Quote

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. Welcome to From On High.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Judge a Blog By Its Detractors

Gosh.  I think I should be ashamed of myself.  Or something.

Ever heard the name Gil Mann?

Neither have I.

But apparently he's an avid reader of this weblog.

Or at least it seems that way, he knows me ... so ...well.

Remember the other day when I made mention of the fact that northern Virginia (sometimes-) Republican Dave Albo was denied sex because his wife got her undies in a bunch (respect the imagery) over that legislation pending in Richmond that called for mothers (...)  to obtain an ultrasound before they get their kids snuffed?  (In truth, I only just barely mentioned it.)

Well, this Gil Mann - who is a contributor to (an inexpertly designed) weblog entitled "Rumproast" - there's Strike One - has his thong a'crack too.  And it's happened as a result of his having read my brief mention of Delegate Dave Albo possibly favoring that legislation so as to not have to put up with his (Albo's) wife's sexual-political fanaticism.  Possibly.

So now this Mann character lashes out.  At Albo.  At me.  And even at the master of the weblog world, Instapundit:
Look, I don’t know if this guy [Albo]’s giving us a play-by-play on his change of heart or what, I’m not even sure if the point is that his wife was turned off by the language being tossed around or by the bill itself, but to this viewer it sure as shootin’ comes across as the latter, and what’s more, the state-mandated-rape-o-sphere seems to agree. From On High, the most preposterously full-of-itself wingnut blog I’ve come across since the last time I came across one, merely links to the vid with a reminder that Albo’s a RINO, which I gather is an acronym for Read A Book Once, and it’s also a label conservatives slap on their comrades whenever they feel the need to distance themselves. BTW, here’s the author pic at FOH, caption his, not mine:



That’s another thing I hate about the right. I have to put work into my puerile innuendo, for these guys it’s effortless.

(top post on FOH as of this writing: remember Krystal Ball, that attractive young Democratic congressional candidate in those Rudolph-dildo pictures? Apparently she’s a hypocrite for being against forced trans-V ultrasound while being for wearing something sexy to a costume party. I refuse to link to it on the principle that there’s a picture of Ball and another cute brunette in a schoolgirl outfit being naughty with each other and it’s all terribly prurient and I like to think you people are better than that, plus if you crash the server I won’t be able to see it)

Again, I can’t speak to Albo’s intent, but I consider this a data point in favor of my hypothesis: Instapundit called his wife a whore. So he might not realize his stand-up routine was about how Republicans are destroying their brand with these anti-woman measures, but that’s the nerve it touched.

As for what nerve he touched after his wife went to bed, I don’t wanna know! Unless there’s one I’ve somehow overlooked, in which case he should feel free to e-mail me at tips@gilmann.com, maybe with a scanned thumbnail sketch attached.
Gee. Where to start?

How about here.
[R]emember Krystal Ball, that attractive young Democratic congressional candidate in those Rudolph-dildo pictures? Apparently she’s a hypocrite for being against forced trans-V ultrasound while being for wearing something sexy to a costume party. I refuse to link to it on the principle that there’s a picture of Ball and another cute brunette in a schoolgirl outfit being naughty with each other and it’s all terribly prurient and I like to think you people are better than that, plus if you crash the server I won’t be able to see it.
Cute.  He doesn't want to crash the server by having his many, many readers all link to the photo (that can be found here).

So let me tie that thought to this one: "From On High, the most preposterously full-of-itself wingnut blog I’ve come across since the last time I came across one ..."

I don't know this dude, so I can't speak to his being a "wingnut," (though this small sampling of his work would lead one to believe he's right there with me, in good standing), but when it comes to being full of himself?  Here's a guy who writes for a small-time weblog that, according to Sitemeter, gets all of 1,331 visitors per day, and he's worried that his followers are going to crash Blogger's server(s)?  Blogger with some 28,000,000 unique visitors?  Blogger servers get more hits in minutes than this moron will see all year.

Yeah, I'd be worried about those servers being inundated too.  Why, what might result if all 1,331 readers click in at the same moment?  The consequences might be devastating.

Now who's full of himself?

As to this - "That’s another thing I hate about the right. I have to put work into my puerile innuendo, (sic) for these guys it’s effortless" - I'm here to give him credit.  He got half of it right.   His work certainly sets a standard for puerility.

On a more serious note, though, let me address the condescension.  "State-mandated-rape-o-sphere"?  Can  one remain serious and read something so insensate, so heartless?  I can only imagine how all those hundreds of thousands of women in this country who have experienced the ordeal - brutal, savage, life-altering - feel about the crime committed against them being thrown into the same category as some carnival stunt.  Rape-o-sphere?  And this worm wants to influence the debate?

Rape is not a catch-phrase, dumbass.

Instapundit then gets sucked into it. Somehow. But he's a big boy.  He can defend himself.

As to the photo caption to which he refers, as Confucious said, "If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people." Not that this imbecile has the first inkling as to what that means.

Two Questions Worth Asking

The first comes from the New York Times:

Will Scotland Go Its Own Way?

More importantly, to me:

Will Puerto Rico Go Its Own Way?

Regarding the former:
“The Breakup of Britain”? It sounds like a fantasy fiction title. To many people across the world, including the English themselves, it is inconceivable that this deep-rooted United Kingdom, the oldest royal democracy in the world, could split apart.

In the last few weeks, however, official London has panicked over the rising clamor of voices from all over the British Isles suddenly agreeing that the archaic structure of “Great Britain” is overdue for a shake-up — even a breakup.

Nowhere are these voices in better harmony than in Scotland. If “Britain” is more than a word on a passport, why do most Scots now feel their primary identity is not British?
And the latter?

For those not aware, Puerto Rico is not a state. And it's not independent. It's an "unincorporated territory" under U.S. control.

What does that mean?

In part, citizens of Puerto Rico are considered to be American citizens as well, with many of the benefits that accrue. But, not being full-fledged citizens, they don't pay federal personal income taxes.  In that regard, they get a free ride.

Personally, I don't care if they decide to be independent, or decide to become a state within the Union. But they need get off the pot and decide one way or the other.

Or we should decide for them.

What we have in place needs to be fixed. Some day.

They Need To Figure This Out

Blame it on the internet.

Blame it on left-wing bias.

Blame it on Twitter.

Blame it on cable television.

Whatever you blame it on, you folks in the newspaper business had better adjust the business model to accommodate all of the above or you're toast:
Newspaper Ad Revenues Fall to 60-Yr. Low in 2011
By Mark J. Perry, Carpe Diem




The chart above displays total annual print newspaper advertising revenue based on actual annual data from 1950 to 2010, and estimated annual revenue for 2011 using quarterly data through the third quarter, from the Newspaper Association of America. The advertising revenues have been adjusted for inflation, and appear in the chart as millions of constant 2011 dollars. Estimated revenues of $20.7 billion in 2011 will be the lowest annual amount spent on newspaper advertising since $19.5 billion in 1951, exactly 60 years ago.

The decline in newspaper ad revenues to a 60-year low is amazing by itself, but the sharp decline in recent years is pretty stunning. Last year's ad revenues of about $21 billion were less than half of the $46 billion spent just four years ago in 2007, and less than one-third of the $64 billion spent in 2000.

And even when online advertising is added to the print ads, the combined total spending for print and online advertising in 2011 will still only be about $22.6 billion, just slightly more than the $22.5 billion spent on print advertising in 1954. [link]
Wow.

I've got my list of newspapers about which I will rejoice when they meet their demise.  And a lengthy list it is.  But really?  I'll miss the morning paper when it's gone.

For surely it's going to be gone if someone really smart working in the journalism business doesn't figure this mess out.  And quick.

What? I Missed The Oscars? OMG!

Actually, I didn't miss the Academy Awards extravaganza.  I walked out of the room to read a book after sitting through about twenty agonizing minutes of the pre-Oscar show that had some TV personality interviewing Hollywood types, asking them - if they were female - "Oh, what are you wearing?"  and being told, "Why, I'm wearing Verscace."  Or Armani.  Or  Givenchy.  Or Tortelinni.  Or Squeegy.  Or ...  Kill me.  Just kill me.

I have to tell you, if the host of the show had stood before the microphone and made a crack about "the 1%" in this country, I'd have thrown my shoe at him.

What I watched reeked of pretension.  And self-absorption beyond belief.

So I missed the Oscars.  But maintained my sanity.

So, did that silent film win?  And does anyone outside the Land of Oz care?

- - -

As for the nominees themselves, the best line of the night comes from Hank Stuever of the Washington Post:

"Has there ever been a year where you felt less inclined to make sure you’d seen every best picture nominee?

- - -

Ouch: "The whole night looked like an AARP pep rally."

Grandpa Needs To Go

Can you claim to have representation in Washington if that person who represents you hasn't lived in your state for well over a quarter of a century?  Who's he representing if his only residence has been in D.C. all that time?

Those are questions that Indiana Republicans (and, perhaps, Democrats soon enough ...) are asking themselves:
No Hoosier Homestead for Lugar
By Naftali Bendavid, Wall Street Journal

Sen. Richard Lugar, an Indiana Republican in a lively primary fight, is facing a surprising charge: that he doesn't live in Indiana.

Mr. Lugar recently acknowledged he sold his Indianapolis home shortly after his 1976 election to the Senate and bought one outside Washington. It was the only way to keep the family together, he said, because the Lugars couldn't afford two homes.

Mr. Lugar told reporters he isn't sure what address is on his Indiana driver's license. But he said he is confident voters won't hold the issue against him. [link]
Yeah, we've all heard the argument made that a United States senator is "less representative" of his state than a congressman is. Fine. But shouldn't there be some connection other than place of birth?

Lugar seems to think his place of residence doesn't matter. The people of Indiana may soon be saying otherwise:
Richard Lugar, the Grandfather of the Indiana GOP, fights for reelection
By Jonathan Allen, Politico

Connersville, Ind. — Sen. Dick Lugar’s glaring weakness and his enduring strength are one and the same: He’s the grandfather of the Indiana Republican Party.

Nearing 80, Lugar is facing his first serious challenge in decades — a two-step in which he has to fend off conservative state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the May 8 primary followed by Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly in November if he hopes to win an Indiana-record seventh term. The charge from both camps: Lugar’s a nice man who lost touch with his Hoosier roots somewhere inside the Washington Beltway.

There’s plenty of ammunition for Mourdock to make the case that Lugar has drifted away from conservative orthodoxy, starting with Lugar’s votes for President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court appointments, his one-time co-sponsorship of the DREAM act, which would pave the way for undocumented aliens brought to this country as minors to become citizens, and earmarks. On top of that, Lugar backed the bank bailouts and an auto industry rescue plan that, while vital to the state’s economy, isn’t popular with a large swath of conservatives.

“Clearly, over the years he’s become more of a Big Government Republican,” Mourdock said of Lugar during an interview at a hotel across from the Indianapolis statehouse. “When you’ve been involved in it for 36 years, you are it, it is you, it becomes the answer. Of course it’s the answer, because you’ve put your whole life in it. I don’t see government as the answer to our problems.” [link]
If there's anyone who better represents the "inside the beltway" mentality than Richard Lugar, I don't know who he is.

Frankly, I'm shocked that Lugar considers it no big deal that he hasn't maintained a home in his "home" state for all those years. And I'd be surprised if a lot of Hoosiers didn't feel the same way.

The man lives in Washington. Where he'll stay after being bounced from office.

Let the bounce commence.  It's time he ran for some office there.

- - -

I'm reminded of this Paul Wellstone TV ad from long ago, though the circumstances were different.  He unseated the incumbent he was running against by showing that his opponent was nowhere to be found when it counted.

Lugar?  How often does he have personal contact with a constituent?

Shouldn't that be important in a representative republic?

Devastating

As only Michael Ramirez can put it.  Click on the image to enlarge it:


Someone needs to be apologizing all right.  And it sure as hell isn't Obama.

Can't Be Havin' This

Half of Virginia's public school students who took the state-mandated Standards of Learning test have failed:

See "Virginia students' math scores plunge."

The manner in which basic algebra and geometry questions were asked have been changed this year, causing the "plunge."

Expect the tests to be scrapped in favor of easier tests.

Education be damned ...

- - -

The call goes forth: Dumb down the test!  And it comes from the Roanoke Times editorial page.  Naturally.

Humiliating

Enraging:

Karzai’s Response to Obama’s Apology: Put U.S. Troops on Trial and Punish Them

How about we do what Newt says and leave Karzai with a pat on the back and a fond farewell.

That Was Then, This Is Now

Four years ago: "Yes, We Can!"

Now: "We've gone through three of the toughest years this country has gone through in my lifetime."

Four years from now?

Do we really want to find out?

It All Becomes Clear

Now I understand why she was such as lousy governor.  She ain't all that bright:

Current TV's [and former Michigan governor, Jennifer] Granholm: 'Blaming the President for High Gas Prices is Like Blaming Rudy Giuliani for 9/11'

That makes absolutely no sense.