Thursday, December 31, 2009

Jumping the Gun on Rush Limbaugh

When the king of talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, was taken to Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, HI after complaining of chest pains, one overzealous contributor announced that he was dead in Wikipedia [the entry has since been corrected]. At this time he appears to be on the road to recovery, and Ann Althouse, on her blog, has a few choice words to say about that.

UPDATE: "Elective Decisions" reports an outbreak of RLDD (Rush Limbaugh Derangement Disorder) in Baltimore!

The Deification of Obama

A World Net Daily article describes an unsigned Danish editorial that goes beyond the usual media glorification of our 44th President:

An editorial in a Danish newspaper, citing both foreign and domestic policies pursued by President Barack Obama, is deifying the American political leader.

"Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus – if we have to play that absurd Christmas game," opined the unsigned editorial yesterday in Politiken, which boasts of being Denmark's largest newspaper, in publication since 1884....

A Simple Solution

After Sen. Nelson of Nebraska sold his soul to the highest bidder, Dik Thurston of Colorado Springs, CO wrote the following letter to the [Colorado Springs] Gazette on Sunday, 27 December:

Letters: Sunday
Take one trip to Nebraska

When people on Medicaid presents themselves for treatment in Colorado the doctor should write a prescription for a bus ticket to Nebraska. Shouldn’t the citizens of Colorado be able to take advantage of Nebraska’s benefits for which we are taxed?

Dik Thurston

Colorado Springs

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Too Funny

The Media Research Center has come out with its list of "Best Notable Quotables for 2009." Here are just 3 juicy examples out of many:

Ed Schultz
“The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her.”
Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, September 23.

Terry Moran
“I like to say that, in some ways, Barack Obama is the first President since George Washington to be taking a step down into the Oval Office. I mean, from visionary leader of a giant movement, now he’s got an executive position that he has to perform in, in a way.”
— ABC Nightline co-anchor Terry Moran to Media Bistro’s Steve Krakauer in a February 20 “Morning Media Menu” podcast.

Janeane Garofalo
“The type of female that does like Rush [Limbaugh] is the same type of woman that falls in love with prisoners. You know what I mean? They like Richard Ramirez or — Squeaky Fromme is a good example. I think Charles Manson’s — Eva Braun, Hitler’s girlfriend. That is exactly the type of woman that responds really well to Rush. And there will be some Eva Brauns, Squeaky Frommes out there that will respond really well to this cattle call right now.”
— Actress/activist Janeane Garofalo on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, February 26

Monday, December 28, 2009

More Where That Came From

Here's the beginning of an article from The Sun [U.K.]:

FAILED plane bomber Umar Abdulmutallab has bragged to FBI agents that there are more young men plotting to launch attacks on the West.
The 23-year-old Nigerian has told security chiefs of a sinister network in Yemen who are ready and waiting to strike.

The reports come after The Sun revealed that cops fear that 25 British-born Muslims are plotting to bomb Western airliners.

The fanatics, in five groups, are now training at secret terror camps in Yemen....

UPDATE: FOX News reports that al-Qaeda claims responsibility for the attempted bombing, which should not come as a surprise to anyone.

Why Stop at Ten When You're Counting Corrupt Politicians?

Judicial Watch has compiled a top ten list of corrupt politicians. You will see some of the usual suspects: Sen. Chris Dodd, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, etc., but one wishes they could have expanded the list to 25, at least. Hat tip: Free Republic.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Subway Rises to the Occasion

Faced with the problem of how to feed construction workers building 1 World Trade Center (also known as "Freedom Tower"), Subway constructed a sandwich shop out of nine shipping containers, which will be raised as construction progresses, until a permanent Subway is built on the 105th floor, according to Newsmax. In addition to the usual menu, it will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, and New York pretzels.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas, from Sheriff Arpaio

Saturday, December 19, 2009 2:03:44 PM · reports this story by Jerry Seper, dated today:

Sheriff Joe Arpaio - the self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" in America - likes Christmas music, especially "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and anything by Alvin and the Chipmunks, and apparently he thinks the 8,000 inmates inside his Phoenix jail should, too. So it was with some glee that his Maricopa County office announced Thursday in a red-and-green press release that the "sixth and perhaps final lawsuit" brought by inmates to stop the sheriff from playing the holiday songs all day, every day, during the holidays had been dismissed in federal court.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another One of Those End-of-Year Lists

The Globe and Mail of Canada has compiled the following top 10 list of irritating people for the year 2009:

1. Jon and Kate Gosselin (who else?)
2. David Letterman
3. The Grey Power Woman (depicted in a commercial on Canadian TV going bonkers in a car)
4. Jillian Harris (the "Canadian Bachelorette")
5. Kanye West (who rudely interrupted Taylor Swift's moment of triumph at the MTV Video Music Awards show)
6. Carrie Prejean (Evangelical Christian, anti-gay-marriage, sex-tape and topless-photo star)
7. Greg Gutfeld (Host of the late-night Fox News Channel chat show Red Eye)
8. Everyone on CBC's "The National"
9. Michael Ignatieff (sat in the woods and blinked at the sunlight in a Liberal Party commercial, like a furry little critter)
10. Don Cherry ("Shut up, already. A novel idea, we know. But you're barking mad. Yes, you are.")

Half of these people are better known in Canada than in the USA. What about the Heene family in Colorado and their "Balloon Boy" hoax? There are a number of American politicians we can name. Readers added the following suggestions:

Glenn Beck, Dog the Bounty Hunter's wife, Al Gore, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Tiger Woods, Stephen Harper (Canadian Prime Minister), Lady Gaga, Ben Bernanke, financial planners (trolls of the earth), bankers, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Ann Coulter, Octomom Nadya Suleman, all Canadians, Bernie Madoff and his wife, Sasha Baron Cohen, Paris Hilton, and John Doyle (author of the column),

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Another Reason Why Newspapers are Speeding Their Own Extinction has a hot news item about Bob Berwyn, former journalist for the Summit Daily News, being fired from the paper for daring to criticize the way ski resorts calculate their daily snow totals. The newspaper was worried about losing advertising revenue from Vail Resorts.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Open Letter from Lou Pritchett to President Obama


Lou Pritchett, author, motivational speaker and former Vice-President of Sales and Customer Development for Procter & Gamble, has acknowledged writing the above opinion piece and submitting it to the New York Times for publication, though to date it has only been published on the Internet, including on various conservative blogs and the American Family Association's website.


Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

Monday, December 7, 2009

Eye Candy

Check out these award-winning photos from the National Geographic.

Here We Go Again: Enviros Leave Big Carbon Footprint in Copenhagen

The FOX News article starts thusly:

World leaders and VIPs began pouring into Copenhagen Monday morning for the city's long-awaited climate summit, arriving in style in a fleet of gas-guzzling limos and luxury cars.

Most delegates to the climate change conference haven't exactly been hoofing their way to Denmark's capital, swarming the city's airport with 140 private jets, 1,200 hired limousines and a carbon footprint the size of a small country.

Video shot on the scene Monday shows squads of new arrivals at the green gathering pulling up in BMWs, Mercedes Benzes, sleek Volvos and plush Jaguars. A bus reserved for the delegates rode along empty outside the conference center....

Friday, December 4, 2009

Ideas for You to Think About

1. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown compares climate-change skeptics to "flat-earthers." Story in the Telegraph.

2. Another sign of the end times: An abortion center in Michigan, according to, is running a series of video ads claiming that what they're doing is "sacred work."

3. Right Wing News reports that Sen. Barbara Boxer is advocating going after the people who leaked the ClimateGate e-mails. This is known as punishing the messenger.

4. Genevieve S. Kineke compares the Judaeo-Christian God with Allah, and comes to the conclusion that they are not the same. Terminology may vary in different churches, but there is much that Christians can agree upon in this Catholic Exchange article.

5. This is enough to cause panic in the White House: Obama's job approval rating slipped below 50%, largely because the war in Afghanistan is perceived as being his rather than former President Bush's, according to a CNN poll.