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  1. “Sen. Roberty Byrd (D-WV) dead at 92.”

    Now if the rest of them would do us a favor and drop dead we might be ok.

    And speaking of the G20, I watched some of the news coverage of this farce last night. Dear Gog! I nearly shot my tv in self defense from stupidity.

    1. The Kleagle has landed.

      The Senator will be buried in the Robert C. Byrd Memorial Cemetery on Robert C.Byrd Drive next to the Robert C. Byrd Klan Kommunity Center and Rib Shack in Robert C. Byrd, WV.

      1. As a West Virginian, I must say that’s funny (and sad) because it’s true. I’m not sure what is going to happen to this state now that the gravy train has left the station. So many people here have developed dependence on government pork spending for their jobs. If they don’t work directly for the government, they are working for a government contractor.

        1. You know…it’s been getting that way all over this country – if not the federal government, then state or local.

          1. It’s bad everywhere, but have you ever driven through WV?

            The state should be renamed “West Virginia, brought to you by Carl’s Jr. Robert C. Byrd.”

            1. “Robert Byrd: Fuck you, I’ve been here longer”

              1. Your kids are starving. Robert C. Byrd believes no child should go hungry. You are an unfit mother. Your children will be placed in the custody of Robert C. Byrd. Robert C. Byrd: “Fuck You, I’m Lynching Legislating.”

      2. Rib Shack and Live Bait…

    2. “The gentleman’s time has expired.”

  2. World economy says G20 leaders biggest threat to world economy


  3. Gas station owners with BP contracts suffering from boycotts.

    A gas station near me changed over from a Citgo station to a BP last year. The station owner just can’t catch a break.

    1. Maybe he should consider selling gas for an American oil company.

      1. Like Exxon?

        Excellent idea. No one will ever think to boycott them.

        1. Gotta fill up the Prius somewhere. Those things don’t run on unicorn shit.

          1. No they don’t. They run and unicorn pee.

            1. on unicorn pee. sorry

          2. My truck runs on unicorn blood and baby squirrels.

      2. Like Amoco?

  4. Is this really the only way to get rid of an incumbent senator?

    Well, it’s clumsy but if that’s the way it has to be I’m off to the Secret Lair’s laboratory. I must invent … the aging ray!

    1. A laser screwdriver works.

      1. Ow, all I have is this sonic screwdriver.

        1. Mine is a MASER screwdriver. Only works on big stuff.

          1. My screwdriver is vodka and orange. It makes people and shit look better.

  5. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) dead at 92.

    You mean we haven’t been re-embalming him like Lenin?

  6. NPR coverage of Byrd’s death had zero mention of his Klan membership. WTF?

    1. Incorrect. NPR played part of an interview in which he expressed regret for joining the clan.

      1. The two I listened to between 7:15 and 7:45 mentioned nothing about Klan. That is correct.

    2. NBC mentioned in passing, like he had once been in a slightly controversial country club or something.

      1. Country music is what they love.

        1. That’s racist!

  7. Sen. Roberty Byrd (D-WV) dead at 92.

    Does this mean we can get our money back from West Virginia?

    1. Fat chance after Maobama implements that coal mining moratorium.

    2. Seriously, West Virginia is like Greece. They bring us all down with their dirty coal and sister-fucking.

    3. We blew it all on moonshine and Moon Pies already.

  8. Curses! Ratfucked Again!

    After the 2008 election, I drove up from Atlanta to D.C. and was greeted by my editor, Matt Welch, with surprising news. It would be better, he said, if I worked somewhere else. I’d voted for the Obama-Biden ticket (having joked, semi-seriously, that I was honor-bound to vote for a ticket with a fellow Delawarean on it) and wasn’t fully on board with the magazine’s upcoming, wonky focus on picking apart the new administration.

    Reason‘s disgraced contributor explains it all.

    1. I was thinking about Weigel over the weekend. Now that we have established that the people on journolist were swine, I think it is important to remember what a rat fucker to use his phrase Weigel really is.

      A few weeks before this broke, Weigel was posting on Hit and Run whining about how everyone was being unfair to him over his post about the Congressman attacking the guy with the videotape. Everyone on here accused him of downplaying and diminishing the incident for the benefit of a Democratic Congressman. Weigel got on here and denied it. Now the journolist emails have been leaked and we find out that is exactly what he was doing. All of those e-mails were Weigel strategizing on how he and other journalists could spin stories to help the Democrats. And at the same time he is doing that in private, in public he whining about how everyone unfairly thinks he is spinning stories for the Democrats, which of course we now know was exactly what he was doing.

      Weigel really has no personal integrity. It is one thing to be a partisan. It is quite another to be a partisan but lie about who you really are and what your motives really are. Weigel is everything that everyone knows is wrong with journalism. Just a complete lying scumbag.

      1. Jesus Christ, John. Let it go already.

        1. “Coward, you don’t have the couragew to post under your real name”


          1. But Dot is my real name!
            No, wait. It’s Episiarch! I kid, I kid.

      2. Dammit, John. It was just a hug. Just a hug!

        1. SF, it’s good you’re back! 😎

          How are you doing?

          1. Sugafree is Jesus?

            1. If that means we get to call him SugarChrist from now on, then I’m down.

              1. Jordan, If you want to go down on SugarChrist that’s your business

          2. “You know when I was 30, people used to say ‘I wish you were dead’ to my face… That’s called respect.”

            Routine doctor visit. Between the five doctors I see (HMO ultraspecialization) I have about two a month.

            My wife has strict instructions to tell the board if I start floating upside down in the tank. I expect you all to take the hajj to Kentucky to grab a relic.

            Rich may have my left index finger, the one I use first to type “fuck.”

            1. I’ll keep it in my special place

              1. Is that the same place you kept his father’s watch, that uncomfortable hunk of metal, for 2 years?

            2. Heh heh heh heh…I’d make that pilgrimage.

              1. In your honor, I’ll wear my VS black underwear under a raincoat, and flash anyone who comes to my door

                1. I am humbled.

        2. There was something very creepy about that hug. I wouldn’t be surprised if that wasn’t the first college boy Etherage has hugged.

        3. You’re back. What happened, you lose your rewarding job and large circle of friends or something?

          1. I was busy the rest of Friday and don’t usually post on the weekends anyway. Minimal internet on the weekend keeps me marginally sane. I wish I hadn’t missed the Weigel blowout, though.

            1. There is plenty to cum

      3. In fairness, he has a post on Breitbart’s BigGovernment which is a mea culpa.

            1. Good post, though. I still think Weigel should write a tell-all, Joe Klein style.

        1. It sounded more like an excuse than a mea culpa. Nowhere does he admit that he was trying to organize the news for the Democrats.

        2. fuck him and his mea culpa. He is a lying sack of shit and should never be trusted again.

          1. We get it, we get it. You’re like a jilted lover, John. Get a grip.

            1. What do you care? Who are you Weigel? His old b/f from high school?

            2. Piss off. I have hated that ratfucker for years. To dismiss Johns’s anger makes me wonder if YOU’RE the ratfucker himself.

      4. “I was thinking about Weigel over the weekend.” I so thought this was going to be slashfic.

        1. I left out the part where it goes “I was thinking about Wegel over the weekend and how I could hunt him down in Rock Creek Park with dogs and spears like a feral pig.”

          1. No wonder you don’t get laid 😉

    2. Did you catch this little gem?

      “Seriously, though, nobody did! The fact that one part of journalism in Washington was a give-and-take of gossip, and that sources learned to trust one another by bitching about people and projects they didn’t like, was a total mindfuck.”

      Weigel had no idea that people in Washington leak things to the media to damage projects they don’t like? He actually expects people to believe that?

      1. Actually, I take that quote to mean that there’s an expectation you will say impolitic things, outside of the context of a purposeful leak, to demonstrate trust.

        Like a gang initiation.

        It’s still surprising to me that he would say he didn’t anticipate this. Didn’t he go to high school like everyone else?

        1. Yeah, that is what he is saying, which is different than I thought. But still, he didn’t realize this?

          1. I think Weigel was like me in high school. He probably didn’t have many friends and didn’t know how all the gossip and shit worked. This is not intended as an insult.

          2. he didn’t realize this?

            He does now. But, sometimes the most painful lessons are the most useful.

            John–Is this one of those moments that Rahm counseled us not to waste?

    3. “My first thought was, he lied in every word.”

    4. Assuming Weigel is being truthful here he was fired from Reason for excessively shilling for the Dems.

      1. Which anyone who read Reason back then knows is true.

        1. I’ll bet Weigel is spending sleepless nights, agonizing over a couple dozen anonymous nobodies at H&R who hate his guts.

          1. Come on Dave. Just post as yourself.

            1. For “libertarians,” you’re awfully thin-skinned, if not naive. You’ve never been lied to by a journalist?

          2. He was before this “Kerfuffle”

            6.14.10 NEVER FORGET!!!

            David Weigel|6.14.10 @ 5:01PM|#

            Well, I really enjoyed the two and a half years I spent here, and I’m constantly confused as to why mentions of my name lead to a lot of schoolyard insults. I really can’t figure out why they do it — lack of fulfillment seems like a good enough theory. After all, I’m here, and they’re where I left them in 2008.

            Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to return to my rewarding job and large circle of friends. I don’t know how my ego will ever recover…

    5. I think I may owe the parking attendant a bottle of whatever he wants.

  9. Robert Byrd is dead. I guess the waiting list to hell is now one name shorter.

    1. This ex-Klansman wasn’t just a passive member of the nation’s most notorious hate group. According to news accounts and biographical information, Sen. Byrd was a “Kleagle” — an official recruiter who signed up members for $10 a head. He said he joined because it “offered excitement” and because the Klan was an “effective force” in “promoting traditional American values.” Nothing like the thrill of gathering ’round a midnight bonfire, roasting s’mores, tying nooses, and promoting white supremacy with a bunch of your hooded friends.

      The ex-Klansman allegedly ended his ties with the group in 1943. He may have stopped paying dues, but he continued to pay homage to the KKK. Republicans in West Virginia discovered a letter Sen. Byrd had written to the Imperial Wizard of the KKK three years after he says he abandoned the group. He wrote: “The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia” and “in every state in the Union.”

      The ex-Klansman later filibustered the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act — supported by a majority of those “mean-spirited” Republicans — for more than 14 hours. He also opposed the nominations of the Supreme Court’s two black justices, liberal Thurgood Marshall and conservative Clarence Thomas. In fact, the ex-Klansman had the gall to accuse Justice Thomas of “injecting racism” into the Senate hearings. Meanwhile, author Graham Smith recently discovered another letter Sen. Byrd wrote after he quit the KKK, this time attacking desegregation of the armed forces.

      The ex-Klansman vowed never to fight “with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”

      Just in case anyone has forgotten how awful Byrd really was. He never took responsibility for his horrible past and views. All he ever did was pretend like it didn’t happen. And his media abettors let him make it look like he went to a couple of meetings once by mistake.

      1. This ex-Klansman wasn’t just a passive member of the nation’s most notorious hate group.

        I always thought he was associated with ACORN. Now I know.

      2. Republicans in West Virginia discovered a letter Sen. Byrd had written to the Imperial Wizard of the KKK three years after he says he abandoned the group.

        As Elmer Fudd would say if he was recently”let go” by the WaPo:

        “Those wascally wepublican watfuckers!”

      3. Does Kleagle rhyme with Weigel?

      4. He did more harm to the country as an elected government employee than he ever did in the Klan. He never apologized for being in the Senate.

        1. Consider this stolen. Great line.

          1. Seconded. He and John Murtha can enjoy their own little part of Hell… brought to you by Carl’s Jr.

    2. That’s a little harsh.

  10. Sen. Roberty Byrd (D-WV) dead at 92.

    Don’t give up! Shock him again! I need him so much!

  11. How will we prevent the next Weigel?

    Think of the children!

    1. It’s simple. Always remember to bury your stools.

  12. Big Byrd is dead? Shame, I allus liked that lanky yellow freak.

    Anyone know offhand who takes over the title of “oldest ‘living’ Senator”?

    1. Lautenburg. 86.

      1. I can’s say I “hated” Byrd but I sure hate that fuck Lautenberg. Is there anyone more anti-liberty in the US Senate?

      2. I am a native (escaped) New Jerseyan, and I can attest that he was visibly senile by his 1994 Senate campaign.

    2. “oldest ‘living’ Senator”

      If you measure it in dog years, Barbara Boxer is 490.


    This is very good reading.

    1. In other words, U.S. ships have mostly been removing water from the Gulf, requiring them to make up to 10 times as many trips to storage facilities where they off-load their oil-water mixture, an approach Koops calls “crazy.”

      We are ruled by the stupidest people on the planet.

      1. We really are. We basically have set up an educational and political system designed to put the dumbest people possible in charge. Even if you are intelligent, the only way you will get the grades to get through school and get into the right college is to stop thinking for yourself and master the art of telling teachers and professors what they want to hear. Then once out of college, the only way to get to the top is to be as craven a careerist as possible. The whole thing is a pyramid of stupidity where the worst of the worst clime to the top.

        1. It’s malice and incompetence all the way down.

          1. Yeah…now that is a damn shame. Excellent link, John.

      2. +? Warty.

        Oh and here’s some international morning metal.

        1. You fucked up. Endure some Finntroll.

      3. Stupid or evil geniuses?

        1. It really doesn’t make any difference. So take whichever one appeals to you.

      4. Weird Koops, the chairman of Spill Response Group Holland

        Awesome name.

    2. WTF?!? That article is almost as infuriating as the spill itself.

      1. The part about the EPA demanding that the water be cleaned to almost perfect purity is sadly typical and very infuriating. EPA is always ready to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    3. The Americans, overwhelmed by the catastrophic consequences of the BP spill, finally relented and took the Dutch up on their offer — but only partly. Because the U.S. didn’t want Dutch ships working the Gulf, the U.S. airlifted the Dutch equipment to the Gulf and then retrofitted it to U.S. vessels. And rather than have experienced Dutch crews immediately operate the oil-skimming equipment, to appease labour unions the U.S. postponed the clean-up operation to allow U.S. crews to be trained.

      No words, really.

      1. But Obama is doing everything he can. What is supposed to do, plug the spill himself? It is an absolute scandal.

      2. What, we’re in a Cold War with the Dutch? Did I miss something?

        1. It’s all about me! It was always about me!

        2. I think it all started with tulip tariffs.

          1. Tulip hoarders!

    4. Weird Koops, the chairman of Spill Response Group Holland

      Best name ever, or what?

  14. As a West Virginian, I must say that’s funny (and sad) because it’s true. I’m not sure what is going to happen to this state now that the gravy train has left the station. So many people here have developed dependence on government pork spending for their jobs. If they don’t work directly for the government, they are working for a government contractor.

  15. Obama Can ‘Shut Down Internet For 4 Months:…..owers.html

    1. Ok. So I’ve seen this in headlines but haven’t read because it sounds both incredibly stupid and frightening at the same time.

      Now, I’m guessing it means “in the US” right? Now world wide? Anyone got some good, concise info on this? That’s not from Alex Jones.

    2. Since the most likely sort of internet based attack seems to be a denial of service type of attack, how would shutting down the internet help?

      1. It won’t, this is another bill written by people who have no idea how the internet works.

        1. Oh, we know how this Internet works. We want to control the information flow. Threatening to shut down the Internet is a mighty big stick to swing!

        2. They want to install “valves” that will close the “tubes” in case of emergency. What’s so hard about that.

      2. It would be ironic, that’s how.

  16. Paul Krugman, idiot:

    And this third depression will be primarily a failure of policy. Around the world ? most recently at last weekend’s deeply discouraging G-20 meeting ? governments are obsessing about inflation when the real threat is deflation, preaching the need for belt-tightening when the real problem is inadequate spending.

    1. Yep. He’s still batting a thousand for stupidty. Every damn thing he says causes pain to the logical mind.

    2. So, just so I’m clear on the timing: Once Obama wasn’t going to get his way on deficit spending, Krugman declared a Depression. Does this mean the Depression happened on TEAM RED’s and TEAM BLUE’s watch? I think we should quit electing Ivy Leaguers and service academy guys for a while and see what happens.

    3. You know what’s really offensive?

      The reason the Keynes strategy he wants employed can’t be employed is because the world’s governments went into the crisis in pathetic shape in balance sheet terms.

      And they went into the crisis in bad shape because of…[drum roll]…previous exercises in Keynesianism.

      There’s just no recognition from him that to borrow money, people have to be willing to lend it to you. And that when debt service is already 20% of your budget, you’ve had your bite at the Keynes apple and don’t get another one.

      1. A very good point. Maybe if the governments of the world would have run surpluses in good times, the deficit spending in bad times wouldn’t hurt so bad. Indeed, that is what Keynes argued. It was pump priming not pump running.

        That is what I hate most about Krugman and his ilk; their intellectual dishonesty. They are not Keynesian at all. They always advocate for the same thing, ever expanding government and spending. Allegiance to Keynes is just this week’s excuse.

      2. Borrow? Silly boy, just print the money up and give it away.

    4. “Paul Krugman, idiot”

      No need to repeat yourself.

  17. I think it’s time that the American people know the truth: Weigel is, in fact, only 12-years-old.

    1. We missed you on Friday.

      1. John thought about Weigel over the weekend and you miss Sugarfree. Hmm, is it a gay cruise?

        1. I thought the Reason cruise was next spring.

          1. It’ll be in February, so we can all have our gay weddings performed by the captain.

            1. Valentine’s Day, and all that.

        2. Can gays do anything other than cruise?

    1. And who will pay the price for this triumph of orthodoxy? The answer is, tens of millions of unemployed workers, many of whom will go jobless for years, and some of whom will never work again.

      There used to be a columnist who wrote a column about inconsiderate people, whom he called “oblivions”. I don’t think there’s a better term to use for Krugman.

      1. Some people call them “Obliviates”. I think that works well for Krugman.

      2. No need to sully the good name of Oblivion. The Elder Scrolls series has not wronged us.

        1. Robert Samuelson pre-refutes, with more proof, Krugman’s nonsense.

        2. Then where the hell is TES 5 when we need it most?

      3. Or iDiots, i.e., people who bought an iPhone 4.

      4. Stop insulting idiots.

        When you’re arguing with Europeans who are telling you to stop spending so much gotdamn money, you’ve officially reached the stage of incoherent babbling.

      5. How about an “Obliviot”?

        Obliviot ? A person whose Oblivionism is dangerous to others. Will stop short in the middle of a busy sidewalk to answer a cell phone, try to board an “up” elevator before it empties, and swings a lit cigarette indiscriminately as they walk. Also known to make abrupt, complete stops at yield signs and are chronic rubber-neckers.

      6. Actually, we should be nice to Herr Doctor Krugman. It’s clear he’s suffering from Dunning-Kruger syndrome.

    2. Tech scare piece by Maureen Dowd.

      Saw this when I went to TAO’s link. Jeez, between Krugman and Dowd you’d think that a singularity of idiocy would occur at the Times.

      1. I’ve long considered it a black hole of vapidity.

  18. Is there anyone more anti-liberty in the US Senate?

    Do it the easy way: “Is there anybody in the Senate who is actually pro-liberty?”

    Hint: NO.

    1. Yeah, but Lautenberg is bad even for the Senate.

      1. I suspect Lieberman of being worse.

        1. That would be a toss up. You would have to do more research and thought than the problem would be really worth.

  19. Krugman must be ecstatically happy, this morning, after seeing all those broken windows in Toronto.

    1. What were all those violent, racist Tea Party people doing up in Toronto?

      1. Sort of. It was the distincly Canadian offshoot of the Tea Party. The Strange Brew.


        Fuck you people!

        1. Actually, that was pretty good, Jordan.

  20. Everybody’s heard about the Byrd.

    1. Ba-Ba-Ba-Hu-ma-mau-mau

    2. Byrd, Byrd, Byrd… Byrd is was the word turd.

  21. im so sad that Sen. Roberty Byrd (D-WV) dead at 92.

  22. many of whom will go jobless for years, and some of whom will never work again.

    Won’t somebody think of the International Brotherhood of Buggy Whip Braiders? PLEASE????

    1. That is the new leftist spin. When their policies fail instead of admitting they were wrong, they lament at how evil the world is and everyone is just going to have to expect less. That is what they did during the Carter years.

      Fuck Krugman and fuck all of that ilk. There is no reason why the economy will not come back. It has come back from much worse in the past. We just have to get them out of power and enact some sane economic policies.

    2. That is the new leftist spin. When their policies fail instead of admitting they were wrong, they lament at how evil the world is and everyone is just going to have to expect less. That is what they did during the Carter years.

      Fuck Krugman and fuck all of that ilk. There is no reason why the economy will not come back. It has come back from much worse in the past. We just have to get them out of power and enact some sane economic policies.

    3. That Ed Schultz guy on MSNBC talks about the 99’ers. These are people whose benefits have run out because thaey have been out of work for 99+ weeks. That’s just shy of two years.

      If you can’t find a job in two years, then I think it’s safe to say the economy is not to blame.

      Fucking freeloaders.

      1. That is just the result of unemployment insurance. Say I have a good factory job making $30 an hour. And then I get laid off and go on unemployment and get half of my old wages in UE insurance. Now, I could go out and find a lower paying job today. But that job may not pay as much as my UE insurance or not much more. So that means I am basically working for almost no marginal gain. So what people do is turn down lower paying jobs and stay on UE. It is a perfectly rational decision.

    4. The night of Obama’s Greek Columns acceptance speech at the 2008 DNC one of the featured warm-up speakers was a laid off CRT factory worker lamenting that all the cathode ray tubes were being made by foreigners and that electing Obama would bring his job back. CRTs, the buggywhips of the 21st Century.

  23. Will Dear Leader be attending the Byrd funeral? If he gives the eulogy it will be the first time a Negro addressed a Klan gathering. Hilarious.

      1. Is that the Chapelle skit? I can’t get youtube here. But I love the Chapelle skit about the blind black klansman.

        1. The funniest part is when we learned at the end that he divorced his wife, because he could never respect a woman who would marry a black man.

          1. Yes. Divorced his white wife because she was “a n!!!!r lover”.

            1. That movie looks crazy. That ballad…and the Italian subtitles, heh heh.

        2. No. It’s the trailer for an old movie called The Black Klansman.

          It was between the Chapelle skit and this and TBK just seemed wronger and creepier.

          1. I have never heard of that one. I will have to check it out tonight.

      2. Don’t forget about Uncle Ruckus.

        Praise be to white jesus!

        1. Ruckus worships white society and culture, the reason why he lives in Woodcrest. Ruckus claims to like the smell of white people, saying they smell like “lemon juice and Pledge furniture cleaner.

          1. Damn near everytime Ruckus speaks, I have to have an inhaler near by or I may literally die laughing.

        2. The city were I work has these black Israelite preaches on the corner. It’s like black muslims except they’re black Israelites. They say the true tribes of Israel are the black, Latinos, native Americans, etc. Pretty much everyone but the blue-eyed devil.

          I will give them credit for telling black males to pull their pants up because:

          Job 38:3
          Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

  24. joe|7.24.05 @ 9:57PM|#

    The Klan was a very large organization, TWC. All of the “franchises” shared their repellent racist ideology, but not all of them were involved in violent atrocities. There was once a Klan march in western Massachusetts that drew an estimated 200,000 people, and yet there was never a lynching committed in the history of the commonwealth.

    Which is to say, it’s a little overwrought to compare Byrd to an SS guard unless you’ve got specific evidence of him, or the immediate group he was in, committing crimes against people. Do you?


    joe|8.30.07 @ 2:26PM|#

    Robert Byrd denounced the Klan and apologized for associating with it before any of the people who endlessly repeat that point were even born.


    joe’s Command Performance

    1. So, Byrd was doing God’s work in some of the toughest neighborhoods in America?

    2. It’s a testament to joe’s depth of douchebaggery that even today, on other sites of course, still peddles his idiocy.

      It’s funny, he could actually mount some decent arguments. Then of course he’d offset that by saying something that would bury his head so far up his ass that it popped out the other side again.

      1. Joe had a prime directive that Democrats had to be defended at all times. He would, as shown here and in his infamous “ACORN doing God’s work” posts, defend the indefensible if he had to. He was only able to make good arguments when the good arguments coincided with defending Democrats or attacking Republicans. Joe could be clever. But he has a complete lack of intellectual integrity.

    3. joe defending the KKK. Damn I missed that one the first time. Thanks for the rerun SF!

    4. I miss The Wine Commonsewer.

        1. +1…awesome performance from joe, too, though. Sadly Chad and Tony can’t quite match up.

    1. I never realized how much Weigel looks like The Star Wars Kid.

      Video for those who can.

      1. Yeah, not the most flattering angle.

  25. Gas station owners with BP contracts suffering from boycotts.

    When gas prices first starting getting above $2 a gallon about six years ago, my mom forwarded me a huge chain e-mail written by someone purporting to be a CFO of a large company. He was saying that by boycotting Exxon stations, citizens could pressure Exxon into lowering gas prices.

    This e-mail was forwarded literally hundreds of times before it got to me, and most of the enthusiastic comments from the forwarders were left intact.

    Most of the people leaving the comments were my mom’s coworkers–teachers with advanced college degrees.

    I don’t know what it is about oil, but in so many ways it brings out the idiocy in otherwise rational people.

  26. SCOTUS rules in McDonald. No total gun bans allowed baby!

    It still ain’t perfect though, since they seem to allow some restriction, but it’s a move in the right direction.

  27. You know, I’m willing to accept that Byrd had a change of heart (like Saul becoming Paul – though likely no vision, more likely a slowly developing realization that his views were completely out of touch with any realities of life or politics) on the Klan issue and that his public apologies and renunciations were genuine. Nevertheless, the fact that he ever subscribed to such a repellent philosophy diminishes him as a man in my eyes. Everyone is entitled to repent, some sins are harder to wash clean than others.

    However beyond manning up on that, Byrd was a thoroughly loathesome individual.

    In the end Byrd’s death is a matter of complete indifference to me. Mind you, this is true of the bulk of humanity with the exception of a tiny handful of people who are very close to me.

    1. I’m thinking that this has been kust about the greatest ten months EVER!

      Kennedy, Murtha and Byrd. Whooooooooo-eeeeeee!!!!!!!

    2. Bullshit. If he really had a change of heart, why was he saying things like:

      There are white niggers. I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time; I’m going to use that word.

      as late as 2001? This is not the statement of a guy who revisited his thinking on racial issues. He obviously thinks there is still a class of people called “nigger” that aren’t full members of society. Fuck him and his apologies.

      1. What’s funny is that as we speak, every black man in hell is standing in line waiting for their turn with him.

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