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.
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.
December 19th, 2008 - 8:52 am
Charlie Martin: Preventing a digital 9/11.
It does seem like al Qaeda’s most likely avenue for their next big attack, and I doubt our infrastructure is ready for it.
December 19th, 2008 - 5:10 am
And… as the end of the working day today, Chrysler is no longer in the business of manufacturing automobiles.
They’re supposed to get back going with that in a month — but who wants to place any bets?
December 18th, 2008 - 5:56 pm
On today’s PJTV Blogger Roundtable, Jennifer Rubin, Jeff Emanuel and I discuss Rick Warren, the passing of Paul Weyrich, and Barack Obama’s promise to give us all free internet.
December 18th, 2008 - 3:10 pm
The Truth About Cars has selected the winners of its Ten Worst Automobiles for 2008. Really, it’s a dishonor just to be nominated.
December 18th, 2008 - 5:42 am
Thursday is going to be a busy one. My son is taking part in a holiday show at school in the morning, then I’ve got to race home and tape a segment with Scott Ott for PJTV. Followed by gift wrapping and other parental duties.
So here’s a picture of Christina Hendricks being all hot. Now do your part and give some money to Soldiers’ Angels, OK?
December 18th, 2008 - 5:11 am
Vegas, not Tahoe. H/T to Drudge:
A timely UPDATE from Andrew Bolt: The Top 10 Dud Global Warmening Predictions of 2008.
December 17th, 2008 - 4:18 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The parents of American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh are asking President George W. Bush to set their son free before Bush leaves office next month.
Lindh was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2002 to serving in the Taliban army, which violated U.S. economic sanctions against Afghanistan at that time.
At a news conference in San Francisco Wednesday, Lindh’s mother, Marilyn Walker, asked the president to show mercy during the Christmas season by commuting her son’s sentence.
Lindh initially asked for a commutation in 2004 and his lawyers have renewed the request each year.
The U.S. Department of Justice has never acted on the petition and a spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a telephone call.
December 17th, 2008 - 4:01 pm
Maybe we’re really bankrupt after all:
The government’s spending commitments exploded by 25 percent in 2008, putting taxpayers more than $1 trillion in the hole even before the astronomical costs of the economic bailout were taken into account, according to an annual report released Monday by the White House.
And I thought things were bad when the Republicans were running the show. Oh, right, they were…
December 17th, 2008 - 1:36 pm
The New York Times can survive online, says one financial researcher. And all they have to do is increase their traffic sevenfold.
December 17th, 2008 - 12:21 pm
I got a laugh out of the latest from David Harsanyi:
Unlike many of my more tolerant fellow citizens, I possess no confidence in the ability of the American electorate to make sensible decisions. I have reached this conclusion based on an incontrovertible truth: You people will believe anything.
And that was just the lede.
December 17th, 2008 - 12:04 pm
Via Commentary’s JG Thayer:
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (pictured), D-Palo Alto, said Monday she will work to restore the Fairness Doctrine and have it apply to cable and satellite programming as well as radio and TV.
“I’ll work on bringing it back. I still believe in it,” Eshoo told the Daily Post in Palo Alto.
Anyone still think I’m paranoid? Full story here, including this gem:
“It should and will affect everyone,” she said.
Yes, it would.
UPDATE: And don’t forget, we’re only one FEC decision away from having blogging count as contributions-in-kind to election campaigns. Raise a toast to the First Amendment — it was nice knowing you.
December 17th, 2008 - 9:59 am
December 17th, 2008 - 9:44 am
Tubbs called. He wants his hat back.
December 17th, 2008 - 9:40 am
Spend two bucks on a cool bookmark at Barnes & Noble, and you’ll lose it before you finish reading the book.
Stick a dollar bill in to mark your place, and you’ll hang on to it for months.
December 17th, 2008 - 8:59 am
Ford had best find a buyer for Volvo before too many people get a gander at this abomination. Or maybe just shut down Volvo in its entirety and call it a “mercy killing,” which is probably legal in Sweden. If not, Stockholm will make it legal if they ever see what Ford has done to their baby.
What I want to know is, exactly how many committees were involved in designing that front end, why did no one provide them with one another’s contact information, who told the CAD programmer to take the results and “just wing it,” why were the executives in charge of preproduction vehicles all on vacation that week, who stole their emergency cell phone contact information, what drugs was everybody involved on, how much do they cost, do they go well with red wine, and where can I get some?
Also, I want to see that car from the rear end in the exact same way I’d like Rosie O’Donnell to moon me — while she’s suffering apoplexy.
December 17th, 2008 - 8:29 am
Charlie Martin argues that those “US is bankrupt numbers” are totally wrong:
I wrote about the same comparison in PJM early in the year — can’t link it usefully, PJM has hosed something — making the correct comparison of total US assets per person versus total US obligations per person, and it was about $300K assets vs $160K obligations, or over the whole population, about $90 trillion versus $48 trillion. Most of that wealth is real stuff — land, houses, factories, etc — and hasn’t gone away in the last year.
The point is, we’re not bankrupt — we’re more like a homeowner with a mortgage. We have to keep working to make the payments.
There’s more. Read the whole thing.
December 17th, 2008 - 7:47 am
Well, we have this item from Latin America:
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (Reuters) – Latin American leaders on Tuesday blamed the global economic crisis on rich countries and welcomed Communist-run Cuba at a summit meeting designed to weaken U.S. influence in the region.
Yeah, yeah — Obama was supposed to make us all loved overseas and all that. But you really should be comforted by the news from Brazil. If Obama were only half as far to the left as some people fear, then he’d be the guest of honor at this upcoming summit. Instead, he’s been snubbed.
A positive sign, yes?
December 17th, 2008 - 6:09 am
Yesterday’s Blogger Roundtable featured Andrew Ian Dodge, Eric Sheie, and myself. And Andrew and Eric were on fire.
December 17th, 2008 - 5:02 am
When I called my dear close personal lady friend Christina Hendricks last night, I’d interrupted her bath. And that was just the beginning of my troubles.
“You know Christina called me last night,” she said.
I feigned ignorance: “Who?”
“Christina Ricci, as if you didn’t know.”
“I’m sorry. I drunk dialed. I meant to call you, honest.”
“I know,” she said. “That’s why I forgive you. That, and all the nice things you’ve written, trying to help raise money so that Soldiers’ Angels can send out more than 150,000 care packages to our troops stationed overseas this Christmas season.”
“I’m trying,” I offered.
“I know that, too. And besides, Christina and I got to talking last night, and one thing led to another. She’s still in the tub. Want to come over? Two Christinas, no waiting.”
For a phone call that started off with me in trouble, it sure had a happy ending.
December 16th, 2008 - 8:47 pm
New York NSFWing sucks. I mean, NSFW.
December 16th, 2008 - 6:09 pm
The whole thing is true, every word. But the picture I’m pretty sure is a fake.
December 16th, 2008 - 3:02 pm
What topics would you like to see covered on the PJTV year-end wrap?
It should be a fun segment — they’ve paired me up with Scott “Scrappleface” Ott.
Anyway, suggestions taken in the comments, or shoot me an email.
December 16th, 2008 - 10:52 am
If Barack Obama chose Joe Biden for his “experience,” then why won’t he be given any responsibilities?
December 16th, 2008 - 9:20 am
Detroit News has found a new way to sell papers. A shameful and maybe dangerous way, but, hey times are tough all over, right?