Saturday, November 20, 2010

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Ken Cuccinelli Wussies Out - Twice


Looking to sell puppy. Will consider trading for an ounce of compassion.

Virginia Attorney General and Tea Party darling, Ken Cuccinelli, normally gets nothing but adoring comments whenever he updates his status on his facebook page. Today was different. Today, he gave away his family dog. A few months ago, the AG mentioned that he was looking for a puppy, and asked if anyone could suggest a place to go. The comments flooded in.

"Atta boy, Ken!"

"You're a great family man! Not like that socialist in the White House!! LOL!!"

Etcetera and like that.

His most recent status update clearly made even his biggest fans uncomfortable. After explaining that puppies were hard to deal with, he offered to sell the one he got for his kids . . . cheap.

After an hour or so of fairly negative and disappointed comments, Virginia's Fierce Advocate for Those Who Love Freedom and Hate Health Insurance, seems to have decided that he made a political miscalculation. Turns out people really like dogs.

The post was removed.

Happily, we at TNP grabbed the text and are reposting it here, for posterity. No effort was made by us to contact the Cooch about his pooch, because we were very busy all day - playing with our beloved dog.

Aww! Wooky wittle SCHMOOPY!!

We figure if Ken wants to comment, he can do so here. We promise not to delete this post, even if our friends like us less for having posted it, or think we're callous and short-sighted, or just generally think we're pandering, douchebag gloryhounds.

We have the little thumbnail profile pix of each commenter, but decided not to post them, out of respect. Here's Ken's, though:

Ken Cuccinelli Okay, this puppy (1st time we've had a puppy) isn't working out for us. She's growing faster than our babies and of course she has a puppy's energy, and it doesn't mix well with our little boys. So, anyone want a short-haried, golden lab? She's housebroken and very friendly. Likes to swim and fetch. We bought her ...for $900 and are ready to part with her for less. Any takers?
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◦ Alicia Clark the puppy just needs training. Take her to petsmart and get her (you) trained. Puppies, just like children, take discipline and consistency. Over time she will learn when and where certain behaviors are allowed. Don't give up on her yet :) 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Isabella Hale Serioiusly? give her some time,, all labs are like that.. you live in the country,, keep her outside. Big dogs belong outdoors,, do you have a fence and a dog house... she can be crated for a while.. come'on now you can do it I did it,, even crate her outside in your fenced yard.. sigh. 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ LaTanya Carter If you are really going to part with her, I'd think it over. Labs can be trained well and my daughter really misses the dog we had that we had to let go because he was way too much of a roamer. Keep me in mind. 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Randy Showalter How much you want for her. 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike ·

◦ Bradley Trimble Ours was the same way... As the kids and the pet aged they became best friends. The dog will attach to the kids and will follow them around the house in no time... 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Kathy Mateer Pets are so wonderful for children, please be patient and reconsider, not just for the dog, but for your children. 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Carlo Cordasco Talk to Congessman Wittman...he's got a bunch of goldens...I'm sure he has a suggestion or two!!! 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Chris Royse ‎"She's growing faster than our babies and of course she has a puppy's energy, and it doesn't mix well with our little boys." Are you talking about a dog or the U.S. Government? 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Isabella Hale Randy is funny8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Suzanne Elizabeth Ladka What is the age? Do you know if she is an alpha female? Bob wouldn't mind another but we would have to make sure Marley is okay. Love ya - suz 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Susan Haughton I wish people would give more thought to the puppies they purchase. Labs are energetic dogs - and lab puppies can be exuberant. This should not have been a surprise. I sincerely hope you can find the pup a good home with someone who can handle a lab's personality. Seriously, I love dogs way too much to encourage ANY ONE who is already giving up on a puppy to keep it. Find it a good home with someone who truly wants it. 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Randy Showalter Why am I funny I have 3 little girls that would love to have another dog. Our golden retriever passed away this spring and they want another dog. We also have over 8 acres for her to run on.8 hours ago · LikeUnlike ·

◦ Keith Provost Surprising to see you give up so easily. 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Mary Beth Rhyne Don't give up yet - keeping her will be well worth it for your children. Remember she has not read the book - so you need to teach her. 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Jon Ondrak Sold - how much do you want? 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Carlo Cordasco LOL Chris...I guess untrained puppies are a lot like unconstrained federal spending...see what you've started Mr AG!!!
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◦ Matt King Training training and training! The dog needs to goto classes and you need to get trained. Our overly aggressive chessie benefited greatly from a solid 8 weeks of training and has turned into a wonderful family dog. 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Isabella Hale Randy buy HER..:) 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Richard McKann I mentioned your situation to my listeners. Lab puppy, yeah there is a bit of energy there 8 hours ago · LikeUnlike

◦ Monica Dolle Chiralo Having met said puppy, I will vouch for her beauty and sweet disposition. Wrong setting for her, though. She will be a wonderful companion for someone. 8 hours ago

◦ John Tilley Shame on you Ken. This is a story. A dog is not a toy. Becoming a pet owner is a serious decision and commitment. You fail. Miserably.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

What 2010 Looked Like


How many years will it take? Not many is my bet. A few years down the road, and nobody's going to believe that Virginia schools sent home forms to opt our kids out of watching a presidential address to the students of the good ol' USA. No, that level of divisiveness is too embarrassing. OK, they'll say, maybe there were some fringe folks who hated this president, but it wasn't the mainstream. It couldn't have been.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Avert Your Eyes


As crews work to stem the effects of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico,
a bird lays helplessly, covered in oil, on the beach.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Sometimes I Get My Head in a Dilly


Ro* and Dr. Mark Abel, 1 year later.

We brought her home one year ago. Driving every bit as carefully as the day she was born, Ellen and I made our way from UVA Medical Center with Ro* seatbelted in the backseat. Surrounded by pillows and wearing a hard plastic torso brace, she had eaten almost no solid food in two weeks.

A year has passed. One year of watching her recovery and silently panicking every time she rode her bike or scooter, or played with her friends, or even just slung her school backpack over her shoulder.

When we went back to Kluge, Ro's top priority question was, "Which rides can I go on at Hershey Park during the school trip next month?" Dr. Abel's answer was a quite satisfactory, "All of them."

We had so much help and love and support to get us through, and for that I am eternally and humbly grateful. Through this whole ordeal, there were a lot of very, truly, deeply hard times, but not once did things go dark. Not once was there ever really a shark in the water.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

When Great Men Fall Silent


"Vernon Hunter was a guy who fought for his country in Vietnam and went to work for it when he came home; he had a loving family who cared about him very much. And then he went to work one morning and he was murdered in cold blood by a narcissistic loser named Joe Stack."

- Will Bunch


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The iPad is Retarded


Old people love the new Big Button iPhone.

The long-standing rule that one should never, never, never buy first generation gadgets stands strong today. The new Apple tablet computer is now public, and while it is indeed breaking new ground in personal computers, it is also the dumbest thing we've seen since the Cube was released.

Like the iPhone, the new iPad features a gorgeous glass touch screen. Unless they've made serious upgrades to the screen, it will be even more likely to shatter than it's pocket-sized predecessor. The only thing that will be louder than the hype surrounding iPad will be the howls of despair whenever one of these hothouse flowers is pulled from some unsuspecting douchebag's iPurse only to have a million iShards cascade onto his khakis.

In fact, iPad appears to continue many of the iPhone's unfortunate traditions. It's great for surfing the web! Unless the page you're trying to load has Flash encoded. Send and receive your email! Just don't try to save that attachment to a thumb drive, because there is no USB port. "That's ok. I'll just use whatever clever mechanism those geniuses built-in so that I can add or remove files." No, you won't, because there are no clever mechanisms. Maybe they weren't pretty enough to make the cut. If you're afraid to ask how to replace the battery, it only means reality is starting to overtake hype.

The very first iPads will be wifi-enabled, and the ones coming out a month later will also have 3G. Oh good! Surely this time Apple learned their lesson and made it so the customer could choose from a long list of wireless network providers, right? Umm, about that ... no. By the way, if you're one of the million or so people who will snap-up the non-3G version just so you can declare yourself and Early Adopter, you need to be told that nobody likes you. Not even your dog.

With all that said, the new product from Apple is pretty amazing. It will most likely cause yet another revolution in development. All we're suggesting is that you keep your money in your pocket for now. Remember the original iBook? It was a toilet seat, but it grew up to be a fine little laptop. These things take time.



Stephen Lynch Speaks For Me


Congressman Stephen Lynch pile drives Tim Geithner through the mat and into the floor.

1) Send more Stephen Lynch.

2) Fire Geithner.

3) Fire Bernanke.

4) Hire Krugmen.

5) Maybe get your gutless, >corrupt< asses re-elected.


Federal Reserve Act
Section 13. Powers of Federal Reserve Banks

Section 3. Discounts for Individuals, Partnerships, and Corporations - In unusual and exigent circumstances, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, by the affirmative vote of not less than five members, may authorize any Federal reserve bank, during such periods as the said board may determine, at rates established in accordance with the provisions of section 14, subdivision (d), of this Act, to discount for any individual, partnership, or corporation, notes, drafts, and bills of exchange when such notes, drafts, and bills of exchange are indorsed or otherwise secured to the satisfaction of the Federal Reserve bank: Provided, That before discounting any such note, draft, or bill of exchange for an individual, partnership, or corporation the Federal reserve bank shall obtain evidence that such individual, partnership, or corporation is unable to secure adequate credit accommodations from other banking institutions. All such discounts for individuals, partnerships, or corporations shall be subject to such limitations, restrictions, and regulations as the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System may prescribe.
[12 USC 343. As added by act of July 21, 1932 (47 Stat. 715); and amended by acts of Aug. 23, 1935 (49 Stat. 714) and Dec. 19, 1991 (105 Stat. 2386.]

Tuesday, January 19, 2010



Elizabeth Warren's glasses are way hotter than Sarah Palin's.

(photos, courtesy of the googles)

It's A Dark Day For Chocolate


Cadbury agrees to Kraft takeover bid.

The people who brought you this:

Just got bought by the people who bring you this: