Title assist goes to fellow backronym fetishist Fishersville Mike.
Today's FMJRA salute goes out to a true Rule 5 lady and her Rule -50 date. Irrespective of whether you want to argue that some sort of penance was affected, subsequent to the tragedy, the twin evils of
- a blatantly two-tier justice system and
- Camel Snot, that American variation on the theme of aristocracy,
The one time I encountered him, as I walked by First Class on a US Air flight from Logan to DC in early 2007, I said "Good afternoon, Senator", and earned a "Howaya?" for my effort. So, there you have it. Give the man credit where he accomplished positive things, and blow Camel Snot and the two-tier justice system to hell. If you can take out the 16th Amendment and Charlie Rangle's non-command of compliance to the tax code with it, you win four TCP/IP protocols.
This post goes in reverse chronological order. Normally not a problem, as few stories eat the whole g'dang week, you'll need to scroll down to the bloated bottom of the Ted Kennedy story and read upward for a chronological take.
Department of Naval Science
They say every ship is a minesweeper...once. So, too, is every car a submarine.
- Paco summarizes beautifully:
I don’t know about you, but I went through the five stages of grief over Kennedy’s death in record time. Watching the MSM cast him as John the Baptist to Obama’s Jesus helped a lot...The subtle connection between Chappaquiddick and 'Baptist' really takes the bre-no. Putting the joke down now.
- Bob Belvedere, in contrast, works out the heaviness of his heart by shameless devotion to Rule #2. He links us here, and again for MJK Day, and a third time, and then one last. Let this be an inspiration to all.
- Southern Appeal "Giving the bayonet to the 'dictatorship of relativism' since 2002" linked us at length and in detail. "Who knows — maybe she’d feel it was worth it."--Melissa Lasfky. Will we say the same as we crawl out from under the wreckage of this administration?
- The blog storm known as Pundette picked up SA's title, but also found We don't know how much Kennedy was affected by her death... which seems to bring out the fury in the Pundette.
- Cranky Con was right there as well.
- Gloves off, announces The Rude News. "Kennedycare: Uncle Ted will do for you, what he did for Mary Jo."
- Andrew Ian Dodge rounds up the anti-memorials and has some BBC confirmation about Ted's sub-marine humor.
- Obi's sister laments that Mary Jo had no more time to see the sunny South. She also tried to find some sympathy for Ted Kennedy. Strange thing. Even the dictionary page containing 'sympathy' was gone. Poor lady has to get a new dictionary.
- Nova Town Hall has a roundup, and salutes Donkey Cons co-author Stacy.
- The Classic Liberal notches it up a bit by calling Ted the personification of tyranny. I'll throw that out there, but I'm well short of agreement. It's really hard to quantify things at that level of abstraction. The left are masters of disproportionate comparison. Ted has a lot of competition for the title, and I'm unsure his monstrosity achieved quite that height. Though he is an intriguing variation on the theme.
- No Runny Eggs linked us in a roundup that includes Headless Blogger, making a connection I'm mildly embarrassed to have overlooked. All me to tease:
Oh life's a dream with you, Miss Lily White(Whereas Bob Belvedere suggests the (NSFW) DK: TDTF. It's fairly clear from the lyrics that they were not targeting Ted personally with the song. Drunken swine in general, sure.)
Jane Fonda on the screen today
Convinced the liberals it's okay
So let's get dressed and dance away the night...
- And the Mean ol' Meanie stays in character and broadens the discussion to the whole clan. He may have pulled a punch in there, somewhere, but I'll admit that the probability is low.
- Pulling us back into focus is HotMES:
I’m sorry for his family and their loss, but I’m not sorry for him. Forty years ago last month he killed a woman. He then went on to have a very successful career as a politician and lived a free and rich (and long) life. One can only hope he is paying for his sins now. And, the death of this murderer should not be the death of any campaign against this health care bill.
- HyScience linked the O'Reilly ricochet, where Stacy took papa bear to task for being a Kennedy apologist.
- Rightofcourse was correct, as expected.
- Insty picked up the Mary Jo tribute.
- The Daley Gator aimed for a moderate tone, and was mostly successful.
- Daily Pundit rogers up for Mary Jo Day on 26 August. And the location is the Rock It Grill in Alexandria, VA.
- Deuce warned of the politicizing of Ted's death.
- Carol at No Sheeples Here: Chappaquiddicare, and also Leaving The Scene Of An Accident Was Teddy’s 'True Compass'. There is a reason we endeavor not to irritate Carol.
- Carol's Closet had a link list.
- Government Mess orbits the moral black hole.
- WyBlog: "Today Ted Kennedy meets his Maker. And Ted's got some 'splaining to do."
- Twitze, which looks like an aggregator has some clips.
- Public Secrets was bluntly disdainful.
- Jules Crittenden raises a specter: "There’s the other issue, being much discussed, of who gets to be the next iconic liberal lion." Well, if we change the first 'c' to an 'r', Arlen Specter himself is already an ironic liberal lion.
- The Reaganite Republican Resistance was early in the game.
- The Hill Street Blahg quotes the POTUS on the topic. Ahem.
- Bitsblog phrased it
- Western Experience went snark-free.
- A Conservative Shemale:
The Times doesn't bother to mention the fact that he was responsible for cutting off aid to the South Vietnamese when North Vietnam invaded, which directly lead to the fall of South Vietnam and the boat people crisis of the late 70's and 80's.
When you start to have goofy literary allusions about public figures, you know you're probably not alone in the concepts, execution, or appreciation.
- Rightofcourse features an entire series of Eldricht Farce, the tales of Y'Obama Mythos. Read, enjoy, add your own to the chorus. While we'll be celebrating our own Rule 5 tomorrow, Alinsky Rule 5 says:
"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." There is no defense. It's irrational. It's infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.Fresh off OediPOTUS Wrecks, I'll add that the literary flavor allows you to (a) have fun and (b) serve up some thoughts which, in a straightforward piece, would be quite a challenge to undertake.
- The Camp of the Saints gave me a nice review of OediPOTUS, and a custom piece of real estate at the top of the page. Responding to this is going to call for extreme shamelessness on my part, but I'm just the sort of dignity-free fellow for the task.
- The Socratic Gadfly links the Audrey story, which, along with all the Trig Trutherism, kind of fell off the radar in the wake of Ted. Here, as well.
- The Rhetorican gave us a brief link.
- Rightofcourse went in for unabashed Rule 2.
- Crankycon thinks Trig Truthers lower 'pathetic' to new depths.
- Cynthia Yockey added the Trig Truther post to her Obama Popularity post.
- The Rude News thought the story tabloid trash. We have a certain muck-rake capacity, yes.
- Bob Belvedere gathers a handy little roundup on the topic.
- Moralia Blog sees the business angle in all of it.
- Instapundit links a post recalling when Matt Cooper used to be a journalist.
- Caroline joined my derision of health care as 'a right'.
[Had been 'Tanya', but that didn't pass editorial review]
First, an idiot stole art to pay for an abortion for his rape victim.
- The Most Important News linked us on the art thief rapist case.
- Paco Enterprises also picked up on the fool.
Then, there is Copperfield:
- Cassandra links and reviews the Copperfield case.
- Daily Pundit on the private island story 'There are no rules that we don’t create'.
- Dustbury weighed in, in inimitable fashion.
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Political Science, AKA The Toolbox
- Below the Beltway quoted me in my adrenaline flush post right after the town hall. I stand by the words, but have to laugh at my efforts after a certain hour of the night, when beauty sleep might be a better option.
- Pundette put a name to the Moran protester for me: Randall Terry.
- Paco linked my polite letter to Representative Moran.
- Net Word Blog has a meditation on anonymity. I don't think the case can be conclusively argued either way, and the current situation across the blogosphere is the least-worst way to go.
- The Troglodacious One: 'Y'know, it's getting so you just can't slander people anonymously in the blogosphere anymore'.
- Jimmie at the Sundries Shack: 'There are Bones, and There are Bones'. So be careful what you throw a hound dog.
- The Most Important News thought Janeane Garofalo's Uganda knowledge was important. Close. It's really her in-depth grasp of Bulungi.
- Linked by 'The Blogprof', whose academic stamina for viewing clips of the twit is amazing. I think I've embedded "Idiot Wind" by Dylan recently, so I can't offer that up as an editorial. I try to cling to the hope that people really aren't that stupid; they're just paid to sound that way. Hopefully, I never meet JG so that my fantasy remains intact. And your dirty mind in tact.
- WyBlog uses the phrase "functionally retarded" in a post on banned phrases in the EU.
- The WyBlog tips us in a roundup. Follow the Grandpa John link for a truly horrible comment I left.
- A Conservative Shemale titles a post I suck. Look no further than the reviews for OediPOTUS Wrecks for sympathy.
- Rightofcourse linked us in a big sky post.
- 4 Simpsons linked us on Sarah Palin and Unions.
- Blogfodder compares birthers and truthers.
- Best URL in an Anonymous CommentEVAR goes to Carol's Closet. Wow.
- Daily Pundit grabbed the Chris Rock clip.
- The Trogloatarian Front gave this blog not one, but two Random Quotes. So we got that goin' for us.
Questions, comments, concerns: Smitty. Check this post in an hour or so for the balance.
Deadlines and PHBs meant that we had to go with the above, and finish the task getting through the links.
Miscellaneous Shouts, Now Echoing:
- Obi hat tipped our Piece of Work in Progress link, which is well worth your time.
- Chad a KURU posts his Venture Brothers clip with full geek pride.
- The Classic Liberal had a great headline roundup.
- I have to link the Old Broad, if only as an argument to my mother that she, too, should blog.
- After Jon Voight's provocative statement The Sundries Shack downplayed the threat of Civil War. While there is plenty of angst on any number of topics, I don't think its really all that close, either. I do foresee continued provocations from an Imperial Fed, but think that the Article V approach, while a steep grade indeed, is the correct long-term goal.
- Reganite Republican Resistance has a Mach 1.0 nosedive assessment for the Administration.
- Pundette linked the Frankfurt School post.
- The Classic Liberal also picked up the Frankfurt School post, and added much analysis.
All right. This post started with a pool of something like 80 URLs. Keep me loaded, people. Pray for peace.