Benefit of the Doubt

So much to unpack here:  One of the biggest recent flubs from the Not Great Communicator was in Kentucky, when Clinton harkened back, as she often does with certain crowds, to the good old days of her husband’s administration. But this time she suggested, carelessly, that she was going to put Bill “in charge of revitalizing the economy, because you know he knows how to do it.” Social media — and traditional media — went nuts; the Times ran a full story on it, suggesting that Clinton’s “passing promise” indicated that “Mr. Clinton would be put in charge of a … Continue reading Benefit of the Doubt

Memorial Day

Go read this now.  And this:  anita bordewijk says: June 7, 2004 at 4:00 am those brave men stopt the war, and made me live, in a free country!!!! thank them and there familie. anita in the netherlands I’ve written before about the way this election seems to be all about abstractions, as if things of this magnitude were a thousand years ago, and all we can care about now are trivialities: someone’s demeanor, someone else’s tone, what somebody wore, what somebody ate. As if we have no choice but to fight about a celebrity’s baby or a dead gorilla, and … Continue reading Memorial Day

Don’t Let Them Get Away With It

If you’re not reading my smart friend Emma you’re not really experiencing this election:  Now, with Mr. Trump having clinched the Republican nomination, down-ballot candidates are finding the task of distancing themselves from their presidential nominee much easier said than done. On what seems to be an hourly basis, Mr. Trump churns out politically incorrect invective that has the dual effect of firing up his supporters and offending women, Latinos, Muslims and, as Mr. Trump has called them in the past, “the blacks.” So Republicans in moderate states will be forced, over the next five months, to show that they … Continue reading Don’t Let Them Get Away With It

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Nefarious Ninnyhammer edition

Well, as you can tell, I’m running out of “Obsession” titles, but be that is it may and I doubt if it is – let’s get right to…

He’s applied for tickets!

Remember when the Republican superstars used to kiss Jim Rob’s………um……signet?





Ah – memories…

These days?


Trump plans Friday morning campaign stop in Fresno (Trump Train rolls into FR HQ)

Trump plans Friday morning campaign stop in Fresno (Trump Train rolls into FR HQ)
The Fresno Bee ^ | 05/24/2016 | JOHN ELLIS

Posted on ‎5‎/‎24‎/‎2016‎ ‎11‎:‎36‎:‎44‎ ‎PM by Drago

Donald Trump campaign announces 10 a.m. Friday speech at Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center

To: Drago

I hope Trump acknowledges JR. Lord knows he gets a lot of material off of FR.

3 posted on 5‎/‎24‎/‎2016‎ ‎11‎:‎40‎:‎14‎ ‎PM by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)


Not as much material as I do….


To: ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton


“I hope Trump acknowledges JR. Lord knows he gets a lot of material off of FR.”

Indeed. Trump should make sure JR gets VIP seating!

6 posted on 5‎/‎24‎/‎2016‎ ‎11‎:‎43‎:‎39‎ ‎PM by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)

To: Jim Robinson


Photo op!!!

16 posted on 5‎/‎25‎/‎2016‎ ‎1‎:‎38‎:‎22‎ ‎AM by BykrBayb (Lung cancer free since 11/9/07. Colon cancer free since 7/7/15. ~ Þ)

Cool!  And after The Darnold gets his ass kicked in the General, Jim Rob can call him a RINO and try to scrub all pictorial evidence that he once groveled before him!
To: ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton

He should be invited up on stage.

38 posted on 5‎/‎25‎/‎2016‎ ‎10‎:‎57‎:‎41‎ ‎PM by samtheman (Trump For America.)
My GOD – It’s a done deal! Next thing you know, Orange Julius will be making Jim Rob his choice for VP!
What colour is your limo going to be, Jim Rob? Will Ted Cruz be forced to get on all fours and pull your wheelchair into the front row??
To: Drago


Have applied for tickets. Thanks.

17 posted on‎5‎/‎25‎/‎2016‎ ‎1‎:‎40‎:‎31‎ ‎AM by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!)

Well, at least your Press Pass will get you onto the floor. Right?
To: Drago; Syncro; kristinn; JustAmy


Got our tickets in hand. Applied for press passes, but they were all taken. Reapplied for regular tickets and got them.

43 posted on 5‎/‎26‎/‎2016‎ ‎5‎:‎53‎:‎19‎ ‎PM by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!)

More upper-balcony-seat action after the thingy…

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But All the Billionaires Will Leave Town!

Apparently nobody’s going Galt after all:  States that levy a “millionaires tax” risk chasing those millionaires away to Florida, Texas, and other places with no income tax. Hedge fund manager David Tepper’s recent decision to move from New Jersey to Florida, possibly creating a billionaire-size hole in Jersey’s budget, raised alarms. Golf great Phil Mickelson, shortly after his infamous Dean Foods stock trade, complained about his high tax rate in California and threatened to move to Florida. Now, a study based on 13 years of tax data finds that most millionaires don’t move cross-country just to avoid a tax bill. It turns … Continue reading But All the Billionaires Will Leave Town!


This election is NOT ABOUT YOU:  Not everyone at Mr. Sanders’s rallies is dreading a Trump victory, however. Victor Vizcarra, 48, of Los Angeles, said he would much prefer Mr. Trump to Mrs. Clinton. Though he said he disagreed with some of Mr. Trump’s policies, he added that he had watched “The Apprentice” and expected that a Trump presidency would be more exciting than a “boring” Clinton administration. “A dark side of me wants to see what happens if Trump is in,” said Mr. Vizcarra, who works in information technology. “There is going to be some kind of change, and … Continue reading JUST SHUT UP FOREVER AND DON’T VOTE THEN

Please, God, just this once…

I waited all day for this and I got it: The Cavs defeated the Raptors in Game Six tonight, pushing them into the NBA Finals for the second-consecutive year. Last year, they lost the finals in six to a ridiculously overpowering Golden State Warriors team, the core of which came back this year to set an NBA record with 73 regular season wins. As much credit as I want to give the Warriors for last year, I can’t see them as the perfect champs other people do. Kevin Love went down in the Boston series and Kyrie Irving went out … Continue reading Please, God, just this once…

Donald Trump: Hair Liar

I have a hellacious cold today so thoughtful analysis is beyond me. I am, however, almost as obsessed with the Insult Comedian’s weird hairdo as he is. The folks at Gawker have done the definitive investigation into the Donald’s hair and have discovered that it’s an elaborate weave. If he didn’t spend all his time lying about his hair, he could use this as selling point with African-American women; many of whom have weaves up the wazoo. Here’s a brief excerpt from Ashley Feinberg’s hair raising piece: Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has generated an unceasing torrent of press … Continue reading Donald Trump: Hair Liar

Like Reliving The 1990s

Guess I could pull out the games I pirated onto floppy disks, look for an old Mac Quadra 605…and a boom box cassette deck (I was kind of late to adopt CDs — used to joke I thought they were a passing fad…didn’t realize…that was no joke)…because The Donald wants to relive if not re-litigate the 1990s. Or maybe like a cruder, orange-er version of Richards Viguerie and Scaife, he just wants to throw as much mud as his stubby-fingered- hands-can-clench-onto at the closest wall and see what sticks. Get out you Alanis CDs and find yourself some Seinfeld re-runs because we’re gonna … Continue reading Like Reliving The 1990s

Tweet Of The Day: Crazed Trumpette Edition

Remember the picture taken at a Trump rally earlier this year in Mobile, Alabama? You know, the one with the wild-eyed strawberry blond cheerleader type thrusting her baby at the Insult Comedian. Here’s its scariest iteration thus far: #Trump2016 😉 — Old Photos and Bacon (@OldPhotosBacon) May 25, 2016 To see the silly/terrifying GIF, click on play. The crazed Trumpette looks a bit like white trash by choice Kathryn on Bravo’s Southern Charm. You can tell I have a cold: I just admitted to watching a show that makes the Real Housewives franchise look like Shakespeare. I have to somehow cleanse myself … Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: Crazed Trumpette Edition

Can We Stop Speaking for The Terrorists?

Shut up, Tom Friedman:  Appearing on Imus in the Morning Tuesday, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman told host Don Imus that he believes that Islamic State wants Donald Trump to win the presidency. “The bad guys know just what they’re doing,” Friedman said. “They wanted [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] because that would radicalize the situation even more. And I fear that ISIS will believe that Trump would radicalize the situation even more.” I don’t actually think it’s okay to speculate about who ISIS wants to be president. Because first of all, ISIS wants to be president, itself, and second, if ISIS is … Continue reading Can We Stop Speaking for The Terrorists?

The Name Change Test: Trump, Clinton and Rape

Imagine these were any other people. Any other people at all:  With Trump again making rape accusations against his opponents husband, it’s really incumbent on reporters to bring up the fact that there is sworn testimony from Trump’s then-wife Ivana that he raped her in a fit of rage over a failed baldness remediation surgery. Come on, folks. Get it together. Imagine this was Generic Candidate X. He goes out on the campaign trail and calls his opponent’s husband a rapist. Meanwhile, X’s ex-wife has accused him of raping her in sworn divorce testimony. What would be written about X? About his … Continue reading The Name Change Test: Trump, Clinton and Rape

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Snopes and Dreams edition

Good morning, campers – It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Can you say “Benghazi”?

Sure – I knew that you could.

Trey Gowdy: Benghazi report will be out before conventions

Trey Gowdy: Benghazi report will be out before conventions
MSNBC ^ | 20 May 2016 | Matthew Kitchen

Posted on ‎5‎/‎20‎/‎2016‎ ‎6‎:‎54‎:‎45‎ ‎PM by mandaladon

It’s been nearly four years since a September 11, 2012, raid on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, left four U.S. citizens dead, including an ambassador, and more than two years since the House of Representatives formed a special committee to investigate the attack. The House’s report on the events is coming soon – very soon.

It just might not be the whole report.

In an interview with Chuck Todd on “MTP Daily” Friday, committee chair Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina, said he plans to release the much sought-after draft in June.

“We’re going to get the report out – it will be in the next month,” Gowdy said, “and then I’ll let the reader know: This is what we’re missing, these are the agencies that haven’t produced it to us, and if witnesses come forward after the publication of our report, I’ll let the readers know that.”

Gowdy admitted that for “personal and professional reasons,” he would have rather the report come out last summer, but said he agreed with Todd that the committee owes it to voters to release it before the Republican and Democratic national conventions this summer, when the parties will meet to declare presidential tickets and shore up current and future agendas.

The delay, Gowdy said, was due to his committee’s lack of access to necessary documents and witnesses relevant to the investigation.

Democrats instead see the delay as a strategic maneuver to discredit Hillary Clinton, secretary of state at the time of the attacks, who is seen by Republicans “as the official who should ultimately be held responsible for the failures in Benghazi,” according to the Washington Post. Clinton was considered the strongest contender for the presidential nomination when the committee was originally formed in 2014


Gowdy said Friday the committee’s report will focus on three questions: “Why were we there, and whether or not the facility was sufficiently secure. What happened during the pendency of the attacks? And whether or not the American people were leveled with in the aftermath.”
……………..Time for Hillary to come clean…
1 posted on 5‎/‎20‎/‎2016‎ ‎6‎:‎54‎:‎45‎ ‎PM by mandaladon
Woo HOO!  If there’s anything that can get the Freeperati juices up and flowing, it’s some Gowdy Doodie!


To: mandaladon

Gowdy is making a claim here. I hope he can deliver. I’m not optimistic in his regard.

3 posted on 5‎/‎20‎/‎2016‎ ‎6‎:‎58‎:‎22‎ ‎PM by johniegrad

To: mandaladon

Gowdy has been a disappointment. All mouth, no action.

4 posted on 5‎/‎20‎/‎2016‎ ‎6‎:‎59‎:‎44‎ ‎PM by DesertRhino (“I want those feeble minded asses overthrown,,,)

To: mandaladon

Trey Goudy has proven to be one of my biggest disappointments. At first thought he might be the real thing but he turned out to be like the Wizard of Oz, just a big show. Imagine, with his skills, if he had real intent to get to the goods on Hillary. Sigh. Nothing will come of this.

6 posted on 5‎/‎20‎/‎2016‎ ‎7‎:‎05‎:‎02‎ ‎PM by Bronzewound (2016 GOP. A Timid Little Division Of The Democrat Party.)


To: mandaladon

I’m not getting all set up for anything involving Trey Gowdy.
Those days are over.

7 posted on ‎5‎/‎20‎/‎2016‎ ‎7‎:‎05‎:‎10‎ ‎PM by lee martell

“Why don’t we stop fooling ourselves?
The game is over, over, over.
No good times, no bad times
There’s no times at all, just the New York Times.”


To: mandaladon


He endorsed Jeb first. Expect him to clear Hillary just in time for the convention.

9 posted on 5‎/‎20‎/‎2016‎ ‎7‎:‎05‎:‎29‎ ‎PM by proust (Texans for Trump!)

Is the bloom truly off the rose?

I’m not holding my breath that anything will come of this ‘report’. It has been 4 long years of a giant nothing-burger from Gowdy.

18 posted on 5‎/‎20‎/‎2016‎ ‎7‎:‎24‎:‎47‎ ‎PM by Jenny217

Did you want fries with that?
More doodie after the break.

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Movies About Women Enrage Men Which Has NOTHING TO DO WITH GENDERS!

My friend Keith is super-smart:  Remakes already have a high bar to clear. A remake of a movie like Ghostbusters has a higher than usual bar. But all this extraneous sexist nonsense means it has to be undeniably as funny as one of the most beloved comedies ever made. Or else. And the “or else” here is serious business. Specifically, it means it will be even harder for women to anchor tentpole movies or head comedies (never mind that McCarthy has proven she can open a movie over and over). It’s already an environment in which CBS reportedly declined to pick up … Continue reading Movies About Women Enrage Men Which Has NOTHING TO DO WITH GENDERS!

Outrage Fatigue

17. … of doing any better on Trump. The flood of outrageous sh*t becomes white noise, a background hum. None of it really hits or sticks. — David Roberts (@drvox) May 20, 2016 Oh for fuck’s sake. Do your damn job. Your damn job is to report on the story you see in front of you. It isn’t your job to worry about what is “sticking” and what is not. It isn’t your job to worry about what will spur a Congressional hearing, and what will not. It isn’t your job to wonder if this thing today will “take down” … Continue reading Outrage Fatigue

Saturday Odds & Sods: Parallel Lines

Early Sunday Morning by Edward Hopper, 1930.

Other than the odd online brawl with Dudebro Nation, I had an uneventful week until Thursday night. I was about to work on this post when a spectacular and terrifying light show began. It was as intense as a thunderstorm can be without rising to the level of a hurricane. It did, however, show some signs of an eye and organization. Give me a blind, sloppy and disorganized storm any day. We didn’t lose power here at the Adrastos Virtual Cafe but I slept fitfully. Oscar cowered along with me whereas Della didn’t give a shit. As for Dr. A, her ability to sleep through storms that rattle the windows is unparalleled. This one, however, briefly stirred her to wakefulness.

A friend of mine recently asked why I hadn’t used a Todd Rundgren tune as the theme song for this feature. I had no coherent answer; not that anybody expects coherence from me. I told him that I was planning to do so some time in the near future. There’s no time like the present. Parallel Lines comes from the great 1989 album Nearly Human;  it’s my favorite Rundgrenian (ite?) ballad. I’m presenting two renditions beginning with the studio version followed by a teevee appearance with David Sanborn:

It’s lagniappe time. I could have sworn that I’d seen a version of Parallel Lines from Live From Daryl’s House but I cannot for the life of me find the bugger online. In lieu of that, here are two sons of Philly singing another tremendous Todd tune at his humble abode in Hawaii in 2011:

You’ll hear more about Daryl Hall anon. That’s a fancy way of saying later. La-de-da. Now that we’ve called in the Hall monitor, it’s time to munch on some Oates and move on to the break.

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