Stupid Shit Friday

So it begins. Sigh. While watching Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s concession speech, gun owner AJ Sullivan had a sinking feeling. “Liberals like to ban guns. That’s what it comes down to,” said Sullivan, 25, a Texas Christian University student. Sullivan was among hundreds scrambling to buy a weapon Thursday at the gun store Cheaper Than Dirt! — which sold $101,000 in merchandise the day after the election, shattering its single-day sales record, said store owner DeWayne Irwin. Stories were similar across Texas, where residents are fiercely protective of their Second Amendment rights and now fear stricter gun-control laws under … Continue reading Stupid Shit Friday

One of Jindal’s “favorite stories”

When Jindal told his Harry Lee story it sounded off to me. TPM has beenposting on the veracity of the story and thelatest is here. Also of note isthis found in yesterday’s column by Stephanie Grace of the Times Picayune: Jindal then proceeded to tellone of his favorite stories, about the time he walked into the late Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee’s office just after the storm and found him up in arms over the fact that “some bureaucrat” wouldn’t let a flotilla of volunteer rescue boats through without proof of insurance and registration. (my emphasis) One of his favorite … Continue reading One of Jindal’s “favorite stories”

Republicanism Explained

Lee Atwater. It all started with this prick. In the last few months, as the scavengers have picked at the carcass of the Republican party, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about what “conservatism” means. Most recently, the New York Times saw fit to address the issue inthis waste of virtual space. Well, I can’t definitively say what “conservatism” means. I possess no advanced degrees, am not a philosopher, and have almost no knowledge of political science. However. I can tell you what Republicanism means, and that, I think, is a more germane issue. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, … Continue reading Republicanism Explained

Dallas Levees Rated Unacceptable

Our fate is your fate… The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has just delivered a bombshell to the city of Dallas, rating the integrity of the Trinity River levees unacceptable in a draft inspection report . The rating means that Dallas’ primary flood protection, the massive berms of earth that run along the Trinity floodway, do not meet current standards set out by the corps after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “It means that some of the items of our levee system must be fixed and on others we must do further testing and analysis to determine if … Continue reading Dallas Levees Rated Unacceptable

Dulce et Decorum est pro journalism mori

I don’t know if journalism is dead, dying or simply evolving, but you can’t turn around these days without seeing a newspaper shuttering its doors. The Rocky Mountain News has called it a day, with it’sfinal issue having rolled off the press today. (You can feel free to blame whomever you’d like for this foreclosure, but if the ad at the bottom of this story to “subscribe to the Rocky Mountain News” is any indication of their ad and marketing department’s level of sales acumen, it’s a small wonder the paper lasted this long.) In San Francisco, the Chronicle is … Continue reading Dulce et Decorum est pro journalism mori

Speaking of Priorities

I’ll leave it up to you smart folks to figure outwhich of the many comments Steve’s got posted up is mine, but this bit I found interesting: This whole newspapers vs. the Web reminds me of back in the day when film editors were resisting the move to non-linear editing systems. the guild had meetings about the importance of updating your skills and it was met with such resistance. But, what everyone finally discovered is that the Avid and Lightworks were just TOOLS. For about a year, computer geeks got editing jobs, but producers/directors learned quickly that button pushers are … Continue reading Speaking of Priorities

‘Like Playing Music at Your Own Funeral’

Horrible: The Rocky was founded in 1859 by William Byers, one of the most influential figures in Colorado history. Scripps bought the paper in 1926 and immediately began a newspaper war with The Post. That fight ebbed and flowed over the course of the rest of the 20th century, culminating in penny-a-day subscriptions in the late ’90s. Perhaps the most critical step for the Rocky occurred in 1942, when then-Editor Jack Foster saved it by adopting the tabloid style it has been known for ever since. Readers loved the change, and circulation took off. In the past decade, the Rocky … Continue reading ‘Like Playing Music at Your Own Funeral’

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Not to pile on any further, but this article from the local rag underscores the degree to which Jindal underwhelmed. You see, the local paper, as well as local television stations have relentlessly promoted the governor–and did so well before he became governor. To be sure, there’s a bit of ‘local boy makes good;’ however, Jindal’s brand of hyper-conservatism sells down here. I remember in 2003 being mildly surprised at the degree to which local reporters displayed their disappointment at Jindal’s loss to Kathleen Blanco…not that I expect journalists to actually be objective, but you’d think if nothing else they’d … Continue reading What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?


This is a front-page story at the Trib’s web site. “I was absolutely mortified. … This was my home,” Braun said. Just before 10 p.m. Feb. 13, she got a call from a mother asking about a party that reportedly was under way in Braun’s home. But Braun and her daughter, a New Trier High School sophomore, had moved into a Northfield condominium in July and were preparing to sell the Winnetka home, where they had lived for a decade. Braun’s daughter was with her when she got the call. Braun alerted police and headed for the home. A side … Continue reading Priorities

Gulfport Mayor Indicted for Katrina Fraud

From theSun Herald: GULFPORT — Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr and his wife, Laura, quietly cried in the corridor of the U.S. District courthouse mere blocks from City Hall after they were each indicted on 16 charges, including conspiracy, fraud and making false statements to obtain a total of $222,798.10 in federal Katrina relief and insurance funds. The Warrs pleaded innocent to the charges in U.S. District Court this morning. They flanked their attorney, Joe Sam Owen of Gulfport, as they stood before U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Roper. Gulfport’s first couple potentially faces maximum penalties of 210 years each in … Continue reading Gulfport Mayor Indicted for Katrina Fraud

Michael Gerson: Reality Fail

Scout e-mailed this over either last thing last night or first thing this morning (What day is it? All day yesterday I thought it was Wednesday, and now I’m confused.) and I have to say, it’s almost charmingly divorced from reality: At a recent meeting of conservative activists, Jindal had little to say about his traditional social views or compelling personal story. Instead, he uncorked a fluent, substantive rush of policy proposals and achievements, covering workforce development, biodiesel refineries, quality assurance centers, digital media, Medicare parts C and D, and state waivers to the CMS (whatever that is). It’s theCenters … Continue reading Michael Gerson: Reality Fail

Play from your fucking heart

Bill Hicks died 15 years ago tomorrow. Rather than try to answer the unanswerable question of what he might think or might be doing if he was still around, I intend to celebrate what he did while he was here, and the difference he made. Join me, won’t you? Meatspace tributes are scheduled in London, Austin, Portland, Oklahoma City, Buenos Aires and possibly elsewhere, with proceeds going to theBill Hicks Foundation for Wildlife Rehabilitation, a nonprofit which aids in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned, ill and injured Central Texas wildlife. And wherever you are, you can participate inBill … Continue reading Play from your fucking heart

I Confess, I Confess

It was me! I killed the journalism! Remember the DABA Girls? Late last month the Web buzzed about their blog, Dating a Banker Anonymous, which bills itself as a place for Wall Street women to vent about how the financial crisis has killed their love lives. (“If your monthly Bergdorf’s allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life,” this is your site, the homepage cheers.) Populist outrage followed the publication ofa credulous profile in the New York Times, and was furthered with the news last week that the DABA girls have signed with big … Continue reading I Confess, I Confess


Fucking Hearst. Al Swearingen should have let Dan take care of him: “Because of the sea change newspapers everywhere are undergoing and these dire economic times, it is essential that our management and the local union leadership work together to implement the changes necessary to bring the cost of producing The Chronicle into line with available revenue,” Frank A. Bennack Jr., Hearst vice chairman and chief executive, and Steven R. Swartz, president of Hearst Newspapers, said in a joint statement. Hearst purchased The Chronicle in 2000, but soon afterward felt the impact of an economic downturn in the dot-com sector … Continue reading Hoopleheads

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freepi – Double-layer iso suit edition

Good morning, everybody! Through the miracle of delayed posting, while you’re reading this, I’m currently kicking back in front of the tent at Turner Falls, Oklahoma, watching the river run and the clouds roll by: But right now? Time to get down and dirty with the Freeperati. Everyone check your iso suits – fecal coliform can actually jump off their posts and leap straight for your eyes. First off – some reaction to Olbermann’s reaction to Rich Lowry’s reaction: Olbermann: “Rich Lowry Masturbating During Debate”MSNBC ^| 10/05/2008 | Noel Sheppard Posted onMonday, October 06, 2008 2:40:24 PM bySneakyuserJust when you … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freepi – Double-layer iso suit edition

Because it can’t be emphasized enough

Yeah, HOW Jindal said it, his halting sing-songy Kenneth-the-NBC-page delivery was FAIL-tacular, but Maddow’s befuddlement on WHAT he was saying was spot-on. His appropriation and flip flop of the post-Katrina fed debacle is jaw-dropping. And don’t even get me started on the Train to Disneyland and volcano-monitoring. Sheesh. Jindal took a few billion of the stimulus for road and bridge infrastructure, in a state that’s more than half underwater, but the very idea of a train, for people, for tourists, taking future needs into account, well that’s just elitist wasteful crazy talk. (Aside of course, from the fact that Republican … Continue reading Because it can’t be emphasized enough

Nobody Could Have Predicted

Thatprofessionally-full-of-fail conservative John Ziegler would bea lousy date. Ziegler opined about relationships and in a nutshell, he thinks women are foolish. He believes marriage should have contracts that come up for renewal and review every five years. Isn’t that romantic? When he said, “I realize talking about women and being rational is an oxymoron”, that did it. A. Continue reading Nobody Could Have Predicted

FEMA efforts to be reviewed by new administration

Felt weird to type out that title. This is the kind of effort that will do much to keep many Americans safe… Newly appointed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano reportedly will order a review of hurricane recovery efforts made in the Gulf of Mexico. The review will measure the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s progress since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005. In prepared testimony released to the Associated Press, Napolitano said she will create a team to clarify the federal government’s role in long-term recovery and work to resolve disputes. —– Continue reading FEMA efforts to be reviewed by new administration

Weekend Fun; Also, The Perils Of Early-Morning Typing

Melissa and Ginger, also known as Harlot Brontë and Ninja, discuss strategy before a bout. Or maybe they’re plotting someone’s doom. You know what I haven’t mentioned in a while? Go on. Guess. That’s right! Roller derby! If you’re in Madison on Saturday, and you want something fun to do, come check out the Mad Rollin’ Dolls season opener. It is not, I repeat NOT going to be at the skating rink in town. Those days are through. The Dolls have hit the big time, and will be holding this year’s season at the Alliant Energy Center (some bouts will … Continue reading Weekend Fun; Also, The Perils Of Early-Morning Typing

The Hootie-Fu is strong, ya’ll

Top Chef finale tonight. Please FSM and all other deities in the firmament, send all the winner love to Carla, because Hosea is a passive-aggressive null set and Stefan is a pig. (Well, he’s like a pig but without the charm or taste.) Our girl Carla, though, she knows that what the world needs now is love: I believe that all of the emotions you are feeling when you’re cooking food, especially when you share it with other people, go into the food. I really do call love the secret ingredient because if you’re in a happy place — if … Continue reading The Hootie-Fu is strong, ya’ll

Govs at Odds

Jon Stewart on Republican Govs against the stimulus bill yet are taking the money… …because that seems like the equivalent of saying, look I don’t believe in gay rights but if that guy in the cowboy hat is giving out free blow jobs, hey who am I not to get in line? Watch it: .cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url(‘’) !important;}.cc_links a{color:#b9b9b9;text-decoration:none;}.cc_show a{color:#707070;text-decoration:none;}.cc_title a{color:#868686;text-decoration:none;}.cc_links a:hover{color:#67bee2;text-decoration:underline;} The Daily Show With Jon StewartM – Th 11p / 10c Clusterf#@k to the Poor House – GOP Govs at Odds Daily Show Full EpisodesImportant Things With Demetri Martin Funny Political NewsJoke of the Day Continue reading Govs at Odds


Ask and you shall receive. Posts in the van belong to their posters, not to me, Jude, Scout or the other regulars. Be nice. Be nonviolent. If you can’t leave the van better than you found it, at least try not to puke under the seat like last time. Update: Van closed. Thanks to all for stopping by! Apologies for any technical difficulties that prevented me from sharing joy at the EPIC OBAMA WIN and EPIC JINDAL FAIL that ensued. A. Continue reading ObamaVan

Oh For The Love Of

Yes, clearly we’re screwed, Lindsey: But scorn from the right is equal to admiration from the left: He championed a new way of doing things in Washington, but Obama went about shepherding his stimulus bill in a very old-fashioned partisan way, Republicans said. That Obama signed the historic measure into law 1,500 miles away from Washington in Denver, Colorado, was a symbol to some of just how much animosity it had stirred up in the nation’s capital. “If this is going to be bipartisanship, the country’s screwed,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, declared last week. And I mean, so what? … Continue reading Oh For The Love Of