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The media is working overtime to make the exchange of notes via electronic means in the spirit of middle school a “sex scandal”. It’s pathetic.

When I was a lad Democrats knew how to have real sex scandals. None of today’s wimps will ever top the Democratic governor of Louisiana, Earl K. Long, or the long-time chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Arkansas Democratic Congressman Wilbur D. Mills. Now those were worthy of newsprint and pictures.

Democrats should be ashamed that they are allowing the Republicans to outpace them in the sex scandal area. John Edwards can’t be expected to carry the entire load.


1 Badtux { 06.08.11 at 2:01 pm }

And don’t forget former Governor Edwin “Honest Eddie” Edwards of Louisiana. Now *that* was a Democrat who knew how to have sex scandals! When during one of his campaigns he was asked whether a particular sex scandal was going to affect his chances of getting elected, he proclaimed that the only sex scandal that mattered was if he got caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy. Heh.

– Badtux the Easily-amused Penguin

2 jams o donnell { 06.08.11 at 2:40 pm }

Ach how many memberss of Congress have managed to kill themselves in an autoerotic asphyxiation blunder!

3 Bryan { 06.08.11 at 3:25 pm }

Badtux, wasn’t it Huey Long who said that: one day Louisiana would have an honest government – and people wouldn’t like it? PBJ is no fun at all.

Jams, the really kinky episodes are reserved for Fundamentalist preachers.

4 Bryan { 06.08.11 at 4:59 pm }

Excuse me, Mr. Duff, but unlike the Republicans in recent “lapses”, he didn’t put himself forward as a paragon of virtue, a “family values” kind of guy, he didn’t actually have sex with any of the women involved, and he didn’t break any laws. He sent text messages and pictures.

In case you missed it, John Edwards was blasted by everyone for his behavior, as was Eliot Spitzer. Edwards took the bigger hit because he was trying to play the “family values” card, and Spitzer for breaking the law.

5 Steve Bates { 06.09.11 at 7:40 am }

“… and making your new wife pregnant, …”

Ah! you mean, making her “up the Duff,” don’t you? You Brits have such quaint expressions involving your names…

6 Suzan { 06.09.11 at 9:08 am }

I like your style, baby.

Johnny is finally getting a little help on the home front!

Love ya,


7 Kryten42 { 06.09.11 at 9:38 am }

What a moron. ’nuff said!

LOL @ Steve… Brushing up on your quint UK/Aussie slang m8? 😀 The phrase “Up the Duff has been used to denote a pregnant (usually unwed) woman, but originally ‘duff’ was and alternate form for dough, and was used before the current slang phrase to denote a pudding. I find the original meaning more apt. 🙂

Note that in those Victorian times the definition of a euphemistic term for pregnancy relied on another euphemism.

Dough is another word for pudding and duff is an alternative form and pronunciation of dough. That was in use by 1840, as here from R. H. Dana in Before the Mast:

“To enhance the value of the Sabbath to the crew, they are allowed on that day a pudding, or, as it is called, a ‘duff’.”

So, we travel this route – (up the) duff -> dough -> pudding -> penis -> pregnant.

The more recent ‘bun in the oven’, another slang phrase for pregnant, may originate this way too.

Yeah… I couldn’t resist! 😈

As we know Bryan, unlawful sexual conduct is not a scandal if:

1. You are a member of the GOP (Gang of Perverts), A fundamentalist Ministry that supports the Gang of Perverts, one of the ‘Tea Party’ groups (a subset of the GOP) or are one of the wealthy elites that supports the GOP or a member of a GOP Fundamentalist Ministry (or one of the GOP PAC’s or one of the many GOP Lobby Groups.

2. You proclaim loudly and often your strenuous support for family values, the sanctity of Marriage (this is only necessary if one is conducting an extramarital affair with another consenting Adult of either sex) morals, ethics and strong Christian values (this last is especially necessary if one of the members of set #1 is predominantly interested in adolescent (and pre-adolescent) partners of either sex rather than adults, and especially if they are unwilling partners). It is, of course, understood that these pronouncements are meant for everyone else, and not for the person orating said pronouncements. To become a member of the set #1 above, one must first and foremost prove that one strenuously believes in the principal of “Do as I say, not as I do!” and secondly in the principal of “The Laws and rules do not apply to us”, and thirdly that one can only be considered “One of us” (set #1) if you believe everything another member of set #1 utters without question or any thought (as is amply proven by our resident Trollop above).

It’s a rather succinct summary, but I think covers it. It should be noted that to become a member of set #1, intelligence is not a requirement, and in fact is likely to be a hindrance. However, some base cunning, a degree of cleverness (though, the ability to tie ones own shoe-laces makes one suspect of being ‘too clever by half’), greed, self-interest (but not to the exclusion of other members of the group, in which case, a member is expected to be quite generous, in fact, being an extreme sociopath would be considered an advantage), and the ability to lie convincingly, are requirement’s for membership.

8 Badtux { 06.09.11 at 9:42 am }

Ah yes, dear Duffer. Brilliant as usual. Only you brilliant right-wingers could decide that it’s a sex scandal if there is no, well, actual sex.

To recap:

John Ensign (R-Nevada): actually, like, poked his mistress.
Anthony Weiner (D-New York): sent a photo of his poker.

John Edwards (D-North Carolina): Actually, like, poked his mistress.
Anthony Weiner (D-New York): sent a photo of his poker.

Dave Vitter (R-Louisiana): Actually, liked, poked a bunch of prostitutes while wearin’ diapers.
Anthony Weiner (D-New York): sent a photo of his poker.

Bill Clinton (D-Arkansas): Actually, like, poked *one* orifice of his mistress, if perhaps not the one folks usually associate with the word “sex”.
Anthony Weiner (D-New York): sent a photo of his poker.

Next up: Dear Mr. Duffer will tell me that if I deliver to him a photo of a platter of fish and chips, it’s the exact same thing as actually delivering fish and chips to his flat. I mean, that’s what the poor sod’s been telling us, that a photo is the exact same thing as, well, the real thing, right? So he has nobody to blame but himself next time he orders delivery and receives a photo rather than the expected food, because the photo is the exact same thing as the food, right? Right? 😈

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

9 Kryten42 { 06.09.11 at 10:54 am }

If anyone wants to see some actual news (well, the closest you will get to *news* wiyhin the USA), Jon covers Wiener, Edwards (and Palin’s Family Holiday Bus, and verifies my points above about GOPpers) and… I’m sorry Bryan. I know you *disapprove* of Palin being mentioned, but… My lord… she is SUCH an absolute moron!! (Ahhhhhh… I feel much better now!) 😉 😛

TDS – June 06, 2011 – Maziar Bahari

The interview with Mr Bahari was interesting (and surprisingly amusing) also. 🙂

Also, the next episode had a full sketch on Wiener (and Jon does a stupid thing and injures himself! Be warned… there is blood.) errrrm… Oh, yes… There is a good interview with Fareed Zakaria about the economy. 😉 🙂

10 Bryan { 06.09.11 at 3:23 pm }

How does Fox News deal with a member of its staff communicating in an inappropriate manner – it pays the complainant millions of dollars to sign a non-disclosure agreement and extends the contract of the perpetrator [Mackris v. O’Reilly & Fox News].

Mr. Duff, Mr. Weiner’s wife is pregnant because he actually has physical, real life contact with her, rather than sending messages.

As for illegality – Mr. Weiner’s alleged use of Congressional resources might be in violation of House rules, but those rules are not laws, and violating them is not, therefore, illegal. Words have meanings, especially in the law.

The last time there was a similar incident, When then-Congressman Vitter, a Republican of Louisiana was arranging engagements with ladies of negotiable affection on the floor of the House during votes, Mr. Vitter was elected to the Senate. I’m not sure that Mr. Weiner wants to be a Senator, but if that’s the penalty, he will have to accept it, as Democrats and Republicans must be treated equally.

Kryten, my objection to the mention of the former governor of Alaska is based on her irrelevancy. I see no reason to keep bringing up the fact that she is willfully ignorant of nearly everything as that is what endears her to her followers, and allows her to make a great deal of money. Consider that she makes more than three times the annual starting salary for a high school history teacher in the state of Florida for a speech, and that doesn’t include the costs of catering to her travel and lodging requirements. She is a “celebrity”, someone famous for being famous.

11 Steve Bates { 06.09.11 at 6:52 pm }

Kryten, thanks for the etymology; as you’ve probably realized, I really enjoy that sort of thing… it comes of being the son of two schoolteachers, one of whom taught English lit. As for the expression “up the [d]uff,” I first heard that about a week ago in a song by that wonderful British medical piano-vocal duo who call themselves The Amateur Transplants. (Just search YouTube; they have dozens of videos.) There are of course tons of things that can be done to my family name 😆 but Duffy cannot come up with any that I haven’t heard before, usually since I was about 10 years old.

12 Kryten42 { 06.10.11 at 5:20 am }

No problem Steve, my pleasure! 😀 And yes, I did realize you enjoy such things, as I do. You’ve seen me post several such, and numerous quotations, when it takes my fancy. 😉 Most of us here have things in common, it adds to the enjoyment of the community spirit here. 🙂

The origins of the phrase “Up the duff” are unclear. It was said to be British slang originally, but it first appeared in print in Australia in 1941 in Sydney John Baker’s Dictionary of Australian Slang. 🙂 Australia has a very rich and colorful slang especially from the period of WW1 to WW2, and later. 🙂

I found this site to be a good resource from the UK for slang, phrases and idioms, and where I checked “Up the duff”. 🙂

The Phrase Finder

OT: How did you go with that music video I posted Steve? Did that proxy s/w help? 🙂