Unusually Stupid Primates of the Year: All the lunatics in the insane asylum at MSNBC (see video above). As you can see it’s not really a cable news station, but more like Animal House for Leftists. Unfortunately not featured prominently in the video is Melissa Harris-Perry, who outdid herself this year by claiming the word “Obamacare” is racist, wearing tampon earrings to express her support for late-term abortion and capping off the year this past weekend by presiding over a segment on her show in which Mitt Romney’s family was mocked for adopting a black child. Well done, guys!
Dumbest/most absurd articles of the year: I thought I had all my worst articles of the year picked out, but then this beauty showed up yesterday and I had to add it to the list. Yes, the people criticizing Obamacare’s Pajama Boy ad are doing it because they’re anti-Semitic. Nailed it, pal! Good grief. By the way, I’m going to try and post articles here that I haven’t already posted in other blog posts…
So many great exercises in absurdity from Salon this year, but this is undoubtedly one of my very favorites: “The Conjuring: Right-wing, woman-hating and really scary.” Here’s a New Year’s resolution for American “feminists”/Leftists: Focus less on searching pathetically for hidden “misogynistic” messages in American movies/video games/TV shows/songs and focus more on real problems that women are having in the world, like gang rape in India, “honor killings” and acid attacks in the Muslim world, FGM in Africa, etc. etc. Seriously, is there anything more tedious and boring than a Western feminist? Example two: I’m sure there’s some sort of point to this article but all I got from it was, “I HATE WHITE MEN I HATE WHITE MEN I HATE WHITE MEN!!!” That wasn’t the only rubbish published in The Guardian this year. They gave Salon and Slate a run for their money. A speech in which TV producer David Simon has an argument with himself over whether or not America should slather itself in Marxism or not, which turns into a lamentation about the “horror show” happening in America and the “two Americas,” made it into the pages of the British paper. Yes David, there are two Americas. One America is spewing collectivist bullshit and Marxist dialectic. The other America is trying to figure out how to live by/get around the onerous regulations and petty little rules the David Simons of the country impose on them (all in the name of the “greater good” of course) so they can earn a living and feed their families. They also published a hilariously nonsensical piece by idiot “comedian” and socialist Russell Brand, whose idea of writing is apparently to get high, randomly open up a thesaurus and write down every word on whichever page he lands on. Here’s a sample from the piece:
“What does the slung-about, bounced-around adage that ‘Politics is show-business for ugly people’ actually mean? I suppose that the narcissism and self-interest that motivates many entertainers is what lurks behind the ashen, jowly facades of most politicians. That politics is bereft of altruists, philanthropists and idealists but instead throbs and bristles with stunted show-offs, who, granted flatter abs and cuter noses, would be jiving and caterwauling on Britain’s Got Talent or staring with glum vacuity down the barrel of a camera in a mock corridor in Holby City. This pith squirt stings because we want our politicians to be motivated by high ideals and compassion and not to secretly seethe every time Harry Styles impeccably saunters through the public mind with hair that gently binds his scalp to the heavens and mankind to the angels. When I met Caroline Lucas MP, the member for Brighton Pavilion, in an electromagnetic instant I was assured that I was in the company of a high-caliber individual.”
And, of course, no “Worst Articles of 2013” list would be complete without picking one of the many “The Tea Party/Dallas/Republicans/Texas oilmen are responsible for JFK’s death” articles we were treated to on the anniversary weekend this year. Then there was this hilarious Politico piece blaming Obamacare’s problems on our stupid brains. Americans just aren’t smart enough to choose their own health insurance plans, according to the author. Yes, that must be it! Because it’s not like Americans had to do that (with even more choices) before Obamacare’s web portal of doom was shoved down our throats. And finally (though I could go on forever), this piece from The Nation on how the problem with Hugo Chavez was that he wasn’t authoritarian enough, is priceless.
Best columnists: Charles C.W. Cooke, Mark Steyn. Too many great pieces from these two to pick specific favorites. I post and quote them often, so I’m sure you’re quite familiar.
Worst columnists: Joan Walsh, Michael Tomasky, Tom Friedman. Joan Walsh of Salon spends her entire life finding racism everywhere she looks and crying about how bad she feels about being white. Seriously, it’s all the woman does, besides obsessively hate on Ted Cruz and defend Obama no matter what. It’s incredible. She finished the year off with an article titled, wait for it, “2013: The Year in Whiteness.” As for Tomasky, well this was probably my favorite 2013 piece of his. Adorable. Thomas Friedman is also terrible, mostly because he’s been writing the same goddamn column – fueled by the thoughts of whatever taxi driver he happens to get in whatever authoritarian country he happens to be admiring that week – for at least a decade now.
Best song and/or artist: “Blurred Lines” was undoubtedly the song of the year, and a very worthy one at that. For artist I would say Taylor Swift, not just because she writes her own songs (which is rare these days…and they’re catchy), but because unlike the vapid, boring, unerotic, cesspool of a girl below, Taylor Swift is classy, feminine and sexy.
Worst song and/or artist: Miley Cyrus. Can we make a New Year’s resolution, America, to never pay attention again to this sexless skank who possesses no measurable talent? You want some real role models for young girls? Try Malala Yousafzai or Rachel Washburn.
Favorite intellectual: Camille Paglia. I’ve waxed on about her before. Read this profile/interview that came out a couple days ago in the WSJ.
Best book: The Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin. I’ll review it later this week or next.
Best blogs/bloggers: The Ace of Spades blog is witty, insightful and varied. Instapundit is great for interesting links and short quips and commentary on it. National Review‘s Corner blog is fantastic. I link to it all the time. Reason‘s Hit and Run blog is my final recommendation this year.
Worst blogs/bloggers: I used to really love Andrew Sullivan’s blog, and I still like it for the variety aspect because he does cover a wide range of interests, from politics to literature to science, etc. However, his writing has become a huge turn off for me. He’s shifted far to the left since Obama was elected and practically worships the man…almost as much as he worships Catholicism, about which he constantly prattles on about, especially on weekends. So, basically I like the content (links, etc.) of his blog but I can’t stand him as a writer anymore. And of course, Matt Yglesias is just awful, as CJ Ciaramella noted last month.