Thursday, June 30, 2005

Not much posting today

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Was working on a post about Malkin's feelings towards pacifists (hint: She doesn't like them), but my computer crashed last night. I should have it up this evening. Until then, consider this an open thread.

Ha! Just kidding.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Objectively pro-bullying?

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Michelle pokes fun at this, and maybe she has a point. I may be a liberal, but this seems like a quarter-baked idea at best.

But phrases like "pushover generation" and "a nation of namby-pambys"? That seems fairly naive for a woman (or Jesse?) whose child is nearing school age. As Ace of Spades says:
Losing a leg might be "character building," but most would prefer to keep their current complement of limbs rather than gain some character, and most kids would rather live their lives without ridicule and beatings than "learn to toughen up."
No such common sense from Malkin. I hope she doesn't have to learn the hard way how damaging bullies can be to a child.

And no, I'm not speaking from any particular experience, although I did take my share of heat for wearing glasses. But I've seen worse, and it scares me for my son. It's important to learn to stand up to bullies, but that doesn't mean that we should treat efforts to reduce bullying as efforts to wussify our kids.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Keen sense of irony

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Posting about the Supreme Court decision regarding P2P filesharing:
Jeff Jarvis is unhappy with the ruling:
Grokster loses. Thus so do toolmakers and enablers of any sort ... which, after all, is the very definition of the internet. The decision is terribly out of sync with the future.
It sure is easy to be a Share Bear when it comes to the pilfering of other peoples' copyrighted works. Jarvis, however, isn't quite so public-spirited when it comes to sharing his own work:
COPYRIGHT NOTICE: It's mine, I tell you, mine! All mine! You can't have it because it's mine! You can read it (please); you can quote it (thanks); but I still own it because it's mine! I own it and you don't. Nya-nya-nya. So there. COPYRIGHT 2001-2003-20?? by Jeff Jarvis
Unlike Malkin, I detect an ever-so-faint whiff of sarcasm in that copyright notice. Maybe I'm the only one.

The floodgates are open

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Malkin's posted six posts so far today. I can't hope to keep up. However, I did want to note how bummed I am that one of the great straw men liberal thinkers of our time spoke in my own backyard and I missed his rousing speech.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Now she gets it

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Malkin posts about "torture manuals" and decapitation instructions found in a guerrilla hideout.
Hat tip: Opinipundit, who comments, "We have manuals on how to properly handle the Koran and humanely treat prisoners, paying respect their cultural sensitivities, they have manuals on how to properly torture and decapitate hostages."

Yup.
Right! That's what makes us better than them. That's what makes America America. And that's what the defenders of Guantanamo would have us ignore.

Hell seems awfully chilly these days

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I agree with both Michelle Malkin and Clarence Thomas[pdf].

Help me wash this off of me.

Still, one post later she "redeems" herself by defending Karl Rove and cheering for the admission that the White House played politics with 9/11 from day one. So all is right with the world again.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Who's the ghoul now, Michelle?*

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Unless you're in a persistent vegetative state, "culture of life" member Jesse Malkin** says: "Just shut up and die, already!"

*Title refers to this.
**I'll stake a dollar on it.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Denying the Antecedent

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I think I could write a whole book on logical fallacies using the Malkins as an example. This one was tough; however, I think it most resembles this one.

If no cheetos is torture, then torture occurred at Gitmo.
No cheetos is not torture.
Therefore, torture did not occur at Gitmo.

Any logicians out there concur?

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Malkin's "Culture of Death"

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Liberal Avenger calls my attention to this op-ed by Sen. John Danforth, former R-Mo.
When, on television, we see a person in a persistent vegetative state, one who will never recover, we believe that allowing the natural and merciful end to her ordeal is more loving than imposing government power to keep her hooked up to a feeding tube.

When we see an opportunity to save our neighbors' lives through stem cell research, we believe that it is our duty to pursue that research, and to oppose legislation that would impede us from doing so...

For us, religion should be inclusive, and it should seek to bridge the differences that separate people. We do not exclude from worship those whose opinions differ from ours. Following a Lord who sat at the table with tax collectors and sinners, we welcome to the Lord's table all who would come. Following a Lord who cited love of God and love of neighbor as encompassing all the commandments, we reject a political agenda that displaces that love.
Those of us on the left and in the middle who believe must take back our faith - or at least public perception of it. As a Christian, James Dobson's brand of Christianity is as foreign and unfamiliar to me - to many of us - as anything Jim Jones could have come up with.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Oh, the irony...

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Durbin watch? Really?
Just received this e-mail from Steve Gill:
Vice President Dick Cheney appeared this morning on Steve Gill Mornings in Nashville, Tennessee and was asked about Dick Durbin's comparison of U.S. troops at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis. The Vice President noted that he had to be "careful about what I say since this is a family show" but that the "comparison is one of the more egregious things I've heard on the floor of the U.S. Senate."
Not necessarily one of the most egregious things you've said on the floor of the Senate, though, Dick.

Maybe if Dickie spent less time twisting Durbin's words and more time considering the truth of them - as actually spoken - we'd be able to make some progress towards rebuilding America's image.

She also quotes an LA Times op-ed:
...If you are proud of this country and don't want its identity to vanish, you must teach U.S. history to your children. They won't learn it in school. This nation's memory will go blank unless you act.
Unfortunately, under George W. Bush's administration, the United States' moral authority is rapidly becoming just that - history. And that's not Dick Durbin's fault.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

There she goes again

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Pretty sure I'm one of the gloaters Malkin is referring to. So be it. All I can say is that reading a staunch supporter of the Iraq war accuse someone else of having disdain for the sanctity of life is comical.

Oh, and apparently "no evidence of" is synonymous for "proof of" in Malkin's mind.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

I'm sure she's drafting her apology as we speak...

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...considering this news.

*Looks at watch*

The desperation of torture apologists

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The question is not "Who believes 'M.C.'?".

The question is, "Who believes anything the administration says about torture?".

The Malkins do, apparently. Hope springs eternal and all that.

Hope springs eternal, as does straw-grasping.
Some of M.C.'s descriptions match accounts...Not all. Just some.

Also, M.C.'s descriptions "match accounts" given by others. That simply means that some of M.C.'s claims resemble claims of other detainees--a far cry from "corroboration" don't ya think?
No, not really. In fact, it's kind of the definition of "corroboration."
There is simply no way that interrogators and guards would subject a young boy to harsher treatment than a high-value detainee like al-Qatani whose interrogation methods had to be personally approved by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
When I sleep, I dream that even the Malkins will recognize that absolutist, common-sense statements like the one above are inoperative under this administration.

Auguste's Corollary to Occam's Razor: When dealing with the Bush administration, the most insidious explanation is usually correct.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Shame on Michelle and Jesse Malkin

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Michelle Malkin: TERRORISTS HEART THE FRENCH

In a hateful, pithy post titled "TERRORISTS HEART THE FRENCH," Michelle and Jesse Malkin link to a BBC story about Florence Aubenas, the French reporter who was kidnapped in Iraq in January and held hostage for 5 months. The BBC article reveals that Ms. Aubenas' kidnappers gave her a "farewell gift" of two rings and a bottle of perfume - a fact which Michelle and Jesse merrily point out to explain why "Terrorists *heart* the French."

The article also points out that Aubenas' captors beat her and kept her blindfolded in an appx. 70 sq. ft. basement cell with no chair for 5 months. She was subjected to a mock trial by the kidnappers who accused her of being a spy.

The Malkins' partisan potshot at France based on the facts surrounding the kidnapping is shameful. After being beaten and kept in a tiny cell for almost a half-year, Aubenas was thankfully released - a fact that must mean terrorists love France. I wonder what the Malkins would have said had Aubenas been killed?

P.S. White Supremacists Heart Michelle and Jesse Malkin

[crossposted by LA from LiberalAvenger.com]

Sunday, June 12, 2005

When she's right, she's right

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Rudy times twelve.

Hollywood calling in five...four...three...

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Fair and balanced

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Charlie Rangel: Oh, the outrage.

Janice Rogers Brown:

Janice Rogers Brown:

Janice Rogers Brown:

Hmm.

I'm surprised that she's surprised

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Apparently, a significant portion of the right thinks that Hillary has the '08 nomination sewn up. Interesting.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Must read

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Neiwert:
It is not an exaggeration, either, to claim that racists and other extremists indeed are the core of the Minutemen's support. While the project no doubt has attracted some people of good will with genuine concerns about immigration -- and not just about filthy Latinos bringing crime to their fair havens -- the activist, working ranks of footsoldiers are riddled throughout with Aryan Nations members, supporters of the Klan, and vicious anti-Semites.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Michelle Malkin supports our troops

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Especially our Vietnam Veterans. Except, of course, John Kerry, who apparently can't do anything right, including lose an election.
Gack. Drudge has put up Kerry's college photo apparently included in the release. Right Wing Howler does a compare and contrast...
Once again I have to ask, is Michelle Malkin really the person to be making fun of other peoples' pictures?
John Podhoretz says, "Let it go." Isn't that what the Swift Vets have been told for three decades? Thank God they didn't "let it go." Otherwise, Kerry might be in the White House today.
God forbid I agree with John Podhoretz, but aren't witch hunts supposed to end once the witch is burned?

But since we're asking, has W signed his form 180 yet?

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Most tortured sentence ever

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Here:
The case will bring front and center Mexico's role as a safe haven for illegal alien fugitive criminals.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Amnesty International

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A better group of recommendations I never did hear.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Arab equals terrorist

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Well, they finally came out and said it. We all knew they were thinking it, but I don't remember it ever being this blatant before.

Malkin titles a story about an outreach article about Metrosexuals "aimed at youth in the Arab world" as follows:
STATE DEPARTMENT'S BRIGHT IDEA: SPA DAYS FOR TERRORISTS!
Arab equals terrorist in the Malkins' mind. All future claims to the contrary are null and void.