14. October 2005 · Comments Off on You’re Kidding, Right? · Categories: Stupidity

Apparently there’s a just a bit of a ruckus (click link for description of the ruckus…I knew someone would ask) over the fact that an Publc Affairs Rep Assistant Secretary of Defense prepped some soldiers for their televised video teleconference with The President.

If you think any member of the Armed Forces is going to be caught unprepared talking to The President of the United States on live television, you’re simply an idiot. The President wanted to give WETHEPEOPLE a briefing on the situation in Iraq and this was a very good format for that. He asks questions, soldiers answer.

Let me ask you a question: If The President was to show up in your office over a Video Teleconference Link and was going to ask you questions on the status of your business dealings, and the answers would be shared with the rest of the freaking world, would you want to be prepared or would you like to just wing it?

Update: Seems I’m not the only one who thinks this is teh stoopid

MORE: Michelle Malkin has the text of one of the soldiers who blogged his response to the ruckus. I’d link him but I’m thinking the Malkin-lanche shut him down, I can’t get to his site.

04. October 2005 · Comments Off on Buses Moving In New Orleans After Katrina · Categories: Stupidity

But whom were they moving? The Jawa Report is on the case:

After going back and forth with Paul, you know, I think he’s right. If someone thought to use these busses two days after the storm hit, then why did no one think to use them the day before the storm hit? And why were these busses not used to evacuate the people out of the Superdome?

So, in summation, Nagin is an idiot. That is all.

Go there, check out the photos.

04. October 2005 · Comments Off on Piglet Banned In Britain · Categories: European Disunion, Stupidity

This from Mark Steyn at the Daily Telegraph:

Alas, the United Kingdom’s descent into dhimmitude is beyond parody. Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (Tory-controlled) has now announced that, following a complaint by a Muslim employee, all work pictures and knick-knacks of novelty pigs and “pig-related items” will be banned. Among the verboten items is one employee’s box of tissues, because it features a representation of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet. And, as we know, Muslims regard pigs as “unclean”, even an anthropomorphised cartoon pig wearing a scarf and a bright, colourful singlet.

Cllr Mahbubur Rahman is in favour of the blanket pig crackdown. “It is a good thing, it is a tolerance and acceptance of their beliefs and understanding,” he said. That’s all, folks, as Porky Pig used to stammer at the end of Looney Tunes. Just a little helpful proscription in the interests of tolerance and acceptance.

And where’s the harm in that? As Pastor Niemöller said, first they came for Piglet and I did not speak out because I was not a Disney character and, if I was, I’m more of an Eeyore.

And aren’t we all? When the Queen knights a Muslim “community leader” whose line on the Rushdie fatwa was that “death is perhaps too easy”, and when the Prime Minister has a Muslim “adviser” who is a Holocaust-denier and thinks the Iraq war was cooked up by a conspiracy of Freemasons and Jews, and when the Prime Minister’s wife leads the legal battle for a Talibanesque dress code in British schools, you don’t need a pig to know which side’s bringing home the bacon.

I could see the same thing happening here, pursuant to a “hostile workplace” lawsuit.

Hat Tip: LGF

04. October 2005 · Comments Off on If You Didn’t Fear World Government Before… · Categories: Stupidity, World

…Perhaps it’s time to start. The BBC just did a “fantasy election” to find the most popular leaders of a world government. The results:

1 – Nelson Mandela
2 – Bill Clinton
3 – Dalai Lama
4 – Noam Chomsky
5 – Alan Greenspan
6 – Bill Gates
7 – Steve Jobs
8 – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
9 – Richard Branson
10 – George Soros
11 – Kofi Annan

Actually, Branson might not be so bad. Virgin Group is frequently brought up by business pundits as one of the world’s best-run major businesses. One of the key features: a very small headquarters organization, with maximum atonomy given to individual units.

Hat Tip: Tigerhawk

20. September 2005 · Comments Off on Perhaps We’ve Won The GWOT · Categories: GWOT, Iraq, Stupidity

By order of Congress, the FBI has placed high priority on fighting adult pronographers:

Either the FBI has too much money, or the government’s priorities are screwed up, or both. If there’s another terror attack in America, how will Gonzalez and Mueller justify this? Maybe by blaming Congress: “Congress began funding the obscenity initiative in fiscal 2005 and specified that the FBI must devote 10 agents to adult pornography.”

This story is actually a few weeks old. It just comes to the fore now, as growing numbers of Americans support reduced funding for the real war, in Iraq, to make more money available for Katrina recovery:

21. July 2005 · Comments Off on TIME TO GET TOUGH IN SUDAN · Categories: Allied Treachery, General, Rant, Stupidity

Yesterday, our Secretary of State, Condolezza Rice, visited the nation of Sudan as part of her Africa tour. According to Fox News in this story, members of her entourage were roughed up, not once but several times, during a visit to the Sudanese President’s compound. This angered Ms. Rice, as it well should have, and I’m sure that Sudan will pay for this incident in many ways.

That whole African continent, for the most part, is ruled by thugs, criminals, and outright terrorists, not the sort of place that I want my tax dollars going. I would be much in favor of the US government doing a deep, healthy review of our giveaway policies. I’ve always favored holding onto our dollars until AMERICANS are fed, housed, and cared for. We seem to just give away money to anyone outside our own country with a hand outstretched, while we have homeless veterans, starving children whose single mothers have no education, no help, and no hope, as well as elderly folks who have to choose between food, medicine, or a roof over their heads! Come on, Mr. President, come on, congress! Let’s do something to help our own, and maybe then we can help those foreigners who want to share in our bounty. I have nothing at all against that kind of prioritization.

And we should squeeze extremely tightly on the nutz (if existant) of those idiots in Sudan who dared to insult our nation by putting their filthy hands on our SECSTATE’s staff and PA folks!

09. July 2005 · Comments Off on Felonious French-Kissing · Categories: General, Stupidity

This is the first of a few posts by Eugene Volokh on the subject:

Consensual French Kissing Can Be Felony Near-Statutory Rape, at least when it’s “a lengthy, ‘good,’ ‘deep,’ ‘passionate,’ ‘intimate,’ ‘romantic,’ and ‘memorable’ french kiss in the bed of the defendant after an overnight stay, and the kiss achieved emotional arousal and was followed by professions of true love and repeated encounters involving the same conduct.” So says the Kansas Court of Appeals, though without word on what you’re allowed to do if there’s no overnight stay, or if it was followed by professions of something other than true love.

This case involved a female high school teacher and her 16-year-old student; in Kansas, the age of consent is generally 16, but there’s a special rule for teacher-student relationships when the student is 16 or 17. However, the same would apply to two 15-year-olds French kissing, which is also a felony; it’s a lower-grade felony than full-on statutory rape, but it’s a crime nonetheless. Presumably in states where the age of consent is 18, two 17-year-olds could be similarly punished, at least if the statute uses similar terms (“lewd fondling or touching”).

25. June 2005 · Comments Off on IF NOT GITMO, THEN WHERE? · Categories: General, GWOT, Home Front, Stupidity, War

The raging debate over the use of Guantanamo prison to hold detainees such as those who are there now, whom the government calls enemy combatatants, lacks perspective. There is no sense of judgement on the side of those who oppose Gitmo, as to what we should do with the detainees. According to our military authorities, the 550 or so prisoners there are dangerous, and would kill Americans if released. At least one case of this has been confirmed, with one raghead found on the battlefield who had been released, and there are probably more instances that we ordinary citizens just don’t know about. So, what do we do?

All I hear, coming from the left and from various other America-haters, is that we should close the prison. No one that I’ve heard from, has suggested what we should do with the detainees, and that is the question that must be answered before the controversy moves even one inch from its present position. Unless we put these folks on some uncharted south sea island, with no means of escape, perhaps the best idea is to leave them right where they are. Torture? I don’t think so. The evidence indicates that, from the food they eat, to the deference shown their so-called “holy book,” the qu’ran, they seem to be treated far more humanely and even with more respect, than they deserve. These guys are prisoners for Pete’s sake! And here we are, putting on display just how good they have it, better than the soldiers guarding them. And reports are, that all of them have gained weight! ARRRGGGHH!

Let’s let the President end the debate, leave them at Gitmo, with a few changes: (1) a little less appealing food in the prison diet. I think PBJ sandwiches a couple of days a week for the evening meal, might be appropriate — replacing the fish almondine. (2) Hard labor. Get them out of their cells, put them in a deep rock pit, and give them hammers with the order to make little ones out of big ones. A six-day work schedule of 12-hour days, somewhat like I had to work in Southeast Asia a few years ago, might be the ticket. (3) No TV or radio. Get rid of the luxuries, let them be a bit less informed, and with them tired out from the work schedule, they might not be so interested in starting trouble. (4) Let them have some hope of going home. At the age of eighty-five, provided they have not caused any trouble for the past 20 years, they could be released. Any detainee released, who gets back into trouble fighting against the US, would face automatic execution, no appeals, just fry ’em.

Maybe, with less pampering and more prison-like environments, these idiot camel jockeys might feel a little less inclined to make jihad against us, and they may quake in their boots instead of grinning when the name of America is mentioned. Just a few ideas, maybe somebody has a few more?

13. June 2005 · Comments Off on Michael Jackson Aquitted of All Charges · Categories: Ain't That America?, Stupidity, That's Entertainment!

In a move that literally stunned millions who have been watching, pop singer Michael Jackson was today aquitted of all ten counts with which he had been charged. The jury sent word of a verdict around 12:15 PM, PT, and the verdict was read when all the principals were in place at 2:00 PM, 5 PM ET. Thousands of fans were gathered outside the Santa Barbara County courthouse listening to their pocket radios when the verdict was read by the court clerk, and they erupted in shouts and screams of joy as the “not guilty” verdicts were read.

The Jackson family emerged from the courthouse minutes later, looking much more confident than when they entered. They all entered their characteristic black SUV’s and headed for Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

Tom Sneddon, the District Attorney for Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, responded to questions in a short news conference after the trial. When asked if he was finished with his chase of Michael Jackson, he responded, “No comment.”

So, what happens next? No one knows, we shall see.

26. May 2005 · Comments Off on So Much For Agreements · Categories: Ain't That America?, Cry Wolf, General Nonsense, sarcasm, Stupidity

It seems the “gentlemen’s agreement” reached by the alleged “gentlemen” of the US Senate does not hold water. In fact, instead of leaking like a sieve, it apparently elicits waterfalls on its own!

On Thursday evening, just days after a group of Senate “moderate centrists” patted themselves on their backs, (breaking at least five arms in the process) congratulating themselves profusely for having saved the empire union from certain destruction by elimination of blusters filibusters, Senate Democrats totally surprised the entire world by breaking the agreement and blocking a cloture vote on” Mr. Nice”, John Bolton, the President’s pick to kick ass represent the US at the UN – or something like that! While Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist was receiving medical assistance in the cloakroom (or was it bathroom?) for having passed out in shock over the event, Majority minority leader “Dingy” Harry reid was grabbing every microphone in the corridor, while his associates and acolytes rounded up all the TV camers so he could gloat assure all of the rest of us that this was not really a filibuster.

Mr. Bolton will now have to go back to the end of the line to await his turn, and recess may be over by then, so he may not get to play at all.

Sorry for all the strikeouts, Nurse (sister) Jenny kept hitting me on the hand with a ruler.

09. May 2005 · Comments Off on WTF? Over. · Categories: Domestic, Stupidity

Does anyone here know if this is a joke or not? If not, could someone tell me exactly where we’re being “overcompensated?” I want to get stationed there next time.

Via the Headmistress.

UPDATE: Jack Army points us to The Jump Blog for more on this and to be honest…I’m sorry I even mentioned it. I’m just giving this yahoo the attention he so desperately craves.

30. April 2005 · Comments Off on Memo to Conspiracy Theorists: · Categories: General Nonsense, Stupidity

Some people, including a lot of Americans, see things happen and they assume the worst about everyone involved. They assume there’s a cover up. They assume the politicians are lying. Of course the U.S. Military is lying because we’ve never told the truth about anything ever. I know, I was one of those folks. I believed all that stuff even as I was joining the Air Force 21 years ago.

And then life happened. I grew up. I got some experience under my belt and realized that most conspiracy theories are crap. The reason that most conspiracy theories are crap is simple; Most folks when given the opportunity will do the right thing versus the wrong thing simply because it’s the right thing to do. I know…I had a hard time believing it myself at first, and as life went on it just became more and more apparent to me that the people I’ve met in the military aren’t walking around wondering exactly how they were going to do the absolute WORST they could. They strive to do the BEST they can. Almost every one of them. There’s another reason why the most elaborate military conspiracies don’t hold up under scrutiny…we’re just not that good at keeping bizarre crap quiet…but that’s another post for another day.

Scumbags don’t last long in the military. We usually weed them out in basic or advanced training. If not, we’ll get them during an exercise when the pressure is cranked up to above and beyond normal. Sometimes though…they slip through. Rarely do they make it to the higher ranks, and even when they do…we get them…because they’re the rarity, they’re the exception, and no one has unlimited, unchecked power because though the respect of their rank may get them some coverage…without personal respect, they just don’t last. The higher you climb the more eyes you have on you, both from above and below and if you don’t have that personal respect, you ain’t gonna make it long.

Basically the military’s dirtiest, blackest, most discusting secret is that we do the best we can on a daily basis to protect our country. That’s our job. Sometimes that means we try to take care of our own dirty laundry before the enemies of our country can find out we messed up and use it against the country as a whole. We aren’t always successful. Sometimes the whole world finds out that we screwed up and our enemies get to celebrate. That means we didn’t do our job as well as we should have that day.

Yes, I believe that if the press gets ahold of something, they have the right to publish it. Absolutely. The public has the right to know. You’ll forgive us however, if we aren’t eager to help make ourselves and our country look bad in front of the world as a whole. We’re weird that way.

16. February 2005 · Comments Off on I Simply Don’t Care (MJ Edition) · Categories: Stupidity, That's Entertainment!

Is it just me? I don’t care about the whole Michael Jackson thing. It’s not that I don’t think he did it; It’s not that I think he did it; It’s complete apathy about the entire situation. I simply don’t think it’s breaking news that he was rushed to the hospital for the freaking flu.

Why am I supposed to care about this trial? If you’re going to shove another freakazoid reality-slash-Court TV-slash-Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong-slash-American Idol meets The Surreal Life-slash-Where’s The Nanny When You Need Her?-show down my throat would you please cram it all into an hour or two on Fox Entertainment one or two nights a week so I can miss it?
End Rant

15. February 2005 · Comments Off on You gotta see this…… · Categories: General, Stupidity

Huh, the latest and most recent round of e-mail scams, and since someone thought I would fall for it, or not know who Koffi Annan is, and I am one of the 13 percent of American children who knows where I raq is on a map, I’m just gonna lay this out there for every one to see.




TELEPHONE : 00228 920-65-11

ATTN/ Dear Mr. ,

I am Barrister. Annan E. Koffi , a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to late (Engr.W.C.) a foreigner who worked with Mobile Oil Servicing Company here in Togo untill his death in September 11 2001 in world trade centre New York with other two staff of the company and he was the principal owner and Director of ‘S CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTAINANCE INC. here in Lome-Republic of Togo Herein aftershall be referred to as my client LATE ENGINEER W.C. Richard.He was a Foreign National of your country who Leaved in My Country Republic -Togo West Africa .

My clients who died at the world trade centre, following the attack in New york and Washington on the 11th September 2001 and he has huge fund deposited with Ecobank International Lome Republic of Togo and his account has been dormant with EcoBank International without any claim of the fund from the bank custody either from his family or relation since his death and just before last week the bank issued a notice to My legal Chambers to find my client relations.

Since then I have made several efforts to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has proved ansuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet, to locate any member of his family to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the ECOBANK-TOGO, where this hug deposits were lodged. Particularly, ECOBANK-TOGO where the deceased had a deposit value of $ 6.5 million dollars.

The bank has issued a notice to my legal chambers to provide the next of kin or have the deposit confiscated within the next three official working months. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 7 months now I seek your consent to present you as the next of Kin of my deceased client to enable us take over the proceeds of this deposit value at $6.5 million dollars be paid to you and then you and me will share the money.

I want to ask you, If you are not capable to quietly look for a reliable and honest person who will be capable and fit to provide either an existing bank account or to set up a new Bank a/c or An Euro Bank Account immediately will serve well to receive this money, even a new dollar a/c can serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain honest to me till the end for this important business trusting in you and believing in God that you will never let me down either now or in future.

I will want us to have a meeting to enable us agree on the modalities to do the business and the sharing ratio and the method to carry out the operation. Above all the meting will afford us the opportunity to know ourselves and to know the roles to be played by any of us! .

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. You have to assure me of your honesty and sincerity that you will not sit on the fund when it is finally claimed to enable us forge ahead immediately.

Comfirm to me your telex and fax contact so that i will reach you and we will this fund being transfered to your bank account as the next of kin to late Engineer ..

Please get in touch with me through e-mail to enable us discuss further. koffilegaloffice@yahoo.com

Thanks and I awaits your immediate response. c

Barrister Annan E.Koffi .LLM,LLD,Dipl.Admin

12. February 2005 · Comments Off on Eason Jordan Resigns · Categories: General, Media Matters Not, Stupidity

News reports late on Friday are stating that Eason Jordan, a long-time executive with CNN, has resigned secondary to a furor raised mostly by bloggers over remarks he allegedly made at a conference in Davos, Switzerland last month.

CNN does have the story, but it is buried deep in their files. It took a bit of searching to squeeze it out of their cold, dead hands! You can read it here and there is an earlier item that CNN put on their website, written by the AP.

CNN, though, as well as the conference holders, continues to hide under their desks regarding a deluge of demands for transcripts of the remarks made at the conference. Both CNN and the conference deny that any transcripts exist. (If you believe that, I have a bridge that I’d like to sell you!)

Where will this story go from here? Who knows! Sgt Mom has already written on this subject in an earlier post, referring to CNN as the most “busted” news organization out there. Right on, Mom! It looks like if anything further develops it will be due to persistent pressure from dedicated, really nonprofessional bloggers! Just like a dog worrying at a bone, we will dig it out eventually. I am so very proud to be even a small part of this important, vital, and earth-shaking fraternity.

I just can’t wait!

UPDATE: my links don’t work…we’re working on that so be patient!

Update 2: It should work now. Otherwise, I saved the stories. — Kevin

12. January 2005 · Comments Off on From Angus Burger to… · Categories: Ain't That America?, Stupidity

From CNN:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Wednesday told Americans to slash their calorie intake and exercise 30 to 90 minutes a day, updating guidelines that advised people to lose weight but gave few specifics on how to do it.

Sooooo, eat less and exercise more?

“Eating fewer calories while increasing physical activity are the keys to controlling body weight,” the guidelines said.

I’m just flabbergasted. Who knew?

The advice is not really new, but the government sees the guidelines as an opportunity to change people’s ways.

This is a food pyramid showing what you should eat a LOT of and what you should eat a little of. Take the hint.

09. January 2005 · Comments Off on So disgusted · Categories: Stupidity

Oh.my.God. See I knew there was a reason why I didn’t watch shows like Fear Factor. My husband is watching it and I just happened to walk through and these two girls are having to eat horse rectum. I even watched to brunette take the first bite. Now way. No amount of money. Blehck!

03. December 2004 · Comments Off on Michelle’s “Lump of Coal” Campaign · Categories: General, General Nonsense, Stupidity

Michelle Malkin (and others) reports on Denver’s decision not to allow a church group in its “Parade of Lights” this “holiday season” (in years past, this would have been known as a CHRISTMAS PARADE!!!!). Might offend, you know.

Michelle writes:

I am hereby launching the Lump of Coal campaign. Later today, I will box up a lump of charcoal, mark the package “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” and send it to the Denver Mayor in protest of his idiotic policy. Please join me in doing the same (and if you take a photo of your creatively designed package, I will link/post).

The Mayor’s address is at Michelle’s website.

A closer reading of the DenverChannel article makes me want to post a couple of clarifications:

  1. It’s not the mayor who is keeping the group from participating, it’s the parade “organizers.” I guess Michelle is doing this lump of coal thing because of the mayor’s decision (since rescinded) to replace “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays” on the city building (maybe on a banner?).
  2. This decision to ban this group appears to be consistent with policy from years past in Denver:

    “Our policy, which we have applied consistently for years, is to not include religious or political messages in the parade –in the interest of not excluding any group,” said Jim Basey, the president of the Downtown Denver Partnership.

    Orwell is spinning in his grave! “We won’t include because we don’t want to exclude.”

Anyway, maybe it’s premature to send the lumps of coal. Or maybe the mayor is the wrong gift recipient. Or maybe we can let the good people of Denver (there must be a few sane ones) deal with this.

… or maybe it’s time for me to go to bed.

— one more update (before going to bed):
I decided to change the title: Was previously “Send a Lump of Coal to Denver’s Mayor” — I guess I’m not on that bandwagon anymore. Sorry , Michelle.

04. October 2004 · Comments Off on Getting fat · Categories: Stupidity

Leave it to the Army to put a set of scales in the break room between the fridge and the microwave. I got on them while my lunch was heating, and cringed.

I went on a little drive this weekend, mainly because my kids can’t run in the car, and tend to go to sleep thereby eliminating the screaming as well. In other words, I needed some quiet time. I stopped by McDonald’s since they were complaining about being hungry, and even though I prefer Wendy’s, McDonald’s is the easiest/less messy to eat while driving. For some reason I started thinking about fat people who blame fast food restaurants for why they are fat. It amazes me how some people can tell the whole world they are stupid and lazy just to try and get some easy money. See, I know why I’m getting fat. I quit exercising, and quit eating relatively healthy. Plain and simple. I can remember early September 2001 I had to go to a medical appointment. I had managed not to get weighed prior to this for several months, probably prior to my MEB in March/April of 2001. I got put on the scales and nearly freaked. I was 2 pounds over my max. I took off the 3 lbs for clothing, and that still put me in taping territory. It wasn’t an official weight check, so I decided to take steps to lose some poundage, mainly because I had less than a year before terminal leave and was NOT going to buy new uniforms because I got fat. I also didn’t want to deal with the hassle of the “fat-girl” program, officially know as “Weight Management.”

First thing I did was cut out chips completely. That was not easy as I love my chips. Second thing was to take my fat-ass to the gym 5 days a week, even on days off. I then altered my diet to avoid eating so much deep-fried food, and opted for foods with less fat. I didn’t avoid carbs or calories, just fat. I still drank regular soda rather than diet. My goal was to lose 20 pounds. It took a year (OEF took care of my trips to the gym), but I did it. Of course, by the time I reached my goal, I was on terminal leave and threw the diet and exercise out the window. Now I need to lose 30 pounds. But I digress.

Back to the point, fast food restaurants should not be held responsible for individuals getting fat. If you’re fat, and don’t have a medical condition, get off your lazy ass and exercise, and eat healthy. Otherwise, shut up and color.

18. August 2004 · Comments Off on Sloppy Ad Hominem · Categories: History, Stupidity

I didn’t intend to get involved with the point-counterpoint between Michelle Malkin and her critics (Eric Muller et al). She can obviously handle that herself. I do find most objections to her book sounding more rhetorical than substantive, blatantly ignoring what she, you know, actually wrote in her book. But a bit more on that later, as I really want to address our long-lost favorite cheap-shot artist, Dave Niewert.

To recap, Michelle responded to a journalist’s question to President Bush at the at the UNITY conference in Washington DC. She felt the question was a cheap shot at her book. This is what Michelle quoted (the reporter) on her blog:

I wanted to ask you about protecting all Americans, as well. There are many Arab Americans and Muslims in this country who find themselves unfairly scrutinized by law enforcement and by society at large. Just yesterday we had arrests in Albany, New York. Immediately afterwards, some neighbors in the community said they feared that the law would come for them unfairly next. We have a new book out today that suggests perhaps we should reconsider internment camps. How do we balance the need to pursue and detain some individuals from not well-known communities, while at the same time keeping innocent people from being painted by the broad brush of suspicion?

Michelle sent an email to the reporter identified in the transcript as CBS News Anchor Julie Chen:

It is obvious from your ignorant question to President Bush at UNITY that you did not bother to read my book. In fact, you didn’t even bother to read the back cover of my book, which says, “Make no mistake: I am not advocating rounding up all Arabs or Muslims and tossing them into camps. But when we are under attack, ‘racial profiling’-or more precisely, threat profiling-is wholly justified.” [Emphasis added – S]

Now anyone who has really read the book (and I don’t mean those who’ve read it the way the Grand Inquisitor would a protestant tract) will understand why Michelle took offense at the mischaracterization of her work in front of the President of the United States, but it’s not befitting according to Mr. Dave (When I do it it’s Okay, but when you do it that’s bad) Niewert, who writes:

Just a reminder: The book’s title is In Defense of Internment. It clearly calls for a reassessment of the meaning of the World War II internment, evacuation and “relocation” process.

Does anyone else see a “cheap shot” there? Hm. Me neither.

This is a sloppy mischaracterization first of all, but right now I have something else to point out. Dave continues:

In any event, as you can see, Michelle promptly fired off a letter to Julie Chen — who among other slots at CBS, is the host of the game show “Big Brother” — outlining her thinking. Evidently, Michelle believes that writing a defense of the Japanese American internment and linking it to post-9/11 racial profiling should not lead anyone to conclude that she was suggesting that internment is an appropriate response in the current “war on terror”. Heavens no. She’s only laying down the dots. God forbid anyone would connect them.

Typical postmodernistic red herring. Dave is telling his readers “don’t believe what Michelle writes; I’ll tell you what she really believes.”

Well, in any event, before firing off her nasty letter, Michelle forgot to perform one of those good ol’ Journalism 101 functions: Double-check your source.

Just the way you do all the time eh, Dave?

Does this sound familiar? It should. Because this is the kind of approach to basic standards of factuality we’ve come to expect from Malkin.

More familiar all the time, just not the way you think…

Malkin was clearly working from the White House transcript, which as it turns out, misidentified the questioner.

Oh, my goodness, she trusted a written source. She actually believed what she read on paper! Terrible, how careless of her…

Had Malkin taken the time to, say, review the tape or double-check by placing a quick phone call with UNITY officials, she’d have discovered that the questioner was none other than CBS’s Joie Chen.

How awful, she criticized the WRONG person?!?! Goodness, it is not as if you’ve never done that, eh Dave? Like back in early 2003, when you didn’t notice that each post on this web site had an author’s handle, and they might be different? Remember how it took me three emails to get it through your head that it was I, Sparkey, not Stryker who wrote the posts you were so lamely critiquing. It so frustrated Stryker that he wrote this post:

To all those who link to various posts to disagree with whatever’s been written, I have a small reminder. We Have Several Authors Christ, do you know how stupid you look when you’re talking trash and flinging sarcastic remarks disparaging the intelligence of the piece when you can’t even get the name of the author right? Oh yeah, Mr. Smartypants, you’re a mental giant, all right. Each post is clearly delineated and contained within its own box with the name of the author at the very top! You’re like the guy trying to give a serious presentation, unaware that his fly’s unzipped and wondering why everyone’s snickering at him. Yeah, but why am I trying to correct you? Seeing a bunch of ill-equipped and uncoordinated numnuts trying to play the game is entertaining, to say the least. By all means, continue.

Of course you could have exercised good Journalism 101 and double-checked your source by emailing the author, or maybe just maybe, actually reading the post. Oh, but wait, you eventually apologized on the basis that you’re “a bit new at this blogging game…” That makes it all better, because you couldn’t read my handle off the stinking web page because you were an arrogant newbie. Now you’re just an arrogant blowhard taking Michelle to task for making a mistake in more forgivable circumstances, just so you can score worthless debating points and inflate your own self-importance. Leave it to a postmodernist like Dave to specialize in the sloppy ad hominem attack.

Now let’s return to Dave’s earlier sloppy mischaracterization, the book title. Seeing how he has difficulty reading what other people actually put down on paper, I reiterate, the title of the book is not “In Defense of Internment” it’s In Defense of Internment: The Case for “Racial Profiling” in World War II and the War on Terror. That is a very important difference, one that Dave is desperate to cover up.

The collective group think on 1942 has so distorted history that our nation is now going to great lengths to avoid any profiling whatsoever. This leads to absurd situations where two obviously Middle Eastern men can board a flight without so much as a second glance whereas my blonde, blue eyed, 8 year-old son is searched not once, but twice for the same flight. Had 911 been perpetrated by the Baader-Meinhof Gang that might make some sense, but it wasn’t. Instead of prudent filtering to the threat, we have a colossal waste of both public and private resources that takes away penknives and 7/16th open ended wrenches without making us one iota safer. Despite protests to the contrary, the rehabilitation of the histography behind the 1942 evacuation order is not a call for a round-up, but rather for a logical policy of allocation of resources in a time of some very direct threats.

The proposition that the 1942 Evacuation was all about racism forces one to ignore certain factoids from history, the first of which is that the people of warring nations tend to not like one another. However, the purveyors of victimology would have us believe that just because people from a belligerent nation living in the United States who have documented divided loyalties like dual citizenships, that are educated in nationalistic schools centered on and financed by the “mother” country, and hold to a faith that teaches of their ethnicity’s divine and holy destiny (Shinto) are de facto and a priori benign. You have to trivialize, marginalize, and suspend thousands of years of human history to conclude that a people coming from such a background would automatically have allegiance to the United States and not the land of their parents’ birth.

Though he be a gentleman, remember, Eric Muller is also lawyer. His critiques of Michelle’s book reflect his “legal brief” training: spray a bunch of stuff out there, hope no one looks too hard at the substance (nits, tons of nits), and pray something sticks (above all convince people to not read it to begin with). Scholarship is like detective work–outliers do not by themselves disprove a thesis, because one must look at the totality of the record; however, to a lawyer pointing to outliers can bring reasonable doubt – the truth isn’t his concern, winning his case is.

Historically, the evidence is there: Imperial Japan weaponized its expatriate populations, and when the opportunity presented itself, large segments (i.e. the majority) of those populations assisted the Empire. The failure to acknowledge or address this on a logical or historical basis is the failure to consider the real world ramifications of such a stance, that one’s theoretical “fears” may prevent one from addressing a very real danger. One that wants to display our severed heads on TV.

Now excuse me, I have a real job to do, I have a weapon sensor to finish. It’s not as if there isn’t a war on ya’know? (Just in case you’ve forgotten – and some seem to have – and if you do happen to take offense at that then maybe, before objecting to me, you should ask yourself why you feel that way.)