Krysten Sinema: Brat Fatale. Continue reading Starring The Sinematic Senator As Veda Pierce
Not a comment on the physical appearance of Senators Sinema or Manchin (and lord knows, I’m not one to judge), but even if a deal is ironed out, there’s the pandemic, the ongoing economic fallout, the fiscal cliff/debt limit (possibly kicked down the road for a couple of months, but still), etc., etc. Given the circumstances, the soap opera posturing and political games are in themselves worth condemning. Meanwhile, the GOP’s embraced, in addition to its own ugly nihilism, white supremacy if not outright fascism. Scalise isn’t the only ‘David Duke without the baggage’ — the entire party is mainstreaming … Continue reading Show Business For Ugly People
It’s another book written under a pseudonym. The writer’s real name was Lionel Fanthorpe. He wrote some 250 books under various names. Karl Zeigfreid was his sci-fi guy. Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: No Way Back
That’s Life In TFC: This Fucking City. Continue reading Debrisville Update
Possible Peach State Perils For Pennywise. Continue reading Georgia (Election Law) On My Mind
Covid is still spreading where I live, the Biden infrastructure plan is being slowed down by…checks notes…the Democrats, the deficit ceiling deadline is looming, the Big Lie is pushed incessantly, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I need a general timeline cleanse. So let’s savor a few recent joys. First, on Tuesday General Milley stuffed Tom Cotton into a locker. Watch it as many times as you need to: Gen Milley stuff Tom Cotton in a locker today, after Cotton asks him why he didn’t resign over Afghanistan. This is one of the best answers I’ve ever heard a military officer give before Congress. pic.twitter.com/NAqbloa29w … Continue reading It’s The Little Things
You may have noticed that I like drummer jokes. They’re the low-hanging fruit of the musical world: drummers, can’t live with them, can’t live without them. I posted a version of Lonesome Road by Gene Krupa last Friday. That inspired … Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Gene Krupa
Media criticism was not my beat until recently. I left it to Athenae because at times it feels as if one is smashing one’s head against the wall. It’s that frustrating. They *should* know better but they stick to their … Continue reading Media In Disarray
So here we are, a year an a half into the pandemic, coming up on nine months since the release of the vaccine, and we still have those for whom the vaccine is a non-starter. I honestly don’t know which is worse, the general public who refuse to get the jab or the health care workers who refuse to get it. The general public refusers are unaware idiots who believe in conspiracy theories and the rantings of right wing talk shows. The healthcare workers, that’s another story. To have heard patients struggling to gasp their last breath, to have seen the anguish of a spouse or a child and to still say they won’t take the simplest of precautions, that takes a special kind of asshattery.
So here’s a little story to brighten the day of sarcastic hearts like mine.
It seems that the Conway Regional Health System of Arkansas has mandated that all employees must get the vaccine or have a COVID test done every 48 hours. They are being generous though and offering an out of a kind to employees who have sincerely held religious beliefs regarding the vaccine because it was developed with the help of fetal cell tissue. For the uninitiated that means cells from fetuses that were either spontaneously or surgically aborted. Many abortion opponents feel that nothing short of burial is the proper disposition for the mass of cells constituting that which is removed from a woman’s body during an abortion. Use for the development of new drugs or the upgrading of old drugs is out of bounds to these folks.
So many “religious” anti-vaxxers who refuse to get the jab do so with this as their reasoning. And they probably feel all smug and sanctimonious about it. But the folks at Conway have decided to call their bluff.
If an employee claims a religious exemption they must sign the statement that you see above. If you don’t see it, it basically says, “okay I agree that by saying I have a religious reason for not wanting the jab because it was developed with the aid of fetal cell tissue therefore I agree to ALSO not use any of the 30 drugs listed in the document”. This list of drugs includes Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, aspirin, Tums, Lipitor, ibuprofen, Sudafed, Benedryl, Senekot, and many other common over the counter and prescription medications that also were developed with the aid of fetal cell tissue.
So good luck if you get a cold while also having an upset stomach and heartburn which elevates your cholesterol count and makes you unable to take a shit. Man I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
I take that back, I would wish it on anyone who uses religion as a convenient excuse to avoid doing their part to end this pandemic. The gullible Fox News genuflecting gentry who do it simply to “own the libs” are bad enough. These folks pushing the religious angle are a whole dimension away from sanity. Continue reading “Thou Shalt Not Lie”
Craig Whitlock’s Secret History Of The War. Continue reading Book Review: The Afghanistan Papers
Oh, Former Guy, Former Guy – what are we going to do with you?
Even the Freeperati – your most faithful acolytes – think your cheese has slid completely off your cracker.
Trump: ‘I do believe they are going to decertify the election’
RSBN / GateWayPundit ^ | Sep 10, 2021 | Grace Saldana
Posted on 9/10/2021, 7:10:52 PM by BusterDog
President Donald Trump just dropped bombshell news on the matter of election integrity by predicting that officials will “decertify” the 2020 presidential election.
Discussing consequences for the “rigged” election, Trump told Jim Hoft, founder of The Gateway Pundit, during a Friday afternoon interview, “I do believe they are going to decertify the election.”
Doing something a little different today and posting something that I didn’t write. The morons currently trying to run Texas into the ground have now made it law that all you need to carry a concealed handgun is the money to buy one, which prompted this post. I am a gun owner myself, have no wish to carry my Glock21 anywhere, and agree with every single word below from Leonidas Christian Mixon. ************************************************* “We have a gun problem and a bullshit problem in the United States. Let me start by saying I am a gun owner. I have been since … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s obsession with Random Ruminations – guest post edition
Rock on, Todd. Continue reading SMV: Utopia Live At The Chicago Theater
Saturday Odds & Sods is back in all its punny glory. Hopefully, that’s a good thing for our readers. If you feel like heckling, cut me some slack, Jack. Life is hard in Debrisville right now.
My pitched battle with FedEx ended with the delivery of the new HP PC on which I’m writing this post. I’m still avoiding FedEx like the plague. I would only be in the same room with them if they double-masked and showed me their vaccine card. Repeat after me: in transit = in trailer.
I was so disgusted by the MSM’s coverage of Afghanistan that I’ve dialed back my cable news viewing. I’m down to The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell because he does not feel the need to hype every story to the limit. That’s why I called him The Last Sane Person On Cable News. Maddow used to be my fave until she morphed from smart ass to sob sister. I could not take the on-air sighing and hand-wringing that now characterizes her show. So it goes.
September has been Todd Rundgren and Utopia month at my house. Hence another Todd tune as this week’s theme song. It’s the title track of Utopia’s 1982 album, Swing To The Right. I reckon you figured that out already. I’m using reckon in the fancy British sense, not the hillbilly American sense. Does that make sense?
We have two versions of Swing To The Right for your listening pleasure: the studio original and Utopia live in Japan.
Ladies and gentlemen, Kasim Sulton on lead vocals.
You probably guessed that Todd is a librul based on the album cover and song title. You are correct, sir, he said in his best Ed McMahon impression.
Now that we’ve swung to the right, let’s jump to the break in utopian unison.
This week’s selection is a song called slightly different things by different people. Some versions have a “the,” a “that” or a “look down that” in the title. Since this is the Friday Cocktail Hour and Francis Albert Sinatra is its patron saint, we’re using the variation that he used, Lonesome Road. Confused? Me too.
Lonesome Road was written in 1927 by Nathaniel Shilkret and Gene Austin. It was written in the style of a African American folk/work/gospel song. Essentially, it’s a blues song.
As to the featured image, I decided to use Rita, Frank, and Kim because of the feature’s name. I doubt that Sister Rosetta Tharpe would want a Friday Cocktail Hour meme slapped across her image. That’s where we begin:
Next up, the poster boy with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra.
I haven’t written about the zany antics of the Cyber Ninjas for quite some time. According to preliminary reports, they have labored mightily and produced bupkis. Anyone surprised? I thought not. Yo, Trumpers, read this and weep: After months of … Continue reading Fraudit Flops: Biden Lead Grows
A couple of weeks ago I changed my cell phone plan which these days means I get access to more of the interconnected corporate hegemony being put out into the cultural zeitgeist these days. In this case I now have access to Disney Plus, or Disney + as the branding bros would have it.
I really couldn’t have cared less about getting Disney + as I am beyond the age of having children who would watch cartoons and not yet to the point of having grandkids who would. But since Disney has been buying up intellectual property as if they couldn’t possibly come up with something themselves (and yes that is a dig at how Disney has treated their creative “partners”) having the network has given me a chance to take a gander at the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that I’ve heard so much about.
I have a special fondness for Marvel comic books. Back in the day when a 25 cent weekly allowance was enough for two comics and three pieces of penny candy, I bucked the trends and fanboyed for Marvel over D.C. Comics. Frankly I didn’t understand why my friends didn’t favor The Fantastic Four over Superman or Spiderman over Batman. I mean, we lived in New York, the Marvel characters protected New York, why would you favor some guy from another planet who lived in a made up city called Metropolis over someone protecting YOU in the very real city where you lived? And really, this guy puts on a pair of glasses and nobody recognizes him? At least Iron Man had a metal helmet covering his entire head so of course you couldn’t know it was Tony Stark.
But times passes and my magazine reading advanced from comic books to Mad Magazine to the National Lampoon and then out into adulthood. Yeah, I went to see Christopher Reeve as Superman and Michael Keaton as Batman, but those were one off experiences that were not repeated for the numerous sequels. By the time of the reimagining of Batman by Christopher Nolan, superhero movies were out of my flightpath. In fact I became that guy who went to see Cosmopolis at some Hellplaza 64 screen monstrosity and complained to the management that the walls are so thin I could hear the cheering for The Dark Knight Rises.
Thus I have not seen in their entirety any of the twenty-five or so movies that have made zillions of dollars and have audiences salivating for more. I don’t know Chris Evans from Chris Pine. I’ve been told they are both captains, but of what I can’t remember. Scrolling through the list of Marvel films available on the network I get lost trying to remember if Loki is a villain, a hero, a god, a spaceman, or just whatever the hell he really is. Apparently there are multiple universes in which there are multiple Spidermen, women, dogs, cats, and taxi cab drivers. And there are guardians of the galaxy and one of them is the shoeshine guy from Parks and Rec?
And to think one of the reasons my childhood friends didn’t like the Marvel comics was that they were too complex.
Runaround Sue endorses the Human Bowling Jacket. Continue reading Malaka Of The Week: Susan Collins
*Of course, The WaPo edited the headline, but only after the message was delivered. Also, it’s not hardball, it’s not savvy, it’s not winning the day, it’s political psychopathy or, fuck it, political/economic terrorism. And this has gone on to the extent it’s fully embedded to the extent that I think corporate media is so afraid of contracting the heartbreak of psoriasis, sorry, librul cooties, they’ll accept pretty much any GOP position that isn’t explicitly endorsed by David Duke (or hell, maybe a few that are), while clinging to their both-sides blankie. Even allegedly liberal MSNBC featured Peter Baker … Continue reading No, It’s Not A Stalemate*
This book is *not* about New Orleans in 2021. Continue reading Pulp Fiction Thursday: Garbage World
In the immortal words of Frank Zappa, “I figure the odds be Fifty-Fifty. ” Continue reading Fifty-Fifty
People who have seen photos of things I cook on social media are always surprised to learn that I’m a picky eater. I’m not “picky” as in no additives or arbitrarily restricted items, but “picky” as in I don’t like a lot of foods. I cook for my household of 2, and my husband isn’t a fan of eating the same thing every night, lol, and so I’m a picky eater in an omnivorous household. I learned to cook from my mom at home. My sisters and I would sit at the kitchen table and peel and chop vegetables, or … Continue reading The Picky Eater Cooks
Rock on, Johnny. Continue reading Album Cover Art Wednesday: Second Winter
Oh, Canada. Continue reading Election Night, Eh
In real life outside the world of internet punditry, my profession is that of a tour guide. I take people from all over the world on tours of any and all of the sights around Northern California, from as far south as Monterey up to the Napa-Sonoma wine country. The wife (Cruella) also is a tour guide. She’s the one who got me into the profession for which I am forever grateful. I love doing it.
After all how many professions can say the job is to pick up strangers at elegant hotels and show them a good time? OK, yeah, there is that other one as well. My job doesn’t pay nearly as well as the other one but I do get to keep my clothes on for which my guests are forever grateful.
I recently took a group of Texans for a tour to some of the Napa wineries. Along the way we passed by the notoriously expensive ($350 per person without wine for a pre-fixe tasting menu) restaurant The French Laundry. That particular restaurant has been on the minds (and thus on the tongues) of conservative media lately as Gavin Newsom had a misstep early in the pandemic of being photographed having dinner there right after he enacted strict COVID restrictions on all restaurants. Mind you, The French Laundry was adhering to all those restrictions when the picture was taken. Also the picture had been cropped to make it appear he was dining indoors when in fact that room is open on two sides. Nevertheless, bad optics and it was a rallying cry used in the catastrophically lopsided recall election that kept Newsom in office and may have destroyed the Repugnicant Party here in the Golden State.
Now I bring this up because as we drove past, the gentleman seated in the front seat of the bus snickered “Bet Nancy Pelosi eats there”. We’ll forget for a moment his mixing up of liberal California Democrats. My response was a simple “to be honest, I wouldn’t know” and a quick moving on to other subjects. I reserve my liberal snarck for my dear readers.
But here’s what I meant to say:
Adrastos is FedUp with FedEx. Continue reading September Swoon
Ok – get suited up, everyone. Oh……you already were. The new normal I guess.
Anyway – you just know the Freeperati were going to take Oreo Trump’s defeat in the California recall stoically. Right?
Posted on 9/14/2021, 8:27:49 AM by Openurmind
I am not in Ca but have important interest in this Ca vote. Ca is the test bed for unconstitutional laws that are eventually implemented nation wide. If Newsom is recalled it will be a huge blow to the Democrat party agenda over all(sic).
Does anyone have a reliable source to monitor and keep tract(sic) of the numbers today? The only one I could find was the SF Chronicle. And I don’t trust the numbers they will be throwing out. Any help with this would be great!
At 8:30 in the morning, you’re saying this?
To: Dan in Wichita
We cry out for justice and fair elections. May Californians vote Newsom out of office Intervene on our behalf. Save California and our nation from tyranny.
In JESUS Name we pray.
To: CelerityI’m calling it right now.
He ain’t getting recalled.
Yep agreed. On the Warroom they are already talking about challeging(sic) the election. Sorry Larry. You are going to have a helluva time gaining any sympathy after you pissed on Trump voters
I thought The Darnold liked that sort of thing. His voters don’t?
by saying Biden was elected fair and square.
Screw your mulligan BTW Wanting to walk it back. Your stupid never-trumper stance killed your chances.
To: OpenurmindThank you for posting this thread.I’m in California and am as nervous as hell. If Newsom prevails I have to leave the state because I am guardian to 3 grands and over my dead body are they getting vaccinated.
Let’s hope that’s how it plays out.
(BTW, there’s another website giving the “Herman Cain Awards” Reddit some competition – it’s called “SorryAntiVaxxer.com” )
I am not worried about this with Larry Elder and in fact, it is my main issue among many, many others.
For what it’s worth, Larry has said they are prepared to jump with litigation if there is funny business. I hope he means it because that is an absolute certainty. The Rats have been stealing elections in this state for at least 20 years.
I’m not going to be watching “Wicked”, even if you tie me into a chair Alex-from-Clockwork-Orange-style and pry my eyes open. Why? Because I HATE adaptations that completely run roughshod over the original material. The Wicked Witch Of The West in the original novel was a villainess. The WWW in the movie was a villainess. Apparently, the WWW in the Broadway show was a kind-hearted good person inside who sings uplifting songs, and embraces Dorothy at the climax. Screw that. All I can think of is “Springtime For Hitler”. That being said, I can hardly wait for the Broadway musical … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s Random Ruminations – “Witch bitch” edition