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posted at 4:15 am on April 24, 2006 by Michelle

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Michelle,

Congratulations again with your new project… this is going to be great. Your my go to person for all the news and commentary. You tell it like it is !

Thank you for all you’ve done.

Bob

Bob Mileti on April 24, 2006 at 5:58 AM

Michelle et al . . .

Congratulations. I’ve always been a proponent of truly independant media and look forward to this Network with great pleasure and anticipation — Cheers

Ran

ars_longa on April 24, 2006 at 6:10 AM

Looking forward to helping this grow!

wallyqc

wallyqc on April 24, 2006 at 6:22 AM

Outstanding!

bRight & Early on April 24, 2006 at 6:38 AM

Great site. Great idea. As usual, a step ahead of everyone else.

George on April 24, 2006 at 6:43 AM

Good luck, this is a really good thing.

Hossanah on April 24, 2006 at 6:44 AM

This is a good thing, congrats to all!

Hossanah on April 24, 2006 at 6:47 AM

Excellent!

LB on April 24, 2006 at 7:20 AM

Looking forward to this exciting venture.

armorman on April 24, 2006 at 7:45 AM

Congrats, Michelle!

Donnah on April 24, 2006 at 7:57 AM

This will be my first and last stop everyday.
Good Luck.

RoyalOak on April 24, 2006 at 7:57 AM

Where do you find time to do all this?

Oh… and I am very glad you do.

Answerman on April 24, 2006 at 8:25 AM

Fantastic, Michelle!

pappy on April 24, 2006 at 8:31 AM

Great stuff. Congratulations on this new venture!

A note for Mac Users like me: initially I could not get the HotAir video to play, even though I had Flash 8 installed. Eventually, I used the link provided above and re-installed Flash 8, then rebooted my Firefox v. 1.0.7 browser. Now the video is loading very fast & smooth under Firefox, and it’s even working with Safari v. 1.3.2 — although Safari is slower.

Salabama on April 24, 2006 at 8:55 AM

Happy to be a commentator. Congratulations for doing this.

Tom McLaughlin on April 24, 2006 at 8:55 AM

Awesome! Just awesome. I’ll be checking in frequently.

whatnext on April 24, 2006 at 9:04 AM

Big Congrats on the launch. “And God bless all who sail in her”

Excelsior on April 24, 2006 at 9:04 AM

Congratulations and good luck on the new venture. I’m glad to be a commenter.

Steve Tsouloufis on April 24, 2006 at 9:05 AM

This is a fantastic idea, Michelle. I’m thrilled to be a commenter.

kimpriestap on April 24, 2006 at 9:16 AM

(Insert clapping smiley here!!!)

Lonevoice on April 24, 2006 at 9:16 AM

Me too!

Lonevoice on April 24, 2006 at 9:21 AM

Great Site. Best Wishes. This is exactly what I discuss with my graduate marketing students when talking about the new world of information. I tried to explain that to the manageing editor of the local newspaper once and he could not understand that there was change even happening. I will be putting this site on my daily read list.
Agian, my Best Wishes,
Jim Lamb

Jim Lamb on April 24, 2006 at 9:23 AM

I second…err..third…I mean..oh forget it! lol Congrats on getting this up! This is exciting!

Laura

xanadu1015 on April 24, 2006 at 9:38 AM

Michelle, you are the epitome of the Army of Davids thesis, eloquently articulated in this post.

Congratulations on another on-target smooth stone!

David on April 24, 2006 at 9:46 AM

Looking good!

This should be fun…

lplimac on April 24, 2006 at 9:58 AM

I’m very excited for you Michelle! I appreciate your efforts to hammer leftists and those squishy Republicans who do not address the reall issue that will destroy this great country faster than terrorists, namely illegal immigration. I pray our Democrat friends who truly want what is best for our country can debate us straight up and not allow this site to degrade to name calling and excessive vulgarity.

geek

geekrunner on April 24, 2006 at 10:56 AM

Michelle –

BRAVO ZULU

Marvin on April 24, 2006 at 10:57 AM

the revolution will be televised !

patrick neid on April 24, 2006 at 11:11 AM

Found this site by way of Lucianne.com and just had to join up! Thrilled to be here at its start!

allie on April 24, 2006 at 11:17 AM

The site looks great. Thank you for doing it. You are a great American.

Roger

DieselDude on April 24, 2006 at 11:18 AM

Brilliant!

scmommy on April 24, 2006 at 11:26 AM

Only one question: what took you so long?

Seriously… this is an excellent idea, and the site looks great. Best of luck on this endeavor!

wccawa on April 24, 2006 at 11:26 AM

This will surely be one of the Seven Wonders of the Web. Looking forward to visiting often. Congratulations to you and your staff on getting this excellent new venture up and running.

pistolero on April 24, 2006 at 11:43 AM

Tuning out Katie Couric would require that I tune her in first.

One of the rare times I long for the old days of televisions with dials so I could break it off to prevent Couric from blighting my living room.

-ls IFOC/IMAO

Laurence Simon on April 24, 2006 at 11:49 AM

Great idea! I’ll be sure to keep an eye on this, and put a pointer up on EMinds.

Incidentally, I’m pleased to report that the video does work on Linux (Mozilla 1.7.6 with Flash plugin 7.0r25 on Fedora Core 2), though the main voiceover track seems to be entirely over on the left channel. I can hear the background beat on the right channel, though, so I’m guessing it may not be on my end. Was this a production thing, or am I the only one hearing this?

Erbo on April 24, 2006 at 11:54 AM

“Mommy, why did you paint that wall green?”

I love the chutzpah of the new site. Thanks for starting it.

Sterling on April 24, 2006 at 11:56 AM

David just got a better sling.

Matt on April 24, 2006 at 12:09 PM

Congratulations on the new venture. Looking forward to watching and reading often.

skwired on April 24, 2006 at 12:13 PM

Katie who?

Ropera on April 24, 2006 at 12:18 PM

Good move Michelle, thanks.

jzab on April 24, 2006 at 12:28 PM

Michelle, you ROCK!!! I look forward to watching you daily. May your lite shine and the darkness disapear. Take care and God bless……..

azdan on April 24, 2006 at 12:35 PM

Journalism?
MSM suits believe they can safely ignore you and the blogosphere as just Hot Air. They only look at their numbers vs other similar MSM media, TV vs TV, Newspapers VS Newspapers, etc. Meanwhile back at Reality the demographic they all chase with the $ are searching their way here. Keep leading them Michelle, soon MSM will wonder where their numbers went.

Reality Check on April 24, 2006 at 12:41 PM

Brilliant idea, beautifully executed.

hdw on April 24, 2006 at 12:47 PM

Excellent move, Michelle! I really appreciate this opportunity to bring balanced, non-biased objective balance to this debate with non-biased liberal commentators…

aw, jeez… I can’t stop laughing. That’s a hoot. Whew… Let me try that again:

I really appreciate this opportunity to bring pointed, scathing, conservative viewpoints to this debate with all the unhinged moonbats out there. Thank you for making this a reality.

Becki Snow on April 24, 2006 at 12:49 PM

Congrats

kimsch on April 24, 2006 at 12:57 PM

Love the site. Hate Flash 8 as a delivery mechanism. The trend is for video to be portable. Why not use MP4 and distribute via RSS? Is there a reason Flash 8 was selected? Is there a chance in Hades that you guys will be distributing content in MP4 for the iPodders like me?

Dave

opinari on April 24, 2006 at 1:14 PM

opinari — Bryan, our video expert, tells me we’ll have MP4 for the iPod junkies amongst us. Not sure when yet, but stay tuned.

Allahpundit on April 24, 2006 at 1:29 PM

Thank you so much, Michelle. With my Dish network, have no ABC, CBS, or NBC junk cluttering up my TV. You are indeed a national treasure.

dixie68 on April 24, 2006 at 1:31 PM

Great site and terrific broadcast, Michelle!

Wryly and superbly executed!

Looking forward to dropping by for a long, long time!

Jack.

Jack Deth on April 24, 2006 at 1:32 PM

Also found your new, exciting venture through Lucianne.com. I concur with all the comments above. Will be checking in regularly. Good looking site!

C4Miles on April 24, 2006 at 1:51 PM

I’m sooooo glad to see this up and running by people grounded in reality! Liberal ideas only work when there isn’t any competition.

Of course, now this means that I have even less time available during the day to get my work done.

skfabc on April 24, 2006 at 1:57 PM

Great job!

RightAllAlong on April 24, 2006 at 2:01 PM

Allahpundit – Many thanks for the reply. Just a suggestion: make sure Bryan, video expert, makes the files available as an enclosure via MP4 (for those of us who addictively use aggregators to provide us with our content.)

Great site, and keep up the good work.

opinari on April 24, 2006 at 2:03 PM

aaaahhhhh finally a newscast from my point of view :)
good luck and godspeed to all involved

Taishar on April 24, 2006 at 2:07 PM

Excellent idea, thanks Michelle!

Nordish on April 24, 2006 at 2:15 PM

May Hot Air rise to the top of the blogosphere!
And kudos to Michelle for continuing to speak the truth and shame the liars!

Doug on April 24, 2006 at 2:16 PM

Hey Michelle,

I wonder what that professor who accused you of employing a ghostwriter will say now? Using a body double?

Carvin Guitar Man on April 24, 2006 at 2:21 PM

Don’t tell me Al Gore invented this too!

Now if I could just get the people I work with to open their liberal minds to the truth.

Thank You for being there Michelle, this country needs
more like you.

Gooch on April 24, 2006 at 2:21 PM

Thank you Michelle, for all you do for us.
Found it, registered, put you in favorites, thanks!!

aflyonthewall on April 24, 2006 at 2:21 PM

I can now cancel my cable tv subscription.

norman on April 24, 2006 at 2:27 PM

Darn you Michelle! Now I have to make my “honey we really need high speed internet” pitch to my wife again. Maybe if I give her flowers…

Gemjim on April 24, 2006 at 3:07 PM

Didn’t you love it Michelle, when one of the father’s of the heroes that died on Flight 93 said ”and they want to kill you too, Katie” to our favorite September 06 CBS Kewpie Doll Katie Couric?

FatherofInternet on April 24, 2006 at 3:07 PM

I’m waiting for the left-wing blogosphere to start complaining that they’ve been pushed out of cyberspace by HotAir the same way conservative radio talk shows have pushed them off the airwaves.

withoutfeathers on April 24, 2006 at 3:08 PM

Oh my gosh! This is going to be hot! It is an honor to be (presumably a charter) part of the roster of Hotair commentators.

My only complaint to wit is that the site seems a bit clogged at the moment. I am having to reload some pages two or three times just to get them to show up, but there are far worse things than growing pains.

This could be one of the biggest things to hit the net since the Freepers! Go Hotair!

gryphon202 on April 24, 2006 at 4:32 PM

Congratulations on a great site. Should be fun. Thanks.

decklover on April 24, 2006 at 4:36 PM

Thanks for a wonderful new site. It should be great fun. Good luck.

decklover

decklover on April 24, 2006 at 4:37 PM

ht to Lucianne.com for my finding you. Congratulations!! We need this. Keep up the good work.

sharinlite on April 24, 2006 at 4:38 PM

Looking forward to this.

AtomicAmish on April 24, 2006 at 6:56 PM

Michelle!

Totally awesome! as usual! Great first “vent”. I will be buying a t-shirt from the store and telling all my friends. Congratulations!

budugirl

budugirl on April 24, 2006 at 6:57 PM

Congrats, Michelle! If you need any Scandinavian stuff translated, let me know, I’m always happy to help. Wish there was a way to wave a magic wand and turn this into a broadcast or cable channel network, that would be awesome!
Alan M.
Oakland, CA

AlanM on April 24, 2006 at 6:59 PM

Great idea. Looking forward to a long and rewarding relationship with Hot Air. Best of luck.

Mott on April 24, 2006 at 7:05 PM

Good going Michelle. I will pass on to my BCHRO clan. Love the site!
Cubanita

cubanita on April 24, 2006 at 7:23 PM

Congratulations Michelle. I’ll check in when I make my rounds.

john on April 24, 2006 at 7:29 PM

Excellent!! This is exciting stuff. I’m giddy for you, really. For all of us. What a great time to cut off the cable TV.

w3bgrrl on April 24, 2006 at 7:40 PM

Congratulations to Michelle and everyone else! The site looks great and I am excited to see it in action! God bless!

Lady Jane on April 24, 2006 at 7:46 PM

Heard about the venture from LaShawn Barber’s site. Read MM’s blog every day, now must stop here.

I’m surprised there’s over eighty comments and no one has commented on the site name. Hot Air is set up for jokes by the leftists, perhaps the site name should be “Chill Wind” instead. After all, this site must be stifling their speech somehow….

ScottG on April 24, 2006 at 7:51 PM

Michelle—Congrats on the new project. I really enjoyed your online videocasts interviewing Cindy Sheehan and also about the illegal alien demonstration. Little did I know that all that would develop into this great project. And now I have LESS reason to watch regular TV. This is MUCH MORE interesting!!!

pjcomix on April 24, 2006 at 7:59 PM

Will there be a swimsuit edition? Just kidding…

…but it’d be cool with me just the same!

Sharpen your wits and sharpen you tongues, take no prisoners from the Lefty weenies! Woohoo!!!!

inmanjh on April 24, 2006 at 8:26 PM

Applause applause applause!!!

Angel on April 24, 2006 at 8:35 PM

Have always enjoyed your perspective as well as your moxie. Best wishes for your continued success with this new extension of your reach.

AhoyM8 on April 24, 2006 at 8:44 PM

Congratulations. Your other site was great. This one will be too.

moc23 on April 24, 2006 at 8:53 PM

Congrats Michelle on this blog site. As an Air Force vet, all I can say is SIERRA HOTEL! I’ve added you to my Internet favorites and will check in often.

KFNNQ on April 24, 2006 at 9:02 PM

coooool

morph on April 24, 2006 at 9:06 PM

New of this spread fast. It WILL be great.

hestrold on April 24, 2006 at 9:08 PM

Fantastic. Now, to quote a true American hero, “Let’s roll!”

Douglas on April 24, 2006 at 9:29 PM

Still not showing up on google yet.

The google cache of hotair.com shows:
“Gears, Gregory – The Hotair Project
Voice-over artist for radio, television and film. Demo, headshots and resume available online.”
and it’s 4 years out of date.

HEY GOOGLE! YOU AWAKE?!

Machi Oda on April 24, 2006 at 9:45 PM

Great looking site!

R D on April 24, 2006 at 10:45 PM

Michelle, congrats and good luck on your new business, you evil Capitalist! I’m honored to be a part of it.

Hello to all the others who have signed up, I’m sure we’ll be gettin’ to know each other in the days and DECADES ahead.

I love your work Michelle, keep it up, our very way of life needs you and others like you: Rush, Laura, Sowell, Tammy, Star, Sean, Beck, Mona, Ann, Steyn, Elder,Cain, the list goes on and on.

Folks, ever notice how conservative women are so much smarter and so, SO much better lookin’ than their commie counterparts?

God bless you in all of your endevours.

Condi ’08!

Tony737 on April 24, 2006 at 11:04 PM

Hey, do I get brownie points for being the first Bloglines subscriber? ;-)

bamapachyderm on April 24, 2006 at 11:43 PM

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