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It’s the Best TV Not on TV

October 12th, 2009 - 7:54 pm

On the new Hair of the Dog, we’re trying something totally new — the BullShot Meter. And, yes, of course we used it to gauge how the pundits responded to President Obama’s Nobel Attendance Prize.

Also on the show, an Afghanistan roundtable roundup and Diane Feinstein [CORRECTED!] sends a thrill up my leg.

No, really. Check it out.

Posted Without Comment

October 12th, 2009 - 3:35 pm

Because I’m speechless, is why.

Vote’em All Out

October 12th, 2009 - 3:09 pm

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer crook:

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will face a 2010 primary challenge from one of his own former campaign directors.

Vince Morgan, a New York banker who once worked for Rangel as a special assistant and subsequently as a campaign director, announced Monday that he would challenge Rangel for reelection.

If everybody followed my example — or at least half-plus-one of everybody — and almost never voted for incumbents, we wouldn’t be in this mess.

So is Morgan any good? Hell if I know. But he couldn’t possibly be any worse, unless he ends up using the congressional cloakroom to store dead hookers. And even then…

Shock and Aww

October 12th, 2009 - 11:08 am

Somewhere in Switzerland, the world’s smallest violin can be heard:

Director Roman Polanski is feeling depressed two weeks after his arrest in Switzerland to face U.S. extradition for a 1977 case involving the rape of a 13-year-old girl, his lawyer was quoted as saying on Sunday.

“I found him to be tired and depressed,” Herve Temime told the Sonntag newspaper, one of two newspapers he talked to after visiting the Oscar-winning director in a Zurich prison.

“Roman Polanski, who is 76, seemed very dejected when I visited him,” Temime told another newspaper, NZZ am Sonntag.

“Polanski was in an unsettled state of mind.”

So much for my image of jail being a happy fun place.

Must-See Radio

October 11th, 2009 - 2:47 pm

Once again, there’s hot and fresh PJM Political for your weekend enjoyment. I’d do the usual show summary to tease you into listening, but right now I’ve got five (six?) Sunday chat shows to sit through. So just trust me when I tell you it’s a good one.

New Strategery

October 11th, 2009 - 6:28 am

Did we just retreat in Afghanistan — after a couple extra combat brigade teams have arrived? President Bush seems to have handled this mess better, with fewer troops.

Makes you wonder if this “necessary war” should necessarily be waged by our current commander-in-chief.

UPDATE: Check out the comments — things aren’t as bad as they seem. They rarely are, but it’s getting harder to remember that.

Isn’t (S)he Lovely?

October 10th, 2009 - 11:54 am

Isn’t (s)he beautiful?

Bork! Bork! Bork!

October 10th, 2009 - 10:23 am

The Week in Blogs — The Links!

October 10th, 2009 - 7:43 am

As seen on TV — er, PJTV — it’s the picks from the new Week in Blogs:

I don’t know art, but I know what I like. I think.

David, may I sleep with Treacher?

Never straight but gayly forward, someday, eventually, maybe.

Officer, they both looked kinda like Darth Vader.

Is that even a word?

It was my understanding that there would be no math.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Keep your hands to yourself.

I’m almost positive that one isn’t a word.

Spot the looney!

Now see what it all means on PJTV.

Live on Tape from Kabul

October 10th, 2009 - 6:23 am

So the President very nearly met face-to-face with his hand-picked man-on-the-scene in Afghanistan:

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of American and allied forces in Afghanistan, presented his request for more troops directly to President Obama on Friday as the White House moved closer to settling on a new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

General McChrystal discussed his proposal via a video feed from Kabul beamed into the Situation Room in the White House, where Mr. Obama gathered with his national security team.

I don’t want to sound too blasé, but I was more excited when I managed to use six hyphens in the single sentence linking to the story.

Higher Office

October 9th, 2009 - 2:08 pm

It’s not often someone so cynical and jaded gets to say this: But here’s a campaign I could support.

Two Outta Three

October 9th, 2009 - 2:01 pm

Would have linked these yesterday, only my muscles and joints were all so sore, I could barely watch TV, much less blog. Anyway, have two new Trifecta segments for you. On my turn to host, I ask the most difficult question ever asked on television — and it’s only four words. And then on the last one for the week, Scott Ott plays host and wonders what a political party is good for, anyway.

The answers might shock you! Or maybe not. But at least we amuse.

The Costs Go Higher

October 9th, 2009 - 1:15 pm

Will it take an extra 100,000 troops to wage a counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan?

Obama: Jimmy Carter, with just a touch of LBJ. Or is it the other way around?

Now That’s Just Wrong

October 9th, 2009 - 10:54 am

Hamm It Up

So very, very wrong. And there’s lots more wrongness just like it, here.

Sick Day

October 9th, 2009 - 8:56 am

Ever had a bad reaction to a flu shot? Me, neither — until about 1AM Thursday morning. All I can say is: Ouch. Oh, and: Glad that’s over.

Anyway, I’m back in the game and writing up the script for tomorrow’s Week in Blogs. Meanwhile, I’m all over the Peace Prize thing on Twitter.

UPDATE: The problem, Nick, is your use of the word “principle.”

The Television Crossover Event of the Year

October 7th, 2009 - 8:54 am

What happens when you combine Ed Driscoll with Iowahawk and a TV studio?


Told Ya So

October 7th, 2009 - 8:46 am

“Tax the rich” is so stupid, even a tax-and-spend liberal can learn the lesson:

I suppose it is cold comfort to New Yorkers that [Governor] Paterson is now giving his political enemies the “I told you so” treatment. Speaking to reporters recently in Albany, Paterson noted that revenue from tax increases was running 20 percent below projections and that, in particular, the wealthy were not paying up. So far, the state had only collected about half of an expected $1 billion in income tax revenues from the state’s wealthiest residents. “You heard the mantra, ‘Tax the rich, tax the rich,”‘ Paterson said. “We’ve done that. We’ve probably lost jobs and driven people out of the state.”

But I’m sure it will work just fine at the federal level. Juuuuuust fine.

Muddling Through II

October 7th, 2009 - 8:34 am

Bill Quick adds a lot to the discussion. Read it.

An Honest Inquiry

October 6th, 2009 - 3:57 pm

If 3PM isn’t too early to clean the kitchen, why is it too early for a martini?

Live Times Three

October 6th, 2009 - 3:13 pm

It’s a special impromptu Trifecta, where Scott Ott, Bill Whittle and I just go ahead and admit to the FTC all the free stuff we’ve been getting to promote on our blogs.

Muddling Through

October 6th, 2009 - 9:46 am

Since not everyone has the time to listen to PJM Political, here are my notes to Saturday’s rant. If Afghanistan is important enough for the President to dawdle over for most of a year, it’s important enough to discuss on a blog. If it’s a little too conversational, well, it was written for radio.

It’s the start of October, so it must be time for a new Afghanistan strategy. The big news last weekend was the leak of General McChrystal’s memo to the President. He says he needs 10,000 to 40,000 additional troops, or Afghanistan is lost. Meanwhile, Vice President Biden says we should be reducing our numbers and concentrating on a simpler counter-terrorism strategy.

And let’s be fair to the President, this isn’t an easy decision to make — big footprint, a surge if you will. Or go small, with just enough soldiers to gather intel and aim rockets at the bad guys.

I’m inclined to agree with Biden on this one. Afghanistan is a lot like Somalia or Haiti. It’s not so much a country as it is a spot on the map where other countries aren’t. There’s no there-there, if you will. If you’re going to nation-build, it helps to have a nation to start with.

Bear with me here, because this gets complicated. But we’ve got to talk a little Grand Strategy.


That’s Undeniably Cool

October 6th, 2009 - 7:19 am

Blogging God Jim Treacher: Dennis Miller’s new hero.

That’s right, Dennis Miller.

Kneecapping the Sunday Chat Shows

October 5th, 2009 - 5:54 pm

I had to drink an extra Bloody Mary on Sunday morning, watching the Sunday shows was so tough. Then again, look at what’s on this week’s “Hair of the Dog” as a result:

Our UN Ambassador lays out the argument for bombing a everliving [BLEEP!] out of Iran.

National Security Advisor Jim Jones refuses to answer the question.

Will the real Alan Greenspan please shut up?

Plus, card-carrying commie Katrina vanden Huevel demotes the US and gets slapped with a brick. Or at least with a bow tie. Check it out.

The Really Very Totally 100% Necessary War

October 5th, 2009 - 9:59 am

Jules Crittenden calls it “Chaos-istan.” He’s talking about the Obama v. McChrystal fight being waged on the airwaves and on the Potomac:

Theoretically Obama must be PO’d at Petraeus, too, because he essentially, if more diplomatically, said the same thing a couple of weeks earlier.

The big question now is whether this is going to be about Obama’s ego, or about winning in Afghanistan. If any general is ill-advised to shoot his mouth off, this business may also teach the administration something about blowing off generals at (unnecessarily extended) criticial moments and insisting that political parameters trump military ones in wartime.

And Ed Morrissey backs the General:

McChrystal didn’t act insubordinately by speaking his mind. This is not even close to the situation which forced Harry Truman to cashier Douglas MacArthur in the Korean War, when MacArthur dared to publicly challenge Truman’s authority and judgment. McChrystal may have acted in an impolitic manner, but at this point, I doubt McChrystal cares much for political niceties. He has waited weeks for an answer to his analysis and request for more troops and resources, and he’s apparently not worried about being honest about his assessment in public.

If Obama wants a counterinsurgency campaign, that’s his decision. But he’d best listen to the generals, when they advise him about how to wage the war of his choice.

Dude, Where’s My Third Party?

October 5th, 2009 - 8:19 am

Here’s one deficit you can bet the Democrats aren’t loving:

Republican Robert F. McDonnell and his supporters are outspending Democrat R. Creigh Deeds and his backers nearly 2 to 1 on TV ads in the closely watched race for Virginia governor.

That is unlikely to change in the month before the election Nov. 3.

I haven’t been following this race like I should — because it’s nearly as difficult to get excited about the Republicans as it is the Democrats. If the Republicans benefit from President Obama’s early stumbles — and Congress’s perpetual unpopularity — let’s hope it’s because they learned their lesson from the Bush years.

Because more Donkey Lite ain’t gonna cut it.

RELATED, UPDATED: In New Jersey at least, Republicans might not yet be done paying for their sins. (H/T, I/P.)

Seventies Hell Part II — The Revenge!

October 5th, 2009 - 7:32 am

Honestly, I think Dan has really uncovered something here.

Bunker Mentality

October 4th, 2009 - 9:34 am

Former Scoop Jackson protege Elliot Abrams remembers how they kept a sane foreign policy on life support during détente:

To the best of our knowledge, Elliot Abrams is not pictured here.

To the best of our knowledge, Elliot Abrams is not pictured here.

Jackson had a small staff but a wide network on the Hill (at a time when his party controlled both the Senate and the House). Republicans up there today need to be sure their own staffs are tightly linked and able to resist the implementation of policies that harm U.S. interests. Jackson and his troops understood that an informal network of capable, dedicated Hill staffers is an invisible but powerful tool, effective across party lines.

Times change. Cable news and the Internet alone have transformed the way outreach to the American people can be accomplished. But at bottom, the Jackson model is a good one. Get set for a long fight, try to reach across party lines, have confidence in the American people, and be immune to the criticism of “the best and the brightest.” If Scoop were alive, he’d be shaking his head in chagrin over our current foreign policy–and telling his troops to saddle up.

Abrams also warns against “nasty personal attacks,” but given all the juicy targets in Washington these days, that’s like trying to keep a cougar out of a college bar at happy hour.

Two words: The Deep. First time we rented that movie (in Beta format!), I’m pretty sure I edged six months closer to puberty. And that was before she jumped in the water. By the time she got back out, I was a man.



Must-See Radio

October 3rd, 2009 - 2:11 pm

Once again Ed Driscoll has done the hard work of pirating Sirius/XM’s satellite signal of PJM Political, and converting it into a convenient podcast format — just for you! On this week’s show:

PJTV’s Bill Whittle breaks down the surprisingly timeless strategy that Andrew Breitbart used to push the ACORN story into old media.

Sonia Schmidt of PJTV.com plays “codebreaker” in regards to the racism that the left believes is emanating from the recent Tea Parties.

Roger L. Simon and fellow Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd explore why Hollywood circled the wagons around Roman Polanski.

James Lileks answers Five Question on Polanski, Afghanistan, and more.

Plus, Ed and I discuss President Obama’s Joe Biden problem — Biden’s the smarter one.

The Week in Blogs — The Links!

October 3rd, 2009 - 1:44 pm

Here are the links to the top (bottom?) ten picks on the new “Week in Blogs.”

All of these things are just like the others.

Stop. I’m begging you.

It’s European.

It’s all relative.

Ve haff vays

The WTF has a serious charlie-foxtrot.

The simple solutions are often best.

No part of this sucks.

Too soon?

We are the rubes we believe in.

Find out what it all means on PJTV.