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David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ Gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for WTHR.com. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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PJ Lifestyle’s Top 50 List Articles of 2013

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

shutterstock_140335888In ranking these articles over the past few months I’ve blended a number of different factors: popularity, significance of the subject matter, creativity of the arguments, originality of concept, and I’ve limited myself to only a handful of personal bias.

50. Kyle Smith: 5 Smart Comedies You Haven’t Seen on Netflix

49. Becky Graebner: 4 Ways Being a Sorority Girl Prepared Me for the Real World

48. Paula Bolyard: 5 Things Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Want You to Know About Pregnancy Resource Centers

47. Kyle Smith: The 6 Most Disgusting Horror Movies On Netflix Streaming That No Sane Person Should Ever Watch

46. Kyle Smith: 10 Amazing Criterion Collection Films On Hulu Every Sane Person Should See

45. John Boot: 5 Actors With Careers That Are Collapsing

44. Charlie Martin: 4 Weight Loss Myths Exposed

43. John Boot: 5 Reasons Zach Galifianakis Is a Hack

42. Megan Fox: 9 Reasons to Abandon the Corporate Gym for a Family Gym

41. John Boot: 4 Ways Star Trek: Into Darkness Shills for Surrender in the War on Terror 

40. Leslie Loftis: The 5 Most Under-appreciated Female Heroes

39. Becky Graebner: 4 Reasons Americans Don’t Care About Cars Anymore

38. Chris Queen: 5 Underrated Disney World Attractions You Shouldn’t Skip

37. John Boot: 5 Reasons Childish Liberals Love Their Hunger Games So Much

36. Bonnie Ramthun: 3 Reasons Why Teens Today Can’t Find Jobs

35. Kyle Smith: 5 Ways Democrats Mythologize JFK

34. Megan Fox: 9 Secrets to Keep Your Daughter From Becoming a Slut

33. John Boot: The 4 Big Lies That Ruined The X-Men Movie Franchise

32. Chris Yogerst: 5 Secrets For Thriving In A World When Everything Happens NOW

31. Walter Hudson: 7 Ways to Reboot Star Trek With a New TV Show

 

30. Kathy Shaidle: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: 6 Gen-Xers I Can Actually Stand

29. Bonnie Ramthun: The 5 Worst Books for Your Children

28. Kathy Shaidle: Why The 3 Best Monty Python Sketches Aren’t Necessarily the Funniest

27. Paula Bolyard: 5 Covert Conservative Lessons in Downton Abbey

26. J. Christian Adams: 7 Times Downton Abbey Has Jumped the Shark

25. Kathy Shaidle: Do These 3 Things To Own Your Name on Google’s First Page

24. Kathy Shaidle: How to Go Galt: 5 Controversial Tips For Enjoying America’s Coming Collapse

23. Paula Bolyard: 7 Bad Reasons to Send Your Teens to Public Schools

22. Walter Hudson: 6 Ways Activists Sabotage Their Cause

21. Rhonda Robinson: 3 Principles of a Biblical Diet

20. John Boot: 6 Kids Films Filled With Green Propaganda

19. Chris Queen: 10 Books Every Disney Fan Should Read

18. J. Christian Adams: How 7 Crappy Green Products Threaten To Annoy Your Family

17. Paula Bolyard: 5 Reasons To Remain Optimistic That We Haven’t Lost America Yet

16. Kathy Shaidle: 6 Classic Songs That Almost Didn’t Exist

15. Dave Swindle: Don’t Forget These 10 Morally Blind Responses to 4/15/13, the Boston Jihad

14. Robert Spencer: 5 Ways Reza Aslan Lies About Christianity

13. Walter Hudson: How 6 Green Lies Threaten To Starve Your Family

12. John Boot: 5 Destructive Ideas Matt Damon Devotes His Movies To Promoting

11. Bryan Preston: The 10 Most Amazing Eateries in Austin, TX

10. Paula Bolyard: How 10 Troubling Homework Assignments Reveal the Truth About Common Core

9. Walter Hudson: 5 Ideas You Need to Escape Poverty

8. Susan L.M. Goldberg: 5 Uncomfortable Truths HBO’s Girls Reveals About American Pop Culture Today

7. Megan Fox: 8 Reasons Homeschooling Is Superior to Public Education

6. Kathy Shaidle: The 8 Most Overrated Musicians

5. Chris Queen: The 10 Things You Must Do At DisneyLand

4. R.J. Moeller: Dostoevsky’s 6 Nightmare Prophecies That Came True in the 20th Century

3. Susan L.M. Goldberg: Admiring Ann: 5 Coulterisms for Counterculture Conservatives

2. Walter Hudson: 5 Tips for Coming Out as a Black Conservative

1. Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa: 11 Reasons To Reject JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories

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Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa

Kyle Smith, Becky Graebner, Paula Bolyard, John Boot, Charlie Martin, Megan Fox, Leslie Loftis, Chris Queen, Bonnie Ramthun, Walter Hudson, Kathy Shaidle, Susan L.M. Goldberg…

This list offers an introduction to some of these writers’ strongest pieces but this is just the tip of the iceberg. They have each thrived in non-list format as well. In the coming weekends at PJ Lifestyle I’ll begin unveiling some of the greatest hits collections and themed article compilations of these and PJ’s other all-star writers. My hope is that these future collections can showcase clearly what I believe sincerely: the team of writers that I’m blessed to work with every day is the most talented, innovative, and exciting online. I want to see my friends succeed and more people all around the world come to recognize the extraordinary insights their articles provide.

So please check back with us at PJ Lifestyle on the weekends for more surprises…

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Don’t Forget These 10 Morally Blind Responses to 4/15/13, the Boston Jihad

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in on April 19 of 2013 as “10 Depressing, Morally Confused Reactions to 4/15/13, the Boston Jihad” It is being reprinted as part of a weekend series at PJ Lifestyle collecting and organizing the top 50 best lists.

Reuters reported at 11:54 AM EST on the ideology inspiring the terrorists who murdered and butchered Americans in Boston on Monday:

His “World view” is listed as “Islam” and his “Personal priority” is “career and money”.

He has posted links to videos of fighters in the Syrian civil war and to Islamic web pages with titles like “Salamworld, my religion is Islam” and “There is no God but Allah, let that ring out in our hearts”.

He also has links to pages calling for independence for Chechnya, a region of Russia that lost its bid for secession after two wars in the 1990s.

The page also reveals a sense of humor, around his identity as a member of a minority from southern Russia’s restive Caucasus, which includes Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia and other predominately Muslim regions that have seen two decades of unrest since the fall of the Soviet Union.

“I don’t have a single American friend,” one caption quotes him as saying. “I don’t understand them.” [emphasis added]

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I will state my position about what has happened this way:

Al Qaeda’s Attack on America on September 11, 2001 = the beginning of World War 1

Two NON-ARAB, WHITE, WHOLLY AMERICANIZED Homegrown Millennial Jihadists Take America Hostage And Launch a New Template for How to Wage A DIY, Low Budget-Download-The-Instructions-Off-The-Internet Terror War = the beginning of World War II.

We are now entering a new phase of the Islamic war to replace liberal societies with Sharia law. This is World War IV, a multi-decade conflict that will be for our generation what the war against Nazism and Fascism was for our grandparents. Except it will probably be worse.

As such, I would like to primarily address those who have not yet given up progressivism, moral relativism, and the Democratic party — the three idols I grew up worshiping for the first two decades of my life. (I realize now that the reason I abandoned progressivism is simply that I didn’t go to graduate school whereas most of my friends did. My brainwashing gradually wore off after I got out into the real world and had to try and survive.)

This is not an oppressive, Corporate Imperial war waged against harmless Muslims. It is a war that Islam has declared against Enlightenment-based societies. The problem is not the Koran or Islam. The problem is radical (as in going to the root of the idea) Islam or Islamism, or Orthodox Islam, or the traditional Islam of history that requires the marriage of mosque and state accompanied by full implementation of chop-your-hands-off-style Sharia. Muslims who reject Koranic literalism and affirm Enlightenment philosophy are A-OK. (See Robert Spencer’s article this morning to see the great Jazz music some of them have made. And note Roger L. Simon today — Islam is not a race.) Muslims who embrace America instead of demanding American submission can enjoy the riches of Liberty just as every immigrant who has come to this land throughout the centuries to worship their God and work hard.

We need to stand with genuine Muslim liberals against both the terrorists and stealth (non-violent) jihadists rebelling against the Modern world.

That requires identifying those in the political and media classes who sabotage these efforts. Here are 10 examples of those whose ideas undermine the safety of Americans and the twin projects to nurture political liberalism in the Muslim mind and Enlightenment values in the Islamic soul.

1. Progressive Filmmaker Michael Moore:

“They know nothing.” It’s very important for Moore to try and undermine the credentials of anyone who can affirm that Sharia is a real threat. In Moore’s world Global Warming is more dangerous and cigarettes and car accidents cause more deaths per year than Islamists. Corporations have killed plenty more people than this “one teenager.”

“I guessed correctly. the bombings were not carried out by women.”

There will be more Jihad Janes, Mike…

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Men Should Read Lisa De Pasquale’s Sexy Memoir

Friday, April 11th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

I just finished Lisa De Pasquale's memoir and I am blown away by her courage and talent. A must-read that says so much about the problems in American religious, political, and popular culture. More blogging coming soon on it now that I'm finished... #god #relationships

Beginning a series on Lisa De Pasquale's memoir, hinting at some of the tough truths she has hidden inside it... #religion #relationships #menandwomen #god #Conservatism #Righteousness #Breitbart

Do not be fooled by the innocent cover and former Conservative Political Action Coordinator (CPAC) coordinator Lisa De Pasquale’s friendly public persona. Her debut book is actually a time bomb waiting to explode. Hidden within an accessible, page-turner narrative running through the ups and downs of her Washington D.C. dating life are actually some eye-popping revelations and very substantive critiques of a culture in crisis.

Parts of Finding Mr. Righteous reminded me of the Anthony Weiner scandals — older ideological leader uses position of authority, admiration of younger women, and his cell phone to fulfill his teenage boy-level sexual urges. But this is the Right side of the aisle where politics and faith mingle more freely and stories like this one in the Daily Mail this week also came to mind as a parallel:  Florida megachurch pastor resigns over accusations. Time and again the charismatic, powerful men preach purity from the pulpit while satisfying their inner pagan in private.

Here’s a passage from page 159 in which “Ryan the Preacher” pulls a Carlos Danger move on Lisa, soliciting her for phone sex:

One of the more eye-popping passages from Lisa De Pasquale's memoir #FindingMrRighteous. A Christian preacher who publicly praises modesty in women in private seeks dominating phone sex fantasies with vulnerable women who look up to him as a moral leader. Page 159. Controversial stuff coming...

“I also want to give you some orders”?

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Which Style of iPhone Cover Best Fits Your Lifestyle?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

Upcoming product review - iPhone 5s case by Mujjo. Comparing to the Otter Box I already have.

When it comes to cases for one’s phones the differences available range widely in both function and style. As one who has developed the, some would say, obnoxious habit of using the cell phone to film the Siberian Husky running around the neighborhood, I prefer phone cases that offer protection.

Thus, I’m not all that impressed with the Mujjo iPhone 5s case that I received last week to review. The black leather case slips on and leaves the phone’s screen exposed. It offers limited protection for liquid or direct hits onto the screen. But I understand that perhaps those living less active lifestyles might not need as much protection and prefer the Mujjo’s beneficial feature, a space on the back to hold a few credit cards or hotel room keys:

Mujjo iPhone 5s case has a slot on back for cards - the redeeming feature from an otherwise so-so product.

This could work as a vacation case but generally I’m more inclined to lean toward protection over fashion. What do you prefer with your phone case? Is there a sturdier choice than the Otterbox?

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45 of PJ Lifestyle’s Best List Articles from 2013

Sunday, April 6th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

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See the introduction to this new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle here: What Are the Top 50 PJ Lifestyle ‘Listicles’ of 2013? Cast Your Votes!

Each weekend I’m going to republish five of our best and most popular lists from last year followed by an update of this post with the newest rankings. Please let me know which lists you like and which subjects you want to see more of at PJ Lifestyle.

50. Kyle Smith: 5 Smart Comedies You Haven’t Seen on Netflix

49. Becky Graebner: 4 Ways Being a Sorority Girl Prepared Me for the Real World

48. Paula Bolyard: 5 Things Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Want You to Know About Pregnancy Resource Centers

47. Kyle Smith: The 6 Most Disgusting Horror Movies On Netflix Streaming That No Sane Person Should Ever Watch

46. Kyle Smith: 10 Amazing Criterion Collection Films On Hulu Every Sane Person Should See

45. John Boot: 5 Actors With Careers That Are Collapsing

44. Charlie Martin: 4 Weight Loss Myths Exposed

43. John Boot: 5 Reasons Zach Galifianakis Is a Hack

42. Megan Fox: 9 Reasons to Abandon the Corporate Gym for a Family Gym

41. John Boot: 4 Ways Star Trek: Into Darkness Shills for Surrender in the War on Terror 

40. Leslie Loftis: The 5 Most Under-appreciated Female Heroes

39. Becky Graebner: 4 Reasons Americans Don’t Care About Cars Anymore

38. Chris Queen: 5 Underrated Disney World Attractions You Shouldn’t Skip

37. John Boot: 5 Reasons Childish Liberals Love Their Hunger Games So Much

36. Bonnie Ramthun: 3 Reasons Why Teens Today Can’t Find Jobs

35. Kyle Smith: 5 Ways Democrats Mythologize JFK

34. Megan Fox: 9 Secrets to Keep Your Daughter From Becoming a Slut

33. John Boot: The 4 Big Lies That Ruined The X-Men Movie Franchise

32. Walter Hudson: 7 Ways to Reboot Star Trek With a New TV Show

31. Kathy Shaidle: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: 6 Gen-Xers I Can Actually Stand

30. Bonnie Ramthun: The 5 Worst Books for Your Children

29. Kathy Shaidle: Why The 3 Best Monty Python Sketches Aren’t Necessarily the Funniest

28. Paula Bolyard: 5 Covert Conservative Lessons in Downton Abbey

27. J. Christian Adams: 7 Times Downton Abbey Has Jumped the Shark

26. Kathy Shaidle: Do These 3 Things To Own Your Name on Google’s First Page

25. Kathy Shaidle: How to Go Galt: 5 Controversial Tips For Enjoying America’s Coming Collapse

24. Walter Hudson: 6 Ways Activists Sabotage Their Cause

23. Rhonda Robinson: 3 Principles of a Biblical Diet

22. John Boot: 6 Kids Films Filled With Green Propaganda

21. J. Christian Adams: How 7 Crappy Green Products Threaten To Annoy Your Family

20. Paula Bolyard: 5 Reasons To Remain Optimistic That We Haven’t Lost America Yet

19. Kathy Shaidle: 6 Classic Songs That Almost Didn’t Exist

18. Robert Spencer: 5 Ways Reza Aslan Lies About Christianity

17. Walter Hudson: How 6 Green Lies Threaten To Starve Your Family

16. John Boot: 5 Destructive Ideas Matt Damon Devotes His Movies To Promoting

15. Paula Bolyard: How 10 Troubling Homework Assignments Reveal the Truth About Common Core

14. Walter Hudson: 5 Ideas You Need to Escape Poverty

13. Susan L.M. Goldberg: 5 Uncomfortable Truths HBO’s Girls Reveals About American Pop Culture Today

12. Megan Fox: 8 Reasons Homeschooling Is Superior to Public Education

11. Kathy Shaidle: The 8 Most Overrated Musicians

10. Chris Queen: The 10 Things You Must Do At DisneyLand

9. R.J. Moeller: 6 Wars of the 20th Century Dostoevsky Predicted

8. Susan L.M. Goldberg: Admiring Ann: 5 Coulterisms for Counterculture Conservatives

7. Walter Hudson: 5 Tips for Coming Out as a Black Conservative

6. Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa: 11 Reasons To Reject JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…? Next weekend.

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How My Younger Brother Punked Me This April Fool’s Day

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

After reading this on Facebook I called my brother, intending to console him and push him to find better friends:

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But his consoles were fine! (And of course the classic, 8-bit, family Nintendo, first acquired as my “big brother present” when he was born, was safely at home in the parents’ basement as I knew it was.)

I’d so quickly shifted into Big Brother mode that I forgot today’s pseudo-holiday.

I was relieved, and glad to get to catch up with “Jeremac” who was his usual cheery, upbeat self. One thing I told him about was the new Liberty Island site — a venue that could be good for the humorous short stories he writes from time to time…

Happy April Fool's Day! #tarot

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40 Of My Favorite Listicles From Last Year

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

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See the introduction to this new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle here: What Are the Top 50 PJ Lifestyle ‘Listicles’ of 2013? Cast Your Votes!

Each weekend I’m going to republish five of our best and most popular lists from last year followed by an update of this post with the newest rankings. Please let me know which lists you like and which subjects you want to see more of at PJ Lifestyle.

50. Kyle Smith: 5 Smart Comedies You Haven’t Seen on Netflix

49. Becky Graebner: 4 Ways Being a Sorority Girl Prepared Me for the Real World

48. Paula Bolyard: 5 Things Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Want You to Know About Pregnancy Resource Centers

47. Kyle Smith: The 6 Most Disgusting Horror Movies On Netflix Streaming That No Sane Person Should Ever Watch

46. Kyle Smith: 10 Amazing Criterion Collection Films On Hulu Every Sane Person Should See

45. Charlie Martin: 4 Weight Loss Myths Exposed

44. John Boot: 5 Reasons Zach Galifianakis Is a Hack

43. Megan Fox: 9 Reasons to Abandon the Corporate Gym for a Family Gym

42. John Boot: 4 Ways Star Trek: Into Darkness Shills for Surrender in the War on Terror 

41. Leslie Loftis: The 5 Most Under-appreciated Female Heroes

40. Becky Graebner: 4 Reasons Americans Don’t Care About Cars Anymore

39. John Boot: 5 Reasons Childish Liberals Love Their Hunger Games So Much

38. Bonnie Ramthun: 3 Reasons Why Teens Today Can’t Find Jobs

37. Kyle Smith: 5 Ways Democrats Mythologize JFK

36. Megan Fox: 9 Secrets to Keep Your Daughter From Becoming a Slut

35. John Boot: The 4 Big Lies That Ruined The X-Men Movie Franchise

34. Walter Hudson: 7 Ways to Reboot Star Trek With a New TV Show

33. Kathy Shaidle: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: 6 Gen-Xers I Can Actually Stand

32. Bonnie Ramthun: The 5 Worst Books for Your Children

31. Kathy Shaidle: Why The 3 Best Monty Python Sketches Aren’t Necessarily the Funniest

30. Paula Bolyard: 5 Covert Conservative Lessons in Downton Abbey

29. J. Christian Adams: 7 Times Downton Abbey Has Jumped the Shark

28. Kathy Shaidle: Do These 3 Things To Own Your Name on Google’s First Page

27. Walter Hudson: 6 Ways Activists Sabotage Their Cause

26. Rhonda Robinson: 3 Principles of a Biblical Diet

25. John Boot: 6 Kids Films Filled With Green Propaganda

24. J. Christian Adams: How 7 Crappy Green Products Threaten To Annoy Your Family

23. Kathy Shaidle: 6 Classic Songs That Almost Didn’t Exist

22. Robert Spencer: 5 Ways Reza Aslan Lies About Christianity

21. Walter Hudson: How 6 Green Lies Threaten To Starve Your Family

20. John Boot: 5 Destructive Ideas Matt Damon Devotes His Movies To Promoting

19. Paula Bolyard: How 10 Troubling Homework Assignments Reveal the Truth About Common Core

18. Walter Hudson: 5 Ideas You Need to Escape Poverty

17. Susan L.M. Goldberg: 5 Uncomfortable Truths HBO’s Girls Reveals About American Pop Culture Today

16. Megan Fox: 8 Reasons Homeschooling Is Superior to Public Education

15. Kathy Shaidle: The 8 Most Overrated Musicians

14. Chris Queen: The 10 Things You Must Do At DisneyLand

13. R.J. Moeller: 6 Wars of the 20th Century Dostoevsky Predicted

12. Susan L.M. Goldberg: Admiring Ann: 5 Coulterisms for Counterculture Conservatives

11. Walter Hudson: 5 Tips for Coming Out as a Black Conservative

10.-1 ????? To be determined in the next 2 weeks…

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Writing a Letter to My Friend in Heaven Upon Receiving His Final Book

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle
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Dear Barry, Your book just arrived in the mail. You already know that, of course, now that you’re in Heaven, one with the Divine, and now enjoying life outside of time. It must be wonderful for you now, knowing how The Story turns out in the end. Now I’m remembering why I haven’t managed to do a more thorough article yet about what you’ve meant to me. It’s been almost two months now and I guess a certain part of me is still in the denial phase. At one level I just want to pretend you’re having a long break while going through a rough chemo treatment. But that’s not an option anymore. It never should have been. Those of us who you taught have a responsibility to continue your tradition of scholarship, writing, and activism. Time to get back to work now. with respect, David Swindle

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What Is the Best Tea? And Where Can I Get Some?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

What is the best #tea and where can I get some? A question I submit to the universe. #experiment

I’m going to begin the search and report on my results here at PJ Lifestyle. Where to begin to move beyond the basics of grocery store English Breakfast and Earl Grey? Leave you suggestions in the comments or get in touch with me via email.

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2 Facts About the Film Industry That Should Blow Your Mind

Monday, March 24th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

2 Facts About the Film Industry That Should Blow Your Mind. Via The #Hollywood Economist by Edward Jay Epstein #history #movies #books #ideas

  1. The Hollywood Economist
  2. America 3.0
  3. Hollywood Cartoons
  4. Intellectuals

In my grandparents’ generation about 80% of the country took in the same form of entertainment each week. Today, given the increase in more advanced entertainment options, it’s down to 10%.

Related, the Wall Street Journal on our level of television watching today:

Americans watched TV for two hours and 50 minutes a day, a second-straight increase from two hours and 44 minutes in 2010.

The ability to first influence and then seize control of a culture is predicated on being the first and then the best to master a new technology. In battles both of politics and in military conflicts the victory usually goes to the side with superior firepower that both understands the weapons they have and then has the will to use them.

So what’s next?

She snoozes so contently #maura #siberianhusky Loyal #dog

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35 of My Favorite PJ Lifestyle Listicles From Last Year (Ranked In Order)

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

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See the introduction to this new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle here: What Are the Top 50 PJ Lifestyle ‘Listicles’ of 2013? Cast Your Votes!

Each weekend I’m going to republish five of our best and most popular lists from last year followed by an update of this post with the newest rankings. Please let me know which lists you like and which subjects you want to see more of at PJ Lifestyle.

50. Kyle Smith: 5 Smart Comedies You Haven’t Seen on Netflix

49. Becky Graebner: 4 Ways Being a Sorority Girl Prepared Me for the Real World

48. Paula Bolyard: 5 Things Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Want You to Know About Pregnancy Resource Centers

47. Kyle Smith: The 6 Most Disgusting Horror Movies On Netflix Streaming That No Sane Person Should Ever Watch

46. Kyle Smith: 10 Amazing Criterion Collection Films On Hulu Every Sane Person Should See

45. Charlie Martin: 4 Weight Loss Myths Exposed

44. John Boot: 5 Reasons Zach Galifianakis Is a Hack

43. Megan Fox: 9 Reasons to Abandon the Corporate Gym for a Family Gym

42. John Boot: 4 Ways Star Trek: Into Darkness Shills for Surrender in the War on Terror 

41. Becky Graebner: 4 Reasons Americans Don’t Care About Cars Anymore

40. John Boot: 5 Reasons Childish Liberals Love Their Hunger Games So Much

39. Kyle Smith: 5 Ways Democrats Mythologize JFK

38. Megan Fox: 9 Secrets to Keep Your Daughter From Becoming a Slut

37. Walter Hudson: 7 Ways to Reboot Star Trek With a New TV Show

36. Kathy Shaidle: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: 6 Gen-Xers I Can Actually Stand

35. Bonnie Ramthun: The 5 Worst Books for Your Children

34. Kathy Shaidle: Why The 3 Best Monty Python Sketches Aren’t Necessarily the Funniest

33. Paula Bolyard: 5 Covert Conservative Lessons in Downton Abbey

32. J. Christian Adams: 7 Times Downton Abbey Has Jumped the Shark

31. Kathy Shaidle: Do These 3 Things To Own Your Name on Google’s First Page

30. Walter Hudson: 6 Ways Activists Sabotage Their Cause

29. Rhonda Robinson: 3 Principles of a Biblical Diet

28. John Boot: 6 Kids Films Filled With Green Propaganda

27. J. Christian Adams: How 7 Crappy Green Products Threaten To Annoy Your Family

26. Robert Spencer: 5 Ways Reza Aslan Lies About Christianity

25. Walter Hudson: How 6 Green Lies Threaten To Starve Your Family

24. John Boot: 5 Destructive Ideas Matt Damon Devotes His Movies To Promoting

23. Paula Bolyard: How 10 Troubling Homework Assignments Reveal the Truth About Common Core

22. Susan L.M. Goldberg: 5 Uncomfortable Truths HBO’s Girls Reveals About American Pop Culture Today

21. Megan Fox: 8 Reasons Homeschooling Is Superior to Public Education

20. Kathy Shaidle: The 8 Most Overrated Musicians

19. Chris Queen: The 10 Things You Must Do At DisneyLand

18. R.J. Moeller: 6 Wars of the 20th Century Dostoevsky Predicted

17. Susan L.M. Goldberg: Admiring Ann: 5 Coulterisms for Counterculture Conservatives

16. Walter Hudson: 5 Tips for Coming Out as a Black Conservative

15.-1 ????? To be determined in the next 3 weeks…

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Awesome! Jackson Pollock’s Mural Now On Display at the Getty

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

April and I are definitely going to go and see this exhibit soon. We need to go to the Getty more often.

The painting’s creation was dramatized in the 2000 biopic Pollock, directed and starring Ed Harris:

Alas, real life is less exciting than fiction, as the LA Times reports, many layers of the painting would have made a single night’s creative burst impossible:

Doubts that Pollock painted the 20-foot canvas in one sustained burst of all-night creative fervor, which was central to the artist’s myth promoted by his widow, painter Lee Krasner, had been growing for some time — most cogently in the work of Pollock scholar Francis V. O’Connor. As I wrote on Monday, Getty conservators have now laid that myth to rest, showing through careful scientific and other analysis how it was virtually impossible.

I can’t wait to see it for real.

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30 Provocative Lists On Everything From Culture to History to Family to Terrible TV Shows

Sunday, March 16th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

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See the introduction to this new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle here: What Are the Top 50 PJ Lifestyle ‘Listicles’ of 2013? Cast Your Votes!

Each weekend I’m going to republish five of our best and most popular lists from last year followed by an update of this post with the newest rankings. Please let me know which lists you like and which subjects you want to see more of at PJ Lifestyle.

50. Kyle Smith: 5 Smart Comedies You Haven’t Seen on Netflix

49. Becky Graebner: 4 Ways Being a Sorority Girl Prepared Me for the Real World

48. Paula Bolyard: 5 Things Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Want You to Know About Pregnancy Resource Centers

47. Kyle Smith: The 6 Most Disgusting Horror Movies On Netflix Streaming That No Sane Person Should Ever Watch

46. Kyle Smith: 10 Amazing Criterion Collection Films On Hulu Every Sane Person Should See

45. Charlie Martin: 4 Weight Loss Myths Exposed

44. John Boot: 5 Reasons Zach Galifianakis Is a Hack

43. Megan Fox: 9 Reasons to Abandon the Corporate Gym for a Family Gym

42. John Boot: 4 Ways Star Trek: Into Darkness Shills for Surrender in the War on Terror 

41. Walter Hudson: 6 Ways Activists Sabotage Their Cause

40. Becky Graebner: 4 Reasons Americans Don’t Care About Cars Anymore

39. John Boot: 5 Reasons Childish Liberals Love Their Hunger Games So Much

38. Megan Fox: 9 Secrets to Keep Your Daughter From Becoming a Slut

37. Walter Hudson: 7 Ways to Reboot Star Trek With a New TV Show

36. Kathy Shaidle: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: 6 Gen-Xers I Can Actually Stand

35. Bonnie Ramthun: The 5 Worst Books for Your Children

34. Kathy Shaidle: Why The 3 Best Monty Python Sketches Aren’t Necessarily the Funniest

33. Paula Bolyard: 5 Covert Conservative Lessons in Downton Abbey

32. J. Christian Adams: 7 Times Downton Abbey Has Jumped the Shark

31. Kathy Shaidle: Do These 3 Things To Own Your Name on Google’s First Page

30. Rhonda Robinson: 3 Principles of a Biblical Diet

29. J. Christian Adams: How 7 Crappy Green Products Threaten To Annoy Your Family

28. Walter Hudson: How 6 Green Lies Threaten To Starve Your Family

27. Paula Bolyard: How 10 Troubling Homework Assignments Reveal the Truth About Common Core

26. Susan L.M. Goldberg: 5 Uncomfortable Truths HBO’s Girls Reveals About American Pop Culture Today

25. Megan Fox: 8 Reasons Homeschooling Is Superior to Public Education

24. Kathy Shaidle: The 8 Most Overrated Musicians

23. Chris Queen: The 10 Things You Must Do At DisneyLand

22. Susan L.M. Goldberg: Admiring Ann: 5 Coulterisms for Counterculture Conservatives

21. Walter Hudson: 5 Tips for Coming Out as a Black Conservative

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Making Media Mischief? 40 Products and Books I Recommend For Inspiration

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

Today's product post coming shortly...

This year at PJ Lifestyle we’re going to try and increase the number of products that we review. This is version 3 of an ongoing list of the best books and products for self-styled “new media troublemakers.” I’m going to try and publish new versions with more products and photos regularly. I’d say daily but don’t want to over-promise yet. I’ll TRY for daily (Monday-Friday) with more product suggestions and original photos… Have a product you want to see photographed and reviewed in this space? Send me an email: DaveSwindlePJM {@} Gmail.com

Seven Writing and Media Tools I Use Daily

1. Morning reading spot of choice (when Wife hasn’t commandeered it): Sumo Gigantor - reviewed here, and named “The Giant Tribble” for its furry resemblance to a notorious Star Trek villain. It serves as background for many book photos.

2. Tablet of choice: iPad, a tool I use throughout the work day…

3. Tablet case of choice: Snugg - reviewed here. Have a better one I should try?

4. zebra stylus pen - I like having a real pen on one end and a stylus on the other. I need to order ink refills.

5. Moleskine Journal - I strongly recommend writing by hand and this has become my journal of choice over the years.

6. iPhone for taking and uploading photos.

7. Instagram for sharing images quickly.

Two New Books I’m Enjoying Reading Now That I’ll Review More Thoroughly Soon:

What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House by Tevi Troy. #Book that just arrived I am excited to read and review! #history #freedom #America #siberianhusky

8What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted by Tevi Troy

On the reading agenda this morning: Lisa De Pasquale's debut book #FindingMrRighteous

9. Lisa De Pasquale’s debut book Finding Mr. Righteous

Three Of My Favorite New Books I’m Going to Reread and Write More About Soon:

Very excited to finally get to read Glenn Reynolds's brand new book! The New #School How the Information Age Will Save #American #Education from Itself

10. The New School by Glenn Reynolds

Was Islam manufactured just to unify the Arab empire? Politically incorrect questions... #history #religion #war #god #empire #secular

11. Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa and Prof. Ronald Rychlak’s Disinformation 

12. Robert Spencer’s Did Muhammad Exist?

Twelve Library Books on my Mind of Late:

10 books on #art #culture #history #WaltDisney #BillandHillaryClinton and #EVIL on my mind today.

13. No One Left to Lie To By Christopher Hitchens

14. The Wisdom of Maimonides by Edward Hoffman

15. Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal by William H. Chafe

16. Escape from Evil by Ernest Becker

17. Walt Disney’s Fantasia by John Culhane

18. Walt Disney’s Animated Characters by John Grant

#maura and me Sunday #book reading, jogging, and lunch at the park. Wish Wife was here. #siberianhusky

19. The Hebrew Republic by Eric Nelson

11 books on culture, #art, #poetry personality cults, hate, racism, and #Paganism ancient and modern. Picked up as holds from the library Friday afternoon.

20. Break, Blow Burn by Camille Paglia

21. In Search of Bill Clinton by John Gartner

22. Timothy Leary: A Biography by Robert Greenfield

23. Antisemitism and the American Far Left by Stephen H. Norwood 

"Whenever a person is haughty, the #Divine Presence wails over him." - Maimonides, Commentary on Pirkey Avot quoted in Edward Hoffman's The #Wisdom of #maimonides page 46 juxtaposed with cover of Ann Coulter's case against #BillClinton

24. High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton By Ann Coulter

Where to Get the Best Deals on Books? Library Book Sales. For $20.50 I Got These Ten Last Weekend:

Yesterday morning at this month's library #book sale I spent $20.50 and acquired these 10 finds - all hardbacks, ranging in price from 1-2.50 each. #Apple #ForbiddenKnowledge #Film #hate #founders #dog #Jefferson #Washington #Hamilton The wife was disappointed there weren't as many art books this month. Maybe next time...

25. Henry Ford and the Jews: The Mass Production of Hate by Neil Baldwin

26. The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald

27. George Washington collected writings

28. Thomas Jefferson collected writings

29. Alexander Hamilton collected writings

(I really made off like a bandit with getting these 3 Library of America collections for only $8. Brand new they’re about $75 and even used you’re lucky to get them for under $30 not counting shipping.)

30. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

31. What’s a Dog For? by John Homans

32. Film: An International History of the Medium by Robert Sklar

33. Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography by Roger Shattuck

34. Barry Goldwater’s The Conscience of a Conservative

Six Movie, Music and Talk Radio Recommendations To Have On in the Background While Troublemaking:

What are the 5 best #disney animated films? I am counting down my picks. I have concluded that #Fantasia is the greatest film Disney ever made. Why? I will explain in a future article...

35. Walt Disney’s Fantasia on Blu Ray

I’ve gotten in the habit of just having it on in the background some days while working…

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36. Oceania by the Smashing Pumpkins, which Chris Queen blogged through track by track last year, is still my favorite go-to album when I need to focus and work.

37. Songza for classical music while working and something more energetic while running the Siberian.

38. Early Morning Talk Radio Recommendation: 6 AM-9 AM PST on Am 870 – The Morning Answer with Ben Shapiro, Elisha Krauss, and Brian Whitman

39. Late Morning Talk Radio Recommendation: 9 AM- Noon, The Dennis Prager Show

40. Late Afternoon Talk Radio Recommendation: 3-6 PM The Ben Shapiro Show on KTTH 770

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6 Shocking Authors I Seek to Syncretize

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

6 Shocking authors I seek to syncretize together: #robertantonwilson #RobertSpencer #Maimonides #AnnCoulter #camillepaglia and #IonMihaiPacepa The #siberianhusky #maura is eager for her evening run.

Books photographed on the awesome sumo gigantor beanbag…

So when I asked today’s PJ Lifestyle daily question about the best way to read, it was wholly with practical intent. I don’t read one book at a time; I’m always aways into dozens. It’s because my goal for many years now as a writer and editor has been to smash together ideas and thinkers to try to develop new approaches that transcend the stereotypes of Left vs Right, Believer vs Secularist, Liberal vs Conservative.

Here are six very different authors who I focused on last year and will continue dissecting this year to try to find fresh connections. The books of each of them will shock you in totally different ways. I recommend reading them alongside one another.

1. Counterculture intellectual and sci fi novelist Robert Anton Wilson

Page 7 of the introduction to the play Wilhelm Reich in Hell:

#RobertAntonWilson defines scientism and it's soul-smashing consequences on page 7 of the introduction to his play Wilhelm Reich in Hell. #science #dogma #secularism #secular #atheism #god #religion #freedom #history

Page 221 of Volume 2 of Schrodinger’s Cat: The Trick Top Hat

"The real secret is that you're not a member until it's too late to get out." - #robertantonwilson page 221 of Volume 2 of #SchrodingersCat The Trick Top Hat #Illuminati #magick #occult #selftransformation

2. Counter-jihad activist and religious scholar Robert Spencer

Page 139 of Islam Unveiled:

Robert Spencer explains the truth about the Crusades on page 139 of #Islam Unveiled.

Page 63 of Did Muhammad Exist?:

Reminder: #Muhammad is as historical as #MickeyMouse and was invented for the same purpose... #empire. Page 63 of Robert Spencer's Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam's Obscure Origins #religion #history #God #truth #Christianity #atheist #secular

3. Former Soviet Spymaster and Hero Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa

Was Islam manufactured just to unify the Arab empire? Politically incorrect questions... #history #religion #war #god #empire #secular

Page 207 of Pacepa’s memoir Red Horizons

How #Marxist #criminal tyrants duped the naive liberals in the West with #disinformation and bogus defense figures. An excerpt from page 207 of Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa's mind-blowing memoir #RedHorizons , a book that can transform one's understanding of history. Pacepa is highest ranking defector from the Soviet Union. He was the spymaster for Ceausescu, dictator of Romania. He now lives in the US in hiding with a bounty still on his head, writing books and articles and responding to interviews via email. His understanding of the world is unique and his insights have been important influences as I've developed my book. #history #freedom #Pacepa

4. The #1 Conservative Columnist and Most Provocative Cable News Pundit Ann Coulter

Edward Hoffman’s The Wisdom of Maimonides page 46 juxtaposed with the cover of High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton:

"Whenever a person is haughty, the #Divine Presence wails over him." - Maimonides, Commentary on Pirkey Avot quoted in Edward Hoffman's The #Wisdom of #maimonides page 46 juxtaposed with cover of Ann Coulter's case against #BillClinton

Page 56 of High Crimes and Misdemeanors:

A reminder of who #BillClinton, defining icon of #babyboomer liberalism, actually is. Page 56 of High Crimes and Misdemeanors by #AnnCoulter

5. Foundational Thinker of Western Civilization and Jewish Philosopher Maimonides

Page 35 of Hoffman’s The Wisdom of Maimonides:

"Undesirable traits are acquired through association with the wicked." - #maimonides page 35 of Hoffman's The #wisdom of Maimonides

6. Cultural Critic and Literary Theorist Camille Paglia

Page 66 of Sex, Art, and American Culturean essay collection from the early ’90s:

Camille Paglia explains how she differs from the prominent feminists today. Page 66 of Sex, #Art and #American Culture. #feminism #feminist #liberal #conservative #radical

Page xiv from the introduction to Break Blow Burn, Paglia’s analysis of 43 significant poems from Western Civilization:

"Art is a revelation of the interconnectedness of the universe." - Camille Paglia, xiv introduction to Break Blow Burn, her analysis of 43 great, classic #poems of Western Civilization. #art #culture #camillepaglia #Shakespeare #god #sacred

What connections do you see between these various excerpts featured today? And what other authors and books that you like should I add to my studies?

Question this morning: do you believe in angels? #religion #God #mystic #Happiness

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34 Tools of the Trade For New Media Troublemakers

Monday, March 10th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

I am going to try hard to do a product review post each weekday. #ipad #writing goals #newmediatroublemaker

This year at PJ Lifestyle we’re going to try and increase the number of products that we review. This is version 2 of an ongoing list of the best books and products for self-styled “new media troublemakers.” I’m going to try and publish new versions of this list with more products and photos regularly. I’d say daily but don’t want to over-promise yet. I’ll TRY for daily (Monday-Friday) with more product suggestions and original photos…

7 Writing and Media Tools

1. Reading spot of choice (when Wife hasn’t commandeered it): Sumo Gigantor - reviewed here, and named “The Giant Tribble” for its furry resemblance to a notorious Star Trek villain. It serves as background for many book photos.

2. Tablet of choice: iPad, a tool I use throughout the work day…

3. Tablet case of choice: Snugg - reviewed here

4. zebra stylus pen - I like having a real pen on one end and a stylus on the other. I need to order ink refills.

5. Moleskine Journal - I strongly recommend writing by hand and this has become my journal of choice over the years.

6. iPhone for taking and uploading photos.

7. Instagram for sharing images quickly.

2 New Books I’m Enjoying Reading Now That I’ll Be Writing More About Soon:

What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House by Tevi Troy. #Book that just arrived I am excited to read and review! #history #freedom #America #siberianhusky

8What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted by Tevi Troy

On the reading agenda this morning: Lisa De Pasquale's debut book #FindingMrRighteous

9. Lisa De Pasquale’s debut book Finding Mr. Righteous

3 Of My Favorite New Books I’m Going to Reread and Write More About Soon:

Very excited to finally get to read Glenn Reynolds's brand new book! The New #School How the Information Age Will Save #American #Education from Itself

10. The New School by Glenn Reynolds

Was Islam manufactured just to unify the Arab empire? Politically incorrect questions... #history #religion #war #god #empire #secular

11. Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa’s Disinformation 

12. Robert Spencer’s Did Muhammad Exist?

12 Library Books on my Mind of Late:

10 books on #art #culture #history #WaltDisney #BillandHillaryClinton and #EVIL on my mind today.

13. No One Left to Lie To By Christopher Hitchens

14. The Wisdom of Maimonides by Edward Hoffman

15. Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal by William H. Chafe

16. Escape from Evil by Ernest Becker

17. Walt Disney’s Fantasia by John Culhane

18. Walt Disney’s Animated Characters by John Grant

#maura and me Sunday #book reading, jogging, and lunch at the park. Wish Wife was here. #siberianhusky

19. The Hebrew Republic by Eric Nelson

11 books on culture, #art, #poetry personality cults, hate, racism, and #Paganism ancient and modern. Picked up as holds from the library Friday afternoon.

20. Break, Blow Burn by Camille Paglia

21. In Search of Bill Clinton by John Gartner

22. Timothy Leary: A Biography by Robert Greenfield

23. Antisemitism and the American Far Left

"Whenever a person is haughty, the #Divine Presence wails over him." - Maimonides, Commentary on Pirkey Avot quoted in Edward Hoffman's The #Wisdom of #maimonides page 46 juxtaposed with cover of Ann Coulter's case against #BillClinton

24. High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton By Ann Coulter

3. Music and Talk Radio Recommendations While Troublemaking:

What are the 5 best #disney animated films? I am counting down my picks. I have concluded that #Fantasia is the greatest film Disney ever made. Why? I will explain in a future article...

25. Fantasia on Blu Ray

I’ve gotten in the habit of just having it on in the background some days while working…

26. Oceania by the Smashing Pumpkins, which Chris Queen blogged through track by track last year, is still my favorite go-to album when I need to focus and work.

27. Songza for classical music while working and something more energetic while running the Siberian.

28. Early Morning Talk Radio Recommendation: 6 AM-9 AM PST on Am 870 – The Morning Answer with Ben Shapiro, Elisha Krauss, and Brian Whitman

29. Late Morning Talk Radio Recommendation: 9 AM- Noon, The Dennis Prager Show

30. Late Afternoon Talk Radio Recommendation: 3-6 PM The Ben Shapiro Show on KTTH 770

Siberian Husky Supplies

A spoiled #siberianhusky #maura and her defeated #yoda #starwars toy this morning after a good run.

31. Yoda plush

3 Food Picks Today:

A late lunch: 2 cups of tea, #peanuts, #roastbeef, #salami #broccoli #banana #pitachips #pear #stringcheese

32. From the platter of my Trader Joe’s lunch today my perpetual favorite remains their pita chips. I’ll attempt more interesting selections in future photos.

33. 2 cups of Trader Joe’s English Breakfast tea.

34. Underrated Girl Scout cookies: lemon flavored Savannah Smiles.

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25 of My Favorite PJ Lifestyle ‘Listicles’ of 2013

Sunday, March 9th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

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See the introduction to this new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle here: What Are the Top 50 PJ Lifestyle ‘Listicles’ of 2013? Cast Your Votes!

Each weekend I’m going to republish five of our best and most popular lists from last year — 3 on Saturdays, 2 on Sundays, followed by an update of this post with the newest rankings. Please let me know which lists you like and which subjects you want to see more of at PJ Lifestyle.

 

50. Kyle Smith: 5 Smart Comedies You Haven’t Seen on Netflix

49. Becky Graebner: 4 Ways Being a Sorority Girl Prepared Me for the Real World

48. Paula Bolyard: 5 Things Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Want You to Know About Pregnancy Resource Centers

47. Kyle Smith: The 6 Most Disgusting Horror Movies On Netflix Streaming That No Sane Person Should Ever Watch

46. Charlie Martin: 4 Weight Loss Myths Exposed

45. John Boot: 5 Reasons Zach Galifianakis Is a Hack

44. Megan Fox: 9 Reasons to Abandon the Corporate Gym for a Family Gym

43. John Boot: 4 Ways Star Trek: Into Darkness Shills for Surrender in the War on Terror 

42. Walter Hudson: 6 Ways Activists Sabotage Their Cause

41. Becky Graebner: 4 Reasons Americans Don’t Care About Cars Anymore

40. Megan Fox: 9 Secrets to Keep Your Daughter From Becoming a Slut

39. Walter Hudson: 7 Ways to Reboot Star Trek With a New TV Show

38. Kathy Shaidle: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: 6 Gen-Xers I Can Actually Stand

37. Bonnie Ramthun: The 5 Worst Books for Your Children

36. Paula Bolyard: 5 Covert Conservative Lessons in Downton Abbey

35. J. Christian Adams: 7 Times Downton Abbey Has Jumped the Shark

34. Kathy Shaidle: Do These 3 Things To Own Your Name on Google’s First Page

33. Rhonda Robinson: 3 Principles of a Biblical Diet

32. Paula Bolyard: How 10 Troubling Homework Assignments Reveal the Truth About Common Core

31. Susan L.M. Goldberg: 5 Uncomfortable Truths HBO’s Girls Reveals About American Pop Culture Today

30. Megan Fox: 8 Reasons Homeschooling Is Superior to Public Education

29. Kathy Shaidle: The 8 Most Overrated Musicians

28. Chris Queen: The 10 Things You Must Do At DisneyLand

27. Susan L.M. Goldberg: Admiring Ann: 5 Coulterisms for Counterculture Conservatives

26. Walter Hudson: 5 Tips for Coming Out as a Black Conservative

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18 Books and Products I Recommend For Other New Media Troublemakers

Friday, March 7th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

I'm going to start photographing more products to blog about. Please get in touch if you are interested in a review. Everything - books, tech, food, practical products.

This year at PJ Lifestyle we’re going to try and increase the number of products that we review. This is the start of an ongoing list of the best products for self-styled “new media troublemakers.” I’m going to try and publish new versions of this list with more products and photos regularly. I’d say daily but don’t want to over-promise yet. I’ll TRY for daily (Monday-Friday) with more product suggestions and original photos…

Beginning a new morning #reading routine with #siberianhusky #maura

Writing and Media Tools

1. Reading spot of choice (when Wife hasn’t comandeered it): Sumo Gigantor - reviewed here, and named “The Giant Tribble” for its furry resemblance to a notorious Star Trek villain

2. Tablet of choice: iPad, a tool I use throughout the work day…

3. Tablet case of choice: Snugg - reviewed here

4. zebra stylus pen - I like having a real pen on one end and a stylus on the other. I need to order ink refills.

5. Moleskine Journal - I strongly recommend writing by hand and this has become my journal of choice over the years.

6. iPhone

Recommended Books on my Mind of Late:

10 books on #art #culture #history #WaltDisney #BillandHillaryClinton and #EVIL on my mind today.

7. No One Left to Lie To By Christopher Hitchens

8. The Wisdom of Maimonides by Edward Hoffman

9. Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal by William H. Chafe

10. Escape from Evil by Ernest Becker

11. Walt Disney’s Fantasia by John Culhane

12. Walt Disney’s Animated Characters by John Grant

"Whenever a person is haughty, the #Divine Presence wails over him." - Maimonides, Commentary on Pirkey Avot quoted in Edward Hoffman's The #Wisdom of #maimonides page 46 juxtaposed with cover of Ann Coulter's case against #BillClinton

13. High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton By Ann Coulter

Very excited to finally get to read Glenn Reynolds's brand new book! The New #School How the Information Age Will Save #American #Education from Itself

14. The New School by Glenn Reynolds

#maura and me Sunday #book reading, jogging, and lunch at the park. Wish Wife was here. #siberianhusky

15. The Hebrew Republic by Eric Nelson

What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House by Tevi Troy. #Book that just arrived I am excited to read and review! #history #freedom #America #siberianhusky

16What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted by Tevi Troy

On the reading agenda this morning: Lisa De Pasquale's debut book #FindingMrRighteous

17. Lisa De Pasquale’s debut book Finding Mr. Righteous

Siberian Husky Supplies

Today #maura #siberianhusky got groomed and a new blue harness arrived in the mail. She's now tired after our evening run and has assumed her post guarding our patio and monitoring the comings and goings in her neighborhood. Yes, her #Yoda #StarWars doll with a crushed skull in shot.

18. Yoda plush

Food:

Am I the only one who has a fondness for sour fruit? #citrusjunky

Trader Joe’s is current source of photographed foods. Their minneolas didn’t blow me away — as their fruit rarely does — perhaps these on Amazon would be better?

Or maybe you have a product that you’d like to see featured or reviewed? Everything from food to books to tech gadgets and accessories to Giant Tribbles is fair game. And if I’m not the one to review it then another of the PJ Lifestyle contributors might have the expertise. Please contact me: DaveSwindlePJM <@> Gmail.com

Beginning a new series of product reviews. #siberianhusky #maura co-starring.

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How Conservatives Can Conquer Hollywood

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

Dear Roger,

I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to disagree with two points from you piece last week, “How Conservatives Can Take Back (Some of) Hollywood for Oscar Time.” First, let’s take a look at where you place the goal posts for conservatives to aim:

But as you run your personal boycott of Hollywood, remember this. Almost everyone else you know — be it family, friends, business associates and, most especially, your children — is not. They are consuming Hollywood entertainment in mammoth gulps. And politics, as the late Andrew Breitbart said repeatedly (and he was far from the only one), is downstream of culture.

You give up Hollywood and you give up the country. Game over. And as we all know, it’s almost over already. Want that? Well, if you do, you can skip the rest of this article.

So… for those of you that are left… now more than ever is the time for conservatives and libertarians to take back at least some of the entertainment industry. Someone recently told me that Hollywood is like one of those football blowouts with a score of 90 for the liberals and 10 for the conservatives. We have to try to make it at least 70-30 (still a blowout, but there’s a glimmer of hope).

70-30? Come on. Settling for a pittance of the country’s entertainment industry is akin to aiming for a passing grade. Conservatives should proclaim bolder objectives with their efforts to enter the entertainment industry: to become billionaires and dominate the entire field through redefining it.

I’ve been studying and blogging on Walt Disney with Chris Queen here at PJ Lifestyle for over a year now to try to understand the secrets of his success. What did Disney do to make his name synonymous with a new art form? He innovated — a principle you as the co-founder of PJM know well. For Disney, his path — which is worth recounting visually since we can easily thanks to YouTube — made the first big splash with synched-sound cartoons in 1928:

Then Flowers and Trees, the first technicolor cartoon, in 1932:

Then Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first feature-length animated film, in 1937:

And after World War II then leaping to television and theme parks simultaneously, using one to support the other, with the Disneyland TV show in 1954:

Nowadays Disney’s TV and theme park divisions make much more money than the studio films. (BTW, from David P. Goldman, commenting on my Facebook: “Factoid: The market value of Disney Corp is larger than that of the whole Ukrainian stock exchange. So much for Marxists vs. Disney.”)

Conservatives should be looking to the future and to new mediums of entertainment. Humans are not going to amuse themselves by sitting around staring at screens forever. I still believe in the Breitbartian idea that the battle for the culture is more important than the fight over political ideology. Where I’ve changed is in realizing that there’s actually a force more important and powerful to affect and control. Culture is driven by technology. Movable type came before the Gutenberg Bible. Edison’s film camera came before Hollywood. The techniques of animation had to be discovered by Disney and his animators through years of experimenting with Silly Symphony and Mickey Mouse shorts before Snow White could be achieved.

So yeah, politics is downstream of culture. But technology has the power to carve the shape of the river itself.

And conservatives are even more behind when it comes to applying technology to winning elections. J. Christian Adams in the symposium last week spells out how now targeting the broad, mainstream culture isn’t even necessary for winning elections when it’s cheaper to churn out the base rather than work to persuade the undecideds:

Modern elections are all about energy. Energy wins. Period.

The left has developed an election data tool called Catalist. The GOP has no functioning counterpart.  This database allows leftist groups, the DNC, and the Obama campaign to activate the far left base in ways that were never before possible.

How do they do it?  They collect massive amounts of data about everybody.  What you read, what car you drive, what you said in a poll, everything. A consortium of leftist users pump data in, and a consortium of left-wing customers extract data.

The data about Democrat voters allow institutions to flip a switch and ensure a massive base vote.

So what does this have to do with Ted Cruz?

Democrats have realized that modern elections are won or lost by mobilizing the base, period.  Remember the treasured independent middle? Bah. Romney won them overwhelmingly but still lost the election.

The left swamped Romney using Catalist. Romney’s counterpart base mobilizer, “Orca,” crashed and burned on election day – literally. While Romney was spending one dollar to win one vote in the middle, Obama (using Catalist data) was spending a dime to get one vote in the base.

So the Romney campaign was doubly damned. They were outgunned technologically. But what were they shot with from all angles? Unrelenting images of Mitt the heartless corporate businessman, a symbol of the decadent 1%, lapped up by cultures and generations raised on the image of the evil executive. As I wrote about in the summer of 2012, “Why This Election Year America Is Carmela Soprano,” today people no longer know how to recognize good and evil in their leaders or entertainment. When Americans celebrate crooks at the movies they’ll surely vote them into office too.

How to counter this? What sorts of stories can get people to understand that evil actually often appears harmless or even noble to try to deceive you? With films of military tough guys fighting wars in lands most Americans can’t even locate on a map? I have another idea, and Sunday night’s Best Picture winner victory speech inspired me.

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20 Of the Best PJ Lifestyle Lists From 2013

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

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See last week’s introduction to this new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle here: What Are the Top 50 PJ Lifestyle ‘Listicles’ of 2013? Cast Your Votes!

Each weekend I’m going to republish five of our best and most popular lists from last year — 3 on Saturdays, 2 on Sundays, followed by an update of this post with the newest rankings. Please let me know which lists you like and which subjects you want to see more of at PJ Lifestyle.

 

50. Kyle Smith: 5 Smart Comedies You Haven’t Seen on Netflix

49. Becky Graebner: 4 Ways Being a Sorority Girl Prepared Me for the Real World

48. Paula Bolyard: 5 Things Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Want You to Know About Pregnancy Resource Centers

47. John Boot: 5 Reasons Zach Galifianakis Is a Hack

46. Megan Fox: 9 Reasons to Abandon the Corporate Gym for a Family Gym

45. John Boot: 4 Ways Star Trek: Into Darkness Shills for Surrender in the War on Terror 

44. Becky Graebner: 4 Reasons Americans Don’t Care About Cars Anymore

43. Walter Hudson: 7 Ways to Reboot Star Trek With a New TV Show

42. Kathy Shaidle: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: 6 Gen-Xers I Can Actually Stand

41. Bonnie Ramthun: The 5 Worst Books for Your Children

40. Paula Bolyard: 5 Covert Conservative Lessons in Downton Abbey

39. J. Christian Adams: 7 Times Downton Abbey Has Jumped the Shark

38. Rhonda Robinson: 3 Principles of a Biblical Diet

37. Paula Bolyard: How 10 Troubling Homework Assignments Reveal the Truth About Common Core

36. Susan L.M. Goldberg: 5 Uncomfortable Truths HBO’s Girls Reveals About American Pop Culture Today

35. Megan Fox: 8 Reasons Homeschooling Is Superior to Public Education

34. Kathy Shaidle: The 8 Most Overrated Musicians

33. Chris Queen: The 10 Things You Must Do At DisneyLand

32. Susan L.M. Goldberg: Admiring Ann: 5 Coulterisms for Counterculture Conservatives

31. Walter Hudson: 5 Tips for Coming Out as a Black Conservative

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7 Photos of a Siberian Husky vs. a Giant Tribble

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

When I agreed to sample the Sumo Gigantor, I didn’t realize just what would arrive in a matter of days.

I’d hoped it might suffice as a nice, new beanbag for Maura, our Siberian Husky, and could go in the corner of my office at home.

But when the Gigantor arrived squeezed into a huge box and we emptied it out and put on the fur cover, the majesty of the product revealed itself: the whole family, all three of us, could fit on it together.

Now the Gigantor rests in the living room, having replaced the love seat in our sofa set, which has migrated to the office, kind of finally tying the room together, as The Dude would say.

The Wife has been on a huge Star Trek kick for a while now, thus we have christened the new furniture family member “the Tribble.” And April now monopolizes it with Muara when she’s home. It has become a cozy nest while she works on her master’s thesis.

The #siberianhusky #maura considers The Giant Tribble that has invaded our living room. A review coming soon of #Sumo Gigantor...

#siberianhusky #maura happy with new living room fixture.

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It took a little coaxing at first but Maura the Siberian Husky does now like to come up on the Tribble. Here we are together:

Maura and me sitting on the Tribble. #siberianhusky #maura

I find it to be wonderful during my early mornings. I get up at 4 a.m. and it’s a comfortable spot to read while I do my morning stretching and ease into the work day. (That’s before surrendering once The Wife wakes a few hours later.)

I’ve decided that for future photos of books and other products the gigantor will provide a great backdrop:

Beginning a new morning #reading routine with #siberianhusky #maura

We plan to get more gigantors when it comes time to expand the living room in the future. These are superior to sofas; they’re much more versatile for lying, sitting, or snuggling with a Siberian Husky.

The Tribble is huge.

Order your Gigantor here; they come in a variety of colors and covers.

The Tribble and the #siberianhusky #maura

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Do you have a product that you would like to see featured or reviewed at PJ Lifestyle? Contact me at DaveSwindlePJM@Gmail.com

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A 13 Weeks Challenge: Say More, Write Less

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

My new weekday morning writing plan. Inspired by friends... #writing #blogging #newmedia #pomodorotimer #organization

Dear Charlie,

I find it fascinating the way we all seemed to suddenly crash with our ambitious writing plans at about the same time. Is there just some invisible wave, a disturbance in the force to kind of throw off a whole bunch of PJ Lifestyle writers, myself included? It seems like the past few weeks we’ve all gotten sick or had life events of some kind throwing off our blogging routines.

Is this almost a seasonal occurrence perhaps? We’ll figure it out someday. You’ll probably come up with some way to run the data and pick up on some pattern.

[In my case, looking back now, I realize that my consistent, daily blogging stopped on February 3, when learning about Barry Rubin's death. That explains it more than I would've liked.]

But in the mean time, how about we hit the reset button? Now’s the time to start transitioning in the direction that I emailed you and the other PJ Lifestyle regulars about earlier this month: more and shorter posts.

I came to PJ Media almost three years ago with the hope of learning as much as I could from Roger L. Simon. One lesson that he taught and that I’m still pushing to focus on: Do not overwrite. It is a sign that we are not confident in what we are saying when we feel the need to explain excessively.

Make the point in as few words as possible. Roger the Oscar-nominated screenwriter informed the style of Roger the new media editor.

So I’m going to try and do more short posts and I’ll be doing so with the methods you’ve explored in your 13 weeks and organizational series with Sarah Hoyt:

  • Morning Pages – I’ll do free writing in my Moleskine journal each morning
  • Pomodoro timer – I’ll give it 25 minutes in the morning, after my morning reading and running, but before I start the day’s PJM editing.

To these tools I’ll add four New Media practices:

  • InstaGram – photographs of book excerpts
  • InstaGram – handwritten posts
  • Twitter – Current news stories that I tweet about are the seeds of blog posts
  • YouTube – Music, video, lectures – to illustrate and augment posts. Blogs work when they juxtapose image, text, and video.

I’m going to start trying to do at least a post a day, drawing from something in my morning writing pages. Everyday I’ll dive into the editing day with a strong idea in concept and then will be able to quickly assemble a short, juxtaposed blog post from my various media piles, hopefully using a timely story as a hook. Just one or two pages, 100, 200 words – 600 max. Blog posts are best when they’re like jabs in a boxing match.

And I’ve already gone too long. Damn it.

Charlie, you’ve been such a leader and inspiration at PJ Lifestyle. How about jumping in on this style too when you’re ready? All the subjects you’ve been doing so well – health, science, Buddhism, pop culture and book publishing, and feel free to explore more – just aim to up the quantity of posts and decrease the word counts in them. (Sarah, you’re invited too when you’re done finishing up your big writing projects.)

So here’s my new 13 Weeks challenge, for myself and others: during the week we aim to up the quantity of posts, with an emphasis on current stories in culture. Monday-Friday I’m going to aim for at least one post (under 600 words and no more than 2 pages) making one point well. Longer pieces can be saved for our new list-focused weekends and written at a more leisurely pace later.

How’s that sound?

- David

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15 Culture Lists You Don’t Want To Miss

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

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See last week’s introduction to this new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle here: What Are the Top 50 PJ Lifestyle ‘Listicles’ of 2013? Cast Your Votes!

Each weekend I’m going to republish five of our best and most popular lists from last year — 3 on Saturdays, 2 on Sundays, followed by an update of this post with the newest rankings. Please let me know which lists you like and which subjects you want to see more of at PJ Lifestyle.

 

50. Kyle Smith: 5 Smart Comedies You Haven’t Seen on Netflix

49. Becky Graebner: 4 Ways Being a Sorority Girl Prepared Me for the Real World

48. Paula Bolyard: 5 Things Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Want You to Know About Pregnancy Resource Centers

47. John Boot: 5 Reasons Zach Galifianakis Is a Hack

46. John Boot: 4 Ways Star Trek: Into Darkness Shills for Surrender in the War on Terror 

45. Walter Hudson: 7 Ways to Reboot Star Trek With a New TV Show

44. Kathy Shaidle: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: 6 Gen-Xers I Can Actually Stand

43. Bonnie Ramthun: The 5 Worst Books for Your Children

42. Paula Bolyard: 5 Covert Conservative Lessons in Downton Abbey

41. J. Christian Adams: 7 Times Downton Abbey Has Jumped the Shark

40. Susan L.M. Goldberg: 5 Uncomfortable Truths HBO’s Girls Reveals About American Pop Culture Today

39. Megan Fox: 8 Reasons Homeschooling Is Superior to Public Education

38. Chris Queen: The 10 Things You Must Do At DisneyLand

37. Susan L.M. Goldberg: Admiring Ann: 5 Coulterisms for Counterculture Conservatives

36. Walter Hudson: 5 Tips for Coming Out as a Black Conservative

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Why Peggy Noonan Is Dead Right In Diagnosing House of Cards‘ Decadence

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

A great Peggy Noonan blog post today hits the mark, “Our Decadent Elites“:  

Watching Season 2 of “House of Cards.” Not to be a scold or humorless, but do Washington politicians understand how they make themselves look when they embrace the show and become part of its promotion by spouting its famous lines? Congressmen only work three days a week. Each shot must have taken two hours or so—the setup, the crew, the rehearsal, the learning the line. How do they have time for that? Why do they think it’s good for them? “House of Cards” very famously does nothing to enhance Washington’s reputation. It reinforces the idea that the capital has no room for clean people. The earnest, the diligent, the idealistic, they have no place there. Why would powerful members of Congress align themselves with this message? Why do they become part of it? I guess they think they’re showing they’re in on the joke and hip to the culture. I guess they think they’re impressing people with their surprising groovelocity. Or maybe they’re just stupid. But it’s all vaguely decadent, no? Or maybe not vaguely. America sees Washington as the capital of vacant, empty souls, chattering among the pillars. Suggesting this perception is valid is helpful in what way?

Read the whole thing. April and I are six episodes in to the second season and I’ve grown bored with it. Real life is so much more interesting. Some of my tweets in protest:   

“Decadent” really is the correct word to describe the show and what it symbolizes: the cultural twilight of Baby Boomer Liberalism.

Last year I began analyzing Camille Paglia’s books and cultural criticism. More than 20 years ago she predicted what we’re seeing now. Here’s an excerpt from page 3 of Sexual Personae:

“Romanticism always turns into decadence. Nature is a hard taskmaster. It is the hammer and the anvil, crushing individuality. Perfect freedom would be to die by earth, air, water, and fire.”

Where sexual liberation is demanded will sexual cruelty inevitably follow?Sexual Personae by Camille Paglia, pg 3.

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