A-Hole Of The Day?

Greetings  Folks,

First let me say thanks for the kind words that a bunch of y’all have thrown my way. The TWiB team is excited that we’re now publishing to this community. So here’s the first episode of TWiB! Radio of the week.  I was forced to crown our first A-Hole of the Day and I’m sure you’ll understand where I’m coming from when you hear the news story that made it happen.  Here’s the show! 

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(note: I know someone mentioned on my  last post that there’s a lot of banter up front. This is true. It’s sort of how our community works. Yes we cover news but we crack jokes + share whats going on with the team. I hope you guys can dig that but if you’re like “I SIMPLY WANT A NEWS STORY” you can jump a head 15 minutes or so.)

And just in case you want to follow along with the 2 major stories we covered here are the articles that were on our docket.  And please note: We’d LOVE for you folks here on Balloon Juice to contribute to our docket!  If you’re on Twitter you can submit by tweeting on the hashtag #TWiBdocket. Or you can even post on this thread any stories that you think should be getting more play or if you simply would like to hear our take on it. We’ll take a look at it!

John was kind enough to give me free rein of what I can post here but I don’t want to overload you folks. We do a morning along with our afternoon show TWiB! Radio (the former is hosted by political strategist and Up With Chris regular L. Joy Williams), an interview show on race, a nerd show, a terribly inappropriate show and a food show.  If you guys are interested in some of those things I’ll try to post a few eps of those here as well! But for today I’ll just throw in today’s episode of “TWiB! in the Morning”. Take a listen!

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Thanks folks! I will be all up in the comment section and one of my co-host Dacia Mitchell will be jumping in to! Magic shall ensue.

 

 

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105 replies
  1. 1
    Seth says:

    Yay! I love Balloon Juice and I REQUIRE TWIB injections daily. This combines multiple things I enjoy!

  2. 2
    BGinCHI says:

    On a day when so many GOP House and Senate members honored themselves by trying to stop the browns from being part of the melting pot, I can’t guess who took the prize.

    OK, now I’ll go listen.

  3. 3

    @BGinCHI:

    On a day when so many GOP House and Senate members honored themselves by trying to stop the browns from being part of the melting pot, I can’t guess who took the prize.

    They have been magically assholic haven’t they?

  4. 4
    RossinDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    I’m in Kokomo and on a VPN that won’t allow streaming. Will someone let me know who the A-hole is, or would that be a spoiler?

  5. 5
    ulee says:

    This Tennessee legislator is right. You don’t produce the grades you don’t get to eat. This is sound public policy.

  6. 6
    Roger Moore says:

    If the goal is to discourage people from being assholes, I don’t think the asshole of the day is a good idea. These people will wear it like a badge of honor.

  7. 7
    Baud says:

    We’d LOVE for you folks here on Balloon Juice to contribute to our docket!

    David Brooks, 24/7. Maybe throw in a little Sully as a chaser.

  8. 8
    Violet says:

    Hmmm…is the show supposed to be embedded into the post? I’m clicking the big arrow and nothing is happening. I can move the circle to the right on the timeline, but it jumps right back to the zero/beginning point.

    Is that just me? Am I doing something wrong or is it not supposed to be embedded? I’m using Firefox.

  9. 9
    ulee says:

    And then I think the kids should be punished if they begin to lose weight and energy. Anyone knows that a dedicated student’s body has ways of shutting this down.

  10. 10

    @ulee:

    This Tennessee legislator is right. You don’t produce the grades you don’t get to eat. This is sound public policy.

    I mean, he’s practically quoting John Stuart Mill.

  11. 11
    Groucho48 says:

    @Violet:

    No more food stamps for you, ya dummy!

  12. 12

    @RossinDetroit, Rational Subjectivist:

    I’m in Kokomo and on a VPN that won’t allow streaming. Will someone let me know who the A-hole is, or would that be a spoiler?

    You can just grab the episode from the “direct download” link. We know some folks have issues with streaming so we always make sure to give you options!

  13. 13
    RossinDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    Nutrition has been cited as one of the causes of poor school performance. hence the school lunch programs that provide free or discounted meals to the underpriveliged.
    But I guess that’s against GOP orthodoxy so never mind.

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    @Violet:

    Hmmm…is the show supposed to be embedded into the post? I’m clicking the big arrow and nothing is happening. I can move the circle to the right on the timeline, but it jumps right back to the zero/beginning point.
    Is that just me? Am I doing something wrong or is it not supposed to be embedded? I’m using Firefox.

    I’m not sure. It’s actually html5 which is supposed to be a little easier for folks to play across platforms and such. Like I told RossInDetroit try the direct download link to be able to simply play it on your computer with your audio player of choice!

  15. 15
    Baud says:

    @ulee:

    You don’t produce the grades you don’t get to eat.

    If you don’t pass your tests, you can’t have any pudding.

    How can you have any pudding if you don’t pass your tests?

  16. 16
    ulee says:

    @Groucho48: You said “ya” instead of “you.” I don’t care if you are being sarcastic or funny. This will cost you a digit. Toe, finger, whatever. That’ll learn you fast. Follow the rules and don’t be sad or bad.

  17. 17

    @ulee:

    This Tennessee legislator is right. You don’t produce the grades you don’t get to eat. This is sound public policy.

    What if you’re simply not that bright? What if you don’t test well? You should go hungry?

  18. 18
    muddy says:

    This level of FP/comment engagement is unprecedented. You will spoil us, and we will all bitch at John for not doing the same. In multi multi emails.

  19. 19
    jnfr says:

    @Violet:

    I have trouble with streaming too, but was able to get to the direct download link. You might try that.

  20. 20
    Baud says:

    @Elon James White:

    I’m afraid you’ll need to get your snark detector checked out if you want to keep posting here, newbie.

  21. 21
    The Dangerman says:

    The last posted episode was “D’Plato”; what am I missing in the title or am I just an old fart that won’t get it?

    Oh, and for Yutsano, who, if memory serves is a Tax Dude (but I may have forgotten; see old fart comment previously) I found out this afternoon that someone ID thefted my SSN and “filed a return for me” last year. I would have known of this if I had been getting the mail from the IRS, but the the thefter changed the snailmail address for me, too. IRS Dude on the phone said this is common, but I don’t see what it gets the ID thieves (other than the joy in screwing with me). They didn’t get any of my money (hell, I didn’t get any of my money). I don’t get it.

  22. 22
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    That ‘starve kids who don’t test well’ thing surprised even me. Yes, genius, kids who aren’t doing well in school, it can’t be because of a learning disorder or a bad home life or bullying or puberty or any of a million other damn things (ETA: And even if it is just willful laziness, you think a kid’s going to work harder for a school that does that to them?), it must be that the grilled cheese on Wonderbread they get at the cafeteria has made them too soft! Well, we’ll just see how the little bastards react after a week of no lunch! It certainly won’t make them moody and angry in the short term and hate education in general due to their bad memory in the long term.

    Jeeeee-sus. In general, a good rule for politicians is to avoid saying something that makes you sound like a Roald Dahl villain.

  23. 23
    jake the snake says:

    @Elon James White:

    You will need your snark meter turned on to view the comments on this blog.

    That, and a pie filter for the trolls.

  24. 24
    ulee says:

    @Elon James White: Yes. You don’t test well, no supper. Not bright, lose a digit. We need to get serious here.

  25. 25
    Raven says:

    Boykin is as stupid as a motherfucker can get. Fuck his lifer ass.

  26. 26
    cynn says:

    My, aren’t you chipper? So, are you gonna adopt the dog, noob?

  27. 27

    @Baud:

    I’m afraid you’ll need to get your snark detector checked out if you want to keep posting here, newbie.

    Listen, I’ve seen some folks argue some crazy shit on-line so I always ask a genuine question when I don’t immediately detect it as opposed to assuming folks are kidding…because so many arent… ;-)

  28. 28

    Maybe starving the kids out of school is the point: more kids who get caught up with local Artful Dodgers, the better to feed the local prison industry.

  29. 29

    @The Dangerman:

    The last posted episode was “D’Plato”; what am I missing in the title or am I just an old fart that won’t get it?

    Did you get a chance to listen to it? The title of the episode is explained during the show. Old farts totally get it. We have a bunch who listen to the show! ;-)

  30. 30
    Baud says:

    @Elon James White:

    as opposed to assuming folks are kidding

    LOL. I do exactly the opposite. Damn my residual faith in humanity. It will be my downfall.

  31. 31
    MikeJ says:

    Arbeit macht frei.

  32. 32
    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Elon James White: If it’s not:

    Trolls:
    Spatula
    Ted & Helen (who is/was/can be Spatula)

    Serious people:
    Brachiator

    It’s most likely snark.

    To help him, folks, we may need the /snark tag for a few days.

    ETA: I can’t wait to find out who’s going to be Elon’s personal troll.

  33. 33
    Maude says:

    @Raven:
    Let’s set those beetles on him.
    His head ought to be cleaned out in 2.5 seconds, not much in there.
    Edit, brain was on vacation.

  34. 34
    ulee says:

    @Elon James White: I’m sure you get your quota of truly stupid unfeeling jackasses. They do turn up here, but mostly the commenters here are kind and sometimes sarcastic. (not that I haven’t been a jackass here myself. I’ve had my moments)

  35. 35

    As the newb’s loyal companion, I can help in translation. Although, I’m a newbie too, so …

  36. 36
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent):

    Let’s not forget a certain guy who posted here until, oh, November. Now, what was his name?…Man, it would be a real VICTORY for me if I could remember…

  37. 37
    Maude says:

    @Baud:
    #7 What about Chunky Bobo?

  38. 38
    Violet says:

    @Elon James White: Yeah, I can do the direct download. I was just wondering if it was embedded–sounds like it is.

    It’s probably my laptop. After it has been up for awhile, I find some things like that don’t work. If I reboot it’ll probably work fine.

  39. 39
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Just sent an e-mail to the good senator. Yeah, yeah, I know e-mail is useless. Hell, I don’t even live in Tennessee-this was just to make me feel good. I told him that he was a human waste product and that he may face eternal damnation. I may have used different words, though.

  40. 40
    The Dangerman says:

    @Elon James White:

    Did you get a chance to listen to it?

    Oh, so you want us to listen? ;-)

    I haven’t had a free hour (or whatever the show was) in a while … I’ll go back and listen sometime.

    (Full disclosure: I started it and then refreshed the page and, well, bad things happened).

  41. 41
    Baud says:

    @Maude:

    I figured they should start with the basics before attempting the advanced levels.

  42. 42
    Heliopause says:

    This Week in Baseball has an Asshole of the Day? How about that!

  43. 43
    Violet says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: Ha! UNLIMITED CORPORATE CASH, bay-bee! More like UNLIMITED CORPORATE CRASH.

  44. 44
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Heliopause:

    Spoiler alert: It’s Roger Clemens every day.

  45. 45

    @The Dangerman:

    To give you a teaser: we discussed feminism (and feminist checking) and, well, Plato came up. He had … “ideas” about women and their lady parts.

  46. 46
    Baud says:

    @Heliopause:

    Yeah, but it’s always A-Rod.

    ETA: And Spaghetti Lee gets there first.

  47. 47
    General Stuck says:

    Well, Dacia sounds way cool, the rest of youze is fairly nutz. Ambien for birth control was most excellent.

  48. 48
    General Stuck says:

    Well, Dacia sounds way cool, the rest of youze is fairly nutz. Amb ien for birth control was most excellent.

  49. 49
    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: Yeah, I forgot that one, but I don’t think I would have enough room for all of the names. it might bring down WP.

  50. 50
    Baud says:

    @General Stuck:

    I was going to comment on how nice Dacia’s voice sounds, but then I thought it might come out in a creepy You got a purty mouth sort of way.

  51. 51

    @Baud:

    I was going to comment on how nice Dacia’s voice sounds, but then I thought it might come out in a creepy You got a purty mouth sort of way.

    HA!

  52. 52

    @General Stuck: Thanks Citizen of the Interwebs! But don’t let my “cool” demeanor fool you, I am, like Elon and Aaron, a nerd.

  53. 53
    Maude says:

    @Baud:
    I didn’t really understand the type of post this was at first. Now I do.
    It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping.
    I guess you’re right to start at level one. Wait until we get to level three.

  54. 54

    @Baud: So, you’re saying I *don’t* got a purty mouth? I’m taking my coonskins and red-tick hounds and going home.

  55. 55
    Violet says:

    Hey, I got to the Asshole of the Day! Are you going to do the Wingnut of the Week segment?

  56. 56
    muddy says:

    @Dacia Mitchell: Pics of the dogs or it didn’t happen.

  57. 57
    Cacti says:

    @ulee:

    This Tennessee legislator is right. You don’t produce the grades you don’t get to eat. This is sound public policy.

    Contrary to numerous historical examples, Republicans seem to think that if they just decree it, poor people will quietly and happily starve to death.

  58. 58
    My Truth Hurts says:

    The Senators blog accepts comments even though they are moderated. At least you can send a message even if it isn’t published. Just sayin…

  59. 59

    @muddy: My cat is bigger than some dogs, does that count?

  60. 60
    NotMax says:

    OT:

    For trivia buffs, Holland to get its first king in 123 years come the end of April.

    (Huffpo link)

  61. 61
    muddy says:

    @Dacia Mitchell: Again, pet pics are regularly demanded on this blog. Cole also has a cat bigger than his dogs. At least bigger than one of them.

  62. 62
    BethanyAnne says:

    Ok, only about 30 minutes in, and this is a great listen :)

  63. 63

    @Violet:

    Hey, I got to the Asshole of the Day! Are you going to do the Wingnut of the Week segment?

    I’m not against the suggestion at all. Since it was brought up here on Balloon Juice maybe we’ll even say it’s “Powered by Balloon Juice” and we can take suggestions from posts here!

  64. 64

    You ask and you shall receive, here he is, everyone meet: Chaplin.

  65. 65
    muddy says:

    Oh, look at his wee soul patch! He’s lovely.

  66. 66
    muddy says:

    @Violet: When I just glanced at that comment, I thought you were boasting that it was you. ;-)

  67. 67
    Baud says:

    @Dacia Mitchell:

    Baby, please, please don’t leave me. /pink

  68. 68
    General Stuck says:

    This move by Cole may well have plugged the troll hole on this crazy ass blog. I don’t see any of em surviving the razor wit on this thread. Nerds with a no prisoners plan. :-}.

    Humor really is the ultimate weapon . carry on.

  69. 69
    Closeted epistemic (formerly Lojasmo) says:

    @Elon James White:

    Dude. Half of the comments here are tongue in cheek.

  70. 70

    @muddy: Yeah, he’s in a band. It’s called Barf, his title track is “It’s 4am, wake the hell up!”

  71. 71
    General Stuck says:

    This move by Cole may well have plugged the troll hole on this crazy ass blog. I don’t see any of em surviving the razor wit on this thread. Nerds with a no prisoners plan. :-}.

    Humor really is the ultimate weapon . carry on.

  72. 72
    Closeted epistemic (formerly Lojasmo) says:

    @Elon James White:

    Dude. Half of the comments here are tongue in cheek.

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent):

    ETA: I can’t wait to find out who’s going to be Elon’s personal troll.

    I suspect there will be significant overlap with ABL and Zandar’s trolls.

    I’ll be first to admit to suspicions of RAAAAAACISM!

  73. 73
    Avery Greynold says:

    EJW, Yes, I am a grumpy old man, but after reading two posts I have no idea what you think about anyone or anything. Well, except that I should go somewhere and find out. Too long, didn’t play.

  74. 74
    yutsano says:

    Tunch eted my comment. FYWP.

  75. 75
    hamletta says:

    @Violet: It’s probably not your laptop, but your browser. Firefox won’t play MP3 files directly, because it’s a proprietary file format. Webkit browsers (Chrome, Safari) will play them, though.

    But it sounds like the download worked just fine. Or you can get iTunes, which is available for Windows, and subscribe.

  76. 76
    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    “Now, as a man who has been there and as a man who has some experience in those kinds of units, I certainly don’t want to be in that environment with a female because it’s degrading and humiliating enough to do your personal hygiene and the other normal functions among your teammates,” Boykin opined.

    Ahh. Dick about the size of a cashew, I see.

  77. 77
    muddy says:

    @Dacia Mitchell: You know what’s really fun to play with your cat, clang pans together when they are napping in the daytime. It’s one of my favorite games. I have a nightly marauder who will snake his paw under the covers and slit me under the toes if there was insufficient evening feed.

  78. 78
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Dacia Mitchell:

    Uh-oh. I think there’s gonna need to be a silent film stars throwdown, because this is Keaton.

  79. 79
    muddy says:

    @Mnemosyne: That’s a fine figure of a cat.

  80. 80
    hamletta says:

    We Tennesseans have been watching Stacey Campfield for years. He’s an endless source of ridiculous. I’m sure Southern Beale has a whole blog category just for him.

  81. 81
    mainmati says:

    @Violet: Not Firefox; working just fine for me. Pretty funny station though I don’t listen to talk radio becuz it is 99% RW. This is a refreshing change of pace.

  82. 82
    Mnemosyne says:

    @muddy:

    He is becoming quite stately in his adulthood (he turns 7 this year). But he was running around like a crazy kitten when I was trying to nap this afternoon, so we still have the best of both worlds.

  83. 83
    13th Generation says:

    Cole, I sincerely hope you realize just how irrelevant and stale that you’ve let this blog become. It’s kind of sad really. The harder you try, the more you fail.

  84. 84
    General Stuck says:

    @13th Generation:

    Go away troll

  85. 85
    muddy says:

    @Mnemosyne: I have a lazy one and a crazy one.

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  88. 88
    Darkrose says:

    @Dacia Mitchell: Eeeee! What a cutie!

  89. 89
    muddy says:

    I feel stupid that I haven’t commented on the show, but I have to wait for studio time in the morning to listen.

  90. 90
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Dacia Mitchell:

    Okay, I LOLed when Keaton showed up as the waiter. Just couldn’t resist upstaging Chaplin, could he? ;-)

    I also thought, “Oh, look, Jack Coogan Sr., the inspiration for the Coogan Act!”

  91. 91
    Aji says:

    Oh, good. Tennessee Asshole Dude has come up with a perfectly flawless, perfectly circular plan. Bad grades? No food for you. No food? More bad grades. More bad grades? No food for you.

    And on and on and on into teabagger infinity, and they can feel all righteous in having prevented another deadly moral hazard among the nation’s poor. Bonus points for preventing it in someone poor and sorta brownish in hue.

    Boykin, well, Boykin’s nothing if not an insecure authoritarian assholish git, so I’m not at all surprised.

  92. 92
    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Aji: These people have never experienced hunger. The only thing they’ve ever “lost” is the advantage of their whiteness. They will try anything to put the “others” in their place.

  93. 93
    Mnemosyne says:

    @Dacia Mitchell:

    I seem to recall that this is their only film performance together. Rivals, friends, friends, rivals, who can tell?

  94. 94
    Aji says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent): Oh, believe me, I know – only too well.

    Privilege bubbles are so nice and comforting, aren’t they? Well, for those who lock themselves inside them, I mean. That outside world is just so damn scary.

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    johnny aquitard says:

    @Dacia Mitchell: Yes I can see he would register fairly high on the Floofindex.

    the Floofindex:
    1 pouf = value for 1 ordinary fluffy house cat, pre-furminator
    100 poufs = 1 floof
    100 floofs = 1 tunch
    1,000 tunch = 1 megatunch

    1 megatunch (1,000 tunch) is especially significant in theroetical kitteh physics. This Floofindex value represents the critical threshold where the kitteh mass is so great even light cannot escape its gravitational pull.

  96. 96

    @Mnemosyne: I think it’s time for a sequel :)

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    Lyrebird says:

    @Dacia Mitchell: Wow! I’ve only ever seen one Chaplin movie, but your kitty sure is a good likeness… and nice answer, too.

    The above was serious. The remarks about the long intro to the radio show (I think I’m Elon’s “someone”, above) were tongue in cheek. Or hat-off-for-respect or something.

    Peace
    out!

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    @Lyrebird: No worries. Thanks for the Chaplin love, if he understood the internet, or you know, abstract human concepts, he would happily reciprocate.

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    Brother Shotgun of Sweet Reason says:

    @johnny aquitard: Technically and nerdically speaking, 1,000 Tunch = 1 kiloTunch.

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    Violet says:

    @Elon James White: That would be great! Plenty of wingnuts available from which to choose. Only challenge would be to pick from among the many contenders.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Dacia Mitchell:

    I peeked through your Flickr feed and saw a third cat, so this video is for China.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Dacia Mitchell: KITTEH!!

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    @Mnemosyne: Unfortunately, China died two years ago. She was truly the most evil of them all; we now worship at her alter so as not to disturb her spirit.

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    @Mnemosyne: OMG, China used to do the same thing, tubby cats are hilarious.

    Unfortunately, China died two years ago. She was truly the most evil of them all; we now worship at her alter so as not to disturb her spirit.

  105. 105

    @Mnemosyne: But thanks for the video, tubby cats are hilarious, and China was certainly one of the tubbiest of them all.

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