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Dave Swindle

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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[Video] The Day of the Cyborg Has Arrived

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

Hat tip to Huffpost Tech

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[Video] Why the Whole World Will See The Interview For Free

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

CNN’s South Korea correspondent, Kyung Lah, reports that activists are trying to get bootleg DVDs of the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy that inspired the North Korean hack attack against Sony in retaliation for the film’s depiction of its tyrant’s death:

“They see it as being critical in trying to crumble the regime. That’s how potent this movie is being seen here in the peninsula. It has a significant amount of power,” Lah said.

Hacking goes multiple ways. My prediction of what happens next now that Sony has been bullied into pulling the film: someone is going to leak the whole movie online, just as celebrity naked pics and Sony emails have gone out. And it will then be impossible for the regime to stamp it out.

I wonder if next time the wife and I are at the laundromat here in Inglewood, and the guy comes around hocking the bootleg DVDs, if he’ll have The Interview. I imagine some bootleggers have probably had it already for weeks. Now what’s going to happen to demand for it on the black market?

And you can watch the Kim Jong-un death scene here, by the way.

What lessons does this debacle have for activists who want to see the world’s tyrannies overthrown? Should more movies like The Interview be produced and released en masse — perhaps by non-profits and at more modest budgets — making satirical, hilarious assaults on the leaders of slave states?

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(Hat tip for video to Nomorecocktails.com. and Grabien)

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The Jarrett-Obama Administration Submits to Yet Another Slave State

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

First, here’s why our Matriarch-in-Chief Valerie Jarrett (who actually makes all the decisions of consequence) knows she can get away with this:

Compared to some of the other shell games Team Chicago has played on the American people the last 6 years from “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor” to “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” to “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam,” normalizing relations with Cuba should be easy. A people who no longer understand how to recognize and fight evil won’t understand the message this sends to tyrants and criminals the world over. CNN reports on another prisoner swap deal that should make every American feel a bit degraded:

(Clip via Nomorecocktails.com and Grabien)

The spin from Valerie Jarrett’s White House is that the pope supposedly had something to do with what progressives have wanted to do for decades:

Red State’s Erick Erickson explains the basic Reaganite principle of “peace through strength” and how acts like this undermine it, leading to more aggression from foreign policies:

Here’s the run-down on Alan Gross:

Anyone naive enough to think that this will bring any sort of economic prosperity to the Cuban people, set straight by Michael Moynihan:

Hot Air’s Noah C. Rothman reports on Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s reaction:

Next page: video of Rubio on Fox News responding.

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Street Fighter 2 With Your Favorite Talk Radio Hosts

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

My picks: I prefer Prager to Limbaugh, regard Levin and Hannity both equally (I like them in some ways, dislike them in others,) and while I tend to disagree with both Medved and Hewitt on many ideas (such as on immigration…) I still like Hewitt and his show a lot… (Is that the equivalent of preferring to pick Ken instead of Ryu?)

Who are your favorites? What other head-to-heads should be considered? Hit me up on Twitter with your ideas.

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Behold the Broken Moral Value System of the Occupy Crowd

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

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What Is Valerie Jarrett and Elizabeth Warren’s Scheme?

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

What are Valerie Jarrett and Elizabeth Warren up to? @slmgpix @pjbolyard @chrisqueen

A video posted by David Swindle (@daveswindlepjm) on

Three pieces were linked at the Drudge Report today on the rising Idol of the progressive political cult, first by Michael Goodwin at the New York Post: “Elizabeth Warren poses a challenge to Hillary in 2016“:

The polls say it’s Hillary’s turn, but I’m starting to believe 2016 could be 2008 all over again, with Warren taking the nomination from her the way Barack Obama did.

As Mark Twain said, “History may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” So it is with the political dynamic, then and now.

Clinton acted entitled, and Obama offered a charismatic ­alternative. She represented the tired past, he a fresh future.

A possible Warren sequel to that historic upset has been taking shape for months, but it has now crystallized. The first-term senator’s rallying cry against what she called “a giveaway to the most powerful banks” almost scuttled the budget bill in the House before bipartisan support allowed her to have it both ways.

She comes out of the wreckage as the standard-bearer of progressive populism without being blamed for shutting down the government. Her GOP doppelgänger, Ted Cruz, should have been so lucky.

Second, at the Washington Post: “Elizabeth Warren was told to stay quiet, but she didn’t – and it’s paying off.” Third, another at the Post, ”Amid Warren buzz, Clinton might do well not to wait too long to announce 2016 bid.”

Here’s audio from Warren on NPR:

 

NN RADIO HOST: “Would you tell these independent groups, ‘Give it up.’ You just never going to run.”
WARREN: “I told them, ‘I’m not running for president.’”
NN RADIO HOST: “You are putting that in the present tense tough. Are you never going to run?”
WARREN: “I’m not running for president.”
NN RADIO HOST: “You’re not putting a ‘never’ on that?”
WARREN: “I’m not running for president. Do you want me to put an exclamation point at the end?”

What do you think? Is Warren a challenger for Clinton in 2016? Or is the Jarrett-Obama/Chicago-Alinskyite wing of the Democratic Party going to make peace with the House of Clinton ascending again?

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Which Talk Radio Hosts Are Your Favorites?

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

Last week I described my current talk radio work-day listening schedule: The Morning Answer with Ben Shapiro, Elisha Krauss and Brian Whitman from 6-9; The Dennis Prager Show from 9-noon; an afternoon break for meetings or writing to classical music from noon to 3; and then The Ben Shapiro Show from 3-6 in the afternoon.

One of the great things about today’s technology is that it’s possible to listen to multiple radio shows at the same time. When the commercials start on one show then it’s time to switch over to the other. Who should I give a shot and try and integrate into my daily routine? And also what podcasts do you recommend for daily listening? I try and catch Walter Hudson’s every day too.

Tweet your suggestions to me and I welcome dialogue on Twitter at @DaveSwindle. I’ll update this post throughout the morning with any highlights from the shows or memorable online exchanges.

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Updated at 7:13: Wow, already 2 responses:

Updated at 8:35: I registered my disagreement with Morning Answer Host Brian Whitman’s SoCal fast food recommendations which are as wrongheaded as his political positions:

Forget Tommy’s. The Habit is the best burger in Los Angeles. (Yes, better than In-N-Out!)

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Everything You Need to Know About Al Sharpton in 4 Minutes

Friday, December 12th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

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The 2 Talk Radio Shows I Try to Listen To Every Morning

Friday, December 12th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

What does your morning media routine look like?

In an ideal day I try to get caught up on most of my PJ editing from 6 AM to Noon PST — that way I can can synch my work with The Morning Answer from 6 to 9 and then The Dennis Prager Show from 9 to noon. (Then I try to schedule meetings and writing time for the early afternoon before getting back to editing at the end of the day when The Ben Shapiro Show comes on in the afternoon at 3.)

Sometimes when I hear points from the shows that I like I’ll tweet them out:

On the rare occasions when Brian Whitman — the “mushy moderate” and so-called liberal who plays the Alan Colmes role on The Morning Answer against the Tea Party conservatives Ben and Elisha — makes a point I appreciate I’ll try to tweet to him. For example, I really liked his forceful rejection the other day of the way some Americans fawn over the British royal family as though they were still subjects of the Crown:

What do you think of the conversation on The Morning Answer and today’s Prager Show? Tweet your ideas to me and I’ll update this post with any highlights from this morning.

UPDATED, 10:15 AM

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I Recommend The Ben Shapiro Show for Your Afternoon Talk Radio Choice

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

What do you think of the subjects Ben discusses today? Tweet your ideas and comments to me.

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Facebook’s New Scheme to Manipulate Your Emotions for Profit

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

I loudly gave up Facebook last month, and decided to shift my social networking efforts to tweeting, shooting more Instagram videos, and exploring the potential of other emerging social networks: “7 Reasons Why Thanksgiving Will Be My Last Day on Facebook.”

Wired reported this week how Facebook is choosing to spend its money to develop robot babysitters for people supposedly too irresponsible to handle their social networking: “Facebook Envisions AI That Keeps You From Uploading Embarrassing Pics.”

Let’s say you’re out drinking with your buddies, things get out of hand, you pull out your smartphone, you take a selfie in the middle of all this drunken revelry, then you take 30 or 40 more, and, without hesitation, you start uploading them to Facebook.

It’s a common thing to do. But Yann LeCun aims to stop such unbridled behavior—or at least warn people when they’re about to do something they might regret. He wants to build a kind of Facebook digital assistant that will, say, recognize when you’re uploading an embarrassingly candid photo of your late-night antics. In a virtual way, he explains, this assistant would tap you on the shoulder and say: “Uh, this is being posted publicly. Are you sure you want your boss and your mother to see this?”

The idea is more than just an idle suggestion. LeCun is the New York University researcher and machine-learning guru who now oversees the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab, a team of AI researchers inside the internet giant that spans offices in both California and New York, and this rapidly expanding operation is now laying the basic groundwork for his digital assistant.

Here’s the kicker, emphasis added:

The team’s deep learning algorithms now examine your overall Facebook behavior in an effort to identify the right content for your news feed—content you’re likely to click on—and they’ll soon analyze the text you type into status posts, automatically suggesting relevant hashtags. But LeCun and his team are also looking towards AI systems that can understand Facebook data in more complex ways—and guide you in directions you may not go on your own.

From Business Insider today, a look inside the emotionally manipulative approach driving the company: “Facebook: We Don’t Call Them ‘Users’ Any More, We Call Them ‘People’”:

The company also has an “empathy team” which is charged with helping its engineers and designers understand what it’s actually like to be a user, or a business paying for advertising.

Tech Crunch reveals the background game Facebook has been playing, quietly expanding beyond social networking, picking up tech companies left and right to figure out what they can plug into their user base to maximize profits (“Facebook Combines Atlas, Audience Network, And LiveRail Into An AdTech Voltron“):

So Facebook built what’s called Custom Audiences, which lets businesses upload their purchase data and identifying information about their customers to Facebook in a hashed, privacy-protected way. Facebook can both use this to let businesses target ads to their existing customers, but also to reference them against who saw ads to prove that impressions on web or mobile, even without clicks, lead to purchases.

Facebook also collects offline purchase data tied to people’s grocery loyalty cards and other identifiers through partners like Datalogix. The point of all this measurement is that when advertisers can see they’re getting a return on investment, they spend more.

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Video of Obama: ‘They Are Americans in Their Hearts, Even if They Don’t Have a Right Piece of Paper’

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

Hat tip: NoMoreCocktails.com and Grabien. Transcript:

“What we’re also saying tough, is that for those who have American children or children who are legal permanent residents, that you can actually register and submit yourself to a criminal background check, pay any back taxes, and commit to paying future taxes. And if you do that you get as a piece of paper that gives you insurance that you can work and live here without fear of deportation.That does not apply to everybody but it does apply to roughly 5 million, about half of what is estimated to be the number of undocumented workers here.

Now, that is a temporary just like DACA, the program that we put in place for young people who were brought here, who otherwise are good citizens, or studying, working, join our military. We did that several years ago where we said it does not make sense for us to subject these young people to a deportation risk. They are Americans in their hearts, even if they don’t have a right piece of paper. That is temporary as well although it’s been subject to renewal.”

Another video excerpt from this townhall puts the president’s emotion-based idea — that one can look into someone’s heart to figure out if they’re an American and should be recognized as such by the federal government — into greater context. On the next page see a video from the same session of the president with one of his famous Bible butcherings: 

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A Devastating Takedown of America’s Most Overrated Gay Power Couple

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle
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Make a point to read all of Jamie Kirchick’s “The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple“; here’s the opening:

Just three years ago, Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge were the toast of the liberal establishment. The Facebook co-founder and his politically ambitious husband embodied all the attributes of a bona fide “gay power couple.” In 2012, Hughes bought The New Republic, rescuing the flagship liberal magazine from financial peril and establishing himself as a player in Washington. At the same time, Eldridge was quietly preparing to run for Congress in upstate New York.

Young, handsome, Ivy League-pedigreed, rich (“the wealthiest openly gay men under 30” according to The Advocate, a stretch considering that the fortune belongs to Hughes), and espousing predictably liberal political views, the Hughes-Eldridge partnership was destined to work wonders for America.

How swiftly things change. In just the past two months, one half of this pair managed to single-handedly destroy a storied journalistic institution, while the other suffered a crushing electoral defeat in New York’s 19th Congressional District. Last week, the 31-year-old Hughes forced the resignations of both the editor and literary editor of The New Republic, whose 100th anniversary he presided over last month at a star-studded gala in Washington, D.C.

In protest of the magazine’s newly ensconced CEO’s plan to transform TNRinto a “vertically integrated digital media company,” the majority of the magazine’s senior and contributing editors resigned.

Weeks before the implosion at TNR, 28-year-old Eldridge lost his congressional bid by a stunning 30 points, despite having outspent his opponent nearly 3-to-1 in a district President Obama won by 6 percentage points. The couple had purchased a $2 million home in the district expressly so that Eldridge could run there, their purchase of a $5 million mansion in the adjoining 18th having come to naught after that seat was won by another gay Democrat in 2012.

Here at PJ on Friday, Ron Radosh, a former contributor to The New Republic (as was Kirchick, who made his reputation with a groundbreaking article revealing the hateful ideology of the Ron Paul cult), wrote about “The Long, Slow Death of The New Republic“:

When Hughes bought the publication, as the Times story notes, he said he was motivated to purchase it because he had a great interest in “the future of high quality long-form journalism.”

I knew at the time that the result of his takeover would be the magazine’s demise. In a PJ Media column, I wrote: “I am not too optimistic about its future.” At that time, Richard Just was running it; he had just met with Hughes and convinced him to purchase TNR, hoping that he would save the magazine. Shortly thereafter, Hughes fired Just and convinced TNR’s old editor Frank Foer to return as editor-in-chief.

I believed that TNR would become a shill for the Obama administration. This was made clear quite soon…

Hughes recently told reporters that he considered TNR to be not a magazine, but a “vertically integrated digital media company,” perhaps something along the lines of Politico or Buzzfeed. As owner and publisher, he has a right to do what he wants with his money. But he has quickly abandoned the promises he made when he bought TNR, to make the magazine relevant and to continue true to its intellectual traditions.

The current crop of departing editors should not have been surprised at this turn of events. The new course was clear from the very first day Hughes took it over. I recall him announcing that he was going to set up nationwide TNR coffee shops, starting in the major East and West Coast cities, where people could drink coffee and eat pastries and get TNRmugs, shirts, as well as the magazine itself. That crazy idea never came to fruition. But it was a harbinger of things to come.

Here’s Kirchick, really sticking the knife in with his analysis of Hughes’ lucky path to a pile of wealth that he now doesn’t have the skills to use effectively. This explains the silliness of wanting to turn an institution of political journalism into a Starbucks:

Unlike Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz, with whom he roomed at Harvard, Hughes had no special programming or coding abilities. But there was a silver lining in this lack of technical expertise, in that, as the only member of this tech geek crew with passable social skills, he could take up the public-relations portfolio. “He is fortunate he found himself in the same room,” David Kirkpatrick, author of a book about the website, told the Times. “He is more socially adjusted than the rest of them.” By his own admission, Hughes’ main job for Facebook was “customer service.” $700 million, the rough amount that Hughes earned when he cashed out of the company in 2007, is a pretty good take for a glorified call-center operator.

Is there a more cuttingmMillennial insult than to compare someone who thinks he’s the next Zuckerberg building something bigger than Facebook to a “a glorified call-center operator”?

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How 19 Years Ago Today Al Sharpton Got Blood on His Hands

Monday, December 8th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

Many thanks to Jeff Dunetz at Yid With Lid for his diligence in reminding the world about the truth of the shameful career of Al Sharpton, the baby boomer generation’s most effective and notorious radical activist:

Nineteen years ago, December 8, 1995,  Al Sharpton incited the violent firebombing of Freddy’s Fashion Mart in Harlem, causing the the deaths of Angelina Marrero . . . Cynthia Martinez . . . Luz Ramos . . . Mayra Rentas . . . Olga Garcia . . . Garnette Ramautar . . . Kareem Brunner…. names forever linked together as the seven victims of the Sharpton-caused massacre at Freddy’s Fashion Mart.

It all started as a rent dispute in the summer of 1995…  As he has done so often in his life, Al Sharpton turned this non-racial economic dispute into a racial conflict. …

Soon after the massacre, the Jewish Action Alliance, a New York-based civil-rights group, released audiotapes and transcripts of several of Sharpton’s weekly radio show in which Morris Powell, leader of the 125th Street Vendor’s Association, can be heard using racial and anti-Semitic language to encourage Harlem residents to boycott Freddy’s. Learning from his Crown Heights experience Sharpton let others push the anti-Semitic hatred but it was all done on his show.

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In court papers filed the day before the fire, Harari and two employees described weeks of protests outside the clothing store. Sharpton’s National Action Network sets up picket lines; customers going into Freddy’s were spat on and cursed as “traitors” and “Uncle Toms.” Some protesters shouted, “Burn down the Jew store!” and simulate striking a match. “We’re going to see that this cracker suffers,” says Sharpton’s colleague Morris Powell.

Read the whole thing.

I think it’s very important to be cognizant of the facts and details of Sharpton’s numerous controversies. His acceptance (and prominence) — on MSNBC, embraced by Obama and Holder — is one of the most irrefutable symbols of the Democratic Party and Progressivism’s moral vacuum. This isn’t a political party that tolerates criminality, it’s a political party run by criminals dedicated to helping and promoting other criminals.

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Asking the Question As We’re Reminded Again of the War Against America

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

I’m reminded of Roger L. Simon over the weekend offering “My Isis Strategy“:

Send them a message they will never forget — and if that message resembles Dresden in World War II, so be it.  They have brought it on themselves.  We should not take sides in the Neanderthal Sunni-Shiite rift in which they have been killing each other for over a thousand years for pathological cultish reasons. Both sides want nothing more than a caliphate.  They just want their caliphate.

And most importantly of all, we should reinstate the economic boycott of Iran even more tightly than it was before while informing the bloody mullahs and the Iranian people that we support regime change now, not pussy-foot around about it as Obama did when the students were marching in the streets of Tehran (the most morally reprehensible behavior by an American president in my lifetime). We can’t allow the mullahs to profit from our dismantling of ISIS. And if they don’t get the message, use lethal force.

I fear that soon ISIS will start upping the ante with their video releases. Beheadings won’t deliver enough shock value for the Game of Thrones postmodern pop culture. What sorts of videos should one expect next to terrorize Americans? Look at Rotherham to see another ancient method of warfare adapted for today…

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Valerie Jarrett Lives In the Obamas’ Private Quarters?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

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I haven’t read Edward Klein’s Blood Feud yet, and take its anonymous sourced-claims with a sizable salt chunk, but this in the Blaze’s coverage jumped out:

While followers of the White House are aware of Jarrett’s sway as the president’s closest consigliere, the extent of this closeness is somewhat staggering based on “Blood Feud.” Klein writes that Jarrett was more powerful than Rahm Emanuel and William Daley, the president’s first chiefs of staff — in fact according to Klein she is the most powerful presidential adviser since Harry Hopkins of FDR’s White House. Jarrett is so close to the Obamas that she reportedly “moved permanently into a room in the family’s private quarters, referred to by the White House staff as “the Residence.”

Jarrett’s nickname as “the nightstalker” — which she acquired for her habit of following the President and first lady back to their private quarters — seemed innocuous. But this goes to a whole other level of creepy, so much so I have a hard time believing it’s true until more sources back it up. Could Jarrett have really been living with the first couple for Obama’s whole presidency and the story is just now getting out? Or did she not move in until after the second term started?

Is there any time in history a supposed “senior adviser” has actually moved into the first family’s private quarters? What’s actually going on here?

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4 Books By George Gilder About Achieving Power, Wealth, and Freedom

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

1. The Israel Test: Why the World’s Most Besieged State is a Beacon of Freedom and Hope for the World Economy

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How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed

Sunday, June 29th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

Jason L. Riley Reveals How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed... #culture #politics #racism #ideology

Thursday night at the Tatler I published another one of my annual, e-book-length, giant-size list articles:

30 Books For Defeating Valerie Jarrett’s Cult of Political Criminals

I broke it down into eight categories which I’ll be unspooling and expanding on more in the coming weeks here at the Tatler:

  • 3 on disinformation by former Romanian spymaster Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa
  • 3 on terrorism by former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy
  • the final 2 by the late Barry Rubin, scholar of the Middle East’s history, culture, and politics
  • 3 on Islam and the Jihad today
  • 5 on racism and how to overcome it
  • 3 on Marxism, its roots, its spread in the 20th century, and how it made a foothold in America which would one day bring it to presidential power
  • 5 on cults, idol worship, and the origins of religion
  • 5 on American history and its revisionists
  • Concluding with an introduction to one of the next subjects of my writing and research, which ties together the themes of all 30 books with Jarrett and Michelle Obama’s favorite TV show…

Jason L. Riley’s book was number 15 on the list and I explained why and featured an excerpt here. Really make a point to read this book and to send copies to your friends and family who are still making the world worse by voting Democrats into office to maintain the failed polices and cultural values that have wrought such pain, crime, and poverty for generations.

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30 Books for Defeating Valerie Jarrett’s Cult of Political Criminals

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

I just finished Ben Shapiro's new book and it's a phenomenal must-read that makes the case as it needs to be made: criminality is what matters, not ideology or personality. A longer piece forthcoming...

Almost 2 years ago I offered my picks for “The 15 Best Books for Understanding Barack Obama’s Mysterious Political Theology” as my final case against the President before the election. These were the titles I selected and still recommend everyone read, today’s new list of 30 books is an expansion of this original list:

1. Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism by Stanley Kurtz

2. Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities by Stanley Kurtz

3. Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department by J. Christian Adams

4. Subversion, Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers by Matthew Vadum

5. The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

6. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

7. Dreams from my FatherA Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama

8. Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss

9. Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground by Jonathan Kay

10. Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II)

11. The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America by Andrew C. McCarthy

12. Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism by Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin

13. Marxism: Philosophy and Economics by Thomas Sowell

14. Sex Rebel: Black, Memoirs of a Gash Gourmet by Bob Greene (pseudonym for Frank Marshall Davis)

15. Afrolantica Legacies by Derrick Bell

After summarizing some of the points from the books and their real-world impact in the administration’s policies, I concluded:

Sitting here on this Sunday morning before the election, the Sun now up, reflecting back on these years scouring through dusty old Marxist books, trying to understand a president who built his career on a mountain of lies, I confess a peace with either electoral result on Tuesday. A part of me almost wishes that Obama steals wins reelection (as I anticipate he will). The thought of him quietly retiring to a mansion in Hawaii in January to live out the rest of his life in comfort and adoration should inspire nausea. Only if Obama wins reelection do conservatives have a chance to hold him accountable for Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and all the crimes we don’t even know about yet. The man has blood on his hands and we can’t let him get away with it.

An ancient dictum popularized in recent years by the late Christopher Hitchens on the path forward, should Tuesday disappoint:

Fiat justitia ruat caelum

Do Justice and Let the Skies Fall

Over the course of 2013 my views evolved about who seemed to really be making the decisions at the White House. By January this year I began arguing that Obama’s mentor, Valerie Jarrett, was the real power-broker and the one responsible for most of the terrible policies that the administration implemented. From my article “Welcome to Single Mom Nation: In 2014 Acknowledge the Matriarchs Who Really Run America,” where I presented some of the evidence and my conclusions:

Now we know that actually Jarrett was the one with the political savvy who was grooming Obama all along so that she could use him to implement her agenda. Obama is just her mask…

My prediction: when the history books are written the real decision-maker will start to emerge more fully as Jarrett. As people try and make sense of an administration adrift they’ll start to realize that this is a federal government essentially being run by two single moms pulling the strings of the performer son of a single mom with a basic goal of just trying to make America a less “mean” place for other single moms. It’s a matriarchal administration running on emotion and instinct, like a mother crocodile snapping to protect her eggs. This is what happens when a culture that rejects the importance of the Judeo-Christian, nuclear family model takes control of the Democratic Party and the federal government…

President Jarrett has been so successful because she has implemented the most effective of Saul Alinsky’s Chicago gangster community organizing tactics at the national level. (And centrist-corporatist Clinton narcissist Democrats in the primaries and neoconservative-corporatist boomer Republicans in the general elections didn’t even realize what hit them.)

Conservatives should strive to defeat Jarrett the same way that the feds eventually managed to get her ideological predecessor, Al Capone: not for the big crimes but for the small ones like tax evasion. Activists should aspire to discover conclusive, bulletproof evidence of acts she has engaged in which would force her to fall from power, no longer able to implement her across-the-board policies of American weakness.

So of course I’m thrilled with the approach my friend Ben Shapiro chose for his new book, which I’ve recently finished reading. Rather than continue to see the Democrats merely as a rival political party with differing solutions for public policy problems, Ben puts Left vs Right aside and instead makes the case for criminal prosecution of individual members of the Obama administration, structuring each chapter with opening and closing arguments:

Here are the 7 #criminal charges Ben Shapiro lays out against the Obama administration in his great new book.

1. The People Vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration by Ben Shapiro

One of the biggest mistakes that I’ve observed in so many activists over the years is seeing politics and ideology as the end-all-be-all of how to fix the world. A certain mentality seems to predominate amongst many activists and writers that creates a tunnel vision. If we can just elect the right people and pass the right laws then we can fix America’s problems. Campaigning and activism arise as the paramount solutions.

But sometimes they’re not. Political opponents who embrace the legitimacy of America’s political traditions can be defeated through superior campaign tactics and more inspiring candidates. But criminal organizations willing to subvert the rule of law and do anything to maintain power — like let Americans die at terrorists’ hands rather than look bad during an election, like use the IRS to muzzle and harass opponents, like distribute guns to a Mexican drug cartel in order to further gun control legislation — cannot. The game has been rigged and trying to win it is as foolhardy as playing Monopoly against someone pocketing $500s from the bank when you’re not looking.

The realization that I hope more activists are starting to make as we round the corner into the last fourth of Obama’s presidency: the Democratic Party isn’t a political party that allies with criminals, it’s a criminal organization that has hijacked a political party. Ben lays out the evidence on 7 crimes, any of which individually would have been more than enough to impeach any other president unprotected by a friendly media.

Part of the reason why I agree with Ben’s thesis so strongly is that I’ve continued reading so many other books on related topics that support it, revealing misunderstood concepts in politics, culture, and history. Here’s a list of some of them that are most on my mind this summer as I continue to piece together the tactics and historical predecessors of the criminal organization that’s conned its way into the White House. Some of these are new books just released that I’m reading for the first time, others have been out for years and I’m just getting to them, and some are ones that I’ve already read and am returning to again to read more closely and to guide future research. For each book I’ll explain in brief why it’s a useful piece of the puzzle for understanding an aspect of how our government has been subverted by lifelong, committed activists who do not care if Rule of Law stands in the way of implementing their egalitarian fantasies.

Here’s an index of the 29 more books introduced here in support of shifting to a criminal justice approach rather than an ideological activist protest in the twilight of the Jarrett-Obama presidency; I would encourage you to jump to whichever subject or author interests you most:

  • 3 on disinformation by former Romanian spymaster Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa
  • 3 on terrorism by former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy
  • the final 2 by the late Barry Rubin, scholar of the Middle East’s history, culture, and politics
  • 3 on Islam and the Jihad today
  • 5 on racism and how to overcome it
  • 3 on Marxism, its roots, its spread in the 20th century, and how it made a foothold in America which would one day bring it to presidential power
  • 5 on cults, idol worship, and the origins of religion
  • 5 on American history and its revisionists
  • Concluding with an introduction to one of the next subjects of my writing and research, which ties together the themes of all 30 books with Jarrett and Michelle Obama’s favorite TV show…

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VIDEO: Why We Must Stop Iran From Getting The Bomb

Monday, May 12th, 2014 - by Dave Swindle

See more Prager University videos here. This one on The American Trinity is a good place to start.

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37 Articles and Blog Posts From Last Week at PJ Lifestyle I Request That You Please Consider Reading

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 - by Dave Swindle

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Cross-posted from PJ Lifestyle

As we start shifting in the coming months to increasing the quantity of content at PJ Lifestyle I’m going to start doing a weekly summary linking to everything and offering a few comments to encourage others to start following the work of these unique writers.

Click here for issue #1

Monday, June 24

Pork No, Killing Infidels Sí by Robert Spencer

The opening of Robert’s article this week:

Last week in the central Pennsylvania hamlet of St. Marys, a 25-year-old man named Joshua Lee Coffey did what no 25-year-old man who is still living with his mother should ever do: he expressed his dislike for the dinner she served him. It was pork, you see, and as a pious convert to Islam, Coffey considered pork unclean, and his mother inconsiderate for having served it.

But “inconsiderate” is understated. A war of words escalated quickly – at least as far as young Coffey was concerned. He complained to his mother that she was trying to “poison” him with the pork, reminding her that Islam forbade the consumption of The Other White Meat. His fury rising, he soon threatened to kill her, as well as her boyfriend, Mark Blair, who was also present for the fateful pork dinner.

Obama Echoes KKK in Ireland Anti-School Choice Comments by Paula Bolyard

Scientists Have No Explanation for the Evaporative Qualities of My Low-Carb Brownies Recipe by Sarah Hoyt

Three Random Observations on the Mad Men Season Six Finale by James Lileks

Many thanks to Ed Driscoll for preparing this first-rate piece from the always entertaining James Lileks.

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Tocqueville Believed there was a higher rate of insanity among Americans than Europeans! Pg 57 of Tocqueville on American Character by Michael Ledeen.

Tuesday, June 25

Conrad Black Still Loves FDR (In Spite of Amity Shlaes) By Kathy Shaidle

Part 2 of Kathy’s engaging commentary on the life, ideas, and new book of Conrad Black. Part 3 was published today.

How to Simultaneously Fuel Both Your Car AND Coffee Addictions By Becky Graebner

The first part of Becky Graebner’s guide to driving destinations around Washington D.C.

Can We Actually Even Tell if Humans Are Affecting the Climate? By Charlie Martin

We decided to feature this erudite article from Charlie on the day of the President’s phrenology climate change speech…

What Do Southerners Think of Paula Deen? by Chris Queen

Chris has continued to keep up with the Paula Deen story.

Cross Posts from PJ Columnists:

RIP I Am Legend Author Richard Matheson by Ed Driscoll

Paula Deen Vs Quentin Tarantino By Ed Driscoll

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I decided to group together and cross-post four pieces on Edward Snowden:

Edward Snowden, Part 1: Hate the Traitor, Love the Treason By J. Christian Adams

Edward Snowden, Part 2: A Saga Without Heroes By Bryan Preston

Edward Snowden, Part 3: An Anti-American in Limbo By Ron Radosh

Edward Snowden, Part 4: What He Didn’t Know by Richard Fernandez

From introduction of Reagan: In His Own Hand.

Wednesday, June 26

Bad Advice: Slack Off More By Hannah Sternberg

Hannah offers advice that many of us know we should take…

A Satire on Living, Loving, and Surviving in Washington, D.C.: A Drink at the Bar by Becky Graebner

Becky takes a break from House of Cards this week and begins her analysis of D.C.’s dating culture.

Cross Posts from PJ Columnists:

Bye-Bye, DOMA, Bye-Bye by Stephen Green

‘The Majority of Service Members Who Are Sexually Assaulted Each Year Are Men…’ by Helen Smith

Dr. Helen does such a great job of finding fascinating excerpts…

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Thursday, June 27

The Science of What Is and Isn’t Happening with the NSA’s Phone Surveillance by Charlie Martin

Thursdays we try and aim for more of a geek culture theme. Last week Charlie really established his science bonafides beyond dispute IMHO with this debut Thursday science geek article. It’s essential reading to grasp the science behind what the NSA is actually doing.

The other three geek culture posts of the day — Theme Park Geek Chris Queen’s River Country memorial, Video Game Geek Walter Hudson’s thoughts on the challenges of a Superman video game, and Gearhead Car Geek Becky Graebner’s ongoing skepticism of electric vehicles — are a bit less disturbing than the realization that the government really is spying on us all. Stephen Green also had some great tech geek posts on Microsoft and Apple.

Forgotten Walt Disney World: River Country by Chris Queen

Man of Steel the Video Game? by Walter Hudson

The 90-Second Tesla Battery Swap: Misleading and Far From ‘Magic’ By Becky Graebner

Cross Posts from PJ Columnists:

Another Smart Move by Microsoft By Stephen Green

Apple’s New Ad is a Minus By Stephen Green 

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Friday, June 28

Roy Disney: The Not-So-Silent Partner By Chris Queen

Chris continues his fascinating blogging exploring Disney film history. I can’t wait to read some of these books that he’s writing about.

Killing in the Nolan Multiverse By Walter Hudson

Walter’s done a lot of writing lately about villains, now he considers how the new Batman films consider the morality of heroes who kill.

Cross Posts from the Tatler and PJ Columnists:

Why Hollywood Loves Guns By Stephen Kruiser

Why Blu Ray Failed By Stephen Green

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Saturday, June 29

On Saturday we’ve got three different approaches to self-improvement. Charlie Martin has another installment of his health and weight loss 13 Weeks regimen. Rhonda Robinson announces the start of her weekly efforts at budgeting and increasing family revenue. And Sarah Hoyt continues her plans to maximize her creative organization — advice for freelancer and everyone who works from home continues.

How You Can Gain 10 Pounds in 5 Days By Charlie Martin

5 Rules For Lifting Your Family Out of Economic Hardship By Rhonda Robinson

The Case For Making Lots of Lists By Sarah Hoyt

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Sunday, June 30

Each Sunday PJ Lifestyle strives to offer a variety of religious and ethical perspectives on cultural issues:

Millennial Girls Are Easy: Sex, Power & Porn By Susan L.M. Goldberg

New Great Awakening: America is Not a Christian Nation By Paula Bolyard 

Israel’s First Astronaut: A Tale of Tragedy and Miracle By P. David Hornik

Life Sucks By Charlie Martin

How Your Child’s Rebellion Mirrors Your Own by Walter Hudson 

Cross Posts from the Tatler and PJ Columnists:

Church Without God? By Ed Driscoll

Have any suggestions or feedback about PJ Lifestyle? Want to write a letter to the editor for publication? Send me an email at DaveSwindlePJM {@} gmail.com

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What Did You Miss Last Week at PJ Lifestyle?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 - by Dave Swindle

Cross-posted from PJ Lifestyle, as this weekly content summary will be each week…

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A Southern California sunrise Instagram from my window.

As we start shifting in the coming months to increasing the quantity of content at PJ Lifestyle I’m going to start doing a weekly summary linking to everything and offering a few comments to encourage others to start following the work of these unique writers.

Monday

Monday’s lead articles strive to focus on family and parenting issues.

The Muslim Family: An Empire of Fear by Robert Spencer

Each week at PJ Lifestyle Robert Spencer applies his deep understanding of Islam to exploring how the Muslim family model differs from the Western style of parenting. This week he explains some of the problems with Dinesh D’Souza’s efforts to woo “socially conservative” Muslims.

Think You Could Never Homeschool? by Paula Bolyard

Paula Bolyard is going to start exploring homeschooling each week, explaining her family’s experiences.

Humanity’s Destiny? Howard Bloom: ‘Garden The Solar System, Green the Galaxy’ by Dave Swindle

This article is another effort from me to blend two rival subcultures together. I explain why the secular/science/futurist minded need to listen to the Bible thumpers if they want to have any hope of their space colonies surviving. Humans can — and will — colonize the cosmos over the course of this century. But to get there we need to pursue it with the same attitudes as the religious radicals who colonized America — with Bible in hand.

Cross Posts from PJ Columnists:

Is California Doomed? by Andrew Klavan

The new book The Beholden State from the smart thinkers at City Journal sounds like essential reading.

Hollywood ‘Completely Broke.’ But That’s Good News, Right? by Ed Driscoll

Did you know that DVDs made up 50% of Hollywood’s profits? Game over.

It was a Diamond-Crusted BlackBerry by Stephen Green

Vodkapundit highlights a shameless example of DNC workers engaging in insurance fraud.

‘Fathers Haven’t the Same Sentimental Appeal That Mothers Have.’ by Helen Smith

Who made Father’s Day a National Holiday?

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One of the new hobbies I’ve explored this spring: hummingbird watching.

Tuesday

On Tuesdays we’re going to begin exploring more international and regional perspectives on culture. The Canadian Kathy Shaidle and British Theodore Dalrymple will set the focus but in coming months PJ Lifestyle will feature additional perspectives reporting on culture and lifestyle from around the country and the globe…

Conrad Black Still Loves You, America (In Spite of Everything) By Kathy Shaidle

Kathy Shaidle begins a new series exploring the fascinating — and sometimes downright bizarre — ideas of author and former media mogul Conrad Black. Part 2, coming tomorrow is fascinating. Kathy explains how the very pro-American and generally conservative Black still defends FDR in spite of Amity Shlaes’s scholarship.

Are Antibiotic-Resistant Diseases Mother Nature’s Revenge? By Theodore Dalrymple

Each week Theodore Dalrymple explores health and medicine controversies. This week: the problem of diseases that develop resistance to treatments.

Thumbs Up to a Tech Solution for EBT Fraud by Timothy Imholt, Ph.D. and David Forsmark

My friend Dave Forsmark usually reviews books for PJ Lifestyle but last week he teamed with a friend to make the case for how to use technology to dramatically reduce the ability of criminals to scam the government.

Cross Posts from PJ Columnists and the Tatler:

China: Snowden Case Like Shawshank Redemption By Bridget Johnson

Men On Strike at the Wall Street Journal by Dr. Helen Smith 

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Wednesday

On Wednesdays Hannah Sternberg and Becky Graebner lead the pack with starting the conversation about friendships and relationships.

Bad Advice: Stop Chasing Your Dreams By Hannah Sternberg

Hannah’s weekly advice column gets better and better each week. If you haven’t discovered yet then this week is a good one with which to start.

4 Reasons Why Netflix’s House of Cards Is Such a Hit by Becky Graebner

Becky’s ongoing series dissecting the themes and relationships of House of Cards is almost finished. This is part 7. Here are the previous installments:

May 8: 3 Washington D.C. Stereotypes House of Cards Hits Too Close for Comfort

May 15: The House of Cards Vision of Infidelity: More Fact than Fiction

May 22: Seduce Your Way to the Top? Meet The Anne Boleyns of Washington, D.C.

May 29: Why We Love to Hate Politicians

June 5: Can ‘Evil’ Sometimes Be Good?

June 12: House of Cards, Part 6: A Cast of Master Obfuscators

Hot Disney Rumor: Is Star Wars Land Coming To Disney’s Hollywood Studios? By Chris Queen

Chris is my partner in Disney fanaticism. After he submitted this one it occurred to me that in the coming years with Disney’s recent purchase of all things Star Wars that he should collaborate with Walter Hudson, our resident Star Wars philosopher. I emailed them both on Wednesday and urged my friends to get their heads together.

How To Avoid Very Painful Kidney Stones by Clayton Cramer

A thoughtful, useful piece from Clayton. I hope he’s feeling better now!

Cross Posts from PJ Columnists:

RIP Vince Flynn by Andrew Klavan 

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Maura, the beloved Siberian Husky.

Thursday

Thursdays aim to explore various aspects of “geek culture.” Chris Queen focuses on DisneyWorld and theme park news, Walter keeps up on video game news. Other writers will start in the coming weeks and months.

Horizons: Walt Disney’s Lost Futuristic Legacy by Chris Queen

Market > Microsoft: Unpopular Xbox One Features Abandoned by Walter Hudson

Daily Question: Does Obsessing Over Zombie Apocalypse Reveal a Lust to Escape Modernity?

I’d saved this excerpt from Douglas Rushkoff’s Present Shock for the weekend of World War Z’s release.

Cross Posts from PJ Columnists:

RIP James Gandolfini, TV’s Tony Soprano By Ed Driscoll

Friendships with Fictional Characters by Richard Fernandez

With the death of James Gandolfini after years of drug abuse I’m reminded of this post I wrote at the beginning of June commending Philip Seymour Hoffman for checking into rehab after falling back into addiction

I remember getting into an argument with one of the commenters who insisted that celebrities should NOT be praised for seeking help in treating their addictions…

I wrote about my dislike of The Sopranos last year and connected the show’s embrace with the country’s tolerance of Barack Obama’s malevolence: Why This Election Year America Is Carmela Soprano

Big Pill to Swallow: Taxpayers to Pay for Illegal Immigrants’ Med School By Roger Kimball

Roger Kimball is always reliable for highlighting the new extremes of the academic postmodernists and utopians.

Man of Steel: ‘I’m As American As It Gets’ By Stephen Green

I still haven’t seen Man of Steel yet but sympathize with Stephen’s points. With my wife in the Bahamas this month on an art trip my usual moviegoing companion has not been available. Perhaps we’ll see a matinee this weekend — she gets back on Friday, finally.

Cross Posts from the Tatler:

‘Sexual Jihad’ in Syria by Roger L. Simon

Washington State Dems to Holder: Don’t Tread on Our Pot Legalization By Bridget Johnson

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Books I picked up at the library on Friday. The Tocqueville book from Ledeen is AWESOME. The Walker Percy titles were at the suggestion of a reader.

Friday

Begin each Friday with John Boot stepping on Hollywood. Leading into the weekend we like to focus on books, movies, history, and ideas on Friday.

5 Sure Signs Brad Pitt Is in Paycheck Mode by John Boot

John explains why World War Z is Brad Pitt at his most brainless — very unfortunate when he’s capable of so much more.

The Dark Side of Paula Deen? by Chris Queen

Chris is the man I turn to for understanding Southern culture. With the Paula Deen controversy I knew who to email.

Bad Advice for Zombie Apocalypse Survivors by Hannah Sternberg

I’ve asked Hannah to expand her Bad Advice column to start providing advice to fictional characters too…

Is Man of Steel the Year’s Best Sci-Fi Film? By Walter Hudson

OK, So Not Everything Walt Disney Touched Turned To Gold… By Chris Queen

On Fridays Chris is going to explore the history of the Disney, figuring out what ideas and values enabled the company to become the most influential American culture advocate of the 20th century.

Reprint: What Does Killing Zombies Teach Us About Being Human? by Walter Hudson

This article from Walter’s Video Games, Villains and Values series seemed an appropriate one to think about again on this Zombie themed day. Here are the others, which I plan to collect soon into another compilation:

The first grouping of Walter’s articles can be found here: Walter Hudson’s Guide For Making Peace Between Christians and Objectivists

The NBA Belongs to LeBron James By Rick Moran

I speak sports with the same level of fluency as Swahili. It’s great to have Rick helping out on the subject.

Cross Posts from PJ Columnists:

Uh-oh: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Daughter’s Name… by Ed Driscoll

James Gandolfini’s Legacy By Stephen Green

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With a hat tip to Vodkapundit Stephen Green.

Saturday

Charlie Martin and Sarah Hoyt are the leaders of Self-Improvement Saturday. They’re developing the 13 Weeks Method, figuring out how to use technology and New Media to track life changes. I plan to join them in coming weeks as I get back into more diligence with my 13 Weeks Radical Reading Regimen.

Is Obesity a Disease? By Charlie Martin

Organizing Your Creative Life In 13 Weeks by Sarah Hoyt

After 13 weeks of novel writing advice Sarah decided to expand her focus for the next season. Now she’s developing a method for all creative homebound workers. Here’s how to start to get organized to create.

2 More Roadblocks For Electric Vehicles By Becky Graebner

Becky has been providing great coverage of cars and technology the past few months. In the future I’ll start featuring more of her car posts on Thursdays with the other “geek” coverage.

Sci/Tech News Flash: New Technique Promises a Petabyte on a DVD by Charlie Martin 

New Great Awakening: Should Pastors and Churches Be Involved In Politics? by Paula Bolyard 

Mea culpa: this post from Paula, expanding on her article two weeks ago on the push to inspire another Great Awakening of religious belief was meant for publication on Sunday afternoon instead of Saturday. But I goofed and scheduled it a day early so it was a lead-in to religion-themed Sunday… I won’t make that mistake again. Hopefully.

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Maura at the park on Sunday.

Sunday

Sundays will explore religion from a variety of perspectives and traditions. Susan L.M. Goldberg is currently analyzing popular culture through her lens of Biblical Feminism and P. David Hornik contemplates the balance of sacred and secular from his perspective in Israel. In the future I’ll present collections of some of the articles they’ve written over the last six month — both are really developing some rich themes.

Money: Is That What Girls Goddesses Really Want? By Susan L.M. Goldberg

This is part 3 of her ongoing series. Parts 1 and 2 can be read here.

Near-Death Experiences: 2 Books Provide More Compelling Evidence By P. David Hornik

I never paid much mind to these kinds of stories in the past but the science is starting to catch up with the spirituality…

Food Network Cans Paula Deen By Chris Queen

BREAKING: Sex May Result in Children by Walter Hudson 

Walter Hudson is going to explore the connection between God and fatherhood on Sundays. Check out his piece last week in which he started exploring this theme: What My Sons Teach Me About God

Militant Buddhism by Charlie Martin

And Charlie brings some Eastern wisdom each week as he develops a new approach to Buddhism.

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Let’s drink to a great work. I’ll be back next Monday with another collection of this week’s articles…

Have any suggestions or feedback about PJ Lifestyle? Want to write a letter to the editor for publication? Send me an email at DaveSwindlePJM {@} gmail.com

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3 Reasons Why I’m Joining the Republican Party Today

Friday, November 9th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

I’ve resisted this for awhile. The past three years I’ve readily identified as an ideologically conservative, pro-Tea Party, ex-leftist. But I resisted joining the Republican Party, preferring to focus on the war of ideas, the battles of Left and Right, Marxist vs Classical Liberal, rather than Democrat vs Republican.

When Mitt Romney secured the nomination I naively thought, “well, he’s got that corporate competence. Surely they’ll be as smart at growing a campaign as they would building a business, right? Even if they can’t articulate Americanism at least they’ll maximize on the basics of Get Out the Vote and fundraising and all the boring, professional stuff, right?”

Wrong, as Bethany Mandel reports at Commentary. Turns out we’re not looking just at the broader cultural problem of a 5% raise in nonreligious voters, but also a Republican Party unable to compete in the technological arms race or even run a competent Get-out-the-vote (GOTV) operation:

The story of how monumental a failure Project ORCA was on Election Day was first reported by a volunteer, John Ekdahl, on the Ace of Spades blog. After tweeting the article, I was contacted by several other volunteers who were eager to explain in greater detail just how many things went wrong with Project Orca on Tuesday.

I spoke with one volunteer in a rural Virginia county who had a similar experience to the blogger on Ace’s site. Shoshanna McCrimmon signed up to volunteer on Romney’s website several months ago. She was contacted by Dan Centinello of the Romney campaign and underwent online and phone training that lasted for several hours in order to volunteer locally on Election Day. Because of secrecy concerns, the application itself was inaccessible until the morning of the election. From the outset there were failures of organization.

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Was ORCA’s failure the reason why Romney lost Virginia by almost 116,000 votes, Ohio by 103,000, Iowa by 88,000 or why Florida is still, days later, too close to call? It’s impossible to know what a Romney campaign with working GOTV technology would have been able to accomplish. Ekdahl explained that with the failure of Project ORCA’s organization and its later meltdown on Election Day “30,000+ of the most active and fired-up volunteers were wandering around confused and frustrated when they could have been doing anything else to help. Like driving people to the polls, phone-banking, walking door-to-door, etc.” The possibility that all of the efforts of Romney’s campaign, all of the enthusiasm, went unharnessed and dormant on Election Day when they could’ve at least led to a closer election result, if not a victory, is becoming beyond frustrating for thousands of his staffers, for the millions of Americans who gave their time and money to elect Mitt Romney president as they come to learn just what a disaster ORCA seems to have been.

This is my tipping point. Will it be for anyone else?

1. Today I’m joining the Republican Party because I recognize that it’s not enough to take back the culture. We could spend four years pushing the culture and expanding the base and then it would be all for naught because incompetent GOP establishment hacks cannot run a campaign.

2. Today I’m joining the Republican Party because over the coming years as ideological factions compete for influence the antisemitic elements within the party — Ron Paul’s Paleo-Libertarian, Old Right, Anarcho Capitalist, Conspiracy Theory cult coalition — threaten to gain greater power.

3. Today I’m joining the Republican Party because as I’ve returned to Bible-based religion and a faith in God during the past year I’ve come to understand the story of the ancient Israelites rebelling against slavery and idolatry as the basis for Western Civilization, our ancestors’ flight from Europe, and the founding of this nation. The Republican Party was founded as the anti-slavery Party. It still is today.

 

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Quantifying the ‘Contrarian’ Narcissism of the 3rd Party Voter

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Yesterday, Conor Friedersdorf, a staff writer at The Atlantic and protege of Andrew Sullivan, offered an explanation for why he chose to spend months blasting Mitt Romney as more evil than Barack Obama but will still vote for Gary Johnson instead. He titled the piece “Why I Refuse to Vote for Barack Obama“:

Tell certain liberals and progressives that you can’t bring yourself to vote for a candidate who opposes gay rights, or who doesn’t believe in Darwinian evolution, and they’ll nod along. Say that you’d never vote for a politician caught using the ‘n’-word, even if you agreed with him on more policy issues than his opponent, and the vast majority of left-leaning Americans would understand. But these same people cannot conceive of how anyone can discern Mitt Romney’s flaws, which I’ve chronicled in the course of the campaign, and still not vote for Obama.

Don’t they see that Obama’s transgressions are worse than any I’ve mentioned?

I don’t see how anyone who confronts Obama’s record with clear eyes can enthusiastically support him. I do understand how they might concluded that he is the lesser of two evils, and back him reluctantly, but I’d have thought more people on the left would regard a sustained assault on civil liberties and the ongoing, needless killing of innocent kids as deal-breakers.

Nope.

Emphases added. In the first three paragraphs Friedersdorf references himself five times — all without need.

How much more does Friedersdorf talk about himself as he lays out the case that the death of 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki (in the drone strike that killed his Jihadi father) morally disqualifies Obama from a second term in office? The 1798-word piece contains 35 variations of I. Among the most narcissistic passages:

If I vote, it will be for Johnson. What about the assertion that Romney will be even worse than Obama has been on these issues? It is quite possible, though not nearly as inevitable as Democrats seem to think. It isn’t as though they accurately predicted the abysmal behavior of Obama during his first term, after all. And how do you get worse than having set a precedent for the extrajudicial assassination of American citizens? By actually carrying out such a killing? Obama did that too. Would Romney? I honestly don’t know. I can imagine he’d kill more Americans without trial and in secret, or that he wouldn’t kill any. I can imagine that he’d kill more innocent Pakistani kids or fewer. His rhetoric suggests he would be worse. I agree with that. Then again, Romney revels in bellicosity; Obama soothes with rhetoric and kills people in secret.

One should also note that in his explanation for why not to vote for Obama the only killings that Friedersdorf mentions as a concern to him are those done by America to defend itself. So little surprise that he never gets around to the question of which candidate will do a better job protecting American lives.

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How Critical Race Theorists Define ‘Rule of Law’

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, Second Edition by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic

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Stories also at PJ Media, which of course have nothing to do with a presidential administration, political party, activist movement, and Department of Justice united under such a definition:

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Aurora Mass Murderer’s Self-Description of His Political Views Revealed

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Apparently the shooter is a “No Labels” kind of guy. TMZ found his Match.com page:

The profile also describes his religious views as “agnostic” — not uncommon for a science-minded, Ph.D. student.

TMZ earlier uncovered a profile on AdultFriendFinder.Com revealing the shooter sought casual sex hook-ups.

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More coverage at PJ Lifestyle:

Jail Employee: James Holmes Shows No Remorse

The Aurora Shooting Victims

What Does Israel’s Prime Minister Have to Do With the Horrific Dark Knight Shooting?

Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn

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10 Tips for How to Talk to a Marxist Who Thinks He’s a Liberal (If You Must)

Friday, June 8th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Over at PJ Lifestyle today I have a review of Dennis Prager’s book Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. My piece is titled 7 Reasons Why The Right Should Not Seek to Convert The Left. Within the review I make my case through a series of excerpts from a debate I had with a history grad student. I decided to convert these excerpts into a graphic presentation with my suggestions for how to engage with those who think they’re liberals but actually rely on Marxism for their world view. I hope everyone enjoys it.

 *Apologies to Ann Coulter for borrowing her title.

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Paying the Price For Keynesian Quackery

Monday, June 4th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

 

David P. “Spengler” Goldman today in a must-read post on the European economic collapse:

The Obama administration, George Soros, the International Monetary Fund, and liberal opinion in general believe that no crisis should be wasted: an enlightened supranational bureaucracy should emerge as the ruler of Europe.

I find this repulsive for the most elemental of reasons: the further that government is removed from the electorate, the more prone it is to abuse. The Brussels bureaucracy is responsible for the catastrophe in the first place, and one doesn’t normally give the gasoline monopoly to a bunch of arsonists.

As an old investment banker, though, I think that consolidating all the European scams into supranational entities will fail disastrously. The lifeboat itself will sink under the weight. Some of the scams are simply too outrageous to be rescued. The same Keynesian quackery that has kept the US in recession for the past four years festers among the Eurocrats.

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Memo to Meghan McCain: Al Sharpton is an Antisemite With Blood on His Hands

Sunday, May 27th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Meghan McCain opens her column “Cut It Out, Internet Bullies!” at The Daily Beast:

Last week, I went on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show PoliticsNation to talk about extremism in the Republican Party. As a socially liberal Republican, this happens to be a topic I know a lot about. On the show, I told Sharpton that many Republicans treat me like a freak, especially the extreme-right members of my party. I went on to say that I don’t understand the appeal of extreme bloggers such as Michelle Malkin and the late Andrew Breitbart.

Going on Al Sharpton’s show to talk about “extremism in the Republican Party” is as offensive as appearing on a David Duke program to talk about fire safety and tying proper knots. Last summer Jeff Dunetz at Yid With Lid remembered the 10 year anniversary of the Crown Heights riots, an antisemitic pogrom provoked by the MSNBC host and Democratic Party consigliere who earns kinder words from McCain than the “extreme bloggers” who tweet things she doesn’t like.

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Breitbart’s Legacy: Vetting Obama Also Requires Confronting the Conspiracy Theories

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

At Breitbart.com the Vetting continues: Editor-In-Chief Joel Pollak: “Exclusive Document Debunks Myth About Obamas Columbia Years”

**OBAMA COLUMBIA DOCUMENT RELEASED**

Breitbart News’ discovery of the 1991 biography distributed by Barack Obama’s then-literary agency, which stated (incorrectly) that Obama had been “born in Kenya,” confirmed what we have been saying for months as we pursued “The Vetting” project. Much of what the country ought to know about Obama, but does not, is hidden–often in plain sight–yet the mainstream media covers it up or spins it away to protect him.

The errant biography is only the most sensational example of a pattern of behavior in which Obama and his supporters manipulate or even fabricate his life story. And because Obama and his campaign have refused to provide other, relevant facts–and because the mainstream media shows such little interest in finding them–conspiracy theories flourish.

Some of these are easily debunked by conducting some very basic research.

The image above–never before released–is from public records at Columbia University that prove that Obama did, in fact, graduate in 1983 from the Ivy League school. Contrary to some conspiracy theories, Obama was a student within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–not the less selective, “nontraditional” Columbia University School of General Studies (which only merged with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1990).

While he was alive Andrew Breitbart rarely got the credit he deserved for standing up to the conspiracy fringe. In 2010 he took a stand against two ghosts of Conservatism Past: Birtherism (the contemporary expression of John Birch Society paranoia) and homophobia.

Vetting Barack Obama means more than just unearthing new documents from the President’s lifelong journey through the hidden corners of American socialism. The task also requires carrying Breitbart’s legacy of diligence in confronting the narratives advanced by those with less sincere motives. (How come we’ve seen conspiracy theories gain so much traction in the age of the internet? Because it’s a great business model. Conspiracy theories are second only to sex on the list of subjects guaranteed to generate web traffic.)

And so in 2012 Pollak and Ben Shapiro, John Nolte, Dana Loesch, Mike Flynn, Larry O’Connor, and the rest of the Breitbart News team follow their founder’s lead and provide an example of what it means to be journalists first, activists second: Just telling the truth about your political opponent’s history, record of expressed views, and character of the men he proclaims his mentors is more effective than trying to drop a “gotcha” story (like about cutting a gay teen’s hair against his will 50 years ago…)

But the real challenge is getting people to care once the facts are staring them in the face about the nature of who this President has chosen to empower.

Barry Rubin in March:

President Barack Obama is continuing his love affair with Turkish Islamist leader Recep Erdogan. As Erdogan continues to undermine Turkish democracy, throw hundreds of moderates into jail, destroy the nation’s institutions, help Iran, throw hysterical tantrums about how much he hates Israel, promote Islamism in the region, and is fresh from still another meeting with Hamas leaders, Obama continues to use Erdogan as his guru.

When the two men met at the Seoul, South Korea, Nuclear Security Summit on March 25, Obama practically slobbered over the anti-American ruler, calling Erdogan his “friend and colleague….We find ourselves in frequent agreement upon a wide range of issues.”

When Erdogan goes to elections or is criticized by the opposition he uses statements like this to “prove” that his policies aren’t radical or anti-Western at all. Here’s a man whose regime can help terrorist groups organize a violent confrontation with Israel, preside over a virulently anti-American media, insist Iran isn’t seeking nuclear weapons and has a wonderful government, and then be lionized by the president of the United States.

Obama adds:

“I think it’s fair to say that over the last several years, the relationship between Turkey and the United States has continued to grow across every dimension.  And I find Prime Minister Erdogan to be an outstanding partner and an outstanding friend on a wide range of issues.”

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Touré: ‘There’s More to Blackness Than Bludgeoning People With Memories of Past Atrocities’

Friday, May 11th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Introduction: Post-Modern Blackness in Theory and Practice.

Part 1: Why Black Jesus Wears a Hoodie Today

Part 2: Spiritual Liberation Comes Through Worshiping Skin Color

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“The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know, you know, there’s a reaction that’s been bred in our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that’s just the nature of race in our society.”

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Obama and Romney Discuss the Merits of Stating One’s Honest Position on Gay Marriage

Thursday, May 10th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

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Touré: Spiritual Liberation Comes Through Worshiping Skin Color

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle
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Introduction: Post-Modern Blackness in Theory and Practice.

Part 1: Why Black Jesus Wears a Hoodie Today

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The song running over the credits of 1999′s sci-fi epic The Matrix from Rage Against the Machine, “Wake Up.”

 

I love the Matrix for giving us Black people being brilliant & in leadership positions. The Oracle, Morpheus…

— Touré (@Toure) May 17, 2011

In Afrolantica Legacies Derrick Bell utilized many occult themes — from racializing the legend of Atlantis, to extraterrestrial encounters with the sexy alien goddess Chiara, to a continued reliance on conspiracy theories, the man who blurbed books by both Louis Farrakhan and Barack Obama knew his esoterica.

And in Bell’s follow-up we understand why. After a small radical publisher released Afrolantica Legacies in 1998 a more mainstream, respectable house — Bloomsbury — blessed the world with his next book in 2002, Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth. The chapter on spirituality includes the passage in the above illustration.

Bell rejected the principles of ethical monotheism that make up the foundation of the Judeo-Christian tradition and its political expression in classical liberalism. Instead of understanding human nature as flawed and man as separated from God he embraced the Gnostic conception: “To know self at the deepest level, they believed, is to know God.”

The practical result of this is self-worship, a form of idolatry and the practice the second of the 10 Commandments confronted.

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Why Black Jesus Wears a Hoodie Today

Monday, May 7th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

Introduction: Post-Modern Blackness in Theory and Practice.

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Post-Modern Blackness in Theory and Practice

Friday, May 4th, 2012 - by Dave Swindle

My previous blogging series explored Critical Race Theory founder Derrick Bell’s Afrolantica Legacies and its connections to current events and the Obama administration’s public policies.

Bell was born in 1930, and his generation would go on to lead the ’60s campus revolts and the various components of the New Left. (See Ron Radosh’s memoir Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left for the stories of Bell’s radical peers.) By the early 1970s this Silent Generation cohort produced not only their pivotal works (Bell’s Race, Racism and American Law came in 1973) but also the children who would some day gain the name Generation X.

Touré was born in 1971, and now 40 years later you can read how his generation of writer-activists has updated Bell’s political theology.

My motives for reading Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness remain as selfish as for Afrolantica Legacies: I want to know “what it means to be black now.” Or rather: who counts as black today? Do those with one African-American and one Caucasian parent count as black? What about one grandparent?

What do those in multi-racial families need to know in order to raise the next generation of mixed race children? How do you explain “blackness” and “whiteness” to a child who falls into neither category?

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