Re: Update: Fox News Still Awful

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I'm glad I clicked over to videogum, because Neil Patrick Harris as the Shoe Fairy is the most entertaining thing I've seen since Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 8:34 PM
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So, it's the most entertaining thing you've seen in a week?


Posted by: peter | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 8:36 PM
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My standards for "glad I clicked that link" are not so demanding.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 8:37 PM
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NPH as SF was very cute.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 8:39 PM
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1: Neil Patrick Harris has turned out quite well, if you ask me.

BTW, some people are thoughtful enough to provide a link to sites they mention.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 8:59 PM
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He is adorable. So adorable that, really, only those who found the video without your effortless link truly deserved to see it.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 9:05 PM
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These days, the Laura Ingraham outtakes are my favorite Fox News segments. I love how utterly frustrated and fed-up and sarcastic she is with her network in these clips. "I don't have a folder on that. Why don't I have a folder on that? 'Cause that's the Fox way." "You know what? This is just a train wreck."

Also, Neil Patrick Harris playing Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins is a wonderful thing.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 9:07 PM
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BTW, some people are thoughtful enough

The NPH page is linked directly from the page Stanley linked, so it didn't seem worth the effort to copy and paste. My laziness knows no bounds.


Posted by: thoughtlessear | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 9:11 PM
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Here's a data point about marginal utility. I would not have bothered to track down the NP Harris episode of Sesame Street absent Sir K's link, and I'm awfully glad that I saw it.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 9:21 PM
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7: Those Ingraham clips are great. And she sure likes saying "Jesus, God, and Heaven" a lot.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 9:23 PM
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I rather like the way that O'Reilly, in an attempt to deny racism, makes a real point of his pronunciation of "holla" and "he don't" right before misreading the grammatically standard sentence "I'll bite his nose off."


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 9:27 PM
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In appealing to old people by mocking the grammar and diction of popular music performers O'Reilly is just following in a grand television tradition that dates back almost 50 years, to Steve Allen.


Posted by: peter | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 9:31 PM
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Oh, so it isn't racist at all. Thanks for clearing that up.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 9:38 PM
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What? No, it's racist too! Of course! whereas Steve Allen actually wasn't. Some grand progress we have made.


Posted by: peter | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 9:40 PM
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10: "Jesus, God in heaven." Next, she will ask for a frackin' cracker.


Posted by: DominEditrix | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 10:44 PM
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Well, the other branches of the media are admitting it. When they promised us that Barack Obama was the one politician in the world whom they would be more biased towards than John McCain, we believed them, and nominated him for that reason. But they were just having one of their passing fads. Once again, there is nobody on earth the press likes more than John McCain.


Posted by: Fatman | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 10:49 PM
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Also, this has happened just as they finally settled on which aspect of Obama will be the standard caricature: that he is the guy who gets unfair adulation from the media.


Posted by: Fatman | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 11:02 PM
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16: Nobody with any sense expected the media to treat Obama nicely. Obama got support from people like me because we thought he could handle the hostile media. So far, I'm pretty satisfied on this count, and your link demonstrates why.

Note that TNR doesn't consider Sargent part of the media, despite his affiliation with a bona fide media outlet. But Sargent is media. Obama is enlisting the media to rebut crazy media narratives like Nagourney's, and Nagourney doesn't even try to substantively defend his own behavior - he just says that protocols have been violated.

Well fuck Nagourney. Hillary tried to make nice with the media, but that isn't really an option. Politicians who are deferential to hacks like Nagourney just get fucked - that's one reason Bush has never been deferential. Good for Obama for recognizing this.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 11:12 PM
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17: Fatman, I don't know where you've been, but this has been the standard media narrative for decades. The ludicrous phrase "liberal media" became prominent because of its promotion by the media.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 11:14 PM
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Eh, we need Fox News hating on Barack to counterbalance the rest of the media.


Posted by: Gaijin Biker | Link to this comment | 07-24-08 11:31 PM
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I love the McCain photo and caption in this article. Schmidt's Fudge Haus indeed.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 12:58 AM
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...and an important comparison is found.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 1:05 AM
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Schmidt's Fudge Haus indeed.

It's a shame no one had the gumption to ask McCain, Daisy Donovan-style, whether he had a chance to speak with any of the fudge-packers employed at the venue, and whether he got a chance to do any fudge-packing himself.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 6:17 AM
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Speaking of awesome news coverage, shorter* NYT on Obama in Berlin:

Obama spoke to a wildly cheering crowd of 200,00 Germans who disagree with every position he's ever taken or will take in the future, as does every other European.

*Berliners are aware of all Internet traditions.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 6:19 AM
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It's surprising that no media outlet has reported on the clever trick that Obama used to attract the crowd of 200,000, namely the fact that "See Barack Obama" is a German homophone for "free, high-grade Ecstasy".


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 6:32 AM
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16: That article is really funny. Shorter Adam Nagourney: "Obama's campaign said mean things about my attack on their candidate! In public! As a journalist, I should be invisible and immune to criticism! Waah!"


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 6:37 AM
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The stupid seems to have infected the NYT like a batch of boils.

200,00 Germans who disagree with every position he's ever taken or will take in the future, as does every other European.

Every other European? From the Faroes to Faro, from Finland to Famagusta, there is not a single person who will entertain even one of BHO's policies? Let's see your data.

Most European governments will have the reservations the Times points out. But if the editors of that august organ can't see that dealing with a President who can discuss differences like a grown up and look for a modus vivendi is a more attractive prospect than standing there pulling faces at each other, it's time they packed it in.


Posted by: OneFatEnglishman | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 6:38 AM
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It's Shorter Day!


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 6:38 AM
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16 - I think there's a combination of things, an important one of which is that the media loves no one quite as much as someone beating Hilary Clinton. The hypocrisy of McCain complaining about media treatment the same week that CBS and Katie Couric gave him a mulligan on not knowing when the surge, the very lynchpin of his claim to foreign policy experience, started is galling but not, in the end, surprising.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 6:40 AM
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"linchpin", I believe.


Posted by: Passing through | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 6:53 AM
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Either is acceptable, I believe.


Posted by: Noah Webster | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 7:02 AM
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Either is acceptable, I believe.

Almost certainly not; "lynch" only exists as a surname and as extra-legal killing named after a Mr. Lynch. There's no reason that it should have anything to do with a pin holding together parts of a mechanism.

Whereas "linch" refers to a sort of ledge or projection; it's not hard to see how it would lend its name to a pin holding things together.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 8:08 AM
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I stand by my assertion.


Posted by: Noah Webster | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 8:11 AM
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extra-legal killing named after a Mr. Lynch.

Apparently, this is also in dispute. I've read that it's derived from a certain river or creek where such killings took place.


Posted by: mrh | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 8:17 AM
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God, the article in 24 was awful. "Tone poem"? I've been enjoying the new prominence the Times is giving to "news analysis," but tone poem?


Posted by: destroyer | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 8:43 AM
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Bravo to Neil Patrick Harris as the Shoe Fairy! This ain't sarcasm either.

He shows very well that when performing if you are going to do something you go ALL THE WAY! Let's face it, the song and dance and topic and character are pretty darn silly. Yeah, very silly. But if he would have done this half-way, or tentatively, or 90% then he would have been embarrassingly cringe-worthy. But he didn't. He took the risk and did it 100% and it is good. Brave and good. I applaud him!


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 8:59 AM
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NPH is a former child star who transitioned to adult actor without going through a drug-addled slut phase, so we know it can be done. Perhaps he should swoop down on his white horse and rescue Ms. Lohan with some sage advice or something.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:05 AM
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37: Sigh. It's canon.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:07 AM
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35 gets it right. That dreck was front page above the fold, too.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:08 AM
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The press now has its head so far up its own collective ass that they have become walking Klein bottles. Abortions like the NYT article are the result. With all of their internal corporate pressures, attempts to not appear to have Liberal bias, but still deal wih the obviously compelling Obama story yet reinforce the decades long McMavericky Straight Talker narrative (cuz there are no backsies ever in media), it is wonder they can produce anything coherent at all, much less anything thoughtful or with any resemblance historically accepted standards for "truth".


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:10 AM
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I guess this is part of what you get after eight years of a moron President. Someone who sets the bar really low gets nice pats on the head, and someone who sets the bar really high can only be faulted for not being everything to everyone. There's even the stupid dig in that NYT article that Obama doesn't even, like, vacation in Europe or anything, so what does he know? The NYT must really hate him, or else they're terrified that McCain is going to accuse them of being fags.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:14 AM
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But he was vague on crucial issues of trade, defense and foreign policy that currently divide Washington from Europe and are likely to continue to do so even if he becomes president -- issues ranging from Russia, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan to new refueling tankers and chlorinated chickens

I have to concede that it was unforgiveable of Obama not to spell out in detail his position on chlorinated chickens on this occasion. Fucking shame we didn't nominate Michael Dukakis again, 'cause he wouldn't have made such an unconscionable lapse.


Posted by: Knecht Ruprecht | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:19 AM
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Perhaps he should swoop down on his white horse and rescue Ms. Lohan with some sage advice or something.

Isn't NPH gay? If so would Lohen hold the same appeal? I dunno.


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:20 AM
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43: Married, I thought.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:23 AM
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44: Haha, for some reason I thought you were referring to Not Prince Hamlet. I need more coffee.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:24 AM
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36: Just what I was thinking while I watched it.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:24 AM
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as I understand it, the NPH who comments here on Unfogged isn't gay, but Neil Patrick Harris is.


Posted by: peter | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:24 AM
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47: as I understand it, the NPH who comments here on Unfogged isn't gay, but Neil Patrick Harris is

But the terrorist-coddling Obama-loving NYTimes is so gay that my butt hurts just thinking about it.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:29 AM
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Hey, I just thought of a thought experiment. Do lesbians feel the urge to rescue Lohen? The chivalry thing? Would that shed any light on the topic? I dunno, I'm just asking.


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:34 AM
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Do lesbians feel the urge to rescue Lohan?

Samantha Ronson does, I think.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:38 AM
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Please note I'm not saying lesbians are straight guys with different hardware. Hell, I don't even know for sure what straight guys are. Well, pigs, sure, that I know. I embrace that part. Otherwise who knows?


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:40 AM
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There's nothing about being gay that prevents a person from being a drug addled slut. Or from rescuing drug addled sluts.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:41 AM
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A straight guy who was a pig would be thinking "Ronson and Lohen, yeah ..." But I don't think that. Not even for a minute.


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:43 AM
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togolosh,

There's nothing about being gay that prevents a person from being a drug addled slut. Or from rescuing drug addled sluts.

No? Well then why do people choose to be gay?


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:44 AM
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I find this glibness extremely obnoxious, Tripp. So, in true humorless dyke form, I'm going to go play softball.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:47 AM
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Well then why do people choose to be gay?

'Cause they've slept with your mom.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:47 AM
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56: Oh. My. God. That was effing hilarious!! I'm gonna save that one. Most excellent comeback!


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:49 AM
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Oh, and AWB, I coach softball. Girl's softball. I think you know that. If you like me just come out and admit it. C'mon. You'll drive bob (even more) crazy.


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:51 AM
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Most excellent comeback!

Thanks. Your granny taught me that one.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:51 AM
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A straight guy who was a pig

You are what you eat. Therefore...


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:54 AM
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Thanks. Your granny taught me that one.

Oooh. Oooh. Yknow what? Dang. Leave them wanting more. Uh huh?


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:55 AM
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You are what you eat. Therefore...

I am corn? Corn fed pigs. Corn fed cows. Corn chips. Corn oil. Corn cereal. Corn syrup. No wonder I like corny jokes.


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:58 AM
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dsquared is so right about "tone poem." Fucking gag.


Posted by: m. leblanc | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 9:59 AM
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62: I meant I could hardly deny being a pig.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 10:01 AM
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64: OK. Don't deny it. Embrace it! Embrace corny jokes too. Pick your role and then give it 100%.


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 10:05 AM
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Lets not fight. Lets talk about how cool Dr. Horrible is!

Bad Horse! Bad Horse!
Bad Horse! Bad Horse!

He rides across the nation
The thoroughbred of sin!
He got the application
That you sent in!
It needs consideration,
So let the games begin!

A heinous crime
A show of force
(A murder would be nice of course!)

Bad Horse! Bad Horse!


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 10:09 AM
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I've read that it's derived from a certain river or creek where such killings took place.

Well, my point would still stand, except for the Old English spelling linked in 33. Knew I should've delved deeper into etymology before commenting.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 10:16 AM
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66: You left out the other best part.

Bad Horse! Bad Horse!
Bad Horse! He's bad!

The Evil League of Evil
Is watching, so beware
The grade that you receive
Will be the last, we swear!
So make the battles evil,
Or he'll make you his mare...

You're saddled up, there's no recourse,
It's Hiyo Silver! Signed, Bad horse


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 10:20 AM
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63: dsquared?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 10:28 AM
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It amuses me no end to see how worked up liberals get about Fox news. Almost as funny as listening to conservatives rant about the editorials in the New York Times. What is to be gained by these rants? Depletion of the ozone layer, or something. My friend told me in the fourth grade (that would be in 1969) that the world would be destroyed by farting cows. There is nothing new under the sun.


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 10:30 AM
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So make the battles evil,

I'm pretty sure the line is

"So make the bad horse gleeful
Or he'll make you his mare"

Rhyming "evil" and "gleeful" is a nice touch.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 10:37 AM
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It amuses me no end to see how worked up liberals get about Fox news. Almost as funny as listening to conservatives rant about the editorials in the New York Times. What is to be gained by these rants? Depletion of the ozone layer, or something. My friend told me in the fourth grade (that would be in 1969) that the world would be destroyed by farting cows. There is nothing new under the sun.

Turing Test FAIL


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 10:42 AM
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I've been accused of no intelligence, but this is the first time I've been accused of artificial intelligence.


Posted by: Tassled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 11:10 AM
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58:Why do the girls like Tripp better than me? I'm way nicer. It makes me crazy.


Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 4:49 PM
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Video of the speech in 21 is here. There is a large portion of the middle when the Fudge Haus issue is complicated by a loud minor-key wind-chime that covers over much of McCain's inanity.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 8:21 PM
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bobby bob bob bobbie,

58:Why do the girls like Tripp better than me?

For a smart guy you sure are dumb. Are you teachable? Tell me what you want and maybe I can help you.

Or keep doing what you are doing and keep getting what you are getting. Your call.


Posted by: Tripp | Link to this comment | 07-25-08 10:44 PM
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75: Wow. He's still incredibly boring. Did no staffer note the wind chimes? Fucking amateur, and I don't even know what I'm talking about.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-26-08 12:12 AM
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