Thanks to the idiot president* the news hasn’t slowed down over the holidays but I’ve slow walked my punditry. The pace of events this year has been exhausting and, unlike Reddy Kilowatt, I’m not wired to keep going 24-7-365. I … Continue reading Recharging
Good morning, everybody! I thought I might take a mental health day – it’s not that the Freeperati are displaying their usual insanity, but that it’s just gotten too repetitious. I spend on the average of three hours compiling and composing each of these “Obsession” posts, and that means reading literally hundreds of threads and replies for each one. Having to sort out all the chuckle-worthy bits from the huge stream of mental vomitus gets even harder when the mind-numbing sameness of the hive mind makes it so. This week, the theme seems to be – beaners. District judge disappointed … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – pork and beaners edition
It’s almost like everything Fox says is wrong: “I think pretty much everything is overlooked except fighting and doxxing,” Spencer Sunshine, an activist who does counter-organizing against the far right, tells me. “There is a huge amount of other work that people can – and do – do! Some of these actions include removing fascist propaganda, making anti-racist flyers and stickers, doing educational work about white nationalist organizing, raising money and doing direct support for imprisoned anti-fascist activists, aiding the victims of far-right violence, holding memorial events for murder victims and genocides, and pressuring local businesses to refuse to allow … Continue reading Real Antifa
Who the hell has a Top 50 list? Adrastos, that’s who. Continue reading Saturday Odds & Sods: The Best Of Adrastos 2018
We spent the night in Red Stick on Christmas Eve and returned home the next afternoon. Della Street was indignant. Paul Drake was pitiful. Some things never change. We revived PD’s spirits with a new box: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Obligatory Box Picture
It’s that time of year again: Listomania is in the air. One of my favorite bloggers, Batocchio is carrying on a tradition started by the late Jon Swift/Al Weisel: a roundup of the best posts of the year as selected … Continue reading Jon Swift Roundup 2018
Get over it, Virginia… “Besides, Santa could be Russia, he could be China, he could be a guy sitting on their bed who weighs 400 pounds … a real Santa would stop the witch hunt … put Crooked Hillary on … Continue reading Worst Hallmark Christmas Movie Ever
Who among us doesn’t like a seasonal pun? Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Slay Ride
Nuggets was a trailblazing “various artists” album compiled by Lenny Kaye. He dug deep into the archives and produced an album of psychedelic rock and garage band tracks that was a hit in 1972. The album’s punny subtitle says it … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Nuggets
Love to all of you today. A. Continue reading Merry Merry, Everyone
In which Adrastos calls Lifetime and Hallmark holiday movies fruitcake for the eyes. Continue reading All About Christmas Eve
Get suited up, everybody – the coolest thing in the history of Freeperdom is happening, and you can smell the excitement in the air.
At least I think it’s excitement….
LIVE THREAD: GoFundMe for Trump’s Border Wall Hits $7 Million and Is Rising
The EpochTimes ^ | JACK PHILLIPS
Posted on 12/20/2018, 4:15:55 PM by naeim.darzi
A GoFundMe page titled, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” has raised more than $7 million out of $1 billion as of Dec. 20. In less than an hour late on Thursday, donors contributed more than $500,000.
The page was set up by Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Air Force veteran who received the Purple Heart.
“As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today. Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society,” his page reads.
To: naeim.darziWhile I appreciate the sentiment, this is foolish.
What exactly is the governmental mechanism that enables a direct cash donation to a specific government project?
To: Future Snake EaterJust off the top of my head, the government could sign a $0 contract to build the wall with a non-profit entity or with a contracting company whose costs are paid privately.Funding may be tantamount to legislative authorization, but does the President really lack authorization? I don’t think so.
Slade. Slade is the baby. A. Continue reading Sunday Catblogging: Who’s the baby?
Ugh: As college admissions become ever more competitive, with the most elite schools admitting only 4 percent or 5 percent of applicants, the pressure to exaggerate, embellish, lie and cheat on college applications has intensified, admissions officials say. The high-stakes process remains largely based on trust: Very little is done in the way of fact-checking, and on the few occasions officials do catch outright lies, they often do so by chance. How about we stop making it heartwarming that people basically have to beg in public for everything now? A good education, a way to get to and from work, … Continue reading Stop Asking People to Prostitute Their Experiences for You
I was under the weather for several days, which means that this week’s outing will be somewhat truncated. I don’t have the full Odds & Sods spirit but I’m working on the Christmas spirit. It’s hard for someone inclined to root for Scrooge, the Grinch, and Mr. Potter but I’m giving it the old school try. I’m not quite sure which old school to apply to.
The featured image is a picture of a house a few blocks away from Adrastos World HQ. It’s always seasonally decorated by the elderly black lady who lives there with her son. During Carnival, they like to blast old school soul music. Good god, y’all.
This week’s theme song was written in 2004 by Ed Robertson for Barenaked for the Holidays. The studio version features a guest appearance by crooner Michael Bublé. It’s unknown if Bublé brought bubbly to the session. The live version flat out rocks in an elvish way.
I’m still a bit enervated from my malady but let’s jump to the break anyway. Hopefully, that pesky Santa and his sleigh won’t be in the way. Neither Donner not Vixen likes me at all. I find Vixen vexatious so the feeling is mutual.
The government is shutting down because Rushbo and the Coultergeist challenged the Insult Comedian’s manhood over the wall. Trump is a pussy. He should grab himself. Continue reading That’s Why I Call Him The Kaiser Of Chaos
Sometimes Paul Drake gets so close to the space heater that he looks orange. I tried petting him when he was this close: he was too hot to handle. Oy just oy. Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Baked Drake
In a sign of how bad things are going for the Trump regime, Stephen Miller appeared on CBS’ Face The Nation last Sunday. The Trump henchman emulated his master by augmenting his hair. The Insult Comedian has a weave, Miller has a spray can. Instead of posting pictures of Miller’s spray-do, I prefer to post Jim Carrey’s take on Miller’s Sunday show prep: Stephen Miller: Paint for Hair, Shit for Brains pic.twitter.com/k6QBp4gEaJ — Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) December 18, 2018 Shit for brains? It’s hard to argue that point. Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: Jim Carrey On Stephen Miller’s Hair
Gee, who knew — is 45, deep down, a peace-loving pacifist? Of course not, but this underscores how limited the president really is: oh, they’ll let him sign bills, bark up a storm on Twitter or at rallies, and even release a Rose Garden video, but his grand pronouncements might as well be delivered while playing on the White House swing set. I’d set odds of no worse than 50-50 that in a week, like so many other DJT pronouncements, it will be forgotten, swept under a rug…and with surprisingly little followup from the media (e.g., it’s rare to see … Continue reading Mission Accomplished! The Remake
I decided to keep it seasonal as well as Dickensian this week. Dickens was fond of villains who could be redeemed by the goodness of his other characters. That fits Ebenezer Scrooge to a T. Where I fit on this … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: A Christmas Carol
Adrastos on the Flynn unsentencing hearing. Continue reading The Fog Of Scandal: No Sympathy For The Devil
I’m too old to have watched Mister Rogers but I have fond memories of Captain Kangaroo. I don’t recall hearing any of his Christmas albums, but even at that young age I was more interested in listening to the Beatles. … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Captain Kangaroo Christmas
The thing that gets me closest to a seize-the-means-of-production outlook on life is shit like this honestly: The company behind the Sears and Kmart chains on Friday obtained a U.S. bankruptcy court’s permission to pay as much as $25.3 million in bonuses to top executives and other high-ranking employees at Sears, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October. Why on earth would they do this OH WAIT: The retailer successfully made the case that it needs to give employees a financial reason to stick around, even as it reported losses of almost $1.9 billion in the first three quarters this … Continue reading PAY YOUR FUCKING TAXES BEFORE YOU PAY BONUSES
The great American playwright George S. Kaufman once said, “satire is what closes on Saturday night.” If the Insult Comedian had even a lick of sense, he would have just ignored the It’s A Wonderful Trump SNL cold open instead of extending its life span by doing this: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1074302851906707457 There’s a picky thing called the First Amendment, Donald. It has always protected political speech even when it was more narrowly construed by the Supremes. It protects your endless lies and mindless tweets as well. As a conservative former co-worker of mine frequently said, “GREAT COUNTRY.” He used the phrase constantly … Continue reading Satire & Its Discontents
I knew that this “Q”-apalooza thing was going to end in tears.
FR now has a Deep State Admin Mod Group going rogue deleting posts about the Deep State [q anon]
Reearch on FR ^ | 12/13/2018 | Moi
Posted on 12/13/2018, 2:07:50 AM by Paladin2
I thought everybody knew that FR is an NSA/CIA operation aimed at collecting information on potential threats to the Deep State.I just hang out here because I want to be one of the first in line to the reeducation camps. The food won’t be quite as rotten or riddled with maggots.
To: Mount Athos; Paladin2
Folks, don’t reference or discuss the strange secret conspiracy theory on non-conspiracy threads. The mods (as I understand it) take the position that the strange bogus conspiracy will only be discussed on the official conspiracy world threads.
That does seem to be a reasonable compromise to keep He-who-must-not-be-named from sprouting up like poisonous mushrooms all over every Free Republic thread.
It is a matter of FR housekeeping…..
I read this over the weekend, as we were putting up our Christmas lights and Kick was asking easy-to-answer questions like, “What’s God?” and “WHEN was Jesus born exactly?” and other stuff Mom wasn’t real ready to talk about while shooing the cats off the weird evergreen bush we bought in 4 minutes because the tree lot was really really cold. I am sorry to spoil your preparations for Christmas before the Christmas lights have even gone up—though perhaps it is better to do this now than the week before Christmas, when everything has been carefully prepared. But Jesus wasn’t … Continue reading It’s Not About the Manger
I don’t usually go in for cross-cultural generalizations about the state of the world but for every rule, there’s an exception. And 2018 has been an exceptionally bad year. Hell meet hand basket.
The US, UK, and France have gone to political hell and back in 2018. Our main problem is obvious: a corrupt and deeply stupid president*. In Britain, they’re still paying the price for the Brexit referendum catastrophe, which has resulted in bad leadership in both of the “big parties” and political paralysis. In France, Emmanuel Macron compared himself to Charles DeGaulle once too often, now there are riots in the streets just like in DeGaulle’s day. In 1968, they waved red flags. In 2018, they wear yellow vests. There’s a good chance that Macron will be France’s third consecutive one-term president. Burning it down is not all it’s cracked up to be.
I wish I had solutions for these problems but I’m a pundit, not a prophet. I don’t even have a prophet and loss statement. I can hear them groaning all the way to Bunkie, so it’s time to move on.
This week’s theme song was written in 1969 by John Fogerty for CCR’s Willy and the Poor Boys album. The title has been shortened over time from Don’t Look Now (It Ain’t You or Me) by dropping the parenthetical aside. You may have noticed that I live for parenthetical asides but I can live with the deletion of this one. In fact, it’s a delightful deletion.
We have two versions for your listening pleasure: the Creedence original and a 2005 cover by my main man Dave Alvin.
Don’t Look Now is also the title of a fine film by director Nicolas Roeg who died last month. And don’t look now is excellent advice when one jumps to the break: every time I peek, I get dizzier than Tommy Fucking Roe.
Maria Butina meets the Rolling Stones. Continue reading Butina Your Lip
My friend Kyle’s cat, Little Buddy, is the scamp’s scamp, the imp’s imp. He’s always up to something: trouble is his middle name. Little Buddy’s most recent antics are seasonal in nature. If there’s a Christmas tree in the house, … Continue reading Friday Guest Catblogging: Why We Don’t Have A Christmas Tree
Irony isn’t dead. Continue reading Cohen Family Values