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Vile from New York

September 30th, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist deserves an enormous amount of credit — and hazard pay — for watching the vile season debut of Saturday Night Live, so you didn’t have to:

Oh for crying out loud. If you can’t make fun of this president, you should hang up your hat and go work for Everybody Loves Raymond or something. The degree of difficulty is high? Really? I mean, Sarah Palin manages it so it can’t be that hard, right?

Sheesh. As Kyle Smith wrote:

The charter Choom Ganger, confessed eater of dog and snorter of coke. The doofus who thinks the language spoken by Austrians is “Austrian,” that you pronounce the p in “corpsman” and that ATMs are the reason why job growth is sluggish. The egomaniac who gave the queen of England an iPod loaded with his own speeches and said he was better at everything than the people who work for him. The empty suit with so little real-world knowledge that he referred to his brief stint working for an ordinary profit-seeking company as time “behind enemy lines.” The phony who tells everyone he’s from Chicago, though he didn’t live there until his 20s, and lets you know that he’s talking to people he believes to be stupid by droppin’ his g’s. The world-saving Kal-El from a distant solar system who told us he’d heal the planet and cause the oceans to stop rising. The guy who shared a middle name with one of the most hated dictators on earth. Nope, nothing there to mock. No way to get a grip on this polished, oiled obsidian.

My husband and I looked at each other with confusion and disgust as the Weekend Update crowd told President Obama to cheer up and that things would get better. There were lines like, “Benghazi used to be a huge deal, now it’s just John McCain’s safe word,” and suggestions that he go on the road with the real first family, Beyonce and Jay-Z. Jost said that Bush had wrecked the economy, bombed every country with sand and that all he had to do was paint one ok picture of a dog to get back in the country’s good graces. Ha ha! All so funny and fresh!

Back in 2010, Michael J. Lewis of Commentary explored how the original Saturday Night transformed itself during its first three seasons from the politically-laced leftwing comedy of George Carlin (who hosted SNL’s very first show in October of 1975) to the much more apolitical and lighter gags of frequent host Steve Martin. As Lewis noted, this was also the transformation of the 1970s pop culture from the Watergate era and the left’s dark obsession with Nixon to the goofy apolitical, party-hearty disco Star Wars years of 1977 and ’78. This was also the era in which Robin Williams broke through to national success as a comedian, and his first album, Reality, What a Concept is remarkably politics-free. (Even his William F. Buckley impersonation on the album was pretty benign.)

A similar trend happened to the regular cast of Saturday Night Live itself, as Dan Aykroyd’s impersonation of Jimmy Carter was much sweeter and protective of Jimmy Carter’s reputation than his recurring savage Nixon impersonations or Chevy Chase’s impersonations of Gerald Ford as a clumsy, vacuous bumbler. (Not to mention the show’s admitted — and successful — efforts to demonize Ford via his press secretary, who naively volunteered to guest on the show’s first season.) By protecting Carter, Saturday Night Live accidentally allowed itself to flourish as a much more apolitical show than its first season, and Aykroyd, Belushi and Bill Murray all became superstars, as did Steve Martin during his regular guest appearances on the show, and while he never appeared on SNL during its breakthrough first five seasons, so did Williams.

But at least Jimmy Carter had his doofus brother Billy, Miss Lillian, and the family’s assortment of southern stereotypes for comedians to at least mildly goof on. In contrast, Obama has been treated with the most delicate and gossamer of kid gloves, but thanks to PC and the left’s overall descent into nagging humorless puritanical scolds, I don’t see any successors to Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Aykroyd, Belushi or Murray on the horizon anytime soon.

Too good to check: “Kim Jong Un ‘sprained ankles wearing Cuban heels:’”

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, has sprained his ankles after tripping over his own high heels, according to a report from South Korea, four weeks after he abruptly disappeared from public view.

The Chosun Ilbo newspaper in Seoul said that Mr Kim underwent surgery in the middle of September quoting an unidentified source. It said that he is now convalescing in a heavily guarded clinic which specialises in treating high-ranking North Koreans.

All night he tried and tried, but he could not master the Cuban slide:

Related: “He is now believed to weigh at least 20 stone as a result of his fondness for heavy drinking and imported Swiss cheese, which he gained a taste for while at school in Switzerland.”

As Stephen Kruiser quips, “Oh, the Swiss cheese eating commies are the worst, aren’t they?”

Indeed they are.

A Heartfelt Appeal to the Ostrich-American Voter

September 30th, 2014 - 2:32 pm

“God Save Us from the Loud ‘I’m Staying Home This Year’ Conservatives,” cries NRO’s Jim Geraghty in an ongoing series of Tweets from himself and others rounded up here. All of which boil down to:


Read the whole thing.™

Dispatches From the Reality-Based Community

September 29th, 2014 - 7:31 pm

To borrow from Ian Fleming, Mr. Bond, they have a saying in Chicago:


Once is happenstance.


Twice is coincidence.


The third time it’s enemy action.

Tom Wolfe once wrote that “the greatest hoax of modern history” occurred when “Russia’s ruling ‘socialist workers party,’ the Communists, established themselves as the polar opposites of their two socialist clones, the National Socialist German Workers Party (quicknamed ‘The Nazis’) and Italy’s Marxist-inspired Fascisti, by branding both as ‘the fascists,’” which quickly led to those two socialist clones as being described, per Stalin’s orders, as “right wing” for the rest of the 20th century with very little in the way of effective pushback from limited-government conservatives and libertarians until recent years. The Democrats’ ongoing efforts to offload their shameful racist past onto the GOP has to run a close second. Don’t let them get away with it.

Update: “The Democrats were the party of Jim Crow. Bull Connor was a member of the Democratic National Committee. He set dogs and firehoses on civil rights protesters.”



Hayes and the gang at MSNBC should be back to calling for more government power, spending and laws even before the pixels are dry on this post, but still, be thankful for this moment of clarity from a far leftist, no matter how fleeting. As Murray Slaughter once said when Ted Baxter had a similar moment of clarity, “When a donkey flies, you don’t blame him for not staying up that long.”

“Gov. Brown Signs Bill Telling College Kids Where, When to Have Sex,” Robby Soave writes at Reason:

California Gov. Jerry Brown affixed his signature to SB 967—the “Yes Means Yes” affirmative consent bill—which will require colleges to police their students’ sex lives.

Some congrats are in order, I suppose? To collectivist feminists, doomsayers of the “rape is an ever-worsening epidemic” variety, and other puritans: Your so-called progressivism has restored Victorian Era prudishness to its former place as a guiding moral compass. Well done, liberals.

As “liberalism” has moved further and further to the left, I thought they preferred to be called “Progressives” — at least, that’s what Hillary and Barry were telling us all around 2007 and 2008. If you’re going to dust-off a century-old Victorian-era political ideology as your namesake worldview, might as well go all the way.

Meanwhile, as Ricochet contributor “Misthiocracy” asks, linking to Soave’s post at Reason, “‘Hmm,’ I sez to myself. ‘Isn’t Victorial Era prudishness precisely the thing that social conservatives seem to want?’”

Misthiocracy links to Dan Calabrese on Herman Cain’s Weblog, who issues a modest proposal of sorts:

I would like to offer a suggestion to the college dudes of America that would protect them from legal jeopardy in the area of sexual assault, if it’s OK with the rest of you that I cite as a source for my thinking the Word of God. Here’s you guys need to play it:

Meet a girl. Do not have sex with her yet. I’ll tell you when. Get to know the girl. Let her get to know you. Do not move in with her at this point! I’ll tell you when. And no sex yet either. OK. Now, determine whether this might a girl you could commit to for the rest of your life. If so, ask her if she would be interested in such an arrangement. Not yet! Wait for it. OK, now, if she is agreeable, marry her. Spend a year planning a big wedding or elope this weekend, I don’t really care, as long as you make your commitment before God.

OK. You ready? Now . . . move in together and have all the sex you want. Follow this plan and you will not be accused of sexual assault.

Don’t want to follow this plan? Good luck.

Heh. By the way, congrats Blue Staters and Millenials in your zeal to find a war on women and a rape culture under every rock for going back to the future — way back, bypassing the groovy free love 1960s to the Victorian 1890s:

Related: “Brown Vetoes Bill Limiting Drone Surveillance.”

More: “Early ’70s California was, not to put too fine a point on it, a great place to get laid. I can vouch the same was true in the late ’80s and early ’90s, too,” Steve Green writes. “But no longer. Not today. Not with the Junior Anti-Sex League running the joint.”

The higher education bubble and the low state of the MSM combine in a facepalm-worthy twofer spotted by John Nolte at Big Journalism:

Racially-obsessed Daisy Hernández published an 8,000-word excerpt of her racially-obsessed memoir in the racially-obsessed Salon. In the excerpt, Hernández admits that at age 25, while taking graduate-level journalism classes at no less than New York University, she had absolutely no idea what a newspaper editorial was.

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Incredibly, despite the fact that she had no idea what an editorial was, Hernández got the job:

Oye, and just like that I send my resume, which now includes research on indigenous maxi pads, to the editor at the Times hiring interns, even though I have no idea what an editorial is. That’s right. I am twenty-five, I am writing for a national magazine, I have been in journalism school, and I do not know what an editorial is.

I want to say that it’s never come up, that no one has ever talked to me about editorials. But they probably did, and I didn’t know what it was, and as I’ve been doing since I was in kindergarten, I probably acted like I knew what they were talking about and promptly forgot it.

How any American can make it to age 25 without knowing what an newspaper editorial is, is shocking enough. In the case of Hernández, journalism was her chosen profession, and she was taking graduate-level classes on the subject at one of the world’s elite journalism schools.

As John writes, “Hernández’ breathtaking ignorance says as much about NYU and the New York Times as it does her.” Perhaps she can collaborate on columns with fellow Timespeople Kate Zernike, Michael Barbaro, and Bill Keller, as they discover who Friedrich Hayek and Shylock were, and that Catholicism and Lutheranism aren’t “fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity.”

In 2001, Howell Raines, then editor of the New York Times, admitted, in a classic Freudian slip, that sex and skin color trumped the quality of the Times’ product:

In a speech before the National Association of Black Journalists in 2001, Raines specifically cited [Jayson] Blair as his star example of a hiring campaign that “has made our staff better and, more importantly, more diverse.”

Somewhere though just offstage, Mencken is alternately weeping with tears and gushing gales of laughter over the current standard of the MSM, and the gray lady in particular.

Or perhaps he’s simply given up on the newspaper world entirely and raising his hands in protest of Ferguson.

Sex, Lies, and Toupée Tape

September 29th, 2014 - 1:02 pm

James Traficant, as profiled by Matt Labash of the Weekly Standard, who writes, “If I sported a hairpiece, I’d be wearing it at half-mast right about now, upon hearing that the world just grew a little less interesting.” Labash spent the day with Traficant in 2000 to profile him for the Standard. As he writes today:

Though we were only in each other’s company for one day, he gave me everything a profiler could want: sex (he informed me in a crowded Rayburn Building elevator  that a lot of women hit on him and he takes them on out of a “responsibility to the American woman”), violence (he slapped me in the face while insisting on calling me “Kibosh” instead of “Labash,” accusing me of coming to do “a castration job”)  and intimacies (he spent hours insisting that Janet Reno, whose Justice Department was then bearing down on him, was a lesbian mob puppet).

Read the whole thing. Yes, Traficant was thoroughly corrupt, and more than a little, well, nuts, but unlike the dry, humorless Obama and Eric Holder, and the oafish Joe Biden and John Kerry,  Traficant certainly appeared to be having lots of fun with his corruption and insanity. I’m sorry we live in an America dominated by such vile politicians, but to mash-up Hunter S. Thompson and Michael Walsh’s alter-ego David Kahane, the rumpled appearance of James Traficant with his polyester suits and his dead-otter toup must have seemed like a wonderful publicity stunt. In a nation of dessicated humorless “Progressives” led by a criminal organization masquerading as a political party there is no shortage of outlaws, but those few who make the grade as gonzo characters are always welcome: they have that extra “something.”

“Christians, and those rejecting the me-generation liberal dogma of ‘if it feels good do it,’ are no longer tolerable by the intellectual and cultural elite,” Robert P. George of Princeton notes, as quoted by Ginni Thomas of the Daily Caller:

“Christians, and those rejecting the me-generation liberal dogma of ‘if it feels good do it,’ are no longer tolerable by the intellectual and cultural elite,” says George, 59, director of the James Madison program at Princeton University. Citing the political witch hunt that forced Brendan Eich’s departure as CEO of Mozilla for a small contribution to a conservative political cause, George said politically correct mobs “threaten us with consequences if we refuse to call what is good evil, and what is evil, good. They command us to confirm our thinking to their orthodoxy, or else say nothing at all.”

Yet instead of accepting this liberal cultural dominance, George offers a call to arms with practical advice for the embattled faithful. Encouraging conservatives to model themselves off the early civil rights leaders who clung to noble bedrock free speech principles liberals claim to embrace today, George says “our first and most effective move is to hold these elites to their principles.”

As the late Kenneth Minogue wrote in the New Criterion in the summer of 2010:

My concern with democracy is highly specific. It begins in observing the remarkable fact that, while democracy means a government accountable to the electorate, our rulers now make us accountable to them. Most Western governments hate me smoking, or eating the wrong kind of food, or hunting foxes, or drinking too much, and these are merely the surface disapprovals, the ones that provoke legislation or public campaigns. We also borrow too much money for our personal pleasures, and many of us are very bad parents. Ministers of state have been known to instruct us in elementary matters, such as the importance of reading stories to our children. Again, many of us have unsound views about people of other races, cultures, or religions, and the distribution of our friends does not always correspond, as governments think that it ought, to the cultural diversity of our society. We must face up to the grim fact that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us.

And so are those we employ to educate America’s children as well, alas.

Meanwhile, whenever I get a twinge of guilt that I’m getting too out there when quoting articles that compare the quotes of radical Islamists with radical leftists (such as “Mohamed Atta, Socialist Critic of Capitalism,” linking to a 2011 article at the American Spectator), radical Islamists are unfortunately all too quick to reinforce that notion: “Anjem Choudary: ‘Muslims must reject the unIslamic ideas of democracy/freedom.’”

Thomas Friedman, Donna Brazile, Harry Reid, and RFK Jr. couldn’t have said it better themselves.


Peace Protests, RIP

September 28th, 2014 - 3:56 pm


“Where are the peaceniks? Why aren’t they marching on Capitol Hill to protest President Barack Obama’s use of military force in Syria and Iraq?”, Debra Saunders asks at Real Clear Politics:

The San Francisco Chronicle’s Kevin Fagan interviewed peace activists who told him that their ranks are numb, in part because America has been at war for more than a decade. Some even wonder whether the Islamic State is so barbaric as to merit airstrikes.

“People are war-weary and have already been very disappointed in President Obama for some time,” Peaceworkers Executive Director David Hartsough said. That’s right; they’re disappointed. After GOP President George W. Bush sent U.S. troops into Iraq with congressional authorization in 2002, activists took to the streets, but after a Democrat ordered airstrikes over Syria without explicit authorization, they’ve been subdued.

“It’s early still, and for the moment, this is an air war and not a ground war,” another progressive told Fagan.

I understand. Partisans on both sides of the aisle like to think that if they were in charge, the world would be a safer place. For eight years, Democrats indulged in the seductive conceit that if they were in charge, the world couldn’t be worse than it was with the bumbling Bush as commander in chief. As Secretary of State John Kerry scoffed as a senator in 2004, Bush ran “the most arrogant, inept, reckless and ideological foreign policy in the modern history of this country.”

Which is a curious admission, since it was merely an extension of the policies of the Democratic administration that preceded it, whose chief architects may well return to power in 2017:

Former actress and comedienne Janeane Garofalo (who incidentally turned 50 today) gave the game away in 2003, as to why when Al Gore was calling for regime change in Iraq and Bill Clinton was bombing , the left was so quiet:

Comedienne-turned-peace-activist Janeane Garofalo offered a stunning admission on Sunday, explaining that she and her fellow anti-war protesters didn’t stage huge demonstrations when President Clinton launched attacks on Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan and the Sudan because “it wasn’t very hip” to protest the former president.

Asked by “Fox News Sunday’s” Tony Snow why peace protesters like herself didn’t object to Clinton’s wars, Garofalo explained:

“I absolutely did. I did not support Operation Desert Fox. It’s just that you didn’t know me very well back then. Nobody really was interested in listening to me back then.”

Then she added, by way of explaining why the anti-Clinton protests never gelled, “It wasn’t very hip.”

Why, it’s as if most “anti-war” groups are in reality “on the other side” or “Just Democratic Party Tools,” — or both.

Update: It looks like we’re going to need a lot more milk cartons:


Lean forward:

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: I would be remised not to bring up the story out of Oklahoma. It is a story that I read as a workplace violence story. But I want to play just a little bit of the sound from the press conference that followed a gentleman who beheaded a woman in the context of his having been fired then he goes back to the plant. He stabs several people. One of the women, her head is severed. But then this gets said at the conference. Let’s listen for a moment.

JEREMY LEWIS: conducting interviews with co-workers of Nolen information was obtained that he recently started trying to convert some of his coworkers to the Muslim religion.

HARRIS-PERRY: And then that’s it. And now this is somehow about Islam.

DEAN OBEIDALLAH: You know what’s funny. Just so it is clear to everyone, there is nothing in the Quran that says if you get fired go back to your workplace and kill people. I want everyone to know that. No it is not in the Quran. You know, anything that is bad, a bad crime, I don’t know about you, but my reaction is please don’t let them be Muslim.

I have to go now Dean, because I’m due back on planet earth.

Or as Twitchy notes, rounding up a smattering of outrage from Twitter users, “Don’t try to make sense of it. The conclusions that liberals come to in their own fantasy world are void of reality and logic.”

Speaking of which, George Orwell, call your office.


We are experiencing a terrifying moment of authoritarianism among mainstream Democratic politicians: Harry Reid’s highly personal campaign of vicious demagoguery against Charles and David Koch is a national disgrace, but his party’s attempt to repeal the First Amendment is a national crisis. While Harry Reid wages war on free speech, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. calls for the literal imprisonment of people with the wrong ideas on climate change. These aren’t Occupy terrorists trying to blow up a bridge in Cleveland; this is the United States Senate and a man bearing one of the most famous names in American politics.

The Left no longer has a credible intellectual case for its core program of control and planning. But, as Hayek predicted, the failure of central-planning aspirations is not going to be met with a renewed sense of humility on the part of our would-be rulers, but with denunciations of enemies of the people and demands for ever-more-extraordinary powers to deal with the emergency, which is now, it goes without saying, permanent. The world is moving on from command and control; the campus of Google might as well be on a different planet from the Rayburn House Office Building, its inhabitants practically alien. Power is shifting decisively in the direction of technology, capital, and innovation, and the planners are on the verge of losing, and spectacularly.

That is what is going to make them so dangerous.

—Kevin D. Williamson, “The Unmanageable Man: When plans unravel, fists are clenched.” NRO, September 23rd.


And Donna Brazile, the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and Time-Warner-CNN-HBO employee, is far from the only prominent member of the left who have repeated the above thoroughly regressive mantra in recent years. Not the least of which recently being, as Williamson noted in the passage quoted above, half the Senate.

In Search of the Loch Ness Monster

September 27th, 2014 - 3:06 pm

“Never Trust Anyone Who Hasn’t Been Punched in the Face,” Scott Lockin wrote in 2011:

Conservatives like to talk about the causes of Western Civilization’s downfall: feminism, loose morality, drug abuse, Christianity’s decline, reality TV. Blaming civilization’s downfall on lardy hagfish such as Andrea Dworkin is like a doctor diagnosing senility by an old person’s wrinkles. The fact that anyone listened to such a numskull is a symptom, not the cause, of a culture in decline. The cause of civilizational decline is dirt-simple: lack of contact with objective reality. The great banker-journalist (and founder of the original National Review) Walter Bagehot said it well almost 150 years ago:

History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it.

Every great civilization reaches a point of prosperity where it is possible to live your entire life as a pacifist without any serious consequences. Many civilizations have come to the state of devolution represented by modern Berkeley folkways, from wife-swapping to vegetarianism. These ideas don’t come from a hardscrabble existence in contact with nature’s elemental forces; they are the inevitable consequence of being an effete urban twit removed from meaningful contact with reality. The over-civilized will try to portray their decadence as something “highly evolved” and worthy of emulation because it can only exist in the hothouse of highly civilized urban centers, much like influenza epidemics. Somehow these twittering blockheads missed out on what the word “evolution” means. Evolution involves brutal and often violent natural selection, and these people have not been exposed to brutal evolutionary forces any more than a typical urban poodle.

Which, as Bill Whittle notes in his latest Firewall video, helps to explain why they keep searching for the ideological equivalent of the Loch Ness Monster:

(Via SDA)

Update: Then there’s trickle-down decadence:

While Adrian Peterson makes millions, the parallel universe I’m talking about is mostly poor, as reflected painfully perfectly in an exchange four years ago, as reported in the Star Tribune, in a Hennepin (Minneapolis) District Courtroom. The story involved the sentencing of a teenager who had shot and killed another teenager—a kid, who only a year earlier, had shot and wounded the kid now being sentenced. The second shooting, in other words, was in retribution of the first. For good measure, the murdered teen’s mother herself was in prison for forgery, let out for the day to testify.

In speaking of her child—her second son to be murdered—she said he had worked two jobs and received his high school diploma posthumously. After saying she never had a chance to see him graduate, she added this stunner: “I am never going to see him come home and say, ‘Mama, I got some girl pregnant.’”

I double-checked with the reporter to make certain I had interpreted what the woman had said accurately: that she had, in fact, intended the term “Mama, I got some girl pregnant” to convey the same joy parents traditionally derive from hearing their married children and spouses announce in celebration: “Mom and Dad, we’re going to have or baby.”  Or, more up to date, “Mom and Dad, we’re pregnant.”

Yes, I was told, I had interpreted her lament correctly, as she mourned not only her son’s death, but how he would never impregnate some girl.

Pat Moynihan, call your office.

‘Winning Heads and Minds’

September 27th, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Mark Steyn notes that “Colleen Hufford was born in 1960. Life is full of grim twists and cruel vicissitudes, but in mid-20th century America it would not have occurred to anyone that one needed to worry about going to work and being beheaded by a colleague:”

Yet that’s what happened to Ms Hufford on Thursday: She turned up for her job at at the Vaughan Foods food processing plant in Moore, and Alton Alexander Nolen decapitated her.

Why would he do that? Well, as the initial reports were at pains to assure us, it’s nothing to do with terrorism. That’s true, in the sense that Mr Nolen is not a card-carrying member of an officially credentialed state-recognized terrorism-provider such as ISIS or al-Qaeda. It’s true in the sense that he’s not on any official US Department of Homeland Security terror watch list, because, under the geniuses running American national security, that honor is reserved for my fellow Hillsdale cruiser Steve Hayes. And, of course, it’s also true in the sense that Mr Nolen is a recent convert to Islam and, as David Cameron and Barack Obama and many others are ever more eager to emphasize, terrorism is nothing to do with Islam. Mr Nolen had the Muslim greeting “As-salamu Alaikum” – “Peace be upon you” – tattooed upon his abdomen. And he’d tried, without success, to persuade his co-workers at Vaughan Foods to convert to Islam. So he wasn’t just mildly Islamic in the nothing-to-do-with-terrorism sense, he was super-Islamic in the really-totally-no-terrorism-to-see-here sense.

So Colleen Hufford’s death was, as Jim Hoft put it, just “a random workplace beheading“. Indeed, many commenters at KOCO-TV seem more outraged by the mentioning of Mr Nolen’s religion than by the beheading:

Read on for KOCO-TV commenters doing an excellent impersonation of a cross between an ostrich and Basil Fawlty in full “Just don’t mention the jihad war” mode. Or as Mark grimly quips, “It seems many western heads have too little up there to be worth chopping off.”

So what triggered Nolen’s firing? According to a local newspaper report, just your average everyday workplace argument over stoning women. Which apparently, Nolen thought was pretty darn cool and groovy.

At Truth Revolt, Caleb Howe writes that “Beheading Suspect Fired After Argument Over Stoning Women,” according to Nolen’s local newspaper, the McCurtain Gazette:

McCurtain Gazette reports (no online edition is available):

A classmate of Nolen’s, who didn’t wish to be identified, told this newspaper that he spoke to a close family member of Nolen’s today.

He told this newspaper that according to the family member, Nolen was telling coworkers Thursday of an Islamic teaching that said women should be stoned for an offense, and that an argument followed the mark, Nolen was later fired and returned later Thursday, when he beheaded Colleen Hufford, the family member said.

One former resident recalls exclusively for Truth Revolt that only one Muslim family was living in Idabel at the time. The source says the family “owned and operated a pizza shop and started the local soccer league.”

“They spent every Christmas at our home,” she says of the family. “To my knowledge they never interacted with Alton.”

The Gazette reports that Nolen has a long history with the local police department. He has been arrested at least 10 times by Idabel police between 2004 and 2009, on “allegations ranging from assault, burglary, obstructing an officer, resisting arrest, drug possession, and larceny,” among other unlisted charges.

Nolan’s classmates state that he converted to Islam while in prison in 2011. Records indicate he was incarcerated for, among other things, assaulting a police officer.

Last night, Roger L. Simon, our beneficent Maximum Pajamahadeen Emeritus asked a question that most KOCO TV commenters also would prefer to not to broach: “Have Our Prisons Become Jihad Factories?”

Note this exchange on Twitter at the end of Roger’s post:

Goodnight Western Civilization — it’s been fun!

Oklahoma Woman Beheaded

September 26th, 2014 - 2:51 pm

“Oklahoma woman beheaded in workplace attack by man who had allegedly tried to convert co-workers to Islam,” Allahpundit writes at Hot Air, with the horrific early details:

Via Joe Scarborough, it’s interesting that the cops would mention the conversion angle so soon in the investigation. The suspect, Alton Nolen, had just been fired from the business, a classic trigger for the sort of rampage people typically think of when they hear about “workplace violence.” But the fact that this was a beheading and that it happened after weeks of U.S. intel officials warning the media that reprisals at home for bombing ISIS are likely to come from “lone wolves” is why people as prominent as Scarborough are paying attention to it.

“How was Nolan stopped? Turns out the chief operating officer of Vaughn Foods is also a reserve sheriff’s deputy and had his gun with him at work,” Allahpundit writes. “He shot Nolen, which ended the attack. (Nolen’s in the hospital but is expected to survive, so cops will soon have an idea of motive straight from the horse’s mouth.)”

“Report: Murder Suspect Alton Nolen Shouted Islamic Phrases During Beheading,” Debra Heine adds. And, “HuffPo: Heartland Beheading Suspect Has ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ (Peace Be with You) Tattoo,” Wynton Hall writes, both at

Meanwhile in Baltimore, “Man shouts ‘Jews, Jews, Jews,’ fires on group walking near private school.

Glenn Reynolds notes, linking to the local ABC affiliate, which adds that “The suspect is described as a white male, brown hair, dark complexion, possibly of Middle Eastern descent.”

“Will the MSM go ‘full embargo’ on Oklahoma beheading details? Ace, others speculate,” via Twitchy.

And finally, from Media Matters: Squirrel!

The Party of Death

September 25th, 2014 - 7:00 pm

“The greatest cultural victory of the Left has been to disregard the Nazi-Soviet Pact,” Daniel Hannan, posits in the London Telegraph:

To the modern reader, George Orwell’s depiction of how enmity alternates between Eurasia and Eastasia seems far-fetched; but when he published his great novel in 1948, such things were a recent memory. It suited Western Leftists, during and after the War, to argue that Hitler had been uniquely evil, certainly wickeder than Stalin. It was thus necessary to forget the enthusiasm with which the two tyrants had collaborated.

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In his Sword of Honour trilogy, Evelyn Waugh, largely through gentle subtext, told the story of how Soviet sympathisers in the West used the alliance with the USSR to rehabilitate its doctrines. Hayek, writing in 1944, devoted the greater part of his Road to Serfdom to refuting the idea that Nazism and Communism were opposed ideologies, well aware of how fervently this idea was being promoted.

He was right; but he made little impact. If you want to see how successful the propagandists of the time were, look at the reaction you get today when – as I did recently – you recite a few unadorned facts that point to the socialist nature of fascism.

Yes, it seems odd to argue that national socialism isn’t national socialism, but there we are. On the other hand, as we get closer to November, the American left seems increasingly unafraid to let it all hang out in other ways. Let’s look at how they dropped the mask and revealed their inner liberal fascist for all to see, just this past week alone:

  • Those who contend that global warming “does not exist,” [Robert F. Kennedy Jr.] claimed, are guilty of “a criminal offense — and they ought to be serving time for it.”
  • “So that’s the problem with the idea that it’s all going to go to rat shit eventually so let’s make as much money as possible.  Those people will always be a fungus and if I was running the country I would take them out and shoot them frankly, but that’s something else [laughs].” — Terry Gilliam of Monty Python, casting a whole new spin on his dystopian 1985 film Brazil as a how-to guide for totalitarianism.
  • “The ACA’s conservative critics have long knocked Obamacare as a first step toward medical rationing. Read Emanuel’s diatribe against living too long, and suddenly Sarah Palin’s attack on Obamacare’s ‘death panels’ does not seem so far-fetched.” — Victor Davis Hanson on Obamacare architect, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, currently age 57, whose new essay in the Atlantic is titled, “Why I Hope to Die at 75.” Gee, when do babies start having their palms fitted with Logan’s Run lifeclocks?
  • “Gitmo remains open; we are still at war in Afghanistan; we are still at war in Iraq; and all this is true despite a president elected explicitly and clearly to end the failed wars he inherited. This comes perilously close to proving that our democracy doesn’t really have much of a say in whether this perpetual war should continue or not.” — Andrew Sullivan.
  • Speaking about such modest restrictions on abortion as have been enacted over the past several years, Justice Ginsburg lamented that “the impact of all these restrictions is on poor women.” Then she added: “It makes no sense as a national policy to promote birth only among poor people.”
  • “I’m Marching for Full Communism” — sign on display at Sunday’s New York People’s Climate Change March (where RFK Jr. was promising to start build the gulags.
  • “Climate Movement Drops Mask, Admits Communist Agenda” — as displayed in numerous examples in Zombie’s photo-heavy round-up of the Sunday’s Bay Area sister march.
  • “Mr. Goebbels’ words are wise words to live by.” — Alison A. Martin of anti-Second Amendment group, Moms Demand Action.

And to sum up the quotes of the past week, “It’s what we all know is true, but we only whisper it.”

Update: “And that doesn’t even include groundhogs,” PJM reader “Sisyphus Redux” jokes in the comments.

Related: Of course, one day the American left will eventually make it to the promised land, if they don’t first fundamentally transform America into it:

This Groundhog has Seconds to Live!

September 25th, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Hello Mr. Groundhog. This day will be extremely painful. For you.

So just to review, Obama ate a dog, and Bill DiBlasio has killed a Groundhog. And these are PETA’s preferred politicians. Not to mention the Staten Island Zoo, which hushed up the incident. Because they’re all about the animals. Except when they’re all about protecting their fellow Democrats:

This is a silly story, except it’s not.

The Democrat Party and the government (not to mention the media) have simply fused.

Even silly things like this — the accidental dropping of a groundhog on Groundhog’s Day — are now covered up.

A week after Hizzoner dropped Staten Island Chuck in front of a crowd of spectators on Feb. 2, the winter-weather prognosticator died of internal injuries — and then the coverup began, The Post has learned.Staten Island Zoo officials went to great lengths to hide the death from the public — and keep secret the fact that “Chuck” was actually “Charlotte,” a female impostor, sources said Wednesday.

The zoo told a few Staten Island Zoo supporters, but claimed the groundhog died of natural causes.

The stand-in was found dead in her enclosure at the Staten Island Zoo on Feb. 9 — and a necropsy determined she died from “acute internal injuries,” sources said.
She had fallen nearly 6 feet when the mayor lost his grip during the Groundhog Day photo op. Sources said her injuries were consistent with a fall.

Instead of revealing the sad loss, the zoo — which gets nearly half of its $3.5 million in annual funding from the city — told the staff to keep the mayor’s office in the dark about the animal’s fate.

With PETA punting on the issue and the Staten Island Zoo allegedly covering it up, a cynical person would be forced to conclude:

Add that to the awesome driving skilz of Ted Kennedy, Jim McGreevy, and Texas DA Rosemary Lehmberg and the answer is obvious. When you’re on the left, you’re granted…

(Apologies — that song may be a federal crime as well.)

Update: “Liberal Politicians Can’t Stop Killing Innocent Creatures: NYC mayor slaughters lovable groundhog in brutal death smash.”

Gray Lady’s Dream Finally Comes True

September 25th, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Now is the time when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals-style:

The other night I dreamt of Barack Obama. He was taking a shower right when I needed to get into the bathroom to shave my legs, and then he was being yelled at by my husband, Max, for smoking in the house. It was not clear whether Max was feeling protective of the president’s health or jealous because of the cigarette.

—The creepy, self-revealing lede paragraph of “Sometimes a President Is Just a President,” Judith Warner, the New York Times, February 5th, 2009.

A New York Times reporter says a Clinton press aide “escorted” her to the bathroom and waited outside the stall during the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting being held this week in New York. The escort even waited outside the stall until the reporter was done in there.

“The person who stands out is the friendly 20-something press aide who the Clinton Global Initiative tasked with escorting me to the restroom,” Amy Chozick wrote. ”She waited outside the stall in the ladies’ room at the Sheraton Hotel, where the conference is held each year.”

“NY Times Reporter: Clinton Press Aide Followed Me to the Bathroom,” headline, Fox News, today.

That’s Hillary Clinton for you: making the collective dreams of New York Timespeople come true, even when Barack Obama can’t. She’s so selfless that way.

Update: At the Tatler, Bryan Preston adds:

It’s not the first time that the Clinton machine has pulled a bathroom stunt. In 2008, Hillary’s campaign dispatched reporters covering them to a men’s room.

The WaPost’s Chris Cillizza suggests that the Clintons are treating the press with paranoid contempt for two reasons: They hate the media, and they don’t really need the media.

Both reasons are true. And here’s another truth: Clinton can mistreat the media from now until election day in 2016 and it won’t matter a bit. The media will still give them 10 positive stories for every one mildly critical one, and will still fawn all over them every chance it gets.

And Joe Biden’s aides have been infamous for locking reporters in closets and forcing them to delete photos on multiple occasions during his events. But hey, those low-level operatives sometimes need to be reminded who their bosses are from time to time.

“The City of Seattle just passed a new trash ordinance that would fine residents and businesses for throwing away too much food,”  Charlie Spiering writes at Big Government. At NRO, Katherine Timpf adds:

The Seattle City Council voted on Monday to fine residents who do not separate food waste from the rest of their trash.

Starting next year, Seattle homeowners busted with food in the trash will be fined $1 per violation. Businesses and apartment complexes will be fined $50.

The idea is to force residents to recycle the scraps into compost bins. The council hopes the law will help the city reach its goal of a recycling rate of 60 percent by next year.

San Francisco already has a mandatory composting law.

It remains unclear whether or not Seattle law enforcement will search through residents’ trash in order to catch violators.

San Francisco already has its own garbage inspectors, praised last year by the leftist busy-bodies at the Atlantic. (In-between running advertorials from Scientology.) But ultimately of course, it’s not like Seattle and San Francisco actually want those laws to observed:

“Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against – then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now, that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged.

Wasting Away Again In An Obamaville

September 24th, 2014 - 5:00 pm


I’m now being followed on Twitter by “Tent City San Jose,” boasting that it’s “Population 300+ and growing daily,” so I’ve got that going for me. Presumably, they discovered my Twitter profile because it mentions that I’m “San Jose Editor of PJ Media.” I have no idea if it’s a legit account, although this photo tweeted four hours ago also shows up in a 2012 article at a Website called San Jose Inside, in a post titled, “City Changes Policy on Homeless Camps.”

And this photo, in a tweet whose text reads, “A year and a month ago, I was a working class citizen,” also appears in a post at New York Daily Photo noting that the photo was shot in SoHo. In 2007.)

But this seems like a curious item to post for your 14th addition to an interactive two-way social media:


In contrast, for a look at a march larger group of Bay Area residents who won’t leave anyone alone, and presumably have a different vision of a camp to umm, concentrate their ideological enemies within, check out the prodigal Zombie’s long-awaited return to PJM: “Climate Movement Drops Mask, Admits Communist Agenda.”

And finally, I’m sure this last link has nothing whatsoever to do with either Zombie’s photo essay nor the rag- tag “Tent City San Jose.” Steve Green lists the “Worst States to Do Business In.”

Two guesses as to which formerly golden state is Number One.

Related: City Journal’s Steven Malanga on “The Professional Panhandling Plague.”