Saturday, October 11, 2008
what part of "he's folksy - I would like to have a beer with him" doesn't the New York Phokking Times understand?
By this year, about 40 states were offering significant subsidies, turning the United States into what the Incentives Office, a consulting firm in Santa Monica, Calif., has called the New Bulgaria. It is a reference to what was once the film industry’s favorite low-cost production site.
Then again, what would you expect from... wait... that was k-mad talking about the RezzzziDUNCE four years ago. Sorry.
McCain booed after trying to calm anti-Obama crowd (AP)
On Friday, McCain rejected the bait.
"I don't trust Obama," a woman said. "I have read about him. He's an Arab."
McCain shook his head in disagreement, and said:
"No, ma'am. He's a decent, family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with (him) on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign is all about."
He had drawn boos with his comment: "I have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States."
Friday, October 10, 2008
October 10, 2008
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
ANCHORAGE, Alaska---- Trying to head off a potentially embarrassing state ethics report on GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, campaign officials released their own report Thursday that clears her of any wrongdoing.
RIECKHOFF: There were 53 original co-sponsors on both sides of the aisle [for the new GI Bill]. Eventually, right-wing folks like Senator Warner got involved with folks on the left like Senator Webb. Every major veteran services organization in the country supported it, more ¾ of the House. So, this was kind of a legislative locomotive. And one of the only blocks along the way consistently was Senator McCain.
I'll say this for McCain/Palin - until the last few weeks I thought we already had the worst possible American citizens running the country. Now I feel like I owe Bush/Cheney an apology.
Now you see how Chicago’s aldermen could make the city one of the most paternalistic in the country. They either don’t have to abide by the laws they pass, or they can simply pass a new law exonerating themselves should they get caught.
You can't blame them for being angry. Things have been going so well the last eight years, it would be a shame to just piss all of it away.
Panic attacks: Voters unload at GOP rallies
and the video...just what is in the water in Ohio? Look at her, she's got the chicken eyes:
then there's this:
This is what the hate from Right wing talk radio, bloggers and FOX News creates
"He says he's not Muslim but I don't know if you can just turn it off like that..."
"These are low-information voters who don't read newspapers, barely watch TV news and aren't engaged in the issues..."
What had been a disdain for liberal intellectuals slipped into a disdain for the educated class as a whole...
The Republicans have alienated whole professions. Lawyers now donate to the Democratic Party over the Republican Party at 4-to-1 rates. With doctors, it’s 2-to-1. With tech executives, it’s 5-to-1. With investment bankers, it’s 2-to-1. It took talent for Republicans to lose the banking community.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Cook County assessor James Houlihan and Senate president Emil Jones wanted to raise the exemption to $40,000 permanently. Madigan successfully insisted that it only be bumped up to $40,000 for a year, and that’s what was applied to your last tax bill. It fell to $26,000 for this tax bill, and next year it’ll drop to $20,000, the same as it was four years ago...
...your 2007 property taxes — the ones you’re paying now — are based on an assessment done in 2006, when the housing market was still strong. The impact of the current bust won’t be felt on tax bills until the next assessment, in 2009.
50% more in taxes, now dis? They just chip away until you have nuttin left. No wonder the Republicans still have support...
Ode to Sean Hannity
by John Cleese
Oozing with vanity
Plump as a manatee
Fox Noise insanity
You’re a profanity
Watch them dismiss this as "British Propaganda."
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
9:16 PM Kevin: yep you betcha
me: taped, haven't watched yet
i hear he mentioned the Stealle Pilots
9:18 PM aka Seattle
Kevin: he did work them in somehow
9:24 PM me: big win for Troy over Florida Atlantic tonight
Kevin: i missed dat
9:25 PM can i just but in here and reiterate -- YOOOOOGE AHOLE
9:26 PM me: yes
Kevin: if that stick gets rammed up there any farther its gonna bust out through his face which is gonna be totally phokking gross
9:27 PM me: i heard dat
Kevin: on the bright side, he'd be ready for halloween
9:29 PM me: i've heard no one picking the Phillies except Rob Neyer
Kevin: neyer - he's mavericky
9:31 PM me: i hear dat Obama's best friends are all terrorists.
9:33 PM Tom Brokaw: SUCKS
9:36 PM what is McCain tilling exactly?
9:37 PM i doubt it would be a cool hand - fiery, yes
9:38 PM Kevin: we need a cool hand at the tiller... for something, i'm sure, eventually
9:53 PM Kevin: a k and a g and a b
9:54 PM i take back all the bad things i said about chris matthews
10:00 PM Kevin: msnbc is re-running the debate now in case you can't get enough
10:09 PM Kevin: must sleep
10:17 PM me: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Kevin: funny you should mention it
10:18 PM Kevin: dere he goes again
Kevin: now i got bogged down in something else
me: McCain: no knockout. Sorry, my friend.
Kevin: mccain said dat? senile?
10:19 PM me: no, i said dat
Kevin: he's behind about 13 rounds to nuttin
10:20 PM me: Biden at mother-in-law's funeral. didn't stop the sleaze...
Kevin: its not mccain's fault she died
why should he pay the price?
10:21 PM me: a fair point, though Phil Gramm foreclosed on her house and she killed herself
10:22 PM she shoulda known the riskz
Kevin: i have to assume she did
i'm a news-paper man, dammit
me: WAML: STILL OVER
10:23 PM Kevin: yay!
it should continue to be over for the forseeable future
see also: LegComm
me: they could happen again if we let them...
10:24 PM Kevin: probably only a matter of time
and the kicker is, we'll be dead
me: with any luck
10:25 PM Kevin: shirazez?
10:27 PM me: Chilean carmenere
mixing it up!
Kevin: you ARE!
10:28 PM me: on fire on da Twitter
10:30 PM Kevin: i have trouble staying twittered
10:31 PM checkin wash capitals tix prices -- shitty seats are 25 to 50 bucks - good seats run to 250 - do dey know deres like a depression an shit?
me: isn't dat hockey? and... why?
10:32 PM Kevin: mexican emo kid: http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/mb/mb080711ximena_sarinana/#
hockey is a sport that i enjoy if i have a good reason to enjoy it, which last happened about 15 yrs ago
10:34 PM Economist global election goes viral on da twitter via LoC?
10:35 PM me: you knew da riskz
10:36 PM Kevin: on the contrary, i was insouciantly naive of the risks
Kevin: i mighta spelt it wrong
10:37 PM me: did you mean phokking?
its a french word
10:38 PM me: figgers
Kevin: i also like da french fried pataters
me: that's a given
10:43 PM me: Ambiorix Burgos turned himself in Tuesday night, a week after police say he was involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed two women.
Kevin: he will be missed
10:44 PM on the bright side, this probably means i can get him a couple rounds later next year
10:45 PM me: Surgery is a possibility for Travis Hafner after his end-of-season physical found areas of concern in his right shoulder.
you are a Nationwide Baseball Disaster
Kevin: "areas of concern" - new name for da cherriez?
Kevin: its pholksy
10:46 PM me: why did i think 4 teams make the playoffs in that league?
Kevin: i have only a cursory understanding of anything thats going on there
so its prolly contagiamous
10:47 PM me: Carlos Marmol suffered minor injuries in a car accident early Tuesday in the Dominican Republic.
Kevin: he was a chicken a year or two back... i tried to trade for him in bbl, if that means anything
10:48 PM me: so it was you
Kevin: hmmm... i kinda phink da cubs deserve some credit here
10:50 PM i see the bailout is working
me: Astros GM Ed Wade doesn't intend to go with J.R. Towles or Humberto Quintero as his top catcher next year.
10:51 PM yep, bailout: HYOOGE
Kevin: towles - dat was me
Kevin: i did dat
i'd do it again
me: let's see what his final BA was...
Kevin: do numbers go that low?
10:52 PM me: .137
10:55 PM Rich Harden will see a shoulder specialist before the Cubs have to make a decision Wednesday on his $7 million option.Barring the discovery of something (a donut? squirrels? a Slinky?) that's going to require major surgery, Harden's option is sure to be picked up. Even if he needs a cleanup procedure, it'd be worth paying him $7 million for 2009.
10:56 PM Kevin: i suppose they would be relieved if it was only squirrels
11:00 PM me: Cubs could use him:
General manager Walt Jocketty said Tuesday that the Reds will not re-sign Corey Patterson.Patterson hit just .205/.238/.344 after signing a one-year, $3 million contract, yet got 392 plate appearances while inexplicably hitting leadoff 32 times in manager Dusty Baker's lineup.
11:10 PM Kevin: corey patterson explained: the chix picked him in the minor league draft when he was in A ball
11:11 PM the rest is history
me: same for the Hillcrest Hummingbirds - never had a chance
11:12 PM Kevin: does he envy the dead? yes
me: still, he'll get 300+ PAs next year for some ML team
11:13 PM Kevin: has he crossed the "proven veteran" line yet?
me: almost there! one more year i think
Kevin: really, what more does he have to prove?
11:17 PM i should go to bed. shiraz?
11:19 PM i'll regret it tomorrow, but why not...
me: yeah, why not
Hannity is pwned: http://www.crooksandliars.com/john-amato/obama-spokesman-gibbs-smokes-sean-hanni
11:31 PM Kevin: that 56 second clip of martin on the earlier show -- what a yooge phokking shitface - dats da mccain way
11:33 PM what exactly is a community organizer? i dunno... but it sounds like somephing tarrist!
11:34 PM me: well, Jesus was one
Kevin: mccain - down in the sewer so long that all the sewer creatures follow him around
jesus was wid da lepers prostitutes and tax collectors - nuff said
11:36 PM me: Colbert: librarians are pinko commies
Kevin: yes! look for that on about 287 library listservs tomorrow
QT News You Can Use:
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will hold an open audition for clowns at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
This is not to be confused with similar auditions scheduled across the nation eight days earlier.
what's a little election-rigging if it means we got to keep the guys who were protecting our liberties?
Fung's property tax bill was 50% higher than last years. 50%? And WTF am I getting 4 dat? Anyone? Better schools? Parks-Museum/Aquarium Bond? WTF is dat? Though Sarge would gladly pay anything that keeps Shedd going. I better find out where this line to protest is at.
I got the revaluation thing last year. I had NO clue what it meant. It didn't tell me what my new taxes would be. It was just a buncha numbers. Now Fung thinks he's as smart as any cookie out there, but he was just lost. Lost in those figgers. Now he's gotta pay 50% more. For the same ol' $#!+.
Listen to Fung complain. And it's not like he can't afford this increase. I just wonder how those who can't are coping. Because I can tell you I didn't budget for this. You can't budget for a 50% increase. And it sounds like others had even higher increases.
On Wednesday morning, John McCain's campaign released a list of 100 former ambassadors endorsing the GOP presidential nominee.
Second on the list, though her name is misspelled, is Leonore Annenberg, currently the president and chairman of the Annenberg Foundation and widow of ambassador and philanthropist Walter Annenberg. Ms. Annenberg was herself the "chief of protocol" at the State Department under President Reagan.
If the last name sounds familiar, it's because it also graces the name of the Chicago education board where Barack Obama and William Ayers sat in the room six times together.
I don't think McCain made any major errors, though he continues to amaze me with his failure to show any humanity towards Obama. I suppose that may be called for when some of your support believes that your opponent is (1) a Manchurian candidate (2) a closet Muslim (3) colored (4) the anti-Christ or all of the above. I must admit though I like the wink and nod McCain doctrine - (sure we are willing to bomb anyone, anytime, anywhere) we just aren't going to talk about bombing anyone - that would be wrong. I mean it worked for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Better to be duplicitous and bellicose. [Ed: this means lie and fight - Sarah].
I just found myself thinking - I'd rather be reading policy papers from both candidates than enduring this junk.
• • Member of a Sarah Palin campaign crowd as Palin continued comparing Obama to terrorists:
If McCain looked impatient at times during last night's debate, it was probably because he was eager to get back to inciting violence.
"A post-election poll indicates most of those surveyed are hopeful the country will be drawn together during President Bush's second term... They also expect Bush to put aside partisan agendas and lead in a bipartisan way, according to the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll. Just over half -- 51 percent -- said they were pleased with the outcome of the election; 38 percent said they were upset."
A SHOCKING percentage of Lou Dobbs viewers DID NOT agree with Lou Dobbs tonight and are consequently wid da tarrists
Yes 13% 655
No 87% 4581
Total Votes: 5236
Though sublimely inane, this is not a scientific poll
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
In what might be the second worst kept secret of all time, I will be on the Colbert Report tonight. We will also, of course, be liveblogging the debate.
-- Nate Silver at 5:22 PM 51 Comments...
He was also in the studio last night with Olbermann. He does a weird thing with his eyes--distracted by the lights, like a moth. He has Obama at nearly a 90% win chance right now, which means his fall will be a spectacular crispy, crackly fireball, preceded by so much sleaze that the Swift Boaters will look like a bunch of Girl Scouts in comparison.
The editorial board is debating its endorsement for president.
As we think about that choice, we want to hear from you.
Which candidate would you endorse?
Barack Obama (3998 responses)
John McCain (2189 responses)
Third-party candidate (160 responses)
6347 total responses (Results not scientific and highly irrelevant)
generations live, and die
goat curse still working
eighty dollar seat
assholes spilling beer on me
they say the ivy
turns bright crimson in the fall
no one knows for sure
Monday, October 6, 2008
Why yes, he's like a circus show attraction: Come SEE the World's BIGGEST ASSHOLE and his stupid fucking hair!
Q: How will you attract celebrities to your new Chicago hotel?
A: I think we're getting most of them because the name Trump attracts celebrities. When you get right down to it, who's the biggest celebrity in the world? Donald Trump. At least, my wife says that.
Are you thinking about alternatives to stocks for your savings?
No, sticking with stocks 35% 69031
Yes, a CD 20% 39425
Yes, a mattress 45% 88097
Total Votes: 196553
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This is not a scientific poll, but it is profoundly idiotic
We loves the bill! We hates the bill! We loves the bill… hates the bill!
That’s an unfair joke…it’s an unfair joke because Gollum is an old man, corrupted by his quest for ultimate power and…oh.
And he seems to be correct:
Wall Street tumbles amid global sell-off (AP)
It has been another extraordinary and traumatic day on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones industrials plunging as much as 800 points before closing with a loss of about 350.
News item: Sen. John McCain's brother, Joe, made an apparent joke today that Democratic-leaning Alexandria and Arlington are "Communist country."
News item: Key finding: McCain no longer leads in any region of the state.
The clubby — with ham, turkey, bacon, provolone cheese and ranch dressing — has 30% more meat than Potbelly’s 11 other sandwiches and a higher price to match: $5.39, compared with $4.19.
1969 (570 responses) 11.0%
1984 (679 responses) 13.0%
2003 (1854 responses) 35.6%
2004 (206 responses) 4.0%
2008 (1895 responses) 36.4%
5204 total responses (Results not scientific, but profoundly cub (that is so))
SIR - In America, the redneck is not as homogeneous as Bagehot presumes. In Sarah Palin's state of Alaska, there are only two species of tree squirrel. They are both classified as "fur" animals: one has a very minimal amount of meat and the other is nocturnal. Hunting for either, while legal, is non-existent. Consequently, if you did come across someone eating "squirrel gumbo" it would be a very rare occurrence indeed.
By the way, gumbo is a dish of the American South, and is thus less likely to be found on the table of an Alaskan redneck than bear bourguignon.
Krusty the Clown: Uh, just one thing. Are you guys any good at covering up any youthful and middle-aged indiscretions?
Mr. Burns: Are these indiscretions romantic, financial, or treasonous?
Krusty the Clown: A Russian hooker. You tell me.
Mr. Burns: Oh, no problem. We'll say you were on a fact-finding mission.
Krusty the Clown: I did find out one fact. She was a guy.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Doug Schoen, a Democratic strategist and pollster who worked for President Bill Clinton for six years, said that should Mr. Obama win next month, he should not mistake his election for a mandate for sharply higher taxes on the wealthy or major government expansion. “The polling I’ve done shows that people are anti-Republican, not pro-left, not pro-redistribution,” he said. “They’re ever more skeptical of Washington.”
For example, in the poll by CBS News released earlier this week, 44 percent of Americans said businesses now faced “too much” or “the right amount” of regulation, compared to 43 percent who said they faced too little. In a New York Times/CBS News Poll in September, 42 percent said Mr. Bush’s tax cuts, which overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy, should be made permanent, while 36 percent said they should be allowed to expire over the next several years.
Most strikingly, 34 percent described themselves as conservative, compared to only 20 percent as liberal. Those figures have hardly changed since September 2000, when 32 percent described themselves as conservative and 20 percent as liberal.
Then again, what should one expect from...oh. That's the New York Times again. I keep screwing this up...
(3:34:55 PM) fungster: indy scores on 4th & 7
(3:35:04 PM) fungster: down 10
(3:35:08 PM) fungster: 4 mins to go
(3:35:13 PM) briggs: hah
(3:36:52 PM) fungster: indy onside kick recovered by Houston
(3:40:44 PM) fungster: Houston fumbles, Indy returns for TD!!!!!!!1
(3:41:00 PM) briggs: lol
(3:41:24 PM) briggs: how many timeouts do the colts have?
(3:41:29 PM) fungster: 14pts in 30 sec
(3:42:40 PM) fungster: 1 timeout
(3:42:46 PM) briggs: hmm
(3:42:49 PM) briggs: well
(3:42:57 PM) briggs: they can't give up more than probably one first down
(3:43:20 PM) fungster: 2nd and 8
(3:43:24 PM) fungster: Hou 22
(3:43:34 PM) fungster: 3:11 to go
(3:43:54 PM) fungster: incomplete
(3:44:01 PM) briggs: haha
(3:44:02 PM) fungster: lucky there
(3:44:05 PM) fungster: stops clock
(3:44:10 PM) briggs: don't give manning this chance, houston
(3:44:46 PM) fungster: fumblee
(3:44:55 PM) fungster: Indy ball!!!!!!!
(3:44:59 PM) briggs: what?!
(3:45:27 PM) fungster: qb scrambles
(3:45:37 PM) fungster: they knocked the ball out of his hand
(3:45:48 PM) briggs: lol
(3:45:58 PM) briggs: i'm so mad this isn't on, haha
(3:46:25 PM) fungster: well apparently the priority here is the bears game
(3:46:27 PM) briggs: i've got baltimore vs. tennessee
(3:47:58 PM) briggs: hope my dad didn't give up on the game, hahaha
(3:50:16 PM) fungster: indy td catch
(3:50:20 PM) briggs: lmao
(3:50:20 PM) fungster: under review
(3:50:27 PM) briggs: and they lead
(3:51:37 PM) fungster: confirmed
(3:51:41 PM) briggs: lol
(3:51:42 PM) fungster: TD!!!!!!!!!!!11
Hurricane Ike's winds and massive waves destroyed oil platforms, tossed storage tanks and punctured pipelines. The environmental damage only now is becoming apparent: At least a half million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and the marshes, bayous and bays of Louisiana and Texas, according to an analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.