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The Weather Outside is Frightful

December 9th, 2009 - 7:54 am

I would like someone from the University of East Anglia to come here for Christmas, bearing 15 more degrees. But even then, it would still be -2 outside.

Frozen Breakfast

Sign O’ the Times

December 8th, 2009 - 7:09 pm

Just received an email from Bank of America, offering to pay the shipping from certain Christmas purchases if I use their card. Haven’t carried a balance on that card in years. Haven’t used it in almost as long.

So I wonder if we still have a credit crisis, or if now we’re suffering from a borrowing crisis.

Your thoughts?

All in a Day’s Work

December 8th, 2009 - 5:37 pm

Today’s Trifecta — has the TEA Party doomed the GOP, or can the GOP recover the values it ceded to the TEA Party?

Plus, gratuitous Ghostbusters reference.

Random Thought

December 8th, 2009 - 4:15 pm

I’ve come up with a great idea on how CNN could improve its ratings. All they have to do is tweak their format a little. For example, 360 could just have Anderson Cooper watching the Glenn Beck show.

Get Ready

December 8th, 2009 - 4:05 pm

Just finished shooting this week’s Trifectas, and my hands are shaking, I got so riled up. Scott Ott was on fire. And Bill Whittle? I don’t know where he found an extra notch, but he kicked it up one.

Today’s segment should come online shortly at PJTV.

And I Hardly Even Slit My Own Wrists

December 7th, 2009 - 7:17 pm

The headline is no lie. Of the four Sunday morning chat shows I cover for PJTV, Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates were on three of them. Together, they made Vogon poetry look like Oscar Wilde read by Angelina Jolie. Anyway, on “Hair of the Dog” this week:

SecDef Robert Gates has the worst tell in political history.

General Petraeus looks embarrassed just to be there.

David Gregory is Sunday morning’s new Tough Guy.

Plus, the return of Nathan Thurm!*


Required Viewing

December 7th, 2009 - 9:59 am

Part II of Bill Whittle’s Gitmo Diaries is up at PJTV.

(Nearly) Big in Britain 2: The Wrath of Khan

December 7th, 2009 - 8:31 am

Ladies and gentlemen, the BBC’s Siobhan Courtney.

Although due to the lateness of this link, I’m now the second item down. OK, technically it’s about President Obama’s speech last week, but we know better. Right?


Must-See Radio

December 6th, 2009 - 9:13 pm

Did you miss this weekend’s PJM Political on Sirius Radio? Well, don’t miss it again for free on the interwebs.

A New Line of Graft

December 6th, 2009 - 9:08 pm

You’ve probably seen the headline on Drudge and pretty much everywhere else…

Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges

…but I’d just like to add that this is how politicians behave before they’ve snagged trillions more in taxes.

One Out of Two… Pretty Much Sucks

December 6th, 2009 - 9:05 pm


Obama told reporters that the meeting was a “pep talk,” not a negotiation.

Obama didn’t take questions from the senators or mention the two issues now dividing Senate Democrats and preventing passage of the bill: a government-run insurance plan and restrictions on federal funds for abortion. But Democrats said that Obama’s remarks gave them a boost as they try to strike compromises to get the 60 votes needed to pass the bill.

“He reminded us why we’re here, he reminded us why we run for office and he reminded us how many people are counting on us to come through,” said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

A real leader has a pep talk and a game plan.

There He Goes Again

December 6th, 2009 - 6:28 pm

Prepping for PJTV’s “Hair of the Dog” each Sunday, I’ve come to appreciate Fox’s Mara Liasson as “the smartest liberal on TV.” She’s sharp, perceptive, and doesn’t often fall for the bait left by Bill Kristol. But, man, did she just miss one — which I’ll post here, because it won’t fit into tomorrow’s show.

Here she is (hastily transcribed by hand) on the President’s upcoming trip to Copenhagen:

I think that he is really putting a lot of political weight behind the outcome now. He was hedging his bets before, going at the early part. Now, he’s throwing his lot in and he’s showing how important this is to him. And, no, nothing big is going to come out of this.


Once again, Obama is going overseas, putting American prestige on the line, to obtain… what? Even Liasson admits that Obama isn’t going to get anything much, if anything at all. Just like the Apology Speech in Cairo. Or the Olympic Committee beg in Denmark a while back. Or his disastrous East Asia tour.

Let’s face it: We’ve been wrong for years. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result isn’t the definition of insanity. It’s the definition of stupidity.

With President Bush, the world hated us — but we managed to kill a whole lot of bad guys. And now I’m afraid the world disdains us. And that’ll end up killing a whole lot of Americans.

Four of Three Four

December 4th, 2009 - 7:03 pm

It’s the Era of the Egghead in the White House on today’s Trifecta.

Unfortunately, they’re too smart to know what they’re doing.

(Nearly) Big in Britain!

December 3rd, 2009 - 4:04 pm

I just did a little email interview with the BBC’s Siobhan Courtney, and there was some leftover material she couldn’t use in the story — but wanted to link to.

So, Siobhan, here’s the recipe for drunkblogging.

1. 30 minutes before the event, mix yourself a dry martini — gin or vodka, your choice — of no less than 3.5 liquid ounces. You’re own your own for the metric conversion, your own fault for signing on with the EU.

2. At the start of the event, it’s time for your second martini.

3. Throughout the event, drink as needed. It’s medicinal.

4. You’ll notice your blogging might make less sense as the night wears on, but it is however meaner and funnier.

5. As the whiff of desperation kicks in towards the end, pick up the pace — of drinking and blogging.

6. Whatever you do, don’t go back and re-read your material the next day.

And that’s about it.

I’ll link to the Beeb story once it goes up.

Three of Three Four

December 3rd, 2009 - 9:33 am

On today’s Trifecta: It’s the economy, stupid — is the President’s “listening tour” a total waste of time? Or just mostly?

Your Friendly Neighborhood VodkaPundit

December 2nd, 2009 - 12:43 pm

The FTC is from the government and it’s here to help:

Media executives taking part are looking for a new business model for an industry that is watching traditional advertising revenue dry up, without online revenue growing quickly enough to replace it. Government officials want to protect a critical pillar of democracy—a free press.

Here’s a tip, for you bigshot media executives: If you suck on the federal teat, you’re not free. By definition, you’ll have become dependents. You might be favored dependents, granted some privileges, but that’s it.

Required Viewing

December 2nd, 2009 - 10:53 am

Hide the decline! on an all-new Silicon Graffiti.

Two of Three Four

December 2nd, 2009 - 10:17 am

On today’s Trifecta, learn that under the Senate health bill the third most powerful man in the country would be… Kathleen Sebelius?

Yep. Kathleen Sebelius.

Be very afraid.

A Little Perspective from the Beergoggle Angle

December 1st, 2009 - 7:47 pm

This thought is left over from tonight’s drunkblogging. I’d have thought of it sooner, but, Jeebus, did it take a lot of very cheap vodka to make it through one not-very-long speech.

If President Obama’s Awfully Lame Little Speech gives him an almost-unprecedented 14-point bump in the polls for his handling of Afghanistan, then 51% of the American people will still think he’s screwed it up.

And that’s according to Gallup, not Fox or Rasmussen.

It Has Begun

December 1st, 2009 - 6:41 pm

The drunkblogging, that is.

One of Three Four

December 1st, 2009 - 5:46 pm

I’m pretty sure “quadfecta” isn’t a word (fourfecta?), but that what we did today. Scott Ott took a second turn in the host’s chair, for a searing look at Climtegate.

Can you talk Climategate and use gratuitous references to Aliens, Animal House, Serenity and zombies?

Well, I don’t know if you can, but for the Trifecta crew, it’s all in a (third of of a) day’s work.

For Your Consideration

December 1st, 2009 - 11:29 am

Yes, I’ll drunkblog the President’s Afghanistan speech at West Point tonight. Tune in here or the PJ Media home page around 7:45PM Eastern for the fun.

The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

December 1st, 2009 - 9:08 am

Well, actually Howard Dean dares speak it quite a bit: We’re going to be socialist.

Oh, don’t get him wrong; we’ll still have capitalism. Just, you know, enough capitalism to finance the Democrats’ socialist schemes. The problem is, that kind of thing has a limited shelf life, as the public “option” (and we’re not just talking health insurance here) eventually crowds out private enterprise. And in the end, you’re left with neither socialism not capitalism — just bankruptcy.

Still, it’s nice of the good doctor to be so honest about his party’s intentions.