Ed Driscoll: New Media Master and Cultural Conquistador


How I start to see myself when thinking about the writers and bloggers who have most influenced me. But isn’t this just the way all bloggers are by the nature of the medium? We’re Frankenstein monsters assembled from pieces all over today’s cultural graveyard…

This is Week 2 of Season 3 in my new 13 Weeks of Wild Man Writing and Radical Reading Series. Every week day I try to blog about compelling writers, their ideas, and the news cycle’s most interesting headlines.

In the previous installment of this ongoing series I announced the next category of my favorite writers who I was going to introduce: my nine biggest New Media influences amongst nine of my PJ colleagues, both editors and columnists. Over the next few weeks I hope to explain why I appreciate the work of Ed Driscoll, Stephen Green, Glenn Reynolds, Helen Smith, J. Christian Adams, Richard Fernandez, Bryan Preston, Bridget Johnson, and the ever-mysterious Zombie.

I’m hoping to write about them in roughly that order. The first three are my main blogging influences who have most influenced my own approach to the medium. The remaining six are individuals doing very different but extraordinary things with the tools of New Media. I’ll explain why they’re on my #ReadEverythingTheyWrite list and why they should be on yours too.

First on the list is Ed Driscoll, PJM’s San Jose-based editor and prolific blogger-columnist. Foremost in the way Ed has influenced me is in his important work in founding PJ Lifestyle and launching it. And it was such a wonderful surprise when in spring of 2012 Ed offered to let me take over as PJ Lifestyle’s editor so he could focus on other PJ projects.

But Ed has provided many more influences. Here are four areas where I’ve borrowed from him and that I would encourage other New Media troublemakers to do as well…

1. The Greatest Juxtaposition Artist Online

What Ed does better than anyone else is artfully juxtapose excerpts from a variety of sources. Often times more than 75% of the words in an Ed post will be excerpts from elsewhere. And these pieces work so well. Ed’s versatility is in connecting the dots, often times going and comparing today’s news articles with stories from years past or from books. A few recent examples:

Flip-Floppers Embrace Hip-Hoppers

Time-Warner-CNN-HBO Spokesman: Conservatives Hate America

Abandon In Place

Sometimes when I look and see the old, “legacy” media continue its collapse I genuinely do think of we bloggers and New Media troublemakers as some kind of pirates or adventurers, hacking our way through a dying civilization. Ed with his precise cuts across media old and new has been carving his own path for years and it’s time others start to learn the methods he’s developed.

2. Ed’s Graphics Are Wonderful!

See a nice collection with commentary here: The Ed Gallery. I make images every now and then but don’t have Ed’s artistry.

3. Celebrate and Cherish Pop Culture (While You Chop It Apart, Of Course)

I take very seriously Ed’s commentaries and recommendations on culture, media, and their influence on politics. (This list of books was an influence.) There are very few other writers with a comparable breadth of both off-beat pop culture oddities and the ins-and-outs of the ideological wars of today’s political world. One who comes to mind is another writer who I’ll feature down the line in this series and who I know Ed appreciates too: Kathy Shaidle. They each come at the political-cultural nexus through similar Gen-Xer 70s centric modes, though with very different rhetorical weapons. (Kathy a Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! style kick, while Ed sneaks up with a Vulcan nerve pinch.)

Make a point to check out Ed’s Freedom Academy Book Club recommendations here.

4. Be Funny and Be Yourself

Ed is really funny. His writing has a kind of quirky, sly, high brow, winking fun to it.

From getting to work with Ed and spending time with him in the real world on occasion it seems like his blog really is genuinely an expression of his own style and personality.

There’s not many people online who are really able to do that and who can go across the whole spectrum of arts, culture, media, politics and also with wonderful personal pieces like this one. But Ed’s managed it for awhile now with his blog he’s created a perpetually, engaging, insightful New Media creation. I only hope that in the coming years more people can come to appreciate his unique take on culture, media, and politics.

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[*Ed’s also great hosting his web show!]

PJ Media Story Round Up

Monday and Tuesday Main Page PJM Stories

Andrew C. McCarthy: Jeb Bush Joins the Cruz Bashers — Suggests Surrender as ‘Common Ground’

The press fawns over Democrats who demagogue conservatives as “terrorists” and “hostage-takers,” and over Beltway Republicans who deride conservatives as “wacko-birds” and “tea party hobbits.” Obviously, political strife in modern America has nothing to do with a lack of civility. It owes, instead, to the lack of common ground – notthe inability to explore common ground but the non-existence of common ground.

We are not arguing here about the speed-limit on interstate highways or whether the ashy storm-petrel bird rates Endangered Species Act protection. With Obamacare, statists are trying, as President Obama has put it, to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Conservatives, by contrast, want to conserve the United States as constitutionally founded, which means preserving the individual and economic liberties that statists are effacing. There is no meaningful common ground between these polar opposites.

The statist side is enthusiastically championed by Democrats, and the conservative side by Republicans, albeit more reluctantly. Like the Democratic party, the GOP is run by Washington-oriented politicians and, thus, is more enamored of Washington-centered fiats than is the conservative base whose support Republicans need in order to be politically viable. In the vogue of establishment Republicans, Jeb Bush ostensibly directs his “Can’t we all just get along?” preachments at the Republican-Democrat divide. Clearly, though, as an all-but-formally-announced contender for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nod, he is more vexed by the widening disconnect between Republicans and conservatives.

I’ve already included McCarthy on the list of major foreign policy influences for Conservatism 3.0 but it’s worth keeping in mind too that he’s also very effective on domestic policy and ideological combat.

Michael Walsh: Empowering the Eloi: 10 USC § 311

A phenomenal piece about why everyone able-bodied and of sound mind needs to own a gun and know how to use it.

Bryan Preston: How You and Your Family Can Escape Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act runs more than 2,600 pages and now hundreds of thousands of regulations. No one knows every single provision that is in the law, which Congress did not even bother to read before passing it. Among its most controversial provisions is the mandate forcing Americans to purchase health insurance or face fines from the IRS. Those fines can even take the form of wage garnishment. Americans who fail to comply and pay the fine can end up in jail.

There is, though, a provision buried in Obamacare that provides a way out of having to comply with the individual mandate.Pages 107 and 128 of Obamacare stipulate that members of “healthcare sharing ministries” are exempt from the individual mandate.

Healthcare sharing ministries are non-profit entities created to allow Christians to pay into a fund and then tap that fund when they need to pay medical expenses. So there’s one catch — you have to be meet the healthcare sharing group’s membership requirements to join, and as ministries they maintain that you must be a Christian regularly attending church before you can become a member.

The Editors: Will Be Fixed in Time to Save Obamacare?

Absolutely not. Obama is totally screwed. It turns out that in the long debate about whether Obama was malevolent or incompetent both sides were right but the latter is about to win out as Obamacare sinks like a lead weight to the bottom of the sea. Even if Obama and co. really do want to Cloward and Piven the crap out of the American people they’re too pathetic to do it. All these people know is perpetual campaigning. They’ve never run a business or implement anything comparable to a bureaucracy like Obamacare.

Bridget Johnson: Obamacare Site for Spanish Speakers Has Never Worked

David P. Goldman: Jay Z’s American Fascism

An extraordinary analysis of popular culture, economics, culture, politics, and religion. See my entry in this series for Goldman: No to Corporate Neoconservatism, No to Paleo-Libertarian Anarchism, Yes to Augustinian Realism

Roger L. Simon: Rand Paul’s New Constitutional Amendment Should Be a Litmus Test for Who Stays in Congress

Roger hasn’t convinced me yet that this approach will be an effective strategy. And I’m pre-disposed to stand against anything Rand Paul does which may assist him in his efforts to continue duping Tea Partiers and conservatives to believe he isn’t a carbon copy of his palling-around-with-Holocaust-deniers poppy.

Bridget Johnson: New Alexander Bill to Require Weekly Obamacare Status Updates on Enrollment, Problems

Bryan Preston: Jon Stewart Rips Obamacare Rollout: Democrats Can’t ‘Spin This Turd’

Rodrigo Sermeno: Sticker Shock: Obamacare Increases Premiums in 42 States

Ed Driscoll: Abandon In Place

In his 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman wrote:

What Orwell feared were those that would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us too much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would beoame a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.

As he remarked in Brave New World Revisited  the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”.

Michael Ledeen: What Explains the Intensity of the Attacks on Cruz and Lee?

There is one possible line of productive attack:  use the powers of the states to experiment with different kinds of solutions.  Several states have stayed out of the Obamacare fiasco.  Perhaps they will work out methods for better health care programs.  The current mess provides hope, and there are state leaders who seem to get it.

At the same time, we need an all-out war against corruption, from NSA to IRS to Homeland Security to HHS.  And corrupt leaders, whether elected or appointed, should be driven from office.

It’s a big fight, at home and abroad, and calls for civility (of the sort Jeb Bush and Karl Rove keep muttering) are entirely out of place.  We need a raucous, no-holds-barred debate to clarify the tough, painful and risky policies we must embrace–and be ready to change over and over again when we discover their shortcomings–if we’re going to win.

And we must win.

We will win.

Victor Davis Hanson: The Democratic Disasters to Come

Roger L. Simon: Relax, GOP — Obamacare Will Defund Itself

With only a small penalty for abstaining, the numbers for signing up not only don’t add up — they’re absurd. Here’s one of the supposedly attractive deals: “One option available only to people under 30 is a so-called catastrophic policy that kicks in after a $6,350 annual deductible. In Monroe County, you can buy that policy on the New York State of Health exchange for as low as $131 a month for single coverage.”

Over fifteen hundred a year for a sixty-three hundred plus deductible? What healthy thirty year old would waste his or her money?

Who invented this plan? Certainly not Obama or Pelosi, neither of whom was paying close attention, I would bet. (Pelosi admitted she wasn’t. All Obama wanted was something to put his name next to, something that sounded vaguely “progressive.”)

Bridget Johnson: McCain on Shutdown: ‘All of Those Involved in It Went on a Fool’s Errand’

Stephen Green: A Fifth of Doom

Michel Gurfienkel: Exodus: Migration of Jews Out of France Begins

Ed Driscoll: Oh, That Present-Tense Culture

 America education system summed up in two sentences:

Questioner: What was Auschwitz?
American College Student: I don’t know.

As part of her effort to promote her new Holocaust-themed novel 94 Maidens, Philadelphia-area TV personality Rhonda Fink-Whitman dropped in on the campuses of Penn State and Philadelphia’s Temple University, and asked the local college kids what they knew about the Holocaust and World War II. And based on the answers she received, as typed up by the Blogosphere’s Anchoress, Elizabeth Scalia, the answer is: not much.

Questioner: What was the Holocaust?
American College Student: Um…I’m on the spot.

Questioner: Which country was Adolf Hitler the leader of?
American College Student: I think it’s Amsterdam?

Questioner: What was Auschwitz?
American College Student: I don’t know.

Questioner: What were the Nuremburg Trials?
American College Student: I don’t know.

Questioner: How many Jews were killed?
American College Student: Hundreds of thousands.

In other words: the Holocaust Deniers have conquered America’s higher educations.

Weekend PJM Stories

Claudia Rosett: Who Should Replace the Saudis at the UN Security Council?

Having won a seat for the first time on the United Nations Security Council, Saudi Arabia turned around a day later and rejected it, citing the Council’s double standards and failure to uphold international peace, justice and security.

As UN moments go, this is a classic — if only for its sheer absurdity. It is precisely because of the UN’s double standards that a country such as Saudi Arabia can win a seat on the Security Council in the first place — with 176 of the 193 members of the UN General Assembly voting yes. As as friend of mine puts it, the Saudi move smacks of Groucho Marx’s joke that he would never join any club that would accept him as a member.

Obviously, the real problem is not a sudden Saudi aversion to UN double standards per se. If it were, Saudi Arabia would not still be running for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, in General Assembly elections to be held Nov. 12. As far as I’m aware, the Saudis — who with no evident concern about hypocrisy have served previously on the Human Rights Council  – have not dropped their bid to reclaim a seat.

Rick Moran: Clashing Worldviews Roil the GOP

Rick Moran: Is the White House Now Thinking the ‘Unthinkable’ about Obamacare?

Tom Blumer: The L.A. Times’ Fiscal Fantasies

It’s quite obvious that the vast majority of Bush 43′s presidency was marked by modest growth in public debt as a percentage of GDP, and that things did not begin to get out of hand until the first full budget year after the Democratic Party took control of the House and Senate. Absolutely all of Barack Obama’s presidency has seen catastrophic growth in that percentage.

There is almost certainly no end in sight in debt-to-GDP growth, despite Lauter’s contention, presented as if factual, that “the debt will tick down slowly to around 71% of GDP in 2018.”

Lead PJM Stories on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

J. Christian Adams: Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Toxic Race Tour at Cornell University

These are not just nutty notions, they are dangerous notions. They attempt to undo and unravel the meaning of words. They defy the truth. Treating people without regard to race is deconstructed to mean racism. Oceania has always been at war with East Asia, except when it wasn’t.

Beware: these nutty and dangerous notions aren’t confined to places like Cornell or  Crenshaw’s classroom in Los Angeles. They are en vogue among growing numbers of lawyers and those who hold power.

Ed Driscoll: ‘What Do America’s College Students Want? They Want to Be Oppressed’

PJTV’s InstaVision: Golf, Writing and the Bhagavad Gita: The Legend of Steven Pressfield

Michael Walsh: Most Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Janine Turner: Ted Cruz – The Paul Revere of American Medical Care

Bridget Johnson: Republican Winners of the Shutdown Standoff

Stephen Green: Shutdown Autopsy

It’s true that the president acted unseemly in his sour victory speech Thursday morning, but he’s always had a knack for saying outrageous things in moderate tones — and he’ll get away with it this time, too. Obama had his soothing tone and his shutdown theater, and by that time the GOP had… what, exactly?

If there’s a fourth question, it’s the one Republicans ought to be asking themselves right now.

“Why do we keep playing to Obama’s strengths?”

Why, indeed.

Roger Kimball: Remembering America

Tom Blumer: Obamacare’s Useful Idiots

PJTV’s Trifecta: Disaster! Embarrassing! Prominent Liberals Turn on Obamacare 

Bryan Preston: Great News: Hundreds of Thousands of ‘Non-Essential’ Government Bureaucrats Are Back on the Job!

Claudia Rosett: Assad’s Nobel Peace Prize?

Ed Driscoll: Mystery Seventies Theater 3000

Bryan Preston: Surrender: House Will Take Up Senate Plan to End Standoff

Patrick Poole: Jim Wallis Preaches ‘God Wants Socialism,’ Earns $200K-Plus Per Year

Bridget Johnson: Houston Chronicle Editorial Board Says It Regrets Cruz Endorsement

Bryan Preston: The Top 10 Reasons Why Obamacare Will Always Be Controversial

Andrew C. McCarthy: In New Jersey Senate Race, Lonegan Fights the Odds … without Help from the GOP

Bryan Preston: The Hellspawn of Demon Pass, or Why We Are Where We Are

High-risk pools aren’t perfect. Neither is imposing mandates. States were working out their own solutions. But they couldn’t work out some solutions, such as allowing insurance plans to be sold across state lines. They needed federal laws passed to allow that. Studies have found, and it makes economic sense, that allowing more competition by allowing plans to be sold across state lines would bring insurance prices down, making it more affordable, without government mandates or price controls. Those healthy young Americans who had the right not to buy insurance before Obamacare might even find it affordable enough to buy it, just in case they needed it.

In 1993, then First Lady Hillary Clinton devised a national plan similar to Obamacare. After many secretive meetings and a heated political debate, HillaryCare died in Congress. The American people still didn’t trust government to impose a single national health care system that would work.

PJ Lifestyle Stories on the Home Page

Monday and Tuesday

Theodore Dalrymple: Was Sir Winston Churchill Right About Exercise?

Me: Secular Political Ideology Vs. Biblical Moral Values: Continuing A Debate With Michael Lumish

Chris Queen: Judeo-Christian Themes in the Smashing Pumpkins’ Oceania, Part 4: The Unfaithful Lover

Chris continues with his Smashing Pumpkins series much better than I would have. One of the joys of being an editor: don’t have time to write the story you want yourself? Just assign it to one of your friends who can do it better than you.

Charlie Martin: A Year of 13 Weeks

Having edited every single one of Charlie’s 13 Weeks post I’m so thrilled to see him reach one year in with his experiment and to see such fantastic results. The 13 Weeks Method works — hence why Rhonda, Sarah, and I have adopted it to our own self-improvement pursuits.

Paula Bolyard: Ohio House Republicans Prepared to Sue Kasich to Stop Medicaid-Expansion Power Grab

Wednesday – This Weekend

Andrew Klavan: This Is The End: What Movie Would Jesus Watch?

This movie is hilarious and morally encouraging. Make a point to see it.

Walter Hudson: After Shutdown, Be Careful Whom You Call a Hypocrite

Paula Bolyard: Must Dr. Jekyll Eliminate Mr. Hyde in the GOP?

Kathy Shaidle: ‘Comedy Gives Back’ Proves People Can Make a Difference — But Not the Way They Expected

John Boot: 5 Cool Things About Escape Plan

Walter Hudson: Does the Tea Party Just Want to Watch the World Burn?

Walter does such first-rate Tea Party coverage.

Paul Cooper: What the International Gendercide Crisis Must Teach America About Abortion

Just as Walter keeps PJ Lifestyle abreast of the Tea Party perspective, I’m glad to have Paul Cooper back to bring the Pro-Life worldview. He’s really influenced me on these issues of the past few years.

Kathy Shaidle: Keep Cat Stevens Out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Builder Bob: How to Build a Picture Frame in 9 Easy Steps

Robert Spencer: Child Marriage Comes to Australia

Sarah Hoyt: Waiter, There’s a Government in My Beer!


New at PJ Lifestyle

Monday and Tuesday

Paula Bolyard: Shhh! Don’t Tell the President and Mrs. Obama This Awesomeness Exists

Theodore Dalrymple: Should Doctors Relax the ‘Dead Donor Rule’ to Increase Organ Transplants?

Robert Spencer: Burned Alive for $47

Paula Bolyard: Does Homeschooling Reduce Opportunities for Women in the Workplace?

Megan Fox: 5 Dating Rules for Single Moms That Could Save Your Child’s Life

Rhonda Robinson: Are You Worthy of Your Sufferings?

Rhonda’s new series exploring Victor Frankl is off to a great start.

Susan L.M. Goldberg: My 5 Favorite Ann Coulter Columns


Charlie Martin: Depression, Suffering, and Mindfulness

Paula Bolyard: Will the Tolerance Agenda Destroy Christian Higher Education?

P. David Hornik: The Ten Worst Purveyors of Antisemitism Worldwide, # 7: The Golden Dawn Party

David is on such a roll with this new antisemitism series.

Susan L.M. Goldberg: The 2 Mitzvot That Can Restore Unity on the Right

Susan jumps in on the spiritual/theological/political dialogue that I’m having with Walter Hudson and Michael Lumish.

Walter Hudson: To Know God, We Must First Confess Not Knowing Much


Ed Driscoll: Barack Obama, Fabian Socialist

Rhonda Robinson: Is the Star of Bethlehem a Myth or Actual Astrological Event?

C. Blake Powers: Bunkers, Trenches, and Calvados, Oh My!

Stephen Green: Leave the Nikon, Take the iPhone

Sarah Hoyt: Reasons to Brave the Indie Publishing Jungle


Ed Driscoll: Two Redfords in One

C. Blake Powers: A Hollywood Dream Crushed at Normandy

Stephen Green: Not Coming Soon Enough to a Theater Near You

I’m not sure why I’m not as excited about the newest DiCaprio/Scorsese movie. Maybe because one can only remake Goodfellas so many times?

Chris Queen: Want a Quiet Island Getaway? Try Tristan da Cunha, World’s Most Remote Inhabited Island

Sarah Hoyt and Charlie Martin: The First Hit Is Free


Charlie Martin: Infinity: Big and Bigger

Chris Queen: The Scariest Part of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

It’s great to have Chris back — this is such a funny, entertaining report of the odd things he saw one night on his recent Disney World trip.

Builder Bob: How To Hang Pegboard To Finally Get Your Garage Organized

Ed Driscoll: Johnny Carson, Bing Crosby, and the Birth of the Cool-Warmth

Becky Graebner: 4 Safety Systems Steering us Closer to Autonomous Cars

Stephen Green: Driving You to Distraction

Megan Fox: What to Do When Caught On Camera Doing Embarrassing Things? Claim Rape!

We’re living in a strange, matriarchal age when a co-ed is willing to have a frat boy pleasure her in full view of the public, film it, encourage him while he goes to work, and then later try to claim she was raped.


Helen Smith: The Soul Mate Myth: There is No One

Bryan Preston: Facebook’s Ad Algorithm Is A Poopy Head

Ed Driscoll: ‘Society Will Develop a New Kind of Servitude…’ — Alexis De Tocqueville

Becky Graebner: The Baby Boomer and Millennial Blame Game

I dissent: it’s mostly the boomers’ fault but the Silent generation has poured a lot of gasoline on the fire too.

Glenn Reynolds: 68% of Americans Believe Degrees Aren’t Worth the Money

I have a habit of ranting nowadays to all who will listen that instead of getting a degree 18-year-olds should start a business.

Chris Queen: Hooked on Oreos?

Stephen Green: Don’t Be Evil or Whatevs

Sarah Hoyt: Can Google Make You Sick?

At some point I really do need to unplug from both Google and Facebook…


New at PJ Tatler

Chris Salcedo: Obama is Responsible for His Own Opposition

Resident Obama consistently calls for civility from his detractor. Hypocrisy doesn’t come close to describing Obama’s hollow calls for a softer tone. Obama and extreme liberals who now run his government and party have partaken in the most un-civil discourse in modern American politics. Conservatives and Tea Party members have been called, “hostage takers,” “people with bombs strapped to their chests,” “arsonists,” “terrorists,” “extremists,” “racists,” and “anarchists,” all because we disagree with liberal extremism. Obama called those who believe as I do, “enemies.” Proving he has no sense of fairness, not to mention shame, Obama insists he be treated with kid gloves after he’s drawn a response from those he just beat-up.

Stephen Kruiser: Baby Steps: Media Matters Upgrades IRS Targeting From ‘Manufactured Scandal’ To ‘Controversy’

Stephen Kruiser: Going Full Creepy: Oregon Wants To Track And Tax Drivers Per Mile

Chris Salcedo: The Last Time I Could Say, ‘Obama Is Right’

Stephen Kruiser: Show This to Your Lib Friends: ‘The Psychology Of Barack Obama’

Matt Vespa: So, When Is Chris Christie Switching Parties?

Stephen Kruiser: IBD Lists ‘Anecdotal’ Obamacare Jobs/Hours Cuts

J. Christian Adams: James O’Keefe Sues Main Justice for Defamation

Stephen Kruiser: Onion Open Thread: Bloomberg ‘Takes Care’ Of Homeless In NYC

Seton Motley: Negotiating with Yourself Doesn’t Work

Stephen Kruiser: Pro Tip: Don’t Be The Cop That Gets Caught In The Prostitution Sting

Stephen Kruiser: More ‘Anecdotal’ Evidence: Another CEO Says Obamacare Is A Job Killer

From the PJ Tatler’s Editor Bryan Preston


Colorado Ad Tells Bros ‘Don’t tap into your beer money to cover those medical bills.’ Tap Into Someone Else’s Money…

California Woman Liked Her Health Insurance, But Obamacare Won’t Let Her Keep It

Liberal Hates Obamacare Now, But Still Won’t Admit that Ted Cruz Was Right

Yet Another MSM Journalist Officially Joins the Obama Administration

Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson Attacks the Tea Party with a Burning Cross


Wendy Davis Set to Pick Up More DC Cash for Her Texas Governor Run

Obamacare Hotline Operator Admits to Hannity: No One Likes Obamacare

Poll: White House Blames ‘Volume,’ But Majority Believe’s Problems Hint at Broader Obamacare Problems

Culinary Union Thugs Insult Vegas Tourists, Call Woman Dying of Cancer a ‘B*tch’

VIDEO — Woman Realizes Obama is Using Her to Sell Unsound Product, Escapes as Fast as She Can

White House Touts Obamacare ‘Successes’ Who Aren’t

First Look: Team Dewhurst Releases ‘Texas Takes the Cake’ Video to Showcase Lone Star Dominance

Arsenal’s ‘Playstation’ Goal One of the Best Sports Moments of the Decade

VIDEO — President Barack Obama Delivers Convincing Obamacare Defense to a Skeptical Nation

‘Tech Surge’? Consumer Reports Says ‘Stay Away from For At Least Another Month’

CBS: Obamacare’s Problems Threaten ‘Credibility Death Spiral’ for Obama


VIDEO Montage: Kathleen Sebelius’ Many Assured Assurances that the Obamacare Exchanges were ‘On Track’ to Launch on October 1

Bizarre: Battleground Texas (@BGTX) Is ‘Ovary Sad’


CBS’ Norah O’Donnell: Obama was the ‘Adult in the Room’ During the Shutdown Standoff

White House Email: Hey, Look, Five People Have Signed Up for Obamacare!

In Case You Were Wondering, Ted Cruz Didn’t Go to Washington to Make Friends

Grand Theft Nation: Red States, Younger Americans See Highest Rate Hikes from Obamacare.

Cornyn Slams Obama’s ‘Crony’ Nomination for Homeland Security

USA Today: Obama’s Crowning Achievement Needs a ‘Total Overhaul’

Former Obama Official Scolds America: ‘Back Off’ Opposing Obamacare, Forget Reagan or People May Die!

Pelosi Admits Obamacare Website Needs Fixing, But Remains Delusional About Obamacare Itself


Wendy Davis Consultant Matt Angle Lies About Robo-Call Group

I’ve realized now that I find just Wendy Davis’s name alone stomach-turning. She’s made herself synonymous with third trimester abortion and revealed reminded the practice to be among the central rites of today’s neo-ancient Canaanite modern Democratic Party.

Scientists Pull Meteorite from Russian Lake, Immediately Break It

Attkisson: Deadly Mexican Drug Cartel Shootout Linked to US ‘Grenade-Walking’ Scandal

VIDEO — How Did Get Botched? The White House Doesn’t Know and Doesn’t Care

Battleground Texas Obamabots Rip Ted Cruz For Doing the Same Thing Barack Obama Once Did

NBC News: ‘If the ObamaCare website were a patient, it would probably be in intensive care by now.’

Obama: ‘When We Disagree, We Don’t Have To Suggest that the Other Side Doesn’t Love this Country.’ But Calling them Terrorists is Cool.

VIDEO — Obama Includes Attack on Bloggers, Talk Radio and the First Amendment in His Shutdown Touchdown Dance

Chuck DeVore: GOP May Have ‘Lost’ the Shutdown Battle, But Can Still Win the War to Repeal Obamacare

Bryan quoting from a friend of a friend:

The compromise bill ending the shutdown only funds the government until January 15, 2014 and only gives enough room on the debt limit until February 7, 2014.

This is not the full year’s budget Pres. Obama and Sen. Reid wanted. And, it is not the full trillion dollars in new debt authority.

This is big.

What is means is that Americans get to kick the tires on ObamaCare and its nearly-impossible to sign up for exchanges for another three months before the federal government funding fight may be refought – if Sen. Cruz and like-minded allies chose to do so.

The Houston Chronicle Missed the Entire Point of Ted Cruz’s Election to the Senate

Great News: Hundreds of Thousands of ‘Non-Essential’ Government Bureaucrats Are Back on the Job!

There do remain a couple of outstanding issues. We’re still on track to spend enough to land us in bankruptcy. The National Park Service unmasked itself as a brownshirted outfit that was a little too happy to lock old people in hotels and barrycade parking spots on the GW Parkway at their liege’s whim. Who knew that under those stiff-brimmed hats lurked the snarling face of raw statism? Like the IRS, the NPS needs to be cleaned out.

And Obamacare is a horrendous mess. It’s actually in full-blown crisis, though much of its crisis is a product of design. Sebelius needs to be fired, but that was true for her lawbreaking and for the abortifacient mandate. Now it’s just more true, because she’s a hacktastic flop who is such a failure that she can’t even properly manage failure.

Barack Obama has Picked Four Big Fights in 2013. How Has He Done?


Surrender: House Will Take Up Senate Plan to End Standoff

So how do you beat them? In the Republicans’ case, the divisions within their ranks didn’t help. “Wacko bird” didn’t help. Peter King spending more time assaulting Republicans than Democrats didn’t help. It also didn’t help to rant “you support Obamacare!” if you didn’t happen to agree with the strategy to stop Obamacare. A divided force will just about always lose to a unified force. The Republicans failed to divide the Democrats, while they went into the fight divided themselves.

‘Obamacare is here. Get used to it’ and Other Stupid Things Democrats Say

If we really took the president’s and Robinson’s logic to its full extent, the laws as they existed at the moment the United States was founded would still all remain the law of the land forever. All of them. Only landowners could vote. No female suffrage. And once a law was passed, it could not be repealed or changed in any way whatsoever until the end of time. Is that what Robinson wants, or is he just being dishonest?

With all due respect to the president and his man at the Post, their “Obamacare is here so get used to it!” command is idiotic. I mean, really, truly and deeply and profoundly idiotic. It’s unworthy of a president and doesn’t belong in serious, adult conversation.

Bryan does such a great job of hitting hard.

Mexican TV Announcer Goes on Epic PRO-AMERICA Rant After the US Saves Mexico’s World Cup Hopes

Budget Deal Not Even Done, Obama Whips Out Immigration ‘Reform’ Next

VIDEO — National Park Service Director Admits White House Was Involved in Closing Memorials

The Top 10 Reasons Why Obamacare Will Always Be Controversial

The Hellspawn of Demon Pass, or Why We Are Where We Are

From PJM’s Washington D.C. Editor Bridget Johnson


White House Links October Shutdown to Stagnant September Jobs Numbers

Carney: Why’s There So Much ‘Fascination’ with Blaming Someone for Bad Obamacare Site?

After Debt Ceiling Raised, Restoration to Begin on the Roof

Human Rights Groups Accuse Obama of Sloppy Drone Strikes


Wikipedia Stunned That Companies Pay Users to Write Favorable Articles

GOPs Warns Constituents About Obamacare Site While Questioning Taxpayer Fix-It Tab

McCain on Shutdown: ‘All of Those Involved in It Went on a Fool’s Errand’

Unkindest Endorsement Ever? Paper Grudgingly Picks ‘Catastrophe’ Christie

McConnell Vows to Hold the Line Against Another Shutdown, Says It’s ‘Not Conservative Policy’


Hagel Loses His Press Secretary a Week After His No. 2 Resigns

Florida Congressman C.W. Bill Young Dies Days After Announcing 2014 Retirement

Russia-Backed Expulsion of U.S. from Kyrgyz Base Moves Critical Support Point to Romania


Sickening Video from Kenya Mall Attack

Steve King: Shutdown Worth It for Drawing Out ‘Good, Strong’ Conservatives

Budget, Bacon and Eggs: GOP, Dems Start Negotiating Process Over Cozy Breakfast

House Stenographer Snaps During Debt Vote, Yells About Freemasons

A longtime House stenographer was pulled off the House floor last night during the debt-deal vote after walking to the dais the president uses for State of the Union speeches and yelling about Freemasons.

Todd Zwillich of Public Radio International captured the full audio of the woman, included at the end of the C-SPAN video clip.

“Do not be deceived. God shall not be mocked. A House divided cannot stand,” the stenographer, identified as Dianne Reidy, yelled into the microphone. “He will not be mocked, He will not be mocked — don’t touch me — He will not be mocked. The greatest deception here, is that this is not one nation under God. It never was. Had it been… it would not have been… No. It would not have been. The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons… and go against God. You cannot serve two masters. You cannot serve two masters. Praise be to God, Lord Jesus Christ.”


Booker Wins Senate Special Election in New Jersey

Boehner: ‘The House Has Fought with Everything It Has’

House Conservative: Boehner Emerging from Shutdown ‘a Hundred Percent Stronger’

Hagel Apologizes for Medal of Honor Recipient’s Mysterious Missing Paperwork

Houston Chronicle Editorial Board Says It Regrets Cruz Endorsement


From PJM’s Breaking News Columnists


From PJM’s Colordado Editor, Vodkapundit Stephen Green,


Open Is Better Than Nothing

The Game the Whole Country Can Play

Your ObamaCare Fail of the Day

As a citizen, it’s somewhat difficult to get in compliance with the law, when the agency in charge of enforcing it doesn’t necessarily know what parts of the law it will be told to enforce, or which parts might be safely ignored. It’s even more difficult to stay in compliance when those goalposts, once shifted, might be shifted again just because a web site started working better. Or perhaps worse.

Coming to America

Chuck Todd Rips Jay Carney a New One


A Seven of All Trades

A Worthy Cause


Delaying the individual mandate is only evil when Republicans want to do it.

The Onion Wins the Internet

Absolutely hilarious.

Another ObamaCare Fail

MSNBC Panel Turns on ObamaCare

It’s Not a Lie If You Believe It!

Let It Burn

By the Numbers

Windows RT Pulled

This Is the End

Is There a Spanish Idiom for “Hand Caught in the Cookie Jar?”

Playing Catchup Thrice


News You Can Use

Mullahs Take a Leak

Bookmark of the Year

Winter is Laughing

Now That’s a Crossover [LINK FIXED!]

An Honest Question

This Is Why They Made an Internet

A Thousand Times No

Make Your Own Mario


Friday Night Videos

Paging Dr. Thomas Hendricks

The Future Just Got Closer

You’ve Been Had

Another Ringing ObamaCare Success

News You Can Use

Poll of the Day

This Is Why You Fail

What the Government Does With Your Data

Saudis Refuse Security Council Seat to Themselves

You Can’t Even Bribe Them Out of Power


Bring on the Heat

The Big Blue Blues

How ObamaCare Works Perfectly

News You Can Use

New Waivers for Government Motors

Required Reading

Shut Down Theater, He Explained

The Opacity of Wall Street

Congress Self-Emasculates

You Keep Using That Word


We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ National Security

Detroit Is in Recovery!

Leave the Nikon, Take the iPhone

In a Collectivized Nutshell

And Liberals Claim Even the Name is Racist

To Sanction or not to Sanction

Required Reading

The Most Transparent Administration in History

Repeat After Me: It’s Not a Traffic Problem


From PJM’s San Jose Ed Driscoll

Monday and Tuesday

Beware the Cupcake Menace!

Abandon In Place

First Bum, Now Bud

Oh, the Humanity!

As ad man (and Mad Men series advisor) Jerry Della Femina wrote over 40 years ago in his classic book on advertising,From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-Line Dispatches from the Advertising War, “There is a great deal of advertising that’s better than the product. When that happens, all that the good advertising will do is put you out of business faster. There have been cases where the product had to come up to the advertising but when the product fails to do that, the advertiser will eventually run into a lot of trouble.” Or to quote a commenter at Hot Air, “You owe Ron Popeil an apology. At least he delivered the goods.”

Heh, indeed.™

Socialism: If You Build It, They Will Leave


Obamacare: The New Vietnam

Meet the New Brutalism, Same as the Old Brutalism

RIP, Legendary NFL Coach Bum Phillips


Marker Called



Mystery Seventies Theater 3000

Two Redfords in One

‘Why Does Organizing For Action Hate the Mentally Challenged?’


Closing Book Excerpt


“The state is an organ or apparatus of force to be used by one class against another.” -Vladimir Lenin, 1917’s Will the Bosheviks Retain State Power? As quoted on page 77 of Paul Johnson’s extraordinary Enemies of Society.

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