Breitbart’s Ghost: Obama Hung Out With Commies Like Studs Terkel

'Working' hard or hardly 'working'?Well, this is just a terrible disappointment. After all our excited yammerings on what goods the prematurely late American blogger Andrew Breitbart might have got on Our Obammerz, it seems the best Sir Breitbart could come up with was … he sat on a panel with Communists like beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian and author Studs Terkel. I mean, just listen at the titles of Terkel’s best-selling “books,” and you can see the type of anti-American pinko slut he was: The Great War, My American Century, Giants of Jazz, Working. (To be fair to Breitbart, though, Terkel also wrote Race: What Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession, and that does have a certain Kenyan Mau-Mau anti-colonialist ring.)

So that’s how non-insane people know Terkel, but how does Breitbart know Terkel? Would it surprise you, “differently”? Here is a Thing, that Breitbart “wrote,” as an explainer of the Dastardly Villainism of Obama copanelist Terkel, at some panel they were both on, in the ’90s:

Studs Terkel: A sponsor of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace in 1949, which was arranged by a Communist Party USA front organization known as the National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions.

Yep, that’s what he was famous for. And what does Breitbart make of this Red (guilt by) association?

The reason that Obama’s Alinskyite past, and his many appearances in political photography and video from the 1990s, are conspicuously missing from the national dialogue is that State Senator Barack Obama’s reinvention as a reasonable and moderate Democratic politician could not withstand scrutiny of his political life.

Because the mainstream media did not explore his roots, the American public remains largely ignorant of the degree to which Obama’s work with ACORN and his love of Alinsky were symbolic of his true political will.

We would explain this more but does anyone besides K-Lo at all care? Your editrix is actually kind of saddened (on the real) that this is Breitbart’s legacy; you can’t even edit that shit into a terrible libel! Mr. Breitbart, we expected better — something a little more long-knives “Rules for Radicals” — as your screamy shrieky swan song.

Goodnight, sweet prince. Better luck … oh.

[Big Government]

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    1. chascates

      Apparently the turning point in his life was the fact that the entire media conspired with Bill Clinton to cover up his affair in the White House. He decided then and there to present the truth to the American people. By lying, editing video and audio tapes, and by enlisting every C- and D-list rightwing fucktard to promote his idiocy.

      Just as our Founders intended.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        Wait, you mean to say Clinton had an affair in the White House? I am shocked to hear this previously covered-up news!

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      I think the conflict between his intellect and his soul escalated into a knife fight … and they both died.

      1. RavenRant

        There is a flaw in your theory: No intellect, no soul.

        Perhaps the knife fight was between his ego and his incoherent rage?

    3. Beowoof

      Naw, when Andy got bored he just had another drink and made up some shit to start another firestorm.

  1. PrimlyStable

    If Obama's "true political will" is Marxist/Leninist, how come he hasn't done anything remotely left wing in the past three years?

    1. arihaya

      true story: wingnuts, for example NRA, said that this is just a plot to give him a second term. And then after that Obama will confiscate guns from all white men and force their women to watch his enormous ICBM

      1. Veritas78

        I don't think any force will be required. My guess is they would be excited to see an actual launch, for a change.

        1. Generation[redacted]

          And as any insecure white woman will tell you, Michelle is going to seduce their men and steal them away (at least that's what we fantasize).

    2. croney1

      I can't believed that republicans aren't doing backflips over President O.; he is about the closest thing to a moderate republican as they could want.

      1. RavenRant

        And the "Moderate Republicans are exactly the same as Marxists/Leninists/Stalinists" problem.

    3. Negropolis

      It's crazy. Every time I hear them scream "socialist!" all I can think about is his crown jewel: healthcare. Damn-near the entire bill are things Republicans have proposed over time. The very idea of a mandate, the central feature of the bill, is a "personal responsibility" Republican talking point. About the only major thing remotely Democratic about it is that the industry must pick up high-risk buyers.

      1. BerkeleyBear

        And cover children until 25, and actually spend 80 cents on the dollar on care, and not make individuals pay out of pocket for preventative care. But yeah, a lot of the package has been trumpeted by the GOP at one point or another. Although now they say they only did that to prevent really horrible Dem ideas like single payer – they didn't actually mean what they were saying.

      2. TheMightyHaltor

        Right. Notice McCain didn't say shit about "Romneycare" in the 2008 primary. That's because almost all Republicans loved Romneycare until Obama adopted a similar stance. If Obama came out in support of the Defense of Marriage Act tomorrow, I'd half expect Utah to legalize gay marriage by Friday. As infuriating as Obama capitulations are sometimes, he's painted the GOP into a very tight corner of crazy that'll be hard to escape.

          1. Negropolis

            The fucker's a veritable shape-shifter, he is. Islamic Indonesian one day, practicing Kenyan Muslim the next, godless atheist the next, cut-throat black Chicagoan the next, Communist the next, and the list goes on.

  2. SorosBot

    "Because the mainstream media did not explore his roots"

    Really, man whose death has made the country a much better place? Really? Remember the fake controversies about Rev. Wright or Bill Ayers? Remember the countless stupid analyses of Obama's upbringing, his time as a community organizer, etc, etc,? Obama in 2008 faced more inquiries into his roots than any other presidential candidate, by far.

    1. Chichikovovich

      Remember when the journalist flew out to Indonesia to investigate whether Obama's childhood school was really a radical madrassa as some lunatics were claiming or just the completely ordinary secular school it turned out to be? That was part of the roots non-examining.

        1. CessnaDriver

          They took non-catholic kids and taught a non-religious curriculum. The poor catholic kids got the shaft with extra classes.

      1. SorosBot

        Yeah, but investigating the fucking grade school a candidate attended is just so routine in our elections. Right? They should have dug harder and looked at his kindergarten.

        1. Chichikovovich

          And they didn't even track down the tapes from his mother's transvaginal ultrasounds.

        1. Chichikovovich

          Is that the same candidate who never gave an explanation of apparently going AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard during a war? But as I recall the whole unexplained-to-this-day episode was completely irrelevant because Dan Rather got fooled by some forged documents.—

          1. Generation[redacted]

            And that taught us NOT to look into his past, because they will destroy you if you try.

        2. CessnaDriver

          Then there was the spectacularly deep and through investigation into the murder of Michael Dutton Douglas.

          1. RavenRant

            I'm sure if a teenaged Michelle had wasted some dood in a car, Not-so-Breitbart and his ilk would have taken the high road, doncha think?

      1. memzilla

        All that picture proves is that Obama was an early member of the Trilateral Commission.

      2. SorosBot

        My god, he's using the enviro-socialist green transportation; real 'Mericans would have used a gas-guzzling go-kart!

      3. Doktor Zoom

        You know what I think is odd about that tricycle? Those little triangular projections over the front wheel. They look very space-age, but have no actual function–there's no fender there.

        Somehow, this seems like some kind of metaphor about Breitbart's media empire, but I'm not quite sure…

        1. mayor_quimby

          I've got a burn-first photo album at my parents' house for just such an occasion.
          Baths, pinatas, crying at birthday parties, prom – they've all gotta go!

      4. Dudleydidwrong

        He's driving one of those foreign British Morgan tricycles instead of a good NASCAR four-wheeler. No wonder he bailed out the British car industry…Oh, wait…

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      If an inquiry doesn't find that he's a Kenyan-born Muslin socialist nazi, it doesn't count.

    3. Doktor Zoom

      If only the mainstream media had more closely scrutinized Obama's votes to legalize infanticide….

  3. arihaya

    isn't Obama's association with known British crackhead rocker Mick Jagger enough evidence to IMPEACH him !!??

    1. Negropolis

      I hear that Marian Robinson was holding a séance in the White House to congure up ole Amy Winehouse and Keith Richards.

      What? Keith's not dead yet?

      1. tessiee

        Keef died somewhere around 1971, but he won't fall down until the drugs in his system wear off.

    2. PrimlyStable

      Next week's revelation: someone who took the same classes as Barry at Columbia had a Che Guevara poster on his bedroom wall.

  4. edgydrifter

    Fuck it. I'm glad Breitbart is dead. Dude was lame-ass trash.
    There–I said it. It feels good to admit it.

    1. rickmaci

      Let it go my friend. You don't need the bad karma over the likes of him. Karma can be one very harsh beeotch, as he suddenly and most definitively learned.

    2. redarmyzombie

      You know, it occurred to me that while me may not have liked the man, he was still a human being on this earth with family and friends who loved him; so I think, in the interest of human dignity and respect, we should take this time, and hold a moment of silence.

      Well, that should do it! Now, who wants to hear the one about Breitbart and the goat on Viagra?

    3. Negropolis

      But, like the mythical Hydra, the head will simply be replaced by another soon enough. Now, if Rush ends up losing his show, that would be a huge blow to this monster.

    4. Generation[redacted]

      My mother taught me to only speak good of the dead. Breitbart's dead. Good.

  5. arihaya

    I was expecting Breirtbart had a bombastic, earthshaking video of terrorist baby Obama playing rock-paper-scissor with his Muslin tranny nanny

  6. neiltheblaze

    I once saw Abbie Hoffmann speak. That makes me a Yippie.

    I never stole his book, though I did borrow it.

    1. CessnaDriver

      The Bell System had to completely change the way the payphone worked after that book was published.

    2. Doktor Zoom

      I have a battered copy of Steal This Book, signed by Hoffmann after he resurfaced. As he was autographing it, he said, "There ya go–now it's worth a hundred bucks!"

    3. MRjonz

      I once met Captain Beefheart, out at Ocean Beach in San Francisco in late December, 1975. Does that make me “Fast and Bulbous?”

  7. Schmannnity

    Even Glenn Beck would need two blackboards to explain this strained alleged commie witch hunt. I'm pretty sure Milton Friedman was friends with Studs Turkel too. Does that make Obama a Chicago-school conservative?

  8. JackObin

    Studs Terkel was a great, erudite man known all over the world. Andrew Breitbart was an irrelavant worm.

    1. iburl

      "When you become part of something, in some way you count. It could be a march; it could be a rally, even a brief one. You're part of something, and you suddenly realize you count. To count is very important." – Studs Terkel

      STOP RAPING PEOPLE!! – Andrew Breitbart

    2. Jukesgrrl

      A worm?!?! My God!! How can you say that!! The "Important American Actress" Patricia Heaton was "devastated" to learn of Breitbart's passing. She tweeted to her Tweatons (no shit, she calls her subscribers that), "Sobbed all the way to work this morning. My dear friend and fearless warrior Andrew Breitbart, has passed away. Can't stop crying."

      She memorialized him in detail as "the shoulder to cry on, the coach who inspired, the leader who was fearless … He did everything with such aplomb, with such joie de vivre, with such a jolly chutzpah that can only come from someone who is both Jewish and Irish!" [Aren't some of them Democrats??]

      To illustrate how inspirational her leader was, she then spent the weekend piling on Sandra Fluke. Some of her advice to the Georgetown student: "G-Gal: you’ve given yer folks great gift for Mother’s/Father’s Day! Got up in front of whole world & said I’m having tons of sex- pay 4 it!" and "Hey G-Town: stop buying toothpaste, soap, and shampoo! You'll save money, and no one will want to sleep with you!"

      By this morning, she had followed Rushbo into Apologyville (one might expect inspired by ABC, the network that airs her sitcom). "Mea culpa! We have diff opinions but I was too flippant in my attempt at humor … I was not showing Christ's love [but] I am not backing down on my position." [Ackkk]

      Having to put up with that mindless crap on a regular basis is probably what drove her co-star on Everybody Loves Raymond, the great actor and suspected leftist Peter Boyle, into HIS early grave.

      1. RavenRant

        This 'Happy Warrior' crap is aggravating. Not a warrior of any kind, just a gutless, twink chickenhawk like 99% of the 'macho' right.

        I guess Marcus is a 'Happy Warrior', too. Do not get in his way at the Bloomie's sale rack.

      2. rickmaci

        As soon as Limpbow's sponsors pull the plug on him, well, let's just say it will be time to look at other places, such as ABC/Disney, where a little citizen/consumer activism can have an impact.

    1. BigRadio

      Russ, Innanity and Levine are fucking obsessed with them. And that Alinsky guy I never heard of before they started using his techniques a few years ago. Commies, negroes, jews, atheists, socialists, moose limbs, liberals, hippies, immigrants, gheys, anti-Miitary-Industrial-Socialist Complex types, teachers, unions, poors, greens, gun controllers, sluts, blah, blah, blah.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        Are you sure? I thought we were supposed to be studying Alinsky obsessively at every cell meeting, at least when we're not chanting "Death To America!" and bowing to graven images of Mao and Hugo Chavez…

    2. memzilla

      Many Guatemalans, Costa Ricans, Salvadoreans, et al. have names like "Ivan" and "Olga" precisely because their parents were intentionally mocking the imperialist anti-communist policies of us Norteños.

      Google any Russian first name and any Spanish surname, you'll see what I mean.

      1. tessiee

        Just tried it, with the first two names that came to mind.
        I have no earthly idea who Ivan Sanchez is, but he is one gorgeous piece of ass.

    3. mayor_quimby

      Meh, I think the only reason we care about the only ones left is we want their beaches.

      1. proudgrampa

        You have a point, Mayor. I have been reading a lot about the beaches of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, etc., from Ayn Rand fans who want to establish their own Galt Gulches.

  9. yyyaz

    What an appropriate and sad epitaph — another feces-slinger's life turns out to have been unworthy of examination.

        1. HogeyeGrex



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  10. fuflans

    studs terkel was a wonder and i still miss his voice rasping from my radio.

    barack obama sat on a panel with other people who 'thought about things' in conjunction with a theatrical production in a large city with a vibrant arts community. panels of 'people with thoughts' and 'the exchange of ideas' and cross arts pollination are what civilizations do.

    not that i would expect wingtards to understand any of that.

    1. Doktor Zoom

      "Sitting on a panel" is not something that Good Americans do, particularly in relation to the "arts." It reeks of elitism and arrogance. It reeks of conspiracy.

      Good Americans sit at home and watch TV. They do not "sit on panels."

    2. Chet Kincaid

      Jesus Christ, he goes on about this event as if it took place in Moscow in 1983! You couldn't even get the bluest-blooded, Tribune-reading Oligarch in Winetka to get upset about the heinous conspiracies hatched at this thing. You might even get a tax-free contribution.

      1. fuflans

        you know, my folks are in winnetka and my dad voted for bamz and says he's going to again.

        (my mother is canadian so she doesn't count.)

        also it was a POST SHOW DISCUSSION at a black box theatre on 16th and halsted. they were all probably just trying to get gary houston's autograph.

        1. Chet Kincaid

          Speaking of the North Shore, one of Mrs. Kincaid and I's favorite passtimes is gawking at rich people's houses on Sheridan Road while driving to Ravinia, when there is somebody not-dead-boring playing there. We even took a European friend of ours on the tour, and got out of our car and walked up the driveway of some wealthy family and took pictures. Their security was probably too bemused to release the dobermans or whatever.

          1. not that Dewey

            My grandmother lived in the Jewish enclave in Glencoe, where I spent many summers as a kid. She would take me joy-riding to Kenilworth so she could empty her car ashtray on their "anti-semitic streets". Good times.

      2. Doktor Zoom

        "Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt.


    3. tessiee

      "panels of 'people with thoughts' and 'the exchange of ideas' and cross arts pollination are what civilizations do."

      Folks in Candyland like their morals simple. When you live in constant fear of being struck by a stray thought, because 80% of thoughts in this century might contradict your childish belief system, your worldview gets very small, very quickly.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        "cross arts pollination" sounds like an abomination — something that Santorum would really hate. If you force taxpayers to subsidize cross arts pollination, the next thing you know, you'll have legalized art-dog cross-pollination.

  11. arihaya

    a random gay bar in Manhattan has more active member than Communist Party USA

    why the fuck did they still use it for boogeyman

    1. poncho_pilot

      i guess the R word is still a no no but it was a valid answer to your question.

      today we are all deleted by the administrator.

      1. RavenRant

        I got deleted for posting an adorable picture of child Barack dressed as a pirate. Mysterious.

          1. RavenRant

            The closest we get to prizes are particularly artistic Blingees or alt-texts. Sometimes someone will be awarded a 'Comment of the Day', but I don't think it actually comes with a prize or $$$.

          1. BaldarTFlagass

            I know I've seen that picture before, but did someone photoshop Jay Leno's jaw on Barry's mom? Dang.

  12. Barrelhse

    I knew there was SOMETHING conspicuously missing from the national dialogue, but I just couldn't put my finger on it.

  13. whatupirondog

    What do you think of your king NOW, Obots!!!!!! This will surely result in his impeachment and arrest as a traitor!!!! The Democrats have surely…

    Ah, fuck it.

      1. whatupirondog

        My heart's just not in it. Was Jeremiah Wright there or anything? I need something to focus my hate boner on

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if at least one Dem legislator makes some pussy comment about not agreeing with Terkel, just because you know, sissies.

  14. Selfish_T

    Don't forget about Terkel's work in communist propaganda film "Ken Burns' PBS Baseball Documentary".

    1. Chichikovovich

      The America-hater was also in "Eight Men Out" directed by John Sayles, who also directed "Matewan", which was about a union, and it suggested that a West Virginia coal mining company job creator would treat its workers badly.

      1. PuckStopsHere

        If I learned that Saul Alinsky had a bit part in "Matewan" like Terkel did in "Eight Men Out", I would not bat an eye. And let us not forget how badly Sayles treated job-creator Chas Comisky (ironically referred to as "Commie" from time to time in the dialogue) in that baseball flick. Flat champagne, niggling Cicotte out of his bonus, etc. Does Sayles hang out with Obama?

  15. DustBowlBlues

    OT: WTF? Has Keith O thrown another tantrum? I miss all the news that doesn't count.

    1. BarackMyWorld

      He's apparently got the night off so he can anchor Current TV's 3-hour Super Tuesday coverage tomorrow.

    2. Negropolis

      I'll admit I'm shallow when it comes to television. I refuse to go north of 64, and Current is way the hell up at one-hundred-and-fucking-somthing. Not even for my Jenni; boy do I miss her.

  16. HempDogbane

    Can't wait until Studs is on Prairie Home Companion again. Maybe he'll mention this important revelation in one of his stories.

  17. FakaktaSouth

    Wow. I can't believe Pres O had him taken out over this. He must be way more sensitive about his panel sitting habits than I realized.

    1. Designer_Rants

      I imagine it went down like this: Obama shows up at Breitbart's trashed and stained apartment with an eightball of "primo" to "make amends". Breitbart's not about to turn down a party, even if it is with Obummer. He's partied with worse, like the lady who pushes a grocery cart around his neighborhood with no pants on, an hour ago.

      Then Obama cuts out a Belushi across the giant mirror-on-egg-crates that is Breitbart's coffee table and only unbroken glass. Turns out? Rat poison, mostly. Breitbart gets so addled from the rodenticide that he stands up and shouts "Smell ya later!" and stumbles out into the street to do his favorite: Scream at people. He actually does pretty well, managing to travel several blocks on foot before collapsing. Thanks, Barry. You pick way worthier targets than the Clintons.

  18. BarackMyWorld

    This doesn't surprise me. Obama belongs to the same party as Franklin Roosevelt, who met with Josef Stalin several times. Commies, all of 'em…

  19. HogeyeGrex

    Undoubtedly colluding with that no talent, anti-American Communist Norman Rockwell, too.

    1. tessiee

      That damn Thanksgiving picture of his has put a whole lot of therapist's kids through college.

  20. Schmannnity

    This is the surprise that was going to ensure that Obama was not reelected? Maybe Breitbart had a series of dementia-inducing mini strokes before his death. On the other hand, this is just the smoking gun evidence that Michael Savage was looking for.

  21. Doktor Zoom

    Really? We're demonizing Studs Goddamn Terkel now?

    “I've always felt, in all my books, that there's a deep decency in the American people and a native intelligence — providing they have the facts, providing they have the information.”

    ― Studs Terkel

    Then again, I'm sure that, now and then, even Will Rogers took a dislike to somebody.

    1. Negropolis

      And then Becky was like "OMG!" And I wa slike "I know, right?" And she was all like "STFU!" And I was all like "you're such a bitch, Becky."

  22. glamourdammerung

    The reason that Obama’s Alinskyite past, and his many appearances in political photography and video from the 1990s, are conspicuously missing from the national dialogue is that State Senator Barack Obama’s reinvention as a reasonable and moderate Democratic politician could not withstand scrutiny of his political life.

    The writer of this stupidity is clearly a "RINO" since they went off script and used "Democratic politician".

  23. Doktor Zoom

    Saul Alinsky Bad! Aula Alinsky Bad! Alinskyite! Alinskyite! Being an aAliskyite is just the worst thing ever! We don't know what the hell an Alinskyite is, but it sounds foreign and scary and suspiciously Jewish, although some Jews are necessary to bring about the Rapture, so maybe we shouldn't play that part up….

  24. Mahousu

    Andrew Breitbart, I knew Joe McCarthy.* Joe McCarthy was a friend of mine.** You, sir, are no Joe McCarthy.***

    * Not true.
    ** Not true.
    *** Not true.

    1. Fukui-sanYesOta

      You've got admit, Breitbart has/had out-wayback-machined Santorum. Santorum is all "whoah! abortion! contraception" but Breitbart managed to get all "whoah! the REDS!"

      Actually, that just sucks. Sorry, dead guy, it just doesn't wash. What was your next exclusive? Just "mentioning" that there were a lot of Jews in the 1917 Russian revolution?

  25. donner_froh

    Because the mainstream media did not explore his roots

    Very true. If it hadn't been for the occasional dispatches from Radio Free Caracas, the articles in the US edition of the Mau Mau Times of Nairobi and the YouTube videos from the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television of Beijing I wouldn't have known anything about O'bama before I voted for him in 2008.

  26. Limeylizzie

    I saw Studs Terkel , in Chicago, with Garrison Keillor in a weird but wonderful couple of hours of them just talking and it was fabulous OTOH Breitbart was a pompous, bloated maniac.

  27. Doktor Zoom

    One of Studs Terkel's greatest achievements was his interview of CP Ellis, a former Klansman who renounced racism to work for racial justice. Of this story, Terkel said, "Anybody can be redeemed. I've seen it."

    One of Andrew Breitbart's greatest achievements was his smear of Shirley Sherrod, whose tale of overcoming her own biases Breitbart framed as an act of racism. Even after the truth came out, there are still plenty of Breitbart admirers who remain convinced that Sherrod is a racist.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        Only the blacks are racist these days, my friend. The NAACP is the last bastion of organized racism in America.

        EDIT: Also, food stamp president.

        1. not that Dewey

          The commenters over at Breitbarts are claiming that the whole slut thing is a distraction, and that they should be focused on the real problem, namely foodstamps.

  28. DoktorThompson

    Wanna drag Saul Alinksy down? Fine. I don't care. Wanna try and drag Studs Terkel down? I will rip your fucking face off.

    1. Blueb4sunrise

      Ya know, I had a similar reaction. Not sure why this really set me off, given all the other crap this shithole , et al. has squirted out. I just thought DO NOT fuck with the legacy of Studs Terkel.

      1. Doktor Zoom

        Agreed. It's a potent mix of signifiers–one of the sleaziest liars on the right attacking the reputation of one of the most humane, thoughtful, big-hearted figures of the left. (And yes, there's a degree of nostalgia for the days when America really had a left.)

        Can anyone imagine some future book review praising some promising new writer for having the "decency and intellect of an Andrew Breitbart"?

        I am very nearly as pissed off by this as I was when I saw the infamous Fox News obituary of Kurt Vonnegut.

        1. DoktorThompson

          I don't care much (or know much) about Terkel's politics. All I know is that he did a hell of a job portraying individual humans as individual humans, and doing it, as you mentioned, thoughtfully. That's really hard to do. I can't do it. Mass media can't do it. We all get ground up and averaged in the mass culture grinder, but Terkel seemed to treat his subjects with dignity and individual care. I really admire that.

          1. Doktor Zoom

            Absolutely right–and a good excuse to cut and paste another Terkel quotation:

            “What I bring to the interview is respect. The person recognizes that you respect them because you're listening. Because you're listening, they feel good about talking to you. When someone tells me a thing that happened, what do I feel inside? I want to get the story out. It's for the person who reads it to have the feeling . . . In most cases the person I encounter is not a celebrity; rather the ordinary person. "Ordinary" is a word I loathe. It has a patronizing air. I have come across ordinary people who have done extraordinary things."

            ― Touch and Go: A Memoir

          2. user-of-owls

            There would be more than a little poetic justice if one the steelworkers or stevedores Studs interviewed took a long piece of metal pipe to one of this festering, bloated fucking corpse's acolytes.

        2. Blueb4sunrise

          Now I'm getting all moooshy. I think Kurt was the only public figure who's death brought me to tears.

          Come to think of it, I'll bet I read Working and Breakfast of Champions the same year.

          1. fuflans

            you know all this nonsense today reminded me that studs died like four days before obama's election.

  29. MilwaukeeKent

    Wow, this a fun game! I bet you could build a more solid "connect-the-dots" case for damned near every Neo-Con who waltzed us into the Iraq War 9 years ago and are itching to have us attack Iran today. Easy Pie!

  30. Negropolis

    Who is this Studs Urkel?

    I'm honestly not sure why the right keeps going on with these attacks. I mean, what decade do they think we're in that simply flinging a word like "communist" around like a slur has the same effect as it did in the 50's?

    1. Geminisunmars

      They are desperately searching for something to work. And they got such good traction with commie for a wonderfully long time. Such a nice, simple, word that got the hate juices going lickety-splitch.

      1. Negropolis

        Yeah a word that gets their hates juices going. Truth is, my generation (20-somethings) doesn't even know what communism really is. We haven't seen it work on the same scale as it did during the Cold War. It was never an existential threat to us or anyone else; hell, beyond some blah, blah, blah shit about the Berlin Wall, we didn't even really learn about communism in high school. I know that we're a small part of the electorate, but they have to realize this is having diminishing returns.

        1. Doktor Zoom

          It's not necessary to have any direct knowledge of a group to fear them. In fact, sometimes a near-total lack of knowledge can be whipped up into a good 3-minutes' Hate. A while back, for instance, there was a wave of antisemitism in Japan.

          1. Negropolis

            I'm not saying that you have to know something to hate it, but I'm telling you that unless you know it, it simply doesn't have the same sting. The few kids still throwing around "commie" as a slur use it as a lesser, secondary slur. You know it's an insult, but you really don't know why.

        2. Geminisunmars

          Well, they are getting pretty good use out of “terrorist/muslim”, but somehow it lacks the infiltrating quality that a Russkie mole had. I wish your generation Goddess speed.

      2. proudgrampa

        I think you have a point. If you throw enough shit at a wall, some of it eventually sticks.

  31. orygoon

    Why is this librarian not surprised to see that Mr. Breitbart was an effing illiterate?

    1. fuflans

      wow a librarian that is so cool.

      rather recently, i said to mr fuflans, 'i wish have been a librarian. and not an actor.'

          1. orygoon

            Meh. The pay is in roots and berries, today the entire surrounding town mobbed the college library where I work because the power is out all around us (but not here), we don't make them STFU any more but instead hand out cheap earplugs, and we don't even try to keep them from bringing in pizzas and banquets (well, their version of banquets.) I saw a guy with a Pepsi bottle, shaking it up prior to opening it. I need a knuckle-smacking ruler, a megaphone, and Power. Or an inheritance.

  32. CessnaDriver

    The reich wing is convinced that snotfart was murdered.

    Apparently, Mossad has found a way to poison rentboy semen.

    Drugston Blimpblob III made it through the weekend, so he must not have gone to his usual "fishing resort" in the DR.

    1. KenLayIsAlive

      Who got that job? I begged to do it, but I guess they found someone more deserving? I sent my hit man resume straight to the CPUSA. Did no one receive it? WTF.

  33. Slim_Pickins

    What does "fellow historian" Newt Gingrich have to say about Studs? It would seem that they are fellow travelers, at least in some circles.

  34. user-of-owls

    So, Breitbart once man-groped Riley, and Riley worked for Wonkette, and the commenters at Wonkette…

        1. user-of-owls

          Homosexual Atheist Communists you dummies. Jeez, can't you knuckleheads follow a simple connect-the-dots guilt by association character assassination?! You people.

          *shakes head*

  35. Slim_Pickins

    Studs lived to what 96? Badbreath not so long… Which one might have been smote by a divinity?

    1. iburl

      If "smote by a divinity" is code talk for "O.D.'d by a tranny hooker", the answer is Breitbart.

    1. Doktor Zoom

      "You may be an undigested bit of Dominican rentboy, a blot of frothy lube, a crumb of Viagra, a fragment of underdone Oxycontin. There's more of santorum than of saint about you, whatever you are!”

  36. donner_froh

    The strangest thing about Brietbart's scoop from beyond the grave is that if anyone wanted to talk to Studs Terkel, have a picture taken with him or buy him a drink it was only necessary to walk up to the guy and introduce yourself.

    From what I knew of the old coot he was one of the least pretentious semi-famous people in Chicago.

  37. DustBowlBlues

    I guess he figures that the Mulatto-Muslim -Socialist–Western European-Kenyan president already has the Chicago vote sewn up, so Noot had nothing to lose, huh?

  38. JohnnyBrooklyn

    "Blah blah commie. Blah blah Acorn." C'mon republicans. It's like you're not even trying anymore.

    1. Doktor Zoom

      Whole buncha Scaifes in the credits, but too few Melons.

      Also, one of the corpses was definitely giggling.

      1. not that Dewey

        Wouldn't you? How could any of the actors keep a straight face during the production of that "film"?

        1. user-of-owls

          Production? Hell, I'd have been howling with laughter as soon as the guy at the audition said, "Hi, I'm the producer of this film. Name's Estus W. Pirkle."

  39. C_R_Eature

    OK, I actually visited the vaunted "New Big Government" website and read (as much as I could stand) of Andrew Breitbart's Great last Hurrah. It's one of the saddest, craziest, most irrelevant things I've seen in print in a very long time. It's abundantly clear to me that the modern Conservative movement, after 30-odd years is well on it's way to tearing itself to pieces in a paroxysm of fear, incompetence, ideological purity and rage.
    Oddly, this is all I could think of after seeing that:

    This is the way the Right Wing Ends
    This is the way the Right Wing Ends
    This is the way the Right Wing Ends
    Not with a Bang, but with a Wanker.

    Sincere Apologies to TSE

  40. Steverino247

    Now there's an interesting ad: "Join Michelle and tell Barack you're in."

    Like I'm going to tell a man who commands SEAL Team Six that I've joined his wife and "I'm in." That would be the last thing I'd do if I "joined" Michelle.

  41. barto

    Partly because of the fact that Breitbart and I share a name (I'm more commonly referred to as "stupid Bart", alas), I am also quite saddened/disappointed by this anemic exposee. Couldn't there have been at least some sort of wacked witnesses, sexytime with white women, or something with some meat on it, for Christ's sake?

    Oh, the harder they come…

  42. Steverino247

    This just in…

    Breitbart's coffin will have holes drilled into it.

    So the worms can crawl out to puke.

  43. Manhattan123

    There are a bunch of angry maggots in a California cemetery right now saying, "What the hell? Even WE can't eat this despicable piece of shit."

  44. SayItWithWookies

    Sorry ass motherfucker. Even his legacy was all hype and no substance. And nobody's fuckin' surprised and nobody fucking cares. Bye again, you angry little pustule.

    1. Gainsbourg69

      According to Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Breitbart fought the good fight and was a patriot who served his country. Except he didn't fight in any wars or held elected office.

  45. C_R_Eature

    When approached for comment on his grave insult to the beloved memory of Pulitzer Prize winning Author and Historian Studs Terkel, he said:
    " *Gurgle* pppppppppttthhhh! *Gurgle*,*Gurgle* Hisssssssssss. "

    1. Negropolis

      I'll be happy when it's over and the Romney-beast wins just enough primaries to be declared the "winner." You know, like how one of the surviving chicken in a cockfight is declared a "winner."

  46. SaintRond

    I've seen a lot of decent sorts exercise decorum in the wake of this degenerate, alcoholic narcissist's demise, but if you want to feel less guilt about taking a giant shit on his memory, which is no less than he deserves, just do a search on the "eulogy" he delivered in honor of Ted Kennedy's passing, made the very same day the Senator died.

    Anyone know where that bloated cocksucker's been buried? If I happen to be passing through, maybe I'll pay a visit to his grave site and piss on it.

  47. smitallica

    Studs Terkel? Your smoking gun is STUDS FUCKING TERKEL??

    These assholes truly have nothing.

  48. OneYieldRegular

    Even for Andrew Breitbart, that's pretty breathtaking.

    I can wait to read what he might have written about Will Rogers.

  49. DocChaos

    What I love about this shit, is that the wingnut axis of paranoia ( AM Radio, Fox News and the rightwing blogosphere) actually think the term "Alinskyite" resonates beyond the walls of their padded room. It would be like the left affixing "Randian" to every conservative politician and movement and expecting it to unnerve the average American.

  50. prommie

    I think Movement Conservatives woul consider every American alive in the 1930s and before to be a commie red pinko socialist. Only our forebears who live in their imagined history, as opposed to our actual history, are free from the taint.

  51. James Michael Curley

    I'll lay 5 to 1 that the Ghost of Tom Joad can kick ass on the Ghost of Andrew Brietbart.

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