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Must-See Radio

February 28th, 2009 - 2:42 pm

This week’s PJM Political is live (on tape digital storage!) from CPAC ’09 in Washington, DC. On the show:

Bill Whittle of PJTV.com
Andrew Klavan, novelist and author of Don’t Say A Word (adapted into a movie starring Michael Douglas) and True Crime (adapted into a movie directed and starring Clint Eastwood), and a newly-minted PJ Media Express blogger
Deroy Murdock, syndicated columnist & contributing editor to National Review Online
Online and new media strategist Patrick Ruffini
YouTube phenomenon Alfonzo Rachel
Margaret Hoover of Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor
James Joyner of Outside The Beltway
Sean Hackbarth of The American Mind
And Robert Stacy McCain
Plus PJTV co-host Joe Hicks with his take on Attorney General Eric Holder’s “Nation of Cowards” speech.
And recorded live at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, PJ Media.com CEO Roger L. Simon takes the pulse of the trading floor on CNBC’s Rick Santelli and President Obama’s stimulus plan.

Guest-hosted this time around by producer Ed Driscoll, filling in for me while I was busy filling my liver here in DC.

Must-See PJTV

February 25th, 2009 - 10:09 am

They’ve got TV on the innerweb tubes now! Watch Scott Ott and I take the pulse of the blogosphere here and here — for free.

Coming up in the next couple of days, NRO‘s Deroy Murdock and I will address Conservatism 2.0 from CPAC. We’ve been told to pull no punches, and we won’t.

Dropping the Bomb

February 25th, 2009 - 5:27 am

America — f-yeah!

BTW, I’ll be spending most of my day on airplanes and in conference calls in airports. But I promise to still find time to blog. This is what scientists call “being on salary and they own your ass.”

I like to call it, “I live to serve.” Your mileage may vary.

I’ve got my second martini poured already, but here’s how you can play along at home.

Drink on “hope,” or “change,” or “invest,” or “stimulus.” If President Obama uses the word “malaise,” then finish your drink, pour another, and call your broker. Tell him to put everything into ammo and bottled water.

6:52PM (All times Mountain) I hate to agree with Bill O’Reilly, but when he says President Obama is winging it, how do you disagree?

6:57PM Krauthammer says he wants to be a “revolutionary president.” Aw, crap.

Read the rest — live! — here.

Sad Men

February 24th, 2009 - 12:41 pm

Yes, it’s shameful, just not in the way he thinks it is.

Just a Thought

February 24th, 2009 - 11:32 am

If the recession does end this year, how about Congress pass a provision to sunset every last dime in the Pork Package due to be spent after the quarter marking the return of positive growth?

Just So You Know

February 24th, 2009 - 10:33 am

Yes, I’ll be drunkblogging President Obama’s big We’re All Effing Effed Now speech tonight, on the PJM home page.

The Madness of King Barack I

February 24th, 2009 - 9:32 am

The Denver Tea Party tax & spend protest will be held on the east Capitol steps starting at 10AM Friday morning.

The Facebook page is here, and here are some great tips on how to prepare yourself for the media.

What Do You Do With a Dying Boomer?

February 24th, 2009 - 9:02 am


You’ve Got to be Kidding Me III

February 24th, 2009 - 8:36 am

If they’re so worried about the Antarctic ice, please tell them to stop crashing flaming debris into it.

You’ve Got to be Kidding Me II

February 23rd, 2009 - 12:46 pm

Ice age Global warming Climate changemongers missed an ice cube the size of California. That’s nearly enough ice to chill a year’s worth of my martinis and they missed it?

Well, never let it be said there isn’t a crisis.

Spending Even a Keynesian Could Hate

February 23rd, 2009 - 8:35 am

Stimulus spending booster Robert Samuelson calls the Pork Package “deeply disappointing.” Read:

Big projects take time. They’re included in the stimulus because Obama and Democratic congressional leaders are using the legislation to advance many political priorities instead of just spurring the economy. At his news conference, Obama argued (inaccurately) that the two goals don’t conflict. Consider, he said, the retrofitting of federal buildings to make them more energy efficient. “We’re creating jobs immediately,” he said.

Yes — but not many. The stimulus package includes $5.5 billion for overhauling federal buildings. The CBO estimates that only 23 percent of that would be spent in 2009 and 2010.

Worse, the economic impact of the stimulus is already smaller than advertised. The package includes an obscure tax provision: a “patch” for the alternative minimum tax (AMT). This protects many middle-class Americans against higher taxes and, on paper, adds $85 billion of “stimulus” in 2009 and 2010. One problem: “It’s not stimulus,” says Len Burman of the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. “(Congress was) going to do it anyway. They do it every year.” Strip out the AMT patch, and the stimulus drops to about $700 billion, with almost 30 percent spent after 2010.

It’s not a stimulus. It’s pork, pure and simple.

You’ve Got to Be Kidding

February 23rd, 2009 - 8:04 am

Here’s the headline:

Obama to Stress Fiscal Responsibility

Here’s the only possible response:

VodkaPundit Urges Sobriety, Restraint

Add your own in the comments if you like.

Because That’s Where the Crimes Are

February 22nd, 2009 - 11:09 am

Chicago promises a surveillance camera on every street corner:

“We’re going to grow the system until we eventually cover one end of the city to the other,” he said.

I bet most Chicagoans would settle for a camera in every political office instead.

Stranger Than Fiction

February 22nd, 2009 - 9:16 am

Yes, Virginia, the world economy really does depend on Communists buying our debt instruments.

Must-See Radio

February 21st, 2009 - 1:47 pm

If it’s Saturday, that means hot & fresh PJM Political for your downloading or streaming enjoyment. On this week’s show:

• The VodkaPundit take on the cowardly Eric Holder, and the “Chicago Tea Party” outburst on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange by CNBC’s Rick Santelli.

• Ed Driscoll interviews Walter Olsen of Overlawyered.com about his article in the City Journal magazine on “The New Book Banning.”

• PJTV’s Allen Barton interviews Matt Welch, the editor of Reason Magazine, regarding newspapers’ growing requests for government subsidies.

• PJTV’s Joe Hicks talks with Radley Balko of Reason and The Agitator.com on civil liberties abuses by local police SWAT teams.

• Pajamas’ Glenn Reynolds and Michelle Malkin on recent protests in Seattle and Denver against the excesses of the Stimulus Bill, and Glenn’s call for giant porkbusting paper-mache puppets!

Produced, of course, by Ed Driscoll and hosted by everybody’s favorite blog-based imbiber.


February 21st, 2009 - 10:32 am

Here’s the latest bad news from Pakistan:

Taliban fighters and Pakistani government officials today agreed a controversial deal that will lead to a “permanent ceasefire” in the troubled north-western Swat valley, potentially creating ahaven for terrorists 100 miles from the capital, Islamabad.

The agreement, between the militant commander Maulana Fazlullah and local administrators, builds on a previous temporary deal. “They have made commitment that they will observe a permanent ceasefire and we’ll do the same,” Syed Mohammad Javed, the commissioner of Malakand and the local representative of the Pakistani government, told reporters.

Around 1,200 people have been killed and between 250,000 and 500,000 people have fled Swat in 18 months of fierce fighting over the beautiful valley, once a tourist centre. Three thousand militants have been battling up to 12,000 troops.

Here’s what the Guardian story above leaves out — it’s not a “controversial deal” that was just signed between Islamabad and the Taliban. It’s a treaty.

Treaties are signed between states, so there’s a silver lining on this very dark cloud. If Pakistan is giving up the pretense that they maintain sovereignty over the Swat valley, then so can we. We should all adjust our maps to show the Swat region detached from Pakistan and tacked on to that under-governed region we’ve historically (and mistakenly) called Afghanistan.

As I wrote back in November of ’07:

If Pakistan isn’t already a failed state, wait a minute.

Their minute seems to be up.

Must-See PJTV

February 20th, 2009 - 5:27 pm

It’s the Blogger Roundtable, where Scott Ott, Rick Moran and I riff on George Lucas, Jimmy Carter, and other unmentionables. Plus absolutely free, it’s the VodkaPundit Blog Week in Review. I read the entire blogosphere, in its entirety, so you don’t have to.

Late to the Wake

February 20th, 2009 - 12:36 pm

I had no idea Lux Interior died a couple weeks ago, or that the lead singer of The Cramps was anywhere near 62 years old.

Here’s a fitting tribute to the man and the band and their best album.

Left Holding the Empty Bag

February 20th, 2009 - 12:14 pm

President Obama is willing to talk to Iran “without preconditions.” If only the Iranians were so willing:

A U.S. women’s badminton team had been invited to Iran. Here was a chance for “ping-pong diplomacy” with the accommodating new president, a sporting venture meant to suggest the possibility of warmer relations.

On Feb. 4, Tehran denied the team entry into Iran.

Then, just in case Obama failed to get the message, Iran’s parliament speaker rose in Munich to offer his response to Obama’s olive branch. Executive summary: Thank you very much. After you acknowledge 60 years of crimes against us, change not just your tone but your policies, and abandon the Zionist criminal entity, we might deign to talk to you.

Told you so.


February 20th, 2009 - 11:11 am

The trade-in value on your Prius, fortwo, MINI, etc., is about to take a hit:

Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood is considering a transportation tax based on miles driven, to replace gasoline tax revenue. “We should look at the vehicular miles program where people are actually clocked on the number of miles that they traveled,” La Hood tells the Freep, echoing proposals being considered by Oregon, Idaho, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and North Carolina. La Hood argues that gasoline tax revenues “can not be relied on” to fund infrastructure maintenance, presumably because relatively high prices have caused a downturn in gas tax revenue.

Increasing the gas tax would have the effect of getting more people out of SUVs and into hybrids and smaller cars. Charging everyone the same amount for the miles they drive… well, doesn’t.

They told me if I voted for John McCain, the government would encourage people to waste gas — and they were right!

Outrageous II

February 20th, 2009 - 10:20 am

Taxpayer-subsidized anarchy is on the way,” courtesy of the Pork Package.

Not that the ACORN crowd is waiting for their checks before breaking into your home. Not all socialism is state-sponsored, after all.


February 20th, 2009 - 9:41 am

Via Katie Favazza, comes word that the US Government is now in the business of effectively underwriting Hamas.

One More Last Thing Before Bed

February 19th, 2009 - 8:48 pm

Sleep Tight, Vol. 2:

Iran has built up a stockpile of enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb, United Nations officials acknowledged on Thursday.

In a development that comes as the Obama administration is drawing up its policy on negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear programme, UN officials said Iran had produced more nuclear material than previously thought.

They said Iran had accumulated more than one tonne of low enriched uranium hexafluoride at a facility in Natanz.

If such a quantity were further enriched it could produce more than 20kg of fissile material – enough for a bomb.

When I signed up to “take the Boeing” and bring VodkaPundit inside PJ Media, I volunteered in my contract to stop dropping the F-bomb. But right now I’m seriously tempted to break that provision and tell off every single f-bombing f’er who effing thought that we should effing talk to those effing effers in Tehran.

That goes double for that effing naif in the effing Oval Office.

One Last Thing Before Bed

February 19th, 2009 - 8:34 pm

Two things, really.

1. Acute bronchitis sucks. Even after taking a full round of superduty antibiotics, I’m still chugging down Mucinex like they’re Gummi Bears.

2. This sucks even more:

A Black September terrorist who served only about half his 30-year sentence for planting three car bombs in New York City in 1973 was released Thursday into the custody of immigration officials to be deported.

Khalid Al-Jawary, 63, was released from the Supermax maximum-security prison in Florence, Colo., said Carl Rusnok, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman. Rusnok said a federal immigration judge had signed a deportation order for Al-Jawary.

Al-Jawary’s release date was set for Thursday after he was credited with time served before his sentencing and good behavior.

Sweet dreams.

Postmodern Warfare

February 19th, 2009 - 3:05 pm

British troops mutiny — over internet restrictions.

Flog THIS!

February 19th, 2009 - 1:22 pm

Bringing sharia home:

Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary has called for people who get drunk to be flogged.

The lawyer, who recently praised the Mumbai terror attacks, said anyone becoming intoxicated by alcohol should be given 40 lashes in public. He claimed alcohol was “the root of all evil”.

The 41-year-old made the remarks on his website Islam4UK, which argues that Britain should become an Islamic state ruled by Sharia law.

Hey, why not? Even the Archbishop of Canterbury has already agreed in principle that British Muslims should settle Muslim issues under sharia. So there shouldn’t be any fuss — or certainly no surprise at least — that the Brits might soon find themselves saddled with their own version of Saudi Arabia’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

And, of course, all the implied beatings, amputations, and beheadings and burnings.

Who’ll Be Left to Turn Out the Lights?

February 19th, 2009 - 10:41 am

The rot has gotten so bad — a culture of corruption, if you will — for Democrats in Washington, that even the AP is forced to sit up and notice. From their own story on Roland Burris, the following bullet-point list:

_The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., is the subject of a House ethics investigation. It’s partly focused on his fundraising practices for a college center in his name, his ownership financing of a resort property in the Dominican Republic and his financial disclosure reports.

_Federal agents raided two Pennsylvania defense contractors that were provided millions of dollars in federal funding by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.

_Blagojevich was arrested Dec. 9 on federal charges, including allegations he schemed to sell the Senate seat to the highest bidder.

_Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader from South Dakota, abandoned his bid to become health and human services secretary and the administration’s point man on reforming health care; and Nancy Killefer stepped down from a newly created position charged with eliminating inefficient government programs.

Both Daschle and Killefer had tax problems, and Daschle also faced potential conflicts of interest related to working with health care interests.

_Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was confirmed after revealing he had tax troubles.

_Obama’s initial choice for commerce secretary, Bill Richardson, stepped aside due to a grand jury investigation into a state contract awarded to his political donors.

_While the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm William Lynn as deputy defense secretary, Obama had to waive his ethics regulations to place the former defense lobbyist in charge of day-to-day operations at the Pentagon.

Add to that four different lists of Obama’s broken campaign promises, and I’d say it’s time for conservatives and libertarians to shake off their November doldrums and start getting a little excited over 2010. Or at least start to point fingers and laugh and laugh and laugh.

Chicago Tea Party

February 19th, 2009 - 10:22 am

So much for calming the markets.

Seriously — the Merc in open revolt? Is this precedented in US history? I can’t think of another example quite like it.

Congratulations, Mr. President. It took you one day under a month to destroy trader confidence. Just imagine what you can destroy in do with the remaining 47!

For the Children (Who Chew Motorbikes)!

February 19th, 2009 - 9:29 am

Your Democratic majority hard at work saving the economy:

A new federal law aimed at protecting children from lead in toys has also forced a nationwide halt in sales of off-road motorcycles and recreational vehicles built for young riders, killing off a multimillion-dollar industry that was thriving despite the recession.

Thousands of powersports dealers were told to halt sales of vehicles designed for children 12 and younger because of new lead restrictions in an act of Congress that took effect Feb. 10.

Even used vehicle sales are banned by law passed in response to lead found in toys imported from China.

What thriving industry will Congress try to kill off next? Oh, wait