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).

Latest from P.J. Gladnick
August 20, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT

It isn't completely official yet but when an employee has been removed from a company's list of staff bios, is publicly badmouthing his bosses, and is threatening to sue his employer, it is almost a sure sign that he has in fact been fired. Such is the case with lethargic labor reporter Mike Elk who has apparently (probably) been fired by Politico. New York Magazine lends Elk a sympathetic ear yet he still comes off as a rather nasty piece of work:

 

August 18, 2015, 1:16 PM EDT

Time travel is one of the elements of science fiction writing. However, in the case of former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett writing in The Atlantic it is more in the realm of science fantasy, emphasis on fantasy. Lovett's time travel to the near future of President Donald Trump tells us much less about Trump than it does about extreme liberal fantasies. As a bonus, Lovett's essay veers from science fantasy to extreme comedy but first let us watch him mock a future Donald Trump that exists only in his fervid liberal imagination:

August 15, 2015, 2:20 PM EDT

As Kyle Drennen pointed out yesterday, the major networks almost completely avoided any coverage of dissidents when reporting on the American flag being raised at the newly-reopened U.S. embassy in Havana. However, there was one report at CNN that stood out in sharp contrast to their reticence to criticize the Castro regime. That was the report by Jake Tapper on The Lead in which he provided an in-depth interview with one of the leading Cuban dissidents.

August 12, 2015, 2:41 PM EDT

What if I were to tell you that there is another great parody using subtitles from the movie, "Downfall?" Okay, I know what you are thinking: another "Hitler Finds Out" video from that movie. After all, there are thousands of such parody videos out there. Well...surprise! You're wrong. This parody video uses a completely different scene from "Downfall" to incredibly great effect.

The scene you are about to see in this video parodies the e-mails that Hillary Clinton is being forced to turn over. Of course, how many of us believe all the relevant e-mails are being turned over? According to this parody only yoga related e-mails are being destroyed. Yeah, right!

August 11, 2015, 12:51 PM EDT

Sigh! Once again we are going to have to apply the Koch brothers test when it comes to journalists covering "grass-roots" protests. Here's how it goes: if the Koch brothers were financing an organization that was loudly protesting against candidates opposed by the Koch brothers, wouldn't that fact be highlighted in any story about such protests? Therefore, how can Politico's Daniel Strauss write a story about the Black Lives Matter not only protesting and disrupting Bernie Sanders events but even causing the cancellation of one of his speeches without any reference at all as to who is financing BLM and why. 

Fortunately, the readers of his Politico article were quick to point out that which Strauss deliberately ignored. It is the very inconvenient fact of the financial backing of BLM by George Soros who is also (surprise! surprise!) supporting Hillary Clinton. First let us watch Strauss plunge into this story with eyes wide shut before his own readers school him on what he refuses to notice:

August 9, 2015, 12:54 PM EDT

Imagine if the Koch brothers had financed a group that was regularly disrupting and shutting down events of candidates that they opposed. Does anybody doubt that the Koch connection would come up in the first paragraph, if not the first sentence, of most news stories about such disruptions? Yet somehow, complete silence from the MSM on the connection of George Soros to #BlackLivesMatter even though he is the providing most of the finances to that organization. Also mysterious is how the MSM also fails to note that Hillary Clinton, whom Soros supports, has not had her events disrupted by #SorosMoneyMatters (also known as #BlackLivesMatter).

August 7, 2015, 9:31 PM EDT

Whether or not you agree with the assessment of the Taiwanese Animators that Donald Trump won Thursday's Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, I think we can all agree that their video is quite funny in a vaudvillian sort of way. It  was also quite astounding in that only hours after the debate the video was up and running on YouTube. So watch and enjoy.

August 4, 2015, 8:38 PM EDT

An online magazine has made a terrific case in favor of the right to bear arms. Was it an NRA publication? Nope. Perhaps one of the conservative magazines such as National Review or American Spectator? Nope. The magazine was actually Slate. Slate? Yes, liberal Slate magazine has published an article making one of the strongest cases in favor of the right of citizens to bear arms that I have seen in a long time.

The strong defense of the Second Amendment came in a speculative Slate article about what would have happened if Germany had attempted to invade the United States during World War II. Author John Mixon correctly pointed out that this would have been an incredibly bad idea. Among the reasons he listed was the fact that Germany had no forward bases in North America from which to launch such an invasion. Also the German supply lines would have been ridiculously long and could easily be cut off. On top of that, the Wehrmacht was already tied down battling on the Eastern Front. However, the final reason that Mixon gives for why such an attempted German invasion would have failed miserably is one that is sure to upset liberals:

August 2, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT

Are you a professional comedian or someone who just wants to entertain your friends by doing a Donald Trump impression? Well I have huge news for you. HUUGE!!!

Voice impressionist Eric Harthen has produced a How To video for folks wanting to do an impression of The Donald. This instructional video will probably come in handy right after this Thursday's presidential debate among the Repulican candidates. Harthen's video explains how to position your mouth with pronounced bottom front teeth while talking. In addition, he covers the proper decibel level of the voice. Finally, don't forget to get the correct Queens borough (not guttural Bronx) accent correct when doing the impression.

July 31, 2015, 2:17 PM EDT

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.

July 22, 2015, 12:20 PM EDT

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:

July 21, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

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."

July 18, 2015, 10:25 PM EDT

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:

July 17, 2015, 7:11 PM EDT

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':

July 16, 2015, 4:01 PM EDT

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.

July 15, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT

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:

July 14, 2015, 2:55 PM EDT

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:

July 13, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT

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:

July 12, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

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:

July 6, 2015, 10:11 PM EDT

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: