aimai 1, Klein 0

Hey, the Greenwald “acolyte” Joe Klein mocked was longtime Balloon-Juice commenter aimai of No More Mister Nice Guy Blog (via Atrios)!

Last week I went to a cookout on the beach here with some old friends (Sausages and seafood, but no cocktail weenies!) Every year they do a cookout, and then a birthday party, and for years I’ve known that one of their guests was Joe Klein. I never mixed it up with him because, after all, well…the opportunity never presented itself and while I’m pretty aggressive in print no one really goes up to someone and picks a quarrel with them, do they?

Or maybe they do. Yes, I guess they do. I was standing at the cookout minding my own business when Klein started pontificating for the rubes on how “surprising” and “shocking” it was that Grassley, of all people, should have come out and endorsed the “death panels” lie. I walked up and said “why are you surprised?” [edited to remove typo] to which he, in best pundit debater fashion (never allow yourself to admit you were just posing!), shot back “who says I’m surprised?” I said “well, you did. You just started your lecture saying “Its surprising.”” Its not surprising, the republicans have nothing left to lose and nothing left to gain at this point outside of pleasing the crazy base and attacking Obama and the dems.”

We were off and running. He then said that its true the fringe republicans were “crazy” but perhaps no crazier than the “crazy left” under Bush….

Read the whole thing. I like the part where Klein says that Wikipedia is leftist.

Pre-Enlightenment nation

I’m guessing this high-school is a feeder for Regent U:

T-shirts worn by the Smith-Cotton High School band have evolved into controversy among parents.

The shirts, which were designed to promote the band’s fall program, are light gray and feature an image of a monkey progressing through stages and eventually emerging as a man. Each figure holds a brass instrument. Several instruments decorate the background and the words “Smith-Cotton High School Tiger Pride Marching Band” and “Brass Evolutions 2009” are emblazoned above and below the image.


“I was disappointed with the image on the shirt.” Melby said. “I don’t think evolution should be associated with our school.”

I find it increasingly difficult to believe we will maintain first-world status for much longer.

(h/t MY)

You Have to Be Kidding Me

Joe Klein on why Glenn Greenwald is not a serious person:

For the past several years, Greenwald has conducted a persistent, malicious campaign to distort who I am and where I stand. He is a mean-spirited, graceless bully. During that time, I have never seen him write a positive sentence about the US military, which has transformed itself dramatically for the better since Rumsfeld’s departure (indeed, he ridiculed me when I reported that the situation in Anbar Province was turning around in 2007). I have never seen him acknowledge that the work of the clandestine service—performed disgracefully by the CIA during the early Bush years—is an absolute necessity in a world where terrorists have the capability to attack us at any time, in almost any place. Nor have I seen [him] acknowledge that such a threat exists, nor make a single positive suggestion about how to confront that threat in ways that might conform to his views. Therefore, I have seen no evidence that he cares one whit about the national security of the United States. It is not hyperbole, it is a fact.

You have to love the sheer beauty of that baby, don’t you? Read it a second time. Klein is condemning Greenwald for what he HASN’T said. How awesome is that? I mean, if you get to condemn people for things they haven’t said, you can just make up any old shit and then smear someone. Why, I bet Greenwald has not recently stated that he loves the Humane Society. In Jokeline’s world, that is clear evidence that Glenn cares not a whit about animals. Even better, Greenwald may have even said all the things that Jokeline arbitrarily has decided he needs to say, but if Klein hasn’t seen them, well, the accusation still stands.

Additionally, how awesome is it that in order to prove you care about national security, you have to fellate the military, the CIA, and whenever a similar topic arises, gravely announce in a serious voice that you are very, very, serious about national security. Pretty weak, Joe. Pretty weak. This is the kind of crap that certain folks throw at Joe when they call him a self-hating Jew. You’d think Klein would recognize this kind of nonsense for what it is.

And the real reason Klein hates Greenwald is because Greenwald pointed out that he had no idea what he was talking about regarding FISA. For someone completely serious about national security (as we are to assume Klein is from that pompous snippet from an email), Klein sure didn’t know what the hell he was talking about nor did he bother to concern himself with the details.

It’s just a matter of time

Right now, it’s still okay for journalists to make fun of Glenn Beck. But if he keeps his ratings up for much longer, it won’t be. BriWi will be calling into his show and saying that Beck has actually yet to get the credit he is due, comedians will be censured for making fun of him, Republican office-holders will have to apologize to him regularly, Mark Halperin will appear on his show (whoops, that already happened), Joe Klein will start comparing him to Glenn Greenwald.

It’s just a matter of time.

Monday Night Open Thread

This gave me a laugh:


Talk amongst yourselves.

*** Update ***

I’m not sure how many of you get the National Geographic channel, but at 9 pm there is a two hour special debunking all the 9/11 truther stuff.

Damned Busybodies


Yet another reason I have no interest in organized religion- this long and tedious discussion at the American Spectator examining whether or not Ted Kennedy was a good Catholic. Religion isn’t so much about God and spirituality and your fellow man for these wankers, it is just another competition and another way to exert control over people.

Also, so much for Matthew 7.

Coffee Talk

Ran out of coffee this morning, so I ran to the store. I was in a rush, they were out of Peet’s, so I grabbed a thing of Seattle’s Best Saturday Blend.

This may be the worst coffee I have ever had, and I have had Army coffee. Not only is it bad, it is aggressively bad and appears to be a persistent agent. I have brushed my teeth four times since 9 am and I can not get the taste out of my mouth. I’ve had three club sodas today with a little lime, and every time I swallow I still taste the coffee.

Do people actually drink that crap?