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Murphy can has Congress?

March 23rd, 2011 by

Dear BEAST fiends,

Sorry I haven’t posted anything lately. We have hours of video and pages of notes from the trip to Wisconsin, but something crazy happened when we got back, which has kept me a little busy.

I’ll have a full report from my week in Madtown eventually–with updates on the situation there and what’s bound to be a very cool documentary by my videographer Trotsky. But long story short:  the union-crushing bill the State Senate & Assembly recently crammed through, in a most illegal fashion, has been temporarily blocked by Judge Maryann Sumi of the Dane County Circuit Court in Madison. That’s awesome. How a higher court will rule is unknown, but the idea is to keep it tied up in the legal system until some of the bastard Senate Republicans can be recalled. And many will be. More on Wisconsin later. Read More


Madtown is Mad

March 10th, 2011 by

Live BEAST Report: Wisconsin Capitol in Lockdown

Madtown @ night

I left the Capitol at about 6:30 am CST, and I was assured by a Wisconsin state trooper that I’d be let back in at 8 am — regular business hours. Some 40 people remained in the building. As thousands descend on the Capitol, there are reports trickling out that the people who occupied the building overnight have been hauled out through underground tunnels (not confirmed). No one is being let in. Not Jesse Jackson. Not State Assembly Dem Joe Parisi. They both tried. Read More


Madtown @ Nite

March 10th, 2011 by

Live from inside the Capitol in Madison, WI

Madtown @ night 002

MARCH 10, 2011 (2:55 am CST)–So I couldn’t sleep. I went back to the hippie crash pad, had some “medicine,” and now I’m back inside. There are no police posted at the doors. A few hundred people come and go as they please. Many now are dozing off on the floor or chatting quietly. The drumming has ceased, for the night. I hope.

The shame from last evening is still echoing through the halls. My fucking foot is asleep. Pins and needles. I’m splayed out on the marble. I think Trotsky’s starting a sexual revolution somewhere.

It’s weird being in here at night. It’s a beautiful pigsty, indeed, and witnessing the peaceful occupation is like a bizarre piece of performance art. It’s a sleepover. I had free pizza. Mother Democracy’s letting us stay up late and play. We’re going to feel like shit tomorrow.

What happened earlier is disgusting. If you’re not up on the deal: The pig-fucking Senate Republicans pig-fucked Wisconsin. They stripped the anti-collective bargaining bit from Walker’s budget “repair” bill and voted on that issue alone. They did this because budgetary legislation needs a special quorum–they need 20 Senators, which is why the 19 Republicans have thus far been stymied by the 14 Senate Dems in exile. Non-budgetary matters only need 14 to achieve a quorum, so they pig-fucked it through. It’s illegal, strong-arm, third world bullshit. And that’s where we stand.

All the cries of “Shame!” in the world won’t stop the assembly from throttling through this pig-fucking mess. It’s nearly certain that the nation will wake up, go to work, and hear the news that collective bargaining is dead in Wisconsin. And if you believe one pig-fucking word out of Scott Walker’s putrescent maw, you know he thinks of himself as the first domino in a line that will mark the end of workers’ rights in America.

But the fight is not over. Sleeping out here tonight is an experience, but the only recourse left for the people of Wisconsin is a recall of Governor Walker and his Republican colleagues in the Senate. The Gov recall requires that he be in office for a year first, so this may call for more immediate and direct action. “General strike!” people chanted outside last night. That may be exactly the ticket.

I’m too wired to sleep. But I have to go walk around.

UPDATE (3:17 am CST):

Most have cleared out of the building. Fewer than 100 remain. I found an electrical outlet, so I’m going to take a nap, and recharge.

UPDATE (4:35 am CST):

There are very few people left. Some are snoring. The bathrooms are open. We’ve not been asked to leave, but if you do, you can’t get back in until 8 am. I’m dying for a smoke. Sleep instead.

UPDATE (6:45 am CST):

I never did sleep. I left the Capitol and now I’m just wandering. Ain’t we all.


CLARIFICATION: The phrase “pig-fucked it through” was meant to describe how the Republicans violated the Open Meetings Law. That was the illegal act mentioned above, not that the collective bargaining bit was removed from the budget and voted on separately.

And “Paul from England”: EAT MY FUCKING SHIT. I’m tired of you faux-sensitive assholes being more offended by words, which are completely arbitrary, than you are by billionaires and their government cronies putting profit before people at every turn. You, sir, are an asshole.



Smash Wednesday

March 9th, 2011 by

The Wisconsin Senate Republicans ram through anti-collective bargaining measure by removing it from the budget repair bill.

State Assembly Democrat Brett Hulsey explains to The BEAST what the hell happened:

The Assembly will vote on the measure tomorrow. As of this writing, the Capitol has been overrun by protesters. Capitol police initially let in somewhere between 500 – 600 people, and then locked the doors. But as hundreds of outraged people swarmed the Capitol, police started letting people in again.

“Whose house is this?” everyone screamed. “Our house!” they responded.

We’ll have more video and updates as things unfold.


Madtown is proper pissed off, and for good reason. Right now (10:23 pm CST) the area around the Capitol is crowded with people, honking cars and a generally tingly feeling of democracy in action. It’s history. It’s exciting. It’s slightly chaotic. And it’s not known what will happen tomorrow.

People have completely occupied the Capitol with the intention of holding their ground and having their voices heard during tomorrow’s vote.

My cameraman, Trotsky, has had his “medicine” and everything’s cool on our end. For now. Check out the video he shot:

We don’t know if sleep is in the cards tonight. It’s time to hit the streets and see what’s what.

Stay here for the latest.



The Pigman Snorteth

March 7th, 2011 by

Anthony Watts and Joe Farah eat dragon dick

So I’m out here in Madtown, doing my thing, but I couldn’t resist taking a few minutes to mention this post from Fox News pig-fucker and climate change denier Anthony Watts:

From World Net Daily(not the tabloid site World News Daily), with h/t to Green Hell Blog, something that if proven is quite disturbing. Yet given the kind of treatment I’ve recently received at the hands of an eco-zealot who can’t tolerate my views on climate, I’m not surprised. Read More



March 4th, 2011 by

The Front Lines of America’s Class War

(Photo: Ed Beck)
(Photo: Ed Beck)

Part One: Buffalo to Wisconsin

Last Saturday about 250 Cheeseheads-in-solidarity huddled on the freezing steps of City Hall in Buffalo. It was cute and toothless, like a kitten with leukemia. I’d say it accomplished nothing, but it did have the effect of making us all very cold. Read More


Murphy didn't mean it, baby

February 28th, 2011 by

An open letter to Mika Brzezinski


Dearest Little Z-Big,
It broke my heart when I didn’t see you on “Morning Joe” last week. I was mortified when Scarborough said you were “horrified” by my “mean call.” Because I love you, baby. And Murphy didn’t mean to objectify your fine ass, which is damn fine. I mean, you’re no Willie Geist, but you got it going on. Let’s not kid ourselves. Even serial plagiarist Mike Barnicle has my back. As he explained, it’s typical for older, male viewers of “Morning Joe” to say something about you like, “Oh yeah…” Read More


Koch Whore

February 23rd, 2011 by

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker answers his master’s call

David Koch”: We’ll back you any way we can. What we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: You know, well, the only problem with that—because we thought about that…



-MURPHY Read More


The Beasties: The Fighter

February 22nd, 2011 by

Timestamped reviews of Oscar-nominated films — the penultimate edition.

First 2 Minutes: Christian Bale is high on crack, because it’s 1993 and meth isn’t awesome yet, and being interviewed about what a dick he is. He’s affecting a Southie accent and berating the crew about how they got in his line of sight. His brother Marky Mark sits down next to him and feels the vibrations. They watch home movies in their minds. These words appear on the screen: “Based on a true story, which makes white people feel like they can succeed at sports.” Read More

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