Archive for April 26th, 2009

April 26, 2009

This Calls For A Clapton Moment

by Smitty (via Digg)

Gary Langer writes:

Barack Obama approaches the 100-day mark with rising economic hopes, the best job approval rating at this point in 20 years, the broadest personal popularity since Ronald Reagan and half of Americans now saying the country’s headed in the right direction.

To which one can only reply musically:
How much more non-sobriety must we endure? Obama Clock

April 26, 2009

Megalobloggermania?

Perhaps I’ll have to ask the Blogospheric Neologian for a ruling on this one. In an e-mail exchange today with Pundette, she said she’d linked me and then added, “Not that you need the hits.”

Au contraire! I suffer from an insatiable craving for linkage and a ravenous appetite for additional traffic. (Hello, “Carrie Prejean bikini pics“!) It’s never enough. Three “Malkin Award” nominations since February? Not enough. Two Instalanches in one day? Not enough.

Small, rational ambitions are a waste of time. The alternative to growth is not stability, but entropy. Growth implies a teleological purpose, an ultimate goal.

Therefore, I wake up every morning and sit down at the computer aiming to advance further toward total blogospheric hegemony, which is of course but the first step on the road to global Internet domination. If I ever reach the point where I’m getting e-mails from Rush Limbaugh asking that I mention his show on my blog . . .

At any rate, there ought to be a name for such mad ambition. Megalobloggermania?

April 26, 2009

La Blogga Nostra

From Carol at No Sheeples Here:

“I live my life, I don’t apologize to take care of my family. And I refused to be a fool dancing on the strings held by all of those big shots.”

And watch out for Barzini.

April 26, 2009

Holy crap! Threatening Malkin?

Hat-tip to William Teach of Pirate’s Cove (home of “Patriotic Pin-Up Sunday“) for a comment linking to this at Atlas Shrugs:

Charles Johnson is making threats about going after Michelle Malkin. He says he’s got lots of stuff to use against her.

And I’m mentioned, too. With “friends” like these, who needs James Wolcott? Is there someone — anyone — who can stop this madness? As previously noted, I ignored the dustup between LGF, Geller and Robert Spencer for months, hoping it would fade into insignificance. It was only because of Johnson’s continued ax-grinding against them that I mentioned it in November, and it was only because he went after Ann Coulter in February that I began paying more attention.

Charles Johnson seems determined to travel the same road that took David Brock from being a famous investigative reporter to being the hack-in-chief at Media Matters. It saddens me.

UPDATE: A commenter asks about context: When did Malkin link me? My blog is occasionally linked on the “Buzzworthy” headline feed in the right sidebar at Malkin’s site. Johnson is apparently referring to my earlier post about Geller showing up on “Buzzworthy.”

Of course, Malkin has more important things to do than get in the middle of an intramural dispute like this, preferring to train her fire on the Left. Which is what I would rather do as well. Michelle did allow Goldstein and Patterico to air their grievances at Hot Air, but she has, so far as I can tell, avoided the Johnson/Geller/Spencer feud.

The fact that Johnson is threatening to drag Malkin into it suggests, I think, how severe Johnson’s alienation has become — and causes me to regret that I ignored this rift as long as I did. I have an unusual talent for conciliation: Once I get involved, the feuding parties usually realize that they hate me worse than they hate each other. Problem solved by the Universal Scapegoat: When In Doubt, Blame Stacy.

UPDATE II: Or blame Donald Douglas:

I keep seeing notes at various blogs from former LGF commenters who’ve been banned.

It’s the “urge to purge,” the atavistic impulse of coalition-building by a process of subtraction.

UPDATE III: The Reichstag Fire? Once you transgress Godwin’s Law, there’s no going back.

April 26, 2009

Imported health problems

We’ve talked about imported poverty, now let’s talk imported disease:

Tests show that eight students at a Queens high school are likely to have contracted the human swine flu virus that has struck Mexico and a small number of other people in the United States, health officials in New York City said yesterday. . . .
Health officials reached their preliminary conclusion after conducting viral tests on nose or throat swabs from the eight students, which allowed them to eliminate other strains of flu. Officials were also suspicious since some St. Francis students recently had been to Mexico, where the outbreak is believed to have started.
The president in Mexico assumed emergency powers to deal with the crisis, which has killed at least 81 people and infected about 1,300 others. All public gatherings have been banned, including more than 500 concerts and sporting events and the popular bicycle rides on closed boulevards.

Jules Crittenden contemplates “disease-fueled xenophobia,” and links Michelle Malkin, who reminds you that concern about the threat of immigrant-born disease is “RAAAACIST.” (Michelle, remember to use spell-check next time; there are actually five A’s in “RAAAAACIST.”)

Allahpundit has more about the Mexican swine flu epidemic, as does Pundette, who links Troglopundit. BTW, last night, I was at a birthday party attended by Trog’s Wisconsinite (Wisconsinian?) friend Sean Hackbarth who tells me that Trog is the tallest blogger you’ll ever meet. He’s like 14 feet tall or something. But his knuckles still drag the ground.

Lots more swine-flu news at Memeorandum.

April 26, 2009

Bill Maher in Uniform?

by Smitty

In response to the post about Bill Maher’s self-hatred, there was an interesting question at Politics Across the Pond:

“Is volunteer military service a builder of character in men? Or are men of character drawn to military service?”

As the son of a career sailor, following dad’s footsteps was an easy choice. You stick with what you know. The feel of the ship, with the smell of paint and fuel, the constant motion of people bustling about. It seemed an obvious direction, coming out of high school.
In the US, there is a clear distinction between civil rights and those in the military, falling under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. You trade freedom of action for freedom from worry about what to wear, where to sleep, when to be someplace, who feeds you. The liberal fascists admire this, and–they’ll rarely say this explicitly–they want to remake civilian culture along these lines. Consider the Centurion in Luke 7:6-8

Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

The business of “calling shots” is an intoxicating one. Coming back to the question, then, does military service build character, or are characters drawn to military service? Let me attack the question: why a logical OR? My answer is that people are people, and that military service has a catalytic effect. A coward will wash out immediately, and an honorable person, who balances individuality nicely with operating inside a large organization (a hint at where I diverged) will go far. The narcissism of a Bill Maher has a half life of about a week aboard a ship at sea. While it would would be catastrophic for a real unit to have such a clown running amok, there would be some jolly schadenfreude for any witnesses.

April 26, 2009

Rule 5 Sunday

by Smitty

This week’s Rule 5 installment starts of with an homage to timeless beauty, as
Bea Arthur’s loveliness stands immortalized. Heaven rest you, lady. Despite some effort, I couldn’t track down a picture of her from History of the World, Part 1, where she’s handing out the subsidies to the stand-up philosophers. Not a bad metaphor for these times, overall. There is a photo montage available on YouTube, for the serious fan.
On to b’iness, then:

  • Carol at No Sheeples Here reveals Robert Stacy Corleone, as she explores new realms of shamelessness in devotion to Rule 2
  • Donald Douglas brings the political angle with Ashley Swearengin, the Mayor of Fresno. Who is my Mayor? Who cares?
  • Jimmie at the Sundries Shack nominates Patti Ann, who is winning anything not judged by Perez Hilton.
  • The Purple Center has some reporting on the oldest profession in Germany that is slightly off our usual aesthetic appreciation topic, but we’ll report and let you decide.
  • Anorak had a Piccadilly Circus dance sequence that captures quality and quantity.
  • Cynthia Yockey has some retro Gipper denim on offer. She also has a memorial to Bea Arthur. Cynthia includes a painting in her post that is, strictly speaking, NSFW. Sorry if I fall short of being that reactionary.
  • Another Anorak bit is this Claire Merry in an outfit from the new Star Trek movie, I guess. Allow me to confess some sci-fi burnout.
  • Carol had also sent in a Rule 5 beauty pageant entry, but I think that calling Perez Hilton a woman is disrespectful to honest ladies everywhere. An opinion.
  • Donald Douglas also had some Fox News post-Jean on Carrie Prejean. You figure she’ll do better, in the long run, for having not made it past Miss California.
  • Five Feet of Fury has some elegance posted, with the title “If these links aren’t safe for work, you shouldn’t have listened to your guidance couselor”. Wisdom.
  • Now, as far as Fausta goes, the more she claims it’s not about the chest hair, the more I think: “It’s about the chest hair”.
  • Douglas again, having a Jennifer Love Hewitt moment. He seems to be tracking the Rule 5 thing, this Donald.

I’ve got your Hewitt, mister:

  • The Future Republican Senator knows how to target blogger support: Ali Larter
  • Mark Freeberg had some Rule 5 connected in some way to a great article entitled “101 Freedoms and Rights the Progressive Left Doesn’t Want You to Have”.
  • Suzanna Logan posts herself for inclusion in this roundup, with excellent reason. I’d like to take a moment and extend sympathy to the dude cut out of the last photo, if my guess is correct and that’s a prom photo or something.
  • David at Paco Enterprises comes through with another silver-screen effort. Yes!
  • Chad at the KURU Lounge contributes a couple of links: Joi Lansing, and then Valentina Ligouri, a “professional inline downhill speedskater”.
  • Dave C at Point of a Gun suggests a new Rule 5 sub-category: “Future Ex-Wives of Dave C”. First two candidates are Megyn Kelly and Carry Prejean. Dave: divorce bites, morally, mentally and physically. If you’re not prepared to die with her, don’t set about living with her. It’s perfectly OK to admire her in a SFW way from a distance. The uncomplicated life is the happy life.
  • Case in point: Jennifer Anniston. Obviously I don’t know her, and she’s not without fault, but I’m almost nearly sort of moved to begin to start feeling glimmers of compassion when I see the check-out line magazines detailing her tragic existence. Jamie at EoP: I hope you have a purer approach than Dave at PoaG.
  • The Troglopundit offers some great Gina Elise work for your attention.
  • Pat in Shreveport gives us Jake Gyllenhall. Can you work on my wife’s No Beards on Chris policy?
  • Via Instapundit, we have Anne McKinney doing “That’s Pelosi” a fun Rule 5 (for the singer) stuffing:

Update:
The WyBlog chips in with a late, but, nevertheless, crucial update on the Lingerie Football League.

Update II:
Monique tries for, and wins, the Diversity Award with a nod to Selma Hayek, whose grasp of the economics of beauty cannot be denied.

Update III:
The Daily Gator must be reeling from having been just a bit too late for that diversity award, but Eva Longoria competes heavily, nonetheless.
Meanwhile, the Patriot Room thumbs its nose at the whole pageant debacle and serves up the Top 10 Red State Miss USA Winners. And that is a triumph of quality and quantity that we can all support.


That’s all for now. You know the drill. Send your tasteful links to Smitty, and we’ll add to the roll.