Monthly Archives: May 2009

In Honor of Sonia Sotomayor

My Favorite Supremes List:

Best name ever: Bushrod Washington (runner-up: Felix Frankfurter) (No, there’s not a theme there. Whatever would give you that idea?)

Best Hometown Boy: Byron “Whizzer” White–went to the University of Colorado (Woo!)–I include his nickname because he hated it, and he was the only Democratic appointee to dissent from Roe v. Wade. (the poop)

Best Case Ever: Marbury v. Madison–gotta go with the source of judicial review here, without which the vast majority of other influential cases would never have seen the court at all. Thank you, John Marshall, for helping the Judicial branch grow a pair.

Best Supreme Allusion to It’s A Wonderful Life: Potter Stewart, justice from 1958 to 1981

Best About-Face: Hugo Black (formerly a member of the KKK who became a proponent of desegregation) (also gets honorable mention in the name category for irony)

Best Babyface: Joseph Story, who at age 32 became (and still is) the youngest appointee to the Supremes (that was in 1811). (Little known fact: also the first Supreme to get the swirlie. It was in the Potomac, as flush toilets had not yet been invented.)

Best Web Source on the Supremes:SCOTUSBLOG! It’s one of the most unintentionally silly blog names ever, but dang it’s cool.

Best Use of Latin by Supremes: Stare decisis, meaning to stick with what has been decided. It just always makes me think of my mother giving me the “Don’t even try it, missy!” look.

Here’s hoping Sotomayor is confirmed post-haste so David Souter can spend more time with his family. (What? He has no wife and kids? Then why’s he retiring? David, you can come see me. You can tell me all about how annoying Scalia is…)

Weekend Question Thread

What five things do you say all the time? What words or phrases would friends associate with you?

Me: 1. Yaaaaah. 2. Squirrel nut. 3. Jesus tits. 4. Shut up, ho. 5. I KNOW RIGHT?!

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Do They Think Because It’s a Holiday Weekend They Can Be Extra Stupid?

Sweet Jesus in a raspberry rhubarb pie:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – In political debate, the side that keeps its
arguments simple and repeats them again and again is likely to gain the
advantage. It is an easier sale, especially when the topic is as scary
as terrorism.

IT’S ONLY A “DEBATE” BECAUSE YOU FUCKMOOKS FRAMED IT AS SUCH. To the rest of us, it was the president giving a speech and an old dude everyone hates who happened to be blithering at the same time. This was an entirely media-constructed “event” and now it’s being commented upon and analyzed as if it sprang full-formed from the head of David Axelrod.

Their back-to-back speeches on Thursday gave Cheney “a lot of
credibility” and put Obama on the defensive, said Republican pollsterDavid Winston.

“From a political standpoint, I think Cheney wins on points,” said GOP strategistRich Galen.

In other stunning news, PETA doesn’t think you should wear fur, the Pope doesn’t want you fornicating so much, and everybody in my house thinks I look very pretty today. SERIOUSLY?

In the Guantanamo argument, Obama’s critics didn’t worry about
legalities, court decisions or complexities. They invented an argument
about letting terrorists move next door to Americans.

Although
no one had ever suggested such a thing, it worked
, and the Democratic
Senate voted overwhelmingly to deny Obama an $80 million appropriation
to close the prison camp by eight months from now, as he had promised.

I can’t IMAGINE why that should have been the case. Could it have something to do with the fact that TV “journalists” allowed Republican talking heads to repeat it ad nauseum on their shows without even once demanding that someone produce credible evidence of this being an actual, you know, thing?

The rest of the piece goes on to list the many ways in which Darth Fucktard is wrong and dishonest, and then it starts to close with:

The new president noted that more than 525 prisoners were released under theBush administration, before he took office and ordered the place closed.

“Rather than keeping us safer, the prison atGuantanamo has weakenedAmerican national security,”
Obama said. “It is a rallying cry for our enemies. It sets back the
willingness of our allies to work with us in fighting an enemy that
operates in scores of countries.”

That’s complicated. Republicans are still keeping it simple.

WITH YOUR HELP. THANKS.

A.

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession With The Freeperati – Republican Civil War edition

Good Monday morning, guys – before you start your day (hopefully) off work (if you’re still employed), and reflect on the last and greatest sacrifice made by our servicemen and women, let’s try and catch up with the angst-in-their-pants antics of the Freepers, shall we? I know some of these are dated, but I’m ploughing through the backlog of stupidity as fast as I can.

Let’s suit up and spin that airlock wheel. I’ve got a foul fetid feast of Freeperosity for your amusement.

Hmmm – 1st quarter Freepathon is still going on – they’re either going to have to lower their operating budget, or just make the fund-raising drive a permanent feature.

First offal offering –Let the finger-pointing begin!!‏

So Far So Ugly in the Republican Political Civil War

The Provocateur ^

| 04/30/2009
| Mike Volpe

Posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 12:15:22 PM byfiscon1
The Politico graphically illustrates just how ugly the political
civil war is getting in the aftermath of Arlen Specter leaving the
party.
Faced with a high-profile defection and the prospect of
political irrelevance in the Senate, Republicans took off the gloves
Wednesday for aferocious game of finger-pointing.
Republican
Sens. Orrin Hatch and George Voinovich blamed the Club for Growth for
imposing a right-wing litmus test that chased Arlen Specter out of the
Republican Party. The Club for Growth blamed Specter — first for
helping to ruin the GOP and then for leaving it. A leading Republican
strategist blamed the party for turning its back on moderates. Sen.
Lindsey Graham sniped at Republican National Committee Chairman Michael
Steele. Specter’s pollster blamed the stimulus bill. Karl Rove blamed
Specter himself.

“Ferocious game of finger pointing”? Ferocious game of rock, paper, scissors, more like.

To: fiscon1
This is funny. They want to point the blame. Well, I will. A pox on all of them. They’re all a bunch of losers.

2
posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 12:19:26 PM
bybcsco
(I’m a Constitution defender!)

To: fiscon1
3
posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 12:20:39 PM
bybroken_arrow1
(I regret that I have but one life to give to my country)

Oh, pleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease…

div class=”EC_a2 blockquote” style=”margin-left: 40px;”>To: broken_arrow1

Getting rid of RINO’s is the best way to avoid a
Third Party split. We need to go FULL BORE Conservative in the GOP in
order to keep the grass roots involved in the Party.

4
posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 12:22:46 PM
byKansas58

Yep – purge those RINOS! Please. Pretty please. I personally want the GOP down to just Michelle Bachman and David Duke by 2012.

div class=”EC_a2 blockquote” style=”margin-left: 40px;”>To: fiscon1

Let the great RINO hunt continue…NO bag limit…get ride of every swinging one…
So RINOs…Hows it feel to be out of power…Guess that attitude of
“who ya gonna vote for…the ‘Rats?” didn’t work out too well for ya?
Maybe you RINOs would be better off with the ‘rats after all…F’in
RINOs can go suck eggs as far as MY vote is concerned!

10
posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 12:27:02 PM
byrightwingextremist1776

I cannot tell you how warm that makes my heart.

div class=”EC_a2 blockquote” style=”margin-left: 40px;”>To: Kansas58

Kansas58
“Getting rid of RINO’s is the best
way to avoid a Third Party split. We need to go FULL BORE Conservative
in the GOP in order to keep the grass roots involved in the Party.”
I was there voting with Republicans for (RINO) McCain, but I won’t
do it again! I will vote Libertarian if no Conservative Republican is
on the top of the ticket!

11
posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 12:27:15 PM
bybroken_arrow1
(I regret that I have but one life to give to my country)

To: fiscon1
Why should anyone vote Republican today?The
party is old, it has no good ideas that people can follow
and their
marketing machine is a joke.

Even the Freepers are starting to get it. Sorta.

Oh yeah, they don’t have a person ready to unify the party and while
I don’t have an issue with Sarah Palin I see her as filling a role for
people who want to believe in someone rather than anything she has done
to date. Same for Jindal.

12
posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 12:28:16 PM
bymisterrob
(FUBO—-Just say it, Foooooooooooooo Bohhhhhhhhh. Smooth)

To: Kansas58
Getting rid of RINO’s is the best way to avoid a Third Party split.

That
includes ridding ourselves of the Gingrich’s also. He holds a lot of
responsibility
for Republicans backing down when we had the Dems on
their knees.

15
posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 12:30:28 PM
byFreepmanchew
( <:)))>< Proverbs 30:7-9)

I was wondering when someone was going to bring Newtie up.
Funny – Newtie never gets credit for starting the GOP sweater unraveling by leading the charge over the Terri Schaivo cliff…must be an oversight.

You know, the only thing more entertaining than watching them admit defeat is watching them blame it on everything except what actually caused it.

To: fiscon1
Why is that that no one ever chastises the Democrats
for “turning their backs on moderates”?
What about the Democrat Party
is today “moderate”, in any way?
Not a damned thing, and that’s the dirty little secret of this whole
media-led, Democrat-fed campaign to convince Republicans to abandon
conservatives.
This false meme is being repeated endlessly
throughout the mainstream media, with the full approval of the Democrat
Party to which Arlen Specter and the media are both now fully committed.
(snip).

6
posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 12:24:18 PM
byandy58-in-nh

To: andy58-in-nh
because they won.

22
posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 12:34:00 PM
byfiscon1

That’s gonna leave a mark!

div class=”EC_a2 blockquote” style=”margin-left: 40px;”>To: fiscon1

because they won.
That’s funny, because wheneverRepublicans
won, the media would instantly insist that they must “reach out” to
their opponents and promise to “govern from the center”. After which,
the GOP would happily comply and then the Democrats would grab their
media megaphones to accuse them of being controlled by right-wing
radicals.
So, win or lose, Democrats get to accuse Republicans
of being captive to diabolical forces and Republicans get to apologize
and beg for mercy.
Sorry, but I’m getting off this bus.

31
posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 12:48:26 PM
byandy58-in-nh
(You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.)

By all means, let me get the door for you.
Irrelevancy Street and Hate Junction? Is this your stop?

div class=”EC_a2 blockquote” style=”margin-left: 40px;”>To: Kansas58

Voters bask in 1992 were left between a lying, country
club repub who said he wouldn’t raise taxes and a crackpot protest
candidate. However, if Bush had kept to his promise and manged from
more limited government perspective then Perot wouldn’t have seen the
light of day.
This last election was the second of a two election referendum on the
republican party. Now the party continues to implode instead of getting
its act together on putting out a message that people want to follow.
Obama lied out his bony ass to get elected. There is a chance that a
good candidate with a limited government message could win and the same
holds true for the mid-term. If the party is going to have dipshits
like Bachman spouting off and becoming the face of the party then the
country is done. Her rightwing version of moonbatism gets worshiped
around here but trying to wonder why swine flu comes back under a
democrat in 2009 when it was last seen under Carter was moronic.

47
posted onThursday, April 30, 2009 1:27:11 PM
bymisterrob
(FUBO—-Just say it, Foooooooooooooo Bohhhhhhhhh. Smooth)

Well, after that high-caloric appetizer of infighting, we need a lighter second course.
Served up piping hot with a side order ofschadenfreuderight after the jump.

Current Affairs

Memorial Day

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LOL

Today on Athenae’s Obsession with the Wonkette Comments: ROBAMA

For serious:

WHY DOESN’TT DISNEY RELEASE ROBOMA’S TECH SPECIFICATION HMM COULD IT BE
THAT IT WAS BUILT IN CYBERTRON NOT THE US ROBOMA IS NOT A
NATUTURAL-BUILT CITIZEN!

Domo Arigato, Mr. ObamO
Domo Arigato, Mr. ObamO
Mata ahoo Hima de
Domo Arigato, Mr. ObamO
Himitsu wo Shiri tai

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Music

Happy Birthday, Bob

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Of Interest

Saturday Blogwhoring Thread

ENGLISH_MOTHER_FUCKER

Post away.

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Uncategorized

Quitting Time Booster Shot

Welcome to the QTBS, where things always run the risk of jumping up a notch…

– First a h/t to Perry in the “imperfect masterpiece” comments re: the drafting of players. All players were technically undrafted free agents prior to 1966. In saying “draft” I was really referring to a signing as opposed to a free agent in today’s terms (guys who leave their teams for 70 billion dollars elsewhere (**cough** C.C. Sabathia **cough**). I probably should have said “signed,” which is more accurate and so thanks for the catch…

– OK, so if I sold my house, my cars, my kidneys…does that add up to $300 mil?

– Take it from a guy who was once caught by The Missus using a tree saw to cut a coupling off of his toilet tank while hunching over a bathtub: The NYT is right.It’s not cool to cheap out on home repair if you don’t know what you’re doing.

– Apparently, being mean to a legislator who is on trial for tax evasion and lying about it by showing A PICTURE of him in handcuffs meritsa hearing to see if we can abridge the First Amendment. The fact there is a judge on Earth willing to hear this motion makes me want to scream. What next? We can’t show photos of him from the ‘70s because he was intoNehru jackets, poly-blend suits andwhile leather shoes and that might make him look bad?

Somebody kill me please…

… I’m on my knees, pretty pretty please…

… kill me… I want to die…

… put a bullet in my heaaaaaaaaaaaad…

– From the“Oh you think so, Doctor?” File: Fordham’s law school turns the tables on Justice Antontin “Privacy is so silly” Scalia.

– In the interest of simplicity, couldn’t we just edit this headline down to three words and apply it to everything?

– And finally, from the “I couldn’t make headline any funnier if I tried” Department…

Thanks for letting me share your air. Be back next week.

Doc

Uncategorized

Life, Liberty, & Burning Gasoline Like There’s No Tomorrow

Coburnhousemonstertruck

Slightly–very slightly–shorter Tom Coburn:

Give me a gas hog or give me death.

And if I remember correctly, he’s the saner of Oklahoma’s two senators.

(The Daily Show had more on this last night.)

Diary

Friday Ferretblogging: Bath Aftermath

The boys don’t mind taking baths, not too much, anyway. What they HATE is being damp afterward. They’ll fling themselves all over everything trying to dry off, and while it should be pathetic, it’s also, like most things involving ferrets, kind of hilarious:

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Faith

Cut it OUT

Why do you persist in doing this stupid, useless crap, Republicans?

Just … I just … *puts on voice used to tell ferrets to climb down off table and piano* LOOK. I see what you’re doing. I don’t approve. Nobody told you you could do that. Just cut it out. I have stuff to do today and none of it involves picking up after the mess you made by doing that idiotic thing I told you NOT TO DO NOW GET DOWN OFF THERE ALREADY. Yes, you. No, the other one who looks you like who’s doing what you’re doing. Right.

This shit is just so profoundly tiresome. We have, at last count, two wars, about a zillion people out of jobs, we’re about to donate all of Michigan to the Salvation Army, parts of Chicago look like the parts of Jamaica the tour bus takes you past really fast, kids are sick, people are shooting at each other over nothing, Glenn Beck continues to be on TV, and there’s homeless fucking veterans in the world. We are not short on stuff we need to get done. And yet what the Republican party wants us to get amped about is a resolution saying the Bible is awesome and by the way, it will feel neglected if we don’t buy it drinks at the Cinco de Mayo party? Honestly?

One thing I’ve never understood about these assholes is their conception of Christianity as a religion that simultaneously thrives on persecution and is strong enough to withstand the most fearsome storms in human history, yet needs the approval of the U.S. Senate lest it collapse entirely in the face of … I don’t know, Islam and kids learning about Kwanzaa in school. Either your Jesus is Clint Eastwood or Greg Kinnear, he can’t be both, okay?

I personally think it’s kind of insulting to opine that anything that has had as profound an influence on human thought and history as the Bible needs to be declared an official mascot of the year 2010 like it’s one of those fucking Olympic animal toys.

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Geek Cred

The Imperfect Masterpiece Revisited

(Ed. Note: Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of Harvey Haddix’s “Imperfect Masterpiece.” When I started this, I asked Athenae how long is too long. Her answer: “No such thing as too long on the Interwebs. If people don’t want to read that’s what the scroll button is for.” Well, we’re going to test that theory… I spent my whole career writing 8-inch stories on deadline. I always wanted to try something longer and I’ve loved this story for my whole life, so pardon the self-indulgence and if you get through it all, let me know what you think. Thanks. -Doc)

The first thing that struck me about the man was how ordinary he looked.

During his playing days, he was listed as 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. From his position at the folded out card table in the middle of a dimly lit rec center venue, he looked like he’d shrunk a bit. His hair had grown wispy and gray while his midsection had expanded a good deal. He had a bit of a hunch to him as he scrawled his name across varying pieces of memorabilia.

When my turn at the table had come amid the sparse gathering of Milwaukee Braves fans and semi-interested interlopers, I had a million questions.

What was it like that night?

Did you think the game would ever end?

What were you thinking when Adcock finally ended it?

The answers I got were less than satisfactory. The man had pretty much gone deaf as he ambled into his 70s. The fellow next to him, a handler if you will, also explained the man had been slightly handicapped by a late night out on the town with some fellow baseball alums.

Rather than conduct a pointless interrogation, I instead asked him to personalize the autograph he was about to sign.

“What?” he asked.

I repeated the request. He shook his head like a dog trying to remove water from its ears. The handler hollered my name into the man’s good ear and then spelled it.

The man dutifully wrote it down, added “The best” and his name.

I shouted a request to shake his hand and get a picture with him. He happily obliged.

As his rough paw took a hold of mine, a smile I didn’t know I had in me consumed my face. I was touching the hand of Lew Burdette, the human instrument that had faced perfection the likes of which no one had ever seen and defeated it.

Fifty years ago this week, baseball fans witnessed something that had never happened before or since: a game in which a pitcher retired 36 batters in a row and had yet to complete the game. On a cool May night in Milwaukee, Burdette and Pittsburgh’s Harvey Haddix faced off for 77 incredible outs.

Haddix had been perfect.

Burdette had been better.

So Called Liberal Media

‘Our Coddled Lunatic Infotainers’

Glenn Beck wants to feel just like he did on Sept. 12, 2001.

Persecuted, beset on all sides by people telling him he’s an idiot, and unable to dress himself properly.

When you get PWNED by the View, the most superficial of our many superficial celebrity suckfests parading as “news” aimed at bored women in the daytime, it’s pretty much time to hang it up and go to bed.

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War in Iraq

People From Whom I Would Not Take Advice

Little Dougie Feith, who is still insisting he made George W. Bush a perfectly good war and Bush fucked it up:

This last problem may be on the way to being solved. In 2004, at the
Pentagon’s urging, President George Bush created a new State Department
office for civilian stabilization and reconstruction missions. He
directed that office to create a Civilian Response Corps (CRC) so the
president can mobilize trained civilian volunteers the way he already
can mobilize volunteers for the military reserve. President Barack
Obama is supporting this effort, and the Corps will receive $323
million if Congress approves the budget Mr. Obama submitted last week.

You mean the kind of reconstruction missions you and your pals Wolfowitz and Perle opposed while you were trying to hand the country over to Ahmed Chalabi?

Those?

Historically, when civilians have not been available for such work, it
has fallen to U.S. military personnel. In Afghanistan and Iraq, for
example, American soldiers and Marines have had to organize municipal
governing councils, arrange for basic services (such as electricity),
and manage hospitals. These tasks divert the military from its core
combat-related missions and could be better done by skilled civilians.

Like those Blackwater/KBR/Halliburton fellows!

The answer to that last question may be for Congress to direct the
Pentagon to lend State a number of planners, especially some with
experience in managing the military reserve.

BWAHAHAHAHA. Yes, because the Pentagon planners did such a bang-up job providing for the reconstruction of Iraq after we blowed it all up. Let’s get those guys on the case.

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Diary

Go Forth And Conjugate

This (I know it’s fake) came up on an Atrios thread a few months ago:

• Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they get home and the prospect of a good meal is part of the warm welcome needed.

• Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

• Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

• Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dustcloth over the tables.

• During the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering to his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

• Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.

• Be happy to see him.

• Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

At the time, what I was trying to point out was that not all of it’s bad advice. Granted, sometimes you can’t help assaulting the other person with a crisis the minute you see him or her, but all things being equal, sometimes giving each other some space at the end of the day before going over everything isn’t a bad thing. And smiling at your partner when he walks in the door is nice; nobody wants to feel like they’re coming home to somebody who hates them. The problem, of course, is that it’s directed completely at one partner at the expense of the other, rather than emphasizing that you should take turns caring for each other and being sweet.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about marriage and relationships lately as a result of some work I’ve been doing for Sirens:

We girls spend hours of our lives trying to please men in ways we think they want to be pleased. We plump up our tits, we Stairmaster our asses, we clip and shave and clothe and perfume. What I spend on my hair alone could feed a third-world village for a month, and don’t get me started on the cost of decent lingerie these days.

We worry about what to say to them, whether we’ve said the wrong things, started the wrong conversations, called them too often, called them too rarely, bought them lousy Christmas gifts, dragged them to too many chick flicks.

In the end, what do they love about us?

They love that we make them dance.

I asked half a dozen guys I know what they like about the women in their lives. I didn’t get one answer that had anything to do with what brand of shoes they wore, or how artfully they could bullshit at the office party. Now, you could put all this down to the fact that I know a lot of nice guys who married or partnered well, but answer after answer, the story was the same: I just really like her.

And the idea that we’re trying to get across in the series, which we’ve been calling “Men Don’t Suck,” is that this division of men and women into armed camps where separate languages are spoken and we don’t really understand each other and where we pick on each other all the time about improving one another (scorecards, really?) is just making us crazy and we need to remember how to be fellow human beings. We need to not make assumptions about caricatures of men (and women) and we need to talk to each other, not to our ideas of each other.

Sirens has a comments feature now, so go on over and join the conversation.

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Geek Cred

Trying REALLY Hard to Withhold Judgment

Mr. A sent this to me with a question: Why is it that people need to make Sherlock Holmes into the 19th Century’s Batman? Granted, Holmes had his disguises and his moments of derring-do but this looks like the Wild Wild West:

I want this to be good because I’ve been starved of Sherlock Holmes on screen since forever, and because I love Robert Downey Jr. and think he’s not the worst actor they could have chosen. I’ve seen some actors who are physically unlike Holmes absolutely kill the part, like Frank Langella in the William Gillette adaption and this red-headed kid I saw years ago in a play, who managed to get me past his looks with his acting. I’m willing to be charmed and seduced by it.

And I’m not a total canon snob, I’ve read and enjoyed some pretty horrible pastiches ranging from Holmes investigating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to time-travel absurdity and the Phantom of the Opera to Holmes being Jack the Ripper himself. But I may have to draw the line at campy sex hijinks with Irene Adler and the maid. Just … no.

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Epic Blogger Win

Raising Money

Ntodd is trying to get to Gaza.

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So Called Liberal Media

Wait … What?

Area transgender person crashes train:*

Aiden Quinn used to be a woman. Now he’s a man. It’s a titillating detail — but is it news?

Quinn,
you’ll likely recall, is the 24-year-old subway driver from Attleboro
who — moments after text-messaging his girlfriend on the evening of May
8 — crashed a Green Line train into another near the MBTA’s Government
Center stop, injuring roughly 50 passengers and causing an estimated
$9.6 million in damages. The accident dominated the Boston news for
days and prompted the announcement, on May 13, of a no-cell-phones
policy for the T’s drivers; it also led to Quinn’s firing.

Given Quinn’s admission that he was, in fact,
texting prior to the accident, there’s a general consensus that he’s a
dumbass. But there’s no such agreement among the Boston media as to
whether his switch from identifying as a woman to a man was germane to
the larger story.

Some outlets
seemed certain that it was. On May 11, for example, WFXT-TV (Fox 25)
made Quinn’s gender switch the lead fact of a Web story about his
background (ahead of his driving record, which includes at least three
speeding tickets — apparently he’s a bad car driver, too) and played it
up on Twitter. TheBoston Herald took a similarly
sensationalistic approach. On May 12, the tabloid highlighted Quinn’s
identity switch, calling him “stocky” for good measure — and the next
day’s paper boasted threemore references, including a
sniggering Howie Carr column and a news-you-just-might-use piece on
transgender protocol (“Sex Change a Simple Switch at RMV”) by reporter
Dave Wedge.

[snip]

“We knew very early of his transgender status, and we thought very hard about including it,” explainsGlobe
metro editor Brian McGrory. “It’s certainly a provocative part of his
personal history, but the question we asked was, ‘Was it relevant to
the crash itself?’ And we couldn’t determine that it was.

“Then
we asked, ‘Was it worth using at all?’ ” adds McGrory. “We determined
that — because he’s a person in the news, and because many of the facts
that we were getting about him involved his driving record, and it was
right there on his driving record that he was transgender — the proper
thing to do was point it out, but not play it up particularly high in
the story.”

WHAT? That’s their excuse? It was in his driving record?

If it wasn’t relevant to the story, why was it worth using? It was right there on his driving record how much he weighed, did you use that? How about his eye color? Was he an organ donor? Seriously, this is really fucking stupid. If you’re going to be sensationalistic and mean at least do it without hesitation, put your shoulder into it. Don’t pull this dodge of “Well, we thought long and hard about it and talked it over with everybody including our shrinks and psychics and then we decided to be total assholes, but only because we HAD TO, and not because we were all repeating ‘he-she’ to ourselves in the office and giggling. It was out there, man, what else could we do?”

You hear this all the time when reporters and editors are questioned about their story choices. Somebody else did it, so we had to follow. It’s a “phenomenon” or “everybody’s talking about it.” Seriously, so fucking what? Sack up, have those editorial standards you like to cant about so much on weekend panels, and decide not to be such giant douchebags today. Or else just admit you’re not that different from all those irresponsible gossip rags and bloggers you run down all the time but seem all too eager to emulate.

Schmucks via Romenesko.

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* Area homosexual saves four from fire.