Leonard Nimoy, R.I.P.

I grew up on Star Trek and Mr. Spock who was one of the coolest characters ever. I even tried the Vulcan mind probe out on my boyhood pal Andy, but it didn’t work much to my annoyance. In short, I was sad to hear of the death of Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83 today. He was a fine actor and an even better human being.  I’ll leave the live long and prosper comments to others, and won’t go in search of anything in Mr. Nimoy’s honor either. The best tribute I saw all day was this cartoon … Continue reading Leonard Nimoy, R.I.P.

Angry Pander Bear

One of the highlights of the 1992 election cycle was when Paul Tsongas called Bill Clinton a Pander Bear for obvious reasons. Bill not only felt people’s pain, he borrowed their ideas, policies, you name if, he’d use it. He was to politicians what Milton Berle was to comedians. The 2016 election cycle seems to be featuring a new variation on this theme: Chris Christie as the Angry Pander Bear. I originally thought Christie might use his Ralph Kramden/Governor Asshole persona to run against the nutty GOP base but those days are long gone. He’s gone from CPAC pariah to … Continue reading Angry Pander Bear

Friday Guest Catblogging: Boris

I met Boris on Mardi Gras day and the first thing I learned is that Boris is a she. Boris also came with the house that my friends Holly and Paul bought across the street from Dollar Bill Jefferson. Boris is a remarkably patient and friendly cat: I picked her up on our first meeting and she purred for me. She is also tolerant of humans messing with her as you tell from the King Cake baby on her head in the first picture. Here she is with an Elizabethan collar ruff thing, looking very much like Bette Davis when she played Queen … Continue reading Friday Guest Catblogging: Boris

Malaka Of The Week: Kristi Capel

Some malakatude is venal and some is rooted in cluelessness, stupidity, and ignorance. This week’s honoree seems to fit snugly into the stupid category. That is why Kristi Capel is malaka of the week. Local teevee anchors aren’t always known for their intelligence, especially morning show people. Kristi Capel of WJW-TV in Cleveland looks good on camera, has a twinkly smile, and a limited vocabulary. You’ve probably heard about her dumbass, racially clueless comments about Lady Gaga on the morning after the Oscars: The look on co-anchor Wayne Dawson’s face says it all. His raised eyebrow and nervous smile sum up the situation quite nicely. … Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Kristi Capel

Freaks And Geeks…um…Just Freaks

From Album 5 So the annual spittle-flecked rave (rage?) for the aggressively ignorant begins today…not exactly Three Days of Peace and Music…more like Three Days of Red Meat, Bloody Shirt Waving, and Howling about Victimization…while wingnut welfare expense accounts pick up the tab. Funny how that works. Anyway, I’m expecting that even Ghouliani’s desperate-cry-for-attention/performance will be outdone before it’s all over, because, like junkies, the rage addicts need ever stronger doses. But…might as well get a laugh watching it all. For victims, they sure do seem…awfully comfortable. Continue reading Freaks And Geeks…um…Just Freaks

GOP Don’t Care

Neil Heinen, ladies and gentlemen:   What is most disturbing is the image…the image of three Republican state legislators being escorted by security past protestors at the State Capitol Tuesday evening. And once again the nation watches news from Wisconsin and wonders what is going on in that state? It’s hard to imagine this is the impression Republicans are hoping will convince people to invest in Wisconsin. But by once again ram-rodding divisive policy through the legislature and short-circuiting the public-hearing process, lawmakers have created an atmosphere of frustration and anger. Frankly the suggestion that the protests were a public safety … Continue reading GOP Don’t Care

Throwing Shade

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid may be bruised and battered but he knows how to throw shade while wearing shades. It’s what our current Congressional politics have boiled down to since the Republicans took control of both houses. Remember all the naifs who proclaimed that the GOPers would have to compromise and get shit done once they were in the majority? I guess none of them have been paying attention since 2009; either that or their crystal balls are cloudier than the sky in New Orleans today. The latest wingnut shade is being thrown on two fronts; both of which illustrate … Continue reading Throwing Shade

Album Cover Art Wednesday: Out On A Limb

The swellegant Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry died the other day at the age of 94. I stumbled into this campy, oddball cover of one of his earlier solo efforts: The Daddy-O in question was producer Holmes Daddy-O Daylie who was a pioneering African-American Jazz DJ. I’d never heard of him before and enjoyed learning about him in a 2003 obituary in the Chicago Tribune. The album probably should be called Inside A Limb, but it’s actually quite good. Here it is on the YouTube:   Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Out On A Limb

Credible Threats to Wisconsin Republicans

Stupendous pussies run away from the possibility of dissent:  MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans on the state Senate’s labor committee ended a public hearing on contentious right-to-work legislation early and sent it on to the full Senate Tuesday, enraging dozens of people who had been waiting all day to speak and sparking a demonstration in front of the Senate chamber. The daylong hearing began at 10 a.m. Sen. Stephen Nass, a Whitewater Republican and the committee’s chairman, had planned for it to last until 7 p.m. But around 6:20 p.m. he announced he was ending the hearing due to what … Continue reading Credible Threats to Wisconsin Republicans

You Don’t Get To Tell Other People What Their Lives Are About

Amanda, on Patricia Arquette:  Arquette tried to use her win for Best Supporting Actress as an opportunity to speak out for wage equality, and, to be fair, her actual speech on the podiumwasn’t the worst thing ever. “To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights,” she said. “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” A bit jumbled and shallow—ninth-grade debate club debut-ish—but her heart seemed to be in the right place. At … Continue reading You Don’t Get To Tell Other People What Their Lives Are About

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Appalachian trail update edition

Morning, good people! This is going to be a short one – trying to heal up enough to enjoy vacation for the next couple of weeks. First up –take a hike! Republicans pull plug on Mark Sanford Politico ^ | April 17th, 2013 | Alex Isenstadt Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:02:44 PM by KantianBurke National Republicans are pulling the plug on Mark Sanford’s suddenly besieged congressional campaign, POLITICO has learned — a potentially fatal blow to the former South Carolina governor’s dramatic comeback bid. Blindsided by news that Sanford’s ex-wife has accused him of trespassing and concluding he … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Appalachian trail update edition

Hot Type

Via my pal Brent, this very cool story:  The Doves Type was commissioned by Thomas Cobden-Sanderson as a bespoke typeface for the Doves Press, the London printing company he co-founded with Emery Walker in 1900. A modern take on a Venetian serif, it took two years to create and was used in all of the Press’s publications, including books of verse by Shakespeare and Milton and the Doves Bible, which featured drop caps by Edward Johnston. After falling out with Walker, however – their partnership was legally dissolved in 1909, after the business encountered financial troubles – Cobden-Sanderson spent nine … Continue reading Hot Type

Odds & Sods: Laughing Academy Edition

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All awards shows are terrible so I only watch one, the granny of them all, the Laughing Academy Awards aka Oscars. Twitter is pretty darn entertaining during awards shows as it gives you an excuse to ignore the *really* bad or annoying bits. And there are always oodles of those. Here in no particular order are some random and scattered observations about the Oscars:

Famous People Have Just As Much Difficulty Separating Public and Private Spheres As Us Mere Mortals: Jeez, that was a long ass title. The prime examples are John Travolta with his face squeezing and general creepiness, and Sean Penn busting the chops of his old friend Alejandro Innaritu with the unfunny green card joke. It wouldn’t be funny in a bar or at a party but it set the tweeter tube ablaze because you’re in public, Sean, and Twitter is an ignorant context free motherfucker. Btw, Travolta won the award for the worst wig I have ever seen. Yikes.

The Actor/Actress Who Plays A Character With A Disease Or Disability Always Wins: It happened again this year with, Eddie Redmayne,  the dude who played Stephen Hawking. I thought the popularity of Birdman meant that Michael Keaton would win since he was the best thing about that movie, but he was merely a depressed asshole as opposed to sick or disabled. Anyone remember either Cliff Robertson or the movie Charly? I thought not.

As to Julianne Moore, she had 2 rules of the Laughing Academy in her favor: disease and the “much nominated, we love her, so it’s her turn” rule.

I’ll continue doing the nattering nabob of negativism thing after the break.

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Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – A Fool And His Money edition

Morning, everyone!

Let’s spin that airlock door and get started!

Looks like someone blew the whistle on the grift-o-rama that is the Tea Party! (there is no tea party)

Hey, Freepers! Remember your red-faced exhortations to give to tebagger PACs instead of the RNC?   I do.

50 Million Down The Tubes: How 17 Conservative PACs Are Spending Their Money (Stunning Disclosure)
Right Wing News ^ | 17 Feb 15 | John Hawkins


Posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎51‎:‎04‎ ‎AM by xzins

What a shocker! Everybody on the Professional Left has been sniggering for years about the ignorant Republican poors scraping up what utility money they haven’t already given to Pat Robertson, and pissing it down a PAC sinkhole, but suddenly, the rubes have awakened!

To: All; Jim Robinson; onyx

This is a truly sad report. Rove wastes money and others manipulate us just to enrich themselves.

That’s right, constant readers – it’s not the rubes – it’s not the goniffs and bunco artists who are to blame here – it’s CARL FUCKING ROVE!!


What better reason that to give to FREE REPUBLIC!

2 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎54‎:‎53‎ ‎AM by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)

(by the way, Free Republic is having even more trouble than usual with their never-ending Freepathon, but we’ll get to that in the next thread)
So, Freepers – what’s your reaction to the fact that you’ve been played like a cheap guitar?
To: xzins

All I know is that the Liberals spent a LOT of money in 2014 and got their butts kicked on election day.

4 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎9‎:‎56‎:‎32‎ ‎AM by Cowboy Bob (Isn’t it funny that Socialists never want to share their own money?)

So your defense is that somebody else spent money?  Money that actually went to their candidates?  That’s it?
To: xzins

To my mind, most of these records if true are completely reprehensible, bordering on near fraud, actually. With the exception of CFG who I think is legitimately conservative and not GOPe related, they are pitiful records.

I had suspicions about Jenny Beth Martin and the TPP here in Georgia and was rightly so.

There was a thread yesterday from someone asking what to do about donations to ‘tea party whatevers’. My advice was to put the money into individual campaigns and bypass them altogether.

6 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎01‎:‎59‎ ‎AM by Gaffer

That’s the ticket!  Eliminate the middleman!
To: Nevadan

That’s the way I read it. If you further read the entire accompanying narrative with the article at the leak, you will see that a common trick by some of them is to expense-out money to vendors for all sorts of things. It also says there are MANY of these PACs whose ‘vendors’ are employees, workers, relatives or other persons not wholly identified. What’s worse FEC regs don’t require them to go beyond the first vendor expenditure. Thus, that expenditure gets credited as an expense. This study sought to find out the truth – and the truth is very ugly my FRiend.

11 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎16‎:‎58‎ ‎AM by Gaffer

To: Nevadan

I’ve suspected this all along. When I saw Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots being interviewed on TV about what she and her group directly did to help that professor oust Eric Cantor in Virginia and exactly what her group was doing in the way of funding the Senatorial Primary in Louisiana, I got my answer – essentially not a damn thing.

16 posted on ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎10‎:‎52‎:‎27‎ ‎AM by Gaffer

To: Gaffer

Frumpy Jenny Beth (Tea Party Patriots) has made millions off the backs of sincere Patriots.

She went from bankruptcy to living in a lakefront mansion in a gated community.

17 posted on ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎11‎:‎19‎:‎33‎ ‎AM by bimboeruption (REMEMBER MISSISSIPPI!)

To: Gaffer

Right, and she likes to brag about all the Tea Party groups that are under the Tea Party Patriots umbrella in order to lure in more suckers.

The last time I went to her site I saw a lot of Tea Party groups listed, but a vast majority of them hadn’t met in 3 years…they no longer existed.

Mark Levin does ads for her. I wish he’d check them out.

19 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎11‎:‎31‎:‎04‎ ‎AM by bimboeruption (REMEMBER MISSISSIPPI!)

To: bimboeruption; Gaffer

I have given $ to Tea Party Patriots twice before.



They call me almost every day. I refuse their calls. Next time they call I will answer and let them know why they will never see another dime from me.

27 posted on ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎1‎:‎00‎:‎07‎ ‎PM by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)



To: Gaffer

“To my mind, most of these records if true are completely reprehensible, bordering on near fraud, actually.”

I am forced to agree.

We’ve long known that we have more than our share of con artists on our side of the aisle, people like Karl Rove who’ll say anything at any given minute if they think it’ll bring in a couple more donations. But some of the names on this list are deeply troubling.

I used to think better of Sarah Palin, but this is indefensible. I can only hope that she’ll refute this report with hard facts if it’s false. Because if these numbers are true, she’s just another scam artist raising a fortune from conservatives who really thought their money could make a difference to more than a grifter’s bank account.

40 posted on ‎2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎6‎:‎36‎:‎53‎ ‎PM by highball (“I never should have switched from scotch to martinis.” — the last words of Humphrey Bogart)

Oh dear.
One Freeper’s not convinced:
To: xzins
I wonder if money is being stockpiled for 2016?
Stockpiled, yes. For candidates? Not so much.
I’d need to have more info before I can determine if the Tea Party PAC’s are really a ripoff.
34 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎3‎:‎24‎:‎12‎ ‎PM by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob ‘urban yutes’ and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
Almost the post of the thread:
To: Gaffer; All

It has always puzzled me how the super rich like the Koch Brothers have been able to persuade so many modest income people to vote against some of their own interests.

46 posted on 2‎/‎18‎/‎2015‎ ‎1‎:‎08‎:‎33‎ ‎AM by gleeaikin

And now – the actual post of the thread!
To: xzins

Imagine the shenanigans the Clintons and their fellow travelers commit with all their fundraising.

38 posted on 2‎/‎17‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎59‎:‎58‎ ‎PM by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)

That’s right – speaking fees paid directly to the Clintons = Teabagger PACs scamming you by promising that they’ll support your candidates.
Exact same thing.
More after the non-tax-deductable contribution.

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The Vietnam War Isn’t Over Either

Wright, Ayers, blah, blah, argle blargle, why is this a thing again?  Does Barack Obama like America? The people around him certainly seem to have their reservations. Michelle Obama said — twice, at separate campaign events — that her husband’s ascending to the presidency meant that “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.” She was in her mid 40s at the time, her “adult lifetime” having spanned decades during which she could not be “really proud” of her country. Barack Obama spent years in the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church as the churchman fulminated: … Continue reading The Vietnam War Isn’t Over Either

Right to Work in the Passive Voice

So Scotty’s doing what everybody knew he’d do: This week, the right-to-work debate moves front and center in Wisconsin. With Republicans in the Legislature aiming to fast-track a bill to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk, they’re following a playbook that has been executed in other GOP-led states in the upper Midwest. In early 2012, just before the Super Bowl came to Indianapolis, then-Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a right-to-work law in Indiana. Later that year, it was Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s turn to hand a stinging defeat to organized labor. And now, it’s on to Wisconsin, where the labor battle has come … Continue reading Right to Work in the Passive Voice

Friday Ferretblogging: ‘The ferrets wouldn’t judge me’

UK model and her four pet ferrets:  Explaining how she became so close to her furry pets, Sophie said: ‘The ferrets were my excuse to leave the house and not seem as alone as I was. I took them for quite long walks in the hills near my home. ‘It might sound sad but they were my friends. For a long time, along with my sister, they were the only friends that I had. ‘The ferrets wouldn’t judge me and were always there for me when I had a bad day. They were a big responsibility. A.   Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: ‘The ferrets wouldn’t judge me’

Odds & Sods: Reading List Edition

I’m still slowly emerging from the Carnival bubble. I started catching up with my reading today and two articles leapt out and smacked me in the face. Kapow. All You Need Is Rudy: Mayor 9/11’s abominable comments about President Obama have gotten a lot of attention this week. GOPers have been going there for years, but rarely one who is allegedly a “moderate.” Cough, snort, cough. Rudy’s comments have even become an issue in the emerging 2016 Republican Campaign. Thus far, they’re all afraid to disagree with him because they’re scared shitless of their base. No shocker. Anyway, the article is by … Continue reading Odds & Sods: Reading List Edition

“You Dare to Hope…”

I spent the last several weeks writing about almost nothing good. Even though I’m tenured and I have time in rank, I still fear being fired, laid off or “RIF-ed” as they say. I don’t know why. It’s just the horrible nature of living in a state where people seem to hate you for being part of a university system that the governor has blamed for all the bad things that have befallen “regular people” or “taxpayers.” I’m not alone. The cuts in Louisiana have me grateful that I didn’t take a job there when I had the chance. Governor … Continue reading “You Dare to Hope…”

Bibi’s Boner

I’ve been following the mishigas involving Speaker Boner’s, uh, boner in inviting Netanyahu to speak to Congress throughout my time in the Carnival bubble. I guess it’s payback for Bibi’s essentially endorsing Willard Mittbot Romney in 2012. The whole mishigas is objectionable in so many ways: it enables Bibi to lobby Congress to sabotage sensitive negotiations with Iran, plus there’s an Israeli general election is coming up soon and an unpopular Netanyahu is clinging to office. Unfortunately, Israel’s multi-party system, the collapse of the Israeli left, and an inept Labor party campaign is more likely than not going  to let him ooze back … Continue reading Bibi’s Boner

Just What We Need…Another Banana Republican

From Album 5 So, Jeb’s insisting he’s “his own man” (while looking — a bit spookily — like chinless Mitch McConnell, IMHO); anyway, for obvious reasons he wants to establish a bit of distance between especially Junior, who pretty much shat on the family/brand name…but…if you look at the details and the lineup, it’s the same gang of crooks and charlatans who crashed and burned the first time — a stale rehash. One last chance to get the band together, the Let’s-See-If-We-Can-Perpetually-Clusterfuck-It-While-Profiteering-On-Death-And-Misery Tour (featuring Paul Wolfowitz on comb…that link isn’t NSFW, but it IS gross). Anyway…oh, and you’ve gotta love … Continue reading Just What We Need…Another Banana Republican

Album Cover Art Wednesday: Valence Street

Valence Street is not only the title of a 1999 Neville Brothers album, it’s the main drag of my Uptown New Orleans neighborhood. I occasionally call my 13th Ward hood Neville-land because so many members of their extended family live, or used to live, nearby. Valence Street is also my corner for Magazine Street parades during Carnival, which is the primary reason I haven’t been writing here as much for the last few weeks. I’m also slowly recovering from a Krewe du Vieux related leg injury that makes it hard to sit at the computer for long spells. All the walking and standing I do during Mardi Gras doesn’t help either, but that’s neither here nor there.

Art Neville still lives on Valence Street and he’s hanging in there at the age of 77. I was talking to one of his nephews on the parade route last week and he could tell I was about to inquire about Art so he told me, “He’s feeling better all the time and ready to play some shows.” Here’s a link to a fine Keith Spera profile of Art on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

The other reason I’m posting the cover of Valence Street is the fine black and white photography by Michael Wilson:


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For More on the ‘Draft Jeff Sessions’ Movement, We Turn to Jeff Sessions

After the last Daily Caller comment section “joke” about Sessions, I decided to see if there actually was a Draft Jeff Sessions movement afoot. And “movement” is one way to put it, as evidenced by this Breitbart fanfic:  So the Draft Sessions movement gained steam: Not since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 had such a “draft” movement been so successful. The Republican Establishment was still suspicious of Sessions, but they were so hungry for victory that they were willing to overlook their differences. And the rank and file, of course, were quite happy with Sessions. It was a new kind of “fusionism”—a fusionism … Continue reading For More on the ‘Draft Jeff Sessions’ Movement, We Turn to Jeff Sessions

‘Take This Off the Record’

Oh, you aren’t racist. You aren’t a bad person. You just think black people are lazy and nuts:  During an interview with the Clarion-Ledger about education funding in Mississippi, Alday referenced welfare and his beliefs about its impact. “I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work,” he said in the interview published Sunday. I see. And how did you happen to give this interview that, magically, made you, a good person, look like a bad person? But Alday said he would not resign from his seat … Continue reading ‘Take This Off the Record’