So after Trump, we’re all just gonna go back to pretending the Republicans get to be a party again, right? We’re gonna pretend this didn’t happen? We’re gonna pretend they didn’t build this? We’re gonna pretend Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and about a hundred other people didn’t sit silently by while this happened? Donald J. Trump belittled the parents of a slain Muslim soldier who had strongly denounced Mr. Trump during the Democratic National Convention, saying that the soldier’s father had delivered the entire speech because his mother was not “allowed” to speak. We’re gonna pretend that every past president, … Continue reading Republicans Don’t Get To Go Back to Normal After This
Look, Lucy: Burns headed the NWP’s lobbying in Congress, edited the NWP’s journal The Suffragist, and spent more time in prison than any other American suffragist. Burns led political campaigns in western states, many of which already had woman suffrage, urging women to vote against Democrats as long as the Party refused to pass suffrage. She organized White House demonstrations against Wilson, was arrested, hunger struck, and force-fed. Look, Alice: After women won the right to vote with the 19th Amendment in 1920, Paul devoted herself to working on additional empowerment measures. In 1923, she introduced the first Equal Rights … Continue reading Look, for America
After I wrote my last convention wrap up post with its ode to liberal patriotism, I had Pink Houses in my head for days. Hence this 2004 program from A&E before they devoted their programming to shit like Duck Dynasty. Anyway, here’s John Mellencamp posing the eternal question: “Ain’t that America?” It’s the last numbah. Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: John Mellencamp Live By Request
“Pick yourself up; dust yourself off; Start all over again.” Continue reading Saturday Odds & Sods: Pick Yourself Up
Adrastos on liberal patriotism and the stirring grand finale of the DNC. Continue reading DNC Finale Wrap Up: She Won’t Stay Throwed
Dr. A has been playing around with Prisma. Here are two trippy views of Della Street. The second one could be called Cubo-Mondrian Della: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Psychedella
Adrastos on day three of the 47th quadrennial Democratic National Convention. Continue reading DNC Day Three Wrap Up: Don’t Boo, Vote
Yeah, I’ve cited that wily old German before, but damn if he’s not right about history repeating itself as farce with The Donald’s genuinely weird and pathetic pubic appeal for Putin’s Russia to come up with some sort of amalgam of Anna Chennault and The Plumbers…though as is usually the case with Trump, there’s an element of high school if not middle school insult/name calling. I think the Yippies would be embarrassed by Trump’s performance-art-as-political-campaign, and last night’s Democratic Convention delivered the disdain he, pun intentional, so…richly…deserves. Hell, even the Trickster would be put off. Sure, he was evil enough to slither … Continue reading Orange Is The New
Black Nixon … Dick
I wonder if the Insult Comedian has ever heard of Hateville? If so, he should go there. Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Girl From Hateville
History is made again in Philadelphia. Continue reading DNC Tuesday Wrap Up: It’s About Time
I’ve been watching wall-to-wall DNC coverage so I decided to post something simple and classic in this space. One Step Beyond was the 1979 debut album by the British ska-rockers Madness. It was a huge hit in the UK; hitting number … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: One Step Beyond
John Phillips was right was he said you “can’t trust that day.” Of course, he was continuously wasted throughout the heyday of the Mamas and the Papas so who knows where it came from. It’s still a great line and it applied to the MSM coverage of DNC Day-1 as well” “can’t trust that coverage.”
The headline until the evening’s speeches was Democrats In Disarray when, in fact, the loudest Busters in the arena are Democrats of convenience who will doubtless vote for the Crunchy Granola Machiavelli who panders to anti-vaxxers. So much for purity or coherence for that matter. I think it was wise to allow the Berners to vent their frustrations and anger instead of keeping it bottled up. Here’s the deal: there was heckling from Jerry Brown supporters throughout Bill Clinton’s highly successful DNC in 1992. As with yesterday, it largely came from the California delegation some of whom were probably repeat offenders.
The Busters are a loud minority even among Sanders supporters and delegates. The heckling diminished as the day went on. I think the social media commentary about the spectacle of white Busters booing African American and female speakers stepped on it as did Senator Sanders’ personal intervention. Remember, the convention is in Philadelphia where booing is part of the culture.
Let’s play the theme song and get on with it after the break:
This is as true today as it was back in February, guys. I am not okay with booing Elijah Cummings and I am not okay with booing Sarah Silverman (GODDESS) and I am not okay with booing MICHELLE GODDAMN OBAMA, and I am also not okay with calling everybody who voted for Bernie and is under the age of 50 a Kardashian-obsessed twit who doesn’t care about abortion rights, either. If your dude is not getting the nomination, heckling the first black First Lady is not gonna get it for him. If people are not voting for your candidate, calling … Continue reading A Gentle Reminder
Michelle Obama, last night: That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, who kept on striving, and hoping, and doing what needed to be done. So that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters —two beautiful intelligent black young women — played with the dog on the White House lawn. And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all … Continue reading ‘Jim Robinson lived in a Friendfield Plantation slave cabin. His great-great-granddaughter lives in The White House.’
Adrastos on HRC’s running mate. Continue reading Citizen Kaine
Adrastos communes with the spirit of Uncle Earl. Continue reading Earl Long On The DNC-Wikileaks Email Flap
Mercy. Talk about some punch in a turdbowl?
I’ll put it this way – I got a phone call from the Quicken Loans Arena asking if I could lease them some of our ISO room clean-up gear for afterwards.
In Freeperville? They’re getting right to the important stuff!
It’s – Plagarism for thee, but not for me!
Melania Trump speech appears to plagiarize Michelle Obama
The Hill ^ | /19/16 | Lisa Hagen
Posted on 7/18/2016 11:39:43 PM by Typical_Whitey
Melania Trump’s highly anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention Monday night appears to have nearly copied a paragraph from Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
**************************Media is attacking Melania Trump.
To: Typical_WhiteyI’ll bet anyone a beer that this paragraph has appeared in spouses convention remarks since the turn of the century.
It’s plagiarism. Yeah Obama and Biden did it too but this is politically devastating given the timing and the setting.
Deval Patrick’s speech in Worcester, MA on 6/3/06.
Barack Obama’s speech in South Carolina on 11/2/07.
I have reached the stage of local news where all I can do is scream obscenities at Bruce Rauner, so good on these Chicago teachers for fighting back. A. Continue reading Illiterate
We’re done, guys; The crowd @FIU eagerly awaits for @HillaryClinton and @TimKaine to take the stage. #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/MqB95knQx7 — Hillary for Florida (@HillaryforFL) July 23, 2016 I’m with her, I’m there for her, I’m ready to bake her cupcakes and have her political babies and shred her fuckin’ e-mails, because we have pro-choice, pro-gun-control, pro-goddamn American candidates at the top of the ticket and if what it takes is me quitting my job and following her and Tim Kaine around in a panel van for the next four months then that is what I will do. Let’s be clear, though: … Continue reading Lock Her Up, or Okay, We’re Done Screwing Around Now
Phil Lesh & Friends have played many a homestand at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. This time around the band features Joan Osborne on vocals and John Scofield on guitar: Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Phil Lesh & Friends Live In 2006
Adrastos on Trump’s ghostwriter, the Labour leadership contest, and Garry Marshall. Continue reading Saturday Odds & Sods: Crazy Man Michael
Once upon a time on this blog, I was accused of creating “haigiography of a gas guzzling testament to why we don’t have widespread public transportation” in my tribute to Betsy, a gold, 1968 Mustang that saved me as much as I saved her. If that reader is still around, I’m sure she would be horrified of my most recent purchase: a 1966 Ford F-250 Camper edition with a 460 engine that gets about 10 miles to the gallon on a good day. I’m not thrilled at the impact I’m having on the environment, which is why we own a … Continue reading The more I see Donald Trump, the more I love my car
Della Street is alternately languid and tetchy at this time of the year. She gets annoyed when her personal paparazzi (Dr. A and me) take her picture when she’s trying to get her beauty rest. It’s hard being Della: Della … Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Don’t Bug Me, Human
Claire is a rare pokeyman. A. Continue reading Friday Ferretblogging: Catch ‘Em All
Adrastos on Trump’s white nationalist diatribe. Continue reading Trumpvention Finale: 76 Minutes of Fear & Hate
Adrastos on Ted Cruz Vengeance Night at the Trumpvention. Continue reading Ted Cruz’s Rocky Moment
So, last night, Patsy, I mean Pence, accepted his role of porter and coconut clapper for The Donald. To tell you the truth, I only caught parts of the speech as it played opposite a television show that’s made it to my list (Mr. Robot)…and I’m still too cheap to buy a DVR. But, I don’t think I missed much…because while Pence was the headliner, Tailgunner Ted sucked out all the oxygen, farting in their general direction I dunno. Sort of fits with the whole weird, sad, bizarre, and at times ugly clown show. Rudy Ghouliani looked and sounded like … Continue reading Convention Chronicle (Emphasis On Chronic)
Cornell Woolrich was a prolific author of crime fiction novels. So prolific, in fact, that he had several pen names, the best known of which was William Irish. For this week’s PFT. I’m posting one deadly title by Woolrich and another by Irish. … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Cornell Woolrich
Geert Wilders is a right-wing Islamophobic Dutch politician. He’s also openly gay. He appeared at a pro-gay Trump event in Cleveland last night. The WaPo’s Dave Weigel was there: Geert Wilders speaks at a "Twinks for Trump" party. Check out the art. pic.twitter.com/146EZMS7cj — David Weigel (@daveweigel) July 20, 2016 If you don’t know what a twink is, I’ll let the Urban Dictionary fill you in: An attractive, boyish-looking, young gay man. The stereotypical twink is 18-22, slender with little or no body hair, often blonde, dresses in club wear even at 10:00 AM, and is not particularly intelligent. A … Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: Twinks For Trump Edition
As I said earlier today, the haters are in charge at the Trumpvention. One of them is a New Hampshire State Rep named Al Baldasaro who is Trump’s veterans adviser. He hates the soon-to-be Democratic nominee so much that he wants … Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Al Baldasaro