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With Apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein

January 13th, 2011 - 10:55 pm

He has a thought without a care
He has no editor
He sends it off to Twitter
Or into the blogosphere
Right beside his Nobel prize
Is where he blankly stares
Doesn’t he know that beard makes him look shabby?

He slights his own ombudsman
So his biases are real
But judging by that waistline
He’s never missed a meal
I hate to have to say it
But I very firmly feel
Paul Krugman has been sounding very crabby

(I’d like to say a word in his defense
Paul Krugman loves offense)

How do you solve a problem like Paul Krugman?
How do you help a man who self-beclowns?
How do you find a word that means Paul Krugman?
A bad columnist! A twister-of-facts!
Pipe down!

Many a thing you know you’d like to tell him
Many a thing he ought to understand
But how do you make him stay
And listen to all you say
When his thinking is already second hand?

How do you solve a problem like Paul Krugman?
How do you tell a moonbat he’s unmanned?

When I read him I’m confused
Out of focus and bemused
And I never know exactly where I am
As predictable as weather
His thoughts can’t hold a feather
He’s a lefty! He’s statist!
He’s a con!

He’d out-pester any pest
Drive a Palin from her nest
He could throw a scheming Sully out of scheme
He is crazy, so we deem
He’s no riddle, he’s extreme!
He writes nonsense, so it seems
That’s his theme!

Blame Ed Driscoll, who inspired this bile.

Fly on the Wall

January 13th, 2011 - 6:57 pm

Ever wanted to sit in on a Trifecta pitch meeting? Now you can.

I Shoulda Learned to Play Them Drums

January 13th, 2011 - 11:51 am

The Great White North — where irony goes to die. Read:

Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” can no longer be played in Canada in its original form since the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has deemed the song offensive.

The decision stems from a listener’s complaint last year calling the lyrics — which contain the word “f—-t” — extremely offensive to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

If you don’t remember, the song is sung in the voice of a appliance installation technician — or “handyman,” as we used to call them in 1986 — envying those rich guys on MTV. He lugs big screen TVs around, while they get their money for doing nothing. Here’s the offending lyric:

Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain’t dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these color TV’s

(See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy that’s his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he’s a millionaire)

Gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
Gotta move these color TV’s

It’s pretty obvious that the person being made fun of here is the semi-literate handyman, not the MTV pop star. Apparently, however, it isn’t obvious to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, where a motion to adjourn should always be in order.

It’s a Short List

January 13th, 2011 - 9:42 am

So, how many group blogs feature sitting governors? Well, The Tatler has Texas Governor Rick Perry on right now.

And an Underreported American Hero

January 13th, 2011 - 9:30 am

Trifecta: Gun control and the six killed in Tucson.

J’acuse!

January 12th, 2011 - 5:27 pm

Trifecta: Sarah Palin and you and me shot Gabby Giffords.

Here’s that loon, Michelle Bachmann, and her biggest contribution to the climate of hate:

But you can get all the latest information on this event, this . . . a must-go-to event with this Chris Horner. People will learn . . . it will be fascinating. We met with Chris Horner last week, 20 members of Congress. It takes a lot to wow members of Congress after a while. This wowed them. And I am going to have materials for people when they leave. I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous on this issue of the energy tax because we need to fight back. Thomas Jefferson told us, having a revolution every now and then is a good thing, and the people–we the people–are going to have to fight back hard if we’re not going to lose our country. And I think this has the potential of changing the dynamic of freedom forever in the United States and that’s why I want everyone to come out and hear. So go to bachmann.house.gov and you can get all the information.

That must be some dangerous pamphlet she was handing out. Maybe it could even have been a… PowerPoint show.

Ditto

January 12th, 2011 - 10:36 am

Trifecta: In which we wish a happy 60th birthday to Rush Limbaugh.

Caution: Potential singing.

Potentially Bigger Than the Verizon iPhone

January 12th, 2011 - 8:28 am

Verizon will also sell a CDMA version of the iPad. No dates are given, so I suspect it will come with iPad 2, due out most likely in April or May.

It’s tough, as I noted yesterday, to ween people off their phone wireless network, but I suspect it will prove much easier to get iPad users to switch.

Programming Note

January 11th, 2011 - 4:38 pm

At 6PM Mountain I’ll be on The Rick Moran Show along with Jazz Shaw and Doug Mataconis.

That’s about as much small-l libertarian contrarianism as any one show can possibly handle, but it ought to be good.

Small Town News

January 11th, 2011 - 1:44 pm

When the unrelenting awfulness of the national headlines gets to be too much, I click over to Google News to see the latest is my community.

Please note that the robot aggregator had to go back to the days before Christmas, just to dig up a third headline.

Required Viewing

January 11th, 2011 - 1:13 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, Bill Whittle.

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Setting the Record Straight

January 11th, 2011 - 12:36 pm

All right, I’ve ignored these articles for a week or so now, but enough’s enough. We’ve seen a series of columns claiming that the Right or the Tea Party, or Just Plain Scary People “worship” or fetishize“* the Constitution. The latest is this one from The New Yorker‘s Jill Lepore:

If you haven’t read the Constitution lately, do. Chances are you’ll find that it doesn’t exactly explain itself. Consider Article III, Section 3: “The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.” This is simply put—hats off to the committee of style—but what does it mean? A legal education helps.

Ezra Klein was right — nobody can understand the Constitution because it was written over one hundred years ago in old-timey language! But more seriously, to those of us who worship this particular idol, Lepore has these words of warning:

The Constitution is ink on parchment. It is forty-four hundred words. And it is, too, the accreted set of meanings that have been made of those words, the amendments, the failed amendments, the struggles, the debates—the course of events—over more than two centuries. It is not easy, but it is everyone’s. It is the rule of law, the opinions of the Court, the stripes on William Grimes’s back, a shrine in the National Archives, a sign carried on the Washington Mall, and the noise all of us make when we disagree. If the Constitution is a fiddle, it is also all the music that has ever been played on it. Some of that music is beautiful; much of it is humdrum; some of it sounds like hell.

No one I know thinks the Constitution is perfect. On the Left, like Lepore has just done in her lengthy article, they debate what the Constitution means. They want to know how this clause or that might be stretched to cover the progressive power-grab of the moment. But on the right, we’re pretty certain what the text means. Instead, we love debating how we’d amend the Constitution — how we’d try to perfect an imperfect law. Which, if we really worshipped the thing, would be a bit like listening to the Sermon on the Mount and frequently interrupting Jesus with, “Yes, but…!”

What we recognize is that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. That is, what it says must be followed, until the text is amended or a new basic law enacted. Because a Constitution that is not knowable, a Constitution that is twisty-stretchy and dictated by the needs of the moment, is no Constitution at all. When the law becomes whatever the current ruling clique decrees, then we have taken the first step (and middle, and last) on the road to serfdom.

Yes, there will be misunderstandings and fights about the Constitution’s meaning and proper application along the way, but that’s why we establish courts and hold elections. This much to me is clear: We do not worship the Constitution; we dread tyranny.

For Lepore and her intellectual kin, however, it would seem they dread the Constitution and…

…well, you can figure out the rest.
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So Long and Thanks for All the Dropped Calls

January 11th, 2011 - 9:21 am

It’s official — iPhone is coming to Verizon. They haven’t announce the date yet, but think weeks, not months. And probably not many weeks.

What will happen to AT&T’s bottom line, losing iPhone exclusivity? Not very much at first. Customers are locked in two two-year contracts that are expensive to break out of. Also, it’s very difficult to get people to change carriers, even ones with as many issues as AT&T has. So, yes, AT&T will lose iPhone users to Verizon, but not all that many or at least not all that quickly.

The thing instead to keep your eye on is how big a hit Verizon has here. In other words, what will iPhone do to Android and BlackBerry sales? iPhone expansion won’t be any kind of nail in any kind of Android coffin — but I suspect it will accelerate Android’s “race to the bottom” as the low-cost leader.

And will we see a price war between AT&T and Verizon?

UPDATE: Place your orders as soon as February 10. Same prices as the AT&T models, but with an included mobile hotspot for up to five devices. To compete, AT&T will have to lower prices or allow tethering. Sweet, delicious competition!

You Broke My Heart

January 11th, 2011 - 8:38 am

GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty preemptively caves in to false lefty narrative:

Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty this morning added to the political debate about the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by taking exception to Sarah Palin’s use of cross hairs on a 2010 election map.

That gives us some clue as to how he’d behave as President, yes? I’m tempted to scratch him off my 2012 short list.

(Crossposted from the PJ Tatler.)

Hope and change and you totally have to feel my shirt right now — it’s Obama-shaped ecstasy.

Never Give Up, Never Surrender

January 10th, 2011 - 9:27 pm

Finally, good news from Tucson:

Doctors treating Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ brain wound said Monday the congresswoman was responding to verbal commands by raising two fingers of her left hand and even managed to give a thumbs-up.

“When she did that, we were having a party in there,” said Dr. Peter Rhee. “That’s a purposeful movement. That’s a great thing. She’s always grabbing for the tube.”

I’ll raise a glass to that.

The Three Martini Show

January 10th, 2011 - 3:59 pm

Hair of the Dog: It’s not easy to find the fun & absurd on the Sunday shows when the chat is all about Jared Loughner — but given enough vodka, I can do most anything.

From Showing Privates to Going Private

January 10th, 2011 - 1:42 pm

Hugh Hefner is retaking Playboy magazine private, in a $27 million deal financed by Rizvi Traverse Management.

Let’s hope he has a solid prenup.

Because the Violence Emanates from the Right

January 10th, 2011 - 12:31 pm

There are already 70 members of the “Kill Sarah Palin” group on Facebook.

Do we need to round them up and try them for hate crimes?

UPDATE: The group’s founder, Elliot Parker, appears to be a kid. Let’s hope he gets the help he needs.

AND ANOTHER THING: Facebook has now taken down the group.

Nepotism in Pima County?

January 10th, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Bombshell:

This is the report that Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has been dreading since the tragic event on Saturday January 8.

The sheriff has been editorializing and politicizing the event since he took the podium to report on the incident. His blaming of radio personalities and bloggers is a pre-emptive strike because Mr. Dupnik knows this tragedy lays at his feet and his office. Six people died on his watch and he could have prevented it. He needs to step up and start apologizing to the families of the victims instead of spinning this event to serve his own political agenda.

Jared Loughner, pronounced by the Sheriff as Lock-ner, saying it was the Polish pronunciation. Of course he meant Scott or Irish but that isn’t the point. The point is he and his office have had previous contact with the alleged assailant in the past and that is how he knows how to pronounce the name.

Jared Loughner has been making death threats by phone to many people in Pima County including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When Pima County Sheriff’s Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system. It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary and probably cause more problems than it solved as Jared Loughner has a family member that works for Pima County. Amy Loughner is a Natural Resource specialist for the Pima County Parks and Recreation.

Emphasis added, but hardly necessary.

Was Loughner, obviously unstable, allowed to walk the streets because his mother has the same employer as Sheriff Dupnik? If so, it’s no wonder he keeps trying to blame anyone to the right of Lenin.

(Hat tip, Clarice Feldman.)

Just You Wait

January 10th, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Just read Bryan’s post about Rep. Robert Brady’s proposal to “ban the use of crosshairs and targets in political ads,” where he echoes Richard’s warning that there’s “probably more to come this week.” My gut reaction was: Just you wait.

Any time there’s a shooting massacre like the one in Arizona on Saturday, the usual gang from Let’s Ban Something shows up, demanding their pet bugaboo be made into federal law. And then the usual gang of “concerned” politicians pipes up to gain favor or money or both.

But this shooting is different. This time the politicians are genuinely frightened by what happened — as perhaps they should be. Which is the nice way of saying there’s no telling what mischief they’ll get up to to protect their own safety, since we’ve seen what lengths they’ll go to in the name of protecting ours.

(Crossposted from The PJ Tatler.)

The PJ Tatler is open for business — but it’s going to be a while before I get used to typing the historically-correct Tatler-with-one-T.

Well, two Ts, but only one in the middle.

Major Dick Winters has died at the age of 92.

He was one of the finest small-unit commanders, not just in US history, but in the history of the world.

Thanks to Max K. for the heads-up.

Death in the Desert

January 8th, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shot dead, with six others, at a public event in Tucson.

The two times last year I spoke at Tea Party events in Tucson, nobody had a kind thing to say about Giffords. But nobody wanted this.

The best we can hope for is that this horrific mass murder wasn’t some “political” act.

Anyway, the killer is in custody and we’ll know soon enough.

UPDATE: Greg Hill tells me she’s still alive, but critical and in surgery. No word on the other six victims.

UPDATE: 12 injured? Good lord.

Dennis Leary misses Ted Kennedy, Mayor Mike bans weather, and we find incontrovertible proof of the global warming — all on another exciting episode of… The Week in Blogs!

This Bright Familiar Sun

January 7th, 2011 - 1:15 pm

Whew. Back home, and not a moment too soon. If I’d have stayed in LA any longer, something bad was going to happen. Either I’d find I enjoy going to the office so much I’d overcome my Losangelophobia, or I’d let them work me to death. And I’m not sure I’m complaining when I say that.

To wit: The previous record for number of PJTV segments taped in a week was set by me, the week before Christmas, at ten. I’d set the previous record, nine, the week before that. This week I recorded an even dozen, eight just on Wednesday. So, yeah, I’m beat. Happy, but beat.

And do I ever have some PJTV linky love for you. First, Trifecta, as we swear out the 111th Congress. Then, on another episode, we look at what went on with that high school girl and her paring knife. And we covered Mayor Mike’s Big Fail, and what will happen to the 112th Congress.

Plus, Bill and Scott and I put in an appearance on the Tony Katz show, and Tony had me back on with actor/author Joseph C. Phillips to talk about the dangers of Darryl Issa’s oversight overreach, and why Obamacare might be here to stay.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s nap time.

And Now for a Congress Completely Different

January 4th, 2011 - 5:39 pm

Trifecta: Does John Boehner have what it takes to take on Obama and ObamaCare? Plus, a bonus surprise.

Grandiose Goupthink

January 4th, 2011 - 12:07 pm

To override a Repeal ObamaCare veto, the GOP must peel away 48 Democratic congressmen and 20 senators.

So the question is: Who are they? Let’s name some names down in the comments section.

The two who spring to my mind are Senator Joe Manchin and Congressman Dan Boren. Who do you have?

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