focus on the fear

I’d like to take a moment to chastise the “National Enquirer” for making the cheap, baseless claim that Governor Palin made sweet passionate love to her husband’s business partner. Just because they were right about John Edwards and his affair, does not mean that they’re right about this, and I would encourage all of you to disregard it. I would also encourage you not to focus too much on the fact that Cindy McCain wore a $300,000 outfit last night. Neither thing has one iota to do with this election, which is, at its heart, about fear. Please disregard them, and focus on the fear.

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  1. The Bad Photographer
    Posted September 4, 2008 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Does that include the cost of the amazingly lifelike baby doll she was holding? How does a five-month-old sleep through that?

  2. mark
    Posted September 4, 2008 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I mentioned the same thing last night. I think the kid must have been drugged. There’s no way a five month old could keep from crying with all the screaming and everything else.

  3. Brian
    Posted September 4, 2008 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Maybe it’s just a very well behaved 5 month old. That seems like a reasonable excuse….hmmm…

  4. Paw
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I suspect if we took cheek swabs from all five of the kids, we’d find they had five different fathers.

    Not that it would matter in the least.

    This election isn’t about sex.

    It’s about fulfilling God’s wonderful plan.

  5. Paw
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Dear Abby,

    I’m thinking about getting into politics, but I don’t have a Down’s syndrome baby. What do you recommend I do?

  6. Abby
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Dear Paw,

    Do a lot of cocaine until you yourself have some sort of syndrome. Then make friends with every sociopath you encounter and get your dad into the CIA if possible. Soon enough, you’ll be governor of something and it will not even have been your idea.

    Thanks for the question and good luck!


  7. Brackache
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Fear of terrorists or global warming… I lost track.

  8. Huge News
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    The business partner that the National Enquirer alleges that Palin had an affair with? He filed an emergency request to seal his own divorce records on Wednesday. It was denied.

  9. Robert
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Hmmmm, the page won’t load for me here. I wanna make copies.

  10. Posted September 5, 2008 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Oooops, now has been knocked offline.

  11. markisaliar
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 3:41 pm | Permalink



  12. Posted September 5, 2008 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    So it appears that Palin has been sent back to Alaska to “straighten up her affairs.”

  13. Robert
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Is markisaliar for real? That’s hillarious!!!

    I told you guys this was gonna be fucking fun! Didn’t I say so the moment I found out McCain picked Palin?! This is so fucking awesome!

  14. ytown
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Now this is scary! Focus on this fear

  15. Ol' E Cross
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Hey friends.

    First off, not that anyone really cares, but life, from time to time, makes commenting more difficult. It’s just hard right now to weigh in with any frequency (with my sick goldfish and all). I miss you too.

    Second, God and you witnesses know, I’ll go on to 100 comments and beyond when I think it’s a worthwhile discussion. If I thought that there were folks reading who were open to persuasion and/or discussion, maybe I’d force time, however difficult with my present obligations.

    Regular readers know that Brachache and I are friends, but have some widely differing politics. You also know that Edge of the Sprawl and I have had rather direct differences of opinion. Hell, I think I’ve disagreed with everyone at some point.

    Truth is, I respect BA, who I know and love, and EoS, who I don’t know and love but respect for engaging on differences. And all of you who have commented from differing opinions.

    I realize it’s out of character for me to simply insult and dismiss someone with no intention of following up, but, out of everyone I’ve ever disagreed with on this blog, I have to say ytown’s posts are the most ignorant and least worth of time. Edge of the Sprawl, and others, I feel like say things I deeply disagree with but are worth engaging. I feel like with EoS there’s an honestly and integrity of opinion. I can disagree and respect him/her. That’s been true with folks on this blog for a long, long time.

    I like feisty discussions. I like honest disagreement. I think EoS has convictions. I know BA does. I could go on naming names of people I’ve agreed with and disagreed with at times. But, there seems to be a glowing exception. Ytown seems like someone who has no underlying morality/philosophy they can or will identify or any idea what they’re talking about but just needs attention.

    Frankly, he/she bores me more than he/she provokes. The best of you provoke. But with ytown, nothing original, thought provoking or remotely ringing of genuine. I suppose ytown deserves some credit for being the single most inane and persistent provocateur I’ve seen on the site but I could probably accomplish the same jacking off in a convent.

    I’m not trying to dismiss opposition to this “liberal” blog. Like I said, I think BA, EoS, and others (who’s screen names I may misspell, you know who you are) add a ton. And, I often have filled the role of dissenter. I kind of miss the days where I was the biggest dissenter.

    What I’m getting at is, ytown, if you want to be taken seriously, say something serious. Look inside. Figure out what you’re really for or against. Until then, you’re just another babysitter trying to figure out how much to be paid. That is, someone to be played with if the mood fits, but otherwise, entirely inconsequential and easily ignored.

    You may push buttons, have fun! Good times. I like to believe there’s someone in you worth talking to, until then, you just aren’t worth it.

    Insult. Dismiss. Ignore.

    I’m not sure I’ve ever done it before.

  16. Brackache
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    If you took a camera into the convent and didn’t have some strange aversion to making money off your art, OEC, you could accomplish far more.

  17. ztown
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    ytown = rox

    Ol’ E Cross = preachy-screechy bore

  18. Posted September 6, 2008 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    …and I was just starting to get ytown to come out of his shell. Ol’E Cross, you had to come along and scare him back in. You with all your thoughtful, intelligent talk…BORING! And please, don’t tell me it’s not clear to you that ytown is a guy. No woman on Earth acts like that. No woman ever allows herself to reach that level of sexual frustration. Actually, you are all very fortunate ytown isn’t a woman. None of you would have believed the shit that would have gone down if that were the case.

    But to get back to Mark’s original topic, “Focus on the Fear” which is I assume a play on the “Focus on the Family” line those phonies like to use, I have to say I think it’s all wearing off now.

    I think the vast majority have at least come to the suspicion that this “We’re protecting you from terrorists” stuff is BS. There was even sort of a hollow ring to it at the Republican convention this past week. I’m sure the Bush Administration and their friends have been feverishly looking for ways they might ‘rekindle’ that fear in the American people. But the fact is, too many folks right in close around that cabal of criminals are watching for their next sick move. It won’t be as easy to pull off this time.

    Did anybody even utter the name “Cheney” once at the convention? I never heard it.

  19. mark
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I’ve only erased three comments here over the six years that I’ve been running this site. Two used the N-word, and one was taken down at the request of the person who wrote it. We’ve had terrible troll problems here in the past, but I never deleted a comment. Trolls, I’ve found, are seasonal. They come and they go… So, like it or not, I probably won’t be blocking Ytown’s comments. He will eventually, however, dry up and blow away like a dog turd on a summer lawn.

  20. mark
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    And it’s probably just a coincidence, but I notice that the Ytown comments began at about the same time that new articles stopped being posted at the Ypsi Tattler.

  21. ytown
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Mark doing your research. What else have you looked into about me? I’m flattered. East cross, i really don’t care what you say. Thanks any way.

    Gotta go football is on. You guys probably didn’t know that.

    You are right mark about one thing I will get bored with this site soon enough and you guys can go back to your liberal orgy.

  22. Posted September 6, 2008 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s pretty clear that there’s a wide variety of political views here.

    Perhaps you think that conservatives are folks that troll websites and say stupid things?

  23. sarah m
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    Isn’t football the game where old fat guys sit around watching other guys do things they can’t while criticizing them for not doing the things they could never hope to do?

    I can see why ytown is into it.

  24. czvm
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    sarah, “isn’t football the game where old fat guys sit around watching other guys do things they can’t.” No. That’s porn!

    Football is the game where McCain supporters sit in luxury boxes watching Obama supporters on the field working hard to actually accomplish something.

  25. Brackache
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Both sarah m’s and czvm’s comments are worthy of a “bangarang” or “snap” or some such, and are hearby so recognized.

    *much applause follows*

  26. Posted September 7, 2008 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    What’s up with the football blasts? I mean, c’mon!!! :)

    ytown, I’m going to have your back on this one. There ain’t nothing wrong with football, except when I’m so dragged down by work that I can’t watch it (like today). And as much as I love this site, ytown is right: when the game’s on, it’s time to close the laptop, grab a beer and an unhealthy snack, and sink into the Lazy Boy.

    OEC, well said by the way…Healthy arguments is what makes the world go round.

  27. Posted September 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    I think ytown was trying to say that no one here likes football since they liberals are “pussies”.

    Not to say that everyone here is a liberal, they are not, but in ytown’s mind, I’m sure we all are.

  28. czvm
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Yah dude. And my point was that I’m willing to wager that a lot of the guys out on the gridiron aren’t in the Bush leagues.

  29. Robert
    Posted September 9, 2008 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Football is great and everything. But I was hoping we’d be down at the Big House every week watching Muslims being thrown to the lions by now. Things appear to be a bit behind schedule. Hopefully we can get Palin in there and do some catch up.

  30. Robert
    Posted September 15, 2008 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Oh I’m sorry. Did I say “Muslims”? I meant “suspected supporters of Islamo-Fascists.”

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