Thursday, December 31, 2009

No One Could Have Predicted that Roger Simon's Folly Would Publish Garbage.

Pajamas Media had an extra six weeks to make sure their review of Going Rogue didn't suck.

FAIL.


My biggest surprise was that Going Rogue was apparently not “ghostwritten.” In a few places, I noticed sentences with “I” instead of “me” for the direct object — a mistake that a professional writer wouldn’t make. There is also a bit more use of “I” (at least, properly used as the subject) than a professional writer might use, even in an autobiography.


For real
. The reviewer, one Clayton Cramer, then concedes, "It is possible that Going Rogue was ghostwritten; it just doesn’t read like it."

Leave it to PJs to assign this book to a guy -- who claims to have actually been a ghostwriter! -- with no concept of ghostwriting.

2009 CotY

Find out who takes home the most coveted award in politics for 2009.

There Is Nothing About Which Putz Will Not Lie.

Putz:


OUCH: “The people calling for Rush Limbaugh to die are the same people who ask to control your healthcare.”


That would indeed be a big ouch if it were true. But since Politico commenters do not have either a Senate or House vote, it just ain't so.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Yeah.



Maybe he has anal poisoning?

Stuff I Wish I'd Written.

Frank DiGiacomo, on the death of John F. Kennedy Jr.:


When Mike Nichols spoke from the Book of Revelations at Jacqueline Onassis' funeral in May 1994, his voice a shipwreck, he said: "There will be no more death." But here we are again, and this time it's us, our generation, and so the loss, the sense of vulnerability is ours to bear. We're all older now. And somehow, New York's 21st century seems a little colder and more distant knowing that John Kennedy-who was supposed to be in our future, who may be irreplaceable in our lives-is contained forever, back here with our youth, in his father's century, the 20th. If only he had been able to look out the window of his Piper Saratoga and seen the striated lights of the World Trade Center towers, the glow of the Chrysler Building's Art-Deco hubcaps, the white streams of the avenues, the Empire State's block of blue-lit limestone and the streaked spiderwebs of the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Triborough bridges. Then west to the river and home.

U Bet R Bleve It Bitchz!


Road trip!

Make. It. Stop.






Your liberal media, right? Via Cole, that is indeed Mr. PUMA himself, Larry Johnson, on The Most Trusted Name in News. As John notes, he was not asked about the Whitey Tape. Here's another thing CNN forgot to bring up:

July 10, 2001

The Declining Terrorist Threat
WASHINGTON— Judging from news reports and the portrayal of villains in our popular entertainment, Americans are bedeviled by fantasies about terrorism. They seem to believe that terrorism is the greatest threat to the United States and that it is becoming more widespread and lethal. They are likely to think that the United States is the most popular target of terrorists. And they almost certainly have the impression that extremist Islamic groups cause most terrorism.

None of these beliefs are based in fact. While many crimes are committed against Americans abroad (as at home), politically inspired terrorism, as opposed to more ordinary criminality motivated by simple greed, is not as common as most people may think.

Quite the terrorism expert, that guy. Very prescient!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It's Republican Family Values Day!

Karl Rove is dumping his 2nd wife, and the Palins are trying to get sole custody of their teenage daughter's illegitimate son.

Ezra Klein Must Be Awfully Lonely.

The only reason Jo-Ann Armao is not on this list is because her Washington Post colleagues (improbably) suck even harder.

Take today's offering, for example, which I suspect was written with the explicit goal of driving John Cole nuts:

By staying in Hawaii, the president has sent the message that the situation really isn’t all that serious, that things can proceed just fine until he’s back. And isn’t it that kind of reasoning that emboldens our never-vacationing enemies into thinking Christmas Day is the perfect time for them to strike?

Jesus. Jo-Ann was probably thrilled when George W. Bush stood atop that pile of rubble, bullhorn in hand, and made a bunch of promises he didn't keep.

Proximity is all, amirite?

Kinda like how Jim Treacher is moving to D.C. to marry Tucker Carlson, perhaps unaware of something called the "internet."

EEEEEEK! A Terrorist!

We spend an awful lot of time and resources obsessing about something that has almost zero impact on our population.

That's not that we shouldn't take security threats seriously, but really -- some perspective might be healthy.

Monday, December 28, 2009

If only Bush and Cheney were back in charge.

No terrist would dare hijack planes with those two running things.

In Which the Load Pretends He's Not an Apologist.

The Pantload, aka Doughy Pantload, is pushing back against dual accusations -- a) that he was the Bush Administration's grundelmeister and b) that his views, as exemplified by his call for Janet Napolitano's head, aren't driven purely by party.

Trouble is, here's what he wrote on November 20, 2006, just before Donald Rumsfeld's resignation:


The man who probably deserves the most credit for the low number of American deaths in Iraq is Donald H. Rumsfeld.

Everything is wrong with that sentence. And Goldberg's a flaming fucking partisan tool, the end.

QOTD.

Spencer "Slayer of Peretz and Goldberg" Ackerman:


Umar Farouk “When There’s Nothing Left To Burn, You Must Set Your Crotch On Fire” Abdulmutallab is currently detained in a federal prison in Michigan. For now! In a few days he’ll use his Muslim heat vision to escape and run amok in Ann Arbor, shortly after America is brought to its knees by the force of his oratory in open federal court.


Heh. It's funny cuz it's true.

Laughter and Forgetting Redux.

First it was Althouse, now Hugh Hewitt:

2009 is the worst year for a president since 1978[.]


Ahem. Maybe a review of George W. Bush's first year is in order:
  • In the wake of a collision with an American sub and a Japanese fishing ship during which nine are killed, President Bush appeased embarrasses America apologizes to the Japanese.
  • An EP-3 collided with a Chinese plane over PRC airspace. 24 crewmembers were detained and interrogated until the U.S. appeased apologized to the Chinese.
  • On September 11, 2001 much unpleasantness occurs, conservatives salivate.
  • U.S. invades Afghanistan, does not catch Osama bin Laden. However, lots of people die, so it's a wash, right?

In short: eat a dick up til you hiccup, Hugh.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Why I Just Can't Quit Blogging.

Because of stuff like this:



WND Exclusive

OPERATION SPIKE!

Which stories did media bury in 2009?


WND readers' chance to weigh in on year's top 10



10:22 pm Eastern

© 2009 WorldNetDaily
Attention, WND newshounds! As it does every year, WND is inviting readers to submit their candidates for the most "spiked" stories of the year in Operation Spike!


At this time, news organizations prepare their year-end retrospective replays of what they consider to have been the top news stories of the previous 12 months. But WND's editors have always found it more newsworthy to publish a compilation of the important stories most ignored by the establishment press.

WND Editor and CEO Joseph Farah has sponsored "Operation Spike" every year since 1988, and since founding WorldNetDaily in May 1997 has continued the annual tradition. For the past 11 years, WND has invited its readers to join in and submit what they considered the most underreported stories of the past year.


As you might imagine, the submissions are marvelous. 80% are of the "where's the birth certificate?" genre of course, but not all. Here are a few of my favorites, below the fold...

McConnell: GOP isn't to blame for massive deficits GOP ran up.

The GOP has zero credibility on deficits and spending, but they keep right on talking as though they do.

Laughter and Forgetting.


Says Althouse:


George Bush protected the American homeland after 9/11.

Oy. The true sign of a full-blown wingnut is when he/she conveniently forgets the D.C. sniper and the anthrax attacks.

Put away the box wine, professor. Long-term memory is a terrible thing to waste.

...See also. Apparently, history is now written by the losers.

QOTD.

Betty Cracker:

So a deranged fool sets his undies ablaze aboard an airliner on Christmas, causing understandable panic among his fellow passengers but no real damage aside from possibly blistering his own wee-wee. And for this Obama is supposed to cancel his tee time? Grow the fuck up already.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

It Burns.

Putz:

IF THE SHOE BOMB FITS: Jules Crittenden on last night’s failed terror attempt.

Plus, the real homeland security kicked in: “Next thing you know everybody was on him.” Nice to see that travelers haven’t forgotten the lessons of 9/11, even if our leaders mostly have.


Oh snap! Tough talk from a guy who spent eight years licking the boots of a president who hadn't absorbed the greatest lesson of all -- how to prevent 9/11.

Reminds me of Peggy Noonan's greatest effort. Just before Bush left office -- leaving no less than 2,973 civilians dead from an eminently preventable terrorist attack in his wake -- she wrote:

Back to the Christmas gathering. There was no grousing about John McCain, and considerable grousing about the Bush administration, but it was almost always followed by one sentence, and this is more or less what it was: "But he kept us safe."

Friday, December 25, 2009

Spite takes no holiday

1. The interchange from I-74 into the new Indianapolis Airport is called the Ronald Reagan Parkway. Appropriately, I found driving on it wildly overrated and not very bright.

2. I am responding to every "Merry Christmas" I get from strangers today with "That's not funny, man. My brother died that way." Hilarity ensues.

3. As much as I am a fan of people not working, it is disconcerting to see the TSA people standing around to the extent that no one noticed the 24 oz. bottle of sports drink in my carry-on. Thank god we have the war in Iraq to make us safer; these people certainly aren't.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"I think I'm happy now..."


QOTD.

Nate Silver:

The United States Senate this morning approved their health care legislation 60-39. The bill was approved by 58 Democrats, one socialist, and one Lieberman[.]

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Go Away.

Betty observes:


[I]t would be helpful if certain annoying people would fuck off in 2010.


She lists her top five, all of whom are deserving.

Here's mine:
  • Ed Schultz: He's become (always has been?) a C-List Keith Olbermann. High profile progressives ought to be above Fox News-type shenanigans, not embrace their essence (See Maddow, Rachel).
  • Robert Stacy McCain: The world needs fewer racists. At the very least, I hope Mrs. McCain gets tired of government cheese and leaves him for someone more employable. Preferably John Hawkins.
  • Roger L. Simon: Not even conservatives read Pajamas Media, and Simon's interests have become irritatingly narrow -- these days he only writes about the Lakers, Iran and Al Gore. He is of no use to me.
  • Big Tent Democrat: An illiterate, humorless scold, BTD's output consists largely of "as I have said many times," followed by some autofellatio linkage. Unless John Cole wants to slap him around in '10, he's a waste of space.
  • The entire staff of Reason except for Radley Balko: Because they exist solely to fuck Ayn Rand's corpse. Icky!
Please do leave your own picks in comments.

Rich Lowry b Fappin'.




Evidence that Sarah Palin herself wrote this:
-- prudent use of the words "b", "r", "brightr" and "Washngton"
-- the winter solstice began Monday

Evidence to the contrary:
-- Correct spellings of "solstice" and "today"

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

"Take the best orgasm you ever had, multiply it by a thousand and you're still nowhere near it."


[via]

Today's selection from the "Well of COURSE she did" file

The Michelle Bachmann family farm in Minnesota received $251,000 in Federal agricultural subsidy payments between 1995 and 2006.

(*comedic foghorn*)

Good Use of Bandwidth.

It's bad enough that Arianna Huffington let Jim Carrey use The Huffington Post as a soapbox from which to rail against vaccinating children.

That's her business, I guess, and perhaps someday the blood on their hands will wash off.

 But pray tell, why is the most influential liberal website in the land reprinting this Tony Blankley drek from The Washington Times? Is Arianna concerned that Mr. Blankley's weekly Times column is not enough of a platform?

Maybe she simply finds such sparkling writing too awesome to pass up:

Taking stock this second Christmas after the election of Barack Obama to the presidency, as a conservative Republican (with growing tea-party tendencies) I'm filled with a thrilling, unexpected hopefulness that the president may be well on his way to losing his battle for the hearts and minds of the American people -- tempered by a shocked disbelief that so much long-term damage could have been perpetrated on the American economy, national security and way of life in just 11 months of ill-judged governance.

Yes, I can see the crossover appeal.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Think you're having a bad day?

After all the TEAPARTIES!, the GOP couldn't stop The Takeover.

GOP Misses Matlock, Grumbles.

The Dems' middle of the night health care vote has, no surprise, angered Republicans. Putz smells conspiracy, the wingnut leadership is tearing up memeorandum, and the GOP leadership is appalled:


"Make no mistake," said Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a few minutes before the vote. "If the people who wrote this bill were proud of it, they wouldn't be forcing this vote in the dead of night." Referring to the Nelson buy-off and other special arrangements in the bill, McConnell said few people would have imagined that the health care debate would have ended "with a couple of cheap deals and a rushed vote at one o'clock in the morning."


Hmmmmm. Fuck you.

WASHINGTON, March 20 - The Senate approved legislation on Sunday that would allow a federal court to intervene in the case of Terri Schiavo, and House Republican leaders spearheaded an extraordinary Sunday night session to speed the measure to President Bush, who rushed back to Washington from his Texas ranch.

"Every hour is incredibly important to Terri Schiavo," said Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, the House majority leader, who led the effort to inject Congress into the long-running legal battle over Ms. Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged Florida woman whose feeding tube was disconnected on Friday afternoon at the direction of a state court. ...

The Democrats' refusal to allow the bill to pass without a roll-call vote prevented the House from taking up the measure early Sunday afternoon and sent Republican leaders scurrying to summon lawmakers scattered for the Easter recess back to Washington to provide a quorum.

House rules required that such a vote could not occur until Monday, so the Republican leaders suspended the vote until 12:01 a.m. so they would have time to assemble at least 218 of the 435 House members.


Just so we're clear on where the GOP priorities lay: late-night vote to maintain the illusion that a single person with irreversible brain damage in a persistent vegetative state was alive -- good.  Late-night vote to cover more than 30 million people with health care -- bad.

If we're lucky, this should be the end of President Obama's little experiment in bipartisanship. One cannot negotiate with people for whom bad faith is a way of life.

I guess this is what is sometimes called a 'silver lining.'

What with health care reform being a near-fait accompli, Putz obviously needs a little somethin' somethin' to get him up this morning:

NBC/WSJ POLL: Sarah Palin more respected than Al Gore.

Eh. Fine. Dear Jeebus, please let this hilariously stupid loser get the GOP nom in 2012.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hey, Michelle Malkin. How's that CBO score on the Iraq War, the Bush Tax Cuts, and Medicare Part D?

Because Bush put all three on the credit card -- OMG GENERATIONAL THEFT!11! -- and I don't remember the Anchor Baby gleefully linking to CBO scores that showed they didn't reduce the deficit enough.

The hypocrisy of these people is just staggering.

Ponies for everyone!

If you must make a defense of LieberCare, by all means -- do so. Especially if it's your job.

But please, as LBJ would say, don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining.

How Kaplan Test Prep Sees the World.



Yes, the issue of climate change has been reduced to a choice between Al Gore and someone who thinks this


Arrogant&Naive2say man overpwers nature. ... Earth saw clmate chnge4 ions;will cont 2 c chnges.R duty2responsbly devlop resorces4humankind/not pollute&destroy;but cant alter naturl chng.

constitutes a serious argument -- as opposed to, say, an unintended indictment of the Wasilla public school system.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

TEA PARTY!!!!

If you ask a Republican -- any Republican -- how they're going to balance the budget and reduce the deficit, they will say "cut earmarks and pork." Which is music to Putz's ears.

If you drill down a little more they'll say something like, "We've gotta stop spending like there's no tomorrow."

But earmarks and pork only account for about 4% of the federal budget, and the public isn't in the mood to cut back on anything else. Republicans know that, which is why they are left with pushing the completely nonsensical plan of tax cuts + pork cuts = balanced budget.

Yes, the health care bill sucks. But spare me the "Obama is exactly like Bush" bullshit.

Yes, the Democratic Party is too beholden to corporate interests, and yes, Obama has done nothing to change that.

But would this happen under George W. Bush?
The deal [in Copenhagen] came after a dramatic moment in which Mr. Obama burst into a meeting of the Chinese, Indian and Brazilian leaders, according to senior administration officials. Chinese protocol officers noisily protested, and Mr. Obama said he did not want them negotiating in secret. The intrusion led to new talks that cemented key terms of the deal, American officials said.
Newsflash: Bush wouldn't have gone to Copenhagen.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Anchor Baby: Worst Person in the World. Again.

Megan McCardle compares progressives to Bush Republicans.

Fail.

I'd love to know why McCardle thinks the health care bill is so unpopular. She doesn't say.

Is Rick Warren Having An Affair?

Rick Warren once observed that he's "never alone, ever, ever alone with a woman" when he travels.

Clearly he does not trust himself to not cheat on his wife.

So perhaps this is a cry for help?


Stay strong, Rick! Think of baseball!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Franken bitchslaps Lieberman.



Beautiful.

Good to be Back.

Oh, how I missed you, Hugh Hewitt:


With non-Christmas circuses underway on two continents, the Democrats in D.C. and the lefty globalists in Copenhagen are doing their best to remind American voters that the would-be rulers of all parts of their lives just don't much care about the season they hold most dear.


Yeah, I'm not sure what that means either.

Why didn't Axelrod call Lieberman "crazy'?

It's a serious question.

Because Lieberman was the first to threaten his own party with a filibuster. But as usual, Team Obama saves their ire for the DFHs.

Meanwhile, Mary Landrieu goes on national teevee to defend Lieberman and make shit up -- but it's the crazy left that's the problem.

My head hurts.

Guessing game

Before you click on the link to a story entitled "Man exonerated, freed from prison after serving 35 years" after being convicted of rape, guess the race of the person in question. Then again, if you know anything about American justice this isn't much of a challenge.

Polls now not liberally biased!

Have you noticed, now that Chimpy is out of the Oval Office, that all of a sudden Putz likes polls?

I thought Great Leaders ignored the polls and did "what was right" -- and that polls were all a creation of the libtard pinheads, anyway.

Oh well.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Palin loves America, apparently, but hates John McCain.

Too funny.

Super classy, that Palin gal.

(h/t Eli)

Is Bernie Sanders the last hope?

Could be.
I’m struggling with this. As of this point, I’m not voting for the bill. … I’m going to do my best to make this bill a better bill, a bill that I can vote for, but I’ve indicated both to the White House and the Democratic leadership that my vote is not secure at this point.
And this, if true, is really fucking annoying.
Obama thanked Lieberman privately for his statement issued earlier Tuesday pledging support for the bill as long as the Medicare expansion and public option were eliminated from the bill, Lieberman said.
Anyone doubt Obama's getting the bill he wants?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Racism: still hilarious

Take it away, America's Shittiest Websitetm

Chewing Guam [Jack Fowler]

Watchdog.org’s Earl Glynn reports on the “$145 million spent by House of Representative members revealed in the Statement of Disbursements,” the public record of expenditures made by House members. Conveniently non-searchable (until now, thanks to the Sunlight Foundation) Glynn gleans goodies such as Democrat Guam Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo spending “$6,090 on food and beverages on Aug 11 while visiting her home district with the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.” Man, that is a lot of coconuts.

Now stay classy.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Being a pantload pays

The Doughy Pantload inks a million dollar book deal for a book based on the idea in this column; a column that, regardless of one's political beliefs, is easily one of the most poorly-written things you will ever see. It is approximately at the level of a high school newspaper, and not a good one. Here are selected highlights:

One of the most important points of this column over the years — other than my belly, my dog, fair Jessica, my need for a raise, the fact that I have the upper-body strength of an eight-year-old girl and the lung capacity of a Polish whoopee cushion — is my aversion to clichĂ©d thinking.

In debates with readers, colleagues, college audiences, et al. the monitor on my internal respect-o-meter flat-lines every time I hear someone say, for instance, "better ten guilty men go free than one innocent man be punished." In order to explain what I'm talking about let me repeat my objection to this phrase.

First, facts and logic: Remember how we all agreed at the beginning of this column that there's undoubtedly an innocent person in prison right now? Well, he's not free. Are you only as free as him?

Take this principle out of the realm of civil rights for a second. Say you're on a plane. Some poor shlub gets yanked from his flight because the airline screwed up. The plane takes off and you make it to Chicago, while the other guy is still trying to work things out at the Southwest counter. If we are only as free as the least free among us, some magical force would have kept you from leaving too. This is no less true if the guy who got yanked off the plane was pulled off because he was unfairly profiled. You're still free to travel.
Just think - hundreds of pages of this shit. He actually writes the phrase "In order to explain what I am talking about, let me..."

Friday, December 11, 2009

Head Teabagger forced to reject Reagan.

Memo to Teabaggers: you probably should pick a cause in which Republicans/conservatives have a good track record, as opposed to one in which they've been a total freaking disaster.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wingnuts still don't know what Bush Doctrine is.

Unsurprising, but still funny.

Daniel Pipes: still retarded

From America's Shittiest Websitetm Daniel Pipes brings us "Sheik Obama and his Two Wars":

Obama’s Nobel “lecture” offers critics the usual cornucopia of opportunities, but I shall focus on just two statements:
“I am the commander-in-chief of a nation in the midst of two wars.” And here I thought there were three wars. Obama’s two are Iraq and Afghanistan; missing is what George W. Bush termed the War on Terror and I call the “war on radical Islam.”
He must have forgotten those. I'm sure his staff will take note and thank Daniel Pipes for the correction.
His mistake has real consequences; long after American troops have left Iraq and Afghanistan, Islamists will be attacking and subverting us. If we don’t see their efforts as a war, we lose.
Translation:

ZOMG MUSLIMMMMS!1!!!one!!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Why is the WaPost printing Palin opeds on SCIENCE?!

Good Lord.

Finally.

Putz pimps a book truly aimed at his readers:

IN THE MAIL: From Glenn Beck, The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book.

Lucky Beck is the rare recipient of DVDA c/o Putz and Dr. Mrs., who squeals, "Is there anything Glenn Beck can't do?"

Yep. He can't drink alcohol, for starters.

"I will not ban people -- promise -- for stating their anti-black and anti-gay resentments in a *serious* fashion."

Ace of Spades notices that there's something not-quite-right about his fanbase:


Before I begin banning people, for real and not by error, I will once again state the caution that a lot of people ignore:

If you have a racial axe to grind, if you are kind of pissed off about minorities, stop posting on the subject. You are embarrassing yourselves, you are embarrassing me, you are embarrassing everyone else here.

If you think that I am secretly winking at you telling you I just hit the Racism Button and it's okay to start with the racial jibes, you are wrong.

If you think I am your secret racist buddy, who speaks in "code" but you "get" what I'm really saying, you are wrong. I hate you. I despise you.

I am tired of the people who whoop it up saying "Yeah, Ace, go get 'em! Tell those liberals that racism is a myth perpetrated by the liberal establishment media!" right before deciding it's the perfect time to compose a post in stupid ebonics, or to denigrate black people's looks, or the rest of it.


Hehindeedy! Dogs, fleas, horses, barndoors, etc.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Bush was really an awesome president. The media has tricked you into believing otherwise.

That's the thesis of John Gibson's new book.

Really.

The Case Against Tenure, Part #5345678234.

Putz:


L.A. TIMES: Shocker polls: That Sarah Palin-Barack Obama gap melts to 1 point.

No.

The gallup poll is measuring Obama’s job approval. The CNN poll (.pdf) is measuring the favorablity ratings of people in the news.

Pretty impressive, even for a wingnut like Malcolm. He takes the results of two separate polls, measuring two different things, and finds two numbers that are comparable, and gets wood.

And let me remind you that these are the idiots that are attacking the statistical work of climate scientists.


Can a brother get a hehindeed?

Monday, December 07, 2009

Revisionist history from Pantload.

Pantload:

Reid:

"When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today."

Yeah, weren't they mostly Democrats?

There were members of Congress in both parties opposed to civil rights legislation -- today we call them "conservatives." That's because in 1964, the Democratic Party still had conservatives and the Republican party still had liberals. Conservatives in the South and at National Review opposed civil rights legislation.

The liberal president, Lyndon Johnson, was able to cobble together a coalition of liberals in both parties to get it done.
The original House version:
  • Southern Democrats: 7-87 (7%-93%)
  • Southern Republicans: 0-10 (0%-100%)
  • Northern Democrats: 145-9 (94%-6%)
  • Northern Republicans: 138-24 (85%-15%)

The Senate version:

It's rather telling that the Father of Modern Conservatism voted against.

Weep for the future

Undergraduate research paper quote of the century: "An Asiatic voter is not like a Mexican; the majority of Asians accel in math and science."

This is the future, America. Your future.

"Nothing says Merry Christmas like the thought of Santa Claus sodomizing Pinocchio's father."

-- Rod Dreher.

In case you're counting, that's Dreher's 70th post labeled "homosexuality" since March 25 -- or about two entries a week -- when he denied having a "fixation" on gays.

Hmmmm. Methinks the lady doth protest too much, you know?

Why do people still support Ralph Nader after 2000?

I just don't get it.

Given the choice between "batshit crazy" and "moderate" -- even if you're a socialist -- you'd pick batshit crazy?

Throngs

Glenn Beck's "Christmas Sweater" sells 17 tickets in New York. 17 in Boston. 30 in DC. A comparative mob of 70 showed up in Seattle. WTF, Seattle? I know the Seahawks aren't entertaining but come on.

Read this quote and begin composing a list of things you would rather do than sit through this show:
Blogger Joseph Childers reports that the production value looked “cheap,” and “the bulk of the evening consists solely of Glenn Beck acting out every role in his hokey story, with only his limited repertoire of accents and pantomime filling out the ‘cast’.”
That sounds about as appealing as dick cancer.

'Dhimmitude' Makes The Times.


See that lady on the left? That's a crazy person known as Bat Ye'or. She believes that European universities are "controlled by the Palestinians" and that, thanks to the presence of Muslims, "Europe will become a vassal, a satellite of the Arab world." And that European churches are in "collusion with the Muslims." 

What Bat Ye'or is best known for, though, is the popularization of the term word 'dhimmitude,' a longtime favorite of the Pam Geller/Robert Spencer/pre-rebirth Charles Johnson crowd.

Anyway, this word of dubious legitimacy has for the first time appeared in a column, by Ross Douthat, in The New York Times:

The most likely scenario for Europe isn’t dhimmitude; it’s a long period of tension, punctuated by spasms of violence, that makes the Continent a more unpleasant place without fundamentally transforming it.


This is a troubling precedent. I suppose it's only a matter of time before the NYT goes the Full Geller and Thomas Friedman vlogs in a bikini.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Slobbering love affair

Maybe I'm extra-sensitive to this as the world's most committed Arizona Cardinals fan, but watching the Cardinals-Vikings game I cannot help but think that it would save a lot of time if the announcers simply went down onto the field and blew Favre.

My personal favorite was the close-up of his "perfect hands." Gosh, look at those fingers. I just wanna suck 'em!

Zombie Reagan Raised From Grave To Lead GOP

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Franken pwns Republicans...again.

He's quickly becoming my favorite US Senator.

More Christianism.

The Republican party's last vice presidential candidate:
"No one person has all the right answers. It takes a united nation, and it does take godly counsel, and it takes prayer and answers to prayer - and a collective humble heart of a nation seeking God's hand of protection and his blessings of prosperity.

"I think if we can get back to that, our country will be a safer, more prosperous and healthier nation."

I guess under George W. Bush, we were insufficiently theocratic.



Update from Glenn Reynolds' state.

See if you can guess which party the mayor of Arlington, Tennessee belongs to.

"Ok, so, this is total crap...We sit the kids down to watch 'The Charlie Brown Christmas Special' and our muslim president is there, what a load.....try to convince me that wasn't done on purpose. Ask the man if he believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he will give you a 10 minute disertation (sic) about it....when the answer should simply be 'yes'....

"you obama people need to move to a muslim country,'' he wrote. "oh wait, that's America....pitiful."

But to Putz, this "Christianism" thing is just a "vapid book-marketing term."

Friday, December 04, 2009

Shorter Anchor Baby

Michelle Malkin:
When people complain about police brutality, which doesn't really exist outside the minds of whiny liberals, why don't they change the subject and go on rants about how dangerous it is to be a cop?
(Shorter format courtesy Sadly, No! We too are aware of all internet traditions)

The Triumph of the Will.

Uh, Charles? If "will" is all that's necessary to win wars, why didn't Bush win in Afghanistan?

Quid Pro Quo.

From Andrew Malcolm, last seen waxing Laura Bush's bikini line, writes:


Roger L. Simon and Lionel Chetwynd, both Academy members, are among a small, meandering pack of known political conservatives still believed to be on the loose in the liberal bastion of movie-making.

In 2007, Hollywood's Academy sanctified Gore's cinematic message of global warming with its famous statue, enriched his earnings by $100,000 per 85-minute appearance and helped elevate the Tennesseean's profile to win the Nobel Peace Prize despite losing the election battle of 2000 to a Texan and living in a large house with lots of energy-driven appliances. ...

Simon, a screenwriter who is also chief executive officer of Pajamas Media, a network of conservative online blogs, conceded he knew of no precedent for the Academy withdrawing a previously-awarded Oscar, despite decades of Hollywood hijinks and worse. But, he added, "I think they should rescind this one."


Fine. But in return, Simon must renounce his much-alluded-to Oscar nomination for Enemies: A Love Story, in light of the subsequent twin cinematic abortions, Scenes from a Mall and Prague Duet.

Deal?

Life Among Liberals.

At last night's pub quiz the crowd was asked: What is the leading cause of blindness in the United States?

Half said diabetes.

Half said masturbation.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Kids, This Is What Happens When Cousins Marry Each Other.

Erick Erickson:


[Barbara] Boxer, who ironically has a five letter last name that starts with a “B” just like the word that most accurately describes her, wants to use congressional power to harass the people who leaked the climategate emails.

Remember, RedState is "influential."

Sally Quinn Answers the Tough Questions.

All the Ezra Klein in the world can't make up for this shit.


The fact is that, in Washington, couples are almost never seated together. I was surprised to see that at the White House state dinner last week for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that some couples were seated together including Colin and Alma Powell and David Geffen and his partner Jeremy Lingvall. The Obamas, however, sat at different tables as did the prime minister and his wife, Gursharan Kaur. So the question this week is: Should couples be seated together at dinner?

My answer is emphatically no.


Woodward... Bernstein... Pincus... Shadid... Priest...



Rot in Hell, Part 2.

It was only a matter of time before K-Lo's southern doppelgänger weighed in on New York's gay marriage vote. Sayeth Rod Dreher:


You won't have much luck asking people to endorse fundamental, and monumental, social change when they're feeling deeply insecure[.]

Look at this guy. Is he insecure?




Rick Warren, Liar.



Well, That's Your Problem Right There.

In an effort to win back the wayward Charles Johnson, David Frum writes:


Yes, the right is the home of a lot of junk thought and huckstering exploitation. It’s also the home of Milton Friedman and James Q. Wilson, Charles Murray and George Borjas, Richard Pipes and Robert Conquest, Tom Wolfe and Philip Larkin, Friedrich Hayek and George Stigler, Leszek Kolakowski and John Lukacs, Bernard Lewis and Fouad Ajami. I’ll offset Sarah Palin with Margaret Thatcher, Glenn Beck with Melvin Lasky, Pat Robertson with Richard John Neuhaus.


OK, but any movement that puts Bell Curve Murray on the plus side of the ledger -- suggesting his gussied-up eugenics isn't "junk thought" -- has real issues.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Erick Erickson thinks Bush and Cheney did just awesome in Afghanistan.

Ah, the Bushbots. Still good for a laugh.

Make this Prick Eat His Words, Please.

The gauntlet:


HH: Thank you. Senator Kyl, the Washington Post today had a story that said Democrats have got some optimism about getting this thing out of the Senate before Christmas. What’s your reaction to that?

JK: Well, the Washington Post is one of the cheerleaders for the Democrat majority here. And one of the things they’re trying to do is create expectations and momentum, inevitability as it were. They’re wrong. The bill is not going to be done by Christmas. In fact, it won’t be done by the end of the year. Hopefully, it won’t ever be done.



"Her presence underscores the impact and importance of bowling."

Sarah Palin, this is your future! Can state fair appearances be far off? (note: post title is an actual quote from the press release, and I'm not sure if it's more depressing for Palin or for bowling)

"Terrorists sometimes win."

I would say Osama and Atta have gotten their money's worth, wouldn't you?

Bloodbath at the Washington Times.

So sad.


[via]

Rot in Hell, K-Lo.

Really.


"Marriage goes down in NY, 38-24. Not even close. Dems not so good at counting votes."

It was "gay marriage" that suffered a loss, not marriage.
 

I hope the gleeful bitch gets hit by the midtown bus.

Austin Bay, Expert.

Via Putz, Austin Bay -- last seen in these parts unable to define 'victory' -- is still jabbering on about "retreat-wing Democrats in Congress" and the "defeatist impulse that insistently infects the left of Obama's party."



The president's speech continued that triangulation, adding benchmarks for Afghan security forces and cautioning that America's commitment is not open-ended. Essentially, Obama gave the Afghanis (and the Taliban) a time line, "by the end of 2011," the president said, or (implied) America leaves.

Eh. Putz is very fond of this guy. Let's review his back pages:



AUSTIN BAY has some important observations on why beating Iraq will likely be a deathblow to an already weakened Al Qaeda. (Jan. 29, 2003)

WHY AUSTIN BAY IS REALLY SMART: His prescience on the “flypaper” strategy is explored over at GlennReynolds.com. (Jul.14, 2003)

AUSTIN BAY WRITES THAT WE’RE WINNING (Aug. 27, 2003)

AUSTIN BAY
WRITES about the “cascade effects” stemming from Saddam’s capture. (Dec. 19, 2003)



Awesome.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Called it.

Eight months ago on Instaputz:
CJ discovers that tea parties are full of whack-jobs. A little slow on the uptake, perhaps, but he's learning.
We've also chronicled Charles Johnson's slow process of awakening / disillusionment with how batshit insane his movement is here and here.

And now he has made it official. Looks like poor Pammy Geller will have plenty to flip her bean about in the next few days.

The stimulus failed! TEAPARTY!!!!!

Wrong.

While it's fair to debate the size, scope and effectiveness of the stimulus, the merits of doing a stimulus and "letting them fail" have been determined.

Ow.



K-Lo edit good

For true.
The inbox is flooded with readers point out that "President Obama's unapologetic multilateralism" is pretty heavy on apologies.

Weird.

I don't know if it's because The Singularity still hasn't arrived or what, but Putz is bizarrely angry at Hanna Rosin's fact-based assertion that the number of husband-abusers is grossly overstated. He's also terribly miffed that Rosin dared write that "If Tiger [Woods] had been chasing down his wife with a golf club and she had shown up with bruises, even if she had cheated with, say, K-fed, we would be a lot less ambivalent and complacent.”

That’s probably correct, for certain values of the word “we,” but why is that, exactly? Cheating men deserve to be beaten, even with weapons, while cheating women do not?

Or could it be, you know, sexism? But that’s not possible, because Hanna Rosin can’t be sexist, and neither can those who agree with her. If you’re Hanna Rosin, “sexist” is a name you call other people. You know, bad people who believe in stereotypes and stuff.

Yabbers. The one thing Putz has always had going for him is brevity. This was a smart move; whenever he deigns to write anything beyond, heh, indeed or read the whole thing, he becomes magnificently incoherent.

Kaus: still retarded

More from the "The Problem With Food Stamps Is That We Are Not Sufficiently Shaming People For Being On Them" file (emphasis in the original):

But a stigma placed on cash-like welfare (which food stamps are) remains a positive sign of a healthy work ethic. If you came across two societies--Society A, in which food stamps were stigmatized, with families reluctant to go on the dole even if they were eligible, and Society B, in which they weren't, you would want to bet on (and live in) Society A. It's one thing to relax the stigma on welfare in times of epic economic decline. It's another if the stigma doesn't return with the possibility of employment. The CBPP chart would also have demonstrated that food stamp rolls have risen rapidly before--in the slump from 1988 to 1994--only to fall just as rapidly when the economy picked up in the mid-90s. Of course, at that time we had a President (Clinton) who was campaigning against "welfare as we know it."** It seems unlikely that President Obama will repeat the performance. ...
So, the number of food stamp recipients has risen during previous recessions and receded thereafter, only they won't recede this time because (choose one):

A. Mickey Kaus sees the future and knows this for a fact
B. The President is a Negro
C. Being on food stamps was shameful in 1990 but no longer is
D. Only Mickey Kaus understands the wisdom of claiming that some grand social change is responsible for the increase in food stamp recipients while providing a link showing that the increase is in fact the result of a simple inverse relationship with the strength of the economy
E. Come on, have you seen how black the President is? Black. Welfare. Do I have to draw you a map?