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  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/04/2013 12:03:19 PM PDT · 92 of 92
    Humbug to Ransomed

    It’s kind of fun to imagine the reaction if Wright and Orson Scott Card co-wrote a book. That would really get them howling!

  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/04/2013 6:12:59 AM PDT · 90 of 92
    Humbug to Ransomed

    Interesting list. Of the names i recognized they lined up pretty much as i would have expected other than Bradbury (who i admit to not having read much but i was under the impression that he was fairly conservative). Also interesting that Frank Herbert’s name was missing.

    My guess is that a similar survey today (on a current topic dividing the country, such as immigration or homosexual marriage) would result in a far great disparity in favor of the left.

    Thanks for the link to Wright’s site. He is quite a prolific blogger i see. And great choice for your FR name. Perelandra especially has long been a favorite of mine.

  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/03/2013 7:50:20 PM PDT · 87 of 92
    Humbug to Ransomed
    Is the story about Herbert fooling people into thinking he was an accomplished pianist at parties on that interview?

    No, he was telling a story about a time when the three of them (Herbert, Poul,and himself) had a problem with their houseboat and Herbert basically said "to heck with this" and left.

    Thanks for the recommends. I had planned reading the rest of the Dying Earth books but just never got around to it. Will do so soon, now that you have piqued my interest again. What i remember of the first book is that i wasn't too keen about it initially, but eventually it grew on me.

    Lafferty is definitely an acquired taste. I didn't "get" the Fourth Mansion until i found out it was inspired by the writings of St. Teresa of Avila. The Past Master is my favorite, although i've heard that his short stories are where he really excelled (i've only read a few though).

    His book on Alaric was interesting. He made the point that the world really can come to an end (in relation to how people say "oh don't worry about such and such, the world's not going to end no matter what happen") and in fact has done so many times. It came to an end when Rome was sacked by Alaric. An entirely new world came into existence, one that wasn't nearly so good.

    I have been strongly reminded of that concept in recent years.

    To me Wolfe is similar to Lafferty, except Wolfe at his best is better able to create works that can be enjoyed at the surface level even if the depths remain murky to the point of opaqueness. He has lost me a bit with some of his more recent works (didn't care for the Knight) but i still return to Severian every so often.

    Another good conservative Catholic writer is John C Wright. I've only read The Golden Age but it's one of my favorites.

    By the way, does your FR name refer to Ransom from CS Lewis' Space Trilogy?

  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/03/2013 4:19:48 PM PDT · 84 of 92
    Humbug to Ransomed
    "I don't have much respect for Frank Herbert, i think he's...i won't go into detail, but i don't have any respect for him at all. I knew him pretty well."

    To me sounds like he meant it but maybe he didn't intend for it to come out it did. You could definitely tell though he still had a great fondness for Poul Anderson.

    Interesting how he avoided reading his peers. Maybe concerned he would lose his uniqueness if he did? By the way, don't know if you're be care to read this or not but here's a nice write-up that first introduced me to Jack Vance (the site also introduced me to RA Lafferty):

    So far i've only read one thing of his, the first Dying Sun book, but i'm planning to read the Lyonesse series soon.

  • RIP Frederik Pohl, the man who transformed science fiction

    09/02/2013 10:57:44 PM PDT · 79 of 92
    Humbug to Ransomed

    Interesting interview, thanks for linking to it. For two guys in their 90s, i find it amazing how well they speak and can remember things. Was surprised though to hear Vance emphatically state he didn’t have any respect at all for Frank Herbert, since i had read they were good friends.

  • Something REALLY SCARY!!! Russian sleep experiment

    08/28/2013 3:17:07 PM PDT · 9 of 31
    Humbug to EternalHope
    That was my impression too. Especially when i came to this part:

    In total: 5 of the soldiers, following the incident took their own lives after being witness to their comrade’s deaths.

    Don't buy that at all. Maybe one, but not 5.

  • Race Baiting and Lies in America

    07/21/2013 10:13:05 AM PDT · 19 of 52
    Humbug to GilGil

    Watching the closing arguments was interesting. The 1st prosecutor kept referring to Martin as a young man or teenager. Yet the next day after the defense’s closing argument the 2nd prosecutor made sure to keep referring to Martin as a child, apparently not at all happy that the 1st prosecutor was “keeping it real.”

    Ironically though the defense placed cutouts of both Martin and Zimmerman during their close which showed the supposed child a good 3 inches taller than Zimmerman. I say ironically because a Freeper mentioned that the cutouts were still visible while the 2nd prosecutor was busy “unmanning” Martin, providing a strange juxtaposition to what the jury was hearing.

    Lastly, does anyone think Trayvon Martin referred to himself as a child or would have appreciated it if someone called him that? Does anyone think that the 2nd prosecutor, or anyone else calling him a child, would go up to some random 17 year old male and call him that? We can all imagine the kinds of responses that might elicit.

  • Day 24 (Week #5) Zimmerman Trial – Final Day – Probably a Verdict before dinner [No, Jury Adjourned]

    07/12/2013 6:31:12 AM PDT · 366 of 3,504
    Humbug to SeaHawkFan
    Would someone tell Kathi the difference between a nod and a shake of the head.

    Glad you pointed that out. The first time i read it (skimmed over it) i only noticed the "shook" and not "yes", so i thought the juror was strongly disagreeing with what she was hearing and consequently i felt disheartened by that.

    On a related note i have been optimistic about this jury based on the fact that several stated they have a great disliking and distrust of the media. I have to think that is a good sign for Zimmerman.

  • Breaking – State moves to charge Zimmerman with 3d Degree Murder based on Aggravated Child Abuse

    07/11/2013 9:43:56 AM PDT · 77 of 188
    Humbug to MrB
    Yeah, a 17 yr old, 6’ 3”, 220 lb, MMA trained, first/sucker punch throwing, straddle vice beating with intent to kill, “child”.

    Not disagreeing with you, but those stats are off. As brought out by the medical examiner it was more like 5'11 158 lb (or thereabouts). But definitely athletic and had a reputation for being a fighter.

  • Judge Snaps at Zimmerman Atty After He Objects to Her Asking Whether Zimmerman Will Testify

    07/10/2013 12:56:26 PM PDT · 54 of 183
    Humbug to Errant

    I’m just glad she’s not on the jury. What astounds though me is not that a judge would be so openly biased, but that she would be so in front of cameras in a highly watched case. She’s not even trying to disguise it one wit.

  • Teenager arrested for Facebook post beaten up in prison (Texas)

    07/08/2013 7:12:19 AM PDT · 55 of 62
    Humbug to 1_Rain_Drop

    That could be, but i would think prisoners would see it as just a stupid comment he made unless he gave them reason to think he just might be screwy enough to have done what he “joked” about.

  • Teenager arrested for Facebook post beaten up in prison (Texas)

    07/08/2013 6:50:16 AM PDT · 52 of 62
    Humbug to tsomer
    I have only so much outrage left in me, and before I dispense anymore of it, I want to know the whole story.

    My thoughts too. I have to think there is more, or at least i'd LIKE to think so. After all, this is Texas (where commonsense still prevails most of the time) and not California. So what led to that exchange and what came after it? And how much Is the father downplaying the event? And does his son have a history of violence and/or psychological problems that we aren't privy to?

    The fact that he keeps getting beat up tells me something is not quite right with him. I mean, i'd expect to have heard Zimmerman getting beat up but not this guy, not unless he brought it upon himself to some extent at least.

  • Day 17 (Week #4) Zimmerman Trial – Witness Discussion Thread

    07/02/2013 6:24:48 AM PDT · 113 of 1,721
    Humbug to Momto2
    For trial updates the following site is a good one: Zimmerman Trial on Twitter
  • ‘Cracker’ Means Something Entirely Different In Florida: A Source Of ‘Pride’

    06/28/2013 7:02:38 AM PDT · 102 of 172
    Humbug to RummyChick
    This article perfectly illustrates the complete lack of intellectual integrity that is unfortunately shared by many on the left and as such is doing much harm to the country. But at least it is getting the ridicule it richly deserves over at the site where it was published.

    Here's my favorite (by GlenWishard)...

    I can imagine the exchange:

    MARTIN: I think I see a cracker.

    RACHEL: A cracker? Are you sure the gentleman is not a vaquero?

    MARTIN: No, he does not wear a sombrero, nor does he carry a lasso. Therefore I believe him to be a cracker, quod erat demonstratum.

    RACHEL: Oh, how wonderful. A living symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Florida.

  • Seattle woman stops eating, goes ‘breatharian’ for 5 WEEKS in attempt to survive on water and light

    06/10/2013 4:36:38 AM PDT · 18 of 49
    Humbug to Olog-hai

    Seems to me that one only needs to look at Ethiopia and other areas of Africa to see how well humans live on a diet of water and sunlight.

  • Mega mosquitoes arrive in Central Florida

    06/09/2013 5:50:01 PM PDT · 4 of 61
    Humbug to driftdiver

    Interesting. I saw one in my house the other day and was wondering what it was. Thought it looked like a mosquito but was too big.

  • Limbaugh Advertisers Return

    06/07/2013 6:44:39 AM PDT · 55 of 57
    Humbug to Rome2000
    Limbaugh has proven to be completely ineffective against the leftists.

    Or you could say that the powerful left have been all too effective at cordoning off the likes of Limbaugh and Fox News from the mainstream, thereby creating an echo chamber that has been largely unable to reach beyond the conservative base. My main disappointment with Rush though, and with other big names who have made a fortune from conservatives, is that they didn't do more to break out of this confinement but instead seemed content to continue to make their millions.

    Yes, Limbaugh had his short-lived television show but i think further efforts could have been made along those lines. In that regard, though i'm not a big fan of Glenn Beck's style, i do applaud him for creating The Blaze as an attempt to break through the barrier. Same with Breitbart.

  • Researchers say Western IQs dropped 14 points over last century

    05/27/2013 2:58:27 AM PDT · 85 of 105
    Humbug to ChiMark
    No one of such accomplishment of a Feynman scored below a 160 on the test. His results are an anomaly.

    My guess is that Feynman didn't care much and basically flubbed the test on purpose or due to lack of motivation. That's why i've always been dubious of seeing this person or that person touted as the smartest in the world because of some IQ score: there are those who are highly motivated to score well and then there are others who are content to let their work testify to their genius. Feynman i'm sure was in the latter category and probably got a kick out of scoring only 125.

  • Have Scientists Discovered a Way of Peering Into the Future?

    05/15/2013 8:01:52 PM PDT · 81 of 89
    Humbug to djf
    Interesting but not wholly convincing, at least not as laid out in the article. To me, examples after the fact mean little. Show me instances where they have come out and said "whoa, we have some unusual spikes here which indicate something big is about to happen" and then something big does happen.

    Nor are we informed how many false positives there may have been. Or do they normally only check the readings after a huge event?

    Also, the tsunami example doesn't seem to hold together well. It states that the readings began to shift 24 hours in advance of the tsunami, then alludes to how this correlates to unusual activities of animals around this time ("fleeing for their lives"). It goes on to say that very few animals died.

    That piqued my curiosity, so i did an internet search which turned up this article and it calls such statements into question. Furthermore, if animals have this ability to peer into the future, then why do so many get killed in forest fires or caught in traps or else are hunted to extinction?

    Yes, it could be that some animals feel vibrations in the earth (or whatever the case may be) and this is what tells them to run for their lives...but that's not what the article is getting at. It is suggesting that somehow we (humans and animals) are able to foretell the future because time moves both forward and backward.

    That brings up another difficulty. The animals supposedly can see the disaster, so they escape. Then why couldn't Princess Diana (who was mentioned in the article) have seen her disaster? Or why couldn't the 9-11 victims (also mentioned) have sensed that something awful was about to happen and decided en masse to call in sick that day? Is it that animals are better than humans in this respect, even though we have survived and thrived while so many of them have become extinct?

  • Vanity: It's Time To Let Go Of "They Stole It"

    11/08/2012 7:40:11 AM PST · 41 of 83
    Humbug to TChris

    Excellent summary.

    It was rigged to at least some extent and the media of course winked and looked away, knowing that any protest on our part could simply be tossed aside as the actions of sore losers throwing a fit. And as always the democrats made sure to “Alinsky” the situation beforehand by accusing Republicans of trying to suppress the vote.

    The democrats and the rats in the media are thoroughly corrupt, and so too is our system. I hate to say, but i’m not at all optimistic that things will change since so many Republican ‘leaders’ are terrified of taking a stand after seeing what happens to those who try to fight back (such as Bachmann, Palin, and West).

  • Spooky Quantum Entanglement Gets Extra 'Twist'

    11/08/2012 6:18:28 AM PST · 20 of 23
    Humbug to BenLurkin

    I think it simply relates to one of the sentences just above it:

    “This shows that entanglement effects can be seen at high energies, meaning closer to the macroscopic world we all know and interact with.”

    Therefore suggesting that theoretically at least (and far beyond our current capability) it should be possible to do something like this so that it would be visible to the naked eye.

  • Hindsight will view Romney as a poor candidate with no core values who looked deeply uncomfortable

    11/07/2012 10:10:11 PM PST · 41 of 120
    Humbug to Viennacon

    I wholly agree with everything you wrote. Romney wasn’t my preferred candidate during the primaries and in fact he ticked me off at times, but i thought he ran a strong campaign and certainly deserved to win far more than his opponent. More than that it looked like his was well on his way to victory right before Sandy stormed ashore and rescued Obama, perhaps the luckiest politician who has ever lived.

    So was Romney really that bad?

    In the end blaming him doesn’t help much and isn’t even fair in my opinion. He picked a conservative running mate and campaigned much more to the right than most of us expected. He also fought hard and was drawing huge, passionate crowds everywhere he went. From my perspective Romney did more than well enough to not only win, but win easily.

    Obama didn’t beat Romney. Ultimately the money (how much of it was foreign) and the media combined with the last-minute flukey storm was what swept him back into the Oval Office. Perhaps too Romney’s Mormonism hurt him with Evangelicals more than anyone anticipated and way too many of them stayed home for that reason.

    But in any event i really hope that we’ll all be united in directing our anger at the mainstream media, at all those in their ranks who have betrayed the country along with every journalistic principle that they are supposed to aspire to. That is far more constructive than tearing ourselves apart, which is exactly what the left wants us to do.

    My hope is that 2012 will live in infamy for the media. May they never live down their deplorable conduct.

  • Christie: I campaigned harder than anyone for Romney

    11/07/2012 6:47:22 PM PST · 89 of 149
    Humbug to rbg81
    Have to side with Christie here. People made up there minds long before Sandy came along.

    Most people made up their minds before the hurricane struck, but usually the wishy-washy undecideds break for the challenger. Obviously Romney needed them to break his way, but they didn't in spite of the historical trend. So without question the hurricane helped Obama and on top of that the star-struck governor gave him a further boost up, going far beyond what was required of him in that situation.

    Maybe Christie is right in saying he worked hard for Romney. Yet when it counted most he stood with Obama, not with Romney. Both literally and figuratively. Either he is completely artless and didn't understand how to handle Obama in a politically astute way, or else he simply decided to take the opportunity to undercut Romney.

    Given the level he has risen to as a politician it is hard to believe the first scenario. But given that he is prone to lowering state flags when a pop singer dies and allegedly becomes overwhelmed when another of his music idols gives him a call, i wouldn't rule it out.

    Early on many of us were impressed by Christie's outspokenness. It could be though that he simply doesn't have the skill to be a crafty statesman when the situation calls for it. Sort of like a pitcher who can throw 95 mph fastballs and you think, wow, he's great! Except you finally realize that's the only pitch he can throw. And in the long run that's not so great.

  • Going John Galt

    11/07/2012 5:48:59 PM PST · 24 of 68
    Humbug to neverdem

    I can already envision four years from now:

    Chris Matthews: Obama’s not to blame for the mess we’re in...the racist white Republicans went Galt on him! And you know why? Nothing to do with Rand. They wanted him to fail, that’s why! They just couldn’t stand the thought of him talked about as one of the greatest leaders this world has ever known. C’mon, you know it’s true.

  • *vanity* Not a sore loser but...

    11/07/2012 12:58:56 PM PST · 28 of 58
    Humbug to Kevin in California

    I agree. Everything worked out too much like a charm for democrat, especially considering this should have been a strong year for us and a down year for them.

    We have ample evidence of democrats stuffing the ballots and doing other things over the year. But this current crop of democrats, especially those in the White House, are completely without scruple as illustrated by Fast & Furious and the actions (or in-actions) leading up to, during, and after the Benghazi massacre. They have had years to rig this election and it is not a stretch to suppose that they went over and beyond what democrats have ever done in the past.

    And why not? They can get away with anything as evidenced by F&F and Benghazi, even if caught with both hands in the cookie jar. The press could care less outside of Fox News, and the mainstream of America has been repeatedly told by the mainstream media that Fox is ridiculously biased and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

    It makes me wonder. If democrats did rig things to such a degree, it could explain why Obama sloughed off his preparation for the 1st debate. Why worry about it, since the election is in the bag anyway? He performed so badly though that he had to take the remaining debates more seriously in order to save face.

    Also, there was a headline last night saying Obama had a concession speech already written in case he lost. This could be misdirection by trying to give the impression that he really was concerned that he might actually lose and thus was sweating it out. For it seems strange that Obama would reveal that he had such a speech ready to go since he usually goes out of his way to avoid showing that he is worried or that he might be vulnerable.

  • I had a teachable moment last night...

    11/07/2012 12:29:58 PM PST · 34 of 39
    Humbug to AngelesCrestHighway

    What i learned last night is that the ancient Mayans were right, the world did end in 2012. A new world is lurching forth to take its place. Not unlike the Invasion of the Body Snatchers where it looks the same, sounds the same, but there is something completely alien and deadly that has taken over.

    I also learned not to pay much attention to anecdotal accounts of what’s happening on the ground. Another thing i learned is to trust my gut instincts. I kept hearing that we’d win in a blowout, but it kept reminding me of what we were hearing back in ‘08 — that the polls are wrong, that republicans are going to show up and vote like never before, and oh boy is it gonna be fun watching MSNBC and checking out DU tonight.

    (When i heard that Republican internals were showing a very tight race i knew it was going to be a long night. But i had no idea it was going to be this bad. I’m still in shock.)

  • Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham debate how Romney lost the election

    11/07/2012 12:08:46 PM PST · 76 of 102
    Humbug to Rufus2007

    I agree with Coulter here. Mitt ran a strong campaign. Did very well in the debates. Was great on the stump. We can debate strategy and whatnot, but one thing is not debatable — Romney/Ryan deserved to win far more than did Obama/Biden. They would have been far better for the country. Instead of aiming our anger at Romney, i think it would be much better directed at the liberal activists who masquerade as ‘the media’.

  • McCain 2008 more votes than Obama 2012? WTH?

    11/07/2012 10:14:05 AM PST · 39 of 40
    Humbug to GlockThe Vote

    Putting aside the possibility of massive voter fraud, which i don’t dismiss at all, i wonder if the disparity between 08 and 12 can be attributed to Sarah Palin. The consensus here seems to have been that we lost in 08 in part, at least, because while the base loved Palin they were lukewarm about McCain — so the enthusiasm for her didn’t always translate into votes for him. But now i wonder if Palin helped McCain far more than we suspected and what we saw last night was partially the effect of not having her (or someone like her) around to stimulate the evangelical vote.

    We might also be seeing that a large number of evangelicals simply aren’t interested in voting republican unless an evangelical is on the ticket.

  • SARAH PALIN 2016

    11/07/2012 7:18:56 AM PST · 41 of 81
    Humbug to Mr. K

    I like her, but don’t like her chances of ever becoming president. My guess is Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and a few others will battle it out. Rubio will be VERY hard to beat. Not only due to his good looks, charm, and speaking abilities, but also his appeal to a much-needed demographic that we lost in a big way last night. Palin appeals to Tea Partyers, but not many others.

    The bottom line is that her persona has been too effectively distorted by the opposition and it would be almost impossible to overcome that.

  • Anybody else have the feeling we've been "played?-and other thoughts musings (Vanity) Very long one.

    11/07/2012 6:07:49 AM PST · 13 of 30
    Humbug to DownInFlames

    What? Is that real? That is incomprehensible to me. If someone had told me two days ago that turnout for Obama would be 15 million less than last time, i would have predicted a landslide up and down the ticket for Republicans.

    And with all the opportunity to vote early? Why would turnout be so low? I don’t get it.

  • Give us some good news....

    11/07/2012 5:54:58 AM PST · 24 of 31
    Humbug to eccentric

    Good news? Well if you’re a fan of the predictive power of the Mayans, rejoice! The world did end. A new world dawns.

    And thus ends the good news.

  • Vanity: I was wrong and I'm done projecting elections

    11/06/2012 9:49:03 PM PST · 78 of 94
    Humbug to HamiltonJay

    Ultimately there is a need for people to do what you and others did. Whether it happens to turn out to be right or not is another matter, but we need those who are willing to stand up and project confidence (backed up by reasonable arguments) that we can win this thing.

    Elections often come down to who has more energy. And even though the polls were moving against us at the end, there was a legitimate feeling that our energy, which was helped along by you and others like you, would propel us to victory despite what the pundits were saying. Unfortunately the ground game on the other side really was as strong as they boasted. Of course they probably had to prod a large portion of their people to turn out, while ours were much more eager, but in the end it all counts the same.

  • Vanity: Screw the Republican Establishment

    11/06/2012 9:26:28 PM PST · 61 of 68
    Humbug to LRoggy

    Whatever else might be said, i think Romney and Ryan did a great job. The deck was stacked against them by the media and by a democrat party which has seemingly no compunction about cheating or anything else. Yet despite all that R&R still looked like were going to pull it off, but then came Sandy which sucked away their momentum while at the same time puffing up Obama with the help of one of our own puffy politicians.

    Krauthammer the other day said that Obama has always had incredible luck throughout his life. And it really is incredible when you think about it. Almost as though some supernatural force is guiding his destiny. Whether that’s true or not, there’s no doubt that without the hurricane, and without the mainstream media shielding Obama from the other storm (Benghazi), this would have been a much different night for us.

    So in the end, while i am not happy with the Republican establishment, my anger will continue to be directed primarily at the media. They once again deceived the public while pretending to be professional journalists instead of the treacherous advocates for the left that they are. It was bad enough four years ago. It was far worse this time around. Twice now they have effectively performed something akin to a coup d’etat, allowing a thoroughly unqualified and undeserving man to govern the most powerful nation on earth.

    In my opinion we need to keep hammering away at the media, not at ourselves. For if the liberal media can be significantly weakened, then the liberal agenda will itself be weakened. If no though, then it doesn’t much matter who controls the Republican party since the left and the lefty media control the uninformed voting bloc which ultimately decides elections and the fate of the country.

    Our message doesn’t reach this voting bloc without first being distorted and turned against us. Until that changes, little else is going to change.

  • Song Request, Dedication to this Election!

    11/06/2012 6:36:37 AM PST · 18 of 33
    Humbug to Freedom of Speech Wins
    Song dedicated to Obama and the Obama Media.

    Kiss This -- Aaron Tippin

  • Why it’s Romney and Not Very Close

    11/06/2012 5:14:42 AM PST · 11 of 23
    Humbug to rbg81

    That is a legitimate concern, but in my opinion it’s counterproductive to openly worry about it right now. Also, i remember before the Wisconsin recall people here were saying similar things. Yet of course we not only won, but won big.

    Let’s not psych ourselves out. Whatever they may or may not do, we can overcome it if we stay positive and turn out en masse.

  • Obama urges voters to take 'revenge' on Election Day, Romney team rips 'terrible' message

    11/03/2012 6:56:51 AM PDT · 15 of 50
    Humbug to tobyhill

    Why does “revenge” even come to mind? Booing when a candidate mentions his opponent is of course common and probably goes back hundreds of years, but i doubt if it has ever provoked this type of rejoinder. Makes me wonder if Obama has been contemplating some sort of revenge if/when he loses. If so, against Romney or America?

  • Rasmussen: Wisconsin Tied, Colorado R+3

    11/01/2012 6:24:15 AM PDT · 22 of 32
    Humbug to Yashcheritsiy
    That explains that insipid Michael Moore shortie with the foul-mouthed old people threatening Romney if he “steals” the election by “ousting” Obama.

    True. And my guess is that Moore intentionally made the ad so offensive in order to ensure that the uproar would focus on the shocking language rather than the false premise, thereby letting the lie go virtually unchallenged.


    10/31/2012 6:32:58 AM PDT · 37 of 80
    Humbug to IbJensen

    Ahh the joys of redistributing other people’s wealth while hoarding your own. Priceless.

  • Need help composing an email to my Blue friends

    10/31/2012 6:25:41 AM PDT · 29 of 35
    Humbug to Makana

    My focus would be on the fact that this isn’t the same democrat party that it used to be, but instead has been taken over by far-left radicals. Perhaps compare it to a business which used to put out good products, then everything went downhill once new owners took charge. The name is the same, but that’s about it.

    And so it is with today’s democrats. It’s a party that JFK would hardly recognize. Perhaps point to Pat Caddel as an example of a long-time democrat who is disgusted by what has happened to his party. Another would be Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender’s Game, who has written extensively about how much his party has changed for the worse.

    Plus, i would mention that one of the benefits of having a republican administration is that the media will hold them accountable; whereas they look the other way when it comes to democrats, especially so with Obama. Then you might point out how they have covered (or rather, not covered) the Benghazi debacle, contrasting it with how the media treated the Valerie Plame brouhaha. A situation which was absolutely trivial compared to what happened in Libya. And of course there are a lot more examples you can bring up (such as Fast & Furious).

  • RNC Left With Hoards of Cash But Little Time [Reince Priebus RNC Chair Sitting On $68M!]

    10/30/2012 9:14:58 PM PDT · 38 of 51
    Humbug to paudio

    I agree. They’ve been spending the money all along, it’s not like they’ve been hoarding it, just that due to Republican enthusiasm so much has been pouring in that they were left with a nice surplus for the home stretch. And that’s a good thing. I’m sure all of it is being put to good use, especially in regards to the GOTV effort.

  • NPR Poll: R 48%, O 47% (+4 D)

    10/30/2012 12:38:39 PM PDT · 57 of 65
    Humbug to Arthurio

    Thanks, didn’t know that. So just another way to finagle things until they get the numbers they want.

  • NPR Poll: R 48%, O 47% (+4 D)

    10/30/2012 5:42:54 AM PDT · 22 of 65
    Humbug to MeanGreen2008

    Of note, this same poll has Obama ahead 50-46 in battleground states.

  • Republicans appear to be winning early vote

    10/28/2012 7:54:50 AM PDT · 18 of 19
    Humbug to frogjerk
    Right now he has Obama at about a 75% chance of winning. Why do you think he is wrong?

    He may not be wrong, especially since the only thing that matters is his final prediction. And that's the problem with much of the "polling season" up to this point. It's like the exhibition season in football: none of it counts. So pollsters and pundits are free to try to manipulate the system up until the last few days when they'll be judged by how close they come to the actual vote.

    Moreover, Silver works for the NYT. He is a darling of liberals. If he had been predicting from the start that things look good for Romney, would he still be the darling of liberals? Would he still feel secure about his NYT gig?

    Maybe his tune won't change and he'll gone down with the ship, but my guess is that in the next few days more polling outfits will start adjusting their sampling demographics (now that the exhibition season is coming to an end) to better reflect where the country is this year as opposed to where it was 4 years ago. That in turn might force Silver to re-evaluate things.

  • Creepy: Children Sing Obama's Negative Messaging in New Ad

    10/28/2012 5:22:20 AM PDT · 43 of 45
    Humbug to Ann Archy

    And the adult men (professional “got milk?” advertisers) putting those words into the mouth of babes is not only sickening but cowardly. They hide in the background while manipulating their little puppets (and that’s all the kids are to them) into blaming parents everywhere for all the terrible things that might happen to the world if Obama loses — essentially saying that any parent who doesn’t vote for Obama must be completely unconcerned about the future of their own kids.

    I will be interested to see what product this advertising firm tries to sell next. Don’t think i’ll be buying it, not after witnessing the manner in which they tried to cram a harmful product (Obama) down our throats by claiming it’s really the alternative product that is deadly.

  • FiveThirtyEight Blog Doubles Down: Ohio a Near Lock for Obama

    10/27/2012 4:41:12 PM PDT · 65 of 108
    Humbug to nwrep
    There's a really good article over at NRO that i highly recommend everyone read:

    The Two Polls That Have Chicago Terrified

  • MUST SEE VIDEO! Zombie children sing of horrors of Obamaless Washington. "Future Children Project"

    10/27/2012 9:47:43 AM PDT · 40 of 42
    Humbug to Irenic

    Well said. It’s one thing to sing the praises of Obama, like another group of kids did four years ago — which was bad enough — but it absolutely beyond the pale to force such chastisements of “mom and dad” into the mouth of babes. Completely shameful to use naive kids as the means of propaganda.

    However, i do think it is funny in a sad sort of way. In the sense that somehow the producers of the video no doubt imagine they have created a winning advertisement for Obama, whereas in reality it is likely only to appeal to those who were already going to vote for him...and i’m not even sure about that. Just like the “first-time” ad, it is likely to have the opposite effect of what was intended.

  • Teenager Gives a report Card to Obama and Romney

    10/25/2012 8:35:08 AM PDT · 13 of 16
    Humbug to reegs

    That’s my impression as well. It comes off as something written by an adult with the intention of persuading other adults. Far too politically sophisticated for a 13 year old, no matter how bright.

  • The October Surprise Supposedly Coming In Under 13 Hours

    10/22/2012 5:08:43 AM PDT · 50 of 69
    Humbug to My Favorite Headache

    A few days ago i read that the left researched this site and discovered that the the person behind it is an internet prankster. The bigger concern is what will the mainstream media pranksters do in the final days of the campaign.

  • The Candy-Obama Controversy: 'Get the Transcript'

    10/19/2012 8:47:21 AM PDT · 51 of 51
    Humbug to Starstruck

    Good point.

  • How Much of a Set-Up Was Crowley's Libya Question? (Jack Cashill)

    10/19/2012 8:44:53 AM PDT · 36 of 43
    Humbug to RoosterRedux

    This brings up some good points. I remain dubious though that it can ever rise above the level of speculation, but it does lead one to wonder whether Crowley went a step further and leaked the questions to Obama beforehand. For if she is willing to collude in one area, why stop there? This in turn would explain why Obama was virtually stutter-free in stark contrast to the first debate — was it that he simply spent more time in prep or was it that the teacher’s pet was allowed to take a peek at the test questions in advance?

    We should also consider the unusual activities that took place even before the debate began, with Candy making it well known that she was going to flaunt the rules. Importantly, she received flak from both camps, thereby giving the appearance that neither side was happy at this development. Yet obviously, especially given Candy’s poorly disguised partisan leanings over the years, the Romney camp had much more to be concerned about than Obama’s. (My guess is that it was the republican side which had insisted on the limited moderation rules in the first place).

    By making her intentions known ahead of time it then allowed others in media to jump in and say that she definitely should be more involved, for it is insulting that a journalist (especially a female journalist) be little more than a “fly on the wall.” Thus she essentially forced the republican’s to meekly go along with this abrupt change in plans or else risk looking sexist.

    Was this then a necessary maneuver ensuring her more freedom to manipulate the debate on Obama’s behalf? Or was it simply her not wanting to be a mere moderator? But she didn’t stop stop at not being a mere fly on the wall, she instead went on to become one of the most interfering moderator’s ever.

    In any event, it shows that she was perfectly willing to circumvent the rules regardless of what either of the participants might think. Thus, if she is so brazen about breaking some of the rules, why should we think she wouldn’t be wiling to break all the rules?

    I don’t know if we can ever say for certain that she had a transcript with her or if any of this will ever go beyond the level of conspiracy theories, but at the very least her actions before, during, and even after the debate are not those of a person who was at all concerned with being fair. Not with so many unusual things going on during the debate, all of them just happening to favor Obama of course (more time for him, more last words, fewer interruptions, steering the conversation away from his most vulnerable areas, etc).