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A writer and editor of this website from 2006 to early 2012, Ken Layne is occassionally seen on Twitter and writes small books and is already haunting you from beyond (your) grave.

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66 comments

  1. montyburns4prez

    If the teabaggers take as long as this guy gets ready to play I’ll be far away living on a remote island by then. What is up with those god-awful paintings in the background? Seems socialist to me.

  2. thehelveticascenario

    Best part might be his comments along with the video:
    “I HOPE THE TEA PARTY STEAMROLLS THE DEMOS OUT OF OFFICE AND THEN FINES THEM ONE YEAR SALARY FOR THE ONE YEAR OF UNAMERICAN BALONEY. GO SARAH PALIN GO !!! THIS IS AMERICA NOT CHINA OR RUSSIA OR NAZI GERMANY OR VENEZUELA. LETS TAKE AMERICA BACK THIS NOVEMBER AND IN THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION !!!! NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS DID I EVER THINK OUR OWN GOVERNMENT WOULD THREATEN TO FINE AND JAIL US WITH LEGISTATION
    HOW REVOLTING !!! SO…LET’S GO FOR IT !!!!! FREEEEEDOMMMMMMMM !!!!!!!!(REMEMBER THAT MOVIE ABOUT THE ENGLISH MESSING WITH THE SCOTS ? BRAVE HEART WITH MEL GIBSON !!
    WE ARE ALL NOW POLITICAL BRAVE HEARTS ABOUT TO VOTE OUT ALL THE CONFUSED DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED YES FOR A FINE IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL) (IF THEY WOULD SIMPLY REMOVE THE FINE EVERYONE WOULD BE HAPPY!) I AM THINKING MEDICARE FOR EVERYONE IS THE BEST SOLUTION. …CAN SOME ONE START A CELL PHONE TEXT VOTE TO SEE HOW MANY AMERICANS WANT THE FINE PART REMOVED? MAYBE THE TEA PARTY CAN IMPLEMENT THE CELL PHONE VOTE.”

    Also, one of his tags is “Orbinson”.

  3. memzilla

    [re=541192]montyburns4prez[/re]: Yeah, there’s an awful lot of RED in those pictures.

    Roy Orbison FAIL. Also.

  4. x111e7thst

    Verily he is like Johnny Cash come again in Glory. He will teabag us all, each and every one.

  5. forgracie

    I wonder how he enjoys his socialized (Medicare) medicine? It should save him enough to buy a tuner…

  6. Mr Blifil

    And the paintings stare blankly in mute horror, his only companions. Please god, don’t anybody break it to this poor Beckett character locked in the nightmare of his own soul that “rock and roll” and “rhythm and blues” were invented by teh blax. It might steamroll him.

  7. ez

    I salute you sir, Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minnesota, has your special award. Please drop by and pick it up.

  8. Aflac Shrugged

    Jesus. And I thought our folksingers were irritating.

    Also, what’s with the watercolor tribute to Lauren Ambrose in the background?

  9. Katydid

    God, Don Imus has really gone Fox, hasn’t he?

    And what is that “art” on the wall behind him? Frieda Kahlo’s Deranged Period?

  10. ForTheTurnstiles

    [re=541197]Mr Blifil[/re]: “Honky” tonk is the “honky” version of tonk music (“tonk” was a term for a tavern where blues music was played in black vernacular English)…

    So yeah, this guy’s got a leg up on the “honky” thing at least.

  11. Prommie

    Snarkless, I note that he would be OK with medicare for all. Can you imagine, the teabaggers are so confused, they hate the commie HCR Bill because its not socialist enough? And yet, well, he’s right, on that one.

  12. Marxist-Leninist Papist

    “WE ARE ALL NOW POLITICAL BRAVE HEARTS ABOUT TO VOTE OUT ALL THE CONFUSED DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED YES FOR A FINE IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL) (IF THEY WOULD SIMPLY REMOVE THE FINE EVERYONE WOULD BE HAPPY!) I AM THINKING MEDICARE FOR EVERYONE IS THE BEST SOLUTION. …CAN SOME ONE START A CELL PHONE TEXT VOTE TO SEE HOW MANY AMERICANS WANT THE FINE PART REMOVED? MAYBE THE TEA PARTY CAN IMPLEMENT THE CELL PHONE VOTE.”
    Clearly someone other then the Democrats is confused. And I am talking about “I think I am fucking Napoleon and Jesus Christ” type confused.
    Seriously, what the HELL? These people seem to have themselves confused with every actually oppessed and/or disenfranchised group in history-black slaves, Holocaust victims, Gulag prisoners, medieval peasants… They seem to want be anyone but their sorry ass selves.

  13. RPolanski

    Join us all in Searchlight, Nevada at the Searchlight Nugget Casino. We’ll sit on our barstools in front of the 1-armed bandit, smoke Marlboros, drink beer and bitch about the gubbmint. Later, we can mosey on over to the $1.99 buffet and git us some prime rib, chickin mcnuggets, tater salad, and freedom fries. Then we’ll bitch a little more agin’ the gubbmint. Then we’ll all go over to the ATM and git out some more gamblin’ cash out’n our bank accounts with whutever’s left out’n our soshul security checks. Good thing Medicare’s payin’ for my portable oxygen tank so’s I can keep playin’ slots non-stop.

  14. iburl

    If you spend the first 150 seconds of your YouTube video tuning your guitar shouldn’t it be in tune after that enthrallung process? Or am I just being a commie fascist about being able to tune?

  15. Ruhe

    [re=541193]thehelveticascenario[/re]: The guy is a plant, right? “I am thinking medicare for everyone is the best solution.” That can’t sit well with the rest of the teabaggers, unless of course, as has been said here often by many commenters, the real issue for the baggers isn’t the “socialized” part of socialized medicine, it’s the “hey, did you realize the president who signed that bill is a black guy” part.

  16. Neilist

    Needs more cowbell.

    And a Death Panel.

    (Oh, forget the latter. Just put two rounds into his ear.)

  17. freakishlystrong

    [re=541219]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: I can’t either. But I don’t even need to see it to synopsis:

    FREEDOM!!1 TYRANNY!11 NOBAMA!!1 SOCIALIZMZ!1 MURIKANS!1

  18. ella

    Only someone assuming his audience is grade school dropouts or druggies or both would feel the need to explain what “scoring” means. At length.

  19. Beck Licks Seer Stones

    And lo, in 171 seconds, this man has irreparably damaged the Internet, music, video, universal voting, the First Amendment, and life itself.

    Also, all of a sudden every Republican against the bill is a constitutional expert! There must a be copies on the back of Bojangles menus.

  20. Cornhusker Kickback

    The man in the polo windbreaker, fancy sunglasses and cowboy hat is stirring my soul with his songs of freedom!

  21. weejee

    His piano is out of tune, he has no sense of pitch so pushed his gheetuhr even further out of whack. Sorta like how most Tee Bees get to where they got. Start with something silly, use yer keen intellect, not, and whoopie you’ve got something even worse.

    [re=541196]forgracie[/re] is spot on, he needs to start savin’ his pennies an get one them eehlectrawnic tooners. Lefty Wilbury, Orbison, is rolling in his grave.

  22. Terry

    [re=541193]thehelveticascenario[/re]:

    “NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS DID I EVER THINK OUR OWN GOVERNMENT WOULD THREATEN TO FINE AND JAIL US WITH LEGISTATION HOW REVOLTING !!!”

    Guess he’s unfamiliar with the IRS or Selective Service or anything having to do with permits or…..

  23. jus_wonderin

    The goggles? For anonymity or coolness? Or simply to “enhance” his ‘tard quotient? So many questions, I have.

  24. GoinGreen

    [re=541208]Prommie[/re]: I was thinking the same thing – do they want communism or socialism? If they are only pissed off about the fine (which probably is unconstitutional anyway), then they are now for the gummint giving out insurance like a big ole hunk o’ cheese! Congrats teabaggers, you were the 1st to be “for it before I was against it!!”

  25. norbizness

    [re=541205]Katydid[/re]: On the plus side, perhaps Imus will (without benefit of a mirror) see himself as we all see him (a ridiculous prat) and bury himself in a shallow grave.

  26. Aquannissiwamissoo

    [re=541225]Neilist[/re]: We can do without the threats of shooting someone, thanks. Please take it to your 7-11 where you buy your scratch tickets and discounted Moxie energy drink.

  27. kth

    [re=541198]themercenary[/re]: You’re not supposed to put steel strings on that kind of guitar, are you?

    Popping the collar to hide the turkey neck seems a little fey and vain, also.

  28. Ducksworthy

    I’m inspired. I going to the next tea bag rally with a MEDICARE FOR ALL poster. On a (heavy) stick.

  29. Mr Blifil

    [re=541231]ella[/re]: He wants to be all that, is what. It’s designed to be a combo YouTube guitar tutorial, political rant, chat with Gramps, keening blues testimonial, and rallying cry. The only think he forgot to do was cut a hole in the mouth of one of his portrait subjects and fuck it, so he could be on RedTube.

  30. Katydid

    [re=541281]norbizness[/re]: I’ve had a theory for some time that Imus is a Zombie, and his grave musta been shallow indeed.

  31. blkblt

    Didn’t James Taylor make this song kind of famous? Isn’t he more liberal than Nancy Pelosi and Al Franken wadded up and rolled in Paul Wellstone’s ashes?
    He is however a churnin’ urn of burnin’ funk.

  32. stanpan

    Wow, Esteban is both a guitar teacher and an artist! I look forward to future infomercials spotlighting his versatility.

  33. kth

    [re=541394]blkblt[/re]: James Taylor wrote the song and first recorded it. The King started covering it in his concerts around 1970, and it was in the “Aloha From Hawaii: Via Satellite” TV special, where this RV ghetto denizen probably first heard it.

    The song was, of course, intended as a parody of the cock-strutting blooz-rock of the era, a joke which Elvis may or may not have gotten, and this guy definitely didn’t.

  34. fork-wielding maniac

    “Well then you will like this fellow at least twice as much as those things”

    my public education is kind of far behind me now, but if i recall correctly,

    2 X 0 = 0

    what happens when you multiply negative numbers?

    also, now i have to go get my socialist grade school textbook on masturbation and rub out an easy one while i remember the lectures on how to be a gay.

  35. fork-wielding maniac

    [re=541197]Mr Blifil[/re]: “And the paintings stare blankly in mute horror, his only companions.”

    is that little red riding hood, or some hillbilly shemale’s hair-helmet?

    in any case, those are some damned fine watercolors. this guy is a real renaissance man. art? wait. that doesn’t sound very ‘murkin. sounds kind of french.

  36. RoscoePColtraine

    Dear Teaparty Geee-tar Guy,

    You do realize that the tuning phase of playing a string instrument needs to take as long as necessary to actually tune each string? We don’t mind waiting, some of us feel it’s worth the time.

    Roscoe

    P.S. I did find the tuning portion of the video to be the most entertaining part, fwiw.

  37. slappypaddy

    the meltdown continues. and what did that man say? he’s “scarring pigs” so they won’t slip out of his hands? did i get that right? anybody else hear that?

  38. slappypaddy

    [re=541430]fork-wielding maniac[/re]: “what happens when you multiply negative numbers?”

    you open up a rift in the space-time continuum, out of which pour ghostly figures of confusion, strung out on tea. don’t do it. negative numbers should only be multiplied under carefully controlled laboratory conditions.

  39. herpezhilton

    You know it’s supporters like these that must be like a dagger in the heart of Sarah Palin. The poor woman wants so badly to be buddy-buddy with glamorous stars, but, alas, this is the caliber of showbiz talent she attracts. Maybe SNL will call you again someday, Sarah, and they’ll let you try your stand-up routine you perfected on The Tonight Show. Keep hope alive.

  40. queeraselvis v 2.0

    Oh Ken, this wingtard is SO not reincarnated Elvis. This, my friend, is the dessicated corpse of Johnny Cash, reanimated for your viewing pleasure.

  41. schlock and flaws

    Tonstant listener frowed up…. Needz moar government regulation on open mic nighrs

    [re=541205]
    Katydid[/re]: “Frieda Kahlo’s Deranged Period”–mental state or medium choice?

  42. iolanthe

    [re=541193]thehelveticascenario[/re]: I wonder if he knows that the “fine” (aka The Mandate) was one of the provisions the Republicans added to the bill?

  43. iolanthe

    [re=541591]schlock and flaws[/re]: Thanks for the nod to Dorothy Parker. I think she would also have loved blkblt’s “… more liberal than Nancy Pelosi and Al Franken wadded together and rolled in Paul Wellstone’s ashes” … except we’d have to explain to her who all those people were, and we’d probably have to buy her drinks all the while.

  44. 1healthymofo

    neat little trick, I’m going to buy a bunch of picks to score while I’m waiting on my ebay guitar.

  45. Native of SL UT

    Fucker needs to put away the guitar and set a dummy on his lap instead. I didn’t see his lips move once.

  46. Neilist

    [re=541319]Aquannissiwamissoo[/re]: Threat? What threat? Don’t you recognize a critical artistic judgment when you see one?

    And I don’t go to the 7/11 anymore. Sorry. It’s usually staffed with foreigners with weird last names. Like “Aquannissiwamissoo”. (Unless that’s the name of some forgotten, Fourth-World battlefield marking one of the Western World’s unsuccessful attempts to civilize a bunch of locals with weird last names.)

  47. boy_howdy

    “I think that if white people are going to burn down black churches, then black people ought to burn down the House Of Blues. What a disgrace that fucking place is. They ought to call it the House Of Lame White Motherfuckers…it’s a fucking sacrilege. In the first place, white people got noooooo business playing the blues ever. At all. Under any circumstances. Ever, ever, ever.

    “What the fuck do white people have to be blue about? Banana Republic ran out of khakis? The espresso machine is jammed?? Hootie & the Blowfish are breaking up??? Shit, white people ought to understand their job is to give people the blues, not to get them.” –George Carlin

  48. octupletsmom

    [re=541219]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: My son says, surely this is satire. He just could be right.

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