Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Roy Edroso tells you all you need to know about Depends Media Goes to The Movies aka Big Hollywood, the new website from Drudge piss-boy Andy Breitbart. I liked this bit from Andrew Dice Klavan:

Spider-Man 3, a pro-American, pro-responsibility film with deeply Christian overtones topped the box office in 2007.

I'm glad I missed that one.

Other bloggers at the site include U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter, the Virgin Ben, a screenwriter using a pseudonym, an extra from Enterprise and not-Assrocket. Expect posts from Kirk Cameron, Victoria Jackson and Mickey Kaus in the near future, and a 404 message to soon follow.

The Al Franken Sexennial

Congratulations to Senator-Elect Al Franken on his defeat of bent incumbent Nor Loserman.

P.S. to Nor: Election attorneys are not the lawyers you should be spending time with right now.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Power Concedes Nothing Without A Demand

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While we're all feeling satisfied with ourselves today, it wouldn't hurt to remember the children who were brutalized in our own lifetimes, and honor their lives. And also to remember the terrorists of the time, and their sympathizers, many of whom are still with us.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Erick Fail

Over at VegetativeState, Oly Olafson takes the early lead in the race for the 2009 World's Stupidest Fucking Blogger Award (aka the Goldbergy). Says Oly:

Washington Post hires left-wing blogger. I guarantee they wouldn't hire someone from the right.

Well, we really don't need any reminder as to the liberal bias of the mainstream media, but I'll remind you anyway.

Greg Sargent was with the left-wing Talking Points Memo. Now he is with the Washington Post.

I'm sure Greg Sargent is good at what he does, but I'm also sure the Washington Post would not even consider hiring someone directly from the right-of-center blogosphere.

Not now, that's for damn sure.

After someone points out the 800-pound box turtle in the room, Oly yodel-simpers his response:

He was tossed quickly after lefty outrage — and let's be honest, it had more to do with the lefty outrage than later revelations. They weren't going to stand by him the minute the phones started wringing [sic!].
Yes, let's be honest. How does that go again?

On March 24 2006, RedState contributor Erick (Erickson) called the plagiarism allegations "lies" and said that "permissions obtained" were not reflected in the online record.

Or is it more like this?

Domenech said he needed to research the examples but that he never used material without attribution and had complained about a college editor improperly adding language to some of his articles.

Bonus fun, from Oly's comments: "Where does anyone get off insulting the CO-FOUNDER of a blog on his own blog?"

(Story via Memeorandum, and seen on many other blogs -- see here and here.)

Friday, January 02, 2009

Love Changes Everything

I've come back from my break a more passionate and sensitive Roger, open to life's transformative possibilities and with a deep appreciation of intimacy in all its forms. Some might call it mood-swingy.

To reflect my changed outlook on life, I offer you a true story of Love and the Power of the Internet.

Enjoy.

The Defense of Marriage Bankruptcy Act

Now here are some victims of the Bush Recession I can really feel for:

When Marci Needle and her husband began to contemplate divorce in June, they thought they had enough money to go their separate ways. They owned a million-dollar [sic] home near Atlanta and another in Jacksonville, Fla., as well as investment properties.

Now the market for both houses has crashed, and the couple are left arguing about whether the homes are worth what they owe on them, and whether there are any assets left to divide, Ms. Needle said.

"We're really trying very hard to be amicable, but it puts a strain on us," said Ms. Needle," the friction audible in her voice. I want him to buy me out. It's in everybody's interest to settle quickly. That would be my only income. It's been incredibly stressful."

That just tears me up. If the Needles can't make do with two "million dollar" homes and their investment properties, what hope is there for the rest of us.

(It seems to me the article should have mentioned that the Needles are real estate pros, just for context. Apparently the commercial real estate market in Jacksonville is in the crapper too, but you'd think Dave would let Marci keep her job as General Manager if he was so amicable.)

It used to be that an ailing economy was good for Big Divorce:

High-finance marriages are crumbling along with the economy, divorce lawyers say, and because of it, couples who are splitting up are paying closer attention to the timing of bonus payouts and other economic trends in the hope of achieving the best possible settlement.

"A lot of couples who have been living the good life have begun the process of re-evaluating their lives together," said Jacalyn F. Barnett, a Manhattan divorce lawyer. "In the past year, I have seen how the dramatic changes in our economy have had a dramatic effect on married people, especially those who have been used to earning high salaries, and many of those couples can no longer handle the stress."

But now people can't afford to lose the old ball-and-chain, and can't even just scram in the middle of the night and let the bank take over the maintenance. Perhaps God will send us a depression so that traditional marriage can be restored to its former glory.

From The Department of People In Hell Want Ice Water

This just in:

"Some Conservatives Fear Obama Advisers Lean Too Far Left"

Obama's Team Rankles the Right
To Some Conservatives, Advisers Are Alarmingly Liberal

By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 2, 2009; Page A13

To some staunch conservatives watching President Bush relinquish the reins of power to President-elect Barack Obama, a few too many ardent liberals are now crashing the gates.

Some well-known Democratic activists are advising Obama on how to steer federal agencies, including a few whom conservative Republicans fought hard to keep out of power in the Clinton administration. They include Roberta Achtenberg, a gay activist whose confirmation as an assistant housing secretary was famously held up by then-Sen. Jesse Helms (N.C.), and Bill Lann Lee, who was hotly opposed by foes of affirmative action and temporarily blocked from the government's top civil rights job.

The article doesn't quote a single conservative currently criticizing Ms. Achtenberg for being too liberal or the Obama transition team for using Ms. Achtenberg as an adviser. It does quote Jesse Helms, who now exists in the form of worm excrement. Perhaps the author has a beef with Ms. Achtenberg. In any event, conservative whining about liberalism, real or imagined, is about as newsworthy as the sunrise.

Roger, on the other hand, fears that Carol D. Leonnig is a piss-poor writer:

Besides Achtenberg and Lee, other transition advisers' past positions are sending off flares in the ultra-conservative wing of the Republican Party. None of them responded to requests for comment.
Who failed to comment? The past positions? The flares in the ultra-conservative wing of the Republican Party? And precisely how did the past positions infiltrate the G.O.P. to send off flares from within that party?

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Nothing Changes On New Year's Day

I see some sort of unpleasantness took place in the Middle East while I was away. Fortunately many virtual dicks were swung throughout the blogosphere, thus solving the problem before I might have to offer an opinion on the matter.

And speaking of virtual dicks, this post from Marty "The Wedding Singer" Peretz shows why his wife keeps him on an allowance:

One of the ways you can keep up with the world is read all of your e-mails. I don't think I have bad credit. I do not have mortgages on my places of residence. [Of that I have no doubt -- RA] And my payments are up-to-date on my American Express and Visa cards. Still I get solicitations such as the one below at least once or twice a week.


Secured Credit
A Credit Card for People with Bad Credit

New Millenium Bank
2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Attn: Customer Care


I wonder whether the New Millenium Bank has applied for bail-out relief. Bad credit? Why don't you go and borrow from the bank?

Secured credit credit cards, of course, advance the borrower "credit" in the amount of his or her cash deposit with the lender, and carry outrageous origination fees, interest rates etc. for the privilege. (See here for a relatively mild example, if you've been living off your spouse for over a decade.)

Peretz might as well inveigh against those risk-taking rent-to-own and payday loan financiers. Opinion journalism's answer to Marion Davies sure lives a sheltered life.

Next week, Marty complains, "I can get it up whenever I want, but the makers of h3rba1 V1a9ra won't let me be!"

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Oh for a book and a shady crook...

Oh for a book and a shady crook...

Since Roger is otherwise detained and I still have a key to the place -

There are very good reasons why the Wall Street Journal employs Karl Rove. After all, he did mastermind the election of a virtual idiot into a spot somewhat higher than first runner up at American Idol. But I think that the WSJ had something other in mind than Rove writing fanfic about Incurious George, the man who put the 'brief' into briefing:

At year's end, I defeated the president, 110 books to 95. My trophy looks suspiciously like those given out at junior bowling finals. The president lamely insisted he'd lost because he'd been busy as Leader of the Free World.

Mr. Bush's 2006 reading list shows his literary tastes. The nonfiction ran from biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Carnegie, Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, King Leopold, William Jennings Bryan, Huey Long, LBJ and Genghis Khan to Andrew Roberts's "A History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900," James L. Swanson's "Manhunt," and Nathaniel Philbrick's "Mayflower." Besides eight Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald, Mr. Bush tackled Michael Crichton's "Next," Vince Flynn's "Executive Power," Stephen Hunter's "Point of Impact," and Albert Camus's "The Stranger," among others.

Fifty-eight of the books he read that year were nonfiction. Nearly half of his 2006 reading was history and biography, with another eight volumes on current events (mostly the Mideast) and six on sports.

To my surprise, the president demanded a rematch in 2007. Though the overall pace slowed, he once more came in second in our two-man race, reading 51 books to my 76.
I'm as willing as the next person to believe that Rove may have actually read 76 books; he doesn't exactly look like he spends his late evening hours at raves. But please don't try to tell me that George W. Bush reads nearly a book a week. The Sporting News, during baseball season, yes. "A History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900."? Please. That would be too ironic.

Rove should stick to giving tips on manipulating public opinion in order to destroy the Constitution inch by inch while emptying the Treasury into Dick Cheney's buddies pockets. When it comes to what is commonly called "polishing the turd", he should leave it to pros like John Hinderaker who can use his tongue purtier than a twenty-dollar whore.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It Must Be Love

Regrettably, I will be working full-time and more through the holidays. That depressing news is balanced out by an exciting upswing in my personal life. The first part is only temporary; the second, who knows? But for now, something's got to give. Although this blog will suffer in the short run, I am hopeful that it will continue to exist, and I will try to make it so.

A very happy and healthy year end to all my virtual friends. Thank you for reading, and for participating.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Heartwarming

The Altantic is publishing children's letters to Santa.

Jerry Falwell's Evil Twin

Note: Falwell was evil too, of course. But the one with the goatee always gets the title.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Going to the Show

That movie about The Anchoress and Professor Bainbridge looks pretty interesting. Has anyone seen the reviews?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Frankly, I'm more troubled by the eight years of bootlicking by the press.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ho Ho Ho

Instacracker has had a series of hard-hitting posts on the Bush economy this past week (link and internal links omitted):

LOTS OF big electronics markdowns.

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A BUNCH OF jewelry on sale, at Amazon.

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CHRISTMAS DISCOUNTS on gourmet food.

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A BUNCH OF bargain toys for Christmas and Hanukah. Lots more toy deals here.

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TOP KIDS-AND-FAMILY DVDs OF 2008.

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AMAZON PRIME IS on sale for Christmas, letting you get a year of free two-day shipping for $59. I've been an Amazon Prime user since it first started and I've loved it....

Whether "Professor" Reynolds is spreading for amazon.com for free or he's making money on the deal matters not to me. Product placement is as American as Hostess Fruit Pies, and if the 'Cracker's drooling groupies don't mind wasting their time (or are too stupid to find amazon on their own), far be it from me to complain. The triumphs of the blogsphere are that you don't have to label advertising as such, and any content-free whore can get rich or die trying. And its not like anyone takes the 'Cracker seriously anyway.

Satire Recognized In Great Britian

It's the law:

"The transparently false attribution is irony," said [Mr Justice] Tugendhat, in a 17-page judgment. "Irony is a figure of speech in which the intended meaning is the opposite of that expressed by the words used ... The attribution is literally false but no reasonable reader could be misled by it." The judge added: "Irony is not always a form of sarcasm or ridicule."

If anyone would know about ridicule, it'd be a guy named Tugendhat.

The only question remaining about the fire at Sharia Plain's church is when Instacracker will blame it on eco-terrorists.

You know, like when he falsely blamed these arson fires on eco-terrorists.

Context Is The Devil

I love NewsBusters, the website that can find conservative bias in the alphabet. There's so much stupidity on the site that I don't usually bother writing about it. But here's a perfect illustration from contributor Tom Blumer, who apparently has unlimited access to a computer at the halfway house.

Blumer chides an Associated Press reporter for mentioning a Focus on the Family presentation at Sharia Plain's wingnut church in an article about a suspected arson fire at the church. Key simpering point: "D'Oro had to work hard to get the Focus on the Family dig in. As would be expected, Greg Johnson's coverage at the local Frontiersman said nothing about the Sunday bulletin ad, nor did the lengthier coverage at the Anchorage Daily News. Of course not: It has no relevance to the story."

And here's the reference:

..... Palin, who was not at the church at the time of the fire, stopped by Saturday. Her spokesman, Bill McAllister, said in a statement that Palin told an assistant pastor she was sorry if the fire was connected to the "undeserved negative attention" the church has received since she became the vice presidential candidate Aug. 29.

"Whatever the motives of the arsonist, the governor has faith in the scriptural passage that what was intended for evil will in some way be used for good," McAllister said.

The 1,000-member evangelical church was the subject of intense scrutiny after Palin was named John McCain's running mate. Early in Palin's campaign, the church was criticized for promoting in a Sunday bulletin a Focus on the Family "Love Won Out Conference" in Anchorage. The conference promised to "help men and women dissatisfied with living homosexually understand that same-sex attractions can be overcome.

Do I need to spell out the relevance of the reference to anyone that was able to turn on a computer?

If I had been the A.P. reporter, I would have simply stated that "No evidence exists that the fire was the result of attention from Palin's campaign, and Palin and her spokesman are scumbags for portraying Palin as a victim." The reporter also could have pointed out plenty of other wingnut goings on at the church which came up in the campaign. But for Blumer to claim that the final paragraph was not necessary to put the Palin stooge's remark into context shows only that Blumer's road to mental recovery will be longer than the Al-Can Highway.

The Underground Internet

Tristam finds some blog triumphalism at its most offensive and stupid. The source is not a surprise.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Meet Your Liberal Media: Useless Idiots Edition

Bob Somerby is right to blast Morning Joe co-star and prize dullard Mika Brzezinski for recycling the lie that UAW workers earn $73.00 an hour. But he doesn't emphasize the source of Brzezinski's idiocy is the Brent Bozell e-rag CNS News, an organ with even less credibility than Brzezinski and her co-host, Joe Scarborough. Brzezinski is a lot like her heroine, Sarah Palin, in that she believes anything that's placed in front of her and she's told to read. And it's no suprise she's now appearing on the same wingnut radio station as Big Pharma, Hannity, Don Imacracker and hairless troll doll Mark LEVin.

A Moveable Dumbass

Over at the Kiddie Corner, Mark Hemmingway's stomach rumbles like a tsumani as he chortles over Rev. Jerry Wright's ignorance about the fundamental details of World War II. Shit Steyn also joins in the fun.

Yeah, Wright's almost as big a dumbass as the guy who said this:

President Roosevelt waited until after World War II to put in place a commission to investigate what mistakes led to Pearl Harbor. That was a wise move, but then Roosevelt did not face the kind of hyper-partisanship that plagues America these days.

The dumbass in question is Cliff May, and the dumbasses who published his dumbassery are the dumbasses at National Review. And the dumbassery is still displayed on NRO more than four years later. I'd send Hemmingway the link, but I suspect his pants are already saturated from amusement.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Time For Another Blagojevich Ethics Panel

Gov. Rod "the Blog" Blagojevich (D-IL) is trying to ruin my Grand Old Police Blotter schtick.

Thank God for Vito "Ed Grimley" Fossella (R-NY) and his .17 BAC. Kids, don't drink hand sanitizer and drive!

By the way, those who are attributing Joseph Cao's win in Louisiana to low African-American turnout can blow me. A little over a month ago, the pale Republicans in Alaska nearly returned convicted criminal Ted Stevens to the U.S. Senate. African-American turnout in Louisiana was low because African-American voters didn't support Jefferson, not because of apathy.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Congratulations to Ahn Cao, the newly elected representative from the Second District of Louisiana and the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress. Cao ousted William Jefferson, so the Republicans will have a harder time playing the false equivalancy game every time one of their scumbag sitting congressmen is indicted. Cao sounds like a winger for the most part, and was a McCain supporter, but apparently he's not Vitter/Jindal clone. He's quoted in this article as saying, "Politics and religious life don't mix." He's got degrees in physics, philosophy and law, so he's evidently brighter than the rest of the droolers in his party, he can't run for President, and the Dems will get the seat back in two years, so he's the ideal Republican.