Late Night Creepshow Open Thread: Nothing Says FREEDUMB Like Locking People Up

Would-be seditionist and “GOP manly man” (note new Lincoln-esque beard) Senator Tom Cotton is outraged, outraged!

… He described efforts to restore voting rights to felons as a partisan tactic to drive up Democratic turnout and make it easier for people to find jobs after they exit prison. At one point, he directly accused such policies of creating higher rates of crime.

There are 2.3 million Americans in jails, prisons, and juvenile corrections facilities today. Nearly one half of all American children have at least one parent with a criminal record, which makes it prohibitively difficult to even get a job interview let alone find employment.

America is by far the world’s leading jailer, with less than 5 percent of the planet’s population but more than 20 percent of its prison population. Half of all the countries in the world imprison fewer than 150 out of every 100,000 citizens. The U.S. puts 716 out of every 100,000 Americans is in prison — compared to 475 in Russia, 294 in South Africa, 274 in Brazil, 132 in Malaysia, and 80 in Egypt…

It may be tempting to dismiss Cotton as an unserious figure. But his backward approach to criminal justice is already having a tangible influence on the still-young bipartisan movement to walk back years of self-defeating policy crafted in the heyday of Tough On Crime politics…

My emphasis. Imagine the horror, says the bought & paid for Kochsucker, of making it easier for former felons to get jobs, i.e., removing them from the prison-industrial complex that siphons so much money to the right (Right) pockets. And they’d probably use their new freedoms to vote wrong, too.

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    Man, I gotta unwind. This day just won’t end.

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    NotMax says:

    Of course, new thread just as posted, so repeating.

    Hey-o! “Don’t trust anybody over 30.” Wild in the Streets coming up on TCM at 1:15 a.m. Eastern.

    Also, Friday at 8 p.m., Rod Steiger and a very young Jeff Bridges in the misleadingly named
    Lolly-Madonna XXX

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    NotMax says:

    From before his latest brain fail, 10 Horrifying Facts About GOP Senator Tom Cotton.

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    scav says:

    Let’s think about points of agreement: Are there not many dodgy bankers, hedge-fund managers and wealthy tax-evaders that don’t deserve to be off breaking rock somewhere? Hard time, not club fed.

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    the Conster, la Citoyenne says:

    Time for Sanders to Grow Up .

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    chopper says:


    Wild in the Streets

    such a great record. not as good as “group sex” tho.

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    burnspbesq says:

    “It may be tempting to treat Cotton as an unserious figure.”

    For some, perhaps. I think he’s going to be Trump’s VP nominee.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @the Conster, la Citoyenne:

    From the linked article:

    It was like listening to some prelates apologize for covering up the sexual abuse of children 15 years ago, more self-justification than contrition.

    That’s gonna leave a mark.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    I like beards in general, but Cotton manages to look even creepier in one. Easy to imagine him trying to lure children into a panel van.

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    Mike J says:

    @chopper: When Wonderful came out they played Columbia and Zander nearly got my friend KA kicked out of the dorms because he was screaming in the hallway at three am, in a girl’s dorm. Good times, good times.

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    oklahomo says:

    @Betty Cracker: Someone should tell him it makes him look more like Ahmadinejad than Lincoln.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @oklahomo: Wow, you’re right!

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    Steeplejack says:


    Wild in the Streets: Featuring the bona fide chart hit “Shape of Things to Come,” by Max Frost and the Troopers.

    Lord, I think I saw this movie on the big screen in an Air Force theater on Okinawa. (So much for crushing government censorship.) An interesting historical relic. Maybe aging Berniebros will get a frisson. (See how I related that to current events?)

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    Glidwrith says:

    @Betty Cracker: His features are so gaunt that he looks like something is wrong with him. And yes, the creepster factor just went to 11.

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    Prescott Cactus says:

    Caught a presentation / Meet and Greet from the Dem candidate for Maricopa County Attorney, Diego Rodriguez. Very intelligent guy and great speaker. He mentioned just about everything that Crazy Cotten did, but was on the other side of everything.

    He spoke of the Repub he is running against is both a Koch head and a Sheriff Joe enabler. AZ is 6th highest in US for prison population and 48th in school funding. The correlation he said, was direct.

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    the Conster, la Citoyenne says:


    I sure hope so, but I think Sanders is strapped in as a kamikaze because he doesn’t know how to land this thing he made.

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    NotMax says:


    Only ever saw it once, back when it was initially released.

    Mostly sure it won’t hold up well. Hell, it didn’t hold up well then.

    IIRC, last film appearance of Ed Begley, Sr.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    Tom Cotton = chicken-neck Arkanhole.

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    WarMunchkin says:

    Just watched Hillary Clinton’s speech at the DNC in 2008. It’s amazing how much changed from those days. I absolutely hated her campaign then, couldn’t wait for her to be gone. But today? Brings tears to my eyes. It’s a liberal speech.

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    NotMax says:


    Also too, kind’a, sort’a precursor to the short-lived cult comic book series Prez, from DC’s “let’s throw everything against the wall and pray something sticks” period (shortly before what came to be known as the DC Implosion).

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    Steeplejack says:


    Palate cleanser Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) at 5:00 a.m. EDT. That will definitely hold up!

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    NotMax says:


    Oy vey. Dreck, with a capital DRECK.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Accidentally watched a bunch of Million Dollar Listing New York on Bravo tonight. Want to kill everyone involved with that show.

    On a better note, Shetland is awesome. The previous seasons’ stories comprised two one-hour episodes each, but this current season is one long story, episode four just finished tonight. Really, really good.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Mmm, Susan Hart. And, er, Vincent Price, to class it up a bit.

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    NotMax says:


    Roger Corman, the P.D.Q. Bach of movie producers.

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    FEMA Camp Counselor says:

    Cotton genuinely unnerves me on a Cruz-like level. Keep an eye on him, I see a (hopefully doomed) presidential run in his future.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Betty Cracker:
    That’s probably the look he’s going for.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Yeah, no. I think Corman was a shlockmeister, and the P.D.Q. Bach Anti-Defamation League is probably on hold right now.

    This will haunt your dreams: “Liar, Liar”—Gilligans à go go.

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    NotMax says:


    Never met a passing fad he couldn’t exploit.

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    Ruckus says:

    I wonder where I want to live when I retire? Because I’m getting more and more convinced that I don’t want to live here. Read Adam’s thread upstairs if you need to be just a bit more discouraged. These fuckers are so loathsome and inhuman that I’m very much starting to lose my faith in mankind. How can we recover from this, this republican experiment in bad politics called the southern strategy? Thirty five + years of bullshit and grifting and this is end result? Now I know many are as disgusted as I am and that the numbers of the truly fucked up are not all that large but the second level is not much better and is much larger. And the bullshit is being spread as fast as electrons can move. That there is even a small receptive audience is not a compelling thought.

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    NotMax says:


    Don’t descend into despair, remember that empty barrels make the most noise.

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    piratedan says:

    @Steeplejack: and that is an awesome example of Garage Rock 101, gotta love the sauciness of the drummer :-)

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    Steeplejack says:


    Good ear. I’m always a sucker for the beat, but the drums are especially tight in this one.

    I’m falling down the YouTube hole. “Lies,” the Knickerbockers.

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    Ruckus says:

    I’m really not but this has been a tough week for me on a personal health level, and the level of crap that this presidential season has brought on, drumpf and his supporters, Sanders starting out to look decent if not at Clinton’s level and ending up being worthless and worse…….
    Hard to have/keep a positive attitude. My half full cup seems to be down to about 1/64th full about now.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Ruckus, @NotMax:

    Also remember that the Internet is a frictionless medium that allows the faintest signal to travel far and wide. When I worked on a mid-sized city newspaper in the the ’70s we would regularly get crank letters to the editorial page and even phone calls from various bigots and nut cases. I remember one guy who was always ranting that the League of Nations—not the United Nations, the League of Nations—was behind all sorts of heinous shit. Nowadays all those idiots are just a tweet away. It’s not that there are more of them now; they’re just so much more accessible.

    ETA: The flip side of this is that there were more of them back then than we thought there were.

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    Ruckus says:

    This was somewhat my point. Yes they are relatively small in numbers but out of over 300+million that’s probably not an insignificant number. And the drumpf is giving them permission to let their freak flag fly. Just like those who are 30 yrs old have never really seen/heard much about Clinton that isn’t tainted by right wing bullshit, those 35-50 yr olds have been seeing/hearing the southern strategy for their entire lives. And I don’t see this changing all that much in my remaining lifetime.

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    NotMax says:

    Wonky linky.

    Better one.

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    Dear Mr. President, there are too many states these days. Please eliminate three. I am NOT a crackpot.

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    satby says:

    @Ruckus: I consider that all the time Ruckus.

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    otto says:

    Holy crap. What kind of moron says shit like that? Oh wait. I know.

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    momus says:

    Wow, another Republican has sprouted an “Honest Abe” (TM) beard.

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