Archive for ‘bloggers’

March 20, 2009

Bloggerithmetic

Word problem for the Doubting Padwans of Fu:

Ergo, ceteris paribus:

  • At the current rate of traffic (including relevant calculations for likely rates of increase/decrease), what will be The Other McCain’s final daily visitors total for March 20, 2009?
  • Also at the current rate of traffic (including relevant calculations for likely rates of increase/decrease), what will be The Other McCain’s final monthly visitors total for March 2009?
  • As of 12:01 a.m., Saturday, March 21 (making relevant calculations based on weekly traffic), what will be The Other McCain’s “Average Per Day”?
  • Estimate, to the nearest date, when The Other McCain will exceed 2 million cumulative vistors.

Deadline for eligible entries (either on your own blog or in the comment field) is 10 p.m. ET tonight. This may be on your mid-term exam. No gambling permitted. Hit the tip jar, you ungrateful bastards.

February 4, 2009

Michael Dubriel, R.I.P.

Catholic blogger died yesterday in Alabama after collapsing at the gym, leaving behind two young sons and a widow, blogger Amy Welborn.

Instapundit, Rod Dreher and K-Lo blog about it, but . . . My God, I’m 49 and have been smoking since I was 14. Dubriel turned 50 in November, and died at the gym.

January 18, 2009

Death of a blogger

Michelle Malkin has a moving tribute to Bill Faith, a Vietnam veteran and war-blogger, at Small Town Veteran and Old War Dogs. R.I.P, Bill.

December 9, 2008

Have your people call my people

Andrew Breitbart is launching a Hollywood-themed blog next week. Curiously, he did so without so much as contacting my blog agent.

Andrew, sweetheart, we really should do lunch soon. Ciao, babe.

October 10, 2008

Secret of my success?

Little Miss Atilla:

For what it’s worth, the man can also hold his liquor better than most; that’s probably how he gets his scoops.

She’s grading on a curve. “Better than most” is a term of art when you’re talking about bloggers. Last year in Santa Barbara, Miss Atilla and I were present when Jeff Goldstein got into the whiskey and went berserk like Led Zeppelin on their ’71 tour. And then in February at CPAC, Miss Atilla ended up at a private after-party with some of my friends and she went berserk like Zeppelin in ’71.

So unless you get hammered like a sophomore at a Teke kegger, that counts as “holding your liquor” in blogworld.

August 29, 2008

Live from Denver: HOPE!

On the balcony of PJHQ!

Jason Mattera, Michelle Malkin, Jim Hoft and some ugly hillbilly — after liveblogging the Apotheosis of Barack Obama.

August 24, 2008

Fournier gets Malkinized

Journalists who contradict the Left’s pet narratives are subject to Malkinization: Personal demonization with the object to completely discredit the journalist as a source of facts.

Witness Ron Fournier, a longtime political reporter with the Associated Press and certainly no right-winger, who led his analysis of the choice of Joe Biden’s selection as Democratic running-mate thus:

The candidate of change went with the status quo.
In picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama sought to shore up his weakness — inexperience in office and on foreign policy — rather than underscore his strength as a new-generation candidate defying political conventions.
He picked a 35-year veteran of the Senate — the ultimate insider — rather than a candidate from outside Washington, such as Govs. Tim Kaine of Virginia or Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas; or from outside his party, such as Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska; or from outside the mostly white male club of vice presidential candidates. Hillary Rodham Clinton didn’t even make his short list.
The picks say something profound about Obama: For all his self-confidence, the 47-year-old Illinois senator worried that he couldn’t beat Republican John McCain without help from a seasoned politician willing to attack. The Biden pick is the next logistical step in an Obama campaign that has become more negative — a strategic decision that may be necessary but threatens to run counter to his image.

OK, it’s an analysis and, as such, is subject to dispute. Yet even those who praise Obama’s choice of Biden do so because Biden brings to the Democratic ticket the exact same qualities Fournier named: His experience in Washington, his credibility on foreign policy, his ferocity as an attack dog.

Yet the online Left cries foul. Why?

McCain campaign staffers are pushing [Fournier’s story] fairly aggressively to other reporters, in large part because it mirrors the Republican line with minimal variation.

In other words, any analysis that might reflect a GOP perspective is prima facie illegitimate. Kos calls Fournier “McCain’s mole at the Associated Press.” Another blogger goes after Fournier for his speaker’s fees.

It is only a matter of time before Fournier is totally Malkinized, his personal phone number and home address published online, e-mailed death threats, the works. The purpose of Malkinization is not merely to intimidate the direct object of the attacks, but also (a) to discourage other journalists from quoting or citing the journalist suspected of Republican sympathies and (b) to terrorize into silence any other Republican sympathizers in the media.