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(Man, blogging is like exercise. You let yourself get out of the habit, and it's a killer to get back into it...)

Ever since Charles Johnson formalized his abandonment of "them that brung him" and swerved back to the hard left where he lived pre-9/11, I find myself reading Little Green Footballs more than ever. I used to read it all the time, but when he started edging left, I read it less and less -- it simply wasn't as useful to me as it had been. But now, though, it's almost a must-read for me -- but for entertainment purposes. I find myself asking "what's putting sand in Charles' bicycle shorts today?"

His obsession with running down Hot Air is always good for a laugh or two. But recently, he really outdid himself with his outrageous outrage that Ed Morrissey (one of the nicer guys on the interwebs) posted a video showing a guy making a little bomb. It was shocking and appalling and horrific and so damned irresponsible that Ed posted this video.

Charles, thoughtfully, provided a link to Ed's piece, so we could all get just as outrageously outraged as he was. Apparently that one link of separation was all Charles needed to insulate himself from responsibilty for spreading the link.

Now, I am a highly-trained and educated professional in such matters (I've seen almost every single episode of Mythbusters), so I watched this video to see how useful it would be in crafting a weapon to bring down an airliner. And this is my professional analysis:

According to the video, if you take a hunk of smelly French cheese and mix it with a certain bright red shade of nail polish, you can make an explosive that will allow you to go all R. Lee Ermey on a watermelon. This Crimson Camembert Cataclysm is also readily concealed inside a pen, creating a truly devastating little surprise.

However, it wouldn't work too well against a plane. The Boom Bic needs two other ingredients to have the Crimson Camembert Cataclysm go off: a fuse and a flame source to ignite said fuse. And airport security already checks for both of those items. Bring your Boom Bic on an airliner, and you'll end up landing with a pen that's leaking bright red stinky French cheese all over your shirt pocket.

The reason the Christmas plane wasn't brought down was because once again, the terrorists were incompetent. This is the rule, not the exception. Radical Muslims tend to be inept at such things.

The problem is, they can fail over and over and over again (first World Trade Center bombing, Millennium Bomber, Shoe Bomber, Pants On Fire Guy) and still keep trying. They only have to succeed once.

However, we, as the defenders, have to be successful every single time.

That's the rule of playing on defense.

I sincerely hope that my little musings here don't inspire someone to start experimenting with stinky French cheese and nail polish. But just to assuage my conscience, I did omit a few key details. For example, the cheese isn't actually Camembert, and I didn't specify the specific shade of nail polish or who makes it.

It's all out there on the internets, though. You just gotta go looking.


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Comments (9)

I still dunno about Charles... (Below threshold)

I still dunno about Charles... Between 9/11 and Memogate, his site really was at the top of the blogosphere. Looking back at the way he reacted on certain topics, like evolution, his behaivor shouldn't be coming as the shock it has for so many. But it has anyway...

I can't bring myself to check, but has Charles or the lizards demanded to know how and when the President was briefed, re the underwear bomber?
IS senator Boxer going to be appointed as his underwear czar?

I'm sure someone can come u... (Below threshold)

I'm sure someone can come up with a reason for carrying a length of fuse when boarding an aircraft. Just tell the nice TSA clerk it's a Muslim 'religious symbol' and they'll let you pass.

yeah ... its got to be sooo... (Below threshold)

yeah ... its got to be sooooo difficult to hide a length of fuse and a match or two on your person or in a carry on bag ....

I'm sorry but how hard is it to look real hard at all single males (ages 15-35) boarding a flight ... maybe alittle in your face work from some security folks would have spooked this guy prior to boarding ...

toss in small dose of profiling and I'm sure they can narrow down any flights potential bombers to a handfull of people ...
Thats what El Al does and if they do let you on the plane you get a special seat near an air marshal ...

"has Charles or the liz... (Below threshold)

"has Charles or the lizards demanded to know how and when the President was briefed, re the underwear bomber?"

I've seen two reports that suggest he wasn't told until three hours after the fact.

I'd also like to know who the second man on that flight was that was hauled off in hand cuffs.

"I've seen two reports that... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"I've seen two reports that suggest he wasn't told until three hours after the fact."

But he was woken up at 2am to be told he 'won' the Nobel 'Peace' Prize.

Priorities, you know.

The only thing I can think ... (Below threshold)

The only thing I can think of is he became a victim in his mind. That is what most liberals are. Victims, in their minds. Once you claim victim hood, you cannot support any self reliance. ww

The schism of the Bushistos... (Below threshold)

The schism of the Bushistos, frozen in amber since 2006 midterms, into the secular Neoconservative vs TV Dinner Patriot wings, was bound to happen. The neocons are "National Greatness" (read: big government) "conservatives" with an American point of reference dating to Ellis Island, at furthest point. The TV Dinner "conservatives" are the offspring of suburbia and the exurbs torn in myriad ways by myriad influences based mainly on the world as viewed through TV, and are followers.

Johnson is of the former. Hot Air is of the latter. Indeed, Morrisey of HA, is reduced to the fey device of branding his boss "The Boss". Of course Malkin's husband has not been seen, maybe ever, so perhaps Ed's playing it safe.

"I've seen two reports that... (Below threshold)

"I've seen two reports that suggest he wasn't told until three hours after the fact."

They dare not interrupt His reading the youngins a book... "My Pet Goat".

Of course He was still looking at the pictures when the pants lit afire and shit hit the fan.

I know CJ invites it with h... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

I know CJ invites it with his constant ravings, but it is a bit unseemly to mock a fellow who is obviously undergoing some severe mental breakdown.

Pray for him instead.






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