Friday, May 9, 2014

Worth A Laugh

As anyone who'd for any reason come by to see this knows, or knew back with it was happening considering the likely time lag, Freddie's [BONERS]* has been successfully trolling Lawyers, Guns, and Money and Balloon Juice for attention recently by questioning liberal piety regarding free speech farting around about how people don't defer to (his) privilege sufficiently. You see, he should be the liberal daddy, and we're all false lefties because we don't fall in line behind his genius. The entire left, which is apparently mainly the commentariat of LGM and BJ, has failed, by failing to recognize the authoritah of Freddie's [BONERS].
Anyway, obviously no one gives a shit about Freddie's [BONERS] except to laugh at him, but this made me giggle enough to bother to post here.

And this getting what you want, John – whipping up your notoriously nasty group of commenters who can day [sic], under the blanket of pseudonymity, all the truly ugly stuff that you want then to say. That’s your MO, it’s how you operate around here. It’s how you get the barely disguised misogyny that people direct towards Megan McArdle, the barely disguised homophobia towards Glenn Greenwald, the ritualistic flogging of anyone who isn’t a good loyal Democrat. You get your pet min here to say the really gross, personal shit that you would like to, knowing that they are protected by internet anonymity. That’s a bullshit, cowardly, pathetic way to behave, John. I never figured you for a bully.
I'd link to Cole pointing out that Freddie's [BONERS] still have posting privileges at BJ, but I already did. Cole pointed out as much in the post [BONERS] commented on, all you have to do is scroll up to the top.
Even McMegan moved on from claiming her detractors all hate girls. I have to think that if FMM actually did accomplish anything, it was to cause her to question that crutch. She does face misogyny online, all women do, but bad ideas, shitty writing, and putting corporations way, way above people are unrelated to chromosomes. (/mansplaining) To focus on the trolls and assholes is to try to dismiss the criticisms without in any way engaging them. It's almost as if [BONERS] makes a habit of it. I'm surprised [BONERS] didn't include something about the modern left being anti-Semitic because Likud=Israel, it'd be about as blatant a tell as bringing up McMegan facing misogyny. However, it does immunize him, in his own mind at least, from the criticisms of people like Sady Doyle and for focusing on dudebro issues like DRONES over women's reproductive freedom. White knights can't into misogyny, derp.

Also, if I ever remember to go by the library and get things in motion, I'm gonna make a half-assed and probably failed attempt at reading our muse's book in free ebook form and doing something in response here. I need to get the juices flowing, as it were.

*- Explained & Part 2

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fucking Fuck on a Fuckstick of Fucked Fucks


I'm seeing about an advance copy, because fuck me with a bunch of fucks.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Random Memory

the day Reagan died, I saw the Violent Femmes play.
To my eternal delight, they played this;

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


McMegan wrote a piece about journalistic fraud.

It's essentially impossible to prevent journalistic fraud--if I tell you that I saw someone doing something, there's rarely a videotape of the event. If I'm doing an interview on the cell phone, there isn't a recording, either. And so our readers have to trust us.
We don't.

I'll leave it to Susan to find examples of the countless times McMegan relied on unnamed sources and vague "my liberal friends say..." attributions. There was a "local" (meaning black) woman on a bus who happened to love McMegan's gentrifying presence and echoed all her views of the neighborhood in an extremely Friedmanesque column which I'm too lazy to find, as well. She only really names sources if she's actually interviewing them, or maybe if it's a name she can drop. I think this column was basically her trolling for links from her critics and a backlash traffic spike, and she knows how full of shit she is to even glance in the direction of this topic. Or maybe I'm giving her too much credit. But I'm not worried that she'll see a big spike in traffic from us.
Her work is so truly awful she really shouldn't be paid for it by anyone, anywhere, and thus this blog still has some purpose. Joy.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Axes Ground

So. If you still give a hoot about Megan McArdle, who seems to be increasing her output at what is an excellent fit for her, the Daily Beast-Newsweek publishing powerhouse, here is The eXiled w/ a recap of her resume & her other offenses against decency.

McArdle should be very familiar to eXiled readers. Many of you probably first learned of McArdle’s existence more than three years ago, when she led a smear campaign from her perch at the Atlantic to discredit the first media investigative piece exposing the Tea Party as an Astroturf campaign funded by the Kochs and FreedomWorks, written by eXiled editors Mark Ames and Yasha Levine and published in Playboy in February, 2009. That’s when we first got to know the McArdle name too, and we were wondering then why someone who called herself a “journalist” would work so hard to discredit other journalists’ investigative work while defending powerful rightwing oligarchs, rather than the other way around. The S.H.A.M.E. profile on Megan McArdle clears up the air on McArdle’s long, deep undisclosed ties to the Koch brothers’ libertarian influence-peddling machine, and to the GOP activist community. Read the profile on the S.H.A.M.E. site or check it out below — we’re sure Ms. McArdle will appreciate it if you do.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Le bain on pour

Edit: And another thing:


She's Back!

And true to form.

Lebanon, Libya, Liberia, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg. Embassy, consulate. What. Ever.

Perhaps her atlas (or Google Maps) has gastritis.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Napalm in the Morning....

it's far too late to gloat, if indeed she was fired, as seems the case. The Atlantic is long dead, and while Fallows and TNC remain, what happens to its corpse is really only worth noting with morbid curiosity.
But Megan McArdle no longer works for The Atlantic, and her star seems to have been slowed some in its rising.
This is a good thing.

Friday, April 20, 2012

And Also

this wide ranging piece in The Baffler on what's become of The Atlantic and David Bradley's background is highly worth a read if you haven't already been pointed to it.

Military intelligence professionals, the mind-cure faith, and a changeling, domineering father—it was the sort of upbringing that suffused [David] Bradley’s young life with a sort of spooky dullness. After watching Richard Nixon’s resignation catch so many family friends financially unawares—and experiencing no small amount of personal disillusionment as a gung-ho intern in the Nixon White House—he decided to work on his war chest before going into politics, his first love. (Bradley’s latter-day interest in politics, by the way, should not be taken to mean he harbors any definite political convictions; on the contrary, one of the professed sources of his admiration for writerly “talent” is his own inability to form an opinion on most political issues: “I define the middle,” he has said.) Upon completing Swarthmore, Harvard Business School, and a Fulbright scholarship in the Philippines (devoted to researching the mindset of the colonial Marxist guerillas), David returned to Washington to enroll in law school and to help Gene found a think tank called the International Management and Development Institute. When it came time for David to found his own business in 1979, he visualized a firm with all the affectations of a Washington think tank—down to the drab name, Research Council of Washington— but structured to turn a profit. He later renamed it the Advisory Board Company, which spun off the Corporate Executive Board, and those two generated a multitude of generic-sounding subsidiary Councils, Boards, and Forums. One of Research Council’s first hires assumed from the classified ad that Bradley was operating a “front for a right-wing organization.” It’s still hard to say, at this late date, whether the joke was on that fledgling knowledge worker.
His father, btw, was, among other things, a CIA agent who worked in anti-Marxist counter-propaganda techniques. There's also an inside account of one of The Atlantic's Ideas Forums. Read it.