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Turkey Time!

The Fix is still recovering from last night's State dinner -- wait, we weren't invited. But, we are up early this morning with Mrs. Fix and Fix Jr., headed out for a few days of rest, relaxation and, most importantly, jellied cranberry in a can.

That means light posting for the next week -- when the Fixes take a break we do it right -- as we recharge and ready ourselves for the 2010 midterms. Of course, we always reserve the right to pen a post or two since the Fix is, as regular readers know, a labor of love.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving wherever you may be and thanks, as always, for your support of the blog.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 25, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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Awful lot of verbiage for a guy who claims to not care. In real life people who don't care ... don't care. They don't do 20 minutes of writing to protest indifference.

Who do you think you're fooling, zouk? I mean any of it. The yacht, the lobster, the wife, the life.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 30, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

the most lonely person to ever visit the fix has certain notions that he and only she knows.

these include what everyone else does all day, what everyone else values, what drives them, where they went to school, what they read, what is science, what is god, etc. Imagine knowing so much and still able to be so dense. Must be a liberal thing, although that is not all, because even most liberal have someone to love.

If anyone I knew was that brilliant, they would be an author, a scientist, an elected official, perhaps even an out of work reject from the village voice. but the evidence points to utter failure, writing code at retirement, a kids job, spreading hate, ignorance and envy. no family, no interests, plenty of time to stare at the screen, waiting, waiting.

as if just about everyone on this thread wasn't better off - richer, smarter, balanced, happy. the bar is just so low.

One day in my life, hugging my kids, sharing a moment with the wife, traveling, eating, so cheapens your empty existence as to make your entire reason for being look sorry in comparison. and that is without the joy of actual education, not the brainwashing you suffer, the career of a scholar, not the clock punching you tolerate.

so my poor maladroit friend, I am laughing at your pitiful existance. there is nothing that a loser like you could say that bothers me in the least. I simply don't respect incorrigible idiots who mouth off and think they know everything when it is quite the contrary.

Posted by: ZOUK | November 30, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Pitiful existance you have there loser.

==

(*guffaw*)

The highly paid brilliant "mathematical modeler" who can't spell basic words.

Dude, your insults cut no ice, everyone knows you're posting from a mental hospital. Like all goober trolls you claim a fantastically rich life yet your whole reason for being seems to be insulting strangers on the Internet who wouldn't care if you keeled over and died.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 30, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

If my intention was to impress loons, that would be quite a fall. I won't be yacht shopping any more. My offer was accepted. Pending survey.

Pitiful existance you have there loser.

Posted by: snowbama | November 30, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand, I'm happy to have him cut and paste his original idiotic remark as many times as he wants.

Thanksgiving is a "lib" holiday? Whew! If I wanted to parody him, I couldn't think of a better one. I'm sending that one off to Colbert for next year.

Posted by: nodebris | November 30, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The original post contains no mention of a lib plot to destroy the fiber of America.

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Oh dear the autistic literalism troll again. Sorry child but JakeD already ruined this one for you, denying synonyms won't work around here anymore.

Your posts are a waste of space here, you write like a damned idiot.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 30, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"The perfect lib holiday - their government offices are closed, so no work and a free lunch of turkey."
So now *Thanksgiving* is a "lib" plot to destroy the fiber of America?
I'd ask if you have any idea how stupid you sound, but I already know the answer.
Posted by: nodebris
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The original post contains no mention of a lib plot to destroy the fiber of America.

Posted by: leapin | November 30, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

In the spirit of change I dined on lobster for thanksgiving.

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When are you going to figure out that nobody believes a word you write? Nobody believes you're a "supercomplex mathematical modeler," nobody believes you go shopping for yachts every other weekend, nobody believes any of your bogus claims.

You had the same hospital turkey the rest of the mumblers had, and you had to cut your turkey with butter forks because they won't let you have sharp ones.

As for your endless whining about the content here, by all means, feel free to move on, and don't worry that anyone here will miss you.

The dropoff in traffic reflects the absence of that immature fool JakeD and his endless mewling for attention, and nobody misses him either.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 30, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"The perfect lib holiday - their government offices are closed, so no work and a free lunch of turkey."

So now *Thanksgiving* is a "lib" plot to destroy the fiber of America?

I'd ask if you have any idea how stupid you sound, but I already know the answer.

Posted by: nodebris | November 30, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

"What kind of person spends their life like this? Hating, spewing, ranting, lonely, utterly unnappreciated for their particular unique brand of "genius". Holidays without friends, family or good sense must be very lonely."
Posted by: snowbama

INdeed. Let's all take a moment and say a prayer for poor lonely hatemeister snowbama.

Posted by: drindl | November 30, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

In the spirit of change I dined on lobster for thanksgiving. I see that in my absence little has changed. The loony leftist still strangle the intelligence and life from this blog. Down to about 50 posts per thread now, some 80 percent by the most extreme three kooks.

What kind of person spends their life like this? Hating, spewing, ranting, lonely, utterly unnappreciated for their particular unique brand of "genius". Holidays without friends, family or good sense must be very lonely for you stooges.

Posted by: snowbama | November 30, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Well, politics is a very Darwinistic business. No matter how much the extremists are going to push people like Hoffman, Rubio, or Palin, what matters is who wins elections.

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That's thinking logically, but the Republicans aren't doing that. Yeah they hoot and crow and pound their chests about the two gubernatorial victories but they refuse to acknowledge that both men ran screaming from the GOP with their hands over their ears. And they regard Hoffman's loss as a win for some bizarre brain-charred reason, trotting out a rash of ahistorical what-ifs under which Hoffman would be showing his green teeth in the Congress right now.

"Winning elections" doesn't appear to be an actual priority, just a talisman they touch as they walk by. This ideological purity ("military surges" and "market-based" systems) is far and away their main priority. They are, to be blunt, crazy.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 29, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

But it will happen. The moderates are winning and at the end of the day, that's all that matters. They won't be ignored forever and real politicians with real success will eventually have more of a say in the direction of the party than talking heads like Limbaugh.

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Maybe they won't be ignored forever but they're sure being ignored now. The head-clearing of the GOP appears to be generations away.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 29, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/27/AR2009112702325.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Kathleen Parker: Purity Pledge=suicide pact

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One short clause of raw idiocy in that article entirely overshadows the good points made in the rest .. for her to refer to global warming as "hype" defines her beyond reclamation as a complete idiot and I won't be reading anything she has to say after that.

The comments are a riot, one Republican after another taking the suicide pact. Even some references to Neville "British George Bush" Chamberlain.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 29, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm not real sure what happened after Kennedy, but I think the Republicans are in a state of flux right now. As bad as things looked for Democrats back in 2004, things weren't nearly as bad as they are for Republicans now. There has always been this meme that Republicans win by being distinctively Republican. That voters just won't go for a RINO. As annoying as the mainstream press is in support of the Republican party is, it's been a mixed blessing that they are pushing this fallacy. It's simply not true. Steele or whoever ends up running the RNC will have to steer away from this direction by the party.

Another thing to remember is that Republicans can only exert any power through the filibuster. And Republicans have been so decimated that they need 100% support to even get a filibuster going. This was never the case for the Democrats who could stand to lose half a dozen members and still mount a filibuster. This is why people have been so intolerant of people like Snowe, Collins, Gregg, and Specter. The are just powerless without full support of the entire coalition. I doubt Limbaugh or Beck would whine so much about the RINOs if they weren't the difference between success and failure at a filibuster.

How do Republicans get out of this? Well, politics is a very Darwinistic business. No matter how much the extremists are going to push people like Hoffman, Rubio, or Palin, what matters is who wins elections. With Republican ID being as low as it is, they will need people who can have crossover appeal. No matter how much the press and pundits go over people like Palin, it's people like Romney, Pawlenty, Swarchenegger, and so forth who have been proven winners in blue states. And more recently, McDonnell and Christie who won essentially by portraying an image of moderate. And these guys are going to keep winning and the Palins are going to keep losing.

How long will it take? It was pretty fast for the Democrats. They hit a nadir in 2004, but made a huge turnaround just two years later. Republicans obviously aren't going to be able to run against a completely inept President the way the Democrats were able to. But what they can do is to widen the tent. Their relationship with the media has served them well for several years, but it might become a burden if Rush et. al are going to hinder this tent widening.

But it will happen. The moderates are winning and at the end of the day, that's all that matters. They won't be ignored forever and real politicians with real success will eventually have more of a say in the direction of the party than talking heads like Limbaugh.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 29, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

DDawd, do you ever think of the GOP shift away from Eisenhower's feel-good national policy after the loss to Kennedy? I see this current grasping at the Conservative North Pole as similar to the rise of Goldwater/Buckley type conservatism in the 60's. As I recall, it went over big with a small segment of the country and had a similar us-against-them mentality.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 29, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DDAWD | November 28, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Locally and nationally, the GOP is officially the Party of No. Any exchange or compromise with "the other side" is proof positive that you are a RINO and need to be purged. You can't approve qualified Supreme Court candidates, you can't say yes to anything EPAish or health care reformish, and you can't even negotiate changes in bills that are popular with Democrats.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/us/politics/29senators.html?hp Here's how Lindsey Graham is being turned on the GOP spit by that renowned politician Jim Demint.

I nominate a new name for the GOP -- Know Nothing/No Everything Party. They are not interested in you and me; they are not interested in their own constituents. They are only interested in the failure of our government (and couldn't care less what that would mean to our country).

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 28, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

So interesting that the (apparent) paid blog spammers who populate this space 24/7 have nothing to say about the security breach at the White House and the admitted culpability of the Secret Service.

***

PRESIDENT OBAMA MUST PUT NEW LEADERSHIP IN CHARGE OF THE SECRET SERVICE AND PURGE ITS RANKS OF IDEOLOGUES AND SECRET SOCIETY CULTISTS

Leaving it to the Secret Service to investigate itself is akin to asking the Secret Service to find out after all these years who was really behind the Kennedy assassination -- they're just a bit too close to the case.

Perhaps a congressional investigation is in order -- not just concerning "Gatecrasher-Gate," but about THIS:


SECRET MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM TORTURES, IMPAIRS, PERSECUTES THOUSANDS OF U.S. CITIZENS WITH NATIONWIDE SILENT MICROWAVE / LASER WEAPONS SYSTEMS, LOCAL VIGILANTISM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan
• FEMA Director Craig Fugate
• NSA Director Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander
• Former JSOC Commander Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal
• DIA Director Maj. Gen. Michael Maples
• DOJ Asst. Atty. Gen./National Security David Kris
• CIA Deputy Director Stephen Kappes
• FBI Director Robert Mueller

TEAM OBAMA, CONGRESS MUST ASK: What do they know -- and when did they know it?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez OR NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 28, 2009 3:55 AM | Report abuse

umber One: Death Panels

It's possible that if TPM's Eric Kleefeld hadn't pored over every word in this rambling Facebook post by Sarah Palin, somebody else would have stumbled across it. But it's also possible that it would have gone unnoticed, and we would have had a very different political summer. "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care." Her rendering, 'death panel', gave voice to some fringe conservatives who had been chattering about how the confluence of rationing and end-of-life counseling would lead to euthanasia. They were wrong, of course, but their wrongness was confined to the fever swamps until, with Palin's help, it became the talk of the August town halls. When more mainstream Republicans began echoing the term, it marked the end of bipartisanship in health care reform and pretty much everything else, as the Republicans have decided their only agenda is obstruction. The uncontested winner and the biggest lie in politics this year -- thanks to possibly the biggest liar in America.

Posted by: drindl | November 27, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse


Number Two: Inhofe Says Obama 'Gutting Our Military'

This one needs little introduction:

His claim was based on a meme, which made the rounds in early April, that the White House's call for a modest increase in defense spending amounted to a "defense spending cut." Inhofe took it to a whole new level.

Posted by: drindl | November 27, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse


Number Three: Republicans Try Math

It seems like so long ago that the House passed far-reaching cap and trade legislation. Before they did, though, the GOP did its best to raise the specter of another energy crisis, thanks to a new, and tyrannical "light switch tax." To underscore their point, they claimed that, based on an MIT study, cap and trade legislation could cost the average household $3,128 a year. Too bad the author of that study claimed it was all hogwash. That didn't deter leading Republicans, including House Minority Leader John Boehner, from repeating the number over and over again until the day the American Clean Energy and Security Act passed on the House floor.

Posted by: drindl | November 27, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The perfect lib holiday - their government offices are closed, so no work and a free lunch of turkey.

==

The problem with thinking in one-dimensional caricatures is that you spend all your time battling straw men and never come close to making an actual point, much less getting anyone's goat.

I think you've worn out the "free lunch" thing, you really ought to find some other trigger phrase to get your blood boiling, it certainly finds no purchase with any readers.

And oh, government offices are open today, and the leftover turkey was paid for. Idiot. Stupid angry idiot.

And just to twist it around once .. we went out for vegan Vietnamese food. A lot better than it sounds.

Now go punch a wall, leapin

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 27, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Where's the "Thanksgiving Message" for the Americans.....

...not as important?????

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Pretty clear what happened with Cletus here .. he got a daily ragemail from Rush or Glenn screaming outrage that Obama would address the "religion of peace" instead of pulling all the stops to offend them. Didn't bother to check the facts, didn't bother to see if there had been the routine Thanksgiving message to America, which of course there had been as there is every year .. no, facts be damned, just dash off some angry stupid post with a month's worth of question marks at the end.

Then we're treated to some idiot screed comparing him to Hitler.

If these smelly stupid sorts of nasties are what the Republican Party is counting on for votes, we should just skip the next three or four national elections altogether and save the money.

Faux outrages on the way:

* getting serious on climate change is a secret plot to advance a Socialist Agenda® or some such nonsense

* expelling lobbyists from committees is "anti-business"

* no matter what the decision is on Afghanistan, even a slavish capitulation to McKhrystal's appetite for body counts, they'll be against it.

You really need to wonder how so many people could be so very dishonest and so very stupid at the same time.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 27, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The perfect lib holiday - their government offices are closed, so no work and a free lunch of turkey.

Posted by: leapin | November 27, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Number Four: Senate Health Care Bill Will Cost $2.5 Trillion

This one's only now catching on, and it's a doozy. Hours after the CBO released an analysis of Senate health care legislation last week, Senate Budget Committee ranking member Judd Gregg (R-NH) released a statement: "American taxpayers are about to see an unprecedented expansion of the federal government that will cost a staggering $2.5 trillion when fully implemented." From there, it went viral. The provenance of this number is unclear. It could have come from Michael Cannon of the CATO institute, who'd been bandying it about for a little while. Democrats do, in fact, hide some of the cost of implementing the legislation in the CBO's 10 year window. But not $1.7 trillion (or two times the bill's CBO cost) worth. Now it's on the lips of every Republican in the Senate. (Relatedly, Republicans in the House claimed that an early version of House health care legislation would cost $1.6 trillion. That wasn't true either.)

Posted by: drindl | November 27, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

THE 5 BIGGEST REPUBLICAN LIES
#1

With Thanksgiving recess now upon us, it seems an appropriate time to revisit the hysterical Republican whoppers and talking points about the Democratic party agenda that have dominated this Congress. Herewith a top-five list:

Number Five: Paul Ryan Draws Line On Graph

Back in the Spring, when Democrats were putting together the federal budget, House Budget Committee ranking member Paul Ryan (R-WI) released a much-mocked Republican alternative, which would have basically canceled the stimulus and instituted a spending freeze of sorts. The ideas in the Republican alternative budget were roundly rebuked by experts, but Ryan wasn't deterred. Instead of accepting defeat, he unveiled some graphs suggesting that, under Republican budgets, spending would be restrained, while under Democratic budgets, it would blow through the roof.

Except his numbers weren't based on any analysis at all. Instead, Ryan used CBO numbers through 2018 and then drew an upward-sloping line on the graph completely at random. It didn't take long for Republicans to catch on and begin claiming that Democratic policies would make government spending half of GDP before the end of the century.

Posted by: drindl | November 27, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

simon, leave it to you little fascist rightwingers to evoke hitler.. i'm sure you only talk about him so much because he's your hero.

Posted by: drindl | November 27, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

We need to relax,
Barack will follow through
on all his promises,
you know
Adolf didnt create
prosperity over night.

Posted by: simonsays1 | November 27, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

From the Presidential TG message:

"What began as a harvest celebration between European settlers and indigenous communities nearly four centuries ago has become our cherished tradition of Thanksgiving. This day's roots are intertwined with those of our Nation, and its history traces the American narrative.

Today, we recall President George Washington, who proclaimed our first national day of public thanksgiving to be observed "by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God," and President Abraham Lincoln, who established our annual Thanksgiving Day to help mend a fractured Nation in the midst of civil war. We also recognize the contributions of Native Americans, who helped the early colonists survive their first harsh winter and continue to strengthen our Nation. From our earliest days of independence, and in times of tragedy and triumph, Americans have come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

As Americans, we hail from every part of the world. While we observe traditions from every culture, Thanksgiving Day is a unique national tradition we all share. Its spirit binds us together as one people, each of us thankful for our common blessings.

As we gather once again among loved ones, let us also reach out to our neighbors and fellow citizens in need of a helping hand. This is a time for us to renew our bonds with one another, and we can fulfill that commitment by serving our communities and our Nation throughout the year. In doing so, we pay tribute to our country's men and women in uniform who set an example of service that inspires us all. Let us be guided by the legacy of those who have fought for the freedoms for which we give thanks, and be worthy heirs to the noble tradition of goodwill shown on this day."

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 27, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 27, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

"Obama issues special Hajj message to world's Muslims on eve of Thanksgiving"


http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/11/on-thanksgiving-eve-barack-obamas-special-message-to-muslims.html

Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.

Where's the "Thanksgiving Message" for the Americans.....

...not as important?????

Posted by: analgesic33 | November 27, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

We all have very much to be thankful for.

I am thankful that I am able to spend time worrying about the ideology behind the sad disintegration of a major American political party, rather than worrying about where I will get food or defending my family from rogue violence.

May all our problems always be so abstract.

Posted by: nodebris | November 27, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse

"because I have been SPEECHLESS all day"

It was blissful.

What, you think other people are waiting around to hear what you have to say? Really? That's sad.

Posted by: nodebris | November 27, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

well obviously it wouldnt have been hard for you to get into the state dinner...
happy thanksgiving everybody!

Posted by: HannahBanana | November 26, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

@37:

"The way you walked was thorny, through no fault of your own, but as the rain enters the soil, the river enters the sea, so tears run to a predestined end. Your suffering is over, {37thandO}. Now you will find peace."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 26, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone,
Enjoy your time with family, friends, all
loved ones. Keep the Pepto Bismal handy.
We end up eating all day, even if we are not hungry.

Posted by: kathlenec | November 26, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

3:05 am and 37 & 0 has nothing to do but lie awake thinking of new ways to hate obama. pathetic.

Posted by: drindl | November 26, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

OK OK I finally figured out something to say - because I have been SPEECHLESS all day to describe Obama's new global warming commitment to reduce our emissions by 17 %.


It has been quite unbelievable.

This policy is EXACTLY AS IF OBAMA CALLED BERNIE MADOFF TODAY AND ASKED IF HE COULD SEND AN INVESTMENT TO MADOFF TODAY.

COMPLETELY OBLIVIOUS TO EVERYTHING GOING ON AROUND HIM.

That's what it is - Completely oblivious to EVERYTHING - Hey, Bernie, I would like to send you a check RIGHT NOW.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | November 26, 2009 3:05 AM | Report abuse

And the music is just abhorrent.

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I honestly don't understand how people can stand the repetition. It's bad enough that the 20 (or is it 12?) songs are so cloyingly diatonic, so musically trite; the fact that we get these plinky little ditties for weeks on end is just brain-numbing.

I have the same problem in Viet Nam when I go there for vacation with their pop music, gratingly simple and similar tunes, but hey I have a 160GB classic loaded with Noise and Dark Ambient so it's not a problem anymore.

But something like 20 years ago I went from being sick and tired of Xmas music to just plain allergic to it. In my family the season was marked by very solemn liturgical stuff, English choirs doing forgotten greats like "Once in Royal David's City," not that twinkle bells BS.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 25, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I love Christmas, but there is no torture quite so exquisite as that inflicted by Christmas music played over and over and over again.

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The silly tunes are extremely annoying but easily avoided with portable music players.

The other part of the season that offends me most gravely is the lots of Xmas trees. The colossal waste of cutting down a tree for a few weeks or barely days in someeone's house offends me deeply, and it's compounded by the fact that every damned barely-employed 12-hour-week loser in the country is sitting on a lot trying to make buck selling the damned things. Oh but it's for The Childrun .. yeah, like the childrun would be knuckling away tears if they had a plastic tree.

I really don't like those teabagger types who sell Xmas trees in December and firecrackers in June. With the rack of Libertarian Times or whatever at the register.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 25, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

It just seems to me that the commercialism is really ramped up at a time where we SHOULDN'T be thinking about material goods. I'm numb to the baseline levels, but sensitive to the increases. Mainly during Christmas and Valentine's seasons.

And the music is just abhorrent.

Although I do love the Whirling Dervishes cover of the Mr. Grinch song.

Best holidays? Halloween, April Fools, and Mardi Gras (although this one only applies to people in my area)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AS_TWNRy7SU
The Mr. Grinch song.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 25, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The real horror is the "novelty tune."

One year it was dogs barking jingle bells. That was grotesquely stupid, not even funny once, certainly not funny by the three hundredth repetition.

One year I was up in Sam Goody's in NYC .. the novelty variation that year was some kid playing that one song giddy-up giddy-up etc on some cheap electric guitar with a tremolo bar. It was absolutely horrid. He played so badly that the song was stitched together from many takes, and each repeat literally *was* a repeat, ghastly, and when he hit that tremolo bar to make some "effect" it made an ugly sour sick noise.

There was a moment when my head actually started to spin and I suddenly understood with crystal clarity why some people just snap, get a high-powered rifle, and climb into a bell tower. Oh, yeah, I got that real clear.

No wonder December is the Suicide Month.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 25, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite, I too am far less bothered by the constant urgings to spend, spend, spend than I am by the maddening refrains of Christmas music. I love Christmas, but there is no torture quite so exquisite as that inflicted by Christmas music played over and over and over again. One of the radio stations around here started playing nonstop Christmas music the first week of November.

The worst part is that there are only, like, 12 holiday-themed songs that anyone cares about, so anywhere you're hearing Christmas music, you're hearing those same 12 songs played over and over again by progressively worse artists. Oh sure, it starts out good with Louis Armstrong, but it starts grating by the time you hit the Chipmunks, and that's still a few decades before you really hit the bottom of the barrel with Christina Aguilera.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | November 25, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy your Thanksgiving. Then comes a month of people trying really hard to get me to buy crap.

==

I can handle the exhortations to spend, it's only qualitatively different from the rest of the year.

What I can't stand is hearing those same twenty idiotic tunes everywhere for a solid month. Being jerked back and forth from solemn to perky every two and half minutes.

Dashing through the snow

Pa-Rumpa-Pum-Pum

(hurlage)

THANK YOU APPLE for getting me through the next month. A solid month of Aube and Dissecting Table ahead.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 25, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=HAMP+program

I hate when people use redundancies like HAMP Program or HIV virus. Yeah, I'm anal, but I'm taking ownership of it.

And if people don't want to talk politics, there's like at least fifty other webpages on the internet.

By the way, it's gorgeous outside. I swear, Thanksgiving could be celebrated as a picnic in New Orleans.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving. Then comes a month of people trying really hard to get me to buy crap.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 25, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

</politix>

We're not doing the dinner this year .. too many parties coming up in the weeks following, gonna have to let out my belt a notch before Xmas as it is. Last several years we did the big Safeway box, a vast meal and a week of leftovers.

This year we're just gonna go out somewhere in the International District. No doubt some places will be closed but the ones that're open are going to be packed.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 25, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Funny when Reagan was doddering his way through his eight years all his fans and adorers ("thrill running up leg" supporters, as someone recently wrote), they excitedly referred to him as "the great communicator," and for some indiscernible reason this was not a put-down, nor was it a strike against him, nor did anyone gnash teeth about his using a teleprompter.

so, what, eight years of Bush droppin' his Gs did some sort of reset? Good grammar, convincing delivery, these are no longer assets but liabilities?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 25, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Now, now. Gov. Palin only said that you can see Russia from Alaska.

"Who then is responsible for placing our troops in harms way? "

That would be President George W. Bush.

"Who was in charge when the Stimulus Bill, Hamp program, Cash for Clunkers and now a Healthcare Reform feud?"

What is a Hamp bill? Technically, those in charge are the legislation are Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid. Judging from factory orders for Cars $4C worked very well in that regard.

"Just how much time would be a fair amount of time for an orator and eloquent speaker with out leadership qualifications?"

I'd say about as much time as you gave President Reagan. Of course, I remember Carter being blamed as late as 1986! But, I'll be gentle. 18 months.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 25, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

People blog here to talk politics, well-wishes are fine, but don't say we have to put everything aside.

Festive and relaxing holiday with lotsa good eatin' to everyone except the trolls.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 25, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

'Who then is responsible for placing our troops in harms way? '

You mean who started the two wars we are involved in? Well, that would be George Bush, wouldn't it. I take it you were a supporter but you never had any concerns about our troops being in harms way the, right?

'Just how much time would be a fair amount of time for an orator and eloquent speaker with out leadership qualifications?'

Oh please do tell us what constitutes leadership qualifications? Seeing Russia from your kitchen window?

Posted by: drindl | November 25, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Thanks bsimon1, being down on conservatives and liberals is a tough row to hoe, but partisan it ain't.

My Dad got blood all over his nice white shirt in Chicago that night at the Democratic convention. I was old enough and young enough to be traumatized by the scene in the hotel. Politics is very much a contact sport. Politics is how power is transacted between human beings and human beings' will to power is as old as life itself.

For this reason, I am every day grateful for collective social consciousness, the rule of law and our armed services.

For me these are the three interdependent though extraordinarily fortunate facts of American life that keep the politics we enjoy, mostly at peace.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8376800.stm

Posted by: shrink2 | November 25, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

elijah24 writes
"Hey Shrink, can't we leave politics out of this one? It's just a thanksgiving greeting. Let's put the partisanship asside..."


I thought he did put the partisanship aside by posting a bipartisan critique.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | November 25, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Sure Annie, go ahead and blame Obama all you want. You didn't vote for him so he MUST be the root of all your problems. It won't matter what he does or how successful the country becomes under his watch, you'll still complain about something because he's not your President. You need to either grow up or get out of the way so the adults can get to work.

You, Annie, are one of the major problems with this country. The election is over, you lost. Now it is your obligation to this country to work with the President to make things better for ALL of us. Just like the rest of us had to do with Bush.

Don't worry though, you'll get another opportunity to elect another incompetent republican (how about Palin?) in 2012.

W had eight years to screw up this country to no end. I only hope it doesn't take Obama all eight of his years to clean it up.

Posted by: jasperanselm | November 25, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"So Castellanos is now a strategist for the RNC, an allegedly neutral political commentator for CNN, and a consultant for health insurance companies."

Well, the few times I saw him on TV, CNN never posited the guy as a neutral party. They were always pretty clear that he was representing the Republican side.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 25, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

To the blogger who said give Mr. Obama a break, quit bashing him - I have one question.
Who then is responsible for placing our troops in harms way? Who was in charge when the Stimulus Bill, Hamp program, Cash for Clunkers and now a Healthcare Reform feud?
Is there something, Americans are missing here - we've thought all along that Obama was leading our Nation!
Just how much time would be a fair amount of time for an orator and eloquent speaker with out leadership qualifications?

Posted by: annie21 | November 25, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

ok, i know, but I had to post this:

"THIS IS CNN?.... Trevor Francis, the communications director at the Republican National Committee, was forced out yesterday. A couple of hours later, the party announced that Alex Castellanos, a notorious Republican media consultant and CNN contributor, will take over as a senior communications adviser to RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

The news prompted Atrios to note, "I'm sure CNN will keep his seat warm." I assumed the same thing, but as it turns out, that won't be necessary -- Castellanos will still be sitting in the same seat.

'Longtime Republican media strategist Alex Castellanos will continue to serve as an on-air personality for CNN despite recently taking on a consulting role for the Republican National Committee, the network confirms.

On Monday, it was reported that Castellanos, who has served as a media consultant for many Republican presidential candidates as well as an advisor for the private health insurance industry, will play an expanded role at the RNC after the committee parted ways with its communications director, Trevor Francis.

Apparently, Castellanos makes enough money doing media work for private health insurance companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that he'll be unpaid for his work as the RNC's senior communications adviser. And since Castellanos won't literally be on the Republican National Committee's payroll, CNN is entirely comfortable paying him to offer "political analysis" on the air.

And here I thought the ethical/professional lines had already been blurred too much. Now, CNN -- you know, the network that has positioned itself as above the fray -- will feature regular on-air commentary from the Republican National Committee's new message/strategy guy.'

So Castellanos is now a strategist for the RNC, an allegedly neutral political commentator for CNN, and a consultant for health insurance companies.

No conflicts of interest there!

Posted by: drindl | November 25, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving to The Fix and Fix commenters. Drive safely, if you must.

Posted by: mnteng | November 25, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving, CC, and to everyone else. Even Zouk.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 25, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

... But I did mean Happy Thanksgiving to you too shrink, as well as you Scriv -- yes we do all know!

And to my fellow Fix Afficianados... and most of all to Chris, who soldiers on despite the slings and arrows of outraged posters. Enjoy little Charlie... childhood passes in a flash.

Posted by: drindl | November 25, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

shrink, you know I like you, but even I am getting tired of your constanty bashing obama, you know? give him a little time.

Posted by: drindl | November 25, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Warm thoughts to you Fixistas
For all your fine blogging
Enjoy tomorrow's feastas
And next month's egg nogging

Posted by: optimyst | November 25, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Thanksgiving a cruel joke, when...

OH, YOU KNOW THE REST BY NOW. HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

But do think about the unconscionable shadow government- imposed suffering of thousands of your fellow Americans as you enjoy your privileged status. Read this:

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-tortures-me-silent-microwave-weapons-ousted-s-prez OR NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 25, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I pass your lines on to my conservative friend each week with the subject being "the Fix is in"... I guess the Fixes are out for a few days. Happy Turkey days and if your down my way read Texas monthly about Bill White.... "the great White hope".

Posted by: bradcpa | November 25, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey Shrink, can't we leave politics out of this one? It's just a thanksgiving greeting. Let's put the partisanship asside and just be thankful that we all live in a country where we have the right to disagree, and give voice to that disagreement. That Chris can publish this blog without fear that Mrs. Fix and Fix Jr. will be in danger. And that our leaders, whether we like them or not, will relenquish power voluntarily after 4 years if the voters tell them to do so. I'm thankful for all of you liberals, so that im not alone. I'm just as thankful for all of you conservatives who challenge my opinions and force me to examine in detail, every position i have. You make me wiser. I hope I do the same for you. Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

Posted by: elijah24 | November 25, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Happy TG, CC.

Happy TG, shrink2.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 25, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

It is is good thing Republicans have become so disgraceful, because the Democrats just don't get it. Obama can't seem to figure out why supply side economics are working against him as well and as fiercely as they worked against the Republicans.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 25, 2009 6:37 AM | Report abuse

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