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August 24, 2011

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Gmax

Readin the NYT so I dont have too. Thanks Sisyphus.

mikey

Did Tom Friedman praise Paul Ryan and the Republicans when they passed the budget with 6 trillion in reductions and reforming Medicare?

Paul Ryan usually starts any discussion about tackling debt by stating that any discussion must start with repealing Obamacare. Tom Friedman supported Obamacare. He is not a critical thinker period

Danube of Thought

Is there anyone left who does not consider this man a fool?

DebinNC

Did he ever try to explain the specifics of his Grand Bargain and why it was the only way to go? No

Did Obama's Grand Bargain have specifics? No.

Soylent Red

Hey you know what other sport Obama should take up? Competitive ocean swimming.

He could take advantage of his skills at being in over his head, flailing around, and waiting for someone to come save him.

If bullshit was a sport, Zero would have his own wing in the hall of fame.

Jack is Back!

The great thing about a flat earth is that Odummy will never have a downhill lie.

Soylent Red

Is there anyone left who does not consider this man a fool?

Yes. Tom Friedman.

Clarice

Boehner couldn't deliver the Tea Party? Obama couldn't even deliver himself. It's stuff like this that makes me love TM, though I don't know why he's not on the borscht circuit.

Extraneus

I guess it's worth re-posting glasater's link to video of Obama's golf swing from the other thread, with a bonus interview with Jack Nicklaus.

This swing is what keeps Obama hitting the ball? Check it out.

Captain Hate

Who do you think the worse golfer is: the Jugeared Fellow or Flathead? 100% lock they're both terrible.

Captain Hate

It's stuff like this that makes me love TM, though I don't know why he's not on the borscht circuit.

Shecky Maguire has a certain ring to it; kind of like a bathtub.

huxley

Let Obama be Obama. That's the ticket.

Extraneus

I don't know why he's not on the borscht circuit.

What ever happened to the Borscht Circuit? I used to frequent those storied Catskill venues. No dirty dancing that I can remember, but I attended a seriously great Toga party at Kutsher's back in the day. Now it seems like there's nothing left but a few decent golf courses. Too bad.

Anyone been there in the past ten years or so?

Ignatz

Wow. I've never actually seen Barry's swing before.
That's the motion of an uncoordinated spaz.
I've never actually seen him with a b-ball either. Is he as bad at hoops as he is with the clubs?
Bringing shame and political failure to the lefties in his party wasn't enough? He has to bring it on us southpaws too?

Extraneus

Fondly remembering, Kutsher's was where I learned about kosher rules, and I think Rose Haven had them, too. Once the meat was gone, all the tableware had to be changed before the ice cream. What a great place.

Captain Hate

I've never actually seen him with a b-ball either. Is he as bad at hoops as he is with the clubs?

I think it's pretty telling that his hoops games, which have been written about since he was a candidate, haven't ever shown up on YouTube; particularly considering that somebody facializing LeBron at a summer clinic showed up there against the petulant superstar's wishes. Read into that what you will, but I wouldn't pass up a chance to light him up.

Cecil Turner

His party is not on board - Democrats want to run in 2012 as the heroic defenders of Social Security and Medicare against savage Republican cuts.

Precisely. Which means their constituency is limited to those who either: 1) don't care if the government is solvent; or 2) can't add.

centralcal

That's the motion of an uncoordinated spaz.

Oh now, Ignatz, he's cool! See how he struts up to place his tee? The little bounce in his step? Like when he rides his pony down Air Force One's steps. Very cool!

Extraneus

His golfswing does have a certain je ne sais quoi.

Jim Miller

Tom poses an interesting problem, indirectly: How do you identify the worst Tom Friedman column?

For instance, do you include bad writing, as well as poor reasoning?

And how do you value sheer absurdity? (My favorite: Some time ago, Friedman did a column in which he explained how we really needed to save energy and illustrated that with a flight from Denmark to Greenland and back to look at a energy-saving toilet, or something like that.)

Decisions, decisions.

Soylent Red

Read into that what you will, but I wouldn't pass up a chance to light him up.

I'd like to see Teh Sarahcuda sky over him, driving a knee into his sternum and drawing the foul.

Then, while he was rolling around on the floor in a puddle of his own piss and shame, I'd like to see W run over him with a mountain bike. While not wearing a ghey-ass helmet.

That's what I'd like to see.

jean

Watch the part where Pres.O is walking to the ball.At some point one of his leg hesitates for just a moment.The same happened when he was walking out of the book store.Maybe I'm seeing thing,but this appears new to me.My Father had ataxia so any change in a persons way of moving catches my eye

DebinNC

Maybe Operation Doctor's Note, explaining Obama's decision not to seek reelection, is now underway, jean.

MarkO

I have a theory: he's a pussy.

jean

Maybe his father wasn't a drunk and had ataxia.Before my father got a diagnosis some people thought he had a drinking problem.

Caro

Man,Soylent,you can really paint a picture. Talk about rolling on the floor!

Harrison J. Bounel

I know all about his golf swing and game. How the hell do you think he earned his keep when at Occidental and Columbia. Those sharks at Griffith and Van Courtland Park couldn't wait to see the kid leave to smoke a joint or do a line. And he could putt, boy could he putt.

Barry Dauphin

Or Friedman could simply channel Carl Spackler for the pertinent golf metaphor:
This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff. Here, I've got pounds of this.

Captain Hate

Maybe his father wasn't a drunk and had ataxia.

Maybe the easiest explanation is right. His father was known to get juiced and come home and beat his third wife, whom he met at Harvard. Trying to compare that lowlife to your father is so wrong I don't know where to start.

The road rises up to meet him but he thinks it's all down hill.

jean, I think he was just strutting and his spikes caught a slight rise.
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Barry Dauphin

off I hope

PD

off

daddy

"Is there anyone left who does not consider this man a fool?"

Unfortunately my Public Library doesn't think he's a fool. I can hardly find a decent Conservative book in the joint, but every new book by Friedman, Krugman, Gore, Kerry etc shows up in triplicate in the New Book stacks, and its State Funds paying for that asshattery.

Narciso

She usually delivers a kick to the solar plexus, like a little over a week from now, three years ago

peter

That little leg hesitation looks like OCD to me.

Melinda Romanoff

kim-

No, he definitely doesn't trust his balance with the left foot. Ataxia or Wilson's would be my rough guess.

And would explain why, despite the press hype, no b-ball video. Jordan would be a natural camera op, unless there's fraud involved, because MJ would not be trusted to keep a straight face. There is, however, a video of John Rogers beating MJ at "horse" at MJ's leadership camp (Listen to the taunting by Damon Wayans at the end of the clip).

I think this completes the "construct".

Melinda Romanoff

Ooops, Vid is here.

Boatbuilder

CH--I recall reading an article some time ago about Friedman's experience as a caddy for Ken Venturi (I believe) at a tournament (before pro's traveled with their own personal caddies), and that Friedman was a very good amateur golfer himself (which was how he got to caddy for the pro). I could be completely mistaken about this--I will go research and report back.

In any event, if Friedman is less than a 20 handicap and doesn't have the guts to describe Obama's swing as anything but pathetic, that is all you need to know about him.

Harrison J. Bounel

This is for Dot and Hit,

She likes 5 star hotels, her own jet and has an expensive taste for vodka. Guess who? LUN

East Bay Jay

I like Freidman's use of a golf movie but I'm seeing a different movie and a different metaphor:

Ty: This your place, Carl?
Carl: Yeah, whatta ya think?
Ty: It's really...awful.
Carl: Well, I got a lot of stuff on order. You know....credit trouble.

Narciso

So what was avoided at Tuweitha , eight years ago , including the proof of the Niger yellowcake , may come to pass at Tajoura.

Porchlight

If bullshit was a sport, Zero would have his own wing in the hall of fame.

He's not even a good bullshitter. One doesn't even begin to believe his carp. But to paraphrase something kim once said, he just has to point to where the ball will land, and Tom Friedman sees it go there.

East Bay Jay

And now that I read the comments.....90 minutes late with the Caddyshack joke.

Captain Hate

BB, I'm sure you're right. If he got to caddy for Venturi (who I saw win the Open at Congressional while almost passing out in the hot weather back when the final round was 36 holes) he must've been good.

Harrison J. Bounel

My, my, my - Montana goes to the US championship game with a walk off home run in the bottom of the 7th. California dominated the pitching except for one high and fast over the plate. Now I know matt has a problem with the LLWS but to me its a good break from the big boys to watch these very talented 12 and 13 years old remind you of your halcyon days.....

Boatbuilder

I have put my world-renowned research skills to work (I am a lightworker at internet research) and as far as I can tell, Freidman wrote a piece in Golfer's Digest in 2002 about caddying for Chi-Chi Rodriquez at Hazeltine when he was a teenager. Wiki says his father was rich, he played a lot as a kid and "wanted to be a professional golfer." Unfortunately there are no shovel-ready links.

Boatbuilder

Um..."Friedman." Like I said, a lightworker.

MarkO

Billings. Home of Dave McNally. A great baseball town.

Boatbuilder

And I know that Golfer's Digest does a much better job of fact-checking than the NYT. And would publish the letters calling him on it if it was BS--so I am going to believe it.

Narciso

Also Capt. Honors will nor be forced to resign from the Navy.

Agent J

Soylent Red | August 24, 2011 at 06:37 PM

If bullshit was music, Obama would be a brass band. That is what my father use to say..

Ignatz

--Wiki says his father was rich, he played a lot as a kid and "wanted to be a professional golfer."--

Imagine how much more pleasant the world would be were he toting that big, fat, flat head anonymously around the links somewhere as a middling pro rather than parading it up and down the halls of power as one of the world's most prominent and accomplished ignoramuses.

bgates

Friedman wrote a piece in Golfer's Digest in 2002 about caddying for Chi-Chi Rodriquez at Hazeltine

Chi-Chi: Whaddya think, kid? This putt breaks right early, but it'll come back, what, 18 inches before the hole?

Friedman: I don't think there's any break.

Chi-Chi: No break?

Friedman: It's flat.

Chi-Chi: Dangit, kid! You said not to worry about the tier on one green because it was flat. You told me I didn't need to aim for the back on four because it was flat. The approach on nine was clearly uphill but you tried to say it was flat. Do you think the whole world is flat?

glasater

Brilliant once again bgates.

hoyden

I like the part of the movie where Obama is on vacation and he makes friends with this volleyball he found named "Friedman."

lyle

Friedman: It's hot out here and the golf course is really crowded.

/weekaddendumtobgatesbrilliance

web developer perth

I can tell, Freidman wrote a piece in Golfer's Digest in 2002 about caddying for Chi-Chi Rodriquez at Hazeltine when he was a teenager. Wiki says his father was rich, he played a lot as a kid and "wanted to be a professional golfer."

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