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Only One Thing to Do

Good thing I’ve been appointed the official sommelier of NLT, as there’s only one thing to do for the next two years: drink well.

I’m starting tonight with an appropriatedly named wine, Optimus, from L’Aventure winery in Paso Robles. Unfortunately it is sold out (though a new release is on the way). Fortunately, I have a lot in stock; at least enough to get through the swearing-in phase of the new Congress, which will be followed inevitably by the swearing-at phase of the new Congress.

Discussions - 23 Comments

It’s now 1:40pm. Would someone in the White House please pull the President off the daggone stage before I start ripping my cubicle to shreds!

Forget the wine... Sheesh, gif me that bottle of visky, ginger ale on the side, and don’ be stingy, baby!

Personally, I’m opting for recreational drugs...gotta get with the new Zeitgeist, dudes!

I hope when my own book is published that I’m able to afford all those cases of fancy wines and liquors!

"It’s now 1:40pm. Would someone in the White House please pull the President off the daggone stage before I start ripping my cubicle to shreds!"

Yikes!! Marc Lamb’s havin’ a bad day!

My wife and I just bought two bottles of champagne: One for the House, and one for the Senate. It’s Cooks, since we can’t afford two bottles of the really good stuff.

To Craig: Cheers!!!

To the rest of you: I am sure you’ll have your day, again. Until then, it has been six years, and we plan to enjoy every swallow!

Right on, Fung!! Cheers! (For me personally, that’s mostly for seeing the GOP suffer a fairly massive defeat, not so much because of positive feelings for most of the Dems) It is gratifying to see the cocky crew here get knocked down to size.

Wallow in it, boys. I’ll be sure to do the same real soon.

"I’ll be sure to do the same real soon."

But dain, as I’ve already pointed out in a couple other threads (you’re not avoiding me, are ya??), you were making similar threats just 13 months ago, puffing out your man-of-principles/GOP-all-the-way chest with stuff like this:

"What I will take special delight in is 2006, when we kick your butts again. And 2008 after that. As the song goes "Lose your money...learn to loss.(sic)"

So, either you have a highly unconventional notion of what a butt-kicking consists of (pssst...the 2006 elections were the ones that happened LAST NIGHT), or you’re simply conceding that nearly meaningless piece of folk wisdom that "these things work in cycles; we’ll have our day in the sun later on." Also, what song has those lyrics that you quote?

Nice catch, Craig. That guy Ben sounds familiar.....

Well, that’s quite a way back there, troll ol’ buddy. Are we really going to throw such ancient mistakes into people’s faces? I mean, your parents have worked long and hard to live your birth down...do you really want someone coming along reminding them that they had you?

No one can foresee the future...not even you. But it’s a pretty good bet we’ll be back, so enjoy your respite.

"No one can foresee the future...not even you. But it’s a pretty good bet we’ll be back, so enjoy your respite."

I don’t know, I think that "Ben" did just as well as Peter Lawler did, with a lot more time between prediction and outcome.

Craig, thanks, buddy. I’ve been looking for this exchange for a couple of weeks. You are my hero, and that has been the case for months and months.

We have finished one bottle, and may save the next for tomorrow.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, there’s always tomorrow. It’s only a day a waaaaaaay.

Cook’s isn’t so bad.

Here’s hoping, in more than one sense, that you actually HAVE, and NEED, many more than two years to indulge in your wines.

My pleasure, Fung. I’m no hero, I just bookmarked a few of dain’s most cocky and/or horrible comments when I first read them. No wonder he wants so badly to be able to edit his comments. He could constantly revise his history and make it look as though he has always been as right as he thinks he is. I’ve also got his comments about shipping people away in trains and all "breathing room" (aka "living room") crap. It’s always interesting to go back in the archives and read about how well the NLT crew thought the war would go, how god-like Dubya was/is, etc. I expect that if NLT gets changed, they’ll remove the comment feature and probably the archives, too. Some librarian somewhere (or some automated computer system) should be archiving all of their blog pages on a server somewhere.

Hey, trollboy, isn’t there some medical term for the tendency to "cyber-stalk?" You go right on tracking me...I’ve never claimed to be 100% correct on everything, particularly not predicting the future. I do take satisfaction in one thing, however. You think I’m important enough to bookmark! I, on the other hand, have about as much regard for you as I do for grubworms. And I’m still here, even in defeat. Had the tables been reversed, you’d slink away or, more likely, pick one of your aliases to evade responsibility for your past posts.

So, take your shots, boys. Makes me no nevermind. I’m here, and I’ll keep speaking my mind regardless of the level of hostility and mockery.

"I, on the other hand, have about as much regard for you as I do for grubworms. And I’m still here, even in defeat. Had the tables been reversed, you’d slink away or, more likely, pick one of your aliases to evade responsibility for your past posts."

The tables HAVE BEEN reversed, since 1994, remember? That is the point, and that is why some of us have been here, arguing with you, trying to understand you, and trying to be understood, too.

How much time have YOU spent surrounded by Lefties (even in cyberspace) and trying to understand them, as opposed to stereotyping and villifying them?

As for your regard for "us," you must have spent quite a few hours formulating and presenting your arguments to the grubworms! I hope they appreciated it as much as I have.

Actually, my expositions have been solely for my fellow NLT’ers, not for you trolls. I never expect to convince irrational people of anything...that would require them to be rational. As for spending time among Lefties, I’ll bet you anything I’ve spent more time with Lefties than you’ve spent with "Righties." Anything. Indeed, I’m sure I understand more about leftwing ideology than you do. Care to try me out?

There is a passage from William James. It has to do with a paradoxical need that we have to be thought well of -- even by those whom we would not think worthy of shining our shoes.

Apparently, you suffer from that need more than I do. You can keep your discoveries to yourself.

Is this addressed to me? I have no idea what you are blithering about...perhaps you are hitting those champagne bottles a little too hard?

"Had the tables been reversed, you’d slink away or, more likely, pick one of your aliases to evade responsibility for your past posts."

I first started posting on this blog AFTER Bush became prez in ’04. How does that qualify as slinking away? And I’ve never made any cocky faux-macho claims about "kicking butt," the end of your party, etc, so there’s nothing to evade responsibility for.

I don’t know how well-versed you are with "the internets" and how to use a web browser, but I can bookmark one of your egregious boasts or knuckle-dragging rants in about 4 seconds. Admittedly, if I bookmarked all of them, that could add up to some serious time, but I only archive your very worst. How does a fun distraction qualify as cyber-stalking? Did it disturb you, did it make you feel unsafe, to read your own silly words? Since when is 13 months "ancient history"? Do you really think there should be a policy of not holding people to their claims of a year prior?

Question for you, dain - if you really do "have about as much regard for [me] as [you] do for grubworms," then why do you "take satisfaction" (both quotes from your comment 15 above, which no doubt is aging rapidly) in the fact that I bookmarked your chest-thumping taunt?

In comment 15 from dain, we got: "I’ve never claimed to be 100% correct on everything, particularly not predicting the future." but yet...

in comment 8 from dain, we had this: "Wallow in it [GOP defeat], boys. I’ll be sure to do the same real soon."

(Also, just as a little addendum, you whine that I’ve thrown your own words into your face (oh, what a shameful act! Even sounds sort of like a violent attack!), but just how classy do you think it was for you to bring up my parents? Would it even embarrass you in the slightest if you discovered that the people you brought up for no reason other than to make yet another childish insult were long dead, or had recently perished in a grisly car crash?)

It’s gratifying that you bookmarked me because it confirms my opinion of you...you’re a troll, more fixed on ad hominem than on substance. That kind of stalking...an interesting psychological abberration. Catching someone in an overstatement on occasion is OK (I did it to Fung not long ago...but I had to search for it from vague memory...I don’t stalk people).

Whatever your name is, we know you’ve used aliases in the past...it’s confirmed. You are one of the worst offenders. The fact that you showed up after the 2004 election proves that your inclinations are toward the destructive/confrontational...you sought out conservatives to harass instead of caucusing with your fellow Leftists. None of the real NLT’ers do that...but you do. And Fung’s BS about "engaging" with us is definitely not true for you...you generally snipe, you don’t "engage." You are here to harass, not debate.

As for your disparaging you or your parents, who said this? You see, it’s a cheap trick throwing old threads at people. In blogging, people generally aren’t as circumspect as in more formal commucation. Regardless, you can continue to bookmark me if you like...I really hold you in low regard, and will continue to do so.

1. "...you’re a troll, more fixed on ad hominem than on substance." You should consider working at your local cineplex, dain, because you’d make one hell of a projectionist. You can’t even get through the accusation itself without engaging in...ad hominem!

2. So you’re seriously comparing you bringing up MY PARENTS and their supposed shame in having me as their child with this?:

"Your pseudonym comes from Tolkien? Do you also re-enact sword battles in your backyard from your favorite games of Dungeons & Dragons?"

(I presume that was what you intended to link to, as that was the closest comment to what you linked to, which was actually a comment from "TrollPatrol." Keep practicing your internets skills!) It was a legitimate question. There’s a great deal of overlap between the Lord of the Rings subcultures and the D&D subcultures, and I’ve known more than a few from each who enjoy role-playing sword battles and such. What’s the problem, exactly? And did I mention your family??

3. So, if my bookmarking your worst comments qualifies as the psychological "abberration" (sic) of "cyber-stalking," then I would like to know how you came up with that supposedly incriminating link of me asking you about your hobbies. Did you have to search for it? That almost certainly would take more time than, for example, checking for the "Dain at NLT - GOP will "kick butt" in ’06" bookmark. I can see you now engaged in a frenzied search for my cruel, cruel questioning about your pseudonym originating from Tolkien.

4. And, of course, the very best part of all is that immediately above the comment that you linked to is another comment of your own, making the following pledge (in the orig. boldprint):

"NEW POLICY, NLT FOLK. DAIN WILL NO LONGER RESPOND TO SNIPERS/TROLLS. "

There have been a few times previously where I noticed you were responding to me, even though you consider me a grubworm troll. Then you said that I wasn’t exactly being a troll in that particular thread. But here, here you’ve called me a troll (I’ve quoted you in #1 above), yet you broke your pledge and responded to me anyway. A man of integrity should keep his word, dain!

You know, I knew you’d throw the "no troll" thing into my face. Fine...

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