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“After victory in key Iraqi town, time for revenge,” is the headline on this seemingly workaday piece by Reuters yesterday, which reported on the latest events involving ISIS. Buried 12 paragraphs into the story is this provocative sentence:

During that period Islamic State used secret tunnels built by Saddam Hussein to evade United Nations weapons inspectors to move and store weapons and supplies.

Well. I’d certainly like to know more about this. What was moved through these secret tunnels? Which weapons were moved? Where did they go to?

(Via Randall Hoven.)

‘The Most Stunning News Story of 2014′

October 27th, 2014 - 4:42 pm


“In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson [formerly with CBS] says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was ‘shocked’ and ‘flabbergasted’ at what the analysis revealed,” the New York Post reports:

“This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying.

She speculates that the motive was to lay the groundwork for possible charges against her or her sources.

Attkisson says the source, who’s “connected to government three-letter agencies,” told her the computer was hacked into by “a sophisticated entity that used commercial, nonattributable spyware that’s proprietary to a government agency: either the CIA, FBI, the Defense Intelligence Agency or the National Security Agency.”

The breach was accomplished through an “otherwise innocuous e-mail” that Attkisson says she got in February 2012, then twice “redone” and “refreshed” through a satellite hookup and a Wi-Fi connection at a Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Describing Attkisson’s report as “The Most Stunning News Story of 2014,” at Power Line, John Hinderaker adds:

If the Obama administration hacked into a reporter’s computers, used them to spy on her, and even prepared to frame her for a potential criminal prosecution by planting classified documents, aren’t we looking at the biggest scandal in American history? Perhaps I’m forgetting something, but I can’t come up with anything to equal the stunning lawlessness on display here–if what Attkisson says is true (which I don’t doubt), and if the administration is the guilty party.

Shortly after 9/11, Frank Rich, then still with the New York Times, and much of the rest of the MSM worked themselves into apoplexy merely because then-Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer merely said ”all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do,” in response to a GOP congressman’s moronic statement that “If I see someone come in and he’s got a diaper on his head and a fan belt around that diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over and checked.” Which was a crack that understandably angered American Sikhs in addition to Muslim-Americans. Today, because the Chicago-level of corruption of the Obama administration is so pervasive and its effects so cumulative, actual spying on journalists — and insertion of spyware into their computers — gains very little traction in the MSM. It’s a reminder how inured we’ve become to the corruption of Mr. Obama and his staffers.

Certainly the MSM have; and will remain so until the next time there’s a president with an (R) after his name.

There you go again, Jen:

At a State Department briefing today, Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asked spokesman Jen Psaki whether it is appropriate to offer deepest condolences to the family of someone killed while attempting to carry out an attack on civilians.

“There are reports … that [the Palestinian teenager] was throwing Molotov cocktails at cars on a highway, and I’m wondering, if that is the case, would you still have been so speedy in putting out a statement and offering your condolences to the family?” asked Lee. “The argument that is being made by some in Israel is that this kid was essentially a terrorist, and you don’t agree with that, I assume,” Lee continued.

“Correct, we don’t,” replied Psaki. Lee then asked whether the fact that the teenager was buried wearing a Hamas headband was “of concern at all.” Psaki replied, “I just don’t have any more on this particular case.”

Sheesh. No wonder Israeli officials describe their ties with the Obama administration as being in “crisis.”

In Soviet America, Bourgeois Shocks You!

October 27th, 2014 - 3:48 pm

Having just come back from a routine Kaiser visit in the Bay Area, in which I was greeted by a chubby distaff receptionist with more tattoos on her arms than Brian Setzer and multiple facial piercings, this recent post by David Thompson on the rapidly growing demand for surgical procedures to remove such disastrous life choices as large visible tattoos and enormous “flesh tunnel” stretched ear lobes certainly hits home:

And this chap here, he’s upset too:

Until you know that person, you have no right to criticise, judge or alter the life chances for them. Those who make decisions about the future of others based only on appearance, are themselves the shallowest of people, and do not deserve to have such a position of influence.

You see, he should be free to deform his anatomy into eye-catchingly unattractive shapes, thereby announcing his heroic radicalism and disdain for bourgeois norms, entirely without consequence. But you mustn’t be free to run your business without him, regardless of whatever message he’s chosen to send via the medium of disfigured earlobes. No bad decision that he makes must ever “alter his life chances” because… well, obviously, it’s all your fault.

But it works both ways: if you’re going to visibly mutilate yourself for the purpose of what the French dubbed épater le bourgeois almost a century and a half ago, you’ve explicitly removed yourself from societal norms by thumbing — and/or piercing — your nose at them. Phrases such as “not judging a book by its cover,” courtesy, and tolerance towards diversity are also all commonly held bourgeois values, which you’ve renounced with a bullhorn. Why shouldn’t you expect society to return the favor?

Nihilism Versus Power and Purpose

October 27th, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Why causes young men to abandon the west and join radical Islam? Ralph Peters explores “The Joys of Killing for Allah:”

Take the profoundly un-Washingtonian step of suspending our cultural vanity to consider what jihad offers the young and adrift, the failed and embittered, or the simmering convict. Then weigh that “Allah wants you!” package against our pathetic counter-bid.

By embracing Islamist extremism and the terrorist mission, the misfit gains:

  • Acceptance for the first time in his life
  • A sense of belonging
  • Structure (never underestimate the appeal of rigor to troubled souls)
  • A comforting explanation for his failures
  • Power and purpose
  • Justification for hatred and his anti-social impulses
  • Revenge and respect
  • The thrill of torturing others and the ecstasy of killing human beings
  • The prospect of fame
  • Paradise, should he die on jihad, with a host of submissive virgins who cannot compare him to other, more potent, more appealing males

And what do we offer to those we hope to deter?

  • A job stocking shelves at Walmart

That line is rather glib, isn’t it? Actually, it’s a failure of the nihilistic West and its 150 year old war on the bourgeois to explain why stocking shelves at Walmart isn’t such a horrible idea; this duality also causes causes many bitter young men to deal in petty crime or sell drugs rather than accept an entry-level job to begin his career path. But thievery and dope pale in comparison to blowing up infidels the 72 virgins when you yourself explode.

(Via Steve Green.)

“And That’s Just the Start of It,” Zenon Evans writes at Reason:

Buzkashi, the national sport of Afghanistan, is a fascinating game that’s sort of like a cross between polo and rugby, except that instead of a ball you play with a headless goat carcass. I recommend you watch it sometime, and apparently, the State Department does, too.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko suspects something is “seriously wrong” and wants to know what the hell is going on. Earlier this month he sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking about a bizarre boondoggle in which the State Department paid millions to film the sport:

The contract originally specified five trucks at a cost of $6 million (three satellite/microwave television broadcast trucks at the unit price of $1,786,779, two Ford ES350 trucks at a unit price of $157,300 and various communications equipment). The primary use of the vehicles was for “live sporting events, such as Buzkashi, Soccer, Cricket and other sports.”2 On September 16, 2013, the contract was amended to require only 3 trucks, at a cost of $3.6 million (one satellite/microwave television broadcast truck at the unit price of $1,589,557 and two Ford ES350 trucks at a unit price of $568,062).3 SIGAR has been told that the contractor received unspecified compensation for costs incurred under the original contract.

The trucks were supposed to be delivered way back in August 2011. In fact, they didn’t arrive until September 2014, and Sopko’s got photographic proof that they’re just sitting there covered in tarp. Sopko also wants to know why the “two Ford ES350 trucks (originally priced at $157,300 each) more than tripled in price, to $568,062 each under the subsequent contract modification.”

I’m pretty sure I saw Afghan Goat Carcass open for The Police at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia in 1983.

Given that John Kerry claims to be even more obsessed with “climate change” than his actual job (and it shows), shouldn’t be going through the State Department budget line by line and cancelling as many of these zany expenditures as possible to reduce his agency’s carbon footprint?

I know, I keed, I keed; particularly given how gynormous Kerry’s own carbon footprint is. But this isn’t the first time that the man whose addiction to Botox and plastic surgery has transformed into the spitting image of the Muppet News Anchor  has run afoul of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and its penchant for “making the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”


Gray Lady Self-Parodies

October 26th, 2014 - 10:32 pm

“Former NY Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson Slams Media for [Under-reporting] Obamacare Success,” Tim Graham writes at NewsBusters:

Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple reported that fired New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson feels “liberated” to say that the media’s failing to offer “big coverage” of how Obamacare is now working.

In an interview, Times media reporter David Carr spoke about Ebola:

He said, “We’ve come to believe that our government doesn’t know what it’s doing almost never. And we don’t trust ‘em. We don’t trust ‘em to handle it. . . . The president has a really bold, grand plan to insure everybody and the thing rolls out and just face-plants. You know, it doesn’t work.”

“Yeah, and now the computers are working and lots of people are signing up, and where’s all the big coverage of that story?” asked Abramson, who was sacked in the spring from her job atop the New York Times newsroom and is exploring a news start-up with Steve Brill. “See, I can now speak my mind; it’s very liberating.”

It’s a familiar tune that after decades of proclaiming that he’s an objective just-the-facts see-no-bias workaday newsman, when a nationally prominent reporter retires or goes from covering a beat to writing an opinion column, he invariably emerges as a full-on leftwing activist. (See also: Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite, when they each fell from their lofty perch as nightly newsreaders on CBS). But Abramson is taking this ancient cliche to new heights: no longer editor of the Times, “it’s very liberating” to now be an even more obnoxious high school cheerleader for the Obama administration and socialized medicine.

As if that were ever in doubt in the first place at the Times — or anywhere else in the MSM.

As the Insta-Professor notes:

YEAH, BUT THEY’RE NOT JOURNALISTS NOW, THEY’RE DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES WITH BYLINES: Bob Woodward: Today’s Journalists Should Investigate The IRS Scandal Like Watergate.

Last year, when Woodward noted in a recent book that it was the Obama administration that initially proposed the budget sequester not the GOP, tyro juiceboxers Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias, then still on the payroll of the Washington Post organization organized a JournoList campaign to seriously trash their fellow Post employee’s reputation, as the news he was generating was doubleplus ungood crimethink not advancing the (Democrat) party line. Will the effort to blacklist Woodward repeat itself once again?

Related: “Ex-CBS reporter’s book reveals how liberal media protects Obama:”

When the White House didn’t like [Sharyl Attkisson's] reporting, it would make clear where the real power lay. A flack would send a blistering e-mail to her boss, David Rhodes, CBS News’ president — and Rhodes’s brother Ben, a top national security advisor to President Obama.

Which brings us back to Glenn Reynolds’ headline above.

Quote of the Day

October 26th, 2014 - 7:45 pm

Context is everything.

Filed under: Muggeridge's Law

Full Retail Jacket

October 26th, 2014 - 7:10 pm

Vietnam? “I guess we won that war after all,” Glenn Reynolds writes in his latest USA Today column. “According to the Pew Global Poll, 95% of people in Vietnam agree that most people are better off under capitalism, even if there is inequality:”

By contrast, only 70% of Americans believe the same thing. (America is out-performed by such other less developed countries as Nigeria, China, Turkey, Malaysia, the Philippines, and India). Maybe, quipped an Internet commenter, the Vietnamese should send us some advisers.

But there are some lessons to be learned here, one of which is that history plays out slowly. (Though it’s probably a myth, Chinese premier Zhou Enlai supposedly once said about the French Revolution, it’s “too early to say” how it has turned out). Had you asked people in 1974 about support for capitalism in Vietnam 40 years later, few would have predicted that 95% of Vietnamese would support capitalism today. The lower level of support in America might have surprised some folks, too, though maybe not.

But the Vietnamese view of capitalism is based on their experience, while the American view, sadly, may be based on our own. The Vietnamese have their recent experience with the lies and deprivation that always accompany communism to contrast with the growth and opportunity that a newly opened free market has provided. Many Americans, on the other hand, look at our free market and see that it’s not all that free sometimes, and that a lot of what passes for capitalism is really what Jason Mattera calls Crapitalism, a politicized crony-capitalism in which insider connections and government subsidies and compulsion play a bigger role than they should.

Which means in a way that America has won the Vietnam War twice — despite the best efforts of the nation’s “loyal” opposition:

Update: “There’s something to be said for letting people find out for themselves. But there’s also North Korea.”

The collapse of the incumbent Sen.Jeanne Shaheen’s campaign continued Sunday morning at a candidate’s forum taking place at Reform Synagogue Temple Adath Yeshurun. The heavily liberal crowd (Reform Jews tend to be the most liberal skewing Jews) booed the incumbent and called her rude after she interrupted Republican Scott Brown during his concluding remarks:

She’s voting against small business 100 percent of the time. She’s got a zero rating from the National Federation of Independent Business, I received their endorsement, but not only them but from the Chamber of Commerce because—“Brown was saying when Shaheen cut him off saying: “Koch Brothers funded organization.”

The audience at the forum yelled at Shaheen, saying she was “rude” and booing her for trying to silence Brown. Shaheen had already presented her conclusion during which brown was silent.

Read the rest, watch the painful video at Jeff Dunetz’s Yid With Lid blog.

Video game industry rocked by #GamerGate — women, children, transsexuals hardest hit, whines the Gray Lady:

For all of us who love games, GamerGate has made it impossible to overlook an ugly truth about the culture that surrounds them: Despite the growing diversity in designers and in games — games about bullying, games that put you in the role of a transgender woman, games about coming out to your parents — there is an undercurrent of “latent racism, homophobia and misogyny,” as the prominent game designer Cliff Bleszinski wrote in March, before GamerGate even began.

The dance of the low-sloping foreheads, in other words.

Time to Start Deracializing Ferguson

October 26th, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Well yes. But hasn’t it been time to start deracializing everything since, oh about 1865 — certainly since 1965? But as Barry Latzer, professor emeritus at CUNY’s College of Criminal Justice writes in the New York Post:

In fact, as Noah Rothman recounts in the October issue of Commentary, reporters exacerbated the situation by intentionally placing themselves in harm’s way once police responded to the incipient rioting, then interviewed one another about police use of force.

The press, in short, did everything it could to place the police in a negative light.

* * * * * * * * *

Maybe here, too, self-interest was at work. A recently publicized internal memo from a former Obama pollster concluded that the black vote was the last best hope for the Democrats to hold on to a majority in the Senate.

Could Holder’s trip to Ferguson have been intended to exploit the racial turmoil and motivate blacks to vote? [Gee, ya think? -- Ed]

As for so-called civil-rights leaders like Al Sharpton, they acted and always act predictably. Exploiting interracial incidents is their stock in trade. The media should have given them less coverage, but that would have been inconsistent with the racial narrative they’d already embraced.

It is time to start deracializing Ferguson. The media should present Officer Wilson’s side of the story and explain the law of self-defense.

If the local grand jury declines to indict Wilson, the Holder Justice Department should accept its decision and drop the civil-rights case against the officer.

Federal intervention is justified only when the local authorities are clearly biased and the investigative processes are not working properly. There is no evidence of either bias or coverup by the Missouri authorities — just as there was no evidence of bias in the shooting itself.

Meanwhile, Howard Kurtz commits a Kinsley-esque gaffe on the topic of Ferguson:


Not to mention Comcast and NBC-owned MSNBC sending — or at a minimum permitting — Al Sharpton to Ferguson to fan the flames of hate there. Will Kurtz ask any questions about that?

“Barkley was asked about a rumor that Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was getting criticism from his black teammates for not being, quote, ‘black enough,’” during an interview with a Philadelphia-area sports radio show, Alex Griswold writes at the Daily Caller:

Barkley said that young black men who do well in school are accused of “acting white” by their peers. “One of the reasons we’re never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people. And for some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person. And it’s a dirty, dark secret.”

“There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success,” he continued. “It’s best to knock a successful black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful…”

“We’re the only ethnic group who say, ‘Hey, if you go to jail, it gives you street cred.’ It’s just typical BS that goes on when you’re black, man.”

The symptoms have been known for at least the past quarter century or so; what’s the cure for the disease?

Related: The collapse of the Ferguson narrative, though the corrosive effects of its being pushed to the limit by NBC, CNN and other MSM outlets continues unabated.

The Sex Pistols’ Christmas Party!

October 25th, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Yesterday we linked to this train wreck:

But the real life Sex Pistols’ Christmas Party sounds like much more fun:

On Christmas Day, 1977, the Pistols quietly organized a benefit gig for the Fire Brigade Union. This was done as surreptitiously as possible, for if the council discovered the Pistols were playing (especially on the Lord’s birthday), the venue would be closed immediately. Two shows were arranged at Ivanhoe’s club: the first was a matinee for the children, at which cake, food, presents were distributed by the band, as John Lydon later said:

”Huddersfield I remember very fondly. Two concerts, a matinee with children throwing pies at me, and later on that night, striking union members. It was heaven. There was a lot of love in the house. It was great that day, everything about it. Just wonderful.”

While drummer Paul Cook recalled:

”It was like our Christmas party really. We remember everyone being really relaxed that day, everyone was getting on really well, everyone was in such a great mood because it was a benefit for the kids of firemen who were on strike at that time, who had been on strike for a long time.”

No word yet if the Pistols took Martha Stewart’s advice and served “Spinach Ricotta Skulls (a classically punk motif) alongside a bowl of Spinach, Bacon, and Onion Dip (for ‘noshing’).” British punkers were notorious for “gobbing” — did they nosh as well?

(Via Kathy Shaidle.)

Hillary: You Didn’t Build That

October 25th, 2014 - 8:55 am

“If you have a job right now, don’t thank the company that hired you or the investors that created the company. According to Hillary Clinton, they didn’t build that. At first arguing that hiking the minimum wage would not cost jobs, the presumed Democratic presidential frontrunner then extended those thoughts in a very peculiar way,” Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air:

At a Democratic rally in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton’s attempt to attack “trickle-down economics,” resulted in a spectacularly odd statement. …

She went on to state that businesses and corporations are not the job creators of America. “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” the former Secretary of State said.

Read the whole thing. “It’s not easy to get economics this wrong in such a short space of time,” Ed writes. “At some point, Democrats are going to have to come to grips with the fact that their front-runner is not just a lousy campaigner, but perhaps just as incompetent as the President from which they’re all attempting to run away at the moment.”

But note which direction they’re running, as Moe Lane writes in response to Hillary’s revealing gaffe:

The 2016 Democratic primaries are going to be fascinating.  The idea is to run away from an unpopular President, guys.  Towards the center.

In order to triangulate against a GOP Congress elected in part because of his disastrously leftwing first two years in office, Bill Clinton tacked to the center and the economy flourished. Rather than promise four more years of the same, Al Gore lost in 2000 because he admitted that he was planning to govern much further left than his boss, as Slate noted in November of 2000:

In the wake of a successful centrist presidency and the best economy in memory, Gore adopted an angry populism as the tone of his campaign. Michael Kinsley aptly characterized this stance as “You’ve never had it so good, and I’m mad as hell about it.” Egged on by populist advisers like Bob Shrum and Stanley Greenberg, Gore failed to assimilate the political implications of the social changes that have swept the country in the past decade. The new reality is not just that middle-class Americans think of themselves more as taxpayers than as the recipients of government programs. It’s that middle-class Americans actually own big chunks of the oil, insurance, and pharmaceutical companies that Gore was vilifying. Instead of running the first campaign of the new economy, he ran the last campaign of the New Deal.

Oh, would that that were true; Time magazine couldn’t wait to compare Obama to FDR in 2008, even before his administration tacked much further to the left than GWB. And now Hillary and Elizabeth Warren want to move even further left to distance themselves from Obama’s failed policies?

Why not just go full East Germany and call it a day?

(Oh right, that’s already in the works.)

“Post media reporter Erik Wemple called on CNN’s Carol Costello to apologize to the Palin family in the same venue where she mocked audio of Bristol Palin reporting a physical assault: on-air,” John Nolte writes at Big Journalism:

Although Costello herself called for an ESPN anchor to be suspended for comments he made about a assault on a woman (after he had apologized on-air), thus far Costello has only issued a short written apology through CNN.

The Washington Post:

Costello apologized quickly and in airtight fashion: “Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize.” That statement was sent to Politico, but not said on-air.

The Erik Wemple Blog catches Costello’s CNN show daily — and thinks sky-highly of her anchoring work — but didn’t catch any moment of regret mirroring what she told Politico. A CNN spokeswoman confirms no such event has taken place. It must. CNN surely has more regard for its audience than to pass along such an important message through a bunch of media blogs.

I’m not at all sure why “The Erik Wemple Blog” would make such an assumption about the left-leaning network, particularly since “The Erik Wemple Blog” works for an organization whose previous management employed an editor who boasted on C-SPAN of wearing a “Yeah, I’m With the Media. Screw You” button, an attitude that seems equally well-ensconced at the beleaguered news and opinion division of Time-Warner-CNN-HBO.

Quote of the Day

October 24th, 2014 - 4:59 pm

And it’s especially welcome after this gonzo week: Monica Lewinsky surfaces on Monday, Ben Bradlee dies on Tuesday, Islamic terrorism in Ottawa on Wednesday, and Ebola (and Islamic terrorism) in Manhattan on Thursday, and a school shooting in Washington State today.

I missed the memo: Who gave the OK for all four horsemen of the apocalypse to simultaneously go out galloping this week?

The Antediluvian Ben Bradlee

October 24th, 2014 - 4:47 pm

When Ben Bradlee died on Tuesday, Bob Woodward was quoted as saying that “His passing, in a way, marks the end of the 20th century,” a phrase that cuts in more directions than Bradlee’s superstar protege likely intended. Or as Andrew Ferguson writes in response at the Weekly Standard, “About time:”

Bradlee was complaining that a lot of the fun had gone out of journalism during the Reagan years. The reason, he said, was that “there are so many of these asshole watchdog groups now.”

He was referring in particular to Accuracy in Media, or AIM, a conservative practitioner of the kind of ideological press criticism that is now a common feature of the media world, so greatly enlarged by cable TV and the Internet. These parvenus were crowding his territory, barbarians trying to breach the gates. He and his friends were the watchdogs, goddammit, and the watchdog didn’t need any watchdogs watching it.

But the new order allowed the watchdogs and other buttinskis an audience as large as his own paper’s. It made Bradlee churlish. AIM was founded by an earnest man named Reed Irvine, a sweet, slightly buffoonish drudge whose suit always seemed a size and a half too large and whose pinched appearance made him easily mocked, especially by men whose own suits were bespoke. Irvine’s great mission in life was to expose the pretenses to fairness and disinterestedness of a monolithic press—to “tell it like it was,” to borrow a phrase from the Post’s piece. He was a genuine subversive, nipping at the heels of an establishment that in its vanity considered itself “antiestablishment.”

Publicly, Bradlee called Irvine a “retromingent.” The word describes a kind of animal, one that urinates backward. The insult was funny and revealing in its casual cruelty.

These days their battle—asymmetric as it was—seems so long ago, a dispute from a vanished era. The tributes to Bradlee from his protégés had the same quality, voices assuming the authority of an order that is passing, that has passed away. Now that both men are dead, I hope it’s some consolation to the shade of Reed Irvine to know that, in the effort to dismantle and discredit a corrupt regime, he won and Bradlee lost.

Which is another reminder that neither side of the aisle wanted the smugly self-satisfied MSM to have the final word on the issues, when the World Wide Web began to gather speed in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Somewhere, Sid Vicious Weeps

October 24th, 2014 - 3:40 pm

But who will bring the heroin, social diseases and the infections from DIY piercings?

Ultimate hell: a Martha Stewart-planned Microsoft Windows Installation Party, unless careful editing is applied: