Archive for August 2nd, 2008

August 2, 2008

Violence at Atlanta music festival

Drunken rednecks brawling at a Skynyrd concert . . . well, not actually:

DeKalb County police spokesman Marcus Hodge said gunfire erupted at a celeb-filled party held at Club Dreams at 3595 Clairmont Road around 3:30 a.m.
The party, which kicked off the third annual So So Def Summerfest weekend, was hosted by Atlanta-based music mogul Jermaine Dupri.
Hodge said the shooting occurred after some patrons were allegedly double-charged by security guards to enter the VIP section of the club.
Hodge said some patrons became rowdy after allegedly being double-charged and were escorted outside the nightclub, where the shooting took place. . . .
Hodge said none of the celebrity guests, which included R&B singer Usher, rapper Nelly, actress Regina King, actress Gabrielle Union and actor Larenz Tate, were injured. Many other celebrities were in attendance. . . .
“The shooting was an isolated incident,” said a representative for So So Def Summerfest Weekend.

Yet another isolated incidence of hip-hop violence, just like the murders of Tupac, Notorious B.I.G. and Jam Master Jay. These completely random occurences are so mysterious.

August 2, 2008

McEwan: Christofascists are racist, too

You may remember Melissa McEwan as the gynocentric blogger who was forced to resign from the John Edwards campaign after her rants against “Christofascists” came to light. So, what’s she up to, now that she’s no longer working for Sen. Baby Daddy? Mass psychoanalysis:

[L]oitering below the ostensibly substantive critique is something more nefarious. . . .
Obama, dog whistles the ad, hitting old racists in the sweet spot, could f— these white girls – it’s practically a Democratic tradition … JFK, Clinton, heck even Carter lusted in his heart – and we don’t want that, now, do we?

Let me ask you something, Melissa: If this ad is such a clear-cut subliminal appeal to right-wing Bilboism, how come only left-wingers claim to be able to see it? I mean, it’s like a normal guy taking a Rorshach inkblot test administered by Professor Irwin Corey:

Doc: OK, what do you see?
Patient: Hmm. A butterfly, maybe.
Doc: No, it’s your mother’s vagina.
Patient: What?
Doc: A-ha! Oedipal-denial syndrome!

But lefties are so much smarter and more insightful than us normal people, they can tell us what we’re supposed to see in an ad that has generated 1.4 million views at YouTube without inspiring a single lynch mob in Arkansas:

Beer goggles and cocktail napkins. Nudge, nudge.

August 2, 2008

‘I’m Miley Cyrus, for Lifestyle condoms’

Hannah Montana, prophylactic peddler?

LifeStyles Condoms wants Miley Cyrus to be its spokesgirl.
The company says it has offered the 15-year-old Disney star — who has said she won’t have sex until she’s married — $1 million to represent the brand.
“Pop culture proves that teens are more ready than ever to discuss the subject of sex,” says the company’s VP of marketing, Carol Carrozza. “We believe that Miley is both influential and relatable to this afflicted set — and is the obvious choice to get the message of safe sex out to teens across America.”
But Cyrus’ rep says they never got an offer.
“We never received an offer, nor would she consider the offer,” her rep tells E! News.
Meanwhile, Cyrus said the prominent blemish on her lip was “just an ordinary cold sore,” and denied rumors that she’d hooked up with the San Antonio Spurs during their May playoff series against the Lakers.

OK, I added that last part. But once a girl starts flashing her underwear via the Internet . . .

August 2, 2008

Plouffe (n.) — Con artist, huckster

Barack Obama’s incompetent campaign strategist, David Plouffe, has seen his candidate lose a 9-point lead in five days, yet nonsensically claims that it is the John McCain campaign that has suffered:

(Via Politico.) Plouffe suggests that a flurry of online donations represents a generalized reaction against Team Maverick’s “attack.” But as everyone in the loop knows — hey, how do you think Ben Smith got this video, anyway? — these donations were in response to an e-mail solicitation sent out Thursday night to supporters who had already signed up as Obama supporters.

In other words, liberal Democrats responded as expected to a clever appeal to their pre-programmed fear (which Team Obama has been fueling for more than a month) that their candidate would be targeted by the vaunted “Republican attack machine.” Contrary to Plouffe’s assertion, there was no massive influx of new supporters, only additional exploitation of existing supporters.

What Democrats need to realize is that Axelrod and Plouffe have organized a campaign that very much resembles a pyramid scheme. It’s a multi-tiered marketing scam, with “Hope” and “Change” as the product. This was surprisingly effective in the Democratic primaries, where Obama was marketed to pre-sold customers, as it were.

Yet like any Ponzi scheme, Hope Inc. was inevitably due to reach a saturation point at which the failure to add new supporters resulted in collapse.

Democrats who supported Obama in the primaries did so because Axelrod and Plouffe convinced them that he had a magic formual for victory. Maintaining belief in that formula was crucial to the effort, since only an overwhelming electoral juggernaut — an invincible winner — could drive the kind of fundraising and volunteer activism needed to make their strategy work.

The primary campaign was about convincing Democrats that Obama had a better chance than Hillary to win in November. This is why I have been so skeptical about the ability of Axelrod and Plouffe to translate their successful primary strategy into a win in November. A general election is not a primary. A general election is about swaying independent voters, who are profoundly different from the type of hard-core partisans who walk through January snow to participate in a caucus in Iowa.

Maintaining an image of insuperability was what that European tour was about — convincing the True Believers that their belief is valid. But while seeing Obama feted in Berlin excited hard-core progressives, it produced an entirely opposite effect in independent voters, who perceived it as a grandiose overreach by a candidate long on confidence and short on credibility.

Plouffe cannot admit this, nor can he admit what is apparent to any unbiased observer: McCain’s attacks are effective, and they are effective because they are essentially true: Obama is an experienced lightweight, his energy plan is unserious, and he is an overhyped phenomenon comparable to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

Plouffe’s responds to this past week’s meltdown in the characteristic fashion of a hustler: Tell the true believers that, contrary to all evidence, this apparent debacle is actually stunning triumph. You need only understand the meaning of “confidence game” to understand Plouffe’s purpose.

Obama may yet win on Nov. 4, merely because of the overwhelming electoral vulnerability of the GOP in this cycle. However, if Obama falls behind and continues to look as incompetent as he has since his Landstuhl blunder, Democrats may be shocked at how quickly his former momentum rolls back down the hill in the manner of Wile E. Coyote on the receiving end of a Newtonian sight-gag.

Steve Schmidt’s strategy of relentless aggression has captured the initiative in this campaign, and you can expect to see Team Maverick continue their attacks in the manner of U.S. Grant’s famous 1864 declaration: “I intend to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.” The object is to put enough pressure on Obama to force his collapse.

This morning’s Rasmussen poll shows a dead heat. Since July 8, McCain has gained 3 points in the Rasmussen daily tracking, while Obama has lost 2 points despite the media swoon during Obama’s foreign tour. And this is, Plouffe says, is success. If Obama ever falls behind, I suppose they’ll be exchanging high fives at Hope HQ.

August 2, 2008

‘Equality Is For Ugly Losers’

Some ladies are just fed up with feminism. At the request of readers, I’ve created a Cafe Press account where you can order “Equality Is For Ugly Losers” merchandise.

The “vintage glamour pin up” design is featured on T-shirts, including ladies’ spaghetti-strap tops, as well as on refrigerator magnets. The “classic housewife” design is available on coffee mugs.

Origins of the slogan
While mocking whiny feminist bloggers, I was thinking about the folly of feminism as a species of egalitarianism. The notion that all women share the same ideological group interest, and that a mass movement for “equality” is of universal benefit, is a prima facie absurdity.

“Equality” is contrary to human nature. The human spirit naturally desires distinction, and anyone with a scintilla of ambition wishes not to be equal, but rather to be acknowledged in some way as superior. Only a mediocre soul would ever hope merely to be “equal.” Does anyone think it a compliment to be told that they are merely adequate, average, or run-of-the-mill?

Furthermore, the identity politics of group solidarity — the idea that all women, or all men, or all members of some other such category share an identical interest — is a species of collectivism. Any reader of Atlas Shrugged recognizes collectivism as an anti-life philosophy, essentially hostile to the dignity (and, indeed, the survival) of the individual.

The so-called “backlash” against feminism, which has often been blamed on “the religious right” or some other reactionary force, is actually the natural resistance of the human spirit against soulless collectivism and Procrustean egalitarianism, forces that tend toward atomization, reducing us to faceless ciphers, fungible units without meaning or purpose. The woman who stands up against feminism, therefore, is a Solzhenitsyn, a Patrick Henry, a champion of liberty.

Laughing at Totalitarians
Dogmatic feminism, like any other totalitarian ideology, advances via bullying and intimidation, shouting down its critics and threatening dissenters. While liberal legislation has given feminism some measure of legal, political and economic authority, its chief power is that of psychological terrorism. Mockery is the one thing that such ideologies can never tolerate, and nothing enrages a feminist so much as laughter.

So, I was pondering those whiny feminist bloggers, who got a 1,200-word writeup in the New York Times, but whose sense of entitlement was offended by the placement of the story in the newspaper’s “Fashion & Style” section. And the whole article was basically about “boo-hoo, poor me, I’m not getting rich in the blogosphere, because I’m oppressed.”

Gag me. What a bunch of . . . losers.

Blogging at Ace of Spades HQ, Gabriel Malor (a recent law-school grad, whose experience in academia must have instilled in him a horrible fear of fembot fascism) marveled that I apparently had “no fear of being cut off for life.” To which I eagerly assented.

Frankly, chicks dig a misogynist oppressor. Which is to say, every genuinely intelligent woman recognizes feminism as a stinking heap of pseudo-intellectual manure. A guy who openly scoffs at feminist dogma thereby identifies himself as (a) smart enough to recognize the difference between truth and nonsense, and (b) brave enough not to kneel before false idols. Brains and courage — like I said, chicks dig it.

Chicks also dig a sense of humor, as signifying the desireable qualities of confidence and cheerfulness. (Fun fact: Laughter and orgasm are both autonomic reflexes.)

Instant demand
OK, so Gabriel was saying I had “no fear of being cut off for life.” What else to do, but to double down? Ergo, “Equality Is For Ugly Losers,” which was combined with vintage images to heighten the humorous effect.

Within hours, a woman e-mailed asking if there was a T-shirt with the slogan. Similar inquiries followed. And being the greedy capitalist exploiter that I am . . . well, buy it now!

As I explained to one of the ladies, the point of the joke is not to demean women, nor even to demean ugly losers. (I’m not exactly a billionaire pretty boy.) The object is to ridicule the egalitarian idiocy of feminism. And “Equality Is For Stupid Morons” wouldn’t be nearly as funny.

Autonomic reflexes . . . chicks dig it.
August 2, 2008

Site Meter issue reported

Little Green Footballs reports that Site Meter is causing error messages in Internet Explorer 7. I am going to remove Site Meter from the page until the problem is corrected.

UPDATE: It’s fixed now, and so the Site Meter has been restarted but not before costing me (a) whatever number of actual visits were lost due to people using IE7 and being unable to access the site, before I removed Site Meter, then (b) about eight hours’ worth of uncounted traffic while Site Meter was uninstalled.

As bad as that is, far worse (from my perspective) is that I was unable to “read” my traffic and know who was linking me, which links were driving traffic, etc. Repetitively checking Site Meter my be some kind of pathological obsession, but it’s also the only way I can know whether my promotion efforts (e.g., sending Ace yet another e-mail desperately begging him pretty-please to link me, promising to set him up with College Republican chicks who dig the Ewok look) are working.