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Caution: This Dog Bites

August 31st, 2009 - 6:11 pm

The funeral’s over and the gloves are off. Which means it’s the meanest, most tasteless one yet. It’s the (Nearly) All-Kennedy Edition of “VodkaPundit’s Hair of the Dog” on PJTV. On this week’s show:

Brave, brave, brave Sir Holder goes after… the little guys.

“Master politician” does not mean what you think it means.

Guess who proves the Peter Principle wildly optimistic?

Plus, watch John Kerry drive off two bridges.

Check it out.

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

August 31st, 2009 - 4:09 pm

The Russian Santa Claus knows when you’ve been naughty, and can nuke you into the Stone Age.

So be good for goodness sake.

Required Viewing

August 31st, 2009 - 2:36 pm

Mondays are Conference Call Day. That’s when Scott Ott, Bill Whittle, and I get on the phone to hash out our Trifecta topics, and try and give everybody at least a clue of what we’ll say on the show. If, you know, they can pick out a couple hundred from the 20,000-30,000 we all feel compelled to share on the phone. And poor Michelle, our producer, who you can feel itching to get off the phone and back to work.

And that’s just after the first 15 minutes. We go longer. Much.

Anyway. Whilst ["Whilst?" -ed.] we were all chattering, Bill promised that his new Afterburner was his “best work yet.” After seeing the last one, I figured that was just a boast. Trash talk, if you will.

But, no, I was wrong. Check it out.

Can’t Quite Pull the Trigger

August 31st, 2009 - 8:30 am

It’s not often I find myself in agreement with Barney Frank…

Rep. Barney Frank, the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, said he plans legislation to restrict the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending powers and subject the central bank to a “complete audit.”

At a recent town hall meeting, Frank said the House would pass a bill to use an audit to crack open the central bank’s books more widely, but in a way that will not encroach on the central bank’s monetary policy independence.

…and now, when I probably should, I still don’t. If most anyone other than Frank had proposed the same thing — Ron Paul comes to mind — I’d be nodding my head. But I just can’t trust Frank not to politicize the Fed. Or rather, not to politicize the Fed any more than Bush, Obama, and Bernanke already have.

Can you?

And So It Goes

August 31st, 2009 - 5:27 am

Bush daughter Jenna Bush Hager — Today Show correspondent? Yep:

“It wasn’t something I’d always dreamed to do,” said Hager, 27, a two-time author and teacher in Baltimore. “But I think one of the most important things in life is to be open-minded and to be open-minded for change.”

While keeping her day job in Baltimore, Hager, who was approached by Bell about the TV job, will be contributing stories about once a month to the top-rated network morning show. Among the topics she might cover, according to the AP, is education.

When folks say the relationship between Washington and the media is incestuous, well… in this case, that strikes a little too close to home. It’s the same with K Street. Scions become congressmen become lobbyists become TV personalities. It just seems as though the game is rigged. Because, well, it is.

In business, an unworthy heir will drive the place into the ground — and the assets will be distributed to those who can use them profitably. But does anyone really believe the same thing happens in the Government-Lobbying-Entertainment Complex?

Rule Five Sunday — Alien Edition

August 30th, 2009 - 4:20 pm

Last night I learned that while it might not be wise to cue up Alien at midnight with all the lights off, doesn’t mean you won’t be entertained. Here’s one reason.

Weaver One

Here’s another reason.
Weaver Two

And one final reason.
Weaver Three

Aren’t you glad I didn’t watch something with Dennis Weaver?

A Bigger Bang

August 30th, 2009 - 3:45 pm

A Much Bigger Bang

The MOP is “just the kind of nightmare you want to have handy.”

What’s So Special?

August 30th, 2009 - 11:36 am

Under Blair and now Brown, Britain has become just another EU nation.

Sad.

Behind the Numbers

August 30th, 2009 - 8:41 am

Read the following from Rasmussen, and try to figure out what is left unsaid:

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Americans say it’s always better to cut taxes than increase government spending because taxpayers, not bureaucrats, are the best judges of how to spend their own money.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 20% of adults disagree, and 18% are not sure.

The new findings mark a nine-point increase in support for taxpayers as the best judges of spending since January.

Here’s what I get out of it — even at the height of Obamania, 53% of the country thought it was always better to cut taxes than increase government spending.

No wonder Obama ran on a middle class tax cut.

No wonder he lied.

Required Reading

August 30th, 2009 - 6:05 am

Jonah Goldberg:

Now, if liberals want to rally their own troops by putting Kennedy’s name on the bill, that is their right, even if it will likely result in an even more unpopular bill than the ones now under consideration. I suspect, however, that they will be disappointed to discover that the currency of the Kennedy name purchases far less than it once did, thanks in large part to what Ted Kennedy did with it.

Read, as they say, the whole thing.

The Robot in the Moon

August 29th, 2009 - 6:03 pm

India’s first lunar orbiter has signed off:

“With communication totally lost, there is no transmission or receipt of signals between Chandrayaan-I and ground control stations,” ISRO spokesperson S. Satish said.

“Radio contact with Chandrayaan-I spacecraft was abruptly lost at 0130 hrs (IST) on August 29, 2009. The Deep Space Network at Byalalu near Bangalore received the data from Chandrayaan-I during the previous orbit up to 0025 hrs (IST),” ISRO said on Saturday.

After 3,400 orbits, you can’t blame a satellite for needing a rest.

An Affair to Remember

August 29th, 2009 - 2:26 pm

To Ted Kennedy, Soviets were friends and Republicans were the enemy:

Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”

Kennedy made Andropov a couple of specific offers.

Read the whole thing here. And remember over the coming weeks that Kennedy attempted to conspire with a foreign leader for partisan advantage.

Must-See Radio

August 29th, 2009 - 11:39 am

PJM Political is live and on the innerwebs. On this week’s show:

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com interviews Radley Balko of Reason magazine on wrong door SWAT raids and the injustice of the justice system.

James Lileks on a new Mideast peace proposal announced by England’s Guardian.

Ed Driscoll interviews Steven F. Hayward about The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989, the recently released second volume of his Age of Reagan series.

Plus, this week only, I focus on the good parts of Ted Kennedy’s career. Next week, the gloves come off. And bonus Democratic sleaze!

Not a Moment Too Soon

August 29th, 2009 - 9:33 am

Stacy McCain just swam in from Chappaquiddick, and boy are his arms tired.

The Week in Blogs — The Links!

August 29th, 2009 - 8:53 am

It’s time for another PJTV VodkaPundit’s Week in Blogs. Here are the accompanying links:

Dumbfounded by Mario.

The President annoys the safety Nazis.

Haunting.

Preach it, sisters.

Stupid touristas.

Go on and stare at their bottoms.

Get outta my dreams

Don’t ask, don’t tell.

Payback’s… self-inflicted, apparently.

Harold and Kumar go to Denver.

See what all the fuss is about, at PJTV.

Nothing to See Here

August 29th, 2009 - 8:48 am

Oh, that Axis of Evil.

But drat the “inconvenient” timing:

News of the interception comes at a sensitive time. North Korea has invited the US for bilateral talks on nuclear issues and the UN Security Council’s western members are pressing for greater Iranian co-operation over its nuclear programme.

The UAE reported the seizure to the UN sanctions committee responsible for vetting the implementation of measures, including an arms embargo, imposed against North Korea under Security Council resolution 1874, according to diplomats in New York. The committee, chaired by Turkey, has made no formal announcement about the case.

Yes, I’m sure the folks who can’t get enough illegal rocket launchers are just itching to talk to us about how best to dismantle their nuclear weapons program.

Too Hot for TV

August 28th, 2009 - 4:53 pm

On the final Trifecta for the week, host Bill Whittle presents Scott Ott and me with Gamers Gone Wild!

More Tech Stuff

August 27th, 2009 - 4:53 pm

My first scanner was this …thing… about the size of the desk it hunkered on, welded together from what appeared to be parts cast from old battleship hulls. It was slow, noisy, and cost hundreds of dollars. Maybe a grand, I don’t remember. It was the shiny pride of mid-’90s technology.

It was replaced through the years by progressively smaller, better and cheaper scanners.

The new scanner is virtually silent, and isn’t much bigger than a spiral notepad. The real DPI is higher than any photos it’ll scan, and its color range is better than your monitor can display (or your eye can perceive).

But here’s where it gets deeply cool. It uses a high-powered LED to scan, yet draws so little power that it works off a single USB 2.0 cable. That’s right, no power cable needed. That means Melissa can scan all our old pictures, laptop in lap, right here on the sofa while we enjoy some grownup time together after work — no need for her to be wired to her desk while she gets all project-y.

And for under $60? Best device we’ll purchase all year.

But it’s the convenience that’s priceless.

At this rate, in another 15 years, we won’t have flatbed scanners anymore. There’ll be a swarm of intelligent nanobots (scanobots? trademark that name!) which, for 30 bucks, will roam around your house, scanning anything pretty, and beaming them directly into your BrainPal.

Pelosi lied, intel died!

Random Thought

August 27th, 2009 - 1:04 pm

Marxism remains popular in areas where people can’t read, and on college campuses filled with people who can’t do anything but read.

I submit that this is not a coincidence.

Short People

August 27th, 2009 - 7:31 am

It’s the second Trifecta of the week. Scott Ott sits in the Paul Lynde square this time, and challenges Bill Whittle and me to remember what happened to that campaign promise to find Osama bin Laden, the tallest man in Afghanistan.

Bring It On

August 26th, 2009 - 10:12 pm

WaPo on Snow Leopard:

Instead of adding hundreds of new features, Apple has chosen to use Snow Leopard to cut ties with the past, plan for the future, and take dead aim on its present competition.

The result is a Mac OS X update unlike any in recent memory, one that boosts speeds, reclaims disk space, tweaks dozens of features, and lays the groundwork for a new generation of computers that feature 64-bit multicore microprocessors, ultrapowerful graphics processors, and massive amounts of memory. These features, combined with the low upgrade price of $29, make Snow Leopard the biggest no-brainer of an upgrade since Mac OS X 10.1.

My pre-rush-ordered copy should get here on Friday. Just to make sure I avoid any upgrade hiccups, however, I don’t plan on actually performing the upgrade until six, maybe seven minutes after it arrives.

Must-See PJTV

August 26th, 2009 - 7:15 am

On the new Trifecta, I play host and ask Bill Whittle and Scott Ott if President Obama is losing his base — the mainstream media.

Gone

August 26th, 2009 - 7:13 am

Ted Kennedy, dead.

Book Review in Five Words

August 25th, 2009 - 11:36 am

Paul of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson: When poison robots attack — again!

See It

August 25th, 2009 - 10:45 am

Whoa. Bill Whittle’s new Afterburner is good like only Bill Whittle can be.

UPDATE: And how did I miss Ed Driscoll’s interview with Reagan biographer Steven F. Hayward?

Follow the Money — To Cellblock Nine

August 25th, 2009 - 9:00 am

Stimulus checks for inmates? Hey, why not — did you really think the party of Henry Waxman was really going to continue to allow cigarets to be used as currency?

Get the Hell Out of My Way

August 25th, 2009 - 8:48 am

Here’s today’s dose of economic bad news — and things looked so rosy just last week:

U.S. unemployment will surge to 10 percent this year and the budget deficit will widen to $1.5 trillion next year, reflecting a “deeper recession” than previously expected, White House budget chief Peter Orszag said.

The American economy is an amazing beast. No matter how much crap we pile on top of it, it keeps managing spectacular feats of growth and productivity. I have no doubt it can do so again, and soon. Very soon.

But when you’ve got a Congress starving the private sector of capital with a spending orgy to make President Bush (43) and his crony Republican Congress blush… when you’ve got a cap & tax bill made half into law which threatens to double household energy costs, and when you’ve got a President determined to squash the health and insurance industries (and damn near stamp out small business in the process), then the economy simply can’t recover.

And of course, I haven’t even mentioned the threat of financial regulation over-tightening, which has Wall Street nervous like a fifty dollar hooker waiting for her lab results.

Even if we started to reign in spending, and cap & tax goes down in the Senate, and health reform is defeated, the economy still won’t start generating jobs until all the uncertainty has lifted. In the meantime, everybody is afraid to make a move.

Want to return to growth? Then stop this President and his Congress.

And It’s About Time, Too

August 25th, 2009 - 8:03 am

John Stossel:

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s supporters promised that his election would allow America to “transcend race.” Among the headlines:

The Boston Globe: “Obama shows an ability to transcend race”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Obama’s success suggests we can transcend race”

But of course that hasn’t happened.

Sorry, John, but everything has happened according to plan. Enough white people transcended the President’s race long enough to get him elected.

Now if you didn’t vote for him, you were always a racist. If you’re losing faith in him, you’re becoming a racist.

And while I doubt the President is any more of a racist than most folks who voted for McCain or Barr or whoever, it’s increasingly obvious that Obama never has transcended race, never plans to transcend race, and in fact finds it an invaluable tool for silencing his critics.

Only it doesn’t seem to be working nearly as well as it used to, and certainly not as well as Obama needs it to. So we might not have transcended race, but more and more people seem willing to transcend false charges of racism.

Required Viewing

August 24th, 2009 - 7:14 pm

Time for “Hair of the Dog” — your Monday morning (evening, whatever) quarterback for the Sunday morning chat shows. This week:

Killing me softly, with pamphlets.

The Public Option might not be dead, but it’s certainly gone emo.

So as it turns out, no one in DC wants to play Baby Oil Strip Monopoly.

Plus, yes I did just say that about Veterans’ Affair Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth. Honestly, I’m not sure HBO would touch this one.