March 31, 2009
In order of acceptance:
Alex Brunk and I worked on the Herman Cain campaign in Georgia back in ‘04. He was like 12 at the time. Ok, fine, he was in college, but he was super young and super conservative. Now, he’s engaged and telling me I’m being too hard on Meghan McCain. The Alex Brunk of 5 years ago would have been much, much harder than me on ole Meghan. Perhaps age has mellowed him.
Shane “Shaniac” Schleger is a professional poker player, a super-sharp dresser and all around cool guy. I once read something Shane posted on the poker forum 2+2 (think Free Republic but for poker players) and found it so funny that I emailed him and basically asked him to by my friend. Then it turned out we had friends, and a pizza-eating-obsession, in common and the rest is history. I love his writing. I think even those who don’t play poker would enjoy his blog.
Mark W. Smith, author of Official Handbook of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy and Disrobed: The New Battle Plan to Break the Left’s Stranglehold on the Courts has only blogged once before and it was on Alarming News! I have previously sung his praises here.
Robert Peach is a total mystery to me. I feel like I’ve spent a decent amount of time with him yet know nearly zero about him. I can barely give him a proper intro. He’s young, he’s smart and I have a feeling he’ll have some interesting things to say. But I can’t even imagine what they might be.
Allahpundit needs no introduction, particularly because he didn’t really agree to guest-blog. But he didn’t give me the patented Allahpundit insta-no either as he does when I ask him to do anything that requires him leaving his home. So, who knows, maybe the inspiration will strike him to write something here that he can’t write on Hot Air.
Vinnay is another poker-person, whom I met through the poker blogging universe. I feel like he and I agree on about 90% of things and yet the 10% on which we disagree seems to work him into a mad frenzy. I feel like he’ll spend his time here telling you what I got wrong, and also how the Buffalo Bills will go all the way this year.
Tom “Funkypundit” Elliott is another one who hasn’t exactly accepted my guest-blogging offer but has said he will try to blog here at some point when he isn’t busy with his day job, producing Laura Ingraham’s show, or his night job, spreading the funk throughout the land.
Leave them lots of comments!
I’m waiting to hear back from some other people but I really like this group and I think you guys will too. I’ll try to check in here and there but the way things are looking right now it’ll probably all be on the wedding blog and I’ll be back to Alarming News when I’m already a Mrs.
I’m in the thick of wedding frenzy and have started lining up some awesome guest-bloggers for you all in my absence. They come from all walks of life and I think you’ll have a good time reading their perspectives. Please welcome them warmly and be civil if you disagree with their opinions.
March 30, 2009
I need to buy 65 luggage tags, for under $2 each, in NYC by Wednesday. Any leads?
And if IC asks, no I’m not actually starting another crazy project 3 days before we leave to get married.
I’m fairly sure I’ve never admitted to crying on this blog. But the wedding blog is not this blog (caution: I curse like a sailor in the linked post).
March 29, 2009
Palestinian authorities disbanded a youth orchestra from a West Bank refugee camp after it played for a group of Holocaust survivors in Israel, a local official said on Sunday.
Adnan Hindi of the Jenin camp called the Holocaust a political issue and accused conductor Wafa Younis of unknowingly dragging the children into a political dispute.
He added that Younis has been barred from the camp and the apartment where she taught the 13-member Strings of Freedom orchestra has been boarded up.
March 28, 2009
I feel he might be. Or maybe everyone’s favorite West Indian, Catholic, worked-for-Newt-but-voted-for-Kerry pundit is just a contrarian? In a post titled “Change we can bereave in”, Robert writes:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Thursday that the 1,776-foot edifice that was to replace the World Trade Center will no longer be called the “Freedom Tower.” Instead, it will have the less ornate appellation, “1 World Trade Center.”
The timing couldn’t have been better. It follows on the heels of the Pentagon’s ending the War on Terror. You didn’t hear? You must have missed the memo. No, seriously. In a memo, following a request from the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Defense declared that foreign military and strategic ventures associated with various Muslim-world nations will no longer be called the “War on Terror.” It is now Overseas Contingency Operation.”
Who misses George W. now? Who?
March 27, 2009
Part of me thinks this is a good thing; if they’re working on this nonsense they won’t have time to really screw up a different project (the economy, either war, etc.). On the other hand, we’re paying these people. Like actual money. I think we should stage an anti-AIG style protest outside the Capitol building demanding our money back, no?
March 26, 2009
Via Hot Air.
A week from today, we leave for Turks & Caicos to get married. If you’re not following my wedding blog, well, too bad for you because it’s awesome.
I’ve been going through old photos, getting an idea of what I’ll want to include in the eventual wedding video and wanted to share with you all my first day of school picture:
I told the story on Facebook so I may as well tell it here: My parents are very “what could go wrong?” type of people, so they put me on a schoolbus on my first day and sent me on my way. Oh, did I mention I didn’t speak any English? The note pinned to me tells people who I am (my Hebrew named is Chaya, which is like the only word I can make out on my note) and where I need to go.
When I got to school, literally my only English was the entirety of the Pledge of Allegiance which I learned from watching Romper Room. Apparently this impressed my teacher and I was bumped up from nursery to Pre-1A. It might not seem like that big a deal at age 4 but for the rest of my life I’d be the youngest person in my grade.
Oh, and nearly every picture of me as a child has me standing in a hands-on-my-hips pose. Clearly, I was badass.
“None of us should be cheated of our payments any more than a plumber should be cheated after he has fixed the pipes but a careless electrician causes a fire that burns down the house.”
I don’t even want to quote from it because the whole thing is such a necessary read. Our Attorney Generals are out of control and our disaster of a federal government has no idea what’s going on. It’s all knee-jerk reaction and it’s a total failure.
ABC News tries to set up middle America to show how much they hate gay people. Find, they don’t.
Fact is, two affectionate men rubbing each others faces with roses and drinking cosmos will get attention anywhere, including the oh-so-progressive city of Manhattan.
March 25, 2009
And yet, it’s not: Another Obama nominee withdraws amid scandal
March 24, 2009
“She totally impressed me because she was very warm and friendly.”
-On interviewing Bobby Jindal’s wife. She’s impressed by warm and friendly. And she’s somehow the voice of the young Republican party?
“I consider myself a progressive Republican. I am liberal on social issues. And I think that the party is at a place where social issues shouldn’t be the issues that define the party. And I have taken heat, but in fairness to me, I am a different generation than the people that are giving me heat. I’m 24 years old. I’m not in my 40s, I’m not in my 50s and older.”
-On how different and awesome her generation is from previous generations. Of course, I can find her 500 24-year olds who are actual conservatives and could explain to her, slowly of course, that she’s not one.
“All I wanted to do is show women that you don’t have to be Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham to have a place in the Republican Party. … Supriya Jindal is a good role model, but a lot of people hadn’t heard of her.”
Dollars to donuts, Supriya Jindal has more in common with Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham than she does Meghan “I’m in love with the Republican party” McCain (yes, she said it again in this interview).
He’s great. I love my dad so much. He’s the best father to me. And like I said, he’s so supportive of me and my career and what I do and speaking my mind.
When you grow up having a maverick as a father and an example, you can understand how I turned out like this.
URG, she has the same self-congratulatory “I speak gibberish and I’m awfully proud of myself” thing as her father. Also, she has a career? What’s her “career”, exactly, other than making sure we’re all aware of her ill-informed opinions which no one would care one iota about if her father wasn’t a US Senator and failed US presidential candidate? Seriously, what would it take to never have to hear from anyone named McCain ever again?
Let’s review, for all the useful idiots who go to Israel to protect terrorists: YOU ARE ENTERING A WAR ZONE. You’re taking the side of a people who use children as shields; if you think they won’t use you you’re dumber than you look.
Further helpful information: don’t throw rocks at armed soldiers who have to live in the warzone that you’re visiting before going back to your cush California life. They might be slightly on edge.
March 21, 2009
Maybe he should go to North Dakota or Iowa or Arkansas where people would be thrilled to make $400,000 a year.
Obama was asked about grumbling from Wall Street because the administration criticized bonuses for executives at financial institutions collecting government bailouts.
“They need to spend a little time outside of New York. Because. . . . if you go to North Dakota, or you go to Iowa, or you go to Arkansas, where folks would be thrilled to be making $75,000 a year — without a bonus — then I think they’d get a sense of why people are frustrated.”