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What’s On Your Christmas List of Things You Don’t Want Others to Have?

Sunday, December 8th, 2013 - by Walter Hudson

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Some ideas trigger an intellectual gag reflex and leave your neurons gasping for reason. This image conveys one such idea.

Once you regain your composure, realize that this characterization says more about its leftist creator than it says about the Right. It’s because the cartoonist fixates upon the holdings of others that they project that fixation upon the Right.

Indeed, it’s the leftist who seeks to affect what everyone else owns, not the Right. It’s the leftist who presents a list of things others can’t have — large sodas, carbon-emitting vehicles, a healthcare plan they like, etc. It’s the Left that acts as Grinch, plundering in the guise of Santa.

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70 Years & Counting: Hitler Is Still Hot

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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The AP reports that Munich-based Constantin Film will be producing a movie based on German author Timur Vermes’s bestselling novel about the Nazi Dictator. In Er ist Wieder Da, Adolf Hitler “…awakens in modern-day Berlin and becomes the star of a TV comedy show.” No word on whether this “comedy show” will mirror the contemporary Asian game show trend of finding humor in putting fellow citizens in odd, even purportedly life-threatening situations. The film is set to be released in 2015.

Despite Hitler being a “touchy subject” for many Germans, the novel has sold over 1.3 million copies since its debut in 2012. English speakers, have no fear. A translation of the book, titled Look Who’s Back, will be released in April of next year.

In other Hitler satire news, Hitler Rants Parodies (featured above) recently celebrated five years on the web. BothVermes and Constantin Film have as much to do with the YouTube sensation as the psychotic mass murdering dictator has to do with having a laugh. One thing we can confirm: the authors of Er is Wieder Da and Hitler Rants Parodies both know how to humorously kill a conversation.

No word yet on when the satirical biopic about Soviet leader Josef Stalin (working title: Hitler Always Said I Should Laugh More) is set to hit the silver screen. According to several unconfirmed reports, the studio involved is having trouble obtaining a finished draft of the script that isn’t covered in trace amounts of polonium-210.

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The 5 Most Tasteless Hanukkah Gifts for 2013

Monday, November 25th, 2013 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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With all the ugly Christmas sweaters going around, we Jews need to catch up with the trend of bad-taste giving. Sure, you could go for a Menurkey in honor of Thanksgivukkah, or one of the other memorably odd menorah choices, but in the era of heightened European anti-Semitism, Putin’s Syrian intervention, and negotiations with Iran these simple, silly pleasures seem rather passe. Trendy tacky giving requires matching the spirit of the season as well as cultural vogue. With that in mind, I present to you the Top 5 most timely, tacky, and totally tasteless Hanukkah gifts for 2013.

5. Papers, Please

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Great for those American kids who still have the privilege of checking “Decline to Respond” next to questions about racial and ethnic identification, Papers Please is a video game that’s sure to please the tech geek on your list this holiday season. This cheap downloadable PC game’s pixelated animation will hark back to the days of Oregon Trail sans the Donner Party madness. In Papers Please the evil is clean-cut; no need to rape a street whore and throw her out of the car for extra points. As the bureaucrat you simply refuse entry to those in need.

Kindness is the killer in this game, a “dystopian document thriller” about the evils of government paperwork. The perfect training ground for a nation of future bureaucrats, Papers Please is a testimony to Stalin’s axiom, ”Bureaucracy is the price we pay for impartiality.” Perfect for the little Schindler in your life.

4. Nationalist Simulator – Defend Ukraine

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A Ukranian website whose servers are located in Berlin has cultivated a Twitter following among Russian-speakers who love playing Nationalist Simulator – Defend Ukraine. This is the perfect gift for that friend with Eastern European proclivities who just can’t stomach Russians, gays, Americans, and, of course, Jews.

“The objective of the game is to shoot the rainbow flags, Russian flags, American flags, red balls and Jews, who are represented by orange circles adorned with yarmulkes and sidelocks.” Perfect for the self-loathing among us, Russian-speaking Twitter user Denis Goldman (ethnic/religious persuasion unidentified) asked, “God, why had no one come up with this amazing game?”

Given the implied hatred of Russians, I’m guessing the picture of Putin riding a bear implodes if you can get past all those pesky Jews, gays, and Yankees.

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Pull My Finger

Monday, November 25th, 2013 - by Stephen Green

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

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Nick DiPaolo’s New Podcast ‘Goes Against the Status Quo’

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 - by Kathy Shaidle

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Around this time back in 2011, I told PJ Media readers that stand up comic Nick DiPaolo and his longtime friend and colleague Artie Lange had signed a juicy three-year deal to host a sports talk show on satellite radio.

As a fan, I was thrilled for DiPaolo.

He’s been stealing every Comedy Central Roast since they began, and was the undisputed (co)star of the late-lamented Tough Crowd.

That’s why I can’t figure out why (in the words of his fellow comedian Joe Rogan) he’s still not selling out arenas.

So obviously I was shocked (and ticked off) when his radio show returned to the air after the Christmas 2012 break — without him.

Why? No one’s talking, even now, probably for legal reasons.

(It took me far too long to learn that you almost never find out the real reason you — or anybody else — gets either fired or dumped.)

The good news is, DiPaolo promptly went back out on the road, which — don’t kid yourself — isn’t as fun as it sounds, especially when you’re, well, not a kid anymore.

(There’s a reason that’s the premise of Adam Carolla’s next movie…)

DiPaolo has also put together a new hour, just recorded his new performance DVD — and he’s launched a new weekly podcast.

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Saturday Night Live Mocks Orland Park Public Library’s New Porn Policy

Monday, November 18th, 2013 - by Megan Fox

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When I uncovered the open viewing of pornography and the sex acts that naturally go with such a thing at the Orland Park Public Library, I had no idea how crazy and out of control this story would get (police harassment, faked documents, and actual flying monkeys). It took on a life of its own. A video of the library board behaving terribly toward concerned patrons has now garnered over 12,000 views on YouTube, the mayor of the Village of Orland Park has weighed in on the side of filters, every news network has done the story locally (and some nationally), and, a few days ago, this appeared in the New York Post (sent to me by my best friend who lives in New York, who unfortunately had just taken a sip of coffee when she spotted it and spewed brew all over the paper). Found in the “Weird but True” section:

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Britney Spears Used as Somali Pirate Repellent

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - by Bridget Johnson

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Sailors off the Horn of Africa have actually found a use for Britney Spears songs:

Her hits are blasted out to deter kidnap attacks, merchant navy officer Rachel Owens revealed.

Spears’s chart-toppers Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time have proved to be the most effective at keeping the bandits at bay.

Second Officer Owens, who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa, said: ‘Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most.

‘These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.’

…Ms Owens, who regularly guides huge tankers through the waters, said the ship’s speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew.

‘It’s so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns,’ said the 34-year-old, from Gartmore, near Aberfoyle, Stirling.

‘As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can.’

Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, said: ‘Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music.’

He added: I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.’

Somali Pirates, by the way, is the name of a punk band in San Diego — but Britney is surely greater torture on the ears of would-be hijackers.

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Cross-posted from PJ Tatler

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Dean Martin Roasts: Remembrance of Zings Past

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - by Kathy Shaidle

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I was always told never to talk to strangers, so if I traveled back in time to have a word with my younger self, I like to think I’d kick me in the shins.

What difference would it make anyhow?

My pre-pubescent, Carter-era self would never have believed it when grown-up me assured her that (putting aside those brown polyester Sears catalog pants and the blue velour platform shoes and the Love’s Baby Soft and the baby blue, cap sleeved “two fried eggs” t-shirts and root beer-flavored Lip Smackers) one day, believe it or not, I — that is, we — would miss the 1970s.

Not just the late ’70s of my adolescence, but even the “Convoy”/Three’s Company/Bicentennial toilet seat ’70s.

It’s like the “beer googles” effect but for inanimate objects:

Pretty much any cultural artifact, no matter how hideous, starts looking pretty darn good after all these Bud Lights years.

Sometimes, those goggles work a little too well; we misremember stuff as being better — or just bolder — than anything we have now.

For example, a few years back, it became commonplace to cluck:

“They could NEVER make Blazing Saddles today.”

Please. Have you seen There’s Something About Mary or any random South Park episode?

Likewise, those of us of a certain age have been known to make the same fact-free claim regarding All in the Family.

True, the same network that once proudly aired that award-winning landmark television show couldn’t broadcast it now, but a cable channel certainly could.

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VIDEO: The Country Music Awards Parody ‘Obamacare by Morning’

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - by Rhonda Robinson

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Here is the parody on Obamacare performed by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley at the CMA Awards. Singing to the tune of George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning,” these two country artists did what country music does best–tell a great story.

This time, they also reminded us we do still live in America, where we can hold our government up to public scrutiny and laughter.

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3 Reasons Why Dating is Especially Hard in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 - by Becky Graebner

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At a recent convening of the “female minds” during a birthday party celebration, I was reminded of the challenges posed by the D.C. dating scene. A fellow friend at this birthday dinner was regaling the group with her predicament: she had to leave the birthday party early for a date.

Normally, this topic is the launching pad for well-wishes, compliments, and giggles. In this case, the poor girl was dreading her impending date. Subsequent conversations with the male in question after agreeing to the date had made her a little wary.  He was cocky and pushy–which made her question if he was interested in anything more than a quick hook-up.  However, she didn’t want to back out of the date 40 minutes before they were supposed to meet up.

We tried to psyche her up. It’s great to meet new people! A night on the town will be fun!

No go. She was all frowns and pessimism as she slid off her stool and collected her coat and purse.

“Why is dating in D.C. so hard?” she asked as she turned for the door.

We all knew from personal experience what she meant, but none of us had an answer…

Washington D.C. is always a nominee for those lists with titles like “worst city for singles” or “worst city for dating.” It’s not surprising, really. Washington, D.C. is not a normal city. Although the representatives of the nation live and work here, The Capital is in a fantasy land of its own, shielded from the real-world by a thick bubble. It makes sense that this removal from reality in the workplace would also translate to the playground. I do know good people who have met, dated, and married people that they met while living in D.C. However, these people seem to be either part of the lucky minority or are D.C.-dating-warriors who persevered after several harrowing attempts.

Here are three reasons why dating in D.C. is particularly difficult:

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Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse in a Hardware Store

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 - by Builder Bob

*Disclaimer: This article is intended for entertainment and exercising-your-inner-MacGyver purposes only.  The weapons in this article are potentially dangerous and should only be used on the living dead or surplus pumpkins.*

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I have an obsession with everything Zombie-related. I love The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead – hell, I think I’m the only one who liked World War Z (I’ve always wanted a Macro zombie movie that focuses on the global ramifications of a worldwide outbreak instead of focusing on a small group of survivors). Now I know that there is no likelihood of the dead reanimating, but I think it’s a great mental exercise to prepare yourself for a disaster situation. On slow days at work I often wonder what I would do if a zombie outbreak occurred at work and I was stuck with only my bug-out bag and pistol that I leave secured in my car, while the heavy artillery is locked in a safe at home 35 miles away.

So you’ve survived the initial outbreak and are looking for a secure location to hole up for awhile and ride out the worst of it.  You find a hardware store that is defensible, probably close to a grocery and drug store, and chock-full of goodies to aid in your survival. The only problem is that uncreative looters have taken the most apparent weapons: machetes, hatchets, crowbars, and hammers. But you haven’t survived this long without some ingenuity. It’s time to build up an arsenal for you and your small band of post-apocalyptic warriors.

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A machete is a great tool for dismembering the undead hordes. While this homemade version may not be as graceful as Michonne’s katana, it will definitely get the job done

Supplies: 24″ x 2″ x 1/8″ piece of steel bar stock, Angle grinder or metal file,  Dremel with metal grinding cone, jigsaw or hacksaw with a metal cutting blade, honing stone,  5gal paint stir stick, duct tape, black spray paint

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The Math-iest Math Joke

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 - by Charlie Martin

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Q: What does the “B” in Benoit B. Mandelbrot stand for?
A: Benoit B. Mandelbrot.

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Jay Leno: Al Qaeda’s Website is Easier to Use than Obamacare

Friday, October 25th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

Late night host Jay Leno joined the culture-wide mockery of Obamacare last night. In his monologue, Leno compared Healthcare.gov’s “glitches” to al Qaeda’s website.

LENO: “Here’s a very disturbing story. You may have heard about this 25-year-old man in New York arrested for trying to join al Qaeda. Well, here is the amazing part. He said it was still easier to join al Qaeda using their website than it was to sign up for ObamaCare. And he was in! He was in, in like, two minutes! [Laughter and applause] Well, President Obama said yesterday, when it comes to all the problems with the ObamaCare website, he said, “No one is madder than me.” So apparently he hasn’t met any of these Republicans, I guess. [Laughter] And of course, you know, today, boy, it’s, and you know, it is hard, because today there were more problems with the website. It seems when you type in your age, it’s confusing, because it’s not clear if they want the age you are right now or the age you’ll be when you finally log in. [Laughter] So there’s a period there.”

On Monday night, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart ripped Healthcare.gov in a hilarious segment that spanned several minutes and flayed the website’s “glitches” in excruciating detail.

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How to Build the World’s Manliest Paper Towel Holder…

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - by Builder Bob

When I start a new project I often dive in head first and make a big mess in the process. Paint splatters, sawdust, motor oil, spilled glue, calf’s blood, dismembered limbs–you know the usual workshop messes. So after I’m done digging wells and building hospitals for the underprivileged in Africa, I need a bunch of paper towels to clean up the aftermath of my construction destruction.

Sure I could just buy a cheap plastic paper towel holder for my workshop and  be done with it, or I could build an everlasting testament of testosterone for my man cave. Using 3/4″ iron pipe and some rust preventative you can build a beefy bar for your towels that will one day be discovered by future archeologist, inspire them to power down their construction bots, rediscover their masculinity, build something awesome, and stop making babies in the lab and start making them the old fashion way, thus reintroducing genetic diversity to the world and saving the future of mankind.

So for the sake of humanity I need everyone to to build their own beacon of badassery, to ensure they are found for future generations.  Here’s how you do it.

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Instructions:

1. The first step is to secure the fender washers to the end cap and base so the paper towels don’t move around or slide off the bar.  I used a combination of E6000 automotive glue–which works great on metal–on the contact surface of the washer and cap. Then I wrapped a bead of JB weld epoxy putty around the outside. The last step is overkill for the amount of stress put on this project, but hey, if you’re building something to survive the apocalypse why not?  Make sure you clean any glue over run out of the pipe threads before it has a chance to set, otherwise you will have a hard time fitting the pieces together later. Clamp the parts overnight to let the glue and epoxy cure fully.

2. I advise coating the iron pipe with a protective finish to prevent rust. Either a clear acrylic finish or rust-inhibiting spray paint (black is the only acceptable manly color). Tape off the thread areas of the pipe before you spray or it could interfere with joining the pieces.

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This Is Why They Made an Internet

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - by Stephen Green

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

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‘Comedy Gives Back’ Proves People Can Make a Difference — But Not the Way They Expected

Friday, October 18th, 2013 - by Kathy Shaidle

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So being a genetically programmed pessimistic misanthrope and contrarian, I was all geared up to bash Comedy Gives Back.

This 24-hour telethon airing November 6-7 is raising money for “Malaria No More, a charitable organization striving to end deaths from malaria.”

My immediate reaction was, “Oh, great. More damn mosquito nets.”

See, liberal idiots have been pushing mosquito nets on Africans for generations as a way to (sort of) prevent malaria, when every smart conservative knows there’s already a cheap, easy, safe, proven way to prevent malaria: spraying DDT all over the joint.

Alas, thanks to colossal fraud Rachel Carson, her privileged know-nothing admirers, and all their junk science, most folks still think DDT makes people sick.

DDT’s exaggerated dangers were debunked long ago, but so many progressives cling to emotion and dramatic narratives over cold hard facts — no matter how many black strangers have to die so white leftists can keep feeling self-righteous.

I figured the folks at Malaria No More were still pushing the anti-DDT message, one that would get a boost after A-list comics like Marc Maron, Adam Carolla, Eugene Mirman and Kevin Nealon performed on the Comedy Gives Back telethon.

Then I visited MalariaNoMore.org.

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Anonymous and Occupy React to Shutdown: #NoBudgetNoPants

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 - by Paula Bolyard

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At least we dodged this bullet. For now.

The entire continuing resolution impasse has been mostly intense and gloomy, so we have to appreciate anything that provides a moment of levity. Two hours before the government shutdown at midnight on October 1st, this cryptic warning appeared on Twitter:

 

 

Josh Barro from Business Insider warned about possible unintended consequences.

 

 

We learned about the new disaster management plan:

 

 

At midnight, the group Anonymous made #NoBudgetNoPants official (and also made it trend on Twitter):

 

 

 

More unintended consequences:

 

 

This guy has a point.

 

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Is Family Guy the Most Terrible TV Show of All Time?

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

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Editor’s Note:

Last Spring at PJ Lifestyle my friend Susan L.M. Goldberg began developing her own vibrant brand of cultural criticism. Combining the provocative literary style and rebellious ethos of Camille Paglia and Ann Coulter with a proud Jewish heritage and hard-learned lessons in the wilderness of postmodern academia, Susan has developed an exciting polemical vision, laden with erudite analysis and witty humor. She’s become such a fun writer to edit.

Her first target was Seth MacFarlane’s overrated cause célèbre, the cult TV show Family Guy. Susan knows this territory well. Through her series she’s able to explain how behind the show’s seemingly random structure, non-stop pop culture references, and all-purpose viciousness lies a dangerous worldview which causes real life problems. Ideas have consequences. And a culture grown numb with shocks, endless narrative deconstructions, and a hipster’s nothing-is-sacred shrug will not be prepared to defend itself when real evil strikes.

Not every idea in human experience should be put on a manatee ball and randomly combined into a 30 second sex joke for junior high boys. Susan explains why here.

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South Park famously satirized Family Guy, pulling out sharp knives in suggesting that the show was actually written by a team of manatees randomly picking ideas that could be jammed together for the show’s diversions.

Click to jump to the part of your choice:

Part 1: Boob Alert: Top 5 Side Effects of Watching Family Guy

Part 2: Totally Petarded: The Top 5 Masculinity Myths on Family Guy

Part 3: Who’s to Blame for Fueling Pop Culture’s 5 Worst Female Stereotypes?

Part 4: Quiz! What’s Your TV Sitcom Family Lifestyle? Family Guy Vs The Middle

Part 5: 4 Easy Steps to Pitching Your Own TV Sitcom

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The Sky Is Falling… Eventually!

Saturday, September 21st, 2013 - by Chris Queen

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We see warnings of the apocalypse everywhere. Maybe it’s an old man wearing a sandwich board that reads, “THE END IS NEAR.” Or perhaps we hear the yearly news report about some asteroid that just might come too close to earth for comfort. Or possibly we’ve received another message from Harold Camping warning us of Christ’s return. Either way, somebody somewhere wagers a guess as to when the world will end just about every day.

Well, now we need no longer fear, because scientists have now determined the date for the end of the world – and it’s a long way off.

The end of the world is no longer just some far-off notion; the event now has a date. New research shows how much time it will take for the Earth to basically dry up and no longer be able to support human life.

And as long as whatever is on your bucket list won’t take longer than 1.75 billion years, there’s not really anything for this generation or the next couple million generations to worry about.

That’s about how long researchers at the University of East Anglia predict will take the Earth to end up outside of the habitable zone. “These zones are defined by water. In the habitable zone, a planet is just the right distance from its star to have liquid water. Closer to the sun, in the ‘hot zone,’ the Earth’s oceans would evaporate.”

Yes, you read that right. It’s from the University of East Anglia, and those folks got it right about the whole global warming thing, didn’t they? Not only do they have a timeline figured out, they know how it’s going to happen.

The Earth won’t move, but it’s actually the sun we have to keep an eye on (not literally). As it gets older, the star is continuously growing hotter, brighter and bigger at about a 10th of an astronomical unit every billion years.

But if it helps you feel any better, all won’t be lost like that. It will actually be a very slow process as the Earth dries up and completely runs out of water reserves.

But according to the researchers, there’s still the chance our planet won’t make it that far — you know, with all the other likely doomsday scenarios, like a meteor strike, nuclear war, crazed robots, superinfections, aliens, black holes and, of course, zombies.

I can’t help but wonder what the preppers will do with this information. As for me, I’ll just stick with Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:36 that “about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” It’s better not to know than to worry for the next billion years or so.

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Will Kevin Pollak’s Comedy Doc Meet Its Kickstarter Goal?

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 - by Kathy Shaidle

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Kevin Pollak has appeared in a bunch of classic movies, including The Usual Suspects.

He’s one of the best mimics alive.

Comedy Central voted him one of the top stand-up comedians ever.

Now Pollak wants to shoot a star-studded documentary exploring one of the great paradoxes of Western culture — the sad clown:

If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, and those who perform it, you’re no doubt aware that a staggering percentage are truly miserable. We’ve lost number of great comedians to drugs, alcohol and suicide. How can they be so entertaining to strangers and so filled with sadness and/or rage with family and friends…? The main goal of this film is to shed extensive light on this bizarre dichotomy. … It’s gonna be a hoot!

Yes, all those drugs don’t help.

But before Lenny Bruce became the “Bird” of comedy and inspired too many stand-ups to shoot up, funny men had reputations as either twisted, self-destructive misanthropes or inconsolable Pagliaccii, too fragile and wounded to survive in a harsh, shallow world.

It’s a theme that runs through Always Leave Them Laughing (1949) and HBO’s Louie, and through The Comic (1969) to the Marc Maron “WTF” podcast.

The difference between those older pieces and contemporary ones is that, sometime in the 1960s, professional comedians no longer felt obligated to “turn their frowns upside down” when they went on stage, lest they disillusion their audiences.

That brand of artifice (and self-control) went out with the cheap tux and the Catskills.

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‘You Hear Me, Barack?’

Sunday, September 15th, 2013 - by Michael Walsh
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My friend and colleague Steve Grammatico is out with his new book, “You Hear Me, Barack?” a collection of his mordant, satirical takes on President Obama and his extended family of zany, lovable characters, including the first lady, the vice president, and a host of other comic-opera Public Enemies currently adored by the collection of circus clowns known as the White House Press Corps. Please enjoy my introduction and the following excerpts and remember: this is no dream, this is really happening.

When the late Andrew Breitbart asked me in the fall of 2009 to start a new website called Big Journalism, the first thing I looked for in potential contributors was a sharp wit and a way with words. Luckily for me, one of the first people who signed on was Steve Grammatico, who quickly carved out a place for himself as our house satirist par excellence – the scourge of leftist cant, pious liberal nonsense and pie-in-the-sky progressivism.

Steve began his rise to punchlines and punditry in a typically 21st-century way, as the commenter “Sagman” on the influential lucianne.com website, where his sparkling insouciance quickly won him a loyal following.  Wrote one fan: “writing good political satire involves more than wit and words; it requires exceptional knowledge of personalities, politics, and policies.”

Satire, as the great playwright George S. Kaufman famously noted, is what closes on Saturday night. As someone who, under the nom de plume of “David Kahane,” has written a fair amount of satire myself, I would amend that wisecrack to “bad satire.”  Good satire – biting, crackling and always on target, but never simply mean and insulting – is what plays and plays. Because, at its heart, everybody knows its true. And even when it’s not, it is anyway.

If you doubt me, consider this: The Beggar’s Opera, a work of the English musical theater which skewered contemporary politicians, manners and mores has been playing, more or less continuously, since 1728. Yes, you read that right: for nearly three hundred years, both in its original form by John Gay and Johann Pepusch, and in its German incarnation by Bert Brecht and Kurt Weill, “The Threepenny Opera.”  And you know what?  It’s still funny.

Hence, this book, drawn from Steve’s work for Big Journalism and elsewhere. Chief among these pieces are the series of the Obama War Room parodies, in which all the villains of the administration are given free rein to express their innermost thoughts to a largely bewildered and clueless Barry, with the fun almost invariably ending when Michelle breaks into the room to berate the hapless president, her tirades ending with the words, “You hear me, Barack?”

In short, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder aloud, “what the hell were we thinking?” in electing Barack Hussein Obama president in 2008 and again in 2012.  “My goal,” he says, “is to get people to laugh, to see my scenarios as a warped and often not so warped reflection of reality. For me, incongruity is at the heart of satire.”

So sit back, relax and enjoy this parade of poltroons, hoist high with their own petards. You’re in the hands of a master.

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Arsenio Hall’s Return to Late Night Scores Big Ratings

Friday, September 13th, 2013 - by Kathy Shaidle

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I’m a genetically programmed contrarian, right down to my pop culture tastes (as regular readers know).

As I’ve written here before, my preference for the “corny, uncool butt-kisser” unabashedly enthusiastic Arsenio Hall over slimy late-night lounge lizard David Letterman marked me as a Gen-X pariah for a very long time.

Sure, Hall probably helped Bill Clinton win the White House, after letting the candidate “play” the sax on his show.

But I admired Hall’s insistence on carrying on with his Los Angeles-based show during the Rodney King riots, and trying to be a peacemaker; it’s a night people still talk about.

Then there was the time obnoxious “Queer Nation” activists tried to hijack his program and he literally got up in their faces, unscripted.

It’s an amazingly timely clip that more of today’s cowardly, politically correct comedians should study closely:

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‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 - by Charlie Martin

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OMG! Alyssa Milano Sex Tape Is… Shockingly Informative

Friday, September 6th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

Prepare to learn new things, America. Alyssa Milano is all growed up from her Who’s the Boss? days, that’s for sure.

Fact: I could sit here and write a hundred, thousand-word essays about this. But one two-minute tape will undoubtedly teach more about the, erm, subject at hand.

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Cross-posted from the PJ Tatler

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