Thursday Links (3/1/12)

I've got a bike, You can ride it if you like. Its got a basket, A bell that rings, And things to make it look good.

Atlantic Wire: Andrew Breitbart Dies at Age 43

Cillizza: What Andrew Breitbart meant to politics

Gawker: Andrew Breitbart: A Provocateur’s Provocateur

BigJournalism: In Memoriam

I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.

Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.

One of the things I liked most about Breitbart was that he would re-tweet malicious things said about or to him and he was brash on the twitters in a funny way. Rest in peace. Years out of college, a friend joked that my network of websites was like a small-scale pre-Breitbart. I always took that as a compliment because I really liked his style.

NRO: Andrew RIP

CH: Speaking ill of the dead

Louie gives tribute on the House floor

Even Matt Drudge put up a touching custom memorial above his header, which is rare:

DEAR READER: In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what’s happening. I don’t think there was a single day during that time when we did not flash each other or laugh with each other, or challenge each other. I still see him in my mind’s eye in Venice Beach, the sunny day I met him. He was in his mid 20’s. It was all there. He had a wonderful, loving family and we all feel great sadness for them today… MDRUDGE

Tucker Carlson notes a funny prank that Breitbart wanted to pull right before he died:

Andrew loved a good prank above all. It’s hard to think of a higher compliment.

Yesterday I found myself on a plane across the aisle in the first class cabin from Michael Moore, who was looking miserable with a takeout pizza on his lap. I immediately texted Andrew, mostly because I couldn’t resist. His response: “Give him the phone and say Breitbart wants to say hi.” He couldn’t resist either.

The plane took off before I could set up the conversation. It would have been a riot. Hard to believe that’s the last I’ll hear from Breitbart.

Sowell: Romney should know better about minimum wage law

Does Boxer have a Napoleon complex?

WCP: DC Chili Wars?

Truth of the day from my gchat:

 Jamie:  Can we please stop calling them ‘hipsters’ and go back to calling them ‘pussies?’

Economics for five year olds

Obama: I had “Linsanity” early

WaPo: Koch Brothers sue Cato Institute, president

Heaton: Aliens aren’t visiting earth

REASON: Nanny of the month

BW: What Occupy Wall Street Gets Wrong About ALEC

DCist: Ready, aim, register

Pelosi: I’d tap that

WUSA: Locally arrested people (can you guess their alleged crimes?)

WIMP: How plastic bottles can lighten up the darkness (h/t Jim Green)

Witstream

Kevin Lisch: De-Lisch

Slate: How to kill patent trolls

Gizmodo: Top Gun 2 is real, apparently

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