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Ten News High Points from 2006

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Most Overinflated Story: Mark Foley Scandal

Amazing amounts of coverage and huge political damage, including a possible lost election, all resulting from what is essentially a story about a gay Congressman scrupulously avoiding molesting congressional pages. There was no sex and the pages weren't even underage, but yet the news media managed to drag it out for months and it cost people their careers, all over nothing.

More Machiavellian than Karl Rove: Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was a big winner for the year, engineering the remarkable election coup in November. He did it by manipulating and betraying his own constituencies with an amazing bait and switch, pimping and then selling out a slew of progressive candidates including the 'Band of Brothers', and ultimately dumping them for a creepy collection of pro-life demofascists who could actually beat the Republicans. There may be a price to pay in 2008, but Karl Rove would be proud.

It Came from Beyond the Political Graveyard: Newt Gingrich

We thought he was doomed to an eternity writing dull science fiction and appearing as a talking head on FOXNews, but somehow he's returned from the grave and people are actually talking about Newt as a presidential contender for 2008. Nostalgia for the honesty and compassion of the Contract for America is one thing, but is running the most divisive figure in modern politics really the way to win over moderates and independents?

Just Desserts: Rick Santorum

I like to call him Rick Sanctimonious, and I'm delighted that voters saw through his smug and preachy facade to the creepiness that lay beneath. All he needed was an opportunity to start a witch hunt – perhaps for gays in the State Department – and he could have been another Joe McCarthy. There's something uniquely satisfying about seeing a self-righteous, bigoted zealot go down to inevitable destriction primarily because his constituents got to see him in action and didn't like what they saw.

People I Just Wish Would Go Away in 2007: Jimmy Carter and Al Gore

How much preaching can we handle from two of the greatest political failures of the last 30 years? Here's a hint – if you had any good ideas you would have been able to win an election and you wouldn't be a 'goodwill ambassador' or promoting your latest high school-quality educational filmstrip.

Read the Writing on the Wall: Muslim Unrest in Europe

From the French riots to the Theo Van Gogh murder and the protests over the publication of cartoons depicting Mohammed in Denmark, one thing which became very clear this year is that a much larger portion of the muslim population all over the world consists of fanatics and lunatics, and that they are a threat in a lot more places than just the Middle East.

The New Mussolini: Hugo Chavez

Never has someone marched towards dictatorship with such panache, unless it was Il Duce himself. Chavez has to be given credit for being able to sell his own people on enthsiastically giving up their freedom, destroying their economy and preparing to launch all-out ideological war on most of their neighbors and voting him in as president-for-life at the same time. He's completely insane, but his self-confidence and arrogance are almost hypnotic.

Justice Gone South: Andrea Yates, Duke Lacrossemen, John Mark Karr

Our skewed perception of crime went even farther into fantasyland this year as Andrea Yates gets 30 days in a mental institution for murdering her five kids and is then freed. Meanwhile members of the Duke lacrosse team are dragged through a media circus with their lives, careers, and educations disrupted, protesting innocence the whole time, and after an interminable ordeal their claims of innocence are vindicated by DNA evidence. And it really ought to be a punishable crime to pretend to be a murdering pedophile just to get a free plane ticket and 15 minutes of fame. Admittedly John Mark Karr still faces some possible jail time on his old kiddy porn charge, but couldn't we find something more horrible and long term to do with him?

DIY News Pheonomenon: YouTube

From amusing video podcasts to eyewitness news video, YouTube became a force to be reckoned with and the forum for exposing some of the hottest stories of the year, including laying low a few politicians, most notably Virginia's George Allen. The problem, of course, is that for every worthwhile, groundbreaking video, there are about 10,000 videos of people analyzing their navel lint or practicing telepathy with their cats. Fortunately, FOXNews has gone through them all and selected their version of the best of YouTube, and if you're not keyed in to the phenomenon yet, it's a place to start.

Best Political Book of 2006: P. J. O'Rourke on the Wealth of Nations

This made it in under the wire with a December publication, but it's a real eye-opener. O'Rourke boils down the mammoth Adam Smith classic to a concise and humorous 200 pages and makes it readable for a contemporary audience. He provides historical background, covers the basic theories, and applies Smith's ideas to the modern world. Plus there's an unexpected and delightful appendix which uses Smith quotations to write a sort of alternative Devil's Dictionary. Read it. It's better than the original.

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  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    Oh good, I’m the first one here.

    I’ll get some popcorn and a lawn chair. This will be one hell of a show.

  • troll

    buttered with yeast please

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Surely, Suss, there’s something here to please everyone and something to annoy everyone.

    Dave

  • Clavos

    I like the Chavez bit :>)

  • Lumpy

    So you don’t like Republicans or Democrats or foreign leaders. Who’s left that you actually like or approvw of?

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “Most Overinflated Story: Mark Foley Scandal
    Amazing amounts of coverage and huge political damage, including a possible lost election, all resulting from what is essentially a story about a gay Congressman scrupulously avoiding molesting congressional pages. There was no sex and the pages weren’t even underage, but yet the news media managed to drag it out for months and it cost people their careers, all over nothing.”

    AMEN!

    Foley is a guy who clearly had issues. But he did NOT break the law (to the best of my knowledge). And there was nothing non-consensual about his little perverted IMs over the Internet. But the media made this out to be the biggest story EVER, and made Foley look like some sort of a degenerate pedophile. Which he wasn’t (look up the word “pedophile” if you don’t believe me).

    If this same exact “outrage” had been done by a Democrat Congressman, the media would have downplayed it, and would have instead focused on demonizing conservatives who objected to the whole thing.

    Gawd, I hate the MSM…

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “The New Mussolini: Hugo Chavez
    Never has someone marched towards dictatorship with such panache, unless it was Il Duce himself. Chavez has to be given credit for being able to sell his own people on enthusiastically giving up their freedom, destroying their economy and preparing to launch all-out ideological war on most of their neighbors and voting him in as president-for-life at the same time. He’s completely insane, but his self-confidence and arrogance are almost hypnotic.”

    Agreed.

    If he was just a run-of-the-mill Leftist, he might have been voted out of power. But he is so far out there, so lunatic left, that his lunacy wins him points for “honesty” and such. Gawd help us all.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    You do kind of have to admire Chavez – and Mussolini for that matter – for the absolutely shameless way he pursues power. He’ll cozy up to any dictator and tell any lie and do it with a smile on his face if it advances his agenda. Admirable at the same time that it’s apalling.

    Dave

  • John T Chance

    People I Just Wish Would Go Away in 2007: Dave Nalle (who also won the Most
    Overinflated Ego).

    How much mindless blather can we handle from this loser? Here’s a hint – if
    you had any good ideas you would have been able to get a job writing about
    politics instead of doing it for free.

    Carter probably would have been out due to term limits by now, and if you
    think Inconvenient Truth was “high-school quality”, you don’t know squat
    about films either.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Chance, I’ve had paid jobs writing about politics and many other topics. Right now I like the control and freedom this format offers. And interestingly, I do earn a certain amount from my writing through advertising on my home blog.

    What are you doing to express yourself in any positive way?

    As for Inconvenient Truth, I never said it was of the quality of the work of high-school students. I associated it with the quality of the instructional materials in a high-school class, and I still think that characterization is dead on.

    Dave

  • http://absent-mind.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    Dave I’d agree with your whole list (don’t faint) but one item. Al Gore was and is right.

  • moonraven

    I am 100% with John T. Chance.

    When they find a sure-fire cure for cancer, Homeboy Dave and his ilk will be history.

  • http://www.blogger.com Georgio

    For those who don’t like Nalle I would just like to add that even though I don’t agree with his politics all the time I find him to be very informative and willing to tackle tough subjects ….He rarely calls ppl names even when they hit below the belt..I read all the editorials and I enjoy this site the most because we get to respond.
    For instance I love Jimmy Carter and Al Gore and his mention of Newt Gingrich does not bother me anymore because the man although smart has no personality at all and will be irrelevant in 08
    As for Chaves I am watching him but I love the way he stands up to Bush ..we are stupid to make an enemy of him..after all the ppl elected him unlike our present dictator who wasn’t elected by the people in the popular vote against Al Gore..I know the electoral college DUH ..It’s outdated and should be fixed or dumped..I bet if Al was elected we would not be in this mess we are in .

  • moonraven

    Georgio,

    It’s not a question of not LIKING Homeboy Dave (so called because he stated that Hugo Chavez is whiter than he is).

    I don’t even know Dave.

    But by comparison with him he makes bigoted folks like Pat Robertson look as liberal as Chomsky–and for that I find him thoroughly without redeeming social value.

    And he has called me plenty of nasty names, FYI.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Dave I’d agree with your whole list (don’t faint) but one item. Al Gore was and is right.

    I withhold judgment on whether Gore is right or wrong, but I think that regardless of his rightness or wrongness he’s still tedious.

    And even if he’s right about global warming, he’s certainly wrong about how to deal with it. Government isn’t the answer to every problem, and sacrificing our national sovereignty and the welfare and prosperity we enjoy when others are not being held equally accountable makes no sense at all.

    I’m all for reducing pollution, but Kyoto just isn’t the right way to do it.

    Dave

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Just for the record, I freely admit to calling Moonraven and MCH the occasional disparaging name. IMO I’ve been extremely restrained in dealing with them. They contribute very little to the positive and constructive exchange of ideas and are both constantly insulting other people, both with their specific words and with their constant insults to everyone’s intelligence and to the community which is blogcritics by their behavior.

    Dave

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    I know the electoral college DUH ..It’s outdated and should be fixed or dumped..I bet if Al was elected we would not be in this mess we are in

    If Al was elected we’d be in some sort of mess, it just might not be the same one or take the same form as our current one. He’s not a magical cure-all. On retrospect I agree that he might have had something worthwhile to offer in the white house, and I think it’s unfortunate for his political career that he’s so completely tied himself to an absolutely fatal issue like global warming.

    As for the electoral college, thank god for it. It’s a brilliant idea. And the way to fix it as much as it needs to be fixed is for states to stop running winner-takes-all elections and send electors proportional to the number of votes each candidates wins in the state. That solves the problems some have with the EC without getting rid of it or changing the constitution.

    Dave

  • moonraven

    Dave continues to lie.

    He calls anyone who disagrees with the Joseph Mobuto Manual of Political Discourse nasty names.

    And he never presents ANY facts or information–just airs his prejudices.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    “If Al was elected we’d be in some sort of mess,…”

    Looking at this as someone whose public administration degree was earned at the same time that a nearly bankrupt New York City was being told to go to hell by – you guessed it – the late Gerald R. Ford, Gore would have likely not done something that Bush has done – spend the USA into bankruptcy.

    I know you do not see it that way, but your country is on the verge of economic collapse due to the spending habits of George W. Bush.

    Whatever other messes your nation might be in (and I do think that your country would be in a mess if Gore had won, even though I voted for him), America would not be skirting being broke.

    Buy some gold coins and a troy scale, Dave. You’ll be the richest kid on the block when the dollar finally does collapse.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Some of Chavez’s outrageousness is an act, just like George W’s aw-shucks Cowboy Jesus facade. They are both shrewd politicians. Chavez was able to come to power because of the ineptitude of his predecessors in dealing with poverty. He may well be dangerous, or at least a nuisance, but calling him ‘completely insane’ is off the mark, even in a comedy piece like this one.

    And I’ll be the lonely voice here defending Jimmy Carter. He actually managed to stir up some controversy at age 81, just by daring to suggest that the groupthink in this country regarding Israel and Palestine might be unhealthy, and that AIPAC possibly has an excessively strong influence on US policy. Yes, he’s a bit of an old scold – but he’s often right.

  • Clavos

    Handy, I agree with you. His appearance at the UN proves he’s a drama queen; it was comical, and he intended it that way.

    But, I do believe he’s dangerous, in particular to other South American countries. He makes no secret of his hegemonic plans for the region.

  • moonraven

    You don’t have to be the lonely voice defending Carter.

    He’s one of the few–if not the only credible US expresident–both morally and informationally. By referring to the system Israel has imposed on the Palestinians as apartheid (which, by the way was a description used by the governbment of Israel itself) he uncovered the sewer of pro-Israel patronage in the US media and US congress.

    Good for him! He’s an example of morality winning out over the Libra desire to please behavior.

    And just as a point of trivial fact: He’s the US president with the highest IQ–way more than twice that of George W. Bush–at 176.

  • moonraven

    Clavos is ALWAYS wrong–seems statistically impossible, but he manages to do it.

    Chavez is not a drama queen, but he is a respected playwright.

    YOU are the drama queen–with your shrill hyperbole and tedious twisting of reality.

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Re: Mark Foley

    I agree that people calling his actions pedophilia were overblown. (The case of the closeted Spokane mayor who was recalled similarly had false charges of pedophilia injected into it, by well-intentioned ‘liberals’ in the local press.) But what he did was unsavory enough to elicit a collective ‘Eew’ even from gay folks like me.

    And after all, Foley did resign almost instantaneously once his explicit IM’s were revealed. A lot of the media coverage and public firestorm came after this, not before it.

    And the strongest effect Foleygate had on the election was the perception that Hastert et al showed shoddy and hypocritical leadership by ignoring the situation until after it blew up.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Moonraven lives in a bizarre alternate reality where Clavos is wrong with his parade of facts and documentation and she’s not a marginalized loon with her unsupported assertions and personal attacks.

    Her math leaves something to be desired as well. I’ve never seen any documented evidence of Carter’s IQ, but experts have estimated Bush’s IQ at a respectable 129, and even 176 isn’t twice 129. Doesn’t take a genius to do that math.

    Dave

  • moonraven

    They turned a blind eye to reports of misconduct on the part of Foley because they wanted to keep that seat in the congress.

  • moonraven

    Clavos, like Dave, NEVER presents facts or documentation for his opinions. Their idea of documentaion is to quote an OPINION by someone else from the same rightwing ideological stripe.

    And no, it doesn’t take a genius to see that 2 times 79 (Bush’s IQ) is 158–which is Clinton’s IQ (and, lamentably, my own. EXPERTS????? Such as who? Respectable 129, indeed. The guy gives morons a bad name.

  • moonraven

    Here’s the link to a pretty good OPINION piece in the Phiadelphis Inquirer (at least the writer has academic credentials):

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Ok, Moonraven – let’s see your source for Bush having a 79 IQ since you’re such a big fan of documentation. Provide a link or admit it’s just as much a fantasy as your claim to a 158 IQ.

    As for Bush’s IQ, I refer you to this article in the New York Times where the estimate of Bush’s IQ being in the 125-129 range based on standardized tests he took in the military is endorsed by IQ expert Linda Gottfredson of the University of Delaware.

    It also references the internet hoax which circulated the idea that Bush’s IQ was under 100 – though not as low as 79.

    But again, don’t mind any of this – I never use facts or documentation, after all.

    Dave

  • http://elvirablack.blogspot.com/ Elvira Black

    Nice stuff, Dave, but you left out one of the low points of 2006; namely, having a crazed, delusional, yapping chihuaua nipping at your heels on every article and comment thread you participate in.

    And I do think Chavez is whiter than you–from your pic you do seem a bit swarthy, being a Lebanese-American and all (if memory serves?)

  • moonraven

    Just how does one ESTIMATE from standardized tests, Homeboy?

    If he took a standardized test–aka the Stanford Binet IQ test–let’s see the results. And what qualifies the person who gave her opinion as an IQ expert?

    Given that logic, since I administered the Stanford Binet, as well as other tests, to inmates in the maximum security prison in Somers, Connecticut in 1973 and 1974, I would qualify as an expert.

    And I would have to say that Bush’s overall behavior: kinesthetic insecurity, black and white thinking, linguistic ineptness, lack of facial expression control (to the extent of DROOLING at the Monterrey summit here in Mexico a few years back)–indicates that his IQ is in the dull normal range.

    Your “documentation” turns out to be no more real than the “internet hoax” was.

  • Clavos

    Elvira,

    Nice turn of a phrase!

    …having a crazed, delusional, yapping chihuaua nipping at your heels on every article and comment thread you participate in.

    The only chihuahua I’ve ever liked was Taco Bell’s…

    Heh.

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    I’m so smart I’m gonna log onto the Internet and tell everyone about it!

  • moonraven

    As in everything else, there are no hard and fast criteria for what constitutes DULL NORMAL IQ range–some “experts” place it from 80 to 90, and others from 75 to 89.

    Sussman, If you were referring to me in your silly comment, I believe you missed the qualifier, LAMENTABLY, in MY comment about my own IQ–which is considerable lower than Carter’s, and not that much higher than Tricky Dick’s (143).

  • Clavos

    Suss,

    It’s like trying to bail the ocean out with a teacup…

  • Bliffle

    Bush is pretty smart. He outsmarted a lot of guys with high IQs to get his Iraq Invasion going.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Oh, I see where I can have some fun here. Marthe emerges as an expert on “waar jou pass?” apartheid. Not only is she a sage on the Middle East, an expert on Latin America, but now she’s also a gaón (genius) on Africa.

    But I’ll save the dessert till later.

    First, for the main course. W’s IQ is 125-129? That’s a fuckin’ insult! Bush is no where near the level of MENSA. If that guy has a working IQ of 110, it is high! He may be a shrewd bastard, but he does not approach a genius by any stretch of the imagination. If Bush’s IQ is 125-129, then Gore’s is around 200!

    Now for this shit about Israel being an apartheid state. IT IS!! I’m prohibited from entering areas A & B in this country, territory alleged ruled by the “Palestinian Authority,” and my entry into area C is restricted, both by military regulation and the practical desire not to be carved to bits by Jew-hating Arabs. And where is area C? It’s right outside the village gates.

    By contrast, Arabs with Israeli citizenship can travel anywhere in Israel, and any Arabs living in areas A, B & C can enter the rest of the country with the proper documentation. I know – I have to be able to recognize that documentation and admit Arabs or deny them entry. That is part of my job both as a police volunteer, and as a guard at the village where I live.

    So the apartheid is practiced in Israel – against Jews!!

    So much for that little Jew-hating bastard Carter, and all of his running dogs – including all of his defenders on this site, know-nothings all of them.

    Marthe, stick to Latin America. You do your best there.

  • http://www.webjam.com/jdservices14/blog/ coyotesong

    and I think it’s unfortunate for his political career that he’s so completely tied himself to an absolutely fatal issue like global warming.

    This is a moronic statement at best. Unfortunate for his political career???!!!!!! Did you watch An Inconvenient Truth at all? I have to infer that your blathering is pretty much a matter of your inflated ego. Whatz the point?

  • moonraven

    HIS Iraq invasion? This is the first time I heard that it wasn’t CHENEYS (aka Big Oil’s) invasion.

    Bush didn’t even know where Iraq was on the map.

    Sort of like some of the folks that regularly post here, actually….

  • Clavos

    Marthe, stick to Latin America. You do your best there.

    If that’s her best, she ought to just hang it up.

  • moonraven

    Right, Ruvvy: Stick your fingers in your ears and shriek obscenities about Jimmy Carter, the person responisble for the ONLY durable peace agreement between Israel and another country (Egypt), but make damn sure you don’t read a word he has written.

    I am at least willing to read the shit the enemy writes.

  • moonraven

    Clavos is now asking me to let him join Saddam Hussein and put us out of his misery.

    That’s going to cost you big time, given that I am so law-abiding….

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Marthe, you make me laugh. Peace between Egypt and Israel? Keep this up and you’ll make me cough up sticky yellow phlegm (chronic bronchitis) all over my CRT from laughing. Check out the reality in this link from “Manhigut Yehudit” (Jewish Leadership). Just a short quote.

    “The greatest danger to Israel at this point is Egypt. When Iran will go nuclear, that will change. But right now, the greatest military threat hanging over Israel’s head is the Egyptian threat. There is not, and there never was — peace with Egypt. ‘All that poor Menachem got was a piece of paper,’ said Sadat, ‘and I got the entire Sinai peninsula, the oil — everything.'”

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Just how does one ESTIMATE from standardized tests, Homeboy?

    Anyone even halfway involved in education knows that there’s a correlation between performane on standardized tests and performance on IQ-style tests. Mensa even accepts them as qualification for membership.

    If he took a standardized test–aka the Stanford Binet IQ test–let’s see the results. And what qualifies the person who gave her opinion as an IQ expert?

    She’s a professor who teaches techniques of intelligence assessment. She’s the co-director of the Delaware-Hopkins Project for the Study of Intelligence and Society. She’s arguably THE expert in the field. Here’s a link to her CV. To suggest that she’s not qualified shows how laughably uninformed and intellectually lazy you are.

    Given that logic, since I administered the Stanford Binet, as well as other tests, to inmates in the maximum security prison in Somers, Connecticut in 1973 and 1974, I would qualify as an expert.

    If you had actually administered these tests – which you clearly are lying about – you would know that “overall behavior: kinesthetic insecurity, black and white thinking, linguistic ineptness, lack of facial expression control” are not assessed in any standard intelligence test, because they are largely subjective and not necessarily linked in any way to raw intelligence.

    Fraud.

    Dave

  • moonraven

    Sorry, Homeboy. Your b.s. is deep but it doesn’t substitute for the truth. If Bush took an IQ test, there would be numerical results–nobody would be estimating anything. Let’s see them.

    I do not lie about anything–clearly or otherwise. One of the differences between you and me is that I am a multi-faceted professional and you are a neofascist propagandist.

    Bush reminds many people of the retarded gardener Peter Sellers played in Being There–I would agree except that Sellers could not hide his intelligence.

    Sort of like you can’t hide your venal obtusity….

  • http://handyfilm.blogspot.com handyguy

    Moonraven, you could just possibly make twice as much sense with half as many words, and indeed half as many posts. And try editing them once in a while, instead of just spewing whatever insults come out of your keyboard onto this site, unfiltered by any grace or sense.

    Spirited discussion is one thing; picking fights is quite another.

  • moonraven

    Oh–Which are you doing, discussing or picking a fight?

    Looks like the latter to me.

  • http://elvirablack.blogspot.com/ Elvira Black

    Speaking of psychological and mental assesments ( i.e., IQ tests):

    From the DSM, via Wikipedia:

    Diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

    At least five of the following are necessary for a diagnosis…

    has a grandiose sense of self-importance

    is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

    believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by other special people

    requires excessive admiration

    strong sense of entitlement

    takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends

    lacks empathy

    is often envious or believes others are envious of him or her

    arrogant affect.

  • moonraven

    Homeboy, to a tee.

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    I am so glad I got a front row seat for this.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Why does this remind me of having a discussion with one of those automated telemarketing systems thatn simulate human discussion but ultimately make no real sense?

    Sorry, Homeboy. Your b.s. is deep but it doesn’t substitute for the truth. If Bush took an IQ test, there would be numerical results–nobody would be estimating anything. Let’s see them.

    This is WHY I said estimated in the first place. Clearly you didn’t bother to read my link. Bush took a standardized test similar in function to an IQ test in the military and it was used as a basis for estimating his IQ. How is that not clear to you?

    I do not lie about anything–clearly or otherwise.

    Then you’re so mired in self-deception that you can’t tell truth from lie or reality from fantasy.

    One of the differences between you and me is that I am a multi-faceted professional and you are a neofascist propagandist.

    Neofascist in the sense of believing in liberty – that makes a great deal of sense.

    Dave

  • Lumpy

    Moonraver. Just stop. Your ego is digging a hole you’re clearly not mentally equipped to dig yourself out of. You might want to atart a policy of counting to 10 – or maybe 100 – before writing a comment so you avoid embarassing yourself even more.

  • SHARK

    Just for the record: moonraven ain’t me — but I’m sure as hell enjoyin’ it!

    ======

    Dave Nalle on a Potential Global, History-Altering Disaster — vs — one wittle messenger [Al Gore]: “…regardless of his rightness or wrongness[,] he’s still tedious.”

    If he’s “rightness” — and all you can do is point out how “tedious” he is — yer dying, skin-cancer-ridden, roasting, drowning progeny might consider you to be pretty fuckin’ shallow.

    And they’d be right.

  • SHARK

    2006 High Point from Public Displays of Narcissistic Personality Disorder Monthly Review:

    Shark -vs- Nalle

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    Honorable Mention — Amateur Division: Matt Sussman

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    Yes, you’re the only one who pictures Dave Nalle masturbating.

  • duane

    Oh, fun. I want to take the Narcissistic Personality Disorder test.

    has a grandiose sense of self-importance

    I am super successful at my chosen profession, I’m damned good looking, women want me, and I’m currently in the market for a woman who is my intellectual equal and is a total sex demoness in the sack. Obviously, I deserve that much.

    is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love

    I’m far too busy tending to my career as it arcs into the stratosphere to spend time fantasizing.

    believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by other special people

    What other special people? What a load of bunk. I’m surrounded by dolts and dullards.

    requires excessive admiration

    How do you like my responses so far? Great stuff, right? C’mon, admit it. It’s OK. I can take a compliment. I often do. Not that I need your flattery.

    strong sense of entitlement

    Bullshit. I worked my way up. I deserve everything I have, and no doubt I’ll be winning win a few more awards for my work this coming year. And why shouldn’t I? The competition pales next to me.

    takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends

    One of my (former) colleagues said something like this to me after I got my last promotion. I had my dad fire the ingrate. If it weren’t for me, he would have have been delivering pizza or doing some other type of blue collar grunt work. You wouldn’t believe how many people eat from my table scraps. The old man told me I deserved the promotion, and I’m not about to disagree with him.

    lacks empathy

    The last person that said that to me … well, I told her to fuck off and die. I have empathy. Tons of the stuff. But none of you Mundanians would understand how I show it. Like the other day, there was this homeless guy pulling cans out of the dumpster. I had one of my secretaries walk down to tell him there were some more dumpsters out in the back of the building.

    is often envious or believes others are envious of him or her

    My IQ is supposedly 136, which puts me into the upper echelon. like the top 4% of the population. But the scorers were a pack of lame-o’s. I’m sure it’s way higher, like 250 or so. Maybe more like 300. But I never talk down to people who are not in my intellectual league.

    arrogant affect

    I don’t even know what that’s supposed to mean. Is that a typo? You people have maybe heard of this really great invention? It’s a book full of words and definitions. And it’s alphabetized, which helps if you’re familiar with spelling. It’s called a DICTIONARY.

    So, who’s gonna score this? Not some lame-o I hope.

    I’m sure you people appreciate the time it took Tiffany, my secretary, to type this stuff in. Actually, she likes working late. So, no biggie.

    Gotta go. My tailor just got here.

  • Clavos

    I’m too sexy for any lame tests…

  • Maurice

    A solid article and well defended by Dave. Too bad it degenerated into a discussion about NPD. Kudos to duane though – that was very funny.

    Spot on with: Newt, Jimmy, Al, Muslim unrest, and YouTube.

    I am surprised that Amadinejad didn’t make the cut.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Maurice, NPD is always lurking around the corner when Shark, Moonraven and MCH are in the room.

    Dave

  • moonraven

    Homeboy:

    You wrote, “Bush took a standardized test similar in function to an IQ test in the military and it was used as a basis for estimating his IQ. How is that not clear to you?”

    It is not at all clear how a standardized test would not yield numerical results. That’s what they are for, after all. So that NO ONE, expert or otherwise, has to ESTIMATE anything.

    Any other crocks you have up for sale today?

  • MAOZ

    Elvira, you are scintillating today!

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    MAOZ,

    Go check out my most recent comments at the Miracle of Fatima article that Catherine Reynolds, aka Mary Reborn, has been throwing temper tantrums for the last few comments. My comment is directed at Al, but if you download the video from the link provided, you’ll love it.

  • Lumpy

    Ah. I see moonraver is back. She was gone long enough I figured her controllers had recalled her to cuba to spare the movement any further embarassment.

    But no. The descent into narcissistic self-parody continues.

  • moonraven

    According to you paranoid fascists I work for China, Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba.

    Guess I really get around. Almost at the speed of light, apparently.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    It is not at all clear how a standardized test would not yield numerical results. That’s what they are for, after all. So that NO ONE, expert or otherwise, has to ESTIMATE anything.

    You really don’t pay attention, do you. Bush took one standardized test and from that numerical result they estimated his likely score on a DIFFERENT standarized test. It’s an estimate because the questions and the focus of the two tests are somewhat different.

    Dave

  • Clavos

    She doesn’t read well, Dave. That’s not the first time she’s misinterpreted what others have written.

  • Clavos

    Come to think of it, it might be deliberate…

  • http://elvirablack.blogspot.com/ Elvira Black

    Ruvy:

    Hey, wait up a second… MAOZ was just telling me how scintillating I was and you go and drag him off to another thread! Sheesh!

  • Clavos

    Hell hath no fury… :>)

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Elvira,

    I sent you the item I wanted him to see via e-mail. I don’t have his e-mail. Besides, BG isn’t enough for you?

    Shabbat Shalom,

    PS. Yes, yes, I know how women just love the compliments to keep coming in… I have a wife and G-d should only help me if I don’t ladle out the compliments like pumpkin soup… But I wouldn’t trade her in for anybody.

  • http://elvirablack.blogspot.com/ Elvira Black

    Clavos:
    You betcha!

    Ruvy:
    Sorry, I’ll have to check my e-mail again. This sounds juicy. I haven’t even attempted to go to the Fatima thread because I had the impression it’s been going on for about a year and a half and has about 500,000 comments by now. Or maybe they broke them up into smaller bits?

    Yes, BG is more than enough, but when he sees me blogging he tends to get jealous and tells me to “turn off that stupid toy.” By me, that’s not a compliment.

    Pumpkin soup? Do you have a recipe?

  • Orville

    Matthew, I trust you are eating my gourmet popping corn. Sincerely, Orville

  • sr

    Is that really you Orville? Love your popping corn. I have a recipe for gourmet pumpkin popping. Just cant get the dam thing in the micro. Last time I tried and blew the kitchen up. Could have been the wife’s pet gerbles eating inside the pumpkin. At least it made great pumpkin soup.

  • Clavos

    While I have voted for Gingrich when I lived in his GA district, and would again if he runs in a race in which I have a vote, I don’t idolize him; I can’t think of any politician, past or present, worthy of idolizing, IMO.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Gingrich’s adultery isn’t exactly breaking news. It broke up his marriage (twice) and it’s pretty well documented. That’s not an area where many major political figures really want to be examined all that closely.

    Dave

  • Clavos

    So you’d vote for Gingrich again, knowing he’s an adulterer?

    Yup. Didn’t care that Clinton fooled around, (I always thought the media’s and right’s obsession with Clinton’s pecker peccadilloes was stupid),don’t care that Gingrich did.

    While I wouldn’t cheat on my wife, I’m also not interested in anyone else’s sex lives. Boring.

    As for lying and cheating: isn’t that what politicians DO?

  • Clavos

    I AM quite liberal on most social matters, emmy.

    I believe very strongly in live and let live, and in the rights of individuals. I believe your rights stop at the point where they interfere with mine.

    Where you and I probably most disagree is on the role of the government.

  • Clavos

    emmy, I DID say “probably.” But that said, it’s more probable you would disagree with me, rather than the other way around.

    I have to leave now to take my wife to her PT, but I’ll leave you with this: given the chance, I would seriously downsize the federal government.

  • moonraven

    Everything I do is deliberate.

    Doing things any other way is stupid and frivolous.

    I would love to see Homeboy given the MMPI and the results used to diagnose his pathology AND estimate his IQ.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    The point is not really how old the news is, or how other politicians feel about the examintaion of their fidelity, but rather the hypocrisy of the so-called party of “family values.”

    Which party would that be? Last I checked both political parties were prattling idiotically about ‘family values’. Maybe the Republicans managed to do it with a slightly more crazed look in their eyes, but what most call ‘family values’ are hardly the values I teach my kids or promote in my family. Well, some of them are, but certainly not all.

    Don’t make the mistake of trying to apply the idiocy of the extreme wing of either party to the party as a whole. If that were a sensible way to analyze the parties then the Republicans would all be bible thumping hypocrites and the Democrats would all be rights-grabbing socialist stooges, and that’s not the case, right?

    BTW, MCH – regarding your exchange with Clavos – it’s scary to see you almost engage in meaningful discussion, and I can see how uncomfortable you are with it. Try not to hurt yourself.

    Dave

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    I would love to see Homeboy given the MMPI and the results used to diagnose his pathology AND estimate his IQ.

    I had a cousin who was doing graduate work in psychology who tested me over and over again with a variety of IQ tests, so I have no need for an estimate, thanks.

    Dave

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    “the ONLY durable peace agreement between Israel and another country (Egypt)”

    Yep, those warmongering Jordanians have really been rattling their sabers against Israel lately…maybe Jimmy Carter the peanut farmer (through sheer will) can bring peace between Israel and Jordan!

    Oh, wait. That already happened, like, in 1994, when Carter had been out of office for well over a decade…

    OOPS!

    So, do you feel like a fucktard at all, moonbatraven? Or are you impervious to facts, like most leftists?

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    It’s been pretty well demonstrated that she’s completely impervious to facts and lives in her own bizarre reality.

    Dave

  • moonraven

    Yeah, right, ignorant ones.

    I have at least BEEN to Jordan–which none of you have–and can tell you that the Jordanian king has his head so far up the ass of the West that he certainly is not rattling sabers–or anything else–against Israel, the spoiled stepchild of the West.

    The Jordanian king is not a Palestinian.

    And Guinea Pig Dave, you are still determined not to get it on the tests. Guess I can estimate your IQ quite accurately at 101.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    “I have at least BEEN to Jordan–which none of you have-“

    Nu Marthe,

    Would you like a cookie? A pat on the head, maybe? Every clear day I can see Jordan from where I live. If I had the scratch, I’d pay for a tour to Petra, but unlike Moses, I’m not dissatisfied with not crossing the Jordan. I prefer this side better.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    I have at least BEEN to Jordan–which none of you have–

    I lived in Jordan for two years.

    and can tell you that the Jordanian king has his head so far up the ass of the West that he certainly is not rattling sabers–or anything else–against Israel, the spoiled stepchild of the West.

    King Abdullah is the most rational and progressive force in the region. If there is ever peace it’s likely he’ll be the one to broker it.

    The Jordanian king is not a Palestinian.

    OMG, you got something right. But the Palestinians aren’t really Palestinians either. They’re Arabs who live in Palestine. There’s not really a distinct ethnicity or culture which can be identified as Palestinian.

    And Guinea Pig Dave, you are still determined not to get it on the tests. Guess I can estimate your IQ quite accurately at 101.

    I’d say that’s just about as accurate as your earlier claim of an IQ in the 170s.

    Dave

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Okay Dave,

    Would you like a cookie? I’m not in the habit of giving bald bearded men pats on the head, though.

    Seriously, I was expecting a comeback from you to Marthe.

    I don’t have to tell you that I agree with you on Palestinian ethnicity and nationality. You’re 100% on the money. What you may not realize is that Israeli ethnicity and nationality is just as artificial and just as much a construct. But our government leaders, who reject the destiny outlined for the Jewish people outlined in the Torah, are determined to fashion a “new Israeli man” much on the model of the “new Soviet man” – the main difference being that there will be no socialist or revolutionary rhetoric involved. The new Israeli man is to be a Hebrew speaking European, looking and acting as much like an American or a Frenchman as possible.

    Feh…

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    eriously, I was expecting a comeback from you to Marthe.

    That’s who #96 was directed at, not you.

    And I’m with you on the artificial nature of the Israeli identity. There’s a hell of a lot of cultural and (gasp) ethnic variety between the Jews who’ve ended up in Israel, and the whole project of building a nation there seems crazy to me, but admirable in some ways as well.

    IMO the blame for all these problems falls on the colonial powers, starting with the Ottomans, then the Brits and then the US. Rather than letting the Israelis set up a state we should have created an artificial protectorate under external governance where Jews and Arabs would be treated equally and fairly under the guidance of the more responsible of the world powers. But colonialism fell into disfavor and no one wanted to take the blame and responsibility, so you end up with this mess.

    BTW, you really ought to go see Petra. It’s magnificent. I don;’t know if they still do tours on horseback, but that’s the way to see it if they do.

    Dave

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com Christopher Rose

    As I’ve said before, the Israelis aren’t from Israel either. Maybe we should just evict both them and the Arabs from the area!

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    And then nuke all the holy sites!

    Dave

  • MCH

    “…given the chance, I would seriously downsize the federal government.”
    – Clavos

    Actually, so would I Clavvy, and I would’ve saved us the $356.4 BILLION we’ve wasted on the Iraqi invasion and occupation…

  • moonraven

    No, from a cave in Petra, more likely. In his dreams.

    Anyone who believes the current king of Jordan has anything going for him deserves that firing squad I have so generously offered him.

  • Lumpy

    You just don’t like King Abdullah because he’s anti’socialist and yet his country is decently run and the people like him. He’s a worst case scenario for your efforts to spread hezbollah style socialism throughout the region.

  • moonraven

    Do NOT tell me why I don’t like the little brownnoser.

    Jordan is not decently run–whatever that means–and the people of Jordan–like all of the folks in kingdoms of the Middle East–do not care a whit for the parasites that control their countries.

  • Lumpy

    ‘decently run’ means having a free press and some basic civil rights, which is true in Jordan but not in most of your islamosocialist paradises like Syria.

    Moonraver. The revolution is over and your side lost. Get over it.

  • moonraven

    I do not have a side, lumpster. No ideological committments from this bird, ever. That’s what freedom is all about.

    Poverty in Jordan is one of its more spectacular attractions. Last year when my graduate students in Amman started analyzing the website put up by the government detailing its antipoverty strategies–the site, which was a complete crock like this one–disappeared, literally, from night to morning.

    Better not to shoot your mouth off about countries you know nothing about. You just look like a jerk.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Lumpy,

    Marthe is not all that wrong about Jordan. It has fewer civil rights than Israel does, and Israel, in spite of all the bullshit and propaganda you read, is no democracy.

    I get to read some of the stuff that goes on in Jordan from this side of the river…

    If a girl sleeps around, or has the misfortune to be raped, and most particularly becomes pregnant, she is not likely to live long. She’ll be done in in an honor killing to preserve the clan’s or the family’s honor. There is a rich class of people who live in Amman, often folks who fled here to Jordan years ago, and there are lots of poor people.

    The “professional associations,” organizations of lawyers, doctors and the like, are all centers for anti-Israel agitation, and Israelis are not at all liked in Jordan. The king and his goons are always trying to stifle these organizations. If a Jew attempts to buy land there, he will be executed, and if someone offers to sell land to a Jew, he will be executed.

    Note, I said “Jew,” not “Israeli.”

    Even when Israel and Jordan were officially at war, Jordan was a protectorate of Israel. Since the US has managed to weaken Israel via the Oslo process and by its restrictions on aid to this country, now Jordan is a protectorate of the United States instead.

    In spite of all this, the best hope for a united Arab kingdom that can be independent lies in Abdallah II, who is no where near the fellow his dad was. The reason is that he has something that no other Arab leader has. He is descended from the Guardian of the Holy Cities, and if a way could be found to rid the world of the Wahhabi cancer and the shitty Sauds, putting Abdallah II on a throne in Mecca might be a great idea…

    Politics is the art of making even threes and fours in a hand count. Abdallah II is one of those low cards.

  • moonraven

    Jordan is nothing but a radioactive dump–thanks to the Israeli reactor at Dimona.

    The poverty, the dwarflike intelligence of the king and his Chanel-clad wife, the bitching and moaning about Iraqui refugees (the Jordanians were thrilled to have them there buying their overpriced real estate until the prices became uncomfortable for the locals), and all the rest of it are just frosting on the cake.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Marthe,

    I can’t give you a link for this (sorry), but there is a lot of radioactivity in the ground in that part of Israel and Jordan, and it is not all due to Dimona. In fact, in spite of careless Israeli management there was radioactivity in the ground long before Dimona’s nuclear reactor was built.

  • moonraven

    Ruvvy,

    That’s not much comfort to the folks kicking the bucket from cancers caused by the radiation–lots of babies from Jordan in the cancer centers in Houston now.

    I have had systemic lupus from early childhood due to the Hanford radiation debacle in my home state of Washington, and had a fullblown lupus flare within a few days of arriving in Amman last year as a result of the radiation there. Six weeks of it nearly fried me–but as soon as I landed in the Gulf I was on the upswing.

    I do not understand how folks continue to live there. Of course the Little King and the Israeli government both lie about the radiation problem.

  • moonraven

    Come to think of it, if Homeboy Dave really did live for 2 years in Jordan–which I have no reason to believe–maybe his venality and duplicity are results of the radiation….

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIMW5iYFGhM D’oh

    moonraven, for all the faults perceived or implied about Dave…out and out lying is not one of them.

    Take it for what it’s worth, from someone who has argued with him for years.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Marthe,

    The people who continue to live there, continue to live there because it is home. This is true on both sides of the border. And because these are small countries, there are not lots and lots of places to go. It’s a Love Canal they cannot run away from. At least the Jordanian children have a facility at Houston that can attempt to take care of them. I’m not sure the Israelis have those options.

    As for the radioactivity, I believe that neither the Israeli nor the Jordanian government would be able to accept the truth if it were told them. So, they lie out of ignorance. There is more to this than just careless handling of radiation at Dimona. Not only do they honestly not know, they would have a very hard time believing the only logical explanations.

    As for you, I suggest that accepting contracts there in the future might not be the best thing to do.

  • Lumpy

    Interesting stuff. When did lupus come to be associated with radiation?

  • moonraven

    Lumpy, get a life. Now you are an expert on auto-immune disorders? Tell us about yours.

    Lupus, MS and many cancers have been associated with radiation exposure for many years now. Lupus was first associated with UV exposure–before reactors were part of our environment.

    Ruvy,

    The two governments deliberately ignore the radiation problem because they don’t want to do anything about it. The radiation problem is common knowledge all over the Middle East; one of my colleagues brought a radiation meter from the US last year and showed how intense it was.

    Obviously, I will not be accepting any more consulting contracts at universities in Jordan.

    And finally, Homeboy Dave lies faster than a horse can trot. Some of you are apparently literacy-challenged. Or else you are “Thought Police” barging in here from 1984’s Ministry of Truth (where all lies were said to be true).

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIMW5iYFGhM D’oh

    Far from it, moonraven…rather I am one who is intimately familiar with Dave’s style of argument, which is to present facts and figures that appear to demonstrate the veracity of his claims.

    Where you can see the difference form being “the whole truth” is in the lack of taking all variables into account, or even the sourcing of his information.

    Big difference between being mistaken, or even flat out wrong…and lying.

    Enough from me, was just trying to help foster a better quality of discussion. But if some folks don’t know a gonzo from a garbonzo bean, then there ain’t much I can do.

    Please do continue on, I so enjoy train wrecks.

  • moonraven

    D’oh:

    You need to pay closer attention.

    Homeboy’s MO is to: a) lie, saying that someone said something that he/she did not say; b) disinform by quoting something incompletely and wildly out of context; c) insert false quotes (no link or documentation andpresent his OPINION as if it were gospel.

    When called on these behaviors, he hurls insults.

    YOu may say that not all of those behaviors involve lying. I will disagree, as his obvious GOAL is to make himself appear to know something when he doesn’t–and that is lying. Sorry.

  • Clavos

    When called on these behaviors, he hurls insults.

    And that was written by the biggest insult hurler on these threads…

  • moonraven

    Writing it doesn’t make it true, clavos.

  • Clavos

    Writing it doesn’t make it true, clavos.

    So, you wrote a falsehood; you lied. He DOESN’T hurl insults.

  • moonraven

    No, he DOES. Your writing that I do and he doesn’t doesn’t make what you say true.

    Especially since you have the same basic MO as Homeboy.

    Are you the same person using two names, or are you just sleeping together?

  • Clavos

    As to your insults:

    My proof is practically every single comment you’ve ever posted on these pages (including #123, above), which I invite the other readers to peruse, so they can see for themselves who’s lying here.

  • moonraven

    I did not say I did not hurl insults–that’s what folks who lie, distort, disinform, post misogynous comments and attempt to put words in other folks’ mouths deserve.

  • Clavos

    Thanks for making my case for me, moonraven…

    ‘bye!

  • moonraven

    Not so fast, oh bogus one. You HAVE no case.

    Orwell clearly had folks like you in mind when he wrote 1984.

  • SHARK

    heh.

    I love this place.

    And…

    “I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
    That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
    I grant I never saw a goddess go;
    My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
    And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
    As any she belied with false compare.”

    ========

    PS: Add to Nalle’s MO:

    ~erecting straw men
    ~false dichotomies
    ~lies
    ~distortions
    ~dangerous, insane optimism
    ~pedantic
    ~loves to hear himself type
    ~ego + low self-esteem = desperate need for ‘validation’ from total strangers on the internet
    ~talks tough as long as other young Americans will take his place as *cannon fodder

    *MCH, who loves ya, babe?!

  • MCH

    “But if some folks don’t know a gonzo from a garbonzo bean, then there ain’t much I can do.”

    I know the difference between Gonzo Marx and a cece bean…

  • STM

    “And I do think Chavez is whiter than you–from your pic you do seem a bit swarthy, being a Lebanese-American and all (if memory serves?)”

    Is that fair-dinkum Dave, you’re Lebbo?

    Geez … that just makes everything more confusing and still doesn’t get any closer to explaining the cowboy-hat photo, which BTW is a lot less scary than the the other black and white one you had on here before which made you and Al Barger look like you’d been separated at birth.

  • MCH

    The cowboy hat photo was taken a few years back while Nalle was attending one of those quick-draw rallies, where a bunch of grown men get together, dress up like cowboys, and play with their guns.

  • STM

    Luckily, Dave never got shot. They kept him for us, and for posterity

  • Clavos

    Moonraven,

    You proved my point for me:

    You, #119: When called on these behaviors, he hurls insults.

    Me, #120 And that was written by the biggest insult hurler on these threads…

    You, #121: Writing it doesn’t make it true, clavos.

    You, #123: Your writing that I do and he doesn’t doesn’t make what you say true.

    Me, #124: My proof is practically every single comment you’ve ever posted on these pages

    You, #125: I did not say I did not hurl insults

    But, you did.

    I rest my case.

    As usual, you tried (unsuccessfully) to obfuscate and bullshit your way out of a corner of your own making…

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    …typed courageously from deep within the glass walls of his fortified compound…

    Like I can afford glass walls. Don’t I wish. They’re so modern and great for the view and everything. How did you manage to afford yours?

    Dave

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Homeboy’s MO is to: a) lie, saying that someone said something that he/she did not say; b) disinform by quoting something incompletely and wildly out of context; c) insert false quotes (no link or documentation andpresent his OPINION as if it were gospel.

    Marthe, how about an example of my lies and disinformation. Oh, but I’ve asked for that before and when I do all you can come up with is me saying something you just don’t want to admit is true. As I recall the last instance of this was a spat over arrested journalists in Venezuela where you said I was lying and I was then able to provide documented links to 3 cases where journalists had been arrested for criticizing Chavez.

    You see, the problem here is that you’re in such a state of delusion and denial that truths you don’t want to believe have to be defined as lies, no matter how well documented, because if allowed to stand your whole house of cards of a reality will come crashing down around you.

    When called on these behaviors, he hurls insults.

    To be more precise, when met with delusional and narcissistic behavior I respond with deserved derision.

    Dave

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    “And I do think Chavez is whiter than you–from your pic you do seem a bit swarthy, being a Lebanese-American and all (if memory serves?)”

    Is that fair-dinkum Dave, you’re Lebbo?

    Nope, and have never claimed to be. And in fact, native Lebanese are not necessarily particularly dark skinned – hairy and dark haired, but often pale skinned. I was BORN in Lebanon, but both of my parents are Americans. I just happen to have a peculiar mix of ancestry including some native american and quite possibly a tiny bit of african american, but primarily a strong strain of some weird pictish throwback gene which gives me very dark hair and skin which almost never burns and tans extremely dark.

    Dave

  • STM

    “Nope, and have never claimed to be.”

    Bugger … I was hoping for a recipe.

    I love Lebbo tucker, especially hommous and baba ganouj and kibbe. Lebanese bread cooked pizza-style with lemon and sesame seeds goes pretty damn good too at breakfast.

    Since about half this city these days seems to originate from Lebanon, you can get the really genuine home-cooked good stuff, especially in the Felafel Belt in the south-western suburbs.

    If you can’t get an arabic dish there, it doesn’t exist. Mmmm. It’s sounding like Lebbo tonight.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Austin is a big haven for the Lebanese too. We had an initial wave of migration here back in the 1930s – I’m not exactly sure why – and then another bunch of Lebanese immigrants in the last decade or two as well.

    So, we’ve got plenty of Lebanese restaurants, delis and sandwich and pizza shops.

    Dave

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com Christopher Rose

    STM: Would that be Red Leb?

  • S.T.M

    Oh, hello old chap … seen any decent cricket lately?

    Sorry, that’s really unkind of me isn’t it. But you were talking about Aussie arses getting spanked back in October. You must have been disappointed, though. I was … I planned to turn up for the Saturday morning session on day 5 at the SCG, but it wasn’t to be.

    For a moment there I almost felt sorry for Freddie, who had a shocker of a series (how often do you see a great player get distracted with a new captaincy?), and Pietersen, who tried really hard, … and then I thought, f.ck me, STM, you’re getting really bloody soft.

  • http://alienboysworld.blogspot.com Christopher Rose

    Well, I certainly have seen a lot of shockingly bad cricket recently, alas. I’m now pinning my slim hopes on the return of Vaughan to see if we can recover a little credibility in the one-dayers. Now about that Leb..?

  • MCH

    “Marthe, how about an example of my lies and disinformation.”
    – Dave Nalle

    See below:

    “Did I mention that I have on occasion sat in my back yard and SHOT stray/wild dogs with a hunting rifle?…Now the cougars have taken over the coyotes hunting ground, so they’re wandering up to the house and needing to be SHOT as well. I figure the next visitors will be the cougars themselves, so I’m keeping my 30-06 and a clip by the bakc door at all times now.”
    – Dave Nalle, 2005

    “I’ve never actually KILLED a stray dog. Those I’ve shot I’ve shot with buckshot to drive them off. If I ever did kill one I’d dispose of the body appropriately. Not about to leave a rotting carcas in my yard.”
    – Dave Nalle, 2006

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    MCH, no one was talking to you. No one is EVER talking to you.

    And your example of a slight misstatement on an irrelevant subject is hardly what we’re talking about here.

    Dave

  • nancy

    Happy Noo Years’, all. Aren’t we the usual happy family. I’ve missed you all these past few weeks.

    Dave – enjoyed the article, even if I didn’t agree w/some of it. Just out of curiousity, ref comment #91, about being subjected to a variety of IQ tests, were the scores consistent or were they all over the map as I’d expect?

    Shark, you may be rude & crude as someone accused on another thread a few weeks ago, but you’re fun to read, & usually spot-on. I do wish Gonzo would come back to add to the fun.

    Ref: that mental mess going on over in the Fatima thread (500,000 comments & almost all of them by one seriously delusional nutcase) I’m curious why the eds. don’t just shut her down. I’ve asked Eric but he never says. It’s kind of like watching a one-person brawl; sort of morbidly fascinating yet repulsive.

    Yo, Clavos; how’s life down in the land of Kate Harris – or has she cleaned her desk out & gone by now?

    Jet – hope your surgery/medication series went well. I haven’t had much time to cruise but I’ve noticed the paucity of your comments? How’re you doing?

    All: Dave did write this article under the category of ‘Opinion’. While some of you might not like it, he’s certainly entitled to his opinions without being called a liar, etc. After all, no one has a gun making you read his stuff. Politicians & CEOs are liars; Dave is just occasionally deluded. But I do like the hat, Dave.

  • MCH

    “MCH, no one was talking to you…”
    – Dave Nalle

    That’s never stopped you before, Nalle.

  • MCH

    Hey Nancy, glad to “see” you again. Where ya been?

  • Clavos

    Hey, Nancy:

    Welcome back!

    Yup, ol’ Katherine is still around somewhere, but she’s very quiet these days.

    She lost her Senate race big time.

    Don’t know if you heard or not, but the race to fill her congressional seat was narrowly (300-odd votes) won by the Republican candidate. There were problems with the design of the ballot for the machines and a lot of undervotes as a result, so the results are being contested by the Democratic candidate. Meanwhile, the Republican has been seated.

    Where’ve you been (if you don’t mind my asking)?

  • moonraven

    Shark gave a pretty succinct rundown of the deviant behavior of Homeboy Dave.

    As for Dave’s cavalier dimissal of the documentation of his lying–it will not wash. A liar is someone who LIES, period. The number of times he has lied is irrelevant, as he is simply not credible in any context.

    Once you do it, you ain’t a virgin anymore.

    There’s a good lebanese restauant half a block from this Internet cafe in Mexico City. Lots of folks in Mexico of lebanese origin–including Carlos Slim, the third richest man in the world.

    I won’t go into how he reached that financial pinnacle, but was happy to see Chavez close his fingers in the door when he announced the re-nationalization of CANTV yesterday. Slim had been planning on buying it, lock stock and barrel. He was kept cooling his heels since last March, and yesterday received the bad news.

    I am sure as hell not crying for him–Mexico’s phone rates are the highest in the world. Now he won’t be making Venezuela’s just as high….

  • Clavos

    He was kept cooling his heels since last March, and yesterday received the bad news.

    Actually, it was good news for Slim. He could have sunk billions into it and THEN had Chavez steal it from him.

    And I’m sure Slim is losing a lot of sleep worrying about what you think of him, moonie.

  • moonraven

    Uh, Homeboy,

    Whether Carlos Slim is losing sleep or not over what I think of him is not relevant, I in no way implied that he was, and you are typically infantile in giving that as a response.

    Of course you haven’t bothered to read the background on the Slim finger pinching–or you would know that Venezuela was supposed to be his South American beachhead–in order to start putting his Sanborns restaurants, which are like pimples all over this country’s face, and all of his other businesses.

    FYI, nationaization is not STEALING–but since you don’t know the difference between LYING and telling the truth–I am sure that you couldn’t possibly catch the subtle difference between stealing and indemnization.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Dave – enjoyed the article, even if I didn’t agree w/some of it. Just out of curiousity, ref comment #91, about being subjected to a variety of IQ tests, were the scores consistent or were they all over the map as I’d expect?

    Good to see you back, Nancy. And yes, the scores were wildly different on the IQ tests, but that was because they were different types of tests which use different scales. Her thesis had something to do with analyzing the differences between the tests. I took some of them more than once, and the ones which I took more than once yielded basically similar results. I’ve also taken the Sanford-Binet test two other times and the results were pretty similar, though my score did go up slightly when I took the test at an older age.

    Dave

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    As for Dave’s cavalier dimissal of the documentation of his lying

    An irrelevant misstatement is not lying. If you don’t know the difference that’s just more evidence of your delusional state.

    –it will not wash. A liar is someone who LIES, period. The number of times he has lied is irrelevant, as he is simply not credible in any context.

    Easy for you to say when you’ve been proven to have no idea what you’re talking about many times, not to mention some chronically arrogant ‘lying’ of your own, such as your hilarious claims that Franco, Clavos and I all had no familiarity with regions of the world we had lived in for years.

    Dave

  • Clavos

    FYI, nationaization is not STEALING

    When you take something against the owner’s will, even if you indemnify him, you are violating his property rights and STEALING.

    It’s getting very popular in this country, too, only here we’re calling it “eminent domain.”

    But whatever you call it, it’s STEALING.

    Whether Carlos Slim is losing sleep or not over what I think of him is not relevant

    Perhaps not, but it does point out how irrelevant your opinion of him is.

  • Nancy

    I went on vacation out of town for 3+ weeks & had no access to online. It drove me berserk for about 4 days, & then I settled into a state of lassitude I’m still trying to shake off. It was really kind of nice, not reading The News & getting all exercised over BushCo’s latest contretemps, etc. in a way. I’ve also come down w/carpal tunnel really bad, so my typing is not only very slow, but very inaccurate perforce since I have to go back & make all these corrections (this website won’t do autocorrect, for some odd reason). I may also be off for awhile because the Dr.s want to replace a knee & the carpal tunnel needs addressing but that won’t be settled for a few weeks at least, what they intend to do about it. Hopefully something less drastic first.

    Anyway, I rather missed reading everyone sniping at & swiping at each other. If nothing else, it’s fun.

    Ref: Catherine over at “Fatima”, she’s even as we read/type stirring up a storm w/herself over god knows what, so one could hardly say she’s out of it or quiescent! At least she’s not following ME around the various threads like she was for awhile. Cripes! Nothing like being stalked on BC by a whacko w/delusions of deity.

    Ref: the IQ test variations of scores (Dave), I am surprised they don’t have correlations between them, even if the numbers do come out different, so there could be some comparison of a sort even if they do test different aspects of IQ. I mean, one would expect someone who scores high in one or more to score high in the others as well, generally speaking.

    Somehow I’ve missed seeing Moonraven’s comments before. She sounds a bit like a radical JOM or Redtard, doesn’t she.

    Now I’m in for it, I suppose.

  • MCH

    Nancy,
    Don’t forget Arch/Bing. Glad to see ya back.

  • Nancy

    Oh, thank you. Very kind of all of you to welcome me back. Yeah, I did forget Arch/Bing. Are they the same? Didn’t know that. Arch, tho, can on rare occasions (depending on the issue) make salient points. He even wrote a really good article on movies I enjoyed; I’ve never seen that from either Red or JOM, ever.

  • moonraven

    So, this person Nancy starts off her interaction with me by calling me a “retard”. Par from the course here, where anyone with REAL journalistic experience, full academic credentials and expertise in the politics of countries south of the border is immediately seen as a threat that must be insulted or silenced.

    Nice work–if you can get it. But you can’t and you won’t.

    Homeboy says making “misstatements” (his term) is not lying. Back in my undergraduate days the Jesuits at Seattle University used another slippery term: “Broad mental reservation”. However you slice it, it comes out LIE.

    If you and clavos have lived anyplace outside of the ignorant US you certainly have concealed any evidence of it, since your posts indicate zero knowledge.

    On a MUCH happier note, I am sure that Chavez is not losing any sleep over you pendejos (desde la “p” hasta la “o”–his words) as he wings his way to Managua after just having been sworn in for another 6 years as president.

    Emminent domain, by the way, is not a new term in the US. If I recall correctly, it is in the Fifth Ammendment to the US Constitution.

    While you personally may believe that no State should nationalize resources or businesses or expropriate land, that does NOT make it illegal to do so.

    I find it interesting that the Bush Gang is OPINING that Chavez is making a mistake by nationalizing anything and shrieking that compensation must be made immediately. Yet the petroleum commpanies–who will be the ones most affected in the Orinoco Basin are not saying squat–they know which side their bread is buttered on.

    I happen to believe, along with Emiliano Zapata, that land should belong to those who work it.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    So, this person Nancy starts off her interaction with me by calling me a “retard”.

    I’d have thought you’d be used to bein greeted that way based on your behavior.

    Par from the course here, where anyone with REAL journalistic experience, full academic credentials and expertise in the politics of countries south of the border is immediately seen as a threat that must be insulted or silenced.

    Odd, I’ve got real journalistic experience and ‘full’ academic credentials (whatever that means) and no one has ever successfully tried to silence me or insulted me because of it. They haven’t given those things much weight, of course, because when writing online it really all comes down to what you say and how well you say it.

    Homeboy says making “misstatements” (his term) is not lying. Back in my undergraduate days the Jesuits at Seattle University used another slippery term: “Broad mental reservation”. However you slice it, it comes out LIE.

    Guess I’m glad I was taught by good old liberals and took philosophy with a gay former marine sargeant who understood the difference between a lie and an error. It’s a subtlety which many these days seem to not understand, but I think it goes hand in hand with the loss of ability to understand simple English grammar.

    If you and clavos have lived anyplace outside of the ignorant US you certainly have concealed any evidence of it, since your posts indicate zero knowledge.

    Indeed, Clavos concealed his knowledge of central America under an overwhelming amount of specific and detailed first-hand information and the ability to speak the language fluently. I haven’t talked that much about my overseas experiences. What would you like? A photo of me in Red Square or perhaps a copy of my passport listing Beirut as my birthplace?

    Dave

  • moonraven

    Dave,

    Skip the bullshit. The definition of a word or its action–LIE–has nothing to do with GRAMMAR in any language.

    I see you continue to believe that both Mexico and Venezuela are part of Central America. I am in Mexico. It is in NORTH America. (For that reason there is the phrase, Pobre México–tan lejos de Diós y tan cerca de Estados Unidos.)

    I will be leaving soon for Nicaragua. It is in CENTRAL America.

    And after that I will be going to Venezuela. It is in SOUTH America.

    In Latin America, we refer to all landmasses in this hemisphere as AMERICA. But not CENTRAL America.

    Will someone please buy this ignorant guy a map?

  • Nancy

    You know, Moonraven, you really DO deserve the critiques leveled at you by the others. I was wondering if they were being fair, but then you go & state that I called you a “retard”. Either you are dyslexic or don’t read very well: I compared your comments to those of another blogger on this site who goes by the name of “REDTARD” … NOT ‘retard’, which is YOUR error – not mine.

    Mayhaps you should change your blogging moniker to “Moonraving”? It would certainly be more a propos your style of shooting before you read.

  • moonraven

    So you took the bait, Nancy–and your response indicates that you are simply an intolerant person who has no interest whatsoever in the topic.

    You are only here for self-promotion, and apparently are so addicted to the attention of folks on this site that you are willing to make your carpal tnnel sydrome worse in a pathetic attempt to get strokes.

    Why not give it a rest? You have nothing to contribute.

  • Nancy

    OHHHH…you’re the same person who’s carrying on the Mary thing on the Fatima thread…. That explains much. Never mind. For a moment I thought you were someone worth responding to.

    n any event you can ignore the information in my previous posts ref carpal tunnel or anything else, since they weren’t directed to you but to those who DID ask.

  • MAOZ

    Nancy, I didn’t ask re your carpal tunnel and your knee; but since you mentioned it, may I wish you a Refuah Shleimah — be well.

  • moonraven

    Mary thread?

    On that pathetic thread I am the person who indicated the moderators should stop the thread because the ranting and raving there was symptomatic of bipolar disorder.

    The mentally disturbed person then called me an asswipe. So much for compassion.

    Carrying on, indeed.

    Maybe your carpal tunnel syndrome comes from spewing miles of mad venom on that thread…..

  • moonraven

    Just for the record–why would I ask about someone I had never had any dealings with?

    Geez–and someone recently made references to narcissism….

  • http://mrbounce.blogspot.com/ Melita Teale

    Yes, Nancy, you fell in Moonraven’s clevah-trap. Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha. Once more, someone with REAL journalistic experience and full academic credentials has outwitted a site user into pointing out that said journalistic/academic is paranoid and thinks everything is about him/her. HAH!

    Look, Moonraven, you were the one who departed far enough from the subject to mention how victimized your credentials make you, so you really shouldn’t get prancy about Nancy promoting herself and not having anything to contribute.

    By the way, Dave, this was an absolutely infuriating article for many reasons that have been mentioned before. Nice one.

  • moonraven

    Another crackpot.

    It was not an infuriating article. In fact, it was not an “article” at all.

    It was simply the blithering of an uninformed person crying out for attention, and so far as I can tell, I am the ONLY one who has had anything to say relevant to the topic of Homeboy’s rant.

    You folks in the US are so like toads in the bottom of a well.

  • http://mrbounce.blogspot.com/ Melita Teale

    You’re too easy, MR.

  • Nancy

    I did want to say, Dave, that IMO it’s about time the Dems come up with their own version of a Karl Rove clone; god knows they’ve spent a lot of time being kicked around by BushCo, instead of fighting fire w/fire like they should have. This is what happens when your brain softens & you think you ought always to have to take the high road in all things. Not certain I agree that Rahm E. did it all deliberately, tho; I think 80% if not more of the recent GOP losses were self-inflicted & not the result of anybody’s masterminded plotting.

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Marthe,

    Melita is no crackpot. If you could put down your bow of contempt and quiver full of insults and read the articles she writes on politics here, you would discover her outlook is not too different from yours.

    Melita is also an editor, a lady with a very sharp eye for what is and isn’t clearly written. I don’t agree with her politics, but I sure as hell respect her editorial ability. And I’ve benefitted from it as well.

    Come down from that royal mountain of yours and write an article for the site, Marthe. You might be surprised by how much us unwashed bloggers really do know.

  • Nancy

    Wasted breath, Ruvy. BTW, hope you had happy holidays & everything’s (relatively) peaceful over there for the nonce.

  • http://mrbounce.blogspot.com/ Melita Teale

    Aw, thanks, Ruvy. I do appreciate the kind words.

    For the record I’m neither from nor in the United States. Look at me spell “centre.” But people get wound up and write whatever comes into their head, I suppose.

  • Nancy

    I second Ruvy’s opinion of you, Mel. Those who can (like you), do; those who can’t (like Moonie, here) – bitch about those who can.

  • http://mrbounce.blogspot.com/ Melita Teale

    That has brightened up my whole silly workday!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIMW5iYFGhM D’oh

    Ah, but some of us “did” and yet “do not” anymore, for various reasons. Do we still count?

    heh

  • moonraven

    Melita,

    If you’re such hot shit it should not have been necessary for your first comment to me to be a basket of insults.

    First impressions count a lot with this bird.

    Ruvy,

    I do have the stray minute to comment when I see what I consider to be propaganda and disinformation. But since I don’t even have time to stay current with my own blog site, I don’t think taking the time to write a piece here would be particularly worthwhile.

  • Clavos

    I do have the stray minute to comment when I see what I consider to be propaganda and disinformation.

    Which you counter with…

    real propaganda and disinformation!

  • http://elvirablack.blogspot.com/ Elvira Black

    Moonraven has still refused to answer many questions posed to her, such as why, if she is so busy and important, she has time to waste on these threads–and why she would bother at all since she has deemed this site to be beneath her contempt to begin with.

  • http://elvirablack.blogspot.com/ Elvira Black

    Oh and Nancy:

    Welcome back! Sorry to hear about the carpal tunnel and the knee problem. Hope you had a great vacation though.

  • STM

    Chris wrote: “Well, I certainly have seen a lot of shockingly bad cricket recently, alas. I’m now pinning my slim hopes on the return of Vaughan to see if we can recover a little credibility in the one-dayers. Now about that Leb..?”

    Yes, he did OK in the 20-20 considering he’s been out for yonks. On that Leb, Sorry mate, I don’t indulge any more but ours comes from Afghanistan – closer – or is made on the premises right here in good old Ors-tray-lia (the pommy pronunciation). But when I was in the UK years ago, I much preferred mellow Lebanese blondes, meself …

  • Clavos

    SO, would a pommy also say Orz??

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    I don’t know why I even waste time talking to Moonraver.

    Skip the bullshit. The definition of a word or its action–LIE–has nothing to do with GRAMMAR in any language.

    The supposed ‘lie’ you’re pinning your hopes on is my mistake in typing ‘shot’ instead of ‘shot at’. A small typographical error leaving out a key element of grammar. If you can’t parse how that’s a simple error and not a lie then I can’t help you. Thank god you have a second language since your English is no better than your logic.

    I’m ignoring your silly discussion of the difference between central and north america. I’m familiar with the divisions. Let’s just call it all Latin America and move on.

    Dave

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    By the way, Dave, this was an absolutely infuriating article for many reasons that have been mentioned before. Nice one.

    My pleasure. I tried to include something in it to annoy all readers.

    Dave

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    If you could put down your bow of contempt and quiver full of insults

    You left out her bushel basket full of ego.

    Dave

  • Maurice

    Dave,

    I don’t know why you waste your time either.

    I like the stock blogs where I can block abusive posters.

    I have asked for that here before.

  • STM

    Clav wrote: “When you take something against the owner’s will, even if you indemnify him, you are violating his property rights and STEALING.”

    As you know, Clav, in Australia it’s just known as borrowing.

  • STM

    Clav asked: “SO, would a pommy also say Orz??”

    Highly bloody likely, since they’re a silly bunch of bastards.

    Dave wrote: “You left out her bushel basket full of ego”

    And the sun shining out of her blurter.

  • Clavos

    Ay Stan, I love your comments!

    The pommies do take a beating from us colonials, don’t they?

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    As you know, Clav, in Australia it’s just known as borrowing.

    Even if it’s Australia it’s still only borrowing if you give it back some day.

    Dave

  • Clavos

    Hola, Dave. Can you editar mi artículo pendiente for me?

    ¡Gracias anticipadas!

    Clavos

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    More reliable to email those requests, Clavos, but I’ll get on it.

    Dave

  • Nancy

    D’oh #175: of course it does; after all, at least YOU still had the gumption to do it at one time, which is more than I (or Moonie) bother to do.

  • moonraven

    Elvira’s right this time: I don’t have any more time for the foolishness on this site.

  • http://mrbounce.blogspot.com/ Melita Teale

    Holy shit. She’s like the song that never ends.

  • Nancy

    I TOLD you it was the raving loonie from the ‘Fatima’ thread-!

  • STM

    “Even if it’s Australia it’s still only borrowing if you give it back some day.”

    Well, one day ….

  • supernova_kitten

    If I may respond to comment #39…
    The answers to that test were scary. Were they written out of sarcasm?
    (Shudders as she closes web browser)

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    Nancy,

    Let me join MAOZ in wishing you refuá shlemá with the carpal tunnel. I do suggest one thing – drink lots of water. It’ll flush out the poisons in your body and help a bit with the carpal tunnel. And now I have to get off and go on patrol for the village…

  • http://elvirablack.blogspot.com/ Elvira Black

    In the name of peace, love, and worldwide understanding, I’ve decided, here and now, to see the glass as half full from now on–or the next ten minutes, whichever works out best.

    Remember “The Manchurian Candidate?” (not the lame-o remake, but the orig with Sinatra and Harvey and Landsbury?) Lawrence Harvey was a bitter misanthrope save for the time he wooed Jordan, the “liberal” Congressman Baker’s daughter. For one summer, he became “loveable.” In fact, everything was lovable. The whole darn world was loveable.

    So being bored to tears and noticing Ruvy’s new comment, I reread the whole loveable thread and decided that everyone here is very, very loveable. Even the Manchurian Candidate.

    Why do I now see her as loveable? Well, in “All About Eve” there was an actor whose name escapes me–some sort of vile, catty, misanthrophic, scheming gossipmonger/starmaker. But he was also charming in a way–the kind of villian you love to hate.

    Since she can’t resist these threads, I now choose to see her contempt as a sort of “act”–like a friend who good naturedly insults you. Are you with me so far?

    This may be the intellectual stretch of the millenium, but right now, to me, she IS loveable. Yes, I am delusional at the moment.

    Um…Viva Zapata? Or whatever is appropriate.

    Duane #59: a belated LMAO. Now where’d you go?

  • Clavos

    Elvira,

    What flavor of Kool Aid are you drinking?

    Peace? Love? Worldwide understanding?

    What are you, some kind of communist?

    Understanding? We doan’ need no steenkeeng understanding!

  • http://elvirablack.blogspot.com/ Elvira Black

    Clavos:

    Lalalalalaal–I can’t hear you!

    Now let’s join hands, everyone! And a one, and a two, and a …

    I’d like to teach the world to sing
    In perfect harmony
    I’d like to buy the world a Coke
    And keep it company….

  • supernova_kitten

    Oops…comment #197 was supposed to be with reference to comment #59. (heh-heh, sorry…it wouldn’t have made much sense!)
    Referring to comment #58:
    My guess is that Mr. President and Donald Trump might be well-known people with narcissistic personalities.
    When the narcissism gets really out of hand, then it’s classified as Narcissistic Personality Disorder. That is, it causes a hella bunch of problems such as destruction to self and/or others…hmmmm, now I’m not sure WHERE to put G.W. Bush.
    Famous people with NPD: Hitler and Stalin (most likely).
    It’s really difficult to know how widespread this affliction is, since those with NPD typically never seek treatment, and those who do, usually drop out or refuse to respond to therapy.
    This makes it hard to gather accurate statistics.
    After all, who wants to purposely have his ego deflated…or, to put it another way, why fix what’s perceived as perfect?

  • supernova_kitten

    I can’t believe I left out Hussein. After all, the way his mind worked, it killed a lot of people, and ultimately, it got him hung.
    I don’t think he ever sought treatment, either.

  • The village Idiot

    RJ. Keep the comments coming. EXCELLENT. Im just sitting here on my little computer chair eating a bowl of Orville Redenbacher,s Original Gourmet Popping Corn. It,s 100% whole grain ya know. Popped it myself and poured real melted butter on top and some salt. Shit, now I have butter all over my keyboard. Rum and popping corn go well together. Well maybe. sr

  • http://nightdragon.diaryland.com Mark Edward Manning

    one thing which became very clear this year is that a much larger portion of the muslim population all over the world consists of fanatics and lunatics, and that they are a threat in a lot more places than just the Middle East.

    And how.