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2013-01-20 07:00:23 PM
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2013-01-20 07:05:34 PM
Well, they know what we should do, but they're special and rules don't apply to them. They're not alcoholics, it is just a social thing that requires that they drink. I mean you can't have a book launch without wine.

Well except that big book.

Couple of drunks.
 
2013-01-20 08:34:10 PM

feckingmorons: Well, they know what we should do, but they're special and rules don't apply to them. They're not alcoholics, it is just a social thing that requires that they drink


But , enough about Boehner...
 
2013-01-20 08:46:44 PM

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No I'm doesn't!
 
2013-01-20 09:35:59 PM
I commend The Post on their investigative reporting

Zing!
 
2013-01-20 10:01:39 PM
Well, it was almost a third of a month...her liver probably got bored
 
2013-01-20 10:04:50 PM
Because alcoholic biatches rule America.
 
2013-01-20 10:10:37 PM
She never quit. She was drinking her wine out of a Diet Coke can the whole time.

www.starpulse.com
 
2013-01-20 10:11:20 PM
bcgavel.com
 
rka
2013-01-20 10:35:58 PM
Giving up alcohol for 1 month is about as useless as those people who say they are going to go on some sort of "social media" or "email" diet and try to go a month without looking at their iPhone. Or those who try to claim their "detox" diet actually does anything at all.
 
2013-01-20 10:38:34 PM
I'm not a big fan of Kathy Lee Gifford, but why would anyone want to go 9 days without drinking?

Its not like drinking was hurting her job, her job was to drink wine at 10 in the morning and talk on television.
 
2013-01-20 10:48:51 PM
I often go long stretches without drinking, so this article is absurd to me.
Especially being in the public eye, she can't honour her commitment for 31 days?
 
2013-01-20 11:00:44 PM

rka: Giving up alcohol for 1 month is about as useless as those people who say they are going to go on some sort of "social media" or "email" diet and try to go a month without looking at their iPhone. Or those who try to claim their "detox" diet actually does anything at all.


Not necessarily true. One month without alcohol won't prove someone isn't an alcoholic, but it might show they're more dependent than they thought if it turns out to be difficult, or they suffer withdrawal symptoms when going without. You know who says "I can quit anytime?" Addicts. If you're serious, stop talking and do it already. Go a week without. Go a month without. At the end of it, maybe you learn something about yourself. (Not "you" meaning rka, specifically, but the generalized "you.")

/Not a full-blown alcoholic, but was well on my way. Saw the bottom coming up at me and punched out.
 
2013-01-20 11:02:02 PM
i can name that tune in.....
 
2013-01-20 11:11:07 PM
You mean it's not normal to have half a box of wine with breakfast? What are you Mormon?
 
2013-01-20 11:11:24 PM

Fuggin Bizzy: rka: Giving up alcohol for 1 month is about as useless as those people who say they are going to go on some sort of "social media" or "email" diet and try to go a month without looking at their iPhone. Or those who try to claim their "detox" diet actually does anything at all.

Not necessarily true. One month without alcohol won't prove someone isn't an alcoholic, but it might show they're more dependent than they thought if it turns out to be difficult, or they suffer withdrawal symptoms when going without. You know who says "I can quit anytime?" Addicts. If you're serious, stop talking and do it already. Go a week without. Go a month without. At the end of it, maybe you learn something about yourself. (Not "you" meaning rka, specifically, but the generalized "you.")

/Not a full-blown alcoholic, but was well on my way. Saw the bottom coming up at me and punched out.


But what if I don't want to?

/ I know you're talking to me
// Wanna fight about it?
 
2013-01-20 11:14:52 PM
if they could see her now!
 
2013-01-20 11:17:44 PM
I call it karma for all those snotty Christmas specials she attacked us with a decade ago. Like we all just wanted to gather round the TV and watch her precious 5 year old snowflake Cody eating lobster al fresco in Aspen.
 
2013-01-20 11:26:44 PM

fusillade762: I commend The Post on their investigative reporting

Zing!


Don't knock the Post, it's great for laying on the cafe table so that you don't get your copy of the Times dirty.
 
2013-01-20 11:46:55 PM
I don't get why so many people need to drink all the time. Alcoholics notwithstanding, of course. I mean people who aren't really alcoholic, but still need to have a drink once a week or once a day, even.

I haven't had an alcoholic beverage in about a year and a half. It's not like I made a decision not to drink or anything. I just haven't really felt like it. I had hard cider in 2011, I think, and I'm considering some wine or absinthe soon, but it's just not important to me. I'll have it when I have it.

I had my first alcoholic beverage when I was 15 (beer, which I find horrible tasting) and I've never been drunk in the 27 years since then. I have a drink every once in a while. Sometimes it's within days from the last time, and sometimes it's a couple years before I have alcohol again. I never, ever crave it. I watch other people buying cases of beer or boxes of wine every week (or every day!) and just want to roll my eyes. I don't get it.

I can see craving chocolate, caffeinated beverages, or bacon... But those things actually taste good. To me, most alcohol tastes harsh, bitter, and medicine-like. I seriously don't get how someone can say a particular alcohol (not mixed drinks, but straight gin, beer, wine, whiskey, etc.) tastes "yummy" or "good". I get wanting to be drunk-- Some people just can't cope with the world without having some sort of haze to distract them-- But I cannot understand craving alcohol for the taste.

Now, mixed drinks are another story. Make it taste like chocolate, strawberries, or something else dessert-like, and I totally understand enjoying the flavor. The alcohol is just an accessory at that point, though.

Beer is just so nasty tasting. I've had microbrews. I've had ales. I've had Canadian, European, Mexican, and American beers. They all taste bitter and nasty to me. Beers that have been described as "sweet" do not taste sweet to me; They taste like what I'd imagine turpentine and piss would taste like if served cold.

I know that's blasphemy around here, and I'm sorry, but I honestly think most people just pretend to like beer because of peer pressure or the fear of being called a sissy, or something like that. I think deep down, most people think beer tastes like watery vomit.

/I'm probably wrong about beer.
//I'm more of a chocolate milk kind of guy, anyway.
 
2013-01-20 11:51:08 PM

ZeroCorpse: I don't get why so many people need to drink all the time. Alcoholics notwithstanding, of course. I mean people who aren't really alcoholic, but still need to have a drink once a week or once a day, even.

I haven't had an alcoholic beverage in about a year and a half. It's not like I made a decision not to drink or anything. I just haven't really felt like it. I had hard cider in 2011, I think, and I'm considering some wine or absinthe soon, but it's just not important to me. I'll have it when I have it.

I had my first alcoholic beverage when I was 15 (beer, which I find horrible tasting) and I've never been drunk in the 27 years since then. I have a drink every once in a while. Sometimes it's within days from the last time, and sometimes it's a couple years before I have alcohol again. I never, ever crave it. I watch other people buying cases of beer or boxes of wine every week (or every day!) and just want to roll my eyes. I don't get it.

I can see craving chocolate, caffeinated beverages, or bacon... But those things actually taste good. To me, most alcohol tastes harsh, bitter, and medicine-like. I seriously don't get how someone can say a particular alcohol (not mixed drinks, but straight gin, beer, wine, whiskey, etc.) tastes "yummy" or "good". I get wanting to be drunk-- Some people just can't cope with the world without having some sort of haze to distract them-- But I cannot understand craving alcohol for the taste.

Now, mixed drinks are another story. Make it taste like chocolate, strawberries, or something else dessert-like, and I totally understand enjoying the flavor. The alcohol is just an accessory at that point, though.

Beer is just so nasty tasting. I've had microbrews. I've had ales. I've had Canadian, European, Mexican, and American beers. They all taste bitter and nasty to me. Beers that have been described as "sweet" do not taste sweet to me; They taste like what I'd imagine turpentine and piss would taste like if served cold.

I know that's blasphemy around here, and I'm sorry, but I honestly think most people just pretend to like beer because of peer pressure or the fear of being called a sissy, or something like that. I think deep down, most people think beer tastes like watery vomit.

/I'm probably wrong about beer.
//I'm more of a chocolate milk kind of guy, anyway.


Also, having nearly died, I imagine drinking yourself to simulated oblivion probably doesn't hold much pleasure for you.
 
2013-01-20 11:52:13 PM
Who's Kathy Lee Gifford?

And how long has she been boozing? I've only been drinking more than once a week for 13 years and every day for 7 years, but my latest psych drug prescriber wants me to either add Neurontin to my two antidepressants or carry a card in my wallet saying "I take Wellbutrin AND I DRINK ALCOHOL EVERY DAY," just in case I get hit by a bus or something. Something about Wellbutrin lowering the seizure threshold and booze withdrawal causing seizures, even in non-epileptics like me.

Can withdrawal 3-4 ounces of ethanol -- figure 200 mL of 80 proof whiskery -- a day do that? I've gone without for a day or two not too long ago and didn't have any seizures that I noticed.

What I'm going to do is make & carry that card just in case and leave the damn Neurontin alone, then when I reduce the Celexa dose in the Summer because it causes heat intolerance and excessive sweating I'll lower or cut out the Wellbutrin XL too. I'm lucky enough to have three or four months a year where the danger is mania and paranoia rather than crumpling into a whining little ball of suicidalism, and the previous experiments with Lamictal didn't give me much reason to add another anti-epileptic to my daily regimen.

But cut out drinking? When for $15 each I can buy a box of Franzia Burgundy and a 1.75 L jug of Kentucky Tavern bourbon and catch a slight but life-enhancing buzz every night? Nope. Not gonna. I got my GP to order up a full liver function profile this past summer and it came back fine: so far the only health-related problem I've had besides the occasional hangover is that health practitioners keep bugging me about taking Wellbutrin and drinking. (Not at the same time: pills in the morning, booze at night.) Besides, most boozers my age have been at it for 20 or 30 years and they think I'm a lightweight. ("A half-pint a day? You call that drinking?")

I could stay dry for a month if there was a big-deal reward involved, but not just to "prove" I don't have "a drinking problem." That's strictly from hunger. My heart goes out to Kathie Lee Gifford, whatever it is. Let's all raise a glass to celebrities who like the juice. After we dribble out a little for our fallen comrades, of course. (Here's my drinking problem: I don't drink enough!)

L'Chaim!
 
2013-01-21 12:02:06 AM

ZeroCorpse: I don't get why so many people need to drink all the time. Alcoholics notwithstanding, of course. I mean people who aren't really alcoholic, but still need to have a drink once a week or once a day, even.

I haven't had an alcoholic beverage in about a year and a half. It's not like I made a decision not to drink or anything. I just haven't really felt like it. I had hard cider in 2011, I think, and I'm considering some wine or absinthe soon, but it's just not important to me. I'll have it when I have it.

I had my first alcoholic beverage when I was 15 (beer, which I find horrible tasting) and I've never been drunk in the 27 years since then. I have a drink every once in a while. Sometimes it's within days from the last time, and sometimes it's a couple years before I have alcohol again. I never, ever crave it. I watch other people buying cases of beer or boxes of wine every week (or every day!) and just want to roll my eyes. I don't get it.

I can see craving chocolate, caffeinated beverages, or bacon... But those things actually taste good. To me, most alcohol tastes harsh, bitter, and medicine-like. I seriously don't get how someone can say a particular alcohol (not mixed drinks, but straight gin, beer, wine, whiskey, etc.) tastes "yummy" or "good". I get wanting to be drunk-- Some people just can't cope with the world without having some sort of haze to distract them-- But I cannot understand craving alcohol for the taste.

Now, mixed drinks are another story. Make it taste like chocolate, strawberries, or something else dessert-like, and I totally understand enjoying the flavor. The alcohol is just an accessory at that point, though.

Beer is just so nasty tasting. I've had microbrews. I've had ales. I've had Canadian, European, Mexican, and American beers. They all taste bitter and nasty to me. Beers that have been described as "sweet" do not taste sweet to me; They taste like what I'd imagine turpentine and piss would taste like if served cold.

I know that' ...


3/10, just because I'm responding seriously.

I don't like beer. Even without the fun effects, I would still drink it.

Likewise with wine. It just adds to a good meal in a way other beverages cannot.
 
2013-01-21 12:02:17 AM
If you picked 'Zero days' in the "How many days I will give a fark" sweepstakes, step up to claim your prize
 
2013-01-21 12:10:25 AM
ZeroCorpse:


I had my first alcoholic beverage when I was 15 (beer, which I find horrible tasting) and I've never been drunk in the 27 years since then. I have a drink every once in a while. Sometimes it's within days from the last time, and sometimes it's a couple years before I have alcohol again. I never, ever crave it. I watch other people buying cases of beer or boxes of wine every week (or every day!) and just want to roll my eyes. I don't get it.


You don't have to. There's no reason you should. I don't see why anybody would vote for either of the two
major US parties, have kids or care a whit for any sport: it takes all kinds on this green Earth.

I was a pathetic loser for 42 years before I took up boozing; now at least I'm a pathetic loser who imbibes a bit of an evening. It's a waste of time & money, but so is the rest of my life. I drink because I like it and there's no reason not to -- it's not like my non-existent wife will leave me and take my imaginary kids away if I lose my fantasy office job.

What I roll my eyes about is people who go into debt to get a degree to take a job I could have done in 8th grade, then bother to get legally married, acquire a mortgage and start having brats. For 30-odd years I've watched people I knew "grow up" and get themselves "normal lives" and I just want to roll my eyes. Why would anybody do such a thing? Especially when their parents, relatives and neighbors have shown them over and over that that way leads to pain, let alone the notorious celebrities who do that shiat over & over. I myself have never ever craved anything like that, that's for sure. I'd sooner nail my dick to Kathi Lee Gifford's head.
 
2013-01-21 12:15:28 AM

The One True TheDavid: Who's Kathy Lee Gifford?

And how long has she been boozing? I've only been drinking more than once a week for 13 years and every day for 7 years, but my latest psych drug prescriber wants me to either add Neurontin to my two antidepressants or carry a card in my wallet saying "I take Wellbutrin AND I DRINK ALCOHOL EVERY DAY," just in case I get hit by a bus or something. Something about Wellbutrin lowering the seizure threshold and booze withdrawal causing seizures, even in non-epileptics like me.

Can withdrawal 3-4 ounces of ethanol -- figure 200 mL of 80 proof whiskery -- a day do that? I've gone without for a day or two not too long ago and didn't have any seizures that I noticed.

What I'm going to do is make & carry that card just in case and leave the damn Neurontin alone, then when I reduce the Celexa dose in the Summer because it causes heat intolerance and excessive sweating I'll lower or cut out the Wellbutrin XL too. I'm lucky enough to have three or four months a year where the danger is mania and paranoia rather than crumpling into a whining little ball of suicidalism, and the previous experiments with Lamictal didn't give me much reason to add another anti-epileptic to my daily regimen.

But cut out drinking? When for $15 each I can buy a box of Franzia Burgundy and a 1.75 L jug of Kentucky Tavern bourbon and catch a slight but life-enhancing buzz every night? Nope. Not gonna. I got my GP to order up a full liver function profile this past summer and it came back fine: so far the only health-related problem I've had besides the occasional hangover is that health practitioners keep bugging me about taking Wellbutrin and drinking. (Not at the same time: pills in the morning, booze at night.) Besides, most boozers my age have been at it for 20 or 30 years and they think I'm a lightweight. ("A half-pint a day? You call that drinking?")

I could stay dry for a month if there was a big-deal reward involved, but not just to "prove" I don't have "a ...


9.5/10 ... Only because you took it a *tad* too far with the Lamictal.
 
2013-01-21 12:32:35 AM
She lasted longer than I did after similar a declaration . . .
 
2013-01-21 12:40:41 AM

Slow To Return: 9.5/10 ... Only because you took it a *tad* too far with the Lamictal


Wait how was that a troll? What am I missing? As far as anti epilepsy drugs go neurontin is rather benign compared to shiat like phenytoin.
 
2013-01-21 12:48:47 AM

feckingmorons: Well, they know what we should do, but they're special and rules don't apply to them. They're not alcoholics, it is just a social thing that requires that they drink. I mean you can't have a book launch without wine.

Well except that big book.

Couple of drunks.


Yeah, I saw that line and was just like "Damn".

Since I don't have a chance to attend many book launches, I wonder if I can use this reasoning for other events. "Hey, you can't go to work without whiskey."
 
2013-01-21 12:58:50 AM
I think they both stayed off the booze just long enough for their latest cosmetic work to heal.
I watched the show for a few days and it looked like they were the apes from Planet of the Apes when they talked. Their mouths opened but their faces didn't move.
It was kinda creepy really.
 
2013-01-21 12:59:56 AM
Why do we still need alcohol in our society? We have filtered water now. Drinking booze in any form is barbaric and unnecessary.
 
2013-01-21 01:01:32 AM

DownDaRiver: I think they both stayed off the booze just long enough for their latest cosmetic work to heal.


Drinking and taking pain meds together is also dangerous,especially if they contain acetaminophen. Why the fark do some famous people have so much surgery done when they would've looked better just aging normally?
 
2013-01-21 01:04:29 AM
This brings up two important questions:

Is Kathy Lee still famous?
Why?
 
2013-01-21 01:05:39 AM

Trackball: Why do we still need alcohol in our society? We have filtered water now. Drinking booze in any form is barbaric and unnecessary.


Why? To deal with people like you.
 
2013-01-21 01:09:15 AM

Trackball: Why do we still need alcohol in our society? We have filtered water now. Drinking booze in any form is barbaric and unnecessary.


We've been drinking way longer than we used weak beer instead of water. That's a medieval thing, booze is ancient. Far from being barbaric, booze made civilization.
 
2013-01-21 01:15:58 AM
9 days? Good lord that woman is a champion... I went five once, it was hard.
 
2013-01-21 01:44:22 AM
I can go about 6 months before I really start craving a beer.

/csb
 
2013-01-21 02:40:25 AM

ZeroCorpse: I had my first alcoholic beverage when I was 15 (beer, which I find horrible tasting) and I've never been drunk in the 27 years since then.


Sheesh. No wonder you're so cranky.
 
2013-01-21 02:57:26 AM
If I was her I'd drink too.
 
2013-01-21 03:33:45 AM
I learned that there are now four hours of the Today show.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-21 03:57:15 AM
Does anyone remember the old sitcom cliche of a dishonest character vowing to be honest for one week, who then sees something so outrageous that when he tells someone about it, they immediately think he's broken his vow? This sounds exactly like that, but with alcohol.
 
2013-01-21 06:07:19 AM
Much like the rest of us she realized that she can't stomach watching Kathie Lee Gifford without huffing Rust-O-Leum.
 
2013-01-21 06:28:24 AM
Gifford was seen at Michael's quaffing chardonnay right in front of her NBC colleagues.

I read that as "queefing".  I should probably go to bed now.
 
2013-01-21 06:54:03 AM
I drink at least a six pack every night.

I don't care if I'm an alcoholic. Beer is the only thing that makes my life semi bearable. Without it, I would have already killed myself.
 
2013-01-21 07:19:20 AM

Trackball: Why do we still need alcohol in our society? We have filtered water now. Drinking booze in any form is barbaric and unnecessary.


We already tried to ban it once, it set the stage for lots of gun violence. Why do you hate children?
 
2013-01-21 08:20:17 AM
Wow, lots of real fun-at-party folks in this thread. jeez.
 
2013-01-21 08:41:59 AM
A drunk Kathy Lee is the best kind of Kathy Lee, let nature take its course.
 
jgi
2013-01-21 08:49:10 AM
The Easyway to Stop Drinking

I've never hit "rock bottom" but I'm beginning to awaken to what alcohol has done to me. Ultimately, I find that it makes me unhappy. I don't mean it makes me unhappy when I drink (which it sometimes does), I mean it makes me unhappy at times I'm not drinking and that is some scary shiat. I've also learned that I make very poor decisions when I'm drinking. I'm glad nothing serious has happened to me and I'm ready to move on from this weird addiction. Once you start drinking everyday, or even most days, you're addicted whether you think you are or not. "I can quit any time I want" is the call of the addict. Any younger farkers reading this, tread carefully with alcohol. I've got too much I want to accomplish in life to let something as silly as alcohol get in the way.
 
2013-01-21 08:51:59 AM
My fiance asked me yesterday if I could go a week without beer....I just laughed and cracked open another 40oz.
 
2013-01-21 09:09:11 AM

Trackball: Why do we still need alcohol in our society? We have filtered water now. Drinking booze in any form is barbaric and unnecessary.


That's how I feel about sex. Artificial insemination is possible without the possibility of contracting a disease. I'm sorry, but people's good time in the bedroom isn't worth the spread of disease. Diseases that could in time evolve past our ability to manage them and end the human race. Not worth it.

I've taken precautions in my life to ensure I don't fall prey to the pit falls of trying to enjoy my life. I lock my door, leave the house only when necessary, with no sex, drugs, fatty foods, loud music and minimal human contact. My life is simply too important to me to risk having a life.
 
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