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posted at 9:01 am on April 17, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

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Troll call.

rhombus on April 17, 2014 at 9:03 AM

If I am the first commenter to comment on the opening of comment registration, do I get a special Bishop award?

Shump on April 17, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Wow, so I wasn’t imagining it. The last one really was that bad.

rogerb on April 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Wha…?!

Akzed on April 17, 2014 at 9:06 AM

The last one really was that bad.

rogerb on April 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM

It took all of 0.2 seconds for the old trolls with recycled screen names to out themselves.

It’s like they think this is Ed’s first rodeo.

CurtZHP on April 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

So soon after the other one? You new trolls will have to step it up a notch if you want to stick around.

Flora Duh on April 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Can someone forward this to Kathleen Sebelius? She’s going to have a lot of free time on her hands, and I just think it would be nice to have a fresh voice here to discuss all the wonders of ObamaCare.

JeremiahJohnson on April 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Sharpen your troll knives…bwuhahahahahha!

Doc Holliday on April 17, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Oh, God. Here we go again.

wolly4321 on April 17, 2014 at 9:09 AM

God help us. Hide the children!

Can you please add;

- A spelling test
- A grammar and diction test
- A history test
- A limit on argumentum ad hominem
- A limit on argumentum ad ignorantiam
- A complete ban on A limit on argumentum ad baculum
- A general ban on arguments between commenters which spans more than 4 posts

I hate to set the bar so high. But these requirements would greatly improve the comments :-)

Marcus Traianus on April 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Can someone forward this to Kathleen Sebelius? She’s going to have a lot of free time on her hands, and I just think it would be nice to have a fresh voice here to discuss all the wonders of ObamaCare.

JeremiahJohnson on April 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Yeah, seriously. Let’s cut out the middlemen.

Soros & Co. would save a few bucks if they’d just come here and post their talking points themselves.

CurtZHP on April 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

ohhh noes! the Marxist are coming!

Kjeil on April 17, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Welcome to all the new registrants!

Tim_B on April 17, 2014 at 9:11 AM

So soon after the other one? You new trolls will have to step it up a notch if you want to stick around.
 
Flora Duh on April 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

 
It’s gotten so bad that we’re often relying on regulars using fake IDs to post as (D) supporters.

rogerb on April 17, 2014 at 9:12 AM

The vuvuzela sounds, calling all from near and far. Let the battles begin.

yongoro on April 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Welcome back Narutoboy!

Akzed on April 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Been here since Boss Emeritus said she had a surprise coming.
Welcome newbs.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on April 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Can I create a second user…….?

Electrongod on April 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Wow, so I wasn’t imagining it. The last one really was that bad.

rogerb on April 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM

I resemble that remark!

HonestLib on April 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

HillAreWe. HillAreWe, HillAreWe!!!!

Oh Wait, that one was banned 3 days after the last reg…

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I’m looking forward to all the creative new monikers from the same tired old trolls. Like.

liberal4ever
liberals_r_cool
TheRaceDeckofCards
HillWasWe
RaveDywall

HumpBot Salvation on April 17, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Greetings to the conservatives. You’re always welcome here.

MisterElephant on April 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Well, the last crop of noobs wasn’t too bad.

Was this a stealth open registration?

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:21 AM

If I am the first commenter to comment on the opening of comment registration, do I get a special Bishop award?

Shump on April 17, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Since you weren’t, the answer is no.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:21 AM

rogerb on April 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Now now…

rogerb on April 17, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Thought about it. But I have a hard enough time keeping track of me.

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM

I’m looking forward to all the creative new monikers from the same tired old trolls. Like.

liberal4ever
liberals_r_cool
TheRaceDeckofCards
HillWasWe
RaveDywall

HumpBot Salvation on April 17, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Lostmotherflukerland
Urbane Elitist
triple_the_stupid

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Good morning everyone! I guess this means I’m no longer a newbie. Oh and btw, day number 64 without a cigarette…

fresh air on April 17, 2014 at 9:23 AM

HonestLib on April 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

You’re a keeper. So is Newtie.

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM

I’m looking forward to all the creative new monikers from the same tired old trolls. Like.

liberal4ever
liberals_r_cool
TheRaceDeckofCards
HillWasWe
RaveDywall

HumpBot Salvation on April 17, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Lostmotherflukerland
Urbane Elitist
triple_the_stupid

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:23 AM

crr7

bigmacdaddy on April 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Over/under on how long it takes for someone to ask how to do the “quote thingy”?

BacaDog on April 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

fresh air on April 17, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Congratulations!

And yes, you will always be a noob. Except to other noobs.

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

BacaDog on April 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

How do you do the quote thingy?

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

How do you do the quote thingy?

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

WINNING! :)

BacaDog on April 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Not again!!

I mean, welcome, new trolls.

Vero Beach Florida on April 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Ah well… I shall try to remain a good noob at least. Thank you.

fresh air on April 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

HillAreWe. HillAreWe, HillAreWe!!!!

Oh Wait, that one was banned 3 days after the last reg…

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I was kind of mean to her. In my defense, she couldn’t defend herself. I wish I knew what she said that got her banned, but that’s an even more puerile instinct probably best left unsatisfied.

Fenris on April 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

When I was the one out looking in I waited for an enrollment. Know I’m a snob and want no one else.

We humans are fickle.

gerrym51 on April 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

If I am the first commenter to comment on the opening of comment registration, do I get a special Bishop award?

Shump on April 17, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Moot!

Welcome newbies!

Vince on April 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Free government cheese for all the new peeps!

Conservative4Ever on April 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM

So, I guess this means there have been too many 25-or-less-post threads out there.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Can you please add;

- A spelling test
- A grammar and diction test
- A history test
- A limit on argumentum ad hominem
- A limit on argumentum ad ignorantiam
- A complete ban on A limit on argumentum ad baculum
- A general ban on arguments between commenters which spans more than 4 posts

I hate to set the bar so high. But these requirements would greatly improve the comments :-)

Marcus Traianus on April 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Dude, if we applied that last rule retroactively, we’d kill a rather large swath of the regular commentariat. :/

It’s like people think the proper way to deal trolls is to argue reason with them across a minimum of ten long, well thought-out, and increasingly irritated comments in the same comment section.

but on topic: welcome to the new guys!

mintycrys on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Here we go with another 800 out of State Bevin supporter Trolls.

“Ditch Mitch” shall be their rallying cry!

Johnnyreb on April 17, 2014 at 9:32 AM

http://youtu.be/kuHKWzWtBzM?t=9s

Welcome to all the new registrants! Pick up your name tags and coupons folder, and don’t forget to visit the gift shop. :)

JetBoy on April 17, 2014 at 9:32 AM

why bother?
you all hit paydirt when I signed up :)
HA even I don’t buy that :)

dmacleo on April 17, 2014 at 9:33 AM

So, I guess this means there have been too many 25-or-less-post threads out there.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Yup. Nailed it.

sentinelrules on April 17, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Do you suppose if HillArewe comes back under a different name, she’ll answer any of the questions I ask her?

Stop laughing…

Doc Holliday on April 17, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Nothing good can come of this… :P

Defenestratus on April 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

I wish my high-minded liberal neighbors would join the Hot Hair convo. Dog walking on my street is a Hot Gas Commenter reality show. They just can’t help themselves- always telling us conservatives how wrong we are. It is especially entertaining after the evening scotch, or three.

bettycooper on April 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Ed forgot an important detail.

You first Koch Bros check wont come for 4 weeks, every two weeks after that.

gwelf on April 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM

And I blame you.

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

It’s like people think the proper way to deal trolls is to argue reason with them across a minimum of ten long, well thought-out, and increasingly irritated comments in the same comment section.

mintycrys on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Practice makes perfect?

bettycooper on April 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

fresh air on April 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Ahhhh. Breath of.

Vince on April 17, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Ed forgot an important detail.

You first Koch Bros check wont come for 4 weeks, every two weeks after that.

gwelf on April 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

The Koch Bros must have lost my address.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:39 AM

- A general ban on arguments between commenters which spans more than 4 posts

Marcus Traianus on April 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Then lourdes would have no life.

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Send in the clowns, er, trolls.

Ward Cleaver on April 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM

And I blame you.

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Yep. It’s my fault.

And Bush’s, too.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:40 AM

…It’s like people think the proper way to deal trolls is to argue reason with them across a minimum of ten long, well thought-out, and increasingly irritated comments in the same comment section.

mintycrys on April 17, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Nah. It’s more like one or two pithy sarcastic remarks, a couple arguing over whether they’re a joking troll, one long well thought out response (all of these from different people) and when the lefty picks one to respond to, then comes the irritable posts.

Fenris on April 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM

The Koch Bros must have lost my address.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Harry Reid must have intercepted your checks.

gwelf on April 17, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Newbies are required to practice transferring good tunes from youtube throughout the link.

Doc Holliday on April 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Marcus Traianus on April 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Yet you still got in…

We need gooder ideas, not better speling…

right2bright on April 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

You’re a keeper. So is Newtie.

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM

others….Dina Rehn (think that is the spelling)…whatever
happened to Eric in Hollywood?? And Carlos Spicy Weiner??

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Time to go to the warehouse for another pallet of sundials…

Del Dolemonte on April 17, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Drywall hasn’t been seen in some time….was he banned?

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 9:47 AM

It’s a reminder that people like me (who were regular visitors pre-2012 and enthusiastic posters up until we had our hearts & hopes crushed after the election) need to get involved again. If for no other reason, the sake of our “young skulls full of mush”.

BTW, Thanks to Ed for posting re: MN politics and for folks like gophergirl (and others). Helps me feel less alone up here.

Improvise, Adapt, Overcome!

Sue Doenim on April 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

I don’t mind non-conservatives as long as they are respectful, get to the point, and present their argument or comment in a thought out manner (I guess that this would apply to conservatives as well). If everyone does nothing but agree with the others, it can get old and boring. I welcome a discussion that requires everyone to think and not just react on emotions. A good sense of humor helps.

DAT60A3 on April 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Harry Reid must have intercepted your checks.

gwelf on April 17, 2014 at 9:42 AM

“This war check is lost.”

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Doc Holliday on April 17, 2014 at 9:43 AM

grins sheepishly… Full disclosure Doc: I don’t know how to do the link thing where the link has a name instead of http://www.blahblahyoutubewhatever..

fresh air on April 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Sue Doenim on April 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Look forward to reading your posts.

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 9:51 AM

You’re a keeper. So is Newtie.

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:24 AM

others….Dina Rehn (think that is the spelling)…whatever
happened to Eric in Hollywood?? And Carlos Spicy Weiner??

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Wasn’t ConstantineXL new this last time around? He’s a good one.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I don’t mind non-conservatives as long as they are respectful, get to the point, and present their argument or comment in a thought out manner…

DAT60A3 on April 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Where and when have you seen this happen? You might bookmark it for future internet anthropologists to record and study.

HumpBot Salvation on April 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Time to go to the warehouse for another pallet of sundials…

Del Dolemonte on April 17, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Del, I’ve been meaning to ask you. Why don’t YOU run
for that NH Senate Seat that Brown is after??
You could use Sundials in a Debate!

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

…and this is needed, why?

trapeze on April 17, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Pecking Order for all the youngsters (Irony is seeping here).

Bishop
Ed Morrissey
Me
Everyone Else
Rocks
Allahpundit
You

FontanaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Again?

Welcome newbies.

freedomfirst on April 17, 2014 at 9:53 AM

I wonder how long the new trolls, or perhaps the old trolls in new costumes, will last this time.

22044 on April 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM

others….Dina Rehn (think that is the spelling)…whatever
happened to Eric in Hollywood?? And Carlos Spicy Weiner??

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

and libfreesMom

22044 on April 17, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Wasn’t ConstantineXL new this last time around? He’s a good one.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Yes, I agree. How about Wolverine307?? Some of these people
disappear faster than they show up….

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 9:56 AM

The Jeb trolls forgot to register last time.

faraway on April 17, 2014 at 9:58 AM

I was kind of mean to her. In my defense, she couldn’t defend herself. I wish I knew what she said that got her banned, but that’s an even more puerile instinct probably best left unsatisfied.

Fenris on April 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I think HillAreWe got banned after some checked her out and she was HAL w/ a new handle.

So HAL, if you see this, sing DAISY.

22044 on April 17, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Attention all new enrollees:

Today at 1:00 PM EST., Cindy Mumford will be conducting
Orientation for you.

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM

I’ve been around here since 07.These registration days give me that old vet feeling.I don’t mind the trolls.Their reliable stupidity keeps me in focus.

docflash on April 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Which one of you was “Bandit13“?

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Welcome to all the new liberty advocates!

22044 on April 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM

They’re doing this because last time they didn’t get enough “young” people to sign up. Too many in the comment pool have the word “old” in their name.

TarheelBen on April 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM

FontanaConservative on April 17, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Nicely done.

BuckeyeSam on April 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM

They’re doing this because last time they didn’t get enough “young” people to sign up. Too many in the comment pool have the word “old” in their name.

TarheelBen on April 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Well Enrollees, THIS is how it’s done. Take note.

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM

They’re doing this because last time they didn’t get enough “young” people to sign up. Too many in the comment pool have the word “old” in their name.

TarheelBen on April 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Heh!!

HotAirCare.

Bitter Clinger on April 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Which one of you was “Bandit13“?

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Bandit14, Bandit15 and Bandit16

HumpBot Salvation on April 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM

22044 on April 17, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I thought hotairlib was a guy. Pretending to be a woman is just …creepy.

Fenris on April 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM

JebBushisSeverelyConservative is available

faraway on April 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Wow…registration again already?

Traffic must be hurting…

ClassicCon on April 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

can I haz troll who makes NASCAR jokes back?

Mr. D on April 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

How do you do the quote thingy?

cozmo on April 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Like this

forest on April 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Welcome to all the new registrants!

Tim_B on April 17, 2014 at 9:11 AM

.
NO ! . . . . . Don’t listen to him … it’s a trap !
.

Oh, God. Here we go again.

wolly4321 on April 17, 2014 at 9:09 AM

.
Ahhh . . . . . that’s more like it.

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Drywall hasn’t been seen in some time….was he banned?

ToddPA on April 17, 2014 at 9:47 AM

NHL Playoffs have started!

Del Dolemonte on April 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

http://youtu.be/kuHKWzWtBzM?t=9s

Welcome to all the new registrants! Pick up your name tags and coupons folder, and don’t forget to visit the gift shop. :)

JetBoy on April 17, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Line on the left. One cross each.

CurtZHP on April 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Traffic must be hurting…

ClassicCon on April 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Not enough Palin threads!

freedomfirst on April 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Which one of you was “Bandit13“?

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

.
Bandit14, Bandit15 and Bandit16

HumpBot Salvation on April 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM

.
. . . : )

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:16 AM

AnnInCa come home.

derft on April 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Good think I am a charter member!

rightside on April 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM

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