Options The TARFU Report with Matt Taibbi and Alex Pareene: Playlist from September 14, 2017 Options

A news and commentary program and podcast featuring renowned political writers and journalists Matt Taibbi and Alex Pareene. TARFU is a long-lost cousin to SNAFU and FUBAR, invented in the U.S. Army during World War II, standing for Totally And Royally F'ed Up. Pareene and Taibbi spend each episode tackling the TARFU news of the week.

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Options September 14, 2017: Gallagher, Porno Cruz, Hillary & Political Books, Guess the Pundit and Political Cartoons

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Artist Track Approx. start time
Matt Taibbi and Alex Pareene   Intro to The TARFU Report   Options 0:00:00 ()
Matt and Alex  An e-mail from Gallagher!   Options 0:01:39 ()
Matt and Alex  Ted Cruz, Twitter Porno Favorista   Options 0:05:51 ()
Matt and Alex  ESPN's Jemele Hill Controversy   Options 0:19:58 ()
Matt and Alex  Hillary's Book and Political Books   Options 0:33:50 ()
Matt and Alex  Audio Political Cartoons   Options 0:45:46 ()
Matt and Alex  Guess the Pundit   Options 0:49:17 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar    Thu. 9/14/17 6:01pm BronwynB:

This is new and exciting and I for one am excited
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:01pm Cheri Pi:

Welcome
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:02pm Michael 98145:

Taibbi: the only reason we kept a Rolling Stone sub
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:02pm dan from Albany:

welcome to the WFMU family, Matt. Love your writing. Can we expect you next year singing at the Hoof N Mouth?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:02pm dale:

pretty sure they prerecorded this hence the comment about the dying deejays.
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:02pm sugarwolf:

Hello and welcome!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:02pm Michael 98145:

probably, @dale
Avatar    Thu. 9/14/17 6:02pm BronwynB:

@dan: Don't get my hopes up...I would literally die
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:02pm TehBadDr:

I do appreciate a change from the cult inspired musics. Unfortunately it's a talk show, I like zee muzics!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:03pm melinda:

Greetings! I'm excited too.
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:04pm TehBadDr:

Chip Snuff was a former porn name I used.
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:04pm cat:

meowschlampen
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:04pm geezerette:

This is great! I used to read EXILE. Welcome,Matt and Alex!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:04pm -Ken:

Hi all! Matt and Alex will start doing the show live in three weeks, with call-ins.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:06pm melinda:

Until then, we have each other.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:06pm steve:

i love Matt's work... sounds like a great addition to the station here.
Avatar    Thu. 9/14/17 6:07pm ultradamno:

That is one long, circuitous blow-off letter
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:08pm Ken From Hyde Park:

What about Vital Social Issues N' Stuff with Kelly Bundy?
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:09pm TehBadDr:

Is that Taibbi that has the uhs, and Umms? I thought from his writing he would be more didactic.
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:10pm Gregory:

Hahahhaahhahahahah
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:11pm BriJet:

This is so cool! I'm really excited about this show!
Avatar    Thu. 9/14/17 6:11pm ultradamno:

I think they have to be step-related in these things by law.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:13pm dale:

gotta give it a chance. i liked the green room with dorian and daniel rushkoffs show, so this get's an open-minded whirl
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:13pm Fox (Rā-chul):

So.... maybe Cruz was watching porn with his wife?
Avatar    Thu. 9/14/17 6:14pm ultradamno:

...not to mention pursuit of happiness?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:15pm dale:

excuse me for ten minutes - doctor's orders.
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:15pm geezerette:

!!! Why would Cruz even address that? Always a bad idea for public figures.
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:16pm totallybiased`husker2:

"Cruz fingers staff"
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:17pm geezerette:

HAHA!
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:18pm TehBadDr:

So what sort of pr0n does Ted like?
Avatar    Thu. 9/14/17 6:19pm ultradamno:

Crush fetish, would be my guess
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:20pm TehBadDr:

Maybe fem dom mommy stuff?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:21pm -Ken:

Cruz is a furry. It's well known.
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:22pm TehBadDr:

@Ken, so what's his fursona?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:22pm JakeGould:

I really hate punditryish shows—and podcasts—but compared to others of the ilk, this is decent.

Also, Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer.
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:23pm Rich in Washington:

Leave poor Ted Cruz alone!
So some people process their grief over 9/11 differently than you or I.
Who are we to judge?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:23pm -Ken:

Cruz's fursona is Gizmo from that Gizmo movie
Avatar    Thu. 9/14/17 6:24pm ultradamno:

So the problem here is he got wet after midnight?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:24pm JakeGould:

@-Ken: So he’s a splasher as well?
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:25pm Fuzzy:

"White Supremacist" is a bit harsh. "Nazi" might be better. Or "Dickhead," maybe.
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:25pm Gregory:

Oh fmu . R I P William .
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:26pm geezerette:

Scarier crew than even Junior's.....or, maybe not...
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:27pm geezerette:

WHITE House.
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:27pm Walt:

Possibilities here. Don't turn into another failed AirAmerica product. You really need to open up the phone lines. It will turn into callers arguing both sides, and the ratings will soar.
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:27pm BriJet:

I can't stand Huckabee Sanders BLEH
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:27pm tina:

Democracy Chow
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:28pm geezerette:

BriJet, same.
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:29pm Elle Tor's Husband:

I hate to say it but Cruz's dad looks just like the guy with Oswald at the Trade Mart handing out fliers for FPFC. His dad was in the Cuban exile com and was in Dallas and moved to Canada after the assassination...just sayin.
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:29pm TehBadDr:

Punditry, some good punditry but still.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:30pm dale:

don't feed him after midnight - the LAST thing you should do.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:31pm JakeGould:

Dennis Miller was kinda funny during his SNL years… Then other things happened…
Avatar    Thu. 9/14/17 6:32pm ultradamno:

But Trump is an authoritarian and not traditionally republican, conservative and certainly not libertarian in any way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:33pm JakeGould:

@ultradamno: But he is propped up by the traditional Republican party. I mean if Trump were somehow a Democrat the Republicans would have swarmed to impeach him already.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:35pm JakeGould:

Is Hillary’s book really worse than any of Trump’s books?
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:35pm geezerette:

@ultradamno: Yeah, Libertarion's think everyone should do what they want to, prez wants us all to do what HE wants us to do. There are names for that.
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:36pm geezerette:

t has more than one book?
Avatar    Thu. 9/14/17 6:36pm ultradamno:

@JakeGould Absoutely on all points. But they sort of ended up with him in a shotgun wedding...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:36pm -Ken:

Get ready to play Guess The Pundit, all ye smartypanz
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:36pm Bill W:

I don't think anyone's making that comparison, Jake. (Not that I'm reading any of them.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:37pm JakeGould:

@BillW: There are tons of “Bernie Bros” who are criticizing Hillary having a book tour let alone a book.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:37pm melinda:

That argument is a load of crap. It shows out how out touch she is, and yeah, partly generational.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:39pm JakeGould:

And again, I don’t think any of Hillary’s disconnects from the populace are any worse than any other candidates. The fact that someone like Obama and Bill Clinton were in touch with the populace seems to be a aberration to me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:40pm melinda:

@Jake I agree, out-of-touchness seems to be the norm
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:44pm JakeGould:

I think you could win voters in many urban areas if you do something about dog shit on the streets. Have some plan that can effectively deal with dog shit on the streets and Mussolini could be elected.
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:44pm Fuzzy:

Miami and the Siege of Chicago: Norman Mailer
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:45pm Switchblade Batman:

Jesus Christ, fucking nutcase
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:46pm Elle Tor's Husband:

Mad Rat Disease...
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:46pm geezerette:

Sounds like Renfield.
(Dracula)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:46pm melinda:

@Jake if I'm not mistaken that was one of Harvey Milk's campaign issues.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:46pm JakeGould:

‘When G. Gordon Liddy was a puny lad in Hoboken, N.J., he roasted and ate a rat -- "to demonstrate to myself my lack of fear," the convicted Watergate burglar explained in his 1980 autobiography, "Will."’

pqasb.pqarchiver.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:47pm JakeGould:

@-Ken: Next WFMU Marathon, you must eat a roasted rat to demonstrate your lack of fear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:47pm -Ken:

Seriously?! The Rat thing happened in Blowhoken??
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:48pm Rich in Washington:

@JakeGould: Yes! RAT! RAT! RAT!
(sorry Ken).
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:49pm steve:

there was a great quote from the old cartoon The Critic where main character Jay Sherman is running for office in NYC and says "we're gonna have better schools, safer streets, and significant decrease in that urine smell."
Avatar    Thu. 9/14/17 6:49pm ultradamno:

I'm wondering what the Ms. Pac Man variant would be.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:50pm JakeGould:

“The section of Hoboken in which we lived had a large ethnic German and German national population. Families from all over Germany had been recruited by Nord Deutscher Lloyd and Hamburg Amerika to come to Hoboken to serve the swift German ocean liners Bremen and Europa that, together with numerous German freighters, docked on the New Jersey side of the Hudson, unlike the ships of Great Britain and France.”

hudsoncountyfacts.com...
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:51pm P-90:

The Nazis sided with Jersey. Figures.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:51pm JakeGould:

Google book scan of the section. It sounds INSANE!! books.google.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:53pm JakeGould:

“I smiled as a thought occurred to me: from now on rats could fear me as they feared cats; after all, I ate them too.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:53pm -Ken:

The Germans in Hoboken owned all the mansions up on the hill, the mansions that are all now Steven Tech fraternity houses.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/14/17 6:56pm JakeGould:

Honestly, this rat talk really makes me wish William Berger were still around… I would love to share this with him… R.I.P.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 9/14/17 6:57pm steve:

great political talk here
  Thu. 9/14/17 6:58pm P-90:

Stevens Tech has frat houses in mansions in Hoboken? I have that odd mixture of fascination and horror at the thought. I want to turn away from what I'm imagining, but I can't.
Avatar Thu. 9/14/17 6:59pm geezerette:

Phillip Roth's "The Plot Against America" deals with the German American Bund also.
  Thu. 9/14/17 7:00pm P-90:

Well, TARFU report is intriguing, Im looking forward to hearing where this goes.
  Thu. 9/14/17 9:16pm Bill W:

@JakeGould
Oh yeah, I'm all for shooting the entire Clinton clan into space...
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