Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I'm Spartacus.

Shakespeare’s Sister has announced that she is bowing out of the Edwards campaign.

Needless to say this is a very sad and sobering development.

And needless to say that she is doing it with orders of magnitude more grace and élan than either the rabid howler monkeys on the Right or the pudding-soft children within the Edwards campaign are capable of mustering on their best day.

And needless to say that the Right’s madness has manifested itself in threats of violence against my friend Shakes, because that is how the Right operates:
1. The scripture-barking, Christ-defiling demagogies who run the show carefully and deliberately angry up the dung people.
2. They glean votes and dollars and ratings and its all a lot of fun until Tim McVeigh blows up a federal building because he took them at their word.
3. Then the scripture-barking, Christ-defiling American Taliban who run the show swear they had no idea it would ever go this far.
4. Then they do it all over again.

Well the denizens of Crazyville – who are all terribly brave when it comes to threatening women, and yet for some reason seem collectively and conspicuously unable to find their way out of Mommy’s basement and down to the recruiting office to demand a Surge Billet in their Dear Leader’s Excellent Iraqi Adventure – should know that Shakes has lots of friends.

Lots and lots and lots of friends.

And we are all Spartacus.


Anonymous said...

.."how MANY warriors do YOU have with you LEONIDAS??"

Ivory Bill Woodpecker said...

"Our arrows will block out the sun."

"Good, then we can fight in the shade."

Up yer bum, Xerxes.

Ivory Bill Woodpecker said...

"Of course, Mr. Donohue. We'll be HAPPY to give you your earth and water..." :)

Fran / Blue Gal said...

I think we're about to start a lil' blogswarm. Linking back to you.

We are all Spartacus today.

Hope to see you at the virtual bar at Shake's Friday night.

QuakerDave said...

Just joined the swarm. Time for the rest of us to stand up.

Anonymous said...

I, too, am Spartacus.

Thanks for doing this. What a great idea!


Mark Prime (tpm/Confession Zero) said...

The power scale is bending, disturbed
By bomb laden souls bent against empire.
It isn’t terror… it is tragedy.
Shakespeare could not have crafted it better.
Upon the riddled carcass of wars yowl
And the slaughter of human cells
Upon the somber sands of death,
This drama crests inside its fourth act.
The scene now set with harrowed seraphs
Feeling bursts of metal strafe the waning soul,
And ending their hallowed harvest
Weary of this; our sloping future.
Man cannot sustain this blast;
War penetrating even the angel’s love.
The life taker and the giver, entrenched,
Bogged down in the black swamp
Unable to right their self-same falling;
Indistinguishable in their smirking speech
And muck ridden paws they murder the other.
Upon the riddled carcass of wars yowl
Of obliteration of human cells
On the somber sands of death,
This tragedy’s inside its fourth act.


We the people should shake `em all down!
Jangle the walls of Liberty! Sing!
Shake the foundations of Freedom Town!
Clatter and rattle the West Wing!

Plunge the Pentagon to its soiled, imperial knees!
Thunder clap and smack all of DC!
Humble all fat cats on Wall Street!
Senate! Congress! The courts! All three!

Let `em know we've had enough of complicity!
Grab their electorate! Give a hardy squeeze!
Shove back with almighty vengeance!
Show them, we, the people, still believe!


Too ashen! Too hidden!
Like some plodding prayer
Mouthed under sultry breath,
Lobbed skyward beneath
The demoralizing weight of gravity
Reluctant of its dulled and hollowed plea.

The shoddy wilt, the red droop
Of oppressions scope, maudlin loyalty.
Who the hell needs an optimism
Carrying a loaded M21 Horizon,
Or a prayer with the weight of a tank?
“It’s too massive!”, cried the saint.

The gates of life swing wide
For caskets draped in flags!
Who the hell needs this hope
So weighted down with loss?
Prayers with the dead weight of children?
“It’s too distressing!”, cried the angels...

The tortured garden! Insatiable craving
Of the hideous instruments of ruin
Planting young seeds too early
In the loud, bone-dry ground
Cultivating, not life, but odium.
“It’s too thunderous!” cried God.

Too ashen! Too hidden!
Like some plodding prayer
Mouthed under sultry breath,
Lobbed skyward beneath
The demoralizing weight of gravity,
Reluctant of its dulled and hollowed caress.

Mark Prime (tpm/Confession Zero) said...

I am in the midst of an original poem or two about this very moment. I left some oldies that I thought applied to it and I will add one more.

ODE to Bill Donohue

Your breath is atrocious
Crowding the air.
Your teeth, fanged relics,
Slanted, bent of intolerance.
And your proud mind
Fetches the face of wretchedness
With its leaching maw of foaming hatred…

After hearing you,
The first time,
I found my contempt unmasked;
You’re repugnant and false-hearted,
And most contemptible
For using your depraved dribble
To spackle the holes you’ve put in God...

Anonymous said...

I am Spartacus and I shall not step aside.

Midgetqueen said...

Right on.

Anonymous said...

Spartacus? His name is my name, too!

Thanks for starting this, Driftglass.

Fixer said...

I'm in.

Michael Bérubé said...

Um, you forgot one step between (2) and (3). Namely:

-- They spend one post-McVeigh month blaming the bomb on Arabs and two more post-McVeigh months blaming it on Weathermen who blew things up 35 years ago.

Then it becomes clear that McVeigh was reading The Turner Diaries and listening to Rush Limbaugh, and not, say, memorizing the complete works of Abbie Hoffman. Then they say they never meant it to go that far.

creature said...

What they said.

Unknown said...

Done, Drifty. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I'm itching for something to do. If only I could get ahold of a name, an address, a phone number of just one of those fucks who threatened Amanda or Shakes, I'd give them something they don't want.

Brynn said...

Sheakespeare's Sister's supporters are numerous as grains of sand on the beach and stars in the sky, and we span the globe. We've got your back, Sis.

Brynn (in Dublin IE)

Anonymous said...

2A. Blame McVeigh's actions on long-simmering and completely understandable resentment of the victimization of scripturists by the ungodly.


Anonymous said...

I wrote Edwards campaign and pledged my vote to Clinton - because - "I'd rather have the real thing than Clinton-lite"

I am Sparticus - I spit in the eye of power.

Amy said...

I am Spartacus.

Sasha said...

I am Spartacus


Count me in. I'm Spartacus, but I refuse to take a bath. K?

Dave said...

Done. I'm in. I am Spartacus.

The Minstrel Boy said...

you get well over 100 hits if you google I'm Spartacus

cool, sez i


Miss Cellania said...

You are mistaken. I am Spartacus.

Kimmah said...

I'm now Spartacus, too, which is infinitely cooler than just being yet-another Kim in the world.

Kimmah said...
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Mr. Natural said...

We Spartaki will fly

Scorpio said...

I am Spartacus.

Anonymous said...

for what little it may be worth I too am Spartacus.

Leslie C said...


Anonymous said...

I'm Spartacus! in the Great White North.

We love Amanda and Sis up here too!!

Anonymous said...

I'm late, but I'm Spartacus

jurassicpork said...

Believe it or not, it even says Spartacus on my driver's license. So I literally am Spartacus. I even look like Tony Curtis.

Btw, here's my two cents on the dickless wonder who made Amanda and Melissa drop out. It's not for the squeamish and you may wanbt to bring a poncho.

Liz Blondsense said...

I'm spartacus too

Anonymous said...

(is Spartacus)

Anonymous said...

I'm Sparky, and I Cuss.

-skunq'd up

Deborah Newell said...

Another Spartacus present.

Unknown said...

i want to be spartacus too, but i'm not sure what it means. would someone be so kind as to enlighten this newbie?


a (lurking) shakes & amanda supporter

Anonymous said...

I am so Spartacus I've forgotten to shave.

Will nab the graphic, and pass this on for your enjoyment:

Anonymous said...

I am Spartacus.

Anonymous said...

I'm Spartacus and so's my wife.

Anonymous said...

I am Spartacus

D said...

I am Spartacus!

Chryss said...

I am Spartacus!

defenestrated said...

Spartacus here.

jurassicpork said...

I'm afraid it's out of Donahue's hands just like controlling the Shi'ite militias are now out of Sistani's hands.

And that is a very conscious, deliberate analogy.

driftglass said...

This got so big so fast and it is still going.

It is fascinating to watch.

Thank you all.

BAC said...

One more Spartacus.


Anonymous said...

Count me in! I am Spartacus!

shrimplate said...

I'm on this like wet paint on a bench.

Ivory Bill Woodpecker said...

I became so preoccupied with riffing on Eddie's "300" reference that I neglected to mention: I am Spartacus!

Venceremos, amigos!

Anonymous said...

i'm a spartacus, he's a spartacus, wouldn't you like to be a spartacus too?

Anonymous said...

I'm so Spartacus I brought my own cross for the Apostate Right to try to hang me on.

All they gotta do is come over and make me do it.

Just me and my large sumbitch pole that doubles as an effective means of knocking people into next week.

I dare them.

Kelly O said...

This was a genius idea! (Also? I'm Spartacus.)

The Local Crank said...

Not only am I Spartacus, y'all, I'm also an NDN, a lawyer, a bowhunter, and I'm from Texas, the self-defense capital of the world.

Bring it.

Misfit Farms said...

We are Spartacus, and that makes a total of 47 legs to stand on. Right on, Sister!

Anonymous said...

I am Spartacus! Integrity is gonna win.

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