October 31, 2008

Nightmare Thread
— Ace

When I was a kid, my parents took me to a drive-in. (Yeah, I'm old enough that there were still a few drive-ins around when I was a kid -- but they were dying out, man! It wasn't like I was Kinicke in Grease taking dates to them!)

Anyway, we saw some movie. Forget which. Probably a Burt Reynolds movie. (Yes, I'm old enough that when I was a kid they were still letting Burt Reynolds make movies. But his box office was declining, man! Within years he'd be doing Stroker Ace.)

But the trailer that came before it scared the shit out of me.

I've been trying to find this for years and years. Tonight I thought it might be Fulci's The Beyond, but it wasn't.

I realized, after all these years, the title was Beyond the Door.

Now, yes, this is such a blatant Exorcist rip-off it's not funny. But then, I hadn't see the Exorcist when I was a kid so I didn't know that.

Still, it's a pretty creepy trailer. What on earth were my parents doing taking me to a theater showing trailers like this. more...

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[Vinnie] Tonight's Flaming Douch Award Belongs To..
— Open Blog

These magnificent specimens of human debris, and their 100 guests.

THE Muslim wedding of a seven-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl has been raided by police.

Cops arrested the Muslim cleric conducting the sick ceremony and the children’s parents in Pakistan’s largest city.

The cleric had not yet begun the ceremony of Mohammad Waseem, seven, and his bride Nishain Karachi, five – which was attended by 100 guests.

Edited [ace]: I took down the flaming douche... don't want to wear it out, and I'm thinking I need to hold off on it until I get a less sexual sort of douche for the pic.

Update [Vinnie] I agree with Ace.

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Cindy Sheehan’s Campaign HQ Heavily Damaged in Late Night Attack (genghis)
— Open Blog

From Breitbart we get this woeful Hallow’s Eve tale about an incident at Cindy Sheehan’s campaign HQ last night.

”SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Just 5 days before the election, at 3a.m. on October 30th, all of the front windows of the Cindy Sheehan for Congress campaign offices were shattered.”
“Cindy Sheehan is a candidate for Congress in California's 8th Congressional District race against incumbent Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).”

Some specifics:
” "It seems to have been a calculated intimidation tactic," said Tiffany Burns, the Cindy for Congress campaign manager. "One of our computers was stolen, but no other property was taken from our offices and no surrounding buildings were targeted. Clearly they wanted to both frighten us and to gather information." Total damage to the campaign office is currently estimated at more than $5,000.”

Only $5k? That’s play money. Hell, every time WickedPinto and me go out to a bar we try to rack up at least $10k in damages. Otherwise we consider it an evening wasted.

But something smells here. There is no way in hell that Sheehan has a chance of unseating Pelosi (Ace calls her BotoxMcGrannyRickets or something), and why have your people attack an overwhelmed underdog opponent’s office? No reason. On the other hand, if you’re said underdog lunatic opponent, what’s the best way to get back in the news cycle?

Yes, this requires some deep speculation.

Artist's depiction of Pelosi staffers/operatives on their way to smash up Sheehan’s office

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Obama's Aunt: An Illegal Alien, Getting Government Benefits, Who Donated to Barry's Campaign [someone]
— Open Blog

Sort of sums up his entire candidacy, doesn't it?

From robtr and Dead Career Sketch in the comments.

Update: Since some people seem to have missed it, her donation is noted in the previous story, from the Times of London.

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"black" Silicon
— Purple Avenger

Interesting stuff. They have manufacturing scalability issues though.

...captures nearly all of the sun's light. "It is basically a sponge for light, both visible and infrared," says CEO Stephen Saylor...
The cool thing is that its picking up in the IR spectrum as well as visible, which traditional silicon is pretty useless for. Its usefulness as a power generating technology remains to be seen, but it looks pretty good for improving light sensor performance. Sounds like they've gotten a ~200X reduction in the amount of power needed to operate a light sensor. more...

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Worst Pundit In The World Takes Incoherent Shot at Saracuda [Kensington]
— Open Blog

Michael Calderone at Politico (I know, I know) reports that Keith Olbermann made SNL guest host Surviving Christmas superstar Ben Affleck uncomfortable this afternoon by barging into the studios to watch the Phantoms ingenue rehearse what Calderone describes as a "savage" skit about Rachel Maddow's unhinged opening act.

Commenting on the skit through a spokesman, the mediocre sportscaster who doesn't realize that he's a Ted Baxter parody remarked:

“I’m not Sarah Palin,” Olbermann said. “I know how valuable it is to me. And it’s funny."

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Drudge: Zogby Says McCain In Lead By 1 point. Surging Among NASCAR Fans, Blue Collar Workers And Men
— DrewM

Actually that sounds like one big group but whatever.

Zogby scares me because he's either right or just making shit up and you never know which. But hey 80 something hours out from Election Day, let's take it.

Here's a link to Gabe's post from earlier today about how you can help GOTV from home.

Let's drag McCain's ass over the finish line.

I have to admit I voted absentee yesterday. I swallowed hard and did something I never thought I would...I voted for John McCain. I felt very dirty and not the good kind but it had to be done.

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Open Thread/Open Blog
— Ace

Going to watch a movie I heard is scary, The Strangers.

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Ohio Officials Lied About The Reason For Checking Joe The Plumber's Records
— DrewM

Routine? Kind of thing that just sort of happens as a public service? Mmmmm....not so much apparently.

Vanessa Niekamp said that when was asked to run a child-support check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16, she thought it routine. A supervisor told her the man had contacted the state agency about his case.

Niekamp didn't know she just had checked on "Joe the Plumber," who was elevated the night before to presidential politics prominence as Republican John McCain's example in a debate of an average American.

The senior manager would not learn about "Joe" for another week, when she said her boss informed her and directed her to write an e-mail stating her computer check was a legitimate inquiry.

The reason Niekamp said she was given for checking if there was a child-support case on Wurzelbacher does not match the reason given by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Director Helen Jones-Kelley said her agency checks people who are "thrust into the public spotlight," amid suggestions they may have come into money, to see if they owe support or are receiving undeserved public assistance.

Niekamp told The Dispatch she is unfamiliar with the practice of checking on the newly famous. "I've never done that before, I don't know of anybody in my office who does that and I don't remember anyone ever doing that," she said today.

Sue Joe Sue! The depositions will be fun.

Oh and I'm not a lawyer but this sure looks like grounds for a criminal investigation, no?

Hey Ohio GOP or Team McCain...how about an ad in the state about this crap?

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Schwarzenegger Terminates Economic Girly-Men
— Ace


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Early Friday Night Drunkblogging
— LauraW

It really is too early to be fucked up.

Look, I'm not going to lie to you people. I am two and a half sheets to the wind right now.

Didn't eat dinner, and two whisky-and-waters later, here we are. Tipsy as a Weeble.

Remember this guy?

Eat me, Obama.

Obama would eat him, too.

Admirable as that is, it's no reason at all to vote for him. Crunching down on seahorses is the kind of furiously immoral behavior we expect of epicures who come from certain nations which rhyme with 'Japan.'

Seahorses have families, man. John McCain would never crunch down on a seahorse.

No way, no how.

OK, so Palin might, but that's a separate issue.

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Halloween Movies Thread
— Ace

Just saw this at Hot Air and I figured I would copy it, minus Ed's atrocious film selections.

I'm going to try to avoid the obvious ones.. with the exception of two of my all-time favorites. I'd like to avoid them, but I can't. Have to give them their props.


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Pracicing What He Preaches: Jack Murtha Cuts and Runs From Press Conference
— Ace

He's planning and over-the-horizon redeployment to Meltdown with Keith Olbermann.

After a campaign rally, incumbent Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha walked out on an interview with Channel 11 when he was pressed to answer questions regarding controversial comments he previously made to the press.


When pressed about his controversial comments, Murtha said, “Now you see what you’re doing? You’re getting away from the real issues of this campaign. You are getting away from the economy and health care. You are getting away from education.”

Education? What the hell can you teach these lynch-lovin' ig'rant hicks?


Basic "Fidjo" Crafting. Drooling subretards will be taught the basics of constructing a cretinous bastardized musical instrument called the "fidjo," a combination fiddle and banjo.

Step One: Get a fiddle and a banjo.

Step Two: Crazy glue and/or duct-tape the fiddle to the back of the banjo.

Step Three: Have a hootenany. Use your skills with the fidjo to seduce your underage cousin Becky-June.

Advanced "Shotgunjo" Crafting. Prerequisite: Basic "Fidjo" Crafting.

Six-tooth, eight-finger mutants will be taught the basics of creating a moronic hybrid of shotgun and banjo.

Step One: Get a shotgun and banjo.

Step Two: Crazy glue and/or duct-tape the shotgun to the back of the banjo.

Step Three: Hold a "shootenany." Threaten to kill your underage cousin Becky-June when she threatens to squeal you knocked her up. Best results can be had if you make sure she doesn't herself possess as shotgunjo before proceeding to this step. Which she probably does, being a moron and all.

Link fixed.

Vid: Below the jump. Thanks to William A., who found it and posted it. I think he tipped me this story in the first place, too. more...

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No Hoax: 75-Year-Old McCain Supporter Hospitalized After Being Pushed Down Onto a Fire Hydrant by 53-Year-Old Obama Supporter
— Ace

Like Uncle Obama says, "It's gonna get nasty in the last few days."

Get in their faces.

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Seattle "Progressive" (Fascist) Newspaper Gives Street Addresses of Houses Displaying McCain/Palin Signs, Encouraging Vandalism... and Perhaps Worse
— Ace

Wacky hijinks?

Okay, here's some wacky hijinks of my own. The Seattle Stranger's address is:

1535 11th Ave ( Third Floor), Seattle, WA 98122

How do you guys feel now? Perhaps a little worried? Perhaps a little fearful that some unhinged partisan might do something untoward to you?

Kinda creepy that a partisan site has signaled you out and publicized your location to potentially dangerous fringe-types who may wish to do you harm, huh?

Welcome to the party, pal. Enjoy the diminished sense of security and heightened sense of fear you just inflicted on others.

Perhaps you should consider such things before all but placing a bounty on people who dare to vote against The One.

Thanks to Maetenloch. Posting the address was my idea, not his.

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PA Resident: Yes, I'm Seeing That Repubican Trust Ad Being Blitzed
— Ace

I always feel a bit uncomfortable urging people to donate to these PACs, as I'm never quite sure if they're really getting ads up, or how many.

I mean, are they just putting up one ad at 3:00 am in the morning?

But one PA resident says:

Pennsylvania resident here: I have seen 5 replays of the goptrust ads in the last 60 minutes, esp. the jeremiah wright ad (with obama’s blue backrgound with the word ‘hate’ i think instead of ‘hope’).

So I guess it would be good to donate to them.

More: It was Dick Morris who reported it. On O'Reilly now, he says he called them to find out how much of an ad buy they were making.

Six million dollars worth.

So, yeah, it appears to be a good PAC to donate to.

I should say this is not my pet issue. The subprime crisis is my pet issue.

But I guess that ship has sailed.

So whatever it takes.

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Open Blogging Guidelines...
— Ace

I've actually put them into draft -- so they're only visible to those who have access to the system. They should sit atop the queue, as a draft, through November 30th.

I've kept them private because I don't want to have a public airing of criticisms and suggestions; I don't think that's fair.

But I would like it if every open blogger read them.

You can comment here, if you like, or note if you disagree, etc.

You can also email me of course with questions and the like.

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Noonan, Parker, Buckley Have a Bad Case of PMS
— Ace

Palin Martyr Syndrome, of course.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve detected in some of the conservative critics of Sarah Palin and, to a lesser extent, John McCain, a tendency to call attention to the fact that their position has (supposedly) made them, and their dear friends, vilified figures. Vilified in this instance means they receive angry e-mails or are on the receiving end of agitated to marginally agitated blog postings. This conveniently allows for the opportunity to inject a bit of melodrama into the whole thing.

The point in calling attention to their persecution seems to be to remind us, in what they hope is a subtle but not too subtle way, what intrepid and independent-minded individuals they are. It might also offer them the opportunity to distance themselves from the nasty, narrow, knuckle-dragging crowd from which they stand miles apart. They are willing to sustain the slings and arrows from (gasp) the blogosphere – and in return, they get to appear on The Colbert Report, or The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, or MSNBC, or find their pieces published in prominent national newspapers.

Oh, life in this vale of tears.

It’s perfectly fine for people on the right/semi-right to criticize Governor Palin and Senator McCain, though one might hope they could marshall some serious arguments on their behalf (some Palin and McCain critics have, and some have not). I’d also prefer that the differences be expressed in a relatively civil way, on both sides. But in politics, sometimes things get rambunctious. In any event, it seems to me one thing we can do without is the Martyr Syndrome. To criticize Sarah Palin or announce you are going to vote against John McCain does not take particular courage, intellectual or otherwise. And to pretend it does is to engage in an adolescent game.

via Hot Air.

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Palestra Reporters Produce More Evidence of Voter Fraud, Boners
— Ace

Sorry, but they're cute.

They're also not quite progressive about acceptance of diversity in voter fraud.

Helen Jones-Kelley just opened up an investigation into whether the color teal is a Neo-Nazi code-color. It's a "well-meaning" service she provides to anyone who criticizes ACORN.

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Undecided Voters Lean McCain; Have +17% Favorable View of Palin
— Ace

Happy Hunting Ground?

Note that they are largely proto-PUMAs, too.

Who are they? They look a lot like the voters who've already locked onto a candidate, though they're more likely to be white and less likely to be liberal. And they disproportionately backed Hillary Rodham Clinton's failed run for the Democratic nomination.


Overall, the share of these voters—sometimes referred to as "persuadables"—has barely budged from levels measured in June and September AP-Yahoo News polls, conducted online by Knowledge Networks.

But the survey—which has repeatedly quizzed the same group of 2,000 adults since last November—shows considerable churning below the surface. Of those now changeable, nearly three-quarters said in June their minds were made up, and half said so just last month.

"These tend to be people with a lower level of knowledge about the election; they don't follow politics as closely," said Michael McDonald, a political science professor from George Mason University who studies voting behavior. "If they can't distinguish between the candidates at this stage, the question is if they will vote."

Election Day is Tuesday. The survey found Obama leading McCain among all likely voters, 51 percent to 43 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Almost four in 10 persuadables lean toward McCain, and about as many are considering backing Obama, while the rest are either undecided or lean toward other candidates. Viewed another way, about one in every 10 supporters of Obama or McCain says he could still change his mind.

Even so, persuadable voters could be especially fertile hunting ground for McCain in the closing days of a contest in which most polls show him trailing.

These people... "These people." What a giveaway.

... trust Obama less than decided voters do to handle the economy, the Iraq war and terrorism. They are less accepting that the Illinois senator has enough experience to be president. And by a 17 percentage-point spread, more see Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin favorably than unfavorably, unlike the narrow majority of voters already backing a candidate who dislike her.


Just four in 10 persuadables report being contacted by political workers urging them to vote in the presidential contest, compared with just over half of those who've made up their minds. That could reflect the campaigns' targeting their resources to more motivated voters or to problems locating these less involved people.

There is still a lot that phone-banking or canvassing can do.

There's also a little that money can do. I forget who reported it, but the Republican National Trust PAC is planning to blitz their Wright ad in battleground states this weekend.

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