Another Open Thread by John Cole| July 4, 20083:09 pm| 29 CommentsThis post is in: Site MaintenanceFacebookTweetEmailSince I got cranky and spoiled all the other ones.
I blame obama.
Baking done. Scooter calls. Perfect weather in St. Paul today. Happy 4th everyone.
Hey, four posts today and no reflection on the life and times of Jesse Helms? RIP.
Aw, not to worry. You’re cute when you’re cranky. Not to mention damn articulate. I wish I could master that combo.
Now I have this strange image of a small toddler wielding a baseball bat and spewing hate at Dana Perino with excellent diction.
Pretty cool, actually.
Ah Jesse Helms…..suppose the idea of a black man with a good chance at being President did him in?
The London Times has a good obit….
Forgive me if this has already been posted, but I thought it somewhat amusing. Maybe it will cheer JC up.
Kind of makes you wonder about the synchronicity of McShame’s visit and the release…
Jesse Helms–the “Hands” ad wasn’t his whole life in a nutshell, but it’s a good place to start.
I don’t post, but read regularly. I enjoy, tremendously, both the site and the comments. Informative, and sometimes very, very funny.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading.
And, on this Fourth, I’d like to thank you all for that.
RIP Larry Harmon (Bozo the Clown). You were loved by many kids for a long long time.
The other asshole racist that passed today, I’ll just hope you burn in eternal flames, Jesse H. Too bad you lived so long. I’d hoped for your death since the 70’s.
Obligatory Chiquita reference.
The John Coles formerly of the Right and now of the Left are frustrated many of you think for yourselves and have nuanced views, and are completely unrepresentative of the “reasonable” body politic. Certainly, easy to be frustrated when you always thought everyone who wasn’t drinking the pre-Schaivo kool-aide before was attending Fahrenheit 911 afterparties and skull fucking Charlton Heston’s corpse with Osama while wearing a beret.
You really are getting out of touch with your readers. Find that poll that charts political philosophies again and see how many of them fit into that traditional democratic soapbox.
Great link. One little bit shows how some things never change:
It’s noteworthy that Helms came to the Senate as a beneficiary of Nixon’s Southern strategy in the 1972 elections. The best that can be said about Helms is that his obit reminds me of everything that I oppose.
I second, third and Fourth this sentiment. Best wishes of the holiday to JC and all the other posters here.
Here’s what real patriots do on the 4th of July.
I’ve perused several of the scarce Wingnuttia comments on Jesse Helms’ passing.
Apparently his greatest achievement was pissing off liberals. Aside from the purposeful and obsessive greed-wanking occasionally passed off as conservatism , this seems to be the main gist of the GOP these days.
Because as someone put it recently, they have the temperament of children.
Happy fourth of July, John C. I think your indignant rants are a highlight of the blog and more fun than Keith Olbermann’s prissier version of outrage.
You should be getting the big bucks like Limbaugh, who’s going to keep up his gasbag act until every American agrees with him.
Speaking of Limbaugh, the NY Times magazine has a story on him and features some good ol’ fashioned gasbag-on-gasbag violence:
My guess is the loneliness of being on top is what drove him to visit a country known for its sex trade, Viagra in tow.
The Grand Panjandrum
We’ve been sitting out in the back shooting at rabbits and coyotes, AND we’re on our second bottle of tequila anejo (plus some very beer from Ommegang Brewery). I had to read your thread four times before I realized you had not soiled the other threads. I blame it on my Liberal Education. All that education and I still mix guns and booze. (Please don’t take my Liberal Card away!) Just hope you aren’t writing about me tomorrow. You know, dumbass gets drunk, shoots self while stumbling around trying to put house fire out started by illegal fireworks.
Have a good’un. I gotta run and take ol’ Glory down before the thunderstorm gets here.
You’re right about Rush. And it’s amusing to hear him deride the “messiah.” Er, who exactly has a messiah complex? Funny how he unknowingly pins his own flaws on BHO.
Not many here probably listen to Savage, but I’ll tell you that he destroys Rush (“the golfer”) among other wingnuts. I’ve always wondered why sycophantic dittoheads can’t see Rush for what he is.
Government buidlings in MN are doing as well as our bridges. The MNDot building, just down the block from the State Capitol, has scaffolding with a protective roof all around the base of the building and entry is restricted to one door because the clips that hold the stone facia panels to the building have rusted and the stone is in danger of falling off. Tim Pawlenty, one of the top picks for McCain’s VP, has been the go-to guy for cutting the budgets that make sure the state infrastructure is in good shape. He’s full of fail.
Public buildings aren’t the only thing that’s been allowed to go to hell. Dams everywhere are aging and wearing out. It’s only a matter of time before we have a non-coastal Katrina in some river town.
…but of course that last comment would have been more interesting if posted on the correct thread.
The quotes they selected from him on NPR have not been flattering. It’s kind of odd that there has not been more reflection on what he did do right, like when he came around to the AIDS problem *(Starting in 2002 and in Africa exclusively).
His church (Hayes Barton Baptist) is down the street from my house. I’ll bet there will be tons of politicians there on Monday or Tuesday. On the light post outside the church, there is a big blue sign with a bucking donkey that says “Help kick the Republicans out of Washington”. I hope it’s still there on Wednesday.
Happy 4th John!
It rained here and the youngster who used to set off fireworks in my hood have all grown up and don’t threaten my house anymore.
It’s like living in a real neighborhood.
Happy 4th — my house didn’t burn down — better yet, the kids are purning somewhere else — or not burning at all.
We had a really nice 4th. I live in a small town, just north of Dallas, and we have a little parade every year.
The fire department color guard with the flag. The High School marching band. The World War II vets in an old convertible.
And new this year, the mothers of soldiers who graduated from our High School and have now died in Iraq.
This year, the election is about something real. It is time to end this war, right away.
Just Some Fuckhead
A rainstorm blew in this afternoon which gave us a respite from our white trash neighbors exploding shit into the wee morning hours.
I think July 4th is my least favorite holiday because of our national predisposition to marring the day with noisy and garrish explosives.
Speaking of which, anyone seen the Hunter S. Thompson docu this weekend? Let’s all hoist some pharmaceuticals and guns to a great author!
Those of you recollecting the classic Helms “White Hands” ad (“You needed that job, but they had to give it to a minority”), try to remember that the next time CNN’s “Best Political Analysts On TV” team features Alex Castellanos, Republican Strategist — he’s the guy who wrote that commercial.
Castellanos’ valuable, insightful, Helms-experienced “analysis” on CNN as Barack Obama won North Carolina’s primary:
Yeah, so, like, we need a smart guy on CNN to wonder if the next President will nominate a former Weather Underground admitted attempted bomber to an important cabinet position, ’cause, you know, ‘we just don’t know’.
I don’t mind the displays so much as long as they end at a reasonable hour. Was in (small) town for the daughter and s-i-l’s anniversary/4th party. I wondered, as I watched what must have been hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fireworks go up, if anyone else was struck by the ironic juxtoposition of celebrating our freedom with illegal Chinese fireworks bought from a sovereign Native Americans.
Irony is dead. The Republicans murdered it along with Hypocrisy. They then framed Reality to take the fall.