(H/t: the dirt-sniffing goblin.)
Blogger Ace of Spades is coming to the West Coast.
I, for one, plan to meet him.
How about you?
The event takes place this Saturday, in Santa Monica. I don’t know if I can say more than that, but if you’re interested in coming, you should go to this post and e-mail the fellow whose e-mail address is published there.
Baldilocks will be there, along with some of the morons who comment at Ace’s site. Now who can argue with that?
[Guest post by DRJ]
Joe Torre has been named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team he loved to hate as a kid:
“Joe Torre grew up in Brooklyn rooting against the Dodgers. Now, a half-century after they moved west, he’s their manager. Torre was hired by Los Angeles to succeed Grady Little on Thursday, taking the job two weeks after walking away from the New York Yankees.
“Joe Torre comes with a great resume,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said on a conference call. “What he’s done the last 12 years is as powerful as any manager in recent memory.”
The winningest manager in postseason history, Torre moved from one storied franchise to another, agreeing to a three-year, $13 million contract. He becomes the Dodgers’ eighth manager since they left his hometown, where he rooted for the rival New York Giants.
“As a kid growing up, you didn’t like them,” Torre said on WFAN radio in New York before the hiring was announced. “As a player, to me the Dodgers were the Yankees of the National League because … you either loved them or you hated them.”
There’s more in this ESPN article. Torre was named manager of the Dodgers on the same day the Yankees formally introduced Joe Girardi to succeed Torre as Yankee’s manager.
Unlike Joe, I grew up rooting for the Dodgers (and the Cardinals), and so I’m pleased for the Dodgers. I admire how Joe Torre managed the Yankees to success with its big payroll and egos in a tough market. I hope he does even better with the Dodgers.
I was on “Captain Ed” Morrissey’s BlogTalkRadio this afternoon, with Rick Moran of Right Wing Nuthouse. We discussed the Great Unpublished Election Sex Scandal, and Tim Rutten’s numerous errors in his Beauchamp column. It was great fun. I think Ed archives these programs, and I’ll post a link when one becomes available.
UPDATE: You can listen here. Rick and I come on around 31:18.
[Guest post by DRJ]
Osama bin Laden may be soliciting online jihadists:
“In a special Internet announcement in Arabic, picked up DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources, Osama bin Laden’s followers announced Monday, Oct. 29, the launching of Electronic Jihad. On Sunday, Nov. 11, al Qaeda’s electronic experts will start attacking Western, Jewish, Israeli, Muslim apostate and Shiite Web sites. On Day One, they will test their skills against 15 targeted sites expand the operation from day to day thereafter until hundreds of thousands of Islamist hackers are in action against untold numbers of anti-Muslim sites.
DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report that, shortly after the first announcement, some of al Qaeda’s own Web sites went blank, apparently crashed by the American intelligence computer experts tracking them. The next day, Oct. 30, they were up again, claiming their Islamic fire walls were proof against infidel assault. They also boasted an impenetrable e-mail network for volunteers wishing to join up with the cyber jihad to contact and receive instructions undetected by the security agencies in their respective countries.
Our sources say the instructions come in simple language and are organized in sections according to target. They offer would-be martyrs, who for one reason or another are unable to fight in the field, to fulfill their jihad obligations on the Net. These virtual martyrs are assured of the same thrill and sense of elation as a jihadi on the “battlefield.”
In effect, say DEBKAfile’s counter-terror experts, al Qaeda is retaliating against Western intelligence agencies’ tactics, which detect new terrorist sites and zap them as soon as they appear. Until now, the jihadists kept dodging the assault by throwing up dozens of new sites simultaneously. This kept the trackers busy and ensured that some of the sites survived, while empty pages were promptly replaced. But as al Qaeda’s cyber wizards got better at keeping its presence on the Net for longer periods, so too did Western counter-attackers at knocking them down. Now Bin Laden’s cyber legions are fighting back. The electronic war they have declared could cause considerable trouble on the world’s Internet.”
Unfortunately for OBL’s cyber jihadis, their 72 virgins are probably online, too.
“Sheik Omar said that al Qaeda had been “defeated mentally, and therefore is defeated physically,” referring to how clear it has become that the terrorist group’s tactics have backfired. Operatives who could once disappear back into the crowd after committing an increasingly atrocious attack no longer find safe haven among the Iraqis who live in the southern part of Baghdad. They are being hunted down and killed. Or, if they are lucky, captured by Americans.“
But don’t they know we waterboard?
The L.A. Times has admitted concocting a story about a West Hollywood restaurant, and has issued a correction.
Il Piccolino Trattoria: An item in The Guide’s cover story on Thursday stated that Il Piccolino Trattoria is in Beverly Hills. It is in West Hollywood.
Some may argue that this was merely an error regarding the location of the restaurant. But my point is that, as a restaurant in Beverly Hills, it was “concocted” in that the restaurant was never located there. The paper corrected it, which means editors admit it never existed there.
I hope this makes perfect sense. If not, read this.
Alleged reason for dismissal: behavior that sounds suspiciously like overweening jackassery. Contain your surprise.
He quotes a story that says, in part:
[T]he committee said it had reviewed Pearson’s judicial decisions and audiotapes of proceedings over which he had presided and found he did not demonstrate “appropriate judgment and judicial temperament,” according a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case.
A guy who filed a lawsuit for tens of millions of dollars over some lost pants doesn’t have good judgment? You don’t say.
People who abuse the legal system often benefit from it. It’s heartwarming to see a story where they don’t.