Remember last year's warning about the end of snow? Then we were told that 2014 was the hottest year on record. Well, goodbye to all that and hello to snow in May! In May? Yes, in May. The Associated Press is reporting that many New England snow resorts are still open...in May.
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).
Jonathan Allen of General Electric Vox wrote a loving paean about Hillary Clinton's speech today at Columbia University which touched on the Baltimore riots. However, what was really notable about his article is what it left out. An inadvertently jarring laugh line which Allen very conveniently skips.
Despite what you probably think, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not really blame an anti-Muslim video for the American consulate attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. What? You're sure you heard her make that claim? Well, according to the proposition of CNN Correspondent Elise Labott, quoting a Clinton aide, Hillary is absolved from blaming the video for the attack because she did not use the word "spontaneous." I kid you not.
The woman who enraged viewers of last night's White House Correspondents Association Dinner for furiously texting on her cell phone while the National Anthem was playing has been identified. She is Washington Post reporter Helena Andrews. Her strange excuses for her disrespect is sure to anger people even more.
Surpise! Surprise! Another week and another Brian Williams fib uncovered. This one had to do with his reporting on the Arab Spring protests at Cario's Tahrir Square in February 2011. As reported by the New York Times, Williams claimed to Jon Stewart on the Daily Show to have been up close near pro-government forces on horseback and camels while they were whipping protesters. One problem: Brian Williams was actually delivering his report from a balcony near Tahrir Square.
Congratulations to Jake Tapper! The host of CNN's The Lead has today been named as the new host of the Sunday morning news show, State of the Union. Whatever his personal political proclivities might be, Tapper has proven himself to be a generally honest reporter. It is hard to imagine him acting in such a blatantly political manner as previous State of the Union host, Candy Crowley, did when she acted as an Obama enabler when she moderated a 2012 presidential debate.
However will Tapper's positive personal qualities be enough to buck the liberal CNN tide? Sadly yesterday amidst the fast breaking news of even more serious Clinton scandals, Tapper's The Lead as well as almost all the rest of CNN shows yesterday remained a Clinton scandal-free zone. We shall get to that later but first let us view the happy announcement of Tapper's new duties in addition to continuing to host The Lead.
Robert Downey Jr., you are accused of possibly being a conservative. How do you plead? Oh, you aren't pleading one way or another? Well, we have an old quote from you that indicates you may possibly have conservative leanings and therefore guilty of a thought crime. ...Hey, where are you going!
Youthful Vox writer, Dylan Matthews, who previously recommended the abolishment of the U.S. Senate and Constitution is back in action. This time he recommends that to solve the immigration crises in Europe and the United States is simply to abolish borders. Just let all people who want to enter those countries do so with no border obstacles. As to their effect on lowering wages of people already citizens of those nations. No problem. Redistribute the wealth. Problem solved. Case closed or at least in the eyes of young Dylan.
A conservative leader complained of an overwhelmingly leftwing audience during a BBC political debate and was berated by the host for his objection. Unfortunately for the BBC, that conservative leader, Nigel Farage of Britain's UKIP party, was proven to be correct about the audience being stacked to the extent that the BBC was forced to give him a half hour of broadcast time to answer audience questions.
When I found out that the gyrocopter guy who landed on the Capitol lawn yesterday was protesting against obscene political campaign finances, my first thought was to wonder why he didn't land on Hillary Clinton's Chappaqua lawn. If ever there was an example of obscenely large and shadowy campaign finances, Hillary's political war chest would be ground zero. However, the lesson taken away from yesterday's incident by the Washington Post's Hunter Schwarz is that both the gyrocopter guy and Hillary have opposition to such financing in common. I kid you not!
The word from on high is out at the Democratic Underground. Despite the previous misgivings from many if not most of the DUer's about Hillary Clinton and her massive war chest fattened by crony capitalist and shadowy foreign donations, they must be absorbed by the Hillary Borg. And to emphasize the point, the DU leader and co-founder, Skinner aka David Allen, posted a picture of himself holding a Chipolte burrito and Hillary logo with this message: "So, I had this inexplicable craving for Chipotle today..."
Wow! How original! Hillary Clinton is taking a trip in a van to Iowa. That pretty much describes the attitude of Meet The Press host Chuck Todd in reaction to Hillary Clinton's "Scooby Doo" van. Chuck tweeted about the supposed spontaneity of such an "original" idea, completely forgetting the brutal reality as we shall see. As a result, poor Chuck was widely mocked in reaction.
"How do you live with yourself?"
Probably about as well as those many 60 Minutes reporters over the years who conducted numerous ambush interviews. What 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft didn't like was that he was on the receiving end of an interview on the fly by a New York Post reporter. Call it karmatic kickback but it all started back in January when it was revealed that Steve Kroft had been having an affair with a mistress notable for the way he slurped champagne. For some background let us review some of the highlights (or lowlights) of the scandal which broke in January before we take a look at Kroft's extreme anger at being treated the way mere mortals often are on 60 Minutes:
Remember when the networks were hyping the fact that Rand Paul and Chris Cristie were sympathetic towards parents skeptical about vaccines for their children in February while ignoring similar statements in the past by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? Well, a well known figure from a prominent Democrat political family has gone off the deep end as far as paranoia about vaccines yet silence from the major networks except for Fox News. The person in question is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. who went so far as to condemn vaccines as being a "holocaust" as the California legislature takes up the matter of whether to ban vaccine exemptions.
Have you noticed how we have been bombarded recently in the mainstream media about a push to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a woman? The organization behind this drive is Women On 20s. What you almost never hear or read, with the exception of the New Yorker, is that the woman who founded that organization, Barbara Oritiz Howard, was a Hillary Clinton political operative. Also all of the women who made the final, and also the preliminary list, were PC. Nary a conservative in the bunch although one such woman to be discussed below is more qualified than any of the finalists in terms of accomplishment.
Does anybody know what Barack Obama was doing during his college years? We know that he was the president of the Harvard Law Review but do we even know what articles, if any, he wrote for it? Beyond that his college years are almost completely blank as to his grades or activities to the extent that his time at Columbia University has been almost completely erased from memory. Compare that big MSM yawn to the recent mainstream media frenzy which included a 2223 word front page Washington Post story devoted to Scott Walker's college career which ended before graduation. And now we have something of an MSM Crime Scene Investigation carried out by Politifact Wisconsin about Scott Walker's claim that he recently purchased a sweater at Kohl's department store for only a dollar.
You know how Hillary Clinton can make a big splash when she announces that she is running for president? Not with some old fashioned message. No, the key to making herself the inevitable nominee according to New Republic senior editor Elspeth Reeve is to use the right apps for the announcement.
Would you want to cite someone who has been thoroughly discredited in the very field he is supposed to be an expert in? Well, that is exactly what several news organizations did yesterday including Charlie Rose on PBS, the New York Times, and Bloomberg when they cited Gary Sick as an expert on Iran in stories about the nuke "deal" which was actually more of an agreement on the framework to discuss the...well, you get it. It really wasn't an actual deal but Gary Sick was chirping away like it was some sort of positive development.. Of course none of the news organizations gave a hint that Sick is the author of completely discredited 1992 October Surprise book which claimed that the 1980 Ronald Reagan campaign conspired with the Iranian government to delay the release of the American hostages captured in 1979.
Harry Reid admitted this week what most honest and informed people already knew: he flat out lied in 2012 about Mitt Romney not paying his income taxes for ten years. Reid gave an ends justifies the means explanation to CNN's Dana Bash namely that, hey it worked because Romney didn't win the presidential election. In 2012 a columnist in Reid's home state of Nevada, Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun wrote a column critical of Reid's attack on Romney based on no facts. The problem was that his column was killed by his editor, Brian Greenspun.
Daniel Pardo of BBC Mundo went on a shopping spree to see how many household goods he could find while waiting on the notoriously long lines in Venezuela. On the first day he was able to obtain a grand total of only three items out of a shopping list of eight but promised he would return the next day to see if he could get any of the rest. Well, as far as the world knows tomorrow never came. In fact, following the March 16 Spanish language broadcast of his first day shopping for the three items, it seems Daniel Pardo never returned. Neither to BBC nor anywhere else including his Twitter feed where he mysteriously stopped tweeting on that same day, March 16.