December 21, 2008
— Ace This is actually just a work-in-progress site. It's half-done. Right now it's not used, except as an emergency back-up when the main site goes down.
The actual site is at http://www.ace.mu.nu, or aceofspadeshq.com, which will redirect there.
If you're not seeing pictures on this site, it's because it's not really working yet.
If you've posted comments and no one seems to respond -- that's because most users can't see them. Comments from the real site get posted here, but comments from here don't show up on the real site.
Basically, you should come to the real site. It looks a little crappy right now and it breaks down a lot, but this one isn't quite ready yet.
Sorry.. should have put up this notice long ago.
Note from Pixy: Posts and comments automatically sync from the old site to this new site within 60 seconds, but some authors aren't set up on the new site, and will show up as Open Blogger. We'll get those sorted out soon.
December 31, 2008
— Ace Why not? They're bustin' their ass for Obama; shouldn't Obama put them on the payroll?
Connecticut lawmaker Frank Nicastro sees saving the local newspaper as his duty. But others think he and his colleagues are setting a worrisome precedent for government involvement in the U.S. press.
Nicastro represents Connecticut's 79th assembly district, which includes Bristol, a city of about 61,000 people outside Hartford, the state capital. Its paper, The Bristol Press, may fold within days, along with The Herald in nearby New Britain.
That is because publisher Journal Register, in danger of being crushed under hundreds of millions of dollars of debt, says it cannot afford to keep them open anymore.
Nicastro and fellow legislators want the papers to survive, and petitioned the state government to do something about it. "The media is a vitally important part of America," he said, particularly local papers that cover news ignored by big papers and television and radio stations.
To some experts, that sounds like a bailout, a word that resurfaced this year after the U.S. government agreed to give hundreds of billions of dollars to the automobile and financial sectors.
This has to be fought tooth and nail. This madness has to stop, now.
Jammie Wearing Fool notes the article refuses to mention the lawmaker calling for an unpopular bailout of an unpopular industry is a Democrat.
Funny how that works.
Think they'd mention this were Republicans calling for a bailout of the oil industry?
Thanks to CJ.
Unless something extraordinary happens, I'm in for the night, for the second new year's running.
So... who else is feeling lame or prudent or a mixture of both to be inside tonight?
Pic: Thanks to Jeff U. Megyn Kelly will rocccckk in the New Year on Fox. Hopefully she'll interview Andy Dick and then angrily cross-examine him about why he's such an obnoxious douche. And why he hasn't been funny since 2002.*
* Three years before I stopped being funny myself.
— Ace Selling out.
Doesn't it make more sense to keep the valuable real estate and profitable shares in sports franchises and sell the thing that's actually losing money, i.e., the frickin' newspaper itself?
But that would mean that "Pinch" would have to seek a job from employers who are not blood relatives. And I think we know how that would go.
— Ace Eh. I think it's that his case is shaky, no matter what he says about new witnesses coming forward. It's tough to prove a bribery case.
Bobby Rush, of course, continues his race-baiting tour.
— Ace The city? San Francisco.
As more and more black renters began moving into this mostly white San Francisco Bay Area suburb a few years ago, neighbors started complaining about loud parties, mean pit bulls, blaring car radios, prostitution, drug dealing and muggings of schoolchildren.
In 2006, as the influx reached its peak, the police department formed a special crime-fighting unit to deal with the complaints, and authorities began cracking down on tenants in federally subsidized housing.
Now that police unit is the focus of lawsuits by black families who allege the city of 100,000 is orchestrating a campaign to drive them out.
"A lot of people are moving out here looking for a better place to live," said Karen Coleman, a mother of three who came here five years ago from a blighted neighborhood in nearby Pittsburg. "We are trying to raise our kids like everyone else. But they don't want us here."
Update: San Francisco proper has succeeded in driving out half its black population already, so that explains the influx to the suburbs. And yet those tolerant Bay Area liberals seem to have the "Keep moving" signs out.
Thanks to someone2.
Provisional Semi-Correction: Iceman claims that Antioch is not really a true suburb of SF -- too far away to be a real suburb -- and also says it's not really "lefty."
I do know, as that other link notes, that half of the black population has been driven from SF proper via gentrification and soaring rents and anti-business statutes that make it hard for people to earn a living.
— DrewM I can't vouch for them but it's something to consider as you plan your
A sample of one doctor's advice.
(True or False) Taking pain relievers like aspirin after drinking will prevent a hangover.
False. Not only doesn't this work, it can be dangerous. Even a dose or two of aspirin can erode the stomach, causing gastritis, which would only be compounded by the stomach irritant effects of alcohol. Mixing acetominophen and alcohol can lead to acute liver inflammation.
...(True or False) Eating a big meal before going to sleep lessens the effects of a hangover.
False. A big meal, especially a fat-filled one, such as eggs and bacon, will stay in your stomach and interfere with sleep and possibly cause reflux. So, you'll wake up feeling even worse.
...(True or False)Eating a big meal before drinking can help prevent a hangover.
True. Eat that hearty fat-filled meal before drinking. It will fill you up and decrease your alcohol absorption.
Please feel free to share your hangover tips (perhaps even in Haiku form) in the comments.
I'll leave you with the only thing of importance that I learned in college...Liquor before beer, have no fear. Beer before liquor, never sicker.
Yes, my parents are very proud.
Happy New Year you morons.
— Gabriel Malor Another one bites the dust.
December 30, 2008
— Gabriel Malor Sorry guys, this one isn't like the one that Ace found. But it is one of the funnier, but also the more disturbing things I've seen today.
Go here. It's safe for work. Go on watch, I'll wait.
Philips has to find a market for the product and grow a market for the product. I'd say mission accomplished. I expect ads for that thing will be in all the lady mags soon too, so they'll want to buy it for their husbands and boyfriends. That's right, all you fellers are going to be trimming under your bitchtits by this time next year.
Thanks to Jahiliyya.
Update: I have been informed that this is OLD. So old, in fact, that commenter Shawn has been trimming his manboobs for over a year. So congratulations (?) to him. Pardon me while I go beat up Jahi.
— DrewM There have been a couple of late developments to catch up on.
Obama took time from his vacation to speak about the man who may replace him. Hes not happy but hes being very careful about it.
"Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing that Governor Blagojevich has chosen to ignore it. I believe the best resolution would be for the Governor to resign his office and allow a lawful and appropriate process of succession to take place. While Governor Blagojevich is entitled to his day in court, the people of Illinois are entitled to a functioning government and major decisions free of taint and controversy," said President-elect Obama.
Next, the Illinois Secretary of State admits theres really nothing he can do about the appointment.
"We've been doing a little research on this, and its a little nebulus," White's Press Secretary David Druker told First Read. "We do think the governor can still bring it to the U.S. Senate" without White's signature.
He added, "I guess you could say it was a moral stand."
A moral stand in Chicago politics? Sure, okay.
And finally can Harry Reid actually follow through and refuse to seat Burris based on Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution? One of NROs legal guys says probably not.
Blagojevich has thumbed his nose at the entire Democratic establishment in Chicago and DC, while one of Chicagos leading black figures makes seating Burris sound even more important than Obamas election to the presidency, all while helping Blago with a key constituent group. Thats not a bad day for a guy facing federal criminal charges and a pending impeachment proceeding.
You've got give it to Blago when he moves, he slices like a fuckin hammer.
— Purple Avenger Taliban Burning, Beheading Its Way Through Pakistani Valley.
The law of unintended consequences is a stone cold bitch.
— Ace When someone is willing to sue, it usually means they're telling the truth. Discovery is a bitch, and if there's a there there, she wouldn't risk it.
Thanks to CJ.
$27 Million: I missed the amount she's seeking. 27 large.
— Ace Noah Pollak tossed out this term to describe Hamas' apologists. Like LadyHumps or London Bridge, I didn't know exactly what it meant, but I knew it meant something, and I liked it.
It occurred to me he might be using it in the way that it's used here -- "Get me a juicebox," from that Will Ferrel movie whose title escapes me -- implying that the moment Hamas demands that Klein, Yglesias, et al. fetch them a juicebox, they go and fetch them a frickin' juicebox.
Here's that clip. Mike Ditka here is actually playing Mike Ditka, whose doing Ferrel a favor by acting as his assistant coach.
I still think that's what it means. But My Pet Jawa thinks it has something to do with this Hamas supporter's placard, vowing, oddly enough, "Death to all Juice."
It occurs to me that I could resolve this rather easily by sending this guy an email, but, you know, I'm a blogger. I don't do reportage. I speculate. Even when actually getting the facts would take five minutes.
Okay, I will email him and find out. Just this once, and never again.
But it's worth the speculation just to note that in addition to dancing, homosexuality, rock music and the clitoris, the would-be global caliphate has also declared war on juice.
Not that it affects me. Atkins and all. But I don't want to live in a world where I can't drink a nice cool glass of Cran-Grape.
Thanks to either Duane or his wife (one of those joint email accounts). I would say his wife's name, but then I'd probably be outing them as a couple.
PS: This is a constant thing I have to consider -- how do I hat-tip people? By their real name?
If you send a tip, maybe tell me how you want to be referred to on the blog, if at all.
Oh-- and if you have a blog, please include it in the sig so I can h/t the blog! So many people have blogs now, but don't mention them in their emails.
More Obvious: He may just mean they are young and callow and filled with equal measures of youthful overconfidence and SunnyD.
— Ace I guess that ends this drama.
Reid won't even have to intercede.
In an act of political audacity, embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich named former state attorney general Roland Burris to fill President-elect Obama's Senate seat, a position he is accused of trying to "sell."
The appointment was instantly rejected by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White who said he would refuse to certify Burris' selection, and by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who said Burris would not be allowed to be seated.
SecState White is black, by the way. Not sure how that matters, except that, you know, it matters. Because he's racist against Burris or somethin'.
Thanks to Alice H.
Gabe's Analysis: Gabe sends this--
Regarding the Illinois Secretary of State refusing to certify Blagojevich's appointment, I think there's a good case to be made that he has no choice in the matter.
15 Ill. Comp. Stat. 305/5 provides:
It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State:
2. To make a register of all appointments by the Governor, specifying the person appointed, the office conferred, the date of the appointment, the date when bond or oath is taken and the date filed. If Senate confirmation is required, the date of the confirmation shall be included in the register.
The use of "shall" typically indicates a mandatory act without discretion.
Of course, I don't really know anything about Illinois law. It was just my first thought that since the state delegates the power to make appointments to the Governor, the Secretary of State would also have to have been delegated some authority to stop him. As far as I can tell, it doesn't. So, if I were going for the crazy defense like Blagojevich appears to I'd go ahead with the appointment anyway, and declare Buriss a Senator. Of course, this now gives Harry Reid cover to refuse to seat him...
Gabe may be right, but I think he's forgetting that this is Illinois. It doesn't seem that the letter of the law is particularly important to the political class. Expediency, self-interest, and raw political muscle -- the political class simply agreeing this can be done, the law be damned -- seem to be the real law of the state.
— Ace An email, letting me know how precious I am to the Obama team:
Barack Obama will be sworn in as President of the United States of America on January 20th, 2009.
It will be an unprecedented event in the history of our country, and hundreds of thousands of people will come together in Washington, D.C. to share the moment.
Supporters like you made this happen. You know that real change comes from the bottom up, not from the top down, and Barack and Joe want you to join them on this historic day. They want to start off this administration with the people who worked so hard and will continue to fight for change with them.
Between now and January 8th, 10 supporters and their guests will be selected to join the Inaugural activities.
If you make a donation -- in any amount -- to make the Inauguration a success, you and a guest could be flown to Washington, D.C., put up in a hotel, and be there as Barack is sworn in as the 44th President.
Make a donation of $5 or more right now. You and a guest could receive your ticket to history.
They're auctioning off ten (10!) tickets total (yes, with hotel and airfare, which is no big shakes, really), while soliciting donations from millions.
Do we on the right need to be more childish about all this?
Here's what I mean. Regarding Obama playing golf as war
breaks out continues apace as usual between Hamas and Israel. Remember how George W. Bush was castigated by Michael Moore and the left for playing golf under identical circumstances?
The American media rises above such pettiness, of course, content instead to admire the uber-coolness of his shorts.
Its a further gloss on the bosss point about how workout regimens magically shift from creepy to disciplined when its Obama doing the push-ups instead of Bush: When Dubya plays a round while bombs fall in the Middle East, hes lazy and callous, but when The One does it, hes taking a much-needed break from the rigors of planning to run the free world. Like Geraghty, I dont begrudge him the respite after two years of campaigning and with tough times to come, he needs it...
Now the trouble is, I have a problem with rising to the very high bar of petulant pettiness the left has established this past eight years. I sorta want to freak out about this, like the left did, but I'm... you know, an adult and everything, and have trouble shrieking over such minor nonsense.
But is the right's sense of proportion -- not to mention our sense of embarrassment about acting like jackasses -- a hurdle for us? Would it be better to shriek endlessly about stuff like this?
I don't know. I suspect it didn't work a lot for the left, but the constant sniping and carping about everyfuckingthing must have had some impact.
So: Do we boldly become caterwauling cretinous Cassandras ourselves?
— Ace Holiday hangover.
A preview of the the bad economy a-comin':
The fallout from the horrific holiday season for retailers has begun, with the operator of an online toy seller filing for bankruptcy protection and more stores are expected to do the same meaning more empty storefronts and fewer brands on store shelves.
A rash of store closings, which some experts predict will be the most in 35 years, is likely to come across areas from electronics to apparel, shrinking the industry and leading to fewer niche players and suppliers.
The most dramatic pullback in consumer spending in decades could transform the retail landscape, as thousands of stores and whole malls close down. And analysts expect prolonged woes in the industry as the dramatic changes in shopping behavior could linger for another two or three years amid worries about the deteriorating economy and rising layoffs.
A number of stores couldn't even make it to Christmas. Circuit City Stores Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection last month. It plans to keep operating, but toy seller KB Toys, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, is liquidating its stores and will shut down.
About 160,000 stores will have closed this year and 200,000 more could shutter next year, said Burt P. Flickinger III, managing director of consulting firm Strategic Resource Group. That would be the industry's biggest contraction in 35 years. In March and April of next year, Flickinger expects 2,000 to 3,000 malls to shutter.
— Ace Personally, I doubt they can. They're like a couple of teenage sex-gibbons.
Let there be no doubt: 2009 will rock like no other ear has rocked before.
Related: Sweet, Anti-PUMA Caroline.
Cuffy's "You know" buzzer vid has been linked by Drudge, Breitbart, the LAT, and now CNN, incidentally.
— Ace Yeah.
Nice Deb wonders what comments this would provoke. I can only think of the obvious, and I don't want to go there.
I mean, yes, we now know what to get Andrew Sullivan for Boxing Day.
Maybe you can do better.
— Ace Gabe sends a post by email -- damn his job.
The New York Times reports "the Treasury Department has agreed to take a stake of $5 billion in GMAC, the auto lending company, and agreed to lend $1 billion to General Motors to help GMAC reorganize itself as a bank holding company."
The Detroit Free Press adds "the money for the injection would come from the $700 billion financial industry bailout, and that GMAC would have to meet restrictions on executive pay as part of the deal."
And finally, the Wall Street Journal chimes in:
The move represents the second tranche of government aid that redounds to the benefit of giant private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, which owns Chrysler and, until these recent moves, a majority stake in GMAC. John Snow, a top player at Cerberus, was the Bush Administration's Treasury secretary before Henry Paulson.
In bailing out GMAC, Treasury officials aren't just stabilizing an auto-finance company but a major player in the housing market's boom and bust. GMAC played a big role in purchasing riskier adjustable-rate mortgages.
— Ace This is that story you've heard: a student was silently reading a book called Notre Dame vs. the Klan, a book about Notre Dame's efforts, um, versus the Klan. You know, the Klan being defeated.
A black student saw him reading it, and told him she didn't like the Klan. The student agreed -- the Klan is bad. She reported him anyway. And, incredibly, the university took action against the student for racial harassment.
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