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November 1, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FUN WITH HISTORY....What are the five best blog posts of all time? Brad DeLong lists his five nominees here, and Dan Drezner lists his here.

But today, D at Lawyers, Guns and Money has a post up about Kim DuToit's 2003 classic "The Pussification of the Western Male," and it strikes me that maybe we also need a list of the five worst blog posts of all time. Or maybe even ten.

I don't really have the memory for this kind of thing, so what do you say, commenters? The nominees, I think, shouldn't simply be the stupidest or most objectionable posts of all time, but should have a certain heft to them. Something where the author is really, seriously striving to make an especially moronic point. Trawling through Donald Luskin's archives would probably yield some paydirt. Or, for example, I recall an old Steven den Beste post where he spent a couple thousand words concluding that, yes, we could kick France's ass if it came to a shooting war. That's the kind of thing we're after.

Nominees?

(And no, there's really no need to nominate anything I've written, thankyouverymuch.)

UPDATE: Here are a few nominees, starting with the two I mentioned in the post and adding some from comments:

  1. Kim du Toit: "The Pussification of the Western Male."

  2. Steven Den Beste: "More French speculation." Or maybe Steven Den Beste: "It's the waiting that wears." (You'll have to cut and paste the URLs if you want to read the posts. Den Beste doesn't allow links from this site, and I can't say that I blame him, really.)

  3. Michelle Malkin: "The Defeatocrats Cheer."

  4. John Hinderaker: "A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius."

  5. Jonah Goldberg: "ATTN: SUPERDOME RESIDENTS....grow gills...."

  6. Hugh Hewitt: "I'm sitting in the Empire State Building." (Not actually a blog post, granted, but who cares?)

Nominations are still open, of course.

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I think Amanda Marcotte's post about Duke at the Airport, the one she scrubbed and then reposted with an entirely different meaning is a good contender. In fact, just about any Duke post from Pandagon, Feministing, Feministe, or LGM goes well with worst posts of all time, unless you're into sexist, bigoted posts and speech codes that is.

Posted by: jerry on November 1, 2007 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

Everyone please ignore Jerry, OK?

Posted by: Kevin Drum on November 1, 2007 at 9:56 PM | PERMALINK

Ben Domensch - Wolverines!
Kos - Screw them!
Josh Marshall - Tectonic plates
Michelle Malkin - The stupid video where she dressed in a cheerleader outfit
Donald Luskin going after Atrios and the ensuing chaos in the Eschaton comments thread, hilarious
Michelle Malkin - Stalking the 12 year old

Posted by: Old Hat on November 1, 2007 at 9:57 PM | PERMALINK

Here is the post as translated from Klingon by K.C. Johnson.

In the meantime, I’ve been sort of casually listening to CNN blaring throughout the waiting area and good fucking god is that channel pure evil. For awhile, I had to listen to how the poor dear lacrosse players at Duke are being persecuted just because they held someone down and fucked her against her will—not rape, of course, because the charges have been thrown out.

Can’t a few white boys sexually assault a black woman anymore without people getting all wound up about it?

So unfair.

Yes, how dare a rape victim act confused and bewildered like she was raped or something.

Natalia, do you know the details of the case? If so, why do you think a women enthusiastically jumped into a sexual situation with men making slavery jokes at her? Furthermore, what is your theory on why she supposedly looooooved having sex with guys holding her facedown on the bathroom floor? There’s no “if” they behaved in a disrespectful manner. We have conclusive evidence that happened.

This is about race and class and gender in every way, and there’s basically no way this woman was going to see justice. In her part of the country, both women and black people are seen as subhuman objects to be used and abused by white men.

Yeah, I know, Alon. Which is why I’m frustrated that people are pretending ‘can’t identify which one raped her” somehow equals ‘wasn’t raped’. I had some initial confusion about exactly who was assaulting me when I was assaulted, but that doesn’t mean that his hands weren’t actually where they were.

Plus, the media is acting like these men are exonerated!

After James Taranto brought attention to the words above, Marcotte deleted them (so much for “transparency” in the Edwards campaign). Her new statement?

Since people are determined to make hay over this quick shot of a post, I’m deleting it and here’s my official stance. The prosecution in the Duke case fumbled the ball. The prosecutor was too eager to get a speedy case and make a name for himself. That is my final word.

Note: why do progressive liberals put up with authoritarian fucktards just because they have vaginas? It seems very sexist of us to do so, and downright condescending as well.

The soft bigotry of low expectations.

Posted by: jerry on November 1, 2007 at 9:59 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin, a great research tool would be going through old Kippie awards and nominee on The Poor Man.

Posted by: Old Hat on November 1, 2007 at 10:01 PM | PERMALINK

C'mon Kevin, you got my hopes up until that last line. How about your post about the uppity NYC Transit Workers Union wanting more money for driving trains around underground?

Posted by: minion on November 1, 2007 at 10:01 PM | PERMALINK

I am sorry you feel that way Kevin.

I think Amanda's posts truly fulfills your requirement: "Something where the author is really, seriously striving to make an especially moronic point."

Or are you backing up her point about the Duke students?

I'll note plenty of liberals and feminists agree that Amanda Marcotte's Duke post was completely reprehensible. Award winning Historian and Obama support K.C. Johnson wrote a book about Duke. And he's the blog I linked to.

Why is Amanda Marcotte the third rail and considered untouchable?

Well, I'll leave you to get your hate on.

Posted by: jerry on November 1, 2007 at 10:02 PM | PERMALINK

how bout Sullivan's fifth collumn post? or half of Jonah Goldberg's posts. Great material there.

Posted by: someone on November 1, 2007 at 10:05 PM | PERMALINK

The one from powerline about how Dubya was like all true geniuses and destined to be unappreciated in his own time. I still refuse to believe that (or any of the dozens of others just like it on that blog) aren't part of some vast tongue-in-cheek joke that they'll reveal... any day now.

Posted by: Flux on November 1, 2007 at 10:06 PM | PERMALINK

Not an easy question. The good is rare. The bad, all too common. And then the truly great posts you spend time mulling over, perhaps quote or refer to... you're far more likely to retain memory of them. I guess there's got to be a post by Doughy Pantlegs in there somewhere. Just I ain't gonna be the one to seek it out. Maybe just easier to ask Al, Egbert or mhr what their all-time favorite ten posts are?

Posted by: snicker-snack on November 1, 2007 at 10:11 PM | PERMALINK

Two of the greatest posts, at least, were by people who are no longer alive (Steve Gilliard) or no longer blogging (Billmon, in the post that simply strung together pre-war quotes from war supporters, thereby neatly stringing them all up).

Posted by: John de Hoog on November 1, 2007 at 10:12 PM | PERMALINK

Flux beat me to it, but here it is, The Post:

"It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can't get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile."

Kevin, have no fear; when it comes to bad posts, you and Assrocket aren't in the same league. You're not even on the same planet.

Posted by: scarshapedstar on November 1, 2007 at 10:17 PM | PERMALINK

Instamoron's gloating post around Flight suite day should be in the top 5, let me see if I can find it.

Posted by: amok92 on November 1, 2007 at 10:20 PM | PERMALINK

http://matthewyglesias.theatlantic.com/archives/2007/10/beyond_petroleum.php
That is one of the stupidest I've seen in a long time in the lefty blogosphere.

Posted by: Mike in Denmark on November 1, 2007 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

I nominate 2 posts from the poorman (I'm not Andrew)

September 2004

January 2005

Posted by: mark on November 1, 2007 at 10:37 PM | PERMALINK

Heh indeed, here is Professor Gomer's most idiotic post

April 11, 2003

"FOR SUCH AN ADVANCED SPECIES, THEY SURE KNOW HOW TO RUB IT IN." -- Marge Simpson

Yeah, there has been a lot of pro-war gloating. And I guess that Dawn Olsen's cautionary advice about gloating is appropriate. So maybe we shouldn't rub in just how wrong, and morally corrupt the antiwar case was. Maybe we should rise above the temptation to point out that claims of a "quagmire" were wrong -- again! -- how efforts at moral equivalence were obscenely wrong -- again! -- how the antiwar folks are still, far too often, trying to move the goalposts rather than admit their error -- again -- and how an awful lot of the very same people who spoke lugubriously about "civilian casualties" now seem almost disappointed that there weren't more -- again -- and how many people who spoke darkly about the Arab Street and citizens rising up against American "liberators" were proven wrong -- again -- as the liberators were seen as just that by the people they were liberating. And I suppose we shouldn't stress so much that the antiwar folks were really just defending the interests of French oil companies and Russian arms-deal creditors. It's probably a bad idea to keep rubbing that point in over and over again.

Nah.

Posted by: amok92 on November 1, 2007 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

Hinderaker or Andrew Sullivan's for sheer otherworldliness.

Posted by: Pinko Punko on November 1, 2007 at 10:40 PM | PERMALINK

this Pandagon post does it for me. In full:

http://pandagon.blogsome.com/2007/08/14/ratatouille-in-brief/

"RATATOUILLE IN BRIEF:

A male rodent makes a better French chef than the female human who’s been slaving away at the restaurant for years."

I'm sorry, I'm as liberal as anyone here, but if that's what you took away from this excellent movie, you WANTED to be offended.

Posted by: IanY77 on November 1, 2007 at 10:42 PM | PERMALINK

Also, I feel kind of guilty about this, but I think Stephen Den Beste's "Anglo Women are an endangered species" takes the cake. I know of no finer encapsulation of Autism-spectrum social dysfunction, except maybe "Notes From The Underground".

Excerpt:

I paid Raven $200 plus a big tip for a private dance on Sunday. And she gave me her card. Actually, it’s a card the club gives them where the dancers can write in their “names” and mark the nights they’ll work. And she invited me back – why not? I was a good customer.

Wednesday I returned to the same club. I walked in as she was on the stage, and she recognized me immediately and her face lit up and she said “You came back!” and called me over to the stage and embraced me; later she sat down and talked to me. I again paid her about $200 for private dancing and again tipped well. Later after I’d spent as much money as I could justify to myself (I had more but really needed to stop) I was walking towards the door and she saw me and asked me if I was leaving.

And here’s where six years of self-indoctrination to be comfortable being a male person fell completely to pieces. She could have just given me a friendly “Good bye” but she didn’t. She walked over to me, gave me a big long hug and a kiss on the cheek.

She didn’t need to do that. Nothing forced her to treat me that way. Nothing whatever.

Now I have no illusions about her motivation: it was mostly mercenary (though that doesn’t completely explain that last big hug). But it doesn’t matter why she treated me the way she did; the point is that way her face lit up upon seeing me when I walked in, that initial embrace, that eagerness to talk to me, that hug as I left – those are the things I need to be happy in life. I need to get that from someone. I need that to happen a lot. I need it daily. I need it as much as I need food or sleep or water to drink.

And I haven’t got the slightest idea, not the faintest hint, how to get that without paying for it. (And paying for it routinely is not an acceptable answer.) Because I can only get that from a woman, and I’m surrounded by female persons. The only women I know of are married, engaged, or work in strip joints. Every female who’s single that I know is a person, not a woman. I’m not a man to any of them and they don’t treat me that way.

It’s been 14 years since I last searched for a woman to love, and I was terrible at it then. I’m completely out of practice now and I don’t have the slightest idea what to do. There’s a yearning, an aching hunger inside me and I don’t know how to feed it, because I need a woman, and there aren’t any anymore. Just female persons.

Posted by: scarshapedstar on November 1, 2007 at 10:42 PM | PERMALINK

Jesus, Scar, have a bit of heart, will ya? I admit I don't know Den Beste that well, and I might have a bit of a laugh if the target was, say, Jeff Goldstein or Dan Reihl (sp? I don't care enough to check). That's one of the saddest thing's I've ever read.

Posted by: IanY77 on November 1, 2007 at 10:50 PM | PERMALINK

Sorry, Kevin. Greatness in blogging is wholly cumulative; individual posts can be wonderful but never ageless. I really can't remember any post that is older than 6 months.

Posted by: Wagster on November 1, 2007 at 10:55 PM | PERMALINK

Does Den Beste suffer from Aspergers syndrome or something similar? I remember him saying that he needed to stop blogging because he couldn't handle all the email and responses from other blogs, it over stimulated him I guess. I actually liked some of his non-political stuff but I'm crazy that way.

Posted by: amok92 on November 1, 2007 at 10:58 PM | PERMALINK

Nice doggie's "Cool a bunch of UN 'Merken haters died in Iraq" post deserves serious consideration, and although it's not a blog entry let's not forget AssRocket's classic "fuck you" letter.

Posted by: amok92 on November 1, 2007 at 11:02 PM | PERMALINK

I guess this has nothing to do with your question, but you made me think of my addiction in the early days of the Internet Age for Mirsky's Worst of the Web. Bring on the wacky High Jinx (I always have to check the spelling of that and today I say fuck it) and Wild Hilarity.

It was an innocent, joyful time, pre-Bush, even pre-Clenis.

Posted by: Anon on November 1, 2007 at 11:08 PM | PERMALINK

I Fucked Ann Coulter in the Ass, Hard
in no way should be mentioned for consideration on this or any list ever. In fact, it probably just shouldn't be mentioned at all. So I won't. Just sayin'.

Posted by: Cap'n Rufus on November 1, 2007 at 11:25 PM | PERMALINK

Good God - is that Den Beste thing on the level?

Good God!

Posted by: dave on November 1, 2007 at 11:27 PM | PERMALINK

shouldn't simply be the stupidest or most objectionable posts of all time, but should have a certain heft to them.

While your limiting condition spoils it a bit, I mean it's truly a body of work, but I think anything by VDH qualifies, especially if he uses the Pelopennesian War.
If length is heft, VDH is your man. OTOH, you could go with all of The Corner.

Posted by: TJM on November 1, 2007 at 11:32 PM | PERMALINK

If truly trying to make a moronic point is the standard, then I think Goldberg (aka Doughy Pantload) comes in first for his exchanges with Cole that culminated in 1.) the bet that Jonah took and then welshed on and, 2.) Jonah exclaiming that it is "elitist" to expect someone to know a few elementary facts about a topic before they spout off about in public as though they were an authority.

Posted by: A. Nonmous on November 1, 2007 at 11:34 PM | PERMALINK

I Fucked Ann Coulter in the Ass, Hard = greatest.anything.evar. True gold in the comments too such as:

Lance said...

Ann Coulter rocks, and her ass is still a virgin, so get over it you fucking Moonbat losers. LOL

5:27 PM

Posted by: amok92 on November 1, 2007 at 11:35 PM | PERMALINK

Everything James Lileks has ever written would constitute an example of what NOT to do while blogging. His commentary, his opinion, his attempts at humor: all of these things form a mountain of blandness and stupidity that rivals much of what is out there.

Posted by: Pale Rider on November 1, 2007 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

Wait, Billmon has to be in the top five. How about his 2003 Koufax award winner from June 2003?

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0306/S00011.htm

Or just take Billmon post at random. He's gotta be in the top five somehow.

Posted by: McCord on November 1, 2007 at 11:47 PM | PERMALINK

This could take months.

I echo the vote for Assrocket at Powerline's "Bush as Unrecognized Genius". Sure, Malkin begged her readers to send toilet brushes to the mayor of LA as an ..ah..."message", and she shreiked that the NY Times people were trying to kill Cheney and Rumsfeld - by publishing pictures they'd (Dick & Rummy) given permission for. But drooling over Bush's genius was unforgetable.

Anything where Jonah Goldberg acts put upon..funny but probably not epic enough - moaning abut how unfair lefties are about his yet-to-named-for-certain, much-less-released screed about bad liberals. Better yet - the recent one where he blamed all the nasty politics of the last 20 years on Ted Kennedy. Yes, son of Lucianne tags Ted as the bad guy for everything.

Jeff Goldstein - Probably too many announcing the childishness of LWers while promising to slap someone with his cock. Maybe someone can pick just one.


And who swore RWers were practically the same as soldiers on the front in Iraq for protecting America? That one. Hands down, really...REALLY bad.

Hugh Hewitt. This just has to be the worst.

"Time Baghdad correspondant Michael Ware: Let's look at it this way. I mean, you're sitting back in a comfortable radio studio, far from the realities of this war.

Hugh Hewitt: Actually, Michael, let me interrupt you.

MW: If anyone has a right...

HH: Michael, one second.

MW: If anyone has a right to complain, that's what...

HH: I'm sitting in the Empire State Building. Michael, I'm sitting in the Empire State Building, which has been in the past, and could be again, a target. Because in downtown Manhattan, it's not comfortable, although it's a lot safer than where you are, people always are three miles away from where the jihadis last spoke in America. So that's civilians have a stake in this. Although you are on the front line, this was the front line four and a half years ago."


What could worse than THAT?

Posted by: T4TN on November 1, 2007 at 11:47 PM | PERMALINK

Here is perhaps a better site for the Billmon post:

http://whiskeybar.org/archives/000172.html

Posted by: McCord on November 1, 2007 at 11:48 PM | PERMALINK

I went to an engineering school. Most engineers are smart and sensible people. There's a small fraction, though, whose egos greatly exceed their intellect. They hold forth on topics far and wide, convinced of their brilliance, all the while making basic errors anyone with expertise on the subject wouldn't make. Take a look at the creationist/ID blogs, like Uncommon Descent, and you'll see what I mean. Engineers are waaaaaay overrepresented. Same with Den Beste and foreign policy. I wonder if he understands now why the foreign policy experts warned against invasion, or if he rationalizes it away somehow.

Posted by: terryj on November 1, 2007 at 11:53 PM | PERMALINK

I'm with Amok92. I vote for the Reynolds' post-invasion gloat as the worst blog post ever.

Why? First of all it was wrong. And not just wrong but HUGELY wrong. MONUMENTALLY wrong. Wrong about casualties by a thousand fold, wrong about being seen as liberators, wrong about the reception of the Arab street, it's timing couldn't have been worse -- just utterly and completely wrong, and totally and devastatingly humiliating.

There is nothing about it that is right. It's a complete inversion of reality, a black hole of blog analysis. It's self-referentially incorrect in that it is, in fact, "wrong" about its own rightness, which very well may take it into a metaphysical level of wrongness difficult to understand.

It is a tesseract of stupidity ever folding-in upon itself under the sheer weight of its own wrong assumptions.

Secondly, it's mediocre. It's just not good writing. It's neither insightful nor compelling, has no punch or flair -- rather it's the unsteady pap of an angry and unpopular adolescent who thinks he's finally won a round against the popular kids who are always making fun of him - part whoop, part sneer.

After such a colossal failure of judgment revealing a total inability to mentally or morally grasp the situation in Iraq, I don't know how Glenn Reynolds overcame the requisite ocean of shame to post a single word on his blog ever again that wasn't either adamantly insisting on his own stupidity or desperately begging for forgiveness -- from the Iraqis, from the individuals who warned against the war -- hell, from anyone who writes or thinks or has ever expressed an opinion on a blog.

But that's the thing: whatever it is that is normal and healthy that would prompt one to do that...Glenn doesn't have it. He's missing some pieces that are integral to being human - empathy, awareness, shame, a spark of light -- it's not clear exactly the mix.

One thing is clear; Glenn Reynolds is the Avatar of Blithe Ignorance. He has no use for Reality except as a handy template with which to base dim fantasies that satisfy his need for a less threatening world, one filled with strong authority figures that protect him and weaker ones that cheer him on. Actual facts with all their sharp moral edges and deadly consequences have no hold over him. He is the dull and witless troubadour for a host of bleary clones, no less vacant than he, some of whom post here.

On they march into the gray mists of their poor imaginations with their tall pointed hats, eyes dull and unblinking behind their shapeless glasses, marching to a poorly hummed tune that none of them recognize but all pretend they do, carrying wooden swords and cardboard shields painted with dollar signs and flags and guns, their war cry a droning, mumbled mantra of fearful, reactionary nonsense.

Posted by: trex on November 1, 2007 at 11:54 PM | PERMALINK

Man I miss Billmon, maybe he'll pop up in someone's comment section this weekend as we find out how bad Citi Group's balance sheets really are (I think he works or at least worked for them).

Posted by: amok92 on November 2, 2007 at 12:01 AM | PERMALINK

Too bad Tom Friedman's not a blogger. A veritable gold mind there.

Posted by: Punditbot on November 2, 2007 at 1:17 AM | PERMALINK

Best:

"Hit Em Up; What Tupac Shakur might have thought of Paul Wellstone's memorial rally," by Jesse Taylor feat. Peggy Noonan.

Worst:

Anything by Marty Peretz or Pam Oshry. Unless you consider David Horowitz a blogger.

Posted by: Roger Ailes on November 2, 2007 at 1:35 AM | PERMALINK

For high prose, bests would include Jeanne of Body and Soul, Meteor Blades and Digby, both at the Billmon level. Media Whores Online also had a few greats.

By issue categories, I'd say Balkin or Lederman or Greenwald under Law. Who else can equal Neiwert on Hate? PZ Myers and Dave Pollard on science topics? On pure satire, there's a dozen contenders (fafblog, General JC Christian, Berube, TBogg, The Poorman, Sadly No!, Tom Burka, SZ at World of Crap are just a few). For culture, James Wolcott, Lance Mannion and Mark Woods (wood s lot). You get the idea.

But you want the WORST? OMG, where does one begin? Jonah Goldberg alone, could sink the Titanic with his worsts.For sicko-fancy, who comes close to Peggy Noonan? Virgin Ben is always a study in lameness.

I know you want posts but for the worst, I usually have to reformat my hard drive and wash my brain out with Drano every time I encounter them, so i can't get more specific than that.

Posted by: Kevin Hayden on November 2, 2007 at 1:44 AM | PERMALINK

Depends on your definition of 'worst', I guess. For sheer hatefulness, bigotry, paranoia, and witch-hunt rabble rousing, I nominate Malkin's 'The John Doe Manifesto':

http://michellemalkin.com/2007/03/28/the-john-doe-manifesto/

.

Posted by: JGabriel on November 2, 2007 at 1:53 AM | PERMALINK

Cliff May explaining the valor of a chickenhawk:

Kathryn, I�m glad you referenced that excellent Jeff Jacoby column with which I heartily agree. But that emailer is wrong for another reason.

There is a war of arms. And there is a war of ideas.

They are not just inter-related, they are interdependent. They are equally consequential. When we get the ideas wrong, when we misunderstand the problem, we end up with the wrong solution and all that follows from that.

Let's take just one example: In the 1930s, Churchill fought a war of ideas. He tried to warn the world about Hitler; tried to warn Europe and America that Hitler's hatred and ambition had to be checked. But most people did not listen. Churchill's ideas did not prevail. They called Churchill a "war monger."

People were persuaded by other ideas, by an alternative narrative: that Herr Hitler had some legitimate grievances; that those grievances could be addressed politically and diplomatically. So they did nothing to stop Hitler and nothing to prepare to fight Hitler.

This defeat in the war of ideas led to a conflagration unlike any before, in which tens of millions were killed.

So yes, Kathryn, you are fighting a war. And your e-mailer is ignorant about how wars are fought, about how wars are won and lost, and about the way the world actually works.

It's best to read that with The Battle Hymn of The Republic playing in the background.

Posted by: Mark S on November 2, 2007 at 2:08 AM | PERMALINK

Eugene Volokh. "Something the Iranian Government and I Agree on":

"I am especially pleased that the killing — and, yes, I am happy to call it a killing, a perfectly proper term for a perfectly proper act — was a slow throttling, and was preceded by a flogging."
Posted by: Christopher M on November 2, 2007 at 2:12 AM | PERMALINK

Wow... I thought I had some nominations for Kevin's list, but the stuff described here is already way out of my league. John Hinderaker and Steven Den Beste have just taught me a powerful lesson about how bad a blog can be.

Posted by: Oregonian on November 2, 2007 at 3:34 AM | PERMALINK

Again, not really a blog post, but still the "Lucky Duckies" editorial by the Wall Street Journal was inspiring in it's contempt and scorn for those in the lower classes.

Posted by: ItAintEazy on November 2, 2007 at 5:42 AM | PERMALINK

You scorn VDH chestnuts like these?

(3/03)Articles allege that the news is slanted — and in the Pentagon’s favor no less! Most of us in response sigh that at least we are spared from more of the nightly nonsense of Scott Ritter, Dominique de Villepin, and Hans Blix.

(9/03)These critics now claim that we are in a Vietnam-style quagmire in Iraq and have become estranged from the rest of the world on a variety of fronts from the West Bank to the United Nations.
Nothing could be further from the truth,

(3/06)And why haven’t at least a few senior generals confessed that this is a hopeless task?

I'm telling you, this guy is a treasure trove of mendacious, portentous pedantry the likes of which have seldom been given the light of day. Jeebus, this guy taught at Annapolis!

Posted by: TJM on November 2, 2007 at 8:10 AM | PERMALINK

"With the Battle Hymn of the Republic playing in the background"

Yeah - Our paratroopers sing a version of that which ends, "Gory, gory, hallalujah, what a hell of a way to die........and I ain't gonna jump no more"

So, little Cliffie could sing, "and I ain't gonna type no more" - If only, that were true. He could have made such a cute Tunnel Rat.

Posted by: bert on November 2, 2007 at 9:36 AM | PERMALINK

a great research tool would be going through old Kippie awards

Indeed. That can help you find posts like this Bill Whittle classic:

if the Superdome had been filled with white, middle-class, racist, conservative [expletive] like myself, it would not have been a refinery of horror, but rather a citadel of hope and order and restraint and compassion.

This sets up a billion-word treatise about the two tribes: Pink, the color of bunny ears, and Grey, the color of a mechanical pencil lead. Masculinity issues rivaling Kim du Toit's!

Posted by: Matt Weiner on November 2, 2007 at 9:42 AM | PERMALINK

Kung Fu Monkey's post on the "crazification factor" has to be included in any post on the best blog posts.

Posted by: jonp72 on November 2, 2007 at 9:47 AM | PERMALINK

You should go check out Sadly, No! for some of the wittiness of wingnutistan in all its' splendor. Kaye Grogan, Dennis Prager, Pastor Swank, and Clown Hall are just the tip of this iceberg...

Can the posts have video in them? If so, I nominate pretty much anything from Hot Air and Debbie Schlussel. Some of the more coherent scribblings of Debbie Dollar Store, too (the less coherent ones would be embarrassing coming from a third grader, much less the Costco Coulter).

I also don't see any represntin' of Little Green Fascists here. Didn't they post something about a Rachel Corrie pizza party? That one should go into the nominees list, too...

Posted by: (: Tom :) on November 2, 2007 at 9:59 AM | PERMALINK

With so many egregious symphonies of insanity, the exquisite preludes and bagatelles can be overlooked. Like the myriad dolchstosslegende attacks, or:
-Mark Noonan's call for Civil War over the Battle of Tom Delay
-Ann Althouse's enthusiatic vote for changing fashion behavior in London subways.
-Dean Esmay's 'Let's Execute Journalists' valentine .
-Megan McArdle's call to bash anti-war protesters over the heads with 2x4s.

The list is endless.

Posted by: R. Porrofatto on November 2, 2007 at 10:05 AM | PERMALINK

Anything by Debbie Schlussel. She's insane.

Posted by: blogenfreude on November 2, 2007 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

Mark Steyn's article about Robert Fisk getting beaten up in Afghanistan ought to be considered as one of the worst; it wasn't strictly part of a blog, but it was gleefully taken up by the blogosphere and gave rise to the word "fisking".

And it was spectacular, elephantine, cheesefarting stupid and offensive and unworthy and wrong. Steyn's career went from strength to strength even as literally every word in that article, and then every damn word he wrote, full stop, was proven to be as wrong as it was possible to be by realityl

Posted by: Alex on November 2, 2007 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

Sully's fifth column post.

Amanda Marcotte's Duke post (it WAS truly damaging to the defendants AND to the cause of victim's rights.)

Atlas Juggs' "My Sharia" vlog.

Anything penis-slapping related from Jeff Goldstein/Protein Wisdom.

Jeff Gannon/Jeffgannon.com on James Dale Guckert.

Posted by: Jamey on November 2, 2007 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

Haha, hilarious thread. I almost regret never reading these fools. But whereas the best is rare, there's no shortage of the worst.

Posted by: Gary Sugar on November 2, 2007 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

Andrew Sullivan's "fifth column" post stands out for me. I was a regular Sullivan reader and stopped in disgust for a good long time after coming across that post.

Anything by raving racist Marty Peretz, for sheer badness not only in logic but writing, spelling, basic grammar ... My personal favorites are the "Even Arab vases disgust me" post ("Berber comes from the same root as barbarian. But there is nothing barbarian about the Berbers. Their rugs and and especially their vases are so much more subtle than the glimmery ornate of their Arab neighbors.") and the one in which he, with truly admirable obliviousness, laments there could never be a Muslim Martin Luther King Jr. because "they'd break his windows. Imprison him. Or kill him. Finished." Um, Marty ...?

Sorry for the lack of links -- the New Republic's redesign is making it impossible for me to find anything on the site.

Posted by: tmv on November 2, 2007 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin-- You're telling me that, in the history of the blogosphere, none of the ten worst posts were written by liberals? Come on. What about think progress's breathless post that Rove had been indicted, which later turned out to be bullshit?

Posted by: Al on November 2, 2007 at 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

In Sullivan's defense, he has come a long way from his "rah-rah" blind loyalty days. Though his ability to think for himself and often provide reasonable arguments is part of what made that original post just so bad.

There are no defenses for Peretz. The man is a proud racist.

Posted by: tmv on November 2, 2007 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

For best: TBogg as Lileks' daughter, describing a day in the life.

Why can't I find the damn thing?

Posted by: Matt on November 2, 2007 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

Alas, I misread Kenin's initial post when I put up a nomination for Billmon above. I mistakenly thought we were looking for BEST blogposts here, not worst.

Posted by: McCord on November 2, 2007 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

I nominate the Platonic Shill's (Hugh Hewitt) post that the Harriet Miers nomination was a "Solid B+".

Posted by: crossdotcurve on November 2, 2007 at 11:30 AM | PERMALINK

Steven Den Beste wrote:
"I've been advocating war, but I doubt that this web site had any significant influence on decision making in the Whitehouse."

Good grief. ;)

It's one funny line after another. No wonder Steven doesn't like people linking to his past posts. They're hilariously stupid.

Posted by: LibVet on November 2, 2007 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

I'll admit to skimming the comments a bit, but is it possible that no one has mentioned one Ann Althouse post yet?

* Jose Padilla needs to be masked so he doesn't send out secret signals by blinking.

* Boobgate.

* Oh, there's so many more. How about that one vlog thing she did American Idol commentary while intoxicated.

Further, how about that idiot Ace of Spades and his bizarre description of (and obvious distaste for)female genitalia?

One more, Michael Fumento accusing World O' Crap and their ilk of "busting a gut the day the twin towers went down" or something like that for daring to point out the fallacies in his reasoning.


Posted by: jlo on November 2, 2007 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

Late to the party, but has anyone mentioned Goldberg's sorry whine about why his sorry ass isn't in Iraq?

It was so scarily similar to our old pal "Joe Schmoe"'s -- except the feeble claim to have submitted a resume online to a contractor -- and drew a similar contempt. And yet Goldberg still gets published, and displays no perceptible shame.

Posted by: Gregory on November 2, 2007 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

Anything by Debbie Schlussel. She's insane.

Yup. Really, anything--you can just go there and pull up a post at random and it'll be one of the five worst ever. Also, anything by Atlass Juggs--in fact, if there's a separate vlogging category, she would dominate it.

Posted by: Tom Hilton on November 2, 2007 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

I don't read Debbie Schlussel all that often; my continuing mental health won't permit it. But I recall she made a bizarre series of attacks on kidnapped journalist Jill Carroll, and then of course there were her Obama = Muslim posts.

The first time Glenn Reynolds ever said "They're not antiwar, they're just on the other side" ought to be cited as well.

And we can't forget Pajamas Media reporting the death of the Ayatollah Khameini.

Posted by: Hyde on November 2, 2007 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

I think you probably need a separate category for the truly insane (Oshry, Schussel, most of the blogs that Sadly, No! covers). If you don't you never get to recognize the awfulness of "Bush is a man of genius" and the "Coastal 5th column" because of the sheer quantity of lunatic drivel.

Posted by: jhe on November 2, 2007 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

I nominate the Althouse post on the meaning of the onion rings and carrot sticks in Hillary's campaign video...truly deranged...
http://althouse.blogspot.com/2007/06/new-hillary-clinton-video-is-take-on.html

Posted by: Rebmarks on November 2, 2007 at 2:22 PM | PERMALINK

This doesn't really qualify as a post, but the sheer brilliance of the Insty archives during and after Katrina capture soooo very much. At the end of the day, packin' heat is a major concern.

Read (in chron order) and prepare to cringe.

http://instapundit.com/archives/week_2005_08_28.php

Posted by: trollhattan on November 2, 2007 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

Ohmygod thank you Scar! I remembered reading that Den Beste post back when I first discovered bloggers (BTW--it's on the level, I remember it being on his site). It was the post that immediately showed me that Den Beste's opinion could not be trusted on anything (and I'm a socially-awkward engineer myself).

Later on, I was arguing with someone that Den Beste was a moron, and I went looking for that post but couldn't find it. I thought maybe I had imagined the whole thing. But there it is, in all it's Hispanic-women-are-like-strippers and strippers-really-like-me-for-me-and-not-just-so-I-give-them-more-money glory.

Thank you Scar. You've restored some small sanity to my life. Not enough to repair the damage done by reading Den Beste's posts, of course...

Posted by: Kenneth on November 2, 2007 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

Every post by Pam Atlas at Atlas Shrugs is worse than anything else mentioned here thus far.

Posted by: Ralphf on November 2, 2007 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

Mark Krikorian, defender of America's racial purity, had a real corker of a post on the Corner yesterday. It had pretty much all the ingredients of the wingnut anti-immigrant screed:

1. Culture going to hell/America was better before the liberals/gays/immigrants ruined it: check.
2. Our holidays are being denigrated/ruined/disrepected: check.
3. We're being overrun by brown hordes forcing us speak their language!: check.


Give Me Something Good to . . . Drink? [Mark Krikorian]

Lots of feedback about adults trick-or-treating, mostly about parents accompanying their kids but carrying their own bags or buckets. And I’ve never had this happen:

I don’t mind the brazen moochers as much as I do the parents who ask for extra treats for fictitious sick children at home. I can imagine getting two or three families with sick littl’uns at home, but when it’s every fifth family, I get suspicious. Free apparently isn’t good enough for these scammers - they’ve got to take extra.

I wasn’t even looking for an immigration angle, though the acquaintance in Minneapolis who prompted this said he had dozens of adult Hmong refugees asking for candy. But one reader sent this:

I don't know about adult trick or treaters, but my brother and his wife live in Del Rio, TX (on the border). They get hundreds! of trick or treaters from South of the Border every Halloween. My brother says he thinks the only English they know is trick or treat, (that is until they get older, then they'll learn "Viva Mexico" or something)!

BTW- they've lived in El Paso also, and it was the same there.

And several people made this point, making me glad I don’t live in their neighborhoods:

I have seen fathers escorting their children at Halloween extending a shot glass instead of a bag when they came to the door, but they obviously weren't expecting candy.

OK, back to important matters like tofu.

Posted by: pinson on November 2, 2007 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

I nominate for Best Of, Prof. Juan Cole's definitive takedown of Jonah Goldberg:

I think it is time to be frank about some things. Jonah Goldberg knows absolutely nothing about Iraq. I wonder if he has even ever read a single book on Iraq, much less written one. He knows no Arabic. He has never lived in an Arab country. He can’t read Iraqi newspapers or those of Iraq’s neighbors. He knows nothing whatsoever about Shiite Islam, the branch of the religion to which a majority of Iraqis adheres. Why should we pretend that Jonah Goldberg’s opinion on the significance and nature of the elections in Iraq last Sunday matters? It does not.

That's just how it starts. The rest of the post lists in detail Goldberg's multiple intellectual failings, utter cluelessness, and lack of qualifications to publicly opine about anything of significance, whatsoever.

Posted by: r€nato on November 2, 2007 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

(you have to search for, " Jonah Goldberg Embarrasses Himself Once Again" in the above hyperlink - the permalinks in Cole's archive don't work.)

Posted by: r€nato on November 2, 2007 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

Eugene Volokh. "Something the Iranian Government and I Agree on":

In fairness, Volokh did back off from his initial sentiments, going so far as to declare himself "wrong." The post you referenced even begins with a link to the later post.

Posted by: diakron on November 2, 2007 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

In fairness, Volokh did back off from his initial sentiments, going so far as to declare himself "wrong." The post you referenced even begins with a link to the later post.

He said his original idea was bad because "the process of trying to find" juries that would endorse torture-executions, "and then execute the judgment they render, will impose huge costs on the legal system." Not a moral reversal at all.

I think Volokh's place in the pantheon of lunatics is secure.

Posted by: roy edroso on November 2, 2007 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

I think Dr. Sanity's post today could qualify, on the possibility that US jets nuked the Syrian building.

Yes, nuclear warning shots would be cool. So would immediately disprovable fake-outs that would frighten nobody. After all, I'm sure every Arab and Iranian leader relies on message boards and the Jerusalem Post for their defense information.

Dr. Sanity regularly scorches his dip thong by inadvertently leaving the irony on.

Posted by: Kevin Hayden on November 2, 2007 at 6:53 PM | PERMALINK

"Ann Althouse ...
* Jose Padilla needs to be masked so he doesn't send out secret signals by blinking."

there is also one about how that innocent Brazilian killed by London police was asking for it by wearing a winter jacket during winter. She then goes on an extended tear about how, what we really need is someone to invent a thin warm fabric, so that people don't freeze, but we can still tell whether they are terrorists on public transportation. but in the mean time, before that is invented, if you wear a bulky coat, don't complain when you are murdered by police who suspect you are a terrorist.

the problem with Althouse in this type of list is that a lot of her nuttiness is in her comments, and so you can't just cleanly link to a post as "the worst"

Posted by: Kathleen on November 2, 2007 at 8:19 PM | PERMALINK

I nominate that Ace of Spades post where he called Juan Cole a 'fucking idiot' or some such for refusing to disavow the authenticity of a leaked Iraq memo...which Iraq later admitted was indeed authentic.

Posted by: george on November 2, 2007 at 9:01 PM | PERMALINK

TOP 5 BEST NOMINEE


Atrios' Friedman Unit.

BOTTOM 5 STOOPITEST

Gem from Jules Crittenden movie review:

Now, Hollywood swan dives into the moralism tank with “In the Valley of Elah,” a movie that reportedly condemns the Iraq war by cherrypicking and embellishing a tragic tale without addressing any of the war’s fundamental issues, to convey the age-old message, “war is bad,” with its modern addendum, “and never worth it.” Disclosure: I haven’t seen this movie, and don’t intend to spend my money on it.

Posted by: HJ on November 2, 2007 at 9:08 PM | PERMALINK

Pretty much every single post written at www.shelleytherepublican.com.

Seriously.

Posted by: hbee on November 2, 2007 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

For best:

- Daniel Davies' One-Minute MBA: Avoiding Projects Pursued by Morons 101

Posted by: Bruce Baugh on November 2, 2007 at 11:13 PM | PERMALINK

Google four words: Neal Pollack Tea Bag.

Posted by: gfw on November 3, 2007 at 1:50 AM | PERMALINK

My choice is Michael Medved's Townhall post explaining why slavery wasn't so bad:

http://www.townhall.com/Columnists/MichaelMedved
/2007/09/26/six_inconvenient_truths_about_the_us_and_slavery

I do hope you can find a way to squeeze this sucker in!

Posted by: Thursday on November 3, 2007 at 2:02 AM | PERMALINK

Dawn Eden on Terri Schiavo


"A close relative was telling me the other night that I should make a living will so that I would not be kept alive if I were incapacitated. Witnessing Terri's courage, I know that even if I were attached to a feeding tube and unable to move, as long as there were one person on earth who would come to visit me and show me love, I would be happy."

http://www.dawneden.com/2005/03/defining-humanity-down.html

Posted by: George Prager on November 3, 2007 at 11:49 AM | PERMALINK

Steven Den Beste who has "suddently (sic) come to hate female persons" does not seem to realize that the reason he is not successful with women is because he does not like women. In reading his complaint about women one can easily see that what he really wants is a dog, someone to "light up" when he enters the room.

The odds are Steven will go to his grave ranting about how awful women are. So be it. If a grown man has not learned how to treat women as if they are the same species has himself, he deserves what he gets.


Steven, if you are reading this, take this as your first clue - women are people too.

Posted by: LibVet on November 3, 2007 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

This is #1 on stupid.

Geez.

Posted by: joewilson on November 3, 2007 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

I nominate the Lee Siegel/sprezzatura debacle, and Jason Leopold's "reporting" on the imminent Karl Rove indictment which wasn't.

Somebody even set up a website taking Leopold's side in that matter....that blog of course eventually went totally silent.

Posted by: nota bene on November 3, 2007 at 2:41 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, any post written by the leaping lizard Charles Johnson.

Posted by: joewilson on November 3, 2007 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, another vote for the intellectual giant Medved's Six Inconvenient Truths Ameliorating US Slavery:
1) Somebody else did it before we did.
2) We didn't enslave all Africans. Just some.
3) Only some of those were killed.
4) We didn't make money off of slavery. Nope.
5) We're not doing it now!
6) Maybe today's descendants great-grandma woulda been eaten by a lion or an elephant or something.

Posted by: Foggg on November 3, 2007 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

A couple of nominees for best.

Adam Felber: "Choose Your Own Presidential Adventure!"

Billmon: "The Naked WMD"

The harsh reality is lovingly enclosed in a quintuple-smooth envelope of humor. Then, stainless-steel bolts shoot out, piercing both cheeks.

Posted by: Kip W on November 3, 2007 at 6:09 PM | PERMALINK

The blog that I'd like to nominate as the worst was written by a young woman in Florida. She wrote about how her friends liked to beat and injure homeless people. I can't find the particulars anymore or I'd paste in the link. Maybe someone out there has it. It should be remembered for the callow and hateful thing it was.

Posted by: Lord Byron on November 3, 2007 at 6:50 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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