Gut Rumbles

December 26, 2006


Originally published October 1, 2004

I worked for a long time with a guy named Joe, who stuttered badly. (Catfish--guess who I'm talking about. YOU played poker with him, too.) He was a lab supervisor and when you first met him, you'd wonder how in the hell this dumbass ever rose to a supervisory position. That's what I thought until the first time I played poker with him.

Joe was the first "Rope a Dope" I ever encountered in my life. Yeah, he stuttered, but he wasn't a dumbass. In fact, he was sharp as a tack. He studied every angle and he knew what he was doing all the time. You never SAW that fact until it was too late. He already had you fucked by the time you realized what was happening. I think he used that stuttering, dumbass facade to his advantage. People tended to underestimate Joe, until he lowered the boom on them.

In some ways, I believe that George Bush does the same thing. I've gotten a lot of emails telling me that Kerry was "brilliant" in the debate last night and George came across as an "idiot" without his handlers around him. I call BULLSHIT on that.

George Bush reminds me a lot of Joe. Call him an idiot all you want to. Then, see who comes out on top every time. That ain't no goddam accident, and if you believe that it is, you're just setting yourself up for another fall. Slick talkers don't always make tall walkers.

And the "idiots" aren't always as stupid as you think they are.


Funny thing about Joe J, when he started drinking he could talk normal. Watch him drink and pick up a woman in a bar. Every sentence was spoken just as good as the next person.

Posted by: Catfish on December 26, 2006 05:35 PM

Wow, really?

Mel Tillis was like that, too.
Only it's when he sings that he quits stutterin'.

He told a funny story on the (old) Tonight Show about that, too...

Seems he and Roger Miller were sharing a room for some performance somewhere and, after they'd been asleep for a while, Mel heard a guy breaking in and kept trying to tell Roger to wake up by speaking, or stuttering, at him.
Suddenly, it dawned on Mel and he SANG Roger awake with "There's some sumbitch breaking in, get up!", or something along those lines.

Made me laugh and I've never forgotten it.

Posted by: Stevie on December 27, 2006 04:34 AM
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