Monthly Archives: March 2010

Holy Fucking Balls, It’s Been A Long Time

It is Holy Week, after all.

Hey hey party people.

Sorry for my oh-so-extended absence. As you may or may not know, I work for my state’s unemployment program. Which means, of course, that I’ve been busy as fucking fuckity fuck for, oh, over a year now. Those long-ass days don’t leave a lot of time for blogging. I mean, not when I’ve got my pimp game to run as well.

Anyway, speaking of Holy Week and pimping, why not talk about the never-ending bullshit that is Holy Mother Church’s obsession with covering up for abusive priests?

Sure, I’ve got a few minutes. As I was telling my Lord and Savior Athenae earlier, I don’t like to quote from MoDo, butI ran across this in her column, and it was too good to pass up:

At Palm Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New
York bemoaned that the “recent tidal wave of headlines about abuse of
minors by some few priests, this time in Ireland, Germany, anda re-run
of an old story
from Wisconsin, has knocked us to our knees once again.”

Uh, Your Eminence? Did you wanna reconsider that statement for just a second? I mean, you’re just about to tell a story that’s kind of old, yourself. “Okay, people. Before I tell you this implausible, two-millennia-old story, I want to pause to tell you that a story that’s two decades old is bullshit, ’cause it’s old. We all on the same page now?”

And maybe, just maybe, you wouldn’t have to bemoan the “tidal wave of headlines”if your goddamn institution hadn’t been complicit in the abuse for centuries. Take your whining somewhere else, asshole.

Finally, since, as I’ve mentioned, it is Holy Week, I feel it only necessary to show a picture of Jesus entering Jerusalem, seeing as how that’s what kicked off the whole week.

He was the Prince of Peace, or he would’ve run up in that bitch on a T-Rex.

Girls Expect to PARTY and Then Have Me MARRY Them!11!

Apparently it’s self-involved douchebag day here at First Draft:

But, I get sick and tired of women who want to
treat the workplace as somehow separate from other parts of life.
There seems to be an attitude of: “I’m going to party all through my
twenties while I’m young and hot, then have a family and be a mom and
have a full-time career as well, and I’m owed a dollar for every
dollar anyone else makes, regardless of the priorities each of us has
set up until this point in our lives.” That ain’t life.

I wanted
better career prospects, so I gave up love to get it. If I had made
the opposite decision, nobody would say that I was owed anything. But
if I do get successful, it is virtually certain that I will be
regarded in some circles as just another beneficiary of a system
(Hollywood, in my case) set up only to promote or benefit
white men. Nobody will give a shit about the sacrifices I made.

James Cameron, is that you?

There needs to be a tagging system for guys like this. A registry, or maybe something like those Lojack chips you get for your pets now, where girls can scan them in the bars and see if they’re on the International Douchebag Watch List or something. Because Jesus Christ.

Actually, pal, partying all through your twenties and then settling down to have a family could, in fact, be life, if someone chooses to make it so. And how hard you party in your off-hours means exactly dick when considering if you’re owed a dollar for the same work someone else earns a dollar for. Is this guy seriously suggesting if you have three vodka shots instead of two at the club, it’s okay to pay you less? And if they’re out getting wasted every night in their 20s when they’re “young and hot,” I’d be grateful they treat the workplace as separate, right? I mean, it’s kind of all incoherent. Clearly somebody just dumped this fool hard.

Here’s a news flash: Nobody cares about your sacrifices. Nobody cares about anybody’s sacrifices. Everybody has made impossible choices and done insane things to get where they are (except Jonah Goldberg … Jonah, is that you?). We all make the choices we make and we do the stuff we do because we want to do it, and whining that nobody understands how hard it is is unproductive in the extreme. You know why that shit doesn’t inspire passionate regard in the opposite sex?Nobody likes a whiner. Most of us learned this in nursery school, fer chrissakes.

If you don’t want to marry a party girl, there are lots of girls out there who don’t drink or go to clubs who are available for you to date, McGenius. You just want the hot club girls with the long shiny hair and the pleather halter tops, don’tcha? “Why do chicks dig jerks?” It’s always the unspoken “why do hot chicks dig jerks, because the sandwich cart girl isn’t enough for me and goddammit, I drive a Benz, what more do these bitches want?”

If it pisses you off that women expect a lot out of life, and out of a potential partner for that life, you either need to confine your dating entirely to members of the Duggar family, or begin questioning why you expect so little.



Musto See Video

The RNC bondage expense account flap is the gift that keeps on giving. The management of the club in question, Voyeur, were indignant that their establishment was called a strip club but I’ll let Keith Olbermann and Michael Musto give you the details about this, uh, bridle club:

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Actually Some People DO Die Wishing They’d Spent More Time at Work

Fuck you, David:

Two things happened to Sandra Bullock this month. First, she won an
Academy Award for best actress. Then came the news reports claiming
that her husband is an adulterous jerk. So the philosophic question of
the day is:Would you take that as a deal? Would you exchange a
tremendous professional triumph for a severe personal blow?

On the one hand, an Academy Award is nothing to sneeze at. Bullock
has earned the admiration of her peers in a way very few experience.
She’ll make more money for years to come. She may even live longer.
Research by Donald A. Redelmeier and Sheldon M. Singh has found that,
on average, Oscar winners live nearly four years longer than nominees
that don’t win.

Nonetheless, if you had to take more than three
seconds to think about this question, you are absolutely crazy.Marital
happiness is far more important than anything else in determining
personal well-being.
If you have a successful marriage, it doesn’t
matter how many professional setbacks you endure, you will be
reasonably happy.If you have an unsuccessful marriage, it doesn’t
matter how many career triumphs you record, you will remain
significantly unfulfilled.

Amanda has covered this ground in terms ofwhy David needs to eat a bowl of dicks, so I won’t go there. Let’s talk about this, though:

THERE IS NO DEAL. No genie appeared to Sandra Bullock in a dream and said, “Your career or your husband: Choose.” Nobody said she could only have the Oscar if she was married to a skeeze, and nobody said her husband wouldn’t be a skeeze if she’d lost. Life doesn’t work like that. It’s not a seesaw. I know we like to think it is, especially when we’re on the down end of it, and I’m as vulnerable as anybody to the fear that any good fortune I might have will be snatched from my fingers, but it’s just such total bullshit. Jesse James didn’t cheat because the Goddess of Justice decided it was time to fuck with Sandra some. Jesse James cheated because it seemed a good idea, to him, to stick his dick in another lady. Cosmic balance has very little to do with it.

If that’s Brooks’ opener, he can only go downhill, and downhill he goes, into the usual self-helpy horseshit only ever spouted by people who DON’T stay home while their spouses work. And I think what always bothers me about it is that I know plenty of people who wished they’d accomplished more in their careers, or made different employment choices, or taken opportunities when they had them. In case David is unaware, our economy is melting down, and so as much as it might be nice to cross-stitch a motto about love being all you need, right now lots of people need professional success to be happy. And, you know, FED.

It just always sounds to me like a dodge, a way to cover up for work that doesn’t mean anything or matter that much, this crapola:

The overall impression from this research is that economic and
professional success exists on the surface of life, and that they
emerge out of interpersonal relationships, which are much deeper and
more important.

Yes. Fucking someone who doesn’t like you very much is so much more meaningful than, say, teaching schoolchildren how to read or curing cancer, or even acting in movies. Has it occurred to David that not everyone who works works in some demoralizing job they hate? Has he ever met anyone who gets paid by the hour or does he just learn about them from the TV beamed to his planet?

All this emphasis on how much more meaningful family relationships are never does seem to force men like Brooks or anyone in the industry of churning out this advice about how we’re all shallow and unfocused to ditch their self-helpy jobs andgo fucking spend some more time with their families, does it? No, it’s the rest of us losers out here earning insulting paychecks who should be inspired to not view those paychecks as anythingbad, exactly, and not work hard or fight for more. Instead, we should be content with our marital happiness, and certainly not try too hard to win any awards, lest our husbands find themselves dick-deep in some waitress.


Variations on a theme: Scott Brown raises money for MSNBC advertisers

It doesn’t have the flair or depth of the ACORN hoax (let’s hope it doesn’t have the shelf life) but Scott Brown’s attempt to raise funds by scaring Massachusetts conservatives into believing that Rachel Maddow is after his seatruns on the same fuel. Or fumes.

1.Brown sends out letter to constituents:

It’s only been a couple of months since I’ve been in office, and before
I’ve even settled into my new job, the political machine in
Massachusetts is looking for someone to run against me. And you’re not
going to believe who they are supposedly trying to recruit — liberal
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow.

2.Maddow denies it in amusing fashion on air. (worth watching just for hilarious chyrons)

3.As long as free publicity is on the buffet, a bunch of people, including Brown’s spokespeople, say apeshit stupid things.

Walsh has said he won’t disclose who the “tweet” was meant for until
he gets 1,000 Twitter followers, but he never tamped down rampant
speculation it was Maddow.

Walsh refused to clear the air last night, saying he’s never spoken to Maddow.

“Rachel Maddow can handle her own battles,” he told the Herald. “The
goofy speculation on my tweet is a pretty thin excuse for a
fund-raising letter.”

Enter Gov. Deval Patrick,
who told reporters Wednesday that he found a possible Maddow-Brown
showdown “very intriguing” – and the host herself “fabulous.”

As for Brown, his spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said: “It was an open
secret that the Democrats were trying to recruit Rachel Maddow to run
against Scott Brown in 2012. Now that she’s said no, I’m sure they’ll
scurry around looking for someone else. Maybe Keith Olbermann’s

4.Maddow buys full page ad denouncing Brown,calls him a creep, asks him to stop.

5. Brown respondshilariously.

‘With all due respect, I’m going to continue to fight and do my job and work hard to do just that. And, er, bring her on. I don’t care.'”

6.Rinse, repeat.

Good morning

Enough coffee, or not enough?


Available Headspace

After ACORN:

Conservative groups routinely make the same sorts
of mistakes, but they don’t generally result in such massive losses.
Why? Because conservative activists are not in the business of
challenging entrenched power. Progressives have to remember that we run
an oppositional movement, even with a Democratic president of color in
the White House. We are fundamentally about changing the dominant way
society is set up, and that will always make us a more likely target of
attack than those working merely to maintain the status quo.

And also?They have more time on their hands. They have time for smear campaigns, voter intimidation, general mayhem and total stupidity. They’re not trying to make anything. They’re not trying to build anything. They’re not trying to register voters because all their mouthbreathing teabaggers already vote, and they’re not trying to bring communities together because all their communities already are together, behind big shiny gates that lock with a very loud click. They have room in their heads for schemes like “let’s pretend to be a pimp and a ho” and “let’s get a bunch of bitter old Nixon bag men cockroaches together and make commercials” and “let’s put a story out there Al Gore wears weird colors” and shit. It’s very easy to come up with that crap when the whole “how is the food gonna get on the table” dilemma is solved for you. Gives you ever so much room to breathe.

Plus they’re BFFs with a bitchy and compliant media so afraid of missing a trend if you pitched the idea that kids today are eating feces for fun it would be on the evening news three weeks running before anybody ever asked for proof.


You say Hutaree, I say Hekawi

I’m thrilled that the Feds cracked down on the so-called Hutaree militia in Michigan *before* they started killing people. I applaud them for their preventative law enforcement (I loathe the word pro-active and refuse to use it) and I’m also happy as a satirist because now I can mock these clowns. Thanks, G-Men.

First, it’s my understanding that these wackadoodle rapturists made up the wordHutaree because it sounded pious or something. Really? It sounds incredibly silly to me: the first thing that crossed my mind was the fictional Hekawi tribe from the uber campy Sixties teevee sitcom, F Troop. I only hope that neither Sergeant O’Rourke nor Corporal Agarn were implicated in the plot:

F troop

Of course, those fictional con men would have been way too clever to hang out with the Hutaree, which also sounds a bit likeHatari the Howard Hawks/John Wayne film. Now where was I? Oh yeah, I’ve hadF Troop on my mind because I finally saw the Coen Brothers’A Serious Manon dvd and young bar mitzvah boy, Danny Gopnik is obsessed withF Troop; so much so that the theme music pops up in the film several times:

p>End ofF Troop references. The other thing that struck me as silly about the Hutaree is the logo/emblem/coat of arms thingee that they designed, presumably on an etch-a-sketch:

Supposedly, the CCR stands for “Colonial Christian Republic” but the first thing that popped into my mind was Creedence Clearwater Revival. It’s pretty obvious that the Hutaree wingnuts weren’tBorn on the Bayou but they may have drunk someBootlegwhilst searching forCosmo’s Factory. Then, it occurred to me that CCR could instead stand for Creedence Clearwater Revived, which is the quasi tribute band that Creedence drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook have toured with on the oldies circuit. In the end, I decided that the Hutaree’s CCR has naught to do with the Creedence schism and is just another example of their supreme stupidity and cluelessness. Again, I’m glad the Feds busted them because I, for one, am not crazy about folks whobrandish automatic weapons at family weddings and are dumb enough to post the pictures on Facebook.

I think what we all need now is aCreedence Song:

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‘Don’t Make Me Go All Laura Roslin on You Bitches’


Kathleen Sebelius warned the insurance industry Monday not to look
for loopholes in health care legislation and informed it that she will
be writing regulations to ensure that the industry covers children with
preexisting conditions, which some insurers insist is not a requirement
of the law.

“The American people debated and discussed health insurance reform
for more than a year. Congress and the President have acted. Now is not
the time to search for non-existent loopholes that preserve a broken
system,” writes Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary. The letterwas sent to top insurance lobbyist Karen Ignagni on Monday and provided to HuffPost by a third party.



A New RNC Theme Song?

I pride myself on being a helpful person. I’m
always prepared to aid those less fortunate than myself even when
they’re a doofus named Michael Steele. Mr. Steele, the human gaffe
machine and all around buffoon, is now brushing off charges thatGOP donor money was spent at a bondage strip club.
Steele’s people deny that the Chairman himself was there stuffing
benjamins up some leather clad skank’s hoohah but there’s another way the RNC can
deflect attention from Steele’s latest bout of malakatude: a new theme
song. Here’s my suggestion, which is totally tubular, man:

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Cross-posted at Adrastos.


Another thing I like about Louisiana politics…

… is that our pols have great, and occasionally bizarre, names. My current personal favorite is the name of a woman wholost a race for Mayor of Mandeville by a mere four votes the other day: Trilby Lenfant. Hand to God, I am not making this up.

I call her Live Shot because she’s always ready to spout off for the teevee cameras but I should stick to the glories of her own moniker. That reminds me that there’s a perennial local candidate whose name is Monica Monica. Quite a moniker, no?

Now where was I? Oh yeah, repeat after me: Trilby Lenfant. I’m not sure how Svengali fits into this but I when I figure it out I’ll let you know…


Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – “The Princess and the Frog” edition

Good morning, gentle people. Well, there’s a civil war coming on strong.

Militia morons versus the gubmint? Nope.

Tea Party versus the GOP? Unh-uh.

Mike Vanderboegh versus everybody else? Nah.

It’s Sarah Palin Freepers versus ex-Sarah Palin Freepers!

How could such a thing come about? Well, suit up and we’ll find out.

Hmm – inner airlock door to the iso chamber’s jammed. Don’t understand it – Kibitzer oiled the hinges just last week.

I’ll just push harder – it’s giving, but there seems to be something inside pushing back…OH NO! THE DRUMS OF STUPID HAVE BURST!! RUN FOR YOUR BLBLBLBBLBBLAARRGGHHH


2010: A desire to serve defines McCain (Palin begs Arizonans to vote for
McCain!) (BARF)

The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz.
| 2010-03-26
| Sarah Palin

Posted onThursday, March 25, 2010
11:14:21 PM

Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

The mod removed the thread originator’s initial post?

This can’t be good.

To: rabscuttle385

I don’t care for McPain either but at least Palin discharged her

Palin had a discharge? Was it dishonourable?

It is something she has to to do since he did pick her for
his running mate.

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:19:29 PM
bySen Jack S. Fogbound

…because everyone knows that Sarah Palin always does what she has to do rather than what she wants to do. It’s her hallmark.

Also, McCain has those pictures.

To: rabscuttle385

This is disgusting! This evil man gave us McCain-Feingold which
gave us the Dem 2006/2008 Congress and 2008 Obama.

McCain also probably took a dive and threw the race for Soros in


And no I don’t want Romney.

I could go for Santorum, Thune, DeMint, George Allen, Chris Christie.

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:21:49 PM
(McCain = Obama’s friend McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty –

div class=”a2″>To: rabscuttle385; Brices Crossroads; Virginia
Ridgerunner; Star Traveler; GOP_Raider; victim soul; …


“That’s why, on behalf of Sen. McCain, I’m asking for your vote. For
the good of our entire country and the future of your state, please send
John McCain back to the United States Senate.”


posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:22:17 PM
(Facts don’t matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial
slurs, death threats…)



To: rabscuttle385

Is she done now? Can she FINALLY walk away from this EVIL man?
Take the money off the dresser?


How dare you accuse Our Sarah of being a common..


And no I do not want Myth Romney.

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:24:43 PM
(McCain = Obama’s friend McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty –

That makes three of us, as I don’t want himtwice!

To: rabscuttle385

What the hell is wrong with her?

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:25:28 PM
(Obama’s supporters: a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of
rhythmic noise)

div class=”a2″>To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

It is something she has to to do since he did pick her for his
running mate.

If you really believe this quid pro quo, payback
crap, you would make a good Democrat. They just demonstrated that you
don’t have to follow your principles if you “owe” a debt for favors

It’s garbage when they do it and garbage when Palin does

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:25:54 PM


div class=”a2″>To: onyx


This “Palin is bad because she endorsed McCain” meme is old and
really very boring. No minds are being changed here, Paultards. Freepers
are begging, too. Begging Rabscuttle and his Paultard colleagues to go

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:28:00 PM
byBrices Crossroads
(Politico and)


To: All; Frantzie; mkjessup; stephenjohnbanker;
donna; AuntB
Direct quote from Palin:

"Long before the summer of 2008, I respected the man known as
the 'maverick of the Senate.'"

Exactly what part of McCain’s despicable record does she respect,

It’s become fairly clear where Palin stands, and it isn’t on
the side of grassroots conservatives.

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:30:07 PM
(Live Free or Die)

blockquote>div class=”a2″>To:rabscuttle385

I don’t know what the Odd Couple (you and Frantzie) are going to do
after Saturday. You’re a Paulist and he’s a MittWit.
posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:30:07 PM

div class=”a2″>To: bwc2221; Frantzie

Up yours, noob.

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:30:43 PM
(Live Free or Die)

Boys, boys – can’t we all just get along?

To: rabscuttle385
Why is Sarah embarrassing herself like this?

I thought she would
sign some letters perhaps do a private fundraiser or two. But THIS? The
stump? For this scumbag? After how he let his staff tear her to pieces
in the media, and didn’t lift a finger to stop it? Was that loyalty? Was
that chivalry? He is a louse. She needs to stop this now.

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:31:10 PM

p>To: wireplay

Gingrich supports Scozzafava, everybody goes nuts, and rightly so.

Palin gets an automatic pass?


posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:32:32 PM
byTHX 1138
(“Harry, I have a gift.”)

div class=”a2″>To: THX 1138

But Palin gets an automatic pass?

Well, she does have
nice legs. /s

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:33:26 PM
(Live Free or Die)

div class=”a2″>To: rabscuttle385

That pretty much does it for me.I’m taking the Palin bumper
sticker off of my vehicle tomorrow. She’s not what I thought she was.

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:36:35 PM

However, the“Drill, baby, drill” sticker stays.

To: All; Frantzie; mkjessup; stephenjohnbanker;
donna; AuntB
Another direct (and damning) quote from Palin:

"I was inspired by his willingness to buck his political party -
and even his president - to do what he believed was right for this

Like what, Sarah? Amnesty? Cap and tax? Bailouts? Voting against tax
cuts? McCain-Feingold?

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:36:50 PM
(Live Free or Die)

div class=”a2″>To: UCFRoadWarrior

You were saying …

political Waterloo…

Not by a long
shot… the Palin Revolution has yet to begin, like the Reagan

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:41:00 PM
byStar Traveler
(Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that
we look forward to coming)

Um – “the Reagan revolution” isn’t coming any sooner than Sarah’s is.

To: alicewonders

“I’m taking the Palin bumper sticker off of my vehicle tomorrow.”

What vehicle would that be? Your trusty tin foil hat? Or your

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:41:07 PM
byBrices Crossroads
(Politico and)

*ding!* OK – back to your corners. Corner men. – to your fighters.

Good going. That was a good shot with the McCain quotes, but he’s too hard-headed for that to work. You gotta work the ropes – call him out on the ad homs. Play the victim a little. OK – here’s the water – now spit.


To: Star Traveler
I’d like to hear your defense of this little gem, preferably without
your resorting to ad hominem attacks.

"I was inspired by his willingness to buck his political party -
and even his president - to do what he believed was right for this

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:45:17 PM
(Live Free or Die)

div class=”a2″>To: rabscuttle385

You were saying to another FReeper …

Up yours, noob.

It’s getting pretty bad
when even the “noobs” can see how dumb y’all are… LOL …

posted onThursday, March 25, 2010 11:45:27 PM
byStar Traveler
(Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that
we look forward to coming)

Well, there is obviously not gonna be a knockout in the second round, so there’s morebattle royale (mmmmm..cheeseburgers) after the jumparoonie.

Athenae, Immoral Values

Teabagger Violence and Getting Pushed to the Wall


But of course, in order for the obvious to sink in, you need some cold, hard numbers. And those have been produced–-teabaggers mostly identify as Republicans,
or they’re those assholes who call themselves something like
“libertarian” but always vote for Republicans. I’d probably put money
on the possibility that the few who identified as Democrats are also
Republicans; they’re just nursingthe youstabee grievance,
where they pretend they want to vote for Democrats, but Democrats just
make is so hard because they insist on being Democrats.

On that subject, it’s worth pointing out that the original sin of the
Democrats that created legions of youstabees was the passage of the
Civil Rights Act of 1965.

I was having this conversation with Mr. A this week, about something going in meatspace, whereby people respond to arguments they’ve lost with disproportionate rage and claims they aren’t being listened to. I’ve been getting this a lot, usually when someone’s denied something he wants, and while it’s the attitude we usually ascribe to Those Entitled Kids Today Whose Moms Never Tell Them No, it’s primarily from people of Generation Teabag I’ve been noticing it. Which brings me to what Amanda’s saying above.

All the justification rhetoric used around the incidents of violence and intimidating that happened around the country has centered on the idea that old, racist assholes simply aren’t being heard in this country. That they’ve been deprived, overlooked, shut out, and they have no choice but to ram people’s cars and throw bricks through people’s windows and generally act like total assholes outside the law.

We heard this shit fromMcMeghan after the Tiller murder, we heard this fromBeckian morons before, and it’s the same flavor of bullshit now, that other people are responsible for making them be dicks by imposing their irritating viewpoints and drowning out other voices.

We hear you, though. You’re being listened to just fine. You just LOST THE ARGUMENT. You lost the election, you lost the fight to kill the bill, you lost. We heard you loud and fucking clear, with your signs and your costumes and whatnot, but we just didn’t agree. I sympathize, to a certain extent; I lose arguments all the time. I’ve been told for the past nine years that I and everything I represent and almost everyone I love betrays the foundations of America, yet somehow I’ve managed to shoot at exactly nobody.

And instead of telling these people they’ve lost, and should suck it up, and remember how much this hurts so that next time they can be more effective in their tactics and actions (as many leading liberals did after the 2004 presidential election) and more committed and more willing to work, these fuckers are encouraging their followers to tune in, drop out and smoke conservative dope some more. Because the problem wasn’t that their ideas sucked, it was that they weren’t given a hearing.


Athenae, Of Interest

Weekend Question Thread

I grew up camping. All over the place. Wisconsin, Wyoming, we’d pile all the cousins in a truck and drive until we found a good spot to pitch a tent and build a fire and catch some fish. Naturally, now, I do not camp. The only outdoors I do is a ride on the bike trail through the park by my home.

Do you like the outdoors, or are you a city mouse?


Athenae, Of Interest

Saturday Blogwhoring Thread


Post away. Commies.


Athenae, Geek Cred

Close Your Eyes, Clear Your Heart, Cut the Cord: Caprica Thread



I think it’s easy to lose sight of the deal here, which is that as
much as Daniel is capable of love, he’s essentially a cold person who
sees other people as tools. The robot, the daughter. You can love
someone and use them at the same time: Just ask God. But while the
tenor of his speech — the very fact that he’s the only one talking —
might lead you to sympathize, to see Zoë through his eyes, as a spoiled brat, she’s only a brat insofar as she’s not doing what he
wants. And women are always the biggest bitches when they don’t do what
we want, aren’t they?

Which is the reason, always, that we have to hide. It’s easier and
more powerful to be an object when the alternative is hatred. Zoë’s
only power, and she’s said this more than once, is hiding inside her
magnificent new body. Pretending there’s nobody home. And I think probably it’s hard for some
people to understand how that works, because they never got the hang of
it — or never had to — for themselves. If your body, or your
sexuality, have never been commodified, then I think it’s probably
difficult to understand the alternatives, of which you’ve been lucky
enough to remain ignorant.

Which is the story of anyone who’s been abused, physically or otherwise: You think you can make yourself very still, very quiet, and maybe they won’t hit you. Maybe they won’t even notice you to mock you. Maybe you won’t screw up, if you just lay low, and don’t talk, and don’t move. So you make yourself smaller, and hide in plain sight, and try to be something nobody takes any notice of. You try to be Zoe, inside the robot, listening impassively as the person she used to love and admire makes a mockery of everything she ever thought he meant.

Problem is, it never really works to protect you. You always find a way to annoy your abuser. You always knock over a glass of milk at the dinner table. You always say the wrong thing, or the thing that was right five minutes ago, but is horrible now. You always, always, always break the eggshells you walk on. And eventually you realize the walls you built around yourself aren’t keeping the bullies out, they’re just keeping you in.

Adrastos, Current Affairs, Stupid Republican Tricks

Harryfest? Harrystock? Teafest? Teastock?

The capital of Wingnuttia moves tomorrow to Searchlight, Nevada: Harry Reid’s hometown. The tea party types are calling this covergence of assholes, cretins, jerks and malakas a “conservative Woodstock.” Sounds derivative to me, y’all.

So, full of my customary desire to be helpful (I may be full of something else too) I’ve offered a few humble suggestions in the post title. Any thoughts, gentle, genteel and even gentile readers?

Since the teabaggers mentioned Woodstock, man (one should never say Woodstock without a man, after it, man) here’s some New Left music for the New Right or something like that:

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Athenae, Food and Drink

Because the Internet is, In Fact, My Personal Army

You know you want to buy some ferret wine.

Actually, it’s regular Chilean and Spanish wine, with ferret labels, sales of which will benefit the ferret shelter.

Stock your cellars, drunkards!