The Other McCain

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They Told You If You Voted for John McCain, Right-Wingers Would Threaten to Lynch Black Men …

Posted on | December 10, 2011 | 21 Comments

. . . and they were right!

OK, that’s not likely to get me a “Heh.” Professor Reynolds was featuring a Matt Welch Reason TV video about President Obama’s 2008 campaign promise of a “net spending cut,” and made a dry jest:

By the end, we may see profligate politicians hanging from lampposts.  But there’ll be a lot of bad stuff, too. . . .

This caused some sensitive soul to object that such a remark was “a little over the line,” which illustrates the intrinsic peril of edgy humor: You never know where the line is until you’ve crossed it. And political correctness has a built-in double-standard that permits the Left to get away with stuff the Right doesn’t usually even dare to try.

Speaking of standards: Since the Cain Train ran off the rails and I switched to the Santorum Express — the last train to Vanuatu, as it were — I’ve gotten another complaint about the BlogAds for “Mutually Beneficial Arrangements” and “3 Foods Never to Eat,” both of which feature bikini-babe photos.

While the BlogAds system notifies by e-mail me when we get new advertisers, I usually ignore the notifications and so never actually “approve” the ads. They just start running, and I don’t believe I’ve ever “disapproved” an ad.

Hint: They pay me money.

Back in November, I wrote about the “Arrangements” ad:

Perhaps some readers will be offended by this ad. Certainly I would not wish to be accused of endorsing such activities. On the other hand, my Bible-based belief system about such matters do not include much leeway in terms of moral relativity. There are not many shades of gray in the dark stains of human depravity.

While I sincerely wish there were such an overwhelming demand for ads here that I could be nitpicky about it — or that I could afford to hire someone and assign them to monitor ad content — that’s just not the way the cookie crumbles. We live in a fallen world, and the bikini-babe ads are a reminder of that, as are the weird occasions when Alan Grayson’s ads show up in the sidebar.

Hate me: I’m a capitalist. And here’s the video of Obama promising to cut spending:


21 Responses to “They Told You If You Voted for John McCain, Right-Wingers Would Threaten to Lynch Black Men …”

  1. Anonymous
    December 10th, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    If Obama had cut spending, you wouldn’t need those cheesy ads to survive.
    “It’s Barry’s Fault!”
    P.S. The ads don’t upset me nearly as much as the visage of John “My Friends”  McCain. I threw up in my mouth a little.

  2. Bosun349
    December 10th, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Stacy, your blather about how you can’t live up to your Christian ideals in the conduct of this blog because you don’t have the personnel you need to monitor ads is transparent bullshit. Somebody is spending a good chunk of time every week to generate your  “Rule 5” porn links. “Sex sells” is part of your stated business model.

  3. Joe
    December 10th, 2011 @ 8:26 am

    Let’s just send Obama back to Chicago.  I would not mind seeing Holder doing time, but I would be happy just seeing them out of any position they can abuse. 

  4. Anonymous
    December 10th, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    So, you’re for Gingrich, eh?

  5. GAHCindy
    December 10th, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    Not that it matters much, but I thought I’d let you know you just lost one subscriber.

  6. john lichtenstein
    December 10th, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    There is still some work to be done in the ad targeting world. I remember a month ago Reason and Balko were writing multiple articles about electronic cigarettes. Commenters were giving testimonials. And the ads were all campaign or t-shirt related, no ads from vendors. It was too bad because the world’s most annoying smoker was living with me and I wanted to get him to switch. 

  7. Joe
    December 10th, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    Oh Bosun349 will be back as another Anamika entity. 

  8. Joe
    December 10th, 2011 @ 12:05 pm
  9. serfer62
    December 10th, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    The ads are OK, its grand to see the Kommiecrats advertising on conservative blogs. First the’re wasting their money and secound it lets you know who to send it to; their opposiotion.

    Robert, you get the clap. Make that plural.

  10. Finrod Felagund
    December 10th, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    I was wondering how long it would take for someone to bitch and whine about Rule 5.  For the record, I’m a Christian and I have no problems with either the ads or the Rule 5 links.

  11. richard mcenroe
    December 10th, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    I remember when PETA was for some reason running their nudie ads on Tim Blair’s old website.  Tim and his readership are somewhere to the right of Louis XIV.  No complaints there.  

    I smell concern troll.

    Oh, and to be a ‘subscriber’ don’t you have to, like, pay something?  HIT THE TIP JAR!

  12. Anonymous
    December 10th, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    Rule 5 is not porn, and if you think it is, you’re the one with the problem. Why do you hate the unclothed female form, sir?

  13. Adjoran
    December 10th, 2011 @ 3:45 pm


  14. Adjoran
    December 10th, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    I can think of one reason – NTTAWWT.

  15. Adjoran
    December 10th, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    Be sure to click on their ads to maximize their cost, too.

  16. Adjoran
    December 10th, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    Reynolds is over the top about hanging traitorous politicians from lampposts.  That’s outrageous!

    It should be done the right way, with a proper gallows.

  17. richard mcenroe
    December 10th, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    Save the trees, the street lamps are right there.

  18. andycanuck
    December 11th, 2011 @ 12:05 am

    I think Mussolini springs more to mind with that analogy (wish?) than the former flag of South Park, Colorado. 

  19. philip averbuck
    December 11th, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    Nope, just can’t bring myself to complain about those bikini-babe ads…Except that maybe the photos are too small?

  20. Bob Belvedere
    December 12th, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Hear, Hear!

  21. Bob Belvedere
    December 12th, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    That’s my main beef.