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February 26, 2006

Defame of Debbie Schlussel.

Heh. Even though it will annoy Ry and Sanger, I just can't resist returning to Debbie Schlussel's website... with the same morbid fascination similar to driving by a horrible car accident complete with a decapitation, I am drawn to her complete inability to acknowledge any reality that doesn't fit with her editorial meme. Of course, Owen Dyer might possibly say the same thing about me and my views on Iraq, except there is *one* huge difference between La Schlussel and myself. I don't delete comments, such as Owen makes, that argue against my point.

And when someone manages to essentially refute me, I'll acknowledge it. Quietly perhaps, after the post has dropped off into the archives, never to be seen again... heheheheheheh.

La Schlussel, however, can't abide such things. And so she deletes them, leaving up the groupthink bubble she's built for herself. Case in point - this post, slamming Julie Myers for wearing a "Mexican Eagle" on her first day on the job, which La Schlussel decides is a Trilateral Commission-style message to the masses.

SWWBO caught on to that pretty fast. As did some others, as SWWBO lays out here. And none of their polite, reasoned commentary, pointing out the alternative interpretation (and actual provenance of the pin) has survived. Lest ye doubt me, Google is your friend. Here's a screen cap of Google's Cache of Carrie's comment...

Carrie's now-deleted comment

Which is interesting. Whether or not in response to Schlussel's post or not, the ICE website *did* crop the picture to remove the pin. Debbie certainly takes credit for it. Possibly she called her FBI contacts... Regardless, aside from the childish snark inherent in the post (if I was after that, I'd have to quit reading 90 percent of the blogs I read - and quit writing this one)- I just find her continued inability to allow any dissent fascinating.

Oh, BTW, Debbie - they didn't crop it, at least not in quite the sense you implied. Click the thumbnail for the full pic.

Today, Joanne Jacobs left a comment, which we have helpfully screen-captured for posterity and display here.

I think what I like best is the delicious unintentional irony of ScottyDog's comment:

Kudos to Debbie for her attention to detail.

Posted by: ScottyDog at February 21, 2006 08:26 PM

...contrasted to Joanne's comment:

Julie Myers is wearing the Liberty Eagle Pin designed by Ann Hand. There's a photo and blurb about it at http://www.acec.org/publications/lastword2005/lw022505.htm (the Library of Congress gift shop site, which DS mentioned in her comments, is not available at the moment). The ACEC blurb says:

"Hand's most popular piece—the gold and pearl "Liberty Eagle" pin—has been worn for decades by first ladies and other famous political women.

First Ladies Hillary Clinton, Lady Bird Johnson, Nancy Reagan, and Barbara Bush have all worn the Liberty Eagle pin, as did Secretary of State Madeleine Albright."

Perhaps you deleted earlier comments on the Liberty Eagle pin from DS because she included a link to the Library of Congress git shop; that site is temporarily unavailable. I think it's clear from this link that Myers is wearing an American eagle pin, making your entire post a "sorry never mind."

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs at February 26, 2006 11:35 AM

C'mon, Debbie. At this point, how are you any better than the MSM you periodically rail against (and would love a gig with)?

Mind you, I also think the Myers appointment was poor. But I would base my attacks on the incumbent in facts and actions, not descend to childish and inaccurate smearing? Especially since the best you can come up with is some shrewish, catty comment on issues sartorial? Leave it to Blackstone, he at least knows what he's talking about. Or, (wait for it), do you always just blog out your a$$, Debbie?

Heh. Just in case you notice this post, Debbie - this post doesn't meet the first definition of the word defame.

de·fame ( P ) Pronunciation Key (d-fm) tr.v. de·famed, de·fam·ing, de·fames

1, To damage the reputation, character, or good name of by slander or libel. See Synonyms at malign.
2. Archaic. To disgrace.

However, *your* post and the way you delete polite, accurate comments that deflate your premise... well *that* meets the second definition. As an "own goal".

So, Schlussel Watch: How long will it take La Schlussel to delete the comment captured here for posterity? After all - as this quote from your post notes...

Her Freudian slip of brooch choice said it all, which is why we've posted it here, where ICE PR cannot crop it out.

BTW, Debbie. They didn't... see above. Good attention to detail there, too.

So, this pic's for you, Ms. Schlussel!

Comment watch - how long will it take Debbie to delete this comment by Joanne Jacobs?

Or will she rise above the now-very-low-standards of journalistic integrity I've set for her?

Oops. Misha noticed too. Can the lawsuit be far away?

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