Gas Prices Go Up, Up But Not Away

BY  |  Friday, Mar 02, 2012 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (75)

It’s not just living in New Jersey that’s expensive. Now driving here is getting expensive, too. Tolls on the highways were raised by fifty percent at the start of the year, and now NJ.com is reporting that gas prices in New Jersey are the highest on record for this time of year, jumping 45 cents since Jan. 1.

According to AAA, the average price of regular gas in New Jersey was $3.60 on Wednesday morning. That’s still lower than the national average, however. CNN reported today that nationwide, the average price of gas hovers around $3.74. Perhaps we should be glad we don’t live in California, where the average price for gasoline tops $4 a gallon (not to mention, the rest of the country doesn’t like California anyway).

We may be there soon, though: gas prices are expected to skyrocket this summer, with many consumers paying up to $5 a gallon. In other words, time to start planning your “staycation.”

 

Photo by dfb via flickr

75 Comments

  1. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  March 02, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

    Has this become a rite of passage for every Memorial Day? Seems as if you can write the same story every year, just change the date.

  2. POSTED BY Right of Center  |  March 02, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    Well, at least Obama achieved SOMETHING he set out to do!

    http://news.yahoo.com/energy-secretary-chu-admits-administration-ok-high-gas-193900713.html

    (good thing Obama stopped the Keystone pipeline)

  3. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  March 02, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    2002, GWB enters WH, gas prices $1.40 gallon
    2008, GWB in WH, gas prices $4.20 gallon.

    Once again ROC, you’re on the spot with the facts!

  4. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  March 02, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    2012, Obama in WH for 3 years, gas prices $4.22 and rising

    So what is your point?

  5. POSTED BY whowantwhat  |  March 02, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    Despite rising prices/costs at every turn the Ben Bernank has to keep rates low so it is cheap for Obama to fund big gov-ment. Certainly not the only cause, but this is for sure a major factor in rising crude prices.

  6. POSTED BY frankgg  |  March 02, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    http://youtu.be/5akEgsZSfhg ~ an alternative to automobile transportation

  7. POSTED BY Debbie Galant  |  March 02, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    I’ve started paying in cash, just to get a slightly cheaper price.

  8. POSTED BY willjames  |  March 02, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    ROC, consider these three facts (from widely available govt. / industry data):

    1.) The U.S. exported more gasoline, diesel and other fuels than it imported in 2011 — for the first time since 1949.

    2.) Weekly U.S. gasoline demand has fallen to an average of 8.4 million barrels per day as of the week ended Feb. 24, 2012 compared with 9.2 million barrels a day a year earlier.

    3.) U.S. demand for gasoline accounts for just 10% of global demand.

    And finally, consider this: more than just about any other commodity market, the market for crude oil (which is the dog that wags the gasoline-tail) is completely under the influence of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt). This week’s price action is emblematic:

    http://www.ogj.com/articles/2012/03/market-watch-false-report-triggers-oil-price-spike.html

    So, sorry—-your attempt at making a political point about Obama here rings really, really hollow.

  9. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  March 02, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    The point is that recent history has shown that there is very little that ANY president can do to bring gas prices down. They go up due to market forces and events outside US control.

    But interestingly, all of the “free market” let the markets decide folks want the president to DO SOMETHING about gas prices.

    Which one is it?

  10. POSTED BY willjames  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    Yes, thank you, Cro–that was my point.

    The U.S. is a piece, but only a piece, of the big puzzle that is the global oil market. Commodities traders are a skittish lot generally, but the oil market is especially so. The latest price spike is simply a case of the free market behaving in the way that the free market occasionally behaves: like a freakin’ chicken with its head cut off.

    POTUS has very little power over the behavior of the global free market. As should be obvious to (and approved by) any so-called conservative.

  11. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    You people make me laugh 4 years ago you were crying high prices were Bush’s fault and now its not Obamas fault…bwahahahahahahaaahahah

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbzzeuYJteY

  12. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    l Love how you hypocrites change your tune. Pathetic and you should seriously be embarrassed.

  13. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    CALLING ALL HYPOCRITES…PLEASE TUNE IN !!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oaq2fHiOOY

    I suggest just you people let this one rest.

  14. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    Hey Maobama, what happened to that teacher on the Indian Reservation that had to quit her job because gas prices are too high and she couldn’t afford to drive to work?

  15. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mzj4GyeBaTY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka_tjPLJwVI&feature=player_embedded

    “I met a teacher in South Dakota who loved her job as a teacher on an Indian reservation, she had to quit because the drive was too far, it was taking up too much of her paycheck”
    -I believe that was Maobama on the campaign trail.

    There is just so much ammo on this one.

  16. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    Well, there are sensible people, and then there are folks like herb:

    http://www.npr.org/2012/02/29/147654743/op-ed-gas-prices-are-not-a-political-issue

    Of course, the NPR tag might scare our herbie off, but as one can see both Obama’s supporters AND detractors are taken to task here.

    By the way herb, are you and deadeye having any success locating Andrew Breitbart’s killer?

  17. POSTED BY Kevin57  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    With record gas prices at this time, I’m not sure how greater export levels and less consumption should make me feel better?

  18. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

    Right Cro, Now high gas prices shouldn’t be a political issue, is that because your guy is in office, hummm? I made a suggestion a few posts back, I’d let this one go if I were you.

  19. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    You libs beat it non stop over and over and over and over day in and day out day after day after day when it was Bush but now, its shouldn’t be an issue. hahahahahhahahhaha….I will gladly pay $7 + a gallon if it helps defeat this president and it will.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiZdY9rw-uo

  20. POSTED BY raeven  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    7 posts in 30 mins. Some people (herb) really take their gas seriously. Step away from the keyboard, breathe–inhale, exhale.

  21. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 02, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    Nope, just like to whip the libs around. It’s so easy.

  22. POSTED BY mike 91  |  March 02, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    Nope, just like to whip the libs around. It’s so easy.

    Find that link yet that supports your contention that Obama’s manipulating the employment numbers?

    And the difference now herb, is that we now have a president who sincerely wants to investigate alternative fuels, unlike the previous administration.

    The long-range answer to our problems are not “make gas cheaper.” Because eventually, that’s going to be impossible. The answer is, “stop using so much fossil fuel.”

  23. POSTED BY willjames  |  March 02, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    Hey, Herb, I never “beat it non stop” (or at all). I am absolutely consistent on this point. So, your charge of hypocrisy doesn’t stick to this particular lib. Sorry.

  24. POSTED BY willjames  |  March 02, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

    Kevin57, those factoids weren’t meant to make anyone ‘feel better.’ I cited them because they show that ROC’s implied point—namely, that demand for gasoline in the U.S. is somehow overwhelming supply and thus driving prices upward, and that therefore Obama’s opposition to the Keystone pipeline can be directly linked to this latest spike in gas prices—doesn’t comport with facts on the ground. I.e., it’s a red herring. I.e., he’s wrong.

  25. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 02, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    “And the difference now herb, is that we now have a president who sincerely wants to investigate alternative fuels, unlike the previous administration.”

    From maobamas website under the “Green accomplishments” section.

    First President to create detailed vision for clean energy economy.
    Wind power growth up 39% due to government stimulus.
    Study: Almost 5 million charging stations by 2015.

    STOP THE PRESSES!! Now thats impressive, heh heh. With achievements like that we’ll be energy independent any day now.

    The only people making out on this guys green energy policy are his friends and his supporters that have wasted millions of tax payers dollars in failed green energy companies. This guy is a joke.

  26. POSTED BY johnqp  |  March 02, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    Don’t worry, Candidate Romney says he’ll be able fix everything…

  27. POSTED BY kit schackner  |  March 02, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    From the STOP THE PRESSES! Department: I took some time out today to write Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors to ask them to pull advertising from his show. Quicken Loans responded:
    “Kit, We appreciate the feedback we have received regarding Rush Limbaugh’s comments. While we do not condone or agree with Limbaugh’s statements regarding Sandra Fluke, we respect his right to express his views, as well as those who disagree with him. As an advertiser, our goal is to reach a broad audience, which we accomplish by placing ads on a number of programs across the country representing diverse views. In no instance does Quicken Loans have any influence on the content or views of the show hosts.”

    I responded: “Your answer is totally unsatisfactory. You are supporting Mr. Limbaugh in his assault — an act that has nothing to do with free speech — by your advertising dollars. I will never use your service, and I will join others in assuring that your firm is boycotted. You are, by advertising on his show, playing politics. And your politics are reprehensible.”

    In less than half an hour, I got this reply: “Kit, Due to Rush Limbaugh’s continued inflammatory comments along with the valuable feedback we have received from our clients and team members, Quicken Loans has suspended all advertising on The Rush Limbaugh radio program.”

  28. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  March 02, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    herb, for a tough dude, you sure are one to moan and bitch about gas prices. Don’t you like busses and trains? OK, fine, you don’t. I don’t like busses either. Trains are okay.

    Well, then, since you are a hard working and valuable employee, how about asking your boss for a raise? You deserve it ( except for all that company time you spend on Baristanet)

    Get used to it, herb, gas prices will be going up from now on.

    …Wait till Israel bombs Iran! You’ll be looking back fondly at the price of gas during your “I hate Solyndra” period.

    Pretty soon us Americans may have to pay almost as much as the Europeans ! (gasp!) And then we’ll need to drive silly little cars with lap poodles looking out the window!
    Or, even worse, riding bikes with fresh bread and wine in the forward basket!

    Sacre Bleu !

  29. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  March 02, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    Wow, Kit, bravo!

  30. POSTED BY deadeye  |  March 02, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    This administration said early on that it would not only tolerate, but encourage, high prices for fossil fuels. The stated reason being to influence consumers to migrate to renewable energy sources and support administration initiatives in that regard. I’m sure that when this statement was originally made, Obama thought that the economy would long ago have turned the corner and we would all be grumbling somewhat, but the path to the renewable energy future would be rather more well worn than it has been. The reality is that the economy is still on the skids, myriad solar and wind projects have proven to be nothing more than black holes for taxpayer funds, and they can’t make an practical electric car that goes more than 25 miles if you decide to turn on the headlights and radio. That said, people vote with their pocketbooks. Aside from the speculative spike and retracement in oil prices during the late Bush years, it’s been high priced oil for basically the entire tenure of this administration, and there is no way that they can spin it to the contrary. Sure, there is the demand from China and India. Guess what, China subsidizes their gas down to around +/- $1.60 per gallon, so basically they’re losing money at the pump, kind of like we’re doing with our “alternative energy” solutions that make no economic sense. People vote with their pocketbooks, and if we’re looking at $5+ oil around election day, Obama couldn’t be elected dog catcher.

  31. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  March 02, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    Well, if I ever meet you in real life, Spiro, I will be sure not to kiss you. :-)

  32. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  March 02, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

    I’ll give you a kiss, Spiro.

    But we can’t get married in this state, you know.

    Deadeye, yours is an interesting post and I pretty much agree with it, however a NYT article today points to the fact that only 14% of the electorate hold Obama responsible for gas price increases. Rightly or wrongly, thus far this does not seem to be the defining issue that so many GOPers (and you too, I assume) hope and pray that it will be.
    We’ll see in November, I guess.

    Of course, I’m looking forward to gloating to herb, complete with the incrediably ridiculous “heh heh” construct he’s mastered.

    By the way, herb, recent reports from Texas indicate that Rahm Emanuel is leading a ninja hit squad to Glenn Beck’s house.

  33. POSTED BY Sandy  |  March 02, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    I find it a bit funny, in a sick kinda way, when people are driving sixty to eighty thousand dollar cars and parking them in $600,000 homes and are all up in a dither because gasoline MAY rise three dollars a gallon, and they commute via their car the 6 miles to and from work monday to friday.
    Come Saturday, they double-date with another couple at a nice eatery, with a premium bottle of “bubbly” and the tab tops out to $169.00 for the dinner of four.
    Sure I don’t like paying a three dollar boost, but most posters on here will not feel the pinch as much as typical average wqge earners will!
    Remember this happens every Memorial Day to Labor Day, it’s not the President’s fault. (For a change!)

  34. POSTED BY magicwoman  |  March 02, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    Glad I can’t find my car keys!

  35. POSTED BY DagT  |  March 02, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

    Good for you Kit. I was a bit behind the news and just heard Limbaugh’s rant. Disgusting!

  36. POSTED BY Tudlow  |  March 02, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    Oh Dag, you’ve restored my faith in humanity–a conservative who condemns Limbaugh’s despicable behavior. Huzzah!

    And good for you, bravo x 3, Kit.

    Here is a summary of the conservative’s viewpoint on gas prices. :)

  37. POSTED BY kit schackner  |  March 02, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    There were hundreds if not thousands of people who did what I did today: Google who Limbaugh’s sponsors are, and contact them. Other corporations who have ceased advertising, and not necessarily as a result of this recent offense are The Lending Tree, Geico, Onstar, Lumber Liquidators, Red Lobster & Domino’s Pizza. Corporations who seek a national base don’t want to be mired in a controversial political position. It’s just up to us, the consumers, to convince them where their actions are taking them. But thank you, Martta, DagT, and Tudlow. Please consider joining me in getting this divisive polarizing hateful misogynist off the air. Nothing takes the wind out of his sails faster than emptying his pockets.

  38. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  March 02, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    Kit, I’ve been out of town but just got back and I’d be happy to send emails and letters to all his sponsors. If you have already done the legwork and have addresses, please share them. He is completely reprehensible. And NOT funny.

  39. POSTED BY Mrs Martta  |  March 02, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

    Limbaugh gives conservatives a bad name. To call a woman a slut because she chooses to use birth control? What is this, The Scarlet Letter? Totally appalling, and he deserves to lose sponsors over this.

  40. POSTED BY kit schackner  |  March 02, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    At the risk of losing my conservative friends’ interest (the apostrophe was a judgement call — should maybe have gone before the ‘s’,) this is the easiest site to link; if you’re conservative but still sane, ignore the leftie shite & go to the point:
    http://www.topplebush.com/boycott_rush.shtml
    There are other sources, but this one has it well organized and easy to link.

    Also, the Carbonite Online Backup wall on FB is pretty active with people telling them to stop advertising. Another target: Century 21. Getting nowhere with them, but trying. It’s fun to get thumbs up and give them from all over the country.

  41. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  March 02, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    Thanks, Kit. I will contact them all tomorrow. And I will forward the info to all my friends.

  42. POSTED BY walleroo  |  March 02, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    Keep dreaming, deadeye.

  43. POSTED BY walleroo  |  March 02, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    Why are we even talking about Limbaugh? Haven’t we known for many years he’s a gasbag?

    On another topic: Dag, where you been?

  44. POSTED BY kit schackner  |  March 03, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    I guess it’s a woman thing, Roo. He’s gone past gas bag. I’m a little surprised you didn’t feel it, cudddly and fuzzy as you are.

  45. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  March 03, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    He’s vile.

  46. POSTED BY flipside  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    Gas prices, contraception, and Rush…not much focus here. Oil producers sell there product on the world market not in a domestic market. Last time gas prices spiked it was a technical squeeze due to a supply dislocation most likely caused by Chinese demand for the Olympics. Speculators…Soros types, pushed the market. This time it is different, oil is traded in dollars and the value of the dollar has declined and traders are betting on more declines. The dollars decline also explains much of the stock markets gain. Government policy does affect the value of the dollar.
    Contraception: I think every woman has right to use contraception and chose to get an abortion…I just don’t want to pay for it.
    Rush: He is an idiot! He makes his living being controversial and pandering to a narrow thinking crowd, much like Bill Maher and Michael Moore. It is pretty clear most posters here are influenced by the NYT, Fox, Huffington, Rush, etc. Perhaps if people will analyze things on there own using their hearts and math…math is important too…there might be a lot more agreement on these threads.

  47. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Once again, its funny, pathetic and hypocritcal how you people change your tune now that its Obama taking the heat.

  48. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Libs boycotting go figure…whine whine whine

  49. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Mahr calls Palin a slut pounds people constantly but you guys snicker at that…hypocrites…its entertainment stop whining. You cant have it both ways.

  50. POSTED BY fraublucher  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Entertainment? You are most certainly a buffoon Herbie. And a nasty one at that.

  51. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    “You cant have it both ways”

    —why not, herbie? you tea baggers do. you carp about small government but you want to insert probes into women’s vaginas.

    every time one of your brethren speaks honestly about their hatred of women or their hatred of the president because of his race (thanks, judge cebull!) you all carp and whine about how its unfair to paint all tea baggers this way. THAT’S hypocrisy, herbie…

  52. POSTED BY fraublucher  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    And what is a “Mahr”?

  53. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    herb, you really need to buck up and stop carping about things. The world is changing all around you. Now that you’re done complaining about fuel prices, you’re on to the old ” you libs have double standards and I don’t”.

    Re: Your next car – May I suggest:

    http://www.strangecosmos.com/images/content/152735.jpg

  54. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    Frau name calling …ahhhhhhhh

  55. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    U people still haven’t acknowledged your hypocrisy…laughable.

  56. POSTED BY PAZ  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Limbaugh? Who’s that? Let’s just talk about Montclair.

  57. POSTED BY fraublucher  |  March 03, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Damn straight herb, you troll.

  58. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 03, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I think Frau should be in for a suspension from this board. Though we may debate i never recall people resorting to name calling and personal attacks. Its sad really is.

  59. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  March 03, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    herb, are you asking for Frau to be BOYCOTTED???

    “Libs boycotting go figure…whine whine whine”

    …all within a thread where you are asking folks to acknowledge their hypocrisy?

    you are some kind of comedic genius, herbie—hats off to you!!

  60. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  March 03, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    herb, name calling is standard Baristanet fare.
    See previous heartwaming episodes of
    cathar vs spiro,
    cathar vs cro,
    algb vs humanity, and so on.
    But don’t let it sour you, herb, I for one would hate to see you go.

  61. POSTED BY PAZ  |  March 03, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Herb, you used to be a punk rocker, your skin should be pretty thick under all those tats.

  62. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 03, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    Nah, it doesn’t bother me. Actually proves the point that when someone is backed in the corner and losing an argument they resort to name calling. I guess the ‘nasty’ comment sort of confused me coming from someone that was referring to me as a bufoon and a troll , lol. I enjoy the the back and forths with Spiro, Mike and Cro and no one seems to resort to name calling. Matter of fact, we could probably sit at Tierneys and knock down a few pints of Siera Nevada and get along just fine. Anyway have a nice weekend..Big East Tournament starts next week can’t wait !!

  63. POSTED BY herbeverschmel  |  March 03, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    …and of course Paz is always welcomed as well.

  64. POSTED BY DagT  |  March 03, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    Thanks Tudlow. I stopped listening to that blowhard years ago.

    I’ve been seeking warm places walleroo but in between dips in the pool or ocean I’ve been lurking. Just not posting :-)

  65. POSTED BY jerseygurl  |  March 03, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    It’s not hypocrisy, Herb. I find Limbaugh offensive. I can choose to write to the advertisers who support him and tell them what I think. So can anyone else.

    “Contraception: I think every woman has right to use contraception and chose to get an abortion…I just don’t want to pay for it.”

    What does this mean exactly? How are YOU paying for contraceptives and abortions directly?
    When we pay into an insurance pool or when health centers are subsidized, WE, don’t get to decide which medications and treatments are acceptable.

  66. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  March 03, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    For God’s sake herb, don’t forget to invite PAZ to Tierney’s!

    He’s got an expense account and he’ll buy rounds!!!

  67. POSTED BY PAZ  |  March 03, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    Only if it’s good New Jersey beer brewed with water from the majestic Passaic!
    Cricket Hill?

  68. POSTED BY cathar  |  March 03, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    You really shouldn’t be self-referential in your posts, Spiro T, posting as if writing about yourself in the third person. This makes you neither funny nor modest about even your rather bad communicaton abiities..

    But herb, really, to put croiagusanam in the category of folks with whom you can have a pleasant “debate”….are you sure you’ve really read his posts? He’s even laced into the ever-affable walleroo when the mood has struck him.

    One of the things that is quite noticeable on this site is how surprised and shocked (shocked! shocked! a la Claude Rains as Louis Renaud in “Casablanca”) self-professed “progressives” and local liberals are when someone offers up a conservative-sounding viewpoint. Why, next thing we’ll be noticed as walking at least semi-upright. Honestly, herb, you’ve never encountered this sort of smugness on this site?

  69. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  March 03, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

    cathar, be nice. Herb is amenable to having a beer with cro. You sound like a worried parent.
    Is herb’s humble gesture of fellowship a scary problem for you?
    God will surely reward you, cathar, not right now, mind you, but in the End of Days, if you renounce your worries and advocate on behalf of those who, despite their diverse opinions, are willing to have a pint or two with one another.

    Follow the path of Jesus, cathar, without reservation, and you’ll be able to email your final posts to Baristanet from the Valley of Kedron/Jehosophat, at the End of Days, comfortably ensconced in your front row seat.

    You might run the risk of being blinded by the Divine Light, should you glance at the Creator, so consider learning how to keyboard with your eyes closed in the meanwhile. You’ll thank me later. But you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

    A photo is attached herewith. So, cathar, did you want to call Ticketmaster now? This Valley looks kinda tight, sort of like Kim Kardashian’s bikini bottoms. Consider that all of humanity is supposed to be lined up there at the End of Days awaiting their Final Judgement.

    Best regards, Spiro Tawana.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhines1/1877471437/

  70. POSTED BY walleroo  |  March 03, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    lurking… not posting

    I cannot relate to that. If I read, I post. If I haven’t posted, 99 out of 100 times, I haven’t been. I’m not proud of this, it’s just me. But okay, at least you’re lurking, which is better than nothing.

  71. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  March 04, 2012 @ 12:28 am

    I am relieved that this time cathar is simply encouraging, like a middle school girl, other not to like me. Last time, he urged the baristas to “watch” me.

    Good to know that I cause so much angst for this would-be writer.

    But of course, his attacks (usually featuring variations on the theme of “avuncular”) on ‘roo, and the prof, and JG, and mike, and spiro, et al are somehow OK.

    “Smugness” indeed. Pot, meet kettle.

  72. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  March 04, 2012 @ 12:31 am

    “Don’t like cro, herbie! OMG! He’s so MEAN!!!!”

    Come and sit at our table and I’ll tell you about all of the cool bikers who say I’m righteous!!

  73. POSTED BY cathar  |  March 04, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    That you post twice after midnight, croiagusanam, tells me all I need to know about your social life. And on a Saturday night, yet.

    That you try so hard to reassure herb that you’re really a nice fellow who engages in “debate” here, however, merely makes you sound very much like the scorpion who neglects to tell the other creature, who agrees to take him across the river, what he’s really like. Perhaps unlike herb, I just have a better idea of that, having seen you in action against others. And you do seem someone who can only “swim” on the backs of others.

    Regrettably, of course, Baristanet does not (well, yet, anyway) offer up a “croiagusanam channel.’ You know, all croiagusanam all the time. Then we’d find out who really pays attention to you. Clearly few in your social circle, if you’re reduced to late-night posts.

  74. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  March 04, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Scanty evidence for suggesting cro is all alone on a Saturday night, there, cathar.

    For all we know, croiagusanam is happily married,he and Ms. cro had gone out for a great meal with a group of close friends, went home, spent some time together, and, while Ms. cro chose to go to sleep at 11:45, or so, Mr. cro had a bit more energy, went on line, and posted for your enjoyment. You should be flattered he thought of you at that hour.

  75. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  March 04, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    Posting after midnight points to a lack of a social life. Got it.

    What did you do last evening, I wonder, cathar. Were the kids over? Why do I doubt that?

    You really a poor delusional sort who somehow has managed to convince himself that you are not a Limbaugh-like miserable, insulting pedant whose crashingly boring screeds feature flailing attacks on other posters here. Alas, the evidence indicates otherwise. But you just go right on living in your limited little world, my friend. Now off to bed with you! I’m sure you’re exhausted from all of the dancing and carry-on you had last evening. Why, you’re probably just getting in, you devil you!

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