Free-deranged beef

trump-pressOK, it’s been a long week.

Allergies, deadlines, insomnia, you name it.

And the news? Oy. Don’t get me started on the friggin’ news. It seems to have boiled down to @infinite_scream on Twitter, as interpreted by the band Disaster Area from “A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

But I gotta admit, the way The New York Times arranged this news nugget on its homepage made me smile.

We used to have a saying in my biz: “Never fuck with anyone who buys ink by the barrel.” It may no longer apply, but we can always hope, amirite?

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13 Responses to “Free-deranged beef”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Well if I didn’t already have a home subscription to the NYT, I would certainly buy one today. I think Trump’s presidency is actually going to help real reporting and news gathering. At least I hope it does…or we are all fu(k€d.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Yourite. And folks are digging for donald dirt. They will find it. But, Putin might get tired of this tool and dump on him first.

  3. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Speaking of the lamestream media, before I forget, a tip of the Mad Dog cycling cap to James Stevenson, whose cartoons enlivened the pages of The New Yorker for nearly a half-century.

    Here’s one of his punch lines, from another era altogether:

    A politician tells his publicist: “Congratulations, Dave! I don’t think I’ve read a more beautifully evasive and subtly misleading public statement in all my years in government.”

  4. Herb Clevenger Says:

    I thought that Adolph Trump and team would slime ( not a typo) into the White House and ratchet down their attacks and threats against both the media and judicial/FBI/CIA. Put down the sledgehammers and get out the dental picks. (Getting your teeth cleaned with steel tools is a lot like listening to Adolph Trump talk). But nope…Adolph Trump is like a badly cobbled up fixie bike: no brakes and only one gear. What is worse is seeing local republicans become emboldened by Adolph Trump. Silver lining however is we are learning who is and was a dangerous veal cutlet all the time. Only we weren’t quite sure. Our Republican controlled legislature in Michigan is going nuts trying to ram through reckless bullshit. Getting away with some of it too. Damn… we were a blue state once upon a time.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Nope, the guys who are pulling his strings are getting right down to business, the way Republicans generally do (and Democrats generally don’t).

      It’s good that the wanna-bes further down the food chain are showing themselves with draconian measures like Arizona’s plan to levy racketeering charges against protesters. Seventeen other states are in the game, too.

      But damn, it makes for a lot of fires to piss out all at once, which of course is exactly the point: Wear ’em out early and they’ll go back to nodding off in front of the TV and buying shit they don’t need and can’t afford and doesn’t work anyway.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    After the town halls McSally had here in AZ last week, I think congress is learning that the red and blue designations are breaking down. AZ voter registrations are split 3 ways between dems, repubs, and no party affiliation. It will be interesting to see if the no party segment continues to grow. That would make 2018 be a very interesting year in the state and federal legislative contests. One can hope, right?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I find it useful to register with a party for the rare occasion when one needs to weed out a weirdo in the primary. My pal Hal used to register Republican for similar reasons; it was the only way to have a voice in conservative Crusty County, Colorado.

      So-called “unaffiliated” or “independent” voters are often merely voters who don’t declare a party, but vote along party lines anyway. So I’m not certain they will be our salvation.

      These early uprisings are cheering, but there’s a long road ahead. The donkey that shits fast don’t shit long.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        In Arizona no party voters can participate in the primary of their choice. That choice doesn’t exist if you register in a party.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Problem with the open primary is, it can lead to activists from The Other Side mobbing your guy/gal in the primary. It’s a knife that cuts both ways, but it still kind of reminds me of the guy in the union shop who doesn’t want to pay dues, though he surely enjoys the benefits of representation come contract time.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        That’s the same argument the Arizona parties use to criticize our election law. They don’t like it, and they want to completely control the primary process. I like a mob that can move against a nasty candidate. Perhaps Trump would not have won if all states had truly open primaries. If you have registered as a “no party affiliation” or independent in Arizona, the name I prefer, you can vote in either primary except for the presidential primary. You can’t participate in the presidential primary. Since I consider the local stuff more important, that is what I do. Our laws are kinda sorta an open primary, but only for independent voters. I would like to see completely open primaries like Washington state has had since 2008.
        Since the Democratic party busted Bernie, and the Repugs were paying to get some dirt on Darth Cheeto, I don’t trust either party at all right now, and I haven’t for years.

  6. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Fridays (when the son-in-law is occupied with religious matters) seem to be the day when Orange Julius Caesar provides the topic for my now weekly calls (pleas) to my elected representatives. Monday morning they’ll be expressing concern about his attacks on the free press. Even Rethuglicans oughta care about this, right? Right?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Everybody hates the press, even some of the people in the press. In terms of popularity we make used-car salesmen look like prom kings, f’chrissakes. You can’t go wrong poking reporters with sharp sticks, especially in a world where people think they can get their “news” from Facebutt. This is not unlike believing that one digs potatoes out of gravy.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        At least journalists are more popular than stock brokers and investment bankers. You can find good journalism, you just have to look for and read it carefully. But you know what the professor, Larry’s better half, says about that.

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