Open Thread FRIDAY!

Why not?

Okay, that was from 1989, but even in 2012 – Why Not?

Enjoy the start of your Friday!

Posted by Dave at 7:58 am
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409 Responses to “Open Thread FRIDAY!”

  1. lt says:

    go Yankees

  2. Apologetic California says:

    Who’s on first? Tho I find it odd a west coaster beat the easties on first.

  3. Apologetic California says:

    Dang it!

  4. lt says:

    Videos like that are nice though, I was under forty and the Yankees were not the best tean around, as in the late 60’s as well the o’s had good teams and how I hated them.

  5. Brandon says:

    15 minutes until the etch-a-sketch job report.

  6. Tim says:

    Am I the only poor slob on here at work, today?

  7. Brandon says:

    Probably. Somebody needs to flip those burgers….

  8. Tim V says:

    …and give the floor a sweep/mop

  9. Brandon says:

    + 120,000, 8.2%

  10. Melissa says:

    I cannot wait for that report to come out and indicate that we have had yet another month of job growth ! Go Obama, you rock the house my man !

  11. Tim V says:

    with only 120k jobs, i would think the unem rate would go up not down

  12. david says:

    tim V:

    It’s ObamaMath. I never thought he could get the UE below 8% before Nov., but it appears he will. I guess you can if you “play with the numbers”.

  13. Bitterlaw says:

    I’m working. Well, when I’m not posting.

  14. CAC says:

    Remember how Obama screamed we had to pass the $800b stimulus to stop unemployment from going above 8%? Even had that awesome chart?

    Funny how it never dropped below that since passage.

  15. jenny-former republican says:

    mitt has to accuse of obama of lying and manipulating the numbers. the gop should have hearings about the manipulation of the data.

  16. Brandon says:

    “mitt has to accuse of obama of lying”

    Yes, I’m sure calling the president of the United States a “liar” is a winning strategy.

  17. Bitterlaw says:

    On Good Friday, Pontius Bitterlaw follows the tradition of pardoning 1 poster for sins throughout the year. Come forward and propose a poster to receive mercy.

  18. Tim V says:

    yep, unem rate will magically be 7.9% come october

  19. Tim V says:

    i propose lisab

  20. Tim V says:

    be pardoned

  21. Brandon says:

    Polaris. I forgive him for getting his panties in a bunch.

  22. jenny-former republican says:

    #16, mitt has to accuse the president of “fudging” the numbers!

  23. pool ares says:

    i wear boxers NOT panties

  24. Brandon says:

    Why don’t we call him a fascist too? That will surely help to defeat him. While we’re at it, are there any more Jeremiah Wright tapes?

  25. Tim V says:

    let’s pardon maxwell

  26. Bitterlaw says:

    Brandon – don’t forget the birth certificate and the “secret Muslim” strategy. It’s a winner!

  27. Bitterlaw says:

    Maxwell will not receive a pardon. Pontius Bitterlaw has spoken.

  28. Tim V says:

    LOS ANGELES – The website TMZ spotted former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow getting a manicure and a pedicure in Los Angeles this week.

    TMZ found the now New York Jets quarterback at MB Nails in West Hollywood on Tuesday.

    People at the salon told TMZ Tebow was friendly during his $23 treatment and left a very large tip.

  29. Bitterlaw says:

    lisab will also not receive a pardon. If I try to pardon her, she will argue with me for an hour over why she has not done anything that needs to be pardonned.

  30. Diogenes says:

    120k … Still so sure Obama will win another term Kos trolls?

    Obama will definitely not hit 250k a month at this rate and he will be lucky to average 200k.

  31. Bitterlaw says:

    Let me see if I understand this. The unemployment rate drops because more people give up looking for work. If everybody who does not have a job stopped looking for work, the unemployment rate would be 0%?

  32. Bitterlaw says:

    Diogenes – win another term? Addisonst has predicted that Obama will win a third term.

  33. Tim says:

    I would pardon that one-time poster who called Tina bad names. But, I’m sure he’s already “disappeared”……..

  34. bio mom says:

    From CNBC

    U.S. payrolls rose far less than expected in March, keeping the door open for further monetary policy support from the Federal Reserve, even as the unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.2 percent.

    Employers added 120,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, the smallest increase since October.

    Economists polled by Reuters had expected nonfarm employment to increase 203,000 and the unemployment rate to hold at 8.3 percent.

    The weak employment growth last month likely reflected the fading boost from unseasonably warm winter weather. The payrolls count for January and February was revised to show just 4,000 more jobs created than previously reported.

    The drop in the unemployment rate, to the lowest level since January 2009, reflected a drop in the labor force. The separate household survey, from which the jobless rate is derieved also showed a drop in employment.

    The weak employment gains could hurt President Barack Obama’s chances for re-election in November. The unemployment rate has fallen from 9.1 percent in August.

  35. Brandon says:

    Oosthuizen puts up a 7 on the second hole, now 3 back.

  36. Brandon says:

    I’d love to go to the Masters at one point. That course looks amazing.

  37. Tim says:

    Is it time yet for my daily take on why Braves’ management sucks?

  38. Tim says:


    It is absolutely stunning to see. Every sports lover should do it, once……

  39. Barrett says:

    #31 – I believe thats correct. The number is based on people who are looking for work.

    If you’re not looking, you’re not counted

  40. Bitterlaw says:

    Tim – the Braves have a built in cushion. The Mets will keep the Braves out of last place.

  41. bio mom says:

    This jobs report is NOT being perceived as good news even by the lefties. With a little more time I am sure they will recover and figure out how to spin it positively. But every tweet from all sides right now is quite negative on it.

  42. Bitterlaw says:

    Barrett- But they’re still unemployed! I am so glad I didn’t waste my time studying economics in college. I won’t make any money knowing that the Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 but at least I learned it. Economics means nothing in today’s Bizarro World.

  43. bio mom says:

    Even Ezra Klein says this will give Romney’s arguments a boost against Obama.

  44. Bitterlaw says:

    One other point – if you’re not looking, how do they know you’re not looking? Maybe they could hire the people who stopped looking to find other people who stopped looking.

  45. DW says:

    I see the Cubs lost their opener. Is it too soon for their fans to start hoping for next year?

  46. Tim says:

    They didn’t, yesterday……

  47. Bitterlaw says:

    Is it too soon for their fans to start hoping for next year?

    I believe that Cubs fans started hoping for next year last year. They may be hoping for 2015 by now.

  48. Bitterlaw says:

    Tim – I think that the Mets always win their opener.

  49. Barrett says:

    The Orioles are done, nothing to see here.

    Now to cheer on our minor league team, the Aberdeen Ironbirds!

  50. MD says:

    Obama is speaking to some women’s club in about an hour. He will tout the report as “moving in the right direction but we could do better if the Republicans wouldn’t block everything”.

    I think I heard that 164K left the job market again. Just unreal at this stage. Here is some more bad news – we really haven’t seen the effect of the high gas prices in the economic numbers yet. That comes next month. It looks like CMI is ahead of the curve.

  51. SusyQue says:

    A Media-Created Illusion

    The presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney seems at first glance a lightening rod of un-enthusiasm, a man who is provocative for being unprovocative. This is of course a media-created illusion. In fact, Romney has the liberal media quaking in their boots. The media’s weapons are smirk and scorn, derision and ridicule.
    The left wants desperately to diminish Romney out of the fear that he will grow to become an even more formidable politician. They seek to alienate him — to make him into what is known in psychobabble as “the other.” This is the admitted strategy of the Obama campaign. Instead, Romney fits a paternalist archetype at a time when the country seriously needs a dad at the wheel. Think Don Draper without the sinister plot lines. This is why Romney is feared.
    Professional critics always seem to parse their words. They cannot whole-heartedly embrace anything or anyone without caveats. Let’s jettison that approach: Why not embrace Romney’s candidacy with an uncritical eye, instead of the jaundiced, bored, critics’ glance? No, I don’t suggest we now drop our analytical functioning, but let’s lose the cynicism.
    When Romney explains that he does not want to “transform America”, as does Obama, but rather to “restore America”, rest assured that Governor Romney means to restore our country in the political, economic, and even ethnic sense (though of course he won’t spell that out for his audience). This wistfulness for the past, and steel-hearted hope for the future is elegantly put. Let’s internalize that slogan, and not forget what it really signifies.

    Read more:

  52. MD says:

    The Phils scored a run yesterday. Our bats are in mid-season form.

  53. MD says:

    SQ – I like the theme “restore America”. That is a winner.

  54. Barrett says:

    Susy, I was always enthused by Mitt Romney. He’s a clean cut guy who knows what he’s talking about.

    He makes gaffes. So does Obama, so did Bush. So do I.

    People claim he’s out of touch. But with who? I’m out of touch with people in California – why? Because I don’t live there.

    There’s no real crticism of Romney that sticks, except the dog thing. That was weird

  55. MD says:

    The dog thing was 1982. Letterman seems to think that is a bigger issue than having a mentor who is a blatant Anti-Semite and hater of America. Hey, just sayin….

  56. DW says:

    Charlie Toupee Cook has moved WI from Lean D to Tossup in the presidental race. Very interesting. Last week he moved NH from Lean D to Lean R. No new polling came out, I wonder if he has access to some internal numbers.

  57. HHR Field Correspondent says:

    BLUE JAYS!!!!!

  58. Barrett says:

    I didn’t say the dog thing mattered, I just said it was weird.

    I think when the next president is elected, and replaces this character, I can overlook these minor details, haha

  59. Bitterlaw says:

    MD- the Phillies had 8 hits. Look on the bright side.

  60. HHR Field Correspondent says:

    The Obama admin will try every statistical trick in the book to get unemployment down to 7.5 or 7 by November.

  61. Brandon says:

    Enthused for Mitt Romney? Is that even humanly possible?

  62. HHR Field Correspondent says:

    “There’s no real crticism of Romney that sticks, except the dog thing. That was weird.”

    Not really.

    Hoarding cats is weird.

    Snorting coke at Columbia U, to me, is weirder….

  63. MD says:

    Louie with a snow cone on the 2nd with a bogey on the 4th. Have a funny feeling that -6 or -7 is going to lead. Also, think Tiger will be in the mix at the end of the day. I see him at -3 or -4 at the end of the round.

  64. Barrett says:

    #62 – I was really making the point that out of the plethora of criticisms Romney received, only one remotely caught my attention.

    And for the record, snorting coke while in law school? Unacceptable.

  65. Brandon says:

    I like this Dufner kid. It’s about time for him to win something…

  66. Barrett says:

    #61 – I shouldn’t be excited about the Republican nominee?

  67. MD says:

    Brandon – I just have a strange feeling about Woods this weekend. Not sure why.

  68. Brandon says:

    I like how Tiger managed to make his round Even when it could have been much worse.

  69. Tim says:

    I only missed the part why we know this?

  70. MD says:

    Usually if Woods can just survive his Thursday at Augusta, then he is going to be in the mix.

  71. Tim says:

    I’m excited personally that it’s not Newt Gingrich……….

  72. Brandon says:

    #66. Sure, you can be. I just didn’t know it was possible.

  73. SusyQue says:

    Padres lost their first game.

  74. MD says:

    Tim – I don’t believe that the admin will try to change the numbers necessarily. Of course, they will spin them. I have had a long term problem with reporting the U3. IMO – the U6 is a much better indicator. Right now that is at 14.5%. If you really dig in and look to see how the U6 compares to the Bush, Clinton and Reagan eras, well, let’s just say the comparison is truly awful. Of course, the average guy will never do that.

  75. Mike M says:


    I agree with Tim- for every golfer, Augusta National should be considered as Mecca, and at least once in your life you should beg, borrow, or steal your way to attending the tournament. I was able to go to a practice round in 1998- it was one of the best days of my life. The course and ground are absolutely immaculate.
    Two other nice surprises… #1 the prices of concessions were unbelievable, in a good way- you could buy a sandwich for a buck, a coke for 50 cents, and a t-shirt for $10.. granted, this was 1998, but it was still fare less than I would have anticipated. I think the Augusta folks know they are making a killing from the TV contract, and don’t need to charge usury prices for concessions and souvenirs.
    #2 I’ve never been to a sporting event, prior to or since attending the Masters, that had more beautiful women in attendance!

  76. Bobby says:

    Obama leads Romney and Santorum 47-44 in the core 4 states of OH, VA, NC and FL

  77. MD says:

    SQ – I was in San Diego last month for a couple of days. Had meetings there and in La Jolla and Carlsbad. Really enjoyed it. Had dinner in La Jolla at George’s outside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was awesome. Bean counters in the office docked me $50 for going over per diem. In La Jolla I would have had to eat at McDonalds to stay within the range.

  78. MD says:

    I applied for tix in 2013. My chances are almost less than zero. I had an opportunity to attend the par 3 day several years ago but had a meeting that I couldn’t get out of. Same thing happened to me with the Phillies parade.

    Working really does suck.

  79. Brandon says:

    Oosthuizen drops another one.

  80. NC Native says:

    North Carolina:

    Obama 50.12
    Romney 49.00
    Other .88 ( 1%)

    If you go through all of the NC polls for the last two years, weight them by projected turnout models, and demographic changes in that state, then it slightly tilts to Obama by the smallest margin once again. Looking Deeper:

    Obama Support/Demographic
    80/20 Gay Voters in NC ( 3% of pop)
    97/3 Black Voters ( 22% of pop)
    70/30 Other ( His/Asian)( 5% of pop)
    36/64 White ( 73% of pop)

    In other words, Romney may be screwed!

  81. Waingro says:

    Dave, this NC Dem Trollapalooza is starting to get REALLY annoying.

  82. SusyQue says:

    Shelby Steel: The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin

    In fact Trayvon’s sad fate clearly sent a quiver of perverse happiness all across America’s civil rights establishment, and throughout the mainstream media as well. His death was vindication of the “poetic truth” that these establishments live by. Poetic truth is like poetic license where one breaks grammatical rules for effect. Better to break the rule than lose the effect. Poetic truth lies just a little; it bends the actual truth in order to highlight what it believes is a larger and more important truth.
    The civil rights community and the liberal media live by the poetic truth that America is still a reflexively racist society, and that this remains the great barrier to black equality. But this “truth” has a lot of lie in it. America has greatly evolved since the 1960s. There are no longer any respectable advocates of racial segregation. And blacks today are nine times more likely to be killed by other blacks than by whites.

  83. Barrett says:

    #80 – I hope that is a joke post. Your total percentages add up to 103

    I BELIEVE WE MAY HAVE A WINNER. Kory 101 is out

    NC NATIVE 103 is IN!

  84. Bitterlaw says:

    MD – the Phillies parade went right by my office. There are benefits to working in the city. There are drawbacks, too, but for a lawyer it is the place to be.

  85. NC Native says:

    That needs to be re-phrased ( the 3% of gays, would be included with the entire 100% sample) Sorry, I should have pointed that out and/or made sep.

  86. Brandon says:

    The categories overlap(the 3% gay is included in the white, black, etc.).

  87. Barrett says:

    #80’s corrected numbers (Since being GAY isn’t a race)

    Obama – 50.3
    Romney – 49.7

    I’m sorry, but that’s too close to call

  88. Barrett says:

    Quiet, NC Native 103. If you can’t do basic math, then you are forbidden from posting polling #’s or demographics on this forum

  89. Joe J says:

    Romney will win more than 64% of whites in NC.. I stick by my 52/47 Romney win projection

  90. Barrett says:

    Claiming Romney is screwed with the numbers adding up to 50.4 to 49.6?


  91. MD says:

    The enthusiasm for the right is going to be up in NC versus 2008. Yes, it will be close. I still give it to Romney by 2 to 4. The AA vote really is a huge problem. We have no shot at increasing our % and it is likely that the turnout will be just as high with them. We need to make up for it with indy and lite R women. In NC, I think that will happen.

  92. MD says:

    Dave W – would you please check the IP of all the “new” NC people here?

  93. NC Native says:

    McCain couldn’t get more than 65% of the white vote in NC, and he was much stronger of a candidate than Romney is. For real y’all Obama will carry the Tarheel state, by the hair of his chin. Thanks Brandon for being smart enough to realize the 3% is spread over the entire 100% sample.

  94. MD says:

    93 – Yea, OK


    Don’t feed them.

  95. Barrett says:

    NC Native 103: For Real Y’all!

  96. Barrett says:


  97. Mike M says:

    For all of you Tiger fans out there, please stop waiting for the “2nd coming”… the Tiger Woods of 2000 is not coming back- he may eke out another major or two, but the competition ( & age) has caught up to him. This is not the Bay Hill classic- if you can’t be consistent off the tee at Augusta, you’re doomed.. Quick fact, over the last 10 years, the eventual winner has been in the top 7 places (& ties) on the first day. Tiger finished well out of the top 7 on Thursday. Stick a fork in him for this year….

  98. MD says:

    BTW – a 10% correction in the market is overdue. Here is comes. Still, over the next year, I can’t think of another asset class that has better value. It will be a good buying opp if you have some extra cash on the sidelines. Wait until the Dow hits 12,200 or lower.

  99. Joe J says:

    NC Native/Dustin, whomever.. McCain was a tremendously flawed candidate in the worst landscape for R’s in quite some time.. Romney is a better candidate, more articulate and will have a much better political wind at his back. 52/47, check back in Nov

  100. MD says:

    97 – I am not confident enough to play any money on Woods this weekend but I just have a strange feeling Mike. Way too early to stick a fork in him.

  101. SusyQue says:

    #77…MD…La Jolla is a special place. Went to school there and spent most of my teenage years in La Jolla. Finding a good parking place is always a problem. Once you live near the ocean or bay you don’t want to go inland. I live on a hill and can see the San Diego bay from my front patio. Wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

  102. Mike M says:

    BTW… look out for Zach Johnson- he’s been playing well of late, and this devout Christian was the the winner the last time the final round of the Masters was on Sunday….

  103. MD says:

    Johnson is a good manager of the course. He could definitely be in contention.

  104. Brandon says:

    Of course the Tiger Woods of 2000 is not coming back. No one has ever played the game that well before and no one probably will again.

  105. Brandon says:

    Dufner moves up into a tie for the lead. Damn I’m good.

  106. MD says:

    Nice start for Duffner.

  107. DW says:

    NC Native = Dustin = Melissa

  108. MD says:

    Brandon – It looks like the course is playing easy today.

  109. NC Native says:

    Name is James.

  110. pitchaboy says:

    No way to spin this. UE numbers terrible. I believe people are getting the fact that UE numbers under Obama go down by shrinking the force. He could be the first ever to get us to 0% UE by putting us all on disability.

  111. Brandon says:

    I like your idea of -6 or -7 leading after today.

  112. Waingro says:

    Tiger may never reach his old form or pass Nicklaus’s record, but he will always be in the hunt at the Masters.

    His name will be amongst the leaders come Sunday. Book it.

  113. Barrett says:

    Bond? James Bond?

  114. pitchaboy says:

    Romney needs to
    1. Beat Obama on the head and link lack of energy policy to skidding employment.
    2. Keep pointing out the shrinking labor force and the total number of Americans out of work, thereby implying without actually saying that labor dept is cooking the numbers.

  115. MD says:

    Jack wasn’t Jack after the age of 35 but he won a lot by being smart and knowing where to miss. I see Tiger entering that phase. If Mark O’meara can win 2 majors at 40+, then I really think Tiger can still break Jack’s record. It won’t be easy and he might have to pull one out in his mid 40’s but Jack’s record is not totally safe.

  116. MD says:

    I like the theme “Restore America”. Begin there and build everything off of that theme.

    The average guy needs simple messages.

  117. Waingro says:

    “Keep pointing out the shrinking labor force and the total number of Americans out of work, thereby implying without actually saying that labor dept is cooking the numbers.”

    THIS! Over and over again – THIS.

  118. pitchaboy says:

    This is Tiger’s watershed year; if he wins one, he will likely go on to break Jack’s record. If he doesn’t, he is likely finished.

  119. Waingro says:

    And pointing out the shrinking Labor Force is not spin. They are undisputed numbers coming from Barry’s own BLS.

    And it’s something very simple to explain and resonate with the average person/voter.

  120. Transparent Dem Troll says:

    As a Native of Oklahoma, I am seeing a disturbing disturbance in the polls here, and an indication that Obama might be able to put this state in play against Romney. McCain won the state 66/34, but since then demographics have been changing, 66 is one number short of 666 indicating that Romney could be a Mormon anti-christ! Oklahomans understand this, and Obama is suddenly being widely accepted here. And when you round and factor all the polls here, from the time Oklahoma became a state to the present, 16 over 34 to the tenth power minus 3 squared times three-fifths of the square root of 79, it appears that Obama is leading Romney here 49/46. Very troubling numbers indeed!

  121. Brandon says:

    And Dufner just doubled. Damn it.

  122. MD says:

    I golfed last week in Vegas. A friend booked it. Desert Rose. Don’t EVER golf there.

  123. PA Voter says:

    I moved to Pennsylvania in 1986. I am a lifelong Republican. Before this year, I had never even considered voting for a Democrat. My parents were Republicans. My grandparents were Republicans – they used to shoot Democrats at the polls. My great-great-parents on my father’s side met at the Lincoln-Douglas Debates.

    It makes me sad to say that I will be voting for Obama becuase the GOP has left me. The desire to fight wars while the rich make no sacrifices is appalling. The hatred of gays, women, little people (dwarves to you haters), and left-handed children sickens me. Obama 2012. Keep moving forward!

  124. SusyQue says:

    #112…Sorry to say this, but Tiger Wood’s secret illicit rendezvous with whoredom destroyed his power of concentration.
    Once one wallows in the dirt,
    it is difficult to remove all the stains.

  125. MD says:

    Wain – that message is too complicated for the average guy. They look at the headline #. A comparison to how Obama has done compared to others after a recession is an easier sell.

  126. Brandon says:

    Actually it seems Tiger was doing better when he was getting some out on the tour.

  127. MD says:

    Brandon – had a feeling since the scoreboard took a while to update. I am telling you that it is difficult for a young guy to stick. It does happen but most fall off.

  128. MD says:

    Westwood could be due. He might be the best golfer without a major. Sergio would be up there as well but I think Westwood is much better.

  129. MD says:

    At least 8 of the guys in the top 12 will not finish in the top 10 when all is said and done.

  130. Brandon says:

    Westwood is older than Tiger and playing the best golf of his life. Yet, Tiger will never win another major? Please.

  131. Pontius Bitterlaw says:

    I hereby pardon Polaris. Cease denigrating him immediately.

  132. Tim says:

    Hey, James from NC. In a banner year of ’08, the President won NC by less than 14,000 votes. I gotta think that, in a close election, the GOP would be favored there by 3-5 points.

    I might be wrong on that. But, I don’t think that I am……

  133. MD says:

    I think I said the opposite Brandon.

    The knees are a major issue for Woods. 10 years ago a chiropractor told me he would have knee trouble because of how he swung. Obviously, he has made adjustments but once you have knee troubles it never goes away 100%.

  134. MD says:


    Dustin/Melissa/ErikNC/James is just trying to get a rise out of us.

  135. Brandon says:

    I know. It just irks me when people say because Tiger is 36 he is finished. You don’t have to be young to win golf tournaments.

  136. Tim says:

    None of that is true.

    Everyone down here knows that the Anti-Christ lives in Ga., and hired the Braves’ new hitting coach.

  137. Marv says:

    Howdy folks.

    MD, what’s the matter with Desert Rose?

  138. Bitterlaw says:

    Are we getting any new North Carolina trolls?

  139. MD says:

    It is in the middle of a horrible neighborhood and the course is not in great shape. The greens were OK though.

  140. Marv says:


    Barack Obama’s birthcertificate is a forgery. Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse said so. Obama is a fraud.

  141. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    FLOHVA contract (Mitt sweeps FL OH VA) up 1.1 today to 42.7

  142. Chase Utley says:

    but once you have knee troubles it never goes away 100%.

    Comment by MD

    Knee troubles. World “f***ing” knee troubles.

  143. NC Neddie says:

    Oh me, oh my, Obama’s vote is going to be through the sky!!!!!!!

    NC is going Obama as sure as Cheney is going to Hell!

  144. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Pitch 115 I agree wholeheartedly

  145. Bitterlaw says:

    Birth certificate? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  146. NcNative says:


    NC has been trending Dem over the last decade, and has increased even more Moderate/Progressive voters since 2008. It will be very close, but Romney will not be able to get the white support in high numbers that he would need to beat Obama here. NC and VA are just Obama states, it is that simple.


    – 2 Mormon Faith
    + 1 Moderate
    – 1 Elitist
    – 1 Regional
    + 5 Recession occurs again
    – 6 Economy continues to improve
    + 2 Money

    Romney estimated white support= 64%

    Not enough to carry NC/VA ( Sorry )

  147. jason says:

    139. Same IQ in any case.

  148. Tarheel Dude says:

    Whoa….I am really concerned down here in Charlotte. Just ain’t feeling Romney dudes. Sorry

  149. NYCmike says:

    “Yeah, the Teabaggers never did that.

    Oh, wait…….”

    -Hey Tim,
    Were you really comparing the rallies held by Tea Partiers (who cleaned up after themselves) to the marches led by “Reverend” Sharpton and “Reverend” Jackson, where people gather to complain about things they know or care nothing about? I have been to a Tea Party rally, and have witnessed a “No Justice, No Peace” march, and they are not the same thing.

  150. Tim says:

    With all due respect, Va. and NC are two different animals.

    Trending Dem in NC you say? Did you look at the results of the last statewide elections, there? Have you seen the polling on this year’s Governor’s race? I’m sorry, but that’s just not true.

  151. SoHope says:

    These NC trolls are hillarious…

    Bitter, after careful consideration, I have decided that I will not talk to you for 3 days in response to your blasphemous comment about Tar Heel basketball…so let it be written…so let it be done!

  152. jason says:

    NC went for Obama by 14k votes in a great Democratic year.

    No demographics are going to change that fact.

    The troll can talk himself blue in the face, but Romney will carry NC.

  153. Tim says:

    Nah, I was just having a bit of fun. I do that here, now and then……..

  154. NC Troll says:

    The other trolls are right.

    Obama is real popular down here in NC.

    We love socialism and the nanny state.

    We want higher taxes.

    We love socialized medicine.

    We think high gas prices are healthy because it promotes green energy. Down here we all want to drive Chevy Volts.

    We want more union power in NC.

    That is why Obama will win.

  155. SoHope says:

    Nice arbitrary numbers there, melissa

    Obama’s baseline 49%
    Being awesome +20%
    Killing Bin Laden +31%


  156. jenny-former republican says:

    in november, the unemployment rate will be 7% but we will have a record number of unemployed americans who are not being counted because they left the work force. obama will tout the bogus unemployment numbers. hopefully, mitt can offer an effective response to obama’s bull—-! this will be a contrast election. fantasy vs reality!

  157. NcNative says:

    Ok, if that’s what you want to think.

    You should read Tom Jensen’s article about NC politics, and learn something about our state. If you do not live here, you have no clue. 2010 went GOP in EVERY state, and NC wasn’t any different. The Gov race probably will go to McCrory, but it will be closer than you think.

  158. Bitterlaw says:

    Hope – You were going to be today’s Favorite Evangelical. You can appoint your successor.

  159. jason says:

    I wouldn’t mind if Lee Westwood finally won a major. Nice guy, great player, he is due and running out of time.

  160. NYCmike says:

    Nah, I was just having a bit of fun. I do that here, now and then……..

    -Maybe my sarcasm detector was set on SQ?? Just kidding!

  161. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Got to make the point to the public about labor force participation

  162. jason says:

    “You should read Tom Jensen’s article about NC politics, ”


    Tim Jensen is a flaming liberal who is bought and paid for by Daily Kos.

    Let’s get real here.

  163. Transparent Dem Troll says:

    158…hang in there, you are not doing too badly for your first day. Much better than the two trolls who got fired yesterday.

  164. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Christ these job numbers are awful

  165. Marv says:


    Obama attended Occidental College on a Fullbright Scholarship.

  166. Aitch Dee says:

    I don’t live in North Carolina. However, I know all about it. Obama will win it by 5%

  167. jason says:

    Tom, not Tim.

    Sorry Tim Jensen.

  168. Brandon says:

    Hanson with a double on the first.

  169. Marv says:


    I’d like to see Westwood and Mickelson in the final group on Sunday. I would have a tough time deciding for whom to root.

  170. Annie says:

    Unemployment rate makes a strategic drop of .1% – just shows what a record number of people dropping out of the workforce will do to the rate when they are no longer factored into the statistic. I don’t know about how things are on the ground where you all live, but here in Yolo County, the unemployment rate continues well over double digits. And, on a national level, the economy would be expected to be going great guns by this time after coming out of a recession – even a very deep one – but has not because of the policies put in place by Obama. Yet, now he and his minion try to tell Americans that he “saved” us from having a second Great Depression…

  171. g. maxwell says:

    We used to get more intelligent trolls.

    I blame the Philly Azzholes.

  172. DW says:

    The first hole has been killing them. 4 birdies, 88 pars, 35 bogeys, 9 double bogeys and 3 “others” so far in the tournament.

  173. g. maxwell says:

    170. Yeah Marv, that would be a great matchup. Let’s hope Phil has a good day.

  174. jason says:

    Marv I agree with g. maxwell.

  175. Tim says:

    Tom Jensen, you say? Well, I happen to know him. I have interviewed him on several occasions. And, we always discuss NC, every time we talk. So, I imagine I’m as tuned in as the next guy is as to what he thinks.

    Tom and I don’t agree on everything. But, if you could talk to him right now, I imagine he’d tell you that the President is gonna have a difficult time holding that state. And especially, in a close Election.

  176. DW says:

    and now 10 double bogeys on hole 1

  177. pitchaboy says:

    AP reports that in an effort to help DEAR LEADER all Americans dropped off the labor force in October making the UE rate 0%.

  178. janz says:

    #51 susy enjoyed that excerpt you posted on Romney, Like MD, I think the phrase of ‘restore’ our future has a good associative quality to it, of going back to a better place. I also think the dialogue about Romney possibly taking on a paternal image with voters is positive, weaving itself nicely into that restorative phrase.

    People will be swayed towards someone who looks competent. They will be soothed if they ‘feel’ a candidate can somehow lead them out of these troubled times, as well. Maybe that is how Romney will groom himself in the contest between himself and the incompetent one, Obama.

    Along those lines Major Garret has written a piece on who he thinks will be Romney’s VP pick.

  179. Phil says:

    Being the minister of pessimism around hear, even I believe we take NC this round. Zero got a 14K vote win in NC in a ridiculously Democratic year.

    Romney by 2 pts this time.

  180. Brandon says:

    Westwood just racking up the pars which is smart.

  181. janz says:

    As far as the UE number this morning, it is such a farce. Almost daily we run across anecdotal examples of people being let go, companies pulling back on benefit plans for their employees, businesses going under here in CA. People seem to be fixated on survival more than growth these days.

  182. DW says:

    179…yeah, that’s a pretty good case for Portman.

  183. EML says:

    Dead giveaways that Dustin/Melissa/NCNative is a Kos Kiddie.

    The Democratic fantasy of “demographics trending” towards them in every state in the union.

    Thinks that Tom “As soon as Elaine Marshall starts advertising she will beat Richard Burr” Jensen has any knowledge of NC politics and isn’t just a Dem hack.

  184. Brandon says:


  185. Bitterlaw says:

    Remember when $2.00 gasoline and 5.6% unemployment were considered an outrage and proof of a failed Presidency? Ah. The good old days. I hope we can return in 2013.

  186. janz says:

    #178 pitch

    I just had that conversation a few minutes ago with my husband on the phone — about nobody working so that the UE number could reach 0%. The reporting of the state of our economy continues to be a travesty!

  187. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Labor participation rate 63.8

    Atrocious, unbelievable

    We have Leonid Brezhnev as our President

  188. janz says:


    That was my first reaction too regarding Portman. It would be like choosing Pawlenty. But, Garrett does make a credible argument why a technocrat, like Romney is, might go in that direction, looking less for frills than sheer experience and competence.

  189. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Portman has the stink of Bush about him though

    But he couldn’t hurt in OH

  190. janz says:


    I would add PA Voter to that list you just composed, adding that they are most probably all the same person who is simply changing handles for the fun of it.

  191. janz says:


    The Bush affiliation as well as Portman being ‘boring’ were all mentioned as counterpoints in that article.

  192. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    How is CA treating you today Janz?

  193. Transparent Dem Troll says:

    This should strike fear in all you Republicans here on HHR. for FOUR POTUS election cycles in a row, from 1932 to 1944 the GOP candidate NEVER got more than 18% of the vote in ALABAMA! If you don’t feel sure about Alabama, then you have no business saying that Romney has a shot in North Carolina!

  194. Brandon says:

    Hanson with back-to-back birdies to climb back within 1. Good recovery after the first.

  195. Tarheel Dude says:

    Janz – 179

    I have been watching Portman myself and I have to say that he has elevated his status. He might be the smart pick this time around. He is definitely in the discussion now.

  196. MD says:


    You are wrong about that Brandon. I have been observing Portman. He is actually very good on the stump.

  197. Brandon says:

    McIlroy climbing up the leaderboard, now only 2 back.

  198. SoHope says:

    I cast Bitterlaw’s favorite evangelical trophy into the virtual trashcan…

    3 Days!

  199. Mike M says:

    MD- next time you’re in Vegas, try the Legacy golf course in Henderson, or the Paiute golf resort- both are pretty nice tracks and don’t cost an arm and two legs to play..

  200. jason says:

    Phil gets a birdie!!!

  201. MD says:

    Always thought that Augusta would be a good course for Sean O’Hair. Hasn’t happened yet.

  202. GF says:

    Good morning, all. Portman would be a fine pick, but is he enough to swing OH? He did win handily, unlike Kasich.

    I see the NC Troup is back for an encore. Going to be fun today…

  203. bio mom says:

    Back early in the first Bush term I identified Portman as a likely presidential nominee in the future: handsome, smart, from Ohio. I would not be at all surprised for him to be the VP pick. Romney owes him big for being the major reason that he was able to win Ohio by just 12,000 votes. They came from Portman’s district and Portman lent him his election apparatus that turned the Ohio win. Winning Ohio really began the momentum for Romney.

  204. MD says:

    Mike – After 8 hours at table games at the Wynne (4 on 3 card poker, 4 on Blackjack – average bet $25 per hand – a long night), I tried to convince the floor guy to get us comped at Wynne’s golf course. Wouldn’t do it. Did comp all of us for dinner at a nice restaurant though for the next night.

  205. jason says:

    ” Westwood is older than Tiger and playing the best golf of his life. Yet, Tiger will never win another major? Please”

    Thanks for making my point.

    Westwood is playing a lot better than Tiger and still not winning Majors.

    Tiger may win another Major or 2, as can most top players on the tour and even some not so top players, but I doubt he will reach Nicklaus.

  206. PA Voter says:

    Janz – My great-great grandfather was at Lincoln’s Cooper Union Speech. He was also a big fan of Jenny Lind (the Swedish Nightingale). She was the Lady GaGa of her day. Obama 2012!

  207. GF says:

    BTW, MD, I’m disappointed you didn’t call; I live three blocks from George’s in LJ. Sea-side apartment an all (tiny, to be sure, but Mrs. GF chose it over a large house inland where it is hot and dry).

    Next time you’re in LJ, try Nine-Ten or the Sky Room at the Valencia when it opens up again after the remodel. Spectacular views, even better than George’s.

  208. MD says:

    Portman would help with OH. Does he guarantee victory there? No. However, he also does NOT hurt us in FL or VA.

  209. jason says:

    ” Labor participation rate 63.8 ”

    Lots of headlines that say “Unemployment drops to 8.2%”

    Pravda and Izvestia would be proud.

  210. MD says:

    GF – I had no idea I was so close to you!!! I spent a night at the Sheraton Suites there. Nice place. We drank at a bar around the corner from George’s. I can only recall that it had “pig” in it’s name.

  211. jason says:

    You can play the Wynn for $500, at least you could on a weekday when I was there. The problem was I preferred to invest the $500 at poker.

  212. Brandon says:

    Three straight birdies for Hanson puts him into a tie for the lead.

  213. MD says:

    Only Oustie and Zach Johnson seem to be struggling.

  214. PA Voter says:

    BTW, MD, I’m disappointed you didn’t call; I live three blocks from George’s in LJ. – GF

    GF – You’re disappointed? MD probably drives by my street 5 times a week. Does he ever stop by? Does he ever bring me a cream soda and say, “Thanks for standing by me when I needed a break from HHR. Thanks for keeping the Philly A-holes together.” No.

  215. GF says:

    212- No worries, MD. Next time! Azul right below George’s has great steak, too.

    Time to get ready for work. See you all in a bit.

  216. MD says:

    jason – on the weekend they told me it goes to $900. In order for the 4 guys in my group (counting me) to be comped, I would have had to play a $100 per hand. Too rich for my blood. I did win though for a change. $425 and 20 free beers!

  217. MD says:

    Well, we definitely know who PA Voter is now.

  218. jason says:

    Hanson double bogeyed the first and then had 3 birdies in a row

    Way to come back…

  219. PA Voter says:

    Uhhhhhhhhhh …..ummmmmmmmm…….I live next door to Bitterlaw. Yeah. That’s it.

  220. SusyQue says:

    Charley Cook’s Report (good information) Wake up conservatives!

    The GOP’s 21 presidential debates, as well as the party’s rhetoric and policies in Washington and state capitals, have revealed an inward, self-absorbed focus. Republican officeholders are so obsessed with pleasing their party’s conservative base that they have virtually ignored how their overheated rhetoric might be interpreted by less-ideological independent and swing voters who, after all, are the ones who effectively decide general elections. If the GOP nominee won 100 percent of Republican voters, he would still lose the general election badly if he didn’t also win the support of a large slice of independent voters and close to 10 percent of Democrats.–20120405

  221. Bitterlaw says:

    Yeah. PA Voter lives next door to me. He uses my wireless router.

  222. Transparent Dem Troll says:

    From 1932 to 1944, the GOP POTUS candidate got 2%, 1%, 4% and 8% of the vote in the all important state of SOUTH CAROLINA. With numbers like this, its easy to see why the other trolls are sounding an alarm on NC.

  223. jason says:

    Yeah, I bet MD could come to Amish country with only a 2-3 hour drive. How many times has he visited me for a slice of scrapple and a glass of raw milk?


  224. jason says:

    That goes for the other Philly Azzhole too…

  225. Walt says:

    See it did not take long for Mole-issa )Obammerbot) to reappear today.

  226. jason says:

    218. Try getting the comp in advance next time. Call them and say I am coming to play but I want the golf comp. You might get a better deal (usually so many hours of play a day).

  227. janz says:

    It’s encouraging to hear all the positive remarks about Portman from people like MD, bio mom, GF etc. I’ve always considered him to be a loyal ‘insider’ type — someone who the far right might call ‘elite establishment.’

  228. deadenders says:

    “If the GOP nominee won 100 percent of Republican voters, he would still lose the general election badly if he didn’t also win the support of a large slice of independent voters and close to 10 percent of Democrats.”

    We refuse to see the obvious.

  229. janz says:

    Well, we definitely know who PA Voter is now.

    Maybe you do but as for me ?????????

  230. DW says:

    Times do change when it comes to red/blue states. FDR did win some landslides for sure…but what was the ONE true RED state that he never one…the only state in which FDR never scored a win in his four successful POTUS elections?

  231. DW says:

    232…one=won. I hate it when I do that.

  232. deadenders says:

    “Yeah. PA Voter lives next door to me. He uses my wireless router.”


    You could have least tried the NC Troll-Melissa tack, “we are married”.

  233. jason says:


  234. Bitterlaw says:

    Jason – MD could get to Route 30 in 1 minute, turn left, and be in the middle of Lancaster in about an hour and 20 minutes. Jerk.

  235. Bitterlaw says:

    You could have least tried the NC Troll-Melissa tack, “we are married”.

    Comment by deadenders — April 6, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Obviously. My wife (PA Voter) lives in the house next door to mine.

  236. ErikNC says:

    Obama will win NC by 1-3 points due to Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Durham. Romney will not be able to shore up the 65-70% he would need in the rural western counties to offset the Obama Urban Machine. Now in Virginia, Obama will win handily for it is about 6 points more Dem than NC.

  237. DW says:

    the one TRUE red state that FDR never won was VERMONT

  238. pitchaboy says:

    1. Cook’s BS applies in reverse as well. A few more months of these anemic numbers and indies are gone for Obama in big numbers.
    2. Portman will open up the deficit budget critique in debates during Bush years and thus I hesitate,

  239. Bitterlaw says:

    Lincoln did not receive any votes in the South in 1864. Obviously, Romney will not win a single Southern state.

  240. Maine-iac says:

    239- Don’t forget about us!

  241. ErikNC says:

    Lincoln Republicans are today’s Democrats! You should have all known this already per U.S. History class.

  242. Marv says:

    Given the general attitude and conduct of liberal feminists, is it any wonder why the membership at Augusta National is the way it is?

  243. bio mom says:

    I would love to see the vp debates between Rob Portman and Joe Biden. Hysterical!! Paul Ryan could do a good Biden debate too.

  244. Marv says:

    #241 Bitterlaw,

    Stop baiting me.

  245. jason says:

    ” Obama will win NC by 1-3 points ”

    I think your numbers are off. I think he will lose by 0.9746% due to hmmm, gross incompetence.

  246. jason says:

    I think Romney will lose all 7 states Obamaa created during the 2008 campaign.

    The problem is the I-143 corridor.

  247. SusyQue says:

    Why Rob Portman Will Be Romney’s Vice Presidential Nominee
    by Major Garrett

    Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee, Wisconsin sealed the deal, and he will pick Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio as his running mate.
    Write it down. And harangue me mercilessly this summer if I am wrong.
    Column writing, I have learned, is part provocation and part explanation.
    There is nothing provocative about declaring that Portman will be Romney’s running mate, except that it hasn’t happened and I don’t know it an as absolute fact.
    But everything tells me it will be so.

  248. janz says:


    look back at #179, the last line of the post.

  249. Walt says:

    I believe that Mole-issa/Dustin/NC dude/NCvoter, etc., etc. pulls out a lot of his/her numbers after a sustained and prolonged digital exploration or their rectal area. 🙂

  250. jenny-former republican says:

    women will support romney after they get to know ann romney. she is a perfect role model for women.


  251. Bitterlaw says:

    Hope – I am sad that you will not converse with me for 3 days because of me pointing out that the superb UNC team should not have been derailed by losing one player.

  252. janz says:

    Romney: “I’m going to win Pennsylvania in November”

    These juxtaposed remarks might be some of Mitt Romney’s most brilliant.

    …….by focusing his predictions of victory on the general, he adds not only to his growing aura of inevitability, but to his growing aura of electability. He diminishes the importance of a Santorum victory. “So Santorum wins Pennsylvania?” Romney seems to be saying. “Everybody wins at home, but don’t think we need a Pennsylvanian to carry the swing state in the general election. Obama’s not from there — and he’s only further alienated ‘bitter clingers’ in Pennsylvania country.”

    The man is coming out of his shell.

  253. janz says:

    bio mom

    That was a warm and wonderfully ‘human’ ad of the Romney family. Impressive woman = Ann Romney!

  254. Bitterlaw says:

    I don’t want to hear any Pope Ricky crap. I wish Santorum would just spend time with his sick daughter. There are things that matter and nothing matters more than your family. Nothing.

  255. Brandon says:

    McIlroy now up to -4.

  256. Walt says:

    Big avoidance/avoidance problem I face…

    mow or


    I think I will further postpone decision and get something to eat and further ponder thast choice.
    Anybody else ever eat olive mayonaise sandwiches? MMMMM….

    Where did I put those BBQ chips?

  257. janz says:

    Bitter — that’s the warm/fuzzy side coming out. You’re right, of course.

  258. MD says:

    Why not Dave? Because the Orioles suck. That is why not.

  259. jason says:

    Paul Lawrie hanging around….

    The guy who was handed a British Open on a silver platter.

  260. jason says:

    Hugo Chavez asking for God to save him. I thought commies didn’t believe in God.

  261. MD says:

    Sergio making a run. If the guy could make a few 8 footers he might have a shot.

  262. MD says:

    Funny how the terminal to God in the end. I will probably do the same myself.

  263. Bitterlaw says:

    I can’t imagine what it would be like for Santorum to sit home after he drops out and thinks about the time he did not spend with his daughter. I remember that when my son was young he asked me if I was afraid to die someday. I said no as long as he lived longer than I did. Irish Catholics start planning for gloom early in life.

  264. God says:

    Just wait, MD! Just wait!

  265. Brandon says:

    Garcia with another bird! Now within 1.

  266. Bitterlaw says:

    My daughter wants to go see Titanic in 3D. She already saw it on DVR. Hmmmm. I feel that as a caring father, I am obligated to go see Kate Winslet’s left breast 10 feet across and in 3D on the big screen.

  267. jason says:

    ” Anybody else ever eat olive mayonaise sandwiches?”

    Pleaasse… I am trying to have lunch.

  268. Bitterlaw says:

    Just think of scrapple covered in olive mayonaise, Jason.

  269. Brandon says:

    10 straight pars for Westwood.

  270. janz says:

    At the end of the day, the time spent with your child is wistfully remembered. Alternately, the time you didn’t spend with them is recalled with regret.

  271. Bitterlaw says:

    Janz – in theory, you are correct. I have also had days with my children that would lead me to binge drinking if I drank alcohol. There is far more good than bad but don’t be unrealistic.

  272. janz says:

    Yes, Bitter, in theory you are also right. But, in my own experience, the good times are remembered far more than the bad ones. And, those are what brings fuzzy tears to the eyes.

  273. janz says:

    …and, now for a more truthful jobs analysis…

    The big jobs miss and why the real UE sure ain’t 8.2

  274. Barrett says:

    Bitter – I’ve been sober for two months as of yesterday. Yep, I’m a recovering alcoholic.

    I was pretty stressed last night and went to a bar. I literally walked right in, and walked right out. That lifestyle isn’t for me anymore. It’s been a struggle.

    I don’t have kids yet. I want to be 1 year sober before my wife and I do.

  275. Barrett says:

    #277 – I remember hearing a statistic that during the month of may and june, job creation has to be 125,000 per month to keep up with those graduating and looking for jobs alone.

    Not a good picture if this is the case in april and may. That 8.2 will become an 8.5 in two months.

  276. bio mom says:

    gallup today:

    Romney 41 (+2)
    Santorum 25 (-1)
    Paul 12

    Obama 50/43

  277. Bitterlaw says:

    Barrett – good for you. I haven’t really been a drinker since college. I’m just not interested in it. I come from a line of people who drank too much. I don’t want to go down that road. I will never drive if I even have one drink so my wife is happy to make me the designated driver for life.

    I said it before. I used to work with a lawyer who had been going to AA meetings for 20 years. He said that it was like going to a Bar Association meeting. He said that there were so many lawyers and judges there that he actually settled some cases.

  278. janz says:


    That act belongs in the spiritual awakening department.

    I’m half way through Melody Beattie’s book, ‘Playing it by Heart,’ and was just reading about her own addiction struggle. Having this in my own family makes me well aware of the inate conflicts, internal struggles that are all part of alcholism/addiction.

  279. jan says:

    Wow fewer people are in the work force 88 million then at anytime since women began entering the workforce in large numbers.

    This is Obama’s America. A declining America.

  280. Bitterlaw says:


    Should I send you an invitation to the HHR Beerfest? I don’t want to be inappropriate.*

    *Stop crying, Brandon. You will get one.

  281. NYCmike says:

    #285 – **cough**

  282. pitchaboy says:

    A full 6 million people left the workforce since Obama began. I am glad Romney has started to point it out.

  283. jan says:

    The fewer people working the more they are dependent upon government.

  284. NYCmike says:


  285. Bitterlaw says:

    NYC – you will get one, too. It’s just that Brandon needs constant reassurance.

  286. SusyQue says:

    bio mom…janz…O’Reilly and Kraut still haven’t acknowledged their mistake of calling Romney a patrician because he wants an elevator in the grand house he is building on the beach. I have e-mailed O’R twice about his wife having MS. bio mom weren’t you the one who posted that on HHR?

  287. Brandon says:

    Oosthuizen in with the clubhouse lead of -4.

  288. SusyQue says:

    Look what is happening in Greece. 20% of their
    benefits have been cut and some are committing suicide. That is what too much entitlement by government does to people! It is a sad story.
    ooo is only trying to increase benefits to keep his voters happy. That has to be more uproar about
    his secretive financial manipulations of the electorate. I keep getting letters for a scholarship to go to college. Been there, done that! When will this ooo madness end!!!!!!

  289. SusyQue says:

    #294..*there has

  290. Brandon says:

    Dufner now birdies to go to -5. This is going to be one tight leaderboard.

  291. Scooter Boy says:

    I’m starting to think that Ryan is gonna be the VP pick.

  292. NYCmike says:

    I may have to get the Masters on at work!

  293. NYCmike says:


  294. NYCmike says:


  295. MD says:

    278 – Good luck Barrett

  296. Brandon says:

    Tiger teeing off. Let’s go Tiger!

  297. MD says:

    Ryan will not be the Veep pick because he doesn’t want it. Plus, the seniors would be turned off. Yes, I know his plan doesn’t affect them but 8 out of 10 believe it does. Sorry, the brain starts to go. Yea, I said it.

  298. lisab says:

    i paid $4.81 for gas yesterday!!!!!

    i wish i had some nobama bumber stickers to put next to the gas pumps

  299. lisab says:

    btw, where i live the pro-obama bumper stickers outnumber the anti-obama stickers about 10 to 1

    but almost all on women’s cars

  300. lisab says:

    remember the “jobless recovery” back when unemployment was 5.5%?

  301. GF says:

    The brain does sotart to go, MD. Before you know it, seniors have it in their heads that they single-handedly influenced an election by the dint of their efforts to drive voters to the polls either literally or merely through calling them. 🙂

    Just teasing. I’m hoping to comp dinner on your expense account next time you’re out here, so I don’t want to get on your bad side.

    Nice work in the Chuck Chuck Chuck, NYC. Now that I am at my desk, let it be known that the Charlie Delta is mine.

  302. lisab says:


    by the way, i went to my MRI the other day

    based on your description, i brought scented candles, silk sheets, my best of enya cd …

    it was a singularly unpleasant experience! just awful … the machine is loud and it takes 45 minutes!!!

    i blame you

  303. Brandon says:

    Tiger birdies #1.

  304. lisab says:

    btw … i once was invited to one of those fancy golf tournaments … when i was 17 a bunch of us mail clerks, all young women naturally, were invited to fly on the company jet to some tournament with a bunch of famous golfers … none of us went

  305. lisab says:

    sorry … we were not going with the golfers … we were invited by some managers

    the tournament had a bunch of famous golfers

  306. Brandon says:

    Dufner moves to -6 and takes the solo lead.

  307. NYCmike says:


  308. NYCmike says:

    Fred Couples at -3 is great! What a swing! I hope his back holds up.

  309. Walt says:

    8**304.i paid $4.81 for gas yesterday!!!!!

    i wish i had some nobama bumber stickers to put next to the gas pumps

    Comment by lisab
    You either havea VERY sdmall gas tank, it was already almost full, or you commited either a misdemeanor or a felony?

  310. DW says:

    quite a crash here in VA Beach

  311. janz says:

    #303 I think it is less a diminishment of brain capacity than an increase in fear and loss of control on the part of seniors. They feel they have more control over things that don’t change, which includes any entitlement reform.

  312. Brandon says:

    Westwood birdies and moves to a tie for the lead with Dufner.

  313. lisab says:

    per gallon walt 🙂

  314. lisab says:

    Europe is scratching its head over the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. As the judiciary and the Obama administration trade legal barbs over the high court’s authority, the idea that health care coverage, largely considered a universal right in Europe, could be deemed an affront to liberty is baffling.

    “The Supreme Court can legitimately return Obamacare?” asks a headline on the French news site 9 POK . The article slowly walks through the legal rationale behind the court’s right to wipe away Congress’s legislation. “Sans précédent, extraordinaires” reads the article. In the German edition of The Financial Times, Sabine Muscat is astonished at Justice Antonin Scalia’s argument that if the government can mandate insurance, it can also require people to eat broccoli. “Absurder Vergleich” reads the article’s kicker, which in English translates to, “Absurd Comparison.” In trying to defeat the bill, Muscat writes, Scalia is making a “strange analogy [to] vegetables.”

    Over in Britain, the opposition is more direct. The Guardian’s Kevin Powell called the debate “surreal” in his Monday column. “Wasn’t the point to make sure the richest and most powerful nation on the planet could protect its own people, as other nations do?” he wrote. “If Americans are promised not just liberty but life and happiness, is there not a constitutional right to affordable healthcare?”

  315. Bitterlaw says:

    based on your description, i brought scented candles, silk sheets, my best of enya cd …

    That’s the problem, lisab. You weren’t trying to get off as a woman. You were trying to get off as Bunu.

  316. janz says:

    Recall Walker fashion show

    This is a satirical look at the democrats running against Walker. The term ‘baboons’ is accurately used.

    Yesterday a liberal friend of mine from WI was over talking about Walker. I was surprised that he supported Walker’s actions against the Unions, predicting that Walker would survive the recall, as people in WI are more savvy to the negative influence of public unions than most would assume.

  317. DW says:

    anybody point this one out yet

    Romney 49, Obama 40



  318. Scooter Boy says:

    MD, who are you predicting will be VP pick? I’m afraid that Romney is going to have difficulty articulating his economic plan because people see him as some wall street fat cat. I was thinking Ryan would be helpful in articulating their economic agenda better. Also may bring Wisconsin over. Rubio would help with Florida, but I see Romney winning Florida anyway. Not sure enough Hispanics would cross over to swing any other states.

  319. janz says:

    I wonder if the Guardian newspaper, in their shock over Obamacare being susceptible to overturn, would also find it ‘surreal’ that people in the U.S. actually are able to see their doctor within a week of making an appointment. Because, in the UK, their much desired goal is to get appointment times down to 18 weeks! Wow!

  320. jason says:

    Freddie has an eagle putt…..

  321. Irish Catholic Philospher says:

    Don’t get too worried about Obamacare. No matter what happens, you will all be dead some day.

  322. jason says:

    Tiger pars the par 5 #2, second easiest on the course.

  323. jason says:

    ” No matter what happens, you will all be dead some day.”

    I am resigned to that, but I rather it not be the decision by Obama’s “Sunset Committee”.

  324. Bitterlaw says:

    You can always get a doctor’s appointment in the UK. You only have to wait if you need a test or an actual treatment.

  325. Brandon says:

    Come on 3:00 hurry up so we can get some TV coverage.

  326. jason says:

    You can see Freddies putt on the featured group #1 at

  327. Brandon says:

    Tiger -2 through 3 holes…

  328. Walt says:


    Gas here is either $4.09 or $4.19 per gallon.

    I drove 10 minutes down the interstate to VA and got 17 gal. fill up for $3.897gallon. VA state gas tax is about 19 cents/gal. and WV’s is 32 cents.
    But a $0.40 cents/gal. pump price.

  329. jason says:

    Missed by 4 inches or so. But a gimme birdie.

  330. Brandon says:

    I’d love to see Freddy win.

  331. jason says:

    Phil back to even.

  332. Brandon says:

    Dufner bogies the last to drop out of the current lead, but he does have the lead in the clubhouse.

  333. DW says:

    the course is tough, hole #1 is one of the hardest, and then #2 is one of the easiest…so the golfer that pars 1, then birdies 2 has to feel like the round is off to a great start. But if you mess up #1, then only par #2, then you are already playing catch-up.

  334. jason says:

    Yeah Freddie would be great.

  335. SusyQue says:

    Rush is predicting ooo will open the pipeline just before the election. He is also dissing Romney the moderate. One caller, from the south was complaining that no one is paying attention to Santorum and Romney is acting like he is the nominee, yet he doesn’t win states in the south. (Florida?)Rush agreed.

  336. Brandon says:

    Projected cut of +4 which is 60 players.

  337. Walt says:

    Has Dufner turned into a duffer?
    Pro golf is getting much tougher.
    At the end, will he have enougher?
    Or a 2nd place must he suffer?
    Ah, pro golf–you gotta luff (love) her.

  338. bio mom says:

    Just turn off the radio Susy. Not worth your time.

  339. Bitterlaw says:

    Yeah, SSQ. Just listen to Hugh Hewittzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  340. jason says:


  341. Brandon says:

    Tiger with the bogey at 4. Drops back a stroke.

  342. DW says:

    Newt now below 10 for the first time on the Gallup daily tracker.

  343. DW says:

    Couples is on fire! Now -5

  344. EML says:

    Yankees time!

  345. jan says:

    Maine Senate

    Matt Dunlap (D): 12%
    Charlie Summers (R): 22%
    Angus King (I): 56%
    Undecided: 10%

    King will likely win with over 60% of the vote.

  346. Brandon says:

    Westwood bogies the last to bring the leading number back down to -5. A lot of players on the cut line are rejoicing.

  347. SusyQue says:

    Bitter…you are wrong, wrong, wrong about Hugh Hewitt…it is a most informative, interesting radio host to listen to. Let us agree to disagree.
    You like to fight, I don’t. (Is that an Irish thing?) (:-)

    I will take bio mom’s advice and skip Rush!

  348. Brandon says:

    He double bogied!

  349. SusyQue says:

    What chutzpah!
    Gingrich Looks for Win in Delaware
    [Cape Gazette, 4/5/12] Gingrich has little shot at the nomination, but he’s continuing to hit the trail—this time in Delaware, where he delivered a message to the 9-12 Delaware Patriots. He said he’s staying in the race because he hopes to later debate Obama.


  350. GF says:

    351- Which polling outfit?

  351. MD says:

    Tiger is going to be right in the mix by the end of this round.

  352. NYCmike says:

    – C. Pena homered to deep right, D. Jennings, E. Longoria and S. Rodriguez scored

    NOT the kind of start CC Sabathia was looking for!

  353. EML says:

    I was watching the Masters, turned the Yankees game on for ONE pitch, and watched Carlos Pena hit a grand slam.

    The Yankee announcers were saying that Pena was way out in front of a fastball and if CC threw a breaking ball, Pena would strikeout. CC threw another fastball, grand slam.

  354. Bitterlaw says:

    NYC – I think CC is a great pitcher but one of my favorite moments as a Phillies fan was during a playoff game when CC was in the National League. He had a legendary 10+ pitch showdown with Brett Myers who kept fouling off pitches. Myers finally got a hit and the fans let him have it with Seeeeee Seeeeee! Seeeeeee Seeeeee! chants. CC was rattled the rest of the game.

  355. NYCmike says:

    That was when he was on Milwaukee, wasn’t it? That may have been the Brewers chance. The Yanks got one World Series with CC already. The team is getting old, though.

  356. NYCmike says:

    Carlos Pena was the first veteran to say he WANTED to be in Tampa Bay. He said that a couple of years ago, before they chose not to sign him, so then he went to the Cubs. Now he is back in Tampa, I think he will have a good year. They will be a good team.

  357. Barrett says:

    Romney may have not carried southern states Susie (with the exception of Florida), but he has gotten a good chunk of the votes.

    He’ll do fine in the GE

  358. Bitterlaw says:

    NYC – he was a Brewer when it happened. Myers was a wife-beating scumbag but he was our wife-beating scumbag. I could look it up up but I can;t remember if Cliff lee beat CC in Game 1 of the 2009 World Series. In my nightmares, I still see Jamon Damon going from base to base because Brad Lidge could not hold a runner at first. Aaaaggghhhhhhhh.

  359. Bitterlaw says:

    Johnny Damon.

  360. bio mom says:

    Romney will win Delaware.

  361. GF says:

    368- NYC, off to Superior Court (need records on a perp we’re trying here next week), so I concede CD to you in advance. Perhaps Bitter can contest the race in my absence.

    Back later.

  362. Barrett says:

    You think so, Bio Mom? I suppose its possible

  363. NYCmike says:

    #368 – YESSIR!

  364. NYCmike says:

    Bittah is no match for the NYC. (Emperor Palpatine)

  365. NYCmike says:


    I don’t remember much from that World Series. The Yanks have been less important ever since Arod opted out of his contract, and then they signed for more than before (+ incentive clauses, as if $300 million weren’t enough!!). I will have to watch him for another 7 or so years.

  366. NYCmike says:

    Jamon Damon is Johnny’s twin brother, who is a DJ.

  367. Brandon says:

    Tiger is putting terribly so far.

  368. MD says:

    Like I have said all day long, it might be tough for Tiger to make the cut today.

  369. Bitterlaw says:

    NYC – what’s one World Series to a Yankees fan? They must all run together after awhile. I’m not a Yankee-hater. I liked them growing up. When I moved to Philadelphia, I found a team that better suited my need to suffer – the Phillies. Even though they did not win it all, the 1993 Phillies will always be my favorite team. Damn you, Joe Carter.

  370. jason says:

    Anyone who thinks Tiger is “back” should watch that putt on 8.

  371. jason says:

    To bad King is about as “independent” as Bernie Sanders.

  372. Joe J says:

    Philly is lucky they play in the NL, their bats are anemic

  373. Bitterlaw says:

    Who needs bats when you have aces aces on the mound (well, until the playoffs, anyway).

  374. DW says:

    Henrik Stenson making a run now…he’s the guy who smoked the field yesterday until he quadruple bogeyed.

  375. Marv says:

    Tiger is just one of a fairly large number of excellent PGA golfers. The other golfers say nice things about him, but I sense that they know that his era of supremacy has come and gone.

  376. EML says:

    Yankees come back to go up 6-5. 4th inning.

  377. DW says:

    that has to just haunt a golfer…every moment till this is over…wow, if I hadn’t quadruple bogeyed one hole, I would be leading the masters right now…

  378. Marv says:

    After the Miami Marlins let that drafter dodger, Cassius Clay, throw out the first pitch at Opening Day of their new stadium, they will never play in a World Series again.

  379. Marv says:

    Tiger is having a rough day.

  380. DW says:

    and some guy named Mickelson is lurking at -2

  381. Tim V says:

    let’s all pick a golfer to win- I’ll take Stenson

  382. Tim V says:

    or stinson

  383. Brandon says:

    Hard to bet against someone like McIlroy, but I mentioned Dufner earlier so I’ll pick him.

  384. Marv says:

    IMO, Phil will win this Master’s Tournament. He’s. 3 shots back of two guys who will not hold the lead.

  385. Tim V says:

    only 8 players have won 3 or more masters and phil is one of them

  386. lisab says:

    “based on your description, i brought scented candles, silk sheets, my best of enya cd”

    ok ok … i really had a trader joe’s dark chocolate with caramel and sea salt bar!

  387. DW says:

    and stenson just bogeyed.

    I will pick Fred Couples even though I know he won’t make it.

  388. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Where do you find this stuff Wahkeena?

  389. lisab says:

    “Where do you find this stuff Wahkeena?”

    trader joes

    good stuff!

  390. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    By the way how is your chanting friend? Any more trouble with the law?

  391. lisab says:

    no, she is laying low

  392. DW says:

    The United Nations estimates that there are more than 3 million shipwrecks on the ocean floor.

  393. DW says:

    …which begs the question, how many ships are there in the world that haven’t sunk?

  394. Tim V says:

    398- did you send her any money ?

  395. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    You should email her and let her know she is a goddess on HHR

  396. RickPerrysParakeet says:

    Does she know she is the inspiration for WWWSD?

    She should…

  397. EML says:

    Sheesh what a lie for Tiger

  398. EML says:

    Taking a drop instead

  399. Brandon says:

    He’s out of it. Looks like he’s lacking confidence at the moment.

  400. RickPerrysParakeet says:


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