Every time I ask you guys I think this time it’s not gonna make a dent and oh boy did you ever make a dent: #Uglydogs OMG OMG 4 trips to the post office dragging a sled behind to pick up all our goodies. So far we have opened garden supplies, glue sticks, legos, clorox wipes, finger paint paper and more more more! I will post pics by Friday. Thank you to all you wonderful doggies! — Angela Dunton (@MissAngelaAK) March 26, 2019 You’re all just so great. A. Continue reading So We Mailed Some LEGOs to Alaska, Guys!
I’ve written before about how everything right now is designed to make you give up, lie down and quit fighting, and of course twas ever thus for those we nice white people didn’t want participating in the system, but increasingly we are weaponizing our customer service systems against ourselves: Elizabeth Cloinger, 47, who lives in a trailer next to her cousin’s house just outside town, thought she was complying with the new rules. She has been on Medicaid for years and already had a job, working seven days most weeks as a home health aide. Her wages — 9.25 an … Continue reading The Point Is To Be Mean
The Rolling Stones have cancelled their 2019 tour, which means they won’t be playing Jazz Fest, which, in turn, means that I won’t see them from my top secret free viewing location. This 1989 show will simply have to do: Continue reading Sunday Morning Video: The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Live
I bet you thought I was done with the epistolary references but I’m made of sterner (sillier?) stuff than that. There’s even another Bill Barr reference coming up. Does that make this a red-letter day? Beats the hell outta me.
Since, unlike the first Barr letter, the post title is so damn long, the intro will be mercifully brief. I’m even skipping another epistle pun just to prove that I’m capable of restraint. Anyone buying it?
This week’s theme song, I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter, was written in 1935 by Fred E. Ahlert and Joe Young. It was introduced to the world by the great Fats Waller and has been recorded a zillion times over the years.
Since it’s one of my favorite tunes, we have a slew of versions for your listening pleasure.
Now that we’ve finished our correspondence, let’s put a stamp on it, mail it, then jump to the break. Continue reading “Saturday Odds & Sods: I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter”
Controlled public anger is the best kind of public anger. It connotes passion, principle, and, well, control. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is ordinarily a cool customer, which is what made yesterday’s display of controlled rage even more impressive. Here’s why Schiff lost his shit: nine Republicans demanded Schiff resign as Chairman of a committee that Devin Nunes made a laughingstock during the last Congress. They were doing the Insult Comedian’s bidding, which inspired Schiff to launch into what will surely be known as the “You may think it’s okay but I don’t” speech: Schiff’s controlled tirade will go … Continue reading Adam Schiff Is Okay
Paul Drake fancies himself a doorman: Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Belly Up
FDR meets Bobo Newsom. Continue reading Tweet Of The Day: Opening Day Edition
The dust is starting to settle, but I’m amazed that the press, even and including allegedly librul MSNBC, spent a few news cycles falling for Team Trump’s bluster and spin. Geez. You’d have thought the pope himself had lain hands upon the crusty orange thing that sits above Trump’s skull … anyway, of course they were going to loudly grasp whatever straws William Barr threw in their direction. That’s their way…and that’s the GOP way, too. The country is, as we all know, divided. The hard core Trumpeters won’t budge (about the only thing chronic liar Trump says that has … Continue reading Twit Declares Victory, Takes Twit Victory Lap
Another day, another epistolary title. W. Somerset Maugham had a long run as a popular writer. He is only remembered today, if at all, because of some first class movie adaptations of his work. The Bette Davis-William Wyler version of … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: The Letter
I’ve long been convinced that Speaker Pelosi is a pistol, She spoke out yesterday on the Barr epistle, you know the book report that the Insult Comedian calls “total exoneration.” “We have to see the report. We cannot make a judgment on the basis of an interpretation by a man who was hired for his job because he believes the president is above the law and he wrote a 19-page memo to demonstrate that.” The battle is joined; even most Republicans want to see the entire Mueller Report. Some wingnuts think it will discredit the “deep state” others think it … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Nancy Smash Edition
“There’s no cure for Trump’s own pre-existing condition, stupidity.” Continue reading A Gift From The President*
I’ve had letters on my mind this week hence this selection. The Letter was a surprise #1 hit for the Box Tops in 1967, which led the record company to rush The Letter/Neon Rainbow into release. For the Alex Chilton … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: The Letter/Neon Rainbow
Adrastos on the Barr letter and Team Trump’s latest con game. Continue reading Never Give A Sucker An Even Break
OK, people – Ms. A’s on a well-deserved vacation, so a bonus mini-“Obsession” is in order. Here we go – just add electricity! Mexicans Are Stealing Border Wall Materials, Using Them For Home Security (Frito Banditos!) Huffington Post / AP ^ | March 20, 2019 | Ryan Grenoble/Gregory Bull Posted on 3/23/2019, 9:24:54 AM by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies Cars lined up to cross into the United States from Tijuana, Mexico, are seen through barriers topped with concertina wire at the San Ysidro port of entry. Thieves have been taking the wire and selling it in Tijuana for home security. And just when … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s bonus thingy -“Don’t fence me in” edition
STILL THERE’LL BE MORE. Continue reading Barr Letter Reading List
First up – take the MAGA – leave the cannolli !
Alleged mob boss killer Anthony Comello scrawls ‘MAGA Forever’ on his hand
NJ.com Advanced Media ^ | March 18, 2019
Posted on 3/18/2019, 4:10:03 PM by SMGFan
Anthony Comello, the 24-year-old arrested in New Jersey Saturday for allegedly gunning down a mob boss in Staten Island last week, will return to New York to face the murder charge against him. Comello waived his extradition rights Monday during a hearing in Ocean County Superior Court before Judge Wendel Daniels. He is expected to appear in court in Staten Island next Monday, March 25.
“He willingly, knowingly and voluntarily returns to New York to face these charges,” Brian Neary, a New Jersey attorney representing Comello Monday, told reporters after the hearing. He described Comello, who said only “yes, sir” during the hearing, as “resolute.”
In the courtroom, Comello held his open handcuffed palm up to reporters, showing a symbol and several words scrawled in pen. “MAGA forever” and “united we stand” were some of the phrases he had printed, while others were not entirely legible.
**********************he will not die of old age.
I imagine that most ‘mob’ guys are in a sense pro America.
To: SMGFanBy 2020, Trump will have been blamed for every single thing wrong in this world.I mean every single item… everything.
My inner WFB is saying, “well then, I suppose we should surrender to communism here and now, rather than taking even a chance on being associated, in any minor way, with this act of lawlessness by a young man barely out of his teens that we never met. I would say pack up western civilization, put it in storage, until perhaps these matters can be resolved to the satisfaction of everyone concerned.”
Not surprising, I remember that someone in the Gambino Family stated that the Clintons are trash. On my former twitter account, I followed Angel Ghotti, who is John Ghotti’s daughter. She is very Pro-USA, Pro-Trump and strongly Prolife. Wow she is out there defending Trump against those who are against him, and she nails those who support murder of the unborn. She has a son who is serving in the military.
I guess some Mafia members are very patriotic. =)
STILL THERE’LL BE MORE. Continue reading Instant Analysis: The Barr Redaction Of The Mueller Report
March is the cruelest month in New Orleans for allergy sufferers like me. The weather has been sunny and cool; perfect for outdoor activity. The rub is the oak pollen that can be found everywhere. It coats cars, sidewalks, and any surface it can light on. It makes me feel itchy and my nose run like a broken faucet. The most dramatic symptom involves my eyes, which resemble red gravy in sockets if such a thing is possible.
Enough bitching about my allergies. This week’s theme song was written by Richard Thompson and was the title track of his 1983 solo album. It was his first record after breaking up personally and professionally with Linda Thompson. It’s one of his finest albums featuring some of his best songs and that’s saying a lot.
We have two versions of Hand Of Kindness for your listening pleasure. The studio original and a live version from Cropredy circa beats the hell outta me.
Now that I’ve extended the hand of kindness, it’s time to jump to the break. Given the RT album cover, we may have to do so at the Chelsea Embankment. Splash.
The King of Bigots is at it again, and this time it’s personal: [H]ere’s what FEMA tells me: We go to a place like New Orleans, and everybody’s looking around saying, “Who’s going to help me? Who’s going to help me?” We go to a place like Iowa, and we go see, knock on the door at, say, I make up a name, John’s place, and say, “John, you got water in your basement, we can write you a check, we can help you.” And John will say, “Well, wait a minute, let me get my boots. It’s Joe that … Continue reading Steve King Can Go Fuck Himself
If it’s Friday, it’s time to quote an eminent Guardian columnist on the shit show that is Brexit. Here’s how the formidable Polly Toynbee described a speech Theresa May gave in the House of Commons earlier this week: Listening to her outburst, you heard the mood music of an angry farewell, a croaky swan song. As she nails her dead parrot of a plan to the perch again next week for yet another vote, she surely knows that battering on with her way or no way, petulantly obdurate to the last, she will be rejected yet again. Polly nailed the petulant … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: Dead Parrot Edition
We were trying to get Della and Paul to look in the same direction but you know what they say about herding cats. Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Things Are Looking Up
Adrastos on the Phony War of the Conways. Continue reading Kabuki Feuding
Well, assuming John McCain went to, you know, the good place He said he gave Mr. McCain “the funeral he wanted, and I didn’t get ‘thank you,’” exaggerating the role he played in honoring the senator’s death four days before his 82nd … Continue reading Pretty Weird When This Could Be An Actual Headline
I’m working on a Movies Set In Louisiana piece for the Bayou Brief. It’s taking a bit longer than anticipated but it has a lot of moving parts; pun intended, it always is. It should be out sometime next week. … Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Mr. Angel Comes Aboard/Johnny Angel
Only the Shadow-Banner knows what evil lurks in the heart of the tweeter tube. Continue reading Only The Shadow-Banner Knows
Red Sails In The Sunset was Midnight Oil’s commercial breakthrough in Australia. It was also the first time they charted in the US. The Oils got their foot in the door with this 1984 release but they kicked it in … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Red Sails In The Sunset
You ever get shown up thoroughly by someone twice your age? Tom Butler and his wife June did that to me in 2007 in NOLA. Longtime readers may remember we assembled a bunch of Internet people who’d never met (pictured above) to go to New Orleans to gut a house in the aftermath of Katrina. Tom, second from left up there, absolutely kicked my ass. He and June, beside him as always, hauled out barrow after barrow, bucket after bucket, of filth from this roach-ridden rotting hulk of a flooded home in 90-degree heat and 90 percent humidity, working dawn … Continue reading In Loving and Awed Memory of Tom Butler, First Draft Krewe
I dunno if anybody else is struggling right now but I AM. Holy balls, am I ever.
The world is a dark miserable shitass place and being on Twitter is losing its goddamn charm as all I ever see is people attacking each other over who’s really a Bernie bro and who humped their cat and who has the WORST ideas for revamping local news and who I used to love yesterday who now has to be cancelled because he has revenge or rape or race-war fantasies.
And I do not have a hot take on any of it. I’m just annoyed by everything. Once upon a time I would have enjoyed laughing at Cat Humper Twitter as much as I did David Cameron Dead Pig Humper Twitter, but lately my overarching reaction is just to be really, really tired by everyone’s antics. Which is not productive. Or helpful.
You know what is?
There are things that happen after every mass shooting. Right thinking people deplore the violence and call for changes to gun laws. If the incident involves a minority religious community, the outcry is even more fervent and leads to shows of inter-faith solidarity and unity. These are positive post mayhem mass shooting rituals, and they’re happening in the aftermath of the New Zealand mosque attack. As to negative post mayhem rituals, right-wingers sent their “thoughts and prayers” to the victims but refuse to acknowledge any role their pro-gun, Islamophobic ideology might have played. When Barack Obama was president, they insisted … Continue reading Post Mayhem Rituals
You know, ‘m just going to stop planning mini-vacations from First Draft. Every time I do….
At first – he’s psychotic!
Christchurch mosque shootings – Trump-supporting ‘Brit’ gunman wrote chilling manifesto
The [UK] Sun ^ | 03-15-2019 | Jenny Awford
Posted on 3/14/2019, 11:45:31 PM by Trump20162020To: Trump20162020
No, he’s insane. When someone is as psychotic as this guy is I never take what they say about politics and culture seriously. They could just as well claim to be helping the Martians invade.
Apparently he has three accomplices though so it will be interesting to see what kind of mental cases they are.
Crazy person: “Those (fill in the blank) are dangerous.”
Crazier person: “Yeah!”
Crazy person: “Those (fill in the blank) are all terrorists.”
Crazier person: “Yeah!”
Crazy person: “Those (fill in the blank) need to be wiped out in a holy war.”
Crazier person: “Yeah!
Crazy person: “Those (fill in the blank) are all animals.”
Crazier person: “YEAH!!”
Crazy person: “There’s a war coming against those (fill in the blank), and we have all the guns.”
Crazier person: “YEAH!!!!!!”
Crazier person shoots up a building full of (fill in the blank)
Crazy person: “Where in the hell did you get THAT idea? You’re just a crazy person.”
And so on….
Of course, only crazy people hate other people because they pray in a different language.
Muslims should not be shocked that some fruitcake hit back. Their terrorist “martyrs” have been killing innocents for years and now when they get hit, the whole world’s left wing establishment screams its head off about innocents being killed. You live by the sword, someone is going to die by the sword.
To: Mr. K
Own goal is known in military circles as a “false flag” operation, a term from naval history where ships raised their enemies’flag and attacked another partisan to start a war. This is what we have here.
Any conservative minded person in their right mind would shudder at the idea of doing something like this. Do you really think that makes the first bit of difference?
I’ll give the guy this much: he certainly understands the American right, at least as far as FreeRepublic goes.