holy f**k, are you kidding me?



BTW: My apologies for the pictoral lewdness. Then again, if the language used in the above photo is what rises to the level of "offensive" at this point, then those persons affected need to catch up on current events IMO. I'm confident you could find a thing or two down in GTMO that might also give someone touch of the vapors.

Via Daily Kos, apparently the pro-torture asshats at the GOP have decided to hold their godforsaken '08 circle jerk national convention (aka the RNC) in my muthf**kin' hometown (well close enough, since it'll be centralized at St. Paul's Xcel Center). Local meta-blog MN Speak links to more info from the AP (via local media juggernaut WCCO). Assuming I'm still a Minneapolis resident two years from now, I think it's safe to say that I'm going to be a very unhappy camper with so many Republicans invading & occupying my place of residence, what with their bullsh** propaganda caravan undoubtably in tow. I can only hope that my Twin Cities will show some of the same raucous (and necessarily shrill) spirit that NYC displayed with such gumption back in '04. I'd just rather not get arrested.

MP3 Blue America - "Have You Had Enough?" (download via MySpace)

ETA: According to alphaaqua over at Daily Kos, local political reporter Pat Kessler reported on tonite's WCCO news that the Democrats were only days away from choosing the Twin Cities to host their '08 DNC, but were pre-empted from doing so by the Republicans making their offer first. Ugh. Hey GOP, the Jerk Store called...

And on an only slightly unrelated note, tonite's Countdown had a must-watch special report on the lead-up to 9.11.01 (via Daily Kos):



While I feel like I've been way overdoing it on the Olbermann posts lately, I frankly cannot help myself. Anybody else feeling the Murrow-esque, Good Night & Good Luck vibes (and I'm not referring to the anchor's borrowed, reverential sign-off) from Keith's outstanding & vital reporting, especially in recent weeks? So while the repetitive Olbermann blogging may be a little awkward, as Mark E. Smith once said (albeit over & over), sometimes you just gotta "dig repetition."

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Anonymous Ryan @ 9/27/2006 09:45:00 PM:

Fucking relax. Stay inside and read a book while they're here for crying out loud.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/27/2006 11:00:00 PM:

What a whiner! Engage!    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 02:14:00 AM:

Well, aren't you the fragile flower. Republicans across town, heavens! Bring on the fainting couch.    


Anonymous Mike Jericho @ 9/28/2006 03:46:00 AM:

Mate, wow.

You're a wanker.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 03:48:00 AM:

I guess you only favor the first amendment when it's your free speech. In the hood they'd call you a punk, maybe a bitch.    


Blogger view_from_ararat @ 9/28/2006 03:58:00 AM:

I was in Chi-town in '68. You don't know shit about Convo-heat.

An I wasn't wearing no mask wither.

Grow some balls, boy!    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 04:07:00 AM:

You really have no idea how silly you look and sound, do you?    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 05:00:00 AM:

You've been linked by Lileks. Expect a flood of hits from the thuglican Bushitler theocrat waterboarder crowd.    


Anonymous Bushitlertheocratwaterboarder @ 9/28/2006 05:04:00 AM:

Every cloud has a silver lining.

It will be a great opportunity for Democrat supporters in St Paul to smash windows, throw stones, burn cars and intimidate people.    


Blogger Brian @ 9/28/2006 05:35:00 AM:

Are you going to wear your little mask from now until the convention? Awwww, so dangerous.    


Anonymous JL @ 9/28/2006 06:15:00 AM:

Best line from James: The shirt is not a "wife beater", it's a "partner persuader".    


Blogger Dimestore Lipstick @ 9/28/2006 06:15:00 AM:

I can see how this would make you feel like you are being invaded. You are. Why else would they choose an outstandlingly liberal area like yours to have their convo?    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 07:00:00 AM:

From the photo, it's pretty obvious one of your arms is substantially larger than the other.

From the post, it's pretty obvious why.

spongeworthy    


Blogger Zoe Brain @ 9/28/2006 07:20:00 AM:

This post is a parody, right?

Sorry, it's sometimes difficult sorting out the real from the surreal when it comes to US politics.

Anyway, congrats on sending up the whole BDS thing that seems to have infected so much of the DNC recently. You struck just the right tone of self-absorbed narcissism and over-the-top hysteria seen in all too many genuine leftist sites.    


Blogger Brian Dunbar @ 9/28/2006 07:24:00 AM:

Why else would they choose an outstandlingly liberal area like yours to have their convo?

Because the Twin Cities chamber of commerce made a better pitch for the convention than DFW or NYC?

Just a thought.    


Blogger Brian Dunbar @ 9/28/2006 07:26:00 AM:

You really have no idea how silly you look and sound, do you?

Misplaced romanticism. Some guys join the military for the fancy uniforms - some guys don masks and join the Revolution.

It's really about meeting girls.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 07:32:00 AM:

I have terrible news. There are Republicans in the Twin Cities right now. Even in Uptown. I suggest hiding under the bed for the rest of your life.    


Anonymous purple pride @ 9/28/2006 07:39:00 AM:

Came over from Lileks, nifty picture, Just the kind of thing I try to keep my daughters from being exposed to, because exposed "is" the word... You'd be surprised at how purple MN is, Republican Governer, republican senator... Home of 2/3 of Powerlineblog. It'll be great having them here. It'll bring a lot of money into the economy too... You know, the economy? That thing that makes the country run? Maybe I'll see you outside pretending to be intelligent by acting like a victim... Good luck with that...    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 08:05:00 AM:

I love it when whitebread dweebs put on a face mask and pretend to be revolutionaries. Look out, military industrial complex, some fuckhead has a website.    


Blogger Randy Rager @ 9/28/2006 08:13:00 AM:

If that was a send of of the KKKos KKKiddies, nice job.

If not, well...    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 08:14:00 AM:

If this guy is serious, there is certainly no future in being a satirist.    


Blogger Marc @ 9/28/2006 08:27:00 AM:

Lighten up, Francis.

You could probably make out like a bandit selling those cute little bandanas to protestors. And you won't lack for things to blog about!

Or maybe you could actually talk to a few of those "asshats". Minds are like parachutes, remember?    


Blogger Kyda Sylvester @ 9/28/2006 08:44:00 AM:

Just a wee bit overwrought, aren't we?

And if you wonder why the rest of us shudder at the thought of handing over the reins of power to the likes of you and yours, look no farther.    


Blogger roy @ 9/28/2006 09:03:00 AM:

Seems you're surrounded by idiots today, friend.

Only one thing to do: stay right. It'll drive 'em nuts.

(P.S. If they start making threats, take down the IP addresses.)    


Anonymous Wonderduck @ 9/28/2006 09:47:00 AM:

Another self-righteous (or perhaps you'd prefer 'self-lefteous') whiner.

Welcome to the real world, kid.

PS- if you're so cutting edge to post a picture with the word 'fuck' on it, you should be fine with 'bullshit', right? So why'd you spell it 'bullsh**'? Methinks you're trying SO hard to be edgy that you don't have a f'ing clue what you're doing.    


Anonymous Chief White Half-ass @ 9/28/2006 09:58:00 AM:

Hey Lileks fans:

Fuck off, you Bush-loving twats.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 10:08:00 AM:

dumb as a box of hammers and shrill as well.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 10:14:00 AM:

Oh, Chief! How your logic wounds! Your obvious intellect does great service to your side!    


Anonymous Sherrie @ 9/28/2006 10:15:00 AM:

I love it when whitebread dweebs put on a face mask and pretend to be revolutionaries.

Hey, and I love it when they anonymously slag people for posting their own personal opinions on their own personal sites and pretend to be reasonable or even relatively sane instead of mere Lilekian attack drones with dodgy wiring, so it looks like both of us were made a little happier today.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 10:23:00 AM:

You are an idiot.    


Anonymous Dusty @ 9/28/2006 10:31:00 AM:

Dude, be who you got to be. Do what ya got to do. Tell the world what you want it to hear. Whatever.

But I do have to ask, is that a tatoo on the inside of your arm? The inside? Is it there on the inside so every morning when you put on your deodorant, it reminds you of who you are?

Are you forgetful, or something?

By the way, it was a nice touch posting about how the RNC is invading Minneapolis and using a photo of your protesting the RNC in NYC in 2004. But maybe you were living there then, too, and that explains your paranoia.    


Blogger Joe @ 9/28/2006 10:39:00 AM:

Reality? you can't handle reality, sonny.    


Anonymous nate-dogg @ 9/28/2006 11:02:00 AM:

Is every commentor from Lileks as big of a pussy as he is? Do you guys piss yourselves every time you see a swarthy individual at Target too? Just wondering.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 11:14:00 AM:

And the left being "in the pocket" of the homsexual lobby, we all know how much you doggs hate pussy...    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 11:32:00 AM:

Bad news... you've been linked by Tim Blair as well. Smile! This is your 15 minutes.    


Blogger Albatross @ 9/28/2006 11:36:00 AM:

You wingnuts are all cowards, eager to burn the Bill of Rights to push back the scary darkness for five minutes, but to cowardly to post under anything but Anonymous. And so, so scared of homosexuals and Muslims and anyone who doesn't look just like you...

With the "family values" party coming to town the hookers will all be real busy. Based on the neocon's record of lies and fiscal irresponsibility, I hope the local working girls and boys will accept cash only. And wear condoms.    


Anonymous andycanuck @ 9/28/2006 11:37:00 AM:

Blame your own side. (And maybe read a local newspaper every now and then.) Via Capt Ed, here's how the Twin Cities got the GOP convention:

[b]Twin Cities Nod A Bipartisan Win[/b]
How did the Twin Cities land the Republican National Convention for 2008? It took a bipartisan effort that predicated itself on a gentleman's agreement: all Minnesota politicians would support bids for both conventions, and whichever party chose first would get unanimous support. The combination worked better than anyone could have hoped, as the Twin Cities made both short lists. However, in the end, Howard Dean's inability to make a decision cost the Democrats the spot:***

The rest is here:
http://tinyurl.com/m89mz    


Blogger Bedrock Guy @ 9/28/2006 11:51:00 AM:

Hi. I've never been to the Twin Cities. Heck, I may come to the '08 convention now just to upset whiners and scum like the guy who writes this blog. What a punk. r/ Bedrock Guy.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 11:53:00 AM:

How adorable! With the bandana and the baby-fisted rants about blah blah blah and the taking yourself so seriously. Too cute.

Give 'em hell, kiddies! Let your unique voices be heard! Paint Mercedes logos on your faces!

RAAAAAAAAAGE!    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 11:54:00 AM:

Hey 'Tross! Can't take a joke, huh? Makes one wonder what you DO take!

Oh, and we post anonymously so the obscene bile so rampant (characteristic, one might argue) on lefty blogs doesn't follow us home to infect our sites. A firewall of sorts, if you will.    


Anonymous Darkmage @ 9/28/2006 11:56:00 AM:

Heh. "You wingnuts are all cowards".

Yet which side is wearing the bandana wrapped around their face?    


Anonymous Ras_Nesta @ 9/28/2006 12:46:00 PM:

You wingnut twats are cowards because you are sitting on your fat asses trolling this blog instead of walking point in Ramadi.

If you are too old or have already served, go drive trucks for Cheneyburton, you pussies.    


Blogger Fatmouse @ 9/28/2006 01:22:00 PM:

If you are too old or have already served, go drive trucks for Cheneyburton, you pussies.

Ah, the lovable "chickenhawk" tactic.

There are two ways to rebut this. One being the question, "so, what brave actions are you lefties doing to support your goals?" Shouldn't you be in Iraq right now, shielding innocent civilians from our murderous troops? Oh, wait, instead you hang around the park a couple hours waving protest signs, screaming hate slogans and think you're being heroic for doing so. (Not that I want you to stop, angry loonies in the street is great propaganda for the right. See: zombietime.com)

The second way is to point out that our troops are professional soldiers who are very, very good at their jobs, and they don't particularly want you or I getting in their way.    


Blogger Jeff H @ 9/28/2006 01:36:00 PM:

Someone needs his little diaper changed, now doesn't he?    


Anonymous Ras_Nesta @ 9/28/2006 01:49:00 PM:

OK, fat-ass-mouse.

I guess we all dreamed the military recently lowering recruiting standards. Why would they do that if things are so peachy-keen?

And what kind of a traitor are you to call our troops murderous?

Face it jerk, your pet war is dead. It didn't die peacefully in the night, it exploded right in our soldiers' faces.

And the war continues to explode in our military's face like a never-ending string of shrapnel-filled firecrackers. No amount of tough talk from you, no amount of internet clapping will bring it back to life. You and yours lost it through your criminal arrogance and acts of breathtaking hubris.

The pathetic thing is that you think that the patriotic "Support the troops" thing to do is throw more of them on the explosion. To die.

But not you. You will hide behind tough words instead of putting your precious ass on the line for what you believe. Letting others die for your beliefs is pretty much the definition of a coward, coward.    


Anonymous Aunt Laura @ 9/28/2006 02:15:00 PM:

I LOVE what you said! It is SOO true. I have a shirt like you do but THE MAN has pressured me not to wear it when I go out for my coffee. But I say SCREW THEM! I WILL wear my shirt, if only inside when I stare out my window and heave my disdain at those damn dirty apes! Why, I'll give them the frowning of a lifetime!
Don't let the haters get you down babygirl, keep dreaming the dream, and be a hero, not a zero!
Peace Out!
Love,
Aunt Laura    


Blogger Fatmouse @ 9/28/2006 02:18:00 PM:

Indeed, I am a coward. I don't have the nerve you have, to bravely speak Truth To Power on an interweb blog.

You do so much for this country. So heroic.    


Anonymous Ras_Nesta @ 9/28/2006 02:33:00 PM:

I never claimed I was heroic, fatboy. I'm appalled and depressed by what has happened to our military under Bush.

What I said that you are a coward who lacks the balls to act on your convictions.

You are the one who gladly lets others die in a war you support, while you play web footsie with me.

Meanwhile the troops you supposedly "support" get sent back for a 4th tour. And soon, 5th tours.

Think any of them would mind letting you take their place?    


Anonymous Paul S. @ 9/28/2006 02:34:00 PM:

Comments from above:

"You've been linked by Lileks. Expect a flood of hits from the thuglican Bushitler theocrat waterboarder crowd."

"Hey Lileks fans:
Fuck off, you Bush-loving twats."

The impulse to use those names is exactly the same impulse as calling someone a fucking Jew or a nigger. In both cases, there's enough dose of weird moral superiority to make it okay. And since your version is almost all moral superiority-based, it's actually in a way more poisonous.

"But look at the names they're using here!" No they're not, not the vast majority. What these comments convey is basic logical anger at a guy who they know, for sure, doesn't know what he's talking about in a variety of ways, thinks he does, and thinks he has the right to be all rebellious and rageful because of it.

As for that name-calling: man. I can't be on the same side as any political movement that traffics so regularly and proudly in bullshit like that. Don't talk to me about the right-wing Bushitler commentators. You don't even really know them.    


Anonymous Paul S. @ 9/28/2006 02:36:00 PM:

The phrase "pet war' could support an entire term paper on ignorance.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 02:53:00 PM:

I went to school in Santa Cruz, so I got to see all of the revolutionaries in their costumes, acting out misunderstood stories about the leftist revolutions our professors were such fans of...while the people of the SovBlock were busy breaking the chains. Ever seen a lifelong Marxist try to explain why The Workers were overthrowing themselves? The cognitive dissonance was so beautiful, it makes me misty still.
Luckily for the left,(Oil!) Saddam (CIA invention!) invaded (we greenlighted it!) Kuwait (Not really a country!)It's all a conspiracy! It's the Bush/CIA/military industrial complex/oil company nexus, out to rob us of the good times, just 'cause they can. They need to invent a conspiracy to match their world view, no matter how little sense it makes.
Take off that bandana, you fool. No one is going lock you away for hating Bush, and you know it.
Dennymack    


Anonymous Paul S. @ 9/28/2006 02:56:00 PM:

"Take off that bandana, you fool. No one is going lock you away for hating Bush, and you know it."

Thank you.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 03:04:00 PM:

If you make the case that this is some sort of pet war, fought for gain under false pretenses, I would love to see a list of all the "gains" that have accrued to the right, the GOP, or to Bush.
Please explain how the council of evil geniuses sat around the table and came up with THIS as that easiest, surest way to make money or stay in power.
Easier and surer than, for instance, promising free college, closed borders, free health care for kids,all very popular, while slipping some major dough to Haliburton and Bechtel to rebuild levees, or build light rail.
That would be a lot more lucrative and a whole lot safer.    


Anonymous Ras_Nesta @ 9/28/2006 03:29:00 PM:

Frankly, Paul S., like many Bush apologists, you put huge emphasis on what liberals say and pay absolutely no attention to what Bush and the GOP have done to our country and military.

Hollow out the military? Never mind that, it's more important that some college professor idiot no one has ever heard of said something stupid! Heads will roll!

Iraq turning into a huge terror incubator? Big deal. The important issue is cussing on the Internet!

I could give two shits about how you assholes talk or what you say. All I want is for someone to be held accountable for this fiasco. The people to be held responsible are those that started it, Bush and the GOP.

And "Anonymous", what has this war gained the GOP?

Let's see...a piss-frightened easy-to-mislead populace...cowed media...the 2002 election...the 2004 election...windfall profits for GOP-supporting oil companies...and windfall profits for the GOP-supporting military industrial complex. (Kinda ironic a Republican President and General from my neck of the woods, Eisenhower, coined that phrase, huh?)    


Anonymous Paul S. @ 9/28/2006 03:43:00 PM:

The "how about what the administration has done" argument is response #1, Ras. Fine. That's the best you got, go with it.

They're independent topics. I'm talking about something that amounts to an epidemic on the left: ignorant hatred.

"Bush apologist" - you don't know me or my politics. I disagree with you; you panic and categorize.

"You assholes" - okay, good. Fuck you. See, it's really easy. Maybe I'll put a bandana on and try it that way next time.    


Anonymous Paul S. @ 9/28/2006 03:49:00 PM:

But anyway, you morons are gonna have to wake up and deal with the anger you're engendering. It's very widespread, and growing, and we're much, much better-informed than you.

The fact that Kerry lost in 2004 is basically proof of it. The fact that the Democrats may still not sweep both houses is more. I mean good God, how much more could you be handed - a war not going at all well that had its basic rationale destroyed from the get-go? What more do you need - is there maybe possibly something wrong with the rage approach?

Oh no, of course not. You're not angry enough - that's the ticket. And of course that old stand-by, the people are stupid.    


Anonymous Paul S. @ 9/28/2006 03:54:00 PM:

Incidentally: Keith Olbermann is the high priest of this nonsense lately. He's a conscious liar, in almost all of his sermons. He knows rage sells, and you're falling for it. Kind of a modern-day inverse Father Coughlin. Except of course the anti-Semitism is creeping into the modern left, in Europe right now primarily, so there are some 'policy' similarities too.    


Blogger spencer @ 9/28/2006 04:26:00 PM:

Man, I sure am glad that the RNC didn't pick Tampa. Phew. Bullet dodged.

On another topic, this comment thread is a revealing glimpse into the readership of Jimmy the Pantswetter. And it doesn't reveal much good . . .    


Anonymous Ras_Nesta @ 9/28/2006 04:36:00 PM:

Paul S., first you say it's lefty "anger" that is the problem.

Then you say that we are going to have to "...deal with the anger we are engendering." So, it's only lefty anger that is the problem, not righty anger?

Nice situational ethics you got there. But that goes back to my point, what kind of person values words of individual citizens over the actions of an entire gov't?

How trivial and superficial can you be?

(This will probably be the last I'll respond to this.)    


Anonymous Paul S. @ 9/28/2006 04:47:00 PM:

Just gonna leave it at the vague insult, Spencer? I would guess that works in the circles in which you intellectualize.

Like, for example, what do you think of the point that's been made a few times that the bandana is perfectly symbolic of a faux "courage," and that this blog-mesieter really kows as well as we do that he faces absolutely no risk in speaking like he does? And so for people who disagree with him, it's just dumb, and borderline pathetic? Can you kinda see that?    


Anonymous Paul S. @ 9/28/2006 04:57:00 PM:

ras, as to the first point: I'm referring, of course, to what I perceive as honest, well-grounded anger not just from conservatives, but from a large circle of angry lefties and former lefties.

Anger itself is not the problem. Dishonest anger, which almost automatically means bullying anger, is the problem.

And summarily dismissing the importance of the tone and tactics of political dissent is the trivial and superfical approach. It's a topic with a long pedigree - it goes back for example to James Burke, who was horrified by the French Revolution for strikingly similar reasons.

A culture of dishonest bullying dissent is just about the worst thing a society can face. There's absolutely no way to respond to it, and it tends to feed on itself.

Dishonesty in the powers that be is a terrible thing, but it does not excuse dishonesty in dissent. In fact it demands thorough honesty in dissent. More dishonesty will always just make things worse.    


Blogger pseudolus @ 9/28/2006 04:59:00 PM:

If you make the case that this is some sort of pet war, fought for gain under false pretenses, I would love to see a list of all the "gains" that have accrued to the right, the GOP, or to Bush.
Please explain how the council of evil geniuses sat around the table and came up with THIS as that easiest, surest way to make money or stay in power.
Easier and surer than, for instance, promising free college, closed borders, free health care for kids,all very popular, while slipping some major dough to Haliburton and Bechtel to rebuild levees, or build light rail.
That would be a lot more lucrative and a whole lot safer.


Oh, ras, you so funny and stupid. Have you looked at the P&L statements of the Bush's pals, the oil companies, lately? Record profits, quarter after quarter for the past few years. They were even whining not long ago that they didn't know what to do with all their billions. Have you heard that "Cheney-burton" was facing millions of dollars in losses to asbestos lawsuits because Cheney helped them buy Dresser Industries? Well a few billion in no-bid government contracts with little or no oversight sure took the sting out there. Oh, the guys who stand to make the most of those contracts will never step foot in Iraq so 'safety' is not an issue for them. Light rail at home or failed water projects in Iraq, eh! it's all the same to them.

How about that Blackwater outfit? Sure is nice to have a little war to pay their mercs wages to do jobs that soldiers used to do for peanuts. No sense in actually raising the grunts' pay and benefits and keeping the work in house. You know soldiers take care of their own better than any strange civilians will. Funny about all the food poisoning and dirty water for our men and women serving in Iraq. That would have been very unlikely if soldiers were serving their own. How about all those loyal GOP kids hired to administer Iraq in the CPA? More billions gone missing from accounts and little or no investigation. Funny how America could turn out tanks, jeeps, liberty ships and more with 50 year old technology in record numbers and times during WWII, but today in what is deemed by so many rightards as WW-III we can't seem to get needed equipment to our soldiers despite the BILLIONS allocated for this war. And so many 'gung ho' keyboard commandos can't seem to find their way to the recruiting office?

As for gains for the GOP in general? Hah! How about one party Soviet style rule in Washington? If you think all these new civil laws and congressional rules could be passed if the GOP thought that Democrats would ever be in power again, you are stupid. You would be screaming blue murder if 'President Hillary' were taking such steps. And all those billions in war contracts have a way of 'trickling down' through lobbyists to GOP congress-critters. Ever hear of 'K Street'?

Meanwhile, Bush thinks he will be very rich and powerful for the rest of his life. Rich and powerful enough to survive the destruction of the American middle class and economy. He imagines he will have a legacy as a "great war president" to assuage his fragile ego. Or if he truly believes in his Christianity (which I doubt) perhaps he imagines himself the bringer of the apocalypse and the imminentizing of the eschaton and a great xtian hero who will sit at the foot of the throne of God.    


Blogger Kyda Sylvester @ 9/28/2006 05:00:00 PM:

Why is it lefties think they win the debate merely by leveling the "chickenhawk" charge? They seem to think the moral high ground is gained through statements like You wingnut twats are cowards because you are sitting on your fat asses trolling this blog instead of walking point in Ramadi. It isn't.

But if that's the way you want to play it, then, by all means, let's play it that way. Of course you realize we'll need a whole new set of rules, starting with this one:

From now on, men can no longer be pro life or pro abortion. In fact, they must butt out of the discussion entirely. The only vote on such matters available to male Congressional and legislative members will be "Present".

Ridiculous, you say? Yes, it is ridiculous, but no more so than insisting that only those who have served in the military, or have seen combat, can support the GWOT and our troops in the battles of Iraq and Afghanistan. You are the absurdists here.

And, guys, do work on the anger. It's unattractive, counter-productive and self-defeating. And provides way too much fodder for the rest of us. Ya gotta make us work harder.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 05:12:00 PM:

Your "Reality Based Community" at work.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!!    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 05:12:00 PM:

Geezuz you are a dickhead!

RAAAAAAAAAGE on comrade.    


Blogger pseudolus @ 9/28/2006 05:13:00 PM:

Paul S. said...
The "how about what the administration has done" argument is response #1, Ras. Fine. That's the best you got, go with it.
They're independent topics. I'm talking about something that amounts to an epidemic on the left: ignorant hatred.
"Bush apologist" - you don't know me or my politics. I disagree with you; you panic and categorize.
"You assholes" - okay, good. Fuck you. See, it's really easy. Maybe I'll put a bandana on and try it that way next time.
9/28/2006 04:43:31 PM


Paul, you funny now, too. If you can say with a straight face that there is no "ignorant hatred", cursing and name-calling on the right it's because you spend all your time trolling lefty sites. Have a look at Little Green Footballs, StormFront, Free Republic, Michelle Malkin's, Lucianne Goldberg's or any of a number of sites blogrolled on those sites, you will be overwhelmed. But, nah, you won't, because you well know you are full of shit on the subject.    


Blogger Brian Dunbar @ 9/28/2006 06:03:00 PM:

, I hope the local working girls and boys will accept cash only. And wear condoms.

Hookers don't wear condoms if the customer is a Democrat?    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 06:06:00 PM:

We're bringing extra pods. How long can you stay awake, tough guy?>    


Anonymous Big Worm @ 9/28/2006 06:12:00 PM:

Awww, Lileks' fan club came right on over, just like Jim hoped they would. It's like the Mouseketeers for angry middle-aged guys.    


Blogger pseudolus @ 9/28/2006 06:16:00 PM:

Oh, please! Anonymous threats in a blog comment section. Who's the 'tough guy'? I hate when 5th graders learn to type.    


Blogger richard mcenroe @ 9/28/2006 07:12:00 PM:

The FDA definition:

"Reality-based": less than 10% actual reality by volume...    


Blogger pseudolus @ 9/28/2006 07:30:00 PM:

Ridiculous, you say? Yes, it is ridiculous, but no more so than insisting that only those who have served in the military, or have seen combat, can support the GWOT and our troops in the battles of Iraq and Afghanistan. You are the absurdists here.

yeehaw! Strawman! Of course Great Aunt Mary and little Susie can support the war without having to serve (though they ought to forgo a trip to the mall and maybe send our soldiers some books or toiletries and such).

Being a cheerleader for a war that you won't fight when you are physically able is the height of cowardice. The "Greatest Generation" would kick your asses to Normandy and back if you'd done this years ago. THE ARMY NEEDS RECRUITS! You are young healthy supporters of the GWOT and the Valiant Pretzlenit who leads it. "Get thee to a recruitery!" Drop your cocks and grab your socks, you Screaming Chickenhawks! Uncle Sam needs YOU! Bawk bawk bawk buckaaa! Victory over the Islamonazi hordes who threaten your Gameboys is at hand!    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 07:40:00 PM:

Your logo has an iPod. That's silly.    


Blogger Kyle @ 9/28/2006 07:43:00 PM:

Paul S -- Did you really say "James" Burke?

Talk about ignorant ...    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 07:50:00 PM:

Kyle, I think Paul can be forgiven for conflating the obviously comparable genius of James Lileks and Edmund Burke--two sides of the same coin, really. Both are tragically aware that the past can never be reclaimed but nevertheless devoted to its memory and its reverence. That is the heart of conservatism.    


Anonymous Paul S. @ 9/28/2006 08:03:00 PM:

You know, that didn't sound right when I typed it quick before heading home. Maybe I was thinking of James Burton? Who knows. It is, though, you're right, absolutely the height of ignorance to do that. I formally surrender on every point here.

Oh, not quite. Yes there is vileness in the right world. But it rules and dominates the left blog world in a way that it doesn't the right, and if you think it does you really, really havn't looked: either at a range of sites or for that matter honestly and fairly at some of the sites you even name here.

And ignorant hatred dominates self-righteous left politics to a huge extent; self-righeous hatred of the right is pretty much what's animating the left these days.

"Both are tragically aware that the past can never be reclaimed but nevertheless devoted to its memory and its reverence. That is the heart of conservatism."

Not bad. Just keep in mind it's also possible to be addicted to rebellion and change. And it's arguably a more common addiction. And more destructive.

In general: get out and deal with the actual arguments from people who disagree with you, rather than always congratulating yourselves for besting your strange versions of them in fantasy fights featuring, I guess, bandanas.    


Blogger pseudolus @ 9/28/2006 08:17:00 PM:

Oh, not quite. Yes there is vileness in the right world. But it rules and dominates the left blog world in a way that it doesn't the right, and if you think it does you really, really havn't looked: either at a range of sites or for that matter honestly and fairly at some of the sites you even name here.

You are joking! Good I thought you were serious. Better take your own advice. I read blogs and news sites form both sides everyday. Hands down the right is more vicious and hateful by any measure. You are truly hilarious. Thanks for the laugh!    


Blogger pseudolus @ 9/28/2006 08:22:00 PM:

Paul S you may have been conflating them this James Burke = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Burke_(science_historian)    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 09:16:00 PM:

No, really, we're winning the war on terrorism! In Iraq -- because, really, that's where the terrorrists are! And the Iraqis are standing up! So we can stand down! It hasn't been a waste of lives, materiel, or money! Really! So we haven't caught Osama bin Laden, it doesn't matter, we got Saddam, the REAL terrorist! Really! Don't believe the biased left-wing media, talking about soldiers and civilians being killed and maimed by IEDs! The Iraqis love George Bush! Really! And they love each other, too! Blowing people up is their way of showing how much they love them!

Everything is beautiful, in its own way...    


Anonymous Aunt Laura @ 9/28/2006 09:24:00 PM:

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I've fooled you damndable hippies again! This "reefer" is nothing more than harmless tobacco, and I am no more Wavy Gravy than Spiro Agnew. Now be gone all of you!
Your "Flower Power" is no match for my GLOWER POWER!!! BUUUWAAAHH!!!    


Anonymous JustMe @ 9/28/2006 09:52:00 PM:

Hey, I looked up "loser" in the dictionary and your picture was there too!!!    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/28/2006 11:00:00 PM:

I think you're all hilarious. Personally, I've lost faith in all the politicians.
And the fact that both lefties and righties are blindly spewing rage at each other while the world goes to hell is sad. Wake up and do something to better your country. Fighting amongst each other is a waste of time. We should all be working together, because both the left and the right sides brought us to the point we're at. May I remind you people that the Democrats voted for the war too? May I also remind you that the Republicans have managed to run up the national debt and suffer corruption scandal after corruption scandal? And the Democrats are too weak and scared of real opinions or action to do anything about it.

All this partisan bullshit reflects your ignorance. The world is grey. It is not as simple as one side being right and the other wrong. Can't we all just get along? If this is what the country has come to, it's sad, because it means people are too pessimistic/stupid to deserve the right to vote.    


Blogger pseudolus @ 9/29/2006 02:36:00 AM:

May I also remind you that the Republicans have managed to run up the national debt and suffer corruption scandal after corruption scandal? And the Democrats are too weak and scared of real opinions or action to do anything about it.

And if you really see a moral equivalence there, you are the one whose thinking is out of kilter. There are honest conservatives and brave liberals, it's just that neither are in office right now.

Fighting amongst each other is a waste of time. We should all be working together, because both the left and the right sides brought us to the point we're at.

Now who's thinking is simplistic. Such Disneyesque platitudes aren't going to achieve anything. Any solution that begins "If everyone..." or "If no one..." isn't reality based. Your middle of the road, "Let's all get along" won't save you when the shooting starts. If you can't see that the extremist right wants to exterminate anyone to the left of Nixon, you are the one who can't see the forest for the trees. There's a cliche for ya!

By definition the liberal philosophy has room for conservatives but the conservative philosophy has no room for liberals. Twenty years of Rush screaming "traitor" and the rise of Ayn Rand's libertarian/objectivist selfishness while liberals bowed and scraped to 'get along' have brought us to this point. It's time to get some backbone into the left. Look how crazy the right got when Clinton stood up finally last week. When Bush got all huffy and petulant in the Rose Garden earlier, well that was understandable. Bush has only emptied the treasury, squandered our military and antagonized our enemies AND allies. But look! A blue dress with cumstains on it! That awful Clinton got a few blowjobs and tried to lie about it. He's EVIL! Some moral equivalence there, Pollyanna. The man has been attacked for 12 years and people wonder why he was angry. Bullies can't stand to be faced down. The pendulum is swinging back. Hey, more cliches!    


Anonymous sonnymoon @ 9/29/2006 08:06:00 AM:

We are in Iraq to fight the terrorists, who weren't in Iraq until we got there. Except for the Kurdish terrorists, who are busy blowing the Turks.    


Anonymous Observer @ 9/29/2006 09:41:00 AM:

FUCK
DA
PROPHET

BTW: My apologies for the lewdness. Then again, if the languaged used is what rises to the level of "offensive" at this point, then those persons affected need to catch up on current events IMO.    


Anonymous Jim Lileks @ 9/29/2006 09:48:00 AM:

Fly my monkeys! Fly!    


Anonymous sonnymoon @ 9/29/2006 10:02:00 AM:

I'm certain Mr. Lileks would be in Iraq right now fighting the Islamofascists if only he circumvent the Army's age and height requirements.    


Anonymous sonnymoon @ 9/29/2006 10:06:00 AM:

By the way, that should read, "blowing up the Turks." not "blowing the Turks."


Although maybe they're doing that too, in the interest of pan Arabic brotherhood. First blow them, THEN blow them up.    


Anonymous sonnymoon @ 9/29/2006 10:10:00 AM:

Jeez, I need a proofreader.

"If only he could circumvent..."    


Anonymous marchand chronicles @ 9/29/2006 12:01:00 PM:

If you can't see that the extremist right wants to exterminate anyone to the left of Nixon, you are the one who can't see the forest for the trees.

Wow. You have your head up your ass and still can't see squat.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 9/29/2006 02:59:00 PM:

Why can't 2 anarchists get together without a newspaper box flying through a Starbucks window. Look, I dislike paying $9 for a double decafe chocofracachaspresso as much as the next guy (especially when, as a kid growing up in an Italian suburb, we called it "espresso with sambuca"). But I have yet to throw a newspaper box through a window.    


Blogger pseudolus @ 9/30/2006 10:12:00 AM:

Wow. You have your head up your ass and still can't see squat.
WOW! and where is your head at? If you can't read and see the likes of Hannity and Coulter calling democrats traitors and Cheney and Tony Snow putting Al Quada and Democrats together in the same sentence, then you are the one in denial. If you think this is just politics, well, so was "The Final Solution" just politics. Your side wants the elimination of any and all political opposition, the poor and needy, the dark of skin. You are in denial perhaps because you have a modicum of decency and cannot face the fact that your appointed leaders want to establish a tyranny of wealth and corporatism.    


Anonymous Hattie @ 9/30/2006 10:00:00 PM:

Conservatives are not going to find us liberals very compliant any more. The whole picture's changed. We have found our collective voice. We have been at a disadvantage against the Bush machine, being civilized people and all, but now we have had enough. We want a stop to this war.
It is a provocation for Republicans to come into St. Paul, sort of like a Democratic foray into Dallas.
Or maybe the Repubs just figure that all those white liberals will be too civilized to protest their convention. See above.    


Anonymous Paul S. @ 10/02/2006 03:38:00 PM:

"Your side wants the elimination of any and all political opposition, the poor and needy, the dark of skin."

You're projecting.    


Blogger mrsizer @ 10/02/2006 07:55:00 PM:

Make you a deal: I'll stay at your place during the Republican convention and you can stay at mine in Denver during the Democratic one.

Why does anyone WANT this crap in their city, anyway? It's like the Olympics: A huge public expense for private gain.    


Anonymous Anonymous @ 10/03/2006 03:54:00 PM:

'puglicans gonna lose in 06, 'puglicans gonna loooooose!

Sing it with me!

You poor, poor souls. Stock up on cheetos.    


Anonymous Paul S. @ 10/05/2006 04:29:00 PM:

Cheetos.    


Anonymous krist @ 10/08/2006 10:52:00 AM:

two things.
I am such a proponent of olbermann recently.
thanks for the blogroll. youll be up on mine by the end of the week.
krist
www.thepunkguy.com    


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