January 20, 2015

Latest PJ Media Column (‘A Badly Needed Economics Lesson’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up at BizzyBlog.com Thursday afternoon (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

The column promotes PJTV’s new series on Henry Hazlitt’s Timeless classic, “Economics in One Lesson.”


Andrea Tantaros of Fox’s ‘The Five’: Kerry Should Have Brought Judy Collins to Sing ‘Send in the Clowns’

On Fox News’s “The Five” last week, the panel had some fun coming up with alternative songs and performers U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry could have employed in his visit to France last week.

The video which follows starts with Greg Gutfeld exposing how the song used — “You’ve Got a Friend” as delivered by James Taylor, who was having a hard time even keeping his microphone properly positioned — actually served to expose the Obama administration’s kiss-and-make-up hypocrisy. When they got around to song ideas, Bob Beckel, the panel’s resident hardened liberal, was less than pleased, exposed his ignorance of France’s foreign policy positions, and even contended that “there shouldn’t have been a rally (in Paris) in the first place.” At clip’s end, Andrea Tantaros came up with the best song suggestion, which, sadly, could properly be applied to the person delivering tonight’s State of the Union speech.



Poor Michael Moore: At NBC, ‘Sniper’ Supposedly ‘Ignites Debate About War Films’; Mentions Moore’s ‘Snipers Are Cowards’ Tweet and Failed Attempts to Back Away

The leftist presss is clearly having a problem with the runaway popularity of “American Sniper,” which just pulled in an estimated $105.3 million at the box office during the four-day holiay weekend.

Rather than just tell us that “Sniper” topped the charts this weekend and moving on to other matters, NBC’s Today Show chose to dwell on the film’s “message about war.” Sadly for one leftist “heavyweight,” the network exposed his hateful movie-relate passive-aggressive critique, even after he tried to back away from it yesterday.


Moore-related transcript:

… Over the weekend filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted: “My uncle killed by sniper in World War II. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot you in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes.”

There was instant backlash. On Facebook, Moore insisted he wasn’t talking about the movie. But then he did talk about it, saying, “It’s too bad director Clint Eastwood had his characters calling Iraqis ‘savages’ throughout the film.” He also complimented an “awesome performance from Bradley Cooper,” and what he called an “antiwar sentiment expressed in the movie.”

Too late, Mike.

Everybody knows that you originally wanted us to think that you saw Chris Kyle as a coward. Nothing you say or do will ever change that.


Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012015)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.


Positivity: Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Heartbeat Song’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Life News:

Kelly Clarkson’s New “Heartbeat Song” is Set to Beat of Her Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat

On Monday, new mom and pop/country superstar Kelly Clarkson released “Heartbeat Song” — an upbeat, synth-driven single that celebrates her new baby girl in a unique way.

“The beat is actually River’s heartbeat slowed down from when she was in my tummy!” shares Clarkson in a radio interview. Clarkson and her husband Brandon Blackstock, married in 2013, welcomed their baby girl River Rose into the world on June 12, 2014.

Released in its entirety on Monday, “Heartbeat Song” raves about her experience of motherhood …

The video:

January 19, 2015

Pathetic: Both Michael Moore and Seth Rogen Pretend Their Tweets Didn’t Criticize ‘American Sniper’

Your truly noted yesterday (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) how Michael Moore tweeted, in part, that “We were taught snipers were cowards.” Earlier today, Geoffrey Dickens at NewsBusters observed that Seth Rogen, whose “The Interview” movie was at least partially salvaged financially by freedom-of-speech supporters on the left and right who watched it online and in person in select areas, tweeted that “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the (Nazi propaganda) movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.”

Tonight, both Moore and Rogen are in keister-covering walkback mode. Predictably, both are pretending that they didn’t imply and say what they really implied and said.



@Sierra Marlee Won Twitter Twice Last Week

Filed under: Activism,General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:00 am

January 11 and January 12, the former with the help of @haff_j:



Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011915)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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Positivity: Ring bearer and flower girl now husband and wife

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Minnesota:

2:55 p.m. EST January 13, 2015

Briggs Fussy and Brittney Husbyn’s wedding day wasn’t the first time the couple walked down the aisle together.

The bride and groom met in 1995, when he was a ring bearer in his godmother’s wedding and she was the flower girl.

“There was a picture on my wall of the two of us at the wedding together, but I don’t remember the wedding, and I didn’t know anything of her after it,” he told USA TODAY Network.

The couple reunited years later in their freshman government class at Blaine High School, outside of Minneapolis.

Fussy said his future bride turned around during class one day to show him a picture that he already knew very well.

“When I saw the picture, it clicked who she was,” he said.

The two started dating their junior year and eventually attended separate colleges — Fussy at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and Husbyn at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

“I knew in high school that I wanted to marry her,” Fussy said. “In college I kept thinking I want to be with her, and to do that I had to transfer.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.


‘American Sniper’ Brings Out Leftist Bile; Michael Moore Calls Snipers ‘Cowards’

Originally posted at 1 a.m. and brought forward for greater visibility.


The popularity of “American Sniper,” the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has “shocked” Hollywood. Estimates are that by the time the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend ends, the Clint Eastwood-directed film will gross over $100 million and smash records in several R-rated film categories.

That such a movie has been so well received, causing long waiting lines in both red and blue America, has already caused certain leftists to come unglued (examples here, here [warning: profane language] and here). Perhaps the most appalling reaction on the loony left has come from Michael Moore, who, without naming the film itself, described snipers as “cowards” in the following tweet:


January 18, 2015

Barely News: Islamic State Brutally Executing Gays and Adulterers

The nation's establishment press is virutally ignoring the existence of horrifying and officially approved Islamic State videos showing the executions of accused homosexuals and adulterers.

A search this morning at Google News on "Islamic State gay" (with "Islamic State" in quotes, showing duplicates) for items appearing since January 14 returned 83 results. Roughly 30 of them are directly relevant, and almost none are from U.S. establishment press outlets. As usual, the British tabloids and new media outlets are ahead of the game. Here are several paragraphs from the U.K. Daily Mail's coverage (bolds are mine):



Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011815)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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Positivity: Pro-life event designed with a California audience in mind

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Los Angeles (video at link):

Jan 13, 2015 / 07:05 pm

It’s not going to be sunny and 70 degrees in many places in the United States on Saturday, Jan. 17, but it will be in Los Angeles.

That’s why the first-of-its-kind OneLife event will be taking place outside, beginning with a walk for life and ending with a gathering in the park complete with food trucks, talks from both local and national speakers, and a concert.

The event, meant to be a family-friendly celebration of the dignity of the human person and the culture of life, is the brainchild of Archbishop Jose Gomez, who realized the Archdiocese did not have any large-scale pro-life events.

“He said, ‘Why do people have to travel to a different city to be pro-life? Why can’t they be pro-life here in L.A.?’” said Kathleen Domingo, the Life Coordinator in the Archdiocesan office of Life, Justice and Peace.

“We decided to make a family-friendly event that would embody what we mean by saying we’re pro-life and that would help build a culture of life,” she added.

The speakers and entertainers at the event will include local folks as well as some nationally known people, including: Eduardo Verastegui, actor and founder of Metanoia films, Eduardo Verastegui National Director of 40 Days for Life, Karyme Lozano, the co-star of For Greater Glory, Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, the first Superior General of the Sisters of Life, and Christian singer and song-writer Josh Garrels. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 17, 2015

Fox’s Kurtz: Alvarez’s Boehner Blunder ‘a Window’ Into an Ugly ‘Media Mindset’

Howard Kurtz, the Fox News analyst and the host of its “Media Buzz” program, made a few pertinent observations in a column about Victor Paul Alvarez’s astonishingly crass attempt at humor at Boston.com earlier this week. That said, Kurtz should have criticized the web site and its parent, the Boston Globe, for its completely unsatisfactory explanation for the one “correction” it made to Alvarez’s piece.

Alvarez somehow thought it was a great idea to make light of a potential assassin’s plan to kill House Speaker John Boehner by poisoning a drink, using that news as a jumping-off point to get into the GOP leader’s alleged drinking habits. As Jack Coleman at NewsBusters noted on Friday, Boston.com fired Alvarez shortly after his horrid piece appeared. Video and excerpts from Kurtz’s column follow the jump.



The Musician (and Song) John Kerry Should Have Brought Over to France

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:22 am

A friend told me that Andrea Tantaros of Fox News’s “The Five” had a better idea about who Secretary of State John Kerry should have brought over to France to sing a kiss-and-make-up song to (vainly) try to compensate for last Sunday’s failure to have any U.S. representation in the genuine million-person march in Paris. The artist and song suggestion follow the jump.