25. FrancIs! FrancIs, Dammit!

  26. Q: “What do you eat?”

    A: “Nothing.”

    http://tinyurl.com/2egvjb6

    Horrifying.

  27. So, if I want to become a registered hostage, I have to create a WordPress blog? Is that correct?

  28. Whatever, Francine.

    Sean, it really is. The fucked up thing is that prior to 1950, North Korea was the industrialized nation, and South Korea was the backwards agrarian nation.

  29. Francis, if you just want the avatar, go to gravatar.com

  30. I also linked that over at DPUD. I mentioned a book I just read, and the final chapter was on Afghanistan. Turns out that the country was well on its way to modernization and prosperity and that fundamentalist Islam was rare before the communist coup in the 70s.

    Good job, assholes.

  31. I’m out. I’ll see you foot fetishists in the morning.

  32. Oh, fine, leave me with the new guy.

  33. I’m not new. I’m so old, I’m dead.

  34. Oh, great. The dead have risen. And they can type.

  35. ‘Sup, Bitches?

  36. Hey, ‘cano. How’s island life treating you?

  37. I just realized that I didn’t object to being called a bitch.

    Meh.

  38. No worries. I meant the OTHER bitches. Life’s ok.

  39. Hope all is well with you.

  40. I’m currently listening to Obama’s 2004 convention speech, so, no, all is not well.

    I am, on the other hand, inflicting this on myself. I hate me.

  41. Obama hates you too.

  42. Well, it’s not like I voted for the dude or signed up a bunch of illegal immigrants and/or felons and/or fictional characters to do vote for Democrats back in 2008 or during the 2010 midterms, so I can hardly blame him.

    I mean, I don’t know much about the style of Islam they practice in the part of Africa where he was born, but I’m pretty sure that it’s not like he owes me anything.

  43. CARIN!!!!!!

    Wakey The Hell Up!

  44. Wakey wakey

  45. From that Nork article linked up there :

    Another journalist, Lee Jun, said that if caught, he would be branded a traitor by his government and executed. The punishment for his immediate family might be only slightly more lenient. But he says that is a chance he is willing to take if getting the news out of North Korea brings down the regime.

    Imagine how pissed they’re going to be when they find out that the world has known ALL ALONG how horrible things are in there and did nothing.

    That countries gave their leader money.

  46. Cuffy linked an AP story on der twitterz last night that says that the US hasn’t had any major storms (i.e., hurricanes) in 5 years.

    *cough*

  47. If you want to find out what NORK is like, check out this link to a debate about the axis of evil.
    http://is.gd/hZAVy

  48. Below the video are chapter selections. Its chapter 16.

  49. This place has gone completely to hell.

  50. More coffee please.

  51. Just want to sleep today

  52. A few years ago there was a series of photo-essay on Nork that was just amazing. I went searching for it to show my daughter, and I couldn’t locate it.

    It was just amazing.

    One was of a computer lab which the person would given a tour of by some proud North Korean tour guide, who didn’t realize that the computers were ANCIENT by our standards and that the photographer was taking shots revealing that they weren’t even plugged in.

  53. WAKE UP YOU TWO.

    Try jumping jacks.

  54. The heat in teh house makes me sleepy. More coffee…ahh: nectar of the gods.

  55. My defense plan for South Korea is to place noodle kiosks every 200 meters just this side of the DMZ. An invading Nork army would be stopped in its tracks.

  56. Comments on Sean’s article keep mentioning right wing dictatorships. After looking up the meaning online, I don’t think it means what they think it means.

    Lemme get this straight, any dictatorship that is from the military, or the church, is a right wing dictatorship? Gimme a break. Stupid lefties want to blame everyone else for their faults. They are the ones that want to control everything, not the right wing.

  57. That’s genius, Herr.

    Of course, they would have to give away the noodles, ’cause the norks won’t have any money.

    (the only hole in your plan is that they say that the NK army is fed … I don’t know how low-down on the food chain that gets, but I saw some pictures over the weekend and those standing guard looked well-fed and healthy)

  58. Heartache!

    I know the on-again off-again nature of SteynOnline in recent months has sorely tried readers’ patience. Rather boringly, I have some health issues that demand somewhat more attention than I’ve been able to give them. So rather than keep driving you nuts by showing signs of life on the home page for a day or two and then lapsing back into sleep mode for a week, we’re going to close up shop for a while.

    I thought perhaps he was writing a book or something. Crap.

  59. Comments on Sean’s article keep mentioning right wing dictatorships.

    In the end, the only actual “right wing dictatorships” I can think of are Tojo’s Japan and Pinochet’s Chile, and that’s probably because I don’t know shit about Chile and Imperial Japan still had some pretty heavy fascist tendencies.

  60. The two extremes are absolute tyranny and absolute anarchy (no government) . The wish of the left to put fascist governments ‘on the extreme right’ of the political spectrum is silly.

    If they were better read, they’d know that.

  61. Heh. Mona charen made a funny:

    When a Christian says “Praise God,” people nod politely or in agreement. When a Muslim shouts “Allahu Akbar,” everybody ducks.

  62. Imperial Japan still had some pretty heavy fascist tendencies.

    Color me crazy, but fascists still want to control everything centrally, which again links back to leftist ideas. Still not sure why fascist seems to equal right wing. It’s just another flavor of leftist control.

    Maybe my definition of right wing is off.

  63. The wish of the left to put fascist governments ‘on the extreme right’ of the political spectrum is silly.

    Don’t look up the wikipedia definition of fascism, then. Your head will explode. According to that one, everything that has ever gone wrong can be put at the foot of the right.

  64. Still not sure why fascist seems to equal right wing.

    It doesn’t. Communism=government ownership of property.
    Fascism=subjugation of private property rights to the political and social goals of government.
    Different places on the same continuum.

  65. Still not sure why fascist seems to equal right wing.

    It’s the cool uniforms that confuse them.

  66. wikipedia definition

    That shit right there is teh funny.

  67. It’s the cool uniforms that confuse them.

    Fascism=use of professional dry cleaners
    Communism=laundromat by committee

  68. I don’t know. Right wing and left wing apply to democracy, whereas communism and fascism are something else all together. Apples and oranges?

  69. Anarchy=free ballin’.

  70. Different places on the same continuum.

    Yep. I recommend the 5000 year leap. It is where the power rests. Fascists, communists … they’re all statists. We’ve allowed the leftests to frame the definitions and it’s bullshit.

  71. . Right wing and left wing apply to democracy, whereas communism and fascism are something else all together. Apples and oranges?

    Imagine a continuum. On the left is absolute tyranny. On the right is absolute anarchy (no law). The current left favors more power resting with the State (who know better). The right (currently) wants more power to be with the people. The anarchists (and there are some, although they seem to mix themselves up with the left, which demonstrates how stupid they are) want no government.

    Actually, I think the anarchists are just anti-Western government.

  72. Right wing and left wing apply to democracy, whereas communism and fascism are something else all together.

    I like to make lefty heads explode by changing “right and left” to Milton Friedman’s “liberalist and socialist”, then ask them where they lie in that continuum. Liberal and Conservative have become meaningless. In the end, lefties are all just plain old fascists. “You can keep your shit, but I get to tell you what to do with it for the good of Teh Children/Gaia/Shitty Artists/Slackers Like Me, etc. Very few actual commies, but when you run in to them they’re actually refreshing compared to the Green Shirted nanny-staters.

  73. Actually, I think the anarchists are just anti-Western government. smashing bank windows and burning McDonalds to try to get a piece of ass off the chick with the hairy armpits.

  74. Where is monarchy on the continuum? I fear we are close to that.

    Now, eat your salad.

  75. One staffer noticed the president was a smoker. The staffer, in an incident that Wolffe believes proves how caring the man is, took it upon himself to present the president with a nicotine patch — “then listened to him protest that he could take care of his own health. ‘I love you, man,’ the staffer said. ‘I want you to look after yourself. Chew the gum.'”

    How do you think that would have gone over?

  76. Imagine a continuum.

    Heh, I’ve tried that argument. Once they get to the point that they can’t push back at it with any facts, they either bring up Bush or racism. At that point, I know I’ve won.

    But I just want them to see the point. GAH! I don’t want to win, I want them to learn it.

  77. Good morning, salad tossers.

  78. Turns out that the country was well on its way to modernization and prosperity and that fundamentalist Islam was rare before the communist coup in the 70s.

    Good job, assholes.

    The assholes say ‘thank you’. That is the whole goal of communism….destroy. Period.

    Imagine how pissed they’re going to be when they find out that the world has known ALL ALONG how horrible things are in there and did nothing.

    That countries gave their leader money.

    History just repeats itself. I’ve always wondered why the pot bellied pig was never quietly taken out to the wood shed.

  79. I was thinking about that divorce article poated yesterday.

    A divorce usually involves a property settlement as well.

    The left can have:
    EPA
    FHA
    HHS
    TSA
    Energy
    Education
    National Endowment for the Arts
    ICC
    Transportation

    We’ll take:
    Defense
    FBI
    CIA
    Homeland Security

  80. Handling these people is a matter of a simple formula:
    13 steps
    13 loops
    6′ drop for a weight of 170 lbs.
    Add or subtract 1″ for every 5 lbs less or more, respectively.

  81. Which reminds me of my other ponders. I was listening to our morning radio guy and he is remarking that the stuff we are finding out about the state department actually reflects well on them and Hillary, as in they are actually a little more hard lined behind the scenes. WTF.

    Like even our allies are going to want to share much of anything. Like having a system so open to such a download without alarm bells going off. Like doing a whole lot of nothing about it.

    And Hillary? Regarding her past history of mining info on her ‘enemies’ and using it to her advantage, her doing it to foreign dignitaries (which I’m sure one country must do to another) makes me rather cynical of her and her motives. Would she use it to our advantage or her own personal gain?

  82. Good morning, Jazz. Haven’t seen you in a while.

  83. Hey, MJ!

    The holiday put a crimp in my visitation schedule around here. I’m back, though, at least for now – I have a project I’m working on that’s going to take a bit more of my time than I’ve been used to.

  84. Reading through some more of the above comments. Yeah, not so many pure commies as there are manipulative bossy fuck older sisters wanting your shit and beating you up to get it.

    America’s form of government and political spectrums.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7M-7LkvcVw

  85. Monarchy – dictatorship, ruled by one

    Oligarchy – ruled by a few

    Democracy – ruled by a majority

    Republic – ruled by law

    Anarchy – ruled by noone

  86. was listening to our morning radio guy and he is remarking that the stuff we are finding out about the state department actually reflects well on them and Hillary, as in they are actually a little more hard lined behind the scenes. WTF.

    Well, because if they revealed the truth, it would reveal the bullshit behind most everything that hurled at Bush.

    But, they still are incompetent. I mean, they may talk a bit tougher behind the veil, but they don’t want to actually *do* anything to upset their base.

  87. Kakistocracy – Rule by the least qualified, most unscrupulous, worst persons

  88. Where is monarchy on the continuum? I fear we are close to that.

    Monarchy is a tyranny.

    Far left side of the continuum. State power. Dictator. It doesn’t matter what flavor the dictatorship takes … communist, fascist. The only important issue is the concentration of power.

    All the bullshit about “nationalism” etc is a distraction from the reality.

    I mean, take this definition:

    Fascism (pronounced /ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology.[1][2][3][4] Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy.[5][6] Fascism was originally founded by Italian national syndicalists in World War I who combined extreme right-wing political views along with collectivism.[7][8][9] Scholars generally consider fascism to be on the far right.[10][11][12][

    “radical”? In what sense?

    Authoritarian? All tyrannies are authoritarian.

    Right-Wing – wiki describes as:

    Use of the term “Right” became more prominent after the second restoration of the French monarchy in 1815 with the Ultra-royalists.[10] Today it is primarily used to refer to political groups that have a historical connection with the traditional Right, including conservatives, reactionaries, monarchists, aristocrats, and theocrats. The term is also used to describe those who support free market capitalism, and those who support some forms of nationalism, including fascism.

    It is to laugh. The term, in today’s context, is meaningless. Monarchist and Capitalists and fascists.

    That’s why Jeff at PW refers to himself as a “classical liberal.”

  89. Sorry for the BiW comment.

    I got carried away.

  90. Good morning, humplickers. And Hostagettes.

    Did the diplomatic cables talk about how hot Carla Bruni is? If not, why isn’t our State Department on top of this important issue? It’s just another damning indictment of how broken our bureaucracy is.

  91. That’s going to be my new favoritist word, Jazz hands.

  92. Oligarchy most common form of government, then, and now.

    Anarchy is a temporary tool for the left.

    Democracy gradual transition from a limited government to the unlimited rule of the oligarchy.

    Our choice. A republic or an oligarchy.

    We are closer to an oligarchy than a monarchy, which is actually about the same thing. A chosen puppet front man with his band of masters, behind the scenes.

  93. Car in, you are correct. Incompetent and impotent are the words I was looking for. Impotent, as in not doing anything to piss off their loonies.

  94. What form of rule is it when your wife tells you what to do in a very subtle way, so you find yourself driving her to the airport at 4am? Marriageocracy? Vaginal monarchy?

  95. Democracy gradual transition from a limited government to the unlimited rule of the oligarchy.

    Which bumblefuck has taken to all new heights.

    shit. now i’m getting all worked up now.

  96. What form of rule is it when your wife tells you what to do in a very subtle way,

    Loyal husband that lurves his wife.

    Marriage.

  97. Which bumblefuck has taken to all new heights.

    Yep. He threw the rule of law right out the window.

    If you haven’t watched that youtube I linked. Watch it. Now. You already have it down.

  98. Marriage.
    ——————
    Oh, right. I’m going to demand a ‘meeting of the inner council’ when she gets back from KC and Houston. IYKWIMAITYD.

  99. That’s going to be my new favoritist word, Jazz hands.

    It is the most apt description I’ve found.

    What form of rule is it when your wife tells you what to do in a very subtle way, so you find yourself driving her to the airport at 4am? Marriageocracy? Vaginal monarchy?

    Hoo-ha-cracy.

  100. MJ, you may want to throw in a dinner and some chocolates as you subtley beg to get near the ‘inner council’.

  101. It’s time for Madonna to let it go.

    Scroll down to the one of her by herself in a black and white dress.

    What has happened to her face? How can anyone think that is an improvement over the normal signs of aging?

  102. Yep. He threw the rule of law right out the window.

    If you haven’t watched that youtube I linked. Watch it. Now. You already have it down.

    I can’t watch videos :(

    Wish I could. A ten min vid … would eat up my bandwidth.

    I blame mare.

  103. Howdy, Doodies.

  104. Good call, Jazz. I think Kakistocracy captures it nicely.

  105. Her face looks terrible. But I have to admit, not a bad bod for 52, and I like the stompy boots.

  106. It’s just ironic that she cares so much for her body, yet does THAT to her head.

  107. ‘Sup, losers, cruisers and bathroom choosers?

  108. I’ve been hating her hair for years now. Parted down the center and lying limply down the sides of her head? Who thought this was a good idea?

    Is pretty not ‘in’ anymore?
    (of course, I’m an avowed and eternal lover of Big Hair, so whatever. De gustibus non disputandum est)

    In that bottom pic she looks kinda like Jewel to me.

  109. Big fan of big hair. I loved the 80s and 90s because of big hair.

    Except when I set that poor girls hair on fire while trying to light her cigarette.

  110. I think she’s trying to look like Fergie.

  111. Fergie does nothing for me. She’s a real butterface.

  112. Fergie kinda looks like a man.

  113. Lindsay Lohan lives in the posterior left quadrant of my brain.

  114. I think she’s trying to look like Fergie.

    Fergie does nothing for me. She’s a real butterface.

    Fergie kinda looks like a man.

    So far, all I see is a bunch of agreeing going on.

  115. Furries are the apex of western civilization’s cultural development.

  116. Big hair RAWKS.

    *thrashes shaggy head to Sepultura*

  117. Jay wants a fight.

  118. Lindsay Lohan lives in the posterior left quadrant of my brain.

    No wonder the poor girl turned to drugs.

  119. Fergie does nothing for me. She’s a real butterface pants pisser.

    FTFY

  120. They all look like over-made-up bar flys.

  121. Magicians with mallets mash musicians maliciously.

  122. No soft.

  123. I’ll have what MCPO’s having.

    Black tar, is it?

  124. Fergie does nothing for me. She’s a real butterface pants pisser.

    FTFY

    Since Jazz brought up that fixed comment. Youtube is blocked at work, but

    http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=madonna+bmw+ad

    should bring up the Madonna – Clive Owen BMW ad. Quite funny!

  125. Should I take a nap or get some shit done?

    *ponders*

    Here’s a random note…….my store’s sales were $870k on Black Friday.

  126. Nap.

  127. Frequent flyers foist fables on foreigners.

  128. I’ve had a headache for the past two weeks. It’s all muscle tension. My mother is a massage therapist, and I had hour-plus massage sessions both yesterday and the day before, but things aren’t progressing quickly. I’ll need a few more sessions at a minimum, and probably a lot more than that. I’m thankful I have her as a resource, though. I’d hate to have to actually pay for medical massages.

  129. Here’s a random note…….my store’s sales were $870k on Black Friday

    Is that good? It seems kind of thin to me.

  130. Petty officers piss off patriotic partiers

  131. Didn’t get to watch RESTREPO last night, but I downloaded it this morning.

  132. TSA touches tools and toolboxes to terminate terrorism.

  133. Jazz, our store was number one, in the district, in sales on Black Friday.

    That was just one store in one day. It is good.

  134. xbrad acts exhausted after accosting agricultural animals.

  135. Out of gazillion stores in the chain of stores.

  136. When I worked at a competing store, their sales were usually a bit less than half of that.

  137. >> Here’s a random note…….my store’s sales were $870k on Black Friday.

    Raaaaacist!!

  138. That was just one store in one day. It is good

    How is in historical context, though? Up, down, or consistent with past years?

  139. Sorry for the BiW comment.

    I got carried away.

    U R Doin’ it wrong.

  140. Beasn, I’m not sure it’s random: A lot of people are feeling rich since they’re not paying their mortgages. We’re gonna helluva hangover someday.

  141. So was “Lighten Up francis” a sockpuppet, or did another lurker de-lurk last night?

  142. I’ve had a headache for the past two weeks.
    —————————–
    That’s pretty weird. I had a headache for 17 days last month then a few weeks off, now its back. I’m on day 2, and I assume its related to stress. At one point I assumed I had brain cancer. How are you dealing with it other than massages?

  143. Could it be Teafran?

  144. Francis is a lurker at Ace.

  145. I’ve had a headache for the past two weeks. It’s all muscle tension. My mother is a massage therapist, and I had hour-plus massage sessions both yesterday and the day before, but things aren’t progressing quickly. I’ll need a few more sessions at a minimum, and probably a lot more than that. I’m thankful I have her as a resource, though. I’d hate to have to actually pay for medical massages.

    Have you tried heroin?

  146. How is in historical context, though? Up, down, or consistent with past years?

    Our store has always been pretty high in sales due to the area. The summer before last, they were super centered and the sales jumped. This year’s Black Friday is about the same as last year’s.

    It will be interesting to see what happens when the local Shop-n-Save opens it’s brand new gargantuan store, kiddycorner to ours.

  147. Shenanigans in the House. FUCKING DEMOCRAT SHITSTAINS.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJSnozJ4LVg

  148. Could it be TeafranSatan?

    FIFY

  149. MJ, Jazz

    Have you tried giving up on Gluten? It might be Gluten..

  150. I hope Francis comes back. As a rule, we kind of do a shitty job of acclimating new visitors and making them feel welcome.

  151. Have you tried giving up on Gluten? It might be Gluten

    I only consume free gluten.

  152. Hahahaha, y’all, check out Gwen Ifill’s extremely belated defense of her stupid “ummmm” tweet about Sarah. Go to the Corner and find John J. Miller’s 3:48 pm post yesterday. She called him and said that she thought Sarah’s comment was a play on that song “party like it’s 1999” and she “was trying to indicate that.” Hahahaha. Worst explanation ever.

  153. Beasn, I’m not sure it’s random: A lot of people are feeling rich since they’re not paying their mortgages.

    Ding ding ding!!

    I work with a guy in that boat. His house is in foreclosure but yet he’s all over standing in line for a $250, 48″ teevee. Or $160 video games. And partying. He says he still needs to have fun.

    I cannot wrap my brain around that kind of thinking.

  154. Ace’s assignations arouse Asian arrogance.

  155. How are you dealing with it other than massages?

    Punching hippies.

    Other than that, I’m really not. I don’t take pharmaceuticals as a rule (for the most part – I have a couple of exceptions).

  156. Jazz’s video @11:55 is a must-see. Well, if you can keep your breakfast down while watching it, anyway.

  157. Go to the Corner and find John J. Miller’s 3:48 pm post yesterday.

    How about a link?

  158. I hope Francis comes back. As a rule, we kind of do a shitty job of acclimating new visitors and making them feel welcome.

    Yeah, because the ones we have been nice and welcoming to have turned out so well.

    We may as well get them used to the elbows and knees right out of the gate as a proper way to manage expectations.

  159. How about a link?

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/254067/gwen-again-john-j-miller

  160. Vestal virgins voraciously vouch for visitors.

  161. Have you tried heroin?

    Yeah. Unfortunately, I don’t handle the side effects well: I prefer to drop trou before I take a shit, and I’ve never liked sleeping in a pile of my own retch.

  162. My other coworker makes excuses for that kind of thinking/behavior. Says they are young and haven’t I made bad choices when I was young?

    Er…no. We are talking about mid twenty something and thirty year olds. I was pretty much on my own at 18, married at 22, buying our first house at 25/26. Couldn’t do that if I were pissing the cash away.

    We are now infantilizing 30 year olds as a society. I work with two gals, both 26 years old, I want to slap them both for acting like teens.

  163. Beasn,

    Yes you can.. it is the American experiment ending.. When reasonable Americans feel that the rules are being gamed by everyone in Government and banks are foreclosing on properties that they will end up making 3 times the value on, then why do the “rules” matter?

    *goes back to bunker to listen to Glen Beck*

  164. Francis feigns friendship, forces fantasy fellowship.

  165. I hope Francis comes back. As a rule, we kind of do a shitty job of acclimating new visitors and making them feel welcome.

    Yeah, fuck ’em.

  166. We may as well get them used to the elbows and knees right out of the gate as a proper way to manage expectations.

    Some sort of acknowledgment and engagement of noobs might be helpful in bringing them back. Doesn’t necessarily have to be all Welcome Wagon and Martha Stewart, but disregard – benign or intentional – doesn’t really encourage people to participate.

  167. >> I work with two gals, both 26 years old, I want to slap them both for acting like teens.

    Made essentially this same comment to Mrs. Andy last night about my niece. The time to act like a teenager is when you’re an … ummm … teenager. Not when you’re 25*.

    * Occasional reversions later in life by doing things like shotgunning beers in a hotel parking lot notwithstanding

  168. I work with a guy in that boat. His house is in foreclosure but yet he’s all over standing in line for a $250, 48″ teevee. Or $160 video games. And partying. He says he still needs to have fun.

    Yep. Multiply that by 15 million households (or whateverthefuck number) and you’re talking about a lot of dough that’s being repurposed into disposable crap instead of living expenses. And being proclaimed by our benevolent overlords as “recovery.”

    *clicks over to ZeroHedge for more doomporn*

  169. Jazz and mj, maybe it’s sinus? A lot of mine are sinus. A miniscule amount are hormonal….a few punches to someone’s face diminishes those.

    *makes note to clean up the hay pile in the basement*

  170. Yes you can.. it is the American experiment ending.. When reasonable Americans feel that the rules are being gamed by everyone in Government and banks are foreclosing on properties that they will end up making 3 times the value on, then why do the “rules” matter?

    Or those who are simply disillusioned by the plain evidence of a two-tiered system. One in which influential members of Congress obtain multiple “jumbo” loans at ridiculously favorable terms, and the second tier where the average person obtains a smaller loan at much less favorable terms from the same lender. And when such a system can only keep from crashing as long as the little borrower is willing to bend over and grab his ankles, its really difficult to convince him to don sackcloth and ashes.

  171. You were quite welcoming to me. But then again I don’t give two shits.

  172. Morgenholz mulls malevolence. Members muse.

  173. Catman, sorry I didn’t have a chance to hook up with you when I was down there. I’d have had much more free time if the $*&^% deer had cooperated.

  174. Jazz and mj, maybe it’s sinus?

    Mine is muscle tension and spasm. I have structural irregularities (low-back scoliosis and cervical vertebrae issues) that precipitate shit like this. It’s just a fact of life for me.

  175. maybe it’s sinus?
    ————–
    I’m going to try to relax, but if it goes on for a few more days I’m going to take a round of antibiotics. (I bought a shitolad in Mexico).

    If that doesn’t work I’m going to consider heroin.

  176. Some sort of acknowledgment and engagement of noobs might be helpful in bringing them back. Doesn’t necessarily have to be all Welcome Wagon and Martha Stewart, but disregard – benign or intentional – doesn’t really encourage people to participate.

    Niether does being intentionally shitty with them when they do participate, but that really hasn’t stopped people from doing it in the past.

    I can’t put my finger on what makes some commentors welcome here, and others notsomuch, but it seems to me that the general mindset requires a certain degree of angst that some people have been unable to sufficiently immitate for other regulars’ liking.

  177. You were quite welcoming to me. But then again I don’t give two shits.

    You only have to lurk for about 3 minutes before you realize that delurking is going to result in a kick in the poon or two. Anyone who’s scared of that probably ain’t gonna survive when things get rough…like BBF.

  178. catman, the coworker who argues that also says that today is a lot different than when we were younger? (She also thinks it okey dokey to use food stamps for $40 birthday cakes.)

    I asked her how. When I was younger, in Jimmy Carter’s reign, if such things as cell phones or video games were available, there would have been no way in hell I would have owned either. Couldn’t afford it. Had to walk everywhere if I wanted to get somewhere. Fun material goods took second place to real priorities. She just waves me off and repeats ‘times are different’ as if our kids are dumpster diving to eat.

  179. You were quite welcoming to me. But then again I don’t give two shits.

    That’s because we thought you were a chick with ginormous cans.

  180. I can’t put my finger on what makes some commentors welcome here, and others notsomuch, but it seems to me that the general mindset requires a certain degree of angst that some people have been unable to sufficiently immitate for other regulars’ liking.
    ———————
    Can you please translate this to English, or a decent facsimile there of?

  181. I hope Francis comes back. As a rule, we kind of do a shitty job of acclimating new visitors and making them feel welcome.

    Yeah, fuck ‘em.

    We’ve been awfully nice to folks, welcome them, invite them to post a picture on POL.

    I say we insist on a waiting period before we let them into POL.

    One month minimum.

  182. >> Or those who are simply disillusioned by the plain evidence of a two-tiered system.

    See, this is what I mean by “Two Americas.” Evil rich people live in gigantic mansions with their wives, mistresses and love children in one of them while the poor are being screwed in the other. I’d appreciate your vote this November and pledge to rectify this horrible injustice immediately.

    /John Edwards

  183. to sufficiently immitate for other regulars’ liking.
    ———————
    Can you please translate this to English, or a decent facsimile there of?

    I think he means Wiser runs ’em all off.

  184. Car in, what the heck is POL and who do you have to ingratiate yourself to for access?

    *spirit crushed, cries into binky*

  185. We’ve been awfully nice to folks, welcome them, invite them to post a picture on POL.

    That’s not ubiquitously true. It’s not uncommon, but I’d hardly call it consistent behavior.

  186. How about we ask new people to send a toe…with nail polish?

  187. Car in, what the heck is POL and who do you have to ingratiate yourself to for access?

    *spirit crushed, cries into binky*

    Proof of Life. It’s our family album. It’s password protected, and to get the password you need to prove you are you pretend to be.

    I’m just saying … we’ve got folks in there who showed up for a few weeks, then disappeared.

  188. Car in, what the heck is POL and who do you have to ingratiate yourself to for access?

    Put your big girl panties on, ferchrissakes!

  189. Occasionally the blog gets PMS.

  190. Andy, one of the 26 year olds is now going through ‘culinary school’ and is bitching up a storm that because she is part-time, she can’t buy dental insurance through work. She was able to before for about $8 a month (wtf?). She bitches that when she makes it to the dentist, they yell at her for going for 2 years without a cleaning and how groddy her teeth have crusted over.

    I tell her that it isn’t that expensive to pay out of pocket to get a regular cleaning. She says she can’t afford the $100-$150 per cleaning. I say to go once a year. She says she can’t afford once a year. I ask her how much her cell phone costs per month. She says she needs her cell in the event she is stranded. I say she needs her teeth to eat, not to mention other health aspects of a clean mouth. The phone is not a need, the many road trips she takes with friends is not a need.

    Btw, her decorating skills suck. I have no idea what she is going to do with her ‘degree’ from culinary school. I think she goes for the eating part.

  191. I’m just saying … we’ve got folks in there who showed up for a few weeks, then disappeared.

    So, it’s like the Soviet Union, but with inflatable livestock?

  192. *cries EVEN HARDER into binky*

    Mom! Chief is being mean to me!

  193. That’s not ubiquitously true. It’s not uncommon, but I’d hardly call it consistent behavior.

    I think new commenters get “ignored” if they show up when no one’s around. Or few people. No sense responding to a noob if the comment is hour old.

    It also helps to introduce yourself with the first comment.

  194. *cries EVEN HARDER into binky*

    Mom! Chief is being mean to me!

    It’s an act. He’s one of the sweetest men on algore’s internet.

    Of course, he’ll prolly kill me for revealing his secret.

  195. Mom! Chief is being mean to me!

    *Stands back with beer to “supervise”*

  196. Btw, her decorating skills suck. I have no idea what she is going to do with her ‘degree’ from culinary school. I think she goes for the eating part.

    Ten bucks says she smokes.

  197. So, I guess this is a good time to de-lurk?

  198. Oh, good idea, Carin.

    I never introduced myself.

    Hi, my name is Hotspur.

  199. hotspur, no she does not smoke. But she is quite immature. And fat. Not that being fat is a crime. It just blinks neon with her overall attitude and work ethic.

  200. >> I think she goes for the eating part.

    Brings us full-circle to the teeth, doesn’t it?

  201. How about we ask new people to send a toe…with nail polish?

    You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don’t wanna know about it, believe me. Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o’clock this afternoon… with nail polish.

  202. My God, Cub. I thought my randomly generated avatar was bad. A salmon colored square with a British dentist? WTF?

  203. Oh, good idea, Carin.

    I never introduced myself.

    Hi, my name is Hotspur.

    Is it too late to ban Hotspur?

  204. make that ‘negative neon’ in her case.

    I have no issues with those that are overweight. Whiney baby boo boos tend to make me take note of something I don’t ordinarily make or have an issue with.

  205. Welcome, Cub! There’s never been a better time to de-lurk! C’mon in!

    *hands over keys to Executive Washroom*

  206. I think to be taken seriously, one needs an Avatar.

    Eyes Herr and cub and jakeman suspiciously.

    Leon gets grandfathered-in.

  207. How did jakeman get those keys?

  208. I think new commenters get “ignored” if they show up when no one’s around. Or few people. No sense responding to a noob if the comment is hour old.

    I’ve seen noobs comment in busy threads and get ignored, which is why I make an effort to actually engage them when I see them. MJ and Aggie are two recents whom I actively tried to engage to get them to come back. JAM2, also, although he doesn’t seem inclined to comment regularly.

    So, I guess this is a good time to de-lurk

    Always glad to have another! Although, if you’ve been lurking, you should realize that this – right here – is about as nice as anyone here is ever going to be to you. So, don’t get used to it.

    Now get us some sammitches. :)

  209. I think to be taken seriously, one needs an Avatar.

    Hence my stubborn insistence on dancing with what I brung.

  210. So, I guess this is a good time to de-lurk?

    What is your major malfunction, Cub?

  211. Eyes Herr

    Look! No pants!
    I’ve thought about getting an avatar, but I’ve become fond of Petey the Pie-Eyed Pentagon. He’s like the “special kid” you stuck up for on the playground.

  212. Welcome Cub. I am Jay in Ames. Still kind of a noob myself, but you’ll find their bark is much worse than their bite. The funneh makes it good.

  213. How did jakeman get those keys?

    I slipped ’em out of Rosetta’s pocket when he was sleeping, and made a bunch of copies at the local Ace Hardware.

  214. It also helps that you lurk for a while and get that “real life” is different than “blog life” and Ace does not consider this the “secret circle”

    ….also wear a “Poon Protector”

  215. ….also wear a “Poon Protector”

    Now THAT is bringing the fookin funnay, catman!

  216. this place went to shit around March 2009.

  217. I’ve seen noobs comment in busy threads and get ignored, which is why I make an effort to actually engage them when I see them.

    That happens on every blog, or conversation for that matter. Just the way things are.

    You gotta make a good point, or make yourself stand out, to draw attention to yourself. Hence the reason trolls get so much attention, while a commenter might slip between the cracks.

  218. >> I slipped ‘em out of Rosetta’s pocket when he was sleeping

    Rosetta!!! You assured us you killed that hooker who rolled you.

    Maybe this happened more than once …

  219. Flashing pics of your bewbs is a good way to get attention.

    For the wimmens.

    Guys? Not so much.

  220. We never get any trolls.

    *kicks Jazz in the nads*

  221. Flashing pics of your bewbs is a good way to get attention.

    For the wimmens.

    Guys? Not so much.

    *puts shirt back on

  222. GREETINGS, FILTH.

    TAGNASH IS AMUSED BY YOUR ATTEMPTS TO DRAW FURTIVE VERMIN INTO THE LIGHT OF YOUR REVOLTING AFFECTIONS.

    TAGNASH WILL SPARE YOUR POINTLESS LIVES FOR ONE MORE DAY ONLY.

  223. You gotta make a good point, or make yourself stand out, to draw attention to yourself.

    This place is a circle jerk; it’s always the same people commenting. Irrespective of point, new names stand out by virtue of their alien-ness.

  224. My 9 year old daughters Christmas list is frightening:

    Hammer
    Box of nails
    Pliers
    Duct tape
    Microscope
    Hand saw
    Goggles

  225. I saw Francis at Facechimpfuck, and I knew he was a moron, just didn’t know who he was. He mentioned that he’d lurked here a few times. I told him to stop by and say hi. He did. And I promptly gave him shit for having a girl’s name.

  226. I created a new post this morning, and it is saved in the draft section. As long as it doesn’t push someone down, I’m going to publish it.

    OK?

  227. Shit, we should dump HM and have his daughter comment herre.

  228. She is a hoot. Most creative kid I’ve ever seen. She also wants hairbands and a makeup kit of course. I guess that’s for prettying herself up after dismembering me and putting me in the hand made casket.

  229. Dang, we’ve got three unpublished posts.

    WTF is up with that?

  230. Hi Cub. Do you happen to operate a large grocery store chain?

    On the n00b welcome wagon treatment, it really does depend on a lot of factors:

    – How long have they been lurking
    – How did they find us
    – Does anyone know (not necessarily in the biblical sense) them from another blog or IRL
    – who’s here when they de-lurk
    – Etc.

    I do agree with Car in on not passing out the PoL invites to every commenter, but that would presume, wrongly, that there was some kind of organizing principle around here.

  231. So, I guess this is a good time to de-lurk?

    It’s always a good time to abuse a random stranger.

    Welcome stranger!

    I created a new post this morning, and it is saved in the draft section. As long as it doesn’t push someone down, I’m going to publish it.

    OK?

    Nice try, but I think you have to give Wiser and Wiserbud a handjob more than once before he’ll give you the keys to this POS.

    Besides, this is my poat. Wait until Seen poats something. No one reads his shit anyway.

  232. – How did they find us

    I found you because I wanted to be part of the Super Sekrit Squirrel Inner Circle.

    I am gravely disappointed, obviously.

  233. >> My 9 year old daughters Christmas list is frightening

    Hahahahaha. If she adds chloroform to the list, I’d start sleeping with one eye open.

  234. Sorry, I fucked that all up. I was going to sock puppet a noob for awhile.

    I do have a new post if no one objects.

  235. She is a hoot. Most creative kid I’ve ever seen. She also wants hairbands and a makeup kit of course. I guess that’s for prettying herself up after dismembering me and putting me in the hand made casket.

    That’s it. I move to vote HM off the island, and take his daughter instead.

    We really ought to be thinking about institutional integrity considering about half of the regulars could use their AARP discounts when they go out to eat.

  236. The best way to get “the keys” is to fuck up typing so often and badly that they give you the “keys” so you can correct yourself..

    * Not the way I got them … not at all…

  237. Also a some twine and a pocket knife. Both green, preferably. And a safari hat.

  238. I found you because I wanted to be part of the Super Sekrit Squirrel Inner Circle.

    I am gravely disappointed, obviously.

    Relax. You don’t get the Little Orphan Annie Sekrit Decoder Ring until you become a 12th level initiate.

  239. Today proves I can’t do two things at once. I’m going to finish this spreadsheet and come back later.

  240. >> I do have a new post if no one objects.

    What the fuck is this shit?

    1) Publish
    B) Come back here and scream: NEW POAT UNLESS YOU SUCK! SUCKY PEOPLE STAY HERE!

  241. Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.

    WTF?

  242. You don’t get the Little Orphan Annie Sekrit Decoder Ring until you become a 12th level initiate.

    Is that how you get the password to the bewbs? Cuz I’m all about the bewbs.

  243. Great, just got caught by a sock puppet. I hate it when that happens.

  244. Hot blond getting out of a Porche Carrera at the municourt across the street.

    Painted on black jeans, black top cut to show off the rather impressive girls and black knock-me-down-and-fuck-me spiked heels.

    I love having an office window.

  245. new poat

  246. >> I do have a new post if no one objects.

    too late

  247. FOCKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  248. So I have to give my editor a cut? Thanks. Whomever.


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