Study: Journalists Drink Too Much, Are Bad At Managing Emotions, And Operate At a Lower Level Than the Average Person

This study is from 2017, but it's never been more true or more salient.

It is based on a small study, so I'd like to offer this caveat: it is undoubtedly 100% true.

Journalists' brains show a lower-than-average level of executive functioning, according to a new study, which means they have a below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking.

They score very highly on the Repeat What Other Journalists Are Saying on Twitter Scale, however. Among the most tractable, programmable people on earth, in fact.

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The study, led by Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and leadership coach, analysed 40 journalists from newspapers, magazines, broadcast, and online platforms over seven months. The participants took part in tests related to their lifestyle, health, and behaviour.

...

The results showed that journalists' brains were operating at a lower level than the average population, particularly because of dehydration and the tendency of journalists to self-medicate with alcohol, caffeine, and high-sugar foods.

Brian Stelter just emailed me to say, "Hi, my name is Tater, and I likes me some taters."


Forty-one percent of the subjects said they drank 18 or more units of alcohol a week, which is four units above the recommended weekly allowance. Less than 5% drank the recommended amount of water.

However, in interviews conducted in conjunction with the brain profile results, the participants indicated they felt their jobs had a lot of meaning and purpose...

You don't say? No shit, really?

Didn't they just spend $5.5 million on a Super Bowl ad praising themselves?

...

Journalists scored lower on:

Executive function. As well as the traits mentioned above, low scores for executive function also suggest poor sleep, nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness. Many participants reported they had no time for breaks while working.

You need high executive function to code, which is probably why they get so angry when you suggest that they learn to code.

Also, executive function is important in controlling one's emotions, which is why the explode like infants when you suggest they learn to code.


Silencing the mind, which is related to the ability to have thoughts without getting distracted by them, or a powerful ability to focus. Low scores indicate the opposite, suggesting journalists have a hard time preventing themselves from worrying about the future or regretting the past.

Um, and spending all day on Twitter and planning their next #SickBurn Tweet and their next Twitter Clapback.


...

The results, however, showed that the journalists were on average no more physically stressed than the average person. The blood tests showed that their levels of cortisol -- known as the stress hormone -- were mostly normal.

That's because, while they do deal withe pressure of short turn-arounds and quick deadlines, they have a powerful psychological advantage that helps them manage stress: they are innately very, very lazy and work as little as humanly possible which turns out to be even less work than the average human would guess is possible.

So that helps.

Related: I Have Seen the Media's Future, and It Involves Writing Checks With Lots of Zeroes to the Many Victims of Its Defamations and Witch-Hunts: Mark Hemingway at the Federalist.

I don't think they'll be able to plead Impaired Executive Function as a defense, though it would amuse me to see them try.

Thanks to this guy:



Posted by: Ace of Spades at 06:10 PM




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1 First?

Posted by: @PeeteySDee at February 08, 2019 06:06 PM (AdoLy)

2 It's funny because it's true, of course.

Posted by: @PeeteySDee at February 08, 2019 06:06 PM (AdoLy)

3 This is more Saudi collusion!

Posted by: Capt Kuck at February 08, 2019 06:06 PM (Z216Q)

4 I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you, to discover that "journalists" are imbeciles!

Posted by: Bert G at February 08, 2019 06:06 PM (OMsf+)

5 LOL!

Posted by: SMH at February 08, 2019 06:07 PM (RU4sa)

6 If journalists are of reduced capacity, what does that make Jim Acosta?

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Virginia is for comic relief at February 08, 2019 06:07 PM (Z216Q)

7 #LearnToSpode

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at February 08, 2019 06:08 PM (t6MX/)

8 Why am I not surprised?

Posted by: SMH at February 08, 2019 06:08 PM (RU4sa)

9 They turn to Journalism when running for office is too much of a brain strain.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at February 08, 2019 06:08 PM (LLwAy)

10 Retweeting this will shortly be added to the list of bannable offenses on Twitter.

Posted by: Ersatz at February 08, 2019 06:08 PM (zuVZw)

11 Old and Busted: #LearnToCode
The New Hotness: #LearnToDigDitches

Posted by: Roy at February 08, 2019 06:09 PM (ABjxW)

12 Twelf-HIC-th.

Posted by: JEM at February 08, 2019 06:09 PM (8erNz)

13

Nice zingers, Ace. All of them.

Posted by: Soothsayer SLX Pro Series II Platinum Turbo at February 08, 2019 06:09 PM (On+lG)

14 The science is settled. Sorry bros.

Posted by: eleven at February 08, 2019 06:09 PM (NLLmE)

15 If journalists are of reduced capacity, what does that make Jim Acosta?

Limited

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at February 08, 2019 06:09 PM (LLwAy)

16 the tendency of journalists to self-medicate with alcohol, caffeine, and high-sugar foods.
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And jizz. Lots and lots of jizz.

Posted by: Shep! at February 08, 2019 06:09 PM (JcXHH)

17 Not surprising

Posted by: Skip at February 08, 2019 06:09 PM (/rm4P)

18 Also explains why Mika has the IQ and attention span of a squirrel.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at February 08, 2019 06:10 PM (LLwAy)

19 *waves to SMH*

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at February 08, 2019 06:10 PM (LLwAy)

20
remember FISKING?

Kids these days don't.


Posted by: soothsayerwing plover at February 08, 2019 06:10 PM (On+lG)

21 That alcoholic thing explains why they were all-in for Hic-Hillary

Posted by: Roy at February 08, 2019 06:11 PM (ABjxW)

22 More proof that God loves Deplorables.

Posted by: ILikeMyMenMachoandStrongand FullOfToxicTestosterone at February 08, 2019 06:11 PM (eR9jM)

23 If journalists are of reduced capacity, what does that make Jim Acosta?
Posted by: Huck Follywood, Virginia is for comic relief at February 08, 2019 06:07 PM (Z216Q)


Even dumbasses have a bell curve of stoopid, and Desi is way off to the left.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 08, 2019 06:11 PM (1pz14)

24 *points and laughs*

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at February 08, 2019 06:11 PM (BJlbN)

25 Jumbo shrimp is an oxymoron.

Fight me if you disagree!

Posted by: Jonah 'Fat Bastard' Goldberg at February 08, 2019 06:12 PM (DuAZ5)

26 Journolists are dumber than a pile of catshit.

Science!

(Actually this is like one of those studies that discovers men like hot women.)

Posted by: Eeyore at February 08, 2019 06:12 PM (VaN/j)

27 So basically the media are stupid and alcoholics?

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 08, 2019 06:12 PM (4e+hS)

28 Fuck that bitch that did that study!

Posted by: Anonymous White Male at February 08, 2019 06:12 PM (3sjI6)

29 The lame stream media are cretins and pinheads.

Gabba gabba, we accept you, we accept you, one of us.......

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at February 08, 2019 06:13 PM (Z+IKu)

30 They forgot sexually flaccid. But I guess the studies editor cut that out.

Posted by: Marcus T at February 08, 2019 06:13 PM (r3JVe)

31 In other words... things we've known for years.

journalists... aka opinion writers have "Low-T."

Posted by: Marini Farmer at February 08, 2019 06:13 PM (3H9h1)

32
Broseidon go MIA?

Think he got rolled by a strippuh and left in a dumpster?

Posted by: soothsayerwing plover at February 08, 2019 06:13 PM (On+lG)

33 So The Lost Weekend is a documentary?

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at February 08, 2019 06:13 PM (LLwAy)

34 Damn I miss Paul Harvey

Posted by: Publius erectus ignoramus( formerly functionally erect) at February 08, 2019 06:14 PM (5yqyH)

35 I eat 40 muffins a day. But those are healthy. They have electrolytes. Maybe.

Posted by: Brian "Tater" Stelter at February 08, 2019 06:14 PM (PbpT7)

36 Well duh!

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:14 PM (jm1YL)

37 We don't "executive function" good . - The Media

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 08, 2019 06:14 PM (4e+hS)

38 journalists have a hard time preventing themselves from worrying about the future or regretting the past.


Regretting -- AYFKM? What do they regret? Not having another martini?

Posted by: Hands at February 08, 2019 06:14 PM (786Ro)

39 I'd say they're Epsilon-minus semi-morons, but I'm that and I do ok.

Posted by: hogmartin at February 08, 2019 06:14 PM (FHcMk)

40 Study: Journalists Drink Too Much, Are Bad At Managing Emotions, And Operate At a Lower Level Than the Average Person

This is very possibly an eternal truth. Newpaper guys were notorious drunks, ragaholics and not that bright.

But...

They had editors who made them do shit right, because that's the way it was done. Now, not so much.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at February 08, 2019 06:14 PM (z79tQ)

41 My tomcat has better executive skills than Twitter repeaters (jurnoliss).

Posted by: Sooner at February 08, 2019 06:15 PM (i4EyC)

42 Might be an HQ first. Nood, but ace still below in the comments.


Interesting.

Posted by: rhomboid at February 08, 2019 06:15 PM (QDnY+)

43 Courage!

Posted by: Dan Rather at February 08, 2019 06:15 PM (786Ro)

44 What did it say about their ability to learn new skills?

Like, say, learning to code?

Posted by: RoyalOil, Vicroy Canadian Territories at February 08, 2019 06:16 PM (TN1P5)

45 I think most of today's journalists would running screaming like a little girl I'd they were set down in WWI or WWII.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:16 PM (jm1YL)

46 Wut? We're too dumb to learn to code?

*drools*

Posted by: Journalists at February 08, 2019 06:16 PM (DuAZ5)

47 That's why journalizms can't learn to code... or do much of anything else other than act like junior high school mean girls.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable and Profoundly Unserious at February 08, 2019 06:16 PM (pw+jk)

48 Shut up Dan Rather, you hid in the Guard during the Korean War.

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at February 08, 2019 06:16 PM (LLwAy)

49 23----Even dumbasses have a bell curve of stoopid, and Desi is way off to the left.
Posted by: Captain Hate at February 08, 2019 06:11 PM (1pz14)
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NOOOOOO!
Please, please don't call him "Desi."
Arnaz was very talented and a sharp businessman.
Handsome too.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 08, 2019 06:16 PM (Rxduq)

50 They had editors who made them do shit right, because that's the way it was done. Now, not so much.
Posted by: OneEyedJack


You hit the nail.

The editors have gone to shit. If there even is such a thing anymore.

Posted by: eleven at February 08, 2019 06:16 PM (NLLmE)

51
Anyone remember when Fake News acosta got banned and President Trump got into a little argument with another Fake Newser twerp from ABC?

The ABC fake newser got smart with the president, defending acosta by saying acosta "works his ass off."

These people think they "work."
Like that dummy with a "literal" phd in romantic comedies thought she "worked" at Huffpo while they paid her to recycle her undergrad essays.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at February 08, 2019 06:17 PM (On+lG)

52 Might be an HQ first. Nood, but ace still below in the comments.


Interesting.
Posted by: rhomboid at February 08, 2019 06:15 PM



**confused Tim Allen grunt**

Ace is willowing himself?

Posted by: Hands at February 08, 2019 06:17 PM (786Ro)

53 #LearnToCanal

Posted by: t-bird at February 08, 2019 06:17 PM (YPJrZ)

54 "Journalists Drink Too Much, Are Bad At Managing Emotions, And Operate At a Lower Level Than the Average Person"

And now we know why the media adored Hillary Clinton much more than the average Democrat. She was just like them.

Posted by: Rusty Nail at February 08, 2019 06:17 PM (ju9gW)

55 Silencing the mind, which is related to the ability to have thoughts
without getting distracted by them, or a powerful ability to focus. Low
scores indicate the opposite, suggesting journalists have a hard time
preventing themselves from worrying about the future or regretting the
past.
............

Umm.. that's why they drink!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at February 08, 2019 06:18 PM (438dO)

56 If Ace manages to ban xirself again, well ...

Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at February 08, 2019 06:18 PM (LLwAy)

57 Sounds like I would have made a good journalist.

Posted by: Max Power at February 08, 2019 06:18 PM (q177U)

58 I know some very intelligent and creative drunks. Heck I see one in the mirror all the time. But I would never stoop so low as to self identify as a journalist.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable and Profoundly Unserious at February 08, 2019 06:18 PM (pw+jk)

59 I only know what I read in the twatters.


Per the Trumpentwatter, Frank Robinson (baseball) is mort.

Posted by: rhomboid at February 08, 2019 06:19 PM (QDnY+)

60 Study: Journalists Drink Too Much, Are Bad At Managing Emotions, And Operate At a Lower Level Than the Average Person

Study: Journalism Accepts People That No Other Profession Would Take

Posted by: t-bird at February 08, 2019 06:19 PM (vfOIM)

61 *hic* If I said you had a magnificent sack of testicles, would you pound them against my wife's taint for sport? *hic*

Posted by: Cap'n Bill Kristol at February 08, 2019 06:20 PM (wxZSX)

62 These people think they "work."

Uh-oh. We forgot to preface this article with "Thank you for your service."

Posted by: t-bird at February 08, 2019 06:21 PM (vfOIM)

63 There are no actual journalists anymore. Journalism is dead as Notorious RBG.

The people currently referred to as Journalists bear no resemblance to actual Journalists, and are only referred to as such because they are paid by companies who once employed actual journalists generations ago.

Posted by: Hawkpilot at February 08, 2019 06:21 PM (8paU9)

64 >>>61 *hic* If I said you had a magnificent sack of testicles, would you pound them against my wife's taint for sport? *hic*
Posted by: Cap'n Bill Kristol

larf

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:21 PM (PbpT7)

65 Other than the Washington Post telling you constantly that Jen Rubin is conservative, would you get the impression that Jen Rubin is conservative?

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at February 08, 2019 06:21 PM (fTQ1B)

66 My young niece once asked me, "Uncle Badger, what do you do for a living?"


I responded, "Like your mother and father, I'm an Engineer. BUT I'm an Aerospace Engineer. I build weapon systems. Your parents are Chemical and Electrical engineers...... they build Targets."

After that I think my sister-in-law didn't want me talking to her kids.


But I don't give a shit. And yes, I'm a coder.

Posted by: I'm the Honey Badger, BITCH! at February 08, 2019 06:22 PM (Z/bKp)

67 Damn I miss Max Headroom

Posted by: Publius erectus ignoramus( formerly functionally erect) at February 08, 2019 06:22 PM (5yqyH)

68 This has been the greatest ten days days!!!!

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable and Profoundly Unserious at February 08, 2019 06:22 PM (pw+jk)

69 ''NOOOOOO!
Please, please don't call him "Desi."
Arnaz was very talented and a sharp businessman.
Handsome too.''

No Desilu Studios no "Star Trek"

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:22 PM (jm1YL)

70 Explains why they thought Obama was "brilliant."

Posted by: Lizzy at February 08, 2019 06:22 PM (W+vEI)

71 HAHAHAHA Labor Theory of Value BTFO again!

Posted by: Pinochet's Sunglasses at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM (J2E9n)

72 Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life...

Posted by: It's me donna at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM (O2RFr)

73 I recognized Brooke Baldwin in the middle by her boobs.

Posted by: literally serious at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM (PeJCI)

74 What is a unit of alcohol?

Posted by: Mark1971 at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM (xPl2J)

75 ''Per the Trumpentwatter, Frank Robinson (baseball) is mort.''

Passed away yesterday.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM (jm1YL)

76

I wonder if the Progs still love science secksually after this highly scientific study of them?

All the people that conducted it are all experts, right?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM (HaL55)

77 I drink a lot of water, mostly as ice in my cocktails.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable and Profoundly Unserious at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM (pw+jk)

78 63 There are no actual journalists anymore. Journalism is dead as Notorious RBG.

The people currently referred to as Journalists bear no resemblance to actual Journalists, and are only referred to as such because they are paid by companies who once employed actual journalists generations ago."

Wanna know who's a REAL journalist? ACE is a REAL journalist. Which is why he couldn't possibly get hired by any MSM outlet.

The ability to tell the truth is inversely proportional to the abilty to work in today's media cesspool.

Posted by: Tom Servo at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM (k1TUh)

79 Covering the Moronically Important Stories!

Major League Baseball (MLB) has renamed the SJW-determined-to-be-triggering "Disabled List" to "Injured List".

Next up will be cisheteronormative male-privileged designator "Designated Hitter".

Posted by: Moron News Service at February 08, 2019 06:24 PM (DMUuz)

80 Cocktail Parties are a helluva drug!

Posted by: Your Betters in the MSM at February 08, 2019 06:24 PM (tVQUs)

81 Our media is as broken as any institution anywhere. Name any group that is more broken than our media.

Posted by: USNtakim profoundly deplorable. at February 08, 2019 06:24 PM (0OmEj)

82 69---No Desilu Studios no "Star Trek"
Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:22 PM (jm1YL)
--------------------------
Ah. I didn't know they backed that one!

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 08, 2019 06:24 PM (Rxduq)

83 What is a unit of alcohol?


Posted by: Mark1971 at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM (xPl2J)

==
A handle

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable and Profoundly Unserious at February 08, 2019 06:24 PM (pw+jk)

84 The ability to tell the truth is inversely proportional to the abilty to work in today's media cesspool.

Yup.

Posted by: Hawkpilot at February 08, 2019 06:24 PM (8paU9)

85
What is a unit of alcohol?

Posted by: Mark1971 at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM


I'm assuming a fifth. Because that seems reasonable.

Posted by: Newest Nic at February 08, 2019 06:25 PM (jYje5)

86 What is a unit of alcohol?
Posted by: Mark1971 at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM


A gill.

Posted by: Drinks like a Fish at February 08, 2019 06:25 PM (DMUuz)

87 BREAKING NEWS : President Donald Trump has white sheets scattered throughout the White House, mostly in bedrooms.
#Monster

Posted by: CNN at February 08, 2019 06:25 PM (4e+hS)

88 You overlook one element:
"The results showed that journalists' brains were operating at a lower level than the average population, particularly because of dehydration and the tendency of journalists to self-medicate with alcohol, caffeine, and high-sugar foods."

High-sugar foods = fat
Alcohol = drunk
Lower level than average = stupid

Dean: "Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son."
Non-Coder: "But I'm a journalism major!"
Dean: "Oh. Well then, carry on."

Posted by: Sam at February 08, 2019 06:25 PM (YScgw)

89 t-bird

There are openings for reporters in my town. I could be a reporter.

But I can not lower my admittedly low standards to even apply for the job.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 08, 2019 06:25 PM (u82oZ)

90 This Will Change the Way You Think About Your Post-Journalism Career: Ten Shocking Job Alternatives for People Too Dumb to Code

Posted by: Buzzfeed at February 08, 2019 06:26 PM (DuAZ5)

91 IMO drinking has nothing to do with creativity, you are or not, drinking isn't going to help that.

Posted by: Skip at February 08, 2019 06:26 PM (/rm4P)

92 OMG I should have been a journalist! I blame you guys for saying it's bad bad icky bad

Posted by: Total Control Racist at February 08, 2019 06:26 PM (z2W2E)

93 What is a unit of alcohol?



Posted by: Mark1971 at February 08, 2019 06:23 PM
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It comes in pints.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 06:26 PM (cfSRQ)

94 If you believe in the Meyers Briggs typology, most "reporters" and "journalists" are ENFP. The take away? They can be emotional and disorganized people who rely on others for validation.


/"INTJ" here, representing the INTJ's of the ONT

Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:26 PM (u0hpX)

95 fat, bloated, perpetually drunken asshole, cruise director unavailable for comment. too busy making baling wire repairs on his rusted out k-car. fuck all these knucklefuckers.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at February 08, 2019 06:26 PM (KP5rU)

96 Democracy Dies In Learning To Code.

Posted by: JDubb at February 08, 2019 06:26 PM (waM0p)

97

Umm.. that's why they drink!

They're trying to get their mindthoughts hammered enough so they'll pass out and shut the fuck up for two minutes finally.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 06:27 PM (HaL55)

98 Damn, I could have been a journalist.

Posted by: Eromero at February 08, 2019 06:27 PM (zLDYs)

99 Study: Journalism Accepts People That No Other Profession Would Take

Posted by: t-bird at February 08, 2019 06:19 PM (vfOIM)

It's not like it's even a real job for 90% of them. Here monkey, write this. No, not like that.

There are some really good, talented, and smart people in journalism, but as with attorneys, those people rarely define the breed.

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at February 08, 2019 06:27 PM (t6MX/)

100 BREAKING NEWS : President Donald Trump has white sheets scattered throughout the White House, mostly in bedrooms.
#Monster
Posted by: CNN at February 08, 2019 06:25 PM (4e+hS)

Check the laundry room, you'll be horrified!

Posted by: Surfperch at February 08, 2019 06:27 PM (tVQUs)

101 Per the Trumpentwatter, Frank Robinson (baseball) is mort.
Posted by: rhomboid at February 08, 2019 06:19 PM (QDnY+)


MVP of both the NL and AL. Single handedly turned the Orioles into a World Series winner from just a good team.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 08, 2019 06:27 PM (1pz14)

102 But I can not lower my admittedly low standards to even apply for the job.
Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 08, 2019 06:25 PM


Low standards? I thought you were one 'o them high falutin' Cardboard Membership men?

Posted by: Duncanthrax at February 08, 2019 06:27 PM (DMUuz)

103

Uma Thurman is pretty if you like that Mental Deficient characteristic in the facial area.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at February 08, 2019 06:27 PM (On+lG)

104 And NEW journalists add to this by smoking copious amounts of pot.

Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable and Profoundly Unserious at February 08, 2019 06:27 PM (pw+jk)

105 Executive Beer Pong, anybody? *hic*

Posted by: Brian Seltzer at February 08, 2019 06:28 PM (Tyii7)

106 We did this study years ago with similar results.

Posted by: Jeopardy at February 08, 2019 06:28 PM (n13/j)

107 OMG I should have been a journalist! I blame you guys for saying it's bad bad icky bad

Posted by: Total Control Racist at February 08, 2019 06:26 PM (z2W2E)

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I raised my kids right. Not a one of them wants to be a journalist.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 06:28 PM (cfSRQ)

108 Less than 5% drank the recommended amount of water.

Gotta at least call bullshit on this one here.

I bet they're using the bullshit "8 glasses a day".

Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 08, 2019 06:28 PM (whUgy)

109 Four units of alcohol. WTF is a unit? No, not that unit, the unit pertaining to alcohol.

Posted by: Braenyard at February 08, 2019 06:28 PM (ePWRo)

110 If you've ever had any interaction with journalists, you knew all along that they are not the cream of the crop. They don't care about accuracy. Decades ago I was interviewed by phone by a newspaper reporter who was doing a fluff piece on an elderly co-worker of mine. The newspaper article contained a direct quote, attributed to me. It was something I had never said. It wasn't negative or damaging. It was just that I hadn't said it or anything like it.

I'd seen that reporter, and others from that newspaper, in other situations, and they were not an impressive lot.

There were a couple of other instances where they were reporting on tragic events involving people I knew, where the reporters' behavior was just disgusting.

I'll put it this way, they have no conscience about harassing parents who've had a child die.

Posted by: nerdygirl at February 08, 2019 06:28 PM (+lVUW)

111 I think you give them too much credit, ace.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:28 PM (JLQGI)

112 I raised my kids right. Not a one of them wants to be a journalist.
--

LOL. I'm a writer and I didn't even want to be a traditonal journalist.

Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:29 PM (u0hpX)

113 /"INTJ" here, representing the INTJ's of the ONT
Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:26 PM


It takes a ENTP to really appreciate the ONT.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at February 08, 2019 06:29 PM (DMUuz)

114 /"INTJ" here, representing the INTJ's of the ONT
Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks

I used to get INTP, then INFP now...

so shibumi, are you guys picking a safe word at the wedding, or will you have a whiteboard with a safe word of the week like at that house ace found for ya guys?

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at February 08, 2019 06:29 PM (BJlbN)

115 My dog is smarter, more honest, and more noble.

He is a good boy.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:29 PM (JLQGI)

116 I raised my kids right. Not a one of them wants to be a journalist.
Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 06:28 PM (cfSRQ)


What about a lawyer?

Posted by: Sooner at February 08, 2019 06:29 PM (i4EyC)

117

Does alcohol stop the hammering?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 06:30 PM (HaL55)

118 WTF is a unit?
Posted by: Braenyard at February 08, 2019 06:28 PM

A johnson.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at February 08, 2019 06:30 PM (DMUuz)

119 I don't see anything in this study about the consumption of tentacle porn. A glaring omission.

Posted by: Mark1971 at February 08, 2019 06:30 PM (xPl2J)

120 I bet they're using the bullshit "8 glasses a day".
Posted by: weft cut-loop at February 08, 2019 06:28 PM (whUgy)

"A Gallon a Day keeps the Doctor at bay"

Posted by: That Guy at February 08, 2019 06:30 PM (tVQUs)

121 Wait. ace is moving to Pennsylvania, you say? Found a nice little house, already furnished?

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:30 PM (JLQGI)

122 I don't think they'll be able to plead Impaired Executive Function as a defense, though it would amuse me to see them try.


Then they'll have to use the "Costanza Defense"

Posted by: Bruce at February 08, 2019 06:31 PM (8ikIW)

123 Does alcohol stop the hammering?
Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 06:30 PM (HaL55)

If you use it like the Punisher in the short film from a few years back.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:31 PM (JLQGI)

124 Why there is elevinty reasons science is wrong about journalists.

Posted by: VOX Splainer at February 08, 2019 06:31 PM (pw+jk)

125 Wait. ace is moving to Pennsylvania, you say? Found a nice little house, already furnished?
Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:30 PM


Lacks shelving.

Posted by: Duncanthrax at February 08, 2019 06:31 PM (DMUuz)

126 121; the shelving is exquisite.

Posted by: chavez the hugo at February 08, 2019 06:31 PM (KP5rU)

127 It's not like it's even a real job for 90% of them. Here monkey, write this. No, not like that.

There
are some really good, talented, and smart people in journalism, but as
with attorneys, those people rarely define the breed.


Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at February 08, 2019 06:27 PM (t6MX/)

---
Most of what journalists do these days is cut and paste from news releases. That's it.

That's why they all say the same thing - it's what the release says.

And that's what they've been trained to do.


Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 06:31 PM (cfSRQ)

128
so shibumi, are you guys picking a safe word at the wedding, or will you have a whiteboard with a safe word of the week like at that house ace found for ya guys?
--

I had not though of a safe word.


Hmmm.

We're both pretty chatty, so I'm thinking there will be safe sentences.

"Will you just turn off Ancient Aliens already."

or

"Can we please not talk about the internal politics of Ohio?"

/ace has not found a place for us yet. I'm afraid it's going to end up being an ewok cave.

Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:32 PM (u0hpX)

129 Lacks shelving.
Posted by: Duncanthrax at February 08, 2019 06:31 PM (DMUuz)

He gets to practice his shelf craft then.

All the white might make it hard to skin hobos though.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:32 PM (JLQGI)

130 Gillibrand calls for resignation.

Posted by: Ha at February 08, 2019 06:32 PM (MAstk)

131 Do Congress next.

Posted by: BignJames at February 08, 2019 06:32 PM (cxHbL)

132 OT
Sweet Fancy Moses - evidently this is a thing.
Behold the Leopard-Print Ruth Bader-Ginsburg scarf.

https://preview.tinyurl.com/y5lptsto

Posted by: antisocialist at February 08, 2019 06:32 PM (2shuf)

133
Wait. ace is moving to Pennsylvania, you say? Found a nice little house, already furnished?

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:30 PM


With a pool table I think. I just heard him mutter something about "rack 'em up".

Posted by: Newest Nic at February 08, 2019 06:32 PM (jYje5)

134 Executive Function, what's your junction?

Posted by: Anon a mouse at February 08, 2019 06:32 PM (X8p7j)

135 #LearnToSpode


Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner


I lol'd.

Posted by: mikeyG at February 08, 2019 06:33 PM (LL1Be)

136 uhhhhh, I got nothing.

Posted by: Don Lemon at February 08, 2019 06:33 PM (pw+jk)

137 And that's what they've been trained to do.



Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 06:31 PM (cfSRQ)

Yep, and there are a few standouts who do really fine work. The rest are bottom of the barrel mouthbreathers with inflated opinions of themselves.

Posted by: flounder, rebel, vulgarian, deplorable, winner at February 08, 2019 06:33 PM (t6MX/)

138 Can you imagine how insane Slick would be if he had to endure what the MFM tossed at DJT? He almost lost it on Fox News Sunday after the ABC miniseries that was memory holed pretty much nailed how his dumbfuckery led up to 9/11 and was pointing his bony finger at Chris Wallace and bellowing like a castrated steer.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 08, 2019 06:33 PM (1pz14)

139 ''f you've ever had any interaction with journalists, you knew all along that they are not the cream of the crop. They don't care about accuracy. Decades ago I was interviewed by phone by a newspaper reporter who was doing a fluff piece on an elderly co-worker of mine. The newspaper article contained a direct quote, attributed to me. It was something I had never said. It wasn't negative or damaging. It was just that I hadn't said it or anything like it. ''

Yup. My dad was an executive VP of a big Fortune 500 company. He sat for an interview with one of the business magazines..I think it was Forbes. They misquoted the hell out of everything thing he said. No more interviews. Didn't allow his people to give them either.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:33 PM (jm1YL)

140 This just in! Gillibrand calls for resignation! *hic*

Posted by: Brian Seltzer at February 08, 2019 06:33 PM (Tyii7)

141 Democracy Dies in Low Executive Function

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at February 08, 2019 06:34 PM (8iiMU)

142 The hilarious thing is that they all fancy themselves to be above average in intelligence, possibly near genius level. Yet they are mostly dumb.

I guess I don't blame them too much since they are surrounded by other folks who are none too bright.

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 08, 2019 06:34 PM (Y1iYF)

143

Most of what journalists do these days is cut and paste from news releases. That's it.

That's why they all say the same thing - it's what the release says.

And that's what they've been trained to do.


"They literally know nothing."
- some SCOAMF fellator who was known to manipulate child "journalists"

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 06:34 PM (HaL55)

144 Brian Stelter just emailed me to say, "Hi, my name is Tater, and I likes me some taters."
.........

If by "taters" you mean testicles, well sure.

Posted by: wth at February 08, 2019 06:34 PM (v0R5T)

145 ''Wait. ace is moving to Pennsylvania, you say? Found a nice little house, already furnished? ''

With built in shelves.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:34 PM (jm1YL)

146 While you may of heard "F*ck that Bitch!", what I said was "I blame them Greek Homos!"

#BelieveAllJustins

Posted by: Justin Fairfax at February 08, 2019 06:34 PM (DMUuz)

147 No, not that unit, the unit pertaining to alcohol.

Posted by: Braenyard at February 08, 2019 06:28 PM (ePWRo)

They are Brits, so of course they are bit pussified when it comes to alcohol.

I think one unit is 10 grams or milliliters of alcohol, not sure which.

Anyway, 18 units is nothing. Unless they are talking about pure ethanol, in which case...that's a reasonable amount of booze...for an American 12-year-old.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 08, 2019 06:35 PM (wYseH)

148 Brian Stelter just emailed me to say, "Hi, my name is Tater, and I likes me some taters."

Is that Brian 'Slingblade' Tater?

Posted by: Bruce at February 08, 2019 06:35 PM (8ikIW)

149 shibumi, here's the house ace found for ya guys

light, airy, furnished...

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/379695.php

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at February 08, 2019 06:35 PM (BJlbN)

150
So we've gone from Rush's "Drive-By Media" to
Soothie's "Drive-By Democrat Candidates."


Harris, Booker, Warren, etc., all chasing each other around to endorse or to condemn someone or something.

Posted by: Soothsayer -- Fake Commenter at February 08, 2019 06:35 PM (On+lG)

151 ''Brian Stelter just emailed me to say, "Hi, my name is Tater, and I likes me some taters." ''

Ok that was stupid but l laughed out loud.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:35 PM (jm1YL)

152 Most of what journalists do these days is cut and paste from news releases.


It's not plagiarism if you believe it's yours!

Posted by: Jonah Goldberg at February 08, 2019 06:35 PM (LL1Be)

153 144 Brian Stelter just emailed me to say, "Hi, my name is Tater, and I likes me some taters."
.........

If by "taters" you mean testicles, well sure.
Posted by: wth

Who doesn't?

Posted by: Jim "Pillow Lips" Acosta at February 08, 2019 06:36 PM (PbpT7)

154 Very cool link over at Instapundit:

What if today's cars were designed decades ago.

https://tinyurl.com/y3gdsqqh

I would definitely buy a Tesla if it looked like that.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:36 PM (JLQGI)

155 TGIF

Posted by: Rutabaga Ginsburg at February 08, 2019 06:36 PM (v0R5T)

156 Also explains why Mika has the IQ and attention span of a squirrel.
Posted by: Anna Puma (HQCaR) at February 08, 2019 06:10 PM (LLwAy)

She has to be in the top ten of stupid, among a vast array of stupid people. What a ditz.

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 08, 2019 06:36 PM (Y1iYF)

157 A hint from a pro:

I write for a technical journal, and let everyone see what I've written. If there's an issue, we correct it.

If someone wants to interview you, you are well within your rights to say you will NOT participate unless you are allowed to see-- and if necessary edit-- the final draft. Get it in writing in an email.


If the writer says no, you should decline the interview.

Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:36 PM (u0hpX)

158 58 I know some very intelligent and creative drunks. Heck I see one in the mirror all the time. But I would never stoop so low as to self identify as a journalist.
Posted by: Jukin the Deplorable and Profoundly Unserious at February 08, 2019 06:18 PM (pw+jk)

***


Hemingway comes to mind as a profoundly high functioning and creative drunk. These guys are NOT Hemingway. As a matter of fact, Hemingway might have been the last, actual, talented (drunk) journalist who ever lived. And he died over 50 years ago. If he were alive today he would probably walk up and punch Acosta in the mouth, turn him around, put his foot up his *ss and throw him out of the White House Press Room saying "Get the f*ck out of here ya Goddamn sissy - yer not a journalist" and then take Trump sport fishing after which they would get drunk on single malt and smoke cigars and then he would write a bestselling book called "The Orange Man and the Sea".

Once again - "#LearnToCode?" Nope - journalists are not qualified - this is more apt:

#learnToSuckC*cksFor$5

Posted by: Publius Redux at February 08, 2019 06:38 PM (D7exD)

159 Phew. What a week.

Posted by: Rutabaga Ginsburg at February 08, 2019 06:38 PM (v0R5T)

160 What's a unit of alcohol?


3 fingers.....190 proof.

Posted by: BignJames at February 08, 2019 06:38 PM (cxHbL)

161 Anyone at all should also record all interviews. Little recorders are cheap and hold hours and hours of audio recordings. Days worth of audio recordings.

Posted by: Synova (reversion to pseudonymous) at February 08, 2019 06:38 PM (BD/yx)

162 I should apply. Yeah. That looks like my calling. I’ll be top notch. How’s the learning curve on using Twitter? Are there classes I can take?

Posted by: Denny Crane! at February 08, 2019 06:38 PM (HPcP8)

163 If the writer says no, you should decline the interview.

Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:36 PM (u0hpX)

Or simply record the interview.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 08, 2019 06:38 PM (wYseH)

164 "Barkeep?"
" Set me and the boys up with 20 units of your finest alcohol."

" Am I from Alpha Centauri? Why do you ask? "

Posted by: mikeyG at February 08, 2019 06:38 PM (LL1Be)

165 >>>Anyway, 18 units is nothing. Unless they are talking about pure ethanol, in which case...that's a reasonable amount of booze...for an American 12-year-old.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 08, 2019 06:35 PM (wYseH)
--------------------


No more minding their P's & Q's.

Posted by: Braenyard at February 08, 2019 06:39 PM (ePWRo)

166 shibumi, here's the house ace found for ya guys


light, airy, furnished...
---

Yeah, and those wierd sex things? We can turn them into giant cat trees.

Yep. That's how we're going to roll.

"Oh, that piece in the living room? The former owner used it for bondage. We added some carpeted shelves, and now the cats love it."

Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:39 PM (u0hpX)

167 >>>Hemingway comes to mind as a profoundly high functioning and creative drunk. These guys are NOT Hemingway.

odd you mention that because I link Mark Hemingway in the post.

And as I understand it, he actually is part of THE Hemingway family.

not a drunk, tho.

Posted by: Jim at February 08, 2019 06:39 PM (PbpT7)

168 ''TGIF''

And what will next week bring? Taps finger on lips. Hmm, hmm, hmm. Could it be any better tha this week?

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:40 PM (jm1YL)

169 Posted by: Publius Redux at February 08, 2019 06:38 PM (D7exD)

Pete Hamill did some good fiction and non-fiction writing while being a roaring drunk.

He also is an amazing asshole when it comes to politics, so...

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 08, 2019 06:40 PM (wYseH)

170 shibumi, here's the house ace found for ya guys

light, airy, furnished...

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/379695.php
Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at February 08, 2019 06:35 PM (BJlbN)

Classic.

Rocks Off.

Good one ace.

The sunshine bores the daylights out of me...

Posted by: golfman at February 08, 2019 06:40 PM (GL/05)

171 The most expensive and until recently most lucrative part of J-School was having that wireless port for reprogramming buried under the bone at the back of your skull and remembering to use the recharging pillow each night.

Posted by: geoffb at February 08, 2019 06:41 PM (zOpu5)

172 The girl who wrote the article about low-functioning journalists is a journalist.

I have no idea who to believe.

Posted by: mikeyG at February 08, 2019 06:41 PM (LL1Be)

173 11
Old and Busted: #LearnToCode
The New Hotness: #LearnToDigDitches

Posted by: Roy at February 08, 2019 06:09 PM (ABjxW)
..........

Future Hotness: #PukeAndSleepInDitch

Posted by: wth at February 08, 2019 06:41 PM (v0R5T)

174 Trump had his physical today.

In "very good health" for presidency "and beyond."

Posted by: Bicentennialguy at February 08, 2019 06:41 PM (JcXHH)

175 Hemingway comes to mind as a profoundly high functioning and creative drunk. These guys are NOT Hemingway.

odd you mention that because I link Mark Hemingway in the post.

And as I understand it, he actually is part of THE Hemingway family.

not a drunk, tho.
Posted by: Jim at February 08, 2019 06:39 PM (PbpT7)

Doesn't strike me as a drunk either.

High functioning.

Posted by: golfman at February 08, 2019 06:41 PM (GL/05)

176 We added some carpeted shelves, and now the cats love it."
Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:39 PM


Carpeted! My boy has come so far!

Posted by: IKEA FIXA at February 08, 2019 06:42 PM (DMUuz)

177 Future Hotness: #PukeAndSleepInDitch


I think you mean: #ShoottUpAndODatStarbucks

Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:43 PM (u0hpX)

178 I told my wife about the Sargon link, in an earlier post, telling how F to M trannies are discovering that they've lost "female privilege", and how hurt they are.

She thought it was funny, but said "They haven't fully transitioned until they start leaving the seat up."

Posted by: Eeyore at February 08, 2019 06:43 PM (VaN/j)

179 VA delegate to start impeachment article on Monday if Fairfax doesn't resign.

Posted by: Ha at February 08, 2019 06:43 PM (MAstk)

180 P.J. O'Rourke was drunk when he was funny. Now, he's sober and NeverTrump.

Posted by: 2009Refugee at February 08, 2019 06:43 PM (2xR5z)

181 If you believe in the Meyers Briggs typology, most
"reporters" and "journalists" are ENFP. The take away? They can be
emotional and disorganized people who rely on others for validation.


/"INTJ" here, representing the INTJ's of the ONT


Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:26 PM (u0hpX)

Hi five! I am INTJ too.

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at February 08, 2019 06:43 PM (F/KeJ)

182 cats.
no respect for human sexy times

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at February 08, 2019 06:43 PM (BJlbN)

183 Am I missing something? Why is Ace finding shibumi a house?

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 08, 2019 06:44 PM (Y1iYF)

184 ''In "very good health" for presidency "and beyond."

He got more get up and go than the entire Democrat Party. They just cannot wear him down.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:44 PM (jm1YL)

185 A unit is basically a shot of booze 1.5 oz, a glass of wine 5oz, or a can of beer 12 oz. my numbers may not be exact but I think they are about right.

Posted by: Quint at February 08, 2019 06:44 PM (n13/j)

186 I have to say about coders, having worked in tech companies previously, my experience was that while they often did not make great executives per se, they definitely needed to be able to decode executives needs/objectives and bring about results - something these dunces in the press are completely unable to do.

Funemployment is definitely in there future!

Posted by: Boswell at February 08, 2019 06:44 PM (32YRo)

187

And as I understand it, he actually is part of THE Hemingway family.



not a drunk, tho.


He's the black sheep of the family, then?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 06:44 PM (HaL55)

188 And what will next week bring? Taps finger on lips. Hmm, hmm, hmm. Could it be any better tha this week?
Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:40 PM (jm1YL)

I don't see how...

Posted by: antisocialist at February 08, 2019 06:44 PM (2shuf)

189 ''Am I missing something? Why is Ace finding shibumi a house?''

Real Estate is his second love.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:44 PM (jm1YL)

190 He got more get up and go than the entire Democrat Party. They just cannot wear him down.
Posted by: Tuna


Two Scoop's schedule wears me out just reading it.

Posted by: eleven at February 08, 2019 06:45 PM (NLLmE)

191 Pete Hamill did some good fiction and non-fiction writing while being a roaring drunk.

He also is an amazing asshole when it comes to politics, so...




Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 08, 2019 06:40 PM (wYseH)

---
Not a journalist, but Stephen King's best work was when he was a raging alcoholic.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 06:45 PM (cfSRQ)

192 183 Am I missing something? Why is Ace finding shibumi a house?
Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 08, 2019 06:44 PM (Y1iYF)

She and 'another commentor' are getting hitched soon.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:45 PM (JLQGI)

193 Ace moves to Pa he will need to get a handgun, shotgun and scary black carbine.



Might as well keep up with the hicks

Posted by: Skip at February 08, 2019 06:45 PM (/rm4P)

194 Democrats: Baby-Killing Racist Rapist Party

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at February 08, 2019 06:45 PM (fTQ1B)

195 Ian Fleming was a reporter, and a bit of a drunk. He's be a drunk by today's standards, at least. He was even more of a cigarette fiend.

But the strange thing is, even though Ian Fleming was what I would call (By today's standards) a high functioning alcoholic, in a really good interview with his friend and esteemed colleague Raymond Chandler, you see the difference between a high-functioning alcoholic who can keep shit together and a total rummy gutter drunk.

link in my nick below

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:45 PM (PbpT7)

196 They score very highly on the Repeat What Other Journalists Are Saying on Twitter Scale, however. Among the most tractable, programmable people on earth, in fact.

Ace this statement is 100% false. If they were that easily influenced they would be better at Learning to Code.

Posted by: Picric at February 08, 2019 06:46 PM (nonGu)

197
g'early evenin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at February 08, 2019 06:46 PM (KCxzN)

198 I should clarify that I don't like Stephen King's writing, but the universal consensus is that after he sobered up he's really, really dull.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 06:46 PM (cfSRQ)

199 VA delegate to start impeachment article on Monday if Fairfax doesn't resign.
Posted by: Ha at February 08, 2019 06:43 PM (MAstk)

If Fairfax is impeached and removed, that'll put a great deal of pressure of Northam and Herring to resign.

Posted by: Surfperch at February 08, 2019 06:46 PM (tVQUs)

200 193 Ace moves to Pa he will need to get a handgun, shotgun and scary black carbine.

Might as well keep up with the hicks
Posted by: Skip at February 08, 2019 06:45 PM (/rm4P)

Then he can move on to master class:

Gun display shelving.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:46 PM (JLQGI)

201 P.J. O'Rourke was drunk when he was funny. Now, he's sober and NeverTrump.
Posted by: 2009Refugee at February 08, 2019 06:43 PM (2xR5z)


He's also a painful bore to read since he got off the sauce.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 08, 2019 06:46 PM (1pz14)

202 Am I missing something? Why is Ace finding shibumi a house?

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 08, 2019 06:44 PM (Y1iYF)

It is an actual listing for a house with a sex dungeon. I think its a joke cause shibumi's getting married:-)

Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at February 08, 2019 06:47 PM (F/KeJ)

203 P.J. O'Rourke was drunk when he was funny. Now, he's sober and NeverTrump.

Posted by: 2009Refugee

He's a mean tee-toler.


Posted by: Boswell at February 08, 2019 06:47 PM (32YRo)

204

"Oh, that piece in the living room? The former owner used it for
bondage. We added some carpeted shelves, and now the cats love it."


"They like rubbing themselves on certain areas. A lot."

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 06:47 PM (HaL55)

205 He's also a painful bore to read since he got off the sauce.
Posted by: Captain Hate at February 08, 2019 06:46 PM (1pz14)

Some people really ARE more interesting drunk.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:47 PM (JLQGI)

206 'Cuz I got cat class and I got cat style. *hic*

Posted by: Brian Seltzer at February 08, 2019 06:47 PM (Tyii7)

207
She and 'another commentor' are getting hitched soon.
Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:45 PM (JLQGI)

Awesome, is that his actual nick?

Congratulations, guys!!!



Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 08, 2019 06:47 PM (Y1iYF)

208 chique, I was just kidding about it being for shibozo
it's just when.ace posted that it seemed like the perfect moron love nest LOL

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at February 08, 2019 06:48 PM (BJlbN)

209 My Fuzzy Navel made me libel those Covington kids, Your Honor...are you going to eat that doughnut?

Posted by: Where's Kurt Eichenwaldo? A: In An Octopus's Garden With MSNBC at February 08, 2019 06:48 PM (Ndje9)

210 Study: Journalists Drink Too Much, Are Bad At Managing Emotions, And Operate At a Lower Level Than the Average Person



Well, two out of three ain't bad.

Posted by: Miklos, actual former journaliste at February 08, 2019 06:48 PM (zCyNd)

211 169 Posted by: Publius Redux at February 08, 2019 06:38 PM (D7exD)

Pete Hamill did some good fiction and non-fiction writing while being a roaring drunk.

He also is an amazing asshole when it comes to politics, so...

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 08, 2019 06:40 PM (wYseH)

Yes - Hamill was a dick - but a fairly solid writer of prose . . . and a complete drunk. Mike Macalary was like that too - spent most of his time drunk at the bar at Ryan McFaddens. Saw him/spoke to him there loads of times (I used to work in the Daily News Building - or, as I liked to call it "The Daily Planet"). Also a complete asshole, and a drunk, but a decent writer. Not sure how he did all his "investigative work" since he was always at the bar. I always assumed he just made sh*t up . . . . and seeing the way modern journalists operate . . . he probably did.

Posted by: Publius Redux at February 08, 2019 06:49 PM (D7exD)

212 Hitchens also perfected the boozy "Richard Burton" type journalist - he was a raging lefty but interesting...

Posted by: Boswell at February 08, 2019 06:49 PM (32YRo)

213 I think its a joke cause shibumi's getting married:-)
--

Technically, I am getting married to fellow commenter Bozo Conservative.


At least, that's what all the paperwork says.

/pretty sure we could use our nics if we were getting married in NV, but he nixed that idea.

Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:49 PM (u0hpX)

214 A unit is basically a shot of booze 1.5 oz, a glass of wine 5oz, or a can of beer 12 oz. my numbers may not be exact but I think they are about right.

Posted by: Quint at February 08, 2019 06:44 PM (n13/j)

Who asked ya?

Posted by: BignJames at February 08, 2019 06:49 PM (cxHbL)

215 It is an actual listing for a house with a sex dungeon. I think its a joke cause shibumi's getting married:-)
Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at February 08, 2019 06:47 PM (F/KeJ)

This is what I get for working instead of reading the important threads.

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 08, 2019 06:49 PM (Y1iYF)

216 Looking at houses when you're in the market is really eye opening. It's almost like peeping in windows.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:49 PM (jm1YL)

217 From my experience of working for 20 years at a State U, I found Journalism Majors to be unimaginative and given to Groupthink. Their Professors were worse.
University Culture is exceedingly conformist. NO ONE takes risks, but rather quickly group around Departmental dogma.
The Administration is worse. They are cynics to the core, and only interested in power.

Posted by: kraken at February 08, 2019 06:50 PM (90T4r)

218 He got more get up and go than the entire Democrat Party. They just cannot wear him down.
Posted by: Tuna

Two Scoop's schedule wears me out just reading it.

Posted by: eleven at February 08, 2019 06:45 PM (NLLmE)
........

Then he goes home to Melania. Phew.

Posted by: wth at February 08, 2019 06:50 PM (v0R5T)

219 Technically, I am getting married to fellow commenter Bozo Conservative.


At least, that's what all the paperwork says.

/pretty sure we could use our nics if we were getting married in NV, but he nixed that idea.
Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:49 PM (u0hpX)

Congratulations!

Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 08, 2019 06:50 PM (Y1iYF)

220 I learned to code.

Posted by: Tony Curtis at February 08, 2019 06:50 PM (qLdL9)

221 There are plenty of overweight, not-so-bright people who go to work every day, take care of their families and spend their lives largelsucceeding

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 08, 2019 06:51 PM (t/wZ4)

222 Broseidon go MIA?



Think he got rolled by a strippuh and left in a dumpster?


I've seen him around here on occasion after the Jeopardy win. Must be busy counting his winnings. Or spending it all on Val-U-Rite.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM guy at February 08, 2019 06:51 PM (7s3Gx)

223 shibumi, have the banns been issued yet??

Posted by: kraken at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (90T4r)

224 215 It is an actual listing for a house with a sex dungeon. I think its a joke cause shibumi's getting married:-)
Posted by: redbanzai the Southerner at February 08, 2019 06:47 PM (F/KeJ)

This is what I get for working instead of reading the important threads.
Posted by: chique d'afrique at February 08, 2019 06:49 PM (Y1iYF)

I saw something linking to Buzzfeed that the guy had moved out of state some time ago and set his house up as an air B&B with the extra facilities.

Posted by: Synova (reversion to pseudonymous) at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (BD/yx)

225 Uma Thurman's pretty rough without make-up, but she cleans up real nice.

Posted by: eleven at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (NLLmE)

226 ''Then he goes home to Melania. Phew.''

She seems to have that serene type personality that meshes well with his busy, busy, busy persona

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (jm1YL)

227 A unit is basically a shot of booze 1.5 oz, a glass
of wine 5oz, or a can of beer 12 oz. my numbers may not be exact but I
think they are about right.



Posted by: Quint at February 08, 2019 06:44 PM (n13/j)



Who asked ya?

Posted by: BignJames at February 08, 2019 06:49 PM (cxHbL)

I meant you mix them together.

Posted by: Quint at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (n13/j)

228 There are plenty of overweight, not-so-bright people who go to work every day, take care of their families and spend their lives largelsucceeding
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 08, 2019 06:51 PM (t/wZ4)

Yeah. Like me.

Wait.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (xPJvm)

229 being easily programmed does not mean you are actually capable of learning to code

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (PbpT7)

230 I learned to code.

Posted by: Tony Curtis

You sure didn't learn to paint.

Posted by: Boswell at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (32YRo)

231 I don't know if Raymond Carver was still on the sauce when he wrote his early short stories, heavily edited by Gordon Lish, but they were the best things he ever wrote imo.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 08, 2019 06:53 PM (1pz14)

232 Hitchens and Tony Blankley.

Posted by: Braenyard at February 08, 2019 06:53 PM (ePWRo)

233 Instead of coding, could I just learn shelving????

Posted by: kraken at February 08, 2019 06:53 PM (90T4r)

234 "They like rubbing themselves on certain areas. A lot."
Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 06:47 PM


It's a cottage with frottage!

Posted by: Duncanthrax at February 08, 2019 06:53 PM (DMUuz)

235 Whoops:

There are plenty of overweight, not-so-bright people who go to work every day, take care of their families and spend their lives largely succeeding and being decent, even if they tipple a bit.

This study ignores the "x-factor:" being a subhuman lowlife hunk of shit. That's what sets the journos apart.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (t/wZ4)

236
I saw something linking to Buzzfeed that the guy had moved out of state some time ago and set his house up as an air B&B with the extra facilities.

Posted by: Synova (reversion to pseudonymous) at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM


Air B&B? Bread and Bondage?

Posted by: Newest Nic at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (jYje5)

237 ''Then he goes home to Melania. Phew.''

She seems to have that serene type personality that meshes well with his busy, busy, busy persona
Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (jm1YL)

Speaking of, did she not look absolutely radiant at the SOTU? I love that she is our First Lady.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (xPJvm)

238 >>>212 Hitchens also perfected the boozy "Richard Burton" type journalist - he was a raging lefty but interesting...

in the brief time I knew him in Lebanon, he was always either getting tipsy, or getting sloppy, or downing aspirin for a hangover.

Still spoke very fluently of course.

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (PbpT7)

239 I saw something linking to Buzzfeed that the guy had moved out of state some time ago and set his house up as an air B&B with the extra facilities.
Posted by: Synova (reversion to pseudonymous) at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (BD/yx)

-------------------------

It is. $750/weeknight, $2,000/weekend night. Furnished as fully shown.

Posted by: Calm Mentor at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (ffYR/)

240 "They like rubbing themselves on certain areas. A lot."

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 06:47 PM (HaL55)


One might do a cleansing/exorcism by having Ted play "Cat Scratch Fever" at maximum dBs

Posted by: Miklos, playing the Young Priest at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (zCyNd)

241 201
P.J. O'Rourke was drunk when he was funny. Now, he's sober and NeverTrump.

Posted by: 2009Refugee at February 08, 2019 06:43 PM (2xR5z)



He's also a painful bore to read since he got off the sauce.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 08, 2019 06:46 PM (1pz14)

---
Yeah, it is ironic that the guy who wrote about how to drive fast on drugs while getting your wing-wang stroked and not spill your drink suddenly became a hall monitor willing to vote for Nurse Hillary when Trump was on the ticket.

It's like Mencken's definition of a puritan - the deep fear that somewhere, someone might be having fun.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 06:55 PM (cfSRQ)

242 217 From my experience of working for 20 years at a State U, I found Journalism Majors to be unimaginative and given to Groupthink. Their Professors were worse.
University Culture is exceedingly conformist"

You switch your major to Business when you flunk out of STEM.

You switch your major to PoliSci when you flunk out of Business.

You switch your major to Journalism when you flunk out of PoliSci. (although that's a bit of a revolving door; the amount of money and family connections you've got means a whole lot more than "ability".)

Posted by: Tom Servo at February 08, 2019 06:55 PM (k1TUh)

243 Hitchens and Tony Blankley.

Posted by: Braenyard

Yeah, right? Drank at all the same bars for sure.

Posted by: Boswell at February 08, 2019 06:55 PM (32YRo)

244 ''Speaking of, did she not look absolutely radiant at the SOTU? I love that she is our First Lady.''

Yes she did.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:55 PM (jm1YL)

245 actually i don't think he got sloppy. He just seemed like he had drank a lot but was more well-lubricated than impaired.

like, some people can handle a really solid amount of liquor and carry on well enough.

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:55 PM (PbpT7)

246 I meant you mix them together.

Posted by: Quint at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (n13/j)

Oh..ok.

Posted by: BignJames at February 08, 2019 06:55 PM (cxHbL)

247 My favorite Leftist is Camille Paglia, hands down...

Posted by: kraken at February 08, 2019 06:56 PM (90T4r)

248


being easily programmed does not mean you are actually capable of learning to code


One is concerned with input, the other is concerned with output. A slight but not unimportant distinction.

Computers have rules over what information they'll accept. Progda "journalists," not so much.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 06:56 PM (HaL55)

249 Or spending it all on Val-U-Rite.

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM guy at February 08, 2019 06:51 PM (7s3Gx)

Val-U-Rite and Jeopardy are nearly synonymous.

Posted by: Miklos, risk taker at February 08, 2019 06:56 PM (zCyNd)

250 in the brief time I knew him in Lebanon, he was
always either getting tipsy, or getting sloppy, or downing aspirin for a
hangover.



Still spoke very fluently of course.

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (PbpT7)

---
Wait, what? You mean Lebanon, PA, or the other place???

Oh wait, this IS a smart, military blog!

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 06:56 PM (cfSRQ)

251 Posted by: Publius Redux at February 08, 2019 06:49 PM (D7exD)

Hamill had an excellent novel in him..."Snow In August."

And believe it or not, his memoir, called, "A Drinking Life," is a solid book that doesn't get preachy about devil rum.

But he's still a commie douchebag.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 08, 2019 06:56 PM (wYseH)

252 It is. $750/weeknight, $2,000/weekend night. Furnished as fully shown."

SO, if we pool our money, good spot for a MoMee?

Posted by: Tom Servo at February 08, 2019 06:56 PM (k1TUh)

253 Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (jm1YL)

You don't know too many Slovakian women, do you?

Posted by: Tammy al-Thor at February 08, 2019 06:57 PM (s17JZ)

254 lebanon the country. I brag about it a lot. It's the only place I've ever been (to quote Abbey Road).

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:57 PM (PbpT7)

255 like, some people can handle a really solid amount of liquor and carry on well enough.
Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:55 PM (PbpT7)

We usually refer to those people as 'functional alcoholics'.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:57 PM (JLQGI)

256 in the brief time I knew him in Lebanon, he was always either getting tipsy, or getting sloppy, or downing aspirin for a hangover.

Still spoke very fluently of course.

Posted by: ace

That seemed to be the only time he started to come around - either too much booze sobered him up or he saw was really going on and was mugged by reality.

Posted by: Boswell at February 08, 2019 06:57 PM (32YRo)

257 t's like Mencken's definition of a puritan - the deep fear that somewhere, someone might be having fun.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 06:55 PM (cfSRQ)

We like Mencken's "Libido for the Ugly"

Posted by: Your Media Betters at February 08, 2019 06:58 PM (zCyNd)

258 Duncanthrax

I strove mightily to get the used toilet paper level of membership. And it worked. OM blessed me with that accolade. It lets me use &&&&&&s.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at February 08, 2019 06:58 PM (u82oZ)

259 I should clarify that I don't like Stephen King's writing, but the universal consensus is that after he sobered up he's really, really dull.

I assume he wrote "On Writing" when sober, because it's actually thoughtful and useful.

Posted by: boulder terlit hobo at February 08, 2019 06:58 PM (ykYG2)

260 actually i don't think he got sloppy. He just seemed like he had drank a lot but was more well-lubricated than impaired.

like, some people can handle a really solid amount of liquor and carry on well enough.
Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:55 PM (PbpT7)


He could still paint the progs into a corner and all they had left was "he drinks too much". Learn to code, bitches.

Posted by: Captain Hate at February 08, 2019 06:58 PM (1pz14)

261 Speaking of, did she not look absolutely radiant at the SOTU? I love that she is our First Lady.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (xPJvm)
........

Gorgeous. Classy.
And the bonus: that drives the left absolutely bugshit.

Posted by: wth at February 08, 2019 06:58 PM (v0R5T)

262 When I drank, I got divorced and lost jobs a lot. So my coping was so-so.....

Posted by: kraken at February 08, 2019 06:58 PM (90T4r)

263 As I working journalist, I can confirm the truth of all of this -- especially the alcoholism.

It's kind of amazing how many of my discussions with colleagues revolve around drinking. The only journalists I know who DON'T have a drinking problem are the recovering alcoholics.

Posted by: Ex-liberal at February 08, 2019 06:58 PM (R1mDg)

264 My favorite Leftist is Camille Paglia, hands down...

Posted by: kraken at February 08, 2019 06:56 PM (90T4r)

Dick Cheney for me...

Posted by: BignJames at February 08, 2019 06:58 PM (cxHbL)

265 It is. $750/weeknight, $2,000/weekend night. Furnished as fully shown.

Posted by: Calm Mentor at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (ffYR/)

Hiring cleaning staff NOW!!!!

Posted by: Miklos the property manager at February 08, 2019 06:59 PM (zCyNd)

266 245
actually i don't think he got sloppy. He just seemed like he had drank a lot but was more well-lubricated than impaired.



like, some people can handle a really solid amount of liquor and carry on well enough.

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:55 PM (PbpT7)

---
If you lean close enough to the print version of "Battle Officer Wolf," you can smell the gin. It permeates the prose.

By the time I got to Book Four of Man of Destiny, I was up to 119 proof cask-strength. Strangely, I'm told that the writing in The Imperial Rebellion is the best I've done. Go figure.

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 06:59 PM (cfSRQ)

267 Still spoke very fluently of course.

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (PbpT7)

There is a certain pleasure in hearing a controlled drunk speak. The Irish are the best at it. Supposedly Brendan Behan could debate multiple people successfully while blackout drunk.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at February 08, 2019 06:59 PM (wYseH)

268 I like a lot of King's writing with the usual caveat that I'm swine.

Posted by: eleven at February 08, 2019 06:59 PM (NLLmE)

269 /pretty sure we could use our nics if we were getting married in NV, but he nixed that idea.
Posted by: shibumi, getting leg shackled in two weeks at February 08, 2019 06:49 PM


I would still be happy to marry you AND perform at your reception!

Posted by: Elvis #3 of The Flying Elvii at February 08, 2019 06:59 PM (DMUuz)

270 '' in the brief time I knew him in Lebanon, he was
always either getting tipsy, or getting sloppy, or downing aspirin for a
hangover.



Still spoke very fluently of course.

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (PbpT7) ''

We talking Lebanon, Pa, Lebanon, OH or Lebanon Lebanon?




Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 07:00 PM (jm1YL)

271 Dylan Thomas.... now There was an eloquent drunk....

Posted by: kraken at February 08, 2019 07:00 PM (90T4r)

272 Fleming/Chandler on Youtube. Link is to 1st part of 4.

https://preview.tinyurl.com/pn6wcb9

Posted by: geoffb at February 08, 2019 07:00 PM (zOpu5)

273 lebanon the country. I brag about it a lot. It's the only place I've ever been (to quote Abbey Road).

Posted by: ace

Went to Haifa in the 80's - it was said to look like what Lebanon looked like in the 60's - what a shame such a gorgeous place was destroyed.

Posted by: Boswell at February 08, 2019 07:01 PM (32YRo)

274 We usually refer to those people as 'functional alcoholics'.

Posted by: Aetius451AD Work Laptop at February 08, 2019 06:57 PM (JLQGI)

Stalin's translator told a good story about Stalin trying to out drink Churchill.

Posted by: Miklos, heard it first hand at February 08, 2019 07:01 PM (zCyNd)

275 265 It is. $750/weeknight, $2,000/weekend night. Furnished as fully shown.

Posted by: Calm Mentor at February 08, 2019 06:54 PM (ffYR/)

Hiring cleaning staff NOW!!!!
Posted by: Miklos the property manager at February 08, 2019 06:59 PM (zCyNd)

Lots of pee, poop, and blood involved in BDSM.

Posted by: literally serious at February 08, 2019 07:01 PM (PeJCI)

276

SO, if we pool our money, good spot for a MoMee?

Bring your own kitteh.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 07:01 PM (HaL55)

277 Stalin's translator told a good story about Stalin trying to out drink Churchill.
Posted by: Miklos,


Yeah?

Posted by: eleven at February 08, 2019 07:02 PM (NLLmE)

278 ''Gorgeous. Classy.
And the bonus: that drives the left absolutely bugshit.''

Can't wear her down either. Of course she's smarter than the lot of them put together.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 07:02 PM (jm1YL)

279
Lots of pee, poop, and blood involved in BDSM.
Posted by: literally serious at February 08, 2019 07:01 PM (PeJCI)
------
Well that sounds delightful.

Posted by: Weasel at February 08, 2019 07:02 PM (MVjcR)

280 >>Went to Haifa in the 80's - it was said to look like what Lebanon looked like in the 60's - what a shame such a gorgeous place was destroyed.

i really liked it. It wasn't destroyed when I was there. There was damage from the 2006 hezballah war, but I didn't see much of it.

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 07:02 PM (PbpT7)

281 Nood

Posted by: Duke Lowell at February 08, 2019 07:02 PM (gC2IV)

282 I'm much better at vulgarity drunk than sober. Seriously... if cursing can be poetic then I'm the Homer of bourbon.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at February 08, 2019 07:02 PM (t/wZ4)

283 254
lebanon the country. I brag about it a lot. It's the only place I've ever been (to quote Abbey Road).

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 06:57 PM (PbpT7)
---
Well, that's closer to the sandbox than I've ever been, and I'm closing in on 20 years of "wartime service."
*lifts glass of Wild Turkey 101*

Posted by: A.H. Lloyd at February 08, 2019 07:03 PM (cfSRQ)

284

We talking Lebanon, Pa, Lebanon, OH or Lebanon Lebanon?


Lebanon, Tennessee.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy at February 08, 2019 07:03 PM (HaL55)

285 By the way, Melania is Slovenian, not Slovak.


However, English has been a required subject in school in both countries for more than 20 years...

Posted by: Miklos, just sayin' at February 08, 2019 07:03 PM (zCyNd)

286 Nood.

Posted by: RGB at February 08, 2019 07:03 PM (t6MX/)

287 It's comical to consider how impressed these same people were with a black guy who was able to read out loud.

It says so much about so many things in their lives.

Posted by: Moron Robbie - Vietnam Ford Ranger at February 08, 2019 07:04 PM (xyung)

288 We are all excercited that Senator Ocasica -Sanchez has said she wants to include the Brattleboro Fart Tube concept to reduice human greenhouse gas emmissions. What you done to reduce human greenhouse gas emmissions ?

Posted by: Mary Clogginstien from Brattlboro, VT at February 08, 2019 07:04 PM (qM84C)

289 I guess this is why the media never talked about Hillary!'s drinking problem because that was just normal alcohol consumption for them.

Posted by: Ashley Judds Puffy Scamper learning to code at February 08, 2019 07:05 PM (fdTrp)

290 ''Went to Haifa in the 80's - it was said to look like what Lebanon looked like in the 60's - what a shame such a gorgeous place was destroyed.

i really liked it. It wasn't destroyed when I was there. There was damage from the 2006 hezballah war, but I didn't see much of it. ''

My Arabic professor in college was a Lebanon native. Christian. Said there was a reason it was called the Riviera of the Middle East. Not so much anymore.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 07:06 PM (jm1YL)

291 I learned to code.

Posted by: Tony Curtis

You sure didn't learn to paint.

Posted by: Boswell at February 08, 2019 06:52 PM (32YRo)
...........

I know, right?

Posted by: Jim Carrey at February 08, 2019 07:06 PM (v0R5T)

292 I confess to having spent most of my life as a journalist, mostly in newspapers but also a major network I won't mention. But I am now doing something else, and this new vocation has opened my eyes to how insulated I was about work life in actual professions. In journalism there is a lot of pressure to make the deadline. It's intense and there's lots of cussing and slamming things. But when you've hit the deadline, you're done till tomorrow. You're still wired, and its late, and bars are open, but today's widget has been made.

But now, in my new field, I've got 20 long-range deadlines, I move each one incrementally each day, and I have a very powerful and impatient boss waiting for each of them. My job never recedes from my conscious mind. I worry about it constantly and crave sleeo, not for rest but for release from consciousness. My wife and kids are shooting flares into the sky to claim my attention.

And I realize this is the reality for most breadwinners. I liked being a journalist. I was an outlier both in my politics, my neutrality and fastidiousness (related), but I still didn't know what it is like to take my work home to the people I was doing it for, and have nothing left for them.

I do now, and I can say it is a special hell on earth for principled men who love their families so much that they are willing to be forgotten or, worse, scorned in memory.

Posted by: SloPitch Whiffer at February 08, 2019 07:06 PM (wiU2G)

293 >>>As I working journalist, I can confirm the truth of all of this -- especially the alcoholism.

It's kind of amazing how many of my discussions with colleagues revolve around drinking. The only journalists I know who DON'T have a drinking problem are the recovering alcoholics.

...

i think the problem is that certain jobs promote/require a lot of networking, and you really can't network in too many places besides bars and restaurants and mostly bars, so people just wind up drinking an awful lot for no good reason and saying 'Well, it's part of my job."

Anytime someone can say that a vice, like being on Twitter all day supposedly to "build your brand," is "part of your job" and therefore productive and not just a vice and waste of time, it encourages a lot of poor choices.

Posted by: ace at February 08, 2019 07:07 PM (PbpT7)

294 My favorite Leftist is Camille Paglia, hands down...

Posted by: kraken

Another interesting lefty - interesting no one but conservatives listen to her

Posted by: Boswell at February 08, 2019 07:07 PM (32YRo)

295 Gillibrand calls for resignation.

I'm in favor. She should resign.

Posted by: free tibet at February 08, 2019 07:09 PM (hnQOz)

296 Anytime someone can say that a vice, like being on Twitter all day supposedly to "build your brand," is "part of your job" and therefore productive and not just a vice and waste of time, it encourages a lot of poor choices.

Posted by: ace

This sounds like every salesman I ever met- they led their personal lives like there career, careening from success to failure every 90 days..

Posted by: Boswell at February 08, 2019 07:09 PM (32YRo)

297 Sleeo=sleep

Posted by: SloPitch Whiffer at February 08, 2019 07:09 PM (wiU2G)

298 Bezos - Errbody sends dick pics!

self-righteous walking penis...

Posted by: mikeyG at February 08, 2019 07:13 PM (LL1Be)

299 A proper unit of alcohol is a quart mason jar full to the brim.

Posted by: Eromero at February 08, 2019 07:31 PM (zLDYs)

300 ''i think the problem is that certain jobs promote/require a lot of networking, and you really can't network in too many places besides bars and restaurants and mostly bars, so people just wind up drinking an awful lot for no good reason and saying 'Well, it's part of my job."

Like Hollywood and drugs.

Posted by: Tuna at February 08, 2019 07:40 PM (jm1YL)

301 Frank Robinson that was a ball player darn tough guy even Bob Gibson didn't intimidate him

Posted by: Publius erectus ignoramus( formerly functionally erect) at February 08, 2019 07:44 PM (5yqyH)

302 I guess eating paste and licking windows was a clue.

Posted by: xnycpeasant at February 08, 2019 09:08 PM (SqopC)

303 @292 SloPitch Whiffer :

I don't have all life's answers but I do think the answer is not self-effacement through work to the point that your family scorns your memory. There are days and sometimes weeks when we have to suck it up, but family life is not a sprint, and I don't think it is an option to come in last in that race.
I think you feel the same way and are expressing your frustration that you can't be the you that you want to be right now, which is to say the husband and Dad that you know you can be.
I wish you luck friend. Sounds like your heart's in the right place. Just don't give up on the goals that you know are the most important.

Posted by: xnycpeasant at February 08, 2019 09:13 PM (SqopC)

304 There is no such thing as "The recommended amount of water".

Posted by: West at February 08, 2019 10:47 PM (aSbtk)

305 Back in the day, they would just blame it all on a bad case of syphilis.

Posted by: JustN at February 08, 2019 11:11 PM (qGc8T)

306 "Another interesting lefty - interesting no one but conservatives listen to her
Posted by: Boswell at February 08, 2019 07:07 PM (32YRo)"

Because she is what all lefties claim to be but only pretend to: an actual independent thinker.

She kind of shoots down the whole idea that anyone can be an "intellectual" simply by parroting what CNN says to.

Posted by: Saber Alter at February 09, 2019 02:17 AM (EfAMZ)

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