Stand for Christ

Stooooooooop: Thank you @GovMikeHuckabee Clearly the judges aren’t going to be with me. Let’s send a message to #Hollywood that those of us who stand for #Christ won’t be discounted. May God bless you https://t.co/Qqa9xi3pIM — Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 17, 2019 Do you know all the crap Jesus has to do? Like, all of it? He has so much shit to do. He has to keep His eye on sparrows and sort His junk mail and appear in visions from here to Laredo and now on top of that you want to give Him the unbelievable burden of supporting … Continue reading Stand for Christ

Not Everything Sucks

Elaine Chao might be going down and that’s good bad news for Mr. Elaine Chao, who we know and loathe as Mitch McConnell: The House Oversight Committee sent Ms. Chao 18 different document and information requests related to the two matters, including requests for copies of any communication since January 2017 between Ms. Chao or any employee at the Transportation Department with her father or her sister Angela Chao, who is now the chief executive of Foremost. The committee also asked for copies by the end of this month of all documents related to a trip that Ms. Chao planned … Continue reading Not Everything Sucks

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – That was the week that wows edition

TW3, everyone… (hopefully the BBC won’t sue me)  – and what a week it was!  I’ve quit trying to count the wheels that have come off the Trump Train, and am just concentrating on dodging them as they fly by.

First up – He’s Bolton! (composite thread) :

Trump says he fired national security advisor John Bolton-JB says he “offered to resign”
cnbc ^ | Sept 10, 2019 | Mangan/Breuninger

Posted on 9/10/2019, 11:02:18 AM by janetjanet998

Trump says he fired national security advisor John Bolton

1 posted on 9/10/2019, 11:02:18 AM by janetjanet998
Of course, in Freeperville, The Darnold can do no wrong :
To: bigdaddy45

 

Ruh roh.

4 posted on 9/10/2019, 11:06:00 AM by HighSierra5

Some expert political analysis :
To: janetjanet998

 

I never did like that cheesy stache.

It will be very interesting to see who replaces him. No names come quickly to my mind.

12 posted on 9/10/2019, 11:05:37 AM by be-baw

TrumpBolton
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Suddenly, Free republic has turned into anti-war dove territory:
To: GRRRRR

HALLELUJAH!!! War mongering uberstatist who never met a foreign entanglement he did not celebrate!!!

I thank GOD every day for Donald Trump for cleaning out this cabal of Chenney/Bolton pseudopatriot scum from the state dept.

He put the cabal IN there, you incredible fucking moron.

The myth that “if we don’t fight them over there, then they will come here” has done nothing but breed the kind of rage that creates terrrorists, kill our boys for NOTHING, bankrupt the country, and dance like a marionette on a string to the Likud.

One can only hope Pompeo is next.

8 posted on 9/10/2019, 11:11:59 AM by mostly_lies

Good luck with that.

To: mostly_lies

 

Pompeo is probably the best of his Cabinet picks.

31 posted on 9/10/2019, 11:37:16 AM by Sacajaweau

GirlsGirlsStupid
To: GRRRRR

 

I will watch this thread to see how many more of my FRiends have changed their core principles since Trump was elected.

19 posted on 9/10/2019, 11:20:59 AM by golux

Golly! Me, too!
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Not Everything Sucks: WWII Badass Edition

If you need some motivation on your way to Crossfit or whatever, look at this blistering badass, Jim “Pee Wee” Martin, who is about to jump into Holland again 75 years after Operation Market Garden. May these bad motherfuckers live forever, as they deserve. A. If you value what you read here, including all our thirst posts about WWII veterans who could still get it anytime, please contribute to our ongoing fundraiser.  Continue reading Not Everything Sucks: WWII Badass Edition

Pity the Border Patrol

Jesus Christ. Between this tweet and the ongoing defensive freakout over the mildest of online criticism, the New York Times is having almost as bad a time as, say, CHILDREN IN CAGES: The Border Patrol, whose agents have gone from having one of the most obscure jobs in law enforcement to one of the most hated, is suffering a crisis in both mission and morale. Earlier this year, the disclosure of a private Facebook group where agents posted sexist and callous references to migrants and the politicians who support them reinforced the perception that agents often view the vulnerable people in their care with … Continue reading Pity the Border Patrol

GOAL MET! Thank you all!

UPDATE: You are all the absolute best, and thank you all for contributing. It’s much appreciated and will help keep the old place humming for the next year, during which — and this is just a guess — some stuff might happen that we might want to write about. It means the world to know that what we do here matters to you. Thanks again.

Fifteen years, bitches. Time for an annual fundraising post.

Once a year we ask those of you who enjoy this site and have a little cash to spare to throw some our way to help keep the lights on.

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Saturday Odds & Sods: Dark Star

Flying Eyeball by Rick Griffin.

Dr. A and I went to the batshit crazy Saints season opener against the Houston Texans. The game had everything: bad calls, great plays, and a crazy ending. Most importantly, the Saints won with a 58 yard field goal by Will Lutz. It was his career long. The crowd was stunned in a good way. My personal streak of the Saints always winning when I sit in our friend Fred’s end zone seats was imperiled but it’s intact. Stay tuned.

This week’s theme song was written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter in 1968. The music of Dark Star is often credited to the entire band, which seems only fair as it’s the ultimate jam band song.

We have two versions of the Dead’s Dark Star for your listening pleasure. First, the single version, which clocks in at a modest 2:44. It’s followed by a more typical second set medley that commences with Dark Star. It comes from the 12/31/78 closing of Winterland show that my younger self attended.

It’s time for a visit to Dismbiguation City with a swell song written by Stephen Stills and recorded by Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1977.

Now that we’ve bathed in the glow of the Dark Star, let’s jump to the break before the Dead go into The Other One. “Coming, coming, coming around.”

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Mark Sanford Hikes The Appalachian Comeback Trail

It’s getting crowded and confused on the campaign trail. As the Democratic presidential field narrows, the Republican field expands. The latest entrant is former Palmetto State Governor and Congressman Mark Sanford. He’s best known for two things: an embarrassing sex … Continue reading Mark Sanford Hikes The Appalachian Comeback Trail

All Your Base

Not exactly news, but the competitive North Carolina election was not decided by swing votes. The difference was large numbers of, well Trump voters voting for Trump. It happens, especially in a state Charles Pierce calls newly insane. However, as I’ve said, Trump is bluffing. Yeah, with some effort, he or his proxy can pull out a bare victory in a solidly red Congressional District, and maybe even motivate a few die-hards who normally don’t vote at all. And in 2016, against a candidate who’d been pummeled for decades and who didn’t exactly inspire, it made for a razor thin … Continue reading All Your Base

Help Women Spread the Vote

DAME magazine, which occasionally lets me write things for them, is running a GREAT campaign to help get out the vote and sustain their women-run journalism at the same time.  Between now and November 3rd, 20% of DAME’s membership proceeds will go directly to Spread the Vote’s fight to increase access to the polls, remove barriers to voting, and GOTV efforts. Go, read about it, help if you can! A. Continue reading Help Women Spread the Vote

Giving Us a Monster to Hunt

This essay’s going around and while I haven’t read the book it talks about I found this passage about our current national hellscape very interesting:  Like McIntosh, I observe little that suggests America has learned anything about race over the past 30 years besides how better to conceal its racism. Trump’s election may have made some anti-racism work easier—getting butts in seats and books in hands—but it also gave well-meaning white people a monster next to which their casual racism now seems tame. It is enough to admit racism exists, that whiteness might be a problem. Any lower and the bar will … Continue reading Giving Us a Monster to Hunt

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – random hysteria edition

Let’s go back and look at an older thread, shall we?

For anyone wondering what the Freeper reaction to the shooting massacre du jour was – I present – Code Toady!

Active shooter reported in Odessa, Texas
Newswest 9 ^ | August 31, 2019 | Victor Blanco

Posted on 8/31/2019, 4:50:31 PM by LUV W

ODESSA, Texas — UPDATE: ACTIVE SHOOTER REPORTED STAY INDOORS FOR BOTH cities

Police confirm a second shooter is in the areas driving a stolen mail van.

Officials are responding to an active shooter in Odessa.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the shooter is in all Gold Passenger car armed with a rifle and headed from Odessa to Midland.

Several people [now reporting 30 shot in Midland and Odessa] have been injured including police and civilians.

1 posted on 8/31/2019, 4:50:31 PM by LUV W
Before we get started, I’d like to compliment long-standing Freeper LUV_W for not changing his/her handle.
Obviously crafted from ancient hand-tooled artisanal stupid, this tribute to once hero / now despised GOP-e icon Dubya shows long-time dedication, and short-term memory loss.
To: maxwellsmart_agent

Where are armed citizens to defend themselves?

8 posted on 8/31/2019, 5:01:16 PM by Reno89519 (No Amnesty! No Catch-and-Release! Just Say No to All Illegal Aliens! Arrest & Deport!)

From someone driving down the highway blasting away with a long gun?  Um – yeah.
To: LUV W

My local news is quoting the New York Times about 2 deaths…they are clueless!

26 posted on 8/31/2019, 5:20:10 PM by KittenClaws (“There is no 1502 Johnson” ~ Joan Hamilton)

How DARE they?? There will be a nasty letter about this tomorrow in the New York………….hmmm.
To: LUV W; null and void
Just in time for the September reconvening of the House and Senate!

Imagine that coincidence!

52 posted on 8/31/2019, 5:39:28 PM by Lazamataz (We can be called a racist and we’ll just smile. Because we don’t care.)

DAMN those deep state congresscritters!!  They’re all in cahoots!
To: LUV W

I know I don’t get out enough, but why do I never get an active shooter loose in my area?

58 posted on 8/31/2019, 5:42:29 PM by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going no than throwing bleach, said one woman.)

Lucky at cards, unlucky at love?
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“KittenClaws” takes exception to “Trailerpark Badass”s flippancy :
To: Trailerpark Badass

This is the last time I report on local happenings. I’m live in Odessa…and you bunch of chit chats don’t give a crap.

59 posted on 8/31/2019, 5:44:38 PM by KittenClaws (“There is no 1502 Johnson” ~ Joan Hamilton)

This diverts the discussion a tad :
To: KittenClaws

FR is not the friendly community you imagined it was. I know.

62 posted on 8/31/2019, 5:47:27 PM by HalfIrish

Duh.
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And now, everyone – as promised – CODE TOADY!!
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To: KittenClaws
“and you bunch of chit chats don’t give a crap.”

What exactly were you expecting, a bunch of caterwauling and FReepers losing their minds???

71 posted on 8/31/2019, 5:51:39 PM by CodeToad ( Hating on Trump is hating on me and Americans!)

That’s tellin’ her, by jingo!
To: CodeToad

Get Bent Toad

77 posted on 8/31/2019, 5:55:04 PM by KittenClaws (“There is no 1502 Johnson” ~ Joan Hamilton)

And – we’re off!
To: KittenClaws

It seems you are bent. Maybe you need to straighten out and stop being such an emotional liberal wanting to cry over everything and demand everyone else joins you.

80 posted on 8/31/2019, 5:56:21 PM by CodeToad ( Hating on Trump is hating on me and Americans!)

Yeah, you liberal whiner! Just because you’re in Odessa and a potential target is no reason to cry over things like mass murder and 17-month-olds getting shot in the face.
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Do the Job Right

Adrastos pointed this out to me last week and I love every word of it:  What has happened to media revenues in general has happened worst, fastest, and hardest to local publications, newspapers most of all. This is part of the reason Deb Fallows and I have been reporting on local-journalism innovations (and successes) we’ve seen, such as the Report for America initiative I mentioned in June, and the business model behind the last family-owned daily in Mississippi, The Commercial Dispatch in Columbus (and, long before that, the former alt-weekly that has become a leading statewide news source in Vermont, Seven Days, of Burlington). There’s a few key … Continue reading Do the Job Right

Fine, Let’s Talk About Despair

Ross, like Brooks, always opens his enormous yawp when it’s my turn to blog and I PROTEST, ADRASTOS, HE CAN BE YOURS FROM NOW ON:  Now a new report from the Senate’s Joint Economic Committee charts the scale of this increase — a doubling from 22.7 deaths of despair per 100,000 American in 2000 to 45.8 per 100,000 in 2017, easily eclipsing all prior 20th-century highs. By way of comparison to climate change, this summer’s National Climate Assessment estimated that rising temperatures could cause between 4,000 and 10,000 additional heat-related deaths annually by the end of the 21st century. But had deaths of despair … Continue reading Fine, Let’s Talk About Despair

Saturday Odds & Sods: Town Without Pity

Cover art for Paul Eluard’s Reflections by Max Ernst.

Extreme heat is the price we’ve paid for missing out on Hurricane Dorian. As cranky as I am, I’m glad this heat-bringing high is warding off any tropical activity. I won’t miss it when it’s gone but I’m glad it’s here as Dorian creeps up the east coast. That storm is a relentless motherfucker. The fucker should return to the attic from whence it came.

Drew Brees ate my Friday morning. I hope he buttons his lip and keeps his foot out of his mouth until after Monday’s game.

The featured image is a collage done by the great Max Ernst for a book by his fellow surrealist, Paul Eluard. You may have noticed that I love surrealist art. I use it a lot in this space and have even threatened to post nothing but Ernst and Magritte featured images for Odds & Sods. I’ve also used an Ernst image for my new Bayou Brief column, 13th Ward Rambler.

This week’s theme song was written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington for the 1961 Kirk Douglas film, Town Without Pity.  I’d never seen the movie until last weekend. It’s a cross between film noir, Italian neo-realism, German expressionism, and a Cassavetes flick. I liked it a lot and give it 3 1/2 stars and an Adrastos Grade of B+. It’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

We have three versions of Town Without Pity for your listening pleasure: the Gene Pitney original, Stray Cats, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. My boy Brian knows a hidden treasure when he hears one.

Let’s escape the bleak mean streets of a German town without pity by remorselessly jumping to the break.

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