Archive for ‘Rule 2’

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.


  • 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.

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?


  • 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.

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 26, 2009

New Rule 2 Shamelessness Altitude Record

by Smitty

Fishersville Mike has composed the Rule 2 anthem, and piled it higher than one thought the rules of physics would permit.

I say, old chap: good show!

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.

What a disgrace to the First Amendment.

Miscellaneous Shouts:

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

July 24, 2009

Best. Column. Evah!

Never underestimate the power of Rule 2:

Last week, I called the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to press [“science czar” John] Holdren on his views about forced abortions and mass sterilizations; his purported disavowal of Ecoscience, the 1977 book he co-authored with population control zealots Paul and Anne Ehrlich; and his continued embrace of forced-abortion advocate and eugenics guru Harrison Brown, whom he credits with inspiring him to become a scientist.
After investigative bloggers and this column reprinted extensive excerpts from Ecoscience, which mused openly about putting sterilants in the water supply to make women infertile and engineering society by taking away babies from undesirables and subjecting them to government-mandated abortions, the White House issued a statement from Holdren last week denying he embraced those proposals. The Ehrlichs challenged critics to read their and Holdren’s more recent research and works. . . .
In 2007, he addressed the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference. Holdren served as AAAS president; the organization posted his full slide presentation on its website.
In the opening slide, Holdren admitted that his “preoccupation” with apocalyptic matters such as “the rates at which people breed” was a lifelong obsession spurred by scientist Harrison Brown’s work. . . .

Read the whole thing. This is a healthy competition among columnists that should be encouraged. Ann Coulter and Mark Steyn have linked me from their sites in the past, but they ain’t been linking me lately. Despite the lack of recent linkage, however, Ann Coulter’s take on the “health care crisis” is brilliant:

Insurance plans that force everyone in the plan to pay for everyone else’s Viagra and anti-anxiety pills are already completely unfair to people who rarely go to the doctor. It’s like being forced to share gas bills with a long-haul trucker or a restaurant bill with Michael Moore. On the other hand, it’s a great deal for any lonely hypochondriacs in the plan.

Read the whole thing, because she’s exactly right. I hate going to the doctor. I hate taking medicine. If my aortic valve blows out tomorrow, don’t mourn this as “tragic” or “senseless.” Such a mercifully sudden departure from this vale of tears would to me be infinitely preferable to the ordeal of filing out an insurance form and spending 15 minutes in the waiting room of a doctor’s office, to say nothing of idling around a drugstore while I wait for the pharmacist to fill my prescription.

Think about this: The percentage of your life spent leafing through a three-week-old copy of Newsweek in a doctor’s waiting room — is that really “life” at all? We’re all gonna die some day, but some of us actually try to live first. And that otherwise healthy idiot who chooses to waste his life shuttling back and forth between MRI screenings, cardiac stress tests, colonoscopy appointments and the Rite Aid prescription counter isn’t practicing “preventive medicine.” He’s just running up the bill at someone else’s expense, like when I go to a Reason happy hour and tell the bartender to put everything on Matt Welch’s tab.

Have you ever known one of those “lonely hypochondriacs” of whom Coulter speaks? Talk about your persuasive arguments for euthanasia! Feeble neurasthenics who run to the doctor every time they get an ache or pain should be sent directly to the Soylent Green factory.

Honestly, I knew America was doomed when they announced that Medicare would pay for Viagra. Oh, just great: The Federal Bureau of Boners.

Patriots died of frostbite at Valley Forge so that we could tax nurses to pay for their geriatric patients to get aroused. Ask the staff at the “retirement center” about the septuagenarian whose idea of a joke is to take his little blue pill and hit the nurse-call button.

Nurse: “Is there a problem?”
Patient: (Exposing himself) “Yes, ma’am, I had this sudden swelling . . .”

But why bring John McCain into this? My point was that health care is not a right, no matter what Ted Kennedy says. “Health care as a right, not a privilege,” says Ted. (Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.)

My real point, however, is this: Ann Coulter should link me more often. But did I really need to say that?

UPDATE: Speaking of The Rules, how about ObamaCare bashing from a sexy redhead in her underwear? Say what you will about Rule 5, if sexy chicks can save us from socialized medicine . . . well, it’s a sacrifice we’ll have to make. Freedom is never free!

July 19, 2009


About 3 p.m. today, The Other McCain recorded its 2 millionth visitor. It took slightly more than 11 months to hit the 1-million mark on Feb. 13, and barely five months to knock down the next million.

We must therefore begin by thanking Carrie Prejean nude. Any other famous people who want to take on hot political issues that offend the Left, please do us a favor and e-mail Smitty as soon as you find out TMZ has posted those topless photos taken when you were 20. We need the traffic. (C’mon, don’t be so coy, Hillary . . .)

In addition to thanking Googlers of topless celebrity photos and our regular readers — to the extent that these are not coterminous categories — Smitty and I are grateful to the numerous bloggers who have linked us. Here are the folks who’ve thrown us the most traffic, according to

Loyal readers, please congratulate yourselves in the comments. You bloggers . . . OK, story time.

It was the last night of CPAC, back in February. As I was circulating around trying to squeeze every last schmooze opportunity out of the event, I came out of the hotel bar and there in the lobby stood Professor Glenn Reynolds and the magnificent Dr. Helen. I’d never met either of them before.

Walked right up, reached out to shake the professor’s hand, handed him a business card and, by way of introduction, said, “Hi, I’m Stacy McCain. You haven’t been linking me enough lately.”

Our slogan: All Your Links Are Belong To Us!

UPDATE: You like me! You really like me! Linked at Memeorandum, and by Jimmie at Sundries Shack, Doug at Daley Gator, Fisherville Mike and Professor Douglas at American Power, who is pounding “controversy” into a coma. (Megaphone voice)


(Voice from inside bullet-riddled hideout.)


Sigh. Remind me to amend No. 5 in The Rules v2.0: “Unless images of the aforesaid hottie shall constitute evidence in a criminal investigation . . .”

UPDATE II: On the other hand, if the Professor is trying to make a point about the sheer insanity of celebrity culture and how it intersects with the voyeuristic impulses rampant in the TMZ/Perez Hilton Epoch, he might have the makings of a Los Angeles Times op-ed essay there.

Look, over the last month, a typical day for American Power — that is, a day without any especially “hot” new post that spiked up the traffic — was in the 1,400-1,800 hit range. He’s currently knocking down about 500 hits an hour, which should easily put him at 5,000 hits by the end of the day, and that extra 3,000 is almost entirely due to people Googling for the notorious video of a cable-sports reporter almost nobody ever heard of before.

When you get a hot meme, you gotta ride it, like Professor Jacobsen rode DijonGate to SiteMeter glory. The demand calls supply into existence. There is something important in this thing, and if Donald Douglas can distill it into 700 thoughtful words, he might find real value here.

But I still wish more people would follow the upstanding example set by John Hawkins at Conservative Grapevine, and only link classy, tasteful Rule 5 stuff like Miranda Kerr in a Victoria’s Secret photoshoot.

Do I have any inkling who Miranda Kerr is? No. But until about a month ago, I’d never heard of Gerald Walpin, Fred Wiedersdorf or Judith Gwynne, either.

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.

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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.


  • 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.


    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="
      “>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.