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A spot of bother

Oh my goodness gracious, this is rather shocking, isn’t it?

I asked you earlier (directly, by way of Twitter) if the GOP would be willing to issue a rejoinder to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who claims Republicans are waging a War Against Women. I suggested the response be a call to Democrats to cease waging a War Against the Constitution and the Individual — specifically with respect to the First Amendment.

I’ve heard nothing in response.

So let me ask again. Because it seems the Democrats have become so sufficiently emboldened by their successes thus far at mandating “fundamental transformation” to rule of law — with but a few toothless protests from Republicans, who seem content to whine about only controlling 1/2 of 1/3 of the government — that they’ve decided to broaden the scope of their attacks on the First Amendment.

Liberty not protected is liberty willingly surrendered. And I’m not willing to surrender it.

Do your job.

Now now, young fellow, was it really necessary to make these unseemly complaints public? I’m really not sure I like the attitude represented by that last sarcastic remark, either. Who is he to suggest that an obviously accomplished professional, someone who has doubtless risen solely by merit to the important post he now holds, doesn’t comprehend his job? He should speak more carefully, lest by his insolence he render all hope of compromise lost, and with it, the chance for further societal advancement.

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Can’t anybody here be polite while playing this game?

I don’t see how anyone could call this taking the high road:

Did you know there is a war on women?

Yes, it’s true. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi, and Ed Schultz have been waging it for years with their misogynist outbursts. There have been boycotts by people on the left who are outraged that these guys still have jobs. Oh, wait. Sorry, that never happened.

Boycotts are reserved for people on the right like Rush Limbaugh, who finally apologized Saturday for calling a 30-year-old Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” after she testified before congress about contraception.

At least the individuals Powers mentions in the second paragraph mean well, and have their hearts in the right place–unlike Limbaugh, who seeks only to divide rather than unite us as he should.

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Well, this is certainly unhelpful

Reliably unreasonable extremist James Taranto makes a needless complaint, quite possibly hurting some of our partners in Democracy’s feelings:

The kerfuffle was no fluke but a left-liberal set piece. It started 2½ weeks ago, when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held hearings on the ObamaCare contraception mandate and its implications for religious liberty. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York reports that Democrats originally chose Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State over Fluke to testify for the anti-religious-liberty side.

Then they sandbagged the Republicans. They asked, too late, for Fluke to be subbed in for Lynn, then told Lynn not to bother showing up. When the hearing took place, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (this columnist’s congressman, but don’t blame us) demanded: “Where are the women?” Although it was the Dems who chose Lynn over Fluke and the second panel of witnesses included two female members, liberal media dutifully propagated the “Republican sexism” charge. A week later, House Democrats held a mock hearing where Fluke testified.

Thus this dishonest distraction was already well under way by Wednesday, when Rush Limbaugh famously joked: “What does it say about…Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.”

On Saturday, Limbuagh acknowledged his mistake: “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.” No doubt it’s satisfying to the left to have brought Limbaugh to heel, something that isn’t easy to do. And it’s true that Limbaugh’s ill-chosen words magnified the Fluke distraction.

Was it really necessary to say all this? It surely won’t help nurture the spirit of bipartisanship so necessary to the functioning of Good Government. Somebody should do something about this hate speech before someone gets hurt.

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Memmmmmries….

I have been sadly remiss in not mentioning the December installment of Jeff’s monthly fundraiser til now, for which lapse I am duly mortified. This time around, it also happens to be his tenth blogiversary, a milestone this hogwallow also passed a cpl-three months back, and which esteemed fellow OG Bill Quick will be passing at Christmas. Our old friend Stephen Green, who singlehandedly raised this blog’s traffic exponentially from the twenty or so hits a day at which it had previously languished until he linked the Tough Chicks post (kind of the first link to this joint by any of the “majors” out there if you don’t count Hawkgirl linking a brief remonstrance on quitting smoking which is now lost forever and forgotten) will also be reaching the decade mark soon, bless his heart.

What got me to thinking along the lines of the old days and the old gang is, Jeff has been reposting some of his golden oldies over at his place the last week or so. And, well, the boy has done some truly amazing stuff over the years. Smart, incisive, offbeat, unconventional, sidesplittingly funny–Jeff was pushing the limits of this form before anyone even knew what those limits were–before they even existed, before anyone even knew it was a “form.” He’s become more tightly focused since his recent return, and the various blog-wars he’s gotten caught up in here and there have left their scars, I’d guess. But after ten years, he still does this thing we do at a higher level than most, a level I can only aspire to and never possibly reach.

We’re all guilty now and then of taking this stuff too seriously, of letting it get to us and drag us down. We all walk the ragged edge of becoming bitter and cynical–how could you not, given what we see happening in this country these days? Jeff has struggled with that just like the rest of us, but somehow, I’ll guarantee you he still gets up in the morning after ten years of the long slog and does the same thing I do, the same thing all of us who have endured do: grabs that cup of coffee and heads for his news and blog bookmarks or RSS reader looking for the story that is going to annoy him, shock him, inspire him, amuse him, or otherwise goad him into producing more of those good, true words and then throwing them out there to see what sticks. To share them with whoever cares to come in and spend a few valuable minutes reading; to provoke a response from those bold enough to step out of the lurkers’ shadow and comment back.

I probably take it all less seriously than most; certainly less so than the really big dogs out there, who have to practically eat, sleep, and breathe politics every day because it’s how they make their living. Even if I considered myself astute enough to go full-time at it, I probably wouldn’t; music, bikes, old cars, my little girl, all of those things matter way too much to me to ever let mere politics take me from them to the degree required. I know politics MATTERS, and that we live in crucial times wherein we each must give of our best and all, but still. Making much more than an avocation of it might not be unhealthy for everybody, but I know it would be for me.

And I think now and then of some of those originals who are no longer posting, or that I’ve lost track of at least, and wonder where they are now and what they’re doing. I’ll toss some of the old blog names out there, and you can feel free to discuss your own reminiscences in the comments if you like: Hawkgirl; Spleenville; Cut On The Bias; Blogs Of War; Iraq The Model; Sergeant Stryker. USS Clueless. And of course Daily Pundit, Vodkapundit, Jeff’s old Creatical, Glenn. I used to be pretty tight in the internet sense with John Cole of Balloon Juice back in the day, but given his current political bent, I doubt he’d want to say a whole lot to me today, and I haven’t had any interaction with him in years. That’s okay; he was always a good guy to me, and disagree though we might–hell, do–now, I have no problem with him, and can’t imagine that I ever would.

All of which digression is by way of saying that you should go on over to Jeff’s, enjoy some good reads from the long-ago, sift through the archives a bit, and throw something in the tip jar if you can. It’s far too much of a struggle making ends meet these days for me to be able to chip in myself, and I hate that. But if I could, Jeff’s is certainly one of the tipjars I’d be hitting. He’s another one I consider a friend; he’s always been good to me, encouraging, supportive, and I’m glad he’s back in the groove again after his absence. You should be too. The blogosphere was a duller, less interesting place without him.

It sure is odd to ponder this history, to know it even exists at all. That all this came from just a bunch of folks upset over 9/11 and what we knew the response was going to be from certain quarters. Strange to think that there’s been real influence exerted over the course of human events by some pretty ordinary folks just sitting around drinking coffee, maybe smoking a cigarette (or worse), and just howling into the void, unable to keep silent, and taking advantage of a new way of sharing ideas with others they never met face to face, and likely never would.

If FederalGovCo ever gets the kind of control over the Innarwebs they covet, such a thing won’t ever happen again. Maybe it won’t anyway. But it did once, and it’s nothing short of marvelous.

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New thing

John Hawkins, one of the hardest working guys in the blog biz, sends word of his new joint venture with the redoubtable Doug Ross: Trending Right. Give ’em a look; I ain’t much of a Twitter guy myself, but it’s bound to be good. And as a sort of clearinghouse of the most-linked conservative stories on Twitter each hour, it ought to be a good source for even an old stick-in-the-mud Twitteresistor like me.

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Late to the party

I have been sorely remiss in not linking or blogrolling Nemo’s site, the Daily Cannibal, till now. My apologies. Go check it out; he’s doing good stuff over there. And Good stuff, too. A representative sample:

There’s a new trend in always-trendy New York City, and this one pits fussy diners against fussier chefs.  According to the New York Times, a number of eateries, from bagel shops to bastions of haute cuisine, have grown weary of “special requests” from their increasingly demanding clientele and have determined to put a stop to it. Some are understandable: one chef refuses to serve ketchup with the frites that accompany the coq au vin. Others are more puzzling:  the bagel shop refuses to toast its bagels. But most of the resistance is to people claiming to be “allergic” to ingredients they just don’t want.

But anyone who has suffered a fellow diner offering explicit and lengthy instructions on their food preparation may sympathize with the chefs. The poor devils spend their lives figuring out how to prepare unique dishes that can propel them to fame and fortune, and their reaction to “Sole, please, broiled, not poached, no fennel or butter, and chopped fresh arugla in the salad instead of the red onion” might mirror that of a chef I knew in the 70s:  when confronted by a request like this for the first time, he simply sent out a plate with the raw ingredients and a note requesting the diner to take it all home and cook it herself.

Why is this interesting to The Daily Cannibal? Well, ponder this:

The same people who rewrite restaurant recipes will swallow whole a political agenda of far many more ingredients simply because they are “Democrats” or “Republicans” or “liberals” or “conservatives.”  Want a smaller government? Then you must be anti-abortion. Want to control medical costs? Then you must vote for our health care bill.  Want better education?  Well, we have to spend twice as much money. And so on.

Menus and politicians have this in common: they all start out with the same optimistic descriptions, but it all ends up in a toilet bowl. Chefs tell what you get going in, and politicians try to feed you what you get coming out.

Heh. Good stuff, that.

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Sneak preview

Of our friend Michael Totten’s new book, sure to be an excellent and informative read, right here. Mike is sending me an advance copy, and i’ll surely be posting about it once it’s in my hot little hands.

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A project which needs to seek no approval, for obvious reasons.

I am baking the Manliest Bread EVARR!!!!!111elebenty!!!!!!1  Because real men bake their own damned bread.  Dammit.

Wrap your noggins around this concept: Bacon. Jalapeno. Cheesy. Beer. Bread.  The sheer awesomeness of the concept forced that punctuation, I swear.

On a related note, wimminfolk say the damnedest things.  “Why are we cooking bacon?”

Um, what?!?

  1. We aren’t cooking a damned thing.  You are playing some MMOWTF, I am cooking bacon.
  2. Because I am making the Manliest Bread EVAR!, and doing so requires bacon.
  3. Since when does bacon need a reason?  Bacon is it’s own damned reason.

Taste report to follow sometime tomorrow, if any of the partygoers are manly enough to eat a slice.

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My problem with Libertarians.

One of Eric Scheie’s readers (as brought to us by Instapundit) nails it.

If the Libertarians were serious, they’d be doing what the Tea Party has done: Going to work for the Republicans at the lower levels, working at the precinct level, changing the beast from the ground up.  You don’t get to waltz in and take over an organization from the top down, you have to start at the bottom and pay your dues.  Unfortunately for the Libertarians, they think their ideas are so good and right and true that they don’t have work at it, if they just talk enough and craft their message just right, everyone will convert.

They really remind me of the Progressive wing of the Democrat Party.

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Poor sod.

Can you imagine one of our academics with this much courage?  I sure can’t.  They would have only the courage to desecrate the Bible, whose followers they know would not harm them.

It’s a pity he’s losing his job, though.

Hat tip Insty.

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Easy, Thunder.

I notice a trend around these parts to follow in the footsteps of those who predict the imminent implosion of dinosaur or zombie media.  True, newspaper after newspaper is folding, fewer and fewer people are getting their news from television and radio news sources and so forth.

But.

Radio was going to kill the newspaper.  It didn’t.

Television was going to kill radio and the newspaper.  It didn’t.

The internet has been just about to kill radio, television and the newspaper for a few years now.  And (you guessed it!) it hasn’t.

Old technologies hardly ever go away completely.  There are still buggy whip manufacturers, for instance, although now most of their clientele is in San Fransisco, featured in a Zombie Time special, usually.  Despite the advent of digital video, you can still buy movie film, yes movie film, if you know where to look.  Despite the advent of digital still images that are finally almost as good as 35mm negative film (Don’t get me started on the superiority of slide film.  Just don’t.), Fuji, Kodak and Ilford are still being sold in reasonable quantities from Adorama and B&H.  Sure, you can no longer get them in the 20 pack as you once could, but the 5 pack is nearly as convenient.

There are even damned fools wasting their time learning how to knap flint spearheads and hunt boars the really old fashioned way.

I bet most of them vote Republican.

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Harvard delenda est!

I often say (jokingly, of course) that Pol Pot had the right idea in his approach to academics.  I also like to point to Little Matty Yglesias as a prime reason to burn Harvard to the ground and salt the furrows.  Again, a jest.

I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to find the whole situation funny, what with this kind of bullshit going on.  If any Left-leaning institution is in trouble enough to make it to the NYT, you know that there’s a whole lot more shame to be discovered.  Anyone who doubts that academics rip off the rest of by sleazing up to the government teat, which we pay for with our tax dollars, only need read this article with a critical and jaundiced eye to finally get it.

Hat tip Insty.

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Man up!

The one thing I absolutely despise about today’s American Left is their absolute shameless cowardice.  These people are deathly afraid of admitting that they are communists, now that 90 years of history has shown communism and it’s retarded little brother socialism to be utter failures as methods of government.  Ask any member of the House of Representatives if they are a socialist and in almost every case you’d get a firm “Hell No!”

But 70 of them are, according to the Socialist Party of America.

70 out of the 255 Democrats are actually Socialist.  Explains a lot, doesn’t it?

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Immigration and Housing.

Not much to connect the two, is there?  Well, there wouldn’t be in a sane world.  But we live in Bizarro World, where someone who has yet to do anything of significance can become pResident with 52% of the popular vote.  Two years in, we’re still waiting for that numbskull to do anything significant that is also good.  I imagine we’ll be waiting for quite some time.

The latest immigration idiocy had me a bit flummoxed, I’ll admit.  There is no reason for a pResident to take such a wildly unpopular stance on the subject, to the point of bringing lawsuit against a state for enforcing Federal Law.  These actions have pretty much guaranteed that his party will lose both the House and the Senate, and there’s a good chance that any Governor that supports him will lose their next re-election bid as well.

So why?

That Dimocrats are economically illiterate is, by this point, simply beyond argument.  It is as self-evident as the Rights enumerated by our Founding Fathers when they wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Bear that in mind, when you’re trying to figure out why these power-mad morons are doing whatever it is they’re doing.

Deep down inside, Obumblefuck knows it too.  But he’s in a bind.  He can’t ask the Republicans for advice (not that the current crop in Washington would be much help), and he certainly can’t be seen to do nothing, as that is anathema to the average Dim.  So he’s trying to pump up the economy the same way Slick Willie and Greenspan did, by inflating the housing market.  The problem is, there isn’t enough demand for houses, and there won’t be, as there just aren’t enough Americans that need them.

So he’s up to his usual tricks of circumventing the law (legal immigration, in this case) to achieve his goals.  Damn the soaring crime rate, we need people who can purchase houses!   Damn the integrity of our country, we need home buyers!  Damn the meaning of citizenship, just give us another housing bubble!

Or so he thinks.  Eight Governors have already joined with Arizona’s Jan Brewer, and I don’t think that train is quite full yet.  If the FedGov doesn’t get on board with the States posthaste, we may see a whole lot less FedGov a whole lot sooner than we ever could have hoped and dreamed.

Edited: The second to last paragraph was unclear and obnoxious.  Some will still find it obnoxious, but at least they’ll be clear on the reasons why.

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I know this may come as some surprise to our Leftarded friends.

But it must be said.

Our refusal to agree with you does not in any way, I assure you, stem from failure on our part to understand what you are conceited enough to call your ideas.  We understand these brain-leavings of yours just fine.  I daresay any child able to write the alphabet, nay, any child with a rudimentary grasp of the everyday language of their society, understands your immature blathering.  Pretending we don’t just demeans you and (mildly) annoys us.

Nor is it ignorance.  We are a well read lot, actually being in class while you fine folks were still struggling to roll your hungover asses out of bed.

You may now skip directly to calling us evil, since that’s all the Fundamentalist Mindset has left.

Thatisall.

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