In a rhetorical smack-down of

In a rhetorical smack-down of unparalleled dimensions, Anne D. Coughman at Protein Wisdom gives Ted Rall the thrashing of his life. I have read this four times, and I laugh out loud each time. This really should be a how-to example for bludgeoning morons, and it ranks up there with P.J. O’Rourke’s Kennedy-hating manual (Mordred Had a Point- Camelot Revisited in Give War A Chance). Perhaps reciting this should be required to join Charles Johnson’s Anti-Idiotarian party.

Also, do not miss PhotoDude’s take on the H. Rap Brown trial, currently underway in Atlanta.

Back to work. Let it be known I officially hate writing abstracts.

The Illuminated Donkey discusses name

The Illuminated Donkey discusses name changes for blogs. This site (Balloon Juice, not Blogical Suspects) has had more name changes than days of existence. Now I find out that one of the reasons Blogical Suspects changed names was that when abbreivated it was BS. Balloon Juice, shortened, me thinks is worse. Sometimes I want to cry.

Andrew Sullivan notes that it

Andrew Sullivan notes that it is a sad world because the 10 day old daugher of Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown, died. I disagree. This is a terribly sad event, and we do extend our condolences, but the remarkable rarity of this sort of tragedy as opposed to the frequency with which it occurred just 30 years ago is reason enough for a positive outlook for the future. The daily expansions in our medicine, science, and technology, as well as the unprecedented freedoms we enjoy, are truly a marvel to behold. Don’t forget what we are fighting for when we send out troops into Afghanistan to stop an enemy who wants to terrorize us back to the stone ages.

I watched Exit Wounds last

I watched Exit Wounds last night, and I am afraid that my vocabulary is not large enough to completely eviscerate it properly. I will attempt a a Ten Second Movie Review anyway:

Exit WoundsSeagal still runs like a girl. Handguns carry a lot of bullets, which is good because bad guys miss a lot. Movie equivalent of a root canal.

I will post more later. I have not checked Professor Pundit’s sight in 12 hours, so I have a couple hours of reading to do.

If there was ever a

If there was ever a question that Congress’s attitude was that they pass laws for other people (meaning us, the peasant class), listen to John Dingell whining about having to remove his trousers because the STEEL BRACE around his knee was setting off the alarms.

“I complied, but tried to do it with some small bit of dignity,” Dingell said, adding that afterward he couldn’t help seething to his wife, “Woman, do you realize what they made me do?” He added: “It seems to me that there was some incompetence involved here.”

After considering Dingell’s track record in Congress, his dignity seems to be something that is difficult to hurt anymore, but at least he perceives he was wronged. Dingell then called Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta, whose chief lackey stated “The secretary got ahold of Mr. Dingell and told him he is appalled.”

Why is he appalled? The screeners were doing their job, and I am not sure at this time if Dingell was his usual loud obnoxious self when it was announced that screeners are going to be required to have high school degrees.

Dingell recounted: “I said, ‘Norm, I’m not asking for an apology. And I know we don’t want any more events like September 11th. I don’t want any special treatment. I don’t want to be treated any better than anyone else, but I don’t want to be treated any worse either.’ “

If he doesn’t want special treatment, he should shut up and suffer the indignities that the rest of us are going through in the name of security. Norm Mineta’s number is not on my speed dial.

Tim Blair updates the ‘Paki’

Tim Blair updates the ‘Paki’ scandal, which, as it turns out, is not a scandal at all.

Also, thanks to the mention by the folks at HappyFunPundit. Yes, this is a new site, and I will see how long it lasts. I already need to do some serious template updating, and my layout is just wretched. And no, I was not thinking of the other balloon juice (nor had I ever thought of it in that way). My title has been now amended so as to avoid confusion.

Phew… Maybe it is just

Phew… Maybe it is just Gail Collins on mushrooms or something. My sense of order has been restored. Bob Herbert wants us to get to the post post-9/11 era quick so he can start attacking Giuliani again.

For the second time in

For the second time in a week, the NY Times has an editorial criticizing Democrats. This has had more than a slight effect on my understanding of the world, and for some reason I feel as if I am in some alternate universe (remember bizarro Seinfeld?). I am going to hop over to the Washington Times andthe Free Republic to search for editorials praising Clinton and Daschle.

Haven’t seen this online anywhere

Haven’t seen this online anywhere yet, so I thought I would mention it. On the televisin news this evening, it was gleefully noted by the MSNBC crew that Bush referred to the Pakistanis as “Paki’s,” which is apparently a derogatory term for Pakistanis. No doubt this will be fuel for the fire for the ‘Bush is an idiot crew.’

At any rate, “paki” seems to be slightly less derogatory to my ears than ‘The Great Satan,” as we are affectionately called in those oil-rich sinkholes a couple thousand miles to the east.

One of the first things

One of the first things I noticed when I started to read all ofthese blogs was that I no longer feel the need to have the tv running on CNN, MSNBC, or FOX 24/7. Bloggers are funnier, faster, and wiser. At any rate, I still watch some shows while I am working, and I would like to nominate this gem as the Best Question by a Telepundit for the Year 2002.

At any rate, last Thursday or Friday, Mike Barnicle was filling in for Chris Matthews, and he asked Alon Pinkas to “explain to me the difference between Osama bin Laden and Yasser Arafat besides height.”

I could not have said it better myself, Mike.

I guess I did not

I guess I did not miss the debate. Today Will Quick discusses blogs and Fair Use, something I was babbling about in my usual incoherent manner the other day (yesterday??).

Jima Romanesko points out this

Jima Romanesko points out this conversation in which it appears that some people are initmidated by Donald Rumsfeld. And, no. It is not the Taliban.

Rich Galen is up to

Rich Galen is up to his usual antics: providing plausible explanations to things I normally am to lazy to understand.

Moira Breenand Damian Penny trade

Moira Breenand Damian Penny trade salvos about Newfoundland.

I can personally attest that at least one segment of their economy is working- telemarketing. Capital One has called me from a Newfoundland extension three times in the last two days.

Little Green Footballs posts one way how to best employ telemarketers.

Quote of the Day: Anything

Quote of the Day:

Anything that makes your mother cry is fun.

P.J. O’Rourke