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 29, 2016, 5:43 PM EDT

Mark Thompson, chief executive of the New York Times, has written a highly padded opinion piece that boils down to one important thing he wants to get across to you rubes: Trump = Hitler. Oh yeah, he includes one very slight caveat so you don't think of him as your usual leftwing loon. The rest of his piece is mostly yawn inducing padding which serves as filler for his basic premise. 

So let us get to Thompson's unintentional humor as he stresses that Trump is like Hitler because, get this, they both spoke off the cuff. I kid you not.

August 28, 2016, 10:50 AM EDT

If you are writing an article about the failure of ObamaCare, Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts, wouldn't the primary person you would want to quote at length be the one generally acknowledged as the disgraced architect of that plan, Jonathan Gruber? Of course. And yet Carolyn Y. Johnson of the Washington Post only provided a short quote from Gruber buried deep within the story and identified him as "an economist" with no reference to his crucial role in being the architect of Obamacare. 

This is sort of like doing a story about Wall Street and then citing Bernie Madoff as "an investor" somewhere deep inside the article. So let us start out by taking a deep plunge way down into the article and bring up the amost hidden quickie quote from Gruber who, oh yeah, was only the primary architect of this enormous flop:

August 26, 2016, 6:37 PM EDT

Are you looking for a job? Well, good news. The New York Times is looking for a Global Warming (now called "Climate Change" when the warming bit didn't happen) editor. Anyone can apply. Here is the happy announcement from the Times:

August 25, 2016, 6:34 PM EDT

Fox News' Shepard Smith went way over the line today while interviewing Wall Street Journal reporter James Grimaldi. Actually that's putting it mildly. Smith crashed through the barrier of at least putting up the appearance of neutrality and broke into the realm of flat out bias of the worse sort by  charging Donald Trump with racism. If you think I am exaggerating, watch the following video of the exchange for yourself and you be the judge.

August 22, 2016, 4:09 PM EDT

Vox and some other liberal outlets seem to have a new shtick going. They know that they can't portray Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation as ethical so they admit that there was  perhaps a smidgeon of corruption there. Having given ground on that Vox then proclaims that even though there were problems in the past, the promise by Hillary to reform the Clinton Foundation IF she is elected president is a very welcome development. 

Before finally hailing Hillary, Matthew Yglesias concedes that perhaps there were problems with the Clinton Foundation in the past such as being "kind of a modern political machine."  However, before Yglesias makes his ethics concession, he first rejoices that finally, finally the Clintons have seen the light by promising to reform the Clinton Foundation IF Hillary is elected president. 

August 19, 2016, 10:04 PM EDT

Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine blasted Hillary Clinton's ethics. Of course, being a Hillary supporter he must have realized he went too far so he also bizarrely slammed people who dare to criticize Hillary. Finally he ends up worrying that her corrupt image could harm her in the election or even beyond. Yes, it is a real rollercoaster ride so let us join Chait in his initial blast mode as you can tell from the title of his article, Hillary Clinton’s Ethics Problems Are Worse Than She Understands:

August 16, 2016, 8:22 PM EDT

Donny Deutsch has a big fear about an impending jihadist attack. He is worried that jihadists would instigate terrorism because they supposedly think it would help Donald Trump win. He made this assertion not once but twice on With All Due Respect.  Deutsch begins worrying about a Trump victory due to jihadists at the 1:10 mark of the following video.

 

August 16, 2016, 2:14 PM EDT

3000! Do I see 3000? Yup! My biased lenses allows me to see 3000 people attending the Hillary Clinton speech in Scranton, Pennsylvania yesterday where Vice President Joe Biden also made an appearance.

 The funny thing about the election campaign so far is how few 360 degree visuals we get of the campaign crowds so the public can actually gauge the turnout for themselves. Your humble correspondent was at a Donald Trump speech last Wednesday at the BB&T Center in the Fort Lauderdale area and it was completely filled up except for the nosebleed rafters which were closed off to the public.

August 14, 2016, 3:31 PM EDT

Martha Raddatz, who was hosting ABC's This Week this morning, had a chance to score a major scoop but she blew it by failing to ask a very obvious followup question to former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. You can see the original question posed by Radddatz at the 3:32 mark of the video below about Panetta having supported a small number of American troops remaining in Iraq and where then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood on this. This was followed by Panetta completely dodging the question on Clinton's position. However, instead of pressing Panetta on this, Raddatz avoided the obvious followup and instead went on to another unrelated question.

Sorry, Martha. You lost that very possible scoop due to failure to follow up on a question that was screaming to be answered.

August 13, 2016, 1:45 PM EDT

You talking to me? You talking to me? Yeah, I'm talking to you. And I'm telling you that actor Robert De Niro has shown us what a liberal loon he is by comparing his Travis Bickle character in the movie "Taxi Driver" to Donald Trump.  The Associated Press reported on De Niro's latest lunacy while he attended the Sarajevo Film Festival:

August 8, 2016, 8:26 PM EDT

Remember Ahmed the Clock Boy? He was the high school student arrested and suspended last year when he brought a disassembled clock to school in Texas because it was suspected to be a bomb. Young Ahmed Mohamed was hailed in much of the mainstream media at the time as a genius because he supposedly made a digital clock. Well, that turned out to be completely untrue. Far from being a budding Einstein,  Ahmed merely removed a clock from its plastic casing and then placed it into a pencil case. After loudly drawing attention to his "invention," he was sent to the principal's office because of zero tolerance policy for possible weapons. After much media hype about Ahmed, he and his family moved to Qatar from which they have returned to pursue a lawsuit.

Unfortunately, now that the Clock Boy is back in the news, the MSM is again repeating the myth about his "homemade" clock. Should any of you still doubt as to how his clock was built, watch the video of Bill Maher below which reveals just how "homemade" it really was.

August 4, 2016, 4:29 PM EDT

Have you ever had somebody try to sell you on something but the pitch goes on and on and on with a complicated explanation which is almost impossible to understand? If you are smart, you would walk away with your hand on your wallet.

Such was the case yesterday when Gene Sperling, Hillary Clinton's economic adviser, attempted to explain her economic policies on Bloomberg's With All Due Respect to hosts John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. His seemingly endless complex explanations seemed to frustrate the hosts until Heilemann asked Sperling to very briefly explain her economic policy. The result? Sperling went on another yet filibuster that did nothing to enlighten the hosts. This was actually one of several Sperling filibusters beginning with his overlong explanation about how Hillary no longer supports TPP even though most people think she still does after years of her enthusiastically promoting it.

August 3, 2016, 7:58 PM EDT

Please Dr. Drew! Could you please declare that Donald Trump is insane? No? Then could you label him as an extreme narcissist? No? Okay then how about bipolar or hypomanic? Hey, I barely know what the latter even means but at this point I'll take anything I can get. That is what Don Lemon on CNN Tonight on Monday sounded like. No matter how much he tried to get Dr. Drew Pinsky to label Donald Trump as having some sort of personality disorder, Dr. Drew kept shooting him down, leaving poor Don disappointed. Here is the video of that encounter that is just begging to be satirized by a show that is un-PC enough to tackle the bizarre media echo chamber that has been shouting out the past week that Trump is loony. 

August 1, 2016, 8:49 PM EDT

Please Hillary! You must save us from the horrors of the impending TrumpenReich. However, um, in order to do that I beg you to do me just one little favor. Please stop lying.

That pretty much sums up the plea of Ron Fournier to Hillary Clinton in The Atlantic magazine. What's really laughable is the idea that she can somehow just snap her fingers and actually do this like simply stop eating, say, kidney beans. Unfortunately for Fournier, asking Hillary to stop lying is more like asking her to stop eating...period. Or even to stop breathing. However, Fournier is so panicked over the idea of a Donald Trump presidency that he makes his doomed plea and asks, Why Can't Hillary Clinton Stop Lying?

July 31, 2016, 9:27 PM EDT

No, no, no! Those aren't the answers I wanted! 

If you are a Russia scholar on CNN  you are supposed to validate the "fact" that Russia was probably behind the DNC email hack and that Donald Trump is a foreign policy simpleton. When you don't stick to this script it can cause great consternation as happened to Michael Smerconish yesterday when his guest, NYU professor Stephen Cohen, did not give him the expected answers.

 

July 28, 2016, 3:31 PM EDT

If Hillary Clinton is elected president she will eagerly bypass Congress if they don't pass legislation she wants and enact them via executive orders.

Hey! Who is making such a horrible slam against Hillary as power hungry to the extent of ignoring Congress? Is this just another wild charge from Donald Trump? Nope! The source of  this power abuse charge is none other than the leftwing Vox which recently featured a Hillary love fest disguised as an interview conducted by their editor-in-chief, Ezra Klein. The premature revelation of Hillary truths were made by Dara Lind who might soon find herself explaining that she didn't really mean what she wrote. And her Hillary executive power revelations come in an article appropriately subtitled, Clinton would be the first president to embrace the executive powers her predecessors built.

July 22, 2016, 11:24 PM EDT

His reversal was so rapid that I'm surprised he didn't suffer whiplash.

I am referring to the rapid U-turn that Senator Tim Kaine, tapped today to be Hillary Clinton's running mate, made on the Trans Pacific Partnership. Until the moment he was picked by Hillary, Kaine was strongly for the TPP. And then today he suddenly saw the light and, hallelujah, he now proclaims to "oppose" the TPP. I put "oppose" in quotes because he now opposes it as much as Hillary pretends to oppose it. However, Huffington Post reporter Michael McAuliff relayed Kaine's new found TPP opposition without the slightest hint of skepticism...which later opened himself up to mockery on Twitter.

July 22, 2016, 2:59 PM EDT

And there went out another horse that was orange: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

So just how good was Donald Trump's speech last night at the Republican convention in Cleveland? Perhaps the best way to judge that is to analyze the liberal reaction. And from reading the over the top panicked editorial from the Washington Post, Donald Trump: The candidate of the apocalypse, his speech must have been so incredibly effective as to inspire such a level of liberal panic that it reached the heights of unintentional hilarity. Before we read the Washington Post editorial that comes across as self-parody, please watch the following Trump Apocalypse video to put yourselves in the proper mood:

July 20, 2016, 5:34 PM EDT

"GUILTY!"

That was the verdict of the delegates at the Republican convention last night when New Jersey governor Chris Christie laid out a series of charges against Hillary Clinton and asked if she were guilty or not guilty. No surprise as to the verdict from the delegates but guess who else basically affirmed Hillary's guilt via fact checking Christie's speech. The New York Times. That's right. Times fact checkers Michael D. Shear and David E. Sanger went through Christie's speech and fact checked what his charges. Essentially they determined that Christie was "not necessarily false"  except for some "exculpatory evidence" that comes off as rather minor quibbles that did not contradict Christie's charges.

July 16, 2016, 7:44 PM EDT

Streeeeetch! Yes you really have to stretch to find any hint of racism in the new Trump-Pence logo. Take a look at the logo below and see if you can find it? No? Are you scratching your heads over in bewilderment as to how anybody could detect the slightest bit of racism in the logo? Well, you're not Daily Beast writer Olivia Nuzzi who somehow saw the link between that logo and the logo of a racist organization.