Channeling Wonder Woman with Jedediah Bila

Has anyone else ever noticed that the women are usually the smartest guests on “Red Eye?”  Among them are Ann Coulter, Patti Ann Browne, Remi Spencer, and my interviewee this week, Jedediah Bila.  Fox News Channel’s “Red Eye” host, Greg Gutfeld, told me, “She’s a smart lady.  Knows her stuff.  Although she listens to horrible music.”

Bila is a frequent guest on “Red Eye” and other Fox News and Fox Business shows.  She is a contributor to HUMAN EVENTS and the Daily Caller.  Her new book, Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative, is a compelling look at what drove a middle school, high school and college teacher into the arms of conservative commentary.  Her story got the attention of Sarah Palin, who proclaimed on Twitter that she wanted to “hunt down” a copy of the book and recommended people make it part of their summer reading.

In Outnumbered, Bila writes, “I’ve had enough of the hypocrisy, political correctness, and cry-baby syndrome of some on the left as they call you whatever, whenever, however without blinking an eye.  That includes any and all who feel persecuted by my right to an opinion.”

In the last few years, Bila’s story has become very familiar in the political landscape.  People with no political background are becoming engaged in policy discussions.  As a missionary for conservatism in Manhattan, Jedediah Bila’s teaching career has really just begun.

1.  If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be? 

BILA:  The Bishop’s Wife.  That’s partly because I’ve been in love with Dudley since the age of 5.  Or is it Cary Grant I’m in love with?  A little of both, I suppose.

2.  What’s one of your favorite movie quotes? 

BILA:  There are so many.  But I’ll have to go with two.

The first one is from my boy—that’s right, he’s mine—Hubbell Gardiner:  “When you love someone, from Roosevelt to me, you go deaf, dumb and blind.”—The Way We Were

The second is from Noah in The Notebook:  “Well that’s what we do, we fight.  … You tell me when I am being an arrogant son of a bitch and I tell you when you are a pain in the ass.  Which you are, 99% of the time.  I’m not afraid to hurt your feelings.  You have like a two-second rebound rate, then you’re back doing the next pain-in-the-ass thing.” 

3.  In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he is “cured.”  If you could give President Obama, the “Clockwork Orange treatment,” what movie would you make him watch? 

BILA:  Steve Bannon’s The Undefeated.  I mean, it’s only fair that he should get to know the woman who’s going to beat him in 2012.

4.  What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish? 

BILA:  An old Wonder Woman T-shirt from the ’80s.  At some point, I figured that if I wore the T-shirt enough, I might turn into her.  And I’ve always been a fan of the lasso, so I continue to give it my best shot.

5.  What’s your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show? 

BILA:  I know I’ll never live this one down, but MTV’s “The Challenge: Rivals.”  I can’t resist any kind of physical challenge show.  As Andy Levy would say, “I apologize for nothing.”

6.  Tell me one of your favorite conservative-at-a-Manhattan-cocktail-party stories. 

BILA:  I hate the cocktail party scene, so I typically avoid it at all costs.  However, every now and then I have to attend one.  Last year, I was invited to a party on the Upper East Side by some of the left-wing elite’s finest.  The air-conditioning system went out and it was about 100 degrees in their apartment.  There were whining, screeching women EVERYWHERE.  Someone had to make it stop.

So, in the midst of listening in on a third discussion about the “intellectual rock” that is Barack Obama—and trying my best to ignore the screeches—I removed my button-down shirt to reveal a “Reagan Was Right” baby tee.  The silence felt so good.

7.  What is your favorite home-cooked meal? 

BILA:  Pizza, Italian bread, salad, Sicilian olives, Broccoli Rabe, and pretty much any kind of cake.  A little pasta on the side never hurts, by the way.

8.  What was the first rock concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you? 

BILA:  Bon Jovi.  We were somewhere in the first 10 rows.  I went with my best friend and her dad.  She spent most of the night talking about how she was going to get Jon to marry her.  I spent most of the night fascinated by the drums.  Not much has changed in the last 20 years.

9.  What books are on your summer reading list? 

BILA: Next up are Reagan’s The Notes and Breitbart’s Righteous Indignation.  After that, I’ll likely reread my favorite Spanish novel, Queda la noche.

10.  What’s the coolest thing you’ve been able to do because of your role in the politics? 

BILA:  It doesn’t get much cooler than hanging with the “Red Eye” boys.  I’ve honestly never laughed so hard in my life.  But I have to say that the coolest thing for me has been being able to reach out to our country’s youth and engage them in discussions about politics, culture, and America’s future.  Their energy and enthusiasm are so inspiring to me.

11.  Tell me about a public or private moment when you thought to yourself, “This is what Elvis felt like every day.” 

BILA:  One “as cool as Elvis” moment occurred last week when I had the honor of beating a liberal “gentleman” in a boot camp challenge.  He underestimated me because of my size (I love when that happens) and was left out of breath and begging for water.

The bet was that if he lost, he’d have to read Liberty and Tyranny.  As a former teacher, I assure you that he will be quizzed.  The bonus?  He’s finally going to learn something.

12.  Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena. 

 

BILA:  I was teaching at the time at a private school in Manhattan.  I had followed the 2008 presidential election pretty closely—and the appalling lack of journalistic integrity that accompanied it.  I found myself exploring political topics through journal writing here and there, but my push toward politics really happened one particular day in March of 2009.  I shared it with readers in my new book, Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative.  And now I’ll share an excerpt with you:

 

“I spent a good part of the afternoon reading news’ articles.  The more I read, the more disgusted I became.  The state of objective media is an outright disgrace.

I sat for a while thinking about the election of 2008 and about what an Obama presidency would probably look like (still hoping I’d be dead wrong).  I picked up some of my personal writings, none of which I intended to publish.  Some secrets of your soul are meant to stay that way.  I moved on to folders filled with research papers on art, literature, and philosophy.  That’s a lot of time, I thought.  And then I glanced over at a couple of political reflections I’d written over the past few months.

I suddenly felt lost and didn’t know why. And then I remembered something that seemed to pop up out of nowhere, something a college professor told me twelve years ago.  I had been sitting in his office talking about how I didn’t know what to major in, how I had no idea where I was headed or how I’d get there.  I remember him removing his glasses—he had the perfect professor spectacles—and saying, “You’re a writer, whether you like it or not.  If you ever feel lost, just sit down, trust it, and write.”  I don’t know why that memory came to me in that moment, but I know that a political column flowed rather quickly from my “pen” soon after.

And so a new chapter begins.”

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  • wearyconservative1946

    For some reason, this interview makes Ms. Bila sound like an shallow, empty headed teenager, when in fact, she writes some of the best, most well thought out columns here at Human Events. Is it just me? Or did Ms. De Pasquale, who also writes terrific columns, miss the mark when interviewing Ms. Bila? I’m not sure, but if  the questions and answers presented here were all I had to go by, I’d never read anything written by either of these two very accomplished journalists. 

  • Genna2

    For goodness sakes, lighten up.  If you want to be critical, be critical of all the gullible, uninformed, robotic Americans who go to the polls without a clue what they’re doing or why they’re doing it.  They listen to silver-tongued political hacks like Barack Obama and believe every word they say.  This interview wasn’t intended to be an intellectual exercise, but rather an entertaining “get to know you” kind of piece.  I know it’s depressing out there, but don’t forget how to enjoy the simple things.

  • wearyconservative1946

    I don’t think I need your advice on educating myself about government. Come to think about it, I don’t need your advice on anything. Thanks anyway.

  • 1Mojo_Risin9

    I thought De Pasquale’s “Twelve Questions” columns were meant to be somewhat tongue-n-cheek, humorous, you know the celebration of relaxing just a little, an insightful, un-serious look into the interviewee’s thoughts/motivations??? 

    With that said:  Demand Obuckethead’s resignation, yesterday!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Zimmerman/100000170374343 David Zimmerman

    Genna///I agree with you. I never heard of Ms Bila. I was impressed by this interview. I don’t see what weary was looking for. I picture him like your professor..wearing professor glasses with his head back and looking down his nose.

  • http://www.solitudebooks.com/ Dan C

    Jeez…it is a fun little interview. We don’t have to discuss monetary policy and international relations 24/7. 

  • alanwillingham

    Well, at least she didn’t ask “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be”?

    Seriously though, I suspect the intent was to seek a different angle, a different perspective that would allow for creative and unanticipated answers that might be somewhat revealing by prompting Free Association.

    Ultimately, what you have is an obviously mutually respectful and somewhat playful exchange between two intelligent women who appreciate the strengths and personality of their counterparts in this interview.

    The mere fact that Jedediah made the transition from interested observer to analytical expositor and evangelistic purveyor of essential truths when confronting myths of the Liberal Utopia deserves both applause and respect.

  • martifr

    Jedediah is definitely one to watch. Her star is just beginning to shine.

  • 1Mojo_Risin9

    Weary, ya better check, I think those kids are on your lawn again!!!

    Render Obuckethead moot in 2012!!!

  • blueniner

    Jedidiah is becoming the Conservative Camille Paglia. She has good taste in Political leaders as well—Sarah Palin.

  • Metalmaniac

    If you don’t want someone’s comment, then don’t post anything that might get the wrong response.

    You have to figure that not everybody is going to think exactly like you.

    My advice is just GET OVER IT!

    I know you will come back with another snarky comment in rebutle to this post, so have at it you old grump.

  • JohnL1976

    I think every once in a while it is great to just see a different side of someone.  This interview afforded us that opportunity, while also proving to be quite entertaining in the process!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2D3ZN4KQ2BMTJTKM73PY7VWEOE HerrMan

    I am in love with Ms. Bila’s pen and prose.  I have only recently been introduced, but it has been like a Titanic Wave of logic pinning down the whining, rantlings of the Left, accompanied by an enjoyable rush of emotional catharsis.  What a woman!

  • http://twitter.com/aemoreira81 Adam Moreira

    Okay, so the questions are a bit soft, but I would like to see the questions varied up a bit. The monotony needs to be broken sometimes (with that in mind, why isn’t Thomas Sowell’s latest column, which deals mostly with sports, here?)

  • ronzogarbanzo

    found it.

  • http://twitter.com/aemoreira81 Adam Moreira

    Read it in print.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NK756GEP6GWM5TVVH3LDSGUAMQ Fred Patrick

    Let’s add green Irish beer to the picture:

    It’s a deeper situation than you realize. NASA never landed one little man on the moon, and they can’t reach it with a rocket or any vehicle today. This is the truth. I don’t have time to give a course in the necessary essentials, so I leave it as an invitation to sane engineers and thinking people who are still unaware of these facts to look into it, discover the facts, and put it in its proper context.

    NASA follows the banks and D.C. and the “NWO” conspiracy. NO joke. If you don’t know about Jack Parsons, Aleister Crowley, L. Ron Hubbard, and NASA, JPL, and the Bohemian Grove and O.T.O. … and the “scientific materialist” pyramid scheme that is the “NWO” … if you can’t name this tune, you need to go back to school, because you’re leaving too much on the table.

    *(“Scientific materialism” is an old classic euphemism for Marixism. It’s still in the game, and it’s still here.)

    If you don’t know how this relates to the Bank of England 1694, Freemasonry Apple Tree Tavern 1717, Isaac Newton, the Royal Society and the Mint, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, the Foucault pendulum hoaxem at the UN and Einstein … etc. … you need to go back to school, because you’re leaving too much on the table.

    Besides lying to say that “everybody’s equal”, and giving everybody the vote only because they turned 18, rolled out of bed, and can chew gum and walk … the same reasons Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, and Oprah Oprah have the right to vote … besides these kinds of horrible egalitarian Judeo-Masonic French revolution 1793 lies, the bankers and top shelf liars today of the so-called “NWO”, want you all to be sure to believe and act like you’re lost in space (heliocentrism), and that you evolved from monkeys(Darwinism).

    Ironically, Darwinism and heliocentrism are not “scientific”. They’re metaphysical devotions. They’re like religions with lies and tricks instead of revelation. “Scientifically” speaking, they are both matehamtically impossible in all natural terms. They are mathematically impossible.

    Anything with less chance than 1 in 10^50 is fairly and professionally regarded as impossible. To get one moderate protein by the best Darwinian arrangements is less than 1 in 10^950. Darwinism becomes less than impossible to the third power and beyond. Its impossibilty increases exponentially everywhere you look. It’s a “NWO” education establishment lie.

    The same goes for heliocentrism. When an idiot TV viewer and Oprah Winfrey ride a two-seated bicycle together, it may not look like it, but this could be considered an example of a “simple body”. A “simple body” like that can only go one speed at a time. It cannot go multiple speeds at once. Every instant that it goes, it goes one speed. It cannot go 5 mph. and 25 mph at the same time.

    Helicoentrism has the sun going at least two massive and different speeds at the same time. It simply cannot do this. It also has the moon going the wrong way! It gets worse. Heliocentrism also has the earth going more than a dozen different speeds at the same time. It simply cannot do this. The simple fact is that King David, Aristotle, Robert Bellarmine, Tycho Brahe, Francis Bacon, Giovanni Riccioli, and all the others like them were right and heliocentrism is simply wrong, very wrong. 

    NASA and the U.S. gubbament and the D.C. rackets are a living lie. They owe the truth and the money and the society they’ve wrecked some “indemnification” to say the least.

    Talk politics all day, till you’re blue in the face and fall off the cliff. That’s what they want. They would like.

    Talk about these principal planks of lies that are the foundation of this nutcase society, and they won’t like that so much. That’s where the real action is and will be as America really comes apart in the future. The lies they tell and the rip offs cannot keep a civilized society together.