January 31, 2003
The Power of Instapundit III
Not a bad month for Jessica's Well....even if it is non-recurring. Say....we don't have a tip jar like the big boys but you could always go buy some "Axis of Weasels" gear. Look up in the upper left corner for the link.
January 30, 2003
Just got through reading the CFR's "WHY" ad in today's paper. The tin-foil hat crowd is definately running the show at the CFR now. I can see why their donations are way down. Can sightings of MISD administrators circling polling places in black helicopters be far behind? Although this mindless style is perfect for the deep thinkers at the CFR it is not the first time that it has been used in Midland. Click here to see an even better example of the style.
There is one question I would like to add, though: WHY don't the ass-hats at the CFR run a slate of school board candidates? You know, put yourself in the place of the people who are actually responsible for the school district instead of just the being the guys who always know better but who never offer serious plans?
Bad news for the school bond proponents. The CFR goes high-tech (requires Flash and sound) and lays out their strongest argument yet against the bond proposal.
January 29, 2003
Somebody help me out here. I don't shop for these sorts of things. Does lipstick actually come in drums?
January 28, 2003
Reading the latest batch of Letters to the Editor you will see resurfacing the issue of the CFR's animosity towards the public schools. It is puzzling. If they were simply for "fiscal responsibility" we surely would have heard from them on the stadium issue or even the last go around on the E.D. sales tax. Nope. So why the anger towards the public schools?
I don't have an answer. But given Mr. Woodside's command of the language and now seeing displayed CFR Vice President Porterfield's knowledge of history.....well.....we just can't rule out revenge as a motive, can we?
Note to Mr. Porterfield: The MR-T is not state-owned nor state-run. It may act like a monopoly in this town but that is not the same thing as actually being a monopoly. The worst that you can say about them in this case is that they are giving too much good ink to the proponents of the school bond issue. Stalin, on the other hand, is the ruthless dictator who systematically starved 33 million Ukrainians, suspended all civil and human rights for 45 years in his own country, and exported this mad philosphy to many other unfortunate countries. The millions of dissenters that he didn't murder outright he sent to the gulag. Know the difference.
Would someone be kind enough to e-mail the Site Admin the CFR's list of campaign contributors from the 2002 bond? It's always such fun to "follow the money."
Reader Chey The Dog checks back in with a defense of those of us who wear the electronic burkha:
"First, the CFR cannot possibly suggest that this blogger site is a stealth organization in the same sense of the CFR. Jessica's Well is pure opinion and commentary, usually for entertainment value. Jessica's Well has never maintained itself to be anything other than a blogger site about Midland media and politics. Only people who choose to go to the site know of its contents.
By contrast, the CFR has received thousands of dollars worth of free publicity over the past several years from the MRT, has maintained itself as a citizen organization, has created a political action committee, and yet does not disclose details of its membership nor its organizational structure. The MRT OP/Ed about accountability and the CFR summed it up rather nicely several months ago. If the CFR were a simple blogger site, they too could maintain anonymity, but they have chosen to attempt to influence public policy, to campaign for certain votes, to raise money for their cause, and as a result, to accept the responsibilities and scrutiny that accompany those privileges.
Second, while it seems peculiar that after 700-plus days, they are just now wanting to be understood, I am thrilled that they want to provide information on the CFR. I have some more questions. How do I become a member? What are the dues? How often are the meetings? Why didn’t CFR make a stand on the stadium issue? If the school bonds pass, what on earth will we all have to talk about? To be a member, need I only know that I am capable to tearing down a barn, or do I need prior experience? Do we bring our own cigars to the smoke-filled rooms, or are they provided for us?
Finally, what do the words "understaning," "knowning," “refered,” and "orginization" mean? Are these secret new words created by your organization, or simply spelling errors that are a representation of our education system (which you do not support) letting you down?
Chey the Dog"
Well, it is nice to know that somebody still doesn't know who we are.
A Note from the Desk of Cassandra concerning the Response from the CFR:
"If you are going to print mis-spellings, you need to put "(sic)" after them, or people will think they are yours."At the price of getting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? I think not.
Want to bid on a piece of Midland history? Here is the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=27173&item=3204235408&rd=1
The CFR Responds:
"1) When the vote was taken, and RESPONSE: Nomination was made September 30, 2002.
2) What the vote count was? RESPONSE: 25 members were present at the meeting of those present vote was by acclamation a follow up vote of confidence was taken via email and of those responding the vote was 127 to 11.
In no way are you considered a member of CFR. We have corresponded with you only as information and understaning. It is easy for you to take shots at CFR knowning who the leaders are. The MRT has refered to CFR as shadow originization, but not quite as obscure as your electronic veiled website."
Every now and again the CFR sends something to us here at Jessica's Well. I don't know if it is a rebuttal, or informational, or if somehow we just ended up on their e-mail list and consequently we, too, are now considered "members" by the CFR. On the not so small chance that it is the latter, as a "member" I replied to one of the e-mails today with this question:
"It is apparent to all that Mr. Wayne Woodside is the President of the Midland Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility.This may be an opportunity to fire back up the patented Jessica's Well "CFR Watch" day counter.
Would it be possible for you to tell us
1) When the vote was taken, and
2) What the vote count was?
January 27, 2003
Gee, what happened to Lee Passmore's vaunted Raider Nation?
January 26, 2003
The Power of Instapundit II
See that graphic just one post below this one? It represents ten minutes of work in Photoshop building a poster that piggybacked on ScrappleFace Scott Ott's now famous "article" on Donald Rumsfeld apologizing for calling Germany and France "The Axis of Weasels". So I post it on the site.......and, oh yeah, e-mail it to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit....and hope for the best. If he posts on it it will be worth a couple hundred extra hits, right? Well, he posted on it. Not once, but twice. Then other people posted on it. And then others still.
I don't brag about this little 'ol blog's numbers...if for no other reason than they are nothing to brag about. Jessica's Well is now to the point where we have developed enough of a readership to get about 175 to 200 unique visitors a day.
The number of visitors that, thanks to Scott and Glenn, have visited this pissant blog in the last three days? About 18,000.
The whole "Axis of Weasels" thing turned out to have real legs. Watching your site's stats go through the roof is real fun.....and wondering if your basic "Bronze Level Hosting Plan" at Verio is going to hold up is interesting, too (it did). Although there was a time on Friday of last when I began to wonder just how much my bright little idea was going to end up costing me.
It is starting to get normal again...the site didn't crash and it doesn't look like I am going to use up the month's bandwidth in three days.
I got to go on a wild blog ride. It is such a cliche' to say that when you publish to the web you are publishing to the whole world. Technically true, I guess, if anyone out there takes the time to look at your stuff. Well, this time they did. And they turned around and sent it to others. It was the coolest thing. The little poster that I had built on Thursday afternoon I was, on Friday, seeing used in forums and other blogs ALL OVER THE WORLD! Don't believe me? Look here, and here, and here, and here.
And to think....Blogger is free and my Bronze Plan at Verio is only $25 per month. I love the blogosphere!
January 23, 2003
THE AXIS OF WEASELS SHOP
A BIG hat tip to Scott Ott at Scrappleface for this one.
Line of the Week comes from James Lileks (as usual):
"I’m not tired of actors speaking out; I will never tire of actors speaking out, because it provides the same amusement of watching dogs walk on their hind legs. The sight itself is hilarious, and it always ends with the performer falling over."
Dear Mr. Site Admin: Since 'ol Ern has chosen to purchase an advertisement to increase his ignominy, it ought to tell you that he's a firm believer in the Cohen's, "say whatever you want about me just spell my name correctly" school. So, would you be kind enough to post his picture on our masthead once again? I know you removed it after the CFR hatched their half-assed "plan", but in light of this new development, perhaps we should start the countdown, "Days with no plan from the CFR that did not provide for $290,000.00 profit for Ernie's pal."
January 22, 2003
Want some great reading on how the war might go? Just go to the top of Steven Den Beste's blog U.S.S. Clueless and begin reading.
January 20, 2003
Well....you just knew somebody was going to say it, didn't you?
Of all of the useful idiots on parade yesterday, someone out there had to come up with the stupidest comment of the day. From this Associated Press article comes my nominee:
"In the spirit of Dr. King, in the spirit of Crazy Horse," he said, "no blood for oil." ---- Moonanum James of United American Indians of New EnglandHey! What is Gandhi? Chopped liver?
January 19, 2003
Why I love Google - Part II
Entering the search term "Texas Blog" draws up Jessica's Well in the #3 and #4 spots! At least today it did.
Why I love the blogosphere. Yesterday, there were several antiwar demonstrations held in some major cities across America. Fifteen minutes of reading in the blogosphere will provide more information on these demonstrations and, more importantly, those who were orchestrating them than you will get with a lifetime subscription to the New York Times. Think that I am kidding or over stating my case? Click on the next few links and find out what the Old Grey Lady doesn't see fit to print.
For background on A.N.S.W.E.R. go here: Powerline
Want to know more about the World Worker's Party? Try here.
Great pictures of the 'massive' protest? This is good.
You know what? Just go to Instapundit or Charles Johnson's Little Green Footballs and follow the links out of there and decide for yourself just how useless or lazy the establishment media can really be...especially when they want to be.
January 17, 2003
Actual MISD students take the initiative to campaign for the upcoming bond issue. How will the CFR spin this? There is always the "willing dupes of the administration" angle, I guess. Having no sense of irony whatsoever the CFR could always resort to the classic CFR tactic of just calling them liars and cheats outright. Nah,.......too harsh. Even for the CFR. Spoiled brats?
Why you snot-nosed little brats....when I was your age I had to walk five miles in the snow to call a school board trustee a liar! Yeah, I remember the old days when the CFR was only me, Mark, and that guy that works for me. Remember it like it was yesterday. Wait a minute....that was yesterday.
This is a relief. I was afraid that the techsters thought that they had found something even better than goal posts to chunk into the visitor's seats after a football game.
January 16, 2003
Liberal elites deconstructed, courtesy of Victor David Hanson.
"An ancillary sort of unreality has emerged in modern Western life alongside the reduced need to use our muscles or face physical threats. In a protected world, Saddam Hussein comes to seem little different from a familiar angry dean or a predictably moody editor, someone who can be either reasoned with or, if necessary, censured or sued. In this connection, it is not surprising that those most critical of America are not the purported victims of its supposedly rapacious capitalist system--farm workers, car mechanics or welders--but more often those in the arts, universities, media and government who have the time and leisure to contemplate utopian perfection without firsthand and daily exposure to backbreaking physical labor, unrepentant bullies or unapologetically violent criminals. For such people, the new prosperity does not bring a greater appreciation of the culture that has produced it but rather enables a fanciful shift from thinking in the immediate and concrete to idle musings of the distant and abstract.
For many, today's affluence is also accompanied by an unprecedented sense of security. Tenure has ensured that tens of thousands of professors who work nine months a year cannot be fired for being unproductive or mediocre scholars, much less for being abject failures in the classroom. In government at every level, job security is the norm. The combination of guarantees and affluence, the joint creation of an enormous upper-middle class, breeds a dangerous unfamiliarity with how human nature really works elsewhere, outside the protected realm.
Such naiveté engenders its own array of contradictory attitudes and emotions, including guilt, hypocrisy, and envy. Among some of our new aristocrats, the realization has dawned that their own good fortune is not shared world-wide, and must therefore exist at the expense of others, if not of the planet itself."
Read the whole thing. It is one of Hanson's best ever.
Mark Steyn hits yet another home run. Steyn is probably the best in the business.
"Every so often you read something that stops you in your tracks. A week ago, The Boston Globe ran a 10,000-word profile of Ted Kennedy by Charles Pierce. For the first gazillion paragraphs or so, it chugged along in familiar Boston Globe snoozefest mode, and then:Read the rest here.
"If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age."
That's terrific, isn't it? If he hadn't killed her, he'd have given her a grand old age -- if 62 counts as "old age," which most women would surely dispute (unless the Globe's using actuarial tables based on female life expectancy of Kennedy acquaintances). But Mr. Pierce's point is a simple one: Sure, 34 years ago, Teddy fished himself out of the briny, staggered away and somehow neglected to inform the authorities until the following morning that he'd left some gal down there. But, if he was too tired to do anything for her back then, he's been "tireless" on her behalf ever since.
Big Gold Dog starts off the Midland blog world discussion on the upcoming school bond with a piece on the "Ignorami" (his word, not mine) that will most probably decide the outcome of said bond proposal.
Note to Wallace: While I think that the word "Ignorami" is essentially correct I believe that the Official Blog Style Book demands the word "Idiotarian" be used in these situations.
January 13, 2003
Site Admin: Is it not ironic that Didion complains of curtailed discussion by right wing bullies after 9/11? Left wing strategy has for years had the goal of curtailing discussion by conservatives, and one tactic to achieve this has been to heap criticism, opposition and ridicule on them. Welcome to the club.
January 12, 2003
Andrew Sullivan delivers leftist idiotarian Joan Didion the Fisking** of the Week™.
"But more revealing of the mindset of today's left is Didion's belief that somehow open discussion has been curtailed, censored or chilled after 9/11 by a cadre of right-wing bullies. This is simply hooey. The First Amendment still exists. Those legions of leftists who occupy such establishment heights at most American university faculties and the nation's newsrooms and editorial boards, not to speak of the hyper-liberal foundations, can still say whatever they think. But these days, they've actually got to endure criticism, opposition and occasionally ridicule as a consequence. They don't like this. They're used to writing their opinions to universal applause, prizes, sinecures and pliant reviews. Sorry to spoil the party, Joan. But debate in wartime is often a tough and grueling experience. Stop whining and start arguing."Read the rest here.
** The term refers to Robert Fisk, a journalist who wrote some rather foolish anti-war stuff, and who in particular wrote a story in which he (1) recounted how he was beaten by some anti-American Afghan refugees, and (2) thought they were morally right for doing so. Hence many pro-war blogs -- most famously, InstaPundit -- often use the term "Fisking" figuratively to mean a thorough and forceful verbal beating of an anti-war, possibly anti-American, commentator who has richly earned this figurative beating through his words. Good Fisking tends to be (or at least aim to be) quite logical, and often quotes the other article in detail, interspersing criticisms with the original article's text.
January 11, 2003
As if I didn't already have enough to love about Google, now this: If you import and install the Google Toolbar you can get some cool functions and handy tools added to your browser. One of these functions is called Page Rank which is described as "Google's measure of the importance of this page".
Midland Reporter-Telegram Home Page Importance Ranking According to Google: 4 out of 10.
Jessica's Well Page Importance Ranking According to Google: 5 out of 10.
January 8, 2003
Fire Ant Gazette is cutting into our gig here at Jessica's Well with critique of the local media. Not bad either........dammit.
Long time White House reporter Sarah McClendon died today at age 92.....outliving Helen Thomas by at least fifteen years, wouldn't you say?
Perhaps outlawing speaking on a cell phone while driving.....(or is it driving while speaking an a cell phone that would be illegal?) is not a terrible idea. But I think that before we pass any such law we should first make it illegal to drive with small dogs in your lap.
January 6, 2003
Priceless at $39,000.00
Another great idea for Economic Diversification and Development from Wallace Craig at Big Gold Dog. We need to make sure that BurritoGrande gets their name in there somehow, though......if they want to.
January 3, 2003
Walser: You keep mentioning that there is out there a Treasurer for the CFR whose name is neither Woodside or Kimball and that he is probably either related to or employed by Mr. Woodside or Mr. Kimball. My theory is that it is Mr. Woodside he is related to or employed by. Why do I think this? It is because someone is having to break the 1-1 tie when they vote on the CFR Presidency and Mr. Woodside has been in that office for a while now.
January 2, 2003
Walsingham's Great Prediction for 2003? The 5000 member strong (not counting Odessa!) and always growing Citizens For Fiscal Responsibility will announce no meetings, collect no dues, send out no ballots and then "elect" either Mr. Kimball or Mr. Woodside as their President.
January 1, 2003
And, technically, we aren't even a year old yet since we started in late March of 2002. Thanks to those who did the writing and much more thanks to those who did the reading. Have a Happy New Year!