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Send in the Clowns: Breitbart Plans World Domination Ambling around the Web this evening, I stumbled upon this headline: Delingpole quits Telegraph ahead of UK launch of Breitbart.com Two things immediately jumped out at me. Delingpole—who, if you’ve never had the pleasure, is one James “I’m right about everything” Delingpole, in his own words “a member of probably… YAFB 02/16/14 7 02/19/14
Countdown to World-Class Tantrum: Toldya So Edition Just call me Nostradamus. Staking out Donald Trump’s Twitter feed in wait for the almighty head explosion after the rejection of his objection to an experimental windfarm within bellowing distance of his Aberdeenshire golf development has so far proven an exercise in futility and frustration. But never fear—he found other… YAFB 02/13/14 6 02/17/14
Countdown to World-Class Tantrum: Windbag Trump in Windfarm Fail Hello again, Rumproasters, after what seems like a long, long period of impromptu sabbatical to allow the trauma and RSI from 2012’s electoral shenanigans to subside to a dull ache. What brings me scrambling back to the keyboard? Why, another Donald Trump Grand Debacle, as reported by the BBC! A… YAFB 02/11/14 7 02/11/14
Tuesday Morning Music: Calum Ingram’s “Red House” + Extras Driving home last night, I caught a track by cellist Calum Ingram on Paul Jones’s BBC Radio 2 Rhythm & Blues show, and was pretty blown away. This is a different song—an incendiary cover of Hendrix’s “Red House” on electric cello—see what you think. More after the fold. YAFB 06/18/13 0
Bachmann Down Is it worth 8 minutes of your time to hear Michele Bachmann announce that she’s quitting her House seat? Probably not, but here it is anyway. Nope, this is nothing to do with the multiple investigations into her and hubbie’s alleged grifting, including misusing congressional campaign funds for her spectacular… YAFB 05/29/13 6 05/30/13
Sunday Evening Music: “Space Oddity”—From Space This probably ranks up there in things that had to be done eventually. Canadian space cadet Chris Hadfield, floating in a tin can, faaaar above the world, gives us his styling of Bowie’s 1969 megahit, backed by a fabulous invisible cheesy celestial rock orchestra. This raises a few questions, like:… YAFB 05/12/13 7 05/14/13
Tuesday Afternoon Music: Robert Wyatt’s Shipbulding I don’t really want to prolong the picking over the bones of the Thatcher legacy, but since the American right seems desperate to exploit her passing to defend its post-Thatcherite concensus, as embodied in Reaganomics and all the other worldwide fallout from her time in office, I wanted to post… YAFB 04/09/13 7 04/11/13
Ozymaggias   Steve Bell covers Thatcher’s resignation in 1990 (click to enlarge). I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer… YAFB 04/08/13 27 04/10/13
Thank God Easter Only Comes Once a Year There’s so much seasonal WTF in this clip from FilmOn TV Networks (via Battlecam TV) which is going viral. There’s a fairly graphic trailer near the beginning for their stunt at the weekend, when they plan to crucify a guy identified by a usually reliable source (Daily Mail) as Robert… YAFB 03/28/13 6 03/29/13
Balloon Juiceocalypse Refuge Open Thread We have a working server, we have bandwidth, we have archives, we have popcorn, and we have sympathy with folks from our sister blog as it goes through this traumatic transformation. Make yourselves at home if you can’t find a warmer corner of the intertubes to hang out in. No… YAFB 03/23/13 28 03/27/13
WTF/FFS Ermagerd. Sworn off Palin for more than a few years, then two consecutive posts in a couple of days. The shame, the shame. What provoked this? Well, on Saturday we saw La Diva Loca give her all in a TMI style to a CPAC rabble desperate for distraction from its… YAFB 03/18/13 13 03/24/13
CPAC Day 2: Slurps, Slaps, and Slingbacks [Updated] We’re not here to re-brand a party, we’re here to rebuild a country. We’re here to restore America and the rest is just theatrics. The rest is sound and fury. It’s just making noise. The next 37 long minutes were indeed taken up with sound and fury—the familiar gurns, squawks,… YAFB 03/16/13 15 03/18/13
DIY Blog Post Help me out here. If, as Mitch McConnell claimed at CPAC today, the Democrats’ 2016 “presidential ticket looks like a rerun of the Golden Girls,” given that the all-star lineup at CPAC 2013 includes in its cast Jeb Bush, Eric Cantor, Steven Crowder, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Newt Gingrich, Bobby… YAFB 03/15/13 14 03/18/13
Cheers: 47% Taper to Reveal Himself, 100% Chance of RW Tantrums The source of the sensation of the 2012 election campaign, the Romney 47% video, is set to reveal himself to the world this evening, according to HuffPo. To blow further sand up Mitt’s underoos, it appears his offhand attitude to the waitstaff bit him in the ass: The man, who… YAFB 03/13/13 17 03/14/13
Breitbart Memorial Disinformation Site to Change Name to “Friends of Humus” During last year’s election, we and many others remarked on the possibly disastrous consequences of politicians believing the BS that the rightwing blogosphere and other online media peddle and parroting it in public, where occasionally more stringent evidential standards apply. It cost Mittens dear during the second Presidential Debate when… YAFB 02/21/13 14 02/22/13
Trump vs. Bill Maher—Birther vs. Aper Bill Maher reports on The Donald’s decision to sue him for $5 million for alleging on air that Trump’s the progeny of his mother and an orangutang. (There’s a short ad at the beginning, but you can skip it after 5 seconds or so.) Trump fires back via TMZ: Donald… YAFB 02/09/13 7 02/11/13
AstroTrump! Philip Bump at Grist made a neat catch earlier today—an ad from Craigslist NY that read: Earn Quick and Easy $20 for an hour or less of work Wednesday December 31st, 1969 Our firm needs 100 volunteers to attend and participate in a rally in front of the British Consulate/Embassy… YAFB 01/24/13 16 01/27/13
YAFB’s 2012 Rumproast Roundup, Part 5 This summary of December—from the sublime “Gangnam Style” to the ridiculous Marco Rubio—completes my 2012 roundup. Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here, Part 3 is here, and Part 4 is here. YAFB 01/20/13 3 01/23/13
YAFB’s 2012 Rumproast Roundup, Part 4 The penultimate part of my stream-of-consciousness romp through the past year on Rumproast takes us from the suspense of the eve of the first Presidential Debate to the glorious GOP recriminations and infighting of the end of November. Part 5—December—will follow tomorrow (Sunday). Part 1 is here, Part 2 is… YAFB 01/19/13 6 01/20/13
YAFB’s 2012 Rumproast Roundup, Part 3 Part 3 of my roundup, after the fold, spans the “Good grief, is Mitt really relying on the Breitbartlets to win this thing for him?!” of early July to the plaintive “Are we there yet?” whimper of the end of September. Part 4 will follow before the Inauguration, shoulder injury… YAFB 01/09/13 5 01/10/13
YAFB’s 2012 Rumproast Roundup, Part 2 Part 2 of my roundup, after the fold, takes us from the primary fever of April to the batshit insanity of the end of June. Part 1 is here and Part 3 is here. YAFB 12/30/12 3 01/01/13
YAFB’s 2012 Rumproast Roundup, Part 1 Just about every outlet runs a recap of the year at this point in the calendar, so I figured I’d join ‘em. After the fold and in the subsequent parts you’ll find a whizz through the highlights and lowlights of the year I’ve chosen to cherrypick from the pages of… YAFB 12/26/12 3 12/27/12
Trickledown Schadenfreude [Now with Even MOAR] As the Republicans flail around trying to figure out what the hell just happened and where exactly to point their fingers, wonder of wonders, Joel Pollak at Big Government finally has a bona fide scoop—from “a source within the Romney campaign” who detailed some of the problems with its Orca… YAFB 11/09/12 15 11/10/12
Morning After Open Thread and Hangover Cure Swapshop And how are we feeling this morning? Never mind. You could have a thumping headache and Mitt Romney for president. Have an open thread to share those schadenfreudy thrills, late results, and reactions till somebody else who knows how to drive this thing and is feeling less fragile than I… YAFB 11/07/12 21 11/09/12
Quite Possibly the Shortest-lived Hostage to Fortune Ever [UPDATED X2] In the late-election frenzy with only some ten hours of queuing to go, in a fit of preemptive footstamping spite, some of the Borg have their sights firmly trained on the REAL enemy—the messenger, Nate Silver—with the upcoming launch by “a team of GOP techies” of the blockbuster website Nate… YAFB 11/06/12 15 11/07/12
Waiting in the Wings: Dick Ryan I’ve been taking some time out from blogging in this last week or so before the Poll To End All Polls. This was partly out of deference to the savage storms whose aftermath some of you folks are going to have a hard enough time living through without some anonymous… YAFB 11/04/12 4 11/05/12
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope. It’s a deflated gasbag! Or possibly an omen? Earlier today: Romney blimp turning heads in South Florida Mitt Romney leads President Obama in latest Florida polls MIAMI - Flying high in the polls, Mitt Romney was also flying high over the streets of South Florida Friday morning. A blimp with the headline “America needs… YAFB 10/21/12 8 10/22/12
Not Your Father’s Republican Party LIFE magazine has been delving into its archives, and pulled out this feature: GOP WOMEN PARTY HARD, 1941 “On the evening of May 20,” begins an article in the June 16, 1941, issue of LIFE magazine, “members of the Young Women’s Republican Club of Milford, Conn., explored the pleasures of… YAFB 10/21/12 3 10/22/12
ADD Wars This, the first post-Citizens United American election, has been one long experiment with democracy. It’s too early to call any firm conclusions so far, and superPACs’ activities aren’t restricted to paying for advertising, but it’s becoming apparent that success cannot be measured purely in terms of the amount of money… YAFB 10/21/12 9 10/22/12
Standing on the Corpses of Giants Part III: The Transcript Truthers Having invested so much effort in seeking to exploit the tragic deaths during the 9/11 Benghazi US consulate attack over the past few weeks, Mitt Romney and his followers thought he had president Obama cornered last night during the second Presidential Debate. It ... didn’t work out so well (transcript… YAFB 10/17/12 9 10/17/12
Standing on the Corpses of Giants Part II: Politician Takes Responsibility—Republicans Astonished You can’t wander far online right now without encountering fistpumping jubilation among rightwingers that four diplomats were killed and three wounded in Benghazi last month—just in time for their October Surprise! Mitt Romney, from the Mother Jones “secret video”: ... in the Jimmy Carter election, the fact that we have… YAFB 10/16/12 4 10/16/12
Romney Camp: Standing on the Corpses of Giants ThinkProgress catches Romney surrogate Rudy “A Noun and a Verb, and 9/11” Giuliani being just a tad too candid from the safe confines of Fox News. BILL HEMMER (HOST): David Axelrod made the claim Mitt Romney is doing his best to exploit this. Is there argument to be made there?… YAFB 10/15/12 7 10/15/12
If You Knew Mitt Like They Knew Mitt: Republicans Slam Romney YAFB 10/13/12 4 10/14/12
Romney/Biden 2012! Or Even Just Biden 2012? As the dust settles slowly from the VP debate, the election trundles on regardless, the polls take their own sweet time to give any clear indication of WTF is going on, and Paul Ryan fans feverishly adapt to the abject drubbing their idol took by collapsing onto the crowded fainting… YAFB 10/13/12 8 10/15/12
2012 VP Debate Transcript Part 2 The second part of the transcript is after the fold. YAFB 10/12/12 0
Morning After the Night Before Open Thread and 2012 VP Debate Transcript Part 1 Who knows what effect last night’s VP debate will have once the spin dies down? But if it doesn’t cheer up Democrats and address any lingering enthusiasm gap, I’ve no idea what will. The MSM and Romney camp spinners (spot the difference), of course, are hard at work claiming that… YAFB 10/12/12 2 10/12/12
Coming Soon to a Screen Near You! Beauty vs. The Beast We’ll be liveblogging tonight’s VP debate, beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Will Joe Biden kick the evening off by ambling across the stage and sitting daintily on Martha Raddatz’s knee, to her obvious delight? Will Paul Ryan flounce out in a cloud of talcum powder? Will the booze stash stand… YAFB 10/11/12 7 10/11/12
Romney Still Firmly in the Uncanny Valley: Exploiting the Dead for Political Gain As part of the Romney Family’s reboot of the Mittbot’s campaign, he’s been trying to go all “real Mitt” and demonstrate that he can relate to specimens of Homo sapiens by choking up on cue on the stump as he recounts tales of his encounters with the inferior classes. Surprise.… YAFB 10/10/12 10 10/11/12
There just ain’t enough pearls to go round (now with a little more) There’s less than a month to go till the election, and there’s barely room to fit your butt on the fainting couches in some quarters as the MSM derails from its narrative of the moment and doles out yet another gross indignity to the man who would be king. Tour… YAFB 10/10/12 9 10/11/12
Sunday Morning Music: First 2012 Presidential Debate—The Autotuned Version! The technology exists nowadays to do this in real time. Just saying. Open thread if you want it. How has Obama, or life in general, disappointed you today? Or whatever. YAFB 10/07/12 3 10/07/12
Toon: “Why Obama Now” We seem to be in a ‘toony mood on Rumproast today. You’ll no doubt see this vid plenty of places soon, so if you haven’t viewed it yet, your first time might as well be on Rumproast. Here’s a cartoon from Lucas Gray, who animates The Simpsons and Family Guy.… YAFB 10/06/12 4 10/07/12
About that New Yorker Cover The New Yorker came out with its customary October Surprise the other day, to a mixed reception. Like most art, and quite a lot of humor, it’s an ambiguous image in which folks will see a reflection of their own inner life and preconceptions. Some on the Democratic side of… YAFB 10/06/12 3 10/07/12
Romney Abandons Abandonment of the 47% The wheels fell off Mitt Romney’s Etch A Sketch last night when he appeared on ace racebaiter Sean Hannity’s show to denounce Mitt Romney for denouncing 47% of Americans a while back as shiftless scroungers not worthy of his time and effort. This is Mitt Romney doubling down on September… YAFB 10/05/12 5 10/05/12
Coming Soon! Clash of the Tight Uns It’s a while since we’ve had a liveblog and debate livestream, but tonight we’re going to be blogging the life out of this I Wanna Be President/Let’s Kill Off a Few More Factcheckers argumenty thang and drinking till our livers bale out in search of more convivial, more caring homes.… YAFB 10/03/12 5 10/03/12
Battle of the Doughboys: Hannity and Carlson Criticize Obama for Pretending to be Black Quite a few have opined already on the appearance yesterday of The New Whitey Tape circulated with a fanfare of clown horns by Tucker Carlson of the Daily Caller via Drudge, and unsurprisingly joyously championed by Fox News’s resident race expert Sean Hannity. Sadly for Drudge, Carlson, Hannity, and their… YAFB 10/03/12 7 10/03/12
Desperado Hottie McStudMunster goes for his guns Back in ‘08, gun and ammo wholesalers cunningly spread the meme that if elected president, dusky peacenik/wannabe murderous dictator for life Barack Obama would be comin’ fer yer guns, so BETTER STOCK UP RIGHT AWAY. As things panned out, although it provided a handy additional stimulus to the American economy,… YAFB 09/30/12 11 10/01/12
Mitt Romney: Send in the Clown Having trolled the entire Intertubes earlier in the week, Politico’s Roger Simon offers some desperately needed advice to Mitt Romney: Mitt Romney: King of comedy ... Jokes have power. When a politician makes a joke, he can make a point and also leave people with the impression that he is… YAFB 09/28/12 19 09/29/12
The Dangers of Snark in a Post-Poe World Tom Lehrer once observed that “political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Prize.” Despite the urban legend, this isn’t what prompted him to retire, as he explains here, where he also makes some observations on the problems of satire in the modern world, including: “everything is… YAFB 09/26/12 13 09/27/12
Brown and Mustard’s Classy Hatchet Jobs on Elizabeth Warren Things are getting more than a little silly in Massachusetts at the moment, where brave culture warrior Scott Brown, having been tricked into facing Elizabeth Warren in verbal combat by Harry Reid a few days ago, kicked off the debate he couldn’t wriggle out of by insisting that Warren couldn’t… YAFB 09/25/12 4 09/26/12
Fish, barrel ... Aw heck, you know the drill by now Did you feel a shift in the force earlier in the day? No, it wasn’t just Paul Ryan wailing, “Hey, where the heck did he go?” as Tim Pawlenty baled out from the Romney campaign to spend more time with money, followed by the whimper: “... Can I come too?”… YAFB 09/20/12 9 09/21/12
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