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Musical interlude: Get a Job

Friday, Jul 19, 2019

* Perhaps my all-time “favorite” email about the Confederate Railroad controversy…

What is your malfunction?You attack a veteran country group just because of their name.let me educate your inbred ignorant was on something you socialist snowflake.The civil war started over taxes on illiterate uneducated racist pigs want people to believe it was about slavery,guess what idiot….they both had slaves then to and it wasn’t till later during the war the north wanted to abolish slavery.slavery started when blacks sold their own kind for sir can be held on defamation of character by the band if they so feel like it.why don’t you stop crying like a liberal snowflake and grow up.Get a real job like most Americans do you lazy bum.

I learned after the first email I received on this topic to just respond to all these the same way…


That dismissive laughter always drives ‘em nuts…

You must be a racist liberal.for a blogger you are immature.are you to lazy to get a job?

* My dad used to play this Silhouettes song for us when my brothers and I were young

Sha na na na, sha na na na na

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Amalia - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:07 am:

    oh somebody will take the nickname Socialist Snowflake.

  2. - wildcat12 - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:07 am:

    As someone born, raised, and educated in the South, it amuses me to no end to see northerners/Midwesterners try to defend and explain the roots of slavery. To what end?

  3. - So_Ill - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:08 am:

    I will wish you would post the names of these “people” for the public shaming they deserve.

    My head hurts after reading that.

  4. - OutOfState - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:09 am:

    “Get a job”

    Unclear on the concept

  5. - CEA - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:09 am:

    Lazy bum? Don’t worry, Rich. We know you’re the hardest-working bum in Springfield.

  6. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:12 am:

    Best response. Don’t feed the trolls. Sometimes I have to remind myself how well that advice works.

  7. - OneMan - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:12 am:

    It appears spwebot2020 how has an e-mail option.

    Yeah the Civil War was about taxes…

  8. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:12 am:

    I love this song. It was the first song that Sha Na Na played at Woodstock. Imagine being a hippy on the last day of Woodstock and this song starts your morning off.

  9. - A Well-Regulated Commenter - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:14 am:

    What jobs are left when all the good ones are taken by gems like this?

  10. - Moira - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:18 am:

    One of my friend’s moms played this for us when we were kids, too. She also sang You Can’t Always Get What You Want when we whined about things. Cool lady

  11. - Dysfunction Junction - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:18 am:

    =…you are immature.are you to lazy to get a job?=

    What level of Zen master does one have to reach in order to respond to stuff like this with a simple “lol”? Perhaps instead of a Friday caption contest, you might indulge your readers with a “how would you respond?” contest.

    My entry (a tame one that hopefully won’t be moderated): “Are you too lazy to go run a spelling and grammar check?”

  12. - Stones - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:19 am:

    Are “Socialist Snowflake” and “Suzy Snowflake” related? Asking for a friend.

  13. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:19 am:

    When calling someone “illiterate” and “uneducated”, proper punctuation and grammar help elevate your argument.


  14. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:20 am:

    There seems to be a lot of real estate tax money not being spent wisely on education

  15. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:20 am:

    Elementary school English teachers are having strokes reading that. And history teachers for that matter.

    The laugh of the day from the FB group is they are upset that FB is apparently taking down some of their posts for rules violations (hate speech anyone?) and are talking about suing and having the ACLU do it. Uh, folks? FB is privately owned and can censor whatever they want. Deal with it. Also like many far left liberal protests they have trouble staying on message and have cuckoos from all over spewing about all their grievances. Hilarious.

  16. - Randomly Selected - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:20 am:

    “their own kind” is easily in the top 5 phrases with racist undertones.

  17. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:24 am:

    Thanks for sharing and bringing this out into the light. Right now in our country we have a president who is openly encouraging xenophobic and racist hatred is and pandering to this type of person. We saw incidents already where people lost lives, had bombs sent to them or denigrated like in Naperville

  18. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:26 am:

    I also marvel at the “Some Africans participated in the slave trade so owning people was all cool!” argument.

  19. - Generic Drone - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:26 am:

    Taxes? We all know the civil war started with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Boy, uneducated idiots these days.

  20. - Jocko - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:27 am:

    I’m disappointed he didn’t call it the “War of Northern Aggression”

  21. - illini - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:28 am:

    Oh come on, my friends, we are all responsible adults here. Why should we even care if some people are too lazy to use proper spelling, punctuation and grammar?

    But it does say a lot about them.

  22. - Morty - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:29 am:

    Capitalization? Punctuation?

    Those things are for lesser beings to worry about.

  23. - Morty - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:30 am:

    At least it wasn’t in ALLCAPS

  24. - ChrisB - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:30 am:

    [citation needed]

    I always thought Prof. Austin Goolsbee’s strategy or retweeting the worst insults when he goes on TV is the best course of action. Nothing undermines someone calling you stupid when everyone else can see they can’t string together a coherent sentence.

  25. - Nick Name - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:31 am:

    ===let me educate your inbred ignorant was===

    L, as they say, OL.

  26. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:31 am:

    “We get emails… “


    Only thing missing is something about lawns, long haired hippies, clouds that upset them, and kids nowadays.

    You find the right person, they can find a way to be upset about anything.

    It’s always half snark, but I truly hope, in a small sliver, it felt good for them to type it.

    I’d hate to think there’s no satisfaction in putting to word your own idiocy.

  27. - Anyone Remember - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:31 am:

    Jim Tobin MINUS spell check & Grammarly EQUALS the email … /s

  28. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:33 am:

    Attacks on Confederate Railroad? Defamation of character? I must have been napping the day that blog came out.

  29. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:33 am:

    ===Why should we even care if some people are too lazy to use proper spelling===

    Just trying to help them become master debaters.

  30. - JS Mill - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:35 am:

    = The civil war started over taxes on goods.=

    Let us disabuse anyone and everyone of the notion that “taxes” or “states rights” were the primary (or really any level) stated reason for secession.

    From South Carolina’s declaration of immediate causes of secession only one reason is given=

    “The General Government, as the common agent, passed laws to carry into effect these stipulations of the States. For many years these laws were executed. But an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution.”

    So stop with the rest of the nonsense.

  31. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:36 am:

    Grade A trolling.

    BTW, on the grammar and spelling, I get the guy’s not too bright (or as he would say, not to brite), but what’s with no spaces after the period. I mean I know two is viewed as one too many these days, but zero???

  32. - Nick Name - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:37 am:

    ===oh somebody will take the nickname Socialist Snowflake.===

    And Lazy Bum.

  33. - OneMan - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:39 am:

    In terms of understanding about the Civil War, I will say this, I am a counselor for the BSA Citizen merit badges and the number of teenagers who are unable to identify anything local government would disapoint you, if not surprise you.

  34. - West Side the Best Side - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:42 am:

    Unable to master the art of links on this dadgum, new fangeled computer thingy, but there’s always Dan Cooke’s “What a Wonderful World”: “Don’t know much about history….”

  35. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:44 am:

    ==FB is apparently taking down some of their posts for rules violations==

    I admit, I’ve been having fun reporting some of the more interesting comments over there.

    The comment about physically beating up sitting judges, specifically.

  36. - XonXoff - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:44 am:

    Sounds like someone woke up on the wrong side of the ammo pile.

  37. - Moby - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:46 am:

    “LOL” is a pretty good response. I would also suggest the equally neutral, yet maddening, “OK”.

  38. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:50 am:


    I always use lower case with these folks.

  39. - West Side the Best Side - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:50 am:

    Also can’t get control over auto(in)correct: Sam Cooke.

  40. - Just Me 2 - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:51 am:

    You should reply to all of them and let them know you’re going to post their full emails and names next week. Let them sweat out the weekend.

  41. - Thomas Paine - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:57 am:

    Professional victims.

    And I mean that literally. No one has cared about Confederate Railroad for 24 years, which is the last time they were on the charts. Now the band says the phone is ringing for work, and I bet online merch, album and song requests are up to.

    For the Eastern Bloc types, it’s seen as a vindication and a victory. “Pritzker backfired”. Not understanding we don’t care if they make money or not.

    One downstater on the dump du quoin page accused Pritzker of trying to take away “our history.” My initial thought was “How ignorant. Illinois led the fight for the Union Army against the Confederacy. She has her history backward.”

    But she’s not ignorant.

    When the say “our history” they mean “White People’s History.” Our history of unquestioned racial domination. When just being white was enough to make you feel superior, good about yourself.

    🎼A South politician preaches to the poor white man
    “You got more than the blacks, don’t complain
    You’re better than them, you been born with white skin,” they explain🎼

    The backlash against Obama was always about the way he challenged their sense of innate superiority.

  42. - thunderspirit - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:59 am:

    == I always use lower case with these folks. ==

    This succinctly signifies how little time you’re willing to invest in their worldview. Many kudos on that.

  43. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 11:08 am:

    I bet the percentage of these people also having 8chan accounts has got to be like 70-80%. Keywords and phrases, misspellings, etc are about right

  44. - Twirling Towards Freedom - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 11:08 am:

    I’ve always been more partial to “Get A Haircut and Get a Real Job” by George Thorogood myself, but this works.

  45. - Stuff Happens - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 11:17 am:

    The part that bothers me is that their vote counts just as much as that of an informed voter.

    I don’t believe they shouldn’t be allowed to vote, but it’s so much easier to be ignorant than informed. Fortunately, a lot of ignorant people are also lazy and don’t vote.

    This isn’t exactly an epiphany or anything. It’s been this way for ages, and I’m just stream of consciousness-ing over a bowl of coconut chia pudding, granola, and fresh fruit.

  46. - Langhorne - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 11:17 am:

    I want to be a lazy bum just like rich, but thats too much work.

    I am guessing he isnt a subscriber.

  47. - El Conquistador - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 11:19 am:

    I’ve followed the FB posts and comments on their #boycottduquoinstatefair group… And omg. I’ve never seen such ugly, ignorant, small minded, and racist comments. America has an ugly underbelly folks that is being stoked by national leadership (or lack thereof),

  48. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 11:26 am:

    I keep picturing the guy from the classic “Get a Brain! Morans” meme when I read this.

  49. - DIstant watcher - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 11:32 am:

    Statehouse types (and there are a few of those here) will appreciate that every state legislature in the states that left the union passed a resolution declaring that they were leaving, and every one of those resolutions said they were leaving over slavery. When someone tells you who they are, listen to what they say. Even when they do it through their legislatures.

  50. - Autocorrect is Optional - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 11:32 am:

    = The civil war started over taxes on goods.=

    Ahh, I remember, it was the Stamp Act, right?

  51. - pool boy - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 11:51 am:

    Amazing. I did learn something. If you want a stupid post to get posted, you must make it look stupid.

  52. - Cook County Commoner - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 11:55 am:

    Keep Suzy Snowflake out of this. When that cartoon from the 1950s plays in winter, it brings me back to a much simpler and happier time.

  53. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 12:18 pm:

    *looks at law license on wall*

    —you sir can be held on defamation of character by the band if they so feel like it—



  54. - Still Waiting - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 12:42 pm:

    Now imagine how much fun it is to try to teach their children the *actual* facts of the Civil War or to dare suggest that having an international destination and economic engine like Chicago in our state is a good thing.

    The emails and online attacks are bad enough, but it gets scary quickly when a room full of them show up at school to scream these kind of hateful, ignorant sentiments in your face, especially now that they feel our president has given them permission to act like this.

    And I love the lower case response. Perfect.

  55. - Don't Bloc Me In - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 12:44 pm:

    A wild guess here, but I’m going to say that if this person has a job, it’s not as Director of Public Relations.

  56. - lake county democrat - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 1:03 pm:

    Rich, ever hear Smokey Robinson’s answer song?

  57. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 1:09 pm:

    The Eastern Bloc History of The United States…coming soon?

    History rewritten by revisionists…revolting.

  58. - The Captain - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 1:39 pm:

    Years ago I was the campaign staffer that got all the incoming email to the info account on our campaign website and since it was a high profile campaign we got quite a bit. The real jerks, every single one of them, had bad spelling and grammar. Rather than respond to whatever nonsense they were spewing I would correct the grammar and spelling and send it back. “What I think you meant to say … there, I fixed that for you.” Drove them nuts, worked like a charm every time.

  59. - Jibba - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 1:58 pm:

    I was going to say that you can’t fix stupid, but this is different. It is willful ignorance of the facts, which they use to allow themselves to remain proud of their ancestors despite being on the losing side of history. See, it was never about owning people, which we all admit is wrong. Grandpa Johnny went to fight against northern aggression, or tax policy, or the lost cause, etc.

  60. - Alex Ander - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 2:36 pm:

    LOL Slept through grammar classes.

  61. - Old Illini - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 2:54 pm:

    I play “Get a Job” for my 23 year old. At least he’s not living in the basement.

  62. - Socialist Snowflake - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 3:05 pm:

    =See, it was never about owning people, which we all admit is wrong. Grandpa Johnny went to fight against northern aggression, or tax policy=

    Luckily for us, Jibba, we don’t have to guess. The vice president of the confederate states explicitly laid out the rationale for secession. It’s called the Cornerstone Speech.

    The fourth and fifth paragraphs of the Cornerstone Speech sum things up pretty nicely.

    “Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea… [of the original U.S. constitution]”

  63. - Jibba - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 3:36 pm:

    For those unwilling to look up the Cornerstone Speech…


    “…the new Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions-African slavery as it exists among us-the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution.”

  64. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 4:20 pm:

    - XonXoff - Friday, Jul 19, 19 @ 10:44 am:

    Sounds like someone woke up on the wrong side of the ammo pile.

    That’s highlarious…for sure.

  65. - - Monday, Jul 22, 19 @ 11:06 am:

    I am an educator. I’m praying this guy didn’t graduate from an Illinois public school. Yikes.

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