Many of you have probably seen the ABC miniseries, Madoff, about disgraced Wall Street investment manager Bernie Madoff who in reality ran a massive Ponzi scheme. How accurate was his portrayal by actor Richard Dreyfuss can be up for debate but what is not debatable, but now mostly forgotten, is that Madoff invested heavily in the campaigns of mostly Democrats. Just after the Madoff scandal broke in December 2008, the extent of his political contributions to Democrats was revealed by CNN.Com:
I am probably the only writer on NewsBusters to have received an award from the Soviet Union. It was for my work as an American correspondent for Krokodil Magazine which you can see chronicled in I Was A Commie Writer.
I live in South Florida which is full of eccentrics which is why I feel right at home here. My main accomplishments in life were winning a bottle of aftershave when I was eight and having the biggest PING List (over 1000 Pingees) on the Free Republic forum for my DUmmie FUnnies blog. This is fortunate since I suffer severely from Ping List Envy.
Prior to the advent of the Web, I wrote a syndicated humor column that appeared in dozens of newspapers throughout North America. Only complete humility forbids me from telling you that my columns appeared in the Houston Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, L.A Herald-Examiner, Winnipeg Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Vancouver Sun, and lots of other periodicals that I am much to humble to list.
Oh, I also produced an award-winning satirical comix website called PJ's Comix. This sort of balances out the fact that I am the WORST basketball player in the world.
When I lived in Los Angeles, I wrote comedy material for comedians. Sorry, due to business ethics I can't reveal any of their names (Argus Hamilton).
Your last name could be Cruz or Rubio but unless you pass the stringent political tests of certain self-appointed gatekeepers, you are not authentically Latino. One such gatekeeper is Roberto Suro who wrote in a New York Times column that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio can't be considered to really be Latino because they do not subscribe to liberal identity politics. Suro details how both Cruz and Rubio have failed his political test of being what he considers to be a true Latino:
So who was the winner of the Democrat caucuses in Iowa? Since it was a virtual tie, neither candidate can claim victory although Hillary Clinton attempted to do that with a 'victory' speech last night in which she tried to gloat about a win that was really a tie. However, there was one clear winner: Sticker KId. If you had watched Hillary pretending to have won in Iowa, you can be forgiven if you can't quite recall her words because just behind her Sticker Kid, with a couple of Hillary stickers affixed to his cheeks, was stealing her thunder and pulling most of the attention away from her with his crazy antics.
If you want Chris Matthews to change his mind, just wait a minute. In just over a minute on Morning Joe today, Matthews changed his election prediction from agreeing with Joe Scarborough that Trump would win the Iowa caucuses and that Bernie Sanders would squeak out a victory to changing his prediction to a win by Hillary Clinton. However, the most fascinating part of his quick change of prediction was his frozen face when put on the spot by Scarborough as weird undulations played out over the surface. A body language expert could have a field day analyzing what was going through the Hardball host's mind while he remained uncharacteristically quiet during his deep think face freeze:
The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails. ---Bernie Sanders
Actually the above quote was pretty much true for liberals, especially those at the Democrat Underground...until now. With the Iowa caucuses only a couple of days away and with much at stake, suddenly the DU supporters of Bernie have gotten very interested in those "damn emails" especially since a number of them have been labeled top secret at the very highest level. As you can see on this DU thread, the DUers now sound very much like "vicious rightwingers" on this topic:
Oh you rascal!
Rush Limbaugh today announced that he might launch Operation Chaos 2. For those of you who have forgotten, the original Operation Chaos was launched by Rush during the 2008 primary season in order to help Hillary Clinton with the goal of prolonging the Democrat primary season. Wikipedia describes how the original Operation Chaos worked:
The first month of the year isn't even over yet and as people in the Northeast are digging their way out of one of the biggest snowstorms in recorded history, Time magazine has a message for you: "2016 Expected to Be the Warmest Year on Record." Yes, they couldn't even wait for the temperature readings to be evaluated in the months to come to make that prediction. Just as much of the mainstream media have already declared 2014 and 2015 based on highly questionable evidence, they are already declaring 2016 to be even hotter based on absolutely no evidence other than pretending to read future temperatures.
Time was so eager to dive into their "hottest year on record" shtick they couldn't even wait until 2016 started to issue their proclamation. It was actually made on December 17, 2015:
She's relatable, damn it! Yes, Hillary Clinton is so desperate to prove that she is so chock full of relatability that she completely loses any trace of authenticity as you can see in the comic effect Twitter video she posted below.
It's not any one thing but the overall effect of Hillary's over the top vocal enthusiasm combined with the exaggerated gesturing over her supposed delight in relaxing by watching home improvement shows. The result is that Hillary almost seems to be giving Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon competition in parodying herself.
Lethargic. It is a word that your humble correspondent thought he could retire now that lethargic labor reporter Mike Elk has left Politico. However, after reading Politico's almost sneering article about possible Hillary Clinton running mate should she be nominated, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, I might have to pull that word out of retirement and pair it with "lightweight." Most of White House Senior Reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere's report portrayed Castro as a rather lethargic lightweight but one item was somewhat shocking. It was about why Castro turned down an appointment as Secretary of Homeland Security:
So many women. So many scandals.
Yes, it can be very confusing writing about Hillary Clinton and her team covering up the many, many "bimbo eruptions" during the course of her and husband Bill's political careers. Therefore it is understandable that Amy Chozick, writing in the New York Times about the many scandals threatening to erode her support among women, got the names mixed up when presenting the infamous "trailer park" quote by Hillary supporter James Carville:
Just when you thought all those Weiner jokes of a few years ago had finally petered out... They're coming back!!! Comedians around the country will be overjoyed to know that there will be new life in the Weiner jokes that practically write themselves with the upcoming release of Weiner the documentary.
Although most of us will relish the thought of yet more Weiner laughs, there are some who will definitely not be amused. Among them will be Hillary Clinton since this documentary, opening at the Sundance Film Festival this Sunday, could not be released at a worse time, just a week before the Iowa caucuses. The New York Times tries its best to report on the Weiner documentary with a straight face:
Was this an angry snub of Bernie Sanders by Hillary Clinton right after the Democrat debate last night? It sure looks like it although there is a possibility that Hillary shook hands with Bernie before the camera was on them. However, judging from Bernie's body language in the video below, he seems to be expecting the almost obligatory handshake that Hillary pointedly did not give him on camera.
It was pretty much inevitable. As soon as your humble correspondent watched the "USA Freedom Kids" performing their song on YouTube at a Donald Trump rally in Pensacola, Florida this week I just knew the "usual suspects" at the leftwing websites would attack the group. As we shall see, I was not a bit wrong but first, let us watch the kids perform their number.
With a phone and a pen.
That is the answer as to how President Obama can transfer Guantanamo detainees to prisons on the U.S. mainland despite the fact that Congress expressly prohibited this. However, kudos to Jake Tapper on The Lead today for questioning the legality of such a transfer during an interview with an equally skeptical CNN Pentagon Correspondent, Barbara Starr.
Be advised that the article you are about to read did not appear in The Onion. However, it is completely understandable if that is what you think because the story, which appeared in the U.K. Telegraph, takes Global Warming Alarmism to such an extreme that it has passed from the absolutely absurd into the completely hilarious. Just how laughable is the article? So funny that The Telegraph science editor, Sarah Knapton seriously quotes a (quack?) scientist proposing that the rise of sea levels could cause humans to evolve webbed hands and feet:
One dollar! One dollar! Do I hear a bid for a dollar to buy the New Republic magazine? For the price it cost to buy Newsweek you can also own the New Republic as your personal liberal magazine toy. Ah! I see a bid out there but, sorry Stephen Glass, that fake play money you are waving is not acceptable. I see serial fabulist Scott Thomas Beauchamp is making a bid which we can't accept because we already know he is lying.
Yes, the New Republic is now being put up for sale by comedy of errors owner Chris Hughes so, just like Newsweek, you might be able to pick it up for a mere buck. CNN Money today reports on the sale by the most aburd editor/owner of a magazine since former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham decided it was a great business plan to purposely chop circulation in half.
Hmmm... I need some classified documents right away but the secure fax isn't working just now. Hey! No problem. Just strip off the data security headings and send me the info via non-secure means. ...If I had been a normal government employee, I would probably be in a heap of legal trouble by now. However, if you are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the security rules don't apply to you...or so she apparently thinks.
Cliinton delivered her spin yesterday to John Dickerson on Face The Nation about why she told an aide to strip a security heading off a document so it could be sent to her without having to wait for the glitches on a secure fax machine to get worked out but the host didn't seem to be buying her excuses as we shall see. First let us look at the email exchanges between Hillary and her aide in which she demanded that the data be stripped of its classification marking:
Almost nothing screams political elitism louder than holding a Clinton campaign fundraiser hosted by Chelsea at the Tribeca Soulcycle in Manhattan almost on the eve of the Iowa caucuses. The funniest thing about the Politico article describing the yoga pants Hillary supporters fundraiser is that author Annie Karni seems to be completely unaware of how politically damaging it appears as she gushes about the upcoming trendie event:
What do you do if you are a liberal governor trying to present the public image of a concerned environmentalist and then get caught red handed using state employees to find oil on your personal property? Why you have Adam Nagourney of the New York Times perform spin control to paint a picture of yourself as a rugged outdoorsy type surviving as a nature boy on that very same land you wanted to exploit for an accursed fossil fuel. First we find Jerry Brown with his hand caught in the petroleum cookie jar as reported by Breitbart on November 5 followed by the nature boy spin control just now provided by the New York Times.
Rush Limbaugh has stated several times that the assassination of John F. Kennedy ushered in the era of modern liberalism. Liberals back then just couldn't handle the fact that the assassin was Lee Harvey Oswald, a communist who lived for awhile in the Soviet Union. So they attempted to blame America and the "rightwing" for Kennedy's assassination.
In the current update of that attitude, liberals hate to see radical Muslims blamed for acts of terrorism. The prefer and wish for such acts to have been committed by somebody they can associate with conservatives. The latest example of this is Samuel L. Jackson who flat out expresses his disappointment in The Hollywood Reporter that the culprit in the San Bernardino shootings wasn't "some crazy white dude" rather than who it really was, a radical Muslim couple.