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Must-See PJTV

July 31st, 2009 - 7:49 pm

On our second program examining the Sarah Palin hatred phenomenon, we look at who on the left hates her (everybody) and why (you might be surprised at my answer).

The Week in Blogs — The Links!

July 31st, 2009 - 4:24 pm

As seen on PJTV, here are this week’s picks. Find out what it all means by watching here.

10. Hope and too much change.

9. Headline of the Week — or just wishful thinking?

8. Another snark-free Reminder of the Week.

7. What’s the matter with kids these days and their blogs?

6. Who needs a First Amendment when the Democrats are in charge? Also, print this out and mail it to your Congressman.

5. Uh, yeah.

4. You can’t look away.

3. It’s the future of music.

2. Tweet of the Week.

1. Got weekend plans? Now you do. But he forgot the most important one! Find out what it is on PJTV.

Share and enjoy.

Support a Real Small Government Candidate

July 31st, 2009 - 12:22 pm

You probably know Scott Ott as “Scrappleface.” But he’s also running for executive of Lehigh County, PA. You can listen to his latest appearance on WAEB Radio right here.

A Simple Question

July 31st, 2009 - 10:49 am

Dear Miss Manners,

My husband and I are having guests over for dinner this weekend, and there’s a point of etiquette where we can’t seem to agree. I say each person should pay for their cocktails and wine when they order them. But he says one should discretely present them with a bill for their totals, along with the price of their meals, at the end of the evening.

And how much of a tip should we, as good hosts, expect? I know 18% is customary these days, but that sounds a bit low considering just what a nice place to visit our new home is.

Please respond quickly — it’s almost Saturday already!

-Worried in Washington.

Kill It — Kill It Dead

July 31st, 2009 - 8:24 am

According to ABC’s The Note, the Democrats are ready to give up on bipartisanship:

With the health care bill languishing in the Senate and under fire in the House, Democratic leaders are quietly preparing for Plan B.

Under the scenario now being discussed, bi-partisan talks would be aborted and parliamentary maneuvers used to force the bill through with a party-line vote.

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., still has time to try to work out a deal with his Republican counterpart Chuck Grassley, but fellow Democrats are growing restless.

“There’s rising disgruntlement with how Baucus has handled this,” a senior Democratic aide tells ABC News. “We have to look at other options.”

There was bipartisanship? I suppose if you redefine the word to mean, “stuffing a bill with enough pork to peel a few weak Republicans away from the herd.”

Featuring Gratuitous Angelina Jolie

July 31st, 2009 - 8:18 am

I'll Take TwoOn the new Trifecta, I argue that there’s no possible downside to the recent report that beautiful women are taking over the planet — and dare Scott Ott and Bill Whittle to prove me wrong.

So, uh, of course they do.

No Further Comment Necessary

July 30th, 2009 - 7:40 am

From Gunga Dan to Bailout Dan?


You Might Be a Jihadi If…

July 30th, 2009 - 6:49 am

…your Facebook page promises death to infidels.

Here’s One Bum About to Get Thrown Out

July 30th, 2009 - 5:17 am

CQ rates the New Jersey governor’s race “leans Republican.”

Given incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine’s …checkered… reputation, I’m pretty sure that this is a serious case of all politics being local.

The Fun Nazis Are At It Again, Still

July 29th, 2009 - 12:43 pm

You realize of course, this means war.

(Hat tip to Doug Mataconis, whose (in)discretionary income could quite possibly take as big a hit as mine.)

Can You Do That on PJTV?

July 29th, 2009 - 12:34 pm

Today’s Trifecta segment is up, with host Scott Ott giving Bill Whittle and me the Aunt Jemima Treatment.

Either that or we were talking about how to stop big government from taking over health care. Honestly, I was too drunk to remember.


July 29th, 2009 - 11:37 am

A health care takeover vote is won’t be held before August recess, after all.

Remember, when it comes to bad legislation, every delay is a victory.

Life in the 21st Century

July 29th, 2009 - 11:32 am

Billie Myers - Tea and SympathyIt pretty much rocks.

You put up a late-night tweet mentioning a favorite musical artist. The next day, said artist replies. You then find out she has — at long last — a new album coming out. Later, you’ll pre-order the new album on iTunes or Amazon, and it will magically download itself into your library or show up at your door on release day.

Actually, I’m not sure if I’m singing the praises of modern networking, drunk-Twittering, or both.

Oh, Grow Up

July 29th, 2009 - 9:39 am

It’s really getting old harping on the President all the time, and I hope I don’t become an ODS sufferer. But…

Look. Obama enjoys personal popularity. His party is up by 70 seats in the House and the Democrats have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. And why can’t the President get his plans passed? Why isn’t the “long, slow, deep, soft, wet stimulus that last three years” stimulating anything? Why is investor confidence still in the can? Why are banks afraid to lend money, while they sit on record amounts of cash?

One word: “Republicans.”

Dude, my three year old whines less when we won’t let him have Oreos for breakfast.

The Feiler Faster Thesis Accelerates

July 29th, 2009 - 9:12 am

Sad ClownThe Obama Administration is barely more than six months old, and already is causing ruptures in the Democratic coalition.

During the election campaign, I worried (here and on PJTV) that by not putting Obama through sheer hell, the MSM had failed in its primary duty. Namely, to give candidates some small taste of what it’s like to govern. To test them. So we could judge the candidate under stress. To see if they’d lose their cool, or their judgement, or just up and fold.

That process, cruel as it is, might be especially important when the candidate is young and not particularly accomplished at much besides winning scrutiny-free elections.

Or Spanking It, If That’s Your Thing

July 29th, 2009 - 5:26 am

One of the best reasons to love America is, it’s nearly impossible to be a racist without biting your own bottom.

Must-See PJTV

July 28th, 2009 - 9:00 pm

It’s the first of this week’s Trifecta segments, and host Bill Whittle asks Scott Ott and me if “smart diplomacy” is stupid for America.

Check it out.

Paul Krugman: Pwned

July 28th, 2009 - 3:19 pm

Courtesy of Ed Driscoll, via Twitter.

Required Viewing

July 28th, 2009 - 10:45 am

New Silicon Graffiti from Ed Driscoll: Walter Cronkite and the apex of mass media.

Ed always does good stuff.

Desperation Reeks

July 28th, 2009 - 9:33 am

Less like this, please:

As a blogger filing for Huffington Post tracked down Republican House members, Reps. Cathy McMorris-Rogers and Dave Reichert, R-Wash., wouldn’t say whether they believe President Obama was born in the United States.

McMorris-Rogers fielded the question as she walked briskly up steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

“We’re all going to find out: Oh, I’d like to see the documents,” said McMorris-Rogers, a member of the House Republican leadership.

Is anyone doubting that Obama’s mother is a US citizen? No? Fine. Then he could have been born on Neptune, and still be a citizen.

I’ll Show You a “Skeptical Eye”

July 28th, 2009 - 9:00 am

The MSM/White House revolving door sometimes spins faster than my washing machine:

Daren Briscoe, a Newsweek correspondent who was embedded with Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, has taken a job with the Obama administration, according to an email sent to a listserv of his classmates at the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

The email, written by Time reporter and fellow Columbia grad Jay Newton-Small, said Briscoe would be serving as deputy associate director of public affairs for the Office of National Drug Control Policy as of Monday.

“Despite his multiple basketball games with our commander-in-chief, he always brought a skeptical eye to his work and in conversations about the candidate,” Newton-Small wrote the email.

I’m sure that “skeptical eye” was exactly what Briscoe’s new boss was looking for.

Useless Prediction Time

July 28th, 2009 - 7:02 am

I could be wrong — it’s happened once or twice before, you know — but it’s looking more and more like a total Health Care Overhaul is dead in the water. Which is fine by me, because I was never one who thought that making things worse, faster, was somehow an improvement over making things worse at the present speed.

That said, the Democrats can’t afford not to give their handsome, stupid young President something to hang his hat on. So, before the end of the year, we’ll get a bill. And the bill will become law. And the law’s only virtue, most likely, is that it will suck quite a bit less than the bill out handsome, stupid young President was hoping to get until just a week or two ago.

But here’s the funny bit.

(And when I say “funny,” I mean, “funny like when both those kids died at the end of ‘Romeo and Juliet.’”)

When our Not As Stupid As It Could Have Been Health Care Reform Act of 2009 fails to prevent cavities, cancer, and carbuncles, NASAICHBHCRA (pronounced “nas-eye-ch-buh-kra”) won’t take the blame. Instead, blame will be laid on whatever functioning part of our health care system wasn’t destroyed by NASAICHBHCRA, thus requiring a giant NASAICHBHCRA Schedule B.

My only hope at this point is, you’re not laughing.

Foot Meets Mouth Meets Nukes

July 28th, 2009 - 5:36 am

You Big Giant Dummy HeadI’m no professional pundit, although strangely enough I do seem to get paid for just that. Rather, my business is snark. And I like to think I’m pretty good at it. But I do understand, or at least try to understand, that there’s a time and a place for everything.

I try not to make jokes about using hammers on kittens where my son might hear me.

I never purposely point out to my wife when I’ve posted something featuring Elle MacPherson letting it half hang out.

And I certainly wouldn’t, while staying in Russia, refer to that nuclear-armed former adversary as “a weakened nation.”

Just, you know, because sometimes I try to be smart like that, Mr. Vice Effing President.

Must-See PJTV

July 27th, 2009 - 7:52 pm

It’s “Hair of the Dog,” where I watch (and ridicule) the Sunday morning chat shows, so you can sleep in and have a real weekend. Honestly, it’s like I’m a martyr for you people. On this week’s show:

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs give us one of those long, slow, deep, soft, wet jolts that last three days.

Paul Krugman waves his Nobel Prize Belt around at the CBO.

And Hillary Clinton opens her nuclear umbrella indoors.

Plus — is David Axelrod really Liz Taylor in drag? You make the call!

Can we really fit that much satire in less than ten minutes? Yes! We! Can!


July 27th, 2009 - 5:37 pm

Under the Obama Plan, 95% of Americans will receive a tax cut, except for the ones who want boob jobs.

UPDATE: On second thought, maybe the top five percent should pay more. We’ll call it a What Were You Thinking? tax.
That's Not Eyeshadow - She Went Jogging Earlier

Is It Hotter in Here Or Is it Just You?

July 27th, 2009 - 8:38 am

The Word You're Looking for Is "Yowza"Best news of the century of the week of the millennium of ever. Turns out, it’s not your imagination — women are getting prettier.

Is it evolution? Has God found some new way to love us? Ask me if I care!

Things That Make You Go Mmmm, Crap

July 27th, 2009 - 5:50 am

Shhhh!Just a thought.

If President Obama really is looking to “rebound” from his terrible, horrible, no good very bad week, does that mean we’re going to see even more of him on TV?

Because, honestly, the best thing he could do right now is tuck himself away for a bit and let everybody enjoy the August recess.

You Make the Call!

July 27th, 2009 - 5:47 am

On Twitter this weekend, I ran across Nick Kristof, intrepid New York Times columnist. Only I thought it was a parody Kristof, with tweets like these:

The One and Only

Pakistan can be so scary, yet is so hospitable. You never know if you’re to be beheaded or served tea. (3 cups, of course!)

Thanks to the Senate for blocking the F22 fighter. In Af-Pak, schools improve security more than war planes.

So impressed by @anncurry and her NBC crew with me in Pakistan. Great to see a network focus on humanity, not fluff.

Always amazes me how Dubai can turn a desert into an international airport hub. Checking emails in transit here. [Actually, I thought this was Parody Tom Friedman posted by mistake.]

But then I noticed in the corner where his Twitter page says, “Verified Account.” So either some prankster has convinced Twitter’s powers-that-be that he’s really Nick Kristof, or Nick Kristof does a wickedly funny Nick Kristof.

Very Clever, Those Chinese

July 26th, 2009 - 10:51 am

Famously, Mark Steyn claimed that China would be the first country to “get old before it gets rich,” thanks to its one-child policy. I scoffed at that for two reasons.

1. Beijing almost certainly didn’t enjoy enough control outside the cities.

2. You can’t trust any statistics, but especially the ones coming out of (officially) communist countries.

Well, it looks like I was wrong and Steyn was right. Read:

For the first time in 30 years, officials in the country’s economic capital have urged eligible parents to plan for a second child. The move was prompted by the growing demographic imbalance in the city and fears that the younger generation will not be able to support the ageing population. The one-child system, where all pregnancies are monitored and sometimes terminated by order, was enforced to control a population that is the largest in the world at more than 1.3 billion.

“We advocate eligible couples to have two kids because it can help to reduce the proportion of the ageing people and alleviate a workforce shortage in the future,” said Xie Linli, the director of the Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission.

That’s only a partial reversal, but still quite stunning.

You Can’t Trust Antitrust

July 26th, 2009 - 9:13 am

Just how anti-free market is our inexperienced young President? He’s getting pushback from his own antitrust chief:

President Obama’s top antitrust official and some senior Democratic lawmakers are preparing to rein in a host of major industries, including airline and railroad giants, moving so aggressively that they are finding some resistance from officials within the administration.


Democrats have spent years trying to gain the support of businesses, and the policy changes under way may have long-term political implications for their party. Some companies would like to see more aggressive antitrust enforcement against their rivals, while others could be hurt by it.

In some cases, though, the new approach is being opposed by administration officials. Some fear that the crackdown is coming at a bad time, as corporate America reels from the recession. Other officials embrace the Bush administration’s view that larger companies and industry alliances can provide consumer benefits by making their businesses more efficient.

Obama can run the auto industry, the banking industry, replace our entire health system in a fortnight, and fine-tune economic growth through the proper application of stimulus money over a two-year period.

So why shouldn’t he command whatever else little remains of competition in this country?

ALSO: Interesting to note that this was the top story in this morning’s head’s-up email from The New York Times.