Friday, July 31, 2009

Why Ken Layne Has No Balls

On January 10, 2008, Andrew Cuomo referenced one of the Democratic debates and suggested that now-President Barack Obama was "shucking and jiving." Pam Spaulding has a good go-to explanation of why this is a racist, asshole sentiment that shouldn't be tolerated in our elected officials.

In January of 2008, I was working at Wonkette, and Ken Layne had been our managing editor for almost an entire week. After John Clarke's departure, myself, Jim Newell and intern Greg Wasserstrom had kept the site afloat (and increased traffic over the previous December, by the way) for about a month; Ken's new position was announced to us after it went up on the masthead. Ken is, let's say, not a particularly communicative boss and left us to our own devices and actively discouraged communication amongst ourselves. Having become accustomed to claiming stories, timing posts and generally being helpful to one another, it wasn't a great new environment.

That day, Jim Newell claimed this story, and, chagrined, I let him have it. His response, lost to the internet, was fucking epic, people, and began like this.
Andrew Cuomo's Advice for Slave Barack Obama
Jan 10, 2008, 3:05pm
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, son of Mario and nephew of Luigi, loves him some Billary, and he's not afraid to get racist when it comes to black candidate Barack Obama. Yesterday, he used the words "shuck and jive" in reference to Barack Obama's campaign tactics. "Shuck and jive" is a term we use frequently on Wonkette to describe the same thing —...
Unfortunately, this post was lost to the interwebs. Currently, all the links reroute to this edited bullshit.
Andrew Cuomo Uses Phrase That Made Some People Uncomfortable

(This post was updated at 5:16 p.m.) Andrew Cuomo’s press office says he wasn’t referring to Barack Obama but to the overall primary campaign when he used the term “shuck and jive” during an interview Wednesday. Some people think that’s a racist phrase. Some don’t. But Cuomo’s press office seems to agree there’s something unsavory about saying “shuck and jive,” because now Cuomo claims he meant to say “bob and weave,” which doesn’t mean anything at all. And none of the “jokes” in this post make any sense now, so they’re gone. — Ed.
The "Ed" in that is, of course, Ken Layne. Why, might you ask, would Ken Layne, Managing Editor of Wonkette, remove a piece of fucking hilarious, awesome satire of an elected official's racist comments from Wonkette in an election year? Well, I think the title is some idea.

Less than 30 minutes after Jim's post went up, Andrew Cuomo's flacks emailed us, requesting that we edit Jim's post based on their clarification. They weren't exactly clear on the consequences if we didn't: it was just clear that they were going to do something. This didn't happen to us often, so we emailed Ken. We IM'd Ken. For 90 minutes -- which is like a week in blog time -- we got no response from Ken. And so, in typical lobbyist fashion, I replied to the email and encouraged them to send whatever bullshit explanation occurred to them to send after their boss trotted out a racist phrase in a public forum.

You'll note, from the time stamps, what happened. Ken deleted Jim's post. He replaced it with that time stamp -- which, by the way, is utter bullshit, because Jim's post was missing well beyond midnight that night. He caved. He didn't want to deal with Cuomo's flacks, he told Jim and I that "shucking and jiving" was not a racist term and that he wasn't going to deal with us antagonizing people.

Anyway, so when people tell me how funny and smart and subversive Ken Layne is, all I think is about this time when one call from some asswipe in Albany made him delete a funny post rather than call Gawker's lawyer and tell the guy to fuck off. And, why, yes, my reaction to this was probably a precipitating factor in me getting fired, because my reaction was that this was bullshit and that Jim had better not be in fucking trouble over this and Ken didn't really appreciate that.

Eight days later, I was canned for not being "funny" enough.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Always wanted

Having the gay costumer neighbor is like the best thing ever.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Not that anyone cares about my comment system opinion

I always viewed comments in the "Classic View" after the last change-over and I scroll to the bottom to "Show All Comments" now, even when I'm not responding -- and anyone in my own threads will find me responding to grey comments especially when they're interesting. I don't even really notice the grey/black difference on my laptop.

I do love the fact that I don't have to go to Hortense or Anna to take out threadjackers and trolls, though. The first time I disemvowelled anyone, I enjoyed it.

Monday, July 20, 2009

I can't not

Will I ever be able to resist this line?
Click here for a slide show of animal-masturbation videos from YouTube.
Nope. And neither should you.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A small favor

My friend, Drew Evans -- who authored this article with and about me after I was canned from Wonkette -- would really like to go to Antarctica. Yes, he's possibly crazy. But, to do so, he needs to win a contest to blog for the company that goes. So, if you have a minute, please vote for him (it requires registration, as these things generally do).

Friday, July 10, 2009

Racist trolling

Dodai got this reply to her status update that she was enjoying the positive feedback.Personally, I'm out for blood, and so is everyone else.

Monday, July 6, 2009

[Slaps forehead]

For the better part of a week, I have been puzzled as to why Sarah Palin was so offended by the Photoshop job of her baby Trigg, in which a right-wing radio host's head was pasted over Trigg's in a picture. I mean, even for Palin, it was a bit out there.

I just realized that there are two, equally legitimate interpretations of the Photoshop job. One is the one offered by the blogger: that she did it in an effort to portray the radio host snuggled in Palin's loving embrace and dependent on her. From that perspective, it's an insult to the host and not to Trigg in any way.

The other interpretation: the blogger was calling the host a "retard." That's what Palin thought the picture was intended to convey -- which, given that the post was pointing out how stupid the host was, is a legit interpretation of the picture, and a reasonable thing to be insulted about.

Anyway, off to write something high-minded about insecure women that treat their significant others like crap.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Pretty much everything I read today has me doing this

And I'm looking at: McCain staffers; man that circumcized himself with nail clippers, R. Kelly, Joe the Motherfucking Plumber and