Friday, January 04, 2008


I see looking around at the comments sections of liberal blogs that many progressive nutrooters (hey, sometimes it works) have decided that Barack Obama is now worthy of their thickheaded spittle-flecked scorn.  He’s Republican-lite or, worse yet, the black Lieberman, because, well, gosh diggity dog, he isn’t angry enough and he has the gall to suggest that Americans want to be united and he’s telling voters that he can help them achieve that goal (how fucked up!  it’s like he’s running for office or something!).  He’s also got a massive personality-cult-driven God complex. Oh, and he didn’t support the tremendously bland Ned Lamont enough, even though he did, and I guess Lamont didn’t get the “Obama sucks” memo because he’s donated the max amount of money ($2300) to Barack and hasn’t contributed a dime to John Edwards, the anointed Saint of ‘08 for this angry set of mostly ex-Deaniac ding dongs.

And speaking of Edwards, I like the guy and I’m still torn between voting for him or Obama in the NY primary (if Edwards is still around—Joe Trippi works for him), but why have the nutrooters latched onto Edwards as their preferred progressive choice? He’s still opposed to gay marriage and he can apologize for it all he wants, but he voted for the Iraq war.  If the leftwing dunderheads tearing down Obama had anything resembling cajones, they’d be supporting the only real 100% progressive candidate in the primaries ... Dennis Kucinich. But they’re just as image conscious, triangulating and full of shit as they’re accusing Barack of being. Which is why they should STFU and stop with the negative and inaccurate self-destructive spin.

MORE: Morgan from The Brooklyn Optimist left a great comment on this post.  Check it out.

YIKES: Here’s an example of the anti-Obama lunacy I outlined above.  Notice how many times she refers to Obama as a “piece of shit.” Charming. (link found in comments here)

Posted by Kevin K. on 01/04/08 at 10:38 PM
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Monday, December 17, 2007

Attack on Princeton conservative totally fabricated

This weekend the nuttersphere was all aflutter about how a conservative Princeton student was allegedly threatened via email and then savagely beaten up for his views. He Who Cuts His Own Hair highlighted a comment from a post about the incident at Red State:

And as a commenter notes, this would get more attention if it had involved a noose on a doorknob even though in this case, according to the reports, we have an actual physical assault and beating.


Just posted on the web site of The Daily Princetonian:

Francisco Nava ‘09 has admitted to fabricating an alleged assault on him that he said occurred Friday evening and to sending threatening emails to himself, other members of the Anscombe Society and prominent conservative politics professor Robert George, Princeton Township Police said today.

“He fabricated the story,” Det. Sgt. Ernie Silagyi said.

Nava was released to Public Safety and charges “have not been filed pending further investigation,” according to a statement from Township Police.


Atlas Shrugs: “Princeton Hate Crime: If it were a Black or Muslim Student .... the media would be beating us over the head with this story. Even the hoaxes get full media attention. Not this and it’s a horror.”

Brandon McGinley, The Daily Princetonian: “Whoever is responsible seems to have gotten the message that it is open season on people who defend morally traditional views on our campus. It’s time for the administration to send them a new message: the season is closed.”

Vocal Minority: “My guess is that nothing will happen to these perpetrators if they’re caught, owing to the religion and political views of the victim. Liberals claim to reject intolerance and violence; that statement is only half-right. It all depends on who the victim is. If the victim belongs to a group the left deems ‘protected,’ e.g., a religious, racial, or ethnic minority, then they will defend them to the ends of the earth.”

MarkTalk: “Compassionate Liberals beat conservative student to a bloody pulp, following death threats for his conservative political views or because he is a Hispanic Mormon, hard to tell with the mentally, culturally and socially retarded Moon Bats of the Left.”

The Strata-Sphere: “Left with know [sic] political recourse (no one is buying the paranoid delusions) these people have one recourse: take matters into their own hands. Do not be surprised if we see a spate of violence break out as we near the elections and there is no radical lefty among the top contenders. I think the top is coming off the restless and angry left.”

MORE: Gavin at Sadly, No! remembers Justin Zatkoff.

UPDATE: More info from NJ.com.

IN ADDITION: Eugene Volokh, who is supposedly an intellectual or something, opines: “And you further undermine others on the Right, some of whom might face real threats or attacks in the future but who will have a harder time being believed because of you. Lovely.”  Yeah, because as we all know, the righties are the most put-upon minorities in America.  As a Volokh commenter so succinctly put it: “Don’t we on the right EVER get our own Tawana Brawley?”

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/17/07 at 01:20 PM
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Friday, December 14, 2007

The End of a B-Movie Terror Trial

Who knew Time could be so deliciously snarky:

The End of a B-Movie Terror Trial

If you were watching the movie version of the terrorism trial that ended Thursday in Miami, FL, you might walk out around the time the seven suspects take an oath to al-Qaeda in a warehouse. The scene would feel so contrived, such a low-budget mockumentary of itself, that you might not be able to stomach another second.

The fact that this videotaped scene was in reality the centerpiece of the government’s case against seven defendants accused of conspiring to wage war against America is a testament to the strange challenges of trying to preemptively prosecute the war on terrorism.


The entire situation was concocted by the government. The warehouse was paid for by the FBI, and the defendants moved their operations there at the suggestion of an undercover informant who was also paid by the FBI. The swearing-in ceremony was led by the informant — who at another point also suggested a plan to bomb FBI offices in Miami. “The case was written, produced and directed by the FBI,” defense attorney Albert Levin said in his closing arguments.


But the heavy reliance on informants has led to cases that sometimes appear to exist in the land of make believe. At one point during the Liberty City investigation, Batiste suggested to the informant that they could blow up the Sears Tower so that it would fall into Lake Michigan and create a tsunami. “Where did you get this idea?” Batiste’s attorney later asked him on the stand. His answer was believable: “Just from watching the movies.”

And from the earlier Times article linked in the first blockquoted paragraph above:

When alleged ringleader Narseal Batiste, 32, presented an FBI informant he thought was an al-Qaeda operative with a list of materials necessary for jihad, it did not include explosives. Instead Batiste asked for $50,000, radios, uniforms and steel-toed boots. Was the plan to blow the Sears Tower up or kick it down?

Hey, and lest anyone forget, when this story broke back in June of last year the nuttersphere lurched into full panic/gotcha mode, alternately fretting about “homegrown jihad” and chiding the left for not taking this story seriously. This insightful ReidBlog post, written by a black woman from Florida, got the goat of a few hyperventilating pro-war bedwetters at the time.  She wrote:

Guys. Take a deep breath. Liberty City is not Peshwar. It’s the hood, man. These are probably some militant brothas working out and doing marshal arts and fancying themselves revolutionaries. The idea that they had a serious plot going, or that they had any conceivable ties—familial or otherwise—to actual terrorists, is laughable. Prediction: this will go the way of the dirty bomber and the two yokels who were supposed to blow up electrical transformers in South Florida but wound up trying to buy a couple of AK-47s with a bad credit card. They’re doing 5 years apiece for some low-level violation today, after getting the Ashcroft treatment not long before the 2002 midterms.


I’ll give you one guess who penned this overwrought response to her post:

…Because really, the idea that a bunch of ‘hood negroes are capable of more than watching old Jim Kelly movies and playing pretend revolutionary?  That’s just crazy talk!  The black man is naturally lazy and shiftless, you see—and so his threats are idle ones, even when they come dressed in starched white Karate gear and tied up nicely with a cloth blackbelt bow.

Alas, what J Reid seemed to miss, in her eagerness to brush this off as insignificant, is that the group of “brothas” had no real ties to al Qaeda because the part of al Qaeda was played by undercover federal agents. Does that mean the silly “brothas” didn’t pose a threat?  Well, thankfully, that’s now a moot question.

You can’t handle the moot!

FLASHBACK: Jon Swift applied the appropriate amount of derision.  Snakes on a plane!

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/14/07 at 11:20 AM
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Quote of the (yester)day

From John Cole at Balloon Juice:

Family vacations at the beach must have totally sucked for the Bond children.

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/13/07 at 06:21 AM
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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Suddenly Seeking Stupid Syndrome

I was going to write about the Little Green Footfungi’s reaction to the Omaha shopping mall murders, but Lawyers, Guns and Money beat me to it.  I know nutters have come up with a lot of ridiculous ideas in recent years, but Sudden Jihad Syndrome just may be the absolute dumbest. It lays bear their intense paranoia, full-throttle Islamophobia, and knuckle-dragging numbskullery all in one simple little phrase.

BONUS: For additional fun, read the comments over at The Jawa Report or just this from Rusty Shackleford himself:

As for the knee-jerk first reaction, a friend in Omaha who’s listening to reports live on the radio says it’s not Islamic terror.

Probably spot on….but before you rule it out, just remember Lee Boyd Malvo.

Yeah, because I’m fairly drool-free, I can remember Charles Whitman, Columbine and Richard McBeef, too.

How do these bedwetters sleep at night?

UPDATE: Since I suffer from Giuliani Derangement Syndrome, I should note that Daniel Pipes, who coined the term Sudden Jihad Syndrome, was signed on as an adviser to the Giuliani team.

Posted by Kevin K. on 12/06/07 at 07:40 AM
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Thursday, November 29, 2007


If you want to get ahead of the curve when it comes to tracking the latest wingnut meltdown, look no further than this. I guarantee “Our Lady of Perpetual Outrage” (and a bunch of other bloggers) will be all over it by the end of the day.

UPDATE: Well, the nuttersphere has let me down on this one.  I guess they’re too wound up about planting time at CNN to pay attention to this, but Doocy always delivers.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/29/07 at 11:41 AM
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Comment of the day

In the Navy
The haunting.

From Little Green Footfungus:

When I was in the Navy there were too many gays in my squadron as it was. The gays are even worse than the average Liberal, when it comes to sabotaging a guy because they don’t like him, don’t like his politics, etc.

They are even worse than Feminists, and the bad thing was, is that you couldn’t always see them coming.

The last thing we needed on the boat was some flamer reverting back to form at sea, and effecting the whole Truman Capote act, and tying their shirt up in a midriff showing halter top, and pulling the stitching out of their dungarees to tailor them and getting all up in everyone’s face with their “gayness.”

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Sunday Selector: November 25th, 2007

I want to get out and enjoy what remains of this crisp fall day, so I’m going to keep this Selector short n’ (except for the FReeper link) sweet…

  • THE LOST SOWETO COMP: The always terrific Matsuli Music is featuring a wonderful out-of-print find of South African music released in ‘83 called Soweto. It’s a stellar comp, lovingly converted to MP3 from vinyl, and the instrumental “Here We Come” that they spotlight in their post is one of the best (and most original) African instrumentals I’ve ever heard.  Highly recommended!
  • ELISA FLYNN’S TWO-MAN BAND: My talented pal Elisa Flynn is unveiling her new live set-up with an accompanying drummer this Tuesday at Union Hall in Park Slope. Lurid Culture recently gave her a great endorsement (scroll down) in a blurb about this show.  As they say, “Catch her on the way up.” [UPDATE: Sadly, Elisa’s performance has been cancelled due to illness.]
  • PUBIC HUMILIATION: Nobody is better at tearing down wingnuts with just a few words than TBogg. Nobody.
  • AND SPEAKING OF WINGNUTS: Someone at Free Republic posts a story about celebrities in California having to flee their homes due to wildfires, a few FReepers launch into predictable thick-headed rants about Hollyweirdos and environuts (“I say let the whole state burn! Get rid of the nut jobs, I do not even like to admit California is one of the states.”), and all hell breaks loose (“I am beginning to wonder if ‘conservative’ is such a good thing if it means heartless.”). Hilarious.  But remember, liberals are the crazy and angry ones…

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/25/07 at 10:58 AM
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Friday, November 09, 2007

This makes me sad Viagra exists

Please don’t enjoy one of the most painful things I’ve ever watched in my life: Roger L. Magoo goes to Blog World and feels a “rustlin’.”

UPDATE: And this is the most painful thing I’ve ever looked at in my life. I wish Brooklyn had a mouth so that it could vomit Ann Althouse out.

Posted by Kevin K. on 11/09/07 at 11:06 AM
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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My kid is pooped

Psst.  Whatever you do, don’t tell Michelle Malkin, who’s all pop-eyed because of a “pornified” “mack daddy” costume for kids, about this one:

And, I mean, c’mon, “Child Runway Diva”? How about “Mack Daddy’s Money Maker”?

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/30/07 at 04:38 PM
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Cruising with Hugh Hewitt

Cruising with Hugh Hewitt

More at Balloon Juice.  (Hat tip to DougJ)

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Is that all there is?

I took a long breather from looking at rightwing blogs (and comments) for a while there, but now that I’ve surveyed the current landscape, I’ve come to the conclusion that the dead-enders’ whole pitch seems to amount to:

We’re no longer going to pretend that we aren’t loathsome douchebags, but we’re not as bad as Islamofascist terrorists and we’re the only ones who can save you from them. Vote GOP in ‘08.

Am I missing something?

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/15/07 at 10:03 AM
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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Quote of the day

From Tim F. at Balloon Juice:

A Giuliani nomination win would cement the GOP’s place as a catchbasin for islamophobic security freaks, basically a militia movement minus greasepaint.

Posted by Kevin K. on 10/04/07 at 01:27 PM
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