A few days ago, MSNBC host Krystal Ball claimed that George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is now a political parable warning of the dangers of capitalism.

Today, Ball defended herself against conservatives who “lost their minds over that”:

Here’s video of Ball’s explanation followed by a partial transcript:

Partial transcript:

“I know that Orwell’s novel was an allegory of Soviet communism. But to fixate on ‘Snowball is Trotsky’ and ‘Napoleon is Stalin’ is to miss the real profundity of the story. At its heart Animal Farm is about tyranny and the likelihood of those in power to abuse that power. It’s quite clear that tendency is not only found in the Soviet communist experience. In fact, if you read Animal Farm today it seems to warn not of some now non-existent communist threat, but of the power concentrated in the hands of the wealthy elites and corporations.”

Ball went on to describe which of Orwell’s characters were like Mitt Romney and Karl Rove, and to say that the pigs sound as if they believe in trickle-down economics.

Many just aren’t buying it:

https://twitter.com/DannyCrawfordJr/status/463771402802188289

Hopefully coming soon:

Oh please let that happen!

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  • DG

    So now Liberals are re-writing great works of fiction, not being satisfied with only re-writing history? Orwell must be spinning in his grave.

    • Informed&Concerned

      Son and I just read this last month . . . she should RE-READ or at least read it to understand how power is taken away from people, changing the lies . . . my son asked if it was about Obama. lol

      • WhoMeToo

        Out of the mouths of babes oft times come gems! ~_^

        • Orwellian_Dilemma

          But only if they got into Mommy’s jewelry box first.

    • colonialmarine

      WAR is PEACE, FREEDOM is SLAVERY, IGNORANCE is STRENGTH

      and now, direct from revisionachik Krystal Ball at the “msn-STRY of TRUTH”
      home of “Glorious 5 Year Plan” & new doubleplusgood 4th Law of PROG-SOC

      ORWELL is a SOCIALIST

      we now return you to newsreels of the neverending War with EurAsia EastAsia

      • Ragnar__Danneskjold

        Dogs and cats living together…Mass hysteria!

      • colonialmarine

        “Two legs good, four legs BALLLLLLLLLL

    • pashley

      dude, they have been doing it to the Bible forever.

    • trixiewoobeans

      I don’t think he saw this one coming.

      • CptNerd

        I’m afraid he did, he just didn’t get the timing (or country) correct. He also didn’t want “1984” to be read as a “how-to” guide…

    • Robert Rivera

      The Left is dumber than pig sh!t, this knucklehead is just more proof. Ball is about as sharp as a bowling ball.

    • http://macsen573.wix.com/overdrive Macsen Overdrive

      Orwell was right.

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    Speaking of pigs, Where is Chris Matthews?

    • LegalizeShemp

      Getting the tingling in his leg looked at.

      • Hot_wings

        …they’re probably still got the pumps cleaning all the goo in his studio after his interview with President Al-Perfecto!

    • Mary Mommy Happy 2016!

      He got his own special crazy at the moment, worrying about Republicans using ‘Voodoo Dolls’ on Hillary.

      “CHRIS MATTHEWS: Let me start off the week with this. The enemies of Hillary Clinton, by that I mean the partisan enemies, have got their voodoo doll. It’s called Benghazi. Every time they put the pin in, they hope it hurts Hillary. Every time they say the word, they hope it scares her. And now they have got a select committee, an official committee of the Congress devoted entirely to putting in the pins. It will endure for months and quite plausibly years as they stick it into Benghazi. And every time they want to hurt the person they fear will loom as unbeatable in 2016. Just listening to the chanting and incantations as they dwell on the incident they hope will puncture the political brand of the former secretary of state. They want her and every voter in the country when they hear the word Benghazi to think Hillary Clinton. It’s become an obsession bordering on cultism among Republicans, with even John Boehner falling under its spell.

      You can almost smell the incense. “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.” They keep chanting the word until it gets Hillary to fall. Could the cause of this bizarre rite be a secret Republican fear that while Hillary Clinton may be strongly positioned on the center left, they’ve got nobody on center right to stand up to her? Now that Christie’s got stuck on the bridge and Jeb doesn’t know whether he’s going or coming.”

      Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2014/05/05/chris-matthews-accuses-gop-using-benghazi-voodoo-doll-against-hillary-cl#ixzz30z7mMl9v

      • Spinmamma

        Just when you think he has reached has nadir.

        • Mary Mommy Happy 2016!

          I think one day. He is going to be a force into retirement and he going to be escorted by some nice men out of the msnbc building. While wearing a Straitjacket.

          • bluewaternavy

            Why would they escort him out? MSNBC is already a nut asylum, he’s right at home!

          • http://azconservativerants.blogspot.com/ DeeDee

            I agree. He just needs a nice little box with his arts and crafts supplies, and to be let out of that nice canvas jacket with the straps on the sleeves — but only AFTER he gets his shot of Thorazine.

          • bluewaternavy

            Double dose, I trust? 😉

      • cigarfintan

        Nothing tells me the Progressives are scared shitless of Benghazi more than that quote.

      • Richard StJohn

        He should listen to his co workers on morning Joe. Even someone at MSNBC was outraged that Obama was (again) proven a liar. Republicans have been ridiculed for a year for claiming this happened. Now proof comes out and the media downplays it. I guess it’s hard being a sycophant like Matthews. You stand up for your liberal buddies who you honestly believe are second only to God (if one existed) only to be left looking like a fool for having trusted them. Most people are smart enough to realize that liars continue to lie even after being caught. Not Matthews. He still believes Obama and Hillary are pure as driven snow. Hillary was promoting the video story per her emails while the attack was still going on.

  • mrspinky85

    Wish I could away with making up my own conclusions about things in class. Why do we even go to school?

    • WisconsinPatriot

      I think she might have missed some. Hard to resist that “big sack of frosty nugs” when one is young…….

  • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

    Is this sort of like the blacks can’t be racist thing? Liberals can’t be the pigs?

    • Spiny Norman

      Of course not. They’re only doing what’s best for us.

      ::snort::

  • Wag_a_muffin

    It isn’t about communism OR capitalism. It’s just a bedtime story about talking animals. (If you’re reading it to preschoolers, just skip over the gory, killing parts.)

  • I_KICK_HIPPIES

    What do expect from MSDNC?

  • LegalizeShemp

    If this doesn’t prove that liberals look at everything 180 degrees out of whack, what does?

  • Stupid Republic

    I’m sure Krystal Meth Ball thinks Orwell’s other fine work “Nineteen Eighty Four” is a critique of an overly free society.

    • Catchance

      She also believes that Ralph, in William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies”, is a horrid little conservative brat, while Jack is the smart, liberal, one. If only Jack had been in charge, none of the bad things would have happened.

  • LegalizeShemp

    In other reviews, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” are about the great things that happen to alcoholics and substance abusers.

    • QueenB

      Less Than Zero really shows you how to do addiction right.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Movie review: Bar Fly with Mickey Roarke is a tender love story/tragedy about when the government just isn’t generous enough.

    • trangbang68

      “The Gulag Archipelago” is about when the tsarists in Russia disguised themselves as Stalinists and built concentration camps for the true and noble followers of Stalin.

      • trangbang68

        “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is about Tea Party founder Simon Legree chasing ACORN members who are trying to help black widows to the polls.

    • Evil Otto

      “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” was apparently a book about how awesome slavery was.

      /MSNBC Literary Criticism

    • cbenoistd

      “The Godfather” is a cautionary tale about the danger an olive oil pipeline poses to the environment.

  • QueenB

    Non-existent communist threat……as Putin marches on through Ukraine.

    • Jake Bradford

      As Eric Holder sits as head of the DOJ

  • LegalizeShemp

    Liberals never met a collectivist system they didn’t like…..a lot.

  • Resist_We_Much

    This is exactly what you would expect someone to write that was photographed sucking a dildo attached to her husband’s nose. Who the hell does MSNBC think they are fooling with this bimbo?

    • trangbang68

      Say again????

  • LegalizeShemp

    Krystal Ball? Ah, I think that’s a typo, shouldn’t it be “Snow Globe Brain” ??

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “Rosebud…”

      • QueenB

        If she reads this, that just went WAAAAY over her head.

      • grais

        Holy smokes, imagine what she’d make of that movie, eh?

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          “C.F. Kane, dangerous RW media kingpin…” or the like.

          • grais

            Rupert Murdoch, of course, but that’s been done to death, and only by ignoring the creators of Obama’s meteoric rise and maintenance. And also ignoring “the fighting liberal.”

            Would she dare?

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    All interpretations of Animal Farm are equal, but some ARE more equal than others.

  • QueenB

    “I know that Orwell’s novel was an allegory of Soviet communism….” but I am going to ignore that completely, because it doesn’t fit into the narrative.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “Because, with the deconstructionist interpretation methods I use, I can show you there were levels of meaning even George Orwell wasn’t conscious of…”

      • Spinmamma

        Ah yes. The “New” Criticism, where we can take a writing completely out of context and know nothing of the person who created it. IMHO one of the dumbest critical theories ever posited.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          But even Common Core alleges you can read something out of context– the Gettysburg Address, for example– and figure out it’s got something to do with a battle having been fought to maintain a nation of free people– just from what the damned thing SAYS, if you have ANY reading comprehension ability AT ALL.

          • Spinmamma

            With emphasis on “something to do with”

  • LegalizeShemp

    Take heed gentlemen, just because a person with two “X” chromosomes says something, that doesn’t make it necessarily true.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Remember, nothing negative about Marxism or collectivism can be allowed to carry the day, only negatives about independence and freedom will be aired on this poor excuse for a cable network.

  • SpaceRacer423

    Check out #KrysalballBookClub on twitter.
    Join in on the fun.

    • journogal

      Those are great!

  • ceemack

    Her thesis seems to be that, yes, Animal Farm warned about the dangers of communism, but capitalism is actually worse.

    And she seems not to understand capitalism in the least–shocking for an MSNBC host.

    Seriously, how does somebody this dumb get a lucrative job on TV–without being a “real housewife” somewhere?

    • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

      I love the part where she claims that the message of AF is “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” and then proceeds to claim that capitalist systems are worse about that than communist systems.

    • Bill Phillips

      It must have been here exceptional intelligence. It couldn’t have been about here physical looks …right?

  • TocksNedlog

    If you look deeply into her, you will see clear through to the other side.

  • TocksNedlog

    “non-existent communist threat”
    — North Korea threatening South Korea
    — China threatening Japanese islands
    — Russia OCCUPYING Ukraine

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Animal Farm was about capitalism? Bet that’d be news to George Orwell.

    And remember, according to Krystal, we have always been at war with Eurasia Eastasia “um, that country in the Antarctic or something.”

    • Kris Langley

      She can’t help it. She read the book on the Intercontinental Railroad

  • TocksNedlog

    Ouija broad.

    [I denounce myself]

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    Who believes she can read?

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ Ice Cold Troll

    Well to be fair, it COLD be interpreted as a caution on tyranny of any kind. However, don’t misunderstand Orwell either. He was criticizing Stalin’s brand of it, rather than Communism itself. Orwell was no Ayn Rand.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      He was a self-professed Social Democrat as the term is generally understood in European politics. His ideal would have been something like the Sweden of the late 20th C. He was just nationalistically English enough to know it wouldn’t quite work in Britain, but hey, you do the best you can with what you got and who you got.

  • Mary Mommy Happy 2016!

    Her parents named her Krystal and last name is Ball.
    Cute.

    I can almost picture her parents on a desert commune drinking peyote tea… and dreaming of a socialist utopia for some reason.

    Somebody should tell her, she is not good at using liberal metaphors to get political points interpretation across to her liberal views. .

    • Spinmamma

      Or they really wanted a boy.

  • MrApple

    Ms. Ball needs to reread her Cliff Notes.

  • Jake Bradford

    MSNBC is a mini Hunger Games of useful idiots. Place your bets on which regurgitating halfwit will outlast the rest.

  • Maxx

    Stay tuned for her critique of “The Razor’s Edge,” when Ball asserts that Maugham was actually questioning the validity behind the battery charged Fusion Pro Glide.

    • thedumbblonde

      You bad.

  • rambler

    By all means…. double down on stupid! She should have quit with her earlier comment.

  • Perso Nasplit

    Atlas Shrugged: The Democrat business owners were empowering their employees, giving them fair wages and full benefits, allowing them to unionize which only increased benefits without decreasing the meager profits for the owners. The owners, once they had made enough money, stopped taking more of the peoples money, and the benevolent government appointed common sense heroes to administer the whole affair, and since the government knows best, they offered to take the burden of society off the shoulders of the business owners by taking over production. Everything was fair. And then MSNBC woke up.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      ……….in a puddle of urine and blood, with a needle still stuck in its arm.

  • CO2 Producer

    Do not imagine, comrades, that leadership is a pleasure! On the contrary, it is a deep and heavy responsibility. No one believes more firmly than Comrade Napoleon that all animals are equal. He would be only too happy to let you make your decisions for yourselves. But sometimes you might make the wrong decisions, comrades, and then where should we be?

    –Squealer, Animal Farm

    • littldough

      isn’t that the logic behind the Obamacare exchange plans.

  • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    She should have used the Correspondent’s Dinner as a visual comparison to her thoughts on “Animal Farm”.

    But instead, it’s apparently only Conservatives who are the evil 1% and liberals eternally turn a blind eye to those who parade their wealth/power with intense hubris.

  • Jack Deth

    And 1984 is all about The Global Warming Wars that never existed. So the war could go on forever!

    • Resist_We_Much

      1984 is an instruction manual for liberals

  • Michelle ✓classified

    Her parents were cruel. And she’s rather difficult to listen to, that voice is mighty grinding on the nerves. Yikes to whomever thought putting this gal on TV was a great idea.

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Ms. Ball:

    Beauty is fleeting, But stupid lasts a lifetime!

  • thedumbblonde

    Fahrenheit 451 was all about Global Climate Disruption.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      A global climate disruption that was SO bad, they burned all records of it…

      • thedumbblonde

        Incineration is now a “green” recycling method..

    • ToyZebra

      Don’t give her ideas.

    • WisconsinPatriot

      Planet of The Apes was about agrarian reform, and those who would oppose it.

  • Guest

    “Do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” Orwell’s allegory was definitely lost on this pig. She is scary stupid.

  • DanielSFL

    I can’t choose whether she’s just willfully stupid or just hopelessly ignorant.

  • jumper297

    Jesus is she stupid… I know that’s not necessarily a unique trait on that channel but she takes it to another level.

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    Literary analysis is so easy when you ignore things like facts and direct statements from the author and just make up whatever the hell you want. Did you guys know that Tolkien wrote Lord of the Rings to protest the Iraq War?

    • unknown

      I thought he wrote it to show white supremacy? Why else are the orcs and evil creatures dark-skinned /sarc.

      • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

        In all seriousness, there are people who have tried to argue that LOTR is anti-industrialist, with Mordor supposedly representing an industrialized nation and the Two Towers referring to smokestacks. They continue to assert this despite the fact that Tolkien specifically refuted it.

        • Maryland_Malcontent

          I wonder if orcs are a metaphor for illegal immigrants then… :)

  • lillymckim

    This Krystal Ball (parents had to be 70’s hippies) is the same person who used to spend 24/7 on twitter inciting other same thought loons into boycotting, blackmailing, and threatening Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors into censorship. 24/7.
    It wasn’t enough that she disagreed with Rush she was OBSESSED with Rush she wanted him censored into compliance.

  • WilliamAmos

    This is what happens when you read a book backwards

    • LegalizeShemp

      Liberals take it in backwards all night, and spew it out backwards all day !

    • WisconsinPatriot

      And upside-down…..

  • Michael Darrin Chaney

    “The commies are gone so Animal Farm is now about those evil 1% plutocrats who are not Democrats.” Why is “plutocrats” plural in this sentence? Oh, yeah, there are *two* Koch brothers – I forgot.

  • © Sponge

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  • © Sponge

    You can’t fix stupid.

  • Frogmouth

    If you read it backwards, everything works out fine.

    Plus, you can hear Lennon (not Lenin) saying the Walrus was Paul.

  • WhoDat

    The book can mean different things to different people. Her viewpoint is just weird.

    • grais

      She talks funny, too.

    • junkbondtrader41

      It is true that a work of fiction can technically mean anything the reader wishes.

      But if the STATED INTENT of the author, as well as the overwhelming consensus of other readers, is diametrically opposite, Ball should not pretend that meaning is anything but her own.

      • Maryland_Malcontent

        The New school of literary criticism: the book can mean anything that you can “support” that it means and the only source of corroboration that is out is anything that the author wrote that explains the meaning of the book.

        :(

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      So you agree with her that Capitalism is evil. Good to see you finally admit you hate Capitalism.

    • Evil Otto

      So can I interpret your comments here to mean that you’re an Ayn Rand objectivist? After all, in your world apparently nothing about written words matter except what someone feels about them.

      Her viewpoint isn’t weird… her viewpoint is wrong.

      • WhoDat

        It’s a work of fiction. Interpret it how you want.

        • Evil Otto

          That’s the sort of shallow response I’d expect from a college freshman. Who smokes a lot of weed.

          No, drone, some interpretations of fiction are simply wrong. If I interpreted Atlas Shrugged as a novel praising collectivism, I would be WRONG. If I interpreted Star Wars as a pro-totalitarian film I would be WRONG. If I interpreted Orwell’s other classic novel, 1984, as a call for total control of all society, I would be WRONG.

          Krystal Ball (I can’t even write her name with a straight face) is wrong about Animal Farm.

  • docscience

    Ignorance can be cured, but stupid is FOREVER.

    At least she’s got nice hair.

  • DTOM31

    I looked into Krystal’s Ball again….nope….there is still nothing there.

  • Thom Harris

    Would someone tell this woman that if she cannot understand the book, she can always find the Cliff’s notes on the book. It will tell her exactly what the book is about. If she is smart enough to actually read and comprehend.

  • AccountantCas

    You just can’t fix stupid!

  • Super Marsupial

    brain dead

  • LegalizeShemp

    Remember liberals, if you find yourself in a hole, keep digging, as long as you keep digging up, you’ll eventually get out of the hole.

    • It’s Megatron – Your Leader!!!

      And if they dig deep enough, hopefully that hole will end up taking them to Russia or China.

    • Otter2

      I’ve been thinking of that advice a lot lately living here in Seattle where our prog overlords decided to replace the viaduct on the waterfront with a deep bore tunnel. Think Big Dig here, only worse. So the $80 million tunnel machine is hopelessly stuck and broken but it can be fixed for another $130 million. O.o They’re going to keep digging one way or another. Oh yeah, the tunnel (if it’s ever done) gives zero access to the downtown core.

      It would be funny if I wasn’t paying for it.

  • jimmyrourke

    And she is a journalist. What an idiot she is.She looks pretty hot and you know how liberal the left is.

  • Michelle ✓classified

    William, was it the nose or the fact that she was trying to suck it?

    • WilliamAmos

      I am sorry Michelle. Yeah that was her but think some would suggest a “war on Women” if we allowed pics like that. Had to delete some Hillary pictures earlier as well. Can get out of hand.

      • Michelle ✓classified

        No sorries, I didn’t really expect it to stay *snort* Anyone would be a fool to beat the “War of Women” drum over that pic, she DID pose for it lol. :-)

        • WilliamAmos

          Oh it would get some heat. Had to delete a Hillary joke because I knew someone would find it offensive. Some very thin skinned people out there.

          • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

            Yeah, but my stripper comment was spot on. It’s not my fault she willingly uses that name.

          • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

            But I will take my punishment. I believe in accountability.

    • Maryland_Malcontent

      We don’t see eye to eye too often here but that picture was the first thing that I thought of when I saw this thread. :)

  • Christopher Crowder

    So, Communist China is no threat? Putin isn’t trying to resurrect a Soviet style Russia? I guess at least she’s easy on the eyes. :-/

  • Beaux

    One point she makes is true, any political system is capable of devolving into tyranny… however, if one looks to the Korean penninsula you will find that while capitalism in the south may have the potential to abuse the people… at some time… in the future, all one has to do is look to the north to see what communism has wrought.

    Communist oppression destroys nations within decades leaving the people suffering, impovrished and starving while the leaders want for nothing. Yet for all the oppulance that the capitalist rich display for themselves, even under it’s worst abuses, the people of capitalist nations “suffer” far more comfortably than their brothers.

  • TJ

    Don’t think for a second she thought of this all by herself. It was taught to her and every one in the studio by communist professors.

    • Ragnar__Danneskjold

      I have been there. It’s true.

  • Ironside

    In an earlier generation this garbanzo brain would have been one of those kids in high school who wrote their book reports by reading “Classics Illustrated” comic books.

    • Starsdancer

      with crayons and rainbow markers.

  • Ivy_King

    Yes, and ‘1984’ was written about the Reagan administration! He was president back then, right Krystal? Didn’t David Bowie write that book?

    • DirtyDeedsDoneDirtCheap

      Don’t forget to credit Mick Ronson on that Bowie Book.

      • Ivy_King

        Yes, RIP Mick,, one of the Spiders From Mars.

  • JustEric

    They always get SOOOO close to figuring everything out and then drop the ball at the last possible second, don’t they?

    “Racism is bad…” YES! “…which is why Republicans should stop being racist!” *facepalm* “Oh, and isn’t Alec Baldwin the bestest?!” *double facepalm*

    “Animal Farm is a good cautionary tale that we can all learn from…” YES! “…and make sure capitalism is squashed!” WAIT…WHAT?!?

    It’s like watching a baby trying to eat. Every time you think they’re going to get it…every single time…but in the end they just get spaghetti everywhere and we’re left cleaning up the mess they made.

    • BSM

      It’s mind-boggling.

      • Semprasectum

        NO, its 2014 AmeriKa. . . we are so lost

  • James Maloney

    I love how she quotes MSNBC’s own “study” to justify her position. How much of a left wing hack do you have to be not to do any kind of independent research? She does call herself a journalist, right?

  • BJ001

    Communism is a non existent threat?? Yey right. It is a major threat coming from people like Ball and the Democratic party.

  • Liberals have no morals

    Democrats know nothing but lying. Then when caught in lies they lie more. Lies are all they have. They are led by the supreme liar.

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      To have a concept of lying, one must first recognize the existence of objective truth.

  • $2943864

    This is why Obama isn’t the only problem – there are a lot of people who voted for him twice and still defend him – it is truly the Twilight Zone.

  • Ivy_King

    I know we’re getting a kick out of Krystal’s stunning ignorance, but she’s a symptom of a much more insidious illness, brought about by the left’s infiltration of and takeover of the US ‘edumacation’ system. Like cockroaches, if you see one, you can bet that there are thousands (millions) more just like her.

  • Guest

    This is all you need to know about MSNB (HYPOCRIS-)C’s credibility……..Happy Cinco De Mayo, “Tolerance-Style”. ….because like rainbows, racists come in all colors imaginable, right Krystal?

  • ThankMeNow

    This is all you need to know about MSNBC’s credibility……..Happy Cinco De Mayo, “Tolerance-Style”. ….because like rainbows, racists come in all colors imaginable, right Krystal?

    • Ivy_King

      You can say that again!

  • Russel aka ‘Rusty’ Shackleford

    Crystal went Full-Retard. If Tropic thunder taught me one thing, it is you NEVER go Full-Retard!

    • Emery Calame

      Bear in mind that the “never go full retard” advice came from a very confused Russell Crow/Mel Gibson hybrid (played by Robert Downey Jr.) who was trying to turn himself into an ersatz Fred Williamson by method acting because the director didn’t want to actually hire Fred Williamson to play a Fred Williamson tailored part for a fake historical novel written by a fake Vietnam veteran.

      Hollywood as portrayed in Tropic Thunder may have a far more extreme and less self aware definition of “full retard” than a normal human mind is ready for.

  • ICOYAR

    I don’t see how anybody could take her seriously, especially with a name like “Krystal Ball”.

    Of course, that means she fits right in with MSLSD

  • Sherry M ✓ᵀʰᵉ ˢᑫᵘᵉᵃᵏ

    2 legs bad 4 legs good!

  • RD

    She should change her name from Krystal Ball to Dim Bulb

    • DC is Evil

      Either that, or Krystal Meth.

      • Ivy_King

        Krystal Blue Persuasion

      • RD

        BAM!!! Priceless! LMAO

  • Michael Rice

    So, the book isn’t about what it really is about. it is about what liberals say it is about, right?

  • Pedro Robles

    Some other books I would LOVe her to analyze: Charlotte’s Web (it’s Laura Bush!), The Princess Bride (that’s Michelle Malkin & Sean Hannity), Ender’s Game ( Obama in a spacesuit!)

  • Ivy_King

    Just realize that somewhere in a universe far, far away, beyond the Van Allen Belt, beyond Uranus….say, on the kos website, lefties are hailing Krystal as a genius.

  • Pedro Robles

    Please, don’t let her review the Bible!!! Take that book away from her!!! Because if she tells me that Al Gore is Jesus…I …will…puke!

  • Kimba

    I have read this book, And do not concur with her jive

  • http://ITSPEOPLE.com/ Tantalus XVI

    One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is about racism, and income inequality. Dr. Seuss . “D” for Democrat, “R” for racism…. yea yea ya see where i’m going with this?

    One network is looking for a missing plane, the other is looking for racism in a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch. Never make another Fox News joke again liberals…. you’re done. The shark hath been jumpethed.

  • Robert Emery May

    It is always possible to twist the truth, what a waste of a pretty mouth

    • Maryland_Malcontent

      Reference to the infamous pictures of her doing, ahem, things with her mouth that helped scuttle her Congress run in 2010?

  • Stephen Carr

    How embarrassing. Its sorta what you would expect from her team. But still, it is difficult to watch, but somehow you are drawn to her drawing close to the edge of the cliff. Then wham…. she’s gone.

  • Bouncerquinn

    The sad thing is, capitalism is taking a beating because of the highbrow elites(Progressives) in both parties. As a nation, we are not behaving like free market capitalist, but as greedy, lying, thieving fascists(liberals). It’s amazing how the left starts political parties such as the Nazis, Communists, Socialist and starts groups like the KKK and the Aryan Brotherhood, then turns around and claims that such groups are right wing. Every time there is a mass shooting, the left points fingers and screams that they are right wingers. And every time the culprits prove to be liberals. Raised in a family that coddles poor behavior and blames society for everything that is wrong with their children. We need less government and more mom and dad!!

    • Ivy_King

      Exactly. And every weekend that 40 Chicagoans get shot, Lefty blames Wayne LaPierre.

  • dawg8195

    Oooooo, she used the words “profundity” and “theoretical”. Therefore she MUST be intelligent.

  • Gstephens

    Where do Steyer and Soros and Gates and Buffet fit into this supposed expose of “Right Wing” capitalist conspirators? Why, in her make believe world, they are simply fairy godfathers.

  • Golovolomka

    Animal Farm was not a critique of Communism per se, but of the Soviet Revolution, which Orwell saw as a betrayal of the idealistic principles on which it was founded.

    “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

    In the allegory, the pigs were the Communist revolutionaries and the farmers were the capitalists, and Orwell was saying that there wasn’t any difference between the two.

    Orwell was a left-winger and had little good to say about capitalism.

    Ms. Ball’s interpretation is wrong, but so is anybody who tries to make Orwell into a supporter of capitalism.

    • Stevan Fagan

      orwell a supporter of capitalism? yes he was , he used the system to become very wealthy , so wealthy that today he would be chastised for being a success and forced to relinquish his hard earned cash flow for the masses.

      • Golovolomka

        In his writings, he was a supporter of socialism.

        You may see a conflict between his political views and his lifestyle, but that doesn’t change what he wrote.

        • Stevan Fagan

          yes you are right , typical lib say one thing do another

    • gjsmith_62

      Which group has problems with the word “is”? Seeks to redefine the meaning of words millenia in the making, e.g., marriage? Which group salivates over a “living, breathing Constitution”?

      “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”

      • Golovolomka

        What is this, trivial pursuit?

        Orwell wrote for left-wing papers and was quite open about being a socialist. He was quite critical of people who abused language for political ends, regardless of their leanings.

        • gjsmith_62

          Yeah, a socialist who recognized that Marx’s system lead to despotism.

          “Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means of measures, therefore, which appear economically insufficient and untenable”

          • Golovolomka

            I’m not sure why you would be quoting Marx and Engels (the Communist Manifesto) to show us what Orwell thought.

          • gjsmith_62

            Socialism is merely the first step towards communism, perhaps you ought to have known that, no?

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      As with many socialist dupes, Orwell saw the truth of the outcome but failed to see the truth of its origins in socialism. While he may have intended Animal Farm to be merely a critique of Communists; it was effective in portraying the evils of all variations of socialism.

      • Golovolomka

        You see it as a critique of socialism, and Ms. Ball sees it as a critique of capitalism. Both of you are following the same fallacious reasoning, letting your own personal ideologies cloud your ability to relate to the book in a serious way.

  • Robert Hutson

    Beautiful idiot….

  • Melody Lanzatella

    Abusing power? Yeah, you mean obama right? I agree, he does abuse his power!

  • kevinh5

    We used to call cops P.I.G. Pigs, wonder why? Guess what Krystal Ball, it is the government run schools, IRS, FBI, Pimp Judges, and Liberals, etc. in bed with corporate welfare that are the PIG Communists destroying the Private Sector Middle Class tax payers! Anyone other that a private sector middle class independent is a parasite PIG!

  • reddarin

    So concentration of power is the modern lens cautionary tale but Mr. Pen And Phone doesn’t make the list of things to be skeered of?

  • Stevan Fagan

    is everyone on msnbc stoned ? do they troll for these reporter losers on liberal campus holding the world is not fare signs.

    • Al’s Annoyed Grandpa

      No, they’re just that dumb.

  • crazymind99

    She is a pig.

  • gjsmith_62

    Who knew Boxer kept the product of his labor?
    Who pushes higher taxes on Boxer?
    Who calls the Constitution a living document?

  • JR48

    Corporations…like the one that allows you to make the big bucks on the air. LOL

    Tool.

  • Eddie frOly

    Wow not a single communist country is run through tyranny? So I guess people in Cuba come here on make shift boats because Communism is so awesome. And let’s not forget Venezuela or any of the African countries and all the Islamic Republic’s out there are a religious rebranding of communism/Marxism. All run by tyrants. I think she might be qualified to teach common core political science or social studies.

  • Frank Schoner

    Discussing Animal Farm is at latest, Freshman level high school reading. Because, you know, it’s extremely easy to analyze. So apparently, this bimbo didn’t get her job because she impressed her boss with brain power. Then again, we are talking about MSNBC here..

  • chiefpontiac

    Warning of concentrated power huh? Like Obama’s pen and phone? Oh, he’s a Marxist so the concentration of power is just fine with you, right? Oh, and by the way Krystal Ball, Snowball was killed because he didn’t go along with the program. Only left wing governments kill when people don’t go along with the program…In America, only left wing, Marxist, Progressives favor forcing people to do what they feel is what’s best for them. With a name like Krystal Ball you should go back to pole dancing at the Spearmint Rhino where you can actually do some good….

  • J-

    I got about 90 seconds into it and developed a real bad taste in my mouth. At first I thought it was having a stroke, then I realized it was just my brain shitting itself at the thought that she could have gotten a job as a TV pundit and not passed 10 grade English.

  • chetnapier

    The non-existent commie threat resides at 1600 penn

  • Riordan Kynes

    You know where she gets it from, since only a couple lefty parents with the last name Ball would name their daughter Krystal.

  • Jason

    Isn’t it nice that Serkis clown and this bimbo can just rewrite the book to fit their simple thoughts. Animal Farm warned us about these pigs.

  • goots151x

    Opps, my bad, she used ‘profundity’ in a real sentence, and everything. So it’s all good now.

  • Diggur

    First of all, if a person calls herself Krystal Ball it is very difficult to take her seriously. Second, it’s also very difficult for me to believe that anyone can ignore the billionaire puppet masters behind the leftist doctrine in this country. George Soros is just one of many. What about the corrupt unions pouring money into the Democrat coffers in return for favors? What about corporations like GE that don’t pay any taxes because they donate to Obama? Please tell me, Krystal, why it is that you consider Conservatives corrupt, and you consider the Fascists in our government the good guys.

    • prado4587

      I hate it when the liberal trolls get on here on try to attack successful financiers and corporations who have the foresight to implement good tax planning in order to reduce the transfer of shareholder wealth to Nobama. Take your class warfare somewhere else.

      • Diggur

        Excuse me, I am not a “liberal troll”. I’m the least liberal person
        that you’ll ever run across. You’re obviously confusing corporatism
        with capitalism. In a capitalist society every person has the
        opportunity to build a business based upon their hard work,
        intelligence, and foresight. Corporatism is when one corporation is
        favored above others to become a monopoly by a government that is
        rewarding them for campaign cash and favors. GE is an excellent example
        because Obama not only gives them huge, illegal tax breaks, (this has
        nothing to do with their good planning except by virtue of their massive
        campaign donations), but he also made halogen light bulbs illegal so
        that they could have a monopoly on selling their mercury bulbs. Which
        is pretty amazing since Obama is supposed to be an environmentalist, and
        the mercury bulbs are much worse for the environment than the halogen
        bulbs. Corporatism is what should be condemned by the American people,
        and capitalism should be encouraged because capitalism built the
        greatest country in the world. Now do you understand what I was saying?

        • PhilJourdan

          Correction. They are legal breaks. Immoral? Probably. Unethical? Most likely. But congress has figured out a way around the Constitution equal protection clause (they are mostly lawyers after all).

    • Maryland_Malcontent

      The name itself is laughable but the picture that went viral of her a while back wrapping her mouth around a phallic object affixed to a man’s nose at some party just cracks me up.

  • AZWarrior

    Egads, wonder what she thinks Thomas Paine’s ‘Common Sense’ was about?

  • mzk1_1

    My impression of Animal Farm was that Orwell was saying that the socialists had become just like the capitalists. While in 1984 he went further, and realized they were just like the fascists.

  • Lucian

    Ugh… I can’t imagine people listen to that screech for longer than a few minutes. What a shrill, lunatic harpy.

  • AlmaAlma

    Clueless

  • russ williams

    “… a now non existent communist threat?” Give me a non existent freaking break.

  • derfelcadarn

    How does anyone with so limited an intellect get employment in “journalism”?

    • HerodiousPeaskinner

      It’s MSNBC after all. Limited everything is required.

    • bicentennialguy

      You answered your own question.

  • Gallatin

    In fact, if you read Animal Farm today it seems to warn not of some
    now non-existent communist threat, but of the power concentrated in the
    hands of the wealthy elites and corporations.”

    Sure some examples come to mind:

    georgie soros, tommy steyer, leftist hollyweirdians, leftist water carrying media companies, mikey moore, barack obowmao, dirty dingy slithering snake harry reid, nancy pelosi. I can do this all day krystal ball but I have to go take a Capitalist break.

  • Christopher Crowley

    Krystal Ball is a facist in the true sense. She is saying up is down and down is up. George Orwell wrote the book “Animal Farm” to warn of the true evil of socialism and communism, but Kyrstal Ball twists and lies about the book, manipulating it into her statist agenda. She is totalitarian in the true sense. MSNBC should be ashamed of allowing such a clear liar appear on their network.

  • jabberwocky

    Does she know she actually works & gets paid by the 1%?

  • reardenmetal

    those who control the present control the past….

  • reardenmetal

    oh and of course there had to be a bush on the farm

  • Guest

    Holy cow is this lady missing the mark! “Now non-existent communist threat” Huh? Lady, welcome to 2014 in America – capitalism isn’t the problem – it’s your Dear Leader and the extremists who’ve seized control of the Democrat Party.

    “Self-serving nonsense” Lady, listen to your own rant!

  • PhilJourdan

    I guess MSNBC has to hire morons as no one will work for a sinking ship.

    As for her name, lots of kids were born to hippies. Condoms were not free even if the love was.

  • Oscar

    She looks to Romney to back up her claims? Who is in office? Who is helping their friends get richer with taxpayers $$?

  • PeacefulConservative

    So what is her take on “Atlas Shrugged”?

    • larrybud

      I’m sure how the greed of the few can have an implication on the “common good”.

  • Albert Schmitlap.

    This Female is an idiot. She doesn’t even realize that it is the Liberals that use that phrase to push their Global Warming BS. She is SOOOOO dense.

  • Rogue Cheddar

    Non-existent communist threat? I think the Ukraine may differ on that.

    • PhilJourdan

      Out of sight, out of mind. They have no clue what a Ukraine is, so it does not exist.

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    “At its heart Animal Farm is about tyranny and the likelihood of those in power to abuse that power. . . . In fact, if you read Animal Farm today it seems to warn . . . of the power concentrated in the hands of the wealthy elites and corporations” – Krystal Ball

    “Brilliant, . . . once again you’ve put your keen and penetrating mind to the task and as usual come to the wrong conclusion.” – Sirius Black

    Tyranny of those in power likely to abuse that power perfectly describes, Obama and cronies, the would be communists of the left . . . those very people Krystal Ball adores.

  • Hal von Luebbert

    If I were a woman today, being represented before the nation by dingbat dimwits like this, I think I’d wear a burka – or never leave the house. Folks, most women – certainly the women I know – are so far more intelligent than the pantyhose pundits television foists up us, that one like me has to suspect a plot – in that “war against women” about which we hear so often.

  • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

    She’s wrong on capitalism, but not so wrong on wealthy elies – the Dem RINO elites certainly think that they are “more equal than others” – just look at all the attempts to enact incumbency protection (Campaign finance laws which restrict speech by challengers)

  • danthenurse

    Guys…folks!..C’mon, it’s MSNBC for cryin’ out loud. it’s not like we’re talking about any credibility here…..this is a farce.

  • Trudy Hill

    she missread the cliff notes

  • Trudy Hill

    Krystal LOLL

  • religionandhistory

    Looks like Jay Carney perhaps isn’t the only Progressive spokesperson with the usual Soviet Propaganda posters in the kitchen and sparse bookshelves packed with books they never read , did not even possess ! 1984 gave us a glimpse into our future ! Nothing more than this visionary of an illiterate Socialist utopia Krystal Balls un-profound profundity is needed as proof Orwells warning is timeless and true ! A Krystal Ball , don’t laugh , likely the most reliable technology MSNBC has !

  • Hannibal

    Krystal Ball thought Peter Pan was a chamber pot.

  • gthreepwood85

    I suppose Gulag Archipelago was a prescient foreshadowing of the contemporary American prison system, as well?

  • writeonbrother

    I hear she has a nice rack.

  • justobservant

    So apparently, it doesn’t matter what the author intended; it’s whatever the reader decides is the message that counts? Hm. “It means just
    what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”

  • Concerned

    So based on Krystal Ball’s take on the book then she works for an Elitist Pig so that would make her….what?

  • Jedd McHead

    @beirutbythelake = best tweet, re “Atlas Shrugged”. I, too, would love to hear the deluded Left take on that conservative classic.

    Btw, has anyone ever told Krystal Ball that she has a total “porn name”?

  • Rusty catania

    Krystal makes a tremendous amount of money reading a script and talking in front of a camera. that’s capitalism baby. if she wants people to spread the wealth…. I think she should lead by example

  • inveniam

    I find it interesting that she mentions Luntz and Rove but not Gibbs, Carney or Axelrod. I also find it interesting she does not talk about Crony Capitalism–where profits come by the force of Government…. Profits which then are taken to the airwaves as adds on her TV show, faux science at the Academy, and bundled to re-elect the same bozos who provide the force for the profits.

  • Justwaitinforchange

    She is a shill straight out of “1984” – which, according to Ball, is about the tea party and conservatives.

  • Justwaitinforchange

    I am also happy that she continues to reinforce how incredibly stupid or vapid or mindless MSNBC hosts are.

  • murraydad

    Orwell actually predicted this.

  • jdog

    Uhh it’s the conservatives who are confused… Animal Farm is clearly an
    indictment of capitalism. Right. Complains about people making fun of
    her name (“She’s not a stripper.”) But she demonstrates every day that
    she has all the brain power required of a stripper. Another example of a
    fine liberal arts education. Build a better moron.

    • bicentennialguy

      It’s not a stripper name – it’s a drag queen name!!

  • bicentennialguy

    Makes one wonder what she thinks Moby Dick is about.

    • Target4Tyrants

      Ha! The big black ….

  • Marc

    “In fact, if you read Animal Farm today it seems to warn not of some now non-existent communist threat,”….really?…non-existent? Guess Putin doesn’t really exist, Ukraine is an imaginary part of MiddleEarth. But hey, this after all comes from the minds at PMSNBC….need I say more?

  • Target4Tyrants

    What planet is this chick from? She’s lucky she’s soo damn hot, otherwise she would be asking “you want fries with that?”

  • Bruce

    I do have to agree with her. Animal Farm is an excellent warning about too much power being in the hands of people like Soros, and the corporate empires run by other such powerhungry leftists.

  • Mark C Austin

    I guess she doesn’t realize that her “explanation” above was not about the wealthy 1%,but about the POTUS and his Libtard minions! And could she have picked a WORSE stripper name!?

  • Madcat151

    she got her job on her knees.

    • Derek

      …or someone else got a job while on her knees. Same difference, but I couldn’t help myself.

      • Tom Winegar

        A case can be made that some people use knee pads for things other than roofing.

  • Martin Riggs
  • sizemorew

    I already have a migraine. The bizarre mental gymnastics of this explanation was more than enough to make it hurt that much worse. Ugh.