Archive for June 9th, 2009

June 9, 2009

Guests at five-star hotel in Pakistan bothered by slow room service and Jihadi terrorist bombers, but mostly . . .

. . . Jihadi terrorist bombers:

Militants opened fire on security guards and rushed a small truck packed with explosives through the gates of a five-star hotel . . . detonating a huge bomb in the parking lot that killed at least 11 people and wounded 55 . . .

Lots more at NTCNews.com. Irony-laced reactions from Robert Spencer, Stop the ACLU and Pamela Geller, more blogging at Memeorandum.

Obviously, this is another example of the “right-wing vigilantism” Eric Boehlert is worried about . . .

UPDATE: Yeah, that “right-wing vigilantism” is everywhere, I tell you . . .

June 9, 2009

More Obamanomics insanity:House passes ‘cash for clunkers’

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, those idiots in Congress surprise you:

The House has approved the “cash for clunkers” bill to boost lagging auto sales.
The bill would allow consumers to turn in their gas-guzzling cars and trucks for a $4,500 voucher for more fuel-efficient vehicles.
President Obama has encouraged Congress to approve consumer incentives for new car purchases as part of the government’s work to restructure General Motors and Chrysler. The House approved the bill 298-119.

Only 119 “no” votes? 59 Republicans voted “yes”! This is insane, I tell you!

June 9, 2009

Megan Fox, you ignorant slut

It breaks my heart:

The “Transformers” bombshell-cum-uninhibited philosophizer also contemplates — reluctantly — what she would say to Megatron to keep him from destroying the world. “I’d barter with him,” she muses to the July issue Total Film UK, “and say instead of the entire planet, can you just take out all of the white trash, hillbilly, anti-gay, super bible-beating people in Middle America?”

Via Hot Air, where Allahpundit has thoughts. Me? It totally kills the buzz. Liberalism is the anti-hot.

June 9, 2009

David Brooks shovels Democratictalking points on Sotomayor

Just what we needed, a “conservative” columnist pushing Democratic Party agitprop for a woman he admits is a “poster child for identity politics”:

More than any current member of the Supreme Court, she worked her way up through the furnace levels of the American legal system. . . .
She is quite liberal. But there’s little evidence that she is motivated by racialist thinking or an activist attitude.

As I said, I’m not apoplectic about her Jet-All-The-Way “wise Latina” shtick, but the fact that Brooks is pro-Sotomayor should be all the reason anyone needs to be anti-Sotomayor.

A basic life principle: Always do the opposite of whatever David Brooks says, and you can’t go too far wrong.

Via Memeorandum, more at Michelle Malkin and Legal Insurrection. And please hit the tip jar, either for the “David Brooks Fisking Fund,” the “Emergency Fireworks Fund” or to help NTC “bloggregate” the news.

It’s For the Children!

June 9, 2009

NTC: Bloggregating the News

Got up this morning and created the “TOP STORY: OBAMA AND JOBS” post at NTCNews.com, which took every bit of 10 minutes, augmented by subsequent additions.

The news business is not rocket science. That’s the basic insight at NTCNews.com, an insight inspired in part by Protein Wisdom‘s slogan, “Because Not Just Anybody Can Summarize the News.” And, thanks to Carol at No Sheeples Here, we’re proud to report that you don’t need a bowtie to aggregate the news, either.

The major inspiration, of course, was when Tucker Carlson came bigfooting into the blogosphere with his announcement that he would create the “Huffington Post of the Right.” This raised lots of eyebrows. Tucker’s a TV pundit. What the heck does he know about blogs?

Well, what does anybody need to know about blogs? (Other than The Rules.) For all we know, the “TuckPo” will be absolutely wonderful. But it had better not suck.

A Work In Progress
Meanwhile, rather than waiting around to see what The Bowtied One would bring forth, I collaborated with co-blogger Smitty and with Jimmie Bise Jr. of Sundries Shack to develop NTCNews.com.

It’s a work in progress, but it is both working and progressing, while the TuckPo is still just a page bragging about “fearless journalism.” (Hey, Tucker: Fear this, y’know what I’m saying?)

The thing is, several conservative activists had talked to me in recent months about the “Huffington Post of the Right” concept. My reply generally involved the question: What does HuffPo have that we don’t have? Money, period. You give me the money Arianna Huffington’s spent on that site, and I’d kick her ass from here to Brentwood.

Evidently, somebody gave Tucker Carlson some money — one source told me Carlson had previously been turned down by various organizations he’d asked for funding — and so now he’s going to teach us bloggers how to aggregate the news.

How do bloggers feel about that? Among others, Michelle Malkin and Mitchell Blatt were profoundly skeptical. This goes back to CPAC in February, when Tucker Carlson proclaimed to the world that conservatives don’t do reporting. As I said two weeks ago:

Having spent 10 years at The Washington Times, I know a thing or two about reporting news, and was insulted by this assertion by Carlson — a rich-boy TV pundit — that conservatives weren’t doing reporting.
What about NewsMax? Human Events? The American Spectator? National Review? CNS? Townhall? All of these are conservative organizations that employ news reporters.
I remember seeing Byron York in a gym at a Sarah Palin rally in Pennsylvania, reporting from the scene. Tucker Carlson? Nope, he wasn’t there.

Four days after the big TuckPo announcement, the Tiller murder story broke on a Sunday, and most bloggers were slow to pick up on it. Having already started developing “Not Tucker Carlson” on a Blogspot platform, the Kansas killing seemed like the kind of big story that could use some rapid aggregation. I called Jimmie and asked him to buy a domain name and, voila, NTCNews.com had its first top story.

Bowtie Optional
A work in progress, like I said. Wednesday night we got our first “scoop,” being the first to report the remarks of George Will and Bill Kristol at the Bradley Prizes. Not a big story, but still a legit exclusive. And we’ve debuted a series of daily editorials, “300 Words Or Less,” with guest contributions from bloggers including Fisherville Mike, TrogloPundit, Moe Lane and Becky Brindle. (Bloggers who want to offer a “300 Words Or Less” commentary should e-mail Smitty or e-mail Jimmie.)

We continue to work and progress. Over the past several days, while I was visiting Georgia, Smitty and Jimmie kept the site running without me. We plan to add more contributing aggregators — other bloggers who can post news updates — but if you’ll scroll down through the NTCNews.com sidebars, you’ll find a slew of blog feeds arranged so that the site is already “auto-updating” to a large extent.

What next? Who knows? Right now, we could use some money. Several people have already hit the tip jar. So far, it’s a long way from Arianna Huffington’s divorced-my-gay-millionaire-husband money, but we’re grateful for every $5, $10 or $20 contribution. (Please specify the purpose of your PayPal donation, so it doesn’t accidentally get mixed in with the Emergency Fireworks Fund.)

Can a handful of bloggers relying on tip-jar contributions create a major news site? If it’s never been tried before, it’s certainly about time.

PREVIOUSLY:
6/2: Bowtie Optional
5/29: ‘This will not end well for him’
5/27: Exactly What Will the TuckPo Be?
5/26: Tucker Freaking Carlson?

June 9, 2009

Unexpected repudiation

“The polls said it would be bad for Labour. But no one expected it to be this bad. On Thursday, Britons voted in local county elections and elections for the European Parliament. The result was a devastating repudiation of Gordon Brown’s tottering government, and of the cause of European integration.”
Theodore Bromund, Heritage Foundation

June 9, 2009

Intelligence Preparation of the Battlespace

by Smitty

No, the title is not original with me. But my, my, the pointy headed operatives are out in force: “Five things the Virginia election results don’t mean”. Look at this bit of mental gymnastics:

Tuesday’s three-way Virginia primary – between Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran – and the general election to follow may not wind up saying much about anything except the specific candidates and issues involved. The same probably goes for New Jersey, where incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine trails Republican challenger Chris Christie in early polling. “Governors’ races are about local personalities or local fucking road issues,” one Democratic operative grumbled, on condition of anonymity so as not to contradict, in advance, the spin the party is guaranteed to be putting out in November if Virginia and New Jersey go blue.

So this jaded person doesn’t really care, but intends to feign excitement on cue if we get another dose of Dem?
The article does conclude on an interesting note:

In private, Democrats concede that they are happy to see Republicans claiming the GOP comeback will begin this fall, but mostly because that provides a handy narrative if it doesn’t. Republicans said more or less the same thing. “I expect that both parties have more than enough evidence to make the case that these state contests don’t have much bearing on national trends,” said GOP strategist Kevin Madden. “But both parties also realize that the Washington media will take a magnifying glass to these contests and force a national assessment of the prospects of the Democrat and Republican parties as we head into 2010 mid-terms. Neither party likes it, and the party that wins may not entirely believe it, but both parties prepare for it.”

It’s pretty much do or die time for Conservatives. The GOP’s continued treatment of politics as some sporting event plays to the Left’s hand. The electorate is reduced to cheering for a team, instead of being “We the People”.
Would that there was instead a focus on the Constitution, long-term questions like the debt, and a de-emphasis on personalities and toenails.
If the Tea Parties falter, if the gubernatorial races don’t build momentum for the midterms, then we just need to switch concerns from toenails Nine Inch Nails:

June 9, 2009

Dr. Helen is only No. 12?

John Hawkins had asked me if I wanted to help judge the contest that resulted in “The 15 Hottest Conservative Women in New Media” list. But I spent the past five days down in Georgia, so I didn’t have time to participate.

Thank goodness. If I’d been on that committee, I’d be forever ‘Lanche-less for having been so stupid as to rank Dr. Helen a mere No. 12 — not even in the Top 10!

Dudes, this is no the way to ingratiate yourself with Professor Glenn Reynolds. I know several of the women in the Top 15 — Ashley Herzog, Michelle Oddis, Michelle Malkin, Pamela Geller, Ann Coulter, Amanda Carpenter and Rachel Marsden — and wouldn’t want to offend any of them by rating them as if they were beef cattle at the county fair. And I’m pretty doggone sure I’d put Dr. Helen at least in the Top Five.

My choice for No. 1? Of course, Mrs. Other McCain:

Granted, she’s not in the New Media. More like the other way around. But that counts, too, right?

June 9, 2009

Keeping Sonia’s speeches together

by Smitty

  Take a moment to admire the photoshoppery over at No Sheeples Here. As Sonia Sotomayor breaks a leg to get to her confirmation, it’s nice to zoom in on the office supplies. See what’s really stapled into the speeches, besides the errant finger.
  What I would do in the hearings, if they gave me mike time, is pull an elaborate prank. I’d parody the worst of the crappy, grandstanding Biden/Kennedy speeches of confirmation debacles past in a way that playfully mocked the original nitwit Senators, while at the same time communicating that I’m not playing that game. Then treat Sonia with dignity.
  The Sotomayor confirmation may be inevitable. So use the opportunity to tweak the Left for being a pack of clowns, say I.