Saturday Odds & Sods: The Best of Adrastos 2015

Scrooge meets Marley’s ghost by E.A. Abbey, 1876.

Twas the day after Christmas and all that was stirring was a mouse and a keyboard. It’s time to embark on an ego trip and present the Best of Adrastos 2015 in lieu of a proper Saturday post.

I do have a theme song only it’s not the post title this time around. I’m not certain if it’s entirely accurate but, hey, it’s the Chairman of the Board. Who’s gonna argue with Francis Albert Fucking Sinatra?

I started off with 48 candidates before winnowing it down to thirty, which is still excessive but it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to or something like that. Jeez, now I sound like Al Lesley Gore. I’ve organized the posts into categories and I state that categorically.

I have no illusions that anyone will read all the posts in one sitting but they’ll be here awaiting your perusal.

Saturday Odds & Sods: I think of this weekly outing as my writer’s post. I assiduously polish and rewrite them instead of the more spontaneous approach I bring to the daily grind.

July 18, 2015: Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On.)  Tricky Dick meets Antoni Gaudi.

August 12, 2015: You’re With Stupid Now.   Mr. Truck meets Quentin Tarantino.

December 12, 2015: Sinatra Centennial Edition.  The title says it all.

As Frank himself would say, the best is yet to come after the break:


Malakatude: There’s a lot of malakatude to go around every year, and 2015 was no exception. Here are a few of my favorite malaka of the week entries.

March 26, 2015:  Buckley Carlson. Tucker’s idiot kid brother does a Spitalnick take and gags on it.

June 29, 2015: Whiny Alabama Neo-Confederates.  The stars and bars are involved. Anyone surprised?

September 21, 2015: David Cameron. The Posh Boy’s porcine misadventures. Soooooey.

November 30, 2015: Joe Alleva. LSU AD’s attempt to fire goofball coach blows up in his face. Kaboom.

Louisiana Politics: It was a big year in the Gret Stet and I spent a lot of time covering the Goober race. Holy pleasant surprise, Batman. I’m going to mix in a non-election related post, which is where we begin:

February 4, 2015:  The Jindal Portrait Flap. The crappy portrait in question left the Goober’s mansion this week.

September 14, 2015:  The Gret Stet March Of Folly: The Pursuit Of Vitter’s Diaper. A post wherein I was wrong about using Diaper Dave’s zipper issues against him. You gotta take the bitter with the sweet. Besides, the title is damn funny.

October 28, 2015: Straight Out Of ’88: Vitter’s Willie Horton Ad. One of Diaper Dave’s failed attempts to smear his opponent as a Obama liberal.

November 11, 2015: Louisiana Politics: Of Gumshoes, Gobshites and Goobers. The title is self-explanatory.

November 12, 2015: Louisiana Politics: Dickhead Dynasty. David Vitter meets Willie Robertson.

Da Culture: I like to write the odd movie, teevee, and music review. Here are a few fave raves.

April 22, 2015: Not Quite On The Nose. At the movies with Woman In Gold.

May 4, 2015: Mad Men Thread: Lost Horizon. Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm meet Frank Capra and Ronald Colman.

June 8, 2015: Love & Mercy. A look at the Brian Wilson bio-pic.

July 8, 2015: Fare Thee Well. The Grateful Dead’s kinda, sorta last stand.

Amateur Sociology: Every once and awhile, I like to do some amateur headshrinking.

June 18, 2015: The Passing Truth. A closer look at the Rachel Dolezal kerfuffle.

July 23, 2015:  Cracker Martyr Syndrome. More whiny titty neo-confederate babies.

November 19, 2015: Hysteria Is As American As Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet. The freak out over Syrian immigrants.

December 3, 2015: Still Comfortably Numb. On mass shooting fatigue.

World Affairs: It was a wild and crazy year in international relations. Here are three of my more thoughtful posts about this wicked old world.

July 2, 2015: Hellenic Blues. The EU-Greek debt crisis stand-off. Guess who blinked?

July 16, 2015: Knee Jerk Nuke Jerks. The predictable reaction to the Iraq nuclear pact.

November 11, 2015:  Ahmad Chalabi & the Politics of Exile. On the death of an Iraqi con man.

New Orleans: It’s not only my home, it’s one of the best news towns in the world.

July 2, 2015: The Fog Of History: The Jacksonian Straw Man. The New Orleans Confederate monuments controversy.

August 24, 2015: Katrinaversary Blues: Of Resilience Tours, Carpetbloggers & Disaster Tours Sometimes you write something that strikes a nerve. This post did that. It was my most viewed, shared and commented upon post since we moved to Word Press.

August 25, 2015: Killer Kitsch: The Hurricane Katrina Snowglobe. Another Katrinaversary post.

November 11, 2015: Album Cover Art Wednesday: A Tribute To Allen Toussaint. The title says it all. R.I.P. Allen.

National Politics: I know you were waiting for this one, so I saved it for near the end.

February 25, 2015: Throwing Shade. Harry Reid throws shade and kicks ass.

August 10, 2015: Enough Already With The Trump-Perot Comparisons.

October 1, 2015: Untrustable In Hungria: The Kevin McCarthy Story. Remember Speaker designate McCarthy? He fucked up the job interview.

October 8, 2015: Brain Surgeon, Heal Thyself. 

December 9, 2015: Winging It With The Insult Comedian. 

Lagniappe: We close with a personal story as well as a discussion of one of my pet peeves

April 2, 2015: The Dumbest Argument I Ever Had. It was over an Elia Kazan movie. I was right.

September 2, 2015: Presidential Pet Peeves. The title stays with the office.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for indulging me. I’m not sure what next week will bring but I suspect there will be a Batman villain or two involved.

Lee M as Catwoman Meme