Rude Pundit

Rude Pundit is the pen name of Lee Papa. Papa grew up in the swamps of Louisiana’s Cajun country, where he was a “poor white bigot” raised on a solid diet of William F. Buckley, Ronald Reagan and “gay-fearful Neanderthal retardation.” Today, he’s a playwriting professor by day and the wildly popular, unapologetically liberal blogger by night. His one-man show, "The Rude Pundit in the Year of Living Rudely," was featured part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Papa is also the author The Rude Pundit's Almanack.

Random Observations on Trump’s Speech to Congress Last Night

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1. Let's get this out of the way up top: President Donald Trump's exploitation of Carryn Owens, the widow of Ryan Owens, a Navy SEAL who died in a fuck-up of a raid in Yemen, induced the kind of nausea you usually feel when you accidentally catch a glimpse of a pus-draining video.  While anonymous "senior officials" (who could be Trump - really) argue over whether or not any decent intelligence was gotten from the raid (spoiler: they didn't), Continue Reading...

Democrats Should Resist, But Everything That Happens is on Republicans

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Let's get rid of one part of this in short order: Democrats in Congress should be resisting Trump every step of the way.  That includes pushing hearings to crisis levels of antagonism, voting against every unqualified candidate, and, of course, filibustering his Supreme Court picks.  It shouldn't even be up for discussion.  They will lose and lose, but Democratic House and Senate members would be fundamentally misreading their marching, chanting, Continue Reading...

Republicans Won’t Save Your Life

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In the middle of his farewell address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama offered some advice: "It’s up to all of us to make sure our government can help us meet the many challenges we still face.  We have what we need to do so.  We have everything we need to meet those challenges."  And then he warned, "Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear.  So, just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard Continue Reading...

The Loser-in-Chief

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Let me clear my throat. When I first put myself in a self-imposed time out, one of the reasons was that I was really fucking pissed at myself for getting the presidential election so wrong, for thinking that it was a no-brainer that Hillary Clinton would be elected, that the country wasn't so stupid and deluded and hateful that it would elect a fuzzy, bulbous fungus in human form instead.  So, yeah, I beat the shit out of myself for that, Continue Reading...

American Eclipse: Into the Dark, Alone and Together

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"Yeah, and jobs in sending Morse code and driving carriages are coming back, too," my West Virginia pal Duke told me this morning.  He was pissed as hell about all the people around him who are absolutely sure that Donald Trump will be able to "bring back" the coal mining industry and all the jobs that go with it.  They don't want to lose their way of life, they say. Continue Reading...

It’s Alive: The FBI Reanimates the Clinton Email Server Fake Scandal

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The ugly ending of this ugly election just got even uglier.  Like rotting armadillo ugly.  Oh, we were lulled briefly into a sense that the whole thing was going to wind to an end, as Republican candidate and upside down candy corn Donald Trump was starting to choke on his own conspiracy theories, as Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton amassed an insurmountable lead and was starting to make serious inroads into states that had previously been Continue Reading...

Political Correctness, Bull Murder, and Trump (Yes, There Is a Through-Line Here)

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In Tordesillas, Spain, the provincial government ended a tradition that went back to medieval times.  The real medieval times, not the fake thing with the turkey legs and people with mouths full of teeth jousting indoors.  It was part of a festival where a full-grown bull would be chased by townspeople into a field where, with cheering crowds watching, horse riders would use spears to kill the bull.  The slaughter would take a while, much to the Continue Reading...

NFL Anthem-Sitter Colin Kaepernick Is More Patriotic Than His Critics

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Can we all agree that "The Star Spangled Banner" is kind of a shitty song?  It's about violence and shit blowing up and gleefully murdering escaped slaves and flag fetishism.  The lyrics were written by a slave owner who sought to silence abolitionists, and the melody is taken from a song by a British dude writing about a Greek poet who celebrated drinking and fucking.  And, yeah, it's hard to sing. Continue Reading...