Okay, technically it’s “Turkey Rama”, and technically it happens in July, but unless you’ve been to McMinnville, it doesn’t really make any difference, does it?

Turkeyrama! [Flickr]

When I think of what has gone on in the past eight years, this image will be one of the few that make me laugh.

My blood is up. I just wrote a comment on Wonkette about Clinton hatred. I don’t understand it. What I said there, and I’ll stand by it, is this. Two things I have always understood about both Clintons is that they are good-hearted and they are canny, which is a rare combination, which I think we may just have struck it lucky again in Obama.

Better than having Laura down there…

I’m no fan of Hilsbot, but she isn’t a dummy like Palin is and she has proven to be useful in the past.

As long as she’s not a leadership role, she will do very well. In my dumbass view, Sec State is a more policy role than anything which is where she does her best.

What about Gannon?

@lynnlightfoot: I just don’t think that State is the place for her particular talents. I cringe at the thought of her cackling with Putin or smirking with Hu Jintao.

Yesterday she left the archbishop here a little miffed with a crack about women taking over heaven, which isn’t so bad except (a) it was during a eulogy for the deceased Lt. Gov., and (b) it really wasn’t delivered that well.

@ManchuCandidate: Well, men do give better blowjobs. As I have never had one from a turkey, I guess I have no frame of reference for comparison.

The Musicians’ Village shot is haunting. Is this heavily cropped? Does the original have more sky?

@FlyingChainSaw: Nope, that’s pretty much the original, sorry. I have another one with more sky that’s I’ll upload for you.

Anyone, call me a moran, but where is the super secret address? I feel left out. pls to be e-mailing me at hollarptrcub [at] gmail.com. Thank you.

@rptrcub: If you’re logged in, it should show up right under “Jam Instructions.”

@nabisco, @blogenfreude, @flippin eck: Nice photos, all of you.

If it ever stops raining, I’ll send in a photo from my camera phone. If it doesn’t stop raining, I’ll send in the photos I took a couple of days ago.

I really do like the Googie Museum in Snow pic.

@flippin eck:
“Chicks” in respirators… a new fetish?

Goodness. Looking at the Musicians’ Village make me think of that song “Little Boxes, on the hillside… ”

I keep meaning to get a photo of a Wattle bird up on a stinque jam, but I keep finding myself without a camera when it comes and berates me for sitting under its tree.

@ManchuCandidate: Shot w/ a Holga although I had ridiculously expensive camera systems at the time … a small plastic Chinese camera makes art.

@Mistress Cynica: Hey you, I saw the notes you wrote about your best friend on the Flickr turkeyrama stream. I hope you’re hanging in there today, and that you are thinking of him with happy memories and well-wishes to him up with the Community Organizer of Your Choice in the Sky, and not dwelling on the sadness of his death, or the bullshit reason why he died (he was your friend who was uninsured, correct?).

Ok. So. I have not checked in for while. Why is everybody here and Greg playing with himself at the Party?

@SanFranLefty: That’s the one. I’m directing all my efforts towards marriage equality in memory of him. Had he received a widow’s benefits after his partner husband died, he might still be here today, spreading his marvelous cynicism.

@mw: So good to hear from you! You have been missed. Anyway, re:CP — long story. They didn’t like our “cliquishness,” felt we were keeping a legion of could-be commenters from coming forward, and they couldn’t keep the site online, and became really high-handed about “ungrammatical” posts (pretty rich coming from Greg), and anyway, we’re here now. We really need to put together a FAQ on this.

Thanks. It took a little while to track you down.

I like the new digs. Got to get my moniker fixed. There.

Disqus is gone too? That is probably best.

“They didn’t like our “cliquishness,” felt we were keeping a legion of could-be commenters from coming forward…” – c

Now that seems truly odd. As I recall the site was set up for the express purpose of accommodating a renegade clique of commenters. Did HFA lead another revolution? I knew I should have been paying closer attention.

@String Bikini Theory:
Welcome back.

The 2nd revolt started thanks to JNOV (I think) and the commenting system at CP going to shit.

The revolutions are the most fun. Sorry I missed it. I can’t wait till we do it again. Who will we be revolting against here?This is Nojo’s shop?That means it’ll run pretty well. We’ll need another reason to stomp out in a huff.

I hate hate hate McMinnville and the horrid excuse for humanity that resides there. I would rather my bladder explode than piss in one of their urinals. I wouldnt eat one of their turkeys if it’s breast was stuffed with oxy contin.

Nojo, tell me your origin story is set somewhere more Newporty and less Auschwitzy.

@smapdi: Um, I live in McMinnville. What happened to you here?

Forever ago, friends and I made the mistake of stopping to eat on the way back from Cannon beach or some such place. Anyway prefectly normal fast food experience until the cops show up and take us all out and question us about of motives, what are we doing there, etc.
Apparently someone in the restaurant didn’t like our look and therefore knew we were up to something (planning to rob the joint, no doubt!) and called the cops.
What seemed like hours of questioning later we are allowed to go, after being made late for work.

At least the story has a punch line – the cop didnt realize that there were 6 of us and we were in an old boxy honda civic, one of us had to ride under the hatchback.

Please dont take my characterization of McMinnville personally, I’m sure you are the exception to the rule.

@smapdi: Sorry you had such a horrible experience here. I think it’s probably a little less xenophobic now due to the wine tourism.

@Mistress Cynica:
Thanks for the sympathy. Politics were different back then too, height of the OCA and the tail end of the skinheads.

@smapdi: My origin story is very, very Eugene. McMinnville was an 18-month detour as a reporter after college.

@String Bikini Theory: It was brought to our attention in September that CP was really set up for Hunter and Greg, and our presence there was an accident of fate.

My favorite version of the story so far is Megan’s, but that’s only because she casts me as Evil Genius.

@mw: About fucking time!! I’ve missed you, dear MW/StringBikiniTheory. Welcome back, my favorite Libertarian/co-reporter from SF. I can’t wait to hear what you think about the Unicorn’s appointments, and your thoughts on whether we still have a divided government since Harry Reid can’t do shit in the Senate.

@SanFranLefty: Hey, what’s up with Texas Tech?

Here’s an odd note. I’ve been asked by the Obama transition team to go to DC next week to talk to a sub-sub-committee about policy for a small federal agency that probably no one but me on this site has ever heard of. I’m hoping to be appointed Commissioner of baseball while I’m there. My first act will be to abolish the designated hitter.

I always knew you were an Evil Genius. In fact, I think I was the first to recognize that HFA was actually your sock puppet. I’m not giving anything away here am I? Everyone must have figured that out by now.

mmm. Just read Megan’s post and comments. A bit more sturm and drang than I would have expected out of this crew. I’ve got to think that this is a somewhat unique story -In world where there are probably more blogs than there are readers of blogs, here we have a roving band of homeless commenters drifting from blog to blog, trying to find their way home. Kind of an Odyssey for the Internet Age. It would make a great opera.

Yeah – I’m sorry I missed co-reporting on the Prop 8 protest. SF protests are always the best. You can usually count on some gratuitous nudity. The Torch protest was disappointing in that regard.

I can’t really talk about the election results now. As you may have noticed, my political views have .. umm… fallen out of favor. I am pretty sure I will be the first one up against the wall on January 21, if they find me. That’s why I’m here. I need a place to hide out. I need sanctuary.

If you can get rid of “The Great Abomination” in this administration, I may even register Democrat again.

@Dodgerblue: Leak! Leak! I’m telling Politico!

@String Bikini Theory: HF is quite proud of the HFA, and he deserves full credit for keeping everyone from scattering to the winds those first few dark days. Even if I did create a quickie banner for him.

But you’ll enjoy your sanctuary here. We’re starting to hear some buyer’s remorse with the cabinet picks.

@Dodgerblue: Hey, what’s up with Texas Tech?

Who the hell cares? For probably the first and last time in my life, I was rooting for Oklahoma. What it means in the mysterious world of BCS rankings (Unicorn still hasn’t really gotten on this issue yet) is that because Tech beat UT after a fight, UT beat OU, and OU slaughtered Tech, that my Horns suddenly look better for BCS purposes. They just better not choke against the Aggies.

And good luck in DC. I heard that Baseball Commissioner was the role that Shrub always wanted, but Mommy Barbara forced him in to challenging Ann Richards because Ann made snarky comments about Barbara.

@String Bikini Theory: It would make a great opera.
I think Lyndon LaDouche/BeneDick is working on the musical now.
Oh, and dude, the fucking “Free Mumia” people were at the SF No on 8 rally. Classic San Francisco, FSM love it.

Just wondering… Why don’t they convict one turkey and let the others go free?

Hey! What happened to Bart’s porn post?

@String Bikini Theory: Welcome – awesome to see you! You have been missed.

You should know that nojo is just being nice – he was totally the brains behind the HFA, and I was his gay sock puppet. Not like a marionette, but a full on fist up the ass puppet. Mmmmm…fisting. The true sign of an evil genius is one that can be both rough and oh so tender.

@String Bikini Theory: Bienvenidos our libertarian friend. I’m afraid it will take a lot for us to rise up against Nojo. He’s managed to get us to post actual frickin pictures of us in real frickin life, so you might say he’s got us by the short hairs.

Expect non-stop posting about Gene Rayburn and the Partridge Family to begin on or about January 21.

@String Bikini Theory: Welcome, welcome! You’ve been missed.

@ManchuCandidate: “Chicks” in respirators… a new fetish? Funny you should say that–after I uploaded this and other females in our work group wearing respirator pics to Flickr, they were all favorited by someone who had no photos posted of his/her own, but belonged to every Flickr group that had to do with women in bondage, masks, gags, etc. I figured hey, it can only help my pageview stats!

@JNOV: Transmission Difficulties. It’s up now, and backdated to look like it was there all along.

@nojo: Re buyer’s remorse: Look, he wasn’t going to appoint Kucinich to every cabinet post. At this point, I’m way in favor of getting things fixed as opposed to lefty purity. And really, we’ve nationalized banking and are about to nationalize automaking, so everything is on the table.

@nojo: Yay! And way to mess with my head, man.

@flippin eck: Girls Who Look Like Imperial Storm Troopers or Death Star Contractors would be a good facebook group.

Man, everybody’s coming to the new place for Thanksgiving.

/heads to Wal-Mart for more peanut oil for the turkey fryer.

Nojo is very lucky to have you as a sock puppet. Although, please do not feel you have to enlighten me on the actual manipulation mechanism. There are some things I would prefer to leave to my imagination repressed memories.

I have always wanted a sock puppet of my own. I think they must be very comforting when leaving late night west coast comments, only to learn that the entire east coast commentarium have already passed out puking on the bathroom floor.

BTW, I’d like to introduce a friend of mine who may be joining the community. I think you’ll find his politics to be more in concert with the stinque collective.

@String Bikini Theory:
You really need to get with the program SBT. What we’ve seen speaks for itself. Washington D.C. has apparently been taken over — ‘conquered’ if you will — by a master race of giant Democrats. It’s difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive Republicans or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain, there is no stopping them. The Democrats will soon take over. And I for one welcome our new Democratic overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted independent blogger, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their mandatory volunteer service corps.

@Hose Manikin: the Blacks and Jews are taking over. My wife’s Aunt Yetta will be the new Secretary of Calling Your Mother.

@Hose Manikin: Hey, Hose.

That is the second “Hail, Ants” reference this week for those of you scoring at home, and for those of you who are alone as well.

@Hose Manikin: Please. Those “overlords” couldn’t even bring themselves to crush the oh-so-deserving rat Joe Lieberman. They’re about as formidable as a puppy.

@redmanlaw: Or a fetish party. I’ve found some people with fetishes for the Burger King masks.

@Hose Manikin: Not to mention working to get them into the mandatory abortionariums.

@String Bikini Theory: Are you saying we’re the Borg? Actually, that’s kind of cool, as long as 7 of 9 is involved. If I were str8, I would totally lust after her.

@rptrcub: re 7 of 9: the only reason I watched that show.

@redmanlaw: How many times have you made that joke, and just now I’m finally getting it.

On the topic of cabinet picks. Getihner is an interesting case. Certainly someone who is ready day one for the financial mess, considering he has been neck-deep in this shit over the last two years in his role as President of the NY Fed.

Here is the interesting part-

Right now, the absolute Center of the Financial Clusterfuck Universe is Citibank, which may or may not be on the verge of collapse. CNBC was reporting that something would have to be negotiated over the weekend that will probably need some government intervention. They are next in the que for nationalization, and some announcement is needed to assuage the markets on Monday. Guess who is the primary federal regulator for Citibank? The New York Fed. And the President of the NY Fed is… all together now – Tim Geithner. So…

The Obama administration is actually kicking in as we speak.

This is going to be fascinating to watch, and I do believe it will turn out well. Both Obama and Geithner know how important it is to get this right. This will set the tone for the Obama administration right now, as the shadow government comes out of the shadows. Geithner and Bernanke (and/or Paulson) make the annoncement re:Citibank early. Soon thereafter the Unicorn formally announces Geithner as Treasury Secretary, endorse the Citi plan, and adds a few conforting platitudes about how he is going to save the financial system. Market rallies 2,000 points going into Thanksgiving with panic buying. RML’s Deep Fried peanut oil Turkey tastes even better on Thursday. It’s all good.

Well, unitl the market crashes again next week.

@String Bikini Theory:

Welcome! Que pasa?

I’m finding the Republican/libertarian fear of the incoming Obama administration to be quite comical, since he’s putting together the most center-right, conservative cabinet this country has seen in decades. They’re going to be far more in line with actual conservative “values” than the psycho, war-loving, big guvmit, Bible-sucking Bush Republicans ever were.

It’s weird how people are so terrified of the so-called Left, since we have maybe a couple of slightly sympathetic folks in the House and Senate and absolutely nothing to do with how the government is actually run (and haven’t for at least the last 40 years).

@String Bikini Theory: Don’t forget, Your All-Powerful Sock Puppeteer resides in sunny Sandy Eggo. Although at midnight I’m usually desperately searching for a morning topic.

@Mistress Cynica: They won’t even bail out Detroit and Chevrolet, the most French things in America, fucking Pelosi is playing this timid “I gotta show Murrica I am tough first, play chicken with consumer confidence for another two weeks, then I will bail them out.” Fucking fuckers. As for Obama’s cabinet, I has said it before, I think he has gone to the only source there is for Democrats with real experience, and of those, he is choosing the most competent. This will be what makes him different from Carter, and it also tells me he plans a whirlwind full-court-press mixed metaphor of a 100 days of liberal legislation masked as pragmatic middle-grounding and with all expense justified by Keynesian “spend out of the recession” cant. Its a recipe for boldness, maybe even single-payor health, I am glad Hillz will be overseas while health care is debated, thats for sure, no fucking corporate Clinton sellout over-brainiac-ed and then over-sold-out and over-compromised kludge like fucking Hillarycare, no thank you.

@rptrcub: The Burger King is a fuckin gangsta.


@mellbell: That is the second time I have used that line for those of you scoring at home . . . It’s an old school Keith Olberman line from when he was onESPN’s SportsCenter in the 90s with Dan Patrick.

@Hose Manikin: Bienvenidos. Nice avatar, BTW. If Citibank collapses does that mean I don’t have to pay them the $60 K (mas o menos) that I still owe them in law school debt?

@SanFranLefty: I was wondering yesterday if now would be a great time to lease an Escalade.


Unfortunately, no. The bank’s asset (your debt) will be sold to the highest bidder, and you’ll continue to make payments to the new loan servicer.

It might be a good idea to keep a print out of your term, rate and balances, though. Errors have been known to happen during a loan transition from one servicer to another.

@mellbell: Are you talking about the Kent Brockman thing? Its omnipresent, its as old as “all your houses of congress are belong to us.”

There’s nothing like some classic Kent Brockman:

Scott, things aren’t as happy as they used to be down here at the unemployment office. Joblessness is no longer just for Philosophy majors – useful people are starting to feel the pinch.

Now, over the years, a newsman learns a number of things that for one reason or another, he just cannot report. It doesn’t seem to matter now, so…the following people are gay…

Kent Brockman “Professor, without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it’s time for our viewers to crack each other’s heads open and feast on the goo inside?” Professor “Yes I would, Kent.”

And of course, the classic:

“Ladies and gentlemen, uh, we’ve just lost the picture, but what we’ve seen speaks for itself. The Corvair spacecraft has apparently been taken over- ‘conquered’ if you will- by a master race of giant space ants. It’s difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive Earthman or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here. And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I’d like to remind them as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.” —

Oh, and this jewel: Kent Brockman: While our brave firemen recuperate, Springfield is a town without a fire department — which is bad news for people like this man. [camera pans out to show man trapped in a burning house] Sir! How does it feel knowing that no one is coming to save you?
Man: Not as bad as knowing that somewhere gays are marrying each other! That’s the real emergency, Kent.

You will have to excuse Hose. He is new here and has probably not checked prior comments. Plus he is a Democrat, has no respect for Intellectual Property Rights, and will plagiarize everything and everyone.

I was playing with the new toy on the top of the post and posted a pic you might enjoy. Not sure if I did this right, it’s in the photostream but the gizmo has not brought it back.[ Link]

@Hose Manikin:

Glad I won’t be answering the phones at Smith Barney next week.

@String Bikini Theory: Takes a minute or three, but the Gizmo is showing Big Fish in the first set.

The Gizmo orders photos by apparent date taken, which is utterly confusing yet unavoidable. One of my less-critical chores is to hand-program a new Gizmo that always starts with the latest uploaded photo, which would make the display a lot more interesting.

@String Bikini Theory: Hamsters ate my response earlier. On that thing, I’d use a boat gaff dressed with a palmer hackle like a wooly worm at the end of a 1/4 nylon rope. A spring loaded device holding a 12 ga shotgun shell loaded with BB or buckshot facing toward the bend of the hook is recommended but optional. Consult the proclamation for your state or province before using explosives or ammunition for fishing.

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