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Coffee Klatsch

So, who did win the IGP* debate last night?  I heard some say Romney did.  Others insist Perry pwned Romney on the health care being dropped from his platform thing. Many have dismissed Bachmann altogether at this point.  If you didn’t get to watch it, don’t miss this round-up.

Happy Friday!

*Insane GOP Posse


  1. A large mugful first thing in the morning (well, first thing after feeding the cats and cleaning the boxfuls of the results) and two or three more mugfuls as the day went on.  Until….

    Oopsie.  “Switch to decaf” says the cardiologist.  Sigh.  Will my battered old ticker even tick over without that first cuppa?

    But compromise, as a certain inhabitant of the White House might remind one, is a necessary part of negotiating reality.  So now my four-cup coffeemaker, filled to the three-cup line (thus producing the familiar large mugful) gets one level tablespoon of caffeinated, one heaping tablespoon of decaf, and life goes on.  Two-cup half/half daily limit; any more cups are straight decaf now.

    Actually, as a devotee of flavored coffees (and you can stop looking down your overcaffeinated noses at me, all you purists out there), being forced to explore the Internet for something, anything other than vanilla and hazelnut decaf has revealed an amazing variety of sometimes weird, often wonderful choices.

    And now, back to… sluuurrrrrrrrrrp

  2. Shaun Appleby

    Not a good time for expresso, though this little item gave me an equivalent adrenalin buzz earlier today:

    Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen yesterday accused Pakistan’s spy agency of playing “a direct role” in supporting insurgents who carried out the deadly attack on the American Embassy in Kabul last week. “It was the most serious charge that the United States has leveled against Pakistan in the decade that America has been at war in Afghanistan.”

    Morning Briefing: September 23, 2011 Think Progess 23 Sep 11

    Holy duplicitous ally, caped crusader.  This is not good.

  3. Shaun Appleby

    The Perry train wreck seems, in my experience, one of the most sudden, significant tumbles for a credible candidate:

    THE WEEKLY STANDARD’s official reaction to last night’s Republican presidential debate: Yikes.

    Reading the reactions of thoughtful commentators after the stage emptied, talking with conservative policy types and GOP political operatives later last evening and this morning, we know we’re not alone.  Most won’t express publicly just how horrified – or at least how demoralized – they are.

    William Kristol – Special Editorial: Yikes Weekly Standard 23 Sep 11

    Yeah, well…  You all had it coming.  Good news for Sarah Palin?  Heh.  Serves you right.

  4. jsfox

    1) Republicans still hate Public Education

    2) Still believe tax cuts spur economic growth no matter the vast array of empirical evidence that says otherwise.

    3) Bachmann thinks we just shouldn’t pay any taxes at all.

    4) Israel is our friend and if it wants to drive drunk who are we to try  and stop it. Oh and war with Iran a great idea.

    5) Herman Cain obviously knows nothing about the Chilean system of Social Security. If he did he would drop it like a hot rick . . . maybe

    It would follow that a study of Chile’s program should lead to a profitable basis for reconsideration of OASDI. However, a reading of the literature leads to the startling discovery that Chile’s program is not at all what the privatizers would ask us to adopt, and they would likely be embarrassed to do so. One learns that the program’s expenses are exorbitant, workers have practically no choice of investments, it’s highly regulated by Chile’s government, and it has saddled the Chilean government with incalculable costs. Moreover, the vaunted high investment yields seem to have been calculated on a gross basis, before expenses, rather than on a net basis.

    6) The Recession started on Obama’s watch.

    7) Gays are still scary. And frankly after getting a look at the gay soldier that got booed they should be scare. That guy could snap every one their backs with his little finger.

    8) Romney won the debate. I am not sure if one could call this a great feat. A a good looking mannequin could have won this debate. Oh wait one did.

    I know we learned a lot more, but I am starting to feel nauseous just wring this much.

  5. dirkster42

    Didn’t catch the debate, just snippets.  The guy who asked Santorum about DADT was hot.

    My agenda today includes reading a good chunk of Keep Your Courage: A Radical Christian Feminist Speaks, a collection of occasional writings by Carter Heyward, which I’m reviewing for the journal Theology and Sexuality.

    Also have to make headway on a couple of job applications.

    Swimming last night was awesome.  I feel so much better already.

    That Ween song is trippy.

  6. HappyinVT

    The Respect for Marriage Act (the bill to repeal DOMA) has a Republican cosponsor.  Ros-Lehtinen did the right thing.

  7. jsfox

    A Kristol reader was lamenting that Republicans sounded insane at last night’s debate

    The e-mails flooding into our inbox during the evening were less guarded. Early on, we received this missive from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

    And then along comes a VP for the NRA today

    In an address to CPAC in Florida this morning, National Rifle Association executive VP Wayne LaPiere called President Obama’s decision not to pursue gun control legislation “a massive conspiracy,” and argued that it’s just another reason not to give him a second term.

    “The president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he’s actually been good for the Second Amendment,” LaPiere said. “But it’s a big fat stinking lie! It’s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and destroy the Second Amendment in our country.”


    So a suggestion to Republicans. Stop acting crazy and maybe you won’t sound that way.

  8. Yesterday morning at 7:30am – armed with a solid 150 minutes of sleep – I did the smart thing and drank the first cup that the 12-cup coffee maker produced. Gotta get that baby before it is diluted by the next 11 cups.

    I’m getting a caffeine implant the day they come out.

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