I grew up on the mean streets of the Internet, and for some reason, they made me a Front Page writer here. I'm also a Louisiana educator, freelance journalist, and most importantly a husband and father. Follow me on Twitter: @joec_esquire


    “Drones”: New Muse album is emotional, antiwar, and awesome

    In taking a break from the politics of the day, let’s talk about the music of the day. Muse, the alternative rock band out of England, has long been a favorite of mine, typically because the music is just so well done. You could strip away the lyrics (which more recently have been a bit hit-or-miss for me), leave the music, and still have extremely | Read More »

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    There’s a Tom Petty song about MSNBC

    There's a Tom Petty song about MSNBC

    Via Dylan Byers at POLITICO: Fox News and CNN did well in the ratings for May, a reflection of a month full of breaking news. MSNBC? Not so much. MSNBC decreased 9 percent in total viewers and 19 percent in the 25- to 54-year-old demo compared to last year, for about 301,000 total viewers and 83,000 in the demo. In Monday through Sunday prime time, | Read More »

    There is Something Called “Transability”

    Surprisingly, “transability” does not refer to one’s ability to provide oneself with transportation. It’s a much sadder and much more depressing indictment of our society as a whole. OTTAWA — When he cut off his right arm with a “very sharp power tool,” a man who now calls himself One Hand Jason let everyone believe it was an accident. But he had for months tried different | Read More »

    Jenner, Gender, and Debate

    There are two points of view: Sex and gender are the same thing, and it is mental illness that makes you believe that your gender different from how you were physically born. Sex is your plumbing, and gender is your wiring, and they can be different. Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn Jenner. Man is now woman. The media is exploding with pride that such a | Read More »

    Iowa GOP doubles down on pay-to-play

    The Iowa GOP is rather flustered that they are bleeding support for their pay-to-play system, more colloquially known as the Iowa Straw Poll. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 90%, Jeb Bush, and Mike Huckabee have all said they won’t be spending money there, and others have said they weren’t sure. The straw poll hasn’t been a great source of accuracy when it comes | Read More »

    Dean Obeidallah’s Last Resort is Hither

    Dean Obeidallah's Last Resort is Hither

    It started out as a typical Saturday morning. Wake up, get some coffee, check Twitter, see outrage of the day, move on. Today, it was stand-up-turned-pundit Dean Obeidallah’s turn to provide the outrage.   So, okay, Obeidallah is probably upset at the protesters wielding guns at a mosque to protest radical Islam’s affect on the kind of people who like to kill Christians and gays. | Read More »

    Journalists: Do Your Job

    Partially based on this post by Caleb Howe and partially based on this Blake Hounshell tweet, I’ve got a quick thought for journalists: How about actually doing your jobs? I get it, you don’t like people on the Internet and social media telling you to do your job and all, but considering I used to do the job, too, I actually know what I’m talking about. | Read More »

    The Great Democratic Experiment in NYC isn’t working

    The Great Democratic Experiment in NYC isn't working

    Noted mayor with communist ties Bill de Blasio, who currently sits upon a throne in New York City is receiving some less than favorable news. And, by less than favorable, I mean his favorability is really low right now. Approval ratings of mayors in the middle of first term: Michael Bloomberg 32% Bill de Blasio 44% That chart is courtesy WNBC/Marist and Qunnipiac, and is | Read More »

    Hypocrisy in “Game of Thrones” outrage

    Hypocrisy in "Game of Thrones" outrage

    I should preface this by saying I don’t watch Game of Thrones very often. The gratuitous sex and gore is a little more than I care about seeing. I’m much more into superhero shows and crime procedurals. That said, if the reaction to Sunday night’s Game of Thrones from the bloggers is anything to go by, Sunday’s was particularly rapey. Well, by particularly, I mean “probably not very | Read More »

    Two Argentine judges have lost their minds

    Try as I might, I couldn’t come up with a shorter or more clever title, mostly because I’m horrified at how the world around us is going straight into a Hell I never imagined*. Two Argentine judges are under fire for reducing the sentence of a convicted child abuser on the grounds that his six-year-old victim was gay. They said he ‘was making a precocious | Read More »

    Objectivity by any other name…

    Objectivity by any other name...

    Thanks to some fantastic work by the Washington Free Beacon, ABC chief news dude George Stephanopoulos has now admitted (albeit to POLITICO) that he has donated more than $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation. ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has donated between $50,001 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, the charitable organization run by his former boss, records show. At least a portion of that money was | Read More »

    David Vitter vs. the GOP

    David Vitter vs. the GOP

    Two years before his announcement that he would run for governor, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) 85% declared war on health care subsidies for Congress and its staff. The subsidies were to be lost thanks to Obamacare, but the White House worked with Congress to get everyone their subsidies by labeling Congress a small business enterprise or some such nonsense. Since then, Vitter | Read More »

    Louisiana in need of constitutional reform

    Louisiana in need of constitutional reform

    It is fast becoming clear that Louisiana needs to do something, because the state has more than one billion dollars in its budget that it can’t fund, and it always seems to be higher education that takes the hit. Now, I am not in the business of defending higher education: bloated administrative costs and program offerings that do little but employ otherwise unemployable professors have | Read More »

    End of the School Year: Open Thread

    We’re fast approaching the end of the school year for most folks, so I wanted to throw this up here. Right before the 2014 RedState Gathering, I switched from the liberal career field of journalism to the conservative bastion that is public school education (and by “right before,” mean I was hired the Tuesday before the Gathering, and showed up to it late because the | Read More »

    White man asks the son of Cuban immigrants if he is Cuban enough

    White man asks the son of Cuban immigrants if he is Cuban enough

    Mary Katharine Ham , in one of the very best single questions ever asked, proved herself to be very forward-thinking when she asked “WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOU, MARK HALPERIN?” To this day, no one can answer this question, but we all find ourselves asking it once again. (If awkward racial conversations trigger you, do not play this clip.) Halperin obsesses over [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted | Read More »

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