Re: You can ask my child to fly, if you want.

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Don't ask my child to forgive you for standing idly by, while he was in trouble in his mother's womb,
for he will,
but He may not.

Fuck you Bruce.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 9:44 PM
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Also:

"About 50% of pregnancies are unplanned. "If you drink, don't have sex. If you have sex, don't drink. "

Jesus fucking christ.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 9:45 PM
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2: Then it goes on to say, "Most girls are 2 to 3 months pregnant before they find out and the baby may well have been to many parties before the pregnancy is confirmed."

So seriously, if you've ever had sex, or ever plan to have sex, don't drink any alcohol, ever.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 9:47 PM
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Also:

Break a raw egg (without breaking the yolk) into a clear glass. Add a 1 ounce shot glass of alcohol. With a swizzle stick, gently stir some of the alcohol into the egg white. Watch the effects on the egg white. White streaks will form in the clear portion. Alcohol literally cooks the cells. "Here is your baby's brain on alcohol"

You can also cook fish in lime juice. What you do with that information is up to you.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 9:50 PM
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You can cook ham in salt!

Don't brine your baby! If you ever plan to have sex, avoid potato chips.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 9:51 PM
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The phrase "Don't brine your baby!" has me in stitches. Please let this be a PSA someday.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 9:53 PM
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6: Smoke curing's still okay though, right?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 9:56 PM
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But I have to ask, heebie. Are you pregnant again and just looking for our permission to get wasted?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 9:57 PM
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If you have sex, don't drink.

Wait, there are people who have sex sober?


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 9:58 PM
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Nope! Still just jiggly!


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 9:58 PM
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9: Well, sure, they're called Mormons.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 9:59 PM
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11: Oh, I thought 10 was the answer to 9.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 10:00 PM
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Smoke curing's still okay though, right?

Just wait until your baby's skin is tacky.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 10:02 PM
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On the OP, there needs to be a term, analagous with regulatory capture, for good faith harm-reduction-oriented advocacy programs that get captured by maximalist prohibitionists because they have generally aligned goals. Cf. MADD, drug education, sex ed.

This is particularly interesting case, because it attracts both the anti-sex zealots and the temperance league types.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 11:45 PM
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Hey, there's a lot of slander about the temperance movements. They were an important force for getting women the vote, and for pointing out the societal effects of alcoholism.


Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 02-24-10 11:54 PM
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Ameliatory capture.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 12:06 AM
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It is probably bad that the mpore btocked I get the more I want to defend temnperance.


Posted by: Keir | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 12:10 AM
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Mortal sinergy.


Posted by: KR | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:59 AM
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With a swizzle stick, gently stir some of the alcohol into the egg white. Watch the effects on the egg white. White streaks will form in the clear portion. Alcohol literally cooks the cells.

No it doesn't, you idiot, because there aren't any cells in egg white.

About 50% of pregnancies are unplanned.

Good grief. Instinctively I find this difficult to believe and suspect it relies on a weird definition of "planned".


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there needs to be a term, analogous with regulatory capture, for good faith harm-reduction-oriented advocacy programs that get captured by maximalist prohibitionists because they have generally aligned goals.

"Religion".


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 4:05 AM
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The alcohol/pregnancy hysteria drives me nuts. When Mrs. Dash was pregnant, our midwife told us, "Look, there's really no evidence that moderate drinking harms a fetus, so don't worry." Of course, she still didn't drink in public when visibly pregnant because of the dirty looks.

Dan Savage's book "The Kid" has a section on FAS panic.


Posted by: emdash | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 4:45 AM
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14: Sexism. See also "Breast is best!" and "no soft cheeses!"


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re: 21

Yeah, I did a double take recently when I saw a friend's heavily pregnant partner drink a big glass of red wine. Even though I know it's absolutely fine* it's so unusual to see pregnant women drinking these days precisely because of the hysteria.

* and the partner has a medical research/science background, so I'm absolutely confident if anyone had challenged her on it she'd have started citing papers.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 4:57 AM
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20 gets it exactly right.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 5:37 AM
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You're so intolerant, apo. Did your mom drink while you were in the womb? Oh, wait, you're from North Carolina. I bet she smoked. That would explain everything.


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 5:52 AM
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I think it's more than just religion-- the temperance movement in the US, and indeed its descendants, the insane zoning laws that lead to drinking+driving are popular with religious people, but not limited to them. Joseph Gusfield wrote about this, I liked http://books.google.com/books?id=vKf6MkWMdaQC
a lot.

One thing that he doesn't dwell on much is the really heavy per-capita alcohol intake in the US at the turn of the (19th) century, though.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Hogarth_-_Gin_Lane.jpg I guess.


Posted by: lw | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 5:53 AM
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26: what I meant was that "well-intentioned and basically harmless or beneficial movement that gets captured by apparently aligned extremists who just want to run everyone's lives" is a pretty good description of a lot of religions.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:27 AM
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I've described the anti-smoking movement as having moved from the realm of public health campaign to religious crusade. Even as a former smoker, I stand by that. I'd include parts of the breastfeeding and anti-circumcision crowds under that definition as well.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:32 AM
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Christ, is there a form of child mutilation that Apo's not in favor of? Think of the years of therapy they'll need from having a smoking father who cut off their foreskins.


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Christ, is there a form of child mutilation that Apo's not in favor of?

I left their tails on, like a proper southerner.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:12 AM
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its descendants, the insane zoning laws that lead to drinking+driving

I didn't know that zoning laws were a product of the blue-ribbon brigade. Insane they are, though. (Also because you can't walk to the shops.)


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re: 28

People's attitudes to smoking are certainly often behaviourally very similar to religious taboo.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:23 AM
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gswift, I infer, is neither Muslim nor Jewish.


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32: this is true. I am averse to smoking and to the Catholic and Orthodox Churches for the same reason - they smell terrible.


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gswift, I infer, is neither Muslim nor Jewish

Nope, but I'm joking around. I'm pretty sure that men talking about circumcision as a source of emotional distress and depression is a sign of society in decay or something.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:37 AM
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Some of my buddies smoke cigars and/or pipes. Man do those smell good.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:39 AM
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I remember being shown an informational video on FAS in high school. It was filled with the sort of hysteria one might expect: one drink can do it! etc. It also showed these children with massive cognitive deficits doing things like trying to put mittens on like a hat. (Poor Johnny knows this is something he needs to put on when it's cold outside; he just can't tell which thing it is.) At the film's conclusion the teacher had to intervene when the entire class proceeded to look around the room to identify likely sufferers (oh yes, the film had also included a checklist of physical traits by which to identify FAS children).


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:41 AM
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Old cigar smoke is pretty foul, though. And incense is bad at any time.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:41 AM
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And incense is bad at any time.

I really like church incense.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:45 AM
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Unpleasant hysteria, yes. But a real relief after the whole satanic ritual abuse scare we had to live through before. There really is no limit to the stupidity of people in groups.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:49 AM
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I think the cigars that caught my attention were these.

http://www.cigarsinternational.com/prodDisp.asp?item=CS-TEB&cat=3

They smelled fantastic.


Posted by: gswift | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:49 AM
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40: Don't forget the crack babies who barked like dogs and were barely recognizable as human.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:50 AM
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re: 38

Yeah, even though I'm mostly an ex-smoker, I do find the smell of really stale tobacco quite unpleasant, and it's not nice to be eating in a very smoky environment. But a lot of people treat the possibility that a few molecules of second hand smoke might be in their vicinity as tantamount to physical assault.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:52 AM
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But a real relief after the whole satanic ritual abuse scare we had to live through before.

1. I think here someone linked to the Wiki page, and I was stunned to find hundreds of people who had been baselessly accused in that panic. I knew it was a witch-hunt, but I had no idea how big.

2. But, wow, that sickening doctor who got arrested the other day? Holy shit.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:53 AM
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FASD is weird and not totally at all fully understood, though I can understand why people raising kids with major disabilities do push for serious temperance regulations/expectations even though I don't think I'd do the same. To me, the oddest tidbit is that it's very rare for a woman's first child to be severely affected even if she drinks as much during all pregnancies. Everyone agrees that drinking while very pregnant is (almost certainly) less potentially problematic than drinking in early pregnancy, and yet that's where the social stigma really comes in.

I don't believe it's possible for someone who's never been exposed to alcohol in utero to have FAS, though diagnoses can be made when information about prenatal drinking isn't available (especially in international adoption situations). Despite all the bad press that "crack babies" got, I'd much prefer to parent a child who'd was tested positive for drugs at birth than one with diagnosed FASD. Kids in foster care often aren't diagnosed with FASD, though, even in situations where they very clearly have the characteristic facial features.

Personally, I stay pro-choice even for women with mental disabilities, even for women who choose to (or didn't think about or weren't able to stop themselves, whatever) drink or use drugs during pregnancy, etc. So far in considering parenting the children of people who fit those categories I've never had any trouble finding empathy for them, but maybe if I were dealing with the day-to-day behaviors and limitations of a child with FASD I'd lose that perspective. I don't want to make it sound like I'm better than anyone else.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:53 AM
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Thre's an amusing contrast between books intended for future parents in general, and future parents who intend to adopt. Pre-adoption books stress various studies which find that drinking, smoking, and failing to play classical music to your belly during pregnancy are unlikely to make any difference at all to your child's life. Even pre-natal malnutrition, if not too extreme, is almost always irrelevant to the kid's future life. Books for those trying to get pregnant stress different studies which show how much you can improve your progeny's chances by taking simple steps like eating right, quitting smoking and drinking and getting special belly attachments for your Ipod make all the difference in the world.

The two most contradictory books my wife and I read in the pre-adoption phase of our lives had the same publisher and partially overlapping co-authors.

FWIW, our son was very likely exposed to alcohol in the womb and does not exhibit FAS. On the other hand, my mother smoked during pregnancy and I am asthmatic.


Posted by: unimaginative | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:58 AM
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44: What was so sickening about this doctor?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:01 AM
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47: This guy.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:03 AM
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47: molested over 100 children and videotaped himself, so no Satanic panic here!


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:03 AM
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I really like church incense.

Now you can get that freshly-absolved feeling at home.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:05 AM
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It's so weird when you're forced to think "Thank god psychos like to videotape this shit".


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:05 AM
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50: I do! Mais comme ça!


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:07 AM
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I'd like to see a study and correlates one's exposure to alcohol in the womb with one's ability to hold one's liquor later in life. Does early exposure build a tolerance?


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:10 AM
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53: Maybe. My mother was actually told to go home, put her feet up, and drink gin when she started hemorrhaging while pregnant with me. (After a day or two, she called the doctor and said "Does it actually have to be gin? I really don't like it," and was told that whiskey was fine.) I had a spectacular alcohol tolerance as a skinny teen -- I could put away liquor all night and be the last one standing at four am stacking bodies on the couches and mopping up vomit (I'd be drunk, of course, but functional).

OTOH, now and since my late twenties, I've lost it -- on my third drink now I'm both goofy and sleepy.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:16 AM
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"It's the scent of gothic cathedrals and Papal palaces, of tapestries imbued with centuries of incense. Of cold marble steps, holy relics and dark confessions."

Shit. Now I really want that.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:17 AM
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54: Your special powers were stolen by your children.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:17 AM
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Medical science was terribly advanced in the early seventies.


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55: It's gorgeous -- especially on boys, but I wear it, too.


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57: Nowadays you'd need a prescription for lab grade ethanol, costing $94 per one ounce dose (that's for the brand name Dammitol stuff; you can get generic for $52 per ounce).


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:20 AM
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58: Is your prediliction the converse of perving on Catholic school girls in uniform?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:21 AM
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#58. Very Pope Joan.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:22 AM
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60: It smells like really old buildings! And high mass! Not like creepy football coaches!


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It smells like really old buildings!

Like mildew?


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55: It almost makes me want to take up wearing cologne. Almost.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:34 AM
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63: IT'S NOT MOLE! I COCKED IT!


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:35 AM
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It smells like really old buildings

*Really* old buildings smell with their porticoes.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:35 AM
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63: I wear this, too. And that sometimes smells like MOLE. (But other times like peppery roses -- it's complicated.)


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:37 AM
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I think we need to write to Ask Axe Cop and inquire what Axe Cop would do to combat MOLE.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:45 AM
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And by "we" I mean apostropher, of course.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:47 AM
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67: Do you people tell you that you smell "interesting"?Or that they like your smell, but they wouldn't want to smell it everyday?


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Also, while much incense really does honk, I do like the scent of sandalwood.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:48 AM
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Or Axe Ask Cop as Obama might say.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:49 AM
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"You smell great, oudemia, but there's no need to sprawl yourself all over my tablecloth in order for me to appreciate that scent."


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:50 AM
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It's been interesting to watch the changing social context in which some of my peers have gotten pregnant. Almost everyone hews to the "don't tell anyone before the [fourth? whatever] month" rule nowadays, but you generally get the informal notification when you see a woman at a party and she's not drinking even her one customary glass of wine.

We had to watch FAS videos in HS too, and even then I was telling my not-skeptical-enough classmates "it can't really be like that, or half of us would be suffering from FAS".

Furthermore, when the whole Scott County ritual sexual abuse case was unfolding, when I was in 4th grade or whatever, even then I was saying to people "look, do you really think that many people could have been involved for so long and nobody heard about it until now?"

I was an extremely skeptical youth.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:54 AM
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It's safest not to tell anyone before the fourth trimester. Follow the Sarah Palin policy.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 8:56 AM
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Natilo, I forget how old you are if I ever knew, but I assume you were like me at age 11 arguing against the first war in Iraq because it was so obviously about oil and propaganda (which is, in fact, the perfume I favor) and I couldn't see why all the other kids were fooled. I was also bitter about not being allowed to see the controversial Mapplethorpe exhibit when I was 10. Needless to say, I didn't have a lot of friends. But who needs friends when you have skepticism and principles?


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74.1: Yeah, that makes not telling people annoying -- I did a certain amount of 'not actually lying' when people busted me not drinking with Sally and asked if I were pregnant. ("I have finals tomorrow, and want to be in good shape for them." True, but not complete.)


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oil and propaganda (which is, in fact, the perfume I favor)

Then for you I would recommend this perhaps layered with this.


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Similarly, I got put on limited activity and thus had to drop out of soccer very early on, and everyone wanted to know why, when the pregnancy was actually looking like it might fall apart.


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78: I've heard really good things about Tar. In reality, I'm too cheap to wear nice scents. Today I have on this.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 9:12 AM
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Thorn is also wearing the outfit in that link, so she can't be that cheap.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 9:16 AM
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76: I'm as old as my tongue, and a little bit older than my teeth.

But seriously, I need to do some research, because I'm pretty sure the 20th anniversary of my first demonstration (attended, not organized) is coming in October or maybe September. I'm going to throw a big party to celebrate. I was a sophomore in HS then. (And being anti-war at my HS was not enough to really mark me out. Going to school with the scions of SW Mpls ex-hippy liberalism, anti-war was pretty much the hegemonic view. I don't think there was any significant pro-war feeling, certainly not from the staff and faculty, maybe a few hardhat types in the student body.)


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 9:20 AM
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I did a bunch of fake drinking where I would take tiny sips and get Snark to drink half my glass when no one was looking.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 9:21 AM
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74: I was an extremely skeptical youth.

Me too. Then I got to see the John Walsh, Satanic Abuse, Crack Baby, FAS, and Second/Third Hand Smoke syndromes all kick in. Did I miss any?

I'm thinking humans need a certain amount of kiddie anxiety and if they don't get it they manufacture it. All this insanity is the fault of the Salk and Sabin polio immunizations.


Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 9:27 AM
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humans need a certain amount of kiddie anxiety

God, the endless contraptions they sell to "childproof" your house just amaze me. Latch your toilet seats or they'll fall in and drown! Pad everything with a corner!

Why not just put your kid in a big plastic bubble and be done with it?


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84: Exactly. See also Baggers, Tea.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 9:37 AM
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Why not just put your kid in a big plastic bubble and be done with it?

And subject them to Trace Hydrocarbonised Oxygen Syndrome aka Sick Bubble Syndrome? Never!


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 9:48 AM
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But who needs friends when you have skepticism and principles?

New mouseover!


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85: The fun part is my friends' twins are not quite two and have more or less destroyed every last childproofing device in that house.


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God, the endless contraptions they sell to "childproof" your house just amaze me.

I don't know what you're talking about, Apo.


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89: The awesome thing about twins (or kids of similar age raised together) is that they start cooperating in complicated ways at a really early age. I've seen preverbal twins do things as complicated as help each other up onto the dining table by having one of them serve as a step and then pulling the other twin up - first onto a chair, then onto the table. The destructive potential is enormously greater than that of a single child.


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I tried to childproof my house, but the little vermin kept getting in anyhow.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 10:09 AM
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A student has turned in an assignment where she asks the question "Do you believe in Evil?" Now I am stuck singing the question to the tune of "Do you believe in magic?"

"Do you believe in evil
In a young girl's heart?"

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re: 93

I think 2000 years of Biblical tradition, and the Exorcist has taught us that if we are going to find it anywhere, we're going to find it there ...


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 10:16 AM
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"Then I saw her heart
Now I'm a believer"


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93, 94: Junior high school is also a source of supporting evidence.


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Yeah. Sugar and spice my ass.


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97: Then serve it with low hanging fruit.


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It seems to be a Hollywood cliche that little girls are much creepier than boys of the same age. Wednesday Addams, The Exorcist, Poltergeist etc.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 10:25 AM
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Kobe!IT'S MOLE!


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99: Damian?


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Or even creepier: Webster.


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re: 99

I can only speak from direct experience. Hollywood is amazingly accurate!


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 10:31 AM
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High school protesting of the Gulf War followed by a decade of being told I was stupid for opposing such an easy war, followed by a disastrous second Gulf war, has left me feeling a weird combination of vindicated, pissed off, and of the opinion that protesting war really doesn't make a damn bit of difference in this day and age.


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I'll see your Webster and raise you one Punky Brewster.


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99: Was there a creepy girl in Poltergeist?

There were those creepy twins in The Shining.


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105: Geez, no need to go nuclear, apo.


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Let's not forget Small Wonder.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 10:38 AM
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Relevant and terrifying. The religious right really hates women.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 10:43 AM
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/25152449@N06/2459021328/


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 10:44 AM
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106: yes, she used to stay up late at night watching the TV after the station had gone off the air and talking to the things behind the screen. "They're coming!" Remember?

Damian, yes, but how many others?


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112: I never considered her creepy, but perhaps I'm just made of sterner stuff than you.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 10:48 AM
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112: she made friends with the invisible furniture-stacking ghosts that lived in the TV and you don't think she's creepy? Truly, you are a m/n of ir/n.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 10:50 AM
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113: I thought her friendmaking skills were sweet and touching.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 10:51 AM
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Damian, yes, but how many others?

"The Good Son", "Godsend", "Children of the Corn", "Village of the Damned", "It's a Good Life"


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 10:53 AM
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109: " Penalties range up to life in prison."


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:01 AM
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115: Also, Home Alone.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:01 AM
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Raise you Life on Mars.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:03 AM
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Hecklerspray's list is 6-4 boys, but the girl entries (as with all of these lists) include The Shining twins and the skipping girls from Nightmare on Elm Street, so adjust your counts as you see fit.

UGO has it 6-5 girls, and Blockbuster is 7 girls, 4 boys, and 2 mixed, but gets bonus points for correctly identifying the Olsen Twins as the #1 creepy little kids in film.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:05 AM
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The little boy in The Sixth Sense isn't creepy, he's gloomy. He's like the little boy in The Ring.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:07 AM
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TV Tropes on Creepy Children.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:10 AM
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I'm overhearing (despite my best efforts to tune them out) two strangers who've started talking and are bonding over vibrations and shifting the physical world with said vibrations and "belief filters" and an "overall mission to create enlightened planetary civilizations."

Plz maik thm stop.

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Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:11 AM
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|| Here, folks are watching the Bitterroot horse case, in which the defendants have invoked the dumb Southerner defense. |>


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:11 AM
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122: I first read that as "bonding over vibrators" which I think would be a much more interesting conversation to listen to.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:19 AM
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The phrase "Don't brine your baby!" has me in stitches.

Me too.

Please let this be a PSA someday.

Starring Hal Linden, preferably. (Anyone else remember those "FYI" bits he did?)


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:19 AM
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122: Tell my ex-MIL I said "Hi."


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:22 AM
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122: Further eavesdropping and googling reveals that she is prostelytizing on behalf of a Scientology-inispired crackpot named Harry Palmer and his Avatar self-development system. The man she's talking with appears to be the perfect recruit.

She scouted around the coffeeshop looking for a seat -- I wonder if spotted something that marked him as a potential recruit or it's just a coincidence. If there were such a thing as a coincidence, I mean.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:25 AM
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126: Ugh. One more reason to be glad you're no longer married to UNG.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:29 AM
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His vibes called her in, SK. That's why the seat across from him was empty in the first place.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:33 AM
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I don't know, I kinda miss the entertainment aspect of her various antics.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:33 AM
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Starring Hal Linden, preferably. (Anyone else remember those "FYI" bits he did?)

Oh, wow, yes. I particularly remember them running in between General Hospital and Edge of Night.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 12:38 PM
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You know, it's funny, given that I work at DFH Central, that I don't overhear more vibration conversations. There are a significant number of horoscope-watchers here, but there are also people who make fun of horoscopes, and people who go to pagan rituals, and people who hate religion. Much more heterogenous than conventional wisdom would lead you to expect.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 12:42 PM
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Don't be silly, Natilo. Everybody knows that vibes don't exist.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 12:44 PM
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Percussion instruments in general are an elaborate fraud.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 12:48 PM
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OT: Advantage, Orca.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 12:48 PM
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134: A ruse devised to convince people that anything could possibly happen right down to their toes!

Who knows what the point of the ploy might be.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 12:52 PM
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Throwaway lines need a point now? Goodness gracious.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 12:54 PM
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135: Here's the part I don't get: "The orca had been involved in two previous deaths, including one at the water park in 1999."

WTF? How do they manage to get insurance? This incident has "gigantic wrongful death settlement" written all over it.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 12:55 PM
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137: What? Who was talking about a throwaway line? I was thinking about drumming circles.

Meanwhile, I'd forgotten about the health care summit.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 12:58 PM
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138 -- Yes. Also, the Orca's name sounds surprisingly close to "To Kill 'Em," so there's that.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:06 PM
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138: Never underestimate the power of Big Orca.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:07 PM
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"The orca had been involved in two previous deaths, including one at the water park in 1999."

Big whoop. I could take him down with one turntable tied behind my back.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls, L/on | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:08 PM
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139: Were you supposed to attend?

Otherwise, you might as well forget about it again.


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140: First there's story about a pole dancing association lead by a Pole named Ms. Flatchestowski, and now there's a death-by-orca story featuring an orca name of "To Kill 'Em"? Somebody's f&*king with us.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:10 PM
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143: I think that was just a throwaway line.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:10 PM
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Never underestimate the power of Big Orca.

WE ARE NOT IMPRESSED


Posted by: Big Okra | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:15 PM
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Big Okra's power has really gone to seed.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:18 PM
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Probably due to the slimy tactics they employ.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:19 PM
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YOU'LL ROUX THE DAY YOU CROSSED US, M/LLS.


Posted by: OPINIONATED BIG OKRA | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:20 PM
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Anyhow, Big Okra will eventually just get swallowed by Big Oprah.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:20 PM
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Big Okra is run like a cult. If you talk to one of them it's like you're talking to a pod person.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:21 PM
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Big Oprah's influence is covered up by Big Burka.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:25 PM
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Color me unimpressed.


Posted by: Big Ochre | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:25 PM
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152: Not to mention drowned out by Big Opera.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:26 PM
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You know what I like.


Posted by: Big Bopper | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:27 PM
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The mystery deepens.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:30 PM
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156: I'll need a falsifiable premise if we are to proceed.


Posted by: Big Popper | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:34 PM
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157: I love it when you call me Big Poppa.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:46 PM
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There are no direct google hits for "I love it when you call me Karl Popper", but the first thing that shows up is something from the Valve.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:47 PM
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First hit for me is "Karl Popper, metabolic advantage and the C57BL/6 mouse" at proteinpower.com.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 1:53 PM
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This blows my mind:

"This is the first time in 46 years that we've ever had an incident like this with a trainer," he said. Although Tillikum is large and has to be handled carefully, "to mark him as a killer is unfair."

Dude, it's a killer whale. One that has been involved in the deaths of the three people, but more importantly, a killer whale.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:00 PM
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161: We can blow your mind.


Posted by: Big Poppers | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:06 PM
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161: We prefer the term "differently-lethal", racist.


Posted by: Big Orca | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:07 PM
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It's unfair to label me a snapper.


Posted by: Big Snapping Turtle | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:08 PM
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164: How 'bout if we label you "Tor"? Or maybe "Tuga"?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:16 PM
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Just don't label me late for dinner.


Posted by: Big Opry | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:18 PM
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165: SNAPSNAPSNAP


Posted by: Big Snapping Turtle | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:20 PM
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I'LL SNAP YOUR HEAD OFF!


Posted by: TURTLE COP | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:28 PM
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My enthusiasm for Axe Cop has waned somewhat on reading the illustrator's whinging apology for his previous Jesus-with-a-machine-gun comic. Mostly because the basic thrust of it was "I'm a Christian, and as all Christians know, making fun of Jesus is REALLY REALLY BAD". All Fake Christians, maybe.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:43 PM
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Apology!? But Jesus of the Gun was great.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:46 PM
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It's linked to on the Axe Cop FAQ page at the bottom. Machine-Gun Toting Christ, why have we forsaken you?


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:48 PM
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I'm still kind of marvelling at the poem I quoted in 1. "My child will forgive you, but God may not."


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:55 PM
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I kinda want to write the guy to let him know that apparently his god is a total dick and maybe he should be shopping around for a better one.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:59 PM
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And that's the difference between God and my child.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 2:59 PM
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172: A reverse on that Lyle Lovett (?) song that says something like Jesus may forgive you, but I won't. Does anybody know what song I'm talking about? Because I don't.

on preview -- is 174 referring to that song?


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:03 PM
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171: I'm not seeing an Axe Cop FAQ page. Link?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:04 PM
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175:Who keeps on trusting you
When you been cheating
Spending your nights on the town
Who keeps on saying
That he still wants you
When you're through runnin' around
Who keeps on lovin' you
When you been lyin'
Sayin' things that ain't what they seem
Well God does
But I don't
God will
But I won't
And that's the difference
Between God and me


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:07 PM
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177: Thanks M/tch! Funny how when a Christian says "God" as a Jew I assume they said "Jesus".

Also nothing about forgiving in the song either.

Alternate explanation -- I'm old and senile.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:11 PM
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So who says he'll forgive you
And says that he'll miss you
And dream of your sweet memory
God does
But I don't
God will
But I won't
And that's the difference
Between God and me


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:17 PM
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Also nothing about forgiving in the song either.

Second verse:

So who says he'll forgive you
And says that he'll miss you
And dream of your sweet memory
God does
But I don't
God will
But I won't
And that's the difference
Between God and me


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:17 PM
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God never gets pwnd. And that's the difference between God and me.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:19 PM
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What a great song! I will learn it immediately!


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:27 PM
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182: I kind of figured it was already your anthem. It should at least become your go-to Unfogged Karaoke song.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:28 PM
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Had I only known about it... I can't listen to it until I get home, but the lyrics are great.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:33 PM
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http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=6285523&blogId=476404166

Too lazy to htmlify it.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:40 PM
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161: It's not just the orcas, it's trees too now.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/25/person-killed-by-falling-tree-in-central-park/


Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 3:48 PM
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186: Oooh, I bet the terrorists planted it!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 4:29 PM
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Oh god I'm so hungry. I feel like Brock must feel when he's eying a moldy loaf of bread, or massaging his tapeworm, or something.


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 4:57 PM
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135: Here's the part I don't get: "The orca had been involved in two previous deaths, including one at the water park in 1999."

Next we'll hear it "accidentally" killed its brother 20 years ago.


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Rant.

If health care reform doesn't go through, I will be very, very pissed off. I cannot continue to pay amounts nearing the amount of my fucking housing costs, with no sign of the cost stabilizing. A 40% increase this past year is no joke; Anthem customers in California are not, I'm sure, feeling wan and dismissive about their projected increases, either.

The fact that the other-employed (as contrasted with the self-employed) do not bear the full cost of their health insurance has begun to bug me to no end. How much do you other-employed people pay monthly for health insurance premiums? One suspects that you have no idea what your health insurance actually costs (though one is not sure). To what extent would public outcry change if the other-employed were to pay the full cost of their health insurance plans?

The pressure is toward abandoning self-employment as unsupportable for health insurance reasons. That really pisses me off.

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Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 5:04 PM
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I first read that as "bonding over vibrators" which I think would be a much more interesting conversation to listen to.

Downtown train during rush hour this evening, sitting next to a fiftyish working class looking blonde. I briefly glance up and my eye catches Polish text, I read a bit and it's a hardcore sex scene. Look back down to my Times. A few minutes later I hear her giggling and pointing out the text to her neighbour. The other woman laughs and says, 'god I could use some nice head today' (using the Polish slang term for the female equivalent of getting a blow job), the first one agrees. Amazing how much more people are willing to say when they assume nobody can understand them. I played with the idea of pulling out a Polish language book from my backpack, but figured that would be a bit mean.


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Ski-jumping with nothing but close-ups on the jumpers.

I remember we used to be able to actually see them fly, how far above the ground, and how much distance they covered.

Fuck television. Fuck the present age. This is psychotic.

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Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:19 PM
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People should not take my outburst at 190 as a reason to become quiet, if they are doing so. I needed to do it, but the joint should carry on.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:24 PM
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191: Unfogged lexicographic challenge of the day: Why was terez not immediately able to think of a female-specific equivalent phrase in English?

(Hypothesis: The answer will not be specific to him.)


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:26 PM
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The pressure is toward abandoning self-employment

Or getting married. Seriously, I'm just stunned at the number of people that I know -- personally or by Internet -- for whom that was a (not the, but a) significant factor in deciding to tie the knot. Particularly with regard to timing and circumstances, not so much one's intended. Although I have my doubts in a couple of cases.


Posted by: Witt | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:28 PM
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eHealthyimmigrationharmony.com, for those who need health insurance and the Canadians and Europeans who love them need green cards.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:32 PM
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Further to 194, I'd like to know the most direct, unidiomatic translation of the expression the woman used.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:34 PM
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192: You should have watched the women's hockey, Bob. Not so much with the closeups there.

(Canadian women's hockey team: yay!).


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:36 PM
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197: What if he tells you and it's so gross you can never do it again?


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:36 PM
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Women can/do say "get head" in English.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:37 PM
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What if he tells me and it's gross enough to make me start?


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:40 PM
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Or you won't be able to stop laughing, or the very thought of performing oral sex makes all your limbs wiggle independently?

I'm not sure I want to know.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:43 PM
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200 yes, but I don't know of a noun that is the female equivalent of 'blow job'. Witt? The Polish term is 'minetka', not sure of its original meaning, but in French 'minette' means kitty, and so 'minetka' could just be a diminutive of that. The current most popular Polish word for blow job is 'lody' i.e. ice cream. I've heard that some of the more sedate dating sites have banned mentions of ice cream from the favorite foods sections of the ads. While we're on the topic of multilingual head, has anyone else ever thought that the French use of chop/whittle as the verb that goes with blow job is a bit off-putting?


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:51 PM
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so a man gets an ice cream and a woman gets a kitten?

That's awful cute.


Posted by: k-sky | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:54 PM
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173

When God gives you lemons, get a new God.


Posted by: F | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 6:55 PM
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198:Not into hockey, but did catch the bobsleigh last night, and following curling obsessively.

Yay Canada indeed!


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 7:00 PM
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I've mentioned it before, no doubt, but the Chilean slang for to dry jump is blujeanear (that is, roughly, "to blue jean").


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 9:18 PM
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dry jump

Ouch.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 9:19 PM
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Felicitous typo!

Alternate explanation: Chilean sex is very interesting and innovative. It always involves foam and a Frank Gehry building.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 9:23 PM
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As academics, many of us are well practiced at humping through jupes.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 9:26 PM
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just another reason i am rather shocked that people actually birth unplanned pregnancies. like people actually believe that shit about trusting in fate.


Posted by: yoyo | Link to this comment | 02-25-10 11:05 PM
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208: That's what got this guy in trouble.


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191: Didn't nattarGcM have almost the same story with Czech substituted for Polish? That sort of thing must happen all the time.


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Is it weird that I get resentful when the NYT uses headlines like "Blizzard Hammers Northeast" and Boston hasn't seen the first flake of snow?

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Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:02 AM
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Is it weird that I read the story about the man killed by a falling tree limb in Central Park and was immediately concerned about the tree?

(It was an American Elm, one of the few remaining stands of that species after an exotic beetle infestation that wiped out many of the older specimens in the NE. The story is that the Central Park staff mounted a 24-hour watch on this little American Elm enclave. It just seems so heroic! Still, I feel like a sociopath for thinking of the trees rather than the poor pedestrian.)


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That sort of thing must happen all the time.

And in much more widely spoken languages. An acquaintance once spent lunch listening to two women in the restaurant discussing the size of his ears in French. On the way out he stopped at their table and said "Mais je les meurs.", giving them a good waggle. And walked out.


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:16 AM
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214: You want the New York Times to start using "*****SPOILER ALERT******" for their weather stories?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:17 AM
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215. After the man was killed, did the tree make a sound?


Posted by: OFE | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:19 AM
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re: 213

Yes, I heard a girl on the phone on a bus one night, engaged in sexual talk (in Czech). I could only understand snippets, but my wife could understand the lot.

I quite often understand little bits of Slavic languages when I hear them spoken out and about, but it's only little chunks swimming up out of a sea of incomprehension.


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217: no! I want it to snow! We got nothin' but rain. That other giant storm? We got nothin'. It's snowed like 2.5 inches all month.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:21 AM
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216: I don't understand what "meur" means in that context. But anyways, he should have said "vous devriez voir la taille de mon pénis."


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:22 AM
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I am so (*&#$&*(^@!! pissed off about this blizzard. I have a pro se plaintiff who's been refusing to comply with discovery for two years now. She ignored the judge's last order to answer my interrogatories, and her deposition is scheduled for today by court order. I was hoping she was going to flake out -- that'd probably be the last straw that would get her case dismissed for failure to meet discovery obligations. Now I'm sure she's going to flake out, but the judge will forgive her because of the snow.

Hopefully she'll flake out without calling to cancel, and the judge will screw her over for that.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:25 AM
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See? And me, I would love a little snow! We'll take it!*

* Offer not be valid if at some point in the future I decide I'm sick of it snowing.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:30 AM
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Sorry that should be "Offer ain't be valid"


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:32 AM
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224: Wrong! "Aint" only takes an apostrophe if it's possessive.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:34 AM
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Who is Ain?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:41 AM
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Sifu, take my snow. Please!


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:45 AM
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226: Ain't none of your business, heebie.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:47 AM
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226: A perfumed young woman in Louisville, KY.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:48 AM
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Aren't we supposed to get some sort of hype before I wake up to find a good foot of snow covering my windows? We've had two huge media snowstorms that amounted to nada and a whatever minor thing, now we get the real thing but no SNOMFG build up.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:53 AM
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Yesterday I drove home at 6 PM and the roads were almost completely empty, as was the grocery store. Snow was falling but not sticking, as it had been all day. I thought there must have been some dire warning on the TV or radio or something telling people that if they ventured outdoors they would die.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:55 AM
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230: You didn't get the Stage 4 French Toast alert?


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:57 AM
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We've had two huge media snowstorms that amounted to nada and a whatever minor thing, now we get the real thing but no SNOMFG build up.

I'm guessing "whatever minor thing" was when I had over a foot of snow and was trapped at home for two consecutive days. What a difference forty miles makes!


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 7:58 AM
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no! I want it to snow!

What is wrong with you? We had a fantastic wind storm, and today I don't have to shovel. This is perfect.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 8:07 AM
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Further to 222: Well, she's twenty minutes late, and hasn't called. At an hour I have the court reporter make a record, and write to the judge about it.

Goddamn snow. Why did it have to hit today?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 8:17 AM
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We got snow, but it didn't fall fast other than one very brief period, and given all the hype, not that much accumulation. Just a run of the mill moderate winter snowfall.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 8:19 AM
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The Daily News website had this headline last night: Snow-covered branch snaps, kills man in Central Park

In NYC, even the trees feel edgy.


Posted by: md 20/400 | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 8:41 AM
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There are 8 million branches in the snow-covered city.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 8:42 AM
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"Neighbors said that prior to the incident the branch was quiet and generally kept to itself."


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 8:49 AM
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Further to 235 (yes, I know everyone's fascinated): In a surprise twist, I phoned the witness at about 10:50, asking if she was planning to show up. She told me that she was unaware of the deposition, because she hadn't had time to check her mail since January sometime.

Pro se plaintiffs. Gotta love them.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 9:37 AM
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I've got your sociopath right here.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 9:56 AM
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241: Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when a snow-covered branch snaps off a tree and falls on you and kills you.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 10:06 AM
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240: So you suggested a nice walk in the park?


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 10:29 AM
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243: Actually, I'm delighted. She's disobeyed enough court orders that I think this may be the one that gets her case dismissed for failure to comply with discovery obligations.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 10:35 AM
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I think the link in 241 should actually point here. Christ what an asshole.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 10:55 AM
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You'd think that if you went a month without having enough time to check your mail, you'd consider hiring a lawyer to do some work for you.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 11:01 AM
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What is wrong with you? We had a fantastic wind storm, and today I don't have to shovel. This is perfect.

A woman after my own heart.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 11:05 AM
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From the link in 245:

Unsurprisingly, Bunning couldn't care less about any of it: "I have missed the Kentucky-South Carolina game that started at 9:00 and it's the only redeeming chance we had to beat South Carolina since they're the only team that has beat Kentucky this year," he said on the Senate floor.

This is such a very Kentuckian thing to say.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 11:06 AM
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So apparently they can shut Bunning down if they just get a quorum, but everyone is in their home districts.

Would it improve government if they let Senators vote with their Blackberries?


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 11:18 AM
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He's such an ass, and from my hometown. I'm hoping they can manage not to replace him with someone worse, since that hardly seems possible, but it is Kentucky.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 3:40 PM
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43: I am sort of one of them. I start to hack around cigarette smoke. In a very smoky house, I had to open the windows to avoid coughing.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 3:40 PM
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Or getting married.

I'm not married, but I moved in with my boyfriend and went on his company's plan. Even paying taxes on the benefit, it's cheaper and more generous than the one I get.

And hey, he's a Canadian who would like a green card some day!


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 02-26-10 4:00 PM
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