March 30, 2005
— Ace He'll be speaking at the National Press Club on blogs and on-line reporting.
PunditGuy shows a great deal of disrespect towards Our Immortal Champion, but he's still got the facts on this amazing rebirth.
Thanks to See-Dubya for the soundbites. Man, I just completely forgot I had those toys now.
— Ace I don't usually quote DEBKA, as I have no idea really how reliable they are, but I can't pass up this great, well, possbile "news."
Thanks to Jim.
— Ace (Just a headline so far. But who gives a fig about their "reasoning.")
Ehhh... why bother with this whole bothersome de novo review specifically authorized by an Act of Congress? Let's just kill the unattractive retard ASAP, without any additional review.
She just doesn't look cute on TV. If you don't look cute on TV, you might as well be dead, right?
— Ace Michelle Malkin is on Michelle Cottle's case.
Michelle Cottle is, by the way, a perfect idiot, as I have demonstrated before, either on this site in or in my pre-blogging days.
I find it amusing that Cottle and Kurtz find the religious protestors so chuckle-worthy. Funny, no matter how egregiously stupid left-wing protestors behave, the MSM always seem to manage to treat their idiotic protests with the utmost of solemnity and respect.
Thanks to Alicia.
— Ace Mentions in/on...
MSNBC: 1 (although I don't know if I should even bother mentioning that)
The Hotline: 3 or 4
Additional Readers Garnered from these Mentions: Zero
Crazy Blog-Money Fund: Almost depleted, and it was at near-zero to begin with
T-Shirts sold: 30
Paula Zahn Appearances: zero
Who does a guy have to blow do get some serious play? Just forward me the name. Will man-whore for blog-money.
useless retards esteemed fellow bloggers Bill from InDC and Jeff "Protein Wisdom" Goldstein will be interviewing Instapundit hisself on their TalkRadio gig.
During the length of the interview, I'll just be sitting in my basement, alone and in the dark, swigging Val-U-Rite discount vodka while knitting together a noose from old gym socks.
But I'll be fine. Don't you worry about me. I'll be just fine. And. Dandy.
Hey Now... This post was intended to be lightly humorous, my typical sort of woe-is-me Howard-Stern-style bitching.
Please don't take it as a bleg. It really was intended for comic effect.
I appreciate the donation and the the t-shirt sale it provoked, however.
OTOH, a poster has just made me a flat-out amazing offer, so I guess I'm pretty happy about my on-line cri de couer. Or however the hell you spell it. I could give a shit about the French or their gutter language.
— Ace Snark and links from SondraK.
Graphic Stupidity Warning: Contains a blind link to Arianna Huffington.
For the love of everything holy-- sure, near-perfect diversity would be nice, but blogging is not a job (unfortunately... if it were, I'd already be competing with that pederast Hannoran for a VP slot).
There are zero entry barriers. Anyone can blog. Anyone can get big (well, admittedly, that's sort of tough, but there's no glass ceiling or anything; it's a function of how much time you have to waste on this nonsense, how long you've been blogging, and, well, how interesting you are).
I have to admit, I am considering doing my part to help the diversity-thingee, and I'm thinking about bringing in an all-star female team of guest bloggers to blog here for a week. Seven of them, I think-- mainly because I still have masturbatory fantasies about BJ and the Seven Lady Truckers, and I think it would be cool to play the role of Greg Evigan, drifting in and out to help the guest-blogging ladies shut down an interstate white-slavery ring and stuff.
But be that as it may-- what's next? A campaign to insure that Dungeons & Dragons games are not only "balanced" in terms of characters (fighter, mage, cleric, thief) but also in terms of having enough women and minority players?
It's hard to get women to play D&D. Believe me, I've tried. Plus, they're not any damn good at it. They just want to spend all day at the Armorer's and Magic Shoppe, shopping and looking for bargains. You just can't get to the dungeon without six hours of looking for the perfect-cute sexy-but-not-slutty pair of Boots of Levitation.
— Ace On-line dating is hard enough, even before you add in the potential for random stabbings.
But seriously-- what are the odds that nice sunset-and-cappuccino-loving guy you meet on-line will turn out to be a "a quiet person that can surprise people with a sudden outburst" and maybe begin stabbing you halfway through the date?
No greater than one in three, I'm thinking.
Hey-- the quest for true love is not without its risks.
— Ace This is a kind of tough call: If Politician X makes libelous statements about Politician Y, can the media be sued for republishing the libelous statements when it just reports Y's words?
Libel is not restricted, of course, to the originator of the libel. Generally, anyone who repeats/republishes the libel can also be sued. The media sought an exemption; they seem to have been denied.
I don't know, myself. This seems to be a tough call. Yes, it is important for the public to know about even the false claims made by politicians -- and sometimes, of course, sunlight exposes those lies for what they are -- but on the other hand, just because someone libels you, should the press amplify that libel ten-thousand-fold by repeitition and wide dissemination and take no responsibility for the additional injury to person's character?
— Ace I believe Gay Patriot has commented here a couple of times. I may be mistaken; someone calling himself Gay Patriot West has posted. I think it's the same guy.
GayPatriot, the anonymous gay Republican blogger, has officially signed off. In a statement, no explanation was given. With GayPatriots permission, I am now able to recount the real story.
On Friday, GayPatriot posted WANTED: GAY TERRORISTS in which he identified gay activists and bloggers John Aravosis (Americablog) and Michael Rogers (BlogActive) as ["gay terrorists," for their single-minded determination to out gays they disagree with politically].
According to Gay Patriot, who is also a client of mine, Michael Rogers called GayPatriots place of employment on Friday immediately following the post above and spoke to GayPatriots secretary and boss. GayPatriot had no idea Rogers would go to such measures and shared with me that both he and his secretary were very upset by the calls but that his boss was understanding.
Later on that day, Rogers personally called me and recounted much of the same account, adding that he had also called the police and is working with the authorities on the matter. Rogers expressed feeling threatened by the post and compared it to posts by anti-abortionists who posted the names of doctors performing them.
Rogers also said he asked GayPatriot to remove the post and replace it with a post about non-violence or he would launch a national boycott of GayPatriots corporate employer and pursue any and all avenues necessary to protect himself. By the time Rogers had called, GayPatriot had already made the decision to remove the post and also remove GayPatriot from the blogosphere.
GayPatriot was silenced.
Some wonder why I try to remain anonymous -- this would be why.
Confederate Yankee compares the tactics of the left to what he believes is the anti-gay agenda of Jerry Falwell. I think he's a little hard on Falwell, whom I have no use for and am fequently embarassed by but whom I think means well enough, but the left really cannot have it both ways.
They cannot whine about the crushing of dissent and then practice the most thuggish of intimidation tactics themselves.
Obviously, if Gay Patriot has a post in him and needs a forum, standing offer to say his piece here.
March 29, 2005
— Ace Michael tips, hearing it off Brit Hume's rebroadcast. I hadn't heard this, and I haven't seen a cite for it.
I'm not religious, but I am actually praying this hearing is fruitful for once, and that it's not too late.
If she dies while these assholes dither and dick around.... What. A. Travesty.
More... KCTrio also tips this Fox story, containing more details than the AP brief.
— Ace Eh. Par for the course.
I'm a big fan of The Spanish Prisoner, and I never tire of finding situations to which this quote seems to apply:
I think youll find if what youve done is as valuable as you say it is -- if they are indebted to you morally, but not legally -- my experience is they will give you nothing. [Pause] And they will begin to act cruelly toward you.
To suppress their guilt.
-- Jimmy Dell to Joe Ross, "The Spanish Prisoner"
A weird thing. Many European nations either killed or allowed to be killed 6 million Jews, and yet they act cruelly towards them to this day. What else can explain it but the refusual to honor a moral obligation by making the obligee the villain, thus discharging the debt via a bit of moral jui-jitsu?
Related: More sophisticated Europeans beat the hell out of cops at a stupid soccer game.
Funny how when Europeans are comparing themselves to their barbaric American brothers, they always have in mind the elite-school media class and not the hoi polloi.
— Ace I hope everyone realizes that I strongly oppose the decision to euthanize Terri Schiavo in absence of her clear, unambiguous declaration of her wishes to be put to death, and to leave this decision in the hands of a what is effectively an ex-husband looking to marry his new hootchie.
We live in a society of laws. We live in a democracy. There are certain laws or rulings that we conservatives don't like, but that does not, I think, give us the moral right to break them. As I've analogized before-- there are laws and rulings that leftists don't like; do conservatives grant lefties the right to break laws or commit violence simply because the lefties feel compelled to do so by their consciences?
It cannot be the case that conservatives are permitted to break the law if their conscience so dictates but leftists are required to observe the law. (And, as I've pointed out previously, the converse is obviously true as well.)
Obviously society has come to tolerate peaceful, and even not so peaceful, protests which are in fact technically illegal. But beyond creating nuisances for the police or commuters? I don't know if I'm prepared to say that I support conscience-based vigilatism.
Terri Schiavo is being euthanized. The court decision was senseless and borderline barbaric. The Florida legislature, the elected representative body with the inarguable power to change the law to protect Terri, declined to do so.
The courts have spoken. That doesn't mean they're right. But it does mean, alas, that that is the current state of the law. And the legislature has also spoken-- through its silence.
Should the law be broken on occasion? I suppose it should. But those who break the law in order to vindicate a deeply-held political belief must also ask what such law-breaking does to other important political beliefs-- beliefs like respect for the law, for civil society generally, and for democracy itself.
The Florida state constitution declares unequivocally that in the state of Florida "the supreme executive power shall be vested in a governor ." The word supreme means highest in authority. There can be no executive authority in the state of Florida higher than the governor. No state law can create an executive authority higher than highest in the Florida constitution. Therefore no court order based upon such a law can constitutionally create such an authority.
Idiotic. In the first paragraph alone he discards the whole checks-and-balance system of government and argues, in effect, for an absolute monarchy.
We conservatives say, correctly, that judges are not empowered by the constitution to make law.
You know who else isn't empowered to make law? The executive branch (yeah, it's allowed to promulgate "regulations" in a loosey-goosey constitutional gloss on the word "law").
But: I don't see how we can say this branch, unauthorized to make its own law by the constitution, should not do so, but this other branch, which we like better but which is also not authorized to make law, should be allowed to make up and enforce the law as it so chooses... when it suits us.
If the governor tells the local police in Pinellas County to step aside, they must do so, or else be arrested and tried for an assault on the government of the state, which is to say insurrection.
An argument can be made that he's kinda-sorta right, in the sense that police are generally under the authority of the executive... but they're also sort of under the authority of the courts, as any of us might find ourselves, when they are subject to a lawful (though moronic) court ruling.
But "insurrection"? Are you kidding me?
One of the reasons I got turned off to Free Republic was the constant praise of this preening jackass.
The governor of Florida cannot be obliged to enforce unconstitutional edicts, nor can he be faulted for acting to stop an evident violation of the constitution. In his oath as governor he swore to "support, protect and defend the Constitution and government of the United States and of the state of Florida."
He argues, or rather asserts without much real evidence, that the ruling in question is "unconstitutional." And by doing so he commits the same error that millions of liberals and lefties and judges do: mistakenly believing that "unconstitutional" means "something I don't personally agree with."
I could go on. I won't. Call me a statist, but I think it's dangerous business to start advocating on behalf of virtually unrestrained executive power.
For starters: what the hell do we do if Hillary! is elected President? I don't know about you, but I'm not about to start just reversing myself on these issues, the way liberals do, depending on which party is in power. It can't be the case that conservatives have unlimited executive power and yet liberal executives are limited by the courts and legislatures when they disagree.
I hate this guy.
I've seen other articles like this. I meant to link one last night... but I didn't. I didn't want to start what I thought would be an enormous row.
But I guess it's something that has to be discussed. What, precisely, are the limits of "conscience"?
To Answer My Own Question With Another Question Update: Is Alan Keyes a huckster or a maniac?
Well-- can't he be both?
Related-- Verdict Tossed Out Because Jurors Brought Bible Verses Into Their Deliberations: Sorry, I agree with this ruling 110%.
The law says you examine the evidence and arguments presented to you at trial. You are not allowed to begin hunting for your own evidence and arguments. Even if it's the Bible.
Render unto Caesar.
— Ace Major Loose Shit: This firefight occurred LAST Easter; it was republished from May 16, 2004. Sorry; I missed that completely.
The media must have missed this at the time too, because I never heard a word about it, and of course I was reading news. And blogging about it.
Anyway, still a kick-ass story.
Also, the guy wasn't a Marine. He was an army soldier. And a reservist to boot.
Back to orginal post:
I may have my facts wrong (as usual), but I think I recall S.L.A. Marshall noting that amidst the trained soldiers are born warriors, and those born warriors, maybe ten percent of a unit, inflict something like 50% of all casualties on the enemy.
he truck carrying Haag and 13 other members of his platoon was roughly 100 yards past a mosque flying the fedayeen flag. An RPG slammed into the left side, killing 21-year-old Pfc. Nathan Brown of South Glens Falls.
Haag had begun returning fire with his SAW machine gun from the first moments after the blast.
"First thing he did was stand up on the driver's side," Mechanick recalled. "He saw a couple of enemy soldiers. He suppressed them, killing two or three immediately."
Mechanick is a Staff Sergeant. He had his own show of bravery, but you'll have to click on the article for that. Fair use means I have to cut some stuff out.
Haag turned to the passenger side and suppressed the fire coming from that direction. He and fellow soldier James MacDonald then clambered down and fought their way down the line of vehicles to notify their commander their truck had been hit.
"Small arms fire, AK-47 and RPG," Mechanick recalled "Haag's just running though it and as he's running he's shooting, killing people."
Haag and MacDonald passed four alleys, each of which had between six and 15 enemies armed with automatic weapons and RPGs. Haag is said to have shot them all.
"Timmy Haag was phenomenal," Mechanick said. "When the firefight happened, Timmy Haag was the man."
Mechanick had numerous other wounds and he was pale and short of breath from the loss of blood. Haag kept calling to him and nudging him with his boot as he fired.
"He knew I was going to sleep, and if you go to sleep you don't ever wake up," Mechanick said. "He's shooting at the enemy, kicking me, shooting at the enemy, kicking me: 'Sgt. Mechanick, don't you go to sleep.' Shoot a couple of rounds. Kick me. 'Sgt. Mechanick, don't you go to sleep.'"
Ummm... that's multitasking.
Two roadside bombs went off close enough to lift the truck off the ground. Haag spotted an Iraqi fleeing a courtyard, detonator still in hand. Haag cut the bomber in half and kept firing, by one estimate 1,500 rounds in all.
Easter Sunday, by the way.
Top Ten Signs That Specialist Timothy Haag Is On Fuckin' Fire
10. In the middle of the firefight, began deadlifting terrorists he'd wasted because he felt his "lats needed some toning"
9. At one point completed eight "PERFECT MORTALITY!" finishing moves in a row, thus unlocking the secret "Floating Dragon Pavillion" level and gaining the Lightning Gun
8. Just for shits and giggles, used one terrorist as a human shield while simultaenously fucking him up the ass; not in a gay way, of course, but like a Viking
7. Compelled one terrorist to surrender just by quoting Rodney Dangerfield's Caddyshack lines in a "very hurtful" tone of voice
6. By personal appointment by President Bush, will travel to London as special envoy to request that Madonna "Shut the fuck up already"
5. Promoted on the battlefield to newly-created rank of "MuadDib"
4. Left-for-dead terrorists could speak nothing but gibberish and the enigmatic name "Keyser Sose... Keyser Sose!"
3. Just awarded the Mr. Paul Anka Star With Cluster, with commendation "The Only Important One On That Machine-Gun"
2. By an incredible coincidence that leaves both military experts and movie buffs baffled, he looks just like this...
...and the Number One Sign That Specialist Timothy Haag Is On Fuckin' Fire...
1. When his machine-gun ran out of ammo, he killed four terrorists in close-quarters combat armed with nothing but Bob Dole's cock
Pic of Ash and .wav's from Army of Darkness wavs.
Bonus Entry For Heroism Beyond the Call of Duty Update: Actually, this was on the original list, but that list got zapped and I had to reconstruct it from memory. I forgot about this one.
0. Audie Murphy's family gathered at the firefight to watch Dad's record get broken
The Purpose of this Repost: Check out the comment by "Viking Ghost" below.
Working out some stuff. More may follow. Fingers crossed.
— Ace It's the only call that made sense. Hugh Jackman's good, but he's pretty busy lately, and I don't think he's quite right for the role.
Now, look: I know all the ladies love Clive Owen. So just calm yourselves and refrain from squealing about Clive. Don't make me start banning my five female commenters.
We get it already. You dig really handsome men. No need to keep rubbin' it in.
Thank God we're finally rid of that stiff girlyman Pierce Brosnan. He was like Peter Jennings, except without all the anchortwit's palpable sexual menace.
Now they just have to think about maybe buying a decent script for the first time since For Your Eyes Only.
— Ace I think I posted this before, actually. But what the hell. Mentioning his anti-liberal but distressingly-civil blog again gives me the right to re-link the Top Ten Signs that Pat Sajak Is On Fuckin' Fire. Medium Content Warning.
Thanks to Chris.
— Ace Why wait for the rush? Parking is always such a hassle.
To borrow Kausfiles' awesome Grey-Davis-recall vote joke: Florida Democrats are also "increasingly confident" that Kerry won Florida in 2004.
Your Liberal Media
You gotta give us one thing-- we are, if nothing else, plucky optimists with a can-do spirit.
Correction: 2006, not 2008. Typo, I'm afraid.
But I'm proud to say, along with Dan Rather, that I get "most of this stuff" right.
— Ace Sure, he wore the sheets proudly, but he bashes Bush, so all is forgiven.
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A grateful Robert Byrd thanked Barack Obama by saying, "You're one of the 'good ones,' I think... You're definitely 'mixed.' I'm pretty sure you're a quadroon or even an octaroon, which I'm sure you'll be glad to know I consider almost white. Almost."
Yeah... Obama's just as "moderate" as the typical Democrat dubbed "moderate" by the media. I guess he is moderate on that whole silly KKK fooferall.
In related news, Alan Derschowitz is asking people to help support David Irving's brave revelations about the so-called "Holocaust."
— Ace I kinda-sorta own an iPod, but I haven't bothered to program it. I guess I just haven't cared about music all that much since Letters to Clio disbanded.
Here and Now kicks ass. I don't care if it was featured prominently on Melrose Place.
Anyway, Slublog wants bloggers to share their playlists, or at least the top of their playlist. I don't know if he wants the full thousand songs.
Send him your playlists! I know Alarming News has posted her list in the past, too.
And, if you like, feel free to share your playlists in the comments, so everyone can make fun of you for still thinking that Hall & Oates' Adult Education has a really funky, edgy beat.
Copyright Infringement Blegging: If anyone has Here and Now, could ya like send it to me? I mean, I own the album, of course, and therefore have full legal rights to make one copy for my own enjoyment, but I'm too lazy to make a copy.
I just realized it's a crime to ask for such a thing on a blog. So I retract the request.
Unfortunately I made this realization just after some damn scofflaw whom I will not name sent me the song. But I assure you all I deleted it immediately, realizing it was wrong, wrong, wrong.
Wouldn't want to run afoul of the Democratic Party/Hollywood/Music Industry "Iron Triangle."
More Scofflaws! Stop sending me the song, you criminals! You dastards*! You fiends!
*Nope, not a mistake, for once. Look it up.
I'm surprised how similar my list is... but what, no 98 Degrees? Loose shit.
Actually, his list isn't my college list. More like my post-college shiftless-drifter railroad-hobo years list.
It was all a bit of blur. I think at one point, though, I shared a cell with Robert Downey Junior. I'll never forgot the words of wisdom he imparted to me: "Hey, where can I get some smack?"
— Ace ...if granted "relevant" legal protections, such as, I guess, not getting Ceausescu'd:
During an interview with Russia's state-run Channel One television, Akayev was asked whether he was prepared to step down early.
"Of course, of course," he said. "If I am given the relevant guarantees and if it is in full accordance with the current legislation of Kyrgyzstan."
The statement contrasted sharply with comments Akayev made earlier in the day. In an interview on Moscow's Ekho Moskvy radio, Akayev confirmed he was in Russia, outside Moscow, and said he was not planning to resign.
There was no immediate explanation for the differing statements.
Kyrgyzstan is really letting us down on the Protest Babes, so I've drafted Kim Richards to help out the cause.
— Ace Wow. I did not see this coming.
College faculties, long assumed to be a liberal bastion, lean further to the left than even the most conspiratorial conservatives might have imagined, a new study says.
By their own description, 72 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative, says the study being published this week. The imbalance is almost as striking in partisan terms, with 50 percent of the faculty members surveyed identifying themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans.
The disparity is even more pronounced at the most elite schools, where, according to the study, 87 percent of faculty are liberal and 13 percent are conservative.
"What's most striking is how few conservatives there are in any field," said Robert Lichter, a professor at George Mason University and a co-author of the study. "There was no field we studied in which there were more conservatives than liberals or more Republicans than Democrats. It's a very homogenous environment, not just in the places you'd expect to be dominated by liberals."
This jaw-dropping study also concluded, controversially, that 96% of all men enjoy barbecued ribs and/or oral sex and/or both simultaneously.
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