April 27, 2006

Open Thread: Link Cool Stuff!
— Ace

Yes, I'm that damn lazy today. Atrios time.

It's not so much that I'm lazy as I can't find much in the news I'm really hot on posting.

That's where you guys come in.

I mean, Karl Rove is testifying again. So what?

Democrats want to take money from oil companies. Wow, I did not see that one coming.

Hispanic groups are whining that it's "open season" on Latinos. I guess I should be worried about that one, because no ethnic lobbying group has ever cried hate-crime to advance its agenda.

Sorry...

Hey, had a good couple of days there, though.


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Videotaped Girl-Fight, With Mother Watching, Draws Controversy
— Ace

It's not really that interesting, honestly.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand, yeah, if the mother of the girl doing most of the punching was on hand, she should have stopped it.

On the other hand-- it really wasn't that brutal of a beating, and isn't there some value in letting kids, um, work out their problems on their own?

I'm not being facetious.

Sometimes kids fight. Yes, parents should break it up if present, but then, I don't know the details of this.

I don't know. My dad always had the same advice when it came to bullies, and it wasn't "Talk your problems out."

The video suggests the fight might have been gang-related, though.

Thanks to Craig.

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Universal's Marketing Campaign For United 93: "Hey, We Deserved It!"
— Ace

They can't release a movie about a massacre conducted by Muslims without asking "Why do they hate us?" Michelle vid-blogs at Hot Air.

Thanks to Allah.

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Dirty, Filthy Hyena Whores
— Ace

Weird animal sex stuff.

It's interesting that female hyenas are the more musclular and powerful, and socially dominent, gender.

It's even more interesting that alpha females give out androgenizing pheremones to make their offspring tougher, bigger, and more aggressive. A case of social status of the parent directly impacting the health, size, competitiveness, and competence of the children, which has somewhat sad implications for humanity, if such an effect is present in our species as well. (Which I bet it does.)

And then the article gets weird. So weird it gets put past the jump.
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Shocker: Kennedy Opposes Wind Power Project
— Ace

Some actually thought, given his enviro-rhetoric and the soaring costs of gas, he might back down.

Nope.

He's all for alterative fuel sources except when he might possibly see a glint of a windmill while on his yacht. Then it's just a horror.

I've been told you cannot see the windmills, or the land on which they will be built, at all from his Hyannisport villain's lair. You can't even see them; they're over the horizon. You can only see them while far into the water.

And for Ted Kennedy, that's just too much of a sacrifice.

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United 93
— LauraW.

...two thumbs us from Todd Beamer's dad.

There are those who question the timing of this project and the painful memories it evokes. Clearly, the film portrays the reality of the attack on our homeland and its terrible consequences. Often we attend movies to escape reality and fantasize a bit. In this case and at this time, it is appropriate to get a dose of reality about this war and the real enemy we face. It is not too soon for this story to be told, seen and heard. But it is too soon for us to become complacent.

I can't imagine how this man must have felt, watching this movie.

This enemy seeks to take away the free will that our Creator has endowed in us. Patrick Henry got it right some 231 years ago. Living without liberty is not living at all.
The passengers and crew of United 93 had the blessed opportunity to understand the nature of the attack and to launch a counterattack against the enemy.

Emphasis mine. This is the way the father of a hero thinks.

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The Spirit of The Lord, Bitch
— LauraW.

Dave at Garfield Ridge introduces us to a preacher who in turn educates us about God Almighty, Ruler of Heaven and Earf and every GODDAMNED THING IN BETWEEN.

Go get saved, motherfucker.

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April 26, 2006

Wisconsin Democratic Tire-Slashers Get Jail Time
— Ace

Six months for two of the offenders. The judge/hero rejected a bullshit plea bargain offered by the prosecution offering nothing but probation.

Tossing aside a plea agreement that called for probation, Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Michael Brennan sentenced four Democratic Party workers today to jail for slashing the tires of 25 vans rented by Republicans to take voters to polls for the 2004 presidential election.

Calling the vandalism more than harmless hijinks, Brennan admonished the four men, including the sons of two prominent Milwaukee politicians, for disenfranchising voters. The judge said he had received letters from Milwaukee County citizens upset over the crime.

"They see you tampering with something they consider sacred and that's the ballot box," Brennan said during a two-hour sentencing this morning.

Michael Pratt, 33, and Lewis Caldwell, 29, were each sentenced to six months in jail while Lavelle Mohammad, 36, got five months and Sowande Omokunde, 26, got four months. Each was also fined $1,000. They will be eligible for work release and were allowed to surrender to begin their sentences within two weeks.

Pratt is the son of former Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt and Omokunde is the son of U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.)

I'm going to go waaaayyy out on a limb here and guess the prosecutor who offered the deal is a Democrat, or the whole office is controlled by elected Democrats.

For all their screeching about voter disenfranchisement, they sure are willing to be very lenient when the right people are doing the disenfranchising.

Enjoy your time in jail, thugs.

Thanks to Purple Avenger.

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Jeff Gannon On Tony Snow
— Ace

Snow as press secretary; Jeff Gannon risen from the ashes, Phoenix-like, as the forbidden Book of Skelos* foretold he would.

It's a good day to be alive, folks.

Thanks to Dawnsblood.

* Where? No, not Lovecraft per se.

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Molegate: That Chart Of Connections You Wanted
— Ace

...has been ably put together by Ace Pilots.

Flopping Aces notes that chart looks like a chart the MSM, rather than bloggers, published. A chart showing the connections between the Swift-Boaters and Republicans, for example.

Funny how they make the latter, and are single-mindedly uninterested in making the former.

Flopping Aces has all sorts of cool links and quotes -- really, he's done a man's job in scouring the blogosphere and opinion columnists and news stories -- and I recommend his post heartily.

I'll steal a little bit. Remember, this is a nonpartisan woman. Which makes me wonder-- why does the DNC want to start a legal defense fund for her?

Perhaps that’s why the Howard Dean and others at the Democrat National Committee are looking to some of their donors to set up a legal defense fund for McCarthy.

“If Scooter Libby can have a legal defense fund and website, then McCarthy should have one too,” says a DNC staffer. “The DNC wouldn’t set it up, we’d have some of our donors do it on the outside. There are plenty of consultants willing to help on this one, we think.”

It's funny. Partisanship only exists on the right. We hear endlessly about the ideologues on the right -- the "neocon cabal" who have hijacked foreign policy -- but the media cannot even whisper the possiblity of a liberal clacque in the CIA and security apparatus.

And hints that there are six more criminal moles being investigated, including a couple of your favorite Senators.

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Did I Mention That GDP Is Expected To Have Grown Nearly 5.0% Last Quarter?: A Mixed-Media Cowbell Extravaganza
— Ace

I mentioned this pretty prominent, with boldfacing and all, earlier today. But only four people bothered to comment on the news.

Yesterday's news that consumer confidence was at a four-year high was similarly greeted with the yawns usually expected from Aaron Brown, or whoever Aaron Brown might be having sex with.

Meanwhile, of course, the Dow hit a six year high.

Why was this, I wondered? Then I remembered. You're all a bunch of drooling morons. If I don't include cute graphics and cowbell-themes, you just don't "get" basic economic news.

Pardon my oversight. Here, for the first time, the Golden Cowbell image with the Ace of Spades Cowbell Theme attached (click on it for song). [Song courtesy of Blaster's Blog.]

But maybe even that isn't sinking in to your thick, Cro-magnon moronskulls. So additional audio-visual cues of a slightly risque nature are provided after the jump.

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Molegate Update: Press Is Damned Sure McCarthy's Big Donations To Democrats Aren't "Relevant"
— Ace

Whitewash from the LAT.

They have their story and they're sticking to it -- she was a pure-as-snow Warrior of Conscience who acted only to uphold the Constitution. And any facts that might undermine this storyline must be embargoed from the public.

The public can't be allowed to be "confused" about the correct interpretation of the facts... and if that means withholding certain facts, well, that's necessary, because the public isn't qualified to interpret facts without media hand-holding.

Meanwhile, the WaPo's Dafna Lizner was asked in an on-line chat why the WaPo has completely embargoed McCarthy's Democratic donations and connections. Her answer is jaw-dropping:

. I disagree with Howie [Kurtz] on this one. I think in his chat he said her campaign contributions go to motive but I don't know yet what she's done so I'm not sure how to assign motive here. Intelligence officers do not check their citizenship at the gates of Langley and like all government employees they are free to vote and make contributions - all of which is very much apart from their commitment to government service and to fulfilling the policies of any president.

But we are living in partisan times and people want a partisan, political motive and explanation for everything. I don't think that's reasonable. Should we publish the campaign contributions of every person who testifies before Congress, every person who briefs a president, every person who writes a policy paper or plays any role in government whatsoever or who is ever quoted in a story? We could, the information is public. But I don't want to confuse readers or issues by throwing that into the mix unless I understand its relevance. We have reported that she worked in Clinton's NSC and whom she has worked with and will continue to write about it.

She.

Doesn't.

Want.

To.

"Confuse."

Readers.

With.

Facts.

Presumably that they're not able to "correctly interpret."

Facts used to be kind of important to reporters, didn't they? Now, not so much. They're subordinate to "narrative."

The Media Blog has itself a nice little giggle over the Washington Post's lack of any aversion to note the political connections of the Swift Boat Veterans For Truth.

They were pretty sure those connections and donations were relevant as to motive, weren't they?

I find this disgustingly arrogant. The bias is now really shocking, and I don't mean that in an ironic way. I am absolutely shocked that they WITHHOLD FACTS from the public until they are sure of the "relevance" of those facts, at least when it comes to people/causes they favor.

It's one thing for the Post to mention the facts, and then argue against the relevance of those facts. They could, for example, mention McCarthy's donations, and then get her good friend, always-ready-to-defend-her-with-a-quote Rand Beers to say those donations don't mean anything at all.

That's the sort of bias we've come to expect -- the grudging admission of a fact that undermines their storyline, but with the liberal go-to-quote-provider getting the last word and dismissing the relevance of that fact.

They're now going quite beyond that. No longer will facts be grudgingly admitted and then dismissed by a liberal (usually unidentified as such, of course).

Now the facts will simply be omitted entirely, obviating the need for the "but this really doesn't matter anyway" quote. Just cutting out the middle-man, I guess they figure.

Most of the American public thinks this is relevant, or possibly relevant. (Or they would, if any MSM organization lowered itself to actually inform them.)

But the Keepers of the Sacred Journalistic "Storytelling" Narrative disagree, and they simply have decided they will not let mere facts undermine their chosen "frame" for the story.

"Narrative" and "context" first, last, and always; facts are permitted only to the extent they advance the agreed upon "narrative" and "context."


More... Great bit from the WSJ:

The press is also inventing a preposterous double standard that is supposed to help us all distinguish between bad leaks (the Plame name) and virtuous leaks (whatever Ms. McCarthy might have done). Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie has put himself on record as saying Ms. McCarthy should not "come to harm" for helping citizens hold their government accountable. Of the Plame affair, by contrast, the Post's editorial page said her exposure may have been an "egregious abuse of the public trust."

It would appear that the only relevant difference here is whose political ox is being gored, and whether a liberal or conservative journalist was the beneficiary of the leak. That the press sought to hound Robert Novak out of polite society for the Plame disclosure and then rewards Ms. Priest and Mr. Risen with Pulitzers proves the worst that any critic has ever said about media bias.

The deepest damage from these leak frenzies may yet be to the press itself, both in credibility and its ability to do its job. It was the press that unleashed anti-leak search missions aimed at the White House that have seen Judith Miller jailed and may find Ms. Priest and Mr. Risen facing subpoenas. ....

We've been clear all along that we don't like leak prosecutions, especially when they involve harassing reporters who are just trying to do their job. But then that's part of the reason we didn't join Joe Wilson and the New York Times in demanding Karl Rove's head over the Plame disclosure. As for some of our media colleagues, when they stop being honest chroniclers of events and start getting into bed with bureaucrats looking to take down elected political leaders, they shouldn't be surprised if those leaders treat them like the partisans they have become.

Yup.

Thanks to Instapundit.

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More Bad News: Sweet-Ass "Blackstar" Space-Plane Mothballed
— Ace

It officially never existed, and now maybe it officially really, honestly, I-shit-you-not doesn't exist.

Too bad. A two-stage plane capable of reaching orbit, for use in deploying weather balloons, communications satellites, experimental orbital pods to determine how spiders make webs in zero gravity, singers from 'N Sync into spacewalks, and maybe -- possibly, if they have room in the cargo bay -- totally wicked-ass space-based weapons.

This isn't the America I grew up in. I suddenly feel so, so... French.

Thanks to Nanman.

Update: Dave at Garfield-Ridge says there really never was such a plane at all; it was wishful thinking/cover-whoring from Aviation Weekly geeks.

Okay, I'll accept that. The plane never really existed at all.

But the question then becomes:

Why the eff didn't ever really exist?

What the hell are we paying taxes for, if not to create technological-overkill methods of wiping out swarthy foreign folk?

I feel worse than French right now. I feel... Swedish.


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Beans That Won't Give You The Wind
— Ace

They're fermented with some bacteria that reduces the gas-producing feature of beans.

Then what the hell good are they?

It recalls Bactine's attempt to create a non-stinging form of the topical antiseptic. People didn't buy it-- because they associated the sting with killin' bacteria.

Same deal with the beans. If I'm not laying stank-eggs an hour after I eat beans, have they really "worked" at all?

I mean-- are such beans actually "good for your heart"?


Thanks to Roy.

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Fifty Things Men Should Never Do Past The Age Of Thirty
— Ace

I'm guilty of a lot of them.

I mean, right away:

Coin his own nickname.

Front and center; first entry on the list. Not a good sign.

As for the velcro-wallet-- no, I don't carry one, but I sure wish I were permitted to. Those things were dope! They went so well with a really nice OP long-sleeve t-shirt of some homo windsurfing across a sunset. And, of course, Vans.

Link fixed.

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My Own Yahoo Personal Ad
— Ace

Serious content warning. I mean, really. Don't read this.

Suggested by Russell, or Mean Mr. Mustard. more...

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Sad But Funny Yahoo Personal Ad
— Ace

I'm not going to link this woman's actual Yahoo personal ad, so as to not make life difficult for her. But trust me, it's real, I just copied and pasted from it.

Check out what she wants in a man:

I'm looking for a side-kick, a Sun-Dance, a man who can read my smile from across the room and know what I'm thinking. A best friend, really -- someone who'll try to make me giggle in somber places.

When I nap, he'll cover me with a soft blanket, and he'd break the sound barrier to get to me if I ever call him in distress.

We'd show all of our faces to each other, without fear, craving the magic that happens every time we're in each other's presence. Our conversations outlast any candle, our companionship a source of envy.

Together, we'd be like school children, team-mates, lab partners, lovers of mystery and exploration.

He'll love to be read to and will help me pick out wallpaper. He'll try very hard to remember the important days in my year and prefer unmarked paths to pavement, and a good hike over fame.

He'll be equally at home in a nature preserve, a nightclub, a dingy diner or a ballpark. My ideal man is one who roots out what doesn't belong in him and sees life in the details. He needs solitude from time to time and doesn't desire advantage over others. Wind does funny things to him and he'll know how to teach kindness.

Of course, he'll have "a past", but won't compare me or any other woman to the Ex that was left behind (or the one who broke his heart multiple times!)

He believes in creating miracles. He'll like to share thoughts, desserts, leaves. He strains for good words the way astronomers strain for new stars. He'll giggle intermittently and won't mind if I sometimes leave the dishes until morning. He'll have much to teach me; our chemistry will be palpable; and the good in him will see the good in me...

I think she forgot the most important attribute she wants in her man: a vagina.

She's very long-winded about what she wants in a man, isn't she? I think I can make some judicious cuts and edits to shorten up what she's really trying to say.

This is the short version of her personal ad:

I WANT TO DIE ALONE.

I think women have to reduce their expectations. Isn't it enough that we have the common courtesy to apologize for farting while we watch football?

Well, not apologize, really, but simply inform/warn, as in, "Ahhhhh... yeah, that's gonna leave a mark in the morning. You might want to take a few minutes to leave the room. Maybe make a sandwich for me while you're up."

Seriously, ladies, grow up. Stop looking for "love;" start looking for "benign indifference." You'll be happy you did.

Thanks to The Shadow.

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Unidentified Fever Sweeps Nation; CDC Baffled, But Suggests The Only Cure Is More Cowbell
— Ace

Ever notice how the media is very insistent on "correcting" the public's "mistaken belief" that Saddam Hussein had anything at all to do with 9/11, or Al Qaeda, or terrorism at all, or even giving America the stink eye?

Well, there's another enormous misimpression out there -- that the economy is doing poorly. In fact, the economy is in the best shape since at least Clinton's two-year bubble economy, and, as regards soundness and sustainability, it's better than that, too.

And yet the media has very little interest in correcting a widespread misimpression by the public on this score. Indeed, they seem to be intent on sustaining that misimpression.

Why is that, do you wonder? This is a big day of head-scratching for me, because, once again, I just have no good theory as to this strangely inconsistent behavior by the media.

Anyway:

The U.S. economy powered ahead in March as manufacturing orders surged and home sales jumped by the most in more than a decade.

Orders for durable goods rose 6.1 percent, the Commerce Department said in Washington today, more than three times the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. New home sales increased 13.8 percent, the most since April 1993, to an annual rate of 1.213 million.

Yields on 10-year Treasury notes climbed to the highest since 2002 and traders increased bets the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates twice more before the end of June. Improving business demand and little slowdown in housing run counter to the Fed's forecast that growth will moderate after the first quarter.

``The numbers we're getting all indicate that the economy has maintained a large amount of momentum and that's obviously a concern to the Fed and will likely force their hand,'' said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pennsylvania.

The durable goods report is one of the final pieces of information feeding into economists' forecasts for economic growth in the first quarter, which will be reported on April 28. Excluding transportation equipment, bookings for items made to last at least several years rose 2.8 percent.

The world's biggest economy probably expanded at a 4.9 percent pace in the first quarter, the fastest since the third quarter of 2003, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

Thanks to Phil.

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Sacrilege: Paul Anka Song Voted As Worst Song Ever
— Ace

Seasons in the Sun ranks at number five, though. Which is about right.

What about Signs?

The songs on the list are too easy. No one really likes Muskrat Love. And it can't be played that much, I don't think.

A better list would consist of songs that actually still get airplay, and yet are unspeakably awful.

Thanks to Cake or Death, who notes Kiefer Sutherland's extreme-duality style of acting.

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Those Alterante Fuels We Hear So Much About
— Ace

Popular Mechanics examines each possibility. No solar or that silly shit-- stuff you can actually put in your tank.

While it seems, superficially, to be a sober analysis, it doesn't mention the costs associated with creating each type of fuel, or compare the energy-cost of creating the fuel to the cost of producing petroleum feul. I mean, if it takes 200 BTU's of electricity to produce 100 BTU's worth of ethanol, umm, we still have to produce that electricity in the first place, right?

It mentions the energy investment for some "fuels," like electricity, which is a fuel but not a source of energy; it's just a form of energy created by consuming some other source. But it doesn't detail the energy investment associated with all of them. At least not in a detailed or rigorous way.

Still, it is interesting. I'm not sure if I buy the great potential of ethanol -- politicians usually hailed as "truth-tellers" (like McCain) have called ethanol a boondoggle, at least before running for president and needing Iowa voters. But this article suggests it's actually a real possibility for easing our reliance on petroleum.

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