February 28, 2009

Paul Harvey Signs off With His Final “Good Day.” (genghis)
— Open Blog

CNN (along with others) has the story.

”(CNN) -- Paul Harvey, the legendary radio host whose career sharing "the rest of the story" with listeners spanned more than 70 years, has died, according to ABC Radio Networks.”

“He was 90.”

“Harvey died at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where he kept a winter home, said Louis Adams, a spokesman for the networks. He was surrounded by family members when he died, Adams said.”

“Known for his deliberate delivery and pregnant pauses, Harvey's broadcasts were heard on more than 1,200 radio stations and 400 Armed Forces networks and his commentaries appeared in 300 newspapers, according to his Web site.”

“He had been hosting his radio shows part-time for much of the past year, after recovering from physical ailments including pneumonia and the death of his wife, Lynne "Angel" Harvey in May 2008.”


The guy was simply an institution, and the precursor to what talk radio is today. I can remember times back to the early ‘70’s, as a little kid, listening to his broadcasts in my grandma’s kitchen. She’d have him on as she was preparing her usual fantastic fried chicken. I just always sorta’ associated one with the other. Was like a Sunday evening ritual. Now they’re both gone.

Rest in peace Mr. Harvey. You’ll be sorely missed.

(sorry for the personal stuff...just wanted to pay tribute))

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Overnight Open Threadiness and Miscellany (genghis)
— Open Blog

Item #1: Rich Karlgaard at Edgelings writes about The Coming Blue State Collapse. Apparently he’s convinced that somehow paying much higher taxes during a deep recession will somehow hurt what’s left of the economy. Hah! What a fool. Go leave snarky comments in his commenty thing.

Item #2: Taxation stories not your bag? Here’s one about funbags: Breastfeeding While Driving Gets Woman a Ticket. Also while talking on her cell phone. This is an outrage of course. Why are hardworking Womyn-Americans being punished for multitasking? When confronted by the concerned motorist who ratted her out to the cops she had this to say in her own defense:

”'You want to pop your titty out and breastfeed this kid?”

Well played, madam…well played indeed.

If funbags aren’t your bag, I’m pleased to announce that AceCorp Holding Company (parent group of AceCorp LLC) has expanded its line of products/services into the private entertainment industry. Find out more about it here.

Assorted disclaimers and announcements below the fold, along with my TPS report cover sheet.
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Mike Pence, Best Speaker at CPAC?
— Ace

I've been told Mike Pence was on fire. more...

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Coulter Thread
— Ace

Here's that livestream again.

Well: That's why she's famous. Man can she command a room.

A very poor quality cellphone vid below, if you want to see her now before pro vid is available. more...

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It Has Come To Our Attention That Michelle Obama Has Nice Guns
— LauraW

Update: Not sure how I ended up with a dupe post.
Keeping them both I guess because they both have comments.
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I can't say I disagree. In fact, I mentioned it over at some other blog during the Inaugural balls when she was getting cut up for her fashion sense.

The media's long uninterrupted O-gasm continues apace:

How to get Michelle Obama's toned arms

The question we must ask ourselves; how does she get them? One can't help but notice that her figure exhibits no other evidence that she's a longtime gym rat.

We here at AOSHQ have been unable to search up any beauty articles in which women say Mrs. Obama inspired them to transform their lower halves into colossal spongiform pumpkins.

Look, I don't want to be mean to Michelle Obama about her looks. I want to be mean to the fawning press which has thrown all pretense of objectivity out the window. Unfortunately in order to do this, I have to point out things about her that the press ignores. This is tearing me up inside, but I have no choice.

Here's another one:

First lady bares her arms and a nation is awestruck

Only if by 'a nation' you mean a hyperventilating MSM that is looking for anything, anything nice to say about this woman's looks.

The MSM needs help creating new headlines celebrating Mrs. Obama's....erm, more striking features. We should help them out.
I'll kick it off:

You're Beautiful When You're Angry: How To Get Michelle Obama's Eyebrows

ps: I did a google image search using the term 'angry eyebrows' and Michelle's mug showed up all over the place.

Thanks to Slublog and Ace.

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It Has Come To Our Attention That Michelle Obama Has Nice Guns
— LauraW

I can't say I disagree. In fact, I mentioned it over at some other blog during the Inaugural balls when she was getting cut up for her fashion sense.

The media's long uninterrupted O-gasm continues apace:

How to get Michelle Obama's toned arms

The question we must ask ourselves; how does she get them? One can't help but notice that her figure exhibits no other evidence that she's a longtime gym rat.

We here at AOSHQ have been unable to search up any beauty articles in which women say Mrs. Obama inspired them to transform their lower halves into colossal spongiform pumpkins.

Look, I don't want to be mean to Michelle Obama about her looks. I want to be mean to the fawning press which has thrown all pretense of objectivity out the window. Unfortunately in order to do this, I have to point out things about her that the press ignores. This is tearing me up inside, but I have no choice.

Here's another one:

First lady bares her arms and a nation is awestruck

Only if by 'a nation' you mean a hyperventilating MSM that is looking for anything, anything nice to say about this woman's looks.

The MSM needs help creating new headlines celebrating Mrs. Obama's....erm, more striking features. We should help them out.
I'll kick it off:

You're Beautiful When You're Angry: How To Get Michelle Obama's Eyebrows

ps: I did a google image search using the term 'angry eyebrows' and Michelle's mug showed up all over the place.

Thanks to Slublog and Ace.

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CPAC Livestream
— Ace

This is sort of why I don't know what the heck I'm doing here -- all this stuff is available wherever you are.

Here's the big speakers today, if you want to watch. CPAC runs pretty much on time, by the way.

12:30 is Ann Coulter.

1:00 -- only a half hour for Ann, five minutes of which will be her introduction and, strangely, the introduction of her introducer? -- is the CPAC blogger of the year award, being presented to Sweetness and Light. I will be on stage to hand over my tiarra. (No, not really.)

2:00 John Kyl, invited, I don't know if he's confirmed.

3:00 David Horowitz.

4:00 Ward Connelly.

5:00 Rush Limbaugh.


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Bill Bennett: Watch Our Rhetoric; This is Not Socialism
— Ace

Bennett speaking right now, stating that we are not facing socialism but "left-wing Democratic catechism." Advises we call the thing by its proper name.

Well, it's certainly socialism-esque and trending that way still further.

His greater point, I suppose, is well-taken, and gets to that Weird Kid Eating Paste thing we need to look out for. And, perhaps, by calling Obama's liberalism "socialism," it diminishes people's aversion for socialism, the same as calling everydamnthing "racist" diminished the power of that word as well.

Hey, he said it. Don't beat up on me as a "coward."

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Second Look at Romney?
— Ace

Something that I've been thinking, and I've heard repeated by a diverse range* of CPAC attendees -- Romney wasn't taken seriously enough and would, in the current economic situation, be a terrific president. And he could have ridden his financial chops, possibly, to a victory in 2008.

Good speech here. He's a bit Jekyll and Hyde, delivering a good speech and then a woeful one. But here he's the good Dr. Jekyll.

* "A diverse range" means like three or four people.


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US Soldiers Party In Baghdad Nightclub
— DrewM

Even the most ardent war supporters admitted victory in Iraq wouldn't look like victory in WWII but thought they would know it when they saw it.

This may be what it look likes.

The American soldier stepped out of the Baghdad nightclub. In one hand, he clutched his weapon. In the other, a green can of Tuborg beer. He took a sip and walked over to two comrades, dressed as he was in camouflage and combat gear.

Inside the club Thursday night, U.S. soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division ogled young Iraqi women who appeared to be prostitutes gyrating to Arabic pop music. A singer crooned soulfully through scratchy speakers to the raucous, pulsating beat -- an action that Islamic extremists have deemed punishable by beheading.

Twenty minutes later, several drunk men coaxed an American soldier to dance. He awkwardly shuffled his feet, wearing night-vision equipment and a radio, joining the women and boisterous young men in an Arabic chain dance around tables covered with empty beer bottles.

...Club manager Salah Hassan said Thursday's visit was not exceptional. "The Americans come here four or five times a week," he said. "They buy drinks and pay for them."

Others at the club said the soldiers had been there more than once. "I love the Americans," said Amal Saad, a petite young woman with blue contact lenses and thick red lipstick. "I like it when they come here. I feel so safe."

"Many times, I went with them in their Humvees," she added. "They took me to shops and bought me chocolates and gifts."

Now, there's a couple of problems with this.

First it likely violates a shit load of regulations (remember it took a special order from Gen. Odierno for the troops to have a beer during the Super Bowl and that was while on base). I'm guessing drinking off base while on patrol is going to land this guy in a pile of shit so deep he may not be clean for years. I'm betting this type of thing won't be happening again anytime soon.

Second, not every place in Iraq is likely as secure as this area and even in this type of area things can change quickly. I'd hate to see Americans killed or injured because they let their guard down.

All that said, this is stuff that was simply unimaginable during the dark days of 2006-2007. Unfortunately, too many people who said Iraq could never emerge from sectarian strife are in positions of high power today. Their lack of vision and commitment to the Iraq war does not bode well for their stewardship of America's national security.

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"Truth Commission" a Go
— Ace

The Church Committee destroyed the CIA's operations division for... well, forever. Let's see if we can't hit that mark again.

The 'fact-finding' effort will seek details on secret prisons and interrogation methods -- but will not aim to determine if CIA officials broke laws, legislative sources say.

By Greg Miller
February 27, 2009

Reporting from Washington - The Senate Intelligence Committee is preparing to launch an investigation of the CIA's detention and interrogation programs under President George W. Bush, setting the stage for a sweeping examination of some of most secretive and controversial operations in recent agency history.

The inquiry is aimed at uncovering new information on the origins of the programs as well as scrutinizing how they were executed -- including the conditions at clandestine CIA prison sites and the interrogation regimens used to break Al Qaeda suspects, according to Senate aides familiar with the investigation plans.

Officials said the inquiry was not designed to determine whether CIA officials broke laws. "The purpose here is to do fact-finding in order to learn lessons from the programs and see if there are recommendations to be made for detention and interrogations in the future," said a senior Senate aide, who like others described the plan on condition of anonymity because it had not been made public.

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The investigation also could draw comparisons to the special Senate committee formed to investigate the CIA in 1975 and headed by Sen. Frank Church, an Idaho Democrat. Revelations by the Church Committee led to greater congressional oversight and legislation restricting intelligence activities.

The terms and scope of the new inquiry still were being negotiated by members of the committee and senior staffers Thursday. The senior aide said that the committee had no short-term plans to hold public hearings, and that it was not clear whether the panel would release its final report to the public.

The inquiry, which could take a year or more to complete, means the CIA will once again be the target of intense congressional scrutiny at a time when it is engaged in two wars and its ongoing pursuit of Al Qaeda.

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During the Bush administration, the agency was often able to safeguard many of those secrets. Lawmakers have never been told the locations of the CIA's secret prisons overseas, for example.

I'd like to point out this is an irrelevant detail as far as lawmakers are concerned. If you know the prisons exist and what is being done there and who is being held, what does it matter as far as a lawmaker where the site is?

The Bush Administration has kept this secret for diplomatic reasons -- the countries allowing us to keep sites on their soil do so at great risk to themselves. They face possible uproar from their citizens, strained relations with other countries in a position to thwart their ambitions (as France can thwart Poland), and of course: actual reprisal from Al Qaeda.

Bush kept this secret because the countries demanded it and because he knew Senators would leak this information almost immediately. Which they will.

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Panetta argued that CIA officers should not face prosecution if they were acting on orders in accordance with Bush administration legal opinions.

"I would not support, obviously, an investigation or a prosecution of those individuals," Panetta said. "I think they did their job, they did it pursuant to the guidance that was provided them, whether you agreed or disagreed with it."

News of the inquiry was greeted with concern among agency veterans.

"There is a good deal of investigation fatigue, and a feeling that the agency has become even more than before a piñata," said a former high-ranking CIA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The new investigation is likely to "stimulate more risk aversion," the former official said. "There's a potential cost to other operations down the road when the current administration says, 'We would like you to take this operation, it's been blessed by lawyers and briefed by Congress.' Why should we do anything anywhere near cutting-edge if down the road the next administration can decide to get back at their political opponents?"

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The panel will also look at whether lawmakers were kept fully informed. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the committee, and others have said that the Bush administration improperly withheld information from Congress on the CIA's operations.

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Senate investigators plan a similar line of inquiry, with a goal of assessing the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques employed by the CIA, including sleep deprivation and subjecting prisoners to cold temperatures.

Panetta's immediate predecessor as CIA chief, Michael V. Hayden, has defended the agency's use of such methods and argued that the agency should not be bound by Army Field Manual constraints.

Thanks to WilliamA.

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February 27, 2009

Overnight Open Karaoke Thread (genghis)
— Open Blog

Nothing brings people together like music. Particularly if you’re in a mosh pit or attempting a stage dive. Except when you stage dive into a too thin crowd. Then you get together with a concrete floor.

Neither of the links below are exactly new. Please, though, whatever you do…don’t get into a flame war over your differences in musical tastes. For example: Don’t say anything like “The entire membership of Styx should be bound and gagged, then placed in a steel cage enclosure with 100 starving wolverines.” Because that would simply be wrong. Wolverines don't deserve that sort of cruelty.

First link is to Spinner which has a number of categories such as “Worst Lyrics Ever,” “Hooker Songs,” “Rockin’ Gay Moments,” but you get the idea. Would’ve been a lot better if they’d invited the staff of Cracked.com over.

Second link is to The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s list of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock & Roll. Some of these are real head-scratchers. And what about the omissions? Assholes left out the Bay City Rollers. Hell, without BCR do you think Lynyrd Skynyrd would’ve ever been formed?


"Artist’s depiction of the sound of music. And also hills. Which sustain life from music in a symbiotic fashion.”

As usual with the overnight thread, every single topic is off topic, including topics.

Notice: Posted by permission of AceCorp LLC. Please e-mail overnight open thread tips to xgenghisx@gmail.com. Otherwise send tips to Ace.

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The Intrepid Liberal Blogosphere
— Slublog

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"Okay...here are the, uh, talking points for today...

"Reporter" Zachary Roth tries to create a scandal out of whole cloth. Unfortunately, the facts seem to be against his thesis, but that hasn't stopped him from sticking with his non-scandal story. After all, who needs facts when you're trying to destroy threats to The One?

The same liberal site (which, incidentally, brags about its original reporting) that finds lies where there are none simply ignores actual lies spoken by public officials. Go figure.

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Va. High Court: Copy of Declaration of Independence Created in 1776 is Not a Public Record
— Gabriel Malor

The decision was issued this morning (PDF). It really is an extraordinary story.

In July 1776, after the Second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, each of the colonial delegations was charged with informing its residents about the colonies’ decision to separate from England. The Massachusetts Executive Council (the Executive Council), an entity that shared governing responsibility with the Massachusetts legislature, issued an order directing that copies of the Declaration be printed and delivered to the ministers of all churches in Massachusetts so that the document could be read to the ministers’ congregations....Such copies of documents intended for widespread distribution were commonly referred to as “broadsides.”

...The broadsides also included the Executive Council’s additional order requiring that the ministers, after reading aloud the Declaration, deliver the broadsides to the town clerks. The order directed the town clerks to record the Declaration’s text in their respective town record books “to remain as a perpetual Memorial thereof.” Neither the Executive Council’s order nor any other law directed the town clerks regarding the proper disposition of the broadsides after their contents were transcribed in the town record books.

So the broadside in question simply disappeared for over two hundred years. Eventually it was discovered in the papers of the deceased town clerk of Wiscasset, Maine (formerly Pownalborough, Massachusetts) by an auctioneer hired by the clerk's daughter's estate. It then passed through a few hands until Richard Adams, a Virginia resident and the defendant in this case, purchased the the broadside for $475,000.

Somehow the State of Maine got wind of the transaction and the provenance of the broadside and sued Adams for its return. They said it was a public record owned by the town. Adams, of course, resisted.

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Battlestar Galactica: Someone to Watch Over Me Discussion Thread
— Gabriel Malor

Well, we had three weeks in a row of good stuff. And then last week. My short recap is below the fold.

In tonight's episode, we deal with Starbuck's special destiny and just about everyone wants to make Boomer pay. After this, three episodes to go. When do I get my Lucy back?

Spoiler Policy: Anything from the miniseries and the show up to and including tonight's episode is fair game; no need to warn or in some way obscure text for anything that comes from that material. However, anything you may have heard about future episodes should be kept to yourself. Thanks. more...

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Gee, Remember When Missile Defense was a Wasteful Pipedream?
— Dave in Texas

Now it stands ready at the orders of President Wonderful to show the Norks what for ifn they try any of their sneaky missile shit.

Remarkable how the story changes when circumstances warrant.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski Introduces Bill to Directionally-Drill for ANWR Oil
— Ace

I was curious why no one had suggested this earlier. Must be ghastly-expensive.

– U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced legislation that would allow the use of advanced directional drilling to tap the vast energy potential of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain without disturbing the unique characteristics of the area.

The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, would allow access to the coastal plain’s oil and natural gas resources through the use of underground directional drilling from state-owned lands to the west of the refuge and state waters from the north.

“Everybody wins with this bill – America improves its energy security and the conservation community is ensured that there will be no visible impact on the refuge,” Murkowski said. “I urge those previously opposed to oil and gas exploration in ANWR to take a fresh look at this issue and show a willingness to compromise.”

The legislation seeks to find a compromise with those groups concerned with preserving the 1.5 million acre coastal plain while recognizing the need to improve our energy security and economy by meeting more of our energy needs with domestic production.

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Directional drilling would allow energy companies to reach oil deposits up to eight miles away with no surface occupancy in the refuge. Production platforms on state lands and waters would be far away from the calving areas most used by the Porcupine caribou herd that visits the coastal plain in summer.

Again, I figure this is very expensive to do and that's why it hasn't been proposed before.

But now that it has been: Okay, liberals. Are you for ANWR or are you just determined to block energy production?


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Tea Parties A-Go-Go
— Ace

DC, with Joe the Plumber.

Chicago.

Denver.

Thanks to Bo for the Denver pics.


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Gulp: Economy Shrank 6.2% Annualized in Last Quarter of 2008
— Ace

That's sharply up from the previous estimate of 3.8%.

A much sharper cutback in consumer spending — which accounts for about 70 percent of economic activity — along with a bigger drop in U.S. exports sales, and reductions in business spending and inventories all contributed to the largest revision on records dating to 1976.


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Like Nick Fury of SHIELD? Well Hollywood Has You Covered
— Ace

Sam Jackson's signed to play the super-commando in up to nine different movies.

The movies include Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers and at least one sequel each, PLUS the possibility of fast-tracking a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie -- which is said to already be in development.

Thanks to DavidR.

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