OK, One Possible Word of the Year

From Album 6 Adding my own .00002 cents worth to Adrastos’ post, and going from Headline of the Day to a possible candidate for word of the year, I nominate “classy,” as in, “who knew 2015 would end on such a classy note?” Anyway, we know that the effect this will have on The Donald’s supporters is…nothing. Hell, at this point, Trump is virtually bulletproof when it comes to his base…which happens to be the GOP base…in other words, a kind of downward spiral symbiosis between the core and the candidate. They deserve each other. And, while I agree with … Continue reading OK, One Possible Word of the Year

Today in Fucked-Up Uses of the Passive Voice

There’s a lot of fail in this story and it starts with the headline:  Chicago police trained to not shoot innocent people, but it still happens How about THEY STILL DO IT? Can we not even grant them that amount of agency before the BLUE LIVES MATTER people start crawling all over the comments talking about how mean you are for noticing that? I mean, even if you grant that it is a fuckup, and I’m not sure I do, it is still a fuckup DONE BY SOMEBODY. The guns don’t fire themselves, unless the NRA has been wrong all … Continue reading Today in Fucked-Up Uses of the Passive Voice

Tamir Rice, the Power of the State, and What We Think is Reasonable

Shorter John Kasich: At least we’re no longer using fire hoses on you people. Statement from Ohio Gov John Kasich on the grand jury decision in Tamir Rice shooting https://t.co/KS4uXC6soF pic.twitter.com/xHBOEixdVj — Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) December 28, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js So there he is, John Kasich, the moderate Republican, the sane one in the race, the one I’ve heard many not openly insane acquaintances lament is too “reasonable” to win next year’s primaries. There he is, saying basically look, we are only tacitly approving of giving the state the power to execute people on the street, and only some people anyway, … Continue reading Tamir Rice, the Power of the State, and What We Think is Reasonable

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – schlong time coming edition

Good morning, gentle people! I hope your holiday was a wonderful one.

Well, let’s get right to the stupid, shall we? I mean, as schlong as we’re all here…

Donald Trump: ‘Schlonged’ was not a vulgar insult
Mashable ^ | December 22, 2015 | Juana Summers

Posted on ‎12‎/‎22‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎02‎:‎37‎ ‎PM by Cringing Negativism Network

Nearly 24 hours after he said that Hillary Clinton had been “schlonged” by Barack Obama during her failed 2008 presidential campaign, Donald Trump took to Twitter to defend his comments.

Schlonged, the Republican businessman said in a tweet, was not a vulgar reference to a penis. Instead, he argued, he meant “beaten badly.”

Once again, #MSM is dishonest. “Schlonged” is not vulgar. When I said Hillary got “schlonged” that meant beaten badly.

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2015

Trump went on to defend his comments, saying that NPR’s Neal Conan had once used the phrase to refer to the trouncing at the polls that the Walter Mondale-Geraldine Ferraro presidential ticket received in the 1984 election.

(woo-hoo, did not take Trump long to respond)


Hoo-wa. Good for Donald.
1 posted on 12‎/‎22‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎02‎:‎37‎ ‎PM by Cringing Negativism Network
I’ll see your “woo-hoo” and “Hoo-wa” and raise you a “schmuck”.
Of course, as we all know, “schmuck” doesn’t mean “penis” as much as it means that I just beat your face badly with one.
Of course, some of the Freepers drop the dog whistle entirely:
To: Cringing Negativism Network

When I said Hillary got “schlonged” that meant beaten badly.

Yeah, beaten badly with a big penis.

6 posted on 12‎/‎22‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎06‎:‎54‎ ‎PM by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
So – is The Darnold lying, or are you?
To: Cringing Negativism Network
I am not a NYer and to me it’s an obscenity.
16 posted on‎12‎/‎22‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎09‎:‎57‎ ‎PM by Ditter (God Bless Texas!)
Come on, Freepers – try to have a little class here.
To: ConservativeMind


“I prefer to continue to believe he meant ‘to beat senseless with a man’s private part’.”

Could have been Huma’s strap on .

25 posted on ‎12‎/‎22‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎12‎:‎41‎ ‎PM by sushiman

That’s better.
To: Cringing Negativism Network


Actually, it is a vulgar insult. If he wants to say it, he should at least own up to it and stop claiming that his vulgar insults weren’t meant as vulgar insults.

26 posted on 12‎/‎22‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎13‎:‎08‎ ‎PM by livius

One Freeper is just happy to expand his vocabulary.
(I guess a couple hundred words weren’t enough)
To: Lisbon1940


Yes, that one’s delightful as well. I’ve been searching for a replacement for “dick-smacked”, and “cock-walloped” just feels too derivative. So if nothing else, I guess I can say Trump was good for something this year.

84 posted on 12‎/‎22‎/‎2015‎ ‎8‎:‎47‎:‎12‎ ‎PM by HoosierDammit (“When that big rock n’ roll clock strikes 12, I will be buried with my Tele on!” Bruce Springsteen)

Well, as schlong as you’re read this far, follow below the fold for more fakakta Freeperisms …

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‘multiple family members said they think police shot through the door’

Police respond to a 911 call, shoot the subject of that call, and wind up killing an innocent grandmother:  Bettie Jones, a mother of five and grandmother of six, had worked full-time at the Alpha Baking bread factory before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer earlier this year, according to her brother, Robin Andrews. After a successful surgery, Andrews said, Jones was looking for an all-clear from her doctor so she could get back to work. “She was the kind of person who would come home after a 16-hour shift and then ask you if you needed anything,” Andrews said. “She … Continue reading ‘multiple family members said they think police shot through the door’

Worse Things Than Poetry

I went looking for this, this week, for a friend, and it seemed to apply to this holiday:  At the end of the line, where enjambment sings: zero’s the number of the Fool, the shape of the storm. It’s the beginning and the end, depending on where you start counting. It goes around and around … God has to wear masks because you’re not prepared for a faceful of infinity, but that’s not the secret. The secret is: how many masks. The “war on Christmas” nonsense makes me tired. Not outraged. Not angry. Not defensive. Tired. I am not interested in … Continue reading Worse Things Than Poetry

A Stocking Stuffer For The Nation

From Album 6 So…interesting holiday discussion. Never thought I’d see “schlonged” subjected to analysis generally reserved for things like still images from the Zapruder Film, but… You know, just my personal opinion, but this is yet another reason to be oddly grateful The Donald is still sticking around, or, if you prefer, stinking up the joint. Maybe it’s time to take a long look into the national mirror, and come to grips with the fact that some people have long since left the reality-based community in the dust… and they’re the GOP base (what’s the saying? The Democratic Party despises/hates their base, … Continue reading A Stocking Stuffer For The Nation

Yeah, Pats, Your Dad Knew To Keep It Quiet

So, so, so gross:  Responding to a question about Sen. Ted Cruz often positively invoking her father’s name on the campaign trail and during debates, Davis said, “It may be this week he’s doing it more than the others. But they all kind of do it. But yet, they are so not like him. My father would be so appalled at what’s going on. He would be so appalled at these candidates. I don’t think he would be a Republican. And if another Ronald Reagan came along right now, I don’t think the Republican Party would accept him.” I don’t … Continue reading Yeah, Pats, Your Dad Knew To Keep It Quiet

Kids Today Just Don’t Get It

“It” being enough to eat, but you’d never know that from all the trend stories about how today’s college students are being ruined by trigger warnings and safe spaces and helicopter parents:  There’s a campaign here to start a food bank for students who can’t afford food, even though many work full time. Many also are raising families. It’s a stark view of the reality of American higher education, in which rich kids go to elite private and flagship public campuses while poor kids — including those who score higher on standardized tests than their wealthier counterparts — end up at … Continue reading Kids Today Just Don’t Get It

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – short and swat edition

Good morning, everyone! My apologies, but due to weekend-spanning  circumstances, this is going to be one of the shortest Obsessions ever.

However, it is a lulu.

Let’s just say that something happened last week to – shock the monkeys!

Drudgereport.com ^ | Dec 12, 2015 | Drudge

Posted on ‎12‎/‎12‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎39‎:‎29‎ ‎PM by Jet Jaguar


1 posted on 12‎/‎12‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎39‎:‎29‎ ‎PM by Jet Jaguar

Well, the Trump-humpers that comprise the majority of Freeperville these days are bound to take this in an adult fashion, no?

To: Jet Jaguar


Not fair, not fair, not fair!!!

2 posted on 12‎/‎12‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎40‎:‎15‎ ‎PM by gov_bean_ counter (Trump to McCain – “Pass the strawberries”.)

To: Jet Jaguar



11 posted on 12‎/‎12‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎42‎:‎59‎ ‎PM by Eddie01

Of course, the Cruz losers pounce:
To: gov_bean_ counter


The Trump cultists seem to like polls. Bet they won’t like this one.

9 posted on 12‎/‎12‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎42‎:‎40‎ ‎PM by Oklahoma

To: Jet Jaguar


Can’t be right. Everyone knows Trump’s a winner. Just ask him. So if he’s not winning, obviously it’s wrong.

4 posted on 12‎/‎12‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎41‎:‎19‎ ‎PM by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)

To: Jet Jaguar


Dang,I was looking forward to the first orange President!

17 posted on ‎12‎/‎12‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎45‎:‎07‎ ‎PM by Dr. Ursus

Trump-humpers – return fire!
To: Jet Jaguar


It’s called cooking their polling.

Trump last night had the biggest townhall rally in Iowa ever.

You clowns figure it out.

13 posted on 12‎/‎12‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎43‎:‎47‎ ‎PM by Red Steel

Ah – the Bernie Sanders  Ron Paul defense!
To: Jet Jaguar


The whole poll thing is certainly the most amusing on FR of late.

50 posted on 12‎/‎12‎/‎2015‎ ‎4‎:‎57‎:‎39‎ ‎PM by FourPeas (Tone matters.)

I concur.
More amusement after the skewed poll.

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May the Road Rise to Meet You, @GapersBlock

Thanks for a helluva run, Gaper’s Block:  Thank you to the staff, both current and past, for everything you’ve done and continue to do for Gapers Block. Thank you to our colleagues in the media for taking a volunteer-run webzine seriously, and occasionally even acknowledging when we scooped you. 😉 And a huge thank you to the readers and advertisers who have stuck with us over the years, who have come and gone, and who just found us. This was all for you, and I hope we succeeded in getting you to slow down and check out this amazing city. … Continue reading May the Road Rise to Meet You, @GapersBlock

Stuck in Our Teeth

In talking about Trump last night a friend brought this up and it comes close to explaining why I get so angry at the “good people” who are surprised by all Trump’s rise and the hatred he inspires others to express:  There are many things in our day-to-day lives that lead us toward developing little pockets of prejudice, that lead us toward acting unkind to others, without having any intent to do so. These are things that will just naturally develop in our day-to-day lives, so the problem with that all or nothing binary is it causes us to look … Continue reading Stuck in Our Teeth

Saturday Odds & Sods: A Day In The Life

Man Ray
Noir et blanches by Man Ray.

I decided to post this famous 1926 image by the surrealist artist/photographer Man Ray because this week has been rather surreal. The dust from the New Orleans monuments flap hasn’t quite settled, but I expect it will take some time for General Lee to be toppled from his pedestal. Nothing in this town happens quickly or on time. There’s a phrase for that: NOLA time. It’s got something to do with the summer heat, people mosey around like they’ve got all the time in the world:

Adding to the surreal aura has been the weather. This El Nino weather is some weird shit, y’all. It’s muggy and warm one day, cold and windy the next. I wish the weather gods would make up their fucking minds. I can hear you saying: he’s on about the weather again. I plead guilty. When your life is torn upside down by a weather event, you get a bit obsessed. After all, you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows; not even Jim Fucking Cantore. Actually, Cantore usually gets Jimmy Buffetted about by the wind when he’s on the job…

Equally surreal has been the fearmongering on the national scene after the Paris and San Bernardino attacks. I never thought I’d write a sentence with those two city names in it. Until recently San Berdoo was, in Frank Zappa’s words, “where they take all the cars that get hurt.”

The Republican candidates have been dick waving, claiming that if they were the Oval One the terrorists would just surrender. Yeah, right. They ought to try that out on their pals at the NRA. Of course, they’re as afraid of the gun lobby as they want the rest of us to be of Daesh/ISIL.

Let’s move on to this week’s theme song. It’s one of the Beatles best known album tracks, A Day In The Life. It’s 90% Lennon but Macca contributed the “woke up, fell out of bed” bridge, which makes the song something of a marvel. I wish I had a Benjamin for every time I’ve picked up the morning paper, scanned the front page and sang, “I read the news today, oh boy.” It’s a lifelong earworm; there aren’t many of those.

We begin, of course, with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Billy Shears will be along directly:

Here’s a swell live version by Cheap Trick. Congrats on their election to the Jann Wenner Hall of Fame in Cleveland, which, apparently rocks. I’m still waiting for Yes and Jethro Tull to be inducted. But while we’re waiting, here are the swell fashion and vocal stylings of Robin Zander:

Finally, an instrumental interpretation of Lennon’s haunting melody by Sixties guitar god, Jeff Beck:

It’s a pity that Beck has no imagination when it comes to band names: the Jeff Beck Group may have been rough and ready but it’s a boring moniker. Here’s my suggestion:  Jeff Beck and the Bowl Haircuts. It’s an even better Moniker than Lewinsky…

On that discordant note, it’s time for the break. That reminds me of an old joke I liked when I was a young bloke. If someone said, “Gimme a break.” I’d say, “Arm or leg?” I thought that was droll when I was 15…

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Shkreli Cat, Shkreli Cat, what are you feeding us?

We spent most of last night at the emergency room with my mother-in-law. She suffered a massive stroke a number of years ago and lost almost all of her movement on her left side. As such, there are times where her muscles spasm uncontrollably and tighten to the point of unrelenting pain. Last night was one of those nights, even after three tablets of Percocet and whatever else they prescribed to her. Eventually, we found ourselves working with a wonderful set of doctors until nearly 2:30 in the morning, who worked tirelessly to help cease her pain and loosen her … Continue reading Shkreli Cat, Shkreli Cat, what are you feeding us?