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Victim of Forced-Euthanasia Attempt at Joliet Area Community Hospice Doing Well, Regaining His Strength
Chester Siniawski, the man who survived a forced-euthanasia attempt on his life at the Joliet Area Community Hospice, continues to regain strength after his son, Chet, managed to free him from the JACH and move him into a hospital (where medical professionals actually work, not ghouls who try to kill people who want to keep living). Chester’s being fed three times a day now and is making huge steps in his recovery. A man who was cruelly denied food and starved for over two months is being given as much to eat as he wants and is loving it! He’s regained the use of his left side and, every day that he’s receiving proper nourishment and physical therapy, he gets closer to being the person he used to be, before his stroke in April.
The reason I care so much about this man is because of how horrific what was done to him truly is: he had a non-terminal stroke that he could recover from…but his own wife (who appears to have some kind of mental illness) wanted him to die and never recover, because she didn’t want to be bothered with having a husband in a wheelchair. Being a widow sounded more fun and a better time for her than having to care for a man who needed rehabilitation to regain use of his body after a stroke. That whole “in sickness and in health” part of the wedding vows didn’t seem to register with this woman. That right there is terrible enough…but on top of it there is actually a place in Illinois where someone this despicable can take her husband and staff will go along with a plot to withhold food and water from the man in order to euthanize him against his will. Just because his wife already has a black dress picked out and wants to put the “fun” back in funeral.
Forced-euthanasia has another, simpler name: MURDER. People who starve someone to death, when that person wants to live and be fed, are MURDERERS.
The Chester Siniawski case ended up being this perfect storm of horror and stupidity:
1. A man’s wife wants to be a widow and not a caregiver, so she decides it would be best that her husband be starved to death in a hospice instead of going to a hospital/rehab center where he would get better. This is the kind of thing that Alfred Hitchcock would have cooked up for a movie he could never have made…because no one would have believed it was possible to get away with.
2. The government of Illinois allows this demented woman to put her husband into the Joliet Area Community Hospice and check him in as a “resident,” because he legally could not be coded as a “patient”…due to the fact that he was not terminal. Only terminal patients can be coded as “patients”…so Chester was locked into this place to be starved to death as a “resident,” with his demented wife paying $250/day out of pocket to keep him in there until he could be euthanized against his wishes.
3. The whole time, Chester could speak and was begging to be fed. The ghouls working at the JACH would keep food of out his reach and allow his wife to eat the food instead of Chester. When visitors would bring Chester Muscle Milk protein shakes to drink or try to give him other food like soup broth, the visitors would be banned from visiting because they were trying to keep Chester alive and the wife/JACH wanted Chester to starve to death.
4. The Joliet police refused to get involved, even though a man who begged to live was slowly being murdered in a facility in their jurisdiction. The police claimed that because it said “hospice” above the door that they were not allowed to enter. Like it’s the movie The Ten Commandments and writing “hospice” on the doorframe in lamb’s blood has a magical power to keep an entity as powerful as the police from crossing a threshold.
5. No elected official in the entire state of Illinois or government agency would get involved because the place Chester was being slowly murdered in was called a “hospice.” Every one of these people said exactly the same thing: “Since people die in hospices all the time, no one can be murdered in a hospice. We won’t get involved if he’s being starved to death in a hospice because there must be a reason he is in there. If he was at home being starved, we’d send the SWAT team to help him of course. But because it says ‘hospice’ on the door, we are not allowed in there.”
6. Apparently, murder is legal if the building says “hospice” on it. Imagine the ramifications of that. The mob or drug lords could just buy a building, write “hospice” on it, and take people there…check them in as “residents” and then kill them. Since they died in a “hospice,” presumably no one in Illinois will care (since people die in hospices all the time and every state official we spoke with during this ordeal said that their jurisdiction stops at a hospice’s doors).
7. This really weird thing would happen when speaking to any of these officials and authorities where they would get really quiet, start to sweat a little, and their breathing would change. That happened when we would tell them that in Illinois euthanasia is illegal and that state statutes specify that deliberately withholding food, water, and other life-sustaining substances from a person with the intention of killing that person is murder. Chester Siniawski wanted to live and was begging for food and water, yet staff at the JACH listened to his wife and not him and would keep life-sustaining materials away from Chester so his body would shut down, with the goal of killing him. Officials would get really nervous and they’d even gulp as they tried to think about what to say next…since people are probably euthanized all the time in Illinois hospices with no one complaining. The reason this was an issue with Chester is that Chester did not want to die and his son and other relatives did not want him to die. So all the other people who are so used to looking the other way when euthanasia is happening didn’t know what to do when someone like Chester was actually being murdered.
8. The Joliet police only got involved when they were told they would have liability if Chester Siniawski, who was not a terminal patient, died and family members had repeatedly told the Joliet police that he was being murdered. The Illinois State Police had to actually intervene and tell the Joliet police that they would be liable for wrongful death and other lawsuits if they refused to speak with Chester and ascertain if food and water were being withheld from him against his wishes as family members claimed.
9. Not long after this happened, all the dominoes started falling. The JACH found a crooked judge that had some personal connection to the hospice who threw an unconstitutional gag order on the Siniawski family and forbade them from making any more videos of Chester begging for food and saying he wanted to live. The JACH did not want any more video evidence that Chester wanted to live and wanted to be fed. The fact that Chester asked for food and stated clearly that he wanted to live prohibited the JACH from continuing to starve Chester, the way that other people in that horrible facility are no doubt starved by whoever wants to euthanize them.
10. What I think happened at the JACH is that the staff just got used to people being brought there who no longer wanted to live or who had stopped resisting efforts to kill them. So the staff probably felt they were do-gooders in helping people end their lives by doing things like withholding food so their bodies would shut down. They pump these people full of drugs, keep food away from them, and end their lives. No doubt they go home each night believing they are angels of mercy and don’t see themselves as murderers or ghouls. But, when a man like Chester Siniawski begs to be fed and says over and over again that he wants to live and staff members instead listen only to his wife (who states clearly she prefers him to be dead), then there is a serious problem.
11. A guardian ad litem was appointed to Chester and at first seemed to side with the JACH and the efforts to starve Chester to death, since — again– I think that these people are all so accustomed to looking the other way so that people who really want to die can “end their lives with dignity,” despite euthanasia being illegal in Illinois. All of these people working in the legal system or in government seem to want to keep places like the JACH open so that they have somewhere to take a spouse or relative when they want to kill them in the future, should that person become too much of a hassle to care for when they are sick. Or, they want to have a place to go to have their own lives snuffed out if they suffer an illness or just get bored with being alive.
12. After speaking with Chester and observing things that his wife was doing, the guardian ad litem had no choice but to agree with Chester’s son Chet that Chester wanted to live, wanted to be fed, and should be moved to a hospital.
13. At the hospital, Chester’s wife continued trying to kill him by insisting that he have a Do Not Resuscitate order placed on him and she lied to nursing staff, claiming she still had Power of Attorney over Chester. Nursing staff were accustomed to just accepting things that a spouse says as true, so Chet had to bring in the doctor and show him that Chester’s wife no longer had any legal authority to make any decisions for him and that she was in fact delusional and wanted him dead. This woman is so hell-bent on killing Chester that she even refused to admit he was getting better and making progress in the hospital, when he clearly was rebounding after being allowed food and hydration again.
14. The doctors concluded that Chester was able to speak, think, answer questions, process information, and make his own decisions. Any papers saying otherwise were ripped up. Chester can read and can write his own name. He asked for Chet to be his guardian if anything else happens to incapacitate him.
15. The hardest part of all of this is the fact that Chester can’t wrap his head around the fact that his wife of 30+ years wanted him to die and not recover from the stroke. In his wife’s mind, the fact that Chester will have to be in a wheelchair at least temporarily meant that he shouldn’t live and it would be better and easier for everyone if he was taken to the cemetery instead of a rehab center. Chester’s in his 60s and could live another 20 years, but his wife would tell people that if he can’t play ball with dogs out in the backyard and can’t walk on his own, then it would be better if he was just dead. Meanwhile, Chester kept saying he wanted to live and didn’t want to die…but his wife would not listen.
The whole thing was like that Monty Python sketch about the Black Plague, where a cart was pushed through the streets demanding people bring out their dead…and one of the people tossed into the cart kept pleading, “But, I’m not dead! Don’t take me! I’m not dead!” Chester’s wife essentially insisted that he should be dead and the ghouls working at the Joliet Area Community Hospice went along with that and allowed Chester to be starved and denied life-sustaining materials for months. Police and other officials refused to listen after hearing the word “hospice,” because they said that whatever’s going on in the JACH must be okay because they trusted the staff to not be murderers. But…what if they are murderers? Why just trust that they aren’t doing anything wrong when family members come forward and plead to authorities that a man like Chester Siniawski was being starved to death and forcibly euthanized against his wishes?
I still can’t believe this all happened in America in the year 2016. It’s all like something that would happen in a Muslim country or the Soviet Union back in the day. It is my most fervent hope that once he is well enough and fully recovered that Chester sues the Joliet Area Community Hospice out of existence and also files whatever civil rights suit he can against the Joliet police and other government entities that refused to listen and wouldn’t help him when he was pleading to live and not be murdered.
The ONLY reason this man is still alive is because of GoFundMe, Twitter, Facebook. YouTube and other social media. I also credit Andrea Shea King for talking about Chester’s plight on her popular radio show and Tea Party groups around the country who also shared the video of Chester asking for food and begging to live. Once that video got out there to as many people as it did, it became impossible for the Joliet Area Community Hospice to keep food away from Chester.
Once Chester started being allowed to eat, he got strong enough to progress from Muscle Milk to soup. After soup came stew. And then fully solid foods. The JACH staffers had managed to starve this man to the brink of death, but that video of him begging for help made them back off…and that created a window where Chet and other visitors were able to bring Chester nourishment. He would have certainly died without that video….which is a video that a crooked Joliet judge tried to suppress and keep people from ever seeing.
The lessons from all of this are really clear:
A. If you have not done so, you should craft a living will that expresses what you want to happen to you if ever you are in a situation like Chester Siniawski. You’ve suffered a stroke or other injury/ailment…and you are in a bed but are not terminal. You can breathe on your own and can speak, but you are not your usual self. Do you want to be starved to death and denied life-sustaining nourishment/hydration and euthanized? You might even want to include a reference to Chester Siniawski specifically and what happened to him…and say what you want to happen to you if ever you are in Chester’s place. Personally, I do not want to ever be starved to death. I want to be fed. I want to be given water. I want the chance to recover as much as I can if ever I am struck down by a stroke or some other trauma. I do not want to be euthanized as long as I can speak, answer questions, and my brain is still working.
B. If you are ever in a situation where you are incapacitated, try your best to have someone take a video of you expressing your wishes. And put that video on YouTube and get it out there. Make it impossible for a facility like the Joliet Area Community Hospice to forcibly-euthanize you against your wishes. Prevent authorities and officials from being able to look the other way as you are murdered. Forget vanity. Beg for your life on camera. State clearly that you want to live and want to be fed.
C. If anyone you love is in a situation like Chester’s, get video! The video is what saved this man. Whip out your phone, talk to your loved one, get the person to answer questions about whether or not he/she wants to live, and if the person wants to live then make sure that video is public so the whole world knows. It’s the only way to save that person’s life, as Chester’s case proves. If it’s not on video, then it didn’t happen. That’s the biggest lesson to learn from all of this.
I really don’t feel comfortable getting into what happens if someone actually wants to die and be starved to death or euthanized. In Illinois, all of that is illegal…and that is the law on the books. Clearly, authorities don’t enforce this just like the government has chosen to ignore and not enforce immigration law. We’re in an age where our culture is seemingly deciding that some laws will be followed and others won’t be, particularly when emotions run high and people feel passionately about things on personal levels. I doubt the Joliet Area Community Hospice is making money off selling body parts like Planned Parenthood does, so the staff’s motivation in starving people to death isn’t one of profit…but instead these ghouls think they are doing something good and providing a needed service, regardless of what the law says. They are secure in the belief that they will never be prosecuted for killing anyone by starvation/dehydration because every representative of law and government is clear in stating that they will always look the other way. If you want to die in Illinois in a hospice or if your family wants to kill you in a hospice, then no one will ever consider that murder, regardless of what the law says. Whether or not Illinois ever formally legalizes euthanasia, the fact is that it’s clearly happening here and has been for years and everyone in power is fine with that. This is where we are as a culture and a society. Until giant lawsuits happen against euthanasia centers and local government that allows this, nothing is going to change. Maybe people don’t want this to change.
I just come back to the fact that life is such a precious gift. Every day, each of us ages. We’ll never be who we were at 18 or 25 or 30 or whatever. Our health deteriorates. We lose abilities. In time, we become ghosts of our former selves. As an American, I just don’t like the idea of ever giving up…and so I won’t ever give up. That’s my choice. I want to keep fighting and living for as long as I can. I hope that the people I love want that too for themselves. And if they do want to fight and keep living but staff at a facility and other actors try to kill them, you better believe I will do whatever I can to keep them alive. How sad it is that our elected officials and trusted public servants don’t feel the same way and operate under the kind of “death is better” mentality that the Soviet Union would have subscribed to.
[Click above to embiggen: the ALA’s latest effort to silence and censor us and keep people from buying SHUT UP!]
SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment went on sale today and it has debuted as #199 of the top political books on Amazon.com (#11,412 total for the whole Amazon site).
This is amusing because we had absolutely no marketing budget, aside from word of mouth. The American Library Association hates this book with a burning passion and already ALA members on the ALA Think Tank page are threatening to scan the book and post it to TOR networks to violate our copyright and crater sales of the book.
You read that right: librarians who are part of the American Library Association are openly stating that they plan to scan the book and violate copyright law by then putting the book out there on TOR networks, so that Megan Fox and I as the authors of the book are harmed by librarians’ actions.
This, again, is a classic illustration of how the Left operates: if they do not agree with what you have to say, they look for creative ways to harm you, to hurt you, to silence you, and to shut you up. It’s shameful that librarians are behaving this way…which is why all of you reading this should start asking questions about the kinds of people that your local public libraries employ. The comments being left today about violating our copyright (on purpose) and sabotaging the launch of our book SHUT UP! all appear to have been made during the work day while the librarians doing this were on the clock.
If they are using library equipment to scan our book in order to violate our copyright and upload it to TOR, wouldn’t the library that employs them be criminally and/or civilly responsible for that wanton and willful act of copyright infringement?
When the Left does not want you to have information and does not want people writing about the terrible things that it does, the Left comes up with creative ways to silence conservatives and discourage participation in the political arena. In our case, librarians on the Left don’t want anyone else looking into what’s been going on in these public libraries. So, Megan Fox and I must be destroyed financially in their worldview. It took many hours of our time and effort to write our manuscript…and then a large sum to hire the formatters, designers, and other professionals to prep and launch the book for sale.
For librarians to want to destroy authors’ profitability is heinous.
Doesn’t this go against everything these hypocrites claim they believe in?
People who say they love books should never decide to actively violate copyright laws so that authors can not afford to invest the time and resources to write new books.
Destroying the profitability of a book such as ours, that is highly critical of the American Library Association, is a new low for Leftists.
[ Click above to embiggen: isn’t it time to admit the go-along-to-get along garbage just doesn’t work out for the best? ]
We live in an apartheid state, where the institutional Left controls the government of our country…despite Leftists themselves being a small minority (around 22% or so) of the population. People who consider themselves “conservative” account for almost 70% of the population, regardless of what party they affiliate with. But, the Left wins the Culture Wars because Leftists are disciplined, committed to victory, and count on conservatives doing incredibly stupid things every day that Democrats just LOVE. Here are ten things you need to permanently stop doing — starting today — because each of these simple things is just like mailing a $1,000 check to the DNC to further their efforts in the Culture Wars:
10. Using the word “liberals”. There’s just no nice way for me to say this, but if you are using the word “liberals” in conversation, in anything you write online, or are even thinking it when referring to Democrats you are a complete and total idiot.
Democrats LOVE being called “liberals”…and, in fact, large sums of money have been spent focus-group testing this word…because low-information voters who have no understanding of political issues react positively to hearing the word “liberal”. It sounds open-minded, positive, and kumbaya to them. Even if you scream it with what you believe is pure acid and venom in your voice, an independent voter will still think good things about Democrats because “liberal” is a happy, fun, positive word to them. Focus groups do not lie. Companies and entire industries live and die by them…and political parties depend on them for national victories.
We know the institutional Left is draconian, close-fisted, and determined to control every aspect of our lives via aggressive government regulation and intimidation efforts using agencies like the IRS and NSA as anti-American goon squads and enforcers of the Left’s iron will. But, to independents and low-information voters who don’t pay much attention to politics, the word “liberal” conjures images of running through fields of posies being tickled by butterflies. Democrats are thus able to cloak their real agenda behind this hippy-drippy front…and idiot conservatives HELP THEM masquerade like this by parroting the specifically-designed branding that the institutional Left has chosen for itself.
My boyfriend Justin’s mother CarolAnne refuses to stop using the word “liberal” though, because she says “I know what it means and I think it’s an insult to be called that”. CarolAnne is one of the most stubborn people you will ever meet…and she refuses to see that it doesn’t much matter if conservatives think “liberal” is a dirty word, since it’s really moderates and independents whom Democrats are targeting with this branding effort. CarolAnne can think “liberal” is a pejorative…but her neighbor, LucyBelle down the road (who doesn’t follow politics much), thinks it’s a nice word and she feels good about herself for voting for “the liberal”…because that must mean she is a big-thinker and is open-minded. The tee-vee says that conservatives are backwards but “liberals” are good and “progressive” and LucyBelle wants to feel like a big smarty for doing what the tee-vee told her. See how that works?
You’re an idiot to ever help Democrats by using their chosen terminology for themselves…because you are encouraging low-information people like LucyBelle to keep voting Democrat…since doing that makes them feel good about themselves (despite the ruinous effect it has on their lives and pocketbooks). CarolAnne enjoys reminding me that Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and the writers at Breitbart.com use the word “liberal” all the time — and I think they, too, are foolish to do that.
I adore Coulter about 90% of the time, but you need to understand that her brand is all about preaching to the choir…and she’s not much concerned with winning any elections or getting independents and moderates to sever their emotional affiliations with the Left. Coulter’s brand is based on railing against “liberals” because the people who buy her books enjoy hearing the word “liberals” and it’s an instantaneous way for her to get their attention. The thing she’s not much concerned with is the fact that there are tens of millions of people out there who don’t know what Coulter is so angry about, because being “liberal” sounds like a good thing to them. She’s actually leaving money on the table and doesn’t realize it, because if she was railing against “Leftists” or “lefties” I bet she’d sell even more books. I really wish she’d come out against the word “liberal” and launch a second act to her career dedicated to its elimination…because that would send the DNC into seizures of panic as its entire 30-year branding campaign would be annihilated in one swoop.
I think Rush Limbaugh is a national treasure and admire him immensely…but he needs to stop using the word “liberal” too…and should excoriate any conservative pundit or writer who calls Democrats this. I keep hoping one day he eliminates the word “liberal” from his lexicon, because he’s the only person alive who could put a stop to conservatives consistently helping Democrats’ brand management this way. But, I think there’s a part of Rush that is doing what Coulter does…and it’s catering to their audiences (who enjoy saying the word “liberal”). I wish he’d be more strategic and would make it one of his Action Items to get people to see that stamping out the word “liberal” in conservative usage would send Democrats into a panic. They honestly wouldn’t know what to do if they lost this brand advantage.
Just try this experiment for a week: wherever you would normally say the word “liberal”, instead say the word “Leftist” or “lefty”. Following this convention, “liberalism” becomes “Leftism”. Not only will everything you say carry more of a punch…but you will also drive Democrats CRAZY by doing this. They are like vampires doused in Holy Water when they are called “Leftists”. Try this on Facebook if you have any Democrat friends. Start talking about the bad things that Leftists or Lefties do and just watch your Obama-voting Facebookers become apoplectic over your new choice of terminology.
People tend to ignore you when you are going on about “liberals” anyway…so why not shake things up and use “Leftist” and “Lefty” as your descriptors and start to change the brand awareness that people have of Democrats. You know how exterminators need to change the bait once in a while to get bugs to start eating the poison again? That’s what needs to happen here with the word “liberal”. Because, honestly, these people are Leftists…they do want to push the country towards socialism and eventually communism…and calling them “liberals” is like calling cockroaches “hug-a-bugs”. Just because you’re a fool who likes giving horrible things cutesy nicknames is no reason to keep doing what you’ve always done while bemoaning the sorry state of the country. Stop using the word “liberal” and start calling these people “Lefties” and watch independents abandon Democrats in DROVES.
Okay, so I didn’t intend to do this and had no plan on writing a live commentary transcript of the Oscars…but a few friends surprised me and apparently we’ve found a live stream via ABC.com and Oscar.go.com. I believe the actual show will livestream and not just this pre-show stuff.
So, since we’re going to watch it anyway I might as well comment on it.
If you want to watch too, you can click HERE for the stream
This is really shocking to me because I didn’t think that ABC and Disney were with-it enough to livestream this on computers…because I thought they were obsessed with ratings on the tee-vee Nielsen “boxes” out there. But, frankly, more and more people are moving away from having tee-vees and just livestreaming. I’ve been doing that since 2009 and will never go back.
702pm CST — Hilarious. George Clooney is there with some random woman on his arm. He always has “some girlfriend” with him who is always gorgeous and has a very tentative grasp on English, but trademarked deer-in-headlights looks. I love that straight women can’t tell he’s gay…like he’s cast some magical spell that blinds them. The same spell, incidentally, that Rock Hudson and even Liberace cast in the past.
Anne Hathaway comes off so classy and charming in interviews. She’s a lovely young lady. And then moments later that Jennifer Lawrence takes the microphone and says, “Yo, yo, yo, whaddup, yo!”. And pretends to be a street person from a ghetto”. I’m sure she’s a nice girl too…but, really? No one has taught her how to behave like a lady in public. One day, years from now, she’ll cringe at how stupid she made herself look.
The feed we’re watching is the “Backstage Pass Red Carpet” thing. There’s some young girl and a gay guy talking. Which is kind of the only people who care about this show.
I have to say something…and I almost can’t believe it because I think he’s such a jerk in real life…but Ben Affleck is looking hot these days. I love him in the beard, and the wig he’s been wearing the last year looks great on him. You can’t even tell it’s fake hair. I just wish the guy would stick to being an entertainer and would keep his political views to himself.
708pm CST — Another gay man who women think is straight…Hugh Jackman. He has both a wife and a longtime boyfriend in Australia.
Honestly, I think I am going to note every single one of these guys in this transcript as they pop up on the screen tonight. See how many you can spot yourself.
The reason I think it matters is because these guys get involved in political activism…and they have agendas that they don’t reveal to their fans. I think anyone involved in politics needs to be upfront with people, and to acknowledge all of their allegiances. Guys who are closeted in Hollywood need to toe certain lines and do things that the Gaystapo Dons force them to do. And when election season rolls around these guys head out as foot soldiers for the Left’s messaging department…which makes me believe that they need to be open about who they really are and where their loyalties rest.
Guys like Aaron Shock and Lindsay Graham and Dan Rutherford also need to come out of the closet too, because they’re actually elected officials…but actors who moonlight in the political sphere have the same responsibility to be out and open. And I don’t think we should keep their secrets.
713pm CST — It’s kind of fun to be watching this and not giving a damn who wins anything. I have no emotional vested interest in any of this.
I must note that I really like Seth MacFarlane. He’s the kind of straight guy that I have always thought was cool. He’s juvenile and crass sometimes, but he’s just so cute it’s endearing…and I love how well he enunciates and how he delivers lines. He’s a great impressionist and voice talent…and it’s amazing what he created in terms of a tee-vee and animation empire using his imagination.
If you don’t know this already, MacFarlane also almost died on 9/11. He was scheduled to fly from Boston to LA on one of the hijacked flights…but something his assistant did kept him from making the plane. And the guy really seems to always make the most of life after that near-miss.
What a nasty, rude, and snobbish woman Halle Berry appears to be. She just totally snubbed the people who wanted to interview her on the red carpet. Anne Hathaway and others were very nice, but not her.
In case you’ve never been there, the theater they host the Oscars in is right at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood. It’s a really great complex that was built on a corner…and it’s just ingeniously designed. There’s a mall in there and a big open courtyard and it’s really stunning. The rest of the area around Hollywood is pure trash…but that Hollywood and Highland development is great.
720pm CST — they aren’t switching over to the show feed, it’s still the red carpet stuff even though everyone is inside. I’m starting to get scared they aren’t really going to show the awards, but will just keep showing people standing there outside…which is kind of funny.
It’s amazing how big Twitter has become, and I still don’t really understand it. They have this whole metrics thing happening where people are predicting the winners based on Twitter feed activity. I should really take that as the final nudge that makes me take time to really figure out how to use that and appreciate it.
It seems to be a great resource for polling and market research.
Apparently, while the show is on they’re going to have random people talking…and I think they will show the people right after they win but not the show itself.
So I might have to take back that thing I said about ABC and Disney being smart about streaming this show…since they might actually still be stuck in the past after all.
That obnoxious Sherri Shepherd from The View is going to be on. She’s the one who said once that she doesn’t know if she really believes the Earth is round because she’s never seen it from space with her own eyes.
725pm CST — Okay, on Oscar.Go.Com camera they actually let you play director and you can choose the veiws from different cameras….which is interesting. They just showed Reese Witherspoon rubbing her shoulder and complaining about her dress itching, but she didn’t know she was on camera. I kind of love when that happens.
They’re also trying to get some of these fools to use the “Thank You Cam” feature…so that they can leave the stage and then go backstage and thank all the people they want to read off a list, starting at childhood and then working their way through everyone who works at the talent agency that represents them. This is another thing that’s supposed to get these people to stop using their time on the stage to read off boring lists of names.
Honestly, if you have one chance to stand up before a billion people and say something…talk from your heart and say something about love and life and being a positive person and working hard at things that mean something to you. Don’t read a list of names. Be original and memorable, even it’s the first and last time in your life.
731pm CST — this is so surreal and random. This Backstage Pass Award Show thing is ABSURD…it’s totally not allowing us to see the actual show, but instead we get to see Sherri Shepherd and some guy talk about what they are seeing on the show. It reminds me of being in a foreign country and someone is telling you what’s being said on tee-vee there, because the people on the screen are talking in gibberish. And then I tell you what I’m hearing these people say. This is either the dumbest thing ever or it’s super-fun. I can’t decide yet.
That Sherri Shepherd has a big bop of hair on the top of her head…can’t decide if it looks like a tumor or some kind of pastry she keeps up there. They’re showing the audience reacting to Seth’s monologue. You can almost hear Seth talking, but he’s drowned out by Sherri. “Seth’s telling a joke. They’re laughing. Nicole Kidman looks kind of amused but doesn’t get the humor. She’s Australian”. It reminds me a little of being in a movie theater in Florida where someone is saying ‘What are they talking about?’ and another older person shouts back “SHE SAID…blah blah blah”.
Sherri: “They are listening intently. They are concentrating”.
The other man is unknown to me, so I’m just going to call him something. His name is Larry now, since he’s sitting there with Sherri.
I just realize how much Sherri looks like Star Jones before she went on that crash diet.
Sherri: The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming!
I have no idea what she’s talking about. She just said someone won “The Bathroom Award” for something. What???
739pm CST — they are talking about Best Supporting Actor.
Something that’s always bothered me about Hollywood is that they pick certain people and then fawn over them forever. Like Tom Hanks or Robert DeNiro. Sherri and Larry are fawning over DeNiro now. That means they will save fawning over Tom Hanks for later.
The thing with “movie stars” is that they really just play the same part over and over again…and usually they are just playing a version of themselves.
People are loving Seth MacFarlane as host according to Sherri and Larry. I have no idea if he’s really funny, because ABC is not streaming that. They keep saying on this Backstage Pass Show that “If you have access to a tee-vee you would know…” and the like. I think it’s kind of hilarious that in 2013 I don’t have a tee-vee and that 80% of my friends don’t either.
They now have Jess Kagle from EW.com on…who I think invented those exercises for ladies. I think almost every man who works for EW.com is complete garbage but the women who write over there are pretty funny. The guys are just tools, though, especially the gay ones.
745pm CST — Okay, this is really funny. Whenever the telecast goes to commercial, they turn out the lights in the auditorium. Then people race from their seats and go running to the bathroom. You can see all this on the “Audience Cam” on this Backstage Pass Show. When someone gets up and runs, a “seat filler” comes and takes that person’s place so there’s no bald spot in the audience.
It’s really enjoyable to watch these weirdo feeds like this. Much better than the actual show.
They are pushing some kind of Oscar APP that has all sorts of things on it…Oscars.com and download something on backstage pass. I don’t know how to do any of this stuff because Justin’s in charge of all this tech.
So they are showing a little of Seth’s opening number. He’s so cute. He reminds me of Justin, actually. Justin can sing and dance and has a beautiful voice…he’d be great on the radio, too, but he has stage fright.
749pm CST — Okay, I kind of like Sherri a little more now. She just told a story about how nobody can tell Octavia Spencer and her apart, and that in Hollywood she gets mistaken for her all the time. She said that last year a very big star came up to her and said “You are going to take this Oscar home tonight” and Sherri hugged her and was crying and saying “And when I do I am going to hold it in the air and you will know it will all be because of you”. I kind of love that. I love messing with stupid people like that.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR = Christophe Waltz for that Django movie.
I’m never going to see that thing. Too violent. It’s like that Inglorious Bastards movie. I just don’t want to watch blood and hear swearing and deal with any of that. If I want to experience it, I can ride the Red Line train here in Chicago.
The audience is clapping and I guess that Christophe is giving his speech. Sherri just called Samuel L. Jackson an “Uncle Tom”, but I think it’s in relation to his role in the movie and not her personal feelings of him.
That Christophe Waltz guy is talking and he stutters and stammers in real life. Not sure if he’s nervous or if he just does that. He seems so weird.
754pm CST — so, they are in a commercial break again and everyone’s sitting in the dark.
They’re showing the backstage areas that people walk through after they win…and it looks like just another hotel ballroom area/conference setup. Sometimes I don’t know how I feel about everything really being not all that special behind the scenes…because really all of this celebrity stuff is fake and everything ends up being no different than a setup at a local hotel near you. Politics is like that too. All of these elected officials are really just people, and ultimately their offices are no different from the office you work in. The same personalities exist and the dynamics are the same.
757pm CST — they are showing Helena Bonham Carter, who just dresses like a slob all the time. She’s the new Cybil Shepherd. That classless Jennifer Lawrence was just talking and laughing loudly while someone was talking on the stage. Apparently she was raised by wolves or something.
They are talking about Seth MacFarlane’s movie Ted…which is really funny. It’s course and vulgar and I never thought I’d like it…but I watched it when I was sick and it was so funny it made me feel better. And, during one part of the movie, they showed local newscasts from around the country in the 80s and they had one broadcast set in Cleveland…with a period-perfect 80s background of the skyline, which I thought was a fun shoutout.
800pm – that Christophe Waltz guy speaks little English…he’s German…and he’s being interviewed by that Jess Kagle from EW….who looks just like Christophe. So Jess made a joke about them being “bookends” and Christophe had a very harsh, Teutonic response of “Vee are not ends. I must read book to now first how am end”. Totally lost in translation.
I’ve never much liked foreign people. I find them grating. The media LOVES them because the media likes to indulge them like small children…but I don’t like all the fumbling and the accents and the nervous laughter because they don’t understand. It’s such a time waste. Learn English, and then let’s talk.
803pm CST — some cartoon people were talking about the cartoon that won, but they’re not telling me what the cartoon was. Was it Wreck it Ralph? I like that movie. Justin loved it because it was about video games.
They have George Clooney on now and he brought a flask and is drinking from it. He’s such trash. What’s hilarious to me is the guy is wearing a full gray beard tonight…and he brought another beard in as his date.
Hilarious…but Octavia Spencer actually dressed like Sherri Shepherd and vice versa tonight. They really do look like twins.
808pm CST — I actually really like watching the show via this “Backstage Pass” thing on ABC. It makes me feel like I’m in the control room working the event. I’ve never felt comfortable being in an audience…I prefer being backstage at an event, working it. So this is kind of the experience I am used to with stuff. Sitting in a seat and just watching is weird for me. It’s so much more fun to be on staff at something and to be part of putting on the event…not just being a guest sitting there.
Watching it this way also minimizes all the things that are grating about the show when you watch the actual broadcast. You’re seeing all the backstage stuff but none of the actual show.
Paul Rudd is there now…looking super hot. He’s such a nice guy.
That Melissa McCarthy is horrible though. She’s the female Chris Farley. I just can’t stand her. All she does is make gross-out jokes and use her weight as a humor crutch. Apparently, years ago she played a sweet classy character on Gilmore Girls…but now she’s reduced herself to just being the loud, pig in movies for comic relief. Like the parts that Chris Farley would be playing if he was still alive and had a sex change.
Like the Pie has won a few awards now…which was apparently about a bakery somewhere.
815pm CST — that Larry guy who is there with Sherri is annoying. He’s one of those typical “California guys” who are entertainment reporters. Such a tool.
Sherri and Larry are plugging the Samsung Galaxy tablet products now. Justin and I have a Kindle Fire that his mom gave us after she got her new one…and it is nice to read books on it. I never thought I’d like that, but it’s really fun. And when I was on bed rest I played the Angry Birds Star Wars and the Plants vs. Zombies games and enjoyed those. It’s such baby steps withe me and technology though. It’s just hard for my brain to get into this new stuff.
That Larry guy is so dumb…he just said the Oscar statues are solid gold. Dummy, they are plated. A solid gold statue that size would be a million dollars in gold.
Apparently Larry’s real name is “Cameron”, which is so fitting. But I’m going to keep calling him “Larry”.
821pm CST — they have a video playing of some guy who does the abridgement of books. John Carr, best animated short, was his name. It was so random.
They’re playing the JAWS theme to get people off the stage when they are rambling.
Nicole Kidman looks HORRIBLE. People, don’t ever get plastic surgery. You never look right afterwards.
She’s not as bad as Melanie Griffith or Meg Ryan these days, but she’s getting scary.
823pm CST — now they are doing a “Bond retrospective”.
I actually miss the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies. Those were silly and fun. I don’t like the Daniel Craig ones. They are too bleak and dull to me. It’s just like the new Batman movies that Chris Nolan made. I like the Tim Burton cartoony movies…but not too cartoony like the Joel Schumacher ones.
Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy are up on stage with the people who won for Brave…so I guess that Brave won the animated movie award. I don’t think I will ever watch that. Cartoons are so hard for me to sit through. The only reason we saw Wreck it Ralph was because Justin loves video games….and I remembered games from NES and the arcades when I was a little kid. The Brave animator wore a kilt and Sherri keeps asking what’s under his kilt. Honey, if you need to ask then you won’t know what to do with it.
The Avengers guys are going to come out. Chris Evans is a total babe. He has a gay brother too, who is even more handsome than him.
Man this show is funny. Sherri and Larry have no idea what’s going on and they have no real idea who is winning either. I love it.
I think someone is singing on the stage now.
“Do something crazy!’…the photographers are shouting at the people who have the statues after they win. The photographers always want people to make weird faces or kiss the awards, etc.
There’s an announcement, and then the people come out so the photographers can be prepared.
Sherri is talking about how she wants to have relations with Channing Tatum, but that Robert Downey JR. is sexier because he went to prison and prison is sexy to her. We’re learning a lot about this Octavia Spencer lookalike tonight.
Larry says he needs ice water so they have to have a break now.
830pm CST — Samuel L. Jackson wore a red velvet jacket…..and the guy who won the visual effects award is with him. That guy has freakishly long white hair like a monster. One Avenger is missing, Chris Hemsworth. Sam Jackson looks like a pimp according to Sherri.
Man, can Chris Evans wear a suit. Robert Downey Jr. is the luckiest man alive. He has had so many second chances. He’s like Hollywood’s patron saint of do-overs.
What’s really funny is that Sherri and Larry don’t have a tee-vee either…so they have no idea what’s happening in the auditorium.
They are finding out what’s happening based on Twitter. Twitter really is like the big thing now apparently.
When I say that, it sounds like I’m talking about moving pictures or areoplanes.
Samsung sponsors this live feed so every 30 minutes either Sherri or Larry says something like, “I just can’t believe how great this Samsung Galaxy is” etc.
Yawn, that Anna Karenena won the best costumes…but you just know that whatever movie has the flounciest period dresses is going to win the costume design award. I just envy people who know how to sew and make things like that. A friend of mine in LA, Leah, met me for lunch once and she stepped out in this gorgeous 1950s coat that was stunning…and she made it. It was so pretty that if you’d have wanted to buy something like this it would be $2,500 easily. But she made it. I wish I could do things like that. But, they don’t teach boys to sew in school and I never thought to learn on my own.
841pm CST — Les Miz won best makeup. That’s a movie I will never see. Too depressing. When I was in high school, Les Miz came through Cleveland and I ended up seeing it four times because different groups I was in all got tickets and I had to go. That was too many times to see that show in a week. I’ve had my fill for good on that one.
Sherri said that Jennifer Anniston is wearing a prom dress. I just keep thinking, ‘Why is Jennifer Anniston even there?’. She would make more sense being at a prom.
I’m kind of at the point with this where I just want it to be over.
Can I make it through to the Best Supporting Actress award?
Do I even care?
Honestly, I don’t. I kind of want to switch this off and put “House of Cards” on Netflix.
848pm CST — they showed this really cute featurette of the “Mominees”…the mothers of different nominees. I really love seeing the moms of these different people, and how they are so proud of the kids. So great.
Sherri was making fun of the little girl’s name from “Beasts of the Southern Wild”…Quackzhenloreece Wallis or whatever the heck that is. The girl’s mother’s name is Qualyindria. It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. The book Freakonomics has a whole chapter on this, and what names like this do to children…or how the names are the manifestation of the upbringing. Giving a child a name that’s hard to pronounce is just stupid…because the kid will have to forever correct people. Why do that to the kid? I’ve seen a lot of people calling the little girl “Alphabet Soup Wallis”…and who needs that?
Will Smith is actually going to put her in an all-black remake of Annie, which is a shame because there should be new things written with good black characters…not just taking an older story and making “the black version of it”. This is more of Hollywood being racist, because they don’t see black people as worthy of having their own original characters. Instead, they make “black Wizard of Oz”, “black Honeymooners”, “black Steel Magnolias”.
It’s like constantly throwing black people scraps…and the Left just loves it, thinking “that’s good enough”.
Sad, sad, sad.
900pm CST — You know, I’ve lived in Chicago for 8 years now…but I still think of time in EST and I have to remind myself that I’m “an hour behind”. This is especially funny when watching something broadcasting from LA, because they are two hours behind me and three hours behind Cleveland. I just keep trying to remember how much longer the show will go on…and I think it’s over around 11pm EST, which would be 10pm CST….so an hour left of this.
Twitter is apparently loving Seth MacFarlane…and they are happy that “Like the Pie” won awards.
I can just barely hear Jennifer Hudson singing from Dreamgirls. I actually really like her and a friend of mine here in Chicago knew here when she was growing up. There’s a truly awful show called Smash on NBC that’s a train wreck, but they brought Jennifer on this season and she’s so good. She’s good in everything she does and appears to remain a nice person. So, I love when she gets kudos. It makes me sad that Whitney Houston never had a big movie career and an Oscar and all that. Whitney’s voice was better than Hudson’s…and I think Whitney was a better actress…but Whitney had her demons and was brought low. So tragic. Someone is going to get an Oscar for playing her in the next few years too. Just watch.
904pm CST — they are talking about that depressing French movie Amour winning best foreign film. That’s another one I’ll never see. It’s about dying and someone wearing diapers. If ever there’s a day when I am feeling too happy and need to be depressed I’ll just drive around the southside of Chicago awhile and look at all the neglect and ruin. I just don’t like to watch depressing movies.
People are upset that they’re playing the JAWS music to shut people up who ramble in their speeches. I remember years ago they actually tried to bribe people with plasma TVs when those first came out. If you went out there and you spoke for under 30 seconds or whatever you got a plasma TV, but if you went 31 seconds or more you forfeited the TV. It didn’t work and they never tried that again. People just wanted to read those lists of names.
Personally, I think the second they name more than two names in a row they should turn off the microphone and maybe even open a trap door.
They are talking about that Silver Linings Playbook….which is one I will probably rent for like $2 on Amazon Instant.
I really, really love that streaming video. Instead of going to the movies and dropping like $25 or $30 between Justin and myself, I can watch something for $2 or $3 and can even pause and rewind when Justin talks through parts.
Mark Wahlburg and Ted the Bear are in a little clip. Ted really was funny. Shockingly vulgar, but funny.
There’s apparently all kinds of things happening on stage that Sherri and Larry know nothing about…..so it’s like watching an alternate universe broadcast of this show.
917pm CST — That Larry is so stupid. He doesn’t know the difference between sound mixing and sound editing. Mixing happens on set…but editing is done in post-production.
Halle Berry wore her spacesuit to the Oscars. She looks ridiculous.
It is really funny to hear Sherri talk about Octavia Spencer. They keep showing Octavia in the audience and Sherri narrates like she’s having an out of body experience. I love it.
There’s apparently a tie for the next Oscar. I think it’s Best Supporting Actress? Maybe?
It’s a cool story that Anne Hathaway’s mother played the role of Fantine in the first touring company of Les Miz.
Anne just won the Oscar…and it was not a tie….so I don’t know what Sherri and Larry were talking about with a tie.
I just adore her. I really do. She is a classy, sweet, young lady. And she knows how lucky she is and how charmed a life she’s leading. She is so humble and sweet.
You know what’s interesting is that many years ago when I worked at a hotel in Cleveland we’d have all sorts of celebrities come through. The ones who ALWAYS were the nicest were the ones who were either old stars who’d had long careers or people who ended up having long careers. All the ones who were snobby and demanding and nasty are nobodies right now. So, when I see Anne Hathaway I see someone who is going to have a very long career and do a lot of interesting things…and I bet she never, ever loses the sweetness.
931pm CST — They’re showing Hugh Jackson eating popcorn. It’s funny, the show is so long they have to eat in the commercial breaks to keep blood sugar up.
Sherri has succeeded in winning me over. As they were eating the popcorn, she was making munching sounds and saying “Oooh, this is some good popcorn. I gotta eat it all up! It’s so good!”. It was hilarious.
Argo won for film editing. I actually liked the movie, and not just because Affleck looked sexy all up in that. I got to meet the Empress of Iran once when she was in Chicago years ago and years before that I met an Iranian author who wrote the book Daughter of Persia. I know Argo is mostly fiction, but it was a great and fun story. It’s the kind of movie I can watch again and again.
I saw Zero Dark Thirty and thought it was nothing special. I was mainly just shocked it ended up not being an Obama propaganda film. I really thought it would be. And I didn’t like that the Jessica Chastain character was made to be like this Buffy the Vampire Slayer figure…and NOBODY wanted to catch bin Laden but her, and everyone was all “Alright, we’ll get him…but just shutup about it!”. Ridiculous. I saw the movie with a good friend in a GIANT theater though and so it was a fun and memorable movie experience…but I don’t think it’s worthy of any awards and I won’t be watching it ever again.
That Skyfall movie was forgettable too. Justin liked it. We saw that one in theaters too. He plays that Adele song over and over again. I still keep thinking Skyfall is about a satellite, but that was Die Another Day.
938pm CST — Anne Hathaway is very Audrey Hepburn tonight. But with a little more spunk.
One thing I never get is Adele. I have nothing against her, but they keep saying “Adele is amazing!”. I think she’s okay. I wonder if a lot of the media praise is because Adele is heavy-set. And so they feel a need to praise her. This is like how the media feels a need to overly praise anything a black person does…which has the net effect of really lowering the bar and cheapening the really great achievements of talented black people. Don’t call Adele amazing unless she really is…and I’ve just heard better than Adele.
Anne is having her pictures taken…and as she’s standing there she’s about to tear up…she’s so touched. It’s very sweet. Sherri is shouting at her, ‘Show us your booty girl!’. “That’s yours momma”. “Lookit your diamond bracelet you are a walk-in mansion”.
Oh, Sherri. You are too much. But not in a bad way.
945pm CST — So Larry just did another plug for Samsung and he said something like, “Look at all this great technology that Samsung has provided”. Sherri wasn’t feeling it but was contractually obligated to say something nice about Samsung so she was mumbling that, “Yah, they hooked us up, all up in here. They sure did. All technological and everything”.
So, they just showed Halle Berry chomping on popcorn like a goat.
And then Sherri spotted Bradly Cooper and was talking about “Do you think he is back with Zoe Zaldana”….Sherri, honey, Bradley’s gay. Another one that straight women can’t seem to spot. Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Zac Efron, John Travolta, Tom Cruise….it’s not that hard to spot.
1000pm CST — someone just suggested I checkout Nikki Finke’s coverage of the event because she has a tee-vee and can see what’s happening (unlike me)…and I just love Nikki Finke. Her site is Deadline.com.
If you don’t know her, she’s hilarious…and Hollywood hates her, because she calls people out on being stupid all the time. She’s really careful in what she chooses to do…but when she goes after something, she can just destroy someone or something. She is a force. And I get almost all my entertainment news from her and her team. LOVE them.
I think I read on Deadline about what a nasty pig Tommy Lee Jones is. Apparently, he’s hated in Hollywood…because he is so nasty. He was Al Gore’s roommate at Harvard.
Salma Hayek is such a moron. She’s wearing a Halloween costume again. One of my favorite things that they ever did as an in-joke at the Oscars was once many years ago when they had Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz present an award together. I think it was for something with sound. Neither of them speak English, despite both living here for many, many years. Salma and Penelope had to read off cards, and I think the cards were written in Spanish…and they had to translate in their heads. Both of them struggled with the segment, and parts of it ended up like “Me think this am good”. They sounded like cave people, and they just stared blankly ahead like morons. It was unintentionally hilarious. So much so that it just had to have been done on purpose.
10005pm CST — they’re doing the In Memorium part. Back in the 80s and 90s Sigourney Weaver used to host this part a lot. Then for a while they’d play Donna Summer’s “Con Te Partiro”, but they’d have Andrea Boccelli sing it with Charlotte Church. Andrea Boccelli’s gay too, by the way.
Sherri’s saying that after Norah Ephron died she sent her a recipe. That’s kind of creepy. I hope she meant that she left it to her in a will, not like a ghost sent it. Because would you really want to make something the ghosts told you to make? Maybe it’s poisoned because they are lonely and want you to join them.
Sherri said: Oh, that Ray Bradburry. He made some of those science fiction works.
I just checked Nikki Finke’s transcript and she says that MacFarlane is making jokes about Christians. Not cool. And I appreciate not having to listen to that.
1006pm CST — Daniel Radcliffe is on with Kristen Stewart. He’s adorable, and I think he is straight but because he is so little that’s why he’s not an aggressive guy. Plus he’s British. I saw him in Equus on Broadway and it was worth every cent. That Kristen Stewart is dreadful. She always looks like she’s in such a bad mood. She never smiles and always has dirty hair. I just don’t get her.
Apparently Barbara Streisand sang.
I never understood the appeal of that woman…but a friend told me there is some book about her early days that changed his opinion on her. I forget the name of the book, but want to read it.
I still laugh at the legal concept of “The Barbara Streisand Effect”…when Streisand tried to sue someone because she didn’t like that he was photographing the California coast, which included her Malibu home. She sued to shut that project down, but only ended up giving the project way more exposure than it would have had if she hadn’t sued to stop it. So, the moron ended up hurting herself by lashing out at the photographers. Idiot.
The funny thing is that very rich people or big companies make this same mistake all the time. They get to this place of arrogance where they think they have high paid lawyers and can do whatever they want…but they don’t understand the PR nightmare they cause themselves.
I still don’t know what “tie” they are talking about. What tie? They keep saying that someone tied for an award…but I don’t know who.
1015pm CST — Adele won for Skyfall…and then backstage was talking about how she needed to go to the toilet. She has a surprisingly low-class accent, like a dockworker on the Thames. This is also the kind of thing that are media thinks is so much fun…but I just don’t like listening to that, “Allo, Guvna, I fancy a trip to the loo” garbage. It’s really great she’s comfortable in her own skin and she doesn’t feel the need to conform in terms of appearance, but can you not talk about having to use the bathroom in front of a global audience? Do we really need to share all this?
1026pm CST — that means it’s 1126 in Cleveland. I remember as a kid when the Oscars would be on I’d be long in bed already, but in high school I’d stay up until 1130…and I’d always be asleep before Best Actor and Actress and Picture happened.
Some weird little guy won something, I think Argo…and he was SO STRANGE….they had him in the backstage Thank You Cam area and he reminded me of a serial killer.
Sherri just made a comment about “Clooney feeling his beard” right at the moment that he put his hand on his date’s leg. SO FUNNY.
Tommy Lee Jones is eating candy.
I’ve been wondering why that Kerri Washington from Scandal is there, but she was in that Django movie. I love the show Scandal, by the way. Forget the weird political stuff that Washington says whenever she can…the show is great.
Tarantino is all disheveled and looks like he’s been drinking.
I like Pulp Fiction, but I never liked anything else from him.
Sherri’s saying on Twitter that everyone loves that Tarantino was drunk. I can’t stand drunk people. They’re just exhausting and boring to me. And the worst part is that the next day they refuse to admit how bad they were the night before. I don’t believe they don’t remember their bad behavior.
Supposedly there is just 36 minutes left in the show.
Richard Gere is getting his picture taken with Adele. It’s so weird to see him looking like he’s 80 with shock white hair. Remember when he was married to Cindy Crawford? So funny. Straight women believed that one too!
Here’s something I didn’t know: the Oscars are engraved at the Governor’s Ball party after the show. The statues are blank when they are given out…and at the party the people go to an engraver’s station and get it engraved, so they don’t have to wait to take the statues home. That’s interesting.
Ange Lee won for Best Director. He should have won for Brokeback Mountain.
I never saw Like the Pie. There are a bunch of animals in it like Jungle Book. I like animals and everything but I don’t want to watch a whole movie about them. Going to the zoo once in a while is enough.
Sherri’s reading off Twitter reactions again. Do you know what historiography is? It’s the study of how history is recorded and presented…and it’s fascinating to me thinking about how Twitter and Facebook are going to affect historians in the future…because more is being documented than ever before.
Adele was holding the Oscar in front of her face and Sherri yelled at her to move it. What’s so fascinating is that Sherri and the other media people go out of their way to say how beautiful Adele looks…but it’s that thing they do where they really think she’s fat but they know they can’t say that, so they shift heavily to the other side and compliment her. They did this same thing with that Gabby Siboudebe from Precious two years ago as well. “She’s so beautiful! We love her!”…but the tone in their voices give them away.
1042pm CST — Best Actress. They’re making fun of Quacktoeticktockshone Wallis’ name again. Her, the French old lady, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, and Jennifer Lawrence are up for this.
Jennifer Lawrence won. She fell onto the ground. Not on purpose. That must be embarrassing.
Nikki Finke at Deadline is saying that Stephen Spielberg is hated in Hollywood. I’ve heard that over the years too…that he’s just an ass to deal with. He should really have like 8 Oscars by now….but people just don’t like him. The Oscars are really a popularity contest and the people who vote hold all kinds of grudges.
BEST ACTOR — Daniel Day Lewis. First Oscar win for an actor in a Speilberg movie. I never liked Daniel Day Lewis. I don’t know why, I just don’t like him. I have not seen Lincoln all the way through and doubt I ever will. I got like 20 minutes into it and didn’t like the special effects and all that vampire stuff.
Plus, Sally Field is still Nora Walker to me and her as Mary Todd is just Nora in a Halloween costume.
I really wish I remember who said they were going to do this, but years ago there was someone who said she was going to wear vampire fangs…and when she lost the award she was going to snarl at the camera…because they make the losers sit there and be polite and clap for the winners. That would have been funny.
Sherri is talking about some move called “Who’s Your Cabbie” that she made and all of three people saw.
1053pm CST — Michelle Obama is there….why?
Just think of the taxpayer money that was sunk into this appearance. Inappropriate.
And I think it’s hilarious that a lot of straight people can’t tell she’s wearing a new wig. She’s always worn a wig, but the “bangs wig” is the newest one. I actually like it on her, to be honest. She still wears the ugliest clothes I’ve ever seen…but this wig is nice on her.
Wow, Ben Affleck is hot. And that is an awesome wig on him, better than Michelle’s.
Turns out Michelle was not there…just on tape. Sherri and Larry were confused.
BEST PICTURE is coming…
I don’t remember George Clooney being in Argo. If you haven’t seen the movie, you should watch it…and let me know if you see George Clooney in it. I swear I don’t remember him in there, but I watched that when I was sick and so maybe I just wasn’t paying attention or was on too many pain meds that day.
I think it’s hilarious that everyone hates Spielberg. Apparently, they really like Affleck though…and him not getting a Director nomination was a big oversight because people thought he was a shoo-in, and so they didn’t vote for him.
That’s it for the show.
I have no idea what the real telecast was like, but the Backstage Pass Award Show was wonderful. It was a lot of fun to watch this like I was in the production booth. Such a neat experience…and in the future I really recommend you try it too. Sherri and Larry were funny…sometimes unintentionally. The last thing I heard her say before I closed the feed was that she always thought that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were brothers, for real brothers. This woman is hilarious.
QUESTION for COMMENTS: What did you think if you watched the show?
[ NOTE: If you do want to watch the Oscars, but don’t have a tee-vee…then EW.com is a good place for coverage. If you follow this link, they have a really well-put-together “dashboard” that has a live commenting feature and a little video screen that I think will show the awards ceremony. Right now they are just showing the pre-show stuff…and maybe ABC won’t let them show a live feed of the telecast itself, but if they don’t then EW will have a running play by play and screenshots of the event. I’ve never seen a “dashboard” like this before and really like what they put together. ]
So, tonight is “Oscars Night”….which is technically one of the “High Drinking Holidays” here in Boystown; these are either lesser-known or essentially gay-specific “holidays” that straight people almost entirely ignore, but gays relish as excuses to get dressed up funny and then drink like crazy. There will no doubt be buff twenty-somethings painted gold and dancing on tables in shiny Speedos…meant to represent Oscar itself. The more talented drag queens in town will channel the ghosts of the great stars of the past, so Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Gloria Swanson, and others could walk the Earth yet again tonight…albeit with an extra part or two tucked away somewhere that they never had in life. A handful of bars will show the entire four hour telecast, which is technically illegal and against ABC’s broadcasting rules…but the day the entertainment industry will ever sue a gay bar for copyright violations is probably the day after I personally win an Oscar for something myself.
I have absolutely no interest at all in watching the Academy Awards this year…just as I haven’t cared about the awards or the ceremony itself in a good number of years. That’s not how it always was for me, and in fact when I first moved to Chicago I participated in “Oscars Night’ along with a lot of other guys in Boystown. I even went to a few of the fundraising events where we had to dress up as a characters from movies…and enjoyed being Kevin Costner to my friend Althea’s Whitney Houston in our The Bodyguard tribute…or Marty McFly in the year 2015 for a Back to the Future group outing I was part of, back in 2005 or so.
I don’t think my lost interest in the Oscars is all that attributable to getting older or a “been there, done that” jade towards life…because I’m still as psyched for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, other holidays as I am every year. It’s just that movies are no longer as big a part of my life as they used to be, and I just don’t think Hollywood itself is all that relevant to my world.
My boyfriend Justin’s down in Arkansas visiting his parents this weekend and it’s one of those blue sky days here in Chicago with the sun shining brightly, melting all the snow, so it would be nice to get out of the apartment and watch the Oscars somewhere, I suppose…but I just don’t want to sit through it and would rather spend the evening catching up on books I’ve been meaning to read and trying another attempt to perfect my recipe for kung pao chicken (so it’s actually not-too-spicy-for-Justins). Whenever Justin’s out of town I make things for myself that he either doesn’t like or that are too-spicy-for-Justins (as he calls it), and I try to tame things down so that in time they can be Justin-approved favorites.
If he was here, he’d be scoffing at the Oscars because this is a tradition that he and his mom have…where they have a pressing need to pee all over a lot of things. The two of them very much enjoy going on for hours about how much they don’t like something, but they never of course realize how much power they give these things over them…or how wallowing in negative energy is just plain bad for their souls. His mother, CarolAnne, calls here at least three times a day (morning, noon, and night!) to go on about how terrible this or that is…and so I picture the two of them huddled by a flickering tee-vee in Eureka Springs, Arkansas tonight jeering at the screen…and maybe tossing handfuls of popcorn at the set as the two of them watch all four hours of the thing they supposedly both hate.
I’ve talked about this before, but one of the things that I really find dangerous about the Internet is the way it brings out real nastiness and negativity in a lot of people…particularly those who are anonymous and hide behind screen names. If you bop around to various conservative sites today, you’ll find a lot of angry and sometimes near-apoplectic people going on about how much they hate Hollywood or how they just despise actors and actresses and the political views these people have. It’s exhausting to even read this…and so cliche, too, because it’s the same things they go on about year after year; really, it’s like picking up the phone and hearing CarolAnne on the other end and wondering what day it is because a recorded message would be less repetitious and reliable.
While I do believe the Left has won the Culture War and that conservatives are foolish not to appreciate the ongoing role that Hollywood plays in Democrats’ hold on power, I just think being hateful and nasty towards anything or anyone is just wasted energy. There are plenty of things out there that I don’t especially like…but instead of hating them I just mock them relentlessly. Ridicule, and the act of getting others to laugh at a particular entity, is a far more effective strategy than just repeating the same screed you used the last time opportunity afforded you a chance to “vent” about how terrible this or that really is.
So, the Oscars mean nothing to me anymore…but I don’t hate them…and I don’t hate the people who hand out these awards or who receive them. I just think the whole thing is ridiculous at this point and whatever magic the ceremony had for me was lost long ago. I realized this morning that I had never properly charted out the WHY of all this…or bothered to think about at what point the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences lost me as a fan and viewer. I love absurdity and enjoy terrible singing and dancing and shows that go on and on without edits or endings…so the Oscar telecast used to be right up my alley, down to the post-telecast shower I’d take before heading to bed where the bottle of shampoo would no doubt become a makeshift award while I thought for a moment or two about what I’d say to a billion people if I ever had the chance to be up on that stage.
I realize today that there are Five Reasons why the Oscars mean nothing to me anymore…and also that I’ve come to see the Oscars as one of the most virulently racist events on our national calendar.
[ Click above to embiggen: I took a photo of the orange chicken in the pan when it was done the last time I made this, and that’s how it looks when the dish is finished. I think the yellow and orange peppers not only give the dish crunch but also add a visual element that brings home the “orange” in the chicken…and I like the whole pieces of orange segment that are scattered around the pan to give little bursts of orange flavor when eaten. You can see the seasoning on the chicken from when it was broiled, which is a peppery taste I like as an extra addition to the flavor profile. ]
Orange Chicken is my boyfriend Justin’s favorite dinner…but over time I evolved it from what’s typically found in Chinese restaurants so it’s also a little bit French “a l’orange” too. I also added a lot more color in the form of yellow and orange bell peppers and made it healthier than normal by not using anything fried (the way Chinese restaurants typically bread and then fry chicken for this dish). A lot of time I’ll have something in a restaurant and come home and try to make it for us in our apartment…and then I’ll change the things I didn’t like about the restaurant version and amp up the parts of it that Justin and I loved the most. It is a creative license that all cooks use…and it’s also a way to make things similar to what you like when you eat out but with whatever you happen to usually have in your kitchen.
When I make Orange Chicken, there’s enough for three meals for Justin and myself:
1. The first night we eat this over brown rice
2. The second day, we have an orange chicken sandwich (by just slicing open and toasting some baguette and then adding the orange chicken cold as a sandwich filling…you can heat it up too, if you want, but it’s great cold).
3. The last day I make us Orange Chicken lettuce cups by just using the leftovers as the filling of lettuce cups (literally, peeling off large leafs from a head of iceberg lettuce and then adding the warm orange chicken to it).
* Chicken breasts (when I make it for Justin and myself, I buy one of the big Value Packs of chicken that have between 6-7 breasts; since this lasts us for 3 days I think if you want to make it for just one night then use only 2 breasts…but it’s more cost effective to just make a 3-day batch).
* Oranges (you can use fresh or canned Mandarin oranges…or clementines if you’d rather use tangerines…the little “cuties” oranges they have in the fall are nice too).
* Bag of colored peppers (you should have this where you live…a bag in the produce aisle that has orange, yellow, and red peppers in it; use the orange and yellow ones for this dish and leave the red ones for something else another day or for snacks later).
* Orange marmalade (for the sauce)
* Your favorite kind of Asian-style sauce (I use whatever’s cheapest at the store: Panda Express Orange Chicken Sauce…Safeway Brand’s Sesame Orange Sauce…or any other Orange Sauce in the Asian foods aisle at your store).
* Brown rice (or the rice you like)
I think what’s fun about making Orange Chicken this way is that there’s a lot of flexibility to get into your own groove; you can really put your own personal spin on this, particularly when it comes to the sauce.
How to Make It:
Step One: I start the chicken off first, because that takes the longest. This is especially true if you are making the chicken in your Crock Pot (in which case, just do that the way you normally do and when the chicken is ready just pull it apart with your fork so it’s in bite-sized chunks). I only recently acquired a Crock Pot and have always made the chicken in the oven at 350 degrees for as long as it takes to cook it. Before it goes into the oven, I sprinkle it with Lemon Pepper seasoning from Grill Mates (but you can use any seasoning you like for the chicken…I just think the lemon pepper spice is nice later on with the orange flavors). I also add a little chicken broth to the broiling pan and then cover it for the first half of cooking.
Step Two: Make the brown rice. It takes forever, depending on the kind you get. The good thing is that the Orange Chicken can wait for the rice to be done if your timing is off. The final Orange Chicken dish actually tastes even better if it has time to rest and for the flavors to develop.
Step Three: Notice that I don’t cut the chicken up into little pieces before it’s cooked. That’s largely because I think doing that is gross and it always leads to a giant mess. So, I cook the chicken breasts first and when they are done I cut them up into little pieces for the Orange Chicken. When I took Chinese in school my teacher told us that the reason food in Chinese culture is cut into small pieces is so that knives do not need to be placed on the dinner table; this is supposedly because the war lords and feuding generals wouldn’t want anyone to have a knife handy at dinner time to make trouble…so all the necessary cutting was done in the kitchen. I like making food bite-size as much as possible because it means washing less silverware later. It also makes it so much easier to portion food and also set things aside for later. The chicken’s pretty much doing its own thing for a while while it cooks so I do the other stuff I need to do while this is going on.
Step Four: This is when I make the sauce for the chicken. In a large pan on the stove I plop four large, heaping tablespoons of the orange marmalade. This will add sweetness to the sauce and will also eventually coat random pieces of chicken with orange peel that’s in the marmalade. This saves me from having to zest oranges and try to get that orange peel myself. The marmalade does all that for me, which is awesome. Once the marmalade is in the pan, I then pour in some of the Panda Express orange sauce or the Safeway brand orange ginger sauce. I buy these when they are on sale and so there’s a 50/50 chance I’ll be using one or the other every time I make this. The price point for buying the sauce is when it’s $2.99 or so…which happens at least once a month for either of them. Sometimes, Dominick’s (which sells the Safeway store brands) has the sauces 2 for $3…and then I stock up. The reason I add the marmalade to the sauce is because I don’t think the orange sauces out there have enough orange flavor to them…but I also don’t like Orange Chicken without the pungent tang of the Chinese style sauces. Without that tang, then the dish tastes too much like chicken a l’orange (which isn’t a bad thing, per se, but it’s not Chinese style then). The sauce part of this dish is where you can really tailor things to your taste. Adding more marmalade makes the sauce sweeter and more orange-flavored…but adding more of the Panda Express or Safeway prepared sauce makes it more tangy and savory. It’s up to you what you like best.
Step Five: I turn the flame on very low for the sauce while I head over to chop up the orange and yellow peppers. Cut the tops off first (where the stem is) and then slice them all in half so you can scoop out the seeds. Then I cut them so they are little square shapes. I don’t like using long slender strips of peppers for Orange Chicken and think the little square pieces look nicer in the final dish. When you’ve got them all chopped up, add them to the sauce in the pan on the stove.
Step Six: Let the peppers simmer a little but turn the fire off if they start getting too much heat. You want them to be somewhat crunchy so they add a nice texture to the finished dish…and not cooked all the way through.
Step Seven: When the chicken is done, take it out of the oven and cut it up into little pieces. This is where if you’ve used a Crock Pot instead you can just pull the chicken apart with a fork into pieces and then you add it to the pan with the sauce and the peppers. I like to add the chicken into the pan a few pieces at a time and then stir everything around…then add more chicken…stir some more…etc. until all the chicken is added and everything is evenly coated with sauce. There’s no need to have too much sauce because the flavors will be very strong. I swear it took me like 30 years to learn this, but less sauce is actually better. Let the flavors of the chicken and the oranges and the peppers come through and not have everything drowned in sauce. If food is a superhero, then sauce is the cape…the cool accent that makes everything soar, but not an oppressive burqa that hides the food underneath from the world. Once everything has been stirred together, I turn the flame on high for a few minutes which makes the sauce stick to the chicken and for the whole thing to have a cohesive flavor. I stir everything around a few more times and then I let it all rest for 5 minutes.
Step Eight: While the Orange Chicken is resting, I peel roughly 2 oranges and divide them into segments…then I cut each segment into half if it’s a big orange. Justin is a very picky eater, so I have to make sure all the white tendons from inside the orange are removed and the segments are all clean. If you are using Mandarin oranges from a can, then just drain them of their juice and add them to the Orange Chicken that’s cooling on the stove as-is. If you are using small tangerines or little “cuties” oranges, then use about 4 of them. I like putting them on top of the Orange Chicken at the end so that they absorb the warmth from the food around it but they don’t cook and don’t burst (as they would if you added them when there was a flame under the pan). I like the orange pieces to be whole like this because they add little flavor explosions here and there when you’re eating the dish later. I always make sure people get an even helping of the orange pieces when I dish up the food into the bowls and I save a few orange pieces for garnish on the plate too. Presentation really is a big part of any meal. You can make the most inexpensive food taste “expensive” by just elevating your presentation a little and always making sure you have at least three different colors in every plating (in this case, I have yellow and orange from the peppers and then the white of the chicken…and I’m tempted to serve this dish on a plate with broccoli or green beans sometimes because I love having that brilliant green color on there too). Food really is art, and when you are cooking you are an in-house Picasso.
Step Nine: Before I plate anything up, I clean all the pans and dishes I used to make the meal and all the utensils that got dirty up to this point. This way there’s no mess later for me to deal with after we eat.
Step Ten: I dish up the brown rice (which I planned to be ready right now) and then on top of it I add the Orange Chicken: one bowl for Justin and one bowl for me. I then divide the remaining Orange Chicken that’s in the pan into two separate bowls: one for tomorrow’s cold sandwich version of this dish and the other for the day after’s lettuce cups. The only thing I’ll need to stretch this meal over three days instead of one is a French baguette and a head of lettuce. I’ve found that dividing the remainder after I’ve plated up dinner that first night is the best way to stretch what I’ve made over the next two days because I’m not relying on something being “leftover” since the plan was always to do that stretching from the beginning. This is also a way to portion control if you are watching your food intake so you don’t overeat.
Neither Justin nor I use chopsticks and we just eat this with a fork. I make a hot tea to drink with it, like I’d get at a Chinese restaurant, but Justin likes his Diet Orange pop. Another fun thing you could do is add a little orange juice to a glass of club soda and you could make a bubbly orange drink to complement the chicken dish. I don’t drink anymore, but if I did I’d serve this with Blue Moon or another such beer that has an orange-y zing to it. I think a wine that would be nice with this is a Riesling because of its sharp sweetness. Another good pairing is an Italian Prosecco, which some people think is just for the summer time but is super cheap in the fall and winter as a result of that misconception. A sparkling Prosecco with some orange chicken is a very nice combination for people who enjoy alcohol in moderation.
I really don’t like ordering Orange Chicken from Chinese restaurants since I started making my own version because they fry their chicken and bread it, which are two things I avoid by roasting the chicken in the oven (or cooking it in the Crock Pot). I also like the crunchiness that the bell peppers add to my version…which Chinese restaurants don’t do. Even though I do like Panda Express’s Orange Chicken and its sauce, I miss the vegetables that I put in mine and I also like the extra orange flavor that the marmalade brings. A few times I tried making this dish with carrots in addition to the peppers, but it was overkill in my opinion. The carrots also had a weird flavor with all the orange notes around them…so while I do add carrots to the Hawaiian chicken I make, I don’t put the carrots in my Orange Chicken. You can try them if you like, or if you can’t find any orange or yellow bell peppers…but I think you’ll find that the carrots are weird in this.
What I love most about making this Orange Chicken is how CHEAP it ends up being; there’s a Chinese restaurant in our neighborhood that we love called Ping Pong, but we can’t walk out of that place without spending at least $50 for the two of us for one meal. Here, I can make a better version of Orange Chicken that feeds us for three days for less than half that price.
Cost of Ingredients:
Here’s the list of ingredients and what they cost to make Orange Chicken in Chicago the last time I made it (November 2012):
* Chicken Value Pack: 7 breasts of chicken for $12
* Oranges: “Cuties” box of little oranges for $6 (and I used about $1 worth of the oranges by taking three of them for the dish) = $1
* Pack of Colorful Peppers: $5 (and I used 2/3 of them, so about $3.50 worth of yellow and orange peppers) = $3.50
* Marmalade: $3 (and it’s enough to make this dish three times, using 1/3 of the marmalade each time…so one use is about $1) = $1
* Panda Express Orange Chicken Sauce: $4 (and I used 1/3 of it, so each bottle is good for making this dish three times)= $1.50
* Brown Rice: $1 (I used the Uncle Ben’s quick-brown rice that comes in a big pack of around 5 bags…so I think this was about $1 each) = $1
So, that was a total of $20 and the Orange Chicken will be used for 3 meals, so that’s less than $7 for the first night’s meal. The next day’s sandwich bread costs $2, so that’s about $8 for that meal…and the lettuce head is $2 or so, so that’s another $8 for the third day. That’s $23 to feed two men for three days.
We’ll actually eat the cuties oranges and the leftover red peppers as snacks for the next two days, too, so nothing will go to waste. The sauce and the marmalade leftover will be used the next time I make orange chicken. Between Justin and I, we’ll finish off the French bread and the lettuce head the day we eat those meals…so yet again we reach my goal of bringing dinners in under $10 and only throwing away plastic bags and packaging into the garbage and never, ever wasting or tossing out good food.
If you decide to make this dish, please let me know how it turns out for you in comments below. If you have your own twist on Orange Chicken I’d love to hear that too.
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November 7th, 2012
Today begins the nasty and pointless tradition in Republican ranks that celebrates the eating of our own, where every hack in Washington will scramble for camera time to denounce you for failing to win the 2012 election; if the results had been different, they’d be singing your praises…but today they’re sending you hatemail. I want to thank you for putting yourself forward in service and for trying to save our country from financial ruin we all know is coming. You had a plan to fix what was wrong and get us back on track but the Ministry of Truth that is our national media kept the public from ever understanding how big of a mess this country is really in. Much like John McCain four years ago, you not only had to run against Democrats but also its propaganda-spewing MiniTru…and they proved too powerful a tag team in the end.
Over the last few months of the general election campaign I really became an admirer of yours and last night’s defeat doesn’t change that. You are a remarkable man who was uniquely talented to address the challenges we face today, but Minitru was just too influential in preventing Americans from seeing that. Going forward, I hope you continue to serve behind the scenes in ways that help Republicans counter the Left’s home field advantages in the media. You’re too smart and too capable not to have another act in politics…so though you won’t be president now, perhaps you can help use the next four years to make another excellent Republican the nation’s 45th President in 2016.
Last night I subjected myself to watching Steve Schmidt on MSNBC all day, where he trashed Republicans and enthusiastically joined the Left in mocking conservatives for what I assume is a hefty paycheck. No doubt people affiliated with your campaign will be making the rounds soon, too. This always seems to happen when a Republican loses, where the blame-game starts and the knives come out for the sort of revenge and pettiness that Barack Obama actually advocated in his campaign. I know that you and Anne and your family are prepared for all this, but I wish it didn’t have to happen because unlike John McCain four years ago you actually fought hard in this race and ran an excellent campaign.
MSNBC, of course, trashed your selection of Paul Ryan as VP but he remains an excellent choice because the two of you could have accomplished so much together. You rolled the dice because the payoff would have been worth the risk and you’re a personal hero to me for doing that. Too often people in politics are too afraid of plowback to either do what they know is right or to say what they really think, but you didn’t hedge or play it safe. You went big…and though last night you went home I think you are a remarkable man for leaving absolutely nothing on the field.
A Jewish friend of mine has been saying all morning that you’re a real “mensch”, a class act who would have been a remarkable president. I’m sorry that more Americans didn’t see that…but am hopeful that whatever you do next in life inspires other “mensches” in conservative ranks to step forward and offer themselves in service to the country as you did. You are expert at spotting talent and helping people reach their potential…so I hope you look to 2014 and 2016 and help coach an all-star team who’ll succeed where you came up short this time.
Thank you, Governor Romney, for trying to spare us all from the nightmares and ruin to come. I hope the detractors and hacks aren’t too hard on you today (though I know they will be, because that’s what they do) because you don’t deserve scorn for trying to do what ended up being the impossible: to fight the Left and the media at the same time. You gave it your all and held nothing back and for that I am so very thankful.
Proud Romney Voter
1018pm CST: Barack Obama declared the winner by FOX News — 2012 OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS WATCH THREAD
What: This is the official 2012 Election Results Watch Thread
When: 4pm CST – midnight (or longer) on Election Day 11/6/2012
Format: This is a live transcript for history of the Election Results as they were reporting on MSNBC on Election Night
Below you will find my live coverage of election night, as the results start coming in. I’ve been up since 9am covering everything MSNBC did today. You can find the first part of the coverage HERE.
400pm CST — MSNBC is reporting that Barack Obama is spending time with Reggie Love right now at the East Bank Club, “playing basketball”. I swear that’s not a joke. They’re really talking about him and Reggie spending time together on Election Night as a tradition. Isn’t that something you have with your wife (or boyfriend)…an intimate tradition like this? WEIRD. You’d almost think Obama was gay or something (wink).
Chris Matthews’ Hardball is starting soon. Everything before this was just the warmup. I have been waiting for four years to see Matthews meltdown when Obama loses.
Okay, so Chris Matthews is on there and he has that Chuck Todd with him (the one who looks like he’s been eating Spaghetti-Os out of can without a spoon and got sauce all over this mouth). There’s another guy wearing purple (who for once is not Prince). They’re talking about turnout, and Chris says that “Democrats always win ground game!”…which is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. This is something you hear every 4 years, but Mitt Romney has been planing run for President for 8 years. Do you really believe he didn’t think “Oh, I should get a ground game because the Democrats always have a good ground game”. The whole point in running Romney is that he is a master organizer, so this is just stupid.
While the three hens are bickering on the tee-vee, I want to update you on how awful it’s been to watch MSNBC all day. That Martin Bashir show that was on from 3-4pm CST was the worst and most hateful hour of tee-vee I have ever seen. It was like a scene from 1984, where the Ministry of Truth railed against Emmanuel Goldberg for an hour…but it was Martin Bashir saying how evil Mitt Romney is. Not a word about why people should vote for Obama…just that Romney is evil and racist and cruel and crooked and hateful and whatever you fear most. It was CRAZY.
Throughout the day, Democrats have kept pushing that:
5. Barack Obama has already won so they should just call the election now. The only people who are voting against him are racist and everyone loves him, so this election was a waste of time because Romney is evil and a racist.
4. When Obama loses Ohio it is because of voter fraud…and then they spend 20 minutes talking about how Republicans are stealing votes and suppressing turnout to steal the election. Because they are evil!!!!
3. Paul Ryan was a bigger disaster of a VP pick than Sarah Palin and everyone hates him and no one thinks he is hot and he has a big nose and is a poopy-head.
2. Republicans never never win an election again because of black people and Hispanics who have taken over the country and control everything now, so white people have to suck it.
1. Nate Silver is a prophet and if you do not agree with his projection that Obama has a 90% chance to win then you are a witch who must be burned!
It’s the dumbest stuff I have ever heard, but I can see why the members of the Ministry of Truth believe all this. They have worshipped Obama for four years now. They don’t believe the Tea Party was real. They really think the only people who don’t like Obama are in the klan. The only way Obama loses is, thus, through voter fraud…which they are priming the pump to accuse everyone of.
Chris Matthews is going on right now — at 413pm CST — saying that his brain can’t see any way for Romney to win.
They are saying that the reason Romney was campaigning in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania was because Ohio hates Romney because he is rich and they don’t want to vote for their boss! And so they say that Romney then started grasping at straws because people hated him everywhere he went.
All of this is nuts, folks. It is pure propaganda and the opposite of reality. Now Robert Gibbs is on and says “Romney would have won if he had picked Chris Christie as his VP”. Gibbs is bragging that he got to meet Bruce Springstein and got his autograph and a hug the other day. Chris Matthews gets SO JEALOUS hearing that.
Earlier in the day Rush Limbaugh read one of my essays on Obama planning his Concession Speech for McCormick Place instead of the giant staging area of Grant Park. Rush found it interesting — as do I — that Obama decided against having a giant rally in Grant Park like he did in 2008. Why hold the election night event in the fortress-like convention center that’s cut off from the city by a giant highway and is MUCH harder for people to get to than Grant Park? Makes no sense…unless Obama knew they would not be celebrating and would instead be giving a Concession Speech to a small crowd.
419pm CST — John Nichols from The Nation is claiming that Obama will win Ohio because “Romney is a liar!” and that people in Ohio hate him. I just can’t imagine Ohioans voting for Obama again. I’m from there…and was born and raised in Cleveland. Ohioans are just not Leftists. They don’t vote radicals into office. Back in 2008, they enjoyed being part of the hopeychange fad and they voted for Obama…but he only won by 4%. Since then, Ohioans voted out Democrats from the Governor’s Mansion, Secretary of State, and Attorney General positions. They replaced these people with Republicans. Why? Because Ohioans did not like what Democrats did from 2008-2010. Ohioans also voted against Obamacare and authorized a ballot initiative to exempt Ohio from the Obamacare mandate. What happened between 2010-2012 to make people in Ohio suddenly want to trust Democrats and vote for Obama again? That’s madness.
Ohio’s a state that elected George W. Bush twice recently…and it was actually hard for Ohioans to vote for a Texan, with the twang and all. It will be much easier for these people to vote for Romney because he talks like Ohioans and he seems like a nice man who knows what the heck he’s doing. There is just no logical reason to believe that suddenly Ohio is a Leftist state and that Ohioans want the Left to control the country. With the hopeychange fad gone, Ohioans will go to Romney. There just aren’t that many Leftists in Ohio to give the state to Obama again.
When MSNBC talks about Ohio, it’s like they are describing a BizarroWorld version of my home state that’s totally unrecognizable to me.
Breitbart.com’s reporting that Ohio voting is up in Republican counties like Geauga and down in Democrat counties like Athens. It’s up by HUGE numbers in the Republican counties, since all the people who sat home in 2008 have roared back…and Democrats are just not as enthused as they were doing “Hopeychange”.
For the Ministry of Truth to be right about Ohio, we’d need to believe that America really has been transformed into a Leftist majority nation that wants the government to intrude deeper into our lives. That would completely ignore not only the 2010 elections, but also the June recall effort of Scott Walker in Wisconsin (where Democrats and the unions were soundly defeated).
As a son of Cleveland, I just don’t believe Ohioans want socialism and think Obama should have a second term. Ohio took a chance on him…and he failed…and now they will fire him and hire Romney instead.
If Ohio really is a swing state and is not a new Leftist bastion like Illinois or California or New York, then there’s just no way for Obama to win Ohio. It makes no sense when Romney’s winning big with Independents and Republican counties are outperforming Democrat ones in turnout.
430pm CST — they are talking about Dixville Notch now, the little place that votes at midnight.
Eugene Robinson is on and they are going on about race and things again. I am so tired of hearing this garbage.
Then something interesting happened: they started talking about how President Romney would be in office, and they were saying “Oh, he won’t be that much different than Obama because Congress never wants to get anything done and he won’t have more success than Obama”.
It felt like they were starting to enter into ACCEPTANCE a little bit in the stages of grief. They were trying to rationalize that “this election doesn’t really matter because Romney will just be the same”. It was strange. This happened from like 430-446 in that segment.
First time I heard them do this all day.
440pm CST — Chris Matthews now talks about “voting irregularities!”. He’s showing a voting machine in Pennsylvania on YouTube that shows a machine changing a vote to Romney when she tries voting for Obama. This is the big conspiracy on the left today….and on Facebook the lefties I watch are saying that Tagg Romney is doing this. Like he is behind the building with a remote control changing the results.
Reince Preibus the RNC Chair says that he expects the election to be called for Mitt Romney at 1030pm. I’ve noticed something today: all the Democrats who come on look like death and the Republicans look calm and confident. Everyone is trying to earn their pay by saying what they need to say, but when Ed Rendell was talking earlier about Pennsylvania he looked FREAKED OUT. Rendell was the longtime Governor of Pennsylvania and I think was Attorney General or Philly Mayor before that. He’s a big friend of Hillary Clinton’s. Normally, he is full of buster like a thunderstorm…but he was sedate and looked small today. Maybe he is just getting older or is sick…and he looks like he may have lost weight. But he just didn’t chew up the scenery like normal.
Are you noticing anything like this?
For those keeping track, where are the times the polls close (in order):
Georgia = 6pm CST
Indiana = 6pm CST
Kentucky = 6pm CST
South Carolina = 6pm CST
Vermont = 6pm CST
Virginia = 6pm CST
North Carolina = 630pm CST
Ohio = 630pm CST
West Virginia = 630pm CST
NOTE: I think we will know who won at this point!
Alabama = 7pm CST
Connecticut = 7pm CST
Delaware = 7pm CST
Florida = 7pm CST
Illinois = 7pm CST
Maine = 7pm CST
Maryland = 7pm CST
Massachusetts = 7pm CST
Mississippi = 7pm CST
Missouri = 7pm CST
New Hampshire = 7pm CST
New Jersey = 7pm CST
Oklahoma = 7pm CST
Pennsylvania = 7pm CST (if Romney wins this, it’s all over for sure)
Rhode Island = 7pm CST
Tennessee = 7pm CST
Washington DC = 7pm CST (Gee, I wonder who will win this!)
Arkansas = 730pm CST (Justin’s home state!)
Arizona = 8pm CST
Colorado = 8pm CST
Kansas = 8pm CST
Louisiana = 8pm CST
Michigan = 8pm CST
Minnesota = 8pm CST
Nebraska = 8pm CST
New Mexico = 8pm CST
New York = 8pm CST
North Dakota = 8pm CST
South Dakota = 8pm CST
Texas = 8pm CST
Wisconsin = 8pm CST
Wyoming = 8pm CST
Iowa = 9pm CST
Montana = 9pm CST
Nevada = 9pm CST
Utah = 9pm CST
California = 10pm CST
Hawaii = 10pm CST
Idaho = 10pm CST
Oregon = 10pm CST
Washington = 10pm CST
Alaska = Midnight (another nail biter!)
They’ve got that Tamron Hall doing exit polling. As she’s talking Chris Matthews is saying that “it was a brilliant strategic move to make Hillary Clinton his running mate”…and he talked for a while, but then realized he meant to say Secretary of State. That happened at 603pm CST.
He then said that if Hillary was not SOS then Bill would not have campaigned for Obama. THIS IS SO STUPID. Bill had to help Obama or he’d be blamed for the loss. Blacks would have been furious. The Clintons do what they need to do to be able to have blacks in their corner for 2016.
Chris Matthews is a fool.
Rachel Maddow is hosting this thing and I never realized she look so much like Matthew Perry from Friends. I almost thought it was him.
WARNING!!! MSNBC is starting the exit polling freakout game. DO NOT BE FREAKED OUT.
They are playing games now to affect the votes out west.
DO NOT GET FREAKED OUT!
Drudge Report is playing games with you right now. He is engaging in fear porn. Remember that Drudge wants to boost his web traffic today. He wants to make this the biggest day ever for Drudge. So he is going to tease and toy and freak you out. My advice? Don’t go on Drudge Report.
Breitbart is under control today with no fear porn. HotAir is actually under control too. Do not go on Drudge because he will just terrorize you emotionally tonight…because he can!
513pm CST — MSNBC is broadcasting from BizarroWorld. They said the biggest things in this race were:
* Romney said 47% and everyone hated him after that
* Romney lied in Ohio and Ohio hates him now…we’ve never had anything like this in history, he lied so much
* Romney also said let Detroit go bankrupt and he proved he is evil
— Do you see how this is BizarroWorld? none of these things were the important things of the campaigns —
* Romney left “Chris Christie” at the altar and would have won with him. Paul Ryan was a terrible VP pick, worse than Palin! (They are saying this right now, at 515pm CST).
* Romney has been in a dance of death since last week
* Paul Ryan was a zero as a running mate and is a poopy-head stupid face.
* Al Sharpton says that Romney is just weak and everyone hates him and he’s a racist too, and everyone hates racists
* Occupy Wall Street showed everyone that Romney is the personification of unfairness
* Romney said that Detroit should drop dead (Al Sharpton said this).
* Obama won relation when he brought Hillary in and they united the party (that never happened…and Hillary people from 2008 still hate Democrats for yanking the nomination from her…uh, that’s the story of my life!).
* Steve Schmidt (McCain campaign manager): Says that Romney was just a terrible candidate and was unprepared to run for president. He had the tax problem and it made Hispanics hate Romney. Romney will get only about 20 Hispanic people toll voting for him.
* Romney did lousy in the debates.
* Rachel Maddow: Paul Ryan lied at the convention speech and then they shrank him. They sent him to Alabama and South Carolina and they disappeared him because everyone hates him. They should have picked Chris Christie as VP.
* Steve Schmidt — who looks like a discarded Cabbage Patch Kid — says that they should have picked Rob Portman as a running mate.
* Some other fat person said that they should have sent Paul Ryan to Wisconsin and had him win his state.
* Al Sharpton says that black are angry and are going to vote more than ever for Obama because they see that Romney is evil!
GEESH…this is all so nuts.
It’s the opposite of reality.
Everyone on this stage is mentally illl.
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A FEW WORDS ABOUT MATT DRUDGE:
The reason he screws with you on nights like tonight is because he can. Drudge is gay, and is a prankster. Think of him as a big brother who likes to hold you down and dangle a spider over your head to make you squeal. It’s fun for him. He’s a showman like PT Barnum. He knows Romney will win, but he’s teasing you and will build the excitement like a drama queen.
Don’t go on Drudge Report tonight. I will be looking at it all evening and I will tell you anything you need to know. But spare yourself Matt Drudge’s drama. He’s a nice guy and great at what he does, but man does he like to screw with people’s emotions.
I love that Romney campaign party is cash bar. I love that he’s not providing them with alcohol. I love that.
To have a sober president again will be amazing. And not just one who gave it up…but one who never even drank. I love that.
Life is so much better without booze, it really is.
Said the guy who is celebrating tonight with Vernors.
Do you know the movie Child’s Play? With the Chucky doll that came to life?
Steve Schmidt looks like a Cabbage Patch doll come to life. He really does.
And he talks like he’s got half a sandwich in his mouth.
I can’t stand John McCain and everyone from his campaign. The only good thing John McCain ever did in his life was to elevate Governor Palin to the national scene.
532pm CST — Polls close in my home state in an hour.
Half an hour until the polls close in Virginia.
Please consider saying a little prayer for our country right now. All we can do is pray that voters were smart enough to see that America would not exist as we know it if Obama had another four years.
I am visualizing every saint, angel, and soul I’v ever known swooping down from Heaven to make the numbers go up and up and up for a President Romney.
I picture all of our great presidents intervening with energy to direct the election to their chosen successor, Mitt Romney.
Please pray for our country in your own way too, if you are so inclined.
Again, do not trust Drudge. Drudge plays games. Do not go on Drudge.
Jon Nolte at Breitbart.com has a results thread going. He’s a safe writer. He does not push fear porn that I know of. If you need to check results every few minutes, John Nolte is doing a good job without freaking anyone out.
544pm CST — I have a friend in McCormick Place right now. That’s where Obama is having his Concession Speech. It is nearly empty in there. People are on edge and “look like they are going to throw up”.
Not much going on there. No energy.
547pm CST — this is nonscientific, but every Democrat out there speaking tonight looks like they are going to throw up too. A lot of people are emailing in saying that Bill Richardson looks green. Now, he might have eaten too many curly fries at Arby’s on the way in, but I think he knows what’s up.
The tension is thick.
MSNBC is filling time until Virginia’s polls close. When Romney wins it, Maddow, and Matthews, and Alex Wagner and those people are going to FLIP OUT.
How many ways can I describe these people looking sick?
What are the symptoms of a heart attack in case I see them in Matthews and need to cal 9-1-1 in New York for him.
At the bottom of the screen, they have some results coming in.
Indiana = Romney, Kentucly = Romney, the vote totals are just 1% at 552pm CST.
Some obnoxious guy that looks like Tim Russert’s son Luke but it’s not is talking. He’s a snarky and obnoxious guy. The Left probably loves him.
He did a recap of how terrible and stupid Republicans are so that lefties can feel superior to all of us.
553pm CST — it’s a commercial break, so let’s check to see what the Left’s doing on Facebook.
Tracy Baim, a gay activist who works for the Windy City Times, is saying that if Republicans win then this will happen to black people:
Here’s what the Left-Leaning Liberal Ladies are saying:
Click above to embiggen: they are asking each other what is the last nail in Romney’s coffin.
600pm CST — Virginia still too close to call
Romney wins INDIANA
Romney wins KENTUCKY
Obama wins VERMONT
Claiming it is too early to call Georgia (weird!)
South Carolina too early to call
Romney 19 EVs, Obama 3 EVs.
602pm CST — So far MSNBC is not freaking out.
Okay, Chris Matthews look like death right now. Earlier he opted not to guess who would win.
Rachel Maddow looks like she has no idea what’s even happening. Matthews is white and pale and sweating.
I know you are feeling tense right now.
Just breathe deep and trust in God and the good of the American people.
We are in this together.
Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Fail.
609pm CST — Maddow is saying that Virginia is becoming more diverse and that is bad for Republicans because Republicans are only the party of white people.
They are really pounding that home.
I know it might sound stupid, but I almost can’t believe it’s really election night. It has been a LONG FOUR YEARS of so much weirdness. I never thought we’d get here. We’ll finally know the future of our country tonight.
You know what’s weird? They are not using donkeys and elephants as symbols…they are using the “Eye of Obama” logo and Romney’s “R”.
No donkeys and elephants anywhere.
Did you notice the conventions were like this too?
Does anyone know why they stopped using the party symbols?
Lookit those loons at “Being Liberal”:
They are saying that Romney’s Ohio votes should be taken away from him “for cheating”.
They are really working hard to spread that meme.
618pm CST — Chris Matthews just said that “if Mitt Romney wins it is only because of racism”. He then accused Romney of running an vile and racist campaign.
635pm CST — STILL TOO CLOS TO call in Ohio. Friends of mine on the ground in Cleveland say local news is reporting HIGH voting in the Cleveland suburbs and low turnout in Cleveland itself, which would be for Obama.
Only state Obama won so far is Vermont.
Romney just won South Carolina.
Al Sharpton is so stupid. He keeps saying that nobody liked Paul Ryan.
Rachel Maddow says that “Romney lost Ohio because of that commercial!”.
The prep story for when Obama loses Ohio is that Romney stole it with voter fraud.
Ohio will come down to my home county.
So Clevelanders will decide this.
Clevelanders are actually a lot like me.
If you like that, then Cleveland is a paradise you need to discover!
Abbey on the ground in Cleveland says that the local news looks sick on tee-vee. They are upset. They want Obama to win, so them being upset is a good thing.
643om CST —
Cleveland city of light, city of magic…don’t fail us.
I just don’t see how the people I grew up with would want another four years of Obama just two years after booting out the Democrats from statewide office. It makes no sense. I just don’t see how Obama would win Ohio. I don’t see how Cleveland’s suburbs support him.
These are my friends and family and teachers and ex-boyfriends and acquaintances and coworkers etc. I know these people . They don’t want to see America fail. They would doom us to another Obama term.
650pm CST — Romney wins Georgia. NOTE: Nate Silver said Obama would win Georgia.
It’s not called yet, but in the scroll it has Romney ahead in Virginia.
Also, it’s just a little percent in for every state, but Romney is winning by large amounts in Indiana, West Virginia, etc. So it would be BIZARRE for Obama to win Ohio. I’d expect it to be super close in Indiana if Obama would have a real chance at Ohio.
Check this article out:
650-724pm CST — the server is being crazy, we’re overloaded. Charlie Crist is accusing people of voter suppression. This guy is such a sleaze.
Waiting for the panhandle to come in.
From what I am reading, Romney wrote no concession speech but Obama did. Romney confident of Florida and Ohio wins.
728: Charlie Crist says that Republicans engage in voter suppression. He is orange and has a giant blue Obama sticker on him. He wants to run for Senate as a Democrat against Rubio. We really need to go after this guy in the future.
Chris Matthews is saying “Voter suppression” every 15 minutes.
It is deliberate…to lay the foundation for the lefties to use this as an excuse for Obama loss.
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732pm CST — Arkansas is for Romney.
Chris Murphy won the Senate race.
This was a surprise, because I thought McMahon would pull it out.
Charlie Crist, man. What a skeeze. I can’t get over what a lizard he is.
Karl Rove is saying Ohio, Florida, and Virginia look strong for Romney.
I know that Mitt Romney wrote no concession speech but Obama did. I know that Democrats look like they are going to throw up and Republicans are being calm. Chris Matthews would not be talking about voter suppression every two minutes if he thought Obama would win.
Matthews also would have declared Obama the winner on his show when he was asked to make a prediction and he didn’t. That should tell you something.
While they wait for results to come in, people are talking about what they are going to do tomorrow. I’m going to get a bunch of work done that’s piled up the last few days while I’ve been focused on the election. I also want to make sure that every terrible thing Democrats did in this election is documented.
740pm CST — Tamron Hall has more exit polling.
Exit polling is bunk.
She’s talking about Hurricane Sandy now. They love taking about Hurricane Sandy.
Do you see how Minitru comes up with something and then wants to push it.
They keep trying to make a big story about Chris Christie hurting Romney. They are doing this to damage Christie going forward. They want Republicans to attack Christie and start a Republican civil war.
This is because Democrats will have a civil war come November 7th between the Clinton Restoration and the Obama Remnant.
Minitru wants to start a similar war in the GOP.
This is what they do.
744pm CST — Chris Matthews is claiming that the Ohio secretary of state is too partisan. This is more laying the foundation for Obama to lose Ohio. Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State is talking. He’s saying that Matthews is nuts.
Folks, I know you are stressed out, but my home town of Cleveland has got this for us.
Cleveland will not let you down…it will not give the Democrats the votes they need to win the state and Romney will take Ohio and the presidency.
Believe in the Cleve.
Believe in the Cleve.
Believe in the Cleve.
746pm CST — 749pm CST — this will be on YouTube, folks. Chris Matthews is getting into a nasty argument with Ken Blackwell. Al Sharpton is trying to gin up trouble too. It’s over early voting. Wow. That got NAStY. Matthews, Maddow, and Sharpton along with two other guys were yelling at Ken Blackwell and Blackwell yelled back. They were accusing him of suppressing votes and attacked him because the current SOS Husted cut back the early voting hours. Sharpton said that was racist.
At 751pm CST Chris Matthews said again: THEY SUPPRESSED the VOTE IN OHIO! He keeps repeating that every 5-10 minutes now.
He is doing this deliberately.
Coming up next is the batch of states with Wisconsin and Michigan. I really think we get a win in Wisconsin.
If there was ever a year we could get one, it’s this one. It makes no sense that Scott Walker won the recall but Romney won’t win the presidency.
So far we have had no surprises. All the really interesting races are being held back.
I think this might be for drama’s sake.
Remember: news is a business. They are making decisions on what states to call and which ones not to. Polls are still open on the west coast and in the western states. They won’t want to reveal Obama has lost until those states close so that it does not collapse his support there.
800pm CST — Romney wins Texas, Obama gets NY, Romney gets LA and KS…Obama got New Mexico easily. Romney gets Nebraska, at least 4 of votes there. North Dakota Romney. South Dakota Romney. Wyoming is Romney. Romney leads Arizona but too early to call. Obama lead-in Minnesota.
OH, VA, NC, NH still close to call but Romney leading more or less.
Missouri has Romney in the lead but too close to call.
New Mexico is officially as safe for Democrats in the future as Delaware is. That’s one I expected. Not sure why that is, but it is.
Michigan went to Obama…Wisconsin too early to call and Colorado too close to call.
Racine Wisconsin ran out of ballots and lines are too long.
Romney’s in position to win Florida, Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado.
805pm CST — Chris Matthews says “the polling has been really good!”. None of the swing states are called yet. Matthews is telling people to stay in line.
811pm CST — UPDATE: Cuyahoga County’s votes are in for Ohio….so that was the big area that Obama needed to win the state. It did not give him enough to sustain him for a win. The republican counties in Ohio are still coming in. The panhandle of Florida is not in either.
815pm CST — Obama won Pennsylvania.
It’s official. Pennsylvania is not a swing state ever. If it did not go Republican this time, it never will. It is the big tease state.
It is not going to go Republican for a very long time if this year it didn’t go to Romney.
821pm CST — Stephanie Cutte in Obama headquarters is talking. They show the campaign office behind her. They don’t look excited or happy…they look terrified.
Don’t believe the bluster on tee-vee…look at their faces. No smiles….they are staring at screens and are shaking.
826pm CST — Romney takes lead in Florida!!!!!
832pm CST — Wisconsin goes to Obama.
That is disappointing. It was a dream to win that state. This means that Wisconsin and Pennsylvania and Michigan can never be considered swing states.
833pm CST — Sherrod Brown was just declared the winner in the Ohio Senate race.
UPDATE — looks like we’re suffering some kind of a hack or other problem. It might be our servers or someone might be up to something malicious. It’s 930pm now and we’re still waiting on Ohio. All of the big Democrat strongholds are in.
Be calm. Deep breaths.
This is much closer than it should have been because Americans do not understand the dangers of unlimited spending and big government. Which is scary.
But I believe Romney will win Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida and be our next president.
942pm CST — Arizona goes Romney. Nate Silver said that would be an Obama pickup.
The big takeaway so far folks is that the Left is much more powerful than we ever thought.
Americans either don’t see, or don’t mind, the Left’s control of Democrats.
That’s scary…because it means that things have not gotten bad enough for people to want to oust Democrats as they should have.
This puts us on the road to Europe and means we have much, much much more work to do than we thought.
Have faith. Be calm. Breathe deep.
It’s in the hands of God and the voters.
But, the Left is FAR more powerful than any of us realized so the years ahead will be tough.
The election really will be close, but Romney will win.
952pm CST — Minnesota goes to Obama
The big questions to see resolved now are if Nevada and Iowa are really permanent Democrat states. Is Iowa really a Democrat state, or did it get swept up in the Obama fad 4 years ago?
Does America really want four more years of weirdness and suffering?
It’s a bizarre and unthinkable thought.
A friend has told me she thinks this will all end up in courts.
So we might not really know the result tonight.
1000pm CST — Romney wins North Carolina
Romney wins Idaho
Obama wins Washington and Hawaii
Obama wins California.
They didn’t call it, but Obama will win Oregon and Romney will get Alaska.
George Allen lost the Senate race in Virginia, but Romney has a slim lead there.
10007 pm CST — Missouri for Romney
1014pm CST — Barack Obama has won Ohio, and with it reelection.
This is stunning. Absolutely stunning.
Hillary Clinton’s Remarkable Knack for Being in the South Pacific Whenever Democrats Are Going to Have A Terrible Day Back Home
Though I will never vote for another Democrat as long as I live because I just won’t ever again trust that party with the presidency, I’ll always love Hillary Clinton for the mind games she plays with Barack Obama right under everyone’s noses. During the 2008 campaign there were stretches in the primaries where I’d actually see her in person three or four times a week, and I’d get to observe her unguarded, interacting with her friends, and showing off her sharp and biting sense of humor. She loves screwing with people…and has a golden peal of a laugh that reverberates in a room like booming church bells. She’s hilarious and cutting…and expertly carries grudges.
The woman also has quite the knack for being as far away from Washington, DC as humanly possible whenever anything bad is about to happen to Democrats. Have you noticed this?
* November 2nd, 2010 — While Democrats were being roasted by voters stateside in the Midterm elections, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was dancing by a fire in Papua New Guinea having a pig roast on the beach. Laughing and smiling and laughing some more. I wonder what she named the pig before they cooked it?
* September 4-6th, 2012 — During the bizarre yelling and shouting and baby-killing festival of anger that Democrats held in Charlotte, North Carolina (but called it their quadrennial “Convention”), Hillary was in the Cook Islands near New Zealand, having a wonderful time in tropical temperatures and smiling behind sunglasses…having nothing to do with the mess Democrats were making for themselves back home.
* November 6th, 2012 — When Barack Obama and Democrats go down in defeat in the general election, Hillary will be in Perth, Australia enjoying her distance away in the Southern Hemisphere.
With Hillary Clinton there are no coincidences.
On November 7th, after Obama and his acolytes are defeated, Bill and Hillary Clinton will launch the Democrat Civil War for control of the heart and soul of the party. The factions of the Clinton Restoration and the Obama Remnant will jostle for the reins, like the Lion and the Unicorn quarreling all over town. We all know how that turned out, too. The next four years will be mighty interesting as magically all sorts of evidence drops showing that Barack Obama was personally responsible for what happened in Libya…and that Obama actually ordered no action be taken to rescue Ambassador Stevens and the others that were killed. Just watch…once he’s out of office and no one can blame the Clintons for “ruining Obama’s chance at reelection!” then all sorts of interesting things will leak (maybe even through WikiLeaks) the reveal Obama to have been up to all sorts of odd things in Libya that blew up in his face. The Clintons hold grudges, mean business, and want to reconstitute the Democrat Party around its former moderate/centrist “Democrat Leadership Council” heart.
It’s going to be a sight to behold, even if I think Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are going to do so well in their first term that no Democrat will be elected to the presidency for many, many years to come. That means Barack Obama and those on the Left who pushed Hillary aside to deny her the chance to become our first female president will be on the receiving end of more than just mind games in the years ahead.
I know that many of you take every opportunity afforded to bash Hillary Clinton because it’s an old habit…but you can disagree with or dislike a person while still appreciating the complicated and not-at-all-coincidental things she does to even the score with her nemeses.
There’s never been a character in American politics quite like Hillary Clinton…and she’s definitely not done with Barack Obama yet.
As he says Goodbye to his presidency, Hillary’s saying G’Day to Australians far, far away…and loving every minute of it!
LIVE! Transcript of Election Day Coverage: Monitoring the lies the Left is telling all day today and creating a historical record of dirty tricks they’ve played
What: Live transcript of Election Day coverage
When: Tuesday November 6th, 2012 from 9am – 4pm CST.
Format: Monitoring the various lies, fear porn, and other apocryphal freak-outs the Left pushed on the public all day for the expressed purposed of demoralizing and depressing Republicans
As a public service, I’m going to camp out here at Buzzquarters all day today and monitor everything the Left attempts to do during this election to freak out Republicans and score psychological-warfare points for Barack Obama. I’ll be tuning into MSNBC for most of the day to see what crazy things the pundits there are saying…and I’ll also be watching a select few lefties on Facebook to see what they’re sharing post-wise there.
Some of the groups/people I’ll be keeping tabs on are:
* Anne Rice on Facebook (the woman who used to write vampire books I liked when I was in college, but then she went batty)
* Tracy Baim on Facebook (a lesbian columnist here in Chicago who is actually a nice person…and I’m watching her to see how things are being spun to the gay audience)
* France 24 on Facebook (to see what the French press — who LOVE Obama — are saying all day)
I’ll also be watching other lefties who live in Chicago and other major cities to see how they are reacting throughout the day. I invite you to use this thread to add insights of your own as things start to unfold.
This post will be active and updated regularly until about 4pm CST or so, at which time I’ll start a new one that will be for the RESULTS as they start to roll in. But this post will be for the morning and afternoon coverage before we actually get into the results. I want this to be a historic record of all the mind-games and psych-outs the Left pulls on Romney voters all day…so that maybe in future elections people can anticipate what the Ministry of Truth and lefties on the ground will do and we can all spare ourselves the emotional terrorism by simply realizing that for every election the Left engages in these psychological campaigns…and for some reason Republicans always are affected by it when they should just expect this stuff all the time and largely ignore it. Since we’re never going to change the Left’s behavior, we should start augmenting our responses to them.
Especially if you are someone who lets emotional terrorism and fear porn get to you.
Remember: if you spot someone pushing fear porn today, yell “SHARK!” and then point on in comments that whatever story they’re forcing on readers is fear porn that should be ignored. We are not allowing anyone to scare the bejeebus out of people today just to drive traffic to their websites or win bets with buddies that they could freak the most people out with false stories on election day.
*****************************************************900am CST 11/6/2012 — Okay, so this is strange for me to be watching MSNBC. I feel like I am staring into a window into an alternate dimension, like on the show Fringe on FOX. All of these people they have on are kooks! Back in Cleveland, we would have said they are “damn skippy”. I don’t know a lot of their names because I haven’t watched tee-vee in three years, but I know Chuck Todd because his ginger goatee makes him looking like he was eating Spaghetti-Os out of a can and it left a ring around his face. A blonde woman who looks like a transvestite with severe Susan Powter-blonde hair is with Joe Scarborough, who I think is disgusting. Steve Schmidt, the man who bungled McCain’s campaign and looks like one of the pedophiles busted on Dateline, is also on. James Clyburne is there too…who looks like Mr. Toad from the Wild Ride at Disneyland.
NBC has painted their skating rink at Rockefeller Center to look like a giant map of the US…and I guess they are going to have schoolchildren color in the states red or blue when people call the states. I hope they are Eskimo children who are used to coloring on ice, because otherwise that would be really cold.
Joe Biden has announced he is running for President in 2016. As he said this, his wife Jill laughed and laughed, like it was the funniest thing she’s ever heard. This so reminds me of my boyfriend Justin and me. Whenever he says something oddball I laugh and shake my head and say, “Oh, Justin”. Jill’s totally saying, “Oh, Joe”. It’s hilarious.
Haley Barbour was just on as a guest and he looked like a stock Republican villain from a bad tee-vee movie. Man, that man has some honey-coated marbles in his mouth…and boy is he STUPID. I’ve actually met him before when he did some fundraising thing here in Chicago and I think he’s a nice man…but he was stupid in person too. And his hands are sweaty. Barbour’s going on and on about how he thinks Hurricane Sandy helped Obama because “that was big storm and it scared the people and those peoples don’t want no more storms so they gonna vote Obama cause he is against the storms”. It’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard anyone say on tee-vee.
Let me tell you this so that it’s clear, because MSNBC is really pushing this “Hurricane Sandy helped Obama!” business…because this is just not true. People can see that New York and New Jersey are suffering and the Democrat-controlled government is incompetent. Minitru is saying that “the storm helped!’ because this is what Democrats do…they will keep saying the opposite of reality because they hope stupid people will just start believing it. Like, if it’s raining they will keep telling you that it’s not and eventually you might be hypnotized and think it’s bone dry out….I guess…if you are stupid. But I think Minitru buys its own hype because they really want Obama to win, and they are desperate to have any excuse to say he will win. The only thing they have is this Sandy thing. Let me tell you something: Sandy Duncan did more good for Obama than Hurricane Sandy did. It’a absolutely absurd to think that the incompetence and chaos in New York and New Jersey is going to help Obama. That’s absurd.
910am CST — there’s a very racist black woman on the show who I don’t recognize…she just keeps saying “this is a very diverse coalition and President Obama cannot lose because Mitt Romney does not have as much support as President Obama”. She’s a black supremacist, clearly. And she has no idea what she is talking about.
MSNBC keeps saying “Obama has a better chance of winning this thing because the American public has loved what he has done and we’ve had a demographic change and Hispanics will decide the election…so Democrats will win the elections from now on because of Hispanics”.
That’s just not true, folks. It’s just fear porn to freak you out. If Democrats really had a demographic advantage and would stay in power forever….then what the heck happened in in 201o>
Steve Schmidt is such a pig. He’s on there saying Obama will win…boy is he fat. His cheeks are so puffy and he has one of the goatees like Chuck Todd that make him look like he was eating creamed mushroom soup out of a can without a spoon, because his goatee is gray while Chuck Todd’s looks like spaghetti-Os.
I keep trying to find the racist black woman’s name, but they don’t show it.
Holdup, it’s Melody Barnes. On her business card it should read:
915pm CST — Rudy Giuliani and Howard Dean are next up. They had Newt Gingrich on for like two seconds before, which to me wasn’t even worth waking up and getting dressed to do a show…if you’d only be on for two seconds. What’s up with that? Maybe Newt just likes riding in town cars to go to the tee-vee station. There’s a lot of free pop to drink in the green room while waiting for your segment too.
Minitru’s Lies About Ohio:
Okay. I’ve identified one of the big lies that MSNBC is telling today, and it’s about Ohio. They’ve got Steve Schmidt and Bob Shrum on right now and these two clowns (who both presided over losing campaigns) are saying that Romney will lose Ohio because Ohioans don’t like rich people. Schmidt said that people in Ohio don’t like voting for someone who is like their boss and that people in Ohio want the government to be more involved in their lives.
Now, I was born and raised in Ohio. In Cleveland, to be specific. There is no hatred of rich people in Ohio’s culture. People don’t hate those who are successful…but instead Ohioans WANT to be successful themselves and kids dream of growing up and having a business and getting rich. Ohioans value success and give merit to those who get ahead in life by working hard.
So Schmidt, and Shrum and these other guys have no idea what they are talking about regarding Ohio. The other thing that they don’t like to talk about is that Occupy Wall Street tried to blow up buildings and bridges in Cleveland. That’s when Occupy Wall Street actually collapsed as a movement, because Democrats realized they could not be directly connected to domestic terrorists. This is important because if MSNBC is claiming that the reason they think Ohio will go to Obama is because Ohioans hate the rich then these people don’t have any idea how horrified Clevelanders were by Occupy trying to blow up my home town.
These people are clueless and out of touch on MSNBC.
925pm CST — they are now claiming that “Hurricane Sandy and early voting have won the race for Obama!”…but that’s nutty. Democrats are down 57% in early and absentee voting in Chicago. CHICAGO, folks. In Cleveland, there’s a huge decrease in voting for Obama there. MSNBC Is just putting out propaganda today to make the Left feel better so that nationwide the Left doesn’t just stay home…which they would do if MSNBC was telling the truth.
MSNBC is also saying Obama will win Virginia, which is not true. All those people whose jobs depend on the military there…why on Earth would they vote for the man who wants to gut our military and take away their jobs? That’s just foolish.
There’s a very snotty black guy with glasses on next to the transvestite blonde. I don’t know his name, but he’s claiming that the only people voting against Obama are racists. Once the racist black woman left the screen, they brought this guy on. Since they weren’t on the show together, they could be the same person, Michael and LaToya Jackson style.
930pm CST —
Drudge is reporting that the Black Panthers are attempting voter intimation in Philly today…and that some judge tried to eject the Republican poll watchers and replace them with Democrats. I mention this because the Romney campaign’s lawyers swooped in and got a court order to reinstate the poll watchers. One of the reasons I came around to Mitt Romney and why I actually love the guy at this point is that he is smart and he surrounds himself with smart, relentless people. He is in complete command of his campaign and is not allowing Democrats to get away with anything like McCain did. There is no pussyfooting around here.
I really want to take this moment to debunk the fear porn about Democrats “stealing this election” through voter fraud…but I paradoxically want to acknowledge that voter fraud is being committed right now. There’s jut not enough of it going on to make a difference in the presidential race because Romney will win big today. You might be freaked out if you are listening to MSNBC because they keep saying “it’s close, and trending towards Obama!” but they are just lying about that because they don’t want to see the magical black man defeated.
This election will not be close and there is just no opportunity to commit as much voter fraud as Democrats were able to push in the past. There’s a few reasons for that, but chief amongst them are:
1. Republicans control key positions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, and other states that make it much, much harder for Democrats to commit voter fraud than they did in the past. Just think about this for a second. I actually had to spend an hour with Justin today because his mother CarolAnne called at 5am and had him in tears, freaking him out because she heard on the radio that “Democrats are going to steal Ohio with voter fraud!”.
I actually feel very blessed that CarolAnne is a part of our life because through her I get to know every crazy fear porn theory that’s being floated without ever having to listen to Alex Jones myself. And in talking Justin down off the ledge every morning (and then at night, after his mother calls for her daily three hour chat with him in which she scares the bejeebus out of her son) I get to think about all the things I can write here for you to counter the fears you might have. So, I always have to be on my toes 24.7 with this stuff and I am constantly looking for hard evidence that CarolAnne is just being freaked out by fear porn again.
I have no better counter to the voter fraud fears than to ask you, ‘If Democrats are so good at voter fraud in Ohio, then why on Earth didn’t they use it in 2010 to keep Ted Strickland as Governor and to maintain the George Soros-sponsored Secretary of State and Attorney General they used to have there?”. It makes NO SENSE to think that Democrats weren’t able to use fraud to hold the Governor’s Mansion, SOS, and AG positions but are now suddenly so powerful with the fraud that they can steal this race when there’s a Republican in all those positions. That is just not reality. Don’t let the fear mongers scare you with this! They are telling you there’s a Megalodon shark in your bathtub…but trust me, it’s okay to get out the Mr. Bubbles for a soak because there will be no fin in that water.
2. The Romney campaign has in place a team of rapid-fire attorneys who will thwart any funny business…AND Romney has a network of people to cover any attempts of fraud as they happen and get that info out the world. There are so many people today who take a camera with them everywhere and always have their cell phones with them. There is no way that any funny business goes unreported…and there’s no way that Romney allows this stuff to happen. You need to remember that McCain had just given up his campaign in September of 2008…so he didn’t even try to win. Mitt Romney is commanding this race and will win big time.
943am CST — Former Governor Strickland is on tee-vee lying now. He’s claiming that Obama is getting 2/3 of the votes in early voting. That makes no sense. The entire panel on MSNBC is saying that “Mitt Romeny bumbled and didn’t try to get early votes out so he will lose”. Just think about that for a minute. Mitt Romney has been running for President for 6 years. Ohio is a state that every presidential candidate since 1960 has won if he won the White House. It is absurd to think that Mitt Romney was not planning for six years to take Ohio. MSNBC keeps saying “Democrats have the ground game and Republicans don’t”. That’s just not true.
Steve Schmidt is saying “Obama has big rallies and they take people to vote after the big rallies. And they have Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springstein bringing people in to vote”. What they don’t tell you is that Stevie Wonder held a concert in Cleveland for Obama to get people to vote…and 200 people
955am CST — I’m looking around the web and of course MSNBC is not reporting that Independents are breaking for Romney by 15%…so there’s just no way that Obama wins, folks. No matter what the fear porn pushers say. It just makes no sense to think that if Independents are going big to Romney, and that Republicans are crawling over broken glass to vote Obama out of office, and Democrats are less enthused than in 2008 that Obama would win. That’s just stupid.
MSNBC is pretending this is a majority Leftist country, but it’s not.
Oh…another thing I want to tell you…so I did a lot of calls over the weekend and Monday to former classmates from high school and college who live in Ohio who still go to church with their families. ALL OF THEM who went to mass on Sunday said their priests told the parishioners to vote for Romney and to vote AGAINST Democrats because of Obamacare. That was something like 20 parishes across Ohio. My friends in other states say the same thing happened there. And I know it happened here in Boystown in Chicago because my neighbor goes to St. Mary’s on Belmont and east of Halsted and she said that the priest said to vote against Obamacare too. So if this is happening in so many places then I don’t see how people in Ohio vote for Obama over Romney. Not everyone will listen to their priest, but I think they’ll at least stay home on election day instead of going out and voting for Obama. If you are not Caatholic you might not understand Catholic guilt but it is a powerful thing. When I was a kid and the priest told us not to see certain movies, my parents wouldn’t take us…and to this day I won’t even watch those movies because I’d feel bad because Father Rapheal told me not to watch that violent stuff.
1000am CST — Romney’s going to hold his penultimate campaign rally in my hometown of Cleveland. This makes me so proud. The people of Cleveland are voting against Obama. Romney has a very real chance of winning Cuyahoga County, which should be a Democrat stronghold….but the suburbs of Greater Cleveland are voting against Obama. I am so proud to be a Clevelander on any random day, but especially today…because Cleveland will help put Mitt Romney over the top. My friends from high school and college in Cleveland are doing their part to win this for America’s Comeback Team. I feel like it’s the Return of the Jedi movie and all those different people from all those different planets are on the bridges of ships in an epic battle against the Death Star…and I get to represent the City of Cleveland here on the political stage and do my part to get the word out that Minitru is lying and Ohio will not be going to Obama. City of light, city of magic that is Cleveland…and Clevelanders are helping to liberate the nation I love from the Obama debt star.
I am so proud.
MSNBC keeps saying “it’s demographics versus enthusiasm and there’s no way Democrats lose on demographics”. This is WRONG. It’s just not true that we have reached a point where Democrats will win every election because of “demographics”. This is fear porn. If Chuck Todd was right, then Democrats would have won in 2010. And they lost BIG.
The reason that MSNBC gets this election so wrong is that they won’t admit that Obama’s election was really based on the hopeychange fad. It was a pop culture fad that swept the nation and that fad ended in 2010. The fad is gone. The cognitive dissonance relates to the fact that MSNBC and the entire Ministry of Truth believe that 2008 transformed this country into a permanent Democrat majority. They are sticking to that. I personally believe — and keep telling you — that 2008 was a cultural fad like the Cabbage Patch kids, pet rocks, New Kids on the Block, and Beanie Babies. That is why Obama will lose big: he is a fad that passed.
1010am CST — One of my friends sent me this photo. She’s out taking her little baby for a walk and she added a Romney/Ryan sign to her stroller. I love it:
Speaking of little babies…the MSNBC buffoons are arguing with Rudy Giuliani.
I don’t know who the Tranny is who sits next to Joe Scarborough, but it’s hilarious to me that a woman would CHOOSE to look like a drag queen or transvestite. She keeps saying “Hurricane Sandy won the election for Obama!”. She is told to say that over and over again.
Let me tell you a little secret about doing tee-vee. I had to do a lot of local news spots during the 2008 campaign for first Team Hillary and then McCain/Palin. Every appearance, I had three things I needed to say in my 30 seconds or whatever and I would talk about those three things no matter what I was asked. Because my job was to just repeat our current talking points. That’s what Tranny is doing for Obama on MSNBC, even though she’s a cohost of the show. She just wants to convince people that because there was a hurricane that Obama should be reelected…so there will be no more hurricanes. It’s so strange.
Guiliani tries telling her that New York and New Jersey is a disaster area and she points outside to Rockefeller Center and says, “It doesn’t look that bad! It’s all fixed!”. Giuliani has to remind her that the damage was done to Staten Island, which people can’t see from Rockefeller Center. “Oh, no one cares about Staten Island”. Giuliani tells her that he would not have been elected without Staten Island so he cares about it. Tranny tells him he is crazy.
THIS is what the Left watches on tee-vee and believes all day.
1020am CST — Chuck Todd says that Obama will not concede tonight…that he will drag it out until noon tomorrow “if he loses”.
Now they have on some jackass with weird glasses and white hair who says we need to get rid of the electoral college and have a popular vote. The Constitution was designed with a purpose and should not be changed. These guys on MSNBC say “The Constitution no longer works and must be updated!”.
They’re also trotting out those old cliches about “this has been the most negative campaign ever!”.
Y’all know they say that every four years, right?
It’s just something that dummies say…like “I voted for the lesser of two evils”. No, you are an unimaginative person who just parrots what you hear other buffoons say. Next. you’ll be quoting song lyrics. “I believe the children are our future. Let’s teach them well, then let them lead the way”. Scarborough would probably stand up and slow-clap like in a John Cusack movie because he thought it was so brilliant.
It’s only been an hour and a half of watching this and I feel like it’s been 15 hours.
1030am CST — Kelly O’Donnell is reporting from Columbus Ohio. She used to be a reporter in Cleveland on WKYC, the NBC affiliate. I don’t remember what happened to her exactly, but something bizarre happened with her family one year and then shortly afterwards she left Cleveland. It involved her brother and her father and either a car driving through her house or someone breaking in to murder them or her brother went nuts and tried to kill them. Something like that. It was so strange…and then after that she went to NBC national.
It’s fun to see old Cleveland local people on the national scene. There’s actually a really cool local anchor named Ramona Robinson who is in Cleveland who I think should be on the Today Show. She is so nice and is like the Princess in Cleveland, but in a good way.
1036pm CST — Okay, I just did an Eeyore/Fear Porn check and the only fear porn today is people saying “Brad Thor says that Obama will declare himself the winner before the polls close and scare people!”.
This is hard for me to comment on, because I know Brad personally. He is a friend of a friend and is an awesome guy. I love his books and when I was doing Tea Party events and things with the Chicago Young Republicans a few years ago I’d see him all the time. I think he’s great.
But he has a new book out right now.
The timing of him making the news right now with fear porn is interesting.
If I didn’t know him better I’d wonder if this was a way to make people Google the new book.
I don’t think Brad is like that, because his books sell well enough to not need this…but it’s still strange. I’ve never seen him do anything like this before and would be surprised to learn he did this just to sell books. That is not like him.
1039am CST — Howard Dean is on MSNBC telling people that if Obama loses it is because of voter fraud. Dean FLAT OUT SAID that the only way Obama loses is because of voter fraud and harassment and voting machines not working. He said this at 1040am CST. Someone please get that on YouTube.
This is strategic.
They know Obama is going to lose, and they are setting up the excuse for him losing.
Remember that Dean and Howard Brazile were the ones who took over the Democrat Party, ousted the Clintons, and installed Obama in power as their figurehead. Dean and Brazile plotted this takeover since 2004. So, Dean is now saying this stuff about Obama only losing due to voter fraud because he wants to use this in the Democrat Civil War when the Clintons come out and argue that Democrats need to move to the center and that Americans Repudiated the left when they voted Obama out. Dean and Brazile will lead the Obama Remnant faction and will argue that voter fraud cost Obama the election and that the Left’s ideas are still popular.
This Lion versus Unicorn war between the Clinton Restoration and the Obama Remnant will rage for the next four years. You are witnessing the beginnings of it now.
Mark. My. Words. This is what they are up to.
1050am CST —
Okay, someone just commented on another thread that Ohio Governor Kasich said, “God gave us pollsters to make the astrologists look credible”. I love that.
Another person asked me for some tunes to listen to throughout the day. Here are a couple of good ones to crank up if Minitru gets you depressed at any point. They’re all from my childhood in Cleveland, a town that everyone always counted out and mocked and bullied (much like Minitru treats conservatives). These songs are defiant…and they get my blood pumping:
America totally kicks a$$.
1100am — Someone just let me know that Allahpundit from HotAir is in career-salvation mode…saying he’s been wrong and that Romney will win. Well, then what the heck was the point of Allahpundit freaking everyone out with fear porn for the last three months? He’s counting on people being so happy Romney’s won that they’ll just forget about he emotionally terrorized them every day with his Eeyorism and fear porn. I really hope you don’t let him get off the hook without professional consequences for deliberately freaking you out all this time just to drive up web traffic for HotAir.
Don’t let the people who’ve been yelling SHARK! all this time walk away from the beach without at least a severe burn for their actions…so that they will think twice about playing these games again.
Okay, a new show is on now on MSNBC…and it includes Chris Matthews. THIS is what I have been waiting to see…Mathews make an ass of himself and freak out on tee-vee.
There’s a Filipino woman in purple with a severe punk haircut talking…and she just said that “Romney is doing campaign events today and that shows he’s desperate because he should have ended his campaign last night”. Then they showed Michelle Obama being angry somewhere, saying “This is my husband’s last campaign”. It sure is. Thank God.
Chris Matthews looks like a prissy sissy in pink. I can say that because I’m a gay guy who sees a sissy and calls him out. Chris Matthews is saying that Mitt Romney looks pessimistic and looks like he is losing. What alternate dimension is HE seeing things from? Once again, MSNBC tells you the opposite of reality. Since it’s really OBAMA who looks desperate and sullen and accepting of his defeat…they instead say it’s Romney who looks like that.
Prissy Chrissy the Sissy is yelling now and saying that anyone who votes for Romney is stupid and anyone who votes for a third party is stupider, because we have two choices. Pick one.
I really think Chris is going to have a heart attack tonight. He’s already looking like he’s having palpitations.
There are three other people on the dais and I don’t know who any of them are.
Chris Matthews at 1108am CST just said that if Obama loses it is because of voter fraud and that Photo ID is wrong and that we should not have any checks on voting. We should make voting easier and anyone who wants to vote should be able to.
The Filipino woman says that “demographics are against the Republican party and whites are dying out and so Republicans will not be winning elections because we are becoming a majority minority country”. “There are not enough white men left in the country to win the presidency”.
This is wrong…because they are once again assuming that 2008 was “transformative” and was not a fad. I keep telling you this is where the disconnect is. The Ministry of Truth believes that 2008 was the year that minorities and college aged voters became the majority and that therefore Democrats will be in power forever.
In reality, Obama won because of two things:
1. Conservatives sat home in 2008
2. A lot of white people wanted to see a black president and felt good about helping Obama back then and giving him a chance; they were preconditioned to want a magical black person to be the president to solve all our problems.
Here in 2012, two things have happened:
A. Conservatives are crawling over broken glass to vote
B. White people are perfectly fine with firing Obama since he did not do the job he promised he’d do.
As for the demographic stuff, the reason the Left sees things like this is because they are an identity-based party while Republicans are an ideology-based party. So, Democrats believe if someone is gay, black, Hispanic, Jewish, a Muslim, a woman , etc. that they must vote Democrat. Whereas, Republicans believe anyone who believes in small government, free enterprise, and fiscal responsibility should vote Republican.
See the difference?
Now, which party is REALLY open to expansion in the future? The one that’s based solely on peoples’ identities (which can’t be changed) or how people think (which CAN be changed)?
The fact is that there is a HUGE demographics crunch coming for the LEFT and they know it…that’s why they needed to rush a lot of crazy stuff through right now. Conservatives are outbreeding the Left, with most lefties not having children (or aggressively aborting them). In a few years, conservatives (who are already the majority) will be an even bigger majority. The Left doesn’t want you to believe this.
But it’s true.
1116am CST — Dan Rather said Romney will win. Peggy Noonan is saying she saw some yard signs somewhere. She doesn’t remember where, but there were a lot of them. She thinks that might mean something but she can’t figure out what.
Honestly, who is this Filipino woman in purple? She is ANNOYING. It’s pure MiniTru propaganda. Like, if you filmed a version of 1984, this would be a woman who would be reading the “news” there.
Ben Smith is on now. He’s talking about Nate Silver and how he’s saying there is a 90% chance of Obama winning.
I want to tell a store about Ben Smith. He used to be at Politico but I think he was fired…and then he landed on BuzzFeed. In 2008, he quashed a story about Barack Obama and Michelle having Bill Ayers babysit their children. I was actually involved in that story. The McCain campaign here in Chicago got me to find a girl who used to teach the Obama girls swimming lessons…and she reported that Bill Ayers used to pick the girls up from lessons some time and bring them home. Ayers was authorized to do this. Ben Smith wouldn’t write about it unless he got the permission slip for Ayers to pick the girls up. We had two swim instructors who would go on record (under aliases) to say that Ayers was picking up the girls and babysitting them. But Smith knew the story would hurt Obama and so he would not write about it.
It was stunning.
1120am CST — the panel is saying that Nate Silver is right and there is no way Obama loses. The woman in purple just said, “There is a 100% chance of Nate Silver being right”. Another nasty woman, a Hispanic, is saying that “There’s no way Obama loses! Nate Silver is math. He is not wrong! Math is not wrong. This is science!”.
Not Purple Filipino woman is saying that “the Romney campaign is collapsing because Chris Christie did not go to an event last night”. A British guy said that “Romney is desperate because he is not on tee-vee right now. They are trying to turn this around and they are losing because they are doing events today.” He has a very hoity-toity accent, like a high school student who is doing a British accent for a bad version of an Agatha Christie play.
I actually have a friend who is traveling with Romney’s plane right now and he assures me that Romney will win.
The panel is saying “all candidates who lose have big crowds and pretend they have enthusiasm”. I really wish they’d tell us who these people are so I can get their names so you could see how stupid these people are.
1125pm CST —
The Hispanic woman is named Karen Finney. The British guy is Richard Wolfe, I think.
Karen was saying “Republicans are in major CYA mode and are going to have to justify this humiliating loss. They are blaming Chris Christie and Hurricane Sandy and they will never win the white house again because of demographics”.
They keep repeating the same lies.
1135pm CST — Ed Rendell is on.
This guy is fun. In 2008, I went on a tour of Philly gay bars with him during Hillary’s primary campaign. He was a big Hillary supporter.
MSNBC claims McCaskill will win in Missouri but I don’t think that’s true. It makes no sense that Missouri will go to Mitt but that people would vote split and keep ObamaClaire. They also claim that Elizabeth Warren will win in Massachusetts, but I don’t think that’s true either. Have you SEEN Scott Brown? Man, people will vote for him because he’s hot. There’s no way that women who voted for him last time leave him…and no way that guys who voted for him will defect to Warren. It’s stupid to think he loses.
That Karen Finney is nasty AND stupid. She just keeps saying, ‘I heard that Republicans don’t like working with anyone and they are the Tea Party and the Tea Party is racists”. Rendell is saying that Casey will win in Pennsyvlania. I think that Casey will lose the Senate seat. Pennsylvania is such a tease…but honestly if it will ever go to Republicans then it’s going to be this year.
Rendell is lying like a rug right now. He claims that “Black turnout will be bigger than 2008! They are angry that racists have been opposing Obama! They are angry at vote suppression! They are all turning out in bigger numbers than in 2008!”.
How is that possible?
Black turnout was the highest ever in 2008 when they were electing the first black president out of racism. Does Rendell really think people will believe that blacks are more motivated to re-elect Obama than they were to elect him in the first place? That’s just nonsense.
They keep showing shots of Romney’s plane at Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland. Biden’s plane, Air Force Two, just landed and is nearby. Both are doing events in Cleveland.
If Obama was going to win this, they’d be doing events in Charlotte, Tampa, or Richmond today. Not in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
And if Ohio, not Cleveland…which is Democrat turf. Romney is taking the fight to the Left and it’s Obama playing defense…but if you listen to MSNBC, it would seem the opposite. PURE PROPAGANDA!
Whoever this host is — the Filipino woman in purple — she just called the Republican candidates “a clown car with no wheels attached”.
Listen folks, this is not a news channel. Do you see that, right? This is the Democrats’ propaganda channel. This is alternate reality tee-vee just to entertain and comfort the Left. They’re spending a whole ten minute segment mocking Herman Cain and Rick Perry. It’s like watching a video of old people falling down stairs and breaking their hips…and lefties are laughing.
Actually here in Chicago there is a bar called Sidetrack that’s owned by Art Johnston, who is a gay activist here who introduces himself as “the Harvey Milk of Chicago” (what an ego!). At his bar, he plays a video of an elderly woman being raped by a large dog…and all the gay guys in the bar are encouraged to laugh and laugh as she calls for help while the dog mounts her with a canine erection. The Left thinks this is hilarious. I think it’s sick.
MSNBC is sick too. Meanspirited, grotesque, negative, hateful…that’s MSNBC and the Left.
1150am CST — OMG…Ben Smith is SO GAY!!! He has the voice of a twinky little go-go boy in Boystown. He lisps, he’s wearing a purple shirt…he is SO GAY! In ever knew that because I’d only seen that cartoon image of him on Politico, and have never heard him talk in real life. This is so funny to me. I never, ever knew he was gay too. But he’s a prissy gay.
I just figured out who the host is: Alex Wagner, she’s the Filipino Purple woman.
Now they are saying that “They would have won if they ran Jon Huntsman. That Huntsman is wonderful. Everyone would have voted for Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman”. This is so weird.
Alex Wagner is saying “They haven’t called it yet, but the election is over and we all know that Obama won”. The British guy is saying “Next time they need a better candidate like Jon Huntsman. That’s the way they will win in 2020″.
It is going to be so much fun to see all of these people have a psychotic meltdown later. This Alex Wagner woman is a buffoon. The show is called NOWwithAlexWagner
12oopm — YUCK. Andrea Mitchell is next. She has Robert Gibbs and Haley Barbour.
Man, this is tough watching this stuff. But, I love you. We’re friends like that. I want to show you how stupid the Left is and how much they are lying so I am going to keep doing this transcript all day…but this is TOUGH. I’ve never seen such craziness before. It’s like that asylum BriarCliff Manor in the new season of American Horror Story on F/X, with absolutely insane people running the asylum.
I need a shower after watching this nastiness and stupidity.
How is this network even still on the air?
ANDREA MITCHELL REPORTS — 12oo noon to 1pm CST.
You know what’s weird?
Obama might have voted twice for himself.
Did anyone catch this?
MSNBC is reporting that he voted in Chicago today…but a few days ago I heard he voted early in Chicago. I saw a picture of him doing it, but I saw him voting again today wearing different clothes. What gives?
Can someone check into this for me?
Andrea has Chris Cillizza on and he’s saying that there’s no way Obama loses because “Ohio hates Romney”. Well, I’m from Ohio and that’s not true.
Mark Halperin from TIME is on and he says that ‘Romney couldn’t find a way to win Ohio’, so he will lose.
These guys are lying through their teeth and they know it.
The thing is, folks, I just don’t believe this is now a country that votes with the Left…and if Republicans can’t win an election this year, then Democrats would be in power forever. That’s just not true. If it was true, I would see that on the ground but i don’t see it. If this was true, then the wild hysteria and fad for hopeychange would have never gone away.
Minitru is really believing that all the people who were wild about Obama in 2008 still feel that way because the media still feels that way…but meanwhile Americans have moved on and turned on Obama.
Mark Halperin is saying “The Obama camp is smarter and they know they are going to win but the Romney camp is scared and stupid and so they will lose and be crying later. David Axlerod would not have bet shaving his mustache if he was not sure he would win, so Romney is losing and is a poopy-head”. I might not have gotten that down EXACTLY as he said it, but it was close.
Robert Gibbs is broadcasting from Chicago inside McCormick Place it looks like. This is the fortress-like convention center where Obama is holding his election eve party. IT IS A SMALL STAGE SETUP in what looks to be one of the smaller sections of the Convention Center. No frills, just blue curtains breaking up the room and a big red curtain behind Obama. I used to be an event planner and this is not the setup for people who think they will win.
Check this out: gays are saying to go “Rape A Ballot for Obama”:
Ryan Cox is a dairy futures trader here in Chicago. He’s one of the gay guys here in Boystown who think rape is HILARIOUS. And he’s a Sidetrack Regular, go figure.
Also, here’s a shot via WeaselZippers of the Cleveland Black Panthers.
Bob Shrum is on with Andrea Mitchell. How many elections has this guy lost as a campaign manager now? Gore. Kerry. A lot of Senate and congressional races. This is like having Susan Lucci talk about how people can win Emmys.
Andrea Mitchell is actually asking a few good questions here and there. But mostly she’s doing Minitru work. Now Shrum is saying that Jon Husted in Ohio is taking away the minorities’ votes and taking away students votes. He’s saying that if Obama loses it is because of voter fraud in Ohio. This is at 1228pm CST.
They’re talking about people needing ID to vote and how poor people don’t have ID so that no IDs can be shown. Let me tell you, anyone who needs EBT or welfare or other benefits needs an ID. People need IDs to get homeless benefits. It is not hard to get an iD and in Illinois if you can’t afford one you just have to file a homeless certification. AND IT IS FREE. Also, if you don’t know how to get an ID there are agencies that can help you with a case worker to fill out your forms. It is not a hard process.
IN FACT, here in Illinois I had to get a new ID this year because my passport and driver’s license expired while I was sick and in the hospital for a while earlier in the year. When I got better, I discovered that everything had expired and I had to get new IDs…and it took me under a week to complete the whole process. The charge was $20 for the state ID. That’s it. And in Chicago you need an ID to get into any building that’s government related and into any establishment that serves alcohol.
You need it to use a credit card most places too. IDs are not difficult to have, and life is impossible in Chicago without one.
1234pm CST — Peter Alexander is in Romney’s headquarters in Boston. Some woman I never heard of is at Obama’s election night party here in Chicago.
Is anyone listening to Rush today?
If you are, can you tell me what he is saying? I don’t have the ability to hear him on the radio right now and am curious what he’s up to. I’m watching MSNBC and I can’t stream both that and the radio at the same time.
********** They say the polls close at 630pm CST in Ohio *********
********** Indiana and Kentucky close polls at 530pm CST, so those look like the earliest ones ********
Peter Alexander’s in the Romney Victory Party space…and he reminds me of a ton of my ex-boyfriends. So funny. The Romney event space is large but not fancy-looking. The opposite of Obama’s Greek Columns stage in Denver four years ago, Alexander said.
The woman in pink at the Obama party in McCormick Place is not showing the size of the space. Obama is in Chicago making calls into Wisconsin to get people to vote. Whoever this woman reporting is, it looks like her makeup was done by a mortician. They purposefully did not pan around the room and show the size of the space…but they panned and showed the space in Boston. Why one and not the other? Was it because Romney’s was bigger? Always knew Obama was a size queen. That’s what they say at man’s country here.
WARNING: it’s 1246pm CST…just want to start reminding you not to panic when the Ministry of Truth starts pushing exit polls to scare you in a few hours. Start preparing yourself because these are all just lies. Do not fall for fear porn!
Well, they can just call of the election now. Richard Streetman’s got his magical CHANGE underwear on, so Obama’s “got this election”!
Too bad Obama’s been filling the glass with piss!
100pm CST — Andrea Mitchell’s show is over. They have a new show on now, a nasty woman name Tamron Hall….and she has a bunch of clowns on including a guy who looks like Lex Luthor. They all say “No change Romney wins!”.
112pm CST — Looks like Rush Limbaugh told his listeners about Obama’s McCormick Place Concession Speech event.
Rush has always been so nice to me and the site. He apparently joked again about when he first read HB he thought it was written by a bunch of women, and not a gay guy in Chicago and his friends. That’s still so funny to me. It’s also wild because when I was going to high school in Ohio in the 90s some of the guys in my home room used to listen to Rush on a little transistor radio in class and back then I was a Democrat and never understood the appeal…but now I think Rush is one of the coolest guys out there and is a national treasure. What a strange journey the last four years have been.
Glad he’s getting the word out on the Concession Speech because that is NOT the event they’d plan if they thought Obama was winning. No way.
This new show on MSNBC with Tamron Hall is just nasty. She’s so vile. She just keeps having people on who say that “Repblicans just can’t win the election because blacks and Hispanics and other minorities just won’t vote for Romney and there are not enough white people anymore to win an election for Republicans. So Romney has lost”.
Democrats see everything terms of race and expect all races to vote along racial lines…and for blacks to turn out in higher than 2008 numbers for Obama.
THAT is not going to happen!
Tamron also said that Paul Ryan was a bad choice for VP because people hate him..and that Romney didn’t use him correctly. What is she smoking?
145pm CST — PS…if the site is loading slow, it’s just that we are being overwhelmed. We’re working on fixing that, but we’re getting a lot of people trying to load things at once….and that tends to slow it down. We’re doing the best we can!
Man…I have to tell you…watching MSNBC is TOUGH. It really is like looking into BizarrWorld.
WHAT I HAVE LEARNED SO FAR TODAY WATCHING MSNBC:
Okay, after sitting through this craziness since 830 or so this morning, I have 5 things I have learned so far from watching MSNBC all day:
5. The Left believes that the majority of Americans have liked what Obama did the last four years and that they want to see more of this for four more years.
4. MSNBC pundits believe that anyone opposing Obama is just a racist.
3. Ironically, MSNBC pundits believe that a person’s race determines how they vote…and that Republicans will never win another election ever again because Hispanics and blacks will determine all elections for ever since 2008. But, you have to forget all about 2010. And the Scott Walker recall election. Etc.
2. The Left seems to know Obama is losing so every 15 minutes they run a story about voter fraud in Ohio “stealing” the election from him.
1. MSNBC thinks Nate Silver is a god and a temple should be built to his greatness since he is infallible and he can never be questioned. Burn the witches who don’t believe him!
200pm CST — THE CYCLE is the name of the show on MSNBC now.
They apparently have a woman named “Krystal Ball” on the show. That can’t be her real name. Sounds like an unimaginative drag queen.
Someone please tell me this is a joke.
215pm CST — I just got off the phone with my friend Andrea in Massachusetts.
Here’s the scoop on Massachusetts:
* Though Obama will win Mass, it will be closer than it’s ever been
* The only people upset with Scott Brown who voted for him last time are those who want him to be more conservative…so no way they vote for Warren over him.
* Tons more Brown signs and enthusiasm than for Warren.
* Warren spent a lot of money and had the money for signs…but people aren’t putting them up.
* Local unions made big push for Warren, Obama, and “the Kennedy kid” who is running against Sean Bielat for Barney Frank’s old Congressional district
* Looks like Brown will squeak out a win because people will split vote between Obama and Brown…but Romney supporters will all vote for Brown. Brown will get some Obama vote crossover.
230pm CST — MSNBC talking about Colorado, saying that “Latinos are the ones who decide elections and they have all the power now. Republicans hate Latinos and won’t make illegals citizens so Republicans will be punished”. This is fear porn…and it’s goal is to try to trick the GOP into agreeing to amnesty…but in reality just doing that would create more Democrat votes (so if you believe that republicans have lost Hispanics already, then why would you want to create more Democrat voters when it won’t do you any good?). So stupid!
I need a little breaking from listening to all this craziness.
310pm CST — this is Martin Bashir’s show. There is a very nasty woman on who is saying if Obama loses it is because of racism. She also says that when Obama loses Ohio it will be all voter fraud and voter suppression. She says that Romney will lose the white vote because the only people not voting for obama are racists. There’s an angry black man from Chicago who is also calling Romney a racist and saying that he made Obama look unAmerican and inhuman in the campaign. These guys are BITTER right now. They are getting angry. It’s sinking in that Obama is losing.
This guy says “Whiteness is a signifier of reality” and that whites think they are superior. This is the nastiest show I have ever seen. That one woman was Joan Walsh and the guy was Eric Dyson. He’s the guy form 2008 who has a wife who also goes on shows. I think they are both “reverends” like Jesse Jackson is a reverend.
Then the show went to commercial break by mocking Romney by showing him singing. He sings like me: off key, but he tries anyway. He’s a good sport but Bashir and the others mock him.
This was the nastiest and most race-oriented segment I saw on any show all day long.
Geesh. This channel is awful to watch!
320pm CST –It’s starting! That Facebook group “Being Liberal” is beginning to make excuses for Obama’s loss, saying “the election was stolen!”:
Man alive, this Martin Bashir show is tough to watch. It is a pure two-minute-hate like out of 1984. They are attacking Romney like he is Emannuel Goldberg over there. In the span of one segment they called Romney:
* Too rich
* Hates Hispanics
* Wants to enslave women
* Said his lies cost him the election
Note: they never say what he lied about, supposedly, just that he’s a liar. They also never give any examples for the other stuff, just that “everyone knows he’s evil!” or “we all know he’s crooked!”. It’s crazy. Bashir goads the others up there to say how much they hate Mitt Romney and they all gleefully oblige. It reminds me of high school girls picking on someone at a lunch table.
I think this is really telling: all day I have not heard a single person say why Obama should have a second term…only that Romney is the most evil person who ever lived and he must be destroyed.
None of these people have offered one good reason for voting FOR Obama…and instead just focused on attacking Romney. Doesn’t that tell you something about this race?
Whatever happened to Hope and Change? Are they keeping that with Oprah, hidden underground somewhere?
Panel: Annamarie Cox, Krystal Ball (that’s really her name?), and some other woman with Martin Bashir now at 333pm CST.
They are bashing Romney for being a Christian, and saying this is not a Christian country.
Okay…they keep saying how evil the “tea Party Zealots” are and how evil Republicans are.
I notice that Democrats always call their opponents evil…but Republicans just call their opponents wrong.
There’s so much nasty energy on the Left. That’s why they won’t win. America is not a nasty place, and all Democrats have shown people is nastiness this year. No plan for the future. No reason for a second term. Just hatred for the opponent.
I can’t believe this is actually taking up space on the air.
END OF TRANSCRIPT: I’m going to cut this segment off here and switch over to the ELECTION RESULTS THREAD NOW. Look for it at the very top of the site. That thread will include everything from 4pm CST through the Victory and Concession speeches.
I’ll keep updating this live throughout the day until 4pm CST when I will start a new thread for the actual results, so be sure to keep refreshing so you can see the latest! I will update every 30 minutes or so!