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A Children’s Treasury of Scenes From the Coming Race War

Make love not war

One thing about Los Angeles: our people really are more gorgeous than your people. Don’t hate us because we’re beautiful, after the jump.

Here is a selection of images from Saturday’s Los Angeles We Are Trayvon Martin rally at Hollywood and Highland, one of several over the past week. (More are set for the historically fonky Leimert Park Sunday, and downtown Monday afternoon.) Only one white dude called us “Guilty White Liberals” for not understanding that there is no such thing as racism outside Capitalism, and one black guy explained why we need segregation again and was starting to really heat himself up while asking us if we would like to be enslaved, which, no? That’s why we’re there? Maybe be mad at someone who doesn’t agree about institutional racism especially as it relates to the intersection of race, the law, and the courts? May we recommend bitching at Tucker Carlson or Ghost Andrew Breitbart? They could use some School.

Bonus: can you spot Wonkette editor Kirsten Boyd Johnson in the photos? Look really hard.

Photos by Paul Takizawa for Wonkette.

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  1. Barb

    I see that Michele Bachmann joined Newt and is bitching about what Obama said about Trayvon. Gosh, could it be fueled by the fact that her campaign is 1 million in debt and she needs the rolls of nickles someone might donate to her now?

      1. Barb

        BMW, I see that Santorum took Louisiana, a place that likes both their politics and rice dirty.

    1. dubyatf

      If she's in that much debt you'd think Marcus would get to humping and enroll LOTS of new students for his Pray the Gay Away program.
      Marcus and Michelle will probably sign up for a whole fresh crop of foster daughters. Sweet, sweet government lucre! (It's alright for Republican millionaires to get the federal money because MANIFEST DESTINY).

      1. Barb

        I'm thinking that Michele should just get more farm subsidies. Marcus should just pray away the debt if that won't work.

    2. Callyson

      "Well, I think what Newt Gingrich said is that race shouldn't be a factor," Bachmann said when asked about Gingrich's comments.
      And if race were not a factor, Trayvon would be alive today, bitch…
      JFC, these people…

      1. Barb

        Callyson, when you first saw the photo of Trayvon, did you think to yourself, "he's got that Obama sweet face." I know that I did.

        1. Callyson

          Not when I first saw his photo, mainly because I can't see our President without the gray hair that the stress of dealing with the Reeps has caused him. But now that you mention it, I definitely see the resemblance.

        2. starfanglednut

          Yes, I think it has to do with the shape of the chin, and the slenderness of his physique. In some ways, Hopey still has that gawky teenage (adorable) look.

    3. flamingpdog


      Actually, when I was reading the Denver Pest this morning, I noticed that SingleL was scheduled on one of the TeeVee morning news/talk/snooze shows today, and my question was WHY?.

      1. Dudleydidwrong

        Things must really be slow on the talking heads circuit. They wanted to include Cheney's old heart as a guest. When the heart declined to appear they scraped the barrel and came up with Michele. "Oh, what the fuck–she's good for a laugh…"

        1. Boojum

          That is one brave little heart. Remember, it attacked the Dark Lord of the Sith FIVE AND A HALF TIMES, beginning in 1978. It would have killed him, if it weren't for the healing properties of the blood of kittens and infants.

          Hats off.

    4. docterry6973

      Good for SingleL! I hope that the GOP spends the next week saying that the white race is getting screwed in this deal. That will help them so much with the independent vote.

        1. Boojum

          That's why they're against birth control. They want to increase the white birth rate.

          Of course, lowering the fat content of McFat WaffleBurgers and reducing the crush strength of the Freedom Tray would probably be more effective, but FREEDUM!!!1!1!1!11!!!!

    5. Negropolis

      How repugnant and tone deaf are these people? You've got to have a very sick and warped mind to come to the conclusion that anything the president said the other day went too far or was racist in itself.

      I take solice in the belief that this (the reflexive stupidity brought on by simply discussing the issues of race with the Republicans), too, shall pass. I really hope that it does.

    6. AddHomonym

      Plus Newt said the same goddam thing to Piers Morgan or Erin Burnett or somebody (minus the "it could be my son" part.) He said he was glad that the prosecutor is there to make sure justice is done, or something like that. Basically the same thing that Condi said.

      Sorry, I usually try to be funny on this site (it even works sometimes, maybe) but this pisses me off to no end.

  2. BarackMyWorld

    Note to the idiots who don't realize there's still racism and pointing it out isn't racist by itself: There's a difference between WANTING a colorblind society and HAVING a color blind society.

    1. Beowoof

      Just follow what the righties have said and done with Obama in the last four years and you know the stupidity of racism is alive and well. It seems we can't get past minor physical differences to see that we are all just people. And it confirms for me the fact that half the population has an IQ well below 100.

      1. V572 Flambé

        And those brown-eyed devils will do anything! Anything!

        And left-handed people? Don't get me started!

          1. AlterNewt

            Double HEY!!

            (White, but brown-eyed and left-handed nonetheless) This hierarchy of outrage is confusing sometimes.

          1. flamingpdog

            So, when you had that hot tryst with our red-headed kitten Barb late last night, were you just using her?

    2. dubyatf

      I think what Obama meant was "holy shit, anyone else see how much this kid looks like me?" It was not a melanin-choly appeal to other people his color. Trayvon was a handsome young boy whose features favored Obama's. At least that's what I derived from his comments. For Newt and Michelle to completely miss that and immediately obsess about the skin color thing is, on the one hand, not at all surprising; on the other hand, it's about as old, tired, and evil as our most recent undeserving organ transplantee.
      It'll play in Kansas, though. . .

      1. tessiee

        Yeah, but in wingnut land, anything President Obama says is automatically racist, because he's blah, and therefore by definition racist against whitefolks.

        1. poorgradstudent

          He should take advantage of that by saying something like "The Confederacy is an unfairly maligned chapter in American history. Even though the Confederates called themselves 'rebels,' in reality they were fighting for the freedoms of all Americans, including blacks." Heads would explode!

      2. Chet Kincaid

        No, that's not what he meant! He meant, "if I had a son, he could just as easily be shot by some racist nut just for walking around with a hoodie on in an 'unexpected' place." Take it from a blah guy, he was not just pointing out some remarkable coincidental resemblance. Black parents and aunts and uncles and older siblings and people who work with black kids certainly got the point.

        1. FROTHY

          Thank you, Chet.

          THIS is why the shooting of Trayvon Martin is a HATE crime. Because it's intended to put that fear into the heart of every parent who has a child who might have a skin colour LIKE Trayvon's. And some of those parents are WHITE, or ASIAN, or LATINO. Some of them are step-parents, or adoptive parents.

          How can you rest easy when you know that that child that you are raising, or helping to raise, no matter how obnoxious or difficult they can be sometimes, is considered a legitimate target for some nutbag with a gun and a chip on their shoulder? I read stories like this and I think about my stepson, a difficult child if there ever was one, but beautiful to me, goddammit, and to his father and mother and grandparents and brother and cousins and uncles and aunts. That's OUR baby, and he could have been Trayvon.

          1. Chet Kincaid

            Hey, you're welcome. Black parents already have to deal with threats to their children within certain parts of our own community, which is just as tragic, and on a larger scale. But when you're raising your kids right and living in a "good" neighborhood and giving them the right values, and shit like this can still happen as if it were 1935 or 1925 or 1895, it's incredibly disheartening.

          2. Negropolis

            Thanks for that. There is a concern-troll columnist in the Detroit Free Press who basically asked "why aren't we mad about the children being killed in the city?" and I get tired of it, because it's a false question and a really bad assumption. Why this particular case strikes at our hearts is that this kid had two parents that loved him and were involved in his life, and in this case, visiting a gated community were this stuff isn't expected to happen. It's not that we're not mad at all of these killings of children, it's just that some are measurably more shocking than others. It's just that simple.

            When one does everything he or she assumes to be right in a group with higher homicide rates than other groups often including physically moving to another environment, and a child still ends up being a murder victim, yeah, it's shocking and extra frustrating.

        2. Gainsbourg69

          That's what everyone with two inches of brain heard as well. The only reason why Newt took this up is because Santorum waxed his ass in the south.

          1. dubyatf

            I'd pay some of my hard unearned socialist unemployment check money to see that.
            Note to Rick: stock up on the wax! The ass in question takes up a lot of real estate. Then you factor in what is sure to be one entire Shitzu's worth of ass hair. . .
            "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

    3. Callyson

      The people who try to say "it isn't about race" are about as credible as those who said "it wasn't about the sex, it was the lying" about Clinton and Lewinsky. Not to mention those who say "it isn't the money, it's the principle"…

      1. dubyatf

        (I started this comment as a response to your example of "it wasn't about the sex, it was the lying." It has become an O/T screed but begging your collective forbearance, I think you'll enjoy the explication I plucked from the excellent blog of my friend Professor Beery at the end).

        I dunno, the more I hear from these wingnuts, the more I'm inclined to believe the outrage really *was* about the lying because how dare Clinton usurp one of THEIR copyrighted tenet-devices?
        Plus you could totally tell Clinton was lying which earned the scorn of his infinitely more practiced enemies.
        Plus plus! Who among us is not gonna LIE when confronted with accusations of an embarrassing personal nature?

        From beeryblog: (this is SO WORTH the read, you guys!!)

        ". . . if one would lie to cover up one’s dirtiest sex secrets, one would lie about anything and is therefore unfit for public office.

        That construct utterly ignores the common human experience called embarrassment. None of us wants to be embarrassed. In fact, if you ask the average person “what is the worst thing that ever happened to you,” that person will likely skip right past personal tragedy to identify the most embarrassing event of his or her life.

        This dread of embarrassment does not of course keep us from doing embarrassing things because we are hard-wired to conduct ourselves in ways that are often at odds with the biblical or civic constraints that cage so many of our instincts. So we all—at least all of us with proverbial skeletons in our closets—occasionally do things that will only become embarrassing if they are discovered by others. (I do have some friends who claim—and I believe them—that they never do anything they wouldn’t want anyone else to know they’re doing, but these are invariably the same friends whom I think should be embarrassed by a good deal of what they say in public.)

        And of course, no part of our instinctive humanity is caged up more than sexuality. Right-wingers have made a multi-billion-dollar industry of pornographic sermonizing that peddles shame and self-loathing.

        So a favorite right-wing tactic against political nemeses is to ignore entirely the merits and substance of their enemies’ arguments and try to destroy the messenger. How? Step one is to monitor his sex life and discover something that would embarrass him were it known. Step two is to prey on the human impulse to avoid embarrassment and create a situation where the target will lie to avoid being caught. Step three is to snare the target in both an embarrassing sex scandal and a lie.

        For a vast swath of this country, the sex part will be enough to disqualify the public figure from further public figurehood unless the public figure happens to be a Republican, in which case he can pretend to repent, lay prostrate at Jesus’ feet, and “cure” himself of whatever sexual depravity Satan had fastened to his psyche.

        When this operation is done right, all the other “ordinary” people who relish in beholding the fall from grace of the famous and powerful—but who wish not to be lumped in with Bible-belt puritans—can say, “it’s not about the sex; it’s about the lying.”

        Which is fatuous, of course. It’s always about the sex; note how politicians so rarely get snared for lying unless they’re lying about sex. It’s okay to lie us into a war, to lie about Valerie Plame, and on and on. Unless the media has that shiny object—sex—to garner its attention, the nascent scandal will likely fade before we reach any questions about accountability.

        The critical point is that we would all lie about private sex practices we seek not to have known by all humanity. That does not mean we’d lie about public issues, because public issues, unlike private sex acts, are not things we wish to conceal from public view. To suggest otherwise is almost too idiotic to need rebutting, but pundits suggest otherwise with as much urgency as frequency.

        In a country so ill-inclined to think about things like distinguishing factors, where right-wingers set the traps knowing that mindless pundits will recite in unison, “if he’d lie about that, he’d lie about anything,” the only hope is a population that won’t buy it.

        So it’s time to get back to Sesame Street. Take the following list and copy it and send it around: (1) your position on war and peace; (2) your position on taxes; (3) your position on cap and trade; (4) your most embarrassing sexual indiscretion. Which one of these things is not like the others? And which one of these might you lie about even if you wouldn’t lie about any of the others?"


        1. RadioStalingrad

          Awesome, baby, awesome.
          Being an atheist, I've always taught my kids to live their lives like they were being videotaped. Let the embarrassment be balanced by the enjoyment.
          As to the Valerie Plame reference a line from one of my fav, obscure bands, The Want:
          ♪ ♫ A willow, wispy blond she was, a gussied up bombshell.
          A billion dollars a month they spent, poignant story to sell. ♪ ♫

          1. tessiee

            "Queenie was a blonde, and her age stood still.
            She danced twice a day in vaudeville."
            — First two lines of "The Wild Party" (a kickass poem)

    4. dubyatf

      Oh and I forgot to mention this (heaven forbid that you all be deprived of the "excruciating minutiae" of my inner world): in Newt's verbal vomiting he revealed the true racist in the room, to wit: “Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it didn’t look like him?"
      I don't know about all of you, but I suspect that, like me, you reserve the pronoun "it" to refer to subjects that are not human. Replace "it" in the sentence above with "Trayvon" or even the more anonymous but still animate pronoun "he" et voila~fixed. Newt, who LOVES his puffed up, much heralded "intellect" is nevertheless the unintentional and chronic victim of his unrelenting parapraxisms.
      I regret to my soul that we'll never have the chance to see him and Obama in a debate. The glee factor in simply imagining such a spectacle makes my private lady parts go all tingly.

      1. Mumbletypeg

        Agreed, the debate you describe would be one to relish.
        The "it" factor is questionable since this pronoun is commonly used for situational-type reference, as fits within contexts like "It is I!" or, how my mom continually corrected me, properly follows, not "it was her" should instead be "it was she" — the context of Newt's grammar doesn't yield as much betrayal of his warped mien as his subtext does.
        *My* peeve involves substituting "that" for "who" wherein you'd take the above example "It was her that pushed me in line" vs. "It was she who pushed me in line" — more & more often I see "that" substituted for "who[m]" and this puts across the same effect you mentioned, a sort of 'dehumanizing,' but the number of instances I find these terms interchanged gives me little hope it'll ever be rectified.

        1. dubyatf

          I totally concur with both of your excellent points.
          I should have known someone here would call me on the "it" reference. I just don't think Newt would know from a lexical morpheme.
          One of my peeves (because you want to know, right?) is the burgeoning misuse of "amount" vs. "number" (I heard some numbnut last night on the tellybox refer to "the amount of people. . .") AND "fewer" vs. "less." Drives me NUTZ.

          1. not that Dewey

            I have never seen the word "utilize" used when the word "use" could not have been utilized instead.

          2. Steverino247

            "Lexical morpheme?" I was going to buy one of those, but it didn't get good enough gas mileage.

          1. IceCreamEmpress

            Newt Gingrich is an educated person's idea of what an uneducated bloviating ass would sound like.

          2. dubyatf

            When I was a grad student (English–ahhh! NOW you understand why I still don't have a job, nearly two years after being laid off) and it was time for our freshmen to turn in an assignment we referred to the papers as "incoming wounded."

          3. dubyatf

            YOU are a star. Good on ya!
            It will be so worth it. You might question yourself from time to time. I went back to school shortly after the birth of my 3rd child/shortly before my divorce. Sometimes, when I was racing like mad to get to my job after school or sitting at my computer writing a paper at 2 am or missing my babies I'd question whether it was worth it. It was. And is! You go!
            It's scary to do something that big. You'll come out the other end all shiny and bright–and in the meantime you're making a huge contribution in your classes.

          4. Gunner Asch

            For me the primary usefulness of going back to school was the realization that the man behind the curtain – the College Graduate – wasn't necessarily all that bright or capable. Basically it eliminated that back-of-the-noggin wonder about whether there was any secret Those People possessed that had eluded me. (This was Berserkeley in the early 70's). Was that your reward also or was it something else?

          5. dubyatf

            No; my reward was more selfish but in my defense, it was unintentional (Un-premeditated, maybe?) selfishness. Also, since I'm about to write this out in a public forum, I'm aware that my reward was wrapped up in a good-sized portion of pathetic-ness. See, I quit school to get married, and I did so because I happened to overhear my dad, one day, ask my mother in rather a sneering tone "Do you think she's EVER going to get
            married?" I was an old maid of 23 at the time. Of COURSE this story reveals more about about myself than my dad, and may
            even telegraph what it was about going back to school that was so rewarding. I was 32, had three kids (7, 2, and a newborn), divorced, and scared shitless. As you may have ascertained, I was something of a HUMONGOUS NINNY who lived up or down to the expectants placed on me by other people. Stepping back into the classroom at that stage in my life, when I had children to think about/provide for/protect/lead was, well, transformative. I realized that I possessed intellectual powers. My entire life to that point I had largely been "valued" based on my appearance. I was pretty-the kind of pretty that inspires other girls or women to hate and men to want to possess but not the kind of pretty that could have provided a launching pad to power or independence. My reward came in being able to re-define my identity.
            Yoiks. Man, that is one sordid tale.

          6. dubyatf

            To clarify: no one was spitting on me! I'm on my iPad, which likes to "correct" my spelling, and which makes it nigh on to fucking impossible to edit a comment that's already been posted.
            So that "humongous ninny" sentence? Should say "the EXPECTATIONS placed on me."

          7. Gunner Asch

            In the somewhat hilarious dept that was an interesting typo. Reminded me of Basic Training when I was handed a rake and told to grade the Run/Dodge/Jump course which used to be a part of the PT test in the old days. I was industriously raking away when the DI came up, spat contemptuously, grabbed the rake out of my hand and sneered "Don't try to think. You can't do it. We're here to think for you". Then he proceeded to show me the proper way, which was indistinguishable from the way I had been raking. All part of the mental stress they try to put on you. Fortunately I had enough of a sense of self preservation to keep a straight face and not bust out laughing.

            FWIW, back in school days I would have been envious of you as one of those people for whom the world was apparently their oyster. I lived mostly up in my head somewhere, built hot rods and marveled at all those people who as far as I could tell were supremely happy in the social milieu of the time.

        2. tessiee

          "*My* peeve involves substituting "that" for "who" wherein you'd take the above example "It was her that pushed me in line""

          Yes! THANK you!!
          I usually try to avoid most grammar nitpicks, but "a person that" gets up my nose, big-time.

      1. IceCreamEmpress

        No, saying that a racist as fuck society "should be" colorblind and hewing to the "whoever smelt it, dealt it" party line is their way.

        War is peace! Ignorance is freedom!

      1. FROTHY

        Thank you. Makes me so happy to see all those different faces, different races. I grew up in one dem countries where you never know what group somebody belong.

    5. AddHomonym

      But we do not want a "color blind" society, right, at least not now? The whole point is that being a black man or black woman (I am neither) in America means something. Maybe someday it won't, but today, it does and we should talk about it.

  3. PuckStopsHere

    The cat holding the Skittles should have been shot, obvs. The (white) dude in the suit might as well have been wearing a kevlar vest since they work exactly the same out on the street.

    1. AlterNewt

      Here's what Jason Linkins at you-know-where had to say about that, this morning:

      "I'll just go ahead and consider it a race issue, then, because I am pretty sure that I could go to that same community, at the same time of night, and wear a hoodie and hold skittles and not get shot to death. I bet you a million dollars that I can go to that community and wear a hoodie that says, "F–K THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH I WILL KILL YOU WITH KNIVES," litter the place with skittles, and clink bottles together whilst calling out, "GEORGE ZIMMERMAN COME OUT AND PLAY-YAY!" without getting shot to death."

      1. tessiee

        "and clink bottles together whilst calling out, "GEORGE ZIMMERMAN COME OUT AND PLAY-YAY!""

        "Warriors" ref ftw!

  4. LiveToServeYa

    Well, the woman in the top right photo doesn't seem to have her hair braided, so that can't be KBJ. Also, if we can't hate you for being beautiful, why *can* we hate you?

      1. FROTHY

        No, it isn't. However, calling her names, mocking her for an accident, implying that she is so fucking thin-skinned that she BANS people rather than verbally kicking their deserving asses — that's stupid. Owner's sandbox, owner's rules. I don't care one way or the other, but if the current owner gets sued into oblivion, we will lose this community, that I've learned to love so much and care about. It isn't too much to ask that members of the community put just a *little teensy bit* of their big brains into figuring out how to bring the snark without killing the community. Feel free to tell me to go fuck myself, but I believe I just laid out the scenario accurately.

        1. Boojum

          Not that I would disagree with our Editrix (as I gaze in worshipful puppy lust at the altar I created from her Internet pictu….um….), but Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects blogs from liability for third party postings of defamatory content.

          1. FROTHY

            Yes, but in order to plead that at the trial, one first has to lay out a whole shitload of munnies in attorney fees. Worse still, they don't have to SUE you if they can threaten your advertisers. Wonkette content is free to us, the readers. But SOMEbody has to pay the staff, the tech folks, the server bills, etc. That money ain't coming from us. If the advertisers decide it ain't coming from THEM, neither, there is no Wonkette. I'm willing to cut out the "CUNT!" insults and the like just to have my Wonkette. And lookit, Editrix has been giving us Saturday AND Sunday posts so we don't have to dick around with breaking the commenting system. She's funny, she works her ass off to bring the snark, and she doesn't banhammer. I can meet her halfway. It isn't too much to ask.

          2. Boojum

            I am not complaining, merely being a pedantic know it all.

            But, I will also represent Our Wonkette gratis, pro bono, and for free. Our commiegirl knows how to reach me, and when commie's in trouble, I am not slow, it's hip, hip, hip and away I go!

          3. FROTHY

            (Hugs the Boojum) That's OK, I was being the same. Pedantic as fuck-all, that would be me.

            Oh, and thanks a million for making teh commiegirl teh offer. If it ever comes to that, I will be happy to do my part. THIS is where I come when rage makes me blind and crazy, and it always irons out the knots to be here with the brilliant, wicked, funny, and most of all, bone-deep KIND people who haunt this site.

        2. Barb

          Frothy, you just made me cry. I've been in a funk all day over this silly shit. I want Wonkette to be the hap, hap, happy place that I come to to snark about the madness of the world.

          The intelligence of the people here is incredible. I read the witty posts and I think to myself, "I wish I would have said that" No hyperbole here, I have an actual roll of Viva towels next the the computer because I have been known to take a quick slug of Diet Pepsi and read a comment and then have to clean the glass on my desk.

          It's not my story to tell. Rebecca already posted it:
          I have a 17-year-old boy whom I've been raising from the age of 18 months. He was a crack baby. When I got him, he couldn't crawl yet. He's a sweet, dumb kid, he's certainly not going to college, and I have very sincere doubts that he will manage to graduate in June, because he cannot pass the high school exam for the life of him. I worry ALL. THE. TIME.

          I toss my money at the Girl Scouts for their cookies. Lying little bitches, "thin mints" don't work. I drag my stuff to the curb for the Boys and Girls Club to take off my hands. Could I adopt a child? I'm not special enough to handle something like that.

          I look at the stories posted in Wonkette and I think of it as a "can you find a caption for this picture" and I try to join in. I love this place and I love the people. We live to snark another day!

          1. FROTHY

            (Hugs the Barb most fondly) Don't you cry, sweet pretty lady. It's all good. We have our up days and our down days.

            Extemporanus said the one rule is NEVER attack teh fellow Wonketteerz (and this after I publicly attacked him). I thought about attacking him some more for saying that, and then realized that he was absolutely correct. It ain't a community if we start attacking each other or the Bringers of Snark. We'll weather this, as long as we can remember the rule. And I fully expect a downy-feathered Owl to snark up soon, and Texan_Bulldog very graciously accepted my tribute of a case of gummi bears.

            Or as my favourite little girl used to say, "It'll be Otay."

          2. Barb

            The answer to the "I want to say anything that I please" thing is to go to GoDaddy and get past the Danica Patrick promised sexually charged ads that fall short of expectations and register for your own domain name and start your own website.

            You and I both own our own websites and we know what is naughty and what is nice. I would take my cell phone to the powder room because I was certain that one of the mods would find something that would cause Jeffery to lose his gaming license, such as links to pirated software. Yeah, I loved my forum members. I also like to squander Jeffery's paychecks on food and fuel, and not lawyers, selfish bitch that I am.

            Do you know how many sites have the "your comment is awaiting moderation" thing? Arianna, I am talking about y-o-u!

          3. Barb

            Tramp, I saw a recent picture of Donald Trump Jr. who shot an elephant and stands proudly with the severed tail. What a dick!

          4. FROTHY

            Yeah, I built up huge P-ness at HufflePuffz before getting godawful tired of the moderation bullshit. In Teh Moderator's defense, there is only ONE moderator there, and there are an AWFUL lotta trolls, and unlike this little community where the Beastlies band together and mock the trolls right out, HufflePuff isn't much of a community at all, so the trolls can run pretty wild. And Arianna is all about being "centrist," and posing for pitchers with Newt and Callista and stuff. So although I would never say anything negative about her (except maybe on my own fucking blog), I decided I like the rough-and-tumble of Teh Wonketz WAY better.

            And Thin Mints? Don't even get me started on Thin Mints. Enough of those and Thin is about the last thing you'll be.

    1. flamingpdog

      My recollection from last night's post is that our new overmistress never specified that she was braiding the hair on KBJ that you can see in the picture.

    2. GreatChristiano

      That must be her though. Top right corner with the sunglasses on top of her head. I'd put $$ on it.

  5. memzilla

    I see great merchandising potential here!

    First: the video game, which can be a stone rip-off of Angry Birds. Call it Angry Ground. Choose your character: Armed Tea Party Racist or Ghetto Rat.

    Second: the Trayvon Martin brand of hoodie, by Fubu. Secret compartment for your first aid kit and your Skittles.

    Third: Don't Stand On This Ground!, the iPhone app tied into GPS. Works to both prevent and cause racial incidents. For most accurate results, you'll have to tell your iPhone your race, which is great news for advertisers' micro-targeting. Works for all races, black, white, Hispanic, Asian.

    Fourth: The Remington Special Edition 9mm Handgun: The Re-N***er.

    Fifth: Trayvon Commemorative Skittles™ — licorice and vanilla.

    After all, if you can't co-opt it and merchandise it, here in post-post-racial America, what good is it?

      1. memzilla

        Now pretend you don't believe that Corporate America isn't planning this even as I type it.

    1. flamingpdog

      I can't wait until singer/pianist and noted Rush Limpballs party performer Elton John comes out with a reworked tribute to Trayvon.

      1. memzilla

        And handgun branding? How about "The Judge Public Defender" .45 revolver by Taurus Arms? "Ideal for short distances where most altercations occur… [and] a reduced profile hammer that won't catch when it needs to come out quickly."

  6. Beowoof

    It's hard to snark on this topic. As for so long I have seen the stupidity of a racism. I think Martin Luther King said it right: people should be evaluated on the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

    1. sewollef

      Agreed. I too find it hard to snark about this, since a [white] teacher friend of mine was killed by paramilitary police while protesting against the fascists in London [Blair Peach]. I was at the same demonstration, but two streets away.

      His funeral was a 15,000-strong demonstration of solidarity with opponents of racism and those that pay the ultimate price for their opposition.

  7. TanzbodenKoenig

    can we get one of those 1000000 hoodie marches right in front of Zimmerman's house next time? If the little racist shitbag wants to be scared of black people in hoodies we oughta give him a damn good reason to be.

    1. Rotundo_

      Zimmerman isn't a *little* racist shitbag, he's a giant economy sized one. He wasn't scared, he was hunting. If he was scared he would have let the kid go, he was out to take "one of them" out, and judging by what little I have heard, had been out to do so for quite a while.

      1. FROTHY

        Forty-six calls to the cops about "black males" in less than three months, you're damn right he was hunting. And now, of course, the lickspittles of the press are droning on endlessly about how he was "really" Latino. Won't work, ya mothafuckas. Lots of Latinos who know damn well, when y'all get done wiping out the black folks, you're gonna start on them.

        1. Fare la Volpe

          It also completely ignores the fact that Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Charlie Sheen and Cameron Diaz are just as Hispanic as Zimmerman, but they're still fucking white.

  8. FakaktaSouth

    Good looking folks to be sure. I like the "I am black, not conspicuous" sign. I need a "I'm on your side" poster for when the revolution comes.
    They have GOT to stop with that "shooter kills unarmed teen" bullshit, making it sound like there was a legitimate confrontation. The kid was minding HIS OWN business and if the fucktard with the gun and wannabe-cop-complex had done the same, the kid would still be alive. This was murder, by a racist psycho, with a gun, period.

    1. tessiee

      "I like the "I am black, not conspicuous" sign."

      Not sure if you were putting your own spin on this, but it says, "I am black, not suspicious".
      I know this because I zoomed all the way in.
      It's totally not that my eyes are getting middle aged like the rest of me, not at all.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        Huh. I just read it wrong. And probably saw what this comes down to in my head – yes, I think he was out looking for people of blackness to target. I really do. I think Zimmerman is a lunatic. So it was a freudian quote? Suspicious is good too of course.

        1. memzilla

          Disagree. Zimmerman is not a lunatic. He is the logical rational product of the right wing Hate Stream Media.

          [And don't give his defense any *ahem* ammunition.]

          1. FakaktaSouth

            That's fine and I see what you mean, but i don't know what else you call a person that drives around their neighborhood with a gun like a vigilante block captain shooting people he chases down for LITERALLY just walking down the street whilst being a black kid. That is fucking crazy. But it also doesn't mean he shouldn't be prosecuted as a legitimate straight up murdering asshole – and MOST unfortunately there's no need for a defense where there's no arrest.

        2. Mumbletypeg

          I had to squint until I saw, like tessiee did, what made out to be 'suspicious' but I like conspicuous too — esp. in regard to Geraldo's wardrobe crack, amounting to "Don't be conspicuous, then you won't look suspicious." Simplistic glossing-over for a simpleton audience.

          1. Biff

            Someone posted a pic of Geraldo wearing a hoodie on FB yesterday, I thought it was a nice touch.

          2. FROTHY

            I wish his kid, who claims to be ashamed of him, would straight out fucking kick his ass in public. If he was MY old man, I'd give him the beat-down. What a rotten, shitty thing to say.

    2. HippieEsq

      All that may be true, except the part about LA folks being good looking…everyone knows all the hotties are from Sacto (see people I snarked. Go Kings.). The guy is a psycho murderer and free as we speak….

      But the police reponse. Holy shit is that scary. I don't want to stop with "charge Zimmerman". What else do police let armed psychos get away with down there? Investigate/charge those fuckers. Something stinks.

  9. ifthethunderdontgetya

    One thing about Los Angeles: our people really are more gorgeous than your people.


    (Yes, I'm including West Virginia as 'East Coast'. Everyone knows it's the hottie state!)

    P.S. Sorry Ohio, although my apartment is still there, I'm abandoning y'all.

          1. FROTHY

            AW! No! We can't have that!

            (Chucks the little nut under the chin, scratches cheeks)

            There are Rosellas here, eating the seeds out of the honeydew my sister put up for them! Pretty birdies!

          2. FROTHY

            They sure are pretty little birds! Incredibly BOLD, too! Life sucks right now. It suddenly turned to winter, I didn't bring warm clothes, I'm freezing my fucking ass off, and the cats are all gathered round waiting for me to kack so they can suck the last few joules of heat from my carcass before eating it. Little fuckers.

            On teh PLUS side, there's an awful lotta tasty ASIAN food here! The REAL stuff. Gonna go out there and try to find some in an hour. Tired of cooking and washing and all that shit. Can't wait to get home! (Patient is being difficult, but only sometimes)

          3. dubyatf

            Yer so awesome. . . And I don't even know you. But your you-ness unfurls from your posts and seems to perfume the air.
            I know from personal experience that doing what you're doing is exhausting and there are lots of moments when even the knowledge that your loved one needs you like a pool needs a cue isn't *quite* enough to stave off the doldrums. However, what you must do is focus on your sister's eventual return to health and the certain knowledge that it won't have been possible without your care. Also: Asian food.
            Terrorist fist bump to you, my dear.

          4. FROTHY

            Thank you very much, dubyatf. You are too kind.

            Asian food, fershure.

            Some day, I'll figure out why we get so ANGRY when our loved ones fall ill. Must be abandonment issues, and shit.

          5. Geminisunmars

            Plus resentment and exhaustion. And an irritating boredom. Which are all, I suppose, manifestation of anger, like you said. But I keep practicing caregiving as a practice, hoping that I will learn to BE while doing it. You are a good teacher to me in that regard, your Frothiness.

            Mmmm. Asian food.

          6. FROTHY

            I guess. I had a long talk with my dear departed Dad last night. I asked him to give me strength to love his children as much as he did. Dad wouldn't sleep when we were ill, he would pull up a chair and sit by our beds all night, holding the hand of whichever kid was down with the mumps or measles. You'd wake up at night, and there would be poor old Dad, head slumped on his chest, snoring, but still holding your hand tightly just in case you woke up and needed something. I woke up minus most of the anger, but, like you said, one needs to work at it, to turn rage into love. I learned a lot from you too, dear Gem. Let us support each other through the place we both have to walk right now.

            It was GREAT! Boy, do these folks know from authentic hot 'n spicy!

          7. Geminisunmars

            What a giving man. I know you've had huge pain in your life from that crazy mom of yours, but what an incredible father you had. He appparently filled you with love too, because you give that out all the time, even over the interwebs.Man, I'd love me some hot 'n spicy!

          8. FROTHY

            I just fed them, and they ran off to find other worthwhile things to do. All except for the FAT one, who is pretending to be a hot-water bottle and lying on my feet.

          9. tessiee

            I'm picturing kitties hunting critters in the outback. Do your cats sit on the windowsill and make that "ek-ek-ek" bird-huntin' noise at kangaroos through the window?

            Also, I hope you're as OK as you can be, under the circumstances.

    1. swordfis

      Dream on, California – or must I show you a pictures of Charles Manson and Ronald Reagan?

  10. Barb

    Montreal, good to see you. I was just taking note of the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers schedule. It's always good to be joined by a hockey fan, thanks!

        1. AlterNewt

          To clarify– I hope it's okay IN AMERICA to express a dislike for a particular variety of sugar-goo. I am no purist on this point. For example, I am DECIDEDLY pro-Reese's Peanut-butter Cup.

          1. finallyhappy

            And I think the Reese's pb cup is too sweet. Not sure if the recipe changed or it is just my taste buds/ old age.

          2. Biff

            I used to love them, too. When Hershey outsourced the manufature of them to Mexico, I sadly ceased eating them, along with pretty much every other Hershey product. Assholes.

          3. Jukesgrrl

            Not to mention mistreating their distribution employees. Or, as I've been often corrected, using distributors that mistreat their employees. Still adds up to a Hershey's boycott to me. God knows I don't need to eat candy anyway.

          4. Biff

            They hurt a lot of families when they closed down plants in the US and Canada. Of course I blame NAFTA as much as I blame Hershey, but I've always been a bigger fan of Ghirardelli's anyway.

          5. Biff

            I particularly miss the one in Oakdale CA, closest to home for me, and where they made Reese's.

          6. tessiee

            I like the dark bittersweet chocolate (and I keep hearing that it's actually good for you in some way); but in general, eating candy causes my clothing to shrink.

  11. Mumbletypeg

    Thanks for giving us the chance to appreciate the event & the effort via these photos, RS. I searched LA Times for additional views but found little so far. With Flickr had a little more luck. This one in particular, taken at a Sanford-based rally last week: "No Rest Until Arrest" reads the hand-drawn sign.
    If you're white, justice carried through is a right. If you're melanin-enhanced it is a privilege, neither assumed nor guaranteed. American Exceptionalism at its best, right down to the epidemic denial over our land's fixation with firearms beyond what you'll find in any other entity that deems itself "civilized," much less 'exceptionally' so.

    1. Fukui-sanYesOta

      The Swiss kinda like their guns as well, but they're more sensible about it. The Swiss are weird, anyway.

      I liked this bit:

      Conditions for getting a Carrying Permit

      There are three conditions:

      * fulfilling the conditions for buying a permit (see section below)
      * stating plausibly the need to carry firearms to protect oneself, other people, or real property from a specified danger
      * passing an examination proving both weapon handling skills and knowledge regarding lawful use of the weapon

      Which seems like a good idea to me.

      1. sharethegrief

        Women in Switzerland didn't get the right to vote until 1971. The fact that we were 50 years ahead of them still surprises me.

        1. Boojum

          It could be that the men were more sane and responsible, so that the women felt less urgency about the issue. We, however, need all the help we can get.

  12. BlueStateLibel

    That white guy with the suit and short hair actually looks awfully suspicious to me – he's the very same type that collapsed the economy and destroyed millions of lives! Who's to say he wouldn't do the same to me? Under the Stand Your Ground law, I think I'd be well within my rights to shoot him in self-defense. (Edited to add: for the obtuse, this is parody; he's probably a very nice gentleman.)

    1. Fukui-sanYesOta

      He's carrying a microphone, so he might be one of those shoeleather journalists interviewing blah Bono.

  13. memzilla

    We've forgotten to ask the important question: namely, how will all of this affect Sarah Palin?

    1. GemlikeFlame

      It won't affect her at all unless she sees it on the news and dimly associates it with something she'll get Bristol to say.

    2. Jukesgrrl

      I finally watched Game Change last night. I remember every pathetic minute of Palin's campaign/psychotic break but I watched with people who kept turning to me (the resident political junkie) and saying, "Did that really happen?" My repeated reply was, "No, it was actually a bit worse."

      It was lovely, though, to see the beautiful video of Hopey in Berlin and the Denver acceptance speech. Too bad we woke up from that dream. And too bad for Julianne Moore that was an HBO film. Otherwise she'd have a lock on an Academy Award.

      1. Geminisunmars

        While I thought Julianne's performance was very good, especially getting the cadence of speech down, it didn't have the shrill, sneering, mean tone with which she spoke (speaks).

        1. George Spelvin

          It was a movie, and a teevee movie at that. If Moore had accurately rendered the snowbilly screech, HBO would have lost 90% of its audience in the first half hour. I'm pretty sure she dialed it down on purpose.

          1. Geminisunmars

            I see your point. Just as I cannot bear to watch even her youtubey stuff, I wouldn't have lasted 10 minutes if it had been too *life-like*.

          2. Loaded_Pants

            Otherwise, HBO would have had to show a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie warning of the possibility that viewers' dogs may start to howl, run away, & then cower in fear.

    3. C_R_Eature

      If it isn't going to cause her to melt into the floor, screaming "Ohhh, what a world! What a worrrlld!" I'm just not interested.

    4. docterry6973

      She'll line up with Newt. Obama injecting race yada yada yada. But not until the meth wears off. It's still only Sunday afternoon up there.

  14. V572 Flambé

    How long before the gun fetishists appropriate Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down," if they haven't already? I'm afraid to look.

        1. Boojum

          Wang, dang, sweet fully automatic with a 50 round magazine….or

          The first time that I shot it I was just ten years old
          I shot it at a kitty next door
          I shot it at a doctor at the Abortionplex
          And then I shot it some more….

          1. C_R_Eature

            Full Clip Feverrrrr! *Doo Doo DO* Full Clip Feverrr! *Do do do do*

            Here's the guy who saw This is Spinal Tap and thought is was a Documentary.

      1. V572 Flambé

        Tom's lawyers will perhaps bring the Hammer of Jurisprudence down upon those who would misappropriate the tune.

          1. dubyatf

            "Making Zimmerman." Is that a scatological Idiom? If not, it should be.

            Caveat: not to be confused with "making A Zimmerman" because it is a physical impossibility to expel something that big, hairy and cholesterol-laden. . . UNLESS, of course, you're Newt Gingrich/Chris Christie, in which case: business as usual.

  15. bumfug

    Tomorrow is LA's "Million Hoodie March", opponents planning "Million Paranoids With Guns Muttering About Coons" counter-demonstration.

    1. FROTHY

      Haven't you heard? It was "GOONS," not "coons," and "goons" is a term of endearment. I know *I* always mutter terms of endearment under MY breath right before shooting unarmed children.

  16. Fred_Wertham_Jr

    People in NoCal are actually slightly better looking than those in SoCal. We don't go rubbing everyone's noses in it, though. That's why they hate you. We hate you too, but it's that stealing our water thing.

        1. GreatChristiano

          Frothy, my friend, I got a story for ya.

          This bud of mine, he used to go out with this beautiful Indian woman.

          Being a connoisseur of all things beautiful, I was jealous of the loving he was surely getting.

          I mentioned how I'd never been withy an Indian woman.

          He told me how its almost the same, but the pink parts are purple.

          True story.

    1. shebeers

      Greetings from SoCal Fred. I think many of us whether from the upper or lower part of the state have a "natural" beauty. You're right about NorCals not rubbing everyone's nose in it, that definitely comes from the SoCal coast.

      p.s. So sorry about the water, my bad.

        1. FROTHY

          I lived in L.A. for a while, and people there really ARE beauitful. That's because so many of them came to LA to star in Teh Mooovies. They're the most beautiful people from all over the country, hoping to make it big in a place where beauty is more valued than talent, skill, or brains, pretty much. You never saw a town so obsessed with looks.

          1. Fare la Volpe

            A friend of a friend of mine moved to LA as part of his job, and he actually had friends (not boyfriends, fucking friends) break up with him because they didn't think he was attractive enough.

            This one little snot actually said to him, "My other friends are all really handsome, and I can't let them see me hanging out with you."

            Our intrepid hero quipped back, "Yeah, I understand: I've been the ugly friend in a group too."

          2. Geminisunmars

            I was raised in LA and left many decades ago. I went back for my cousin's wedding. All any one at my reception table could talk about was their weight and the weight of the bride, and all of it was snide. Whenever I feel homesick I remember that event.

          3. FROTHY

            I'm glad you found a better place, darlz. L.A. is pretty much the shits if you're not young, beautiful, and rich. Although they sure do throw some hella cool parties out that way. (You think THOSE folks were snide, you need to hang with Teh Queenz. They do death-dealing snark at fifty paces.)

          4. tessiee

            "All any one at my reception table could talk about was their weight and the weight of the bride, and all of it was snide."

            I grew up right outside of NYC, and same deal there.

            Fat doesn't even mean fat, exactly, it means evil.

            One of my girl cousins, who is really beautiful, but definitely got her DNA from the short, fat, big-assed side of the family, was sitting at lunch with co-workers, all of whom were doing the "I'm so fat" thing for about the millionth time. One of them said, "I'm so fat! I'm going to gym right after work! Can you believe I'm up to a size SIX??" Cuzette, a real no-bullshit Jersey Girl type, looked her right in the eye and said, "What must you think of ME, then?"
            *shocked silence all around the table*
            *group denials of, "Oh, YOU'RE not fat!" trailing off into "you're, uh…" *
            Cuzette is like Honey Badger, which is only one reason why I love her.

          5. Geminisunmars

            Yay for Cuzette!I suppose it is endemic in our culture, but in LA the shallow seems to run deeper.

          6. FROTHY

            Geez. Yeah, they really ARE that shallow. Your friend is better off without such a putz in his life.

            I usually get kicked out for my politics. This is probably the only place in the world where my politics *ain't* considered unacceptable *and* the regulars aren't mouth-breathing nutbags.

    2. Negropolis

      Thank you. Needed to be said. Though, coastal people in general have a very bad habit of bragging about what they assume they have an don't have. lol

  17. SexySmurf

    Only one white dude called us “Guilty White Liberals” for not understanding that there is no such thing as racism outside Capitalism

    Let me guess, he was also selling a badly photocopied Socialist newspaper.

      1. SexySmurf

        I'm psychic like that Long Island Medium broad. I'm also sensing he had a beard, wore glasses and is currently studying sociology at a Community College.

    1. doloras

      While it is true that biological racism is only about as old as Capitalism, people who say things like that are generally looking for excuses to act like assholes "until the Revolution".

  18. C_R_Eature

    Trouble Comin' Every Day.
    Well. That's pretty much it. I really hate that I feel the need to reference this song – yet again – about the Watts race riots, from an album recorded in 1966,in 2012. Maybe after all the old frightened white racists die off we'll finally achieve a fairer and less violent society.
    Maybe not, but isn't it pretty to think so?

    Oh, and: "…our people really are more gorgeous than your people".
    You know, there's a whole lot more of us Ugly folk around than you gorgeous ones.

    1. Steverino247

      Dweezil plays this occasionally on the ZPZ tours. Still relevant all these years later…

    2. FROTHY

      Shhh! Don't WARN them, CRE. That way, when we surround them, overpower them, and carry them off to Teh Cave for extended, ahem, they'll be all surprised and stuff.

    3. GreatChristiano

      Never trust anything that ends with, "Wouldn't it be pretty to think so?"

      Oral sex is better anyway…

  19. Biff

    Bonus: can you spot Wonkette editor Kirsten Boyd Johnson in the photos? Look really hard.

    Never having met or seen a picture of KBJ, I went to "Bing" images. They gave me many possibilities, including images of men, and even female bodybuilders. So no, I can't spot Wonkette Editor Kirsten Boyd Johnson now, any better than I could before I was tasked with spotting her.

          1. nonbeliever7

            Thanks for caring frothman. I had to go to huff post for recuperation. Their celeb photos do come in handy.

        1. C_R_Eature

          I must be developing a tolerance to these things. that only made me fall on the floor and vomit once, this time.

  20. johnnyzhivago

    Well, other oppressed groups are out protesting too. This week Wall Street is the site of the "Million Hedge Fund Managers March", out of work traders protesting Obama's tax policies and the increase in aviation fuel prices that's grounding their Gulfstreams.

  21. dubyatf

    Did you guys see this?

    "Skittles and Arizona iced tea, the products that some say have become a symbol in the Trayvon Martin case has broken its silence about the shooting of the teenager in Florida that touched off a national outcry.

    “We are deeply saddened by the news of Trayvon Martin's [rip] and express our sincere condolences to his family and friends,” Jennifer Jackson-Luth, spokeswoman for Wrigley, the company that makes Skittles, said in an exclusive statement to HLN. Wrigley is a division of Virginia-based Mars, Inc. “We also respect their privacy and feel it inappropriate to get involved or comment further as we would never wish for our actions to be perceived as an attempt of commercial gain following this tragedy."

    A spokeswoman for Arizona Iced Tea told HLN that the company would like to "express our sincere sympathies to Trayvon’s family and friends."

    "At this time, we will make no further comment as we wish to respect the family’s privacy and grieving time and feel it is inappropriate to become involved in a private family matter," Arizona iced tea global communications director Jackie Harrington said in an emailed statement.

    Skittles and Arizona iced tea have been used by grass-roots movements to call attention to the case: A web page promoting Wednesday’s Million Hoodie March told supporters to, “Send bags of Skittles to the Sanford Chief of Police, demanding that George Zimmerman be brought to justice.”

    On Twitter, celebrities like filmmaker Spike Lee sent tweets asking people to send Skittles to the Sanford Police Department."

    Here's the mailing address:
    Sanford Police Department
    815 West 13thth Street
    Sanford, FL 32771

    Brb. Running out to buy a BIG bag of Skittles.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      My Skittles are in the mail with a note that says, "Greetings from Arizona. When people shoot kids here we at least lock them up in a mental hospital. Christina Taylor Green & Trayvon Martin RIP."

      1. FROTHY

        Thanks for the reminder, Jukesgrrl. We should never forget that poor child. At least in Loughner's case, the dood was seriously mentally ill. I wonder what defense Zimmerman will claim?

  22. dubyatf

    Altho, I just have to add, Jackie Harrington and Arizona Iced Tea: FAIL. Private family matter my shiny white butt. Have you been paying attention??
    Or conversely-yes, it's a family matter. Do you not consider yourself a member of the Family of Man?
    At least when Skittles opted out of expressing public outrage it covered its ass in a much more adroit fashion.
    It makes one wonder to what degree this has impacted sales of the two products and why the terribly progressive media has chosen to report, all breathy, the upsurge in sales of friggin' Etch-a-Sketches but ignores Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea.
    See, we can concoct a non-issue and profess outrage over it, too.
    Skittle non-libel!!

    1. Dudleydidwrong

      No, it doesn't. The Florida government, when asked about this, said they might be endangered. But an unnamed government employee said that the reason is that these people are "too stupid to shoot, as fish in a barrel would be more difficult, especially in Palm Beach."

    2. V572 Flambé

      If nobody's looking, and the Wall Streeter is black and wearing a hoodie, why not?

      See, the law in all its majesty….you know the rest.

    3. Barrelhse

      In Florida you can shoot anybody you damn want to, just as long as there are no witnesses.

  23. C_R_Eature


    Oh, that's right…Brietbart's Still Fucking Dead.

      1. C_R_Eature


        Yeah, thanks. I think there was stuff about personal hygiene, too. That would have gone over really well with this crowd.

    1. ElPinche


  24. Sassomatic

    Can I go to Florida and start randomly shooting all the evangelicals pushing for a Christian theocratic state? I feel pretty threatened by them.

    *I am not suggesting that I will do this, merely inquiring if such a thing would be lawful in Florida.

          1. FROTHY

            I swear to god that skit runs through my head alla time here. I have to bite my tongue to keep from saying anything, tho. I understand the locals ain't too fond of it.

  25. freakishlywrong

    The fuck? A Sunday post, meaningful pics and one of our esteemed writers taking part? What is this, TPM all of a sudden? Thank you, thank you!

  26. ttommyunger

    So, how long before Ted Nugent and Rush Limbaugh team up for a fundraiser for the poor beleaguered Neighborhood Watch Captain's Legal Defense Fund?

    1. GreatChristiano

      No shit! Isn't Nugent one of the assholiest people you know?

      Oh, disregard the comment if you meant it in praise of Nugent.

      1. ttommyunger

        Assholiest, asshateish, and dumbest. I frankly don't think either of these fuckwads could be praised in their Obituaries, which I hope to be reading soon.

      1. Loaded_Pants

        The only redeeming thing about Hank Jr. is he helped in the conception of Hank the Third. One of the best shows I went to was Hank III at a grimy little hole here.
        Plus, he's hawt.
        I can't help it, I have a weakness for big-eared tattooed punkbillies.

    2. Dr. Nick Riviera

      Well, on the one hand the shooter is not white. On the other hand, his "Hispanicness" is Peruvian which isn't the ethnicity people mean when they're saying slurs about "Hispanics".

      I think they'll go with their guts and decide racism against blahs trumps distrust of Peruvians.

      1. flamingpdog

        With most of these fucktards, you could show them a map of the Pacific/Indian Ocean with Australia labeled "Peru", and they'd nod in agreement.

    3. docterry6973

      I am already stocking my warehouse with 'Free Zimmerman' tee shirts. Profit is its own reward, you know.

        1. flamingpdog

          Before I started boycotting Wal Mart, I had stopped buying clothes there because they had 10 XXXL shirts for every 1 small and every 2 mediums on the rack.

        1. HippieEsq

          The march of freedom is, it turns out, not only stoppable but sometimes falls backwards into Pat Buchanan's lap.

  27. GreatChristiano

    Instead of a race war, can't we just do an east coast/ west coast thing?

    That would be funner.

          1. Gunner Asch

            Whenever my wife sees Denzel Washington she goes "Mmmmm, so bilaterally symmetrical". (Really – there was some article about what we think is beautiful in people; maybe that's what you were referencing?)

    1. flamingpdog

      I could get into sitting out on my veranda with a mother-fucking iced tea in hand, watching the missiles fly over the flyover states.

    2. V572 Flambé

      So, an Italian and a Greek are arguing about which ancient culture was the greatest. "Look at Alexander," the Greek guy says. " He conquered most of the known world, more than five million square kilometers."

      "Big deal," says the Italian. "Alexander was seige artist, a plunderer. The Roman Empire was larger, and lasted longer, and built roads and aqueducts that still exist today."

      "We invented democracy," the Greek guy says.

      "Pah, only works in little states," the Italian says. "The Romans invented the republican form of government, which every modern democracy uses to this day."

      "We invented sex," the Greek guy says.

      "True," the Italian says, "but we invented sex with women."

      1. GreatChristiano

        You win the trophy for funniest joke of the day!

        As an Italian, I'd say the Greeks are good for their women.

    3. Biel_ze_Bubba

      can't we just do an east coast/ west coast thing?

      Well, we did try the North/South thing a while back. Anyone remember how that worked out?

  28. Dr. Nick Riviera

    But wait! Esteemed blog "the Blaze" reports Trayvon might have fought the stranger who went after him with a gun! Now who is the monster, Lamestream meda? Not George Zimmerman- his mom is Peruvian!

  29. Steverino247

    By the way, the correct answer: She's the blonde woman squinting a bit in the sunlight in the top right photo.

  30. freakishlywrong

    And I'm not proud oaf it, but here I am, playing with my pretend
    Internet friends on a fucking stunningly beautiful day here in the dumbshine state. I should be out gamboling or something. But fuck it.

    1. flamingpdog

      Me too, out here in the Square State. But I have the excuse that I was food-poisoned at one of the local Messican restaurants last night. BUILD THE FENCE!!1!

        1. flamingpdog

          I like the other Messican restaurant in town better (I think I've been poisoned once before at the one we were at last night), but it was my oldest boy's choice. I don't dine out much at all these days, but I take him out to dinner sometimes because he's one of the poorz (the other two pups, including teh ghey one, are doing well in today's economy).

          1. FROTHY

            Poor kid (the boy, not you). Next time, tell him Daddy picks the restaurant anaconda Daddy's got a sensitive stummick. Ya can't let them poison you for your lovingkindness, dood. Gotta draw a line somewhere.

            He's the eldest, idn't. he?

        1. flamingpdog

          Thanks, beautiful, tall redhead! I tried to find a prairie dog wearing a hoodie, but had to settle for the one I adopted.

  31. GreatChristiano

    KBJ must be the girl with the sunglasses, top row, right corner–the girl in the foreground of the photo–that's her.

    She looks like she edits.

    As my prize I'd like to write a one-time guest column.

      1. GreatChristiano

        As a single, successful guy who has a strong appreciation for feminine beauty,

        I'd say Kirsten has the beautiful lips of a Pre-Raphaelite model.

        1. FROTHY

          The rest of that gal ain't too shabby either, lemme tellya.

          Also too, our Editrix, not to be rude, disrespectful, and thoroughly fappy-slutty, is one HOT MAMA!!!

          I mean, brilliant, yeah, that's the ticket. Smart, brilliant, big big uh … brain.

          1. GreatChristiano

            I know, I know. Intelligence is oh so attractive–big brains really do it for me; I've got a thing for double entendres!

            I worship from afar…

            (Not to be disrespectful in the slightest)

            [By the way, I just LOVE the way you constructed your second sentence with the aside creating the caesura].

          2. GreatChristiano

            Morning, Froth.

            Yeah, I meant it metaphorically of course but you have enlightened me to the evolution of the word as it does infer cutting–in half. I love how your aside of "not to be rude, disrespectful, and thoroughly fappy-slutty" (as if I could ever be accused of such!) created a break midway, leaving our sentence "Also too our Editrix" to balance equally with "is one hot momma." I just love well put together sentences. Mmmm, hmmmm.

    1. Barb

      GreatChristiano, I would like to see a weekly feature with one of us who makes a post for the rest of us to respond to.

  32. C_R_Eature

    To any of you put there well versed in these "Stand Your Ground" laws, I have a theoretical question:

    If I feel threatened by a demonstrably evil sociopath who is unashamedly responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths of innocent people in an illegal and unnecessary war of aggression, do I have the legal grounds to shoot, even though they may very well have just been the recipient of a heart transplant?

    Just a theoretical question. The law seems unclear on these matters.

    1. Barrelhse

      The answer is: "Yes! In Florida it is perfectly acceptable to shoot anyone you want to, for any reason at all. Just be sure there are no witnesses and No Problem!"

      1. C_R_Eature

        Well, that's good to know! Thanks!

        Uh…just one more question. How much are Air Ambulance flight services from DC to Florida these days?
        Just curious.

          1. C_R_Eature

            Only in Florid_uuhh.
            Now that you mention it…there have been a lot of good reviews of the food Court at the Abortionplex.

          2. C_R_Eature

            I've never been able to make Ginger and Fetuses work together. Actually, I can whip up a decent Fetus pad Thai, and, of course fetusajitas for Mexican nite.

          3. FROTHY

            I'm sure you already know quite well who Fruit Chan is, but if you don't, I b'leev Netflix has a movie of his called "Dumplings."

            Veddy sick and scary. You WILL enjoy.

          4. FROTHY

            Hen hao, le!

            Saw a Korean film recently that you might enjoy also: I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK, is the title, I think. Hilariously black and bitter.

            I will put Durian, Durian on my movie list. Thanks, CRE!

    2. flamingpdog

      I've got a feeling that Darth just added Florida to the list of places he can't visit.

      1. C_R_Eature

        On advice from Legal Council, I am sure.

        Hey, does Florida have an extradition treaty with the USA?

        1. flamingpdog

          I kind of doubt it. If we had such a thing, why didn't Bubba Clinton use it to seize Jeb Bush and Katie Harris in November of 2000?

          1. C_R_Eature

            Good point. Besides, what kind of self-respecting country would want to sign a treaty with Florida?

          2. C_R_Eature

            Those were the assholes that invaded New York City in the 50's! That wasn't funny at all. I still have relatives that won't come out of their basements.

  33. starfanglednut

    Only slightly OT:

    Why, in the name of all that is holy, if by some insane convolution of law this man can't be arrested (which I don't believe) is he not on psychiatric hold? He's clearly dangerous. Where I live, he'd have been arrested of course, but if not, he'd have been in a forensic psych unit faster that he could utter a racial slur.

    1. Negropolis

      I thought they were just evil, but listening to the police chief, city manager, and even the mayor, it's pretty clear that these aren't the smartest dudes in Florida, to say the very least. Rank incomptence plays hugely into this.

    1. flamingpdog

      Yeah, right, term of endearment. Check out goon at the Urban dictionary, especially no. 4. Also see no. 21.

      1. Loaded_Pants

        Yes, it is a term of endearment. I always call the hubs a goon during our pillow talk.
        When I encounter our neighbors on the sidewalk of our block or see them sittin' on their porches, I always say: "How are you goons doin'?"
        When I go to the local Indian & Asian markets, I always say to the cashiers: "How's business been going for you goons?" or "Will the hoodies be on discount for 'Goon Day'?"

    1. FROTHY

      If you haven't already read Walter Moseley's science fiction, I highly recommend it. Especially the short story about the plot by RAHOWA WP Nazis to wipe out all BLAH people with a virus, that backfires, killing all the WHA people. Except those who have more than 1/256 AA ancestry, of course. HA! Chills, dood, chills.

      1. Gunner Asch

        Wow, thanks. When I ran out of Easy Rawlins books at the library I didn't think to keep looking for the rest of his work.

      1. dubyatf

        Not good. Not good at all.
        Except. . . It *does* do my shriveled heart good to think of Zimmerman "making Zimmerman" in his size 44s.

    1. Loaded_Pants

      Great. Just great. More fuel for the right wingers. Thank you very much, Mikhail Muhammad.

    2. Monsieur_Grumpe

      This can't end well. But still, the fact this Zimmerman is still walking around free is just disgusting.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Have they taken away his gun yet? I'm betting not. This will make his eventual arrest a wee bit tense. My advice is to not send any black officers.

        1. imissopus

          It's been reported in a couple of places this weekend (I saw it on MSNBC) that the cops actually did take away his gun after the shooting, but he still has his license to carry a concealed weapon. Don't know why that wasn't revoked – maybe that has to be done by a state-level agency and not the local cops, maybe it only gets revoked or suspended when someone gets convicted or at least indicted, or maybe just incompetence on the cops' part. But the gun stays in police possession until he gets completely cleared, if he gets cleared. Which I think is unlikely.

          1. Gunner Asch

            Yeah the police took away my gun when I dropped the coat in was in while I was doing a project at Intel and it bounced a slug off a file cabinet and buried itself in the ceiling. I didn't have a CWP at the time or I'm pretty sure I would've gotten it back. (Really, I did have something of a reason. I used to catnap at the side of the road between Seattle and Portland on my many trips back and forth. Plus I was recently back from Vietnam and it just seemed like I was nekkid if unarmed.)

            BTW, you shouldn't carry a round in the chamber in a cheap Colt .25

    3. GreatChristiano

      What is interesting is that the mission statement for the New Black Panther Party claims them a “virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders encourage violence against whites, Jews and law enforcement officers," but it says nuthin' about violence against mexicans.

      Perhaps they are expanding their community outreach.

    4. Biel_ze_Bubba

      FOX NEWS LATINO ????

      Those fuckers know exactly where to aim their fair and balanced horseshit, don't they?

      1. Loaded_Pants

        Zimmerman's father said that his son couldn't possibly be racist because Fatface George's mother was Latino.
        Like anyone who has a biracial or even multiracial heritage can't be racist.
        Okay then.
        One of the best friends I ever had had Melungeon heritage yet the majority of her family members were rabid racists.
        Hell, she had an uncle who was well known for only preaching at churches in the south that promoted white supremacy.

        1. MosesInvests

          IIRC, the Gauleiter or whatever of the Nazis who marched in Skokie had a Jewish father. As did Zhirinovsky, the head of Pamyat, the Russian fascist party. And don't even get me started on that Anti-Semite SOB Caspar Weinberger.

    5. Negropolis

      The New Black Panthers? You mean both of 'em?

      BTW, here's what one of the founders of the original Black Panthers had to say about these loons who use their name:

      Just to hate another person because [of] the color of their skin or their ethnicity — we don't do that. That's not what the goal objective is. The goal objective is human liberation. The goal objective is the greater community cooperation and humanism. The goal objective is to get rid of institutionalized racism…

    6. Chet Kincaid

      A group of no importance, no influence, and no membership, which is useful to have around as a strawman by FOX and the Big Racism network of sites. I wonder where those 2 guys get their money.

    7. An_Outhouse

      That article is the only Faux News report I've seen that mentions the Southern Poverty Law Center. Woo Hoo! Good on you, New Black Panthers. Both of you.

    1. Swampgas_Man

      Wow, do I live a sheltered life. These are literally the FIRST trolls I've read defending Zimmerman and condemning Martin.

    2. BlueStateLibel

      So now people who are pissed off at Zimmerman can stalk him, and all's Zimmerman has to do is just "run away?"

    3. docterry6973

      Of course, the 911 tapes show that Martin DID run away, and Zimmerman got out of his car to chase him on foot. With a gun. But Martin must not have been trying very hard; everyone knows how fast those blah folks can run.

      I am starting to wonder if the Gun Owners of America are assholes.

    4. Negropolis

      Better yet, he shouldn't have had to run away if Trayvon did in fact defend himself. He should have never gotten out of his vehicle.

      You know, I've been trying to build the very beset defense scenario for George in my head, and even in the very best (and the least likely) scenario for him he is still convicted of voluntary manslaughter. It's crazy to think that if Trayvon had been old enough to legally register a firearm, he would have actually been covered under the law Zimmerman originally tried to claim covered him.

      1. dubyatf

        Can you possibly please contact the D.A. in Sanford? If he's as stupid as the police chief he's incapable of the sort of logical reasoning you've just demonstrated. Brilliantly.

      2. Negropolis

        Oh, god. Just saw some interview with one of Zimmerman's lawyers, and now they are back to arguing that the "Stand your ground" bullshit does cover this, instead of going with a standard self-defense argument. **smacks forehead**

        Oh yeah, they also had the "black friend" on. Without getting to judgemental and too racial, let me just say that if that is the "black friend", well, he's going to need another one. The man was so unconvincing as to be offensive in even attempting to defend his "friend". BTW, advice to George's "friends": Don't even try to defend what happened that night. Vouch for his character, ingeneral, if you'd like, but doesn't give us bullshit about what our ears hear on those tapes. "Fucking goon"? Give me a fucking break.

  34. Barb

    I just saw the coolest bumper sticker:

    1. Mumbletypeg

      I had a friend email that to share w/ me last fall, right as the Human Rights rally was gearing up in our town. I had been trying to think of a sign to create that addressed the topic at hand, but it was all I could do not to borrow this instead. Since the rally was addressing human rights in a non-partisan fashion I figured I'd save this for a more relevant occasion.

      1. Barb

        Mumble, I was in line to vote and someone was wearing an Obama shirt and they were told to leave and come back without the shirt. I tossed them my car keys and told them to turn the shirt inside out and get in there and vote.

          1. Barb

            In defense of voter workers, I have never seen such a wonderful group of people in my life. They remind me of the people who give you a doughnut and a cup of orange juice after you donate blood. I look at these people and I admire them until I realize that I can vote and leave and they have to stay, bah ha ha!

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Here's one of my faves:

      Voting is like driving: select "R" to go backwards, "D" to go forward.

    1. smokefilledroommate

      No… I meant all those years were triumphant for social injustice/women's rights/civil rights–just why do we have to revisit them? Let's do the Time Warp again. It's just fucking weird, wrong, counterproductive. Just like the GOP.

  35. Negropolis

    Speaking of the coming race war…

    |||Oh, FUCK:

    An Iraqi-American woman who used to live in Dearborn was found beaten to death at her home near San Diego in what might possibly be a hate crime. A note calling her a terrorist and saying she should go back to her country was left next to her body, according to friends and family members.

    The death on Saturday of Shaima Alawadi, 32, after three days in the hospital has prompted an intense outpouring of anxiety and outrage from some, especially among Arab-Americans and on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Some drew comparisons with the killing of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen shot dead last month in Florida.

    Alawadi, a mother of five born in Iraq, was found by her 17-year-old daughter on Wednesday.

    "I found her on the floor…in her own blood with a letter next to hear head saying go back to your country you terrorist," Fatima Al Himidi, told 10News, a TV station serving the San Diego area.

    About a week ago, the woman's family had received a separate, similar note that read:

    "You're a terrorist. You should move back to your country," Hayder Al-Zayadi, a friend of the family, told the Free Press.

    "Some people are not educated," Al-Zayadi said.

    The woman escaped Saddam Hussein only to find her death in America. There is talk the notes could be hoaxes and cover-up material, so we'll keep following the story.

    1. Mumbletypeg

      This is heartbreaking.
      I found it interesting — not to offset the heart of the tragedy, but — that the article notes the El Cajon area is second only to Detroit for population proportion of Iraqi immigrants. Color me enlightened.

    2. chascates

      “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

      Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
      With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
      Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
      A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
      Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.
      From her beacon-hand
      Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
      The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
      “"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!"” cries she
      With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

      1. dubyatf

        Damn you. You made me cry, AND my goose bumps have still not calmed down.

        That's the America *I* want back.

      2. Doktor StrangeZoom

        Offer void where prohibited.

        Or inconvenient.

        Or where scary muslims might try to enter the golden door.

    3. dubyatf

      Family friend Hayder Al-Zayadi said "Some people are not educated."
      Aside from being JUST A TEENY TAHNY bit of an understatement, can you believe the graciousness exhibited by this man? Imagine what your garden variety Teabagger cum Caucasian Terrorist would have said in similar circumstances.

    1. flamingpdog

      Pfft, hypothetically speaking of course, I hope I never see the words "Newt" and "drag" in the same sentence again unless the words "rope", "pickup truck" and "gravel road" are in that same sentence.

  36. chascates

    The 'coming race war'. Women being denied their reproductive rights. Gays and lesbians considered demonic influences on our country. Worries that Christianity isn't the state religion. People of color threatening our stability. Foreigners out to get us all.

    If I'm condemned to relive the past I'd at least like to have the hope that existed 50 or so years ago that solutions are possible and a better future is achievable.

    1. Spurning Beer

      Next year we will observe the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.

      A better future of space exploration was possible in 1962-ish America, but there was a helluva lotta social and cold war nastiness to slog through, too.

      I think I'd opt for the fourth millenium BCE, when empires and kleptocracy hadn't really taken root, hunting and gathering were in their heyday, and global climate change was still non-human-caused.

    2. flamingpdog

      I truly believe that what's going on now is the last desperate, dying gasp of the old, racist fucktard regime. Not that it's going to be post-racial Nirvana after these old imbeciles finally die off, but, frankly, looking at the youngunz today,at least the youngunz I know personally, I have even more hope for the future than I did in the 60s. People can dump all over the Boomers all they want, but today's kids are offspring of the Boomers and I think for the most part we did well by them, and from what I see, where we've had to work at going post-racial, it comes natural to them. *catches breath* I see a mixed-race couple on campus and I still do a mild double-take, but the kids walking along with me, it's like, meh. So yeah, have hope for an achievable better future, chas. For what little it's worth, I do.

      EDIT: But what I can't believe is Barb is 50 or almost 50! Even more "hubba hubba" than before from the pdog.

      1. trampndirtdown

        I agree pdog, teh youngs are much more tolerant of race and sexual orientation, mostly I believe because of music, television and movies. In my admittedly optomistic opinion the national interest in stories like these is encouraging. For too long these incidents happened and were not reported.
        As for Barb catching the olds. wellas you say Hubba Hubba.

          1. Barb

            Gemini, yes, it is quite shocking to see my mother's hands. She's been dead for quite a while. Her "moist-free" chicken recipe lives through my sister, thank God! Don't get me started on the pork, cooked until it is gray.

          2. Geminisunmars

            My brother became an excellent cook in his life. When asked why that was he would respond that “it was self-defense.” He likened my mother's cooked liver to material suitable for resoling shoes.

          3. dubyatf

            My maman, she cooks ze broccoli until she ees gray.
            I was in 4th grade, living in Santa Maria, CA, with a huge broccoli field behind our house, before I realized that it's supposeta be green.

      2. Barb

        I will be 50 in September. I cracked my first smile at age 44, avoiding smile lines around my eyes. I get as red as a lobster with sunburn from walking near any light bulb over 15 watt. Oh, and I don't have a uterus!

        1. Geminisunmars

          This is a special and exclusive club you now belong to. The membership application seems a bit extreme, perhaps, but a worthy sisterhood.

      1. MadBrahms

        This is going to be the biggest event since Jeremiah Wright opened Honkie Freak-Out 2007!

    3. An_Outhouse

      We're condemned to keep repeating this shit until we get it right. And by right, I mean skull fucking the morans with machine guns this time.

      1. C_R_Eature

        He'd win the South Carolina Republican debate ,and Primary, hands down.

        and then:

        Paul Ryan/Charles Manson 2016

    1. redarmyzombie

      He is, but you can send him letters if you want! You could become pen pals!

      And no, I'm not joking…

      1. C_R_Eature

        No thank you, I've got enough Lunatics to deal with first. The one who's in my head, for instance.

        Saying "Hey there, my Pen Pal is Charles Manson" would be fun at parties, though.

      1. Geminisunmars

        That show gets to some primal place in me. Probably because I was coming of age then. And especially Joanie, who looks and dresses like my mother. Very zoftig with red hair. And caught between working and mothering (and wifing).

    1. Geminisunmars

      Yes. Looks like we are really getting into the 60s. And that they backed themselves into a corner and will have to (gasp) hire a Negro.

  37. dubyatf

    Annnd the latest WTF moment gratis of the Trayvon Martin MURDER:

    Governor Rick Scott (Skeletor's older, uglier brother) appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" today. When asked, Scott said he was not aware of any requests for protection from Zimmerman, but would provide it if asked.
    "If he feels unsafe, we'll make sure nothing happens to him," Scott said.
    I literally threw up in my mouth a little when I read that. My stomach feels like a balled up fist.
    I hope "they" do it. Game on, motherfuckers.

    1. Negropolis

      I can't wait until another decade when this is in the books for how not to handle a social and political crisis and controversy. I mean, if they really wanted to protect the guy in a really sneaky way thus defusing the situation, they've put him into protective custody, but not tell anyone it was protective custody, and that's just me putting my evil-but-competent cap on for, like, two seconds.

      They honestly don't seem to get how much not even arresting the guy is a huge part of the inflammation, here. Here we have a metropolitan area of, what? 2 million people+? And the suburb of Sanford itself is not some tiny village. Yet, they've handled the situation as if they are some podunk town in the middle of nowhere.

    1. MadBrahms

      I needed that. Some people look at kitten pictures to cheer themselves up. Me too! But I also need to laugh at snarky comics to relieve the agony of living with U.S. American politics (and paper grading ohgod).

    2. George Spelvin

      That's some serious visual snark. The Tea-bater could even be played by Tony Perkins (the FRC Tony Perkins).

  38. Lazy Media

    This is how jacked up the Trayvon Martin thing is. I was radio surfing in the car, and wound up on some news talk station, unknowingly listening to Glenn Beck. Beck and his stooges were discussing the Trayvon Martin case, and were pretty much coming down on the Zimmerman is a murderer side of things. Glenn fucking Beck.

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