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Happy Friday Courtesy of Wisconsin Protesters Yelling At Scott Walker

Kochblockers unite! We realize it is no longer actually News news to watch a crowd of angry voters shout at Scott Walker wherever he goes, but what else has there been in the headlines today? Hm, let’s see, jobs numbers remind us of having thirty instead of thirty-two dull forks stabbed into our eyeballs, and everyone’s snot-filled tears over the credit rating were in vain, since Standard & Poors reportedly plans to downgrade the U.S. rating anyway. Oh well, screw that noise for a couple minutes.  Here are a bunch of Wisconsin State Fair attendees crashing the opening ceremony to drown out Scott Walker’s miserable inane speech with their gladiator chants. What is wrong with these people, Scott Walker?


“Eight hundred thousand people are going to be here this week, and that handful of people will not distract the majority. People from around the state and around the Midwest are going to come and have a fun time,” Walker said.

There was a also a strong showing of Walker supporters in the crowd, but they appeared outnumbered and outshouted by the anti-Walker protesters.

The governor has become accustomed to seeing protesters but questioned why people would do that at the fair. “It’s one of those things people have a right to do. Most people come to the fair, and they set aside politics and business and just have a good time,” Walker said.

Enjoy. [YouTube/ WISN.com]

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    1. Oblios_Cap

      Now you can't edit anymore!

      There was a also a strong showing of Walker supporters in the crowd, but they appeared outnumbered and outshouted by the anti-Walker protesters.


  1. Callyson

    Most people come to the fair, and they set aside politics and business and just have a good time”
    Well, for some of us, politics *is* a good time. At least it is when creeps like Walker are yelled at.
    As for setting aside business, I thought Wi$con$in was "Open for Business" under the Walker regime?

    1. lefty74

      Walker is the one who was dropped on his head by his mom once too often.
      His eyesockets are lacking parallelism on the horizontal plane.
      Sloth from "Goonies" got nothing on him.

      Thats why whenever he says "the way I see it" its like a drunk redneck saying "watch this"

    1. dogscantlookup

      I wonder what's next for the teatards/refugs, night of the long knifes, or night of broken glass?

        1. Negropolis

          Well, since Americans like everything fried, these days, why don't we just procure us a huge vat of scalding hot vegetable oil and fry the fuckers?

        2. Negropolis

          Well, since Americans like everything fried, these days, why don't we just procure us a huge vat of scalding hot vegetable oil and fry the fuckers?

          Night of the Deep Fry.

        1. user-of-owls

          Should be obvious from the avian.

          Just make sure you're herding those hookwormies in the right direction. And be careful, her's are so advanced they can jump up to ten feet and know how to memorize your credit card number before returning to The Hive.

    1. Not_So_Much

      Counting on you people to send those fuggers a message. Or a fish in a newspaper. Whatever. I'd like something they can't ignore to happen.

    1. onemoretime79

      He ain't smart enough to be scared. Then again, he'll prolly land on his feet in some other place when he's done in that state. Speaking of which, what ever happened to Katherine Harris of FL fame? I'd go look her up if I weren't scared of seeing that clownface again

      1. Nothingisamiss

        Srsly. I occasionally wonder what happened to her, and then I remember I don't care enough. Bedsides, here's hoping it's worse than I can imagine!

        1. BaldarTFlagass

          I like to imagine she's working at a full-nude BYOB dive titty bar with a bunch of other past-their-prime ex-hotties. Emergent blue veins in the feet and hands, droopings dugs, crows feet, etc. The lap dance is always better when the stripper is crying.

        1. mourningnmerica

          Those were some big aftermarket titties. Bigger than your average public servant is willing to go. But subtlety was never her strong suit, was it?

      2. AJWjr.

        Geez, you people! You all want boobies at the fair, and when someone offers up boobies, you say do not want…

        1. bagofmice

          I just think they're being liberal elitists, and are holding out for the free range boobies.

      1. mourningnmerica

        He would process human feelings, if there were any cash in it. The feelings of unemployed people. Processed by illegals. In a non union shop. Not in Madison.

        1. Rotundo_

          Waukesha would likely be his preferred stomping (the shit out of poor folks)ground. The righties with money lite in the southeast, while the nutters and rednecks tend to be further north (Fox River Valley north). Now that *all* the counties are scratching for money to keep kids in schools and maintain public facilities, Waukesha should start swirling into the abyss too, because doG knows, nobody in that area is going to vote to pay to maintain schools and roads, that is what voucher schools, private schools and SUV's were made for and why they already are big fans of them.

  2. PuckStopsHere

    "Our State Fair is a great State Fair, don't miss it…don't even be late…"
    At least they have a fair at which to attack their governor. Here in Michigan, our State Fair went out of business a couple of years ago. On the upside, this means you cannot be late for it. So there.

      1. Dashboard_Jesus

        Official Wisconsin State Fair food this year, deep-fried 'Kock Dogs on a Stick'…open wide Scotty you'll enjoy the burning grease as it's shoved down your throat/ up your ass!

      1. Negropolis

        Nope. Granholm stopped funding it in the last year or two of her administration because of the budget cuts that had to be made. There was a plan to have it be self-sustaining and/or locally funded, but the friends of the fair couldn't find the donors and funding to make it work.

        Now, the fairgrounds are sooned to be turned into a mall and mixed-use development.

        1. snicker snack

          Because the world really needs more malls. That just bums me out. I keep trying to move back to MI (I know) and I've pretty much come to the conclusion that it's just not worth it.

          1. Negropolis

            Things are actually measurably better since the recession, but the recession wipped out quite a bit in this state that won't ever be coming back. The state fair was one of them, unfortunately. That said, places like Midtown Detroit are really starting to take-off, and it's not like one of those false "renaissances" of yesteryear. This is the real deal.

          2. snicker snack

            Negropolis, I really hope that's true. I would love nothing more than to see Detroit thrive. I grew up for the most part in the Great White Grosse Pointe, but with parent who actually let me (gasp) go into the city. My dad was a Detroit firefighter; my stepmom a headstart teacher. I first learned about Peruvian pipe music in Hart Plaza (my uncle also attempted to climb and subsequently fell off of the fountain/broke his leg at this same festival) I love that city. Don't give me false hope.

          3. Negropolis

            Well, most of the rest of the city is falling faster than at any time in its history, so I don't want to give the impression that Detroit, as a comprehensive city, is doing better. It's not. It's just that for the first time in a very long time there are legitimate pockets of hope that have learned to thrive in spite of the shit-hole neighborhoods that surround it. There are in fact handful of neighborhoods that have largely stabilized. I guess if there is anything to be optimistic about, it's that the city has finally hit the point of where it's organically sorting itself out between the nodes that will survive, and the places that will fade (and some have faded) into nothingness. There is kind of a grim certainty to everything, now, no more throwing money into parts of the metro area that can't be saved.

          4. Doktor Zoom

            I was surprised to learn when I moved here in 2001 that Idaho does not have a State Fair and apparently never has. There's a Western Idaho Fair in Boise (Wikipedia sez it's the "de facto state fair") and a smaller Eastern Idaho Fair as well.

            I wonder…have we always been at war with Eastidaho?

      2. An_Outhouse

        Where do the 4H kids assemble with their animals and get a ribbon for having the biggest one then?

      3. PuckStopsHere

        Yeah…we were there on the last day of the last fair, which I think was the summer before last. We miss it. It was an annual thing towards the end of summer to go and spend a day with the baby ducks and the food on a stick and so on. All gone, now.

    1. DoktorThompson

      Why do you need a state fair in Michigan anyway? What are you going to do, get together and celebrate the death of hope?

    1. the_problem_child

      Where live that's pronounced Boo-ins.

      But I have no reason to hate Boston hockey over any other kind of hockey.

  3. onemoretime79


    Walker needed a way bigger mic than he was given. Perhaps if he'd have spoken louder, into a Koch-horn? Naw, not even that would've worked. I could see his lips amovin' but couldn't make out a thing he was saying. What a Shame.

    Hahahahaha. We love you, Wisonsin!

  4. GuanoFaucet

    As he exited the stage, Scott Walker mumbled to himself:

    "The Koch brothers don't pay me enough to deal with this kind of shit."

    1. user-of-owls

      …at which point the "Lickspittle Loyalty Kill Switch" embedded in Walker's small, pliant
      brain triggered the highly calibrated charge which turned his brains into a plate of scrambled sweet bread.

      "Kock Industries pays it very deepest sorrow and condolences for the loss of a true leader of our state. Though the speed with which that massive and visually disturbing cerebral hemorrhage was as a bolt from the blue, during his short tenure in office he has begun to liberate our state from the danger parasites bleeding the good people of WIsconsin dry: union wanting to retain rights they already have; teachers, many of whom qualify for Food Stamps, demanding even more of the previously contracted raises, despite the fact that their salaries already exceed Federal poverty levels. What more do they want from our poor suffering middle class who are already having to downsize the pools they build? Scott had it right when rather than let these layabout teachers feed their children with Food Stamps and then use that a a political tool; he wisely preempted that move be shutting down the program altogether. Foresight. Wisdom And always, the Courage To Be Led.

      1. Sharkey

        Rights: And You Thought They Were Forever

        <span style="font-size:0.875em;">that would be the title see? he he hehe he he heheheheh</span>

        <font size="-1">can you make the text smaller on this thang</font>

    2. Mahousu

      Then he thought for a moment, and said:

      "Oh, no, wait, they do."

      And he laughed, a short, bitter laugh.

    1. James Michael Curley

      Take a right at the light, keep going straight until night, and then boy you're on your own.

      1. Negropolis

        No, not regrettably. Very fortunately. Angry white people get shit done. A lot of times, it's very good shit.

        1. Sharkey

          I just want to level the playing field. Since all browns are the same (and need to be killed), shouldn't all whites be the same too? It just makes all these different wars make sense. And I want sense in my life. And sensimilla.

      2. Rotundo_

        Some are dumbasses who gladly slit their own throats economically (so far) and some loud folk see shit and shinola, know the difference and realize that they are being handed shit and paying for shinola. We are no more homogenized than any other group, Our idiots, unfortunately seem to command more attention of late though.

  5. SayItWithWookies

    Gee, why are liberals so angry? Oh yeah — because they've been stripped of their rights, told they were lazy good-for-nothing parasites sucking at the teat of the people, trampled on, lied to, bullied, ignored, and shat on. I hope the rest of your tenure is hellish and brief and ends in your recall, Mr. Walker.

    1. mooncrushearth

      Eh, he knows he can get a cushy job insulting commies and queers on Fox for Kochs afterwards.

  6. FakaktaSouth

    It is seriously hard to set aside politics when someone's idea of lawmaking is completely screwing your entire life up. Even at the fair, dude.

    1. NorthStarSpanx

      And what was with that group of thick-thighed girls with militant stances stage Left? Did the Alaska Militia send over their womens to have Scott's back?

  7. Goonemeritus

    A Tea Party Governor doesn’t like unruly mobs being loud at political appearances. That’s rich this is exactly how these bastards came to power. After that town hall theater that this group pulled during the healthcare debate this should be the new normal.

    1. Fukui_sanYesOta

      They've been doing it since at least the Bush recount times in 2000.

      Hundreds of "paid GOP crusaders" descended upon South Florida to protest the state's recounts, with at least half a dozen of the demonstrators at Miami-Dade paid by George W. Bush's recount committee. Several of these protesters were identified as Republican staffers and a number later went on to jobs in the Bush administration.

      1. NorthStarSpanx

        Eeep, several of my old colleagues were in that crowd. I covered my eyes in shame recognizing so many of those Alaskans becoming what I've come to learn as, astroturfers.

        The Brooks Brothers Riot, the beginning of un-peaceable assemblage in pseudo-public venues.

          1. AJWjr.

            Not all–there was a lot of "hard hat" on hippie violence on the left coast, and the Hells Angels didn't help matters any until Kesey got 'em all tripping balls…

          2. AJWjr.

            Just because I was there doesn't guarantee factual memories of any events, real, imagined or perceived, but I'm pretty sure those stitches in my head were real.

          3. Geminisunmars

            Ya, my memories were not intended as factual statements. Sorry about the stitches. I never got beat up, but enjoyed seeing some nice policemen riot.

  8. inapewetrust

    i guess it's hard for people to "just have a good time" if they're being inexorably pressed into corporate serfdom. you are a stupid man, scott walker. a stupid, rapacious man.

  9. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    "Tea Party Members are Vocal in Dissent" Fox News Headline, August, 2009.

    "Rampaging Mob of Socialist Threaten Democracy in Wisconsin" Fox News Headline, August, 2011.

  10. DahBoner

    "gladiator chants"

    Saaaay Mr. Walker. Do you like cats?

    Because here comes a big one now…

  11. mavenmaven

    And some people are hanging around the fair because they have nothing else to do, being unemployed and broke.

  12. user-of-owls

    Surely there's a little angry ferret in accounts receivable who might be enticed to produce purchase records that began coming in once the recalls were certified. Bills, for example the purchase of a brace of high-capacity shredding machines and those odd-sounding bills for "industrial-size super magnets.' .

    Maybe offer the kid one of the certified Kourtney-slurped zucchini?

    1. DustBowlBlues

      I responded to Dewey and you on the Romney thread, kind of at Dewey's request. I hope it's welcome. If not, just blow it off.

  13. pinkocommi

    The audio isn't that clear, but I think the crowd is shouting at Scott Walker, "Dick! Dick! Dick! Dick!" Of course, this is an insult to the perfectly good penises everywhere that we know and love, to be compared to Scott Walker who is a puss-filled douche.

  14. MissusBarry

    Wait, he acknowledged their right to gather together and shout about what a flaming sack of shit he is? Must've been a stunt double. I thought he'd barricade the fair to keep protesters and emergency first responders out.

  15. MissTaken

    This is sad. I bet it took lots of kochsucking for Walker to work his appetite back up for a deep fried anusburger dipped in nacho cheez sauce after this.

    1. widget2011

      I doubt it, he's probably putting on his miner's cap now for dessert, called "The New Jersey Coal Miner's delight".

  16. SudsMcKenzie

    I've been telling coastal libtards who are suddenly asking me about this recall, (quickly followed by, "where is Wisconsin again") that this is basically our Stalingrad, and the repubs are basically, …. well you know

  17. Fukui_sanYesOta

    OT but reasonably amusing: Rick Perry's college transcript from Texas A&M – mostly Cs and Ds. Including a C in "History of the US"

    He obviously didn't pray hard enough.

    1. EatsBabyDingos

      He got a "D" in Trig. At least the Witch of Wasilla has got a B(oob) in Trig. If he's hungry.

    2. BlueStateLibel

      And note the D for Principles of Economics…I've never seen such a sorry-ass transcript in my whole life.

        1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

          And yet this means he has more knowledge of US History and Economics than most Republicans/'baggers.

      1. mumbly_joe

        Honestly, I find that one particular instance of Truth In Republican Policymakers to be rather refreshing.

    3. Biel_ze_Bubba

      So the doofus who hasn't got a prayer (nyuk) of solving Texas's budget disaster got a "D" in "Principles of Economics". Hey, I'm just as surprised as you are.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        The D in Shakespeare doesn't surprise me in the least.

        But how the hell does anyone get a C in GYM, for chrissakes?

          1. Geminisunmars

            Nah. He probaby got naked and paraded around every chance he got. And that's what the C is for – too much cock or maybe not enough.

      1. Fukui_sanYesOta

        I did wonder that but was too polite to say anything in case one of our esteemed wonk-colleagues had attended.

      2. Rotundo_

        An aggie in ROTC from the looks of it (military courses etc.) and he *still* had marginal grades at that, ROTC+Texas A&M and he couldn't do better than this? A "C" in animal breeding classes? The fool can't even ace a course on how to jack pigs and bulls and horses and he wants to run these United States? Dubya was a one man think tank compared to this yokel.

    4. Dashboard_Jesus

      he got a 'C' in gym? who the fuck gets a 'C' in gym class? srsly this phony Xtain douchebag is an even bigger idiot than Molly Ivins warned those Texassuns about!

    5. freddymcmurray

      And here I thought Algebra and Trig were high school courses. For any real degree, they are.

      1. Fukui_sanYesOta

        High school? In real schools they're 13-14 year old stuff.

        Algebra is fucking Islamic jihad, and Trig is either a tard-baby or submission of the US to Sharia. Trig? TRIG? MOTHER FUCKING GREEKS, MAN!

        The Greek thinkers are the same as Sharia.

        1. freddymcmurray

          14 year olds are in high school. And a few 13 year olds depending on your birthday.

    1. Negropolis

      Too bad nobody's unionized, anymore. Trying to organize a general strike in this country would be like trying to herd cats.

    2. widget2011

      Amen Brother, but how do we organize such an event, it's kind of like hearding cats. At this point, there are still way too many people, way too comfortable for that to happen. Unfortunatly, things must get much worse, UUUUUUGGGGGHHHH! Like 2000 more bridges collapsing, 500 more dams to fail, and Yellowstone supervolacano to blow it's lid, along with a 10.5 earthquake in California, and every nuclear reactor in North America to melt-down. Somehow, the Republicans would say " This all happened because god is upset with The United States", and in particular, gay weddings. Their solution, of course, would be more austerity for the poors, and more tax cuts for the rich, and praying to invisible sky-god & son.

  18. BlueStateLibel

    And then Scott Walker was crowned Queen of the Faire–grand prize: a romantic evening alone with the handsome Koch Brothers!

  19. Guppy06

    The people have a right to peaceably assemble, so long as they aren't allowed to negotiate as such.

  20. edgydrifter

    Walker is going to burn out his two good brain cells trying to figure out why his eyeballs are showing him angry white Wisconsonites, which is impossible because he knows anyone against him is a terrorist, and all terrorists are foreigners with dark skin and/or funny accents.

  21. Doktor Zoom

    Sigh. My pet Betta fish, Flushy, lived up to his name and croaked today at the ripe old age of one year 10 months, which is actually about a year and 8 months longer than I expected the thing to live. He'd been fading for the last couple weeks, may have had some fin rot, but ultimately managed to get himself wedged behind the immersible heater in his tank. I probably should have been more careful in its placement–this may have been negligent piscacide. Or maybe it's Scott Walker's fault.

    Flushy was a gift from my Married Lover when I had the swine flu in the Fall of 2009, that heady time when the Dems still had a 60 seat majority in the Senate but were nevertheless unable to get a Public Option through. And now, like the recovery, he's gone down the toilet.

    In lieu of flowers, please send Scotch.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        HAR!!! My neighbors may well be wondering why I just burst out laughing. Thanks, I needed that.

        I will have to break the news to my kid when he gets back from vacation Sunday. One good thing about fishies is that while they're kinda fun, I don't have a deep emotional attachment. I'm thinking we'll get a red betta next–leaning towards naming him Flushy II: Electric Boogaloo.

        EDIT: It occurs to me that he may have croaked of natural causes and then sunk down to the spot where I found him. I prefer to think that's what happened.

        Flushy, we hardly knew ye!

        1. SayItWithWookies

          The goldfish I had when I was a kid did the same thing — wedged itself into a conch shell when/before it croaked. I think they try to hide when they get sick, so it wasn't your placement of the heater.

          Also, little fish are easily replaceable, so — um — you don't really need to tell your kid if you don't want to. It worked on my roommate in college when one of the fish he left in my care bought it.

        2. snicker snack

          Herr Doktor, I will love you forever more for the Electric Boogaloo name. You are a god among doctors. And fish.

    1. emmelemm


      When I was in high school, I had a tank full of "fancy goldfish" – the big(ish) ones with flowy fins and tails. One of them managed to swim up, in, and down into the aerator tube and get himself wedged in there and died. He was my favorite. I felt a personal sense of failure, as it seemed like he had suicided (not really, though).

      Here's to old Flushy!

    2. RociStone

      Betas are generally older fish to begin with. If you got 1 year and 10 month out of a Beta you got from a chain pet store, you're actually on the high side of average.

    1. poncho_pilot

      Scott called out his jet fighters.
      He said, "You'd better earn your pay."
      Drop your bombs between the fried food stands
      Down the State Fair way.

  22. Steverino247

    I know what they were yelling:

    "I'm tired of this motherfucking moron in the motherfucking governor's office!"

  23. Biel_ze_Bubba

    Someone should tell the gov that if you're going to be a proper cheesehead, the cheese goes on the outside.

  24. flamingpdog

    From Wisn.com: "The governor is expected to return for the governor's auction next week."

    I'm confused – I thought the governor had already sold himself to the highest bidder.

    1. SayItWithWookies

      He's probably on month-to-month availability right now. Unfortunately for him, it looks like the bottom's about to drop out of the fascist tool market.

  25. Jerri

    "Most people come to the fair, and they set aside politics and business and just have a good time,"

    It's true! It's just like in 2004 when the WIGOP totally didn't have a booth in the expo center and absolutely did not hand out umpteen million Bush bumper stickers and miscellaneous promotional Georgie Boy/anti-Democrats crap that people carried around/wore on their shirts all day long. NEVAH HAPPENED. State fair is not political. At all.

    (The Democratic booth was, sadly and symbolically perhaps, unmanned that year.)

    1. DustBowlBlues

      They should have put up one of those "In case of Rapture, this booth will be unmanned," signs.

  26. ttommyunger

    When is this little turd going to catch on to the fact that he is the most hated man in his home State?

    1. Rotundo_

      Scooter doesn't really have this "self awareness" thing going for him. The combination of religion, arrogance and self righteousness pretty much means that he thinks of the hecklers as isolated little people who don't really count like the rich folk that show up and donate to him and no doubt have a nice civillian gig for him waiting when he leaves office. Like our friend Spanky2b likes to label us "libunatics" Scooter thinks of these folks as subhuman too. I do find it funny that so many of the people who voted him into office (turncoat State and County workers and Teachers please take a bow) suddenly freaked when he turned and slit their collective throats. I do think some people are wising up, hopefully enough to turn the state senate and then next year, early, please, run this little mutant fuck out of the statehouse.

  27. NorthStarSpanx

    State Fairs are non-political? That doesn't explain all the Second Amendment, Pro-Life, In God We Trust booths at the Alaska State Fair every year.

    This is the hallowed ground where Sarah Palin took John McCain's cell phone call asking her to be his running mate and she didn't blink, you betcha.

    I'm still waiting for Joe Miller to explain further what he meant when he said he was badly wounded in Iraq to a booth minder / blogger.

  28. mumbly_joe

    everyone’s snot-filled tears over the credit rating were in vain, since Standard & Poors reportedly plans to downgrade the U.S. rating anyway.

    Aaaand boom goes the dynamite.

    Honestly, I'm kinda bummed we have to wait all the way till Monday to find out what the double-dip (rec/depr)ession looks like.

    1. Fukui_sanYesOta

      Official reasons given, one official says, will be the political confusion surrounding the process of raising the debt ceiling, and lack of confidence that the political system will be able to agree to more deficit reduction. A source says Republicans saying that they refuse to accept any tax increases as part of a larger deal will be part of the reason cited.

      Thanks, 'baggers. Thanks a whole fucking load, you pig-ignorant world-economy-destabilizing windowlickers.

  29. WhatTheHeck

    Put a ribbon on these guys. They deserve it.
    We know who are the real ugly pigs at the fair.

    1. SayItWithWookies

      Cool — I hope it's clear around midnight, which is when they say is the best viewing.

      1. Fukui_sanYesOta

        Bunch of bloody windowlickers.

        Their answer will be cut, cap and balance, which is insane.

        Alternative: executive order – anyone making over $250K gets whacked at 45%. Fuck them.

        1. weejee

          S&P cited our goobermental dysfunctionality, Teatard intransigence – default no prob, as part of their downgrade:

          "The effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges."

      2. teapartynyc2011

        Ummm . . . I don't mean to interrupt what's probably a very comforting and enjoyably fantasy, but — I don't think the S&P is blaming the Tea party. From the text of the official S&P statement:

        "We lowered our long-term rating on the U.S. because we believe that the prolonged controversy over raising the statutory debt ceiling and the related fiscal policy debate indicate that further near-term progress containing the growth in public spending, especially on entitlements. . . "

        1. MissTaken

          Um, no. The issue around raising the debt ceiling was blocked by the teabaggers in Congress last year. Never has such a thing been an issue, during Reagan, Bush, etc. Remember Cheney, Mr 'Deficits Don't Matter'?

    1. axmxz

      Meh, it's not as important as all that. Canada lost its AAA two decades or so ago; did it no end of good.

      1. Fukui_sanYesOta

        Canada has its AAA rating back, as of July.

        That's the only bit of amusement I'm getting out of this.

        Hey, USA, how do you like them apples, eh? Socialised medicine and AAA rating.

    2. SayItWithWookies

      What bullshit. TPM's got their statement here — but it basically lays this at the feet of both parties — the Republicans for not cutting taxes, and the Democrats for not cutting entitlements. Um — were they paying attention this past week?

      Edit: not to mention that this is one of those diligent organizations whose objectivity and rigorous auditing prevented the 2007 recession.

      1. SorosBot

        They know it's all the Republicans' fault, but want the public to blame Obama. This is not about the US' credit, but about putting a Republican in the White house in 2013.

        1. Fukui_sanYesOta

          So they can get regulations stripped back and transfer even moar wealth from poors (which is effectively not anyone in the top 2% tax bracket) to themselves.

          Do I think this country is going in the right direction? No, I fucking don't. Perhaps I will go back to Europe.

      2. DahBoner

        "TPM's got their statement here"


        Because last night I saw John Fugelsang, and he said that that It's right there on Page 4 of the official Standard & Poor's "Research Update" — the actual report on what they did and why:

        "We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act."

      1. Beowoof

        "But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you're not going to make it with anyone anyhow".

        1. Fukui_sanYesOta

          Mao's out. It's all Deng Xiaoping these days – the guy who decided to use an encirclement technique via adopting parts of capitalist ideology to eventually win.

          Gotta say it's working.

          1. DahBoner

            "Gotta say it's working."

            Sure, unless you want to wind up in one of Deng Xiaoping's torture dungeons.

    3. Biel_ze_Bubba

      I demand only the best quality investments — Do they have any more of those AAA-rated mortgage-backed securities for me to switch into?

    4. Come here a minute

      The free maps. travel discounts, towing, and lockout service were great, but most years I didn't really use it at all.

  30. DaSandman

    Fight, fight, fight.

    No snark here, just the truth as I know it.

    The gheys foughts at Stonewall,we now celebrate this as Pride. And quite justifiably so. No one gives you rights or equality, you fucking take it, by blood shed if need be.

    Get off your asses and fight. Or at least fucking vote.

    People died to give us rights, a decent wage, a weekend, a 40 hour week. You don't want to fight for your rights? You will be a slave.

    As for me, I'd rather die on my feet then live on my knees.

    So fuck you Boner , fuck you Walker, Fuck you Cantor, you closeted litlte shit, Fuck yopu David Koch you cancer ridden fuck, fuck all you rethug terrorists. I see a better world, an equal world, a safe world and I am willing to hurt you to get it.

    I now return you to your usual clever snark.

    1. Limeylizzie

      MrLimeylizzie just suggested we should all march in the streets demanded to be taxed more!

    2. DustBowlBlues

      It's okay to dump this kind of vitriol on the wonket, because the other blogs that accept sharp criticism like that take umbrage when you use fucking cocksuckers to describe these douchebags.

  31. ingloriousbytch

    “It’s one of those things people have a right to do…,” Walker said.

    Kind of like collective bargaining.

    1. DahBoner

      Little cry babies take responsiblity for nothing.

      They just keep crying and shitting all over us…

  32. Tommmcatt

    BREAKING: S&P Downgrades the USA credit rating, citing, among other things, the failure of the political parties to come to a middle ground on economic planning for the country's future, and a lack of new revenue in the recent compromise.

    Bye bye 401k!!!

  33. OC_Surf_Serf

    AAA down to AA+

    Poor is the new Standard…

    The know-nothing teaparty has bagged the whole nation. Fucking Tards.

    1. DahBoner

      Actually, many of the bond rating guys are probably Teatards. They probably drive a F-450 into Wall Street from New Jersey.

      They are part of the fucking Housing Bubble Fraud conspiracy that got us into this Depression in the first place..

      1. Jukesgrrl

        I tried to buy a house at the Jersey Shore pre-9/11. My Realtor would call me in Pennsylvania and say, "Come this weekend, I've got five houses for you to look at." On Friday, he would call back and say, "Don't come, they're all sold." Wall Street people were buying houses at the Shore over the phone. Everything from oceanfront to total dumps. Didn't matter. Putting the cheaper ones on their charge cards. They had no intention of living in these homes. To this day, they probably still own most of everything sold in Monmouth Co. in the past decade. The bastards.

  34. Negropolis

    “It’s one of those things people have a right to do. Most people come to the fair, and they set aside politics and business and just have a good time,” Walker said.

    Says the fucking GOVERNOR OF WISCONSIN coming to that state's state fair in his capacity as the GOVERNOR OF WISCONSIN. Set aside politics, my ass. You didn't come to the fair as private citizen Scott Walker, you wanker.

    Man, this is not an act. He really is that stupid.

    On Wisconsin! Make us proud. We didn't start this war, but I'll be damned if we don't finish it.

  35. Rotundo_

    One thing you can say about the republican plan to run the economic ship of state up on the rocks is that they have succeeded beyond any nightmares or dreams on either side of the aisle. Who woulda thought that 30 to 40 years of whacking upper tax rates and deregulating banking would have brought us to this. Except historians and economists who are reality based. I guess the set up for the 1,000 year christofascist reich is pretty much complete, all we need now is some smooth talking son of a bitch to get elected and proclaim himself presidente for life (And Jebus!!!1!). If there was anyone on the republican side who was personable enough to pull this off, i would be completely despondent, but as is usually the case, the flock of turds selected by the GOP elites so far seem to be pretty resistent to getting elected. Even in this wretched mess most folks remember who got us here, in multiple wars and broke. Memory sucks sometimes.

  36. rocktonsam


    HA HA

    1. Negropolis

      I subject myself to quite a few things I know aren't good for me, but Sean Hannity is a bridge to nowhere too far.

      1. Fukui_sanYesOta

        Just one look at his self-satisfied mug is enough to send me into a rage. Can't stand the smug fuck and his halfwitted "analysis"

    1. Hurricane Ali

      y'all leave Derrick Wildcat alone! John Deere tractors from 1936 are rare and I know many, many 9 year-olds would love to have the chance to touch one.

      Not saying you have the will of a 9 year-old, DerrickW.

      1. DahBoner

        " I know many, many 9 year-olds would love to have the chance to touch one."

        How long have you been a Republican????

  37. RociStone

    It does my old Kennedy Class Liberal heart good to see at least one of the overblown, oversold, over reaching political hacks finally getting a fraction of what he deserves. I hope people in Wisconsin toss him so far out of office that he'll have to walk back from Wyoming!

  38. SorosBot

    I was talking to a friend of mine who used to work in the financial sector about the credit rating downgrade tonight, and he said that this is not just pointless symbolism, but because of the way business loans are set up will further fuck up the economy, and will cause a spike in interest rates.

    He didn't think this has anything to do with uncertainty, that's just an excuse; the credit agencies are in bed with Wall Street, and like the stock brokers are 99% Republican; they're doing this to intentionally fuck up the economy to hurt Obama's reelection chances.

    1. FakaktaSouth

      Apparently the WH agrees with your friend – here's some CNN article with "official" quotes…man what world…and why are "we" (the WH) in "wait and see" mode? I am not being a butt here, I mean really, sincerely, what are the WH people hoping they can do about this?

      "U.S. Treasury officials received S&P's analysis Friday afternoon and alerted the agency to an error that inflated U.S. deficits by $2 trillion, said the administration official, who was not authorized to speak for attribution. The agency acknowledged the mistake, but said it was sticking with its decision to lower the U.S. rating from a top score of AAA to AA+, the official said.This is a facts-be-damned decision," the official said. "Their analysis was way off, but they wouldn't budge."
      Other sources familiar with the S&P matter called the move political and said the decision was rushed out too quickly.
      The White House is now in wait-and-see mode — hoping the decision and the S&P analysis face outside scrutiny, the official said.
      "A judgment flawed by a $2 trillion error speaks for itself," a Treasury Department spokesperson said.

    2. Radiotherapy®

      Turtle head, in a moment of rare clarity, said:
      MCCONNELL: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.
      Actually, like most crap they spout, it's not completely true. The #1 goal of these cretins is to keep the Bush/Obama tax cuts. They will play extremism, brinksmanship and economic terrorism to defeat our first black Republican President. Glancing at the Right Wing blather today, the teabaggers are happy about this mess, No "revenues" and another recession is what they want.
      Now, the bizarre thing: they can't come up with anyone better than Bachmann, Mitts, T-Paw, or pizza, pizza — unless they do another Rove/Bush switcharoo.

    3. Negropolis

      You have to admit, though, that this latest debacle gave them excellent cover to do what they've been wanting to do for years, now. The debt ceiling exravaganza was one of the best manufactured crises evah.

      The water's been rising for years, and they now have believable justifications for pulling up all of the ladders leaving everyone down here to drown.

    4. Fukui_sanYesOta

      Here's Daniel Gross on the whole situation

      Is the U.S. Credit Rating a Victim of GOP Sabotage?

      It has long been obvious to all observers — to economists, to politicians, to anti-deficit groups, to the ratings agencies — that closing fiscal gaps will require tax increases, or the closure of big tax loopholes, or significant tax reform that will raise significantly larger sums of tax revenue than the system does now. Today, taxes as a percentage of GDP are at historic lows. Marginal rates on income and investments are at historic lows. Corporate tax receipts as a percentage of GDP are at historic lows. Perhaps taxes don't need to rise this year or next, but they do need to go up in the future.

      Otherwise, the math of deficit reduction simply doesn't work. And that's how the deficit reduction deals signed off on by Republican presidents like Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush came about.

      But Congressional Republicans deserve much more of the blame. For this calamity was entirely man-made — even intentional. The contemporary Republican Party is fixated on taxes. It possesses an iron-clad belief that the existing tax rates should never go up, that loopholes shouldn't be closed unless they're offset by other tax reductions, that the fact that hedge fund managers pay lower tax rates than school teachers makes complete sense, that a reversion to the tax rates of the prosperous 1990's or 1980's would be unacceptable.

      In the past two years, this attitude has combined with a general hostility to playing ball with Democrats on large legislative issues, a near-blanket refusal to conduct business with President Obama, and, since the arrival of the raucous Tea Party freshman, a cavalier attitude toward the nation's obligations. It was common to hear duly elected legislators argue that it wouldn't be a big deal if the government were to pierce the debt ceiling and default on its debts.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        The Yahoo News idiots have some lovely analyses of this: It's all lies being spun by the Soros Propaganda machine. Why not just stop spending so much?

        Oy. I'm just going to go read my Robert Rankin novel about Elvis, the Devil, a rock-n-roll noir detective, and the invasion of Undead Persons. It makes more sense. (Despite the presence of Elvis and zombies, it is otherwise utterly unlike Bubba Ho-Tep.)

      2. BarackMyWorld

        No…we are Taxed Enough Already! If you can make an acronym out of it, it must be true!

        1. Fukui_sanYesOta

          It's true if you ignore the history of the US, history of modern Western economies, economics and, well, pretty much everything except Jeebus and a desire to be regarded as exceptional.

          Fucking idiots.

          1. BarackMyWorld

            Americans aren't known for letting facts get in the way of believing a catchy slogan.

      1. weejee

        My college mentor is a Kiwi and had retired back to his homeland. If engineering goes in the tank, maybe he'd hire Mrs. weejee and me to help garden. We could sleep in a tent under the pongas.

  39. anniegetyerfun

    So, off-topic, but S&P downgraded our credit rating.

    Almost as if on cue, the campaign of Mitt Romney, frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, issued the following statement:

    "America's creditworthiness just became the latest casualty in President Obama's failed record of leadership on the economy. Standard & Poor's rating downgrade is a deeply troubling indicator of our country's decline under President Obama. His failed policies have led to high unemployment, skyrocketing deficits, and now, the unprecedented loss of our nation's prized AAA credit rating. Today, President Obama promised that 'things will get better.' But it has become increasingly clear that the only way things will get better is with new leadership in the White House."

    1. SayItWithWookies

      Mitt Romney — hey, would that be the same Mitt Romney whose PAC accepted a donation from some mysterious company that was created, gave him a million bucks and then disappeared into the ether? Oh — yes it is. Of course I'm sure that's completely on the up-and-up. In fact I feel ashamed for even impugning the man's character. It's not like he was born in Hawaii or was a Democrat or anything.

      1. Fukui_sanYesOta

        That is fucking genius.

        It's not illegal any more, thanks to the Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling.

        So, say I was a Koch, right, I can start a company (LLC) and initially capitalize it with $100M. Now I can use that to campaign, via a Super PAC, as much as I want.

        Can you donate from Super PACs to PACs? If so, that's even more genius. If that's the case, then the Supreme Court utterly fucked this country. Did I say country? I meant Corporate State.

    2. BarackMyWorld

      Romney probably blames Obama's failed leadership when his cell phone drops a call. Or local ice cream shop runs out of his favorite flavor.

  40. orygoon

    Yup, we are downgraded. Our full faith and credit is circling the bowl, and tomorrow and forever we will be bums, fighting for cardboard for begging-signs, aluminum cans to recycle, and dandelion greens. Thanks, oh ye broken institution that is our government, When I was in eighth grade civics class, I never thought this would happen.

    Oh, wait, when I was in eighth grade civics class, some of us were very, very angry about Vietnam, and that horrible Nixon president was plotting to win his next election by means most foul.

    What a country.

        1. Fukui_sanYesOta

          You know, in Britain, we're just supposed to learn it by osmosis – we're never taught parliamentary democracy. However, kids still seem to get it.

          In the US it seem like FUCKYOU-osis, in that any yahoo with an idea can get equal time with a person who holds reasonable ideas, even if you happen to disagree with that person.

  41. Beowoof

    Since I am sure there is a ready supply of cow manure at the state fair, why not throw that at Scotty.

    1. Rotundo_

      Sacrilege! How could you envision flinging cow shit at the governor? Shit has more moral standing than Scooter and should not be disrespected in such a manner. It has a use as fertilizer, which is more productive than anything Scooter has done this far into his (please doG, short) term.

  42. ibwilliamsi

    Most people are indeed going to have a good time at the WI State Fair. As soon as Gov. Walker leaves.

  43. HistoriCat

    "that handful of people will not distract the majority. People from around the state and around the Midwest are going to come and have a fun time,” Walker said."

    So his plan is to appeal to Midwesterns outside of Wisconsin – got it. Hey Scotty – maybe you should ask for a refresher on how elected officials in this country get elected.

  44. mourningnmerica

    I don't understand. I didn't hear one single protester shout "Filthy bloodsucker". Not even once.

  45. Negropolis

    BTW, in nearby news, citizens of Michigan's 51st House district (southern suburbs of Flint) gathered enough signatures, yesterday, to put their little weasel Republican, Paul Scott, up for recall. One down, 13 or so more to go, but it's a start.

    This guy is one of those family values-type "rising stars" in the state party who was recently found to have knocked up some girl working in his office, and then she either quit or was fired. The rumor is she was basically paid to go away and keep quiet. Didn't seem to work too well in the end. lol Family Values! The Addams Family had better values.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        One wonders. Perhaps it's a clue to their origin as malign extraterrestrials, like all the Lectroids named "John."

    1. PuckStopsHere

      The "southern suburbs" wouldn't be Grand Blanc would it? Fun fact; in French "Grand Blanc" means "Great White." It's true! A quibbling point. For a place to be a "suburb, there most be an "urb" nearby. I've been to Flint recently, and am not sure it qualifies for urban status anymore. The place is just sad. The nice hotel downtown shuttered. The six-man police force I read about in the New York Times (the scariest story I've ever seen in a major American newspaper), etc. If only they'd have given Autoworld a chance…

      1. Negropolis

        How long ago were you in Flint out of curiosity? Downtown Flint (like downtowns all over Michigan and the country really) has actually made some huge strides, and for the first time in years is active after 5. I'm pretty sure the hotel you're talking about has since been turned into a dormitory for UofM-Flint. The historic abandoned hotel across the river (Hotel Durant) has since been renovated and turned into apartments. New condos, lofts, shops, etc…the northside, though, is gone.

        Michigan gets dumped on, a lot, and a lot of its deserved, but one of Michigan's weaknesses is not tooting its own horn about what it still has.

  46. Jukesgrrl

    I'm shocked the governor's scheduling secretary would send him someplace with the word "fair" in it.

    1. Come here a minute

      To be 'fair', these are the same people who call union-busting 'right-to-work'.

      1. Jukesgrrl

        Naw, it's me … I've worked for four. One Fortune 100 dissolution. One parent company kill-off of a subsidiary. One conglomerate who killed a competitor. One bankruptcy that led to going-out-of-business. All of these trainwrecks were led by "business geniuses" who floated away on golden parachutes. They're no doubt all now donors to teabag governors in their respective states.

  47. gurukalehuru

    According to WISN TV, there was also a strong showing of Walker supporters. Apparently, the good folks at WISN were watching a different clip than the one I just saw.

    1. Sharkey

      so thanks to u r comment i went to perry's website and threw up in my mouth. alot. but then i realized there's nothing about the gathering there.

    2. Radiotherapy®

      It was a yawnfest. Just like when I was 8 yo. and was as fidgety as a bag a cats sitting in a church pew and listening to some mean sermon.

      1. Chet Kincaid

        Perry prayed, "Father, we pray for our president, that you would impart your wisdom upon him, that you would protect his family." Was he winking while he said this?

    3. DahBoner

      "No liveblog of Governor Goodhair's Great Prairie Pray-a-thon??"



  48. subsum

    Poor Scott Walker. I really wonder whether he realizes the mess he's in. But then again, why would anyone put themselves through such an ordeal willingly. Perhaps he's just weathering the storm while he completes his mission and, once that happens, he expects his masters to whisk him out of frickin' Wisconsin, pay him what he was promised, and send him to live in Cabo with a Mexican house boy.

  49. lulzmonger

    Most people come to the fair, and they set aside politics and business and just have a good time … unless the OLEAGINOUS GIMLET-EYED WHORESON FUCKFACE VERMIN WHO'S HATE-FUCKING THEIR ENTIRE STATE is there too … then the only good time is shit-disturbing time.

    Lay down with badgers, get up with your nuts chewed off, Scotty.

  50. Warpde

    Either Walker has the biggest balls in Wisconsin to show his face in public or he is just that fucking Stoooopid!

    1. Rotundo_

      Bet on stupid. Scooter is not, and never will be, the sharpest crayon in the Wisconsin Republican Party box. Priebus, however, could be the next Rove. That one is a slimy little young republican larvae that will hatch out large. Keep an eye out for the little shit, he will either make history or a federal penitentiary or both.

      1. DahBoner

        "Keep an eye out for the little shit, he will either make history"

        I drive too many highway miles to get a Priebus….

  51. FakaktaSouth

    I'm just dumping this here, because I CAME THIIIIIIIIS CLOSE to posting the first political thing ever on fucking facebook. I have excuses for why I'm on there, but ANYWAY – I am doing this in response to all the fucking asshole "friends" I have in the world who I DO NOT WANT TO SPEND A SATURDAY FIGHTING WITH because they are stupid.
    Anyway, thanks for the therapy and for saving me from an aneurism at the hands of social media.

    Blame whomever you choose, but this is what STANDARD AND POORS IS SAYING IS THE REASON FOR THE DOWNGRADE, so have opinions, these are facts "according to S&P":
    [...]It appears that for now, new revenues have dropped down on the menu of policy options.

    [...]The act contains no measures to raise taxes or otherwise enhance revenues, though the committee could recommend them.

    [...]Compared with previous projections, our revised base case scenario now assumes that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, due to expire by the end of 2012, remain in place. We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act.

    Standard & Poors suggests that the ratings could be improved IF “the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for high earners lapse from 2013 onwards, as the Administration is advocating.”

    1. Warpde

      I posted something Political on FB once.
      Not good.
      At least you had the forethought to realize your "FB friends" are stupid.
      I found out the hard way.
      Wish I had found Wonkette before that to unload.

      Ah! Fuck it. Who needs friends when you have alcohol?

      1. Negropolis

        Why isn't this being reported? Are you kidding? Because the idea of the Bush tax cuts being repealed is a damn-near impossibilities save for the Democrats both winning back the House in a major way, and rewinning a filibuster proof majority in the Senate. It's not even worth mentioning why S&P did this beyond the fact that they see exactly what we see: a complete inability of our government to so much as discuss revenues with taxes.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        I'm not saying S&P has anyone's best interests at heart, or that what they say is super smart or exciting in particular, I just had a couple of fb folks talk about how they were downgrading the US and it was Obama's fault.
        I do know if even Dick Cheney were to freak out and say, yeah, we gotta raise taxes over 200k, I would be squawking about "hey hey look, me and Dick Cheney want to raise taxes, so suck it Repubicans."

        1. Chet Kincaid

          The only Republican who has the guts to say we need to raise taxes, and that the Republicans who are against this are out of their fucking minds, is Reagan's former budget director David Stockton.

          By the way Ms. Fakakta, I like your style!

          1. FakaktaSouth

            Man, you just made my whole day. This is way better than what woulda happened to me on stupid fb.

            I like that old budget director, I saw him a couple of times with Rev Al and Chris or somebody the other day, and he was plenty disgusted. He's like Col Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's old chief. He's just too smart and honest and rational and reasonable, so of course, his POV is worthless to the GOP.
            I saw McCain blaming everything on the Pres for abt 2.3 minutes this am (til I started doing the yelling and channel changing) I would LOVE to know REALLY and for truly what happened to him between the Hobbit Speech and the Hannity interview where he took it all back. I want to know who called him, what they said, and how he is so willing and able to do what he is told in spite of (maybe because of?) what he really knows/does not know/does not care about. Fascinating I tell ya.

          2. Chet Kincaid

            I remember there was an incident early in the Reagan Administration when Stockton was "taken to the woodshed" by the Old Man — cussed out in private over some anti-trickle-down statements he had made in public. He was supposed to have been shaken up by this, but is the wrath of a senile old B-movie actor really all that terrifying?

    2. DashboardBuddha

      I post political stuff on FB all the time.

      Edit: I just posted that stuff about Aug 6 and Bush's incompetence. If anyone has a link for the S and P info I'll be glad to post that as well. I tend to challenge my friends…I guess I'm kind of an asshole that way.

      1. not that Dewey

        I do too, but only from The Onion. I can make the political point I'd like to make, yet still retain plausible deniability re: future employers.

        Honestly! It's just satire!

        1. DashboardBuddha

          I have set up FB so that employers can't see it…I've had a minor tiff with my boss because I wouldn't friend her. If it comes down to it, when I start looking for a new job, I'll put up a fake FB site.

          1. FakaktaSouth

            I am sure I would absolutely enjoy your political fb posts so so so much more than those of my strangely afflicted erstwhile high school "friends" – "Obama's an idiot!" and "downgraded! thanks obummer" and other such utterly useless nonsense. I cannot engage. It serves no purpose as they aren't even fun to mock, they wouldn't even know how clever I am being. It is pure fox news regurgitation, know-nothing-ness and willful stupidity. Actual policy debate went by the wayside long ago. Plus I get all shake-y and crazy mad and and wanna smoke, and I quit smoking cigarettes YEARS ago.

          2. DashboardBuddha

            I wish there was a way to securely share info. There are quite a few folks here I'd like to connect with.

  52. weejee

    Happy Anniversary Wonketteers!

    August 6th ??? No sillies, not Hiroshima, though that was also a very too bad sad. Rather on August 6, 2001 Shrub was given a memo that Bin Laden was determined to attack the US of A. The rest, they say is history. Should we all have a banana in remembrance of Chimpy's lapse in action?

    If the Elements of Snark don't scream foul for kicking two topics in one post, don't know about y'all, but I'm still smarting from the Tea Party Caucus kidnapping the body politic on last week's debt ceiling, when 90% of those fucks have zero background in econ or finance and likely think public paper comes in rolls that you find hanging in the loo. Douchey douches, too, also.

    1. Radiotherapy®

      Don't worry weej, the festivities are little more than a month away. The 10th Anniversary of our brave heroic Chimpy reading books to kids — he didn't want to scare them, after all and then flying to a bunker in the Midwest. All the while, the vice-decider running "operations." Teabaggers were just a twinkle in Grover's eye. And they hadn't invented a neo-bogie man that has easily cost a few trillion dollars.
      I can hardly wait.

    2. Limeylizzie

      In a somewhat connected thingy, I was in line to get into security at LAX, I am now on a plane Wonketteers-ain't technology wonderful-and there was a lovely young man next to me and he asked me if they check the expiration date on your drivers licence as his had expired a month ago,I said I thought they did and he looked stricken, he said "Oh, I have a rather Middle-Eastern name" so I asked how Middle-Eastern and he said it was very and showed me his licence , it was something like , and I am not kidding here " Abdul El- Shamoudi", so I said that he looked so American and he said his mother was Irish to which I responded "Well, you are just genetically preconditioned to blow shit up, aren't you?". He was so cute , he did laugh and I told him to go through the line with the nice , smiley black TSA man, who had been giving me the eye, so he did and he got through just fine…another happy , travel story!

      1. bagofmice

        Someone with Irish-Iranian biological parents would literally be the whitest person you know. What with the impeccable Aryan heritage (as in from Ariana ), while being as white as, well those freckled Irish fellows.

        Holy crap the autotagging parser on this site is f'd up.

    3. not that Dewey

      I thought that Willful Ignorance, Collective Amnesia and TeaParty Braindeadedness were all the same topic.

  53. johnnyzhivago

    From CNN – White House Reassures China on Debt – these are big….

    1. DNC to hold 2012 Convention in Beijing
    2. Repatriation of all recoverable Yao Ming merchandising profits
    3. Revised Intellectual Property agreement to cover US patents in return for royalties on all US Chinese food sales.
    4. China Rail wins coveted Amtrak signal system contract
    5. US to restrict arms sales to Taiwan to paintball weapons and spare parts for aircraft the Taiwanese military doesn't own.

  54. GeoatBeck

    Wow, that's not how the libprogs described the Tea Party Patriots. Just goes to show, try and take a free ride away and it becomes a right. Special rules for the self "chosen".

        1. glamourdammerung

          Between the incoherence and the insulting folks only to cry about being somehow oppressed when called on it, I really wonder about the mental health of the average teabagger.

          1. DahBoner

            You'd have to be pretty crazy to vote for a Republican who hates your middle-class disability-check-leeching ass.

    1. Negropolis

      And, you'd know about special rules. I'm sure you mother has all the cabinets locked, and makes you wear mittens when she's cooking on the stove.

  55. user-of-owls

    Working families brutalized by a venal corporate puppet, realize that no response beyond a reptilian hiss will be forthcoming, opt to bring their message to the one venue which still attracts citizens of all stripes, joined by a shared Wisconsinite identity. Right? Not according to Drudge:

    'Mob' beatings at WI state fair…

    'Hundreds of young black people beating white people'…

    Fairgoers 'pulled out of cars'…

    'They were just going after white people'…

    I for one dream of a day when Matt Drudge decides to take a tour to Haiti or South Africa and after some native dance and food, his hosts introduce him to a beloved local political tradition, 'necklacing.'

    1. Radiotherapy®

      I'm sure Drudge has plenty of "black" friends.

      You making it Owls? The weekend has got to be the toughest.

      1. user-of-owls

        It is amigo, it is. The whole 'it'll be better' mantra sounds less and less convincing and more cruel as time unfolds and it's still just sand in the sheets and fireants under the skin. Six days. without the periodic check-ins from you and the kind others, don't know where I'd be. So it goes without saying that i owe whatever scant progress I've made so far to you, my wavelength therapist, to dewey and to the rest.

        1. Radiotherapy®

          Make it through tonight and you'll have your first Friday and Saturday under your belt. If your medicinal mechanic bestowed a benzodiazepine on you, this is the time to stick that crutch under your axilla/liberal amygdala. I'm here to tell you, mi amigo, that cyber friends are real. Without releasing their names, to protect the innocent, I met up with a few Wonkateers last weekend that, also, have survived recent traumatic experiences, and you know what, we had a great time.
          In a way, the best times of the Wonkette experience are in the weekend doldrums, when the sea is quiet and solace fills your sails.

          1. anniegetyerfun

            (1) How come other people get to meet Wonkateers, and I don't?
            (2) What is happening with Owls, and do I need to send a singing/stripping telegram?

          2. Fukui_sanYesOta

            I wonder the same thing. There are all these wonketeers meeting up and I'd love to be part of that. These people are genuine, smart, kind and, fuck, they seem fun.

            Maybe we're outside the fun circle. Whatever it is, I wish owls, Radio and you the best.

          3. DashboardBuddha

            Owls is doing the 12-step 2-step. Tough stuff…throw tons of positive energy at the lad.

        2. Fukui_sanYesOta

          Hardest part. Weekend. The weekend is the excuse.

          Hang in there, Doctor. I am truly rooting for you. It's the hardest thing in the world.

          Please do it.

        3. Doktor Zoom

          One more well-wisher wishing you well. You are a mensch, sir, and I sincerely believe you will make it.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        Angry White Patriots of Freeplandia are just itching to get some retribution: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2759500/post

        "time to thin the herd" suggests one.

        Another suggests concealed carry is the answer, to which a colleague suggests that "you’re gonna need a couple of the 33 [round] 9mm Glockmags to make a dent" in a situation like this.

        Others have noted that Obama, the "head animal," is personally responsible, because he quoted that line from The Untouchables about "The Chicago Way."

        One other analyst has this offering: "Lock and load and FIRE at will! This feral vermin needs to be put down. Enough is enough. This ain't a Jungle in Africa. But if they act like it is and what to go tribal on whitey, then tough … 'luck'."

        And finally, a warning to be ready for race war in 2012: "This is nothing compared to what it will be like after Bambi loses…"


        I love America. But some of the people I share the country with scare the shit out of me.

          1. Doktor Zoom

            The truly pathetic thing is that most of the folks in that thread are entirely certain that they said nothing racist. Maybe a bit un-PC, but certainly not racist

        1. imissopus

          Matter of fact, I believe Scooter signed a concealed-carry law just a few weeks ago. So either the fairgoers weren't carrying, or those that were carrying were not big enough assholes to pop off a few rounds at some unarmed teenagers no matter how badly they were behaving. I'm betting if any of those Freepers had been there, they wouldn't have had the balls to do anything anyway.

          Edit: Wonder what these guys would be saying if the media kept putting the word "white" in front of the words "rioters in Tottenham."

        2. not that Dewey

          I love America. But some of the people I share the country with scare the shit out of me.

          Brings to mind the old Ghandi: "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians."

    2. DashboardBuddha

      Folks on that "other" site are saying there's a news blackout (get it, blackout?) Either this is true (what would be the point?), or there's some bullshit involved. Given that it's drudge, I'd have to call bullshit until further evidence presents itself.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        As far as I can tell, it's mostly been covered in the local and regional press, which is about the right level of coverage for an outbreak of fighting and harassment at a state fair. It was certainly an event, but not an EVENT, except insofar as it can be spun as evidence that The Blacks Are Out Of Control. for all the hysteria about "hundreds of rioters," there were 30 arrests and eleven people went to hospitals with various injuries–and, yes, that's bad, but it's hardly the Long Hot Summer. But, hey, might be a good idea to start arresting and shooting black teenagers on sight.

        1. DashboardBuddha

          "shooting black teenagers on sight. " You mean, "thinning the herd, right"? Gotta stay on top of those right wing euphemisms.

  56. Fukui_sanYesOta

    I think it's already been done

    The last time read the word "sheeple" was in Judge Andrew P. Napolitano's book, "A Nation Of Sheep". Don't buy that book. I made the mistake of asking for book recommendations on a website which shall remain nameless, and now amazon thinks I'm a neo-nazi teabagger. Gah. Sure, I'll read the other opinions to the level of a 600-page "end the fed" wankfest, but fuck do I disagree.

    Anyway, I digress. Spacey McFucktard has already been dissed on Our Wonkette.

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Has he? I did a search and couldn't fine him. No wonder Wonkette doesn't take me seriously.

      ETA – I am so stupid. I found it. I want to die a thousand deaths by beer.

  57. Negropolis

    OT: Well, shit just got real, as they say, in Tottenham in north London, last night. Peaceful protest against local police turns into full-blown riot. Looks as if the Metropolitan Police was caught flat on their asses. Reports on the ground say that the police basically let the riot burn itself out (literally) before they even went in. Shops, cars, double decker buses burned, shops looted.

    1. DahBoner

      Or the fact that the 99% of the AAA mortgage securities are now junk.


  58. donner_froh

    weejee mentioned that 8/6/01 was the day Bush was given a memo on Osama Bin Laden and the threat from al Qaeda.

    Thank goodness that President Bush acted with his usual calm decisiveness, mobilized the federal security and law enforcement departments and stopped bin Laden's evil plot before it could be triggered.

    Those flight schools in Florida and Minnesota were shut down and the potential terrorists arrested and either deported or tried in court.

    Imagine the horror if he had ignored the warning.

  59. BlueStateLibel

    OT, but good news. A new CNN poll puts Congress's disapproval rating at 86 percent. A NY Times/CBS poll puts it at 82% <a href="http://(http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/05/us/politics/05poll.html?_r=2&hp)” target=”_blank”>(http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/05/us/politics/05poll.html?_r=2&amp;hp). This is an all-time record low Congressional approval rating. The U.S. Tea Party Congress could be history in 2012–but YOU must vote them all out.

    Edited to Add: Let the teabaggers return to their used car dealerships, MLM schemes, and faith-based ophthamology practices, they will not be missed.

    1. Barrelhse

      We could all register as R for the primaries and see that the teatards never make the ballot. Although I registered that way in '99 to vote against Bush in the primaries here, didn't work out so well. I stayed registered as a Rep. for years in hopes of getting some amusing or alarming propaganda in the mail, but I never heard from anyone.

  60. DustBowlBlues

    The queer thing about the tax debate is that this is the first time I've heard low tax rates for the wealthy be openly endorsed as something they earned. And people like that dick Rick Warren pointing out that the middle and working poof don't pay nearly as much money into the tax base. At least people used to be a little shy about blaming the poor for not paying taxes.

    The great argument is "10 percent of the people pay 36% of the total tax revenue. What's fair about that?"

    Tell Rick Warren and all the other assholes is that the 10% who pay 36% of total tax revenue own 90% of the wealth. With ratios like that, S & P is the least of this country's problem. Combine that with the fact we produce nothing but raw materials to ship to other countries to turn into something and you have a Third World Country.

    When do we officially label ourselves Haiti Du Nord?

  61. SlunkyPete

    Even less appreciated was his comment to the hecklers, "Why aren't all you people at work?"

  62. donner_froh

    I remember the good old days of 2006 when S&P slapped a Triple A rating on any PIECE OF SHIT mortgage securitization pool or credit default swap that came in the front door with a check attached to it.

  63. mooncrushearth

    Um I guess I forgot to click the approval email when I first signed up the other day, so after a day or so my account was erased. Dammit. Also, English riots ahoy.

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