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I can’t resist pinching this from Howie Carr. He’s having fun with it, why can’t I? CNN is running footage this afternoon of Barack Obama getting heckled at a speech today. Well, no big. Anybody can get heckled. But if you listen to the speech Obama is trying to give in the background, it’s purest gibberish.

So you’re working longer hours. Or working more than one job just to get by. And then there are the jobs you do once the workday ends. Jobs like paying bills. Like buying groceries. Like making dinner. Doing the laundry.

It’s bookended by heckling, so god knows where he’s going with this idea, but…what the hell? Is he really whining about buying groceries, making dinner and doing the laundry? The ordinary, grownup things that make up ordinary, grownup lives for most of us?

Howie wants to know if Obama will send someone around to balance his checkbook and change lightbulbs, but he’s missing what Obama’s plugging into. Can’t you hear it?

“It’s so unfair! Clean my room! Lights out by ten on schoolnights! NO TV until my homework is done! I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU!”

It’s citizen as sulky teen, government as parent. And Obama promises to be the cool stepdad who lets you have a beer when mom isn’t around. He’s aiming this idea at his natural constituency: the permanent adolescents of the Left. But bitter clingers aren’t going to get this at all.

Anyhow, here’s the audio. As an aside, note that he’s definitely speaking from a teleprompter. He says, “jobs you do once.” Full stop, and then realizes it should be “…once the workday ends…”



Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 19, 2008, 5:25 pm

Quick. Go look at Drudge. The fireworks pic at the top — what is that? Aren’t those people on the right all flipping the bird?

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: September 19, 2008, 5:44 pm

Weas, being a Nartist and all, I thought you might like this old ad. (I know you have Lileks burnout, but you can ignore the commentary.)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 19, 2008, 5:55 pm

Oh, I didn’t develop a Lileks allergy, I just took him off my daily reads.

Heh. That’s cool. Those look like cardboard reflectors. One of the (many, many) things I got rid of was a Brownie camera — new in the box.

Don’t even tell me it was worth something. I threw away so much stuff like that, it ain’t funny.

Comment from Dawn
Time: September 19, 2008, 6:42 pm

What exactly is cowboy mentality, Joe?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 19, 2008, 7:09 pm

<blinks twice, slowly>

Comment from Dawn
Time: September 19, 2008, 7:21 pm

Oh I’m sorry – I followed a link from a link to another link of Joe Biden’s speech today. I abhor Joe Biden.

Part of the solution is ending the cowboy mentality, the cowboy mentality of the Bush and McCain era. There’s been a conversion on the way to Damascus. The boy fell off his horse. But guess what? He got up on the same horse. We’ve got to change horses, folks.

Paul was riding a donkey on the road to Damascus.
And Joe is talking about ending cowboy mentality using horse metaphors.

Seriously, God help us if Obama wins the Presidency.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 19, 2008, 7:29 pm

Oh, right! I, too, abhor Joe Biden. I cannot understand the righties who have a sneaking affection for that twit. But I suppose that’s because I really admire Clarence Thomas and hated seeing him torn down by Slow Joe.

I’m always on “did I just go crazy?” watch, so…

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Comment from IM1
Time: September 19, 2008, 9:20 pm

Weasel – tracked you back to your virtual den here from Rightpundits. Like the site. Blogkudos to you. We are amused (um…the royal-type we and not the maybe-you-should-seek-professional-help we).

Oh, small side-note: On the England thing – God doesn’t hate you. Quite the opposite, actually.

‘k, as hip people like me say:
peace out

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: September 19, 2008, 9:28 pm

Man, we already have weasels, badgers, and ermine, and now we got minks?

I’m totally changing my screen name to Mrs. Polecat.

Comment from IM1
Time: September 19, 2008, 9:29 pm

On joe biden; I like the guy, myself! Yes his past is full of…er…silly behavior, but right now it’s like he’s working for McCain/Palin. It’s only gonna get better, too! So – let’s hear it for the ol’ Gaffer! I can’t wait for Oct. 2.

Comment from IM1
Time: September 19, 2008, 9:33 pm

Well, peel, I was born with it and it’s done ok by me so far. Change away.

Comment from IM1
Time: September 19, 2008, 9:35 pm

Peel, changed it jesfer you.

Comment from Jill
Time: September 19, 2008, 9:47 pm

I bought a high-chair that looks exactly like the one in the Lileks ad at a flea market about 10 years ago. It must have had 30+ coats of paint on it. It still isn’t totally stripped.

Weasels, badgers, ermines and minks…I’m a jackass – does that count for anything?


Comment from Mrs. Polecat
Time: September 19, 2008, 9:50 pm

Oh, there’s no need to change. I was just being silly. Your name fits perfectly with the site’s general mustelidae theme.

I…I just wanted to fit in, too. *sniffle*

(For one of my co-op exit pitches back in the day, I started out by saying that I wanted very much to fit in with the group, but despite months of trying, I hadn’t been able to grow a proper mustache. Everyone laughed.)

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 19, 2008, 11:15 pm

Wow, just watched the CNN video. ‘Blacks against Obama’. Cool. And then the borg is shouting back ‘Yes, we can’. Pffft….

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 19, 2008, 11:20 pm

Aren’t those people on the right all flipping the bird?

Sure looks like it. Then I looked down and saw the line about Biden poking a reporter in the chest and telling him he needs to work on his pecs. Too bad it wasn’t a woman he did it to. Heh.

Comment from daniel
Time: September 20, 2008, 1:43 am

He was not reading from a teleprompter…I was at the bank untited center watching him give the speech…

he just realized he said something wrong…you know..that happens when you make a very long speech…

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 20, 2008, 2:23 am

He seems to have that problem a lot.
Were either of your legs tingling with hope and changiness?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2008, 5:16 am

I don’t know, Daniel. If he didn’t have a teleprompter, then I would guess he was reading off notes. Nothing wrong with that, it’s just that confusing “jobs you do once the workday ends” with “jobs you do once” is a reading error, not an ad-lib error.

The CNN tape cuts there. Out of curiosity, do you remember where he was going with that idea?

Comment from Lokki
Time: September 20, 2008, 10:42 am

Obama and Biden are such obvious clowns that it’s been tempting for me to think that America has come to its senses and that we are safe… but here’s a little email exchange I had recently with a California-nee-New Yorker friend. (She cashed out and moved to the wine country while the cashing-out was good.) This exchange was (obviously) on a day when Mrs. Lokki and I were staying home to enjoy the hurricane Ike – which was too far away from Dallas to bother us.

Dear [Friend of Lokki] –

Thanks for the concern, but since we’re Republicans (or [Mrs. Lokki] WOULD be if she COULD) We Like Ike! We are going to get heavy rain and 45 mph winds, but nothing really serious. Just bad enough to “have to” stay home and cook something delicious, and drink some wonderful California wine that we got from a special friend of ours….
Wine – it’s what’s for breakfast! Love Ya, and see ya in Las Vegas…. Or Maybe we’ll come visit in May… Since we’re always hungry AND thirsty!

Here was her response:

Oh God, [Lokki], please don’t tell me you’re going to vote forMcain/Palin………oh, but they are too scary for words — I think I have a video that I need you to see – oh please [Lokki] don’t do it – vote for anybody else, Bob Barr, Ron Paul, Quasimoto, Peter Pan, Lex Luther, the Joker (oops, that would be Mcain/Palin), forget that one, even bush would be better than those 2 — oh God, did I just say that?

Love, [Lokki’s Friend]



How do you get through to people like this?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2008, 10:51 am

Lokki! Good to hear the storm missed you. I was saying to Uncle B just last night that we hadn’t see you in a while.

California via New York is a potent combination. It’s very, very difficult for heartland ideas to penetrate the hard candy shell and reach the gooey center.

I didn’t watch the whole video. I gather it’s about Sarah Palin’s support for wolf culling. I have a friend who hasn’t eaten beef since she watched some documentary on meat packing or something. She has the sense to know she shouldn’t watch any more documentaries about ranching or she’ll have to become a vegetarian. But, even then, you can’t escape the necessity of doing some difficult, ugly and seemingly cruel jobs to maintain the balance of nature. Our position as top carnivore has been a factor in the environment so long, we can’t bow out if we want to.

I remember some town in the Midwest a few years ago that got overrun with deer. They were so horrified at the idea of sharpshooters, they were going to poison the deer instead.

That right there? Fucked up.

Comment from Lokki
Time: September 20, 2008, 10:58 am

What bothers me is the mindset… that all things are wonderful, soft, fuzzy, and nice. If only you feed the wolves, they won’t bother anybody, right?

Not many terrorists out there in wine country, I guess, and thus the horror that someone could make a tough decision because it’s the better decision in the long run.

I don’t need to mention that she drives an SUV but is opposed to off-shore drilling, right?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2008, 11:02 am

Incidentally — speaking in my capacity as professional artard — it’s pathetic how easily manipulated we are by photographs.

The left pushes very, very hard to get horrible images out there in support of their ideas: soldier coffins, meat processing. The right attempts the same with abortion photos, but are ruled out of bounds.

Me, I think they would both benefit by thinking about what it would be like if we used shocking, horrible images of things that are politically neutral, or even positive. Say some bloody, horrific images of a hip replacement.

I think it behoves us to be VERY careful about trying to motivate people through their eyeballs. Especially as we have become a squeamish people who seldom have to get our hands dirty.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2008, 11:06 am

Heh. Our posts crossed in the ether.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I once heard an animal rights activist interviewed on BBC radio. I believe it was an anti-foxhunting segment, and the interviewer cornered her with the idea that foxes themselves are cruel, bloody carnivores. Her response was that she was sure that foxes could be raised to be vegetarians, if you caught them young enough.

HOLY SHIT! Where to start?

a. No they couldn’t.
b. WTF?!
c. What, are we going to hand-rear all the carnivores on the planet at some point in the future? All squintillionty-jillion of them? Won’t we need a LOT more people to do this?
d. No, seriously…WTF?!
e. And then what? The world will be a giant petting zoo?

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 20, 2008, 11:19 am

f. and we can call them George and loves ’em and pets ’em and hugs ’em each and every one!

Interesting your friend would send you that video, Lokki. A thought just percolated up from the bowels of my brain – my sister is a huge bird nut. Always sends me petitions to sign to save the chickens. I have a feeling that she would probably be like your friend and not vote the Palin ticket because of that video.

Speaking of chicken shit. Did you see that J.K.Rowling just gave Labour, 1.3 million dollars? She likes how Labour has helped the poor. I’ve got an idea, how about folks like Ms. Bajillionaire set up a fund of their own to help the poor?

I hate when celebutards cast their lot in politics. Why can’t they do it before I buy their crap?

Comment from porknbean
Time: September 20, 2008, 11:23 am

Oh, and did you see what Charlie Rangel(D-NY), said about Sarah Palin? The same Rangel, House Ways and Means Committee Rangel, up to his eyeballs in tax fraud, who refuses to step down from said committee?


If a sitting republican said the equivalent about Hillary, what do you think we would be subjected to 24/7?

Comment from Dawn
Time: September 20, 2008, 12:14 pm

Shooting wolves is not hunting. It’s pest control.
Any animal that can and will eat me is fair game!
Sharks, tigers, bears, gators, wolves, and spiders…the whole lot of them.
And you heard that from a vegetarian folks.

Comment from Lokki
Time: September 20, 2008, 2:04 pm

One of my favorite quotes…. I ‘think’ it comes from the book “Little Big Man”.

The young preacher waved his bible at the old man, and shouted, “And the Lion shall lie down with the lamb!”.

The old man smiled, and said, “That’s a good thought, son, and it’ll work out just fine, as long as you remember to add fresh lambs now and again….”

Comment from TattooedIntellectual
Time: September 20, 2008, 3:22 pm

The thing that sucks about the wolf culling is that if you go looking for the facts now you couldn’t find them for the political bullshit flowing in from both sides. I’d like to know where the areas of control are, what the wolf pops in those areas are as compared to the moose/caribou/deer pops. Are we controlling in certain areas more so than others? Part of the argument for aerial hunting is the inability to reach some of those truly remote areas. Ok, but if you can’t reach those areas to hunt wolves how can you reach them to hunt caribou? Is there migration taking place w/ the caribou, are the wolves having more impact at certain points along that path? Is human-wildlife interaction a factor (are they controlling wolf pops in more human populated areas to prevent encounters)? The “explanation” (like I said I can’t get to facts that I really trust at this point) is that wolf pops must be managed to maintain caribou pops for sport and subsistence hunters.

Alaska has their dept of Fish and Game and the Bureau of Game, plus USF&W.

We’ve all seen the appeal of charismatic megafauna to urban populations that do not have to deal w/ them on a regular basis. Pandas are a pain in the ass if you have to deal w/ their bad-tempered selves in the wild, but you’ll never hear that side of the story (partially b/c there aren’t that many in the wild :)) Wolves are even worse b/c we can make the jump from wolf to dog w/o stretching very hard. That increases their appeal to a population already sensitized to pet abuse/abandonment/etc who anthropomorphizes their pets.

There is an argument to be made for managing populations to maintain a balance. However, we don’t typically have enough long-term information to truly understand what that balance is, what natural boom-bust cycles are in place, or what innate recovery strategies are involved.

In a perfect world we could control populations thru use of birth control (hormonal or spaying–there’s some exciting research being done in this field and I think we’ll see it employed more and more), but last time I checked this isn’t a perfect world. Aerial hunting is not as ethical as I would like it to be (not as quick as it should be), however it’s better than poison which takes days and runs the risk of secondary poisoning.

Like everything else, I’d like more cold, hard facts and less political coating. Alas, I’m unlikely to see it. I also realize that, like every other high-up position that touches the gov’t, it’s all political. It’s possible that the biologists involved w/ this don’t think the culling’s a good idea, but the uppity-ups do, so it goes thru.

Comment from TattooedIntellectual
Time: September 20, 2008, 3:23 pm

Well damn, that turned out to be a touch disjointed and way longer than intended. Sorry.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2008, 4:51 pm

No, I hear you and agree. There are a lot of topics like that, where I’m damn sure I won’t get a straight story out of either side.

I’m a bleeding heart bunny hugger, but when I’m unclear on the issues, I lean toward the hunters’ opinion. Hunter stereotypes leave out the part where these guys were the original environmentalists, out in the woods noticing when bad shit happened.

Comment from Allen
Time: September 20, 2008, 5:07 pm

Hah! A Light Breaker. This could devolve. Photon Passer, Breaking Beams, etc.

Does asslight smell?

Comment from TattooedIntellectual
Time: September 20, 2008, 5:17 pm

Depends on what you’ve been eating Allen 🙂

Comment from Allen
Time: September 20, 2008, 5:31 pm

TI, I just got back from Vegas, so I thought I would check in here to see Weasel’s latest. Dear Lord, she topped Vegas. You know how hard that is? I mean really, how do you top a female impersonation of Joan Rivers?

Obama’s breaking light did manage. 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2008, 5:33 pm

I know the bait that catches a man’s undivided interest: fart jokes.

Comment from TattooedIntellectual
Time: September 20, 2008, 5:42 pm

Dammit, I remember reading a book a few years ago (and I’m not telling you b/c it was fluffy stuff and not philosphically deep and I don’t wanna ruin my image :)) and I can’t remember the author and I can’t remember the title, and amazon is being less than helpful. All of my books are packed away in storage in NE.

Comment from Allen
Time: September 20, 2008, 6:00 pm

Well Weas, you should have seen some of the guys from Blackfive doing their version of a pole dance. There is photographic evidence.

In this case, what happened in Vegas will probably go viral.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 20, 2008, 6:08 pm

Oh, yes. I’m quite sure. Beclownest thyself not in front of bloggers.

Comment from Allen
Time: September 20, 2008, 7:49 pm

Well it could be worse… Hey, Jimmeh was the hot CinC, I remember sitting down at Green Ramp when Desert One went down. Spooky…

Then we have Uncle Bill.



Comment from Lokki
Time: September 21, 2008, 8:42 am


Comment from TattooedIntellectual
Time: September 20, 2008, 5:42 pm

Dammit, I remember reading a book a few years ago…

Me Too!


Comment from Lokki
Time: September 21, 2008, 9:01 am

And since Akismet has eaten my first attempted comment….

I was sipping coffe and persusing the most recent New Yorker this morning… and it suddenly struck me that the Palin family is exactly the kind of family that the Democratic Party used to represent.

Imagine for a moment that Sara Palin hadn’t won the election for mayor a few years ago.

She’d be best described as the hard-working socially active “soccer mom” whose husband is a hard-working union member.

She’d be that classic Michigan/Ohio/Minnesota Democratic voter.

Who does the Democratic Party represent now?

Comment from bad cat robot
Time: September 21, 2008, 10:49 am

Allen is completely correct. The poledancing by the Blackfive contingent has been photographically captured with the best images (best=most compromising) in reserve for blackmail. I would really like to know what the Penthouse girls thought of the party(very co-ed attendees, including one guy who brought his mother, fully clad male poledancers, etc).

Comment from Empire of Jeff
Time: September 23, 2008, 1:46 pm

Found yer site through AoSHQ.

Did anyone notice that the hecklers in the audience were all black? “Blacks Against Obama.”

Hmm. I wonder if they are just angry at his racist half-white side? Typical half-white person. Just like Grandma.

At the end of the video about the wolf-hunting, the narrarator asks, “Do we really want a Vice President who champions such savagery?”

Ummm… FUCK YES, my boner cried out. Shooting wolves from moving planes? How do you get that gig?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 23, 2008, 2:08 pm

Hiya, Jeff. Welcome to mein ‘umble ‘ome. Smells a bit but the prices are low.

If you like Ace, and you like this site, you’d probably enjoy a lot of folks in the Moronosphere. Check out the blogroll to the right…

Comment from Empire of Jeff
Time: September 23, 2008, 2:46 pm

Thanks. It appears you’re doing the Lord’s work here. And by “Lord”, I mean the Dark Lord, Karl Rove, of course.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 23, 2008, 2:50 pm

I had Cthulhu in mind, but then I do live in Providence.

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