Shorter Antonin Scalia

From Album4 “It’s all those good white authorities in Shelby County and elsewhere who are the REAL victims.” Actually, and I’ve said this in comments here at First Draft and elsewhere, watching Tony waddle off into his dotage in a fizzle of petulance is a good thing. Whether deserved or not — probably not — Scalia was presumed to have at least some intellectual heft. But certainly since Bush v. Gore and possibly earlier, he’s demonstrated clearly that he’s just another wingnut hack. A dangerous one, to be sure, and damn if I wish he wasn’t almost anywhere except the … Continue reading Shorter Antonin Scalia

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Odds Against Tomorrow

Odds Against Tomorrowis a beautifully shot and well acted late period film noir from 1959. It’s a combination caper/social commentary flick produced by star Harry Belafonte. It features yet another skilled variation on Robert Ryan’s villainous shtick as a racist sociopath. It’s director Robert Wise’s last edgy indie film before he went over to the mainstream dark side and directed <sigh>The Sound Of Music among others. Wise pulled out all the stops here and delivered a helluva film before donning lederhosen… The movie is based on a pretty darn good pulp novel byWilliam P. McGivern: Here are 2 lobby card … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Odds Against Tomorrow

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Odds Against Tomorrow

Odds Against Tomorrowis a beautifully shot and well acted late period film noir from 1959. It’s a combination caper/social commentary flick produced by star Harry Belafonte. It features yet another skilled variation on Robert Ryan’s villainous shtick as a racist sociopath. It’s director Robert Wise’s last edgy indie film before he went over to the mainstream dark side and directed <sigh>The Sound Of Music among others. Wise pulled out all the stops here and delivered a helluva film before donning lederhosen… The movie is based on a pretty darn good pulp novel by William P. McGivern: Here are 2 lobby … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Odds Against Tomorrow

Shorter Antonin Scalia

FromAlbum4 “It’s all those good white authorities in Shelby County and elsewhere who are the REAL victims.” Actually, and I’ve said this in comments here at First Draft and elsewhere, watching Tony waddle off into his dotage in a fizzle of petulance is a good thing. Whether deserved or not — probably not — Scalia was presumed to have at least some intellectual heft. But certainly since Bush v. Gore and possibly earlier, he’s demonstrated clearly that he’s just another wingnut hack. A dangerous one, to be sure, and damn if I wish he wasn’t almost anywhere except the bench, … Continue reading Shorter Antonin Scalia

The Children

I just finished reading David Halberstam’s great 1999 bookThe Children for the first time. I’m not sure why it took me so long to read it since Halberstam is one of my heroes and I’m deeply interested in the history of the Civil Rights Movement but better late than never. The timing is also somewhat fortuitous because the SNCC “children” of the title were responsible for the Nashville sit-ins, the Freedom Rides and the Selma March, a series of epic events that helped lead to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. That is, in turn,a big story today … Continue reading The Children

Van Cliburn, R.I.P.

The great classical pianist Van Cliburn has died at the age of 78. He became an American icon and cold war hero without firing a shot: In April 1958, Mr. Cliburn went to Moscow at the height of the Cold War and brought home the gold medal in the new Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for his rendition of the composer’s Concerto No. 1. The contest had been established to showcase the Russian superiority in culture, a mere six months after the scientific triumph of launching Sputnik, the first space satellite. Mr. Cliburn’s performance — the crystalline touch, the welling songfulness … Continue reading Van Cliburn, R.I.P.

Better Call Saul!

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/jvlEqAjg8aU?hl=en_US&version=3 (crossposted at driftglass blog) One of the predictable and hilarious side-effects of the Big Conservative Project to Destroy American has been that even the most proficient cookers and dealers of wingnut meth have started snorting/ shooting/ smoking/ pontificating their own product. And the results aren’t pretty. Not http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/ezIvy0LfgDo?version=3&hl=en_US Pretty http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/dhmTCmLZKMs?version=3&hl=en_US At http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/dHn3Lr9xHc8?version=3&hl=en_US All http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/c7LlBzrPbRs?version=3&hl=en_US Which why the Rightcould not survive for a single day as a cohesive political and cultural force without their Very Serious Centrist enablers in the mainstream media. Because when you have fucked up as radically, frequently and publicly as Conservatives have, you don’t need a … Continue reading Better Call Saul!

Deep Jindal Thought

I must admit that this post title is a genuine oxymoron. For a guy who wants the GOP to stop being the stupid party, PBJ spends most of his time swimming in the shallow end of the intellectual pool.Time to quote Dave Weigel quoting Politico quoting PBJ on the Voting Rights Act: “Unlike the Democratic Party, we’re not trying to divide the American people,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday when asked by POLITICO about the race-related and gay rights issues the court is tackling. “The reality is as Republicans we want to unify the country. … We don’t think … Continue reading Deep Jindal Thought

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – image issues edition

Good morning, everyone – well, I was gonna pull a Tbogg and threaten to quit this popcorn stand (so Athenae could talk me down and stroke my ego a little), but Ms. A isn’t answering her phone, and all my letters are coming back with “not at this address” stamped on them, except for the last one, which bore the legend “Who the fuck are you, anyway?”.

Probably the commie Post Office workers preparing for their upcoming every-Saturday Baccanalia.

Anywhoo, since there’s no one to tender my resignation to, I might as well go to work and pray someone’s still paying the electric bill for the containment building,

The blogs have been all a-fire with snark about the GOP’s effort to rebrand themselves, so let’s look at Freeperville’s attempt to get in on the remodeling craze, shall we?

First up –wrestling with their image!

The WWE’s Tea Party Wrestler Is Making Conservatives Hit the Mat

Atlantic ^


Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:09:41 PM by Arthurio

CONNOR SIMPSON 5,918 ViewsF EB 20, 2013

The WWE’s new bad guys
in town are not-so-loosely inspired by the Tea Party, and that has
conservative commentators not-so-quietly complaining that the company is
bringing back a movement already under siege from Karl Rove — this time
in one of the country’s most curious of conservative spotlights, and as
a couple of outwardly racist xenophobes who want to send Mexicans back
across the border. Even if that was kind of the whole point.

On
the February 11 episode of Monday Night Raw — frequently the highest
rated cable show in the country — the fake-wrestling franchise
re-introduced “Real American” Jack Swagger, after a few months off, with
a new gimmick. He had longer, messier hair, a mean scowl, and a
newfound hype man. Swagger’s faux-manager, not so accidentally named
Zebadiah Colter, sported a bushy hunter’s beard and wore a beige vest as
he yelled to the crowd: “What’s wrong with America?” Colter then
explained that he “doesn’t recognize” today’s America. He said he saw
people with faces “not like mine” and heard people that “can’t even talk
to me,” and he screamed out again to the Nashville audience and the
Americans at home: “Where did all these people come from?” And then
Colter, who’s used other surnames to fit his gimmick in the past, threw
out some catchphrases familiar to any Tea Party observer — “We, the
people” was prominent — and made a point to stress, over and over, that
he and Swagger were “real Americans.” Oh, did the crowd ever boo.
Swagger and Colter are supposed to be the WWE’s big new bad guys, and
they drew “heat” from the crowd, as wrestling people say. They hated
him.

1
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:09:51 PM
by Arthurio
This should go over well.

To: Arthurio

Kind of makes me glad I cancelled the cable.

2
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:14:33 PM
by fkabuckeyesrule

Yep – ever since Fox cancelled Red Eye and Atlas Slugged went Galt at the box office, there’s just no quality programming any more.

To: Arthurio

Except he got busted for pot yesterday so he fits Occupy better.

3
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:16:10 PM
by struggle
(http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)

What a great idea! And his arch -nemesis could be Bankster Bob!
GreedLantern
.

To: Arthurio

Just another TV character being used to slime and insult conservatives. What is so new?

10
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:31:52 PM
by GeronL
(http://asspos.blogspot.com)

Nothing new at all. Stupid people who trip over their own preconceptions and fall on their asses has been grist for the comedy mill since – well – forever.

To: Arthurio

and how many FReepers thought the McMahon family would not do something like this? lol

11
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:33:09 PM
by GeronL
(http://asspos.blogspot.com)

To: Arthurio

And he was arrested yesterday in Mississippi for weed
possession..f’n idiot..the only reason why Vince McMahon is doing this
is revenge for the Tea Party not supporting his RINO wife

13
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:40:06 PM
by Sarah Barracuda

Linda McMahon –RINO!

To: Arthurio

I may be alone with this, but this angle doesn’t offend me in the
least. Its just to put over Alberto Del Rio, who’s a top notch
performer.

15
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:50:18 PM
by goodolemr

BanHim3
.

To: Arthurio

They are taking a great American sport and using its genuine athletic competition and mocking the conservative movement.

6
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:19:31 PM
by OKRA2012

Wait for it…

To: Arthurio; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Lucha Libre is an All-American sport! Like roller derby, cockfighting and ladies mud wrestling! MSM better stay away from them!

19
posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 12:00:36 AM
by Revolting cat!
(Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)

Well, hopefully the rebrandening will go better after the jump, which I have now rebranded “The link that clicks on itself so you don’t have to!”
Oh well, click on the frigging link, already.

Continue reading “Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – image issues edition”

The Sound Of Music Effect?

It is still news of the weird time here at First Draft. This odd info was cribbed from a column by one of my favorite writers at the Guardian, Simon Hoggart: We have friends from our days in Washington who have always been involved in foreign affairs and diplomacy. They have long experience, and would like some more – perhaps by his becoming an ambassador. The most desired posts – London, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, etc – are out of reach because they always go to the big fundraisers, usually with a career diplomat at their elbow telling them what to … Continue reading The Sound Of Music Effect?

Morrissey ducks Duck Dynasty

Image courtesy of the Clicker. I’ve only seen Duck Dynasty a few times but I know it involves dudes from Monroe, LA will long ZZ Top-style beards.I’m not sure if their fellow Monrovian and frequent FD commenter, Mass, is proud of them but Morrissey clearly is not: The TV series “Duck Dynasty” is coming between Morrissey and Jimmy Kimmel. The singer and animal rights activist says he canceled his appearance Tuesday on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” because “Duck Dynasty” cast members will be on the talk show. Morrissey says he can’t perform on a show with what he called people … Continue reading Morrissey ducks Duck Dynasty

Morrissey ducks Duck Dynasty

Image courtesy of the Clicker. I’ve only seenDuck Dynasty a few times but I know it involves dudes from Monroe, LA will long ZZ Top-style beards.I’m not sure if their fellow Monrovian and frequent FD commenter, Mass, is proud of them but Morrissey clearly is not: The TV series “Duck Dynasty” is coming between Morrissey and Jimmy Kimmel. The singer and animal rights activist says he canceled his appearance Tuesday on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” because “Duck Dynasty” cast members will be on the talk show. Morrissey says he can’t perform on a show with what he called people who … Continue reading Morrissey ducks Duck Dynasty

Quote of the day: Kerry does Berlin edition

Since A is off frolicking on vacay, it’s up to me to post this quite marvelous quote fromBig John, who is in the non-frolicsome German capitol: “In America, you have a right to be stupid if you want to be,” Kerry said, speaking about how the U.S. deals with [religious] intolerance. “And you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. And we tolerate it. “ Fuck yeah, Mistah Secretary. Continue reading Quote of the day: Kerry does Berlin edition

Quote of the day: Kerry does Berlin edition

Since A is off frolicking on vacay, it’s up to me to post this quite marvelous quote from Big John, who is in the non-frolicsome German capitol: “In America, you have a right to be stupid if you want to be,” Kerry said, speaking about how the U.S. deals with [religious] intolerance. “And you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. And we tolerate it. “ Fuck yeah, Mistah Secretary. Continue reading Quote of the day: Kerry does Berlin edition

The Sound Of Music Effect?

It is still news of the weird time here at First Draft. This odd info was cribbed from a column by one of my favorite writers at theGuardian, Simon Hoggart: We have friends from our days in Washington who have always been involved in foreign affairs and diplomacy. They have long experience, and would like some more – perhaps by his becoming an ambassador. The most desired posts – London, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, etc – are out of reach because they always go to the big fundraisers, usually with a career diplomat at their elbow telling them what to do. … Continue reading The Sound Of Music Effect?

The Fantod* Menace

I have given up trying to keep an accurate count of the number of entirely artificial crises that the GOP has precipitated over the past 30 years in order to accomplish their goals of A) destroying the federal government of the United States while, B) behaving like absolute dicks every inch of the way and, C) conserving their last breathe to scream “Neener! Neener! Neener!” at the Hated Liberals as the inferno they created consumes the Earth. Honestly, these people. Anyway, in case you’re interested and live in Illinois, here is the White House’s best guess (PDF) about how and … Continue reading The Fantod* Menace

Iran To Hollywood: Argo Fuck Yourself

The last part of the post title is one of the best lines in the entertaining but historically errant best picture winner. The theocratic Iranian government dislikes the movie but does like photoshop. Say what? That’s right, the Iranian news agency Fars photoshopped FLOTUS’ shoulders and guns out of a picture at their web site. Here’s a before and after shot courtesy of the Telegraph: Fars or farce in Farsi? You decide. One more thing. I have an alternate headline for this post, Iran To Hollywood: Affleck Off. That is all. Continue reading Iran To Hollywood: Argo Fuck Yourself

Iran To Hollywood: Argo Fuck Yourself

The last part of the post title is one of the best lines in the entertaining but historically errant best picture winner. Thetheocratic Iranian government dislikes the movie but does like photoshop. Say what? That’s right, the Iranian news agency Fars photoshopped FLOTUS’ shoulders and guns out of a picture at their web site. Here’s a before and after shotcourtesy of the Telegraph: Fars or farce in Farsi? You decide. One more thing. I have an alternate headline for this post, Iran To Hollywood: Affleck Off. That is all. Continue reading Iran To Hollywood: Argo Fuck Yourself

The Fantod* Menace

I have given up trying to keep an accurate count of the number of entirely artificial crises that the GOP has precipitated over the past 30 years in order to accomplish their goals of A) destroying the federal government of the United States while, B) behaving like absolute dicks every inch of the way and, C) conserving their last breathe to scream “Neener! Neener! Neener!” at the Hated Liberals as the inferno they created consumes the Earth. Honestly, these people. Anyway, in case you’re interested and live in Illinois, here is theWhite House’s best guess (PDF) about how and where … Continue reading The Fantod* Menace

Sunday Morning Video: Blues and Gospel Train 1964

Dr A and I just watched the American Masters profile of gospel singer/rock pioneer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe. It turns out that Sister Rosetta and a bunch of other Yanks including Muddy Waters did a kinda goody show on British teevee in 1964. I’d never heard of it before, so my leg is all tingly, Tweety style. It was filmed in a train station in Manchester. Here it is: Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Blues and Gospel Train 1964

Sunday Morning Comin’ Down

Good evening, cats & kittens. While our esteemed hostess is taking a wee bit of well-deserved away-from time, I have the honor of dropping a post or two in your laps. The only things I promised her was that A) my posting would be irregular and shot through with as many typos as kernels of corns in a state fair outhouse, and, B) that I would try to pick as many pointless, peevish fights with as many of my aggressively relentless blogging brother and sisters as possible as fast as possible. So let it be done. Today at the Gasbag … Continue reading Sunday Morning Comin’ Down

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – image issues edition

Good morning, everyone – well, I was gonna pull a Tbogg and threaten to quit this popcorn stand(so Athenae could talk me down and stroke my ego a little), but Ms. A isn’t answering her phone, and all my letters are coming back with “not at this address” stamped on them, except for the last one, which bore the legend “Who the fuckare you, anyway?”.

Probably the commie Post Office workers preparing for their upcoming every-Saturday Baccanalia.

Anywhoo, since there’s no one to tender my resignation to, I might as well go to work and pray someone’s still paying the electric bill for the containment building,

The blogs have been all a-fire with snark about the GOP’s effort to rebrand themselves, so let’s look at Freeperville’s attempt to get in on the remodeling craze, shall we?

First up –wrestling with their image!

The WWE’s Tea Party Wrestler Is Making Conservatives Hit the Mat

Atlantic ^


Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:09:41 PM byArthurio

CONNOR SIMPSON 5,918 ViewsF EB 20, 2013

The WWE’s new bad guys
in town are not-so-loosely inspired by the Tea Party, and that has
conservative commentators not-so-quietly complaining that the company is
bringing back a movement already under siege from Karl Rove — this time
in one of the country’s most curious of conservative spotlights, and as
a couple of outwardly racist xenophobes who want to send Mexicans back
across the border. Even if that was kind of the whole point.

On
the February 11 episode of Monday Night Raw — frequently the highest
rated cable show in the country — the fake-wrestling franchise
re-introduced “Real American” Jack Swagger, after a few months off, with
a new gimmick. He had longer, messier hair, a mean scowl, and a
newfound hype man. Swagger’s faux-manager, not so accidentally named
Zebadiah Colter, sported a bushy hunter’s beard and wore a beige vest as
he yelled to the crowd: “What’s wrong with America?” Colter then
explained that he “doesn’t recognize” today’s America. He said he saw
people with faces “not like mine” and heard people that “can’t even talk
to me,” and he screamed out again to the Nashville audience and the
Americans at home: “Where did all these people come from?” And then
Colter, who’s used other surnames to fit his gimmick in the past, threw
out some catchphrases familiar to any Tea Party observer — “We, the
people” was prominent — and made a point to stress, over and over, that
he and Swagger were “real Americans.” Oh, did the crowd ever boo.
Swagger and Colter are supposed to be the WWE’s big new bad guys, and
they drew “heat” from the crowd, as wrestling people say. They hated
him.

1
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:09:51 PM
byArthurio
This should go over well.

To: Arthurio

Kind of makes me glad I cancelled the cable.

2
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:14:33 PM
byfkabuckeyesrule

Yep – ever since Fox cancelled Red Eye and Atlas Slugged went Galt at the box office, there’s just no quality programming any more.

To: Arthurio

Except he got busted for pot yesterday so he fits Occupy better.

3
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:16:10 PM
bystruggle
(http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)

What a great idea! And his arch -nemesis could beBankster Bob!
GreedLantern
.

To: Arthurio

Just another TV character being used to slime and insult conservatives. What is so new?

10
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:31:52 PM
byGeronL
(http://asspos.blogspot.com)

Nothing new at all. Stupid people who trip over their own preconceptions and fall on their asses has been grist for the comedy mill since – well – forever.

To: Arthurio

and how many FReepers thought the McMahon family would not do something like this? lol

11
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:33:09 PM
byGeronL
(http://asspos.blogspot.com)

To: Arthurio

And he was arrested yesterday in Mississippi for weed
possession..f’n idiot..the only reason why Vince McMahon is doing this
is revenge for the Tea Party not supporting his RINO wife

13
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:40:06 PM
bySarah Barracuda

Linda McMahon –RINO!

To: Arthurio

I may be alone with this, but this angle doesn’t offend me in the
least. Its just to put over Alberto Del Rio, who’s a top notch
performer.

15
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:50:18 PM
bygoodolemr

BanHim3
.

To: Arthurio

They are taking a great American sport and using its genuine athletic competition and mocking the conservative movement.

6
posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 11:19:31 PM
byOKRA2012

Wait for it…

To: Arthurio; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Lucha Libre is an All-American sport! Like roller derby, cockfighting and ladies mud wrestling! MSM better stay away from them!

19
posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 12:00:36 AM
byRevolting cat!
(Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)

Well, hopefully the rebrandening will go better after the jump, which I have now rebranded “The link that clicks on itself so you don’t have to!”
Oh well, click on the frigging link, already.

Continue reading “Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – image issues edition”

Sunday Morning Comin’ Down

Good evening, cats & kittens. While our esteemed hostess is taking a wee bit of well-deserved away-from time, I have the honor of dropping a post or two in your laps. The only things I promised her was that A) my posting would be irregular and shot through with as many typos as kernels of corns in a state fair outhouse, and, B) that I would try to pick as many pointless, peevish fights with as many of my aggressively relentless blogging brother and sisters as possible as fast as possible. So let it be done. Today at the Gasbag … Continue reading Sunday Morning Comin’ Down

Back in the saddle…

Good to be back after my one-week suspension for use of blogger-enhancing drugs… It’s one of those insanely weird months in which I go from nothing happening to everything happening to nothing happening. The most recent set of drama is our Midnight Run attempt at selling our house in hopes of being able to buy what we have now declared our dream house. The new place is closer to work, the Midget’s school and pretty much every other thing we do. If you’ve ever sold a house, you know how this work: rent a storage unit, box up everything you … Continue reading Back in the saddle…

Sunday Morning Video: Blues and Gospel Train 1964

Dr A and I just watched theAmerican Masters profile of gospel singer/rock pioneer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe. It turns out that Sister Rosetta and a bunch of other Yanks including Muddy Waters did a kinda goody show on British teevee in 1964. I’d never heard of it before, so my leg is all tingly, Tweety style. It was filmed in a train station in Manchester. Here it is: Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Blues and Gospel Train 1964