A little live Cheap Trick for your entertainment: Continue reading Saturday Night Music: Carnival Game
From Album 5 Or to the grieving families, the spouses or other family members stressed to the breaking point during deployments, the “collateral damage” among people Haitt was allegedly concerned for — but who were actually just props in his steely-eyed macho man fantasy (a fantasy he conveniently holds from the safety of the sidelines)…pay no attention to the ocean of money an actual war requires, or to domestic needs that get pushed aside because of the expense…and especially pay no attention to the fact that after a decade plus of blood, lives, and money…we’re no closer to “ending” the … Continue reading Pay No Attention To The Screaming Child, Mr. Haitt
To avoid burying the lead: The final issue of Cardinal Columns for the year has been killed by censorship. An administrator “suggested” several changes, refused to say if the suggestions could be ignored and then pushed it off onto another administrator who won’t be in until Monday. Based on the current printing schedule, submitting the issue next week will guarantee it won’t be ready until after graduation, effectively killing the whole thing. And now the back story… About two weeks ago, I got a note that the Fond du Lac school district appeared to finally start acting right. A source … Continue reading Cardinal Columns: Dead Issue
How many people have to fuck this up on Twitter before we start laughing the suggestion out of the room? Personal favorite: On this Veteran's Day weekend, please join us in welcoming soldiers of the Seventh Cavalry before they embark to the Dakotas! #RedskinsPride — Popehat (@Popehat) May 29, 2014 A. Continue reading Just STOP IT
Rachel Maddow had a swell segment on her show about bad political commercials. The one that caught my eye was for recently defeated Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. It even has a cheesy disco/funk jingle. Check it out: Okay, I'm back. I had to get up and do the hustle or some such shit. The ad wasn't unleashed on the world until the day before the election, so my hunch is that the campaign knew it was a turkey, but also knew they were gonna smoked by their teabagger opponent, the Other Dan Patrick. This teawad idiot should not … Continue reading Disco Dave Dewhurst
"Any blogger:" What is or is not a government secret relies ultimately on the law – which is rightly determined by our elected representatives, not by any blogger, however well-intentioned. That’s the essence of democracy. Earth to Sully #1: YOU'RE A FUCKING BLOGGER. Lose the sneer. And the only decent things that have ever happened to check government power in this country have happened because somebody (later joined by lots of somebodies) took it up on him- or herself to challenge the contention that the law is unjust. And you know that, because you're stupid, but not like that. Right … Continue reading God, Sullivan is an Officious Prick
Fuck yeah, New York City: NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City health officials are considering a repeal of the city's ban on keeping ferrets as pets, officials said on Wednesday. Keeping the small furry mammals in New York City has been prohibited for decades, but health officials would recommend lifting the ban if changes include such requirements as rabies vaccinations, according to a spokesman for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The move comes under the administration of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a liberal who made the banning of carriage horses in Central Park an issue in … Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: de Blasio FTW
This is an old picture of Oscar and Della from Dr. A's Facebook page. Don't remember this one but it was taken in the winter because they're lying on the blue quilt. That's all I know: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Side-by-Side Undignified
Morning, gentle people – damn, those corroding drums of Freeperati toxic mental sludge plie up to the roof if you’re not disposing of them, so let’s get started.
In case nobody noticed, there was a festering heap of GOP primaries last week, and the Freeperati have been promising to prove that they’re NOT a gibbering minority fringe of the fringe, and sweep the elections!
And that McConnell guy?Toast, baby!
So – let’s go to the son-of-a-Mitching Live Primary Thread!
It was suggested that one be started so I’ll take the lead!To: tennmountainman
It’s simple. Lose Turtle via Grimes and Boehner if possible – 21% of his district voted against him – and, voila! Cruz leads Senate and Gowdy the House.
Tea Party faces the music.
Yeah and Fox news has already called it for McConnell.
It is CLEAR the battle to ave (sic) America will need to take place AFTER IT IS INITIALLY DESTROYED.
We simply do not have the numbers to defeat two corrupt parties. And it is clear Republican’t voters are just as STUPID, IGNORANT and EASILY CONTROLLED/INFLUENCED as democrat voters.
I’m READY!! OBUMMER shows up on my doorstep to take my guns and force me to gay-marry my dog, I’m not going down without a fight!! And you, my Freeper friend, will lead the armed resistance and bloody fighting!!
What did you say your name was again?
Again, and again, and again: Why did seven people die in Santa Barbara last night? It would be wrong to pin the crime on Internet forums that indulge in self-hatred, then project it on to everyone else. But they’re certainly not the solution. Misogyny and violence against women is a social problem as well as an individual one. The fact that these men see “game” as the remedy to all personal and social ills is perhaps the greatest indictment of the way they view the world. The fact that anyone sees violence as a remedy to all personal and social … Continue reading Angry at Not Getting What You Want
The war on Erick Erickson: For all the talk of a “War on Women,” there has actually been a war on masculinity for a few decades. And more and more twenty-something young men are getting lost and acting out while society tries to find something new to replace the tried and true. Society used to expect men to open doors, protect their families, and be champions of modesty and virtue. But chivalry is dead There is no war on masculinity. There may be great disagreement over what "masculinity" means, as for many men it seems to mean raping people, saying … Continue reading Battle of the Bulge: Erickson’s War on Masculinity Nonsense
Here's a great live version of a song with a classic opening line: "You're a bottle cap away from pushing me too far." Continue reading Thursday Night Music: Won’t Be Home
We're having an extended allergy season here in New Orleans this year. Plus there's a major drainage project on Napoleon Avenue 3 blocks from Adrastos World HQ. This means that I am one wheezy and itchy motherfucker right now. My eyes are all swole up and puffy, and benadryl is the best thing for it. That, in turn, makes me groggy and not feel like writing. That's a long way to explain why I've been a bit on the quiet side of late. Since I'm feeling uninspired today, I thought I'd steer you to some interesting things I've read on … Continue reading Odds & Sods: Another Reading List
I'm still having Mad Men withdrawal symptoms. Stanley Kubrick's film version of Arthur C Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey was a recurring theme this season so I thought I'd post some pulpy covers of *other* Clarke books. The 2001 covers are insufficiently pulpy but these two are pulptastic: Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Arthur C. Clarke
ELP in their prime were bombastic, over the top, and pretentious. My younger self loved it but their music hasn't held up very well. I cringe now when I think of their version of Pictures At An Exhibition but you gotta give Keith Emerson credit for chutzpah. Brain Salad Surgery was their masterpiece and it's still eminently listenable. Cover artist HR Giger is best known for his work on Alien. He died recently at the age of 74. The story of his work with ELP is a classic. Here's Giger's own account from his web site: It was then that … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Brain Salad Surgery
I didn't see this until this morning but it sums up my feelings quite well: Thank you to the courageous men & women who serve in our military and fuck you to the cowards who send them to stupid wars. — Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) May 26, 2014 Continue reading Tweet of the Day: TV’s Frank Edition
The mid-season finale of Mad Men is an instant classic. Matthew Weiner successfully messed with us by titling it Waterloo. It meant that we expected a downer of an episode, instead the first half of Season-7 ended on a high note. I daresay it was a happy ending for everyone except for Bert Cooper and No Problem Lou. Who the hell expected a happy ending from Weiner and company? Surely not me. One reason for that was the moon landing as a backdrop, which was a tonic to the American spirit in the real world and helped the Pegster land the Burger Chef account on Mad Men.
The episode conjured up images of the Season-3 finale, Shut The Door Have A Seat, wherein our main characters resisted a sale to one of the big agencies and started the firm now known as SC&P. There’s, of course, a big old twist, but we’ll get to that after the break. First, a picture of Robert Morse going back to his roots and doing the old sock shoe:
They should just get jobs, or sell some bling: Pete's Fresh Market is requesting $1.5 million from Oak Park to open a former Dominick's in the suburb by yearend, a subsidy the village president supports, according to a report. The money would "facilitate renovation of the property," according to papers given to the village, Wednesday Journal said in a report today. Parking and landscaping improvements are planned along with a cafe in a corner of the building, according to the report. I've been in a Pete's Fresh Market, and the things are like palaces. There's a whole aisle of chocolate. Not … Continue reading Welfare
This is the part of the fantasy I will never understand: The United States still has the most powerful military in the world despite the damage done to it in recent years, so any action-movie scenario of rugged stubble-chinned men with their automatic weapons standing in front of the women-folk at the doors of their homes facing down the 1st Infantry is, of course, just that: a stale movie script. The cherished terror of a great left-wing conspiracy and its secret army assumes that the hapless and hemorrhaging federal government, which could not keep Bradley Manning or Ed Snowden quiet, … Continue reading The Coming Government Takeover
Heavens to Betsy. Let's stipulate that neither Kim nor Kanye are people I particularly give a shit about, though if a fraction of the hatred and disgust directed their way was directed at George W. Bush and Dick Cheney maybe we could get somewhere as a people. You don't get to dogpile a story and then claim story fatigue. Either cover the celebrities, because you are a tabloid so embrace that shit, or do not do it, because it's all so boring and sad. But you don't get to make something a huge deal and then yawn because it's so trivial … Continue reading NY Post Deplores the Tone in the Room it Decorated