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

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."



Although President Donald Trump has been in office for less that two years, many of those afflicted with extreme Trump Derangement Syndrome are already fantasizing about his exit from office. Among those is Georgetown University law professor Joshua A. Geltzer whose TDS fantasy about Trump's departure is notable for the fact that it is coated in several thick layers of unadulterated smug. 



Even liberal Politico finds untenable CNN's refusal to correct their July 26 "scoop" fed to them by Michael Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis that President Donald Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting that included his son and a Russian lawyer, which was subsequently denied by Davis' August 22 admission that he did not know if this was true.



Washington Post correspondent Anne Gearan must think that President Donald Trump is in possession of amazing predictive powers. Trump has been talking about renegotiating a new NAFTA deal since the time when he was a candidate for president and Gearan thinks that the real purpose of that deal was to change the subject from Senator John McCain soon after his passing in 2018. Yes, Gearan actually made this claim about the purpose of the new NAFTA deal on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday.



Last Tuesday, the Democrats and many of their mainstream media allies went into a state of jubilation at the thought that impeachment of President Donald Trump could be imminent in the wake of the court convictions of Paul Manafort and the guilty pleas of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. However, CNN legal analyst Paul Callan tossed cold water on these celebrations with a few reality checks that they definitely won't be thrilled to hear. 



Former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, Robert Reich, has become so crazed over the notion of the Trump presidency that he wants to go beyond impeachment by imagining there is such a thing in the Constitution as annulment. Reich claims that with annulment all of Trump's legislation, executive actions, and appointments would just disappear as if they had never existed in the first place.



Despite the recent hype in the mainstream media about teens supposedly hacking state election systems, CNBC tossed cold water on that fake news with a reality check with a ProPublica article. It turns out the students were coached on what to do in look-alike sites that differed from the actual state election sites.



It was inevitable that CNN's counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd's bizarre meltdown on August 24 on the subject of security clearances would serve as the basis of a parody. The Ovation Eddie channel on YouTube did not disappoint. It incorporated clips of Seinfeld's George Costanza screaming interspersed with Mudd going berserk to great comedic effect.



Former New York Times columnist and drama critic Frank Rich indulged in extreme Watergate fantasies to promote his liberal dream of Trump's removal from office. He strains to extremes to establish parallels between Watergate and the current era to the extent of defying political reality in his August 23 New York magazine article which revealed his severe Trump Derangement Syndrome.



It seems that good news for President Donald Trump cannot be delivered by many liberal news outlets without putting a negative spin on it. Such was the case with Anthony Man of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel who had to report on August 21 that Trump's approval rating is at it highest level which was immediately followed by a negative spin caveat.