Blago Lets Harry Reid Off the Hook
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…
“It’s such a cynical business, and most of the people in the business are full of shit and phonies, but I was real, man — and am real. This guy, he was catapulted in on hope and change, what we hope the guy is. What the fuck? Everything he’s saying’s on the teleprompter. I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up.”
That hit the Interwebs at 12:02 a.m. By 12:59 p.m., Blago was taking it back:
“What I said was stupid, stupid, stupid,” Blagojevich said to reporters outside his Ravenswood Manor home.
For the record, Barack Obama is half-blacker than Rod Blagojevich, but only half as black as Bill Clinton.
The Notorious Blago [Esquire]
Blagojevich apologizes for remark: ‘I’m blacker than Barack Obama’ [WGN, via Political Wire]
“What I said was stupid, stupid, stupid,” Blagojevich said
talk about dogs bites man
If he grew up in a five-room apartment, he started out ahead of a lot of people of his generation.
seriously. by that standard I am probably blacker than any of them. I never lived in a house with my parents that had indoor plumbing.
Okay Stinque friends, sorry to bring my personal business all up in this bitch, especially when I have been more than a bit absentee recently. But I am sitting at my desk at work, doing something as innocent as checking Facebook, and of course there is a new status update from ex-Mr. Homofascist that simply says “Life is good”. Considering he has been a really insensitive fucking prick in these past few weeks (although helpfully reminding me of why I am SO much better off without him) I myself have not been thinking life is particularly good recently, or for the past 7 months since we broke up for that matter. UGH! I hate feeling like this and seriously would like it to stop now. Pretty please? Why am I unable to move on? And why did I pick this month to stop drinking?
Okay, deep breaths…
I can offer sympathy but I am the last person to offer relationship advise.
@homofascist: Un/De/Dis-Friend him. Problem solved!
@nojo: I am trying to bring myself to do it. I really am.
@homofascist: Pardon the expression, but stop rubbing your face in it. You can always re-friend him later, once you’ve recovered.
@nojo: Done. Whew. Thanks nojo. I need some tough love from time to time.
@homofascist: I thought of you as soon as I saw that, dear. It took some restraint not to go tell him off myself. I’m glad you took the step to unfriend him for now–he doesn’t deserve access to reach in and hurt you anymore. If you want to put just a wee bit of vodka in that Trader Joe’s peach juice tonight, I think you’re entitled.
or you could hack his facebook page and post nasty revolting porn.
(see, you dont want advise from me)
@flippin eck: I almost posted ‘Must be nice.’ but refrained. When someone is using something to hurt themselves, you take that thing away from them. I think that is what I needed to do. I feel a slight sense of relief underneath the hurt.
@Capt Howdy: That’s a compelling metric for dividing the workaday middle class from the real hardscrabble. No kidding, did you have outdoor plumbing?
@flippin eck: I’m with Eck on this one.
I really did. my parents eventually got a house with modern amenities but it was after I left home.
I dont tell that story often because people tend not to believe it.
we mostly had enough to eat.
to make the point check out this photo a relative just sent me of my fathers family. the second shortest boy is my father.
when I say I know white trash you can believe it.
No, I meant did you have piped water delivery around the house and flushing facilities outside? I’ve lived in a number of different arrangements plumbing wise and appreciate them all.
@homofascist: Do you need FB? Maybe take a rest from it? And if I were you I wouldn’t drink because of it. That just means the terrorists have won.
neither piped water or flushing facilities. wells and an outhouse.
@homofascist: Experience and celebrate the power beneath despair!
@Capt Howdy: Yeah, Blagfuck has some balls complaining about running water and FIVE rooms. Flippin’ and HF should drop by and give him a beating.
yeah and yet it never occurred to me to gauge my “blackness” by that.
the scariest part. we were far from the most desperate people in, for example, my school district.
so while difficult at times it was not as bad as you might think.
actually I always sort of saw it as being training for anything. post nuclear apocalypse, bring it on. Ive been there.
@Benedick is Danny Tanner: The terrorists have won if you need an excuse to drink.
starting to think maybe I like this book:
[McCain aides John] Weaver and [Mark] Salter begged McCain to ease up. He was already the face of the Iraq surge. Now he was becoming the face of what opponents called “amnesty.” Just tone down the rhetoric, his advisers pleaded.
McCain refused. He was disgusted by republicans in Congress and talk radio gasbags such as rush Limbaugh who bashed immigrants. “They’re going to destroy the fucking party,” he would say.
As McCain’s town hall meetings devolved into shouting matches over immigration, the candidate let his frustration show through. He called Lindsey Graham in despair. Listen to these people, McCain said. Why would I want to be the leader of a party of such a**holes?
@homofascist: You don’t have to unfriend him. Just rollover his name or the upper right corner of his post/status update and hit “hide”. That way his name is not taken off your friend list, but you don’t have to see his bullshit anymore from that point forward. I did that with an old fishing buddy who is now in the Cult of Rush. You will, however, be able to see his comments to your posts but you can delete those if you wish.
@Capt Howdy: Oh, he was so oppwessed. Dada had a cash buddiness and, sniff, we only had five rooms. It was so howweeboo. Hold me, pweeze, someone hold me.
@redmanlaw: My list of “hiddens” gets longer and longer each day. I don’t have the cojones to unfriend them all, but I also don’t have the patience to wade through their autowitter either. Most of them are parents of toddlers–blech.
@redmanlaw: Let’s just say that after nearly 34 years, I know myself too well. This was for the best. I am sure flippin eck will agree. The difficult part is that I still love him a lot, and miss him a lot, and have not handled the transition to ‘chopped liver’ very well.
Love the ‘Hide’ feature though. Great for crazy former high school classmates.
but did he have cable?
My advice? Drunken anonymous sex. Take it from one of the ancients: Classics are classics for a reason.
@Tommmcatt is hunkered down in the trenches:
@Capt Howdy: If he did, he qualifies as royalty.
@homofascist: Love stinques.
@Capt Howdy: Had the outhouse, too, back out on the Rez. Son of RML is becoming very interested in exploring his diverse cultural heritage, which includes Pueblo and Navajo Indian, Hispanic (14 generations in New Mexico), Scottish immigrant whose descendants became Hispanicized and stone hillbilly from Arkansas (Mrs RML’s biological father.) We were telling SORML that he could go back to the hills and make moonshine (seriously, the made it but didn’t drink it as late as the ’70s) with the rest of the family back in Russell County, Arkansas as he retraces his roots.
So, let’s see: If Blago was counting the bathroom, we get livingroom, kitchen/dining, and two bedrooms. Which covers most of my friends growing up, as well as my pre-kindergarten abode.
If we omit the bathroom, we get three bedrooms, also known as Nojo’s Ancestral Homestead, where STP and Mad stickers still deface Nojo’s Bedroom Door.
@nojo: I guess I’m blacker than Blago now since I live in a four-room apartment, counting the bathroom.
@homofascist: Hang in there, darling. Unfriending was a good idea, so you’re not masochistically wallowing in it. Go find a cute boy to make out with on the dance floor.
@SanFranLefty: I can count a five-room in my adult life. But that includes a roommate.
Otherwise, reversing Steve Martin, I’ve been a poor black grownup on the Blago Scale.
@redmanlaw: Hey — I need you.
@Capt Howdy: Psychogeezer is a hyper-indulged, ballsucking fucktard of the highest order but he at least some sense of where dangerous extremes begin. I felt bad for him for an instant at his campaign stop where the psycho lady staggered and started raving through a toothless mouth that Obama ‘izza goddann moossin!’ McCain’s eyes got big as saucers when the crowd around him started howling like rabid hyenas. Guy was really frightened.
Then again, he should have left the party the hour the RNC targeted his adopted daughter or, better, the moment he felt uncomfortable with the fundamentalists – which he alluded to around 1999/2000 in the run-up to the general election.
You know, I see that Reid is being mocked mercilessly for also using the term “negroid.” That brought back a memory of high school, actually, it brought back all of my memories of racism from high school.
I grew up in a lilly white suburb in NJ. I never saw a real black person in my school until 6th or 7th grade, I remember seeing this dark face way down the hall, and looking, like I had seen a shooting star, “hey wow, a black person.”
Then I move to Florida and start High School there. The high school was about 70% white and 30% black, and those black students had started out in a still-segregated black elementary school, segregation was still part of my classmates lives.
Here is the shit I remember, the reality of racism, the period from 1976 to 1980, in Florida.
The school was officially integrated, and you saw many blacks in the halls, but if you were white, they were never in your class, except for Leroy, really, Leroy was the only black on the “academic” track. The school was segregated by this tracking system, with whites on one track, taking these courses, and blacks on that track, vocational, taking other courses.
The word “nigger” was not in any way taboo, one never said it in mixed company, was all. It was heard frequently in any all white social situation, although usually among males. It was a strong word, but not taboo. I never directly referred to black people as “niggers,” but there were other phrases so commonly used, that they were in everyone’s vocabulary. Something fixed and put slapped together in a slapdash fashion, with bailing wire and duct tape, was “nigger-rigged.” Arabs were “sand niggers.” Someone throwing money around recklessly was “nigger rich.” There are more that escape my memory. The word was most often heard in one of these phrases.
A fight between a black and a white was a major occasion, and more than once nearly led to riots, masses of black and white boys would engage in big confrontations, in the cafeteria, or the quad. This is crazy, but true, as word spread of a black-white confrontation, there was a chant that the white students would start up, it went “fight, fight, a nigger and a white.” Heard that often.
“Aborigine” was a very common term for blacks.
There was an issue of the school newspaper which featured an extensive “Pet Peeves” feature, in which a dozen students were interviewed about their pet peeves at the high school. Here is where the Harry Reid story brought all this up; all of the peeves were about “Groids.” One I remember exactly, the pet peeve was “smelly groids walking slow in the halls.”
This time in my life is when I formed my absolute conviction that if not a majority, a sizeable portion, of white southerners are still openly racist.
@FlyingChainSaw: McCain didn’t just allude to being fed up with fundies during the 2000 election, he actually did the one thing I respect him for, he gave a speech directly decrying the excessive influence of the religious right, and right before the South Carolina primary, where Bush came out as the “reformer with results” and also activated the SC slime racism machine, which placarded stories about McCain’s black adopted daughter all over, and this was also when Bush brought out the people willing to accuse McCain of being mentally unstable due to his time being tortured as a POW. That particular time period should be remembered as McCain’s finest hour, and the lowest the despicable Bush campaign ever went.
But of course, in the decade since, the GOP has been racing to the bottom, and there is no shred of decency left in them, not one of them.
I used to actually think that the conflict of ideas and beliefs between democrats and republicans was a good thing, many years ago, it probably was, as I would try to find common ground with republicans, I would talk about each side restraining the excesses of the other, resulting in reaching some kind of workable middle ground.
But no, no longer. Its not a competition between sincere philosophies on policy anymore. The GOP has no sincere philosophy anymore, they have no agenda that they can state publicly, because their entire agenda is “GOP Uber Alles,” its about nothing at all but power, and smiting those they hate, everyone who isn’t one of them. Power and spite and greed and lies, they lie about their own fundamental reasons for wanting to govern, the conservative movement is nothing but lies, rabble-rousing words, with no real policy goal but to get the votes to get the power and then simply have power and then wreak retribution on their enemies. Nothing more or less.
The Democrats? Well, if they are beholden to a good cause, they will sincerely espouse that good cause. Thats the best of them. Less corrupt than the GOP, and for the most sincerely believing in some principles, but still, less corrupt than the GOP isn’t that great praise, and always willing to sell out the principles if necessary to get reelected.
@JNOV: What’s going on, darling? My wool arrive yet? I can’t wait until I see my scarf and hat!
@SanFranLefty: Not yet, I’m afraid. It takes awhile for it to get through customs.
W/r/t my cry for help, some folks over at Pharyngula are giving me a hard time — arguing that Native Americans shouldn’t be called by their proper tribal names, but by the names imposed upon them by others. It starts at comment #544, and we’re up to #610 now. Some people have come to my aid, and someone tried to snark me. Dumbass. Anyway, it’s cooling down, but I was getting pretty upset.
@Promnight: I know, but he backed down almost as soon as he piped up which neutralized any hope of his criticisms gaining any currency in the party.
@JNOV: The Mexican Grey Wolf is also known variously as the Hispanic/Hispano/Latino or Chicano Grey Wolf, depending on the wolf’s self-identification, although the last one is passing from common usage as all the old 60s and 70s radicals pass on.
@FlyingChainSaw: How many Bushies do you have to blow to get a nomination around here?
Hey, remember how everyone was saying the geezer would “return to normal” after the election? We’ll have to post his new campaign ad sometime.
@JNOV: Ask your interlocutors how they feel when their state is mispronounced.
@nojo: It’s so pathetic. Both Bush and McCain are cut from the same cloth. McCain actually joined the Navy and like a typically entitled drunken fucktard made a hash of it and lost 100 airplanes or something before someone knocked his plane out of the sky with a rock or something. Fucking twit. And allowed himself to be taken alive. By communists.
oh my dear HF. i so know how you feel darling, and am blue for you.
but i can help you decide what to do.
i was in a similar situation with ratbastards israeli putan.
i spent months thinking of clever insults to post on her FB page. it was fun initially. if you are a revenge seeker, i advise you do the same, it really did help me. but a few weeks ago i blasted off my last insult.
it kept the images i was trying to erase even more painful in the end.
my best advice is, NEXT! listen to lefty, go make out with a cute boy, that’s the best medicine. as for me, i joined jdate just for an ego boost. that worked too. they like me! they really really like me!
also, i’m having a non affair with my first fiance, harmless fun, just a good friend, but the payoff is that this guy makes RB jealous, which is sweet. get back on that horse! the perfect man is out there for both of us.
sounds like someone I might be related to!
one of my fave episodes. frank gorshin does more to expose the silliness of racism than anything else i’ve seen since.
omg, you grew up in the grapes of wrath!
i can’t find the dexter episode. can i trouble you to linquey me again?
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