Thursday Open Forum – January 6, 2011

On This Day In History – January 6 , 1838 Morse demonstrates the telegraph. In 1843, Morse finally convinced a skeptical Congress to fund the construction of the first telegraph line in the United States, from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore. In May 1844, Morse sent the first official telegram over the line, with the message: “What hath God wrought!” Full story

Ten famous telegrams, including the famous historical telegram sent by the head of British Navy on September 3, 1939. It simply read, “Winston is back” are here…

Do you have a favorite telegram? See you on the trail for some hearty hiking and conversation. Blessings.

223 Responses to Thursday Open Forum – January 6, 2011

  1. AFinch says:

    Good morning Motley, fellow Hikers. I’m loving watching leftists’ heads nearly explode as the 112th tts busy.

  2. Library Countess says:

    I’ve been busy catching up and thoroughly enjoying the lefty heads and pundits that are imploding! It’s a lot of fun for someone from an unhappy family (see Hoyer, Steny). :D

    • Ad rem says:

      I am happy they are ‘imploding’ too…..far less messy than the ones that are ‘exploding’. (Hey… finding joy where I can.)

  3. yomotley says:

    I notice in the post that the British Navy telegram about Churchill was sent about three or so years “before” Morse was able to convince US Congress to set up a line. Of course it was the private sector and businesses that really utilized the telegraph, which had a positive economical effect on the country.

  4. PhillyCon says:

    Happy Epiphany everyone!

  5. Auntie Lib says:

    Hey Honeys – exciting news from the capitol of Big Sky Country… Michele Bachmann will be our guest speaker at our annual Lincoln/Reagan dinner on Feb 5th!!! Since I’m on the dinner committee, I’ll probably even get to meet her and visit a bit. Color me thrilled. Sometimes the payoff is worth the hours of volunteering.

  6. Patriot Dreamer says:

    A non-PC AA author:

    A Woman Worth Studying
    A pair of Harvard professors are resurrecting the work of an African-American writer so politically incorrect that she was virtually bypassed in the rush to inaugurate variations of black studies programs—Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston.

    http://www.academia.org/a-woman-worth-studying/

    • Oh wow! Read “Their Eyes Were Watching God” in college. Not as part of a course, but because someone had left it on a couch in one of the hallways. Great book, have re-read it several times since.

  7. GracieD says:

    Good Morning Honeys! I got a wild hair last night and emailed Former Speaker Pelosi. I just had to tell her three things: 1-She is one of the “evil rich” that she is always running down, and is perfectly free to write apersonal check to the Treasury. 2-She is a big part of why the Dems lost the House. 3-She is in need of Psychiatric Help since she sees the majority of the Nation is against Obamacare, yet she shoved it down out throats anyway, making her at least somewhat delusional IMO. I am not a mental health professional, but have studied Psychology. It will likely not even get to her, but I sure did feel better.

    • NeeNee says:

      They’re all delusional . . . apparently being responsible
      for one of the biggest losses in US Congress history
      just isn’t a factor . . .

      From The Hill: “House Democrats’ goal is to make Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the Speaker of the House again, their campaign chairman said Wednesday evening. ”

      http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/136309-dem-campaign-chief-goal-is-making-pelosi-speaker-again

    • AliRose says:

      I am a mental health professional and I think that woman has some severe issues to address! ;)

      On a related note…I saw the queen of the side of “equality for all” speaking in a newsclip the other day about how important women are in politics, because they bring qualities, characteristics and perspective that are unique and different. I just want all of the ultra-feminists out there to decide if they want to be treated equally or differently. You should be judged and elected based on your quality of character, not what’s between your legs!

    • Ad rem says:

      What’s with this shrew? She couldn’t keep her lips off Boehner yesterday! Oh, and all that talking about the ‘big gavel’….woman’s a psycho!

  8. Patriot Dreamer says:

    The Truth About Fox News Viewers
    by John Lott

    Does watching Fox News rot your brain? According to a report released last month by WorldPublicOpinion.org at the University of Maryland, “Misinformation and the 2010 Election,” the more people watch Fox News, the more they are “misinformed.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/01/05/truth-fox-news-viewers/#ixzz1AGipgbdY

    Good example of why we should always be skeptical of surveys/polls.

  9. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Unmanned Drone may be coming to Miami-Dade

    http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/local/21003198189967/

    The ACLU (American Communist Lawyers’ Union) of Florida approves.

  10. JRD says:

    Massive Inflation, Right under Our Noses
    http://www.nationalreview.com/exchequer/256396/massive-inflation-right-under-our-noses

    Supply and Demand: These Laws Cannot Be Broken.

    • Ad rem says:

      Excellent article JRD. Seems like there’s nothing left to do these days but sit and wait for it all to hit the fan. I have a feeling that what’s coming is going to make the gas lines of the late seventies look like small potatoes. Actually, small potatoes will probably be really worth something!

      PS….Love and kisses to Francesco! ♥

  11. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Unconstitutional Who Cares: DNC Chair Dean Confirms ObamaCare Will Eventually Eliminate Employer Based Private Insurance

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/unconstitutional-who-cares-dnc-chair-dean-confirms-obamacare-will-eventually-eliminate-employer-based-private-insurance/

    Truth slips out …

  12. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Evening Reading: Did the Government Give BofA a Back Door Bailout?

    http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2011/01/04/evening-reading-did-the-government-give-bofa-a-back-door-bailout/

    Sure looks like it.

  13. Menagerie says:

    Popping in fast. I have a job interview at noon. Wish me luck. Last time I did this was early 90′s.

  14. sundancecracker says:

    Oh my, I don’t think I should enjoy this as much as I did…….

  15. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Banker Bill Daley to be White House chief of staff

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47129.html#ixzz1AHCAWMzz

    Brother of Chicago’s mayor.

    • JRD says:

      “Wall Street insiders are full of praise for Daley as a ‘smart affable grown-up former Commerce Secretary,’ while the public is concerned about the ‘obviously corrupt Wall Street Rubinite politico,’” said Jane Hamsher, founder of the liberal blog site FireDogLake.com. “If the White House is saying that reaction to Daley’s likely appointment ‘has been very positive,’ it’s just evidence that they really don’t care about feedback from the public, but instead see Wall Street insiders as their base.”

      Is there any doubt any longer that Wall Street and the Democrat party are in bed with each other? Things are pretty bad when the Tea party is in agreement with a far leftist like Jane Hamsher. Maybe we ought to take a page out of the Marxist’s playbook and present a united front on this matter.

      Watch what they do, not what they say.

      • sundancecracker says:

        This is an example of the “lipstick pig principle”. Appointing/selecting Daley will be warmly received by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who have strongly opposed the administrations previous business policies. Daley will be an affront to the extreme left because of his Wall Street connections et al.

        However, it doesn’t matter how much Obama tries to paint the house to change appearance. We know the occupants are the problem. The occupants are what brings blight to the neighborhood.

      • Ad rem says:

        Wall St. and the Dems have been sharing a deluxe “Sleep Number Bed” for the last two years…and they both have it set to 100, as in 100′s of billions!

    • When I heard this, the first word that came to mind was “incestuos”. Urgh.

  16. PhillyCon says:

    This is a preaching to the choir moment, but this article further cements our belief that this is a political war. These Leftists will not quietly in the night, and why we must fight and not “compromise.”

    Think about sick their obsession is with “controlling people.” Doesn’t Gollum come to mind? That’s my mental visual.

    (On another note, think about how many times Obama gave speeches to Congress, and had campaign style events to “better communicate” their rationed care plan? Hasn’t this been an ongoing process? Also, wasn’t the public supposed to love it by now? After we finally see what’s in it?)
    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/06/democrats-plan-attack-on-republican-repeal-effort/

    • sundancecracker says:

      The Demoncrats think they can go on offense by protecting this legislation. They are wrong. What the Republicans need to do is keep reminding the media this was a campaign promise, this is what they said they would do if elected, they are doing exactly what they promised. That approach extinguishes the Democrat false position of defending the people, and continues to solidify the reality of Democrats dismissing the will of the people.

      • JRD says:

        I despise that SOB Chuck U Screwmer and a pox on the RNC for not recruiting a qualified candidate to run against him. Now we’re stuck with the corrupt communist for another 6 years.
        We have to devise a scheme to get rid of him ourselves. The “party of stupid” is too inept to slay this evil beast.
        In my heart I KNOW that Screwmer is guilty of starting the entire financial crisis avalanche imploding before the 2008 election with him spilling the beans on IndyMac. The truth about these communists is that they have no problem lying. The truth doesn’t matter to them.

        Read about the 3 stooges: Screwmer, Durbin and Stabenow.

        Voodoo Economics’: Senate Dems Accuse House GOP of Adding $1 Trillion in Red Ink
        http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/01/voodoo-economics-senate-dems-accuse-house-gop-of-adding-1-trillion-in-red-ink.html

  17. Pat P says:

    Help me with my memory! Sometime in the last two weeks or so on honeytrail, there was a post about a new website that would be going on line on January 4, to serve as a watchdog over the 111th congress.

    Does anyone know what website I am referring to?

  18. Library Countess says:

    This is from yesterday so I’m not sure if it’s a repeat. Robin of Berkeley hits another one out of the park:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/psychology_and_the_shrinking_o_1.html

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      Great article by Robin, as always!

      Degrading American culture through psychology and sexuality has been the aim of communistsmarxists for over 50 years.

    • violet says:

      Wow, great article! Thanks for posting this link.

    • AliRose says:

      Many of the things described in this article don’t fit with my experiences in psychology or psychotherapy, at all. I don’t doubt the validity of the claims. I just don’t want people to think that the this is the norm in the modern field of psychology. We’re trained in detail about the founding of the profession and discuss, in depth, the flaws with many of the theories that lead to modern day psychotherapy. While there is a great respect for Freud as the “father of psychology,” his beliefs and practices are viewed primarily as infantile and naive in comparison with how we practice therapy today. The same can be said of many of the others discussed.

      I think one of the important things the article illustrates, which is a common flaw in modern society, is the overgeneralization of therapy techniques to interpersonal interactions. In other words, because so many people are self-educated via the internet, etc., concepts and techniques that are effective in therapy are often interpretted to be appropriate in every day life. This is not true. I don’t interact with my friends and family the same way that I interact with clients. That would highly unethical.

      To use one example from the article, Rogers’ concept of “unconditional positive regard” is meant only for the therapist-client relationship. It doesn’t mean that everyone in society should reserve judgment on the behaviors of others. Likewise, it doesn’t mean that all therapist have to be accepting of the behaviors of all clients. He simply believed that it was necessary for therapy to be effective. Therefore, if one cannot have “unconditional positive regard” for a client, they should be referred to another therapist.

      Knowing as many people as I do in the field, it is easy for me to see how these concepts have been misinterpretted and misunderstood on such a grand scale. Unfortunately, liberals tend to be drawn to this type of work (just like teaching), so the concepts have been skewed over time and misused. They’re good people, with good intentions. They just don’t understand the subtle differences that become blazingly apparent, and important, when you start paying attention to the details.

      As for Psychology Today…I bought an issue once and have never purchased it since. It’s kind of a joke in my profession. A large percentage of therapists consider it a “fluff” magazine, written for all those trendy, in-the-know, types who want to do therapy on themselves. It’s not really taken seriously, other than by those who are not in the field. As evidenced by the included quote, you can imagine that most counselors and therapists don’t talk that way about their clients. Nor do they overgeneralize like the NCSPP article presented.

      I think the bias in this article is due, in large part, to location. I have worked in the profession in several states, including Michigan, Texas and Florida, and have yet to encounter anything as outrageous as what’s described. In fact, several of my colleagues, who completed grad school with me, specifically went into religious counselling, which was not discouraged nor frowned upon (at the University of North Florida). In addition, we discussed topics, such as homosexuality, from all angles, including sexual reorientation therapy, which has been shown to be completely successful in some cases.

      So, while I appreciate some of the information in the article, it seems a bit overgeneralized to me and leaves out some significant information which is vital to understanding for someone who is not trained in the field.

  19. NeeNee says:

    Whoo-boy, here we go again!

    Liberal news/entertainment media attempting to once again select
    the GOP presidential candidate. Why do even the RINOs from
    our side give these witches any credibility??? (I know, it’s because
    they are RINOS!):

    “Romney, Brown to Appear on ‘The View’ Next Month”

    BOSTON (AP) — The women of “The View” are getting a double dose of Massachusetts Republicans next month.

    Former and possibly future presidential candidate Mitt Romney will appear on the ABC morning talk show Feb. 1. That’s the paperback release date for his book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”

    Meanwhile, Sen. Scott Brown will appear Feb. 21 to coincide with the release of his memoirs, “Against All Odds.”

    • Amsterdam Expat says:

      Will SB’s memoir reproduce THOSE photographs, the ones that we’ve heard about and that we — well, some of us, anyhow — want to see?

      If is does, it could be one of 2011′s, well, big sellers.

  20. emmajeri1010 says:

    http://bigpeace.com/jxenakis/2011/01/06/pakistan-melts-down-as-usnato-forces-struggle-in-afghanistan/

    This article from Big Peace provides an overview of Pakistan as contrasted with Afghanistan and the underpinnings of political motivations vs. terrorism; contains some interesting back story re Al Qaeda’s efforts in Iraq as well. The occasion of the article is the murder of the governor of Punjab, Pakistan this week.

  21. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Question of the day: Why do NYC taxpayers pay salaries to union bosses?

    http://biggovernment.com/dloos/2011/01/06/new-york-citys-no-show-seiu-snow-jobs/

  22. sundancecracker says:

    The NPR executive who made headlines in October by firing journalist Juan Williams is resigning from her job, the organization announced Thursday.

    Ellen Weiss resigned as senior vice president for news on the same day that NPR’s board of directors completed its independent review of the dismissal of Williams.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/06/npr-boss-fired-juan-williams-resigns/

    • sundancecracker says:

      NPR just released two statements – one on the completion of an independent review of the dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams and another on the resignation of Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss:

      “Washington, DC January 6, 2011 – The NPR Board of Directors announced today that it has completed its review into the facts and circumstances leading to the termination of NPR’s contract with senior news analyst Juan Williams. The review also included an examination of how other NPR analysts and correspondents have been treated under the NPR Ethics Code with respect to on-air comments. The independent members of NPR’s Board (the “Board”) worked with outside legal counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (“Weil”), to gather information related to the contract termination.

      …”The Board has expressed confidence in Vivian Schiller’s leadership going forward. She accepted responsibility as CEO and cooperated fully with the review process. The Board, however, expressed concern over her role in the termination process and has voted that she will not receive a 2010 bonus.
      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/06/132708700/review-of-juan-wiliams-firing-completed-npr-senior-vp-for-news-resigns

  23. Patriot Dreamer says:

    Pentagon to cut spending by $78 billion, reduce troop strength

    The Pentagon will have to cut spending by $78 billion over the next five years, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday, forcing the Army and Marine Corps to shrink the number of troops on active duty and eventually imposing the first freeze on military spending since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/06/AR2011010603628.html?hpid=topnews

    RIF coming for active duty Marines and Army.

    • NeeNee says:

      My Marine son said there’s scuttlebutt that
      the Obama administration is going to
      redefine the term “lifer.”

      In the past it’s always meant a 20-year hitch.
      Now, just 15-year committment is being

      bandied about. I assume there would be
      commensurate cuts in retirement benefits
      if you’re reducing the years of active service . . .

      • yomotley says:

        Or they are planning on not as many lifers to make it to retirement?

      • Patriot Dreamer says:

        A couple of possibilities:

        (1) An earlier retirement at a reduced rate.

        (2) A buy out. Basically offer people money to get out early. Throw a lump sum of some kind at them as an incentive. I believe this is what happened during the Clinton administration.

        Probably other options, but these are the most likely ones that come to mind.

  24. Thomas Hooker says:

    I was sad to read a while back that Western Union no longer sends telegrams :-(

    New subject:

    Some of you might find this presentation interesting: Free People, Free Markets.
    Part I is “The Moral Basis of Capitalism” and Part II is “The Progressive Threat to Free Markets.” The powerpoints are linked at the bottom of the text here:

    https://pikespeakeconomicsclub.com/CMS/PPEC/events/january-4-2010-ppec-monthly-meeting

    If you would like to watch the actual presentations (it gets off to a ragged start technically and needs high volume), link here:
    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11824902

  25. NeeNee says:

    Steve King:
    “House GOP Serious About Pulling Obamacare ‘Out by the Roots’ ”

    Rep. Steve King (Iowa) tells Newsmax it’s “ridiculous” to view a House vote to repeal Obamacare as merely symbolic, insisting that enough Democrats will vote against healthcare reform to defeat it in the Senate as well.

    The Iowa Republican also asserts that “it’s time to play hardball” with President Obama on the healthcare reform issue, and says he’s hopeful the House will stop funding Obamacare as early as February.

    “Of the 87 freshman Republicans, I don’t know if any of them will not vote to repeal Obamacare. In fact I think all Republicans will vote to repeal it, and we will get some Democrats. Probably some of the Democrats that didn’t vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker [on Wednesday] will vote to repeal Obamacare.”

    Referring to media reports that the House vote would be merely symbolic, since the Democrats still control the Senate and President Obama is likely to veto a repeal bill, King tells Newsmax: “I’d say that’s completely ridiculous, and that’s the best talking point that they have.

    “We would put out a piece of policy, which is to pull Obamacare out by the roots, pull it lock, stock, and barrel, and pass that out of the House of Representatives with a resounding vote, perhaps unanimous on the part of Republicans, and more than likely significantly bipartisan, and send it over to the Senate.

    “That becomes a huge hot potato to sit on [Obama’s] desk, and he’s going to have to figure out how to deal with that, with 21 Democrats in the Senate up for re-election in 2012.

    “We cannot reach the next level of our destiny as a nation if we are going to be saddled with the albatross of Obamacare. Let’s put that around his neck and not the neck of the American people.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/steve-king-health-care/2011/01/06/id/382079

    • sundancecracker says:

      Rep. Steve King is exactly right. The Democrats will try to espouse this repeal bill as being against the people. However, the exact opposite is true. Repealing this bill is requested by the majority of Americans.

  26. NeeNee says:

    (Considering his site is usually several days behind
    on current topics, I expect KDJ over at HB to pounce
    on this, maybe Saturday?
    Interesting that Breitbart supports
    GOProud. I suppose the more, the merrier/stronger

    coalition principle at work here . . . )

    GAY GROUP IN,
    VALUES GROUPS OUT
    at CPAC

    Social and economic conservatives have worked together under the mantle of the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan made them the core of his 1980 coalition, but the alliance may now be fraying.

    Some of the nation’s most prominent social conservatives are sending a message to their economic brethren by dropping out of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in response to the decision to include GOProud, a gay conservative group, as a participating organization.

    “The base-line reason is that homosexuality is not a conservative value,” said Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association’s director of issue analysis. “It’s the conservative PAC, not the libertarian PAC.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Gay-Values-Groups-CPAC/2011/01/06/id/382017

    • emmajeri1010 says:

      Maybe I’m too simple-minded, but if the gays or the tree-huggers or overweight welfare recipients want to agree with the conservative principles put forward by a conservative group, then the “self-abuse” they are incurring by stepping into the group are a personal problem for them. Doesn’t have anything to do with me. If they have decided they want to identify with the group, that tells me they think the group’s identity in political issues is more significant than their personal identity issues. Now if they are wanting the group to change its identity/positions to accommodate them, that’s a different story completely. Then it is they who are being the purists, while portraying themselves as a victim.

      Clarification: the people already in the group need to relax and not be looking for ways to keep folks out if there is general agreement (was the point I was trying to make!)

      • Pat P says:

        Totally agree, Emma. We need to agree with each other on the important things, and put aside those issues that are not germane to the main points. Sexual identity shouldn’t have anything to do with a discussion among patriots about preserving our liberty. I hate to use an old saw, but we need a big tent here. Let’s see who we can include, not who we can exclude.

  27. Amsterdam Expat says:

    Apologies in advance if this has already been posted, I found it referred to over at C4P:

    http://www.therightscoop.com/allen-west-it-is-my-duty-to-defend-israel

  28. ZurichMike says:

    ZurichMike’s photo link to recent photos from our trip at New Year’s to Madeira.

      • Patriot Dreamer says:

        Nice pics! Beautiful!

      • emmajeri1010 says:

        Very nice.

      • Kristi says:

        WOW… gorgeous!

        Where is that?

        • ZurichMike says:

          Madeira is a small Portuguese island located about a two-hour flight southeast of Lisbon (around the same latitude as Morocco).

          • Kristi says:

            Its absolutely beautiful.

          • My father’s ancestors were among the Portuguese immigrants from the Madeira Islands in the 1830s, Protestant converts smuggled, by British warships in the dead of night, off the caves where they were hiding above the beaches, and brought to the West Indies.

            There they were re-settled on various islands. On some, there was food and work for their large families; on others, there was not. My ancestors were on the “scanty” islands, and were in the group which ended up in IL after Presbyterian churches in the U.S. heard that new Protestants were starving in the West Indies. There is a famous TV personality who is a descendant of these immigrants; his ancestors were on one of the “good” islands, and so stayed in Jamaica (I think).

            Each group married into the surrounding population; 180+ years later, he’s black and I’m as pasty as they come. I find it incredibly amusing to think that I , too, but for the twist of fate that landed the Dias family on the “wrong” island, could today be a black woman from the West Indies. Yah, mon!

            • GracieD says:

              FtN, is Dias your maiden name? If so, you may be related to my hubby’s family.

              • My dad’s last name is “Day.” He always was told it came from his English grandpa. It wasn’t until some years ago, when we went back to the 150th celebration of the immigration, that we found out he was a Dias (from the ship’s manifesto), and that his name was Anglicized Portuguese. That’s also when we found out the circumstances of the departure from Portugal. It was pretty interesting to discover roots we didn’t even know we had.

                I mean, he knew he was part Portuguese, but thought he was a quarter, when really he was half. It’s odd, looking at this little old, VERY white man, to realize that when he was a youth, that the term of derision for the ethnic group there was “Black Portagees.”

                • GracieD says:

                  It is strange how some of my husband’s siblings are lily white, and some are dark. Hubby is often mistaken for a Mexican. He is the only dark boy-out of 7 boys. He has 2 of 3 sisters who are dark. Of all of hubby’s relatives, the dark/light split is about 50/50.

            • Ad rem says:

              Your name is Kunta Kinte….no, I’m FranklytheNut….no, Kunte Kinte…no, FranklytheNut….etc….etc…. (You said “roots” so I ran with it.)

      • JRD says:

        Thank you!

      • yomotley says:

        Beautiful, Mike. Thanks for taking me on vacation!

    • PhillyCon says:

      Enjoyed them thoroughly! Thanks, Mike.

      How was the wine?

    • Amsterdam Expat says:

      Thanks Mike — it looks like the trip was a lot of fun!

    • TXMom says:

      Stunning!

    • Pat P says:

      These are really lovely photos of a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing them.

    • WeeWeed says:

      Gosh, it’s beautiful, Mike! Thank you for sharing with us!

    • Ad rem says:

      Just beautiful Mike. Especially loved the chili ristras.

  29. ZurichMike says:

    Just checked hillbuzz — Keverly has a post that clocks in at 3,220 words — about 13 double-spaced pages of text. For one post.

    • emmajeri1010 says:

      I saw that. I’m sure his new friend Justin appreciates having all of KD’s personal criticism of how he handles his family life spread all over the innertubes for the public to peruse.

      • WeeWeed says:

        Seriously?? I’ll have to go look tonight after work. Maybe Justin is imaginary (and then his feelers won’t get hurt…).

      • Jennifer H says:

        I used to clock in over there two or three times a day- now when I do I just wonder what it was that was so interesting and cool about the site. I realize now- that I no longer check in, that it was the people who frequented the Blog. That and the illusions that I carried that fooled me into thinking it was a safe place to have my voice be heard. Gods- once again thank you Honey Trail for making it a reality.

      • Since KD’s original story was how Justin’s mother was one of his biggest fans, I have been wondering (if Justin is real), how FanMom has liked some of the descriptions of her that have issued from the cyber-pen of her “hero.” As a mother, I know I would be miffed.

        • Kristi says:

          No mom would like it.

          • That’s part of what made me wonder if Justin was imaginary, simply because it would be SO stupid to antagonize a friend and turn her into a foe. The other part that made me wonder is that, while it may have been straight from the horse’s mouth, since I’m somewhat acquainted with those lips, anything issuing from them is automatically suspect.

    • AFinch says:

      Okay, I couldn’t slog through it all, but from a 5 minute glance, two thoughts:

      (1) KD has now stepped out of the victim role and placed Justin (real or imaginary) into it; and

      (2) This is yet more evidence that KD is not a conservative–even though he claims repeatedly in that article that he is. Over and over again, he conflates “conservatives,” with “republicans” and “the cocktail party.” I don’t know about all of you, but I’m a conservative. I am not a republican. Perhaps it is just sloppy writing, but I find it to be revealing nevertheless.

      • Patriot Dreamer says:

        I’m with you, AFinch. A conservative – not a Republican.

      • Pat P says:

        This whole post (what I read of it) is almost completely fabrication, in my opinion. Justin? There is probably a kernel of truth somewhere. I think KD often takes a true story and embroiders it to the point where the original is unrecognizable.

    • I work in special events (rentals, specifically) and I can assure you that NO ONE, I don’t care how much they hate someone, would go to the trouble of unstacking and setting up chairs that have already been broken down after the event. Chair setup and breakdown is a boring, repetitive, time-consuming task. No one wants to do it the first time, let alone a second. Nor, at the end of an event, would it go unnoticed that while everyone else is carrying stuff out, one person is carrying stuff back in AND SETTING IT BACK UP. Just wouldn’t happen. It doesn’t work like that.

      Just my two cents…

    • AliRose says:

      Wow…you guys are impressive. Even when I used to visit every day, I would always skip the long posts. I just don’t have time for that. I can’t believe you were able to even skim it. I see that much text and my brain just shuts down!

    • Richdet says:

      Sorry to post on this topic a couple of days late, but I just spotted it. Add me to those who think Justin is a fabrication. Or at least I hope he is, because if he is for real we need to recruit some ninjas to go in there and rescue the boy before longterm mental harm is inflicted.

      That aside, I think Storyteller Kevin really needs to work more on plot construction, continuity, and convincing dialogue. (And brevity wouldn’t hurt either.) Wasn’t there a romantic posting just before Christmas where he claimed he and Justin were going to spend the holidays together, and didn’t he say Justin’s (make that “Justin’s”) parents didn’t know he was gay? Now, in this episode, it turns out that Justin (as in “Justin”) spent the holidays with the parents after all, with the dad trying to turn the kid hetero with a gift of vintage Playboys. I mean, c’mon. Suspension of disbelief ain’t happening at this house.

  30. PhillyCon says:

    Is it asking too much to have an Obama-free Super Bowl? I feel like he’s the houseguest who has overstayed his welcome.

    Enough already.

    • Patriot Dreamer says:

      I wish he would not be on TV for just one flippin’ day. Just one!

    • yomotley says:

      I really resent forcing the president on us and into our homes. O’Reilly should be ashamed of himself for being a part of holding viewers hostage like this. Everyone knows he would not get watched otherwise. Ha! He still is not going to get watched — it will become the official potty-break time or snack-refill-time and is going to hurt O’Reilly’s ratings. Serves him right.

  31. sundancecracker says:

    Mittens, they (Decepticons) all want Mittens. Mittens. Got that? Mittens

    http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/2011/01/insiders-romney.php

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