On Paula Deen and What’s Important

I have made her peanut butter cookies. I feel vaguely gross now. (They were delicious.) Paula Deen’s an asshole, we all learned this week, and has been fired by the Food Network, and will likely get a job as the next One True Victim of Reverse Racism from some minor conservative outlet within the next month. She’ll never miss a meal, so I’m not too concerned about her, but this passage, from her fauxpology video, was of interest: “The pain has been tremendous that I’ve caused to myself and others,” she says before asking that people understand that “my family … Continue reading On Paula Deen and What’s Important

David Gregory is a Schmuck

Look, just because you’ve given up being anything but a regurgitator of other people’s work doesn’t mean you get to scold somebody for doing that work in the first place: Words got heated on Meet The Press Sunday when host David Gregory asked Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald — one of the reporters to whom Edward Snowden leaked classified NSA documents — if he should be charged with a crime for “aiding and abetting” Snowden. Greenwald strongly responded that it was “pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse” about that, adding that he was acting … Continue reading David Gregory is a Schmuck

Farm bill follies

Ronald Reagan had his welfare queen and now Louis Goober Gohmert Piles has his king crab leg queen: The Texas congressman complained that Democrats had portrayed Republicans as evil because they supported a measure to cut nearly 2 million low-income people off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which would mainly impact working families with children. On the other hand, Gohmert said, poor people were using food stamps to buy food that other Americans could not afford. He claimed his “broken-hearted” constituents had repeatedly told him they had seen people use food stamps to buy king crab legs. “Because he does … Continue reading Farm bill follies

In Which Yet Another Newspaper Fucks That Chicken

Oregonian, what on earth. This line in the Oregonian’s announcement confused me and others, and led me to believe that the paper will be delivered three days a week, with the Saturday paper delivered on Sunday: “Home delivery will be Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and include the Saturday edition as a bonus.” I called publisher Chris Anderson and he said the paper will be delivered to homes four days a week.BUT… this is what his announcement says: “Those home delivery subscribers that choose the three-day subscription option will also have access to a digital edition seven days a week.” Will … Continue reading In Which Yet Another Newspaper Fucks That Chicken

Friday Ferretblogging: Best Headline EVER

Ellis County Chemical Spill Caused By Alcohol, Ferrets. Ferrets running loose in a car can indeed be distracting. Story time: I once went to pick up some ferrets at a local animal control facility not known, shall we say, for its organization. They told me on the phone there were four ferrets, so I brought four carriers. When I arrived, there were 10 ferrets, along with total chaos in the waiting room: parents chasing children chasing rabbits, a homeless dude sleeping in the foyer, three dogs barking, and one receptionist who looked like she was thinking of ways to kill … Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: Best Headline EVER

Work Sick, Monkeys!

Sick time: Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill on Friday that blocks local governments from implementing paid sick leave legislation, the Orlando Sentinel reports. He made his decision quickly, only taking four of the 15 days he legally had to review the bill before he signed it. In signing the bill, Scott sided with big business interests including Disney World, Darden Restaurants (owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster), and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The bill is part of a national effort to pass so-called “preemption bills” that would block paid sick leave legislation that is backed … Continue reading Work Sick, Monkeys!

RIP James Gandolfini

Dead at 51 of a heart attack:  Mr. Gandolfini, who grew up in Park Ridge, in Bergen County, N.J., came to embody the resilience of the Garden State on “The Sopranos,” which made its debut in 1999 and ran for six seasons on HBO. In its pilot episode viewers were introduced to the complicated life of Tony Soprano, a New Jersey mob kingpin who suffers panic attacks and begins seeing a psychiatrist. Over 86 episodes, audiences followed Mr. Gandolfini in the role as he was tormented by his mother (played by Nancy Marchand), his wife (Edie Falco), rival mobsters, the … Continue reading RIP James Gandolfini

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Tony Soprano Watches The Public Enemy

Athenae beat me to the punch in posting about James Gandolfini’s passing. So, I decided to do something a little different for PFT this week. Tony Soprano was a die hard film buff and one of his favorites was William Wellman’s The Public Enemy. Here’s Tony watching Cagney in the episode wherein his virago mother Livia proved that she really wasn’t too mean to die: There have been some great pieces about Gandolfini since last night. Two of my favorites are from Jersey boys Alan Sepinwalland Matt Zoller Seitz. Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Tony Soprano Watches The Public Enemy

Redneck Car Alarm…And Death Ray

From Album4 Not content with cross burnings or otherwise playing with matches, a couple of self-identified KKK’ers (one of whom was also a member of a tea party group) —upped the ante: A federal complaint unsealed Wednesday in Albany said the vehicle-mounted radiation gear was intended to be remotely controlled and capable of aiming a high-energy lethal beam of radioactivity at human targets. The concept was that victims would mysteriously die from radiation poisoning within days. Oddly–and thankfully–their big mistake was going to, of all places, a synagogue, offering the congregation a weapon to use against “Israel’s enemies,” i.e., you … Continue reading Redneck Car Alarm…And Death Ray

Personhood at Gunpoint

Oh GOOD: Conservative group Personhood Ohio is hard at work trying to get a “personhood” amendment on the state ballot that would define life as beginning at conception, effectively banning all abortions. Patrick Johnston, the group’s leader, recently penned an email blast with his newest fundraising effort, RH Reality Check reported: “I’m selling some of my favorite things—some powerful rifles and ammo,” Johnston wrote. “I’m a firm believer that the Second Amendment protects the future of freedom, but not as much as justice for the preborn,” Johnston’s email continued. “The shedding of innocent blood will bring God’s wrath on the … Continue reading Personhood at Gunpoint

My Governor Is A Vapid Fool Revisited

Hot on the heels of a disastrous legislative session, Governor PBJ has decided to stop calling the GOP the “stupid party” and resume pandering to them shamelessly: Republican political correctness is all the rage, and it’s all roughly the same: we need to stop being conservative… we need to abandon our principles (at least the ones that don’t poll well)… we need to let the smart guys in Washington pick our candidates…we need big data and analytics so we can optimize… we need to be more libertarian…we need to endorse abortion…we need fewer debates…and the list goes on. The overall … Continue reading My Governor Is A Vapid Fool Revisited

Malaka Of The Week: Michael Burgess

Things take a literal turn with this week’s malaka of the week honoree, GOP Congressman Dr. Michael Burgess of Texas.He used to be an OB-GYN and used his, ahem, experience in that capacity to justify his support for the Trent (rape pregnancies are rare) Franks abortion ban bill: “There is no question in my mind that a baby at 20-weeks after conception can feel pain. The fact of the matter is, I argue with the chairman because I thought the date was far too late. We should be setting this at 15-weeks, 16-weeks,” said the former OB/GYN during the House … Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Michael Burgess

A new nickname for Bob McDonnell

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell used to have an image as a hardcore right winger who was squeaky clean when it came to ethics. The stock line on him was that he was an honest conservative. I never bought the stock line, but I did like his old nickname, Governor Ultrasound. He earned that one by proposing an earlier edition of the anti-choice laws so popular in the demented laboratories of democracyin recent days. McDonnell’s image as an “honest” politician has taken a lot of hits recently. He looks more and more like a petty grifter who wants someone-anyone-else to pay … Continue reading A new nickname for Bob McDonnell

Some things aren’t funny

And someone with ALS is one of them: Atlanta radio hosts associated with “Mayhem in the AM,” a sports talk show on WQXI-AM, “790 The Zone,” have been suspended indefinitely after running a segment poking fun at former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is a degenerative disease that attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord, atrophying the muscles and eventually causing paralysis. The segment came on the heels of Gleason guest writing Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback Column, which went live Monday morning. Gleason, who is paralyzed, described his battle … Continue reading Some things aren’t funny

Sunday Starbuck Video

Because fuck yeah, Katee Sackhoff: “Never gonna happen in the US. Proper gun safety is a necessity though. RT @FulsomPrison: @kateesackhoff @CNN @cnni Here’s a radical idea folks. How about NO gun?” That was pretty much the closest the actress, known for her role on “Battlestar Galactica” as well as for playing Vic Moretti on the A&E Western/cop series, “Longmire,” came to a specific stance on the matter. Despite this, a whole bunch of Twitter users didn’t seem to want to hear it. “On a lighter note since I’ve lost half my followers due to talking about gun safety…the sun … Continue reading Sunday Starbuck Video

Immigrants Will Breed an Army for the GOP

Boy, do I ever miss the Bush family’s political opinions: “Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans, over the last 20 years,” Bush said. “Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity.” Um. Okay. Even granting Jeb’s point, that all “immigrants” (by which he means Mexican immigrants, though this used to be said about the Irish, too) fuck like bunnies and will overrun the earth, how does it then follow that all our new baby U.S. citizens will be Republican? … Continue reading Immigrants Will Breed an Army for the GOP

The Internet Made Journalism Suck

This commentary starts out well: Viewers of the television political talk shows may have noticed a phenomenon in the afterbirth of the last presidential election. High-powered consultants from both campaigns have invaded the studios as panelists, chewing over the political events of the day beside career reporters and analysts who had recently been covering them. From the winning Obama team, chief campaign strategists David Axelrod and David Plouffe and deputy Stephanie Cutter have signed with such shows, as have Kevin Madden of the Romney campaign and other Republicans. Thus has the pool of commentators been broadened to include special pleaders, … Continue reading The Internet Made Journalism Suck

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Shame old, shame old edition

Morning all – going to get current here – new posts only this week – we’ll get back to unearthing older stuff again next week.

First up –Beck to the future!

Glenn Beck plans to break damaging
political news within a day (??)

Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:24:57 AM by MNDude

June 12, 2013, Glenn Beck today on his show stated that he plans to
break news within 24 hours that could take down the entire power structure of
the government.

The news that Beck said he will break within 24 hours comes on the
reports of the NSA spying scandal when NSA contractor, Edward Snowden exposed
the vast spy network that covered every single communication apparatus in


posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:24:57
AM by MNDude
My, my – testy, aren’t we?

To: MNDude

Has he started speaking again or apologizing with flash cards

posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013
10:25:56 AM by edcoil (If you can’t change the rules, then ignore them.)


To: MNDude

Yawn. Beck is a drama queen.

posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013
10:25:57 AM by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)


To: MNDude

Missed the front end of his show. Right now he is crying like jimmy
swaggart. Not sure what happened.

posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013
10:27:23 AM by CommieCutter

The suspense is killing me.

To: MNDude
posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013
10:38:23 AM by kidd

To: MNDude

Didn’t Breitbart say something similar before dying? Hmmm

posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013
10:39:04 AM by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)

Not at all. What Breitbart said was:

To: MNDude
I feel sorry for those that do not listen up..I for one
will listen and listen very carefully..Some people don’t want us to know what is
going on in this country and poo poo

Now that’s a shitty thing to say.

anything and then their (sic) are those that are
intruders to a site that want everyone to not believe what is going on in this
country..What is the harm of listening it mighr help..Lots of Luck!!
posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013
10:50:37 AM by PLD (Life is short…forgive quickly, love truly, laugh
uncontrollablyÂ… and never regret anything that)

PLD seems upset.


Remember the story of Noah and the Arc (sic)..and remember all the fools
that were screaming to get on the Arc (sic) but didn’t listen to Noah

Well, they didn’t want to get on, so it would have been an arc light.

they made fun of
him..That is what this reminds me of..That is exactly what this communist bunch
in Washington is hoping for..

posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013
11:00:48 AM by PLD (Life is short…forgive quickly, love truly, laugh
uncontrollablyÂ… and never regret anything that)

Um – dude – you pinged yourself on that post.
I guess you didn’t want to forget that you posted it?
I am now prepared to reveal the winning posts of the thread!
Right after this commercial break.
Just kidding.
Second place:

To: MNDude

Acting on the ominous warnings given by Beck, I barricaded myself
in our underground bunker last night.

It was late at night and very dark. Unfortunately, 6 chickens, 4
ducks, 3 geese and my dog were locked in with me. I accidentally locked my wife
out. In my hurry to lockdown, I neglected to open the sewer outlet valve.

The toilet is stopped up, the floor is slippery from all of the
bird droppings, my dog is chasing the birds and he has already killed 3
chickens. This place stinks to high heaven and I think my wife has left me.

Beck, I can’t wait much longer!! When is it going to be safe to
come out???

143 posted on Thursday,
June 13, 2013 11:51:49 AM by Gator113 ( ~just keep livin~ I drink good wine,
listen to good music and dream good dreams.)

And now – as promised –the winning post of the thread!!

To: MNDude

The message is: “BUY MORE GOLD!!!!!”

posted on Thursday, June 13, 2013
10:31:59 AM by Martin Tell (Victrix causa diis placuit sed victa Catoni.)

More recent Freeper hysteria after the incredible one-time offer.

Continue reading “Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Shame old, shame old edition”

Mad Men Thread: Weird Glen Returns

I love it when characters from past seasons return to Mad Men. The minute Sally was under pressure by her putative school mates to come up with something, uh, groovy, I turned to Dr. A and said, “she’s calling Weird Glen for help.” Irony abounds, of course, because Betty *loathes* Glen and even fired Carla the awesome nanny/housekeeper over allowing Glen into the Draper home after he’d skeezed Betty out. Glen keeps bouncing back as does that dog abandoning shit, Duck Phillips. It’s time to bring back Salvatore Romano to give Bryan one more time at Batt… The Quality of … Continue reading Mad Men Thread: Weird Glen Returns

Weekend Question Thread: SCORE

Via DB on Facebook, I got a 10 on this important quiz being conducted by, apparently, an extra in an 1800s golf movie: Granted, it’s been a while since the dirty dancing happened, and I’m not sure on which base this guy thinks “fornication” begins, but I’m using the generous definition, given that I am probably a filthy hellbound sinner no matter what, so might as well up my total. What do you score? A. Continue reading Weekend Question Thread: SCORE

‘It is not a story, it is a life.’

If we’re ever together and you just want to piss me off, turn me into Humorless History Girl Who Takes Things Too Seriously, make a surrender-monkey joke about the French. Remind me how we poured French wine down sewers and renamed the fries in the cafeteria Freedom Fries and talked all day long on TV about how the French are pussies who make cheese and run at the first sign of a fight. Go ahead: She made false documents; received and transported weapons and money; planted explosives where Germans gathered. One time, she pasted plastic explosives on the wall of … Continue reading ‘It is not a story, it is a life.’

Separated At Birth?

From Album4 Like Adrastos, I’ve got mixed emotions about the spying scandal. Like any sane person, I’m not at all thrilled that the NSA or any government entity is, was, or will be combing through pretty much every and any bit (or byte) of non-encrypted communication.On the other hand, I guess my attitude is…why is anyone surprised? Most communication protocols are not designed for privacy (though if you ARE concerned, you can make your own communications difficult to intercept…oh, and the terrorists already know that), previous monitoring particularly of liberal/left/progressive groups is a matter of public record…and clowns like Sean … Continue reading Separated At Birth?