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Monday, July 5th, 2010

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  1. #1 |  celticdragonchick | 

    I and my spouse had thought of going to Italy.

    After the fiasco of the Knox trial and the unbelievable charges against her parents…we decided that some other place might be better.

  2. #2 |  DaveG | 

    Gallager certainly sounds entertaining to me. I’d love to see his act. Crazy old guy railing against modern society, why can’t a comic be a racist homophobe?

  3. #3 |  Miroker | 

    I went to see that Gallagher cretin back in the 80’s at a hotel comedy club. I never liked him as a comedian prior to that, and left club liking him even less. Ten minutes into the show, someone heckled him and he said “We don’t have a show here tonight, so goodbye” and proceeded to leave and not return. Of course, all customers were not given their money back.

  4. #4 |  Elemenope | 

    …a willingness to exceed his constitutional authority usually moves a president up these lists.

    The question is, does this indicate something about historians, something about presidents, or something about the constitution?

  5. #5 |  Saint Zero | 

    are there left wing whackos?

  6. #6 |  Aresen | 

    The historians’ presidential rankings show the usual statist bias.

    Of those since WWII, Ike remains my favorite: An able manager, good foresight (most people remember his warning against the ‘military industrial complex’; few people remember the other ‘complexes’ he warned against in the same sentence, eg ‘Educational Complex’)

    He didn’t engage in overblown rhetoric, generally upheld the constitution and resisted expensive programs. (Lemay was pushing for the “1,000 missile” program. Eisenhower resisted. Kennedy ran on the “missile gap” and Lemay got his wish.)

    Another example of Ike’s foresight (though not from his time as president): Once the Nazi Death Camps were opened, he ordered that as many US soldiers as possible visit the camps. “We need as many people to see this as possible. Otherwise, there will be those who try to claim it didn’t happen.”

  7. #7 |  Scooby | 

    These days, I prefer Metallagher to Gallagher.

  8. #8 |  Aresen | 

    Saint Zero | July 5th, 2010 at 12:18 pm
    are there left wing whackos?

    The easiest way to determine if someone is a left-wing whacko is to ask them what their opinion of Che is.

  9. #9 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    Of course the Ghallager article invites the question whether he actually believes his own act or, like many other personalities who have recently shifted from generally mainstream to rabidly right wing, he’s just figured out there’s a lot of money to be made from people who do think that way and is willing to pretend.

  10. #10 |  Duncan20903 | 

    @#3 | “Saint Zero | July 5th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    are there left wing whackos?”

    the phrase ‘left wing whacko’ is redundant.

  11. #11 |  BrentM | 

    Barbie Nadeau is a sleeze journalist whose reporting is to be taken with a extreme amount of skepticism.

  12. #12 |  Andrew Williams | 

    To paraphrase the late, great Bill Hicks: “Bill Hicks is dead, yet Gallagher walks the fucking planet.”
    I could like him if he stopped wasting food and time.

  13. #13 |  Oatwhore | 

    What I got from the Ghallager article is that he’s just faking it and really doesn’t believe it.

    This is the telling bit “There’s only one kind of homosexual guy, and that’s the pretty ones—why do homosexual men have to be so good-looking?”

  14. #14 |  Bulucanagria | 

    I’d feel more sympathy for David Andrews if it wasn’t a state job he lost.

  15. #15 |  Marty | 

    the reporter in the bp first amendment post is so whiney- ‘we are not the enemy…’ etc.

    cracks me up, because cnn and other reporters have been blowing whoever’s in office so long and they’ve been used as a propaganda tool for so long, they don’t even realize how powerful the government’s become.

    welcome to the real world, asshole- now do your job!

  16. #16 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Never understood the draw to Gallagher. Smash a watermelon once for kicks, kinda funny. After that, it was sad, predictable, and not worth watching.

  17. #17 |  scott | 

    Gallagher was a relatively recent guest on Sirius/XM’s “Unmasked” and the impression I got isn’t that he’s a right-wing whacko, it’s that he’s a self-absorbed prick who cannot fathom that there are millions of people out there who aren’t exactly like him, or that there are people too stupid to grasp his “genius”. He’s the very definition of the pitfalls in believing your own press.

  18. #18 |  Darkefang | 

    Gallagher lost it years ago. I saw him right after it came out that Magic Johnson had HIV, and half Gallagher’s act consisted of graphic AIDS jokes and borderline racist jokes. He also had a bit wishing that his ex-wife would get AIDS from Magic Johnson. Unfortunately, the audience for this show was about half kids who wanted to see a guy smash watermelons.

  19. #19 |  Marty | 

    #6 | Aresen

    well said- I tried to uptick you a few hundred more times, but…

  20. #20 |  Tom Can | 

    Great column by Wayne Allyn Root today. Obama has managed to kill 2.2 million jobs in 17 months, and his tax increases and heathcare plans have not even kicked in yet.

  21. #21 |  Hardison Collins | 

    – this thing with Gallagher, the bitter, hatefull, conflicted man, hiding his true self behind the mask of the clown. it’s kinda messin with me.

  22. #22 |  Steamed McQueen | 

    re: David Andrews:

    Just more proof that once the ‘criminal justice system’ gets you in their clutches, they never, ever, let you go. Doesn’t matter that the charges were dropped, you were arrested, therefore you are guilty forever.

    If a person has done their time, paid their fine, and finished probation it should be OVER… but it’s not, ever.

    Obtaining employment with any type of record is difficult in the best of economic times, these days it is all but impossible.

  23. #23 |  Jesse Walker | 

    Weren’t there two competing Gallaghers for a while? It would be neat if the other one was a Trotskyist.

  24. #24 |  Mike | 

    I have to call BS on the less nutritious vegetables article. For one thing, it’s comparing modern reports to reports form 1950. Methodology may have changed. For another, the actual report concludes that they can only evaluated nutritional loss en masse; individual veggies are not statistically significant. But the writer quotes those values anyway. For a third thing, the report concludes its a tradeoff of higher yield for lower nutritional value (meaning more veggies overall). But she immediately jumps to GM crops.

    Honestly, that read like another ill-researched anti-GM panic.

  25. #25 |  Cyto | 

    I find it interesting that there can’t be a right-wing comedy. Where are the comedians on our current administration? John Stewart finally cracks on Obama a couple of years late and it makes news here. There should be plenty of satire for anyone in power.

    I hear plenty of racist, sexist, anti-gay, anti-white, anti-hispanic anti-justaboutanything humor out there. Is it just because he’s old, white and famous that this is news? Jamie Fox has had some pretty startling things to say. One of my favorite satirists is Dave Chapelle – he’s topped just about everything in the anti-Gallager rant.

    I did see someone on the left die on stage for similar reasons (taking a straight political stance). Years ago we went to see Paula Poundstone in Atlanta. Her entire act was “Don’t you hate republicans. Newt Gingrich is an asshole. Fuck I hate him. Republicans are evil. Isn’t Bob Dole evil? I hate Bob Dole. What an evil fucker he is.” Unlike Gallager in the review, she didn’t even get the pity laugh after about 5 minutes. She just kept digging though. I think that it probably is a bad idea to go to your “southerners are inbred rednecks and really fucking stupid” routine as you are losing your audience in Atlanta, Georgia. (really, that was the joke. No setup or anything – observational humor at its bare minimum, I guess) She got off the stage in well under 10 minutes (as the headliner!) – but it seemed a lot, lot, lot longer than that.

    The crew I was with was moderately progressive – three of the girls had just gotten back from an abortion rights demonstration in Washington DC. Luckily they let me off the hook and started ripping into the act before I had to say anything. Later they learned that they weren’t really progressives – once they heard the real “L-word” – Libertarian. I wish I had a good 3-way story to follow that up. The story really is missing something if we didn’t go back to the girl’s condo and get freaky. Instead we went across the street to a Cuban bar and had cigars and rum. Still fun, but not quite the same punch.

  26. #26 |  Cyto | 

    Some backup for Mike – a lot of energy in the GM food arena is going toward adding nutrition to foods. Such as rice with beta carotene to fight the vitamin A deficiency caused blindness of a half million kids every year.

    As breeding and GM accelerate, we are seeing the return of taste. Remember strawberries when you were little (if you were around in the 60’s/70’s)? They were small and had a lot of flavor, but they didn’t last more than a day or two and would often be bitter. You really didn’t eat them without sugar (probably because they were only fully ripe for about a day before spoiling).

    They began to get much bigger during the 80’s – and to lose their flavor. By the late 90’s we had enormous strawberries with very little strawberry flavor. Now the flavor is coming back. I routinely eat strawberries like an apple – no added sugar or cream. They last a couple of weeks in the fridge if I forget they are there.

    In short – these people are nitwits. Although they are right about some things, like the fact that none of us really wants tough, bland tomatoes, they are not the cure. Nor even part of the cure. The big, evil food companies are hard at work on the problem every day. And we reap the benefits. I can’t wait to get my Fuji apple sized Kiwi fruit that lasts perfectly ripe for 3 months…

  27. #27 |  Sky | 

    I’ve always maintained Bush would go down in history as the worst President ever. Top 5 ain’t shabby!

  28. #28 |  Sky | 

    “In fact, as Gene Healy has pointed out, a willingness to exceed his constitutional authority usually moves a president up these lists.”

    Sorry, forgot to ask….If that’s true, how did Bush end up almost dead last? If ever a president exceeded his constitutional authority Bush surely would have won a gold medal.

  29. #29 |  ClassAction | 


    There is a lot of right wing comedy. Jeff Foxworthy and the whole “Blue Collar” Comedy Tour is indicative of it. I’ve listened to a fair amount of “redneck” humor on satellite radio and the truth is, what separates most of those kinds of comedians from say, Gallagher, is that even though the former may be suspicious of equality between the sexes, or homosexuality, their humor, while sometimes crude, is overall pretty gentle and not nasty and mean spirited.

    As for making fun of liberal presidents, Obama just isn’t that funny (yet). Bill Clinton, though, was a huge magnet for comedians. His presidency practically killed any joke that had a blowjob for a punchline.

  30. #30 |  RWW | 

    the phrase ‘left wing whacko’ is redundant.

    As is the phrase “right wing whacko.”

  31. #31 |  Aresen | 

    RWW | July 5th, 2010 at 11:08 pm
    the phrase ‘left wing whacko’ is redundant.

    As is the phrase “right wing whacko.”

    AHH! I’d wondered what your initials stood for. ;P

  32. #32 |  Highway | 

    Jesse, the ‘two Gallaghers’ were actually the first Gallagher and his brother. Basically, the older brother came up with a successful act. His loser brother, no job, no prospects, but resembling his older brother, came up with the idea that he would play smaller towns and cheaper gigs, and do a limited show based on his older brother’s.

    Went fine for a couple years, but then younger brother started to steal more and more of the act, and get closer and closer to representing himself as the original Gallagher. So older brother asked him to stop, and when he didn’t, took him to court to force him to stop. Family members lined up behind loser younger brother, but older brother won the case.

    Older Brother ends up estranged from family, and now is performing right-wing nutjob show, whether it’s an act or not. :)

  33. #33 |  Pinandpuller | 

    Who doesn’t want their ex-wife to get AIDS from Magic Johnson?

  34. #34 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    Pinandpuller, who in your life doesn’t wish that you’d disappear forever?

  35. #35 |  Tom G | 

    Jesse Walker (#23) – I think there was a period when the original Gallagher franchised his act (while reserving certain “bits” exclusively for himself), and licensed a few other comedians to perform as “Gallagher”. I didn’t look it up, so my memory might be wrong.
    As far as comedy, he never really made me laugh all that much either.

  36. #36 |  Mattocracy | 

    My favorite presidents are Eisenhower, Coolidge, and Jefferson.

  37. #37 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “Man loses job over 11-year-old drug charge . . . that was dismissed for lack of evidence.”
    Thanks to the Internet/Database age, anything you have
    ever done wrong, even if it never reached a courtroom,
    is on your permanent record.
    Peter Watts, Sci-Fi writer who (oddly) got convicted of a Felony for
    not getting back into his car fast enough at the border, got
    hit with a repeat offender status, potentially an extra year in jail,
    because he got into a verbal altercation with a cop 10 or so years prior.
    Happened in another country, never got charged, etc, that stuff
    doesn’t matter anymore in post-9/11 Terrorville.

  38. #38 |  flukebucket | 

    I never, ever understood the draw that Gallagher had on some folks. Splashing watermelon all over the audience was just never that funny to me.

    But that story is terribly sad.

    Shit, if I want to see a crazy old racist homophobe railing against modern society I will go to church.

  39. #39 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I was (am) a huge Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan and I recall that Gallagher had a running feud with those guys and specifically Joel Hodgson if my memory’s correct. It always seemed to me that he was somebody who was incapable of laughing at himself, which is a bad trait for a comic.

  40. #40 |  Tsiroth |

    Hodgson: (Laughing) That was a little personal vendetta I had with Gallagher. I met him once at a club, and he was picking through my props and looking at them. I said, “Yeah, I do prop comedy, too!” And he said, “You call them ‘props’!?!? When a surgeon goes in to work on somebody, do you think he calls his instruments ‘props’?” And I just kind of went, “Whatever, man. They’re ‘props’!” He was kind of a dick, so any chance I had to take a shot at him, I would. That’s his thing. He’s a very bombastic man, so it’s okay.

  41. #41 |  DarkEFang | 


    “There is a lot of right wing comedy. Jeff Foxworthy and the whole “Blue Collar” Comedy Tour is indicative of it. “

    Dennis Miller is one conservative comic that immediately jumps to mind. I think Anthony Cumia and Jim Norton from Opie & Anthony would consider themselves on the political right. I think you could also include comics like Doug Stanhope and Nick Dipaolo.

  42. #42 |  johnl | 

    The Mother Jones story does not define what it is measuring change in. Vitamin content per ounce? Per calorie? Per fruit? Since they haven’t said, it’s unsafe to assume that they are measuring the right thing.