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Ten Items Or Less

July 31st, 2010 - 8:58 am

Whatchoo you talkin’ ’bout Tipper? Years after Tipper Gore tried to silence groups like Twisted Sister, Dee Snider lectures the Gore’s on family values. Plus a blogger asks whether JournoList might really be SocialList, and I find an immigration solution straight out of Deliverance — all on another exciting episode of… The Week in Blogs!

Un-Eff the Culture

July 30th, 2010 - 10:39 am

Trifecta: Four-year-old Marxists dropping the f-bomb to guilt-trip you into… some damn-fool scheme to screw up the Gulf once and for all.

The Reek of Desperation

July 30th, 2010 - 10:35 am

So Andy Griffith is the new pitchman for Obamacare? You can imagine how he got selected.

White House Drone #1: “We’re really not polling well in the South. Lots of vulnerable seats.”

White House Drone #2: “And we need to hold on to Florida and Virginia, at least, if we’re still going to have jobs in 2013.”

White House Drone #1: “Who do dumb crackers like and trust?”

White House Drone #2: “Maybe that race car guy?”

White House Drone #1: “Too expensive.”

White House Drone #2: “Andy Griffith!”

White House Drone #1: “Pretty sure he’s dead.”

White House Drone #2: “I’ll make some calls.”

Sounds about right to me.

The Lesser Good

July 28th, 2010 - 1:25 pm

Trifecta: Colorado ‘Credo — You’re a Kamikaze Candidate If Megyn Kelly Thinks You’re a Crackpot.

Yes, we’re taking on Tom Tancredo, with a dash of bitter for Charlie Crist and Arlen Specter, too.

Reporting for Dooty

July 27th, 2010 - 10:30 pm

Oh, I suppose there’s a bit of rough justice in John Kerry being shamed into paying a $500,000 tax on his new yacht — she’s quite yar, you know.

But there’s certainly no schadenfreude to be had, since even a half million dollars, one way or the other, isn’t going to make any difference in the Kerry-Heinz household(s).

So instead, let’s think about the middle class guy who has a little motorboat he takes out on the weekend, for fishing or maybe to teach his kids how to waterski. Maybe that guy is spending fewer weekends out on the water, because it’s a choice between paying his annual fees or filling the tank with gas.

Wouldn’t Massachusetts residents be better off with fewer fees and more fun?

No, the Other Michael Mann

July 27th, 2010 - 8:47 pm

Trifecta: That global warmening hockey stick graph is back in the news, and Scott Ott calls up a fellow Penn State alum to find out of there’s any science behind his science.

And then Bill and I have fun at his expense.

CLARIFICATION: We have fun at Mann’s expense, not Scott’s.

Summertime Blues

July 26th, 2010 - 3:34 pm

Hair of the Dog: one of the Sunday shows was so awful, I couldn’t pull any clips. And the rest? Chris Wallace pwns Howard Dean and everybody hates Andrew (Breitbart).

There Is Such a Thing As Too Much Publicity

July 26th, 2010 - 10:23 am

President Obama is set to appear this Thursday on… The View? That’s right:

President Obama has many “firsts” in his list of accomplishments. Now he’s got one more: On Thursday, he will be the first sitting U.S. president to be seen on a daytime talk show.

Obama will appear on “The View” as part of the program’s “Red, White & Blue View” campaign, which is dedicated to political guests and discussions. He’ll tape his interview on Wednesday; he’ll cover topics that include his administration’s accomplishments, jobs, the economy, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and family life in the White House, according to an ABC news release.

Joy Behar is all set to ask hard-hitting questions, such as, “Who does your wife’s nails?” and “Did you know how pretty your eyes are?”

Georgia On His Mind

July 26th, 2010 - 9:03 am

Coast to Coast Tea Party: This week, down to Georgia’s twelfth district, where Ray McKinney is fighting for the chance to take on incumbent Democrat John Barrow. Another great chat with another citizen-candidate.

Must-See Radio

July 24th, 2010 - 3:25 pm

PJM Political: Lileks, East German secret police, Mad Men, Former Indiana Senator Dan Coates and The Journ-O!-List all get refudiated.

Must-See PJTV

July 24th, 2010 - 11:36 am

Scary-ass charts, killer stealth fighters, and a ticked-off Dana Loesch — all on another exciting episode of… The Week in Blogs!

The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

July 23rd, 2010 - 11:08 am

If you haven’t read today’s Wall Street Journal column by Senator James Webb (D-VA), you owe it to yourself. The key line is this one, where Webb argues that our “present-day diversity programs work against that notion, having expanded so far beyond their original purpose that they now favor anyone who does not happen to be white.”

What makes it key is: Why now? Why write this column today? What brought this particular issue out at this particular moment?

These questions are important, because Webb’s column is a virtual declaration of war on President Obama — at a time when Obama’s head must be already spinning after two weeks of racial strife from the NAACP and Andrew Breitbart. And a “recovery summer” that’s anything but. So it’s not often I find myself agreeing with Pat Buchanan, and when I do — even only partly so, like today — I always wash afterwards. But when Buchanan says that the White House is in a “panic” because it “fears it is losing white America,” he’s absolutely right.

But what Obama really ought to fear is losing his own party — because Webb’s column is just the most recent sign.


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Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $225,000

July 23rd, 2010 - 9:41 am

I have a Google Alert set to send me an email any time a major news source does a story with “Joe Biden” and “gaffe” in it. Needless to say, I get a lot of those alerts. Here’s one that wasn’t called a gaffe, but should have been. Read:

The “heavy lifting is over” when it comes to the Obama administration’s legislative priorities this year, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday evening.

Biden said now that Wall Street reform is finished and signed into law, the administration could go out and make its political case for its accomplishment.

“Now that the heavy lifting is over, we can go out and make our case,” Biden said at a fundraiser in North Carolina, according to a pool report.

Congress hasn’t even passed a budget — budgeting being its single most important duty. And Congress has no plans to pass a budget before the election, either. Ya think the President could stick around long enough to spend some of his precious (and increasingly dear) political capital to wrangle Nancy Pelosi into doing her job?

On the other hand, given Obama’s recent track record on the campaign trail, maybe it’s all for the best.

Go get’em, Joe!

Bust ‘Em, Danno

July 23rd, 2010 - 8:29 am

Trifecta: Is outsourcing essential services the last, best way to rein in the public service unions?

Let’s Define Insanity Again and Again

July 21st, 2010 - 7:44 pm

So as it turns out, if you subsidize foreclosure, you don’t get less of it.


You Can’t Say That On Television

July 21st, 2010 - 1:29 pm

Trifecta: Today we spend a little time cruising the darker corners of YouTube and 4chan (yes, even Scott) and come away horrified, amused, worried and more.

Let Freedom Ring

July 21st, 2010 - 1:27 pm


State elections officials narrowly rejected a Milwaukee Assembly candidate’s attempt to run with the slogan “NOT the ‘whiteman’s bitch’ ” under her name on the ballot.

Ieshuh Griffin, a Milwaukee independent running to replace retiring Rep. Annette “Polly” Williams (D-Milwaukee), said she would sue the Government Accountability Board for infringing on her freedom of speech.

“I’m not making a derogatory statement toward an ethnic group. I’m stating what I’m not,” Griffin told board members. “It’s my constitutional right to freedom of speech.”

Griffin has it exactly right — let her run the campaign she wants to run.

When All You Have Is a Hammer

July 21st, 2010 - 1:03 pm

Via Pat Dollard, a Washington Post story you can’t afford to miss:

President Obama and his political aides privately acknowledge that the government’s decision to sue Arizona over its new immigration law is helping to fuel an anti-immigration fervor that could benefit some Republicans in elections this fall.

But White House officials have concluded that, over the long term, the Republicans’ get-tough message is a major political miscalculation. They predict it will ultimately alienate millions of Latinos, the fastest-growing minority group in the nation.

I’m not sure this will work out the way Obama expects — unless he and the Democrats (and a few select Republicans) get amnesty-plus-citizenship for millions and millions of illegals. I’m also not sure this is the best week for the Administration to be playing the race card, especially so explicitly and provocatively in a lead story in one of the nation’s most important newspapers.

And further along in the story:

“Look: The Republicans, if you do the math, cannot be successful as a national party if they continue to alienate Latinos,” said one Democratic strategist familiar with White House thinking on the issue.

The Democrats, if you do the math, cannot be successful as a national party if they continue with policies that have Latinos unemployed at a rate nearly 30% higher than the national average.

That’s Gonna Leave a Mark

July 21st, 2010 - 12:38 pm

Ed Driscoll put together pretty much everything from the last 36 hours or so on the recent JournoList escapades — read, scroll, read, scroll, cry.

Also, Ed stole this logo and you should, too.

You Say Goodbye/I Say Hello

July 21st, 2010 - 12:16 pm

Why was the White House so quick to fire Shirley Sherrod? American Thinker’s Rosslyn Smith might have the answer — and it has nothing to do with racism, real or imagined.

But would you believe big, possibly fraudulent claims against the USDA and the original Black Panthers?

More details here from Tom Blumer.

There’s no way the Administration could get her off the front page fast enough. Maybe she should stay there a bit longer.

Starship Troopers in the Sandbox

July 21st, 2010 - 11:02 am

UPDATE: The original embedded video doesn’t seem to be working, so let’s try another one.

They’ve got pretty much everything but the jets — and, uh, the tactical nukes.

Turn Turn Turn

July 20th, 2010 - 5:10 pm

Trifecta: President Obama — making liberals dumberer since 2007!

More seriously, in today’s episode we take a look at the mainstream media’s recent pile-on against the White House, and what comes next.

Hint: More of the same, but even meaner. The press is like a woman scorned, with a TV network.

Steal This Logo

July 20th, 2010 - 11:52 am

Really, there’s nothing wrong with the Journ-O!-List that couldn’t be fixed with some smart rebranding.

So here’s my own modest submission.

You can thank me later, Ezra.

UPDATE: Brendon Kiser provided a simian similar service for Keith Olbermann.

What the Hell Just Happened?

July 19th, 2010 - 8:09 pm

The headline above? That’s what I was asking myself after enduring the Sunday mooring chat shows for this week’s Hair of the Dog. In fact, we employ a professional headline writer who couldn’t make head or tails of what went on.

Let me put it another way. Sunday was so absurd that we have George Peppard playing the role of Bill Richardson.

I wish I was making this up.

A New Star in the Lone Star State?

July 19th, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Coast to Coast Tea Party: This week I talk to Francisco Canseco, running against Ciro “Little Khrushchev” Rodriguez.

In case you’d forgotten, Rodriguez is running scared in TX23, and it shows.

Required Reading

July 19th, 2010 - 11:19 am

Today, it’s Leslie Gelb at The Daily Beast. A sample:

It was inauguration day for the nation’s most modern facility for the treatment of active-duty soldiers and veterans suffering from brain injuries and psychological disorders—5,000 of them with families on hand. At the podium in Bethesda, Maryland, stood Arnold Fisher, the chief fundraiser for this precious center that may need to care for hundreds of thousands of victims, searching in vain for one White House official, one Cabinet officer, one member of the Joint Chiefs, one senator. He found none. And he asked again and again, “Where are they?”

Now go read the whole thing.

Being Right Sometimes Truly Sucks

July 19th, 2010 - 10:43 am

Ayn Rand called the New Left “the anti-industrial revolution.” And maybe you think that’s hyperbole. Maybe it is.

Or maybe it’s already happening — in Michigan, the former heart of global manufacturing.

Welcome Aboard

July 19th, 2010 - 10:31 am

Today Michael Totten joins PJ Media’s stable of Xpress bloggers — easily tripling our Cool Factor.

Found yet another underreported news item, on yet another White House failure in dealing with private enterprise:

Automakers GM and Chrysler were pressured to quickly close hundreds of dealerships by the Treasury department without regard for the job losses that would result, according to a government watchdog report out Sunday.

Treasury was charged with helping the car companies out of bankruptcy through the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Together they’ve received over $80 billion in government funding.

“Treasury made a series of decisions that may have substantially contributed to the accelerated shuttering of thousands of small businesses … potentially adding tens of thousands of workers to the already lengthy unemployment rolls,” said the report, released by the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), Neil Barofsky.

If only there were some kind of orderly, legal means for fixing broken corporations, rather than ham-fisted political wrangling.

You’ll Feel Dumber Just Reading It

July 19th, 2010 - 8:50 am

Here’s a story I wish I hadn’t seen until a good while into a Five O’Clock Cocktail:

A media company executive over the weekend compared black Tea Party activists with Jewish guards in Nazi concentration camps, claiming the movement as a whole is racist and unpatriotic.

Luke Visconti, owner of DiversityInc., said on CNN that Tea Party leaders “are people leveraging racism” and that they have risen to power with an “anti-black Obama” message.

When the anchor noted that black members are active in the conservative movement, Visconti responded: “There were Jewish concentration guard camps. Weren’t there?”

But Visconti’s charm offensive (offensive charm?) didn’t end there. Read on:

“I think Tea Party people are unpatriotic, short-sighted and selfish. It’s a pattern here,” he said.

Visconti writes a column called “Ask the White Guy,” but I’d rather not. Does that make me racist?

But of course it does! There’s no end to the number of things than can make us racists, now that President Obama has brought us our post-racial America. I’m not sure exactly how that works, but I’m told it all the time on the television, so it must be true.