Get Whitey!

It’s a good thing this poorly camouflaged critter lives in my oak tree instead of the fictional setting of the Hunger Games, where he might have fallen under the pitiless gaze of movie huntress Katniss Everdeen. She would have put an arrow right through his little eyeball.

Speaking of those who are hard on the little things — the gentle, helpless creatures — it appears Herman Cain is still pretending to be relevant in the public arena (possibly as an excuse to get out of the house and escape the baleful gaze of Mrs. Cain). He has ads out that depict an adorable bunny being hurled upward and shot-gunned out of the sky and a fish being slowly suffocated to death to protest the stimulus. It’s such a pressing issue these days, you know.

Also, according to a CNN breaking news alert, a CNN/ORC poll finds that “nearly 75% of Americans” think George Zimmerman should be arrested for shooting unarmed teen Trayvon Martin to death. I’m guessing the precise number will turn out to be 73%. Maybe the 27% are the Orcs who were polled?

Please consider this an open thread.

[Cross-posted at Rumproast]

41 replies
  1. 1
    Yutsano says:

    Waitaminute…people are still throwing money at Hermie? That’s the only way he could possibly be making these ads. And please tell me they all end with his creepy smile. I might just squee at that.

  2. 2
    BGinCHI says:

    Speaking of those who are hard on the little things

    Nice oblique “raising Arizona” reference.

    It’s hard to believe Randall “Tex” Cobb isn’t in the political arena.

  3. 3
    Legalz says:

    It’s 75% only because the Kenyan is leading a “lynchmob” against Zimmerman by selling college style hooded sweatshirts. Seriously. Guess who else is in on the conspiracy – Old Navy.

  4. 4
    MattF says:

    Yes, indeed:

    Look at the STORY HIGHLIGHTS sidebar to the left.

  5. 5
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Never seen a white squirrel before. The end is near!

  6. 6
    Deb T says:

    We used to have several here where I work in Kansas City, but I haven’t seen any in several years now. Maybe they were prone to predation???

  7. 7

    Scanning the legal blogs and eyewitness reports about this mornings SC arguments on whether to punt the decision to 2014 per the tax law that says you can’t litigate it until the tax is collected, when the mandate begins, looks like the robed masters will have none of that. This doesn’t surprise me, because both sides want a definitive ruling this summer. And the supremes are under a lot of pressure to decide to keep or deep6 the ACA before all the coin and alterations to the health care world, get spent, only to have it all for not, or yea.

  8. 8
    maya says:

    …. to get out of the house and escape the baleful gaze of Mrs. Cain).

    Would Christian ever come under the cainful eyes of Mrs. Bale?

  9. 9
    Comrade Mary says:

    We have a small herd (flock? bevy? squitch? Holy crap, it’s dray) of white squirrels in Toronto and the Ontario town of Exeter, too.

  10. 10
    Violet says:

    Can we maybe have a site redesign update in a separate post? For those of us who don’t visit B-J on the weekend, this is something of a shock to the system this morning. I can go back a page or two and comment on a very old post, but I don’t know if anyone will see it.
    Also, having to put two underlines between every paragraph, not just those in blockquotes, is a right pain. I hope that’s fixed.

  11. 11
    Ash Can says:

    The Cain ad is being discussed on LGF right now. Ain’t no way I’m clicking on any links about it. Good fucking grief, get Herman Cain some professional medical help. The inside of his head must look like a Bosch painting run through a blender.

  12. 12
    HeartlandLiberal says:

    I find your comment on the poll to be offensive and demeaning to Orcs everywhere, and insist on an immediate apology and retraction.

  13. 13
    scarshapedstar says:

    Well what do you know…

    (CNN) — One month after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, nearly three out of four Americans say the police should arrest the neighborhood watch volunteer who pulled the trigger, according to a new national survey.
    And the CNN/ORC International poll released Monday also indicates that three-quarters of the public says that neighborhood watch members should not be allowed to carry weapons.

    Seventy-three percent of people questioned in the survey say that George Zimmerman should be arrested, with 11% disagreeing and 16% unsure.

    I think the Keyes Factor post actually warped the very fabric of spacetime. This is just creepy.

  14. 14
    Hal says:

    Speaking of Hunger Games, apparently having some of the books characters be black has totally ruined the movie for some.

  15. 15
    samara morgan says:

    did you see the Colbert spoof of the goldfish ad?
    it was epic.

  16. 16
    celticdragonchick says:


    I saw the movie this last Friday and I thought it was great. Something my spouse raised is interesting though…isn’t Katniss supposed to be part African American? The book describes her as having olive colored skin.

  17. 17
    Yutsano says:

    I can’t believe no one’s said it yet:


    Sheesh. I though I knew you people.

  18. 18
    ruemara says:

    @Hal: fricking black people, always ruining things!

  19. 19

    @Comrade Mary:

    I’ve noticed some all-black squirrels in NE Ohio during the last few months. Never saw such a critter before.

  20. 20
    cckids says:

    We used to have black squirrels in eastern Nebraska. Got into my first real fight with my MIL due to them; she saw one & said “well, there goes the neighborhood”. I jumped down her throat & told her she could not speak like that around me or my kids. She was SHOCKED, because, she’s not racist. (yeah, right).

    We’ve had many, many such talks since. She makes me tired.

  21. 21
    Mino says:

    A quasi-animal post is just the place for an eagle cam.

    Three little grey fellows.

  22. 22

    And, via TPM, you would be correct:
    73 Percent Say George Zimmerman Should Be Arrested

  23. 23
    Comrade Mary says:

    @Linda Featheringill: Oh, black squirrels are the default in Toronto. Greys are relatively rare. Sure, they’re just rats with fluffy tails, but they’re adorable rats with fluffy tails.

  24. 24
    RossinDetroit says:

    Our yard is squirrel heaven, with 5 different varieties all over the joint, all day. But I have never seen a white one. My guess is it’s an albino mutation due to poor genetic diversity (inbreeding). But what would I know?
    My wife rescued and raised an orphan baby black squirrel (indoors!) and I can tell you that in person there’s nothing as heart meltingly squee-inducing than a teeny squirrel taking a bottle. His name was Skeezix and he grew up to be released to the ‘wild’ (neighborhood). I wonder if he’s one of the visitors to our yard these days. I put out feed daily for the critters, rain or shine. Chinese obligation, I guess.

  25. 25
    Nemesis says:

    Speaking of Herman Fucking Cain, I had the misfortune of tuning in to his tea party patriots speech Satdee in front of hundreds of people.

    Herman Cain lied. A whopper…

    Cain said he faced cancer in 2005. He was given a 30% chance of survival. Heres when the lies begin.

    Cain stated emphatically, that he would have died if so-called ObamaCare were in effect in 2005, because a “government beurocrat” would have been making medical decisions about who gets care and who doesnt get care. Cain claimed at a 30% survival rate, he would have been told he would get no coverage and die.

    This got me to thinking….what happens today regarding healthcare? Million of claims are denied each day based on the insurance companies whims. Nothing more than bottom line profit motivated healthcare.

    But isnt there someone at an insurance company making those decisions today, as we speak? Why does Cain support the very thing he despises?

    How can you hate supposed gummit decision making in healthcare on the one hand, and support insurance company decison making on the other. Apparently gummit shouldnt make the decision, private for profit insurance should make the decision. The end result is the same-denied coverage (with is immoral).

    Is the media to lazy to even think of this?

    And we have albino squirrels in our community.

  26. 26
    Comrade Mary says:

    Hey — author names are now at the top of the post! Yay, web goddesses!

  27. 27
    Betty Cracker says:

    @Comrade Mary: I’m glad they are too, but truth be told, I found I could guess exactly who wrote the post within a couple of sentences anyway.

  28. 28
    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    Don’t look now guys, but the narrative push of ‘Trayvon The Super-mega Thug’ is going full bore. The story now: Trayvon, unprovoked, punched ZImmerman in the back of the head, mounted him, and punched and slammed him in the head repeatedly until Zimmerman was FORCED! FORCED to shoot him to save his own life. Oh, and Trayvon was suspended for having marijuana baggies (contradicting earlier reported records of him being suspended for tardiness).

  29. 29
    Hal says:

    Speaking of white squirrels and racism, Wonkette has a post up about “comic” Gallagher and his second heart attack of the week, in which they link to Lindy West at The Stranger and her review of his show back in 2010. Wow, jaw dropping.

    PS, I didn’t realize this guy was a stand up comic. I thought he just came out on stage and smashed fruit for two hours.

  30. 30 I try to be amused says:

    BC, where do you live? My dad’s hometown Olney, Illinois calls itself “the home of the white squirrels”. Later I read in Roadside America that two other US towns claim that distinction.

  31. 31
    Some Loser says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik: Sigh.

    Real question: Why do so many people hate black people? What have we done to be the third most hated people in America?

  32. 32
    The Snarxist Formerly Known as Kryptik says:

    @Some Loser:

    Be born Not-White. Duh.

  33. 33

    My T’bird came from California, but either Grandpa didn’t get the CA plates with it, or he didn’t think they were worth saving. Bummer, I’d love to have them.

  34. 34
    Jason says:

    I suspect the 16 percent who are unsure are largely the rock-dwellers who don’t follow the news, and are unfamiliar with the case. These people exist in surprisingly large numbers. So really it’s a 7-1 margin in favor of arresting Zimmerman.

  35. 35
    Betty Cracker says:

    @…now I try to be amused:

    Central Florida. Awhile back, my mom, kiddo and I took a hellish (because I had to drive) RV trip to the Carolinas, including the town of Brevard, which purports to be just lousy with white squirrels. We searched high and low didn’t see any.

    Then this guy showed up right in our front yard. There might be more than one, I guess, but we’ve never seen but one at a time. The kids told us about it weeks before we saw it ourselves, but we didn’t believe it until we saw it with our own eyes.

  36. 36
    Comrade Mary says:

    @Betty Cracker: Yeah, usually, but it does mean that’s one less thing on the to-do list.

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  38. 38
    RossinDetroit says:

    Personally, I don’t give a damn how many people think someone should be arrested. Justice is not done by consensus of uninformed opinion.
    But it does look like Fla local law enforcement needs some Federal help to do their frikkin’ job on this case.

  39. 39
    gwangung says:

    Well, any parallels from Trayvon Martin to this:

    Seems to be elementary.

  40. 40
    Ken says:

    I’m frankly surprised that the NRA hasn’t come out in defense of Trayvon; after all, if the young man would have been packing heat, Zimmerman would not likely have, well, survived, anyway.. Wait, that would mean NRA would condone arming young, black male hoodies.. nevermind.

  41. 41

    @Linda Featheringill: Michigan has some all black squirrels (beautiful!!) so perhaps these were uncertain of the state line, and ten wandered east.

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