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Pajamahadeen Rule... rise of the New Media
various FR links | 09-17-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

Posted on 09/17/2004 2:09:06 PM PDT by backhoe

  The Manifesto of Pukin Dog
 The Dawn of New Media
 A New Era of Credibility
A revolution in news
 Bloggers knew!
 Blogs: Halting the march of the mainstream media  What is happening is that for the first time in decades, if not ever, the power of the mainstream media (MSM) in the United States is being seriously challenged by a mostly ragtag army of outsiders armed with little more than the internet. The age of the blogger is upon us.
 I think of it as a gestalt- the sum of the whole, together, is greater than the parts added separately.
 Post 47 and RaTHergate - The story of how CBS was caught perpetrating a hoax on the American People
 IUPAT issues apology ( the crying girl )
 Blows the "it was her brother" theory the idjuts  are throwing out there out of the water ... From rintense's original MONSTER thread about this
  The Camera Blinks A nation of fact-checkers, a network in denial.  Seen on a blog yesterday:
You can't say 'well, the sentiments were correct.'
That's like saying to the bank, 'Well, he owed me money' after forging a check.
  Hayek Smiled: Why Blogging Works
 Love Letter to the Blogosphere (Michelle Malkin)
 Big Media get smaller - Michael Reagan: The networks' days of dominating America's news are over ... ordinary Americans are more devoted to the facts than Dan Rather and CBS proved to be.
 Freepers- Pajamas Up! Stop Congress looting/ price gouging Hurricane Victims!
 HELP!!! I need some info on the History of Free Republic!
Woman wearing 'President Bush You Killed My Son' T-Shirt disrupts first lady's rally  This woman, Sue Niederer, is the same person who confronted Rr. Raoul on one of his Freeps.
Check it out: Niederer is supposedly a friend of Code Pink, the virulent anti-American group who promotes socialist-communist causes.
 Interviews with her via mega LW groups
  ***ALERT*** Inconsistencies in Marian Carr Knox's Story ***Bloggers Take Note***
  MORE RE: MRS. KNOX [Jed Babbin] Tell us about your SON. Who got special treatment, Mrs. Knox?
 This CBS story has become a soap opera
 Burkett Admits in February Weblog that He Saw Killian Documents in the Trash
 A Media Watershed
 Blogs: Halting the march of the mainstream media
Blessing or Curse? Top Newspaper Editors Examine Blogs' Role in the '60 Minutes' Uproar  Top Newspaper Editors Examine Blogs' Role in the '60 Minutes' Uproar
Its sort of like a mammoth examining the tar in the pit.
 BLOGGERS SCORE CBS VICTORY - Hillary's 1998 Take on Internet Bloggers (Future Free Speech Alert)
 The collapse of America's media elite. What qualifications exactly, to be a journalist? -- even non-lawyer bloggers with superior research skills – think Captain Ed, Tom McGuire and Polipundit – are going to run rings around "pros" who aren't in a hurry to bring down their favored candidate.
 Who are the real journalists? Hugh Hewitt on L.A. Times editor's comments vs. CBS, Rather mess
 Big media's fall began with the Clinton Regime. Here was the most corrupt liar ever to occupy the office and the Redstream media attacked the truth tellers instead of the crooks. After watching the nightly news most of my life I stopped watching soon after Clinton was elected.
 Smart guys ‘in pajamas’ give CBS a black eye
 "Men in PJs" CARTOON... protecting America from the scum of the media
 "Pajama People" 3 CARTOON graphics.

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 Debster Diving:

Every dang Wednesday I see a post at Deb's site that seems almost-reasonable.

And every dang Thursday she manages to take the speed train to Crazytown.

I wanted to extricate myself from the relationship with the creeps at lipid stupidity in an honorable way, so I challenged Mr. Goldstein to a sort of duel on the night of July 7. I sat down at 8:30 and said I am gonna make you ban me by 9, boy.
"Honorable." Yeah. One more for the Debinition file.

He never banned me and I never left and I made a joke about how the slope of my utility function would not diminish at all if jonbenet ramsey’s fate were bestowed on his progeny. It was mean and nasty and horrible to make a joke about the demise of a toddler. Is it meaner and nastier and horribler than all the toddlers that have REALLY DIED this summer while we all were hiking, swimming, phoquing or blogging? I don’t think so.
This is comparing apples and arsenic. The deaths of children are always mourned, and never contemplated. It's always a shock and a tragedy when an innocent dies. What Deborhah Frisch, PhD did was proclaim in advance the feelings she would entertain at the death of someone she's arguing with online. Further, she got extremely specific about the TYPE of grisly death she wouldn't give a damn about.

This is beyond disgusting.

I understand that it is possible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that I posted A comment to sadly no or patterico or wherever. But since the “blog manager” has the capacity to alter or delete the CONTENT of the comments, this IP proof is essentially irrelevant. Yes you can prove I said something but you can’t prove what I said. Big phoquing deal.
There are current residents of state and federal penitentiaries who would beg to differ.

Besides, even if I said everything attributed to me, it does not come close to violating the frivolous, toothless, ridiculous restraining order from Colorado.
We'll have to wait until November to find out. I'm sure comments like this will hold enormous sway with the judge.

I am paying a lawyer in Colorado $250 an hour to settle our fight. Remind me never to fight with a sissy with a rich daddy again. It’s expensive!
There are times when the mission of "Don't Hire Deb" is fulfilled simply by quoting her. Merry Freaking Frischmas, everbody!

I've finally been financially victimized! That's a silver, albeit expensive, lining.
That's right, folks - she's the victim. And that's the upside.

That is pedophilia, in my mind. If someone calls you Count Cockula and you say cool, you’re a pedophile in my book. This is separate from being a child molester – lots of Americans are pedophiles and visit child porn sites, brothels in Bangkok, etc. I suspect that Jeff, like most non-Catholic American pedophiles, is a non-practicing one.
Joe, are you taking notes? This is Lexicon GOLD.
Jeff wrote the creepy sexual stuff about auntie moonbat saliva. His insistence of trying to force me to admit writing the statement he wrote since Day 1 has irritated me and has inspired my desire to make jokes about him and his wife and satchel.
For those playing the home game, the Joooooo Devil made her do it.

If Jeff would admit that:

a. he is the one who exhibited pedophilic tendencies prior to our altercation by:

i inspiring people to call him count cockula (=sex + children's cereal=pedophilia) and
ii. then using the moniker HIMSELF!

b. he wrote the auntie moonbat comment or at least admit that it is not possible to prove that i wrote it (because of the reasons I explain above)

c. the count without the O joke is VERY funny

I will have no need to:

1. verbally aggress against him and
2. refer to his wife and child

when I refer to the blog brawl.
Think we can arrange a group tour to the courthouse in November? We may witness a legal first: Death Penalty for Murder of Rational Thought in the first ephing degree.

Hat's off to you, Deb. That is some vintage Wine country cray zee.

I'm forwarding this to Mr. Goldstein's attorney, then taking a nice Brillo bath.
To capture a screenshot:
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541 posted on 08/31/2006 12:39:06 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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SELF-DEFENSE IS NOT A RIGHT, according to a U.N. Report. David Hardy has some thoughts. "As might be expected from the source, the concept of 'right' is rather ineptly socialist: rights are what you may ask the government to do for you."
Lorie Byrd writes about the political benefits of embracing blogs:
Citizen Media Beats Big Media, YouTube Blows The Whistle (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

Economics For Idiots

Captain Capitalism;

You mean a bunch of uneducated, leftist, professional activists with no real education, job, work ethic or life experience who now currently head up the Bolivian government are not financially savvy enough to run a multi-billion dollar industry???? Let alone have the engineering know-how to maintain and run has fields???

How can that be???

"Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist." - A great find.

h/t to reader "Karen".

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542 posted on 08/31/2006 2:11:24 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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I don't have access to the full blog, just the ability to create posts and maintain comments.

But we're at DebCon Two. The Frisch has hit the fan.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Deb gives The People what they want:

I know that many of you peeps are very curious about various aspects of my life, especially those involving pending litigation. Can't go there now, but what I can do is tell you what my top 20 ipod this summer was:
Cuz, you know, peeps, we're insanely curious about the soundtrack that scores the thoughts of her beautiful mind.

Surely there's room in her Shuffle for an Autumn refresh.

Whaddya say? Shall we help her with her playlist?

iPod Thread

Haven't caught up yet, but if SUlla says its DebCon 2, its DebCon 2.

Seriously...what the Hell is it about Thursdays?


new theme song

Our own Fatwa Arbuckle has outdone himself:

Since I don't have a parody to contribute this week, I thought I'd "rebrand" a two-minute piece of music I did years ago and make it (sort of) DHD-pertinent. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:

Teh Deb Suite

While it's a little bit of a stretch, the five sections are:

i) F4ward, March! (The Gerbils' Theme)
ii) Can't Find Teh Vodka®
iii) The Monkey Dances
iv) No Cawl From Coal Bear
v) Triumph Of The Gerbils

For you music production geeks, I was running MOTU Performer (pre DP) and ProTools LE (probably v. 4-dot-something) on a 120Hz Mac at the time. This was done messing around for the very first time with my then-new, freshly-unpacked, fully-loaded Kurzweil K2500 (a remarkable piece of gear when it shipped). I thought I'd record a little fanfare and, well, stuff got a bit out of hand. This wasn't thought-out in advance; pretty much mutated as it went.

Back to work; see you all later.


543 posted on 09/01/2006 12:29:25 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Right-wing 'Zombie' taunts foes on the web--really hit a nerve with this ambulance debunking.
Ambulance attack victim's anger at hoax allegations [MSM in hysterics after "Zombie" bust]
Aussie Media Circles the Wagons Around the Red Cross Ambulance

At The Australian, here’s a casual—and thoroughly arrogant—dismissal of the evidence in the Red Cross ambulance story, endorsing the dishonest stories of Martin Chulov and smearing zombietime and Australia’s foreign minister: Editorial: Red Cross rocket snares Downerlink: 71 comments

International Committee of the Red Cross is Covering Up Evidence

As reported here last Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross had formerly made available on their web site a high resolution photograph of the ambulance supposedly hit by an Israeli missile.

This high resolution photo, which shows an enormous amount of detail on the amazingly undamaged ambulance, was deleted from the ICRC web site shortly after zombie’s exposé of the fraud was posted.

The ICRC has ignored requests for information about why the photo was deleted, so we can now reasonably conclude that they are deliberately covering up the evidence, in the hope that no one will be able to glean any more useful analysis from the only publicly available high res image of the vehicle. This is unethical behavior in the extreme, and implies that they have something to hide.

It’s not the crime that really takes you down. It’s the cover-up.

Here is the photograph they attempted to make vanish: Ambulance 782.

Here is the page at their site where the photo originally appeared: Conflict in the Middle East: selection of photos.

And here is a screenshot of the Google cache of this page (from Monday — it’s since been updated and no longer shows the broken image link and caption), showing where the ambulance image was deleted, while other images were not:

UPDATE at 9/1/06 9:28:39 am:

Andrew Bolt consults military experts: The ambulance hoax - why no missile could have done thislink: 177 comments

I didn't know Zombie did an interview.
blonde sagacity: Stop! Zombie Time!

 Zombie has reached the status of "Most Talked About" in the Australian's Letters section today.

544 posted on 09/01/2006 11:49:39 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the Sunset...)
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There's a raft of new posts over at Casa Insana. Most of it is forgettable drivel, or excellent Plaintiff's Evidence. Jeff's attorney thanks you, Dr. Deborah Frisch, for making his job so very easy. (No, I'm not in contact with him. I just hear him laughing. I only live a thousand or so miles away; it's hard not to.)

I don't want to belabor the obvious since it's so repetitious, though I do note that the fact that we have been donating to Jeff's tip jar has really rankled her.

No, the only thing that really bothers me this morning is this:
So now we're scheduled for a court date in November and I cannot see how discussing:

a. the restraining order and how Jeff blatantly perjured himself in it
b. the police report, where he committed more subtle perjury
c. the lingering disagreement about who wrote the pedophilic auntie moonbat/saliva quote and how funny the count without the O joke is

violates the RO from Colorado.
First: leave "perjury" questions to the judge. I'm sure you'll get a master class on the subject in November.

I'm sure you'll also learn tons about legal terms like "patterns of behavior," "credibility," and "batshit crazy."

But really, item C. I know we've been over this, but it bears repeating:

"count without the O" is not funny.

I performed standup for five years. I sold jokes to other comics. I headlined clubs where the bar was built on a pile of the severed heads of funnier comics than you'll ever be.

"count without the O" is a class A - or should that be class O? - felony count of First Degree Lame. It sucks. It's not even Margaret Cho funny.

I know you never made it past Open Mic night, but trust me on this: when you become a Made comic, and you try THAT hard to sell something THAT unfunny, the Family gets very unhappy.

I remember a prop comic once, lived in Terre Haute. Would not shut up about this bit he used to do with a glazed donut and a Kleenex. It was so bad it couldn't be used at Guantanamo. One day he woke up with the severed head of his favorite rubber chicken at the foot of his bed.

I'm saying this, Deb, because I care. It's not even a joke. It's not clever. It's a poorly-thought takeoff of the whole "C*ckula" thing you didn't even make up. You stole someone else's joke, and you made it even less funny - this is a mortal sin in comedy.

Deb, you're basing your entire defense on a flipping Photoshopped cereal box. It's not even a good likeness, dammit! Jeff is Jewish; the Cockula on the box still has his cowl. (Where's a digital moyl when you need one?)

The only humor you are capable of is unintentional. Your life in recent weeks is a laugh riot, but it's the worst kind of comedy - the kind where you make the audience feel bad about themselves for laughing at you. You're Andrew Dice Clay, with less gift for rhyme and still less likeability. You are to comedy what Andy Dick is to comedy. You couldn't get a gig at a Comedy Central roast. I've got TAPEWORMS that have worked a comedy central roast.

You. Are. Not. Funny.

And any lawsuit based on a demand that someone find that pathetic excuse for a joke funny is doomed to fail.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have another donation to make to the Protein Wisdom tip jar.
Good morning. Still digging through the last batch of comments.


545 posted on 09/01/2006 12:03:12 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the Sunset...)
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Yes, another Deb Infestation:
Last one to leave, turn out the light.

Night Owl Thread

It's Friday, friends. And you know what that means.


Current Alert Level

546 posted on 09/01/2006 11:53:33 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the Sunset...)
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LEE SIEGEL, last seen accusing the blogosphere of thuggery, has been suspended by The New Republic for sock-puppetry. There sure seems to be a lot of that going around.

547 posted on 09/02/2006 4:24:47 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the Sunset...)
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War erupts in the blogosphere...
We used to get thanked for bashing down the idiots. But that got in the way of the blog ads--
What is AtS? Across the Street.
American Infidel
Sarah D.
It started here:

548 posted on 09/03/2006 4:50:00 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Blog wars, continued:

No Defeatists Allowed

Sarah D.

549 posted on 09/04/2006 1:49:51 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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MICHAEL SILENCE looks at bloggers' reactions to McCain-Feingold.
Bloggers riled up over new regulation-Provision bans naming candidates in radio, television ad

ED MORRISSEY debunks efforts to rehabilitate the Clinton Administration's terror record.

Ambulance Update

Zombie has updated her original post to respond to efforts by mainstream journalists to rehabilitate the story of the two ambulances allegedly bombed by Israelis in Lebanon. It's pretty devastating. What strikes me as much as the lameness of the original reporting is the disingenuous nature of the mainstream journalists' response to the critique launched by Zombie and others. To my knowledge, not a single honest assessment of the issue has yet appeared in print.

Posted by John at 08:10 AM | Permalink 
Zombie Responds to Aussie Media

Zombie’s latest updates to the massive report on The Red Cross Ambulance Incident include crushing rebuttals to the few mainstream media journalists who have attempted to defend the almost certainly fraudulent story. (Almost all of whom are Australian.)  link: 122 comments

Michelle Malkin's post-9/11 vocabulary test

Canadian Moonbats Act Up

Moonbats in Canada agree: Canadian troops in Afghanistan are “acting like terrorists.” (Hat tip: warbicycle.)  link: 91 comments

Super Secret LizOp Badge!

550 posted on 09/06/2006 12:37:21 PM PDT by backhoe
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Brit Hume busts DU'ers
551 posted on 09/07/2006 4:22:23 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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You may have wondered about the silence ( "It's quiet out there... too quiet..." ) from the illustrious and redoubtable Doctor Deb?

Well, wonder no more- Debmentia continues...
Vodka:Thirty said...

Hey Guys!

I found this post from Deb on her other listserv:

Anyhoo, long story short, I had a bad night on August 21 and made a few calls and sent a text message that I should not have from my Verizon phone and I got hauled out of bed at 2:30 a.m. by 3 cops and was charged with two counts of telephonic harassment and one of stalking for continuing to pursue a sexual relationship via telephone and text messasge after the other party said "i think we should take a break." A cop called me and told me to stop and I said ok and when i hung up i thought "he's not the boss of me" and i sent the woman a txt message and three hours later, I got hauled out of bed and into a car (3 Eugene city police officers and 2 cars were dispatched to my house, outside the city limits).

I finally got out at 8 the next night, when I broke down and called a friend to bail me out. I was arraigned at 1:30 p.m. and then thrown back into the limbo of the holding cell, neither released nor booked and thus trapped in the purgatory of that horrid holding cell.

Someone told me Joan Baez said everyone ought to get arrested once. It certainly was an educational experience. 20 hours in the Lane County jail taught me that I don't ever want to get involved with law enforcement again!

Deborah Frisch dfrisch at
Thu Sep 7 02:02:04 CEST 2006

Finally, in her own words, what happened.

552 posted on 09/08/2006 3:35:36 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Speaking of Censorship?
ANDY ROTH POSTS a huge McCain-Feingold iron curtain roundup. Lots of bloggers are unhappy.

553 posted on 09/08/2006 5:18:02 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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USA Today Writer Smears LGF

Here’s a piece by Andrew Kantor at USA Today that’s embarrassingly amateurish, for someone trying to accuse me of being amateurish: Technology empowers amateur journalism for better or worse. (Hat tip: davesax.)   link: 224 comments  " Kantor's article is a jaw-dropper. Did he really want to expose himself as such a patently arrogant idiot?"

554 posted on 09/08/2006 2:44:29 PM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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Barbara Olson and John Moran:
Never forget
By Michelle Malkin   ·   September 09, 2006 09:56 AM


Free Republic remembers two of its members killed on 9/11, the effervescent Barbara Olson (screen name: BKO) and NY firefighter John Moran (screen name: BCM).


Related: In case you missed it, Peggy Noonan's piece, "I just called to say I love you," is a must-read.

555 posted on 09/09/2006 8:07:12 AM PDT by backhoe (-30-)
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SOW wants GOV to be tool of feminists-- reactions please!
Interesting admission -- This is a post from a SOW. She raves against REAL women, but says about the campaign against SOW:
Frighteningly, they are gaining ground.
Thanks to all on Free Dominion for your help.

556 posted on 09/10/2006 4:57:06 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, Ridin' the Trakball into the Dawn of Information)
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Moonbats Who Lie

The latest smear attack against Little Green Footballs is that the FBI is “investigating” us for “anti-Muslim speech.” Here we have Tikkun Olam moron Richard Silverstein snapping and snarling and acting as a willing tool for CAIR: FBI Investigates Anti-Muslim Hate Speech at Little Green Footballs. This is a typical leftist attack; full of lies and invented “facts” that bear no relation to reality. I have fully explained the incidents, contrary to Silverstein’s ignorant assertion. If you don’t know the details and would like to, see this post. link: 88 comments

557 posted on 09/10/2006 11:02:34 AM PDT by backhoe
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The Debenstein Monster has not shut up- she just became an Internet Nomad, roaming from place to place to whine and moan...
From this source ( see comments ):
I am happy to announce that a Comcast customer from San Jose, CA was the 100,000th visitor to DHD.

Thank you to this visitor as well as each of the 99,999 visitors before that made this community such a great thing.


558 posted on 09/10/2006 11:53:06 AM PDT by backhoe
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Debborrhea™ continues:
8. teh deb’s bilge continues~~on this, of all days…

——–begin teh deb #1—————-
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2006 18:23:14 -0700
From: “Deborah Frisch”
Subject: [Abbeyweb] happy anniversary!

Tomorrow’s the big day - the five year anniversary of
the day all those little eichmanns bit the dust!
——-end teh deb #1—————

I’ve made good on me wurd: I’ve begun a site,

559 posted on 09/11/2006 4:00:55 PM PDT by backhoe
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Has it really been half a decade?

On the morning of September 11 2001, my wife and I were up early packing the car for a weekend stay we’d planned in Taos, NM.  We were watching “Good Morning America” while having our coffee when the report broke of a “small plane” hitting one of the Twin Towers—a report that was soon thrown into doubt by eyewitnesses who claimed the plane was much larger than the initial accounts were claiming. 

We decided to stick around for a bit until we knew what exactly was happening, and because of that, we watched live as the second plane hit the Towers.  It was at that point, I think, that we cancelled our trip.  Not long after, we watched the Towers collapse.

In the days and weeks following what we eventually learned were terrorist attacks, I became—along with millions of Americans, I suspect—a news junkie.  And it was during the second stage of the coverage—after the immediate 48 hours, when networks began “contextualizing” the attacks—that I found myself growing disillusioned with media outlets I’d previously watched fairly uncritically.  Pre-911, I wasn’t at all a political animal; but CNN and Peter Jennings turned me into one.

They also allowed me to find FOX News, which I had never before watched—and blogs, which I had never before read.  The rapidity of the updates on blogs, which were pulling stories from multiple sources and offering commentary, fed both my hunger for information and my desire to consider a broad range of commentary.  And in December 2001, I started my own site, which eventually became protein wisdom.

I also subscribed to a number of magazines within a month or two of the 911 attacks in order to read across the ideological and political spectrum.  Among these were The Nation, Harpers, The American Prospect, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and Reason.  And it was through these periodicals that I was able to find my political bearings—which I’d always believed was more toward, say, Harpers -- but which in fact turned out to be some combination of the The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, and National Review on foreign policy, and Reason on social policy.

Which, I have to be honest, this came as quite a shock to a guy who’d spent the last 10 years of his life in the Humanities—though in retrospect, I don’t think it should have been, given the way I now believe one’s understanding of how language works (even if that understanding is entirely unconscious) either determines (or possibly is determined by) one’s ideological orientation, which then translates into a nodal point on the political continuum.

My own orientation—which I’ve come to identify as classically liberal—also exposed an ideological rift between me and many of my friends, one that had previously been a far more localized and discipline-specific dispute over hermeneutics, often argued vigorously over beer and bad 70s music.  Unsurprisingly (to me, at least), my friends who were of the postcolonial / new historical / post-structural (including reader-response) schools of interpretation theory turned out to hold “progressive” political views and were the most likely to embrace ideas about “blowback” and US imperialism / hegemony, which they often trotted out as a way to distance themselves from the crass nativists who had taken to wearing American flag lapel pins or decorating their cars with ribbon magnets, and had committed the unpardonable sin of having never read Pynchon or Delillo or Said or Walter Benjamin.

So for me, not only was 911 an horrific day of tragedy, but it was likewise the day that began my political awakening, and compelled me to think through and clarify my political beliefs, as well as endeavor to understand the philosophical underpinnings of my ideological inclinations in much the same way I’d previously gone about understanding, say, The Time Machine or The Prince.

Now, five years later, I’m completely comfortable with my politics; and I am firmly behind the current administration’s basic strategy for fighting the scourge of Islamic radicalism—even if I often disagree with particular manifestations of that strategy.

And at this remove, I find it rather pointless, now, to argue with those who have become entrenched in their views.  Nevertheless, I continue to write—sometimes to persuade, sometimes to crystalize my own thoughts—so that those who are perhaps new to an examination of politics, foreign policy, etc., can, if they’d like, add my observations and arguments to the mix that will eventually define their place on the political spectrum.

911 was a clarion call.  It told us we are indeed at war—that an enemy has sought us out, and that no amount of projection or denial or blame shifting or strained attempts to “understand” that enemy (ironically, often in completely western terms, this despite the constant suggestions that we need to understand them through the lens of their peculiar cultural beliefs) was going to change that fact.

Some of us have embraced that message and have decided to support a particular strategy for fighting the war; others (on both the left and the right) think our current leadership has chosen the wrong strategy; and still others deny that we are even AT war.

And so for me, today is a time to reflect not only upon the horrors of that sunny September morning—but it is likewise a time to take stock of where we are, what we’ve done since, and what we need to do going forward in order to protect our country and our way of life from those who would annihilate them.

I figure watching United 93 ought to be a nice way to jumpstart those reflections.  So if you’ll excuse me --

Posted by Jeff Goldstein @ 11:00 AM

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What’s struck me over the past five years is how the veil has been ripped off the various prejudices of Americans.  The absolute venom with which the Left refers to the “NASCAR crowd,” or suburbanites, or people who shop at Wal-Mart, is something I’ve heard as background music for years, but I never really listened to the tune until post-9/11.  I grew up in a heavily bigoted area (South Side Chicago Irish), and the pure vitriol aimed at the parties mentioned above is akin to what I heard directed at blacks when I was growing up. 

Similar too is the increased tension among ethnic groups, mainly “people of color” against whites, but also between sub-groups of the melanin-enhanced.  I can’t help but think this is due to the decline in civics education in school, replaced by the claptrap of multiculturalism, “diversity” and victimology.  Stress everyone’s differences, and their grievances, and it’s not surprising that we focus more on our tribes than on our citizenry as a whole.  (More likely, these thoughts have been here all along, and now we’re just more open to saying them aloud.)

I really don’t see where things are going to get better any time soon.  I can see a situation where a massive calamity hits a major city, and the suburban/rural response would be a collective shoulder shrug - not my people, not my problem. 

On the flip side, just think about what the response would be in certain circles of the Boston-NY-DC corrider if Oklahoma City got hit by a WMD.  I can see the Kossacks crowing right now about how “those damn Christian Nazis deserved it.”

Mr. Merry F'in’ Sunshine, that’s me.

"It was the 9/11 attacks which started me looking seriously into Islam.  Before that I had just looked at them as being just another religion.  As I checked out the Koran to see what it actually said, I started to realise that here we have a death cult totally dedicated to wiping out western civilization, no holds barred.  It is so obvious that I find it mind-bending just how many PC people in our govts and our indoctrinated populations are unable and unwilling to see the truth. "


Loony Leftists vs. Ted Hayes

Los Angeles Indymedia has photographs from Sunday’s 9/11 protest at the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City (in which demonstrators hung an effigy of Osama bin Laden), with that special borderline-illiterate Indymedia perspective: Racists Hang Effigy of Bin Laden Near Mosque. (Hat tip: Viking.)  Ted Hayes, the homeless activist, is now a “racist?” What’s he doing there anyway?  link: 48 comments

Axis of Evil, Stupid, and Dishonest

The “Nonaligned Movement,” a relic of the Cold War given new life by the recent alliances between radical Marxists and radical Islamists, wants to “redefine terrorism.”  Meanwhile, Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez must have seen Loose Change: Theory that U.S. orchestrated Sept. 11 attacks ‘not absurd’: Venezuela.   link: 17 comments

On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

Here’s a great little essay by Dave Grossman: On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)  Read the whole thing...  link: 63 comments   Grossman elaborated on this in his book On Killing. Interesting read.
"Partners in Terror"

560 posted on 09/12/2006 4:29:47 PM PDT by backhoe
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