A Tortured Counter-Offer for Hannity to Consider

Charles Grodin appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program last week and asked Hannity if he’d agree to be waterboarded (since Sean’s not against the practice as a CIA interrogation technique). Hannity said, half-jokingly I imagine, that he’d do it for charity.

Enter Keith Olbermann, who has offered to pay $1,000 for every second Hannity is waterboarded.

I’d like to up the torture ante now and offer Hannity $1,250 for every second he can stand to watch Keith Olbermann’s show — a practice so horrific that it has been banned at Gitmo. I’m guessing Hannity chooses the waterboard.

To be fair, a similar offer goes to Olbermann for every second he can go without blaming Bush for everything and foaming at the mouth like he just rear-ended a Burma Shave truck.

As a brief closing observation, at what point did it become conventional wisdom, in the media at least, that if you support certain interrogation techniques, you should be willing to undergo them yourself? Nobody uses the “don’t back it until you’ve tried it” so-called “logic” for any other issue. In other words, I’ve yet to hear Keith Olbermann offer a pro-choicer $1,000 for every second he subjects himself to getting aborted.

Miss California Bashed For Honest Answer on Gay Marriage

The Miss America pageant is all about diversity, charity, and tolerance for the views of others. Just kidding — it’s about being a cookie-cutter liberal who parrots the prevailing views of the nuts and fruits who run the competition. Miss California just found that out.

“Heeeere she iiiisssss — Miiiisssss Hooomo-phoooooooobe“:

When asked by judge Perez Hilton, an openly gay gossip blogger, whether she believed in gay marriage, Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said “We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”

What’s funny is that Prejean was the runner-up in the competition, so those who direct the pageant know that the sort of honesty that leads to voicing opinions that the diverse and super-tolerant judges don’t want to hear needs to be put down quickly before it spreads. Enter Keith Lewis:

Keith Lewis, who runs the Miss California competition, tells FOXNews.com that he was “saddened” by Prejean’s statement.

“As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman,” said Lewis in a statement. “I believe all religions should be able to ordain what unions they see fit. I do not believe our government should be able to discriminate against anyone and religious beliefs have no politics in the Miss California family.”

Then why was the question allowed to be asked?

Here’s a video of Miss California’s answer and Perez Hilton getting all snitty while the audience applaudes. The only thing Prejean did wrong was to say “no offense to anybody” after her opinion. Screw ’em… nobody on the other side ever apologizes for offending people. Otherwise, well done, Miss Cal:

Monday’s Column: Teabaggers on Parade

Today’s column at WorldNetDaily is on the media “coverage” of the tea parties last Wednesday.

You’ve no doubt heard the insults and ad hominem slurs fly — “teabaggers” is a big one that seems to give the left a chuckle. What explains this behavior? Give a read to “Tea isn’t their bag” for the whole story.

Also, over the weekend, senior White House advisor and man with the perfect 70’s porn-star name, David Axelrod, said this: “I think any time you have severe economic conditions there is always an element of disaffection that can mutate into something that’s unhealthy.”

That’s a fairly generic and polite, albeit completely false, representation of tea-partiers. Most of the people who attended have jobs. This wasn’t a large group of disgruntled, unemployed, desperate people begging the government for help. You’ll find those people at Democrat rallies, Mr. Axelrod.

The media and many politicians simply can’t comprehend “protesters” whose main demand is to be left alone and for future generations to not be leveraged and born owing money.

Tea parties are those rare events where the people in attendance want nothing — it’s what they don’t want that is the issue. And if politicians and their handlers fear that this could “mutate into something that’s unhealthy” — then, according to Thomas Jefferson, that’s healthy.

The Two Faces of CNN’s New ‘Minister of Government Defense’ Susan Roesgen

Yesterday at a tea party, CNN reporter Susan Roesgen, who is apparently also serving in a dual role as Washington, DC’s Minister of Propanda & Government Defense, was incensed at the “anti-government” (not to mention “anti-CNN”) sentiments at a rally she was covering and tried to set one tea partier straight on how horrible it is to question the motives or show any disrespect toward the Commander-in-Chief.

Below is a video of that exchange, but it’s preceded by a clip from a protest rally not long ago featuring a likeness of then President Bush, complete with Hitler mustache and devil horns, that Roesgen referred to as “a lookalike.”

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me”:

Anderson Cooper Gets a Little Testis About Tea Parties

In this jewel of a clip, CNN’s Anderson Cooper goes for all the marbles when he says “It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging” while David Gergen yucks it up. It doesn’t get any more disconcerting than watching these two guys analyze grassroots balls the size of the tea parties:

Anderson sounds like a man of experience.

Frankly, I think all these kinds of jokes are the result of the tea parties being too much substance for liberals to swallow, hence the ad hominem nuttery.

Alec Baldwin Sings Tenor in NY Times’ Swan Song

It’s difficult to fathom, but Alec Baldwin is in danger of losing his liberal stripes.

Writing at the Huffington Post in a piece entitled Why We Need the New York Times, the actor/activist (or is that the other way around?) mourns the coming demise of the print version of his newspaper-of-choice.

The natural evolution of media means that print newspapers have one foot in the grave and the other on Johannes Gutenberg’s banana peel, and may soon go the way of dinosaurs, 8-track tapes and the shampoo shop next door to Mickey Rourke’s house unless somebody can figure out a way to quickly un-invent the Internet—something that Al Gore, a big friend of the left, took the initiative in creating, by the way.

Have you ever heard any of the same people who are boarding a gas-guzzling private jet while dancing behind Pied Piper Al and his hybrid, low-emission pan flute blaming Gore for putting their beloved New York Times on life support?

The move from print to electronic media is the natural and inevitable next step. A rapidly diminishing number of people want to pay to have a hunk of paper thrown on their front porch containing the same news they read last night via five blogs and numerous Twitters. So what kind of “progressive” is opposed to progression? What kind of Darwinist opposes evolution? For that matter, what kind of environmentalist is lamenting the end of an industry that is one of the greatest murderers of trees since the Tunguska meteor?

Mr. Baldwin, I know you’d hate to see the Times and its legendary liberal spin go away, but is it really worth selling out so many valued principles in the process?

Bill O’Reilly on 14th Century British iPodophobia

Barack Obama giving the Queen an iPod for a gift really did stir up some controversy (though, seriously, loading “Send in the Clowns” on the thing was just inviting mockery).

Bill O’Reilly even went as far as to say that giving British royalty an iPod as a gift would have gotten you beheaded in the days of Henry the 8th. Of course it would have — since they’d never seen one, you’d most assuredly either get beheaded for being a sorcerer, or simply because the King got insulted that you were unable to contain yourself and loaded the song “I am Henry the 8th I am” on the thing before giving it to him.

It wouldn’t be just British iPodophobia that would have gotten you beheaded though. I assume if you gave 14th Century royalty the gift of a television, radio, paintball gun, model rocket or cigar lighter for that matter, you’d have been convicted of wizardry, stripped of your powdered wig and chained inside the Tower of London for the rest of your life.

As a matter of fact, I heard that the real reason Marie Antoinette was beheaded was because she tried to give King George III a Sony Walkman during a summit meeting.

Gadget gurus used to be put to death — nowadays they just annoy us on morning news programs.

Here’s O’Reilly on why Obama should thank his lucky stars he wasn’t elected President of the United States 500 years ago: