Wow! Suddenly this week Politico reporter Mike Elk shook off his cloak of extreme lethargy and became like the Energizer Bunny. Gone was his PTSD and STSD (Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder) which he claims inhibit him from working. Despite not having done a bit of work for six months, there he was front and center at a press conference asking Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders questions. So what was the subject of Elk's inquiry? It was about how badly treated he is at his employer Politico because they haven't approved card check in voting on whether to form a union shop.
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).
So sad. A Canadian arctic research expedition to study "climate change" (always meaning global warming) has been derailed. Why? Heavy ice. However, readers of the CBC News account of the story are left in the dark as to the exact nature of the expedition that is not to be this year. Fortunately, a quick search has turned up a Daily Kos Kossack who is a member of that attempted expedition who was happily chirping out what it is all about last Thursday.
Here is the CBC report that tells what happened to the Canadian Coast guard cutter without telling us what the expedition was about:
Fake and not a bit accurate. What part of that does Dan Rather after all these years and many investigations later not understand about why his September 2004 report produced at 60 Minutes by Mary Mapes was a complete fraud? Certainly no expert has come forward to claim that the six supposed Texas Air National Guard documents showing special treatment for George W. Bush were authentic instead of the obvious fakes they turned out to be.
And yet Rather continues to cling to the fiction that the documents were real and that he was unfairly removed from CBS News the following year. Perhaps he might have been able to retain his anchor job had he admitted the easily provable obvious: that the documents were fake and, as a result, his documentary based on those fake documents was equally fraudulent. Instead Rather went into a complete denial of reality which he maintains to this day as you can see in his quotes in a Page Six Cindy Adams column about the soon to be released movie about that scandal with the laughable title of "Truth."
He's tanned. He's rested. He's ready. Al Gore 2016! Wha-what? It's the premise of Salon blogger Sean Illing which reflects a growing realization among the left that Hillary Clinton is a fatally flawed candidate. Okay, fine, but is Al Gore really the best alternative they can come up with? Illing makes the case for Gore but leaves out a few fatal flaws about Mr. Global Warming.
First let us watch Illing bemoan the candidacy of Hillary and why Bernie Sanders does not fit the bill as a replacement:
Careful, Huffington Post. Your bias is showing. Actually your bias is screaming out loud with the announcement by HuffPo Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim and their Editorial Director Danny Shea that they would no longer report on the Donald Trump campaign in their political coverage. Instead their coverage of Trump will take place in their Entertainment section. Think I'm kidding? Well, read the announcement that basically says that the Huffington Post is chock full of bias as you can see from the very snarky title, A Note About Our Coverage Of Donald Trump's 'Campaign':
Did it seem to you as if the Iranian negotiators and leaders were laughing at the naiveté of the Obama administration in accepting their claim that they only wanted to develop nuclear energy for just peaceful purposes? Well, that barely surpressed laughter was foretold in 2012 in the prophetic opening scene of "The Dictator" as the main character had great difficulty maintaining a straight face while making the same claim about their nuclear energy program.
Although comedic that opening scene was such a powerful argument against allowing Iran to further develop nuclear energy that the Prime Minister of Israel is urging everyone to share the video of that scene according to the Israel Video Network.
The New York Times refusal to list Senator Ted Cruz's book, A Time For Truth, last Sunday on its best seller list caused it quite a bit of criticism and embarrassment when it came up with no proof to back up its claim that the book's sales were due in part to bulk sales. Apparently the Times' could only tolerate just so much well deserved mockery because today their BizDay editor, Kate Phillips, tweeted that they were relenting on their fake objection and would be placing Cruz's book on their best seller list for nonfiction. The problem is that Phillips' tweet started out rather snarkily as you can see below. However, that snark invited a swarm of amusing snark attacks in reply:
Oops! Maybe the Scott Walker recall election in 2012 was not such a good idea in retrospect. Such is the conclusion of liberal Chris Cillizza writing in the Washington Post. According to Cillizza, although the attempt to recall Walker was appealing to liberals at the time, it backfired in a big way by making the Wisconsin governor well known nationally to the extent that he now has a good shot at winning the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Cillizza tells his tale of political woe due to unexpected consequences:
Yeah! OH YEAHHH!!!! It's over. It's ALL OVER for Scott Walker!!! Watch our Rolling Stone victory dance in the end zone as we spike the football and proclaim an end to Walker's political career. Why? Because of the SLAM DUNK of the century which Scott Walker cannot survive!
So what happened? Did Walker perform a gross breach of ethics as bad as the publication of "A Rape on Campus?" Nope. Even worse. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka wrote the six word slam dunk that will definitely ruin Scott Walker forever and ever and ever. When you read the "slam dunk" on Walker you will probably rub your eyes in disbelief that what you just read led to all this jubilation at the Rolling Stone but first let us savor some of the juvenile flavor provided by the writer, Simon Vozick-Levinson, who comes off with all the gravity of a giggling schoolboy scribbling riffs at a junior high school cafeteria lunch table:
Anthony Weiner (aka Carlos Danger aka Mr. Abedin) has a well deserved reputation for, uh, flashing. However, his most significant flash of all came in the form of a Business Insider op-ed in which the husband of Hillary Clinton's closest personal aide, Huma Abedin, flashed their campaign plan to deligitimize the candidacy of Bernie Sanders for the Democrat presidential nomination and, if necessary, his delegates at the convention.
Your humble correspondent has suspected for weeks that the Hillary campaign would ultimately try to toss out many if not most of the Sanders delegates at the Democrat convention next year due to the fact that Sanders is a Socialist and is not registered as a Democrat. Weiner pretty much confirms this suspicion in his latest flash from deep within the recesses of the Hillary campaign:
To the barricades! Or rather, to the virtual barricades since that requires much less effort. And in the case of lethargic Politico labor reporter the less real effort the better since according to his "work" schedule, Elk has produced only five Politico stories in fourteen weeks with absolutely no work performed by him in over five months.
Ironically, Elk is now the one demanding that Politico be unionized. Um, before you advocate for "workers' rights" don't you have to at least do a little work? The most work that Elk has actually done in over five months was producing a semi-literate workers' manifesto relayed to the world by Eric Wemple at the Washington Post:
Nowadays it seems as if the Left is politicizing everything with a plethora of new taboos. The latest item on their taboo list is your Fourth of July picnic, specifically hot dogs and hamburgers. As you gather with family and friends to munch on those treats fresh off the grill, little did you know that you are destroying the planet according to leftist political orthodoxy. Here is Rebecca Leber of The New Republic as she tries to guilt trip you over hot dog and hamburger carbon emissions:
Arrest that reporter for attempting to commit a blatant act of flagrant journalism!
The Washington Free Beacon today carried a report from Adam Kredo about the State Department removing him from a briefing on the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria. He was even threatened with arrest by security. Here is how the State Department of "most transparent administration in history" dealt with Kredo:
I am sure that when John Cameron Swayze began anchoring the Camel News Caravan at NBC in 1949 he never in his wildest imagination would have thought that there ever could be a day when a flag covered with dildos and butt plugs at a gay pride parade would become the focus of a television news broadcast. However such was the case on Saturday when a CNN reporter confused a parody ISIS flag with the real deal at a London gay pride parade and "treated" the audience to a detailed analysis, including an interview with a national security analyst, for over six minutes. As funny as that was, it might have been exceeded in inadvertent humor by Vox writer Max Fisher "Voxsplaining" the blunder in which the term "butt plugs" was used seven, count them, seven times.
An embarrassed CNN took down their dildo flag blunder but, fortunately, Mediaite recorded it from CNN and posted the video on YouTube for us to laugh at for all eternity. Let us now look at CNN's coverage of the Isis dildo flag before beginning the Vox butt plugs countdown:
Sheesh! Hey ABC News! We know that Hillary Clinton shill George Stephanopoulos is the big guy at your network but could you be just a little bit less obvious as to where your political sympathies are?
It might as well be a direct Hillary campaign contribution because the ABC News website hyped a music video by a group called Well-Strung. Appropriately, the Well-Strung quartet portrayed Hillary campaign workers at their office while song shilling for Hillary. Here is the video that ABC News plugged on their website:
We have always been at war with Eastasia. ---Ministry of Truth, 1984.
Falling GDP is good. It has always been good. And now that GDP has fallen in the first quarter and economic prospects don't look good for the near future, Politico's contributing editor, Zachary Karabell has discovered that falling GDP is good. In fact the title of this directive issued from the Politico Ministry of Truth flat out tells us that GDP’s Going Down? That’s Good!
Congratulations Ben Affleck! Your bloated ego has caused the delay and very possible cancellation of the PBS show Finding Your Roots according to a Daily Variety article by Brian Steinburg. The fact that your precious ego couldn't handle the revelation that one of your ancestors of many generations in the past and over 150 years ago was a slave owner has ultimately led to a bunch of production people to be deprived of a show to work on for the near future and maybe permanently. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham revealed the initial consequences of Affleck's out of control ego in a Newsbusters column in April:
Anxious much, Sarah?
Sarah Kliff of Vox.com sounds like she needs to take a page out of the playbook of South Park's Eric Cartman who couldn't wait the three weeks for the Wii video game console to be released so he had himself frozen to spare himself the waiting time from his POV. Although Kliff only has to wait another day or two until the Supreme Court releases its ruling on the Obamacare King vs Burwell case, she is equally as anxious so perhaps the freezing method will spare herself the incredible level of anxiety she is currently enduring. Even though Kliff recently discovered that Obamacare stinks, she is so emotionally invested in that bloated program that she just can't let go. Therefore let us now join our Miss Kliff in the middle of her amusing King vs Burwell anxiety attack:
It is the video, uploaded yesterday, at Funny Or Die that is destined to go viral. An hilarious impression of Bernie Sanders by comedian James Adomian who does an almost perfect impersonation of the voice and body language of the socialist Senator from Vermont who is running on the Democrat ticket for president. What makes the humor work so well is that Admonian's Bernie Sanders is rattling off a bunch of mundane statistics as he does in real life but in a series of completely incongrous settings such as skateboarding, performing keg stands, and in a wild rock club.
Oddly enough, even though Adomian is making fun of Sanders, it is done in such a way as to make him likeably human (in stark contrast to a certain unnamed robotic candidate)...especially to socialist inclined Democrats of which there are many. But enough with political analysis, just watch the video and enjoy a huge bellylaugh!
Former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been demoted down to breaking news anchor at MSNBC. However, on top of the humiliation of such a demotion, Williams shouldn't be too surprised to find a somewhat less than welcoming reception from the sanity challenged network of Big Ed and Reverend Al.
According to a New York Post report, the rank and file staffers at MSNBC absolutely hate Brian Williams for a less than complimentary report on the state of cable news on his former Rock Center program: