Ugh, you guys: Nearly 11 million children under age five in the United States were in some sort of childcare arrangement in 2014, according to the Childcare In America report, which is compiled annually and used by policymakers and program administrators to make decisions about care programs and costs. These discussions about childcare aren’t just involving a few dozen people. They’re involving millions of people, many of whom don’t have the option of staying home or easily cutting back their hours, and some who wouldn’t want to even if they could. There’s nothing wrong with putting a child in daycare, and if you truly … Continue reading Let’s You and Her Fight: The Mommy Wars
We build our own prisons, and lock ourselves in: The ADX is the highest-security prison in the country. It was designed to be escape-proof, the Alcatraz of the Rockies, a place to incarcerate the worst, most unredeemable class of criminal — “a very small subset of the inmate population who show,” in the words of Norman Carlson, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, “absolutely no concern for human life.” Ted Kaczynski and the Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph call the ADX home. The 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui is held there, too, along with the 1993 World Trade … Continue reading Solitary Time
Speaking of Indiana born Cole Porter, here are two-count ’em two-versions of one of his best tunes. It’s also a notoriously hard song to sing, unless, that is, you’re Billy Eckstine or Aaron Neville: Continue reading Monday Night Music: In The Still Of The Night
The most interesting thing about the great Hoosier Hoo-Ha is how little thought the Indiana lege and Governor Pence gave to the *possible* implications of the whole mishigas. It’s true that 19 other states have similar laws but Indiana’s drew more attention from the MSM for two reasons. First, Pence is thought to have Presidential ambitions. Second, the Final Four will be in Indianapolis this weekend. The MSM has a short attention span but it loves to speculate about candidates and who among us doesn’t love March Madness? Btw, I’ve adopted the Wisconsin Badgers as my tournament team for the second year in a row.
Back to the pantsing of Mike Pence after the break.
I have no idea how I got on Ted Cruz’s mailing list, but as a fan of inadvertent comedy, I’m glad it happened. I’ve actually gotten four emails since March 28, all of which inform me that Tailgunner Ted is under constant attack by the nefarious forces of THE LEFT: Fellow Conservative,Monday I announced my campaign for President, and ever since, I’ve been under constant attack.Will you chip in $5 — or even $35 — to help me fight back?You see, the liberal media has called me every name in the book — attacking me for everything from announcing my campaign … Continue reading A Full Metal Wingnut-O-Gram From Ted Cruz
My goodness – the Freeperatis’ hearts’ desire has finally come to pass – an Ivy League lawyer foreign-born one-term congresscritter has eliminated Hillary as competition, and has already won not one, but TWO terms as President off………..um……
My bad – that’s Barack Obama.
I’ll come in again.
Ted Cruz to announce presidential bid Monday
Houston Chronicle ^ | March 21, 2015 11:34pm | Theodore Schleifer
Posted on 3/21/2015 11:46:44 PM by Olog-hai
Sen. Ted Cruz plans to announce Monday that he will run for president of the United States, accelerating his already rapid three-year rise from a tea party insurgent in Texas into a divisive political force in Washington.
Cruz will launch a presidential bid outright rather than form an exploratory committee, said senior advisers with direct knowledge of his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made yet. They say he is done exploring and is now ready to become the first Republican presidential candidate. …
To: eddie willers
To: eddie willers
America doesn’t have 4-8 years.
You guys have been saying that every 4-8 years for the last 32 years. Guess what? America’s still here.
I’m done with the usual suspects.
Just fucking kill me: I spoke with Pence on the same day that thousands of people rallied at the Statehouse in opposition to the law. And the same day that Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle announced that his company will abandon a deal with the state and city to expand the company’s headquarters in Indianapolis because of RFRA’s passage. Oesterle’s statement is a telling sign that the outrage over RFRA isn’t limited only to the political left. Oesterle directed Republican Mitch Daniels’ 2004 campaign for governor. And it’s a signal that the damage from the RFRA debacle could be extensive. … Continue reading Mike Pence: We’re Discriminating But Not Like in a Mean Way or Anything
History did not begin when we noticed it: So much of our gay history, even from gay activists, comes from a touchstone that the past was a horrible place and that only after 1969 did things improve. This is not so dissimilar from our popular history of sexuality. Both on both counts, the history is much more complicated and if the 1950s and early 1960s were a period of repression of gays (and sexuality more broadly), before World War II, it’s a whole other country out there. I think we have this idea that once upon a time it was … Continue reading Not Everyone Got Enlightened At Once
Scott Walker and the Not Quite Ready for Primetime Players Theater Present: The Male Palin! According to the video, the final question Hewitt asked Walker was, “Does the prospect of being commander in chief daunt you? Because the world that you describe when you’re talking about safety is going to require a commitment to American men and women abroad, obviously at some point. How do you think about that?” Walker first acknowledged, “That’s an appropriate question.” “As a kid, I was in Scouts. And one of the things I’m proudest of when I was in Scouts is I earned the … Continue reading Being a Girl Scout Prepared Me for the Coming Apocalypse, Too
This week’s SMV is a really tight set from Winwood, Capaldi, and company from their one-off 1994 reunion tour. My only complaint is a minor one: Steve doesn’t sit down at the Hammond B-3 until the grand finale. Oh well, nobody’s perfect: Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Traffic Live At Woodstock 94
One reason I think that Athenae and I are a good blogging combination is that she’s fire and I’m ice. She ripped Indiana a new one over their stupid new anti-gay law, and I’m here to mock them. Actually, Josh Marshall mocks them but I’m posting his tweet: While we’re on the subject of Indiana, the best thing about it-other than being the birth place of Kurt Vonnegut and Cole Porter-is that basketball is the state religion. Here’s a hoops tweet that I’m pretty darn proud of: Since I mentioned Cole Porter, I’ll give him the last word via Elvis/Declan Costello/MacManus. … Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: Hoosier Hoo-Ha Edition
Here’s a masterpiece of “both sides should be nice, even if one is trying to violate people’s rights and another is just trying to live:” Maybe what people can do — people on each side of the political aisle – is stop screaming and start listening. And here I’m begging not just you, the reader, but also my own newsroom. You think Indianapolis is split by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act? You should see the Indianapolis Star. Some of the best people in this building, my friends, are horrified by the RFRA. Some of the best people in this building, my … Continue reading It’s So Dreadful When We Shout: Indiana’s Bigot Law and Both Sides Doing It
Why does no US bar offer this as a sport? With a 50 pence ($0.78) entry fee for ferrets, 27 of the animals, which are members of the Mustelid family, competed in nine heats for a place in the finals. The rest of the barn was a multidiscipline ferret extravaganza. There was a timed track, a loop-the-loop and ferret roulette. In this variation on the casino game, players bet on which of six drainpipes a ferret will emerge from. It was all for charity, with proceeds going to the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, which helps people and animals in … Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: Stuffies Drinking Beer and Chasing Each Other
I’m way too young for the radio show The Shadow. STFU and stop laughing, Jude. The main reason it entered my consciousness is that the Shadow’s secret identity was Lamont Cranston, and for some reason my mother conflated that with the name of the fine liberal Senator from California, Allan Cranston. She always called the Senator that including the time we met him together. He smiled and said, “I get that all the time.” Anyway, she was not prone to malaprops, that’s a specialty of Dr. A’s family. Here are Oscar and Della Street lurking in the shadows: Via the magic of … Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Only The Shadow Knows
Misogyny seems to be one of themes this week at First Draft. Phil Robertson’s misogyny is of the Old Testament variety but Buckley Carlson’s is of the wingnut bro variety. He also doesn’t know how to hit reply and *not* reply to all when using email and that is why he’s malaka of the week. Buckley Carlson is that bow tie wearing motherfucker Tucker Carlson’s idiot brother. Tucker is, of course, a Fox News fixture and editor of something I don’t read called the Daily Caller. In fact, I would rather become a teetotaling vegan than read that right wing rag; … Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Buckley Carlson
From Album 5 First, what Adrastos said. But to add my .00000000002 cents worth…so, is this what runs through whatever functions as Phil’s brain while he kills time in the blind? What sort of interminable mental challenge would it be to get stuck in the adjoining seat on a plane, or at a ballgame? For someone who claims to follow the Prince of Peace, he sure has one hellish imagination. Continue reading Imagine Having To Sit Next To This Guy…
Going Clear, Alex Gibney’s much anticipated documentary about Scientology debuts on HBO this Sunday night. Before he was a minor league messiah, L. Ron Hubbard was a preposterously prolific pulp fiction writer. His followers keep buying his books so they’re still in print. The good news is that the re-issues have preserved the pulpy integrity of the cover art. Here are a few examples: I hope I’m not in trouble with John Travolta or Tom Cruise. I don’t want Travolta to smother me with his big ass toupee. As for Cruise, I’d prefer he not jump up and down on my sofa. … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: L. Ron Hubbard
The Louisiana SPCA says it is investigating New Orleans’ second goat beheading in two months — this one with a samurai-style sword.
SPCA Spokeswoman Alicia Haefele (HAY-fuh-lee) said says that on Tuesday, the SPCA received a 12-second cellphone video showing young men around a kiddie pool where a goat is pulled into the air, and one man cuts off its head with the sword.
Haefele says this killing appears unrelated to the Jan. 28 beheading of a baby pygmy goat. But she says it makes investigators wonder if there’s “a bigger issue in our community.”
The Louisiana SPCA is offering $3,000 for information leading to the killers.
New Orleans police say they have not received a complaint and are not investigating.
Sick humor following the break.
Daft, but not daffy, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is back in the news. This time around we hear about his sick, twisted fantasies about a different OTHER, atheists: “I’ll make a bet with you,” Robertson said. “Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head … Continue reading Decapitate Her Head Off?
This classic 1971 Faces LP has one of the best as well as longest album titles in rock history. The Faces made their bones as a live band, but this album captured the essence of what made them so great in concert.
There’s another anomaly to A Nod Is As A Good As A Wink To Blind Horse, its back cover is better than the front. That makes it an anomalous rarity too; repetitive but true, y’all. The cover has a pretty good live shot of the band but the back shows them as puppets, marionettes, or proto-action figures. Who among us wouldn’t want a Ron Wood action figure?
It’s worth pointing out that Rod Stewart was originally a highly respected artist, something that ended when he released one of my least favorite tunes, the dreadful Do Ya Think I’m Sexy. I hope I didn’t give any of you lot an earworm. Here’s the cover with Rod the Mod and his adoring fans:
Let’s get this out of the way: I know people who have been helped immeasurably by AA and its offshoots, so I’m not trying to start a fight by posting an article about how the science behind AA is nonexistent. I am saying that JESUS WHAT THE FUCK: There is no mandatory national certification exam for addiction counselors. The 2012 Columbia University report on addiction medicine found that only six states required alcohol- and substance-abuse counselors to have at least a bachelor’s degree and that only one state, Vermont, required a master’s degree. Fourteen states had no license requirements whatsoever—not … Continue reading Let’s Be Counselors
This is sad. Predictable, but sad. We are part of a coalition of organizations that meets regularly with the Chicago Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit and individuals from its general counsel’s office. We worked with both over the course of more than a year to have this general order changed so that arrestees could access counsel at the facility. I guess when the Chicago Police Department issued a statement even skeptical lawyers “found laughable” they didn’t check with their Internal Affairs Division or General Counsel’s Office. That’s how I know the Guardian story is true. But local reporters who weren’t interested in … Continue reading Reporters Taking Down Reporters
Yes, Taylor Marsh is still a thing, and in this instance happens to be right: THIS SOME MAJOR BULLSHIT. Complete with a luscious click bait headline that includes not only Benghazi, but “Clinton emails,” too. It’s a “rare glimpse” of Hillary Clinton’s “concerns,” which the New York Times regurgitates from “sources” described as “senior government officials,” who gave them all the juicy dish on Hillary’s Benghazi emails, which the Times never saw. But they did show that Mrs. Clinton’s top aides at times corresponded with her about State Department matters from their personal email accounts, raising questions about her recent assertions … Continue reading NYT Now Sourcing Stuff from ‘Some Dude Who Said His Cousin Saw This Thing,’ Basically
The name Jindal is synonymous with bullshit here in Louisiana but until today I had no idea that Jindal Plast is a popular brand of terlet in India. So, both Jindals are linked to shit, only one is useful. I learned this from my friend Paul who took the picture below when he traveled to India: If only Gret Stet voters could just flush PBJ down the Jindal Plast terlet. Since he’s running at a whopping 1% in national GOP polls, it looks as if Iowa Gopers will give him a political swirly, and end his delusions of grandeur. I wish it … Continue reading You Learn Something New Every Day
They weren’t really zombies but I’m trying to get your attention. There’s a lot of competition online these days, so what’s a little sensationalism among friends? I’m trying to conjure up the spirit of Weegee to take pictures for us, but the, uh, Ouija board isn’t working very well…
My Twitter friend and fellow horrid punster James Karst survived the Picayune purge and, among other things, writes a weekly column/feature for it called Our Times. He rummages about in the newspaper’s morgue and writes about his discoveries every Sunday. He often focuses on the odder side of New Orleans and few things are stranger than this week’s piece, Crawfish in coffins, the curse of the Locust Grove cemeteries.
An extended quote is forthcoming after the break.
Good morning, gentle people – Glenn Beck has been a Free Republic staple since forever, and there’s a constant and amusing feud between Freepers who think he’s a visionary. and Freepers who think he’s certifiable.
Let’s delve into this and have a look, whaddya say?
We’ll start with a little – Beck and forth!
Glenn Beck: ‘I’m out of the Republican Party — I am not a Republican’
Yahoo News ^ | 3/18/2015 | Dylan Stableford
Posted on 3/18/2015 6:30:09 PM by stevie_d_64
Glenn Beck says he is no longer a member of the Republican Party.
“I’ve made my decision — I’m out,” Beck said on his radio show Wednesday, according to Mediaite.com. “I’m out of the Republican Party. I am not a Republican; I will not give a dime to the Republican Party. I’m out.”
The former Fox News host and founder of the Blaze supported the GOP during the last election cycle but has become disillusioned with the party in recent years over what he believes was its failure to stand up to the Obama administration — specifically, the Affordable Care Act and immigration reform.
“Four years ago I was with them,” Beck said. “Four years ago I said, ‘Work from the inside, let’s change it, let’s get new guys in there.’”
But those efforts have proved futile, he said.
Hmm – maybe the Beck fans have all been banned? I had to scroll down 60 posts before I found this:
To: Georgia Girl 2
Beck was way ahead of his time regarding the internal Marxist/socialist threats to America, esp. the Obama crowd.
He did more with his blackboards to expose the interlocking Soros/Communist Party USA/Democratic Socialists of America subversion than any other conservative on TV or radio.
He did his homework and put into illustrations the “Who” and “What” of this Marxist subversive network that reached directly into the White House (Anita Dunn, Vann Jones, David Axelrod, Quentin Young, Bill Ayers, etc).
Let’s give him credit for doing this when no one else was interested in it or was doing much about it.
As for his wanderings, that’s a personal issue of his. Agreed with his stances or not, he’s still a good person who has awakened our nation to its’ internal threats, a sort of Cable TV “Paul Revere”.
Friends of mine had access to him, and he listened and learned. We ought him our thanks for sounding the warning calls in the early days of the Obama subversion when no one else was (with specific knowledge and organization).
Some of the Freeperati give Glenn grudging respect for being late to the party:
To: Secret Agent Man
Time for Liberty Party—Glen beck can be the first to Join or do the Reform Party! If others join we can do something. The RINOs have shot themselves one too many times. Let them have their Jeb Bush—the Liberty Party can nominate Sarah Palin!
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To: Arthur McGowan
“Alex Jones is forever banned from FR. He’s a dipweed 9/11 conspiracy nutcase. These freaks make good money just making shit up for the gullible. Not surprised liberaltarians fall for any anti-American crap that comes down the line.
Those who don’t like my position on this are welcome to post elsewhere.”
47 posted on 4/9/2014 2:40:54 PM by Jim Robinson
Their story about the Secret Service agents getting hammered and crashing their car into the White House was complete bullshit, but you won’t hear that from them: On Tuesday, a source who watched surveillance video of the incident told The Huffington Post that the agents’ car was moving at only 1 to 2 mph and appeared to deliberately nudge a traffic barrel in order to pass through the White House complex. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy confirmed the source’s account Thursday, telling lawmakers there was “no crash” evident in the video. At this point, there is also no evidence the agents were drunk. Ambinder … Continue reading Politico’s Jalopy Goes .185
Every four years, it surprises our Serious Commentariat how completely batshit crazy nuts the Republican Party is. Immigration reform is dead to Republicans; it alone may sink Jeb Bush, by most measures their strongest presidential contender. Unless a CEO gave Obama money, the party has nothing to say about corporate abuse of any kind. Super PACs have swallowed up the party. As for inclusiveness and social intelligence, you can make a strong case that the 2016 GOP field is even worse than the last one. Early 2016 GOP campaign events are like cattle calls for great herds of ignorant opportunists, ranging from … Continue reading Our Quadrennial Shock at the State of the Republican Party (and the Selfishness of Nostalgia)
Today’s SMV is a 1978 BBC documentary wherein Ralph Steadman visits his old colleague Hunter S Thompson in Aspen. It’s titled Fear And Loathing In Gonzovision at the beginning and Fear And Loathing On The Road To Hollywood With Dr. Hunter S. Thompson And Ralph Steadman at the end. Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Hunter S Thompson Meets Ralph Steadman
There are always follies on Fridays; most other days as well. At the risk of sounding like Keith Olbermann, we begin with:
From Debrisville To Durstville: Robert Durst has been making headlines in New Orleans since his arrest. He faces gun and weed charges locally. I’m glad the DA’s office is charging him since the case against him in the murder of Susan Berman is the *opposite* of a slam dunk. Hopefully, it won’t be an air ball.
More Friday hilarity after the break; at least I hope it’s funny. I dread turning into Jack Webb as Joe Friday at times like this. Why? I’ll never know. Continue reading “Odds & Sods: Friday Follies Edition”