Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Skullfucking Of Irony

Megan McArdle:

why can't spammers write coherently?

We get the opinion leaders we deserve.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Looks like the teabaggers are going to have to haul Ken Gladney out of the basement one more time.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

So is Wan Juilliams an idiot or a bigot?

Answer: Both. He's a bigidiot.

Of course, what Wan said is 100 percent is true. He does get really really ascared whenever he sees someone wearing Muslim clothes. Which means he's also a nutcase, and infantile to boot.

There's more than a few folks in this country who are ascared of Wan, given his physical attributes -- and I'm not talking about his diminutive size. In the name of the First Amendment, I demand that NPR give one of those cowards Wan's gig, so that that man or woman may provide us with the benefit of his or her received wisdom.

Update: What James Wolcott said.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Guess We Know Who's Got The Long Dong In That Family

Justice Thomas looks pretty good for a man living on a diet of boiled bunny.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bitter Hack In Endless Whine

In the middle of another pathetic attempt to get Ann Coulter into the sack, midget Mickey Kaus whines about how the New York Times didn't treat his Kaus Klown Kampaign with enough dignity:

When I ran for Senate recently, the "Sunday Styles" section did a piece on my effort that offered a similarly bogus, dismissive dorm-room theory on my motivations: I was having a "mid-life crisis." And here I thought I was running to oppose amnesty and card check!* But at least the Times' reporter for that piece, Janelle Brown, got her bogus theory out of the mouth of a bullshitting friend of mine.

Yes, it's the Times' fault that they quoted a "friend" of Kaus who didn't take his clowning any more serious than anyone else did. Meanwhile, the second place finisher in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, who got more than twice the vote Kaus did, got no coverage at all from the Times. Kaus seems to think that the news value of his campaign was something other than "pathetic wanker with a lot of media friends makes an ass out of himself." As they say, sadly, no.

Reason Magazine's Man of the Year

Here's some background on libertarian martyr Johnny Irish:

The affidavit in the case is sealed but the Union Leader was provided with a copy and reported that the state is alleging a "lengthy history of domestic violence," between the couple, including incidents in March and August 2009 where Taylor reported that Irish assaulted her.

In addition, the Union Leader reports that Taylor is still legally married to another man and they had their two children taken from them in February 2009, after an official at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester spotted signs of abuse. A hearing was held last month to permanently terminate the couple's parental right. The results of that hearing are sealed.

The Union Leader also reported on Friday that Irish was convicted in 2003 of criminal threatening while a student at Winnacunnet High School after telling another student he was going to "create another Columbine."

Irish also underwent numerous court-ordered psychological evaluations and had several probation violations following his 2003 convictions, including possessing weapons, hanging out with criminals, violating curfew and threatening violence, according to the Union Leader.

For some inexplicable reason, the libertarians aren't in the least bit concerned with the two older children, the ones who aren't Irish's seed --either with their abuse or with big gubbamint terminating their parents' parental rights. Seems like your freedom matters to some libbaggers only if you're gun-lovin', state-hatin' criminal.

Perhaps this explains it:

According to an affidavit, a judge determined in 2009 that evidence pointed to Irish as "the main suspect" in an assault of his fiancee's oldest son, now 3. Taylor also has a 2-year-old son and is still married to the boys' father. The children were subsequently placed in a foster home in Farmington, Irish said.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Social ETWN Network

A very fucking special review of The Social Network:

Justin Timberlake was born in 1981. Sean Parker, whom he portrays, in 1979. Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Zuckerberg, was born in 1983. Zuckerberg in 1984.

Chiara Luce Badano was born just seven years before Zuckerberg in Italy. Sept. 25 of this year, she was beatified. She was an athlete who wanted to be a flight attendant, but after she felt a sharp pain during a tennis game, it was discovered that she had cancer. Her subsequent pain became a service of love to those around her who were inspired by her faith and joy. She is said to have said to her mother: “I’m not asking Jesus to come and get me to bring me to Heaven anymore, because I still want to offer him my pain, to share his cross with him.”

“This is our time,” Timberlake as Parker declares in a now-famous nightclub scene in “The Social Network”. Something about that line struck me, I heard Luke recounting Christ: “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it … she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here.”

This generation doesn’t have to be lost. So many don’t want to be. They’d love to be inundated with the good. Instead, frequently badly catechized, they get to college and are inundated with something else. And the technology that made Zuckerberg the youngest millionaire [sic] in history can be used in God’s service.

Why won't Jesus respond to my friend request!?!

If only Mark Zuckerberg hadn't been frequently badly catechized, he'd be a cancer-ridden flight attendant for God.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Shonda For The Human

For those who like their bigotry larded with shtick, I give you the second-most loathsome Levin in wingnuttia:

"I was in the middle of eating a kosher pastrami sandwich,” Rabbi [Yehuda] Levin said. "While I was eating it, they come running and they say, 'Paladino became gay!' I said, 'What?" And then they showed me the statement. I almost choked on the kosher salami."

Insert Ed Koch joke here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Target Rich Environment

Just a short notice: Comments are finally coming to the Corner, tomorrow if all goes as planned. As always, we welcome your feedback.

We'll be the judge of that, Rich.

Grand Old Police Blotter Update: To Catch A Fox and Friends Predator Edition

It's beginning to look like Charles Leaf won't be resuming his career as mosque-basher anytime soon.

Leviticus, as Translated by Carl Paladino

Do not lie with a man as you do with your horse, that is an abomination.
Reliably Shitty

Howad Kurtz demonstrates his continued commitment to serious journalism by giving an entire segment of his CNN show to the Salahis, who, of course, are media owners and publishers as well as leading journalists and political figures.

Howie can't be bothered to educate himself about Martin Peretz because his pants are constantly down around his ankles.

Those enjoying R. Greg Mancow's essay, "I'm going to work less to fuck over my kids, but it's all Obama's fault," should enjoy James Fallows' "Wealthy Whiners" series at The Atlantic. The Harvard administrator owes Fallows an apology.

Update: Mancow's already working less -- he's recycling prose from his blog and selling it to the New York Times!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Live Free and Kill Your Child

I love it when the Reasonoids apologize for alleged child abusers on libertarian grounds. Seems they have learned nothing since they got in bed with child-rapist and murderer David Koresh and begged for his not-so-tender mercies.

Here's the 411 on the latest Reason poster children for gubmint tyranny:

According to the affidavit, a judge determined that Irish abused Taylor's two other children. She is still married to the father of those children, though Taylor said yesterday that her husband has refused to accept her divorce petition for the past two years.

The affidavit also says that the police in Rochester report a "lengthy history of domestic violence" between Taylor and Irish, and that she accused him of choking and hitting her on more than one occasion. According to the document, Irish failed to complete a domestic violence course as ordered by the state, and that a hearing was held last month to terminate Taylor's parental rights over her two older children.

Irish denies the allegations, which, according to the authorities, were in part made by the child's own mother. (They would say that!) If it's improper for a state to protect a defenseless child from someone who is accused by the child's own mother of brutality, then there's no fucking reason for any government whatsoever.

Reason assumes without evidence or investigation that the man is a victim of a big gubmint conspiracy, and then whines about being "misled" when some inconvenient truths come out, as if it has the moral obligation to take the anti-government view without knowing any of the facts.

The good news is, Reason has located its next Nick Gillespie:

"The family should be left to resolve it on their own," Biondolillo said. "Or private enterprise - private companies can contact the family and say, 'We heard you were hitting your kids. Can you stop that?'"

Brilliant! And not even the geniuses at Reason thought of that elegant, free-market solution. Surely the infant child could earn enough to buy her own gun in case she fails to persuade in the family's marketplace of ideas. Give Ms. Biondolillo some that Stagliano/Koch money, fast!

And here's some important information that Reason didn't think you (or it) needed to know before claiming victimhood:

Taylor says her two sons were removed from her care in 2009 because of abuse by a caretaker.


Child protection matters are confidential. But Lorraine Bartlett with the Division For Children Youth And Families said a child cannot be removed based on a parent's affiliation with an organization.

Damn that nanny state, refusing to admit that it the source of all evil!

Update (10/10): Its Koresh-sense tingling overtime, Reason also sniffed that the FBI brought bomb sniffing dogs "to the protest." In fact,

About the time of the protest, an FBI agent and a state bomb-sniffing dog team did a sweep on the hospital property in response to threats made to the hospital, said Kieran Ramsey, supervisory special agent to FBI officers in New Hampshire.

Ramsey declined to discuss the nature of the threats.

The hospital "felt that at the time the threats warranted some precautionary measures and getting law enforcement involved," he said.

The search of the hospital grounds turned up nothing, said Pamela Puleo, the hospital's vice president for community affairs. Staff were told of the search so as to allay any fears of visitors or patients, she said, and there have been no problems since.

"Things are pretty quiet as compared to (Friday)," Puleo said. "We worked hard to make sure everybody's feeling reassured and safe and calm."

The dry cleaning bills for removal of urine stains at Reason HQ must be astronomical.

Achtung, Alchy

Ann Alchouse, who has never allowed herself to be photographed wearing an Eva Braun costume in public, is outraged at the liberal media for reporting that RepublicBagger House candidate Rich Iott previously pranced around the fields of Ohio in an SS uniform. Alchouse outrage focuses on the fact that Atlantic reporter Joshua Green doesn't place one of Herr Iott's "defenses" -- the claim he has also dressed as an American doughboy and a Union solider -- high enough in his report to suit her tastes.

No, seriously.

Of course, Iott also fails to mention this defense in his own defense. But Ann's willing to call Green out for the dirty Simon Weisenthal reenactor that he is.

You see, Green hasn't done enough digging to find the exculpatory evidence and turn it over to Herr Iott, who is at a decided disadvantage in explaining his own acts. Alchouse wonders aloud, "Who decides, when war reenactments are done, which side somebody plays?" It would be sheer speculation to assume that a millionaire who has his own tailored SS uniform wasn't forced into the Nazi role by, say, a billionaire who called dibs on the role of a Nazi opponent. Surely he picked up his SS kit at the local Life Uniform outlet because the U.S. Paratrooper costume didn't come in 2XL. And if Herr Iott played a Minuteman twice for everytime he dressed as a Nazi, then Alchouse can't fault him for swinging both ways.

Of course, Alchouse can't refute the facts, and doesn't find any factual errors in Green's reporting. As noted, Green publicized a supposed "defense" by Iott that Iott hasn't bothered to publicize on his own website. It's the only way Alchouse would know abut it. Green also prints Iott's other defenses in paragraphs three, four, five, nine, ten and eleven of his article, so he has to be faulted for not prioritizing Iott's excuses according to Alchouse's peculiar tastes.

Alchouse sees lefty bias like some people see a giant pink rabbit -- if it doesn't appear on its own, she knows what to do to make it appear.

(If you're interested in some truly shitty reasoning, Alchouse's heavings are found here. I've "buried" it at the end of this post because you have already stopped reading, you mental defective, you.)

Friday, October 08, 2010

Grand Old Police Blotter: FOX and Friends Edition

MYFOXNY.COM - FOX 5 reporter Charles Leaf has been arrested. Leaf is charged with one count first degree aggravated sexual assault, one count second degree sexual assault and one count second degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Prosecutors say Leaf sexually abused a four year old girl, described as an acquaintance, at his home.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office says Leaf was arrested at his Wyckoff, N.J. home Thursday following an investigation by the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.

The 40-year-old Leaf was taken into custody without incident. He's being held on $250,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail. His arraignment is set for Nov. 4, 2010.

A station spokesperson says FOX 5 management is aware of the matter and is reviewing it.

Though not an employee of Fox News Channel, as noted by Gawker, Mr. Leaf featured prominently in the channel's efforts to peddle the "Ground Zero" mosque controversy to its pinhead viewers. Perhaps someone will ask Gretchen Carlson, Brian Kilmeade and the mentally-challenged weatherman their opinions on the appropriate distance between Ground Zero and an alleged child molestor.

At this time, of course, Mr. Leaf is not guilty of anything besides shitty reporting.

Carl Paladino is refusing to see Secretariat because it doesn't have an NC-17 rating.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Midget Mickey Kaus hates immigrants, but loves the people who hire them:

Even if the story damages Whitman -- and it's a bit hard to see what she did so wrong in a) hiring a maid she thought was legal and b) firing her when she found out she'd been deceived -- ...

Kaus is a true IOKIYARer. Because Meg's a Republican, Kaus can't even comprehend the possibility that her story's pure bullshit. No sane person believes Whitman's efforts to blame her husband -- what married couple wouldn't discuss a notice that a household employee (and a supposed close friend) was an undocumented worker? Kaus probably also believes his career success is due to merit.

The Beast With Two Hacks

Of his new role at The Daily Beast, [Howard] Kurtz said, “I've wanted to work with Tina Brown forever -- well, for a long time -- and I'm incredibly impressed by the energy and creativity of The Daily Beast staff. After a lifetime in newspapers, I'm ready for the challenge of fast-paced online journalism.”

Will the WaPo hire el-Brent Bozell to maintain Howie's high standards?

I guess "swamped starting a new blog" and "learning to post video" were Kurtz's euphemisms for fetching T-Brown's drycleaning.

P.S. to T-Brown: I don't imagine the WaPo will miss Kurtz, but swiping Howie's headshot from the Post might get their lawyers involved.

Actually, the headshots of Kurtz and Brown at the link would make a great "Seperated at Birth." The hairstyles are eerily similar.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

The Standards of Howad Kurtz

I missed this whining defense by Howard "Howad" Kurtz of his refusal to inform himself about Marty Peretz' bigotry:

I've been criticized a few million times for things I have written and said. That's fair game.

Now I'm being slammed for something I didn't write or say.

I am, according to Columbia Journalism Review, remaining "silent." (Don't I have that Fifth Amendment right, like you see in the movies?)

My sin is that I have not denounced Marty Peretz. More on that in a moment.

The reason I have not weighed in is--boredom alert--I have been swamped. I cling to the old-fashioned belief that I ought to know what I'm talking about before I pop off. I put a lot of research, and thought, into what I write and say.

In recent weeks I've been swamped with launching and maintaining this real-time blog, including such mundane tasks as learning how to post video. I've also been traveling quite a bit. So I did not believe the world was breathlessly waiting to hear what I had to say about Peretz.

What the owner of the New Republic wrote, in a blog post, was this: "Frankly, Muslim life is cheap, especially for Muslims." And he questioned whether "these people" were worthy of First Amendment protection. I find those to be outrageous and unacceptable statements. You can say that about some Muslim terrorists, and you can criticize some Muslims for failing to speak out against violence, but how do you libel everyone who follows Islam?


I guess we live in a culture where everyone, including media critics, is supposed to have an instant response to everything that happens. But I'm going to resist that urge.

Note that Howad thinks it's just peachy to criticize Muslims for not speaking about violence they had nothing to do with -- for their "failure to write or say something" -- but it's beyond the pale to notice that Howad is failing to do his job, which involves pontificating on everyone else’s journalism, including that of the editor-in-chief of the New Republic.

No one can accuse Howad of having a double standard. He has no standards.

Howard's "not my job" defense is particularly pathetic when you compare his coverage of Rick Sanchez' bigotry to his coverage of Marty Peretz' bigotry -- the latter of which was only coverage about how mean everyone is to Howad.

And Howad's claim that he likes to think before speaking is belied not only by his Twatterings but, more significantly, by the fact that Peretz's bigotry has been on display for years and years, while Sanchez only spouted off two days ago. Kurtz had plenty of time to learn about Peretz' vile views if he had any interest in doing so. That being his job and all.

Howad's plea of ignorance as to Peretz' racism may or may not be true. In either case, the follow-up should be, "Then why should anyone give a fuck what Kurtz thinks about anything?"

Kurtz On O'Keefe

Greasy-wigged wingnut Howard Kurtz finally gets around to mentioning the latest capers of Breitbart Slim:

KURTZ: Time now for the "Media Monitor," our weekly look at the hits and errors in the news business.

Here's what I liked.

CNN's Abbie Boudreau, reporting a documentary on conservative activists, tried to arrange an interview with James O'Keefe. He, of course, the guy who dressed up as a pimp to run that undercover sting against ACORN, and then was arrested for infiltrating Senator Mary Landrieu's office.

Boudreau discovered from a woman working with O'Keefe that he was planning a hidden camera sting against her and CNN. The setting? A boat filled with sexual props such as dildos and fuzzy handcuffs.

Apparently this is the first time Howie the Putz has mentioned a dildo outside the presence of Jonah Goldberg.

More substantively: Of course, Howie can't avoid repeating the lie that Breitbart Slim dressed as a pimp while "running" his "sting" of ACORN. O'Keefe dressed as a pimp to promote his smear, not during his encounters with ACORN employees. No matter how hard he tries -- or doesn't -- Howie just can't quit rightwing scripts.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Hip Replacement Needed

In the course of a post calling Jerry Brown an "old coot," temporarily-employed hack Mickey Kaus writes:

Whitman: This person has no sense of humor. Makes George Deukmejian look like George Jessel! Seems annoyed she has to participate in this pointless democratic ritual when she could be in a boardroom with Mitt Romney. (You can see her thinking: "I guess I have to force a smile again.") I imagine the public employee unions might quickly cave to her demands just so they don't have to spend any more time in a room with her. Fails to hang Brown's disastrous appointment of Chief Justice Rose Bird firmly around his neck.

Yes, the most pressing issue of the 2010 Governor's race is Rose Bird, who was voted out of office 24 years ago. Kaus doesn't explain his hard-on for Bird. Perhaps he overheard Rose and Otto in the Supreme Court robing room, commiserating over Otto's shame in having such a worthless kid.

(Otto Kaus was also a Brown appointee; surprisingly, Midget Mick doesn't bash him for that as well.)

And how about that George Jessel zinger? Very relevant. I guess the midget wanted a more topical pop culture comparison than Fanny Brice or Theda Bara.