Monday, December 21, 2009

2009 Malkin Awards: I'm a FINALIST!

Andrew Sullivan has nominated me four times for the prestigious "Malkin Award" and now I see that I am a finalist for the 2009 Malkin. The competition is tough -- I'm up against Erick Erickson, Michael Goldfarb and Glenn Beck, among other worthies -- but let's be honest: None of them can compete with the Greatest Hypothetical Evah!
"Swear to God, if they ever want a Gentile prime minister, my first order would be to deploy the IDF in a north-south line, facing east. My second order would be 'forward march' and the order to halt would not be given until it was time for the troops to rinse their bayonets in the Jordan. After a brief rest halt, the order 'about face' would be given, and the next halt would be at the Mediterranean coast."
Sully later made that hypothetical hyperbole the basis of accusing me of advocating genocide(!?!), which of course I was not. Peaceful by nature, I grew up a few miles from the ruins of New Manchester Mill -- burned by Stoneman's cavalry in 1864 -- and therefore have always had a keen understanding of what war really means (cf., Hiroshima).

Fatah, Hamas and Hezbollah recognize only one definition of "peace": Dead Jews. So when they start blowing up buses and firing rockets at civilians, these terrorist monsters are sending out an invitation to war, and they can't complain about getting an RSVP from the IDF.

Notice that this perspective doesn't require playing moral referee between Jews and Palestinians, or settling the historical grievances between them. Nevertheless, we cannot ignore the reality that more than 60 years after Israel declared its independence, her terrorist enemies don't even recognize Israel's right to existence, and endlessly foment hatred against Jews. Ergo, Sonny Corleone in Gaza.

However, you don't have to share my idiosyncratic view of geopolitics to vote for me in the Malkin Awards competition. Any accusation of bloodthirsty warmongering based on that particular quote is invalid under that widely recognized codicil of the Blog Ethics Code known as the Glenn Greenwald Rule:
Anything said while ridiculing Glenn Greenwald is OK, because he always deserves it.
Hurry up and vote for me in the Malkin Awards, and be sure to hit my tip jar, because you wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of Genesis 12:3.


  1. I couldn't find Sully in the Poseur Award. What's up with that?

    Maybe there ought to be some alternative awards, like the FISTER awards. This year's nominees: Shuster, Cooper, Olbermann, Maddow, Maddow, Maddow, Shuster and Olbermann.

  2. Hey, I'm pulling for you, Stacy! You are going to give that award pride of place in the center of your mantelpiece, I hope.

  3. So far you are tied for second place. I will vote again tomorrow,and the next day and the next......

  4. 1) Gave you a vote Stacy. What Paco said.

    2) Blago Bloggo has a great idea there.

  5. Talking about vindictive petty bloggers like Andrew Sullivan, there is always Patterico love out there for you too:

    The fact is, Frey knew I was doing no such thing. He was saving this little smear for a rainy day, and he felt he needed to break it out once he started looking like a moron for having slimed Stacy McCain without having the fucking sack to take responsibility for it. Had Frey said, “McCain is racist,” we would have had a different debate entirely.

    But that’s not what he did. Instead, he just left the suggestion floating out there. In this newest instance, Frey wants to claim that I play the “anti-semite card” for a rhetorical advantage. That I lie and play the victim to escape the brilliance of his arguments.

    All I did was decide that, if that’s the charge, I’m going to go with it. And, by his criterion, I really don’t know if he’s an anti-semite or not. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t pursue the question. But given that this guys seems to have hard-on for me, and given that he’s seen fit to go after me personally, I think the record should indicate that the obsessed man who is attempting to attack my credibility from multiple angles may or may not be anti-semitic.

    Frey has seen fit to put up 12 posts about my various and sundry failings, as he sees them. Each features my name prominently. He has Google Bombed my site and my archives.

    If that’s what Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Frey wants to do, that’s fine. I’ll live. If he finds that someone doing it to him in return is potentially harmful to him, well, he should probably rethink his own strategies.

  6. Done! I don't think you will catch Glenn Beck, but he has his own TV show. Good luck, and Merry Christmas!