The new June 23 issue of National Review – in “The Week” section – has a clever takedown of a New York Times Magazine piece on marijuana. The May 14 article was headlined “Now 20% More Heady!” Online, it was "The Bud-Lightification of Bud." Somehow, marijuana makes liberal reporters fret about overregulating business.
The Times was mildly frustrated that tomorrow’s Rockefellers of weed are frustrated by the legal regime (or lack thereof) on the sale and use of joints or edible products. NR explained:
While liberals dominate many alternative mediums, one conservative is trying to break into the graphic novel market.
Amity Shlaes, a bestselling author and columnist, turned to graphic novels to continue her criticism of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal policies. Claiming that liberals have dominated the medium, Shlaes released “The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition” on May 27, 2014. It is Shlaes seeks to highlight the trials of common workers left behind by the New Deal, shining an unusually critical light on the Roosevelt administration.
Newt Gingrich hasn’t been an elected official in more than fifteen years, but according to Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum, Gingrich’s vitriolic approach to politics during his years in the House of Representatives remains influential via Fox News. (Even though Gingrich stars on CNN.)
Piggybacking on an Andrew Sullivan blog post in which Sullivan alleged that watching Fox News was “like slipping into an alternative universe” where “hysteria is the constant norm,” Drum wrote on Thursday that Gingrich “brought conservative politics to a truly new, truly unprecedented level of toxic rancor,” and that Fox News isnow“the ongoing, institutional expression of Gingrichism.”
Did you ever want to do a Bible study with Martin Bashir?
I ask because a few days ago the former MSNBCer, who once fantasized on air about former Gov. Sarah Palin being forced to eat human excrement, shared his observation in a tweet about one way in which the president can give his Amen to a lament of the biblical King David.
June 12 was former President George H.W. Bush’s 90th birthday and comedian Conan O’Brien used the occasion to mock President Obama.
Each year, H.W. Bush goes skydiving to celebrate his birthday and Conan joked “George HW Bush turned 90 and celebrated by skydiving. So, if you include Obama there were two presidents in free fall today.” [See video below.]
Far left writer and former reporter for the New York Times, Chris Hedges, has been exposed as a serial plagiarist. So what scurrilous "rightwing" source made these charges? None. The exposure of the socialist Chris Hedges appeared in the liberal New Republic. And it was not just a minor slip on the part of Hedges. According to the article Hedges blatantly plagiarized over and over again in great quantity over a number of years. In fact the depth of his plagiarism would make even Joe Biden blush.
So was Hedges apologetic when confronted with his many examples of plagiarism? Not a bit. In fact his reaction as we shall see would earn him a place of honor at the Dinner for Schmucks table. First Christopher Ketcham of the New Republic explains how the serial plagiarist got caught in 2010:
Rep. Eric Cantor has only himself to blame for losing the respect, trust, and votes of Tea Party conservatives, and with it, his House seat in Virginia's 7th congressional district, For America chairman Brent Bozell explained on Wednesday's Kelly File[watch the full segment here or by clicking play on the embed below the page break]:
With his approval ratings dropping and numerous scandals swirling around him it could be argued that America is going through Obama Fatigue right now. And maybe the President himself is getting tired of it all too.
Or at least that’s what Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon noticed when he took a jab at Obama on Wednesday night:
The liberal media will do anything to take a dig at the Duggar family, stars of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” but this is just weak. The online gossip rag mags, Radaronline, National Enquirer,Examiner , Hollywood Gossip, and Star have their tabloid skirts over their heads about the photo of Jessa Duggar posing with a gun.
The photo depicts Jessa Duggar holding a gun in a store with the caption, “My AWESOME girlfriend. #DontmesswithJessa.” The picture was posted to Facebook on May 19th by her boyfriend, Ben Seewald. Tabloid magazines did some serious investigating to find this obscure picture posted close to a month ago.
Appearing on Wednesday's CBS This Morning, Republican pollster Frank Luntz attacked his own profession following the surprising primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: "Right now there are 230 House Republicans who are waking up praying that they do not have Eric Cantor's pollster. Honestly – and I'm one of them – we Republican pollsters suck. We have no ability to be able to analyze the electorate." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
Luntz noted how Cantor's pollster "told him twelve days ago that he was going to win by thirty-four points and then he loses by ten....he didn't even see it coming." Luntz concluded: "...you have to be able to analyze who is actually gonna vote, who's gonna participate."
Hey, in these days of same-sex marriage, why not? That, at least, seems to be NBC’s thinking.
NBC.com published a video report entitled “True Believers: One Big, Happy (Poly) Family” June 11 where one reporter followed a “polyamorous family on living with multiple partners, without sacrificing the comforts of home.” The group of five adults and one 9-year-old girl insisted on normalcy (“we’re not doing anything freaky”) as the network spent over two days with them.
What do you suppose it costs to run a 60-second ad in major markets during the NBA playoffs on ABC? And can you think of something better to do with the “significant investment” a California Indian tribe has made than to register disapproval of a sports mascot?
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation isn’t saying how much it paid for the spots, airing in New York, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, L.A. San Francisco, Sacramento and Miami. It is saying that it ponied up for the anti-Redskins ad because, “It’s just a time to get people thinking about putting an end to outward hatred and using sports as a tool to focus on racism,” according to tribe spokesman Marshall McKay. Video after the jump.
Barack Obama may be headed toward the Lame Duck Preserve, but some Internet attention-seekers are still willing to swoon over him and hope to go viral. Tracy Clayton at Buzzfeed.com – a star of “Black Twitter” – posted a set of photos Tuesday night with the headline “27 Pictures That Prove That Barack Obama Is Our Hottest President Ever.” (HT: Michelle Malkin)
What followed below was a set of lecherous lines that would clearly get you sued for sexual harassment if the genders were reversed. Someone warn Michelle. This lady is sporting a beret and is looking to make a presidential scandal.
In a sidebar to People magazine’s softball interview/cover story – with People’s Sondra Sobieraj Westfall making inquiries like “What kind of grandma will you be?” – they honored “15 Women Changing the World Right Now,” including gay “equality crusader” Mary Bonauto and “mom against gun violence” Shannon Watts.
Then there’s a list of “Hillary’s Picks,” for “some of the women whose lives have inspired her own.” There’s Burmese dissident Aung Sun Suu Kyi, and German prime minister Angela Merkel, and ...Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot:
In a Sunday post, Washington Monthly blogger Martin Longman charged that a combination of unyielding ideological extremism and efforts to prevent many who might oppose said extremism from voting mean that the Republican party’s creed has “really beg[un] to resemble fascism.”
Longman noted that the DNC recently announced a campaign designed to find and register likely Democratic voters and remarked that while that project is “certainly in [Democrats’] self-interest…it’s also wholly consistent with traditional American values about...the right of everyone to vote…There is no corresponding effort to prevent likely Republican voters from registering to vote or to kick registered Republicans off the voter rolls.”
Ever notice that liberals possess a childlike faith in the magical powers of negotiating? This is perhaps best embodied by Bill Clinton, a man who conveys the distinct impression of believing he can talk his way out of anything.
Liberal radio host Thom Hartmann shares that faith, as exhibited on his radio show last week when he joined the chorus of praise on the left for the Obama administration springing American prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban held at Guantanamo Bay. (Audio after the jump)
That statement should offend both sides: not only those who oppose abortion but also those who abort (after all, if it wasn’t difficult, why the “not in her shoes” mantra?). But not so for the media – abortion is the very definition of “funny,” in The Washington Post’s latest piece.
A great line from George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley got some play this week on talk radio: “Barack Obama is really the President Richard Nixon always wanted to be.”
It came, on this past Tuesday’s (June 3) Hannity on FNC, in the wake of President Obama once more ignoring the law when he freed detainees at Guantanamo without giving 30-day notice to congressional intelligence committees.
The liberals at National Public Radio can’t really imagine guns being necessary for anything...unless perhaps it’s to keep Southern segregationists at bay.
On Thursday afternoon’s Tell Me More talk show, host Michel Martin brought on Charles Cobb, who wrote the book This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made The Civil Rights Movement Possible. She called it a “hiding in plain sight story” and asked why he wrote the book: