The Amazing Rudy G., Cont.


Rudy Giuliani

The real reason I was reading Rolling Stone (not for the Razzies coverage, though that was fun), was because one of my two favorite political writers posted something delightful about Rudy G. that is about as close to required reading as it gets:

Rudy Giuliani, American Soviet

The Russians believed in exceptionalism, too

By Matt Taibbi February 21, 2015

Rudy Giuliani is giving me Soviet flashbacks.

With his bizarre foot-in-mouth rants about how Barack Obama doesn’t love “America” the way “we” do, Rudy — and other “They hate us!” exceptionalist ‘Muricans like Eric Erickson and Steve Forbes — are starting to remind me of the frightened, denial-sick communist die-hards I knew as a student in Russia.

Not to go too far down memory lane, but in 1990, I went to Leningrad to study. The Soviet empire was in its death throes and most people there, particularly the younger ones, knew it…

Click the link, it’s not a long read, but there are some really worthy insights and chuckles.

My Favorite Day Of The Year: B.A.D.


Woot-woot! My pal Skippy reminded me that it’s Blogroll Amnesty Day, Scissorheads!

Now I like to think every day is B.A.D, and last year Mock, Paper, Scissors linked to every blog in our blogroll 10 times (I counted), but today is special because of the history of B.A.D., essentially that some of the so-called A-List bloggers gave themselves amnesty for cutting off of their blogrolls all of the non A-List bloggers. Sort of like a clique in high school.

(As Driftglass said of the MSM, “There is a club. You are not in it.)

And so there came to be a rebel alliance of all of the rest of Blogtopia (and yes, Skippy did coin that phrase) and thus we celebrate the anniversary of the Day of Long Knives every year.

The rules are simple:

  1. you are not allowed to complain or mention your blog’s low traffic until you have been posting daily for a year.
  2. If you’re little, link other blogs that are new or still growing their audience, and encourage them to practice their craft daily.
  3. Then, show them how.

The Prime Directive of B.A.D. is to link to 5 blogs that have less traffic than your blog (and how you are supposed to know that remains a mystery) that you think deserve more traffic. And maybe some blog bigger than yours will link to you. But the point is this: solidarity amongst the smaller, independent voices because we are writing some of the best work on the internet.

So without further a-do, I’m linking to the following 5 blogs chosen at random from the blogroll:

Every one of them is a proven winner – now go read them and give 5 blogs some linky-luv. That’s an order from the “Godfather of Small Blogs” as the Big Bad Bald Bastard calls me. (See what I did there?)

Instead of putting some change in the kettle this Christmas…

…considering throwing it into the virtual hat over at Welcome Back To Pottersville.

Long-time readers know that I admire greatly the work that Jurassic Pork brings to the blog-o-sphere, and we would all be greatly diminished without his muscular writing and unsurrendering-and-take-no-prisoners approach to Wingnuttia.

Winter is a hard time for many of us and JP is once again running on fumes. Any contribution you can make to keep him on the web is money well spent. His Donate button is on the top of the right-hand column.

Many thanks,


Best Wishes To Kevin Drum

Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum has been diagnosed with cancer. We send our best wishes (and prayers, such as they are) to Mr. Drum and we hope for a speedy recovery.

The Weak In Review…

…is up over at Liberland.

I cover the usual suspects, in the usual way. This week featuring secession, Huckabee, Cruz, the coming civil war, the need to fire-bomb Dallas, and I thanked Rand Paul from all of us.

Blogger Going Down!

From time to time we’ve tried to give our pal Jurassic Pork, proprietor of the venerable blog Welcome Back To Pottersville a boost when the wolf is at his door, huffing and puffing.

The wolf is back, and his lungs are in fine form.

If anyone can throw some love his way (or some money) it will be received with gratitude and will be well-used. The recession has hit a lot of us really hard, but those on the northside of 50 also face age discrimination and through no fault of their own have had a harder time crawling out of the 2008 hole than other demographics.

UPDATE – I’ve said it before: Scissorheads rule. Keep the luv going for JP, if you can.

It’s That Time Of The Month Again


We love our blogroll, and so monthly we link out to everyone on it.

Why, you ask? Because everyone likes getting some linky-luv now and then, and because it helps the owners of those blogs: Everytime a blog is linked, it increases something called Authority and it bubbles-up that blog a notch in the Google. It does NOT increase Mock, Paper, Scissors authority.

But we really do it because we love you! We believe that the smartest, funniest, and HOT DAMN! Sexiest blogs on the net are in our blogroll!

(Our blogroll policy is also pretty relaxed: if you include MPS in your blogroll, we will include you in ours. Our only caveat is that we will not include commerical sites. It’s just the way we roll. If you want to be in the blogroll, send a note to Tengrain AT mockpaperscissors DOT com and include a link to your blog that has MPS listed in the blogroll.)

It’s That Time of The Month


One of the on-going pleasure of Mock, Paper, Scissors is to give our monthly shout-out to all the Scissorheads near and far. Why do we do it? Because we like you, we really like you!

Let’s be honest: everyone enjoys a little linky-love now and then, and also we understand that the more often a blog gets a link in a post, the higher up the Google rankings that blog travels. Your blog gains something called Authority (as in Cartman? Yes.), which means your blog is more likely to be “found” when someone does a search on a topic that you covered.

But mostly it’s about the luv. So, without further fuss, on to the links after the jump.

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The Sunday Talkies Post Is Up At Crooks And Liars

Meet David Gregory's hair

Meet David Gregory’s hair

All the usual lying toadies and minions have taken to the airwaves today, no doubt the flex their vocal cords on Ferguson, and to give their blah studies scholarship a good polish. Also, note that this is the first episode of Dancing with the Gregory since Disco Dave was fired. Politics Spice isn’t in the host seat yet, so they have Mrs. Alan Greenspan hosting.

Today is also my last post for this week at Crooks and Liars, too. I always feel a little sad when it is over, but this round-up week, we did include a fair number of Scissorheads. Good work, everyone!

The Sunday Talkies is Up at Crooks and Liars


…and the thing I noticed right away is that The Three Amigos are fully represented: Grandpa Walnuts is on CNN, Kelly Ayotte (Orange is the New Lieberman) is on Bloomberg, and Senatorette Huckleberry Closetcase is on Fox.

And speaking of Crooks and Liars, my week doing the Morning Round-Up starts tomorrow (Monday), so if you have read any good blog posts that you think deserve more attention or more likely, wrote one yourself (because Scissorheads rule), please send me a note to let me know: Tengrain AT mockpaperscissors DOT com.

Modesty is for monks, you know. Blow your own horn, etc. While I cannot promise that all tips will be used, I can promise that I will read them all.