HEROES TO THE RESCUE  6:02 pm August 5, 2011

Happy Friday Courtesy of Wisconsin Protesters Yelling At Scott Walker

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

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?

From WISN-TV:

“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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ifthethunderdontgetya August 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

It’s one of those things people have a right to do.

So it's not like voting, you Koch whore?

24 hours and I can still edit this? O.K.!

Tea Party! America Thanks You!
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Oblios_Cap August 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

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.

Koch-suckers!

Callyson August 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

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?

WunkRocker August 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm

haha bitches, yelling at ass bags = more fun than a state fair full of boobies.

Sharkey August 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

maybe it's just me but i won't go to state fair unless there's gonna be boobies. big boobies.

Radiotherapy® August 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Those people were cross-eyed mad!

onemoretime79 August 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Yeah. The silent ones on the side of the stage, sure were.

lefty74 August 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm

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"

GuanoFaucet August 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Needs more pitchforks and torches.

Barrelhse August 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Needs a fucking flamethrower.

DahBoner August 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Flaming cheese kurds!

Crank_Tango August 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm

maybe some ANFO smoothies…I keed, I keed.

Barrelhse August 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Fromunda.

dogscantlookup August 6, 2011 at 3:01 am

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

glamourdammerung August 6, 2011 at 7:39 am

Night of Spilled Corn Syrup?

Negropolis August 7, 2011 at 4:38 am

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?

Negropolis August 7, 2011 at 4:38 am

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.

Pat_Pending August 6, 2011 at 11:40 am

Night of the Long Sporks.

widget2011 August 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

And Guillitines!

SudsMcKenzie August 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Next Tuesday is a Big Fuckin Deal here;

(or next Thursday if you've been Koched.)

Barrelhse August 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I can't wait!

weejee August 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

We'll be watchin' the primary from Alaska. Anything you like us to pass on to the Wasilla bitch witch itch whatever?

SudsMcKenzie August 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

nahh, we totally gave her shit this winter when she was here.

Callyson August 5, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Syphilis.

nounverb911 August 5, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Head lice?

Lascauxcaveman August 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Check… and check. She's got 'em already. And hookworms. C'mon you guys, think.

user-of-owls August 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

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.

EatsBabyDingos August 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Can we send Scottums to Kotzebue dressed as a seal?

weejee August 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Or the Kodiak outback after smearing him with deer blood. Mmmms that is a very big brownie over there.

flamingpdog August 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Could you possibly pass on the urge for her to pass on (to the "next world")?

Not_So_Much August 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm

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.

widget2011 August 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

Possibly a horse's head, then she "might" get it.

Sharkey August 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

The blood of nuns. I do not think it is too much to ask.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I hope that ferret-eyed fuck is scared to death about the recall election.

onemoretime79 August 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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

Nothingisamiss August 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

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!

BaldarTFlagass August 6, 2011 at 10:53 am

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.

Fuck Toad August 7, 2011 at 1:00 am

Hey, Bloodhound Gang.

flamingpdog August 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Whenever I looked at Katie Harris, it wasn't her face I was looking at.

onemoretime79 August 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Because you couldn't see her face, thru the make-up?

Angry_Marmot August 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Katie's cougars will eventually find their way to the Pacific Gyre trash vortex, with the rest of the plastic jugs.

mourningnmerica August 6, 2011 at 1:20 am

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?

AJWjr. August 6, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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

bagofmice August 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm

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

Jerri August 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm

That would require him to have the ability to process human feelings.

(I hope that too.)

mourningnmerica August 6, 2011 at 1:23 am

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.

Rotundo_ August 7, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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.

PuckStopsHere August 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm

"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.

MissTaken August 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

State Fair, don't miss it….don't even be late"

But Voting Day, miss it….be late!

Dashboard_Jesus August 6, 2011 at 12:53 am

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!

snicker snack August 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Wait, what? There's no more State Fair in MI? I have such fond memories…

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm

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.

snicker snack August 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm

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.

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm

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.

Doktor Zoom August 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm

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?

An_Outhouse August 6, 2011 at 11:38 am

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

PuckStopsHere August 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

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.

DoktorThompson August 7, 2011 at 12:10 am

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

lefty74 August 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm

How about a nice big cup of SHUT THE FUCK UP!

Fucking Skoot Wanker.

rocktonsam August 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm

"no sir they're saying. "Boo – urns."

Jerry Fjord August 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Are they saying 'Kocher'?

the_problem_child August 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Where live that's pronounced Boo-ins.

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

onemoretime79 August 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Hahahahaha.

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!

GuanoFaucet August 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

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."

user-of-owls August 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm

…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.

Sharkey August 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Rights: And You Thought They Were Forever

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

Mahousu August 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Then he thought for a moment, and said:

"Oh, no, wait, they do."

And he laughed, a short, bitter laugh.

metamarcisf August 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

800,000 Harley Riders skunked on beer playing backyard bombadier? I'm on my way.

James Michael Curley August 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm

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

Canmon August 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Wait, so angry white people are the good guys now?

Sharkey August 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Regrettably, there are different factions of white people.

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 9:59 pm

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

Sharkey August 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

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.

Rotundo_ August 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

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.

L188188 August 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm

If we had black people in Wisconsin they would be pissed too.

SayItWithWookies August 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

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.

mooncrushearth August 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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

FakaktaSouth August 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

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.

NorthStarSpanx August 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

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?

Goonemeritus August 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm

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.

NorthStarSpanx August 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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.

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Hell, they've been doing this since at least the Civil Right's era. lol

Geminisunmars August 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Yeah, but they were on the right (left) side then.

AJWjr. August 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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…

Negropolis August 7, 2011 at 4:41 am

I don't know where that apostrophe came from.

inapewetrust August 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

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.

weejee August 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Hurray! Much better weekend closer than having to be supporters for Harry's poor forgotten member.

Jerry Fjord August 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Did you hear? They found it there all along. It was a chilly day and it became an innie.

SheriffRoscoe August 5, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Unruly mob is embarrassing the govnah….quick, cue up the pledgeallegiance!

HistoriCat August 6, 2011 at 12:55 am

Playing a little Lee Greenwood would have shut them up fast.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 5, 2011 at 6:29 pm

"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.

Swampgas_Man August 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

Yes, to Fox and the Kochminions, Democracy IS a threat.

Geminisunmars August 6, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I like the way you read.

DahBoner August 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

"gladiator chants"

Saaaay Mr. Walker. Do you like cats?

Because here comes a big one now…

Mumbletypeg August 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

It begs a fantasy of unorthodox Russian magic-realistic proportions…

Fare la Volpe August 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Feels shitty don't it, Voldemort?

mavenmaven August 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm

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

user-of-owls August 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm

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?

DustBowlBlues August 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

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.

pinkocommi August 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

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.

MissusBarry August 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm

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.

V572 Coif of Destiny August 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Scorn and ridicule are things they can't bear. Go for it, Wisconganders!

rocktonsam August 5, 2011 at 6:37 pm

CREAM PUFFS!!!!

Don't get beat up at the fair, also.

MissTaken August 5, 2011 at 6:38 pm

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.

widget2011 August 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

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

SudsMcKenzie August 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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

ifthethunderdontgetya August 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

…and the repubs are basically…

HITLER!!!
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WunkRocker August 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Pussies?

LiveToServeYa August 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Nazties?

Fukui_sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

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.

EatsBabyDingos August 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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

BlueStateLibel August 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

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

Fukui_sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Fucker would have trouble getting a junior accounts job at Home Depot. Unreal.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

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

Geminisunmars August 6, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Oh, so that's why he went into politics.

mumbly_joe August 5, 2011 at 8:42 pm

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

starfanglednut August 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Cept for mine when I was drinking and off my meds. But a least I got an A once in a while whenI I felt inspired.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm

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.

Doktor Zoom August 5, 2011 at 8:39 pm

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

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

Biel_ze_Bubba August 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm

That's what happens when you're determined not to muss your hair.

flamingpdog August 6, 2011 at 12:22 am

He probably showed up for gym as often as Dubya showed up for National Guard duty.

Sharkey August 6, 2011 at 11:23 am

He would never get naked and take a shower in front of the Coach. That happened to me too.

Geminisunmars August 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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.

donner_froh August 5, 2011 at 10:34 pm

A C at Texas A&M is the equivalent of an F at most community colleges.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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

Rotundo_ August 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

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.

Dashboard_Jesus August 6, 2011 at 12:57 am

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!

freddymcmurray August 6, 2011 at 3:30 am

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

Fukui_sanYesOta August 6, 2011 at 5:38 am

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.

freddymcmurray August 6, 2011 at 5:50 am

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

johnnyzhivago August 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

What this country needs is a general strike.

nounverb911 August 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Do the 50 million unemployed count?

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

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

poncho_pilot August 6, 2011 at 3:47 am
Negropolis August 6, 2011 at 3:54 am

Ha!

Sharkey August 6, 2011 at 11:09 am

Awesome & TruckNutz!!!!

widget2011 August 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

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.

BlueStateLibel August 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

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

Guppy06 August 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

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

MiniMencken August 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Don't they know about Second Amendment remedies in Wisconsin?

neiltheblaze August 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I can't wait for the effigy burning part of the party!

PuckStopsHere August 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I thought all politics stop at the State Fair gate!

Sharkey August 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm

What happens at the State Fair, stays at the State Fair.

Not_So_Much August 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I approve of this appalling behavior. What a douchecanoe…

Nothingisamiss August 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

On Wisconsin!

edgydrifter August 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

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.

JoshuaNorton August 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

What do we want??

SCOTT WALKER'S SCALP!!

When do we want it??

TRUCKNUTZ!!!

Doktor Zoom August 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

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.

flamingpdog August 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Rest in Piss, Flushy.

Doktor Zoom August 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm

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!

SayItWithWookies August 5, 2011 at 8:29 pm

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.

snicker snack August 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

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

emmelemm August 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Condolences.

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!

RociStone August 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm

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.

Limeylizzie August 6, 2011 at 12:14 am

Sorry about the fish, but I love the romantic, married lover aspect.

not that Dewey August 6, 2011 at 10:56 am

Poor Flushy. All the best to you, Dok.

I am uploading you some Scotch.

AJWjr. August 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Thanks for (from?) all the fish…

Nostrildamus August 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Bet Walker could use a couple of those F-35s about now.

SayItWithWookies August 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Wait, he needs more shit that won't fly?

poncho_pilot August 6, 2011 at 3:55 am

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.

Negropolis August 7, 2011 at 4:33 am

I bet you he wishes he hadn't released the camels, all those months ago, so soon.

Steverino247 August 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I know what they were yelling:

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

Biel_ze_Bubba August 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm

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

flamingpdog August 5, 2011 at 7:20 pm

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.

SayItWithWookies August 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

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.

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Zing!

Biel_ze_Bubba August 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm

The Koch bros. are done with him, so they put an ad on Craigslist.

Hurricane Ali August 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm

My Friday was already pretty happy, but this tips it over the top!

vodkamuppet August 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Hi-Ho Silver!

BarackMyWorld August 5, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Your move, Rebecca Black.

Jerri August 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm

"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.)

Geminisunmars August 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Dems seem to be still unmanned. 7:-(

DustBowlBlues August 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm

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

ttommyunger August 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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

Rotundo_ August 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

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.

ttommyunger August 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

The self-destructive idiocy of the American Electorate cannot be overstated.

SayItWithWookies August 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Dubya spent six years calling that leadership.

ttommyunger August 6, 2011 at 7:24 am

Yeah, and he called puffing and strutting “Walking”.

Sharkey August 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm

What happens next?

onemoretime79 August 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Moar people vote on Tuesday. And the rest of the nation gets another clue.

Sharkey August 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm

That would rock SO hard.

onemoretime79 August 6, 2011 at 12:52 am

Yes. Yes it will.

Doktor Zoom August 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I thought you were quoting the last line of The Candidate for a moment.

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

What happens next?"

The sun rises in the east?

NorthStarSpanx August 5, 2011 at 8:24 pm

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.

mumbly_joe August 5, 2011 at 8:27 pm

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.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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.

WhatTheHeck August 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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

Sharkey August 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Honestly it's a lot more painful to have SHARP forks stabbed into our eyeballs.

Barrelhse August 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm

OT, but MAJOR Northern Lights watch tonight, possibly visible as far south as Baltimore/D.C. http://spaceweather.com/

SayItWithWookies August 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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

Barrelhse August 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Balls, it clouded over here in Historic Lexington/Concord.

Fukui-sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm

It's happened:

U.S. loses AAA credit rating from S&P

Welcome to an entirely new world. We've never been here before.

Doktor Zoom August 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Thank you very much, Teabagger Nation.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm

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.

weejee August 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm

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."

teapartynyc2011 August 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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. . . "
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/sp-downgrades-us-aa

MissTaken November 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm

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'?

axmxz August 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm

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

Fukui_sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm

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.

Barrelhse August 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I feel like telling the Teaparty to take off, eh?

SayItWithWookies August 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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.

SorosBot August 5, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm

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.

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

"TPM's got their statement here"

Really?

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."

BlueStateLibel August 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm

AAA is librul elitist anyways.

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I, for one, welcome our glorious Communist Chinese overlords!

Beowoof August 6, 2011 at 12:44 am

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

Fukui_sanYesOta August 6, 2011 at 12:53 am

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.

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm

"Gotta say it's working."

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

Biel_ze_Bubba August 5, 2011 at 10:49 pm

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

Barrelhse August 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Dildo Hammers would be a better investment.

LiveToServeYa August 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Is there no investment vehicle for TruckNutz?

Beowoof August 6, 2011 at 12:42 am

Think 1930

Come here a minute August 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

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

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

"We've never been here before."

We've been here before but for the sake of your own mental health, don't look up "Recession of 1937". http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/07/30/opi

DaSandman August 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm

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.

Tommmcatt August 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

HEAR HERE!

Barrelhse August 5, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I'm in.

BlueStateLibel August 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Are you married?

Limeylizzie August 6, 2011 at 12:16 am

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

Sharkey August 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

No more war, please.

DustBowlBlues August 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm

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.

ingloriousbytch August 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

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

Kind of like collective bargaining.

Doktor Zoom August 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm

No, he was using present tense.

weejee August 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Loosing the AAA rating should be shoved right up the Teaparty's ass.

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Little cry babies take responsiblity for nothing.

They just keep crying and shitting all over us…

Tommmcatt August 5, 2011 at 9:29 pm

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!!!

OC_Surf_Serf August 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm

AAA down to AA+

Poor is the new Standard…

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

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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..

Jukesgrrl August 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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.

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm

“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.

Rotundo_ August 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm

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.

rocktonsam August 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm

HA HA , REPUBLICAN CONSERVATIVE HIKER WIFE CHEATER CREEP, MARK SANFORD EXPLAINING THE USA MERKIA CREDIT RATING TO SHA-YAWN. NOW FOX NEWS

HA HA

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm

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.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm

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"

BarackMyWorld August 6, 2011 at 1:17 am

Maybe Sanford can Hannitize away whatever STDs he probably picked up overseas.

KotBR August 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Stupid Scott Walker, once you're a Koch employee, you never put business aside.

johnnyzhivago August 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Treasury should have added Predator Drones to it's negotiationing tactics with S&P….

DerrickWildcat August 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm

There's a John Deere Tractor from 1936 at our State Fair. They let me touch it.

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 11:18 pm

That's…ummm…nice? Thanks for sharing, I think.

Barrelhse August 5, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Did you get to smell the seat?

El Pinche August 5, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I like the tin man.

weejee August 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm

And show us on the scarecrow where the John Deere salesman touched you.

Hurricane Ali August 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm

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.

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

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

How long have you been a Republican????

Hurricane Ali August 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Gah, I knew that would be misquoted! You Wonkes are irascible! Happy Sunday, all!

Doktor Zoom August 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Hey, Wonkett, seems everything is funny to you.

RociStone August 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm

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!

SorosBot August 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

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.

FakaktaSouth August 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm

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.

Radiotherapy® August 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm

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.

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 5, 2011 at 11:35 pm

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.

Doktor Zoom August 6, 2011 at 12:33 am

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.)

BarackMyWorld August 6, 2011 at 1:20 am

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

Fukui_sanYesOta August 6, 2011 at 1:28 am

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.

BarackMyWorld August 6, 2011 at 1:33 am

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

James Michael Curley August 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm

We didn't start the fire …

Barrelhse August 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

You mean that paper bag alight on the front steps?

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

"We didn't start the fire …"

We didn't write the 70's rock anthem…

BarackMyWorld August 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm

One ticket to Denmark, please!

Radiotherapy® August 5, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I heard New Zealand is gorgeous this time of year.

weejee August 5, 2011 at 11:54 pm

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.

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Fuck it. Get me a ticket to Mars, please.

Radiotherapy® August 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Certainly, if there is no Innanity there.

valgal2342 August 5, 2011 at 11:39 pm

This has made my weekend.
You go Wisconsin!

anniegetyerfun August 6, 2011 at 12:16 am

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."

SayItWithWookies August 6, 2011 at 1:10 am

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.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 6, 2011 at 1:37 am

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.

BarackMyWorld August 6, 2011 at 1:27 am

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.

anniegetyerfun August 6, 2011 at 1:31 am

Packed Fudge and Cream?

widget2011 August 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

Topped with Santorum sauce (jelly) of course.

poncho_pilot August 6, 2011 at 4:29 am

Brigham Dung? Mint Romney? Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough-seph Smith?

not that Dewey August 6, 2011 at 11:13 am

But my non-defense discretionary Federal job is still safe, right?

Limeylizzie August 6, 2011 at 12:17 am

Good and snarky Paul Krugman.
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/?scp=1&sq=kr

weejee August 6, 2011 at 1:04 am

Good find LL! Presume your airplane from LA did not succumb to the fatigue cracking.

Limeylizzie August 6, 2011 at 7:54 am

Well, it still may, I am leaving today at 4.15pm for NYC.

weejee August 6, 2011 at 8:59 am

ooops. Well bon voyage, then.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 6, 2011 at 1:13 am

Thanks for that. If there's one economist I trust, it's Krugman.

orygoon August 6, 2011 at 12:28 am

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.

Beowoof August 6, 2011 at 12:46 am

Do they still teach civics?

Doktor Zoom August 6, 2011 at 1:30 am

No. That's why we no longer have any accords.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 6, 2011 at 5:33 am

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.

Doktor Zoom August 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm
Beowoof August 6, 2011 at 12:42 am

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

Rotundo_ August 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

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.

Sharkey August 6, 2011 at 11:15 am

But we are guaranteed free shit by the first amendment.

ibwilliamsi August 6, 2011 at 12:50 am

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

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Deep Fried Cheesy Turds

HistoriCat August 6, 2011 at 1:08 am

"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.

mourningnmerica August 6, 2011 at 1:16 am

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

Negropolis August 6, 2011 at 2:05 am

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.

fuflans August 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

why is there always a 'scott' in their names?

Doktor Zoom August 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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

PuckStopsHere August 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

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…

horsedreamer_1 August 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Let's hope the Republican's time in office goes up like the Station.

Negropolis August 7, 2011 at 11:20 pm

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.

Jukesgrrl August 6, 2011 at 6:00 am

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

Come here a minute August 6, 2011 at 7:57 am

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

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I'd like to hold a pillow over these people's faces and call it "Right to Breathe"…

Geminisunmars August 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Why not. He comes from "Fair & Balanced" Land.

johnnyzhivago August 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

I'm still waiting to form an opinion until I hear what Sarah Palin has to say. I'd also like to hear from Harry Reid's member as well.

johnnyzhivago August 6, 2011 at 10:08 am

Having worked for two major US companies as they went into decline and then total collapse, I can only say that this feels eerily familiar.

Barrelhse August 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Did you you ever consider that maybe it's YOU?

Jukesgrrl August 7, 2011 at 11:55 pm

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.

johnnyzhivago August 6, 2011 at 10:24 am

Sounds like S&P is mostly blaming congress and Republicans for this:
http://www.cnn.com/2011/BUSINESS/08/06/global.eco

fuflans August 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

thank you for that. this was a repub manufactured crisis and baggers deserve the blame. but their bloody spin machine is already in place.

economist is generally blaming repubs too:
http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2011/

gurukalehuru August 6, 2011 at 11:11 am

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.

gurukalehuru August 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

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

Sharkey August 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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.

Radiotherapy® August 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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.

Chet Kincaid August 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm

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?

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

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

GOD'S RESPONSE:

…..crickets…..

Jukesgrrl August 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Didn't last long enough to set up the live blog?

subsum August 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm

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.

lulzmonger August 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm

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.

Warpde August 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

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

Rotundo_ August 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

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.

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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

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

FakaktaSouth August 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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.”

Warpde August 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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?

johnnyzhivago August 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I was going to post something like this as well. The question is – why isn't this being reported anywhere????

Warpde August 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Negropolis August 7, 2011 at 4:52 am

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.

V572 Coif of Destiny August 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm

S&P…can't quite recall now but weren't they the ones saying subprime mortgage debt was a great investment? Why, yes they were:
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/05/sp-an

FakaktaSouth August 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm

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."

Chet Kincaid August 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

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!

FakaktaSouth August 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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.

DashboardBuddha August 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

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.

not that Dewey August 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

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!

DashboardBuddha August 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

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.

FakaktaSouth August 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm

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.

PuckStopsHere August 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Future employers. H, ha! Now, that's funny. Did you get that from The Onion, too?

Zelle999 August 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Check out this video from NY band, Dirty Wings. The song is called Scott Walker Motherfucker!

Solidarity!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvk_rmprSI0

weejee August 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm

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.

Radiotherapy® August 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

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.

Limeylizzie August 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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!

weejee August 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Lizzie rulezzzz!

bagofmice August 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm

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.

Radiotherapy® August 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

They didn't check your junk??!? LAX security indeed!

not that Dewey August 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

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

Come here a minute August 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Ok, you've covered your ass now.

Time for brush-clearin'.

johnnyzhivago August 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm

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.

Radiotherapy® August 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

6. They're practically giving away F-35's.

zhubajie August 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm

India is making similar criticisms.

GeoatBeck August 6, 2011 at 10:45 pm

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".

glamourdammerung August 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Are you using a random word generator?

imissopus August 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Made about as much sense as anything else he's ever written here. That is to say, none.

glamourdammerung August 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm

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.

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

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

Radiotherapy® August 7, 2011 at 1:21 am

poopyhead

Negropolis August 7, 2011 at 4:56 am

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.

BlueStateLibel August 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Is that you Sarah?

user-of-owls August 7, 2011 at 12:43 am

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.'

Radiotherapy® August 7, 2011 at 12:47 am

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

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

user-of-owls August 7, 2011 at 1:03 am

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.

Radiotherapy® August 7, 2011 at 1:17 am

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.

anniegetyerfun August 7, 2011 at 2:25 am

(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?

Fukui_sanYesOta August 7, 2011 at 3:45 am

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.

Doktor Zoom August 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm

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

imissopus August 7, 2011 at 1:42 am

Maybe they were hopped up on deep-fried butter:
http://www.wisn.com/entertainment/28521429/detail

Good to see Drudge is keeping the racially charged hysteria to a minimum as always.

Doktor Zoom August 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm

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.

glamourdammerung August 8, 2011 at 12:02 am

But being a teabagger is totally not about racism.

Doktor Zoom August 8, 2011 at 12:16 am

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

imissopus August 8, 2011 at 1:19 am

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."

not that Dewey August 8, 2011 at 8:54 am

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."

DashboardBuddha August 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

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.

Doktor Zoom August 8, 2011 at 10:36 am

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.

DashboardBuddha August 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

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

not that Dewey August 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

Hey, Drudge! This is what racially-motivated violence looks like.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 7, 2011 at 3:33 am

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.

anniegetyerfun August 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

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.

Negropolis August 7, 2011 at 6:56 am

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.

fuflans August 7, 2011 at 11:02 am

london is burning and i live by the river.

Doktor Zoom August 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Strangely enough, that song is being repurposed to promote the London Olympics, which strikes me as more the kind of irony I'd associate with Devo or the Sex Pistols than the Clash.

Negropolis August 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Oh, shit. There is now looting and rioting being reported in Enfield and Brixton:

Brixton stores looted amid clashes with riot police

Rioting reported in Enfield

Looting and violence continues

Capital sees second night of clashes

Cameron, are you listening? You keep taking what little the poor has left, and this shit will continue…

LiveToServeYa August 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Hah, what bullshit. The Teatards can't even *spell* 'AAA'.

DahBoner August 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm

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

WHO GIVES A FUCK WHAT YOU LOSERS THINK?

donner_froh August 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

They were going to call 911 but couldn't remember the number.

donner_froh August 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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.

BlueStateLibel August 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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.

Barrelhse August 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm

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.

DustBowlBlues August 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm

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?

SlunkyPete August 8, 2011 at 7:10 am

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

donner_froh August 8, 2011 at 7:10 am

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.

mooncrushearth August 8, 2011 at 9:36 am

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.

James Michael Curley August 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

I'm glad I'm long in bar stool futures (Smbol: BFD).

snicker snack August 5, 2011 at 11:05 pm

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.

Negropolis August 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm

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.

widget2011 August 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

Worms,that ate into her brain (probably years ago).

Pat_Pending August 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

Schistosomiasis?

Geminisunmars August 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Now, don't you go messing up my version of history with true-facts.

AJWjr. August 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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.

Geminisunmars August 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm

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.

DashboardBuddha August 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm

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

Fukui_sanYesOta August 7, 2011 at 3:39 am

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.

DashboardBuddha August 8, 2011 at 8:58 am

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

Chet Kincaid August 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

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?

glamourdammerung August 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

But the torture dungeons are job creators.

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