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May 09 2012

Open Thread


Via YAF**KINGHOO, on a tip from Merchant of Venom.

89 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Dave Blount says:

    The results are in. For boringly monopolizing comment threads with tedious moonbattery, Lao has been voted off the island. If he wants a soapbox, he can build his own.

  2. lao's mangina says:

    AFFIRMATION! Affirmative!

    I’ve bested the far right wingers of Moonbattery!

    I’m off to fuck myself now.

    BADGE OF HONOR! Affirmative!

  3. TrickleUpPolitics says:

    Thank you Dave. If you look back 2-3 years at your site you will realize how much it changed once lao took over.

  4. SR says:

    A**hat Sharpton: GOP Declared ‘War on Black People’ Time To ‘Fire Back’{9DC780DD-11DC-46E2-AD69-56FA8E261958}&title=ITS-WAR-ON-BLACKS-Sharpton

  5. Bob Roberts says:

    I suppose, for a week or so, some will still invoke the troll’s name now and again. I, for one, will try to resist the urge. SUGGESTION: After a week or so, let’s just let him be and stick to current issues and whatever other trolls show up. Let him fade into the obscurity that he rightly should remain within.

    Maybe come late November or December someone will miss him enough to ask Mr. Blount to reconsider.

    I doubt it, but you know, anything can happen!


    OOPS! That slogan is both tarnished and taken, I hear.

    SO…. ONWARD!

    Word is John Travolta really gets around!

    I mean, here he is in the WHITE HOUSE dancing with LADY DI!

    Here he is with his SCORCHING hot wife.

    Here she is in the obligatory bikini pic.

    Here she is as the most sexy Supergirl I’ve EVER seen.

    And Okorie Okorocha expects me to believe that Travolta, who still could walk up to most any woman who’s ever had his poster on her wall and have her doing anything he requests, is paying men to give him massages then sexually assaulting them?


    Sheesh, as I said, I suppose anything is possible.

    Still, on the improbability scale, this one is out near “infinite”.

  6. FuzzyRider says:

    Lao could try the LibertarianRepublican blog, though he’d probably getted banned PDQ- the proprietor there goes full psycho every time anyone disagrees with him in any way…

  7. FuzzyRider says:

    Geez- …probably end up getting… I’ll get this ‘typing’ concept down one of these days.

  8. Sam Adams says:

    Dave Blount says:
    May 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    The results are in. For boringly monopolizing comment threads with tedious moonbattery, Lao has been voted off the island. If he wants a soapbox, he can build his own.

    I’ve got an old dog that just can’t remember or make it to the back door, so he ends up leaving pee spots on the floor here and there. Although I’ve loved this dog and taken care of him for a long time, you reach a point when it just isn’t worth cleaning up the pee spots.

    I had hoped that our troll would have used the opportunity to show a little remorse and contrition for the contention he often caused. Some people are slow learners, wile some don’t even want to learn.

    Plus the last thing that any blog needs is the term “boring.”

  9. AlphaMail says:

    I stood up for lao because that is my nature – to always give others the benefit of the doubt. But Dave made the right decision.

    I don’t index posts like lao did, but in reference to Bob Roberts today where he says lao “distracts, obstructs, derails, and denies,” I can only say, “I told you so.” No more than two months ago I said lao is diverting the conversation, and the bright minds on this site are wasting time and energy by engaging him, when the mission ahead is to work on defeating Obama in 2012. I put lao in diapers at the time, but I also said what needed to be done.

    If you go back six months or more, in most every post I said lao’s obsession was to WIN the argument – it was not to engage in the validity of the goal…his objective was to distract. I said it time after time.

    Still…as an evangelical Christian, conservative, veteran, tea-party, capitalist, small business owner, CC-2nd Amendment, pro-life, pro- family, pro-Israel, pro-Scout, pro-Cross, pro-marriage, pro-America, pro- freedom, and the most important – pro free-thinker (thanks to God), I still gave lao the benefit of the doubt.

    Alas, I’m conservative – I’m charitable.

    The reason I essentially agree with Dave is because lao demonstrated time and again that he is not a thankful person. If you are a Christian, the key to everything – the key to the door of the kingdom Jesus talked about – is being thankful. In the hardest day you have ever had, in the worst moment you have ever faced, in the crush of life…in your lowest low, if you thank the Lord for what you have, the door cannot help but open.

    Lao was incapable. He could not backtrack. He could not apologize – he castigated, he chastised, he was arrogant. He wouldn’t let up – he refused to be thankful – he deserved to go.

    Last, I hope a lesson is gained here. Bob Roberts posts, “Just let him be…stick to the current issues and whatever other trolls show up.”

    In almost five years, this is the most incredible website I have ever visited. Obama needs to be defeated. I hope the brilliant minds – most much smarter than me – will NOT stick only to the current issues (this is not Drudge!), and they will NOT waste precious creative energy on another troll (sorry Bob), but will find some way – to supplant the long discussions about Obarfa’s problems, with some semblance of something that resembles a conversation which includes solutions.

    I’m a worker bee – I don’t know shit, but I do know when it’s time to stop analyzing the problem and start solving it.

    So now lao is gone, all you brainiacs get busy.

  10. Bob Roberts says:

    Threatening Mexico Tourist Ad Invokes Hunting Arizonans

    An Arizona sheriff is calling on Mexican officials to apologize for a “threatening” advertisement that depicts a camouflage-clad man looking through binoculars with the words: “In Sonora we are looking for people from Arizona.”

    Really? They really think running an ad like that will get them tourist business?

    Good luck with that!


    In his ABC interview, the president pretended that his much touted “evolution” had now led him, ineluctably, to speak out now, today; he simply could longer stay silent.

    Mr. Obama actually did bare his soul unintentionally today (perhaps the Biden disease is catching) with his astonishing characterization of American fighting men and women, whom he referred to as “those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf.” Really?

    Most Americans thought they were fighting for the country, not on Barack Obama’s behalf.

    Let’s leave our soldiers out of this. They aren’t fighting for Mr. Obama and his campaign, and no one sent them out to risk their lives to win same sex “marriage.”

    Funny how, with all the mulling over and struggling with this issue Obama has been doing for so long with so many people, it wasn’t until today that he suddenly had to speak out. Odd how, just today, after the people were given the right to express THEIR opinion on this issue and roundly REJECTED a redefinition of marriage to include same sex couples, Obama suddenly had an Epiphany and just had to speak out on this issue!

    So does anyone still believe that “the usual suspects” ARE NOT trying to incite a race war with political overtones?

    All that’s missing… is… CROSSHAIRS!

    Just look at anything this nutjob, Loonie Louie and the others say if you have any questions.

    Obama & Democrats war on women in the workplace!

    Yet another dubious first for the obamunists/Democrats:

    324,000 Women Dropped Out of Labor Force in Last Two Months–As Number of Women Not in Labor Force Hits Historic High.

    This year (in both January and April), only 57.6 percent of the women in the civilian noninstitutional population were in the labor force. That is the lowest rate of labor force participation by American women since April 1993, according to historical data maintained by BLS.

    I can hear them now – anyone else care to predict who they will blame? HINT: His initials are GWB!

    His loss!

    Putin snubs USA, won’t come to Camp David.

    Is he snubbing the USA, or OBAMA?

    Remember the liberals talking about how our young students should “explore their sexuality”? I don’t know if these 6th graders heard about that, but clearly they’re behavior is the inevitable result of such teachings, which need to be ROLLED BACK here wherever they’re being implemented.

    Why Obama “evolved”. He did it for the cash.

    gay donors, mostly men, reportedly constitute 1 in 6 of Obama’s top fundraisers known as bundlers. And in the first 90 minutes after the news broke Wednesday, the campaign received $1 million in spontaneous contributions

    For reference, and as a yardstick regarding how Obama’s base represents America, legitimate studies suggest that homosexuals are somewhere below 5% of the population.

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  11. Bob Roberts says:

    lao’s mangina says: May 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm
    Mission Accomplished?

  12. Bob Roberts says:

    Obama approval craters after release of photos!

    One thing is certain – this event sure was a whole series of gutsy calls!

    Apparently Democrats are really just messing with Obama and really do intend to vote for him in the end.

    Or not, hopefully.

    Obama’s real worry – his victory led his most loyal supporters to realize how pathetic and empty their lives really are. Many of them are too depressed to leave their parents’ basements, let alone to put a stamp on an absentee ballot or actually show up at a polling place to vote.

  13. Bob Roberts says:

    Obama makes historic deal with Republicans, who will be allowed to kick him in the balls repeatedly in exchange for absolutely nothing.

    It’s all about compromise & being reasonable.

    Hard line far right wingers demanded the right to kick Obama in the balls around the clock but moderates agreed to limit it to his waking hours and that allowed the deal to finally go forward.

  14. Bob Roberts says:

    Oh, I just noticed some sort of operator error/HTML glitch in my May 10, 2012 at 12:31 am post.

    I was linking the GAWKER article to point out there were a few cherry-picked (by me) phrases that actually made sense, but the logic and general thought processes displayed throughout the bulk of the article are a good window into the lunatic liberal moonbat mind.

    Liked the part where they correctly pointed out Obama’s most recent pronouncements on same sex unions being rebranded “marriage” was utter BULL$HIT!

  15. Son of Taz says:

    Lao has been voted off the island.

    Thank you Dave!!!!!

  16. Judith M. says:

    I wonder if Lao has applied for unemployment yet…

  17. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    Remember when the Sierra Club shamelessly took donations from natural gas companies to target coal ?
    The crocodile is hungry again

  18. Bloodless Coup says:

    High Level Insider: DHS Preparing to Start A Civil War

  19. laosy says:

    THAT’S RACIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Bloodless Coup says:

    Time To Wake Up Sleepy Heads…

    High Level Insider: DHS Preparing to Start A Civil War

  21. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    New Black Panthers gets a warm welcome from Occupy Cleveland
    Little do they realize this racist scum would prefer those “whities” be dragged behind his car like cans at a wedding

  22. Sam Adams says:

    AlphaMail says:
    May 10, 2012 at 12:31 am
    The reason I essentially agree with Dave is because lao demonstrated time and again that he is not a thankful person. If you are a Christian, the key to everything – the key to the door of the kingdom Jesus talked about – is being thankful. In the hardest day you have ever had, in the worst moment you have ever faced, in the crush of life…in your lowest low, if you thank the Lord for what you have, the door cannot help but open.

    When one is converted to following Christ, your heart is changed. You are no longer a “natural man.” You are willing to believe in, trust, and follow a higher power.

    That is also, IMHO, the reason that conservatives tend to be more charitable with giving both their time and money.

    Ghost of FA Hayek says:
    May 10, 2012 at 5:15 am
    Robin of Berkeley on troll control

    I love Robin of Berkeley’s articles. She has provided an excellent insight into her “conversion” from an atheistic liberal into a conservative Christian.

    One of my favorites:

  23. Way to scrape the barnacles, Dave

    The Weekly Alinsky

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  25. TrickleUpPolitics says:

    For fans of Nigel Farge over at the EU, he strikes again:

  26. TrickleUpPolitics says:

    German newspaper publishes map of the world indicating which countries have the biggest boobs (not the political kind).

  27. Henry says:

    Lao got the boot, huh?


  28. Hey, it’s a good thing Obama distracted us with Homosexual Marriage, yesterday.

    We wouldn’t want to have known about this, or anything:

    Fed clears China’s first US bank takeover

  29. Jodie says:


    Great post! Being thankful to God IS the key to everything!

    Thank you God that lao has been banned!

    Thanks Dave too!

  30. TrickleUpPolitics says:

    Obama and Biden to Marry Each Other
    by KEITH KOFFLER on MAY 9, 2012, 1:45 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden today decided to emphatically demonstrate their support for same-sex marriage by marrying each other.

    The happy pair briefly appeared before reporters this morning to announce their engagement.

    “He’s articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “And I love him.”

    A gushing Obama seemed at a loss for words.

    What can I say?” Obama said. “He makes me laugh.”

    It’s hard to calculate the effect on the nation of the move. A president and a vice president have never been married before, although there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that Spiro Agnew once asked Richard Nixon to marry him. Agnew, according one version of the story, got down on one knee in the Green Room and proposed. Nixon replied, “Get the (expletive deleted) out of here you moron.”

    Obama and Biden will each divorce their wives, who also plan to wed.

    “Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden have been working and appearing together for the ‘Joining Forces’ campaign to support military families, and this just takes it a step further,” said a spokeswoman for Mrs. Obama.

    The president and vice president will be married next month by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Holiday Inn in Silver Spring, Maryland.

    “I’ve always wanted a June wedding, and there just weren’t any rooms available on such short notice,” said Biden in explaining the relatively modest venue for the event.

    Peppered with questions from shocked reporters at today’s briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney described the wedding as a routine government event.

    “Look, throughout history it has been the norm for the two heads of state to be married to each other,” Carney said. “I think everyone is aware that countries have traditionally been ruled by kings and queens.”

    Carney said the decision for the two to marry was made two months ago, although “the president and vice president feel they have been destined for each other since birth.”

    Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney wished Obama and Biden well. “This sure makes my job a heck of a lot easier,” he said.

    Obama and Biden plan to honeymoon on Nantucket. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden will travel together to Fiji.

  31. dan says:

    Thanks for the tough call ,Dave…I had to make that one with a hot red-head once….I miss her some but I’m glad she’s gone.

  32. wingmann says:

    Here’s the windup,the’s another hit for the narcissist-in-chief.

    “when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage”

  33. J says:

    Totally understandable but there is a part of me that is disappointed.

    Given lao’s recent anxiety attacks, I was looking forward to watching his complete meltdown as his messiah’s administration continues to crumble amidst scandals and incompetence.

    I really wanted to read his words on November 8th when he comes to realize that his grand communist revolution just isn’t going to happen.

    Oh well.

  34. wingmann says:

    Now that lao has been banished,she has gone back to her old job as a Jagermeister Representative:

    Sometimes too much is,well,too much.

  35. J says:

    Flashback: Obama Says “My Fundraising Capacity Is Higher” Because I Am a “Celebrity”…

  36. J says:

    Koch Industries BLASTS Obama Administration For Thuggish, Misleading & Dishonest Attacks Against US Producers (Video)

  37. J says:

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    Obama threatens to veto DOJ budget because it blocks Fast and Furious gun control law

  38. J says:

    Martial Arts Expert Banned From Entering the UK: ‘He Teaches Extreme and Violent Self-Defense That is Unwelcome Here’

  39. J says:

    What Turned Filmmaker David Mamet From ‘Brain Dead Liberal’ to Conservative?

  40. J says:

    May Day Occupiers offer quaint alternatives to capitalism

  41. J says:

    Occupy Wall Street Still a Comedy Gold Mine for Howard Stern Crew.

  42. laosy says:

    Paleface: University of Pennsylvania Listed Elizabeth Warren as a “Minority” When She Taught There — Inexplicably the University of Texas Listed Her as “White”

  43. laosy says:

    Co-Host Of Obama Hollywood Fundraiser With George Clooney Under SEC Investigation…

  44. Bob Roberts says:

    Well, ya snooze, ya lose.

    I was going to comment on this story:

    Romney mocked, assaulted a ‘presumed’ homosexual student when he was high school senior.

    The gist of my comments would have been that this is clearly a fabrication, scripted by the Obama administration with the willing participation of the media, once again to keep the focus off the fact the only thing Obama has done anything for is some fictional girl named Julia, and even she hasn’t really had any positive outcomes because of Obama but she will as long as Romney is defeated.

    Get it?

    Anyway, the news cycle is catching up and overtaking me:

    Cracks emerge in WASHPOST story about alleged Romney pranks

    And, of course, there’s this:

    While the Washington Post has been diligently digging into relatively innocent high school pranks by Mitt Romney, they’ve spent the last few years diligently ignoring President Obama’s far more controversial high school days.

    Romney, it turns out, is accused of engaging in activities that likely never happened, much like claims that Bush did coke, though no credible (or other) source ever emerged to flesh out those rumors.

    Compare and contrast that with these FACTS:

    Obama, by all accounts, was a habitual drug user in high school. He tried cocaine, he admits in Dreams From My Father; he “tried drugs enthusiastically.” The Chicago Tribune reported back in 2007 that Obama thanked the “Choom Gang” in his high school yearbook; “chooming” was Hawaiian slang for smoking pot. The Honolulu Advertiser reported that Obama’s senior portrait “prominently displayed … A package of ‘Zig-Zag’ rolling papers and a matchbook.” One of Obama’s close friends was arrested for drug possession during high school.
    In his memoir, Obama talked about routinely getting high. “Junkie. Pothead,” he wrote. “That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man.”

    But don’t take my word for it – here is what Obama said himself:

    “I will confess to you that I was kind of a goof off in high school as my mom reminded me,” Obama said. “I went to high school in Hawaii, so there’s a lot of opportunity to goof off because the weather is really good all the time …
    “You know, I made some bad decisions …. You know, got into drinking and experimenting with drugs. There was a whole stretch of time where I didn’t apply myself.

  45. laosy says:

    University of Minnesota Creates Gender-Neutral Bathrooms After Leftist Students Complains About The Gender-Specific Ones Being “Oppressive”…

  46. laosy says:

    FCC Says It Takes Calls From Soros-Group To Take Fox News Off The Air “Very Seriously”…

  47. Bob Roberts says:

    But wait, THERE’S MORE (from the same link given above):

    During his high school years, Obama hung out with communist radical Frank Marshall Davis; in 2007, the Los Angeles Times reported that during his high school days, “he felt the first stirrings of anger toward whites. He says he also delved into black nationalism.” He was “offended or even enraged when white classmates adopted black street slang or revealed their underlying consciousness of his race by going out of their way to tell him how much they admired a black musician or athlete.”

    So in other words he’s on record as admitting he’s a racist. Not that we couldn’t see it in his policies and other actions.

  48. laosy says:

    Source for WaPo’s Romney hit piece: Actually, I wasn’t present during the prank

  49. Jester says:

    Aawwwww….. I’m gonna miss stompin that little communist into the dirt 🙁

  50. Bob Roberts says:


    New Black Panther Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz discussed inciting racial tensions by picturing George Zimmerman with a noose around his neck on the cover of New Black Panther Newspaper in order to sell more papers in Florida.

    Another Obama lie exposed!

    Obama Ad Claims to Have Helped Man Get a Job, but Man Claims Employment Since 2006

    A new ad by Obama tells the story of Brian Slagle, an autoworker in Ohio who says he was laid off and ‘scared to death’ until the president swooped in to save the industry.

    The ad itself seems to be misleading. It is not because of Obama’s auto bailout that Slagle has a job. In fact, Slagle has been employed with Johnson Controls since February 2006, according to his own Facebook page.

  51. Bob Roberts says:

    Julie and Mark are brother and sister. They are traveling together in France on summer vacation from college. One night they are staying alone in a cabin near the beach. They decide that it would be interesting and fun if they tried making love. At very least it would be a new experience for each of them. Julie was already taking birth control pills, but Mark uses a condom too, just to be safe. They both enjoy making love, but they decide not to do it again. They keep that night as a special secret, which makes them feel even closer to each other. What do you think about that, was it OK for them to make love?

    Why, or why not?

  52. laosy says:

    Eye on Occupy: Charlotte protesters try to ‘make Bank of America pay’; 4 arrested so far; Update: MSM ignoring Occupy role?

  53. Bob Roberts says:

    Oh, and after getting busted:

    Slagle has since taken down his employment information from his Facebook page.

  54. BC says:

    A more controversial Time Magazine Cover

  55. Bob Roberts says:

    Here is what another leftist says about Obama’s “evolution” on redefining the word “marriage”:

    Obama’s “evolution” changes nothing. Obama’s new position is a bullshit cop-out. Barack Obama is playing a cruel and cynical game with peoples lives and happiness. He did nothing to establish that gay marriage is a right yesterday.

    It is on the top of the top page there now, I don’t expect it to stay there.

    Perhaps the reason he did nothing to “establish that gay ‘marriage’ is a right” is because IT IS NOT.

    The left claims it is winning on this issue. Yet every time it has been put to a vote of the people the people have answered, most often with large majorities of at least 2/3 to 3/4, that they want marriage to remain a union of one man and one woman. 44 states currently legally define marriage that way and 31 do so Constitutionally. Only six states (12%) grant marriage licenses to same sex couples, each of these forcing it on the people through activist courts or rogue legislatures.

  56. Bob Roberts says:

    Internal investigation at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill uncovers academic fraud in Department of African and Afro-American Studies.

    In 9 courses there was no evidence that the faculty member listed as instructor of record, or any other faculty member, supervised the course or graded the work. Students apparently submitted work and received grades, but the grades were submitted to the Office of the Registrar with faculty signatures that appear to be forged.

    In 43 additional courses, an instructor provided an assignment and evidently graded the resultant paper. However, the instructor engaged in limited or no classroom or other instructional contact with students.

    Most of the suspect classes were “taught” by Julius Nyang’oro, who started the department and chaired it until last year. In fact, he was listed as the instructor of record, or his name was listed on the grade rolls, for each of the 43 courses where an instructor provided assignments and grades but performed essentially no teaching. Again, for one professor to have responsibility for 43 courses in two-year span seems farcical on its face.

    It appears that the scandal first came to light as a football story. Many of the students who took the bogus courses were members of the football team. Together with basketball players, they comprised 39 percent of the lucky students. But the investigation found no evidence that athletes were treated differently than anyone else. Everyone who took the course received the same stellar lack of instruction.

  57. Bob Roberts says:

    How is the call by Obama and the Democrats for civility going?

    Not so well… warning, foul & graphic language here.

    It goes on and on and on and on. This is how liberals typically talk: not the exception, but the rule. They are vicious, intolerant and always vulgar. If you want our country to be run by people like this, then you should vote for all the Democrats on the ballot, from Barack Obama on down. If you think that decency is a better alternative, then you should vote for the leftists’ opponents.

    So much for the claim the right hates gays. A gay conservative speaks out:

    Obama pandering for votes and money but promises and does nothing other than a bunch of useless talk.

    Obama made a “personal affirmation” but stated, unequivocally, that states had the right to ban the redefinition of marriage if they chose to do so.

    Given his statements, when the question comes before the Supreme Court, what will the justices he appointed say? And when the effort to pervert marriage goes down in flames there, will he attack the Court as he has before?

  58. Bob Roberts says:

    Obama also said this:

    You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same-sex equality or, you know, sexual orientation, that they believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it.

    It will be interesting to see whether Obama’s claim that as president he has talked to college Republicans who tell him they favor gay marriage will hold up to fact checking.

    (via POWERLINE)

  59. Bob Roberts says:

    My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my “Blackness” than ever before. I have found that at Princeton no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my White professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong. Regardless of the circumstances underwhich [sic] I interact with Whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be Black first and a student second.

    These experiences have made it apparent to me that the path I have chosen to follow by attending Princeton will likely lead to my further integration and/or assimilation into a White cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant. This realization has presently, made my goals to actively utilize my resources to benefit the Black community more desirable.

    Excerpt from the 1985 senior thesis of Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, aka, Michelle Obama.

    I’m all for voting to send her back to the “periphery of society” where she apparently feels she belongs, and I agree.

  60. Bob Roberts says:

    “Obama has an absolute talent for saying things that make no sense, that not only sound plausible but inspiring.”

    The video is 52 minutes long. If you don’t have time for the whole thing (you should make time/watch it in bits if you have to), skip forward to about the 37 minute point where they start talking about Obama.

  61. Bob Roberts says:

    This page gives you cuts into the video above with Thomas Sowell Makes it easier to get where you want to go if you don’t want to sit through it.

    Thomas Sowell: While Obama assails the rich, jobs flee America

    Thomas Sowell: Country experiencing a dangerous crumbling of its moral infrastructure

    Sowell makes the point, in more but also better words than I did, that the “occupy” “99%” is really generally no more than the .01% or even in some cases the .001%:

    The Occupy movement, which the Obama administration and much of the media have embraced, has implications that reach far beyond the passing sensation it has created.
    The unwillingness of authorities to put a stop to this organized disruption of other people’s lives, the trespassing, vandalism and violence is a de facto suspension, if not repeal, of the 14th Amendment’s requirement that the government provide “equal protection of the laws” to all its citizens.
    How did members of the Occupy movement acquire such immunity from the laws that the rest of us are expected to obey? Simply by shouting politically correct slogans and calling themselves representatives of the 99 percent against the 1 percent.
    But just when did the 99 percent elect them as their representatives? If, in fact, 99 percent of the people in the country were like these Occupy mobs, we would not have a country. We would have anarchy.
    Democracy does not mean mob rule. It means majority rule. If the Occupy movement, or any other mob, actually represents a majority, then it already has the votes to accomplish legally whatever it is trying to accomplish by illegal means.

    You can’t go wrong with Sowell. He’s one of those rare people who seems to always get it right.

  62. Sam Adams says:

    Obama, by all accounts, was a habitual drug user in high school. He tried cocaine, he admits in Dreams From My Father; he “tried drugs enthusiastically.” The Chicago Tribune reported back in 2007 that Obama thanked the “Choom Gang” in his high school yearbook; “chooming” was Hawaiian slang for smoking pot. The Honolulu Advertiser reported that Obama’s senior portrait “prominently displayed … A package of ‘Zig-Zag’ rolling papers and a matchbook.” One of Obama’s close friends was arrested for drug possession during high school.
    In his memoir, Obama talked about routinely getting high. “Junkie. Pothead,” he wrote. “That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man.”

    Although I risk pointing out the obvious, Obama admits that his last two years in high school were largely wasted, certainly from an academic standpoint. So I have to ask…with poor academic performance and likely poor performance on SAT and other exams, how did young Barry get into college in the first place?

    And while we are at it, Bush was quite open about his decision to leave his hard drinking days behind him. When did Barack have that epiphany when he decided to give up pot and the harder drugs? When and how did that take place? Is there a story of struggle and redemption there that Obama might share in order to help others change their ways?

  63. Sam Adams says:

    BTW, just think how much better Barack “Julia” Obama’s college entrance scores would have been if “Head Start” and other government programs had been there to give him a boost. His public school teachers would have been even greater than they obviously were.

  64. Bob Roberts says:

    How the liberal excuses inappropriate behavior.

    The fourteen year old in this photo was deliberately made to look much older, more mature. This was a deliberate ploy to make a false point. Had she been presented as a 14 year old, had she not been deliberately made to look four or more years older than she is, the answer to the question posed would be different for most of us, I hope:

    NOTE THE TITLE – Some liberal is attempting to excuse their own fault by claiming it is universal.

    I wonder how many of the liberals involved in this project had sex with this or other underage girls?

    Yes, posed as a much older girl, as a young woman, she is attractive. She’s probably attractive as a 14 year old, too, but we’ll never know because she wasn’t presented to us as a 14 year old. She was deliberately disguised as being older.

    And just because one admits 14 year old girls can in fact be attractive doesn’t mean one is going to try to have sex with one.

    Unless they’re a liberal, anyway.

  65. Sam Adams says:

    What……Barack Obama spent little time in the public schools that contain the excellent teachers and the head start program that would give Barack “Julia” such a great leg up????

    Starting at age 6, Obama attended a Catholic school in Indonesia. At age 8, he attended a public school in Indonesia, nominally a Muslim school, which is where the “Muslim” tempest in a teapot comes form.
    At age 10, he left his mother and Muslim stepfather behind in Indonesia, moving to Honolulu to live with his Mom’s parents. His grandmother was a Vice President for the Bank of Hawaii and was able to afford to send him to the prestigious private college preparatory Punahou Academy, still considered the finest school in Hawaii. He attended there from 5th grade, and graduated from high school there in 1979.
    Obama then attended Occidental College, a fine liberal arts college in Los Angeles from 1979 to 1981. He admittedly was a bit of a party animal there. He apparently got a bit more serious his sophomore year and transferred to Columbia University in New York City for his junior and senior years, graduating from Columbia in 1983.
    From 1988 to 1991 Obama attended Harvard Law School, graduating magna cum laude and was editor of the Law review.

    So from 8 to 10, Barack “Julia” Obama attends a Muslim Public School; the rest of the time he is in private schools……sounds like a 1% guy to me.

    That that gets back to the fundamental issue I am trying to raise….how does a guy who doesn’t apply himself in grades 11 and 12 even get into college? That wouldn’t have happened for me. Where’s the fairness?

  66. Sam Adams says:

    Bob Roberts says:
    May 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    How the liberal excuses inappropriate behavior.

    And just because one admits 14 year old girls can in fact be attractive doesn’t mean one is going to try to have sex with one.

    Unless they’re a liberal, anyway.

    The 14 year old girl is “attractive.” Another word that one might use is “pretty.”

    The thing that separates men from the animals is that one can see someone attractive or pretty without a) thinking about having sex with her, or b) actually attempting to have sex with her.

    In fact, one can go through life surrounded by pretty or attractive women and remain faithful for decades. It ain’t hard….it is what most conservatives actually do.

    Unlike John Edwards and his ilk.

    Or Bill Clinton

  67. Bob Roberts says:

    AlphaMail says: May 10, 2012 at 12:31 am
    There were some fairly valid arguments made for keeping lao around. If, over time, we find him on other threads and monitor his progress (giving him credit for being able to change, even though I suspect he can’t), I could even say there might be a day he would be welcome to return, if only he would find a way to present, in a sane, logical and reasonable fashion, some views from the left.

    It is true that one has to know what one is up against. For that reason there was a good argument to allow, if not lao, some who shared SOME of his characteristics, to share their views with us here.

    It took me longer than some to come around to the realization lao just stunk up the place without adding anything of value. Plus, as he pointed out, he brought out the worst in me sometimes. And that’s not his fault, it’s mine.

    In any case, I wish him luck at getting banned at all the right wing web sites out there – maybe then he’ll look inward and try to figure out why he’s shunned anywhere he goes, with the possible exception of left wing echo chambers.

    And on the topic of echo chambers – I’ve seen enough diversity of views among the regulars here that I’m not afraid this place will become one. Indeed some of us, me included, have often been given perhaps a longer leash than was best, but we always seemed to realize it and go back to self-regulating – which is probably why I never got a personal message from the forum’s owner to tone it down, I suppose.

    While we don’t want to drive traffic to left wing sites, it might not be a bad idea to keep an eye on them just to see what the lunatic moonbats are up to. Maybe lao will wise up and spend more time there – but I wonder, would they find him annoying, juvenile and unable to engage in a real debate, too? Or would he fit right in because he shares those traits with the others that frequent the place?

    Keep your eye out – let’s see where he pops up. I’m not suggesting we follow him anywhere, that we harass him elsewhere. I’m just curious if he’s learned anything from his experiences here.

  68. Bob Roberts says:

    Then again, maybe Mr. Blount DID tell me to tone it down and it was rejected by my strong spam filter so I never saw it… you never know!

  69. AlphaMail says:

    Sam Adams @ 6:22 am

    Couldn’t have said it better…a new heart, a new soul – makes one grateful.

    Ghost of FA Hayek says

    I’ve had a few very gracious and rewarding eMail exchanges with Robin. I wrote an article for a major outlet in tribute to her brilliance and wit, and she was kind enought to respond. She’s classy, funny, and wise.

    Bob Roberts

    lao was a paper tiger. I guarantee you as we speak, he is reading this post and he is disappointed he is gone. He’s screaming at the computer screen saying, “no, no…I’m not disappointed.” – but he is.

    Lao is human. He enjoyed being on this site and he’s unhappy he’s not welcome anymore – he really got his jollies being here.

    But in life, we are generally our own worst enemy, and lao shafted himself. It may have started out as an act, or he may simply have some unattended character issues, but he appeared ungrateful and stilted, and those qualities were magnified when he wouldn’t backtrack but instead would berate the communal bloggers as stupid, or not up to his level.

    Not exactly picnic friendly.


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