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Former DC Mayor Marion Barry Dead at 78

November 23rd, 2014 - 12:30 am
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Marion Barry served as grand marshal of the Washington DC Martin Luther King Day Parade on Jan. 15, 2001. Photo by Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com.

“Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1990 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, died Sunday morning,” AP reports in a breaking story:

Barry D.C. council spokeswoman LaToya Foster says he died shortly after midnight Sunday at a hospital in Washington. He had battled kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure and underwent a kidney transplant in February 2009.

To its credit, AP’s article does focus on when it all went wrong for Barry…

During much of the period between 1984 and 1990, Barry was under federal investigation for his ties to drug suspects. He consistently denied using drugs, but his late-night partying began to take a toll on his job performance.

On Jan. 19, 1990, FBI agents videotaped him buying and smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room not far from the White House. The tape, which included his subsequent arrest, was widely distributed to the media and made Barry infamous worldwide.

A few months after his arrest, long-time civil rights advocate and educator Roger Wilkins, a past supporter, wrote in The Post: “Marion Barry used the elders and lied to the young. He has manipulated thousands of others with his cynical use of charges of racism to defend his malodorous personal failures.”

…But — of course! — it leaves out the infamous four word quote that Barry will always be remembered for.

Update: Former MTV VJ Kennedy interviewed a defiant Barry in 2012 for Reason TV shortly after he was videotaped telling his supporters that “We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops. They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now:”

Update (11:30 am): Matt Labash of the Weekly Standard wins the Internet today with his eulogy of “Marion Barry, Human Being:”

The unspoken idea, when I approached him in 2009, after a brush with the law for stalking his girlfriend, and after he was well past his political prime, was that I’d let him know when he was lying to me—which was often—and we’d proceed from there. Instead, we’d try to extract something real, even if his lies themselves were part of the realness. This dynamic seemed to liberate Barry, and so, even in his revisionism and self-justification, he ended up revealing a lot of truth. For starters, within ten minutes of my meeting him, he showed me his nipples (in order to display an old gunshot wound resulting from when Muslim terrorists seized the District Building in the ‘70s, and he caught a bullet in the chest). I was encouraged. In the profiler’s handbook, it clearly states that when a man insists you get eyeball-to-areola with him, there lies a man you can do business with.

Awesome. Do I even need to say, read the whole thing? Well, read the whole thing.

Standup Comic In Chief’s Zany Bedpan Humor

November 21st, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I’ve heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.

Ezra Klein, January of 2008.

“America is not a nation that accepts the hypocrisy of workers who mow our lawns, make our beds, clean out bed pans, with no chance ever to get right with the law.”

—The president today in Las Vegas (appropriately enough), as transcribed by C-Span. Mockery on Twitter was, not surprisingly, swift and appropriately brutal. As one Twitter wag responded to the president’s inane remarks, “And we have reached peak ‘If it were Bush’. Thanks for playing everyone.”

Update: Hillary isn’t covering herself in glory either today. Shot:

Chaser:


Cringe, indeed.

Unexpectedly!

November 19th, 2014 - 11:29 am

“Another Keynesian Fail: Japan ‘Unexpectedly’ Falls Into Another Recession,” Tom Blumer writes at NewBusters:

There were several more of those infamous “U-word” (“unexpectedly”) sightings yesterday in the business press, as Japan — to the surprise of no one who has successfully avoided the Keynesian koolaid — reported that its economy shrank for the second quarter in a row, officially falling into yet another recession.

The U-word hit the trifecta, appearing in reports at the Associated Press, Bloomberg and Reuters.

The Keynesian clowns who are running economic policy in the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and who describe their program as “Abenomics,” really thought that raising the country’s national sales tax by 60 percent from 5 percent to 8 percent would cause only one quarter of pain, that the country would return to a growth trajectory after that, and that it could handle yet another planned steep sales tax increase.

“Instead, here’s what happens,” Tom writes, along with the gory economic details.

Who could have predicted such results, except for, well, just about everybody who isn’t invested in FDR-era Keynesianism or its supersized Obama version, crony socialism?

QED:

Related: “Where are all the startups? More on America’s economic calcification,” from James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute.

This Is CNN

November 19th, 2014 - 10:37 am

DON LEMON: You — you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.

JOAN TARSHIS: Oh. Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.

LEMON: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?

TARSHIS: Yes, that’s what I’m thinking you’re –

LEMON: As a weapon.

TARSHIS: Yeah, I didn’t even think of it.

LEMON: Biting. So, um –

TARSHIS: Ouch.

Ouch indeed. Perhaps Lemon should have also asked Joan Tarshis, one of several women accusing TV legend Bill Cosby of rape, ‘is it preposterous’ to think that generating a black hole in the universe might have prevented Cosby’s alleged assault?

Related: “Conservative Guest Asks CNN Anchor to Define ‘Automatic Weapon’ — [Lemon's] Response Is Leaving Viewers Stunned,” and more examples of Lemon’s bias and gaffes here and here.

More:Rape Allegations: Media Hunts Bill Cosby, Celebrates Bill Clinton.”

The Ominous Parallels

November 17th, 2014 - 9:49 pm

In “Hartache,” Noemie Emery of the Weekly Standard compares and contrasts two infamous Democrat presidential candidates wildly overhyped by their party operatives in the MSM who later famously crashed and burned due to Icarus-level hubris:

[Gary] Hart and Obama each had an iron-clad faith in his own claim to genius, and many believed them, partly because they looked like the kind of people journalists thought should be intelligent, and partly because their sort of intelligence—glib, facile, and good at the right sort of patter—was the same sort that these journalists had. Thus presidential historian Michael Beschloss called Obama (before he took office) “the smartest man ever elected as president,” and Bai takes Hart at his own self-estimation, as a “brilliant and serious man, perhaps the most visionary political mind of his generation .  .  . the flat-out smartest politician I had ever met.” Hart’s gift, as Bai put it, “was to connect politics and culture and theology and technology seamlessly and all at once—to draw from all available data points .  .  . a larger picture of where everything was headed. .  .  . Hart himself would tell me, ‘I have only one talent. I can see farther ahead than most people. And I can put pieces together in constructive ways, both to avoid disaster and to capitalize on change.’ ”

Alas, as it happened, “avoiding disaster” was not one of Hart’s strong points, and the man many thought capable of saving the world and the country proved a genius at destroying himself. Hart worshipped John Kennedy and imitated him down to his gestures and weakness for women, seeming to think he was back in the ’50s and ’60s, when presidents’ affairs and those of their peers had gone unremarked on, or perhaps in the days of the 1940 election, when Wendell Willkie made campaign speeches from his girlfriend’s apartment and Franklin Roosevelt’s train would make stops in New Jersey so the president could see his old flame. Hart’s first mistake was to ignore the extent to which Chappaquiddick and Watergate had collapsed the old walls between public and private, increasing suspicion of public officials and making dissembling seem the worst of all sins. His second mistake was to lie, which turned his private life into a public and character issue, into which the press felt entitled to dig. In Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, their book on the 1988 contest, Jack Germond and Jules Witcover give a detailed list of the people Hart lied to, including reporters, old friends, and campaign consultants who had agreed to work for him only after being assured by him or his allies that the rumors about his many adventures with women were either false or else a thing of the past.

Nonetheless, one woman refused to join the campaign, saying, “Everybody here knows that he’s fooling around with a woman in Florida, and that he came out of a bar a few nights ago with another guy and two other women. .  .  . I can’t work for him.” He assured aides that nothing was wrong even as he was arranging a weekend in Washington with the woman in Florida. Reporters from two different news organizations warned his campaign they were thinking of tailing him, which perhaps was in Hart’s mind when he dared E. J. Dionne to “follow me around. I don’t care. I’m serious .  .  . go ahead. They’ll be very bored.”

Flash-forward to today; “Obama Encouraged Us to ‘Pull Every Clip’ On Obamacare So We Did,” David Rutz writes at the Washington Free-Beacon. Speaking of ominous parallels* note the exceedingly Hart-like goading from the semi-retired former president at the start of the video:

* Yes, the homage to a book referencing an infinitely more sinister form of nationalized socialism was intentional.

How to spot a fake psychic so you don’t get ripped off: Do your homework, don’t call hotlines and avoid having your fortune told when feeling vulnerable,” a headline on the homepage of the London Daily Mail reads.

Gosh. Well now that we’ve cleared that up, how do you spot a real psychic?

The Antediluvian Barack Obama

November 8th, 2014 - 7:49 pm

In “The enigma of Barack Obama,” Hot Air quotes an excerpt from Robert Draper’s Wall Street Journal review of a new Obama bio by NBC’s Chuck Todd, or as Draper refers to him, Gray Lady-style, “Mr. Todd.” This passage is a hoot:

Mr. Todd says that it has been easier for Mr. Obama to be “playing hardball with members of his own party” than with Republicans and that “nothing irks Mr. Obama more than the idea that he’s somehow a leftist or liberal; he believes that most of his ideas are old Republican ideas from another era.” Yet none of this is thoroughly explored in the book, and what we’re left with is an amorphous composite sketch of an undefined subject.

Old Republican ideas from another era?” What era is that — Teddy Roosevelt in the late 19th and early 20th century? I knew Obama thought of himself as the successor to Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ and Bill Clinton, but I had no idea his worldview was that ancient. But then, whatever gets you through the night, I guess.

And speaking of whatever gets you through the night, no wonder “Mr. Todd” and the rest of the media love Obama so much — he thinks he’s as “objective” as they think of themselves. Just ask “Mr. Todd.”

CNBC Lives Out O’Sullivan’s Law

November 7th, 2014 - 5:19 pm

“O’Sullivan’s First Law*, named for John O’Sullivan, former editor of National Review, speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher, and author of the fine book The President, The Pope, and the Prime Minister, goes as follows: Any institution that is not explicitly right wing will become left wing over time,” as Steve Hayward has written at Power Line. And that includes business channel CNBC. As Zev Chafets wrote in his 2013 biography, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, when Ailes was setting up CNBC in the early 1990s as a sort of dry run for Fox News, he had certain stipulations for how a business news network should be run – and the tone it should have, which Ailes knew the audience would immediately pick up on and could cause them to quickly tune out as well:

Ailes insisted on not insulting the audience. He informed his staff that he didn’t want an antibusiness climate on a business network, or a lot of financial jargon. “Roger is a guy from the middle of Ohio, and he knows how people think,” says Cavuto. Reporters who acted superior to the corporate leaders they interviewed or conveyed the message that capitalism was selfish and crass didn’t find the Ailes’s regime congenial.

Well, it was good while it lasted, as Noah Rothman notes at Hot Air today: “American Enterprise Institute scholar James Pethokoukis is a man of infinite patience. The depth of his tolerance was perhaps most convincingly demonstrated in a Wednesday appearance on CNBC’s Closing Bell. There, Pethokoukis bravely confronted guests and hosts alike in a selfless effort to combat the liberal premises with which he was bombarded.”

Naturally, vanden Heuvel fillibustered Pethokoukis, refusing to allow him to speak interrupted, despite his being ideologically outmanned as the token conservative on the panel. But why has CNBC has increasingly adopted the worldview of the far left Nation magazine? That’s a question that could be asked of both Wall Street and President Goldman-Sachs as well.

* Yes, I’ve attributed this phrase to historian Robert Conquest in the past, and will likely do so again (as have others). But apparently it really was O’Sullivan who coined the line.

Tweet of the Day

November 7th, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Oof, indeed. Let’s look at Landrieu’s tweet in slow-motion:

Old and Busted: Bloggers? Those are nothing but partisan guys in their pajamas, looking to shoot down that paragon of objectivity, CBS’s Dan Rather, as former CBS producer Jonathan Klein said in 2004 as Rather’s self-induced auto-de-fé was nearing its apogee.

The New Hotness: Ten years after Rathergate, they’re a rich source of partisan raw material for the CBS Evening News:

Here is how she “reported” this last night, on CBSNews’ evening broadcast:

CORDES: But Boehner’s own attempts to craft immigration legislation has been blocked by members of his own party who worry reform would give new rights to people who came here illegally and Tuesday’s election added more members on his far right flank, North Carolina’s Mark Walker has suggested blitzing the border with fighter jets. Virginia’s Barbara Comstock said undocumented immigrants should be tracked like FedEx packages.

I very much doubted that Barbara Comstock had said that. I also doubted she could be fairly characterized as “far right,” as she was dogged as a RINO throughout the primary and then into the general election.

Turns out she didn’t say that. What she said was that FedEx can track packages throughout the country, so we can track immigrants who are here as well. She did not say we should “track them like FedEx packages.”

Here’s the quote in context.

So where did CBS “reporter” Nancy Cordes get this idea that the “far right” RINO Barbara Comstock said we should track immigrants “like FedEx packages”?

Well, Google “comstock immigrants fedex.”

You’ll see where Nancy Cordes got it — she got it from far left blog Think Progress:

Headline: Republican Congressional Candidate: Government Should Track Immigrants Like FedEx Tracks Packages

From far left blog The Daily Kos:

Headline: Barbara Comstock demands we track immigrants like FedEx tracks packages

Given the sclerotic age of dwindling TV news viewers, CBS’s news division at this point is basically is a public service repeating the news, Chevy Chase and Garrett Morris style, to elderly viewers who can’t understand how that newfangled Interwebs thing their grandkids keep talking about actually works, along with plenty of leftwing partisanship along the way. I wonder what they’d think if they knew how the sausage was made, or where the raw materials come from. (Or how closely they’re tied to the Obama administration?)  Or to put it another way:

Enough. If Cordes wants to sound like a blogger from Daily Kos, she should go to the Daily Kos. But CBS should think long and hard about having a newsroom built around actual news reporting and known less for being the longtime home of Dan Rather, who was involved in manufacturing stories against a Republican president, and for hostility to reporters who investigate Democrats as well as Republicans, such as Sharyl Attkisson.

As the Insta-professor likes to say, just think of the MSM as Democrat operatives with bylines, and you won’t go far wrong. Nice of CBS’s Nancy Cordes to illustrate just how that works.

Huh; I don’t recall people wearing sandwich boards promising the end of the world* ever advising people to “stay calm” during the apocalypse until now.

But then, “Science” works in mysterious, mystical, talismanic ways, as Mollie Hemingway writes in the Federalist today.

In recent news coverage of the Ebola virus, I noticed that reporters tended to use the word “science” the way some people refer to Jesus. I myself am a fan of both Jesus and science, but I’m referring to the way some people use the terms more as jargon or verbal talisman than as anything meaningful or instructive.

Take this Frank Bruni column. (Please!) OK, let’s all go through it together. It’s headlined “Sinners, Meet Jesus,” no, wait, it’s “Republicans, Meet Science.”

It begins with his frustration that yet another passionate warning from the UN about climate weirding failed to yield a worldwide turn toward progressive policies. The phrase “science” is used 11 times in the typically painful-to-read column. What I notice about the uses is how well they could be switched out with Jesus with little or no changes to the surrounding words.

He writes, “Come January, they will take control of the Senate. However else they use it, I fervently hope that they start to show more respect for science.” Do you not have an Uncle Frank or someone else in your life who would utter that same phrase except he might say people need to start showing more respect for Jesus?

Bruni trusts the claims that global weirding will yield food shortages and climate so drastically altered that people won’t be able to work or play outside. It’s almost like a vision of Hades that you would hear from an enthusiastic Sunday School teacher.

As Cab Calloway told Jake and Elwood, “You boys could use a little churching up.” The Church of…Science!

Incidentally, NDT may need to remind his flock to “stay calm” many times over the next two years. Many times.

* Start here and just keep scrolling for some of global warming / cooling / climate change’s greatest “final countdowns.”

The Rise of the John Birch Left

November 6th, 2014 - 3:23 pm

The John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by businessman Robert Welch, and named after a Christian missionary shot by Communist forces in China in 1945, whom Welch named as the first casualty of the Cold War. The Birchers’ core principles, that Communism is evil, its expansion needed to be stopped, and that communists had infiltrated American government (see also: Hiss, Alger) were laudable. But the group’s zeal to defend them drove them to paranoid levels, to the point where the Birchers were accusing President Eisenhower of being a crypto-commie, leading to Russell Kirk’s hilarious rejoinder to the Birchers, “Ike’s not a communist, he’s a golfer!”

Not to mention all that business about fluoride in the water, which Dr. Stanley Kubrick and Terry Southern had loads of fun satirizing in Dr. Strangelove. All of which led William F. Buckley to banish the Birchers from the postwar conservative movement he was building, leaving them a marginalized fringe group. (They’re still around, and still coming up with zany conspiracy theories.)

The modern left is built around a trio of laudable principles: protecting the environment is good, racism is bad, and so is demonizing a person over his or her sexual preferences. (In the chapter of his book Intellectuals titled “The Flight from Reason,” Paul Johnson wrote that “At the end of the Second World War, there was a significant change in the predominant aim of secular intellectuals, a shift of emphasis from utopianism to hedonism.” ) But just as the Bircher right began to see communists everywhere, the new Bircher left sees racism, sexism, homophobia, and Koch Brothers everywhere.

They’re lurking around more corners than Gen. Ripper imagined there were commies lurking inside Burpelson Air Force Base. They’re inside your video games! They own NFL teams! They’ll steal your condoms! Disagree with President Obama? Racist! (That goes for you too, Bill, Hillary, and your Democratic supporters.) Not onboard for gender-neutral bathrooms? Not too thrilled with abortion-obsessed candidates like Wendy Davis and “Mark Uterus”? Sexist! Disagree with using global warming as a cudgel to usher in the brave new world of bankrupt coal companies and $10 a gallon gasoline? Climate denier!

And as with the original Birchers, don’t get ‘em started on fluoride.

The original Birchers weren’t bad people, but their Cold War paranoia got the better of them. Similarly, as Charles Krauthammer famously said, “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil,” which illustrates how a John Birch-style worldview can cause the modern leftists to take an equally cracked view of his fellow countrymen, to the point of writing off entire states and genders:

And historic racial progress:

Modern Bircherism perfectly defined.

The John Birch left? I think it’s a phrase whose time has come; let me know your take in the comments. I’ll be back after I have a drink of grain alcohol and rainwater, help yourself to whatever you’d like.

Exit Quote:

There is No Hell, There is Only Detroit

November 6th, 2014 - 12:57 pm

“Reporter Gives Detroit Squatter Rude Awakening,” as spotted by Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon:

In the somewhat awkward but otherwise cordial interview that follows, Williams admits she is squatting in the house and has no legal right to be there. However, she also says other people on the block are doing the same thing and refuses to leave.

Eventually the police arrive and, when Williams can’t produce any legitimate proof she has a right to live in the home, she is arrested. With Williams now squatting in the back of a squad car, Hamilton-Gilmer is finally able to gain access to the home she owns.

Between the bathroom-wearing reporter and a squatter of dubious umm, gender, it’s quite a video. Watch the whole thing.

As You Know…

November 4th, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Psaki it to me, Jen! The State Department talking head really knows how tell us what we already know.

We’ll get to that time when the Gray Lady scooped the world by revealing the hidden anti-Semitic subtext of Michael Keaton and Tim Burton’s Batman Returns in just a moment, but first, some background.

As Matthew Continetti wrote in the Washington Free Beacon when Jill Abramson and the Gray Lady itself both morphed into self-parodies during and after Abramson’s firing in May, “What has been said of the press—that it wields power without any sense of responsibility—is also a fair enough description of the young adult. And it is to high school, I think, that the New York Times is most aptly compared:”

The coverage of the Abramson firing reads at times like the plot of an episode of Saved By the Bell minus the sex: Someone always has a crazy idea, everyone’s feelings are always hurt, apologies and reconciliations are made and quickly sundered, confrontations are the subject of intense planning and preparation, and authority figures are youth-oriented, well-intentioned, bumbling, and inept.

And if not to high school, then the Times can certainly be compared to sophomores in college, though Pinch and his staffers are all far too effete and collectively depressed to roust themselves into full Delta House “Let’s Party, Dude!!!!!” fury, no matter how many cannabis-laced candy bars MoDo consumes.  Yesterday, the Times once again made a parody of itself by publishing a piece co-authored by a junior at Duke that posited, “we should get rid of federal midterm elections entirely.” (This after the Times called for the end of the American Constitution at the end of 2012.)

Every young writer appreciates his first big break, and despite the damage the Times has done to itself, it still looks pretty awesome to be able to include a reference to being published by the Times on your C.V. But this isn’t the first time that the Gray Lady has embarrassed herself spectacularly by publishing a college-aged author. In the summer of 1992, the Times published a piece co-written by two seniors at Columbia college who alleged to find all sorts of “disturbing” anti-Semitic allegories in the Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer film Batman Returns. “The biblical allusions and historical references woven into the plot of ‘Batman Returns’ betray a hidden conflict between gentile and Jew,” they wrote; here’s but a sample:

Denied his own birthright, the Penguin intends to obliterate the Christian birth, and eventually the whole town. His army of mindless follower, a flock of ineffectual birds who cannot fly, is eventually converted to the side of Christian morality.

They turn against the leader who has failed to assimilate. In the final scene, Batman articulates the distinctly Christian moral of the film:  Merry Christmas and good will toward men… and women.”
The Christian ethic, like the faces beneath the heroes’ masks, is eventually revealed. Batman and Cat woman put on their costumes on and rip them off. They are both marginal and integrated, freaks and functioning citizens.
But the Penguin’s mask is no disguise. It is his face, his deformity, his ethnicity. And Tim Burton has his own mask. His movie is cloaked in extravaganza,fantasy and allusion. Behind the multimillion dollar movie set is old fear and prejudice. Moses becomes Satan, Jew becomes vengeful and Christian faith conquers all. Since the Judeo-Christian tradition provides many of our myths, we should be careful not to let our fiction turn one faith against the other.
There is enough of that in real life.

I cut and pasted the text of the piece above from here; there was a slightly edited version of the article that the Times thought highly enough to syndicate nationally, which is currently online in Google’s news archives.

It’s some piece of work, and a reminder that calling for the banning of elections might actually not be the craziest thing that the Times has published by a college journalist eager for his first national byline.

When asked about Davis’ woes at her potential future employer MSNBC by the ironically named Joy Reid, Lizz Winstead, the co-creator of Viacom’s long-running Daily Show replied, “I think part of it is that redistricting is redistricting. And Texas, I think, can turn blue. I mean, let’s not forget that 20 years ago Texas had a female governor, who was an admitted alcoholic and a divorcee who was a progressive. So, I don’t think that the dinosaurs were walking the Earth back then.” Dinosaur? Actually, that’s a pretty good summation of Ann Richards. As Mark Finkelstein responds at NewsBusters:

Lizz, last time we looked, there is no districting—”re” or otherwise—when it comes to statewide races. The entire state is one big district that gets to vote for Governor. Oh, and for good measure, Lizz laid the rest of the blame on “the media.” Right. In a state where the major newspaper in three of the four largest cities have endorsed Davis.

Missed it by that much. Or as Iowahawk tweets, Redistricting?  Well, “Texas is  weird shape.”

As Always, Life Imitates XKCD

November 2nd, 2014 - 3:53 pm

I feel badly for the fellow who wrote this:

But seeing it, I can’t help flashing back to this eight year old cartoon at the popular geeky XKCD site:

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When Neil Armstrong died, I wrote that 500 years from now, he might just be the only name most people associate with the 20th century, in much the same way that Christopher Columbus is the only household name today from the 15th century. But hopefully a few people will remember Buzz as well. And marvel at what a hoss he was:

‘A Job to Die For’

November 1st, 2014 - 8:47 pm

 

Say, if ISIS is shelling out the big bucks for new talent, could they spring for a decent graphic designer, the Islamofascist equivalent of Saul Bass or Raymond Loewy? Because whenever I have to put a thumbnail on a new story for the PJM homepage on ISIS, their flag doesn’t give me much to work as a starting point in Photoshop:

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Mark Steyn has dubbed ISIS “fast-track Nazis,” but you’d think a bloodthirsty eighth century-based organization with a penchant for using cutting edge Web-based social media to distribute their snuff films would have a much better sense of graphic design. Say what you will about the original Nazis, Mussolini, Stalin, Gaddafi, and Saddam Hussein, but at least they had descent production designers to illustrate their nightmarish visions. Somewhere in Hell, Leni Riefenstahl and Albert Speer are rolling their eyes and laughing it up over ISIS’ pathetic flag featuring black blobs on a white amoeba on a black background.

Perhaps they took their design cue from a black and white version of Mel Brooks’ early short film, “The Critic:”

News You Can Use

November 1st, 2014 - 7:12 pm

 

One is fine, but doing both is right out. Moderation flows from the warm barrel of an Alta Vista translation, apparently.

This is your official warning: make certain you are not in the process of consuming any beverage before clicking on the link below. For Halloween, Mark Steyn crosses the streams and sings Ted Nugent’s “Cat Scratch Fever,” in swingin’ Sinatra style.

No, really.