Posting this for Doc, who’s having some kind of technological disagreement with the WordPress hamsters at the moment. I can’t recall any other time in my life where I wanted to take a 24-year-old, heavily tattooed porn star into my arms and hug her tightly, telling her, “I’m so, so sorry for you. I wish there was something I could do to make it all go away.” This month’s “Real Sports” on HBO features a segment on Christy Mack, an adult-film actress who dated Mixed Martial Arts fighter War Machine up until an assault almost killed her. (Side note: “Real … Continue reading In Domestic Violence, the Pictures Pack the Most Powerful Punch
We recently bought a small rug and placed it by the front door. It is now the property of Oscar and Della Street: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Rugcats
Rand Paul’s campaign is circling the bowl. He needs a Sugaree daddy to bail him out. Continue reading Aqua Buddha’s Faltering Campaign Needs More Aqua Buddies
From Album 5 Sure, be careful what you wish for, but, wow, a Trump/Palin, um, alliance, merger, commingling (ugh), whatever you want to call it (The Art of the Going Rogue Deal…Also, too…?), like two neutron stars spiraling in on each other, creating, to steal/paraphrase a line from Malcolm Tucker, something so dense light would bend around it. They deserve each other, and the GOP deserves the both of them. You’d never see a … classier … yeah, classier … train wreck. Continue reading Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please
I’ve been following @PulpLibrarian on Twitter for quite some time. His tweets are always illuminating and informative. So, I’d like to try something completely different and post 3 of his pulpilicious tweets. This batch features Fantastic Adventures magazine covers from the early 1950’s. Here we go: Speaking of fantastic: Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Pulp Librarian Files
A post wherein Adrastos borrows Doc’s nickname for Scott Walker. Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: Governor Deadeyes Does Philly Edition
This week’s honoree is Trump’s lawyer and mini-Donald. Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Michael Cohen
The reason I selected this album cover is a peculiar one even for me. It came to me in a dream. Right before waking up yesterday morning, the image of the Rags To Rufus cover slid into my mind to the tune of the album’s big hit, Tell Me Something Good. I’m uncertain if it was fated but I don’t believe in interrogating my subconscious. I leave that sucker alone. The fact that my subconscious chose this cover is an indication that it’s as fond of puns as I am. As was Rufus, their next album was entitled Rufusized. A great title but a pedestrian cover, … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Rags To Rufus
If there is one question I’d like asked of any other Republican candidate besides Donald Trump, on any debate stage that may or may not come to exist during this neverending circus, it is this: How are you different? I don’t mean in demeanor. Lots of you are nicer than Donald Trump. Lots of you use fewer ALL CAPS or exclamation points in your Tweets. Lots of you say things about accepting those that are different from you, loving the sinner, replacing Obamacare, having compassion. Lots of you speak with a softer voice. I mean in position. Do you believe … Continue reading How Are They Any Different Than Donald Trump?
They’ll often spend more time tearing down genuinely shocking stories than they will amplifying them. A. Continue reading Media vs. Media
Ezra, being very smart in noticing something: But my guess is that within three years, it will be normal for news organizations of even modest scale to be publishing to some combination of their own websites, a separate mobile app, Facebook Instant Articles, Apple News, Snapchat, RSS, Facebook Video, Twitter Video, YouTube, Flipboard, and at least one or two major players yet to be named. The biggest publishers will be publishing to all of these simultaneously. Which, if it’s about the kinds of stories you tell, is going to be good for those newsrooms that know what they’re about. If … Continue reading It’s About the Stories
You’re probably wondering why I posted the Pedro-Juan picture from yesterday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony. I decided to throw y’all a curveball and take this feature back to its roots and post one on a non-Saturday. In short, I’m messing with my readers. That’s why I thought I’d post a picture of the best pitcher in San Francisco Giants history with his fellow Dominican Hall of Famer. Of course, both Pedro and Juan had eleventy million pitches that they threw from a variety of angles. The first time I saw Pedro pitch for the dread Dodgers, I called him Juanito. Enough besibol nostagia…
The *other* reason I’m writing an omnibus post of a Monday is that I have a couple of subjects I want to write about in one fell swoop. I really ought to get on with it.
I chose I Don’t Like Mondays as the post title/theme song because Bob Geldof wrote it about a 1979 shooting spree that killed 2 and wounded 9:
Fear and Loathing in Lafayette: Governor PBJ has called this a senseless shooting and urged us all to pray. As you saw earlier, some of the Freepers consider this leadership. It is, of course, the abdication of leadership. It makes me wanna strip PBJ of his bigass belt buckle and cowboy boots:
The Lafayette Police persist in calling this a senseless crime when, as my friend Dakinikat pointed out at Sky Dancing, it is a particularly brutal outbreak of misogyny:
So, I’m not letting this mass shooting in Lafayette go for awhile. Several things stand out to me. First, the killer was a rabid misogynist who went on Talk Radio shows screaming about the Biblical roles of women. It shouldn’t be lost on any one that he chose an Amy Schumer movie which was going to have a larger than normal number of women in attendance and that a solid majority of his victims–including the dead ones—were women.
Since Houser had an anti-semitic streak as wide as David Duke, plus the fact that Ms. Schumer is half-Jewish and related to Senate Democratic Whip Chuck Schumer, that’s apt to be another part of this toxic brew of madness and hatred. Hence the Hunter Thompson inspired sub-header.
It’s easier for a small city police force to slot Houser into the deranged loner category and move on. I hope they don’t and do their best to get to the bottom of this appalling crime. Another reason I’m hoping for some answers is that I have several mutual friends with Jillian Johnson who was one of the two women murdered by Houser. Here’s a clip of her band the Figs performing a spirited version of Psycho Killer:
Ironic doesn’t even begin to cover it. R.I.P.
More Monday musings after the break.
Hoo boy. Here we fucking go again.
I’m actually getting into Adrastos’s territory here, but – you must not live in Lousiana!
Two Killed, Eight Injured in Louisiana Theater Shooting
CNBC.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson and Erin Calabrese
Posted on 7/23/2015 8:55:18 PM by rdl6989
Two people were killed and at least six others were injured in a shooting Thursday night at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, authorities told NBC News.
You know – sooner or later, even the Freeperati are going to start grudgingly admitting that there is a problem here.
Gov. Bobby Jindal said he was on his way to Lafayette and asked for prayers for the victims.
Now theres a LEADER!
God Bless Him and the families friends and associates of the dead and wounded!
To: rdl6989City Marshal Brian Pope has confirmed for The Daily Advertiser that six people were injured in a shooting Thursday night at the Grand Theatre.The shooter then turned the gun on himself, Pope said, and is dead.Katie Domingue of Carencro was at the 7 p.m. showing of “Train Wreck” with her fiance’, Joshua Doggett. About 20 minutes into the movie, Domingue said, she heard a loud noise.
“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” she said.She saw “an older white man” standing up and shooting down, not in her direction.
Enjoy your drive to Dallas, DesertRhino. I’ll have a notary standing by. Just park it in front.
Hey – waitaminnit – what’s a fucking RINO doing on Free Republic?
“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” Domingue said.
She heard about six shots, then she and Doggett ran to the nearest exit, leaving behind her shoes and purse.
Of course, I can always rely on re_nortex to bring the crazy…
What is going on here?
Simple. Rampant liberalism is the cause.
Of course it is. Liberals are famous for shooting up movie theaters. We live for that shit.
There are FAR too many of these happening and FAR too often. Just a few years ago this was almost unheard of.
The axis of evil in the White Mosque has set up an environment for leftists to engage in these killing sprees. Aside from the shooter, hussein, holder and jarrett are equally guilty. As long as the regime remains in place, it’s vital for Patriots to be well armed.
So – to recap:
It’s not you, (or the mouth breathers like you who populate Free Republic) who are to blame for stirring up the crazies by screaming “Treason”, Big Goverment”, and “Tree Of Liberty” , but Hussein, Holder, and Jarett (kinda sounds like a law firm, doesn’t it?).
Makes perfect sense.
You DO know that projection is one of the hallmarks of sociopathy do you not?
More, including armed patriots guarding our military recruitment centers and after the media jump.
This is my new favorite toy. A. Continue reading Snake People
The point isn’t to find drug users, silly: The results are thin: According to USA Today, more than 87,000 welfare recipients went through Arizona’s program in the three years after it began. The total number of drug cheats caught was exactly one – a single positive result, which saved the state precisely $560. Checking in again in March, the Arizona Sonora News Service cited state Department of Economic Security figures which found that over the course of more than five years, “42 people have been asked to take a follow-up drug test and 19 actually took the test, 16 of whom passed. … Continue reading The Testing is the Point: Scott Walker & Welfare Recipients
The guy who runs Dunkin’ Donuts seems to think coffee is not important: Travis said he supports governments making “reasonable increases” to the minimum wage, but a hike to $15 per hour represents a 71% increase over the current state minimum. “It’s going to affect small businesses and franchises,” Travis said in an interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow. He said it would prevent his multi-billion dollar company from hiring new people. “I don’t want to sound threatening about that,” he added, saying it probably wouldn’t force Dunkin’ to lay off workers. Coffee is actually one of the first words Kick learned. … Continue reading I Want the Person Making My Coffee to be Well Paid
Since King Edward VIII was notoriously pro-Nazi, I wasn’t exactly shocked when I saw this video of the British royals: Having said that, the current Queen and her kid sister, Margaret, were just imitating their elders so I can’t blame them. I went looking for a documentary about their twitty wingnut Uncle and learned that he was even worse than I previously thought and I had a mighty low opinion of the late Duke of Windsor. The documentary aired on the BBC’s Channel Four in 1995: Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Edward VIII The Traitor King
It’s been a tough week in the Gret Stet of Louisiana. The July heat has metastasized into even more gun violence than usual here in New Orleans, and more spectacularly in Lafayette. The notion of a movie theatre shooting is unnerving for someone like me who has spent vast chunks of my life in the dark watching flickering images on the big screen. We’ve learned that the shooter is not just another demented loner but a Confederate flag flying wingnut. Nice.
Another sad fact is that it is easier to get a gun in Louisiana than it is to vote. Any attempt to limit our egregiously stupid open carry law is doomed to fail no matter who is elected Governor in the fall. Anyone surprised? I thought not.
Speaking of Governors, PBJ was in the state for the first time in a month and skedaddled to Lafayette to take part in a “looking concerned” photo-op and press conference. He had nothing of substance to offer. Bob Mann said it best when he wrote that all Jindal had to offer were “hugs and shrugs.” In other PBJ news, his staff were able to convince gullible reporters at Politico and the Advocate that an INTERNAL POLL showing PBJ at 8% in Iowa is a surge. 8 fucking percent? Give me a break.
How was that for a cheery opening note for this week’s Saturday post? Don’t worry, the usual contingent of jokes and puns will be forthcoming. On to this week’s theme song, John Fogerty’s Tombstone Shadow. There *is* a connection between it and the iconic image of Henry Fonda in John Ford’s My Darling Clementine but we’ll get to that after the break. But first let’s rock with the original CCR studio version followed by a 2005 live version from John and his crack band. I opted out of the Creedence Clearwater Revisited rendition because it has all the vices of the original (the same mediocre rhythm section) and none of its virtues.
We’ll get oddsier and sodsier after the break if such a thing is possible.
Claire is exhausted. She was a show ferret this morning for a group of kids for my local humane society, who are doing this kickass summer camp thing where they learn about how to take care of animals and all about shelters and stuff. After a week of cats and dogs they get a primer on other animals from specific rescue groups, and I volunteered to be Ferret Rep, which I am now petitioning Obama to make an actual cabinet position. A. Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: Tuckered Out Edition
Della Street is getting aggravated by all the attention being paid to a certain loudmouth rich guy. She thinks that *she* should be the center of attention. Her response was to stage a lie-in: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Trunk, Not Trump
The internet is full of instant experts. When a subject goes viral, all the social media know-it-alls pounce on it like a cat on a wounded bird. Since only a few of them know a damn thing about the matter at hand, they tend to nibble on the bird and leave its headless corpse on the virtual welcome mat. Enough feline imagery, time to get to the point. One thing people *love* to do is to psychoanalyze and speculate about people’s motives and thoughts. I usually try NOT to do that myself, but there’s always a loophole, exception or whatever the … Continue reading Cracker Martyr Syndrome
From Album 5 That’s to say, not some librul squish, but…Christ the Redeemer Neo-Con Patriarch, emphasis on Patria…tough, manly, self-reliant, skilled with firearms and other weapons, and against affirmative action, quotas, and especially against “those people…” In other words, Christianity as Tribal Totem. This reminds me of when scientists offered a realistic concept of what Jesus might have looked like, based on forensic and other evidence from first century Palestine. Some threw a big old hissy fit, insisting THEIR Jesus was the very Europeanish image you get from portraits like this…oddly, a somewhat hippie-ish looking figure who, from the looks of … Continue reading But It’s Got To Be THEIR Jesus
Another week, another Jade Helm reference, another book by Donald Hamilton: Time for an antidote to Texas Fever: Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Texas Fever
The dog days of summer have degenerated into the silly season of politics. It’s July and all the talk of Trumpmentum and feeling the Bern is premature to say the least. Not a single vote has been cast, all we have are polls. Remember when Herman Cain was the GOP frontrunner in 2011? I’m not big on predictions but if I had a ranch or farm I’d wager that the general election will NOT pit Trump vs. Sanders and that neither of them will be on the ballot in November, 2016. I will still be surprised if Trump stays in long … Continue reading Campaign 2016 Notes: The Silly Season
I’m following up last week’s post with another early Jazz LP cover inspired by that swell article in the Telegraph about Verve Records artwork. This week’s cover is an odd one. I have no idea what the Leaning Tower of Pisa is doing on a Lester Young album. They’re both classics but otherwise it beats the hell out of me. Here’s the Telegraph’s brief description of the album: Lester Young Trio was a 1951 album (originally recorded and produced by Norman Ganz in 1946) which featured the brilliant tenor saxophonist Lester Young along with Buddy Rich on drums and Nat … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Lester Young Trio
If the crazy keeps escalating, I’m gonna have to hire some staff.
By poop-u-lar demand of the commenters on yesterday’s post – an Obsession special edition: Three No-Trump!
Let’s get to it:
Donald Trump Says McCain No War Hero: ‘I Like People Who Weren’t Captured’
The Daily Caller ^ | 7-18-2015 | Jamie Weinstein
Posted on 7/18/2015 12:16:30 PM by servo1969
Donald Trump escalated his feud with Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain Saturday in a way that probably wasn’t the most politically astute.
Appearing at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, Trump decided to make the case that McCain is not a war hero. Asked by moderator Frank Luntz why he would call a war hero like McCain a “loser,” Trump replied, “He’s not a war hero.”
“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said sarcastically. “I like people who weren’t captured, I hate to tell you.”
McCain spent five and a half years in a North Vietnamese prison where he was routinely tortured after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War.
After hearing boos from the crowd, Trump backed off a bit: “Perhaps he’s a war hero but right now he said some very bad things about a lot of people.”
Trump was referring to McCain calling the people who attended Trump’s recent immigration rally in Arizona “crazies.”
“This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me,” McCain recently told the New Yorker magazine, speaking of Trump’s July 11 rally. “Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”
The Washington Post reported Friday that Trump is trying to recruit a primary challenger in Arizona to try to defeat McCain in his 2016 re-election bid.
*******************************On the one hand, never disparage a POW for being a POW. Bad move, Trump.On the other hand, F John McCain! Just because he was a POW doesn’t mean he has any business being a Senator. He’s been riding that horse for decades.
It’s fine line to walk
You can’t criticize them unless you were there beside them
Yet some sure pimp their wartime experiences like McCain and Kerry
What Trump said is like something Patton would have said
I don’t like McCain’s politics but this is over the top. Trump is too much into personal shots. I don’t mind the political shots, but we don’t need elementary school taunts in a presidential candidate.
To: servo1969Trump went too far on that one.But, name some of the great POW war heroes from WWII, or Korea, or WWI.
Oh, I dunno.
Daniel Streckler, James Stockdale, Clifford Acree, Louis Zemperini (you may have heard of him) John Malcom “mad Jack” Thorpe, Gurbaksh Singh, Everett Alvarez, Jr., Douglas Bader, James Hargest, Erich Hartmann, James Robinson “Robbie” Risner, Charles Upham (my personal fave) – shall I go on?
You can’t, because hero status from most all wars was achieved in battle, not in a POW camp.
Heather Havrilesky, who I hadn’t realized I missed this much until I started reading her again: Before you dredge up the image of every no-good cheater you’ve ever known, consider the many fallible individuals in the world who fall in love, get married, have children, and then find themselves questioning their sexuality, questioning their gender identity, or (less provocatively) simply questioning their lifelong choice of sexual partner. Maybe a spouse simply has a weak moment and makes a mistake. Sometimes people marry the wrong person. Sometimes people cheat and regret it immediately. Do we really want to indiscriminately drag every … Continue reading It’s Hard To Love Someone When You Know Everything They Are
Dr. A and I had dinner last Friday night at the house of some old friends. Actually, our hosts were the parents of some friends who have become our friends over the years as well. These are white folks in their 80’s and I *never* talk politics with them. The good news is that they’re not the sort of people who sit around and watch Fox News all-day everyday. I know a few people like that and try to avoid them.
Our hostess asked me what I thought about the whole Confederate monuments controversy. I follow my usual policy with people I’d rather not go there with: I briefly express my real opinion and immediately try to change the subject. I prefer not to bite the hand that’s feeding me, especially when there’s brisket involved. Unfortunately, she asked a follow-up question prefaced with her opinion: “I hear Mitch wants to tear down the Jackson statute and change the name of the Square. What do you think of that?”
The Mitch in question is, of course, Mayor Landrieu and he’s never addressed Jackson Square nor is he likely to. He’s only discussed Confederate monuments erected in support of white supremacy and the so-called lost cause., which are one and the same. The Jackson Square meme is being put out there as a straw man by the “don’t erase our history and heitage” crowd. What does one do with a straw man? You knock it over or set it ablaze. I don’t believe in playing with matches so I’ll try to defog history without burning down the house. In any event, it’s too hot for striking matches. To my friends’ mom I offered a terse comment about Lee having nothing to do with New Orleans and Jackson being the hero of the Battle of New Orleans. I politely changed the subject. This time it worked.
More details after the break and this video:
Morning, everyone – let’s spin that airlock door and bust some drums of Freeper stupid open, shall we?
There have been a lot of shots across the bow of the S. S. Racist Fucktard lately, so let’s see how the Freeperati are weathering the stormfront.
‘Dating a black man is a sin’: Stalker terrorizing multi-racial couples across Nebraska
The Daily Mail ^ | 14 July 2015
Posted on 7/15/2015 12:02:46 AM by MinorityRepublican
A Nebraska couple say they were forced to leave their home after being bombarded with racist and terrorizing anonymous letters – and they are not the only ones.
Police in Omaha say they have had at least 10 interracial couples report receiving shocking letters ‘explaining’ why they should not be together because they are not the same race.
Investigators have now released footage of a man they believe to be the serial letter in the hope someone will come forward identifying him.
Freepers – analysis?
Negoros acting out, coming home to roost?Unintended consequences to the recent behavior? Too bad the well socialized do not do any more than the “moderate” muzzies do, so it devolves to this sort of crap.
I doubt any of them will get the message in time.
Forget I asked.
Can’t we get a slightly more nuanced take on this racist (by definition) person who obviously has deep-seated socio-sexual issues concerning interracial dating?
I still don’t understand why white chicks hook up with black dudes and very rarely is it the other way (and I don’t mean light mixed such as Halle Barre).
There is yellow fever with guys but rarely chocolate fever.
More negoros after the break…
Everybody is just so shocked and horrified that someone would say something mean about a veteran who served bravely and was hurt in the war: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says Donald Trump’s comment that Sen. John McCain is not a war hero should disqualify him from the 2016 presidential race. “It’s not just absurd, it’s offensive. It’s ridiculous. And I do think it’s a disqualifier as commander-in-chief,” Rubio said in an interview Sunday with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” The Florida senator was the latest Republican White House contender to hit Trump after the real estate mogul said Saturday that … Continue reading On Disqualification