Admit it. When you read the title of this story you probably thought Chris Matthews was being sarcastic in his praise of Donald Trump. However when you view the video below of Matthews speaking at the Ideas Forum in Washington, D.C. yesterday, you can see he is absolutely sincere. Of course, to maintain his liberal bonafides he quickly tosses something in about supposed Trump nonsense but the rest of the clip sounds like it could be used in a Trump campaign commercial. In fact Matthews was so effusive in his praise of Trump in contrast to the political class that you might have to play the video twice to make sure you heard what you thought you heard the first time.
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).
How many times have we heard that Donald Trump has peaked since he declared his candidacy for president in June? A half dozen times? More? And each time Peak Trump was announced by pundits, it was inevitably followed by yet another surge in the polls. This is probably why in recent weeks, media prognosticators seem to have shied from declaring Peak Trump since it is always followed by you-know-what. However enter Ezra Klein of Vox. Throwing caution to the winds, Klein went where few now dare to go by predicting that we have indeed finally reached Peak Trump. Klein consulted charts and graphs before tuning up his horn to play taps on Trump's candidacy. Of course, the inevitable quickly happened to leave Klein's face covered with egg. But first let us join Klein's bold assertion of Peak Trump posted at 8:20 this morning:
Have you ever enjoyed a good bellylaugh watching Mack Sennett or Charlie Chaplin slapstick comedies? Of course, such movies were carefully produced. Such comedy perfection could only happen in reel life but not in real life. Well, meet Stephanie Mercades, the inadvertent star of a real life slapstick comedy. Before viewing her hilarious performance as an utterly inept anti-Trump protester, we shall let the New York Post set up the slapstick comedy scene:
Up to 200,000 people will be attending a climate change rally on the National Mall on the same day that the Pope will be speaking to Congress. Wow! Such was the bold prediction reported by Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Michelle Boorstein on August 25. So what happened when Pope Francis did arrive at the Capitol last Thursday? Before we get to that sad reality, let us join Eilperin and Boorstein joyously wallowing in yuuuuuge numbers back in August:
Even Lonesome Rhodes, I mean director Steven Spielberg, couldn't make Hillary Clinton's image more likeable. According to a New York Post excerpt of Edward Klein's book, "Unlikeable," Spielberg acting as Hillary's "consigli di immagine," tried but failed in this difficult endeavor. When you see the video clip below of Lonesome Rhodes in the movie "A Face In the Crowd" giving similar advice to make Senator Worthington Fuller more likeable you will see why I used Italian terminology for "image adviser." But first let us read of Spielberg acting as Lonesome Rhodes giving advice to his Senator Fuller, Hillary Clinton:
Count Bill Maher as among those who don't buy into the fable promulgated by much of the mainstream media about young Ahmed Mohamed building the clock that he brought to school. Maher expressed his extreme skepticism about the fairy tale last night on HBO's Real Time. One huge takeaway from the show is the utter cluelessness of guest Ron Reagan. I won't ruin the surprise by revealing what Reagan said in advance except to ask you to imagine him as a TSA agent checking baggage at the airport after viewing the video below.
That Ahmed the clock boy is such a genius! Why, on his own he put together an intricate clock displaying a great deal of electronic knowledge. Yet for his effort he was accused of bringing a suspicious object to school and was arrested. Fortunately, after enlightened members of the MSM hailed the genius of young Ahmed Mohamed, he got himself an invite to the White House and Google too! Unfortunately for the narrative of much of the media, this tale has begun falling apart upon just a bit of scrutiny.
One result is the expected "Hitler" parody you will see below. In addition, we have a couple of videos from electronics expert Thomas Talbot telling us first why the Ahmed clock story is false as well as the likely agenda for perpetrating this fairy tale. But first let us go deep into the Fuhrerbunker to watch the reaction to the discovery that Ahmed the clock boy is a fraud.
"You Can't Handle the Truth!!!" ---A Few Good Men.
Apparently former CBS producer Mary Mapes can't handle the truth at least according to her portrayal by actress Cate Blanchett in the newly released movie trailer for the upcoming fictional movie "Truth." I say fictional because Mapes in the film somehow maintains the truth of her story about George W. Bush getting favorable treatment in the Texas Air National Guard based on documents that were proven to be forgeries.
"Colbert bests Trump."
That was the title of a Politico story by Ben Schreckinger about Donald Trump's appearance last night on CBS's Late Show hosted by Stephen Colbert. Huh? Did Ben see the same show as everybody else because your humble correspondent was surprised at how amiable the interview was. You can see most of the interview below and judge for yourself. Here is part of what Schreckinger wrote in trying to score liberal points at the expense of Trump in contrast to rather friendly reality:
Mark down January 15, 2016 on your calendar. It won't be one of Hillary Clinton's favorite days for just as the primary elections kick off, that is the day that 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is scheduled to be released in movie theaters. Judging from the movie trailer, this film directed by Michael Bay is exactly what Hillary doesn't want the public be reminded about. For one thing, it is pretty clear that the assault on the diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012 was not inspired by a mere video according to the trailer. Also included in the video is a scene where the security team is told to stand down after the attack. Coming as it does at a crucial point in the election season, it is sure to inspire quite a bit of buzz. In fact it is already generating a lot of controversy judging from the many comments posted in the IMDB message board even though it is still almost four months away from being released.
Have you ever been around people in public places who talk so loudly into their cell phones that it sounds like they are shouting? Sometimes they actually are shouting. Meanwhile they are usually unaware of how annoying they are to people around them. However, one such overly loud cell phone talker got his just rewards when political secrets were apparently revealed. The culprit was one Josh Alcorn, a Joe Biden adviser. As hilariously chronicled in a Taiwanese Animators video, Alcorn's loud mouth on a cell phone while traveling on an Amtrak train, revealed in detail to all around him what Biden's 2016 presidential plans are. The full title of the video is "Joe Biden is 100% in: Loudmouth advisor Josh Alcorn can’t keep secret on Amtrak train."
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. No, just make that the worst of times. That is how the vivid imagination of former lethargic Politico labor reporter, Mike Elk, paints his Dickensian visions of working conditions at that organization. Never mind that Elk wrote a grand total of five stores in his ten months at Politico, the last six of which were simply a paid vacation since he had no writing output during that time. In his mind the working conditions were horrible and the only solution is to unionize.
Let us join Elk as he spins his fairy tale of working conditions hell for Pacific Standard magazine:
New Republic senior editor Brian Beutler has high praise for criticisms made by Donald Trump. Beutler claims Trump's criticisms are effective because they are true or at least contain a kernel of truth. Of course, Beutler feels free to lavish praise upon Trump because all of the targets he lists are Republicans. He very conveniently skips what Trump has said about Democrats.
First let us watch Beutler enjoy himself as he catalogs Trump's critiques of Republicans and only Republicans:
Even though New Republic senior editor Elspeth Reeve is a liberal she seems to be wildly, madly in love with Donald Trump. In fact, she appears to be so crazy in love with Trump that by her own admission she can't stop staring at pictures of him. Reeve, sounding like a love struck groupie, confesses her obsession with Trump's face. She even has thoughts about porn when staring at Trump's face which gives you an idea of how bizarrely captivated she is about The Donald.
Relax liberals. All those Donald Trump campaign hats you see out there don't necessary mean the wearers support The Donald. Many of those hats are really being worn by hipsters making an "ironic" fashion statement. Such is the laughable premise put forth by New York Times political reporter Ashley Parker. In addition, Parker claims that the Trump campaign hat, which is a popular wide-brimmed baseball style hat, is some sort of exotic fashion recycled from the past.
Here is Parker assuring her readers that many of those Trump hats are really being ironically worn by hipsters:
Donald Trump and his "reflection" appeared on the Tonight Show last night and it was huge. I mean...YUUUUUUGE! A comedy gold skit in which Jimmy Fallon imitating Donald Trump interviewed his "reflection," the real Donald Trump, in a dressing room mirror. The skit was notable not only for the laugh lines but for the fact that Trump was able to laugh at himself.
As we shall see, this hilarious skit got a lot of positive reviews but first let us watch as even Jimmy Fallon had trouble keeping a straight face:
A few days ago the global warming alarmist comedy act was that rising sea levels would flood NASA launch sites. It would be tough to top that inadvertent humor but the Washington Post science blogger, Rachel Feltman, gives it a good challenge. She warns that melting arctic ice could release a giant deadly virus. If it sounds like cheesy horror movie, you could be right as we shall see but first, take it away Rachel!
Ron Fournier of the National Journal doesn't seem particularly impressed by Hillary Clinton's transparency tour in a bid for authenticity in the wake of her email scandal. In fact, he has 19 questions for Hillary. Mark them down journalists. Let them serve as your master checklist when questioning her about the email scandal. Hopefully all the questions will be asked by the time Hillary appears before Congress in October and if any of the 19 questions are still unasked, perhaps one or more congressman can ask them.
NASA scientists claimed that 2014 was the hottest year ever! ...Oops! Never mind. When the facts were subsequently checked, the NASA scientists sheepishly admitted that there was only a 38% chance this was true which means probably not true.
However, for you fans of broad climate predictions, I have good news. NASA scientists are now claiming that rising seas threaten to flood NASA launch sites. And swallowing this latest claim with no discernible skepticism is Brandon Griggs of CNN.Com. Griggs' bio describes him as "specializing in coverage of pop culture, entertainment, technology, travel and lifestyle trends." Therefore he must have a great deal of expertise on rising sea levels, right? Of course, if his report is as wrong as 2014 being the hottest year ever, at least it can be classified as entertainment:
It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States. No, not Katrina whose tenth anniversary was recently widely noted. This was a much more more powerful hurricane with a much higher death toll. It was the hurricane that hit the Middle Keys of Florida 80 Labor Days ago on September 2, 1935 and since hurricanes back then had no names, it was known as the Labor Day Hurricane. There were over 400 official deaths, most of them World War I veterans working in three FERA (Federal Emergency Relief Administration) camps building the overseas highway. Most of those deaths could have been easily prevented but due to New Deal ineptitude, they met an avoidable fate in the Keys.