October 31, 2010

Tom Friedman Almost Writes A Good Column But Can't Take It To The Finish
— DrewM

I don't know why but I like picking on Friedman so much. I guess it's because it's like watching a big budget movie that just stinks. You think, "if they let that guy make that movie, maybe someday I can make one. I couldn't do any worse."

Friedman is the kind of guy who often comes so close to making a valid point and then falls just short or his column is just a steaming pile of idiocy because he falls in love with a few stock ideas (China will rule all! The Saudis are the key to Mideast peace!).

Today he turns in one of the former columns. He comes so close to getting the importance of India, why they are a rising power and then... dreck.

India and America are both democracies, a top Indian official explained to me, but emotionally they are now ships passing in the night. Because today the poorest Indian maid believes that if she can just save a few dollars to get her kid English lessons, that kid will have a better life than she does. So she is an optimist. “But the guy in Kansas,” he added, “who today is enjoying a better life than that maid, is worried that he can’t pass it on to his kids. So he’s a pessimist.”

Yes, when America lapses into a bad mood, everyone notices. After asking for an explanation of the Tea Party’s politics, Gupta remarked: “We have moved away from a politics of grievance to a politics of aspiration. Where is the American dream? Where is the optimism?”

Wait, what? A column on India's surge on the global stage ends with a shot at the tea party? And of course it misses the reality of the tea party movement by about as much as possible (nothing new for Tom).

Sorry Tom but you beloved Obama is the one saying the America will have to do with less in the future, appointed anti-prosperity advisers and implemented economy killing policies to ensure he was right.

The tea party is about empowering individuals to do all the wonderful things that mother India dreams for her kids too. We used to do that here (and honestly, still do) but decades of reckless government spending and borrowing (by both parties) has reached the end of the line. We either pull back now and rebuild or we try give up hope, suck out the last few drops from the bottle and ride it out to hell.

Yes, there is a lot of anger from the tea party and Americans in general but it's because something has been stolen from them, something very important...the ability to organize our lives with the minimum amount of government support and control. When you lose something of value and want it back from those who took it, anger is an appropriate response.

Anger isn't the opposite of optimism, in fact they can be quite complimentary. If you are angry that your future isn't bright but that if things change it can be, that's healthly anger. The anger of the tea party isn't of paralyzing frustration but is motivational and at it's core optimistic that things are set back to right, the future will be bright.

As for the rest of the column, I really wish Friedman and other China lovers would pay more attention to India. Yes, they are an economic competitor but they are the kind we can deal with and they simply don't pose the security/military threat China does. We should be working with them as much as possible. Free nations tend to find ways to do things that benefit them equally in economic terms. With China, all economic opportunities are filtered through and distorted by the larger security concerns.

In the long run, I think India is a better bet over China. Economic and political freedom are messy (and lord knows Tom hates messy) but they are the only proven winners over the long term.

The tea party wants to restore economic liberty to this country. What could be more optimistic than that?

Posted by: DrewM at 08:00 AM | Comments (135)
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1 Fuck Friedman!

We want football!!

Posted by: logprof at October 31, 2010 08:02 AM (BP6Z1)

2 Can't wait for Mr. Obama's historic speech.  First time we've had to set up a |Teleprompter here.

Posted by: Indian MP at October 31, 2010 08:03 AM (BP6Z1)

3 By the way,if I click on democrat ads does it cost them money?

Posted by: dan in michigan at October 31, 2010 08:04 AM (9jRMu)

4 Friedman would write better if he had a cheerleaders picture.

Posted by: Nash Rambler at October 31, 2010 08:05 AM (9IOHF)

5 Funny thing is, India and ther USA are headed in opposite directions.  India can honestly say "Been there, done that" about business-killing governemnt over-regulation and crony capitalism.

Posted by: logprof at October 31, 2010 08:05 AM (BP6Z1)

6 But Can't Take It To The Finish
--That's what she said

Posted by: Michael G. Scott at October 31, 2010 08:08 AM (BP6Z1)

7 Posted by: logprof at October 31, 2010 01:05 PM (BP6Z1)

Exactly. And Friedman writes about that yet he can't see what he advocates on a near weekly basis is exactly that...job killing regulation and crony capitalism.

It's amazing that someone can be so blind and refuse to see the glaringly obvious contradictions in what he's writing.

His columns are like a car wreck and I just can't turn away.

Posted by: DrewM. at October 31, 2010 08:10 AM (HicGG)

8 Any morons want to remind me what the website is where I can look up NFL Red Zone (not channelsurfing.net).  This laptop I'm using is shitty for remembering sites visited more than a week ago.

Posted by: logprof at October 31, 2010 08:10 AM (BP6Z1)

9 Where is the American dream?

It's in the process of being savagely butchered by an America-hating Indonesian and his band of useful idiots.

Posted by: 'Field Marshall' Dick Blumenthal at October 31, 2010 08:11 AM (G/MYk)

10 I'm surprised Pinch and Raines let Friedman even get that close to alluding to the truth of things. Meh. They have no circulation anyway. When they go (inshallah-pundit) I won't have the perfect liner for the cat box.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at October 31, 2010 08:13 AM (9Cooa)

11

Friedman and Krugman are actually the same sad person. I've never seen them together and their opinions are just so much recycled progressive bullshit that they're indistinguishable from each other.

OTOH, India would be a good reason to tell the UN to find a new headquarters, say in the Hague, or maybe Amsterdam (good drugs!) and we start an Organization of Democratic States, start trading with each other, and let China, the USSR, Iran and Venezuela implode.

All of this, naturally, pales in comparison to the need to post a football cheerleader thread.

Whirled Peas!

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at October 31, 2010 08:15 AM (3jxR/)

12 Tom F. is rich. He is well-connected in a world of lies and vanity. He believes there is a true elite, they deserve to rule, and he is one of them. He knows exactly what the TEA Party is and he is afraid.

Posted by: eman at October 31, 2010 08:16 AM (5/qO3)

13 In the long run, I think India is a better bet over China.

It never has been. 

I'm very suspicious of both of them.  China, for the obvious reasons, and India because of how they tried to position themselves in the Cold War, and since.  The Indians smile a lot and are nice folks, but they've run a third world version of a French agenda, often.  In any case, the Indians are likely to find themselves in a nuclear exchange with Pakistan some time in the next 10 years.

Posted by: iknowtheleft at October 31, 2010 08:17 AM (G/MYk)

14 logprof,
Is this is: http://redzonetv.nfl.com/

Posted by: Y-not at October 31, 2010 08:18 AM (UcOiF)

15

I took it all the way to the finish with Christine O'Donnell.

 

 

 

 

ALMOST.

Posted by: gus at October 31, 2010 08:19 AM (Vqruj)

16 15 logprof,
Is this is: http://redzonetv.nfl.com/

Posted by: Y-not at October 31, 2010 01:18 PM (UcOiF)

--Does that have the actual live feed?  I'm not getting it.

Posted by: logprof at October 31, 2010 08:21 AM (BP6Z1)

17 The tea party wants to restore economic liberty to this country.

Therein lies the reason friedman and the mfm will not or cannot grasp the idea of the tea party.  They simply don't believe in individuals, all govt all the time.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at October 31, 2010 08:22 AM (JcRgg)

18 The other thing about India is that they have that heritage of British colonial rule.  The best places in the world were British colonies at one time.
China is going to get old before it gets rich.(ht Mark Steyn)  Put your money on India to be a success in the long term.

Posted by: fozzy at October 31, 2010 08:22 AM (lPLCj)

19
firstrow.net

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:23 AM (KL+Ut)

20
http://www.firstrow.net/watch/35022/1/watch-red-zone-channel.html

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:24 AM (KL+Ut)

21

The Elites do not like the TEA PARTY concept, because it isn't in THEIR CONTROL.

 

Simple as that.

 

Posted by: gus at October 31, 2010 08:24 AM (Vqruj)

22
Somehow I ended up at the pub again...

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 08:26 AM (WIWkv)

23
The left are obsessed with such rabid hatred for the "tea party" - they can't see straight.

Individualism, smaller government, repeal tax payer funded 2000+ page new IRS code called ObamaCare.  eeek! scary!

Posted by: Lemon Kitten at October 31, 2010 08:26 AM (0fzsA)

24 http://www.firstrow.net/watch/35022/1/watch-red-zone-channel.html

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 01:24 PM (KL+Ut)

--Thanks!  That was it!

Posted by: logprof at October 31, 2010 08:26 AM (BP6Z1)

25 http://atdhe.net/ usually has all the games too, although some of the channels need additional plug-ins.

Posted by: Waterhouse at October 31, 2010 08:29 AM (j+ygy)

26
Jon Kitna -- the best worst QB ever.

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:32 AM (KL+Ut)

27 Jimmy Carter was on CNN this morning, spouting drivel about the Tea Party being funded, without their knowledge, by scary Big Oil. How the various Tea Party group wouldn't know, but Jimmy would, was not explained. The interviewer also declined to ask what proof Jimbo had.

Posted by: Waterhouse at October 31, 2010 08:33 AM (j+ygy)

28 Friedman and Krugman are actually the same sad person.

Look at Friedman's picture. Friedman and Cliff Clavin are the same person.

Posted by: kbdabear at October 31, 2010 08:33 AM (vdfwz)

29
Jon Kitna -- the best worst QB ever.

I once had him on a fantasy team.  FML

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 08:34 AM (WIWkv)

30
Broncos & 9ers are in England

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:35 AM (KL+Ut)

31 13
Tom F.'s WIFE is rich.

FIFY

Posted by: kbdabear at October 31, 2010 08:35 AM (vdfwz)

32
Friedman and Cliff Clavin are the same person.

It's a little known fact that a totalitarian oppressive government, like the Chinese have, is a preferable form of government.

Posted by: Tom Clavin at October 31, 2010 08:35 AM (WIWkv)

33
I like Kitna. And there's no denying he has talent.

But he also has a dark cloud of bad luck over him.

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:36 AM (KL+Ut)

34
You know who I haven't seen in a while?

Vinny Testaverde. You'd think he'd be on one of the shows.

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:37 AM (KL+Ut)

35

wow. no t&a nfl thread?? are the natives restless?

oh happy halloween from The Onion.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at October 31, 2010 08:37 AM (pyCit)

36

Is this the same BIG OIL that helped fund Obama's Magical Unicorn Tour?

The media lacks any and all critical thinking skills.

Jimmy Carter could say that the Tea Party was backed by Martians and the MFM would just nod and drool.

Posted by: gus at October 31, 2010 08:38 AM (Vqruj)

37
The Tea Party is a scary threat to the old time leftist snuggie. 
To conformable democrats, breaking away from big daddy government is like tying to separate Linus from his blanket. 
The left's comfort is derived from a centralized government that controls every aspect of our life.  Friedman drools at the power the Chinese Communists have over their kingdom.  Die-hard democrats think communism is sexy.


Posted by: Lemon Kitten at October 31, 2010 08:38 AM (0fzsA)

38 The Left can't be honest about what the Tea Party means, because it is a complete rejection of how they view themselves.

Essentially, the Left wants to view itself as the political reforms that are going to put in place a more honest, more responsive system. However, and Friedman is the perfect example of this, what the Left really wants is a command system with themselves in charge - China specifically being similar to the model they want.

Posted by: 18-1 at October 31, 2010 08:38 AM (bgcml)

39
Testaverde.

Italics for 'green gonads'.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 08:38 AM (WIWkv)

40

The optimist believes he can win and gets up and fights for truth, justice, and the american way. The pessimist lies down with dogs or just gives up.

I'm guessing that none of these libtards ever played a sport but you have to have some anger to win.

Posted by: dagny at October 31, 2010 08:39 AM (yLCsy)

41 Completely O/T ..... I just got trick-or-treaters at 1:30pm. Wtf? And not the kind where the parents take their 2-year-olds out early. These were like 10-year-olds. Wtf?

Posted by: thisheavenlyhell at October 31, 2010 08:39 AM (8uDC8)

42 Fuck, Sims-Walker gets another TD.  What a fucking cocktease.

Posted by: logprof at October 31, 2010 08:39 AM (BP6Z1)

43  green head, actually

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:39 AM (KL+Ut)

44
green head, actually

Clearly you don't speak Italician.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 08:40 AM (WIWkv)

45

The LEFT wants your money to spend on their programs to keep THEM in power.

Anything that threatens that scares the shit out of LIBTARDS.

Posted by: gus at October 31, 2010 08:42 AM (Vqruj)

46 39 I am glad Jimmah is leaving the Jooooooooos alone for once.

Posted by: NotAMolly at October 31, 2010 08:43 AM (ADJFU)

47
bullshit, that was an incompletion

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:43 AM (KL+Ut)

48

I believe the VINNIE part means BALLS.

Posted by: gus at October 31, 2010 08:43 AM (Vqruj)

49
the arm was going forward...that's how the football was thrown 10 yards.

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:44 AM (KL+Ut)

50 Our best HOPE is CHANGE from the Hope'N'Change.

Yes, they are an economic competitor but they are the kind we can deal with

I watched an Indian movie on Netflix last month (Rocket Singh), about a sikh that makes a success of himself by emphasizing customer service and honesty over cut-throat bullshit.  The part that struck me was their speech was about 50% English, bits and pieces, phrases, and expressions.  We've got a common link, there-- the Indians (thanks to colonialism) are much, much closer to us than China is.

Posted by: nickless at October 31, 2010 08:44 AM (MMC8r)

51

oh and if anyone wants to read the Alaskan CBS affiliate's response to that VM, you can read here (it will take you to politico though).

they are of course denying it, calling it 'absurd'. they were merely talking about what other's would do, not would they would do.

*giggle*

Posted by: laceyunderalls at October 31, 2010 08:45 AM (pyCit)

52
'Vincent' means conqueror, actually.

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:45 AM (KL+Ut)

53 In any case, the Indians are likely to find themselves in a nuclear exchange with Pakistan some time in the next 10 years.

As awful as that prospect is, it would have the salutory effect of proving to Islamites that Allah will not, if fact, protect them from the consequences of their behavior, and that it is a bad idea to pick fights with those who can annihilate you.  I hope it doesn't happen.

Posted by: pep at October 31, 2010 08:45 AM (8zlLq)

54
Great block, bought just enough time.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 08:46 AM (WIWkv)

55
wow Stephen Jackson is a big muthafu...

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:46 AM (KL+Ut)

56

Yes. the "you're the expert" suggests they were talking about someone else.

LIBTARDS would rape you at the 50 yard line during the Super Bowl on National TV and call it LOVE MAKING.

Posted by: gus at October 31, 2010 08:47 AM (Vqruj)

57 Completely O/T ..... I just got trick-or-treaters at 1:30pm. Wtf? And not the kind where the parents take their 2-year-olds out early. These were like 10-year-olds. Wtf?

Posted by: thisheavenlyhell at October 31, 2010 01:39 PM (8uDC

Are you sure they weren't Jehovah's Witnesses?

Posted by: Ombudsman at October 31, 2010 08:47 AM (c1oyg)

58
farts

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 08:47 AM (WIWkv)

59

Jets fumble.  Yes!!!

Posted by: gus at October 31, 2010 08:48 AM (Vqruj)

60 Completely O/T ..... I just got trick-or-treaters at 1:30pm. Wtf? And not the kind where the parents take their 2-year-olds out early. These were like 10-year-olds. Wtf?

Posted by: thisheavenlyhell at October 31, 2010 01:39 PM (8uDC

When you think about it, trick-or-treating is a form of benign socialism.  The have-nots bang on the doors of the haves, in costume to assure the anonyminity of the masses, and demand a hand-out.  If you don't give it to them they get pissed off and vandalize your property.

Posted by: Ombudsman at October 31, 2010 08:52 AM (c1oyg)

61
see what I mean about Kitna?

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:53 AM (KL+Ut)

62 Great catch and run TD by Marcedes Lewis.

Posted by: Lincolntf at October 31, 2010 08:53 AM (V/C0X)

63

Is the free market improving lives of India's Dalits?

http://tinyurl.com/28hdecn

Posted by: gumble at October 31, 2010 08:54 AM (KfyV5)

64 Now that I think of it, I don't think half of them were even in costume.

Posted by: thisheavenlyhell at October 31, 2010 08:54 AM (8uDC8)

65 Kitna has a huge head.

Posted by: gus at October 31, 2010 08:54 AM (Vqruj)

66
Testagrande

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:55 AM (KL+Ut)

67
Snakebit.  My longhorns, my Cowboys, my Astros.  Anyone got any rope?

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 08:56 AM (WIWkv)

68 "Now that I think of it, I don't think half of them were even in costume. And it was last Thursday. Something's not right here..."

Posted by: Lincolntf at October 31, 2010 08:56 AM (V/C0X)

69 The tea party wants to restore economic liberty to this country. What could be more optimistic than that?

Also restoring societal liberties? Getting the government out of our lives to the maximum extent where possible, and bringing governmental decisions to the lowest level available when it is not...?

Optimistic, indeed...

Posted by: Drumwaster at October 31, 2010 08:57 AM (dWFSK)

70 Chiefs going for it on 4th!

I love Haley.

Posted by: logprof at October 31, 2010 08:57 AM (BP6Z1)

71 Anyone got any rope?

Back off. I'm still using mine.

Posted by: Zombie David Carradine at October 31, 2010 08:58 AM (j+ygy)

72 and that it is a bad idea to pick fights with those who can annihilate you.

Posted by: pep at October 31, 2010 01:45 PM (8zlLq)

You would think, but that exact tactic has worked wonders for the muslim world for quite some time, now.

Posted by: iknowtheleft at October 31, 2010 08:58 AM (G/MYk)

73 Snakebit.  My longhorns, my Cowboys, my Astros.  Anyone got any rope?

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 01:56 PM (WIWkv)


WTF happened to the Cowboys this year?   They were predicted to go to the Super Bowl by some.  They seem....soft.  Hope Wade isn't buying green bananas.

Posted by: Ombudsman at October 31, 2010 08:58 AM (c1oyg)

74
Getting the government out of our lives to the maximum extent where possible

Didn't Baltimore just cite some restaurant for something?  Transfat or some such nonsense.

Fuck Tom Freidman.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 08:58 AM (WIWkv)

75 tonight on 60 Minutes...

more bullshit.

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:58 AM (KL+Ut)

76
Mercedes?

I thought that was a girl's name.

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 08:59 AM (KL+Ut)

77
WTF happened to the Cowboys this year?

They believed all the press clippings.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 09:00 AM (WIWkv)

78 Cowboyyyssssssssssss ssssssssssssssuck

Posted by: RedsKon at October 31, 2010 09:00 AM (BP6Z1)

79
I might be wrong, but I think Daimler or Benz named his Mercedes line of automobiles after his daughter.

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 09:01 AM (KL+Ut)

80 80
Mercedes?

I thought that was a girl's name.

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 01:59 PM (KL+Ut)

--It is, but Marcedes is apparently a boy's name

Posted by: logprof at October 31, 2010 09:01 AM (BP6Z1)

81 FYI

Rasmussen Reports has Republicans leading in 6 of 7 senate seats just two days before the midterm election. West Virginia, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Washington all show the Republican candidate leading their liberal opponent. In California Carly Fiorina is still in striking range of unseating far left Senator Maam.

Posted by: Guy Fawkes at October 31, 2010 09:02 AM (JcRgg)

82
After today, the Lions might have a better record than the Cowboys.

How's that for shit-luck, Jon Kitna?

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 09:03 AM (KL+Ut)

83 until 1991 India was a top-down controlled, heavily regulated economy. they started rolling back regulations and moving to a market based system and surprise surprise they  started growing by leaps and bounds. study on that tommy boy.

Posted by: chas at October 31, 2010 09:04 AM (yxwmg)

84
Farts crap shit poop!

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 09:05 AM (WIWkv)

85 "The other thing about India is that they have that heritage of British colonial rule" Let's hope they learned how to make great reliable cars, fab cuisine, and dental hygiene from their Limey Overlords.

Posted by: cali grump at October 31, 2010 09:05 AM (hL0k8)

86 Half the time kids go trick-or-treating without costumes, because they know no one gives a crap. I'm usually just like "Here, take your candy and get out of here." Then I close the door and think "That kid wasn't wearing a costume, and was likely 17."

When I was a kid, Halloween was all about the chance to pretend I was something crazy that I couldn't be the rest of the year. The candy was just a perk.

/Get off my lawn!

Posted by: thisheavenlyhell at October 31, 2010 09:07 AM (8uDC8)

87

Farts crap shit poop!

Spalding is that you??

Turds. Double turds!

Posted by: laceyunderalls at October 31, 2010 09:07 AM (pyCit)

88
this is the defacto football thrad

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 09:07 AM (KL+Ut)

89
or default...

whatever

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 09:08 AM (KL+Ut)

90
both

Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 09:08 AM (KL+Ut)

91 When you think about it, trick-or-treating is a form of benign socialism.  The have-nots bang on the doors of the haves, in costume to assure the anonyminity of the masses, and demand a hand-out.  If you don't give it to them they get pissed off and vandalize your property.
Posted by: Ombudsman


It would be a real shame if you don't have any Snickers bars when we visit. We prefer the "King Size" bars instead of the "Fun Size". Make sure you have them.

Any Mary Janes that are handed out will result in a grievance being filed with the NLRB.

Posted by: Trick or Treaters Union, Local #420 at October 31, 2010 09:08 AM (oREHE)

92
Remember KLUTE with DONALD SUTHERLAND and the WHORE?

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 09:09 AM (KL+Ut)

93 Farts crap shit poop!

That was my favorite crowd chant from the Insanity Rally, yesterday.  Well .... they just did "poop", but close enough.

Posted by: iknowtheleft at October 31, 2010 09:09 AM (G/MYk)

94 Posted by: Senator Soothsayer (R-AoS) at October 31, 2010 02:08 PM (KL+Ut)

Defacto

Posted by: iknowtheleft at October 31, 2010 09:09 AM (G/MYk)

95
Ok, that catch off bounce by Owens was magic.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 09:10 AM (WIWkv)

96
TD, guy whose name I can't pronounce!

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 09:11 AM (KL+Ut)

97 Great, Redzone will show the Owens catch in about 15 minutes.

Posted by: Nash Rambler at October 31, 2010 09:11 AM (9IOHF)

98

Off topic-

 Just had a call from an IRS examiner regarding my home buyer credit. Most surprising he was working hard to catch up the backlog on a Sunday.

Posted by: Gimme me back my money at October 31, 2010 09:12 AM (3W1+C)

99
hahaha, the ref just had a case of the PeterBradys.

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 09:12 AM (KL+Ut)

100
Just had a call from an IRS examiner regarding my home buyer credit.

Sounds like a scam. I got an email last week telling me there was a problem with my federal tax return.

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 09:14 AM (KL+Ut)

101 Honestly... India is going nowhere. It's a socialist country in the mold that everyone else realized decades ago can't work. It doesn't have the wealth to support its social programs, maoists are running rampant across half the nation blowing up things, and it has no friends. Really... this was a nation that was a diplomatic ally of the soviets in the 70's. And it hasn't gotten any smarter. Pakistan is sending teams of lunatics to kill Indian civilians, China is openly talking about dismembering it after the next war, and still 40% or so of the electorate hate the idea of an alliance with Imperialist America. The only thing giving it any kind of edge in the global economy is the fact that it was once a British colony and thus a large chunk of the population speaks English. DOOMED! And oh yeah... Cowboys suck. Please god don't let them fire Wade... I'm enjoying the despair.

Posted by: Clive at October 31, 2010 09:14 AM (psMIX)

102 why is the bronco/49er game being played n London?

Posted by: laceyunderalls at October 31, 2010 09:15 AM (pyCit)

103 why is the bronco/49er game being played n London? Posted by: laceyunderalls at October 31, 2010 02:15 PM (pyCit) Paris refused to host it

Posted by: nevergiveup at October 31, 2010 09:16 AM (U5btG)

104
Because the NFL plays one game in London.  It started 4 years ago, I think.

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 09:16 AM (KL+Ut)

105 Sounds like a scam. I got an email last week telling me there was a problem with my federal tax return.

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 02:14 PM (KL+Ut)

That's why I love caller ID.. Greatest invention ever.  I don't recognize the number, I don't answer. And sometimes if I DO recognize the number, I don't answer.  Ask the Heritage foundation and the RNC. 

Posted by: Ombudsman at October 31, 2010 09:16 AM (c1oyg)

106
And oh yeah... Cowboys suck. Please god don't let them fire Wade... I'm enjoying the despair.

Ha haa, I read your entire post and got to that and had to laugh. 

Bastard.

Posted by: Dang Straights at October 31, 2010 09:17 AM (WIWkv)

107 Compared to last week's wackiness with all the defensive TDs, this has been a pretty conventional day so far.

Posted by: logprof at October 31, 2010 09:17 AM (BP6Z1)

108 And people from India have a way, way cooler accent than Chinese people.

Posted by: Priorities at October 31, 2010 09:17 AM (gbCNS)

109 According to my contact in the White House, the current administration thinking - if China invades Taiwan - is to nuke Hiroshima and Nagasaki - since that is a proven winning strategy.

This is known as the "Biden gambit" after the administration member who championed the option.


Posted by: An Observation at October 31, 2010 09:17 AM (ylhEn)

110

this ain't no NFL pic but it's some good girl on girl action.

well tech. girl on girl on guy on mcdonald's employee......

Posted by: laceyunderalls at October 31, 2010 09:19 AM (pyCit)

111 Posted by: Ombudsman at October 31, 2010 02:16 PM (c1oyg) Same here, but I was in a good mood just a moment ago and answered the phone from a name that I did not recognize. It was the Town Republicans. I told them no problem here, the whole house is voting straight Republican Tuesday

Posted by: nevergiveup at October 31, 2010 09:19 AM (U5btG)

112 Because the NFL plays one game in London.  It started 4 years ago, I think.

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 02:16 PM (KL+Ut)

What a stupid idea.  Like an 18 game season.  But if it puts money in the league's pocket....

Posted by: Ombudsman at October 31, 2010 09:19 AM (c1oyg)

113
Miami played the Giants in London in 2007. That might've been the first year they played in London.

It was pouring rain. It was a mud pit.

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 09:19 AM (KL+Ut)

114 AFAIK the IRS does not initiate contact by email or phone.  By computer generated legalese speak letter.

Posted by: Count de Monet at October 31, 2010 09:20 AM (2g2ex)

115
I'm pretty sure that was in 2007.

Which is the same season the NYG won the Super Bowl. Pretty remarkable, really.

The Giants scratched and clawed to a 10-6 season and to the Super Bowl to face the undefeated New England Patriots.

And you all know the rest of the story...

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 09:22 AM (KL+Ut)

116
I could be wrong...

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 09:23 AM (KL+Ut)

117 Not to mention the fact that its the Ds who are running anti china, xenophobic idiocy all over the airwaves in their ads. Ironic, given Obumblefucks campaign cornerstone of "im a uniterssssss not a dividerssssss"

Posted by: Mr Happy at October 31, 2010 09:23 AM (ijo2L)

118

hmm, I knew they did that for pre-season games.

the colts went to toyko (? I think ) back a few seasons ago for a pre-game. it may have been the year they won the SB. anyway, I remember bc the rumor was that #18 got a personal massage of sorts (with the happy ending) and that's when his marriage started to fall to shit.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at October 31, 2010 09:23 AM (pyCit)

119

The tea party wants to restore economic liberty to this country. What could be more optimistic than that?

Where's my check?

Posted by: Peggy The Moocher at October 31, 2010 09:24 AM (IblyN)

120
They're toying with the idea of creating an expansion team in London.

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 09:25 AM (KL+Ut)

121

well tech. girl on girl on guy on mcdonald's employee......

Posted by: laceyunderalls at October 31, 2010 02:19 PM (pyCit)

Would you like fries with your ass-wuppin?

Posted by: Ombudsman at October 31, 2010 09:26 AM (c1oyg)

122
poor kitna

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 09:27 AM (KL+Ut)

123

Sounds like a scam. I got an email last week telling me there was a problem with my federal tax return.

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 02:14 PM (KL+Ut)

That's why I love caller ID.. Greatest invention ever.  I don't recognize the number, I don't answer. And sometimes if I DO recognize the number, I don't answer.  Ask the Heritage foundation and the RNC. 

Posted by: Ombudsman at October 31, 2010 02:16 PM (c1oyg)

Well, I had recieved a letter from the IRS requesting documentation showing proof of residence, my mailing address is not my residence. Not sure a scammer would know the history of the details.

Posted by: Gimme me back my money at October 31, 2010 09:27 AM (3W1+C)

124 Liberals simply cannot accept that their ideas are wrong.  So they have to look elsewhere to explain their failures, and as they stretch logic further and further from the truth, you can almost hear it complaining: "Guys, this kind of hurts, I don't think this is how it works anyway...."

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at October 31, 2010 09:27 AM (bvfVF)

125
I'd call your local IRS office just to make sure.

Posted by: Soothsayerwing Plover at October 31, 2010 09:28 AM (KL+Ut)

126 Not to mention the fact that its the Ds who are running anti china, xenophobic idiocy all over the airwaves in their ads. Ironic, given Obumblefucks campaign cornerstone of "im a uniterssssss not a dividerssssss"

Posted by: Mr Happy at October 31, 2010 02:23 PM (ijo2L)

In Pennsylvania, the dems are running ads against someone (I forget) and they are trying to 'smear' him with the free trade agreement with Bahrain, saying "Bahrain ... which is a middle eastern country!".  I laugh every time I see this ad.  I'm amazed that no one has said anything about it, not that I disagree with the underlying implication, but the dems only hate Bahrain because they host our bases.

Posted by: iknowtheleft at October 31, 2010 09:29 AM (G/MYk)

127 n Pennsylvania, the dems are running ads against someone (I forget) and they are trying to 'smear' him with the free trade agreement with Bahrain, saying "Bahrain ... which is a middle eastern country!".  I laugh every time I see this ad.  I'm amazed that no one has said anything about it, not that I disagree with the underlying implication, but the dems only hate Bahrain because they host our bases.

Posted by: iknowtheleft at October 31, 2010 02:29 PM (G/MYk)

HA!  I saw the commercial.  I laughed too.  Talking about condescending to your audience.  But that's what libs do.

Posted by: Ombudsman at October 31, 2010 09:31 AM (c1oyg)

128 Your problem isn't really in the way a Friedman column ends.  Your problem is the waste of time in beginning one.

Posted by: Adjoran at October 31, 2010 09:38 AM (VfmLu)

129 Touchdown Tim Tebow!

Posted by: Nash Rambler at October 31, 2010 09:49 AM (9IOHF)

130 Garrard's line so far: 13/14 208 3 0, 1 lost fumble.

Posted by: Nash Rambler at October 31, 2010 09:55 AM (9IOHF)

131 So was Tommy interviewing some guy at a 7-11?

Posted by: joe biden, intellectual at October 31, 2010 10:04 AM (eQPq+)

132 Oh, and Tommy, bring me back a Slurpee while you're at it. I've had a craving for them for the past few weeks for some reason.

Posted by: joe biden, intellectual at October 31, 2010 10:05 AM (eQPq+)

133 Wow, thank you Rex Grossman and Mike Shanahan for perhaps the dumbest thing I've ever seen on a football field not involving a player named Leon Lett.

Posted by: Chris R at October 31, 2010 11:29 AM (AO4qz)

134 Tom Friedman? Not with Your Dick...

Posted by: rawmuse at October 31, 2010 11:34 AM (DGdDT)

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