Greg Gutfeld is the new P.J. O'Rourke. Not that P.J. is waning. But someone's got to be waiting in the wings.
Just as P.J. honed his humor and snarkyGreg Gutfeld is the new P.J. O'Rourke. Not that P.J. is waning. But someone's got to be waiting in the wings.
Just as P.J. honed his humor and snarky teeth by working as editor in chief of National Lampoon, Gutfeld sharpened his skills at a variety of magazines such as Prevention, and the UK version of Maxim and Stuff.
Gutfeld is gutsy in his humor approach, often taking on things O'Rourke didn't comment on, but at the same time, his language is tamer than P.J.'s. But that doesn't mean his bite is any less powerful.
Like P.J., he started as a liberal, shifted to conservative and finally landing in the libertarian camp. As he said, "I became a conservative by hanging out with liberals, and a libertarian by hanging out with conservatives."
Very funny, and sharp political and social commentary as well. ...more
Many claim the science on global warming is decided and the time for debate has ended. We're all going to bake to death unless we move back into cavesMany claim the science on global warming is decided and the time for debate has ended. We're all going to bake to death unless we move back into caves immediately. Here's my problem with this issue (and I've had it since long before I read this book): 30 years ago when I was a junior high and high school student, the very same organizations, and some times the very same people, who are now telling us the planet is becoming one big oven, were telling us the planet was about to become one big refrigerator because of global cooling. Don't these people have any instutitional memory?
Here, Horner pulls together the research from many scientists who question the whole global warming concept, including Dr. Patrick Moore--one of the co-founders of Greenpeace. Horner shows evidence that at the time Al Gore was running around saying the planet is warming too quickly, the Himalaya mountains were experiencing record snowfalls, the center of the Antartic Ice Sheet was actually thickening, temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere were actually staying static, he shows how Al Gore doctored the now famous/infamous hockey stick graph to prove his point, when in reality the men who worked on it said, ultimately temperatures actually showed NORMAL fluctuations. For those who are deeply worried about losing Alpine glaciers throughout the Alps, please keep in mind that when the African conqueror Hannibal brought his armies complete with elephants over the Alps, those glaciers didn't exist, the Alps were actually snow and glacier free enough to allow Hannibal passage. When the Vikings were running all over the North Atlantic, the Greenland Ice Sheet had retreated enough to allow the Vikings to place settlements on Greenland.
Horner also cites many other scientists who say that the only thing static about the Earth's weather patterns is that they are always dynamic--i.e. always changing.
This is worth the time of anyone who wants to get both sides of the global warming/climate change debate. ...more
Rather than have some muck-raker dig up dirt from his liberal past, conservative political humorist P.J. O'Rourke, beat them to the punch by publishinRather than have some muck-raker dig up dirt from his liberal past, conservative political humorist P.J. O'Rourke, beat them to the punch by publishing many of his early pieces, going all the way back to the sparodically published newspaper called Harvey. (He says they only published when they needed more money for marijuanna.)
The result is a fun view of his life throughout the years, with a few surprises tossed in, such as a relatively tender foreword written for the anniversary publication of Emily Post's book on etiquette. Also included is a drop dead funny piece on however you look at it--conservative, or liberal--adding flouride to the water will drive your kids to communism, and a bit on 100 Reasons Why Jimmy Carter was a Better President than Bill Clinton. ...more
P.J. O'Rourke has the same political acuity as people like George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Thomas Sowell. He also has a funny vein so deep and richP.J. O'Rourke has the same political acuity as people like George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Thomas Sowell. He also has a funny vein so deep and rich that it seems endless. When his combines these two things you have some of the most razor-sharp political and cultural writing and humor ever to come along since Will Rogers, but using all the language mother washed your mouth out with soap for using. The result is uproariously funny.
Now, a conservative, O'Rourke refers to himself as "a former long-haired, dope smoking, commie pinkio liberal with the scars on my formerly bleeding heart to prove it."
His career spans stints as editor of National Lampoon, Foreign Correspondent for Rolling Stone ("they hired me to be a Republican."), plus side ventures into automotive writing.
This one here is his first book, and is a hysterical look at government. You'll be laughing out loud throughout most of the book, right up till he hits you with the scorpion sting he has saved for the very last. ...more
Medved is an unabashed America lover. He begins and ends each hour on his nationally syndicated radio show by saying, "It's a great day in the greatesMedved is an unabashed America lover. He begins and ends each hour on his nationally syndicated radio show by saying, "It's a great day in the greatest nation on God's green earth." He makes no bones about it. And good for him. With this book he takes on the ten biggest misconceptions or lies about America, including slavery, supposed genocide against Native Americans, big business, the separation of church and state, to name a few.
His main purpose is to put these issues into their complete historical context. For example with slavery, it was a heinous, despicable thing, and Medved never once defends the institution, however the United States was not unique in its use of slavery. IN fact only 3% of all slaves going to the western hemisphere made it the the US. The rest went to the West Indies in the Carribean (those were--and many still are--British possessions), and Brazil, a Portugese possession. Not to mention all the slaves that went to England, France, Spain, Portugal, etc. And the US was instrumental in leading the way for the abolition of slavery in the Western world. The southern, slave-holding states were among the poorest in the US, and still suffer a legacy of economic depression, vs. the north.
Medved spent his early years as a Democrat, and was a campaign worker for the presidential bid of Robert F. Kennedy, and was the campaign manager for ultra-left, ultra-liberal former US Representative Ron Dellums of California. Medved also holds a degree in US history from Yale, and did about two years at Yale Law School as well, so he has a better than average grasp on the historical facts. He is also an in-depth researcher. This book is well-worth the time of anyone who wants to get a broader picture of many issues facing our country. ...more
For years Phillip Kay Howard has been trying shine a light on the absurdies of our legal and politcial systems. And he's right in almost everything heFor years Phillip Kay Howard has been trying shine a light on the absurdies of our legal and politcial systems. And he's right in almost everything he says. And he lays out a plan for changing things, but I wonder how it will be implemented, and there are places where it seems he contradicts himself. He says we need less government, and then goes on to suggest government mandated service. It seems a little contradictory. But he's right in everything he says.
But in the end, how do we wrest power away from those who are either abusing it, or scared to use it for the public good? This is definitely a book to make you think. But will it be enough to make you take action?...more
Goldberg goes back to what thrust him into the public spotlight (and what made him a pariah at the Big Three News Networks), left-wing, extreme liberaGoldberg goes back to what thrust him into the public spotlight (and what made him a pariah at the Big Three News Networks), left-wing, extreme liberal bias in the press and broadcast news. He never touches once on Barak Obama's positions, except to say that he didn't vote for Obama, and what he knows of Obama worries him as a citizen. Goldberg's target is the press openly standing on the sidlines shouting and encouraging Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.
As he says, no matter, how noble the cause, the job of the press is to report the news in an unbiased manner and allow the citizenry decide for themselves. But the press didn't do that this time 'round.