Archive for October, 2007


Debbie Does Glamour Shots®

October 31, 2007

Believe it or not, this…


…is the same person who didn’t bother to change out of her pajamas when she made this:

(h/t Sadly, No!)

Yep. It’s Debbie “fighting the war of our lives against Islam” Schlussel performing an episode of “Debbie Does Politics”, and it’s an endorsement for Glamour Shots® if I’ve ever seen one.

Exit question: Is the video’s gratuitous use of stupid visual aids an attempt to make up for the fact that it looks like she just rolled out of bed, or is her target audience in kindergarten?


The Telegraph’s Top 100 Most Influential Liberals And Conservatives

October 29, 2007

I think that The Telegraph is paying homage to Casey Kasem, by choosing dramatize the results of their pseudo-scientific ranking system in this top 100 list, as for now we only get to see 81-100. 

Today, we publish those ranked 81 to 100 on each list. On Tuesday, we will publish 61 to 80, on Wednesday 41 to 60 and on Thursday 21 to 40 before concluding on Friday with the Top 20 Most Influential Conservatives and the Top 20 Most Influential Liberals in America today.

I don’t know about you, but the suspense is killing me!  Actually, it’s just a silly gimmick to sell more newspapers (of course).  Anyway…





I’m not sure what to make of the list so far, other than to point out that it’s a “top 100” list of influential Americans compiled by a British paper. Oh well, I guess it’s as good a subject as any to try out our new WPPBA tool:

WordPress Political Blogger Alliance


TEST: WordPress Political Bloggers, Please Respond

October 26, 2007

WordPress Political Blogger

As in2thefray recently suggested, I think it’s time to try to use the WP Political Blogger Alliance more interactively.  One idea would be a situation where I would occasionally post something that’s been in the news, send a pingback to the group, and gather opinions and input here.  I think it would be interesting and informative, since I’ve gathered a pretty diverse list.

The first thing I need to do is to make sure that I can use pingbacks to “alert” all of you to a new post.  Hopefully, it’s as simple as including everyones link:

  • A Man with a Flashlight
  • A Politico
  • A [sometimes] Logical View of the Illogical
  • Absolute Moral Authority
  • Ahmed Ismail
  • Another trip to The Peoples Republic Of Halliburton
  • Axis of Right
  • Bear Republic Action Group
  • because I said so again, why?
  • Blogs 4 Brownback
  • Blogs 4 Conservatives
  • Boats, Beaches, Bars
  • Braden’s Take on the Matter
  • Bryan J. Scrafford
  • Cadillac Tight
  • Christian Conservative
  • Christians for Ron Paul
  • donkey o.d.
  • Doug’s Darkworld
  • DPGI v.2
  • Dr. Slammy in 2008
  • editoriale
  • Fitness for the Occasion
  • Forest Opine
  • Fred Thompson-N-Mo
  • Free Thoughts
  • From the Left
  • Guy’s Blog
  • Hot Rodham Blog
  • House of Chin
  • Ideas from free minds
  • in2thefray
  • Inside Larry’s Head 2.0
  • It’s time to say “When.”
  • Jenn Sierra
  • Michael P.F. van der Galiën
  • Mrs. Silence Dogood
  • Ned Raggett Ponders It All
  • NeoCon BS — We’ve Had Enough
  • NewsComa
  • Nuke’s NEWS
  • Out of Ergyng
  • Over the line, Smokey!
  • OwnLife America
  • paleo lithics
  • Paulitics: Paul’s Socialist Investigations
  • Peace Action Blog
  • Poe-etic Apathy
  • Practical Reasoning
  • Progressive Intelligencia
  • Qur’an – Bible.
  • Scholars
  • Still-a-Neocon
  • Suzie-Q
  • The Heathlander
  • The Incontiguous Brick
  • The Liberal Post
  • The Mouse House
  • the otherwhirled
  • The Southpaw
  • the war unicorn
  • Tomorrow, what?
  • ubikcan
  • Utica Progressive
  • Virginia Virtucon
  • Virtual Bourgeois
  • Vivian J. Paige
  • Voenix Rising
  • Waging Peace
  • Wake Up America
  • Welcome to
  • White Noise Insanity
  • Yikes!
  • Assuming that works, (and I’ll probably look at making that more condensed visually), then all I have to do is get an idea as to  a) who checks their sites regularly, and b) who thinks this is a good idea and who doesn’t, so please respond and give your input on this one way or another.

    Also, there is no rule that says that I’m the one who has to initiate this.  Any one of you are certainly welcome to use the list to call us out if you have something to post as well.  It was kinda the idea all along with this; to form a bit of an informal network.  So, what I might want to do is post a code that contains a condensed version of everyone’s urls so it can be posted at the end of a thread and not take up so much space,  (in fact, urls with a series of periods or something would be almost invisible, save perhaps the button icon or something as an identifier), but first thing’s first.

    What do ya think?


    I just got a response from Psycheout that this might not have worked like I had hoped.  I suppose I should have known better, as WP will alert us to pingbacks to specific posts on the main dashboard page (almost instantly), but not when it’s simply the blog url.  Darn.  That might call for plan B:  ping targets.  In other words, instead of the urls above, I would have to use the url to a specific post (or page) for each member of the alliance for it to show up in your dashboards.  So….

    Best option:  Everyone who wants to be a part of this would have to make a specific post (a page would probably be better) specifically for being pinged, and give me the url.  It wouldn’t even have to contain much (if any) text, just make sure that your “allow pings” box is checked for that page.  It would work pretty slick, actually, as it would contain a neat chronological record of all the threads that have been featured.  The title of the page could be anything, really, but perhaps for consistency we’d title it “WP Political Blogger Alliance” <—like so

    Second-best option:  I just find some old post to use.  This would be less-than desirable, obviously, because I would be a pinging a post/page that is completely off-topic, but it would still work in terms of showing up as a “pingback” in the dashboard.  Initially, this is what I might have to do just alert you to this thread, but from then on we could use the first method once everyone has their pages ready.

    Update: OK, since we already have a handful of pingback pages made, I’m going to go ahead and propose and idea on how the code will look at the bottom of a post:

    WordPress Political Blogger Alliance

    As you can see, one link for every letter would provide for a lot of bloggers to be included in this (33 total, if I counted correctly).  Also, if you want, you could make it really small:

    WordPress Political Blogger Alliance

    Or, I could use something even smaller and more cryptic, like a bunch of periods (…..) and add them as we go, but I’d like to think that it’s better to advertise a little.  I’d welcome input on this.  Either way,  I could use this thread to update the code as we add more participants. In fact, it might be a good idea to bookmark this page, so all you have to do is copy the current code and paste it at the bottom of your post (in “visual” mode; probably easiest). Boom!  Everyone gets alerted by a pingback to their ping page and it will show up in your dashboard (as well as your “recent comments” in your sidebar, I imagine).

    The added bonus here is that curious visitors might be compelled to click on some of those links, which would result in gaining attention to the alliance and possibly more recruits that we might not have found otherwise. But remember, our club is exclusively for users!

    Update: We have 11 ping pages so far. Not too shabby for 24hrs. I think we can get all the letters in the code filled (again, we can always add more).  Another thing I might do tomorrow is post a sample thread using the code we have, just to give everyone a better idea of what I have in mind. 


    My 1½ Years At LGF, Part VIII: Sockpuppet Revealed!

    October 24, 2007

    I’m going to conclude this series by treating the lizards to a little surprise…

    Mr. Poopypants = ChenZhen

    On one warm August afternoon, while sitting in front of a brand-new work computer, I decided to visit the site and noticed that LGF’s registration was open.  Now, up until that point, I had been online for a few of these windows of opportunity, but I had always resisted the temptation to register another nickname.  Sockpuppetry just isn’t my thing, after all.  On this occasion, however, I felt that it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to have another account- just in case.  I dunno, maybe I got the feeling that “ChenZhen’s” banishment was imminent.  Anyway, the problem was, I was drawing a blank on what name to give my impostor entity.  Time was running out, and I had to think fast.   What should the name be?  Desperate, I looked up to the masthead to remind myself what site I was on (a reference to boogers, or so I’ve guessed), and the inspiration hit me.  “Mr. Poopypants” was thereby, er…um…”hatched”.  I posted a couple of innocuous comments, internally chided myself stooping to such a level, and decided to put the sockpuppet into a drawer until a day came that I might want to take him out.

    A little over a month later, “ChenZhen” was unceremoniously cast out of LGF.  My instincts turned out to be fairly keen, I guess.

    So, here I am, an LGFer with nothing but a ridiculously monikered sockpuppet in the drawer.  What do I do?  Well, first, I have to make sure that Mr. Poopypants had managed to stay below Charles’ radar (after banishment, many sockpuppets have been quietly blocked out due to his uncanny ability to detect them, an ability that he seems to take pride in, in fact;  you have to be careful not to arouse suspicion).  I logged in, successfully posted another lame comment, and came to the conclusion that I had snuck one past the proverbial goalie.  OK, now what?  Do I take Poopy under my wing, and begin a new life as a lizardoid?

    Nah, I don’t roll like that.

    So, today is the day that Mr. Poopypants gets martyred.  I’m not going to wait for my sockpuppet to be quietly banished, like so many others before him have.  I’ll hold my head high, take with me the satisfaction that I’m going to bookend this series by going out in a blaze of glory, and use poor ol’ Poopy to deliver a little encore.  The Chamber is the home of the noble flame warriors, after all…


    Mr. Poopypants
    This user is blocked.
    —————————————- —————————————-

    Registered lizardoid since: Aug 28, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    No. of comments posted (since July 26, 2004): 7
    Show comments within last 7 days

    Topic: Zombie: Haters Attack Nonie Darwish at Berkeley

    And that’s that.


    My 1½ Years At LGF, Part VII: Those Wacky Comments!

    October 23, 2007

    I’ve managed to save some of my favorite responses to my comments. Some are benign, some are playful, some are rude, and some are just plain…scary.  In retrospect, I probably should have saved more, but I wanted to be balanced and not double up on any specific lizard (BabbaZee alone probably could have been the source of a dozen or so):

    #207 Killgore Trout 2/11/2007 03:28PM PST

    Rudy will give you a Purple Nurple.

    #877 gymnast 2/17/2007 08:46AM PST

    ChenZhen. One could make the argument that you are a prevaricating shitbird moby, however your posts make that exercise unnecessary, as you make your own case so well.

    #224 BabbaZee 3/20/2007 02:47PM PDT

    You just showed your entire ass
    and you have no idea that you did it.

    Here’s a free

    fuck you

    for you too

    I am overstocked on them today.

    #150 republic 3/27/2007 11:30:11 am PDT

    I honestly pray for people like you, daily.

    #165 Positively 4th Street 4/01/2007 1:35:03 pm PDT

    #157 chenzen,

    Maybe it’s not being misspelled. I for one try to get each individual’s nic right – if I respect them.

    #167 Murqtaad 4/26/2007 10:26:55 am PDT

    Horse. Fucking. Shit. You dishonest POS.

    You need a large, dark cup of Shut the Fuck Up.

    #104 Thanos 5/22/2007 8:39:04 pm PDT

    That actually has a nice ring to it “The infamous ChenZhen!”

    #53 Iron Fist 5/31/2007 6:22:16 pm PDT

    Are you willing to bet YOUR life that they won’t? I’d be willing to kill you if they do.

    Pistol to the forehead OK with you? Beheaddings are so messy.

    #75 mjazzguitar 6/12/2007 8:38:09 pm PDT

    Hey Chen Zen won the Russian Roullette contest, he’s still here!

    #119 storagemanager 6/13/2007 7:28:32 pm PDT

    ChenZhen is a Muslim..having fun with the prey.

    #836 Promethea 7/08/2007 9:57:53 pm PDT

    I’m really getting sick of ChenZhen and his nothing-useful-to-say posts.

    #227 Cartman 7/19/2007 8:14:03 pm PDT

    Why do some here treat ChenZhen with kid gloves, as if he were Nelson Mandela? Just curious…

    #238 hous bin pharteen 7/28/2007 2:33:29 pm PDT

    Chen, why should we care what you say since your always full of shit?

    #48 goodbye_natalie 9/02/2007 5:48:27 pm

    Howard Dean, Christiane Amanpour, General Chenzen…

    Three blind mice, three blind mice,
    See how they run, see how they run,
    They all posed as the Islamist’s wife,
    Who cut off their heads with a carving knife,
    As Allahu Akbar ended their life,
    It’s the three blind mice…

    The thought that I’ll be missing that kinda thing from now on just brings a tear to my eye.

    There was one more comment that I thought deserved special recognition, even though it wasn’t in response to anything that I posted. It was actually posted in a thread about Dubai taking control of the British stock exchange. I saved this comment* simply because it succinctly encapsulates some of the lunacy that you’ll find at the “anti-idiotarian” headquarters:

    #31 Allah al Fubar

    You know.,.. day after day I go to work. I toil and I go along with the program. And day after day, I see my Israel, my Brethren and my sisters being threatened by the beasts of this Earth that are called the Moslems. My tax dollars actually helped to install foot baths for these heathen scumbags, that call for our death on a daily basis. Yet, we will wash their feet. God Bless Mary Magdelene, and may She grant us the patience to do what she did to Jesus and His disciples.

    And day after day, I toil and trouble over the issue, “who will save my brothers and my sisters” from the mischeif in this land. This is the land of freedom and democracy, the Land that delivered so many from turmoil. this land has been taken over by HEATHENS. AND, we act as if we are powerless. We commisserate, and we whine, and we seethe and we do NOTHING.

    I’m even going to be so bold as to publish my own email addy.. If I’m dead next tuesday, you’ll know who killed me. The Mohametans.

    —– [deleted out of respect for the, um, mentally disabled-Ed]

    Come and get me, scumbags.. I just got my permit.

    Irrational fear, and firearms. Wonderful combination. Someone needs to take a deep breath, and step away from the LGF.

    *Mr. Johnson, to his credit, deleted this comment not long after it was posted (although I’m not sure if it was because it violated the policy about posting personal info, or because it was just plain wacko). Nevertheless, I couldn’t resist.

    Tomorrow’s topic:



    My 1½ Years At LGF, Part VI: Symphony Of Sycophants

    October 22, 2007

    Mr. Johnson gets a lot of “love” from the commentors on his site.  It makes some sense, I suppose, since the way he restricts registration pretty much guarantees that the vast majority of netizens that get in are avid readers of LGF, and would share the same basic ideology.  In fact, many of the lizards have commented that they have waited months (or longer) to finally catch a window of opportunity to register.

    Is that unique to blogs? Certainly not. Bloggers run their blogs any way they choose, and LGF is certainly not alone when it comes to “filtering” the field of registered members.  In Charles’ case, it appears that ever since he started the practice of short, unannounced registration periods, the law of averages were in his favor. But every so often, an aberration such as myself snuck in, and he probably figured that as long as we were well-behaved, there was no legitimate reason to cast us out. The system made it easy to deal with “trolls” on a case-by-case basis. Whatever the rationale, the end result is a comment section that is pretty friendly (to him).  Nothing really groundbreaking there.

    What is unique to LGF (and what I wasn’t prepared for) was the level of “love” exuded by the minions. Sure, some of the butt-kissing could be explained by the perceived need to collect brownie points in order to insulate oneself from banishment (a decision that I had always assumed was made by Charles alone), but it appeared to go a little further than that.  I began to notice that gratuitous praise was being thrown out even for the most innocuous comments and banal threads.   After a while, I started to get the feeling that there was a certain amount of hero worship going on, and people were making it a tad bit personal.

    That realization hit me like a ton of bricks when I received an email from a fellow LGFer (who I invited to contribute to my blog, and will remain nameless), chiding me about my…um… behavior:

    Chen- have you not figured me out? Have you not noticed my line? Disrespecting Charles is my line- the man is my hero. Scoff at me if you’d like, but I cannot tolerate disrespect for him by people he allows to remain on his blog, and I don’t think it’s too much to ask for people to be respectful to their host. You sneak off elsewhere to disrespect him- it’s no different than doing it at LGF. You can respectfully disagree with him, but you went over that line- way over. You weren’t even disagreeing with him- you just attacked him.

    There is no way I can join you on your blog after what you’ve done- I can’t “defend” you either. I’ve heard what people are saying- that I’m your protector. How ridiculous! Charles’ patience is your protection, so I’d tread carefully if I were you. If you care to make amends, I’d start with a nice public apology to Charles– and don’t bother unless it’s sincere. If Charles sees fit to give you another chance- things between us will improve, but I’ll take my cue from him since it’s his blog, and I respect him. I stood up for you- twice. I put my reputation on the line for you, Chen- and this is my thanks? Did you see the number of people willing to give you a chance because I asked for it for you?! xx xxxx, and xxxx, and xxxxxxx, and xxxxxx and even Charles tried- and others. And what did you do with that gift, Chen? It’s like you spit in my face. You wasted it. What a shame.

    I’m sorry I didn’t meet you in the lounge Sunday- I was pissed at others and was afraid I’d be more harsh with you than I intended. As for your secret- it will remain safe with me- I don’t stab friends in the back, and at the time you told me we were friends. You will always have my sympathy on this- but don’t you ever dare try to play me off it- I’ll tell you now I would find that be vile and completely below the belt. I may still take issue with your posts, and post to you, but understand it is not out of friendship. I will not return any friendly banter- unless you make that sincere apology and I see you show proper respect to your host. Bear in mind- I’m not talking about agreeing with him- just being respectful. You complain to me about getting called names on LGF….don’t be a hypocrite Chen- the world has enough of those. Take care of yourself and I’ll see you around.

    As it turned out, I never apologised. My bad, I guess.  Personally, I don’t really have a hero.  If I did, and it happened to be some dude who sat in front of a computer all day in his pajamas…please shoot me.

    Anyway, if you have a few handfuls of people like this hanging out on a daily basis, the predictable scenario would be that it might go to one’s head.  It feels good, I’m sure.  What might begin to happen next, however, is a situation where one would enhance and facilitate this feeling as much as possible…

    Today, the likes of myself, Gordon, and Sura 109 are gone, Charles has begun to personally oversee the inclusion of new registrants, and the butt-kissing has been made possible without even having to put the sentiment into words (in the form of a new and otherwise useless comment and thread rating system lgfminus.gif lgfplus.gif ).


    Tomorrow’s topic:

    Those Wacky Comments!


    My 1½ Years At LGF, Part V: Obsession With Daily Kos

    October 21, 2007

    Another thing you’d notice if you read LGF is that they talk about and link to diaries at Daily Kos. A lot. Primarily, the recurring theme is the showcasing of a Kossack diary and it’s subsequent mockery in the comments section. Less often, you’d see a thread about Kos himself, or something about the site generally. The exercise was so common that you’d be hard-pressed to read LGF for a few days without seeing at least one thread about something that happened in Kosland. (Added factoid: The thing that prompted me to get a membership at DK was my inability to overcome the insatiable curiousity I had. You know, to find out what all the hubub was about.)

    A while after noticing this, I documented the adventures of Killgore Trout, who is easily LGF’s chief Kos reconnaissance agent. While conducting the research for this post, I couldn’t help but be awe struck by the sheer volume of Kos diarists that had the honor of gracing LGF’s main page. Killgore certainly wasn’t the only lurker-linker, however. Kos links would routinely appear in the comments section of any given thread, offered up by any number of Lizardoids. (Apparently, the prospect of finding a “gem” worthy of front page status and receiving a hat tip for the effort was deemed quite valuable.)  All told, I have no doubt that hundreds of Kos links would turn up for the ambitious soul who might take the time to search.

    What some might find particularly ironic about all this is, on the one hand, Kos Derangement Syndrome, and on the other, the absolute hatred the LGFers direct at the Dreaded Blog of Blasphemy (my coinage), aka LGF Watch, aka “stalker blog #1“. In the blog LGF world, you see, “stalking” is apparently defined as a blogger’s obsessive scrutiny of another blog’s posts and comments, along with mocking a blogger and his/her commentors on a regular basis and over an extended period.


    Do I have a theory on why Charles and the gang are so preoccupied by what goes on at Daily Kos?  Not really.  One thing that is revealing, I suppose, is that these days Charles will often refer to the site as the “mainstream voice of the Democratic Party“, which might lead someone to think that he believes that his efforts would have an effect on the wider political stage.  On the other hand,  he often throws in the “screw them” nickname whenever he posts about Markos himself, which might mean that it’s more about Kos than the website.  Perhaps it’s jealousy.  Or, it could be that it’s simply the biggest tree to pick cherries from.  A little of all of the above? I don’t know.

    Tomorrow’s topic:

    Symphony of Sycophants