Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Off-topic, but...

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Awesome.

He said with just the slightest involuntary cringe.

Anyone surprised?

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Think Progress:
Michelle Malkin said at the time of the Baghdad lootings shortly after the invasion, "Peter Jennings and the New York Times couldn’t get enough of the looting stories out of Iraq"...

Now Malkin can’t get enough of the looting stories out of Hurricane Katrina:
Things are spiraling completely out of control–and contrary to some naive observers, the crimes are not just being committed by people desperate for basic food and sustenance.


Credit where credit is grudgingly due dept: Michelle is, however, expending a lot of effort in getting her readers to donate and otherwise assist the victims. It's a human tragedy that demands we rise above partisan pettiness...which is why it's all the more disappointing when she applies that principle sparingly.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Shorter Michelle Malkin

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Indians are funny.

P.S. How can you have a caption contest without comments?

Friday, August 26, 2005

If it's unhinged, it must be liberals

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Malkin calls this an anti-war hoax.

Talk about spin on Michelle's part.
"You should find Saddam and run him over with your tank ... I love you and don't die. Love, Kodee."
And this from the Chicago Tribune:
In southern Illinois, the tale began in 2003, when student reporter Michael Brenner said he was handed a letter from a little girl saying she that saw an anti-war protest on the Southern Illinois University campus and that it bothered her because her dad was a soldier.
This is a terrible hoax, and probably nonpartisan (the "little girl" also expresses some childlike anger at President Bush), but if it is partisan, it sure sounds a lot like the rah-rah, heartstring-tugging astroturf put out by the Right in the early days of the war.

Update: Anti-war, pro-war, whatever, maybe there should have been some clues for the student writers that might have tipped somebody off. From the Daily Egyptian web site, various Kodee Kennings bon mots (meaux?):
They [the Blackhawks] skate and carry big sticks maybe like that presadent in history.

Theres this thing that I hang coats on that looks like a dragin wen the lights are turned out.

We played batleship and Carson and me won. I think his dad forgot to think like a soldier for a minit. It's okay becuse he's had it rough.

Jack had a birthday and hes got one foot in a grave.

Ges what dad I lost a tooth. The tooth farys rates haven't gone up so I'm holding out. I figyer she'll evenchly have to give up and give the extra quarter.

You kno what last week was a fun week. So much stuff hapened. If you have to pee you shold do that before you read any more becuse its alot.
Oh yeah. An eight-year-old writes better comedy than Brad Stine. I can see why this hoax was tough to sniff out.

Meanwhile, having looked through the archives, the only thing remotely anti-war about the Kenningsology columns was the letter to President Bush, unless of course being reminded that some children have to say goodbye to their parents is somehow anti-war propaganda. That doesn't excuse the ridiculous negligence of the Daily Egyptian staff, of course, but considering that the same day a Kenningsology column ran another one ran called "How the Liberals Stole Christmas" I'm not sure that the DE is a bastion of the liberal media.

Offtopic Friday

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Move over, missing girls in Aruba: Apparently this is national news.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Cuts both ways

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Michelle has been following the dismissal of Michael Graham, apparently some sort of radio host.
Michael Graham, recently fired by ABC-owned WMAL for calling Islam a "terrorist organization," has been hired by Rightalk, one my advertisers. His show will air 12-1 pm eastern time starting on Monday.

Meanwhile, Brent Bozell helpfully reminds us that ABC News apparently had no objection to George Stephanopoulos' description of Jesse Helms as a "terrorist" on This Week in 1997...
But Michelle. Don't you know that 9/11 changed everything?

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

At the risk of being cynical...

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I wonder if Malkin would be as outraged if this tragedy had befallen two members of Iraq Veterans Against the War?

Laugh it off, ladies

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The woman with the most poorly developed sense of humor in the blogosphere chides Democrats for...not having a sense of humor. [Emphasis hers]
Sen. Dianne Feinstein has elected herself chief of the Democrat's anti-humor police.
Feinstein, the only woman on the Judiciary Committee, pointed to one memo in which Roberts, while disparaging state efforts to combat discrimination against women, wondered whether "encouraging homemakers to become lawyers contributes to the common good."

"He ... had a sense of humor that is subject to interpretation, on women's rights for example," Feinstein told reporters after a speech at a downtown hotel.

"Whether that was a joke, or whether it represents his real view, I don't know. We'll try and find out," she said.
Next task for the Senate Democratic leadership: Investigating the hidden link between jocular Judge Roberts, the dangerous funnymen behind the Federalist Society, and the insidious humor writer who penned the most famous anti-feminist joke in American history:

Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: That's not funny!
The point, Michelle, is not whether Roberts made a few jokes. The point is whether Roberts thinks womens' rights are a joke. It looks like there's a good chance that he does. Dahlia Lithwick:
Roberts honestly seemed to think that humor or disdain were the only appropriate ways to think about gender. It's not that feminists can't take a joke. It's that Roberts can't seem to take feminists seriously.

The record seems to make it quite clear that Roberts—with his "perceived/purported/alleged" discrimination trope—simply didn't believe that gender problems were worthy of his serious consideration or scrutiny.

The emerging picture of Roberts is of a man deeply skeptical about federal efforts to equalize opportunity for women or minorities, be it through busing, housing, voting rights, or affirmative-action programs. He was even more skeptical of judicial efforts to engage in the same project. And that's a legitimate, if debatable, political theory. But if, as the memos suggest, Roberts' ideological views are the result of being too smart-alecky or dismissive to accept that these disparities were of serious national concern in the first place, he doesn't just have a gender problem. He has a reality problem.

This is just amazing

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Via Malkin, Lawrence Simon Says:
I have a very simple solution to the entire Cindy Sheehan affair.

Let her meet with the President.

That's right. I've finally changed my tune.

Let her meet with the President who thwarted the United Nations Security Council and made the case for war.

Let her meet with the President who hindered the progress of United Nations weapons inspectors.

Let her meet with the President who lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction that they'd use on Americans...

[snip additional descriptions of George W. Bush]

Let her meet with the President who should be brought up on war crimes charges for his dastardly misdeeds.

Let her meet with the President who spent billions of dollars on weapons while social welfare programs went unfunded and the poor continue to suffer for it to this day.

Let her meet with the President who has a track record of invading Arab Muslim countries for oil.

Let her meet with the President who knew full well about the bloodthirsty torture and murderous horrors at Abu Ghraib.

That's right. Let her meet with Saddam Hussein.
From the comments and trackbacks, it appears that the right thinks Simon has scored a major, deal-breaking point here. From the left it seems that Bush and Saddam have more in common than we ever imagined.

Simon makes a great case against Bush. It's a measure of the fundamental difference in thinking between the right and left that he doesn't see it. As a commenter on the site points out,
1. Assume that anti-war arguments hinge on the idea that Saddam Hussein should have remained in power and was a nice guy 2. With that strawman firmly in place, imply that Cindy Sheehan should actually meet with Saddam Hussein so that she'd realize about the war being a good idea. Do this by weirdly "tricking" people into mistaking Bush for Saddam Hussein by exploiting the fact that they are both seen as human rights violators. 3. Magically convert cognitive dissonance into a sassy non-argument.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

...And Proud of It

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For the past month, as I contemplated writing this introduction, I have been racking my brain trying to remember in what context I first heard about Michelle Malkin. I know it was from David Neiwert, and it was something outlandish, but I'm not sure it was related to In Defense of Internment. In fact, I was surprised to realize that IDOI was published just one year ago this month.

It was probably something ridiculous about immigration, which is the topic that really pissed me off enough to start this blog. Whence, also, my pen name: Auguste, from Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, symbol of immigration. And from France. And, unsurprisingly, something of a liberal.
Bartholdi manipulated the Statue of Liberty to ensure coherence with [an anti-French-conservative] agenda. He positioned her within New York Harbor to face outward toward Europe (and particularly, France), looking across the Atlantic in hope that Europe's countries might soon realize her strength. Not laden with the swords and shields of war and imperialism, but instead standing resolute with a torch to "enlighten the world" to democracy, the Statue of Liberty was built to be an icon of France's republican ideals.
Michelle's been on quite a roll since August 2004. Just this month she became the #1 blog on the internet. (I just had a wonderfully terrible thought: When's Time's next Blog of the Year issue?) Something like 75,000 people visit michellemalkin.com every day. All this despite such worthies as Eric Muller, Greg Robinson, and the incomparable David Neiwert eviscerating her stances on internment and immigration at every turn.

Compared to those luminaries, this blog's contribution has been limited. I'm very proud of LA's and my work on "Ghost Blogging", and a lot of other things, but overall it's been a sideline to me. (A sideline from my true love: Scrapbooking. Feeding my family.)

Now this simple little blog is going to go for something a little more ambitious. It will help that much of it won't be written by me. As you all know, Michelle and Jesse are going to publish their newest book two months from today. For the next two months, and probably more, this blog will, in addition to the usual pithy potshots, be running a series called "...And Proud of It", which will aim to be a "preresponse" to Unhinged.

The concept? Liberals throughout history. We're going to show the part that "Unhinged" individuals and groups have played in the shaping of the world, from the ACLU to Frank Zappa. Not all of those who are profiled will be pure liberals as we use the word today, but rest assured that every one of them will have qualities or opinions which, if they lived today, would be sure to get the honor of their own Cindy Sheehan-style blogswarm. And yes, as promised, that includes Jesus. Especially Jesus.

But that's getting ahead of ourselves. Liberal Avenger has the first post, and in this well-planned series, I'm not actually positive who he's going to write on.

Maybe I shouldn't have provided that peek behind the curtain. Ah well, the proof will be in the pudding. I, and all of the writers who will contribute, hope you enjoy.

No

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Guest blogger Brian Maloney asks:
Could Pat Robertson be right about Chavez?

Monday, August 22, 2005

Dada Does Dallas

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Just kidding. It's actually doing our job for us.

The Vacation Continues: Inundation

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Another day goes by, and we have two more guestbloggers over at the Intranational House of Conservative Handshakes.

Bryan Preston of Junkyard Blog, which I don't recall ever reading sans Daou Report link, and Brian Maloney, Michelle's partner in all that is "Air Scamerica", are the new arrivals.

Preston's initial post is a rambling defense of the Bush doctrine under the guise of a conservative-on-conservative fisking. In a nutshell, 9/11 gave the U.S. carte blanche to kill as many civilians as we want regardless of public and (heavens forbid) world opinion. Here's my favorite passage:

The GWOT still seems to be going well in spite of Osama bin Laden's continued sprints from one Iranian safehouse to the next.

Looks like Preston has some info the Pentagon might like to see. And since he's a U.S. citizen, he doesn't have to worry about extraordinary rendition!

Brian Maloney expounds on the recent developments on a different front of the GWOT/GSAVE. That's right; the battle between Islamic extremism and talk radio.

Lorie Byrd wastes bandwidth with a strange display of prostrate insecurity. Note to Lorie: Michelle/Jesse wouldn't have asked to guestblog if s/he thought you'd embarrass them. You're off to a bad start.

A couple final things: Does anyone else think that the Malkins are using the Liberal Avenger guestblogging model? And, hurry back Jesse and Michelle! We miss you!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Dadahead: Malkin was against internment before she was for it

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Dadahead: Malkin was against internment before she was for it

Ha!

Michelle and Jesse Go on Vacation

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Our favorite members of the pajamahidin are going on a "mini-vacation". Allow me to welcome, on behalf of Auguste and The Liberal Avenger, the guestbloggers who will be filling in.

From my own recollection, Lorie Byrd of Polipundit is a wannabe right wing bomb thrower. She'll be offset by the incredibly thin skinned Betsy Newmark. This should be fun.

Update: I forgot to mention how hurt I am over not being asked to contribute. Michelle? Jesse? Where's the love? You never return my emails....

Michelle and Jesses' Latest Jihad Watch

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Michelle Malkin: JIHAD WATCH

The Malkins are up in arms over the story of an African-American prison gang in California that has allegedly spawned some plans of jihad against Jewish/military targets in America by its members.

There is no question that planning attacks against Jewish/military targets is an evil that merits an outcry and everyone concerned is fortunate that the alleged plot was uncovered and diffused.

Michelle and Jesse disingenuously place the blame for this incident on Islam... (The post in question opens with a plug for the new Regnery hate-title, "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam...").

The problem, Michelle and Jesse, is not Islam but rather race relations and poverty in our country - you know this.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Jesus' General: Reaching out to Michelle

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Jesus' General

Operation Yellow Elephant reaches out to Michelle.

Martyr Complex

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Boo hoo:
It has been 10 days since I first posted on Cindy Sheehan, and after sticking my neck out and taking massive amounts of ongoing abuse and ridicule for giving her the scrutiny she deserves, I am more than happy to let others pick up the slack.
As I have noted repeatedly, I am appalled by those on the "left" who engage in actual attacks on Michelle Malkin's gender or ethnicity. But that doesn't mean that all attacks on Malkin - even those which take on an ad hominem nature - are automatically racist or sexist. Malkin is guilty, guilty, guilty of that conflation.

Malkin(s) hates political correctness, or so (they) claim...but will go to any lengths to convince us that the existence of some examples of racism and sexism on the left means that all criticisms of a minority female are null and void.

The Malkins' attacks on Cindy Sheehan have been vicious, unrelenting, early and often. For a good counterpoint - with plenty of juicy ad hominem, none of it racist - you should read Mykeru thoroughly.

Update Your Dictionaries!

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The Poor Man Cafe � Update your dictionaries!

This post on The Poor Man Cafe (indeed, via Atrios), defines both "racism" and "sexism" as:
Disagreeing with or disliking Michelle Malkin
Good stuff. Check it out.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Busy, Busy, Busy

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Michelle & Jesse Malkin

It's hard to tell these days who Michelle and Jesse hate the most:My guess?

Whichever one starts with the letter M.

[LA]

Monday, August 15, 2005

Wingnuts Just Don't *Get* It

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Michelle Malkin: NEWSWEEK GIVES BUSH A CHANCE

Michelle and Jesse are aflutter over a Newsweek article that describes a compassionate Bush meeting with the grieving families of dead American soldiers, which is interesting because based on what Michelle and Jesse said about Newsweek the last time around, you'd think that they would have cancelled their subscription.

So powerful is the message about Bush's compassion, argue the Malkins, that "The Cindy Sheehan Bandwagon just lost its wheels."*

Oh, really.

What wingnuts like Michelle and Jesse don't "get" is that Cindy Sheehan is simply what she is - a mother, opposed to the war, who is able to command media exposure for her anti-war message.

It's not about whether or not Bush is sufficiently sombre (sober?) when he meets with the families of the fallen. It's not about whether or not he even meets with them... The war is the issue along with the lies and deceit that are spun to support it.

The question has been asked before, Jessechelle: What is the noble cause for which Cindy Sheehan's son died? Answers like "he died for his country" or "freedom isn't free" aren't good enough.

The Cindy Sheehan Bandwagon will "lose its wheels" if and only if the war suddenly becomes self-justifying. I think we all know how likely that is.

So do Jesse and Michelle.


*The "Bush Loves Moms of Dead Kids" meme apparently packs more wheel-knocking power than yesterday's smear by the Malkins, "Patrick Sheehan Has Filed for a Divorce."


[cross-posted to LiberalAvenger.com]

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Formatting Errors

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Some formatting errors seem to have rendered the Malkins' site unreadable. Developing...

(There's always Michelle Maklin if you need your fix.)

Update (6:47): Turns out the columns are a bit wider than usual, and the usual lack of quality wordsmithing was accentuated. Please move along.

Thank You, Michelle

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Michelle Malkin: AIR MARSHALS WIN ONE

Thank you, Michelle (and Jesse) for making the skies safer. After 15 posts about the Air Marshalls' dress code outrage it's about time that somebody in the Washington dumbocracy did something right! Hooray for the pajamahadin!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Nice AP Article on Cindy Sheehan's Story

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Fort Mill Times — Normal life over for protesting mother

(Compare with today's venom from Michelle and Jesse on the same topic.)

[LA]

The PC Police, Part I

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Intro

I've been a big fan of MichelleMalkin.com for a few months, and it's become obvious that Jesse and Michelle consider themselves to be leading dispensers of right wing outrage. Usually the hot outrageous topic is something some lefty said that leaves a bit of tarnish on the gilding of the Conservative Narrative. So let's consider them the Elite Republican Guard of IOKIYAAR brand of Political Correctness.

Cindy Sheehan and Fun with False Dichotomies

Jesse and Michelle are on a roll with their Sheehan coverage. It appears that the mother of a fallen soldier is the latest individual to upset their PC sensibilities. Unlike the academics, journalists, and seasoned politicians that the Malkins usually attack, Sheehan isn't looking for votes or public approval.

Q: What does a hack polemicist do when their target is likely to say, "So what?" in response to airing of politically incorrect statements?

A: Lie about that person lying, of course!

(The) Malkin(s):

Sheehan's shifting account of her meeting with Bush was reported by Matt Drudge five days ago.

For those of you who haven't followed the story closely, here's the complete report in Sheehan's hometown newspaper from June 24, 2004:
...

"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith."

...

"That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together," Cindy said.

Now, here's what Sheehan told CNN last weekend (Sunday, August 7, 2005) about her meeting with Bush last year, according to a transcript on Nexis:
...

Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject. And he acted like it was a party.

Liberals continue to claim hysterically that it is a right-wing "lie" that Sheehan changed her story about her meeting with Bush. Guess the Post is now a member of the VRWC.

It's hard to tell if the Malkins are being facetious with this false dichotomy: either Sheehan is lying or the Washington Post is part of some anti-Lib conspiracy. Let's assume they're joking, and that they are just being their plain old righteously indidnant selves. The funny thing is that the link on the word "Liberals" above goes to a Media Matters article that proves the Malkins to be liars on this - perpetually.

Ignoring that, their desire to assassinate the character of Sheehan is so strong that they cannot reconcile the statements Sheehan made in June 2004 with her current public statements. Consider this possibility: Cindy, around this time last year, had enough respect for the office of the President to keep her personal feelings personal; then, as Sheehan herself has claimed, the Downing Street Minutes set her off.

For the Malkins, deluded by fantasies of nearly four thousand parents smiling over the flag draped coffins of their children, it is too much to believe that this grieving mother is doing what she knows her son would want her to do. If that's so politically incorrect that the Malkins have to link to a gossip post postulating on the problems of Sheehan's marriage, then I have a feeling "The PC Police" series is going to be a long one.

‡ "It's OK If You Are A Republican"

Friday, August 12, 2005

Brilliant Mykeru Deconstructs Malkin and O'Reilly on Sheehan

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Mykeru.com August 7 to 13, 2005 - Making Shit Up from Beyond the Grave

Check it.

[LiberalAvenger.com]

Michelle and Jesse's Bad Hair Week

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The Peking Duck: Michelle Malkin's bad hair week

This hasn't been a great week for Michelle and Jesse Malkin.

The Peking Duck - an old favorite of mine that for whatever reason dropped off my radar - has a comprehensive roundup of this week's MalkinMania.

[Guest-posted by LiberalAvenger]

Hallefrickinglujah

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I'm going on vacation. My first paid vacation in seven years of post-college work (previously a contractor with all the fringe benefits that entails:






)

The Liberal Avenger and Ryan will be putting me to shame keeping the place going in my absence. I dunno yet what my connectivity will be like, so maybe I'll check in once or twice, but otherwise I'll see you all on Wednesday.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Just unnecessary

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I'm disgusted with Michelle's stance on Cindy Sheehan, but I gotta laugh at this:
Dear Ms. Malkin,

I am the Managing Shareholder of the law firm of Ogletree Deakins with offices located across the country. I was very disturbed to learn today that a legal secretary in our Los Angeles office sent you the vile e-mail referenced on your home page. Such remarks are clearly inappropriate in any context and an e-mail such as this certainly should not have been sent during working time using our firm's equipment. The comments of this employee are not reflective of the views or opinions of the firm and are directly in violation of our e-mail policy. As Managing Shareholder, I wanted to extend to you our apologies and let you know that this serious violation of our firm's work rules has resulted in the discharge of this employee.

Once again, let me offer you our deepest apologies for any discomfort that the referenced e-mail has caused. It will not happen again.

Sincerely,

Gray Geddie
Considering what the tool wrote (I won't repeat it here), it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. We have to be better than that.

Coincidences

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Until I read this fine Salon article by Eric Boehlert, it had escaped my notice that Cindy Sheehan was from Vacaville, CA. Until now, due to some weird coincidence, it has been the case that three of the strongest women I have ever come across have hailed from Vacaville, a town 580 miles away with a population of 90,000. One of them was my grandmother-in-law.

Now it's four. They must be putting something in the water down there. And let's not forget Cindy's daughter, Carly, who wrote this poem, reprinted entirely without permission:
Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?
The torrential rains of a mother's weeping will never be done
They call him a hero, you should be glad that he's one, but
Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?

Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?
He must be brave because his boy died for another man's lies
The only grief he allows himself are long, deep sighs
Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?

Have you ever heard the sound of taps played at your brother's grave?
They say that he died so that the flag will continue to wave
But I believe he died because they had oil to save
Have you ever heard the sound of taps played at your brother's grave?

Have you ever heard the sound of a nation being rocked to sleep?
The leaders want to keep you numb so the pain won't be so deep
But if we the people let them continue another mother will weep.
My thoughts will be with Cindy Sheehan tomorrow as she officially becomes a 'threat to national security.' God forbid, but may I have the strength to be such a 'threat' should I be faced with the same situation.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Go ahead. Support the troops some more.

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In an update to the "Cindy Sheehan is crazy" post, Michelle digs herself in deeper.
The left-wing blog, Raw Story, claims that Drudge has taken the 2004 story on Sheehan's meeting with President Bush out of context. But the article excerpts Raw Story highlights, which quote Sheehan's husband, Pat, seem to bolster the case against Mrs. Sheehan even more:
"We haven't been happy with the way the war has been handled," Cindy said. "The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached."

"...But in the end, the family decided against such talk, deferring to how they believed Casey would have wanted them to act.

"...We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us," Pat said.


Via a commenter on Atrios, Drudge's original source is pissed:
"That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together," she said in the story.

Drudge included that quote in his Monday morning report, but didn't explain that it referred to sharing time with her family, not the president...

The Reporter republished Henson's 2004 story on www.thereporter.com Monday. It drew hundreds of visits within the first hour.

"It's important that readers see the full context of the story, instead of just selected portions," said Editor Diane Barney. "We stand by the story as an accurate reflection of the Sheehans' take on the meeting at the time it was published"...

Sincerity was something Cindy had hoped to find in the meeting (with Bush). Shortly after Casey died, Bush sent the family a form letter expressing his condolences, and Cindy said she felt it was an impersonal gesture.

"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith..."

While meeting with Bush, as well as Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was an honor (note: reporter Hansen's words, not attributed to the Sheehans), it was almost a tangent benefit of the trip. The Sheehans said they enjoyed meeting the other families of fallen soldiers, sharing stories, contact information, grief and support.

For some, grief was still visceral and raw, while for others it had melted into the background of their lives, the pain as common as breathing. Cindy said she saw her reflection in the troubled eyes of each.

"It's hard to lose a son," she said. "But we (all) lost a son in the Iraqi war."

The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.

For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

"That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together," Cindy said...

...(the) article, published June 24, 2004, was called into question on Monday following a story in the Drudge Report.

Under the headline, "Protesting soldier mom changed story on Bush," only portions of our story were printed. Left out were the Sheehans' reservations about the war.

The online report claimed Cindy Sheehan "dramatically changed her account about what happened when she met the commander in chief last summer!"

We don't think there has been a dramatic turnaround. Clearly, Cindy Sheehan's outrage was festering even then...
I don't really get where the payoff is for the Malkins on this one. How would you ever come off well denigrating a gold star mother?

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Dare I Dream?

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If anyone's inspired to start a new Watch blog, I have the feeling there's a new opportunity about to arise.
...tomorrow we are planning to unveil a new, spinoff site that we think will be of great interest and value to its intended audience--i.e., the news junkies who read sites like ours.

Stay tuned. Barring any unforeseen glitches, the new site will go live tomorrow. It will supplement, but in no way change or impinge on, Power Line.

Fecteau? Sounds French

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This sounds fishy to me. If you will allow me to indulge in some Michelle-like speculation, I wonder whether it wasn't an effort to vilify liberals by blaming them for anti-Bush vandalism.

Yes, there's wackjobs on both sides, eh, Michelle?

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I don't like PETA very much, and deplore these tactics, but moreover, Malkin's continuing "liberal math" series reminds me of a nice little bit of Malkin math: Arabs = terrorists.

You can tell by all the bomb craters

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Malkin thinks that the people of Bly, Oregon are in denial.
Even in a town as small and out of the way as Bly, local folks find it hard to believe that Islamic militants might think they could train with assault rifles on a sheep ranch without anyone noticing.

"Ridiculous," Marilyn Thomas, who runs the Pit Stop convenience store in Bly, a tiny ranching community in the high desert of south-central Oregon, said Monday in a telephone interview.

"I'm from Chicago, where I didn't even know my neighbors. Here they know what you're going to do before you do it. And if you don't do it, they get mad"...

Though a few miles outside town, the ranch is near a highway and surrounded by scattered rural homes, making it unlikely that sustained assault rifle fire could go on without someone taking notice, Bly residents said. They took notice in 1999 when people in Middle Eastern dress living at the ranch came to town.

An unidentified witness cooperating with prosecutors described Oregon in a fax as a state that supported militia activity and firearms, and "looks just like Afghanistan," according to the complaint.
Hee hee hee. Look, I was in a town very much like Bly this weekend, and the townspeople took notice when a city boy came to town, never mind someone in Middle Eastern dress. I don't think a terrorist training camp would have lasted very long.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Me, me, me

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Far-right affirmative action hire who is so bigoted she'd arrest herself for trying to cross a border. Famously published a book praising internment of Japanese-Americans that was (a) incoherent and (b) probably not written by her. If she didn't have tits, she'd be stuck writing at Townhall.com.
Hoo-doggie. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Mithras didn't quite expect the backlash he got from this post (not to say he's upset by it.) Interestingly, it wasn't until just this minute that I even realized that his original post was from a week ago today. Funny how, in a supposedly instantaneous medium such as the Internet, things can take as long as they sometimes do to get rolling.

Case in point: The Liberal Avenger and I wrote our little "ghost blogging" series just over four months ago, and, as an indirect result of Mithras' "probably not written by her", it's just now starting to get the notice of indignant righties. Like some others, I'm not altogether happy with some of his verbiage. Regular readers (thanks guys!) know that I have gone on record as being against the all-too-common ad hominem attacks, not just because they're wrong but because they give the righties permission to be outraged rather than to respond. (I even got in trouble with Atriots/Eschatonians over it, which nobody enjoys.)

"Ghost Blogging" was not an ad hominem attack. It was a confidentially sourced series written by nonjournalists (me, and the Liberal Avenger) reporting facts. It was not embarked upon because she is a woman, or a minority, or a minority woman, as some commenters at Volokh, Alas, a Blog, and probably others, would have it. It is true that I remarked upon the ramifications of a minority woman serving as at least a partial front for xenophobic opinions held by her white husband. But I also said "Don't misunderstand; Michelle is clearly very capable - she wouldn't be able to handle the media as well as she does if she weren't - and certainly is responsible for much of what is written in her name."

Here's a reprint of a comment I wrote defending myself at Volokh:
Well, I didn't come here to get into a rehash of a 4-month-old short post series, but perhaps I misspoke if I led you to believe I was talking about 'secret information.' What I really meant was sources who prefer not to be identified who informed me about, for example, her post of Sept. 8th which was posted while she was on a plane to Berkeley for a speech; pointed out that she posted within minutes of another talk; that "Michelle's" most in-depth posts are often about health care, Jesse's particular area of professional experience; that Jesse has at least once defended something "Michelle" wrote by writing a defensive e-mail to a critic - without her knowledge; that, yes, the royal we has been problematic; that her output is amazing for someone who has repeatedly claimed that she has no help whatsoever; what the topic of her next book would be four months before it was announced; that "Jesse Malkin is the driving force behind Michelle. He is a control freak. Michelle is no innocent victim either. She chose to be with the guy, and apparently they have been successful as this wingnut juggernaut. She needs him as much as he needs her"...all of which were mentioned in my posts - and the Liberal Avenger's - of the time.

This surely sounds defensive, and it probably is. But whatever. Unlike (the) Malkin(s), I don't generally consider myself part of some "new media." I also am not trained, nor do I plan to be, in the proper crediting and/or protocol regarding confidential sources.

That's okay, though, because I'm pretty sure I could open my entire e-mail account for examination and it still wouldn't end this discussion. Hope you all come and visit my blog again.


Update: Apparently my comments on Volokh (except for one which is completely nonsensical outside of context) qualified as "rants, invective, [or] substantial and repeated exaggeration." At least I assume that's why they've all been deleted.

Wow

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John Lennon: "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

Auguste's corollary: "The internet is what happens while you're trying to have a life."

I will try to make sense of the whole Mithras-Malkin-Volokh nexus tonight, if I can possibly follow it all.

Support the mothers

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Michelle needs to quit trusting Matt Drudge.

Raw Story:
The Vacaville, California Reporter told of how Sheehan was invited to meet with Bush and given "VIP treatment" from the military. But even when the article was published, it's clear that Sheehan and her husband had serious questions about Bush -- and were not adulatory as the article by Drudge suggests...

"But as their meeting with the president approached, the family was faced with a dilemma as to what to say when faced with Casey's commander-in-chief."

"We haven't been happy with the way the war has been handled," Cindy said. "The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached."

"...But in the end, the family decided against such talk, deferring to how they believed Casey would have wanted them to act..."

Since the meeting, Cindy has soured on Bush; she feels that she didn't convey her true feelings at their first meeting, and is holding vigil outside Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch.

"I plan on staying here the entire month of August or until he comes out to talk to me," she told reporters.

Sheehan told reporters she wants to ask "why (Bush's twin daughters) Jenna and Barbara and the other children of the architects of this disastrous war are not in harm's way, if the cause is so noble."


Malkin:
The woman is clearly anguished about her son's death, as any parent would be. But in her grief, she has lost sight of the fact that her 24-year-old son, Casey, proudly and willingly served. Sheehan's father told the press in April 2004 that his son had re-enlisted the previous August, planned to make a career in the military, and "loved the Army because it gave him a chance to serve his country." I can't imagine Army Spc. Casey Sheehan would stand for his mother's crazy accusations that he was murdered by his commander-in-chief, rather than the Iraqi terrorists who ambushed his convoy. I can't imagine Army Spc. Casey Sheehan would stand for a bunch of strangers glomming onto his mother's crusade and using him to undermine the war effort as they shouted "W killed her son" in front of countless TV cameras.
I can't imagine Malkin thinks she knows Casey Sheehan better than his own mother, or has the disgusting gall to call her "crazy."

Go back to complaining about Gitmo's reading lists.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Friday Not-random Five: Off to Summer Camp Edition

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1.Viva Voce - Free Nude Celebs
2. Pedro the Lion - Start Without Me
3. Decemberists - 16 Military Wives
4. Built to Spill - The Plan
5. Death Cab for Cutie - Photobooth

This weekend will be like indie geek heaven, and I'm gonna be right there in it.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Not a very good fake, either

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In her list of famous doctored photos, Michelle seems to have forgotten one particularly egregious example. I wonder why that is?

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Sneak Peek: "...And Proud Of It"

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As far as I know, this is the first official statement from the Malkins about their upcoming book.

Meanwhile Malkin(s)Watch [and Liberal Avenger (man, LA, you go on vacation and I forget all about you)] (with a little help from some guests) will, starting soon and leading up to the release, be running a series called "...And Proud Of It", a sort of pre-rebuttal to "Unhinged" that will examine the left throughout history and today. I don't have a snazzy cover graphic like the Malkins do, so instead I'll provide an artist's rendition of one early liberal who would definitely have been called "unhinged" by the morally superior ruling party of the time.

Wait for it...









Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Oh, how the standards have fallen

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The story so far:

In a district in which the Republican has won by a 3-1 margin for the last five elections in a row, an out-of-nowhere Democrat (who the NRCC promised to "bury") loses - but by only four percent.

In the new GOP, it's gloatin' time!
Won't be long now before the Left starts peddling Ohio conspiracy theories...Erick at RedState writes that the "Kossacks Are Now 0-16."
While Michelle busies herself once again finding random commenters to turn into a broad anti-left brush, those of us that live in the real world know a moral victory - yes, they do occur in politics occasionally - when we see one. Bring on 2006!

(via Atrios, mostly.)

Hmm...so what IS the difference?

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I'm really asking.

Other than "It's different because it's us", of course.

She's discovered our secret messages

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Michelle has to reach pretty deep to find the kind of eliminationist rhetoric that's de rigeur from the right.

(Note the timely Republican National Convention-related graffito.)