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Yup, snarky friends much missed.  The whack-out escalates, seemingly endless.  I’m so glad the archives are back, there was a period where a “check back later” page came up and I thought Rumproast had disappeared forever.

Comment by CapnMubbers on 04/07/18 at 10:18 AM


Comment by Tom65 on 02/14/17 at 01:57 PM

Missing my snarky friends in this whacked-out political season.

Comment by Tom65 on 09/27/16 at 09:54 AM


Comment by Patrick McKinnion on 05/24/16 at 06:22 PM

Hey now. Anyone still visit the Rumper Room®?

Comment by dmd76 on 05/13/16 at 06:41 AM

Yep, I pop in now and then.  Interesting primary season, we’re having, no?

Comment by JasonM on 05/18/16 at 03:11 PM

Hey now. Anyone still visit the Rumper Room®?

Comment by dmd76 on 05/13/16 at 06:41 AM

Hello? Anybody home?

Comment by Tom65 on 02/15/16 at 11:24 AM

Is someone still driving this bus?  Just checking in, hope all the old regulars are okay.

Comment by JasonM on 10/13/15 at 12:36 PM

Ah—here’s one now—Rep Pete Sessions can’t do basic math. In other news, Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers does not understand that social media is open and not the best way to control a message.

Comment by Vixen Strangely on 03/26/15 at 11:32 PM

Too true!

Comment by domynoe on 03/16/15 at 02:49 PM

It should spawn other acronyms—RCBBM= Republicans confused by basic math, RCBPL=Republicans confused by Plain Language. I’m sure more could be thought of.

Comment by Vixen Strangely on 03/16/15 at 12:29 AM

Just saw a new acronym on FaceBook: RCBF = Republicans Confused By Facts. lol Love it. Sadly too true for a lot of them these days.

Comment by domynoe on 03/14/15 at 08:43 PM

Glad to see it, VS! Was beginning to despair for Rumproast!

Comment by domynoe on 02/27/15 at 08:59 PM

I’m trying to make things less quiet around here. Be sure to tell me how I’m doing.

Comment by Vixen Strangely on 02/27/15 at 12:52 AM

It’s been awfully quiet around here….

Comment by domynoe on 02/11/15 at 01:26 AM

Happy holidays, everyone!

Comment by domynoe on 12/24/14 at 08:33 PM

So disappointed tonight. Worried about losing my healthcare, and women in general are screwed.

Comment by domynoe on 11/04/14 at 11:36 PM

Wait…WHAT? -john-boehner-house-plans-sue-obama-article-1.1843674

I’m at a loss….

Comment by domynoe on 06/25/14 at 05:40 PM

It’s been quiet here for way too long, so here’s something to chew over. There’s a local musician, Taryn Miller a.k.a. Your Friend, who’s really become a big deal on the indie scene lately. She just kicked off a tour along with a few other locals, so if any of you live in music towns and Your Friend shows up, consider dropping in.

Comment by D Johnston on 06/03/14 at 11:48 AM


*returns to lurking*

Comment by Lowkey on 05/31/14 at 04:30 PM

Say, is there a reason the awfulness of conservative Philly editorialist Christine Flowers doesn’t get more play online?  The woman manages to achieve the triangle of awfulness by being a racist, misogynistic, Catholic Church apologist who thinks she’s witty, but somehow, she doesn’t show up much in things like Sadly No!

Comment by John Ball on 02/26/14 at 11:41 AM

Wait, some mayor said that if his city gets to host the GOP convention that he’ll GUARANTEE the GOP will take the state? WTF?

Comment by domynoe on 01/24/14 at 06:50 PM

Someone please tell me this cray cray isn’t true…. ticle_40351670-3b75-11e3-a6f7-0019bb30f31a.html

“... to repealing the 17th Amendment.
... took the power to appoint U.S. senators away from state legislatures and gave it to the people in the form of a popular election.”

I mean REALLY?

It’s real.  As I’ve noted elsewhere, the bastards have taken a giant dump on the Wikipedia article on said amendment, wherein they depict one of the soundest policy decisions ever made as a dangerous subversive choice that’s been undermining the Constitution.

The idjits.

Comment by John Ball on 01/05/14 at 02:33 PM

Merry Christmas, youse.

Comment by HumboldtBlue on 12/24/13 at 09:06 PM

Georgia’s way of trimming the SNAP rolls: close cases when the applicants/recipients don’t show up for appointments they never knew they had because the letters with the info about those appointments either arrive after the appointment date or never arrive at all.

This has happened to 2 of my daughters.

Comment by domynoe on 12/17/13 at 12:57 PM

Seriously, these guy make me want to raze Washington. ebt-ceiling_n_4449213.html

Comment by domynoe on 12/15/13 at 06:53 PM

Happy Thanksgiving, Roasters!

Comment by domynoe on 11/27/13 at 10:17 PM

Haven’t written fiction in so long—sorry this is creepy but sharing anyway.

Comment by Vixen Strangely on 11/24/13 at 10:24 PM

Someone please tell me this cray cray isn’t true…. ticle_40351670-3b75-11e3-a6f7-0019bb30f31a.html

“... to repealing the 17th Amendment.
... took the power to appoint U.S. senators away from state legislatures and gave it to the people in the form of a popular election.”

I mean REALLY?

Comment by domynoe on 11/10/13 at 08:32 PM

Just doing a drive-by to say that, though my home state and its endless corrupt shenanigans piss me off mightily much of the time, I am proud to be an Illinoisan this week. Gay Weddings All Around!

Comment by Oblomova on 11/09/13 at 01:22 AM

Watching Jon Stewart and the clip of Rep Frank Pallone calling out the Repubs and their “monkey court” is HILARIOUS.

Comment by domynoe on 10/28/13 at 11:00 PM

Oh and I’d like to pass this on to YAFB.  Rialto on Sky here showed “You’ve Been Trumped” last Saturday.  I didn’t get to see the end of it ‘cos I had a supervised access to do but my lad (14) watched it to the end and loved that Trump was taken down…he knew the “can’t build here now, windmills” was bollocks.

Comment by Rebecca on 10/23/13 at 07:48 AM

Oh and also too…you know the day ACA started and nobody in the US could get into the website?  I could get in it over here but I couldn’t fake my IRD number to be a Social Security number to find out what I was entitled to.

Comment by Rebecca on 10/23/13 at 07:41 AM

Hey everyone!  Been busy at work but following the shutdown.  Sent a few messages to Ted Cruz on Twitter and for the first time in my tweeting life (which I think is three years) I got this after sending him my regards:

Hi, RebeccaB70
Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account.

You’ll need to create a new password for your Twitter account. You can select a new password at this link:

Yay!  Or Dumbarses!  How’s Strange doing?

Comment by Rebecca on 10/23/13 at 07:34 AM

All I can say is lol.

Comment by domynoe on 10/22/13 at 08:39 PM

And for the idiot Boy Scout leader who vandalized the goblin in Utah and say it was for safety reasons, oh hell no. It’s obvious from the tape that you weren’t thinking anything at all except maybe, “this would be way cool fun! go!”

Jack ass.

Comment by domynoe on 10/18/13 at 06:20 PM

So, according to the news, Congress is about to start hearings over the issues with the ACA website.


Comment by domynoe on 10/18/13 at 05:34 PM

Oh, don’t even buy into that crap. Videos like that are just an excuse for self-important, faux-intellectual pricks to puff out their chests and pretend that they’re better than everyone else. Look at the batch of gaping assholes in the comments under that thing and tell me you want to associate yourself with those attitudes.

Comment by D Johnston on 10/03/13 at 01:07 PM

Another one that makes me speechless

Comment by domynoe on 10/03/13 at 03:13 AM

God these morons are pissing me off. to-add-conscience-clause-to-spending-bill/

Comment by domynoe on 09/28/13 at 08:57 PM

Oh yay—I have figured out where my password went and am reborn in Rumproastland. Amen. And stuff. (long story, burnt laptop).

Comment by Vixen Strangely on 09/21/13 at 07:01 PM


*head desk*

Really, just want to go to each and every one of them and tell them to just stop. Just. Stop. *Idiot GOPer tries to speak* No. Just. STOP.

Comment by domynoe on 09/20/13 at 05:18 PM

Lazy, lol

It’s sad, but so true…and I needed that chuckle.

Which sounds so bad….

Comment by domynoe on 09/19/13 at 11:19 PM

@domynoe: They just don’t make bigots like they used to, do they? Time was that a hateful xenophobe could distinguish a Pole from a Czech from an Irishman, and had novel slurs for each and every one. But now, it’s just “PERSON WHO DOESN’T LOOK LIKE ME IS BAD!” I swear, racists have become so very lazy.

Comment by D Johnston on 09/18/13 at 01:41 PM

I’m appalled at the reaction to the new Miss America. As if white folks are “real Americans.” Morons.

And, dudes? India had nothing to do with 9/11, so the terrorism thing? Just so off.

Comment by domynoe on 09/16/13 at 09:40 PM

So… I just discovered that Tea Party wingnuts have taken a whiz all over Wikipedia’s 17th amendment article.  There is something almost comical in their hatred of direct election of Senators…

Comment by John Ball on 09/09/13 at 03:38 PM

I lack the ergs to frontpage this, and am fairly anti-interventionist myself regarding Syria, but you know what? Some GOP-ers’ response to the Syria force resolution kind of is off-pissing for its inconsistency and lack of honesty. Combined with ad hominem and you know. Wretchedness.

Comment by Vixen Strangely on 09/05/13 at 11:27 PM

By the way, I don’t know how many people ended up reading my serial, but I just rolled into September in 5th place overall. So thanks!

Comment by D Johnston on 09/04/13 at 10:29 PM

It’s showing up for me. Might have just been a server hiccup of some sort.

Comment by D Johnston on 09/04/13 at 12:00 AM

Anyone know what’s going on over at Balloon Juice? I’m getting an “account suspended” page.

Comment by Xecky Gilchrist on 09/03/13 at 10:52 AM

Marianne Faithfull - “Working Class Hero” (live)

Comment by Nellcote on 09/02/13 at 06:48 PM

WTH? I’m away from the TV and laptop a couple of days to enjoy some SFF geekyness, and come back on briefly to bodies in a school yard in Florida and bombing of Syria being considered.

I’m almost afraid to be gone for another couple of days! :P

Comment by domynoe on 08/31/13 at 11:15 PM

Betsy Karasik is a repulsive person.

Comment by Oblomova on 08/31/13 at 04:58 PM

Ditto on finding this blog through the PUMAs. I spent the craziest part of that election living overseas, and it really started to feel like I watching some weirdly farcical TV program.

I picked a strange time to be born, it seems.

Comment by D Johnston on 08/29/13 at 02:44 PM

Me too, Oblomova.  I was searching the internets to see if anyone else thought the PUMAs were bat-shit crazy and found rumproast.  It was a madness that only comes along once in a while.

Comment by jetots on 08/20/13 at 10:18 PM

PUMA is how I discovered this blog—and though I’m not commenting much these days due to a lot of work/family/tired-of-blogosphere stuff, I still remember the good ole days. I wonder if Jenni4Hillary is confined to a state home yet.

Comment by Oblomova on 08/18/13 at 10:16 AM

Saturday marked the 5th anniversary of the stupidest, craziest, moment in the history of the puma “movement”.

Damn, what a buncha wackaloons. I can’t wait to see how the 2016 elections manage to be a million times crazier - because they will be.

Comment by Xecky Gilchrist on 08/12/13 at 05:57 PM

2008 flashback time!

Saturday marked the 5th anniversary of the stupidest, craziest, moment in the history of the puma “movement”.  Remember that time they accused
Howard Dean of kidnapping people who attended their “conference”.

Comment by JasonM on 08/12/13 at 05:44 AM


A friend actually booked a hotel for us for Friday and Saturday (she’s using her points or some such to do it). We usually have to make sure to be on the last MARTA or not have a place to sleep, which means missing the late night concerts and parties.

This is gonna be so much fun! WOOT! Heeee.

Such a big difference from the last 3 or 5 years where all we could think about was surviving. So nice to be in a better place where we can enjoy life a little. ;)

Comment by domynoe on 08/08/13 at 06:00 PM

GODDAMNIT McAuliffe, you epic sleaze, if you fuck this up and maroon my state with another four years of bible-humping and gross teatarded mismanagement, I’ll… rage impotently at how connected and slimy you are.  AGAIN.

Comment by Lowkey on 08/02/13 at 02:17 PM

Mike Masse on Saturday, August 3.  Not Wednesday.

Comment by CapnMubbers on 07/29/13 at 06:06 AM

Mike Masse and Jeff Hall (they did a fabulous acoustic cover of ‘Africa’ and many more) are doing a live ‘cast on Wednesday August 3 at 12:30 PDT.  Mike Masse

Comment by CapnMubbers on 07/29/13 at 05:27 AM

I’m still submitting to agents. One has a full of my urban fantasy. My poor epic fantasy is on the small press go round.

In other news, hubs wants me to make cupcakes to sell at the local farmer;s market…and I’m supposed to be working on losing weight. A decent cupcake has 450-550 calories. That’s just over 1/4 of my daily calorie budget. *head desk*

Comment by domynoe on 07/29/13 at 01:28 AM

This place is looking a little quiet. Why not liven things up with another round of gratuitous self-promotion?

So I’ve been working with this serial fiction site for the last month. The story is called The Fabulist, a post-apocalyptic tale that follows the exploits of the world’s last storyteller. It’s actually been doing pretty good - especially for a story with an arty title and a pacifistic protagonist - and I’m within striking distance of the top tier of the site.

In most cases, I’d be happy with that. The reason I’m pimping myself so hard is that I’m about to be left in the dust by another serial. It has stilted dialogue and a doughy narrative with little action, but it also has zombies, so of course everyone likes it.

Anyway, if I could get even a few more people to read this thing, it might just push me over the threshold. So, thanks for any assistance you might be able to give me.

Comment by D Johnston on 07/26/13 at 01:56 PM

Lowkey, save that maudlin garbage for the likes of Balloon-Juice or TBogg where love is treasured. Here, love means dark cynicism and heaping helpings of odd cute cat videos and music videos that capture the nasty side of humanity, and that’s the way we like it.


Comment by HumboldtBlue on 07/25/13 at 12:44 PM


I love you.  Carry on.

Comment by Lowkey on 07/23/13 at 10:23 AM

the best way to survive a CAC encounter is to be extra acquiescent to assholes like Zimmerman

Seriously.  Throw another greasy indignity on the pile.

Comment by Lowkey on 07/19/13 at 10:38 AM

I imagine that “the talk” black parents give their soon-to-be teenaged sons just got expanded to include creepy-ass crackers as part of the potentially lethal population.  What sucks extra about that is now, thanks to Zimmerman, the best way to survive a CAC encounter is to be extra acquiescent to assholes like Zimmerman, the kid-hunter.

Comment by StringOnAStick on 07/15/13 at 07:36 PM

A black kid is put on trial for his own murder and the murderer is acquitted:

And the same law used to acquit him isn’t applied in a case where it was clearly needed: ts-20-years-for-firing-warning-shots/

No one killed in that case. Is it coincidence the kid and the mom were both black? I highly doubt it.

Comment by domynoe on 07/14/13 at 07:32 PM

Hope everyone is having a decent Summer,

We’ve been sweating it here in scotland in the high 80s, Jason. *snork* I’m nearly done clearing up the autumn leaf fall ...

Good to see folks still around. Once I finish up healing my shoulder and wading through an insurmountable heap of work, I might even join in and do some of that there blogging I hear the kids are into nowadays.

Comment by YAFB on 07/14/13 at 04:31 PM

Zimmerman walked.

Speaking for many here—fuck.

Comment by John Ball on 07/13/13 at 09:13 PM

I haven’t been here much recently, been crazy stuff going on at work this Summer.

But I wanted to just stop in & say that you folks are still the best and I’m glad Rumproast is here.  I need to stay away from certain sites, so I will try to stop here more often.

Hope everyone is having a decent Summer,

Comment by JasonM on 07/03/13 at 09:23 AM

*sighs* asses-bill-banning-abortion-after-20-weeks/

Comment by domynoe on 06/18/13 at 11:23 PM

Kind of appalling that we need an old white guy’s opinion on whether the black guy is making the right decisions…still. :P yria-bill-clinton-says-obama-decision-trending-in-right-dire ction/?cid=sf_twitter

Comment by domynoe on 06/14/13 at 10:15 PM

Despite some of the contumelious comments stating this isn’t really impromptu because of stadium music being piped in, I maintain that spontaneous displays of crowd music are wonderful.

Comment by HumboldtBlue on 06/10/13 at 07:10 PM

So Congress is taking on sexual assault in the military. This is good. But it seems like maybe it’s a “save our ass because of our record on women” kind of move.

Comment by domynoe on 06/04/13 at 05:36 PM

Oh my, lookit what our favorite Pint-Sized PUMA Paranoid-Schizophrenic has done now.

It’s twofer: Dujan and Chambers ridiculed webwide! Chambers’ article’s now been pulled from the Examiner site (Charlie Pierce should know it’s a different beast to the Washington Examiner, which is bad enough in its own way, but then he guzzles enough antifreeze as it is without venturing too far into the bowels of the rightisphere), so either they feared a lawsuit of some sort or the finger-pointing wasn’t enough of a tradeoff for the clicks. Do they imagine they’ve got any credibility anyway?

Comment by YAFB on 05/29/13 at 07:54 AM

Seems FB is finally listening…maybe: oversial-harmful-and-hateful-speech-on-facebook/574430655911 054

We’ll see what happens in practice. Cynical? No, not me! ;)

Comment by domynoe on 05/29/13 at 01:21 AM

FB is now banning people who post in support of the #FBRape campaign while claiming they aren’t being biased at all. They are also deleting reports of content that violates their anti-hate, anti-violence guidelines from the reporters’ dashboards.

Nope, no misogyny there!

Comment by domynoe on 05/28/13 at 03:47 PM

Actually, I should apologize to paranoid-schizophrenics for lumping them in with that creep.

Comment by Oblomova on 05/28/13 at 10:16 AM

Oh my, lookit what our favorite Pint-Sized PUMA Paranoid-Schizophrenic has done now.

Comment by Oblomova on 05/28/13 at 10:16 AM

Btw, one of the more interesting companies who are continuing to pay for FB ads despite the content they appear on is Dove. Supposedly in support of strong women, but doesn’t care that it’s ads are placed on pages where women are beaten and rape is encouraged. Just blows my mind.

Comment by domynoe on 05/25/13 at 01:32 AM

Everyday Sexism is leading the charge on Facebook’s insanely inconsistent approach to violence towards woman. Follow some of the links in their feed. They are pressuring companies to pull advertising until FB finally fully and consistently follows through on their stated content guidelines.

Comment by domynoe on 05/25/13 at 01:27 AM

Oh my lord…. ecause-of-an-umbrella-republicans-reach-new-lows/

Comment by domynoe on 05/18/13 at 04:28 PM

To add to today’s crazy (yesterday’s crazy, actually), I got the weirdest rejection of my novel yet. The sample drew her in! The character was interesting! The writing was well done! Nice voice! The setting was excellent!

But she didn’t love it.

At least nothing in the novel appears to be broken? I was beginning to wonder….

Comment by domynoe on 05/17/13 at 11:41 PM

Ug. Georgia politicians are already lining up to run for Prez. So far, they all seem to be touting how they are more conservative than their opponents.

So not only do I have to deal with the running for office bs for THREE YEARS, but I also have to deal with the OMG crazies.

I could cry.

Comment by domynoe on 05/17/13 at 05:07 PM

I’m just tryin’ to keep it light here.

What?!  What frivolous frippery is this?!  I come here for hard-nosed journalism and piercing analysis!  What do you think this is, some sort of humor blog?!

I actually have business in the ‘Burgh this fall.  Once I have the dates, I’ll follow up.  I have a taste for fine single malts my own self, and my debit card is fully rated up to several rounds for any ‘Roasters who’d care for some analog world merriment.

Comment by Lowkey on 05/15/13 at 11:41 AM

I’ll have my Tranya with a sprig of cilantro, por favor.

Comment by Tom65 on 05/14/13 at 08:04 PM

Nothing but the best for our Lowkey and Strange~~~the Tranya’s on me!

Oh don’t tell me you can’t get Tranya in a Mos Eisley joint, at least the Pittsburgh franchise. I’ve seen hairy creatures pounding down even hairier Pan-Galactic Gargleblasters there.

Comment by Mrs. Polly on 05/14/13 at 06:20 PM

Sorry you don’t have the same sense of humor as your muscular wing-headed brother, Asgardian blogger-dude! I’m just tryin’ to keep it light here. If you’re ever headed my way, use the blog as a GPS device. There are dozens of Mos Eisley cantinas in this town…most of which carry top-shelf single malt scotch and clear tequila made from vibrant blue agave. I love high-octane, unblended booze that’s strong enough to burn a hole in your debit card…or MY debit card, depending.

Let’s go on a memorable tear!

Comment by StrangeAppar8us on 05/14/13 at 06:00 PM

I will never, ever, EVER have to look at John Boehner’s evil rubber face again.

NOT WORTH IT, homeboy.  I attempt to cope by drawing dicks on every picture of him.

Glad you’re still around and about, you weird bastard.  One of these days, I’mma get back Pittsburgh way, and you’d better believe I’ll be pouring a few drinks into you.

Tangential: I am so bummed that I’m going to be in Santa Fe and Albuquerque on business, and missing Rebecca Schoenkopf’s meetups by less than a week.  I want to drink martinis and talk shit with that woman so bad.

Comment by Lowkey on 05/12/13 at 05:49 PM

Wonder if there’s a 12 step program for that.

I’m only aware of a 1 step program that depends entirely on your father’s irresponsibility in leaving his super-powered WWII firearms lying around the house after his funeral. Unfortunately, as it turns out, that was a stupid program that didn’t work, blinded me, stuck me in a hospital for two years and left me with the all-consuming desire to throw one more post up the Rumproast wire ASAP.

I love this blog. I love the snarkmasters who write for it, and the immensely talented groundlings who fuel the comment section. Granted, I miss the ability to see sunrises and sunsets, but the good news is that I will never, ever, EVER have to look at John Boehner’s evil rubber face again.

Comment by StrangeAppar8us on 05/10/13 at 01:49 PM

We’re rumproast addicts. Wonder if there’s a 12 step program for that.

Comment by domynoe on 05/09/13 at 09:54 PM

There is something about this blog; I have vowed to spend less time on the ‘net, and yet here I am…

Comment by StringOnAStick on 05/09/13 at 06:49 PM

I just hate that I wasn’t really all that active to begin with and now I’m even less so. Just too much else demanding attention these days. :/

Comment by domynoe on 05/09/13 at 01:13 PM

BTw, sorry I’m hit and miss these days.

LOL, domynoe, I just apologized in Betty’s open thread up front.  What is it about this magical blog?!

Comment by Lowkey on 05/08/13 at 01:17 PM

BTw, sorry I’m hit and miss these days. I’m busily subbing 2 novels and working on 3 others, plus editing, plus covering all the household stuff now that all the kids are pretty much moved out and hubs works 2 1/2 jobs (3rd job is when he has time for it, which he hasn’t had much of lately since the other 2 keep him 60-80 hours a week). I try to visit, but my time is so short that most times all I can do is skim and maybe throw a link up here every now and then.

I seriously need more hours in the day…and probably still wouldn’t have enough time. :P

Comment by domynoe on 05/06/13 at 04:17 PM

Journalist tries to show how the poors can eat healthy on £1 a day and rightly gets shown what a crock he is.

Comment by domynoe on 05/06/13 at 01:35 PM

Ya know, I was getting rooked by the Daily Currant before it went mainstream. #justsayin #hipsterglasses #wait #isntthistwitter

Comment by Lowkey on 05/03/13 at 01:43 PM

As I told Strange in his latest post, jazz-it-up, music is the international language and I aint never lied!

Comment by HumboldtBlue on 05/02/13 at 06:14 PM
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