Bill Kristol Gets NYT Op-Ed Slot – Liberal Heads Explode

Apparently the announcement that Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol will be writing for the NYT’s Op-Ed page has caused “a frenzy” in the liberal blogosphere.

“The Gray Lady has been hijacked by neo-cons”!!111!!


Katha Pollitt of the Nation wants to be shot:

Just shoot me. First, it was Sam Tanenhaus, conservative editor of the New York Times Book Review being put in charge of the News of the Week in Review section. That means one conservative will determine how politics,culture and ideas are covered in TWO of the most important sections of the supposedly liberal newspaper of record.


Now, says the Huffington Post, the Times is set to announce that Bill Kristol will be writing a weekly op-ed column. That’s Bill Kristol ,Fox commentator , editor of the the Murdochian agitprop factory Weekly Standard, George W. Bush’s propagandist in chief, co-founder of the Project for a New American Century, relentless promoter of the war in Iraq , ideological bully and thug. This is the man who blamed american liberals for the Khmer Rouge and the Ayatollah Khomeini (!),

And your problem is…????

who will say just about anything, however bizarre or illogical or wild or (I’m guessing) cynical, to push the only ideas in his head: everything bad is the fault of Democrats and never mind the question, war is the answer.

She then goes on to list some of Kristol’s standard conservative opinions on a host of topics which she treats as intolerable outrages, proving his unfitness for the job.

Truly amusing.

More from Politico:

But Times editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal sees things differently.

Rosenthal told Politico shortly after the official announcement Saturday that he fails to understand “this weird fear of opposing views.”

“The idea that The New York Times is giving voice to a guy who is a serious, respected conservative intellectual — and somehow that’s a bad thing,” Rosenthal added. “How intolerant is that?”

This Rosenthal person sounds like he might have some Neo-Con type leanings to be saying such things!

“I was flattered watching blogosphere heads explode,” Kristol told Politico. “It was kind of amusing.”

Unlike The Times’ stable of biweekly columnists — including Maureen Dowd and fellow Standard alum David Brooks — Kristol will write only once a week, with his first column set for Jan. 7.

Well, once a week is still obviously too much for our tolerant friends on the left!

Hat Tip: Lucianne

Att. Wordsmiths: Your Knowledge Can Help End World Hunger

I’m going away for the next couple of days, so here’s that fun wordgame again, that you can play, and actually not be wasting your time doing it.

I’m not kidding; if you play the vocabulary game at the Free Rice Website, you have the opportunity to actually help end world hunger.

Here’s how it works: For every word definition that you get correct, ten grains of rice are donated to The United Nations World Food Program.

The website started on October 7, and earned 830 grains of rice. It has grown exponentially ever since with 128,386,810 grains of rice earned on November 23rd, for a total of 3,531,907,160 grains of rice. Not too shabby.

Who pays for the donated rice? Free Rice explains:

The rice is paid for by the advertisers whose names you see on the bottom of your vocabulary screen. This is regular advertising for these companies, but it is also something more. Through their advertising at FreeRice, these companies support both learning (free vocabulary for everyone) and reducing hunger (free rice for the hungry). We commend these companies for their participation at FreeRice.

If Free Rice has the rice to give, why not give it all away right now?

FreeRice is not sitting on a pile of rice―you are earning it 10 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, advertisements appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these advertisements is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people.

Got it? Good. So go do a good deed, today, play this game, and win some rice for some hungry people.

My best level so far is 41, but I’m just getting started. Ecru means beige????

Hat tip: My son, who’s been playing this game in his Language Arts class.

UPDATE: (December 4)

More than a few people believe that the Free Rice site is a hoax, (judging from my search engine terms in the stats).

It’s not a hoax.

Sheesh, everything you see on the internet is not a hoax, folks!

Adam Gadahn Gone?

The latest OBL tape has been released and as expected there is no new image of Bin Laden. Instead we are treated to a still image over an audio message of what would appear to be Bin Laden’s voice. Video at the Jawa Report.

What is not expected is that there are no English subtitles, which Rusty over at Jawa’s says is significant because Adam Gadahn is believed to be Sahab’s chief English language propagandist and translator. So where the hell is Gadahn? Rusty:

Either Adam Gadahn is dead, or he is in a much more dangerous position than that of propagandist. I’m sure intel types are all over this, but sometimes this kind of info has a way of not filtering down to the troops on the field or those manning the border. So, be on the lookout for this man either on the ground in Afghanistan earning some street cred with al Qaeda or trying to infiltrate Europe or the U.S. using a false identity.

Adam Gadahn before and after he discovered cholesterol.

The Pope vs. Satan

From The Daily Mail:

The Pope has ordered his bishops to set up exorcism squads to tackle the rise of Satanism.

Vatican chiefs are concerned at what they see as an increased interest in the occult.

They have introduced courses for priests to combat what they call the most extreme form of “Godlessness.”

Now fellow moron, Gabriel Malor seems to be poo pooing the rite of Exorcism, if I’m reading him right…

I worked for a Catholic church from high school through college. In my first week I got a call that started like this: “This is going to sound strange, but I’m totally serious. Can you send someone over for an exorcism?” He then proceeded to explain that things were moving on their own and the house was making sounds and that it had been going on for a few weeks. He was nominally Lutheran, but they wouldn’t do anything about it. Heh. We didn’t either.

P.S. I just noticed some unintentional (?) humor in the Daily Mail URL to this story. it ends with “Satan=Santa.” Hmmmm.

More: I meant to add this as part of the post earlier, but got distracted by my 13-month-old niece, who I’m visiting in Virginia.

The Vatican is particularly concerned that young people are being exposed to the influence of Satanic sects through rock music and the Internet.

AOSHQ commenter, Vercingetorix had this to say:

“…influence of Satanic sects through rock music and the Internet.

Eh, actually, that is not as prudish as it might seem. I used to listen to Ozzy, yadda, yadda, but also the Detroit rapper ESHAM (the Unholy) and his group NATAS (Satan, backwards, in case I need to spell it out), also the 3-6 Mafia, or as they were first named, the Triple Six Mafia. You hear more of this, and less of the Gospels, well, you figure out what philosophy becomes more important to you. You can only watch X number of Taratino films, slasher movies, listen to “KKKill the Fetus”, bang so many chicks, drink, use drugs, fight, etc, and miss Y many days at church before you start playing for the other team. There’s a reason why Earth isn’t paradise and why people suggest that Hell is jampacked, and Heaven has great parking.

I concur. I have no idea if Vercingetorix actually believes that demonic possession is possible, like I do, but he certainly has a good handle on how evil is perpetuated.

Anyway, I’m glad the Pope is doing what he’s doing.


Darn the luck! The Vatican denies the whole thing!

The Vatican is denying reports it plans to install more exorcists around the world so possessed people can get help quickly.

“Pope Benedict XVI has no intention of ordering local bishops to bring in garrisons of exorcists to fight demonic possession,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told reporters in Rome Friday.

Well, WTF???

Thanks to RWSI guess. 

The Exorcist in 5 Seconds:

“Christmas Miracle”:Toddler Sticks Screwdriver 5 Centimeters Into Head, Survives

This is simply amazing.

A two year old girl, Teagan Gislason, from Farmington MN, spent nearly a week at the Mayo Clinic after accidentally stabbing herself in the eye with a screwdriver during a church service. Teagan’s father was with his three girls at the church when she began to get restless, so he:

went into a room where children have adult supervision during the church service. Teagan somehow found a screwdriver, and a fellow church member saw it sticking out of her left eye socket.

I ran over to her, and she was standing up and walking around and not crying,” said Neil Gislason. “It was very heart wrenching to see that. Cause it was deep. And I knew it, but I didn’t want to believe it. And I was hoping and hoping and praying and praying.”

An X-ray shows the screwdriver penetrated Teagan’s eye socket, five centimeters into her brain. Doctors removed it after four hours, with virtually no bleeding.

I would have complete breakdowns where I couldn’t even keep myself standing,” said Katie Gislason, Teagan’s mother. She was at work when the accident happened, and found out when she got a phone call.

I can only imagine!

“I just could not believe this. This is the phone call that no parent wants to get,” she said.

Neil Gislason said his best guess is that Teagan found the screwdriver, and tripped with it in her hand. No one actually saw the accident, so no one is quite sure what happened.

A ll I kept thinking was I don’t care about scars, I don’t care about loss of movement, I don’t care about loss of vision, I don’t care about her speech. I just want her alive,” said Katie Gislason.

One week later, Teagan is home with her family, acting like a normal 2-year-old. Her vision appears to be fine, and the only remaining mark from the incident is a scar on her eyelid.

“She’s our Christmas miracle,” said Katie Gislason.

The little girl is taking antibiotics to make sure the eye doesn’t get infected, and will be getting regularly checked out by doctors to make sure her vision is okay, but her prognosis is very good. It looks like she will have no lasting effects from having had a screwdriver penetrated five centimeters into her brain!

Hat Tip: Crime Scene KC

There is a fund to help pay for Teagan’s medical bills:

Teagan Gislason Fund
C/O Provincial Bank
20280 Iberia Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044

A lot of people would be suing the church for negligence.

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Liberals Say The Darndest Things!

The Media Research Center deserves kudos for wading through heaps of foul and fetid bull in order to present us with these video clips of Bill Maher, Michael Moore, Rosie, Olberdouche, the Perky Princess, Goracle, a liberal dose of Chrissy Matthews, and many, many more nauseating buffoons, beclowning themselves.

Here’s a taste of The MRC’s Notable Quotables 2007:

The “Damn Those Conservatives” Award goes to…

“I’m just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. That’s a fact.”
— Host Bill Maher on his HBO show Real Time, March 2, discussing how a few commenters at a left-wing blog were upset that an attempt to kill Vice President Cheney in Afghanistan had failed.


Hat Tip: Hot Air Headlines

The Latest Rage

It seems the Palestinian Territory has it’s own version of “Rageboy”.

Snapped Shot has identified a professional protester from the region who has been dubbed by LGF’ers as “Rageman”, but is also known as “Hand Gesture Man”, and “Hairstyle Man”.

A quick perusal of his many pictures over at Snapped Shot explains those name choices.

So today, the obligatory photoshop contest begins at Snapped Shot. You’ll want to check it out just for shits and giggles.

No doubt, Rageboy will be feeling pangs of jealousy over his new raging rival.

Just kidding, I don’t think Rageboy owns a computer.


Oh, this is rich….

More photoshop fun in the Islamic world:

The Iranian Regime, eager to convince all those Doubting Thomases out there that they really are friendly toward Jews, (no, really!) after 40 Iranian Jews escaped to Israel earlier this week, have posted a People’s Cube hilarious photoshop on Iranian Press TV.

Riiiiight, Mahmoud.

I guess threatening to wipe the Jews off the map, is what Iran considers “tough love”.


Hee hee….

The People’s Cube continues the pwnage.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

“Daughter Of Destiny” Dead

RIP Benazir Bhutto.

Back in October, an Infant suicide bomber killed 170 in an attempt on her life.

This time they got her.

Blog round-up:

Hot Air

Check out their videos of the Republican candidate’s responses here , here, and here.

The Huckster seems a bit out of his element.

George W. Bush’s reaction here.

See also:

Christopher Hitchens

Gateway Pundit

Human Events


NRO Symposium

Mark Steyn

Andrew McCarthy


Robber Uses Taxi As Getaway Car

Wow, you have to hand it to this guy for having the cojones to rob a bank with no weapon and no getaway car:

A man walked into a First Arizona Savings branch, in the 2900 block of North Scottsdale Road, raised his hand in his jacket pocket simulating a weapon and said, “This is a robbery.”

The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran from the bank.

A witness reported seeing the man get into a lime green taxi.

And yes, he actually got away.

Police described the man as a 55-year-old White male, about 5 foot, 9 inches, with a stocky build, black or gray mustache and a long ponytail. He was wearing a blue flannel jacket, blue jeans and a tan baseball hat.

Hah! An aging  hippy…figures!

Maybe he’ll use the money to buy himself some wheels.

Hat tip: Crime Scene KC

Priests Rumble

In a brawl reminiscent of the infamous street fight scene in Anchorman, Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests attacked each other “with brooms and stones inside the Church of the Nativity as long-standing rivalries erupted in violence during holiday cleaning on Thursday”.

The basilica, built over the grotto in Bethlehem where Christians believe Jesus was born, is administered jointly by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic authorities. Any perceived encroachment on one group’s turf can touch off vicious feuds.

I guess!

On Thursday, dozens of priests and cleaners were scrubbing the church ahead of the Armenian and Orthodox Christmas, celebrated in early January. Thousands of tourists visited the church this week for Christmas celebrations.

But the clean-up turned ugly after some of the Orthodox faithful stepped inside the Armenian church’s section, touching off a scuffle between about 50 Greek Orthodox and 30 Armenians.

Several people were wounded, some with blood running down their faces.

Hey, it could have been worse. At least no one left a trident laying around.

Photo from BBC News

Bad Santa

Only in LA, folks:

A 6 ft 4, 280 lb man dressed in a purple G-string and a red Santa hat failed a breathalyzer test outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theater Sunday night.

Rick Carroll, 53, of Long Beach, Calif., who also sported a blond wig, black leg warmers and red, lace camisole, allegedly registered just over the legal blood-alcohol limit of .08 percent when officers tested him after he pulled up in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater Sunday night, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

He was booked on a misdemeanor DUI charge and released on $5,000 bail. His car was impounded.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Ken Garner said officers were “pretty sure this is not … Santa Claus.”

I daresay.

Blogburst For Thompson

It’s the eleventh hour for Thompson, and what’s sad is, even though he’s been my first choice for the Republican nominee, I haven’t devoted a single post for him.

Well, Rick Moran at The Right Wing Nuthouse is proposing a Blogburst for Thompson.

I’m in, baby.

The Thompson Campaign needs $248,846 in the bank before 6:00 pm EST Friday, Dec 28 in order to put this ad on the air in Iowa. It’s ‘do or die’ time for Thompson. If you can help, please do.

Let’s do this thing!

Hat tip: Stop the ACLU.


Here is the Dec. 27 Blogburst from Rightwing Nuthouse. Join the Marbleheaders.

Fox News Voted ‘Most Balanced’

But for how much longer?

The Center For Media And Public Affairs at George Washington University:

“found that Fox News Channel’s evening news show provided more balanced coverage than its counterparts on the broadcast networks.”

Could it be that allowing conservative viewpoints to grace the airways once in a while, isn’t the dark night of fascism, after all?

Well of course it isn’t.

But Fox’s “fair and balanced” m.o. is in danger of taking a turn in the wrong direction.

As FrontpageMagazine reports today:

In September of 2005, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal purchased 5.46 per cent of Class B voting shares in News Corp, the company that owns Fox News and a number of other media and entertainment entities. This had replaced the three per cent stake in Class A non-voting shares bin Talal had previously held through his investment corporation, Kingdom Holding Company (KHC).

In April of 2002, bin Talal had donated $27 million during a Saudi telethon that was raising money for the families of suicide bombers. As well, he had given $500,000 to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to be used towards the distribution and propagation of a set of Islamist books for American libraries. The set included Jamal Badawi’s Gender Equity in Islam, which sanctions the beating of women by their husbands, and a version of the Quran, Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s The Meaning of THE HOLY QURAN, which has been banned by the Los Angeles school system.

Utilizing his position of power within Fox News (today, he is the second largest shareholder), bin Talal has worked to influence programming at the station. An infamous example of this was reported in a December 2005 article found in WorldNetDaily, stating:

During the violent street protests in France one month ago, the prince said, Fox News ran a banner at the bottom of the screen that said “Muslim riots.”

“I picked up the phone and called Murdoch … [and told him] these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty,” al-Walid said.

“Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots.”

See how that works?

Also slipping in under the radar is News Corp’s December 4th acquisition of Beliefnet, an internet-based religious information source:

Today, Beliefnet’s Islam section is entirely controlled by, and the content of it is entirely consumed by, radical Muslims.

The editor of Beliefnet-Islam is Dilshad Ali. Besides being affiliated with Beliefnet, Ali is also a correspondent for Islam Online, a site that issues religious rulings (Fatwas) in support of Palestinian suicide bombings, terrorist attacks against American troops, and the death penalty for homosexuals, including the throwing of homosexuals from tall buildings (“Death Falls”).

Indeed, as Fox Entertainment Group’s well recognized logo was pasted to Beliefnet, the face of Siraj Wahhaj adorned the site as an “Islamic Inspiration.” Wahhaj, a Brooklyn imam, was named as an “Unindicted Co-Conspirator” to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and served as a witness for the spiritual leader of the attack, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, during Abdel-Rahman’s trial.

And so on and so forth…there is cause for concern.


Hmmmm….I checked out the Islam section of Beliefnet and found it to be quite tame. Maybe I’m catching it on a good day, but even the article that is critical of Ayan Hirsi Ali is nothing worse than you would see at the Huffington Post.

Still, Fox News…..I’m watching you.

Happy Kwanzaa From The White House

How embarrassing.

I send greetings to those observing Kwanzaa.

Established in 1966, Kwanzaa is celebrated each year as an opportunity for African Americans to honor African traditions of family, community, and culture. During the seven days leading up to the New Year, millions of individuals reflect on the past and renew their commitment to the principles of Kwanzaa — unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

As family and friends gather to celebrate Kwanzaa, our citizens are reminded of the many African Americans who have contributed their talent and strength to this great Nation. I commend those observing this holiday for taking pride in your rich heritage. May the coming year be filled with the blessings of health and happiness.

Laura and I send our best wishes for a joyous Kwanzaa celebration.


Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, but I haven’t heard too much about it, this year.

It seems to be becoming less popular. I know some people still celebrate it, but I’d like to think that most blacks are on to the fakiness of the whole thing, as well as the unsavoriness of its founder, Ron Karenga who was arrested in 1971:

“for torturing two black women by whipping them with electrical cords and beating them with a karate baton after stripping them naked. He placed in the mouth of one of the victims a hot soldering iron, also scarring her face with the device. He put one of her big toes in a vise, and detergent and running water in both their mouths.”

Isn’t that special?

Also in the WND article linked to above:

At the time he was inventing Kwanzaa, Karenga had also organized a terrorist group at UCLA called “US” (for “United Slaves”). In 1969, Karenga’s followers killed two Black Panthers.

While he was in prison, Karenga converted to Marxism. This was regarded by California State University at Long Beach as evidence of his being rehabilitated. So they made him director of their black-studies program.

While I was an Episcopal parish priest in Northern California in the 1960s, I was challenged to debate Malcolm X – which I accepted.

When I arrived at an all-black audience in West Oakland (home of the Black Panthers), I discovered that a substitute had been made for Malcolm.

Mr. Karenga was the most foul-smelling person I had ever sat next to – which, I strongly suspect, was part of his debating technique.

Karenga’s argumentation was equally foul – an exceptionally hostile recitation of extremist black-power claims, which I found to be utterly preposterous. And I said so, and explained why.

That led to ominous sounds from this all-black audience – that Karenga began to manipulate.

I don’t know why George and Laura Bush should feel the need to extend Kwanzaa greetings from the White House.

It really is a bullcrap holiday.

I mean, really.


The article that I linked to above (and deleted), I attributed to the MLK Foundation. It was written by Tony Snow, and re-posted at a site that had nothing positive to say about MLK, either.

My bad.

It was still a good article by Tony Snow, though.


The mother of all Kwanzaa debates can be found here.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Santa’s work is done at our house. Now I can relax.

I hope you all get what you want for Christmas…I love you guys!

Celtic Women, again for your listening pleasure.

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