Literally. Seriously. He seriously lives here. Honestly. If you were this free from Want, wouldn’t you be writing the same fantasy bullshit too? (No.) [Balloon Juice]

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  1. Wonder if you can see the curvature of the earth from where that picture was taken… oh wait… the earth is flat, that’s right, nevermind.

  2. As I gazed out of the window shortly after take-off from BWI, my gaze fell upon a massive manse and I couldn’t help but thinking how flat, and perhaps hot and crowded, the world was really becoming as I could look out my window and see this symbol of capitalistic success…Hey, wait a minute, is that my wife blowing the pool boy?

  3. One would think with all that wealth and pealth and fame and name and all of that noise, dear Tommy would be able to afford a decent haircut and a ‘stache that doesn’t look like a dead caterpillar.

  4. [re=516134]Way Cool Larry[/re]:
    Especially when your wife’s fortune goes from bajillions to a few millions while you’re living the billionaire’s lifestyle.

    Oh the humanity… Heh.

  5. I sure made the wrong career choice. If I dedicated myself to being a lousy writer instead of a peace officer, I too would be famous and married to a rich wife. I could have colored servants, also.

  6. It just cries out for liberation of its untapped economic potential, doesn’t it? I think I’m going to institute some regime change and sell tickets to his swimming pool.

  7. Yeah, but this picture doesn’t show the half mile front yard. No, seriously, if you drive out Bradley Blvd you can squint at this place from the road.

  8. [re=516175]Extemporanus[/re]: Heh. Let me guess, the Aryan Brotherhood headquarters in Idaho. Those guys just don’t go for subtlety in architecture.

  9. [re=516196]chaste everywhere[/re]: Why not, I ripped it off from Homer “O spiteful one, show me who to smite and they shall be smoten!” Simpson.

  10. Free from want? Typical bolshie-prole whining, can’t you see the man has no leaves on his trees? Until someone is rich enough to buy their own customized seasons there’s no way anyone can say they have enough. I bet his neighbours have plenty of leaves on their trees…

  11. Chateau Freidperson is decoratively set off from the street by a chain of tenuous correlations and unwieldy free-association.

    BTW: Whose van is that parked in Mrs. Freidman’s snug curtilage?

  12. I just went by Tommy boy’s Wikipedia page. Didja y’all know he named one of his kids Orly? Who’d have thought there would ever be more than one of those on the planet. Imagine the hell that kid gets in school. I can’t imagine school kids being any nicer about her name either.

  13. Shit. It looks like this place goes from Beirut to Jeruselum all by its fucking self. I’m sure its powered by the energy generated by Tommy boy’s own smug self importance.

  14. [re=516150]Ugh[/re]: Yah, but it’s a HYBRID Lexus, which makes it ok, or whatever.

    But, my god, that ludicrous new-money pile of puke is totally revolting even by Bethesda standards.

  15. First I have to wake up to Tiger’s eeyore drone about being sorry for climbing over mountains of bikini meat. Then there’s Steve Jobs scouring the weakest PR0N on the whole of the internets off his store. Now I see that The Stache Castle…
    It’s a good thing that I haven’t got access to a vehicle that would cause serious harm to anyone if I plowed it into something in a resentful fury. At best I could run a Smart Car off the road.

  16. It is imperative we work to end the death tax and lower taxes on capital gains and dividends before this way of life disappears forever. Like the Whooping Crane we all must work together to help preserve the upper class and shield them from peril. Do you want to tell your grandchildren, ” Yes my generation alowed the extinction of the rich”?

  17. [re=516318]El Pinche[/re]: I understand that pretty much anyone can take off and fly. Its the landing thats hard, but who needs to know how to land?

  18. Hey, it’s just them and the kids, but they have a lot of stuff… Weird landscaping — look at the strange location of the two big Christmas trees, sorry, Chanukah bushes. I think living inside the real estate bubble must have warped their perspective. Now that it’s popped, they can see clearly, but can’t afford new trees. Her family sure lived up to its name — Bucksbombing from a few billion to zilch, ouch. (Too bad it wasn’t “Bucksboffo”.) I couldn’t decipher the map — what part of Bayonne is it in?

  19. Not worthy of a duke, but an earl might live in a place like that. Tom Lord Friedman. Nice ring to it, innit? I wonder what the servants call him behind his back? ‘is nibs?

  20. [re=516350]lawrenceofthedesert[/re]: Weird landscaping…. I agree. It looks like you have to wade through a bunch of muck to get to the pool. And the pool looks like its full of algae. Tom’s wife should stop blowing the pool boy and let him pour some bleach in it.

  21. What a waste! Touch of irony: in his latest drivel (Hot Flat and Crowded) he goes off on excessive consumption and “too many Americans” in the world exacerbating global warming and climate change… I guess a 17,000 sq ft house is completely justified?

  22. That photo is going into my file with the Crying Santorums and the Moran Guy.

    [re=516283]Downtheroadapiece[/re]: Maybe Orly was conceived shortly after take-off … some kind of Mile-High Club humor.

    [re=516378]Aquannissiwamissoo[/re]: Let’s let the Munsters can stay put and call this one 666 Mockingbird Lane.

  23. “Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author whose principal output was formulaic juvenile novels that followed the adventures of bootblacks, newsboys, peddlers, buskers, and other impoverished children in their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of respectable middle-class security and comfort. His novels were hugely popular in their day.”

    He liked little boys and died in poverty.

  24. [re=516304]CanadianBacon[/re]: In addition, I hope when Tom tore down the old house to build this 11,000 square foot estate he wasnt saddled with having to pay any prevailing union wages and hopefully the landscaping company was full of illegals getting below the minimum wage. When I see wealth like this, I react like any demented wingtard would, what can I do to help and how can I lessen this guys tax burden.

  25. [re=516495]EdFlinstone[/re]: How can you heap such sarcasm on poor Tom? You have no idea of how he has suffered. Tom’s wife’s Bucksbaum family trusts, once worth a combined $3.6 billion, are now worth less than $25 million. I’ll bet you can’t even imagine the pain and anguish involved in such a loss, or what this would do to the morale of the loser and his family. Nevertheless, Tom bravely carries on, promoting the hopeless cause of neoconservatism at his sad NYT newspaper, which is rapidly going broke–so broke that the newspaper had to sell its building where it now rents a floor or two where Tom emails his columns. Will the suffering never end?

  26. [re=516528]Aurelio[/re]: Wow. Is it even possible to live on a family trust under $25 mill.? I guess it depends on how many people(congressmen and op-ed writers) are getting monthly allowances from it.

  27. This explains why my local fishwrap puts Friedman’s column alongside George Fucktard Will and Ross Douchehat. And that’s considered the “Liberal” page, the Conservative page is Cal Thomas and Malkin. Then they wonder why readership is down.

  28. [re=516528]Aurelio[/re]: Oh its easy. I also wonder, when I need a to see a doctor or have a medical procedure, how will my illness impact the shareholders of WellPoint and Evan Bayh’ wife? How can I get the least care in order for the healthcare company to increase its profits and beat the street’s estimate.

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  30. Friedman must relly feel like life has screwed him when he reads stuff like this,

    “In 2007 the top 400 taxpayers had an average income of $344.8 million, up 31 percent from their average $263.3 million income in 2006, according to figures in a report that the IRS posted to its Web site without announcement that were discovered February 16. (For the report, see Tax Analysts Doc 2010-3372 ”

    And for the rest of us,

    “Since 1992, the bottom 90 percent of Americans have seen their incomes rise by 13 percent in 2009 dollars, compared with an increase of 399 percent for the top 400.”

  31. [re=516378]Aquannissiwamissoo[/re]:
    Mock (yeah)
    ing (yeah)
    bird (yeah)
    yeah (yeah)
    Mockin’bird, now

    Everybody have you heard
    He’s gonna buy me a mockingbird
    And if that mockingbird don’t sing
    He’s gonna buy me a diamond ring
    And if that diamond ring won’t shine
    He’s gonna surely break this heart of mine
    And that’s why I keep on tellin’ everybody
    Say yeah, yeah whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, uh, oh

  32. C’mon guys, as Michael Steele reminds us, a million just doesn’t go that far anymore!

    [re=516642]saggyboobedhag[/re]: I’m more transfixed by the pool house. If you squint, you can almost see the Indian call-center equivalent of Kato Kaelin cleaning the filters.

  33. The fighting, death and destruction in Maryland is painful to watch. But it’s all too familiar. It’s the latest version of the longest-running play called: “Who owns this hotel? Can the Joos has a cheezburger? And shouldn’t we blow up the bar and replace it with a bucket of dicks?”

  34. To be fair, Tom married well, and his father-in-law is an RE developer, who might have had a hand in acquiring for his little girl that 11,000sq. ft., $9.3 millon mansion in Bethesda MD>

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