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Bill Wilde
04/16/12 13:58

President Obama's hypocrisy on this issue is mind bending. Apparently he has no problem putting people in jail for doing something that he himself did on a regular basis for years. Cordially, Bill

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 April 2012 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

as for Rocket_J_Squirrel's analogy: I have to park next to a group of kids who are always smoking Broncos and fixing their cars. Guess we should call for the abolition of kids, cigs, and cars for sullying the neighborhood.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 April 2012 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

We will be rid of our laws against drugs and prostitution when the American population is as culturally indifferent to drugs and prostitution as are the people of Amsterdam. But guess what? Outside of a few 50-year-olds wearing leather jackets, most Americans don't want anything to do with Amsterdam, which is why we have different laws.

viva las vegas

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Monday, 16 April 2012 21:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pete may not commit suicide, just as America did not commit suicide in the traumatic period that began with the Sixties.

This is reminding me so much of all of the bad essays I've helped students with this week.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Friday, 20 April 2012 15:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2012 15:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think someone just programmed a chat-bot that processes random input from news and pop-culture through a cascade of simple ideological filters--and named it NRO.

HE HATES THESE CANS (Austerity Ponies), Friday, 20 April 2012 15:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Read the comments!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 April 2012 15:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

[Approved commenter] kreminitly
04/20/12 10:44

He's going to commit suicide with a .22 ? The guy just can't do anything right.

goole, Friday, 20 April 2012 15:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Our friends are crowing over this Pew poll:

The Pew survey adds to a wave of surveys and studies showing that GOP-sympathizers are better informed, more intellectually consistent, more open-minded, more empathetic and more receptive to criticism than their fellow Americans who support the Democratic Party.

“Republicans fare substantially better than Democrats on several questions in the survey, as is typically the case in surveys about political knowledge,” said the study, which noted that Democrats outscored Republicans on five questions by an average of 4.6 percent.

The widest partisan gap in the survey came in at 30 points when only 46 percent of Democrats — but 76 percent of Republicans —- correctly described the GOP as “the party generally more supportive of reducing the size of federal government.”

The widest difference that favored Democrats was only 8 percent, when 59 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of Democrats recognized the liberal party as “more [supportive] of reducing the defense budget.”

The survey quizzed 1,000 people, including 239 Republicans and 334 Democrats.

However, Pew’s data suggests that the Democrats’ low average rating likely is a consequence of its bipolar political coalition, which combines well-credentialed post-graduate progressives who score well in quizzes with a much larger number of poorly educated supporters, who score badly.

For example, the survey reported that 90 percent of college grads recognized the GOP as the party most supportive of cutting the federal government. But that number fell to 54 percent of people with a high-school education or less.

In contrast, the Republican party coalition is more consistent, and has few poorly educated people and fewer post-graduates.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

The widest partisan gap in the survey came in at 30 points when only 46 percent of Democrats — but 76 percent of Republicans —- correctly described the GOP as “the party generally more supportive of reducing the size of federal government.”

haha what kind of question (and answer!) is this

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

the GOP as the party most supportive of cutting the federal government.

like lol are they referring to Dubya here? Reagan? puhleeeze.

heavy is the head that eats the crayons (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

"most erroneously identified with"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 April 2012 20:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

why on earth would only 76 percent of republicans get that right??

j., Monday, 23 April 2012 20:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

"correctly"

Mordy, Monday, 23 April 2012 20:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

i have yet to dig into this poll myself, but yes, the secret thread running through it is how clearly the wrong-answerers may be seeing the two parties

goole, Monday, 23 April 2012 20:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

inability to identify party more associated with reducing defense spending just means you are smarter then the poll

bnw, Monday, 23 April 2012 21:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

As a college graduate I would answer the Pew survey in this way:

The Republican party's rhetoric is more consistently framed in terms of reducing the size of the federal government, but the actions of the Republicans at times when they have the power to control the size of the federal government are not consistent with that rhetoric. It would be far more accurate to characterize the Republicans as the party that wants to reduce the size of federal revenues.

Aimless, Monday, 23 April 2012 21:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

the customers of Popeyes, White Castle, Dunkin’ Donuts and Chuck E Cheese were mostly Democratic, while the customers at Cracker Barrel, Chik-fil-A, Panera and Bob Evans were mostly Republican.

^^^My favorite part of this article. I'm surprised there was no talk around regions. What kind of lazy political analysis is this? I mean Dunkin' Donuts is basically the Northeast and Chick-fil-A is the South. Panera is mostly a suburban thing & White Castle is urban.

Further political analysis: Chick-fil-A rules. Cracker Barrel has good biscuits & gravy (for a chain). I wish I could move to a place that has both Dunkin' Donuts & Chick-fill-A (DC?). White Castle dominates this list. WTF Chuck E Cheese?

The same restaurants study showed that the customers at Cracker Barrel, Panera and Bob Evans were the most likely to vote in elections.

This is a very funny way of delivering old news.

HE HATES THESE CANS (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 13:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

my formatting is all goofy there

HE HATES THESE CANS (Austerity Ponies), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 13:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

just got an email

Friends, readers, countrymen: You may have heard already (maybe too much) about my new book: “Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World.”

The subject is a juicy one: It gives you an overview of the 20th century (and about a decade of the 21st). It introduces you to a vast cast of characters, all of them interesting, not a dullard in the bunch. I’m speaking of the laureates, mainly. They’re a diverse bunch, too: What do Mother Teresa and Yasser Arafat have in common? (Someone said, “Is it the unusual headwear?”)

Finally, when you explore the peace prize, you have to confront some of the biggest questions: concerning war and peace, freedom and tyranny, and all that jazz.

As I said, the subject is juicy, and I hope you would find the book so too. To order it from National Review, go here. Ask for a signature and an inscription, if you want. Or, order the book more traditionally (!) – from Amazon, here.

And lemme know what you think, by e-mailing me via my column.

Thanks much, and all best,
Jay (Nordlinger)

Mordy, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

his prose is so creepy: that mix of slang ("lemme know") and coy locutions ("As I said, the subject is juicy, and I hope you would find the book so too").

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

and all that jazz!

Mordy, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

gah juicy (x2!)

Meanwhile, on some cars... (Austerity Ponies), Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

Jay (Nordlinger)

Bad Company's Drummer's Daughter (stevie), Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

(Austerity (Ponies))

Meanwhile, on some cars... (Austerity Ponies), Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

it's kinda like when you were in fifth grade and a classmate called you for the homework who you didn't really know very well and they said, "hey, it's Jay. [long pause] you know, Nordlinger, from school." "i know who u are, Jay."

Mordy, Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

or he made torturous parenthesis signs with his fingers

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

I got that Nordlinger spam, too -- I noticed that the book hasn't really been reviewed too much outside the usually spots (Examiner, some promotion on NRO, hard-hitting KLO q&a).

Mordy, have you emailed him before? I've called him out on some stuff but never got a response until he/NRO spammed me about that dumb book.

a-lo, Friday, 27 April 2012 02:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

i don't think so. i tend to save my vitriolic emails for jonah. maybe if you email one of them they just add you to the collective PR email listings. it did come from no-reply @ nationalreview.com

Mordy, Friday, 27 April 2012 02:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

anybody listening
NRO reply at all

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 April 2012 02:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh no

mookieproof, Friday, 27 April 2012 02:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Or, order the book more traditionally (!) – from Amazon, here.

Mordy, Friday, 27 April 2012 02:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

this is really fucked up

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/297159/all-means-lets-worry-about-richard-grenell-kevin-d-williamson

in the course of mounting a defense of a gay foreign policy aide to mitt romney, mr wmson goes through the motions of some truly arch arch archreacitonary shit about sex, marriage, culture etc.

we need a term for that kind of mode of writing, not exactly throat-clearing, but "i am in a dispute with another conservative, and i'm taking was looks like the not-most-right-wing line, so i have to sound like a really angry asshole about something kind of related to what i'm talking about"

goole, Friday, 27 April 2012 20:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm sure there's a term for that type of rhetoric. It's p common.

Meanwhile, on some cars... (Austerity Ponies), Friday, 27 April 2012 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

assholery

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 April 2012 20:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

What perfect timing!

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/homophobic-maybe-youre-gay.html

Ned Raggett, Friday, 27 April 2012 20:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

Our paper describes six studies conducted in the United States and Germany involving 784 university students. Participants rated their sexual orientation on a 10-point scale, ranging from gay to straight. Then they took a computer-administered test designed to measure their implicit sexual orientation. In the test, the participants were shown images and words indicative of hetero- and homosexuality (pictures of same-sex and straight couples, words like “homosexual” and “gay”) and were asked to sort them into the appropriate category, gay or straight, as quickly as possible. The computer measured their reaction times.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 27 April 2012 20:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

straight men were asked to blow the researcher, toothiness reported on a 10-point scale

goole, Friday, 27 April 2012 20:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

So many examples they could have included, too

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Saturday, 28 April 2012 07:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

max, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 15:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

max, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 15:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

"i could barely fit it into my mouth"

Mordy, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 15:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

omg lol

deploying a sewer otter unit (askance johnson), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 15:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

What is he on? Is it a combination of 5 hour energy and beef jerky?

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 15:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Probably how he wrote his books.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 16:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

paul masson champagne surely

goole, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 16:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

a combination of 5 hour energy and beef jerky

if this appeared under him when he was on tv I might cry at the beauty.

bnw, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 16:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

So, I was on Piers Morgan’s show on CNN tonight. It was a shameful spectacle. He pretended to be a serious interviewer and I spent far too long pretending he was one too. My apologies to everyone who tuned in. I will have a more comprehensive response tomorrow on the Tyranny of Cliches blog.


Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 16:18 (1 year ago) Permalink


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