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December 15, 2013

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Danube on iPad

Liberal women are the unhappiest subspecies on the planet.

miss Marple

Are they liberal because they are unhappy, or unhappy because they are liberal?

You know what goes with this? The article in Forbes listing the mental traits of successful people, which included not feeling sorry for yourself and not wasting time blaming people.

Stephanie

Hey, that pic of Obama fiddling with his ear on Drudge right now remind anyone of a movie scene?

Is the Iranian rodent that small?

Gmax

Well the unhappiest person I can think of is a faux anarchist who of course never ever heard of a insignificant backwater college in the Cali desert.

IT'S THE WATER

" researchers found that women were happier than men, although recent studies contend that the gap has narrowed or may even have been reversed. Political junkies might be interested to learn that conservative women are particularly blissful:"

Ach!, the burden of responsibility and power have ground men to dust, and those dynamics have shifted with more females entering the work force. Bringing home the bacon has become pancetta and keeping up with the Joneses now requires two incomes for the household. As for conservative women, I should think these cultural tectonics would have the same effect, except, one should remember that a happy state-of-mind existed in the past, and a retro-perspective is part of the delusion that keeps them in the conservative camp. So, they have that going for them.

miss Marple

The NYT reader comments are outraged at Douhat's column. Much sputtering and agitation, which is quite hilarious.

Beasts of England

I had a date with a liberal woman last night. She was very happy. Of course, that may have been because she wasn't out with a confused, wimpy, whiney, libtard beta-male.

And I'm a damned good dancer. Just sayin'...

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

The Drudge pic

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

The unhappiest of all are liberal men;

They are beaten down by their micromanaging, Stasi-like, chausses wearin' liberal women.

Jane

Holy Cow:

Poll: Ted Cruz 3rd 'most influential' world leader, behind pope, Obama

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

Thanks Janet! That particular movie I'm thinking about struck me right away.


They are beaten down by their micromanaging, Stasi-like, chausses wearin' liberal women.

Lol and too true.

MarkO

Liberal women married to doctors.

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

Atlanta and Washington stinking it up today. Saw better football in the Georgia Dome last night in the HS championship games.

AliceH

I'm pretty happy. That's the only data point I have control over -- which may be something that eludes liberals, now that I think about it...

MarkO

Milton Friedman - Socialized Medicine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPADFNKDhGM#t=13

Tom Maguire

Re unhappy liberals - I'd be unhappy too if I were expected to watch Rachel Maddow regularly.

Poll: Ted Cruz 3rd 'most influential' world leader, behind pope, Obama

Yeah, well, how many divisions does Ted Cruz have?

Danube on iPad

What's the movie?

DrJ

Peter O'Toole has dies.

DrJ

*died* sheesh!

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

Men in Black.

When they jiggle the dead guys ear and the arquillian Prince alien is inside his empty head directing the body's movements.

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

I figure Obamabot needed a word with his master in that pic so he was jiggling his ear. :)

Rick Ballard

"The unhappiest of all are liberal men; only about a fifth consider themselves very happy."

If the 1st through 12,876th entries in your daily journal read

Shoveled 22 tons of manure. Still no unicorn.
would you be happy?

Threadkiller

Nice Stalin reference.

shazzam

Palin still looks hot, but you'd have to duct-tape that pie-hole.

rse

Somebody should put up a picture of O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia. Nice way to be remembered.

Given the UN commencing a World Happiness Report in 2012 and the US and UK pronouncing Subjective Well-Being of citizens a new jurisdictional charge of govt last week, I find Arthur Brooks' timing to be suspect. Just like I found his promotion of Haidt's book. I wondered if anyone at AEI had read it or just the blurb.

But pushing happiness as the affair of government plays right into the hands of radicals wanting to shift the West away from a consumer society to a needs economy.

shazzam

Can you believe those c***suckers at the Academy have never awarded O'toole with the golden statue? NOW, of course, he will receive it posthumously....assholes.

Ignatz

How did I know the trolls would be unable to prevent themselves proving the hypothesis in the post?

miss Marple

Although he will be remembered for "Lawrence. Of Arabia," I think I enjoyed him more in "My favorite Year."

DrJ

I like "A Lion in Winter" best.

narciso,

One is reminded he had a pivotal although small part in Andy Garcia's magnus opus, 'For Greater Glory' about the Cristero rebellion, he was a Irish priest, who was martyred for his faith, by the evil anticlerical regime,

Jane

He actually did get an Oscar for lifetime achievement - which he almost turned down because he said he had some achievements left.

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

Perhaps libs are unhappy because they are jealous of other people's happiness.
Stewing & coveting the happiness & contentment of conservatives....

http://thediplomad.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-war-on-joy.html

"Today's warriors against happiness, those haunted by the "fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy" are the leftist ideologues in charge of most of our social, political, educational, and cultural institutions."

maryrose

DrJ.:
I loved him in "Lion in Winter" He deserves an Oscar. Alas the latest "it" man or woman will receive the Oscar this year.Probably the guy in "Twelve Years a Slave"

DrJ

Here's an O'Toole story for TK (from Steyn):

[I]t’s because of Peter O’Toole that I never dismissed the Obama birther stuff out of hand. O’Toole had two valid, government-issued birth certificates – one stating he was born in Connemara in County Galway in June 1932, the other stating he was born in Leeds in Yorkshire in August 1932. He had no idea which one was correct, but, splitting the difference and being in showbiz, tended to celebrate the later English date while claiming the earlier Irish birthplace.

And these are two of the oldest, most reliable birth registries on the planet. Public records are not that difficult to confuse.

narciso,

It looks like the Butler, written 'Julianne's Bender' Danny Strong, will not get first dibs,
and they'll give some props to American Hustle,
which does a great job of spinning away the import of Abscam,

sbw

Stephanie, add VesiCare to the list of spasm-stoppers. That's the one they gave me first. It worked.

Spasm at 1 AM. followed by panic and painkiller. They hadn't mentioned the possibility or prepared me for it.

By 9 AM I had driven 50 miles and was in the surgeon's office for an explanation and options. Easy fix, but they should have armed me with an emergency dose.

maryrose

Steph:
I'll be praying for you tomorrow. Good luck!
marlene; It was a Winter Wonderland in Ohio yesterday and today. Ilove staying inside,baking Christmas goodies and watching endless Christmas movies on ABC Family and the Hallmark channel. I even have read a few books.

DrJ

I'll be a spoilsport and mention that is currently is 63F here, and the last of the snow finally is melting.

2Jack is Back4!

Discussing movies: We are back from "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug".

IMO, there is no better film maker today than Peter Jackson. He and his team are just first class in every element of movie making. From the scenery, the locations, the cinematograpy and CGI, the acting and costuming to the prop designers - I see Oscars. But knowing Hollywood, no way. He makes his movies in, of all places, New Zealand.

It is by far the best movie I have seen this year and Frederick says its the best he has ever seen. The energy, action and even the contemplative moments are extremely well done. I recommend it highly.

Plus I never knew dragons could talk:)

matt

O'Toole was one of the greats.

He had a place in Connemara where he kept Connemara ponies and he was very well loved by his neighbors. He would go to the pub and do horse trading (literally) and was always kind and gentlemanly. He was a guest at my BiL's home on a several occasions. From all accounts he was who he was, which with today's crop of addled PR seeking actors was nice to know. He was daft and fey and drank like a fish, but he was larger than life.And he certainly didn't lecture us on global warming or Scientology or arugula.

In his era, the PR people were paid to keep his name out of the papers.

He and Oliver Reid and Burton were quite the hellraisers and role models to the reprobate. R.I.P.

And yes, he did get a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 2003.

2Jack is Back4!

I have a theory about the happiness of conservatives relative to those of liberals: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We live our values. We believe in individual liberty. We are not collectivists. We don't worry about those things we can't control or influence - like the weather, the other guys incompetence and need for attention, the judgement of others, not getting the right school for Johnny at $40K a year, etc.

When your life is spent worrying, planning and executing a group think agenda of women's rights, environmental protection, income equality, immigration reform and protecting your right to be right, then you can't find the time for happiness.

2Jack is Back4!

Hail to the Redskins
Hail victory
Braves on the Warpath
Fight for old DC.

Going for the win but fails. (natich)!

matt

Saw it last night as well, JiB. One of the best pieces of filmmaking I've ever seen. But the 3D and artificial, cartooney look took a little away from the experience.

And for an Elf,how does Orlando Bloom age when this story is set 60 years prior to LOTR?

2Jack is Back4!

matt,

We never watch the 3D version, for a lot of reasons including thoese you mention.

He's an elf. His King is 600 years old. They are the envy of all women.

maryrose

JIB:
Loved the picture of Frederick and the reminder of what is really important in life. Have a great weekend everyone!

Stephanie

Added to my list, sbw. Thanks for the well wishes, y'all.

I don't know why I am so much more agitated about this than the surgery. Guess it's the spasms on the horizon. phooey.

Off to the kitchen for more baking treats.

2Jack is Back4!

Can anyone spot the newest Lego Mini figure?

Stephanie, stay out of the kitchen and trust your local Piggly Wiggly:)

by god

Affluenza

Scott

It's not hard to see why liberals are perpetually unhappy. I think David Horowitz explains it well. To paraphrase Horowitz, liberals think all of society's ills: violence, greed, poverty, bigotry, prejudice, inequality, etc. exist only because society isn't structured right. That once they get society restructured right, all those ugly aspect of human nature will disappear. Conservatives, on the other hand, know from human history that no matter how much we try to re-arrange and socially engineer a more just society, those ugly aspects of human nature will remain. Said differently, humans can not be perfected. We are all sinners. Passing a gazillion laws will not change the truth that we are all imperfect. Liberals idealized vision for how the world OUGHT to be can never be realized. It is a fantasy. That sets them up to be disappointed and unhappy. Forever.

James D.

JiB, what do you think about Shanahan? Does he last out the season?

Do you want him to?

derwill

I have a theory about happiness and liberals too. If you have swallowed the Leftist bs that the United States is a terrible place and Americans are terrible people, then you have been taught to hate yourself. But it is in our human nature to want to feel good about oneself, and so if you don't, if you hate yourself, then you can't help but feel miserable and unhappy. It also explains why liberals have to belong to the collective. If you hate what you are, then you can't find pride and approbation within your ownself, and so you must seek it from others. Parroting the Party Line, belonging to the collective, worshipping their faux Messiah, hating Rethuglicans-- it all helps Liberals feel like they belong, which alleviates at least for the moment some of their self-hatred.

James D.

I'd like to thank TM for reading the NYT so I don't have to.

And I'll add the WaPo to that, too. My new resolution is to not read anything from either paper if I can help (excepting another article from tonto's daughter or the like).

I made the mistake of looking at the WaPo online this morning, and every single thing I read (including the classical music critic) was some combination of appalling, infuriating, dishonest and ignorant. Sometimes all four at once, for the full jackpot.

Life is too short to waste even a moment or two reading vicious lies or abject stupidity, written by loathsome people.

2Jack is Back4!

JamesD,

Mike is gone after the season. Praise be to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Today he sent the big signal - buy me out Dan! By going for a twofer to win instead of the easy tie and continuation. He will make sure they lose every game left to get that $7 million per year payday.

Rumor has it that Snyder is very interested in bringin Kevin Sumlin from Texas A&M to Washington. Go for it. Nothing else has worked and Sumlin knows how to make something out of nothing. But the skins need to decide who will lead them, how to protect him and how to play defense. RGIII will never win by himself as he has proven the last two years.

2Jack is Back4!

JamesD,

Forgot to add. I never wanted Shanahan in the first place. If he would come without his kid then maybe. But I think he is a lucky coach not a smart coach (like a Belicheck or the Harbaughs or Patton).

2Jack is Back4!

Grrrr. Payton not Patton.

Jane

Scott,

I agree with you. To me, liberalism is all about the belief that you can change human nature with laws, and you can't.

Beasts of England

Work hard, be happy, piss off a liberal.

Hat trick!

Danube on iPad

I liked him in Becket with Richard Burton. The two greatest speaking voices I've ever heard. He played Henry II, the same guy he played in Lion.

Danube on iPad

"a lucky coach not a smart coach"

Lucky, as in having John Elway and Terrell Davis in his backfield.

Beasts of England

Another characteristic of libs: they're clever and/or intelligent enough to be dangerous, but not clever and/or intelligent enough to be effective.

Sparky Satori

Ignorance is bliss.

Danube on iPad

MarkO's Friedman link is magnificent. Short version: since time out of mind, the patient has been the client and employer of the doctor; with socialized medicine the government is the client and employer.

I hope and pray that the GOP can remove Obamacare root and branch, and that it will have the guts (and votes) to do so.

lebowski

"Another characteristic of libs: they're clever and/or intelligent enough to be dangerous, but not clever and/or intelligent enough to be effective."

Your deductive reasoning is flawless.

"The brown dog is female, therefore all brown dogs are bitches.

Beasts of England

It's spectrum analysis, not deduction. Don't hurt yourself trying to think.

Danube on iPad

The 5:30 post is imbecilic.

lebowski

"The 5:30 post is imbecilic."

We'd all love to see your deductive reasoning, minus Grey Goose.

Captain Hate

Levin talked about this last week. I wish I could be sure it won't happen: http://www.redstate.com/2013/12/13/boehners-crocodile-tears-for-amnesty/

Janet - the districts lie fallow, while the Capitol gorges itself

This is so hard to stomach knowing Obama's OFA is a 501(c)4 group.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/15/Obama-IRS-Tightening-the-Noose-on-Tea-Party-Groups

Stephanie looking forward to the bowl games

Jack, you can't keep me out of the kitchen at Christmas. The hubs got me a stool to sit on and he comes in and does the pouring of anything that is over my lifting limit of 4 pounds. Plus he's cleaning all the bowls and baking sheets so what more could I ask for?

Lots of goody baskets for friends and relatives. Life is bliss right now (as long as the happy pills hold out). :)

Cecil Turner on mini pad

they seem to enshrined unreason as reason;

Well, at least they're consistent . . . as judged by the local Pitzer pontificator's fascination with illogic as logic.

Rob Crawford
Plus I never knew dragons could talk:)

Smaug is supposed to sound like Paladin from "Have Gun, Will Travel".

lebowski

When you recognize the equivalency of the Warsaw Ghetto with Gazan civil non-liberites maybe you will enjoy some creds, if you know what that means and care about it. Batista would have done the same as Netanyahoo.

Rob Crawford

And... out comes the Judenhass!

Danube on iPad

"We'd all love to see your deductive reasoning, minus Grey Goose."

You do not know what deductive reasoning is. It does not purport to be manifested in the 5:12 post, and your ridiculous brown-dog example is in no way analogous to that post. Fool.

lebowski

"out comes the Judenhass!.."

Heh. Straight from the Bunker!

Comanche Voter

I'm the proud father of two daughters who had me wrapped around their fingers from the day(s) they were born more than 40 years ago.

If you have a little girl you realize that she's fragile (actually they're not--but try telling that to a new father). You naturally want to shield the little munchkins from the bad things that are out there in life.

Which means that you don't want to have them have to put up with the bullshit that is the "Life of Julia". Tends to make you conservative in your politics, yes it does.

Rick Ballard

BoE,

Had they the means, Danton and Robespierre would nod in agreement regarding the dangerous aspect but Napoleon would dispute "effective", as would Mussolini and Hitler wrt their application of the progressive programs utilized by the Austrians and Wilson in the US during WWI. I suppose Lenin and Stalin would also dispute "effective" regarding their application of progressive liberal policies and programs.

Danube on iPad

Lousy NFL day...

narciso,

well if as Whittaker Chambers noted in 'Ghosts on the Roof' Soviet policy was a continuation of Czarism, Stalin would be one of the nastier Ivans,
Gorbachev and Yeltsin were collectively like Alexander 11, and Volodya like his successor,

Nicholas 1st, prominence according to that poll in Merridale's book, seems a little surprising, since one doesn't think of him anywhere close to the importance of Peter or Catherine,

narciso,

btw, Person of Interest is back Tuesday the episode is entitled 'Lethe;

2Jack is Back4!

DoT,

I still say, based on his tenure at Washington he is lucky and not smart. His boss gave up a century of draft picks for RGIII and he didn't know how to take him out in the playoffs and save him. His son is as dunce and only has his job because of Dad. Denver was different, he had a guy named Gary Kubiak. Remember they lost their first 3 tries at the Super Bowl.

Kubiak my be done at the Texans but you won't find a better Offensive coordinator around.

Captain Hate

Yeah I saw that in the fishwrap's tv listings although I've yet to see a preview on the network.

There are a number of things at play that made the poll results that Merridale reported less than completely surprising. Peter the Great probably offended a lot of non Europhiles by moving the capital. And Catherine wasn't a native Rooski plus, of course, was a woman. Also it bears repeating just how big Russia is and how illiterate it was not that long ago.

narciso,

I also Olympus Has Fallen, the Ashley Judd component was relatively brief, Dylan McDermott does a good turn as the traitorous Secret Service
agent, that Xander Berkeley did in Air Force ones, the action scenes were pretty good, and Gerald Butler does an ok turn as action hero,

Beasts of England

Damn you Thai pad!

Captain Hate

Kubiak my be done at the Texans but you won't find a better Offensive coordinator around.

I had this discussion elsewhere: Some people who are excellent coordinators (Norv, Bud Carson, Wade Phillips, Buddy Ryan) just don't make good head coaches. Intuitively that makes no sense to me because it seems like a function of finding good coordinators and delegating responsibility effectively; but I'm obviously missing some X factor.

narciso,

I can see some of the similarity, here, between the two regimes,


http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/nicholas-i-czar-russia.html

bgates

There's an apocryphal story that when Catherine was annoyed at court by some French atheist she requested Euler step in; his contribution to the debate was,

Monsieur, (a + b ^ n) / n = x, d'où l'existence de Dieu, réponse s'il vous plaît!

Of course Euler, unlike later lesser academics, knew his was a silly argument.

2Jack is Back4!

CH,

I think it has to do with the "whole show". The best Gibbs, Landry, Walsh, Lombardi, etc. were first of all strategists and disciplinarians. They laid out the plan and rules for execution and very seldom got in the game calling. Now you see these guys with their white boards up in front of their face calling out the plays. What?

Show me a pick of the great coaches, including guys like Coughlin and Belechick doing that. [Yes, Coughlin is a great coach].

2Jack is Back4!

Based on that calli in Dallas against the Pack, I would say my theory of Big Market versus Little Market in the NFL is still plausible.

narciso,

They are good though nut not in the same league, JiB,although today's sports glitterati probably couldn't understand a Lombardi or a Landry today,.

the latest crew are just tactics and not strategy, and no that's not just limited to football.

Beasts of England

@Rick: Force, of the threat thereof, certainly changes the dynamic. As does a large LIV block.

narciso,

That earlier pic, was not as good as from this appearance;

2Jack is Back4!

narciso,

Plus back in those days the QB called his own plays. Who did they think they were - Peyton Manning?

Captain Hate

Yeah I think you're right, JiB. The funny thing is that Gibbs de-emphasized the quarterback role compared to Walsh and Belichick, for example. But yes, they had a strong idea of what they wanted on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

Walsh really wanted to be the head coach of the Bengals but Paul Brown knew he couldn't control him and stubbornly chose the great Bill "Tiger" Johnson instead of him, effectively setting the courses of Cincy and the 49ers for decades.

lebowski

",,,, unlike later lesser academics, knew his was a silly argument."

Of course they lacked humility, and for good reason. It's virtue has been highly overrated. It's as though they disguised a supposed virtue, with a need to take the pressure off. Minimizing your profile, has long-term benefits.

sbw

Humility's "virtue has been highly overrated."

Ahh, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

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