June 27, 2006
— Ace Now monthly. It's on at 3 PM Eastern now, still on Rightalk.
We'll be talking to Mark W. Smith, author of Disrobed: The New Battleplan to Break the Left's Stranglehold on the Courts. And he'll be floating the idea that future victims of terrorism can sue the NYT on an "aiding and abetting" theory, which I think is a stretch, but what the hell.
Bumped: About a half hour from now. Hmmm. Time for some Val-U-Rite Discount Vodka. Haven't had that in a while.
I wouldn't say I had a drinking problem, per se. What I have is a drinking solution.
Call in at 866-884-TALK.
— Ace It's a humpback, not a sperm whale (why do all whales have dirty names? I thought this was just a coincidence until I went on a whale-watching excursion and spotted what I was told was a "Dirty Lesbian Busty Teen Whale"), but it's close enough to Moby Dick.
Thanks to yls.
— Ace Andrew Sullivan, once again a pioneer.
For some time, St. Andrew of the Sacred Heart-Ache has been using a disingenuous device to post unhinged shit while retaining plausible deniability.
A reader will send in an unhinged email, and Sullivan will post it prominently. But then, to retain some amount of credibility, he'll give a quick disavowal of the email.
He does so again here. Here's a bit of the email he thought was so important to share with the world:
Having observed the president's behavior in office, I wonder if he might be wrong [about not having been a true, addicted alcoholic]. Perhaps not only the president, but also his administration, suffers from alcoholism. After all, arrogance and the inability to take responsibility for one's actions, classic alcoholic traits, have become trademarks of the Bush presidency.
Sullivan, having shared this "interesting theory" on his blog, then goes into CYA mode with this:
This is too simplistic an analysis, of course. And yet the president's alcoholism is integral to his personality; and it's certainly as worth debating as his predecessor's sexual addiction.
He does this an awful lot. First comes the unhinged post, then comes a tepid rebuttal, like "This overstates the case, but..."
If Andrew Sullivan is as "brave" as he likes to pretend: Why not just float his "interesting theories" under his own byline, rather than through the dishonest device of, ahem, merely quoting his unhinged leftist readers?
Hmmmm... maybe I should try this. I just got this interesting email from a reader calling himself "Illinois Nazi:"
I think that most of the thorniest social problems we struggle with today can be explained, to some extent, by examining them through the Jew-Black Double-Team Prism. Whether it's abortion, or terrorism, or Enron, many problems facing the American public today are attributable to the fact that the JEW is moving in on you, and he's using the BLACK MAN as MUSCLE. And you are left DEFENSELESS.
Well, that may be somewhat reductivist, I suppose. Nevertheless, it certainly does seem a useful template for analyzing today's politics.
Related: And now the BLACK MAN is using JEW MONEY to move in on you, and you are, again, left DEFENSELESS.
Another Interesting Email... From Scot. Well, a comment really.
I think Sullivan's passive aggresiveness is an indication of underlying emotional problems, possibly Borderline Personality Disorder. And, yet, that may be an oversimplified explaination of his behavior.
I would never stoop to making such penny-ante psychiatric diagnoses myself, but I find it nevertheless interesting that Sullivan does, in fact, exhibit many of the symptoms of the Borderline Personality Disorder. Narcissism, solipsism, splitting -- the classic symptom.
Splitting is something BPDers do all the time. First you are the greatest thing since sliced bread and they praise you to the heavens. Then, when you can't remain up on the unreasonably-high platform they've put you on, and you become the worst miscreant who ever benighted the earth by his mere existence.
Splitting. Check out his rather uncomfortably "crushy" early posts on Bush, and compare them to unhinged venom of the past few years.
Anyway, once again, I personally would never, out of my own mouth, propose such a nasty psychiatric diagnosis of someone based only on his writings.
However, I have to say that if Bush's "alcoholism" is relevant for discussing his politics, so is Andrew Sullivan's Borderline Personality Disorder.
Did I say he actually had BPD? Whoops! He may or may not have it, by which I mean he does.
Ooopsie! I said it again. My bad. Okay, let me passively-aggressively say that I don't know if he has BPD -- that's between him and his mental-health-care provider -- but is, let us say, symptomatic.
— Ace Police are baffled why a man began randomly shooting his co-workers. (NOTE: The headline was chosen for its alliteration, not its accuracy; it doesn't seem as if anyone was actually killed. But "Motiveless Would-Be Mass-Murdering Muslim Maniac" doesn't all start with M's.)
However, Fords younger sister Khali told 9News her brother was upset because people were making fun of his religion at work.
I dont know what happened to him yesterday. It was like everything changed, Khali said. He told me that Allah was going to make a choice and it was going to be good and told me people at his job was making fun of his religion and he didnt respect that."
You'll be happy to know that police say his religious affiliation is not being considered as a factor in his motive for the assaults. Pretty much they're baffled, and are determined to stay that way.
In related news, Encyclopedia Brown is said to be "positively stumped" in his most recent case, but has "completely ruled out" any involvement by Bugs Meaney.
— Ace 600 pound woman thrown through sunroof of SUV by mishap.
Thirty-seven-year-old Ruth Matthews told paramedics that another vehicle cut her off in traffic, and she took evasive action to avoid a crash. Her Isuzu Amigo rolled over and she was thrown through the sunroof and onto the roadway. Investigators say she was not wearing her seatbelt.
Paramedics initially tried to fly Matthews to Tampa General Hospital, but her weight, estimated at 600 pounds, made it impossible. Emergency crews were able to transport her to St. Josephs Hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.
Obviously that's kind of embarrassing and sad. Add that to the list of ways to know you need to start losing weight. 1-- paramedics need to cut a hole through your wall to get to you because you can't move from the bed; 2 -- you have to be moved from your home by crane; 3 -- you can't be airlifted by a typical light helicopter.
Remember the 1,235 pound Mexican guy? He's actually on a diet. And he's lost 200 pounds. Which can't be all water weight, even for him.
That's Barry Sears, inventor of "The Zone" diet, which sucks, by the way. Anyway, the Mexican heavyweight is on that diet, and Sears is proud about his losing so much weight.
Although I think he's going to have to firm up a little more before they start using his picture in adverts.
Thanks to JackStraw and yls, respectively.
— Ace ...but then again, this editorial was written three days after September 11. That was back when we were at war.
Apparently we're not anymore. The New York Times editorial staff decided we're not at a war, so we're not.
The first week after 9/11, I was angry that they hadn't secured a formal declaration of war against Al Qaeda. Democrats wouldn't declare the obvious. As well as some Republicans, like Chuck Hegel.
In the spirit of amity, Bush did not press the issue, although he could have uncovered a lot of peaceniks for what they were right quick if he had demanded a formal declaration of war.
I thought that was a mistake then and still think so now. It is the lack of a formal declaration of war that permits Bill Keller to publish state secrets without much fear of prosecution.
So: Let's pass it.
It's time for a formal declaration of war on Al Qaeda. No Democrats will vote for it, and some Republicans won't, but we should be able to get it through. Let us have no more questions about the legal status of this war, and what consequences treason may have.
June 26, 2006
— Ace If only liberal judges were so obliging in the US!
Ah, well. The British are sometimes polite to the point of pathos.
They're still trying to make nice-nice with radical imams in London, after all.
— Ace Well, well, well. Just as an unknown liberal blogger leaks damaging information about Kos -- who's connected to former blogger Jerome Armstrong, hired on as a consultant for Mark Warner's presidential campaign -- and damages the Kos-Armstrong brand-name...
...it just so happens that Hillary Clinton hires a competing liberal blogger/consultant, Peter Daou, as her nutroots outreach representative.
Was Peter Daou, by a happy coincidence, on that Townhouse emailing list?
— Ace That seems to be the suggestion here in this interview with Bill Keller. He says he talked to three people outside of the administration regarding whether or not he should commit treason, and two of them -- 9/11 Commissioners Tom Kean (R) and Lee Hamilton (D) -- urged him not to.
He then says that one of the three did not counsel against publication.
As the third person talked to was Murtha, that would seem to suggest that Murtha told them it would be okay to publish it.
In his wholly unbiased opinion. You know, the unbiased, non-Bush-deranged guy who claims the US is more of a threat to peace than North Korea and Iran.
I can't decide what's more shocking -- that this cocksucker Murtha would tell the NYT, on his own dubious authority, that it's okay to violate the Espionage Act, or that the New York Times would consider John Fucking Murtha a disinterested, unbiased arbiter on the matter.
Fuck, why not just ask Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore, George Soros, and Michael Berg?
And... If you haven't seen Treasury Secretary John Snow's letter to Bill Keller, you might want to check that out.
Thanks to DDG for the latter.
And There's Still More... Now How Much Would You Pay?: Another Pulitzer-winning scoop from the NYT:
WAZIRISTANAn American soldier, clinging to a cliff face littered with broken shale and animal bones in Waziristan, northwest Pakistan, is currently engaging in direct, unwarranted surveillance of Osama bin Laden, confidential sources have revealed to the New York Times.
The soldiers conduct raises questions about the Bush administrations policy of covert surveillance and intelligence gathering in support of his War on Terror. Constitutional experts are troubled by this and similar unwarranted searches that are designed to gather information on terrorists, but may reveal private information about American citizens instead.
Correction: I originally inadvertantly wrote that Tony Snow wrote the letter.
Inadvertantly is a funny word. What does it mean? Does it mean it was merely a printer's mistake/typo? Or a bona fide mistake of fact?
Kinda right there in the middle-- not explicitly denying an actual mistake, but not really admitting one either.
It's the media's favorite word when mentioning corrections.
— Ace I expect the NYT -- determined to inform the public no matter whom it might harm -- to be all over this.
— Ace Heap big pink-slip, white man.
Thanks to OgreGunner.
— Ace Heap big pink-slip, white man.
Thanks to OgreGunner.
— Ace Breaking. A smaller port known to be an entry point for immigrants.
Update: Dockworker discovers note in cargo hold of banana-boat out of Guatamala reading--
"This nitro is for your, Mr. Bush, and your Jewish cronies."
— Ace Factors Against: It's still almost inconceivable Bush would do this.
Factors For: Belgium is now investigating SWIFT's compliance with American subpoenas to determine if it is lawful. This may jeopardize further cooperation and make SWIFT effectively a terrorist-safe money conduit.
Switzerland is evaluating its cooperation with SWIFT.
Both of these show an actual, tangible harm to national security, and undermine Bill Keller's claims that he can't see how his treason could help Al Qaeada.
Further, Bush seems really pissed off.
Few Democrats are willing to defend the NYT. Only left-wing media types, who don't have to stand for election, are willing to do so.
And politically, this seems to be the best time to do it. The NYT cannot even manage to allege any wrongdoing or illegality here, except for vague "questions" about "privacy." They've blown a major, effective program for no reason whatsoever, except their own personal aggrandizement.
Chances that the NYT will be exposed to legal compulsion* of some sort:
* Either a Congressional hearing featuring direct, under-oath questioning of NYT reporters and editors, or a Justice Department investigation into them, or, more likely, a grand-jury investigation into the leakers in which NYT reporters and editors are compelled to reveal their sources or face prison, as occurred in the case of Judy Miller
— Ace On phonin'-it-in-day:
Juan [Willaims] is so stupid that I find myself pulling for him to make a valid point. -- Uniball
DissentRevealing classified information to our nation's enemies in a time of war is the highest form of patriotism. -- Thomas Jefferson
Found by Brendan in Stuff Jefferson Said About How Incredible And Smart Our Press Corps Is, I Mean Really, They're So Scary-Smart They Moonlight At The CERNE High-Energy Particle Accelerator, Splitting Atoms... With Their Minds, 1st Edition, with another annoying forward by Steven Hawking in which he 1) talks a bit randily about women, in a rather pathos-evoking bid to convince us he's getting a lot of tail, and 2) won't shut the fuck up about his latest stupid $10 bet with Kip Thorne about black holes
— Ace What the eff? What the effing eff? Aren't spam comments supposed to provoke interest?
Have you SEEN the crap that's getting spammed to this site lately?
"Yeah, so, nothing really going on here..."
"One day just seems to bleed into the next, lifelessly..."
"I've just been staying at home waiting for something from the mailman. I forget what. Oh, right: the sweet release of death..."
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What. The. Hell?
Has a computer program scanned through my words and diagnosed me -- and therefore all of my readers -- as debilitatingly-depressive shut-ins and desperately lonely pre-suicides?
— Ace Yeah... so, slicing off the clitoris of young girls may help preserve their chastity by making sex unenjoyable or even painful for them. But, let's face it, that's not going to stop men from being attracted to them and trying to have sex with them. Because it's not exactly the most obvious feature on a woman's body, even when she's naked.
Hell, even when you're in the area. Actually, I'd pay someone cash money to tell me what the hell it even is.
Anyway. Sorry to toss a joke in there. Did I mention, no sleep?
A nationwide campaign is under way in Cameroon to discourage the widespread practice of "breast ironing".
This involves pounding and massaging the developing breasts of young girls with hot objects to try to make them disappear.
Statistics show that 26% of Cameroonian girls at puberty undergo it, as many mothers believe it protects their daughters from the sexual advances of boys and men who think children are ripe for sex once their breasts begin to grow.
The most widely used instrument to flatten the breasts is a wooden pestle, used for pounding tubers in the kitchen. Heated bananas and coconut shells are also used.
Student Geraldin Sirri recounted her painful experience.
"My mother took a pestle, she warmed it well in the fire and then she used it to pound my breasts while I was lying down. She took the back of a coconut, warmed it in the fire and used it to iron the breasts.
"I was crying and trembling to escape but there was no way."
Another woman from Mamfe in south-west Cameroon told me she ironed her own breasts as a girl so that she would not be forced into early marriage as is the practice in her village.
"I wanted to go to school like other girls who had no breasts," Emilia said.
Thanks to OgreGunner.
— Ace They do have this.
— Ace And by "they," he means the New York Times, which is willfully helping Al Qaeda murder American civillians.
They've taken the position that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."
Well, it works the other way too, boys. "The friend of my enemy is also my enemy."
Via Gateway Pundit, who has a big honkin' and not-at-all-queer round-up on the treason.
— Ace When did the anonymity and privacy of transnational corporations and dummy companies making large cross-border money-tranfers become such an important concern of left-leaning "civil liberties advocates," by the way?
As Dostoyevsky said, you judge a society by the way it treats corporations and shell companies moving large sums of money across national borders through the international banking system.
Hmmm. Learn something every day.
Ace, if the Left wants to protect the anonymity of major international financial transfers, perhaps they can start by doing so at home, and stop criticizing wealthy Americans for transferring their assets offshore in order to avoid the taxes they support.
Hell, they can begin *today* by repealing the IRS notification requirement for inter-personal transfers over $10,000. If Uncle Sam can't track $1 million dollar wire transfers to suspected terrorists, I don't see why he should be able to track my $11K I send to my brother/bookie/drug dealer here at home.
Somehow, however, I don't recall all these fairweather libertarians ever getting all up in arms over THOSE restrictions on our personal financial liberty. Must've slipped my mind while I was watching The O.C.
More: Not "Persons," EVIL GREEDY TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS:
Actually, the press coverage and subsequent outrage by the left has ignored the facts of the matter, as stated by a writer to Instapundit:
"What has not been stressed is that SWIFT is not used for individuals. It is used for processing money transfers, stock transfers and bond transfers from companies, governments, banks, insurance companies and NGO's."
In other words, we're looking at the fake foundations and dummy corporations set up by terrorist sympathizers to hide/launder their support of terrorism.
I've corrected the post to include that info, making it all the more drollishly ironic.
PS, I get to make up new words today, too, like "drollishly."
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