After several years of interviewing politicians, writers, entertainers and activists, I’ve learned that there are people who are only smart or funny in person and people who are only smart or funny in print.
Summer may be winding down, but there are still a few weeks left to relax with a good book at the beach or on a hammock in the shade. Luckily, Middle Man by David Rich is out this week to take you into Labor Day weekend.
I’ve been following Elisha Krauss on Twitter for several years. We first bonded over a mutual annoyance we both encountered over her seven years as Sean Hannity’s producer nationally-syndicated radio show and my involvement in the conservative movement.
There is no shortage of material from the Left that deserves mocking. But I have to ask, is it working for us?
During a time when national security and the inner-workings of the government seem to be stranger than fiction, I’m not surprised that the thriller book genre is gaining popularity.
Nolte regularly skewers the media as editor of Breitbart’s Big Hollywood and on The Conversation, a blog of various Breitbart contributors that I also contribute to (almost) every day. Nolte has had his eyes on Hollywood for many years.
The De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions
One of the great things about Twitter is that it allows you to get to know people beyond their vocation, which also happens to be my motive for asking non-political questions in Dozen interviews.
Nearly every TV commercial seems to show the husband or father as bumbling, emasculated basement-dwellers. One commercial that sticks in my mind is a laundry detergent commercial that shows a husband and wife folding their triplets’ clothes. The husband says, “You’re cuter than clean clothes.” The wife responds, “Thanks, honey. You suck at folding.”
If you’re a regular Townhall reader, you’re familiar with Mike Adams’ columns. If you’re any other Townhall columnist (and competitive like me), always seeing him scattered among the “Top 10” most-read most-commented columns makes you want to finally give in and do a column on Mike Adams with the hopes of cracking the top 10.
Reihan Salam seems to be everywhere. He’s the lead contributor of the “The Agenda” blog on National Review and policy advisor at e21, a think tank that promotes economic policies for the 21st century. He’s a frequent contributor to CNN and Vice.com. He’s also a columnist for Reuters and The Daily. I think he may have more jobs than I do.
I must confess that I rarely read political books (an exception is always made for Ann Coulter’s latest). Instead I gravitate toward humor, “chick-lit” and fiction. Author Jen Lancaster covers all of those genres and has become one of my favorite writers.
I first met Derek Hunter when he was helping a friend at Smith College organize a campus lecture by Ann Coulter. I was scheduling many of Coulter’s campus lectures at the time and the opportunity to speak at the feminist-infested Smith College was too good to pass up
When I saw Katie Pavlich’s recent report of the video game that allows users to murder NRA President David Keene my first thought was whether his adult children had seen it. How about his grandchildren? If anti-Second Amendment zealots are trying to erase any last shred of compassion Americans might have for their side they’re doing a bang-up job.
Ask any blogger or online and writer they’ll tell you when they had their first Instalanche. An “Instalanche” is when a website or blog has a spike in traffic after a link from Glenn Reynolds’ Instapundit.com. A Google search for the phrase “my first Instalanche” offers over 18,000 results.
In the Christmas edition of the De Pasquale’s Dozen I wanted to highlight the new Christmas EP (available here) by lead singer and guitarist of The Smithereens, Pat DiNizio and libertarian activist and jazz soloist, Christian Josi.
During every presidential election a handful of actors peek out from behind the Hollywood sign to endorse the Republican nominee, and then retreat back into the wilderness.
In 2009, conservative activists Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia saw a need for an organization to represent and educate gay Americans interested in free market principles, limited government and individual freedom. The organization has grown in to one that represents gays and their allies, building coalitions within the conservative movement and doing all they can to advance conservative and libertarian candidates.
For the next few weeks pundits, political consultants, activists and everyone else will be offering their reasons for why Republicans not only lost the presidential election, but several important Senate and House seats. Republicans of every stripe lost, so I don’t see this as a tea party versus the establishment scenario. People smarter and with more experience in electoral politics will talk about the candidates’ flaws and demographic realities. However, in seeing the exit polls and talking to friends who are not politically-inclined, one thing became clear to me: The media defined this election.
For 15 months Perino interacted with the press on a daily basis. And if that wasn’t bad enough, during President Bush’s infamous press conference in Baghdad when a TV journalist threw two shoes at the him, she was injured by a microphone stand during the scuffle.