Monthly Archives: December 2016

Album Cover Art Wednesday: Merry Stoogemas

I’m not exactly a chirpy holiday chap to begin with but this year I’m so not into it. I had a choice between going Scrooge or Stooge with this feature today. I chose the latter: the Insult Comedian’s electoral college win is a poke in the eye, after all.

The Stooges released their share of of slapsticky holiday albums and 78s over the years. I wonder if Moe ever twisted Santa’s beard? Ah, sweet mysteries of stoogey life.

Three Stooges Xmas

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Here are some stills of the boys as the original Bad Santas. The first one includes my favorite Stooge: Shemp. Any other Shempers out there? Or is that Shempites?

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Let’s conclude this Stoogemas post with some “musical” selections. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

Donald Trump Caged Your Reporters

I am not a fan of Mike Allen. Ever since he and his partner in hackery called for a “do-over” for George W. Bush for Katrina, he’s occupied a special place on my shit list. I say that up front so that we know where we’re starting when we talk about Allen. We’re starting with somebody who thinks hundreds of dead people are just some, like, signifier or rhetorical device or something.

That’s where we started, Mike Allen and me.

Here’s where we’re at right now:

He put you in a pen, Mike.

He put you in a pen and he put up a sign, at every single rally and every single event. PLEASE DISTURB. He told people to yell at you, to call you a liar, to call you scum. He told people to do worse. He did it with a smile and a chuckle and he did it on purpose.

He mocked a reporter with a disability. He did a demeaning little impression. Here it is, in case you missed it:

(Do you have any kind of disability, Mike?

Do you know anyone who does? Do you love anyone who does?

I hope those people don’t see that photo of you bellying up to Trump’s bar.)

His followers called female reporters bitches and sluts and said they should be raped to death. People who attended his rallies and cheered sent Nazi propaganda cartoons to Jewish (and non-Jewish) reporters, sent articles about death camps, sent pictures of Hitler, and laughed when anyone fought back.

Oh, not at YOU, I know. Not you personally. Nobody did that to you. Trump would never do that to you. His followers might, but then again they might not. It’s hard for them to get into the green rooms.

He just did it to people who work for you. People who work with you. People whose job it was to cover politics and whose livelihoods depended on doing their jobs well and whose lives depended on doing them safely. People who probably make a lot less money than you. People who have fewer powerful friends. People who have more to lose.

People who work harder before breakfast on their laziest days than you will ever work again in your life. People whose work pays your bills and gets you in the door to the kinds of swank parties where the president-elect shows up.

Those are the people Donald Trump PUT IN A FUCKING CAGE.

You owe them your loyalty and your respect. You owe them, at the very least, the loyalty and respect required to decline a party invitation or refrain from publicizing your attendance. I’m not saying you have to tell him to suck your balls, though that would be nice. Like I said, you and I started from pretty far down. I’m not expecting you to be a hero.

I’d like to think you could be a mammal.

A man, if we caught you on a good day.

Maybe this was just a bad one.

Maybe we could give you a do-over.

A.

 

Tweet Of The Day: Devil-Eyed MSM Edition

I’m an aficionado of devil-eyed cat pictures. Della Street’s glow in the dark demon eyes have given us all a great deal of pleasure over the years. Last night, Keith Olbermann retweeted a picture from ex-Politico honcho Mike Allen who was partying with the Insult Comedian at Mar-a-Largo:

It’s the courtier press at its worst. They appear to have made a deal with the devil in exchange for fleeting access. Thumbs down:  it’s a bad deal for them. The Insult Comedian will denounce them soon enough if they even mildly criticize him. It’s the way of the electoral college winner.

Speaking of the electoral college. Today is end of delusion day. There’s no chance that there will be enough faithless electors to throw the election to the House where Trump would win anyway. I haven’t said much about the so-called “Hamilton elector movement” because I don’t believe in waking sleepwalkers. (If I’m wrong about this, I will drink vodka, eat cauliflower, listen to thrash metal, watch The Sound of Music, and do other things I dislike in penance. End of my own personal parade of horrors.)

I, too, believe that Trump will be an illegitimate President, elected by suspect means, aided by the dictator of a hostile foreign power. I can also count. People should be organizing to resist Trump and his marauding gang of Billionaires, generals, and white nationalists instead of hoping for deliverance from Republican electors.

We should take the same position the GOP took after the elections of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. You all remember what Mitch McConnell said in 2009, but after Clinton was elected, then Senate GOP leader Bob Dole told the country that he planned to represent those who did NOT vote for Clinton. The delegitimization campaign paid off in the 1994 contract on America election. It worked again in the Tea Party election of 2010. It’s how Democrats at all levels should approach the incoming administration: massive resistance with an eye on 2018. Some former congressional staffers have already posted a manifesto online. Read it, learn from it.

Vive les Maquis.

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – I got nothin’ edition

People – this feature is getting harder and harder to write.  Not asking for sympathy, just stating a fact. Cognitive dissonance, always a strong feature in Freeperville, has now completely taken over, and how do you parody something once it has entered Poeville?

An example:

Michelle Obama says Americans will miss having a ‘grown-up’ in the White House
CBC ^

Posted on 12/16/2016, 9:28:28 PM by Sub-Driver

Michelle Obama says Americans will miss having a ‘grown-up’ in the White House

In interview with Oprah Winfrey, Obama says ‘people will come to appreciate’ her husband’s presidency

Michelle Obama said the White House needs a “grown-up” and the U.S. will come to appreciate President Barack Obama.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air Monday night, Obama said the election has reinforced her view that her husband’s administration was able to inspire hope “because we feel the difference now.”

“Now we’re feeling what not having hope feels like,” she said. “You know? Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept. And Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes.

“What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?” she added.

1 posted on 12/16/2016, 9:28:28 PM by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver 

Liberals live in their own alternate reality.

 

Projection’s a bitch, innit?

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These two sociopaths can take a hike.

2 posted on 12/16/2016, 9:29:52 PM by headstamp 2 (Fear is the mind killer.)

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This moron voted for The Darnold, who is the textbook example of a sociopath – ergo, President Obama is a sociopath.
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How exactly am I supposed to parody that? It would be like mocking a disabled person.
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Oh, fuck you.
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To: Sub-Driver

 

Who, even among his diehard syncophants, thinks of Barack as an adult?

Seriously, who sees him as anything than a petulant child?

16 posted on 12/16/2016, 9:33:17 PM by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)

If by “him” you mean The Darnold :
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Maybe a Freeper will make some kind of funny reply I can feature as “post of the thread”?
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To: Sub-Driver

 

GTFO of our house Ape.

19 posted on 12/16/2016, 9:33:33 PM by boknows

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Nah.
I’ll take one more swing at it below the fold – follow, if you dare.

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UW Alums to Scott Walker: Stop Fucking Up Our School

We the undersigned beseech thee sincerely to sucketh it if you please: 

As employers and community leaders, we recognize the importance of higher education as an economic driver. In order for us to be successful, we need well-rounded, educated graduates in the workforce and in our communities. We write today to encourage you to make higher education a priority in your budget for the 2017–19 biennium.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ranks among the nation’s top public universities, providing an outstanding education to students. It has also been a hub for research, innovation, and technology, and it has a total economic impact of $15 billion, contributing hundreds of millions in state and local revenues and employing almost 200,000 people around Wisconsin.

However, for UW–Madison to remain competitive on a national and global scale, it cannot continue to sustain reductions in state support.

It’s an impressive list of signers, and way too short. UW grads? Add your name!

A.

‘Fix the Mess’

This is an example of what I talk about when I talk about the bias toward passivity and the status quo: 

President-elect Donald Trump is stocking the upper echelons of his administration with more than the usual share of business titans like himself, betting the success of his presidency on the idea that a clash of cultures is needed to fix the mess in Washington and bring order to international affairs.

First of all, there is no “mess” in Washington. Nobody knocked a paint pot over. No one upended a giant tub of Legos all over everything and then stepped on the dog. Mess implies an accident. There’s no “mess.”

There is unparalleled obstruction and cowardice on the part of one major party, which is REFUSING TO HOLD HEARINGS ON A NOMINEE FOR THE SUPREME COURT RIGHT NOW TODAY.

There is in Washington a number of very powerful actors on behalf of very powerful forces determined to gut public education, destroy what’s left of public sector unions, and scourge the image of a First Family so middle of the road their turkey pardon dad jokes make news.

There is in Washington a group of people who have trashed the system for nearly 20 years at least, insisting on 60 votes in the Senate to pass the most routine legislation, coddling and encouraging extremist views in opposition to horrible things like giving people health insurance and ending unpopular wars.

Washington isn’t a “mess.” It’s a crime scene.

Terms like this, like “partisan gridlock,” like “political infighting,” allow writers and readers to avoid responsibility for determining who took action and what consequences followed. They let everybody off the hook — mostly Republicans who are and have for eight years been the aggressors, but Democrats as well, for being victims.

Throwaway phrases, shorthand like “the mess in Washington” allow people to shrug, shake their heads, not even BOTHER MAN because it’s all so, like, worthless. They keep people angry because they keep people powerless, and they keep people powerless because they keep people hopeless.

And paired with “order in international affairs,” like when, pray tell, have we ever had “order” in international affairs? What would that even look like? This idea that in some hazy, half-forgotten past Reagan and Gorbachev got together and played chess and then the Berlin Wall fell down and everything was fine is, shall we say, reductive. At best.

We can’t do anything about anything until we can talk about it honestly and I don’t think this kind of thing helps at all.

A.

Sunday Morning Video: Bette Davis Meets Dick Cavett

The movie legend went one-on-one with the teevee talk show legend in 1971. It’s a classic as are Bette’s boots.

Saturday Odds & Sods: End Of The World

 

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Sideshow banner by Snap Wyatt.

We’re riding a weather roller coaster here in New Orleans. I hate roller coasters and prefer consistent weather as long as it’s vaguely wintery be it Johnny or Edgar…

I’m still fighting a cold so this will be on the short side. I know, famous last words and all that shit.

I’m not feeling apocalyptic but many people are. I cannot blame them. It’s hard to be a glass half-full person right now and this week’s theme song reflects that. End Of The World was written by John Wetton and Geoff Downes for Asia’s 2010 Omega album. The melody is a bit too gorgeous for a truly apocalyptic feel but that’s what they do.

While we’re ending the world, we might as well give a certain REM tune with a very long title a spin:

If you’re feeling apocalyptic now, you might want to be patient. It’s bound to take longer than expected. Everything does.

Don’t worry. We’ll still be waiting after the break. The world isn’t going anywhere for the time being.

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Friday Catblogging: Happy Together

Dr. A was able to coax Oscar and Della into posing without bribery. She’s got the touch:

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Speaking of Happy Together, here are the Mothers with Flo & Eddie:

Tweet Of The Day: Food Fight

Food was important in my family. My mother was a phenomenal cook and fed us well. She made sure that her youngest (me) knew how to cook since his father could only boil water in the science oven. She learned to cook all the Greek family recipes from my Yia Yia and added a few twists of her own; mostly involving cheese and Norwegian baked goods.

Food is important in Greek culture as well. I recall my aunt asking my cousin to defrost a moussaka for my father’s wake. Said cousin said: “Which one? There are three. Heaven forbid we run out of food in this family.” That’s why I fit in so well in New Orleans. I quickly realized how food obsessed they were here and said, “These are my people.” It was my Brigham (This is the Place) Young moment only without the plural wives and autocratic tendencies.

I included that long preamble to point out that I understand the importance of food. I don’t, however, squeal when someone knocks an eatery I like, not even one owned by a relative. That brings me to the Insult Comedian’s latest early morning rant:

You probably already knew that Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter has been feuding with Trump for decades. He’s the one who first dubbed Trump a “short-fingered vulgarian.” That’s not it, this whole mishigas is about a bad VF review by Tina Nguyen: Trump Grill Could Be The Worst Restaurant In America. Here’s a tasting menu of Ms. Nguyen’s piece:

The allure of Trump’s restaurant, like the candidate, is that it seems like a cheap version of rich. The inconsistent menus—literally, my menu was missing dishes that I found on my dining partners’—were chock-full of steakhouse classics doused with unnecessarily high-end ingredients. The dumplings, for instance, come with soy sauce topped with truffle oil, and the crostini is served with both hummus and ricotta, two exotic ingredients that should still never be combined. The menu itself would like to impress diners with how important it is, randomly capitalizing fancy words like “Prosciutto” and “Julienned” (and, strangely, ”House Salad”).

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Perhaps Trump’s veneer of a steakhouse is too obviously a veneer, meant for the hoodied masses to visit once and never return. (There are already an infinite number of articles about how Trump’s mass-produced products are meant to impress a hollow sense of wealth.) And prior to his victory, it seemed as if the world of Fifth Avenue power brokers agreed: the lobby was perpetually empty, the Grill(e) mostly frequented with Trump Tower residents and locals looking for a convenient power lunch, if any of the bigger, better power-lunch spots nearby were full. But later, when I read previous reviews of the Trump Grill before he became a presidential front-runner, I was shocked to discover that the food back then was bland, mediocre, and as Eater’s Robert Sietsema once wrote, “for timid people with digestive problems.” In other words, it was a culinary marvel lightyears beyond the rich-man slop we ate at the Trump Grill weeks after the election. (And indeed, it was slop: as soon as I got home, I brushed my teeth twice and curled up in bed until the nausea passed.)

The food critics I’ve known have cast-iron stomachs so it takes a lot to induce nausea. She actually kinda sorta liked the Taco Salad that inspired this racist tweet and rare Trumpian smile on Cinco de Mayo:

Back to the attack tweet. Yes, Virginia, Donald Trump is this thin-skinned.

Ms. Nguyen’s takedown of Trumpe Grille is the most scathing restaurant review I’ve read since the NYT’s Pete Wells took a dump on the dread Guy Fieri’s tourist trap back in 2012. Now that I think of it, Trump and Fieri have some things in common: bad hair and incessant shouting. There’s even a series of Trump-Fieri mashup pictures floating about the interweb. This one in text form is my fave rave:

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Thanks, Hell Demon, whoever the hell  you are. I hope that Flavor Town is safe for now. That begs the bigger (beggar?) question: is anywhere in America safe from the Insult Comedian’s incessant whining? It’s not as if he cooks the food at Trump Grill. I bet he can’t even boil water in the science oven.

I’m not telling you anything you didn’t already know but Trump is a classic bully. I’m old school when it comes to dealing with bullies: you stand up to them and fight back. A sensitivity seminar isn’t going to help with the likes of Donald Trump. The best defense is mockery of any Trump branded item, which is guaranteed to inspire a whiny tweet. Mr. Tough Guy is actually the whiner-in-chief as well as a bigger Weiner than Anthony…

Finally, I’d like to thank for the Insult Comedian for giving me something to write about. I’ve been sick so it’s been one and done for me this week. What would I do without you, Donnie baby? I’d love to find out. Life without Mr. Big Man sounds most appealing:

 

Putin On The Ritz

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So, Vlad himself allegedly signed off on Operation Are-They-Really-That-Dumb? — gee, anyone wonder why? And that’s without knowing specifics, like, for instance, how much the Clown-Puppet-in-Chief might owe to Russian banks, etc.

Meanwhile, just my .000002 cents worth, but the Cabinet selections suggest an upcoming looting of the treasury that’d leave Harding Administration hacks in a combination of awe and envy…there’s corruption, then there’s open season on public funds getting shoveled into private pockets by the container ship-full.

But hey, I guess we don’t have to worry about the emails, right?

Get ready…come January, we’ll be getting it…good and hard.

Pulp Fiction Thursday: Lady, That’s My Skull

This week’s entry has a clunky title but who among us can resist a head in a box?

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Tea For The Tillerson

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On Mardi Gras day, New Orleanians are accustomed to saying “Hail, Rex.” When I heard about Trump appointing Putin’s pal  Rex Tillerson, my reaction was “Hail, No Rex.” Most people confronting controversy over their ties to the Russian kleptocracy would not even consider appointing someone who is close to Putin as Secretary of State. The Insult Comedian doesn’t give a shit what mere mortals think. Anyone out there still think this is a populist uprising? It’s more like the revolt of the plutocrats.

Trump has assembled a team of saboteurs. He’s appointed people who *loathe* cabinet departments to head them. We have the Doctor/Congressman who wants to destroy the ACA and Medicare. We have Billionaire Betsy who wants to destroy public schools in favor of charters whether or not they’re any good. Then there’s the skeezy fast food mogul who hates workers as Labor Secretary. GOPers used to appoint the most conservative labor leader and express shock when the AFL-CIO complained.

Then there are unqualified picks like Nikki Haley at the UN and Ben Carson at HUD. Dr. Sleepy at least fits a classic pattern: Republicans like to appoint black people to head up HUD. Hey, them people all live in inner city hellholes, right? So it goes.

Rick Perry is nominally qualified to be Energy Secretary but it’s one of the departments he ran on abolishing in 2012. Not that he could remember what it was called. Oops. We’re about to go from a nuclear physicist to an idiot heading that department.

The Russian kleptocracy has friends in high places with crazy Gen. Flynn and Rex Tillerson riding the Trump crazy train. The latter, apparently, had one of his people scrub his wikipedia entry:

It is unclear as to why the Insult Comedian picked the Texas oil man. It could be his ties to Republican establishment types like Jim Baker, and Condominium Rice who do business with the Rexster. That strikes me as odd since Rice refused to endorse Trump and sniped at him several times during the campaign. One would also hope that former Secretaries of State would support someone who’s qualified. But we know how that goes: IOKIYAR.

It looks as if the man from Exxon/Mobil was appointed because of his pro-Putin sentiments. Two of the other contenders, Willard Mittbot Romney, and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker actually know that Russia has illegally seized the Crimea; something that remains a mystery to the electoral college winner.

The only thing I like about Trump’s pick for Secretary of State is his punworthy name. I hope Cat Stevens doesn’t mind my using his album cover. He *is* my countryman, even if he goes by Yusuf Islam these days. That leads me to our next meme:

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Notice the look of love in their eyes? We’re really in for it. Hail no, Rex.

Album Cover Art Wednesday: East Bay Grease

I’ve long thought that East Bay Grease is one of the best album titles ever. It’s how Tower of Power described their music in the early days: funky, oily, and greasy.

East Bay Grease was released in 1970 and the album art was designed by Bruce Steinberg.

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It’s back cover time:

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Here’s the whole doggone album. It’s a helluva record:

Trump Really Dragged Down the Republican Party

This is what was happening when Obama got elected. The first time: 

After Obama won the presidency in defiance of these racial headwinds, traffic to the white-supremacist website Stormfront increased sixfold. Before the election, in August, just before the Democratic National Convention, the FBI uncovered an assassination plot hatched by white supremacists in Denver. Mainstream conservative publications floated the notion that Obama’s memoir was too “stylish and penetrating” to have been written by the candidate, and found a plausible ghostwriter in the radical (and white) former Weatherman Bill Ayers. A Republican women’s club in California dispensed “Obama Bucks” featuring slices of watermelon, ribs, and fried chicken. At the Values Voter Summit that year, conventioneers hawked “Obama Waffles,” a waffle mix whose box featured a bug-eyed caricature of the candidate. Fake hip-hop lyrics were scrawled on the side (“Barry’s Bling Bling Waffle Ring”) and on the top, the same caricature was granted a turban and tagged with the instructions “Point box toward Mecca for tastier waffles.” The display was denounced by the summit’s sponsor, the Family Research Council. One would be forgiven for meeting this denunciation with guffaws: The council’s president, Tony Perkins, had once addressed the white-supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens with a Confederate flag draped behind him. By 2015, Perkins had deemed the debate over Obama’s birth certificate “legitimate” and was saying that it “makes sense” to conclude that Obama was actually a Muslim.

So let’s have no more discussion about how this year’s RNC was terrible and this year’s GOP campaign was terrible in ways never before seen or anticipated, and that these things were newly unhinged. The hinges rusted off this shit years ago.

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The Bias Toward the Status Quo

Following up on Sunday’s post, things can’t be on fire because they can’t be on fire, guys:

And again, understandable. Everyone is tired all the time, but you take certain jobs, you don’t get to be tired without asking your editor to swap in somebody who can still see a foot in front of them.

There is no law that says everything HAS to be okay, and not making room for it to be horrible is what causes us to deny all kinds of shit going wrong. Because if we see it, we have to feel something, and if we feel something we have to do something, and if we do something we can’t just take a nap and I want to nap all the time. I would never tell people it’s wrong to want to nap.

I just don’t think you get to nap right now.

If you cannot wrap your head around the idea of the world actually ending (because in the best of times, it’s ending, somewhere, for someone) then get out of the damn chair.

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Hayes/Smith: Only Victims

The most publicized criminal trial in New Orleans for at least 20 years ended with Cardell Hayes being found gulity of manslaughter. The whole mishigas was the result of a road rage encounter with former New Orleans Saints defensive captain Will Smith. Race was not an issue as both Hayes and Smith are African-American. Hayes was charged with second degree murder, so the reduced charge seems to be the result of a jury compromise. It means they were able to see through the smoke blown by both sides during the 7 day trial.

I’ve been sympathetic to Cardell Hayes. I have an elderly around the corner neighbor lady who knows him. She’s one of those people whose name I used to know but forgot. I’m now too embarrassed to ask since we’ve been chatting for 15 years. We had this conversation last week:

NL: You been following the Cardell thing?

A: Yes, m’am. What do you think about it?

NL: I been knowin’ Cardell and his people for 30 years. A nice man. What you call a gentle giant.

A:  What do you think happened?

NL: I believe Cardell. I think he scared that night. His auntie told me he broken up. Wishes he didn’t have that gun in his car. I liked it better when men settled their bullshit with their fists.

There it is in a nutshell. Despite being a very large man (6’6″ 300 lbs) Cardell Hayes had a gun. He got into it with another very large man with a gun in his glove box. No guns, no death. Cardell wasn’t cruising around looking for trouble. But he found it. Big time.

The crucial moment in this tragedy was when Will Smith’s car kissed bumpers with Cardell’s vehicle on Magazine Street. If Smith had gotten out the car, introduced himself, and inspected their bumpers, no road rage episode. There might not have even been a fight. Instead, Smith was driving shit-faced drunk and kept going. It was the prelude to this tragedy.

After Hayes caught up with Smith’s party, one of his cronies Richard Hernandez started screaming at Hayes and ripped his shirt off as if in a bad action movie. Another witness, former Saints star Pierre Thomas, said that in his neighborhood, when a guy rips his shirt off he’s ready to fight. Yeah, you right, Frenchy. It’s stupid in your hood and it was lethal in the Lower Garden District.

This is a tragic case. Nobody behaved particularly well at the scene with the exception of Raquel Smith who tried to defuse things. This was one situation where mentioning one’s celebrity status might have helped instead of coming off as pompous. Cardell Hayes did not know the identity of the large drunk screaming at him in the dark. He only learned that it was one of his favorite NFL players after the fact. He broke down in tears when he learned he had shot Will Smith. That’s the thing about football: the players aren’t always recognizable because of helmets and face masks. It helps them stay safe on the field, but it was perilous on that April night in New Orleans.

Speaking of bad behavior, the lawyers in this case traded barbs and insults from the moment John Fuller was hired to defend Cardell Hayes. Their petty bickering even came up during closing arguments. I’m appalled by this unprofessional behavior: nobody cares if they dislike one another. The trial isn’t about them, it’s about the defendant and his victim. Of course, the lead prosecutor is the District Attorney’s kid and Mr. Cannizzarro is not exactly warm and fuzzy. Like father, like daughter.

In the end, I think the jury reached a fair verdict. Second degree murder was an overcharge. What really happened out there remains murky but one thing is certain: if these men were not armed, Will Smith would be alive and Cardell Hayes would not be facing a long prison sentence. I hope that the Judge will be merciful. She has considerable discretion in sentencing since it’s manslaughter. I wish I could say that the Hayes/Smith tragedy will serve as a cautionary tale that it’s a terrible idea to go about armed but I know better. So it goes.

There were no winners in this case, only victims.

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – stupid hysterical women edition

Good morning, all – you already know about right-wing nutcases and their love/hate relationships with women. They hate to love them, and love to hate them.

This Obsession deals with the Freeperati and their desires for women to get back in the kitchen and make them a goddamn sammich. First up?

Ivanka climaxes!!

Eyeing climate role, Ivanka Trump to meet with Al Gore

Eyeing climate role, Ivanka Trump to meet with Al Gore
The Hill ^ | 12/05/2016 | Jonathan Swan

Posted on ‎12‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎ ‎10‎:‎41‎:‎05‎ ‎AM by GIdget2004

Ivanka Trump is meeting Monday with climate change activist and former Vice President Al Gore.

The president-elect’s daughter, who reportedly wants to make global warming one of her signature issues, will meet with Gore at Trump Tower in Manhattan, according to transition spokesman Jason Miller.

The former vice president will not be meeting with the president-elect, Miller said in a conference call with reporters on Monday morning. He would not elaborate on the contents of the meeting.

1 posted on 12‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎ ‎10‎:‎41‎:‎05‎ ‎AM by GIdget2004
Freepers? You were all in lust with her and so happy she was running things for (insert The Darnold nickname of your choice here) – how about now?
To: GIdget2004

I don’t like the sound of any of this.

2 posted on ‎12‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎ ‎10‎:‎41‎:‎39‎ ‎AM by Senator Goldwater

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Meh – what’s the worst that could happen?
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To: GIdget2004

Careful, my thread on this got pulled!

4 posted on 12‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎ ‎10‎:‎42‎:‎22‎ ‎AM by MadIsh32 (In order to be pro-market, sometimes you must be anti-big business)

Heh.
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To: Senator Goldwater

She has been trouble all along.

I know we hear how bright and impressive she is, but I only see and hear a typical, privileged, NYC airhead.

7 posted on 12‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎ ‎10‎:‎44‎:‎09‎ ‎AM by 9YearLurker

Dang woman needs to learn her place!
To: GIdget2004

Donald, you need to get Ivy in check.

9 posted on 12‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎ ‎10‎:‎44‎:‎33‎ ‎AM by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in ’67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?!)

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To: GIdget2004

Please don’t include “climatic” and “Ivanka” in the same sentence. I’m seventy. 😉

16 posted on ‎12‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎ ‎10‎:‎47‎:‎26‎ ‎AM by DCPatriot (“It aint what you don’t know that kills you. It’s what you know that aint so” Theodore Sturgeon))

eew
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One Freeper takes the new irony meter out for a spin…
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To: GIdget2004

:: The president-elect’s daughter, who reportedly wants to make global warming one of her signature issues ::

Fake News

18 posted on ‎12‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎ ‎10‎:‎48‎:‎20‎ ‎AM by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic, Anthropogenic Climate Alterations: The acronym explains the science.)

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And runs it into a tree…
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Love your handle, BTW.
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Hope – quickly dashed:
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To: MNJohnnie

Washington Times has confirmed this sad to say

46 posted on 12‎/‎5‎/‎2016‎ ‎10‎:‎56‎:‎11‎ ‎AM by wardaddy (trump is a great tourniquet but that’s all folks…….)

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Next up – bargaining!
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It Hurts to Take the Story Apart. Do It Anyway.

There’s a story we’ve been telling ourselves for a long time now, about how democracy works, about how it has to work in order for us all to get up in the morning. It involves how campaigns operate, how elections take place, how power is handed from one person to another and what is done with that power and to whom.

The story’s called America. It’s a few years old now. Maybe you’ve heard it: We are free, and we choose who leads us, and we have chance after chance to make things better. We’re in charge, you and me, for good and ill and sometimes both together.

It’s always been partly fiction. In our finest hours it’s always been a little frayed. But we’ve been able to tell ourselves the story while it’s still more knit than mend.

Can we do that right now?

The Russian state took an interest in our elections and tried to influence them. To what extent, with what effect, and for what purpose, those in power know and aren’t saying.

And over the past couple of days during discussion of that, and discussion of the popular vote imbalance, and discussion of voter suppression in formerly swing states, I’ve been hearing lots of variations on IT’S TOO HARD AND OMG MEEN. That political blowback would be intense for anyone who said hey, hold on, let’s figure this shit out. That we don’t have time between now and the inauguration (I guess there are too many Christmas parties?) and can’t we just put our heads down and power through this?

The vast majority of the GOP, of course, is hedging its bets as they have been since the primaries ended. Maybe this will all die down and they can get back to gutting the social safety net which is what they’re really here for. Maybe Donald Trump will just fuck up normally, like Dan Quayle or something, accidentally hit on a few prime ministers’ wives, do some blow in the Oval, and leave the hard work to them. That was their overarching rationale for endorsing his skeezy ass and they are desperately clinging to it.

It’s gross, of course, like a 15-year-old who still wants to bring his blankie to school, but we always underestimate how attached people are to their security objects.

But Obama and the Democrats? The purported grownups in the GOP in Congress and statehouses who either actively avoided mentioning Trump or flat-out said he was garbage? Those people? I don’t want to hear from THEM how difficult it is to take the story of America apart and put it back together again.

I don’t want to hear about concerns that they’d be perceived as helping Hillary, or that TV commentators would say things in that deep concerned voice they affect, or that frogs would yell shit online. THOSE AREN’T REAL CONSEQUENCES for people who are elected to do a job.

They aren’t elected to serve just to rename official state animals and pass continuing resolutions to hold up how much everything sucks right now. They are elected to fix what is broken even if that something is EVERYTHING.

Things have been breaking down for a while now. Redistricting to weight state legislatures overwhelmingly against Democrats and third parties, ballot initiatives designed to turn out opponents of one candidate or another, tax caps and institutional neglect and voting restrictions, and all of it leading to a campaign in which one candidate won the popular vote by 2.6 million and the other candidate — a racist sex predator — is president.

Things have been breaking down and politicians have been desperately pretending they are okay because, frankly, taking all this apart is hard. It takes time. It takes study and most of all it takes attention we don’t have because the decent public servants are trying to keep their constituents out of hock to the mob.

Which is a deliberate thing also, in case we didn’t have enough to deal with. I get ragey when modern American voters are described as being distracted by TV and video games; the club of the most of us is distracted by the trivial need to EAT, and I can’t imagine the calls district offices get asking for help with the few social programs we have left.

Still. Still and all. There have to be things big enough that we make room for them. The question of foreign interference in an election has got to be one of those things.

Winter breaks can be cancelled. Everybody can work late. We can stop talking about Twitter and we can take out a yellow legal pad and a box of black pens and a box of red pens and we can figure out how to investigate this and, if necessary, prosecute it. It’s not false and it’s not trivial and it’s certainly not too much for us.

We’ve built bigger than this. We can tear this down. We can take this story apart and figure out which parts are true and which are false.

Sack up, hos. Get to work.

A.

The Bias Isn’t Just Toward the Negative

Everybody’s sharing this and I think it gets close to something: 

The real bias of the press is not that it’s liberal. Its bias is a decided preference for the negative. As scholar Michael Robinson noted, the news media seem to have taken some motherly advice and turned it upside down. “If you don’t have anything bad to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.”[3] A New York Times columnist recently asserted that “the internet is distorting our collective grasp on the truth.”[4] There’s a degree of accuracy in that claim but the problem goes beyond the internet and the talk shows. The mainstream press highlights what’s wrong with politics without also telling us what’s right.

The thing is, though, if you accept that, then negative stories are naturally going to accrue about whoever is in power to the favor of those who are not, and I have not seen actual data on that at all. For example a comparison between the number of “negative” stories about a single Bush administration initiative and those about a single Obama administration one during the same phase of the initiative in the same amount of time.

It would be nigh on impossible to make that direct of a comparison, too, given how other factors influence political coverage (wars, natural disasters, etc).

My general sense that — despite the assertion that overall coverage was negative before it was biased — Republican presidents and candidates get the benefit of the doubt and Democratic ones have to prove themselves is only backed up by having lived through four terms of both and OH YEAH BY EVERYTHING ELSE IN THIS REPORT:

Week after week, Trump got more press attention than did Clinton. Overall, Trump received 15 percent more coverage than she did. Trump also had more opportunities to define Clinton than she had to define him. When a candidate was seen in the news talking about Clinton, the voice was typically Trump’s and not hers. Yet when the talk was about Trump, he was again more likely to be the voice behind the message.

Moreover, bias is toward the EASY, not just the negative:

Journalists’ fondness for polls is no great mystery. Polls are a snap to report and provide a constant source of fresh material. Their influence on election news goes beyond the stories that describe the latest poll results. Poll results increasingly frame the content of other stories, as journalists use them to explain shifts in candidate strategy or the impact of the latest development. When the FBI director announced nine days out from the election that a new batch of Clinton emails had been found, the major story line was the likely impact of the revelation on Clinton’s standing in the polls, which was followed in subsequent days by reports of new polls showing that her support was slipping.

Bias is also toward things that are already accepted as truth. As much as we like to pretend journalists are attracted to the new and different, they’re really not. They are attracted to the new WITHIN THE PARAMETERS OF WHAT THEY ALREADY THINK THEY KNOW.

Therefore, Clinton being “historically unpopular” meant her candidacy could be unpopular in new and exciting ways, but could never be truly popular. It was a self-reinforcing thought loop. Clinton is scandal-prone and here’s a new scandal which makes her scandal-prone!

This isn’t bias, even toward the “negative.” (What exactly would positive coverage of Trump look like, by the way? Even people who voted for him acknowledge he’s an asshole. It’s the core of his appeal.) This is laziness and institutional cowardice and a refusal to reconsider and test every fact in a story even if those facts have appeared before without challenge.

This is accepting the journalistic shorthand that says Republicans are strong and Democrats are weak, Clinton is scandal-prone and Trump is novel (Jesus Christ, Joe McCarthy is suing from hell for copyright infringement), and a hundred thousand other assertions that are just as wrong because we’ve all read them over and over and it’s a keyboard macro at this point.

You don’t deal with that, political bias hardly matters.

From the study:

It’s a version of politics that rewards a particular brand of politics. When everything and everybody is portrayed as deeply flawed, there’s no sense making distinctions on that score, which works to the advantage of those who are more deeply flawed. Civility and sound proposals are no longer the stuff of headlines, which instead give voice to those who are skilled in the art of destruction. The car wreck that was the 2016 election had many drivers. Journalists were not alone in the car, but their fingerprints were all over the wheel.

A-fucking-men.

A.