Obama Gives Ten State Waivers for NCLB On His Own Authority; The Law Does Not Include a Waiver Provision

Unconstitutional.

This depressive egomaniac arriviste is doing tremendous amounts of damage to a constitutional system which has kept us united for 240 years (apart from the Civil War period).

Even worse, nothing in federal law grants Obama the power to issue these conditional waivers. He is unilaterally rewriting federal education policy through selective enforcement. The American Enterprise Institute's Frederick Hess tells the Christian Science Monitor: "NCLB, for all its flaws, was crafted by the US Congress … [but] these waivers impose a a raft of new federal requirements that were never endorsed by the legislative branch. Once this administration opens this door, it’s hard to imagine future administrations not building on this precedent."

And last year The Brookings Institution wrote:

It is one thing for an administration to grant waivers to states to respond to unrealistic conditions on the ground or to allow experimentation and innovation. ... The NCLB waiver authority does not grant the secretary of education the right to impose any conditions he considers appropriate on states seeking waivers, nor is there any history of such a wholesale executive branch rewrite of federal law through use of the waiver authority.

That said, Conn Carroll has a sharp idea:

Considering how epically unpopular Obamacare is, this whole sale abuse of a waiver process to fundamentally rewrite federal policy may not be the precedent Obama wants to set.

I don't even want to think like this, but if we're playing Lord of the Flies like this, I can see a Republican president waiving compliance with the National Labor Relations Board too. And the EPA. And unilaterally offering a "waiver" permitting a company to drill in ANWR.


Apologies for the Second Day Off: This isn't an excuse, just an explanation. I drank like three drinks Sunday night after the Super Bowl, and the same three last night at the Breitbart Embassy.

This would not cause problems for most people, but I'm on klonopin, and even that much is now wiping me out the next day. It's like being drugged with a really bad drug that just makes your brain not work.

And last night it wasn't the drinking. It was the return of all-night acid reflux. I did not fall into a restful sleep until... like seven a.m. or eight. Before that, I was waking up every forty five minutes with acid reflux.

I'm sorry about that. I will knock off any drinking during the week at all. Apparently I just cant handle it any more.

Posted by: Ace at 04:36 PM



Comments

1
President Arbitrary Rule

Posted by: soothsayer at February 09, 2012 04:38 PM (G/zuv)

2 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable tyrant.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 09, 2012 04:38 PM (8y9MW)

3 "This depressive egomaniac arriviste is doing tremendous amounts
of damage to a constitutional system which has kept us united for 240
years (apart from the Civil War period)."

Wait.

Posted by: Ken at February 09, 2012 04:38 PM (7yb9x)

4 >> which has kept us united for 240 years (apart from the Civil War period).

Yeah, there was *that* unpleasantness.

Posted by: Andy at February 09, 2012 04:38 PM (5Rurq)

5 Yay! Ace is up!

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 09, 2012 04:39 PM (8y9MW)

6 Why stop with waivers for just ObamaCare. Give waivers for all kinds of laws. Waivers to pay taxes. . Heck, waivers for everything.

Posted by: JellyToast at February 09, 2012 04:40 PM (z4pg4)

7 But... but... but... Justice Ginsberg and the NYT just told me that the Constitution is old and outdated and stuff.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 09, 2012 04:40 PM (8y9MW)

8 Eh. And if we play that game, all bets are off and legislation means whatever the President says it does. We don't want to go there.

Posted by: joncelli at February 09, 2012 04:40 PM (RD7QR)

9 Goddamn it, I'm bleeding now...

Posted by: Constitution's Butthole at February 09, 2012 04:40 PM (F6KtL)

10
I'm very much looking forward to Obama's compromise with the Catholic church.

I already have the headline: "Bargaining With God"


Posted by: soothsayer at February 09, 2012 04:40 PM (G/zuv)

11 >>Waivers to pay taxes.

He's way ahead of you.

Posted by: Timmy Geithner at February 09, 2012 04:40 PM (ZKzrr)

12 "Drill here, drill now, drill tomorrow and the day after. Oh, the EPA says you can't? Here's a waiver. Go to it."

Posted by: Sane, Sensible President at February 09, 2012 04:40 PM (WuRdj)

13 And if we play that game, all bets are off and legislation means whatever the President says it does. We don't want to go there.

Two words: Shootin'. War.

But he's driving us that way anyway- if the Constitution is meaningless, so is any law enacted (putatively) under its authority.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 09, 2012 04:42 PM (8y9MW)

14 And it shall be done cause I demand it!

Posted by: King Clusterfuck at February 09, 2012 04:42 PM (F6KtL)

15 Tyranny. Freedom is now an illusion.

Posted by: grognard, SMOD-Squad at February 09, 2012 04:42 PM (NS2Mo)

16 The South African constitution says I can do it. At least that's what Ruth said.

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama at February 09, 2012 04:43 PM (ggRof)

17 I'm sorry about that. I will knock off any drinking during the week at all. Apparently I just cant handle it any more.

You want a drink?!
You can't handle a drink!

Posted by: Col. Jessup at February 09, 2012 04:43 PM (8y9MW)

18 >> I drank like three drinks Sunday night after the Super Bowl, and the same three last night at the Breitbart Embassy.

Same three? I think the problem may be your recycling system.

Posted by: Andy at February 09, 2012 04:43 PM (5Rurq)

19 I used to tell people that our system worked partly because the President was *forbidden* to do most things, forbidden to behave like a modern incarnation of Caligula/Domitian/Commodus.

Looks like I was wrong.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at February 09, 2012 04:43 PM (WuRdj)

20 About time someone said something about this. Its like nobody cares.

And guess what, Romney wants to grant waivers to the 50 states for Obamacare. That Constitutional authority doesn't exist either.

Posted by: President Chet Roosevelt at February 09, 2012 04:43 PM (DeOA7)

21 He's pushing buttons on marginal issues to set precedent, so when the only opposition is from talking heads, he will have cover for the big shit.

And the big shit is coming.

Posted by: grognard, SMOD-Squad at February 09, 2012 04:44 PM (NS2Mo)

22 I take clomping, Prilosec and plenty of drinks

Posted by: Avi at February 09, 2012 04:44 PM (Gx3Fe)

23 Jeebus Ace, just smoke a little weed to take the edge off. Don't you know anyone who has their card?

Posted by: Navin R Johnson at February 09, 2012 04:44 PM (HpT9p)

24 Well, if governance via executive fiat is what the Dimbulbs have in mind, then I modestly propose that a conservative president execute these steps upon assuming office:
Department of Education: dead!
Department of Energy: dead!
Department of Labor: dead!
Department of Commerce: dead!
Department of Housing and Urban Development: dead!
EPA: dead!
Membership in United Nations: dead!
... I'ma just getting started...

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars at February 09, 2012 04:45 PM (Wqfrr)

25 Klonapin!!!
Stupid effing auto spellcheck

Posted by: Avi at February 09, 2012 04:45 PM (Gx3Fe)

26 Not sure if we want to see a boozeless ewok.

Posted by: thirtyandseven at February 09, 2012 04:45 PM (Ctqbp)

27 Looks like I was wrong.

No. You were right. That's precisely the problem with him changing that.

That Constitutional authority doesn't exist either.

As much as I hate to defend Romney- I think it does. I think the law specifically included a way for the President to grant waivers.

The problem here isn't even the waivers (which are built into NCLB, too), but the fact they're conditional waivers. That is, they're legislation by fiat.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 09, 2012 04:46 PM (8y9MW)

28 As I've said before, if Repubs were smart, they'd use defending the REPUBLIC as a campaign issue.

Rule of law, and the Consitutiton, are being undermined by the current administration.... time and time again.... yet none of the Repub candidates are really talking about this issue (on which they could aggree....)

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 09, 2012 04:46 PM (lZBBB)

29 Government money without accountability. That's like nirvana and utopia rolled up into the best Snickers bar in the world!!

Posted by: WalrusRex at February 09, 2012 04:46 PM (Hx5uv)

30 And why would he not do this.....nobody stops him.

Posted by: Lady in Black.....{waiting for SMOD} at February 09, 2012 04:46 PM (F+Xfj)

31 Apparently I just cant handle it any more.
Join the club Ace. Up until 45 or so all nighters in front of a day of hard work were just business as usual. After 45 recuperative powers have diminished at an alarming rate. Gettin' old sucks (yeah I know about the alternative).

Posted by: Alamo at February 09, 2012 04:46 PM (Mqupr)

32 Completely OT:
The side-bar item about role reversals. I've never been in a bar where the men acted that way. If you ladies have, you are going to the wrong bars.

fin

Posted by: The Great Satan's Ghost at February 09, 2012 04:46 PM (08Pe8)

33 Ace, you might want to try apple cider vinegar (I hate it , but some people swear by it) and I have a friend that absolutely swears eating an apple before bed helps(something in the skin, forget what it is)
For me, nothing works like Prevaid....

Posted by: ziggyelman at February 09, 2012 04:46 PM (ZYkT+)

34 Ace, try OTC Zegerid, as long as it doesn't interfere with the klonopin. Cheap at Costco. Take it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, and don't eat or drink anything but water for an hour.

I find that a couple of weeks is sufficient to let the ol' digestive tract heal--it's not something you need to take long term.

Posted by: Dr. jakeman at February 09, 2012 04:47 PM (96M6e)

35


Prilosec/Nexium, ace. Prilosec is over the counter and is chemically chiral to Nexium. Prilosec works. Unquestionably.

Posted by: imp at February 09, 2012 04:47 PM (UaxA0)

36 >>> Jeebus Ace, just smoke a little weed to take the edge off. Don't you know anyone who has their card?

I can't smoke weed. I tried it in college. It's bad for me. Not good.

I've always known you shouldn't drink on klonopin and if you do you have to seriously keep it to low levels, but this multi-day hangover thing is a new one on me.

I think I might have to just stop drinking entirely which wouldn't be the worst thing in the world because I'm not Joe Drinker in the first place. I don't even really like drinking. I don't usually get happy, and most people seem to.

Or at least keep it to friday or saturday.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 04:47 PM (nj1bB)

37 So what other laws out there will Obama grant waivers to next to attempt to give breaks to selectpeople to increase his chances of getting re-elected?

Posted by: buzzion at February 09, 2012 04:47 PM (GULKT)

38 This problem could be solved just by changing the name from "waivers" to "indulgences." You know, one hand washes the other.

Posted by: WalrusRex at February 09, 2012 04:48 PM (Hx5uv)

39 He will continue to violate the Constitution and federal law, as well as State laws. he does this because he knows he has carte blanche with congress.

He can do anything he wants Republicans will squeal and complain but do nothing. Democraps will cheer him own and blame Republicans.

And the bad thing?........


We are likely to get 4 more years of this due to shitty candidates.

Posted by: Vic at February 09, 2012 04:49 PM (YdQQY)

40 Don't mix Klonopin with alcohol Ace. Even Morons should know better. There's niothing good that will ever come out of it.

Posted by: a concerned moron at February 09, 2012 04:49 PM (ndlFj)

41 Ace, drink plenty of fluids, go to the drug store and get something OTC for acid reflux, and go to bed at your usual time tonight. I guarantee that you'll sleep like a baby. If not, we'll just have all-day ONTs like we did today.

Posted by: joncelli at February 09, 2012 04:49 PM (RD7QR)

42 Considering how epically unpopular Obamacare is, this whole sale abuse of a waiver process to fundamentally rewrite federal policy may not be the precedent Obama wants to set.

Because it will expose him to attacks of plagiarism and copy-catteryfrom Mitt Romney?

Posted by: Entropy at February 09, 2012 04:49 PM (hXX37)

43 Damn, even I didn't have the power to sign a waiver and just 'declare' something. This guy's insanely power hungry.

Posted by: Emperor Palpatine at February 09, 2012 04:49 PM (F6KtL)

44 Blue states, you get to pay for Obamacare, the EPA, DOE, HUD, Homeland Security, TSA, and Dept of Education. The good news is that you also get to enjoy the bounty of their regulations

Red states, carry on.

Posted by: t-bird at February 09, 2012 04:49 PM (FcR7P)

45 He is so benevolent

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 09, 2012 04:50 PM (rU3oz)

46 Try baking soda in a little glass of water. It tastes terrible, but is very good for acid reflux heartburn. My dad travels around with a box of Arm Hammer in his car.

Posted by: Lady in Black.....{waiting for SMOD} at February 09, 2012 04:50 PM (F+Xfj)

47 You wingnuts and your paper documents. I won, remember?

Posted by: Teh Won at February 09, 2012 04:50 PM (kaOJx)

48 Since we're admitting what medicine we're one, I've been eating quaaludes like candy for the past 6 months.

Posted by: Ben at February 09, 2012 04:50 PM (wuv1c)

49 >>>Ace, try OTC Zegerid, as long as it doesn't interfere with the klonopin

I have the acid-reducing pills. I took them. Last night was a weird thing where just nothing would stop it.

I had: Glass of milk, two Tums, two acid-reducers, tried to sleep. 45 minutes I'm up again, try two more tums and more milk. After a couple of hours I woke up again and took more acid-reducers (I'm not sure if you're supposed to do that but I was half asleep and looking for relief).

It finally stopped around seven or eight.

I did eat very late and I know i'm not supposed to do that with the acid reflux problem.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 04:50 PM (nj1bB)

50
MFM: Imperial presidency. What imperial presidency?

Posted by: TheQuietMan at February 09, 2012 04:50 PM (1Jaio)

51
on*

Posted by: Ben at February 09, 2012 04:50 PM (wuv1c)

52 Dear God. He really does think he's King.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 09, 2012 04:51 PM (UOM48)

53 Barry wants to issue state waivers for George Bush's boondoggles.

Romney wants to issue state waivers for Barry's boondoggles.

Can we have an entire election somehow be too 'inside-baseball' for anyone to even care?

Posted by: Entropy at February 09, 2012 04:51 PM (hXX37)

54 This unconstitutional breach must not stand! As your President, I will rescind those waivers...

Posted by: Mittens! at February 09, 2012 04:51 PM (FcR7P)

55 Or at least keep it to friday or saturday.



Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 04:47 PM (nj1bB)


brb, sellin' my valu-rite shares

Posted by: grognard, SMOD-Squad at February 09, 2012 04:51 PM (NS2Mo)

56 More on point for this post:

Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malevolent tyrant.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 09, 2012 04:51 PM (8y9MW)

57 Hey, I can help set up the 're-education' camps for the unbelievers!

Posted by: Kim Jong-un at February 09, 2012 04:51 PM (F6KtL)

58 Omeperazole Magnesium is the generic and costs a lot less. Works for me!

Posted by: bill54 at February 09, 2012 04:51 PM (3dDca)

59

That's a majorly bad side effect for a medication that's supposed to make you feel "better":

The "hangover effect" some experience not only results from clonazepam's
considerably long half-life. Like many other benzodiazepines, when
taken as a sleep-aid, clonazepam disrupts or interferes with the brain's
delta waves. Delta waves signify the brain's slowest waves (~4 Hz) and
occur during Stage 4 sleep, which represents humans' deepest sleep state
(our muscles are the most relaxed; breathing slows and becomes
shallow), and the stage right before R.E.M. sleep and dreaming (Stage
5). Therefore, upon waking, this disruption of Stage 4 delta wave sleep
causes a failure for an adequate brain/body rest or "recharge".


Posted by: imp at February 09, 2012 04:52 PM (UaxA0)

60 I've been dealing with what we used to call heartburn for a while. Before dinner I take a ranitidine (OTC heartburn product), and a couple of antacid tablets after dinner. That takes care of things. I tried the apple cider vinegar, which at first seemed to work, then didn't.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at February 09, 2012 04:52 PM (WuRdj)

61 Ain't nuthin' wrong with acid, man.

Posted by: Timothy Leary's Head at February 09, 2012 04:53 PM (Qxdfp)

62 >>>Don't mix Klonopin with alcohol Ace.

yeah but like three drinks over like three or four hours?

That's not exactly tying one on.

I used to be able to drink a little without major consequence. Maybe I do just have to stop entirely.

It's just weird because i'm not an alcoholic. I drink like twice a month. Never more than three drinks. Usually one or two.

It's just something I have to get my head around.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 04:53 PM (nj1bB)

63 Sigh, the race card has lost almost all meaning for everyday people but congress, especially with a senate majority leader who is on board with killing the constitution is not going to rein in Barry unless the NAACP demands it very very vocally. They are in quivering fear of race riots and the MarxSpewMedia beating "Rs are racist " drums every day until the election


They are just hoping the voters rescue the country this November and then they *may* quietly introduce various things designed to slap back the next president from the over-reach. That is the best case scenario.

Worst case scenerio is Barry is re-elected. USA turns into 3rd world political system where the laws mean what el Presidente says they mean. I am trying to decide if I should do some pre-planning and be ready to move to Canada very quickly after the election, or hope for and work for the best, and just figure I can bug out in time if the stupid party and 52% toss Barry a big-ass flare to burn up the rest of our constitution.

Posted by: Palerider at February 09, 2012 04:53 PM (dkExz)

64 If we're truly living in an era defined by rampant extraConstitutionalism, is it logical to think that we can remedy that by Constitutional means?

Note to self: Buy more MREs.

Posted by: Jaws (SMOD '12) at February 09, 2012 04:53 PM (4I3Uo)

65 Not to worry, McConnell will adjust his glasses and clear his throat and Boehner will threaten to never again play golf with Barky on Sundays.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 09, 2012 04:53 PM (ZJCDy)

66 I'm sorry about that. I will knock off any drinking during the week at all. Apparently I just cant handle it any more.


Posted by: Ace at 04:36 PM

*
Eh...the trick is to never stop.
*
Duh.

Posted by: dananjcon at February 09, 2012 04:53 PM (8ieXv)

67 At this rate Ace is going to wake up with a missing tooth and a tiger in his bathroom.

Posted by: Ghost of Lee Atwater at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (JxMoP)

68
I need to reread the Federalist papers. I don't recall if they have a section concerning the overreach of the Executive.
It's pretty scary that Obama is doing whatever he wants by fiat, but it's even scarier that no one else is calling him on it. Not the media and not even the Republicans.

Posted by: Ben at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (wuv1c)

69 The Land of the Decree and the Home of the Slave

Posted by: StrangernFiction at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (VDZLQ)

70 Ace, I was hospitalized with severe acid reflux years ago while I was working in advertising.

I was skipping lunch, working late, and barely eating in the evenings (had to get my partaay on after work).

Learned to never skip lunch, eat dinner earlier rather than later, and the booze....
-----had to go easy on the happy hour cocktails with co-workers.

Take care, you cute fur ball.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (UOM48)

71 What the fuck? I thought you Americans defeated us waaaaaaay back when to avoid a dictatorship like ole' Barky is doing?

Posted by: King George at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (F6KtL)

72


Maybe switch to off-label Wellbutrin for your spazzitude.


Posted by: imp at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (UaxA0)

73 Wow. Obama's actions are so expected that we're talking more about drug interactions.

How long before actuarial tables are more interesting?

(Not that I'm belittling your pain, ace. Just observing.)

Posted by: Meiczyslaw at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (bjRNS)

74 The word you seek is HISTORIC!

Posted by: MFM at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (XiVKO)

75 the great thing about acid reflux is when you wake up as that burning hunk of charcoal get to the back of your larynx and it feels like you're about to cough/snort a red hot ember out your nose.

wait ...

no, that pretty much sucks.

I've found a glass of good ol' Baking Soda and Water knocks down the "OH GOD" feeling.

Gargle and Gulp a couple of times until you feel reasonably okay.

Posted by: BumperStickerist at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (h6mPj)

76 Feel better and get well. Don't know what we'd do without you!

Posted by: Jypsea Rose~AoSHQ Graveyard Shift at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (digkk)

77 Sorry to hear you've been having such a rough time of it, Ace. ....That sucks.
.
If you're interested in trying a nice herbal thing that is unlikely to interact with whatever else you're taking.......I highly recommend SleepMD. ....It's mild. It will put a smile on your face. It's all natural, just herbs+ a little melatonin.....It's sold at Walmart and most drug stores....and it wears off in 4 to 6 hours for me.
.
Hope you continue to feel better.

Posted by: wheatie at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (UOOK1)

78 Allen,

I think the waiver granting process under Obamacare law is only temporary. So I think Romney would be exceeding his authority.

However, that doesn't even cover the possibility that Congress doesn't have the power to allow waivers in the first place.

Posted by: President Chet Roosevelt at February 09, 2012 04:54 PM (DeOA7)

79 The thing about eating too close to bedtime is actually significant. You should stop eating and drinking anything more than water at least a few hours before bed.

Posted by: joncelli at February 09, 2012 04:55 PM (RD7QR)

80 One thing I meant to do with klonopin... I tried this and then stopped. I'll try again.

I already have self-prescribed myself a half-dose. So I take half of what is prescribed.

A while back I started to go down to a quarter-dose. But then I stopped. I think I just forgot to stick to that.

I'll go back down to a quarter dose and see how that flies.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 04:55 PM (nj1bB)

81 Just wait until he grants himself a waiver from losing the 2012 election!

Posted by: The Tinfoil Lobby! at February 09, 2012 04:55 PM (XiVKO)

82 However, that doesn't even cover the possibility that Congress doesn't have the power to allow waivers in the first place.

Now you're gonna make me look it up. Equal Protection Clause, maybe?

Posted by: Meiczyslaw at February 09, 2012 04:55 PM (bjRNS)

83 Ace I used to have acid reflux bad but I started taking the OTC version of omeprazole daily and after a couple of weeks it was cleared up completely.

WalMart carries it cheap.

Posted by: Vic at February 09, 2012 04:55 PM (YdQQY)

84 36 I don't even really like drinking.

Aw, shit.
Next thing you'll tell us is there's no you really don't kill hobos and there's no Easter Bunny.

Posted by: Clutch Cargo at February 09, 2012 04:55 PM (Qxdfp)

85 Wow. Obama's actions are so expected that we're talking more about drug interactions.

I was just noticing that.

And yet, I can't build up any outrage. It's like he's already used it all up over the last 3 years.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 09, 2012 04:55 PM (8y9MW)

86 Respect mah authoritay!

Posted by: Preznit Fo-Shizzle at February 09, 2012 04:56 PM (UOM48)

87 Lay off the surgary sweet lady drinks ace

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 09, 2012 04:56 PM (rU3oz)

88
>>It's just something I have to get my head around.


Maybe you should try a different tack.You should drink more often so that your body gets used to it. You need to build up a tolerance.

Posted by: Ben at February 09, 2012 04:56 PM (wuv1c)

89 >>>The thing about eating too close to bedtime is actually significant. You should stop eating and drinking anything more than water at least a few hours before bed.

oh I know.... I KNOW!!

But I just didn't eat barely anything yesterday and then at.... eleven o'clock at night realized I was mad-hungry.

Won't happen again.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 04:56 PM (nj1bB)

90
There's no reason you shouldn't be able to combine light drinking with .05 or .1 Klonopin. In fact, the K should help with the hangover effects as I imagine you suspect.

The reflux probably isn't the alcohol either, as the fiery part of the alcohol has metabolized by the time you hit the pillow. Try a tablespoon of psyllium fiber before bed every night--this'll keep things moving, especially out of your upper digestive system where it can repeat on you.

Posted by: spongeworthy at February 09, 2012 04:56 PM (puy4B)

91 He keeps this up, Sen Byrd will claw his way out.

Posted by: Jean at February 09, 2012 04:56 PM (WkuV6)

92 >> which has kept us united for 240 years (apart from the Civil War period 2nd Quarter).
FIFY

Posted by: Clint Eastwood at February 09, 2012 04:56 PM (xvAbw)

93 Ben is trying to murder me.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 04:56 PM (nj1bB)

94 I am having a bad day and for the first time since I quit smoking on Jan 1st, I am jonesing for a cigarette.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at February 09, 2012 04:56 PM (jucos)

95 Ace get yourself some Taurine for the AM whether you quit drinking or not.


It'll put a healthy giddyup in your gait.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 09, 2012 04:56 PM (ZJCDy)

96 Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable failure.

Posted by: steevy at February 09, 2012 04:56 PM (7W3wI)

97 Is Klonopin a muscle relaxant like Xanax?

Posted by: Ben at February 09, 2012 04:57 PM (wuv1c)

98 Why not just sleep during the day? Your a blogger, live the lifestyle we can't.

Posted by: Jean at February 09, 2012 04:57 PM (WkuV6)

99

One issue with splitting pills is if they have a coating (dunno if klonopin does, but it might since it has a very potent effect on blood serum levels), you might be getting more instead of less by breaking/cutting the pill


Posted by: imp at February 09, 2012 04:57 PM (UaxA0)

100 My shock and outrage meter is stuck on 0.


Take me now, SMOD.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 09, 2012 04:57 PM (UOM48)

101 "I don't even want to think like this"

Why? Is your motto "Fight Fire With A Penlight?"

Posted by: Knemon at February 09, 2012 04:58 PM (u1+3w)

102 >>>The reflux probably isn't the alcohol either, as the fiery part of the alcohol has metabolized by the time you hit the pillow.

I think it's very partly that. But alcohol does stuff indirectly-- like if you're drinking, you forget to eat, and then later, your judgement is impaired so eating a plate of pasta and pesto right before bedtime suddenly seems like a pretty smart gamble.

The reflux thing is mostly the food. 90%. But I think the alcohol starts the acid cycle going.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 04:58 PM (nj1bB)

103 Ace,
After struggling for years with killer heartburn, I started using prevacid - two a day at first (one am, one PM), and have been able to taper off to one a day. Now I rarely have a problem, even after a big meal.
If you are not using this stuff yet, I recommend it. Good luck best wishes.

Posted by: West at February 09, 2012 04:58 PM (1Rgee)

104 " It was the return of all-night acid reflux."

On a serious note, are you sure it's not gallstones? I thought I had the 'flux, turned out I needed to get my gall bladder out.

Posted by: Knemon at February 09, 2012 04:58 PM (u1+3w)

105 >>>Why? Is your motto "Fight Fire With A Penlight?"

My motto is that a functioning Constitution which preserves the Rules and thereby the Civil Peace is more important than any transitory policy agenda.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 04:58 PM (nj1bB)

106 Don't smoke truck monkey!!!!!

Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 09, 2012 04:59 PM (rU3oz)

107 Smart politics by Obama. He knows the Senate won't do anything to stop him. And he knows the House won't do anything either. I would expect a president to try to expand his executive powers as far as he can. If Congress isn't going to push back, why not keep expanding.

Posted by: SH at February 09, 2012 04:59 PM (gmeXX)

108 I think of sausage when I watch Herman Cain

Posted by: cherry 2.14159... at February 09, 2012 05:00 PM (OhYCU)

109 Yep, just totally gave the middle finger to 220 years of the insignificant piece of paper you call the Constitution!

Posted by: Waiver at February 09, 2012 05:00 PM (F6KtL)

110 >>>After struggling for years with killer heartburn, I started using prevacid - two a day at first (one am, one PM), and have been able to taper off to one a day. Now I rarely have a problem, even after a big meal.

See, I had it for a while, then went on atkins and it it went away.

Now I'm on a diet I like to call Fatkins, in which I pretend I'm on atkins but in fact am not, and it's back.

But I don't have it regularly. Just sporadically. And always due to the same thing -- eating something heavy late in the night.

I don't need a pill-a-day thing. I just need to stop being an asshole.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 05:00 PM (nj1bB)

111 Resist the cigs we much, Truck Monkey!

Posted by: Jypsea Rose~AoSHQ Graveyard Shift at February 09, 2012 05:00 PM (digkk)

112 Ace, I would think you would have listened to me , I told you as a small boy, drinking is bad for you! You lose your sense of decency and would go out and slay hobo's AND write about it .

Posted by: your Mother at February 09, 2012 05:01 PM (TomZ9)

113 Don't smoke truck monkey!!!!!
Posted by: phoenixgirl at February 09, 2012 04:59 PM (rU3oz)
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I won't. Maryland makes it easy for me in that they charge almost $7 bucks a pack. I'm never going back..... but some days I just ........

Posted by: Truck Monkey at February 09, 2012 05:01 PM (jucos)

114 Rule of Law? Never heard of it.

Posted by: Neal Marks - Washington Correspondent at February 09, 2012 05:01 PM (SzAZ7)

115 Ace, maybe you should try to skip your digestive tract altogether? Does Klonopin come in a sepository?

Posted by: Ben at February 09, 2012 05:01 PM (wuv1c)

116 However, that doesn't even cover the possibility that Congress doesn't have the power to allow waivers in the first place.

That's true. You are probably looking at 14th (oh, the irony) Amendment issues, among others. I would think you could at least make the argument that any law which included a waiver process was a de facto bill of attainder.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 09, 2012 05:02 PM (8y9MW)

117 Ben. Stop trying to kill Ace.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 09, 2012 05:02 PM (UOM48)

118 I bet you also didn't eat your broccoli.

Posted by: your Mother at February 09, 2012 05:02 PM (TomZ9)

119 Obama is really pushing the limits of presidential power. It's one thing to stop enforcement, it's another to grant waivers.

Alas, my ubiquitous lament that too bad the current crop of candidates are too spineless to mention this.

Shame on the Senate for being Obama's enablers.

Posted by: joeindc44 - trending upward on the FBI's most wanted list for extremism at February 09, 2012 05:03 PM (QxSug)

120 >>>Ace get yourself some Taurine for the AM whether you quit drinking or not

All right I'll order it.

Okay, it's ordered.

Based on what someone said about klonopin interfering with delta waves, I'll drop the dosage to a quarter tab, and also shift the time I take it from night to morning.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 05:03 PM (nj1bB)

121 Ace,

If you have acid reflux, drink a cup of your own urine and chase it down with some hot sauce.

Posted by: President Chet Roosevelt at February 09, 2012 05:03 PM (DeOA7)

122 I beginning to feel unneeded.

Posted by: M. Peach at February 09, 2012 05:03 PM (Mn5qB)

123 Ace - "Probiotics" - word.

Posted by: JQ Public at February 09, 2012 05:03 PM (NBj0d)

124 I don't even want to think like this, but if we're playing Lord of the
Flies like this, I can see a Republican president waiving compliance
with the National Labor Relations Board too.

Umm, hello... first off, it's Lord of the Rings, not Flies. Even I know that.

Second, those movies were like 10 years ago, they're totally not culturally relevant anymore.

Posted by: Meghan McCain at February 09, 2012 05:03 PM (2jQGY)

125
117
Ben. Stop trying to kill Ace.


Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 09, 2012 05:02 PM (UOM4


Wait, it's not as if Ace is just gonna shove the pill up his ass because ol' Ben sez so, right?Right?

Posted by: grognard, SMOD-Squad at February 09, 2012 05:04 PM (NS2Mo)

126 Male sperm cures conservatism. Try some.

Posted by: cherry 2.14159... at February 09, 2012 05:04 PM (OhYCU)

127
And in other news, Canada and China have reached a deal on oil and uranium.


Great job, SCOAMF, you fucking bastard.

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 09, 2012 05:04 PM (UOM48)

128 one long island ice tea and i'm checking out the carpet under the table .

Posted by: willow at February 09, 2012 05:05 PM (TomZ9)

129 There is a new Iron Sky trailer. With more Palin than ace could ever handle!

Posted by: ZeinZeint at February 09, 2012 05:05 PM (Vmp6W)

130 Smarter politics would be for the next GOP president to grant a waiver to all states that voted for him exempting the citizens of that state from paying federal taxes. Would likely ensure reelection - no?

Posted by: SH at February 09, 2012 05:05 PM (gmeXX)

131 acidophiles

Posted by: willow at February 09, 2012 05:05 PM (TomZ9)

132 Ugh, sorry you're having those problems, Ace. Take care of yourself and hope you feel better.

Posted by: RM at February 09, 2012 05:05 PM (TRsME)

133 @124 +1

Posted by: SH at February 09, 2012 05:06 PM (gmeXX)

134 youtu.be/Py_IndUbcxc

Posted by: ZeinZeint at February 09, 2012 05:06 PM (Vmp6W)

135 Ace, you may find it useful to check out the book Wheat Belly -- its author also has a frequently-updated blog of the same name. In a nutshell, his thesis is that modern wheat has been crossbred and mutated to the point of being poisonous (albeit tasty). A recent post on his blog mentioned acid reflux specifically as one of the most common effects of wheat ingestion. I know it sounds nuts, but I hope you'll at least check it out.

Posted by: The Chap in the Deerstalker Cap at February 09, 2012 05:06 PM (qndXR)

136 vic, are there any side-effects to that?

Bear in mind I'm already on two daily pills, one for panic and one for epilepsy.

If the pill will clear up the reflux eventually and I can go off it, maybe I will do the daily thing.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 05:06 PM (nj1bB)

137 one long island ice tea and i'm checking out the carpet under the table .
Posted by: willow at February 09, 2012 05:05 PM (TomZ9)
-----------------------------------------------------
How YOU doin'?

Posted by: Truck Monkey at February 09, 2012 05:07 PM (jucos)

138 If we get another Obama term,all night acid reflux will be the least of my problems.

Posted by: steevy at February 09, 2012 05:07 PM (7W3wI)

139
>>>your judgement is impaired so eating a plate of pasta and pesto right before bedtime suddenly seems like a pretty smart gamble.

Gack! Simple carbs before bed! Danger, Will Porkinson! Danger!

Posted by: spongeworthy at February 09, 2012 05:07 PM (puy4B)

140 @124 +2

Well played.

Posted by: Andy at February 09, 2012 05:07 PM (5Rurq)

141 Anyone know someplace with good instructions on construction of a guillotine?

Oh, no reason.

Posted by: DarkLord©, Rogue Commenter for a Rogue Planet at February 09, 2012 05:07 PM (GBXon)

142 Truck Monkey, That's why I don't drink Long Island ice teas anymore.

Posted by: willow at February 09, 2012 05:07 PM (TomZ9)

143 well, that is something to look forward to, if we don't win the presidency but we do take both houses of Congress (which is looking pretty good). No way anyone would impeach Obama this year, being an election year and all. But next year, if we lose? Go for broke.

Posted by: chemjeff at February 09, 2012 05:08 PM (qVUxp)

144 If you are having trouble going to sleep, watch Herman 999 Cain speak now.

Posted by: cherry 2.14159... at February 09, 2012 05:08 PM (OhYCU)

145 Be well, Ace, be well.

Posted by: Greg Toombs at February 09, 2012 05:08 PM (8V3OS)

146 If we get another Obama term,all night acid reflux will be the least of my problems.

Posted by: steevy at February 09, 2012 05:07 PM (7W3wI)
true, true, I will start looking longingly at the tail pipe on my car.

Posted by: willow at February 09, 2012 05:08 PM (TomZ9)

147 Hmmm. Waiver granting. Appointment forcing. What else can he do in his quest to boil the constitution like the proverbial frog? Something that would constitute bypassing congressional authority but still be defensible. Not a rhetorical question -- what would be his next move?

Posted by: joncelli at February 09, 2012 05:08 PM (RD7QR)

148 >>>If you have acid reflux, drink a cup of your own urine and chase it down with some hot sauce.

all right I'll try...

hey wait a minute!!!

Joker.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 05:08 PM (nj1bB)

149 133
@124 +1

*****

Geez, I didn't know Norman Einstein posted on this blog. This is more complex than E=MC2.

Posted by: WalrusRex at February 09, 2012 05:09 PM (Hx5uv)

150 >>>Gack! Simple carbs before bed! Danger, Will Porkinson! Danger!

welllll... they're dreamfields. supposedly lower-carb.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 05:09 PM (nj1bB)

151 @106 Don't smoke truck monkey!!!!!

Damn straight. Don't smoke the truck monkey. Even if you need the money.

Posted by: Mr Fever Head at February 09, 2012 05:09 PM (SzAZ7)

152 Yeah drinking and Acid reflux don't go well together.

Posted by: lionv at February 09, 2012 05:09 PM (sRxL0)

153 What really pisses me off is that the EPA is mandating that I move to Nevada before I die.

I find it difficult to believe that the Yucca Mountain facility is the only place they can find to safely bury my liver.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 09, 2012 05:10 PM (SY2Kh)

154
SMOD's health care reform covers acid reflux.

Posted by: soothsayer at February 09, 2012 05:10 PM (G/zuv)

155 The GOP as it currently exists is not an opposition party to the commies, they are just careerist pols of a different shade.

There are common sense solutions to all of our problems that most here could lay out in 5 minutes.

There is just no political will on the part of the establishment Republicans to make that fight.

Their unelected consultants have their ear, not us.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 09, 2012 05:10 PM (ZJCDy)

156 126 Posted by: cherry 2.14159... at February 09, 2012 05:04 PM (OhYCU)

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Are you feeling not quite yourself lately?

Posted by: Anachronda at February 09, 2012 05:10 PM (NmR1a)

157 Ok Ace, just sayin'...they have these cookies and brownies now if you want to get your buzz on. If it could get me through a whole Motley Crue and Poison set w/ a smile on my face(I went to see the NY Dolls open), it should be able to get you thru your lesser pain.

John Bolton/ Pot Brownies 2012

Posted by: Navin R Johnson at February 09, 2012 05:10 PM (HpT9p)

158 acidophiles

I prefer to think of myself as "pro-hydrogen".

Posted by: chemjeff at February 09, 2012 05:10 PM (qVUxp)

159
I use Ativan as an anxiety/panic/conscience suppressant and I drink like I'm trying to forget the horrible things I did while I was on Ativan. So I take another Ativan.

No hangover enhancement associated with it. Valium was okay, but not while drinking. And it caused some unseemly giggling fits while doing the aforementioned horrible things.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at February 09, 2012 05:10 PM (EQpRL)

160 In a nutshell, his thesis is that modern wheat has been crossbred and mutated to the point of being poisonous (albeit tasty).

I think he's over-thinking the problem. Celiac disease is a simpler answer.

Posted by: Meiczyslaw at February 09, 2012 05:10 PM (bjRNS)

161 Food alergies can cause the same damnable fiery pain.....that is often misdiagnosed as 'acid reflux' or 'heartburn'.
.
Whenever my hubby eats nuts, or anything with nuts in it....he gets extremely painful 'heartburn'. ....He didn't start out that way. He used to love my pecan pies, and peanut butter. ....Now he can't eat them, or any kind of nuts.
.
I used to be able to eat onions. ....Now I can't. And I love them. ....But I get scorching heartburn from them now.

Posted by: wheatie at February 09, 2012 05:10 PM (UOOK1)

162 I'd like to live inside Yucca mountain.Like a Bond villain.

Posted by: steevy at February 09, 2012 05:11 PM (7W3wI)

163 "Are you feeling not quite yourself lately?"

I'm almost half the man I once was.

Posted by: cherry 2.14159... at February 09, 2012 05:12 PM (OhYCU)

164 Their unelected consultants have their ear, not us.

This is true, but changing (albeit, far too slowly). One of the major problems, though, is the Senate. Until we can really fix the senate (which means a constitutional amendment to repeal a constitutional amendment), we're just spittin' into the wind.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 09, 2012 05:12 PM (8y9MW)

165
btw, Ace:

a random Paulian lurker is demanding that you fix your blog immediately or else.

60
This site doesn't (or barely) works on tablets and causes massive errors
on regular work stations. Switch blog software NOW or risk losing lots
of readers in the coming year.

Posted by: jacke


Posted by: soothsayer at February 09, 2012 05:12 PM (G/zuv)

166 Some child left behind?
or
No unionista left behind?

Posted by: Truman North at February 09, 2012 05:12 PM (I2LwF)

167 "And last night it wasn't the drinking. It was the return of all-night acid reflux. I did not fall into a restful sleep until... like seven a.m. or eight. Before that, I was waking up every forty five minutes with acid reflux.

I'm sorry about that. I will knock off any drinking during the week at all. Apparently I just cant handle it any more."

Fuck that shit. I drink like a fish and eat Tums like it's candy.

On the downside, I'm a raging alcoholic but on the upside, my bones are stronger than titanium.

Posted by: ErikW at February 09, 2012 05:12 PM (zotcU)

168 Dear Ace, to solve for GERD eat raw veggies - especially celery. Don't eat or drink anything two hours before going to bed. Stay away from the Prilosec inhibitors, they only make things worse by retarding your digestive process. I learned these things the hard way.

Posted by: Sub-Tard at February 09, 2012 05:12 PM (ursbV)

169 162
I'd like to live inside Yucca mountain.Like a Bond villain.




Speaking of Bond villains, why is Drudge keeping up a pic of Hillary?

Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 09, 2012 05:12 PM (UOM48)

170 162 I'd like to live inside Yucca mountain.Like a Bond villain.

---------

Plus, you could pop down to Eddy World for some bulk candy, dried fruits, or nuts.

Posted by: Anachronda at February 09, 2012 05:13 PM (NmR1a)

171
and Kanye West just called and said, "Ace hates tablet users."

Posted by: soothsayer at February 09, 2012 05:13 PM (G/zuv)

172 I've always known you shouldn't drink on klonopin and if you do you have
to seriously keep it to low levels, but this multi-day hangover thing
is a new one on me.


Holy shit. This is why we have such horrendously high medical costs. People simply refuse to do what they're supposed to do when it comes to their health. They refuse to follow their doctors' directions.

If you're taking clonazepam and you drink any amount of alcohol, ever, you're risking serious side effects and reactions, including unconsciousness followed by respiratory arrest. It can also accelerate liver damage and kidney disease.

Drinking while taking clonazepam also disrupts the thought processes, making you more belligerent, depressed, confused, and even suicidal.

Since both alcohol and clonazepam are depressants and muscle relaxants, they'll make your acid reflux much worse by loosening up the esophageal sphincters.

Look, I was recently diagnosed with Meniere's disease. I can't drink coffee or Diet Coke anymore, which I lived on, and I can't any have junk food, ever. No more restaurant food; no more Wendy's; no more french fries. Ever. I have to keep my sodium intake to below 1500 mg a day, probably for the rest of my life.

Nothing with MSG or artificial sweeteners, so that means no low-fat foods, even though I have to be on a low-fat diet. Basically, all I can eat is fresh meat and poultry, fresh fruit and vegetables, a handful of cereals, and non-fat milk. Since all American-processed poultry has MSG in it, I have to buy my chicken at a Chinese market. I now have to spend hours of my day preparing and cooking, whereas before I could buy something pre-made.

It sucks, but so what? Life often sucks. The key is the quality of life you create for yourself. My life isn't as bad as it could be. No cancer yet, and my blood pressure is now 120/80.

Is drinking really worth it, just to feel like shit all the time and risk serious mental and physical side effects?

Posted by: Llarry at February 09, 2012 05:13 PM (Rnfm0)

173 I am not going to go back to smoking. Almost 5 weeks off the weed and I feel great and am sleeping like a baby. I also started the South Beach diet 2 weeks ago and I am already down 10 pounds. I walk a 5k every day now too. So far, so good. Some days I feel as though I have been shot out of a cannon I feel so good.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at February 09, 2012 05:13 PM (jucos)

174 Fuck that shit. I drink like a fish and eat Tums like it's candy.



On the downside, I'm a raging alcoholic but on the upside, my bones are stronger than titanium.



Posted by: ErikW at February 09, 2012 05:12 PM (zotcU)

Fuck, why didn't they tell me it was that easy?

Posted by: Wolverine at February 09, 2012 05:13 PM (NS2Mo)

175 Its too bad FDR already tried the court-packing scheme, that would have been right up Obama's alley. I'm thinking his next constitutionally dubious move will be entering into a treaty, having a few Dem senators in the room, and saying "advise and consent" really just means "advise."

Posted by: SH at February 09, 2012 05:13 PM (gmeXX)

176 Ace, you might want to try apple cider vinegar

It's weird how something acidic works to combat acid reflux, but I know it works -- 'cause I used to suffer that shit and now don't have the least problem. Here's some other popular things that should be in your daily diet to combat AR but probably aren't:

oats
tomato, lettuce
parsley
onion
cranberry juice
celery
green tea

You can drop a shitload of 'water weight' by ingesting them too.

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at February 09, 2012 05:14 PM (phlKA)

177 klon has a very long complex list of 'possible side effects'

just sayin'............

Posted by: SantaRosaStan at February 09, 2012 05:14 PM (UqKQV)

178 Great, now Perry is relevant again with his Obama's war on religion quote.

Why did all these GOP governors drop out of the race so soon.

Posted by: joeindc44 - trending upward on the FBI's most wanted list for extremism at February 09, 2012 05:14 PM (QxSug)

179 If Congress isn't going to push back, why not keep expanding.

Posted by: SH at February 09, 2012 04:59 PM (gmeXX)

Coming to the Courts... once it takes a few years to wend its way through... Equal Protection Lawsuit?

Posted by: Romeo13 at February 09, 2012 05:14 PM (lZBBB)

180 I don't even want to think like this, but if we're playing Lord of the Flies like this, I can see a Republican president waiving compliance with the National Labor Relations Board too. And the EPA. And unilaterally offering a "waiver" permitting a company to drill in ANWR.

Don't worry. First we'd need to find a Republican who was in favor of conservatism and had the stones to do it.

Ain't no such animal.

Posted by: Truman North at February 09, 2012 05:14 PM (I2LwF)

181 I'm on an Oats Onions diet now

Posted by: SantaRosaStan at February 09, 2012 05:14 PM (UqKQV)

182
yep, why any laws at all, just let the dictator decide. but seriously, if there was a repbulican that acted like that, there would be waivers for all kind of things, just about any business reg could be waived away. it is funny that the libs don't see this danger, but they have always felt comfortable that we wouldn't violate our convictions, unlike them.

as for obamacare, he HAS set that precedent. next repub prez should issue waiver for every citizen and every US business.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 09, 2012 05:15 PM (o8Ahx)

183 I drank like three drinks Sunday night after the Super Bowl, and the same three last night at the Breitbart Embassy.
.
Once you vomited up the three drinks, you shouldn't have drunk them again, especially three days later.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at February 09, 2012 05:15 PM (F0K0r)

184 >>>I am not going to go back to smoking. Almost 5 weeks off the weed and I feel great and am sleeping like a baby. I also started the South Beach diet 2 weeks ago and I am already down 10 pounds. I walk a 5k every day now too. So far, so good. Some days I feel as though I have been shot out of a cannon I feel so good.

I gotta do all this.

I'm off cigarettes (mostly) but I am sucking on this ecig like a baby sucks a bottle. That nicotine is no good for sleep.

Plus, the walking.

If you work at home, on a computer... and do not make an effort to excercise... it gets bad.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 05:15 PM (nj1bB)

185 And I just wonder what kind of insane judges Obama is pushing through a compliant, weak ass, communist senate right now. none of these senate dems can pretend to have been moderates come nov. 2012

Posted by: joeindc44 - trending upward on the FBI's most wanted list for extremism at February 09, 2012 05:16 PM (QxSug)

186
173I am not going to go back to smoking. Almost 5 weeks off the weed and I feel great and am sleeping like a baby. I also started the South Beach diet 2 weeks ago and I am already down 10 pounds. I walk a 5k every day now too. So far, so good. Some days I feel as though I have been shot out of a cannon I feel so good.

Me too on the smoking and walking. Feel great. Haven't seen the need for a diet though. Exercise kills the appetite. Except for the late night runs for Frosties.

Posted by: Sub-Tard at February 09, 2012 05:16 PM (ursbV)

187 Now don't you wish you'd just said you were out whoring all night, ace?

Posted by: Rodent Liberation Front at February 09, 2012 05:16 PM (lgw0N)

188 Remember when the left proclaimed Obama was going to restore the constitution and reign in runaway spending of the Bush administration?

Good times!

Posted by: Ms Choksondik, all in for Heroin Overdose 2012 at February 09, 2012 05:17 PM (fYOZx)

189 As far as the NCLB waiver thing- some of the blame lies with Congress for passing a bill that included an executive branch "waiver" in the first place.

If you leave that as an option, why wouldn't the Dept of Education try to attach conditions onto it? Since when do bureaucrats willingly give up even the slightest bit of power and authority?

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 09, 2012 05:17 PM (SY2Kh)

190 Ace, are you granting us all a HIPAA waiver for this post?

Posted by: sleepy-beans at February 09, 2012 05:17 PM (xvAbw)

191 It was the return of all-night acid reflux.

You probably already know this. But just in case. For serious acid reflux interfering with sleep, sleeping in the sitting/reclined vs the prone position may provide enough relief to get to sleep.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Now Researching How to Awaken Azathoth at February 09, 2012 05:17 PM (0q2P7)

192 "I don't need a pill-a-day thing. I just need to stop being an asshole."


Ace, I think you just uncovered the solution to 98% of society's problems.

Posted by: reason at February 09, 2012 05:18 PM (F26eZ)

193 Massive Heart Attack 2012:It'll only hurt for a few seconds.

Posted by: steevy at February 09, 2012 05:18 PM (7W3wI)

194 So let it be Writen, so let it be DONE!

Posted by: Pharoh Obamases the Foist at February 09, 2012 05:18 PM (lZBBB)

195 Who's surprised? Didn't he just say the other day that 'it turns out the founding fathers made it more difficult' to impose his will than he imagined?

HE IS A TOTALITARIAN. Pure and simple.

The devil is winning.....

Posted by: © Sponge at February 09, 2012 05:19 PM (UK9cE)

196 I'm off cigarettes (mostly) but I am sucking on this ecig like a baby sucks a bottle. That nicotine is no good for sleep. Plus, the walking. If you work at home, on a computer... and do not make an effort to excercise... it gets bad.
Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 05:15 PM (nj1bB)

Ace, order the lower nic juice and start stepping it down. I credit the e-cig with quitting and keeping off cigs for a couple of years now. Now if only they made e-bongs.

Posted by: Ms Choksondik, all in for Heroin Overdose 2012 at February 09, 2012 05:19 PM (fYOZx)

197 Easiest way with tobacco is cold turkey

Posted by: joeindc44 - trending upward on the FBI's most wanted list for extremism at February 09, 2012 05:20 PM (QxSug)

198 I think it's a reasonable conclusion that he's trying to spark an Oklahoma City incident from a Tea Party type. Or is truly a megalomaniac or dictator at heart. Don't know.

Posted by: Horatius at February 09, 2012 05:21 PM (/J+FC)

199 Romney is no different than Obama. Or so I've been told.

Posted by: polynikes - Texan for Romney at February 09, 2012 05:21 PM (uVXqP)

200 Do yourself a favor and research Taurine ace.
reduces bile
helps metabolize both fat and alcohol
lightens mood
energizes
all natural
very non-toxic
cheap

There are also amino supplements to help with anxiety that could be substituted for scrips like Xanax.

Posted by: ontherocks at February 09, 2012 05:21 PM (ZJCDy)

201
Day 32 Cold Turkey, off the chewy tobaccy, feeling good. No cravings, first 7 days sucked though. I hear from people the body will make an Odictator demand I go back here in a week or so, but I am determined to stick it out.


Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 09, 2012 05:21 PM (o8Ahx)

202 So,is Santorum basically this elections Huckabee?

Posted by: steevy at February 09, 2012 05:22 PM (7W3wI)

203 If you work at home, on a computer... and do not make an effort to excercise... it gets bad.

Posted by: ace at February 09, 2012 05:15 PM (nj1bB)

Same thing in general. I work on a golf course and there is plenty of down time. What better way to pass the time than fire up a death stick?

Thankfully, I was able to quit. I hope you do too.

Posted by: ErikW at February 09, 2012 05:23 PM (zotcU)

204
<<Easiest way with tobacco is cold turkey>>

I don't get how that helps turkey has tryptophan not nicotine?

Posted by: Buzzsaw at February 09, 2012 05:23 PM (tf9Ne)

205
>>198
I think it's a reasonable conclusion that he's trying to spark an
Oklahoma City incident from a Tea Party type. Or is truly a megalomaniac
or dictator at heart. Don't know.


Posted by: Horatius at February 09, 2012 05:21 PM (/J+FC)

Can't it be both?

Posted by: mugiwara at February 09, 2012 05:23 PM (KI/Ch)

206 Speaking of Bond villains, why is Drudge keeping up a pic of Hillary?


Posted by: Jane D'oh at February 09, 2012 05:12 PM (UOM4


fap material?

Posted by: © Sponge at February 09, 2012 05:23 PM (UK9cE)

207 Cold turkey baby. The first two weeks were a BITCH and the jonesing was constant. It is getting better. I try to keep busy doing other things and I think of the money I am saving and my ability to do more stuff with my kids. I thought of e-cigs but decided against it. I didn't want to trade one addiction for another. I always felt like a dumbass going outside in all sorts of shitty weather to get my smoke on.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at February 09, 2012 05:24 PM (jucos)

208 Poor old Ace. Someone really should spit on your fur and smooth it down once in a while, old bean.

Posted by: Fortunata at February 09, 2012 05:24 PM (90H1N)

209 And last night it wasn't the drinking. It was the return of all-night acid reflux. I did not fall into a restful sleep until... like seven a.m. or eight. Before that, I was waking up every forty five minutes with acid reflux.

Prevacid. I had the same problem last night. Popped a Prevacid and sat up for about half-an-hour. Worked like a charm.

Even better is when you anticipate it and take the Prevacid before your acid has a chance to really churn up. Just sayin'.

Posted by: NukemHill at February 09, 2012 05:25 PM (7WLzC)

210

178 Great, now Perry is relevant again with his Obama's war on religion quote.
Why did all these GOP governors drop out of the race so soon.

.
Both Santorum and Romney have been shamelessly stealing Perry's quotes and using them as though Perry never said them first.
.
Perry gave an excellent speech at Cpac today. .....Here is a new Perry quote,one that they will probably steal too:
.
“If it’s halftime in America, I’m fearful of what the final score’s gonna be if we let this president start the second half as the quarterback!”

Posted by: wheatie at February 09, 2012 05:25 PM (UOOK1)

211 Ace I hope you're not taking Tums within an hour of antacid pills, because one will cancel out the other. Something about coating the stomach so the pills don't get absorbed.

Posted by: jeanne! Defender of the Faith! at February 09, 2012 05:25 PM (GdalM)

212 Hey, if Ace was in LaLa Land (maybe other places, too?) He would definitely qualify for a weed prescription. Get some fancy shmancy ganja and smoke your reflux problems away.

Posted by: Lincolntf at February 09, 2012 05:25 PM (hiMsy)

213 "Arriviste" totally nails who Barack Obama is.

I've always referred to him as a "stepper" because that's what we in the workplace always called someone who wasn't interested in learning how to do their job, but instead was more interested in identifying and using people to attain lofty titles and positions. That is how you end up with incompetent people in high places. Obama mastered the art of manipulation and White guilt to get where he is at. Liberals say he is a genius, but all he really is is a cunning manipulator with a snake oil salesman (David Axlefraud) marketing him.

If Obama gets a second term, it is not going to end well for the country, because he has all the negative character traits tyrants possess. Just think of an unshackled Obama ruling the country like a tin-pot dictator. He is giving us a sampling of what to expect right now.

Posted by: OxyCon at February 09, 2012 05:25 PM (36yy9)

214 LOL, I went to Jr. High with Frederick (Fred) Hess and remember when he was going to come to my house after school, but he was afraid to get on the bus because he thought Carl Keller wanted to beat him up.

Posted by: SFGoth at February 09, 2012 05:26 PM (dZ756)

215
Ace, drink plenty of fluids, go to the drug store and get something OTC
for acid reflux, and go to bed at your usual time tonight. I guarantee
that you'll sleep like a baby. If not, we'll just have all-day ONTs like
we did today.


Posted by: joncelli at February 09, 2012 04:49 PM (RD7QR)
So he will wake up every three hours, crying and having wet the bed?

Posted by: Oldcat at February 09, 2012 05:26 PM (z1N6a)

216 The little dictator doesn't care about any stinking laws.

Posted by: rplat at February 09, 2012 05:26 PM (4vq8i)

217 The thing is, the Presidizzle's actions are illegal, so anyone negatively or adversely affected by it can sue and the effect is nil. Someone's got to be negatively effected by this? Parents, states, tax payers?

Posted by: joeindc44 - trending upward on the FBI's most wanted list for extremism at February 09, 2012 05:26 PM (QxSug)

218 I knew the spelling/meaning was off. well...after you mentioned it.acidolphilus

Posted by: willow at February 09, 2012 05:27 PM (TomZ9)

219 Ace without drinking? What's next, no hobo hunting?
I'm going to seriously have to reconsider the Ace of Spades lifestyle if its founder can't keep up with it himself.

Posted by: Austin in TX at February 09, 2012 05:27 PM (ImDT2)

220 Ace is at CPAC, isn't he? God I miss those hotel room drinkfests. Best thing about politics!

Posted by: jeanne! at February 09, 2012 05:27 PM (GdalM)

221 vic, are there any side-effects to that?
----------------

None for me and I am taking a host of other drugs. As for going off of it, I did one time and after about a week the acid reflux came back. So now I just take one every day. They are very expensive at WallMart or Sams.

Posted by: Vic at February 09, 2012 05:28 PM (YdQQY)

222 I didn't want to trade one addiction for another. I always felt like a dumbass going outside in all sorts of shitty weather to get my smoke on.


So you aren't out here because you peed on the rug, too?

Posted by: the dog at February 09, 2012 05:28 PM (F26eZ)

223 Cold turkey baby. The first two weeks were a BITCH and the jonesing was constant.

Posted by: Truck Monkey at February 09, 2012 05:24 PM (jucos)

That's how Iquit and yeah, it wasn't very pleasant. I couldn't drink coffee for two weeks because I was used to drinking a pot with three or four smokes.

Posted by: ErikW at February 09, 2012 05:29 PM (zotcU)

224 Ace if you are still smoking that helps to contribute to acid reflux as well. I quit smoking and that helped. I was smoking 3 packs a day when I quit.

Posted by: Vic at February 09, 2012 05:29 PM (YdQQY)

225 ace, are you sure Ewoks can take klonopin safely?

That's some pretty strong shit.

Like a "714" for us old timers. Be careful.

Posted by: Billy Bob, pseudo-intellectual at February 09, 2012 05:30 PM (hXJOG)

226 Why am I suddenly scared that, as ace improves his lifestyle, this blog will slowly turn into a real-life version of that Friends episode with "Fun Steve?"

Posted by: someone too embarassed to admit they know any Friends episodes at all at February 09, 2012 05:30 PM (F26eZ)

227 I am reading "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich". Not far enough along to make any comments, but I just wonder... will we somedaybe reading "The Rise and Fall of theFirst American Tyranny"? Or worse, maybe just the "Rise" part?

Posted by: sherlock at February 09, 2012 05:30 PM (6rLSO)

228 Dr. Sally (me) says: Sleep propped up, and keep some Maalox nearby.

Posted by: SarahW at February 09, 2012 05:30 PM (LYwCh)

229 3 drinks? That's your problem, drink more.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 09, 2012 05:31 PM (lVGED)

230 I am with Sgt. Fury all the way. He sat down a couple of superlative "comments" two days ago and was largely ignored by this cast of characters. "The
cast of characters" are remarkable; smart, selective, efficient, with an abundance of humor mixed with wry, high I.Q.s
These are not the problems. Here is where I see it: Many, many of you, what do you do with all of your exceptional retortnessess (is there such a word)? Just come here to get it off your chest?

I am not trying for the back-seat. However, 90% of you are extremely intelligent; see it as it is, like a grocery tag (you can calculate the oz. per lb. cost in an instant). Full admiration,probably thousands. i.e., I look at the weekly Obomerism supreme every Sundayon Hot Air . They're are thousands of votes. Thousands. Yet, every Sunday only a smattering of an almost hundred ever say anything.

Posted by: The Greys at February 09, 2012 05:31 PM (tEe1I)

231 They are very INexpensive at WallMart or Sams.

arrrrgggg

Posted by: Vic at February 09, 2012 05:32 PM (YdQQY)

232 About 10 years ago, I was getting a bad heartburn problem. I gave up booze for Lent. Completely cured it.

Posted by: Jimbo at February 09, 2012 05:33 PM (O3R/2)

233 P.S. Lent starts in less than two weeks.

Posted by: Jimbo at February 09, 2012 05:33 PM (O3R/2)

234 Take Omaprazole for the reflux. OTC one a day.

Posted by: jr at February 09, 2012 05:34 PM (to7qd)

235 sherlock - have been getting my Nazi rise and fall on, too, lately - Watched Triumph of the Will all the way through for once, Watched Downfall for the first time; then watched a show about the Grand tour which is Nazi free but when I followed with
Architecture of Doom it all tailed together all too well.

Then I watched the Athenian Democracy collapse and the history of the Medici.

We are so doomed.

Posted by: SarahW at February 09, 2012 05:34 PM (LYwCh)

236 As I got older, the reflux started getting bad for a while. Things that help:

1) Cut back on the fatty/oily/rich stuff. This stays in the stomach longer, and more time=more acid firing away. PEanut butter (which I love) is a partcular culprit.


2) No food a couple of hours before bed

3) Ranitidine a few hours before bed.

When you wake up feeling like someone has poured nuclear waste down your throat, it's no fun. Usually I chew some tums to wash down my throat (the alkaline helps neutralize the acid. But baking soda would work, too (just tastes worse).

Posted by: RightWingProf at February 09, 2012 05:35 PM (SO4pn)

237 It's easy to be smart and funny among like-minded friends.
At least, that's what the smart and funny people tell me.

Posted by: Truman North at February 09, 2012 05:35 PM (I2LwF)

238 It's just weird because i'm not an alcoholic. I drink like twice a month. Never more than three drinks. Usually one or two.



I see the problem here, out of shape.

My recommendations?

Jagger with breakfast. Two beers at lunch, nap. Half bottle of wine with dinner.

Valu rite shooter a bed time.

You won't notice the acid reflux, and you will sleep, er pass out.

Posted by: Your Valu Rite Distributor at February 09, 2012 05:35 PM (hXJOG)

239 I enjoyed a srsly bad stomach for a few days and reached for Pepto Bismal. I woke up to black tongue and teeth. freaked me out.
that was quite a reaction.

Posted by: willow at February 09, 2012 05:36 PM (TomZ9)

240 stay away from tomato sauce works for me.
of course i miss pizza , spaghetti and lasagna.

Posted by: willow at February 09, 2012 05:37 PM (TomZ9)

241 The fatal flaw in your argument is assuming there is going to BE another president....

Posted by: doug at February 09, 2012 05:39 PM (uIGjr)

242 chuckling to myself.
You know what we sound like? a bunch of old people.

Posted by: willow at February 09, 2012 05:39 PM (TomZ9)

243
I'll have to check with my fellow Catholics, but if I quit my quitting of nicotine, do I get any credit? course I would probably enjoy that so I am guessing that wouldn't fly as an act of faith.

maybe I will give up my children. nah, wife my get a little mad, I better keep knocking on my noggin.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 09, 2012 05:40 PM (o8Ahx)

244 When I was still in college I used to take Clonazepam to reduce the spasticity caused by my Muscular Dystrophy so I know how you feel. Also, Obama is a SCOAMF.

Posted by: hueydiamondpooty at February 09, 2012 05:40 PM (YhZFe)

245 For Lent, I'm giving up monogamy.

Posted by: Truman North at February 09, 2012 05:41 PM (I2LwF)

246 233
P.S. Lent starts in less than two weeks.



Ash Wednesday, start of Lent, 2/22.

Remember, Sunday's aren't fast days, if you want to cheat.

Posted by: Billy Bob, the guy who drinks in SC at February 09, 2012 05:41 PM (hXJOG)

247 Remember, Sunday's aren't fast days, if you want to cheat.

Posted by: Billy Bob, the guy who drinks in SC at February 09, 2012 05:41 PM (hXJOG)

sigh

Posted by: ErikW at February 09, 2012 05:43 PM (zotcU)

248 Ace,

Your symptoms sound like a gall stone. Have you checked for that?

Posted by: Dave in Fla at February 09, 2012 05:45 PM (ZvJHE)

249 Current federal law also prohibits federal officials from requiring states to adopt and implement standards and assessments, yet the Obama Administration requires states to agree to adopt them to receive waivers from NCLB.

I got $10 that no one gives enough of a hoot to hold him accountable.

Posted by: KimS at February 09, 2012 05:48 PM (eicOh)

250 It's not cheating on Sundays because Sundays are feast days, not part of Lent.

Posted by: Jimbo at February 09, 2012 05:49 PM (O3R/2)

251 Reading everyone's medical complaints has distressed me so much I need to go take a xanax.

Posted by: Alice's Clone Army at February 09, 2012 05:49 PM (ug4P2)

252
Why stop with waivers for just ObamaCare. Give waivers for all kinds of laws. Waivers to pay taxes. . Heck, waivers for everything.

Yep:
1. Fast and Furious - waiver for Eric Holder - Check

2. No taxes for some - Buffett still owes almost a $billion - Check

3. OWS crowd - exemption from all social and legal restraints - Check


Posted by: Decaf at February 09, 2012 05:51 PM (3QCDT)

253 I think it's a reasonable conclusion that he's trying to spark an

Oklahoma City incident from a Tea Party type. Or is truly a megalomaniac

or dictator at heart. Don't know.




Posted by: Horatius at February 09, 2012 05:21 PM (/J+FC)

Can't it be both?

Why are we presented with false choices!!!

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Now Researching How to Awaken Azathoth at February 09, 2012 05:56 PM (0q2P7)

254
You shouldn't mix your drugs, Ace. Pick one poison, then dip you ball sack into pudding cups.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie © at February 09, 2012 05:58 PM (1hM1d)

255 Ace, think of the acid reflux like a fire. It won't go away until you put it out completely. As soon as you feel it coming on drink water, not just a few sips but WATER. I've been told to try everything known to man on the planet, the only thing that truly works is water. Most people are in so much discomfort it never occurs to them that water is really what puts out the fire of the acid. Also you need to elevate the top of your bed with two cinder blocks. Yep, you'll be on an angle and your friends will make fun of your bed the next time you have company and they put the coats on the bed. But, it's very logical. It's tough for the acid to fight gravity. Besides I'm sure you can come up with some highly creative moron type reason why your bed would be on a slant.

Posted by: tinsley at February 09, 2012 05:59 PM (oZfic)

256 Oh and when you have acid reflux you have to think about what you are eating. If you eat a large plate of lasagna I could bet you are going to have acid reflux. So you have to think about what you can eat after the offending food to counteract the response of the offending food. Like maybe the rest of the ricotta in the frig. This way you can still eat stuff you love cause if you follow a diet to avoid acid reflux you will bore yourself to death.

Posted by: tinsley at February 09, 2012 06:03 PM (oZfic)

257 Its tough for acid to fight gravity. That's why it travels up your digestive tract moving from your stomach and up towards your esophagus. Yep, definitely can't fight gravity.

Posted by: buzzion at February 09, 2012 06:04 PM (GULKT)

258 @257 Ooooh I dunno. My niece hangs upside down from the branch of a tree while eating a Big Mac sometimes.

Posted by: Fortunata at February 09, 2012 06:09 PM (90H1N)

259 Posted by: buzzion at February 09, 2012 06:04 PM (GULKT)

Listen cranky puss, do you have acid reflux? No? I'm surprised with your nerves that you don't. Anyway. It works. And when you have acid reflux and try it and it works, we won't hear a word out of ya right cranky puss? right?

Posted by: tinsley at February 09, 2012 06:11 PM (oZfic)

260 Ace:

I feel your pain. I had recurrent acid reflux for years and it was pure torture. My Doctor finally prescribed a bi-convex tiny little dark tan hard coated pill smaller than the size of the minx smilies.

They were quite unique -- they were as bitter as hell, so much so that if you weren't prepared to wash them down as soon as they hit your tongue you had an extremely bitter taste in your mouth for the next half hour. But they worked wonders and after 60 days my acid indigestion/reflux was a thing of the past -- for over 30 years now. I wish I could remember what they were.

As for the Klonopin -- I take two 0.5 mg b.i.d. Like all benzos it's a strange med that has to be well matched to your anxiety problems. I don't have any problems with mixing them with booze, but that's just me. Xanax is more powerful and I'd prefer it, but it sometimes makes me feel worse instead of better. But it cuts anxiety like a fucking hammer.

Funny thing -- the mildest of benzodiazepines -- Librium -- turned me into a zombie after only one month.

A lot of how benzodiazepines affect you depends on their half life (it's just like a radioactive half life) and how they build up in your system. And then there's the dosage -- my sister takes four klonopins/day, under treatment by a psychiatrist. Three to four per day worked best for me but my M.D. said I'd have to see a shrink to get that dosage, and I can't afford a shrink.

So talk to your doc, have him/her review your dosage and consider if you're taking the most appropriate medication.

Best of luck, properly treating anxiety is a challenge for both doctors and their patients.

One last thing -- I'll bet the medication that cured my acid indigestion/reflux condition for life has been permanently banned by the FDA by now.

Posted by: Ed Anger - Certified Kos Kid at February 09, 2012 06:12 PM (7+pP9)

261 Whether it works or not you pathetic stalker is immaterial to the fact that you have no actual understanding of acid reflux/heartburn or gravity.

Posted by: buzzion at February 09, 2012 06:13 PM (GULKT)

262 261
Whether it works or not you pathetic stalker is immaterial to the fact
that you have no actual understanding of acid reflux/heartburn or
gravity.

Posted by: buzzion at February 09, 2012 06:13 PM (GULKT)
Listen cranky puss...it worked. That's the bottom line.

Posted by: tinsley at February 09, 2012 06:14 PM (oZfic)

263 I don't need a pill-a-day thing. I just need to stop being an asshole.

It's easier to quit drinking.
Trust Us.

Posted by: Assholes Anonymous at February 09, 2012 06:16 PM (eYPD/)

264 the acid cycle

You never know where that thing is gonna go. Then it disappears.

Posted by: Ken Kesey at February 09, 2012 06:17 PM (eYPD/)

265 It may have worked you lying little stalker but you still reveal yourself to be an idiot with mental functionality of a goldfish with ADD.

Posted by: buzzion at February 09, 2012 06:20 PM (GULKT)

266 That's not exactly tying one on.

Ace. You know you are wrong on this one. Don't mix Klonopin with alcohol. Talk to any ER doc, or better yet a pathologist or rehab specialist. They see mixtures like this all the time on the slab or in rehab. If you're not really much of a drinker, mixing the two with "just a few drinks" in 3-4 hours is even more dangerous. I like the joking more than the next guy, but this isn't a joke. We need a clear thinking Ewok at the HQ. Klonopin + Alcohol gives significant central nervous system depression. 1 +1 = 4 for the other morons out there.

Posted by: a concerned moron at February 09, 2012 06:20 PM (ndlFj)

267 Three to four per day worked best for me but my M.D. said I'd have to see a shrink to get that dosage, and I can't afford a shrink.

Have you considered going to Planned Parenthood?

Posted by: Zheeeeeeeeeeeeeee! at February 09, 2012 06:21 PM (V40IZ)

268 "on the slab or in rehab"
Posted by: a concerned moron at February 09, 2012 06:20 PM (ndlFj)


That's a frightening phrase if I ever saw one.

Alcohol is a depressant and I'm gathering that this k stuff is something to un depress you. So you are saying when you mix it with alcohol it makes you more depressed and negates the drug completely?

Posted by: tinsley at February 09, 2012 06:24 PM (oZfic)

269 "Your symptoms sound like a gall stone. Have you checked for that?"

Glad to see someone else noticed this.

Ace, do you vomit in these episodes? If so, do you experience immediate relief ability to sleep after the vomit?

If so, dollars to donuts it's your GB. And I don't mean Glenn Beck.

Posted by: Knemon at February 09, 2012 06:27 PM (u1+3w)

270 SarahW, I defer to your obviously superior sknowledge on all things Hitler! I will make one comment though. I am only up to where Hitler becomes Chancellor, which is very early in the book (Kindle, actually), but I was struck by how well hundreds of years of German history and culture had prepared the Germans to follow him!
I had alwaysbought intothe CW that the poor Germans were basically nice folks just like us, except that their leaders stumbled into WWI, and then we, in our infinite stupid nastiness, beat them up with the Treaty of Versailles, causing them in their suffering to become pushovers for a tyrant. Ummmm, not exactly.
Turns out there was a rich tradition of hyper-nationalism, -militarism, -racism, and antisemitism that had already taken solid rootin these people before Germany was even created (through Prussianconquest, natch) inthe 19th century.
My dear moonbat wife just could not get her head around the possibility that America and the Allies might have not actually createdthe Germans'appetite for a Hitler out of thin air, converting the sweetest folks you can imagine into ravenous killing beasts! First thing she wanted to know is who is this Shirer fellow anyway? Translation: is he one of your idiot conservative bloggers? Ummmm, not exactly.

Posted by: sherlock at February 09, 2012 06:37 PM (H9eC4)

271 Sherlock, when you're done with RAFOTTR, I'd recommend a new 3-volume history by Richard J. Evans: "The Coming of the Third Reich," "The Third Reich in Power," and "The Third Reich at War."

Shirer is a great writer and Rise and Fall is one of my favorite books, but he's sometimes writing too close to the events (some of which he personally witnessed before he fled Germany) to give the full historical sense of what's going on.

Shirer's "Berlin Diary" and "The Nightmare Years" are also good stuff.

Posted by: Knemon at February 09, 2012 06:40 PM (u1+3w)

272 truck monkey,

After my heart attack, I went through the hospitals cardiac rehab program and they gave me a really good tip on fighting urges - if you have an urge to smoke, just purse your lips, like you're going to take a drag, and just take a deep breath.

I quit the day I went in to the hospital. It's been a year and a half and I do still have an urge every now and then, but that technique really helps me get past it. Try it out.

Posted by: The Last One at February 09, 2012 06:40 PM (MDQQ7)

273
You know you are wrong on this one. Don't mix Klonopin with alcohol. Talk to any ER doc, or better yet a pathologist or rehab specialist. They see mixtures like this all the time on the slab or in rehab. If you're not really much of a drinker, mixing the two with "just a few drinks" in 3-4 hours is even more dangerous.

That's crazy talk. If the mix doesn't agree with Ace he should avoid it. But unless he's taking about 2 mg. + a quart of Bourbon it's highly unlikely he'll end up on "a slab" unless he has other aggravating medical conditions.

Your "Joe Friday" imitation is duly noted and dismissed.

Posted by: Ed Anger - Certified Kos Kid at February 09, 2012 06:55 PM (7+pP9)

274 Shoulda stuck to the Meth I been sendin' ya.

Posted by: hutch1200 at February 09, 2012 06:58 PM (1A/j8)

275 Welcome to "Old Age 101" Ace.

Posted by: Rich K at February 09, 2012 07:15 PM (X4l3T)

276 Romney's inability to deal with Romneycare/Obamacare is what launched another disingenuous ploy by this Administration. If Romney says he can grant waivers to States to get around ObamaCare, let's see him explain how the JEF doesn't have the power to grant waivers on other laws and do it based on no objective criteria. And as an extra bonus, the JEF has added conditions to the waivers. This becomes more of a disaster everyday.

Posted by: The Poster Formerly Known as Mr. Barky at February 09, 2012 07:19 PM (qwK3S)

277 Ace,

I think you might be lactose intolerant. The giveaway was that you had a big glass of milk and then you were up all night.

I had similar episodes of reflux/heartburn and finally ended up in the ER. They did an EKG, gallbladder ultrasound, and an abdominal CT scan, and found nothing. Gave me some Protonix and morphine and I felt better. Went home, had a big bowl of ice cream, and in 10 minutes I felt like shit again. Then the light bulb went off. I stooped eating/drinking dairy and have not had any problem since.

My doc told me it is pretty common for people to develop lactose intolerance in midlife.

Posted by: rockmom at February 09, 2012 07:21 PM (A0UFZ)

278 " I will knock off any drinking during the week at all. Apparently I just cant handle it any more."

To paraphrase Judge Snelling: "The world needs pussies too, Ace."

Posted by: Sgt. York at February 09, 2012 07:23 PM (zMRP1)

279 You should read the insert that came with the drug or about it on drugs.com. And whatever you do Ace, don't get pregnant or nurse.

Posted by: tinsley at February 09, 2012 07:26 PM (oZfic)

280 "Apologies for the Second Day Off:", Ace.

That's too bad Ace, it's how I can get to sleep knowing our country is going down the tubes...
Take care.

Posted by: Mudshark at February 09, 2012 07:39 PM (CRDXw)

281 Glad to see that Ace is finally admitting to being a drugged-out zombie like Andrew Sullivan. Less glad to hear that knowledge of his drugged out zombie condition hadn't affected his confidence in his own brain-addled "reasoning". You'd think that someone who regularly loads up on psychoactive drugs would in turn embrace a certain humility about his cognitive processes, but apparently the opposite effect is the norm.

On the other hand, Ace's mental illness goes a long way towards explaining his idiotic positions on pretty much everything. I feel bad about opposing him now, the same way I'd feel bad about correcting a retard who thinks 2+2=5. I mean sure, he's wrong, but correcting him isn't going to get through to his retard mind and it's only going to aggravate him into a retard rage. Better to humor him and spend my time in meaningful conversations with intelligent and influential people.

Posted by: infovore at February 09, 2012 08:58 PM (0llFJ)

282 > I think he's over-thinking the problem. Celiac disease is a simpler answer.

Yeah, he is aware of celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, etc., and mentions them frequently in the book and on the blog. His theory is broader than that though. I'm not going to make any Gorean "the science is settled" claims on his behalf. I just think it's an interesting theory and it could be worth Ace's (or anyone's) while to examine his arguments.

Posted by: The Chap in the Deerstalker Cap at February 09, 2012 09:08 PM (VyWq4)

283
Knemon - thanks for the recommendation (and for breaking up the oldsters' disease-thread - I keed, I keed!).
Hey on the bright side, you have to read Churchill's 6-volumes on dublya-dublya eye-eye (that's the big one). Still brings a thrill to read about his sense of fulfillment when, 10 days after the Japs did Pearl Harbor, Fuhrer Dumbass declared war on the USA. He thanked God Almighty for allowing his enemy toproudlydeclarethe means oftheir own destruction. Churchill knew the Brits could defeat the Nazis eventually, but the US coming in made probability into a deadlyinevitability.
Who knows, could Churchillhave secretlyinvented the Tebow in the his bunker bedroom?!!

Posted by: sherlock at February 09, 2012 09:25 PM (8ra42)

284 Look the bottom line is this: nobody is going to stop President Obama, no congressman will call him to task, no media type will report and try to block him, no courts will matter. He's already being held in contempt of court for violating the constitution. The only thing that can stop him is our votes this November and the fear he might not get 4 more years. When he's got a second term, all bets are off, he'll do anything, anything he wants.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at February 09, 2012 09:38 PM (r4wIV)

285 Sherlock - thanks for the rec. I have the first volume somewhere but haven't read it yet; i'll move it to the top of the stack.

"Explaining Hitler" by Ron Rosenbaum is also a good'un. He devotes a chapter to each major theory (Insane Hitler, Gay Hitler, Scat Hitler, CryptoJewish Hitler) before ultimately concluding that we can't handle the probable truth, the most terrifying at all: that Hitler was just what he appeared to be, a nebbishy nonentity full of hate and not much else, who somehow managed to take over a great (though, as you note, already kinda nuts) nation and bring the world to the brink.

Posted by: Knemon at February 09, 2012 09:38 PM (F4Q69)

286 So who's to stop him from "postponing" the elections due to some 'emergency". The Middle East is looking pretty dicey. All he has to do is set up Israel ala "Bay of Pigs" and voila.

It really sucks that I am thinking this way. There is something terribly wrong with this.

Posted by: pawn at February 09, 2012 09:46 PM (iMsF6)

287 Ace:

Omeprazole. If you aren't on it, get the industrial strength version. Been on it for ~16 years. Makes one hell of a difference. Still get occasional ... episodes ... of reflux, but nothing like the bad old days.

For really bad days, Gaviscon. 2 tablets of extra strength with a glass of water. I call that my "nuclear" option. Usually I have to use it when I go out with customers to take them to dinner. Or when we eat late. It works for the most part.

And when the shit just don't stop, there's the "comfy couch", which reclines enough to let me sleep but not suffer too much from reflux.

If you haven't been scoped out recently, probably a good idea. Esophogeal cancer sucks.

Mrs. Galt, just 6 weeks after beating her own cancer back, has warned me that I'm gonna be poked and prodded this year. I guess this is a camera in every orifice. I hope it at least buys me dinner first ...

Posted by: John Galt at February 09, 2012 09:54 PM (80GjT)

288 You know Ace, if you asked some of the commenters to write pieces for the blog and scheduled those pieces, I bet everyone would do it. I'm not talking about me, but the really smarty pants ones, the ones who truly truly know their history and who kindly educate me on things we skipped in AP American and didn't cover, in quite the same way as the folks on the blog do, in college.

I only say this cause I imagine that having a blog is wonderful but also a huge responsibility and draining at times. I would imagine it's becomes a part of you and after a while that you sort of live with it 24/7 which can be a double edged sword of sorts because you can never really have a totally blog free moment.

Maybe, before it impacts your health even more, you should reach out to your morn hoarde and ask for some assistance. If you were female, you'd have done this already but males have trouble with reaching out like that and giving up a bit of control. When you read the comments, you really see people's strengths and you can act as an editor and maybe capitalize on those strengths for your own benefit and the benefit of your blog community.

Just sort of thinking out loud but even staff writers and guys like hannity have vacations, skip their shows and have guest hosts, they take breaks. I had a boss who used to wake up, no matter what was going on and announce he was taking a mental health day and that he'd trained us and it would be good for him but better for us cause we were in charge and you learn when you are in charge. That man taught me an awful lot. The funniest story was when he took his mental health day and we assumed he'd be playing tennis or out on the golf course but instead he built his wife an outdoor fireplace, using directions in a book and he managed to get two masons to check it out. Yeah it took more than the one day but he came in energized after that day.

Posted by: tinsley at February 09, 2012 11:15 PM (oZfic)

289 Classics are best:

* ginger ale for nausea (pedialyte also if you csn tolerate the taste)
* coke classic for headache-nausea

proven track record

also - if you are drinking, take milk thistle for the liver

be well

Posted by: flodigarry at February 09, 2012 11:43 PM (ouZ+L)

290 Ace, a Hiatal Hernia will also cause reflux and if that is the case, you will not heal on your own - well, at least I haven't in 30+ years I hear that true healing is only a nip/tuck away and a few friends swear by the surgery.

Posted by: Rob in Katy at February 10, 2012 12:38 AM (PiTBB)

291 "Unconstitutional."

Doesn't matter, as long as the Republicans lack the balls to club him mercilessly for his unconstitutional actions. Look at Fast and Furious; has ANYONE in the Obama Justice Department been indicted yet?

Posted by: Blacque Jacques Shellacque at February 10, 2012 02:15 AM (l2fOr)

292 Believe it or not, Tums are one of the few things that interact with darn near every psychotropic drug. They delay the peak absorption (Cmax) drugs. Hence, the hangover.

Additionally, benzos + alcohol are commonly referred to a "doing a Heath Ledger". Your body just. Slows. Down. And forgets. To. Breathe.

Posted by: Dymphna at February 10, 2012 02:43 AM (LmmY+)

293 It pains me to bare my moron soul thus: I have ceased liquor after tea time - helped a lot with reflux. Also avoid carbs after noon. Weren't you doing Atkins for awhile? Was there any noticeable difference? I found weight loss (or perhaps the workouts associated therewith) helped both reflux and apnea. Full Irish breakfast, ploughman's lunch, fish and chips (toss the chips) for supper and a half pint of Guinness for afters. (No, Guinness is not liquor, it is medicine.) Nod off in the recliner (head and legs elevated). Fear not intemperate yoots who eat cheeseburgers while upside down... their esophageal sphincters age in due course.

Posted by: Jimmy don\'t play that at February 10, 2012 09:37 AM (xcwcN)

294 @289 - Guinness is pedialyte for adults. Tastier too.

Posted by: Jimmy don\'t play that at February 10, 2012 09:41 AM (xcwcN)

295 zantac mate. worked wonders for me

Posted by: mjwheele at February 10, 2012 11:11 AM (p77ga)

296
No alcohol. Period. Rigorous exercise early in the day. Alka-Seltzer Plus in 8 oz. h20 prior to bed. It works for me re acid issues. Best.

Posted by: mike at February 10, 2012 04:44 PM (I8/I7)

297 And whatever you do, don't take milk thistle. Being on an anti-epileptic and a benzo (which is not the same as a muscle relaxant, pharmacologically), you will either completely wash out your Meds before they can do their job or trash your liver or both. Usually both. Liver "cleanses" are not meant for people on AEDs.

Posted by: Dymphna at February 13, 2012 03:06 AM (LmmY+)






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