July 31, 2008
— Purple Avenger Maj. Smith and Col MacFarland's rundown on how the Awakening and surge worked. Its a 12 page long article in PDF form. Contrary to what the Messiah asserts, the Awakening was hardly an accidental development. It was carefully cultivated and nurtured.
...It is gratifying to see our model adapted and used elsewhere in the War on Terror. It proves once again that Americas Army is truly a learning organization. In the end, probably the most important lesson we learned in Ramadi was that, as General Petraeus said, Hard is not hopeless.Ramadi was where the inkblotting of the forward posts was proven a successful strategy. This started "pre-surge" and led the locals to believe we were for real. Once they realized we were for real, partnering didn't seem so crazy a path anymore. This is why the Awakening wasn't some random event as the Messiah believes. In the Messiah's mind, hard is hopeless, and our military people are a lot dumber than they really are.
— Ace I know: It's old.
But I don't mean the P.J. O'Rourke essay. I mean the breaking, real-world news.
Driver abuses speed limit and himself
A TERRITORY man filmed himself speeding at 150km/h while masturbating at the wheel of his drug-laden car, a court heard.
His Holden SV6 was allegedly laden with 5kg of drugs, including two cannabis plants resting on the back seat, the court was told.
Brendon Alan Erhardt, 39, was granted bail so he could marry his girlfriend of six months before he goes to jail.
Prosecutor Sergeant Melinda Edwards said in court the father-of-three told police he "had masturbated while driving'' just before he was stopped for speeding on the 130km/h stretch of the Stuart Hwy.
"(He) also video recorded himself masturbating while travelling at a speed of 150km/h.''
He does have an alibi:
It is alleged that officers found 4.96kg of cannabis hidden in a blue esky in the boot, two cannabis plants on the back seat, two drug pipes and a loaded .22 rifle.
Sgt Edwards said Mr Erhardt was arrested and told officers he had "found'' the drugs at a rest stop 100km north of Coober Pedy -- and he intended to smoke all of it at his Noonamah home.
Mr Erhardt also told police he had used the rifle to shoot "kangaroos from the vehicle whilst driving north''.
He was booked on three charges: Driving While Awesome, Carrying a Lethal Awesome without License, and Possession of Awesome with Intent to Distribute.
Thanks to MattM.
— Ace Not incriminating. Just weird.
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Deceiver suggests that the media call this guy about his non-role in this non-scandal and find out what he was non-doing non-reserving rooms for the non-couple.
But that's silly. Bloggers can do that as well.
— Ace Not exactly a tough sell, now is it?
The presumptive Republican nominee has embarked on a bare-knuckled barrage of negative advertising aimed at belittling Mr. Obama. The most recent ad compares the presumptive Democratic nominee for president to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton suggesting to voters that hes nothing more than a bubble-headed, publicity-seeking celebrity.
The ad gave us an uneasy feeling that the McCain campaign was starting up the same sort of racially tinged attack on Mr. Obama that Republican operatives, some of whom work for Mr. McCain now, ran against Harold Ford, a black candidate for Senate in Tennessee in 2006. That assault, too, began with videos juxtaposing Mr. Ford with young, white women.
Mr. Obama called Mr. McCain on the ploy, saying, quite rightly, that the Republicans are trying to scare voters by pointing out that he doesnt look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills.
But Rick Davis, Mr. McCains campaign manager, had a snappy answer. Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck, he said. Its divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.
The retort was, we must say, not only contemptible, but shrewd. It puts the sin for the racial attack not on those who made it, but on the victim of the attack.
It also and we wish this were coincidence, but we doubt it conjurs up another loaded racial image.
The phrase dealing the race card from the bottom of the deck entered the national lexicon during the O.J. Simpson saga. Robert Shapiro, one of Mr. Simpsons lawyers, famously declared of himself, Johnny Cochran and the rest of the Simpson defense team, Not only did we play the race card, we dealt it from the bottom of the deck.
If you listened to Rick Davis defending himself from Obama Communications Director Andrea Mitchell below, you know the Obama campaign has been peddling the "racial attack" storyline to the media (and bottomdwelling bloggers, of course) for two days.
This is what Obama does. Hillary supporters were driven bonkers by this during the primaries. On the surface, Obama pretends to be post-racial, while actually making expressly racial appeals on occasion.
But it's behind the scenes where he plays the race card again and again. He know it will backfire if he himself is out there screaming racism with all the subtlety of Al Sharpton waiting for a cab. So instead he gets his surrogates to do it for him -- while his top advisers frantically dial the media all day trying to get them to do Obama's dirty work for them.
And usually, the media is more than happy to play campaign coordinator for Obama.
Just ask Hillary.
Question: Does the media have the responsibility to report on what stories a campaign is pushing to them secretly? I realize this is hypothetical, since they'll never drop dime on their beloved Obama.
But if a campaign consistently denies it's making racially-tinged attacks on an opponent, while secretly pushing those attacks every hour to media allies, doesn't the media have a responsibility to report on what the campaign is really doing, hidden from public view?
Or does the media consider itself an actual, formal partner in Obama's election campaign?
Everyone in the MSM knows damn well that the Obama campaign is pushing the racial appeals behind the scenes. They know that, because they're the ones getting the frantic calls from Obama's people "suggesting" such storylines.
How long is the media going to continue this charade? How long will they falsely portray Obama as post-racial and trans-racial when they know damn well the campaign is hyper-racial on phone calls with them, explicitly attempting to racialize just about every issue and ad and statement that Obama gets peeved about?
Or is this just their Special Little Secret with their Special Little Friend?
Racist Organization Insinuates That Obama Will Steal Their White Women: Why, just look at this hypersexual shot of a white woman with face cast dangerously close to Obama's swarthy nethers!
That's from this racist political organization.
Thanks to BumperStickerist.
A small MSM outlet actually bothers to do a little journalism, and hits a jackpot.
As the Charlotte Observer points out, the child was born two months after Andrew Young (an Edwards confidante) claimed paternity, so why isn't ol' Andrew's name listed there?
Asked Thursday why no father was listed on the birth certificate, Hunter's attorney, Robert Gordon of New York, said, A lot of women do that.
Reminded that he and Hunter had publicly revealed the father's identity two months earlier to the National Enquirer, Gordon said, That's a personal matter between them.
Gordon declined to comment further.
That's okay. You don't have to comment, Gordo. I think we can all fill in the blanks on our own.
Thanks to CJ.
PS: If the MSM continues its embargo in the face of even this, well, I'll be impressed.
PPS: I just intercepted this secret coded communique from the NYT to the LAT. Can anyone make heads or tails of it?
PPPPS: Here's why, it seems, Reille Hunter did not just write in "Andrew Young:"
With unmarried couples, California State law requires both parents to sign a Declaration of Paternity form prior to the father's name being put on the birth certificate. If the father is not present, his name may be added to the birth certificate at a later date after proper forms are obtained from the Department of Vital Records.
Young may have been unwilling to carry the ruse that far (though I'm not sure why he balked here), and Reille wasn't permitted to sign in his stead.
— Ace 10. "celebrity"
6. "higher taxes"
5. "John Edwards' Love-Bastard"
3. "Jeremiah Wright"
...and the number one Obama/Media Forbidden Racial Codeword...
1. "Vote for John McCain (wink, wink!)"
— Ace There's bias, there's being in the tank, there's carrying water, there's kneepads.
And then there's Andrea Mitchell.
Wow. Bravissimo, Miss Mitchell.
How is that racist, you ask? Well, first of all, everything bad you say about Obama is racist. But specifically, Joshua Jay Jeremiah Micah Ezekiah Boutros-Boutros Valderaama Marshall says all this "presumptuous, arrogant elitist narcissist" business is just racial code words for "uppity colored:"
I note with interest today, John McCain's new tactic of associating Barack Obama with oversexed and/or promiscuous young white women. (See today's new ad and this from yesterday.) Presumably, a la Harold Ford 2006, this will be one of those strategies that will be a matter of deep dispute during the campaign and later treated as transparent and obvious once the campaign is concluded.
But what I'm most interested in today is the new meme the McCain campaign has been pushing for the last few weeks that Obama is presumptuous, arrogant and well ... just a bit uppity.
So please keep an eye out for references to Obama's presumptuousness, arrogance, etc., from John King and other reporters. Let us know when you see them and send us in examples -- in text or video. McCain gets to run the campaign he wants. Remember, he hired the operative who put together the Ford/Bimbo ad. But I want to keep tabs on which reporters are helping him retail the message.
These guys are so horny for someone to call Obama a shiftless darkie they're thisclose to saying it themselves.
Thanks to CJ for the Hugh Hewitt tip and of course Slublog for the shop.
Slublog, you just made Josh Marshall's list, buddy.
More: This is how Obama plays the race card, mostly: through surrogates, so he can maintain his pose as "post-racial:"
In the primary, Obama's campaign, with the partial exception of South Carolina, never overtly drove the cries of racism. Part of the candidate's selling point to the white majority is that he isn't a bearer of racial grievance, and he is very careful to preserve that impression. Meanwhile, his surrogates and the media pursued the stories, doing real damage to Clinton's campaign and her husband's legacy.
And among Obama's surrogates are the netroots-- Talking Points Memo in particular:
Around midnight on July 16, New York Times chief political correspondent Adam Nagourney received a terse e-mail from Barack Obama's press office. The campaign was irked by the Times' latest poll and Nagourney and Megan Thee's accompanying front-page piece titled "Poll Finds Obama Isn't Closing Divide on Race," which was running in the morning's paper. Nagourney answered the query, the substance of which he says was minor, and went to bed, thinking the matter resolved.
But, the next morning, Nagourney awoke to an e-mail from Talking Points Memo writer Greg Sargent asking him to comment on an eight-point rebuttal trashing his piece that the Obama campaign had released to reporters and bloggers like The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder and Politico's Ben Smith. Nagourney had not heard the complaints from the Obama camp and had no idea they were so steamed. "I'm looking at this thing, and I'm like, 'What the hell is this?' " Nagourney recently recalled. "I really flipped out."
Obama's attempts to mau-mau (am I allowed to say that?) the press may or may not be successful; but some reporters aren't buying the Obama camp's preferred practice of crying racism at the drop of a hat.
But it definitely won't work with the broader public. So Obama's game here is a dangerous one for him. White people bitterly cling to their resentment that they can't say boo without being accused of being closet, or out and proud, racists. If Obama thinks he's actually going to persuade the middle by claiming that you don't vote for him, you must be a racist, he's in a for a bad surprise.
This worked in the primary, because all liberals are required to pretend that every single cry of racism is valid. Not so among the bitter, clingy folks.
— Ace Neat:
): As PopularMechanics.com first reported here, scientists from NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and Texas A&M have just officially announced at a press conference that soil samples taken by Phoenix on Mars is water ice.
"We expected to find waterhat's why we came here, but we're very pleased to see we landed right on top of water ice," says Peter Smith, the principal investigator for Phoenix at the University of Arizona.
The a hard, solid substance discovered 2 in. under the soil beneath the lander is "definitely" a solid layer of water ice.
Two new trenches will be carved and explored for different kinds of ice. "We also hope to answer the question ... if this is a habitable zone on Mars," Smith said, adding that he hopes to guide future missions to search for life where the Phoenix lander is located.
And now the search for life:
The Phoenix mission will be extended, but team leaders arent sure how long the lander will last, so theyre gathering as much information and evidence on Mars as possible. "We're learning as we go along the best way to heat the soil ... and we have ways of fine tuning the instrument to look for organic molecules at the expense of other molecules," Boyton said. "It will be very helpful to have more time ... to use all of TEGA's 8 ovens [to heat samples for measurement in a spectrometer]."
So the hunt for organics on Mars has officially begun.
Oddly, NASA made no mention of the fact that they also discovered a human bootprint on Mars:
"We just do shit like that to fuck with people," a NASA team leader explained.
— Ace It's kinda funny, and it hits the swing issue of oil, but that's not what makes it good. more...
— Ace From Carl Gordon.
Never one with that rare ability to gamble the rest of my life on one step or anything spewing from a conservatives maw, I must say that every time McCain opens his mouth admiration walks out the door, held open by vain stupidity.Eyes akimbo, huh?
I would sincerely like him to embrace notions of Deep Play, leavened with the instant rice of social convention, yet find my self stranded, gape-mouthed, eyes akimbo, staring goose-like at that big rock candy mountain vanilla dollop of existential grab-assing he engages in with business partners/nankers cut from a cloth both tattered and mollusk scented.
Some where out there run the gazelles of his idealistic youth, stomachs swollen as they are with the earnest anticipation of even fouler digestive volition, as he admits to himself, as if anybody ever cared, of his complicity, yeah, his cowardice in the face of candy-assed home field GOP advantage.
All this because he dreams of eating sandwiches on the train, sax bellowing in intense, ad-hoc, race horse piss-off meanderings, intergalactic sausages wrapped around the vertical column of the same, as he defies the extra gravity of the situation, desperate to recycle, along with the fish, chickens, and vegetables he grew up with, admixtures and there waste products.
First I thought Carl was merely stupid, a low-functioning retard whose days in the group home are filled with nothing but tapioca and hatred.
But now, re-reading that... Um, he's fucking insane. Insane and retarded, mind you, not "cool insane" like the Joker.
Either that, or this is a really good joke, a punking, by Spurwing Plover, perhaps.
— Ace Buses! Mobile crackhouses on wheels! Except crackhouses smell less strongly of urine and desperation.
(Actually, I don't mind buses, but this really doesn't help their bad reputation.)
A man sleeping on a Greyhound bus as it rolled across the Canadian Prairies was killed and decapitated by his seatmate on Wednesday night, other passengers who were on the bus told media on Thursday.
"All of a sudden, we all heard this scream, this bloodcurdling scream," said Garnet Caton, who was sitting just in front of the victim, in an interview with CBC Television.
"The attacker was standing up right over top of the guy with a large hunting knife -- a survival, Rambo knife -- holding the guy and continually stabbing him, stabbing him, stabbing him in the chest area," Caton said.
The attack continued as other passengers fled the bus and waited for police on a desolated stretch of the TransCanada Highway near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, said Caton, who helped bar the bus door to prevent the attacker from leaving.
"He calmly walks up to the front (of the bus) with the head in his hand and the knife and just calmly stares at us and drops the head right in front of us," Caton said.
"There was no rage in him ... It was just like he was a robot or something."
Actually he was programmed to kill by Republican subliminal advertising.
Thanks to Conservative Belle and KevinD.
— Ace I was wondering when someone would do this.
Thanks to DavidD.
Oh, Mercy: A HuffPo blogger tries out a new attack on McCain's ad: The Britney/Paris ad
is actually a not-quite-subliminal call to the right to assassinate Barack Obama
See, the popping and flashing of flashcubes suggests gunfire.
And also cameras, of course.
But also gunfire. Assuming the guns are built to perfectly resemble cameras, and take pictures rather than fire projectiles.
It's not yet explained by this Mensa Chapter President why the "gunfire" of the cameras does not result in headwounds for Britney and Paris.
True, True: Mememachine:
As if bigoted racists like us needed a reason to assassinate anybody "of color".
This morning a bunch of people were extremely fortunate that the local deli had orange juice. Otherwise? Massacre man. M-ass-a-cre.
People gots to know how thin that lifeline is.
— DrewM After saying McCain is trying to scare voters by telling people, Obama "doesnt look like the other presidents on the currency, hes a got a funny name. an Obama spokesman claims they weren't playing the race card.
...He was referring to the fact that he didnt come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race.
Uh huh, sure. Say, how much are you selling that bridge in Brooklyn for anyway?
The McCain camp isn't letting His Messiahness off the hook.
Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. Its divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.
McCain needs to fight back on this crap hard. Not only is it just wrong to label people racist for airing legitimate political differences but if McCain let's Obama control the terms of the debate he'd be toast.
— DrewM This 'straight talk' I've heard so much about sure seems to have a lot of zigs and zags in it.
After saying he opposes a tax raise and that "I will not raise your taxes nor support a tax increase. I will not do it", McCain followed that up with less than Shermanesque statements.
But just hours later, he appeared to open another crack in his no-new-taxes pledge.
In any negotiation that I might have, when I go in, my position will be that I am opposed to raising taxes. But we have to work together to save Social Security, McCain said at a fundraiser Wednesday evening in Kansas City.
Pressed repeatedly in an interview with local reporters Wednesday, McCain said several times that he couldnt rule anything out when it comes to Social Security.
Ive been involved in Washington in many negotiations on issues, whether it be immigration or campaign-finance reform or issues before the Commerce Committee. You go in with a position and you negotiate, McCain said. My position is that Im against increased taxes, and my record shows that I have opposed tax increases and been in favor of tax cuts.
McCain added: My position going in in negotiations is Im against tax increases, and I have not been supportive of tax increases, and we will negotiate and you have to negotiate in good faith.
It's depressing we are still wondering exactly where McCain is on taxes. He can say all he wants about his new found support for the "Bush Tax Cuts" but he reality is they are going to disappear in 2010 unless an extension is passed and signed. Obviously a President can't pass his cuts, it will require bullying what may well be (is likely to be?) a still Democratic Congress to do it.
Instead of hearing from him how he is going to accomplish the goal of keeping the tax cuts, we are wondering if he will fight for them or bargain them away as part of his need to "negotiate in good faith".
His less than solid answers on Social Security taxes aren't exactly inspiring confidence in me on the whole issue.
Ah, the joys of nominating a long time legislator to be President.
In the comments runninrebel thinks it's unfair that I am conflating Social Security taxes and income taxes. I thought it was clear in the original post that I realized they were different things. In case it wasn't, my problem with McCain is given his mushiness on Social Security taxes, why exactly should I take his word on income taxes? Don't forget McCain opposed the tax cuts in 2001, so it's not like he has a history of consistency on taxes to begin with.
To me taxes aren't as much a matter of what you say, it's a matter of philosophy. I don't remember George W. Bush ever saying he'd never raise taxes but it was clear it wasn't part of his make up (if only he felt the same way about lowering spending).
Given McCain's opposition to the most recent tax cuts and his vacillation on Social Security taxes, I don't have that comfort with him.
— DrewM Very good news from the President today on the state of affairs in Iraq and what it will mean for US troops.
U.S. President George W. Bush on Thursday held out the prospect of further troop withdrawals from Iraq as he hailed security gains there and cut the length of combat tours for U.S. forces in the country.
Bush, in an appearance at the White House, said violence in Iraq had fallen to its lowest point since the spring of 2004 and that progress on the ground was showing a "degree of durability."
"We are now in our third consecutive month with reduced violence levels holding steady," Bush said.
From the what if the US wins and war and no one notices department, of the three broadcast networks only CBS covered the Presidents announcement. Apparently gardening and beauty tips or whatever the hell the talk about on GMA and the Today Show were more important.
An image the MSM is not interested in...A US Soldier and Iraqi child
July 30, 2008
— Gabriel Malor Yes, I put it up early...
— Ace When I say "remade," I mean remade with a new but similar script, not recreated. The "plot" of this short follows the very basics of The Thing's plot, but only in broadest outline. Don't expect shot-for-shot fidelity, or, like me, you'll start wondering where the hell the Swedes are, and when the dog is going to start acting funny.
And why MacReady is suddenly a redhead.
Starts off a mite slow, and the music just gets more and more annoying (you might want to turn it down after a minute), but it is a lot of fun to look at. Great sets. And the monster actually looks kinda scary, too. more...
— Ace This cocksucker is the only one mentioning it.
Why does John McCain have to answer for this cocksucker racist's hatred?
Seriously, this low-watt parvenu has been running on the color of his skin for two years. The only one playing the race card here is Barack Obama.
Oh, and Mike Barnicle, spotting some subliminal xenophobia too.
It is true that, unfortunately, a lot of people in this country will vote strictly along racial lines. But we shouldn't extrapolate from a small group of black journalists, now should we?
— Ace Back to the future, it seems. Okay, these are 70's era energy PSAs, but pretty much they're Obama's plan.
I hate to burst the Chosen One's bubble, but the energy crunch did not end due to conservation. It ended because of increased production.
Thanks to Warden.
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