Donald Trump, George W. Bush, and the Zero Fucks Doctrine

The true Bush Doctrine was OH YEAH WHADDYA GONNA DO ABOUT IT HIPPIE? Like when he got re-elected he figured out that it didn’t matter anymore, public opinion. Oh, approval rating in the 30s? WHADDYA GONNA DO, RECALL HIM? People in Congress running away from him? So fucking what, he doesn’t need them to do things and say things. He’s on short time. They’re gonna be there forever but he’s got 8 years and they’re running out, so what difference does it make they don’t like him? Anti-war protesters camped on his lawn permanently, yelling entirely justified things and holding signs … Continue reading Donald Trump, George W. Bush, and the Zero Fucks Doctrine

Weekend Question Thread: Do You Have a Nickname?

I started thinking about nicks because of the morning Twitter meltdown over this, which … It is not cultural genocide to call people what they want to be called. If I tell you I go by X, and you continue to call me Y, you’re being rude. If it’s cultural genocide, it’s only against those whose indigenous culture is asshole. Mr. A and I call each other a million things (most often “hey, I thought you were going to do that”) but I don’t have a true nickname. Jerkoff kids in school called me Al because I hated it, and when … Continue reading Weekend Question Thread: Do You Have a Nickname?

Saturday Odds & Sods: Keep On Truckin’

Image by R. Crumb.

It was a long week here in New Orleans. There was a six-alarm fire on Canal Street in a building owned by a slumlord/tourist trap tycoon who I call the Sam Walton of crap. It resulted in much fretting before the fire was extinguished because it’s located near three recently renovated architectural treasures: the Roosevelt Hotel, and the Orpheum and Saenger Theatres. Mercifully, they emerged unscathed from the smoke and flames, and no one was hurt in the blaze.

Carnival rolls on. One good thing about the early parade season is that there will be fewer college kids in town to get drunk, puke in the nearest gutter, and flash their naughty bits. It’s always a relief because locals don’t play that except for the drinking thing. It’s an all-ages event despite all the dicks in Krewe du Vieux.

R. Crumb week at First Draft continues. I posted his most famous image as this week’s featured picture. The keep on truckin’ dudes were Sixties icons even though their creator was neither a hippie nor cared for them. Bummer, man.

It’s always fun when there are two wildly different songs with the same title. That’s why we have two theme songs this week. They come from the same era, but from different genres. We begin with Temptations vocalist Eddie Kendricks with his biggest solo hit-you guessed it-Keep On Truckin’:

Now that I’ve posted something for the soul music fans, here’s one for the hippies and old-time music folks out there:

I suppose I *should* discuss the Summer of Love, but it’s not on this week’s agenda. You’ll have to make do with another song with Truckin’ in the title:

Guess I threw you a curve ball with the Dwight Yoakam version. Sounds more like a knuckleball to me. Just ask the Niekro brothers:

Brother- Niekro

We’ll keep on truckin’ after the break.

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Clicked Off: No jail time for Mizzou “Muscle” Prof

In some cases, we tend to look at the outcome to determine the intensity of a crime. For example, I remember talking with a cop at one point about an alcohol-fueled mob fight outside of a Madison dance club/bar. The whole fight, which involved a Springer-like melee among drunks ended up with a ton of blood, bruises and broken bones. The culprit turned out to be one asshole who called another asshole a “freshman.” When the accused “freshman” took a swing at the guy and missed, he nailed some other guy’s girlfriend and basically everything unraveled from there. The “freshman” … Continue reading Clicked Off: No jail time for Mizzou “Muscle” Prof

Friday Ferretblogging: Dig Box Edition

Claire loves to dig. We discovered this when she first went to a ferret-sitter who had a dig box, and the poor woman could barely pry Claire out of it every night. When Claire came home we filled a box full of long grain rice and she dug happily for months, but the rice started to look dusty and the novelty wore off. Off to the bulk store for a giant bag of beans, which restored her joy in the process: A. Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: Dig Box Edition

Huck’s Latest Upchuck

You may have already experienced Mike Huckabee’s deeply silly Adele/Iowa Caucus tribute but it’s my duty as a blogger to make sure you see it: Here’s how it’s described by Mother Jones: On Wednesday morning, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign tweeted its latest campaign video—and it’s a cover of pop superstar Adele’s hit song “Hello.” Instead of talking about strained relationships, Huckabee’s “Hello” focuses on Iowa’s highlights and idiosyncrasies. “Amish chairs, Casey’s jerky, Quad Cities has quite a port,” sings the unnamed, unseen vocalist. The ad includes dramatizations of text message exchanges with Hillary Clinton and Sen. Ted Cruz—with … Continue reading Huck’s Latest Upchuck

The Professional Troll Versus The Cowardly Lion

From Album 6 OK, one less freak for tonight’s train wreck, assuming neither side backs down or blinks…aw…and here’s hoping the hissy fit continues. If your enemy is sinking, throw them an anvil. Meanwhile, the GOP base continues to demonstrate that a generation’s worth of boorish rhetoric/propaganda produces…a generation that believes in boorish rhetoric and propaganda. A base that actually believes a peanut gallery clown like the Trump Troll possesses “testicular fortitude.” To cite a technical term, that’s, um, fucked up, dude. More seriously, while difficult to imagine, think about what sort of reaction we’d see, especially from the corporate media … Continue reading The Professional Troll Versus The Cowardly Lion

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Nightfall

David Goodis was an underrated purveyor of hard boiled crime fiction in the 1940’s and 1950’s. His best-known novel, Dark Passage,was turned into a movie starring Bogie, Bacall, and Agnes Moorehead. Agnes walks away with the movie: it’s grand fucking larceny. In many ways, Nightfall is a better book and movie adaptation than Dark Passage. Let’s begin with the original paperback and hard cover editions side-by-side: If you’ve never seen the 1957 movie, seek it out immediately. It was directed by Jacques Tourneur of Cat People and Out of the Past fame. The cast is excellent and the movie is chock-full-o-thrills: … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Nightfall

Dear All of Journalism: This is Steve. Be Like Steve.

STEEEEEVE:  If you do your reporting deeply enough, you can write/speak with authority – that’s objectivity, because the facts are incontrovertible. Some people mistake that, though, for subjectivity. When a local magazine editor told me once “In magazine writing, you can have an opinion, that’s what I teach my students,” as if I’d never heard that before, I blanched. No, it’s not about having an opinion! It’s about reporting deeply enough to state the truth! In newspaper writing, the problem is of a slightly different sort – without the time or resources to report deeply enough, reporters (and their editors) … Continue reading Dear All of Journalism: This is Steve. Be Like Steve.

Are You Proud Now, America?

Nothing. There was nothing there. Not only was there nothing there, but there was something less than nothing there, because people actually got themselves INDICTED for making out like there was something there. Not only was there something less than nothing there, but anybody with two brain cells to rub together looked at the sterling credentials of the people making out like there was something there and said, there’s nothing there. They were, of course, the exact kind of carnival barkers they seemed to be, and this news only surprises the people who make a living being surprised when the curtain … Continue reading Are You Proud Now, America?

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Chump endorses Trump edition

Oh dear.

Here I was, all ready to shut down the ISO chamber for a week or so to give it a good scrubbing down and gamma-ray sterilization.

And then:

Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump, Rallying Conservatives
New York Times ^ | 01/19/2016 | By MAGGIE HABERMAN

Posted on ‎1‎/‎19‎/‎2016‎ ‎3‎:‎18‎:‎14‎ ‎PM by SeekAndFind

Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, will endorse Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, officials with his campaign confirmed. The endorsement provides Mr. Trump with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses.

1 posted on 1‎/‎19‎/‎2016‎ ‎3‎:‎18‎:‎14‎ ‎PM by SeekAndFind

If you’ve noticed, at Free Republic the shine has worn off Our Sarah’s star just a little bit in the past few years.  With Grifterella’s trailer trash antics, her relentless money-grubbing, constant pleas for attention, and in general justifying everything everyone but Freepers always saw in her – the bloom is off the rose.

Or so it seems to me.

Freepers? First reply, please?

To: SeekAndFind



2 posted on 1‎/‎19‎/‎2016‎ ‎3‎:‎19‎:‎09‎ ‎PM by samtheman (Elect Trump, Build Wall. End Censorship.)

To: SeekAndFind


Sarah Palin = Crony Capitalist Enabler. Who would have thunk it. What a phony!

7 posted on 1‎/‎19‎/‎2016‎ ‎3‎:‎21‎:‎39‎ ‎PM by GodGunsGuts


To: SeekAndFind


That’ll leave marks – on Sarah Palin.

16 posted on ‎1‎/‎19‎/‎2016‎ ‎3‎:‎23‎:‎50‎ ‎PM by don-o

To: SeekAndFind

Sarah! Sarah! …pls remove the knife.


20 posted on 1‎/‎19‎/‎2016‎ ‎3‎:‎24‎:‎51‎ ‎PM by TexasCajun (#BlackViolenceMatters)
To: SeekAndFind


Well, she was dead to me when she didn’t run in 2012 and she’s still dead to me now.

25 posted on ‎1‎/‎19‎/‎2016‎ ‎3‎:‎25‎:‎39‎ ‎PM by erod (Chicago Conservative | Cruz or Lose!)

To: SeekAndFind

Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump, Rallying ConservativesLOL. NY Times says we conservatives are being rallied.

I could think of a better word than that.

37 posted on 1‎/‎19‎/‎2016‎ ‎3‎:‎26‎:‎54‎ ‎PM by FreeReign
“Fucked” comes to mind.
Come on, Freepers – tell us how you REALLY feel!
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Year Two or, a List, in No Particular Order, of Things I Am Proud Of in My Daughter

Your fierce, loud “No!” delivered with the authority of a fully grown human. Most of the time you have a high, tinny little girl voice, and you squeak and squeal, but when you are offered something you do not want, you sound like a grande dame of British theatre declaring your opposition to it, body and soul. Usually what you are being offered is a piece of fried chicken, or a pair of socks, or a stuffed animal, or something you were asking for five minutes ago. It should be maddening. It is maddening, in the moment, but you are … Continue reading Year Two or, a List, in No Particular Order, of Things I Am Proud Of in My Daughter

Something Even Sadder and Crazier than the Freepi

Tommy, I found your new spelunking grounds: Rick Santorum’s Facebook commenters!  Not one candidate knows more about the Middle East than Rick — I can add that I think it’s this STRONG debating ability in Senator Santorum that has Media elites and Establishment RNC (all in for LESSER candidates – more conducive to holding the bottom line on big business cronies “cheap labor” via various forms of amnesty) running scared. IMAGINE the Trump Show (very lucrative for Media outlets btw) becoming one final REAL GOP Debate of the ISSUES. — you know I love Vet with my heart right Rick … Continue reading Something Even Sadder and Crazier than the Freepi

L’chaim, David Blatt

If I’m David Blatt, I go home tonight, pour myself a giant glass of vodka and cuss out the world in one of the four languages I speak. I have my wife lock away my cell phone so I don’t have to return a call and make the mistake of saying something stupid. I have her steal every remote from every TV we have so I don’t have to watch any of the talking heads blather on about the bullshit of culture, fit and every other stupid thing they want to blame my firing on. I then pass out, wake … Continue reading L’chaim, David Blatt

Don’t Hate The Donald, Hate the Lame

  So I get that you are VERY against trump… Are you as vehement when on Facebook and see anti trump stuff?.…. Just wondering… One of the guys I know who has been a lifesaver when it comes to helping me keep Betsy tuned up posted this on my Facebook feed this week. It came after about the third time I posted a “Snopes” link on his, debunking some meme his cousin Cletus or somebody sent him about something. This time, it was the Trump retweet of the “black on black” crime graphic, which had some journalists trying to verify … Continue reading Don’t Hate The Donald, Hate the Lame

David Brooks’ Cri Du Bore

From Album 6 Still there, but fainter…like a star that’s long dead but so far away we haven’t seen it go out yet…David Brooks issues yet another plea for a GOP candidate who’s not a total embarrassment, somehow oblivious to the fact that total embarrassment is the core and essence of today’s GOP (Palin endorsing Trump a particularly painful example). Ha — Brooks’ could have called his sad little op-ed “Where Have You Gone, Jeb (Jeb!) DiMaggio, The Allegedly Sane Wing Of The Party Turns Its Lonely Eyes To You” (emphasis on “allegedly sane”). Well…you reap what you sow. It’s … Continue reading David Brooks’ Cri Du Bore

A Loyalty Oath? Really?

It’s time for me to walk the Fog of History beat again. There’s some weird shit happening on Twitter during this election cycle. There’s someone using the handle @USJeffersonianA. He/she/it is a big Bernie Sanders fan. I’m not but that’s fine. But they’ve posted some twisted shit. First, they’ve done the whole picture mashup thing with Sanders’ mug combined with Thomas Jefferson. Second, they seem to think that the small guvmint loving, slave owning, aristocratic 3rd President would be a “Democratic Socialist” today. TJ wasn’t even willing to free his own slaves let alone those of others. Don’t get me … Continue reading A Loyalty Oath? Really?