Ground Rules

October 13, 2015

Okay, same ground rules as eight years ago in the primary.

1. You may promote your Democratic candidate here.

2. In doing so, you absolutely cannot disparage any other Democratic candidate.

You are free to comment here during or after the debate tonight.  I will check occasionally to approve comments.

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God help us all.


I Answer My Mail While My Husband Is In Jail

October 13, 2015

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been indicted for two first degree counts of securities fraud, and with a third degree felony for failing to register as a securities adviser with the Texas State Securities Board.

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 9.35.00 AMHe’s so crooked that he has to screw on his socks in the morning.

It is important to remember that all of these things happened before he was elected Attorney General.  So, watching him try to blame Obama for his indictment is a load of fun.

To rally the Republican troops before his trial, Mr. and Mrs. Paxton have taken their show on the road.  She writes songs, plays the guitar, and sings.

Here’s her latest song.

Pistol Packin’ Mama
by Angela Paxton

I’m a pistol packin’ mama, yes I am
I’m a pistol packin’ mama, yes I am
I’m a pistol packin’ mama and my husband sues Obama
I’m a pistol packin’ mama, yes I am

I was adopted as a little bitty babe
I was adopted as a little bitty babe
I’m so blessed to have 2 mamas, and my husband sues Obama
I was adopted as a little bitty babe

I grew up in a tiny Texas town
I grew up in a tiny Texas town
Ninety people, cows, pigs, llamas, and my husband sues Obama
I grew up in a tiny Texas town

Tragically, it goes on and on and on.

I guess she’s working on something to rhyme with prison.

Thanks to Kyle for the heads up.

Want to Feel a Cold Chill Down Your Spine?

October 13, 2015

It’s bad enough that Newt Gingrich offered himself up to be Speaker of the House, but  Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas his a plan, too.

Cotton believes that with all the “instability” (new word for crazzzy) in the House leadership, it’s time to turn to former Vice President Dick Cheney.

 “Look, these are trying times for our nation. It’s important to have a steady hand on the helm during times like this. I think experience really counts in a matter like this. I think House leadership experience really matters. And as you know the speaker doesn’t have to be a member of the House: So therefore, Vice President Cheney for speaker.”

Yeah, I’m trembling, too.

Thanks to Craig for the heads up.

Damn Governor

October 13, 2015

Baseball is a game that requires a certain amount of intellect to understand and enjoy.  That right there leaves out any Governor of Texas currently in office.

Baseball is also a game filled with superstition and voodoo and all manner of jinxes.  Just watch Joe Altuve at bat.  It takes a full minute for him to go through his routine, rituals, and thumb kissing to walk to the plate before every pitch. I am sure that even he will admit that it hasn’t been working too well lately but to change the routine blessings to the baseball gods would mean the roof would fall in on the ballpark.

So, with this in mind, our dog dump ignorant Governor tweeted this in the seventh inning when the Astros were four runs ahead.


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It ain’t over until it’s over, Governor.

And if one of our pitchers has a no-hitter going in the eighth inning, somebody tape that jerk’s mouth shut.

I knew it had to be Greg Abbott’s fault.  I knew it.


It’s been 20 years?

October 12, 2015

by Primo Encarnación

Lost in a lot of the noise this month was the 20th anniversary of the end of a criminal case which is one of the many cultural touchstones we collect through time: The OJ Verdict.  I was walking thru a JC Penney’s north of Chicago when buzz that the verdict was in ran thru the store, and we all crowded around the TV department to watch it.

Here are just some of the issues involved in that case: domestic abuse by a football player; racist cops; mishandling of key evidence; celebrity murder; cameras in courtrooms; tabloid cash hurting key testimony; Greta van Sustern; prosecutors overwhelmed by high-priced defense attorneys; Kardashians; planted evidence; Mark Furhman; minority justice vs white justice; rich justice vs poor justice; the Trial of the Century.

How far we’ve come, eh?

Fun With Guns: Granny Get Your Gun Edition

October 12, 2015

by Primo Encarnación

The hamlet of Bohner’s Lake, WI pronounced exactly like you think it should be pronounced, is part of the Town of Burlington, WI, not to be confused with the City of Burlington, WI, all of which occupy roughly the same space on the map not too far from the world famous Mars Cheese Castle.

Granny heard a noise.  Granny got her gun.  Granny dropped her gun.  And, as Uncle Jimmy “Barstool” Grobnik would say, Granny became shot.  In the belly.  Racine County Sheriff’s folk are not sure exactly what she heard, but they’re fairly certain alcohol and drugs were involved.

Go Granny!  Go Granny!  Go Granny, go!


h/t Claudia: thanks for the heads up!