Dec
16
2009
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Quote of the day, RS McCain edition.

I’ve noticed this myself:

The viciousness of online discourse has been pondered from many perspectives, but it really comes down to the fact that people think they can say anything they want and never get their asses kicked for it.

Shoot, there are people who’d tell me that this is my business plan.  Although probably not to my face, which is sort of the point*.

Moe Lane

*One of the fascinating things about the years 2001-2009 was watching a bunch of putatively intelligent people never quite work out that if the American government was as bad as they were claiming those people would not be allowed to publicly complain about it.  An observation that is probably still applicable today, alas.

Oct
07
2009
2

Quote of the Day, Matt Welch edition.

I’m really looking forward to the day when tech CEOs feel comfortable in saying “Damn RIGHT, I helped kill newspapers! I’m running a business here!” – Matt Welch.

He goes on to suggest a certain amount of shock therapy, which just happens to resemble high school bullying. Speaking as somebody who suffered from it once*, it does have a certain motivational power to it. It does also breed a certain desire for blood-soaked revenge, so caution seems… best.

Via R.S. McCain, who has an Unfortunate Picture.

Moe Lane

*Once. It turns out that diving off of a bleacher your freshman year to tackle somebody does wonders for ensuring a reasonably tranquil high school existence. My only regret is – well, my only two regrets are the lack of a video camera and that I was unable to convincingly froth at the mouth.

Well, I wasn’t looking for popularity. I was looking to do my time and be left the Hell alone.

Prison metaphor deliberate.

Crossposted to RedState.

Sep
30
2009
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R.S. McCain in Kentucky already finding media bias in Sparkman killing.

Oh, you’re going to just love this one.  Robert Stacy McCain went down to the site of the Sparkman murder in Kentucky to do some on-the-scene reporting, and he’s already found a situation where an Obama supporter and Democrat who was skeptical of the media treatment of this story got turned into a stereotypical government-hater by a reporter.

Oops.

He’s got video of that interview, so click on over to check it out.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Aug
13
2009
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Riehl/McCain on this entire Griffen/Gryphen thing.

I think that Dan and Stacy have gotten the details worked out by now, at least for Act I.  Real short version: it appears that Dan has discovered the blogger who spread around the Palin divorce rumors a couple of weeks doesn’t seem to have the job that he said that he did, and may instead be subsidized by deep-pocketed liberals.  More on that here:

Interesting stuff, if true.

Crossposted to RedState.

Jul
01
2009
1

Andrew Sullivan and the days bloggers have.

I normally try to adopt a back-away-slowly reaction to Andrew Sullivan – I’m not a trained psychological professional, but frankly that man’s a crazy as a outhouse rat these days – but R.S. McCain, in the process of idly smacking around Sullivan for the latest exercise in conspiracy thinking (honestly, if the Weekly World News won’t go with it*, why is the Atlantic doing so?), notes something:

The “how was your day” question is kind of weird for a blogger to explain…

Ain’t that the truth. I suspect that my wife approaches that question the same way that a bomb squad approaches a suspicious package. Alas, I always ask her how her day went, so she’s stuck.

Moe Lane

*Yes, that is a slur on the Weekly World News. I apologize for it.

Crossposted to RedState.

Apr
05
2009
4

Stacy McCain’s suprisingly modest.

You’d think that he’d have noted dKos’s adoption of Rule 4 (“Make Some Enemies“); after all, the Sundries Shack did.

Perhaps he’s not feeling well.

Crossposted to RedState.

Mar
17
2009
1

R.S. McCain, you have arrived.

Robert, I don’t think that even RedState‘s ever gotten a Day by Day mention. I certainly haven’t.

Go you.

Mar
11
2009
2

Ross Douthat to replace Bill Kristol at NYT.

Starting online, then going to print.

A year ago I would have called that a step down for Douthat. Then again, a year ago Andrew Sullivan hadn’t decided yet to start stalking Sarah Palin online. Since the Atlantic is apparently institutionally fine with that, hey, any port in a storm.

Via The Other McCain, who is even now discovering that God is an iron*.

Moe Lane

*Goes like this: if a felon is someone who commits a felony, then somebody who commits irony is an…

Crossposted to RedState.

Mar
07
2009
1

Off to an event today…

…and I need to spend the next hour or so taking apart some iambic hexameter and putting it back together again, only so now it doesn’t kind of suck.

So go read RS McCain, or something.  He’s got enough links to fill up any Right Wing Death Beast’s morning, and besides, he understands the power of a strategic Cthulhu in a post.

Moe Lane

PS: I’m not “venerable.”  I won’t be forty for at least…

Oh, damn.

Mar
01
2009
1

Thought of the Yesterday.

From RS McCain:

Conservatives are now a guerrilla resistance. Harassing the enemy — staging raids and ambushes that prevent him from enjoying his conquest at leisure — is basic to guerrilla resistance. If we are doomed to destruction, as least let it be said that we died fighting. But those who never fight, never win.

In a word: “Wolverines!”

Yup. Just… yup. And allow me to outgeek Mr. McCain, here: I don’t know about him, but I aim to misbehave.

Crossposted at RedState.

Feb
20
2009
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RS McCain keeps kicking the Lefty anthill.

You have to wonder how long for them to realize that their screams of incoherent rage nourishes him.

(pause)

Judging from the historical record, probably at least six years. Hey, Bob! Remind them about their new pro-torture stance! That’s always good for extra spittle.

Feb
17
2009
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How the GOP can come back: A *practical* suggestion.

I think that RS McCain gets why we lost in 2006 and 2008 exactly right:

…the Democrats did something very smart after 2004. Instead of freaking out over those “values voters” and getting all down in the dumps, they got busy organizing and raising money so that when the GOP hit a long streak of bad moves and bad news in 2005-06, the Dems were ready to take advantage of it. A day of organizing is worth a week of blathering about “strategy,” and an hour of fund-raising is worth far more than a month of navel-gazing op-ed columns pumped out by the punditocracy.

But the pundits always want to over-intellectualize everything, because that’s what they get paid to do, and the consultants always want to talk “strategy,” because they’s what they get paid to do. Grassroots organizing, candidate recruitment and fundraising — those are the three things the GOP needs to focus on in the near term.

Read that, and read John Hawkins’ helpful six keys… and then actually do something about it.

Moe Lane

PS: Whining does not count as “doing something about it.” Neither does demanding that the Party drop everything to concentrate on your pet issue, stapling your hand to your forehead about how the awful Party never listened to you, and/or threatening to move out to the countryside with a full load of ammo and survival gear. All any of that does is depress people who are trying to actually fix things.

PPS: No, I don’t particularly care if you like that characterization or not. Was there anything else?

Crossposted at RedState.

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