“You have to wash with the crocodile in the river. You have to swim with the sharks in the sea. You have to live with the crooked politician.” Continue reading Cruel Crazy Beautiful World
The real world is a scary place right now so I’m focusing on the benign world of Sparky Schulz and the Peanuts gang this Halloween: Here’s Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack: Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Everybody was forwarding the Serwer piece around and it’s excellent, but this is the part I didn’t see anyone talking about yesterday: Many of Trump’s defenders argue that his rhetoric is mere shtick—that his attacks, however cruel, aren’t taken 100 percent seriously by his supporters. But to make this argument is to concede that following Trump’s statements to their logical conclusion could lead to violence against his targets, and it is only because most do not take it that way that the political violence committed on Trump’s behalf is as limited as it currently is. Emphasis mine. THAT MAKES IT … Continue reading It’s Not Okay if He Doesn’t Mean It
Well, who DOESN’T feel helpless this morning? Friend of Blog Jude points us to this fundraiser being held in Madison, Wis. for the Trans Law Help Center, a volunteer legal aid clinic helping people dealing with the Trump administration’s ever-erupting volcano of bullshit. If you can’t attend, I’ll match the first $100 in donations to the center, run through Community Justice Inc, just link to a pic of your receipt in the comments. Fuck the fascists. A. Continue reading Do Something Right Now
Writing for First Draft is one of my passions. It’s often my therapy. This has been one of those times. The MAGA Bomber’s failed attempt at mass assassination shook me to the core. Then, the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh left many of us questioning what it means to be an American in the Trump era. I am proud to be an American, but I am ashamed of our current leadership’s inability to respond with an ounce of human decency or a scintilla of empathy. As far as the president* is concerned, it’s an inconvenient interruption of … Continue reading Kristallnacht In Broad Daylight
Good morning, all.
Well, it doesn’t take Carnac The Magnificent to figure out what the topic of the day is in Freeperville, so let’s get cracking!
Suspicious package sent to Obama intercepted by Secret Service
The Hill ^ | October 24, 2018 | Avery Anapol
Posted on 10/24/2018, 9:09:53 AM by EdnaMode
The Secret Service has intercepted a suspicious package addressed to former President Obama in Washington, D.C.
The Secret Service said in a statement that the package, and another sent to the home of Bill and Hillary Clinton in New York, were identified as “potential explosive devices and appropriately handled as such.”
The statement said that the Obamas and Clintons did not receive the packages, and were not at risk of receiving them.
The package sent to the Clintons was reported earlier Wednesday and was intercepted late Tuesday night, according to the Secret Service.
“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the Secret Service said in a statement. “The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”
The Secret Service said it had initiated “a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible.”
NBC New York reported that the package sent to the Clintons is similar to the explosive device found at the home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros on Monday.
Well, I wonder what the first comment is going to be….
********************************Soros yesterday, The Clintons and Obama today. Right before midterms. Has to be a hoax.
As I said on the Clinton thread, this is not the MO for conservatives.
We enact change at the ballot box or if necessary the cartridge box.
It is typical for the left to try to send bombs through mail because they have no problems with scaring people into compliance or killing them if the person disagrees with them.
At age 29, Rudolph was the perpetrator of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, which occurred on July 27, 1996, during the 1996 Summer Olympics. He called the police, warning about the bomb before it detonated. The blast killed spectator Alice Hawthorne and wounded 111 others. Melih Uzunyol, a Turkish cameraman, who ran to the scene following the blast, died of a heart attack. Rudolph’s motive for the bombings, according to his April 13, 2005 statement, was political (…)
Rudolph has made it clear in his written statement and elsewhere that the purpose of the bombings was to fight against abortion and the “homosexual agenda.” He considered abortion to be murder, the product of a “rotten feast of materialism and self-indulgence”; accordingly, he believed that its perpetrators deserved death, and that the United States government had lost its legitimacy by sanctioning it. He also considered it essential to resist by force “the concerted effort to legitimize the practice of homosexuality” in order to protect “the integrity of American society” and “the very existence of our culture”, whose foundation is the “family hearth.”
After Rudolph’s arrest for the bombings, The Washington Post reported that the FBI considered Rudolph to have “had a long association with the Christian Identity movement, which asserts that Northern European whites are the direct descendants of the lost tribes of Israel, God’s chosen people.” Christian Identity is a white nationalist religion which holds the view that those who are not white Christians can not be saved. In the same article, the Post reported that some FBI investigators believed Rudolph may have written letters that claimed responsibility for the nightclub and abortion clinic bombings on behalf of the Army of God, a group that sanctions the use of force to combat abortions and is associated with Christian Identity.
DAMN those lefties!!
I don’t care who is doing this, they need to be found, found fast, before anyone hurt. This violence is what comes from, or rather, an escalation and response of what Democrats have done, directly and through proxies like Antifa.
Thanks for clearing that up for us.
All need to be shut down. Immediately and completely. Good to see White House is out front on this. Make it across the board, no violence by anyone will be tolerated.
I was driving through southeastern Wisconsin, past Walker and Steil and Vukmir signs, past “we back the badge” signs in front of subdivided former farmland, when I read the news about yesterday’s shooting. On top of the pipe bombs. On top of “lock her up” and “CNN sucks” and the mindset that anyone who supports the GOP is somehow under siege. I’ve been saying this for a while, and people keep deliberately not getting it: Wrong. I won’t be deterred by Trump-inspired terrorism. We will do what’s right for our country. If Donald Trump wants to foment violence in response, … Continue reading Our Ride’s Coming
We’ve finally had some cool weather in New Orleans. I considered devising some sort of ceremony for turning off the AC, but I kept it simple. Besides, I didn’t want to scare the cats.
It’s been a difficult week, which is why I plan to keep this post on the short and sweet side. Make that short and snarky. I don’t want to ruin my well-deserved reputation as a curmudgeon.
This week’s theme song, Season of the Witch, was written in 1966 by Donovan Leitch and Shawn Phillips. It has been covered a bazillion times, which gave me many versions to choose from. I like choice, it’s cherce as Spencer Tracy said in Pat and Mike.
We have three versions for your listening pleasure: the Donovan original followed by a Richard Thompson cover that was recorded for the NBC show, Crossing Jordan. I recall watching the episode it appeared in and nearly falling off the couch in surprise at hearing RT on a network show. Finally, Lou Rawls brings some soul to the proceedings.
Now that we’ve gotten seasonal, it’s time to make like a witch, jump on a broomstick and fly to the break. I may not have magical powers but I have a broom.
I try my best not to take the news personally. That’s been impossible this week after I realized that the most analogous event in American history to pipe bomb mania was the Lincoln-Seward conspiracy. Then, the MAGA Bombers enemies list … Continue reading Florida Man, MAGA Bomber
I’m not the best photographer, which is why most of the pictures of our cats you see here were taken by Dr. A. I took this one of Paul Drake and it’s not half bad. Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Large Cat In A Small Box
As of this writing, here’s who the MAGA Bomber is telling to pipe down by mailing them a pipe bomb: George Soros The Clintons The Obamas Eric Holder John Brennan Debbie Wasserman Schultz Maxine Waters Joe Biden Robert DeNiro Robert Fucking DeNiro? It’s a good thing that he’s not in his prime or he just might go Raging Bull or even Taxi Driver on someone’s ass. I guess that makes him the Paul Newman of this dangerously crazy incident: the salad dressing mogul was on Nixon’s enemies list. Bobby D is in good company. Trump made a statement yesterday at the … Continue reading The MAGA Bomber’s Enemies List
Jack Holmes notes a particularly sinister aspect of Trump’s self-described nationalism Inconsistencies and outright contradictions are fixtures of his rhetoric. He bangs on about “due process” and “the presumption of innocence” when his Supreme Court nominee is accused of sexual … Continue reading It’s Also The Lying Itself
I’ve had Shirley Jackson on my mind because Dr. A and I are watching The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. It’s a radical reconstruction of that cerebral horror classic, which I should object to, but it works so bloody … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: We Have Always Lived In The Castle
The cries of “false flag” are already flying on the right after this bombtastic morning. Mercifully, no one has been hurt, but we know who has been inciting violence. It’s the creep I call the Kaiser of Chaos. He has called Democrats members of the “party of crime.” One of his idiot supporters has decided that it’s okay to bomb our past nominees and the “fake news enemies of the people” at CNN. Words have consequences. My friend the Scrabble Shark tweeted this right after the CNN story broke: The #MAGA bombers have started. Just say #MAGAbomber !!! — racymind (@racymind) … Continue reading Clockwork Creeps
It’s getting ugly out there. We already knew that the only way the Insult Comedian knows how to run for office is by scaring his supporters shitless. We’re used to the GOP running a disgusting base election: they’ve been doing … Continue reading Fear Itself
There are few musical acts with as wide a gap between their sound and their members behavior as this week’s featured artist. The Mamas and the Papas had a sweet, sunny sound that belied who they were as people. It’s … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears
people need to stop doing this crap. personally harassing elected officials is wrong. not how politics should be conducted. if you want change, work/vote for change https://t.co/2plkKpfdJY — John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 20, 2018 Be polite while we kill you. Be polite while we erase you. Be polite while we cage you. Be polite while we shoot you. Be polite while we fire you. Be polite while you’re less than. Be polite while you’re ground under. Be polite while you let us walk all over you. Kiss the foot that kicks you. Thank us for our scorn. Be polite. Be … Continue reading Civility Rights
Cadet Bone Spurs meets Mister Bone Saw. Continue reading From Bone Spurs To Bone Saws
Bunch of Freeper sludge to go through this week, soooo…They lied to president Trump!
Saudi king dismisses top officials as it admits missing journalist was killed at consulate
The Hill ^ | 10/19/18 | JUSTIN WISE
Posted on 10/19/2018, 6:08:57 PM by yesthatjallen
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reportedly dismissed a key royal adviser and a senior intelligence official the same day the country’s state-run media admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
King Salman ordered for Saud al-Qahtani, an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to be removed, according to the state-run Ikhbariya television, which was reported by Bloomberg News.
The news came as reports surfaced that the Saudis acknowledged that Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, died after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.
The Saudi government stated that 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested and are being interrogated in connection with the case, according to a press release translated by The New York Times.
The president said King Salman of Saudi Arabia strongly denied that the kingdom had any connection to the missing journalist, whose writings were often highly critical of the ruling royal family.
“He didn’t really know. Maybe I don’t want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers — I mean, who knows?”
Now, back to present day:
You left out: “And he was stupid enough to believe it”.
And, of course:To: Trumpisourlastchance
Here’s one of mine: Incredibly earnest dissections of sillyass songs on Genius: Soulja Boy would perform the “Crank That” Dance, so Soulja Boy is saying watch me crank that Soulja Boy Dance. On the phrase “up in this ho:” Soulja Boy says the phrase is not to be taken literally because it is not about an actual “ho”. Okay then. Let’s move on to some Salt-n-Pepa: Pepa is a confident woman and though some may think that she is a slut because she’s making the first move, asking the guy for his phone number, she’s letting them know that’s not … Continue reading Stupid Things that Make You Happy: GO!
Haha, so funny: BREAKING: Democrat party officials invite Hillary Clinton to cocktails and dinner at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 20, 2018 This is the kind of thing she says all the time: “Is your tape recorder running? Turn it on! I got something to say…My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.” And after she said that, look what happened: “Is she serious, or just having fun?” Guys, I hate to break it to you, but she was serious. So was Rush, and Bernie Goldberg, and so were all … Continue reading Gonna Stop Putting These People on Your Shows Now? HAHAHAHAHA, Nope.
The weird weather continues apace in New Orleans. Our fall tease lasted three whole days, followed by a warm-up and a mini-monsoon last Monday, Moday. No wonder John Phillips found that day untrustworthy. Dr. A drove us home from a krewe meeting during the deluge and engaged in some nifty puddle avoidance. It’s not supposed to rain that much or that hard in October. Climate change? What climate change?
This week’s theme song was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1943 for a revival of their 1927 musical, A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court. To Keep My Love Alive is best described as a chipper murder ballad. Hart’s lyrics detail the manifold ways in which the protagonist bumped off her 15 husbands in order not to cheat on them. It was the last song Larry Hart wrote before his death later that year at the age of 48.
We have two versions for your listening pleasure: Ella Fitzgerald from the Rodgers and Hart Songbook and the preternaturally perky Blossom Dearie.
My favorite stanza is the final one:
Sir Atherton indulged in fratricide,He killed his dad and that was patricideOne night I stabbed him by my mattress-sideTo keep my love alive.
My latest piece at the Bayou Brief is called Hart-Atwater: The Louisiana Connection. I take a skeptical look at James Fallows’ recent article, Was Gary Hart Set Up? The Bimini Bummer is my new nickname for Gary Hart’s ill-fated meeting … Continue reading Adrastos On The Bimini Bummer At The Bayou Brief
There’s a thought-provoking piece at Slate by Lili Loofbourow about political rage, which is all the rage in the age of Trump. Here’s the money quote: Donald Trump is an anger troll. Rage is the one thing he capably nurtures … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: President* Anger Troll
Della Street was outraged that a usurper took her place last week and was linked to by Crooks & Liars. The nerve of some people. One more dirty look and all will be right in her furry universe: Robert Cray … Continue reading Friday Catblogging: What About Me?
I’ve been busy writing a piece for the Bayou Brief about the Hart-Atwater mishigas or as I call it, the Bimini Bummer. That article will be up tomorrow. All I’ve got for you right now is this: That’s not quite … Continue reading Election Countdown Time
I’m with Charles Pierce on this. She is accused of “playing on Trump’s field.” So what? Only a child believes that there is one field on which an election is contested. And, truth be told, the elite political press has a great deal to do in defining what the “field” of play actually is. It was the elite political press that helped establish the “field” of play in 2016, even though they’d rather pull out their own fingernails than admit it. The way you win an election is that you beat the opponent on his field, on your field, and … Continue reading The High Priests Of The Cult Of Savvy
The Vanishing American was an atypical work for Zane Gray. He was best known as the author of cowboy oriented Western novels. But he always had a soft spot for Native Americans. Here’s how Goodreads describes this book: Considered one … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Vanishing American
Buzz words are nothing new in American politics. They’re as old as the Republic itself. The Jeffersonians called John Adams a royalist tool of the English crown.The Federalists, in turn, called Jefferson a Jacobin tool of the French revolutionary rabble. … Continue reading The Buzz Word Election