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Self must admit that 4 years ago, I thought that whoever won the election would be a 1-term POTUS, because the appalling mess that Dumbya left would have been too much to clean up in just 4 years.  Better, of course, that Barack Obama won rather than John McCain, although PBO's missteps and misjudgments about the nastiness of the Republicans over the last 4 years could have led to him losing this year.  After last Tuesday, I've never been so happy as to be wrong about a prediction.  It's nonetheless still scary that almost 58.5 M 'Amurrikans' were willing to vote for the Republican liar and vessel of destructive delusions that is the ideology of the current Republican party.

Normally, this week's SNLC would have been easy, the standard post-election Loser of the Week poll.  Of course, sudden events yesterday threw an unexpected candidate into the poll.  You can vote in the poll and move to the next diary.  You can also read Ewen MacAskill's post of winners and losers from The Guardian.  Or you can keep reading here....

I did vote pretty early in the morning, but I didn't get there super-early like 4 years ago, more like 7:15 AM.  I ended up waiting about 20 minutes, and it took me a little over 5 to fill in the circles on the paper ballot, carefully.  On the bad side in MO, Proposition E, the not-so-thinly veiled wingnut slam on Obamacare/HCR, won by 62:38 (overall MO stats from the Post-Dispatch here).  Peter Kinder unfortunately also won re-election as Lieutenant Governor.  Likewise, the President lost MO by double-digits, although he didn't need MO in the end, of course.

The very good news from MO was, of course, the re-election of Claire McCaskill to her Senate seat.  I was totally shocked to see that the "legitimate rapist" lost by a double-digit percentage, even among voters from deep red rural MO.  The irony is that the McCaskill/Akin % mirrored the Obama/'Rmoney' %, i.e. a lot of split tickets.  This strikes me as ridiculous, and reinforced my stereotype of most of this state, even if our side did pretty well in MO.  But then another 'expat' friend said, wisely, that sexism is evidently easier to overcome in MO than racism.  Given that MO has a pretty decent history of electing women of both parties to higher office, there's much to be said for that.

It was also a hugely risky strategy for MO Democrats to try to pull an "Operation Hilarity" to get Akin as the Repuke opponent, as University of Missouri - St. Louis political science professor Dave Robertson noted in this P-D article by Kevin McDermott:

"It was a risky strategy. She had to count on Akin having a hard time defending himself. Without the (legitimate rape) comment, he would have been able to pull in a lot of money."
Essentially, McCaskill gambled that Akin would say something dumb to use as campaign fodder.  In principle, on any sort of gamble like that, you're not guaranteed success.  She got her wish, big time, to be sure.  But at the time, one couldn't really say that it was a sure thing that Akin would "deliver the goods".  You'll also notice that McCaskill ran away, hard, from President Obama, which showed in the  mirror-image results.  However, you again have to remember the racism factor in MO, so that there were no good choices for Claire regarding how to manage the Obama factor.  But even if the President had been "Barry O'Connell", but otherwise had done the exact same things as President Barack Obama, it's not a sure thing that MO would have gone Democratic for the POTUS candidate.  We can't do that experiment.

I was actually watching a movie on election night, because at the start of the evening, I didn't think that I'd have the stomach to watch the returns.  However, when I emerged from the theater, close to 10 PM, the theater attendant had both a TV and radio on.  What wasn't promising initially was the electoral vote count, something like 183:185 O:R.  However, what was a surprise was seeing the "legitimate rapist" on TV, and I asked the attendant what was happening.  He said that Akin was conceding.  You could have heard my jaw hit the floor.  So after a quick chat with some other moviegoers in the lobby, I made my way home, and gave in regarding starting to watch the election returns.

So now the hard part awaits, after the partying.  With that, time for the usual SNLC protocol, namely your loser stories of the week, but only after you vote in the poll - what, one more poll?????  :)

Poll

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  •  yup, yet another autobot posting..... (8+ / 0-)

    If anyone stops by, feel free to watch over any chit chat, and vote, at the very least :) .  Plus, there are certainly other ancillary losers this week, like Netanyahu.....

    So, from here: just in time for the weekend, nasty sore throat blew up on me last night.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 04:08:00 PM PST

  •  Hope your throat gets better quickly, ccc (6+ / 0-)

    So, get comfy in your ratty old bathrobe, your broken in slippers, grab some Cheetohs and relax at SNLC.  This is THE place where you can tell all after a hard week.

    Feeling beaten up by events and stressed out?  Just say razzafratch and tell us all about it.

    To be honest, after being stressed out for months, it takes a while to learn to breathe freely again.  It doesn’t happen just boom and it’s over.  There is hope that the brain that has gone fizz will open up and feel creative once more.

    Bit by bit the white knuckles loosen their grip on the steering wheel and the sound of daily life stops being a grinding noise and ripples more gently over the brain.

    The door is open and I will listen for a bit and then one of you all can take over and I will go rest up and then before we know it ccc will be back and he will do the honors.  

    Seriously, I know we all have learned to handle a lot of stress, but I think it helps to dump some soul crushing thoughts on the street here and let the mind rest while we all sympathize.

    My loser thoughts…never very exciting:

       1.  My email keeps sending me messages in my junk box that are strange and so I am waiting to see if it goes poof in 24 hours as threatened.  

       2.  I have another email I can use, but sheesh.

    3.  I think it is a scam and that all will be well…but I am not a computer guru so what do I know?

    4.  I feel lucky these days to get three or four things crossed off my to-do list without several hopping on at the bottom.  How is yours going?

    5.  I do have to think about Christmas…sorry.  I do.  It is sequences.  Pat McManus wrote a short story about sequences, but I can imagine you have had the same experience.  You have to do several things before you can do the main thing and so I have to start thinking about Christmas already.  

    6.  Maybe I am just cursed as being the sort who has to organize my life overmuch (think lists) or maybe it is because in Michigan you never know what kind of monkey wrench the weather will throw in, so yeah, I have to think about Christmas.  If it were just me, I would not be worried, but with 8 grandbabies…

    7.  It is rarely, almost never, possible to get all my kids and grandbabies in one place on  one day and so I am not stressed about that.  We all do the best we can and whatever day they can come, I am good with it.  It is not their fault if they have to work or their in-laws are asking for the same day or there aren’t enough days in the calendar month of December or as above…the weather.

    8.  OK…I can’t remember the last time I had Cheetohs…months, years?

    9.  I am truly grateful that the Mitt has gone away…so how can I complain about anything at all…one of these days, I will finally believe it is true.  

    How is it going for you?
       

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    by cfk on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:10:52 PM PST

    •  Cheetos, hah (7+ / 0-)

      I'm not much into them AT ALL.  It's no problem not eating them b/c I don't really like 'em -- but.

      There is a local company, Herr's, that makes chips.  And they brought out a new flavor of corn puffs a couple of years ago...Jalapeno poppers.  I thought they sounded terrible...then a coworker bought a bag.  I told him what I thought and he said he thought so, too -- until his cousin turned him onto them.

      Oy!  Very tasty.  Not something I'd eat even once a month...but maybe four-five times a year I get the craving.

      About being organized:

      I'm not, particularly, in my personal life.  (Work is different, although I am definitely a "messy desk" kind of person.)

      But when it comes to Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, I'm ALL about lists.  The menu.  The shopping list.  The order in which to prepare stuff (what I can do ahead, e.g.).

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:34:33 PM PST

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      •  Yes, I have lists of lists...well, not quite (6+ / 0-)

        but we have to plan several dinners and lunches when my daughter comes and be sure there are things all the little ones can eat.  

        They will stay over two nights for T-Day.  I love having breakfast with the little ones.  They are all mine in the morning though I am not a morning person.

        I have not heard of the poppers, either.

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        by cfk on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:41:57 PM PST

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        •  I should have called them (6+ / 0-)

          cheese curls or cheese puffs...they're like Cheetos in every way except name and flavor.

          The flavor is jalapeno poppers: jalapeno peppers seeded and stuffed with cheese, coated and deep-fried.

          Imagine getting that flavor from a cheese curl.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:52:16 PM PST

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      •  cheetos (6+ / 0-)

        are addicting but i stay away since they now have msg in them

        i like trader joe's cheetos alternative

        about lists, can't live without them, have one in the kitchen for each, one for trader joe's, one for costco and one for the co-op

      •  bleh, Cheetohs. (6+ / 0-)

        I won't touch anything with that fake cheese stuff on it.  I hate fake cheese powder almost as much as I hate (drumroll) NACHO CHEESE GOOP.  Real cheese I love.  Cheese chips, I love.  Nacho Cheese....  shudder...  I don't even like to be in its presence.

        •  heh...we have that at work... (6+ / 0-)

          I won't touch it either.  I suspect it's the bastard child of Velveeta and American cheese.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:04:55 PM PST

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        •  interesting thing about processed snacks like..... (1+ / 0-)
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          .....Cheez-Its and such is that I'll only buy them when they're discounted at the supermarket, and then binge on them.  Then I stay away until the next discount.  Now, they're on discount, but I'm staying away for the rest of the year, at least that's the intention.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:47:09 PM PST

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      •  oh yes, Herr's :) (5+ / 0-)
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        That takes me back to PA days.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:39:26 PM PST

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        •  Thought that might ring a bell w/you (4+ / 0-)

          Herr's has a new potato chip w/sea salt called "lattice chips" and on the bag they declare "Great for dipping!"  Well, I haven't ever tried to dip them, but they are truly great.  They're sorta like waffle chips, I guess -- that's the closest way I can describe them.

          NOBODY else here has anything like them.  And I try to avoid potato chips...but when I want some, that's my new go-to bag.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:11:29 PM PST

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          •  granted, I'm way out of touch with recent..... (2+ / 0-)
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            .....Herr's flavors, since I'm obviously no longer in that area.  (Given the crazy weather there, probably just as well.)

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:47:50 PM PST

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            •  The weather where I am (1+ / 0-)
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              hasn't been too bad.  The last time it was really bizarre, before last year's hurricane (which wasn't actually that bad...in the city) was in 1972 when Hurricane Agnes dumped a ton of rain on us over, I think, two days, and Wilkes-Barre completely flooded, along with a bunch of other places, and in my neighborhood a covered bridge was knocked off its moorings by another covered bridge from upcreek which settled onto a road beside the creek and it took two years before the bridge was dismantled and the road reopened.

              My parents' house got a trickle of water through the basement.  Their friends' house got a completely flooded basement...less than a mile away, but built on lower ground.

              The thing is, Lancaster County is a flood plain leading to the Chesapeake Bay.  We have rivers; we have creeks.  We are a watershed that is being paved over.  Human hubris is the reason for a lot of the flooding here:  In a flood plain it is STUPID to build on low ground.

              Which is why Amish farmhouses almost never get flooded: they built on the hill & kept the lowlands for farming.  Periodic flooding makes for excellent topsoil.

              I think it's why the city does so well (on the whole) too:  There are hills.  They aren't BIG hills...but if you look at the topography of the colonial city, where I live, it is more uphill than down.

              To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

              by Youffraita on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:23:41 PM PST

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    •  i have an email (6+ / 0-)

      that i rarely use and when i tried logging into it, it asked for my cousin's name and that this had changed recently

      which scared me off

      who is in my email?

    •  So much junk in my email... (6+ / 0-)

      I opened my current email account, the one I use for most of my business, about 13 years ago.  Want to guess how much spam I get every day?  Shit if I know, because I never read the stuff.  But I get so much that if I'm EXPECTING an email, i usually have to scroll through a few screens to get to the recent stuff that's not spam.  And that's WITH Yahoo's spam filtering.  

      Why not open a new account?  Well, the same thing would happen all over again.  And I rarely use my email for anything that's not vital, like a purchase confirmation or something like that.

      What kind of spam do I get?  Oh, all kinds, I guess.  But lots and lots and lots of political spam because of all the online petitions and whatnot I've signed over the years.  

    •  thanks for the cover; speaking of processed.... (5+ / 0-)
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      .....snacks, I sort of half wondered if my fondness for Doritos & Cheez-Its was contributing to my greater than usual hair loss this year (high salt and stuff like that).  Of course, stress about the election didn't help, as I noticed that in the days afterwards, head stress seemed to go down a bit.  So I'm cutting back on the junk food consumption for the rest of this year, sort of a belated "giving something up for Lent" effort.  Not sure what good it'll do.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:38:59 PM PST

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    •  CFK, I must say, you are a marvelous (5+ / 0-)

      blog-minder.  You really give it your all!

  •  Oh, be well, 3CM -- (6+ / 0-)

    Nasty sore throat and hoarse voice Wednesday morning, but I felt okay otherwise.

    Woke up about 2 a.m. Thursday morning with a nasty cold and a head full of cotton batting.  Called off work for two days -- went back tonight but couldn't make it through the shift b/c I still feel wretched.

    Lol: the corner store had five cans of my favorite chicken broth.  I have drunk four of them like tea already...left the fifth in case any other customer needed it.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:26:48 PM PST

    •  I am sorry! (6+ / 0-)

      I hope you feel better quickly.  I hate colds.

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      by cfk on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:29:44 PM PST

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      •  Thanks, cfk (6+ / 0-)

        Worst was, I didn't drink coffee b/c of the diuretic effects but REALLY needed the caffeine.  (One cup of green and one cup of white tea didn't help: they were weak teas indeed, lol.)

        After tomorrow, I'm off until Thursday, so tomorrow night I'm drinking coffee for sure!

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:57:56 PM PST

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        •  hope things are better with you (5+ / 0-)
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          I could also do the hot tea thing, I suppose.  I've been doing that with some regularity at work, although hot chocolate at work was an indulgence on Friday.  We also had ridiculously warm temperatures today, up in the 70's, so I wonder if that has something to do with it here.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:51:56 PM PST

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          •  I don't think the viruses care (3+ / 0-)
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            what the temps are.  I really don't.  Except insofar as they make the viruses spread more easily.  Dry air plus virus equals more people getting sick.

            The hot tea thing is only important insofar as you have honey and lemon: they're the key ingredients to relieve throat strain.  I have read that opera singers drink that.  (I only drank tea tonight b/c I was eschewing coffee & hoped for a tiny jolt of caffeine.  Didn't work.)

            Otherwise, I highly rec your favorite brand of chicken broth (unless you, unlike me, already have some homemade chicken soup in the freezer).  Just warm it up and drink it out of your favorite mug.

            To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

            by Youffraita on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:25:07 PM PST

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            •  catch here is that we have such extreme...... (2+ / 0-)
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              .......changes of temperature every so often, and the past few days was one of those times.  During the summer, that can also wreak havoc with the pollen count, which shows when I start sneezing during those times.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:09:32 AM PST

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              •  Oh, I sneeze year-round (1+ / 0-)
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                At one point this weekend I would have welcomed more sneezes, just to clear my sinuses.

                But my mother used to have sneezing fits after work, so I figure I inherited by sinuses or allergies or whatever from her.

                Sneezing when I have a cold is a different beast entirely.

                To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

                by Youffraita on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:31:51 PM PST

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                •  same here, per sneezing (0+ / 0-)

                  If anything, the past few days, at the risk of a TMI statement, I've been hitting the tissue a bit more than usual of late, for nose-clearing.  We're back to more fall-like, borderline wintry, temperatures now.

                  "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                  by chingchongchinaman on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:50:11 PM PST

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    •  hope you feel better! (6+ / 0-)

      can't stand getting sick.

      it's the general malaise that gets to me along with the sore throat

    •  thanks; did the hot soup thing today, plus..... (5+ / 0-)
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      ......warm salt water gargle, which I need to repeat before hitting the hay down the line.  I think also changing the bedsheets might help psychologically, if nothing else.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:50:32 PM PST

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  •  ps my 'other' vote (6+ / 0-)

    is for the superwealthy who spent all that money on the election

  •  I voted OTHER, meaning Sheldon Adelson and the (6+ / 0-)

    Koch brothers.  Boy, did they get screwed!  I can't say Karl Rove is a loser, because I think he got exactly what he wanted, which was checks with lots of zeroes.  The only thing he had to do was act embarrassed about losing on election night (and that WAS precious, oh wasn't it?)  Still, you can count on it, four years from now (actually two) he'll be knocking on all the same doors and saying, Hey, how are things going, wanna write some more checks to me?

    The whole Republican Party at this point has become sort of like the Halliburton/Blackwater war profiteering machine that prodded us into war with a country they chose out of a hat.  It didn't matter that the war was unnecessary or unwinnable, as long as it was profitable.  

    Same thing with Karl Rove's superpac and the presidential election.  Sure their big donors got nothing for their money, but ha ha, oh well, can't win 'em all!

    •  yes, indeed (6+ / 0-)

      They will be back and very soon.

      sigh...

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      by cfk on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:05:40 PM PST

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      •  the advantage of having limitless sources of $ (6+ / 0-)
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        Plus, deep down, we in this country worship $ and property, which was why I was pessimistic that the SuperPAC $ would buy us out.  Fortunately, I was wrong, but then I've always known how I would vote, so watching TV or listening to radio ads was never an issue.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:07:09 PM PST

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        •  Ha! You & me both: (4+ / 0-)
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          I've always known how I would vote, so watching TV or listening to radio ads was never an issue.
          The problem, of course, is watching the blatant lies and NOT screaming at the TV...when one is in one's friend's pub at 3 in the afternoon on a day off and the GOP ads are lying to the uninformed....

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:31:27 PM PST

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    •  They're pretty much Nigerian-gives-you-millions (5+ / 0-)

      at this point.  

      Good evening dear respected American Smith.  I am your humble lawyer in Lagos a city you may not know most desperately trying to convey your inheritance from Mistur Marthos Washington an President of your esteemed country who had many coffee plantations here until demising in 1723.  Only you are the heir but if I cannot transfer to your banking account many millions I cannot help you.  Pray for me and send me now the account and passerword and my U.S. chief excecutive ratfuquer Mistur Carlos Rove will be at your side to make you many thanks for your esteemed exceptional historicals.

      --Jeffords Gannon the Upstanding Miltiary Lawyer for Decent Amercan Clients Exceptional Respond Immediately

      "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

      by KateCrashes on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 08:55:37 PM PST

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      •  Heh... (5+ / 0-)

        You should polish that up and post it in a diary as a letter from Karl Rove to Sheldon Adelson.

      •  has this been done as a snark DK diary? (3+ / 0-)
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        Youffraita, oculus, shari

        Of course, to be honest, I wonder at the use of bandwidth on DK for such snark diaries that may make DK'ers laugh, but the rest of the world outside of DK doesn't notice or care.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:39:27 PM PST

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        •  We're over half a million, 3CM (3+ / 0-)
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          Granted, not all remain here...but even so, this site is large enough to justify posts that only make us laugh.

          (I am a pootie person...well, not lately but still...so take that as it's meant:  no reason not to have fun in between elections.)

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:48:49 PM PST

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          •  there's room for humor and snark, to be sure (1+ / 0-)
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            But the truth is that Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, or the Saturday Night Live crew will reach a larger audience more quickly than DK ever will.  Back in 2008, Tina Fey on SNL did more to destroy the half-baked Alaskan caribou barbie as a credible political figure than all the rants on DK put together.

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:34:10 PM PST

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            •  True. (1+ / 0-)
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              But Tina Fey is a comic genius.

              Anyway, there are enough of us to help make a video go viral...and when that happens, a lot of times major venues pick up on it too.

              Or so I hope, anyway.

              To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

              by Youffraita on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:02:01 PM PST

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              •  the other side can make videos go viral, too (0+ / 0-)

                Obviously the other side is intellectually hopeless, as the whiny calls for secession now from a vocal few indicate.  We can only show up and out-vote them.

                "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

                by chingchongchinaman on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:48:09 PM PST

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    •  you're not the only one (5+ / 0-)
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      The other voter for "Other" is above.

      Of course, the lesson that many voters, mainly Democratic, need to learn is that they need to vote in every election, not just the Presidential year ones, to keep the bad guys out.  Watch for 2014 turnout to plummet.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:04:03 PM PST

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      •  Hmmm... (5+ / 0-)

        Second midterms aren't as predictably anti-incumbent as the first one.  1998 was good for Democrats, but then, Democrats had a lot of help from Ken Starr and Linda Tripp.

        How did Reagan do in 1986?  Eisenhower in 1958?  Curious now.

        •  Paul Harris of 'The Guardian' agrees w/you (2+ / 0-)
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          He has a blog post on how 2nd POTUS terms tend to turn out not as well as 1st terms here.  Hopefully nothing will happen with PBO that will bring a Ken Starr or Linda Tripp into the fray.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:18:50 AM PST

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      •  It was a problem in 2010 (3+ / 0-)
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        for sure.  We wouldn't have a teahadist governor and senator, for one thing, if Dem turnout had been better.  (I voted...but at about 11 a.m., I was only about the 19th voter.  The poll workers were very bored.  Unlike Tuesday, when there seemed to be a steady stream -- not huge, but steady.)

        PLZ we can haz Dr. Dean back?  50-state strategery? ;)

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:37:27 PM PST

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        •  question is, does Dr. Dean want to return? (1+ / 0-)
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          Never mind whether the current (and recently much reviled) leadership want him, because didn't anyone notice that in spite of Howard Dean not being in charge, we did kind of OK?

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 07:38:30 PM PST

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  •  Tea Party Democrat wins house seat..... (7+ / 0-)

    Yep, thats the title of my essay that I could post as a diary, but won't.  It is critical of a member of our tribe, and this often brings some hostility that I'm too sensitive to handle well.

    I can't stand the heat, but I keep on staying in the kitchen.
    Read it on my personal blog here.

  •  A cute little melody I'm working on... (5+ / 0-)

    This is unlisted and will be deleted eventually.  It's in Lydian mode.

  •  Not a personal loss re me, as I enjoyed (5+ / 0-)

    the HD of Dr. Faustus from Shakespeare's Globe (London).  But I think our party of four were the only members of the audience at our particular venue.

    Much better turn-out for today's Met HD of Thomas Ades' "The Tempest," which was marvelous, though the woman behind me said, "That was different," and three people in front of us left after the first 20 minutes.  

    •  hmm, I saw that production at the Globe (3+ / 0-)
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      Live, that is.  Also saw Ades' The Tempest; wasn't sure of the point of LePage's staging, but the singers and Ades as conductor were very effective.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:40:50 PM PST

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      •  I enjoyed LePage's staging. (2+ / 0-)
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        All I really recall from the Covent Garden orig. was Ariel high above the stage on a shiny ball.  

        •  oh, you saw the original? Lucky you (2+ / 0-)
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          Different soprano there trashing her voice, Cyndia Sieden, although presumably she's recovered.  I think that in his NYT review of The Tempest, Tommasini wrote something to the effect of Ades' Ariel was "probably a part that should never have been written".

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:11:39 AM PST

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          •  I did. We went to Covent Garden to (2+ / 0-)
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            see "Tales of Hoffman."  When I realized a brand new opera was premiering that week, I got a ticket.   Prices were lower than for "Hoffman" as the idea was to attract younger people who weren't already opera afficianados.  It worked.  Ian Bostridge sang Caliban, but I don't remember him, as I wasn't a groupie yet.  I do remember the talk at the time was that noone could sing Ariel but Sieden.  She was the sole non-Brit. in the cast.  A wonderful experience.  

  •  C3 I love you man! Sure hope you feel better soon. (4+ / 0-)

    No loser story from me this week. It has been full of win. Got the rental rented, so we didn't have to eat the mortgage. whew. The election - yay! #Gloat2012 I say. And CA has a D majority - awesome. Had a great time with the Central Valley Kossacks today. Good food, good times, great people. It does not get much better than this.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:40:07 PM PST

  •  G'night, all (3+ / 0-)
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    I have to be awake in fewer than 12 hours and so must get to sleep...or at least try.

    Hope everyone's week is great.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:52:25 PM PST

    •  hope you got some good rest (2+ / 0-)
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      I need some more of that myself.  Haven't been sleeping too intelligently of late.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:14:19 AM PST

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      •  I did! (1+ / 0-)
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        From Wednesday night, when the cold really grabbed me, I couldn't sleep more than about two hours in a row.  Wasn't necessarily awake long in between...maybe five minutes here, fifteen there...but it didn't make for a good night's sleep, no matter how many hours of bed rest I got.

        Last night, I finally slept through & felt much better today.  Not well exactly, but definitely getting there.

        Best wishes for you, too!

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:41:24 PM PST

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        •  somewhat early-ish..... (0+ / 0-)

          ......meeting tomorrow, so I should catch some decent z's myself tonight.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:52:33 PM PST

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