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Monday, October 31, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
It's been a confusing week so I will attempt to shed a little light on all of the shenanigans.
Bush already has too many brush fires to put out.
Ad-Libby needs a time out to prepare his defence.
A brave show of loyalty by Bush, but you're on yur own Scooter - so scoot.
Make sense now? Then please explain it to me.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
So sorry to see Harriet go. But didn't we have fun kicking her around?
caught in a crossfire, (especially friendly fire from your own power base) it doesn't take a genius (and that is something Harriet could never be accused of) to see the handwriting on the wall.
And speaking of George he had better rethink who his next mystery nominee is gonna be. Because like pappy always says - "would it be prudent".
Unless of course Bush wants another bloodbath on his hands (which I'm certain it will be no matter whom he chooses).
Harriet was just the warmup. Ready for round three? So let the games begin.A more detailed take on the proceedings can be found at Political FootBall.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Wired News asks: Will Pajamas Media Wake Up Blogs?
PJs isn't about elitism, or big business is it? Of course not. Heh, say it ain't so Roger. Say it ain't so. SLAP!
The site aims to be "a whole online news service of bloggers from all over the world," said (Roger) Simon. With a list of contributors that reads like a who's who of the political blogosphere, Pajamas Media thinks its daily blog picks will be of a higher quality than automated services like Memeorandum or keyword aggregators like Technorati.
"Technorati is a search engine; it's all technology. We are going to highlight blogs that we think are good for quality reasons," said Simon.
The site, which is limited to political bloggers now, is slated to become a blog portal for all kinds of subjects, including a lifestyle section. That would put it in competition with established blog networks like Gawker Media.
Louder criticism surrounds which editors Pajamas Media is choosing, as some think the venture will be partial to blogs that reflect Pajamas' political viewpoint. Richard Silverstein has analyzed some of the bigger names in Pajamas Media to show their conservative tilt in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying that their viewpoints are farther to the right than Ariel Sharon's.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
An Open Letter to Roger Simon (aka Pajamas Media):I was recently reminded that Roger Simon is a business partner with Pajamas Media, and since Roger has written an open letter to all bloggers I thought I would reciprocate with my own.
So this is for you Roger:
My Dearest Rog. In your bid to take over the blogosphere I wish to remind you of something. You may have been tinseltown's darling of yesteryear, but in the blogosphere you are just another electron. Here you have to earn your stars, and you are only as good as your last post.
Most bloggers are an intelligent, erudite lot, and don't insult our intelligence with your commiserable propaganda.
So heed my advice. If you want respect, give some.
Monday, October 17, 2005
The innocence of its name belies the true nature of this new virtual organism.
Meaning? PJs is a powerplay by a handful of elitist bloggers to carve out a new media empire for their personal (and financial) gratification.
"Pajamas Media, a new blogging venture designed to bring together top online writers, journalists and commentators under a single umbrella, today unveiled its editorial board as it prepares for its formal debut next month.
The announcement comes as Pajamas Media further realizes its vision of coalescing the internet's brightest minds and most compelling content into a single source that will, in turn, complement and re-define journalism in the 21st century."
So there you have it folks. The brightest stars in the virtual firmament who are going to "re-define journalism in the 21st century".
Can you believe the hype? The kahunas! A bunch of pompous self-serving goofballs if there ever was.
And speaking of balls, here I thought re-defining journalism is what the blogosphere is all about, even without the help of PJs et al. Silly me.
They are touting Glenn Reynolds as one of their greatest acquisitions. I must confess that I am all the more enlightened from his inspired and in depth analysis. Spewing his best Spock impersonations such as "indeed" and "indeed", or one of my personal favorites... "indeed".
Do you think perhaps they might (hopefully) consider (God willing) allowing us insignificant pee-ons add our (albeit smallish) comments to their omnipoobah flatulation? Well try this one on for size:
"Golly gee Instapundit, you sure are great. I was really hoping that if you might possibly consider linking to me some time. Pretty please, and I promise to forever be your grovelling fan... pant, pant, drool."
Or will it be the same old droning monologue we're all accustomed to - the sermon from the mount a la Instapun style.
Hell, if we wanted sermons we can always watch Anderson Cooper 360 report to the CNN situation room. So much for a blogging community folks.
Guys, you've got it all mixed up. If you want a one-sided conversation find a soap box and run for public office. Or better still make an application to CNN.
If you want to write a book then write the stinkin' book. If you want to build an exclusive empire so you can call the shots, give Bill Gates a call. But if you want to blog, join the community.
BUT damn it choose, because they're different. Got it? (Are you listening Glenn)?
Can somebody please explain to me how all this nonsense benefits the blogosphere? Oh yeah right, I forgot - it doesn't.
It sounds more like Al Gore's reinvention of the internet than anything else. So let's be clear boys and girls - it is the technology and all of our collective efforts that has re-defined journalism. Not just a few arrogant twits.
Not since the invention of the printing press has so much been given to the common folk. It is its inclusive, collaborative nature and community spirit that gives blogging its influential power.
HELLO! Are you listening? The blogosphere is not the exclusive playground of an old-boys network trying to elevate itself above the rest of us mere mortals.
That is bass-ackwards thinking, destructive and the last thing we need. Another media empire of self-important opportunists believing in their own press, shovelling verbal poop down our collective throats.
Think about it. Did we take down Dan Rather just to create a job opening for Reynolds? I don't think so. Personally I'd rather have Dan back (no pun intended). And for that matter I hear he's looking for work. Any takers?
It's the same old story. If it becomes popular the politicians have to control it, and the capitalists want to exploit it.
Not that I object to making money from blogging. God knows I could use the extra coin. But it is their elitist business model and its ominous implications that I find offensive.
It's called good old fashioned exploitation. The great American way. Look out Weblogs here we come.
Mark my words. The blogosphere is on the fast track to being hijacked by the control freaks and big business interests.
More restrictive laws and government intervention. Acquisitions and mergers, IPO offerings, get-rich-quick dot-com scam artists, media moguls, ABC, MSNBC, FOX, Pajamas party, whatever.
Sounding all too familiar? PJs is a cash grab. Plain and simple. And for whose benefit? The way it reads right now PJs will benefit only a few elitists, that's who.
Perhaps it got lost in the translation, but until they can find a more inclusive model the blogosphere needs this shite like a hole in the head.
UPDATE: An Open Letter to Roger Simon
*This post also appeared at Political Gateway.
(cue the music) Sly must be delinquent in support payments keeping his ex-wives in the comfort they are accustomed to.
Apparently another comeback for Rocky is in the offing with its sixth incarnation, and quite frankly I'm all pins needles.
Stallone wrote the screenplay so we can expect more great dialogue like:
"Yo, Adrienne, it's me, Rocky...I don't know what to say, 'cause I ain't never talked to no door before, ya know...Yo, Adrienne, you know, it's Rocky again, you know. Listen, uh, I know you ain't too happy at this moment, ya know. But could ya do me a favor, ya know, I ain't got nobody to spend Thanksgiving with, ya know? So, uh, how about maybe you and I, I mean, we'll go out together and get somethin' to eat, I don't know, maybe laugh a little bit, who knows, ya know?" (Rocky 1976).I can't wait!
Or such other classics like ADRIENNE! Mickey cut me! (Or something along those lines).
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Ok, hopefully it will be back to business tomorrow. I'm finished with the upgrades (at least for now). At first glance you may not notice much difference but I can assure you that it was a lot of work. The site has many new embellishments that should make your browsing experience all the more enjoyable, as well as more productive. There's too much to mention so let's just say it was worth the effort.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Courtesy of Puppethead blog. It's stupid crap like this that give the rest of us bloggers a bad name.
While it is healthy in a democracy to have discord in discourse (look it up sock puppet), some juveniles have failed to learn how to spell beyond four letter words. It's a classic case of learning the technology before even knowing how to use it wisely.
The FISK recommends that these cretins go back to school and learn how to control their primitive urges and communicate intelligently before sitting behind a computer keyboard. Oy!
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
We've moved our newsletter email subscription service over to FeedBlitz. Don't worry, FeedBlitz made the migration process painless, so if you already have a subscription there's nothing more you have to do. You will still receive our newsletter every day.
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FeedBurner has also partnered with FeedBlitz, and if it's good enough for them then it's good enough for me. FeedBlitz offers superior service and features, so for us the move was a no brainer.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Bush Says Trust me!Well, apparently Harriet does.
Is it cronyism, patronage, or just friendship? Call it what you will, but in our book favoritism is all the same.
There's more to a supreme court judge than being a friend of the president, a bar fly, or even a nice person.
Then again, schmoozing with the high and mighty is the way that most climb their way to the top. Just ask George. (Are ya proud pappy)?
Notwithstanding, with the impending confirmation roast um, I mean hearing, this will be your opportunity to impress us. So use the opportunity well girl.
See you at the church picnic Harriet. Oh, and by the way, don't forget that favours aren't cheap. Keep your ear to the phone 'cause I may be a-callin' someday.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
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Thursday, October 06, 2005
The daily FISK continues to have problems. What started out as a simple maintenance and upgrade has ended up to be a major headache. Aren't computers wonderful?
We expect to be back to business as usual shortly. We appreciate our loyal readers and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.
Monday, October 03, 2005
AND THE WINNER IS: This time around it's the wife who comes out on top.
APPARENTLY George doesn't want to sleep in the hall where the secret service hang out between nightly snack runs to the White House kitchen. Must keep up appearances you know.
FIRST CHOICE WAS cutie-pie John Roberts and his irresistible, endearing smile. Now it's this sweet little old lady Harriet Miers who is Bush's next chosen Supreme Court appointee. So what if she's never been a judge before. She's a good ole friend of George, female and ain't she sweeeet.
WHAT ARE WE to make of all this? Is there really a secret dem's list of acceptable candidates like some conspiracist bloggers say? Is it possible that George is all bushed out and not up to another fight? Or is Miers a fire-breathing conservative mole laying beneath that cuddly wrinkled skin? Heh, fooled ye - Dubya style.
SO WHAT THE HEY is Bush up to anyway? Psssst - I'll let you in on a little secret... Laura's the mole.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
SEARCHING TECHNORATI popularity list I notice that Wil Weaton of Star Trek fame has beat out Doc Searls. How embarrassing. With clever posts like "I've stirred up some epic database problems"... or one of my favs - "I cleaned out about 5/8 of my garage today", one can only wonder???
THE BLAME GAME over Katrina continues. According to Newsweek, it was because of "bureaucratic timidity, bad phone lines and a failure of imagination". The POTUS (Bush) is described as "warm and hearty in public", and can be "cold and snappish in private". If they think that is bad they should meet the FISK first thing in the morning...
WE ALL KNOW that Browny is out (sort of). He's no longer FEMA chief but they're keeping him around long enough to protect Bush and blame everyone else (including God, Elvis and the Louisiana government - not necessarily in that order)...
Dishing it out daily...ANDREW SULLIVAN dishes it out to Armando at the Daily KOSsack over rants about discrimination. Interestingly, Andrew is an activist homosexual and yet he opposes "affirmative action". Will wonders never cease? Watch out while you're surfing his site for the numerous "support this buttons". One wrong click and it will cost you...
INSTAPUN Glenn Reynolds admits to a roving eye and sees more women on campus than men. (Don't tell the instawife)...
WHOA! It's a beautiful day in the blogosphere and I'm just getting started.