Who you gonna call? Oaf Keepers? Hell to the no. Continue reading The Oaf Keepers
In addition to being a world-class jazz musician, Sun Ra was a world-class eccentric. He claimed to be an alien from Saturn, his album covers reflected that as well as his fascination with ancient Egypt. Are you ready to space … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Sun Ra
While Mr. A and I were looking for houses, we saw lots of places with completely open kitchens. Like, somebody had taken a perfectly normal house and blown open the entire first floor so that you were basically cooking in your living room. It drove me wild, because then what happens? You make fish and you smell it for hours while watching TV. You can’t shut the door on the mess and just sit and talk without being judged by the dishes and pots and pans on the stove and crumbs on the counter. I was pleased to read there’s … Continue reading Tuesday Foodblogging: Kitchen Design Edition
I used to stick my fingers in all the pages, trying to game the system, find the path that would get me home free. I used to read Choose Your Own Adventure books, too: Yet you never quite escape completely. The lasting influence of Choose Your Own Adventure might be how it made us subtly reflect on traditional story-telling. It may be hyperbole to claim that books for kids planted a seed of doubt about our credulity in later life. And yet there is something of the alienation effect to a form of literature that continually suggested other paths, other possibilities. The … Continue reading Choose Your Own Adventure
Apologies to everybody who came hither through Galactica or Game of Thrones. This show was my first true love: Over the course of the first season, the show focused on crisis-of-the-week storylines, such as the station dockers going on strike after Earth refuses to pay for more advanced and safer equipment after a horrendous accident kills several workers, and also on a series of longer-running mysteries. Sinclair’s missing memories (which gradually start to return) is the most prominent of these, but there are also the military provocations by the resurgent and belligerent Narn Regime against their former conquerors, the Centauri, … Continue reading The Name of the Place? Babylon 5.
In 2018, the NRA more resembles a cult than a special interest group. Its members, pet politicians, and leadership recite stale talking points about freedom and the Second Amendment; instead of Hail Marys, one could call them Hail Gunnies. Continue reading Tweet Of The Week: Senator For Sale
My latest NOLA-centric piece is up at the Bayou Brief. I take a look at two factors that made Carnival a bit less enjoyable in 2018: the Lost Causers and the Krewe of Chad. If you want to know what the … Continue reading Bayou Brief: The State Of Carnival
Good morning, everybody. They’re coming fast and frumious lately, so today – a little of everything.
Let’s start with – WHAT special election???
Kentucky Special Election – this is what complacency looks like
https://twitter.com/gelliottmorris/status/966329920338190338 ^ | Feb 21, 2018 | G. Elliott Morris
Posted on 2/21/2018, 9:56:45 AM by mooncoin
Turnout numbers from last night’s special election in KY #HD49, which swung 86%pt toward Democrats and flipped a district from red to blue:
Total turnout: 25% of 2016 ballots cast Dem.: 74% of 2016 Rep.: 11% of 2016
***************The only reason why dems won was that only 11% of 2016 GOP voters showed up yesterday while 74% of Dem voters showed up
One Freeper dares to say it:
A year of “draining the swamp”, by the 4d chess playing grandmaster of politics, has yielded, in over a year … a memo. This is not surprising. Trump is getting his political butt handed to him, his supporters are too starry-eyed to hold his feet to the fire, and an almost unbelievably miraculous opportunity is being squandered. Oh, in addition to a 4-page memo, we have also gotten a number of snarky, albeit incoherent, tweets. And, possibly, Q, although that remains to be seen.
Oh yeah – we’ll get to “Q” a little later in this Obsession….
We are going to lose. Badly. And the fault lies squarely on the shoulders of Trump, and those who act as cheerleaders, and not true supporters (true supporters know that sometimes you have to speak up when the “leader” is making grievous mistakes — as Trump has done, in not seriously following through on his promise to drain the swamp).
We’ve lost zero House seats in these special elections. We’ve retained every one. These state level seats are not garnering any interest on our side. That’s not relevant to national politics. We have an even game on generic congressional polling which leads to minimal changes. It’s an off year election so we face normal cycles of opposition during a presidency but nothing shows it as a big swing.
We won over 1000 of them the previous 8 years in all the states. We are giving them all back. How dump are the Republicans? I have to laugh at the thread where every excuse is given in the book. I guess Conservatives just don’t give a care.
During CPAC a lot of people asked where the Left’s CPAC was, and people offered up options, like maybe Netroots Nation had been at one point something like that, and lots of wingnuts think college campuses are basically CPAC every day. And people are asking, now, what the equivalent of the NRA is for the Left, like what is the lobby that’s bought most of our congressmen and is presumed so powerful that nobody can cross it. Planned Parenthood? But there are anti-abortion Democrats as well as those who favor SOME abortion restriction, and so far as I know there … Continue reading Equivalents
Pretty much: We’re not trying to convert NRA supporters. We’re trying to beat them. https://t.co/6BaIetknbK — Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) February 24, 2018 If the past decade and a half has taught us anything it’s the futility of trying to find common ground with disingenuous peddlers of right-wing conspiracies who make money on not being convinced of anyone’s viewpoint but their employers’. Why on earth would we want to convert them? What would we get out of it? Oh, I supposed we’d get the fickle loyalty of a group of voters whose hold on reality is so tenuous that they continually … Continue reading Trying to Beat Them
I wrote about The Twilight Zone yesterday. Here’s a 1995 American Masters documentary about the late, great Rod Serling. Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: Submitted For Your Approval
It’s been a frustrating week at Adrastos World HQ. Every time I think my pernicious and persistent cold is getting better, I backslide. I would have preferred to be really sick for a few days and then better. Make up your mind, cold.
In local news, the lame duck New Orleans City Council has been up to all sorts of mischief: voting to approve a new power plant for Entergy that won’t solve our blackout problems and allowing taller buildings to be constructed alongside the Mother of Rivers. I suspect that the presence of Mayor-elect Cantrell on the Council is one reason they feel free to take such votes. It does not bode well for those who hoped the incoming Mayor would be more neighborhood/citizen friendly. Score another win for real estate developers who are the worst people in the world. Exhibit A for this argument currently lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
This week’s theme song is a tribute to Temptations singer Dennis Edwards who died earlier this month at the age of 74. Papa Was A Rolling Stone was written by Norman Whitfield and Barret Strong and was a monster hit in 1972. Here are two versions for your enjoyment: the Temps and David Lindley.
Now that I’ve dissed real estate developers and my stupid cold, it’s time to roll over to the break. I’m too enfeebled to jump.
The country has been buzzing this week over the notion of arming teachers. Let’s clear something up: it’s not Trump’s idea. The NRA has been floating this misguided and downright moronic idea for years. If the Insult Comedian ever had … Continue reading Meme Of The Week: Teacher Of Fortune
Here’s Della Street surveying her domain, which includes pesky kid brother Paul Drake. Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Queen of the World
(Posting a bit early because of a sad bit of news. Hope it’s acceptable. – Doc.) Of all the baubles and trinkets I’ve collected over the years that adorn my office, one of my favorite ones is a baseball signed by Jack Hamilton, who died earlier today. The reason I got it was that I taught one of his grandchildren during one of my many stops in journalism education. I still remember her approaching me during our introductory reporting course to ask for special dispensation when it came to her profile. “I know you said that we can’t do this … Continue reading Good night, Jack Hamilton
Like Ed Kilgore says, with the bar for this administration set so low they needed a tunnel borer to put it in place, I’m surprised we didn’t hear at least one pundit solemnly declare yesterday that “Donald Trump became president … Continue reading The Good, The Bad, And…WTF?
I’d never heard of Gun Molls Magazine until recently. It was a short-lived publication founded in the early 1930’s; presumably to capitalize on the success of early gangster flicks such as Scarface, The Public Enemy, and Little Caesar. Gentle Annie is … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Gun Molls Magazine
Willard Mittbot Romney goes crawling back to the president* he once derided as a con man. Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Willard Mittbot Romney
I checked Pulp Librarian’s twitter feed in search of material for tomorrow. Little did I know that I’d find a deeply weird album cover from 1970. This is an ad for the album, the cover is on the left. Here’s … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: A Witch Is Born
Everything doesn’t suck. So in 2004, some Eagle Corn seeds were sent to Nebraska. “The Pawnee had grown this corn here for 600 years, and they’d been trying to save it since they were forced to Oklahoma in the 1870s. Now we were trying one last time to see if it would grow here again,” O’Brien says. The first crop didn’t take, but the next year, the last 25 seeds were sent in a desperate effort to keep the Eagle Corn from extinction. That time, O’Brien watched in astonishment. “It was just amazing—I’ve never seen plants just burst from the … Continue reading Tuesday Foodblogging
What the fuck is wrong with you? But a gun massacre at a Florida high school last Wednesday, which left 17 dead, seemed to shift the media glare away from the Trump scandals and gave embattled aides an opportunity to refocus on handling a rare crisis not of their own making. While the White House mourned the loss of life in Parkland, Fla., some aides privately acknowledged that the tragedy offered a breather from the political storm. A breather. A breather. A fucking breather. What kind of solipsistic asshole … you know, this is paragraph two of this story and … Continue reading ‘a reprieve’
It’s President’s Day. The Current Occupant is currently at his Florida pad and there’s a tweet storm brewing. Who am I kidding? He’s been watching Fox News, hanging out with his idiot sons, and whining about the cards life dealt him … Continue reading Your President* Speaks: Dumbbell Caveman Edition
Greetings, all – still recovering from the herniated disc thing, and every time I think it’s gone away, it comes back. In the immortal words of Joan Hackett in “Support your local Sheriff” :
“I’m sick and tired of all these stupid things that keep happening to me, and somebody’d better do something about it soon!“
So – a short “Obsession” today.
I won’t even go near the latest mowing down of schoolchildren, because the Freeperati response is exactly the same as the last 20 times it happened.
It did generate one interesting thread, though – good for the Russian mafia!
Posted on 2/17/2018, 10:52:12 PM by hapnHal
Are you allowed guns in Russia? Found this information.
Individuals are not allowed to carry guns acquired for self-defense; a license only serves as a carrying permit for hunting and sport firearms when these guns need to be transported. Russian citizens may not own guns that shoot in bursts or have magazines with more than a ten-cartridge capacity.
To: billakayAs I understand it, the law was amended a couple of years ago to allow anyone who had a permit to own a weapon to carry it for self defense.
Got to wonder how much the growth of the Russian mafia contributed to that.
Regardless, good for them!
To: American in Israel
To: hapnHalDo we need these type of guns and if so, for WHAT PURPOSE ?
To fight back against government forces that will be sent to take them away the next time we get an Obama or a Hillary.
This is a glorious evisceration of Chicago’s worst newspaper columnist, who’s typical of so many old middle-class scolds in that Kass thinks it’s just fine if people in “those neighborhoods” die so long as it doesn’t happen near him: “Chicago police commanders aren’t supposed to be shot to death, not there, not at the heart of city business and politics.” As with so many John Kass columns in this stage of his career, I can only wonder: Where to start? 1. Ignore the stats. Go by feel – perhaps the feel you get from Fox News. 2. People’s sense of safety is shaken by … Continue reading Marry Me, Steve
I spent Saturday night in a crowded hot room above a coffee shop, writing notes to Paul Ryan and Donald Trump. I know, right? But listen to this girl, Emma Gonzalez: I watched an interview this morning and noticed that one of the questions was, do you think your children will have to go through other school shooter drills? And our response is that our neighbors will not have to go through other school shooter drills. When we’ve had our say with the government — and maybe the adults have gotten used to saying ‘it is what it is,’ but … Continue reading Your Sons and Your Daughters Are Beyond Your Command
We’ve put Carnival in the books and my repentance comes in the form of a cold. Mercifully, it’s not the flu, but I’m still going to keep it extra snappy since I might get the vapors at any moment. There … Continue reading Saturday Odds & Sods: Fever
Paul Drake is suffering from Carnival withdrawal. A trail of admirers found their way to our house to see PD. He also misses food opportunities such as this one: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Pizza Boy
Bet you can find it on the same aisle that has the sailboat fuel. More seriously, if thoughts and prayers actually stood a prayer’s chance, why didn’t it stop yesterdays shooting? Or the one before that, or the one before … Continue reading Oh Look: A Box Of Thoughts And Prayers
I asked Mr. Google to suggest some Olympics related pulp books. That’s how I found Peril Is My Pay. I picked it because of the hardboiled title, not the Olympic connection. Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Peril Is My Pay
The word treason is being thrown around rather freely of late. It is a very specific crime. In fact, it is the only crime that is defined in the Constitution: Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War … Continue reading Words Matter