April 23, 2012

just so I go out on my own terms, in my own way

Look! Bunnies!

And they’re all wearing flag lapel pins!

outlaw.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 9:52am
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Comments (78)

  1. Are you sure those are bunnies? They look like lemmings to me.

  2. Que?

  3. Hold on. If I lose this, I’ll have to join Facebook. Then my penis will fall off.

  4. I think I might lie to myself and think of this as a break for increasing paternal responsibilities.

    Thanks for the fun and edumacations, Jeff. If it doesn’t make sense for you to do, I can’t feel too bad about you no longer doing it because you’re a person not a blog that owes me something. Whenever you do feel like writing though, you have people here who want to read it.

  5. From the previous post:

    The person at the convention who had been blogging the longest? Sean Hackbarth. Apparently he started with cave etchings [2004-ed].

    Fuck that. I’ve been putting up crap longer than that.

    When the right out mendouchtwatwaffles* the left, well, then you know you’ve lost.

    *apologies to jd.

  6. Not another exit, Jeff?

    For the rest of the day, yeah, I can see that, or the rest of the week, but like before? Months and months on end of Jeffdrought?

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  7. Jeff, as Just Another Idea, post an unrelenting fusillade of pw best as a magnum opus, drive a Mack truck thru the establican “right’s” left eye, and just know you were right.

    It’ll be the signpost on the road off the cliff these fools have laid out.

    In the end it’s all any of us have. That thing, that is liberty.

  8. Bill INDC was smart to get out when he did.

    I feel bad for people like Mike Hendrix and Bill Quick, et al. You’re either over at PJM w/ Roger Simon (ala Steve Green), or you beg indulgences from this Tabitha Hale person whom I’d never even heard of before BlogCon in Denver, or you try to make it through the Rick Moran wall or the Rich Lowry wall, etc. Save that, you’re out in the cold. Then there’s the axis of Hot Air to contend with. And so much of it goes on behind the scenes in private emails.

    Tired of bothering. And even more tired of caring and letting the blacklisting get to me.

    Just keep in mind that, if I contributed anything over the past decade +, it’s been to illustrate that many of those you believe are on your side are nothing more than posers and cowards who’ll tell you exactly what you’ve want to hear. And they save their most concentrated viciousness for those on the right who challenge them.

  9. Jeff, those posts about the Obama coup; were those tagged? Can you call them up as a group?

    Just wondering in case such a thing were to reoccur in the future.

    We can all keep our eyes open for such actions by this guy, and then if any more occur, point back to that prior work.

    Oh look, there’s one now. Even has today’s date and what not.

  10. Mary Matalin is guest hosting on Rush right now. She may be the most boring person I’ve ever heard on the radio.

    Rush made a programming error. She’s not ear candy. She’s not being particularly witty either. I’m sure that she could if she wanted to, but no; she’s droning on and on about how Rush is pretty cool, and talking about what it’s like living in New orleans with James Carville (her creepy, shrill, left-wing mutant carnival barker of a husband). She makes the rambling snickering Mark Steyn (born to be a writer not a radio guy) look good. She sounds like a tired person who’s had two Bloody Mary’s and is sitting through a Sunday brunch to be polite and social when she’d rather go have a nap.

    She makes me want to turn off the radio and go buy some fast food.

  11. The establican right has just lost ground to its right.

    To the New York Times.

  12. No. No tags.

    But they happened.

    Here: add this to it. For the irony.

  13. She just referred to the Rush Limbaugh show as the “Salon” of democracy. Uggh.

  14. I just need a little break. We’ve been waiting weeks for this baby to fall out. Lots of stresses.

    And yeah, I’m pissed that there’s such a very blatant attempt to freeze me out. I criticize people on the right, but I’ve always defended them from the false attacks of the left.

    I just thought we were all trying to be intellectually consistent. Didn’t realize for quite some time that I was playing an entirely different game than most of these people, who are now making a living at this stuff.

  15. It’s days like this that remind me of why I’m a misanthrope.

  16. “Making a living.” Is that bloggerspeak for intellectual posturing, philosophical prostitution and political hackery?

  17. Speaking of freezing, parenting in the bird-world, a Redtail on her snow-buried upstate NY nest, livestreamed.

  18. Jeff, I would like to submit a thought for your consideration.
    “Playing an entirely different game” is eventually what will be the “game changer and difference maker”.
    Never submit.

  19. I’m glad that you’re thinking of this as a break. Good.

    Haven’t experienced it myself (either being blacklisted or baby worries) but I can imagine the stress. I’d recommend some fun things like fishing or the like but you’d probably enjoy lifting grotesque weights in your garage instead.

  20. Continue being that voice in the wilderness cause when it all goes south you will have the satisfaction of being able to say “I told you so”. It will also serve as a new starting point.

  21. Oh look, there’s one now. Even has today’s date and what not.

    …William G. Howell, a University of Chicago political science professor and author of “Power Without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action,” said Mr. Obama’s use of executive power to advance domestic policies that could not pass Congress was not new historically.

    But George Will assures us that no one can control the executive branch, so don’t blame Barry for the predations of the alphabet bureaucracies. Therefore Romney is only kidding when he says he’ll roll back Obamneycare with waivers signed by executive order.

    “Obama’s not saying he has the right to defy a Congressional statute,” said Richard H. Pildes, a New York University law professor. “But if the legislative path is blocked and he otherwise has the legal authority to issue an executive order on an issue, they are clearly much more willing to do that now than two years ago.”

    Of course, “our side” must never do such things. And they can’t anyway. Just ask Will or 95% of the pundocracy on the right when it comes to our bloated bureacracy. The presidency is so powerless. It’s like a warm bucket of spit. Or was that the vice-presidency?

    You know, our bureaucracies are like forces of nature. They sprang fully formed from the forehead of George Washington. No one knows how they are created, no one knows how they can be destroyed. Call it the Law of Conservation of Bureaucratic Energy. So stop fretting about it, unhelpful purists.

    For some reason, I’m imagining a cover of dead tree NRO in January, headlined “We are all RINOs now!”

  22. I’ve always found knocking back a few cold ones and a good bar brawl to be an excellent reliever of stress.
    Just sayin’.

  23. Also, thanks for the reminder of the type of asshattery on the part of duplicitious conniving little shits you’ve had to deal with.

  24. Blogging is a blend of a diary, a scrapbook, and running a fanzine or private newsletter. The minute it tried to bootstrap itself into the” other press” and “the citizen’s voice” and started looking for approval and glory from the real press it had signaled the desires by which it could be controlled and or destroyed. Now it seems to be contracting instead of growing. And it seems like it was always mostly third-string political writers, hobbyist, lawyers, ad hoc political activists, a few science fiction authors. Then some real reporters (Taranto, Lileks) got involved and quickly attracted most of the traffic. Now “linking” which used to be the lifeblood that drove traffic that drove ad revenue is now a tool for brand management and associations and seems to be most effectively used by those who are subsidized or corporately backed enough(via media outlet usually) not to depend on ad revenue. What started as a network of independent voices has dwindled to a water empire.

  25. The minute it tried to bootstrap itself into the” other press” and “the citizen’s voice” and started looking for approval and glory from the real press it had signaled the desires by which it could be controlled and or destroyed.

    This puts me in mind of two different attitudes: Cincinnatus and a court eunuch. One went out to do service and having done so, returned to his farm. The other made paid service in power the goal of his neutered life.

  26. I just discovered this blog recently, but you are the best I’ve seen Jeff.

  27. The blogosphere isn’t so much an army of Davids as an army of Norma Desmonds, each desperate pajama-clad diva primping for her closeup. Such as Rick Moran, a peevish little man destined to sulk in the shadow of his MSM brother on ABC.

    On the other hand, the blogosphere has no shortage of triumphs. It was a handful of sites that kept the pressure on Anthony Weiner and finally got his ass in a sling. Of course, that would never have happened without Breitbart, and he’s left us.

  28. ” For some reason, I’m imagining a cover of dead tree NRO in January, headlined “We are all RINOs now!” ”

    More like:

    ” We’ve all been RINOS since 2006…at LEAST! Much love to mah homey Christopher B.! Sorry it didn’t work out man! We all serious Big Tent G’s up in here. Tell that. “

  29. I totally agree. I was talking to someone via email on Friday who asked me if I was ever going to blog again. I told him “no”. What the fuck?

    I never blogged well and I never blogged important, but I never stopped completely. People stopped reading. Why bother? Why read my badly punctuated dick jokes when they can read a badly punctuated declaration of principles written by none other than the original Starbuck? (Seriously, seems like a great guy, but damn…)

    What you should be proud of is that a lot of the ideas currently en vogue in the ‘conservative’ blogosphere were posted here first. The hotsy-totsy may pretend that you never existed, but I know, if that counts for anything.*

    Maybe someday the conservative pendulum will swing back to arguing about ideas instead of desperately trying to get a Republican elected so that your school can use federal money to get that new dinosaur statue for the Nativity set instead of having to spend it all on abortions and heroin. When or if that happens, they’ll be some Googling required.

    *It doesn’t, but it should, because I’m fucking awesome.

  30. Mary Matalin is talking to Paul Ryan about shrinking government and moving away from a social justice collectivism system. Yeah, beat the drum and roll the log. Sure, but where’s bill and where’s the vote? Where’s the big stand at the fort walls? When do we cross the Rubicon? When do we row and stop waiting for a good wind to fill the sales?

    You can only talk so much before the talk is shown to be empty. Where is the action?

  31. There was plenty of action when the fucking Senate GOP stabbed Ryan in the back.

  32. Family first.

    As for the club, don’t take it personally. Form your own club.

  33. In addition to Darleen and JHo and McGehee, Dan Collins will be posting some here in my absence. Once the baby comes and the baby powder settles, I’ll be back.

    Naming names. Because fuck it: it’s not like I can be more blackballed, right?

    Let’s war this bitch.

  34. Oh, perfect. You let me come back in here because you knew you were going to be stepping out again. This is just like what happened the last time.

    Well, if you think I’m going to be posting a bunch of weak-tea cheap imitations of your past comedic post series, you’re…

    Well, it’s not like you’ll be doing any of them for a while though, is it?

  35. Hey, enjoy that baby and take lots of pictures. It’s been really hard for me to remember what mine were like when they first came out.

  36. Jeff at 11:34 AM;

    Now, that is how it is done.
    God bless, brother. May all be well, happy and healthy with you and your family.
    And until our paths cross again, fuck ‘em all.

  37. Since you missed 4/20, try to shoot for the 25th. By the time you get back FireFifty will be up for 2012.

  38. Coup talk. Here, here, here, here, here, here, for a start.

  39. Oh. Didn’t read this first.

    Just. damn.

  40. Gosh darn it, Jeff. PW is an island of sanity in a sea of madness. But that’s me being selfish. First obligations are to family. Way down the list is a bunch of outlaws.
    Maybe I’ll sign up for that email notice thingy that lets me know when something is posted.
    Resurface when the feeling moves you.

  41. Yes. Family first. I can ‘splain why first-hand.

    As for the black-ballers? I hope they all fail, with prejudice.

  42. Some of us foolishly believed that this huge, open and ubiquitous series of tubes would finally compel the ruling class and their chroniclers (looking at you, NRO) to take some of our founding principles seriously. If the intertubes revealed an enormous swath of people showing interest in quaint ideas like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, in the consent of the governed, in freedom from a king or a bureaucracy, perhaps the ruling class would have to pay attention.

    Instead too many basement scribblers saw golden visions of hob-nobbing with Published Names and Important People in Media. Did we really think that we would all get fifteen minutes of fame? Yet that was never the point and clearly no one who spent hours over the last ten years commenting or even hosting blogs really thought that was either realistic or needful.

    What we needed is for our rulers to hear how many of us actually did not subscribe to the “go-along to get-along” approach against the State. We needed them to hear that there was a vast majority who rejected waiting until the stars were aligned just right before “our side,” the Republicans, could actually state and argue for the dismantling of Leviathan. Not micromanagement, not a campaign against “waste, fraud and abuse,” not “market-based reforms” consisting of subsidies and reams of new regulations. We needed them to hear shut this thing down, to hear demands that entire departments of the government be abolished, to hear that major pieces of legislation need to be repealed, even if we only returned to the Leviathan we had in the Clinton years, which was far smaller than what we have now. Start big and bargain from there.

    Unfortunately, looking at the tenor of the intertubes, no such widespread sentiment exists, especially among the realistic Republicans. Too scary. Too bold. The age of the internets has revealed we really aren’t all that interested in liberty, as a society.

    If the Nation Below Canada wants more of the same from their politicians, with just some tinkering to suit the fortunes of current luminaries in power, it will get what it wants.

  43. I don’t blame you one bit, Jeff. It’s very fatiguing shit to make daily word pictures from mind thoughts when you’re surrounded by people who do likewise for no apparent reason other than to be held in good stead among their peers in something resembling a high school clique. Not the kind of bullshit you need to be enveloped in while welcoming a new member into your family.

    Just try to remember that your writing is important, even if the cyber wingnut community doesn’t give it the attention it merits. Demands, even.

  44. And yeah, I’m pissed that there’s such a very blatant attempt to freeze me out. I criticize people on the right, but I’ve always defended them from the false attacks of the left.

    eh, it’s nothing more than desperate wanna-be folks sucking up to each other.

  45. Me, I used to spend a lot of time just wisecracking at another Edgy Conservative Blog. Then I finally realized many of the commenters were either nursing grudges against other commenters. Many were obsessed with one candidate alone, or kept responding to trolls like fish on a hook, or brought every argument back to a pat response like “invest in lead and canned food” or “BIG TITTIES!” Above all I realized that I stopped, years ago, commenting with anything serious because those people weren’t serious. In fact the only thing taken seriously lately was Go Team GOP! If that’s what I wanted I could troll RNC websites.

    Anyway, this site has much better haiku and experimental theater pieces.

  46. I don’t “hang” at any other (edgy) conservative blogs. I read this, and the H2. The H2 links interesting articles, with no favorites. Mostly we just hang out and insult each other. Good times.

  47. Plus there’s always this kind of thing.

    “Both sides only need to care about 8 to 12 percent of the electorate comprised of switchable Hispanics, working women and independents. So being tied to the extreme elements on the partisan margins is more harmful than being perceived as a flip-flopper,” says Weaver, a longtime adviser to 2008 GOP nominee John McCain. “Being a flip-flopper might actual help Romney. It shows he’s not an unreasonable person.”

  48. Plus there’s always this kind of thing.

    The funny thing is once you conclude that you cannot govern without pandering to a tiny segment of fickle, unengaged voters, you get a government that panders to the most fickle and disengaged.

    Strange, how that works.

  49. Speaking of freezing, parenting in the bird-world, a Redtail on her snow-buried upstate NY nest, livestreamed.

    I used to live on Sapsucker Woods Road, just down the road from the Cornell Ornithology lab, in a quadriplex. The girls in the unit next to mine had been watching a sparrow’s nest built on the outdoor light. They watch the parents feed the babies until suddenly the parents stopped coming, even though there were obviously live hatchlings in the nest.

    They showed me, and we together took the nest and chicks to the lab and asked what we should do with them. “Kill ‘em,” was the surprising reply. They were cowbird chicks, nest parasites who’d killed the sparrow chicks and were hoping the host parents would feed them until they were fully fledged.

    We couldn’t bring ourselves to kill the birdses, so they offered to take them for a falcon that they were nursing back to health. We figured that wasn’t a bad way for evil!birds to go, so we handed them over.

  50. Get some sleep Jeff. Once the baby’s here, you won’t rest until you drop him off at pre-school.

  51. Not another exit, Jeff?

    For the rest of the day, yeah, I can see that, or the rest of the week, but like before? Months and months on end of Jeffdrought?

    This is me, forgetting that there’s a youngster fixin’ to emerge.

    Never mind.

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  52. I second LMC.

    Jeff, you may be ignored but your ideas seem to wind up filtering through the blogosphere.

    Funny how that works out.

  53. Somebody famous once said it was amazing what you could get done if you weren’t concerned with who got credit for it.

    It is tough to be serious and popular. The populace doesn’t like the serious stuff as a rule, not to mention that Cassandra never has been appreciated.

  54. Just keep in mind that, if I contributed anything over the past decade +, it’s been to illustrate that many of those you believe are on your side are nothing more than posers and cowards who’ll tell you exactly what you’ve want to hear.

    There’s no reason why the Left should have a monopoly on delusion and cognitive dissonance. And it’s no surprise that your “allies” get upset and angry when you bring their cognitive dissonance to the fore. I mean, who needs that kind of psychic discomfort, anyway?

    Enjoy the newcomer, and enjoy lifting heavy objects. I’ve long thought of your strength training as a lovely physical corollary to your blogging work: lots of heavy lifting that impresses very few people, but worth it for personal pride.

    Push comes to shove, you can always re-brand this place as a mommyblog. I’d love to hear what sort of tips and tricks the armadillo and the dolphin bring to childrearing…

  55. Naming names. Because fuck it: it’s not like I can be more blackballed, right?

    Let’s war this bitch.

    Someone has to start a rally, and it is pretty clear where we’ll end up if things in DC just keep on keeping on regardless of who gets sat where in the dining room.

    FWIW I’m in.

  56. just keep repeating: at least he’s not a communist.

    Romney sides with Obama in supporting extension of low student-loan rates

  57. It is funny how hard they work to avoid saying “don’t take on more debt.”

  58. Ann Coulter LOVES the idea!

  59. Hell, is there really any policy on which Romney and Obama disagree?

    But hey, we’ll be told how it’s politically savvy to take away Obama’s appeal to the youth vote — and if that means agreeing to tuition increases to take away a political cudgel from your opponent, because defending principles is too hard and too wordy, well, shut up and get your asses in line, Hobbits.

    Don’t you want to beat Obama?

  60. I mean, shit, the only thing separating Romney and Obama is a tan and a dogsalad sandwich.

  61. just keep repeating: at least he’s not a communist.

    at least he’s not a dog-eating communist.

    FTFY

  62. Hell, is there really any policy on which Romney and Obama disagree?

    Pretty sure they use different hair care products.

  63. Jeff, I keep asking if there’s any difference between them besides melanin, and never seem to get any other answer except “You just want to elect Obama!!!!eleventy!”

    Want to? No. Need to? Very possibly, because until the pain gets great enough nothing of substance will be done.

    Fuck them.

  64. Hell, is there really any policy on which Romney and Obama disagree?

    baracky woks the dog and mittens walks the dog.

  65. Jeff, I keep asking if there’s any difference between them besides melanin,

    Didn’t the Right freak out when Glenn Beck observed that if you want Newt, it must be because you don’t like Obama’s complexion?

    Beck, he can tell you about people on the Right not having his back ::coughFoxNewscough::

    Unfortunately, Jeff doesn’t have the $$$ to start his own Internet.

  66. Can’t get to Twitter to answer the douche, but someone just sent me this:

    “The effing country is at stake and you people wanna freak out about student loans? Student loans? Really?”

    It’s like TARP, cap-and-trade, Romneycare, federal minimum wage laws, pushing people off gas, and a host of other things never happened? It’s just us purists freaking out about student loans!

    See?

    FALL IN LINE HOBBITS! MITT IS GOING TO GIVE US THE GOOD PARTS OF OBAMA WITH SOME TAX CUTS! DEAL WITH IT!

  67. And the follow-up:

    “Like I said, fine, keep Obama then. That’s what you really want isn’t it?”

    Because my criticizing Romney for backing Obama’s policy is MY wanting more Obama. See how that works?

  68. Reagan understood that “carrot and stick” didn’t mean eat the carrot while hitting everybody with the stick.

  69. “The effing country is at stake and you people wanna freak out about student loans? Student loans? Really?”

    yea students loans like: wtf is the fed gov’t doing in the student loan biz?

  70. wtf is the fed gov’t doing RUNNING the student loan biz?

  71. yea sumthing like dat

  72. Perhaps Wayne prefers losing almost as fast to just losing a little slower.

  73. There’s also a great blue heron livecam.

    In Ithaca, it’s 33°F with light snow showers; in Utah, we’re in the lower 80s and breaking records.

    I don’t miss Ithaca weather at all.

  74. Ah, jeez .. cut it out. You were born to write. You can’t help yourself.

    Carry on.

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