I’m on record as disliking hot takes but since consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, here are my hot takes on Ambassador Yovanovitch’s testimony: —> Masha mashed it. Her opening statement was compelling. She’s soft-spoken, which meant that people … Continue reading Instant Analysis: Impeachment Hearing Day Two
We all still miss Della Street. Here’s a picture Dr. A found on her iPad of Paul Drake grooming his big sister. Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Throwback Grooming
I’m not a fan of generational stereotypes. Perhaps it’s because I’m on the cusp of two generations. In any event, here’s some music to say “OK, boomer” to. I remain mystified what Boomer Esiason has done to deserve this. We have three versions of Dear Mr. Fantasy for your listening pleasure: the Traffic original, Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton live, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. All certified boomers and in Crosby’s case certifiable. Continue reading Thursday Night Music: Dear Mr. Fantasy
My latest column at the Bayou Brief is online. In which I tell my Tiger fan origin story and discuss the ultimate underdog, Ed Orgeron. I’m literally waiting for the electrician so I’m not sure if I’ll post again today. … Continue reading Bayou Brief: Ode To Coach O
What We Saw What They Saw To me it would take the sort of squinting reserved for reading the finest of fine prints in the harsh glare of the brightest of bright summer days — or a intravenous Fox Noise feed at fire hose volume — but I guess if you’re all in with Trump, you’re all in. And they’re all in. So, what to a normal person is pretty clear evidence of disgusting, corrupt, petty if not criminal venality becomes in the light-bending black hole of MAGAtry an attempt to root out corruption, and that’s their story and they’re … Continue reading A Tale Of Two Hearings
This post is dedicated to my friend and fellow pulp fiction aficionado Kevin Allman. He’s leaving Louisiana and returning home to California. Happy trails, amigo. The last word goes to Emmylou Harris: Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Jambalaya Loverman
I saw most of today’s hearing. Here are my takeaways: —Nancy Smash was right to make the intelligence committee and Chairman Adam Schiff the tip of the impeachment spear. He was unflappable even in the face of moronic provocations by … Continue reading Instant Analysis: Impeachment Hearing Day One
Ralph Steadman is best known for illustrating Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He also did quite a few album covers over the years. This Steadman sampler starts off fairly normal, then gets increasingly weird: Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Ralph Steadman
It’s quoting myself which is lazy but: Such an excellent take on why the partisanship-shrug kills conversation at exactly the point when it starts getting at something important. — Driftglass, Guardian of Inconvenient History (@Mr_Electrico) November 10, 2019 This gets to the heart of what annoys me about centrism, civility fetishism, and the deploring of partisanship. It’s a way to shut someone up without having to own that you want them to shut up. I want lots of people to shut up. I want just for one goddamn day for Donald Fucking Trump to shut his festering assmouth so we … Continue reading Killing the Conversation
This guy’s still catching lobster: John shows me the lobster fisherman’s license he received at age 16. Dated July 1, 1938, the creased and torn document is a remnant from the Depression, when lobsters sold for 15 cents a pound. After high school, he bought a brand-new boat, paying for it the Maine way: “I went into the woods and cut 100 cords of pulpwood with a bucksaw and ax,” John remembers. “There weren’t no chainsaws.” Via Virgotex. A. Continue reading Not Everything Sucks
Enough with the quid pro quos. Continue reading Language
It’s Veteran’s Day. The holiday was originally Armistice Day and commemorated the end of the Great War 101 years ago today, this hour. In the UK, Canada, and Australia, it’s celebrated as Remembrance Day. It’s almost a talismanic holiday designed … Continue reading Armistice Day
You know the old joke – guy dies and goes to Hell. The Devil tells him he has to spend all eternity in one of three rooms, and that he’ll let him look and decide.
Guy looks in the first room – hundreds of thousands of people all standing on their heads. Faces bulging, eyes distended, blood running from their noses. It suddenly becomes clear to the guy why being crucified upside down was considered to be a horrendous punishment.
He opens the door to the second room – same thing. The guy slams the door shut and hesitantly reaches for the third door. This huge room is different – the hundreds of thousands of people are standing knee-deep in human excrement, drinking coffee. The guy thinks – “Well, I guess after a while you can’t even smell the shit any more, and I do love coffee.”
He wades in, gets a cup, and joins the throng. After a minute, the Devil pokes his head in and says: “Coffee break’s over – back on your heads”.
My coffee break is over.
And with that – the .01% solution!
Trump—“We’ll build a wall along Colorado…”
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Posted on 10/24/2019, 10:40:56 AM by mikelets456
President Trump said that in addition to border wall construction in New Mexico and Texas, “We’re building a wall in Colorado.”
Speaking in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Shale Insight Conference on Wednesday, Trump appeared to flub his geography when it comes to the U.S.-Mexico border.
“We’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico, and we’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re building a beautiful wall. A big one that really works, that you can’t get over, you can’t get under. And we’re building a wall in Texas,” Trump said. “We’re not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls we just mentioned.”
To: mikelets456Who gave him some of Joe Biden’s special loco tea?
Drudge has been trying to make this a story for two days now, so thanks for bringing it over hereThe Human Scum in DeeCee have been trying to set DJT and his family up with phony charges since 11/8/16. The man is allowed an occasional slip of the tongue as he battles for us each and every day.
To: Swordmaker“In context, this was a humorous remark, but, then these people have no sense of humor. Trump was pointing out that a border wall was a wall around each state to keep out crime and protect the citizens of those particular states. He was not being literal about building a wall around Colorado.”
This is really not that difficult: In the interview conducted Friday, Dimon says his critics shouldn’t be vilifying people who work hard to accomplish things. “You know, most people are good, not all of them. You should vilify Nazis, but you shouldn’t vilify people who worked hard to accomplish things. And so my comment is, American society – we’re just attacking each other all the time.” No one is vilifying you for being rich. They are vilifying you for being rich and supporting policies that harm the poor and for bitching all the time about how hard you have it. … Continue reading Just be rich and shut UP, Jesus Christ
No, not racism. For once. Well, kind of racism. Gimme a sec here, Pete. Do you wanna know something about partisanship? Partisanship is good. Partisanship is the whole reason we have a democracy. I have no interest in finding common ground with fucking Trump voters or with other assorted white supremacists. I have no interest in making sure those groups don’t feel demonized. I have no interest in making them feel COMFORTABLE when they have made so many Americans, and the world beyond, feel the precise opposite. I’m allowed to be angry at the state of things and I’m sure as hell … Continue reading Name. The. Problem.
I had a head cold this week so I’m going to keep this introduction terse and, uh, heady. If nothing else, I want to prove that I’m capable of brevity. I gave the world a straight line when I called my bi-weekly Bayou Brief column, 13th Ward Rambler. As Captain Beefheart would surely say at this point, Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop.
This week’s theme song was written by bluesman Junior Parker in 1953. He cribbed some lyrics from the Carter Family’s Worried Man Blues, which, in turn, borrowed from an old Celtic folk song. That’s American music in a nutshell, y’all. In 1973, Robbie Robertson added some lyrics to The Band’s version of this classic locomotive tune.
We have three versions of Mystery Train for your listening pleasure: Junior Parker, Elvis Presley, and The Band.
In case you were worried, man, here’s the Carter Family with some hillbilly lagniappe:
Now that I’ve worried you half to death, let’s jump to the break.
Of Kentucky, Louisiana, Alabama, and the state of Bloomberg. Continue reading The Case Of The Missing Coattails & Other Tales
Paul Drake is food driven even for a cat. He knows the sound of the refrigerator door opening and shows up just in case there’s something in it for him. Life is a Beggar’s Banquet for PD: Since I stole … Continue reading Friday Catblogging: Beggar’s Banquet
Music by Neil Young, Prince, and The Jayhawks. Continue reading Thursday Night Music: Cinnamon Songs
Or maybe there aren’t any folksy diners in suburbs, where people hang out all day wearing MAGA gear, waiting for journalists out on their Cletus safaris (BTW, who the hell has time to hang out all day in a diner?). Not to read too much into the off-year elections, but minus Hillary Clinton on the ballot — and with credible evidence emerging daily that Trump, ironically, is actually doing most if not all the things HRC was accused of for decades — it appears that MAGAts are a substantial segment but not majority of the voting public, or at least … Continue reading Maybe Reporters Went To The Wrong Diners
It’s the first time dinosaurs have taken the starring role on Pulp Fiction Thursday. Will it be the last? Only T Rex knows for sure. By T Rex, I meant the glam rock band: Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Dead As A Dinosaur
Ohio Congressman goes full metal unjacketed. Continue reading Jim Jordan To The Rescue?
I saw this 1962 Dick Gregory album cover and laughed mightily. That struck me as an appropriate reaction to a comedy album: I’ll throw you a bone by posting the whole damn album in two parts: Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Talks Turkey
Thing One and Thing Two here have been INCREDIBLY obnoxious the past couple of weeks due to having exhausted the fun possibilities of their scratchers and toys, so we got them some new ones to keep them OFF THE GODDAMN TABLE SLADE: A. Continue reading Tuesday Catblogging: New Toys
I’ve written before about how Kick, despite the usual amount of conversations about stranger danger and whatnot, will go up to just absolutely anyone and talk to them about anything. So when I tell you this story, and you’re tempted to think it’s absolute bullshit, remind yourself this is a child who once showed a man tripping absolute balls her entire collection of plastic dinosaurs. The other day we’re on the train, coming home from the city, and the car’s almost full so we have to stand. She’s noshing on various snacks from her backpack when a guy gets on … Continue reading Carefully Taught
I’m annoyed by all the Democrats who urge timidity upon our candidates. Some of those who came politically of age during and after the Reagan era are afraid of their own shadows but they’re wrong. The one-two “punch” of George W. Bush and Donald Trump has shattered the Reagan coalition. We’re on the cusp of a new era and the future belongs to the bold. The Warren candidacy has the greedheads of Wall Street and Silicon Valley reacting with a bizarre combination of terror and fury. But there’s nothing in Senator Warren’s political portfolio that would be unfamiliar to pre-Reagan … Continue reading Quote Of The Day: FDR Edition
Tall tales of twins and giants. Continue reading Vindman’s Good Twin & Other Oddities
Ok, people – still can’t do the Free Republic thing, so I’m offering a true tale of Halloween in the recent past. Link below is to my book of faces page, if anyone still wants to friend me after reading this. Halloween fun in days gone by I used to own a half-duplex, with a sidewalk that passed by the guest bedroom window. One Halloween, I wanted to do something other than just hand out candy, and (being allergic to decorating) I decided to set up a scary surprise. I plugged my 400W bass head into one of my 2X15 cabinets, … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Mental health week #2
You don’t have to do this: Herridge’s CBS hire follows the more widely reported departure of Shepard Smith in early October, but the news about her transition over to network was muted by the more alarming development that the news website Deadspin effectively ceased to exist. That the demise of a news site staffed by around 20 journalists would send out a larger hue and cry than the defection of a long-tenured reporter from Fox News to the news organization that brings us “60 Minutes” tells us something about that state of media as it struggles to exist today. Given … Continue reading These Things Are Home
These are the people we’re turning our backs on: The first two months at the Kenosha Detention Center felt like a nightmare. You are so enclosed you don’t have the opportunity to move around. That’s how you start going crazy. That’s how Kenosha was for me. The detention center was a mix of immigrants and actual criminals. We were in the same detention as criminals who’ve committed murders, gang bang, and stuff. You don’t have time to rest. You don’t have the pleasure of going outside to play or having social time—none of that. At the detention center, you don’t … Continue reading Asylum