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(Chron)   She's the gift that keeps giving: Queen Sheila Jackson Lee (D-ippity do da) calls for members of Congress to extend unemployment benefits to "working men and women"   (chron.com ) divider line
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2013-12-13 04:51:28 PM  

dinch: udhq: BojanglesPaladin: udhq: You want to know why this country has changed the way it has in the last 10 years? Because one side is talking about serious and complicated reforms to broken systems, and one side is talking about arugula and selfies.

Damn straight! We need to go back to biatching about flight suits and killer pretzels!

The flight suit was part of larger--and totally legitimate--critique that Bush took us to war without appropriate consideration because he liked the idea of being a wartime president.

As for the pretzel, the only criticism Bush received for that was in the fever dreams of right wingers.

False equivalency is false.  But you already knew that.

Well... the fact that a pretzel beat the shiat out of him WAS pretty funny. I don't recall it being an "issue" though.


Well, yeah, "funny" in the way the rabbiatchasing Carter was funny.  There was no "criticism" for it, though.
 
2013-12-13 04:51:36 PM  

maniacbastard: BojanglesPaladin: What.Is.WRONG.with.you!?!?

This is the alternative that GOP offered in 2008:

[cjintx.files.wordpress.com image 448x224]

The guy is a total ignorant bigoted asshole. Believe it or not, SJL is a better rep.


And a dumbass who apparently can't read basic census data.

John Faulk, the Republican challenging 8th-term U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, recently hinted that changing demographics give him a leg up in his campaign to unseat the African American Democrat.
Saying he has a "secret weapon," the semi-retired accountant told delegates to the Republican state convention June 12 that his foe's district has been "gentrified" and has "more Anglos than African Americans."
Really?
Jackson Lee represents the 18th congressional district, which takes in center-city Houston and a partial ring of outlying neighborhoods.
To our initial inquiry, Faulk cited the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey for 2008, posted online, which says about 42 percent of the district's residents that year were white and 38 percent were black. The bureau's chart doesn't use the Anglo descriptive Faulk employed at the convention.
Following Faulk's lead, we looked into the district's past racial mix. In 2000, according to that year's census, the district was home then to 263,371 residents identified as black and 240,745 residents recorded as white.
So from 2000 to 2008, it looks like there was a swing toward more white than black residents.
Enough said? Maybe not.
Jackson Lee's campaign didn't respond. But Ed Martin, an Austin Democratic consultant, pointed out that according to the '08 census survey, 41.5 percent of the district's residents were Hispanic, a reflection, Martin nudged, on the estimate of white residents including many Hispanic residents. That is, the three largest population groups broke down to 38 percent black, 26 percent Hispanic white and 16 percent non-Hispanic white.


http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2010/jun/30/john-faulk/fa ul k-says-center-city-houston-congressional-distr/
 
2013-12-13 04:51:39 PM  

BojanglesPaladin: And slow your roll there turbo with all the "my team/your team" nonsense. For years now, I made it a point to vote against both Perry and Lee. Why? Because they both suck mightily, regardless of party.


Oh, yeah, that changes the math a little.  I'm used to living in an area where the races are rather closer (a liberal town surrounded by a sea of derp), so every vote against the moron teabagger is important, even if it has to be for a moron on the other side.

Thing is, it's not a my team/your team issue, or I don't see it that way.  I don't like the Democrats really, I disagree with them on a couple of major and a lot of minor issues, and I certainly don't identify as a Dem.  But the Republicans are so god-awful that it drives me to side with whoever's against them, even though that means a party I wouldn't otherwise waste a second of my time actively supporting.  Hell, I like some of the things Republicans stand for on paper - balanced budgets, freedom from unreasonable government intrusion, and could conceivably support one who actually did those things without all the fark-the-poor-and-anyone-not-a-rich-straight-white-guy-like-me agenda - but then they nominate people like Perry.  A LOT of people like Perry.

You can see how that's bad, when it drives people reflexively to support bad candidates on the other side because the two-party system has made them the only alternative.
 
2013-12-13 04:53:05 PM  
I'm encouraged by overt displays of populist economics. Not all of them will take hold, but they push the movement forward.
 
2013-12-13 04:58:33 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: yequalsy: Every time I hear something about this pathetic excuse for a legislator I think that Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland are off somewhere shaking their heads.


Why are they shaking their heads? Because they're black? What does Shelia Jackson Lee tell you about all black people?


What are you talking about? They're shaking their heads because she represents the same congressional district they represented.  Barbara Jordan was a fantastic Member of Congress and Mickey Leland wasn't bad.  Lee's pitiful. Just ask one of her former staff members. There's a lot of them because she consistently has the highest staff turnover in Congress. There's a reason for that. Ask any person who has had the misfortune of serving her at a restaurant or attending to her on a flight. Christ just watch her on C-Span.  You won't have any trouble finding her there because playing the show pony is all she does as a legislator. She sure as hell does nothing substantive. Ever.
 
2013-12-13 04:59:36 PM  

udhq: Well, yeah, "funny" in the way the rabbiatchasing Carter was funny. There was no "criticism" for it, though.


Still have a hard time believing the pretzel thing though. I still think somebody beat the shiat out of him. Like one of Cheney's goons or his dad or something.
 
2013-12-13 05:00:25 PM  

yequalsy: DROxINxTHExWIND: yequalsy: Every time I hear something about this pathetic excuse for a legislator I think that Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland are off somewhere shaking their heads.


Why are they shaking their heads? Because they're black? What does Shelia Jackson Lee tell you about all black people?

What are you talking about? They're shaking their heads because she represents the same congressional district they represented.  Barbara Jordan was a fantastic Member of Congress and Mickey Leland wasn't bad.  Lee's pitiful. Just ask one of her former staff members. There's a lot of them because she consistently has the highest staff turnover in Congress. There's a reason for that. Ask any person who has had the misfortune of serving her at a restaurant or attending to her on a flight. Christ just watch her on C-Span.  You won't have any trouble finding her there because playing the show pony is all she does as a legislator. She sure as hell does nothing substantive. Ever.


Lucky for her, the competition is even worse so I'm guessing Lee doesn't even bother to try.
 
2013-12-13 05:01:28 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Sheila Jackson Lee is an utter moron, and is thus representative of what ALL democrat Liberals believe.


No, she's just a moron who is representative of herself. And, I guess, her constituents. She asked someone from NASA if the Mars Rover had found the flag left there by the Apollo astronauts. She's stupid. Painfully stupid.
 
2013-12-13 05:01:54 PM  

udhq: DarnoKonrad: racist headline, all your requisite trolls, another sad and pathetic day for Fark.

You might even say that it's the polar opposite of a good day on Fark.


Wow. The most shameful of chuckles from me, recalling the terrible submissions of the recent past.
 
2013-12-13 05:06:50 PM  

dinch: udhq: Well, yeah, "funny" in the way the rabbiatchasing Carter was funny. There was no "criticism" for it, though.

Still have a hard time believing the pretzel thing though. I still think somebody beat the shiat out of him. Like one of Cheney's goons or his dad or something.


The way I heard it, people thought they were covering up for him having fallen off the wagon.  It's still weird that he was apparently able to choke to the point of passing out without the SS stepping in, though.
 
2013-12-13 05:13:51 PM  
Clearly she misspoke, but I'm curious as to her intent. Was she talking about extending unemployment benefits to the underemployed, or advocating for a universal basic income?
 
2013-12-13 05:15:26 PM  
Have any of you actually played Fantasy Derp-ball before?  You can't all draft whoever you want.  Otherwise Michele Bachmann would be on every team.

Of the many ways to allocate politicians to teams, the most popular are draft and auction.  If there had been a draft last year, Michele Bachmann would've been the #1 pick, and would therefore be unavailable to other teams.

Typically in a draft you play it safe with your 1st round pick.  You want a consistent, bell cow producer of Derp with low risk of injury/impeachment/imprisonment.  You save the high-risk/high-reward picks for the middle rounds.  Tea Party freshman?  Majority-minority district Democrat who won election on a platform of ethnic grievance?  These are good choices for the middle rounds.

The best fantasy players don't just go by name value- that's a recipe for winning last year's title.  Smart players use advanced metrics.  Is a Senator running for re-election?  Is there a chance of him/her being primaried by a partisan ideologue?  From regional economic data to DARC (Derp Above Replacement Congressman), the savvy player keeps track of hundreds of variables.
 
2013-12-13 05:15:57 PM  
Not sure why some of you are getting so defensive. Just admit she's a moron and move on with your lives.
 
MFK
2013-12-13 05:16:15 PM  

impaler: mrshowrules: My team:

Michele Bachmann, Captain
Joe Barton of Texas
Louie Gohmert of Texas
Steve King of Iowa

I picked the exact same team.


well yeah. that much derp is unstoppable
 
2013-12-13 05:17:55 PM  
When I was on unemployment, I worked part-time when I could.  I was required to report all income and that would be deducted from my benefits.  Of course unemployment is also for those who are under-employed.  If it wasn't, nobody would ever take part-time jobs or positions with wages a quarter of what they were once making.  Is this even controversial?

Also, the hardest, most stressful work I ever had to do in my life was when I was unemployed and looking for a job.  This is a requirement for people on unemployment.  I spent several hours every day combing job listings, had to document all of it so I could keep receiving my unemployment benefits.  And I was lucky in that I lived in a place that was cheap and was able to find something before my benefits ran out.

Her language may have been imperfect.  But make no mistake: Being unemployed is a lot of work if you expect to receive benefits (that you and your employers paid into).
 
2013-12-13 05:19:50 PM  

Richard C Stanford: derp


Tor_Eckman: derp


mrshowrules: derp


DemonEater: derp


Captain Dan: Derp


Captain Dan: Derp


El Pachuco: derp


This word seriously needs to die.
 
2013-12-13 05:20:26 PM  

Frank N Stein: This word seriously needs to die.


I second this motion.
 
2013-12-13 05:21:40 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Frank N Stein: This word seriously needs to die.

I second this motion.


Let's replace it with selfie!
 
2013-12-13 05:22:02 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Frank N Stein: This word seriously needs to die.

I second this motion.


Toddler babble. Just disregard it.
 
2013-12-13 05:22:55 PM  
 
2013-12-13 05:26:08 PM  

Frank N Stein: Richard C Stanford: derp

Tor_Eckman: derp

mrshowrules: derp

DemonEater: derp

Captain Dan: Derp

Captain Dan: Derp

El Pachuco: derp

This word seriously needs to die.


If you have a better word for the shiate that constantly flows from the right (and yes, occasionally from the left) in this country I'm more than willing to entertain it.
 
2013-12-13 05:27:07 PM  

StopLurkListen: Dusk-You-n-Me: Frank N Stein: This word seriously needs to die.

I second this motion.

Let's replace it with selfie!


I say Drew puts on a filter. Any post that contains that word is replaced entirely by "Disregard my opinion" or something.
 
2013-12-13 05:27:34 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Frank N Stein: This word seriously needs to die.

I second this motion.


But then how would we summarily dismiss all things from the mouths of our opposition as non-thought?
 
2013-12-13 05:28:10 PM  

Tor_Eckman: Frank N Stein: Richard C Stanford: derp

Tor_Eckman: derp

mrshowrules: derp

DemonEater: derp

Captain Dan: Derp

Captain Dan: Derp

El Pachuco: derp

This word seriously needs to die.

If you have a better word for the shiate that constantly flows from the right (and yes, occasionally from the left) in this country I'm more than willing to entertain it.


There's plenty of words to choose from. You just remain monosyllabic because you refuse to use them.
 
2013-12-13 05:29:42 PM  

Frank N Stein: Disregard my opinion


Done.
 
2013-12-13 05:32:16 PM  

Tor_Eckman: Frank N Stein: Richard C Stanford: derp

Tor_Eckman: derp

mrshowrules: derp

DemonEater: derp

Captain Dan: Derp

Captain Dan: Derp

El Pachuco: derp

This word seriously needs to die.

If you have a better word for the shiate that constantly flows from the right (and yes, occasionally from the left) in this country I'm more than willing to entertain it.


It's fine as a term, but it's hardly a salient rebuttal or counter-argument in its own right. Usually the person using it has no intent, and probably not the capability, to articulate a cogent response to the aforementioned "derp."
 
2013-12-13 05:32:56 PM  

Captain Dan: Frank N Stein: Derp: This word seriously needs to die.

Sorry, Haters: "Derp" Is a Useful Term, and It's Here to Stay


"But the nice man on the Internet said it's a perfectly cromulent word!"

/my campaign against this word will last until I start drinking tonight
 
2013-12-13 05:37:26 PM  

DarnoKonrad: racist headline


Do what?
 
2013-12-13 05:38:26 PM  
Ha ha, she's black.
 
2013-12-13 05:40:57 PM  

DemonEater: Kangaroo_Ralph: Sheila is one of the dumbest people in Washington, but I'd give her a pass on this flub. Just like Megyn Kelly saying that stupid thing about Santa and Jesus. People in the public eye talk a lot, so they have more opportunities to say stupid shiat.

Not even.  This was a flub - you could add a word here or there and it's fixed, so it's a reasonable thing to posit that maybe she accidentally a word.  The meaning is clear and well-intentioned, what came out of her mouth wasn't the meaning.

Megyn Kelly's "Santa and Jesus are WHITE, that's just how it IS and YOU CAN'T CHANGE IT" thing was very disturbing.  It was a stated opinion, what came out of her mouth was her meaning, her meaning was just hideously wrong and kinda racist.  I'll give her all the passes she wants if she misses a word or uses the wrong one, but to be that assertive that SANTA IS WHITE isn't a mistake, it's an I-accidentally-said-what-I-think-out-loud moment and man she deserves every piledriver pillory she gets for it.


This. A speech flub (57 states), and a stupid opinion stated without error, are no where close to being the same thing.
 
2013-12-13 05:43:20 PM  

Nabb1: Dusk-You-n-Me: Frank N Stein: This word seriously needs to die.

I second this motion.

Toddler babble. Just disregard it.


I say we replace it with a longer, more descriptive phrase. How about "Disastrously Egregious Rhetorical Passage"
 
2013-12-13 05:47:24 PM  

Nabb1: It's fine as a term, but it's hardly a salient rebuttal or counter-argument in its own right. Usually the person using it has no intent, and probably not the capability, to articulate a cogent response to the aforementioned "derp."


Because it's not a response to a salient argument in the first place.  It's merely meant to identify the linguistic equivalent of diarrhea.
 
2013-12-13 05:48:26 PM  

Captain Dan: Frank N Stein: Derp: This word seriously needs to die.

Sorry, Haters: "Derp" Is a Useful Term, and It's Here to Stay

--------------------------
How much does the evidence change your belief? That depends on three things. It depends on A) how different the evidence is from your prior, B) how strong the evidence is, and C) how strong your prior is...

When those people keep broadcasting their priors to the world again and again after every new piece of evidence comes out, it gets very annoying. After every article comes out about a new solar technology breakthrough, or a new cost drop, they'll just repeat "Solar will never be cost-competitive." That is unhelpful and uninformative, since they're just restating their priors over and over. Thus, it is annoying. Guys, we know what you think already.

English has no word for "the constant, repetitive reiteration of strong priors". Yet it is a well-known phenomenon in the world of punditry, debate, and public affairs. On Twitter, we call it "derp".


Nice.
 
2013-12-13 05:49:23 PM  

udhq: Nabb1: It's fine as a term, but it's hardly a salient rebuttal or counter-argument in its own right. Usually the person using it has no intent, and probably not the capability, to articulate a cogent response to the aforementioned "derp."

Because it's not a response to a salient argument in the first place.  It's merely meant to identify the linguistic equivalent of diarrhea.


But one can't simply knee jerk that response and expect it to be accepted so. Some things are rightfully labeled as "derp," but it's so often used here as to have almost no value in and of itself, at least without elaboration.
 
2013-12-13 05:49:44 PM  

Frank N Stein: There's plenty of words to choose from. You just remain monosyllabic because you refuse to use them


Derp!
 
2013-12-13 05:55:57 PM  
Only racist republicans from Houston complain about Sheila Jackson-Lee.
 
2013-12-13 05:56:11 PM  

minoridiot: That's "freed slave" Sheila Jackson Lee, subby.


I think it is time you were promoted to Major.
 
2013-12-13 06:05:42 PM  

udhq: dinch: udhq: Well, yeah, "funny" in the way the rabbiatchasing Carter was funny. There was no "criticism" for it, though.

Still have a hard time believing the pretzel thing though. I still think somebody beat the shiat out of him. Like one of Cheney's goons or his dad or something.

The way I heard it, people thought they were covering up for him having fallen off the wagon.  It's still weird that he was apparently able to choke to the point of passing out without the SS stepping in, though.



img.photobucket.com

It takes about two minutes to lose consciousness when choking, and then fall over.  We were told that Laura was in the next room and heard nothing - you'd think W would have tried to go to her for help before falling over.


It takes about zero seconds to fall over when you're falling-down drunk.



Which scenario is more likely?

wonkette.com
 
2013-12-13 06:12:12 PM  

Nabb1: But one can't simply knee jerk that response and expect it to be accepted so. Some things are rightfully labeled as "derp," but it's so often used here as to have almost no value in and of itself, at least without elaboration.


I think it's intended more as a warning to others than an actual response to the post it references.
 
2013-12-13 06:12:19 PM  

Frank N Stein: Captain Dan: Frank N Stein: Derp: This word seriously needs to die.

Sorry, Haters: "Derp" Is a Useful Term, and It's Here to Stay

"But the nice man on the Internet said it's a perfectly cromulent word!"

/my campaign against this word will last until I start drinking tonight


Oh, you are tired of hearing the word, "derp"?
What could possibly account for that?

And the difference is Lee won't be winning any Democratic presidential primaries.
 
2013-12-13 06:13:55 PM  

Frank N Stein: Disregard my opinion.


Done.
 
2013-12-13 06:16:57 PM  
This is what happens when soundbites collide in a person's head.
 
2013-12-13 06:25:52 PM  
"All racial groups should be represented."
blog.allstate.com
 
2013-12-13 07:25:40 PM  
mrshowrules: Let's play fantasy derp football.  You get 4 picks from here:

There is no reason this shouldn't be an annual Fark competition.  List of politicians, participants create a fantasy team, end-of-year compilation, bracketed elimination, who cares who wins, everybody cries for future of the nation.
 
2013-12-13 08:12:09 PM  

El Pachuco: In case the above is somehow unclear, no one with a functioning frontal lobe would think Rep. Lee intended to say what the headline claims she intended to say. If you think she meant that, you are stupid. If you have to work that hard to smear someone you are an utter failure at life.


No, this is what Jackson Lee really believes.
 
2013-12-13 08:28:07 PM  

Richard C Stanford: Walking proof that Democrats can out-derp conservatives. Let's see some more.


Are you retarded or trolling?
 
2013-12-13 08:33:39 PM  

mrshowrules: Tor_Eckman: Richard C Stanford: Walking proof that Democrats can out-derp conservatives. Let's see some more.

Really.  I'll take just Michele Bachmann on my fantasy derp team and you can have as many Dems as you want and I will crush you.

Here is just a small sample

Let's play fantasy derp football.  You get 4 picks from here:

Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Chair
Joe Barton of Texas
Gus Bilirakis of Florida
Rob Bishop of Utah
Diane Black of Tennessee
Michael C. Burgess of Texas
Paul Broun of Georgia
John Carter of Texas
Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
Howard Coble of North Carolina
Mike Coffman of Colorado
Ander Crenshaw of Florida
John Culberson of Texas
Jeff Duncan of South Carolina
Blake Farenthold of Texas
Stephen Fincher of Tennessee
John Fleming of Louisiana
Trent Franks of Arizona
Phil Gingrey of Georgia
Louie Gohmert of Texas
Vicky Hartzler of Missouri
Tim Huelskamp of Kansas
Lynn Jenkins of Kansas
Steve King of Iowa
Doug Lamborn of Colorado
Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri
Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming
Kenny Marchant of Texas
Tom McClintock of California
David McKinley of West Virginia
Gary Miller of California
Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina
Randy Neugebauer of Texas
Rich Nugent of Florida
Steven Palazzo of Mississippi
Steve Pearce of New Mexico
Ted Poe of Texas
Tom Price of Georgia
Phil Roe of Tennessee
Dennis A. Ross of Florida
Ed Royce of California
Steve Scalise of Louisiana
Pete Sessions of Texas
Adrian Smith of Nebraska
Lamar S. Smith of Texas
Tim Walberg of Michigan
Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia
Joe Wilson of South Carolina


No Steve Stockman love?
 
2013-12-13 08:41:45 PM  

El Pachuco: udhq: dinch: udhq: Well, yeah, "funny" in the way the rabbiatchasing Carter was funny. There was no "criticism" for it, though.

Still have a hard time believing the pretzel thing though. I still think somebody beat the shiat out of him. Like one of Cheney's goons or his dad or something.

The way I heard it, people thought they were covering up for him having fallen off the wagon.  It's still weird that he was apparently able to choke to the point of passing out without the SS stepping in, though.


[img.photobucket.com image 300x182]

It takes about two minutes to lose consciousness when choking, and then fall over.  We were told that Laura was in the next room and heard nothing - you'd think W would have tried to go to her for help before falling over.
It takes about zero seconds to fall over when you're falling-down drunk.

Which scenario is more likely?

[wonkette.com image 273x200]


I don't know if Bush got drunk or really did choke on a pretzel, and I really don't care, but doctors have a saying: "Choking is a silent event." Many people, especially small children, choke to death with others feet away who were totally unaware the person was choking. (Which is why you don't turn your back on a small child with food.) So, if that is what you are basing your belief on, it's quite wrong and an assumption that you need to change as a matter of pure safety.
 
2013-12-13 08:41:54 PM  

BojanglesPaladin: maniacbastard: SLJ is my rep, and I have voted for her repeatedly.

What.Is.WRONG.with.you!?!?


I ask the same question every time you post.
 
2013-12-13 09:04:40 PM  

strathcona: BojanglesPaladin: maniacbastard: SLJ is my rep, and I have voted for her repeatedly.

What.Is.WRONG.with.you!?!?

I ask the same question every time you post.


thank you for sharing, and for your insightful and erudite contribution the thread.

as always, I invite you to use the ignore function if my posts offend you. I don't want your tender sensibilities offended.

have a pleasant evening, and take care of yourself, ok?
 
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