With Bin Laden Dead, My Work Here Is Done

by Jack Stuef

What's he saluting? Oh, a Koran. Figures.All Wonkette editors leave you eventually. Today, it is my turn. So this is my last post ever. What a ride, etc.! I’ve enjoyed making fun of politics for this dumb little blog. But now it is time to move on. I came to this site a 21-year-old kid. And now, I can safely say, I’m leaving it a 22-year-old child. Most importantly, we caught Osama bin Laden. You’re welcome.

I’ve been pretty lucky as a writer. In high school, The Onion and Wonkette were two of my favorite things to read. And now I write for both of them. But my role here has evolved since I started with just a few posts a day as afternoon editor. Along the way, Ken somehow got me to wake up before noon for the first time in half a decade, and for quite a while I’ve had a full-time job here running the blog all day. And, on top of what I do elsewhere, that’s impaired me from doing writing I want to do. Writing that would further my career.

I live in New York now, and I came here to get back into stand-up comedy and take a shot at writing for television, but I just haven’t had the time. I should’ve quit Wonkette many months ago when I started to be able to support myself well enough financially otherwise. I still loved it though, even though I found myself routinely burned out on politics, something I apologize for, as it clearly came out in posts at times and was probably not very entertaining to read.

If I’m anything, I’m derivative; Newell “rules” that he talks about in his goodbye post — that’s something I’ve thought about quite a bit too. At times, especially when I’m tired and have to somehow hit eight posts when there’s no real news happening, I’ve broken some of my own. I don’t like to make easy jokes. But I have. Kind of often. A few times I’ve made fun of people who really didn’t deserve it, and when it was pointed out to me, I apologized. This sort of thing happens, even when you make a point of trying to stay true to yourself as much as you can, because you’re human. Overall, though, out of all the 1,642 posts and countless thousands of jokes I’ve written here, I can say I’m proud of most of them.

I’d like to thank the Wonketteers, who have all been great, except for the fact that they routinely make funnier jokes than mine in the comments. Also: Josh and Riley, who have always been gracious and fun to work with. And editors past: Pareene, Newell, and Juli. And Jim’s car and the cup in it in which I once vomited. You guys were great! And the roster of fine contributors it’s been a pleasure to edit. And Ken, who grumpily led this stupid blog the whole time and been a great boss even though he pretty much hates doing this. In the wake of staff departures, he’s made a tough decision about the future of the site. I’ll let him tell that to you. [WAY TO BE MELODRAMATIC, JACK. WONKETTE IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE, AND THE EDITOR HAS NOT MADE ANY DECISION THAT COULD BE DESCRIBED AS "TOUGH." PUBLICATIONS CHANGE OVER THE YEARS, AND CHANGE HAS BEEN ROUTINE HERE SINCE THE SITE BEGAN IN LATE 2003. -- ED.]

But who cares, the rapture’s tomorrow!

Where will I go from here? As I said, in addition to doing a bit more stuff with The Onion, I’m going to use the time to write some scripts and get back into stand-up. But I’ll still be doing some freelance work. (E-mail me if you want to offer me something or, really, for whatever other reason: jackstuef[at]gmail.com. I have plenty of time to talk now!) I have a Twitter where you can see what I’m up to. And I just got the domain name for my website: stuef.com. There will be some other stuff there soon, but for now I have a Tumblr you can follow that will probably be frequently updated and is now my OFFICIAL blog.

But please, don’t concern yourself with me. THE RAPTURE IS TOMORROW.

(Also, please stop hating each other, America. And that means everyone: Muslims and gays are Americans too. Ideology, especially this kind, is an ugly thing. Thanks.)

 

Hola wonkerados.

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mrblifil May 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Here's to a round of group copulation in Jack Steuf's honor. On me!

bumfug May 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

As much as I enjoy copulating, I really don't want to do it on you. No offense.

mrblifil May 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Oh come on!

One_who_wanders May 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm

ITYM bukkake. I am not going to check the spelling on that.

politics_nerd May 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Best of luck!!

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

" In the wake of staff departures, he’s made a tough decision about the future of the site. I’ll let him tell that to you."

NNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

If you do it, Ken, the terrorists will win.

Cicada May 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Maybe Ken will sell the site to AOL. I'm sure we'll all enjoy mingling with the elite commenters on HuffPo.

Barb May 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Oh God, NO! No Huffpo. I'd rather have a freakin' boil implant.

Cicada May 20, 2011 at 8:07 pm

What, do you have an allergy to earnestness and bloviating or something?

OhNoGuy May 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Hmmmm. Boil implants? That might make me even more hansomer. Thanks for the fashion tip!

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I'm sure the partnership with Free Republic will turn out just fine.

imissopus May 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Or the wingnuts. Same thing, really.

Lascauxcaveman May 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Since I

a) don't have any money
b) don't have any time
c) don't know anything about running a decent blog

I hear by volunteer to lead a commenter's collective investment and content providing group to buy this thing off Mr. Layne and run the sucker ourselves.

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm

you're as qualified as ken was when he took over.

Lascauxcaveman May 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Huh.

Ken Layne May 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Wow, really? So editing the site for two years and running online magazines for ten years was irrelevant, I guess? Huh.

HELisforHEL May 21, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Sigh. Some people always think web/design/magazine/editing/writing work is all The Sexy. When it's mostly just fukkin' WORK 24×7.
They also think this is the case with being a musician, but I digress.

natl_indecency_cmdr May 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

IN.

the_problem_child May 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Okay. I'd be willing to provide some Canadian content. No Bieber, though.

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I'm in. I'll cover Vitter and Louisiana (with a diaper).

the_problem_child May 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm

What the hell, Maine, too. Crazy teabag governor is crazeeee.

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm

If you include no Shania Twain and no Celine Dion, we have a deal.

the_problem_child May 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Promise. You can keep 'em.

SarahsBush May 21, 2011 at 2:51 am

Canada! Me too! …Though I've been living there for a year and I still don't really know what's going on. My wife is a professional editor, though, so it will at least be grammatically correct. Blogs care about that crap, right?

HistoriCat May 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Amen brother! How hard can it be? (Note to Ken – this is not intended to be a slight on your hard work!)

Ken Layne May 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Huh.

HistoriCat May 22, 2011 at 12:14 am

Oh come on – half of us visit Wonkette while we're at work. Like we have the gumption to actually successfully run a website.

And I say that as the owner of a blog with two posts. Wonder if that thing still exists.

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I'll be part of the Arizona Bureau…..but I am only one man.

yyyaz May 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I'll back you up, Gopher. I've lived here — on and off — forever and have actual journamalistic-type 'sperience.

sati_demise May 21, 2011 at 1:30 am

Arizona has enough crazy for dozens….

WABishop May 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I'll pay any subscription, click through any ad, just please don't take my Wonkette away.

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I'll even buy and read Ken's book.

Troubledog May 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm

This seems extreme.

Mumbletypeg May 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Perfect. I await your synopsis and gilded details shared over a warm beer at DC's finest tapas (*not* topless) bar.

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I'm willing to do my part, Mr Caveman. I live in the DC area, live in a terrible damp basement (no, it's not my mom's, assholes), have lots of unpaid bills and unresolved anger issues, know how to type sort of, once met Ken and Jack and Jim and Riley whilst rather drunk, have a sense of fealty to the nutters that inhabit these comments, have a full tank of gas, a special reservoir of avid dislike for most if not all current GOP fuckers, a big bottle of vodka, a thwarted literary career and, most crucially, a laptop. Also, vodka! Vodka.

snicker snack May 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I also live in the DC area. What's this about vodka?

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Always happy to share

Troubledog May 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I'm in too. I have seventy five Ameros and a journalism degree from the University of Washington. When is our IPO??

GuanoFaucet May 20, 2011 at 8:13 pm

I'm down with that. I can join up with the Chicago bureau, if they'll have me.

Chet Kincaid May 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

I'd consider contributing in my spare time from here in the City Of Big Shoulders, but there's a distinct lack of Wingnuttery in Northern Illinois, so it'll be kinda boring…

Lascauxcaveman May 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Nice to see such enthusiasm, and I know some of you can write.

I always felt that teh Wonkettes needed more contributors; you could tell that Jack was getting burned out by the sheer volume of doing all the heavy lifting (I mean, how often is Newell expected to post on Gawker?), Ken had come to hate it all by the repetitive bitter tone and infrequency of his posts, and Riley just up and bailed, out of the blue, despite his usual cheerful and dead-accurate snark, indicating he needed to get paid.

I wonder if adding a few more interns gifted amateur contributors could have kept things a bit more buoyant. I wonder if that is a realist way to accrue publishable content?

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Goshdarnit, I think you're onto something! (This feels kind of like when an apartment building goes condo and all the overlooked tenants rise up and buy the joint, bad plumbing and all)

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I think at its ideal, Wonkette has two good voices and a strong intern and a few contributors. If you break it up too much, you would not get that singular Wonkette voice. That being said, I would be willing to add to my already ridiculous work load and could easily generate five to seven reasonable pieces a week. Hell, it would be nice to write something that actually contributed to the world.

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm

or, in some cases (like mine) even write something that doesn't make a real person's eyes bleed.

sati_demise May 21, 2011 at 1:33 am

co-op is the new economy. corporate fucked it up way too much. I, for one , welcome our new overlords

weejee May 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I can't write worth a shit, but I'll subscribe and feed poop, good poop, on whas happenin' in C"Addle's CeeDee and Swish Alps.

babyeinstein May 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

first you say you can't write, then you toss out a stein-worthy "feed poop, good poop"? you've disproven your own point sir.

C_R_Eature May 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Well, hell. I'm in – if it comes to that.

I actually think this could work. I've read many things in many places but I don't think you'll find a smarter, funnier more creatively crazy group of contributors anywhere. Just needs organization.

sati_demise May 21, 2011 at 1:33 am

like herding buffalo sized cats

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm

First off, if this time machine powers down we need somewhere to go. Some wacky daddy meeting place. Those xxxx.blogspot.com thingies are free, I think. Someone here must know about domains and shit.
I've got a rant in me on this subject. See below.

Cicada May 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Wordpress charges money, but you get your own domain name. That's probably the best way to go.

ETA: Just checked and the name TrucknutzandFurries.com is available. Oh thank goodness!

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I've got a blogspot I've used, like, 3 times in 2 years. Y'all can have that for all you're worth.

gullywompr May 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Hey, I know! Set up a group on FaceBook!

SorosBot May 20, 2011 at 11:09 pm

There's usually very few comments over on the Vanity Fair blog our former editor Juli now edits; just saying.

comptoneffect May 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I'll cover the Detroit/Windsor area–the good news is that living (and liking) Detroit makes a person have a sense of humor.

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Dave Bing has thankfully reduced the amount of humor and horror generated in Deeeeetroit City.

Dudleydidwrong May 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Dibs on the Lower Eastern Shore and OC Bureau assignment. We lead with daily reports of wet T shirt contests.

ProgressiveInga May 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I'll cover the lesbo beat in the A T L.

Beowoof May 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Okay I am in

Badonkadonkette May 21, 2011 at 12:39 am

I'm happy to sign half my welfare check over to Wonkette. It'll drive the wingnuts crazy. Win-win.

But no, seriously, I'll happily pay a fee. Hell, the content on here is more salacious and gratifying than most porn sites I subscribe to.

Monsieur_Grumpe May 21, 2011 at 1:59 am

I may regret this but I need an outlet for my bitterness otherwise someone will get hurt. Count me in if your hypothesis is correct.

BaldarTFlagass May 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

Don't look at me, I'm only here to help with the drinkin' and the fuckin'.

HistoriCat May 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I have a bad feeling about this …

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Me, too.

I need Wonkette to remind me that its not MY views that are crazy.

emmelemm May 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Me too, especially with this "election" thingy already a couple years in the making.

WABishop May 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart, I know you read this site — buy it, please, stuff it full of interns, and then leave it the hell alone! Keep the snark alive!

sati_demise May 21, 2011 at 1:35 am

and not only that, they get a lot of their material from this site

WABishop May 21, 2011 at 7:31 am

Exactly! We're a goldmine! A slovenly, sodden, unpaid goldmine!

Pres[ $ rm -r * ] May 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Delaware/Mid-Atlantic Bureau checking in.

C_R_Eature May 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm

No kidding? I've got the Shithouse Side of Maryland Beat covered

gullywompr May 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Side?

mourningnmerica May 20, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Wait a minute. Are they closing Wonkette? What is going on here? And what kind of fuck you final post was that? If they are shuttering Wonkette, it was really horseshit of Jack to do that. If not, it upset everyone unnecessarily. Are we supposed to dread the announcement all weekend? This is fucked up. I'm very upset. This is not right. If any of you has an idea what is going on, please spell it out slowly for me. Jack, very bad form. Not funny, not amusing. Go fuck yourself.

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 11:22 pm

ken needs to step up

Ken Layne May 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Well *I* didn't make any announcement, and didn't know Jack had made any such insinuation until I got home late last night and saw his post.

Obviously there will be changes at Wonkette. There are always changes at Wonkette. It's one of the oldest politics sites on the entire Internet and has had 300,000,000 page views, 200,000,000 visitors, multiple owners, a half-dozen designs, three comment systems, two presidents, four national elections, more than 20 staff editors, and 50+ columnists and contributors since it launched in 2003.

When there's something to announce, I will be the one announcing it. Can't everyone just enjoy the Rapture for the time being? There is not a rapture every day, you know.

Radiotherapy May 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Ken, why don't you just post that comment?
It would sooth some feathers. We love you man no matter WTF happens.
But don't forgot that we are a loyal, dedicated, educated, affluent commenter base that obviously feels jilted.
I don't know what the demographics are on said base, but if I am an example, owners, Capitalists, advertisers would fucking beg to get at our eyeballs.

HELisforHEL May 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Ken, I'll await your news…from YOU.

I will say that this is the one place where I can log in before/during/after a shitty day and read comments from intelligent, clever, snarkyfunfilled people who happen to share a similar but not rigid worldview. And I cherish that.

I hold out hope for the best. Now back to RAPTUREALOOZA2011!!1!!

CivicHoliday May 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Oh thank zombie jesus. Can you imagine what would happen if Wonkette suddenly shut down? 10 million voices crying out in anguish and taking to the streets! (So perhaps the rapture is on its way after all??)

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Let me try this again. Fucking cyber censor.
shorter: i respect each and everyone of you MF'ers.
Fuck Föx and the MSM.
Fuck Palin and her minions and anyone who thinks she has a shred of integrity. They are all more r*t*red than her mongo-prop.

user-of-owls May 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Arkansas Bureau: reporting for duty.

One with Jesus, bare feet, overalls and do-it-yourself dentistry. Oh, and incest too.

Please, PLEASE don't let our Wonkett soul be extinguished. In all seriousness, it would be a great personal trauma for me at a time when I really, really don't need any more trauma.

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

owls, sans sentimental, we've got to come to a meeting place. undeterredbyreality has an available cyber-garage, but we need to agree on the somewhere.

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

i have said this before, but…..

56 minutes ago @ Wonkette – With Bin Laden Dead, M… · 0 replies · +11 points

okay. anyone who feels the need to vent should come to http://wonkette.chatango.com

Please note……it is way easier if you create a basic chatango login. otherwise you will just be labelled as anonymous and no one will like or believe you. Other than the outrageously stupid ads they put at the top, it is useful. Also, having your login will let you trade personal info in private chats, if you decide you want to exchange info like emails and the like.

Nothingisamiss May 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Oh, holy shit. I live in the fucking south and I'd report on it, but I come here to GET AWAY from the horseshit that is this internet/America land of ours. I even have an "in" with the pizza man's presiential race, by family and some shit. Many friends of mine think Herman Cain is a "Hero" and I work in a healthcare hellhole where there is a JOHN GALT poster up. What I'm saying is that I need wonkette and it's wonketeers to stay even slightly stable.

Ken, I was going to order your fucking book anyway. I adore your writing and dyspeptic ways. The people whose lives I save need me to not drink on the job. If there is some weird "Goodbye Wonkette" post coming than fuck this. The rapture better come. (I'd be taken, but I wouldn't be as happy as the fucks that think they're going.)

Just in case I'm worried for nothing…Jack, I've adored your writing and fresh, perveted sensibility. Don't go too far away.

TsunamiAli May 21, 2011 at 12:05 am

To reiterate what others have said, a subscription to Wonkette would be well worth it to keep the site going.

I was going to also say that a blog with moderated discussions on our own would be doable, but it just wouldn't be the same.
/sad

nappyduggs May 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Oh, yes, yes, YES! I will subscribe, put out, do whatevuh, but this thing needs to continue. We have gone through some growing pains, yes, but we can endure! WONKET MUST ENDURE. Best of luck to all of those who are moving on, but those of us who have no hope of being raptured/gainfully employed/happy need to go on ahead and make this happen. I love it. And, Mr. Ken Layne, take heart, because if it is true that you are going to let go the reins and let the patients run the asylum, you will not be disappointed by the level of bitterness, mockery, and all out shenanigans that we can come up with. We'll do you proud, Pops. Promise.

Cheetah Repeater May 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

You bastard! I was just starting to not hate you, now this?! Screw you and good luck.

Janinthepan May 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

This is my second "farewell and good luck" comment I've had to post in the span of what- 2 weeks? :(

sportshort May 20, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Just for the record, Jack, I think you got a bum deal on that *ahem* controversy. Joke 'em if they can't take a oh well you know the rest. Happy Trials, er, Trails.

WIDTAP May 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm

On the other hand, good resume filler for Letterman writing staff?

DaRooster May 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Daily Show?

snicker snack May 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Stueff, my fellow Detroiter/Michiganian or whatever, you've broken my heart and I'm not sure I can handle whatever Ken's announcement will be. Best of luck!
I will start drinking now.

comptoneffect May 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Meet you at the Detroit Brew Pub. I'll be the guy in the corner with the beer in one hand and Sanders hot fudge sundae in the other.

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm

A box from Astoria. Omg, what an amazing place.

comptoneffect May 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Mmm, Astoria. They're open until 1am on Fridays. You talked me into it, gonna make a run now.

snicker snack May 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I'll be the hot lady drinking Vernors and vanilla vodka, but I'll be in Virginia (expat.)

SexySmurf May 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Jack is leaving to peruse his dream: refereeing the Special Olympics.

LowProfileinGA May 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Made me a follower!

Barb May 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm

It was a shining moment for me when Jack gave me the gold medal for "computer ass sitting.' I had it bronzed, natch.

Gleem_McShineys May 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I had it bronzed, natch

Your ass?!

An interesting idea you have, this FleshLight Extreme

Barb May 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Actually, I had the gold medal bronzed.

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Barb, be with me.

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

How is that different from monitoring the Wonketteers?

yyyaz May 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Pays better and everybody smiles.

snicker snack May 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm

That's just [censored]

snoopyfan2010 May 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm

To be closer to the Kennedy's???

BTWBFDIMHO May 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I live in New York now, and I came here to get back into stand-up comedy and take a shot at writing for television

Good luck! but don't marry any adopted daughter!

nounverb911 May 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Are the Olsen twins still available?

comrad_darkness May 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Wait, is this actually an Onion article? (squints at screen)

Best of luck to you if it isn't!

ifthethunderdontgetya May 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Good luck, Jack.

And unless Ken takes away your keys, you could always post something some time down the road. (As Josh proved earlier.)

Don't worry about the rapture, I don't think any of us are going to be called.
~

Texan_Bulldog May 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Well, fuck! Pretty soon Wonkette is just going to consist of Ken, an empty bottle of Boone's Farm and some stuck together pennies (you've all found them on the floorboard of your cars). Good luck, Jack and don't worry about us. We'll still be here making butt sex jokes and bitching about Snowbilly…at least until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Mahousu May 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I read that as … some stuck together penises (you've all found them on the floorboard of your cars). Which is also true enough.

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Worse yet, the regular commenters will go Lord of the Flies within hours

calibrit May 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

If you think any one of us qualifies for being Raptured, you're stone crazy. Wonkette is basically Beelzebub Central. With, uh, not so many flies.

a_pink_poodle May 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm

JAAAAAACK! COME BAAAAAAAAACK!

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Jack, you came into your own……and poor Jim has become a cookie cutter gawker hack. It breaks my heart.

Best of luck. If you make a fortune from our comments, I expect a share of the residuals.

Fox n Fiends May 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm

You've had some of the finest paragraphs ever to grace this Maoist Mouthpiece. May your 30 Rock dreams come true.

nappyduggs May 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Stuefie, it has been a pleasure. Please leave 10 crisp Ameros on the RAMVIK table next to the futon. I can't accept your checks anymore, sorry.

Peeeeeeeace, bruh. Best wishes, for reals.

ablington May 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Dang. I liked you best!

Mumbletypeg May 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Even though we gave him a ton of grief in the beginning, he grew on us.*

*I'm finding it worth revisiting these old threads pre-intensedebatey-nonsense. Got to get used to the revisit-thang pretty soon, methinks..

[redacted]hse May 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm

ablington- I hope you're not Jack's mother, cause your other children might see this.

Nothingisamiss May 20, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Beat me to it.

ifthethunderdontgetya May 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm

In the wake of staff departures, he’s made a tough decision about the future of the site.

Damn, I just got to that part. I don't want to read the writing on the wall!!!
~

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Yes. I am feeling a sense of foreboding that alcohol isn't likely to help. But what the hell, it's worth a shot.

[redacted]hse May 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Christ, they aren't going to let US write this shit, are they?

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

or….gulp….sell us back to that shitstack, Gawker.

Sparky_McGruff May 21, 2011 at 3:19 am

That's an idea. For example, I'm sure I could probably take some time away from my day job — obsessing about my shitty dead-end career as a scientist in the USA — to work on a new gig, obsessing about how shitty science has become in the USA, and how we're all going to die. Every news operation needs a science correspondent, right?

Texan_Bulldog May 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

If Wonkette goes away, I have nowhere to go. The DailyKOS people are crazy, the Gawker people are too full of themselves & everyone at HuffPo just argues back and forth at each other. I have a bad feeling and a big sad about this…

SorosBot May 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Yeah, the only other places with generally good groups of commenters like Wonkette I go to are either related to pop culture and normally don't do politics, only have new posts up once a twice a day (I really like the comments at Pandagon, for one, but they just don't update enough), or have too many right-wing troll (Yglesias' place is really bad with them).

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Ken is pretty creative, and God knows, needs a place to rant. So I'm hoping for something interesting. Hell, if he needs content, I would be happy to post something a couple times a week. I just hope he doesn't mind when I sue him after he sells this to AOL for a couple million.

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

And the Firedoglake people are well meaning but humorless

[redacted]hse May 21, 2011 at 12:11 am

I must say, I used to go there often, but after Scooter Libby they became rather "on a mission" and took themselves much too seriously to have broad appeal. That and I got banned.

mourningnmerica May 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Shit, do a fucking fundraiser if need be. We'll contribute. I just sent 50 bucks to The Smirking Chimp, for Christ's sake.

Nothingisamiss May 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Is this a strip club? 'Cause your using you're ameros wrong.

snicker snack May 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Drinking is always worth a shot.

Geminisunmars May 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Well, I for one, will be glad to get my life back. (not really) (sob)

Guppy06 May 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm

How's Siberia treating you, Tony?

fuflans May 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

i am sorry you are leaving jack. you are far funnier than you describe.

good luck with the teevees too!

also: now i am filled with dread that has absolutely nothing to do with the rapture.

ProgressiveInga May 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

You're 22? A mere baby. A really funny cynical-beyond-your-years snarkmeister. Good luck and start saving for your retirement because us olds are living a really long time and there will be NO MEDICARE for you. Sorry dude. You'll be missed.

nounverb911 May 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Will you be selling Steuf stuff on Steuf.com?

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Why do you think he says he has some financial independence? I am sure that David Vitter is buying Stuef all the time.

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

First thing should be a little German style Teddy Bear with a gold button in his ear.

donner_froh May 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Ken making a tough decision about the future of Wonkette on the day before the Rapture? This is not good news.

Geminisunmars May 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Does this mean that Ken expects to be raptured?

sati_demise May 21, 2011 at 1:39 am

hiking the Appalachian trail…..?

iburl May 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I'm a-scared, for reals.

Beowoof May 20, 2011 at 11:32 pm

This could be the rapture for Wonkette and I am really sad.

Jukesgrrl May 22, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Why doesn't he just make us pay? I would pay. In fact, this is the only website on the internet I would cough up cash to subscribe to. Take THAT, New York Times!

nounverb911 May 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

"I live in New York now,"
You lucky stiff Steuf, I miss Katz's Deli.

Worthly[♬♪♬♪♫♪♬]Skum May 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Remember Jack, Wonkette editors ride off into the sunset butt-secksing the horse.

keepem_sikanpor May 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Jesus, Ken usually throws down the Friday afternoon bomb.
Best of luck, Jack. Hope you check in here now and then, if we survive tomorrow.
Peace

BTWBFDIMHO May 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm

He has to wait for Wall Street to close for the day.

bumfug May 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I spent eleven years touring as a standup and I wouldn't trade them for eternal life and/or untold wealth. Good luck getting back into the best job on earth.

Lascauxcaveman May 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

If you spent 11 years at it, and have fond memories of it, you must have actually been pretty good.

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Or he just really likes Holiday Inns in the Midwest

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I love you, Jake Johannsen!

bumfug May 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I've known Jake for a long, long time – we both started out at clubs in the SF Bay Area and back in the mid-'80s we opened for Warren Zevon in Palo Alto. He's on Letterman tonight, don't miss it.

comrad_darkness May 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

And you said that with a straight face, no less.

SpurningBeer May 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I don't like the sound of that pre-announcement, either. Has the site become unprofitable, or been served papers?

Keep up the good work, Jack, in any case. You're a funny guy.

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I blame the Breitbarters

iburl May 20, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Blame everyone and let Greene sort 'em out,

[redacted]hse May 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Jack, you got someplace to be on Saturday, or what?

Hatrabbit May 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Hey, thanks Jack!

But, umm … about the Rapture thing. Hate to break it to you, but you're gonna still be here on Sunday.

See you 'round.

WhatTheHeck May 20, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I sensed a disturbance in the force this week. May you lead a rebel alliance army to victory somewhere in a galaxy, close, close to us.

Hatrabbit May 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

"In the wake of staff departures, he’s made a tough decision about the future of the site. "

Fuck. More Palin stories?

weejee May 20, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Naaah. Layne's going to use it to serialize his book.

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Maybe more Palin fuck stories?

donner_froh May 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Oops–can it be that the nostalgia fest was actually a fond look back at the Golden Age of Wonkette for one last farewell?

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

That was my thought, as well. I was worried we'd see a post from AnaMarie that drew the curtain down

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

There, downfister, you happy now?

iburl May 20, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Yes, it will be like the day Olbermann quit MSNBC. Downfisting in the streets!

Cicada May 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Goddamnit, Jack. You're my favorite writer here. I'll continue to <s>obsessively stalk</s>follow you on the Twitter and this stuef.com site (it's furry porn, right?).

snicker snack May 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Isn't everything furry porn?

savethispatient May 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Bon chance, you impeccably-sourced bastard! I always thought you'd stay until you'd killed Gaddafi too. You know, for the chicks.

natoslug May 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Jesus, everyone's jumping ship . . . If this station gets taken over by ClearChannel, I'm not listening any more. Good luck with the Onion, Jack. I hear wearing it on your belt is all the rage this year.

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…

Mumbletypeg May 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling kinda deterred by reality right now.

emmelemm May 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I don't think my heart can take it. I'm a Jill-come-lately to the blog; it seems like I only just discovered it.

Anyway, Jack, *I* always thought you were funny. For what it's worth. Which is nothing. Best of luck and it sounds like you've got great plans.

weejee May 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Best wishes Jack-o.

DemmeFatale May 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Good luck, Jack!

(Gulp!!)

simplyblue7 May 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Mission Accomplished?

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Or at least that's what they're saying on Breitbart's sock universe, Seriouslyl, they are. A wonkeratti posted some of the comments. They're high fiving with their white, fleshy, pasty hands.

Extemporanus May 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Jack, if you can quit two posts in a row, I can leave the same two comments about you quitting two posts in a row:

Write on, Jack. Write on…

Hey Ken, did I happen to mention that my laptop is working again? *wink wink*

(Too soon?)

and

1600+ posts represents a ton of political poop joke blog content to have pushed out over a relatively short span of time. Jack may have began a bit rough, and inexplicably ended even rougher, but there was some pretty solid shit there in between.

Catch ya in ten years during "Retro-Retro Week", dude. You'll be missed…

keepem_sikanpor May 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Ha, when Ken asked the crowd who he should "hire" to write for Wonkette from DC, I suggested he should relocate you and fam to DC for the gig.

Extemporanus May 21, 2011 at 1:39 am

Jesus Christ, what the hell did I ever do to you to inspire such a truly hateful suggestion?!

Thanks a lot, you sick, evil bastard, you. Thanks. A fucking. Lot.

Blendergoathead May 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Happy Raputure, Jack! On the eve of our destruction, it is only fitting that you get banhammered. Now go out there and have lots of unprotected sex with any creature that it's illegal to do it with in your state!

Beanball May 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm

"…and what's the Work?
To ease the pain of living.
Everything else,
drunken dumbshow."

Good luck, Jack, and don't let the rotten tomatoes hit you in the ass on the way out. They'll stain the couch when you sit down.

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm

The worst part about this is the downfister is probably jizzing cheeto dust everywhere.

SarahsBush May 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I just took a look at the downfister following me and, yep, this is one of his recent comments:

"Several Wankerette contributors have left in the last two weeks, including Jack Steuf, Riley Waggaman, Sara Benincasa, and Arielle Fleisher.

I'd say we're having some effect – maybe they got wind of the legal action?"

Also, AND I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP, this is his most recent post to Big Peace:

"I read that and sprayed my monitor with Cheetos and Hi-C."

Hatrabbit May 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Also: Eye Jism!

ManchuCandidate May 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Good luck on future endeavors…

Who the fuck is going to do all the posts now?

WIDTAP May 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Wait! Wait! Wait! Is this another sign of the Apocalypse?

Nothingisamiss May 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Yes.

Pragmatist2 May 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

"Tough decision on the future of the site"???? WTF
Getting to 125p's is on my freaking Bucket List!!!! You can't close the site until I get there. I will sue or something. Of course, if everybody just game me an Up Thumb right now, that would help soothe the pain.

HistoriCat May 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Oh that's easy – just go over to Breitfart and write some idiotic fawning rightwing bullshit. You should hit 125 in no time.

Pres[ $ rm -r * ] May 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

NIXON NIXON NIXON NIXON!

There, that should get me to 120p… wait, wut?

iburl May 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm

The EPA, off the gold standard, voluntarily left office, detente with communist China, SALT talks…. liberal!

Try this:
HANNITY! RUSHBO! TRUMP! TRUMP! TRUMP!
BECK! O'REILLY! BACHMAN! HUMP! HUMP! HUMP!

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I can't believe you left out "REAGAN"

UpFistTroll May 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm

WHAT THE WHAT? Jack is 22? 22!?

Jack was a baby when the SNES came out?

Holy hell. Thanks for making me feel ancient.

donner_froh May 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm

And just when I got my Firefox bookmarks toolbar arranged with Wonkette in the middle…

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Shouldn't it be to the left of center?

DonnyKerabotsos May 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

There is never anything good to be found in one of these late Friday afternoon news drops…

Nothing good for me, I mean. Good for you though–Good Luck!

OC_Surf_Serf May 20, 2011 at 6:45 pm

..wait…Ken is offing jack?

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Jack "offed" himself. Ken might be strangling wonkette in the cradle.

sezme May 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

He can't do that! The elections are next year, and where the hell else would I get my newz? Or fritter away days and days of paid productivity?

the_problem_child May 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

shitshitshitshitshitshitshitshit

owhatever May 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Youse got talent, kid. Sad to think you will become a big success in show biz and litcherture and register as a Republican to protect your money.

Enjoy life. We only have a few hours left.

Extemporanus May 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm

BREAKING: Unsettling video of Ken's maid reading Jack's letter of resignation.

Mumbletypeg May 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Brilliant. Can I just unload all my uncashed thumbz here now? What else am I gonna do with them, it's the first time I've actually felt reluctant to keep reading wonkette for what I might find.

GhostBuggy May 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I will drink like crazy tonight, in loving honor of the Wonkettes jumping ship like stinking rats, now, before the end. And this sinister-sounding announcement.

(NOTE: I was going to drink anyway)

MistaEko May 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

/Wonkette offices, Monday Morning 8:24 AM EST
/a figure approaches, coffee in a thermos
/unlocked, the door swings open

Jordan Ginsberg: Ken! Good morning! Got your voice message over the weekend and flew in first thing I could! So what was it you wanted to

/looks around to see the room is not only empty and devoid of computer equipment, but has been stripped of most of its copper wire
/spots a card table in the center, notices a set of keys and a post-it with passwords on it followed by "Best, KL"

Ginsberg: Fucking Americans.

Mumbletypeg May 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

OMG that was the same thought I had. They only *just* appointed a Canadian correspondent.
Apropos of nothing or everything, I figure now pre-rupture is as good as any to say your Long Island Muslim Leader cocktail send-up saved my day. Cheers~ *clinks icecubes*

DemmeFatale May 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Wonkette offices??!!
You kill me, Eko!

Guppy06 May 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm

By "Wonkette offices," he meant "bus shelter."

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm

My god! This place is going to hell in a handbasket, and fast. It really must be the end of the world as we know it.

You have to have some kind of continuity if you hope to keep members. Losing two major contributors within a month doesn't do much for our confidence in whether this thing will survive.

Lascauxcaveman May 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Hellooo Mary Sunshine.

gef05 May 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Not really a glass half full kinda response, is it?

More a glass half full of toxic diarrhoea that will kill you with cancer response.

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I can't be the only one thinking this. I love this place. There is nothing like it on these internets, and it hurts to see it's sad decline. Not only have Riley and Jack left – which while in and of itself would be pretty sad, but turnover is normal in every business – but with no one lined up to replace them, it seems these events weren't part of the plan for this site…

I call 'em like I see 'em. There has been a great disturbance in The Force. With Jack gone, who will I tell to "Steuf it." too?

iburl May 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm

You're not the only one thinking this…

Ken Layne May 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

The funniest thing about Retro Day is very few of you have been around more than a year or two. This site has been posting daily since 2003, nearly a decade now.

petehammer May 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Great! Now where will I go to find my pictures of Newt's balls next to a polar bear?

Nothingisamiss May 21, 2011 at 12:04 am

GOD! There is ANOTHER thing I would miss about this place.

zappadoo76 May 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Thanks, Jack, for the many times you cheered me up.

memzilla May 20, 2011 at 6:57 pm

So long, Jack, and thanks for all the fish.

WIDTAP May 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Just what the hell is Indecisionfoever.com supposed to reprint as their own if Wonkette goes away?

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm

No shit. Stewart has been ripping us off for years.

Lascauxcaveman May 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Hmmmm. I wonder if Stewart & Co would be interested in stepping in to save their AA farm team for political jokes…?

Thinking out loud, here. I mean, we strike out more often than not in this league, but sometimes one of us knocks one right out of the park, and you know they use it.

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

My facebook page will be poorer for it. On the other hand, I'll be unfriended less often.

But who needs friends when I had the wonkeratti?

Rotundo_ May 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

So the Breitards have won and we lose Wonkette. Aw shit. Just confirming my steadfast belief that there is no god, amurka is doomed to become a colony of idiots living off whatever they can scavenge from the waste of the rich fucks that own them. Great way to start a glorious weekend. Oh, and Fuck Intense Debate for dragging the breitard p-heads into the site.

UpFistTroll May 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Dude, if Wonkette were to go down, we ALL go to Breitbart's sites. Every one of us. We troll like they have NEVER SEEN TROLLING BEFORE. We turn it into the motherfucking Tet Offensive of trolling.

SpurningBeer May 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I'm in.

UpFistTroll May 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

You know, I say that, but I'm so damned tired.

Nothingisamiss May 21, 2011 at 12:08 am

God, actual hate is so tiring. I like my intense hate and snark to kinda balance up.

fuflans May 21, 2011 at 12:41 am

hell yeah. and after the great brietard moon war, i can quit the internet as i have been longing to do.

except for banking and porn.

Badonkadonkette May 21, 2011 at 12:52 am

Ah, you know, the Tet Offensive didn't end well for the, uh, "trollers." And considering your average Breitard is more recalcitrant than Richard M. Nixon, well…I'm not gonna give the little, by which of course I mean big, fat, shits, the satisfaction.

DemmeFatale May 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Yeah, fuck Intense Debate!

[redacted]hse May 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I fucking knew it. Ken sold out to AOL/Huffpo.

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I gotta say, Jack–that pre-announcement was a pretty dirty trick–Way to leave on a high note.

(How can I miss you if you won't go away?)

But seriously, good luck & all that. You've been a rock. A fucking rock. You should make one last post about Pogue hitting his wife over the head with an iphone, though. I mean, it pretty much writes itself. http://bit.ly/m8w7cg "iPhone Assaults for Dummies," "iHammer, the Missing Manual."

WABishop May 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm

"Pissed at the missus? There's an app for that!"

Limeylizzie May 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Is the Wonkette going away?? I am so sad at that thought. I am seriously very, very sad and will probably cry if that happens. I don't have a lick of snark in me.

ProgressiveInga May 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Sadness abounds at the prospect of a wonkette-less America. However, "…lick of snark…." Thanks for that.

[redacted]hse May 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Lizzie- you said "lick!"

Limeylizzie May 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I did indeed. Man I am despondent and if I had balls and was a dog I would lick them for comfort, because I bet that feels good.

Oldskool_ May 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I'm still hearting you for Bay City Rollers. Priceless.

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

If wonket goes away, where will I get my limeylizzie fix? And Barb fix? And, for that matter, my pyschwench and texan bulldog (she's a lady, right?) and dustbowlblues fix? I love the ladies of wonket. Can you guys put out a calendar or sumpthin?

Limeylizzie May 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Oh Mr Clinch, we will absolutely do The Ladies of Wonkette calendar for the lovely men of Wonkette. Maybe we could all just be naked and sort of crying or would that be depressing?

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Not depressing at all. Just about perfect and apposite, actually.

[redacted]hse May 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Why, we'll all be naked when we get Raptured- let's just arrange to meet by the bar when we get there.

Nothingisamiss May 21, 2011 at 12:10 am

I'm in.

fuflans May 21, 2011 at 12:49 am

i would be very happy to be a lady of wonkette but i have very small breasts.

however, i am very good at crying.

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Thanks for including me. Sniff. I'm sad, like Lizey. And sad that Ken is probably reading this and laughing cruelly.

mourningnmerica May 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I'm so sad. My life really sucks already. I never imagined that they would close this fucker down.

Nothingisamiss May 21, 2011 at 12:11 am

Lizzie, I'm so glad you touched in. Reading this I was thinking,"Holy mother of dog, is there a bat phone I can use to notify Lizzie?!"

fuflans May 21, 2011 at 12:47 am

i've been compulsively checking in all night to see ken's big announcement.

gullywompr May 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I fear Wonkette will ascend into the heavens tomorrow at 6:00 pm in the middle of a live blog about the rapture.

Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something.

WABishop May 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm

That's be pretty funny, actually.

gef05 May 20, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Jack,

WE will be sorry to see you go. But it really is wonderful that you have a real job and can stand on your own two feet financially.

All the best and could you loan me $20 I'm waiting for a postal order of money from back home should be here in a week I'll pay you back $25,

gef05

sezme May 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Ciao, Giacomo! Best of luck & thanks fer all the larfs.

DaRooster May 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

"…that’s impaired me from doing writing I want to do."
So fucking what… like you get to choose what you WANT TO DO… just keep doing what EVERYONE ELSE wants you to do… that's how this world REALLY works… but you are still a kid and you will figure it out soon enough. Good luck and catch them stars… before they all blow up and destroy America and then The World.

Nothingisamiss May 21, 2011 at 12:13 am

Too fucking right. When are these kids gonna learn that they need to just keep the fucking job they have and have grown to hate?

Too much projection?

Fukui_sanYesOta May 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Ah man, this is sucking very hard.

Best of luck, Jack. You're an exceptionally talented chap and I'm sure you're going to have great success.

The pre-announcement? Uh oh. I'm with the other wonketeers in hoping it's not the news we fear it might turn out to be.

[redacted]hse May 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Agreed. These "pre-announcements" are like "pre-cum"- often leaked, and frequently the cause of fear.

DahBoner May 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm

"I live in New York now…I should’ve quit Wonkette many months ago when I started to be able to support myself well enough financially otherwise."

Which restaurant?

I'm guessing some microbrewery in DUMBO where Park Slope hipster mothers bring their babies in strollers…

gef05 May 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

"In the wake of staff departures, he’s made a tough decision about the future of the site."

A truckload of monkeys and Olivetti typewriters to Wonkette headquarters – STAT.

Lascauxcaveman May 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Hey, that's US!

gef05 May 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

ROAD TRIP

V572..whatever May 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Gregor Samsa awoke one morning to find that he had been trfldslfeffq 9prw0lsf
It was the best of times, it was the FUCKALL shitwoi3oisn
Happy families are all alike; unhappy families weoiruwtrfhtghafh

Don't think this monkey thing is going to work out.

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 1:12 am

Yup. That's us all right.

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

This is the only thing I've laughed at after reading this sad news. Thanks for that.

SheriffRoscoe May 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Jesus. Now Jack is leaving the day before Jesus comes back to smite us all with the mighty ban-hammer of permanent, irreversible death? WHERE'S MY FUCKING COCKTAIL???

Also, bon voyage, Jack. You were great.

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Jack,

It has truly been a pleasure. You stepped into some really big shoes, and did a great job. When you become a big phony, I hope you remember all us little people who use to sit naked and laugh at your jokes.

Best of luck. Now go to Hell!

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm

"he’s made a tough decision about the future of the site. I’ll let him tell that to you."

Shit. He's selling the domain to an all anal sex porn site.

UpFistTroll May 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm

You mean he IS selling it to Breitbart?

LetUsBray May 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

So things might not even change that much?

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Well, I could live with that, I guess. So long as it's tasteful.

SpurningBeer May 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

http://www.assfucking.com

I just checked. The domain seems to be available.

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Wait, we used to be in the Gawker universe, so you mean another all anal sex porn site.

sati_demise May 21, 2011 at 1:57 am

bought out by TruckNutz!

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Everyone is so down about the upcoming Ken Layne Announcement/Rapture. Why let it get to you. I'm sure Ken is just going to announce that he is won't hire anymore gingers.

That, or Wonkette is now part of the Brietbart Empire.

gef05 May 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm

"That, or Wonkette is now part of the Brietbart Empire."

The most chilling statement I've read on a blog.

keepem_sikanpor May 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I'd rather suck a walrus' dick than this scenario…

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Yay! Cheeto McUpfister can come back then!

V572..whatever May 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Big Snark?
Big Liberal?

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Big Anal. The one place for truth in the Brietbart Universe.

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Ah, fark…..wonkette's reta….."special needs" second cousin.

DaRooster May 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

SHIT! I just got here a measly 4 or 5 months ago… yeah yeah, I know the world is over tomorrow but I still cherish the like minds here… I like it when we beat the shit out of Downfisters… I like rippin' on moronic fat white folk… tearin' into stupid laws that Repugnants are trying to get through… wahhh… cry… complain!

ProgressiveInga May 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

And buttsecks. Don't forget the buttsecks.

Pithaughn May 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm

oh come on. surely somewhere in this post corporate imperialist empire there must be some young talent waiting anxiously to break into the BLOG o Sphere? Rise up young 'uns! ( not you Bristol ). This website is the sanest thing in my life and must not only live on but rise to glorious new heights!
Oh, and thank you, Jacky, to you and all the bloggerettes at Wonkette. I truly love what you write and create.
That is not just the Dark and Stormy talking.

WABishop May 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Jack, it's been a pleasure reading your posts over these months and years. I carry your autograph on my courier bag with pride. If you ever need a place to stay in southern NH, there'll always be a couch available here.

Troubledog May 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm

What's the other shoe left to drop? Layne's ascending to heaven tomorrow? Because of that cross he stole, that one time, out in the desert.

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

Come on, that's "allegedly stole."

samsuncle May 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Congradulations on a job well done Jack. Good luck with your future endeavors.

mourningnmerica May 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Sams, What, you can spell endeavors, but not congratulations ???

keepem_sikanpor May 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Awesome blingee, btw. I'm especially digging Barry's metamorphosis.

[redacted]hse May 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Um, I think they said DON'T eat the Brown acid.

carlgt1 May 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

wow you're leaving with a bang AND a whimper, congrats

I hope you're not followed throughout life by Repugs on scooters (with or without trucknutz) for your Trig snafu.

donner_froh May 20, 2011 at 7:45 pm

"I live in New York now,"

Oh, right–just twist the knife a little harder. As if those of us stuck in the sun-baked desert/frozen wasteland the start west of the Hudson don't have it bad enough already…

[redacted]hse May 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Not just in New York, he lives in SAUL STEINBERG's fucking New York.

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 1:20 am

I though he meant Buffalo, so I was actually kinda feeling sorry for him.

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Goddamn it. This Wonkettus Interruptus is getting to me. I hope Ken posts soon.

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Ken's making choices? Oops. Bye, bye my favorite pretend friends. You're a lot more fun than the real ones.

Mumbletypeg May 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

No less with your voice here on wonkette! Incidentally, I took time to go hang with actual friends on a recent evening. By next morning I saw a wee-hour post here that had developed some engaging snark-free dialogue, on topics I realized I could have contributed some informed opinion to, and felt this pinge of regret. (I was also nursing a hangover but at least took some solace that it was a hangover induced at the hands of directly-perceived people in realspace).

[redacted]hse May 20, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Miss ya.

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Ken! Ken! Wake up, Ken! Your loyal hordes are nearing self-rapture! Come back to our world, Ken, and tell us it's not what we fear it is! Tell us something…anything before we are all obliviated! (But you can't say that…)

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

At the very least he could reprint his cranberry relish recipe again.

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 1:22 am

Allow me: Cranberries + bourbon.

Heating optional. Yay.

SmutBoffin May 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Later, Stuef. Will listen for Stuef jokes in other media with a finely-attuned ear.

[redacted]hse May 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Like in the song 'If You Decide to Leave Me', where they say
"Stuef up the cracks
Turn on the gas
I'm going to take my life.
(Stuef it!)"

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Jack, if you quit, Sarah Palin wins. Think about that.

Sara, take us away, tonight. Take us into your ample bosom.

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 8:03 pm

When I saw the book ad and then read the "our plans for the future" or whatever it was, that it would be goodbye.

Anywhere else where people who love snarky humor, hate conservatives, love good grammar and punctuation, enjoy obscenities and hate the self-righeous can gather?

No? Me, neither. This will, however, provide less distraction in my life.

Nothingisamiss May 21, 2011 at 12:19 am

See, the thing is, I don't think of it as distraction, I think of it as helping my real life.

Ok, it CAN BE a distraction, but really, it's enjoyment.

[redacted]hse May 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

Honestly, we must find a place to gather.

Although if anyone saw us coming they'd board up tighter than a frog's ass, as I imagine we'd make Hitchcock's little Bird ditty look like Tweety and Sylvester.

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 1:34 am

I don't beat my ingrate wife (even if she deserves it sometimes) and I am infallibly kind and patient with my children (even when I feel like I could kick a kitten).

I think my bicycle, my motorcycle, cutting firewood, and the steam I am able to vent on this site has something to do with that. All very good outlets. (Oh, and booze.)

Buttsecks. Penis.

frostbitefalls May 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Now what? Ken? Hello…

Gleem_McShineys May 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

This is a most bittersweet moment. I think I know what it means when they say "the world is ending"

Congrats, Jack Boef-Stuef, on your graduation into grownupism, and cheers to self-directed life choices, and may your jokes always be difficult (?)

You were a bright star here, and hopefully you continue to kick ass at your career of smokin' em out of their holes / making the funny.

You will be missed (at least until the Dreamless Defense Force works a bit more on its arm strength and aim)

deanbooth May 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm

You done great Jack. Thanks.

If you have a paypal acct., I'll buy you a beer.

mull_man May 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Jesus, you're doing this all wrong. It goes like this:

I love my job, and I will look back on the accomplishments we've achieved for this great country with pride. However, I've decided that I need to spend more time with my family. And also buggery with strangers.

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Ken is waiting until tomorrow, right? Because he hates his job and he wants to make us suffer? Is that 6:00 eastern, central, mountain, pacific, or whatever the fuck time zone they use in Newfoundland or Alaska?

If we're all being deep-sixed, should we reveal ourselves to each other? No, I don't mean flasher pictures our ourselves. Names, places. Then we could all friend each other and make facebook worth doing, unfriend our current friends and just entertain each other.

It won't be the same, but seriously–where could I ever find a group of potty-mouthed losers who can't resist a pun?

LetUsBray May 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Seriously, there needs to be some discussion of where the wonkette diaspora would go. I've gotten to where I like the comments more than the original posts anyway.

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I like the term, wonket diaspora. Seriously, where? Taking over a conservative site might work except when they catch on and delete us.
Okay, who's going to start a blog where we can at least have reunions. I have one connected to my B&B (one I should seriously update but whenever I sit down at the "good computer", the new iMac, I get distracted by wonkette) and I'm not sure this crowd would be that good for business.

So, who starts the blog? Directs us to theirs? With all these un and under employed English majors, there has to be someone with lots of free time to read whatever places the wonket finds stories and then give them to. Just the story. We'll do our own snark.

Okay, wonkeratti! Who's with me! Someone?

You mean, I'm really alone? Shit.

SpurningBeer May 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Just an idea: the Facebook Wonkette account will probably stay alive, right? We can do social networking!

LetUsBray May 20, 2011 at 8:56 pm

There seem to be at least two or three Facebook Wonkette pages turned up by a quick use of the search function; is a there a particular real/official one?

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm

breitbart won't delete us but you can't say shit there. or a lot of better words. you'll have to consult urban dictionary to get past their autodelete.

[redacted]hse May 21, 2011 at 12:38 am

With the royalties and enormous Movie deal that Ken will parlay from his Great American Prison Novel ( some copies of which were written in his own blood, but the carbons proved unacceptable, etc….) he could EASILY leave this site up for us.
Or maybe we should all chip in on a book.

Pragmatist2 May 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

You read the original posts? Man, with my ADD am lucky if I finish the headlines.

Nothingisamiss May 21, 2011 at 12:21 am

Wow. you don't know me, but I in some ways, I AM a potty mouthed loser who enjoys a good pun. And NPR.

*sobs quietly*

sati_demise May 21, 2011 at 2:10 am

groups of excellent potty-mouthed losers….could they survive facebook? any alternate universe?

Pres[ $ rm -r * ] May 20, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Tak care, Jack. I didn't agree with you on the war stuff but your ability to make cruel fun of Rethuglicans more than made up for that.

And fuck…. if the worthly Wokett skum ends up closing shop I'm not sure where I will go to snark, except maybe start my own blog…

Shit… I hope Mr. Layne doesn't go all Battlestar Galactica series finale on us and fly the fleet into the Sun, leaving us poor Colonials to interbreed with Homo Erectus and/or die of disease.

WABishop May 20, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Spoiler alert!

[redacted]hse May 21, 2011 at 12:41 am

Interbreed? It's OK, then?

Oldskool_ May 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

What? Over? Joosay over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? And it ain't over now cause when the going gets tough,… the tough get going! Who's with me? Let's go! Cmon! Heyyy….

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Was it over when the Japanese crossed into the Sudetenland? Was it over when the Germans were defeated at the Battle of Midway, or when the Soviets marched into and occupied Shanghai?

We will fight them on the Breitbarts, and on the Red States. We will fight them on the HuffPos and Politicos. And we shall never, never, nevah give up!!!1!1!!

Wonkette nah, Wonkette tahmahrrah, Wonkette Fohevah!

***This is what passes for history in conservative school districts***

Beowoof May 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Anybody got an old Lincoln we can carve up into a float to trash the nomination of the next republican president.

Limeylizzie May 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm

When will he tell us what's going on? I feel as if I was having one of those relationships where you are in love with the boyfriend and he tells you that you are fucking fantastic in bed but a little too weird and eccentric for showing to the parents and being a real girlfriend. You know what I mean?

V572..whatever May 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Or it's like having only one client for your business, and you wake up every morning wondering, "How does he feel today? Is he in a good mood? Is it too soon to call him again?"

Or it's like the woman I lived w/for a while who'd been a groupie and a meth addict but had a genius IQ and exquisite tits and was a highly skilled oral sex enthusiast but did not, as they say, "present well" to the family…

Or…Oh, Ken, please don't abandon us.

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I've had one like that. Heartbreaking as it can be, we all deserve a ride around the carousel with that archetype.
Edit: the lady with the tits and oral skilz, I mean

Beowoof May 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I know what you mean and will miss you and many others here, quite a bit. As for taking home to the family, if you're are eccentric you would fit right in with the group in my family.

Nothingisamiss May 21, 2011 at 12:24 am

Seriously, Lizzie, I've lived that part of my life! (Who's the loser NOW,losers?!)

mourningnmerica May 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Lizzie, this post is probably old enough now that you'll be the only one reading it. Your posts on this subject were touching, and made me feel even sadder about losing touch with all these like minded people than I already was. I love your work, along with Barb, Divad Serolf, Soros Bot, Chet Kincaid and many many others. So I wanted to share the info below. I don't know if you saw it or not, but Ken responded, smugly, to one of my profanity laced posts about what jerks they are. The implication below seems to be that they DO NOT plan close the site. Anyway, here is his reply to me, copied.
Ken Layne replied to your comment on With Bin Laden Dead, My Work Here Is Done / Wonkette:

Well *I* didn't make any announcement, and didn't know Jack had made any such insinuation until I got home late last night and saw his post.

Obviously there will be changes at Wonkette. There are always changes at Wonkette. It's one of the oldest politics sites on the entire Internet and has had 300,000,000 page views, 200,000,000 visitors, multiple owners, a half-dozen designs, three comment systems, two presidents, four national elections, more than 20 staff editors, and 50+ columnists and contributors since it launched in 2003.

When there's something to announce, I will be the one announcing it. Can't everyone just enjoy the Rapture for the time being? There is not a rapture every day, you know.
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Limeylizzie May 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Oh thank-you so much for both your kind and flattering words and for the info. I am now weeping with relief. It's funny how you can feel as if you know and love all these people that you only connect with on Wonkette, but, and I am sure I am not alone in this, this site and its wonderful denizens have seen me through a rough year , nothing too terrible but the arts have been hammered in this economy and those of us who make our livng therein have struggled. Consequently, when I found Wonkette about a year ago it became a place where I could still be creative, witty and profane , even if it was a different audience than I was used to! Now, I feel as if so many on here have become people I know I would love were we actually to meet in real life, who could not want to have a cocktail with Barb, have a crazy , passonate argument with Prommie and I am not saying what I would like to do with Chet Kincaid, User-of-Owls and a few others! So, thanks again for making me aware that a Wonkette-free life may not be just around the corner

Limeylizzie May 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Seriously there are some people on here that I consider friends and will give them my real-life email or something as long as the rest of you freaks promise not to write to me.

WABishop May 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Jack, set up a new Facebook account, and then we'll all friend you and be able to find each other.

glamourdammerung May 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

That is not a good idea considering our stalker.

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

No problemo. Just block them. Send them to the junk pile.

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Grasping at the slender hope I'm one of those people, you can get to my email fairly easily by clicking on my dumb profile and clicking around.

Limeylizzie May 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

The hope is not slender, the hope is full-figured

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

would you care to read my newsletter?

Limeylizzie May 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm

That is either really wonderful and strange or you mean it, ether way..fuck yes

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

wonderfully strange, sadly. in that case…..we need a place for refugees. working a little of it now. i hope someone beats me to it because it looks like a lot of work

HistoriCat May 20, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I'm sure Ken will read your comment and cackle.

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Well, Limey, I'd like to say I consider you a friend, but I don't know if you feel that way about me…

(memories of 5th grade note-passing come to mind)

And…I can't do the facebook friend thingy suggested by WABishop because facebook is from the devil and I refuse to join. I used to think Bill Gates was the devil (for repeatedly stealing Apple's ideas and interfaces and making them his own), but I've come to realize he was just the John the Baptist for the real devil, who is, of course, Zuckerberg.

Limeylizzie May 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Oh man, I am so sad, what shall we do? We will have to find a way to stay connected.

V572..whatever May 20, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Don't do Facebook. It's like putting your SSAN on the Web. It's easy to start a blog on the Google. and free.

Pres[ $ rm -r * ] May 21, 2011 at 2:58 am

Plus I really don't want Stalkey McStalkerson finding my Real Name…

Nothingisamiss May 21, 2011 at 12:28 am

I feel the same. Even now that I know I was right when I thought to myself in high school "Some day I'm gonna break outta this place," LimeyLizzie's comment made me feel all ookie like I was going to sit alone at lunch again.

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 21, 2011 at 1:20 am

So here's the problem: I'd link to my normal on-line personae that I use for the other 99% of the interwebs, but man, don't in any way want my buttsechs and "the gheys" comments linked to my upright law-abiding member of civil society self. Would love to come out to all the wonkeratti, but as a person that has furlough days and works at a place that has summers off… well, I wouldn't want anyone saying I'm corrupting the youth of Americha or anything. And oh yeah, fuck facebook.

user-of-owls May 21, 2011 at 2:26 am

Oh, sweet-pea, fear not. Until we know what the fate of our beloved site is, let's just assume that life will go on. That's how I live my damaged, fragile real life and it is comforting, if difficult. Whatever happens, I will always know a beautiful person named Limey Lizzie, and many other beautiful people I've met here. Perhaps Wonkette as we know it will change or even disappear, but the memories of laughter and occasional touching human connection will not. I sincerely hope the cord is not cut, but if it is, I hope you know how deeply appreciative I am for your kindness and support when things were dark for me. And, of course, for your delightful, smut-infused humor. Te amo, mi princesa.

Limeylizzie May 21, 2011 at 7:41 am

Oh Owls, I am resting my tear-stained face on your shoulder.

Chet Kincaid May 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

Oh Lizzie (and anyone else who wants to talk), I have an email address set aside for walled-off conversations that you can find by poking around the loljazzcatz site in my profile. (I hope I will not regret telling you all this!)

Limeylizzie May 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Oh Chet Kincaid, I will find you if Wonkette goes away.

stanpan May 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I hope we're just jumping to conclusions, but if not, we need to keep in touch, migrate to another site, whatever.

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

We're internally displaced refugees. Surely the UN will get involved right? And give us malaria?

[redacted]hse May 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

How about over at Pam Geller's place?

stanpan May 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I'm a little anxious about catching the stoopid from those people. They've got cooties, ya know. Although if somebody deserved some cage-rattling, they would be in my top five.

Pres[ $ rm -r * ] May 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Sad downfist troll is sad on Friday night, waiting for the Rapture to begin.

LetUsBray May 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Any other boards where potty-mouthed lefties who like to think they're funny gather?

Cicada May 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

That's what is bumming me out. I can't think of another site where people will laugh at my furry jokes.

KeepFnThatChicken May 21, 2011 at 2:05 am

Should we put together a "Wonkette Refugees" page?

BarackMyWorld May 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

i haz a sad.

WABishop May 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Now what am I going to do while at work? Work? Yeah, right!

LetUsBray May 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Hey, look, we're all upset. But there's no need to start talking crazy here.

BarackMyWorld May 20, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I should’ve quit Wonkette many months ago when I started to be able to support myself well enough financially otherwise.

Wait….someone pays you guys? The hell???

chascates May 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Without Wonkette I'll have about 2 extra hours in my day. But my day will be sad and depressing.

Still, Ken should sell this baby to the highest bidder, put some money in Chinese treasury bills for his kids' education, and move out of that desert he lives in and keep writing novels.

Jack, please write a combination of MST3K, The Furniture Guys, and Futurama for the web!

philpjfry May 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm

You mentioned three of my favorite shows in one post. Huzzah my good sir

OurHoboSenator May 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

rr-bb.com should be free after tomorrow. If our beloved Wonkette gets raptured, let's all agree to meet up over there on Sunday.

wonkettkinkster May 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

/snark off
Wonkette, you're the only thing keeping me sane in electoral politics. If I lose this stream of pure, unadulterated snark I don't know if I can continue fighting the good fight. Don't kill it!
/snark on

more booze for me at the 2012 Wonkette Inaugural Ball!

BTWBFDIMHO May 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

With Bin Laden Dead, My Work Here Is Done
Jack, we know you're good at multi-tasking, but they are too many widows to take care of.

Papa_Uniform May 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Jackie me boy, you're much too young for me to worry 'bout. Happy buttsecking to you in the future. Oh, and thanks for getting bin Buttfuck for us.

WhatTheHeck May 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Right now Jack is at a bar having downed a few.
Ken is quietly reading the comments and wondering, “Why did all those cheap fuckers not buy anything from the advertisers on the Wonkette pages?”

Mumbletypeg May 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Guess I might as well give up on gay men after all, then, also.

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm

pegs, this is serious, should we start throwing out our e-mails?

Mumbletypeg May 20, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Do you get IntenseDebate updates via email, Radio? That's how I saw you replied here. Maybe keep an eye out for something punctuation-embedded, my friend. I really don't feel like putting up a blog. The internet's too jam-packed with them, but by the same token, as I think you mentioned up/downthread, some kind of hub would or should develop that we can osmose toward.

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Speaking of which, what kind of wake is this without our dear old friend Elviously Queer?

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Or sheriff roscoe or el pinche or extem or a hundred other comrades-in-snark?

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm

And how! I feel like a rookie myself…

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm

To believe the breitards…..we're dead from lack of tuna and papa johns support. i don't think we could have managed that. maybe paypal though.

Tommmcattt May 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I'm still waiting on the Polaroids of your naked ass, Stauf. You owe me.

Good luck out there, lil' cowboy!

J Rbt. Oppenheiner May 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Why not make this a membership site? I'd pay 10 or 20 yearly to belong. After all, what the hell kind of advertiser would want us as an audience?

More if there are exclusive pix of SKS included.

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Me, too. And that would keep the trolls away, or at least pare them down to the absolutely most maniacal.

Guppy06 May 21, 2011 at 12:15 am

So, basically, indistinguishable from the rest of us?

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I've wondered the same. The internet sucks without Wonkette.

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm

No shit, gimme some Sara Benincasa pixxx and I'll sign my car over to ccbill.com.

Beowoof May 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I would definitely get out the old checkbook to belong. Without this site I don't know how I will keep my sanity listening to the regular media. Okay so I am a political junkie and I would still listen them, but it is going to take much more vodka to cope.

gullywompr May 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Also.

Guppy06 May 21, 2011 at 12:17 am

This assfucking has been underwritten by:Archer Daniels Midland CorporationThe Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationFoul-mouthed alcoholics like you.

Chet Kincaid May 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

What would be in the tote bag?

Guppy06 May 21, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Some bits of string, a can of cat food, some beer bottle caps, and a sock with a hole in it.

The "tote" in question is a Wal-Mart shopping bag.

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 21, 2011 at 1:32 am

You mean advertisers other than Siemens and that nice lady from CNN?

Tundra Grifter May 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Jack – I'd like to wish you well and all that stuff my Mom makes me say, but I have to wait to hear what Duh Guv'Nor thinks about this.

On a more personal level, between tomorrow's Rapture and Ken's upcoming announcement, it doesn't look good for me ever reaching 100-p.

Damn…

LetUsBray May 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Damn indeed…

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Wait. We're all going away to a world without our wonkette and I just bothered reading your personal profile? I would've followed if I'd read it earlier.

Sorry.

vulpes82 May 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm

OMG, YES!!! I've been CLAWING my way to 100p, and now it might not ever happen. I haz a sad.

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 1:54 am

Be moar funnier.

Nah, I didn't mean that. I'm hurting. We're all hurting.

smokefilledroommate May 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

This smoking baby is sheddin' a tear. Waaaaaaa! *sniff* *sniff* Ahem. You will be missed.

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Jack, thank you for a great year and best of luck with your writing and stand up. You're a smart man and a hard working one. You'll go far.

BlueinVA May 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I rarely comment here because the rest of you are too damn good, but I read all the time and am quite generous with my thumbs up.

And, I swear, if Little Miss Half Term had anything to do with what I fear is about to come down (and I'm not talking about Teh Rapture), well, this is the part where somebody way funnier than I would write a kick ass punchline.

I'll buy a subscription for this sucker, and I won't do that anywhere else on the internets.

LetUsBray May 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Yeah, if the Quittah from Wasilla has cost us our wonkette, this becomes much more personal than her merely aspiring to lead our country into an abyss of totalitarian dumbassitude.

BlueinVA May 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Even Peggy Noonington's pompous ass was in on the joke.

Nothingisamiss May 21, 2011 at 12:32 am

Don't you miss Newell on Noonington?

BlueinVA May 21, 2011 at 1:10 am

you have no idea!

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Things got weird after that, like there was a chill. The world is so shitty now on so many levels, bring on the G**dam rapture. Who gives a shit?

J Rbt. Oppenheiner May 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Don't worry, ain't no one on this site gonna be raptured tomorrow,

C_R_Eature May 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm

You took the words right off my keyboard, Blue.

PrimlyStable May 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

You know who else moved to New York to get back into stand-up comedy and take a shot at writing for television, but just didn't have the time?

SpurningBeer May 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Dominique Strauss-Kahn?

SpurningBeer May 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Jack Carter? Roseanne Barr? Annie Sprinkles? Gabe Kaplan? Yahoo Serious? Wavy Gravy? Don Pardo?

Mumbletypeg May 20, 2011 at 10:08 pm

You crack me up!

gullywompr May 21, 2011 at 12:08 am

I met Wavy Gravy once camping near Red Rocks for a set of Dead shows. He was wearing the tightest skimpiest shorts I've ever seen on a fat man. Über mensch.

PrimlyStable May 21, 2011 at 1:42 am

Actually I was thinking of King Kong.

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 1:57 am

Cleopatra? (For perhaps the last time?)

PrimlyStable May 21, 2011 at 2:26 am

That guy who wanted to build the Ground Zero Mosque That Isn't A Mosque And Isn't At Ground Zero?

blogslut May 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Bye, Jack. You are a funny fellow and I mean that in the your-writing-makes-me-laugh kind of way.

As for your ominous comment regarding Ken and the future of Wonkette, I'll think about that tomorrow.

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Here are the predictions for Ken's announcement Place your bets before the Rapture makes all of this meaningless:

1) Wonkette is being sold to Breitbart. 2/1

2) All Rock, No Talk! 5/1

3) Wonkette: The All Palin Fashion spot on the Web! 3/1

4) We are going back to your roots: Anal Sex and Gin! 2/3

5) What is the use, we are all being sent to Heaven or Hell tomorrow anyway. 12/1

6) New Morning Editor at Wonkette: Jeff Gannon! 4/1

7) New Evening Editor at Wonkette: Jessica Cutler! 6/1

8) Wonkettes New Reason for Being: Get Butterstick back for the Commies! 23/1

9) Back to Basic: Snorg Girl Adds for Everyone! 35/1

10) Wonkette will from now on only concern itself with politics in Montana. 1/1

Well, whatever you decide Ken, know that I would follow you through the gates of hell if need be. You have been the best part of the last six or so years since commenting open up to the hoi polloi.

J Rbt. Oppenheiner May 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

11) BIG $ALE ON TRUCKNUTZ 1/1

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I can't believe that I didn't think of that. Huzzah sir, huzzah!

V572..whatever May 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm

♪♫♪♬I won't back down
No I won't back down
They can stand me up at the gate of Hell
But I won't back down♪♫♪♬

Guppy06 May 21, 2011 at 12:21 am

Every day for the next week, every post will consist of lyrics from "Thank God I'm a Country Boy."

sati_demise May 21, 2011 at 2:19 am

random choice by wonkbot from tips@wonkette word generator, random paragraphs, clouds…we become a hive mind controlling the content.

OvertonWindolt May 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Please tell me this doesn't mean that right wing mouthbreathers have killed this lovely site. No site covers Bristol Palin and/or trucknutz with the same pizaaz.

Trinket May 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm

This is the worst news I've heard in months and it has ruined my weekend.

OvertonWindolt May 20, 2011 at 9:23 pm

In all seriousness, if the worst does come, we must immediately set up a Wonkette refugee site. These buttsecks jokes about Mitt Romney can't just be thrown into the fucking wind. I need a dozen other morons to laugh at it.

LetUsBray May 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I lack the time and embarrassingly rudimentary tech skills required to set up such a thing. But I sure hope someone else is prepared to do this thing.

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

fuck that. we need to take over a breitbart site. they're all on intensedebate. lets take some ground and hold it. don't even argue with the natives. just snark like angry bastards. until we get a better idea anyway

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

BigHollywood is the lamest of the lame. Gopherit.

sati_demise May 21, 2011 at 2:17 am

they will just ban all of us the first day

fuflans May 21, 2011 at 12:57 am

yes.

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 2:01 am

I've got a couple dozen appropriate unoccupied domain names selected and ready to register, if it comes to that.

Waiting to see what Ken has to say.

Dudleydidwrong May 20, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Thanks, Jack, and best of luck with your next stage in what will be a funny and rewarding life. Keep up the good work and don't forget where you learned some good stuff and interacted with some damn good people.

Regarding "he’s made a tough decision about the future of the site. I’ll let him tell that to you" I fear that for someone the Witness Protection Program has failed and an escape into even darker digs is inevitable. Don't know if I can take that, what with the Rapeture and all. Fuuuuuuuuuckkkkkkkkk!

J Rbt. Oppenheiner May 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

That would be very meta if Wonkette liveblogged its own demise.

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Hey, Oppenheimer. 'The fuck? Wonkette melts into a pool of our salty tears while the soundtrack is Ken's maniacal laughter on a loop, and NOW you decide to follow me? When my pee is worthless? Speaking of, excuse me while I go to the bathroom.

slithytoves May 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Thanks Jack, for the good stuff. Ken, I can be funny if paid for it. I really hate my job right now.
Sincerely,
Slithytoves
P.S.
I'm pretty much up at 5:30 – 6:00 on account of I'm not like ten years old.

JackDempsey1 May 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

[ethereal voice]
Jack, run into the light. That's right. You're in a better place now.
[gently raining gumdrops and licorice (not the red kind) now]

ChurchofRealism May 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Well, at least my productivity will go up because I'm not hanging here with the rest of you degenerates, wait haha, not it won't.

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I'm afraid Ken is doing this because I made one too many cracks about his neck beard

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 1:07 am

Naw, you can't show him any kinda hell that Ms. Layne hasn't shown him already.

chascates May 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

We may have to convince Shorts to reopen his site.

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 21, 2011 at 1:40 am

Doesn't he post @ Stinque? http://www.stinque.com/

chascates May 21, 2011 at 1:53 am

Does he post as homofascist?

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 21, 2011 at 2:28 am

I don't know… never paid that close attention. The comments in their current top post are incredibly self-congratulatory and gloating. Gleeful even. I don't know what's up with that. :-/

Cicada May 21, 2011 at 8:32 am

Some people are still bitter about editorial changes at Wonkette made four or five years ago. How retro!

Terry May 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Wonkette can't close. I haven't been able to carry out my plan to seduce Diviad Serolf and bear his cyber babies. :(

fuflans May 21, 2011 at 12:59 am

i will not challenge you to diviad serolf if you will lay off (!) monsieur grumpe.

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 2:06 am

I will not proffer myself, but can vouch for my good friend Lionel Hutz as a fine upstanding example of Wonketteer manhood.

(OK Lionel, you owe me a bottle of good bourbon.)

gef05 May 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm

So Jack made his announcement at 6pm.

But Ken doesn't know what's going on and has spent 3 hours trying to work it out?

Grandstanding bullshit, guys.

sati_demise May 21, 2011 at 2:15 am

its going to be a random choice from tips@wonkette run by the wonkbot.

Ken Layne May 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Yeah you're right on top of things. Probably know what's on my grocery list, too.

DemmeFatale May 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I'm scared!

Negropolis May 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

If we are presented with bad news later tonight, or tomorrow, I fear we'll have to launch an all-out shock-and-awe offensive against the Breitbarts.

Who wants to be Wonkette's General Sherman? 'Cause, we're going to have to salt and scorch whatever is left of the earth, tomorrow.

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I nominate User-of-Owls.

user-of-owls May 21, 2011 at 2:40 am

Owl Team Six is ready.

The Harrying of the North will look like child's play when we're done.

C_R_Eature May 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Are we talking March to the Sea or Carthage?

I'll ride for either of those. Or both.

HistoriCat May 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Dunno – this sounds more like a doomed last stand. Throw in the ass fucking and I think you're talking Spartans at Thermopylae. So let's prepare for the end like they did – we'll do each other's hair, get fucked up the ass and fight to the last man.

gullywompr May 21, 2011 at 12:20 am

Hold on, let me spray on some six-pack shadows…. OK, I'm ready.

MozakiBlocks May 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Well this really sucks. Please don't take my Wonkette from me. I live in Southern red state hell. You people are my salvation.

BlueinVA May 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm

No shit.

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

How far south, Mozaki? We could meet in Baton Rouge and console each other.

Limeylizzie May 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Sweet , the downfister just "visited" me.

C_R_Eature May 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm

WTF is it with these Brietards? I just start posting and in a few hours I pick up a stalker(s) that follow almost a thousand people and whose posts are an unreadable avalanche of Wrong and Hate.
I started posting here just for fun and to try to cheer up. These people think they're at War or something – not that they'd know actual war if it tolchocked them in the yarbles.
Oh, sorry almost forgot: Buttsex.

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 11:12 pm

That's "buttsechs" to you, buster.

C_R_Eature May 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Whoops! *updates Dictionary*

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 21, 2011 at 1:42 am

Secret code world for entry into the post-Wonkette world.

sati_demise May 21, 2011 at 2:12 am

there are 7 of them

TsunamiAli May 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Gah, Why????! Oh, you already answered that. Thank you for being very funny and entertaining!

Doktor Zoom May 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Oh, man. It's the last episode of St Elsewhere all over again. When does the kitten flatline?

Mumbletypeg May 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm

kitten flatline

No way. I lived for that show back then, must've missed the finale while off at school?

*departs to search youtubez*

Cicada May 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I, for one, welcome our autistic snow globe obsessed overlords.

BlueinVA May 20, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Right there. That. That's why I love this place!

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 10:15 pm

come to the chat, dok. we should talk treason.

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Sitting in my freshman dorm and watching the last episode of The (real) Avengers (the one with Diana Rigg) + being in 6th grade and finding out Wuthering Heights was tje only wrote book she wrote+ the cancellation of Arrested Development + only 1 of the friends in season 4 of The Wire has a decent life at the end+ Season 5 of The Wire is cut from 13 episodes to 10 + McGovern loses every state but Massachusetts + no Hedge Fund Managers do the perp walk in 2009 = wonkette is going away.

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 21, 2011 at 1:43 am

But hey, at least Arrested Dev will have a movie…

DustBowlBlues May 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

My world is absolute shit, wonkette is leaving and I've got a small outbreak of the shingles again.

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 10:09 pm

He's full of shit. Bloviating to get your goat. I seriously doubt the legal action claim, and I don't think the real downfister ever actually reads the posts over here, and if he does, he doesn't understand them.

On the other hand–I must have missed the Sara B. exit speech…Or is this more BS?

Am I wrong?

SarahsBush May 21, 2011 at 2:15 am

Yeah, I thought the same thing about the Sara B. thing. But this guy has actually subscribed to me twice, and I've only been an IntenseDebate user for about a month. So, yeah, reading but not saving it.

Here's his (or her, but I have my doubts) profile (should have posted it earlier):
http://intensedebate.com/people/Spanky2b

Edit: I take that back, he has now subscribed to me THREE times. Keep it up, assfucker. You'll lose count in…oh, wait, you already have.

trondant May 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm

That little cocksmack has been following me for a while – not that I'm that special – he's following something like 800 people.

102415 May 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Spanky is a woman. She's narrow minded and single minded. She does that to freak you out. If Wonkette does go away. I know where I will spend a few hours a day for awhile.

Gopherit May 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm

okay. anyone who feels the need to vent should come to http://wonkette.chatango.com

Please note……it is way easier if you create a basic chatango login. otherwise you will just be labelled as anonymous and no one will like or believe you. Other than the outrageously stupid ads they put at the top, it is useful. Also, having your login will let you trade personal info in private chats, if you decide you want to exchange info like emails and the like.

Radiotherapy May 21, 2011 at 8:47 am

Access denied too at work.

GinnehRED57 May 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Goddammit, SPOILERS.

I've got Teabagger Joe Walsh covered, but not "that way."

Limeylizzie May 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Well, sweet Wonketteers, I am going out now, I hope there is a Wonkette to come back to when I return.

SudsMcKenzie May 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm

nothing ever should happen before 11am, .. god bless, asa ala alaikum, and mozel tov.

GinnehRED57 May 20, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Also too goddammit, guess I'd better start blogging again.

Side note, self hosted Wordpress blogs not that hard to set up with decent domain hosting. Helps if you have an in-house geek but you can't have mine.

rambone May 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Farewell Jack. You will be missed, even though I could never pronounce your last name correctly in my head.

Hey Ken: I swear to FSM, if you take down this site I'm gonna vote Republican! Don't make me do it, man!

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 2:16 am

even though I could never pronounce your last name correctly in my head.

Good point. If proper German, it would be pronounced 'Stoyf.' If bastardized English-German, it could be pronounced 'Stoof' or 'Steph' maybe even 'Stuff.' If Dutch, my best guess would be 'Stooof.'

rocktonsam May 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm

community service obligation

complete

so long jack holes

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm

WTF?

easynewz May 21, 2011 at 4:59 am

Yeah, right? Methinks Doktor Zoom's comment that there are no trolls was perhaps a bit premature.

That said, IF indeed Wonkette is demised of natural causes, I can´t deal with Breittards taking any credit for it….. Gah!

vulpes82 May 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Good luck and godspeed, Jack. I can't wait to say, "I knew him when…"

About the "announcement," I truly do fear the worst. It's been obvious for some time that Ken loathes us and and loathes having to do the site. We, I especially, have made a joke out of it, but I guess the joke is on us!

If I may make a premature suggestion for diaspora, Crasstalk, which is its own diaspora of Gawker commenters, is pretty good. It's user-generated, our old friend Botswana Meat Commission is one of the overlords, our pal Kittenwithawhip (and I'm sure others) are already there, and they use IntenseDebate. Just a suggestion!

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 2:26 am

[/bookmarked]

DaSandman May 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Adios hombre.

philpjfry May 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Jack Sorry to see you leave. Best of luck. Assuming you survive the rapture. Thanks for everything

iburl May 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

This sucks so majorly.

"I found myself routinely burned out on politics, something I apologize for, as it clearly came out in posts at times and was probably not very entertaining to read."

Bullshit!

That's why you were so fun to read.

I'll miss you most of all, scarecrow… :(

Troubledog May 20, 2011 at 10:53 pm

After this shittruck gets shuttered, we need a plan to maintain a connection between the diaspora.

Mainly because you people (and when I say "you people" I mean "my people") are the only people I communicate with that don't need to look up the word "diaspora".

WTF.

LetUsBray May 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Hey, that is completely unfair.

Most people who don't know what a word like "diaspora" means wouldn't think to bother looking it up.

iburl May 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Diaspora… Is that a David Vitter joke?

Surely Ken will provide a place for us to land? Maybe we can take over another site that nobody uses like http://www.demconwatchblog.com/ or something.

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm

undeterredbyreality has offered his blogspot.

undeterredbyreality May 21, 2011 at 1:06 am

Let's wait & see what's needed. I'm not quite sure how to open the site for general use…

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Hell, my Trashball site is always open. http://guyclinch.blogspot.com

undeterredbyreality May 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm

needs some kinda login…

GuyClinch May 21, 2011 at 12:21 am

Trying to find a way that doesn't involve me divulging all my gmail passwords. indeed wonketterefugees.blogspot.com is functional, but can't figure out how to make it open. Suggestions, anyone?

fuflans May 21, 2011 at 1:02 am

and you sir are one of the reasons wonkette comments are a pleasure to read.

indeed, we need a place.

MadBrahms May 21, 2011 at 1:29 am

If we can't use our academic training to groan about conservative bullshit, what is it all for? I gotta justify these loans I keep taking out somehow.

jus_wonderin May 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Good luck Jack.

DerrickWildcat May 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Thank you Jack.
You have inspired me to be more funnier.
I have went back to night school to study comedy. Look out pal, because after I graduate, we may be comedy competitors. A teacher surpasses student thing.

keepem_sikanpor May 20, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I want to go to there…

Jukesgrrl May 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm

We can be sure there would be no war.

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

This is more messed up than a teabagger's checkbook.

Mumbletypeg May 21, 2011 at 12:22 am

I wish I knew what that means, or why it is making me laugh..

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 2:53 am

LOL, checks? Do they even exist anymore?

OH shit. That explains why I was waiting ten minutes in line at Goodwill the other day.

Hah. Fucking losers.

ChessieNefercat May 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

So I was explaining direct deposit to a new student employee and how he had to supply a voided check so the bank would have the routing number. No, your debit card isn't a check. No, the number on the debit card isn't the routing number.

I got my checkbook out of my purse and showed it to him. His innocent little 20 year old face lit up and he beamed as he told me that his mom had one of those!

I heard "poink" noises for hours as my hair accelerated its graying pace…

And no, if the payroll office thought about it, they wouldn't need a check, just the routing number which you can get a) from the bank, and b) the routing numbers for the most popular banks should be known to the payroll office already, and c) oh the hell with it. At least I have a job.

BZ1 May 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

You mean there's an editor of this thing… I thought it was just an amorphous blob, er, blog…

Beowoof May 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm

The pending demise leaves me sad. All told, I enjoy insulting and snarking on right wing douche bags more than I should. And this was the best place I have found to do that. So many with like minds about the right wing assholes who have taken over politics.

Fukui_sanYesOta May 21, 2011 at 12:27 am

We don't know for sure, but let's face it. The Wags and Jack have gone and Ken is obviously disillusioned with the whole thing. It's not looking great.

NorbertsRevenge May 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm

this way to little popping sounds: http://wonkette.chatango.com/

chascates May 21, 2011 at 12:27 am

That's where the real crazies hang.

waitforsugar May 20, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Oh fuck.

Love you Jack, may you continue to kick ass at all you attempt.

GhostBuggy May 21, 2011 at 12:32 am

I've been examining the AV Club comments as a possible colony world for us, until something else better comes along…I don't know…it's fairly awful there, but there are some honest-to-Gawd rightwingers there that could be tons-of-fun…yay vodka right now…

Nothingisamiss May 21, 2011 at 12:40 am

It takes me three years to get the cojones to write a comment here (mad jealousy to all, esp. you early writers) and now the party may break up?!

WTF!!!!!!!!!!

SorosBot May 21, 2011 at 12:46 am

For people looking for a new place – and that's assuming Ken's announcement is closing shop, and not say that Wonkette's going on hiatus for a month or two while he disconnects from the internet to regain his sanity and finds a new underling or two – I'd suggest Vanity Fair's VF Daily blog since (as I mentioned in a buried reply) it gets very few comments and is run by one of our former editors.

not that Dewey May 21, 2011 at 1:45 am

I'm totally down with the VF — I've been a subscriber for a few years now, but only because of a dirty little secret.

When I was a young dumb waiter in NYC, I worked at the Royalton Hotel (among other places). One of my first breakfast shifts, I got to wait on Graydon Carter and Martin Amis (they used to take breakfast together regularly, after Martin divorced fuckin Tina Brown). They were two of the coolest dudes I had ever met. Many of my then-co-workers went on to write for VF, and I read it to this day, if only to bask in the ex-glow that was my stupid life as a stupid twenty-something. Hey — we're both ex-Chicagoans, right?

I'll join you there, and I'm sure that Juli wouldn't mind.

Fuck Toad May 21, 2011 at 12:48 am

Hey, Sadly No has been kind of boring and locker-roomy recently. We should all mob it en masse and annex it unto the Greater Wonkett State.

Guppy06 May 21, 2011 at 10:26 am

Wonkette Anschluss?

fuflans May 21, 2011 at 1:06 am

I am glad you all are here with me. Here at the end of all things.

frodo baggins.

NorbertsRevenge May 21, 2011 at 1:17 am

"I'd like to poo-poo the both of ye" — Frito Bugger

AJW@[redacted] May 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Can't count how many times I read "Bored of the Rings". Of course I was gooned out of my mind back when it came out, and spent many hours re-enacting the scenes with my similarly affected friends. I bought it on amazon.com a few years ago to see if it was as funny as I remembered, and sadly, without the chemical enhancement, it really wasn't.

ShaveTheWhales May 21, 2011 at 1:24 am

Well, fuck. My kid comes to visit, we go an a nice short hike to watch two branches of the Tuolumne River crash into one, and I come back to fever dreams of the incipient death of snark as we know it.

To Jack: Best of luck and thanks for all the jokes. Just as a remark for future reference (and this would apply as well to Riley and Arielle), there isn't actually any law that requires you to wait until the very last minute to announce your departure from a job. Not even the Law of Dramatic Impact, because after a few times, there really isn't any.

To Ken, and his spirit animal, wherever they may be: WTF? I'd have to say that, strictly speaking, the notion of a "DC Gossip" has kind of lost its glitter, as we've been forced to realize that the United States has cycled back to the point where there is, again, a ruling class, and — generally speaking — we're not part of it. Knowing that the ruling class doesn't give a shit about the rest of us has a tendency to reduce the emotional impact of gossip about the ruling class. And, frankly, vignettes about the stupid shit that stupid shit right-wingers do eventually become self-flattening. We know that 20 or 30 per cent of our compatriots would rather believe than think. Giving us endless examples may no longer be particularly useful.

So, WTF?

To all Wonketeers: If this vale of snark shall pass away, thank you for being real (if anonymous). Regarding a possible successor site: blogs are easy (hell, I've got a recently unused one, too); chat rooms are easy. The trick is having one or more sponsors who have the time, motivation, and writing skill to provide the blog articles that serve as nucleation sites for comments. I know that I lack the skill.

Before we're all Wonkraptured, can somebody help me out? I'm remembering a scene towards the end of a novel, where a character standing on the west coast of Britain, in a westerly breeze, smells smoke. Is that Stand on Zanzibar? (My copy dissolved a couple decades ago).

Karma_Suture May 21, 2011 at 1:26 am

I wonder if I can find that bastard, Jesus before 6pm tomorrow? If Wonkette is going so am I.

You all can have my Stuef.

predilectrix May 21, 2011 at 1:29 am

Jack, I'm sorry your valedictory post got diverted into a scrum about whether Wonkette's getting raptured tomorrow, and even sorrier that you're leaving us.

As for the rapture rumors: I don't want to reply to the thread here in which people are offering to subscribe to Wonkette, because the thread's too long now and loading as slowly as Sarah's conscience. But dagnabit, Ken Bailey, the townsfolk are ready to chip in.

trampndirtdown May 21, 2011 at 1:33 am

We never did get our fucking Breitbart vid.

MadBrahms May 21, 2011 at 1:35 am

For Jack, all I can say is simply this: Never apologize for your righteous indignation. We'll miss it here.

Badonkadonkette May 21, 2011 at 1:35 am

Ken, if you take this site down, porn will literally be the singular reason I use the interwebs. And then I just won't be able to deny I'm a sick prevert anymore. You can't do that to me. You just can't.

EvanHurst May 21, 2011 at 1:40 am

Dammit, Layne, where are you? if you need me to contribute more to pick up some slack from PEOPLE LEAVING ALL OVER THE PLACE, we can convince my real dad, I mean boss, to let me write here more. I write about things other than homosexual agendaz, you know.

Fukui_sanYesOta May 21, 2011 at 2:27 am

I think a lot of people missed this one. You can write for damn sure.

There are commenters here (most, thinking about it) whose articles I'd read when they submitted them. Some kind of half-arsed crowdsourcing with someone in editorial control?

Badonkadonkette May 21, 2011 at 2:42 am

Wonkipedia?

easynewz May 21, 2011 at 4:49 am

Wonkileaks?

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 21, 2011 at 2:45 am

There are posts on Wonkette other than the homosexual agendaz?

Badonkadonkette May 21, 2011 at 1:43 am

Oh and also, too, I know you guys (well except now it's just you GUY, Ken) monitor these comments, and I already said this in response to another post, but: I have some money saved up, and my kids don't really need to go to college.

It's really a progressive, by which I mean communist, concept; the site is free, people who can pay do, people who can't, don't. Wonkette lives on forever and the wingtards go double-nuts-crazy. Win, win, win.

Extemporanus May 21, 2011 at 1:43 am

How do you ask a man to be the last man to comment on our Wonkette?

Pres[ $ rm -r * ] May 21, 2011 at 1:47 am

1. Creepy Breitbart Lead Paint Chips troll is stalking me again. Yay?

2. In 15 minutes it will be 6 pm in Kiwiland, ergo we will know shortly if the Rapture is here. Double yay?

Fukui_sanYesOta May 21, 2011 at 2:30 am

At the time of writing, it's 6:30am in Kiribati. No earthquake. Quelle surprise.

Doktor Zoom May 21, 2011 at 1:53 am

500 comments? Without any trolls? Inconceivable!

ChessieNefercat May 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Shhh, dammit.

Badonkadonkette May 21, 2011 at 1:57 am

Jack, I want to say goodbye and good luck, I really do, but it will just drive home that if I ever catch you doing stand up in New York, I'll cry a little, because it will remind me that what we had with our Wonkette was so very special, kind of like when that hot girl I dated decided she was bisexual after we broke up.

Monsieur_Grumpe May 21, 2011 at 2:09 am

I hate it when that happens.

ShaveTheWhales May 21, 2011 at 2:59 am

This confused me, but now I think I understand. What unfortunate timing.

PrimlyStable May 21, 2011 at 2:20 am

This is the way Wonkette ends: not with a buttsex joke, but with a whimper.

Lionel[redacted]Esq May 21, 2011 at 2:28 am

Join us: http://wonkette.chatango.com
Good conversation, lots of laughs, a plenty of intoxicants.

Fukui_sanYesOta May 21, 2011 at 1:15 pm

My head hurts. You were right about good conversation too.

El Pinche May 21, 2011 at 2:30 am

Well, May 21st is over and my wingtard xian neighbors are still on Earth and the Rapture never came. I guess I'll never get their jet skis and hot tub. bummer.

predilectrix May 21, 2011 at 3:50 am

Banish sweet Jack, and banish all the world!

fuflans May 22, 2011 at 12:58 am

oh that's just fab thanks.

DCHatesMe May 21, 2011 at 4:54 am

So another Wonkette writer fades away and radiates like the burned out shell of Gamera, never to be heard of again. A life interrupted, spent, and traumatized by political satire. Was it worth it? You won't have anything to tell your grandchildren because you'll be impotent and homeless soon. Solong.

HuddledMass May 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Well that's okay, because impotent = no grandSteufs, so it's all good… . . ?

easynewz May 21, 2011 at 5:07 am

Bad news for us, Jack, but good news for you. Thanks for all the laughs and good luck with all of your future endeavors. I will follow your career with great interest. Buh-bye.

ttommyunger May 21, 2011 at 5:34 am

Life is change; good luck.

[redacted]hse May 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Got any spare life, buddy?

ttommyunger May 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I'm on the last lap, my friend; and I can't say I'm all that sorry, considering.

Jerri May 21, 2011 at 7:58 am

Well I don't care for this.

Vodka and bitter tears for breakfast it is. Again.

Tundra Grifter May 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

Jack – I do understand. Although some days it seems like it will, now you know work release doesn't last forever.

Of course, this is May 21st, so…

AJW@[redacted] May 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Your move, Layne.

lulzmonger May 21, 2011 at 12:49 pm

So long & thanks for all the snark.

Also, OH FUCK.

Joey_brill May 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Oh, Jack!

I'm just worried you'll make friends with Tina in NYC, lose too much weight, incorporate uncomfortable silences into your stage act, and end up writing for iCarly or Kathy Lee Gifford.

KenLayIsAlive May 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

And then there was Ken.

And some Canadian guy.

Good luck in the future Jack! I hope you learned your lesson: Never say "retard" because then all the people who say "nigger" will get really mad at you.

Warpde May 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Luck to you Jack.
Good timing though.
I'm off to be with Jeebus shortly and I doubt he has wi-fi.
in 5,4,3,2,1..POOF!

Uh, honey could you hit submit comment for me?

gurukalehuru May 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Good luck, Jack. And I apologize for all the times I made fun of your name.

xfiler93 May 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

glad he is gone. a disgusting human being, a typical libturd.

trondant May 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Get fucked, you basement-dwelling goatfeltcher.

Also, this sucks.

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 22, 2011 at 1:50 am

Nice flag!

Jaded[redacted] May 22, 2011 at 11:14 am

poopyhead.

glamourdammerung May 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Thank you for taking some time out of crying about how much you hate "libturds" and how you are going to beat everyone up (when not crying about union thugs/black folks/etc. scaring you).

HistoriCat May 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

You left out the gays! Can't forget about teh ghey agenduh!

SorosBot May 22, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Why do you use a flag in your avatar when you hate America?

Chillwaver May 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

Dude, I think I liked you better as an anonymous downfisting troll.

spudgun May 21, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Jack, you're a mensch. And I think I love you but that is sick and just, well, WRONG because I'm old enough to be your mother!

Anyway, had to add to the Greek chorus of sorrow on your departure…you are very talented and we will "see" you very soon, I'm sure. All the best to you!!

littlebigdaddy May 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

God, the editors keep getting younger. Pretty soon they will be writing sensitive essays on the changes their bodies are going through, and how they get confused when around girls.

WordSaladNation May 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

It would be hard to tell if a post called "Sarah Palin Gives Me a Boner" was written by a thirteen-year-old boy or Rich Lowry.

Tundra Grifter May 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Jack: Guess it's too late to say "Don't quit your day job…"

WordSaladNation May 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I've been reading and commenting on Wonkette since 2005, so, if this is indeed the apocalypse, I'll be disappointed—especially because my relationship with all of you commenters has outlasted any relationship I've had with a "significant other" during that time period.

Jesus, that sounds pathetic!

WordSaladNation May 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Boy Mr. Giuliani, you sure are pissed!

imissopus May 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Grandma?

LostinOregon May 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

You will be sorely missed……

KenLayIsAlive May 21, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Haha. Humorless angry morons like yourself are exactly why Wonkette will always exist.

Thanks for keeping us "afloat", dumbass.

gullywompr May 22, 2011 at 12:46 am

Same old hackneyed chestnut. The Heritage Foundation really needs to start sending its members some new phrases to use.

fuflans May 22, 2011 at 1:07 am

sir or madam:

are you a CHRISTIAN??? you should be saving this 'inflated nerd' not calling him toilet names. this 'human waste' is a HUMAN is he not? we should teach him how to be a better human, shouldn't we? we should not flush him away!! flushing him away is aborting his precious precious soul. human souls are worth saving at all costs.

or at least in the first trimester.

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 22, 2011 at 1:46 am

Nerd? Nerds? Nerds!

Really inspector, get back to what you normally call people with an education: Sir and/or Ma'am.

As in, "Would you like me to super-size that for you, Ma'am?"

glamourdammerung May 22, 2011 at 2:07 am

Speaking of vile lies and innuendos, I notice you are a fan of Andy Breitbart.

How do you feel knowing he lied to you (and everyone else) with those edited videos? Because I do not see you crying in impotent rage over there, so certainly there must be an explanation for the difference in your behavior. Otherwise, you would clearly be quite the hypocrite.

FreedomFan May 22, 2011 at 4:39 am

Bye Jackstoff, you made a real contribution here. I know the advertisers felt the same way.

glamourdammerung May 22, 2011 at 7:03 am

We are pleased you could stop crying while typing feeble screeds about how "leftists" smear teabaggers long enough for your comment. Of course, it makes makes you look like a moron after your constant whining on Big Failure about how mean all those leftists are to poor widdle people like you.

Cry more.

SorosBot May 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Why do you go under the name "FreedomFan" when a quick look at your post over on the big racist Breitbart's sites show that you in fact hate freedom?

IMaTelaU May 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

"Muslims and gays are Americans too. Ideology, especially this kind, is an ugly thing. Thanks."

Why don't sign off with a request of those muslims to stop murdering Christians, hiindus, buddahists…. no, how bout just asking them to turn over the guys that beheaded a fellow reporter. Daniel Pearl (rip). Take your condecending tripe and good day sir! I said, GOOD DAY!!!

Jaded[redacted] May 22, 2011 at 11:14 am

lol. poopyhead.

Redhead May 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

The fuck is this? I actually WORK on Friday (and nurse a hangover yesterday) and I come back to goodbye-wonkette-changes-but-not-I-don't-know-what's-going-on?

Though I have to say, I'm impressed with the tardasses actually coming out and downfisting to get the butthurt over the lack of a rapture out. I thought for sure they'd be hiding in their attics (with cable tv and 5 years worth of cheetohs, slim jims and bud lite), pretending they'd gone to heaven.

Limeylizzie May 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I think Ken's edit really just indicates that Ken is going to shave or bleach his hair, not close down the Wonkette.

HuddledMass May 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Wow. What a jerk.

dandang May 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Buh-bye you fat, chinless, ginger bastard.

glamourdammerung May 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm

32 weeks ago @ Breitbart.tv – Bill Clinton Faces Ang… · 0 replies · +2 points

Typical blacks waiting around for free handouts instead of doing something for themselves…

I am going to guess you cry a lot about folks "playing the race card" and referring to morons like you as racists.

di_da_is_alpha May 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm

So Jack, does this mean you'll be moving back in with your dad, H.R. Puffin Stuef?

SorosBot May 22, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Here's some advice: if you want to make a joke using a cultural reference, you might want to pick something people under 60 might get.

larrykat May 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Ominous announcement – Ariana is taking over Wonkette. The Wonkette Post – soon to be another unprofitable piece of AOL.

BlueinVA May 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Wonkette Patch.

sallysubterfuge May 23, 2011 at 2:52 am

What?? First Riley now Jack?!

Damn you kids and your dreams…

I shall mourn/celebrate with tears and probably some masturbation — maybe at the same time! You will be missed Jack.

ghblowhard May 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

You go Glenn Coco

notreelyhelping May 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

Good luck, Jack. I wish you many happy years of heavy drinking.

thefrontpage May 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Who the hell is this guy Jack Stuff? Has he been writing for Wonkette? I never noticed. His stuef probably wasn't that great to being with. He's probably just another hack writer, trying to be funny! What's this Onion thing he keeps mentioning? Is that a food magazine put out by Conde Nast? Why is Wonkette shutting down? Where are all of these people going to post funny comments if Wonkette is shutting down? Late Night Shots? When is the final days of Wonkette? And will Wonkette readers go to Heaven or Hell when Wonkette shuts down?

SenileAgitation May 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Thanks for the yucks and outrage Jack, and good luck with your mad schemes.

ChessieNefercat May 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Goodness. Potty fixation much? Sorry you were toilet trained by rabid pitbulls, but do try to stop playing with your feces.

Weenus299 May 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

You fucker. You could've made the Wonkett a fucking genius terr'ist organization, and you up and leave it to have a "career." Well enjoy your "career" boning hot dog vendors or whatever it is you geniuses do with your avant-garde lesiure time. I fucking enjoyed you to pieces, and now I'll scatter them to the frivelous birds in my workplace's parking lot.
Love,
Detainee #40101

snicker snack May 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I'll be over shortly.

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Or Three Monkees across the street from Black Swan Books.

Mumbletypeg May 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

That works. I know the guy that runs Black Swan. Maybe he'd let me park behind the store.

Radiotherapy May 20, 2011 at 11:38 pm

udbr, I'm trying to sell your cyber-garage space downthread. No worries about blogwhoring now, just post the bitch now!

Barb May 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm

"Be with you" how?

GuyClinch May 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm

All of them, Katie.

undeterredbyreality May 21, 2011 at 12:07 am

Y'all are tearin' me apart…

Lascauxcaveman May 21, 2011 at 1:55 am

Should be compiled in leather-bound hardback. The best-ever thing(s) on Wonkette.

OhNoGuy May 21, 2011 at 10:01 pm

But they're good eatin".

102415 May 21, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Hey I have been here since day one. I still remember the ad on Gawker looking for a girl to do this site. In any case I have enjoyed myself immensely for those years. Thank you.

Negropolis May 22, 2011 at 1:56 am

So, are you telling me, then, that we should take this place for granted?

Come on, Ken. You have people so concerned because we love the place. I hope your as appreciate of us as we are of the opportunity to call this place home. That's all the respect I'm asking for. Whether I joined here last month, or years ago shouldn't matter (here on-and-off since 2007). I've learned the hard way a few times in my life to never think you're promised anything.

Bonzos_Bed_Time May 22, 2011 at 2:21 am

I'm leaving and taking my toys with me!

Retro Day indeed!

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