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.
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).
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.
The most remarkable thing about Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's New Years Day gym accident story is the complete incuriosity on the part of the mainstream media about it. Three months after the accident, Reid still can't see out of his injured eye, so why doesn't a reporter ask Reid when he will be suing the exercise equipment company or at least give us the brand name of the equipment that supposedly caused that accident. Speculation on talk radio and in the blogosphere about Reid's accident story heated up last week when he announced he won't be seeking re-election to the Senate. But from the MSM, continued silence on this topic.
Yahoo! News published a story about the 100th anniversary of Miami Beach. If you read the article you will at first be treated to some interesting information about the tourist destination. Unfortunately, the author, Diego Urrdaneta, could not restrain himself from finally subjecting the readers to the usual leftwing agenda about how global warming (or "climate change" as they now call it when the warming didn't happen) is causing the sea level to rise.
Politico surveyed a "bipartisan group of key activists, operatives and thought leaders in New Hampshire and Iowa" to reveal "grave concerns about Cruz’s electability." A "bipartisan" group? Does this mean that Politico actually consulted Democrats to weigh in on Ted Cruz's changes in the early primaries? Yeah, there is an "unbiased" group for you. However, the really significant news from the Politico article written by James Hohmann comes deep into the story after many paragraphs of unrelenting Cruz bashing where it is revealed that "Nearly two-thirds of Iowa Republican insiders believe Cruz can win the caucuses."
A report by Jeryl Bier of the Weekly Standard reveals the shocking information that federal agencies have paid Politico nearly a million dollars in subscription fees since 2011 including nearly $432,000 just last year alone. An even barely skeptical mind would have to suspect that such fees were a payoff for either favorable coverage or to simply avoid reporting uncomfortable facts about those agencies.
It was announced today that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was swapped last year for five Guantanmao prisoners, has been charged with desertion. So what is the major concern for New York Times writer Helene Cooper? If Bergdahl will still be able to get an honorable discharge if found guilty and how it will affect his job prospects if he doesn't get it. I kid you not.
A writer for The New Republic has "endorsed" a Republican candidate for the presidency. Of course, to receive such an endorsement, such a candidate much have sufficiently liberal credentials to pass muster as well as have absolutely no chance of winning. Such a candidate is one Mark Everson who you probably never heard of since he is pretty much indistinguishable from a department store mannequin.
Daniel Pardo of BBC Mundo provides us with an interesting report, namely how long does it take to purchase basic home products while waiting on the notoriosly long lines at the stores in Venezuela. Unfortunately, although Pardo shows us how tough it is to buy these products he fails to give us the why even though the answer is written on wall posters all over that country. The S-word that dare not speak its name in his BBC Mundo report.