A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 06, 2008
Crap Sandwich

A “crap sandwich” is something unpalatable that, for some reason or other, is being served up. The term became famous on September 28, 2008, when Congressman John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the $700 billion financial rescue bill a big “crap sandwich.”

Tom Servo (a character on Mystery Science Theater 2000 on the New York City-based Comedy Central television network) had said in 1995: “Life is like a crap sandwich. The more bread you got, the less crap you gotta take!”

The term “shit sandwich” has been cited in print since at least the 1960s. The similar term of “turd sandwich” became widely used in 2004 from a “Douche and Turd” episode of the television show South Park. In March 2011, President Barack Obama called his military options in Libya a “turd sandwich.” “Satan sandwich”—a euphemism for the terms above—was used by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) to describe a 2011 budget deal that he didn’t like.


Urban Dictionary
Crap Sandwich
Used to define something so horiffic or piss ass poor that the only thing worse would be the consumption of a big old crap sandwich.
Dude, that law is crap sandwich, or I’d rather eat a crap sandwich than go to that party.
by pstar Nov 19, 2003

Wikiquote: Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988–1999) is an American TV show that mocks bad movies by riffing on their strange characters, absurd settings, and silly plot twists, interspersing erudite cultural quips with schoolboy jokes and general zaniness. There are 198 episodes (movies), 60 shorts, and 4 specials in the MST3K canon.
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“Life is like a crap sandwich! The more bread you got, the less crap you gotta take!”

Wikipedia: Tom Servo
Tom Servo is a fictional character from the American science fiction comedy television show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) [1988-1999]. Tom is one of two wise-cracking, robotic main characters of the show, built by Joel Robinson to act as a companion and help stave off space madness as Joel was forced to watch low-quality films. (Ironically, Servo, along with the other bots, is actually made of the parts that would have otherwise allowed Joel to control the film.) At least during the Comedy Central era, he was somewhat more mature and cynical than his companion Crow T. Robot. Servo, more often than the others, signals the need to exit the theater to perform host segments, as he has to be carried in and out of the theater; an air grate near the entrance limits his ability to hover. Initially performed by J. Elvis Weinstein, Kevin Murphy took over puppetry and voice duties for Servo beginning with the second nationally-broadcast season. In the current online cartoon series, the voice of Tom Servo is provided by James Moore.

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From: (CW Lockett)
Date: 10 Mar 1995 20:22:22 -0500
Local: Fri, Mar 10 1995 8:22 pm
Subject: Phil Ochs Biography (corrected from earlier mailing, long)

A lot of talk was flung, rallies were a gas, but the same old crap just got reconstituted and piled back on the heaping crap sandwich which people with a genuine interest in furthering the cause of freedom and liberty without war and without groovy cliches either, were having to bite down upon. 

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From: (Eric S. Ford)
Date: 23 Mar 1995 14:00:58 GMT
Local: Thurs, Mar 23 1995 9:00 am
Subject: Corporate Welfare (???)

“Life is a crap sandwich.  The more bread you have, the less crap you have to take.”
- Tom Servo

Google Books
Families, Careers and Professionals:
Building Constructive Conversations

By Grainne Smith
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons
2007
Pg. 195:
(Crap sandwich—negative between two positives.)

Washington (DC) Post
Your Comments On…
The Myth of the Middle
It is easy to blame Washington politicians for the country’s division, but the true source is nestled much closer to home.

- By Alan Abramowitz and Bill Bishop
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For example, you dont like spinach but the politicos want you to eat more spinach because the spinach lobby has been greasing their palms and pushing the everybody must eat spinach law. So the politicos frame the question as follows: which would you rather eat, a crap sandwich or a spinach sandwich? Given only two opinions, you will pick spinach, which you dont really like but it is better than eating crap. But everyone needs to remember, if you just step out of the framed questioned, there are lots of other types of sandwiches to eat, i.e., there are a lot of other solutions to be had than just the self-serving framing of the issues by the ruling class which is currently a bunch of anarchists seeking to negate the established jurisprudence of America, civil rights.
By katman13 | Mar 1, 2007 8:05:53 AM

Media Matters
Fri, Aug 8, 2008 7:20pm ET
Gibson’s guest host Krok called Obama a “steamy hot pile of crap wedged between two pieces of bread”

On the August 7 edition of Fox News Radio’s The John Gibson Show, guest host Chris Krok described Sen. Barack Obama as “a stinky, hot, steamy crap sandwich,” a “steamy crap sandwich,” and a “stinking crap sandwich.”

Referring to Obama, Krok said:

This whole thing, you know what it is? It is Christmas morning and you wake up and there is a beautiful present beneath the tree. And it looks so beautiful it is awesome. It’s like you’re so excited and you’re so everything, you know, “Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama.” You’re cheering, you’re cheering, you’re cheering, “Obama, Obama, Obama.” And then you open up the present and you go, “Oooh, I can’t wait.” Your mouth is salivating, and watering, and you’re getting so—“Ooooh.” And you get the present, and you get your hands—“Oh yeah.” And you’re going to rip it up. You open it up, and then what is inside is a sandwich. And you get excited, “Oh, a sandwhich.” And you take a big bite of that sandwich. But what is it? What’s inside of that sandwich? It is a stinking—stinky, hot, steamy crap sandwich. It is a stinky, hot—it is a steaming, hot pile of crap wedged between two pieces of bread. That is what Barack Obama is. He is a steamy crap sandwich. He is a fraud.

Krok later stated: “Let me tell you something Obama is that stinking crap sandwich. He is a fraud”:

KROK: You’ve made up your mind and because you lost your job, you’ll be just like Obama, growing up African-American and biracial. And so you let that stuff take you—take the negativity, take you negative, and you go negative. And so you’re going to vote not for something, you’re voting against something. See, and you lost your job, so you’re going to vote against McCain. Not because—you’re not voting for Obama, you’re voting against McCain because something bad happened to you. Let me tell you something, Obama is that stinking crap sandwich. He is a fraud.

Politico
September 28, 2008
Categories: Miscellany
Boehner calls bill a “crap sandwich”—but he’ll vote for it
In a closed-door session with House Republicans, Minority Leader John A. Boehner just called the financial rescue deal a “crap sandwich” – then said he’ll vote for it when it comes to the floor Monday.

House Republicans are the key to the bill’s passage – Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier today that it’s a “bipartisan” bill and will need “bipartisanship” to pass – and it now appears that a substantial number of them will put cast their votes in favor of it.

According to a source in the room, the plan has so far won endorsements from Minority Whip Roy Blunt, who negotiated it on behalf of the House Republicans; Eric Cantor, the chief deputy whip; and Paul Ryan, a hard-core conservative from Wisconsin who may hold more sway with conservatives on this issue than any other member of the House.

But like Boehner, Ryan wasn’t exactly happy about how things have unfolded. Referring to the situation facing the country – and not the bill itself – Ryan said, “This sucks.”

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