From a profile of Alex Jones in New York Magazine:
“If you had to say there was one source who really helped us break out, who took our information, helped to punch it out to an even more effective level, he’s the guy,” says Jones. “Three years ago, there was almost no news coverage of Bilderberg [an elite conference] in this country; there was an electronic Berlin Wall. Drudge, every year, takes our reportage and links to it on our site.”
Jones says that it’s now “intensifying how much he links to us and promotes us,” recalling how Drudge, this past Christmas, made every link on the site green for the holidays—except links to Infowars, which Drudge published in red. “It was like a Christmas present,” says Jones.
I guess Drudge has a little more Christmas spirit than I do. I would have gone with a lump of coal in Jones’ stocking.
Hold me, I’m scared. This spilt condiment cleaner-upper is some real dark magic. It will also change my Waffle House experiences forever! Some may say for the better, but The House may lose some of it’s charm (cleaning? We don’t need no stinkin’ cleaning.)
h/t Caleb Howe
Bless their hearts. A friend pointed out via email that the only bit of this article at Politico, describing Coffee Party leadership discontent, that is necessary in order to understand what happened is this part:
“We are writing to you because it is our belief that much can be learned from the experience of the Interim Board, and the dynamics on the Board which we believe seriously impeded our process. We would like to identify some issues which, from our point of view, have become problems within the Coffee Party, and which, if not corrected, will hinder its success,” wrote ousted board members Bahiya Cabral-Johnson, Teri Torres-Hart and Sabina Virgo in an open letter.
Ah, the old liberal whine-fest stand-by; the open letter. Wonder if they got some tips from Michael Moore? I assume only if they offered him donuts with his coffee. Anyway, note the three names of the ousted board members.
You see, it is not so much a Coffee Party as it is a coffee klatch gone bitchy. Meow, ladies!
MTV’s “Jersey Shore” debuts in Italy today.
“They embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized,” columnist Roberto Del Bove lamented in the Rome newspaper New Notzie.
A preview of the show posted on an MTV Italia Web page drew some of the sharpest comments.
“When I see this, I wonder whether [Osama] Bin Laden had a point,” wrote one nasty poster.
How long until Ron Paul weighs in on this act of American aggression?
They don’t come here to attack us because we’re rich and we’re free. They come and they attack us because of Snooki and The Situation. And fist pumps.
I generally hate using the term “amazing”, but this really is – in a devastating way. Incredibly terrifying video shows the tsunami destroying the port of Kesennuma. Horrifying.
h/t Erick Erickson
Business has tripled at a Montana Radio Shack offering a free firearm with some Dish Network purchases:
“Protect yourself with Dish Network. Sign up now, get free gun,” the sign reads.
“We have people literally stop in to take pictures of the sign,” Levy said.
Qualifying customers have the choice between a Hi Point 380 pistol or a 20-gauge shotgun.
The deal is only good for new Dish Network customers and they must buy a certain amount of equipment to qualify for the free gun.
After the customer signs a service contract and sets up an install date, they are given a gift certificate for their gun. They can also opt for a $50 gift card from Pizza Hut if they prefer, Strand said. And customers who purchase new Dish Network service that don’t qualify for a firearm are still given the Pizza Hut gift card.
Predictably, anti-gun leftists have this promo in their cross-hairs. A Rutgers Daily Targum editorial calls it “a wildly irresponsible promotion.” And a CNET writer seems to have developed a strange new respect for family values:
But somehow Dish Network is supposed to be a family-friendly value proposition. And to entice customers with guns seems not quite so family-friendly in an era in which people tend to misuse guns with such unfamily-friendly regularity.
Who knew Playboy TV and Skinemax were part of a “family-friendly” lineup? And as for legal firearms being “unfamily-friendly”:
Tell that to the 10-year-old Louisiana boy who used his mom’s gun to protect his 8-year-old sister from a team of thugs breaking into their home.
Tell that to Kristen Holbert, a Tennessee woman whose instinct to protect her unborn child kicked in immediately when burglars showed up at her door. They didn’t stick around when they saw her point her boyfriend’s 12-gauge at them.
Tell that to Alyssa Gutierrez, a New Mexico girl who armed herself with a loaded rifle and scared off a gang of home intruders the week before she started sixth grade.
In the urban hipster bubble where this CNET writer likely lives, “family values” are about relying on a uniformed member of someone else’s family to speed to your ironically decorated apartment with sirens blaring when criminals show up. I’m betting he’ll be in for a shock the first time he has to wait minutes when seconds count.
Because I really don’t feel like getting “poked” by Robert Gibbs. Although I understand that at this point, he is likely desperate to be ‘friended’.
Veena Malik is a stunningly beautiful Pakistani actress. She also appeared on India’s version of Big Brother and, upon her return, did an interview for Pakistani TV. Ed Driscoll over at Pajamas Media has the video, which he sets up with a quote from Michael Weiss at New Criterion:
A former participant on India’s version of “Big Brother” where she apparently smooched a man and wore revealing outfits, Veena returned to Pakistan, went on television and got confronted by a commissar-like anchor asking her if she didn’t feel that she’d embarrassed herself, her faith and her country by her behavior in an enemy land. She was then further insulted via satellite by a fat and furry cleric with one hand on his sacred book and the other on his heavy heart. He’d never watched Indian “Big Brother” yet one clearly sensed that his enmity stemmed from a knowledge that he wouldn’t know the likes of Veena’s companionship until those celestial virgins fulfilled their end of the nasty bargain.
The video is a must-see. My only regret is that the cleric was not physically in studio with Ms. Malik – I would have loved to see her pop him in the nose. I also hope to see her one day take on this Egyptian cleric, who proudly and excitedly declares all the ways that beating one’s wife actually honors the wife; she should be ashamed if not beaten. There is etiquette, you see! You can’t hit her in the face, lest you make her ugly. How thoughtful! You also cannot use a long rod, only a short one otherwise that would be disrespectful.
I’d like to teach both these clerics a little something about respect. With my fist.
(I know, I know. Two wrongs don’t make a right, violence never solves anything, yada yada. But, come on. They so have it coming.)
Muslim women like Veena Malik are incredibly brave and strong; they are the only ones speaking out and daring to confront the clerics. These women are just getting their first wave feminism – the real kind, not the kind that our “feminists” make up out of whole cloth while ignoring actual subjugation due to ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘being enlightened’. They speak out while in fear of their lives.
Literally. There are death threats against Ms. Malik now.
The Herald Sun reports:
NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-Il told a visiting businessman he had nightmares of being stoned by angry members of the public in his isolated nation, a Seoul lawmaker said in an interview aired today.
Kim told the late founder of the Hyundai group, Chung Ju-Yung, of having a dream that he was being stoned “first by Americans, second by South Koreans and finally by North Koreans”, said Chung’s son, Grand National Party lawmaker Chung Mong-Joon.
When you wish upon a star …
At a political fundraiser in Florida, Vice President Joe Biden and/or his staff issued their own Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy against reporter Scott Powers. To ensure that he literally could not ask, nor tell, they locked him in a closet. Can’t have the riff-raff fraternizing amongst the fancy pants guests, now can we?
An aide to Vice President Joe Biden has apologised to a reporter who was locked in a closet for hours after he was invited to cover a Florida political fundraiser because they did not want him talking with the guests.
Spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said the decision to hold local reporter Scott Powers there was a ‘mistake’.
And she claimed an inexperienced staffer had put Powers in the closet instead of a ‘hotel room’ as was their normal practice.
As the unaware $500-a-head invitees dined on caprese crostini with oven-dried mozzarella and basil, rosemary flatbread with grapes honey and gorgonzola cheese, grilled chicken Caesar and garden vegetable wraps, last week, the veteran reporter was locked away.
Okay, I know the fact that someone was locked in a closet shouldn’t be funny – and I’m sorry reporter dude – but that’s Joe Biden comedy gold. Oh, the transparency! Also, keeping people in a closet? H8Rs!!!1111 I hope Meghan McCain weighs in!
h/t Ben Domenech
I get it. I don’t like admitting that Joe Biden is our veep either.
Every time news coverage of actress Anne Hathaway spikes, so does Berkshire Hathaway stock. At least, that’s the fantasy Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman promoted on his New York Times blog this weekend.
Why? The claim is that it’s the fault of robotrading algorithms, which now account for most of the market, and which sometimes rely among other things on trends in news coverage.
That’s the kind of dumb mistake human traders wouldn’t make. Unfortunately, they’d make other kinds of dumb mistakes.
“I, For One, Do Not Welcome Our Dumb Robot Overlords,” writes Krugman.
Where’s the evidence that Berkshire Hathaway shareholders are at the mercy of a half-baked fleet of starstruck retard-o-bots? Krugman cites The Financial Times, but the original source of this bizarre story is Huffington Post blogger Dan Mirvish, a media hoaxer the New York Times once called “a senior fellow at the Institute of Nonexistence.” On March 2, Mirvish wrote:
On the Friday before the Oscars, Berkshire shares rose a whopping 2.02%. And on the Monday just after the Academy Awards, they rose again, this time 2.94%. But it’s not just an Oscar bounce, or something Warren Buffett may have said in the newspaper, or even necessarily something the company itself is doing (i.e. rumors afoot to buy Costco). Just look back at some other landmark dates in Anne Hathaway’s still young career:
Oct. 3, 2008 – Rachel Getting Married opens: BRK.A up .44%
Jan. 5, 2009 – Bride Wars opens: BRK.A up 2.61%
Feb. 8, 2010 – Valentine’s Day opens: BRK.A up 1.01%
March 5, 2010 – Alice in Wonderland opens: BRK.A up .74%
Nov. 24, 2010 – Love and Other Drugs opens: BRK.A up 1.62%
Nov. 29, 2010 – Anne announced as co-host of the Oscars: BRK.A up .25%
Yes, the fearsome Hathaway Effect is based on eight dates in a two-year period analyzed by a professional media manipulator. But … but … studies show! Yeah, one “study” of a handful of data points.
I know, Paul. Markets are confusing, and math is hard. It’s been a while since you had to memorize all that information about sample sizes and correlation vs. causation for Stats 101. And it sure can be a hassle to RTFG. Fortunately, The Motley Fool cleared this up nearly three weeks ago:
Berkshire’s stock most certainly was up on Oct. 3, 2008, but there was more than an opening for Anne going on. Just two days prior, the stock had jumped almost 5% after Buffett got a dandy deal on perpetual preferred stock from General Electric (NYSE: GE ) .Meanwhile, on Feb. 8, 2010, did Anne Hathaway’s movie push up Berkshire’s stock? Or were investors anticipating the heavy buying from index funds that would be forced to add Berkshire to their holdings after it replaced Burlington Northern Santa Fe in the S&P 500?
The March 5, 2010 gain we can write off even more quickly, since the S&P gained nearly double Berkshire’s jump that day. What good is the Anne Hathaway signal if the stock still underperforms the rest of the market?
And of course, all good Fools know that the weekend of Feb. 27, 2011 something happened that was much more important than the Oscars — the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder letter was released. My wild guess is that the stock gains that Friday reflected anticipation about the letter, while Monday’s pop was due to Buffett’s bullish outlook in the letter.
Now run along, Paul, and check the inside of the fridge to see if a tiny Anne Hathaway turns the light on when you open the door.
Vile, yet predictable. The left has no qualms about politicizing absolutely anything on the backs of the dead. You’d think they’d at least take a moment to mourn Geraldine Ferraro’s death and give their condolences to her family and loved ones, but you’d be wrong.
Sarah Palin herself issued this statement:
My family and I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of Geraldine Ferraro. When I had the honor of working alongside Geraldine on election night last year, we both discussed the role of women in politics and our excited expectation that someday that final glass ceiling would be shattered by the election of a woman president. She was an amazing woman who dedicated her life to public service as a teacher, prosecutor, Congresswoman, and Vice Presidential candidate. She broke one huge barrier and then went on to break many more. The world will miss her. May she rest in peace and may her example of hard work and dedication to America continue to inspire all women.
The left? They said things like this:
Rest in peace, Geraldine Ferraro. My thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with your loved ones.
Whether you are a Dem or a Repub, you have to admit, an extraordinary woman has died. She was the first and it meant so so so so much.
Fred Phelps and his Westboro cultists immediately began to celebrate the 1984 VP nominee’s death.
Fred Phelps’ daughter Margie tweeted:
She taught nation proud sin. She’s in hell. #WBC will picket public memorial.
Rebekah Phelps-Roper wrote:
#Westboro rejoices when God kills His enemies!
And Shirley Phelps-Roper added:
The ONLY thing important for USA about Geraldine Ferraro is that God has righteously sent her to hell! #TaughtProudSin
I proudly support the First Amendment right of Americans to picket each and every Phelps family funeral. Vile gutter sludge.
RIP, Geraldine Ferraro.
I always thought there was something a little off about Ina Garten. The woman substitutes basil for cilantro in her chili recipe. What kind of animal does such a thing?
The “Barefoot Contessa” star allegedly turned down a request from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The foundation reportedly tried to contact the celebrity chef twice on behalf of a six-year-old boy suffering from leukemia who wanted to cook with her. And twice they were rebuffed.
Garten reportedly blew off the first request due to her busy book tour schedule. But 6-year-old Enzo decided to wait, skipping the chance to have another wish granted by the foundation. Bad choice, kid:
We’re told the organization went back to Ina this year … but her team responded with a “definite no” … once again, citing scheduling conflicts.
A member of Enzo’s family says the 6-year-old is heartbroken … and asked parents, “Why doesn’t she want to meet me?”
Ina Garten can’t spare 10 minutes to teach a dying kid how to stick Nilla Wafers in a dish of banana pudding? Maybe whip up a little guacamole? (Hold the cilantro!)
Of course, The Contessa has been swamped for ages, what with entertaining celebrity friends like Alec “my daughter is a ‘pig’” Baldwin, writing checks to Obama for America, and hosting Planned Parenthood Benefits at her home.
Hmm. Maybe Ina’s hatred of children isn’t limited to pesky wish-making cancer patients.