Friday Nite Lite: Lalochezia for the Muthafukkin’ win!

Hello!!!!!!!!!

I was chatting with Mona today…and we both were laughing about how the iPhone auto spell correct will change various curse words like “fuck” into “duck.” (Hell, when I replied to Mona…”damn” it changed it to “dame”…what a shitty pain in the ass.)

Anyway. When I told her how I had to add words like, fuck…fucking, shitass, etc. to the shortcut function on the iPhone keyboard…Mona LOL and said…

Lalochezia for the motherfucking win!

Ha!

Immediately I knew I had the title for tonight’s post.

That got me thinking about Samuel L Jackson…and his unique use of the word motherfucking. Check this out:

Every different way Sam Jackson has spelled “motherf**ker” since 2011

Since joining Twitter… in October 2011, Samuel L. Jackson has used the word “Motherf*cker” 186 times. And you’re probably all like, “So what, that’s no big deal!” The man’s got a thing for it, and I would too if I wielded it like a platinum pussy magnet. But read carefully, then go back and re-read because there’s no way to comprehend what I’m about to tell you. Out of all those 186 “motherf*cker”s, 151 of them are completely unique spellings.

151

completely

unique

spellings.

Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs (no, not motherf*ckingly) and grammatical units beyond linguistic classification. That’s one new variant every 4 days. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, and I’ve been taught that he’s super important, even though I’m pretty sure he hasn’t offered even one spelling of “motherf*cker.” It’s unimaginable. It’s beyond poetry.

This infographic list the “motherfuckers” from 05/07/13 to 10/11/11…I wonder what this list would look like now.

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As you can see, the first couple dozen are pretty similar in structure, if not mostly repeats. Then 2012 happened, and it seems like Mr. L. Jackson’s resolution was to never use the same motherf*cker twice. From January 2012 onward, 92% of his “motherf*cker”s are unique, compared to 81% total. Compared to 1% for the worthless other people like you and me. I’ve seen his variants described as crude or vulgar, but that’s bullshit. When Jackson uses the standard spelling, it’s only to acknowledge his aversion to its lack of style. He treats Twitter as the playground that it is, so he brings his celebrity character to the medium like he would anywhere else. The spellings are nuanced and sonically faithful to his pronounced talent. Read them as impressionist cues rather than literal spellings, and you’ll get 151 unique pronunciations.

Here’s to Sam Jackson, the Lewis Carrol of swearing.

 

Well, here is your muhbunchafuqqyn cartoons for tonight’s thread.

Oh and btw, Mona says hello…and she misses y’all!

 

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Tom Stiglich, MEDIA NEWS GROUP – 11/26/2014

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Ferguson hood by Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Matt Wuerker, Politico.com – 11/27/2014

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Clay Bennett editorial cartoon – Political Cartoon by Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press – 11/27/2014

Cartoon by Clay Bennett - Clay Bennett editorial cartoon

Happy Thanksforthesavings – Political Cartoon by Paul Combs, Tribune Media Services – 11/27/2014

Cartoon by Paul Combs - Happy Thanksforthesavings

Looting Justice – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/27/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Looting Justice

 

Signe Wilkinson: Obama Strategy – Signe Wilkinson – Truthdig

Mike Luckovich: Ferguson Justice – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

 

Ferguson Media Priority by Political Cartoonist Daryl Cagle

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Nick Anderson: Turkey Day – Nick Anderson – Truthdig

 

Thanksgiving/C hristmas by Political Cartoonist Sandy Huffaker

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Grand Jury by Political Cartoonist Zapiro

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New Secretary of Defense by Political Cartoonist Bruce Plante

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This is from an Egyptian State Newspaper:

Ferguson Clashes by Political Cartoonist Sherif Arafa

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Riot Control – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/28/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Riot Control

 

You Did This, Bill Cosby by Rick Jensen

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For some reason, that Sack cartoon is credited with a Jensen cartoon…

Signe Wilkinson: Racism – Signe Wilkinson – Truthdig

Mike Luckovich: Ferguson Frightacide – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

This is an open thread…


Sunday: Move it dammit! Morning Reads…

Good Afternoon

I started to write this post at 7:00 am this morning. But…and this is a big but, I must have fallen back to sleep while waiting for my WordPress account to login because next thing I know Boston Boomer is asking me if I was going to be able to do the post today. Ha, thanks for waking me up BB!!!! (My phone was next to my laptop on my bed, and consequently under my head when I dozed off this morning. So you see, the thing was vibrating and making noise when BB sent her emails.)

The thread today is going to be mostly cartoons. I can’t muster enough coherent language skills for anything else.

Enjoy…

AAEC – Political Cartoon by John Cole, Scranton Times/Tribune – 11/19/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Phil Hands, Wisconsin State Journal – 11/22/2014

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Manson Family Values – Political Cartoon by Monte Wolverton, Cagle Cartoons, Inc. – 11/22/2014

Cartoon by Monte Wolverton - Manson Family Values

 

Executive Order – Political Cartoon by Mike Keefe, InToon.com – 11/21/2014

Cartoon by Mike Keefe - Executive Order

 

Immigration Reform, GOP Nightmare – Political Cartoon by J.D. Crowe, Alabama Media Group – 11/21/2014

Cartoon by J.D. Crowe - Immigration Reform, GOP Nightmare

 

Keystone XL pipeline jobs – Political Cartoon by Andrew David Cox, Self-syndicated – 11/20/2014

Cartoon by Andrew David Cox - Keystone XL pipeline jobs

 

Now this next one is from Gary Varel who was recently in the news:

 

Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Obama’s immigration – Political Cartoon by Gary Varvel, Indianapolis Star – 11/20/2014

The caption for this was missing on the AECC website, but was written in the notes on the cartoon’s page:

  • Cartoon Title: Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Obama’s immigration
  • Keywords: Gary Varvel,The Indianapolis Star,Creators Syndicate,U.S.,Mexico,border,Immigration,politics,illegal
  • Caption: The impact of President Obama’s immigration order may encourage more illegal, I mean, undocumented immigrants to enter the U.S.

Cartoon by Gary Varvel - Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Obama's immigration

Now this is the cartoon and story that I mentioned up top…

Wingnut Cartoonist At Indy Star Gets His Cartoon Yanked | Crooks and Liars

Wingnut Cartoonist At Indy Star Gets His Cartoon Yanked

Gary Varvel of the Indianapolis Star is known for “expressing his strong views” on the Obama administration, but his turn to overt racism had the paper pulling one of his cartoons today after receiving numerous complaints.

Take a look at the C&L link for the changes made before the newspaper pulled the cartoon.

 

In response to this, a look at how Luckovich reacted to the Obama speech…11/18 Luckovich cartoon: Illegal aliens | Mike Luckovich

 

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11/23 Luckovich cartoon: Executive edict | Mike Luckovich

 

 

Signe Wilkinson: Immigration – Signe Wilkinson – Truthdig

AAEC – Political Cartoon by Nick Anderson, Houston Chronicle – 11/20/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 11/20/2014

 

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 11/19/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Tim Eagan, The Press Democrat – 11/20/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch – 11/20/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch – 11/21/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette – 11/20/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette – 11/19/2014

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Keystone Jobs – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/20/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Keystone Jobs

 

Father’s Nightmare – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/21/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Father's Nightmare

Emperor’s Clothes – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 11/23/2014

Cartoon by Rob Rogers - Emperor's Clothes

 

One Manson One Woman – Political Cartoon by Tim Campbell, Current Publishing – 11/20/2014

Cartoon by Tim Campbell - One Manson One Woman

 

AAEC – Political Cartoon by John R. Rose, Byrd Newspapers of Virginia – 11/21/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Charlie Daniel, Knoxville News Sentinel – 11/21/2014

 

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times – 11/21/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by MStreeter, Savannah Morning News – 11/21/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Gustavo Rodriguez, El Nuevo Herald – 11/21/2014

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Meanwhile…

 

 

 

Ferguson by Political Cartoonist Marian Kamensky

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Ferguson MO shooting by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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Hands Up Turkey Cartoons

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Did you all see this?

Missouri teens wear blackface during powder-puff game | theGrio

Sullivan High School seniors in blackface for powder puff game (Facebook)

Now just a few more links:

There is a real village called Fucking Hell?

‘Named after Austrian village’: F**king Hell beer ad sparks controversy — RT News

When I read this next headline….I thought the last word was turd.

Review: ‘Extraterrestrial’ lands with a thud – LA Times

And no, this headline and story is not a fucking joke…Kentucky Fire Chief Refuses to Help Family of Stranded Motorists Because They Are Black | Alternet

Photo Credit: via WDRB News

A Kentucky fire chief is being criticized for racist comments after he refused to help a family of stranded motorists because they were black, and then suggested that an Asian-American television reporter did not understand English.

In a Bullitt County Sheriff’s deputy’s body camera recording  obtained by WDRB, Southeast Bullitt County Fire Chief Julius Hatfield can be heard discussing a car accident on I-65 in September.

Hatfield first goes out of his way to provide assistance to Loren Dicken, who is white.

“You got a jack, ain’t you?” Hatfield asks the driver. “If you show me where them things is at, I’ll get my guys to start changing the tire for you.”

At first, Dicken turns down the offer, but Hatfield insists, saying, “It will save you a bill.”

Firefighters working for Hatfield even picked Dicken up from the hospital and took him back to the firehouse, where his car was ready and waiting.

But Hatfield treats the family of four black motorists completely differently.

“Well, I’ve got a family of four from Cincinnati, I got to do something with,” the Bullitt County deputy tells Hatfield over the radio.

“We ain’t taking no n*ggers here,” Hatfield replies, laughing.

Instead of offering to help driver Chege Mwangi, the deputy recommends that he call the AAA motor club.

Ha…that is so funny. /snark full of bullshit.

Mwangi told WDRB that he noticed that the firefighters had provided assistance to other motorists, but his family wasn’t injured so he didn’t think much of it. However, he said that the sheriff’s department was helpful.

And when WDRB’s Valerie Chinn attempted to ask Hatfield about the financial management of Southeast Bullitt Fire Department at a town meeting, he suggested that she didn’t understand English, and threatened to have her arrested.

“Do you understand English darling?” he says in video recorded at the public meeting by WDRB cameras. “Do you understand English?”

“Turn that camera off,” Hatfield barks. “I’ve asked you that in a nice way. Buddy, call the cops and get them here.”

“I asked you once tonight if you understand English,” the fire chief adds after Chinn presses the issue. “I’m speaking English.”

Video at the link.

This is an open thread, have at it!


Friday Nite Lite: “He’s an ugly little spud isn’t he?”

“I think he can hear you, Ray”

 

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Midterms by Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee

Evening All…it is that time of week again.

GOP wins big by Political Cartoonist Rick McKee

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power struggle by Political Cartoonist Petar Pismestrovic

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Elephant In Room by Political Cartoonist Cameron Cardow

 

 

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GOP Steering Congress by Political Cartoonist Adam Zyglis

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GOP Win by Political Cartoonist Joe Heller

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Midterm Election bloodbath by Political Cartoonist Jeff Darcy

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From a European Cartonist: Trickle Down Economics by Political Cartoonist Martyn Turner

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OBAMA’S NEW FURNITURE by Political Cartoonist Randy Bish

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Not sure what I think of this nest one:

 

School shootings by Political Cartoonist Milt Priggee

 

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Luxembourg Leaks by Political Cartoonist Rainer Hachfeld

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LIKE A PIG IN MUD – Political Cartoon by Deb Milbrath, Cartoon Movement – 11/06/2014

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - LIKE A PIG IN MUD

Veterans Day by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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CAPITOL DOME TURTLE by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

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DANCING with the WOLVES by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

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GOP Compromise by Political Cartoonist Rick McKee

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Obamacare Hunt by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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Democratic Losses by Political Cartoonist Adam Zyglis

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What ails Obama by Political Cartoonist Taylor Jones

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Lone Survivor Hickenlooper by Political Cartoonist Mike Keefe

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Newly Elected by Political Cartoonist Randall Enos

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This is an open thread.


Wednesday Reads: 10,000 Full Cavitity Searches…on Pigeons?

Good Morning

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That tweet is something innit?

It seems like a logistical nightmare to me:

 China Subjects 10,000 Pigeons To Anal Exams Due To Terrorism Fears

On Tuesday, China’s largest newspaper The People’s Dailytweeted that thousands of pigeons had undergone “anal security checks” to ensure they weren’t carrying anything harmful in their bodies. These rectal examinations were performed as a terrorism precaution for China’s National Day on Wednesday.

[…]

Despite the fact that pro-democracy protests have been going on for several days in Hong Kong, China continues to aggressively censor news about the protests. This tweet served as a distraction and is just one example — albeit a ridiculous one — of China’s media complying and avoiding coverage of Hong Kong’s demonstrations. Additionally, China has also gone through social media to limit information being released about the protests — including removing protest-related posts from Twitter-like service Weibo and banning Instagram.

Seriously? Anal exams? On pigeons?

Ha…I couldn’t resist.

Okay, getting serious now.

It is October 1st.

The bloody shit has hit the fan, or what I really mean to say is that the Ebola virus has come to America:

First Ebola case diagnosed in US; fears others may have been exposed | Al Jazeera America

A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday.

Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation and that the hospital is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.

The hospital had announced a day earlier that the patient’s symptoms and recent travel suggested Ebola. An outbreak of the killer virus has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region.

All the crazy talk before, when sick folks were coming to Atlanta and other US hospitals for treatment, that was nothing. Get ready for the mega news cycle that is sure to follow this story. (Not that is isn’t big news…but it will eclipse many important things that are going on right now….that need media attention.)

Ebola now in the US, first case confirmed by CDC

The CDC has confirmed that a man in a Dallas hospital has Ebola, CBS News is reporting.

[…]

Apparently the man had been in west Africa recently — Liberia, to be exact — where there’s been a rather large outbreak of Ebola. He’s been in strict isolation as soon as the hospital suspected Ebola.

According to the CDC press conference, the man left Liberia on the 19th of Septemnber. Arrived in the US on the 20th of September. Had no symptoms, but then around the 24th of September, began to develop symptoms. Sought care on the 26th. And then Sunday the 28th admitted to a hospital and placed in isolation.

He was admitted into isolation on Sunday.

The CDC director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, says that Ebola is not contagious until you have symptoms.

CNN says that while this is spread through bodily fluids, if you shook hands with this man between the 24th and the day he went to the hospital, you would have to be put into isolation for three weeks. Wow.

The good news is that he had no symptoms until long after he arrived in the US, so at least people on his flight are safe.

More on the man’s background, and how they are now investigating him:  Health officials tracing Dallas Ebola patient’s path

The patient, who is in an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, did not develop symptoms until four days after he arrived from West Africa, officials said at a hastily called press conference at the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta.

“He was checked for fever before getting on the flight,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden. “There is no reason to believe anyone on the flight was at risk.”

The Ebola virus is not spread through the air, but through contact with bodily fluids of victims — sweat, blood, saliva and other secretions.

The patient, whom officials would not identify, flew to the United States on Sept. 20, and began feeling ill on Sept. 24, Frieden said.

He sought care at the Dallas hospital on Friday and was sent home with antibiotics, Dr. Edward Goodman of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said at a separate press conference in Dallas. Goodman said the hospital is looking into why the patient was discharged.

On Sunday, a Dallas Fire-Rescue crew transported the man to the hospital in an ambulance. This time, he was admitted to the hospital, Frieden said.

The ambulance crew has been quarantined, and the ambulance taken out of service, according to a statement from the city of Dallas.

Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to stop in Dallas on Wednesday in response to the news, according to WFAA.com.

None of the officials at the news conferences would say whether the man is an American citizen. They said only that he was visiting family members who live in this country.

But a statement released by the city of Dallas said the man had “moved to Dallas from Liberia a week ago.”

Frieden, along with Dallas County and Texas state health officials, emphasized that the patient did not become contagious until Sept. 24 when he began to display symptoms.

“There is zero risk of transmission” to other passengers on the overseas airplane flight, Frieden said.

Asked how many people may have been around the victim after he developed symptoms, Frieden said, “I think handful is the right characterization. Family members, and there may have been one or two or three community members. Our approach is to cast the net widely.”

Those who may have been exposed will be monitored for 21 days, the incubation period for the Ebola virus, he said.

Officials would not release the name of the airline or the flight number.

A statement from American Airlines said: “American Airlines does not fly to Africa and we have been told the passenger was not on a connecting flight involving our aircraft. We follow the guidelines put in place by the CDC specifically for airlines and work with our crews to protect the health of our customers and employees.”

The patient “is communicating and expressing hunger,” Goodman said Tuesday evening.

He said the experimental vaccine that was used on two Americans who contracted Ebola in Liberia this summer is no longer available.

Hmmm, doesn’t The Walking Dead season premier start soon? Talk about a great way to drum up some hysteria and publicity. And think about it, all those Ebola victim Halloween costumes! Damn what impeccable timing.

Sorry that I am so snarky/bitchy. I am in a mood.

This is really a drop dead serious thing. Go to that link above to see how the CDC is handling it, and more specifically how Texas is handling it.

The city of Dallas activated its Emergency Operations Center and went to “Level 2: High Readiness” although no one was available to explain what that means.

Oh my. I think the pigeons over in China wish they lived in the city of Dallas.

A Dallas County spokeswoman said, “Level 2 generally means department activities and personnel have extended beyond the regular work day.”

President Obama has been briefed about the Ebola case by the CDC, according to the White House press office.

Good, the President should be briefed about something like this…right?

I mean, we want him to be ready to defend himself for the onslaught of blame:

And We Have Our First Conservative Pundit To Connect Barack Obama To the U.S. Ebola Case | The Daily Banter

If you had one minute in the over-under on how long it would take for a member of the conservative entertainment complex to connect President Obama to the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S., congratulations — you win.

This afternoon, literally immediately following the CNN tweet announcing that the CDC had confirmed the Ebola diagnosis, 26-year-old Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich tweeted out this:

Now if you don’t know who Katie Pavlich is, that’s precisely why she made sure she was the first to invoke the name of the Great Socialist Satan in the wake of today’s Ebola announcement. She knew that, kind of like celebrity wedding pictures, the first one to get it out there is the one who gets all the free publicity.

[…]

Pavlich is one of the interchangeable conservative Barbie dolls that stake out the couch-of-shame on Fox News’s Outnumbered. She’s an editor at Townhall.com, which is a reliable online dispensary for the relentless stream of horseshit that comes out of the mouths of people like Michelle Malkin and Hugh Hewitt. She wrote an entire book on the pretend Fast and Furious scandal and has a new book out called, amusingly, Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women. In other words, there isn’t a damn thing special about her. She’s your average, by-the-numbers conservative entertainment troll. She knows how the game is played and she’s playing it for all it’s worth.

Pavlich knows that once she brings Obama into this, she gets attacked by sane people — which just increases her street cred on the right — and the crazies rally around her because she just threw them a bunch of red meat. It doesn’t even matter that she went on to deny she was specifically blaming Obama for Ebola in the United States, because the goal was never anything more complicated than getting some quick mileage out of dragging the president into the storyline.

You knew it was a Fox contributor, without even having to read about it…didn’t ya!
Global nightmare by Political Cartoonist Olle Johansson

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FENCE JUMPER by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

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Those cartoons just seemed to be begging to be included in the post.

Ah, let’s add one more.

Secret Service Screwups

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And with that cartoon, a few links on the Secret Service’s disturbing service or non-service:

No More Mister Nice Blog

THE MAINSTREAMING OF RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM, PART LXVIII

I know I should be freaking out about Ebola, but I want to write about The Washington Post‘s appalling decision to publish an opinion piece by a former Secret Service agent that includes this recommendation:

[Secret Service director Julia] Pierson should be replaced and the next director should come from outside the Secret Service, with the deputy director remaining an agent. In this role, a true leader, not a bureaucrat, is needed. Someone like Florida congressman and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Allen West would be perfect for the role. West has successfully demonstrated that he possesses the leadership skills of a combat officer as well as managerial and diplomatic skills of a congressman, exactly the traits needed in the next director. Highly competent and beholden to no one in the Secret Service, he would be a superb director.

Allen West? Seriously?

Let’s ignore the fact that West resigned from the military a decade ago just as an investigation found probable cause to determine that he’d assaulted and mock-executed a prisoner in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Let’s ignore the fact that West specializes in verbal hand grenades, so it’s preposterous to credit him with “diplomatic skills.” The reason this is an insane recommendation is that we really can’t be certain that West would consider it his duty to protect President Obama from harm.

Yeah,

Just last month, West wrote:

Barack Hussein Obama is an Islamist in his foreign policy perspectives and supports their cause. You can go back and listen to his 2009 speech in Cairo, where Muslim Brotherhood associates were seated front and center.

All the circumstantial and anecdotal evidence points to that conclusion.

See, it makes me wonder if maybe there are people out there who should be getting other areas of their bodies probed and examined. I am talking about West’s brain, because that…is just fucked up. (More crazy at the link.)

Digby has another take on it…Hullabaloo

Now I’m worried about the president’s safety #secretservicewingnuts

by digby

Ok, I’ll admit I haven’t been as freaked out about the incursion into the White House as some people. But if the fellow who wrote this op-ed for the Washington Post is indicative of the sort of people who are protecting the president, I am now truly afraid for him[.]

Oh you bet your ass sister!

If I was Obama, I would earnestly think about hiring his own body guards.

Report: Obama rode elevator with armed man | AccessNorthGa

The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service comes after agency Director Julia Pierson took full responsibility for a Sept. 19 breach of the White House. The Washington Examiner and The Washington Post report that the latest incident took place in an elevator during Obama’s Sept. 16 visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The Post says agents questioned the contractor and discovered his criminal history after he refused to stop video recording the president with a phone camera.

Agents didn’t know he was armed until a supervisor fired the contractor on the spot and the man turned over his gun.

The Secret Service did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

Damn. You know the people here in Georgia are nuts. Gun nuts that is.

Again, we see Fox News spreading the joy, they are loving it:

Fox News Analyst Wonders If Secret Service Purposely Didn’t Do Their Duty:  Did they wish or did they wonder? | Crooks and Liars

In other political news:

WASHINGTON: Study: In 2012, Florida voters waited the longest to cast ballots | Elections | McClatchy DC

(Not that it was really a big surprise.)

Voters in Florida waited far longer than those in other states to cast their votes in the 2012 election, hampered by long ballots and cutbacks in early voting options, according to a new report by congressional auditors.

Voters in the state stood in line more than 34 minutes on average, significantly longer than ballot-casters did in any other state reviewed by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’ watchdog.

The shortest waits? Alaska, at just 1.4 minutes.

Three others states had wait times about 25 or more minutes: Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina. But most of the others fell somewhere between five minutes and 20 minutes, on average.

In Florida, the GAO estimated, 16 percent of voters waited 61 minutes or more to cast their ballots – tops among the states surveyed.

And from Dakinikat’s home state, this long reads starts out like a horror story: Plaquemines Louisiana Environmental Disaster: The Land Is Vanishing | New Republic

In response to complaints some years ago about blocked plumbing along New Orleans’ Claiborne Avenue, city workers opened up the sewer main and found a human nose. Following the line down the avenue, popping open manholes and looking inside, they discovered ears, fingers, fingernails, shriveled flaps of skin, viscera. Where had it all come from?

To solve this mystery, the Sewerage and Water Board turned to Warren Lawrence, a former plumber who served as the utility’s inspector. Lawrence conducted his job with the perspicacity of a criminal detective. It wasn’t enough for him to repair a drainage problem; he made a point of pursuing each disturbance back to its source and holding the perpetrator responsible. When, for instance, Lawrence encountered a section of corroded pipes, he traced the damage to a battery factory near the Superdome that had been illegally pouring acid down the drain. After finding a black-and-white jumpsuit in a sewer, he learned that inmates of Orleans Parish Prison had been stuffing their uniforms into the toilets in an effort to back up the jail’s plumbing system. To increase their odds of success, every prisoner flushed their toilet at the same time. They called this a “Royal Flush.”

Lawrence followed the trail of body parts to Charity Hospital. The manhole that led into the hospital’s sewer line was clogged with flesh. Lawrence asked hospital administrators why they were dumping bodies into the sewer. They explained that, until recently, they had incinerated all unclaimed corpses. The stench was abhorrent, however, so they had installed a $1 million, 15-horsepower grinder pump. The machine ground the bodies into a slurry, but small parts escaped the blades. Lawrence ordered the hospital to remove the grinder. As he was backed by the force of City Hall, the hospital had no choice but to comply.

Take some time with that one.

On Jeopardy this week: – ‘Jeopardy!’ Category Titled ‘What Women Want’ Filled Entirely With Sexist Stereotypes

At a time when the country is struggling with serious issues regarding gender equality, Jeopardy! could have taken the opportunity to explore some of the things 21st Century women have been fighting for. How about equal pay? Or perhaps, access to birth control? Maybe greater legal protections against sexual assault?

Instead, the show offered such examples as “a new vacuum cleaner” and “Pilates.” Yuck.

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I know we have Jeopardy viewers here, anyone see this shit?

For your history/archaeology link of the day: Massive Roman Coin Hoard Unearthed in England – Archaeology Magazine

Archaeologists and conservators from the British Museum have announced that an amateur metal detectorist has found one of the largest hoards of coins ever discovered in Britain. The hoard is comprised of no less than 22,000 coins dating to between A.D. 260 and 350 that were in very good condition when they emerged from the ground, Devon County Council archaeologist Bill Horner told The Independent. Since the hoard was found ten months ago—its discovery was kept quiet to avoid looting at the site while archaeologists conducted a proper excavation—the coins have been cleaned, identified, and catalogued. Many bear portraits of the family of the emperor Constantine and of the emperor himself.

That is awesome, they are calling the find, the Seaton Down Hoard. (Sitting Down Hard…ha.)

Lastly, a review of a new DVD release…of a classic movie, that just so happens to be screening on TCM later this month:

Review: Just in time for Halloween, Criterion releases horror classic The Innocents · DVD Review · The A.V. Club

“I can’t judge you, Miss. A body can only judge themselves.” So Mrs. Grose (Megs Jenkins), the housekeeper of a palatial country estate in the eden of rural England, concludes to Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr), the new governess who’s grown increasingly convinced that her two young charges are possessed by the sinister spirits of their deceased former caretakers. The exchange happens late in The Innocents, as Jack Clayton’s formative but underappreciated horror masterpiece coheres into a ravishing neo-romantic takedown of Victorian repression, spooky and scathing in equal measure.

Miss Giddens, whom Kerr agreeably claimed was her best role, is a high-strung woman whose outspoken love for children may not be quite as selfless as it seems. Despite having no professional experience, Giddens is hired by an apathetic bachelor (Michael Redgrave) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew at his idyllic country home. Flora (Pamela Franklin) and Miles (Martin Stephens) are strange and cloistered children who were previously exposed to the kinky sexual relationship shared between Giddens’ predecessor and the bachelor’s valet, and Giddens pities the kids for that, taking it as her mission to restore and protect their innocence for as long as she can. But as she begins to see apparitions around the property—a robed figure sweeping across a dark hallway, a man emerging from the night to press his demented face against a first floor window—Giddens starts to suspect that the children may be more tainted than she feared.

If The Innocents isn’t quite the oldest scary story in the book, it’s certainly by now one of the most familiar. (But it’s also damn old: The film was adapted from Henry James’ 1898 novella The Turn Of The Screw, even though it takes most of its cues from the William Archibald play that inspired its title). Released in 1961 as a response to the somewhat schlocky Hammer horror films of the time, The Innocents is a comparatively restrained ghost story that owes far more to Jean Cocteau’s Beauty And The Beast than it does Terence Fisher’s The Curse Of Frankenstein. In fact, the case could be made that it’s not a ghost story at all; Clayton’s palpable use of the subjective camera ensures that the phantasms are almost never glimpsed from any perspective other than Miss Giddens’—a point cultural critic Christopher Frayling makes during the erudite commentary track included with Criterion’s new edition of the film. The script, co-written by Truman Capote, doesn’t spend much time entertaining the idea that everything is in Giddens’ head. But Kerr’s possessed performance as an unraveling woman nevertheless imbues each seemingly supernatural incident with the intimacy of a nervous breakdown.

Now I’ve never seen this flick, so I look forward to watching it:  Thursday, October 23 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

TCM has a long article about the film: The Innocents (1961) – Articles – TCM.com

And Movie Morlocks has a few blog posts that mention the movie, here is one of them:

moviemorlocks.com – Do You Want to See Something REALLY Scary?

During the month of October I’m often asked to recommend my favorite horror films. But recommending scary movies can be a tricky business. What frightens me might make you merely shrug your shoulders and laugh out loud. And if you’re a serious horror fan there’s a high probability that you’ve seen a lot of well-regarded classic films such as THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925), FRANKENSTEIN (1931), PSYCHO (1960) and Val Lewton’s various movies as well as Halloween standards like THE SHINING (1980), CARRIE (1976), NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) and HALLOWEEN (1978) so recommending movies can become rather redundant. Instead of simply suggesting some of my favorite horror films for you to watch I thought I’d share some of my favorite scary moments from films that have left a deep impression on me over the years. So pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable while I share something REALLY scary.


THE INNOCENTS (Jack Clayton; 1961) – The ghostly woman in black

THE INNOCENTS is one of my favorite films and in my not so humble opinion, one of the most frightening films ever made. Henry James’ classic ghost story has been adapted for the screen many times but no film has come close to matching Jack Clayton’s haunting retelling of “The Turn of the Screw.” THE INNOCENTS tells the eerie story of Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr), a governess to two young children who she believes are haunted by ghosts. The film has a lot of chill-inducing moments but nothing terrifies me more than the startling image of an unearthly woman dressed in black standing by the edge of the water surrounded by tall grass. Kerr only gets a brief glimpse of the ghostly figure of the long dead Miss Jessel (Clytie Jessop) and if you blink you might miss her. But if you do see her, you’ll never forget her.

So be sure to check it out.

Well, let’s end today’s post with another little clip from 1996’s Beavis and Butthead. This one not only has another it cavity search bit, but gives Chelsea Clinton some ass kicking power in her teen years…and a jab at White House Security. Ah…life before 9/11…

Good times.


Friday Nite Lite: D-Day + 70 Years

Good Evening

A bunch for you today.

Let us start with the D-Day tributes:

D Day by Political Cartoonist Mark Streeter

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D-Day – Political Cartoon by Bruce Plante, Tulsa World – 06/06/2014

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70 years since D-Day – Political Cartoon by J.D. Crowe, Alabama Media Group – 06/06/2014

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D Day by Political Cartoonist Terry Mosher

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70 years.  Which is something to think about considering these next series of cartoons…dealing with Sgt Bergdahl.

 

Bergdahl swap: Taking care of our own – Political Cartoon by J.D. Crowe, Alabama Media Group – 06/06/2014

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Clay Bennett: Except Bergdahl – Clay Bennett – Truthdig

 

 

Sgt Bergdahl welcome home by Political Cartoonist Dave Granlund

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Bergdahl Release – Political Cartoon by Rob Rogers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 06/05/2014

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AAEC – Political Cartoon by Tim Eagan, The Press Democrat – 06/05/2014

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GOOD ACT by Political Cartoonist Bill Day

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Welcome Home Sergeant Bergdahl by Political Cartoonist R.J. Matson

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Mike Luckovich: Signs for Any Occasion – Truthdig

 

That really put things into perspective doesn’t it?

 

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Happy Easter Sunday…Reads

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Good Morning and Happy Easter

(Cute illustration eh? Little fucking rabbits…or should I say little rabbits fucking? Well, about to at least.) Oh my, that is a bit too sordid for an Easter Morn, is it not? I don’t know, everything is still a bit hazy since Bebe got back from Chicago.  I have a couple of extra teenage “other people munchkins.” Friends of my son spending the entire long weekend with us…lets just say the big ham is already gone, and it is now 2 am Saturday night.

Vintage Easter Cards (14)The pictures for today’s post are from the 1920’s and 1930’s, that will tie in later. Let’s just kick off shall we?

Quick links to headlines:

Voice of America is reporting: 17 More Bodies Recovered from Sunken S. Korean Ferry, Death Toll at 50

While CNN has the figure up two : Death toll from South Korean ferry sinking rises to 52

This next article from the Irish Times is big news:  Third mate was steering ferry for first time ever before capsize

In the grocers corner, NY Times: General Mills Reverses Itself on Consumers’ Right to Sue

Enjoy your bacon and OJ now, because that stuff is going to get even more expensive: The 10 Fastest Rising Food Prices – 24/7 Wall St.

But that is okay, because you probably will not be able to afford the bacon anyway…since you have to deal with this shit: After foreclosure crisis, renters suffer under Wall Street landlords | Al Jazeera America

The poster child for the foreclosure crisis has been a middle-income suburban family. But low-income urban renters also saw their buildings over-mortgaged at the height of the crisis, and now faceless hedge funds and nameless investors are replacing their desperate landlords — sometimes with disastrous consequences.Vintage-Easter-with-Chicks-and-blimp

Six years after the foreclosure crisis helped tank the world’s economy, investors are snatching up “distressed” properties — those that are in foreclosure or facing foreclosure — and seeking to turn a profit on them. Advocates for affordable housing worry that this profit comes at the expense of tenants.

Joanna Paulino knows this all too well. She lives in a lower-income neighborhood in the Bronx borough of New York City. Her home is a prewar building, a once attractive structure like many others in the city’s outer boroughs. But after years of neglect, it is crumbling; there are more than 140 violations registered against the premises.

Pathetic and disturbing.

Over the last several months, Wall Street firms have snapped up an estimated 200,000 single-family homes with the intention of renting them out. The New York–based hedge fund easter-witch-10pBlackstone Group is now America’s largest landlord of rental homes after purchasing over 40,000 foreclosed single-family homes in 14 metro areas around the country, from Atlanta to Phoenix, to convert into rental properties. But certain investors are also snatching up “distressed” urban rental buildings like the one where Paulino lives in the South Bronx. Unbeknownst to many low-income renters, their buildings were over-mortgaged during the bubble. In New York, many of those buildings are due for refinancing now — making them vulnerable to acquisition by hedge funds.

“Since these buildings are so over-mortgaged,” said Harold Shultz, an affordable-housing expert who works with the Citizens Housing Planning Council of New York, “the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to be refinanced.”

Desperate landlords and banks are looking for new owners and investors. And Wall Street is ready to step in and help out.

These groups often purchase buildings sight unseen, with little knowledge of the conditions a foreclosed building might be in. Sometimes, especially in the case of apartments, foreclosures can take years to resolve.

So while old owners, banks and new owners or investors sort out the debt, buildings languish in disrepair. And when an agreement is eventually reached, there is no guarantee for tenants that conditions will improve.

a860979fb322efa0d91f46f82ff54f11That is just a couple of excerpts. Go and read the whole thing.

I will use those last few stories to tie into the post that Boston Boomer wrote Friday: Friday Reads: American Oligarchy, South Korean Tragedy, and Hillary Under the Microscope | Sky Dancing

Where she focused her post primarily on the study results of Martin Gilins and Benjamin I. Page of Princeton and Northwestern Universities, and a recent article by Larry Bartels, a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.

The word Oligarchy and its various forms were used heavily throughout. (I always have to sound out the word oligarchy in my head when I am reading that word to myself. Even then I am not confident my mind’s voice is pronouncing it correctly.) ;)

On Friday I found this op/ed while looking for cartoons and it struck a chord, but it did not give an answer: How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality by Tina Dupuy

 

Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you’ve been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy?

Circumlocution: a big word meaning using unnecessarily lofty words to express an idea.

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Pat Bagley / Salt Lake Tribune

Welcome to the baffling world of liberal-speak.

Oligarchy, plutocracy and demagogy: The holy trinity of sesquipedalian polysyllable liberal loquaciousness.

This language liberals, in particular, have chosen to talk about elitism is, well, really snooty. When we talk about a tiny fraction of people having undue influence on our politics—we use words barely anyone understands.

Marinade in that irony. It’s like if we were broadcasting NASCAR only in Latin. Oligarchy? That sounds like a German cabbage dish. Demagoguery sounds like a flourish in square dancing. Plutocracy sounds like we should just be friends.

I write for a living and these words make my eyes glaze over. And they’re used all time, often by well-meaning liberal-types attempting to advocate for the have-less in this nation. Case in point: Paul Krugman. His columns “Oligarchs and Money,” “Oligarchy, American Style” and “Graduates Versus the Oligarchs”—do cover how economic policies favor a fraction of 1 percent of Americans but his go-to word is comprehended by even fewer.

Go see what else Tina has to say. One thing she does not mention is some examples of substitutes for Oligarchs, Oligarchy etc.

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Friday Nite Lite: Free Speech Equals Bought Elections

Evening Y’all

Free Speech by Political Cartoonist Mike Keefe

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SCOTUS Ruling by Political Cartoonist Bob Englehart

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Supreme Court Decision by Political Cartoonist Randall Enos

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Wizards of Ooze by Political Cartoonist Steve Sack

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Now the rest of the funnies, in no particular order…

the grim ryan by Political Cartoonist Bill Schorr

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Paul Ryan Budget by Political Cartoonist Bob Englehart

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Guns by Political Cartoonist David Fitzsimmons

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Derogatory Terms by Political Cartoonist Mike Luckovich

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Mike Luckovich: The Many Faces of Obama – Mike Luckovich – Truthdig

Fort Hood by Political Cartoonist Adam Zyglis

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Hobby Lobby – Political Cartoon by Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News – 04/01/2014

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Climate change arguments by Political Cartoonist John Cole

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How To Deter Putin by Political Cartoonist Gary McCoy

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