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January 22, 2015, 2:00 PM EST

One of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's most important assets -- a great memory.

While telling his listeners yesterday that he didn't waste time watching the laundry list of alleged accomplishments and proposals that seldom get enacted, aka the State of the Union speech, he did catch an excerpt afterward that conveyed a sense of deja vu.

January 21, 2015, 8:38 PM EST

That vast collective awwwww you heard shortly after 9 o'clock Eastern last night? This explains it.

Actual headline from The Huffington Post after President Obama's State of the Union speech -- "This is the Best Hug in the History of Liberal America."

January 20, 2015, 2:15 PM EST

Here's a textbook example of why Jon Stewart isn't entirely trusted on the left  -- when a big fat eephus pitch is heaved from a lumbering liberal, Stewart is swinging for the fence. And when the man connects, that ball is ... gone!

On his Comedy Central show last night, Stewart demonstrated why he is more than willing to eviscerate a worthy target regardless of whether said target is otherwise simpatico with Stewart's well-established lefty politics.

January 19, 2015, 8:31 PM EST

Isn't it sad when those willing to inconvenience thousands of people for hours at a time are asked to sacrifice to moment or two answering questions from pesky reporters? Oh the humanity!

The biggest story coming out of Boston this past Thursday involved a major highway getting shut down during the morning commute in two locations by protesters alleging to profess abiding empathy for black people involved in altercations with police.

January 18, 2015, 7:15 PM EST

This just might qualify for whopper of the week, or at least this morning.

Those drawn to politics will surely remember former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs, whose bland guy-next-door facade failed to hide a chronic tendency to misdirect.
 

January 17, 2015, 8:07 PM EST

This time, Rush Limbaugh also speaks for plenty of liberals, though few could ever bring themselves to admit it.

El Rushbo could hardly contain his indignation on his radio show yesterday in response to the bizarre spectacle of Secretary of State John Kerry sheepishly trying to compensate for the lack of a high-profile American presence at last weekend's unity march in France by bringing folky pop singer James Taylor to serenade the French with "You've Got a Friend." Life imitates The Onion indeed.

January 16, 2015, 1:24 PM EST

Boston.com and associate editor Victor Paul Alvarez have parted ways, according to fierce crosstown rival Boston Herald, after Alvarez wrote a glib and snarky account of an alleged plan by an Ohio bartender to poison House Speaker John Boehner.

Here's how it was reported in the Herald --

January 15, 2015, 6:37 PM EST

Bad enough for foreign policy elder statesman Leslie H. Gelb to condemn President Sharpton, uh, Obama for failing to attend the unity march in Paris that drew millions of people and dozens of world leaders in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the executions of police, the murders of hostages at a kosher deli. Even worse that Gelb is urging Obama to dump his inner circle and replace them, at least partially, with ... Republicans.

Six years into the Obama regime and it just might happen yet ... change we can believe in. Meanwhile, the world is on high alert. What we've gotten so far for change has come at a dear cost, and we're not done paying yet.

January 13, 2015, 3:34 PM EST

Plenty of speculation out there as to why President Sharpton, uh, Obama didn't go to the massive unity rally in Paris on Sunday that drew leaders from dozens of other nations. The take on this from America's Real Anchorman, aka Rush Limbaugh, comes closest to plausibility.

On his radio show yesterday, Limbaugh cited two specific reasons why Obama passed on a golden opportunity to demonstrate that he's capable of genuine leadership and empathy.

January 13, 2015, 11:15 AM EST

Not much in the way of political commentary crosses the line into public service. Here's one that does.

If you aren't familiar with Andrew Klavan's brilliant polemics at Truth Revolt, PJ Media and City Journal, you're in for a treat. He's also a best-selling author of mystery novels under the pen name Keith Peterson. Remember that great Michael Caine crime thriller, "A Shock to the System," from 1990? Klavan wrote the screenplay, based on a book by British author Simon Brett.

January 12, 2015, 8:50 PM EST

How much more carnage will it take for Jeremy Scahill to grasp the obvious?

Even as the jihad metastasizes and the pace of its atrocities accelerates, the left-wing journalist would have you believe there are worse threats out there. His comments on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show yesterday must have caused the several conservatives watching to turn away in disgust.

January 11, 2015, 4:31 PM EST

Was it just coincidence that the only person consigned by purportedly conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks to the "kiddie table" on Meet the Press this morning was fearless conservative Ann Coulter?

In a panel discussion on Charlie Hebdo's unvarnished brand of political incorrectness, Brooks divided those in the commentariat to the "adult" and "kiddie" tables. As to be expected, Brooks seated himself with the grown ups, which makes sense considering that he's been an adult roughly since toddlerhood. Coulter, on the other hand, she's with the kids, given her troubling propensity to throw food and run circles around liberals --

January 11, 2015, 6:42 AM EST

Not sure how he manages to pull this off, but Eugene Robinson comes across as churlish, naive and inane at the same time.

During one of his annoyingly frequent and unfailingly predictable appearances on MSNBC, when he was among the guests on "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on Friday, the Washington Post columnist weighed in with his thoughts on the differences between France and the US in fighting jihadists. He didn't actually say the word "jihadists," of course, since doing so would result in immediate banishment from MSNBC.

January 9, 2015, 7:54 PM EST

Maybe it's just my imagination, but it sounds like Fox News's Shepard Smith is suggesting that the Muslim fanatics involved in the Charlie Hebdo massacre were motivated by religion in much the same manner as that notorious Christian extremist, Timothy McVeigh.

You remember, the one who spent months in prayer at his evangelical church before detonating a truck bomb outside the Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City nearly 20 years ago. And when McVeigh wasn't praying, he was certain to be fasting or poring over Scripture or obsessing over his next pilgrimage to the Holy Land, you know, the types of things that Christian extremists can be expected to do. Aside from the fact that none of this happened, except for McVeigh murdering 168 people for no reason than his virulent loathing of the federal government, the closest he actually came to religious fervor.
 

January 6, 2015, 2:11 PM EST

Context is all, especially in media, unless you're a liberal intent on smearing the most prominent voice in radio who also happens to be conservative. At that point, context becomes an inconvenience quickly to be jettisoned.

Two days before Christmas, Rush Limbaugh was talking about the leaked Sony emails when he said something that proceeded to make news during the traditionally slow news drought of the holidays.

January 1, 2015, 4:28 PM EST

Conservative radio host and widely-read author Hugh Hewitt ended 2014 with a bang. BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith finished it with a whimper, thanks to Hewitt. When the two spoke yesterday, it brightened New Year's Eve for many a listener.

Smith appeared on Hewitt's program to discuss BuzzFeed's coverage and what to expect in the coming year when the subject of anti-police protests arose (audio) --

December 25, 2014, 8:11 PM EST

To anyone unfamiliar with the force of nature that is Mark Levin, his withering denunciation of President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and aspiring despot Al Sharpton on his radio show earlier this week could serve as a fitting introduction.

Levin could barely contain his outrage against the trio he accused of having "blood on their hands" for the unprovoked murders of two New York City police officers as retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in their confrontations with police (audio) --

December 24, 2014, 9:06 AM EST

MSNBC used to bill itself as "the place for politics." An updated version of the slogan would add -- "... provided we're not left embarrassed and defensive." Such has been the case on the cable outlet ever since the execution-style murders of two New York City police officers by a gunman who vowed on social media that he would avenge the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in their confrontations with police.

On her show Monday night, the network's Rachel Maddow showed a clip of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference asking "everyone" and "this is across the spectrum, to put aside protests, put aside demonstrations, until these funerals are passed. (And that includes those of you on the other end of the "spectrum" with your fiendish insistence that "police lives matter.")

December 22, 2014, 4:43 PM EST

This helps explain those countless boatloads of desperate refugees fleeing Florida for Cuba over the last several decades. Oh wait ...

Paleo-lib columnist Eleanor Clift was in fine fiddle on The McLaughlin Group yesterday and did not disappoint when the conversation turned to Cuba.

December 21, 2014, 6:44 PM EST

Seven weeks since their seismic losses in the midterm elections, liberals continue mouthing their moronic mantra that the results were a mandate for Republicans to "get things done" with President Obama.

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos today, uber-Dem Howard Dean trotted out a variation of the threadbare theme, that Republicans better work with Obama or face dire consequences in the 2016 election. Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol proceeded to pounce. It made for entertaining Sunday morning television --