Friday, April 17, 2009

This and this are what blogs are for.

The newspapers report, but bloggers add important information the papers don't print for whatever reason.

Of course, blogs make shit up as well. They misrepresent and distort, intentionally and otherwise. Just like television stations and newspapers. It's not the medium, it's the messenger.

(Links via Atrios)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I'm Dick, Fly Me

Newt Gingrich rides Moby Dick Airways.

Seems appropriate.

The Chair of the RNC rode Dick in the 2004 and 2008 cycles too.

Everybody's Talking About Teabagism

It's going to be a regular Swallowpalooza in Sacto tomorrow:

Tentative Event Schedule

April 15th - Tax Day!

California State Capitol Building - West Steps
Party from 12:00 to 3:00

11:00 AM Set-up and "Gates Open"
12:00 PM Kick Off
1:00 PM Your World with Neil Cavuto: Live
3:00 PM Neil Cavuto - Fox Business News: Live

And don't forget the the twilight concert by Big Head Neil and the Monsters, followed by the midnight repeat of Your World with Neil Cavuto, and an extra special appearance by Michael "The Unrecognized" Reagan.

Teabegging: A Message From Chairman Steele

From the e-mail bag:

So on this Tax Day, April 15, the Republican National Committee is asking you, along with hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists across our country, to assert a real patriotic act by sending a virtual tea bag to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of the tax, spend and borrow Democrats. Let them know enough is enough and you don't approve of their plan to pass the largest tax hike in American history.

And when you send your virtual tea bag today, I hope you will also take this opportunity to make a secure online contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 to the RNC today to help fund our efforts to resist the massive tax and spending increases Barack Obama and the Pelosi-Reid Democrats are attempting to ram through Congress.

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Schlomo, Americans will pay more in taxes this year than they will spend on food, clothing and housing combined and it is still not enough for Barack Obama and the liberal Democrats.

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And when you do, please also make a secure online contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 to the RNC today to fight the Democrats' efforts to take advantage of America's present economic difficulties to force through their reckless agenda.


Let them know you already pay enough in taxes by sending them a virtual tea bag by clicking here. Please send your virtual tea bag today. Thank you.


Sincerely,

Michael Steele
Chairman, Republican National Committee

P.S. Schlomo, let Obama and the liberal Democrats know enough is enough. Send them a virtual tea bag this Tax Day to protest the liberal agenda to raise your taxes and those of every American. And please take this opportunity to make a secure online contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 to the RNC to support and elect Republicans who believe in the principles of lower taxes, limited government and personal responsibility. Thank you.

Steele wants you to pay for the privilege of virtual teabagging.

(He also wants you to "assert a real patriotic act." Fucking illiterate.)*

And he repeats his teabegging three times, just in case you're too stupid to understand it the first two times.

* More illiteracy on the Teabag Donation page: "The Obama Democrats want to raises taxes to bankroll their plans to increase spending to record levels, change the tax code to redistribute the wealth of working families, and destroy the savings of millions of middle-class Americans."

Monday, April 13, 2009

Sorelosercoleman

A Republican who thinks he is above the law.

Okay, I'll narrow that down. A Minnesota Republican and soon to be indicted former United States Senator who thinks he's above the law:

"The overwhelming weight of the evidence indicates that the Nov. 4, 2008, election was conducted fairly, impartially and accurately," the panel said in its unanimous decision.

In rejecting Coleman's arguments, the panel said the Republican essentially asked it to ignore Minnesota election requirements and adopt a more lenient standard allowing illegal absentee ballots to be counted.

The panel also rejected Coleman's comparison of Senate election problems to those in the 2000 presidential race in Florida.

Unlike Florida, Minnesota has statewide standards for absentee voting that are "uniform and explicit and apply in every county and city," the panel wrote.

Congratulations, Senator Franken.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Not Since the Battle of Salines

Now that Navy forces have rescued Richard Phillips and killed three Somali pirates, President Obama's military accomplishments exceed those of Ronald Reagan. And without a Lebanon fisaco.

Shiver Me Timbers and Blow Me, Clown

Syphilis Gonorrhea Hanson has some "thoughts" about pirates:

Piracy may or may not be a matter of American national security, but the American people will not for long stand the notion that a captive brave American ship captain risks his life to escape, while formidable American naval power either cannot or will not punish the miscreants.

More Americans have been killed this month by paranoid anti-Obama teabaggers wearing body armor than have been killed by pirates in the last 100 years.

While Hanson's preferred solution, involving a big 'splosion and 300 naked, glistening swabbies, might arouse Hanson's interest for a few minutes, the American people might prefer a plan which didn't involve killing the brave American ship captain for Hanson's vicarious jollies.

V.D. also notes that, since 1989, his fellow academics have been soft on piracy. Perhaps the eggheads are big Bobby Bonilla fans.

Update: Is this butch enough for ya, Herpes?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Planned Parenthood v. Casey II

Planned Parenthood loses this round.

This kind of thing is bound to happen when Jeffrey puts his tube in.

Allegedly.

(Link via the extremely admirable Fire Mickey Kaus.)

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Another Tea Party Protest In Pittsburgh

Here's a tea party protest that Instacracker hasn't covered yet:

Poplawski had feared "the Obama gun ban that's on the way" and "didn't like our rights being infringed upon," said Edward Perkovic, his best friend.

Perkovic, 22, said he got a call at work from him in which he said, "Eddie, I am going to die today. ... Tell your family I love them and I love you."

Perkovic said: "I heard gunshots and he hung up. ... He sounded like he was in pain, like he got shot."

Poplawski had once tried to join the Marines, but was kicked out of boot camp after throwing a food tray at a drill sergeant, Perkovic said.

Another longtime friend, Aaron Vire, said Poplawski feared that President Barack Obama was going to take away his rights, though he said he "wasn't violently against Obama."

Vire, 23, said Poplawski once had an Internet talk show but that it wasn't successful. He said Poplawski owned an AK-47 rifle and several powerful handguns, including a .357 Magnum.

Three police officers were killed. Poplawski, wearing a bulletproof vest, was not.

Maybe the 'Cracker will blame the deaths on "Police lameness."

Friday, April 03, 2009

Grand Old Police Blotter: Thick AND Thieves Edition

The Palin clan is trying to give hillbillies and petty thieves a bad name:

Todd Palin's half-sister was arrested Thursday after police say she broke into a Wasilla home for the second time this week to steal money.

Palin is the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin. He declined comment.

Diana Palin, 35, entered a home near Wasilla’s Multi-Use Sports Complex and attempted to steal cash from the owner’s bedroom, police said.

She also broke into the same house on Tuesday and stole $400, they said.

She was arrested Thursday morning on felony charges of first-degree burglary and misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and theft, police said. Friday morning, she remained jailed at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer in lieu of $10,000 bail and court-approved third party custodian.

Diana and her husband, Scott McLean, live in a different neighborhood from the location of the home she is accused of burglarizing.

This kind of thing is to be expected when your family disses your dealer's son and you can no longer get your crank on credit. Not that that happened here. This shouldn't present a problem for Diana anyway, given all the cronyism and corruption in the Alaska state government.

Update (4/4):

It was a family outing, reportedly:

Palin's four-year-old daughter, who had been waiting in a 1993 Toyota Camery [sic] during the Thursday incident, entered the house shortly before police arrived as the scene, the prosecutor stated during a hearing on Friday. The affidavit read that the girl told police she had been to the house days before with her mother. Diana Palin denied this, the Daily News said, and claimed she mistook the house for a friend's place.
(First link via TPM.)

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Better Than Beck

Ed Schultz isn't my cup of tea, but he probably won't give himself strange haircuts, weep uncontrollably and do prop comedy.

Veteran talk radio host Ed Schultz joins MSNBC as host of "The Ed Show," premiering on Monday, April 6. "The Ed Show" will air weekdays, 6-7 p.m. ET. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President, MSNBC.

"I am thrilled to have Ed kicking-off our primetime lineup," said Griffin. "Ed's proven that he can connect with Americans and will be a perfect compliment to Chris, Keith, and Rachel. He's already made his mark on radio and I'm excited to see what he'll do with the 6 p.m. hour."

"I'm excited to have this opportunity with MSNBC," said Schultz. "I look forward to having a day to day discussion with fellow Americans on issues that really matter to all of us."

David Shuster, currently hosting "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" at 6 p.m. ET on MSNBC, will join Tamron Hall as host of a new 3-5 p.m. ET program on MSNBC. Shuster will also continue to anchor breaking news coverage during the day and serve as a regular substitute anchor for "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." Norah O'Donnell's hour will move to the morning. The exact hour will be announced at a later date.

I suppose the strategy is to have a blue collar, non-East Coast moderate Dem, since nobody was buying Matthews as a regular guy. But if he hosts the same Newsweek/Politico/WaPo/NBC Rolodex filler that populates the network around the clock, what difference does it make?

Best of luck to Ed.

Monday, March 30, 2009

He's Special, So Special

At memeorandum.com, sham swabbie "Captain" Ed Morrissey reminds us exactly why he's so special:

"Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:

Video: Maher salutes American troops — I stopped watching Bill Maher a long time ago, and it's moments like this that remind me why he's a waste of broadcast air time." (Emphasis added.)

The size of Limbaugh's radio audience must be credited to his followers' inability to understand more complicated technology.

At the same location, Prof. V.D. Hanson demonstrates the advanced stage of his infection with this bit of masturbatory prose:

"Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:

First-person Socialism — I think our president needs to invest more in the use of the third-person 'government,' since his speeches more and more center on the narcissistic 'I' and 'me.' Even the car-takeover speech was 'I-ed' to death."

Starting a written statement of opinion with the words "I think" is very bad form -- if what you wrote isn't what you think, why the fuck did you write it?

If you want to see what a lying sack of shit Hanson, compare Hanson's bastardization of the text to Obama's actual speech. Obama's speechwriters use "we" and "the government" much more often than "I" or "me." (V.D. also claims that rhe President's use of the first person goes "on and on" after his excerpts, but it doesn't.) It takes a sociopath to find an inordinate use of the first person in the President's statement. And V.D. knows he's lying, which is why he doesn't link to the text.

The Trolljan Army

Once in a while, something so perfectly moronic comes along that mockery cannot illuminate the stupid.

Witless:

Much of Mr. Obama's vaunted online strategy involved utilizing "Internet trolls" to invade enemy lines under false names and trying to derail discussion. In the real world, that's called "vandalism." [RA -- no, it's not.] But in a political movement that embraces "graffiti" as avant-garde art, that's business as usual. It relishes the ability to destroy other people's property in pursuit of electoral victory.

Hugh Hewitt's popular site shut off its comments section because of the success of these obnoxious invaders. Breitbart.com polices nonpartisan newswire stories for such obviously coordinated attacks. Other right-leaning sites such as Instapundit and National Review Online refuse to allow comments, knowing better than to flirt with the online activist left.

During the Clinton impeachment scandal, a new group out of California called MoveOn.org employed a plan to get its members to dial into right-leaning talk radio shows with scripted talking points falsely claiming that they were Republicans. They said they would never vote for the GOP again if the case against Bill Clinton was pursued.

Particularly eggregious is the Obama Administration's use of the vile expletive glibertarian and speculation about Megan McArdle's gender. Have they no decency?

The crazy corn in Andy's excrement is so abundant that it's impossible to choose from the kernels. But the fundamental flaw is Andy's call to arms without naming the weapon to be used. Andy begins and ends his epistle thusly:

A digital war has broken out, and the conservative movement is losing. Read the comment sections of right-leaning blogs, news sites and social forums, and the evidence is there in ugly abundance. Internet hooligans are spewing their talking points to thwart the dissent of the newly-out-of-power.

We must not let that go unanswered.

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The American right is in a heap of trouble in a media age that doesn't shun the goons and liars that have poisoned the political process and won the American presidency by breaking the rules of fair play. It is time to fight back, but it won't be easy. The enemy is willing to do and say anything in order to win.

So what is the exit strategy? Shunning? Not having comments? Comment registration? Counterinsurgency? Dimbart rejects the last tactic as un-Judeo-Christian and expressly denies that he is the brains behind the Rebel Alliance ("Of course, every now and then, a curious right-winger will go in and engage in discussion at a left-wing site, but rarely under purely disingenuous and mass coordinated means").

I guess that leaves surrender.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Up In Smoke

What's up with medical marijuana advocates claiming that President Obama is laughing at them? Here's an example, from the Huffingglue Post:

Today, in the historic first online town hall, President Obama fielded questions from nearly a hundred thousand people online. One of the most popular questions, and indeed, one of the most popular questions in any forum that lets people vote on what matters to them, was about whether legalizing marijuana would help improve the economy and job creation.

Chuckling, the President said: "I don't know what this says about the online audience, but [laughing] this was a fairly popular question, we want to make sure it was answered. The answer is no, I don't think that is a good strategy to grow our economy."

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Pot saved my life. It's a miracle drug, even the crappy non-organic kind made in a lab.

The President will be asked this question again, and maybe next time he won't laugh at us.

And here's some similar dumbassery from Libertarian Fonzie, who can't blame his ignorance on a near-death experience.

I support the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes (subsidized, if necessary) and the decriminalization of marijuana use. I support legalization of marijuana to the extent that I care at all. Obama wasn't ridiculing medical marijuana use which, according to his characterization of the submissions, wasn't even the question asked. I may be giving Obama too much credit, but I suspect he was goofing on glibertarians who think the world revolves around their right to smoke their inheritances.

If the Obama Administration does reconsider federal drug policy, and it should, it won't be due to the outrage of libertarian wankers prancing about the internet in their hemp-fiber posing pouches.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

How Many Morons Does It Take to Screw Up An Article About A Light Bulb?

At the New York Times, it's all the anecdotes that are fit to print:

Take the case of Karen Zuercher and her husband, in San Francisco. Inspired by watching the movie "An Inconvenient Truth," they decided to swap out nearly every incandescent bulb in their home for energy-saving compact fluorescents. Instead of having a satisfying green moment, however, they wound up coping with a mess.

"Here's my sad collection of bulbs that didn't work," Ms. Zuercher said the other day as she pulled a cardboard box containing defunct bulbs from her laundry shelf.

One of the 16 Feit Electric bulbs the Zuerchers bought at Costco did not work at all, they said, and three others died within hours. The bulbs were supposed to burn for 10,000 hours, meaning they should have lasted for years in normal use. "It's irritating," Ms. Zuercher said.

Irritation seems to be rising as more consumers try compact fluorescent bulbs, which now occupy 11 percent of the nation's eligible sockets, with 330 million bulbs sold every year. Consumers are posting vociferous complaints on the Internet after trying the bulbs and finding them lacking.

If someone bitches about it on the internet, it must be true.

I've been using CF bulbs for years. I've never had one fail to work or burn out prematurely. In fact, I've bought them on sale (4 for a dollar) and the problem I have is that I've got a bunch of them sitting on a shelf because the current ones haven't burnt out. Based on my experience, therefore, CF bulbs are infallible.

I am sure there are defective CF bulbs. I've purchased traditional bulbs that didn't work, probably because they were dropped in the store and the filament was damaged. Oddly enough, I didn't nurse my grievance at the offending globes or bitch about them on the internet or elsewhere or store them away in my laundry room as proof I'm not insane...SEE, IT'S THE GODDAMN BULBS' FAULT AND I CAN PROVE IT! I either returned them to the store or, more likely, just tossed them.

The problem with the Times article is that it's devoid of any information about the failure rate of CFs or any comparison to the failure of other forms of lighting. You can write an article about defects in any product or service, but there's no point to such an article unless it provides substantive information about the overall utility or cost of the product (actual failure rate, cost per defective bulb, savings/benefit for properly working bulbs &c.) And even less of a point to an article whose headline ("Do New Bulbs Save Energy if They Don't Work?") suggests that the article will provide an answer to the question posed.

I could go on, but while writing this I see this guy already made the same points and I've just wasted my time writing this.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The comments of Ravio Pommer, the Joseph Fritzl of blog spammers, have been deleted from this blog.

Goodbye, England's Roseca

Sad news from that septic'd isle:

Prime Minister Gordon Brown is leading tributes to reality TV star Jade Goody who has died of cancer at 27, praising her as a "courageous woman".

Goody died at home with her family in Upshire, Essex, in the early hours of Sunday after a high-profile battle with cervical cancer.

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The prime minister said he was "deeply saddened" by the news.

"The whole country has admired her determination to provide a bright future for her children."

A fitting reminder that life is too short to waste time thinking about reality TV stars.

For those not familiar with Goody's ouevre, click here and here.