Happy New Year — Almost

Another year is almost behind us, and soon I’ll be donning a lampshade and getting annoyed by Ryan Seacrest in Times Square introducing bands I’ve never heard of, but I wanted to wish you all a prosperous 2010!

I’ve got some changes planned here that hopefully will get kicked off very early in 2010, and I hope you can continue to visit and add to the discussion. Visits to the blog more than quadrupled in 2009 vs. the previous year, and hopefully we can continue that trend in 2010.

I’ll close out 2009 with something I ran across at Doug Ross’s blog, via TNOYF:

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Ron Paul’s Abused Spouse Syndrome Approach to Terrorism

On Larry King’s show, Ron Paul acted like a housewife with a black eye defending her abusive husband by claiming it wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t burned his dinner. “We need to figure out how to cook better” is also Paul’s insane solution to terrorists who seek to do far more than blacken our eyes.

Paul says we don’t need only focus on stopping the terrorists (as is Ben Stein’s approach), but rather that we need to figure out why they hate us — which is mostly “because we’re occupiers,” according to Paul.

That’s the problem, Congressman. Yes, we are “occupiers” — occupiers of the earth — and they want to wipe us out for it. Were the Americans working high up in the World Trade Centers on 9/11 “occupiers”?

Ron Paul is getting so nuts that his next campaign should be sponsored by Planters.

Sheila Jackson Lee has never looked so sane:

(h/t Gateway Pundit)

Hope & Change? Targeted Killing of Journalists Up in 2009

You’d think your average member of the mainstream media would become a little more “hawkish” when it comes to eliminating terror threats (maybe it would get more positive airplay if we started calling it “The war on the people who are killing journalists”) after they read news like this:

(AP) This year has been one of the worst on record for the deliberate killing of reporters and media staff, an international journalists’ association said Thursday.

A total of 137 journalists and media personnel were killed in 2009, according to the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists.

It said 113 were singled out because of their profession and 24 died accidentally.

The 113 “targeted killings” tally was one of the highest ever recorded, said the federation. It listed the Philippines, Mexico and Somalia as the most dangerous countries for journalists this year.

But among domestic journalists — such as ex-CNN “reporter” Susan Roesgen — the most dangerous places for the MSM to be in 2009 were… tea parties:

Report Says Limbaugh Rushed to Hospital in Hawaii

Here’s hoping everything’s okay, but I’ll go ahead and throw in the obligatory MSM headline nonetheless: Limbaugh hospitalized: Women and minorities hardest hit:

HONOLULU — Conservative radio talk host Rush Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital on Wednesday afternoon with chest pains, sources told KITV.

Paramedics responded to the call at 2:41 p.m. at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

Limbaugh suffered from chest pains, sources said. Paramedics treated him and took him to Queen’s Medical Center in serious condition.

He was seen golfing at Waialae Country Club earlier this week. The country club is next to the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

Though all reports so far say that Rush was “rushed to the hospital,” I don’t read too much into that as a gauge of any kind of severity, because is there ever a time when you’re casually taken to the hospital?

In any case, I’ll post any other details I learn about here. Hang in there Rush, we need ya back at the golden mic Monday.

On a slightly different note, am I the only person who’s not in Hawaii this week?

Update: According to Rush’s website, he’s “resting comfortably” in a Honolulu hospital. It can’t be a very private experience, taking ill among a throng of Obamedia who are on the island, but I wish him a fast recovery from… whatever it is that happened. Maybe he’ll call in to today’s show hosted by Walter Williams.

Here’s CNN’s Ed Henry outside the hospital:

Update II: Reactions to the Limbaugh news, including…

TheFullGinsburg.com wrote, “No one wants Rush Limbaugh to die. But they do want his doctors to fail”
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But, turning the tables, some conservatives had fun with the idea that if only it were a liberal in the hospital…

“I’d donate a heart to keep Rush alive,” wrote blogger Dan Riehl. “Just need a knife and a liberal close by. ; )”

Another update: Walter Williams has a little more here.

Gallup: And the Most Admired Woman Is…

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According to a Gallup poll of Americans, Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman — with a full 16% of respondents most admiring a woman who remains in a marriage of political convenience to a man who goes around banging everything that moves except her.

Most interesting is that First Ladies usually finish first or second, but Michelle Obama is 4th behind Sarah Palin and Oprah — wearing shoes like this can’t win you many admirers either:

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Among men, Barack Obama’s teleprompter was overwhelmingly the most admired, but there’s still enough there to help give liberals the runs, because George W. Bush is 2nd and Glenn Beck finished 4th.

Incidentally, 1% of Democrats chose Tiger Woods as their most admired man — but that poll has a margin of error of plus or minus Bill Clinton.

(h/t HotAirPundit)

A Sarra Pallin Phan Rites an Oppen Leter too Joyy Bayhar

Eye jsut disspached the folowwing leter to Joyy Bayhar from teh proggrm Teh Veiw, hoo sugessted thet Sarra Pallin phans are iliterratte:

Miz Bayhar,

I am relly rezenting you’re sayyng thet peepel hoo lyke Sarra Pallin ar stoopid an do’nt reed good. your an asswhole in mi oppinyun

Hoo ar yoo too judg hoo iz smartt? Yew spennd you’re daze tawking two and aggreeing with summ of teh dummest moreons on urth on Teh Veiw. Whenn I wach you’re showw i fell lyke i am waching fore labradoor retreivvers triing too figgur outt a Roobicks Kewb.

Andd than yoo havve teh uther tock showe knowboddee waches. Moore peepel no whair Jimmee Hoffstra iz barried than wach you’re showe. Sarra onlee sold millyuns of bookes. Thee onlee tyme anybuddy reeds anythign yoo rote iz if i’ts on teh bathrooom wall at CNN, adn usualley knot even than. Your jsut jellus.

Yew thawt thhat ‘Blak Fryday” wuz a rayshall slurr?!? Thatt iz stoopid.

Yoo sed wee onley baught Sarras boook Gong Rowge becuase of the pikchur on teh shiney cuvver. I gott newz forr yew, so didd you’re boyfrend. Hee wantad sumthing bye hiz bed thatt di’dnt hav too bee drank prittee evry knight.

Wee Pallin phans do’nt likke beeing lekshured onn kommon cents and branes bye sumbuddy hoo intillekshually is livving ina storrage klosset in the baysment of teh ivorry towwer annd pre-tendding i’ts the penthaus aparttmint.

Ure a doosh. Cee yoo att the nxet prezzidenntal ellekshun in 2011 ore whenneverr!!1!

Sined,

A Sarrah Pallin phann

‘Flight FAA, You Are Cleared to Party!’

And in other fiscal responsibility and transparency in the age of Hope and Change news… the FAA just spent $5 million on a three-week-long Christmas party:

A series of seminars in Atlanta officially were aimed at training managers on a new air-traffic-controller contract but degenerated into one big bash. According to ABC News, the seminars didn’t even cover half of the 100 new provisions in a contract that went into effect two months ago.

Participants apparently also were too busy partying on the taxpayer dime to learn much. Whistleblowers told ABC tales of rampant drunken debauchery, including one attendee propositioning an undercover reporter for her services as a prostitute.

Hey, the FAA has nothing else to worry about, right? But after watching how much of the media bent over for Obama in the past couple of years, it isn’t hard to understand why some of those reporters are mistaken for whores.

The FAA has received a fortune in “stimulus” funding and plenty of it has been wasted or misused, so why not throw a party?

Sheriff Joe, where are you?

Obama: I Won’t Rest Until the Terrorists are Caught; Now if You’ll Excuse Me, I’ve Got to Tee Off

Politico has something that would have been widely mocked had Bush been the one doing it, so in the spirit of bipartisanship, it’s only fair to report this:

TEEING OFF: A half-hour after President Obama vowed to catch the terrorists behind a plot to blow up a plane on Christmas, he arrived at 10:40 a.m. at the Luana Hills Country Club, where a golf course winds through a rain forest, the pool reports.

This is the first thing that popped into my head after I heard Obama say that and then go golf (give it a few seconds after clicking play because I programmed it to jump ahead to the relevant part):

It’s actually kind of ironic, because that scene featured O.J. Simpson, and he looked for the perps on the golf course too.

Speaking of Bush, he was bashed for doing something similar to what Obama did. I wonder if that hypocritical commie pudding-sack Michael Moore will feature Obama’s “golfing while the nation is in crisis” in his expose of the Hopenchange administration the way he did with Bush:

Related note: The Obamas are vacationing in Hawaii, but so is Nancy Pelosi. Stalker, or coincidence? In either case, the wallets of those of us on the mainland U.S. are a little safer with her gone.

(h/t Ace and Perfunction)

‘Iron Chef’ Does the White House

Because the Obamas weren’t getting quite enough media coverage, they’ve decided to also take over the Food Network:

First Lady Michelle Obama has challenged Iron chefs Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse to a Super Chef Battle at the White House. The Iron Chef stars will be pitted against White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford, and Bobby Flay. The two-hour special will premier Sunday January 3rd, 2010 at 8pm. In true Farm-to-Table style, the challenge will involve creating a meal for America with the White House Kitchen’s local produce.

The show has already been recorded. An insider tells me that the cooking went well… until the meal was served and the president bowed to the King Crab and tried to borrow money from the Peking Duck.

Is it a Freudian Slip when Emeril Lagasse refers to President Obama as “the Chairman”? I got kind of a creepy Mao vibe there — it’s either that or Emeril thinks Sinatra still hangs out at the White House:

(h/t Allah at Hot Air)

Fruit of the Doom: Underwear of Destruction

ABC News has the first photo of the undiebomber’s shorts that didn’t fully ignite on the Northwest flight bound for Detroit on Christmas day:

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Discerning terrrorists this winter are wearing thong instead of boxer style. Hopefully enough of that detonated to blow that guy’s junk to allahbits, but I doubt it.

Because of this, all passengers on international flights have to remain seated an hour before landing — as everybody knows that bombs won’t detonate if the bomb knows there’s over an hour remaining in the flight.