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  • Conservative Author and Humorist P.J. O'Rourke Endorses Hillary

    05/10/2016 12:20:07 PM PDT · by fella · 78 replies
    pjmedia ^ | 9 May 2016 | Stevan Krusier
    Hillary Clinton snagged another endorsement over the weekend, but don't expect her to trumpet it on the campaign trail. "I have a little announcement to make ... I'm voting for Hillary. I am endorsing Hillary," noted conservative author P.J. O'Rourke said on NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me. The episode aired over the weekend. If the Clinton campaign wants to tout O'Rourke's support as it tries to woo moderate Republicans who supported Jeb Bush and George W. Bush, it might want to end the quote there. "I am endorsing Hillary, and all her lies and all her empty promises,"...
  • Conservative Author P.J. O'Rourke Reluctantly Backs Clinton

    05/09/2016 8:46:48 PM PDT · by Innovative · 154 replies
    NPR ^ | May 9, 2016 | Scott Detrow
    "I have a little announcement to make ... I'm voting for Hillary. I am endorsing Hillary," noted conservative author P.J. O'Rourke said on NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me. The episode aired over the weekend.
  • P.J. O'Rourke, Top Quotes on Economics

    03/28/2016 6:42:37 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 19 replies
    The Man Hisself ^ | Various | P.J. O'Rourke
    "If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free." "You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money." "It is a popular delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and sloth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money." "There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to...
  • PJ: Trump ‘Double Agent,’ Cruz ‘Dragging’ ‘Social Issues,’ ‘Hate Immigration Stuff’

    12/26/2015 5:02:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Breitbart Television ^ | December 26, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Author and political satirist P.J. O’Rourke stated Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “will finally be exposed as a double agent,” criticized GOP presidential candidate Texas Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for “dragging in all these tired, sick, old social issues” and said of Cruz and Trump, “I really do hate it with this immigration stuff” on Tuesday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight.”O’Rourke said, “Cruz could actually get…nominated. I’m assuming that Trump will finally be exposed as a double agent, and will have to be stuck in a Chappaqua safe house, or wherever Hillary has got Bill stashed. But Cruz could actually...
  • Keep Christmas Commercialized!

    12/06/2014 3:02:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 7 replies
    thedailybeast ^ | Dec. 6, 2014 | P. J. ORourke
    Christmas has been about excess since Jesus was in the manger. So why stop now? The sanctimonious, the puritans of all stripes, and the killjoys in general raise the issue annually. Knock it off. Christmas has been commercialized since year one of the Current Era. Blame it on the Three Kings. They started the gift-giving right in the manger. Casper, Melchior, and Balthazar presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And thats the way its been ever since. In Dickenss A Christmas Carol, when Scrooge has been visited by Marleys ghost and undergoes a magnificent change of heart,...
  • Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster

    09/16/2014 6:34:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 74 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 9-13-2014 | P. J. ORourke
    <p>This coming Thursday the Scots will vote on whether to make Scotland an independent nation. And I hope they do because it will be a disaster.</p> <p>I dont say this as a prejudiced Irishman. Even though the thistle-arse sheep-shagger Scots swiped Ulster and sent a herd of Presbyterian proddy dogs and porridge wogs to squat on our land and won the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 by using unfairindeed, unheard of - organization, discipline, and tactics on an Irish battlefield. We Micks only hold a grudge about such things for 300 years or so.</p>
  • With a Grain of Salt: P.J. O'Rourke and Dave Barry in Conversation

    07/19/2014 12:53:40 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 3 replies
    Omnivoracious ^ | January 27, 2014 | Robin A. Rothman
    In the first paragraph of the prologue to his new book, The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way... And It Wasn't My Fault... And I'll Never Do It Again, political humor writer P.J. O'Rourke declares in no uncertain terms that he is "full of crap." Similarly, in the introduction to his upcoming book You Can Date Boys When You're Forty, humor columnist Dave Barry explains that his book, despite its subtitle "Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About," is not about parenting. It's easy to imagine that when these two bestselling authors and longtime pals get together,...
  • Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself

    05/11/2014 6:18:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 05/11/2014 | P. J. ORourke
    <p>So the international sanctions arent workingdont worry! If 1,000 years of Russian screw-ups are anything to go by, it wont be long before Vladimir Putin brings himself down.</p> <p>Now that weve failed to use Russias corrupt and degenerating economy, subservience to the international banking system, and vulnerability to falling energy prices to pop Vladimir Putin like a zit, were going to have sit on our NATO, E.U., and OSCE duffs and take the long view of Russian imperialism.</p>
  • In a Plain Brown Package: Australias doomed effort to kill tobacco sales. [P. J. O'Rourke]

    12/09/2013 8:23:38 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 73 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Dec 16, 2013 | P. J. O'Rourke
    I'm sitting at my desk, looking at a photograph of a gangrenous foot. It is a bloated thing in hues of phlegmatic gray rot, sanguine inflammation, melancholic black bile, and choleric open sores​—​exhibiting all the humors of a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Above the photograph, in bold white capitals on a dull, matte background are the words “smoking causes peripheral vascular disease.” The photograph is helpfully labeled “gangrene.” Below the photograph, in a bland sans-serif typeface with letters an eighth of an inch high, is “Marlboro Red.” This is a pack of Australian cigarettes, conforming to...
  • I Came, I Saw, I Skedaddled - Decisive moments in Barack Obama history.

    09/07/2013 9:07:23 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 9-16-2013 | P.J. O'Rourke
    I Came, I Saw, I Skedaddled Decisive moments in Barack Obama history. P. J. O’Rourke September 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 02 Julius Barack Caesar Obama Crosses the Rubicon I am crossing the Rubicon. Brrr, the water’s chilly. Deep, too. I’m going for a walk along the riverbank to look for a bridge. And I will cross the Rubicon as soon as the weather warms up. The die has been cast. That is, the deck has been shuffled. Or the Wheel of Fortune has been spun. And I’ll buy a vowel...
  • P.J. O'Rourke: Dear Mr. President, Zero-Sum Doesn't Add Up

    12/27/2012 11:47:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 27, 2012 | P.J. O'Rourke
    Is life like a pizza, where if some people have too many slices, other people have to eat the pizza box? Given that hypocrisy is an important part of diplomacy, and diplomacy is necessary to foreign policy, allow me to congratulate you on winning a second term. I wish I could also congratulate you on your conduct of international affairs. I do thank you for killing Osama bin Laden. It was a creditable action for which you deserve some of the credit you've been given. Of course the intelligence was gathered, and the mission was undertaken, by men and women...
  • How Obama Escapes Justice: A Congress of Whores

    12/23/2011 8:22:48 AM PST · by Ordinary_American · 11 replies
    The Post & Email ^ | December 23, 2011 | Lawrence Sellin
    THERE IS NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT OBAMA WAS ACTUALLY BORN ANYWHERE Parliament of Whores was an international best-selling political humor book, written by P. J. ORourke and published in 1991. It was a brilliant and scathing critique of the American system of governance from a conservative perspective. To me it does not seem so funny anymore. Who would have imagined in 1991 that ORourkes title would have provided an appropriate epitaph for the beginning of the downfall of the United States? The American republic has entered the first stage of decline. It has become a totalitarian democracy, a political system...
  • End Them, Dont Mend Them: Its time to shutter Americas bloated schools.

    06/15/2010 5:34:02 PM PDT · by rhema · 24 replies · 585+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 21, 2010 | P. J. O'Rourke
    The school year is drawing to a close. Time to balance the educational accounts and see whats been learned. Though not by my kids. I dont worry about them. Theyre geniuses like your kids and soak up knowledge the way a sponge (or a SpongeBob) does. Muffin, in sixth grade, has learned that Justin Bieber is very talented and doesntreally, Dadsing like a girl. Poppet, third grade, has learned how the Plains Indians made tepees. (They waited until after dinner to announce that their Lifestyles of the Cheyenne project was due tomorrow so that all the Cheyenne dads were up...
  • P.J. O'Rourke: Our Kind of Class Warfare - Lets have a tax on political power.

    05/02/2011 5:39:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | May 9, 2011 | P.J. O'Rourke
    Wipe that smirk off your face, Mister President. “We cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society.” Is there some Sidwell Friends night school class liberal politicians take to perfect an expression of smug disdain? When Teddy Roosevelt was demagogue-in-chief he at least had the nerve to come right out and call the successful people he despised “malefactors of great wealth.” He didn’t simper and moue at his audience. Go ahead and say it, President Obama: Let’s steal from the rich and give to the poor. Never mind that we’re doing a...
  • They Hate Our Guts-And They're Drunk On Power

    10/23/2010 10:43:37 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 48 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11-1-2010 | P.J. O'Rourke
    Published on The Weekly Standard ( They Hate Our Guts And they’re drunk on power. November 1, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 07 Perhaps you’re having a tiny last minute qualm about voting Republican. Take heart. And take the House and the Senate. Yes, there are a few flakes of dander in the fair tresses of the GOP’s crowning glory—an isolated isolationist or two, a hint of gold buggery, and Christine O’Donnell announcing that she’s not a witch. (I ask you, has Hillary Clinton ever cleared this up?) Fret not over Republican peccadilloes such as the Tea Party finding the...
  • CMon, Feel the Hate

    10/24/2010 8:24:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 23, 2010 | Ed Driscoll
    “This is not an election on November 2. This is a restraining order,” P.J. O’Rourke writes: Perhaps you’re having a tiny last minute qualm about voting Republican. Take heart. And take the House and the Senate. Yes, there are a few flakes of dander in the fair tresses of the GOP’s crowning glory—an isolated isolationist or two, a hint of gold buggery, and Christine O’Donnell announcing that she’s not a witch. (I ask you, has Hillary Clinton ever cleared this up?) Fret not over Republican peccadilloes such as the Tea Party finding the single, solitary person in Nevada who couldn’t...
  • A timeless P. J. O'Rourke Classic

    09/14/2002 8:34:29 PM PDT · by Noumenon · 12 replies · 2,981+ views
    P.J. O'Rourke Speech at the Conservative Political Action Committee | 11 February 94. | P.J. O'Rourke
    From a speech given at the CPAC roast of Robert Novak I know it's late, but I think there's always time for a fair and evenhanded assessment, a nice objective little look, at the Clinton administration: Simps and ninnies, lava lamp liberals and condo pinks. Spoiled twerps, racket-jawed purveyors of monkey doodle and baked wind. They are piddlers upon merit, beggars at the door of accomplishment, thieves of livelihood, envy-coddling tax lice applauding themselves for giving away other people's money. They are the lap dogs of the poli-sci class, returning to the vomit of liberalism. They are little pig herders,...
  • P.J. ORourke: We May Have To Shoot Democrats

    06/06/2011 5:55:13 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 58 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | June 7, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Ill keep this short. Im against gun control. Why? We tried it in Australia. By punishing law abiding citizens, we empowered criminals. Australia was safer in the 1950s when guns were treated as tools. But I digress. Heres another unique pro-gun argument made by the satirist P.J. ORourke in 2010s Dont Vote! It Just Encourages The B******s (page 165, if you must know): Gun ownership is crucial to the preservation of American freedoms. We may have to shoot Democrats. It happened in 1861 and it could happen again. Just kidding. Sort of. But there are other important arguments in favor...
  • P.J. ORourke: Atlas Shrugged. And So Did I

    04/12/2011 12:07:14 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/6/2011 | P.J. O'Rourke
    Atlas shrugged. And so did I. The movie version of Ayn Rands novel treats its source material with such formal, reverent ceremoniousness that the uninitiated will feel theyve wandered without a guide into the midst of the elaborate and interminable rituals of some obscure exotic tribe. Atlas Shrugged presents other problems for a moviemaker. The book was published in 1957 and set in an America of the future. But time seems to have taken a U-turn, so that were back in a worse Great Depression with a more megalomaniacal business competition-loathing FDR-type administration. All sorts of things have been uninvented,...
  • P.J. O'Rourke: 'We are seeing the sad end of liberalism'

    01/17/2011 9:01:59 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 17, 2011 | Rick Moran
    In a mostly serious, spot on analysis of New York Times reporting on the Tucson shootings, P.J. O'Rourke wonders if the kind of liberalism promoted by the Times and others hasn't outlived its usefulness in our political debates. Writing in The Weekly Standard, O'Rourke excoriates several Times writers for their obvious biases before getting to the meat of his critique: A reaction so disproportionate and immaterial to a news story by a news organization is indicative of trouble in the body politic​-​trouble almost as severe as that which the Times claims the Giffords shooting indicates. I worry that in the...