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October 20, 2007

Hillary & The Appalling Scumbags

I believe the short-lived proto-grindcore band Hillary & the Appalling Scumbags opened for Throbbing Gristle at their infamous Hamburg show in 1978.

Coincidentally, Russ Baker and Adam Federman have written an in-depth piece on the appalling scumbags that Hillary Clinton hangs out with. The main one they cover is financier Alan Quasha, who was previously seen bailing out George W. Bush's failing oil company in 1986. But there are others.

Of course, she was married to the President of the United States, and he had more people killed than Quasha could ever dream of. So I guess she's used to it.

I can't believe we're going to have to live through eight years of the Clinton Restoration. Will it be three times as squalid as the first time around, or merely just as squalid?

AND: I didn't realize Chelsea Clinton is now working for a hedge fund. You can see how, having the opportunity to do literally anything she wanted with her life, she would choose this. They're a sweet family.

Posted at October 20, 2007 11:36 AM | TrackBack

Why,oh why, can't she find some Appealing Scumbags instead? Because the appalling ones have the money and the appealing ones draft petitions in faculty lounges.
And OK, Chelsea is not Amy. Who cares?
Clinton Restoration? You bet. Everyone gets a chance to reinvent him/herself. It's the American Way. The past is annulled, we've got to "move on."
We do real evil, to others and ourselves, and it all comes out as one cheesy cliche. Actually, quite brilliant, erasing meaning and responsibility at once. Capitalism does it soooo much better than Stalinism did. Lucky us.

Posted by: donescobar at October 20, 2007 01:03 PM

Yeah, I was disappointed to just miss the Scumbags on my European trip in 78. Glad they're still hanging in there.

I'm almost afraid to go read the link article, but I guess I'd better. Otherwise will just wonder about it and kill myself.

Posted by: catherine at October 20, 2007 01:34 PM

I can't believe we're going to have to live through eight years of the Clinton Restoration

No, it's just four years, another 6,000 troops dead and roughly another trillion spent in Iraq.

Then the Paul/Kucinich administration gets to try their hand at things. Unity '12!

Posted by: SteveB at October 20, 2007 02:04 PM

Fuck I might be thirty in '12.

Posted by: Mark at October 20, 2007 03:33 PM

I will be 57 in '12. And living in Canada if Hillary is elected president.

Posted by: Susan at October 20, 2007 04:20 PM

You stuck it out under RR and two Bushes, but Hillary will drive you to Canada? I don't like her either, but...
We aren't going to get anything but evils, greater or lesser, 5 cents or 2 cents worth of difference until global warming or the Rapture gets us and all our mommas.

Posted by: donescobar at October 20, 2007 04:55 PM

A very good article, thanks for the link to it. You can bet your bottom dollar that campaign finance reform will be one of Hillary’s main concerns if she makes it into the Whitehouse as will be a manned mission to the moons of Neptune.

Posted by: rob payne at October 20, 2007 05:06 PM

The cherry that tops off this sundae is all the pissing and moaning one hears from right wing buffoons that Hillary is "practically a Marxist." Just like Don Knotts was practically Earl Campbell, and "Porky's" was practically "2001: A Space Odyssey," and the scum that builds up under the toilet rim is practically filet mignon. I expect to see the Mad Hatter go running by every time I encounter one of these idiots.

Posted by: Ming The Merciful at October 20, 2007 06:58 PM

hedge fund's high math now. so much more risk.

Posted by: hapa at October 20, 2007 07:28 PM

NO DOUBT AMERICA IS full of morons (no doubt armed) and idiots (possibly dangerous, especially in THIS Administration) running around(and running things). I want to try IMPEACHMENT. I like Wyoming and don't care to leave. I have a lot of family here and on the other side of the Crow Reservarion in Montana, friends, my life. Out here WE live in the missile fields, if WE go so does planet earth, so I really have nowhere left to go (but then, really, neither do you, in that sense)(Nixon's MADD policy). So I guess I going to stay, BUT WHILE I'M HERE, I'm passing out NANCY PELOSI's phone number(1-202-225-0100) and suggesting YOU DEMAND IMPEACHMENT somewhere, anywhere in the conversation, just so I won't have to leave home, nor YOU. Stop what WE are doing wrong and TOGETHER figure our next move out of OUR SEVERAL QUAGMIRES.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at October 20, 2007 07:45 PM

For the record, grindcore evolved out of crust punk, not industrial....

Posted by: StO at October 20, 2007 09:43 PM

If you don't change the way money is made, you don't change a thing.

BTW, speaking of Chelsea Clinton, considering that Jenna Bush is now working for UNICEF's Educational Policy Department, don't you think you should be more sparing on that "sweet family" thing? I seriously don't think unethical behavior is DNA-spread...

Posted by: En Ming Hee at October 20, 2007 09:52 PM

And again, my old tagline: till you change the way MONEY works, you change NOTHING.

Posted by: En Ming Hee at October 20, 2007 09:58 PM

Yeah, Don Knotts had only 2187 rushing yards in five seasons with the Seahawks.

Posted by: ChrisR at October 20, 2007 11:06 PM

En Ming Hee: I agree, until WE go back to Gold and Silver currency WE will continue to drown in credit.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at October 21, 2007 02:26 AM