March 30, 2008
— Ace My friend just pointed this out.
— Open Blog This video has been on this site before but I am reposting it because it is simply one of the best and most informative dissections of the Leftist mindset. Please watch it for 5 minutes and I guarantee you will be hooked and will watch the whole thing. If you have seen it before, watch it again. It is important to refocus on how those who dislike our country think and what motivates them.
— Open Blog Will they heed Our Dark Lord?
Rule #1: Control the Convention Mechanism. If you set the rules, decide who votes, organize the event and control what is said, it's almost impossible to lose. So while Democratic National Committee chief Howard Dean is ostensibly in charge, both candidates would be well advised to gain control of the levers of the convention...Being able to decide what delegation sits where, who stays in which hotel, and who's able to get a pass to the gallery can help set the mood and tone of the delegates. Put your best delegations where they can hoot and holler for the cameras. Friends? Nice hotel near the convention center. Unfriendly delegation? How about that comfy Motel 6 near the airport?
Rove digs deep into convention history to provide insight and context. His last rule?
Rule #5: Focus on Staging. Conventions are elaborate made-for-TV productions. We live in a culture of the visual. Every moment and every event should be scripted.
— DrewM Things change fast in Iraq.
BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government has welcomed an order by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to pull his fighters off the streets.
Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told Iraqi state TV in an interview that the decision is "positive and responsive.
...Al-Sadr also called on the government to stop what he calls haphazard raids and release security detainees who haven't been charged.
It's clearly too soon to tell what this means. Sadr (well, his Iranian masters) could be playing some deep games here or they are getting their ass kicked or something else.
Personally, I thought this was an effort to piss in the soup ahead of Petraeus' upcoming testimony in Washington. If it was, did they miscalculate or think they made their point?
— Purple Avenger Fear the long reach of global warming -- it has reached back 25 million years and triggered these monstrous events unfolding today. Rove needs to keep better track of the keys for the time machine. You know how devious and dangerous these adolescent miscreants like AGW can be when handed the keys to a kickass time machine and allowed to take it out for a spin.
The West Antarctic rift is a region of volcanic activity and crustal stretching that is roughly the size of the western United States (from Salt Lake City to the Pacific Ocean). About 98 percent of it is buried beneath glacial ice, up to 2.5 miles thick, and bedrock beneath the ice is 2000--3000 feet below sea level over large areas. All of this makes it a difficult region to study.
It is interesting nevertheless, because volcanic eruptions beneath the ice could destabilize the ice sheet, leading to as much as 25 feet of sea-level rise. How likely is it that this could happen is a question scientists have debated for over a decade...
...this study also shows that the land in West Antarctica has been rising beneath the ice sheet in some areas and subsiding beneath it in others, over roughly the past 25 million years.
Some areas have subsided to as much as 8500 feet below sea level.
This tectonic restlessness...and its affect on the history of the West Antarctic ice sheet has not yet been evaluated...
March 29, 2008
— Open Blog The Jawa Report: Radio Edition conversation with Robert Spencer.
Our guest schedule goes something like this; bestselling authors, high profile bloggers, and then morons. We hope to have Ace on sometime in June, 2012.
Have a good night, everyone, and no, we won't pay you back for that hour of your life that you just wasted, not our fault you downloaded it.
— Open Blog I'm only posting this since religion is such a contentious topic the past couple days, and I'm really wanting to see some of you low-lifes banned for good. You're seriously cramping my efforts to get Nice Deb in the rack like the dirty, dirty whore that deep down, she really wants to be for me.
Well, that, and this is just funny as all hell.
Dear Dr. Graham: Ive fallen in love with a woman I work with, and I sincerely believe God brought us together. But my wife got very upset when she found out...
Believe it or not, it's not the Onion.
— Open Blog Sadly, it appears that since none of the three remaining Presidential candidates want to do anything to defend the U.S.-Mexico border or stem the flow of illegal immigrants. We all know about McCain's pro-Amnesty stance, and the two Democrats remaining strike me as eager to swell the ranks of the Democrat voter base.
But, never fear! The Mexican Government will send additional troops to the border. The main focus appears to be stopping thugs and drug-related violence from crossing from Juarez into the U.S.
And the Mexican Army is boasting:
Officials said the violence in Mexico has increased in large part to competing drug cartels.
"In this battle we will show that no criminal group is capable to resist the strength of the Mexican government," Interior Minister Juan Mourino said at a news conference Thursday.
Defense Secretary Guillermo Galvan said 2,026 soldiers, 180 military tactical vehicles, three airplanes and more than a dozen drug detection devices would be employed in the military operation.
I wonder if the Mexican Government will really go through with a sustained presence in Juarez, or if they will depart in a few weeks after the cameras disappear.
— Open Blog I'm not sure this story is a good idea so soon after the Fitna flap that had Ace so exercised, but maybe this could act as a good test post. There is nothing wrong with objecting to unreasonable intrusions of religion in public life, and that's what, IMHO this is:
The white Islamic convert rolled out his prayer mat in the aisle and knelt on the floor facing Mecca.
Passengers watched in amazement as he held out his palms towards the sky, bowed his head and began to chant.
One guy whipped out his cell phone to videotape the special moment from outside the bus. The video can be viewed at The Sun Online.
Eventually everyone started complaining. One woman said, What the hell are you doing? Im going to be late for work.
After a few minutes the driver calmly got up, opened the doors and asked everyone back on board.
But when the already unnerved passengers saw the drivers rucksack on the floor, they refused to get back on.
One chap said, Im not getting on there now".
An elderly couple also looked really confused and worried.
After seeing that no-one wanted to get on he drove off and we all waited until the next bus came about 20 minutes later. I was left totally stunned. It made me not want to get on a bus again.
Perhaps they were being paranoid. But as one person said in the comment section:
you cant fault anyone for not wanting to get back on after the rucksack came out - the London bombings are still very much with the general public and it is a legitimate concern that we all have to live with. The world IS a much different place post 9-11/7-7
Also, judging from the comments, people would very much like to see this bus driver sacked.
I totally agree.
Cross posted at Nice Deb
— Purple Avenger Too bad, so sad. Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of commies
...The Turkish military said the PKK group "came under fire by long-range weapons" on Thursday, and 15 terrorists were killed...
— Open Blog In an ongoing effort to "broaden brand appeal" Ace green-lighted a foray into health-care, with the predictable outcome.
A rattlesnake rancher who calls himself Bayou Bob found a new way to make money: Stick a rattler inside a bottle of vodka and market the concoction as an "ancient Asian elixir."
— Gabriel Malor At Ralph Nader's blog, which looks very twitter-like:
Just read where Senator Patrick Leahy is calling on you to drop out of the Presidential race.
I know something about this.
Heres my advice:
Dont listen to people when they tell you not to run anymore.
Thats just political bigotry.
Listen to your own inner citizen First Amendment voice.
I have an election law class this semester, in which we usually take a few minutes at the beginning of each class to discuss the presidential contests. When asked if they thought Clinton will win the nomination, half of the class astonishingly indicated that they did. These are folks who might not be as up-to-date on election information as your average AoS moron, but who probably have a better grasp of the situation than your average man on the street.
So what am I missing? Poll is below the fold.
— Ace I'm off. Keep it (fairly) clean, boys.
— Gabriel Malor This year's winner is If You Want Closure In Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs. Awesome title.
The book, described as a "self-help manual written by a man for the benefit of women," pipped "I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen" into second place, followed by "Cheese Problems Solved" in the poll for the Bookseller magazine.
"The winner .. makes redundant an entire genre of self-help tomes. So effective is the title that you don't even need to read the book itself," said Joel Rickett, deputy editor of the publishing industry weekly.
"But don't let that stop you," I'm sure the publisher is frantically emailing. Click through to see the results back to 1997. Some are "meh." But some are pure gold, like The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories and High Performance Stiffened Structures.
— Gabriel Malor If Friday's box office numbers are any measure, the latest anti-war movie will flop just as badly as the others. Stop-loss came in 7th yesterday, and Hollywood execs keep kidding themselves about the reason:
"It's not looking good," a studio source told me before the weekend. "No one wants to see Iraq war movies. No matter what we put out there in terms of great cast or trailers, people were completely turned off. It's a function of the marketplace not being ready to address this conflict in a dramatic way because the war itself is something that's unresolved yet. It's a shame because it's a good movie that's just ahead of its time."
That's not it at all. We're more than ready to "address this conflict" if the absolutely voracious appetite for war-related news is any gauge. It's just that hardly anyone--not even liberals who aren't quite sure how they feel about our country--wants to sit through an hour-and-a-half exercise in public shaming.
More: DrewM. writes to point me to Libertas, a conservative film blog that I really should be reading. Their review (more of a takedown) is here. It begins:
What is possibly left to say about a poorly produced, poorly acted, poorly directed, and very poorly written anti-war film that defames our troops ?
Actually, they manage to say quite a bit.
— Ace Note the question mark, please. Also note the vague verb "linked." I don't want to cast aspersions on the innocent. Or even Washingtonienne.
Kristen "Billie" Davis and Jessica "Brooke" Cutler.
And you thought you'd heard the last of Jessica Cutler, a.k.a. the blogger Washingtonienne! Not so, the New York Post reports; alleged photos of former Senate staffer Cutler, 29, have shown up on the alleged Web site of alleged N.Y.C. madam Kristin "Billie" Davis, 32, whose Manhattan-based Wicked Models call-girl ring was shut down Tuesday after a year-long investigation.
According to the Post, Cutler can be seen on Davis's MySpace page, posing above the caption "The Famous Jessica Cutler!" The same picture reportedly also appears on a Web site that advertises a photo shoot for Wicked Models, but in that photo Davis identifies Cutler as "Brooke." Cutler told the Post it was her face on the Web site but said the photos "were Photoshopped."
Asked if she had worked as an escort, Cutler told the Post, "I can't talk about that," but said reps of the Manhattan district attorney's office "are going to want to see me for questioning."
Cutler told the Post she first met Davis -- who is behind bars, with bail set at $2 million -- when her roommate was hired as Davis's personal assistant; Cutler said she partied with Davis and at one time lived in her New York apartment.
Attempts to reach Cutler for comment yesterday were unsuccessful.
Here's the NYPost link for Cutler's racy pictures. And when I say "racy," I mean... very meh. She knew she was featured on the website, she says, but that the pictures were photoshopped, which is... irrelevant.
It could be she was just a model. The organization is called Wicked Models, after all.
Double Plus Undead suggests this may be the last time this old post is relevant.
It amuses me (in a flattering, but shameful way) that some blog poll put that as the second greatest blog post ever written, after LGF's Rathergate .gif. I guess that's my clumsy way of saying read that if you haven't before.
— Ace Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.
— Ace I will put the Dollard link back up later. I was going to put it up now and say "No comments" but given the fact I asked people to ratchet it down and was generally ignored I don't imagine anyone will respect my wishes this time, either.
For everyone who vented at Muslims generally and didn't take my advice to ratchet it down -- thanks, you are officially responsible for the most complained-about thread in this site's history. Take a bow.
I am really, really getting fucking sick of saying the same basic thing over and over again.
To the same fucking people, by and large.
I should say this is a difficult call because there are legitimate discussions to be had about precisely how complicit most Muslims are in terrorism, and how much Islam itself is to blame.
But for the love of God, please understand that when you broach these concededly-legitimate topics you should do so as thoughtfully as possible, and not in the white heat of anger.
BTW, erg has been banned. I hope. To be honest, I've been "banning" him not realizing that my "bans" only applied to a commenting system that was no longer even use. I have written Pixy to put him on the real banned list, so we'll see if it takes this time.
I realize that that was part of the problem, and that he stirred some up by immediately (of course) claiming Christianity was the "real" problem.
But just because he's a terrorist symp is really not a license to write crap here that would get you fired at work were you to say it there.
This is a business. People do read this at work.
I am getting tired of having to remind people of these basic facts. You are threatening my very goddamned livelihood and no, your "right" to free expression is not going to trump my right to make a buck.
Here's a simple guideline: Before you spout off on a charged issue, ask yourself if someone reading this at work might be in trouble with Human Resources for reading the site if a coworker happened to read your commnent.
If the answer is "Yes," then do not hit publish. Take a breather, rethink, reconsider, rewrite. Or consider exiting the argument altogether if you find you're too angry to mind a respectful, respectable tone.
Either there's going to be some self-regulation here or there's going to be external regulation. Either way, there is going to be regulation.
That's just the way it fucking is.
March 28, 2008
— Open Blog The sheer depth of arrogance in this statement takes my breath away.
I'm not really one of those whose vote can be had by McCain if only he chooses the right running mate.
But I'm in a distinct minority, even among the anti-establishment types that hang out around this blog.
That said, it seems absurdly egotistical and tone-deaf for a candidate struggling to gain the trust of the conservative wing of the GOP to start ruling out running-mates who would significantly strengthen the resolve of that faction to turn out for a vote.
But let's face it. It is John McCain (r - McCainland) we are talking about.
I have a hard time believing that McCain will tap anyone much further to the right of Joe Lieberman to be his running mate. After all, Joe already demonstrated in 2003 while waiting for an Al Gore non-event that he is more than willing to suck it up and support his team to the hilt, his dignity be damned.
McCain has his monumental ego, I have my inviolable principles, and never the twain shall meet.*
* (An ancient phrase that is remarkably on-target).
— Ace Hillary's dodge was always to claim she couldn't talk about scandals, as they were under investigation, and then, after the investigation had been completed, and had by no means cleared her, simply failed to produce criminal charges, state "All these questions were answered long ago," apparently forgetting that she had always refused to answer any of these questions long ago.
For Obama, it's different. A true child of the Netroots, any topic which is politically disadvantageous to him is a distraction from what really matters, namely, any topic which is politically advantageous to him.
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