Remember kids, these people are 'challenging the dreaded 'MSM'!. I think Atrios got it right when they awarded them 'Wankers of the Day'.
Little Green Footballs
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Let's see now...
Posted by Unknown at 21:45
How long before these planted stories of 'good news' start cropping up in certain chickenhawk blogs? To be honest they're probably already there.
The Pentagon said it is looking into a newspaper report that said the US military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to run stories written by US troops to burnish the US image in Iraq.
"If all of the elements in that story were accurate, there are some things in there that I find troubling, and that's why I've asked for the facts," said Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman.
"It was news to me," he said.
The Los Angeles Times said the articles were written by US military "information operations" troops, translated into Arabic and placed in Iraqi newspapers with the help of a defense contractor called Lincoln Group.
It said many of the articles were presented as unbiased news accounts trumpeting the work of US and Iraqi troops, denouncing the insurgents, and touting US efforts to rebuild the country.
The report, citing records and interviews, said the US military had paid Iraqi newspapers to publish dozens of the stories since the effort began this year.
Iraqi staff of the Washington-based Lincoln Group sometimes pose as freelance reporters or advertising executives in their approaches to Iraqi media outlets, masking their connection to the US military, according to the report.
Whitman said the report was troubling because the practices it described appeared to be in conflict with the Pentagon's overarching information policy. But he would not be more specific.
"That's what we want to look at: what they're doing and under what authority they believe they are executing some of these things," he said.
Posted by DR at 19:17
But not if you're a lizard. Here they are, weighing in on the four Christian peace activists who were kidnapped in Iraq over the weekend.
just another group like ISM that you'd just as see [sic] strung up on a lamp post...the nexus of the Moonbat universe...Too stupid to live. Off with their heads...Stupid fucks...I really don't give a damn what happens to these addled, self-hating, fifth columnists...hopeless idiotarians...For once, I'm on the side of the "insurgency"...Fuck the misguided fuckin fuckups...some of the stupidest people in the world...Stupid worthless bastards...These fuckheads will be just like Fisk, and praise their captors as saints ... if their heads stay on long enough...Worthless traitor...There best not be one American soldier who suffers so much as a scuffed shoe rescuing these a-holes...filthy anti-Semites...these bastards who got kidnapped are helping the terrorists demonize America...Off with their heads...I hope, for the sake of world peace and that the world wakes up, they get their heads lopped off...Now, what would the death toll of CPT volunteers in Iraq be if all of them were to have their throats cut by Allah's own death squad? It would be an acceptable one...No rescue attempts, please...'useful idiots' in this war against evil...too stupid to survive... I cannot raise one shred of compassion for these people...When I think of their families, I think: YOU RAISED THESE FOOLS...useful idiots...In another lifetime we called these people 'traitors'...Not an ounce of sympathy for these idiots. Sorry. They're with the terrorists. Literally...They are the enemy, and enable terrorism...well-meaning morons...Sic Semper Moonbatus...Just another bunch of moonbats, who are taking money from churches to do their own version of evil...I smell collaborators...F**k them! They get what they deserve! F**kin lefty, commie, self hating freaks!...nothing but little Rachel Corrie with sweeter dispositions...They're an enemy of the state and should be treated as such... The insurgents will end up letting these people go. Afterall they're on the same side...They are at least fellow travelers with the head-choppers, and worse, possibly in serious cahoots with them...Makes you wonder whose side these morons would be on in WWII. Would they be in Germany protesting Allied occupation, rebuilding, and the Nurnberg trials? Quite likely...Why should we care?...Has anyone noticed the degree that the left has infiltrated religion? We all know that they hate religion and religious people. They must figure that they can't destroy the role of religion in civil society from without, so they are now within...Off with their heads!...CPTeams will either be having a dull knife moment or it's a setup trick so they can be released and come back praiseing the terrorists as freedom fighters.. personally I hope it's the former.. being a Christian myself doesn't stop me from demanding truth have more rights then peacenick lies.
Now, is this "cherry-picking?" If so, then that's one hell of a lot of cherries.
On a somewhat more humorous note, someone also quoted Michelle Malkin, who in a recent article apparently referred to
Posted by Winston Smith at 17:59
You really got to ask, what the heck is going on here? The OSM/Pajama investors were supposedly investing in a business that made money by selling ads on the "mothership" PJ Media site, but also on all (70+) affiliated blogs. We haven't checked all 70+, but a quick sampling indicates that not only is PJ Media not placing ads on the affiliates, but the affiliates are sill using Blogads and Google Ads. These same affiliates are also being paid by PJ Media for the ads they are not showing. Why?
The PJ Media site has a few "mainstream" ads like Circuit City, but so lackluster, thin and dated is the content, it's hard to imagine many eyeballs and click-throughs. There's basically nothing on the PJ Media site that couldn't be done by a staff of one, merely supervising news feeds and pasting a few links and summaries.
So what is going on? Is Pajamas Media just a front for a Scaife-style "astroturf" operation, a way of sustaining Republican talking-points as an entire nation wakes up to the corruption and ineptitude of the Bushies and their cronies? It sure as hell isn't a viable business.
Posted by Unknown at 17:07
#182 Charles 4/28/2005 5:51:00 PM
I can't believe I once bought into the nonsense that Bush is "stupid." I think he's doing really well. He has good answers ready for every issue and delivers them with conviction.
#176 Charles 6/28/2005 5:26:47 PM
Excellent speech so far. It's amazing how far Bush has come as a public speaker.
#1564 Charles 8/11/2005 8:18:15 PM
Deranged lefties who use the term "Chimpy" to refer to the President will now be banned automatically. I'm really, really tired of that crap.
Posted by Unknown at 01:31
Chuckles is complaing that The Australian has produced a biased headline against George W. Bush. Let's see.
Corrupt Bush ally resigns in shameWas he corrupt?
He took bribes to the tune of $2.4 million dollars
Was he an ally of George W. Bush?
He was a Republican congressman. He is a staunch conservative.
Cunningham is known as a fairly strong conservative, often speaking against abortion, stem cell research, and a variety of other subjects.Hardly an ally of Bill Clinton then, eh?
Did he resign in shame?
According to his own resignation letter he's full of shame, regret and sorrow.
So how is it a biased headline if it's stating fact? It's biased in LGFland because it's seen by them as an attack on their beloved Bush regime. That to Chuckles is inexcusable and a challenge to his Republican blog and his barmy comments section. His 'Operation Cover George's Ass' is really heating up.
Posted by DR at 00:57
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
We've noticed that Charles Johnson's failed blogger empire OSM/PJM has dropped the official Chinese news agency Xinhua from its news sources. Will the powers that be at PJM do the same for UPI now?
UPI, for those who don't know it, is owned by News World Communications, which in turn is owned by the Unification Church led by the 'Rev' Sun Myung Moon. And Moon, as CJ should well know, is no friend of the Jewish people:
"To recreate Israel, the church and the state must become one as Cain and Abel. Instead they became one with Rome and captured and killed Jesus. They united with Rome. Who are the Jewish members here, raise your hands! Jewish people, you have to repent. Jesus was the King of Israel. Through the principle of indemnity Hitler killed 6 million Jews. That is why. God could not prevent Satan from doing that because Israel killed the True Parents. Even now, you have to determine that you will repent and follow and become one with Christianity through Rev. Moon." (Moon on 2 March 2003)
So Charles, how about it?
Posted by X at 19:12
Charlie entertains the troops with a crazy story about a crazy man who believes that he is on earth to carry out God's will. Of course it's that fool Ahmadinejad again, this time claiming to be a Muslim holy figure.
Mad Mullahs, eh? Which other president on this planet would be so arrogant and full of naive faith to think he's doing God's work for him? Hmmmmm.....
"God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did." - G.W. Bush
Posted by X at 18:42
Tehran is certain to emerge as the biggest winner from the war — a winner that in the not too distant future is likely to add nuclear warheads to the missiles it already has. In the past, Tehran has often threatened the Gulf States. Now that Iraq is gone, it is hard to see how anybody except the United States can keep the Gulf States, and their oil, out of the mullahs' clutches.
A continued American military presence will be needed also, because a divided, chaotic, government-less Iraq is very likely to become a hornets' nest. From it, a hundred mini-Zarqawis will spread all over the Middle East, conducting acts of sabotage and seeking to overthrow governments in Allah's name.
The Gulf States apart, the most vulnerable country is Jordan, as evidenced by the recent attacks in Amman. However, Turkey, Egypt and, to a lesser extent, Israel are also likely to feel the impact. Some of these countries, Jordan in particular, are going to require American assistance.
Maintaining an American security presence in the region, not to mention withdrawing forces from Iraq, will involve many complicated problems, military as well as political. Such an endeavor, one would hope, will be handled by a team different from — and more competent than — the one presently in charge of the White House and Pentagon.
For misleading the American people, and launching the most foolish war since Emperor Augustus in 9 B.C sent his legions into Germany and lost them, Bush deserves to be impeached and, once he has been removed from office, put on trial along with the rest of the president's men. If convicted, they'll have plenty of time to mull over their sins.
I'd suggest holding the debate in Libya, but as the author of those remarks is Israeli, Qaddafi won't let him in.
Posted by Winston Smith at 16:56
Monday, November 28, 2005
Thanks to Pieter Dorsman of Peaktalk, who informs us that he did, despite our claims to the contrary, report on the murder of Louis Sévèke.
Just goes to show: if you're going to make a blanket claim that a certain person or group is ignoring a particular event or issue, you'd better make damned sure you're right.
Posted by Winston Smith at 11:26
Charles Johnson is allegedly (according to his supporters) not anti-Muslim, he is allegedly anti-terrorist and anti-jihadist. If that is true what can his objections to the building of a mosque that will serve a large Muslim community?
British Dhimmitude WatchIs this linked to the war on terror? Is this linked to al-Qaeda? Is this linked to Iraqi insurgents? Is this linked to the Palestinian/Israeli situation?
Giant mosque for 40,000 may be built at London Olympics. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
What is there to say?
It's bigotry. Plain and simple, and his 'lizards' aren't ones to miss the opportunity.
#7 JammieWearingFool 11/27/2005 08:13PM PSTFurther down the comment thread of similar moronic postings is a very interesting one. A one line link to an article....
Great place for a work accident.
#8 quark2 11/27/2005 08:13PM PST
Oh wow, just stick an army of terrorists right under the noses of the games. Reminescient
of the German 1972 games anyone?
#9 jwm 11/27/2005 08:13PM PST
Alah's Roach Motel
#10 Stuck in california 11/27/2005 08:14PM PST
Be proud London! 70,000 potential terrorist...
#13 quark2 11/27/2005 08:18PM PST
I believe if I were an athlete I'd think twice about that set of games. A 40,000 moslim army
smelling your armpit they're so close!
#20 jcm 11/27/2005 08:23PM PST
I see vision of a trebuchet.
A trebuchet launching pigs.
Pigs squealing as they puncture the roof.
Pigs splattering all over the gathered.
Yes, a CRUSADER trebuchet.
#95 trigger girlie 11/27/2005 09:48PM PST
Burn it down and feed the ashes to the pigs. Everything England does is self-destructive, and I feel bad for the people who are the victims of the goverenmental appeasement. To all the Brits who are not willing to stick their asses out to the Mullahs: get out while you can, we have plenty of space here (we could free up some space by sending all the dhimmies to UK).
Hah, imagine them building a 70,000 people sinagogue or a church.
130 albion 11/28/2005 05:31AM PST......by the openly fascist and holocaust denying BNP. Nice company this 'Lizardoid' keeps. What next, a David Duke article? Now I realise that the poster isn't exactly a regular (who has also linked to the French NF in the past) and I realise that there are some decent people over there that have objected to him linking to neo-nazi scum before but Charles needs to clean up a little.
Muslim food forced on English children
Posted by DR at 10:35
British peace campaigner Norman Kember, along with three other Westerners, was kidnapped yesterday in Iraq.
Kember, the former secretary of the Baptist Peace Fellowship in the UK, was said to have traveled to Iraq as a representative of "several humanitarian organizations."
More about the Baptist Peace Fellowship here.
Now we just have to wait and see whether this results in an orgy of non-stop Baptist bashing among the right-wing élite, just as the Quakers were targeted during last month's "death party" slanderthon.
Posted by Winston Smith at 07:37
A recent entry at LGF had these words:
“Churchill is a despicable character, and a hero of the “progressive” movement. Coincidence?”
I've been wondering about this claim of a strong connection between Ward Churchill and progressives. I hadn't heard of him before the wingnuts started to make a stink about his 2001 paper on 9-11 but I don't exactly have a good feel for the entire progressive movement in America.
I decided to do a little search work and see what liberals/leftists/progressives think about Ward Churchill. I used the online EBSCO database of magazines and searched liberal/left/progressive publications, using the "All Text" option, for mentions of "Ward Churchill."
I started with The Nation and the earliest reference to WC is 2/21/2005:
Title: Ward Churchill and the Mad Dogs of the Right ,
By: Cockburn, Alexander,
This was in response to the wingnut witch hunt of an obscure college professor, so I don't think we can conclude that The Nation considers WC a "hero", instead he is more like a victim. More to the point, until 2005 there is no mention of the 2001 WC article that caused so much bleeding at the ears at LGF and other places.
For the sake of comparison, I decided to use another professor - Noam Chomsky - who can legitimately be considered a hero of progressives, as a point of comparison. Chomsky of course has been around much longer than WC, so to be fair, I decided to limit my search to the last 16 years, 1990-2005. Even so, Chomsky wins hands down: 119 articles mention Noam to a mere 5 for WC, all after the witch hunt began.
Of course, The Nation isn't the only progressive publication so I checked a few others: Mother Jones, New York Review of Books, Harper's Magazine, Tikkun and Utne had no articles that mentioned WC. For Chomsky, the total number of articles was 23*. The Atlantic Monthly, Utne Reader, and Progressive had a total of 7 articles that mention WC but they were all about his work on Native American Indians. Chomsky's number for those same magazines is 75.
One would think that if WC was such a hero to progressives, especially for his 9-11 article, there would be many, many more articles that mention him approvingly.
*Two articles in NYRB dealt with linguistics and were excluded.
Posted by Steve J. at 02:32
Sunday, November 27, 2005
That's not much of a question for Boris Johnson MP (Conservative). He's openly declared that he'd be happy to publish the 'memo' in which Bush suggests the bombing of al-Jazeera.
But if (Dubya’s) remarks were just an innocent piece of cretinism, then why in the name of holy thunder has the British state decreed that anyone printing those remarks will be sent to prison?Good on him. He should be running for leader.
We all hope and pray that the American President was engaging in nothing more than neo-con Tourette-style babble about blowing things up. We are quite prepared to believe that the Daily Mirror is wrong. We are ready to accept that the two British civil servants who have leaked the account are either malicious or mistaken. But if there is one thing that would seem to confirm the essential accuracy of the story, it is that the Attorney General has announced that he will prosecute anyone printing the exact facts.
If someone passes me the document within the next few days I will be very happy to publish it in The Spectator, and risk a jail sentence. The public need to judge for themselves. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. If we suppress the truth, we forget what we are fighting for, and in an important respect we become as sick and as bad as our enemies.
Posted by DR at 12:21
This is great. It's well worth a read.
"The Genocidal Imagination of Christopher Hitchens" by Richard Seymour
Posted by DR at 12:12
This is horrific. Private 'security contractors' (why are they never called mercenaries these days?) have been caught out on video randomly shooting Iraqi civilians.
A "trophy" video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.This story is far more deserving of the word 'wow' than cherry picking badly written comments at the Daily Kos site Charles. Bet it doesn't get a mention at LGF.
The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis.
The video, which first appeared on a website that has been linked unofficially to Aegis Defence Services, contained four separate clips, in which security guards open fire with automatic rifles at civilian cars. All of the shooting incidents apparently took place on "route Irish", a road that links the airport to Baghdad.
Posted by DR at 11:34
"Pajamas Media staff & contributors in Portland and Los Angeles" have uncovered shocking evidence of crypto-Nazi sympathies at Time-Warner. Using time-honored techniques of "insinuendo" (to quote Spiro Agnew) and half-truths, they take the unwillingness of Teen People magazine, which is published by Time-Warner, to identify a Nazi singing duo as "a Nazi singing duo" and use it to launch a general attack on Time-Warner and the "liberal media" as a whole.
And you know what? They might be onto something. We here at the LGF Watch Executive Editorial Staff Committee have uncovered further evidence to support the notion that Time-Warner has fascist sympathies.
Here, for example, is the cover of TIME Magazine's issue dated April 25, 2005:
It features a largely sympathetic profile of Ann Coulter, who in 2003 remarked:
Foreigners were relentlessly staging raids on our border, which was defended by a hapless bunch of incompetents at the Immigration and Naturalization Service. But the only complaints about the INS came from conservatives. Liberals view their own noncompliance with immigration laws as a sort of neighbor-friendly program. They think America is a department store, and that no one can be denied entry.Those remarks were published on VDare.com, an anti-immigration website to which Pajamas Media blogger Michelle Malkin is also a leading contributor.
Now, here is a photo of two little girls who evidently agree with Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin:
And here's a photo of their mom:
And some of their supporters:
As you might already have guessed, those last three photos pertain to the Nazi bimbettes about whom neither Teen People nor Pajamas Media are willing to report fully. For just as Teen People apparently tried to whitewash (so to speak) their pro-Hitler sympathies, Pajamas Media refuses even to run a picture of them. Much less one that exposes their anti-immigration sentiments.
But as you can see, we here at the Senior LGF Watch Staff Editorial Committee Board have no such qualms. We will, however, refrain from mentioning where you can get one of those lovely "Stop Immigration" T-shirts, because the people selling them are virulent neo-Nazi racists and we wouldn't want to send them any business.
Now, does all this mean that all anti-immigration activists are white supremacists or neo-Nazis? Of course not. Such a claim would be almost as absurd as, say, conflating Islam with terrorism. Or the idea that there is some sort of Nazi-media-leftist nexus that is seeking to rehabilitate the memory of Adolf Hitler. But that is apparently what we're meant to infer from Pajamas Media's reporting on Time-Warner's reporting (or lack thereof -- the Teen People article was killed) on "Prussian Blue."
Prussian Blue Sucks
Southern Poverty Law Center
UPDATE: Another fantastic Coulter quote to add to this piece is,
"My libertarian friends are probably getting a little upset now but I think that's because they never appreciate the benefits of local fascism." - MSNBC February 8, 1997
Posted by Winston Smith at 10:39
Saturday, November 26, 2005
The European affairs experts over at LGF will be very pleased to hear about this:
A report drawn up for the French government has rejected calls for "positive discrimination" to help minorities find jobs, dealing a blow to Interior Minister and presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy.
Sarkozy has challenged President Jacques Chirac by calling for affirmative action to help tackle high unemployment among minorities, seen as one of the causes of three weeks of rioting in poor suburbs that abated last week.
Or will they?
But the report -- prepared by the High Council on integration, a panel of academics and cultural figures -- backed Chirac's view that positive discrimination or setting quotas for hiring minorities has no place in a state built on the belief that everyone should have equal opportunities.
The study into integration policies over the last three years was delivered to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who also opposes affirmative action and is widely seen as Sarkozy's main rival to lead the center-right into the 2007 presidential election.
Well, that ought to make a few "anti-idiotarian" heads explode.
Posted by Winston Smith at 17:33
Chickenhawk Johnson is clearly peeved at this. It would be so much simpler to keep shilling for the Bush War if those messy American deaths and dismemberments were not mentioned often, or at all. On the other blood-flecked hand, Johnson can't devote enough of his revolting blog to slavering over Muslim deaths, anywhere and under any circumstances. Witness his gloating over any and all Israeli targeted assassinations (the "Car Swarm" feature at LGF), no matter how many innocent men, women and children are killed and injured as "collateral damage". The pudgy, silken-maned Johnson, with his blank button-like eyes and soft hands is the very embodiment of a modern Republican Ghoul.
And that's being polite about it.
Posted by Unknown at 14:31
Least of all us, but when we make a mistake, we at least have the excuse that we all have day jobs and none of us (as far as anyone knows) has access to any amount of VC funding, much less $3.5 million worth.
But Pajamas Media? They look like they aren't even trying. Case in point:
I'm sure it'll come as quite a surprise for both Bill Quick and John Cole to learn that that Quick is apparently now writing for Balloon Juice. (And note the URL in the status bar; that's what you see when you hover over the "Balloon Juice" link. But the "Grab" software didn't allow me to capture the little hand.)
This screenshot was taken a few minutes ago. It might seem like an isolated case, except for the fact that Bill Quick is identified with "Balloon Juice" in at least two other places -- including the Pajamas Media homepage.
Whatever they're paying their "staff" in Barcelona, Los Angeles, and Sydney -- it's too much.
[UPDATE, 15.49 GMT: They fixed it. Still nothing on the Errors and Corrections page though.]
Posted by Winston Smith at 13:34
It certainly looks that way:
Grassroots members of George Galloway's left-wing Respect party have condemned as “unacceptable” the decision of the party leadership to exclude lesbian and gay rights from their manifesto for the general election earlier this year.
Respect MP George Galloway is now being asked to explain why his party dumped gay rights from its manifesto. Allegations abound that Respect's right-wing Islamist backers demanded the axing of gay rights as a condition of their electoral support for the party.
At Respect's annual conference on Sunday (20 November), delegates rebelled against party leaders who vetoed the inclusion of gay equality in the party's manifesto for the 2005 general election.
The victorious conference resolution 47 stated: “Conference regards it as unacceptable that our manifesto for the general election did not contain any reference to the defence of LGBT rights.”
From the conference platform, Respect leader Lindsay German, who is also a senior leader of the Socialist Workers Party, disparaged the resolution, claiming it had a "hidden agenda" and was moved in "bad faith."
According to veteran human-rights campaigner Peter Tatchell,
“Respect is in alliance with the right-wing, anti-gay Islamist group, the Muslim Association of Britain. Respect does not ally with liberal and left-wing Muslims.
“The MAB endorses the recreation of an Islamic Caliphate where Muslims would be subjected to the barbarism of Sharia law, which includes the execution of unchaste women, apostates and gay people.
“Respect has betrayed progressive Muslims, in favour of an alliance with Islamist conservatives and fundamentalists whose policies on gay and women's rights are even more reactionary than those of the despicable neo-Nazi BNP."
Some observers will undoubtedly point to the "Respect" fiasco as further evidence of collusion between anti-war leftists and Islamo-fascists.
Except for one thing: Tatchell is an anti-war leftist. But he refuses to be bound by any preconceived notions about what leftists, or gay people, or war opponents are "supposed" to believe. And his characterization of ultra-religious Muslims as "right-wing" is bound to make many "anti-idiotarians" uncomfortable, if not apoplectic. But as far as we're concerned, it's spot-on.
Posted by Winston Smith at 09:55
The lizardoids have taken to lifting entire posts by Charles and putting them on at least one AOL message board. I guess "Pajamas Media" isn't doing so well. These are from AOL's "Breaking News from the War in Iraq " board.
LGF: Mama Moonbat Weeps
Cindy Sheehan at Daily “Screw Them” Kos: Open Letter to George Bush. (Hat tip: wingfam mom.)
AOL: Mama Moonbat Weeps
Cindy Sheehan at Daily “Screw Them” Kos: Open Letter to George Bush. (Hat tip: wingfam mom.) Posted by IMLMSDS
LGF: The KKK Goes to Syria
Lots of LGF commenters have pointed out that antisemitic white supremacist (and Cindy Sheehan fan) David Duke has been visiting Syria lately, but here’s a mind-warping article from Arab media in which he’s treated as a respectable US politician: David Duke in Damascus to express solidarity with Syria.
AOL:The KKK Goes to Syria
Lots of LGF commenters have pointed out that antisemitic white supremacist (and Cindy Sheehan fan) David Duke has been visiting Syria lately, but here’s a mind-warping article from Arab media in which he’s treated as a respectable US politician: David Duke in Damascus to express solidarity with Syria. Posted by IndictJohnKerry
LGF: Palestinians Vote for Convicted Terrorist
The Palestinian Authority called a vote to choose people to run for leader of Fatah (Arabic for “Conquest”), the crypto-terrorist organization whose “military wing” (that’s the “wing” that blows up buses and discotheques and pizza parlors) is known as the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
AOL: Palestinians Vote for Convicted Terrorist
The Palestinian Authority called a vote to choose people to run for leader of Fatah (Arabic for “Conquest”), the crypto-terrorist organization whose “military wing” (that’s the “wing” that blows up buses and discotheques and pizza parlors) is known as the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
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Posted by Steve J. at 05:54
Friday, November 25, 2005
Unless, of course, it turns out that the Koran contains a sura that goes,
Fuck all this. None of you are worth living with. You can all kiss my ass.
Those being the apparent last words of Joel Hinrichs, the explosives-obsessed moron who blew himself up last month, and whose extremely tenuous connections with a local mosque (his roommate went there) were parlayed by Charles Johnson into a mention on the Wall Street Journal editorial page.
So, should we now expect an update from Charles mentioning this latest evidence? Or would that be just too "MSM"?
Posted by Winston Smith at 17:50
Hidden away in an obscure thread on LGF, the flagship of Pajamas Media, Charles' comment promises to involve his rabid, racist "Lizardoid Minions" in the future of Pajamas Media. Simon and Johnson have seen the Sitemeter data they have hidden from everyone else and no doubt it shows an initial peak of interest followed by a precipitous dive as many found there was nothing of interest on the OSM site. Now, to get the needed pageviews, Charles is going to let in the rabid, raving "Minions".
I don't think his (few) advertisers are going to like it.
Posted by Unknown at 14:27
How long before people like Charles Johnson cry that the EU and the British writers are anti-semitic and overtly anti-Israel while conveniently ignoring the content of the report. The Israeli government is breaking international law and its own Roadmap (peace plan) agreement.
A confidential report written for European Union foreign ministers has criticised Israel's policy on East Jerusalem, newspaper reports say.
The document, written by British officials, accuses Israel of rushing to annex Arab areas to prevent them becoming a future Palestinian capital.
Posted by DR at 14:27
Terry Waite asks "Were my captors worse than the Guantánamo jailers?"
Let me give a personal example. I was detained by a group of hostage takers in Beirut because they suspected me of engaging in dubious political activity. They blindfolded me and kept me in poor conditions without any contact with the outside world. They subjected me to physical and mental abuse during a lengthy period of interrogation. Had I not been able to convince them of my innocence I would not be walking free today. What is the essential difference between the methods deployed by my captors, who were labelled terrorists, and those of the authorities that detain suspects in Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere? They have been detained on suspicion and treated in a way that no civilised nation ought to condone.
Posted by DR at 14:00
The horror and the carnage continues. Is this the 'noble cause'?
As the war in Iraq drags on, less and less attention is being payed to the daily carnage there.Also the Daou Report also has this excellent piece. THE STRAW MEN OF IRAQ: Ten Pro-War Fallacies.
In addition to the hundreds of Iraqis dying every week, an average of three American troops are dying every day there. In the first 24 days of this month, 75 GIs have lost their lives.
Friday's hastily staged congressional vote on withdrawal from Iraq may have been designed to embarrass John Murtha, but the raucous session offered valuable insight into the various rationales for war and the tactics used to attack Democrats who oppose Bush's Iraq policy. A parade of House Republicans went after the Dems and laid out a surprisingly weak case for the invasion and continued occupation of Iraq. Here, in my view, are ten of the leading pro-war fallacies...Please, read it all.
1. VIRTUALLY EVERYONE WHO SAW THE INTELLIGENCE BELIEVED SADDAM HAD WMD, THEREFORE BUSH IS BEING UNFAIRLY SINGLED OUT FOR CRITICISM
The typical framing is: "Democrats got the same intelligence and reached the same conclusion, so blaming Bush for misleading America is purely political." The argument is also presented in 'gotcha' form by people like Sean Hannity, who use a lengthy blind quote about the threat posed by Saddam that turns out to be from Bill Clinton, John Kerry or some other Democrat. The conclusion is that if Bush was lying, they must have been lying too.
There is a false assumption underlying this argument, namely that Dems received the same intel as Bush (they didn't), but setting that aside, here are two reasons why this is a straw man:
a) The issue is not whether people believed Saddam had WMD (many did), or whether there was any evidence that he had WMD (there was), it's the fact that Bush and his administration made an absolute, unconditional case with the evidence at hand, brooking no dissent and dismissing doubters inside and outside the government as cowardly or treasonous. That's what "manipulating the intelligence" and "misleading the public" refers to, the knowing exaggeration of the case for war (whether by cherry-picking intel or using defunct intel or by speaking about ambiguous intel in alarming absolutes). As I wrote in this post: "There we were, more than a decade after the first gulf war, two years after 9/11, and Saddam hadn’t attacked us, he hadn’t threatened to attack us. And then suddenly, he was the biggest threat to America. A threat that required a massive invasion. A bigger threat than Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran, Bin Laden. A HUGE, IMMEDIATE threat. It simply defied belief."
b) In addition to the fear-mongering described above, the contention that Bush 'misled' the public is not simply about Saddam's WMD, but about the way the administration stormed ahead with their plans and invaded Iraq in the way they did, at the time they did, with the Pollyannaish visions they fed the world, all the while demonizing dissent and smearing their critics.
In both (a) and (b), the crux of the issue is proportionality. Whether or not Bill Clinton or France or the U.N. believed Saddam was a threat, the administration's apocalyptic words and drastic actions (preemptively invading a sovereign nation) were decidedly out of proportion to the level and immediacy of the threat. THAT is the issue.
Posted by DR at 12:32
In an earlier article we stated that Dutch blogger Arjan Dasselaar, who blogs in English at Zacht Ei, is part of the Pajamas Media team or somehow affiliated with them.
In comments below, Arjan informs us that this is, in fact, not the case.
We also stated that Arjan had not blogged about the murder of leftist political activist Louis Sévèke. In fact he did, just two days after the fact -- on his Dutch blog.
LGF Watch regrets these errors. And thanks to Arjan for pointing us, in the aforementioned post on his Dutch blog, to the excellent Intel Weblog, which has a wealth of intelligence-related content in both Dutch and English. Its English tagline is: "Open source [heh -ed.] information on intelligence and counter-terrorism in The Netherlands."
Posted by Winston Smith at 11:53
George Galloway's "Respect" party is in hot water again, over
allegations that one of its donors has ties to an Islamic political party that advocates bigotry against homosexuals.
Gay activists have called on George Galloway's Respect party to dissociate itself from a donor amid claims he is linked to a party that advocates homophobia.
Dr Mohammed Naseem stood for Respect in Perry Barr, Birmingham, at the last election and donated £15,457 to the party - 29% of its campaign budget.
But Dr Naseem is also an executive member of, and home affairs spokesman for, the Islamic Party of Britain, whose website says: "Islam condemns and outlaws homosexuality. As far as Islamic law is concerned, the state does not interfere in the privacy of people's homes, but it would need to safeguard public decency by preventing any public advocacy for homosexuality." Lewd public displays would attract the death penalty.
Note that the last sentence appears to be in the Guardian's own words, not those of the Islamic Party's website. But it appears to be consistent with radical Islam's view of homosexuality.
There follows a statement from Peter Tatchell of OutRage, whose tireless advocacy for gay rights we last noted in July.
Good for Peter. And good for the Guardian for reporting this. Now let's see how those oh-so-tolerant lizards react.
Posted by Winston Smith at 10:47
Now where did they ever get that idea?
P.S. The illustration above depicts someone wearing pajamas.
The illustration below is a bathrobe (or "dressing gown" if you prefer).
And what's with those black curvy things? They look an awful lot like crescents to us.
Posted by Winston Smith at 10:25
Charles and Roger have a big problem. A HUGE problem. They've flipped their flop web-site back to Pajamas Media, and had registered www.pajamasmedia.com as a web address, but what they really really need is something easier to remember and type, and that doesn't need spelling out -- as in "is it Pyjamas or Pajamas? (both are valid spellings). How would you like to explain that a zillion times? Worse, someone has registered the alternative spelling of www.pyjamasmedia.com as, well, it's hard to say what. * So a "contraction" of Pajamas Media as PJM or PJMedia, dot-net or dot-com seems to be essential.
www.pjmedia.net - is the personal blog of "Per-Jarle Heggelund", an artist in Europe.
www.pjmedia.com - is a computer consultant in TN.
www.pjm.com - "the world's largest (electrical) grid operator."
And www.pjm.net (screen cap above) seems to belong to a name-broker/squatter in Asia. Ouch!
But as long as any (or all) of the above don't find out that Johnson and Simon are rolling in cash, and have raised $3,500,000 in venture capital, the prospects seem good that one of them will part with their domain for some reasonable bucks.
It's not like anyone would tell them. Is it?
* How could Johnson and Simon let that one slip? They must have known about the alternative spelling. These guys are frankly, dumb. As in stupid. And careless.
Posted by Unknown at 05:51
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Senior European affairs analyst Charles Johnson takes a single alarming anecdote and extrapolates it into a grievous threat to the Anglospheric Way of Life. And his saurian horde obediently extrapolates it further, seeing an insult hurled by a deranged idiot against a lady columnist as an unmistakable sign that Britain is on the verge of banning alcohol, and Norway on the brink of requiring all its women to wear burqas, etc. Featuring a special guest appearance by the piggy-bank story, which was debunked several days ago.
Curiously, no one has seen fit to mention the fact that a prominent political figure was murdered in the Netherlands last week. To the general consternation of absolutely no one in "The Blogosphere" (in the Simon/Blair/Guardia sense of the term), political activist and journalist Louis Sévèke was shot to death near his home in the eastern city of Nijmegen:
The Dutch news agency ANP cited witnesses as saying Seveke had been shot in the head as he walked down a street in the center of Nijmegen, but they added that it was unclear whether he had been specifically targeted.
Now, contrast the total silence of "The Blogosphere" with the pandemonium that erupted when Theo van Gogh was shot a year ago. People who could scarcely locate Europe -- much less the Netherlands -- on a map were suddenly pontificating about "Eurabia" and banned churches and other inanities.
You'd think that the murder of a prominent activist in what was until recently regarded as the tinderbox of Europe would have drawn at least some attention from "The Blogosphere." But neither of the Dutch bloggers on the PJM blogroll has deigned to comment, even though the Sévèke murder has topped the Dutch news for over a week. The IHT offers a possible reason why:
The news agency said Seveke had been a well-known leftist activist for more than 20 years and had founded a group that won a number of lawsuits against a Dutch intelligence agency for assembling dossiers on politically active people.
Consider, too, this article that Sévèke published in NRC Handelsblad (the approximate Dutch equivalent of the Financial Times) that cast some highly critical light on Dutch "anti-terrorist" activities:
Last week, according to published reports in NRC Handelsblad and a Netwerk broadcast, it was revealed that hand grenades were supposedly used by people accused by the Justice Department of belonging to the "Hofstadgroup", and that they had been delivered by an agent of the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD). This man, called B., was said to have participated in various terror investigations, but was never detained. At least not until the reports came out. Now he's in custody. Netwerk began by describing the situation as being too absurd for words: "An AIVD worker who gave hand grenades to a group of man it regards as deadly dangerous."
The use of violence by some terror suspects, combined with fear-mongering by the government -- supported by some in the media -- can lead to a comparable result: the acceptance of unnecessary restrictions on civil rights of citizens and groups.
Now it's apparent that the secret services have possibly played a crucial role (delivering weapons) in the development of violence. In a time when the word "terror" is on everyone's lips, and when there's so much talk of "terror" and "counterterror" in near and faraway countries, at least for now, then we're faced with an era of selective openness.
If the government chooses to stir the pot itself, at the moment when its so-called terror supsects are detained, as it infiltrates its civilian criminals who can handle weapons and explosives, and if the government also expects its citizens to be vigilant, then it should itself provide absolute openness about its affairs, and admit that at least some of the alleged terror comes in fact from its own colleagues, and they should be written about.
Two weeks after that article was published, Sévèke was dead. Shot once from 50 metres away, and again in the head at point-blank range. The man placed his pistol into his gym bag and casually walked away.
On Tuesday Nijmegen paid tribute to Sévèke. The Dutch police still have no leads, but many witnesses have come forth. No suspects have been found, and no motive.
So although we won't come out and call it a political murder, it does at least send a chilling signal to people in the Netherlands -- shut your mouth, or else. Whether you're an Islam-baiting buffoon or a local housing activist with a passion for peace and truth.
But if you fall into that second category, don't expect much of a send-off from "The Blogosphere." Some deaths, after all, matter much more than others.
Posted by Winston Smith at 20:40
Check out this massive outpouring of reactions on Fark.com to the news of PJM™'s name change.
It's garnered 25 posts over the past 36 hours (or so). Or 14 less than the latest cat-lady story.
Quoth the last two people who actually bothered to post:
2005-11-23 05:47:02 PM dbaggins
It doesn't look good for Pajamas Media if farkers are scratching their heads and going "who?", even after their big launch party in NY.
farkers are their target demographic.
Pajamas Media tagline "oh noes, MSM gonna gitcha!!11!1"
2005-11-23 05:53:11 PM blackmagicweiner
If you think that LGF is some kind of anti-Arab site then you are sadly misinformed or just straight-up lying.
Here's the deal. LGF claims to be a place for reasonable repubs & post-9/11 dems to get together and discuss WOT issues.
If you go to LGF and say "F*ck the paelsimians, we oughta kill'em all, filthy goat-humpers, nuke Mecca" you will get a lot of air-kisses, high-fives and general applause.
If you object to the above, the others commenters will immediately denounce you as an "LLL moonbat" and the webmaster (Charles Johnson) will ban your IP and delete all your posts.
Then they will congratulate each other for "getting it" (as in "we get what the War on Terror is really about") and resolve to "stay the course" and not "go wobbly"
Bobbing for rotten heads of cabbage in a bucket of vomit would be more illuminating, and (dare I say) entertaining
But hey, if you dig it, who am I to judge?
It wasn't us. Honest.
And as long as we're talking about the impact of PJM™ on the global newsoblogoinfosphere, a Technorati search unsurprisingly reveals that the vast majority of blog posts referring to PJM™ are either about PJM™, or consist of PJM™ bigwigs citing PJM™ as a source of news -- more often than not, a source of news about PJM™.
Don't sell those Reuters shares yet, folks.
Posted by Winston Smith at 15:29
We're sure PJM™ will be all over this eventually, but as they're currently gearing up for their exciting Macy's® Thanksgiving Day snark-a-thon, we thought we'd scoop them (again) by officially announcing that Michael Jackson is an idiot.
On Tuesday, ABC's "Good Morning America" aired portions of a 2003 voice message that Jackson was alleged to have left for a former adviser, Dieter Wiesner.
A transcript provided by King's office quotes Jackson as saying: "They suck them like leeches. ... They start out the most popular person in the world, make a lot of money, big house, cars and everything and end up penniless. It's a conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose."
As if anyone needed any more reasons to despise him.
Posted by Winston Smith at 13:32
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Who does Charlie J turn to when he needs to exorcize the ghost of his failed blogging venture, OSMorg, by hammering an MSM outlet with spurious allegations of corruption and bias? The Ghostbusters? The A-Team? No, Team Hollywod. Who they? in their own words:
Fighting for truth, justice and the American way, young marketing professionals
Preska Thomas, Kevin Finn, and Joseph Berish call themselves Team Hollywood.
In The Index: A Road Map they expose white-collar terrorism used by foreign
interests against U.S. corporations, illegal litigation, and media misconceptions
falsely sold to the American public.
Ha. Hah. Hahaha.
Posted by X at 20:08
OSM/PJM 'staff' in Barcelona ask "To bomb, or not to bomb (al-Jazeera)?" and tell us about blogger reaction to the Mirror's story about the US apparently pondering taking out the Arab news station's offices in Qatar.
What OSM/PJM 'staff' fail to mention is that the US has bombed al-Jazeera. Twice: on 13 November 2001 they bombed the al-Jazeera offices in Kabul and on 8 April 2003 they bombed the al-Jazeera offices in Baghdad.
In light of that...
Posted by X at 19:15
Five women from the same family in Pakistan's Punjab province have refused to be "united" with their prospective husbands as ordered by tribal elders.
The village council has told them to "honour" 1996 childhood marriages, when the youngest of them was just five.
Elders ordered the marriages to resolve a feud between the girls' family and a rival one - a practice now outlawed.
The refusal to marry has renewed tensions, leading to a shooting incident and arrests on both sides.
See, we can repost links to MSM articles too and call it blogging.
Posted by X at 19:07
We're not normally in the business of giving away free advertising, but this seems to have merit: Chad Wilcox, Program Assistant at the Institute for Humane Studies, has written to us telling us about a competition they are having over at the Institute. Here's the lowdown, in case any readers are interested:
In honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Felix Morley, the Institute for Humane Studies awards $5,000 in cash prizes to outstanding writers whose work reflects the principles of individual and economic freedoms including the First Amendment, voluntarism, the rule of law, and inalienable individual rights.
The competition is open to young writers (25 years of age or younger as of December 1, 2005) and all full-time students. Articles published July 1, 2004 through December 1, 2005 are eligible for consideration. For more information or to apply online, please visit the contest website at www.TheIHS.org/morley or apply directly at apply.theihs.org.
Deadline: December 1, 2005
If you meet the eligibility requirements for this competition we strongly encourage you to apply. We also encourage you to pass this information along to students and young journalists in your network, and to your readership. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So there you are. If you want to advertise on this site too, please contact our sales department on 0800-the-train-wreckers
Posted by X at 18:52
A death pool for the future of OSM/PJM has been launched. Various vlogs suggested it, some fine folks set it up. They point us to: http://pjmdeathpool.blogspot.com/
According to them, the pool will take into consideration the likely outcomes -- Simon/Johnson
dissolving OSM/PJM, individuals breaching contract, "or hey, maybe it survives the full 12-18 months of its initial plan."
They point out that "there's no real money in it -- but we're trying to work out a PayPal account so everyone can chip in a nominal sum."
Nothing, to do with us, honest.
Posted by Winston Smith at 11:37
CNN cites the Daily Mirror, which has apparently obtained a secret British government memo describing a U.S. plot to bomb al-Jazeera headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
The Daily Mirror reported that Blair talked Bush out of launching an airstrike against Al-Jazeera's headquarters in Qatar -- a U.S. ally -- during an April 16, 2004, meeting at the White House.
Citing a top-secret memo from Blair's office, the tabloid said Bush was angered by the network's coverage of the uprising in the western Iraqi city of Falluja.
Disturbing, if true.
Posted by Winston Smith at 07:59
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
If you wander over to OSM...sorry I mean Pajamas Media....no sorry I mean Clusterfuck Central you'll see their Best of the Blogs section has a fantastic post.
Frying a turkey!
Now far be it for me to question whether this really is the 'Best of the Blogs', but I'm just interested why it's a good idea to post a guide to cooking a turkey when Roger and Chuckles can't even manage to name one properly?
Posted by DR at 22:36
This is funny.
Excuse us while we pee ourselves with embarrassment by Catch.com.
The picture made me laugh more than the actual satire.
Posted by DR at 22:16
If Roger L Simon and Charles Johnson aren't just big f-ing LIARS!
From the "we are changing our name back" post on Open Source Media-Media's site today:
So how did this happen in the first place? Back at the beginning, certain, shall we say, paternalistically minded parties (i.e., the guys in suits decided that we should act like grownups, and being as yet somewhat immature—at least as businesspeople--we did as we were told. Which is how, one day, we ended up sitting around a conference table listening to representatives from a "branding" company. What followed is still a bit of nightmarish blur, but it involved a PowerPoint presentation on the history of names, and such probing questions as, "If you were an animal, what animal would you be?" (Which is how we almost ended up as Jellyfish Media.) Enough said. So, in the spirit of"open source," we thought we’d tell you the real story behind the reason for our name change. And hope that our corporate parents will be satisfied with good grades and healthy revenue.
So that's the story today. A while back though, Roger Simon wrote on his site:Some people have criticized the name "Pajamas Media" itself as lacking, shall we say, in gravitas. And, although we enjoy the hat tip to an important event in blog and media history, we recognize that it is perhaps not serious enough to be the long term public face of our endeavor. We had been playing with the title Blog News Service, but that too may not be broad enough for what we intend to do: return media to the citizens - in this case the online citizens.
Both of these accounts can't be true.
Update: Reader NR points out that:
In their witty post marking the return to Pajamas Media, Roger and Chaz [...] claim a "branding company" forced them to change the name to "Open Source Media"; the truth is, Roger had a thread on his site asking for names, and "Open Source" was was a prominent suggestion from many of his commenters:
"'Open Source Network' was good.
'Open Media Network" was too.
"I do like the stress on open source or independence.
Independent News Network
Open Source News Network"
"I like Rick's suggestion of "Open Source Network" - OSN."
Maybe they're suggesting Roger's commenters are a "branding company?"
Posted by Unknown at 20:05
Regular reader D. writes:
... You mentioned the built in ad blocker for Firefox, there is a similar
item for Safari from a third party developer that I have always used, "Pith Helmet". Works wonders, I love seeing those little grey boxes where annoying adds used to be. Nice to know Chaz is getting burned by something so nice and good.
Posted by X at 17:37
An anonymous reader has an important point to make regarding the (now defunct?) OSMorg logo:
Look at how the OSM logo starts out... it's a CRESCENT! They must support terror states!
A valid observation. We hope - but don't expect - Charles Johnson will take full responsibility for this embarrasment and do the honorable thing.
Posted by X at 10:08
While we wait for the dust to settle over the train wreck that was once Open Source Media Media (TM-not), here's a question to ponder: are Charles, Roger and the gang paying for their use of (c) images or not?
We're just asking because while news and picture agencies might not be too worried about the use of low-res images on blogs (even those with high traffic and a bit of advertising revenue), things might be different if they know a particular site is a purely commercial operation with $3.5 million in start-up funding.
At the moment most 'news' pictures carry the tag 'photo courtesy of ...', which would imply that CJ and The Hat aren't paying, but maybe we're wrong. Can anybody suggest how we might find out?
Posted by X at 08:48
From commenter 'Kevin de Bruxelles' over at Eschaton (formatting added):
Twin debacles separated at birth? You decide.
|Following the invasion of Iraq, the US fired the vast majority of the Iraqi Army, creating conditions ripe for instability.||OSM disbanded 230 and its original 300 “Partners”, creating a vast pool of potential anti-OSM blogger insurgents.|
|Conman Ahmed Chalabi somehow gets the Pentagon, the CIA, the White House, and the New York Times to believe that the convicted swindler could run Iraq.||Conman Roger L. Simon somehow gets experienced venture capitalists, leading anti-Muslim bigots, small town CPA’s and Vichy liberals like David Corn to believe that a failed mystery writer could run a company.|
|After Exxon-Mobile refused to allow its trademark to be infringed upon, Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL) was renamed Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).||After a radio production company strongly objects, Open Source Media is set to change its name; the frontrunners include Ass Clown Media and Spring Time for Hitler Media.|
|DICK Cheney||Charles JOHNSON|
|PlameGate: In a desperate attempt at damage control, Karl Rove outs the wife of OIF critic Joesph Wilson but only makes matters worse.||FlameGate: In a desperate attempt at damage control, the wife of Roger Simon outs OSM critic Dennis the Peasant but only makes matters worse|
|Washed-up terrorist legend Abu Musab al-Zarqawi rises again to lead the anti-US forces in Iraq.||Retired wingnut legend Steven Den Beste returns to play David to OSM’s Goliath.|
|Judy Miller||Judy Miller|
|Although many reasons are offered -- WMD’s, support for terrorism, control of oil, vengeance, democracy in the Arab world and just plain old colonialism – no one really knows why Iraq was invaded.||Although many reason are offered – spreading the wingnut agenda, fact checking the MSM, pure naked greed, lending gravitas to the blogosphere or just the plain old desire to create media rock stars – no one can articulate OSM’s raison d’etre.|
|OIF lacks an exit plan||OSM lacks a business plan|
|The huge Mission Accomplished banner hanging at the OSM launch party.|
Posted by Winston Smith at 08:04
This is great!
#21 NiceLass 11/21/2005 04:35PM PSTCharles must be weighing that idea up as I type. I mean, you've got a project that's going down like the Titanic, everyone thinks your CEO is acting like a prick, even your friends are laughing at you........I KNOW! Let's turn the thing into a sub-LGF circle jerk. That'll really turn things around and get people on our side.
I have an idea for OSM. Attach a message board discussion forum to it. You’ll get so much traffic you won’t know what to do. Just appoint some trusted lizardoids as moderators and you’ll be in business!
(I can't quite work out wether the poster is being sarky or incredibly stupid, it's difficult with the 'lizardoids').
(credit to Mr. Spock)
Posted by DR at 05:45
Monday, November 21, 2005
This is fantastic. Melanie Phillips comes clean
Now we are told that the riots in France by Muslim and Arab youths from the banlieues — the city suburbs — have nothing to do with Islam but are the result of poverty, unemployment, racism and discrimination. Those who say, au contraire, that Islam is at the core of the disorder are being vilified as far-right racists and crazed reactionary demagogues.Well done, Melanie. Couldn't have said it better myslef. Must've taken some bravery to out yourself in such an open way.
Posted by DR at 14:00
What if the rise of radical Islamism among Muslim youth in Europe is in fact a symptom of a crisis of belief? What if the young men who turn to jihadism do so for the most part because they can’t get laid — because the girls they think should be theirs are turning them down because they can’t stand the idea of life with a dickhead 20-something would-be patriarch and have given up the religion?
An interesting appraisal of the Islam in Europe question over on Gauche.
Posted by X at 13:50
Now I'm sure everyone has read Dennis the Peasant's final blog post about the shady dealing of Roger L. Simon and his lapdog Chuckles, but please spare a couple of minutes reading this fantastic piece by Snarkette over at Irritainted. It really pulls everything together and asks serious questions about the integrity, professionalism and ability of OSM's rather shambolic CEO.
Posted by DR at 12:48
I didn't pay much attention to this the first few times I saw it, just an attempt to pad the acres of whitespace that is OSM, a content Kalihari. Surely, I thought, they'll change this soon. With 70 trumpeted "best of" bloggers, promoted from hundreds found less worthy, I expected a rotation of pithy quotes, bon mots and wingnut zingers from the blogstars. But no, this turgid prose has hung there like a festering rat impaled on spines by a Loggerhead Shrike. Finally, it demands a moment of examination. Okay, done. It is pompous gobbledygook of the illiterate kind.
Along with the genre-garbled shotgun newsfeeds, the astoundingly boring mono-topic layout, the fact that OSM is platformed on an Open Source (free) application by Zope, hardly modified, you really have to wonder:
Other than the lavish party, where has the money gone?
Not on the blog, that's for sure.
Posted by Unknown at 05:51
That's the question the Private Radio blog is asking. I don't think it will at all. A couple of minor squabbles hardly constitutes a war.....and anyway both left, right and centrists are all uniting in either criticising, laughing at or just generally being snide about the whole OSM affair.
UPDATE: Then again I may be wrong. A new storm could be brewing.
Posted by DR at 00:56
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Some people only see what they want to see, and some people only report what suits their end. Barcepundit, OSMorg's fabled 'Western Europe Editor' (hey, can I be Central Europe editor?) who made the world of journalism stop with his groundbreaking reposts of wire articles has a lot to say about Spanish PM Zapatero's poor poll ratings and Robert Mugabe's attempts to join the nuclear club, but he has nothing to say at all about the appearance of a bunch of lousy fascists on the streets of Madrid today.
"...I can't see them la-la-la-la they're not there la-la-la-la..."
Posted by X at 20:09
The next time you hear or read a rabid right-winger complaining about political correctness and how Islam is changing Britain and/or the world, you should simply ask them to investigate the story themselves first and not take the tabloid press, internet news sources or intemperate blogs word for it. Or any of the other frothing at the mouth nutcase sources either. This is a classic example.
Posted by DR at 19:52
Not sufficiently good say I. Seems like one of OSM's token liberals is finding life tough working with the Roger and Chuckles clown school.
I'm still waiting to see OSM straighten itself out. The debut was hardly that of a powerhouse site, and changes, I'm told, are in the works. I hope quickly in the works. The site needs more action, pizzazz, and raison d'etre. Believe me, I've thrown much more than two cents into the internal discussion about the site, its problems, and the potential solutions. Before the launch, left-of-center bloggers and some visitors to this site were fretting it would be the HQ for neocon shock-troops on the Web. Vanity Fair's James Wolcott and I had a back-and-forth on the subject, with Wolcott comparing the OSM gang to Dr. Josef Mengele. But OSM's startup problems have not been ideological; they've been editorial. The content and presentation have not been sufficiently compelling.Added to this one of OSM's leading lights actually agrees with Mr. Corn, a lot apparently. It looks like some people are going to really regret shelling out $3.5 million on this donkey.
UPDATE: Another OSM blogger has questions and suggestions for the floundering web based Titanic. Are they listening to their own people?
Posted by DR at 17:48
Jean Charles de Menezes, who in the words of Light from an Empty Fridge was "the guy who was pinned down and shot in the head seven times because he was living in the same building as somebody who might possibly have been some sort of terrorist", has been immortalized by a mural near Stockwell Tube station, where he died.
But not for long. It's already been painted over, apparently at the behest of Lambeth Council.
Posted by Winston Smith at 15:56
From Tristero at Hullabaloo:
RAWA's description of the Northern Alliance, the drug farmers,the warlords, and the abuse of women's rights also jibes with numerous reports that fly under the radar of mainstream American news. And for all the suffering the Afghans have endured since what even The Nation described as the "just war" of invasion, the US failed to achieve its prime objective: Bring Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Mullah Omar to justice.The US started the fracas by not replacing religious tyranny with democracy, by not relying on the people, but rather by siding with the NA, the very worst enemies of our people. It goes without saying that Afghans will not see as their “liberators” those who drove the Taliban wolves through one door and unchained the rabid dogs of the NA through another. How a nation “sees as liberators” those who have blown to shred not the terrorists but thousands of innocents? How can simple Afghans “see Americans as liberators” while the “liberators” are going to woo their men in the government and in the parliament to approve the establishment of the US bases on our soil for decades, which obviously goes contrary to the independence of the country? Our people say that if Americans were their liberators, they should have not allowed about 200 criminals and arch enemies of democracy to pave their way to the parliament and provincial council. After four years the people see that the “liberators'” promises for them were all lies.
Posted by Winston Smith at 14:50
After the initial teasing, and the relentless foreplay of the past few months, and the climactic events of last Wednesday, some lizards still haven't quite achieved orgOSM:
#141 foreign devil 11/19/2005 12:02PM PST
I've been reluctant to comment on OSM because I didn't really know what to say but here goes. The home page doesn't inspire me at all. Yes there are links from different blogs covering the post but there's not very many posts and the links don't give you a 'taste' of the other blog's 'take' on the post. I hit three links yesterday on one subject and three out of three where [sic] lefties. What gives?
I was not impressed and though I haven't taken it off my bookmarks....it's only a matter of time. I would not think of going there FIRST if I wanted to know something.
Even the lovely Pamela appears to be having doubts:
#152 AtlasShrugged 11/19/2005 12:18PM PST
the OSM thing
think the name thing is a blessing
not sure how hard they have to work to "save the name" but frankly they ought [not]* to work too hard, it's not visually sleek, smart, - it looks like some sanitary napkin ad w/that logo
what up with the teal? - horrible color
don't think that name is worth fighting for (or paying for) - name change will garner huge publicity (albeit negative) but so what? Wolcott showed me even bad publicity is good.(!)
stick to what we are
say what we are and keep it simple
Sound professional, look professional but something that stands for a bloggers
at worst - uh, PJM
hard to remember open source, i keep calling it out source and the open sore thing
These observations are part of a thread in which toilets are also discussed.
(For our non-U.S. readers who may not know what a "swirlie" is, here you go.)
* The word "not" was added by Pamela in a later post (#155)
Posted by Winston Smith at 09:46
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Once again, Citizen Journalist Charles Johnson carefully omits an important detail in his eagerness to demolish the L3 dhimmi PC establishment.
In his indignant post about a so-called "Tunnel of Oppression" being foisted upon impressionable college students, he links to, and extensively quotes, a description of one such "tunnel" at the University of Maryland.
But he left out this bit:
The Tunnel of Oppression was loosely based off of the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, CA.
The Museum of Tolerance is a program of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
I went there in 1994, and at the time, all visitors were required to pass through a darkened tunnel containing loudspeakers that emitted a constant stream of racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic invective. There is no mention of such a tunnel on the Museum's website now -- perhaps they had to remove it, because visitors found it too upsetting. But the museum does still include a so-called "Tolerancenter," which Charles and his minions would probably find profoundly disturbing, what with its message of tolerance and all.
Posted by Winston Smith at 17:13
The exciting, splashy, pithy, reader-interest-piquing headline right now is "At this moment...". There follows a fascinating, compelling, paradigm-smashing one-sentence blurb about the House vote yesterday, accompanied by the breathtaking and staggeringly unexpected news that some bloggers wrote about it.
In related news, this morning the sun rose in the east.
And we're sure that Charles' saurian horde will be absolutely delighted when they click through the link to The Politics Blog only to discover an article entitled, "All I Want For Christmas Is Impeachment," in which Our Leader is described as "an unmitigated catastrophe."
But back to that stunningly well-crafted headline, "At This Moment...". We'll grant that our headline-writing skills aren't necessarily world-class, but c'mon. Besides, what "moment" are we talking about? November 18th is, like, so yesterday. The lack of a timestamp is a puzzling oversight for an organization that boasts about its global reach and its commitment to becoming the news source of record.
Anyway, that headline suggests a possible alternative name for OSM™ Media, in the increasingly likely event that they decide to change their name -- again. ATM Media has a nice ring to it, and appears ever more apt, in light of the enormous cash infusion they've received in order to produce -- well, nothing much so far, despite having had several months to prepare. (But first they should make sure that Lord Black hasn't already trademarked it.)
Posted by Winston Smith at 13:53
Posted by Unknown at 02:06
Friday, November 18, 2005
What do our sore eyes see? According to the headline story on OSM right now 'OSM News' is reporting a new Zarqawi tape. OSM News? Has OSM got some sort of intrepid newsgathering unit which beat the rest of the world's media to this incredible scoop? Let's click through and see...
Ah. The story comes from the Canadian Press. Not 'OSM News'. 'OSM News' is simply a page on 'OSM.org' which reproduces a Canadian Press report via Newstex. 'OSM News' is a fraud. Just like the rest of OSM.
PS: Take a look at the bottom of the first snap: Keep Digging: WMD. Indeedy...
Posted by X at 22:33
Take a look at the picture to the right Notice anything? There's nothing there, except a small 'advertising' tag.
This is what appears when visitors using Firefox and the 'Adblocker' plugin visit OSM.org, Charlie J's new blogging venture.
The Adblocker plugin, as the name indicates, blocks adverts, in particular those which are loaded from a known list of ad serving domains such as doubleclick.com and realmedia.com.
So not only are OSM's ads (a key part of its flimsy business plan) automatically blocked by many web users' browsers, they're obviously not even using their own servers to run ads.
In fact, we suspect they aren't even selling any ads yet: OSM has simply signed up to a few easy ad programs.
So much for the media empire, guys...
Posted by X at 22:20
One Source Media (tm) Media Roundup.
Compiled by LGFWatch Staff in the US and UK and maybe somewhere else.
Story: About Politics, we think it's okay to say "The House". Some stuff about the spending bill being turned down. (They probably saw it on CNN/FOX/ABC/CBS/NBC/MSNBC but that's just a guess). They credit the information to KRT News. They say it might be something to do with President Bush's declining popularity. Some blogger called "Mike" says it's like Blair not doing well. Some blog with "Monkey" in the name says it's a sign of President Bush's declining popularity. Another blogger called "Dave" is mad. Some blog with "Huston" in the name accuses someone of something to do with Pork and Cards. (ed: I think they meant to spell "Huston" Houston, but maybe not because they've spelt it this way several times before). Then some other bloggers say some things and it ends with a truly lovely homily, except we can't say what.
OK. That's it. Wish we could tell you more, but they have a lot of money for lawyers.
Posted by Unknown at 14:48
We briefly interrupt this wall-to-wall OSM™ coverage to bring you some shocking news from France:
On Tuesday, a 20-year-old man was sentenced to 4 years in prison for throwing an incendiary device at a furniture store in the northern town of Arras. The fire spread to a neighboring carpet warehouse, destroying both.
And here's the shocking part:
The arsonist's name is Jérémy Vangendt. I saw him on TV5 news. He's white.
The reason he gave for his riotous behavior: "pour faire comme les autres." In other words, it was good old-fashioned peer pressure.
As Jason Burke observed last Sunday:
I covered the intifada in Israel and Palestine and, beyond the fact that thrown stones look much the same wherever they are, saw little that resembled the Gaza Strip in the autumn of 2000 in Clichy-sous-Bois in the autumn of 2005. In the course of her article, Phillips spoke of how 'night after night, France [had] been under attack by its Muslim minority', how the country was being 'torched from Normandy to the Mediterranean', how it had 'sniffed the danger that had arisen in its midst' and quoted a little-known writer called Bat Ye'Or who is a favourite of the more unsavoury right-wing American websites and believes that the European Union is a conspiracy dedicated to creating one Muslim-dominated political entity that will comprise most of the Middle East and Europe.
Phillips also conflated Arabs (a race), and Muslims (a global religion of 1.3 billion, some devout, some not). This is dangerous nonsense, but needs to be studied.
First, the facts. According to the French intelligence services, the areas where radical Islamic ideologies have spread furthest in France have actually proved the calmest over recent weeks. Second, characterising the rioters as 'Muslim' at all is ludicrous. Most were as Westernised as you would expect third-generation immigrants to be and far more interested in soft drugs and rap than getting up for dawn prayers.
Indeed, a high proportion was of sub-Saharan African descent and not Muslim at all. Others were white and so, following Phillips's description of the darker skinned rioters as 'Arab Muslims', should presumably be referred to as 'Caucasian Christians'.
What proof do we have that Vangendt is in fact Christian? None. But if the Phillipses and Johnsonses of this world can blithely characterize the recent disturbances in France as "Muslim rioting" or an "intifada" (and one has to wonder how the Israeli victims of the Palestinian intifada feel about having their suffering trivialized in such a way), then we have no qualms about deploying similar epithets against young Jérémy, who is obviously an idiot -- or, as Nicolas Sarkozy would put it, "scum." White Christian scum.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled OSM™Watch-related program activities.
Posted by Winston Smith at 14:27