Posted by: Helen Philpot | February 10, 2009

If Ann Coulter falls in the forest and nobody hears her… can we just leave her there?

Margaret, chapter 5 is a real lulu, but I definitely think Ann Coulter wrote this one by herself.  I know that I have suggested a couple of monkeys and possibly a sloth wrote the first four chapters, but this one sounds like the diary of an angry middle school girl so it must be Coulter.  You can almost hear her screaming “Why don’t you like me?” on pages 136 to 181.   Well, it’s just sad really.  You almost feel sorry for the “girl”… almost.

Coulter – who has never been married – makes the case that Republicans lose elections because at least one of their ex-wives is sure to tell a lie about them during the divorce proceedings.  That horrible liberal media will then use that lie against them years later when they are running for office.  It’s a tough argument to make but fortunately for Ann the party of family values and traditional marriage has a lot of candidates who are poor examples of both.

According to Coulter, Obama only became President because most of the “guys” he ran against were divorced – some of them more than once.   Lucky for Obama that he is happily married.  By the way,  I put the word “guys” in quotes to emphasize another little theory that Coulter has going.   Any Republican who isn’t man enough to use negative campaigning to beat a Democrat is (and I quote) “a swishy, mealymouthed, gutless, sitting-down-while-urinating, spineless girly-girl…”  Now that is pure poetry.  There is no way a monkey could have written that even if the sloth was helping.  That, dear Margaret, is pure Coulter.

Throughout Chapter 5: They Got the Sex, We Got the Scandal,  Ann is obsessed with the sex lives of  politicians.  It’s all she seems to talk about.  I have to admit that I blushed more than once reading Ann’s tawdry descriptions.  In fact, there was this one politician named Bill Clinton who evidently had an affair or two or three, and Ann just can’t stop talking about it.    Apparently it didn’t get enough media coverage and that doesn’t sit well with Ms. Coulter.  It’s almost as if  Ann is a bit upset that this Clinton guy didn’t try to have an affair with her.

But while Clinton should have been thrown in jail for his sex scandals, Senator Larry Craig and Congressman Mark Foley didn’t do anything wrong because they didn’t actually have sex.   Craig merely tried to have sex with a stranger in an airport bathroom and Foley merely tried to solicit sex with teenage congressional pages.   Evidently getting caught before they were actually able to make good on their intentions isn’t fair in Coulter’s world.   Gee.  I wonder how she feels about attempted murder?   After all, nobody is dead yet.

[If you haven't read the book or don't know Ms. Coulter personally, you might think that I am misrepresenting her words.  For that purpose I wish to quote her here without edit:  "Consider that Republicans Jack Ryan, Larry Craig, and Mark Foley were all forced to withdraw from politics for sex scandals that didn't involve anyone actually having sex."   I am not clever enough to make this stuff up.  Coutler does it for me.]

At 46 pages,  this is Coulter’s longest chapter in the book, which doesn’t say anything really other than Coulter takes longer to make her case than a couple of monkeys.   But if you give Coulter enough pages eventually she gets around to the smartest, most politically astute Republican ever to run for office- Sarah “I saved Alaska from the Russian invasion”Palin.   According to Ann, the media went looking for a sex scandal on Palin and didn’t find one.  Without a sex scandal to hold her back, Palin is the ideal candidate.  Because for Coulter, that is the benchmark.  If a Republican doesn’t have a sex scandal hidden among all the other skeletons in their closet then there is no excuse for them not to be voted into office by a landslide.  Now that benchmark seems a little low to me, but if your knuckles drag the floor like Ms. Coulter’s, most things tend to appear loftier than they really are.

The chapter goes on and on, taking lots of turns and unexpected departures from the initial theme of sex.  Obama’s lack of torrid affairs, ex-wives or salacious emails to teenage boys  gives Ann a real challenge.  How do you make a case against him if he’s  just a decent guy.   That is so unfair.  But never fear.  Ann has Obama’s number.  Mark Foley might have tried to seduce teenage boys but Obama compared Palin to a pig when he used the age-old expression, “You can put lipstick  on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”  Nevermind that Obama was referring to McCain’s campaign strategy and nevermind that McCain had used that very same expression to discribe a policy proposal of Hilary Clinton’s.   Ann is quite certain that Obama was referring to Palin because everyone knows when you are talking about lipstick on a pig you are really talking about Sarah Palin.  Because Sarah Palin is a pitbull with lipstick… no I mean a pig with lipstick… no I mean a pig that looks like a pitbull… no I mean… I mean Sarah Palin is either a pig or a pitbull wearing lipstick.   Finally Ann and I can agree on something – if a pig, a pitbull and Sarah Palin were all standing on a street corner, I would have trouble telling them apart too.

Margaret, I ask you,  if a book falls in the forrest and doesn’t make any sense, is it really a book?  And if it’s not really a book then the monkey who wrote it really isn’t an author… right?  I guess what I am trying to say is this –  if Ann Coulter makes up a lot of crap and puts it on a piece of paper how is that any different than what I do with a  roll of Charmin after my morning bran muffin?

Five chapters down and two to go.  It’s messy work but somebody has to do it.  Thanks for sticking with me.  I mean it. Really.

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  11. Scathing logic is very tough to refute though some without a functional brain would not budge even if a speeding train was coming at them. The way you observe tells me one thing that you are campaign material. If the Democrats get you to campaign for them they would sweep elections real easy.

  12. I just discovered this blog and am trying to read it at work. Bad idea. This post had me nearly falling out of my chair trying to stifle the laughter.

    You are a wonderful writer and I love your observations!

  13. (((((chloe))))) [hugs]

    Good luck with your day. I’m sure she had a wonderful life and she’s glad you have the courage to do what needs to be done. Bless you.

    You’re in my prayers.

    I mean it. Really.

    PEACE ~ Δ

  14. Breaking News!

    Chapter six is up.

    Jane

    Help rural Alaskans make it through the winter!

    http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/

  15. k thanks

  16. Rachel M.
    ….
    Ann Coulter is so horrid she pushes a devout Christian Republican to run with mortified speed to the other party……….

    Do you mean we should actuially support mAnn Coulter?

    I mean, even if the outcome justifies the means…. brrrrr, bah!

    No I can’t, not even for that…..

  17. Werner dear…Helen has a new post…please, move on.

  18. Katie

    I have to throw the MirrowMan at you (Sorry Man, it just fits so perfect!!!)

    So this is for you and only you, Katie:

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt…

    Now your “dumb as dirt post” was a good job well done, thinking of the above………

    And please, for the future, spill your mental diarrhoea somewhere else!

    Werner

  19. Werner,
    Not a bad idea, thanks.
    I’m sad today, I have an appt at 9 am to take my 15 year old lab to the vet to put her down. Poor girl has just given out. She has had a long life and has been the best pet. As her pack leader, it’s my responsiblity to see you doesn’t suffer any longer. Sigh…it’s going to be a tough day.

  20. chloe
    just a thought…..

    Contact a “wider area” (a bit farther than local) radio station (maybe check their website first for potential contacts) and try to get to a news anker (in smaller stations those guys / girlz are more approchable) and see if and when they do peace on the momentary economic downturn (happens all the time) and have them plug your companies name as a positive example who is actually HIRING in these times (post a email link on their website?) instead of FIREING!

    This should give you positive feedback and exposure and “word of mouth” has done wonders before….

    Just a line of thougt, but one I think might actually work…

    And Scott:
    Don’t like my postings?
    Ever heard of scrolling?
    …..This is the action where your webpage moves so fast before your eyes you won’t be able to read what’s written!………

    USE IT

    Werner

  21. Sally,

    I agree with you. I can remember a time when people took pride in their work.
    Now about Joe…don’t think so. He wouldn’t last a day at my place.

    Katie – what gives girl? You are seem a tad bit angry! Please lose the attitude and get off of Jean’s back. Actually, I find Jean to be highly intelligent, you I just find to be rude!

  22. Would love Margaret’s and Helen’s take on Roland Burris. . . .what a little weasel.

  23. From my early morning ramblings through the news/analysis thicket:
    Tuesday, February 17, 2009
    The Clinton Economic Record and Rising Tides
    Source: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/
    A follow up to Nate Silver’s previous post regarding the definitions of progressive politics
    Sound and Fury, Signifying — What, Exactly?
    (note: scroll down below the Clinton Economic Record article to the follow up post on progressive politics)

  24. Q: In what way(s) are AC and Katie similar?

    A: both are mean spirited little tyrants who believe themselves to be people of integrity

    Katie – the apology I posted above has hereby been rescinded.

  25. Ann Coulter is either indescribably stupid or gets a kick out of ppl thinking she is. seriously…whats her deal?

  26. Ann Coulter is so horrid she pushes a devout Christian Republican to run with mortified speed to the other party.

  27. The “books” of people like Ann Coulter make the best-seller list because right-wing organizations buy them in bulk.

    If you join various right-wing groups, you will get a free copy of Ann’s latest book. Seems like a lot of trouble to go through just for some kindling, but to each his own.

    Oh, and I’m sure you have heard that Bill Maher is going to tour with Ann Coulter. Based on Helen’s reviews, I humbly suggest that Bill stay home and snort coke off the asses of hookers and let Helen debate Ann.

    Ann would run crying home to the broomstick she calls mommy after one session…

  28. mAnn Coulter on SNL

    Δ

  29. Werner,

    Keep on posting.

    Jean,

    I love your long ramblings on this site.

    IMO

  30. Chloe,

    Maybe you should ask that highly qualified anti-socialist journalist Palin loving Joe the friggin Plumber if he’d work for you. He must be clean as a whistle since the Repubs picked him to be their poster boy…

    It is a sad scenario though, the lack of good workers. Japan had a huge problem with its citizens not wanting to do the blue collar work, so they imported a lot of middle east males to do the work. This was a few years back, I don’t know how it is now.

    Part of the problem is also the mindset of our younger people. They were raised with the positive reinforcement only theory, and when they screw up, they are patted on the back and told what a great job they did. They can’t take criticism, and they feel no appreciation for their employers – they feel that they deserve their pay and more just for taking up space.

    Sorry, starting to rant. Peace out.

  31. @MirrorMan Δ

    I second that emotion.

  32. Dumb as dirt…

    Almost as dumb as telling other people how and what they should post on a blog that isn’t theirs. Because that isn’t stupid at all…

    Just a prime example of knuckle-dragging ignorance.
    I take it Katie gets ignored a lot…

  33. @reader:

    Coulter’s book was a featured item at my grocery store; now it is on the sale table…guess sales were a little slow (LOL).

  34. Jean,

    I give up. Dumb as dirt comes to mind but that would be mean to say… oops too late.

    Don’t paste it all here. Put a link to the volumes you want us to read people. It will keep the post alive. Long comments are death for a post.

    Dumb as dirt…

  35. Al “the Republicans are going to bury my Senate win in lawsuits” Franken says it best, “Ann Coulter is simply crazy.” She is CRAZY, which may be a neurobiological issue, who knows? The people who give this crazy woman a platform to be crazy (how about the remarks about the 9/11 widows? Shouldn’t that have been enough to end her career?), what is their story?

  36. I’m late getting in on the Ann Coulter read but I do hope that any of you who would like to read this book (and/or anythingelse she has written) that you please get a copy from the Library. If they don’t have it yet or they are all checked out please wait for the library. Do NOT encourage this lady by putting more money in her pocket or the pockets of her publisher.

  37. Well, at least some good comes out of Ann Coulter being part of this world…endless fodder for those of us who love a good laugh.

    http://democralypsenow.blogspot.com/2009/02/ann-coulter-under-investigation-for_09.html

  38. Grey – another good suggestions…thanks. I keep wondering if UAW is going to rip me about that mafia crack.

  39. Chloe – talked with SO who suggested that you might consider looking in local “job wanted” magazines – we have several around here and there are always a boatload of ads from people seeking work as “handymen”. Now of course the caveat should be that some of these folks simply don’t have the skill level, the tools, etc needed to work for you BUT often these handyman folks are retired trades folks seeking to make additional income to their Social Security. That said, I’d try that route as well as contact your local Senior center – with these economic times, you might be able to find enough tradesfolks who can “fill in” on some of the jobs (with minimum learning curve), give your regular crew some relief, and stand in the payroll boundaries as dictated by Social Security.

  40. Greytdog,
    About the union…we actually belonged to the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. You should have seen the size of the checks I wrote to them each month, 5 figures most months. As most of the trades are suffering with poor enrollment for their apprenticeship programs, they were unable to provide us with any potential employees. We actually opted out of the union 3 years ago as it was not beneficial to us. They penalized us $125K for withdrawing. I know I’m getting ready to anger someone so my upfront apologies, it’s kinda like trying to leave the Mafia. You can get out, but you’re gonna pay for it and pay big.
    I do like your idea about contacting Habitat though. I’ll give that a shot.

  41. Maven –
    We’ve actually had one intern once, he worked during the summer school break. He didn’t return to the program and for 2-1/2 long months, he was my doofus! It wasn’t the programs fault, he was simply a lazy, undependable, goof off – came in late/left early, hung over, always ready with an excuse.
    I really am looking for people who can step right up and within a short learning period, be able to run service calls with minimum instruction. I keep hoping the right guy(s) or girl(s) walk thru the door. But, more and more, it looks like we will have to start from scratch. My biggest fear is that my existing employees are beginning to get burnt out because we are busy and they are having to really step up right now. Finding someone who can step right in would be ideal as it would give my guys a much needed rest. My existing crew have been topnotch and deserve some relief…the sooner the better. Before summer arrives.
    But thanks to everyone for their suggestions and input. Keep ‘em coming my way.

  42. Scott & Werner, boys – behave. You spilling pie on Margaret & Helen’s rug . . .

  43. Chloe, this is a realllllllly long shot, but don’t most construction trades have their own industry journal? Can you advertise in that – even a business card size ad? I know that locally there is a contractor’s clearing house that also maintains a job listing/bid board that can be accessed by their members – and (lordy I’m racking my brain here) and what about the unions in your area? Maybe you can work out something with a union – or maybe even tap into the resources of Habitat for Humanity (in our area, a lot of local tradespeople tend to volunteer with Habitat to keep their skills sharp whenever they are out of work)

  44. Chloe:
    Like GreytdogΔ, I was going to suggest a local tradeschool / jc. I live in the Chicago metro area, so there are actually a few to pick from around here.

    Can you consider offering internships to those nearing graduation? Work with the educational institution and their placement office to be a *bridge* between school and the real world? (I did an internship one summer which was actually treated as a for-credit class. That fact that it was a difficult program to get into made it even MORE desirable for students.)

    I know this sounds short-term (but it might have long-term benefits). Will leave it to you to figure out feasibility. I am not in construction / trades, so this may be a totally dumb idea.

    Δ

  45. Werner what are you talking about anyway? 15 posts today and it’s all gibberish! Shut up already.

    That’s WTF.

  46. Everything you have to say about Ann Coulter is right on target but I respectfully ask that you stop comparing her to animals – it insults intelligent living beings.

    After all, some types of monkeys share as many as 98% of the same chromosomes as human beings, unlike Republicans and other conservatives!

  47. Greytdog,

    I do check the unemployment website every Monday for newly posted resumes, and even had luck once in obtaining an employee, but lately, not many candidates meet our criteria. We mostly work on industrial/commercial applications (the bigger stuff) and most people just don’t have the experience we need or they are too great of a liability (felons, drunks/drugs, etc). I can even be forgiving in respect to nonviolent felony issues. I believe people deserve 2nd chances and those given 2nd chances are usually grateful for that chance.
    We have also hired a few guys in the past out of the tech colleges, they are sooo green yet seem enthusiastic to learn. The problem there is, as apprentices, they must have a 4 year combination of schooling and field experience before applying for their journeymans license. After expanding their knowledge to fulfill our needs and they have finally obtained their j-man licensing, they are hard to retain as the demand is so great you get into a frenzied bidding war with another contractor in trying to keep them. At some point you just have to let them go if you want to continue to be profitable and start over again with another newby.
    I once employed a 73 year old tech, worked for us 6 years, up until the day he died (heart attack). How I miss his grumpy butt! He was so good about sharing his knowledge with the younger guys (whether they wanted it or not!)
    Good news though, I have a interview scheduled for tomorrow morning. I’m hoping he will show up, live up to his resume, and I can offer him employment. Wish me luck!

  48. Scott
    IF you do buy a 47 yaer old Vitgin I guess you belive in virtual conceiving?
    And Joseph never had horns put on?
    Yes?
    My condolences to a live without brain……

  49. Scott
    WTF?

  50. Werner shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.

  51. g, since SP compares herself to pitbulls, could she then be charged with animal abuse a la michael vick?

  52. RE: Palin and lipstick on pigs vs. pitbulls – I’ve always felt that if you compare yourself to one kind of animal, you shouldn’t be susprised if someone will compare you to another kind of animal.

  53. Chloe, I’m not sure what it is, but when I worked for a very short time in the construction industry, I was really blown away by the number of applicants who had felony records, numerous child support orders, restraining orders, etc. against them. Is there a community college in your area with an apprenticeship program that you can tap into? Or contact your state unemployment office – they usually have a listing of “pre-reviewed” applicants that may at least give you some additional spots to look for employees.

  54. Village
    people putting there hands in their laps don’t necessarily pray……..

    now what kinda movment mAnn Coulter is doing….. anybody any video?

    Now that was BAD….. but funny?

    Werner

  55. It actually never occurred to me that AC had ever had sex.

    I thought she was a virgin. Who would sleep with that?

  56. google translations are always alot of fun
    retranslated by me:

    Thanks for the BIG ideas, I will check, in them……

    But nice try, hope you find help…. in them…
    SWY (Smiling With You)

    Werner

  57. I hope that means, thanks for the great ideas, I will check into it. Heh, heh, now I’m a little worried!

  58. Werner,

    Use your idea of treating the Repugs as ‘reverse compasses’ and look at this vid with that idea in mind.

    Bush at the UN

    If we know that everything they say is a lie, what does that tell you about that clip? Any conscious human can look at the facts and know the ‘Official Story’ is pure fiction. But most people don’t wanna believe our elected officials could be so evil.

    We should know better.

    Δ

  59. Werner – Vielen Dank für die großen Ideen, ich werde prüfen, in ihnen.

    No, I don’t speak it, I simply used the googles and translated what I wanted to say.

  60. Maryland International House of Prayer….

    Well, well Whirled Peas…. would have never thought about you in that corner……

    But otherwise thanks, my bad….
    ;-)

    Werner

  61. Hi Chloe,

    what I did to find german speakers for my team was to contact the German Embassy in Ottawa with our job offerings, after some initial brush off I could convince the head of Commercial dept that it would look good for them to post the offer (On a Blackboard in the waiting room, faxed them a postable ready copy) and it helped, in 2 weeks all 4 positions filled and more CVs comming in for future use……

    Depending on where you are (in the country) you might want to check for new immigrants with work permit, they are often well educated in their profession but look for easier to find less paying jobs since they do not think they have the american work experience yet for their professions….

    An other place is to contact job search clubs, there you might find people that are a bit older (late 40s to early 50s) that have lot’s of experience you could use….

    last would be the employment offices that are out of (your) state for people that would move for a good offer…

    Hope that will help

    Werner

  62. Werner,

    From ‘teh Google':

    LIHOP / MIHOP
    .
    .
    Δ

  63. Sorry gang, I’m going totally off topic, but I feel a need to rant…Can anyone offer any explanations to me as to why my company is having such a hard time finding employees? We are Mechanical Contractors (HVAC/R) and cannot find qualified people, i.e., licensed journeymen and/or apprentices. I have 2 positions open and every single person that I have done a preliminary background check on has too poor of a driving record or obvious anger issues (too many protective orders issued against them). My company pays decently – $15-$25 and 100% paid medical premium for employee, paid vacation/holidays, etc., yet, I cannot even get people to come in and apply or show up for an interview! I just don’t understand and I’m frustrated. This has been ongoing for the past 3 years. We’ve spent thousands advertising in the local paper, on the internet, through our vendors, offered $1000 sign on bonus, etc. Does anyone have any creative ideas on how to find employable, qualified persons? Thanks for letting me vent!

  64. Whirled Peas, please define LIHOP, MIHOP for a stranger! Do not know the expression but seams interessting when I read the rest of your post….

  65. Imaginista
    …….The stuff we all share with each other after intially commenting on Helen and Margaret’s posts is great entertainment while we breathlessly await the next installment of the ladies’ brilliance.
    ….

    Thanks a million for THAT post, no one ver stated better what is happening here in this blog,
    Now to all “wouldbe rulers” of this blog (Katie and the rest):
    THIS is what it is all about, get it or move on….

    And for all who do: Thanks Helen for letting us enjoy it…
    …..and as said above, hope your well! (GIVE US A SIGN (or a sigh!) as they always say… Please)

    Werner

  66. Helen, you make me proud to also be a Helen.

    This was so right on… Thanks

    Helen

  67. Katie

    I am sorry but I guess I gave some of you too much credit…..

    Well I still don’t agree with what yiou said earlier, but I think I gave you to much “fire” bevore, but you really yanked my chain with your earlier comments, so…. sorry.

    You are NOT dumb. but you realy should start reading what is written to you…..

    Werner

  68. Proud Community..

    ….Would somebody explain to me why Nunya and many of the extreme right are obsessed with bending over and getting screwed?…

    Ever read about Marquise de Sade?
    Or actually more like about masochism?

    Q: What does a Sadist say, if a Repub (uups sorry, ment to say: Masochist) says; “Beat me, please, beat me”?

    A: No No!

    Werner

  69. Julie
    .Who wants to make a wager that in a less than a year, the Republicans will blame this whole economic mess, that Obama inherited, on him and him alone.

    And the blind masses will follow and believe it!
    ……….

    I DON’T make bets I surly loose…..

    Werner

  70. BigSlick
    While your Idea is not new, it is defintily GOOD, Use Caribou Barbie and mahybe we can even use mAnn Coulter as a kind of “compass alwys pointing south” , IF we can get a big enough gathering that ALWAYS does tyhe opposite and PUBLISHED it, hey we might even neutralize ‘em with their buddies? (Like: too much pulic damage done)

    Certainly worth a thought!

    What think you, gang?

  71. Quoting AnnΔ at 10:24 AM:

    “I watched the video, Peas.Why do they want to do this?Am I a blonde? Yes. So please explain.”

    .
    .
    AnnΔ,

    The simplest way I can explain it is:

    Rich oil men who own war companies, making war in oil countries.

    I was listening when Ike warned US.

    Why We Fight

    Watch the intro then enter the site and poke around. Very informative.

    Complete 1h39min movie

    PEACE ~ Δ ~ I mean it.

  72. Whirled Peas
    som misunderstanding here:

    The two authors I mentioned defenitly come from the FUN side, they write, even if well researched, PROSA, read that historical NOVELS.

    So these recommendations are if you have FUN reading good historical NOVELS, the research and truth findings you’ll have to do yourself, but IF my reseraches can help on that, fell free to ask, but above referencces where ment for FUN only.

    Werner

  73. Katie
    Are You as blind as you are dumb?

    Or just not bothering reading what is written to you?

    Jean has a blog, follow the link through her screen name and stop bothering people who enjoy reading the stuff HERE without moving of blog for some basic info on a person we really LIKE!

    So, please, shut up, or move on!
    (Or comment on YOUR stuff, for a change!)

    Now this was rude, but I meant it!

    Werner

  74. I watched the video, Peas.Why do they want to do this?Am I a blonde? Yes. So please explain.

  75. Werner,

    I always fought (almost physically) with my most history teachers through the years. Almost like I felt they were lying and I was having none of it.

    And then, senior year of high school, I had the most wonderful teacher that taught the position that the attack on Pearl Harbor was antagonized by FDR in order to get the US population behind joining the war. She was from a large military family that disowned her because of her beliefs. I had so much respect for her courage in the face of such opposition.

    I started looking into what is now known as LIHOP, MIHOP and False Flag operations throughout history. Suddenly, everything started to make sense, unlike the ‘official story’ that was ‘fed’ to me over the years.

    So as I got older and other world events ‘happened’, I looked at them with a skeptical eye. It has served me well in understanding world events like 9ll.

    What I’ve come to understand is that nothing happens in a vacuum and evil people don’t always wear black hats. Sometimes bad men are the ones you wanna trust the most, at your own peril.

    So Werner, unless the authors you cite come from the skeptical side, as apposed to the rah rah “We’re #1″ side, I wouldn’t waste my time. We get enough propaganda catapulted at US from the MSM / Administration.

    Just my thoughts…

    PEACE ~ Δ

  76. MirrorMan and gang

    …….
    Cynical? Sure
    Offensive? Yes
    Rude? Always
    Political correct? NEVER
    ………

    This is the motto starting MY blog, not UWA’s and the “Rude” part states that I am born a “Frank” in the German part that is called “Franken” and is the heartland of all people calling themselves “Franks”!

    A few we kicked out started Frankraeich (France) in the 600s and got great with Charlemange (Karl der Grosse) in the 800s….

    But the name of “Franks” supposed to come from speaking “frank” (Direct, not refined, without subleties) which is often considered “Rude”, so that is where the “Rude” in my blog’s motto comes from. remeber:

    Ten times better a direct word in your face than a knife in your back!!

    Werner

  77. JuneauJoe’s post about Thomas Friedman brought to mind a fabulous dissertation about him written by Matt Taibbi from the Rolling Stone called “Someone Take Away Thomas Friedman’s Computer Before He Types Another Sentence!”

    http://www.smirkingchimp.com/author/matt_taibbi

    Just a little something to read while we’re waiting for the next main event here!

  78. UAW Tradesman

    thanks for quoting the motto of MY OWN blog, but I know it (Remeber I EVEN WROTE IT)

    And yes, I stand by it too, political correct people are utterly boring! They miss the byte, the opinion and mostly the words to voice anything interessting…..

    Here I try to be a bit more moderate, since I am only invited to join a party, I don’t “own” it.

    But the above motto is a part why I defendet you in THIS blog …..

    Now if you need to attack me for anything on MY blog, use the comments link there or send me an email… (Remeber, I DON’T hide)

    Criticise anything I wrote HERE and you get your answer here.

    As said, I DON’T agree with you, even if I respect you right to say your thing.

    So, IF you have something to battle out with my, you have the choice of battle-grounds…

    Werner

  79. Whireled peas

    ……..”Yea Werner, I used to nod off during history class too. But I ususally didn’t wake up laughing.”…..

    history classes are never better than the teachers….. But I actually got into history long AFTER school when I started intense reading, and it was PROSA (Historical novels, that I wanted more background on) that got me going.

    Two the best writers (For those who enjoy historical novels) in MHO are:
    Peter Berling (on the more seedy, but extremly well researched side)
    He wrote 5 books covering 40 years (approx 1240 to 1270) on the Gral history, totaling approx 2700 pages, and not one page boring.

    and
    Jack Whyte (if you don’t mind that he’s a bit of a military buff….)
    He wrote the Arthus story in a way that I, for the first time, thought, “This is the way it COULD have been” (He based the whole thing on the retreating roman army and the political, mental and physical impact on everyday live in 3rd and 4th Century Britain, very well researched and done)

    But since I always want to know more details or IF something is truth or fiction, that got me into historical research and I seam to enjoy it quite a lot…..

    But, I too have slept rather well in history class, boring teachers……

    Werner

  80. This is for Michele who lives in David Duke’s territory. I know exactly where that is. Have in-laws, etc. living there. My late mother-in-law (heaven bless her) lived there and rose quite high in her profession cuz no one would mess with her and she was a liberal and stood her ground fabulously. Not once did anyone ever burn a cross on her front lawn. What I find now is that the region is running on a great deal of testosterone. There are a lot of old men in that area who come out of an era when education was limited. That area was also hard hit by Katrina evacuees. Whereas no one enjoyed all that stress, the liberals rolled better with the coaster as they were the active ones trying in some way to help. A chunk of my family has moved to another state in the southeast specifically to a very high education area. Inside that area is a safe place to be for liberals. Outside that area is a whale of a lot of resentment against anyone with more than a high school education. Please note that a lot of the “preachers” in the outer areas never saw the inside of any seminary but are self proclaimed and self ordained. Michele, all I can tell you is to keep on keeping on!

  81. Greytdog,

    I also like the comparison of the Chinese Embassy with solar panels and the US Embassy across the street without solar panels.

    Says a lot. Other countries are well ahead of solar, wind and hybrid car usage. It is past time to change.
    Remember when GM had the EV1, not so long ago?

  82. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com has a very interesting analysis and explanation on the “progressive” movement(s) & a nifty chart outlining the differences. . .
    rational progressivism: tends to be trusting, within reason, of status quo political and economic institutions — generally including the institution of capitalism. It tends to trust these institutions because it believes they are a manifestation of progress made by previous generations. . . The project of rational progressivism, then, is to propagate good ideas and to convert them, through a wide and aggressive array of democratic means, into public policy.
    radical progressivism: It represents, indeed, a much more radical and comprehensive critique of the status quo, which it tends to see as intrinsically corrupt. . . embraces the tradition of populism and frequently adopts a discourse of the virtuous commoner organizing against the corrupt elite . . . Its project is not reform but transformation.
    Source: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/ The Two Progressivisms (Sunday 02.15.9)

  83. Hendrick Hertzberg writes in The New Yorker:
    “Fifty years ago, the civil-rights movement understood that nonviolence can be an effective weapon even if—or especially if—the other side refuses to follow suit. Obama has a similarly tough-minded understanding of the political uses of bipartisanship, which, even if it fails as a tactic for compromise, can succeed as a tonal strategy: once the other side makes itself appear intransigently, destructively partisan, the game is half won. Obama is learning to throw the ball harder. But it’s not Rovian hardball he’s playing. More like Gandhian hardball.”

    http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2009/02/23/090223taco_talk_hertzberg

  84. JuneauJoe, read that Friedman column – I liked the last comment of the article:”Well … the world needs crazy ideas to change things, because the conventional way of thinking is not working anymore.”
    It really popped out because I’d just finished reading Frank Rich. . .where Rich points out that the GOP members of Congress are entrenched in their echo chamber

  85. This is amazing! It was performed 27 years ago but bery appropriate today! About Reagan. It is called
    B Movie.

    http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/562.html

  86. Well, seems we’re all awaiting the newest edition of Helen’s Coultergist book report, and it kind of feels like mulling around while twiddling our thumbs.

    So, apologies in advance to those that don’t like the back-and-forths or comments to others that don’t pertain to the Helen post, but I have a question for Armchair, a Buddhist/Christian.

    I have been born and raised an Episcopalian (grandfather was a minister), married to a Jehovah’s Witness, and yet feel very much connected to Buddhist teachings. If there is actually an organization or a group of like-minded individuals (Buddhist Christians), do you have a website for me to check out?

    Since I’m still twiddling and waiting for Helen’s next post, if I may give Michelle advice: I’d move. Kids pick up most of their values and are most influenced by their family when they are young, but once they become adolescents and in school with friends and peers, they usually conform, or are made objects of rejection.

    It sounds like you are surrounded by the Bubbas and narrow minded, and you and your family as missionaries would be as welcome with your liberal message as my husband is as he goes door to door with his Awake and Watchtower publications.

    Twiddling around,

    Sally

  87. Dear Helen,

    I have lived my entire life in a conservative, often backwards part of the country (David Duke lives in my district). I’m afraid to ask around, but Ann Coulter is probably a hero to many locals, who honestly believe that Fox News is normal.

    After college, my husband and I wanted to move away, but we decided to stay so that our children could grow up with their grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. All of our parents are liberal. My mom has always said that if all of the liberals move to live in liberal areas, then there would be no one left in the conservative areas to share a different point of view. I have decided that my kids shouldn’t be surrounded by ignorance just so that we can take a stand against it. I want them to grow up where they feel like a part of something, rather than an outsider.

    What is your opinion? Do you think we should be missionaries of a sort and spread the liberal message, or should we surround ourselves with like-minded people?

  88. Thomas Friedman goes hippy!

    http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/02/15/opinion/edfriedman.php

    Bush/ Cheney/ Coulter and the like would not allow this! They are not using enough oil!

  89. “Did her fancy education come with an anytime-return policy?”

    Hopefully – because she’s obviously not using whatever education she does have, so she needs to return for a refresher. She can start with Ethics, Logic, and American History.

  90. @Imaginista ∆
    “And like the frog in that fable, we should all remember that no matter how hard we try to do the noble thing, the scorpion cannot change his nature.”
    —————–
    Even though Greytdog assures us Helen is a Jedi…
    and Greyt is usually right…
    I’ve been a lil worried about what the toll reading this book might exact of our hostess.
    Chuckling over your story I realized –
    Once a Jedi, always a Jedi
    Helen will prevail.

    I might not make it through her Hell-n notes on the last chapters myself.
    EWWW.
    I know plenty of uneducated folks who can write and think better than Ms Coulter.
    Did her fancy education come with an anytime-return policy?

  91. OMG! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This was the best thing I have read in a waaaay long time. You ladies are the BEST!

  92. Reading the mouse stories totally cracked me up. The stuff we all share with each other after intially commenting on Helen and Margaret’s posts is great entertainment while we breathlessly await the next installment of the ladies’ brilliance.

    I’m not afraid of mice, but it IS startling to be awakened by something nibbling at your hair, only to look up and be eye to eye with a mouse standing on your pillow! I did scream and the poor little guy was probably way more traumatized than I was, plus, I woke the baby.

    That was 30 years ago, though; more recently while transporting some lawn care items in my car, I felt a tickle on my calf and looked down to find a 2 inch long scorpion crawling up toward my knee. At the time I was approaching a red light and had my feet depressing the brake and clutch, but when I saw the scorp both feet came off the pedals as I brushed at him and I stutter-stalled my little Golf into a bohemoth pickup in front of me and got a nice little permanent impression of his trailer hitch ball in my bumper.

    The driver of said bohemoth vehicle threw open his door and came stomping back to assess the damage to his truck, of which there was none, and was completely unmoved by my panic stricken face and high pitched explanation of my near scorpion sting! Once he saw I didn’t damage his precious truck, he just wheeled around and got back into it and drove off – no concern whatsoever about me! Naturally, the bohemoth truck (I call them UAV’s – Urban Assault Vehicles) sported a McCain/Palin bumper sticker.

    I was lucky, though, I didn’t get stung. However I did spend the next six months looking down every few minutes while driving, since the bastard (the scorp not the dumb truck guy) ran under the seat before I could whack him.

    Scorpions and Republicans all in one story… And like the frog in that fable, we should all remember that no matter how hard we try to do the noble thing, the scorpion cannot change his nature.

  93. Helen is a Jedi. She won’t be harmed by the Emperor’s storm troopers. . .

  94. Come on, Helen…put the book down…put it down, Darlin’, and nobody will get hurt. Walk toward the light, Helen….we are all here waiting for you. The book is bad…bad, Helen. Put it down before the evil moves into your brain. Just say NO, Helen…just say no.

  95. OMG – reading all that Ann Coulter poison killed Helen dead!

    If we manage to bring her back from the grave, what are the LAST TWO chapters going to do to her?

    Helen, as the troll (kind of a lame troll ) Colorful would say “Quick, before it’s too late – put it down and stop reading NOW!”

  96. MirrorMan Δ ROFL! Thanks for the visual!!!

    Honolulu Sally – here’s a link on Toby Keith that you might find interesting (no music to save your ears)

    http://tinyurl.com/cq5jmo

  97. Jean and Greytdog ∆,

    Thanks for the info and links to the Joshua Bell Violinist in the Metro.

    Can’t understand how people couldn’t stop to listen. Even from my laptop, the music gave me chicken skin, and I’m not the symphony type. I guess people are so conditioned to routine, that not even greatness will stop them in their tracks.

    Sorry for my ignorance – I don’t watch much television except for soccer games, craft shows, and a few peeks at Jon Stewart, also stopped our newspaper subscription – but who is Toby Keith?

  98. If it were Toby Keith, I would give him money, although I doubt he would appreciate the $10.00 roll of quarters I would be throwing at him as hard as I could.

  99. Link to Washington Post story on Joshua Bell – the Violinist in the Metro

    http://tinyurl.com/32a32w

  100. Helen, you are the most brilliant blogger ever. Really. I mean it.

  101. IMO, Toby Keith would receive LOTS of money – to get him to shut up already

  102. Hi gang,

    This is a forward I received and am copying and pasting. There is a picture, but I don’t know if it will come through.

    “Subject: Fw: A Violinist in the Metro

    A Violinist in the Metro

    From The Effective Club

    A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

    Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

    A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

    A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

    The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

    In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

    No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

    Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

    This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

    One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

    If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?”

    Aloha!

    Jean

    P.S. I wonder. If Toby Keith were to stand alone. singing in the Metro stationin Washington D.C. for about 45 minutes, how much money do you suppose he would collect? Just wondering.

  103. Helen~

    You slay me! I had fallen behind on the reading with a big move, and I won’t allow that to happen again. You say it like it is, and I love you for it.

    Ann Coulter is perhaps the worst human being, EVER (except Dick Cheney).

  104. It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from you. Are you alright? Or is it just that this chapter is really that bad? We miss you and are looking forward to hearing from you again.

  105. Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

    Bravissima!

  106. smteaches, may we please have your rhubarb raisin pie recipe?

  107. Greytdog thanks for the reply. Yep I just thought it was interesting that’ all. As for me I am agnostic, I know there is something greater than us just not necessarily something that religions espouse. And I agree with you about the poor reporter but I think it was more the self-preservation mode lol…

  108. Paul Krugman on the Stimulus. He feels the stimulus has been watered down and we will need a second round of stimulus. Quite interesting and easy to read

    http://www.commondreams.org/view/2009/02/13

    Help a Village! The Lower Yukon River is frozen through May so they will need help for months.

    http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/how-to-help/

  109. freD: Enjoyed your story!

    I think cats in the house don’t ensure that mice won’t come IN. Cats are just there to make sure the mice stay in the walls. Though I did have one cat whose genetic lineage was “Chicago Alleycat” and he was the best mouser! But I never could get him to tone down his desire to hunt. If mice weren’t around, he’d bring me sparrows, pigeons, moths, and even worms.

    smteaches: thanks for apple! I am having it for breakfast.

    Δ

  110. Smokey – one of few verses attributed to Jesus that many bible fanatics like to espouse the most is Matthew 10:34: Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword,” To many Christian “warriors”, this verse gives permission to convert by violence, to kill those who refuse to convert or subsequently don’t experience g-d in the exact same way as they do, to uplift their end-times rage. For a really interesting take on this verse, see this article in Christianity Today:

    http://www.ctlibrary.com/ct/2003/january/40.80.html

    As for coulter, I can’t speak to her personal theology, if indeed she has one. But her mouth/actions speak quite clearly to her convoluted morality and ethics – but she is not alone in that, I’m sorry to say. Perhaps the reporter was acting from a self-preservation stance by not pointing that out OR simply didn’t know enough about cherry picking the Bible to point out AC’s contradictory theology.

  111. smokeybones,

    She said, “I was going to have a few comments about John Edwards but you have to go into rehab if you use the word fa**ot…..If I’m going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I’ll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”

    Typical Coulter…that’s why I’m worried about Helen. Five days with no update is excessively long, as it seems she’s breezed through the first five chapters of senseless drivel.

  112. One if the biggest things I remember about seeing Coulter on a TV interview was when she was talking about JOHN EDWARDS, she had said something derogatory about him of course, and basically said he should DIE. And as soon as she said that I saw the CRUCIFIX she was wearing. I remember thinking at the time, what doesn’t the reporter point that out? Does she believe in GOD? JESUS CHRIST? Really?

  113. Is anyone other than me afraid that Helen is in a Coulter Coma?

    Ann’s lack of civility and crude diatribes have resulted in her being fired from more jobs than most employees apply to in a lifetime, but her shock-jock-style comments — outrageous, hurtful, and hateful as they may be — bring in so much intoxicating money that she is willing to trade common decency, respect, and compassion for unbearable and repulsive ugliness.

    Helen, I know you only had two chapters to go, but if reading Coulter is causing you to feel so nauseated that you cannot blog, we’ll understand if you stop.

    We’re all missing you and we’re beginning to suffer Helen Withdrawal! Please come out of you Coulter Coma and comment!

    We’re sitting on the porch waiting — I brought pie! Old-fashioned apple for Maven and rhubarb-raisin for anyone else who cares for a piece. Δ

  114. Katie – I think most of us understand your point about linkage. And I would guess that most of us do provide such linkage –
    As for the comments, what you’re proposing (and personally it would make sense) is a OT forum where primary threads could be continued and expanded. that requires a moderator. matthew doesnt have time for that. I know I don’t – between working a fulltime job, a parttime job, numerous volunteer activities, family, school, and sleep (nap as nap can), I would be the most incoherent moderator online.
    BUT if Matthew could figure out a way to set up a non-moderated forum, perhaps??? Dunno.
    As for my snarky comments, I do apologize to you. I was wrong.

  115. Iain Levison has a really great op-ed in today’s Washington Post. I admit I think it is great because he deals directly with the reality of the working poor. And it’s real. It’s honest. And in today’s atmosphere of extreme punditry and one-upmanship, Levison’s piece stands out.

    http://tinyurl.com/cnzowv

  116. Just a couple of items here –

    Here’s a good listing of the stimulus bill – it’s an overview really – but it does cut through the punditry and speculative b.s.

    http://www.propublica.org/special/the-stimulus-plan-a-detailed-list-of-spending

    Andrew Sullivan offers an interesting p.o.v. on the stimulus bill – never thought of it this way, but it actually makes sense – even to my feeble mind.

    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/02/political-and-t.html#more

  117. [...] Sitting Under My Fruit Tree placed an interesting blog post on Comment on If Ann Coulter falls in the forest and nobody hears…Here’s a brief overviewI am a Buddhist/BChristian/B and I have been thinking about John 13 when Jesu said about, “You will be doing even greater things than I have… [...]

  118. Oh, Helen,

    This latest Coulter piece I have now read the third time and I laughed harder this time than the last two. I was laughing SO hard *this time I actually p***d my pants!! You are effing hilarious and true and I think this piece is the funniest thing I have ever read in my whole life. Real humor, as you very well know, is based on comparing weirdness to truth and you have succeeded here magnificently!!

    You know, you are going to have to do whatever you need to do to live an even longer life because we adore you and are quite addicted!! AND!! Please be careful not to get a fat head for being so incredible.

    Love,
    Armchair ps

    I have decided not to… well… for now anyway… there may be hope with beings like you in the world. I am a Buddhist/Christian and I have been thinking about John 13 when Jesu said about, “You will be doing even greater things than I have done when I am gone, as I am going to the Father.” And, I have been thinking, “What does that mean?” I sure as hell, as a spiritual person, can do some things based on understanding karma and Grace, giving credit where due, but I don’t want to “raise the dead” as Jesu did, for heaven’s sake. But, then, in a conversation with a Christian friend tonight about this very topic, I said, “Maybe, how about, raising dead Republicans?” We thought that might be appropriate and maybe you do, too.

    Night night,
    Armchair

  119. I am sorry but I guess I gave some of you too much credit.

    Let me tell you about how blogs work. They are part of a vast network of millions and millions of on-line opinions and experiences.

    When you come here and leave a comment, Helen’s blog grows in popularity with search engines… that is a good thing.

    The more people come and comment the better. BUT it doesn’t matter if the comment is long or short.

    Now, the other important thing about blogs is connectivity. The more blogs are connected to other blogs, the more they show up on searches. Also, the better chance that they go viral with growing interest.

    Go look at the most popular blogs. They are filled with LINKS. Use links people becuase it keeps the conversation stimulating and easy to navitgate which encourages more comments AND it keeps M&H’s blog relevant. That said, this comment is way too long and has no links so now I must go…

    Take care Jean.

  120. “……….Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”

    from the messiah’s handbook,
    illusions
    : )

    the is, is!

  121. Since when is not bashing someone praising them….I don’t think I’ve ever praised Palin…
    What I have done is try to point out(maybe not very well) that the R’s aren’t the only ones to blame…People want to throw Bush in jail for water boarding but Queen Nancy was there and knew all about it and wondered if they were doing enough…I don’t hear anyone blaming her… Coulter’s bashed but no ones said anything about Dr. Benjamin Scafidi’s study and the $112 billion a year single mothers cost this economy…

    http://www.michiganfamily.org/main-resources/publications/FFPolicyBrief.pdf

    and as far as tazering this is x rated

    http://video.aol.com/video-detail/stun-gun-to-the-testicles/4287499682

  122. MirrorMan: Thanks for the words of wisdom.

    Here is interview that Jon Stewart did of John Sununu on the daily show. Got to the heart of the issues quite well.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=218381&title=john-sununu

  123. Something to remember in our travels:

    The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.

    Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

  124. Without a mouth, I looked at her eyes. Her eyes are brown! She is full of sh-t! Major Constipation of the brain appears to be the problem.

  125. We can only hope…
    .

    Δ

  126. The P. S. is an Oops!

    Aloha!

    Jean

  127. Everyone, Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Now wait just a damn minute! Who said I’m going to have surgery? I have an APPOINTMENT with the spinal surgeon on Apr. 17th. We are going to chit chat. I may have to arm wrestle him to the ground about it if I am strong enough by then. I might be able to take him!

    (When I was in college back in the Middle Ages, I was in an advanced Modern Dance class in lieu of Physical Ed. Requirement. The first thing we had ever learned was how to fall GRACEFULLY without hurting ourselves, a la ballet.)

    They even brought in the football team for us to teach them. Those big bruisers were clowning around about trading in their helmets and cleats for tutu’s and ‘tripping the light fantastic’. That got our danders up! So we gals all fell GRACEFULLY together, got up GRACEFULLY and then said, now you do it!

    They got the message and learned how –
    e v e r s o s l o w l y.)

    Raji, I will get off the meds when my doctor tells me to. I trust him even though he looks like he is about 14. I was shocked to learn he has two kids about 10 and 12 or so. Speaking of which, anybody UNDER 60 to me is just a kid.

    Now gang, get off Katie’s back. We have enough bad backs here as it is. She didn’t know about my web site and was just trying to help like all the rest of you are. Now she knows. And thank you for your interest in my web site.

    Whirled Peas, you rotten kid, since you have apparently decided not to move in with us, I really should get my computer guru in here to ‘service’ it like you would a car. There are some glitches. I have been cutting and pasting, editing, and updating right along from my web site. I have a file where I keep my ‘comments’ I have sent to Helen and Margaret’s blog.

    I started my web site 8-9 years ago, before blogs got going. I thought if people knew some of this stuff, together we could head off Bush’s (Rove’s) re-election. Helen and Margaret’s blog and
    others like all of US succeeded this time where I did not.

    I’m off to the shower. We have an oversized shower with only a two or three inch step to get in. It has a seat in it. My husband stands outside the door with the towel in case I need help. It’s always nice to feel clean. The shower was built into the house from the git go.

    My husband is just back from the store and brought me three beautiful red roses. I cried.

    Aloha!

    Jean

    UAWTradesman, thank you.

    P.S.

  128. Tradesman: I just went back and read some of your posts and I am thinking you are sounding pretty pathetic. Praising Palin and bashing Obama is an easy but I feel stupid thing to do.

    Being in Alaska, I could spend lots of time discrediting your posts about our sweet Gov. but I think that has been covered in previous posts.

    Bashing Obama and his economic plans: Obama inherited from Bush/ Cheney, the worst economy since the great depression. (If you disagree, please make your case.) The usual economic tinkering will not suffice in getting things back on track. When Bush made the case for the bank bailout, our country was within hours of economic ruin. Within a day, the whole world economy could have been brought down. WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF ECONOMIC POLICY FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS? You need to remind me, seems I am getting old and forgetful.

    Obama has a plan to stimulate the economy. Let the man do his job and then take credit if it works and admit if it fails. Did Bush fail the last eight years? YES, BUSH FAILED OUR ECONOMY AND MORALLY AS WELL!

    Tradesman, I set aside time to have a discussion today since I have internet. You seem to have opinions, let us talk, but be real please.

  129. Helen, Lord love you. You are so much a better person than I that it goes off the scale. I hope you have a large supply of barf bags readily to hand!

  130. Oh ! you guys are BRILLIANT !
    All the way from New Zealand I send you my best wishes, and thanks for a must-read blog.

    You don’t know just how much the rest of the world celebrated when Obama was elected president, we were all getting pretty damned tired of the U.S run by a bunch of bully boys – now it all feels so hopeful again.
    Its great to read your blog…i’m whiling away a sunny sunday here , I should be outside but I can’t stop reading your blog …AARRGGHHHHH

    As for Coulter , if she’s a poster girl for the Right they really need to examine the quality of their posters…mean and scrawny…she needs a good feed

  131. From Crooks and Liars:

    Ann Coulter soft-pedals white supremacists in her new book

    As far as The Obama Recovery, I’m hoping it can stave off the financial global tsunami The Bush Depression created for all of US, our kids, our grand kids and our grand kid’s kids to “enjoy” for GENERATIONS to come.

    The past 8 years have been colossal waste of a wonderful country thanks to Dub, Dickhead and people like mAnn Coulter, Rush, Hateity and UAW.

    Δ

  132. Okay, I’m not really a moderator. Somebody who encourages trolls so that they can then mock them probably isn’t much of a moderator anyways. Here’s a completely off-topic story instead.

    This one is dedicated to Maven.

    It’s called: “Things Can Always Be Worse”

    I live in a forest. When my beloved mouser pal, my cocker spaniel, passed away, forest mice moved into my house. I’d rarely see them, but the scratching around inside the walls was driving me bonkers. I told a coworker about my dilemma. He suggested some barn kittens from his parents farm. I told him no, my wife didn’t like cats. So the next week he showed up with a box of kittens in his car, and told me they were either mine or the pounds. So I gave in. I thought, I’d work things out with the wife – yeah, that’s it. She hadn’t gotten home yet, so I would put them in the basement for the time being. I managed to make it down the stairs, but it was a flimsy cardboard box, and dang it, they weren’t really kittens but sub-adult cats, and wild hissing clawing sub-adult cats at that. I dropped the box and it broke open and the cats disappeared into the shadows. I knew that cats hide until they get used to a strange new place. So I kept quiet, to deal with them the next morning after wife left for work before I did. The next morning I woke up to a scream. My wife was in the basement with a broom yelling: “OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?” I spent a good while calming her down and sweet talking her into believing that a wild barn cat (well three actually) loose in the house wasn’t the worst thing in the world. Well, I got to keep the cats. The years went by, but my grand plans for controlling the house mice didn’t work out so well. The skinny male only seems to want to hunt the beneficial garden shrews and birds. The little female keeps up with her brother, sometimes, but prefers stealing food from his bowl instead. And the dominant female is fat and lazy on the comfy couch watching Animal Planet all day – when she hears scratching inside the walls she might actually be compelled to look up. Cats have strong instincts, but they also know a good thing when they’ve got one. Our cars have mousetraps in them. My wife still calls them my cats, and my mice. So as you see, things can always be worse. I try to think of the time I was working onsite in Georgia and the company car had roaches…

    Gotta go make myself useful. Gotta pay for these cats somehow.

  133. I love Margaret and Helen. You two make my day!!!!

  134. Alaska Pi: That was beautiful!

    We could also discuss the AK Attorney General that quit this past week. He was Sarah’s little Alberto Gonzales type character. He has been thrown under the bus by Sarah.

    HELP A VILLAGE IN AK! It is the right thing to do!
    YES, WE CAN!

    http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/

  135. Trades∆ –

    No one is asking the gov to break the law.
    We ARE asking her administration to provide state resources to move humanitarian aid collected privately. She has the executive abolity to do so.

    We are asking that state laws about disaster declaration be revisited and looked at carefully as they do not meet the needs of Alaska and were hastily changed for politcal reasons 10 yrs ago.

    We did ask, last fall, that the gov- who continued to say she could run the state from her blackberry, instead of handing over to the Lt Gov while she was campaigning for VP- pay close attention to conditions in Western Alaska and do something useful BEFORE it turned into what it is now out there.
    She elected to throw $1200 at all alaskans and ignore bush realities.

    The gov’s LOUDEST critics , INstate right now, are Republicans.

    If you want to bring up the gov and her sorry husband’s defense of their behavior regarding so-called Troopergate go to ADN- the archives include the full text of Mr Branchflower’s report as well as full background of the case. The taser incident went unreported by all until it served the purposes of the ghastly gov. Stupid incident, poor judgement by step-father, glad it didn’t have bad consequences but hardly the vile act the ghastly gov has tried to portray it…

    This is NOT about Dems v Reps in Alaska- non-partisan voters out number Dems in voter rolls and Undeclared voters outnumber Reps-
    This is about where and how we want to move into the future as a state.

    This gov got into office on a reform platform which included the promise of open and transparent govt from her office. The cloak of invisiblity she has dropped over many state activities and affairs is unparalleled here.

    IF you go to ADN – find archives relating to Andree McLeod’s suits against the gov. Republican McLeod was onto some of this before any of us Dems ever woke up to what was going on…

  136. Tradesman: You are full of crap!

    Eight years of Republicant rule: What did the Repubcants do to show they are the party to be listened too after BANKRUPTING our county!

    Please tell!

  137. Palin and the law:
    Palin also collects per diem while at home! Legal? No other Gov has done it? Does she declare it as income? Has not yet. Sarah does state business on her personal Blackberry, so she has to disclose emails sent on the Blackberry if it is state business – right. Todd is a not a government employee yet he gets to see sensitive data about people and state information? Legal.

    Legal is what suits Sarah’s interest!

  138. good article on worldwide donations…
    but…
    do you want Palin to break the law or punish her for breaking the law…make up your mind…

    “The state has said it can’t legally declare a financial disaster in the region, something regional leaders have asked for for months, instead emphasizing existing aid programs”

    personally…if someone Tarazed my nephew I’d probably be in legal trouble

  139. smteaches-

    Who has filed to question Prop 8’s constitutionality?
    Who’s doing the briefs for that side?
    Is there an aid fund to pay attorneys?

    K Starr has tooted all over the place taking these kinds of briefs- someone been tracking this starr by telescope?
    He defended the Juneau School district in one of the dumbest cases to make it to US Supreme court – the ruling however affects young people’s rights all over America.

    SP should have been able to name Bong-Hits-For-Jesus case…

  140. ‘Yes we can!

    Helen and Margaret –

    Thanks for helping us kick a tiny bit of this off here!!

    Jane”
    ————–
    It worked! It’s happening!

    My thanks too , Margaret and Helen!
    and to all who drop by here who have kicked IN.
    ———————–
    The political climate which allowed the problems in Alaska to go unheeded until folks were in dire straits can be found all over the country.

    What is going on in your neighborhoods?

  141. This is too important not to share…

    President Barack Obama said, “…for too long, issues of LGBT rights have been exploited
    by those seeking to divide us. It’s time to move beyond polarization and live up to our founding promise of equality by treating all our citizens with dignity and respect.”

    On December 19, Ken Starr filed legal briefs with the California State Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8 and attempting to forcibly divorce 18,000 loving, committed, legally married same-sex couples. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in this case on March 5, with a decision expected within 90 days.

    The video “Fidelity” puts a few faces to this heartbreaking situation that is causing so much pain and anguish: http://www.couragecampaign.org/Divorce

    Please take 3-4 minutes of your time to watch the video and sign the attached letter to the Supreme Court asking them to invalidate Prop 8. Also, please forward this to your family and friends and post it on any blogs you frequent. They’re trying to get 250,000 signatures by March 2……frankly, I don’t understand why it takes so much time and work to get a measly 250,000 signatures. The Supreme Court should be inundated with millions of signatures. This is THE civil rights issue of this generation — ALL Americans should have full equality under the law!

    Thank you!

    “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.” (Dante)

  142. Maven I laughed my ass off reading your story!

    I had a friend who almost wrecked his car when a mouse was discovered and ran up his pant leg as he was driving. Imagine explaining that to the police.

  143. “You are all pitiful. Well hang on to your butts because you are about to get the biggest screwing ever.”

    Would somebody explain to me why Nunya and many of the extreme right are obsessed with bending over and getting screwed?

    Talk about childish.

  144. Richard, all I can say about that link is “wow.” I love it.
    Maven, you are such a hoot. Thanks for sharing that great story.
    Someone mentioned they don’t like it when we use this blog to talk back and forth to each other as I just did..
    want some cheese with that whine?

  145. Bigslick thanks for the information my $50 bucks are on the way! We love animals and hate Palin (well hate may be too strong a word… wait, wait no its not). I was hoping that we would be able to slowly get with of some of this RED and BLUE state, RIGHT & LEFT, Conservative – Liberal crap, but it looks like its not gonna happen anytime soon :-(

    The last 8 years have been a cancer on our great country and I was hoping the right could see that and join the rest of us in trying to help our people heal and move forward. They are not, the right is following the Leader of the Republican Party Rush Limbaugh in trying to spread the cancer.

  146. “a swishy, mealymouthed, gutless, sitting-down-while-urinating, spineless girly-girl…” Unless of course he has a Prince Albert and doesn’t want to drip on his Mama’s, girlfriend’s, wife’s or partner’s bathroom carpets.

  147. I just found your site through The Raisin Chronicles and I love it. I am going to send the link to my 81 year old mother-in-law. Maybe she can find the time to check it out after line dancing and bowling. Keep up the good work.

  148. Yes we can!

    http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/690057.html

    Helen and Margaret –

    Thanks for helping us kick a tiny bit of this off here!!

    Jane

  149. One of my colleagues mentioned last night that he saw a clip on the ‘net with Bill Maher saying that he was responsible for giving AC a wider public platform and that he does see her socially. He wouldn’t (Which surprises me) comment on whether or not they were an “item”. . .if anyone has the time you might want to scour the net for the vid – I’m too worn out to trash pick Maher’s stuff.

  150. Morning all. . . peeking in before tumbling into bed for some shuteye.
    Big Slick – thanks for the idea! Love it. So will the wolves of Alaska (My concern is that SP will simply go out, kill some wolves, then display them next to the plush toys – as a sequel to her turkey pardoning act)
    UAW – no one is blaming SP for the strange weather patterns that created the “perfect” storm. . .anymore than anyone blamed bush for Hurricane Katrina. Both SP and Bush had ample warning about the pending catastrophes, both chose to either ignore those warnings or deemed them unimportant . . .it is that ignorance and lack of leadership that we condemn. And the continued refusal to do anything once the catastrophe occurred. Perhaps you should go to SPAN Alaska and just order the villages some cake to eat. . .courtesy of the Queen of North, Sarah Palin.

  151. Maven,

    I was laughing my ass off at your mouse story…that’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard… Sounds like something I’d do!

  152. Who wants to make a wager that in a less than a year, the Republicans will blame this whole economic mess, that Obama inherited, on him and him alone.

    And the blind masses will follow and believe it!

  153. MirrorMan said:Now stop being a stupid useless use of protoplasm and sit down and shut the hell up!

    Next time just use the term PPPPPT
    (Piss Poor Protoplasm Poorly Put Together)
    :-)

  154. The Ann Coulter Song

  155. Katie said:”There Jean. Just like freD did it. You can even just cut and paste what he did and use it yourself.

    Now, wasn’t that easy everyone?”

    Katie, I don’t know who you are but the above has to be one of the most childish statements I have ever heard outside of kindergarden. What was your point?

  156. Ok folks, here is a fun activity for those of you who want to release a little pent up activist energy.

    It’s time again to leverage Sarah Palin’s greatest redeeming quality – her ability to raise money for the causes that oppose her philosophies. She is the ultimate Anti-Brand in the Political Blogosphere and here is the pattern of self-destruction she wreaks whenever she opens her pie hole.

    First, Sarah joined McCain on the RNC ticket and threw the election to Obama.

    Next, she espoused her ultra-conservative views regards women’s rights to make personal decisions during pregnancy and Planned Parenthood raised $1,000,000 in her name – and got all those “Thank You!” cards delivered to her!

    And now, we have the Adopt a Wolf in Sarah Palin’s Name Campaign via the World Wildlife Fund!

    It’s very simple. First, go to

    http://www.worldwildlife.org/ogc/species_SKU.cfm?cqs=CTGW

    Please have a look at the options for your donation and decide whether and what you are willing to give. I chose one with a Wolf Plush Toy and a Birthday Gift Bag! Happy Birthday Sister Sarah!

    If you choose to give, you can make the donation in Sarah Palin’s name and send her the Wolf Adoption Kit containing a Letter of Appreciation/Certificate of Adoption/Wolf Photo for each donation!!!!

    Here is a link to a sample letter that will go to her when you make an adoption/donation:

    http://www.worldwildlife.org/ogc/ack-letter.html

    Follow this quick how-to so you can make sure your gift in Sarah Palin’s name gets booked properly, and her Notificaton Letter, Certificate of Adoption, and Adopted Wolf Photo get sent properly to her home.

    1) Add your selection to the Shopping Cart

    2) You will be asked to provide your own billing info and shipping info – IMPORTANT – use the name that you wish to appear as the person making the donation on behalf of Sarah in the Letter of Appreciation that will be sent. If you do not want to share your personal information, simply fill in bogus info – I gave the address of a small casino in Vegas!

    3) Select the box that says “This gift is for someone else”

    4) Fill in the following shipping information:

    Sarah Palin
    1140 W Parks Hwy
    Wasilla AK 99654

    5) There is a bonus item offered when you make a donation as a gift in someone’s name – an e-mail “thank you” letter can be sent to them if you simply provide an e-mail address! However, instead of sending that letter to Sarah, I had it sent to Alaskans for Truth to make sure they were aware of the WWF and its request for donations!

    6) Use your credit card to make payment.

    After you finish the sequence above, the following will appear:

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Your donation information appears below:
    Donor: BigSlick Anonymous-Blogger
    Order ID:
    Amount: $50
    Itemization: Gray Wolf Adoption ($50) — A gift for: Sarah Palin

    Return to the Gift Center
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    It’s that easy.

    And it fulfills the pattern. It’s time to complete the Hat Trick.

    Please make a donation and adopt a wolf in Sarah Palin’s name! Why not send her a bunch of Wolf Plush Toys for her kids to play with and to remind her that wolves should be cared for and not gunned down in cold blood!

  157. Katie,
    You don’t want to read a post – don’t. Pretty simple.
    Just my opinion.

    Tradesman: The Republicants had the country driver’s seat for 8 years. WE ARE NOT NEAR BANKRUPTCY – tell me why we should listen to the Republicants again? The D’s should also file charges against, Bush, Cheney, Salazar, Rumsfeld and a few other fellows who used the Constitution as toilet paper. Historically: The Republicants have run up amazing deficits with their tax cuts for the rich. The D’s have been the ones to balance the budget, bring the deficits down and with Clinton – a surplus.

    BANKRUPTCY – Thank the Republicants!

    TRADESMAN – WHY SHOULD THE REPUBLICANTS BE LISTENED TOO? They were in Power and screwed things up a tremendous amount!

  158. Katie? go *rule* somewhere else.

    Gawd, that sounds so wedgie, I was almost afraid to type it.

  159. Oh, by the way, Jean, your posts have been intellectually stimulating, insanely informative, and thought provoking. I have not only enjoyed your posts, but look forward to the insight they provide, not only personal but historical as well. I know a lot, but no one can know everything…

    Katie, on the other hand, seems to know what is best for all of us. Since we are on the subject, Katie, what makes you so qualified to be in such a place of judgment?

    Is it your opinion? Or are you just that much better than the rest of us?

    You seem to know, so would you please share?

    Really….

    I MEAN it!!!!

  160. Katie:
    I almost appreciate what you are trying to do.

    I repeat: Almost….

    This isn’t your blog.
    It isn’t mine.
    It isn’t Jean’s.
    It isn’t UAW Tradesman’s (Sorry about that. Not a slam, but you were just the closest in my mind)

    Who the hell do you think you are to demand the type of postings, the level of discourse, or what gets posted to a blog that you have absolutely zero control over? Not to put to fine a point on it, but who put you in charge?

    Important safety tip: If it doesn’t belong to you, you truly don’t have a say in how it is used.

    Now stop being a stupid useless use of protoplasm and sit down and shut the hell up! As a wise philosopher once said: It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt…

  161. You’re welcome Pi. I’m going to sign off for the night as moderator. But before I go, a bedtime story.

    This one is dedicated to Maven.

    It’s called: “It Could Always Be Worse”

    I live in a forest. When my beloved mouser pal, my cocker spaniel, passed away, the forest mice began moving into my house. I’d rarely see them, but that scratching around inside the walls was driving me bonkers. I told a coworker about my dilemma. He suggested some barn kittens from his parents farm. I told him no, my wife didn’t like cats. So the next week he showed up with the kittens in his car, and told me that if I didn’t take them they’d be going straight to the pound. So I gave in. Yeah, I thought, I could work things out with the wife. She hadn’t gotten home yet, so I’d put them in the basement. I managed to make it to my basement, but it was a flimsy cardboard box, and dang it, they weren’t really kittens but sub-adult cats, and wild hissing clawing sub-adult cats at that. I dropped the box and it broke open and the cats disappeared into the shadows. I knew that cats hide until they get used to a strange new place. So I kept quiet, to deal with them the next morning after she left for work before I did. The next morning I woke up to screaming. My wife was in the basement with a broom yelling: “OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?” I spent a good while calming her down and sweet talking her into believing that a wild barn cat (well three actually) loose in the house wasn’t the worst thing in the world. Well, I got to keep the cats. The years went by, but my grand plans for controlling the house mice didn’t work out so well. The skinny male only hunted the beneficial garden shrews and birds. The little female kept up with her brother, sometimes, but preferred stealing food from his bowl instead. And the dominant female grew fat and lazy on the comfy couch watching Animal Planet all day – when she hears scratching inside the walls she might actually be compelled to look up. My wife still calls them my cats, and my mice. So as you see, it could always be worse.

  162. Perfect! Thank you freD.

    There Jean. Just like freD did it. You can even just cut and paste what he did and use it yourself.

    Now, wasn’t that easy everyone?

  163. Oh freD-
    You beat me to it. Thanks.

  164. Katie,
    I’m taking over as moderator. Jeans website is:

    http://www.jeans-gatherings.com/

    It even has music. Enjoy.

  165. Nice comments, nunya, but your wet dreams, aka george w. bush, karl rove and dickless cheney, already ruined this country.

    Thankfully, most of us already had shovels (from which to dig out from under all of Rush’s and mann coulter’s morning muffins) and stand at the ready to move this country forward.

    Frankly, I find not much of a difference between your types, mann coulter or sarah palin. Except that Sarah has better calves and mann has a wicked adam’s apple.

  166. Butt out JuneauJoe. I was talking to Jean. I do not require your opinion at this point. And I do not appreciate your acting like the moderator.

    I have not told Jean to leave nor have I told her to stop sharing her musings.

    Jean – start a blog. You need to start keeping all this stuff where you can controll it and organize it as you need it. Seriously. Go to the “Why Blog” tab on this site and read what Matthew has to say about starting a blog.

  167. Watched some tube between patients – caught some of Sawyer’s report on Appalachia. I swear, I just wanted to get in my car and head north, grab those kids, and bring ‘em here. I’ve relatives in those hollers up there who struggle day in and day – teachers, doctors, vets – and they always always find the gold – in the people. Too bad “clean coal” found gold today too. . . in the federal courts. No more EPA reviews, just point, click and BAM! No more Cumberland Mountains, no more Great Smokies, no more Alleghenies. Wi-Fi fading. Gotta go

  168. “keep the discussion points coming, educate ourselves as I have the very sneaking thought that there are other such areas in our great country!”

    By: pnwgal on February 13, 2009
    at 9:28 PM

    —————————————–
    There ARE other such areas- all over our great country.
    My own concern always tends towards rural areas. I’m a hick, that’s all there is to it. I get lost in big department stores and can’t begin to sort out cities well enough to figure out what is going on to know what the problems might be so that is someone else’s job. AGH.

    I have come to think the attitude- economic Darwinism -which has caused losses all over rural America is not only a lot of hooey, it is a lazy way of not paying attention to resource issues as well as ignoring the folks who live there.

    Much as Helen has borrowed from the old ‘ if a tree falls… ” here, so can we turn our eyes and ears and minds to if -a -mountaintop-stream-species-falls-in-the-forest-does-it-matter? set of questions .
    Heavy metals , agricultural runoff of all the wrong sort, and mutations in aquatic species in our water tell us it matters- everywhere.

    Pretending dealing with these problems will cost too much is a wacko lazy way to go at it but it is the norm.
    We humans do weird things to maintain the norm.
    We forget we can change the whole game plan.

  169. Peeking in – see that nunchucks are needed for nunya –
    gotta go – MirrorMan, Pi, UAW – keep the parlor clean of cockroaches like Nunya

  170. Alaska Pi-
    After reading your stuff last I called an old college roomie, my AK resident source and got filled in.
    You are so right;
    Long time coming.
    Sarah did not cause ALL of this.
    Corruption is all over the place, not JUST the ones caught.
    Abuse by ‘leaders’ of all kinds as happened in this situation.
    Ignorance of many, even in the state.
    Programs set up to help- CDQ as one- has less than lack luster records and problems with the boards – see above on #3 issue.
    So keep the discussion points coming, educate ourselves as I have the very sneaking thought that there are other such areas in our great country!

  171. You are all pitiful. Well hang on to your butts because you are about to get the biggest screwing ever. Hey – you ask for it – you got it. I hope you all wake up someday soon. You are destroying our country. Go live in the Soviet Union – it is where you belong.
    God Bless – we’ll say it while we still can.

  172. Trades∆- just your comment to Jean is deserving of ((hugs)).
    Hope your wife is feeling better this weekend – don’t forget Valentine’s day! :)

    See ya all in the AM – we’re starting to get the friday accident folks in . . .

  173. hey trades,,, you got a wedgie now!

    ” Trades∆- ” [above...and earlier]

    THAT means you bring the pie next…. Personally, I prefer good old-fashioned apple, but I am open minded. Bring whatever you want to the table, as long as it’s fresh.

    Maven Δ

  174. “Did anyone else get physically ill reading those ignoramus Ghoulter statements?”
    ——————–
    Yup.
    Helen is made of sterner stuff than I am. So, is Political Amazon.

    The stench that seems to linger round Ms Coulter’s words reminds me so much of sewage… though in the end sewage is managable and treatable and I have a hunch that is not true of Ms Coulter.

    So- reminded of the general topic I have turned to see what is going on in treating sewage… lots of cool stuff there!
    ——————————-
    Jean usually ends up providing a wider context of where we are and how we got here if left to widen her arcs and then tighten em back to the issues at hand… I just wait til I catch on…
    ————–
    Maven ∆-
    LOL …!
    I think I have contributed oodles of similar stories to various people’s “strange but true” category over the years.
    ————————–
    Trades∆-
    Keep reading Tundra Drums. Go to Anchorage Daily News and search warnings from last fall about the bush .
    Go here and read about ANSCA, find out about AFN and the convention last fall which our govs usually attend .

    http://fairbanks-alaska.com/alaska-native-corporations.htm

    I don’t know what some folks here think about who/what caused this- but the confluence of events and effects that came together here are beyond the capabilities of anyone- even the ghastly gov.
    Adding to this is a change 10 yrs ago to disaster declaration rules which have made it harder for the state to help in many ways.
    The gov has failed us here so far on this issue but she did NOT cause it… well, not most of it.

  175. Jean …
    just wanted to say good luck with your surgeon…your in my prayers…

    and yes pills get expensive…I can get my wife’s zophran(for nausea) for about $4 apeice…

  176. Thanks for the laugh and the visual Maven ∆! You really must have looked nuts!

    Katie, Jean does have her own site – if you click on her name in red, it will take you to her “Jean’s Ramblings”. VERY classy, educational, well written.

    In fact, I have been spending a lot of time checking out Juneau Joe’s, skywriters, etc. web/blog/sites. I feel very comfortable in this extended parlor of M&H friends.

    I can understand how some can feel irritated by the back-and-forths and off-topic posts, but Helen already addressed it a couple of posts back. She’s cool with it all, except for trolls. And if she is cool with it, then learn to chill too.

    Even comments about not liking the comments veering away from the original post or too much familiarity is okay in my book. It makes for more posting, and comebacks and by next Tuesday, it’s all okay. (Next Tuesday is my point of reference that I use whenever my husband says something really stupid and I want to SNAP! at him. I ask myself if it will matter next Tuesday, and if it won’t then I withdraw my claws and zip my lip. Makes for a happy marriage.)

    However, UAW, you really do know how to put my next Tuesdays into play. God bless, and thank you Jean for your sharing!

  177. Political Amazon, thank you for all of the great info!

    Did anyone else get physically ill reading those ignoramus Ghoulter statements?

  178. Helen, I do hope you have your next book lined up. After trudging through this unpleasantness, you ought to reward yourself with a really fun read!

    Thanks for reading the noodlings of the insane so we don’t have to.

  179. I picked up the cynical, etc from werners site…(copied it)
    and mirrorman…didn’t I include the link I used…
    and Joe …the “D’s” are still stripping the constitution from what I’ve been reading and NO it’s not from the Daily Kos or Media Matters so your going to say it doesn’t count….
    Oh yes…is Queen Nancy on her way to Rome yet…that’s why the vote was hurried instead of the 48 hrs promised to read the bill….

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=30697

  180. Alaska PiΔ’s comment (2/12, 10:54 pm) about “spilling groceries on the street” reminded me of something…..

    SCROLL ALERT! The following is completely off-topic!

    When I was in my 20’s I lived in a rather dumpy apartment. It had mice. And besides flying, the next thing I am most fearful of is mice. Seriously afraid of them. The mice were everywhere in that apartment: in cabinets, under my bed, in my shoes in the closet. Everywhere.

    One evening I had had enough and decided to spend the night at a friend’s place. I quickly packed a few things in a brown paper sack (I reused/recycled even then) and left. On the way, I decided to stop at the grocery and buy a few things for my hostess’ pantry as well as a few of her favorite magazines as a thank-you.

    I was driving down a major street when I heard a rustling sound coming from the paper sack. A mouse had made it into my bag and was now in my CAR! I veered to the curb, jumped out of my car, and ran around to open the passenger door. I grabbed the paper sack from the front seat and FLUNG the contents onto the sidewalk, stomping my feet and screaming.

    It was the wrong sack. The groceries were spilled everywhere, cans rolled down the sidewalk, potato chips demolished, magazines flapping about. It took me a few moments to realize my mistake. I stopped stomping and looked up to see that I was in front of a car dealership. There in the window stood three dumbstruck salesmen watching me.

    I quickly gathered everything, put it all back in the bag, threw it into my car, and sped off. (While doing this, it dawned on me that the *rustling* I heard had come from the magazines unfolding within the bag.)

    There is some blog out there today where a car salesman from 1975 is telling a story about the nuttiest thing he ever saw. I’ll bet on it.

    Δ

  181. Katie: This is a place to learn, keep going Jean.

    My internet is down at my house so I will miss out on the dinner and the inflated notions of Tradesman. Actually, I would like to discuss more but no internet so can’t.

  182. Actaully it’s a dinner party. The woman’s email address is Big Helen’s Kitchen at Yahoo dot com.

    Her kitchen. Her dinner. And she defiantely serves it up nicely… lots of red meat.

    I was actually being kind to Jean. She needs a blog to keep all this stuff organized for herself and those she would want to referecne it.

    Helen’s own grandson who moderates this site has an entire page dedicated to the concept. He specifically says that we all should start a blog and use it as a place that our families will enjoy for years to come.

    Zees. Some of you think you own this place.

  183. Tradesman; You forgot to say in your list:
    wrong – quite often

    D= Free ride? The D’s were too kind and helped Bush bankrupt our country. The D’s were quiet at the constitution was stripped by Bush and friends.
    The D’s signed on to a war which is helping to bankrupt us financially as well as morally

    Obama has an idea to get out of the crap which Bush/ Cheney and friends have gotten us into. Let him have a shot. I feel that if he fails, he will be man enough to say he screwed up, UNLIKE THE IDIOT THAT JUST GOT OUT OF OFFICE!

    Tradesman: Please tell me about the good the Repugnants have done the last 8 years. I think I missed it as I was paying bills and feeding my family.

  184. Here is the article that UAW quotes. Notice the difference between what he posted above and more of the article:
    Village’s hunger, cold a reality
    ALEX DeMARBAN

    January 29, 2009 at 1:11PM AKST

    John Dickens, who sits on the Emmonak City Council, calls the village’s effort to raise food and money a scam.

    I disagree.

    I was part of a two-person team sent by Alaska Newspapers Inc. to cover the food and fuel crisis in Emmonak. Collectively, photographer Beth Skabar and I were in Emmonak from Monday through Friday last week. By the time we arrived, some food had already been distributed, and more was coming in, including donations accepted by ANI.

    And later in the article:

    But Dickens hasn’t been to the village to see food being distributed.

    Then UAW says: I also said I think your blaming the wrong person…there’s a long line of people to blame…
    Since this is a “blame the Republican” site I guess anyone in the line with a “D” next to their name gets a free pass

    Not at all, but what we wholeheartedly reject is someone who cherry-picks their facts to fit the conclusion they already have and screw it if they don’t fit. You haven’t provided one out of any of the proofs I asked you to show regarding your previous statements about what was said on this blog. That means either you can’t or won’t show your proof. If you can’t, then what you said was a lie. If you won’t, then you are lacking credibility. You also wrote:

    Cynical? Sure

    Nothing wrong with that.

    Offensive? Yes

    Whatever floats your boat.

    Rude? Always

    You must be so fun at parties.

    Political correct? NEVER

    Who cares?

    Sound familiar !!!!!

    Oh, yeah. Just not in the way that you think.

  185. Nope you went to a great site – Tundra Drums. BUT the article you chose to “nitpick” on here was not the complete picture. ONE person called the village situation a scam. ONE person. As for your jerk comment (jerk as in turkey jerky) about (R) or (D) – I’ve done my fair share of kvetching and agitating against those with a (D) after their so-called honorable titles and such. Personally speaking – and this is my M.O. – anyone who abuses the public trust is an asshat – and deserves a shoe thrown at them. (to boot – or to boot). Given that would be considered assault on a most hallowed person of the realm, I usually prefer to participate in writing campaigns, town hall meetings, etc. where public opinion can be expressed and heard. IOW, if it’s BS, it doesn’t matter if there is a D or an R attached – it’s still BS.
    Okay folks – have fun at the potluck. On call tonight so maybe will pop in during the lulls. . . in the meantime, think on this – the courts just ruled it is okey-dokey to blow off the mountain tops in Appalachia (without regulation of the sludge). And we all know who lives in Appalachia – hillbillies. So why should we care?

  186. Graydog…
    I might be wrong but I thought you sent me the link i used…
    I also said I think your blaming the wrong person…there’s a long line of people to blame…
    Since this is a “blame the Republican” site I guess anyone in the line with a “D” next to their name gets a free pass

  187. And as Dickens visits the town once or twice a month, I would hardly call him an experty on what is going on.

  188. Jean
    Please do keep us posted and whatever else you do before and after surgery get off those Meds! After surgery please find good therapists. Also keep posting your history lessons. I for one am learning so much from this blog.I do agree with Werner to find a good Osteopath or one trained in Zero Balancing.

    For those who do not like posters off topic, you can always delete or skip over. I agree with pnwgal.This place is a wealth of information even with UAW comments.

    Ann, I love your comment , this isn’t a dinner party it’s potluck. Where else can you have such a variety of dishes on the table. Mine happens to lean towards the financial sector whereas others have their own dishes.

  189. UAW – nice shot across the bow – too bad you didn’t bother to reference the quote. Notice “the” – as in singular. Here’s the reference for the FULL article

    http://www.thetundradrums.com/news/story/4762

  190. UAW – you need to do more reading on Native American cultures – especially about keeping things “among us”, When the initial reports on the situation in the Y-K delta first came out, some of the village elders were upset – because this was not something to be discussed with outliers. But guess what – that doesn’t make it a scam. it means that the idea of self-sufficiency is merely a cultural mask for cloistering. .. and in situations of life/death, that is not good. Embarrassing, yes – a scam, no. Here’s a recent letter from Tundradrums – perhaps you missed it during your garbage picking:
    “Victoria Briggs
    Ugashik

    February 06, 2009 at 1:28PM AKST

    Before you read any farther please realize we are not putting our hand out for assistance, but certainly do need it! I am a resident in a village that is very small, 10-12 full time residents, that face many of the same issues that the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta does.

    Next to us is a village of 68 that has two additional issues – no wood in the area to burn, same as for us. And, for over the last month or more, they had no fuel (propane) for cooking!

    Pilot Point, the village near us, was part of a missed fuel delivery that included the winter propane for cooking for the village. They have had to fly it in. I believe it has now finally arrived, costing over $400 for a 100-pound bottle! Villagers have been out for months and food prep has gotten really dicey for most. Now the extra cost that no one can afford. How long will 100 pounds of fuel last?

    Our moose population is so low, and we have no caribou to hunt, that only 7 moose were taken from this population this year. Outside sport hunters in Game Management Unit 9E got six. I believe only one family got a moose between the two villages.

    Top that off with that two-thirds of our salmon harvest did not show up for whatever reason and you have villages on the Alaska Peninsula facing the same darn thing as the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

    We need and want a housing inspector out so we can try and take advantage of the weatherization programs we JUST heard about, but a lack of inspectors hurt us too — as will the fees to hire them — but we will try.

    Village fuel is over $5 for heating fuel and still more for gas, so somewhat better than on the delta but that is also hurting us given that we are now in our second period of negative temperatures so far this winter. We have almost no snow cover to help insulate or provide us the ability to travel.

    Neither village has a store and getting food in from King Salmon is over a $1 a pound thus no one gets fresh stuff as we just can’t do it. Pantries are very thin and all of the villagers are hurting as I believe they haven’t in many years.

    Top all this off, we are still waiting on the ‘free fuel’ from Hugo Chavez we have had for the last few years.

    Please realize in your coverage that there has to be still more people and villages of western Alaska that are desperate also — just not as vocal! We are trying to help ourselves but given the circumstances, it is darn hard.

    Respectfully,

    Victoria Briggs, Ugashik “

  191. Werner…
    Cynical? Sure
    Offensive? Yes
    Rude? Always
    Political correct? NEVER
    Sound familiar !!!!!

  192. Had I ever gotten the impression that our wonderful hostesses were shy, retiring types who always depended on the kindness of strangers and might hold their tongues when upset to avoid offending others, I suppose I might feel more protective.

    However, self-expression doesn’t seem to be Helen or Margaret’s weak point. Especially Helen – remember Thanksgiving?

    I’m pretty sure if we step too far out of line, they’ll let us know.

    Don’t forget to use the coasters.

  193. ALL-
    Oh please do not stop doing what you are.
    Jean I LOVE reading your posts – makes me hold my attention span for more than 30 seconds!
    To those that want to stay ‘on subject’, move to the next post.
    I have learned more of a variety of things plugging in here than I have in ages and I do read- LOTS.
    To me so much of this follows the same lines – truth, doing the right thing and COMMON sense!
    M&H – here is too a long life of writing and keeping us on track.
    Gotta go visit the site on Alaska and villages – can’t tell you how this has effected my tough old hide.
    Gotta be some way to get more of the word out!

  194. Stan asked: “Why didn’t Obama put Coulter on his cabinet?”

    ————
    A: Because Coulter was trapped inside Cheney’s man-sized safe – now in storage in an undisclosed location

    Sorry – beth, Lindy, and Katie – my comment wasn’t directly related to the post – add it to “my bad” tab

  195. Katie –

    This isn’t a dinner party, it’s a potluck, hot dish, byob.

    We put a little of everything that looks good on our plate. If we like something we go back for more. If we don’t like something, we skip over it next time we visit the buffet table — nobody’s feelings are hurt.

    At this party we try to be nice, talk to people we agree with, politely ignore people we don’t and respect everyone’s right to an opinion.

    Our hosts are amused by our conversation and encourage us to keep the party going.

    Take notice of the guests who’s posts annoy you and dodge them with a scrolling device.

    The other option is to take your Tupperware to some other party.

    Jane

  196. I’ve been reading the links and guess what…
    “John Dickens, who sits on the Emmonak City Council, called the village’s effort to raise food and money a scam.

    http://www.thetundradrums.com/news/show/4689

    I think they’ve really got a problem but there is a long line of people to blame before Palin. She wasn’t the only one to “drop the ball”
    Why do I get chastised when I bring up Jenifer G’s name and the State of Michigan….she’s female…she was in a beauty contest…the state has been having a “great” economic expansion under her “care”
    Everyone is looking for someone to blame and I’m telling you that MAYBE your blaming the wrong person…..

  197. Jean honey. Do you have a blog. IF not, you shouldstart one. For two reasons…

    Number one – you would have all your facinating stories in one place to use as you wish.

    Number two – you would need only to post a link here and we could go there if we were interested. I,for one, would click on that link.

    Seriously, how many of you would bring your own entree to someone else’s dinner party. Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy the dinner your hosts provides.

  198. An off-topic tidbit –

    I’m a big believer in breaking long posts into double spaced paragraphs — it’s from a lifetime of poor eyesight and the eye-numbing nature of computer screens.

    Maybe everyone knows this but if you hold down the control key and mouse scroll up, the type on the screen gets larger.

    I find it useful and thought others world too.

    Jane

    http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/

    Making a difference in rural Alaska

  199. Wow. Margaret & Helen has become Lindy & Beth. Amazing.

  200. How about the few of you that want to carry on the “private” conversations just pick up the phone and call each other. Margaret and Helen want to read comments made about their posts. Really. I mean it.

  201. Quote Werner Oderwer at 2:55 PM

    “From an other history buff who actually enjoyed Jean’s post, even if I too found a bit long and winding…. LOL

    ….and no offense to you two too! “

    .
    Yea Werner, I used to nod off during history class too. But I ususally didn’t wake up laughing.

    PEACE ~ Δ

  202. Well, actually Helen knows where to put quotation marks. That was my error. Apologies .

  203. Helen said- ”
    As far as your comments go – the more the merrier. Knock yourselves out. Margaret and I appreciate the attention. Really we do. But you have to remember that besides a considerable number of years on this planet the only additional information we have access to is the same information you have access to: We read. We listen to the radio. We watch TV. And we apply a little common sense. We are more than happy to hear opposing points of view. We certainly don’t profess to be perfect. … You learn something new everyday… and really isn’t that the point? “

  204. Yes Lindy et al, we must have no dissenting voices, stifle all who may have a query or querulous comment. I just have one question: when did margaret and helen give over control of their blog to YOU?

  205. Hi gang,

    I have an appointment with the spinal surgeon for a consult on Apr. 17. We will chat.

    Almost off the Prednisone. I kicked the “Flexeril” habit on my own after two nights. The doctor ordered up a lifetime supply of “Skelaxin”, 800 mg. three times a day. ( Not really a lifetime, but 60 pills to the bottle, with 5, (FIVE) refills. “May cause dizziness”, says the bottle. I took one and it made me woozy but not as bad as the “Flexeril. So I’m limping along with Regular Tylenol and the cane during the day.

    He also ordered a ‘lifetime’ supply of Codeine with Tylenol for nighttime. I took one at bedtime and another at 4:00AM.

    (Incidentally, I put the leftover Flexeril in a little ziploc bag and in the trash. As the insert says, ‘DO NOT FLUSH LEFTOVER PILLS DOWN THE TOILET.” We don’t need Flexeril and all the sport’s figure’s steroids and other junkies’ stuff seeping into our ground water supply.)

    With the array of meds we old timers take, we could open our own pharmacy if we didn’t keep track of expiration dates and left over medication.

    Also: Cost of “Skelaxin”, $184.39 for 60 tablets, three times a day as needed. (5 refills available.)

    Insurance pays: $174.39. Medicare and supplemental.
    Co-pay: $15.00.

    What about the other old people who don’t have Medicare or supplemental?

    I am getting better – slowly but surely.

    We cancelled the hotel and rental car in HNL for our trip, no problem and no penalties.
    Thank God for the airline trip cancellation insurance – $14.00 premium! I’m gonna name names here. Hawaiian Airlines tickets were $264.10 round trip for two, coach. Claim forms for Underwriter: National Union Fire Ins., Co. of Pittsburg, PA, printed out were 8 pages. That’s EIGHT PAGES to fill out. (Local subsiderary(?), Travelguard for re-imbursement.) One of the pages has to have the doctor sign. Then mail the whole schmere in and wait for the claim to be processed to get our money back. You want the policy number?

    My husband called about the opera tickets. We were not able to scalp them here. He is mailing them back so maybe they can be resold. We can chalk it up to a charitable contribution to the Arts. The part about the Arts was taken out of the Stimulus Package. (Earmarks?)

    A symphony has 100 plus or minus a few members. There could be lots of starving musicians, singers, stagehands, etc. out on the street soon.

    This business of being old retires is a full time job!!!!!

    OK. As I lay ON, not IN the bed, healing my back, with CNN on, the Stimulus Bill has passed the House! Hooray!!!

    Now don’t quote me on these ‘facts’, nor the spelling of names. I’m doing this off the top of my head. Regarding Apportionment, or Re-apportionment. It is the Dept. of Commerce’s responsibility to conduct the Census. Congressional Voting Districts are ‘Apportioned’ accordingly. Tom DeLay, “The Hammer”, (Republican from Texas) managed to ‘gerrymander’ the heck out of Texas a few years back, which helped put that state in the Republican column.

    Obama nominated Republican Sen. Gregg from New Hampshire for the new Secretary of Commerce. Gregg withdrew his name today, for who knows why. Rumor is that perhaps Rohm Emmanuel, Chief of White House Staff, would like to take the Census our of the Dept. of Commerce and put it in the White House. In time, that COULD reverse Re-Apportionment or make it more representative of districts.

    My husband’s Birthday Raisin Pie from scratch is definitely out.

    Aloha!

    Jean

    P. S. Maybe we can pick up a DVD of the opera and watch it at home. That’ll work!!!!!

  206. Just in case no one’s posted this link:

    http://simplyleftbehind.blogspot.com/

    Check out his entry for 2/13/09 and be sure to read the caption…

    Greetings from Rhode Island…

  207. Lindy,
    sorry no blocwart mentality on this blog, (Helen said so, remember and it’s HER bkog!) even if some trolls (not UWA) grieve on our nerves some tiomes, no zensorship here.
    We just try to ignore the ignorants!

  208. UAW off! I second that. I like some blogs where you can only write ONCE a day and are limited to number of characters (250-500). I think comments should be to Margaret and Helen and not this back & forth between the readers of this blog. A few of them need their own blogs where they can voice their very frequent and voluminous opinions. Post your blog address and anyone interested can look YOU up.

  209. Comparing Sarah Palin to a Pig and a Pitbull is an insult…. to the pig and the pitbull!!

  210. and no offense to you two too! ;-)

  211. Whirled Peas, Lee

    A little history lesson never hurt anyone yet and when you don’t know where you comming from, how could you have an idea where you’re headed?

    From an other history buff who actually enjoyed Jean’s post, even if I too found a bit long and winding…. LOL

  212. Quoting Lee on February 11, 2009 at 6:28 AM:

    “WTF??? I was reading what Helen wrote…laughing my ass off…then I started reading this last comment from “Jean”…I must have drifted off…where am I?? What day is it??
    For christ’s sake……

    I cannot tell you how hard I’m laughing. The I was thinking the same exact thing. No offense Jean.

    Δ

  213. Here’s a URL to a great article by another colleague of mine which outlines Richard Mellon Scaife’s funding of Ann Coulter, Babs Olsen, Laura Ingraham, etc.

    http://www.americanreview.us/back32.htm

    I’m still looking for the letter from the attorney, not Mr. Parker, to me.

  214. Here are some old quotes from Coulter.

    —-

    “[Clinton] masturbates in the sinks.”—Rivera Live 8/2/99

    “God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.'”—Hannity & Colmes, 6/20/01

    The “backbone of the Democratic Party” is a “typical fat, implacable welfare recipient”—syndicated column 10/29/99

    To a disabled Vietnam vet: “People like you caused us to lose that war.”—MSNBC

    “Women like Pamela Harriman and Patricia Duff are basically Anna Nicole Smith from the waist down. Let’s just call it for what it is. They’re whores.”—Salon.com 11/16/00

    Juan Gonzales is “Cuba’s answer to Joey Buttafuoco,” a “miscreant,” “sperm-donor,” and a “poor man’s Hugh Hefner.”—Rivera Live 5/1/00

    On Princess Diana’s death: “Her children knew she’s sleeping with all these men. That just seems to me, it’s the definition of ‘not a good mother.’ … Is everyone just saying here that it’s okay to ostentatiously have premarital sex in front of your children?”…”[Diana is] an ordinary and pathetic and confessional – I’ve never had bulimia! I’ve never had an affair! I’ve never had a divorce! So I don’t think she’s better than I am.”—MSNBC 9/12/97

    “I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote.”—Hannity & Colmes, 8/17/99

    “I think [women] should be armed but should not [be allowed to] vote.”—Politically Incorrect, 2/26/01

    “If you don’t hate Clinton and the people who labored to keep him in office, you don’t love your country.”—George, 7/99

    “We’re now at the point that it’s beyond whether or not this guy is a horny hick. I really think it’s a question of his mental stability. He really could be a lunatic. I think it is a rational question for Americans to ask whether their president is insane.”—Equal Time

    “It’s enough [to be impeached] for the president to be a pervert.”—The Case Against Bill Clinton, Coulter’s 1998 book.

    “Clinton is in love with the erect penis.”—This Evening with Judith Regan, Fox News Channel 2/6/00

    “I think we had enough laws about the turn-of-the-century. We don’t need any more.” Asked how far back would she go to repeal laws, she replied, “Well, before the New Deal…[The Emancipation Proclamation] would be a good start.”—Politically Incorrect 5/7/97

    “If they have the one innocent person who has ever to be put to death this century out of over 7,000, you probably will get a good movie deal out of it.”—MSNBC 7/27/97

    “If those kids had been carrying guns they would have gunned down this one [child] gunman. … Don’t pray. Learn to use guns.”—Politically Incorrect, 12/18/97

    “The presumption of innocence only means you don’t go right to jail.”—Hannity & Colmes 8/24/01

    “I have to say I’m all for public flogging. One type of criminal that a public humiliation might work particularly well with are the juvenile delinquents, a lot of whom consider it a badge of honor to be sent to juvenile detention. And it might not be such a cool thing in the ‘hood to be flogged publicly.”—MSNBC 3/22/97

    “Originally, I was the only female with long blonde hair. Now, they all have long blonde hair.”—CapitolHillBlue.com 6/6/00

    “I am emboldened by my looks to say things Republican men wouldn’t.”—TV Guide 8/97

    “Let’s say I go out every night, I meet a guy and have sex with him. Good for me. I’m not married.”—Rivera Live 6/7/00

    “Anorexics never have boyfriends. … That’s one way to know you don’t have anorexia, if you have a boyfriend.”—Politically Incorrect 7/21/97

    “I think [Whitewater]‘s going to prevent the First Lady from running for Senate.”—Rivera Live 3/12/99

    “My track record is pretty good on predictions.”—Rivera Live 12/8/98

    “The thing I like about Bush is I think he hates liberals.”—Washington Post 8/1/00

    On Rep. Christopher Shays (d-CT) in deciding whether to run against him as a Libertarian candidate: “I really want to hurt him. I want him to feel pain.”—Hartford Courant 6/25/99

    “The swing voters—I like to refer to them as the idiot voters because they don’t have set philosophical principles. You’re either a liberal or you’re a conservative if you have an IQ above a toaster. “—Beyond the News, Fox News Channel, 6/4/00

    “My libertarian friends are probably getting a little upset now but I think that’s because they never appreciate the benefits of local fascism.”—MSNBC 2/8/97

  215. Okay, I said I’d start looking in my archives, and this is the first thing that looks interesting. Of course, I had forgotten all about this and it took me down a trip through Memory Lane, The Dark Side.

    This is the context of a forwarded email exchange between a colleague and an attorney who feels he has to contact internet posters and letter writers who write things he doesn’t like about Ann Coulter.

    It’s hard to believe that a man of his positions would defend Ann Coulter.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a copy of what my colleague wrote that stimulated Mr. Parker to write. I can’t believe that it was anything too exciting or offensive because she really was the one in our group always admonishing us to not be so abrasive and aggressive.

    To give context to when this was written…this was at a time when people with liberal websites that discussed Bush Jr’s heinous acts were being visited by the Secret Service. Everyone I know who got a SS visit had webistes that were not even close to being as aggressive as mine was. One of the groups visited by the SS was a group called something like “Florida Grannies for Truth” who would show up at public events to protest the 2000 theft of the WH by Bush Jr. Remember this when my friend makes the comment about the FBI.

    NOTE: The TJHS (part of his original email to my colleague) stands for “Jefferson-Hemings Scholars Commission”

    The attorney rising to Coulter’s defense is
    Mr. Turner, the associate director of the Center for National Security, Law at the University of Virginia (http://www.virginia.edu/cnsl/), Chair of the Jefferson-Hemings Scholars Commission. He also writes a lot of Wall Street Journal articles, and has appeared before Congress testifying on issues.

    Here is Turner’s bio: http://www.law.virginia.edu/lawweb/Faculty.nsf/FHPbI/4459
    Note his membership in the neocon/NWO Council on Foreign Relations (http://www.cfr.org/).

    Here is the email. Sorry for the format.

    ————–

    Date: 9/17/2001 10:27:02 AM Pacific Daylight Time
    From: ******@cs.com
    To: Political Amazon

    I guess Anne sent my letter out to others. How else did this guy get a copy? And, look at where he works. Didn’t I say that I would likely be contacted about it? I guess I better get dressed, maybe I’ll get a visit from the FBI today.
    —————–

    Forwarded Message:
    Subj: PERSONAL Response
    From: rturner@law5.law.virginia.edu (Prof. Robert F. Turner)
    To: Kinlani3@cs.com

    Ms. ******:

    My name appeared on my e-mail address: “Prof. Robert F. Turner”

    I wrote that from home. I am now in my office, and to reply I must
    use my office e-mail account. I emphasize that these communications
    are independent of my employment at the University of Virginia, and
    the responsibility for my words is mine alone. I respond from this
    account because I thought it useful to respond promptly to your note.

    There was no intention to “threaten” you, nor could any reasonable
    human being have interpreted my not as conveying a “threat” in any
    meaningful sense of the word. My point was that the author of the
    note to Ms. Coulter (who I have never met) is so out of touch either
    with reality or the most fundamental moral norms–perhaps both–as to
    strike me as being in serious need of professional help and perhaps
    dangerous. If you are indeed that person, that the greatest threat
    to your safety is presumably yourself.

    Your note suggests that you are still caught in a time warp from the
    sixties, or perhaps have simply been “educated” by others who are.
    (There are still a few in California–might be something in the
    water.) I knew a lot of bright people in those days who viewed
    “Amerika” as evil, ran off to help Fidel cut sugar cane, sent money
    to the Viet Cong, and generally did lots of silly things that seemed
    “cool” at the time. But most of those who didn’t turn off their TV
    sets and hide in a hole for two decades gradually began to see the
    light. When their “friends” in Indochina “liberated” South Vietnam
    and Cambodia, they went on a campaign of mass murder than claimed the
    lives of perhaps two million people. More people were butchered by
    communists in the two years following “liberation” than died on all
    sides in 14 years of war. And tens of millions of others were
    consigned to a Stalinist tyranny that continues to rank among the
    world’s dozen worst human rights violators. Have you really missed
    this? Did you miss the collapse of the Soviet empire, and the
    emergence from its ashes of a stream of former Communist officials
    with documentary evidence that Stalin’s slaughter of the innocent had
    been worse than even Robert Conquest had estimated? Are you hiding
    away, in some sort of intense denial, trying to suppress the
    realization that you were duped and your side was not only wrong but
    EVIL in the consequences of its actions?

    Or have you confronted the fact that you–and Americans like you, who
    thought big business was the enemy and Ho Chi Minh the Messiah,
    played a decisive role in this slaughter and human enslavement? Did
    your mind snap, leaving behind a dysfunctional, bitter, angry shell
    of a human being, wanting the old mythology about “socialist
    paradise” to have been true, and striking out at others in the belief
    that if those fortunate enough to have picked the morally superior
    side can be made to suffer, maybe you won’t feel quite so horrible?
    I can only imagine how painful your life must be, and despite your
    uncivilized behavior I feel nothing but pity for you.

    By all means, share our exchanges with your local law enforcement
    officials. (They’d probably be grateful for an opportunity to open a
    file in you.) Perhaps they can help you find professional help, so
    that you can someday come to terms with the evil character of the
    side you chose to embrace and perhaps even someday live a normal
    life.

    But, in the meantime, don’t think you are going to hurt or in any way
    weaken someone like Ms. Coulter. And put your paranoia to rest. No
    one wants to “hurt” you–if that is even possible, given the messed
    up condition you seem to be in. No doubt she will pity you, pray for
    your soul, and hope you get help. The solution to your problems does
    not lie in striking out at strangers, wishing those who have made
    successes of their lives were dead, calling people names, or anything
    like that. You need to have a long look in your mirror and ask
    yourself whether you want to wallow in your own pity and sense of
    guilt–or to get help in dealing with reality and try to get a life.

    Oh–and perhaps you also need to realize that when someone as
    pathetic as you calls honorable people “cowards” or other names, it
    doesn’t cause us the slightest bit of discomfort. We are not out of
    touch with reality, and we just consider the source.

    Good luck if you decide to get some help,

    ROBERT F. TURNER

    >If you are referring to my letter to Anne Coulter, she deserved it.
    > I also do not appreciate your threats and I am forwarding this
    >letter to the police.
    >
    >**********
    >I sign my name, you are the creten, and a coward.

    Prof. Robert F. Turner
    Center for National Security Law
    University of Virginia School of Law
    580 Massie Road
    Charlottesville, VA 22903-1789
    (434) ********
    FAX (434) ********
    web site: http://www.virginia.edu/cnsl/home.html

    My name appeared on my e-mail address:
    “Prof. Robert F. Turner”
    <

    Times_New_RomanI wrote that from home. I am
    now in my office, and to reply I must use my office e-mail account. I
    emphasize that these communications are independent of my employment at
    the University of Virginia, and the responsibility for my words is mine
    alone. I respond from this account because I thought it useful to
    respond promptly to your note.

    There was no intention to “threaten” you, nor could any reasonable
    human being have interpreted my not as conveying a “threat” in any
    meaningful sense of the word. My point was that the author of the note
    to Ms. Coulter (who I have never met) is so out of touch either with
    reality or the most fundamental moral norms–perhaps both–as to strike
    me as being in serious need of professional help and perhaps dangerous.
    If you are indeed that person, that the greatest threat to your safety
    is presumably yourself.

    Your note suggests that you are still caught in a time warp from the
    sixties, or perhaps have simply been “educated” by others who are.
    (There are still a few in California–might be something in the water.)
    I knew a lot of bright people in those days who viewed “Amerika” as
    evil, ran off to help Fidel cut sugar cane, sent money to the Viet
    Cong, and generally did lots of silly things that seemed “cool” at the
    time. But most of those who didn’t turn off their TV sets and hide in
    a hole for two decades gradually began to see the light. When their
    “friends” in Indochina “liberated” South Vietnam and Cambodia, they
    went on a campaign of mass murder than claimed the lives of perhaps two
    million people. More people were butchered by communists in the two
    years following “liberation” than died on all sides in 14 years of war.
    And tens of millions of others were consigned to a Stalinist tyranny
    that continues to rank among the world’s dozen worst human rights
    violators. Have you really missed this? Did
    you miss the collapse of the Soviet empire, and the emergence from its
    ashes of a stream of former Communist officials with documentary
    evidence that Stalin’s slaughter of the innocent had been worse than
    even Robert Conquest had estimated? Are you hiding away, in some sort
    of intense denial, trying to suppress the realization that you were
    duped and your side was not only wrong but EVIL in the consequences of
    its actions?

    Or have you confronted the fact that you–and Americans like you, who
    thought big business was the enemy and Ho Chi Minh the Messiah, played
    a decisive role in this slaughter and human enslavement? Did your mind
    snap, leaving behind a dysfunctional, bitter, angry shell of a human
    being, wanting the old mythology about “socialist paradise” to have
    been true, and striking out at others in the belief that if those
    fortunate enough to have picked the morally superior side can be made
    to suffer, maybe you won’t feel quite so horrible? I can only imagine
    how painful your life must be, and despite your uncivilized behavior I
    feel nothing but pity for you.

    By all means, share our exchanges with your local law enforcement
    officials. (They’d probably be grateful for an opportunity to open a
    file in you.) Perhaps they can help you find professional help, so
    that you can someday come to terms with the evil character of the side
    you chose to embrace and perhaps even someday live a normal life.

    But, in the meantime, don’t think you are going to hurt or in any way
    weaken someone like Ms. Coulter. And put your paranoia to rest. No
    one wants to “hurt” you–if that is even possible, given the messed up
    condition you seem to be in. No doubt she will pity you, pray for your
    soul, and hope you get help. The solution to your problems does not
    lie in striking out at strangers, wishing those who have made successes
    of their lives were dead, calling people names, or anything like that.
    You need to have a long look in your mirror and ask yourself whether
    you want to wallow in your own pity and sense of guilt–or to get help
    in dealing with reality and try to get a life.

    Oh–and perhaps you also need to realize that when someone as pathetic
    as you calls honorable people “cowards” or other names, it doesn’t
    cause us the slightest bit of discomfort. We are not out of touch with
    reality, and we just consider the source.

    Good luck if you decide to get some help,

    ROBERT F. TURNER

    Times_New_RomanIf
    you are referring to my letter to Anne Coulter, she deserved it. I
    also do not appreciate your threats and I am forwarding this letter to
    the police.

    Deborah Dosh

    I sign my name, you are the creten, and a coward.

    Prof. Robert F. Turner

    Center for National Security Law

    University of Virginia School of Law

    580 Massie Road

    Charlottesville, VA 22903-1789

    (434) 924-4083

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  216. As always – thank you for brightening my day and making me laugh.

  217. “I heard that Ann Coulter was dating Rachel Maddow. Talk about strange bedfellows.”

    =====

    That’s an illogical premise.

    Maddow is lesbian which means she is a woman who wants to date other women.

    Ann Coulter is a man. Just on gender issue alone, Maddow would not be interested in Coulter. I mean, if Maddow wanted to date a man, she wouldn’t have to settle for shop-worn goods like Coulter.

  218. “Ann Coulter actually thinks that she is funny!”

    ===

    Worse than that, she thinks she’s clever.

  219. WHEN are Americans going to get over the fact that people like to do it? To get it on? That it feels good?

    The fact is, very seldom does one’s amorous style affect one’s ability as a statesman or stateswoman. If it did, it would be in the job description.

    In my opinion, the whole subject is irrelevant where politics are concerned. Utterly and completely irrelevant. The only reason it gets news is because too many Americans are still as nervous and giggley as junior high schoolers about the topic of sex.

  220. @avotresanteΔ

    “For about 40 years I’ve been a proponent of simplicity, ecology and common sense; however, it sometimes can be difficult to find local codes and ordinances that support such thinking.”
    ——————————-
    So many codes and ordinances are written with large communities in mind that they are useless to small ones …

    Things can change though and I think they need to…

    Check out the history of this sewer project and it’s results. Majorly cool. I had Dr Gearheart for a prof a bazillion years ago… smart, smart, smart person.

    http://www.cityofarcata.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20&Itemid=47

    ————-
    I don’t know how Helen manages, over and over, to clear the stench round Ms Coulter’s BS enough to see what the gal is trying to say- but Helen does…
    We need Helen’s kind of common sense too!!!!

  221. Sorry, but I determined long ago that UAW Tradesman was nuts.

    I have an in-law who after many years of under/unemployment got extremely lucky (family connection, Chinese imports) and got on as a longshoreman. When he joined the union (mandatory) he was (quite rationally) concerned about the NAFTA superhighway circumventing American ports via Mexico. But he was turned, by a few irrational (yet macho-manly) cohorts, into being this pro-Republican asshat. The camaraderie tribalism with his longshoreman cohorts is more important than the fact that without the longshoreman’s union he’d be unemployed.

    Some people are just not made to think rationally.

    WingNuts.

  222. Another Off Topic:

    Taxpayer bailout versus Wall Street Bonus

    I’m sure everyone is aware of the bonuses still being paid to CEO’s of major financial institutes that have accepted TARP money.

    At least one financial institute is going in the right direction although not an American one.

    Credit Suisse-not a TARP recipient-is handing out the market equivalent of just deserts. It’s bonuses this year are the same toxic securities its bankers and traders sold their customers last year. However, since the securities have already been marked down to 65 cents on the dollar, there may be nowhere for their value to go but up.

  223. Completly off topic, but for the girlz and guyz that like fast driving and good cars, I just psoted that old video from clauce Lelouche:

    “On an August morning in 1978, the story goes, French director Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris…..”

    Enjoy

  224. Helen, I hope you’ve made a reservation at a good spa to detox once you’ve finished absorbing that piece of toxic waste. And bring a good, positive, inspiring book with you to read, so you won’t have flashbacks at the sound of pages turning.

    Alaska Pi, I also think your link is cool. For about 40 years I’ve been a proponent of simplicity, ecology and common sense; however, it sometimes can be difficult to find local codes and ordinances that support such thinking.

  225. UWA
    BTW you did notice that all the “UWA off” BS was from the none-regulars?

    And by this I don’t mean that the regulars are any better, just that this comments came from people that don’t really know you and your contributions that well…..

  226. UAW

    I am COMPLETLY aginst your views……

    and still like to read them everytime….

    But at one point I need to tell MirrorMan is right, You should put in more effort in getting the facts straight BEFORE you shoot of…..

    A well informed blast is so much more effective and draws so much less insults…. (except if you LIKE to be instulted?? LOL, I thought not!)

    So, more widespread research, a bit more detailed reading on who accuses whom of what and your acidly comments ( ;-) ) might give us some food for thought too.

    I do not need to agree with you to accept that you have things to say too and as long as I can RESPECT you I will always at least try to ALSO look at things from your point of view before I shoot of….

    (Well, at least I try, sometimes my big mouth get’s the better (and faster) of me, but then, whom I am talking to)

    In this sense, keep posting but try to accept some of the criticisms that you get too and try to better yourself (And NO, you needn’t CHANGE for that.)

    Werner

  227. Beth – there is a difference between laughing at the world and laughing at the world then going out to make that world a bit better. We all appreciate and adore the humor of Margaret and Helen – it’s a bit of a safety valve – but we also understand that most times you have to actually go and do more than just laugh. Helen’s pithy comments and opinions are just the spark of sanity we all need before we head out into the insanity we’re trying to help change.

  228. MirrorMan Δ-
    You don’t need vindicating. You do just fine.Always have here…
    Oh- weren’t you in on the great trollie battle before the election where we made such a mess of the parlour here that we hid in the pantry for a couple days waiting to see whether Helen and Margaret noticed our hasty repairs and made us fess up…?
    ————–
    pnwgal-

    Come on over and visit at anony-bloggers anytime. We have lots to do!

  229. Wow. I almost sound vindicated…

  230. Wow guys (& gals)-
    As said the comments between waiting for M&H are one to keep the mind going!
    Thanks for the links to the issues in rural AK. Sounds like there is the ability to solve these issues long term, but to hinge on that while people go hungry and cold is foolish.
    I do know a little about AK and what most don’t realize is that all the places they are talking about, the YK Delta and the AK Peninsula DO NOT have roads to connect them to most of the state. In fact MOST of AK has little to no highways, thus barges and airplane, thus high costs,etc.
    It looks to be a VERY serious issue and the lack of response, what now a month later, from the state as a whole is beyond sad.
    I say, ship the food, write the checks for fuel and help keep the subject going so they get support for change and improvement once spring arrives – IN JUNE or later. I know I will try to keep learning more and help as much as I can for the next few months!

  231. UAW dud asks: “Have I kicked the tires enough????”

    Those are not tires you are kicking but your own ass, asshat. Why not quit while you’re only a little behind?

    Oh, and try removing your nose out of Sarah Palin’s hiney cheeks. It’s not manly what you are doing.

  232. Mrs. Santos
    Do not stop posting. Your views are as valid as anyone’s AND these are my thoughts only. I love how you say that everytime like a tarot reader. AND, you make perfect sense to me.

    Really. and have some pie.

  233. UAW Tradesman:
    The problem posters here and on other blogs, especially in AK, have is that Palin has chosen to do nothing to help. Go read the stories in anonymousbloggers to see what life has been like. Other governors, like Perry of Texas, the governor of KY have moved to action to help with disasters- no hemming and hawing, no, oh dear, I can’t do anything because of the law…

    If you chose to help others in need, that is great- but don’t try to twist Palin’s response to show the situation is not her fault. She has had information since October 2008 (maybe July?) that this crisis was brewing, and chose to do nothing. She even let the position of Rural Advisor stay vacant for months.

    Now, there is another grave danger: Chevron has oil tanks very close to Mt. Reboubt, the volcano that is close to erupting. Chevron won’t say how much is in the tanks- and the governor is silent. If the volcano erupts, the tanks can rupture, creating a significant environmental disaster. See Mudflats-

    A sign of an effective governor is how he/she deals with adversity…

  234. And TradesΔ-
    This time I think you kicked the curb , instead of the tires, but we all do that.
    Heck, I trip over the curb all the time and have to pretend I really had planned to sit on the street- like on purpose, with my groceries spilled all around in an impromptu picnic.
    People don’t seem to buy it but it makes me feel better.

  235. Ok- I know Helen said a post or so something about learning new things.
    This won’t appeal to many folks here. Well- maybe most- but I think it is cool.
    There are more and more ways out there – simple elegant answers to infrastructure needs- that go at the questions from angles slightly off the accepted norm. For small communities sewer issue resolution is very expensive with traditional models cuz there are so few folks to spread the cost around…

    http://www.dwc-water.com/technologies/vacuum-sewage-system/index.html

    Having spent almost 25 years in the plumbing world and another 10 in a hardware store I realize my interests are probably slightly off the accepted norm … I’m sorry if this puts anyone off their pie and tea… but I think it’s cool.
    Rural America- here we come!
    Lots to do for you too…Yes, we can.
    Schools and sewers and clean water and … yes, we can.

  236. UAW Tradesman, please stay.

    You are like the Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View, the loud solitary minority of the right provoking reactions from Joy Behar (who is a tita) and the others that makes for a lively show. Barbara Walters would make it a point to thank her for being part of their group and speaking out (although not with the greatest skill or intelligence) for Bush, Palin, Rush, and other right wingers that we left wingers dislike (to put it mildly).

    In the same vein, your rather off-the-wall comments make for lively discussions and spit ball throwing – and I have a feeling you are enjoying yourself. Since we are all waiting for Helen’s and/or Margaret’s next posts, it’s a good diversion and fun to watch/read.

    Mahalo, and I hope you get to wash cloth diapers for all your grandchildren.

  237. UAW –

    Sarah Palin is helping – she talked about extending moose hunting season yesterday…

    “Palin laid out her plans to solve the crisis in western Alaska, which includes extending the moose hunting season, and expanding heating fuel assistance deliveries.
    “People can have more of that healthy abundant protein that is out there,” Palin said. “They can hunt, and that’s a big darn deal.”

    Maybe Trig and Track went from mother’s milk to puréed moose – it’s that mama grizzly blood – but many people expect more in hard times than a license to kill!

    It feels so much better to help!!

    http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/

    Jane

  238. Helen,
    You are just too funny! I think some of these “commenters” need to take a break and re-read some of your past posts….maybe then they will see that, yes, you do make good points and you do cover political subjects but you do it with an unbelievable sense of humor. That, folks, is what this is all about. If you feel the need to fight…go somewhere else. If you want to laugh at the world around us…then enjoy the gift that Margaret and Helen keep on giving.

  239. TRADESMAN: The Yukon River stayed Frozen until June of 2008, so they will need help for a few more months. Winter may be ending for you but it will continue in the villages for Feb, Mar, April and May.

    HELP A VILLAGE! Do the right thing!

  240. Tradesman: You are sucking air bad! You don’t know what the hell you are talking about. I would like you to think of paying $7.50 which will increase to $9.00 to heat your house. then think of paying $7.50 to $9.00 a gallon for gas. Then think of having no running water in 30 below temperatures and SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING WASHING DIAPERS!

    Are taking the Rush Oxycontin? You need to read about the realities which are occuring to villagers and YES, SARAH PALIN SCREWED UP SERIOUSLY IN IGNORING THE PLIGHT OF THESE PEOPLE!

    Since Sarah cannot find the heart to help, YOU CAN HELP AN ALASKA VILLAGE!

    http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/how-to-help/

  241. And just so you can hear it, Trades, the early frost, the lack of food, the poor conditions are NOT the fault of Sarah Palin. Now, the lack of response, the willful ignorance of the crisis, the fiddling while Rome burns (or freezes, take your pick) is DIRECTLY the fault of Caribou Barbie!

    Take a wrench to THAT!

  242. UAW, I think the folks here have been more than neighborly considering your vastly different point of view. Why are you being such a pill?

  243. “Wow Mirrorman…
    I guess I jerked your chain…”

    Believe what you will about me. I have been called worse by better.

    “I asked to have it explained and all I got was Jack Shit…”

    Not True! You wanted us to explain to you why it was Palin’s fault, which, if you would bother to comprehend what you read, you would see no one accused it of being. It is her lack of response to this emergency, her dereliction of the duty she has to the people of the state she was elected to govern that gets us riled up. In the abstract, this crisis is no different that an earthquake or a tornado, other than the fact that it could have been prevented with proper planning on the part of the state government, the one Palin is in charge of. The fact that nothing was done merely highlights her incompetence and lack of compassion.

    “the villagers are freezing and starving…Palin’s fault..wait a minute…she got them an extra $1200…not enough but it should have helped…”

    A point to make here: ignorance can be cured through education. Once you learn of something, you are no longer ignorant about it. Stupidity, however…
    Do you have the slightest idea what the average cost of stuff is up there? How is the highway delivery system? The further you get away from the source of a product, the higher the cost of getting it there, a number that is also affected by the population of a given area (the more shipped, the cheaper). Small population + distant location = high prices. Now I am sure that those families all blew their money on Hookers and Heroin rather than try to be prepared for an UNEXPECTED early winter because “Hey, they should have known.”

    “The fishing season sucked and then the inlet froze early….Palin’s fault????”

    Again, no one said it was Palin’s fault. You know, I would like to find out what substance your brain is made of. Anything that dense should be recreated as body armor for our troops and ships. We’d never lose another soldier or destroyer.

    “$84 for a box of Pampers…ever hear of cloth diapers…flour still comes in 25# bags…stock up early…”

    Someone else dealt with this so I don’t have to.

    “Read what is being said before I go off on tangents…all I’m reading is how it’s someone else s fault….lets blame Sarah….”

    No, that is what YOU want it to say, not what is being said. Your lack of basic comprehension skills notwithstanding, your shrill arguments that what is being pointed out is not what is being said are tiresome, childish, and juvenile, not to mention very trollish. If you can’t make a simple point, if you can’t, or won’t, do the research necessary to craft a convincing argument, then we really do have nothing to speak about. You know what you know and you refuse to hear anything else. No advancement, no learning, no understanding. The refusal to evolve is what dooms people and species, like the dinosaurs, and you and the dinos have a lot in common, not the least of which appears to be your I.Q. level. Consider the following statement:
    You should take the Charmine and wipe your mouth…..Asshat…

    Charming.

    “Have I kicked the tires enough????

    Not in the least, Sunshine. You want to start an argument, fine. I have time to waste. You want to have a discussion? Come back after you’ve discovered rational thought. Trust me, we’re not holding our breath for that one.

  244. Alaska Pi – you’re spot on as usual! “LOOK AROUND THE RURAL AREAS OF YOUR STATE. Do folks there have parity at the table with urban part of state?”

    Not only that, but primarily rural states have very little parity with urbanized states – which is why it was soooo very easy to divide this country into “real” america and I suppose the “not real America”. Which is why people in mostly urban areas like to make fun of “hillbillies” in Appalachia – or farm families in Nebraska – or the migrant workers in Texas, Florida, California. Or anyone is isn’t seen as “us” but “them”. We’re not a melting pot of a country – we’re a buffet.

  245. UAW – here are some links to check out – if you really want to know the “whole” picture about the situation in Alaska (the politics as well as the situation with the native alaskans). I personally am hoping you do, although I am not really holding out hope that you want to know the whole story, but just enough Limbaugh to jerk the chains. But just in case:
    http://www.mudflats.net see especially the post titled Sarah Palin’s Personal Efforts on Behalf of Rural Alaska.
    For a more complete picture of life in the villages go to http://www.thetundradrums.com/
    Mudflats also has an excellent blogroll as well as other links to strictly Alaskan politics
    For in-depth information on the Villages, go to http://www.anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com
    I suggest you link around to Andrew Halcro’s blog for a Republican POV on SP’s involvement or lack thereof in Alaskan Politics http://www.andrewhalcro.com/
    Or you could just sit at home, blame those commie pinko liberals for everything bad, unChristian, etc in your world – and still not accomplish much more than watching your tomatoes grow.

    So there’s your homework assignment – learn about Alaskan politics from those involved, not from the folks, be they rightwing or leftwing or wingless – in the Lower 48. Otherwise, stay home and be productive yanking your own chain.

  246. Great post MirrorMan! The argument being made is for leaders to respond appropriately when emergencies arise. Rational thought is appreciated here. Thanks for your contribution to this ongoing dialogue. Really well thought out.

  247. UAW way off!!!

  248. Jean- hugs and keep us posted.
    SMR-
    I agree.

    ———-
    UAW-
    You are being a pill.
    The ghastly gov is not responsible for the conditions which caused this latest bush mess… well, excepting she did not pay any attention last summer and fall while folks were trying to head off what is happeing now.

    She is , however, a month late and a heart short in truly engaging in what is going on there.
    Gotta go – will come back.
    Drop the cloth diaper thingy though. Many of the villages have NO or marginal water systems and some have honey buckets only for waste…
    Water and sewer systems are above ground out there – vacuum sewage setup is really cool but not everywhere has one.
    Folks do and did plan ahead but last loads did not make it in due to early freeze up.

    IT IS TO THE ADVANTAGE of many interests in this state to ignore and marginalize the bush LOOK AROUND THE RURAL AREAS OF YOUR STATE. Do folks there have parity at the table with urban part of state?

  249. UAW Off!

  250. I think it is time to vote UAW Tradesman off the island….all those in favor type “UAW Off”….all those opposed…um, well…kiss my ass, I guess. :-)

  251. Mrs. Gilgorf–Helen or Margaret would have to tell you for sure, but based on the size of the gun turret behind the two people walking, I would guess the battleship “Texas”, which is anchored close to the San Jacinto Monument.

  252. Jean I meant to say a massage theraist that specializes in Deep
    Tissue work. I got a wonderful massage this morning. She found sore spots I didn’t know were there!
    This was a former student. She has come before and it is great!!
    Take care of yourselllf.
    Helen your wit makes my morning. Please get someone to help put in book form.

  253. Hi gang and Whirled Peas,

    I wept a few tears of gratitude for all of your wonderful words to me. There way are too many for me to name them all.

    To answer a couple of them. I am 79, wll be 80 in September. Both my husband and I have been seeing a chiropracter (Palmer Method) for over 20 years, faithfully every two weeks. He called yesterday when I had to cancel the appointment. I wept after. A dear, dear young man.

    Where the hell is Whirled Peas whenever I need him? I got a hilarious e mail forward attachment yesterday from a good friend but I don’t know
    how to put it in here.

    Maybe somebody could figure it out. It’s:
    “TheMomSong.wmv(4.19MB”). The sound should be turned up REALLY REALLY LOUD. It should lighten everybody up!!!!!!!!!

    Tomorrow we will cancel the HNL trip and try to
    scalp the opera tickets.

    Date with the spinal surgeon is Apr. 17, (that’s APRIL SEVENTEENTH!)

    How did that paragraph about the walker get in there twice? Must be the Tylenol.

    Gawd, My In Box is overflowing again. Think I will go lie down for a while instead.

    Aloha!

    Jean

  254. Wow Mirrorman…
    I guess I jerked your chain…
    I asked to have it explained and all I got was Jack Shit…
    the villagers are freezing and starving…Palin’s fault..wait a minute…she got them an extra $1200…not enough but it should have helped…
    The fishing season sucked and then the inlet froze early….Palin’s fault????
    $84 for a box of Pampers…ever hear of cloth diapers…flour still comes in 25# bags…stock up early…
    Read what is being said before I go off on tangents…all I’m reading is how it’s someone else s fault….lets blame Sarah….
    You should take the Charmine and wipe your mouth…..Asshat…

    Have I kicked the tires enough????

  255. Maybe Bristol Palin’s SO should have kept his “johnston” in his “Levi’s”

  256. And posting a link to a conservative website does absolutely nothing to get me to believe your point of view. A rational argument, yes. A bunch of talking heads, including Coulter, oh, hell no. Bring up a point and debate it. But just shouting out these things does not make them so and reinforces your arguments about as well as Bush did the levees in New Orleans.

    Really. I mean it.

  257. I wish I had more than two hands to clap for you
    MirrorMan.

    Great post!!

  258. UAW Tradesman:
    “Explain to me how it’s Sarah’s fault that things now suddenly cost more in backwoods(rural ???outstate???) than in the city….”

    Wait a minute. Weren’t you just saying that everyone in Alaska got all this extra money from SP? Weren’t you just telling us how great that was? Well, if they have all this extra money and it’s so great, why are things so bad?

    “Tell me how it’s Sarah’s fault that things cost more in Alaska than in the lower 48…haven’t they always???”

    Would you mind finding and pointing out on this blog where anyone said that? Just try. We’ll wait.

    “Explain to me how the all-powerful SARAH made the fish disappear and the waters freeze early.”

    See above.

    “Ann Coulter compared smoking and single mothers which you’ve all had fun with but you forgot the….smoking costs the economy 92 billion and single mothers cost 112 billion”

    Oh, for God’s sake, would you actually READ what’s being said before going off on your little Republican Talking Point tangents? Ann Coultergeist blamed the evils of the world on single mothers! As far as smoking, try talking to the tobacco companies who make oh, so many millions of smoking! And if single mothers cost that much money, then why in the heel are the Republicans AGAINST supplying condoms and birth control?!?!? Explain that one to me!
    “Since you like making donations

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/13/content_10810527.htm

    you can also send donations to the State of California to help pay the 1.3 million for the delivery.”

    Again, where did anyone say anything positive about this woman? Personally, I think she’s crazier than an outhouse mouse and doesn’t deserve a single penny. But hey, since she now has 14 children that need support, maybe all those pro-lifers out there amongst the Republican hordes could donate a little something to those needy kids. At least she didn’t have an abortion, right?

  259. SMR, I’d like to do a blog post on the Levi news. Can you e-mail me or provide something I can hang a statement on?

    Helen, your latest is the best, yet I think that every time I read a post here, whether from you or Margaret. If you don’t encapsulate your wisdom and humor in a hardcover, well heck, how will I pass this on to my grandchildren!?

    Aging though I am, too, also, I only wish I had the skill and way with words you do. Thank you, thank you! And I’m sending extra doses of good will and good wishes vibes your way to counteract any of the nastiness from the ‘trolls.’

    Keep on truckin’, ladies. We do love you.

  260. I think Levi is cute…I’d let him knock me up once or twice…and I’m a guy! :-)

  261. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=30697

  262. First I heard of the Levi/Bristol problem but your sure having fun…
    Explain to me how it’s Sarah’s fault that things now suddenly cost more in backwoods(rural ???outstate???) than in the city….tell me how it’s Sarah’s fault that things cost more in Alaska than in the lower 48…haven’t they always???Explain to me how the all-powerful SARAH made the fish disappear and the waters freeze early.

    Ann Coulter compared smoking and single mothers which you’ve all had fun with but you forgot the….smoking costs the economy 92 billion and single mothers cost 112 billion

    Since you like making donations

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/13/content_10810527.htm

    you can also send donations to the State of California to help pay the 1.3 million for the delivery.

  263. This blogsite always leaves me with a BIG SMILE!

    Thank you everyone, especially Helen and Margaret!

  264. Hey Jean?
    If you’re *done* with the muscle relaxers, can I have the rest of ‘em?

    J/K. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  265. I think the Palin and Johnston families should become mormon! Then Levi could marry both Bristol AND the other girl!

    and Judith? ixnay on the mother-of-the-groom catering… I heard the stuff she *cooks up* belongs in a lab, not a wedding banquet.

    Δ Maven

  266. Honolulu Sally
    as an atheist I support NO religion, but as a good laugh it was ment, NEVER ever as an insult, I respect personal rights too much as to insult a person over their religion, but Jehova’s got me hard at the edge a few times… LOL

    So, please, always take comments like that from me always with a BIG smile!

  267. Jean,

    Let me know if I can help from the Honolulu side of Hawaii. I emailed you from your gathering place directly yesterday.

    “Sally”

    Post script to Werner: My very wonderful hubby is a Jehovah’s Witness. Not my cup of tea, but I don’t knock his over. To each their own, I believe. Although I did laugh at your Knock, Knock, Shit Happens.

  268. Jean just read your post. Please before you do surgery, please see if you can find a good massage therapist. Just wish I were close and were able to work!! I have a techniquue that is wonderful for sciatiica. I might know of a therapist in Hawaii. Instructor that I worked with and I think one or two of my former students are there. One went to Hawaii to work on a cruise ship. Try anything besides the musclerelaxants or surgery.
    My beest to you, h op you are better soon.

  269. Jean,

    It’s amazing the surgeries that can be done on an outpatient basis these days that are minimally invasive resulting in shorter recovery periods. You still have a whole lot of living left to do so I hope that your Dr(s). can help you find relief soon. Do be careful while using Flexeril, it can certainly impair your balance.
    Here’s hoping you and your husband enjoy his 80th B-day trip!

  270. Well, if Levi’s mother is catering, the guns had better either be empty or loaded with blanks. I don’t trust these people to refrain from “softening up the room” even if they’re sober/straight.

  271. Judith
    you forgot the shooting of salute (and killing of a few Canada geese in the process)

    Yeah Caribou Barbie woulda like that, I guess

  272. Does this mean the wedding is off? I thought Levi’s mother could cater. The bride and groom could walk beneath an arch of raised long-distance rifles. The mother-of-the-bride wardrobe is all ready to go. The wedding party would consist of the bride and groom’s fellow students….Oh, yeah, maybe not. And then the entire family of grifters, both sides, could fly off to the honeymoon at taxpayer expense.

  273. Gee, I must have missed something.
    Levi has another girl?? Dang! Sounds like
    “Palin Place”.

    Jean
    Will keep you in my thoughts. Please take care of yourself.

  274. So, Levi knocked up another one…Seems like the wolves shouldn’t be the only ones looking out for that helicopter with Palin shooting from it….STAY IN THE TREES, LEVI!!!

  275. Jean

    please second think the surgery part, espec. if you’re a bit older.

    I have a similar problem here (Thought sciatic again, but turned out squeezed nerve between 4th and 5th lumbago disk) and have a numb left lower leg that is getting ever so slwoooooooooooly better since beginning of october, waiting to see a surgeon (Finally March 16th) but have worked with an osteopath (one of the more “mechanical” sort, that works better on the bones) who, with two docotors I know, has told me to refrain from surgery since in approx. 80% of the time the problem will NOT get better!
    I still will see and talk to the surgeon, but I am not so sure anymore if I want to do the surgery bit….

    I’d recommend to see an osteopath FIRST before you let yourself be cut!

    Maybe ask your Doc?

    Just some “food for thought”, NOT to scare you!

    Love

    Werner

  276. Jean
    I second, third and fourth Greytdog and Alaskan
    Any help I can give…..

    And on the “Shit happens front” I once had a whole page about this refering to religion, this one might make you smile, the Jehovas witn(l)ess version: “Knock, Knock, Shit happens”

    Or as they say in Germany:
    “The situation is serious, but not hopeless!”

    Now I found this always a bit too stiff and like to go (AND STRONGLY RECOMMENT TO YOU) with:
    “The situation is utterly hopeless, but not serious!”

    As long as you can laugh live in the faces, (even if all you can manage sometimes is a crooked grin):
    The Blues is nothing than a good gal feeling bad……..

    Werner

  277. @Alaska Pi —

    I try to make it a point not to delve into the seamier side of the Palin clan. They have so many issues that point to some distressing family dynamics, but as a parent of a teen (who is NOT pregnant, who is doing quite well in school, who is NOT doing drugs) I realize that teens are a handful even under the best of circumstances.

    However, I am not holding my family up as one to be emulated or admired, and as far as I’m concerned, if you can’t manage your family then you certainly aren’t capable of managing a country. And if you can’t manage a state that has 600,000 people, how can anyone really believe that you are able to manage a country of 600,000,000?

    Much has been made of the fact that Track volunteered to go to Iraq. False. It was that or juvi. So, all of those parents out there with children that have truly volunteered to defend our country are being done a huge disservice by the Lying Queen of Alaska. I feel for the ones that believe her b.s. — they just don’t know what she is capable of, the lies that she is willing to tell, the lengths that she will go to to further herself. She is a real piece of work. You’re an Alaskan. I’m an Alaskan. We feel each other’s pain…

  278. Maven

    Yesss please, let’s try, every troll a copy and let’s see how many “faces” willbe seen….

    And than post it on Ebay and let’s post here who BUYS that (sorry the pun) crap!

    Werner

  279. Timotheus is whoim I emant….

  280. Tomotheus
    please put your orange hunting cap on, it’s troll hunting season again, and we don’t like shooting innocents…… (people without the troll caps)

  281. Dear gang,

    Thank you so much for your expressions of caring about me. What helps the most is to know you want us to be friends and are here for me.

    As you may know, I have osteoarthritis all over the place. It got pretty bad recently with pain in my left buttocks, down my left thigh and calf even into my foot. I saw our internist last week. He couldn’t find a reflex in my ankle. He diagnosed Sciatica.

    So he put me on a 15-day course of Prednisone and a muscle relaxant, Flexeril. (Only the second time in my LIFE I ever taken Prednisone.) The muscle relaxant made me woozy so I have only taken it at bedtime. I didn’t need to be woozy going up and down the stairs, fall down and break something! I have been hobbling around on a cane. My husband takes the cane up and down the stairs while I hang onto the railings. I haven’t had to break out his walker from his hip replacement – yet!

    Although the walker worked better for him than the cane, because he could use either
    hand when necessary. Supermarket ‘carts’ work the same way!

    So I kicked the Flexeril habit after two nights and will be Prednisone free pretty soon. Off the meds except for painkiller Tylenol……….

    Although the walker worked better for him than the cane, because he could use either
    hand when necessary. Supermarket ‘carts’ work the same way!

    It doesn’t hurt too bad when I am sitting or standing on my right foot. It only hurts when I move!!!!

    Step 1: The doctor ordered a MRI, which I had last Thursday. The MRI shows Spinal Stenosis as a result of some 30 years of osteoarthritis putting pressure on my spinal cord. Also some bone spurs.

    Step 2: Our internist here is setting up an appointment with a spinal surgeon who comes over here periodically for a consult.

    Step 3: If I agree to it, the surgery would actually be done in Honolulu. We’ll see. We trust our doctor here because he has steered us in the right direction for quite some time. He is smart enough to know that he doesn’t know everything, which is why he calls in consults.

    While I am waiting for the doctor’s office to call about an appointment with the spinal surgeon, I’ll get you up to date on developments. I Googled “Spinal Stenosis’ and learned all about it. They can do the surgery now-a-days by orthroscopy (sp?) or lazer surgery with a one inch incision, even as an outpatient! Piece of cake!

    So far, between the economy and old age, the only trip we are planning now is to go to Honolulu for my husband’s 80th birthday. We already have plane, hotel and car reservations (and trip cancellation insurance for 14 bucks.) It is only a 25-minute flight, which is fine with us. Checking-in and Security take longer!

    Anyway, so IF we can set up the surgery, we will stay at our favorite hotel on Waikiki and play tourist. We will go to ‘Red Lobster’ for dinner because we don’t have one here. Every time we see their commercials on TV we drool! Then we have tickets to go to the opera at Blaisdell Center; Honolulu’s answer to Lincoln Center, the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in LA, La Scala in Milan, Covent Garden in London and Bayreuth. We are going to see Mozart’s ‘Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail’, “The Abduction from the Seraglio, (Harem)”. It is a rollicking comedy of errors. My husband likes opera as long as there is some hummable music in it, which there is in this one.

    The Hawaii Opera Company is a good one with its own orchestra and chorus. They import the singers for the principle roles.

    In case you are not familiar with this opera, A Spanish ship is taken by pirates in the Mediterranean. Constanza, our Spanish lady heroine, is sold into slavery to the Pasha Selim. (See how long this foolishness between the Christians and the Moslems has been going on?)
    There is a lot of loud and sometimes pitiful singing going on between Constanza and Selim because he wants her to give into his manliness, willingly. Constanza sings, “NO WAY!”

    Meanwhile, Constanza’s lover, Belmonte, a Spanish nobleman decides to come to rescue the fair damsel. More loud and pitiful singing.

    Belmonte confronts Selim. REALLY loud singing!!!
    Selim finally says, shucks, he already has several hundred concubines for amusement anyway. He sends Belmonte and Constanza on their way and everybody lives happily ever after.

    So, I figure we could go over to Honolulu as scheduled, have the surgery, walk outta there with a band-aid on my back, (‘sans’ cane), go to Red Lobster and then catch the opera. You can’t keep an old broad down for long!!!

    Oh yes, Google says we could go to a clinic in Florida (l- – o- – n – g flights), the Mayo Clinic, etc. But we have excellent medical personnel and facilities out here in Hawaii. We even have electricity, hot and cold running water and paved roads!!!!!
    We have Medicare and supplemental insurance so we don’t have to worry about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ medical bills. But what about lots of old people who don’t? Write or e mail your Congressman – now!

    Aloha!

    Jean

    P.S. May have to scratch my husband’s preference for his traditional raisin pie instead of Birthday Cake this year.

  282. pnwgal –

    I think we’re all looking up at Sarah Palin’s renegade outpost and scratching our heads.

    I’ve put some links that show this crisis unfolding on a website:

    http://anonymousbloggers.com/

    Thanks for your help!!

    Jane in Miami

  283. Helen- I just tapped into your site – how could I have missed up until now?
    If you can’t speak your mind by this time in your life – what good is learning to ‘hold your tongue’ all the years before? Sometimes a ‘potty mouth’ is called for.
    I have shared this with my mom and all her ‘lady friends’, am sure they will get more laughs than they have had in years!
    Hey J..Joe – What is going on in Alaska? I had read about the plight on the YK Delta and now we see it is more widespread. This is NOT good. I can’t think this is the norm as from what I know most people who are ‘rural’ are pretty damn tough and self-sufficient. As tough as things are here, my package is going out today!!
    For more see-PLEASE HELP!
    HOW TO HELP……
    Food Donations can be mailed to:

    Pilot Point Food Drive
    c/o Pilot Point Tribal Council
    POB 449
    Pilot Point, AK 99649

    Checks can be made out to PILOT POINT TRIBAL COUNCIL and mailed to the above address.
    If you need more information or have any questions please contact Ann Strongheart nunamiquayouth@yahoo.com

    Read about Pilot Point!

    http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/another-village-in-need-of-help/#comment-302

    Quyana for your help!

  284. SMR-
    As Helen has said so well here-

    “But if you give Coulter enough pages eventually she gets around to the smartest, most politically astute Republican ever to run for office- Sarah “I saved Alaska from the Russian invasion”Palin. According to Ann, the media went looking for a sex scandal on Palin and didn’t find one. Without a sex scandal to hold her back, Palin is the ideal candidate. Because for Coulter, that is the benchmark. ”
    ———————
    For Ms Coulter it may be enough to ignore the whispers from Wasilla but for the rest of us it is not.
    I don’t like plain old gossip – it’s hurtful and dilutes important issues -BUT the travails of the ghastly gov’s 2 eldest worry me.
    IF these were kids from an everyday family I would be worrying that all this acting up and out signalled some real internal problems in the family- whether caused by lost jobs or other stresses.
    From this family , I also worry, deeply, about the effect having THIS gov make executive decisions about education, domestic violence laws, and so on will have on everyone elses kids.

  285. Greytdog- List now available.
    http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/another-village-in-need-of-help/ in comments
    ——
    Thank you Helen and Margaret- for the laughs, the good sense, and the sanctuary here. Makes all the work we have on our plates much more palatable…
    Though I don’t think anything about Ms Coulter is palatable…NO thing, NOT one thing.

  286. Well, I see that Juneau Joe and Greytdog are on the case; so I just want to repeat that we have a contact in Pilot Point and they are in need of our help. I hope that we can send aid to them. It really makes a huge difference. Thanks Helen and Margaret for supporting the project to aid rural Alaskans! I hope you finish that danged book soon!

  287. Oh, I forgot to ask…who is the publisher of this book? Are they afraid of her? Or are they laughing behind her back?

  288. OMG! I have tears from laughing so hard! Absolutely terrific! My favorite was the Charmin crack. OMG!

  289. JuneauJoe – Pilot Point in need of the same items as the other places – baby formula, diapers, flour, sugar, etc?
    wasn’t it just peachy of Sarah to MC that snowmobile race while totally ignoring the plight of Native Alaskans? Wow – what a leader, I must say.

    For more information on the Alaskan Villages, and how to help, go to
    http://www.anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com

  290. Hey Hellen. You are closing in on a million and half hits. There is life after the election for you afterall. Congrats.

    What ship are you on in that photo and which one is the real potty mouth?

  291. @Sauerkraut & Alaska Pi —

    Really, that’s the word from the Valley. And it may go quite a way toward explaining why there’s been no wedding. Dueling shotguns!

    The same person who shared that tidbit verified that Track did indeed opt for the military over juvi hall due to the big bus vandalism incident out there (in which he participated), and that the affair between GINO and the former business partner of Dud was pretty flagrant and much-discussed.

    Expect that that is the sort of info that would not be able to be kept under wraps if another run at a higher office were to be made. Lucky for her there was only about 2 months between the RNC and the election, so many scandals so little time. If she had to telegraph a run farther in advance there would be much more time to dig up info and I don’t think John McCain would be willing to lean on the Nat’l Enquirer on her behalf…

  292. Coulter is cold hearted! After seeing how Palin is handling the villages, I would have to say that Palin is cold hearted too! Helen, I am sure glad you are reading Coulter’s book for me.

    Another Village in Alaska needs help! Please consider sending help BECAUSE PALIN HAS NOT FOUND THE TIME TO DO ANYTHING YET! She did allow a plane to haul some things from Bethel.

    PLEASE HELP!
    HOW TO HELP……
    Food Donations can be mailed to:

    Pilot Point Food Drive
    c/o Pilot Point Tribal Council
    POB 449
    Pilot Point, AK 99649

    Checks can be made out to PILOT POINT TRIBAL COUNCIL and mailed to the above address.
    If you need more information or have any questions please contact Ann Strongheart nunamiquayouth@yahoo.com

    Read about Pilot Point!

    http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/another-village-in-need-of-help/#comment-302

    Quyana for your help!

  293. Damn, I think I love you ladies…and I’m a married man.

    Rock on!!

    P.S. Coulter Sucks…but you know that.

  294. What ship are you on in the photo at the top of the page?

  295. >>>>>I guess what I am trying to say is this – if Ann Coulter makes up a lot of crap and puts it on a piece of paper how is that any different than what I do with a roll of Charmin after my morning bran muffin?<<<<<<<<

    OMG… I just feel off my chair when I read this…ROTFLMAO……

    Another brilliant post….:)

  296. Miss Helen and Miss Margaret,
    I think you should go on a national speaking tour. I would pay to listen to ANYTHING you two would want to discuss live in person. “Life according to Margaret and Helen”….the line forms on the left.

  297. [...] Helen Philpot is a national treasure. [...]

  298. Gretchen wrote “Because of your blog I have made friends with the woman in the next cubicle at work. This is huge because nobody likes her. She smells like food.”

    Gretchen – my dogs would LOVE this woman. They would know the sun rose and set for her because she smells like FOOD. My dogs think i am totally awesome because I have opposable thumbs which means I can operate the can opener AND know how to drive to that place that has all their food.

  299. Jean-
    I second Greytdog.

  300. jean let us know if there is anything we can to help ya –
    Where’s UAW?

  301. Hi gang and especially Chloe and smteaches,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    I have just hit a kinda, sorta rough patch and might need your help. Don’t worry. Nothing fatal!

    If I’m up for it, I’ll get back to you tomorrow.

    “C’est la vie!” (That’s French.) English translation, “Shit happens!”

    Aloha!

    Jean

  302. Chloe said-
    “I considered “Liberal Honey Stuck In Oklahoma Surrounded By Bubbas and Bible Thumpers”…whaddayathink…too long?”
    —————————–

    Yup, too long .
    Just like rolling-on-the-floor-laughing-til-I-wet-my-pants-and-broke-three -ribs
    response I had…
    I know it’s not really funny in real life.
    I’m glad you can come here and chuckle in virtual life.

    ———
    Helen- I’m going out to the hardware store and get something to cut the odor Ms Coulter is leaving here in you and Margaret’s parlour. The dang rats and bugs and creepy trollies are just drawn to that stench… whew.

    ———-
    SMR- Oh no. Is it just gossip or is this another real chapter in the soap opera of the ghastly gov?
    I’m going to start wearing a bag over my head so no one knows where I live…agh.
    Didn’t vote for her, wouldn’t vote for her… I am SO sorry enough of my neighbors did.
    We barely got the slime of Murkowski wiped off and here we are again.
    Didn’t vote for her, wouldn’t vote for her…so sorry…

  303. Words cannot convey the amount and depth of disdain I feel for Coulter. Helen, I’m sorry you’re having to slog through her quagmire self-pitying/ self-promoting slop so that you can educate us w/ the Hell’N Notes. I applaud you. I do not envy you.

    As always, love rdg. every wd. of your posts and browing the comments. Political Amazon & Juneau Joe, glad to see more of you! Jean, glad for the continuation of your lessons!

    SO HAPPY to see CNN is picking up the Emo story…I’m hoping villages are continuing to receive some assistance.

    I suppose the next time I check in, this site will have 1.5 million hits….CONGRATS to Helen & Margaret! I’m also at the front of the line to purchase your best-seller!

    PUBLISH, please!!

  304. Oh, Helen. I loved your last line about what you do with your morning toilet paper compared to Coulter’s book. Perfect.

    And thanks for hanging in there and reading so the rest of us don’t have to.

    Pat

  305. “If we send it to colorful, do you suppose she might be able to make out a Jesus face in it?”

    Dammitall Maven! I just decorated my desktop with cheesecake! OMIGOD – that was too funny!

  306. I love the way you guys think!

  307. The earlier suggestion that a muffin-book should be checked for alpha-numeric characters got me to thinking…

    If we send it to colorful, do you suppose she might be able to make out a Jesus face in it?

  308. You ask – If Ann Coulter falls in the forest and nobody hears her… can we just leave her there?

    The answer is YES WE CAN!

  309. And now for something completely different:

    http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/peanut-gallery-mum-salmonella-republ

    It just keeps getting better and better

  310. This blog is way better entertainment than mann clouter.

  311. timotheus – yawn! Please go spew elsewhere

  312. if Ann Coulter makes up a lot of crap and puts it on a piece of paper how is that any different than what I do with a roll of Charmin after my morning bran muffin?” –
    – – – – – – –
    Helen, here’s the difference….try reading your Charmin “muffin book” tomorrow and look for any sign of alpha numeric characters…I hope you have a face first narcoleptic head-bob in the process.

  313. Helen,

    I think you should put some lipstick on and make some gorilla cookies with that face of yours.

  314. Imaginista – long, I know, but, sadly, it’s true. I came to that realization when every single county (77 of them) supported McCain. Makes my skin crawl.

    My Chloe is a Blue Point Siamese with the most beautiful ice blue eyes. When I saw her peering out from her cage at the shelter, I knew I couldn’t leave without her.

  315. Ann Coulter never said “that”? haha! Helen is QUOTING straight from the book, so yeah, she said “that”.

  316. Chloe – that’s funny about the cat nom de plume – I often use the screen name Scout when posting at some of the other blogs because that is the name of my cat familiar. He is a beautiful black long hair with a huge fluffy tail that he is quite vain about. And yeah, the other name you were considering was waaaaaay too long!

  317. Helen,

    Thank you for your tremendous writing…

    Is anyone posting any of this on amazon?

    This blog is very good for our health…

  318. Can I be you when I grow up? Sing it sister!!!

  319. Roger old buddy… if you don’t wanna see a pig with lipschtick, then stop staring at mann coulter. Simple solution even a nitwit could understand.

    SMR… Levi knocked up some other valley girl? Was it that Amber baby? What’s her last name… she’s a young drunk if her myspace is any indication. Might even have her email as she wrote a comment on me blog one day a few months ago.

  320. hell. THis is all just so stupid. Ann Coulter never said any of this. You are making it up which makes you the loser. You can put lipstick all over your face and we’d still see the pig!

  321. Will you need some sort of a transfusion by the time you finish this book?

    As for AHC, if you a hammer everything in the world looks like a nail, and if you are a demented hammer . . . you also hit your ownself in the head.

    Keep on keeping on!

  322. However, according to a resident of Palmer (says me living down the road from Wasilla), Palin did indeed have an affair, it was quite well-known throughout the community.

    And by the way, word is also out in the Valley that Levi has done gone and knocked up another gal. Does that mean he’s no longer Bristol’s fiancee?

  323. I agree with Madeline….Keep writing, Helen!!!

  324. Dear Helen,

    Thank you for your valiant service. I’m sure I’m not the first to suggest this, but I don’t suppose we could impose on you to do Hell’N Notes for all the crazy conservative screeds none of us wants to read, huh? Too much? It would be *such* a good thing because instead of the anger and frustration and confusion those books usually engender, you’d unleash more laughter, hope and clarity into the world. Please please please consider it? (Clasps hands together in begging gesture)

    You. Make. My. Day.
    Really.

    Keep having fun, and thanks for the giggles. They’re really coming in handy these days!

    P.S. *Most of* your readers are fabulously funny, too!

  325. I considered “Liberal Honey Stuck In Oklahoma Surrounded By Bubbas and Bible Thumpers”…whaddayathink…too long?

  326. Imaginista – Actually Chloe is my cat’s name too! I borrow it cause I would never use my actual name and I can never seem to come up with a cool moniker!

  327. Chloe
    if you enjoy my comments, have alook at my “darker” side (He he he) click on my name…..

    Enjoy

    And where is Tine?

    With all these people crying for Helen’s book we need a professional to setup a working proposal…. Or Helen, as said a few times already, get yourself a literary agent! I am sure you can find one that works for part of the profit so it won’t cost ya, material you have enough and if you look into my older proposal to have a format where the pages have a “side line” (wide margine) where there are some recipes printed, it will be self-selling for sure……

    Good luck, and IF I can help, just say so!

    I mean it!

    Werner

  328. Thanks Chloe! I have a really cool cat named Chloe, so I always notice your name when you post. :)

  329. Helen,
    You should have a radio show like Rush…you could blow him out of the water!!!!!

  330. Chloe that is so nice of you to say. You gave me a lift this morning, was feeling a little down. (((hugs))).

  331. Imaginista & Proud Community OrganizerWA – you are also included in my list of favorites!

  332. Morning all! I have been playing catch up this morning. Real life has been intruding.

    Helen fabulous post I laughed and laughed! It is an amazing thing that you can make me see the absurdity of Crazy Coulter and her ilk!

    Going through the posts I see Ann has been posting under Anon names. You know how I could tell? Reading them they are as incoherent as listening to her speak.

    Can’t wait for the next installment!

  333. Voltairesneighbor: I too think this last batch of flaming idiocy was written by the same troll.

  334. Jean, I thought your post was interesting.

    I love M&H but I enjoy reading the responses almost as much, especially Greytdog, Whirled Peas, Grandma Katie, Alaska PI, Jean, Juneau Joe, Werner…you guys/gals make my day!

  335. Helen –

    You’re the best! Someone asked if you were a professional writer. I’m curious too. Then again, they probably taught kids how to write when you went to school.

    If Helen Thomas ever retires and wants to start a blog, you can be her mentor.

    FreD –

    I don’t know much about AC — we automatically flip when we see her. Your link made me curious. Funny but almost believable.

    YouTube suggested I watch Coulter v. Elizabeth Edwards. Now I see what everyone is talking about — what a waste of skin!! The AC and Al Franken one is pretty funny. Couldn’t take any more.

    Jane in Miami

    Please help rural Alaskans

    http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/how-to-help/

  336. I have been reading Helen’s condensed version of Ann Coulter’s book and I realized that I don’t know much about Ann Coulter, so I have visited her website a few times. (I was the one who saw that she sold a t-shirt that said “I’d Rather Be Waterboarding.) So there is a new article on the home page daily that must be her column that she writes for the Universal Press Syndicate. Today’s complains about the glorification of single mothers. She (or the monkey she has hired to write for her) says that if single mothers are going to be painted in a good light, smokers should be as well. After all smokers are only hurting themselves, single mothers are hurting innocent children. Really? Really.

    She’s a nut. Thanks Helen and Margaret for all you do. I mean it. Really.

  337. Es-Tell Coulter is “da bomb”….

    Well yes I AGREE!

    IF stupidity could explode she’d defenitly by “da bomb” or even two, you are perfeclty (well, not quite perfecly, maybe) right ……. wing

    Werner

  338. Actually, I think that I’d rather be “forgiven” … yikes.

  339. Still chuckling … your posts really cut through Ann’s BS and show it exactly for what it is.

    As for the trolls, or more likely the troll singular who posts under several different IDs since the posts demonstrate about the same level of critical thought, they obviously can’t tell the difference between what Ann says and a used roll of Charmin … or any other brand. But they will apparently always be among us.

    Jean: thanks for the interesting posts.

    Palin … that other worthless phenom … has apparently tossed her (now former) AG under the bus. He has resigned, apparently as a result of some closed door bargaining that will deep-six further investigations of Troopergate. Unfortunately for Palin, however, Troopergate may be taking on a life of its own … and the utter failure of Palin to heed the plight of rural Alaskans may end up as her own “Katrina.”

    What is it that Rethugs do not get about “Love thy neighbor?” It’s pretty darn simple, after all.

    Except that … if Ann were MY neighbor … I would fail in that respect too. I hope that I may be firgiven in the end.

  340. Helen,
    You are THE funniest writer I have EVER had the pleasure of reading. Keep going!! :-)

  341. Emmonak is making the national News! CNN has picked up the story! Sarah Palin is still silent!
    Are Sarah and Coulter related? Brother and sister maybe? Just wondering.

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/09/rural.alaska.villages/index.html

  342. “Wonder how Alaska is being run with her highness galavanting about to DC parties? No doubt much better with her not around.”

    By: J.E.N on February 11, 2009
    at 8:58 AM

    —————–
    I WISH… She’s been making her usual hash of executing her job from near and afar…
    Remember, this is the woman who ran the state by blackberry during federal election… or what passes for running the state in her mind.
    For all who want to see the ghastly gov stopped in Alaska there are some fine old fights shaping up on her horizon with Legislature. If you pray- do so… I’m not sure we can keep the head of steam we need to stop her. She’s a slippery one…
    ————–
    Helen- I think Ms Coulter HAS fallen in the forest and I think we need to cover her decently as the odor seems to have attracted some denizens of the dark side to you and Margaret’s parlor…
    Thanks for having most of us in.

  343. “…if Ann Coulter makes up a lot of crap and puts it on a piece of paper how is that any different than what I do with a roll of Charmin after my morning bran muffin?”
    Indeed, Mrs. Philpot, you are so correct!

  344. Well Helen, you have almost waded through all of the nasty Coulter droppings. You need to throw yourself a party when you are done !!!!

    As for the idiot Palin, with all the expensive new clothes the Repubs bought her to fancy up the image, there is a real case to be made that indeed you CAN put lipstick on a pig/bulldog and it is the same ole pig/bulldog !!!!! She is greedy as a pig when it comes to media attention. Out of the spotlight for several weeks and she can’t stand it. Wonder how Alaska is being run with her highness galavanting about to DC parties? No doubt much better with her not around.
    I can not fathom that anyone would seriously look to her as a candidate, but of course these are the people who elected that dope Scott to run the party…..boy, there’s a winner !!!! “Drill baby, drill” !!! And, they are getting their political platform from Druggy Limbaugh…………….
    Never forget, Republicans want America to fail.

  345. “I guess what I am trying to say is this – if Ann Coulter makes up a lot of crap and puts it on a piece of paper how is that any different than what I do with a roll of Charmin after my morning bran muffin?”

    That is the BEST review of any of Coulter’s books I have ever read. Bravo, dear lady!

  346. If Ann Coulter falls in a forest and no one hears her…

    No.

    No, we cannot just leave her there. The forest is full of all sorts of neat and cute critters that need our best efforts to keep the forest pure.

    As an alternative, how about we dress Coulter up as a wolf and send her off into the deep snow? Then we can fuel up Sarah Palin’s airplane and sly suggest that there’s a wolf in deep snow in desperate need of a date with her AK-47. Then, as Sarah climbs out of her airplane to cut off Ann’s foreleg (Sarah’s cheap enough to collect on her own $150 wolf foreleg bounty but Ann’s just playing dead), Ann jumps up and bites Sarah on the nose. Two problem children take care of each other at the same time. ;-)

    And we get to laugh about their stupidity.

    Oh, wait… we already laugh at both Sarah and Ann.

    Have I ever mentioned that Ann has a really manly adam’s apple?

  347. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has written an essay critical of the expansion of the health-insurance-for-children program known as SCHIP:
    Under the new legislation, families with incomes of up to $84,400 for a family of four will be eligible for government-subsidized health care for their children. Consequently, people with incomes higher than most American families will now have children eligible for health insurance subsidies originally intended for low-income families.
    [my comment: as people lose jobs and companies downsize, one of the first things to go is healthcare coverage. A family of four that uses COBRA to extend healthcare will pay anywhere from $900-1500 a month for that coverage. When I looked into COBRA and realized that, I chose to NOT have health care coverage. Luckily, I wasn’t facing any major healthcare crisis and my SO had the nebulous shifting safety net of the VA. We were one of the few lucky ones – I can’t imagine what a family of four who faces housing payments, car payments, etc. would do if they had to fork over more than a quarter of their monthly earnings – and still pay for medicine and off-plan services like mammograms, various surgeries, etc. And sorry, but in this market of skyrocketing costs, $85K annual is no longer considered upper middle class, but just middle class - and the middle class is hemorrhaging like crazy – folks like to throw such numbers out because they know that for the most part readers are not aware of the economic reality that $25K-$90K is considered middle class.]
    Also tucked into the stimulus bill adopted by the House is $600 million for the training of nurses and primary care physicians and dentists to provide care in communities that lack sufficient health-care outlets. While this sounds innocuous enough, a statement from the office of David Obey (D.-Wis.), chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, references this line item as: “Training Primary Care Providers: $600 million to address shortages and prepare our country for universal healthcare by training primary healthcare providers including doctors, dentists, and nurses as well as helping pay medical school expenses for students who agree to practice in underserved communities through the National Health Service Corps.”
    [my comment: is Land seeing this as “undeserved” communities rather than underserved? Ironic that these are the very folks that the conservative right wing Land and his Goddess Palin refer to as the “real” America – if they don’t think “real” America needs and deserves access to health care, then who do they feel deserves access?]
    Source: http://religionblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/02/richard-land-of-sbc-schip-legi.html 9:52 AM Tue, Feb 10, 2009

  348. WTF??? I was reading what Helen wrote…laughing my ass off…then I started reading this last comment from “Jean”…I must have drifted off…where am I?? What day is it??
    For christ’s sake……

  349. Hi Helen, Margaret and gang,

    I read your post, Helen, all about Ann Coulter’s book. From the few times I have happened to see her on TV, I noticed she wears what looks like a silver crucifix. Before I was so rudely interrupted by the Holidays, the plight of the Native Alaskans, the Texas State Board of Education and Valentine Guys, I was delivering a history lesson on Mohammed. As all of you know by now, I am a history buff. I will be leaving Mohammed’s biography for a while to take on some history of Christianity that I did not know until a few years ago.

    Do you know the ORIGIN of the use of the crucifix as a symbol of Christianity? If so, scroll on down. If not, stay here.

    The last we heard in my narrative, the Romans were still crucifying Christians and feeding them to lions. How Christianity came to be the principal religion of Rome, Europe and thus the West occurred as a result of a famous battle between the armies of the Roman Emperor CONSTANTINE and the armies of his rival, MAXENTIUS. Constantine had many Christians in his army but Maxentius’ army were principally followers of MITHRAISM. Constantine converted to Christianity – sort of – just before the battle and won!!! Thus Christianity and the symbol of the crucifix became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Roman Catholicism was the ONLY CHRISTIAN religion permitted until the REFORMATION, starting in 1320ish to 1546ish.

    MITHRAISM (c.15th century BC or earlier) was a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY ancient religion in Parthia/Persia that predated Zoroastrianism. It was polytheistic with its principal god being ‘MITHRA, God of the Sun. (Vedic writings in India referred to him as the god, ‘Mitra’.) At times, the Greek and Roman Empires acknowledged Mithra, particularly in reference to SOLDIERS’ allegiance to KINGS and EMPERORS. He was the god of contracts, and oaths; thus, friendship.

    As the God of the Sun, the contract was between the ‘Good Light of the Sun’ against the ‘Evil of Darkness’. Mithra evolved into the God of the Sun himself, so became the GOD of WAR in the continuing battle with EVIL. Loyalty to the king was a VITAL ELEMENT in the belief, so naturally imperial approval of the religion was essential to Mithraism. However, with the advent of the Roman Emperor CONSTANTINE’S VICTORY, Mithraism faded away.

    (As I have said before, I like white zin. I like one glass before dinner and one with. That’s it. That’s my speed. So right now, I’m not drinking heavily or smoking anything funny, I swear! And I’m not making this up! Honest!!! My imagination could NEVER be this fertile.

    Here is another theory of CREATIONISM that would give the Intelligent Design Folks even more fits than Evolution!)

    For at least fifteen or sixteen CENTURIES many, many people FERVENTLY believed in Mithraism. The mythology of Mithraism is delightfully colorful, especially with regard to creationism. The Sun God sent a raven as a messenger to Mithra, telling him to slay a white bull in sacrifice.
    (A white bull featured prominently in the religion of early Crete and also to some degree in Greek mythology. Their religions are interwoven.)

    Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea was particularly associated with bulls. Neptune was the Roman god of the sea. Bulls again. The early people around the Mediterranean had a thing about bulls down to and including bull fights in Spain now.

    There is a wild and crazy story about the MINOTAUR in the mythology of both Greece and Crete. The Minotaur was half human and half bull. It ate people so required annual human sacrifices)

    Mithra was reluctant to kill the bull and somewhat sorrowful when he did it. The bull’s death symbolized the eternal struggle between Good and Evil. At the instant of death, the bull miraculously morphed into the moon. Mithra’s cloak became the sky with all the stars. The first grapes burst forth from the blood of the bull, the first ears of grain from its tail. Holy seed ran from the genitals into a mixing bowl representing the earth. As a result of this mingling, each living creature began, both plants and animals. The bull, as the moon, embarked on its monthly event, signaling the seasons, in essence the beginnings of Time. Of course, the activity of the ‘Good Light’ unleashed the creatures (gods?) of Darkness. The snake lapped up the blood of the bull with its tongue. From the genitals, a scorpion tried to suckle the holy seed.

    Got that? OK.

    The figure of the raven was represented in rock relief as AIR, the lion as FIRE, the serpent as EARTH and the mixing bowl as WATER. Everything was created from these FOUR ELEMENTS. After the bull’s sacrifice, the Sun God and Mithra feasted on bread, meat and wine in celebration. They then went off together in the god’s chariot into the sky, presumably to the ends of the earth.

    This mythology has parallels in the Greek Philosopher Plato’s ‘REPUBLIC’ and ‘TIMAEUS’ with his discourses on physics, cosmology and even biology.

    The Mithraic practitioners did not have temples. Their worship took place in caves, representing the Earth. The caves were decorated with relief and frescos depicting the events of the religion. Of course, men only were admitted into the initiation rites that were shrouded in secrecy. There was usually a labyrinth of subterranean passageways for initiates to navigate. (Shades of the labyrinth that the MINOTAUR lived in on Crete.) There were seven grades or steps through which the initiates were taken in ceremonies to reach full membership and acceptance. The worship culminated with a common meal.

    In the rituals of Mithras the worshipers were offered consecrated bread and water. The SPANISH CONQUISTADORES were shocked to find similar rites among the Indians of Mexico and Peru.

    Religious ideas have a very, very long life. There was a strange Moslem sect known as the ISMALITE SEVENERS that broke with established Islam. Converts to the sect were required to swear an oath of unconditional obedience to the head of the sect, the ‘DAI-D-DUAL’. Also they were sworn to absolute secrecy. The converts were then put through a lengthy initiation process consisting of NINE stages. Only bits and pieces of doctrine were revealed at each stage. They were told that all would be made known to them at the final stage. In other words, they were systematically brainwashed. (Does this sound like Mithraism?)

    At the EIGHTH stage they were told that nothing could really be known of a SUPREME BEING, therefore, there was no need to pay homage to him. The followers were told that THEY were above any belief or law. Further, they were taught to expect a ‘Mahdi’, or Redeemer, who would establish a world of brotherly love, equality, justice and restore Islam to its glory. (Another Messiah?) The COMMUNIAL DOCTRINE for all property and women was back again in the guise of a quasi-mystical religion.

    Over time the SEVENERS came to be a powerful force in Islamic countries. They founded the Fatimid Dynasty, after Mohammed’s daughter Fatima, and took over Egypt and North Africa. QARMAT, a peasant from Iraq, became the leader.

    The QARMATI or CARMATHIANS as they came to be known, were quite an energetic sect. They must have been very persuasive as they gained thousands of converts and organized guilds of workers. Their interpretation of the Koran was to disdain the Islamic orthodox rituals.

    The Carmathians went on to plunder most of Syria, and Basra, Iraq, and in 930AD sacked Mecca itself!!! They killed thousands of Moslems and along with other rich plunder, carted off the Black Stone!!! (The most venerated object in the Islamic religion!!!) It was restored to the Kaaba twenty-one years later in 951.

    The violence of the Carmathian threat to ordered society outraged most of the Islamic populace. Its own excesses helped to cause the Carmathians to die out and go underground. But a century later the sect re-emerged as the hashish devotees of the Ismaili of ALAMUT ASSASSINS. They build an impregnable mountain fortress known as ‘The Eagle’s Nest’ or ‘The Castle of Death’. It was located south of the Caspian Sea and about 60 miles from present day Tehran, Iran.

    Marco Polo encountered the Alamut stronghold in 1271. He recounted that the “Grand Master”, Hasan ibn al Sabbah, known as the ‘Old Man of the Mountain’ had re-created a garden right out of Mohammed’s descriptions of Paradise in the Koran. It was complete with a number of nubile young women. The ‘FIDIAS’ (initiates) were given heavy doses of hashish and then brought into the garden. They believed they were actually in Paradise. After about five days of wine, women and fine food, they were again drugged with hashish and taken from the garden.

    Of course, when the hashish wore off, the; ‘fidias’ wanted to go back to the garden. They were told they could return, forever, if they obeyed the Master without question and absolute fidelity or were killed in the process. (Does this have a familiar ring to it?)

    The ‘fidias’ became known as the ‘hashshasheen’, drinkers of hashish. Thus the origin of the word, ‘assassin’. The organization survived the thirty-five year reign of Hasan and went on fight the Crusaders and otherwise wreak havoc until defeated by the Mongols in 1256. This zealous sect continued however, and became relatively peaceful as it spread throughout Persia into Syria, India and Africa.

    Aloha!

    Jean

    P. S. Reference: VOLUMES of the historians, Will and Ariel Durant; Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia and various other books. This summary is in my words.

  350. Quoting Katie at 9:50 PM:

    “And then there were fire trucks and ducks. Really.

    I wish I had known more about Ann Coulter then because I would have paid attention to what she was doing during all this but instead I was watching the ducks.”

    Firetrucks AND ducks for Christ sake!

    That’s PRICELESS.

    707
    (rolling over backwards LOL’ing)

    Δ

  351. “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.” Nevermind that Obama was referring to McCain’s campaign strategy and nevermind that McCain had used that very same expression to discribe a policy proposal of Hilary Clinton’s.

    How ironic then, that President Obama is now trying to sell a load of special interests pork lipsticked up as a stimulus package.

  352. Oops, that should have been addressed to Helen!

  353. Margaret, I’ve been a newspaper editor and writer (including for some noted papers) all my life.

    When you write things like this — “I guess what I am trying to say is this – if Ann Coulter makes up a lot of crap and puts it on a piece of paper how is that any different than what I do with a roll of Charmin after my morning bran muffin?” —
    I just tingle with bliss from your prose.

    (I also just killed a keyboard, when I spit out a cup of tea all over it. Too bad it was attached to my laptop; but it’s under warranty and I have an external keyboard I can plug in.)

    You seem to have at least one incredibly creative zinger in every post. Were you ever a professional writer/columnist? If not, you missed your calling.

  354. Helen you are a hoot! You also hit the nail directly on the head every time. I wish more people would read this blog and learn something about the idiots out there that would like to fool us into thinking Bush was great.

  355. M&H:

    I read chapter five, and I thought it was probably written by some freshmen boys; I used to teach high school English, and they sounded like that in the beginning.

    I’d give your literary review an”A” for insight and cleverness:-)

  356. I loathe Ann Coulter more than almost any other right-winger out there (and that is saying a LOT!) and I have never EVER read anything as hilarious and RIGHT ON as your comments about her. Helen and Margaret, I adore you both and can’t thank you enough for taking this bitch on. There is nothing like quoting from her horse’s ass – I mean mouth – to show what this “woman” is really like. THANK YOU!

  357. I nearly lost it when I finished this post – you are priceless!

    jkm

  358. Helen and Margaret: Thanks for your blog! We need more wise people like you two!

    Help an Alaskan Village BECAUSE SARAH PALIN WON’T! Do something, because it is the right thing to do! Santos – GROW UP or maybe show your humanity by helping a villager in need!

    http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/how-to-help/

  359. OMG!!! You are just too funny!!!! I want to fly to Austin and take you out to dinner!!! :-)

  360. Ok Margaret, your cracking me up AGAIN! I love this blog. Yes she has big feet , and now I really want to try to put lipstick on a Pitbull! no wait is it a Palin or ah let me see a Pig! that’s it!

    lol! Smokeybones

    http://mrlnavy@wordpress.com/

  361. Sarah – head over to http://www.mudflats.net On the right side of the page is a Village Aid announcement. Click that on to see what is needed and how to get it there.

    Rachel and Ann? Please at least we know Rachel has self-respect! So ain’t gonna happen

    MaryJoe – call your doctor in the morning. Sounds like your SSRI needs an uptick in dosage.

    And Mrs. Santos – here are my thoughts. Until you become productive and actually GIVE BACK something to the community and actually LEARN something about the Alaskan Villages – SHUT UP. Really. I mean it. And those are my thoughts plain and simple without the decor of self-satisfied piety.

  362. So I went to a book siging once where Ann Coulter was signing books. She was wearing a read dress. I remember that but I was there for another author. Anyway someone pulled a fire alarm during the siging and we all had to get out. And I was like what is going on. And it was kind of scary becuase one of the authors had written a story about her pet ducks and she had the ducks with her. And then there were fire trrucks and ducks. Really.

    I wish I had known more about Ann Coulter then because I would have paid attention to what she was doing during all this but instead I was watching the ducks.

  363. sweet. my own little cliff notes!

  364. I’ve spent the day with kindergardeners and first graders and I swear there were about twenty of them who could write better and think more lucidly than Ann Coulter ever could—even when she’s not strung out on whatever it is she ingests to be so rancid . . . .
    Helen—you are indeed, amazing.

  365. I hate to see you come to the end of this book… YOU ROCK!!! Love, Love, Love your blog. I cannot go a day without reading it..

  366. These are my thoughts only? WTF

  367. This stie is being featured on google like its a big deal so I would expcet more of these crazies to stop by and comment.

    LOLWSMBDH&C

  368. Hey Tom. That was funny but you were joking right?

    SHLMAOWWTRMSIMU

    (sitting here laughing my ass off while watching the rachel maddow show in my underwear)

  369. Ann-ti Christ- the Man- Coultergeist.

    Yup, that about sums it up.

  370. I just saw something scroll across the bottom of the screen on CNN about Coulter being invited to the White House for a meeting or something. Did I read that right? Please say it ain’t so. That woman needs to be ignored.

    Good job Margaret and Helen. You summed it up perfectly. I glanced at the book the other day in the bookstore and you nailed it. She writes like a monkey.

  371. Ann Coulter has a penis. Oprah said so.

  372. I am not sure which is better. Reading your blog and laughing out loud or thinking about what Ann The Man Coulter thinks when she reads your blog because you know that PR whore is reading this. You know she is.

    ROTFLMAO

  373. Please. Not the Eskimos again. You would be surprised what they can do with a little bark, moose dung, and snow. Let them live like they want to live. These are my thoughts only.

  374. It did it again. Sorry about that. I don’t know what I did wrong.

    I so look forward to seeing a new post when I pop in, today didn’t disappoint What a great read, you make me truly laugh out loud Helen,,,,and your article made my day.

  375. Hey. Why is the post above mine attached to everything I say? Does anyone know how to stop that . Am I doing something wrong?

    I so look forward to seeing a new post when I pop in, today didn’t disappoint What a great read, you make me truly laugh out loud Helen,,,,and your article made my day.

  376. Sarah? peed myself.

    I so look forward to seeing a new post when I pop in, today didn’t disappoint What a great read, you make me truly laugh out loud Helen,,,,and your article made my day.

  377. Miss Helen,
    You have made this a very funny place. You are good for the people. These are my thoughts only.

  378. I don’t know… Republicans always tout their “family values”, when actually… Mr. President and Mr. VP’s family values are good enough for me!

    P/s: They’re against “pork barrel spending” when they bombed up millions in the war. Hmm. Hypocrite much?

  379. I so look forward to seeing a new post when I pop in, today didn’t disappoint What a great read, you make me truly laugh out loud Helen,,,,and your article made my day.

  380. Do you think Eskimos would eat Mac & Cheese? I’ll donate. I just wish I knew where to send it.

  381. I so look forward to seeing a new post when I pop in, today didn’t disappoint :-) What a great read, you make me truly laugh out loud Helen,,,,and your article made my day.

  382. I’m so glad my mouth was empty while I read the Charmin/bran muffin remark! Otherwise, the computer and keyboard would need some cleaning up, I laughed so hard!

  383. Ummm… Matthew? I think you need to get out a mop and a bucket of water. It’s getting messy in here.

    I thought everyone could use a little update on the Ekimos http://anonymousbloggers.wordpress.com/how-to-help/

  384. I guess there are many people (read: trolls that say stupid crap) that talk out of their *$$e$.

    Oh, well. One more day in blogland.

    HELEN, as I’ve said before… YOU ROCK!

    (Margaret I’m sure you rock too, but you just don’t say as much!)

  385. Is it true that Ann Coulter used to be a nun?? I could swear I read that somewhere.

  386. Sister girl be lit…

  387. STOP IT, HELEN, YOU’LL MAKE ME WET MYSELF!!!! :-)

  388. I heard that Ann Coulter was dating Rachel Maddow. Talk about strange bedfellows.

  389. OK. So if a book falls in the forest doesn’t someone have to be there too? I mean who dropped it in the first place? It doesn’t make sense. I don’t get it. But if a monkey wrote it then that might explain why it was in the forest, I think. Of course, I still don’t understand where the sloth comes in.

    My brother told me to read this blog. I guess it is funny. Who is Ann Coulter again. Is she that pretty one on The View?

    How do I make my comments appear in the window?

  390. Helen,
    How do you come up with these things all the time. I have had a blog for 6 months and I just run out of things to discuss. You never seem to be at a loss for words. Funny words at that. You are truely gifted. I would bow down to you but my hip is bad.

  391. I think Dick Cheney is an Ass Hat.

  392. I…I..I…don’t want to talk.

    Heyyyyy….look at these….

  393. Helen, you make my sides hurt from laughing…you go girl friend!

  394. oooOOOOooo, yes…please post the muffin pie recipe!!!!!

  395. Helen, you would be a hit in Butcher Howler.

  396. Helen, if you were my neighbor I would stop daly for a piece of pie. I have a recipe for bran muffin pie that you might like. Of course, you’ll need more than one roll of Charmin.

  397. Has Ann Coulter forgotten that Ronald Reagan was divorced? And as far as I remember (and I was just a kid) he was actually pretty popular.

    Man, she just talks out of her *$$ constantly, doesn’t she?

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  399. Refresh your potty mouth and look again.

    I rally liked the line about the monkey being helped by the sloth. Made me giggle out loud which bothered my husband hedda.

  400. uh-oh…I think Trolls are marking their territory….or is that bacon I smell??

  401. You religous freaks kill me….can’t you see the humor in this ladies’ writing???? SHe is HYSTERICAL!!!!!!!!! Lighten up.

  402. Ypu are so busted….Kathleen reads this blog!

  403. No really….

  404. I teach children. That is what I do because they are soldiers in God’s army and I felt I needed to do that so that God would show me forgiveness for my sins. I have been watching this blog and I am wondering if you women talk to children the way you talk to each other. I think you both have potty mouths. I have 4… I mean 3 children of my own and I would never talk to them that way. One of them is a woodsey creature.

  405. Um…..Dink…..I’ll do it.

  406. wow Political Amazon, amazing info there

    please keep it coming, if you have back-up proof please provide as I am gathering firewood for my fires :)

    must 2nd Greytdog

    ‘if Ann Coulter falls in the forest and nobody hears her… can we just leave her there?’

    I worry about pollution, its the first thing that came to mind after I read the title to your last blog

    how about throwing her into her very own poisoned filled cesspool?

  407. You are soooo funny!!! I sent your blog to my sister weeks ago. She now calls me every single time you post. Before your blog, my sister and I rarely spoke. Thanks Helen!!

  408. So I read the blog and the ones before it. Then I read the comments and I don’t get it. Who cares what a couple of old women have to say about Ann Coulter. You people CAN ALL SUCK IT.

  409. Da bomb?? Is that a threat on society?

  410. Jesus doesn’t like the word “Lesbians”.

  411. Oh no you dihint. Don’t nobody coe up here and take down my Ann girl. She’s al that and I she can tell those old white men on TV to shove it and that’s all there is to that. She is da bomb.

  412. I think Margaret and Helen are lesbians. Really. I mean it.

  413. Melissa….I am signing this for you….KISS MY ASS!

  414. Helen,
    Don’t stop. You are so funny. I have done nothing but giggle the whole day. You would be a hoot at children’s parties.

  415. Did Ann Coulter write this book or was it Margaret? I am confused.

  416. Why didn’t Obama put Coulter on his cabinet?

  417. I think Ann Coulter needs a good douche.

  418. Helen,
    Thank you! Because of your blog I have made friends with the woman in the next cubicle at work. This is huge because nobody likes her. She smells like food.

  419. I agree… I questioned whether Ann was a virgin, but she’s so obsessed with sex… maybe she is saving herself for…. um….. umm…… to be someone’s bitter ex wife?

    The Clinton scandal didn’t get enough coverage? Jesus, how much more could it have possibly gotten? Maybe she wants actual footage? Monica Lewinsky’s life as she knew it basically ended (You don’t really think she’s able to get any normal job or go out of her house, do you?)

    Christ, that’s like saying we didn’t get enough of the G.D. O.J. Trial. Whaaaa????????

  420. Every time you think she could not repeat, Helen outdoes herself. How much more funny or witty could anybody be? The writing is priceless! Thanks!

    Shirley, I second your comments!

  421. “In fact, there was this one politician named Bill Clinton who evidently had an affair or two or three, and Ann just can’t stop talking about it. Apparently it didn’t get enough media coverage and that doesn’t sit well with Ms. Coulter. It’s almost as if Ann is a bit upset that this Clinton guy didn’t try to have an affair with her.”

    ======

    Ann’s still mad because after Bill Clinton left office–hell, even before then, when even Richard Mellon Scaife got tired of paying Ann Coulter, Babs Olsen, Laura Ingraham and the rest of the IWF’s Bevy-O-Bimbos who trotted their well-worn wares around to nightly news shows, spewing whatever nonsense Scaife wanted them to–she was all of a sudden out of a job.

    At least Arianna Huffington, who gobbled from that “Attack-Bill-Clinton” gravytrain as much as Coulter did–had the sense to flip and suddenly become a Democrat. She knew after Bush Jr got into office she, too, would be out of a job.

    Interstingly, she fell on very hard times. This is serious–no kidding here. She ended up doing lectures and photo-pix ops at Confederacy conventions in the south, and hanging out with some very scary racists who milked the Confederacy crowd for all they were worth.

    One of her fans, a lawyer teaching at a prominent college in South Carolina, actually wrote to ME because he didn’t like my documentation of Coulter’s being paid by Scaife and, oh, perhaps a few of the little articles I wrote about Coulter.

    I googled this guy’s name and, sure enough, he has written A LOT about the rise of the Confederacy and turning back Civil Rights.

    I have some more interesting, perhaps little-known info about Coulter. I’ll dig around on my archive disk and see what it is. Yes, it’s been years since I thought much about her and I’ve forgotten it. But it was good. Honest.

  422. It hurts me to see you doing this to yourself, but then I once sat in a Borders cafe and skimmed Mary Cheney’s sad little book, so I do understand. My favorite part was her referring to her father’s Unimpeachable Integrity!

    Well, I guess it was. Unimpeachable, that is.

    Ann Coulter actually thinks that she is funny!

  423. All I can say is, BRAVA!

  424. Haven’t been here in awhile (hello everyone!) and thought I’d stop by to see what was going on.

    Let me just say that, had I known you were doing a review of Coulter’s latest ghost-written crap I would have been here much sooner.

    I’ve been curious about what her latest ghost-writer du juor is writing, but won’t give her one penny from a purchase of this book and certainly don’t want my local library to think I would read one of her books. I borrowed her books in the past from an older GOP friend of mine but he has passed away and I no longer have a source.

    As I’m sure you’ve caught on by now, Helen, Coulter has many voices. She has different voices from book to book, sometimes chapter to chapter, and an entirely different voice for her op-eds she writes. None of them sound like how she speaks when she is giving speeches.

    My theory is that even hard-up out-of-work writers can only stand doing so much of her ghost-writing before they can’t stand the defilement of writing her crap and have to quit.

    Anyway, it looks like I have some serious reading to get caught up here.

  425. The Troll abuck6 asked: what are your thoughts on Government dictating what kind of care you receive?

    You are such a troll – and that’s really being mean to trolls to even categorize you with them. So guess who makes the decisions about the kind of care you receive now? If you have health insurance, it’s not your doctor, it’s not you – it’s your healthcare insurance carrier. that means there’s a person in a cubicle who has no medical background, is not a patient advocate, and whose only concern, despite what your insurance rep claims, is maintaining the bottom line. If you need a mammogram – okay that’s fine – as long as it’s a “wellness” exam and not a diagnostic mammo. need your prostate checked? <okay – but it can’t be used as a diagnostic exam. That’s a whole different ballpark. Think your co-pay is pretty fair? better ask what is and isn’t covered in that co pay – some basic services yes, but most long-term care is not. Why? because it’s not cost effective. have cancer? Oops! too bad. Most catastrophic insurance policies do not cover long term recovery care, only end of life – but not hospice.
    What about workman’s comp? Think that Nurse case manager on the other end is working on your behalf – then you’re delusional. The NCM doesn’t decide exactly what care you may or may not receive, but report directly to the insurance carrier and “advises” whether or not a test or procedure (even one recommended by a doctor) is truly “Medically necessary”. And guess what – most are considered NOT medically necessary and therefore the carrier is not obligated to cover it. It’s not healthcare per se – but healthcare decided by a non-medically trained person whose only concern is 1) keeping premiums down, and 2) earning their bonus. To when it comes to “government controlled” healthcare, I suggest you compare that system to the one we currently pretend is oh so wonderful

  426. “Because Sarah Palin is a pitbull with lipstick… no I mean a pig with lipstick… no I mean a pig that looks like a pitbull… no I mean… I mean Sarah Palin is either a pig or a pitbull wearing lipstick. Finally Ann and I can agree on something – if a pig, a pitbull and Sarah Palin were all standing on a street corner, I would have trouble telling them apart too.”

    Made my day. Thank you, thank you, thank you

  427. Read the comments-pretty funny and right on!!

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/02/10/palin-will-be-unable-to-attend-cpac/#more-39497

    Great post Helen! You can turn the world on with a smile….

  428. “If Ann Coulter falls in the forest and nobody hears her… can we just leave her there?”

    Oh dear god – the pollution – we would have to declare the place a Superfund site because of the toxic waste. . .
    but.. . if we put antlers on her, can we send SP in to find her? Or feathers and send in Cheney?

    UAW – you’re in the same form. At least some things don’t change, eh?

  429. “I guess what I am trying to say is this – if Ann Coulter makes up a lot of crap and puts it on a piece of paper how is that any different than what I do with a roll of Charmin after my morning bran muffin?”

    I thought I was safe peeking in here in the early evening hours. . . but oh no! Helen you did it again! This time wine spewed all over my desk!!! Yikes! But well worth it! Omigod that’s priceless!

  430. “Finally Ann and I can agree on something – if a pig, a pitbull and Sarah Palin were all standing on a street corner, I would have trouble telling them apart too.”

    Now Helen, there’s no reason to insult a perfectly nice dog and a farm animal by equating them with Caribou Barbie!

  431. Helen, this is probably the funnniest book report I have ever read. These people have no idea what a joke they are! They take each other seriously, at least I think they do and live in a world of their own. If you don’t like this blog go to one of the creepy right wing ones and spread your sunshine there.

    Helen, you have such a way with words. You rock!

    Shirley

  432. Sometimes you titles are the best part of your blog, but the writing it so good that the title is merely icing on the cake…errr pie!

    If Ann Coulter falls in the forest and nobody hears her… can we just leave her there?

    LOL

    Yes. By all means let’s leave her there. Unless she knows how to cut down a tree and make paper from it, these terrible books would finally go away!

  433. UAW your daily dose of ignorance is a real downer. Why don’t you put your money where your butt is and start your own blog. You can called it Tired and Grumpy My Best Freinds For Years

  434. there should be a disclaimer on this blog

    ‘no drinking or eating while reading’

  435. Helen, the bran muffin/Charmin quote is absolutely priceless! Dear Goddess, I spit out lunch all over the place! I won’t ever be able to look at a roll of toilet paper the same way again…FOFLMAO!

    That (wo)man is a piece of work. You really are taking one for the team and making it much more palatable than it ever could be.

    Blessings to you and Margaret!!

  436. once again, I am wiping tears of laughter as I read!

    Thanks again, Helen. You ROCK!

  437. You rock, Helen! I love you. Your friend, Margaret.

  438. “if Ann Coulter makes up a lot of crap and puts it on a piece of paper how is that any different than what I do with a roll of Charmin after my morning bran muffin?”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA… this is a classic and I shall be using it (with modifications) often when I am forced by stupid to call bullshit.

  439. Be careful helen

    Elderly Hardest Hit

    Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_mccaughey&sid=aLzfDxfbwhzs

    If I take what your shoveling and put it in my garden will my tomatoes grow bigger?

    Take 2 trillion(what the Fed is supposed to have given the banks) divide by 340 million(population)equals $5880+; add to that the 819 billion divided by340 million equals$2400+
    Give it to the people instead …a family of 4 would get over $33,000. Don’t know about you but that sure would stimulate my economy!!!

  440. “Margaret, I ask you, if a book falls in the forrest and doesn’t make any sense, is it really a book?”

    Helen you are just priceless with lines like that! I will attempt to answer that question (I got a minor in philosophy in undergrad he he)….

    I ask you what is a book…. A book (last time I checked anyway) is a bounded bunch of papers with a cover with words strung together that portray an idea.

    If it doesn’t make any sense then it cannot portray an idea. Since by previous definition it doesn’t portray an idea it is not a book! Therefore it is irrelevant whether it falls in the forest… or 8 zillion (unsure how many off hand) republicans treat her words like gold…. or if Ann Coulter has sex….. It is still not a book! Dr. Suess is… Ann Coulters stuff is not!

    Ann Coulter’s so called book is good for one thing and one thing only…. kindling for my uncle’s new fireplace!

    Abuck6… With how big this bill was there was bound to be some pork. Why don’t you look at the individual breakdown of the stimulus plan and give us a real criticism for once!
    Of course you look at the billions of dollars spent on this stimulus plan and forget about Bush’s failed stimulus plan in which one of the bigger beneficiaries of the Bush bank bailout spent millions for superbowl ads and luxury boxes and suites at the vip superbowl party!!! or the Trillions spent on a war which “intelligence was wrong on…” How forgetful are we now Abuck6!

  441. Helen, you are truly a brave soul to selflessly take on such a torturous task on our behalf. I just want to say thanks.

    Thanks. I mean it. Really.

  442. What’s wrong with urinating while sitting down? >:C I appreciate that part of being a woman, thank you.

    That said, well written! I got a gigantic laugh out of this.

  443. News sources in Alaska are starting to talk about “the Palin affair” again. It seems to have as much strength as the “Caroline Kennedy affair”.
    I read on Mudflats.com a great new name for our Sarah: GINO (governor in name only). I love it!

  444. if they had sold tickets to Bill’s indiscretions most of the extreme rw, including ghoulter would have purchased a front row seat

    swittersb, abuck6, did you bitch and moan the same way when the shrub admin spent a bazillion of our dollars on the war?

    please spare us the whinings about the bailout

  445. Shit-witter-sb
    and
    a-buck-6
    well, if that is all your worth….

    and thanks Kip, point well made…

    nuff said, but watch it, some of us actually LIKE troll hunting.

  446. Swittersb and Abuck6 – thanks for giving this blog so much credit. I had no idea that Margaret and Helen were so important that you need to hear thieir input on everything happening on the hill.

    I for one and happy to just enjoy whatever pie these ladies are serving.

  447. Helen, I’m just about speechless. You are just too funny and right on. You even make the trolls say funny things. I always picture them as fish out of water, their little mouths opening and closing and their eyes bugging out.

  448. Helen, old bean, you should be on the Daily Show! You are truly funny with your observational comedy.

  449. Why don’t you spend time talking about the economy and all of the pork in the so-called stimulus bill? Instead, you are deflecting attention away from the President (very smart on your part) and putting it on another conservative. Why question the fact that President Obama stood up and said that “there is no pork in this bill” last night? That was a clear, bold-faced lie. Maybe he should have had more questions about A-Rod thrown his way? Wake up and focus on something that matters before someone else makes all of your decisions for you!

    Helen, what are your thoughts on Government dictating what kind of care you receive? If you truly are in your 80’s, would it make you mad for someone to say that you aren’t worth the care that you need? I think that the people on your blog would like to see you keep going as long as possible (although others would disagree with that).

    Not a fan of Obama so far…how much longer???

  450. The ship is sinking and you two half wits are hooked on Coulter….for crying out load!!! No outrage over bailout, over where we are headed…?? NO outrage over cabinet rejections and tax evasion, no outrage over Rangel. Silent on Blago? Pathetic. Just changed a jackass for a jackel.

  451. OMG!!!!!! Helen, you get an extra jewel in your heavenly crown for that one!!

  452. “I guess what I am trying to say is this – if Ann Coulter makes up a lot of crap and puts it on a piece of paper how is that any different than what I do with a roll of Charmin after my morning bran muffin?”

    ROFLMAO – One of the most insightfull and ACCURATE statements – EVER!!!!

    I LOVE YOU!!!

  453. A gossip item that ran in the New York Daily News has led to an elections enforcement complaint against celebrity pundit Ann Coulter.

    Citing a January 11 article in the Rush & Molloy column, the complaint alleges that Coulter violated residency rules, saying she voted by absentee ballot in Connecticut in 2002 and 2004 while she was actually living in New York.

    Elections officials say they are investigating the complaint, filed by Daniel Borchers a right-wing blogger who is highly critical of the right wing Coulter.

    Documents related to the residency issue were posted on the website webofdeception.com, which accused Coulter of using her parents’ New Canaan address to register while living in an East Side apartment.

    Webofdeception is run by private investigator Joseph Culligan, who also probed White House Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel’s living arrangements with Connecticut. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. Emanuel often stays at DeLauro’s Beltway abode.

    No word from Coulter yet.

  454. gees Marla, What are you, 12? Have you been hanging out with Hilary Duff, practicing throwing insults at people older and more experienced than you??

    The blog is popular because it is well written,
    makes you laugh and most important of all, makes you THINK.

    Now, go some away! (and yes, I am older too!)

  455. God I love this blog. It cracks me up. I vote for leaving her in the forest………

    The only thing that could be funnier is hearing what she thought about Palin if Palin was a democrat. Now that would be amusing. If she thinks SP is qualified to run our country just because she hasn’t cheated (that we know of) is just plain mind boggling.

  456. Hey y’all, the Senate passed the stimulus package today. Now it goes in for some fine tuning and President Obama signs it. Not a moment too soon.

    Thanks for not feeding the trolls!

  457. Marla, you are free to go! There are many, many loyal fans of M&H that you don’t want to tangle with that simply will not put up with your insults against the ladies we adore!

  458. Not only can you leave her there, I’ll help you bury the body!

  459. Thanks as always Helen. Now pace yourself. You’re in the home stretch. Don’t strain anything.

    PEACE ALL!

    .
    Quote Ya at 2:25 PM

    “Personally I think we all need to reward Helen for the entertainment she is providing us each week. Helen, please send us your address or a PO Box and we’ll all mail you a dollar. Surely you’d have several thousand by end of week. It is the least we can do.’

    We can all shop at the M&H Store!

    Δ

  460. I may never look at a roll of Charmin again w/o thinking about bran muffins ;-D

  461. Well this is stupid. I don’t know why this blog is so popular. You ladies are mean and you are old and ugly too.

  462. Personally I think we all need to reward Helen for the entertainment she is providing us each week. Helen, please send us your address or a PO Box and we’ll all mail you a dollar. Surely you’d have several thousand by end of week. It is the least we can do.

  463. This is classic Helen action for ya. It might just be the best entry yet! Love you!

  464. “It’s almost as if Ann is a bit upset that this Clinton guy didn’t try to have an affair with her.”

  465. In this instance, I’m for euthanasia. The woman should be put to sleep. Oh, maybe she is already cause she is certainly in La La Land.

  466. I’m not familiar with Coulter, but she sounds delightful based on what I’ve read here.

    History seems to show that those who spend most of their time criticizing others are often hiding something very salacious. Wonder what it is in Ann’s case? Tube steak and meatballs in her dress to go with those clodhoppers, perhaps?

  467. God love the both of you. You make my sides hurt and my dog cower (because I’m laughing so hard and so loud, he’s a little freaked out.) You are national treasures, the pair of you.

  468. Yeah, and lying to your country about why you’re taking it to war is SO much worse than lying to them about having an extramarital affair.

  469. “Q: What IS the difference between Coulters books (all of them) and a roll of Charmin? (and I mean aside of the form!)”

    The real difference is that a roll of Charmin is clean when it comes out of the package.

    The Coultergeist’s writing? Not so much.

  470. Grandma Helen,

    I’m laughing so hard, I’m in tears! And to make matters worse, I’m at work sitting at my desk, so my co-workers probably think I’m nuts.

    Ann Coulter is a total NUT CASE! I swear she’s got 6 eggs short of a dozen up there in that big head of hers.

    Keep given’em hell Helen! We’re loving it!

  471. llano – Coburn & Inhofe, egads, why they continue getting reelected has always been a mystery to me. It chaps my backside to know these Jackasses (mis)represent me and my family. I/we vote against them time and time again and will continue to do so until they are gone!

    Helen, lordy woman, that line about the charmin and the bran muffin…hilarious!

  472. Helen, you just crack me up. It may be worth going on living to hear you finish with the Coulter idiot (how can people believe this crap?) and maybe start on Limbaugh and Rove (there’s another one). Your column is a service to America — evidence that somewhere there still is one, though I have my doubts what with the heel dragging and Republican lying going on about that. It makes my jaw drop what these nutcases seem to believe. They will make stuff right up about what is in a version of that bill that isn’t in there at all and lie with a straight face. Pathetic.

    But, I digress, only slightly. Give ‘em hell, gal! As my friend says, “This country needs a lot of dope slaps”. Whatever will work. We can start with the truth if they can still recognize it, which I doubt.

    Love ya,
    Armchair

  473. Helen you hit the nail on the head.

    I’ve often tried to go to Ann Coulter’s website and read her short editorials. They are absolutely incoherent. After reading the first one, I went to Wikipedia to see if she ever graduated from high school. I can’t imagine trying to read an entire book of that mess.

    Your the best!

  474. Excellent analysis! The best so far.

    For those in the NY area, Bill Maher will be debating Coulter at radio City Music Hall on March 9. Be there or be square.

  475. Nothing would induce me to read Ann Coulter’s book.
    Thanks for doing the hard work.

    If they were not successful, Beck, Coulter, hannity and the others would be laughable.
    But millions of people worship them(only God knows why).

  476. Oh my lord, what a hoot you are, Helen. I have laughed my liberal behind off this morning. You have pinned the tail on the Coulter donkey with precise accuracy — and pith and vinegar.

    Love you!
    KJ

  477. Helen, for me the laugh out loud line was this:

    >Any Republican who isn’t man enough to use negative campaigning to beat a Democrat is (and I quote) “a swishy, mealymouthed, gutless, sitting-down-while-urinating, spineless girly-girl…” Now that is pure poetry. There is no way a monkey could have written that even if the sloth was helping. That, dear Margaret, is pure Coulter.<

    You seriously rock. I don’t know how you are doing this, my blood pressure couldn’t handle it, but the bloggage coming out of this (ahem) literary (cough) endeavor is priceless!

  478. What can we say to you but many thanks for reading th iis drivel!! Don’t pthink Iii could get past page one with out throwing up in the closet waste basket.
    About your comment about leaving her in the woods. Ah then where4 would all the lions, tigers and bears go. That is bound to drive all the forest denizons out into civilization!!

    Laughed so hard, it was almost disastrous due to my early morning two cups of tea!!

  479. Wonderful, as always. Thanks, Helen.

  480. I can’t believe you’ve made it to 5 chapters! Your review is much more entertaining than the book I’m sure…which would be pure torture for me…….

  481. Infmom! That was too too funny!

  482. “Hey, maybe Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter could get together. Stand them side by side and they make a perfect 10.”

    OK, this comment by infmom is just so good. What a picture!

    Helen thanks again for reading through what certainly sounds like utter drivel, with a side helping of vitriol. You are almost done!

  483. I love you, Helen. You’re doing important work here.

  484. Helen, you rock. And thank you for being the only person in the world who ever attracted my interest to Ann Coulter in any way. :)

    Hey, maybe Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter could get together. Stand them side by side and they make a perfect 10.

  485. I checked in here at least 6 times this morning hoping for a new post! Worth waiting for every syllable!

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  486. If Ann Coulter is so concerned with everyone else’s sex lives that must mean that hers is either lacking or non existant?

    http://lolasdiner.blogspot.com/2009/02/cabin-fever-margaritaville-carnival-feb.html

  487. Personal Failure, you are correct, but I don’t think anyone is (or should be) willing to take one for the team if it involves having sex with mAnn Coulter. If anyone actually volunteered, I’d suggest they check themselves into the closest mental institution to have their heads examined.

  488. I second: Leave her ass in the woods.

    Helen, what can I say, I would NEVER read her books because I’ve seen enough of her interviews to know that she’s a horrible, lying human being. But, I’m glad to have the insight that you are providing. I do think you’re going to need a spa day — maybe one of those mud baths and a colonic — to clean up after this little project is over. You’re a trooper!

  489. Thanks for the blog ladies, I just discovered it a couple days ago. This Army guy needs a good laugh every morning after dealling with my peers who see most of the knuckle draggers as intellectual superiors. I must say I have yet to read a blog yet with this much wit, its profound and astute. Thankyou for your time.

  490. Thanks for pointing out the ridiculous obsession that Ann and her ilk have with Bill and his digressions. Leave it. They weren’t illegal, just tacky. And tacky is a family matter. Really.

    It reminds me of the republican/conservative wave to “stop the spending” when they have already put our grandkids in the poorhouse with the “war on terror” with such excellent and calculable results. Shut up! I can’t even write my congressmen, they would probably send me a nasty note. Coburn and Inhofe, the loudest and most inane leaders of the Reagonomic haters.

  491. You deserve some kind of medal for slogging through that pablum.

  492. Helen,
    When does YOUR best seller come out? I will be first in line, my dear!!

  493. I insist that you stop sacrificing yourself this way. We are not worthy.

  494. Dearest Helen, not only have you saved me the trouble of buying the book but you have made reading it far more entertaining than I’m sure the real thing could ever be. Coulter needs you as a ghost writer – then she’d have a best seller.

  495. Personal failure:
    ………Ann Coulter needs to get laid. Who wants to take one for the team?……

    No thanks, but no thanks…. When I (even try) to think about sex with the Coultergeist, the only thing that comes in mind is the famous sex scene from the movie “Network” from the 70s, where the Anchor lady talks all the time during the (in)famous sex scene….. that’s how I imagine Coulter, too full of hereself to even enjoy what she is doing, never mind WHAT it is…..

    And Chilly:

    Q: What IS the difference between Coulters books (all of them) and a roll of Charmin? (and I mean aside of the form!)

    A: The paper is DEFENITLY NOT soft enough!

    So, while I find ass-kissing OK, ass-wipe is defenitly too painfull!

    Gimme some clean leaves, any day…..

    Werner

  496. I’m fairly new to this blog – only been reading for about a month or so – but I have to say, Helen, that your analogy between Ann Coulter’s writing and a roll of Charmin was the most precious and astute comment I’ve read anywhere in a long, long time!

    Thanks for the belly laugh, it’s really started the day off right! You ladies are the greatest discovery on the web. I mean it!!

  497. Stephanie Miller needs to read this latest post to her millions of listeners….this is GOLD!!!!

  498. YOU CRACK ME UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  499. Kip and Michael
    I just like to finish things before starting new one’s and except for this once, I always read the post before the comments…..
    As stated above I just wanted to finish what I started on the last thread, so no need to get worked up, and this early in the morning we are just before lunch here in Quebec……
    but GM to you all nevermind the time zone, now let me get back and read the last post before I get the next helpdesk call……

  500. Catch up, Werner…the bus has left already!!!!

  501. Werner. Just curious. Do you even bother to read Helen’s posts anymore? Or are you just one of those guys who can’t find the energy to say hello this early in the morning?

    Helen, my new favorite line: “Finally Ann and I can agree on something – if a pig, a pitbull and Sarah Palin were all running for Vice President, I would have trouble telling them apart too.”

    LOL

  502. I wondered why there was so much time between your last summary and this one – 46 pages – WOW! That’s really taking one for the team, especially if she didn’t have her ghost monkeys writing for her.

    What a laugh riot – I have to laugh because otherwise Ann just makes me want to cry about the state of her intelligence.

  503. I love your astute analysis.
    And I think we should definitely leave her in the forest.
    With her book.
    And Sarah.
    Just sayin’.

  504. Greatdog and all
    this is a second part of my last comment on the forest boreal. I did find some pics from Richard DesJardins movie that where used in a music video of the “Cowboys Fringants”

    this should give you an idea what I was on about….

    anyone interested in the good and very engaged music of Richard:

    Richard Desjardins : Le Chant du Bum
    He looks at live with the eyes of a Bum that always get’s in trouble since he can’t keep his big mouth shut
    (Like when he asks for unemployment money and tells the clerk: It’s not for the job I come, it’s for the money! Very funny, in french!)

    Werner

  505. You make me so happy! Thank you for the giggles.

  506. “I guess what I am trying to say is this – if Ann Coulter makes up a lot of crap and puts it on a piece of paper how is that any different than what I do with a roll of Charmin after my morning bran muffin?”

    That is one of the best questions . . . EVAH!!! I had to stifle my laughter so my coworkers wouldn’t think I’d gone over the edge (yet). As always, you’re the best! Cheers, ladies.

  507. Actually there was an “alleged Palin sex scandal” it just didn’t get any press. Palin allegedly had an affair with her husbands business partner. the business was promptly dissolved when todd palin found out about the affair. Oh well, it’ll come out again if she’s trotted out for public office, yet again. Maybe then it’ll grow legs.
    As far as coulter’s book, thanks for the effort , Helen. I couldn’t read it,I’d puke . I appreciate your sacrafice.

  508. Helen…You made me spit out my coffee…AGAIN!!!

  509. Helen,

    You are the best!!!

  510. Helen, You are one, brave soul. Delving into the demented pea-sized-brain of Ann Coulter is not a job for the squeamish, or for that matter, for anyone with a pulse. I hope when you meet your maker (decades from now) your willingness to take one – and I mean one gargantuan-sized one – for the team will be rewarded. Your brave, pioneering soul deserves it. And remember – you’re just two annoying, absurdly ridiculous, hateful, mean and bigoted chapters away from sweet, magnificent freedom. We’ll all cheer for you when you reach that last demented page. “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty Helen’s free at last!”

  511. Helen
    Thanks for the good times. I love visiting with you and Margaret everyday. Love, love, love ya!!!!

  512. Helen–you make my day!

  513. OMG — you are so funny! Even though I had no intention of reading this book you almost make me want to go read it just so I can laugh all day – it would really be good therapy on a cloudy, dreary, rainy day. I would not want to spend any money on it though so that would mean a trip to the library. I wonder if they have the book. This is such a conservative area that I live in it might be checked out. If it is there I could just sit inside and read a chapter or two and then leave it for someone else — but I might be laughing so loud I would be kicked out of the library!
    Karen

    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

  514. What a Hoot!!!! :-)

  515. Ann Coulter needs to get laid. Who wants to take one for the team?

  516. By golly I just love you gals!! I haven’t giggled and smiled like that since Palins interview with Katie. Thanks for making my day!


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