Some of your hosts here at the Buffet are active Twitter users. See what we’re blathering about!
Some of your hosts here at the Buffet are active Twitter users. See what we’re blathering about!
For those of you who do that kind of thing, please keep our brother Nigel in your prayers as he goes through some health issues. We know that he shall overcome, but every prayer counts.
Nigel tells us that Toad Blogging might make him feel better. So without further ado, Stalky the Democratic Opposition Researching Frog.
Get well, Nigel!
Hot Air used to be the daily. Now it’s just doing Media Matter’s dirty work for them.
I don’t disagree with much, if anything, in this video presented earlier today on Fox & Friends. Neither, I suspect, will many of our readers. But does this make anyone uncomfortable at all in regard to its source? Via Greg Hengler, here is a four-minute Fox News retrospective on Hope and Change.
Just being fair, boss! Clutch the pearls! Fox & Friends just spent a week of air time covering Obama pushing a girl in the playground 50 years. ago.
No, wait. They just spent another 3 days discussing Michelle Obama’s expensive boob belt collection.
No. They spent the last two news cycles demanding Obama repudiate comments from his spiritual advisor Al Sharpton.
One last point: Several people in the comments argue that F&F is an opinion show, and that this is therefore fair game. That would certainly be true if they wanted to play ads run by other organizations as part of their commentary. My point is that this ad was produced by Fox News itself, and it’s clearly intended to campaign against Obama. That’s the problem with this video, and I think it was ill-advised by Fox to have produced and published it. If CBS News produced a four-minute video extolling all of Obama’s accomplishments, or a four-minute video with this dramatic music and animation ripping Romney for his years in Massachusetts and at Bain Capital, we’d be screaming our heads off, and rightly so.
And CBS does. And they don’t care if you care. And they don’t care if it’s fair.
Scott Pelley’s so far up Obama’s ass that he won’t have to get a prostate exam this year. He’s already got a live action report on the scene at his balloon knot. Morning news anchor and Oprah same-sex partner Gayle King is hanging with Her Royal Blackness at the Beyonce concert tonight. Hide your red carpets especially if they’re shag. Every morning starts with a replay of Jon Stewart’s slam on any given Republican from the night before.
Four years of late night comedians have somehow managed to avoid making fun of the President at all. Didn’t think they’d make it didja? They showed you. “Honest to God, what more do you want of the man?”
Should we look at NBC? The View? Is this not a 20 minute in-kind campaign contribution with the obligatory “you will win” endorsement at the end?
Does Captain Queeg not think we can see him auditioning for David Frum’s job?
The War on Media Bias is over. Media Bias won. By my count, we need about 5 more Wall Street Journals, three more national level Fox-like news stations and at least one taxpayer subsidized NPR that presents the views of the other 80% of the country instead of just the hardcore Bill Moyers autographed tote bag aficionados.
But this “I’m upset with Fox because an accurate video they produced could be construed as biased” garbage is too much. As long as it’s truthful who cares?
Methinks the Captain needeth to check thyself in or around the time before thine wrecks thyself. Pick a fricking side, tool.
Bring back SeeDubya. This mushy middler bullshirt sucks fat Gergens.
Patterico’s read on his saga has been, by far, the most riveting non-reported in the media story this week. For anyone who has blogged for any length of time, the constant threat of lawfare comes with the territory but the notion that someone is spoofing your telephone number and calling an armed SWAT Team to you door is domestic terrorism as a reward for indulging in your hobby.
Thanks to godawful technology and enemies of anonymity on both sides of the aisle, the Wild West days of the Internet are rapidly drawing to a close to the detriment of us all.
With anonymity, you can say what needs to be said without having to risk your livelihood, your life or the safety of people you care about. Your opinions only carry as much weight as the argument that is made. It’s not based on your job, education, your family history or station in life. Imagine that! Arguments being won based solely on merit.
By all means, terrorize this anonymous artifice of your face to the world to shreds. Tomorrow you can create a new one. It’s much harder to do so when forced to flee your home or your wife is being targeted for your truth-telling.
The two most standard rejoinders to this idea being:
a) Well, *sniff* if you don’t have anything to hide then you don’t have anything to worry about.
b) That it’s cowardly because you’d never say to someone to their face what you’d say anonymously on the internet, blah, blah, blah.
While the latter can easily be proven in public, the former is beyond your control.
You don’t get to decide what someone else finds controversial. What may be totally unremarkable to you may be the thrown down gauntlet for the mildly deranged Or, it may be the invitation to lawfare and harassment by the professionally deranged who are usually under the employ of the media in one form or fashion, to destroy the lives of people they politically disagree with.
And for what? Your personal vanity? To like being talked about?
As technology is becoming so pervasive in every aspect of our lives from an early age, it is going to be more and more important to maintain separate identities in public and private. It’s nothing new and what’s always been done whether you guarded your opinions at work or whether you maintained a close circle of friends and kept acquaintances out of the loop on certain details of your life.
It needs to be a conscious decision very early on or you are walking unprepared into a future where nothing is ever forgotten and poor choices or unpopular candor as a teenager or young adult will haunt you for the rest of your life.
You can fool yourselves and think that people on the other side of the ideological spectrum disagree with this campaign of terror waged in their names but their silence always endorses it.
The First Amendment protects you from the government trying to intimidate you into silence. The unreliable criminal justice system is all that stands between you and a lunatic with 8 fingers because he blew 2 of them off building a bomb so he’d be the most popular rapist at the Occupy Wall Street camp.
If the 2nd Amendment is required to protect the 1st, everyone should exercise a natural right to protect your identity from all threats foreign but in most cases domestic.
How desperate is the “All-In” media to polish the turd of Obama’s re-election campaign? Desperate enough to give top of the fold coverage to half a century old allegations of high school pranks.
Prepare yourself for the nastiest campaign in American history. And look at that turd shine:
…this morning the Washington Post dropped what had to be an intentionally-timed bomb on presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. Within hours of Obama suddenly deciding to stop lying about his position on same-sex marriage, the Washington Post read Mitt Romney’s teenage mind, found it anti-gay, and in a huge, attention-getting feature worked hand-in-hand with the Obama campaign to paint their likely challenger as a snooty, wealthy, homophobic, prep school bully.
This is the best they’ve got.
We’re to believe that Mitt The Mormon was running around like a “pack of wild dogs” at the same time that Obama was eating packs of wild dogs. Guess which one is a five page Washington Post cover story?
This screenshot from Memeorandum is the textbook definition of “I got the memo”:
After Obama’s Epic Fail on same-sex marriage, we have to change the subject to a half century old nontroversy that the bankrupt Washington Post has been keeping its powder dry on for who knows how long.
What’s a bigger story? An alleged prank from 1965 or Obama’s cocaine use in the last twenty years? A dog put in a kennel on top of a car or the President eating it?
Why can’t we know what classes Obama took in college? Why can’t we know his GPA? How is teenage Mitt Romney somehow fodder for major news outlets but Obama starting his career in the home of a domestic terrorist and spending 20 years in a racist crackpot’s church off-limits?
Old Media, just go out of business already. The Emperor isn’t wearing any clothes and his only modesty is you covering up his pride with your mouth.
You may have noticed that we temporarily dropped off the face of the earth, but fear not, no hate-filled hackers can keep us down.
And just to be clear, this is ghey.
Pic from kick ass artist Drake Dunaway
Regretfully, it appears that Michael Silence of No Silence Here at the Knoxville News Sentinel was laid off this week.
Despite the several times I traded paint with him along our I-40 stretch of the information superhighway, I always found him to be one of the most fair members of the Old Media in the online game.
Go over and wish one of the good guys a fond farewell.
Classy move, KNS. Now go do some more supportive OWS reporting on those greedy corporations throwing people into the street
Which brings me to Anthony Weiner.
The Internet, as I understand it, is best for sharing information, ideas and even feelings. We send our thoughts and feelings, our very spirit, over the airwaves, with astounding velocity. At times, as human beings, we want to attach the body to the feelings, as well. Photos of ourselves and loved ones. Pets. The view out our window. The image of a child’s purity.
Barring any further revelations about the underage purity of the children Mr. Weiner of the Incalculable Certitude, may or may not have spanked his Hebrew National to – that might have been Mr. Barrwin’s most unfortunate turn of phrase in this curiously unsolicited defense of the wanky Weiner.
Photos to find love. To find sex.
My thought on Weiner is that he is a very busy man.
For high functioning men like Weiner and other officials who have lived through such scandals, who are constantly on the go, that leaves one tried and true source of a reliable high. The affirmation that comes when someone lets you know they want to sleep with you. Or even cyber-sleep with you.
“High functioning” weiners, aside the running sexting joke is that no one ever knew if the person on the other end was a hot co-ed or a beefy bear with the keyboard of a slutty angel.
One busy gentlemen may feel a bit betrayed if he comes home from his busy day at work to find his missus jilling off to a tattooed, unemployed construction worker who’s milking the coconuts to his veiny palm tree on the other end of the Skype connection. Much less half a dozen construction workers.
Who can say? Working for Hillary Clinton might be a walk in the park. A park fraught with flashers in trenchcoats. Or the ever-gracious frotteurs on the subway who, above all others, understand how pressed for time you are.
This is sex for many people now. No time for Mateus and cheap spaghetti. No time for slowly moving toward one another with a combination of hope and caution, lust and integrity. One can push a button and get something beyond porn. Porn is essentially two dimensional. One sees and hears. Internet sexting can be perceived as three dimensional by adding the component of “feel”, regardless of how cheap and unearned those feelings are. That person on the screen is doing whatever they’re doing… just for you.
Is this a defense or a confessional?
We tell ourselves that these devices help us communicate more effectively. What they actually do is allow us to bypass the person lying right next to us, across the room from us or at an airport heading home to us, in order to meet our immediate, even inconvenient, needs. To bypass their moods, their current view of us and their own desires, or lack thereof.
Weiner is a modern human being. So he ensnared himself in things that modern humans do. When I first heard about his problems, I snickered and made jokes, too. Now, I’m sad for him, his family, his district and his colleagues.
Let he who is without sin…
So only the atheists should be allowed to criticize Weiner by Barwin’s standard. Preferably ones who aren’t so modern or busy. Lazy Luddites who are fapping in the ways of our forefathers.
Through all of this, there is an unreasonable assumption that Weiner only played Hide The Salami with himself and throughout his engagement and marriage that he never indulged in an extra-marital affair. He’s earned it, right?
Running a self-styled gauntlet of leftarded bimbos and pornstars stands he, Integritous Masturbatus.
An undeserved presumption of innocence for someone who played fast and loose with anyone on Twitter who paid him a compliment.
Damn you, sexy Internet. I’m a married man! And oh so busy.
Your Time to Divest From Facebook Is Now.
Realizing, of course, that your information is the asset. Given freely and with no hopes of ever concealing it. Your real name, your hometown, every medical issue you’ve ever discussed, every old flame you’ve ever looked up, every opinion on every issue and your Zynga poker strategy to boot – handed over to an untouchable, Democrat sociopath:
For years, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, has extolled the virtue of transparency, and he built Facebook accordingly.
“Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity,” Mr. Zuckerberg has said.
Now, Facebook is being taken to task for trying to conceal its own identity as it sought to coax reporters and technology experts to write critical stories about the privacy implications of a search feature, Social Circle, from its rival, Google.
Transparency for thee, not for me it seems. The Founding Fathers of this country understood perfectly the role of anonymity and I would rely on their 200+ year old integrity against Zuckerburg and his ilk any day of the week.
I was always reluctant to ever open a Facebook account and never fully embraced it. But hey, everybody’s doing it. And if everybody’s doing it…that’s a lot of guys doing it*.
You’re faced with handing over not just your content but a map of everyone you know (home, work, church, other) to someone who ostensibly hates you and has the ability to use it against you. That I cannot stomach. I don’t go to movies or buy the music of people who openly express contempt of my values. Why should this be any different? This isn’t to say that I’m so self-centered that I think a multi-billion dollar corporation is after me. It just could if it wanted to and I don’t have to be the one to give it the ammunition.
It’s the Disclose Act on a personal level.
In a statement issued Thursday, Facebook said: “We wanted third parties to verify that people did not approve of the collection and use of information from their accounts on Facebook and other services for inclusion in Google Social Circles. We engaged Burson-Marsteller to focus attention on this issue, using publicly available information that could be independently verified by any media organization or analyst. The issues are serious and we should have presented them in a serious and transparent way.”
After they were caught hiring a top flight PR firm to engage in an anonymous smear campaign. It’s almost like the private sector parallel of the President they support. Openness, honesty and transparency for all – except me! It’s still the Gilded Age for these information railroad robber barons and it’s time for a trustbuster.
Don’t anyone be offended when I start de-friending you. I’m not hating the players, I’m hating the game.
So we can’t see OBL’s splodeydome because it would inflame
the LGF comments threads, the goatbuggering Arab Sodomy Fields Street.
How about if we had him in an open casket funeral provided that the closed half was covered by an American flag? Or, maybe if we dressed his corpse up in women’s panties and threw it on top of a big pile of Abu Ghraib prisoners with Lindy’s dangling cigarette hanging over him?
Since neither photos of flag-draped coffins or prisoner abuse concerned Obama with international backlash, or threats to our troops and ambassadors abroad, this would have seemed like a safe compromise.
And then, in accordance with Islamic practice, we could have strapped a bomb to his remains and tossed him in a Beslan schoolhouse.
/Because of 16 hours of rawmuscleglutular and courageously gritty
Hot Air’s got the link to the punk bitches at ThinkProgress. I don’t want to rip their tiny holes with my massive link since under Obamacare I will have to pay for the stitching. And the therapy. The so many hours of therapy.
But blaming tornado victims because their state representatives don’t vote to wreck their economies over non-existent global warming? Well….that’s not Fred Phelps and Pat Robertson all rolled into one, how exactly?
The congressional delegations of these states — Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, and Kentucky — overwhelmingly voted to reject the science that polluting the climate is dangerous. They are deliberately ignoring the warnings from scientists.
So if you’re just joining us because you’ve spent the last two days pulling your loved ones out from under the bricks of what was once your home – you know in your heart of hearts that you had this coming didn’t you?
I expect no class from the left ever. I’ve tried to show them the error of their ways but they refuse to learn.
Everybody – you have a free pass the next time an earthquake hits San Fransicko, a terrorist hits New York City, or Allah willing, a fire burns Chicago to the ground. Have at it. Let them know that God is punishing them for their AIDS , buggery or whatever square that you don’t like about them that can be hammered into the round hole of reality.
They’re liberals after all. I don’t need any other reason to wish every last one of them dead in the most painful way possible or to gloat over it before they have a chance to be buried.
And why can’t anyone speak the truth about Syria. I mean, I know why Hijab Nancy won’t speak about Syria.
Assad treated her like the filthy little whore she is, threw a paperbag over her head and road her like the convoy carrying WMDs out of Iraq. Squealed like a little piggy she did.
And the stink of her Sizzlean and hot garbage has got Krauthammer bent out of all kinds of shape:
“Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.”
on Bashar al-Assad, March 27
Few things said by this administration in its two years can match this one for moral bankruptcy and strategic incomprehensibility.
Syria is like the French Riviera for the Communist Left for some reason. They loved to go there during the Bush years. Can someone fill me in on why exactly? Is it because Assad wears a suit and doesn’t walk around in bed linens or military garb with mirrored sunglasses and gold plated epaulets all day?
Their feelings on the subject of people being clean and articulate is well documented. Nevermind what’s coming out of their mouths.
Here are people demonstrating against a dictatorship that repeatedly uses live fire on its own people, a regime that in 1982 killed 20,000 in Hama and then paved the dead over.
Here are insanely courageous people demanding reform — and the U.S. secretary of state tells the world that the thug ordering the shooting of innocents already is a reformer, thus effectively endorsing the Baath party line — “We are all reformers,” Assad told parliament — and undermining the demonstrators’ cause.
Third, it’s strategically incomprehensible. Sometimes you cover for a repressive ally because you need it for U.S. national security. Hence our muted words about Bahrain. Hence our slow response on Egypt. But there are rare times when strategic interest and moral imperative coincide completely. Syria is one such — a monstrous police state whose regime consistently works to thwart U.S. interests in the region.
During the worst days of the Iraq War, this regime funneled terrorists into Iraq to fight U.S. troops and Iraqi allies. It is dripping with Lebanese blood as well, being behind the murder of independent journalists and democrats, including former Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri.
This year, it helped topple the pro-Western government of Hariri’s son, Saad, and put Lebanon under the thumb of the virulently anti-Western Hezbollah. Syria is a partner in nuclear proliferation with North Korea. It is Iran’s agent and closest Arab ally, granting it an outlet on the Mediterranean. Those two Iranian warships that went through the Suez Canal last month docked at the Syrian port of Latakia, a long-sought Iranian penetration of the Mediterranean.
Take the whole thing out for a spin. Kick the tires.
Hlllary Clinton is a Grade A+ moron. You’d never know it by how wildly popular she is. Just ask her old pollster since he’s the one who ran the survey that determined her to be The Most Popular Secretary of State Evar. Carrot Top “Reset Button” Diplomacy was such a hit.
The same week she’s garbling Obama’s “get rid of Qaddafi/don’t get rid of Qaddafi”, “it’s of paramount national interest/not really in our interest at all” misdirection and praising the Torquemada of Damascus.
What’s not to love?
I’d ask how the military recruitment numbers are going to see how many people are chomping at the bit to join the US Armed Services so they can serve at the pleasure of the Arab League but since the news hasn’t mentioned that once burning question since November 2008 I already know.
It’s snug and tucked away with the monthly casualty numbers and front page flag-draped-coffin cover stories that don’t warrant a mention now either.
Damn you, archives. Damn you!
It’s too delicious. Purveyor of pejoratives, Juan Cole of Misinformed Comment has put his war face on – Raawwwrr! Or should I say, bok-bok-ba-kok:
I would like to urge the Left to learn to chew gum and walk at the same time. It is possible to reason our way through, on a case-by-case basis, to an ethical progressive position that supports the ordinary folk in their travails in places like Libya. If we just don’t care if the people of Benghazi are subjected to murder and repression on a vast scale, we aren’t people of the Left.
It’s not that they can’t “reason their way” into Libya, it’s that it is a direct contradiction from every position they vehemently supported for the most memorable moments of the last, easily researched decade. To make the strident case for Liberal Hypocrisy on military intervention in Libya’s Civil War.
We can’t just stand idly by while “ordinary folk” are murdered and repressed on a “vast scale”. Funny. That’s exactly what you did on Iraq and Afghanistan. Are you saying that Libyan scale is more vast than Saddam Hussein’s Iraq? It couldn’t be that your thumb is on that scale now that a Democrat is in the White House.
Before Obama’s gas prices go up any more, let’s take a trip down memory lane:
2/28/2006 – While tut-tutting on the news of over 1,300 people killed in sectarian violence in Iraq and arguing for reducing our overburdened, stretched-thin troops in Iraq so that Iraqi “ordinary” folks” wouldn’t be subject to murder and oppression on a “vast scale” -
The LA Times reports that the recent violence in Iraq has provoked a debate in the Pentagon about planned troop draw-downs in Iraq. Some officers think it is crazy to reduce the number now. Others believe that the Iraqis will never step up to the plate as long as they can call in US soldiers. The article quotes Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute (Likud Branch), who is a civilian chickenhawk even though he is young enough so that he could have joined the military and served in Iraq, as saying that it is not the right time to bring home the troops.
My, my, my. We’re still in Iraq yet now Colonel Cole is willing to send those brave souls to Libya and not let them come home. Encourage your readers to join the military and bring home something Not Victory, since we’re not imperialists in Libya. I’d hate for you to be a Chickenhawk ™, Juan.
2/6/05 – Re-posting a letter from one of his lickspittle minions to Jonah Goldberg:
In your post titled “EMPIRICISM”, you quote a reader who seems to value concepts above experience. In many ways, this may be a good explanation of the root of your feud with Cole. By all appearances, you view the war in Iraq much the way you might treat today’s Superbowl. Its something about which you feel free to state strong opinions and something which might provoke a certain amount of emotional argument.
You might win or lose a few dollars and/or the ability to gloat for a few days. But, in the end, its simply entertainment. Certainly, despite the strength of your convictions about aspects of the game, you don’t feel yourself qualified to actually take the place of Belichick or Reid. You wouldn’t consider for a moment strapping on a helmet and lining up in place of TO.
Cole, on the other hand, knows that war is not a game. He lived in war-torn Beirut and knows the realities of civil strife.
Do you feel any responsibility for the real and empirical deaths that have occurred due to your mistakes of concept and theory? Finally, I really appreciate your frankness in explaining why you are not currently serving in “the kill zone”. It is the best and most honest display of chickenhawk hypocrisy I have yet to come across. It confirms my belief that the war in Iraq is little more than a game to you.
Game on! I’ve never seen a Superbowl where the teams just switched sides like this. Now Cole wants to be the chickenhawk hypocrite. Your helmet is waiting in “the killzone”, sir.
9/22/03 – On Max Cleland comparing our unnecessary intervention into the peace-filled, protester friendly streets of Iraq:
Iraq and Vietnam
Max Cleland, former Georgia senator and a decorated war hero from the Vietnam era, who lost three limbs in that war, is comparing Iraq to the Vietnam War. When he says it, it is chilling. (Note, he was defeated in his campaign for another term in the senate by some chickenhawk Republican who characterized Cleland as unpatriotic for not supporting the Iraq war).
Apparently Max never learned how to “roll and chew gum at the same time”.
4/2/03 – On intervention in Iraq creating instability elsewhere and the utopianism of the chickenhawks:
But if unrest continues to brew over this issue in Indonesia, an anti-American government could come to power in Indonesia eventually, and Islamists could become powerful. They aren’t, now, and Indonesia’s experiment in open society has certainly been damaged by the US war in Iraq. People like Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz think they can have their cake [war in Iraq, support for Sharon in Israel] and eat it too [spread of liberalism and democracy in the Muslim world]. But it is possible that these two goals are incompatible with one another. Isaiah Berlin warned us about incompatible ideals. The chickenhawks in Washington are imbued with a utopianism (at least in their rhetoric) of which he would have disapproved.
But attacking Qaddafi and leaving open the option of him remaining in power is going to create Heaven on Earth when the civil warring factions are left without an occupying army to watch over them.
3/17/03 - Those Neo-con Jews chickenhawks want to take over Egypt!
*The Muslim Brotherhood representatives in the Egyptian parliament have demanded that Egypt forbid the US to transport war ships to the Gulf via the Suez Canal. They also want the Mubarak regime to refuse to accept the $2 bn. in aid received from the US every year (most of it anyway goes to US firms who supply goods and weapons to Egypt). Next the chickenhawks will be saying we need to occupy the Suez Canal zone.
No, we should occupy Tripoli.
3/9/08 – On Rep. Steve King commenting on what an Obama election would look like to the much bally-hooed “Arab Street”:
Actually, I can’t find any evidence whatsoever of anyone in the Muslim world noticing what Barack Obama’s middle name is. Hussein in that part of the world is like “Steve” over here. Just as I don’t get happy that King’s name is “Steve,” they don’t care what Obama’s name is. And, I presume that King, a chickenhawk, also has a problem with American war hero Omar Bradley being named “Omar.”
No word yet on what platoon Obama served in. Perhaps his DD-214 is locked up in a safe in Hawaii too.
8/14/07 – On a fevered dream about Karl Rove resigning:
An early and avid supporter of war, Rove did everything in his power to prepare the American people for a large scale military conflict. During the Iraq War, he increased his power and influence through shifting alliances with other Republican leaders. By late 2006, the war had turned into a disaster for the Coalition powers, but this only spurred Rove to intensify the propaganda by urging the Americans to accept the idea of total war and mobilization, which he called “the surge.” Rove remained with Bush almost to the very end.
His height exposed him to ridicule and humiliation in a society that worshipped physical prowess. A chickenhawk, he later frequently misrepresented himself as qualified to make pronouncements on war.
Hrm, a physically weak presidential advisor pronouncing thusly on War as opposed to the hulking uber-macho physique of your typical college professor/MSNBC talking head. I guess that would qualify as a Doughboy, technically.
10/15/06 - On the heroism of John Murtha’s call for defeat in Iraq:
Rep. John P. Murtha is among the bravest men in the US Congress. He minds chickenhawks like Dick Cheney and George W. Bush insinuating that he is a coward or a defeatist for arguing that the US should draw down its troops in Iraq and let the Iraqis sort things out for themselves.
Let those Libyan sort things out for themselves. What a novel idea. Glad you thought of it first. Oh, wait.
4/15/06 - On newly retired Major General John Batiste fragging Donald Rumsfeld and complaining that there Weren’t Enough Troops on The Ground:
Retired Major General John Batiste said Friday of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, “We went to war with a flawed plan that didn’t account for the hard work to build the peace after we took down the regime . . .” and added, “We also served under a secretary of defense who didn’t understand leadership, who was abusive, who was arrogant and who didn’t build a strong team.” He is the latest in a string of retired generals to call on Rumsfeld to step down.
There has been some snarking that Gen. Batiste did not speak out while in uniform. These comments come from civilian chickenhawks.
We’ll see how well received any comments criticizing the lack of strategy and clarity on Libya from military personnel about their superiors are from Col. Cole. Nay, they should be encouraged to speak out publicly against their commanders now so that liberal chickenhawks can’t criticize them for retiring to state their opinions. From some strange reason, I can imagine that they’ll be traitors and Qaddafi sympathizing white supremacists.
This is where the Date Rape comes in. First, the suave Obama’s going to play it cool and call the Congress up this week after not seeming too eager to notify them about going out in a War together. The Arab League allegedly vouched for his bona fides and they’re like the Match.com of the Middle East.
After an evening of lively conversation about People Wanting to Live Free, the tipsy strumpet of Congress will be invited to go back to his place where he’ll only want to stick the tip of the US forces into a Libya aching for our troops to fill their gaping holes with smart diplomacy.
First it will be “just for a minute”. Come on, all of the rest of The Coalition is doing it. *Drinks* Then it will be days, not weeks. Then it will be weeks, not months. *Puts his hand on our leg* In fact, it’s already gone to months, not years.
How long is this date going to last exactly?
It will be No Troops on the ground. Until it’s “troops on the ground – limited in scope (under NATO no less and thus not US troops on the ground)- to deliver humanitarian aid and support the relief effort”. Then it will be troops on the ground just to make the area safe for humanitarian aid by clearing out Qaddafi’s terrorists dressed as civilians.
American troops on the ground are protected by the prophylactic rubber of International Consensus.
Then it will be “I never said we would never put troops on the ground – we’ve always maintained we needed troops on the ground and to characterize the President’s position which he has held since the beginning any other way is, quite frankly, a bit disappointing in this unpatriotic line of questioning Mr. Tapper.”
In fact, our little adventure won’t even cost money. It will SAVE money! How many Middle Eastern democracies have been created or saved by bombing Libya with unicorn-powered peace missiles filled with rice and medicine? All of them I bet.
Go home, union lackey:
Hammered by the automobile industry’s decline, Detroit’s population plummeted 25 percent over the past decade amid an economic downturn so severe that Michigan was the only state that failed to gain residents, according to 2010 Census data released Tuesday.
Detroit is the town that unions built and then destroyed. If you think they’re such a great idea, then go back to where you came from and make it work.
And Obamacare would need to cover the Dent Doctor to pull all the dings out of her hail-damaged ass.
Bill Maher uttered a female vulgarism when referring to former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin on his HBO show Friday night.
“Did you hear this – Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan and she’s demanding that we invade ‘Tsunami,’” Maher said. “I mean she said, ‘These ‘Tsunamians’ will not get away with this.’ Oh speaking of dumb tw**s, did you…”
Maher was offering an imagined Palin response in an apparent attempt at humor, as Palin had made no such statement.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) refused to comment on Maher’s use of the derogatory term. A rep told FOXNews.com it is a “known fact” that NOW does not correspond with FOX News.
This is from a midget who beats up his black hookers.
I know what you’re thinking. How dare I call her dumb? After all, wasting an Ivy League education majoring in Sociology and minoring in Afro-American Studies (oOooOoo, so hard) as a literal affirmative action placement because her brother played on Princeton’s basketball team and got her enrolled means she’s smart about pimping her race and doesn’t that count?
Umm, no. No it doesn’t.
But NOT, formerly NOW, now known as the National Organization of Twats has no comment on Maher’s remarks.
I expect no less from the hypocritical cunts who exiled Tammy Bruce so they could support OJ Simpson murdering his ex-wife.
NAG, NAG, NAG Update: NOT reluctantly renounces Bill Maher’s comments once asked by a reporter not from Fox News. And I do mean reluctantly:
In the wake of Bill Maher’s tasteless slur against Sarah Palin Friday night, in which he called the former Alaska governor a “twat,” the National Organization for Woman (NOW) has not only denounced the use of such sexist words, but also issued a warning to conservatives who they believe are attempting to use the issue to discredit their organization: “We are on to you, right-wingers.”
“Listen, supposedly progressive men (ok, and women, too): Cut the crap! Stop degrading women with whom you disagree and/or don’t like by using female body terms or other gender-associated slurs,” Lisa Bennett, NOW communications director wrote in a statement.
In addition to chastising men (and women) like Maher who use their position as progressives as a shield against charges of sexism, NOW made it clear that their denouncement of Maher’s sexist remark toward Palin is in no way an endorsement of her or conservative policies.
“You’re trying to take up our time getting us to defend your friend Sarah Palin. If you keep us busy defending her, we have less time to defend women’s bodies from the onslaught of reproductive rights attacks and other threats to our freedom, safety, livelihood, etc,” wrote Bennett. “Sorry, but we can’t defend Palin or even Hillary Clinton from every sexist insult hurled at them in the media. That task would be impossible, and it would consume us. You know this would not be a productive way to fight for women’s equal rights, which is why you want us stuck in this morass.”
They certainly do seem to have a stick up their morass. So that’s one line about Maher and then a paragraphs long rant against conservatives for pointing out their hypocrisy.
Juanita Broaddrick is still available for comment, Clinton coddlers.
Here we go again. Apprise Miss Cleo and Dionne Warwick of a situation. The JournoList Psychic Friends Network, fresh off a humiliating tarot card reading of the Arizona shooting – where they almost had to give everybody their money back – has decided to don their gypsy wigs and crystal balls one more time to libel people on the right again. They won’t be able to help themselves:
A backpack found along the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. march in Spokane contained a bomb “capable of inflicting multiple casualties,” the FBI said Tuesday, describing the case as “domestic terrorism.”
The FBI said the Swiss Army-brand backpack was found about 9:25 a.m. PST on Monday on a bench at the northeast corner of North Washington Street and West Main Avenue in downtown Spokane.
Spokane Washington Nazis. If there’s one thing I hate – it’s Spokane Washington Nazis.
In an interview on msnbc cable’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Spokesman-Review reporter Thomas Clouse said confidential sources told him that the device was equipped with a remote control detonator and contained shrapnel.
Rachel Maddow? Huh??? This “reporter” got routed to the bottom of the barrel awfully quick.
The FBI has not established an official motive, but Harrill told NBC News “the timing and placement of the backpack (along the march route) is inescapable.”
“At that point, it falls directly in the realm and sphere of domestic terrorism,” Harrill told the Associated Press. “Clearly, there was some political or social agenda here.”
On that, we’re agreed. There’s a political agenda at play and I’d wager that you’d see a mannish looking older lad with a pageboy haircut and an MSNBC microphone sprinting from the scene.
Perhaps the holy spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be roused from that eternally subsidized mansion in the sky to shame those murderous Tea Partiers bent on ruining the most solemn occasion of the year. That is what you go to Maddow for, isn’t it?
That fits Teh Narrative(tm) so well all that’s missing is Katie Couric and the SPLC deciding whether it’s the effort to repeal Obamacare or Sarah Palin hosting Kate Plus Eight that set off the barrels full of T-N-T those teabaggers are sitting on.
Are they really going to roll the dice again so soon? Believe it.
Like, you’d have to be a hep, ten-speed ridin’, ponytail swishing, jazz loving schizopottamus not to make that obvious connection, man.
The louder he yells, the closer the truth catches up to him:
The sheriff has been editorializing and politicizing the event since he took the podium to report on the incident. His blaming of radio personalities and bloggers is a pre-emptive strike because Mr. Dupnik knows this tragedy lays at his feet and his office. Six people died on his watch and he could have prevented it. He needs to step up and start apologizing to the families of the victims instead of spinning this event to serve his own political agenda.
You mean to tell me that Officer Unfriendly had contact with the assailant before he assailed? This is too good to check.
Jared Loughner has been making death threats by phone to many people in Pima County including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When Pima County Sheriff’s Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system.
So Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh weren’t sending him mind-altering signals telling him to “kill, kill” through the fillings in his teeth when Loughner was threatening the good people of Pima Community College radio AM 1330?
Every victim of his threats previously must also be wondering if this tragedy could have been prevented if they had been more aggressive in pursuing charges against Mr. Loughner. Perhaps with a felony conviction he would never have been able to lawfully by the Glock 9mm Model 19 that he used to strike down the lives of six people and decimate 14 more.
If this is true, I’m just saying if this is true, Sheriff Surly McSlander needs to take out his service revolver and apply some eliminationist rhetoric to himself.
Make no mistake – no one should try to harm this lazy cop. He’s the one who has to live with himself, or not.
But if it were me and it was my job to protect the county but I was too incompetent to do my job and it resulted in half a dozen dead, another dozen or so injured AND I went out to the cameras for two days to blame other people – I think I’d have the decency to take a big swig of shotgun mouthwash rather than the hearings that are sure to come.
How did this guy get along without a criminal record for so long, chump?
Every time some lunatic lefty goes on a shooting rampage they have this predictable tactic of trying to drop the gun in a rightwinger’s lap.
You’re the mentally deranged people, remember? The people who care more about cats and dogs than people. The ones who care more about illegal aliens than Americans. More about murderers on death row than the victims in their wake.
HillBuzz has the screenshots. The all-damning Markos Moulitsas to hell screenshots as it appears the shooter was one of his diarists encouraged by his dangerous and violent eliminationist rhetoric inciting the attempted murder of Gifford. You can scrub your website but not your soul you pieces of shit.
Loughner heard ole “Screw ‘Em” loud and clear. Egged on by a legion of Kossack commenters as recently as two days ago, he took the Bradley Manning route to it’s logical extension.
Today you increased your well-established body count. Much like your President’s handling of unemployment numbers, this reaction is not unexpected from your type. That gun didn’t just jump in his hand. You put it there.
Quit being so down on Loughner though. In a few years, you’ll pay good money to send your kids to learn from him at a public university or to be mentored by his wife at a prestigious Chicago law firm. Ayers was listed as a favorite on his reading list.
Today, a liberal hero was made. Like wearing the t-shirt of that band you heard of first, get in on this early and dedicate your books to his Revolutionary Spirit(tm) now.
The question now is should the SPLC start monitoring hate sites like Daily Kos and Firedoglake. Should the federal government launch an investigation into any other murder attempts that they may already have in progress against any conservative Democrats they couldn’t “kill” in the primaries.
I would. But that’s just me. I’m a worrywart.
There’s a reason why the Federalist Papers were written anonymously. Because they never would have been written if something like this was in place:
STANFORD, Calif. – President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today.
It’s “the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government” to centralize efforts toward creating an “identity ecosystem” for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.
After all, it’s un-American to ask illegal aliens to provide proof of citizenship but actual US citizens should be forced to have their internet activity and opinions monitored by either the federal government or one of it’s close, close friends.
If Publius wants to leave a comment saying that he disagrees with the government’s plan for something he should be held accountable by the appropriate authorities for spreading his disinformation.
“We are not talking about a national ID card,” Locke said at the Stanford event. “We are not talking about a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online security and privacy and reducing and perhaps even eliminating the need to memorize a dozen passwords, through creation and use of more trusted digital identities.“
And if you believe that, I have one frequently used national gun owner’s database I’d like to sell you. Those who trade liberty for a password auto-fill blank deserve neither.
Who will be the liberals to call this encroachment on individual freedom what it is and to it’s face without qualifying that “if it’s done responsibly”?
I couldn’t name one since everyone I’ve ever met is a nanny state fascist who never met a government agent peering into their lives that they didn’t want to perform a striptease for. Give or take a terrorist communique or feticidal maniac.
Clayton Cramer has an interesting contrarian notion over at PJM challenging longheld assumptions about crime being related to unemployment rates and how we’ve got it all terribly wrong:
Crime and unemployment: everyone knows that they go together. Right? Unemployed people, desperate for enough money to pay their bills, buy groceries, and get medical care (since those heartless Republicans think “don’t get sick” is a health care plan), must turn to crime. At the very least, disheartened men sitting at home are going to lose their tempers, get into fights, and shoot their spouses.
Like most conventional wisdom among the elites, it turns out not to be true.
Mr. Cramer proceeds with several charts showing the declining crime rate in several violent categories which I’m not disputing. What I contend is that what he’s calling a lack of correlation is based on a lack of causation. Which may be lulling him into a false sense of security about his fellow man. Something that’s not taken into account here is how the availability of easy revolving credit can effect these numbers.
It’s kind of like Portnoy’s Complaint except that his is a disorder in which feigned ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme Stalinist longings.
For Darwin’s Sake! Won’t someone pay attention to me? Because people on the other side of the world give a shit about a blog feud you lost.
As I said to the Times, in those days, Geller was often the first one to take the rhetoric over the top, and the target of her rage was usually (but not always) Muslims. And not just militants or terrorists, but all Muslims; Geller was quite clear, and stated often, that she didn’t believe in the idea of a “moderate Islam” at all. (Ironically, this is an opinion she shares with the leaders of al-Qaida, who insist that all Muslims must follow their extreme interpretation of Islam.)
And I quote myself. Narcissism? Check. Comparison of blogger to al-Qaida? Check.
Shorter Chuckles: Pamela Geller hates extremist Muslims almost as much as Charles Johnson hates Christians who believe in creationism. Almost.
UPDATED: Ouch. A brutal response with screenshots.
Only girls should have ponytails. On men, it’s just a mullet for hippies.
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He was right, you know? If McCarthy had gotten the truth out of so many of them 50 years ago we wouldn’t be asking this question now. The Communists run our schools and universities, are standing atop the executive branch of government, nominating another for Supreme Court Justice this week and now collude in smokey, digital back rooms to best defend their secular faith in government and to malign the enemies of The State who should be dehumanized and summarily liquidated like the conservative kulaks they are.
Here we cross the line between editorial decisions and bias. Why would an unbiased newspaper be afraid to honestly report news that makes one side of a political debate look appealing, instead assigning a reporter to highlight fringe material to cast them in the most negative light possible? Of course, they are biased, but it’s even worse than that. They’re subjective. They pretend to be commentators, but they’re actually players in the game… just like everyone else. Our fates are all controlled by the immense central government worshipped by the Post. They have a vested interest in ensuring its sustained growth, so they can make their fortune writing epic tales of its heroic deeds.
And get future communications positions inside of it, moving effortlessly from “journalist” to Democrat message official and back again. It’s a good read by the Doctor, as usual, but it still understates what Journolist really represents:
Their own McCarthy-ite blacklist where the True Believers in the struggle are rewarded (say with jobs working at the Washington Post!) and the enemies of the Democratic Party are excluded and maligned for not carrying it’s water. Or worse, suicide bombed with al Qaeda like precision with a coordinated message that was ready baked, focus-group tested and agreed upon for narrative consistency in an echo chamber that controls the biggest megaphone.
If there is an infiltrator in Journolist (or just a disgruntled hanger on) who has archives and screenshots, by this time next week the unemployment numbers would jump by 400. We’re sure they love anonymous whistleblowers and that you would love their office.
A cover-up and guilt-by-association should take care of the rest. Everyone who was in on the conversations where Weigel was insulting conservatives is as guilty as he is. At no point did anyone ever say, “you know what, I think you’re wrong and the vast majority of this country aren’t a bunch of teabagging faggot cocksuckers.”
But no one did. And that’s why they are all David Weigel now and should suffer the same fate. Forced to write at The Huffington Post.
Ross Douthat, on the other hand, is more than willing to defend the All-White Country Club mentality of JournoList on privacy grounds somehow. When you share a written thought with someone you are giving up “privacy”. When you share it in a forum full of people you waive that expectation. When it embarrasses your work because it pertains to what you do for a living in your daily job then you face the consequences. As they all should. Here are few who have self-outed:
- CNN analyst and Supreme Court scholar Jeffrey Toobin.
- New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winner Paul Krugman.
- Time writer Joe Klein.
- The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates.
- The Nation columnist Eric Alterman.
- The Nation‘s D.C. editor Christopher Hayes.
- The Nation columnist (and prize-winning poet) Katha Pollitt.
- The New Republic editor Jonathan Chait.
- The New Republic editor Noam Scheiber.
- The New Republic writer Isaac Chotiner.
- Boston Globe columnist Jesse Singal.
- ThinkProgress blogger Matthew Yglesias.
- ThinkProgress blogger Matt Duss.
- Democracy Arsenal blogger Michael Cohen.
- Washingtonian senior web editor and Atlantic contributor Alyssa Rosenberg.
- Political writer Rick Perlstein.
- UC Berkley economics professor and blogger Brad DeLong.
Big names, right? If you’re not in that elite club, and you’re not allowed in — as Tucker Carlson wasn’t when he requested to join three weeks ago — it’s a tough break for you.
Shocking admissions, I know. They all attend the same church and sing from the same hymn. More like chanting suras from the minarets of the self-burqaed Old Media and their New Media apprentices. Now they want to saw off the head of the leaker in a video recorded message to the infidels. You guys like anonymous sources when you use them.
The VV post I link to says “tough break for you” in a “tough shit, ha-ha, na-na-nah boo boo” kind of way. All JournoList archives should immediately be released to determine if dozens of news organizations were used by this Masonic group of malcontents and that’s what’s led to their falling stock prices, dwindling circulations and complete rejection of their industry as a result of JournoList members’ unethical, unprofessional and manipulative conduct.
It was and is collusion, price-fixing and Enron Journalism and these guys still think they’re the smartest ones in the room. Instead of hiring Arthur Andersen, they just have Nate Silver cook the books and the results.
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Six years ago today, this little blog started. It has run the gamut from 8th-tier blog, to several beautiful weeks as 1st-tier blog, eventually settling in to our cozy little spot in 3rd-tier blogdom.
Life was simpler then. We spent time arguing about the idiotic socialist-lite, country-club Republican ways of President Junior. We chuckled as Lurch Kerry tried to dethrone the Bush family in 2004. How bad must you suck to lose to a liberal, country-club, elitist Republican like that? Just ask Kerry and Gore, they know. And they still suck out loud in every facet of their putrid existences.
Most of all, we’ve spent quality time together mocking the gaggle of commies on the left. Now that we’ve got a Marxist in the White House and a bunch of card-carrying useful idiots in congress ram-rodding George Soros’ new great society down our throats, it’s just not as amusing as it once was.
However, six years later, we’re still here and we’re still taking pot-shots and fighting the power. It’s not as cool to fight the power when you’re white, male and conservative, but since when have we ever worried about being cool?
So happy birthday to us and screw everyone who doesn’t hoist an adult beverage in our honor today!