If it was a dinosaur, it would be a Crapasoraus Rex.
If it was a painting, it would be The Mona Crappa.
And if it a was an actress, it would be Crapalina Jolie.
But this is Klavan on the Culture interpreting President Obama, so it can only be, Talking Crap 3: ABSOLUTE CRAP!!!
Margaret Hoover’s American Individualism hits the Washington Post political best seller list and she joins James Poulos to explain how the GOP has to win more young voters.
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Stay tuned for interviews with Andrew Breitbart, Dana Loesch and 2012 GOP candidates Rep. Thad McCotter and Herman Cain.
PJTV’s James Poulos interviews Judge Andrew Napolitano about Operation Fast and Furious and what should happen if AG Holder knew about the government’s scandalous gun running operation. The judge also talks about the Constitution, fiat money, and how politicians just don’t understand what the Constitution is or what it’s supposed to do. Not to be missed.
LEFT EXPOSED: Bush “Destroyed New Orleans,” Yet There’s Hope for Finding Common Ground With Tea Party Activists
You can’t make this stuff up. Somebody over at FireDogLake must think the 2005 opening act in New Orleans was Katrina and the Waves … and W had the power to stop hurricanes. But what is even more interesting – after the requisite anti-Bush screed – is how the progressive left continues to turn against President Obama.
This writer is “not ready to crown Barack Obama the Worst President Ever just yet.” But The One has clearly not lived up to his billing: “not only has he failed to create jobs or restart the economy, he has paid only lip service to progressive policies and betrayed his base at almost every turn.”
And with that analysis, we’ve found serious common ground between the center-right Tea Party world and the progressive left.
Upset by Obama’s lip service: Check.
At PJTV we’ve covered the Tea Party movement from the very beginning. Along the way we’ve noticed one thing about Tea Party groups from coast to coast: It doesn’t matter who you are or when you want to join the party, the Tea Party welcomes you.
To the folks at FireDogLake, we’re not only happy to have found some common ground, we hope you’ll join disgruntled Tea Party activists and support the candidate in 2012 who has real plans for restarting the country’s economic engine and has some idea how to spur private-sector job growth.
And that line about Bush destroying New Orleans? Hilarious. You’re such kidders.
Parents or Government: Who do you believe is responsible for telling kids what video games they can play? And is all video game violence created equal?
Allen Barton, Elan Journo of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights and James Poulos provide the analysis you won’t find in the MSM (and they also take you to the very real world of PJTV staff meetings).
So, two questions:
1. How many times has TMZ scooped the MSM giants recently?
2. What? The cut of Arnold’s jib didn’t fit the Kennedy clan?
Move over Birthers. Get a life, Truthers. Get thee to Costco for a new supply of tinfoil.
This diabolical conspiracy is going to be the one that all the cool crackpots are talking about. So get on board, cause we’re all doomed.
President Obama held a lengthy, rambling press conference today that we hope you didn’t watch. Seriously folks, the tingle is gone.
Tony Katz, Stephen Kruiser, Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey and Newsbuster’s Noel Sheppard watched it for you and they have the analysis you won’t find anywhere else. Did you know President Obama once supported tax breaks for corporate jets? They also reveal the one person who is paying the least amount of attention to what the Obama Administration is doing.
The Toronto Sun reports that in the final years of his life, John Lennon declared, I’m So Tired of left-wing radicalism and that before his assassination in 1980, he was ready Imagine the Instant Karma of the Reagan Revolution.
Perhaps it was a cry for Help! … or just Starting Over, politically. But according to Fred Seaman, Lennon’s last personal assistant, he was ready to Come Together with Reagan and had bought a Ticket to Ride with what appears to be a more conservative world view. The details are coming out ahead of a new documentary.
Lennon argued with his liberal friends, telling them, You Got to Hide Your Love Away for your naive, radical views. It also appears Lennon considered President Jimmy Carter a real Nowhere Man.
“John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on (Democrat) Jimmy Carter.”
“I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who’s an old-time communist… He enjoyed really provoking my uncle… Maybe he was being provocative… but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.
“He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he’d been when he wrote Imagine. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”
Never, In My Life, would I have thought that 30 years after his death – and one year after Paul inspired me boycott his music – that John Lennon would become my favorite Beatle. And while it may be true that All You Need Is Love, this glimpse into the world of Lennon shows it doesn’t hurt to have a realistic world view as well.
Drudge’s transcript says, “Laughter.” The White House corrects the transcript to say, “Applause.” Politico reports.
If the White House released the audio, the speculation would cease.
And when he’s not pondering the benefits of alpaca droppings, Metcalf finds libertarians repugnant. They’re so repugnant that he spent more than 4,000 words regurgitating the thesis that one of the Big Brains for libertarianism, Robert Nozick, renounced the philosophy.
Cato’s David Boaz provides an authoritative smackdown of Metcalf’s article, which includes a quote from Nozick saying, “… the rumors of my deviation (or apostasy!) from libertarianism were much exaggerated.”
But now Metcalf has something more than simple fact-checking to worry about: Libertarians might really be everywhere.
Our friends over at Reason Magazine have a great post about the CNN’s debate debacle and it’s plans to exlude Gary Johnson from Monday night’s event in New Hampshire. (Note: PJTV will be broadcasting LIVE before, during, and after the debate from New Hampshire on PJTV.com and on our Facebook page.)
Nick Gillespie includes a compelling video in his post about the former governor of New Mexico that, “makes a decent case that the two-term GOP governor (in a Democratic-heavy state!) meets CNN’s own criteria for deciding who gets in and who doesn’t.”
Gillespie also embeds this video from the Johnson campaign that shows a number of our recent presidents and nominees (Clinton, Carter, Dukakis) and their very early single-digit place in the polls.
The campaign video concludes by saying that we shouldn’t let media elites determine who is qualified to be in the debate and provides the CNN corporate phone number.
So, if you want more voices in the debate – like a reasonable libertarian alternative to Ron Paul – call CNN to let them know you’d like to see Gary Johnson in New Hampshire on Monday night: 404-827-1500.
And, if you want to learn more about Johnson, click here to watch PJTV’s interviews with him.
The Wall Street Journal reports on on the front page this morning that former Massachusetts Governor Mittt Romney will skip Iowa’s Ames Straw poll in August. The Journal describes the Iowa’s straw poll, held in Ames, as a key early test and reminds readers that Mitt won the Ames Straw Poll in 2007 before pulling out of the Ames Straw Poll in 2011. Romney’s play for the social conservative base fizzled in 2007 and he ultimately placed second to Mike Huckabee in the 2008 Iowa Caucus.
So is this the latest Mitt-flop? In 2007, as the Journal report concludes, candidate Romney chastised both John McCain and Rudy Giuliani for skipping the Ames Straw Poll. Romney said, “If you can’t compete in Iowa in August, how are you going to compete in January when the caucuses are held?”
With his track record changing position for political expediency, one has to wonder why he won’t change his position on the disastrous experiment known as RomneyCare.
On the topic of Anthony Weiner, CNN’s John Avlon reminds us that it was RFK who said, “Politics should be the most honorable profession.”
He adds “[This] seems increasingly like a bitter joke.”
Anthony Weiner, Chris Lee, Mark Foley, John Ensign, Mark Sanford, Larry Craig … Edwards, Vitter, Spitzer, Clinton.
Is it a national civic crisis as Avlon points out? I’ve been talking to PJTVs James Poulos about this topic for a while. He says we need better citizens if we want a better Republic.
But where’s the incentive in our Snookiverse?
Avlon concludes his article with this bar for public servants, as set by Teddy Roosevelt:
No man can lead a public career really worth leading, no man can act with rugged independence in serious crises, nor strike at great abuses, nor afford to make powerful and unscrupulous foes, if he is himself vulnerable in his private character.
When you hear about the story of Wisconsin’s public-sector union zombie thugs disrupting an event for the Special Olympics this week, keep that quote in mind.
Is journalism dead? Did you know the Huffington Post had the same, now-infamous Rep. Weiner underwear picture as Andrew Breitbart? What Did HuffPo do with it? Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, Breitbart.TV’s Larry O’Connor and BigJournalism’s Meredith Dake join Tony Katz for analysis of the media’s role in Weinergate 2011.
Update [Bryan]: I received a note from Mario Ruiz at the Huffington Post today. Mr. Ruiz says that HuffPo never received any Weiner pics, public or private, via email or Twitter, to their knowledge.
James Poulos: “You’re the last straw, Congressman. You’re proof that the illicit lust of the power elite is a constant presence. It is not a shocking revelation. It is a theme.”
Watch the entire commentary:
When news of Weinergate broke even the New York Congressman’s friend, Jon Stewart couldn’t help himself. “As a comedian this is a slam dunk: Weiner name, wiener picture. Where’s my check.”
But this Olympic moment for comedic gold medalists can’t last forever. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s press conference can’t be the last chapter. Yet, in the spirit of Churchill, it might be the end of the beginning.
The next chapter might be an all-out political brawl for Weiner’s seat — whether or not he ever steps down. As the National Journal reports:
Weiner’s district, spanning mostly white neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn, trended more Republican than any other district in the country from the 2000 to the 2008 presidential election.
So that’s why this is more than just a joke. There are serious political forces ready to fight. Weiner’s seat is in play. Write your own punch line.
Our Facebook friend Theresa Fisher asks about Kevorkian’s legacy. So, who owns your body and your life?
If the government owns your body, can it make suicide illegal? Or do you have a right to take your life or pursue physician-assisted suicide?
Good news! You have all weekend to recuperate from most anticipated announcement in the history of Mitt Romney’s life. We couldn’t make it to the BBQ in Stratham, NH, but we hear that dozens of people politely clapped several times during Romney’s remarks.
If you didn’t get your fill of polite clapping, get thee to 111 East Union Street in Somerset, PA at 11:30 on Monday where former Senator Rick Santorum promises, “an important announcement about the 2012 race.” Adding in his email to supports, “it seems every day another public official is making some sort of announcement or another.” (He’s already establishing some credibility with me for that observation.)
If only a charismatic leader could break through all this polite clapping, perhaps then the GOP would have a real front runner.
Now if only he could fix the thermostat in our office…
Liberals made the gutsy call to support the killing of Osama bin Laden. This kind of left-wing bloodlust is enough to make Michael Moore’s head actually explode.
Seriously … it explodes.
On Sunday, Newt attacked Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity as “too big a jump.” He also said, “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering.”
But in Iowa, at the Conservative Principles Conference in March, Newt was praising the plan. He told PJTV’s Tony Katz that the Ryan plan offered “a very bold budget that includes entitlement reforms, it includes very significant cuts in government spending.”
Watch the interview here:
Here’s Newt’s analysis (again, from March) of Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity.
I think you’re going to see in the next couple of weeks, Paul Ryan, the chairman of the Budget Committee, produce a very bold budget that includes entitlement reforms, it includes very significant cuts in government spending. It is a major step towards getting government under control, and I know from talking to Congressman Ryan that he is really putting together something that’s very bold and very decisive. So, I think that’s coming in the very near future. I think you’ll see continued cuts in the continuing resolution process and I think you could see a serious effort to repeal Obamacare on the debt ceiling. So, I think the next three or four months are going to be very action-packed and that people are going to have a chance to see some very significant changes.
We are definitely seeing “some very significant changes.”
Memo to the New York Times: Matt Drudge has better new sense than your elitist brain trust. That’s Reason #1 why he’s successful. He also doesn’t need an entire floor of a building dedicated to figuring out how how the Internet works.
The DrudgeReport is successful because Drudge’s understanding of the newscycle led to his website replacing the Times as the first click of the day for a critical mass of reporters, editors, talk radio hosts, citizen journalists, producers, activists and everyday Americans who are tired of being force-fed what a handful of Big Apple, big-government loving, self-appointed pseudo-opinion makers think is important.
I still read the Times. Occasionally. Ross Douthat was a good hire. And I like the weekend sections.
Also, how’s that paywall working?
Some California lifeguards are swimming in cash and make up to $200k a year. The national average? $24k.
Can you guess how something like this could happen? Three words: Public sector unions.
The Orange County Register’s Brian Calle broke the Drudge-making investigation. This week he joins PJTV’s Front Page with Allen Barton to explain how public sector unions keep getting away with absurdly high salaries.
Reuters reports, “A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.”
Twitter is already all full of the comedic headlines and zingers you’d expect to come from the Great Satan’s culture of heathens. Check out the hashtag #binladenpr0n.
The bin Laden diaries are exposing terror plots and terror-plot passes.
The UK Telegraph reveals that President Obama was al Qaeda’s #1 target. But what about Vice President Biden?
Was he number 2? No. 3? Ah, nope.
He’s gotta be in the Top 10, right? Not so much.
US officials have revealed that Osama bin Laden’s diaries contain the rather startling conclusion that he didn’t think Vice President Joe Biden was worth bumping off.
Perhaps bin Laden figured Biden was more dangerous to America if he was free to flap his gums without impunity.
… and other thoughts on the 2012 GOP field from Stephen Green, Scott Ott and Bill Whittle.
And it doesn’t take the elitist, detached, morally vacant point of view from a Bill Maher flunkie staff writer to figure that out. Bill Whittle and Andrew Klavan explain the limits of comedy.
… and other items you may have missed on the web this week (like Olbermann calling Seal Team Six, Cheney’s Personal Assassination Squad).
Steven Green presents, The Week in Blogs.
I want to state this unequivocally for those who are just tuning in: Truthers, Birthers and, now, Deathers are crackpots, wingnuts and feeble-minded fools who find it easier to see vast, sinister and complex conspiracies where simple truths are the lone reality.
And while Truthers are probably the most active and vocal group (thank you, Ron Paul (R-TX)), they, like Rep. Paul, are far from being a part of the establishment.
But now, thanks to an appearance by our very own Tony Katz on MSNBC, an establishment-wing of super-wingnuttery has been identified: The Racers.
Don’t like government spending? They’ll call you gun-toting racists.
Don’t think tax hikes will fix the economy? They’ll call you a tea bagging racist.
And when crackpot worlds collide, like calling on the President to release his Birth Certificate … you’re a racist. Even though, in this instance, the establishment accuser asked the exact same question months earlier as the crackpot birther.
The problem – for America – with the Racer Movement is that it’s not a fringe movement. Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Janeane Garofalo, NPR, the New York Times, CBS and all the other Race Card-loving individuals and institutions are part of the establishment. (Well, maybe not Garofalo & Olbermann anymore, but even the biggest circus has its clowns). The Racers are not a fringe movement that shows up at events to shout down ideological adversaries. The Racers have the power to destroy.
The Racers host television shows and the Racers run newspapers. Like Truthers, Birthers and Deathers, they can level their baseless charges. But unlike their crackpot brethren, they are the Manhattan-Beltway opinion makers.
And until now, the Racers have been able to get away with their behavior. But now the Racers have to contend with the likes of Andrew Breitbart and thousands of citizen journalists who are circumventing the mainstream media and taking simple truths to an audience that is tired of baseless accusations and complex conspiracy theories.
Need a primer on the Racers? Check out Tony Katz on PJTV.
A late item by Lori Montgomery in the Washington Post appears with this headline:
The problem? It’s about 100% wrong. An email from Majority Leader Cantor’s office just came in saying as much.
“To be clear, the Republican position is the Ryan budget, period.”
Add this to an observation today from our friend, Douglas Holtz-Eakin and the WaPo’s Lori Montgomery is 0-2 on the day. Don’t fret Lori, the National’s had plenty of players with 0-fers tonight. And nobody really trusts much of what’s coming out of DC anyway.