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AdLib On December - 4 - 2009

Vox Populi

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Categories: Vox Populi

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. PatsyT says:

    Thanks again AdLib & Everyone for the serious insights and the hilarious funny bits.
    Adlib, you may want to copyright this stuff so it does not end up on the Late shows
    or Bill Maher or worse- Cable News!
    Vox Populi -- Bring on the Latin, that will really confound them.
    Good Night all…..

  2. KQuark says:

    I know it’s shallow to be happy when the US economy loses ONLY 11,000 jobs in November but I have to admit I was surprised by that news today. Maybe the economy can actually gain some jobs next month. This is going to be a long tough recovery but I look for every positive sign I can find and this is probably the most positive.

    I’m glad they are finally listing the underemployed number now to bring some reality to the situation we have not seen for a while. I guess the official unemployment rate is down to 10% and the underemployed rate is down to 17.2%.

  3. BigDogMom says:

    I see our countdown clock is all set for next weeks debate…with that, I will bid you all a good night.

    Thank you Adlib and all of you who participated, had a great time and learned some new and interesting things.

    Sleep well and Good Luck e’cat with the new addition to your canine family.

  4. Khirad says:

    So, I dunno what we’re talking about, but anyone here into soccer/football? See the World Cup group drawings?

    And, oh yeah, I know they do this yearly, but I saw this in the local paper today: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/02/us/02atheist.html?_r=2

    I was out and about tonight.

    • KQuark says:

      Alas I’ll probably just watch the WC final but I did play real football a couple of years in high school. I was the sweeper and my claim to fame was my one goal from 50 yards out.

      • Khirad says:

        A sweeper scoring! Awesome!

        Well, you guys didn’t miss out on much, I just happened to catch it. Charlize Theron was drawing the balls lottery style and letting out more of her Afrikaaner accent than usual in announcing.

        We’re in Group C with England, Algeria and Slovenia. A good draw, I suppose. England’s not the powerhouse it once was. Italy had better though -- they’re already in round two for all intents and purposes.

        I get fanatical about the WC. In addition to sport, there’s a lot of geopolitics and it is absolutely fascinating to me the way their respective team’s play styles reflect their cultural attributes.

        • KQuark says:

          That means the US shoots down opposing players with Predator drone aircraft and leaves it’s injured players on the field without healthcare I guess. Sorry I could not help my self.

          • Khirad says:

            We have problem with follow through and passionate struggle in our game. And, we generally rely on the European and South American powerhouses to soften other teams up before we play them.

            I’m not kidding, soccer is poetry. Take this from someone who was more interested in music and books and who hated all sports for the longest time.

    • escribacat says:

      I am amazingly ignorant about all team sports.

  5. Beachchick says:

    Hey guys,

    It looks like I missed the chat — bummer.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t have an opportunity to log on for quality internet time until now.

    I am going to brows, read and try to catch up.

  6. PepeLepew says:

    OT MAJOR breaking news story out of Montana:

    Montana Sen. Max Baucus ensnared in scandal in which he nominated his his mistress to a U.S. Attorney’s Office position.

    Wow!

    It never crossed my mind he was an unethical scumbag.

  7. AdLib says:

    Props to KQuark for the cool image for this article!!!

  8. PatsyT says:

    Correction
    Well with a quick look back I can see that I was trying to one of answer one of AdLibs’ earlier posts
    with --AdLib -- now thats what I’m talking about !
    Not --AdLib -- not thats what I’m talking about !

    -Seeing Rush Hannity Beck with exploding heads is a good thing.

  9. nellie says:

    I’m going to say good night. This was very successful, AdLib — I look forward to our next chat.

    Have a lovely evening everyone. Sweetest of dreams. And have a beautiful day, Kalima!

    • PatsyT says:

      Great posts Nellie
      Nighty night

    • BigDogMom says:

      Night nellie…sweet dreams to you too.

    • AdLib says:

      Night nellie! You were part of the reason for its success! Sleep well!

    • Kalima says:

      Good night nelli. Take care and be safe. Rest well.

      • BigDogMom says:

        Good day Kalima, how are you and your furry friends?

        I have a young pup laying next to me in my office snoring his head off and running in his sleep! What a happy camper he is…

        • Kalima says:

          Hello BDM, you are up late.
          We are all ok. Hubby is in Barcelona, it’s raining there too.

          Aren’t they the cutest sight when they run or talk in their sleep?

          Our black cat Nikkie doesn’t say much when awake, she never stops when she’s asleep.

          • BigDogMom says:

            How’s your RA in the damp weather? Bothers my sister, her knee’s swell terribly.

            We are supposed to have snow here this weekend, not much, only 2-3″. Can’t wait for the ground to freeze up, it a mud pit in my gardens for the boys to romp through.

            • Kalima says:

              Not so great, full of water every week but the humidity bothers me more.

              How was your expected storm the other night?

            • BigDogMom says:

              Not as bad as they said it would be, just blew all night, not much rain.

              My sister has her knees drained every once and awhile, very painful for her, but then seems to recover after a day or so.

              I see the pain etched in her face these past few years, I know it must be awfully painful…so I feel you, because I see what it has done to my sister and my late Father.

              Take care. I’ll speak to you soon.

          • escribacat says:

            My greyhounds yip and scrabble and sometimes growl in their sleep.

            • BigDogMom says:

              When are you getting your new foster tomorrow? Hope all goes well and it’s not too shaken up from the trip.

            • Kalima says:

              That was cute escribacat.

              Well yes 16 but only 6 of them inside the house, the rest, my refugees, live in our garage.

            • escribacat says:

              LOL. Kalima…You have 16 kitties? That is 64 little cats feet.

              THE fog comes
              on little cat feet.

              It sits looking
              over harbor and city
              on silent haunches
              and then moves on.

              Carl Sandburg

            • Kalima says:

              I think that’s what is missing in my life, I need another cat, 16 after having 20 at the beginning of this year, is not enough. :)

            • BigDogMom says:

              How sweet, you’ll have use a good southern nickname like, “Little Girl” or “Missy”…”Sister” is a good one too, with her since she’s from the south.

              Because, lawd only knows, that’s what them hillbilly’s do!

            • escribacat says:

              Yes. The truck is arriving in Denver in the afternoon. I just got her crate and bedding ready. She’ll be a mess I imagine, having been in a truck for many hours,plus having spent her whole life in a crate she will be completely bewildered…and then she will start to realize how wonderful and interesting the world is! I’ve been told she’s a “sweet three year old black and white cat safe female named Country Girl.” I’m already in love!

  10. KQuark says:

    I especially like hearing the ways people view elitists. I think it’s a word people run away from lately because the right has demonized it but it really depends on how you define elite whether it’s a positive or negative connotation.

    For example I hope if we do send troops to go after Bin Laden they are elite squads and not mediocre troops.

    • BigDogMom says:

      There are several meanings that people apply to elitism…educational, which the GOP have demonized; social, which would be the American Aristocracy, the top 1 or 2% wealthy of our Nation; or as you have used it, an “elite squad”, meaning someone or group that really knows what they are doing.

      Like nellie says, it is how it is used in context to the subject matter.

    • AdLib says:

      Agreed, that was very interesting, and I say that as an elite elitist.

      As a word maven, I would point out that there is a difference between “elitists” and “elite”.

      “Elitists” was created and has been maintained as a negative reference whereas “Elite” was not and is used often as complimentary of something.

      • KQuark says:

        But again it’s Republicans trying to conflate all meanings even elite to have a negative connotation. Worse they expended the definition of elitist to cover groups that are not necessarily bad. To teabaggers intellectual elites or intellectual elitists mean the same thing.

    • nellie says:

      It’s a very interesting point you bring up. It is really a neutral word, and we can put a positive or negative spin on it. Depending on the context.

  11. BigDogMom says:

    What is everyone’s feelings on what Beck is up to, do you think he’s making a play, like Dobbs for some political office?

    This man scares the hell out of me, more than Palin does. He know how to manipulate the masses the same way Hilter did. He plays to peoples fears and emotions.

    He’s up to something, I just don’t know what….

    • PepeLepew says:

      In a weird way, I almost want him to run with Palin, though the prospect of the two of them actually winning is *terrifying.*

      The guy would be an absolute gaffe machine…

      Then again, I believe very strongly in the maxim of “be careful what you wish for…”

      • AdLib says:

        I think it’s all just MSM hysteria to alk about Beck as being a legit choice as a running mate for Palin.

        I mean, can you imagine everything that could be dug up on him about his past?!

        That alone would be worth having this media fantasy come true.

      • BigDogMom says:

        If anyone in the media even asked them a question regarding policy or experience, both would claim that the ‘elitist’ leftist media was picking on them…

        But then again, the media is making a lot of money reporting on these two, so they may tread lightly.

    • AdLib says:

      Beck is making too much money as a goofball, he may have aspirations but aside from running in a heavy Republican state, which have loonies as elected officials anyway, he has no options.

      He’s like Arianna, just trying to amass power and wealth so they can be more “important” and bigger celebrities. He is not some Machiavellian genius, he’s a panderer to the lowest common denominator carnival performer.

      • BigDogMom says:

        Thanks for talking me down, he just seems to be getting more and more exposure…even on my local new station their picking up some of his stories.

        Let’s hope you and kesmarn are right…

      • KevenSeven says:

        He’s a geek. That is a carnival performer whose specialty is to bite the heads off chickens.

        It’s a living, of sorts.

    • kesmarn says:

      Beck seems more likely to go off the deep end in a dramatic way than Palin, to me. But then, Hitler went off the deep end, too. Unfortunately he was in a position of enormous power when he did it.

      There’s such a “big kettle of crazy” (to quote Dilbert) in the country right now, it’s hard to tell what’s going to float to the top when it gets stirred.

  12. escribacat says:

    Well that was fun. And stimulating.

  13. AdLib says:

    Aside from my feeling bad that Kalima wasn’t able to join in, this was a very fun and successful debut of this feature…thanks to the wit, wisdom and temperament of our fantastic members.

    Thanks so much, looking forward to next week’s edition!!!

  14. BigDogMom says:

    That was very fast and furious, but fun.


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