Archive for September 20th, 2008

September 20, 2008

I am a lesbian trapped in a man’s body

And if you don’t hire me, I’ll sue you:

A federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., ruled today that the Library of Congress discriminated against Diane Schroer when it offered her a job and then rescinded it after learning she was transgendered.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented Schroer, said Judge James Robertson’s ruling is the first to hold that the federal sex discrimination statute, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, applies to transgendered people.

Just because I’m at a very early stage of transition — being a married father of six and all that — doesn’t mean that I don’t have rights as a transgendered lesbian. So I’m applying to be an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and if they don’t hire me? Hey, see you in court, you sexist homophobes! (I’ll also sue the Pulitzer Prize committee for their years of discrimination against me.)

Once I hear back from my ACLU lawyer, we’ll be on our way to the landmark case of McCain v. Sulzberger, forever enshrining in the Constitution the rights of all of us who are proud to be gay women with penises, just as the Founding Fathers intended.

I am woman, hear me roar!

September 20, 2008

Got Panic?

Obama hits 50% in today’s Gallup daily tracking poll. His six-point lead over Crazy Cousin John is less important than that 50% number. But . . .

Gallup’s daily tracking surveys only registered voters, and we know that likely voters tilt more Republican than those who are merely registered. Yet . . .

Beyond the numbers themselves is the trend and the timing. There has been a net 11-point swing toward Obama since Sept. 8 (when McCain led by 5) and a similar trend has been picked up by all the national polls. So we have a clear indication that the campaign is trending toward the Democrat. And, it’s after both conventions, after both VP selections, after Labor Day — a little more than seven weeks before Election Day (early voting is already underway in many states).

So Team Maverick is on the wrong end of a momentum shift, late in the game, when the number of undecided voters is small and shrinking steadily. This really raises the stakes for Friday’s first debate. McCain really needs to score big.

As always when things are looking shaky for the GOP, it’s time to check Allahpundit’s pessimism meter, which he reports as stable at 4. I’ll be back later to update with thoughts on the causes of the poll trend. Meanwhile, commenters are free to offer their own thoughts: Did Palin blow the Gibson interview? Have the media attacks taken their inevitable toll? Or was the Wall Street crisis the iceberg that punched a hole in SS Maverick?

September 20, 2008

‘Crossing the line’? At AOSHQ?

It would seem impossible to say anything offensive enough to get banned at Ace of Spades HQ, but apparently some moron has f—ing done it. Or almost f—ing done it. I don’t know what the f— this f—ing moron did, but it must have been pretty f—ing bad.

UPDATE: Ah. Somebody “went there” trying to be funny in a “1953” kind of way. Ace must have had to delete comments, and I’m sure it puts him in a bad mood having to play kindergarten teacher. I didn’t see the offensive remarks, but sort of gestalting from what Ace didn’t delete, I think I know what old joke was being referenced.

Anyway, that’s why I do the moderated-comments thing here. It’s easier to weed stuff out in advance than to risk something atrocious getting published and then requiring deletion. Plus, the fact that people know their comments are moderate tends to discourage truly nasty stuff. Moderation sort of takes away the kind of spontaneity that AOSHQ has, but I just don’t want to become a target for spammers, disrupters, etc.

BTW, I’d say less than 1% of comments here are rejected. Liberal commenters like Young 4-Eyes are no problem. That’s not the problem.

September 20, 2008

AP: 40% of whites are racist

No Hope for us evil Americans:

Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them “lazy,” “violent,” responsible for their own troubles. . . .
40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks, and that includes many Democrats and independents.
More than a third of all white Democrats and independents — voters Obama can’t win the White House without — agreed with at least one negative adjective about blacks, according to the survey, and they are significantly less likely to vote for Obama than those who don’t have such views.

OK, so there’s scientific proof that you are an oppressive troglodyte. It’s science! And no one can argue. You know, like global warming. There’s only one thing left for you racist crackers to do: Join Republicans Who Don’t Love America.

September 20, 2008

Luckiest man on Earth?

I nominate Percy Williamson, Leisure Services Director of Daytona Beach, Fla., whose annual salary is $117,508.92, according to public records obtained by the Daytona Post.

How hard could it be to direct leisure services in Daytona Beach? What sort of duties does this job involve? Supervising the senior citizens shuffleboard league? Organizing beach volleyball tournaments?

Mr. Williamson is one of 22 Daytona Beach municipal employees with annual salaries in excess of $100,000 — in a community (pop. 64,183) where the median household income is $25,439 and more than 23% of the population lives below the poverty line, according to the Census Bureau. The combined salaries of these 22 top bureaucrats amounts to a total $2.7 million.

In addition to those paid $100K+ in salaries alone, another 44 municipal employees in Daytona Beach collect total annual compensation (salary + 31% in benefits) in excess of $100K. To be a city employee in The World’s Most Famous Beach is thus to belong to a semi-tropical bureaucratic elite.

By comparison, the annual salary of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives is $169,300 — 44% more than Mr. Williamson is paid for directing leisure services in Daytona. But what member of Congress wouldn’t rather be among the palms and ocean breezes of the Volusia County shore?

The highest-paid municipal employee in Daytona Beach, city manager James Chisholm, earns an annual salary of $170,693.12, which is slightly more than his congressman (Rep. John Mica) is paid. Plus, Chisholm doesn’t have to deal with Nancy Pelosi or shiver through D.C. winters.

What a joyous thing, to be one of those 22 fortunate souls with six-figure salaries on the payroll of Daytona Beach — each earning four times the median household income of the taxpayers who foot the bill! It is with profound admiration (and no small measure of raw envy) that we salute these noble public servants.

We hear a lot of talk about the “growing gap between rich and poor” nowadays. Yet there are 66 Daytona Beach city employees with salaries of at least $76,000 a year — three times the median household income in the community. To a large measure the “income gap” in Daytona Beach is between city employees and everybody else. It makes the British raj in India look like an exercise in egalitarianism.

September 20, 2008

Hey, an online lynching!

Of an affluent white boy, no less! LA Times:

The whole circus started with the resemblance between a pseudonym of someone who claimed to be the hacker, and the supposed e-mail address of the politician’s son. Both contained the word “rubico.” For many reporters, that might prompt a few phone calls. For bloggers, it was enough to light the torches.
Leading the misinfo-pack is conservative blogger Michelle Malkin . . .

“For many reporters” — hey, bozo, do any of those reporters happen to work at the LA Times? I mean, you do have a DC bureau, right? Have any of your crackerjack DC reporters dialed up the PIO at the Justice Department to ask why the FBI’s Anchorage office contacted the FBI’s Memphis office in relation to this case? Do you want me to Google that phone number for you?

It wasn’t a mere “resemblance” between the pseudonyms, it was the same handle in both the 2003 posting about David the 15-year-old chess wizard and the posting by the braggart who claimed to have hacked Palin’s account. But as I said previously, “maybe ‘rubico10’ is a common Web nickname, like ‘bi19cheerldr.’ “

Furthermore, to what common word did “rubico10” change Palin’s password? “Popcorn.” Kernell = Popcorn. Get it, moron? Or do you need to look up the word “mnemonic”?

I’m freaking tired of liberal journalists — the same ones who ignorantly declare that Karl Rove masterminded the Plamegate “leak” that actually came from Richard Armitage — who show a stubborn lack of curiosity about any story that doesn’t fit their preferred template, like that Associated Press idiot who was sure that this federal crime against Sarah Palin somehow “raised questions” about . . . Palin!

Maybe bloggers wouldn’t be engaged in speculation (and some of them clearly getting their facts wrong) if the L.A. Times would hire some actual reporters instead of assigning idiot feature writers to sling attitude online?

I am opposed to convicting people in print (or pixels), but I will also fiercely defend the right of ordinary people to make common-sense judgments for themselves. The FBI will eventually — and probably fairly soon — announce an arrest in the Palin hacking case. Is there any journalist in America who wants to bet me as to who that arrestee will be?

If not, then as the bloggers say, STFU — and stop trying to tell me what to think.

UPDATE: As to the nature of the evidence in this “circus,” allow me to introduce techblogger Humphrey Cheung, senior editor of TGDaily:

FBI agents are using proxy server logs to track down the hacker who broke into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account. . . .
In his gloating, Rubico posted up screenshots of the Yahoo account complete with the full URL which included the proxy server url (ctunnel.com) appended with a unique identifier. . . . So it doesn’t take a genius to go through the logs and match up the ID to the appropriate IP address and BAM, you got the hacker. . . .
White hat hackers didn’t even need proxy information to find the culprit because they discovered that the Rubico forum handle was linked to rubico10@yahoo.com. A few searches on Google and YouTube further links this email address to 20-year-old David Kernell, a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His father is Democratic Tennessee state representative Mike Kernell.

Does this add up to more than “resemblance,” David Sarno? I mean, since you’re the resident LA Times expert on all things Web-wise, perhaps you should tell Humphrey Cheung he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Don’t you think this might “prompt a few phone calls”? Or is making phone calls above your paygrade at the LA Times?

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September 20, 2008

More liberals who want to see Sarah Palin raped

First, Margaret Cho’s friends, now Sandra Bernhard:

When Sandra warns Sarah Palin not to come into Manhattan lest she get gang-raped by some of Sandra’s big black brothers, she’s being provocative, combative, humorous, and yes, let’s allow, disgusting.

Here’s a video “promotion” of Berhard’s show:

More at Michelle Malkin and Hot Air.