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(New York Daily News)   Your husband is in middle of giving his concession speech, after losing senate race. You reach out and gently rub his back to console him. Does he C: Promptly swat your hand away in front of everyone? w/vid   (nydailynews.com ) divider line 184
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2013-10-17 11:42:37 PM  

2xhelix: I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984: If he is blind, why does he (appear to) keep glancing down at prepared notes on the podium?

Because he's legally blind and NOT totally blind.  He's got retinitis pigmentosa, which means that he doesn't have peripheral vision or is able to see in dark environments.  He can still read and see out of the center of his eyes, but not out of the sides.  So, it's not an excuse for being a douche toward his wife.

 Explanation of what retinitis pigmentosa is and its effects.


It's degenerative and leads to full blindness, and since he was diagnosed at 14 and he's like 60 now, his eyesight is well and gone.

If you'd bothered to read the article I linked above, he's not just legally blind, he can't tell if someone is giving him the finger from 5 feet away.  It is not something that is consistent for every person.
 
2013-10-17 11:43:44 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Smackledorfer: Why am I single and these douches have loving wives?

/looks in mirror
//oh, right.

You can see your bank account in the mirror?

(that's the only reason I can imagine)


50k in my checking.

Only that high because I am frugal though. Yes I know that is code for cheap.


Should I bring bank statements on dates?
 
2013-10-17 11:46:04 PM  

Darth Macho: Dude gave off the 'don't touch me' uncomfortable body shift the first time she did it. Not even married to the dude and I saw him flinch. Either she's also blind or she doesn't care about embarrassing her husband on live tv. Let a man lose with dignity.

Justified brush-off.


I guve blind the pass.

But if your lover touching you makes you uncomfortable you are a piece of crap (barring weird psych issues).

Man up and lean on her support.
 
2013-10-17 11:46:24 PM  

Smackledorfer: Gyrfalcon: Smackledorfer: Why am I single and these douches have loving wives?

/looks in mirror
//oh, right.

You can see your bank account in the mirror?

(that's the only reason I can imagine)

50k in my checking.

Only that high because I am frugal though. Yes I know that is code for cheap.


Should I bring bank statements on dates?


Well, that's why then. These douches have billions, otherwise, who would date them?

I'll date you, though. I like poor-but-witty men.
 
2013-10-17 11:47:26 PM  
And it wasn't like it wasn't something that was unexpected and he brushed her hand away because he was taken by surprise. He clearly turned his head to her and gave her a "biatch, I don't want that shiat now." look, then brushed her hand away.
 
2013-10-17 11:49:16 PM  
Yknow... as much as I love a chance to castigate a Republican... dude is in a defensive, stressed out, public arena trying to hold it together and his wife's decision is to make it about herself by patting him? I'd probably smack her too.
 
2013-10-17 11:51:36 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Smackledorfer: Gyrfalcon: Smackledorfer: Why am I single and these douches have loving wives?

/looks in mirror
//oh, right.

You can see your bank account in the mirror?

(that's the only reason I can imagine)

50k in my checking.

Only that high because I am frugal though. Yes I know that is code for cheap.


Should I bring bank statements on dates?

Well, that's why then. These douches have billions, otherwise, who would date them?

I'll date you, though. I like poor-but-witty men.


Hot. You are older though so lets set up accounts on a cougar site and see if we match up!

/i didnt think 50k in checking was poor, but I'll submit and you'll be the breadwinner.
 
2013-10-17 11:51:42 PM  

lack of warmth: Mikey1969: Sorry guys, I'm not a big fan of people molesting me in public either... I get a little personal-space-ish after awhile. Yes, personal contact comes with being married, but that was long enough to make me uncomfortable just watching. Besides, after awhile, it's the same as her licking her palm and flattening your flyaway hair.

Like I said, I wouldn't handle like he did, but that woman needs to back out of the bubble.

I don't understand how people like you survive.

/as long as I am not working with power tools, my wife can touch me any way she wants to.
//She is part of my bubble.


My mother has a personal space bubble that's literally like 3 feet around her, despite being an extrovert. My father is an introvert. My parents give me one hug per visit...when I'm leaving. I could count on both hands the number of times I was kissed by them as a child probably. I haven't hugged my brothers in years.

Casual physical touching and affection just doesn't occur to me as a result. It is almost always a conscious effort thing. As a result though my siblings and myself make sure to hug and kiss the wee ones a whole lot, but again it's a conscious thing.

And I can react in the way that he did when annoyed with touch. I'm sure I'm not the only one. I simply make sure I *never* do it with the wee ones. My niece is a cuddlebug, and I'm glad for it. :)

Anyhoo that's one way people can end up that way. It's still something I work on, but that's why I'm weird about it.

/raised by wolves
 
2013-10-17 11:51:51 PM  

Ready-set: I feel bad for your dog.


Then go right ahead. It's a damn dog. I feel bad for this guy's wife, since she's not a dog.
 
2013-10-18 12:04:49 AM  

Lady Indica: lack of warmth: Mikey1969: Sorry guys, I'm not a big fan of people molesting me in public either... I get a little personal-space-ish after awhile. Yes, personal contact comes with being married, but that was long enough to make me uncomfortable just watching. Besides, after awhile, it's the same as her licking her palm and flattening your flyaway hair.

Like I said, I wouldn't handle like he did, but that woman needs to back out of the bubble.

I don't understand how people like you survive.

/as long as I am not working with power tools, my wife can touch me any way she wants to.
//She is part of my bubble.

My mother has a personal space bubble that's literally like 3 feet around her, despite being an extrovert. My father is an introvert. My parents give me one hug per visit...when I'm leaving. I could count on both hands the number of times I was kissed by them as a child probably. I haven't hugged my brothers in years.

Casual physical touching and affection just doesn't occur to me as a result. It is almost always a conscious effort thing. As a result though my siblings and myself make sure to hug and kiss the wee ones a whole lot, but again it's a conscious thing.

And I can react in the way that he did when annoyed with touch. I'm sure I'm not the only one. I simply make sure I *never* do it with the wee ones. My niece is a cuddlebug, and I'm glad for it. :)

Anyhoo that's one way people can end up that way. It's still something I work on, but that's why I'm weird about it.

/raised by wolves


My older brother is like that. Not a hugger at all.

I pushed away physical stuff as a teen but got over it. I realized it was just self-consciousness and trying to be the unemotional freak my dad always pushed us to be. I love the guy, but he is broken :(
 
2013-10-18 12:05:15 AM  
I wonder how many sheep this rapeublican has raped.  Surely he's not attracted to women.  He's a rapeublican after all.  Hide your boys, hide your goats, he's free to rape.
 
2013-10-18 12:06:52 AM  

Earguy: I'm fine with Chris Christie's call to hold a special election after the death of Lautenberg. But here in NJ the Republicans are pissed that Christie didn't exercise his right to appoint an interim senator, which could have created an incumbent Republican senator in NJ when the next regular election is scheduled.


He did appoint an interim senator. Jeffrey Chiesa, former Deputy Atty General of New Jersey.

Chiesa did not run for office in the special election.
 
2013-10-18 12:07:52 AM  

Smackledorfer: Darth Macho: Dude gave off the 'don't touch me' uncomfortable body shift the first time she did it. Not even married to the dude and I saw him flinch. Either she's also blind or she doesn't care about embarrassing her husband on live tv. Let a man lose with dignity.

Justified brush-off.

I guve blind the pass.

But if your lover touching you makes you uncomfortable you are a piece of crap (barring weird psych issues).

Man up and lean on her support.


Not when you've just lost a public election, there's cameras all on you and you have to get through a speech without a) crying, b) shouting, c) calling your opponent a racial slur, d) all of the above.

Not everyone copes the same way. He might actually be an asshole, but don't call him one just because he doesn't react in an emotional moment to your personal tastes. By that same evidence (by this I mean: flimsy) we could convict her for picking on him.

People are different. He was visibly uncomfortable and his wife (either by sympathetic error or deliberate act) exacerbated it. Either way I'll save my outrage for another story.
 
2013-10-18 12:10:14 AM  

Darth Macho: He might actually be an asshole, but don't call him one just because he doesn't react in an emotional moment to your personal tastes.


Ok. "who wants that job anyway?"

Apparently he didn't.
 
2013-10-18 12:17:54 AM  
Whar are sunglasses if he's blind Whar
 
2013-10-18 12:18:04 AM  
Well, you can't blame him for being pissed.  He  has that Romeny attitude, and he didn't write a concession speech.
 
2013-10-18 12:21:13 AM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: IamAwake: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: You bet your ass he knew the touch of his own wife on his shoulder.

that isn't the relevant point.  He didn't give her a "look" - he's blind.  He doesn't conceptualize that thousands of people are now "watching" him on the internet - how something "looks" is meaningless to him, because he's farking blind.  So even if he did know it was her, it still is a complete non-issue.

I'm not even addressing "the look." He backhanded his wife's consolation away like I do with my dog's paw when she keeps putting it on my leg to go out and I'm busy. Regardless of whether or not you're blind or sighted, you know what it means to backhand away affection. She wanted to offer support, and he wasn't having any of it.

That's not something that being blind absolves. He treated his wife like shiat, and I feel bad for her.


I feel bad for her, too, but I think it's just a matter of different people (women and men) having different approaches in a situation like this. After what seemed like forever while he was trying to talk, he was irritated and wanted her hand off of him. He couldn't stop his speech to tell her, "Stop touching me! Gah!" so he shrugged her away, without realizing how it would look (to us, to the people there, to his wife ...).

I'm female, and I'm sure his wife understands. Women tend to get a little touchy-feely. Sometimes guys really don't want that. Sometimes women need to be a little more respectful of men's preferences.
 
2013-10-18 12:21:33 AM  
well, I can't blame the guy for being disappointed and I know when I get like that, I don't like contact either, especially with so many people watching.

That said, he's a tea party republican, so I am obligated to think the worst of him first.
 
2013-10-18 12:23:25 AM  

Smackledorfer: Darth Macho: Dude gave off the 'don't touch me' uncomfortable body shift the first time she did it. Not even married to the dude and I saw him flinch. Either she's also blind or she doesn't care about embarrassing her husband on live tv. Let a man lose with dignity.

Justified brush-off.

I guve blind the pass.

But if your lover touching you makes you uncomfortable you are a piece of crap (barring weird psych issues).

Man up and lean on her support.


To make a blanket statement like that tells me that you have probably never been in a long term relationship. Sometimes people just don't want to be touched, especially when you're under a great deal of stress. That doesn't make someone a piece of crap, it just makes them normal.
 
2013-10-18 12:36:31 AM  

Rwa2play: basemetal: [assets.nydailynews.com image 635x356]
I wonder if he told her to go be fat somewhere else......

Why is that most Republicans

POLITICIANShave the most punchable faces...?

FTFY
 
2013-10-18 12:42:50 AM  
Says he's blind since 14.

Dude played college football, he can't be that blind.

He can be that big of an asshole.
 
2013-10-18 12:43:06 AM  

ReapTheChaos: Smackledorfer: Darth Macho: Dude gave off the 'don't touch me' uncomfortable body shift the first time she did it. Not even married to the dude and I saw him flinch. Either she's also blind or she doesn't care about embarrassing her husband on live tv. Let a man lose with dignity.

Justified brush-off.

I guve blind the pass.

But if your lover touching you makes you uncomfortable you are a piece of crap (barring weird psych issues).

Man up and lean on her support.

To make a blanket statement like that tells me that you have probably never been in a long term relationship. Sometimes people just don't want to be touched, especially when you're under a great deal of stress. That doesn't make someone a piece of crap, it just makes them normal.


I've been married for 35 years and would never do that to my wife in public or private.  I might say "don't bother me right  now" but definitely never show her that kind of disrespect in public, let alone in private.

Of course, that's me.  He should be put in a line with John Edwards and be at least cock punched for being a douche to her.
 
2013-10-18 12:44:42 AM  

Lsherm: 2xhelix: I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984: If he is blind, why does he (appear to) keep glancing down at prepared notes on the podium?

Because he's legally blind and NOT totally blind.  He's got retinitis pigmentosa, which means that he doesn't have peripheral vision or is able to see in dark environments.  He can still read and see out of the center of his eyes, but not out of the sides.  So, it's not an excuse for being a douche toward his wife.

 Explanation of what retinitis pigmentosa is and its effects.

It's degenerative and leads to full blindness, and since he was diagnosed at 14 and he's like 60 now, his eyesight is well and gone.

If you'd bothered to read the article I linked above, he's not just legally blind, he can't tell if someone is giving him the finger from 5 feet away.  It is not something that is consistent for every person.


No, I didn't bother to read that article either.
 
2013-10-18 12:58:01 AM  
Your husband is in middle of giving his concession speech, after losing senate race. You reach out and gently rub his back to console him. Does he C: Promptly swat your hand away in front of everyone? w/vid

I think I need to step away from the PC for a bit, because this is all I saw.
 
2013-10-18 12:59:45 AM  
If I was him, I would have grabbed her hand and just held it like a normal couple in a normal marriage would.  It'd look endearing to the camera AND it gets her to stop rubbing your shoulder.

But then again, knee-reaction is the modus operandi of Republicans.  And the bastard's blind, maybe he thought some weirdo was feeling him up.  I don't know.
 
2013-10-18 01:03:48 AM  

fatcurlytoes: Yknow... as much as I love a chance to castigate a Republican... dude is in a defensive, stressed out, public arena trying to hold it together and his wife's decision is to make it about herself by patting him? I'd probably smack her too.


Well, you'd better let any future or current girlfriend/wife know that comforting you and rubbing your shoulder is making it all about her, and that she is so selfish for doing so.  If my fiance told me that my attempts to comfort him were selfish, and that I deserved a smack for it, I'd probably start reconsidering my relationship and start thinking of an exit strategy.
 
2013-10-18 01:09:20 AM  

Gato Blanco: If I was him, I would have grabbed her hand and just held it like a normal couple in a normal marriage would.  It'd look endearing to the camera AND it gets her to stop rubbing your shoulder.

But then again, knee-reaction is the modus operandi of Republicans.  And the bastard's blind, maybe he thought some weirdo was feeling him up.  I don't know.


Exactly the way I would have handled it.  Kudos to you
 
2013-10-18 01:10:01 AM  

Lady Indica: Per the comments he's also blind



What, being blind makes you an asshole?  I thought that was only true about deaf people.
 
2013-10-18 01:12:33 AM  

Rwa2play: basemetal: [assets.nydailynews.com image 635x356]
I wonder if he told her to go be fat somewhere else......

Why is that most Republicans have the most punchable faces...?


He looks like he's just recently arrived from the early 1960s.
 
2013-10-18 01:16:37 AM  

Lady Indica: Per the comments he's also blind, which then makes a lot more sense and comes off a lot less douchey.


What are the reading glasses for?
 
2013-10-18 01:19:31 AM  

Bigdogdaddy: ReapTheChaos: Smackledorfer: Darth Macho: Dude gave off the 'don't touch me' uncomfortable body shift the first time she did it. Not even married to the dude and I saw him flinch. Either she's also blind or she doesn't care about embarrassing her husband on live tv. Let a man lose with dignity.

Justified brush-off.

I guve blind the pass.

But if your lover touching you makes you uncomfortable you are a piece of crap (barring weird psych issues).

Man up and lean on her support.

To make a blanket statement like that tells me that you have probably never been in a long term relationship. Sometimes people just don't want to be touched, especially when you're under a great deal of stress. That doesn't make someone a piece of crap, it just makes them normal.

I've been married for 35 years and would never do that to my wife in public or private.  I might say "don't bother me right  now" but definitely never show her that kind of disrespect in public, let alone in private.

Of course, that's me.  He should be put in a line with John Edwards and be at least cock punched for being a douche to her.


I'm not implying the guy handled the situation correctly, but to make a blanket statement that someone is a piece of shiat if they're bothered by their spouse touching them is simply ridiculous.
 
2013-10-18 01:23:40 AM  

kg2095: Lady Indica: Per the comments he's also blind, which then makes a lot more sense and comes off a lot less douchey.

What are the reading glasses for?


Wanna know how I know you didn't read the whole thread?
 
2013-10-18 01:24:54 AM  

FnkyTwn: Lady Indica: Per the comments he's also blind

What, being blind makes you an asshole?  I thought that was only true about deaf people.


Suddenly I had a picture in my mind of a cocktail party inhabited entirely by blind and deaf assholes.

The blind assholes cracking deaf jokes while the deaf folks were making catty cracks about blind people in sign language and everyone getting away with it.

Brains are funneh.
 
2013-10-18 01:38:03 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Wow.  That looked even worse than I expected.

 
2013-10-18 02:04:09 AM  
i90.photobucket.com
Public massages can be kind of creepy.
 
2013-10-18 02:15:28 AM  
 
2013-10-18 02:18:12 AM  
NOOOOOO TOUCHY!!!!
 
2013-10-18 02:35:28 AM  

hammettman: [i90.photobucket.com image 628x155]
Public massages can be kind of creepy.


In all fairness, I'd be creeped out too if someone came up to me and gave me a massage without warning in the middle of a diplomatic meeting.

/yo Angela, who's the boss?
//Merkel
///threes
 
2013-10-18 03:01:59 AM  

kg2095: Lady Indica: Per the comments he's also blind, which then makes a lot more sense and comes off a lot less douchey.

What are the reading glasses for?


And why the hell was FDR always standing when he made those speeches?
 
2013-10-18 03:06:26 AM  
 i887.photobucket.comfreakoutnation.com  -
 
2013-10-18 03:18:44 AM  
Obviously gay.
 
2013-10-18 03:31:28 AM  

DrPainMD: Obviously gay.


But not very good at climbing to the top
 
2013-10-18 03:31:58 AM  

Darth Macho: kg2095: Lady Indica: Per the comments he's also blind, which then makes a lot more sense and comes off a lot less douchey.

What are the reading glasses for?

And why the hell was FDR always standing when he made those speeches?


In these shoes? Are you kidding? Uh, uh baby, let's stay right here.
 
2013-10-18 03:33:12 AM  

grumpfuff: kg2095: Lady Indica: Per the comments he's also blind, which then makes a lot more sense and comes off a lot less douchey.

What are the reading glasses for?

Wanna know how I know you didn't read the whole thread?


Yeah!!! You bet I do! How?
 
2013-10-18 05:11:27 AM  
Wow, this thread certainly didn't take long to reach 'Mitt Romney's handkerchief' levels of stupidity. Being a Republican, he must also eat crackers like an asshole too, amirite?
 
2013-10-18 06:00:59 AM  

The Numbers: Being a Republican, he must also eat crackers like an asshole too, amirite?


Probably...


farking hilarious.

"This is my moment, biatch!!"
 
2013-10-18 06:40:22 AM  
Republicker love.

/Somebody's getting beating tonight.
 
2013-10-18 07:36:32 AM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: The final frame of that GIF depresses me.

That's the face of a woman who has understood for a while that her husband doesn't love her.

She still tries, but she's not important.


Lifetime movie right there
 
2013-10-18 07:37:02 AM  
He and Booker have something in common. They don't appreciate the loving touch of a woman.
 
2013-10-18 07:42:38 AM  
Honestly, not that big of a deal. She was distracting him with the rubbing while he was trying to get a speech done, there isn't any other way to handle that really than a quick 'nope, don't do that'.

His wife should have really known better not to do that on camera, but in the end, it's not that big of a deal.

Plus, I totally don't see "the look" that everyone is on about it. Don't get me wrong, Lonagan is a douche, purely based on his teabagging platform, but c'mon guys. Character assassination over this little shiat is the kind of stupid hysterics Freepers get up to.
 
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