P.J. Gladnick

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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

Kathleen Parker is going against the grain of her Washington Post colleagues on Sunday. While the Outlook section carries headlines like "Kavanaugh is lying, his upbringing explains why," and "Why senators 'believe' Ford, but side with Kavanaugh, Parker hailed Senator Lindsey Graham as "Sen. Jiminy Cricket," the conscience of the Senate.

 

 



CNN's legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin level revealed his hypocrisy on Wednesday's Anderson Cooper 360 when he decried America as more sexist (and racist) than is generally acknowledged. Toobin probably forgot his own sexist past as a deadbeat dad and his mistreatment of the mother of his born out of wedlock child. He only ended up paying the child support owed after the mother threatened to have his salary garnished.



Did you know that the American Bar Association recommended that the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh be halted until after an FBI investigation can be completed? Only one problem with the story. It's not true. 

Before Senator Jeffrey Flake made his vote for Kavanaugh contingent on an FBI investigation, CNN published a story by Manu Raju on August 27 about the ABA making a similar recommendation. It turned out the recommendation only came from the ABA president, not as an approved recommendation for that organization as a whole. So where is the correction? 



CNN asked several of its commentators for their reactions to the appearance of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Their replies were no great surprise with one exception. One of their legal analysts, Paul Callan, went against the CNN liberal grain and came out firmly in favor of the Senate confirming Kavanaugh. 



Despite the fact that even Senate Democrats remain quite wary of embracing Michael Avenatti's wild charges against Brett Kavanaugh based on bizarre extrapolations of seemingly innocent comments in his high school yearbook, the New York Times is now following his lead in debased speculation.



Oops! 

You just knew that thought had to have shot across CNN reporter Randi Kaye's mind when she asked for a show of hands from a group of five Republican women in Florida about if they believe Brett Kavanaugh in regards to the accusations against him by Christine Blasey Ford. The reason was that all five women immediately raised their hands. As a result, for most of the rest of the interview on Thursday, poor Kaye took on the role of advocate for the accuser.



The shocking revelation in the September 21 New York Times that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording President Donald Trump as well as invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office is stunning. It is also disturbing because this just feeds into Trump's "narrative" about the "Deep State" working to undermine him.

The latter is a great concern of CNN's historian commentator Douglas Brinkley as well as others in the liberal mainstream media.



CNN's Chris Cuomo might have his faults but one thing you have to say about him is he plays it down the middle with no obvious partisan agenda. You don't believe me? Why just ask him since it has been announced in the Hollywood Reporter that Cuomo will be hosting a call-in radio show starting this Monday on SiriusXM's "non-partisan" P.O.T.U.S. channel. Got that, everybody? Non-partisan. 

If you dare cast aspersions upon Cuomo's claim about a lack of a political agenda, he tells us over and over again about how straight down the middle he plays it. Oh, and one other fringe benefit of having a radio show on SiriusXM, he can let off steam by cursing. Hooray!



Journalist Jeff Greenfield, writing in the September 17 Politico magazine, somehow can't figure out the real reason "Why Woodward's 'Fear' Flopped in Washington." Greenfield makes a light attempt to find out the reason for the flop but seems to be unable to see the all too obvious.



Tom Arnold's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes premieres on Tuesday but unfortunately there seems to be nefarious forces out there trying to hinder his quixotic quest. According to Arnold, one of those trying to stop his hunt is the former producer of The Apprentice, Mark Burnett, whom Arnold is accusing of choking him at a pre-Emmys party in Los Angeles on Sunday night. In another interview, TV Guide summerized the comedian: "Bob Woodward and I" "are basically the same guy." 

 



Creepy horror story writer Stephen King promised an electoral horror show for Maine's Republican Senator Susan Collins if she votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. King's threat came in the form of a tweet he posted on Saturday. This comes as no real surprise since King has a track record of extreme Trump Derangement Syndrome. 

 



Perhaps some of you might remember a familiar scene while playing poker during your teen years. Very frequently someone who was upset at how the game was doing would yell out "DEUCES WILD!" to change the rules. It was especially suspicious if the person had just been dealt a new hand before yelling out that rule change.

Well, New York Times op-ed columnist David Leonhardt is essentially yelling out "DEUCES WILD!"  Now that the economy is soaring under President Donald Trump he wants to change the rules on how it is measured as you can see in his September 14 column, "We’re Measuring the Economy All Wrong."



Joe Scarborough has been so opposed to President Donald Trump (as opposed to when he fawned all over Trump)  that he even smeared him a few days ago with the absurd claim that Trump is a graver threat  to the American dream than the 9/11 terrorists. Therefore it was quite surprising that on Friday's Morning Joe show, while in Mississippi observing the attitudes of voters in that state to Trump, that Scarborough said something about Trump that was so upbeat positive that the soundbite could actually be used in one of his   2020 campaign commercials.

 



What do you think the top priority of Congress would be if the Democrats win control of the House in November? The answer is something upon which both the left and the right would agree: Impeachment. And yet the official Democrat position is pretend that impeachment is not on their minds 24/7 because they know such an admission could hurt them with the voters. Therefore most of the Congressional Democrats are currently going thru the laughable pretense that the I-word is not their top priority although a number of their members such as Maxine Waters are uncomfortably truthful about their intentions.



Shh! One of the U.S. Senate candidates backed out of a scheduled debate but could we just forget about that and move on to other matters? That seems to be the reacton of the Texas Tribune to the news that the Democrat candidate in the Senate race to unseat incumbent Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke, backed out of a scheduled debate set for August 31. Since then, it has been treated as a rather minor matter by a periodical whose main shtick is Texas politics.



The hunt is on for the identity of the anonymous author of an op-ed in the New York Times who claimed to be a senior official in the Trump administration.  Everyone is getting in on it, including famed Unabomber profiler James Fitzgerald in a Fox News interview with Harris Faulkner on Friday. If you are familiar with the Unabomber case or watched the fascinating Discovery Channel series Manhunt: Unabomber you would be aware that Fitzgerald, while working as an FBI profiler, used his expertise in forensic linguistics, the analysis of written and spoken language for investigative and evidentiary purposes, to analyze the writings of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, including his manifesto.



The economy is booming but did you know that these are the final days of Donald Trump's presidency? That is the absurd premise put forward on MSNBC's The 11th Hour with Brian Williams on Wednesday by that master of hyperbole, Jon Meacham, the man at the helm of Newsweek as it sank like the Titanic.

In response to serial fabulist Brian Williams conjuring up images of Richard Nixon "three scotches deep in the White House in the evening doing strange things walking down the hallway," Meacham eagerly joined in with that "Final Days" imagery.



On Monday Meet The Press host Chuck Todd challenged the media in a piece for The Atlantic to embrace what most of them are already embracing and in effect become part of the "resistance"  by urging them to "stop complaining---and start fighting back." Only a day later, Fox News host Tucker Carlson challenged Todd to take a break from "fighting back" and explain what he knew about the NBC coverup of the Harvey Weinstein story.



Peter Baker, the chief White House Correspondent for the New York Times, wrote a September 1 article in his newspaper about the memorial service for the late Senator John McCain. However, there was another person who was uppermost in Baker's mind judging from his story. Need I really spell out who that person was? 



Chris Cillizza, a member of the fake news organization CNN that has turned itself into a resistance network, hailed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for going full political against President Donald Trump. This is part of the general idolatry of Ginsburg which peaks on Labor Day with the CNN Films paean to Ginsburg, "RBG."