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Must-See PJTV

December 31st, 2008 - 3:09 pm

On a very special New Year’s edition of PJTV, Scott “Scrappleface” Ott and I discuss… something. We pre-taped this one a while back, and frankly I have no clue what it’s about. But how can you pass up anything with Scott Ott?

The fun starts at 5:00PM Mountain.

Well that’s nice:

On Tuesday, Hamas legislators marked the Christmas season by passing a Shari’a criminal code for the Palestinian Authority. Among other things, it legalizes crucifixion.

Wrong Move

December 31st, 2008 - 12:21 pm

I’d be more likely to read The Village Voice if, instead of firing Nat Hentoff, they’d have hired Ed Anger.

Required Viewing

December 31st, 2008 - 5:47 am

Must-See TV

December 30th, 2008 - 3:41 pm

Andrew Ian Dodge, Jennifer Rubin (her again!) and Ye Olde VodkaPundit all on tonight’s PJTV Blogger Roundtable. Later on tonight’s PJTV, Bill Whittle and I will look back in anger at the year we like to call “2008.”

It all starts at around 5PM Mountain, I think.

Must-See Radio

December 30th, 2008 - 3:20 pm

I’ll be on the streaming Rick Moran Show tonight at 6PM Mountain, along with all-star guests Jennifer Rubin, Rich Baehr, and Kyle Ann Shiver.

We’ll be talking about the disaster that was 2008. Fun!

A Look Back in Shame

December 30th, 2008 - 9:48 am

The ten worst predictions for 2008.

The Definition of Insanity

December 30th, 2008 - 9:15 am

Now that GMAC has five billion of your tax dollars, GM is making easy credit available to buyers.

Uh… isn’t that how we got into this mess?

Required Reading

December 30th, 2008 - 5:08 am

Brad Warbiany corrects Kevin Drum… a lot.

Bye-Bye Gratuitous Christina Hendricks Pics

December 29th, 2008 - 10:52 am

Is there anything the UK won’t nanny-state to death? Look for movie-style ratings, coming soon to an innerweb near Britain.

Oh, That Biased Media

December 29th, 2008 - 10:34 am

It would be nice if Time magazine was even slightly forthcoming about the fact that the guy who wrote their main article on Israel’s Gaza counterstrike, Tony Karon, writes stuff like this in his free time:

The fact of Israel’s survival until now, and for the foreseeable future, is a grim reality for its 1 million Palestinian citizens…

To be clear, I don’t care what Karon’s politics or biases are — we all have them. But Time should be honest with its readers, that they’re sending a committed pro-Palestinian to cover the war there.

Dumb Headline Department

December 29th, 2008 - 9:30 am

From CNN: “Obama Could Inherit Gaza Crisis.”

I realize that the Israel/Palestine situation is a recent development and like totally the fault of George McHitlerburten, but is CNN really quite certain everybody over there won’t start instantly behaving when Obama takes the oath of office?


December 29th, 2008 - 8:55 am

Here’s the skinny on Windows 7:

The first advance reviews of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 7 Beta are starting to circulate, and here’s what we know so far: It looks and feels a lot like Vista, but adds a handful of minor performance and UI improvements.

If I’m reading this right, it’s a little prettier but still won’t work with your printer.

Must-See Radio

December 27th, 2008 - 10:03 pm

This week’s PJM Political is available for your streaming or downloading pleasure. It’s a big, big year-end wrap show, featuring:

Michael Knox Beran, the author of Forge of Empires: Three Revolutionary Statesmen and the W`orld They Made, 1861-1871 describes “How Lincoln Saved The World.”

Amity Shlaes, the author of the New York Times best-seller The Forgotten Man on the 1932 and 1936 presidential elections.

James Piereson, the author of Camelot and the Cultural Revolution on JFK and the election of 1960.
Craig Shirley, the author of the Reagan’s Revolution and the forthcoming Rendezvous With Destiny on the 1976 and 1980 elections and the fall and rise of Ronald Reagan.

And, as always, producer extraordinaire Ed Driscoll and myself talking about the big, big stories.

Required Reading

December 27th, 2008 - 11:43 am

Matt Labash once again stakes his claim as the best damn writer in journalism with this stunning requiem for Detroit. I’d like to break Matt’s fingers for being this good, but he’d probably just start dictating these stories out loud, and he’d still be better than anybody else in the business. A brief sample:

We tear through the ravaged east side–not to be confused with the ravaged west side. When he was growing up, Charlie’s mom had a flower shop down here, but there are almost no signs of commerce now. In my line of work, I’ve seen plenty of inner cities, but I’ve never seen anything in a non-Third World country like the east side of Detroit. Maybe the 9th Ward of New Orleans after Katrina. But New Orleans had the storm as an excuse. Here, the storm has been raging for 50 years, starting with the closing of the hulking Albert Kahn-designed Packard Plant in 1956, which a half century later, still stands like a disgraced monument to lost grandeur.

There is block after block of boarded windows and missing doors, structures tilting like the town drunk after a vicious bender. Some houses have buckled roofs, some have blue tarps, some have no roof at all. Which is not to say nobody lives in them. A mail carrier I see on the street says desperate squatters will frequently take up residence, even switching house numbers as it suits them. Not all fires are started maliciously. With no utilities, they’ll often make warming fires on the floor. At one point, we stop the car just to count how many burned-out houses we can see without moving. We count six, all from different fires.

We enter the firehouse of Squad 3/Engine 23, or the “Brothers on the Boulevard,” as they are nicknamed. It looks like a very orderly frathouse. There is Dalmatian statuary, in lieu of a real dog, a mounted swordfish, a photo of [recently killed in the line of duty fireman] Walt [Harris] holding a giant sub on the bulletin board. It is ordinarily a place filled with mirthful gregariousness, a place where new recruits might get dropped to their knees with buckets of water, or where middle-aged men play air guitar to Thin Lizzy solos coming from radio speakers.

But today, nobody’s in the mood to smile. In a 90 percent black city, a firehouse is one of the only truly integrated places. The photo that ran with Charlie’s April story contained white Sgt. Mike Nevin, smoking one of his ever-lit Swisher Sweets, clapping black Walt on the shoulder. They looked like ebony and ivory, living together in perfect harmony. They faced death together every day. When they call each other “brother” around here, they mean it.

Several wear shirts memorializing their fallen brother. A black wreath commemorates him on one wall. Charlie and I hang out for the better part of a day, and the stories come fast and furious. Firemen tell me that the safest time to be here now is Devil’s Night, the infamous night before Halloween for which Detroit earned its title as the arson capital of the world. With Angel’s Night counterprogramming, which sees more cops and neighborhood patrols on the street, they’ve managed to whittle the over 800 fires they suffered in 1984 down to 65 fires this October 30. Only in Detroit could 65 arsons in one night be considered a success.

Read the whole thing. Hat tip to Detroit native Michael Barone.

Let the Scandals Begin (Again)

December 27th, 2008 - 10:50 am


New Mexico’s Gov. Bill Richardson, who is the newly named Secretary of Commerce in Obama’s about-to-be Cabinet, is also being investigated by a federal grand jury in his home state for possibly steering state bond business from the New Mexico Financial Authority toward David Rubin, a significant campaign contributor, according to an NBC News report, among others.

Lousy actions for a governor to take, but isn’t this pretty much what a Commerce Secretary is supposed to do? Sounds like Ron Brown redux to me. Embarrassing, but effective!

An Open Letter

December 27th, 2008 - 9:58 am

Dear National Weather Service,

15 degrees with a wind chill in the single digits is not “fair,” no matter what the sun might be doing.




The New York Way

December 27th, 2008 - 8:25 am

So when an unqualified heiress wants to be anointed US Senator, this is what stands in her way:

This decade, other than a $1,000 donation to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the Camelot heiress has not financially supported any Democrat seeking city or state office in New York, records reveal.

Some say Kennedy, who is worth at least $100 million, missed an opportunity to curry favor among Democratic pols to establish herself as a serious political player as she lobbies Gov. Paterson for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat.

I guess you’ve got to be a little more friendly with the cash if you want to play in New York.

… and a beer–on TV.

Okay, so it’s not on TV, but it is on a computer, eh:

Beauty. Everyone say, “Beauty.”

The Airing Of Grievances

December 23rd, 2008 - 5:56 pm

File this one under Movies That Should Have Been Released In 2008, But Weren’t:

Indiana Jones and the Call of Cthulhu.

Discuss amongst yourselves–but not until after the Feats Of Strength.

I’m Back

December 23rd, 2008 - 5:32 pm

40-plus hours without internet doesn’t exactly help with the holiday spirit, but we’re up and running again. Christmas updates just as soon as I’ve got the last of the swear words out of my system.

‘Cause let me tell you, I had a lot of them stored up, even though they were flowing pretty freely there.

UPDATE: You, on the other hand, should have no complaints, as I doubt anybody really minded having Miss Christina Hendricks at the top of the page for two days.

ANOTHER UPDATE: On a happy holiday note, there’s been some good stuff, too. After going through I-can’t-remember-how-many drywall guys, our basement is finally, mostly drywalled — and they started work yesterday, the Monday before Christmas. Bless’em. Our old basement, formerly known as Dodge’em Alley, will be rechristened The Lower Level in a week or two.

Since PJTV debuted back in September, my “studio” has been an unfinished room with exactly one outlet. To power the TV lights, I’ve had to run a 100-foot extension cord to an outdoor outlet, in order not to trip the breaker and crash everything every time I went on the air. Those days are almost over — no more letting all the hot out and all the cold in (what science calls “the Reverse McBLT Effect”) just in order to talk very loudly at an HD camcorder.

I’m not getting paid for this plug (probably because I’m not very bright about these things), but if you need any drywall work done in the Colorado Springs area, give Drywall Masterz a call. They do good work, and they’re willing to work their butts off right up until lunchtime on Christmas Eve Day. What’s not to love?

Gratuitous Lots of Stuff

December 21st, 2008 - 5:49 pm

Death by cleavage?

Stacy McCain tells me this story provides an excuse to run another Christina Hendricks picture — and since he did, I guess I should, too. Really, it’s all in honor of my dear close personal lady friend Miss Christina Hendricks, and her eye-popping efforts to spare women across the world their own personal agonies.

Plus, it’s Christmastime, and everybody enjoys a little something to unwrap.

IT SHOULD BE TOLD: That I need something else to look at while the boy watches “Go, Diego, Go” on the only television in a public room in our house. And I let him read over my shoulder only a little bit.

Innumeracy At ABC

December 21st, 2008 - 4:41 pm


Pointing to Republican victories in Louisiana and Georgia after the Nov. 4 vote, Republicans are now batting .1000 in the post-2008 era.

I’m going to remember that line every time I see a mediot use the word “decimate” incorrectly…

Must-See Radio

December 21st, 2008 - 11:57 am

This week’s PJM Political is available for streaming or downloading. It’s another big show with:

PJ Media CEO Roger L. Simon debates Frost/Nixon with fellow Oscar-nominated screenwriter/producer Lionel Chetwynd.

Glenn Reynolds and Michelle Malkin talk with Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, now looking to helm the Republican National Committee, followed by their conversation with the surprise celebrity from the last month of the presidential election, Joe Wurzelbacher, aka…Joe The Plumber.

And, of course, producer Ed Driscoll and I talk about the week’s big events.

Only the Truth is Funny/Who Throws a Shoe?

December 20th, 2008 - 11:26 am

Bridget Johnson: The middle east has turned into a Monty Python routine.

Oh, like it wasn’t already.

Related item below:

It’s tea in the Sahara with… a lot of folks over there.

Weekend Treats

December 20th, 2008 - 8:40 am

Michele Catalano’s music site — This Is Not Pitchfork — is now on its own domain. Set your bookmarks accordingly.

Saturday Hangover Helper

December 20th, 2008 - 6:21 am

I think I speak for everyone here when I say…


Sorry about that.

To make it up to you, here’s a picture of Christina Hendricks and her mighty bosom, along with a gentle reminder, dear reader, to please send $100, $50, or even just twenty bucks to Soldiers’ Angels this holiday season.

I’m finished hectoring you to give a little to Soldiers’ Angels this year, but I really do hope you sent a little something their way. They do great work. I even know some of the people who do it. And how can you not admire people dedicating their time to caring for soldiers deployed overseas. Soldiers’ Angels is all about the troops, and not about fancy fundraising parties or any of that socialite BS. So you if haven’t already — or even if you have — please send a little something their way.

Time is running short to get Christmas packages delivered to our troops, and they really would like to feel a little love right about now. OK?

ANOTHER THING: By popular request, for my fellow (and a couple of enticingly sister) pervs, I’ve added a Christina Hendricks category. Click for all the juicy goodness.

Must-See PJTV

December 19th, 2008 - 4:46 pm

On tonight’s PJTV, it’s VodkaPundit’s Blog Week Review. To play along at home, here are the links you’ll need:

10. Dear Senator McCain — Go Suck a Lemon

9. Rahm & Blago transcript.

8. Media crisis, media circus. Required reading from Nick Schweitzer.

7. Caroline Kennedy: Fire bad, tree pretty.

6. President-elect Obama: Wanker.

5. Americans are “trending dimwit.”

4. Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah hey hey hey goodbye.

3. Julie Chen: Fire bad, tree pretty. Again.

2. Bob’s Big Boyish Convict.

1. Andrew Sullivan doesn’t dress well enough to be a gay man.

And — yes, there’s more! — on the Blogger Roundtable, I’m on with Jennifer Rubin and John Hinderaker, talking about Blago, Al Franken, the Detroit Bailout and more. Plus, bonus on-air scotch.

UPDATE: Here’s the direct link.

Behind the Times

December 19th, 2008 - 10:12 am

Speaking of digital attacks:

Online jihadists have already used YouTube, blogs and other social media to spread their propaganda. Now, a group of internet Islamic extremists is putting together a plan for “invading Facebook.”

“We can use Facebook to fight the media,” notes a recent posting on the extremist al-Faloja forum, translated by Jihadica.com. “We can post media on Facebook that shows the Crusader losses.”

Dude, everybody’s on Twitter now.


December 19th, 2008 - 8:58 am

There’s 13 billion we’ll never see again:

The White House has given Detroit an early Christmas present. Friday, President Bush announced the Federal government will provide immediate financial assistance to General Motors and Chrysler, which warned that, without aid, they might go out of business by the end of the month.

“In the midst of a financial crisis and a recession, allowing the U.S. auto industry to collapse is not a responsible course of action,” Bush said.

The money comes out of the TARP funds. How the hell did a couple of auto manufacturers qualify?

There do seem to be some strings attached, but GM and Chrysler will not be forced to undertake the kind of structural reforms a bankruptcy court would force them to do. So Bush just gave big mugs of Gatorade to a couple of drowning men.