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It’s Just Not Christmas without Social Media Eruptions

Filed under: General — JVW @ 9:20 am

[guest post by JVW]


Current RNC Chairman and White House Chief of Staff-designate Reince Priebus rattled the social media world yesterday by releasing a Christmas statement on behalf of the RNC “to celebrate the good news of a new King.” Naturally, lots of folks on the outraged left (and more than a few on the anxious right) saw this statement as heralding the coming of the President-elect of the United States — notwithstanding the capitalization of the “k” in “King” — and not the recognition of the event central to the Christmas season. Priebus’s use of the adjective “new” was probably what set eyebrows at full-mast and tongues a-waggin’, and may have been intentional. None other than the boss thinks that it was an epic trolling job:


Another self-hating white college professor — one who has a history of deranged racial statements — celebrated Christmas Eve by tweeting out the following (Tweet is an image rather than an embed because naturally this clown has made his Twitter account private):


HIs bosses at Drexel are apparently none too happy with Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher and are calling him on the carpet:

Drexel became aware today of Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher’s inflammatory tweet, which was posted on his personal Twitter account on Dec. 24, 2016. While the University recognizes the right of its faculty to freely express their thoughts and opinions in public debate, Professor Ciccariello-Maher’s comments are utterly reprehensible, deeply disturbing, and do not in any way reflect the values of the University.

The University is taking this situation very seriously. We contacted Ciccariello-Maher today to arrange a meeting to discuss this matter in detail.


So long, George Michael. A number of people are naturally using his death to sound off about gay rights, immigrant rights (his father was a Cypriot immigrant to England), public bathroom ordinances, the carefully-groomed stubble-beard community, and whatever other agendas can be exploited by his death. He deserves better. Rest in peace.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone.


188 Responses to “It’s Just Not Christmas without Social Media Eruptions”

  1. Re: George Michael — I am of that age where all the really cute girls at my high school were madly in love with him when the Faith album came out. When he finally came out of the closet a decade later I wanted to call each and every one of them up and taunt them over it. I wasn’t much of a fan, though the album reminds me of more carefree times in my youth.

    JVW (30a532)

  2. I accept Ciccariello-Maher’s explanation. That he was mocking the skinheads’ claim that whites mixing with the other races was white genocide.

    And there was this comment, saying the same nonsense, on this site, on a thread still on the front page.

    nk (dbc370)

  3. Ciccariello let elective abortion and immigration “reform” out of the bag. That said, it’s not limited to a particular class, but generally an anti-native sentiment that has been expressed by class diversitists.

    n.n (2878a9)

  4. Chuck Todd seems to have read give me liberty

    narciso (d1f714)

  5. And JVW’s auto-correct made Priebus “Piraeus”. Mine makes it “Prepuce”. Hmm.

    nk (dbc370)

  6. all i wanted for christmas was for twitter to just go away

    it clearly has no intention of adding value to the whirl

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  7. I want Dana Carvey to do George Bailey as Bane.

    Pinandpuller (601cbc)

  8. So who would be Mr. Potter?

    narciso (d1f714)

  9. Unintentional hilarity from Sarah Michelle Gellar, who confused George Michael with Boy George in her twitter tribute. Who can forget his classic song, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me Before You Go-Go?”

    Chuck Bartowski (bba342)

  10. Kevin Pollack?

    Patrick Stewart might be too derivative.

    Donna Reed is wired to explode if the Buffalo Gals don’t come out by midnight.

    Pinandpuller (601cbc)

  11. And JVW’s auto-correct made Priebus “Piraeus”. Mine makes it “Prepuce”. Hmm.

    Then again, it could have been my crappy typing and lazy copy-editing. I’ll fix it now, but thank for the catch, nk.

    JVW (30a532)

  12. Then there’s 2010 Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Palladino, (and also honorary Donald trump campaign chairman) which has to be on purpose. I didn’t like him in 2010.

    Is he trying to destroy the Republican Party in New York? The answer could be yes and the question is why.

    This is so malicious and also crazy, and somewhat feeds into beliefs some people on the left have that I don’t think a person could have thought saying this to be a good idea all by himself.

    Sammy Finkelman (3fda43)

  13. George Baily climbs up to jump and a colony of bats knocks him back to the deck of the bridge.

    Every time a bell rings a billionaire loses his fortune.

    Pinandpuller (20e73e)

  14. George Michael was a brilliant and talented musician and song writer. Looking beyond the smarmy 80’s MTV videos and his confused and later very messy personal life and just listening (or dancing) to the purity and emotional depth of his voice, the rhythms, and the production quality of his music (especially his choices of backup musicians) is the way to fully appreciate him, IMO. I listened to a lot of George Michael last evening after the news broke and the guests were gone and the dinner dishes were cleared. So many favorites–but One More Try, Father Figure, and his concert duets with Sir Elton John of Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me top my list. He’s one of the singers of the era whom I respected but somehow never managed to see in concert, and I really regret that omission now that it’s too late.

    elissa (d9b1e1)

  15. Cair and civility, what a concept.

    narciso (d1f714)

  16. Mr. Michael pulled off a duet with Aretha Franklin without breaking a sweat

    not many people can do that

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  17. And may I say once again that people should just stay off twitter.

    elissa (d9b1e1)

  18. “And there was this comment, saying the same nonsense, on this site, on a thread still on the front page.”

    – nk

    Yeah yeah, but… that’s different!! That’s, like, you know… different. We know that guy, there’s no way he’s, like, you know… whatever, or something.

    Leviticus (70ca80)

  19. He points to an example of white genocide, that isn’t satire, its history.

    narciso (d1f714)

  20. Hoagie saying there’s a cultural genocide in Germany thanks to the invasion of a group that refuses to assimilate is the same as this commie professor asking for all whites to die?

    Nk and Leviticus, get some help.

    NJRob (b3ead2)

  21. The leftist professor does what all lefties do when caught expressing their hate publicly. They say they were just kidding.

    NJRob (b3ead2)

  22. And that hamas sympathizer salaita came to his aide. Doesn’t help matters.

    narciso (d1f714)

  23. hello he’s talking about Jesus Christ not Mr. Trump

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  24. Some folks understand “context”. Some try to make money off of women who’ve undergone chemo-therapy.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  25. Michelle Obama is a very attractive woman. Better looking than the tampon ear ring girl.
    Much better looking than Oprah. Better looking than Wendy Williams.

    I don’t get these people saying she should return to being a man.

    Maybe that racism we hear so much about but hardly ever find a real example of.

    So rare we hardly recognize it.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  26. Or maybe there’s something wrong with my eyes. Cataracts maybe?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  27. michelle’s pretty enough but she’s not a great humanitarian

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  28. Yes, it’s racism that makes people consider the possibility of a masculine-appearing female may have been male. Because masculinity in females is racist.

    John Hitchcock (6681ab)

  29. You see Michelle as masculine, John? How about as simian?

    Restricting ourselves to visual impressions of the lady. Disregarding character flaw.

    She’s gorgeous.

    I don’t know the word for it, insulting a woman’s looks by calling her manly.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  30. she’s too much of a filthy harvardtrash anti-american halfwit socialist to be gorgeous per se i think

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  31. you gotta look at the whole package

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  32. Drexel knows where which way the wind is blowing, and right now it blows from Trump Tower.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  33. Meanwhile, Obama whistles past the graveyard in a hard-hitting interview with his good friend CNN analyst David Axelrod.

    President Obama said in an interview released Monday that he could have beaten Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “if I had run again.” In his most pointed critique yet, Obama said Hillary Clinton’s campaign acted too cautiously out of a mistaken belief that victory was all but certain.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  34. She’s unattractive, they tried to portray her with Alfred Woodward in that heigl video, but it didn’t take.

    narciso (d1f714)

  35. And you knew what you were then.
    If they weren’t Aryans, they weren’t Men.
    Mein Herr, we could use Ein Mann,
    Like Heinrich Himmler again.

    Didn’t need no welfare state.
    Our boxcars were never late.
    Gee, our Zyklon B worked great.
    Those were the days!

    I am not promoting neo-Nazism, I am making fun of it.

    Likewise, NJRob, if you’ll click on the link JVW provided, you’ll see Cicc-Maher explain that he is making fun of white supremacists who think that foreigners darkening the pure Wonder Bread is the same as “white genocide”. “White genocide” being a term invented by the white supremacists, not commie professors.

    nk (dbc370)

  36. Like that Columbia prof who wanted a million mogadishus remember that.

    narciso (d1f714)

  37. genocide is very controversial, especially around the holidays

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  38. George Michael was a brilliant and talented musician and song writer.

    I’ve always liked this story about the recording of the Faith album. This story is told in Fred Bronson’s book on Billboard Number One Hits. That book is back at my home and I am visiting my parents, so I’m going by memory here, but I recall the story as follows:

    George Michael is in the studio recording the album, still unnamed, and he’s laying down tracks like “Father Figure” and “I Want Your Sex” and the rest. One of the producers one day is being grumbly, and says to him, “Yeah, this is all well and good, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the great rockabilly songs of my era.” George Michael says to him, “I can write one of those silly old rockabilly songs,” the producer challenges him to do so, and so George Michael goes home that night and comes back the next day with this tune set to a Bo Diddley beat which ends up becoming the title track of the album. It may be apocryphal, but it’s a nice story and testament to the talent that elissa mentions.

    JVW (30a532)

  39. The Ciciarello’s must have a lively holiday table this year. Most of his, ahem, heritage are full throat supporters of il cafone (what happened to that dude, BTW), and most of those in terms of physical appearance (especially the C actors) bring to mind Rep. Steve King’s conversation with a Greek during a recent trip to the Aegean.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  40. Nk,

    I know what he said. I’ve also spoken to enough people who were indoctrinated by leftists to think that western civilization is the root cause of evil. He’s one of those.

    Thanks government education.

    NJRob (b3ead2)

  41. papertiger (c8116c) — 12/26/2016 @ 12:27 pm

    I don’t get these people saying she should return to being a man.

    I think it may be derived from that 2008 claim that Obama is a homosexual (and that that is the “explanation” of why some murder was covered up, or why it si unsolved.)

    Google Cache:

    I see they now have a claim several people were murdered. All this is classic fake news.)

    If so, it naturally follows his wife is a man, although that doesn’t explain how she gave birth to children.

    Sammy Finkelman (1c27d2)

  42. The story did not first appear on the Internet, but in a printed competitor of the National Enquirer.t

    Sammy Finkelman (1c27d2)

  43. He’s not aware at all, re the slaughter of the innocents or pharaoh going after misses, specially in light of the events in Berlin.

    narciso (d1f714)

  44. You know who I am a big fan of? Carlo Pedersoli a/k/a Bud Spencer, who passed away earlier this year. He was a very talented and accomplished person, and in no way a pervy poofter boy despite being an actor and a lawyer.

    nk (dbc370)

  45. He’s like the Italian lee van kleef

    This sentiment is catchy, take hilary tone please!

    narciso (d1f714)

  46. Drexel’s bread-and-butter has always been engineering and has typically been a commuter school for working and middle class Philly area kids.

    They can ditch a two-bit pseudo-radical poseur in their poli sci dept with little fanfare. If you’re studying poli sci at Drexel you’ve made some bad choices.

    That said, they have one of the best college radio stations on the Philly area dial, 91.7 WKDU.

    Jack Klompus (f1f212)

  47. The Philly bureau is deep here.

    Sammy: there is even a story to explain the presence of the Obama daughters with regard to Michelle not having the right parts–two sisters, Rhonda and Diamond Bradley vanished from the South Side in 2001 and a urban legend arose they “became” Malia and Sasha, even though the ages didn’t really line up.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  48. Wayne madsen mines a fresh vein of crazy, he was the conduit for those too good to check scoops from this spring.

    narciso (d1f714)

  49. The Philly bureau is deep here.

    Speaking of which, has anyone heard from Rev lately? I hope its just I’ve missed his latest posts.

    Bill H (971e5f)

  50. If you didn’t know him better. You’d check for seed pods, but mark steyn am g other has reminded otherwise

    narciso (d1f714)

  51. he comes from a long line of inbred low-class half-wits

    at least he doesn’t drool on things

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  52. The Royals’ speeches are written by The Government. The Prime Minister and his Cabinet. Down to the last i, t, and iota. Who’s in charge now? Tories or Labor?

    nk (dbc370)

  53. Conservative. And it’s “her” cabinet — the Britannic Prime is a lady.

    nk (dbc370)

  54. Under tony Blair paisley as well as Cameron blue, he’s as dependable as the north star or nemesis.

    narciso (d1f714)

  55. This was fairly hilarious… Tucker Carlson continue to inform an entertain on his show:

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  56. As lee stranahan, points out, chicory is a fan of fanon, that’s in the derrick bell fantasy collection

    narciso (d1f714)

  57. Colonel, I’ve become a Tucker Carlson fan. He comes on in my area at 7pm which is perfect for an after dinner drink. He’s not always right but he always entertains me.

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  58. Hoagie… just the looks on some of his guest’s faces at the end of their exchanges are worth the time… lol!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  59. I’m still here Bill H. You know I’m stuck home most of the time and I do moderate therapy to keep in shape for the transplant. Lately I’ve noticed I’ve been doing a lot more reading than commenting here and other blogs too. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about Islam (thanks Steve57) and it’s potential impact on Western culture. We are literally permitting the civilization of the First World to be penetrated by that of Islam. It should never have happened; indeed, it should never have been allowed. You cannot treat the gentleman and the savage as equals without ugly consequences. That’s a quote but I can’t recall from who. See, I’m getting old.

    I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year. This is my “hat trick” season. Christmas, New Year then Jan 7, my B-day. Three weeks of food, booze and presents.

    Rev. Hoagie® (785e38)

  60. She’s a former? Puffington hostler and an alum of fordham, how they have fallen.

    narciso (d1f714)

  61. Happy New Year to all! We just returned from a visit to SoCal with our extended family and our son, DIL and grandchildren. Son hosted the family Christmas party and it was wonderful. It will most likely be the last for our matriarch – my mother – and I am so thankful we were able to get us all together and enjoying each other’s company and catching up on it all.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  62. WTF Fights break out that cause shopping mall closings in: Connecticut (Buckland Hills) , Cleveland (Beachwood Mall), NJ (Jersey Gardens Mall), west suburban Chicago (Fox Valley Mall) and NC (Cross Creek Mall). Coincidence?

    elissa (893d37)

  63. Coordinated flash mobs, elissa, also the mind stone.

    narciso (d1f714)

  64. Does Allah hold out on virgins if you only take out dark meat? Hmmm..

    urbanleftbehind (74e917)

  65. Seriously trying to be more cryptic ?

    narciso (d1f714)

  66. Now I dare you to read. Cic’s logorrhea of post mo deconstruction and not think of vogon poetry.

    narciso (d1f714)

  67. Speaking of fake news , the times defends snopes citing media matters get rush (and dnc official) carusone, as well as Kim De capria, the contributor with an interesting day job,

    narciso (d1f714)

  68. TIL, Drexel University was founded by the senior partner of J.P. Morgan (and, in essence, the founder of today’s Wall Street) who was also the brother of an honest to goodness saint, Saint Katherine Drexel, the only saint born in the United States.

    nk (dbc370)

  69. A duke university beclowns himself ( I know a day ending in y)

    narciso (d1f714)

  70. Happy New Year to all! We just returned from a visit to SoCal with our extended family and our son, DIL and grandchildren. Son hosted the family Christmas party and it was wonderful. It will most likely be the last for our matriarch – my mother – and I am so thankful we were able to get us all together and enjoying each other’s company and catching up on it all.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 12/26/2016 @ 7:30 pm

    Congrats, coronello.

    I had a bittersweet Christmas. I think my mom has more than a few Christmases left in her. But I don’t know how many relatively healthy ones. And I learned a valuable lesson. If she slips off the side of the bed I am no longer strong enough to lift her off the floor. I had to call my brother.

    It was like trying to lift a bag of water. She couldn’t help herself. And the fact that I had to avoid all the surgeries complicated where I could put my hands. I was afraid I’d rip a shoulder off.

    Two of my nieces are getting married, which kind of freaks me out. One is marrying a Sailor off the Mobile Bay (CG-53), so I kind of have a connection with him. The other niece is marrying into a family of University of California academicians. The kind of people who, once they find out you have killed an elephant, just won’t let it go.

    Not like I care. I lived my entire life not even being aware they existed. But I am curious. How did I get this old? It was just yesterday I was sitting down with them to watch some purple dinosaur or something.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  71. I have no idea what you meant by that, but in Googling it I got another TIL:

    Duke has always been “In your face, deplorables!” In 1903, a professor published an article calling for better race relations and Booker T. Washington the greatest Southerner after Robert E. Lee. It naturally caused a s***storm, and he offered his resignation. The board of trustees refused to let him go by a vote of 18-7. In 1903. In North Carolina.

    nk (dbc370)

  72. Actually they seem like nice people. They just don’t know what to make of me.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  73. Sorry to hear that, Steve, my grandmother broke her hip at 89 and spent her remaining years in the hospital.

    narciso (d1f714)

  74. We laughed about it later, narciso. Also it was a nice incentive to start doing calisthenics again.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)


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    I really don’t know what a bad day feels like.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  76. nk (dbc370) — 12/27/2016 @ 6:33 am

    In 1903, a professor published an article calling for better race relations and Booker T. Washington the greatest Southerner after Robert E. Lee….The board of trustees refused to let him go by a vote of 18-7. In 1903. In North Carolina.

    Well, that was 1903. It was only about 4 years after most African Americans lost the right to vote in North Carolina.

    The real reason for the adoption or the amendment is to prevent the Republican party from carrying the State, and, as the policy of intimidating the negroes that was successful at the last election..

    Jim Crow came in maybe last in North Carolina. Only really in 1899. Schools weren’t legally required to be segregated until 1901 or 1903.

    That’s why it was in 1903 that that professor wrote whatever he did. He was still trying to reverse stuff, or limit it. That wouldn’t have happened five or ten years later.

    The nadir was about 1916. That’s when job recruiters in the north started encouraging Negroes from the south to move north. Immigration had been substantially cut off during the war – the last bog roup coinsisting of refugees from the Russian empire who had bene on vacation n the Germany in late 1914 were in Denmark who came across the Atlantic in 195.

    They were luring the business people’s best employees away. And things were bad in general so they wanted to go. They used to try to stop the trains from stopping. But obviously that was not a permanent solution, and there more high class people who realized things had to be stopped from getting worse.

    In parts of the south further south, starting around 1902 or so and ending about 1921, (and that included Oklahoma) there were serious attemps to drive blacks out altogether from various places. They are called race riots by historians. They were more like pogroms. That stopped when people began to understand what the results of the 1920 Census could be.

    Southern members of Congress, however, prevented a reapportionment of the House – and since the rest of the House was sticking to the determination not to increase the sie of the House above 435, it stayed frozen. they created, or pwrpetuated an argument as to just how to divide the seats among the states. This had always been an argument, but I think things had always been resolved by increasing the House to a precise size where it didn’t matter.

    Southern members of Congress also used the arguiment that all this loss of population was temporary, caused by the war, although that had no legal value, besides being wrong, because the people who left the south weeren’t coming back.

    As usual, efforts by some Republicans to enforce section 2 of the 14th amendment by not counting, for purposes of apportionment, the people who couldn’t vote, went nowhere. For one thing, it wasn’t official that they couldn’t vote, and it actually also wasn’t 100%. The 15th amendment, in a way, made things worse when it came to apportioning the House.

    Congress only finally settled the matter in 1929. The House was never reapportioned after the 1920 Census. It was only reapportioned after the 1930 Census. Californis stayed at 11 members of Congress and 13 Electoral votes from the election of 1912 though the election of 1930 (or the 1928 presidential election) when it jumped to 20 members of Congress and 22 Electoral votes. Almost double.

    Sammy Finkelman (6ee5be)

  77. Yes, Steve, one lesson we learn the older we get is that getting old sucks a bit. Or as my late father put it a little more eloquently, “growing old ain’t for sissies”. We learn to enjoy our family and friends even more and cherish the precious moments we have with our own children and those with the children of our nieces and nephews. I had a long discussion with one of my nephew’s kids, 5 year old Desmond. The young man has undergone several corrective surgeries to correct his hearing, e.g., constructing an ear. He told me all about his favorite cheeseburger joints, “the Habit… it’s sooo good”… “oh and Five Guys… they even give you peanuts!”… I asked him if he liked In n Out… he pondered that for about 10 seconds before declaring “I’m not a fan”. He then transitioned to corn dogs, explained what went in to making a good one and then on to pizza. He also shared that he “hates liars”.

    I told my wife that his parents – my nephew is a middle-school teacher and his wife a police dispatcher for the city of Anaheim – could write a best selling children’s book… call it “The World According to Desmond”. The kid’s a true treasure.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  78. narciso,

    I love your posts where I get to guess the 12 words you omitted.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  79. R.I.P. Richard Adams, author of Watership Down

    Icy (b934c7)

  80. oh that’s sad

    that’s the best book i ever read about bunnies

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  81. I miss The Habit a lot I had one right by me in NoHo

    they make it easy to make good choices there

    they probably won’t come to Chicago ever cause our minimum wage losers here are a mite too proud of themselves

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  82. The prof, phau, is quite a piece of work, of course he.uses the era of quo vadis or gladiator.

    narciso (d1f714)

  83. Cue Icy again.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  84. R.I.P. Carrie Fisher dead at 60.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  85. Aw frock (its battlestar Galactica, because there was. No expletive in star wars)

    narciso (d1f714)

  86. i’d forgotten she was in when harry met sally

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  87. Rest In Peace, Princess❤️ 😥

    Icy (b934c7)

  88. Well, that sucks.

    shipwreckedcrew (56b591)

  89. Yes it does, I saw her first in under the rainbow before star wars.

    narciso (d1f714)

  90. More Tweeting. Will I be vindicated in my distaste for twitter if the world ends because of idiots using twitter to say idiotic things?

    Pakistan tells its Defense Minister to Stop Tweeting Nuclear Threats at Israel

    elissa (893d37)

  91. Absolutely, positively hated ‘Star Wars’.

    But loved Carrie Fisher.

    R.I.P., kiddo.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  92. 87. She died?

    She must have been in worse condition than they let on. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) must be devastated. I thought Debbie Reynolds was born in the mid-1920s.

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia also had a heart attack after traveling on an airplane – and there was Tim Russert, of Meet the Press. And they warned Richard Nixon about travelling by plane after he resigned in 1974. I think there’s tendency for blood clots to form.

    Also from being exposed to low temperatures (cold air) and deaths can occur even several weeks afterwords.

    The vast majority of these “temperature-attributable deaths” (7.29 percent) occurred on days when temperatures were below the “optimum temperature” — the temperature in each country that is associated with the lowest death rate — whereas only 0.42 percent were associated with above optimum temperatures.

    Yet most weather-related public health plans focus on heat waves, even though the death rate during cold spells exceeds that during heat waves, and minimal if any attention has been given to the life-threatening risks linked to everyday cold.

    One likely explanation is that cold is a stealth killer…How, you may wonder, does cold exact its deadly toll? About half of cold-related deaths result from blood clots that cause heart attacks and strokes, the British researchers reported. Blood becomes more concentrated during exposure to cold because blood flow to the skin is reduced to conserve body heat. This results in an excess of blood in the central parts of the body. To counter the excess volume, salt and water move from the blood into the tissue spaces, leaving behind “increased levels of red cells, white cells, platelets and fibrinogen” — thickened blood that is more likely to clot. Blood pressure, an important risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, also tends to rise with exposure to cold.

    Sammy Finkelman (6ee5be)

  93. Sammy, she was in every respect dead when she left that plane. Witnesses said she had been without a pulse for 15 minutes. Perhaps family had to come from afar before the plug on the ventilator was pulled and the public announcement made. Or maybe the Hanukkah/Christmas thing made them want to wait. Sad, though. Drug use weakens the heart and causes people to die too young. And she was too young.

    elissa (893d37)

  94. I’m opening a brass brassiere concession at the next comicon.

    Making lemonade, folks.

    Peter Cushing stars in Rogue One, so I won’t count Carrie out just yet.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  95. Yes but it was kind of ghoulish, same for her rotoscoped younger self.

    narciso (d1f714)

  96. The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon at Carrie Fisher’s Home [YouTube]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  97. RIP, Princess Leia, she was the bitter knowing worldly sidekick to Phoebe Cates in Drop Dead Fred and the scorned bride (of Jake I think) from Blues Brothers.

    And it was a big deal when Optimus Prime said the s-word in the 1986 Transformers animated movie.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  98. Was there any chick as attractive as Carrie’s mom in Singin’ in the Rain?

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  99. R.I.P. George S. Irving, longtime Broadway actor and the narrator on the Underdog cartoon series

    Icy (c7d012)

  100. Yes, I know she was more than this.×675.jpg

    I like being a heterosexual male of the species Homo Sapiens. Look at her face; she knew exactly what she was doing. She is smarter than me in addition to being way hotter. I am forever giving the wrong answer about which dress to wear. I never get to finish my desserts, thoughts, or sentences. And I haven’t wondered why I put up with it ever since I saw Carrie Fisher in that metallic bikini.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  101. Well Jabba w’s supposrf to be gangster like Sidney greenstreet used to play, although he wAS of a vizier type out of Arabian nights

    narciso (d1f714)

  102. Was there any chick as attractive as Carrie’s mom in Singin’ in the Rain?

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a) — 12/27/2016 @ 3:05 pm

    Audrey Hepburn. No comparison.

    I generally don’t date women who smoke. It’s like licking an ash tray. I haven’t dated a smoker since Flashdance came out. And we’re watching the movie in the drive in and she insists I check out her incredibly toned legs by Braille.

    I sez to myself, “‘Self,’ I sez, ‘just this one time.'”

    Should Audrey Hepburn’s doppelganger show up on my doorstep I can imagine making a similar exception to the rule.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  103. I’m not one to kiss and tell. But it was thirty years ago. I guess now it can be told.

    In the early eighties I had a date. WITH A GIRL!! And she did have nice legs.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  104. I don’t doubt it Steve, apparently Jabba was based on guttman and sir. Fferrari

    narciso (d1f714)

  105. Nothing will come of this meeting with his bosses. I guarantee it.

    Funeral Guy (fd1434)

  106. Add the people at pebble (slate) and newser complete idiots

    narciso (d1f714)

  107. The fact he cites fanon and the Haitian revolution suggests intent.

    narciso (d1f714)

  108. Meanwhile Egyptian media is returning The favor, that Obama did to them,

    narciso (d1f714)

  109. #105 Steve 57, Audrey Hepburn was hot. She had that “I know you want to hold the door open for me” thing going for her.
    And of course, she was right — we would want to hold the door open for her.

    I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s a couple months ago. It’s something to watch every couple of years just so you can experience the Audrey Hepburn thing.
    Apparently, she and George Peppard didn’t get along at all, and that says a lot about Peppard (reportedly an elitist jerk who used to brag about his Carnegie Mellon degree to anyone who would listen) considering Audrey was known to be very affable toward everyone.

    By the same token, that Debbie Reynolds sure looked like cotton candy in Singin’ in the Rain. (LOL)

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  110. Can’t say I disagree…

    “As we approach 2017 we look back at 2016. We remember those who have passed away. We celebrate the incredible athletic feats which occurred. We opine what movies were the best. Here is a look at the most annoying people in 2016. Agree? Disagree? Care to add an additional name or two to the list?

    Kevin Williamson is on the list. He should also be on a Top 10 list for assholes. Comparing a 10 year old boy to Saddam’s murderous adult sons is a bit too much.
    Uday and Qusay Hussein infamously dropped screaming human beings into industrial plastic shredders to kill them. Either Mr. Williamson is ignorant of that fact, or he has secret information about Barron and Eric Trump and Ivanka that we are not privy to. If so, I would like to ask Mr. Williamson and his neglectful editors to provide the evidence to the world. I am looking forward to Mr. Williamson’s next N.R. column, which will no doubt show us the cellphone pics.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  111. All I can say, CZ, is maybe I’m secretly gay. Because I’ve googled Debbie Reynolds to see if I can see what you see, and I just don’t.

    Maybe I’m just making excuses when I say I stopped liking football when Al Davis moved the Raiders to L.A. That I’m just overcompensating when I give you the recipe for a killer 10 gauge goose round or the ultimate .45 Colt load for wild hawg because I am deep down trying to prove something to myself.

    Nahh. I learned to love, nay embrace, my heterosexuality during that port visit to Naples which the statute of limitations has yet to run out on (fingers crossed).

    I’ve googled Debbie Reynolds and she just doesn’t do, for me, what Audrey Hepburn does for me. Or Natalie Wood.

    Up until now I resisted the idea I had a “type” but I am starting to notice a pattern.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  112. Ditto, Steve, in a similar way that Dorothy Malone had her moment in the big sleep, slthiugh Lauren bacall was the star.

    narciso (d1f714)

  113. If only Scarlett Johansson could keep her mouth shut. Her best work, IMHAO, was during the opening credits of Lost In Translation…

    Opening scene – Lost in translation, by Sofia Coppola (2003)

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  114. Also, I’m sorry for writing “CZ” when clearly I should have been writing “CS,” Cruz Supporter.

    It’s probably part of the whole overcompensating thing.

    It’s like a reflex.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  115. 96. elissa (893d37) — 12/27/2016 @ 10:51 am

    96.Sammy, she was in every respect dead when she left that plane. Witnesses said she had been without a pulse for 15 minutes

    The way this was being taken by the media was that she could recover. They did get a pulse, and you do hear of people getting a pulse after some time and recovering. Although actually I read CPR very often doesn’t work. But not working would mean breathing is not spontaneous, and I suppose also that you don’t get a pulse.

    I think it’s the medical profession in general that’s misleading people.

    One thing: It is important to cool down the body. Cell destruction continues and the only way to stop it – for reasons that are not too clear – is to drastically lower body temperature. That’s why you now routinely hear about a “medically induced coma” They lower body temperature to a point where breathing is still spontaneous. (about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, although I thought they could go to 85)

    Mayor Bloomberg gave orders some years back that city ambulances were to only take people with heart attacks I think to hospitals that lowered body temperature. I don’t think this early, but I found this dated 2008, and it links to a New York Times article at:

    Maybe it appeared in the news again later.

    Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 1:25:19 AM by neverdem

    Starting on Jan. 1, New York City ambulances will take many cardiac arrest patients only to hospitals that use a delicate cooling therapy believed to reduce the chances of brain damage and increase the chances of survival, even if it means bypassing closer emergency rooms.

    The move by the city’s Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service, after a year of preparation, indicates a shift away from the prevailing view among emergency workers and the public that how fast critically ill patients reach the hospital is more important than which hospital treats them.

    Almost all the links I find quickly seem to be from August, 2010.

    …[Paramedics] have begun treating cardiac arrest patients with hypothermia therapy – a new, life-saving medical procedure that has been proven to slow the deleterious impact of cardiac arrest on the human body. The treatment involves providing cold intravenous liquids to patients in an effort to halt muscle and tissue damage as well as preserve neurological function for patients who survive a cardiac arrest. Hypothermia treatment has already helped save hundreds of lives during the past 18 months in New York City hospitals, where it’s been administered to patients during Phase I of Project Hypothermia, a joint initiative between the City’s Emergency Medical Service and the Greater New York Hospital Association. During Phase II, which began today, Paramedics will provide the treatment sooner, in ambulances and outside the hospital setting, in an effort to save even more lives with earlier intervention.

    I don’t know if this happened with Carrie Fisher, and if so if it was still, nevertheless, too late. This was Los Angeles, not New York.

    They also have defibrillators in airports, but maybe not aboard planes.

    Sammy Finkelman (324ec1)

  116. Drug use weakens the heart and causes people to die too young.

    It’s cocaine that does that. (not “drugs,” which could mean heroin)

    And I checked, and I read she did use a lot of cocaine. (although antidepressants are also associated with heart disease – it’s about twice as harmful to the heart as smoking – a little known fact. Maybe it depends on the type of prescription drug, though.)

    Or maybe it was just the ready availability of cocaine in Hollywood in the era — but she later admitted during the sequel, “The Empire Strikes Back,” she snorted enough coke to fill the snowy planet of Hoth.

    I don’t think it so much “weakens” the heart, as damages some nerves or something else associated with the heart that keeps things from going off the rails.

    It’s probably the equivalent or more of aging someone 20 years in that respect, so that things that couldn’t happen until someone is in their 40s, happen in their 20s and so on.

    And she was too young.


    And the thing is, she noticed something.

    On December 29, 2015 Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) tweeted “Please stop debating about whetherOR not👁aged well.unfortunately it hurts all3 of my feelings.My BODY hasnt aged as well as I have…”

    And then, on December 21, 2016

    Sammy Finkelman (324ec1)

  117. this should be the the third rule of fight club, don’t deny what’s on your calendar

    narciso (d1f714)

  118. @ narciso

    I know that:

    Red Queen = Hillary Clinton

    Lurch = John Kerry

    But what was “the fight club” again?

    Sammy Finkelman (845007)

  119. the first rule of fight club, is don’t talk about it, so is the second, the third should be don’t deny what’s posted on your schedule.

    narciso (d1f714)

  120. 114. Concur on DR, and great taste on the other 2 – werent you the one giving Shakira props earlier in the year? Dorothy Malone is like a rough Elizabeth Rohm or Kate Hudson.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  121. Shakira and Vergara, are another magnitude entirely, like ava gardner, not on the same plane,

    narciso (d1f714)

  122. Dorothy Malone was a real cutie. I just looked her up, she’s still alive — 91 years old, and residing in Dallas.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  123. Yeah, about that fake news thing. I’m too lazy to find the right thread.

    felipe (023cc9)

  124. Dorothy Malone was a real cutie. I just looked her up, she’s still alive — 91 years old, and residing in Dallas.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a) — 12/28/2016 @ 9:18 am

    If she’s still in circulation I’d like to buy her dinner.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  125. Gary Shandling also took an airplane trip shortly before he died:

    A report by Los Angeles’ coroner’s officials released today states the fatal clot occurred after the comedian developed blood clots in his legs, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis. The comedian had not been feeling well during a trip to Hawaii, the report stated. Shandling died March 24 after calling paramedics to his home.

    Sammy Finkelman (643dcd)

  126. stinkypig got really clotty too she got clots all up in it

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  127. your family never comes to visit, right.

    narciso (d1f714)

  128. your family never comes to visit, right.

    narciso (d1f714) — 12/28/2016 @ 9:55 am

    That’s just how it is. If you live in a Salvation Army shelter everybody has to live by Salvation Army rules. And that suspicious Tijuana pharmacy bag must be searched.

    So, Mexican stand=off.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  129. @narciso More about Kerry’s speech from Omri Ceren: (various tweets)

    Listening to Kerry is like listening to mid-2000s university debate between two college-circuit anti-Israel activists. Recognizable banality

    Kerry’s speech is repetitive and incoherent. There are parts that aren’t even wrong. It feels like a last-minute patchwork.

    Right. Kerry has already said 1) the resolution was nothing new 2) that it was a brave act that had to be done to shake the Israelis.

    Kerry just said US policy opposite of UN res that US just endorsed as foundation of intl law.

    Because he can’t signal how horrible res was

    Kerry speech has great collection of anecdotes published 6 months ago by anti-Israel NGOs, and were promptly debunked within weeks.

    One prob with explaining Kerry’s speech is that it’s impossible to convey how utterly, tiredly banal they are. 10 year old NGO talking pts.

    More takeaways:

    Kerry distinguishes Jerusalem from the rest of the territory occupied in 1967 – but the resolution didn’t.

    He says Hamas has a one state solution of its own. (well you could use the same words to describe it but it’s not the same as what any israeli would propose – in fact those Israelis who want annexation don’t want to annex Gaza so it’s a 2-state solution in fact – except for that fact they want Egypt to take it over.)

    Sammy Finkelman (643dcd)

  130. I think you could say that that UN resolution was a compromise that was satisfactory to everybody except Israel.

    Sammy Finkelman (643dcd)

  131. it would have to strain in order to appear relevant,

    narciso (d1f714)

  132. to sum up,

    much of these posts could have gone on the sowell thread, the sheer weight of category error, that has be contested every minute, of every hour of every day

    narciso (d1f714)

  133. 137. Welkl, they would say (except they woudn’t say it, because to utter it is to say something that falls flat when expressed outright and can’t be justified) that multiculturalism is only for advanced technological societies, which includes pre-1967 Israel but not the West Bank.

    Sammy Finkelman (643dcd)

  134. RE; nk @3 here:

    I see that pronunciation in England is still changing even now:

    …sound recordings and films from the first half of the 20th century demonstrate that it was usual for speakers of RP to pronounce the /æ/ sound, as in land, with a vowel close to [ɛ], so that land would sound similar to a present-day pronunciation of lend. RP is sometimes known as the Queen’s English, but recordings show that even Queen Elizabeth II has changed her pronunciation over the past 50 years, no longer using an [ɛ]-like vowel in words like land.[81]….

    The BBC accent of the 1950s is distinctly different from today’s: a news report from the 1950s is recognisable as such, and a mock-1950s BBC voice is used for comic effect in programmes wishing to satirise 1950s social attitudes such as the Harry Enfield Show and its “Mr. Cholmondley-Warner” sketches.

    But in some things Queen Elizabeth still talks the way she used to, like the word “cloth”.

    I don’t know how to read these symbols, which I think is the International Phonetic alphabet..

    More recently, in speakers born between 1981 and 1993, the vowel /ɒ/ shifted up approaching [ɔ] in quality…

    The language situaiton in Japan is worse. Even the written language is no longer the same, and current generation Japanese can no longer read anything from the 1940s.

    Sammy Finkelman (643dcd)

  135. where’s Mr. M

    came across this on accident today

    Jack Hanrahan, once a big-time Hollywood script writer who was found destitute in March 2007 living in a Cleveland homeless shelter, died this morning in a nursing home on Cleveland’s West Side.

    makes you realize a lot of these dead celebs this year don’t really got it so bad really

    except for being dead and all

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  136. Mr happyfeet, I’m not following you. Are you taking a shot at Carrie Fisher and George Michael?

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  137. So Steve martin committed crimethink re fisher

    narciso (d1f714)

  138. not really but yes i’m kinda over the whole dead celeb thing honestly

    i’m looking forward to the whole thing where the queen kicks it

    maybe Jimmy Carter too

    that would be neat

    but this whole 80’s icons die young thing is getting stale

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  139. ooh Meghan’s coward daddy would be fun too

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  140. speaking of the icons Madonna’s speech is going viral

    i have to watch it again in a bit – was so surprised she didn’t talk about Mr. Trump

    but she was very sweet and sincere

    not sure exactly what I think about those shoes

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  141. oh and Rubert and Sumner and Warren B


    so over those three

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  142. oops

    *Rupert* i mean

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  143. but not Cyndi Lauper love her more than pickles and i haven’t even seen Kinky Boots yet

    this whole angel of death crusade on the 80’s

    it stops now

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  144. Pat Benatar is 63 btw

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  145. Tom Petty clocks in at 66

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  146. Ric Ocasek

    goddamn he’s 67

    he used to do A&R for Maverick

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  147. So is huey lewis, although rick Springfield (Zach from the original bag)in 68

    narciso (d1f714)

  148. Rick Springfield got the short end of the fame stick in some ways

    loved seeing Richard Marx and Daisy back in the news this week though

    *especially* this week

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  149. Taco is 61, who knew?

    narciso (d1f714)

  150. Glenn Medeiros is just 46

    but he’s a school principal somewheres in the islands

    bored now

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  151. if I remember right Taco also became a music exec of some kind like Mr. Ocasek

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  152. (i could be mixing him up with rico suave)

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  153. Thomas Dolby is 58.

    narciso (d1f714)

  154. Instead of wishing celebrities would die, maybe we should wish that members of ISIS would die — even the members of their JV squad! (LOL)

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  155. virtue signal much?

    die queen die

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  156. Well I was looking back on prolific bandd and one hit wonders, from that era before the real world, when MTV concerned it mostly self with music.

    narciso (d1f714)

  157. i told you how i almost went to the black thompson twin to cure me of my bear phobia

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  158. can’t get over this nagging feeling that it’s *good* to have a bear phobia

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  159. Just as with gators and sharks they are not our friends.

    narciso (d1f714)

  160. no they’re really not

    but statistically i should just get over it

    but then next thing you know i wanna go backpacking in glacier park

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  161. the fact that uber-douchebag jack dorsey doesn’t have the – let’s be honest – the most basic human decency – to flip the off-switch on his stillborn satanic twit-twat abomination – tells you all you need to know about why everybody hates him

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  162. Mr happyfeet, how can you live in Chicago and fear the Bears?
    Of course, nobody fears the Bears this season — especially not people who live in Green Bay.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  163. Prince talal actually owns more of it than Dorsey or custolo.

    narciso (d1f714)

  164. saudi royal perv trash gonna be pervy

    and trashy

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  165. i’m only here temporarily

    these ghastly cum-guzzlers just taxed my energy drinks


    i’m not subsidizing this crap

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  166. I am of an actually large group who thought and still think Daisy F > J-Lo.

    urbanleftbehind (c20ea9)

  167. J-Lo is lo-class

    she always has been and I let it slide for too long

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  168. You gotta schedule a foray into Lake Co. (either one) and stock up.

    urbanleftbehind (c20ea9)

  169. They tried to make her into the Barbra Streisand of the…., which is actually part of the problem, considering all the choices/genres/countries of origin.

    urbanleftbehind (c20ea9)

  170. Fuentes, gosh you were trying to be cryptic

    narciso (d1f714)

  171. i’m not subsidizing this crap

    i’m totally serious

    i’ve figured out all these different iced tea/crystal light combinations that get right around this nasty and highly regressive tax

    and it doesn’t kick in until like end of june

    and to be honest I’ll probably get a few cases of diet red bull delivered before then

    but just like nancy pelosi’s nasty “Graeme Frost is a worthless diseased loser” cigarette tax

    I’ll never pay a dime

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  172. If the Sodastream is not subject to this modern day tea stamp, it raises my appreciation of one Scarlet Johansen even more.

    urbanleftbehind (c20ea9)

  173. not sure about that

    the sodastream thing

    but these vapid midwestern mouth-breathers what inhabit chicago

    they “know the value of a dollar,” almost all of them

    they’ll figure it out six ways to sunday

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  174. Can American Fascism Be Stopped? – Robert Kuttner, American Prospect

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  175. robert fakes my news so hard

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  176. Ah scarlet, what ride need to be said.

    narciso (d1f714)

  177. Amd then there was natalie zea from justified.

    narciso (d1f714)

  178. Mr. JD loved that show

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  179. who wants to “make peace” with sub-human palestinian animal-trash anyways?

    not me, personally

    you go ahead if that’s your thang

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  180. pervert

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  181. Instead of wishing celebrities would die, maybe we should wish that members of ISIS would die — even the members of their JV squad! (LOL)
    Cruz Supporter (102c9a) — 12/28/2016 @ 2:10 pm

    It is tempting, isn’t it? Unfortunately there isn’t a convenient time of year for me to forget that Jesus was born into His creation to change me. As much as my base, animal nature tells me to kill them, I must pray for them.

    Matthew 5:45

    Then you will become children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun shine on good and bad people alike, and he sends rain to the righteous and the unrighteous alike.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  182. Apropos of nothing, I recall a heartwarming tale of a USMC pilot, 1942, Guadalcanal.

    The Japanese had launched a raid out of Rabaul, and, clearly, this pilot had expended all his ammo repelling the raid. Effectively, I must add.

    But there were still loose ends.

    So what did he do? He put down his landing gear and pounded a fleeing G4M Betty bomber into the sea. And what was the bomber pilot supposed to do? He could have tried to gain altitude but all that would have done is make the Wildcat fighter’s pounding more effective. In all honesty, that Japanese pilot did every thing his weapon could produce but he was just screwed six ways from Sunday by that Marine.

    In memorium, and with the utmost of respect, I salute you, sir.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

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