This just in: AMGer Vic Berardelli has internet evidence of snow fall in the Dakotas.
Sioux Falls, S.D. set a record for Nov. 5 with 5.7 inches of snow last Tuesday.
Even more telling is this notice from the National Weather Service:
this will mark a new record for the fewest number of days between the last 4+” snowfall in the Spring and the first 4+” snowfall in the Fall. This year will only be 197 days, which would break the old record of 203 days set in 1970, and would be a full 100 days shorter than the average of 297 days for the period of record since 1893.
Al Gore has not been heard from.
This fortunate bit of anecdotal evidence will allow Vic to ignore the scientific truth of global climate change for at least another 6 weeks, at which time he will hopefully realize that it is cold in Maine in December. At that point all reason to question thousands of scientists working hundreds of thousands of man-hours, trekking across the globe, and launching multi-billion dollar satellites to collect billions of data points will continue to be irrelevant to Vic because, yes, it will always snow somewhere around the world on any given day.
In other news, Vic had a solid shit today so we can all assume he will never have diarrhea.
November 9, 2013 by amglolz
THIS JUST IN OFF THE AMG WIRES!
Breaking news from our correspondent, frantically refreshing AMG to catch every last bit of news before it shuts down….
It looks like….
Yes, it does seem to be true.
Naran likes Paul LePage. Write that down. She seems to not only approve of his policies, but genuinely think he is a nice guy.
Her approval of Paul LePage is only apparent to the careful eyes of veteran AMG readers, such as myself, as it appears largely as subtle statements of mild approval occasionally sprinkled throughout the website. So don’t feel bad if you didn’t notice it. However, you can trust that it is true. She is vaguely positive in her feelings towards the Governor.
Wait- we are getting more from our correspondent. It seems we have – wait – yes, more news. She actually loves the guy. Like, would marry him and have his babies. Mrs. LePage, watch out! There is a tiger on the prowl.
What is the evidence? Here is some, a small post by Naran:
PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT
LePage 2014 Kick-Off
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The announcement will commence at 5:45 pm.
New Jobs & Economic Growth ✔
Welfare Reform ✔
Sustainable Spending and Lower Taxes ✔
Governor Paul LePage is Working for Maine
As you can see, there are slight elements of pro-LePage-ishness amongst this thread as started by Naran. For instance, she doesn’t just list “Welfare Reform” as a LePage accomplishment. She puts a little check mark next to it. HOW THE HELL DOES SHE DO THAT? No seriously, how? That is magic. But I expect nothing less than David Copperfield level text characters when I am dealing with Naran.
But the point is, you see, that the check mark denotes that Governor LePage accomplished that goal. If Naran had just listed “Welfare Reform,” you and I would be wondering, “hmm, LePage may have tried to reform welfare, but did he succeed?” Well, now we know. Bag it and tag it.
Naran then follows up with several pithy comments with classic Naran images. First, a shoe phone? Wow. I get it!
And then the classic crying baby seal of the Democratic Party.
That has been in fine AMG use since at least 2000. An oldie but goodie.
Further updates will be provided as events warrant. This is a very fluid situation.
Reading As Maine Goes has obviously given me a lot of good fun over the years.
Like you, I was astonished to see that the website upon which this blog owes its very existence is in danger of closing.
Well, AMG, now it is time for me to return the favor. I present to you the As Maine Goes Exodus Forum.
This is a free forum for members of the former AMG community. Sign up and post away, friends.
I know. You wonder, why would we join a forum set up by our mortal enemy, amglolz? Isn’t this a trap?
And to that I say, friend, we are all Mainers. In times of great need, we must come together. Liberals and Conservatives, crazies and not so crazies, it doesn’t matter. We are all human.
And it’s free.
I’ll even give Naran “moderator” status. I swear.
Let’s let the past be the past, and create a new unified era in the As Maine Goes internet-verse.
We can do it.
UPDATE FOR AMGERS- Just to be clear, you do need to register to post in the forum. And once Naran is set up as moderator (I have no doubt she will be contact me any minute now) she can make sure everyone is who they say they are, right? So no need to worry about anonymous yahoos jumping into your intellectual debate.
Melvin Udall has a few solemn words to share as AMG appears ready to meet its Maker.
This post by Melvin is a very UNIQUE and special post. He says so.
AMG: a UNIQUE and special place
From time to time, we all get frustrated by what goes on on AMG.
Last night, I spent some time on the BDN web site, looking at two articles and the comments that flowed from them.
In so many words, the vast majority of comments are ad hominem, uninformed, vicious, embarrassing, and completely lacking in any sense of public discourse.
How long does it take for a newspaper to realize that their own readership, at least as reflected in these comment pages, live in a cesspool? And when do they come to realize that they ‘feed’ the cesspool with their editorial policies?
Want to ‘restore your faith in the people?’ I suggest AMG, not the BDN.
AMG is a pure miracle by comparison, and I’m not sure how Scott Fish did it, exactly, other than creating the right culture right from the start. I’m not sure you could make a fresh start these days and accomplish the same thing.
AMG has a culture worth protecting, and I hope that collectively the ‘community’ can find a way to keep it alive and growing, and retain the unbelievably sane and civil atmosphere it projects.
Yes, Melvin really did write that he likes AMG better than other websites because those other websites are described as follows: “In so many words, the vast majority of comments are ad hominem, uninformed, vicious, embarrassing, and completely lacking in any sense of public discourse.”
Insert joke here.
AMG, Melvin says, is a “pure miracle” by comparison, with a “culture worth protecting” and an “unbelievably sane and civil atmosphere.”
The “unbelievable sane” website’s front page includes conversations about the upcoming food riots:
“Portland’s worship of the god of ‘diversity’ also makes it prone to be a powderkeg under the right circumstances.”
…. A post entitled “Charlie Crist, Obama’s cabana boy, will run to be Florida’s governor” that includes a link to a picture of Obama hugging another man with the analysis:
Photo of two males is some sort of physical embrace of sorts…..hands clasped. That posturing is something I have never seen between two homo sapiens. Is that new or something. I have seen sports figures do some sort of hip bump, hand clasp, elbow touch and forehead bump. I get that form of expression. But the photo….Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
Bury your chin in the shoulder of the other, touching ears, spread hand over the back. Intimacy implied says I.
The above might be hilarious if it were a spoof on the usual AMG paranoia of all things homosexual, but given the commentor’s previous posts, I am pretty sure he is actually concerned about two men hugging.
I have a good book titled “One Second After”. It details what Homeland Security expects would occur after an EMP over West Virginia or so. What we would see is a blink like a photo flash. Then all electronic devices would be out of service. Your old Ford tractor or Piper Cub would run as long as your stored gas holds out. Then you are on your own. Cities would begin cannibalism as happened in Germany after WWII. It is scholarly work.
Anyone who thinks this is not possible is living in a dream world.
I can indeed. I was in Santo Domingo when there were 2,500 dead in the streets and the temperature was 104 degrees. Americans are living in a dream world. The world knows it. Americans will come to know it.
That is all just off the front page of today’s edition.
I am alive! Word of AsMaineGoes’ impending end has reached me even through my haze of ambivalence, and how could I not have a few last minute words?
First: Let’s be clear that there were TWO things that led to AMG’s demise.
1. Posting on AMG became a possible political liability.
2. Maine Republicans actually had that one election where they won something.
Remember “The Distributist?” Yeah, it become clear at that point that saying really, really, really, dumb things on the AMG could impact your real life. AMG had gotten too big; it was no longer just an email chain for a bunch of likeminded crazies and their political leaders. It was a publicly watched space, where news organizations could check the id of one political party. Suddenly, that crazy thing you might say at your friend’s Tea Party BBQ after a few drinks was something that you should actually only say at your friend’s Tea Party BBQ. The Portland Press Herald, Al Diamon, DirigoBlue, and others were reading and ready to pounce.
Point #2 is related to this. Remember Dan Billings? Well, when Governor LePage won an election, he suddenly had a great new career path: Judge. Scott Fish became spokesperson for Republicans in the Legislature. A few other posters here and there found work in the new Republican administration and legislature. Suddenly, they were more accountable for their postings. This was especially true in the post-Distributist age. Scott Fish’s musings could now become news that would impact his employer. Dan Billings, obviously, can’t be both a Judge and online political savant.
Combine points #1 and #2, and the AMG swamp got drained of its best, brightest, and most entertaining. All we were left with was a never-ending circle of “Naran: That thing Democrats Did Will Cost Us Money” and “Random Crazy: Obama’s Gay Army Will Force Us To Buy Communist Health Insurance Any Day Now” posts. Frankly, I lost interest. And I’m the guy who was so obsessed that I started a frickin’ website. If you lose me, well, you’re not doing great.
Still, however, I would have thought AMG would continue on in perpetuity until the demographic train derailed (the average AMG age is probably about 68). But I guess I thought that because I believed it was possible to run a website on the cheap, and let things stay online long past their “that was fun” date because the internet is basically free (See asmainegoeslolz.com)…. Somehow that logic doesn’t work for AMG because Scott Fish is managing to pay someone $150 a month to run that thing.
There may be other things you can point to about why AMG might be dying, but they are all related to points #1 and #2 above. Naran’s rise as moderator/banner-in-chief? Well, that wouldn’t have happened in a world where Scott Fish stayed on to manage the day to day operations. It led to an ever-shrinking pool of posters and, frankly, a loss of interesting posts, because great stories resolve around conflict.
So that’s my somewhat premature autopsy.
Oh, I almost forgot reasons #3, #4, and #5 for the demise of AMG:
#4 That Alinsky book I keep hearing about,
and #5 BENGHAZI OBAMANATION HATEZ AMERICA FOUR DEAD
It seems that AMGLOLZ actually predeceased AMG, but now that the Fishmeister has officially driven a stake through the Narantula’s heart, how do we appropriately say goodbye?
All suggestions will be gratefully accepted.
August 13, 2013 by Average Joe
Of course, I’m just kidding, and everyone would know it, especially if I said I wanted to do the dirty deed from the seat of a flight simulator. So that’s the big debate over at AMG with most, except for reasonable Bruce Libby, blaming the media for distorting and exaggerating the Governor’s misguided sense of humor.
But on WGAN’s Ken and Mike show the other morning, a caller made a really good point. If a fifth grader made a similar comment in school, would he be expelled or simply suspended? Don’t even ask what the TSA might do to you at the airport. And here we’re talking about the Governor. Shouldn’t he be held to an even higher standard?
I have a theory. It’s all a brilliant strategery to get re-elected. The more stupid things the Governor says, the more used the public becomes to them and the more immune they become to any further outbursts. And when during the campaign they’re reminded of all the idiotic blasts from the Governor’s unrestrained mouth, “Oh, that’s just Paulie being Paulie,” they’ll say, reminiscent of Manny Ramirez. So he earns a pass for being less than a stellar statesman and re-election is in hand. Brilliant!