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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    “This changes everything” (sex and the city blah blah blah): I’ve seen maybe a couple hundred of stories like this. It makes me hate (yes, hate) Obama supporters even more. And, they deserve the hate for craptacular articles like that.

    RE: Online voting (in all forms)…last I heard an open invitation to test security resulted in the system being hacked inside 30 minutes. But honestly, I’d be OK with the President being chosen by the best hacker. It’s worth a shot.

  2. #2 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    • One of the aspects of this world that continually baffles me is the tendency of Conservatives like the National Review staff, to call Nixon a conservative. Nixon wasn’t as Liberal as a lot of the Republican Party in his day, but he was comfortably in the RINO zone on almost all policy. The Frankly the only really Conservative thing about his is the degree to which mentioning his name makes Liberals unhinged.

    • Regarding Mother Jones’ incredulity; they need to read a little more history. Americans hold their representatives in low esteem. Often, when faced with a choice between a boring twerp and an interesting nut they will elect the nut, less because they believe what he believes than because they want to see what he’ll do.

    That said, it is a little disappointing that Jesse Jackson Jr. is going to coast, but whose fault is that? If the Mainstream Media (of which Mother Jones is a part, much though they might try to deny it) was halfway honest about the Father and Son Jacksons the Father would be in jail for extortion and the son would be a nonentity.

  3. #3 |  Scott | 

    Nice to see that Balko thinks it is funny when parents are willing to videotape themselves lying to their children and make them cry, all for a quick laugh.

  4. #4 |  Dave Krueger | 

    “In an unusual twist, Homeland Security provided the partially redacted report (PDF) to the EFF under open government laws — but then turned around and demanded the document’s return, which the EFF refused to do.”

    LMAO! Now those assholes know how WE feel when we call our service provider for tech support. I hope Comcast made them listen to continuous Xfinity advertising while keeping them on hold forever before finally connecting and telling them to reset their modem.

    If it was really about national security, the laws should outlaw the use of such surveillance data in prosecuting ordinary crimes. Of course, all crimes would then suddenly become national security threats.

  5. #5 |  Les | 

    I love comedy, but I don’t get making kids cry with lies for laughs. I’m probably just a fuddy-duddy.

  6. #6 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    In re the last link: for those who like children a great deal better than assholes, have some pure, politics-free joy.

  7. #7 |  Dave Krueger | 

    “The Obama campaign was not amused.”

    Every now and then, we see a tiny spark of hope in the otherwise deep dark void of public intellectual prowess.

  8. #8 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Late entry for the most vomitously partisan column of Election 2012.

    I take back my “spark of hope” comment above.

  9. #9 |  dsmallwood | 

    Perhaps the NRO guys are big Conan fans. this is what i thought of when i read it (though sadly i liked a lot of it)

    Mongol General: Conan! What is best in life?

    Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

  10. #10 |  omar | 

    Ermahgerd, that video horrifies me. Do most kids act like this? Did I act like this? Will my kids act like this?

    Please forgive my post-20th century yuppie blinders and adult sensibilities; I haven’t eaten a piece of candy this quarter – I didn’t realize kids still ate candy. I just assumed Halloween was all apples, nuts, and locally-grown organic granola bars now.

    reality tunnel::exploded

  11. #11 |  Mattocracy | 

    Democracy: Proof that the majority of people have no idea what the hell is really going on or what they are voting for.

  12. #12 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    Despite that Democracy is still a marginal improvement on all the forms of government that fundamentally assume that the Common Man must be guided by his Betters. Largely because there is nothing wrong with those ‘Betters’ who are interested in doing such guiding that deep fat frying wouldn’t solve.

  13. #13 |  JRB | 

    I kind of regret skipping the toe-shot when I was in Dawson City. On the other hand, the Dawson City Music Fest was going on and I was far more interested in checking out some pretty cool bands that I’d never heard of before.

  14. #14 |  Aresen | 

    What I found fascinating about that NRO comment was how marvellously fact-free it was.

    Not being a NRO regular, I do not know if this is their normal standard.

  15. #15 |  Aresen | 

    “The Obama campaign was not amused.”

    The late update on that says that the sign was removed. I am willing to bet that the SS did some heavy leaning on the store owner.

  16. #16 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I too don’t get the joy in lying to kids and making them cry. I’m not saying Jimmy Kimmel (or, by extension, Radley) is a monster or anything; I don’t imagine these kids will be permanently scarred. I just don’t see the humor in it.

  17. #17 |  Eric the .5b | 

    So what was wrong with that John Barrow guy, or is being pro gun rights really still enough to put the MoJo crowd in a tizzy?

  18. #18 |  Eric the .5b | 

    Oops, never mind. I was confused by Radley’s intro and the first few candidates mentioned. Not all of them were bad so much as unlikely.

  19. #19 |  Deoxy | 

    The last 4 years have been one continuous reminder that Mencken was right. This has been the most corrupt administration in American history (and yes, I am aware that that is a much higher standard than the common man thinks).

  20. #20 |  Jim Wetzel | 

    Possible Headline of the Day?

  21. #21 |  omar | 

    The last 2000 years have been one continuous reminder that Mencken was right.

    There, I fixed it for you.

    Most corrupt is, as you say, a very high standard. Go listen to Backstory Radio’s podcast about the history of American elections. Corruption doesn’t even begin to describe how corrupt our government used to run. Corruption is bad now, but it’s not as bad as it was in the past.

  22. #22 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “The request from the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Forum, a surveillance-focused working group the bureau created in 2001, aims to buttress law enforcement’s request for surveillance authority by identifying obstacles posed by current law…”

    We need to re-implement the Mafia, or some sort of
    real organized crime network. The new post-911 US Gov’t
    megabureaucracy has way too much free time on its hands.

  23. #23 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 


    I would argue that Jug Ears’ administration hasn’t been the most corrupt in history. I think that a cold eyed examination of either Woodrow Wilson’s or FDR’s would put them on at least an equal footing, and Wilson was certainly just as big an elitist arrogant scumbag. Going back in time you get some real prizes, like Andrew Johnson.

    What is astonishing is the separation between Jug Ears’ public image and the reality. It seems to me that the Democrats really screwed themselves when they backing this biffledink; there is just no way they can reconcile the difference between their rhetoric and their performance and that is going to generate a lingering stink every time anybody examines this era.

  24. #24 |  celticdragonchick | 

    •Late entry for the most vomitously partisan column of Election 2012.

    Forget it, Jake. It’sChinatown the National Review…

  25. #25 |  celticdragonchick | 

    Meh. So much for trying strikethrough…

  26. #26 |  Dave Krueger | 

    You have to use the word strike rather than just the letter s.

    I will now give example to see if I am completely full of shit horse pucky.

  27. #27 |  JLS | 

    for your enjoyment-the little government that could:

  28. #28 |  SJE | 

    On election day, can we have a call for preference voting, so we can all cast our first vote for someone we actually want to win? Where else in life do you only get one choice, and if that choice is unavailable, get nothing?

  29. #29 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Random News: More Libertarians on my NH ballot than Democrats. As in “more of the numerous positions up for election had Libertarian candidates than had Democrats.”

  30. #30 |  dsmallwood | 

    hey Dave Krueger,
    how do you do that formatting? bolding, strikethru, quotated, etc

  31. #31 |  RobZ | 

    Going by the number of convictions, Grant’s administration was the most corrupt.

  32. #32 |  el coronado | 

    OTOH, a *truly* corrupt administration yields…..little or no convictions. Witness the fact that Jon Corzine walks free.

  33. #33 |  Aresen | 


    Does it work?

  34. #34 |  Onlooker | 

    Yeah, I’ve got to agree, it’s kind of disturbing to watch parents use their kids for laughs that way. Just not right.

  35. #35 |  jb | 

    Yes No

  36. #36 |  Marty | 

    as a parent, I gotta say I enjoyed this and our kids are in for lots of therapy.

  37. #37 |  PeeDub | 

    I think this is different than, say, telling your kids that their mom died. This is *candy* we’re talking about, and the sooner they learn how to take a joke, the better.

    I love love love the kid that was like, “Next year we can *share* my candy.”

  38. #38 |  Juice | 

    Hearing a bunch of kids crying and whining is anything but joy. Not that I care if the kids think they aren’t getting candy. It’s just the exact opposite of fun to hear kids crying.

  39. #39 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #30 | dsmallwood

    how do you do that formatting? bolding, strikethru, quotated, etc

    Look here for how to do bold. To do italics, replace the “b” with an “i”. To do the strike-through, replace the “b” with the word “strike”. To quote another comment, replace the “b” with “blockquote” (pasting the quoted text between the two tags). Remember, every opening tag needs a closing tag of the same kind. If you do bold italic, be sure that you enclose your text with a set of “b” tags and “i” tags. You can look up other HTML tags, but not all HTML tags will necessarily be supported by this particular website.

  40. #40 |  dsmallwood | 

    thank you Dave

  41. #41 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    Marty, I’ve been doing therapy. It’s expensive, time-consuming, and frequently unpleasant. What are you getting from teasing your kids that would make this worthwhile for them?

    PeeDub, it’s not just about candy, it’s about whether they can trust what you say.

  42. #42 |  PeeDub | 

    So I assume you don’t tell your kids there’s a Santa Claus or Tooth Fairy? My parents teased and kidded with me tons, and I trust them to death. Bullshit it’s about trust.

  43. #43 |  Scott | 


    Yes, I did tell my children that there is no such thing as Santa Claus or Tooth Fairy, or Easter Bunny. Why? Because there is no such thing as Santa Claus or Tooth Fairy, or Easter Bunny.

    My parents teased and kidded with me and I do the same with my kids, but I don’t lie to them. If your parents lied to you about something like Santa, it makes me wonder what else they lied to you about.

  44. #44 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    I don’t have children. My father had a habit of light-weight teasing. It didn’t help.

    My Jewish family didn’t tell me about Santa Claus. My relationship with my family wasn’t good, but at least my parents didn’t lie to me for fun. They didn’t humiliate me by sending my reactions in to television shows, either– admittedly they didn’t have the chance, but I can’t imagine them doing something like that.

    I’ll grant that the thing with the Halloween candy needs some context– pulling something like that on an eight year old isn’t the same as pulling it on a four year old. I’ll also grant that teasing works better with some people than others– it can be a shared game. However, I don’t think Kimmel cares about that, and I don’t think it’s at the fun level if one of the participants is crying.

  45. #45 |  anarch | 

    Sadistic videos on Balko?

    Goes to show that political wisdom does not necessarily transfer to all spheres of life.

    What a let-down.

  46. #46 |  dsmallwood | 


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  48. #48 |  shecky | 

    “This has been the most corrupt administration in American history”

    Most corrupt in the last four years, for sure.