Every two years, Wisconsin Republicans come home and see that the UW burned the roast. Or left a mess in the kitchen… Or didn’t buy more beer… Or forgot to pick up the dry cleaning… There’s always a reason that when the budget comes along, and the UW System leaders ask for money, Republicans decide instead to smack it around and then cut higher ed in the state. Four years ago, it was the allegation that the UW had stockpiled more than $1 billion in its coffers without telling anyone. (Of course, that wasn’t true, but it was more than … Continue reading UW Budget Cuts: There’s always a reason…
The artist also known as the O-Man keeps a watchful eye on his domain: the couch. Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Here’s Looking At You, Kid
A few thoughts on the Flynn immunity trap and the unfolding Russian scandal. Continue reading The Scandal Drip
The lies are flying thick and fast in Trump’s Washington. One day, I expect to wake up to banner headlines proclaiming; TRUMP TELLS THE TRUTH. Now, that would be newsworthy. Even in defeat, the Insult Comedian cannot stop bragging. He’s … Continue reading Your President* Speaks: Easy To Be Hard
So, it’s becoming — or maybe I should say finally becoming — a topic of discussion (source), the only question being whether Trump is a wholly owned subsidiary with little more than naming rights, or whether he also owes his soul to creeps that make Bebe Rebozo seem like JP Morgan. Hell, when I watched Phil Ruffin speak at an alleged Trump fundraiser for veterans I literally laughed out loud…turns out Ruffin might be the most upstanding and legitimate partner Trump’s had in some time. To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy … Continue reading The Art Of The Steal
Robert Aldrich meets Mickey Spillane. Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Kiss Me, Deadly
Appearances notwithstanding, Elizabeth and her new target Ben didn’t poop all over the floor. Elizabeth/Brenda spilled some capitalist carob at a health food store to lure scientist Ben into a communist meet cute. That was among the things that happened in What’s The Matter With Kansas? That’s the title of a book by Thomas Frank but, frankly, the episode wasn’t based on it…
I had a lot of fun with the title this week. I considered borrowing the title of this old song:
But Elizabeth/Brenda’s colloquy about Gorp with Ben reminded me of a certain great John Irving novel. As the least outdoorsy guy on the planet, I was only vaguely aware of Gorp, which is a form of trail mix according to Garp. Henceforth, I will refer to Ben as (what else?) Gorp Guy and Elizabeth’s Topeka identity as Ebrenda. I wonder if the two of them will play Topeka-boo in the next episode. Things seem to be headed that way. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Say no more.
This episode boiled down this season’s storylines to their essence. The focus was on the main characters: Philip, Elizabeth, Paige, Oleg, and Stan. All of them had food and blackmail on their minds. I’d rather not serve spoilers so we’ll pick things up after the break. But first a musical interlude:
Johnny Rotten Meets the Insult Comedian. Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Johnny Rotten
JP Richardson aka the Big Bopper was the epitome of a one-hit wonder artist. It was, however, a huge hit: Chantilly Lace. We’ll never know if he had more pop greatness in him because he was on that plane with … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: The Big Bopper
Guys, I know it’s fashionable to pretend this is a New Moment for American Journalism, but check it: It was already widely believed in the South that black men had been brazenly stockpiling ice picks, pistols, rifles and explosives in anticipation of a larger race riot. With millions of white men now serving in the armed forces and stationed away from their families, the story went, white communities were vulnerable to an impending assault. When that day came, black women—many of whom worked in domestic service—intended to force their white employers to cook and clean for them. “Eleanor Clubs are … Continue reading All Of This Has Happened Before
A great story: For Johnson, the still image and social justice go hand-in-hand: She wants to highlight the joy, power, and humanity of marginalized communities that are often overlooked or outright demonized by popular media. Through her tender images of everyday life, Johnson is systematically shattering preconceived notions about Englewood, and in their wake she offers outsiders — as well as the community itself — “a more accurate and artistically beautiful reflection of themselves” than is ever depicted. A. Continue reading Everything Doesn’t Suck: Photography as Resistance
Like Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, C Ray Nagin claimed he could run guvmint like a bidness. He’s in jail. Continue reading Jared Kushner: Renaissance Man?
Oh deary deary deary dear. I was watching the Trumpcare falboat set sail Friday afternoon, and idly wondered how it was playing in the land of the Freep.
Wonder no more.
Conservative Republicans are Today’s Biggest Losers
Kinvig on Politics ^ | 3-24-17 | Cameron Kinvig
Posted on 3/24/2017, 10:05:54 PM by ckinv368
The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare—the American Health Care Act—finally came up for a final vote in the House. First put forward by Speaker Paul Ryan in 2009, it offered few surprises to Republicans. And the effort itself was very familiar, as Republicans had voted over 60 times to repeal Obamacare since its passage eight years ago. Yet, when the time came to exercise the prerogative of the majority and finally repeal and replace President Obama’s deeply flawed social program, Republicans came up short.
Over the past two weeks, moderate Republicans argued that they could not vote for a plan that did not keep certain fail-safe protections for the elderly in place. Conservative Republicans—many in the so-called “Freedom Caucus”—complained that Ryan’s plan kept popular portions of Obamacare on the books. They wanted a complete repeal, and many would accept nothing less. In the end, no-one got their wish. As Speaker Ryan admitted this afternoon, “we are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” This, in part, because the Trump Administration refuses to have its agenda held hostage. It is sidelining healthcare and moving forward with tax reform.
Democrats are celebrating Republican missteps. And the collective finger-pointing within the Republican establishment has already begun in earnest. An early contender for sacrificial lamb is Speaker Ryan.
You’re completely full of shit!
At least I thought it was…
RyanCare did NOT bring back the medical system BEFORE obamacare.
We are not stupid.
The jury’s still out on that one…
Stupid people did not elect President Trump.
A WHOLE BUNCH of stupid people elected him.
We know when people like Ryan are lying, and he’s ALWAYS been a liar and a fucking weasel!
The Conservative Cause are HEROS for standing up to Paul Ryan, a stance that allowed time for millions of us to raise our voices and ultimately convince WAY more Congressmen to oppose this than just the Conservative Caucus.
I STRONGLY suggest you go pimp your pathetic piece of shit blog at a more appropriate site, like therightscoop.com, where they’ll lap your bullshit up like it was chocolate sauce!
I considered stealing this pun outright. I decided not to out of fear of expulsion from the pun community. I take my status as a horrid punster quite seriously. The punning pundit is Molly Ball of the Atlantic. It was posted when the Trumpcare Bill hopped out of the hopper: The GOP is in quite a pickle today. You might even call it… …the Art of the Dill. — Molly Ball (@mollyesque) March 24, 2017 That was a helluva sweet pun and I’m not Mollycoddling Ms. Ball by saying that. In fact, I relish the chance to praise a punning pundit. … Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: The Case Of The Punning Pundit
You guys, I am enjoying, so much, the humiliation of Donald Trump and Paul Ryan, the jackass Trump rented to run Congress for him so he could play president. Here’s over 250 newspapers front covers from across the country the day after Trumpcare failed. Set to the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme pic.twitter.com/1PctuxCWAK — Brett Banditelli (@banditelli) March 26, 2017 I should be a bigger person, but THEY TRIED TO LET INSURANCE COMPANIES OUT OF COVERING NEWBORN BABIES, so I’m gonna keep laughing for a few more days and I don’t really care if it gives some imaginary non-racist non-sexist Trump voter … Continue reading Don’t Let Them Come Back From This AGAIN
Of the many tired arguments that this is a New Era to which Journalism Must Respond (most likely by cutting newsroom jobs and reducing distribution), FAKE NEWS is maybe my least favorite: The production of fake, semi-false, and true but compromising snippets of news reached a peak in eighteenth-century London, when newspapers began to circulate among a broad public. In 1788, London had ten dailies, eight tri-weeklies, and nine weekly newspapers, and their stories usually consisted of only a paragraph. “Paragraph men” picked up gossip in coffee houses, scribbled a few sentences on a scrap of paper, and turned in the … Continue reading Stop Pretending We Ain’t Seen This Before
We seem to have hit peak pollen this week in New Orleans. Achoo. As a result, I awaken each day with watery eyes and a runny nose. Achoo. It’s most unpleasant as is my daily sinus headache. The good news is that we’re supposed to have some rain to wash away the sticky yellow stuff. The bad news is that it won’t happen until later today when we have plans to attend a festival not far from Adrastos World HQ. Oh well, that’s what umbrellas are for.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or watching teevee with the Insult Comedian, you know that Chuck Berry died at the age of 90. This week’s theme song, Promised Land, is my favorite Chuck Berry tune. I was introduced to it at the first Grateful Dead show I ever attended. It was a helluva opening number.
I have three versions for your entertainment: Berry’s original, the Band’s rollicking piano driven take from Moondog Matinee, and the Dead live in the Nutmeg State. It’s time to jet to the promised land, y’all.
I remain mystified as to why Chuck wanted to get out of Louisiana and go to Houston town. There’s no accounting for taste. Let’s ponder that as I insert the break, but not where the moon don’t shine.
Instant analysis of the “repeal and replace Obamacare” fiasco. Continue reading Heck, Yeah
If you want to look for a “life imitating art” moment for today’s healthcare vote, it has to be this one from the movie “Black Mass.” James “Whitey” Bulger tells his associate exactly what Trump told Republicans by calling for this vote: “You wanna take your shot? Take your shot. But make it your fuckin’ best because if I get up, I’ll eat you.” This whole thing is horrifying: The potential repeal of the healthcare law, the CBO’s estimate of 24 million people losing coverage, the way in which our government can’t seem to run for three hours without falling … Continue reading Trump and the unfortunate addiction to spectacle
Jeepers creepers, where’d ya get those peepers? Jeepers creepers, where’d ya get those eyes? Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Jeepers Creepers
Former Texas Governor weighs in on GLOW STICK GATE. Continue reading Speaking Of Aggie Jokes…
The Insult Comedian meets Difford and Tilbrook. Continue reading Your President* Speaks: The Truth Is Not His Middle Name
Was Neil Gorsuch hatched in an underground Federalist Society lab? Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Goodness Gracious, Golly Gee, Gosh Gorsuch
Today the House votes on the hastily concocted toxic brew they’ve come up with to replace Obamacare…right now the big question appears to be whether they can make it awful enough to appeal to the “Freedom” Caucus while not losing … Continue reading Lethal Dose
I know nothing about Manning Long’s work but I know a good title when I see one. Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Here’s Blood In Your Eye
Hunger was the main theme of the third episode of The Americans. We heard Tuan the Vietnamese commie kid’s story about eating “garbage off the streets” back home and saw a flashback to Philip’s time as a hungry Russian lad. I was half-way worried that this bloke would knock on my door:
It could be worse. Simon Le Bon Bon might be there with Duran Duran:
That’s the last wolf song for now. I promise, promise.
I almost needed a snack after watching the episode, but resisted because I was afraid that Aussie Midges had invaded my fridge. Oh yeah, The Midges is the buggy title of this pestiferous episode. As far as I know, they have nothing to do with Patricia Hitchcock’s character in Strangers On A Train…
I’m still trying to avoid spoilers so I’ll send you to the break with the song they played as Philip and Elizabeth packed a corpse into a rental car. (It’s not the first time they’ve done that, so how can it be a spoiler?) I’d hate to be the guy who rented that ride after them. It Hertz just thinking about it.
I had a lot of fun with my first post about Trump’s Secretary of State: Tea for the Tillerson. It’s time for a variation on that theme and meme. The above meme reflects the fact that Rex Tillerson is an empty … Continue reading Tea About The Tillerson
The first time I saw the cover of Satan Is Real, I was convinced it was a parody cover. It is not. It’s the real thing. For good or ill, the cover was actually the idea of the Louvin Brothers: … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Satan Is Real
I am sicker about this man sitting in Kerry’s chair than I am about Trump at the Resolute desk, guys: Perhaps, by breaking with a half-century of past practice and flying off without the regular State Department correspondents on board, Mr. Tillerson was hoping to continue to operate in a style that worked well for him as chief executive of Exxon Mobil. In that job, he could negotiate complex oil and gas deals behind closed doors and then inform his board of directors and shareholders afterward. A reminder of the man who occupied that office just previous: I mean good … Continue reading Your Secretary of State
Press hos, specifically: With this uplifting example, I inaugurate an occasional feature: Access Watch, tracking the special treatment — phone calls, interviews, perhaps the lone press seat on the secretary of state’s plane — that can result when media people play nice. True, it is not the proper job of journalists to provide favorable coverage but rather to hold powerful figures accountable. But that doesn’t get you far these days, at least in terms of access. So we’ll be taking note of what does. I wanted to pull this bit out, because it’s telling: Marantz quotes a more veteran journalist … Continue reading Margaret Sullivan Did Not Come to Play with You Hos