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Stinks to high heaven

Mad Mel is in Paris attending the libel appeal of Philippe Karsenty in the al Dura affair. If you haven’t been following this or have lost track, here it is in bullet points:

· In September of 2000 TV station France 2 showed footage that it declared was the murder of Palestinian boy Muhammad al-Dura by the IDF. It became iconic. It was shown and reshown and resulted in a hefty body count.

· After further scrutiny, it was clear that the film didn’t show what they said it showed. In November of 2004, media watchdog Phillippe Karsenty called bullshit on France 2, claiming the incident was staged.

· Charles Enderlin and Arlette Chabot of France 2 sued Karsenty for libel and, with an assist from the shameless Jacques Chirac, France 2 won.

· Karsenty appealed and demanded the raw footage of the incident. The appeal judge concurred.

So today saw the release of 18 of the supposed 27 minutes of raw tape. Film. Disc. Whatever. Among the revelations: al Dura peeking out between his fingers some time after his ‘death.’

Richard Landes of the Augean Stables is, as usual, on top of this one, too. For metabackground (don’t you hate fake words with “meta” in them?), Landes also runs Second Draft, which includes an excellent collection of data on Pallywood.

I met Richard Landes at Acepalooza when, asked my name, I blurted out
my own real name. This so shocked basic weasel protocol that
I walked away before I realized I had been conversing with one of
my favorite bloggers.


Comment from Farmer Joe
Time: November 16, 2007, 12:02 pm

Wait. Your real name ISN’T S. Weasel?

Universe…. spinning out of control….

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 16, 2007, 12:08 pm

Her real name is Pastraminoodlenbigbootylandingpramis Gfiltedingletreebarnyardbloggenchesty.

Any other questions?

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 16, 2007, 12:14 pm

Oh. And her middle initial is 6.

That’s a CAPITAL six.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 16, 2007, 12:27 pm

Of the Nashville Gfiltedingletreebarnyardbloggenchestys.

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: November 16, 2007, 12:38 pm

Random observations: Ace has morons; Weasel has minions.

So cool. I’m a moron minion.

(And why is that every time I type “moron” I have to retype it because I always type “Mormon” first? I had no idea being LDS would cause such typing difficulties. Imagine if Ace’s followers were Mormons: the blog in every language in the world! he’d receive ten percent of our income! we’d travel from door to door spreading the good news of Ace the Blogfather! Oh, I’m so going to…not-heaven.)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 16, 2007, 12:54 pm

Yes, but we would be VERY clean-cut and monogamous and have huge white teeth and gigantic families.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 16, 2007, 1:36 pm

I’ll be damned if I’m gonna buy black trousers, a white shirt and tie, and ride a bicycle around the neighborhood.

It’s not my … persona. I’m a moronic maroon minion! And I can prove it.

I’d like to be a cow orker, though. Maybe if I study real hard…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 16, 2007, 2:21 pm

The etymology of that phrase, McGoo, is the old Usenet newsgroup alt.folklore.urban-legend. That group just bristled with old hats, in-jokes and retentives (I got fussed at for participating in a “people with funny last names” thread because that wasn’t, strictly speaking, an urban leged). I wonder if anybody has come up with a word for traditionally and deliberately misspelled words. I suggest tehisms. Or perhaps tehinyms.

Whoa. Somebody dug up the Gipper!

Comment from Pupster
Time: November 16, 2007, 2:21 pm

Ix-snay on the ormon-may stuff fellas. Seriously, I’ve had some experience in this arena, and it always leads to front door visits from nice, earnest young men in white shirts with



OT: Weasel, I inserted your old “Billy the Moron Blogger” graphic in the AoSHQ fan-boy logo discussion, in case you still keep track of hits on your former wordpress site. The old wordpress template is kinda hosed.

*answers door*

“You fellas want some hot coco?”

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 16, 2007, 2:31 pm

Oh my gosh! Thanks for telling me, Pupster.

See, I paid WordPress $15 for the privilege of editing my template for a year. When the year expired, I wasn’t sure if that meant I just couldn’t edit it any more, or if it would ‘splode. The anniversary came and went and it didn’t ‘splode, so I haven’t been checking back on it.

Now it’s ‘sploded.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 16, 2007, 2:41 pm

Weasel, it gives me great pleasure to say “Before my time!” RE the cow orker etymology. Even though I’m older than you, you entered the internet age waaay, waaaay before I did.

(Ahem) I was still d/l’ing midget porn and game hacks from BBS folks in ’94 – and didn’t get a personal ISP until ’95. I think it ran at 4800 baud, but could be wrong.

Neat history, though. I just thought it was a typo here that was cute enough to have a lifetime – since its the only place I’ve seen it. I told you I was a maroon…

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: November 16, 2007, 2:48 pm

I think you’ve hit on something, Pupster!

It’s the perfect representation of the AoS Moron(tm).

Now…for some promotion. Weasel is far too modest an artist for her own good!

Let us (ahem) apply gentle pressure…here and there….just a itty-bitty touch…

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