Jul
06
2011
4

Of two minds on this @keder thing.

Ed Morrissey noted today that the paid-for-with-your-tax-money White House Director of Progressive Media and Online Response Jesse Lee seems to have an unhealthy obsession with countering Kevin Eder’s Twitter feed – much to the amusement of, well, everybody*.  Lee then apparently decided to up his game by responding to Ed, which may or not represent a guilty conscience; a tacit admittance that Morrissey’s point was well taken; or a particularly comprehensive AI simulation program.  It’s hard to tell with the Left on Twitter, sometimes; they get worked up so over every little thing.

Still, while it’s fun to kick them, I don’t think it’s something that you want to make a habit of.  After all, the Online Left’s job is to keep us from doing our job, which is to show up the Left’s masters not doing their jobs.  Or, as I put it back in 2010When I’m on my way to the main hall to deliver a message I see no reason why I should stop at the kennels along the way.

Which is why this isn’t a front page post on RedState. Frankly, Jesse Lee needs to up his game if he wants to get that kind of attention on a regular basis.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*No, we’re not sure why Kevin was so honored, either.  And by ‘we’ I am including Kevin, who is just as entertained and surprised as the rest of us.

Mar
29
2010
1

#rsrh QotD, Obama/Israel/Hot Air Edition.

Ed Morrissey, on the news that 327 Members of Congress have felt the urge to put daylight between themselves and the administration on the latter’s decision to try to bully Israel:

Accidental, latent, or overt, Obama’s hostility towards a key democracy in the most strategic part of the world has raised eyebrows of both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill — perhaps belatedly, but not too late to put some serious pressure for this administration to grow the hell up.

It takes a good bit to make Ed swear (however mildly), ladies and gentlemen.  Although in this case I suspect that he was tempted to use a somewhat stronger word.  I am.

Moe Lane

Sep
26
2009
2

Peter Dreier staples one hand to forehead.

Delicacy prevents me from commenting about what the other hand is apparently doing.

(Via Hot Air Headlines) I don’t know what’s funnier about this particular ‘first-they-came’ piece from HuffPo:

  • That the author apparently seriously expects people to believe that ACORN, SEIU, the Apollo Alliance, the Center for American Progress, the Sierra Club, the National Organization of Women, ‘community organizers,’ AFSCME, the National Council of La Raza, the NAACP, the ACLU, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Council of Churches, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the AARP, the Teamsters, the Catholic Worker, UNITE HERE, the Immigrant Solidarity Network, the National Education Association, the U.S. Student Association, and/or the American Association of University Professors are not part and parcel of the Democratic Party;
  • Or that the author apparently believes that Big Business, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Lou Dobbs, the Religious Right, the Wall Street Journal, Mitch McConnell, and/or Karl Rove can agree on anything, down to and including what time it is.

It’s like these people want to imagine a boot stomping on their faces – forever.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Apr
22
2009
3

‘I’m a subscriber to revival.’

[UPDATE] Welcome, Instapundit readers. The video that the quote’s from is at the bottom, and via Hot Air. And it’s why we love ‘Zo so.

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While the GE shareholders meltdown is interesting – see here for the basic story (H/T the Rhetorician), Ace of Spades for an observation on how the market is voting, and Hot Air for what was either a prescient or instigating Bill O’Reilly segment – we’re going to segue over to Little Miss Attila instead. Mostly because she has what was really the proper take on the Garofalo interview that might have spawned this mess for GE:

Janeane Garofalo is absolutely right: the tea parties are racism straight up. Because if it had been racism on the rocks, PJM would have gotten someone else to do interviews that day, instead of asking Zo to do two jobs. And if it had been racism-and-water, the organizers of the event wouldn’t have imposed upon Alfonzo by asking him to the podium. If it were racism-and-soda, they wouldn’t have recruited Zo to work for PJTV at all, but would have allowed him to continue commenting on events from his living room in the SoCal desert.

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Mar
28
2009
1

Obama calls upon campaign backers for ‘town hall’ questions.

Raise your hand if you’re surprised by this.

If you have raised your hand, real quick: why are you surprised?

…while the online question portion of the White House town hall was open to any member of the public with an Internet connection, the five fully identified questioners called on randomly by the president in the East Room were anything but a diverse lot. They included: a member of the pro-Obama Service Employees International Union, a member of the Democratic National Committee who campaigned for Obama among Hispanics during the primary; a former Democratic candidate for Virginia state delegate who endorsed Obama last fall in an op-ed in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star; and a Virginia businessman who was a donor to Obama’s campaign in 2008.

(Via Hot Air Headlines)

I mean, you are aware that this administration pre-screens all journalists’ questions asked of it, right? It’s not exactly surprising that they might do the same for what is an ostensibly more ‘unscripted’ venue. Or that they’re picking softball questions. Or that they’re being extra-careful to minimize the possibility of a chance of a hint of the suggestion of an inkling that there may be any discernible change to our War on Some Drugs policy. It’s just business as usual, in other words. Business as usual, and only disappointing if you had unreasonable expectations in the first place.

Moe Lane

PS: “Right now.”
The correct statement to make here is that he’s getting away with it right now.

Crossposted to RedState.

Mar
22
2009
1

Obamateurism* of the Day, 03/22/2009.

This new feature comes from Ed Morrissey, and it’s pretty much in direct response to Slate’s unaccountable decision to not let go of what was never a particularly funny joke in the first place. But if Slate wants to play, hey, we can play too. With more video footage.

You can send in your tip to Ed at [email protected] . He figures that he can make this a daily feature, and so do I. Who knows? There even might be a book or two in it – and now we know why Jacob Weisberg’s so keen to keep this thing going. You get used to income streams, know what I mean?

Moe Lane

*I’m not entirely loving the name, though.

Crossposted at RedState.

Mar
17
2009
1

Start the Geithner Resignation Pool!

“The president has complete confidence” in Geithner, Gibbs told reporters.

Via Allahpundit. I’m taking Thursday, March 19th, 11 AM, for the notification that the SecTreas needs to spend more time with his family; this was a bit of a tough call for me, but by now the joke that administrations always pick Friday afternoons for bad news like this is just too well known. Besides, they’re going to want the Dow to rally for the weekend (it’s bad news politically, not economically).

By the way: that offer I made regarding finding a Commerce Secretary for Obama? I’d be happy to pick a Treasury Secretary, too… only, I won’t promise a liberal Democrat for this one. Nothing personal, but I think that we kind of need somebody who can project assurance, calmness, and competence.

A Republican, in other words.

Crossposted to RedState.

Mar
11
2009
1

Charles Freeman: And I would have gotten away with it, too…

…if it wasn’t for those meddlesome Jews:

I have concluded that the barrage of libelous distortions of my record would not cease upon my entry into office. The effort to smear me and to destroy my credibility would instead continue. I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function effectively while its chair was under constant attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction in a foreign country. I agreed to chair the NIC to strengthen it and protect it against politicization, not to introduce it to efforts by a special interest group to assert control over it through a protracted political campaign.

Speaking as one of the aforementioned unscrupulous, passionate people, I offer this response to Freeman – and, indeed, everybody who shares in his, ah, particular ethical stance:

Geh kak afen yam. When I want moral judgments on my motivations I’ll get them from somebody who doesn’t think that the Chinese government should have stepped down on its dissidents harder, thanks.

Moe Lane

PS: Ed’s right, Gray Lady: you mucked up the reporting on this one something fierce. Didn’t want to admit that the President had a catastrophic error on this one, huh?

Crossposted to RedState.

Mar
09
2009
--

Just a reminder: Democrats wanted Bush to fail in 2006.

Links via Hot Air. Here’s the first question, exactly as it was offered:

Contra Ed, though, the Sister Toldja post actually indicates that a bare majority of Democrats were pro-victory in 2007. Which is nothing to be proud of, considering that we were right and they were wrong, but expect the shouting to start over that. Besides, it’ll keep them from admitting to this:

21. Do you think most Democrats want the Iraq plan President Bush announced last week to succeed and lead to a stable Iraq or do they want it to fail and for him to have to withdraw U.S. troops in defeat?
SCALE: 1. Most Democrats want Bush plan to succeed 2. Most Democrats want Bush
plan to fail 3. (Some want one thing, some another) 4. (Don’t know)
(Some one,
Success Failure some another) (DK)
16-17 Jan 07 32% 48 8 11
Democrats 42% 38 7 12
Republicans 21% 67 7 5
Independents 30% 42 11 17

…translation: even the Democrats were at best evenly divided over whether their party wanted Bush to succeed. The rest of the country was under no such illusions.

Crossposted at RedState.

Feb
23
2009
6

The end of the quote-unquote ‘Kimmel Occupation.’

That’s right.  Smile for the nice man with the other camera who’s filming you for your expulsion hearings.

Before you click this link (language warning), do yourself a favor: pour yourself a glass of wine, or other favorite tasty, tasty beverage; assemble a little platter of light fare, suitable for nibbling; and, of course, make sure that you have refreshed yourself. If you have a choice of chairs, go for the comfortable one. Take a couple of centering breaths. Familiarize yourself with the background to this.

All done?

Then click (language warning).

Enjoy.

Via Hot Air and The Daily Gut.

Moe Lane
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Feb
20
2009
5

AP: Pentagon Report declares Gitmo ‘humane’.

(Via Brother Pejman of RedState) As it stands, there’s a problem with this report, and it’s not what you think:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the Guantanamo Bay prison meets the standard for humane treatment laid out in the Geneva Conventions, according to a report for President Barack Obama, who has ordered the terrorist detention center closed within a year.

The report recommended some changes, including an increase in group recreation for some of the camp’s more dangerous or less compliant prisoners, according to a government official familiar with the study. The report also suggested allowing those prisoners to gather in groups of three or more, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report has not officially been released.

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Feb
03
2009
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Not In Your Name Watch: “Democratic dawn in Iraq.”

When you’re losing The Guardian

You’ve got a problem. From William Shawcross:

The weekend’s elections in Iraq were a huge success for the Iraqi people. The remarkably peaceful day of voting on Saturday – and the interim results – give good reason to hope Iraq really is on the way to building a decent society.

[snip]

The peaceful polling was remarkable and so were the results. All the Islamic parties lost ground, especially that associated with the so-called “Shia firebrand”, Moqtada al-Sadr, whose share of the vote went down from 11% to 3%. The principal Sunni Islamic party, the Islamic Party of Iraq, was wiped out.

The only Islamic party to gain ground was the Dawa party of the Shia prime minister Nouri al-Maliki – and even that party dropped the word Islamic from its name. The power of Maliki, who has emerged a stronger leader than expected, is further enhanced by these elections. Now no Islamic parties will be able to control any provinces on their own. The election is thus a big defeat for Iran which had hoped that Shia religious parties would control the south and enable Iran to turn them into a mini Shia republic.

(Via Hot Air Headlines)

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