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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Must-See PJTV

September 16th, 2009 - 12:31 pm

It’s today’s Trifecta, in which I stack up the right’s crazies (birthers, etc.) against the left’s… rank & file. And, oh yeah, those Whittle and Ott fellows were there, too.

Seriously though, the three of us had a blast taping this segment, and I think it shows.

Tax THIS!

September 16th, 2009 - 10:47 am

Under the Obama plan, 95% of Americans will receive a tax cut, unless they happen to heat or cool their homes.

Overexposed

September 16th, 2009 - 7:19 am

Oh no oh no oh no oh no oh no:

It’s going to be awfully hard to avoid President Obama on television this Sunday.

The president is going to appear on five Sunday talk shows – five – to press his case for health care, White House officials disclosed. That is a presidential record.

Well, you can probably guess what next Monday’s “Hair of the Dog” will be about.

Either that, or I need to put in for some vacation time. On second thought, scratch that. If the President thinks it’s important enough to make all the rounds, then it’s silly enough for me to ridicule as mercilessly as I know how.

Which reminds me, I’m not sure what it was about this week’s episode, but it’s gotten more feedback — and overwhelmingly positive — than any of the 20 or 30 preceding shows. So, thanks for that. And if you’ve got an explanation, I’d sure like to hear it.

The Content of This Character

September 16th, 2009 - 5:03 am

President Barack Obama.

He’s liberal. He’s black. He’s the President of the Untied States of America. What more could the Democrats want?

Well, apparently they’d prefer it if he was maybe just a skosh more effective, because his every failure — or even misstep — is now met with charges of “Racism!”

Funny how the American people weren’t racists when we elected him. We weren’t racists when he Rahmed his $780 billion special-interest payoff through Congress. We weren’t racists when the polls supported the non-specific, hopey-changey version of his health care reform.

But when Americans pushed back — against having their heating bills doubled, against having their health care plans usurped — suddenly, now, yes, we’re racists. No less an authority than Jimmy Carter (and his peanut heads from Kos and HuffPo on down to Garofalo and other, even less successful, hangers-on) has said so.

So. Has the America which elected President Obama by a comfortable majority not even one year ago, become suddenly more racist than it was on November 8, 2008? Or, implausible as it may seem, has a center-right country unsurprisingly soured on a left-left President and his left-left-left-left-left enablers on Capital Hill and in the Washington press corps?

And could it be just barely possible, that even some center-left folks here in America be a little put off by their Commander-in-Cheif telling them to knock off all that oh-so-inconvenient “bickering” and back-talking?

It doesn’t take Occam’s razor to slice this one, does it?

Trifecta

September 15th, 2009 - 6:42 pm

Scott Ott, Bill Whittle and I take on Joe Wilson – and can’t come to any agreement at all. I’ve got hosting duties and start off, and end up, right in the middle.

You’ve Got to Spend Money to Spend Money

September 15th, 2009 - 10:28 am

From genuine rocket scientist Ed Lambert:

A vehicle at 15 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 800 gallons a year of gasoline.

A vehicle at 25 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 480 gallons a year.

So, the average “Cash for Clunkers” transaction will reduce US gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year.

They claim 700,000 vehicles – so that’s 224 million gallons/year.

That equates to a bit over 5 million barrels of oil. 5 million barrels of oil is about ¼ of one day’s US consumption. And, 5 million barrels of oil costs about $350 million dollars at $70/bbl.

We all contributed to spending $3 billion to save $350 million. How good a deal was that ???

They’ll probably do a better job with health care though

Er…

Sorry, No Bikini Girls

September 15th, 2009 - 8:36 am

So — is conservatism dead? Ed Driscoll tackles that question on the new Silicon Graffiti.

RIP

September 15th, 2009 - 8:22 am

Wolverines!

But what about Roadhouse, arguably the best movie ever made by man or beast? (Leaving aside bikini girls reading Star Wars.)

The Best Show on (Virtual) TV

September 14th, 2009 - 5:23 pm

This week’s Hair of the Dog is up on PJTV. On this week’s episode:

Jay Rockefeller and his Senior Citizens Brigade are here for your money.

Joe Wilson loses his battle, wins his war.

David Axelrod thinks you’re cute.

Plus, how to thin the Congressional herd — with handguns.

An Open Letter Note

September 14th, 2009 - 8:08 am

Dear Democrats,

When the American people put you in power, it was because they were sick of the Republicans, not because they felt they needed someone to make the Republicans look good.

Just a thought.

Cheers,

-S.

No Photoshop Needed

September 14th, 2009 - 8:03 am

Bruce Webster has a ton of pics from Saturday’s rally. Of the bunch, I think “No Child Left a Dime” is my favorite.

Rule Five Sunday – The Raquel Edition

September 13th, 2009 - 6:57 am

Raquel Welch, because bombshells never go out of style.

You're Welcome

More after the jump.

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Marching by (Extrapolated) Numbers

September 12th, 2009 - 5:18 pm

Charlie Martin — a computer scientist with extensive intelligence experience — emails from his secret bunker near Boulder, CO:

I did a back-of-envelope based on the photos and reports. A pretty dense crowd is about 1.8 people per square meter, and the National Mall alone is about 125 hectares, 1.25 million square meters. So that would be 2.3 million people.

Given the report from Steve of an actual literal count of 450K early on, I think the 2 million number is *very* plausible.

Knowing Charlie like I do, I’m inclined to trust his guestimates more than most people’s “facts.”

Which in this case… whoa.

Marching by the Numbers

September 12th, 2009 - 3:32 pm

Just got off the phone with Barbara Espinosa, who sent in tons of great pics from DC earlier today. Hopefully, we’ll have some video later, too. As a volunteer, she had “full access” to all parts of the protest. Here are some of the things she saw today, by the numbers.

•70 outdoor port-a-potties.

•90 minute wait to use one.

•The People Meter on Penn Ave had read 450,000 by noon, and 1.5 million two hours later. (That last number still looks awfully high to me.)

•1 DC police officer, who told her, “I’ve been here 20 years and this is the largest crowd I’ve ever seen.”

A Response to Charles Johnson

September 12th, 2009 - 3:04 pm

Over at LGF (no link, sorry) Charles Johnson notes that I’m taking phone calls from “white supremacist” Stacy McCain. (Thanks, Darlene.)

Now, I’ve worked with Stacy in person a couple of times, at the DNC last summer and at CPAC in February. Both were crowded, high-stress situations. At no time did I see Stacy treat anyone — of any color, creed, whathaveyou — with anything less than respect and good humor.

So, is Robert Stacy McCain a white supremacist? Hell if I know. But he enjoys breaking bread with agnostic half Jews like me, which would certainly make him a different kind of white supremacist.

Must-See Radio

September 12th, 2009 - 12:56 pm

The new PJM Political is live and on the innerwebs — and, man, did I go on an angry rant this week. Plus, our second anniversary extravaganza. Lots more, too, including Five Questions for James Lileks, and Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft.

NOTE: Yes, I’m still updating the Washington TEA Party protest below.

They Will Be Heard [UPDATED PRETTY CONSTANTLY]

September 12th, 2009 - 10:15 am

I’M BEGGING YOU

Bzzzzzt!

From Ed Driscoll.

PLAYING IT DOWN

Here’s the WaPo lede:

Thhhpt!Conservative protesters by the tens of thousands crowded outside the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, a massive demonstration aimed at stopping what organizers called the over-expansion of the federal government under the Obama administration.

Tens of thousands? Technically accurate, but…

CABBING IT HOME

Calling from a taxi on the way back home, Stacy McCain said:

On our way out we spoke to Judith Knapp and her granddaughter Savannah Jackson, and they are from Baltimore. They were both wearing t-shirts that said American Patriot. I stopped and talked to them. Knapp said, “I’m not going to put her in debt, that’s my point.” And Jackson said, “Oh yeah!” to “are you a Beck fan?” after the subject of Cass Sunstein came up. “You wouldn’t believe what it’s like in the schools,” the indoctrination before and after the election, she added.

Plus this quip from Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), “You have redefined gridlock in Washington.”

BUT WHERE ARE THE HOT UNDERAGE GIRLS?

Deliveries in the Rear

Courtesy of JeffDubya on Twitter.

CORRECTION

It’s ABC (TV, radio? Not sure.) that pegged the crowd at two million, not CNN. Official estimate is 1.5 — but those numbers always sound inflated. Settle for a million and call it a damn fine day.

LIVE FROM THE MALL

Mike Pence again, addressing the crowd: “After years of fighting runaway government on this hill, you people look like the cavalry to me.” And: “I believe we are on the verge of a great American awakening.”

HERE IT COMES

Stacy was back on the phone, telling me about radio host Mason Weaver‘s speech — “I came here because I thought you might want to hear a black man speak without a teleprompter” — and then Ron Paul stepped onto the stage.

The crowd went so wild, I couldn’t hear Stacy anymore.

CORRECTION: It was a mere rumor of Paul then drove’em wild.

COMMENTING IT IN

“Gunboy3″ writes:

I arrived at Freedom Plaza around 9:30 and the place was well stocked. We started marching at 10 towards the Capitol but it was hard to tell just how big the crowd was while amidst it. I got to the West Lawn which was covered with folks and their signs, and turning to look up Pennsylvania avenue, I was heartened to see a stream of marchers still flowing. I don’t know what a million people look like, and I would be surprised if it was anywhere near that, but we can leave that to others to argue. I thought it was an impressive turnout…..I wonder how the WAPO will cover it…front page or Metro section?

Good question.

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Wish I’d Said That

September 12th, 2009 - 9:52 am

From Bill Quick, on the GOP’s 2010 prospects, “sad to say, the GOP seems to do a bit better at observing its own principles when it’s out of power.” You know Bill was practically seething with understatement when he typed “a bit.”

And I’ll repeat what I said yesterday on the same subject: True dat.

ADDED BONUS THOUGHT: Can one seethe with understatement? If one isn’t actually British, I mean.

The Week in Blogs — The Links!

September 12th, 2009 - 8:46 am

Give me five minutes, I’ll give you the entire Week in Blogs. Here are the links to this week’s picks.

How quaint.

Personally I prefer booze to boos, but whatevs.

The luckiest geek in the world. (You can meet of the lovely ladies here, where she blogs politics.)

The stupidest publisher in the world.

Do I have to choose just one?

Rev. Wright is wrong again.

Run away!

Why play fair?

Picking your fights carelessly.

Get well soon, Mike Cannon.

Find out what it all means, at PJTV.

Epic WANT

September 12th, 2009 - 6:19 am

Now this is how you go after pirates.

I'll Take Two

It’s a private speedboat/yacht thing, good for up to 150 kph (you read that right). The Royal Navy is getting some with remote-control machine guns.

UPDATE: I had this item schedule-posted because, duh, I’m not getting up at oh-dark-thirty on a Saturday. So I showed the picture to my wife Friday afternoon, and told her, “this boat can go almost 95 miles an hour.”

Melissa replied, “It’s very pretty, but why would you need to go that fast?”

Which was followed by a few seconds of me looking stupid, until I remembered. “This boat can go almost 95 miles an hour.”

Live on Tape!

September 11th, 2009 - 5:44 pm

From the rightwing nutjobs at the Baltimore Sun:

SECOND UPDATE: For those of you criticizing me for defending ACORN here, I’d like to say the existence of the second video has erased what little benefit of the doubt I was willing to extend before.

ACORN, it’s safe to say, is a criminal enterprise — a mafia racket with moral pretensions.

How Deep is the Ocean, How High is This Guy?

September 11th, 2009 - 11:52 am

The Andy Sullivan pot bust just gets weirder and weirder. Back to Dan Riehl, who pretty much owns this story right now:

The judge’s play is interesting, but not the most interesting bit of all. Still, as Clarice Feldman mentioned in email and has blogged – the judge has now made sure it will be disclosed to immigration. Obama’s Immigration Department now has Andrew by the proverbial ballz. Okay, he might actually like that. But ….

Something StinksThe magistrate insisted on a hearing, asserting this amounted to discriminatory enforcement. In the end, noting that the law was unclear about his authority to compel the U.S. Attorney to proceed with the case, he allowed the case to be dismissed, observing along the way that the immigration argument was ridiculous, that Sullivan has to disclose the arrest to the INS whether or not the U.S. Attorney dropped the case to assist his petition.

But even that isn’t the most interesting point. Levi Johnston has emailed to inform me that Andy’s been having some marital problems at home. He got himself busted intentionally just so he could be put in handcuffs. It’s been weeks since he’s felt the love.

What’s next?

Taking Back Congress?

September 11th, 2009 - 11:33 am

From Doug Mataconis comes the latest from Larry Sabato:

After examining all 435 House races for 2010, the Crystal Ball projects that Republicans will gain between 20 and 30 seats. While this is nothing to sneeze at, especially given that it would be the largest gain for congressional Republicans since 1994, it still puts them short of the 40 seat pick-up they need to take back the House.

Doug concludes:

Part of the problem the GOP faces is that it suffered such big losses in 2006 and 2008 that it’s going to take nothing short of a political miracle for it to regain control in 2010.

True dat, and they deserved those drubbings after years of out of control pork barrel spending and worse.

But I think there’s a chance for a real groundswell here that Sabato discounts, and it will come down to two questions: Just how angry are older voters, now that their Medicare is under threat; and just how apathetic are younger voters, now that their hip young president is in office?

And even just a couple percentage points of increased turnout for suburban voters — disappointed in the stimulus, sickened by cap & tax, and worried about the health care overhaul — could make the difference in many races. Enough for 40 seats or more to change parties? I think that depends entirely on whether or not this Overreach Congress can slow down and let the American people catch its breath.

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A Blog Item of Astounding Uselessness

September 11th, 2009 - 8:50 am

Wow, I hadn’t heard that Andrew Sullivan got busted for possession of pot. Charges were dropped, questionably, according to the judge involved. It seems the DA insisted the charges be dropped.

Oh, I could go on a rant here, tick off the usual complaints. Here they are in handy list form:

1. It’s amazing the kind of protection you can buy if you switch sides.

2. Briefly consider (then dismiss) “other team” joke relating to 1.

3. Make point about the media feeding frenzy if, say, George Will had been busted for pot.

4. Get distracted at mental image of Will, stoned out of his mind, giggling mindlessly at Harold & Kumar, Chee-toh stains on his bow tie.

5. Get so distracted by 4. that planned rant gets dropped in favor of handy list.

My mental image of Will includes him getting all flustered and demanding of everyone around him, “But what does “pulchritude” mean? What does it mean?”

UPDATE: A retired “felony weight” pot distributor is ready to throw the book at Andrew. “Anybody stupid enough to get busted for dope is a danger to himself and others and should be locked up for the good of society. Dude, if you can’t outsmart a narc . . .”

Dude, indeed.

Remember

September 11th, 2009 - 7:13 am

This is pretty much all I’ll have to say about the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Bill Whittle hosts today’s Trifecta, and has a video you probably haven’t seen before. It was not the easiest thing to watch.

No I Can’t Get It Out of My Head

September 10th, 2009 - 9:37 pm

Since the President’s speech last night, and his threat to pretty much take over the media again this weekend, I got a line lodged in my head so deep I had to put on Monty Python’s Life of Brian just to confirm I remembered correctly. Because, frankly, I’ve given up all hope of getting rid of it.

“He’s not the messiah — he’s a very naughty boy.”

One Wonders

September 10th, 2009 - 9:30 pm

For the record, Joe Wilson is a bit of a jerk, and a raging symptom of what’s changed for the worse in American politics in the last 40 years or so.

That said, how is one rude congressman bigger, more important news than Van Jones or our CINC turning himself into a self-destructive attention-whore?

Just askin’.

The Muzak President

September 10th, 2009 - 8:13 pm

Enough. Enough already. Enough enough enough:

U.S. President Barack Obama will give a speech about the financial crisis on Monday, marking the anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the White House said.

This, according to Drudge, follows a big appearance on 60 Minutes on Sunday evening.

If I may paraphrase the immortal Ren Hoek, “Why won’t he leave me… alone?”

UPDATE: Apparently I’m not the only one getting tired of the 24/7/365 Obama Show.

Click and Clink

September 9th, 2009 - 5:54 pm

The drunkblogging has begun.

It Doesn’t Add Up

September 9th, 2009 - 4:14 pm

Here’s the skinny from Drudge:

At least 44 more moderate Members of the Democrat Caucus have gone on the record in opposition to the current health care bill in the House, Hill source claims. Likewise, at least 57 liberal Members of the Democrat Caucus have gone on the record saying they will vote against a health care bill without a strong public option. In other words, unless multiple Democrats flip on their stated position on health care, Speaker Pelosi lacks the votes to pass a bill through the House on the strength of Democrat votes alone.

There’s having a big tent party, and then there’s having a two tent party.