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* Michael Totten reports from Suleimaniya.

* George W. Bush is a cricket match person.

* Ed Driscoll rounds up anti-assimilation views, and critics of those views.

* Socialists defend the opium of the people!

* Jim Treacher reviews (accurately) Stephen King’s latest: “Well, the first 60 pages were great, at least.”

* Silent Running’s podcasts—more popular than Phillip Adams!

* Muqtada Al-Sadr has a theory: “It was not the Sunnis who attacked the shrine of Imam Al-Hadi, God’s peace be upon him, but rather the occupation [forces] and Ba’athists.”

Daily Kos claims an audience several times larger than Instapundit’s; how come he can’t sell as many books?

* Neocons are the new hippies.

* More on Daily Kos: the serial loser lashes out at Democrat-employed loser consultants.

* Dietrich remains at large. Readers are advised to keep their Ferraris secure.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/01/2006 at 08:49 AM
    1. “Daily Kos claims an audience several times larger than Instapundit’s; how come he can’t sell as many books?”

      Because the majority of Kossacks don’t have enough time when they’re on work-release from the asylum to get to a bookstore. Also, prison libraries are cutting back.

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 01 at 09:48 AM • permalink


    1. Markos, who runs the Daily Kos, reminds his readers frequently that his traffic is five times greater than the next most popular blog’s

      Well, nevermind that this next most popular blogger has no commenting feature, and that Kos is essentially a huge group blog. Really, who’s reading dK for Markos these days?

      Posted by PW on 2006 03 01 at 10:27 AM • permalink


    1. Had a quick look at the kindergarten Athiest rag Australian Rationalist today – you’ll never guess, it gives a big spread to a “poem” defending Islamicism!

      Posted by Susan Norton on 2006 03 01 at 10:36 AM • permalink


    1. #3:

      Roses are red,
      Violets are blue,
      If you don’t submit,
      We’re coming for you!

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 01 at 10:39 AM • permalink


    1. I can’t make a Kos joke out of this beyond the joke that Kos already is, but isn’t it likely that Glenn’s book is selling better because Glenn is respected even outside the circle of his most ardent supporters? He’s an actual thinker whose thoughts might be worth perusing to irregular and even non Instapundit readers.

      Only a diehard Kossack will buy Markos’ book.

      Posted by tim maguire on 2006 03 01 at 10:54 AM • permalink


    1. Hey, every single person who voted for one of Kos’s Congressional candidates bought one of his books…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 03 01 at 11:04 AM • permalink


    1. #6: Actually, Richard, only one of those two guys bought the book; the other guy stole it off a remainder table, but promptly disgarded it when he found out that “Crashing the Gates” didn’t have anything to do with naked gold-digging bimbos.

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 01 at 11:21 AM • permalink


    1. Apparently foxed by the meaning of Bollywood, he replied: “I’m a cricket match person,”

      Maybe President Bush understood the meaning of Bollywood all too well.

      Glenn Reynolds writes thoughtful, factual articles about what’s actually going on in the world, and links them to everywhere without much more comment than “heh” or “indeed”.  Kos screams and rants about everything he hates (which is, well, everything) like a constipated chimpanzee.  It’s not hard to figure out why one sells books and the other one doesn’t.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 03 01 at 12:38 PM • permalink


    1. “Daily Kos claims an audience several times larger than Instapundit’s; how come he can’t sell as many books?”

      Well, first, the Daily Kos audience needs a reading level above the 3rd grade, and second, they need an attention span better than a 3rd grader.

      My apologies to 3rd graders everywhere.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 03 01 at 12:40 PM • permalink


    1. #3 that’s really sad. a long time ago, Australian Rationalist was a decent forum for clear thinking and analysis. Smart people, interesting articles. I think they had an editorial change, because it got really mushy and preachy, and not rationalist at all.
      I guess they had to choose between being rational or being left-liberal.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2006 03 01 at 12:40 PM • permalink


    1. O/T, IRT “Hypersensitivity Outbreak Spreads” thread post #119:

      Any chance we can just agree to disagree and leave it there?

      Not interested.  Even without your condescension, dishonesty, and stupidity, you’re still a bigot, and so you get what bigots get.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 03 01 at 01:54 PM • permalink


    1. Danny Kampf? That’s a joke, right?

      No? Holee shitsky, comrades!

      “Strangely enough, the original neoconservatives were radical leftists.

      To be specific, they were Trotskyites.”

      Uh huh. Take your meds, Danny boy.

      Posted by mojo on 2006 03 01 at 02:19 PM • permalink


    1. Replace “All you need is love” with “All you need is democracy” and you essentially have what can only be described as “the new hippies.”

      That’s a leap all right. And it ain’t diminutive.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 03 01 at 04:10 PM • permalink


    1. “My friend writes novels”.
      “He writes them in crayon”.
      Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 03 01 at 04:43 PM • permalink


    1. Since GWB loves baseball enough to have owned a team, he will certainly appreciate cricket, especially in its one-day game format.
      The skills are so similar that in the 60s the summertime Australian cricket team all played winter baseball so well that they beat the official Australian baseball team at baseball!  Can’t happen today, as baseball is also a summer sport Down Under.

      George can cultivate many more friends worldwide with a knowledge of cricket.  He’s no fool!

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 03 01 at 07:09 PM • permalink


    1. * Daily Kos claims an audience several times larger than Instapundit’s; how come he can’t sell as many books?

      Glenn’s readers are more likely to have jobs. Thus, they can actually afford to buy books, and are more likely to have established credit and buy online!

      Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 03 01 at 07:34 PM • permalink


    1. “George W. Bush is a cricket match person”

      Then there is hope for us all. He who enjoys the game must be a patient man.

      Posted by Spag_oz on 2006 03 01 at 08:07 PM • permalink


    1. * Jim Treacher reviews (accurately) Stephen King’s latest: “Well, the first 60 pages were great, at least.”

      Well, that’s because King really had only about sixty pages’ worth of story. After that, Cell’s basic premise – cellular phones driving their owners as crazy as they do bystanders – gets pretty stale. Nonetheless, King took a perfectly good short story/novella and padded it out to book length. Andkept it going for at least two chapters past the story’s logical climax, for good measure.

      This is just further evidence that King is a much better short-story writer than a novelist…and he hasn’t written a good novel in at least twenty years. (His last good one, IMHO, was Christine.)

      For me the only noteworthy thing about Cell was that it arrived in the mail from the day I finally broke down and bought a cell phone of my own. And given the hassles I went through to get my new cell phone/mobile phone/whatever activated,  a brain-scrambling, insanity-inducing cellular EMP would be pretty much redundant…

      Posted by Wes S. on 2006 03 01 at 11:01 PM • permalink


    1. Mojo,
      Actually the original neoconservatives, people like Norman Podhoretz or Midge Decter, were liberals and Democrats, sometimes starting out in college as leftists.  That’s where the neo comes from, they are liberals who changed their minds in the face of new evidence.  The appellation just about died in the 1980s, since the neocons had been absorbed into the larger conservative movement, but the paleoconservatives, full of resentment at their marginalization, kept it alive as a synonyum for “uppity Jews” and it was revived after 9/11.

      I think the Trotshyite assertion may refer to Irving Kristol.  IIRC he wrote that when he went to City University of New York there were two alcoves in the cafeteria where politically active students gathered.  In one were the Stalinists, in the other the Trotskyists (like Kristol).  I got the impression that there were no other choices for the left activist types.

      The classic description of a neoconservative is “A liberal who has been mugged by reality.”

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2006 03 02 at 12:21 AM • permalink


    1. Flip side of that classic description is a neoliberal: “A conservative who’s been arrested.”

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 03 02 at 06:08 PM • permalink


    1. Actually, were I to be arrested, I would wish for my lawyer and judge both to be originalists,  strictly interpreting the original intent of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I’d want to be considered as an individual, not as a member of a group. I’d want the accuser, prosecutor, and enforcers held to the highest standard of law. And for my to be rights protected. All traits I associate with conservatives. Last thing I’d want is some wild-eyed liberal Janet Reno clone going all Waco  or Elian Gonzales on my ass!

      Posted by nofixedabode on 2006 03 03 at 02:10 AM • permalink


    1. Well, I know I should want those things, but if I was arrested, I’d probably be guilty, so what I’d really want is partially-blind amnesiacs filling those jobs.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 03 03 at 06:24 PM • permalink


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