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To Marc Thiessen: you can shut the fuck up

This sort of careless shit pisses me off. Marc Thiessen wonders aloud why Al Qaeda haven’t used more traditional methods of terrorism: after all, those schemes would produce more kills and be extremely effective in terrorizing us.

marc thiessenThiessen is entirely too clever, glib and ghoulish here. I don’t need to read this stuff, and I don’t want to see it. And unless you can make a strong, rational argument that this sort of very visible blogging about the future deaths of Americans serves a valuable purpose for us, the potential victims, I stand by my opinion.

I believe that this medium just isn’t a proper forum for it. Yes, I will speak of such things with friends or with fellow politics junkies and bloggers, but I’ll do it away from the public, and I’ll probably do it in hushed tones. I assume anti-terrorist and homeland security people have discussions like this all the time, and that’s fine, but there are good reasons we haven’t seen those in public either. The people who read Thiessen are far more likely to be regular old Republicans clicking his links to see what Cheney’s buddy thinks of the Tea Party or Sarah Palin, not CIA agents honing their anti-terrorist strategies. And I certainly don’t understand why, given their bogeyman obsessions, a wingnut like Thiessen wouldn’t worry that the terrorists might choose to take the advice from a national security genius like him.

I certainly don’t end up thinking Marc Thiessen is any smarter, I think he’s senseless and coarse.

Why Haven’t There Been more Car Bombings?

By Marc Thiessen
May 3, 2010, 2:00 pm

It is still unclear who is responsible for the attempted car bombing in Times Square, but the attack raises an interesting question: Why has al Qaeda failed to carry out scores of car bombings, assassinations, and other smaller-scale attacks in the United States in the years since 9/11?

Yes, interesting. I’m still alive and so are you, I just don’t understand it. I should have been killed by now, something’s up.

Such attacks are highly effective in terrorizing large populations. We saw a few years ago how a man and a teenage boy terrorized the entire Washington area with a series of sniper attacks.

Yeah, man, that was awesome.

It would be easy for al Qaeda to carry out similar attacks in Washington, New York, and other cities in the United States—assassinating political leaders, or setting off IEDs and car bombs in major metropolitan areas. Yet thus far al Qaeda not taken this route. Why?

Jeezus, Marc. Yes, why aren’t we completely terrified, demoralized and hopeless? We’ve had surprisingly few suicides. Why haven’t I buried more of my loved ones? We need to dwell on this at length. Perhaps we could use a week-long symposium on terrorism entitled “The Paltry American Death Rate Quandry .”

One possible explanation is that the severity of the 9/11 attacks has worked in our favor.

MAN. It’s right about here I started thinking “Why has this guy’s personal editing function not kicked in?”

In striking the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, al Qaeda set an extremely high bar for itself.

Alright, that’s enough. You can read this garbage here.


What Ed Ruscha made says everything about Obama’s mind. What Conservatives make says nothing about them at all.

The ‘serious’ people and their penchant for ‘serious’ discourse continue. Amazing how crystal clear the essential nature and motivations of the President are while they remain utterly opaque to themselves.

Obama’s Revealing Taste in Art
By Nick Schulz
October 7, 2009, 11:03 am

The Times has a big front-page story today about President Obama’s continued indecision on an Afghan force buildup. In an unintentionally ironic twist, the Times also carries a big story, this one on p. A13, about the art borrowed from the National Gallery by Obama to hang on the White House walls.

It includes the following painting:


As the Times puts it:

Another contemporary work chosen by the Obamas is a word painting by the California artist Ed Ruscha. Called “I Think I’ll … ” it deals with the subject of indecision.

Indecision and Obama. You don’t say.

These people are so intelligent. And reeeeaalllll deep.

This, Apparently, Is Not a Joke
[Kathryn Jean Lopez]

Barack Obama has this hanging in the White House:

Obama's Indecisive Artwork

Well, now we gotta impeach him. Or shoot him. Meanwhile, the sort of stuff that they themselves create with their own hands and minds has absolutely nothing to do with them, or anything else, ever. So shut up:

“I genuinely regret the decision I made in passing this e-mail message along. Directly to President Obama, I sincerely apologize for offending him. This was, in no way whatsoever, my intention. The image has nothing to do with my feelings or thoughts on any race or culture. I recognize that this image is offensive and hope that the nation refocuses on assuring all Americans have access to high-quality, affordable health care with no party interfering in the patient-physician relationship…”said [Dr. David] McKalip

In an interview yesterday with the St. Petersburg Times, which picked up the story, he declared: “I am not a racist. I am simply a person speaking up to make sure patients don’t get hurt by the government and by insurance companies.”

As a defense against the racism charge, he noted, in the paper’s words, that he had “helped organize a career counseling day several years ago for African-American Boy Scouts.” And he blamed liberal activists for touting the email, which he called a “satire.”

And then this guy

Some [e-mails] compared Obama to O.J. Simpson while others suggested that “nigger rigs” should now be called “presidential solutions.”

Perhaps the most overboard e-mail was sent on Jan. 15. It read: “Breaking News Playboy just offered Sarah Palin $1 million to pose nude in the January issue. Michelle Obama got the same offer from National Geographic.”

[Atwater City Councilman Gary] Frago admitted sending the e-mails, but showed no regret. “If they’re from me, then I sent them,” he said. “I have no disrespect for the president or anybody, they weren’t meant in any bad way or harm.”

Well, that’s a relief.