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August 9, 2009

Follow-on Mound-o’-links Just Roars Ahead

by Smitty

Thanks to everyone for the indulgence on the FMJRA pause last Saturday. Now we can catch up on the previous week’s anchor tag festivities. Griffaquiddick really dominates the links, as it did the week. If it wasn’t so pathetically stupid, one could wish for similar stories at higher frequency.

…from the POMPETUS of love

  • Right of course had excellent thoughts on the BHO Joker controversy.

Blogger Advice

  • Lonely Conservative liked the advice given to trollish commenters. OK, I had approved the post. My line is drawn in a different location than RSM’s.

Snitches Be We

  • Grandpa John tosses a rack of bloggers under the bus using a horseshoe throw thought forgotten lost with the Coolidge administration. Reach-around, indeed.

Vice President Biden

  • Troglopundit thinks that this is a deterrent against asking timeline questions about BHO. This democracy is an experiment, no? I’m ready to try the Jester, instead of the Joker.
  • The Nashville Post liked the birther summary.

IG-Gate

  • Pat in Shreveport posts a review of the Walpin case, and also laments that there isn’t any media, or Congressional for that matter, interest in IG-Gate.
  • Instapundit notices the connection between Dodd and IG-Gate. And it’s not that both are, sadly, cancer-riddled.
  • The Camp of the Saints continues to be the definitive index to the scandal.

Libertarians as GOP bitches

  • Knappster takes Stacy to task for his analysis of the meaning of a six-ballot Barr nomination in 2008. I’ll let better looking people than me critique the analysis. My preferred argument is the straight, simple, classical federalist one. You realize that we have 50 different opportunities to be as libertarian, socialist or moderate as we want to, once the Federal vampire is de-fanged. There really isn’t a need to argue any viewpoint to conclusion at the Federal level: just make sure that the stake stays stuck in the vampire’s heart. OK, Stacy has responded.

Miscellaneous Shouts

  • Mark Thompson of the Ordinary Gentlemen considered the seatbelt law question, linking humans aren’t numbers post. Good post, but could be expanded into a general consideration of the Progressive agenda, in my opinion.
  • Caffeinated Thoughts makes a crucial point:

    To those of us who blog there’s a lesson here whether we are conservative, liberal or someplace in between… we can’t just write whatever we want and make up stuff and not expect to reap consequences. It is easy to hide behind anonymity and throw rocks.

    I’ll pile on and add that it’s not too hard to make a stand in favor of a position in a positive way. Give reasonable space to legitimate counter-arguments. Then attack the opposition with dispassionate questions.

  • Paul at the Home Security Blog rounds up blogadvice, giving appropriate position to Stacy.
  • Jesse Hathaway puts up an excellent post concerning the New Black Panther case dismissal. He linked us, as if daring me to include him in the roundup. I take that dare.
  • Adrienne’s Catholic Corner honors Mrs. The Other McCain (who is a wonderful lady, I can say, having met her) after a refreshing photo tour of her garden. If you need a flower break, go to the arboretum, or this post.
  • The Reaganite Republican Resistance liked and linked the Cash for Clunkers post.
  • Bob Belvedere like Brooks bashing, but is lukewarmer(?) than my lukewarm willingness to consider Mitt Romney. And then there is the DK/Rush connection. May need to get together with this guy for a beverage.

The Main Event: Griffaquiddick

  • The fabulous Pamela at Atlas Shrugs picked up on us.
  • Doug at Sondra K wonders aloud how lame you have to be…
  • The Rhetorican picked it up.
  • Al-Wa7a had a lengthy roundup, but little evidence of their origin.
  • Another Black Conservative followed the story, providing an Epic Fail summary, and opined:

    I find it very odd that his supporters seem unbothered by his comments. If you go to the Immoral Minority and read through the comments, no one seems alarmed or creped out by any of his statements. So myopic are they with their Palin hatred, that they readily accept all these disturbing things. It says a lot about the state of politics on the far left.

  • Jimmie invokes the classic adage about discovering you’re in a hole, and halting the digging.

This blog will now seek to squelch the rumor that Griffin once fronted the punk outfit The U-Men, and was merely carrying out the mission in their nihilist classic “Dig it a Hole”:

In any case, it makes an appropriate theme song for Griffaquiddick.

  • Caffinated Thoughts links to Megyn Kelly discussing Griffaquiddick on O’Reilly. I know, MK is pure Rule 5 by definition, but we’re focusing on the legal content here.
  • The Rude News tried to help Griffin, after a fashion:

    Naming the post “Kicking Some Teeth In” in no way endorses violence against losers, wussies, cowards or even decent human beings. It’s just my way of offering Griffin another shelter should he no longer be able to hide behind school children.

    I confess to missing the logic behind this, and request clarification.

  • Chad at the KURU Lounge was unimpressed by the specifics of the problem. The two points he seems to miss are the children at risk to a creepy character, and the fact that this is a shot o’er the bow to all of the clowns who helped drive Sarah out of office in the first place. If you take away those two factors, Chad, sure, the thing becomes a local matter that the POTUS might term ‘stupid’.
  • Pumas for Palin suggests Sarah stay silent about the divorce rumor. Good analysis, which she appears to be following. And with the dynamic duo of Riehl and McCain demonstrating the difference between a legitimate journalistic inquiry and a Joe-the-Plumber-esque character assassination, what more need be done?
  • Liberalsmash included Griffaquiddick in a roundup.
  • BelchSpeak emitted a cloud. Which recalls a sausage pizza and a can of ginger ale and a story that, in the name of decency, I shan’t continue.
  • Political By Line, the bearer of the big guns, thinks that boy bit off waaay more than he can chew.
  • Cassandra weighed in, generating an absurd rumor of her own.
  • The Rhetorican noted that Griffaquiddick has provided a new Griffin gate, or sorts.
  • Irons in the Fire took notice.
  • We had the honor of making Melissa Clouthier’s podcast.
  • The Ruby Slippers Blog clicked its heels.
  • Moe Lane noted that the renegade hockey mom quote is apparently real.
  • The Daley Gator quoted us.
  • Thomas Lamb notes Griffin’s affinity for ‘bitchy‘.
  • Fullosseous Flap had a roundup, including a Facebook screencap.
  • Jimmie mocks the magic of multiple sources.
  • Carolyn Tackett: “Excuse me if my heart doesn’t break for poor little Jesse“.
  • Rhetorican focused on some legal aspects.
  • Rightofcourse linked the divorce quote in a roundup.
  • Libertarian Republican complements Stacy.
  • Backyard Conservative picked up on the multiple sources angle.
  • Eric Florack over at Pajamas Media: liberal bloggers crash and burn.
  • Joe at NOVA Town Hall: “Sarah Kicks Liberal Ass Just By Walking The Earth”.
  • The Confluence noted the tabliod blogging.
  • Blatherings echoed the now-famous quote from the renegade hockey mom.
  • Wake Up America was tracking the story.
  • The Faithful Progressive linked us.
  • Paco linked us faithfully.
  • Kim Priestap linked us, too.
  • Wizbang digs us.
  • The Ruby Slippers Blog likes them some debunkin’.
  • Jimmie makes the depressing observation that a divorce would have been a Christmas present in lefty land.
  • Tigerhawk links us. And we should link TH more.
  • Texas 4 Palin links, and throws in some Monty Python for good justice.

That more or less catches us up. Send your cheers and jeers to Smitty. Pray for peace, keep the powder dry, and hit the tip jar.

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August 8, 2009

Fortnightly Mama Jamma Rinky-dinky-linky hAmma

by Smitty

Last weekend I fell short of being able to attend a wedding, keep up with my online course, do my weekend warrior thing, and squeeze in an FMJRA post. When sanity and the law limit your stimulants to caffeine, that’s what happens.
So we’ll have a double browser-buster post this time, split in two parts, and get this porch cleared of debris. They say when the refrigerator count gets above three, you might be lookin’ trashy.
These links should have been last Saturday’s post, but cherish them nonetheless.

Richmond Tea Party
Stacy continued his illustrious string of Tea Party speeches in Richmond. He’s careful to schedule them when I’m unavoidably detained. I think he fears heckling.

  • PAWatercooler posts a shot of RSM hitting a high note. Whether he was referring to himself as “Darlin'” or “Mac the Knife” at that moment is hard to discern from the photo.
  • The mighty Instapundit noticed this humble blog’s presence at the Richmond Tea Party.
  • United Conservatives linked the Richmod Tea Party report.
  • Jimmie noted the Richmond Excursion, but seemed challenged to link the Pink Elephant Pundit. What Jimmie was up to that gave him all of this trouble with pink elephants, one cannot say. By the way, what’s that potent liquid in the canning jar on the back shelf behind the register at the Sundries Shack?

IG-Gate

  • Moe Lane on IG-Gate:

    [Stacy McCain’s] not particularly impressed with the willingness of Democrats to ignore the implications – and really, neither am I; but I don’t think that either of us are particularly surprised, either. The more that one looks into this, the more hidden minefields there are in the form of entrenched Democratic party interests. You have to expect that their lower-level staffers and officials are not particularly willing to screw their courage to the sticking point on this one…

    I’ll opine that as the Chicago Tumor grows and threatens to metastasize, this probably becomes a handy tool. They keep piling up facts at a low frequency, and, if it becomes expedient, they can probably make it grounds for impeachment. Which doesn’t say much for the 111th Congress’s committment to integrity as such, but we are talking about Congress. We certainly have the bozos for whom We The People voted.

Sadly, there is no YouTube of Knofpler doing “Punish the Monkey” off of “Kill to Get Crimson”, but we do have someone doing a nice job of showing off the guitar part while it plays. I nominate this track as the IG-Gate Theme Song.

Clunkers
Stacy’s title alluded to the classic Dire Straits cut, of course. Let’s just admit it: Knopfler jams.

Maxine Walters

  • Jimmie was equally dumbfounded at Maxine Walters on The Hill’s beauty roundup.
  • The PA Watercooler called for response to the RSM “Pittsburgh Bridge Trolls” taunt
  • Another Black Conservative gives a thumbs down for Maxine Walters.

Abstract Quaffin’

  • Jimmie picked up on the choice of Hunter S. Thompson for a strictly hypothetical beverage.
  • Political By Line, whose Iowa-class battleship masthead really turns my screws, quoted the ‘exit criteria‘ question this blog posed on Gates-aquiddick.
  • Carol linked us in a thorough review of the story, in case anyone was totally asleep on the point.

Health Care Prevention Act

  • Poli-Tea party quotes Stacy on health care reform: “Every Republican vote for such legislation is a nail in the coffin of the GOP…Kill the bill!” Remember, boys and girls, this legislation is a zombie, and the prescription for zombies is shotgun shells, not fire.
  • Right of Course enjoyed the meditation on Romney and Federalism.
  • The Associated Press check called it a “real conservative perspective“. The Porch Manqué lives for this sort of feedback.
  • Jimmie rogers up for supporting Romney, if he’s got any Federalist thoughts under that immaculate hair.
  • Another Black Conservative plays the Nancy Reagan card on Obamacare.

While I’m theme-songing scandals and legislation, here is one for the Longevity Abatement Act (credit to Paco, AFAIK, for that wonderful moniker):

Malignant Narcissim has a cool story behind it. The female soundbite is from Team America: World Police “Usually a case of malignant narcissism brought on during childhood”
I can understand people not enjoying Geddy’s tenor vocals on Rush. But Stacy came up with some cheesy excuse about not liking Rush due to a low blues content. Whatever, man. Readers are encouraged to heap abuse upon Stacy concerning this specific point of silliness.

Economy–Should We Opt For One That Doesn’t Suck?

  • Dr. Melissa links a Paul Krugman link while wondering aloud about the recession. I predict that the economic amphetamines wear off after Labor Day, and more dope doesn’t help the addict. But that’s a common sense prediction, not a doctor’s prescription.
  • Joel Pavelski links the economic confusion post in the midst of a broader roundup.

Miscellaneous Shouts

  • Obi’s Sister had a roundup asking How Bad is Bad? One is at a loss to figure out how this blog could possibly find itself profiled in such a lineup.
  • Troglopundit hat tips us most graciously for generatl good humor.
  • Jimmie had a qualilty meditation about Dan Rather, in contrast to old-school types like Stacy.
  • Right View from the Left Coast liked the Dead Kennedys link in the Gatesaquiddick fiasco.
  • A shout to Cassandra, and she knows why.
  • Made a roundup at Carolyn Tackett’s Closet for the post I Must Be An Idiot. See, Mr. President, what a forthright approach can get you?
  • Rhetorican and I took turns linking each other on a Ben Stein piece.
  • The Knappster links us on the Million Hits topic in suitably shameless fashion, offering a couple of other interesting thoughts.

Stay tuned to this blog, as I’ve another emacs buffer of links to go through from the last week. You readers are wonderful, and make these compilations quite an HTML party.

July 25, 2009

Frantic Mechanism Jiggering: Racist Attractor?

by Smitty

Today’s Full Metal Jacket Reach Around goes to out to Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. We’ll probably have more feedback by next week on our postings, but, until then, Willkommen zum Gemeindeorganizerreich. (Welcome to community organizer land.)

This blog took an offbeat interest in the whole Crowley-quiddic affair up at Harvard.

  • Bill Quick, the Daily Pundit, got into a comments discussion with Stacy on one post.
  • Right View from the Left Coast be volunteerin’volunteers to go to Hahvuhd to help regulate.
  • Linked by the pleasantly styled Politics Across the Pond.

The emotionally distraught Stacy McCain, saddened at his non-invitation to speak in Pittsburgh, struggles onward anyway.

  • Chad, at the KURU lounge, laments that he doesn’t have invitations either, much less readers. Sad lad.
  • Jimmie at the Sundries Shack responds to Stacy’s chopped liver rating

    Heck, man. I don’t even get on the same plate as chopped liver.

    to which the Porch Manqué replies: I’d be happy just to get near the table.

Big Money and the Culture of Death, and The Basic Problem with Obamacare got some attention:

  • Michelle Malkin included it as the first link on a post. Let that be a lesson in Applied Grovelling to us all.
  • Ole Phil at Cyber Storm included it in a rhythm poetry roundup.
  • Rightofcourse links us in Health care that doesn’t care about your health. It’s the incentive to get elected and join the elite.
  • The Amused Cynic liked the characterization of Barack’s style, also gets a HEH:“I don’t know all the facts…” but opposing my Health Care non-plan is stupid…
  • Monique Stewart is in favor of running out the clock.
  • The Michigan Blogger links us amidst a depressing portrait of that state.
  • The Constant Conservative, our South Dakota connection, concurs wholeheartedly with the NEA analogy.
  • Rhetorican linked us in a roundup, using the title “No Sleep Till Waterloo”. An obscure FMJRA rule requires us to throw in a clip from No Sleep ’til Hammersmith. Hey, I just create the rules: I don’t understand them, as with the 111th Congress
  • Pundette linked the eugenics post, but offered a fine palate cleanser for it all. Pundette also suggested a promotion for the Porch Manqué, but, truth be told, the ultra-minimalist arrangement is totally a feature. Stacy McCain is a no-kidding pro putting food on the table. So consider the tip jar in its infinite lonliness, ye people.
  • Bob at The Camp of the Saints links us, Dr. Helen, and Jimmie Bise, which is great company, indeed.

IG-Quiddick, the little scandal that could, continues to have interest. The fact that it’s stayed out of the media could imply that they don’t want to jeopardize anything, or that there is significant effort spent to keep it buried. A third possibility is that there’s not much substance to it, but that doesn’t explain the rotting stench very well.

Rubber Duckey Power:
Seen from the standpoint where the US is a tub, power is water, and Washington, DC is the drain, Ron Paul is quite valuable as a rubber ducky for tracking the drainage.

  • Troglopundit went scatalogical on Ron.
  • The Instapundit confesses that the metaphor had not occurred to him.

Erin Andrews–A Cautionary Rule 5 Tale
Robert Heinlein: In a family argument, if it turns out you are right — apologize at once!

  • Donald Douglas was, eventually, correct concerning the newsworthiness of the crime in the Erin Andrews case. This blog linked to his initial post last Sunday, mocking the title, without bothering to see what the fuss was all about.
  • Carolyn Tackett had a humorous take on it.
  • Daily Gator agrees that is was a sick trick to pull.

As your Rule 5 Sunday composter, I’d like to reaffirm the commitment to posts that are in good taste (PG 13 or less steamy), positive, and not subject to legal proceedings. Cassandra, Little Miss Attila: I am sorry.
The various female readers seem to be getting bored with the whole concept of Rule 5 Sunday. Possibly the Erin Andrews Incident was when it jumped the shark. It’s certainly fun to construct, and we’ll likely keep it going, slaves to the hit counter that we are. If we can now return to our ditzy sophomoric mode, that would be cool.

<elvis_voice>Thank you, thank you very much</elvis_voice>
Those who gave us shouts for crossing the two mega-click threshold.

Don’t Make A … Maniac Out Of Me
Stacy alluded to a famous, but new to me, [NSFW] rant, pursuant to the discussion of when you pull the plug on an electoral loser. Specifically, his cousin:

  • Melissa Clouthier mentions Stacy in her podcast. “Conservatives, Libertarians, Health Care & The Sex Lives Of Republicans”
  • Below the Beltway responds to Melissa Clouthier’s Barr voter bashing, mentioning the illustrious Stacy McCain, of course.
  • Common Sense Political Thought also raised the Barr question. Isn’t it rather moot? Crappy candidates==crappy elections.
  • Political Byline isn’t buying the no morals argument.
  • Carolyn Tackett does not support Melissa Clouthier’s position on voting Barr.
  • The Poli-Tea Party also defended Stacy.
  • The Instapundit linked it, too.
  • Liberty Pundit isn’t buying the guilt trip, either.

Mark Levin
This blog reviewed Levin’s demolition of a review of his book. I’m slightly vague on how the left can be so intellectually dishonest so consistently without a head ‘splosion.

  • Chapomatic hatt-tipped the Mark Levin post.
  • E.D. Kain at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen hat tips us for the Levin pointer.

Matthews
What a disgrace to the First Amendment.

Miscellaneous Shouts:

This concludes another FMJRA extravaganza. Send questions/comments/concerns to Smitty.

July 17, 2009

Few Million Jolts Registered Already

by Smitty

This week’s Full Metal Jacket Reach Around has The Other McCain putting the heat on the two mega-hit mark. As PowerLine noted, “The Supreme Court, socialized medicine, cap and trade, record deficits, foreign policy fecklessness –it’s easy to lose track of smaller issues with all that is going on. Which is among the motives for doing this weekly roundup: trying to have some kind of record of just WTF happened. To the links.

Support the conservative book-o-sphereshelf

Great Big Little Scandal Department

  • Jimmie linked to ToM’s IG-Gate Reporting, as a tangent to the Chicago Way treatment afforded Senator Kyl.
  • Lead and Gold keeps it front and center.
  • Pat in Shreveport appreciates the old-school reporting going on. Mr. Smith, you see, thinks unprintable thoughts when he goes to Washington, so we’re all better off funding Stacy for that sort of thing.
  • Obi’s Sister, through straightforward use of the Force, can manage to use transparency and POTUS in the same post. Tough lady.
  • Bob Belvedere continues to offer substantial support to the effort.
    And we need to highlight an excellent bit of Photoshop work in this context, alluding to the movie “-30-“, of which I’d never heard.

Irrespective of the degree to which they might deserve it, heaping abuse upon women brings no pleasure. But sometimes they abandon their non-combatant status by joining the punditocracy. Open mouth, emit junk, expect feedback.

Natural is better

Big Gubmint and the Healthcare Holding Company
You’ve been in a political coma if you haven’t paid attention to the radical overhaul of health care currently under way on Crapitol Hill.

Roesgenfreude

  • Mark in Pasedena seems to have come close to a twinge
    of sadness: CNN hack Susan Roesgen is about to join some of the 9.5% of Americans on the unemployment rolls.
  • Senatrix Boxer We were assuming a Rule 2 stance on this round of Her Babsaliciousness. What is it with being from California and being totally regrettable? Boxer, Feinstein, Pelosi

    Paradology and the Wise Latina Department

    Dan Collins’ blog hit ‘Wise Latina‘ earned us some hat tips.

    Another hat tip to the Knack was offered by the Dead Kennedy’s in the chorus to Pull My Strings [NSFW]:

    • Donald Douglas linked the Knack clip.
    • Rightofcourse manages to think about Sototmayor and Tawny Kitaen in the same post. I blame our education system.
    • Sir Bob of Belvedere included us in a line up.

    TOTUS

    Not Praising Judith Warner

    • The Daley Gator wants to know if it’s NOAFW yet.
    • Dyspepsia Generation thinks Stacy has said it all.

    Praising Greenwald

    Has David Brooks been ridiculed sufficiently? Maybe not.

    • Fish Fear Me considers David Brooks to fall within the chum category.
    • If you missed Carol’s Brooks/Airplane photoshop, let me point you back to it.
    • Dyspepsia Generation has a brutal theory. Ow.
    • Below the Beltway suggests: Grope-gate.

    A Bit Further Back

    The Hunting of the Chevy-gayt[1]
    In defense of the pun, the medieval English is far more intelligible than the legislation emitted by the 111th Congress.

    • The Daley Gator picked us up in fine style. The details of the cruising to be kept completely off-line.
    • The Mean Ol‘ Meany, hamstrung by the economy and a failure to call Miss Utility, could only afford HOMO-marketing.
    • Knappster, tragically out of bubble gum, wonders about the frequency of gay posts. I got nothin‘, interest or otherwise, sorry.

    Miscellaneous Shouts:

    • Mike Laroche gives us a shout and announces he’s blogging at the Humor Institute. The graphic seems a vague allusion to Obamacare, but my interpretation may be that of an “un-wise Porch Manqué“. If you like that, there is also The Conservatives who say fsck, for your Tourette’sspecifc needs.
    • Jimmie took my Crittenden cue and showed the front of the Sundries Shack. He also seems to operate under the misapprehension that Congress can be made to participate in the health care plan they foist upon the citizenry. I reply: “Hah!”
    • Scott over at the Patriot Room liked the last Rule 5 post, and did a fine roundup of his own.
    • Obi’s Sister picked up the Peggy Noonan commentary.
    • If you send it then Trog will link it, which netted a couple links for us.
    • Outstanding Instapundit linkage on outstanding issues.
    • Lead and Gold’s take on Peggy Noonan has an interesting book review exerpt.
    • Jeffords included us in a 10 Favorite Blogs roundup. This idea looks quite thuggable.
    • A golf clap to The Blogprof for 2001 posts since January.
    • Another Black Conservative links us while bemoaning the disconnect between Conservativism and the Republican Party.
    • TCotS liked the Green Room post on lefty economics. Belvedere linked us and Jimmie in wondering about Levi Johnston’s long-term health picture.

    This FMJRA comes to you from Florence, Oregon. Possibly less known than its Italian counterpart, but a relaxing place, nonetheless. Mail cheers, jeers, and cheesecake for tomorrow’s Rule 5 post to Smitty. And hit the tip jar, which improves my table scraps.


    [1] I expect a flogging for that.

    July 11, 2009

    Fortunately, My Jaw Rebounded Admirably

    by Smitty

    It is time for the weekly Full Metal Jacket Reach Around. In the spirit of Buffet (Jimmy, not Warren) we try to take time off just to try and recall the whole week. Our country’s collective slouch towards Hopeychangereich is rarely uplifting and never boring. To work:
    For starters, Honduras remains a foreign policy train wreck for the US.

    • Carolyn Tackett goes there, likening the legitimacy of Zelaya to Chavez, Castro, Noriega and…Franken
    • Fausta, who is among the best English-language blogs on the topic, honored us with a link for the Senator DeMint clip.
    • No Oil For Pacifists liked the DeMint clip, and offered some excellent Miguel Estrada opinion.
    • Paco has some, AFAICT, exclusive video of Zelaya’s attempts at repatriation. At least the earlier ones.

    The Economy continues to defy all attempts at anything but gallows humor.

    • The Daley Gator picked up on Cloward-Piven, and thankfully missed the imagery that came to some with the use of the phrase “Stimulate the GOP”.
    • Paco’s notion of stimulus was more Metallica than I would have gone, but he did link to this blog’s observation of the Democratic Party as a criminal enterprise.
    • Fishersville Mike knows the mantra: “It’s all Bush’s fault. It’s all Bush’s fault.
    • Jeffords amplifies the Zimbabwe analysis. Because we have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of ____. The wages of sin is a Zimbabwian economy, but the gift of Barack is good teleprompter. So we got that goin’ for us.
    • Cynthia has a well-done photoshop highlighting our POTUS the outdoorsman.

    She Whom The Left Can Handle As Well As The Truth:

    • The Astute Blogger notes something no one else has about the Palin announcement.
    • Rhetorican led off with the DNC reaction.
    • Deuce the Skepticrats thinks I’m dreaming and complains about his screwed up blog. Nearly narcissistic enough for POTUS, that one. 😉
    • Troglopundit requires self-censorship.
    • Paco tried not to speculate, but proved goadable.
    • Chance at rightofcourse had astute observations.
    • The Blogprof has a roundup of video clips, and covered the Ace-Stacy back-and-forth last week.
    • Little Miss Attila took a moment to referee the match.
    • As did KURU lounge.
    • Nice Deb was early with the clips.
    • Radmisto juxtaposed RSM and El Rushbo and gave the nod to RSM. Score.
    • The Conservative Political Report had a decent early roundup.
    • Thankfully, Jimmie doesn’t consider me a Helpy Helperperson about the GOP’s woes.
    • The Cranky Conservative weighed in on the Ace-RSM exchange.
    • The Daley Gator “people are going to be looking at candidates who DO NOT fit the same old political mode.” or mold.
    • Caffeinated Thoughts had a great roundup.
    • Brigette at Moralia quoted my “wait and see” response to Sarah, amidst interesting analysis of her own.
    • Fishersville Mike: Nobody Knows. The knowledge that Sarah does know has the Left hearing footsteps, which is at least entertaining.
    • The Mean ‘Ol Meany linked the Don’t Feed the Sharks post amidst a mediation upon how “swell” the 24 July Minimum Wage Increase is going to be. For “totally suck” values of “swell”.
    • rightofcourse picked up the Most Ludicrous Reaction post.
    • I may concede Isabella’s point on the Most Vile Reaction.
    • Pat in Shreveport gives the most vile to HuffPo via Pundit & Pundette
    • Jenn Q. Public concurred with RSM’s assessment.
    • The Classic Liberal is on board with the No Shark Feeding suggestion.
    • Jimmie, on the other hand, advocates both barrels.
    • Carolyn Tackett has the last word:

      I also believe that if it is God’s will, Sarah will continue and become stronger. If it is His will, she will be President.

      About the only thing to add is that God remains in charge, even if His Will plays out otherwise. Thankfully.

    The Obama Administration appears to be weathering IG Gate. For now.

    • Dad29 says “So if you haven’t fired them, you just re-arrange their Patron, eh?“. How cynical. It’s almost like you can’t trust the administration, or something.
    • Pat in Shreveport follows the IG Gate scandal. Deftly kept out of the mainstream media.
    • As always, WWU-AM remains your index of all things IG-Gate.

    I’ll be happy to be wrong on this one:

    Stacy, Interweb Master of Romantic Intrigue, assumes credit for the Suderman-McArdle liason:

    On the topic of intimate fitness:

    • Fear and Loathing in Georgetown:

      As is often the case when FLG gets a bunch of new visitors, the emails begin to arrive commenting on the odd mix of vaginas, vibrators, and profanity with posts about Aristotle and international affairs. FLG knows people find this weird. He thinks it is their problem.

    • The Constitution Club mis-attributes the Tatiana Kozhevnikova post to me. Call me a boring monogamist. I’m content that others are happy, without poring over these details.

    Brooks floggin’ is good bloggin’:

    • Great title at Paco: “When Paving the Road to Hell, If You’re Out of Good Intentions, You May Substitute Vain Pretensions”. If you’ve only three letters for Brooks’ opinions, recommend “Ass”.
    • Obi’s Sister takes a Cookie Monster route.
    • The Ordinary Gentlemen included the Brooks post in a roundup. Thanks, E.D.
    • Rational Review hat tipped us. Why a purportedly Libertarian Web Journal would quote the gentleman (Brooks) is unclear.
    • The Daley Gator revealed that Brooks is the “other white meat“, AND gave him the inaugural Moral Retard Award. High praise indeed, if viewed while engaged in a headstand.

    Mark Lux needs a Three Dimensional Loser Award:

    • Teach over at the Pirate’s Cove picks up the response from Mike Lux at PuffHo. He, Mike Gibson, and I had taken Lux to task for making statements like

      Conservatives have always argued that tradition should be revered and change should be feared. They have always argued that too much democracy is a dangerous thing. They have always opposed expanding the idea of equality — to blacks and women and the poor, to immigrants and migrant workers, now to LGBT individuals. They have always argued these things, and they still do. And progressives from Jefferson and Paine to those of today have always fought for more democracy, more equality of opportunity, more investment in regular people as opposed to giving everything to the elite and letting them run things.

      I find that too laughably trollish for my limited time. I will offer a moment of silence for the brain damage suffered by “all both” of the people who buy and read this man’s “work”.

    • On my personal short list, Morgan Freeberg echoed the disdain for Mark Lux’s holiday hijack.

    4th of July Roundups:

    Miscellaneous shouts:

    That concludes another FMJRA roundup. Oversights, cheers, jeers, and Rule 5 Sunday inputs go to Smitty.

    July 4, 2009

    Friggin’ Mind Just Reset Again

    by Smitty

    So, after the Friday fireworks of the Palin announcement, it seemed time to get to work on the FMJRA installment. It’s the 4th of July, and a major Tea Party outing. Government spending is so crazy that economists will soon be forced into using logarithms to talk about deficits. Life seemed so much less chaotic back in the old GWOT days. Sarah really wiped out the right-o-sphere traffic. All other topics Palin comparison. (Stacy: put the bludgeon down.)

    Speaking of soon-to-be-ex-Governor-Palin was the focus of about three major threads this week, which can’t be organized coherently. They were, generally, children, Vanity Fair, and the abrupt departure from office. So here is a bundle of Palin joy:

    • rightofcourse links us, also pointing to a slightly pro-Palin blog that leaks her plan, in its entirety, shaming me for not having grasped its sublime simplicity straigtaway:
      1. Sarah steps down as Alaska’s Governor
      2. ???
      3. President Palin 2013!
    • Carolyn Tackett had great analysis and linkage to Stacy’s coverage of the Vanity Fair hitpiece that everyone seems to have forgotten.
    • The South Texian refers to her as future President of the United States.
    • Obi’s Sister gave me a quote of the day link related to Krauthammer’s “unready” analysis, editing my TLA in the process. Now, now, Obi’s Sister: if you put anything naughty into that acronym, that’s your business. I meant “Anatomically Fatigued, Ultimately.” We are, of course, running a (mostly) clean blog here. She also speculated that the anti-Palin brake-screech in the 4th Estate might be an allusion to The Hunt for Red October. But that would imply Commie intent, and we’ve outgrown McCarthyism, so that’s un-possible.
    • His Insty-ness linked Palinpalooza and followed up when Joyner joined the fray.
    • Pat in Shreveport apparently held down breakfast long enough to read Sullivan, and includes this:

      Yesterday, Andrew Sullivan blasted the MSM for failing to get the details on Trig Palin’s birth. He concluded his post with “I believed then and I believe now that the MSM is too concerened with their own reputations and too deferent to power to even ask the questions. Which is another betrayal of their core purpose. And why they are dying. And deserve to.”

      Theory: the Trig Palin fixation is an attempt to come manufacture a cosmic justification for the MSM’s general abdication of responsibility WRT BHO. It’s all good that BHO was unexamined; look at the lack of inquiry on the right. The trick to analyzing a Sullivan is to suspend standard rules of logic and proportion.

    • Of Palinpalooza, The Blogprof said “Stacy seriously must have trashed his keyboard over this one.” He also picked up It Takes Small Men…
    • The Classic Liberal: “let the bottom-feeders go!”
    • Melissa Clouthier wants to blacklist all that old McCain staff.
    • Pundette notes that attacking Palin never gets old. Yet supporting her shall likely stay younger.
    • Teach at The Pirates Cove links. Sullivan’s rants are “plainly insane, and makes the people who run The Atlantic look like morons”. Paging McArdle…
    • Knappster goes for the NIN reference, and sounds as coherent as a Trent Reznor outing in describing his disdain for Sarah Palin. But let’s wait and see if she lets the Left and the disgruntled Right scare her off. If not, when she’s a declared candidate, then her national-level policy positions will be explored at length and in detail.
    • Thumb and Whip had a thorough deconstruction of the “It Take Small People” post.
    • Teach picks up the phone, as Stacy picks on Andy: “Someone get Milky Loads a waaaaaah!-mbulance as he gives RS McCain a Malkin Award
    • Deuce at the Skepticrates blames Sarah Palin for borking his blog post about BHO in Russia. It’s a fair cop.
    • ToM Athens correspondent Jesse Hathaway piles on the snark.
    • Kirbside on the “Small Men” post: “I am tired of how many of us on the right tap dance around the issues… R.S.McCain does not!”
    • Fishersville Mike noted that Todd Palin is a dude, not a piece of meat.
    • The Rhetorican also gives link.
    • Little Miss Attila thinks that the size of the post may have other connotations.
    • Donald Douglas was involved in some of the fray over the Palin children.
    • Bob Belvedere at The Camp of the Saints was had a good roundup.

    Sarah also drowns a clown out of the media.
    My take has been consistent on Governor took-a-wrong-turn-and-wound-up-in-Argentina. Why is he still in office? My respect for Jenny Sanford is as great as my not-respect for Mark.

    • Again, Carloyn Tacket appreciated my analysis in part of a larger round up.
    • Daley Gator on Sanford: “If Meghan McCain thinks he should stay, then that is evidence that I should go the opposite way.” Yes, Meghan, begone with you and that Progressive kool-aid.
    • Now, Mrs. The Other McCain may be a tough cookie, but do give consideration to Mrs. TCotS. Yikes.

    Also momentarily submerged, but possibly bubbling back to the surface is IG-Gate.

    The Franken nail in the 111th Congressional Coffin caught some notice:

    The NORC campaign has some traction in the face of the Imaginary Legislation That Will Eat The Economy:

    • Andrea at Radio Patriot introduces a cool Not One Red Cent graphic.
    • Whereas the Riehl World View is that such victories could turn pyrrhic. I dunno. Given the choice between death by capillary or arterial bleeding, I’ll note that the latter has the virtue of being faster.
    • Winkydog (great name!) had some coverage, highlighting the 44 semi-conscious Dems in addition to the 8 RINOs.
    • Carol was graphic and unambiguous about the news at No Sheeples Here.
    • The Reaganite Republican Reseistance weighed in. Splendid Green Giant graphic.
    • In which Jules Crittenden trumps all the climate scientists: “I thought the global warming scare was caused by horseshit.”
    • South Texian played the Judas card:

      Robert Stacy McCain has found out the likely reason one of those turncoats, John McHugh, voted for the bill: Barack Obama nominated him to be the new Secretary of the Army. Enjoy your thirty pieces of silver, Johnny.

    • Carol takes Vodkapundit’s immortal Churchill riff and goes graphical.
    • Over at Paco, Seabiscuit registers disdain with a pose.
    • Bob at TCotS offers a thorough overview with follow-up.

    On the topic of the species whose presence in high office requires substantial diminishing:

    • The Cranky Con hopes to cook the burgers well enough for his local laywer clutch.
    • Lindsay rogered up that it was a great lawyer rant.
    • Steynian gave linkage, though you have to get past the hilarious Barney Frank coverage to find it.
    • Bob at TCotS rogered up for this rant as well.

    Oh, and did we say lawyers? The Ricci, or, “let’s install clowns in all three branches of the Federal government”, decision:

    • In noting the local impact of Ricci, the Blogprof linked us.
    • Linked by Conservative Political Report.
    • Seriously: what more do we need than “DNA-based decision making is false” any longer in our society?

    The GOP ad that brought out the curmudgeon in me:

    • Sundries Shack was supportive.
    • It comes down to this: we have a Progressive party running things in the US, with a Democrat wing and a GOP wing. Only, that bird don’t fly. I fact, that bird flips off the electorate every time it short-circuits the Federalism inherent in the Constitution, as it has since Woodrow Wilson. So if these clueless GOP hacks don’t realize that (mostly due to Jonah Goldberg in my case) we’re on to their crap, then doom on them.

    Miscellaneous shouts:

    Future publishing note from Bob at TCotS:

    Bernard Goldberg is writing a sequel to his current book; it will be called A SLOBBERING LOVE AFFAIR II: THE OTHER MCCAIN, SMITTY, & THE SHAMELESS BLOGWHORING OF A MAN NAMED BELVEDERE. Pre-order it at AmazonWomen today.

    So that’s the wrap. Please email cheers and jeers to Smitty. On the Fourth of July, consider those who’ve gone before, the wisdom of the founding documents, and the foolishness of those attempting to hijack the most exceptional system of government in history.

    June 27, 2009

    Feeling Mugged Just Right About Now

    by Smitty

    Either HR2454 or the heavy food from the bar last night has the tummy a bit out of sorts at the moment. Yet the Full Metal Jacket Reach Around must go on. Pardon the slight tardiness: unlike Congress, I’m willing to admit that dropping ~300 pages at 0300 on top of another ~900 pages is a recipe for disaster. Madame Speaker: if James Madison, or any of the other founding fathers were alive to witness your depredations, I daresay they’d be calling you everything but an American citizen, or worse.
    On to the FMJRA therapy.

    Economic Wrecking Ball:

    • Actually, Carolyn Tacket used the phrase ‘economy wrecking bill’ to introduce her Friday night roundup. I guess Congress has to destroy and economy to save it, for certain values of “save” where the letter “l” creeps into the second position.
    • Mike at the Conservative Political Report included us in his roundup. He notes that Representative Boehner was to have read the entire bill on the House floor. Oh, really?
    • Our Ohio U. correspondent Jesse finds some humor in this: “Cap’n Trade isn’t the name of a crappy seafood restaurant, it’s a House bill that’s going to the Senate. Elections have consequences, folks.”
    • Paleo Pat at Political Byline picked us up, as well: “instead of sitting and writing about crap I know zero about, I will quote people that do know about it.” The fact that you admit knowing zero about it, Pat, puts you on the same level as the pack of clowns that voted in favor of it, albeit in the more honest section.
    • The BlogProf seems rather exercised on the topic. From his title, “…The Total Cost Is Still Unknown To Many Americans. Or That It Is A Proven Failure In Europe!” See, now, this is America. Yes we can re-invent the wheel, and indeed make it rounder. It’s all about good engineering, no? The jobs? Outsourced to Zambiniland, of course.
    • The Pirate’s Cove post includes the famous Los Angeles roadmapwiring diagram (emphasis mine)

      The chart highlights the slew of new government programs Democrats will create in order to take and redistribute trillions of dollars from family budgets and workers payrolls in the form of allowances – all overseen by a confusing web of government agencies.

      See? New government Programs? As long as some jobs are created, it’s OK. That more jobs are destroyed in the creation of those zero-economic benefit government jobs is merely a ploy to ferret out the conservative rubes who are not “on board”.

    • The Rhetorican linked the ‘No Transparency’ post.
    • Pat in Shreveport has a great roundup, and points out that we all owe debt of gratitude to Stacy for pounding the pavement on the story. I sit and crank out this post here at Porch Manqué Central and ponder how hard it would be to divert time from my job to do this kind of watch-dogging. So thank you, Stacy. [Tip Jar moment goes here].
    • Drive Time Happy hour summarizes the legislation: “about as transparent as cotton candy“.
    • Knappster: “Smoot-Hawley redux”
    • Dave at Fish Fear Me: “You’re the Sucker“. It’s a logical consequence of having swallowed a line of nonsense hook, link, sinker, and half the pier.
    • Left Coast Rebel has some good thoughts, as well as the Warren Buffet clip lamenting the plight of the poor people. a) Why support the Democrats at all, and b) note that the FTP spirit of the 111th Congress, which shall live in infamy, is not new: [NSFW]
    • Beyond the HR2454 economic Pearl Harbor strike just conducted by the Wicked Witch of the West, Donald Douglas also linked us on the general lack of confidence in the stimulus package. I’m no’ so sure they lack understanding of the unworkability of these ideas. I grow uneasy that they may in fact have a higher level of understanding of the situation, which they are not quite sharing.
    • Punch line: the bill does not exist in any final form.

    I’m renaming it POTUS Inspector General-Gate.:
    The PIG-gate spigot rhymes with frigate. Probably too weird, but we’ll see if it catches, as it continues to pump effluent into the news plumbing.

    • Blog buddy Dan Riehl links us both at length and briefly.
    • Lead and Gold is also intrigued by the Acheson question. Also: Man on Fire. Unlike the liars, who merely have smoldering britches.
    • Moe Lane at Red State <a href="http://www.redstate.com/blog/2009/06/26/the-report-that-triggered-the-weiderhold-retirement/
      “>summarized one chunk of the CHT: “Fred Weiderhold quit rather than tell Congress he was under Biden’s thumb.”
    • The Daily Danet (ah, Clark Kent sketch, rhymes with ‘planet’) also linked us briefly. Thanks!
    • Perennial ToM favorite Carol offered a concise summary with a graphic of Senator Grassley (R-IA).
    • In a brazen attempt at a metaphoric coup, Obi’s Sister thinks aloud that PIG-gate is like an Onion. Hmmm. I suppose, with the accounting angle, you could bring in [NSFW] Herbert Kornfeld, from back in the edgier days… You really have to know where to look for that content. They had that character die right around the time the last presidential campaign was revving up. Coincidence?
    • Riehl posted concerning the Rick Moran Blog Talk Radio show about PIG-gate. The remarks about the POTUS’s character and managerial style are interesting speculation.
    • When Instapundit asks: “Is there some kind of pattern here?” he means: even Ray Charles, both dead and blind, can see it! OK, I made that up. Insty may not have meant that exactly.
    • Moe Lane linked us here.
    • Also, a link roundup from the Rhetorican.
    • Jimmie Bise served up some PIG-gate at the Sundries Shack.

    • Robert Belvedere at The Camp of the Saints appears to be maintaining the definitive index of all things PIG-gate at the WWU-AM page at TCOS. Scroll down a bit and look at the middle column below “Unwelcome Distractions”. This is an excellent resource. We thank you, sir.
    • There was also linkage by Michelle Malkin, who has been working this story as hard as Stacy.
    • We further caught the attention of the suave Mr. Paco.
    • Fisherville Mike is also glued to the browser, awaiting updates.

    Attack of the two-inch tall governor:
    Without delving into a full autobiographical sketch, one thing dad taught me was: “One ‘Oh, s**t’ wipes out 1,000 atta-boys”. Restated, a single failure obliterates a thousand good deeds.

    But consider that there are still one or things that can still be with your record, Mr. Sanford:

    Even an entire Rose Garden can’t cover the stench of rotten policy:

    • Obi’s Sister delivered a thorough drubbing about the presidential response to Iran.
    • Donald Douglas demonstrates determined diplomatic decolletage. A stunning display of Rule 5 intensity sure to leave the mullah’s staggered.
    • Jules Crittenden: “The Other McCain gushblogs it.”
    • Thanks also to Hyscience for the linkage.
    • Bits of Brain had a thoughtful Domino Theory essay, and linked to the “Once Upon a Time…” post with the Gipper.
    • Little Miss Attila refers to the POTUS as a “One Trick Pony“. Now, would that trick have been campaigning? Why does LMA hate ponies?

    Moving on from personal to policy failures:
    Just because it got all the rave reviews of a George W. Bush speech doesn’t render BHO’s single payer scamplan harmless.

    • The verbose William Teach: Fail. This looming disaster has been called more dangerous than HR2454.

    Don’t let the irritated pit-bull demeanor towards David Letterman distract you:
    Cynthia Yockey is really a lovely lady.

    • Chad at KURU lounge does his part:

      One reason that so many conservative political figures are destroyed is that they set standards for themselves and others. Unfortunately it isn’t always possible to live up to the standards you set. Liberals understand this and so they pick and pick until they can find a defect then attack full force. Apologies or pledges to change behavior elicit no mercy and eventually the conservative is forced to remove himself from public life.

    • Chris in New Jersy (not the sad little HR2454 sellout, neither of whom is me) pointed to a tangential benefit of supporting the Fire Letterman campaign:

      The Letterman boycott movement is still some mighty fine Google bait for me. And it really helps that the Big Kahuna himself, Promulgator of The Rules and Sensei of Blog-Fu, Robert Stacy McCain, inducted me into the “Don’t F*** With Us” Coalition.

    Special Rule 5 Note:
    The winner of last week’s “Find a Date for Conor” Rule 5 Challenge, namely, Deuce at The Skepticrats has weighed in. Tommorow’s roundup will not include Maria Belen Chapur links. I’ll add Jenny Sanford to the exclusion list. Not that we object to gratuitous overkill in the slightest, mind you. However, our cheerful appreciation of beauty as such is about positive admiration, and not to be confused with temptation to stray.

    Miscellaneous Shout Outs (Shouts Out?):

    Pardon the tardy FMJRA. We’ll post about last night’s DC gathering elsewhere. Please send updates and corrections to Smitty. Please contact your Congresscritter and offer the most polite variation on a primal scream that you can muster. And hit the tip jar.

    June 20, 2009

    Fleeting Moments of Justice Require Admiration

    by Smitty

    This week’s Full Metal Jacket Reach Around will continue the topical layout, which will serve as a nice aid “just to try and recall the whole year” (Buffet, (the one I quote)).
    The Iranian Election triggered a broad spectrum of dicussion on the shiny-nets. Karl Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Rove was one of the stranger tangents. I would have titled that post “If Sarah Palin is a Karl Rove production, does that mean Andrew Sullivan is Trig?” That got picked up by the likes of

    • Instapundit, in fact twice
    • The Trogpiler, which Sully might possibly enjoy. He also offers thoughts on suckology, but, frankly, they blow.
    • The Daily Gator was also sucked in.
    • The Pirate’s Cove mentioned it, too.
    • Fausta had an excellent roundup, including the CBS screencap of infamy.
    • Nice Deb saw Fausta’s CBS, and raised her a Sully picture thugged from AoSHQ.
    • rightofcourse linked us, alongside Legal Insurrection, which is great company.
    • Jules Crittenden added us to an impressive roundup.
    • The esteemed Daily Pundit noted this humble component of the Blogosphere, as well. He seems to be a member of the appearance-centric crowd who doesn’t believe it possible that Governor Palin is the genuine conservative article. More’s the pity.
    • Up North Mommy linked us.
    • Grow up Libs, says Scared Monkeys.
    • Western Experience was out west acquiring some, but linked us nonetheless.
    • World o’ Crap amended some details on the Potemkin Village remark. “Catherine The Great Was Actually Stalin In A Dress!” is a great title, BTW. Sarcasm bordering on truth.
    • Stop the ACLU was also on the case.

    The “Speak Loudly and Carry a Small Victim” (Coulter) Award goes out to those who are just becoming aware that they have been conned by the masters of identity politics. Ultimately, the federal government has no business messing about with our individual medical, sexual, and financial choices. Even if you think that your cause is just, you’re laying down precedent for a bazillion other unjust ones. Cut that noise out. Now. Stacy’s date request open letter to Angry Gay Democrats was linked by

    Quoting Krugman and the economy in general drew the attention of:

    The “Let Letterman be a Cautionary Tale to You, or, Why we Endeavor to Abide in Cynthia Yockey’s Good Graces” section of the FMJRA:

    You know the campaign is over, not because the stump went away, but because of the people being laid across it for dispatch by the headsman.

    • Paco less medieval in his take, trots out Louis Campagna for comment, not once but twice
    • Word even reached Shreveport, where Pat pulled in some great links.
    • Our man Jimmie was among the first to play the Watergate card. Subsequently, he worked in the ACORN reference. ACORN to oak, IG-gate ain’t no…frigate.
    • The Classic Liberal chime in, with some Rule 5 relief.
    • Fausta was among the first I saw mentioning other IG firings.
    • Obie’s Sister picked up on the “Nixonian evil” line.
    • Monique Stewart answered the call.
    • Velociworld has a neat post. Liked the first comment.
    • No Sheeples Here wondered if Walpin would become the Deep Throat of the Obama Administration. Walpin’s cover is as blown as Publius’ was a week ago, but the point holds.
    • Instapundit linked the Domino Theory article on Pajamas Media.
    • To which Carol added some actual dominoes.
    • Dan Collins felt he hadn’t linke enough. Two to three links per post should be sufficient, though more is always better.
    • The Rhetorican linked both the NTC news and the PJ Media coverage. This is what I am talking about.

    The “Least Eagerly Awaited Sex Tape of All Time, with 7/8 of the Ordeal Remaining” portion of the show focuses on ABC’s White House pooper-scoop on health care. This may be a winning strategy. With enough effort, health care initiatives could cross the Sun Myung Moon horizon, and suddenly we just all somehow believe it. “Vee can do zhis der easy vay, or der Chicago Vay. Personally, vee’re more familiar vis der Chicago Vay…”

    • Carolyn rounds up reactions.
    • Paco was on board, and linked the explanation.
    • Troglopundit links us on the subject of health care rationing, something to do with pencils, which has nothing to do with my neck.
    • Pundit and Pundette note the two minute drill.
    • Our man Jimmie was on the scene, making a rare point on the matter:

      Here is the acid test. Do you remember when President Bush was pushing for Social Security reform a few years back? Imagine what might have happened had Fox News announced it was going to devote every one of its news shows to a ¡°conversation¡± about social security reform and that it would be broadcasting from inside the Whote House all day. Imagine the outrage from the MSM and the left if Fox has shut out the Democrats entirely yet promised to be the very paragons of journalistic virtue.

      The whole administration is an acid test. Traditional, or Wolfe remains to be seen.

    • The Classic Liberal take: Good-bye freedom. Hello tyranny.
    • rightofcourse weighed in, with an opinion that sounded correct, obviously.
    • Caffeinated Thoughts noted the “that’s not news, that’s publicity” line.
    • The Pink Elephant Pundit links us. “Raisin’ Hale”, indeed. 😉
    • The Liberty Papers: My wife’s response: “If Obama is truly serious about listening to doctors, this one says that he needs to leave my patients and me alone.”
    • The Instapundit quoted Stacy, so we’ll link back to him to help with the traffic.
    • Related Camp of the Saints

    Somebody liked the Gary Kamiya deconstruction:

    • “Visigothic Rasputin (with Victorian overtones), Unite!”, says Paco
    • Troglopundit foreign policy seems to follow the two tears in a bucket approach.

    The political paradox that the same pack o’ jackasses that caused the economic mess are somehow equipped to un-b0rk it:

    This week’s episode in Dr. Stacy’s Osteoporotic Conservative Clinic was noted by the following bloggers:

    • The Daley Gator
    • Jimmie has a lengthy discussion on the topic.
    • And that’s why they call it Riehlpolitik: “the rule in D.C. is never to attribute to ideology that which can be adequately explained by ambition.” As long as that ambition doesn’t end in shooting yourself, literally or literarily. Dr. Stacy says “Put the gun down, you’ll burn yourself, it’s really for use in lighting off fireworks, punk.” But pretentious slut?
    • Half Past Noon waded into the fray, offering an analysis that seems interesting, but also appears to miss a crucial point: the labels are not the concepts. I understand that Hayek/von Mises considered themselves liberals, even though it’s the conservatives quoting them today. You have to understand that people playing propaganda games have hijacked the terminology. By the end of this administration, collectivism shall have so established itself as to consider itself ‘conservative’, and start calling anyone desiring a life beyond the ant colony a ‘nihilist liberal’. I’ll bet a cup of coffee on the point, D.
    • Chris, at the League of Ordinary Milquetoasts weighed in on the whole terminology flap. “I¡¯m not saying that this form of conservatism-cum-liberalism is a bad thing.”

    Question to Chris and the rest of the navel-gazers: does the point of this RBS commercial elude you?

    • The South Texian elaborates nicely.
    • The mighty Donald Douglas termed Conor Andrew Sullivan’s myrmidon, which is less than flattering. There was also a threat to publish private email traffic at which Douglas laughed, scoffed, and lauged some more.
    • The Camp of the Saintsweighed in on the matter.

    My side clinic on humor had the following responses:

    Big Shout Out to Dan Collins at Piece of Work in Progress Department:

    Special, uncategoraizable mention category:

    I have some additional links in a folder to add, but that will have to wait, as there is some kind of malware attacking my laptop. Please email corrections to smitty.
    Update: Crisis resolved, additional material dispersed throughout the post, so you’ll simply have to re-read it, paying extra attention, as one does, to . Start flooding my inbox with Rule 5 submissions, too. I’ll be on that later.

    Update II: The Blog Prof says: do your homework. And I say: “Roger that”.

    • He linked us on the Letterman Protests, with handy video clips.
    • We got picked up on the Panetta/Cheney flapette, where the blogprof seemed to enjoy my Jane Curtin riff at the end. It’s all about finding humor, even in situations as clearly manufactured to drive traffic as that one.
    • He also links us in passing while mentioning the Eating Is Like Rape Or Something post, courtesy of Donald Doulas. The only time I ever thought of food as rape was while eating an MRE about 15 years ago. They tell me MREs have improved, but they twitch while they say that, so I’m taking them at their word.
    June 14, 2009

    Further Moronic Jackass Responses Anticipated [Bumped]

    by Smitty

    This week’s Full Metal Jacket Reach Around goes out to a sad piece of work in New York City. Retire, Letterman: it’s the most honorable thing you can do. As with the bulk of ancient war-horses, however, his descent into the bowels of self-parody shall likely be neither brief nor pleasant.
    So let’s talk linky-love instead. In order to keep the author engaged, we’ll see if grouping links by subject affords any excitement.

    Non fans of the twit who inspired this week’s backronym:

    • The Eye of Polyphemus
    • Moralia, though I’m tired enough to be unsure whether I’ve guaged the snark correctly.
    • The South Texian drawls some conclusions:

      But I’ll just be damned if I’ll ever give any respect to anyone who feels free to insult those “proles” who don’t inhabit the rarefied echelons of academia or the old media. An academic I may be, but my father is a retired federal law enforcement officer and Marine Corps veteran, and my late brother was a construction worker. For anyone who thinks less of me because of that, I have your due deference right here.

    Those who liked last Sunday’s rebuttal of Playboor:

    • Another Black Conservative weighed in on Bonnie Erbe.
    • T-Pundit, who seems to think it would be a slow ride situation.
    • The Blue Collar Republican picked up the AOL side of the story.
    • Tangentially related, Nicedeb’s hat tip to Ace of Spades. I mean, really: how can you not like a dude sharing a name, and dare I say, attitude, with classic Motörhead?

    The pack who weighed in on the Publius publication:

    Tragedies at a clinic, a recruiting office, and a museum:

    • The Daley Gator, not once but twice.
    • Carolyn Tackett on Tiller and the Holocaust Museum
    • The Conservative Political Report.
    • Zoominac.
    • We have a helpful reminder from Bits of Brain: Only White People Can Be Racist. Ah, it’s all in focus now. Focus. The Conservatives Who Say: Focus!
    • Wizwow noted that von Brunn was a journalism major. What does Janet Napolitano have to say about that?
    • Transterrestrial says:

      You’d almost think that Jeremiah Wright was the guy who shot up the Holocaust Museum.

      Well, no. Employing the First Amendment in arguably tasteless ways is not the same thing as illegally abusing the Second Amendment. Let’s eschew lefty moral equivalencies, Luke: that side of the Force was left in the toaster too long. (And that is about as close as I can get to ‘defending’ Wright.)

    • Douglas mockingly calls for a Neocon Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Nothing short of beheading will halt my thought-crime spree.

    Obamacare, soon to lighten a wallet very near you, and other economic seppuku:

    Among the ones who dug theObama Job Saver post:

    “Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a blogger of wealth and taste” section:

    • Donald Douglas noted that Stacy didn’t make the 30 best conservative columnists list.
    • Fisherville Mike had sympathies, as well.
    • The gracious Pat in Shreveport even posted a photo of the devil.
    • As American Speedo Power notes, Melissa realized her mistake before she washed her hands of the topic and sealed Stacy’s fate.
    • Paco also picked up the Stacy sympathy meme.
    • The Camp of the Saints: RSM does not suck…He trucks…
      Slaps the pucker/right off Tucker/the lame, insipid/rake-in-the-mucker/Burma Shave

    Those who thought the Google riff was notable, and they should, as this was my jape:

    Those who remembered us in the context of the Cairo “Everyone was as bad as everyone else, and 2 is morally equivalent to 3, since both are prime numbers” speech:

    Those who were willing to overlook a headful of sail fuel in the name of Rule 5 (translation: bothered to note Megan Fox, not that this implies wasting minute #1 on her silly flick)

    The eminently tasteful who liked the Corleone Conservatives post:

    Little Green Footballs lavishes garish fruit, leaving groups frazzled:

    Ones who appreciated Southern by the Grace of God:

    Those suffering from post-prejean-partum-pablum:

    National Offend a Feminist Week linkage:

    The “Chris Matthews is arguably the biggest piece of work in the Country” section:

    Reservation Conservatives, and their most convenient disposal:

    Ones who enjoyed the ESR quotation:

    The Committee to Make Brooks Bashing an Olympic Sport:

    The “Can Stacy get his picture taken with Deeds?” Dapartment:

    • Tigerhawk points out how much we Virginians owe Stacy for bumping TMac. Now we just have to get McDonnell elected.
    • Fisherville Mike is on board with the photo op.

    Special mention:

    • Obi’s Sister increased the attractiveness of a photo containing Stacy McCain.
    • Moralia’s been blogging for a year.
    • Steynian, who still shames my roundup-fu.
    • Dustbury three word commentary. Like dieting haiku!
    • Also, Paco: “A fine oration.” So hire RSM for a speech, unless you prefer someone who’ll help with your insomnia.
    • Adirenne’s Catholic Corner requests a Smitty. There has been some consultation on the topic, but my brother, while close, prefers his Harley to a web browser.
    • The Political Castaway links us while listing Top 6 Questions for TOTUS. For rather large values of 6.
    • Sarah at Blue Shelled thinks that Only Kindness Matters. Lady, kindness is founded upon reciprocity. Your attention is drawn to Game Theory. Kindness matters in an ultimate, theological sense. If you can’t maintain the focus on this in the face of severe strain, things will not go well, I fear.
    • No Runny Eggs lists Stacy for Rule 5 Czar, though all the power has been delegated to the Porch Manqué Czar.
    • The Nashville Post on Pastor Wright: The hits just keep on comin’
    • The Track-a-‘Crat noted us while giving you some Greg Morton linkage, in case you missed that genius.
    • Fisherville Mike understands the explosive demand for fireworks.

    Previously…
    NOTE FROM RSM: My colleague Smitty text-messages that this FMJ Saturday roundup is incomplete, due to real-life commitments which cannot be evaded. So if you didn’t get the linky-love you were expecting, please link yourself up in the comment fields and we’ll see if we can’t make up the FMJRA Rule 2 factor at some future point.
    Meanwhile, patriotic contributions to the Emergency Fireworks Fund are gratefully appreciated. Even a greedy capitalist blogger like me wouldn’t want to be accused of selling linky-love, but . . .


    AND NOW:
    Porch Manqué Central thanks the dedicated readers of this blog for their indulgence and link-fu. Blessings and clicks for all my friends. Oh, and sorry if bumping this wiped out some replies to the original *gulp*. Didn’t know! Forgive, forgive…

    June 6, 2009

    From My Jugular, Regrets Abound

    by Smitty

      This week’s Full Metal Jacket begins with an apology to those who’ve been shorted on the Technorati linkbacks. Technorati may have had some server issues. However, the severl of the idiot savant clonebots responsible on my end had to be sacked. Painful explanation below at [1]. We also have a separate Not Tucker Carlson section. [2]
    To work.

    • We’re huge Carol fans here at The Other McCain. No Sheeples Here delights this week, as usual:
    • Instapundit noted the If Obama’s lost Ted Rall post. That post also got some linky-love from Ed Driscoll. Ed also like the Great Budweiser Frog Revival. Jazz Shaw saw the news of the Tiller tragedy here first.
    • Lance Burri seems like a brother. He seems to be settling on Sunday for Rule 2 work. He posits a terrifying log discovery: I hope I don’t start getting hits from people searching “Nancy Pelosi nude.” I think I’d rather stare at Bob’s Cthulhu tattoo. He wonders aloud why Stacy wasn’t reporting from the Latvian blond parade. See, he thought he was going there, but through some strange dyslexia of the ear, ‘Latvia’ became ‘Atlanta’. Could have happened to anyone. Speaking of ‘sexylaid’, why does he mention Little Miss Attila, then link us? I mean, we’re so cheap the price is appalling, but can we legitimately take these clicks? Yes We Can. The Trog linked us en passant in a Monique Stewart/Meghan McCain post. Said he of Monique: “she kinda scares me”. Hey, I just report.
    • His post following the Tiller murder was detailed and went to nine updates. The BlogProf linked us on a huge roundup of Hatef’gate, and also here. No typos with which to play fun word games this week, though. 😉
    • The Daley Gator is on the Saturday roundup team. There was also a substantial Tiller roundup. Finally, he is tracking on omtiG.
    • Donald Douglas, our West Coast Meltdown Correspondent, tracked the Tiller shooting, but moved on to more pleasant topics with the latvian blondes, but playing it even-handed, offered a bit of Hugh Jackman along with a truly staggering list of female bloggers. Wow.
    • Fisherville Mike liked the Frog work, posting that timeless quote: Never hire a ferret to do a weasel’s job.
    • Lead and Gold is back in the mix, linking us on the DealerGate story, as well as offering some Midway linkage. He also enjoyed Stacy weighing in on “the problematic value of conservative intellectuals”.
    • Right of Course linked us in a Sotomayor roundup. This post on the Tiller tragedy had a title tweaking the reaction on the left: “Dr. Tiller dead because O’Reilly wasn’t nice to him.” He then summarizes the week deftly:

      Well, so far this week the blogosphere has been dominated by three main stories and the left has managed to use all three to show just how hypocritical they have become.

    • Dustbury expanded on the Dr. Utopia theme. He also remembered a bumper sticker: I’M PRO-LIFE. I’M AGAINST SHOOTING DOCTORS.
    • The Pirate’s Cove linked the Ted Rall post. He also picked up the Tiller reporting. He lamented the end of Offend a Feminist week while he was posting about the Speaking Truth to 115VAC Power representation of the POTUS.
    • Speaking of Truth to Power, Carol linked us on Pravda. She also may have had something subliminal going on after the Budweiser Frog compilation, but, in my innocence, it remains ambiguous. She also had some thoughtful words about Tiller.
    • Obi’s Sister blames the spam on linking to our Carrie Prejean posts. Note to anyone receiving traffic from this site: only your good click-clicks are belong to us. The bad stuff is probably due to the PuffingtonHost or WaterCatPond or something. Obi’s famous Jedi Academy mentioned us amidst a good rant about the POTUS.
    • Chad at the KURU Lounge has a liesure linkfest called around the moronosphere that seems to snag us quite often. Yes we resemble that! And I hope the opening apology makes up for the tragic omission in previous FMJRAs. And, he’s gotten a successful tweet from Julie Banderas, so he’s got that goin’ for him.
    • NiceDeb had a great Dealergate roundup. She hands out a thumping on the Pravda story: “The thing is, the piece was posted 4/27/09, and Nice Deb linked to it on MAY 5, people!” D’oh! And she had a substantial Tiller roundup.
    • Paco Enterprises caught up with us on Dealergate and the Battle of Midway.
    • The Rude News sprang to RSM’s defense on the Tiller killing. RN also responded forcefully to the nasty Playboy piece, but went the extra distance to complement the ladies individually. And RN pointed to Jamie Kirchick Rule Two-ing.
    • Another Black Conservative linked NTC news (which Rule Two-age we gratefully pick up here) on the topic of Bonnie Erbe. ABC also quoted Stacy at length on Tiller’s killing.
    • Moe Lane fell short of welcoming Ted Rall: “let him rot where he is.”
    • Protein Wisdom’s Tiller roundup features an unusally high amount of lefty links, for the strong of stomach. And Dan also weighed in on the Playboy fracas.
    • Rumblepak linked the Tiller coverage, and went back to RSM’s Don’t Blame Me post during a rumination concerning the POTUS.
    • Pat in Shreveport is done with school and has a retrospective roundup.
    • The Classical Liberal mentions us on a Latvian Blonde post.
    • Stop the ACLU linked the Ted Rall post, along with a roundup of TR’s ‘work’, the titles of which were as bad as this recent Playboy nonsense. We also got linkage on the Tiller killing.

    • In the Single Link section…

    • Andrew Sullivan tags Stacy (for zero-contact values of ‘tag’) “about as far right as one can get” on the subject of Tiller.
    • Pam Gellar notes a “Headline I Wish I’d Thought Of”.
    • Infinite Monkeys: ‘Conservative infighting is from Mars, liberal infighting is from Venus’
    • Crime Scene KC gave linkage on Tiller.
    • Borepatch has three bullet points on the Ted Rall post: Absolutely. Spot. On.
    • Comments from Left Field links us on Tiller. The post has some bait, but I’ll fall short of nibbling.
    • The Conservative Political report had a small Cairo speech roundup
    • Dad29 hat tips the Casey Jones for President post.
    • Director Blue has a categorized link fest, which I’ve also thought of doing with this mess.
    • Dogfight in Bankstown had a Dijongate link.
    • Fish Fear Me also dug the Ted Rall title.
    • Gateway Pundit picked us up on the Tiller story.
    • As did Incertus in a roundup.
    • Just Above Sunset quotes Stacy’s lament on Tiller amidst a lengthy stream of consciousness about the Right’s reaction to pretty much everything. An interesting read.
    • Liberalsmash has a mostly unrefined roundup. Palate cleanser.
    • Novus2 offers a Twitter roundup on Tiller, as well as a pithy summary.
    • Planet Moron laughs at the NYT’s Krugman blaming Reagan for the financial crisis. PM blames Wang Chung. While WC is a sufficiently random target, their only real crime is not being Chickenfoot.
    • Politics and Critical Thinking offers a play-by-play on the Levin flareup, and says some nice things about Stacy.
    • Bill Kristol’s Brain (Or, a blog about nothing) revoked our First Amendment rights concerning Tiller. Thanks.
    • The Rhetorican wonders if the Ted Rall dissent could lead to an Olbermann Short Circuit. I’m curious when Keith ever had a long circuit.
    • Scared Monkeys had more in the same vein on Ted Rall
    • The Socratic Gadfly disputes Ted Rall’s Democratic bona fides.
    • Steynian links us in a roundup the size of which shames this one.
    • Tarpon notes that Ted Rall was a cartoonist.
    • The Western Experience linked us on Tiller.
    • Wizbang Blog alson had Tiller linkage.
    • All Amerrican Blogger picked up the RFC Radio appearance by Stacy.
    • The American Conservative characterizes us as “alternative right”. Sorry the whole pulse thing is too daring for ya, boss.
    • I respectfully disagree with Kathy Shaidle’s diagnosis: “Tiller’s murder sets back pro-life movement twenty years”. The killing was false, brutal, evil, and wrong. However, the unconscionable actions of one no more set back the life movement than, say Senator McCain sets back conservative principles by being a centrist squish. Life is life, and conservativism is common sense. And may the Almighty have mercy on Dr. Tiller.
    • More thoughts in on Tiller at Hyscience.
    • Still more at Islam is War.
    • Back to Sotomayor, there is an interesting rebuttal of conservative hypocrisy at The National Center.
    • The South Texan commiserates on intellectual idiots.
    • Jimmie at The Sundries Shack, NTCNews collaborator and stellar fellow, followed the Tiller case and Left reactions.
    • The un-Liberaled Woman linked us on Howard Dean.
    • Zoominac had a GM Bankruptcy roundup and thoughts.

    [1] The python pulls the HTML and saves the good parts to tab-delimited file which I bring in to Excel to save as .xslx which imports more nicely into Access and then goes through a two-phase SQL query with some VBA juicing to polish the output into a flat dump which I then pour into an Emacs session for the real writing. If that sounds like “Rube Goldberg and a Cast of Clonebots Do IT” to you, you’re absolutely right. There was a piece of date criteria in one of the two SQL stages that was rejecting anything more than four days old. IT rule one is that it’s always someone else’s fault, even though IT rule two says that it’s your own better than half the time. Regret all inconvenience.

    [2]Special Not Tucker Carlson review:
    Number two on Steven Green’s Week in Blogs:

    • Carol dressed one of those cute little sheep in a bowtie, which I’m certain was not a ‘cheater’, since she knows how seriously I take these matters.
    • Ed Driscoll welcomed NTCNews like an old friend.
    • Lance picked up the aggregatin’ like a mofo line.
    • Fisherville Mike had some thoughts about “the Daily Caller”. He offered a further review here once NTC news was open for business.
    • Lead and Gold sounds somewhat territorial about the task of busting Tucker Carlson’s chops. We would like to propose a timeshare arrangement, and I do admit to a bowtie fetish predating knowledge of the bloke.
    • Obi’s Sister greeted the arrival of NTC News.
    • Moe Lane liked it, and had suggestions.

    That’s the rap. Please send corrections, updates, and suggestions to Smitty, hit the tip jar, and pray for peace.

    Update:
    Before there is an explosion on the West Coast, we did have linkage this last week from Little Miss Attila on Playboygate. There must be more. Minor state of panic. Where are the URLs?