Instead of simply doing a quick "Blog This!" move when I come across something noteworthy, I've been collecting notes and links for more comprehensive posts with multiple items to read. The problem is that news keeps traveling on without a pause and sometimes by the time you have time to assemble a post, what you were going to talk about is old and moldy or simply not relevant to the day's situation. Remember what I wrote about "Jihad - Canadian Style"? Of course you don't, because it never got posted, along with stories about the religious underpinnings of Iran's belligerence toward its neighbors and more.
In the future, I'll be doing more instant posts because I'm not getting any less busy and may quite possibly be taking on more work than there are hours in the day to accomplish. So, let's clear the backlog as quickly as possible. It won't be as deep as I'd like it, but you gets whats you pays for.
ALL THE FAKE NEWS THAT FITS, WE PRINT: The Treason Media have sustained several more blows to their shredded credibility as they've be busted by the Blogosphere for collaborating with terrorist outfit Hezbollah and running propaganda as real news in an effort to undermine Israel and America's ability to respond to unprovoked attacks upon civilians.
Last week, the big stink was about the likelihood that pictures from Qana were staged because the same guy kept turning up in so many photos and has been shown at disaster sites in the past. (I can't find the link to a better story about the hinky nature of the pix. Sorry.) The Treason Media agencies of Al Associated Press and Al Reuters blew off those charges, but Al Reuters commited a Dan Rather-grade error when they had to post this:
...after the Blogosphere - led by Little Green Footballs, the site that busted Rather's fake memos in 2004 - spotted the clumsy use of the Photoshop clone stamp tool to fake up more smoke in the picture. Reuters has sworn off using more photos from the Hezbollah PR rep masquerading as a photographer, but they're putting out his lame excuse for his fraud:
“The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image, saying that he was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under,” said Moira Whittle, the head of public relations for Reuters.1. Dust marks aren't much of a problem in digital photography and even so, wouldn't require so much cloning.
B. More importantly, "poor lighting conditions" would imply that he was working in a dark cave with insufficient light to see what he was doing. If he was airbrushing a print, that would fly as an excuse, but to use Photoshop REQUIRES A COMPUTER AND THOSE MONITORS SEEM TO PUT OUT ENOUGH LIGHT TO SEE WHAT'S ON THE SCREEN!!! Don't tell me he had the screen brightness turned down - it's a fakey fake and the Treason Media spin is just eyewash to bamboozle the rubes.
Michelle Malkin has a good wrap-up post (pay heed to the two photos of the same site allegedly on different dates); here's a video that shows how it was done in Photoshop; Ed Driscoll traces how the Treason Media got to its current ring of Hell; another blogger wonders who this unlucky woman is; and Power Line has a transcript of CNN's "Reliable Sources" program in which a member of the Treason Media (WaPo Chapter) reveals his blind bias by accusing the ISRAELIS of deliberately killing their own citizens in order to maintain the moral high ground in the war.
Next time you hear the Treason Media bleating about how "objective" they are, how they aren't liberal and how inaccurate the blogs are compared to their annointed holiness, remember how they blithely lie to the public and then lie about their lies when busted by those who can back up what they say. Pathetic.
THE CRUCIFIXION OF MEL GIBSON: So, Mel gets drunk, goes insane and says a bunch of things that Cindy Sheehan would approve of, yet not get lynched by the media for saying herself. If Sean Penn got hauled over for DUI and spouted off a tirade against Christians, they'd be holding a parade for him and telling offended Christians to "f*ck off, Jesus freaks!" But because Mel is a hated Catholic who defied the Hollyweird establishment to make "Jesus Beatdown" (aka "My Big Fat Roman Crucifixion") and made a ton of money in the process, they've been looking to take him down and just like Ann Coulter, he handed them the axe with which they could cut his head off with. Smooth move, Ex-Lax.
Christopher Hitchens got his Mel hate on and several other blogs noted the double-standards at work, but the best pair of comments came from David Frum and your truly. Frum said:
If a drunken Mel Gibson did indeed call out, "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," then there can be only one possible place for a man who believes such things: as the next Secretary General of the United Nations.And in reply to a comment here from a reader asking what I thought of Melgate, I replied:
I find it fascinating that with Hezbollah lobbing 2000 ball-bearing packed rockets into Israel; a Muslim barging into a Jewish center in Seattle and shooting six unarmed Jewish women, killing one and wounding a pregnant woman; and the leader of Iran basically calling for the annihilation of Israel, the most dangerous and despised anti-Semite in the world is a drunk actor who shot his mouth off. Some disproportionate response there, no?SPEAKING OF DISPROPORTIATE RESPONSE: Israel is under attack and their kinder, gentler, White Guilt-approved response is being attacked by the anti-Semitic world as being "disproportionate" by those who want the Jews gone for real, not just in a drunken rant. Charles Krauthammer had a great column about this madness and NRO's Rich Lowery said:
At the same time that terrorist insurgents around the world are spectacularly demonstrating their depravity, the West has acted to give them more rights and to tie its own hands with unrealistic expectations of strictly limiting collateral damage. The Supreme Court has granted Geneva Convention protections to al Qaeda, part of a push to wipe out any moral and legal differences between civilized armies and terrorist bands. The outcry over Qana is directed entirely toward Israel by the “international community,” rewarding Hezbollah for deliberately endangering civilians.Channeling Instapundit...READ IT ALL! For an extra kick, check out this video which shows Hezbollah fighters piling into a UN AMBULANCE to flee from the scene. Why the f*ck are we expected to treat terrorists who refuse to wear a uniform, hide amongst civilians and hide inside UN aid vehicles with such tenderness and understanding?!?
GITMO: THE GUARDS SIDE OF THE STORY: You've heard ad naseum about the supposed mistreatment of the po' widdle jihadis being held at Gitmo because while they were willing to kill themselves and innocent civilians in order to enter Paradise, they can't withstand having an infidel touch their Koran or bring their three hot halals a moment too late. Well, according to this report, here's a taste of what the guards endure:
The prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay during the war on terror have attacked their military guards hundreds of times, turning broken toilet parts, utensils, radios and even a bloody lizard tail into makeshift weapons, Pentagon reports say.Charming. The recent suicides of a trio of terrorists were coordinated via legal envelopes protected by lawyer-client confidentiality laws in order to bring more bad press to a place already mischaracterized by a Treason Media disinterested in anything other than the defeat of Team Dubya and America at all costs, as if they'll be allowed to scrutinize the Islamofacist masters after the jihad succeeds. Lying chumps!
Incident reports reviewed by The Associated Press indicate Military Police guards are routinely head-butted, spat upon and doused by "cocktails" of feces, urine, vomit and sperm collected in meal cups by the prisoners.
They've been repeatedly grabbed, punched or assaulted by prisoners who reach through the small "bean holes" used to deliver food and blankets through cell doors, the reports say. Serious assaults requiring medical attention, however, are rare, the reports indicate.
TAKING BACK "TAR BABY": If you've seen "Clerks 2", you'll recognize the phrase "I'm taking it back", but while that was a dumb guy doing it for dumb reasons, the fact is that perfectly innocuous words like "niggardly" and "tar baby" are being P.C.-ed out of usage because aggrieved race-scab-pickers attack any white person who dares speak about stinginess or reference Br'er Rabbit. Romney should've come out and said, "I was talking about Br'er Rabbit and it is not helpful to the cause of improved racial relations to heap racial bias upon non-racial comments. Sometimes you've got to call a shovel a shovel." (Note the irony in that last part.)
THE END OF E3 AND THE 20 GAYEST GAME CHARACTERS: After all this heavy news, here's some fun stuff to try and brighten your day starting with this article listing the gayest game characters. Kinda cute, but more critical is the response to the end of the big Electronic Entertainment Expo (aka E3) after the pullout of the big publishers. While those media outlets who will still be in the inside are cool with the change, this site has a list of "Ten Reasons Why No E3 is Bad For Game Industry". Check it out, y'all.
THE FRIDAY FIVER (DOUBLE SHOT): I didn't even have time to do these. Yeesh.
1. Do you smoke?
No. Used to smoke the occasional cigar when it was the rage, but not since.
2. Are you more likely to be caught humming, whistling or singing to yourself?
Combination of all three, but since I'm a musician, it's OK and I sound good.
3. Have you ever been to New Orleans?
No. (Get it? N-O. Heh.)
4. When is the last time you saw the sun rise?
The day before I became a vampire.
5. Can you swim?
1. When is the last time your phone rang in the middle of the night?
2. Who makes you yell?
3. What do you do for fun?
Yell at stupid people.
4. What hours do you work/go to school?
9 am - 6 pm.
5. Who is number one in your life?
SAY HI HI TO PUFFY AMIYUMI, YO: I've been a fan of Japanese pop duo Puffy Amiyumi for a few years now. While some may know them from their gawdawful fourth-rate "Powerpuff Girls"-style Cartoon Network show, they're a musically fascinating outfit thanks to the hidden army of writers and producers behind their diverse sound. While they are a pair of cuties, that's not why I dig them. I'll do a more comprehensive post about them some other time to elaborate - yeah, right, but for now, take a peep at their cool video for "Nice Buddy" off their new album, "Splurge!"
Oh yeah, if you noticed on the super, they're called Puffy in Japan but because of a certain whack-ass rapper, Sean "Puff Daddy/Puffy/P. Diddy/Diddy" Combs, they had to append their combined first names of Ami (long-haired one) and Yumi (short-haired) to their band name here in the Colonies.
Whew! That should catch up most of the stuff. If you made it this far, congratuations! Thanks for reading.
BTW: I picked up some microphones last week for what will become the most fearsome pair of words the Left could ever hear: DIRKWORLD RADIO!!!!
Stay tuned...literally. :)