Sully Gives Up Blogging, Politico Blogger Declares Blogging Dead

Andrew Sullivan to quit blogging

Sullivan was able to keep blogging alive (and lucrative) long after the era of blogs had come to an end — at The Atlantic, at The Daily Beast, and, in recent years, through the funding of readers. It’s also true that Sullivan’s influence has waned of late. While there is still some demand for Sullivan’s outspokenness — he’s at his best when he’s arguing, aggressively — there is far less demand for unspecialized aggregation. If you scroll down from Sullivan’s latest post, there’s a reader-submitted photograph, then a pull from a Slate article about flip-flopping, then a pull from a Time article about marijuana legalization. This is vintage Sullivan, but it flies in the face of all conventional wisdom about what makes media sites work: namely, specialization and original content.

One hopes that this means Politico blogger Dylan Byers will rend his clothes and hang up his keyboard, too.

Andrew Sullivan is/was a hack, but he was a hack’s hack. A thin-skinned man with the institutional memory of a gnat; he could contradict himself weekly, and would certainly monthly; and if you look back at his record, he managed to take all sides of most positions. He was the guy so limber with the truth you wanted him on your team playing rhetorical Twister.

If declaring blogging dead is what it takes to get fraudulent public intellectuals like Sully and Byers off the innernets, then I’m all for calling it over.

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Boy exorcist and noted volcano scholar Bobby Jindal

Boy exorcist and noted volcano scholar Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal Defends The Muslim ‘No-Go Zone’ Myth On His State Website

Boy exorcist and famous volcano scholar Bobby Jindal is doubling-down on his already doubled-down claim of the existence Muslim No-Go Zones (in Europe) as he jostles for pole position with noted Theocrat Mike ‘Uncle Sugar’ Huckabee to become Y’all Qaeda’s favorite candidate in the 2016 Goat Rodeo by stirring up fears of a caliphate in the Confederacy.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has continued to defend his belief that debunked Muslim “no-go zones” actually exist in Europe, but now he’s using his official state website to do it.

Apparently Jindal believes that amassing a trove of links amounts to a preponderance of evidence proving the existence of the so-called “no-go zones” in Europe. The landing page of his website links to a page titled “Setting the Record Straight,” which compiles reports largely cribbed from a think tank linked to anti-Muslim activists.

It’s really great that the people of Louisiana have on their official website a debunked conspiracy theory that even Fox News had to apologize for promoting. What’s next, Bobby? Want to take on the moon landing?

What a poltroon.

Riding High on the Hog

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) has crowned Joni Ernst (thanks a lot, Li’l Luke) and there will be no examining her record. She’s been anointed a rising star, and because she appears to be housebroken (unlike Mooselini) and takes direction, she is already appearing on pundits’ short lists for a VP spot.

Sen. Joni Ernst hasn’t been in office a month, but she’s already delivered the GOP response to the State of the Union. And now the Iowa Republican is looking to parlay her newfound celebrity into something more powerful: influence in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Um, guys, she was ridiculed for her breadbags, for godssake! That was not a triumph!

Likely candidates are expected to attend a summer political event put on by Ernst that will showcase her sway at the national level. Weeks after Ernst won a hotly contested Senate race, her staff started planning the June 6 gathering that she aims to turn into an annual tradition akin to the steak fry that her Democratic predecessor, Tom Harkin, put on 37 times.

Her ideas are so fresh and new, huh?

“It should be a can’t-miss event for presidential candidates who want to get to know Iowans better,” said Matt Strawn, a former chairman of the state GOP who helped Ernst during her campaign; he played her opponent, former Rep. Bruce Braley, in debate prep.

Iowa’s idea of tourism really eludes me. Whatever happened to corn mazes?

The “Roast and Ride” will likely be held in central Iowa and is expected to be a family friendly event featuring motorcycle rides and a pork-heavy menu.

Oh, isn’t that cute. The hog castrator riding a hawg. How authentic, full of midwestern realness. The Village is going to just eat this up with a spoon. Give Luke a drool bib, tho.

In that spirit, I offer free to anyone who wants to use it the following graphic:

Ernst-on-Pigback

Have at it, and as they say in the midwest at the fairs, it’s only a buck a bone.

Claim Chowder: Santorum-style (ew, gross!)

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Hey guys, remember that time that frothy mix of lube and fecal matter Rick ‘Google Me’ Santorum told us that all of the jobs created since the year 2000 (all 6 million of ‘em) went to legal immigrants and no one else? (for old time’s sake, say it with me: “Me Neither!”) — Guess what? He was fibbing again!

The Morning Quote

Dos dere trashy broads at Fox have Huckabee reaching for his salts. Well, as they say in the south, “Bless his heart.”

“In the South, or in the Midwest, there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the F-bomb or use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting,” Huckabee told host Jan Mickelson in a Friday appearance on Des Moines’ “Mickelson in the Morning.”

“In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women,” he said.
“My gosh, this is worse than locker-room talk,” Huckabee continued. “As we would say in the South, that’s just trashy.”

Some trashy broad at Fox

Some trashy broad at Fox

Grab your pearls, Huck, I’m sure that the Scissorheads will be trashy.

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Gohmert?

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Shorter Screwie Louie: he should just paraphrase Freud: “What do broads really want?” But here’s what he really said:

“Most of the conference was 100 percent in favor of the bill that was going to be brought to the floor. Some of us were wishing that there would not be any exceptions because it was going to be 20 weeks — no abortions after 20 weeks — when the evidence is clear those babies feel.”

Most of the conference was 100% in favor of having it be a complete ban? I wonder who was not in favor? Tell us more, Screwie Louie!

“But there was an exception put on there that unless there was a case of reported rape — reported to authorities. Well, that became the dividing factor among some of our female members of the House, Republican female members. But some were adamant they didn’t want any exceptions, some were saying, no, we [should] not require it be reported to authorities.”

Oh, boy, more rape talk from Republicans!

“I’m told that they’re still going to bring it back, but because there was such division among our Republican females, they pulled the bill that day,” he said. “And that was extremely unfortunate, and it sent the entirely wrong message.”

“It was our Republican broads,” Louie didn’t say, “who wanted a legitimate rape exception for our abortion ban.”

The Stupid, It BUUUUUUUURNS!

Beanie Baby Mosters

The Pride of Colorado, Sen. Kevin Lundberg, is opposing efforts to continue an anti-poverty program that provides IUDs to poor women. Let’s hear him tell us why:

“Protecting life is a very big issue. In my mind, that’s what government is all about, and to protect the life of the most vulnerable and most innocent seems to be the most important.”

Lundberg asserted that the notion that IUDs don’t cause abortions was “poor science.” He argued that the birth control method included the possibility of “stopping a small child from implanting.”

(Hat tip: @Anomaly100 on the electric Twitter-Twatter machine)

News That Will Drive You To Drink

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“The people of Alabama elected me to uphold our state Constitution, and when I took the oath of office last week, that is what I promised to do.

“The people of Alabama voted in a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between man and woman. As governor, I must uphold the Constitution. I am disappointed in Friday’s ruling, and I will continue to oppose this ruling. The Federal government must not infringe on the rights of states.”

–Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley

If you are worried that the Judiciary of Alabama (motto: Where the Debris Hits the Sea) will come after him, fear not. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy ’10 Commandments’ Moore sent a letter to Bentley saying that he plans to recognize the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Oh, and he hopes that the Guv has the spine to continue to stand-up for bigotry, if not sedition:

“As Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, I will continue to recognize the Alabama Constitution and the will of the people overwhelmingly expressed in the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment,” Moore wrote.

“I ask you to continue to uphold and support the Alabama Constitution with respect to marriage, both for the welfare of this state and for our posterity,” Moore continued at the end of the letter. “Be advised that I stand with you to stop judicial tyranny and any unlawful opinions issued without constitutional authority.”

Somewhere, the late Orval Faubus, the very late Governor of Arkansas, is smiling.

(AL.com)