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(NPR)   In case you missed it, the Senate did a secret Santa exchange again this year. Joe Donnelly got a hand drawn map of the U.S. Joe Manchin got a bottle of single-malt whiskey and Marco Rubio got a bunch of coal   (npr.org) divider line 77
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2013-12-19 09:32:44 AM
Rubio actually got coal, thats amusing.
 
2013-12-19 10:03:50 AM
Joe Manchin got a bottle of single-malt whiskey

Mitch McConnell is jealous.

/then again, a single-malt bottle for under $15?
 
2013-12-19 10:16:08 AM

RminusQ: /then again, a single-malt bottle for under $15?


no, that hudson stuff goes for about ~$45, for a 375ml.  was probably a freebie.
 
2013-12-19 10:19:57 AM
Al Franken's gift was best.
 
2013-12-19 11:12:31 AM
Hmmm... the map of the US must have been from Franken....

*click*

\o/
/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDZmDGRk1k0
 
2013-12-19 11:13:38 AM
But it was clean coal, right?
 
2013-12-19 11:14:30 AM
I haven't read the article yet.  But I'm guess my other Senator, Bill Nelson, got resuscitated?
 
2013-12-19 11:20:27 AM
Wow. I thought you were making a lame-ass joke, but Rubio really did get coal. What a lame-ass joke.
 
2013-12-19 11:24:02 AM
Manchin better watch out. Boehner is going to drink all that whiskey.
 
2013-12-19 11:24:04 AM

Somacandra: Wow. I thought you were making a lame-ass joke, but Rubio really did get coal. What a lame-ass joke.


sir, I would never make a lame-ass joke regarding Marco Rubio getting coal
 
2013-12-19 11:28:37 AM
Laser-like focus on the economy
 
2013-12-19 11:31:43 AM

BunkoSquad: Laser-like focus on the economy


Personally, I think this does good for the supposed collegiality of the Senate.
 
2013-12-19 11:33:52 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: BunkoSquad: Laser-like focus on the economy

Personally, I think this does good for the supposed collegiality of the Senate.


that's actually Franken's reason behind starting it. To bring some sense of camaraderie to the Senate.
 
2013-12-19 11:34:23 AM

maudibjr: Rubio actually got coal, thats amusing.


Which I'm sure disappointed McConnell and Rand Paul, since they could have been seen with it and hope to get more votes back home for it. But, the joke would have been on them, since it was <i>clean</i> coal...
 
2013-12-19 11:36:11 AM

somedude210: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: BunkoSquad: Laser-like focus on the economy

Personally, I think this does good for the supposed collegiality of the Senate.

that's actually Franken's reason behind starting it. To bring some sense of camaraderie to the Senate.


I guess I should take comfort in the fact that no Senators gave hand-drawn pictures of a guy being hanged with arrows and knives sticking out of his body with a "U" and an arrow pointing to it
 
2013-12-19 11:36:33 AM

Diogenes: But it was clean coal, right?


*shakes fist*
 
2013-12-19 12:10:45 PM
Since Santa Claus just is white, does that mean Tim Scott is Black Pete?
 
2013-12-19 12:55:47 PM

maudibjr: Rubio actually got coal, thats amusing.really petty.


Unless it was an appreciated inside joke, then ha ha ha - that's really funny.
 
2013-12-19 12:59:44 PM

highendmighty: maudibjr: Rubio actually got coal, thats amusing.really petty.

Unless it was an appreciated inside joke, then ha ha ha - that's really funny.


The actual gift was a pair of elephant and donkey figurines, both made of coal. The joke is that it's common for Senators to give gifts from their states, and the Senator who was assigned to Rubio is from West Virginia, where coal mining is one of the biggest industries.

But yes, Marco Rubio did in fact get coal for Christmas.
 
2013-12-19 12:59:50 PM

BKITU: Hmmm... the map of the US must have been from Franken....

*click*

\o/
/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDZmDGRk1k0


That's pretty cool.... I actually watched the speeded-up version linked in the article. I'm lucky if I can draw a circle from memory, let alone the US...
 
2013-12-19 12:59:52 PM
If Marco Rubio wants coal, he can go frack himself.
 
2013-12-19 01:00:05 PM

highendmighty: maudibjr: Rubio actually got coal, thats amusing.really petty.

Unless it was an appreciated inside joke, then ha ha ha - that's really funny.


What inside joke? It's just funny all around.
 
2013-12-19 01:00:29 PM

highendmighty: maudibjr: Rubio actually got coal, thats amusing.really petty.

Unless it was an appreciated inside joke, then ha ha ha - that's really funny.


I'm betting it was Joe Manchin.  "Let's see, I'd like to gift something from my state... and coal has all sorts of uses!"
 
2013-12-19 01:00:49 PM
My favorite gift exchange this year was with our conservative county commissioner:

The county's communications director gave said commissioner a book called "How to Say Yes in 15 Languages" right before he voted "No" on funding the county historical museum.
 
2013-12-19 01:01:13 PM
Totally missed the opportunity to get Rubio one or two or ten of these:

i171.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-19 01:01:20 PM

Arkanaut: highendmighty: maudibjr: Rubio actually got coal, thats amusing.really petty.

Unless it was an appreciated inside joke, then ha ha ha - that's really funny.

I'm betting it was Joe Manchin.  "Let's see, I'd like to gift something from my state... and coal has all sorts of uses!"


Ha! I actually called it!
 
2013-12-19 01:02:15 PM
A total of 65 senators - 42 Democrats and 23 Republicans - took part in a gift exchange after the day's final votes were tallied.

This has to be a lie. I've been told that Democrats are Godless heathens who just want to run Christmas and all they do is take. I've also been assured that the Republicans are the most charitable beings to have ever existed in any plane of existence.

I'm positive the number was 65 Republicans, and 0 of those Christless Demos, right?
 
2013-12-19 01:02:31 PM
You're right.  I should have read the article.  I ran with ignorance.
Bah Humbug, says I.
 
2013-12-19 01:03:37 PM
And Rand Paul got a bowl of dicks...
 
2013-12-19 01:07:57 PM
They were coal figurines crafted in West Virginia. It's both a good gift and not so subtle stab at a Republican Senator. It's the sorta gift you can laugh about when you're telling others what you got and also sit in a cabinet or on a desk to tell a story about later.

/ I think it is pretty awesome
// I wonder if Manchin questioned why his liquor wasn't in a jug with XXX on it.
 
2013-12-19 01:08:14 PM

fruitloop: Totally missed the opportunity to get Rubio one or two or ten of these:


Looks practical... until you realise if you accidentally bend it when full you have a mess in your bag and you can't put anything but water because it would be impossible to clean residue from juice or sport drinks.
 
2013-12-19 01:08:28 PM
I could care less about Joe Mansion and his big house.
 
2013-12-19 01:09:47 PM
"A merry Christmas to all and to all a good night"- Rand Paul
 
2013-12-19 01:11:05 PM
I bet Ted Cruz got a swift kick to the balls
 
2013-12-19 01:11:14 PM
He really did.

//I'd love those coal figurines though.
 
2013-12-19 01:12:03 PM
Should have given a bunch of buttplugs.

/ just as a joke, amirite?
// how much do buttplugs cost, anyway?
/// less than a bottle of single malt, I'm sure.  Else use the bottle as a buttplug.
 
2013-12-19 01:13:12 PM
 
2013-12-19 01:13:44 PM

sdd2000: "A merry Christmas to all and to all a good night"- Rand Paul


I see what you did there
 
2013-12-19 01:15:15 PM

Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: I bet Ted Cruz got a swift kick to the balls


Or Doctor Seuss for Dummies.  So he can learn what Green Eggs and Ham was really about.
 
2013-12-19 01:17:27 PM
If anyone wants to give a Congressman a swift kick in groin, I'm sure FARKERS could donate a few
 
2013-12-19 01:18:40 PM

Schrodinger's Basement Cat: Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: I bet Ted Cruz got a swift kick to the balls

Or Doctor Seuss for Dummies.  So he can learn what Green Eggs and Ham was really about.


Uncompromising solutions?  Fark'n Sam would not give up until the other perosn bent to his will and ultimately won in the end.
 
2013-12-19 01:19:00 PM
Somehow I never knew this before -

"Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy may have been the happiest senator Tuesday night: He received a Batman ornament from New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte. A huge fan of the caped crusader, Leahy has made cameos in three Batman movies, sending all the residual checks to his childhood elementary school."
 
2013-12-19 01:19:41 PM
So much for SECRET Santa. The NSA must have revealed everything.
 
2013-12-19 01:21:01 PM

Millennium: highendmighty: maudibjr: Rubio actually got coal, thats amusing.really petty.

Unless it was an appreciated inside joke, then ha ha ha - that's really funny.

The actual gift was a pair of elephant and donkey figurines, both made of coal. The joke is that it's common for Senators to give gifts from their states, and the Senator who was assigned to Rubio is from West Virginia, where coal mining is one of the biggest industries.

But yes, Marco Rubio did in fact get coal for Christmas.


Rubio already has plenty of natural gas.
 
2013-12-19 01:24:18 PM

Somacandra: Wow. I thought you were making a lame-ass joke, but Rubio really did get coal. What a lame-ass joke.


.He's lucky. When I get coal i just head on down to Walmart and stick the coal under the seats of the hover rounds. In a weeks time I have diamonds.
 
2013-12-19 01:24:28 PM
Kids, if you're listening, Santa just  is white. And Jewish.
 
2013-12-19 01:27:24 PM
They all should have gotten sugar free gummies.
 
2013-12-19 01:28:22 PM
hmmmmmm....

media.npr.org starcasm.net
 
2013-12-19 01:29:35 PM
Shouldn't this be under the politics tab?

I typed. :)
 
2013-12-19 01:30:22 PM
Santa's a communist.  He wears red and he gives toys away FOR FREE to poor kids.
 
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