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2013-09-01 01:55:20 PM
5 votes:

whither_apophis: A bunch of people sitting around biatching how a show from 1992 seems dated? That blog sucks.


They laughed at Dan Quayle for saying we need fewer single moms and then Hillary is recognized as a wise sage for saying "it takes a village to raise a child."
2013-09-01 01:29:35 PM
4 votes:

freak7: I don't remember Obama being VP.


Work on your material, son.
2013-09-01 01:26:53 PM
4 votes:

freak7: I don't remember Obama being VP.


Lord, that's awful. Did that strike you as clever? Did you reject other one-liners and decide that one was the real zinger?
2013-09-01 01:24:23 PM
4 votes:

freak7: I don't remember Obama being VP.


Dan Quayle is hoping you'll run for VP so he can relinquish the title.
2013-09-01 01:16:36 PM
4 votes:
I don't remember Obama being VP.
2013-09-01 01:13:24 PM
4 votes:
I don't know if he was truly the dumbest, but making a stink about Murphy Brown was one of the dumbest political flaps I've ever seen. Dan Quayle lost that PR battle and then the show kind of jumped the shark not long afterward.
2013-09-01 12:53:03 PM
4 votes:
In his defense, he certainly hasn't been the dumbest person to run for vice-president
2013-09-01 02:03:00 PM
3 votes:
it just occurred to me that for as much attention as Murphy Brown got in the early 90s, practically no one has been talking about the show since Friends went on the air.
2013-09-01 01:37:00 PM
3 votes:

Nabb1: I don't know if he was truly the dumbest, but making a stink about Murphy Brown was one of the dumbest political flaps I've ever seen. Dan Quayle lost that PR battle and then the show kind of jumped the shark not long afterward.


Seems like it was part of the 1992 GOP playbook. Quayle bashes Murphy Brown, H.W. Bush bashes The Simpsons and then Pat Buchanan said this:

The agenda Clinton & Clinton would impose on America-abortion on demand, a litmus test for the Supreme Court, homosexual rights, discrimination against religious schools, women in combat-that's change, all right. But it is not the kind of change America wants. It is not the kind of change America needs. And it is not the kind of change we can tolerate in a nation that we still call God's country. [...] There is a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we will one day be as was the Cold War itself.

Boy, that all seems like I heard it yesterday. Oh wait, I did; it's also the current GOP playbook.
2013-09-01 01:30:45 PM
3 votes:

freak7: I don't remember Obama being VP.


This is not only just a whiny bitter attempt at political humor but it fails to make sense within the context of the headline. No wonder this person votes Republican.
2013-09-01 01:25:56 PM
3 votes:
usbacklash.org
If you gave him a penny for his thoughts, you'd get change back
2013-09-01 01:19:34 PM
3 votes:
The best Dan Quayle spoof was from SNL.  They had I think Michael J Fox playing him during the president's state of the union speech.  And it was a simple sketch; just Dan Quayle not knowing when to stand up and clap.  He just couldn't get it right.

I still love that sketch.
2013-09-01 01:08:07 PM
3 votes:
The Vice-Presidency a politically correct way for a party to get rid of Senators that need to go.
2013-09-02 01:21:25 AM
2 votes:

Fade2black: happydude45: Fade2black: happydude45: Seriously, none of you recall him having to drop out of the presidential race in shame years ago due to being caught plagiarizing from another politician's speech? Or when he said you had to have an Indian accent to go to a 7-11? Or telling the crippled Senator in a wheelchair to stand up? I know there are a ton more, those are just what I remember offhand.

Not sure if you're serious or not...but that "telling the crippled Senator to stand up" was your boy Biden.  If you're going to slam a politician, at least make sure you have the right one, Mr. Derpy.

Dude, all of those things referenced Biden.

So I see.


It's kind of embarrassing that everyone on your "team" are so angry that they don't even know when someone's agreeing with them, isn't it?
2013-09-01 08:45:15 PM
2 votes:
I almost hate to admit this, but "Murphy Brown" is what we used to watch before "The Daily Show" came along. Younger viewers might have trouble picking their way through it, because it was almost pathologically trenchant; if there weren't a dozen recent pop political references in each episode, it was slacking off. To low-information viewers, the show just seemed too much like homework.

Remember also that this was before the Fox Newsgasm that decided they were going to create their own little reality and pretend that "balance" has anything to do with facts. There's more of Walter Cronkite and 60 Minutes in "Murphy Brown" than Fox and Friends. It might not be out of place to see "Network," "Murphy Brown," and "Newsroom" as representing the beginning, middle, and end of television as a source of political (in the classical sense of "political") information, but for each instance you absolutely HAVE to understand the context of the show. "Network" might presage Glenn Beck's foaming rantings (and I am 100% convinced that he's a conman who doesn't believe a word he says - he wrote a book called "The Overton Window," for God's sake) but it was meant to be a satire, not a prediction.

Newsflash: a bunch of bloggers in their 20s and early 30's, writing for a younger audience, watch Murphy Brown and don't quite understand it. That is so surprising that I have to go and sit down for a few minutes because of that surprise.
2013-09-01 07:37:25 PM
2 votes:
How dare he say that having two supportive parents is preferable to one and a baby daddy. Damn him to hell!
What at moran he is!
2013-09-01 02:48:17 PM
2 votes:
I heard Dan wasn't a Cheers fan either.
2013-09-01 02:39:53 PM
2 votes:

happydude45: Sorry, but Biden has to be the dumbest ever, by a long shot.


Biden's very smart, he just has foot-in-mouth disease coupled to a chronic case of doesn't-give-a-fark.
2013-09-01 02:37:28 PM
2 votes:

Prairie Phoenix: Why?


Asking a cripple to stand automatically puts him in the top 3.
2013-09-01 02:37:24 PM
2 votes:
I just realized, some of you weren't even born when this played out. It's days like this when I realize I'm no longer a kid.
2013-09-01 02:26:36 PM
2 votes:

Fano: whither_apophis: A bunch of people sitting around biatching how a show from 1992 seems dated? That blog sucks.

They laughed at Dan Quayle for saying we need fewer single moms and then Hillary is recognized as a wise sage for saying "it takes a village to raise a child."


Here's the difference. Paraphrased to evoke what the other side heard.

Quayle (gender: male): "The problem with our country is too many women choosing to be single mothers."

Clinton (gender: female): "Groups and communities should be involved in raising children."

One comment (at worst) advocated commune thinking and socialism, the other comment blamed the Children of Eve for the sins of driving away absent fathers and ruining the morals of the nation.

As if single mothers enjoy shouldering the burden of parenthood alone. Only an asshole makes that argument.
2013-09-01 02:24:06 PM
2 votes:

s2s2s2: A: By not blaming the shiatty teacher that told him to add the "e"?


THIS!

He should have laughed it off, and said, "That's how I'd spell it, but the card says it's 'potatoe.'" (Show card to TV cameras and continue) "Maybe I should review my spelling skills."
2013-09-01 02:05:28 PM
2 votes:

assjuice: Anyone who writes a sentence fragment that begins "In which" should be shot.


I guess Noel Coward should have been executed?

verdoux.files.wordpress.com
2013-09-01 01:47:06 PM
2 votes:

freak7: Confabulat: No wonder this person votes Republican.

I voted for Obama.


And I didn't and that joke was awful. Look, son, we can all appreciate a truly witty troll, but that's so far removed from even marginal humor that most sensible people would have died from shame shortly after posting that.
2013-09-01 01:41:41 PM
2 votes:

Fabric_Man: Call him dumb all you like, but Dan Quayle, now a political consultant, engineered the Republicans retaking the House in 2010 and created the Tea Party.


www.washingtoncitypaper.com
"Excuse me?"

/And for his troubles, he was fired after the mid-term elections.
2013-09-01 01:39:50 PM
2 votes:
Thanks to subby and the verbose masturbation of the assembled authors, I now know I may be an old man, but I'm not yelling at clouds yet. Seriously Discussing "Murphy Brown" in 2012? Let me give the geezers at A/V their next roundtable - The Edsel as a single parent raising Jerry Van Dyke in "My Mother The Car." Relevant. Timely. A/V Club.
2013-09-01 01:35:51 PM
2 votes:

freak7: Confabulat: No wonder this person votes Republican.

I voted for Obama.


Oh, so you're just not funny then.
2013-09-01 01:27:02 PM
2 votes:
Man freak7 made my ignore list faster than neighborhood watch.  impressive.
2013-09-01 12:48:08 PM
2 votes:
What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is.
2013-09-02 11:14:04 AM
1 votes:

RottenEggs: I thought it was funny while pretending to be cool by watching the NBA finals , he said " that Michael Jackson is one hell of a basketball player .....he also claimed to have invented the internet . LOL He so funny .


/DRTFA


While Al Gore's legacy is littered with really embarrassing quotes that are zingers on their own, you've chosen to misquote him. Twice.

On the basketball issue, he said "I tell you that Michael Jackson is unbelievable, isn't he. He's just unbelievable." Source: The Chicago Tribune June 17, 1998. Still a stupid gaffe, but misquoting it is just as stupid.

As far as the Internet quote is concerned, the GOP's propaganda machine and the continuing repeat of the misquote by Fox News seems to have had its effect on you. Gore was a sponsor of both the 1988 High-Performance Computer Act and the Information Infrastructure and Technology Act of 1992, legislation that opened the Internet from just academia and defense to schmoes like you who repeat lies and misquotes to make yourself feel important. Did he "invent" the Internet, no. As one of the most technologically-savvy legislators at the time, he did understand what the Internet was and could see the importance (and commercial possibilities) of information sharing on a scale never before imagined. He did all he could to support its growth through helping craft and support legislation that removed barriers to commercialization and that led to the development of the web-centric application businesses we know today like Twitter, Facebook, Fark, Vivid, Bang Bros., and Tube8. Without his efforts, we wouldn't be able to access free porn 24/7 and for that, he's a hero in my book.
2013-09-02 05:03:34 AM
1 votes:

Prairie Phoenix: AliceBToklasLives: MaudlinMutantMollusk: In his defense, he certainly hasn't been the dumbest person to run for vice-president

[images.usatoday.com image 180x180]

PALIN YOU DOLT!!


ideafix7.files.wordpress.com
2013-09-02 03:14:32 AM
1 votes:

limboslam: Was this story re-hashed in order to hopefully get people to forget that Biden is easily the dumbest vp in history? I mean, come on, people.


If you think Biden is stupid, your either an idiot or not paying attention.  The fact that Biden doesn't try to dissuade anyone from the notion that he's stupid, as it works to his advantage.
2013-09-02 01:19:47 AM
1 votes:

rynthetyn: watched Murphy Brown regularly as an elementary schooler,
MusicMakeMyHeadPound: I enjoyed watching Murphy Brown in elementary school


i105.photobucket.com

Thanks a pant-load for making me feel old.
2013-09-01 11:32:46 PM
1 votes:

Death Whisper: [usbacklash.org image 850x850]
If you gave him a penny for his thoughts, you'd get change back


images.politico.com
s3.amazonaws.com
vicepresidents.com
i.chzbgr.com

Also: Biden's TAPS speech

Also, convincing Obama to come out in the open about gay rights.  Etc., etc., etc.

Sorry, man, Biden's too cool to for the likes of you.
wee [TotalFark]
2013-09-01 10:00:52 PM
1 votes:
I don't know... Biden gives Quayle a run for his money.
2013-09-01 08:28:12 PM
1 votes:

MilesTeg: How dare he say that having two supportive parents is preferable to one and a baby daddy. Damn him to hell!
What at moran he is!


I've never understood why people do this.  Do you get some sort of bonus points for it?  Do you get to wear special little patch or something?
2013-09-01 07:51:42 PM
1 votes:

mrjared: In this thread, we have idiot conservatives trying to defend Dan farking Quayle, more than 20 years after he's lost all political relevancy. Does it get sadder?


Yes it does. Idiot liberals beating up on him as if he's still relevant. Anything to keep from discussing obama
2013-09-01 07:29:47 PM
1 votes:
Seriously, none of you recall him having to drop out of the presidential race in shame years ago due to being caught plagiarizing from another politician's speech? Or when he said you had to have an Indian accent to go to a 7-11? Or telling the crippled Senator in a wheelchair to stand up? I know there are a ton more, those are just what I remember offhand.
2013-09-01 06:43:59 PM
1 votes:

freak7: Confabulat: No wonder this person votes Republican.

I voted for Obama.


Yeah, I know a few republicans, and none of them want to admit they voted for McCain/Palin or Romney/Ryan either.
2013-09-01 06:08:40 PM
1 votes:

AliceBToklasLives: MaudlinMutantMollusk: In his defense, he certainly hasn't been the dumbest person to run for vice-president

[images.usatoday.com image 180x180]


I always loved what Dennis Miller had to say following the Quayle/Gore/Stockdale:

"Now I know (Stockdale's name has) become a buzzword in this culture for doddering old man, but let's look at the record, folks. The guy was the first guy in and the last guy out of Vietnam, a war that many Americans, including our present President, did not want to dirty their hands with.

"The reason he had to turn his hearing aid on at that debate is because those f***ing animals knocked his eardrums out when he wouldn't spill his guts. He teaches philosophy at Stanford University, he's a brilliant, sensitive, courageous man. And yet he committed the one unpardonable sin in our culture: he was bad on television.

"Somewhere out there Paddy Chayefsky must be laughing his ass off. We should be ashamed of ourselves. Could he have been our Vice President? Of course he could've been our Vice President. You think Al Gore is a charismatic visionary? His favorite film is Tron, for Christ's sake!

"And how tough can this job be, look who did it for the last four years. Dan Quayle ... shouldn't have been second in command of the Hekawi tribe from "F Troop," much less the ... most powerful nation on the face of the planet ..."

"Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong."
2013-09-01 06:00:25 PM
1 votes:
Well, in the long run, Dan Quayle was right.  Children of single mothers are more likely to be criminals, have mental illnesses and just be all-around terrible people.
2013-09-01 05:51:28 PM
1 votes:

Thank You Black Jesus!: Man freak7 made my ignore list faster than neighborhood watch.  impressive.


That's all it takes to make your ignore list? You need to man up, Nancy.
2013-09-01 05:24:16 PM
1 votes:
George H W Bush: "We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons"

Bart Simpson: "Hey, we're just like the Waltons. We're praying for an end to the Depression, too."
2013-09-01 05:24:04 PM
1 votes:
For the life of me, I still can't remember if I watched those episodes or not. My parents were evidently bad conservative parents because they let me watch it in general, and I know I saw some of the baby episodes, but it's driving me nuts trying to remember if I saw this in particular.

Such a weird cultural moment though.
2013-09-01 04:44:26 PM
1 votes:

Fano: whither_apophis: A bunch of people sitting around biatching how a show from 1992 seems dated? That blog sucks.

They laughed at Dan Quayle for saying we need fewer single moms and then Hillary is recognized as a wise sage for saying "it takes a village to raise a child."


Do you seriously not see the difference?  How the latter takes the pressure off of being the former?  Quayle is saying that there is one proper size and shape to a family.  The latter says that families can come in all shapes and sizes, and you can't have too many people in your life that you consider family, regardless of whether they are related to you.

Especially in hindsight, this should be self evident.  Apparently not.
2013-09-01 03:43:31 PM
1 votes:

whither_apophis: jbc: happydude45: Sorry, but Biden has to be the dumbest ever, by a long shot.

You're new to this country, right? Because the reason GHWB selected Quayle is because Quayle reminded him so much of his mentally-challenged son.

Actually is was because one of Quayle's staff was part of the Iran-Contra cabal. Whether being VP was in thanks or to keep Quayle quiet is open to debate.


GHWB needed a human shield.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-09-01 03:27:54 PM
1 votes:
That episode or real close to it was when I stopped watching Murphy Brown. It crossed the line from a show with political content to a political show. Ironically, Candice Bergen mostly agreed with Quayle but saying so at the time would be bad for ratings.
2013-09-01 03:27:31 PM
1 votes:

freak7: Prairie Phoenix: Why?

Asking a cripple to stand automatically puts him in the top 3.


I like you.

You're stupid.

You can go over to Neighborhood Watch's house and f#ck him while his sister watches.
2013-09-01 02:57:10 PM
1 votes:
Ah yes. The birth of "Family Values."
2013-09-01 02:41:14 PM
1 votes:
Meh. tl:dr. I'll just turn on MTV for a "Teen Mom" marathon.
2013-09-01 02:28:47 PM
1 votes:
Sorry, but Biden has to be the dumbest ever, by a long shot.
2013-09-01 02:19:18 PM
1 votes:

s2s2s2: A: By not blaming the shiatty teacher that told him to add the "e"?


Obama would have hung the teachers out to dry and made sure he showed the card to the media.  

http://www.capitalcentury.com/1992.html
2013-09-01 02:10:02 PM
1 votes:
A: By not blaming the shiatty teacher that told him to add the "e"?
2013-09-01 02:08:39 PM
1 votes:

SixPaperJoint: What did we do to deserve such terrible trolls?

I'm really starting to miss internet dentistry and black cats.

What ever happened to Forever?


I agree the quality of trolls has declined dramatically.  People used to put a little effort into their alts.
2013-09-01 01:54:20 PM
1 votes:

Thank You Black Jesus!: Man freak7 made my ignore list faster than neighborhood watch.  impressive.


So he's there at least twice.
2013-09-01 01:46:24 PM
1 votes:

YodaBlues: Fabric_Man: Call him dumb all you like, but Dan Quayle, now a political consultant, engineered the Republicans retaking the House in 2010 and created the Tea Party.

[www.washingtoncitypaper.com image 208x300]
"Excuse me?"

/And for his troubles, he was fired after the mid-term elections.


www.tucsonweekly.com
I don't recognize the guy in your picture. This was the RNC Chairman when the GOP won the 2010 midterms.
2013-09-01 01:39:53 PM
1 votes:

freak7: I don't remember Obama being VP.


laurenoutloud.com
"Comedy gold, freak7!"
2013-09-01 01:38:22 PM
1 votes:

Fabric_Man: Call him dumb all you like, but Dan Quayle, now a political consultant, engineered the Republicans retaking the House in 2010 and created the Tea Party.


You mean Dick Armey?
2013-09-01 01:33:28 PM
1 votes:

freak7: I don't remember Obama being VP.



The proper version of that joke would be that everyone knows George W Bush was the dumbest US vice president.
2013-09-01 01:33:07 PM
1 votes:

Confabulat: No wonder this person votes Republican.


I voted for Obama.
2013-09-01 01:30:32 PM
1 votes:

whither_apophis: A bunch of people sitting around biatching how a show from 1992 seems dated? That blog sucks.


Srsly.

I made it about two paragraphs in before I realized that a. the author hadn't really said anything yet and b. this was a socio-political discussion revolving around a show that went of the air nearly 20 years ago.
2013-09-01 01:27:22 PM
1 votes:
A bunch of people sitting around biatching how a show from 1992 seems dated? That blog sucks.
 
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