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Variations on Superman

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 3:56 pm

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It’s funny how stories like this seem to roll in, in pairs.  First, we learn that there is a comic reboot (I refuse to call these things anything as self-important as a graphic novel, even when they are good) of Superman called Earth One.  This seems like a self-conscious attempt to invoke Frank Miller’s classic series “Batman: Year One.”  (Incidentally, Frank Miller was last heard from in July set to release an anti-al-Qaeda comic called Holy Terror, which was originally going to be a Batman comic.)

Anyway, so they have decided to make this young Superman brooding and well, an internationalist.  Think of that what you will.

And then at the same time, we learn some details of Tim Burton’s proposed Superman movie, with the working title of Superman Lives! including pictures of the new costume.  Um, its generally unfair to judge a movie before you see the finished product, but wow, that looks bad. (more…)

Another Anti-Islamic Bigot Comes Out Against the Ground Zero Mosque

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 11:15 am

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Geez, don’t you know that only people who hate Muslims oppose building a Mosque at Ground Zero?  Take this guy for instance:

Some critics of the proposed Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, including commentators on Fox News, have linked the project to terrorism by seizing on a Saudi prince’s past financial backing of the imam at the center of the controversy….

“I have been associated with this mosque in New York, but frankly speaking, I have nothing to do with it,” he said in an interview. “I’m not for putting that mosque there.”

Prince Walid offered a two-pronged explanation for why he was opposed to the project: he said out of respect for Islam, it does not belong at the proposed location because of its proximity to a strip club; and out of deference to the families of 9/11 victims who might feel antagonized, the Islamic center should not be near ground zero. “I respect all religions,” he said.

Of course it might be useful to have a little background on this.  Walid (sometimes spelled Waleed) is famously used by liberals as a hammer on Fox News, a bit of idiocy I tore down, here.  Also you can see where I argue that this “moderate” imam might not be as moderate as claimed here and here.  For instance, I quote this comment:

We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al Qaida has on its hands of innocent non Muslims.

And then I take it apart as follows (with one slight edit for language):


Happy Halloween

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:13 am

I am posting this in the Atlanta airport, where Mrs. P and I are stuck for the next couple of hours. I will spare you the details. But I should be back at the homestead this afternoon.

If he is willing, I am considering keeping Aaron on for another week or so. All I really want to blog about is Brett Kimberlin and my vacation — and I am not sure too many readers care about either at this precise moment, given the impending election. Meanwhile, I am mostly ignorant about the news of the last couple of weeks. Also, I am likely to be jet-lagged in coming days, and have two trials coming up. Given all this, I think readers might be better served if Aaron kept on for a few days, until I can get back in the swing of things. I’ll try to contribute something, but I don’t want to generate a lot of posts that will be uninteresting to most readers who are looking for election coverage. I will get to the vacation and Kimberlin posts once we get done kicking the Democrats’ behinds in the upcoming election.

It’s good to be (almost) back. Talk to you soon. And enjoy your Halloween. Dress up any way you like, I don’t think you can scare the Democrats any worse than they are right now.

Charles Johnson Shreds the Last of his Credibility Discussing the Stewart Rally (Update: Charles Responds)

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 6:05 am

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Update: Johnson responds.  Basically he doubles down, saying I was lying about the Bush Bow and as far as crowd size is concerned it’s Science! Basically he has gone from tearing down Dan Rather, to becoming Dan Rather, refusing to even deal honestly with the criticism.  Show the picture, Charles and let your audience decide who is telling the truth.  I dare you.

Update (II): I have been reminded via email that Legal Insurrection exposed Johnson’s dishonesty on the Bush Bow at the time.  And he noticed the magically changing post, too.  Finally, a question for all the refugees from LGF coming today.  Why isn’t he even talking about the inclusion of an Islamofascist at the Stewart Rally when only four years ago he denounced the man?

A long time ago, Charles Johnson’s Little Green Footballs was one of my daily reads.  He confronted Islamofascism and dishonesty in the media.  He earns a place of honor as being vital in the Rathergate scandal.  But man, has he slipped off. It wasn’t just a matter of changing his mind, but erasing the past.  It was intellectual dishonesty, for instance in the controversy when Barack Obama bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia.  First he posted video that supposedly showed that “Bush bowed too.”  Then when called on the lie he told, he added the word “metaphorically” without noting the change in his post.  I watched him do it in real time and called him on the change.  He lied to my virtual “face” about it with a comment directed at me, and my account was banned, a familiar story.  Now he has completely rewritten that post.

And the latest from Johnson is now he is bull___ting about Stewart’s rally.  Like I said, I don’t care about crowd size at these things, but I do expect honesty on the subject.  So as of now, Johnson has a post that proclaims that 215K attended the Stewart rally.  And to prove it, he quotes CBS news:

An estimated 215,000 people attended a rally organized by Comedy Central talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.

The company based the attendance at the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on aerial pictures it took over the rally, which took place on the Mall in Washington. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 10 percent.

CBS News also commissioned to do a crowd estimate of Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally in August. That rally was estimated to have attracted 87,000 people. Amid criticism from conservatives that the estimate was low, CBS News detailed the methodology behind it here.

Well, which should we believe, Charles?  CBS news or our lying eyes?

About six years ago, Charles, you knew the correct answer to that question.


Oh, and don’t bother “disappearing” this post, Charles.  I have the screen shot.

Update: Minor corrections.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

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