Thursday Night Music: She’s So Cold

I know I’m risking ridicule and mockery from Jude but it’s colder than fucking shit here in NOLA. No, it’s not Chicago or Madison cold but our houses weren’t designed for freezing weather. You should know that, homes, you grew up not far from here. Anyhoo, if I liked cold weather, I’d live in Minneapolis so Al Franken could be my Senator and I could see the Jayhawks all the time but I don’t so I’m stuck with Diaper Dave. I figured I’d try warming things up a bit with this cheesy Stones video. It ends abruptly but so does … Continue reading Thursday Night Music: She’s So Cold

Adventures In Journalism: Or, The Grate-est Story Ever Told*

I’m just looking for more favorable taxes! Hey there, gang. Still stupidly busy at work, so I haven’t had a lot of time for posting. And, honestly, this shit is wearying. It’s not even much fun mocking the dumb shit that the right-wingers say, because 1) it’s predictable and 2) reading that shit costs me IQ points (insert your own joke about how I can ill-afford that). So I haven’t had a lot to say or much time to say what I want. However. I was just chilling out, reading the NY Times–nothing political! I was checking out the “Dining … Continue reading Adventures In Journalism: Or, The Grate-est Story Ever Told*

This AP Story Is Bush-Level Worshipful

Well, look who loves Obama again: TUCSON, Ariz. – Summoning the soul of a nation, President Barack Obama on Wednesday implored Americans to honor those slain and injured in the Arizona shootings by becoming better people, telling a polarized citizenry that it is time to talk with each other “in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.” Following a hospital bedside visit with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the target of the assassination, he said: “She knows we’re here, and she knows we love her.” In an electrifying moment, the president revealed that Giffords, who on Saturday was shot … Continue reading This AP Story Is Bush-Level Worshipful

Head Of State

The American Presidency is a two-headed beast: part constitutional monarch and part prime minister. The last two Democratic Presidents have been slow to embrace the head of state part of the office, which has always mystified me since the ultimate Democratic President, FDR, was the ultimate head of state. That was the real secret to Ronald Reagan’s popularity: he was an outstanding elected constitutional monarch. The wingers will tell you that it was all about his policies when it was really all about the symbols and rhetoric. It was no accident: Reagan abandoned his New Deal beliefs and the Democratic … Continue reading Head Of State

That Gun Don’t Make You No Hero, Mister

“If I’d gone down there sooner, maybe I could have shot him myself,” Mr. Zamudio, age 24, said in a phone interview Sunday night. … By the time Mr. Zamudio was in close range, others had wrestled the suspect to the ground. Mr. Zamudio helped hold him down. And young Mr. Zamudio deserves all due credit for his assistance during the chaos. But what the WSJ leaves out in their storyBystander Says Carrying Gun Prompted Him to Help (yes, that’s the real title) is this part, via Slate andDigby: But before we embrace Zamudio’s brave intervention as proof of the … Continue reading That Gun Don’t Make You No Hero, Mister

This Masturbatory Civility

Fuck this noise. A Democrat now prominently calling for “civility and respect” in American political discourse may want to go back to October and heed his own advice. In anop-ed published byThe New York Times yesterday, former Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), who served in the House of Representatives from 1985 through 2010, wrote about lawmakers’ security in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in Tucson, Arizona last weekend. In the piece, titled “Why Politicians Need to Stay Out in the Open,” Kanjorski wrote: We all lose an element of freedom when security considerations distance public officials … Continue reading This Masturbatory Civility

The Chasm Between the Saved and the Damned

So Eric Erickson made an ass out of himself today. That’s not surprising.What is surprising is this: The topic of faith in Christ makes people cringe. But whether you believe it or not, here is the reality: beyond us is a world we cannot see with our eyes. It impacts us on a daily basis. It is a world of very real angels and very real demons. It is a world of a very real God and a very real Satan, a very real Heaven and a very real Hell. The back and forth and accusations and lies surrounding Jared … Continue reading The Chasm Between the Saved and the Damned

My New Book: Chicago’s Historic Irish Pubs

Mike Danablog(of theFirst Draft Krewe and a guestblogger here in these parts) and I spend a lot of time in Irish bars. He’s at least Irish, and so can make it out to be some kind of cultural obligation, whereas I just like drinking somewhere not infested with halter tops and hair extensions, which has decent liquor, good stories and music that doesn’t involve the word “booty.” And sometime last summer, we started talking about finding a way to put all that experience into some kind of permanent record. This is what happened: From Mike’s storyin the Irish American News: … Continue reading My New Book: Chicago’s Historic Irish Pubs

Hey, Driftglass is Famous

A little happiness on a lousy day: Another anonymous commentator, a man who blogs about Chicago politics and pop culture while identifying himself only as Driftglass, says the mayor’s race is ripe for skewering on social media “because absent of an issue, it’s about personalities. That’s what good humor is about. You don’t hear five-minute routines on TIF funding, but you’re hearing Rahm Emanuel using ‘f—-.’ “ He notes, too, that Chicago’s political system is being shaken up for the first time in decades. “Other cities have transitions every four to six years. They know how to do it. We … Continue reading Hey, Driftglass is Famous

Rest, Easy

Dick Winters, leader of ‘Band of Brothers,’ dies: Mr. Winters, who separated from the Army at the rank of major, and his men fought together through D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge and later occupied Adolf Hitler’s mountainside retreat, the Eagle’s Nest, near Berchtesgaden. A charismatic officer who led by example, Mr. Winters received the Distinguished Service Cross, the country’s second highest decoration for valor, while conducting combat operations on D-Day. Mr. Winters led a small group of men on a raid of German cannon emplacements near Utah beach on Normandy’s coastline. While taking out the heavily fortified bunker, … Continue reading Rest, Easy

Our Noble, Peaceful Politics

This line of thinking is starting to get on my goddamn nerves: The great miracle of American politics is that although it can tend toward the cutthroat and thuggish, it is almost devoid of genuine violence outside of a few scuffles and busted lips now and again. With the exception of Saturday’s slaughter, I’d wager that in the last 30 years there have been more acts of physical violence in the stands at Philadelphia Eagles home games than in American politics. You know, that’s fine, the last 30 years. How about a few years before that? It’s not like there … Continue reading Our Noble, Peaceful Politics

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – “It wasn’t us!” edition

Good morning, gentle people – well, you knew that there wouldn’t be much introspection over at FR over the Tucson shooter, but you probably couldn’t imagine the trip down De Nile that the Freeperati are taking.

I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you all to double up on iso suits, gloves, and booties. It’s a mess in there.

Here’s what passes for soul-searching in Freeperville:

Not “Should we quit screaming hate at public servants?”, but rather “This wouldn’t have been so bad if numerous people in the crowd had pulled out their own handguns and started blazing away!”

Let’s face it, if this had been a Republican event-VANITY
Me | 1/8/11 | self

Posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 8:43:23 PM bySonofReagan

If this had been a Republican event in Tucson today there would have been just one death, the gunmen. Several in that kind of a crowd would have pulled their weapons and aeriated him immediately.

Leftists! You started this war and one of your own contiunued it today.

1 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 8:43:23 PM bySonofReagan
You’re not a son of Reagan, you’re a son of a bitch – and a stupid one, at that. This isn’t a fucking movie. If five people pull handguns in a crowd of people and attempt to shoot one of them, two things will happen:
1. More then half the shots fired will miss, hitting bystanders, and the other would-be heroes.
2. The bullets thatdo hit the shooter will overpenetrate and hit bystanders, and the other would-be heroes.
But hey – it works in the movies, so what the hell.
To: SonofReagan

Ditto that…especially here in Texas!

5 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 9:10:23 PM byNYTexan
Someone stole your brain and replaced it with a ditto machine.
“And posting ‘Me, too’ like some brain-dead AOL’er”
To: NYTexan

Democrat or Republican, here in IN the thumbstraps going off would have sounded like popcorn.

8 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 9:19:10 PM bytumblindice (Henry Fonda won a Bronze Star, his daughter won our contempt)
And the bodies hitting the ground would have sounded like a platoon dropping their duffle bags on the tarmac.
To: SonofReagan

I have attended five Tea Party events; first one, concealed carry, the rest open carry.

Always got a positive response, and usually an admission of carrying themselves.

I don’t know if no one else would have been wounded, but I can guaran-damn-tee you the perp wouldn’t have survived.

10 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 9:23:36 PM byIYellAtMyTV (Workday Forecast–Increasing pressure towards afternoon. Rum likely by evening.)
Check the handle – I imagine he does a lot of yelling. At his TV, at clouds, at kids on his lawn… Rum will do that to ya. This imbecile needs to have his CCW permit folded until it is all sharp corners and inserted up his ditto-hole.
To: SonofReagan

Can you imagine what would have occurred had this been Sarah Palin? Outside of the jokes that would have been made of course. They are quick to blame the Tea Party, who are as docile as 55 yr old white folks that the MSM bill as terrorists. What worries me is that some smart ass Liberal Attorney will have this guy change his story and have him confess to being on the Tea Party payroll. With the current AG I have a greater worry that something will be covered up.

21 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 9:45:58 PM byBringbackthedraft (The candidate they smear and ridicule the most is the one they fear the most.)
Pic of 55-year old docile white folk:
Of course, there’s the occasional Freeper that is suddenly very sensitive:
To: SonofReagan
Maybe it’s just me but the bodies of the dead aren’t even cold yet. There will be time for a more sober analysis later perhaps. The tone of this just seems a bit harsh this soon after a 9 year-old (and 5 others) was blown away.

Like I said, maybe it’s just me.

3 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 9:05:32 PM bymuir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
To: muir_redwoods; SonofReagan

It’s not just you. This kind of crap makes us all look bad.Would not be surprised if it the thread shows up on some other site.

14 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 9:35:56 PM byNucSubs

An appeal for reason:
To: SonofReagan

I think it is hyperbole to call this “war” …maybe its ok to say “culture war” or “political war”

After all Dems did relinquish control of the House…and in January of 2013 if those on the right are able to convince enough people to vote accordingly, Obama will also relinquish control …and no “war” is called for

26 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 10:08:23 PM bywoofie
Quickly dealt with…
To: NucSubs

You’re in a war you fool. You’re on this site and should know that. Shut up.

28 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 10:25:09 PM bySonofReagan
To: montanajoe

You’re in a war you fool. You’re on this site and should know that. Shut up.

29 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 10:26:20 PM bySonofReagan
To: douginthearmy

You’re in a war you fool. You’re on this site and should know that. Shut up.

30 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 10:27:27 PM bySonofReagan
I guess it was too confusing to write your rant one time and just address it to all the traitors, huh?
To: crescen7

Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone in this. Every thread I read includes this rhetoric, and it’s incredibly upsetting. On one thread, a commenter said Ms. Giffords was “a full blown kook shot by one of her own team members”. It’s sickening.

35 posted on Saturday, January 08, 2011 11:06:24 PM byTexNewMex
You’rejust now finding out that you’reposting on a site full of belligerent nutcases???
Welcome to reality.
Next up – the original shooting reaction thread (what the mods didn’t scrub, anyway).

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Family Snapshot

I’m sick as a dog and it’s been a crappy weekend all around. The horrible shootings in Tucson and theincoherent thoughts of accused mass murderer Jared Loughner made me think of Arthur Bremer the psycho creep whose bullets crippled George Wallace in 1972 and about whom Peter Gabriel wrote the songFamily Snapshot.Unfortunately, this sick fuck Loughner is crazier and infinitely more destructive than Bremer who just wanted his 15 minutes of fame but didn’t spray bullets at the crowd at the strip mall in Laurel, Maryland. He just wanted to be famous for killing someone famous. In many ways, I’m … Continue reading Family Snapshot

Where We’re Going Now

After the sheriff, that’s where: TPN founder Judson Phillips, in an article linked off the e-mail “The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords and the left’s attack on the Tea Party movement,”described the shooter as “a leftist lunatic” and Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik as a “leftist sheriff” who “was one of the first to start in on the liberal attack.” Phillips urged tea party supporters to blame liberals for the attack on centrist Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was shot through the head and is now fighting for her life, as a means of defending the tea party movement’s … Continue reading Where We’re Going Now

Palin Alone Is Not the Problem

This whole “violent rhetoric” thing is about much more than That Bitch Sarah Palin and the Stupid Things She Says on Facebook. It’s aboutthe people who fund the tea party and every other ultra-right-wing movement in this country. Palin doesn’t help, nor do the scores of news producers who treat her every Tweet like it’s a papal bull, but there’s something about focusing on her and not on the money men that gets my back up. A. Continue reading Palin Alone Is Not the Problem

Is There Anything That Isn’t The Blogosphere’s Fault?

I’m asking: LEMON: Dana, before the break, I talked to you about the mood and the tone in Washington and politics these days. We know it’s out there. We’ve seen what’s been happening on social media, some people blaming, you know, certain members, certain elected and non-elected members. We don’t know the motivation yet but does this send some sort of signal to us and to our law makers about how we view politics and tone? BASH: Well, you’re absolutely right, we don’t know the motivation but regardless something like this tends to be… tends to be a wake up … Continue reading Is There Anything That Isn’t The Blogosphere’s Fault?

Both Sides Now

I was out all day, so I came home andOh Holy Shit, and in reading across the various AP reportsthere’s this: Giffords also was among about 20 Democrats opposed in last fall’s elections by Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. Palin’s Facebook page in March posted a U.S. map with the cross-hairs of a gun scope imposed over each of the 20 Democrats’ districts. Gun imagery appeared in various ways in the campaign, often not connected at all withgun rights. “We’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list,” Giffords said at the time. “The way that she has it depicted … Continue reading Both Sides Now

Weekend Question Thread: Unkept Promises Edition

We’re a week into the New Year, which probably means most of the resolutions we’ve made have been broken already. I know I’m already off the junk food wagon. Every time I promise myself I’m gonna eat healthier something happens, like a big project or something, and I just decide eh, fuck it, I’m going to Chipotle for lunch. Again. What promise do you make to yourself, and then break? A. Continue reading Weekend Question Thread: Unkept Promises Edition

Malaka Of the Week: Alan Gribben

A few weeks ago, this week’s “honoree” was an obscure academic at an obscure University. Who outside of Alabama knew that football factory Auburn had a branch campus in Montgomery? Not me certainly and I suspect very few of you were aware of that fact either. Alan Gribben teaches English at said school and has gained notoriety for being the editor of the expurgated version of Huck Finn hence his entry into the pantheon of malakatude. Professor Gribben’s motives seem superficially benign: removing the N-word will allow one of the greatest American novels to again be taught in schools that … Continue reading Malaka Of the Week: Alan Gribben

The Haunting

As he missed large chunks of several games and saw his consecutive start streak finally come to an end, the TV cameras couldn’t keep off of him. Brett Favre. In street clothes. On a Sunday. What struck me was the look on his face. The gray stubble, the slack jaw and the eyes, windows to a lost soul. If ever a picture captured the word “harrowed,” this was it: I knew I’d seen it before, but I didn’t know where. Athletes get hurt all the time, benched all the time, stand around all the time. Yet, I kept coming back … Continue reading The Haunting

Friday Ferretblogging: Four Pounds of Bucky in a Claire-Sized Tuffet

Bucky spent the holidays being relatively well-behaved, but he’s now back to making Claire’s life miserable, just like a good big brother should. One day he decided he’d rather have her tuffet, and evicted her: He doesn’t really fit. By the end of the evening she’d wedged herself in there WITH him, and he figured out he’d be better off in his own bunk. A. Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: Four Pounds of Bucky in a Claire-Sized Tuffet

Down the Fox “News” Memory Hole

FromAlbum3 FromDriftglass, thislink is, well, comprehensive,to be sure. And imagine the sort of shitstorm if even a SINGLE item was from the Obama administration or a prominent Democrat. Oh, and the storm wouldn’t be limited to Faux — even your “librul” media would feel obligated to pile on, and perhaps deservedly so. But…IOKIYAR. Not only that, but the sheer volume of lying and bullshit means that often enough, we don’t even hear about it. Geez. Continue reading Down the Fox “News” Memory Hole