God Almighty, these arguments: COVINGTON, Ga.—There are hundreds of stories of failed subdivisions left empty by the housing bust, where homeowners are stuck staring into vacant lots of PVC pipes and weeds. There are very few stories where a half-finished development has been saved from ruin. The rescue of one such development, by the city in which it is located, is being heralded as a potential solution to some of the worst mistakes of the housing crisis. The local newspaper, the Covington News, praised the project, writing that “a community has been brought back from the dead.” That Covington, a city 35 miles east … Continue reading Government Is Only for Fucking Things Up
Hearing another’s voice will hurt you: “While it might seem an odd juxtaposition to have the adhan chanted in the same tower from which bells toll daily (and twice on Sundays!), it is actually in keeping with the university’s commitment to fostering the spiritual development of all students,” Sapp wrote. “The chanting of the adhan communicates to the Muslim community that it is welcome here, that its worship matters, that these prayers enhance the community and that all are invited to stop on a Friday afternoon and pray.” By Thursday afternoon, the university had reversed itself. “Duke remains committed to fostering … Continue reading What We Are Afraid Of
Because I’m already half-sliding into winter misery, and football season in Packer country is still going on: What are you most looking forward to about spring this year? A. Continue reading Weekend Question Thread
I know we were all really worried about poor Joe Paterno and how his legacy would be tarnished by not being the “winningest” coach in NCAA D-I history. I realize that this was the big issue: What happens to those 100+ wins he picked up while letting Jerry Sandusky fondle young boys in the locker room showers. I understand how big of a deal it is to hold onto that record, especially one so important that when Bobby Bowden picked it up by default, he proclaimed immediately, “There’s no way we can rejoice in that…” I mean, we can’t exactly … Continue reading Thank GOD for this… Paterno can now rest easy…
We have a very large front room, which makes our house great for parties. It’s also, however, hard to heat when it gets below 45 degrees, so our central heater needs to be supplemented. Our old space heater died this week and we replaced it with one that glows. Oscar and Della’s new motto is: the space heater is dead, long live the new space heater. Talk about Cat television. Once again I have an earworm and it’s a good one: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Worshipping The Flame
From Album 5 On the one hand, tongue baths don’t get much wetter than the one given by “an anonymous advisor” to the Boston Globe. Hell, your standard boilerplate tributes to Ronaldus Magnus have nothing on claims that a Willard administration would magically mean no ISIS, no Ebola scare, a docile Vlad Putin…and what the hell, no herpes or heartbreak of psoriasis to boot. In other words, if not Camelot, then surely days of miracle and wonder (minus the bomb in the baby carriage, of course…I’d been thinking Donald Fagan’s train of graphite and glitter, but we know how wingnuts … Continue reading A Tale Of Two Romneys
When I mentioned evil ventriloquist dummies the other day, I forgot about 1964’s Devil Doll.That’s not a bad thing, it’s a real stinker. It’s not to be confused with the 1936 Todd Browning flick, which is pretty darn good.
Here’s the poster for the bad 1964 British horror movie:
I usually avoid piling on, but Congressman Randy Weber (Wingnut-Texas) was begging for abuse with that already deleted infamous tweet this week. Even though he’s “apologized” I decided I should join the scrum because he went where no elected official should go. Additionally, *he* piled on to the most ridiculous meme in quite some time and that’s saying something. And that is why Texas Teanut Twit Randy Weber is malaka of the week.
I decided to do the screen capture thing with the tweet since I knew it would be deleted:
I have a hard time understanding why *any* American politician EVER trots out Hitler analogies. Nobody in American political history remotely compares to that genocidal, warmongering lunatic. I realize the flying monkeys of the far right loathe and despise the President, but Hitler comparisons lead to blowback. There are still surviving veterans of what the Russians call the Great Patriotic War and they were among the critics. Malaka Weber issued a classic pro forma non-apology apology:
I need to first apologize to all those offended by my tweet. It was not my intention to trivialize the Holocaust nor to compare the President to Adolf Hitler. The mention of Hitler was meant to represent the face of evil that still exists in the world today. I now realize that the use of Hitler invokes pain and emotional trauma for those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and victims of anti-Semitism and hate.
Hey, he’s not anti-Semitic. That’s a good start, dude, but you should have also “apologized” to those who fought in that war. You know, the ones Brokaw dubbed the greatest generation. It would be the patriotic thing to do and assholes like Malaka Weber are as big on flag waving as on dick waving. I only hope their flags are bigger than their dicks or brains for that matter. More about Weber’s general malakatude after the break.
People from Jersey like to stick together. I guess that’s why the Smithereens named their third album 11in honor of the Sinatra/Rat Pack 1960 caper dramedy Ocean’s 11, which, in turn, inspired a remake by George Clooney and krewe in 2001. All of these efforts were commercially successful but Reens 1989 album was the most artistically noteworthy. It contains a slew of songs they still perform including the set closing rocker A Girl Like You. Here’s what lead singer/primary songwriter Pat Dinizio had to say about the album’s title:
”We were really into the Rat Pack thing. People thought it was our 11th album or that there were 11 songs on the album. We purposely try to confuse people.”
The cover evokes the Rat Pack with its image of the strolling band and the little chase thing at the bottom, which is taken from the Ocean’s 11 poster you’ll see after the break. One reason for that is that the great Saul Bass designed both the Reens album cover *and* the movie poster.
Legalized bribery: Swedish furniture retailer Ikea would save about $9.5 million over 11 years with a tax incentive the company is requesting as it plans to invest more than $64 million for a new store in Memphis, records show. Ikea would be the first retailer to receive a payment-in-lieu-of taxes incentive from the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County, created in 2011 to streamline city and county governments’ business incentives. Well, if by “streamline” you mean “give away as much money as is humanly possible to companies that do not need it at all,” okay then. When … Continue reading Start Drug-Testing IKEA, Tennessee
Driftglass: Why exactly should the GOP “Stop Lying About Obama’s Economy” or about anything else? Sure it’s destructive and immoral and maddening, but that’s the plan, right? Just keep right on lying, setting fires and denying facts…until they break the place beyond our ability to fix…and then feast on the misery and rubble. So in what way, specifically, Daniel, has continuously lying about, well, everything been an unsuccessful strategy for them? Because even a nobody blogger like me can see hella plenty downsides that would come crashing down on the head of anyone inside the 2015 GOP who dares to honestly … Continue reading There Are No Consequences
God’s gift to satire, Willard Mittbot Romney seems to have had a revelation from the Angel Moronic that he needs to run again. I await more news about the potential candidacy of the man who twice failed to become the first robot President. The LDS chapter of the Borg collective is mobilizing at this writing. The tweet comes from some schmo who is waging a futile campaign to become the 13th Doctor Who: RUN WILLARD RUN. Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: Back By Unpopular Demand
Better late than never seems to be my Freak Show recapping motto. I was away from the computer for a few days so I thought I’d wait until Monday, Monday, can’t touch that day. It’s essentially my own form of Magical Thinking, which is the episode title. Anyone buying this?
I got a real kick out of seeing Neil Patrick Harris playing sick, twisted, totally bonkers veteran Chester Creb in this episode. On my second watch, I realized that he was now Droogie, not Doogie Howser. I’ll leave the whole Barney thing out of it because I only watched that show a few times. I always thought that was a weird name for a playa because past fictional Barneys have all been dweeby. Perhaps that was the point. They gave him the deservedly extinct name Chester, after all. I’ve only met one Chester in my life and he was a pretty nice guy with a white boy fro. But we was a Lone Chester. Just had to get that off my chester…
Since I’m late, I thought I’d do another one of my listicle things, but I’ll do it after the break.
I don’t watch the Golden Globes even though I adore Tina and Amy. They look like a slice of both sides of my gene pool and are funny as all get out. Hmm, maybe we *are* related. All I do is read Ken Levine’s annual post mocking them: As a reminder, the Hollywood Foreign Press is a grand total of 89 critics, some of whom are literally waiters. People win these awards for being generous tippers. Considering members of the Hollywood Foreign Press can be bought, some of them might be NFL referees. And that’s another reason not to watch. … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Golden Globes Edition
He’ll have a lot of redneck friends, probably, who can see the utter B. S. behind the racism he’s had to face. Mr. Z. I am Bubba, I knocked off a gas station, but I am gonna make as sure as possible that nobody knocks you off, and you don’t even need to be my “girl.”
4 posted on 1/10/2015 6:17:09 AM by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
To: Diana in Wisconsin
How come there was never any arrest of George Zimmerman BEFORE Trayvon Martin got shot?
He was arrested. For assault.
George Zimmerman was clearly unable to handle the insults, the public assaults on him, the constant lies, the constant need to watch his back due to death threats from Spike Lee followers…
George Zimmerman was made into this because he felt he had no where to go
“Made into this”? No, I think he was a moron from the get-go.
I do feel sorry for him. He was too much of a wimp to let a 17 year old kick his 35 year old butt,
So shooting unarmed black kids makes you a wimp? I thought you Zimmerman nut-sack-lavers thought it made him a manly man?
then goes through the trial, the death threats, the lack of personal privacy…He is most likely NOW half nuts because of all that
And everyone’s personal comments on his life who never met him, never knew him, but were only spoonfed what the media decided to say about him
And how long did YOU know him exactly?
YOU dont know who he is, what he did, or what he knows, all you KNOW about Zimmerman is what the media told you
I dont talk about it often, but I was once accused of a crime that I was not involved in and when they caught the guy and tried and jailed him, I never got an apology from my accuser.
You should have shot him to death.
I know how it feels to be under the spotlight, badly, too
let alone being a Freeper standing up for our nation,
Tea Party Leader getting slandered, too by the media locally and nationally
I thought the so-called tea party didn’t HAVE leaders?
George Zimmerman needs a place to just hide and be an unknown so he can let his jets cool.
8 posted on 1/10/2015 6:22:37 AM by RaceBannon (Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for)
Post #8. Right on time. 🙂
9 posted on 1/10/2015 6:24:01 AM by Diana in Wisconsin (I don’t have ‘Hobbies.’ I’m developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set…)
As the Packers and Cowboys competed to see who would get the shit kicked out of them in Seattle next week (the Packers won, which I am glad of, for it fills next Sunday with the possibility, however remote, of joy) I kept going back to this: It wasn’t always like this. It wasn’t always Discount Double-Checks and Lambeau Leaps. There was a time when the Packers were a sorry excuse for an NFL franchise, an embarrassment to the memory of Vince Lombardi. From 1968 through 1991, the Packers had four winning seasons. They qualified for the post-season twice and … Continue reading The Packers Used to Suck ALL THE TIME
Seriously, Arizona: You can’t stand with Charlie Hebdo if you believe people who oppose, say, same-sex marriage are not just wrong, but blasphemous and hateful. If your first inclination is to use the word “homophobe,” you can’t utter the phrase, “Je suis Charlie.” Not with any honesty, you can’t. If your first inclination upon discovering that someone contributed to California’s Proposition 8 was to chase them out of their jobs and onto the streets, you have no business in a Paris plaza today. If you seriously think words like “denier” or “anti-science” are a proper retorts to anyone who questions … Continue reading Tolerate Homophobes or Vous N’Etes Pas Charlie!
Are you a member of any of your local museums or historical societies or zoos or anything? Kick got a membership to the local aquarium for Christmas, because she’s obsessed with my father’s fish tank and the one time I took her to the Shedd she was absolutely fascinated. Think we’re gonna spend some of these upcoming chilly days inside watching jellyfish and seahorses. A. Continue reading Weekend Question Thread
I paid to see a rapist once, only I didn’t know it at the time. To be more specific, my parents paid for the excursion and came with me. I had to come to grips with that this morning when I got the “Bill Cosby told a woman ‘you have to be careful about drinking around me’” story in my CNN feed. Cosby is still packing shows across the continent with his “I’m Far From Finished” comedy tour. He’s also packing parking lots and sidewalks with protestors who won’t let him forget that they haven’t forgotten about the rape allegations … Continue reading Rape can’t be funny
If you know me in what is laughingly called real life, you know that I’m fiercely loyal to my friends, especially when they’re right. One of my friends, Lamar White, has been under attack for telling the truth about Steve Scalise. One source of relentless and, quite frankly, dunderheaded criticism is a right wing Louisiana blogger, Scott McKay of the Hayride. And that’s why he’s malaka of the week, not just because his name rhymes with decay. Lamar is a peaceable person so he reached out to McMalaka with an offer of a truce of sorts. McKay being a Gret Stet wingnut … Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Scott McKay
From Album 5 I’m sure we’ll be hearing things like that over the next few news cycles — and more — as the winger crowd uses tragedy to push their own agenda…an agenda that doesn’t exactly ratchet things down, but instead pretty much guarantees further acts of violence and more suffering. Even more ironic to me is that this is occurring in light of winger cheerleading of quite a number of recent incidents of what amount to sanctioned, or at the very least, condoned violence right here. And then there are the cases of non-sanctioned violence…personally, I don’t know what if … Continue reading So, What Motivates Their Rage?
I originally conflated this effort with Julie Smith’s book about Rex the King of Carnival getting murdered on his float. That one was New Orleans Mourning and the cover is nowhere near as swell as The Axeman’s Jazz. If you’re an AHS viewer, you might remember Danny Huston as the Axeman’s ghost. It was one of the things that worked in Coven. Anyhoo, here’s the cover: Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Axeman’s Jazz
This is an opportunity to prove our Christian superiority: Islamic doctrine assumes religious law is enforced by the government, and says criticism of the religion requires a death penalty. For example, Islam’s rulebook, the Koran, says “Who is guilty of more wrong than he who forgeth a lie against Allah, or saith: I am inspired.” In contrast, the Christian Bible separates government from religious law, and urges Christians to turn the other cheek. At least 10 percent of France’s population of 67 million consists of Muslims, most of whom are immigrants. It’s your own fault, France: This is exactly the kind of … Continue reading Wingnuts Sorry-Gloat Over French Terror Attack