HA Rebranding

Goldy has been (mostly) gone for almost two months now. And during this evening’s Drinking Liberally event, the topic of a slight HA re-branding arose. The winning slogan idea was:

The New HorsesAss…Same great flavor, 50% less “fuck.”

What do you think?

(H/T to occasional poster Goldy for contributing the “50% less ‘fuck'” bit.)


  1. 1

    Mark Centz spews:

    That’s HorsesAss backwards. Absolute value time- Same great flavor and now with even more Fuck!

  2. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I think “two month” should be spelled “two months” because when you’re referring to more than one month, the word “month” should be used in its plural form.

  3. 5

    Zotz sez: Teahadists are Koch suckers! spews:

    @1: Actually that would be SsasesRoh. But, I’m with you. More fuck, please!

  4. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Latest Wisconsin Developments

    Yesterday, a Wisconsin judge sternly informed Republicans that her previous restraining order against implementation of the GOP’s union-busting bill did, in fact, restrain implementing that bill; and warned them that further violation of the restraining order will result in sanctions. (Typically, sanctions for violating a restraining order include finding the violator in contempt of court and imposing fines and/or jail time.)

    A Republican leader responded by asserting the judge has no authority to interfere with the anti-union bill, signaling the GOP’s intent to defy the restraining order, which would set up a constitutional crisis between the judicial, executive, and legislative branches.

    Meanwhile, Republicans are preparing to repeal a longstanding Wisconsin law that requires state agencies, before outsourcing work, to evaluate whether hiring private contractors would cost more than having state employees do the work; and a state workers’ union is organizing a boycott of businesses that refuse to support workers’ rights.

    One conservative commenter to a newspaper story about the boycott wrote, “I’m having a hard time differentiating this from organized crime tactic of strong arming business for a ‘protection’ tax.”

    Uh, okay, let me explain it to you, joe. The union folks aren’t asking businesses for money. Nor are they “strong arming” anyone. They simply want to know which businesses support their worker rights, and which ones don’t, so they can spend their money at friendly businesses and not spend their money at hostile businesses. Their money is their private property which they have a right to spend as they wish; what part of PRIVATE PROPERTY don’t you understand, dunderhead? And why do you think businesses have a right to deceive their customers about where their business stands on an issue that strikes at their customers’ vital interests? I’ll bet this particular conservative commenter has been boycotting Muslim-owned businesses for years, without even bothering to ask whether the owners support America or Al Qaeda. Well, the union is bothering to ask, and is trying to differentiate between those who are for the union workers and those who are a’gin ‘em. That’s more than a rightwinger in Texas did when he pulled a taxi driver out of his cab and killed him because the taxi driver had dark skin wore a turban. I can’t think of any reason on earth why union workers should be forced to patronize businesses that are against workers and unions.

  5. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Regardless of what you call this blog, or who writes its ledes, our theme has remained constant through the years:


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    You want to change HA? First thing I’d do is fire Goldy. I’d tell him, I run this site now, bitch, and I’m going to do it my way. So starting immediately, you can stick your boring Bible Study up your ass. I’m not going to let it run here anymore.

    Then I’d consider growing a pair, and somehow get up the courage to write pieces analyzing how Obama, McGinn, and Gregoire are doing.

    You told us to vote for them, remember?

  7. 11

    BeerNotWar spews:

    I simply cannot support any course of action resulting in substantial reductions in “fuck.”

  8. 12

    rhp6033 spews:

    Troll @ 9 still has delusions of running a blog which is remotely as popular and influential as this one.

    Since Troll obviously has neither the charisma, technical skills, writing skills, or research skills to create a successful blog, he’s still angling to take over Goldy’s. His post at # 9 is pretty much his wet dream, as he imagines himself taking over Goldy’s blog and somehow turning it into a successful right-wing wingnut blog where his voice is the only one allowed to be published.

    It’s pretty sad, actually. He should get professional help and remember to stay on his meds.

  9. 14

    zzippy spews:

    LOL! I’ll have to try to get to one of these Drinking Liberally events… sounds like fun. And I would have voted for the suggested slogan too.

  10. 15

    rhp6033 spews:

    # 13: Not you, obviously (and boy, do you have an over-inflated sense of your self-worth!).

    I’m a bit worried that you exhibit the personality type which thinks of himself as being smarter than everyone else, then gets frustrated when nobody else agrees with him, and ultimately tries to get everyone’s attention by doing something stupid which ends up hurting others and being on the evening news. Please get professional help before you get that point.

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    13. Troll spews:


    Who ran Goldy off his own blog?

    03/30/2011 at 10:22 am

    Quote from #13:

    Since Troll obviously has neither the charisma, technical skills, writing skills, or research skills to create a successful blog,

    Uhhh…you did troll. You’re soooooooo great Goldy knew he could no longer comptete…

    …as if! LOLOL

  12. 18

    rhp6033 spews:

    RR @ 6: I’m hoping the Wisconsin governor Walker continues with his stated intentions to ignore the court’s order that the law not be implemented pending a hearing on whether it was lawfully enacted.

    Then the judge can issue an order to show cause, requiring the governor to personally appear in court and argue why he should not be held in contempt of court. If he continues to insist that he will defy the order, then the judge can find him in civil contempt of court, fine him a large sum, order that it be paid from his personal accounts (not as a government expense), and further order the baliff to take him into custody and hold him in jail until he “purges himself of contempt” by agreeing to abide by the court’s order.

    And while he’s in jail thinking about what to do next, he can be introduced to his new cell-mate, Bubba, who might do to him literally what Walker planned to do figuratively to the Wisconsin government workers.

    Walker might figure he could avoid any reprecussions from the court by a quick appeal. But the standard of appellate review in a case of civil contempt is pretty limited. A judge has broad powers to maintain order in his/her court and to ensure that those orders are enforced, and a finding of contempt could be overturned only in the most extreme cases. After all, even a Republican judge doesn’t like the idea that a government official can thumb his nose at the judicial system and get away with it.

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    Davud spews:


    I’m expecting that they will try and take a page out of Michigan’s crap – decide that the courts are “not pulling in money as expected”, appoint a new ‘czar’ who then disbands them.

    Hopefully, there will be enough pitchforks left after Michigan tries that crap.

  14. 23

    slingshot spews:

    It’s well known by now that Walker cannot be recalled until his first year in office is up. But can he be impeached if he’s found in contempt?

    Both houses of the Wisconsin legislature are majority Rethug…..scratch that thought.

  15. 24

    rhp6033 spews:

    RR @ 22: Probably. But I wonder what would happen when the head of the Wisconsin state police is served with a court order instructing him to take Gov. Walker into custody and deliver him forthwith to the court.

    It’s not like the civil war days, when Lincoln is reputed to have said regarding a habeaus corpus order, “Justice Taney has issued his order, now let him enforce it”! Of course, Lincoln was referring to the case of a prisoner being held within a military fort. Normally a judge would order the baliff or, in the case of a federal court, the U.S. marshall, to deputise a posse to recover the fugitive. But everyone acknowledged the futility of having the marshall organize a possie to lay seige to, and conquor, a Union fort with a garrison of a couple thousand soldiers and considerable heavy artillary.

    In Walker’s case, it is doubtful that the head of the state police, which provides the security detail for Walker, would take a chance to ignore a court order. He would probably appear in front of Walker, tell him that he regretted having to do this but it was his duty to enforce the court’s order, and that if Walker would cooperate and go under his own power then he would dispense with the indignity of having him do the perp walk for the cameras while handcuffed.

  16. 25

    NPR keeps getting PWN3D spews:

    Hey are you Seattleites…hows that mayor you elected working out?


  17. 27

    Michael spews:

    Looks like FL’s loss might be MO’s gain.

    KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Now that Florida has turned down $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail service, Missouri is among the states going after that money.

    Gov. Jay Nixon was at an Amtrak station in Kirkwood on Tuesday to announce that Missouri will apply for nearly $1 billion in funding for high-speed rail service between St. Louis and Kansas City. The money is up for grabs because Florida’s new Republican governor, Rick Scott, rejected plans for a high-speed line from Orlando to Tampa out of concern that the state couldn’t afford future operating costs.

    Nixon, a Democrat, said going after the money makes economic sense, noting that Missouri has a chance to obtain nearly $1 billion with only a $4.5 million state match.

    See how that works, you spend a little and you get a lot. Also note this little bit:

    The application will seek $373 million for upgrades to existing lines

    Most of that $373 million is money MO would have had to come up with at some point anyway. The Boy Wonder Of WI, got bit in the butt by this when he turned down federal rail funds.

    Jay Nixon is looking like he has a future in front of him.

  18. 30

    Puddybud, identifying Zitz and FartAss as De Fools Dey Are spews:

    After 30 years, “50% less fuck” is my marriage slogan.

    I feel sorry for you! Should have been born black.

  19. 31

    Puddybud, identifying Zitz and FartAss as De Fools Dey Are spews:

    As always, thank you for your dispassionate, reasoned discourse.

    Which means NPR keeps getting PWN3D is telling the truth and the leftists hate it!

  20. 34

    John425 spews:

    The Wabbit says: “Yesterday, a Wisconsin judge sternly informed Republicans that her previous restraining order against implementation of the GOP’s union-busting bill did, in fact, restrain implementing that bill…”

    The judge has a son who is a labor organizer affiliated with the AFL-CIO and SEIU. I can just imagine the howls from all you progressive fucktards if a judge had a son in the Tea Party.

  21. 36

    Mark Centz spews:

    @34- Yeah, like that time we howled when the Supreme Court Justice had the lobbyist Tea Bagger wife and neglected to report her income as required by law. By dog, you almost have a point.

  22. 37

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @34 You sure are an ignorant fuck, and even though there’s no hope of educating a moron like you, let me help other readers of this blog understand a couple of basic points that elude you, so your stupid comment doesn’t mislead anyone (except equally ignorant wingnut fucks like you).

    Point #1: Just because the judge’s son is a labor oganizer doesn’t mean the judge likes unions. Plenty of children diverge from the political views of their parents.

    Point #2: Even if the judge likes unions, that’s irrelevant, because judges are trained to (and do) make their decisions impartially according to the law and independently of their personal views, except in the case of the Republican justices on SCOTUS.

    Point #3: Even if the judge is biased in favor of unions because her son is a union organizer, or simply because she likes unions, or for some other reason, and even if her rulings reflect that bias, her rulings nevertheless are subject to scrutiny and review; and will be reversed by other judges on higher courts unless her rulings are justified by the facts of the case and the law applicable to the case. In other words, judges don’t have absolute power; they’re subject to supervision like everyone else, and if they don’t do their job the way they’re supposed to, their work output can (and will) be appealed and corrected by higher authority, except the Republican judges on SCOTUS do have absolute power because there’s no judicial authority above them to call them out on their politically biased rulings. But even they recognized the necessity of going through the motions of writing reasoned decisions that contain at least half a stool leg to stand on.

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    John425 spews:

    The Wabbit stumbles all over himself to say:”Point #2: Even if the judge likes unions, that’s irrelevant, because judges are trained to (and do) make their decisions impartially according to the law and independently of their personal views, except in the case of the Republican justices on SCOTUS.”

    Just right-leaning jurists are suspect, eh? Asshole. Go wave your dick at Alcee Hastings-an impeached judge, now a Democrat Congressman.

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    As a long-time reader but very infrequent commenter, I have been waiting for the day when the bloggers here step up and actually take “ownership” of the blog. Yes, there is some good writing here. Keep up the good work.

    But with Goldy gone, I have been hoping that a couple of you would step it up a notch and not only fill the blog with words, but really make the blog your own.

    Report the news, but also take a stand. Take a big old blatant stand. Don’t be afraid to step up and say what you really think. Be a blogger. Be more than the placeholders who supplement Goldy’s contributions. Please. Because YOU are the blog now. Act like it.