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In the news: the creation of the world's largest airline, huge asteroids, the chuck Chuck Hagel movement, and Scott Brown's debut on Fox.

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  • American Airlines and US Airways voted to approve a merger that would create the world’s largest airline
  • Prettier in print:
    • TIME’s cover story this week: Pope Benedict XVI may become more influential after his resignation
    • Mike Murphy: GOP is in a stronger position than the President in the short-term
    • F-35 fighter pilot: the most expensive weapon ever built
    • Joe Klein: Obama’s State of the Union proves he is not a visionary
  • Cabinet troubles: Republicans threaten to filibuster SecDef nominee Chuck Hagel
  • As the President goes on a manufacturing tour in Asheville, NC, Fareed Zakaria writes that the President should spend way more on infrastructure spending.
  • Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) deletes an awkward tweet to model Victoria Brink
  • The editor-in-chief of the New Republic from 1974 to 2011 rips the new version of the mag.
  • Why did 22 Republican senators oppose the Violence Against Women Act?
  • Former Sen. Scott Brown debuts as a Fox News contributor.
  • Over the weekend, an asteroid will traverse across the sky and appear at twice the diameter of a full moon
582 comments
MrObvious
MrObvious

 Try to get into a presidential speech without a frisk, Ob. I dare you!

Wouldn't mind it at all. I am not of the class of people who aggressively seek grievances to be outraged over

BTW - do anyone remember the outrage on the right over TSA? This is what happens to you when you hate something. No core. No integrity. It's not based on common sense, reason or even a firm principled stand on ideological grounds. Just pure hate. It's the herd and horde mentality. Some pundit on the right starts bleating and suddenly the idiot locust keeps screaming the same stupid thing over and over. Of course since the idiot locust doesn't stand for anything it's not hard for them to change direction at other times. It's not about the principles anyways. Only the tribe mentality and the things they fear.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Alex, a correction on your asteroid comment:

The article states at the end that the asteroid "will traverse a patch of sky about twice the diameter of the full moon every minute".

This needs to be pointed out clearly as people like paulejb will become frightened and might barricade themselves in a cardboard box down by the river.

fitty_three
fitty_three

paulejb has nothing left between the legs. He's made so many leaps over the pointy pickets that the family jewels, together with his senses, got snagged off a loooooooong time ago.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@MrObvious Whatever you're for they're against. That's not a political ideology. It's just mindless hate.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

No worries.  Paulie explains it all. 

[rolls eyes in the process]

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N 

Sounds like GOP - not because of any real reasons - just a bunch of juvenile teen age shit. And these are legislators, not your average high schooler.

paulejb
paulejb

@Sue_N ,

Chuck Hagel's problem is that he is as dumb as a box of rocks. I doubt that he could even find the Pentagon if confirmed.

paulejb
paulejb

@53_3 ,

It could be your mothership disguised as an asteroid, 53.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@paulejb "gangbangers"

Great. We got your "unreported race war" rhetoric combined with your "Chicago is more dangerous than Afghanistan" nonsense.

We get it paulie. You don't like Chicago. You don't like minorities, and you don't like anyone to the left of Jesse Helms. 

It's an old song, paulie. Got anything new?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb Following your logic Romney would have made the nation one giant Mormon Temple, while Palin would have made it a wasteland of lying quitters.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb 

So before Rahm there was no gun violence in Chicago and there is none anywhere else?


You sure are a hysterical one. I tell you that.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@MementoMori @MrObvious 

Rights are selective - first amendment good when you want to call someone skin tone related stuff or force media to repeat all the idiotic phobias that is not blocked by some kind of shame impulse. First amendment bad if it has to be tempered by common sense. 2nd amendment good. Especially used to enforce their first amendment rights to be hysterical trolls. Democracy is only good when they win, it's bad when the lose. And since they're always right the 2nd amendment gives them the right to force their reality on others.

All other rights are purely based on a loose interpretation of phobias and arcane biological moral nonsense. Often a corny sense of religions morality based on the tiniest sliver of actual religious text. God works in mysterious ways anyways.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@paulejb @Sue_N Of course he is dumb as a box of rocks, why else would he be a Republican in the first place. And yet that does not disqualify him from office.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @Sue_N 

paulejbs problem is the fact that he doesn't realize how bad this makes GOP look. Not that I don't mind it or anything - it means that I don't have to waste my money supporting local and national candidates; but seriously - don't you want people to take your political movement serious? 

What am I saying; you think Sarah Palin is your movements intellectual titan.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N @MrObvious @MementoMori 

The worst about living in a contrarian position to everything you think someone else stands for is that you keep throwing yourself under the bus.

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MrObvious @MementoMori Remember how we were all traitors for criticizing Dubya, Rummy and the Iraq invasion? Remember how it was sedition to oppose a wartime president? Can you imagine if a liberal had carried a gun anywhere near where Bush was appearing? If we had demanded proof that he was an American citizen?

Now all of that is perfectly okay. That's how they prove their "patriotism" to each other. It's what happens when your only core belief is power.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @MrObvious @Sue_N

Your average high schooler is a genius compared to some of the lumps of rock that make up the Democrat caucus. 

Oh I know there are stupid dem politicians. I've had plenty of things to say about them. But it's ironic that the best thing you can do to defend GOPers is by finding a stupid dem.

Personally I would feel great shame in defending any type of stupidity.

But then I'm not really married to a tribe the way you are. You still don't get it.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

...and given the overuse of a certain word against your arguments, for the record I did say "seismic shift."

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

So Paulie, if BO is so baaad to Israel how come their voters made a seismic shift away from the right in their last election?  Are they low-information voters as well?

Sue_N
Sue_N

@MrObvious @Sue_N @paulejb Exactly. We've criticized Obama and other Dems countless times here. We were talking about the drone policy long before the righties knew it was a thing. We've even called out other posters when they've gone over the line. We're not tribalists.

What I believe doesn't depend on who's in office or which party I support. But with pauley, it's all about party. The GOPers can do no wrong, Dems can do no right. He's incapable of intellectual honesty. So he's forced to become a human sewer, spewing sh*t everywhere.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@Sue_N @MrObvious @paulejb

I don't have a problem admitting when I'm wrong; but then politics and life to me is about facts and the truth and not faith
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Sue_N
Sue_N

@MrObvious @paulejb @Sue_N You're being way too optimistic, Mr. O. Just like the GOP, Pauley will ride the idiot barrel all the way over the falls. They can't change. They've got 30 years and hundreds of millions of dollars invested in ignorance, paranoia and pointless rage. To get a clue now would be to admit they've been wrong, and they just can't do that. They're losing on every front, but they're too far gone to change strategies.

They've doomed themselves to irrelevance and oblivion.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @MrObvious @Sue_N 

You've been yammering about just how horrible Obama have been to Israel and such and I think you sell what you know about their concerns show based on what you think Bibi is upset about. Heres a clue for you - look at the fact that Obama got reelected and look at the last election in Israel. You're so clueless about what's going on that sooner or later you're going to have to re-examine your need to be spoon-fed the stupid shit you hear from pundits and Fox.

No one can be so constantly wrong like you are politically without sooner or later get a clue.

paulejb
paulejb

@MrObvious @paulejb @Sue_N ,

Can't wait for Hagel to get confirmed. Obama's Jewish supporters will be delighted as Chuck sells Israel down the river and cozies up to Iran.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@paulejb @MementoMori @53_3 Oh, no, paulie! It's not an insult at all!

It's just good advice, paulie. Take it or leave it, it's all up to you - you can be a better person, or you can continue being you. That's what's great about free will. No one is forcing you to be a mensch.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@MementoMori @MrObvious @paulejb @53_3 

Me too. The two times I visited his blog BS thing it was dead. If he's such a pillar of the conservative core he sure doesn't attract any attention. Not even among the rest of the rabid puddle he swim in.

In a way this is perfect for him. At a place like redstate he'd have to compete with a large pool of similar stupid and those are 'smarter' conservatives and he'd just drown in the noise.

Here he can 'stand out' as one of the few 'brave' even if it makes the conservative base look like they're not house broken. 

It's tedious, but it's also a perfect illustration of what that kind of political inbreeding leads too. And no fancy french words can cloak the vapid core of his bombthrowing message.

MementoMori
MementoMori

@MrObvious @MementoMori @paulejb @53_3 "If you can't be loved, you might as well be hated." 

That's why he's here, because we get mad at him and give him the attention he craves - the attention he's not getting offline. That's why I often call him 'sad'.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@MementoMori @MrObvious @paulejb @53_3 

Yup

He comes here to piss people off then trips of pretending that he just did the world a favor. He sorta did by exposing the rabid rightie base for being a bunch of boobs. I don't understand the point with that.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@MementoMori @paulejb @53_3 

Honestly, does he post anything but insults? All his links are meant as an insult - to common sense, humanity or against what he's so hysterically afraid of.

Anything he writes is with a smirk and a crude jab.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @MrObvious @53_3

You people lie and your fellow hive drones swear to it.

That read so stupid that anyone with a ounce of humanity would feel shame for writing it. Jesus paulejb - you are more of a boob then a tri tittet woman.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @MrObvious

More BS from a liberal slacker who is too lazy to try to back up his own lies.

Nope - I find it ironic however that a intellectually lazy vacuous agitator like you wag your finger at someone else. You hypocrites are a funny lot.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @53_3

Of course you would, 53. The hive mind does not allow dissension.

No you don't - you insist on purity. That's why logically you belong to a hive a lot more then anyone you claim to here.


MrObvious
MrObvious

@paulejb @MrObvious

You will have to back that up to retain even a shred of credibility, Ob.

Ditto - you can't prove your swill with someone elses rightwing hysteria. You use facts.

Until you start using facts I will simply truncate what I already know to be facts into simple words for you. It's not like you give a shit even when I prove you wrong with links and such - you simply change the subject.

You're not really into the whole honesty thingy. Trolls are not very good at that sorta thing.