As If They’d Have Him

Thursday, January 19, AD 2017






Garrison Keillor is still alive? was my initial reaction to this proclamation by former humorist Garrison Keillor that he is searching for another religion due to the number of Christians who voted for Trump:


So I’ve been shopping around for a new religion to see me through the next four years. Too many of my fellow Christians voted for selfishness and for degradation of the beautiful world God created. I guess they figured that by the time the planet was a smoky wasteland, they’d be nice and comfy in heaven, so wotthehell. Anyhow, I’m looking around for other options.

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  • It was half a generation ago that I saw a most apposite article on him with the subtitle “Nasty Man”. I suspect he’s one of those people like Albert Gore or Mark Shea who start out agreeably enough and then just get worse every year. In my family, I’ve never seen the phenomenon among men and only seen it among women and only when alcohol or some very banal character flaw (e.g. indolence) was involved. I find Keillor puzzling, and his creativity puzzling in context.

  • Hey!! I gave $3.00 to help save Tony Orlando’s home….Lol.


    This is beautiful.

    I ask any TAC contributor or supporter to please join me in a toast. Non-alcoholic beverages count of course. Please raise a pint of your favorite libation and say with deepest sincerity….So long Michelle and Himself Obama. So long and good bye.


    OK. I’ll take several Evangelical Christians for one Nancy Pelosi.
    Throw in a Joe Biden and I’ll take a hundred more Evangelicals.
    Good swap I’d say!

  • The ugliness of sore losers.

  • Amendment.

    Make that 1 Evangelical, 1 Wicca Warlock, a box of pencils and one Obama Chia Head for the “in the dark,” Joe Biden.

    Bye bye Uncle Joe.

  • “I’ve been shopping around for new religion”, then you never really had one.
    My favorite literary quote is from GK Chesterton, Why I am Catholic:

  • I know of him, but don’t really know him. Not my cup of tea. Is he Catholic?

  • Fallen away Plymouth Brethren. Lately he has been attending an Episcopal Church.

  • SO Lame!
    I think he was a fairly deep thinker, but he lost the handle some time back.
    If you have listened to him lately his “musing” has really deteriorated and has been sometimes fit for the gutter…in an attempt to be cool and with it I think, which doesn’t suit him really.
    But it does encourage me that Donald says he is trying the Episcopal way. Maybe something in him is yearning a bit for tradition. His presentations of Lake Woebegone- in the old days of Garrison Keillor were great and maybe he will circle back around.
    As a seeker He will prob re-find a home in Jesus – the One Who healed the lame.
    He takes all of us if we keep searching.
    Many of the Brethren, and versions of the same, who are my friends are very very good Christians and in some ways more Catholic than they know.

  • I used to listen to “Prairie Home Companion” back in the early and mid ’80s, when it was actually funny without being mean-spirited, and Keillor’s anecdotes of small-town Midwestern life rang true to me (having grown up in a small Midwestern town I knew many people like the denizens of Lake Wobegon). Some years later, at a garage sale, I picked up a copy of a book titled “We Are Still Married” — a collection of some of his essays and short stories (some, but not all, in the Lake Wobegon vein). In one of the essays, he said he had grown tired of being known as a humorist, and would “like to quit humor and write irritation for a while.” Which is pretty much what he did. Also, some of you may recall that around ’85 or ’86, he married a Danish woman who had been an exchange student at his high school (they reconnected at a class reunion) and moved to Denmark. He “retired” from PHC around the same time, but many NPR stations kept playing reruns of his old shows so some fans may not have noticed he was gone. By the early ’90s he had divorced the Danish lady, moved back to the States, and revived PHC, but by then his “humor” had become significantly more hard-edged and left-leaning and I couldn’t stand to listen to the show after that. I’m sure many of his former fans feel the same way.

  • The Dane was co-incident with putting his common law out on the curb (and canning her from her job). I have a feeling he’s been rolling downhill ever since.

  • “I used to listen to “Prairie Home Companion” back in the early and mid ’80s,”

    So did my bride and I Elaine. Keillor was always a leftie, but either he, or perhaps Margaret Moos his producer and mistress, had brains enough to keep it from influencing the entertainment much. He married the Danish gal in 1985. Either she or Reagan being re-elected, or the firing of Moos, changed him, but ever since then he has been increasingly a bitter leftist, and never shy about letting his audience in on that bleak fact.

  • I would accept some pro-life agnostics!

  • I call it “the Fundamentalist Shuffle”. Some Protestants will quit their Church and seek another because of some petty disagreement with their Pastor, maybe like, he speaks with dangling participles. Catholics usually require that the Priest commits something egregious before throwing in the towel. TR

  • As for “players to be named later” joining the Catholic team: I used to think that Rush Limbaugh might convert, based on his enthusiastic praise for Pope Benedict XVI. In fact, it was during his show that I first heard the news of Pope Benedict’s election. However, I suspect that between his multiple marriages and Pope Francis, whatever enthusiasm Rush had for the Catholic Church has probably cooled considerably.

  • The show had no history without Moos. She was a functionary of Minnesota Public Radio assigned to work on it from the beginning, though she wasn’t the producer initially. She’s still a public radio producer, but a contractor rather than a salaried employee (the Riverwalk jazz show is her baby). After Keillor discarded her, she managed to find a proper husband within a couple of years (to whom she is still married).

  • Let’s see….over there, in aisle 5 is the not so Christian Scientists…aisle 6 ….. TR

Radio Personality: Members of the Opposing Party Should be Denied Health Care

Friday, October 2, AD 2009

Garrison KeillorYesterday Rush Limbaugh said that Democrats should be denied health care.  No, no, wrong radio personality!   If Rush had said anything that stupid, rest assured that you wouldn’t have had to wait to read about it on this blog to learn of it.  The networks would have been shouting the news and condemnatory editorials would have been thundering from newspapers coast to coast.  Instead it was just Garrison Keillor, National Public Radio’s Mark Twain wannabe, who decided that there are just too darn many Republicans and by gosh something should be done about it.  (As they would doubtless phrase a call for gopcide in Lake Wobegon.)  Writing in the Chicago Tribune,  Keillor has this charming sentiment:

When an entire major party has excused itself from meaningful debate and a thoughtful U.S. senator like Orrin Hatch no longer finds it important to make sense and an up-and-comer like Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty attacks the president for giving a speech telling schoolchildren to work hard in school and get good grades, one starts to wonder if the country wouldn’t be better off without them and if Republicans should be cut out of the health-care system entirely and simply provided with aspirin and hand sanitizer. Thirty-two percent of the population identifies with the GOP, and if we cut off health care to them, we could probably pay off the deficit in short order.

Denying health care on the basis of political ideology.  Nice guy.  Of course Keillor was merely joking.  He has a long history of hating Republicans,   but I am sure he merely jokes, and perhaps fantasizes, about the deaths of those who have the temerity of disagreeing with him politically and in reality he would never harm a fly.  At least a Democrat fly.

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  • Keillor is a typical “progressive” idiot. He has a platform and a reputation bought with out tax dollars and he acts as thought that gives him the right to do our thinking for us. God save us from such fools.

    By the way, where did he acquire the reputation for being a humorist? I have tried on several occasions to listen to his radio show and found only low grade witticism no better than what fellow workers produce freely in the course of the workday. And if I’m driving, I am constantly in danger of being put to sleep and driving off the road.

  • I confess Jim that my wife and I in the mid to late eighties listened to Prairie Home Companion. We stopped, partially due to the politics that began seeping in, but mostly because Keillor simply was recycling the same gags and skits in the show with minor variations. It got boring to us, a cardinal sin when your goal is entertainment.

  • I remember coming across the show quite by accident in the mid-80’s. Keillor was talking about being raised in the austere sect of the Plymouth Brethren and his secret boyhood wish to be Catholic (specifically an Italian Catholic – red wine, spaghetti, paintings of nekkid ladies, and “Let’s do the motorola!”) I laughed so hard I cried.

    I think the politics began seeping in because there is only so much material you can squeeze out of Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery and a small handful of characters. How many Norwegian farmer jokes can you do?

  • Oh, and it’s one thing to bring politics into the show, but Keillor has gotten increasingly bitter and spiteful about it. For a guy who places such a high value on “being nice to each other” – well, apparently conservatives are barely human (we’re all rich and greedy too), so there’s no need to be nice to them.

  • I recall that one Donna! Keillor definitely had his moments.

  • Keillor used to be pretty funny — mostly back before he started retiring with a big farewell episode every year and then coming back again. (Which was, what, 15-20 years ago?) Though even then there was a certain amount of off-key political ranting about Reagan.

    Well I remember the NPR lineup of Prairie Home Companion, following by the BBC imports My Word and then My Music. Ah, youth…

    But this editorial piece of his is just moronic. And then, of course, we have the Democratic congressman from Florida calling saying we need to pass the Obama bill now in order to stop the holocaust.

  • I peg the date that Keillor stopped being even remotely funny and started being a partisan hack at roughly November 1994. He completely went off the deep end and became unbearable to listen to right about 1998.

  • I think some folks here are being lead around on their nose by their ideology. Feigning may be a skill in court, but it is tiresome in writing. I also find it interesting that you don’t just have to disagree with Keillor’s column, but you also can’t find him funny, entertaining, or even like him.

  • I think some folks here are being lead around on their nose by their ideology.

    Unlike you, of course, who is the world’s last independent thinker. Never mind your recent penchant for defending any piece of left-wing agitprop, no matter how silly or offensive. Oh, if only the world had as many courageous, independent minds like Mz Discalced Yooper Forrest.

  • That one should be left up to show how the intelligentsia thinks.

  • “Old men shouldn’t be allowed to doze off at the switch and muck up the works for the young who will have to repair the damage. Get over yourselves. Your replacements have arrived, and you should think about them now and then.” Keillor

    Though given M.Z.’s last comment perhaps its the middle aged that should take over.

  • I deleted MZ’s use of the colloquial term for fornication and e’s quotation of the same. I trust that people can express their thoughts adequately without using some of the language prized by the felons I defend in criminal matters.

  • Donald (?):

    Thanks for cleaning up M.Z.’s mess.


    You’re fortunate that the TAC moderators were kind enough to wipe that little expletive of yours off the record. You might want to exercise a little more retraint. To resort to such profanity can only worsen your case, not to mention, reveals certain aspects of your character, too.

    God bless.

  • Donald: So it was you! Just wanted to bring to the attention of the TAC moderators that little expletive of M.Z..

    I appreciate greatly how promptly you attended to it. Needless to say, such profanity is undeserving a place here at TAC.

    I find it ironic that just a little while ago, Vox Nova, of which M.Z. & Michael Iafrate are part, looked down on such comments as these and even devoted an entry to address the matter with such supposedly noble intention that they would hitherto not allow that kind of foul commentary on their blogs.

    I guess that doesn’t apply to the Vox Novans themselves as far as their own participation goes on other blogs.

  • I knew your intentions were honorable e.

  • If you’re going to go to the trouble of taking down my comment, take them all down, and at least remove my name from Paul’s comment.

  • Nothin’ like some good ad hominems

  • I have no idea of what has transpired in the past 90 minutes, but if MZ would no longer have his full name associated with his comments, then it’s fine by me if you delete that portion of my comment.

  • MZ I have no problem with Paul’s comment or a rejoinder from you so long as no language better left to lock ups is used.

  • Uhhhh… Paul, I believe that little expletive of M.Z., which subsequently followed your comments, was meant for you.

    I can’t be sure, but perhaps it was something you said that enraged him so?

  • e:

    I have no idea what MZ said in response to my comment. I went out for lunch and came back and saw only the aftermath of the controversy.

  • If I see either of you in real life, you’ll regret it.

  • M.Z.

    Was that a threat?

    Hopefully, Paul hasn’t divulged his personal information or the results could prove disastrous.

  • Now my comments make less sense. But they’re still billiant!

  • Yes, e, the *natural* reading of “If I ever see either of you in real life, you’ll regret it” is a physical–albeit conditional and not immediate–threat.

    Having been repeatedly accused of issuing a threat myself (since graciously retracted by the accuser), I hold out hope for another explanation.

  • e.,

    Please stop provoking M.Z. You can say the same thing without having to use certain adjectives and adverbs.

  • Hold on, now —

    Before M.Z. sics his mafia hitmen on me, let me just say that it was Paul who provoked M.Z.’s ire; not me.

    I only entered into the scene because I deplored M.Z.’s subsequent comment to him which contained uncalled-for profanity.

  • e.,

    I know what you’re saying, just being your friendly taco tracker and making sure this doesn’t escalate anymore.

  • Before M.Z. sics his mafia hitmen on me, let me just say that it was Paul who provoked M.Z.’s ire; not me.

    Oh come on e, that’s just not fair. I now have to spend the rest of my life looking over my shoulder, hoping against hope that some crazed albino assassin doesn’t whack me while I’m out for a stroll along the Potomac. For the love of humanity, one of his co-bloggers knows exactly where I am every Sunday morning. What chance do I have?

    Time to write that will.

  • Back to GK’s statement. I get the humor and don’t mind it at all. I just don’t get the math. He seems to forget that the 32% self-identified GOPers pretty much pay for their own health care insurance and are almost certainly aggregate net contributors to the care of the other 68%. No money to be saved there unless one expects the GOPers to pay for nothing, which as I think about is probably just shorthand for the public option.

  • Thank you Mike for bringing this back to the post. All further comments on this thread, please focus them upon the post.

  • There’s nothing more spiteful and mean then a Liberal that’s been disagreed with!

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  • Reading this blog entry has made me choose to abandon this blog altogether. There are so many things in this world to complain about – why don’t you choose one of the real ones?

  • Suit yourself LTN. This is a fairly eclectic blog when it comes to what we write about, and part of our blog brief is to write about American culture and politics.

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