Sky high

Wow. Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome crushed it today in the Tour’s first big time trial, opening up a 10-gallon-can of whup-ass on Cadel Evans and everyone else — including El Fabuloso, Fabian Cancellara, who must be pinching himself to see whether he’s still asleep and having a nightmare.

I was over at Red Kite Prayer, helping Charles “Live Update Guy” Pelkey track the race for our friends sentenced to cubicle farms worldwide, and we had a record haul in terms of contributions to the tip jar— in no small part to some silly little hooter logged on as Two700c, who complained about “politics” being injected into the play-by-play (oddly enough, it was one of our least political live updates ever).

Two700c slagged me in a snippy note to Charles, which goes to show you that not even the anonymity of the Internet is comfort enough for at least one timid Tea Bagger. Still, I feel obliged to thank him for helping us rake in a pile of coin. I’ll be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Democratic Socialists of America.

If you’re not already joining us for the daily live updates, swing on by. Always room for another pinko in the Party photo.

But it’s not all politics, all the time. Today, for example, I reprised one of my favorite National Lampoon covers to urge readers to contribute to the Cause.

If you don’t support this website, we’ll kill this dog.

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29 Responses to “Sky high”

  1. Richard Long Says:

    I was wondering how you were going to fit a malt shop into the TdF and then I realized that there might have been another cover that you had in mind…

    RLong

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Richard … LTNS. If you’re ever nostalgic for those glorious days of Lampoonery, you can revisit the covers archive here. December 1975 depicts a young Mitt Romney interacting with the working class.

      • Richard Long Says:

        Mr. O’G-

        At one point in my education career, I was carting around thirteen-plus years worth of NatLamp (1972-1986). Reference material, to be sure. I was sorely disappointed when it became obvious that there were no questions about “Cheech Wizard” on the Board Exam(s).
        More’s the pity…

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        My reference material has likewise vanished. I do, however, have a couple “Cheech Wizard” collections. Vaughn Bode was a genius who left us far too soon.

  2. Padraig Says:

    There’ll be more where that came from.

  3. Charles Pelkey Says:

    Comrade!
    Excellent piece of work here. Continue promoting socialism.

  4. Khal Spencer Says:

    Is that one of your hand cannons, Patrick?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      ‘Tis indeed, K. That’s my 1980 S&W .357 Magnum with Pachmayr grips. The original wooden ones tore the bejaysis out of the web between thumb and forefinger (small hands). The dog, of course, is Comrade Buddy, who stands willing to take one for the Cause.

  5. Khal Spencer Says:

    K frame or N frame? Man, having shot my dad’s K frame with a six inch barrel from time to time, all I can say is I pity you if you are firing factory loads.

    And what about that Brit?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Combat Magnum, Model 19, K frame, with a 4-inch barrel. It’s about like having a trench mortar as a sidearm. A lot of boom in that small pipe when a 158-grain hollow-point is on its way out.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        We handloaded ours down to 38 special for everyday shooting up the woods. One day, as a practical joke, the old man snuck in a factory 357 round among the handloads. Damn near jumped out of my drawers.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I used to handload quite a bit in Oregon. A gun-nut pal had all the tools, and we weren’t paid much at the newspaper, so reloading beat the mortal nuts off buying factory rounds.

        I had a .41 Magnum S&W back then, too. Six-inch barrel. Damn, I miss that gun. It was seriously fun to shoot. My pal favored the .44 Magnum (had a serious Dirty Harry fetish). He hotloaded the shit out of his rounds, and when you let one fly out of that thing, you could feel the backblast smack you upside the head.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        One of these days I’ll start looking seriously for an old Ruger 44 carbine.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Ruger does good work. Their revolvers always looked seriously Western to me. I believe Hal has a .22 wheel gun from those folks.

        We have a couple Ruger carbines in the Mad Dog arsenal — a 7.62x39mm Mini Thirty and a 10-22. I like my .357 Magnum Marlin saddle gun, too.

  6. andy bohlmann Says:

    Little dog, not much of a mess. Use a hammer and save a round.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Poison, that’s the ticket. Comrade Buddy will eat anything. This goes a long way toward explaining why I spent most of last week washing his furry butt twice a day.

  7. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Who looked worse today? 700c or Texas Maximus’ lawyers?

  8. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Sparks’ ruling was basically “where’d you get your law degree? you answer an ad in the back of Rolling Stone?”

  9. brokenlinkjournalism Says:

    I swore that TCWSNBN was saying that he wanted this whole thing to be over with and that he would co-operate with the witches in anyway that they wanted. Was I mistaken? Because if not…why did he file a lawsuit?

    Oh….right….gotta protect the yellow bracelet market/brand. Got it!

    BTW~ OG I am hoping that no one from PETA catches wind of your photo, otherwise they will have some unshaven dingbat knocking on your door claiming that humor/sarcasm is not healthy for pets.

  10. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Sparks’ Armstrong ruling was good, but Herr Pelkey found an even better one:

    http://liveupdateguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Sparks-show-cause-order.pdf

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