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March 28, 2010 3:30 PM   Subscribe

Rahm Emanuel Facts: like Chuck Norris Facts, only 100% true.
posted by Captain Cardanthian! (85 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
The real question is whether Rahm could win at Russian Roulette with a fully-loaded gun.
posted by Beardman at 3:34 PM on March 28, 2010 [7 favorites]


I can just imagine the howls of righteous indignation and shouts of "Oh my, what a scary psycho freak!" on the blue if Rahm were a Republican.

(I am not a Republican)
posted by ZenMasterThis at 3:35 PM on March 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


So the conclusion is:

Rahm Emanual doesn't hold a candle to the shit Dick Cheney or Karl Rove pulled off.
posted by victors at 3:35 PM on March 28, 2010 [17 favorites]


Hmm. The first one I got was #9, which reads, "RAHM EMANUEL TELLS PEOPLE TO FUCK OFF BY SHOWING THEM THE SPACE WHERE HIS RIGHT MIDDLE FINGER USED TO BE."

The quote from Times of London in support of this fact doesn't seem to really work all that well as proof: When he lost the middle finger of his right hand in an accident as a teenager he said: "Of all the fingers to lose! I had to learn to talk with my left hand."

Am I missing something? This seems to say that he tells them to fuck off by using his left hand...
posted by Saxon Kane at 3:36 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


worst web layout ever
posted by pyramid termite at 3:37 PM on March 28, 2010


All I can think of at the moment is that this site makes Rahm out to be a real dick.
posted by zer0render at 3:40 PM on March 28, 2010


"I can just imagine the howls of righteous indignation and shouts of "Oh my, what a scary psycho freak!" on the blue if Rahm were a Republican."

Honestly, have you looked at the Republican party recently? There's a lot of scary psycho freaks over there.
posted by mhoye at 3:40 PM on March 28, 2010 [5 favorites]


ZenMasterThis: I don't know about that. Most of these are pretty bland, indicating that RE is a bit of a dick (which we already knew), but I have yet to see one like "Rahm Emanuel shot someone in the face and then got the victim to apologize to him" or "Rahm Emanuel bugged his own office and blamed it on his political opponents."

And I am NOT a Rahm fan, by any stretch of the imagination. He's a Clinton-conservative, and we don't need them.
posted by Saxon Kane at 3:41 PM on March 28, 2010 [12 favorites]


SHOMER SHABOS
posted by cmoj at 3:42 PM on March 28, 2010 [8 favorites]


Having worked as an intern at the House Democratic Caucus, I can tell you that Rahm definitely does assume you know it's him calling. That man's phone number is seared into my brain.
posted by awesomebrad at 3:42 PM on March 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


The real question is whether Rahm could win at Russian Roulette with a fully-loaded gun.

Many would like to see him try.
posted by codswallop at 3:44 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


Niedermeyer—DEAD!
posted by klangklangston at 3:48 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


RAHM EMANUEL'S TRIBUTE WEBSITE REPEATS A LOT OF FACTS AND REQUIRES MORE CLICKS THAN SHOULD BE NECESSARY TO READ ALL OF THE FACTS.
posted by Frank Grimes at 3:52 PM on March 28, 2010


RAHM EMANUEL'S TRIBUTE WEBSITE REPEATS A LOT OF FACTS AND REQUIRES MORE CLICKS THAN SHOULD BE NECESSARY TO READ ALL OF THE FACTS.

You'll click those links and you'll like it, ten-fingers.
posted by contessa at 3:54 PM on March 28, 2010 [14 favorites]


I can just imagine the howls of righteous indignation and shouts of "Oh my, what a scary psycho freak!" on the blue if Rahm were a Republican.

Here's the thing: while the concept is kind of funny, I don't see a single one of these that isn't either widely known (the steak knife story, the fish story) or painfully predictable (Rahm told Tony Blair not to fuck something up? He sometimes uses Yiddish expressions? He used a political stunt to make fun of Dick Cheney?) I get it: it's fun to speculate on the eccentricities of political operatives.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 3:54 PM on March 28, 2010


So Rahm hasn't got a problem with showing emotion. Oh, Dear Oh, Dear. He's demanding. Oh, no. Oh, no. What does this have to do with anything? I'm glad he's on my side (more often than not); I don't want to be on Rove's side, he makes roses stink.
posted by Some1 at 3:56 PM on March 28, 2010


a real dick

Having grown up there, I'd say more like a typical Chicago politician, in the ball-breaking sense. Chicagoans generally don't put up with a lot of crap; remember, we're talking about some strong immigrant stock there. So we like our politicians that way.

Case in point: when my friend was a young kid helping his dad* build a garage in the backyard. His dad accidentally nailgunned himself through the palm of his hand with a non-safety-equipped older nailgun. The nail didn't get too far into the wood, so he looked at his hand, calmly asked his son for a clawhammer, and pulled it out (of the wood and his hand.) He held his hand up, looked at it, said "dammit" and then (since it was a puncture wound and not bleeding badly) finished up the board he was working on before going in the house to rinse it off. Never sought medical attention, and luckily didn't get infected.

follow-up: this man provided the first good whiskey I'd ever had, when I was in high school
posted by davejay at 3:58 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


This website is desperately, desperately trying to make a meme and monetize this.
posted by dunkadunc at 3:58 PM on March 28, 2010 [4 favorites]


Can this be the thread where we make fun of Conservative Woodstock? Because I don't really feel like making that post, as there's not enough happening yet to warrant it.

Also, this just makes it clear that Rahm Emmanuel is a pretty cool guy, eh. Working to pass the healthcare bill and doesn't afraid of anything. No wonder the Republicans hate him.
posted by mccarty.tim at 3:58 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


...and worse, still, he was major help in getting Obama to be in WH and to pass health care for 30 million without.
posted by Postroad at 3:59 PM on March 28, 2010


Domain created November 7, 2008.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 4:00 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


This would seem a perfectly fine thread for mocking conservative Woodstock - look, someones even started!
posted by Artw at 4:03 PM on March 28, 2010


I like the Dick Cheney one a lot, seems like he's just following the guy's declaration that he's not part of the executive branch to it's logical conclusion.
posted by Artw at 4:04 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


... young Rham Emmanuel..., this is my tribute to thee ...
posted by Auden at 4:08 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


(how hard is it to spell Rahm correctly?)
posted by Auden at 4:10 PM on March 28, 2010


Rahm Emmanuel needs to go get me my public option.
posted by vibrotronica at 4:14 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


"Rahm Emanual doesn't hold a candle to the shit Dick Cheney or Karl Rove pulled off."

Dick Cheney shot an elderly man in the face, and the elderly man apologized to Cheney.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 4:16 PM on March 28, 2010 [18 favorites]


RAHM EMANUEL DRESSED ALL SHLUMPERDIK AT THE KENNEDY CENTER AND STILL GOT TO MEET THE DANCERS BACKSTAGE*
posted by djb at 4:17 PM on March 28, 2010


RAHM EMANUEL BRAWLED WITH HIS BROTHERS OVER WHETHER "DEER HUNTER" IS A GOOD MOVIE

Oh, so they're just like my Irish uncles, except with college degrees and successful careers.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:18 PM on March 28, 2010 [5 favorites]


Pretty sure Rahm Emanuel would only shoot someone in the face deliberately.
posted by Artw at 4:19 PM on March 28, 2010 [11 favorites]


Pretty sure Rahm Emanuel would only shoot someone in the face deliberately.

Ohhhh. So they're NOT like my Irish uncles in that regard.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 4:22 PM on March 28, 2010


Next on Hardball with Chris Matthews: Is Rahm Emanual inciting violence against Republicans?
posted by republican at 4:25 PM on March 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


My former Congressman, my former neighbor. No one else I would'nt want standing behind me in a bar fight, or looking out for my interests elsewhere. One of the smartest people on the planet. And I am just smart enough to know I never want to get on his bad side.
posted by timsteil at 4:29 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


I understand why many progressives dislike Emanuel, but from everything I read it seems that he is at lest honest and will tell you straight to your face what he thinks rather than pretend he is something he is not. That seems pretty rare in national politics.
posted by edgeways at 4:49 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


At least our [Democratic] chief asshole is hot. Their chief asshole looks like a processed meat product.

# Rahm Emanuel tried to cut off Dick Cheney from government welfare.
# Before seeking medical attention for his severed finger, Rahm Emanuel went swimming.


These items don't sound like evidence of assholery to me, BTW—in fact, kind of the opposite, albeit in a caveman sort of way.
posted by theredpen at 4:54 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


# Before seeking medical attention for his severed finger, Rahm Emanuel went swimming

Sounds to me like showing off in a stupid kind of way. But as he was a teenager at the time, I'm happy to ascribe it to hormones.
posted by IndigoJones at 5:08 PM on March 28, 2010


fun fact: Rahm is a given name deriving from the Hebrew רחמים (mercy) or רמ (high, lofty)
posted by Hammond Rye at 5:11 PM on March 28, 2010


another fun fact:

you will recall bush's chief of staff andrew card accompanied alberto gonzales on a visit to a critically ill john ashcroft in his fucking hospital bed seeking re-approval of warrentless wiretapping.

asshole.
posted by Hammond Rye at 5:19 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


The real question is whether Rahm could win at Russian Roulette with a fully-loaded gun.

I think that depends entirely on how you define the Win() function over the set {Rahm, Russian Roulette}.
posted by b1tr0t at 5:26 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


The only interesting fact about Rahm is that his brother is Ari Emanuel, the gentleman upon whom Jeremy Piven's character in the HBO series Entourage, Ari Gold, is based.

And Obama's favorite show is Entourage. I think that's why he picked him.

Their dad is interesting, too, but alas, has been BALEETED.
posted by _aa_ at 5:32 PM on March 28, 2010


On the 60 Minutes (think that was it) he clearly would preen at any of those quips. And his Harvard Med Prof brother would make vastly more wicked jokes about him. There was a joke plaque on his desk (in the back) that needed a word fuzzed out for TV.
posted by sammyo at 5:46 PM on March 28, 2010


Inglorious bastard, or glorious bastard?
posted by Belle O'Cosity at 5:47 PM on March 28, 2010


And Obama's favorite show is Entourage.

I always thought it was The Wire, or at least that's what he's said a few times. If it has been supplanted by Entourage, well, then my respect for the man just went way, way down.
posted by Saxon Kane at 6:17 PM on March 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


Dick Cheney shot an elderly man in the face, and the elderly man apologized to Cheney.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 4:16 PM on March 28


That is real power. That is the sign of someone who is capable of doing so much not only to hurt you, but potentially also to help you, that you don't want anything, even their mistake, to hurt your relationship. Someone yelling or swearing is a fucking asshole with no power. Dickheads like Emanuel exploit the civility and decorum of their opponents and intimidate them. There's a petty tyrant like this in every corporation and law firm in the country. If he was actually as smart as you say, he'd never have to resort to tactics like this to get his way.

"My former Congressman, my former neighbor. No one else I would'nt want standing behind me in a bar fight, or looking out for my interests elsewhere. One of the smartest people on the planet. And I am just smart enough to know I never want to get on his bad side."

I find it pathetic that this sentiment is so prevalent in this thread. What are you afraid of, getting a dead fish in the mail? He might yell at you? Heaven forbid. It's pathitice that so many people are impressed with this ghetto chest beating.

If some motherfucker sent me a dead fish in the mail, I'd send him a photo of me standing over the beds of his sleeping wife and children. You want to play tough guy games? I'll turn your life into Lost Highway.

Fighting Emanuel is easy. Just yell louder and fight dirtier. But fighting Cheney is like fighting the laws of physics. Just ask Nancy Pelosi. She's the most powerful woman in America today, but when Cheney was second in command she couldn't so much as get her parking validated.
posted by Pastabagel at 6:18 PM on March 28, 2010 [16 favorites]


"BEFORE SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR HIS SEVERED FINGER, RAHM EMANUEL WENT SWIMMING"

That really makes it sound like he severed his finger and then went swimming. The truth is more like: "Before seeking medical attention for a cut on his finger, Rahm Emanuel went swimming; the cut became infected and doctors had to amputate part of the finger."

"RAHM EMANUEL'S OLDER BROTHER EZEKIEL WILL PROBABLY CURE CANCER EVENTUALLY"

Yes, that is an undeniably 100% true fact right there.

Rahm Emanuel Facts fact: This website sucks.
posted by albrecht at 6:23 PM on March 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


If it has been supplanted by Entourage, well, then my respect for the man just went way, way down.

Well, now that Obama's fully achieved superstar status (hell, he's even bigger than Tom Cruise), he no doubt needs a different kind of role model.
posted by philip-random at 7:01 PM on March 28, 2010


Rahm Emanuel’s Guide to Down-to-Earth Parenting

Dear Rahm,

Our boys are 2 and 4 and always seem to be pushing the limits. They take each others’ toys, throw things around and open closets I’ve specifically told them not to, all the while grinning cheekily at me. What should I do?

PERPLEXED IN SEATTLE

Dear Perplexed,

This boundary pushing is perfectly normal. Kids, and especially boys, are always testing the borders. You just have to set and reinforce reasonable rules and make clear what penalties they’ll suffer for transgression. As I tell my kids, “I can cut off your access. I can cut off your b—s. I made you and I can break you, so don’t make me f— you up.”

Rahm

posted by 445supermag at 7:15 PM on March 28, 2010


Dickheads like Emanuel exploit the civility and decorum of their opponents and intimidate them. There's a petty tyrant like this in every corporation and law firm in the country.
These types always amuse me. If they were outside of their sphere of influence (a biker bar, etc.), their behavior would get them hurt. The Rahm Emmanuels and Dick Cheneys of the world deserve to have their asses beat at some point in their life to wipe the tough guy schick off their faces.
posted by SouthCNorthNY at 7:20 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Fact: Rahm Emanuel went to Sarah Lawrence for ballet.
posted by Suparnova at 7:43 PM on March 28, 2010


Dickheads like Emanuel exploit the civility and decorum of their opponents and intimidate them. There's a petty tyrant like this in every corporation and law firm in the country.

No. Not at all. No you have the facts wrong. No, the very basis of what you say is wrong. No, you have no facts to even begin to assert what you casually assert as truth.

So, really, this is true? So why are idiots attacking Dem congressmen and women? Why are they going after them? Please explain why this is true?

I am sorry that you do not like the fact that we reached out to the other side and said, ok, what do you really have to say about this and where is the middle point of the conversation and the other side just backed off like idiots.

Its called getting called out on shit, and uh, get used to it. Because one side has lied and one side has told the truth since 2000. Whatever the alleged results of the election since then, you've acted like you stold that election for years, hell you've banked on it. Sorry if that gigantic karma bus ran your ass over after that, but christ, what exactly did you expect? The last question mark was ironic.

This is just the beginning. Currently the GOP is playing right into the plan for its destruction. Like permanent loss of electorate support. Read David Frum. He understands the facts as presented.
posted by Ironmouth at 7:49 PM on March 28, 2010


I'd always heard Obama claim his favorite show was The Wire.

Speaking of Entourage, Obama's would shake out like this. Gibbs=Eric, Rahm=Johnny Drama, and Joe Biden is Turtle.
posted by billyfleetwood at 7:50 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


If they were outside of their sphere of influence (a biker bar, etc.), their behavior would get them hurt. The Rahm Emmanuels and Dick Cheneys of the world deserve to have their asses beat at some point in their life to wipe the tough guy schick off their faces.

Since the inherent silliness of that statement didn't occur to you when you were writing it, flip it around and imagine the legal hell that would descend on a "tough guy" biker who threw so much as a single punch at either of those guys if he was outside his "sphere of influence."
posted by Cyrano at 7:51 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


when Cheney was second in command

When was that?
posted by Jimmy Havok at 7:54 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


billyfleetwood: Speaking of Entourage, Obama's would shake out like this. Gibbs=Eric, Rahm=Johnny Drama, and Joe Biden is Turtle.

I take it that you haven't seen Obamatourage.

PS: Joe Biden is Drama and Rahm is Eric.
posted by special-k at 7:59 PM on March 28, 2010


If some motherfucker sent me a dead fish in the mail, I'd send him a photo of me standing over the beds of his sleeping wife and children. You want to play tough guy games? I'll turn your life into Lost Highway.

Oh come on now.
posted by Mister_A at 8:00 PM on March 28, 2010 [4 favorites]


I'd send him a photo of me bla bla bla

Then Emmanuel would counter with a photo of you in a hospital bed, and another of you looking at the photo of you.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 8:07 PM on March 28, 2010 [8 favorites]


If Rahm Emanuel sent me a dead fish, I'd probably get it mounted and hang it over my mantle. Like my own little badge of honor.
posted by DrGirlfriend at 8:10 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


"RAHM EMANUEL TELLS PEOPLE TO FUCK OFF BY SHOWING THEM THE SPACE WHERE HIS RIGHT MIDDLE FINGER USED TO BE."

Okay, pretty badass.

BEFORE SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR HIS SEVERED FINGER, RAHM EMANUEL WENT SWIMMING

Dumb, but still pretty hardcore.

But how did this happen?

At some point during his high school years, while working at an Arby's restaurant, Emanuel severely cut his right middle finger on a meat slicer.

Ok, this is not badass. (Arby's? You didn't even have the dignity to have this accident while working at a Jewish deli slicing pastrami?)

What is a badass way to lose your finger is having your finger shot off while landing on the shores of Normandy during WWII.

You, Rahm, are no James Doohan!
posted by deanc at 8:22 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


2003: Democrats are such pushovers. I'm voting 3rd party.

2010: That Rahm is so mean. I'm voting 3rd party.
posted by damn dirty ape at 8:35 PM on March 28, 2010 [14 favorites]


If Rahm Emanuel sent me a dead fish, I really wouldn't understand what was going on, because I'm not an American and don't really follow politics, but I'd show the fish to my daughter anyway and tell her that it's a Sicilian message sent by an American who I think might be Jewish but I can't remember, and it means that Fedex sleeps with the fishes. And then I'd take a picture of her next to the fish looking confused, because she's not old enough to understand words but is totally adorable anyway, and then i'd send that picture back to Rahm saying that he probably didn't mean to send us the fish, but I hope this cute picture makes him feel better.

I haven't seen "lost highway", so I don't know what that means.
posted by mhoye at 8:44 PM on March 28, 2010 [9 favorites]


breaking news: arby's is sponsoring a d.c. showing of rahmbo: first blood
posted by the aloha at 8:45 PM on March 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


If Rahm Emanuel sent me a dead fish, I'd eat that shit.
posted by BoatMeme at 8:59 PM on March 28, 2010


After coming in third in a cupcake bake-off, Rahm Emanuel bit his own head off and nonchalantly chewed it up like so much wrigleys spearmint.
posted by fleetmouse at 9:02 PM on March 28, 2010 [2 favorites]


Also, this just makes it clear that Rahm Emmanuel is a pretty cool guy, eh. Working to pass the healthcare bill and doesn't afraid of anything. No wonder the Republicans hate him.

Working hard? WTF are you talking about?
Nancy Pelosi was eager to resurrect comprehensive health reform. But first, she had to get past longtime ally Rahm Emanuel, who was counseling President Barack Obama to consider a smaller, piecemeal approach.

...

Pelosi even coined a term to describe Emanuel’s scaled-down approach: “Kiddie Care,” according to a person privy to the call.
Rahm is a little bitch who's terrified of republicans.
posted by delmoi at 9:04 PM on March 28, 2010 [3 favorites]


Wait...which of the Chuck Norris facts were untrue?
posted by uosuaq at 9:05 PM on March 28, 2010


Rahm's "public persona" comes across like Malcolm Tucker from the British T.V. show "The thick of it". But really, the inexplicable appreciation for this guy from liberals is rather grating. He isn't someone who's fighting for "Democratic ideals", rather he's working his ass off to cut deals with republicans and kiss their asses. For example Working with Lindsay grahm to prevent civilian trials for terrorists, and keep some of them detained indefinitely. You can find lots of examples of this B.S.
posted by delmoi at 9:27 PM on March 28, 2010 [4 favorites]


If some motherfucker sent me a dead fish in the mail, I'd send him a photo of me standing over the beds of his sleeping wife and children.

Yes. This is not a statement which sounds like it is coming from someone with a stack of Solider of Fortune back issues with the pages stuck together.
posted by griphus at 9:37 PM on March 28, 2010 [7 favorites]


Can this be the thread where we make fun of Conservative Woodstock?

Honest to god, I thought this would link to a series of Peanuts comics rewritten so that Woodstock's meaningless "|\||/\||" speech was replaced with right-wing talking point non-sequiturs.

needless to say, I was disappointed
posted by davejay at 9:51 PM on March 28, 2010 [10 favorites]


Fighting Emanuel is easy. Just yell louder and fight dirtier.

If he sends you a trout in the mail, you send him a carp. If he sends you a halibut, you send him a tuna!
posted by Evilspork at 10:31 PM on March 28, 2010 [10 favorites]


Then you send him one of these.
posted by Artw at 10:55 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


"If some motherfucker sent me a dead fish in the mail, I'd send him a photo of me standing over the beds of his sleeping wife and children. You want to play tough guy games? I'll turn your life into Lost Highway."

You know, someone in this thread was commenting about how noone should respect pathetic chest-beating tough guy games. You might want to listen to him.
posted by aspo at 11:25 PM on March 28, 2010 [1 favorite]


*crack*
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posted by pracowity at 11:26 PM on March 28, 2010 [7 favorites]


Speaking of which, I notice that LemonLyman.com, which you might call a meta-tribute site, is sadly parked at Warner Brothers.
posted by bicyclefish at 12:56 AM on March 29, 2010


Yes. This is not a statement which sounds like it is coming from someone with a stack of Solider of Fortune back issues with the pages stuck together.

It is pretty silly, isn't it?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:38 AM on March 29, 2010


Wait...which of the Chuck Norris facts were untrue?

Any of the ones that make him sound like he isn't a total piece of shit.
posted by grubi at 6:05 AM on March 29, 2010 [5 favorites]


Rahm Emanuel is badass, and I'm delighted that he's on our side. We need some badass mo-fos who will fight hard. Nancy Pelosi's pretty badass, too. And Obama's smart enough to have them on his/our side. I'll bet Rahm is a pain in the ass to work with; he seems to be stupid enough to use hate language(retard) in front of somebody who will quote him, and smart enough to help us elect Obama, and for Obama to keep him around.

Cheney? I'm pretty convinced he wielded the controller on Bush, and I assumed he hurt himself trying to stage a coup to stop Obama's inauguration. The Republicans have foisted some genuinely bad people on us; Emanuel's got a ways to go to be in that league. Not that I think that's a worthy goal.
posted by theora55 at 7:46 AM on March 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


HE SAVES THE CHILDREN BUT NOT THE CONSERVATIVE CHILDREN

This fact, like all Rahm Emanuel Facts, is 100% true! According to sources:
Rahm Emmanuel has got like, 30 goddamn dicks.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 8:00 AM on March 29, 2010 [5 favorites]


After reading some of the "facts" (or creative spins therefrom), I think I like Rahm Emanuel more. Then I wondered which "side" the site was spinning. But of course.
posted by mrgrimm at 8:20 AM on March 29, 2010


Rahm Emanual would find this website boring as shit.
posted by lester at 8:14 PM on March 29, 2010


I just assume anything meme-ish on the web is there for money (or 4chan glory.)

davejay: "Case in point: when my friend was a young kid helping his dad* build a garage in the backyard. His dad accidentally nailgunned himself through the palm of his hand with a non-safety-equipped older nailgun. The nail didn't get too far into the wood, so he looked at his hand, calmly asked his son for a clawhammer, and pulled it out (of the wood and his hand.) He held his hand up, looked at it, said "dammit" and then (since it was a puncture wound and not bleeding badly) finished up the board he was working on before going in the house to rinse it off. Never sought medical attention, and luckily didn't get infected."

Your friend isn't Denis Leary by any chance? Denis tells a very similar story on his 'No Cure for Cancer' album.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 8:15 PM on March 29, 2010


I'd annoy Rahm just for the halibut.
posted by Pronoiac at 10:04 PM on March 29, 2010


groan.
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 2:21 AM on March 30, 2010


Your friend isn't Denis Leary by any chance? Denis tells a very similar story on his 'No Cure for Cancer' album.

No, that would make his friend Bill Hicks.
posted by grubi at 7:36 AM on March 30, 2010 [3 favorites]


Rahm Emanuel is badass, and I'm delighted that he's on our side.
Accumulating a bunch of tough guy anecdotes does not make someone a "badass", and what makes you think he's on your side?
and smart enough to help us elect Obama, and for Obama to keep him around.
He wasn't involved in the primary campaign at all, and he wasn't really involved with the general election campaign (at least in the foreground) as far as I know.

I mean, I understand why this works but it's still amazing to me. People here a bunch of praise for someone, and pretty soon they start to believe it. They hear all this "Rahm is a badass" stuff over and over again and start thinking that Rahm is such badass. It's ridiculous. Then they go off and assume that Rahm is "fighting for them" or "on their side" for some reason, while in fact he's arguing against doing HCR after the Scott Brown thing and working against putting terrorists on trial, calling public option supporters "Retarded".
posted by delmoi at 7:54 AM on March 30, 2010


He wasn't involved in the primary campaign at all, and he wasn't really involved with the general election campaign (at least in the foreground) as far as I know.

Rahm pretty much blew it during the 2006 midterms. His great idea as chair of the DCCC was to run a much of moderate Dems in a few key swing districts, and concentrating the message on jobs and the economy. Howard Dean, chair of the DNC, laid the groundwork starting in 2005 to run Democrats in every district and hammer the issue of Republican incompetence and cowardice on the mishandling of the war in Iraq. It wasn't until Ned Lamont beat Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut primary using just this message that Rahm changed his tune, and thankfully there were enough Democrats running in every district that his "concentrate on a few select districts" strategy didn't hobble the party in the runup to November.

Of course, the Democrats won control of the House while Rahm was there, so he didn't have the stain of failure on him. The fallout, of course, seems to be that Rahm never forgave Howard Dean for being right.

I'm sure Rahm is a decent negotiator/bag-man/enforcer for the Obama administration. He doesn't seem to be a great strategist or advisor, but he has his core competencies.
posted by deanc at 12:29 PM on March 30, 2010


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