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Tao Lin

New York, NY

#54 Feb 25, 2014
Justin wrote:
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Sounds like some woman hasn't been taking her manic depression meds.
Before my reading at Elliott Bay Book Company on July 31, I kept saying out loud to people that I was afraid and nervous, and it made me that way. I'm not always afraid at readings.

But in Seattle, I was very afraid. There were many people. I read two stories. People who asked questions got free CDs, which I threw at them. I threw them high so they wouldn't hit their faces. It was safe. But it made them afraid, which made me less afraid.

I pointed at people and they asked questions. I like being asked questions at readings because it is exciting and feels risky. A young man asked if I thought it was ever good to be lonely. "To know what is good, I would need to know what my goal is in life," I said. "And I don't know that. So I don't know what is good." I defeated him. I think he thought I would talk about the virtues of loneliness and then feel proud like I had defeated Oprah or someone, which is nice of him—to set me up for something like that—but I did not. I did not defeat Oprah. I defeated him.

Another young man asked if I wrote allegory. "If people see a dolphin in the ocean they don't say,'What is the significance of that dolphin?'" I said. "They just accept the dolphin. My writing is like that. It is inside of life. It is not a separate thing." I defeated this person also. I knew I would defeat him because I used this same answer at another thing against 10 people and it defeated them all at once.

Matt Briggs (who reviewed me in The Stranger) asked how many writers I had defeated in battle and what I did with their bodies after I defeated them. I think he defeated me with that question because I felt confused and afraid and then pointed at a girl in the front row and said that she should pretend to be me, and answer the question for me, and that I would give her a CD to do it. She said she had defeated seven writers and that she put them all in a hole. I threw a CD at her. I had planned a few days ago to make people answer their questions. The audience didn't know that. I felt bad a little and kind of wanted to tell them that I was not being spontaneous, so they would not think I was smarter than I actually was, but that was too complex to convey and also would be awkward so I blocked it out.

An elderly woman in the front row asked why I only use "said" and never anything like "replied." I began to answer and realized I would not be able to articulate a true answer without five minutes alone to think quietly. I knew I had articulated exactly why I only use "said" on my blog or in an interview somewhere, but I could not remember the reasons. I felt about to be defeated badly. I said some sentence fragments and the word "interpretation" and then said, "I forget why. You can read it in some interview somewhere on the internet." The audience laughed. I stared around nervously with a sense of victory. The elderly woman seemed satisfied. I thought about giving her a high five.

Then a younger woman with a serious facial expression asked me about narcissism. She said something about how all my writing was about people focused only on themselves. I felt she was attacking me and being mean to me even though I knew she was not being mean at all and not attacking me as a person. I answered with something that didn't make sense because it was off topic, and she nodded a little and said something about how depressed people aren't capable of insight, I think. I wasn't completely sure what she said because when I am nervous, excited, or afraid and someone else is talking I don't hear every word, only a few, which I use in combination with the person's facial expression to create an idea of what they are probably trying to convey to me. "There are two kinds of depressed people," I said. "The kind that is dramatic and doesn't do anything.
Tao Lin

New York, NY

#55 Feb 25, 2014
Responsibility wrote:
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Any of you boner boys care to answer ...?!
But in Seattle, I was very afraid. There were many people. I read two stories. People who asked questions got free CDs, which I threw at them. I threw them high so they wouldn't hit their faces. It was safe. But it made them afraid, which made me less afraid.

I pointed at people and they asked questions. I like being asked questions at readings because it is exciting and feels risky. A young man asked if I thought it was ever good to be lonely. "To know what is good, I would need to know what my goal is in life," I said. "And I don't know that. So I don't know what is good." I defeated him. I think he thought I would talk about the virtues of loneliness and then feel proud like I had defeated Oprah or someone, which is nice of him—to set me up for something like that—but I did not. I did not defeat Oprah. I defeated him.
guest

Ridgedale, MO

#56 Feb 25, 2014
Dickweed wrote:
But you can't choose to go without auto insurance, unless you choose to go without an automobile.
Yes I can. The law only requires that I prove financial responsibility.
And sorry dumbfuck but all forms of insurance force you to pay for coverages you don't want or need.
Bullshit. I can purchase life insurance that covers nothing else. I can purchase disability insurance that covers nothing else. I can purchase cell phone insurance that covers nothing else. If I choose to purchase auto insurance, I don't have to purchase collision, uninsured motorist, etc.

What you've stated is simply untrue.
And also fuckface, auto insurance is much cheaper then health insurance because everyone is forced to have it, it's called a mandate.
Again, you're spewing bullshit. Not everyone is mandated to have auto insurance.
It would be even cheaper if we had universal healthcare, because when your stupid ass slams your car into an other car, they will not have to pay medical damages to the people you maimed.
Even more bullshit. Let's say you are in a pool of excellent drivers and you get a preferred rate. Now let's say the law requires the insurance company to insure everyone, without regard to their risk. Suddenly your pool includes drunks who have several drunk driving convictions, several accidents that have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and even a few deaths. What do you think will happen to your premiums? They'll skyrocket, just like we're seeing health insurance premiums skyrocket, and for the same reason.
Being free does not mean having the choice to buy health insurance that you "love".
Being free means not living under a totalitarian government that can mandate you purchase a product or service and then levying a fine if you don't.

Of course you are obviously an idiot liberal fuctard and don't know jack shit about freedom, or much else for that matter.
Tao Lin

New York, NY

#57 Feb 25, 2014
Loosely based on a tumultuous, 20-month period in the writer’s own career, Tao Lin’s 2013 novel, Taipei, unfolds in a disorienting delirium of drug use, romantic missed connections and meditations on the growing inseparability of life and the internet. As with much of the novelist’s work, it feels almost excruciatingly of-the-moment, dissecting the technology-addled, interpersonal awkwardness of the urban millennial set with dispassionate, scientific precision. For this issue’s Personal History, we asked him to leverage his powers of observation in service of a deeper trip down memory lane—specifically, a story from his suburban childhood. Tao Lin chose to write about his dogs. emilie friedlander

Tao Lin: When I was growing up, in a suburb near Orlando, Florida, my family had two toy poodles: Binky (male) and Tabby (female). We bought Binky first, when I was six or seven. We bought Tabby three or four years later. They had similar size skeletons, but Tabby, most of her life, was twice as heavy as Binky, who averaged around five pounds. We viewed them both as white, though at some point, to our amusement, veterinarians began to consistently label Tabby “apricot.” Binky cost around $250, Tabby around $400.

When we wanted to call both of them at once, we would say or shout,“Bin-Ta.” I think they were the only two toy poodles in our neighborhood, Willow Run, which had around 60 houses and a retention pond and maybe 15 houseless lots, which ranged from patchily weeded to moderately forested. Willow Run was contained by a wall that opened only at the front, where cars could enter or leave; there were two other neighborhoods on either side, although I don’t remember their names. I remember believing—with gradually increasing awareness that it seemed this way because of my perspective—that the other dogs in my neighborhood were “stupid.” I remember telling my mom this, and that, at least on one instance, she had agreed, saying in a mildly curious tone that it did seem that way.

Binky’s parents were thoroughbreds that, I think, regularly went to competition. I remember trying to pet Binky’s mother or father in a carpeted hallway as she or he, ignoring me, walked away with straight posture, seeming genuinely disinterested.

When we went to meet Tabby, to see if we liked her, I remember feeling distantly endeared by how her entire family—lying flat on their sides with eyes closed, on sofas and different areas of the floor—seemed to be sleeping. It was a hot, sunny afternoon. The scene, of maybe six toy poodles, reminded me of grazing cows—napping, though, instead of eating grass.
Tao Lin

New York, NY

#58 Feb 25, 2014
Tabby had long legs and a rectangular body. Because, relative to Binky, she weighed so much, her head seemed small. She looked deer-like. When she stood in place on four legs we could briefly place things on the top of her body, which was wide and flat, like a little, moveable counter. Tabby once fell off a table from a height of maybe six times her shoulder height, landing with her body on the hard linoleum floor, uninjured and unfazed. My mom sometimes said,“Tabby is funny, right?” to me with a serious expression. Tabby was “weird,” I’m now realizing. She would run away from us at any opportunity, without a specific destination. Once, running out of our house, Tabby seemed to disappear. We didn’t know where she’d gone until the next day, when a family, which had recently moved into our neighborhood, brought her home. Tabby had stayed the night at their house, after jumping into their minivan when it stopped on its way out of the neighborhood and opened its sliding door a few seconds to let in another (human) passenger.
Tabby sometimes would look at you by moving only her eyeballs, presumably to save the energy required to move her entire head. She responded to almost any name or noise. I’m not sure if she ever associated her name, more than she did any other human noise of similar tone and length, to her own existence. She allowed people to drag her conscious, uncontrolled body around the house, on carpet or tile or linoleum, by holding her two hind-legs (one with each hand) and slowly, with increasing speed, pulling her like a sled.

Binky, who was more “serious,” we felt, than Tabby, would never have let us drag him like a sled. It would have seemed, to him, absurdly inconsiderate, I think. Relative to Tabby, who with fondness we viewed as “stupid” and “unserious,” focused only on eating food, we viewed Binky as intelligent, sensitive, even sophisticated. I think I felt that Binky had a discerning, reserved sense of humor. His dominant trait was grumpiness (neighborhood kids called him “mean”) but he seemed grumpy, to me, in a reasonable, admirable manner. I liked and respected that Binky regularly, fiercely attacked people. If we were touching him in ways he didn’t like, or if we’d gotten too close to him while he was eating, or if he was curled on my bed and could feel my feet shifting beneath a blanket, disturbing him, he would growl as a warning, tensely holding himself very still. If we continued with what he didn’t like, he would leap, or lunge, at us with teeth bared, biting whatever was there—our clothing, usually.

“Binky, who was more ‘serious,’ we felt, than Tabby, would never have let us drag him like a sled. It would have seemed, to him, absurdly inconsiderate, I think.” I think Binky was able to abstract a map of the house. When he was chasing me, or when I was chasing him, in a circle—through the kitchen, living room, piano room, back into the kitchen—he would sometimes turn and run in the opposite direction, or stand motionless, anticipating my continuation, in the circle, back to his location.
Tabby believed that if she couldn’t see us, we couldn’t see her, I think. Sometimes, when she was carrying a grape or other piece of food, in her mouth, intending to hide it somewhere, I’d chase her and she’d run away and put her head beneath my parents’ bed and, with her entire body exposed, stop moving. Sometimes, after she’d have run away and been gone for up to four or five hours, she’d stand at the front door until my mom, dad, brother, or me happened to notice. I’d see her standing there—waiting in silence, aloof in an endearing way that, on some level, probably had seemed, to me, like patience—and let her inside. She rarely would scratch, or “knock,” the door.
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Dickweed

Ames, IA

#60 Feb 25, 2014
guest wrote:
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Yes I can. The law only requires that I prove financial responsibility.
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Bullshit. I can purchase life insurance that covers nothing else. I can purchase disability insurance that covers nothing else. I can purchase cell phone insurance that covers nothing else. If I choose to purchase auto insurance, I don't have to purchase collision, uninsured motorist, etc.
What you've stated is simply untrue.
<quoted text>
Again, you're spewing bullshit. Not everyone is mandated to have auto insurance.
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Even more bullshit. Let's say you are in a pool of excellent drivers and you get a preferred rate. Now let's say the law requires the insurance company to insure everyone, without regard to their risk. Suddenly your pool includes drunks who have several drunk driving convictions, several accidents that have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and even a few deaths. What do you think will happen to your premiums? They'll skyrocket, just like we're seeing health insurance premiums skyrocket, and for the same reason.
<quoted text>
Being free means not living under a totalitarian government that can mandate you purchase a product or service and then levying a fine if you don't.
Of course you are obviously an idiot liberal fuctard and don't know jack shit about freedom, or much else for that matter.
You have made no point what so ever
Blather on all you wish.
universal healthcare for all Americans is on the way and it will be a good thing.
don't worry though, you will still be able to purchase healthcare insurance that you love.
Tao Lin

New York, NY

#61 Feb 28, 2014
Another young man asked if I wrote allegory. "If people see a dolphin in the ocean they don't say,'What is the significance of that dolphin?'" I said. "They just accept the dolphin. My writing is like that. It is inside of life. It is not a separate thing." I defeated this person also. I knew I would defeat him because I used this same answer at another thing against 10 people and it defeated them all at once.

Matt Briggs (who reviewed me in The Stranger) asked how many writers I had defeated in battle and what I did with their bodies after I defeated them. I think he defeated me with that question because I felt confused and afraid and then pointed at a girl in the front row and said that she should pretend to be me, and answer the question for me, and that I would give her a CD to do it. She said she had defeated seven writers and that she put them all in a hole. I threw a CD at her. I had planned a few days ago to make people answer their questions. The audience didn't know that. I felt bad a little and kind of wanted to tell them that I was not being spontaneous, so they would not think I was smarter than I actually was, but that was too complex to convey and also would be awkward so I blocked it out.

An elderly woman in the front row asked why I only use "said" and never anything like "replied." I began to answer and realized I would not be able to articulate a true answer without five minutes alone to think quietly. I knew I had articulated exactly why I only use "said" on my blog or in an interview somewhere, but I could not remember the reasons. I felt about to be defeated badly. I said some sentence fragments and the word "interpretation" and then said, "I forget why. You can read it in some interview somewhere on the internet." The audience laughed. I stared around nervously with a sense of victory. The elderly woman seemed satisfied. I thought about giving her a high five.

Then a younger woman with a serious facial expression asked me about narcissism. She said something about how all my writing was about people focused only on themselves. I felt she was attacking me and being mean to me even though I knew she was not being mean at all and not attacking me as a person. I answered with something that didn't make sense because it was off topic, and she nodded a little and said something about how depressed people aren't capable of insight, I think. I wasn't completely sure what she said because when I am nervous, excited, or afraid and someone else is talking I don't hear every word, only a few, which I use in combination with the person's facial expression to create an idea of what they are probably trying to convey to me. "There are two kinds of depressed people," I said. "The kind that is dramatic and doesn't do anything.

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