Happy Thanksgiving, and Apologies in Advance to Sir Paul


Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, especially our band of regular readers and commenters who have helped keep the conversation interesting, intelligent, snarky, enlightening, funny, pointed and genuinely entertaining. It’s been our busiest year ever, and the year isn’t even over yet. 2013 will bring some changes, and for the better. I’ll keep you posted on those changes as developments, uh… develop.

Today is a day for family, and I hope all of you get a chance to spend some time with yours. I’ll be joining my family in a great dinner and our annual tradition of yelling at the TV during the Lions game.

In a related story, Sir Paul McCartney has called on Americans to celebrate a turkey-free Thanksgiving. I’m going to disappoint him tremendously. A brit trying to tell us what to do was the reason we declared independence in the first place, so Sir Paul’s request now warrants having an extra helping of the big tom.

In an unrelated story, here’s your laugh for the day: MSNBC President Phil Griffin said his network has “never been the voice of Obama — ever.”

No, not at all:

MSNBC’s coverage of Romney during the final week (68% negative with no positive stories in the sample), was far more negative than the overall press, and even more negative than it had been during October 1 to 28 when 5% was positive and 57% was negative.

For Obama, meanwhile, the coverage improved in the last week. From October 1 to 28, 33% was positive and 13% negative. During the campaign’s final week, fully 51% of MSNBC’s stories [about Obama] were positive while there were no negative stories at all in the sample.

Among the many things I’m thankful for this year is the MSM’s laughable denial of the painfully obvious.

In closing, I’ll get back on point. Here’s George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving proclamation — let’s not forget what it’s all about (h/t Right Michigan):

Short Vacation Time

Mitt Romney has finished his acceptance speech, and I’m trying to get the kids’ stuff packed up for a mid-morning departure for a couple days off the grid. Well, maybe not entirely off the grid. I’m bringing my laptop just in case Joe Biden says or does something incredibly stupid that I can’t avoid commenting on. But for the most part I’ll be taking it easy until Monday or Tuesday.

Romney’s speech aside, what did you think about Clint Eastwood’s “mystery guest” appearance? For me, it was so different, odd and unorthodox that I couldn’t help but appreciate it. “Invisible Obama” — either Clint’s losing his mind or he’s a genius at symbolism. My money’s on the latter:

Back Monday… Tuesday at the latest. Happy Labor Day weekend!

Loss: Andrew Breitbart Dies Updated

Big Hollywood delivers the sad and stunning news that Andrew Breitbart, a courageous and relentless voice for conservatism and against out-of-control government, as well as a pro-life advocate, has passed away. He was 43.

Prayers for Andrew’s wife and four children.

Twitter is going bonkers with tributes, but the word those who knew Breitbart are using to describe him is “fearless.”

Breitbart most recently delivered a fiery speech at CPAC last month:

Update: The usual left-wing mourning process ensues.

Update II: A little more on what might have happened. Hannity says that Breitbart had some heart issues about a year ago.

Update III: Thad McCotter (R-Bron Yr Aur) memorialized Breitbart on the House floor today:


Update IV: Breitbart’s close associate Stephen Bannon says they are still going through the tapes of Obama in college (that Breitbart mentioned in the above CPAC speech) and they’ll release them soon. I have a feeling Andrew Breitbart is going to be haunting the left for a long time to come:


Also, Drudge has this story linked about how Breitbart spent his last hour.

‘Merry Christmas’ Open Thread


I’ll be spending Christmas with family and I hope you’re all doing the same.

Hard to believe that 2011 is almost over, but that’s fine because 2012 is going to be pretty interesting.

Merry Christmas all!

And now, for your viewing pleasure, here’s possibly the worse Christmas-related movie of all time: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. I’ll pour a strong Bacardi & Diet Coke for whoever can sit through the whole thing — which is kind of a catch-22 because booze is what’s required in order to be able to sit through the whole thing:

The Project Valour-IT Fundraiser

It’s time for the Project Valour-IT fundraiser. I’m proud to represent Team Marine, and it was an honor to be asked to help out once again this year.

Instead of mirroring a post I wrote at Michelle’s place, just head over there for details on what Project Valour-IT is, and how you can help this great cause. The fundraising competition goes through July 14th, so I’ll have occasional updates. The overall goal is $100,000 — or $25,000 per team — but goals are made to be eclipsed.

Thanks for any help you’re able to provide the heroes who have sacrificed so much for our freedom!

‘Happy Mother’s Day’ Open Thread

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms! I’ll be spending the day making sure my kids spoil their mom and then taking everybody out to visit my mother. Consider this an open thread for whatever’s on your mind.

Two possible discussion points: Planned Parenthood is wishing moms a happy Mother’s Day using the occasion to ask for donations. It never ceases to amaze me.

And here’s video showing President Obama in Florida, a couple of hours after “operation double tap Bin Laden” got underway. Obama stepped off Air Force One and exchanged little pieces of paper with Air Force Brig. General Ed Wilson. Feel free to speculate what’s on the pieces of paper. HAP thinks the General is handing Obama a “buy a round, get a round free” golf coupon:

Saturday Afternoon Skeet Shootin’ Open Thread

Today my youngest son took his shooting test as part of the hunter safety course he’s almost finished with. In the picture below he’s using a 20 gauge and taking aim at a disk of flying clay — that’s his instructor next to him. He hit the skeet on 60% of his shots, which I think is pretty good for somebody who’s never done it before.

I probably won’t post again until morning, so feel free to use this space to discuss anything you like. It’s been a fairly slow news day, which sometimes is a good thing.

By the way, if you missed Sarah Palin’s excellent speech at the Wisconsin Tea Party rally earlier today, I have a link to the video in my post over at Michelle M’s place.



April Fools Day: Real or Not Real?

It’s that day of the year that I’ll be once again hoping President Obama goes on TV and yells “April Fool,” finally revealing that it’s all been an elaborate joke — but unfortunately I doubt that’s going to happen.

One story I’ve noticed a lot of outlets passing along is Paul Bedard’s article at US News about the Pentagon spending $600,000 on a “gurgling toad statue” (no, not a tribute to Henry Waxman, but an actual toad). I thought that Bedard mentioning April 1st in the article along with a photo of the “piece of art” that looks like a dime store knick-knack was a dead giveaway that it’s an April Fool’s joke.

However, part of the challenge of April Fool these days is that, thanks to the slapstick nature of modern-day politics and PC, it’s increasingly difficult to tell the difference between what’s real and what’s fake (with the exception of the contents of bikini tops on Malibu beaches).

What leads me to assume the story is fake is that it seems to me that the government would have spent way more than $600,000 for this:


That just has to be an April Fools joke, right? Maybe, but check out this proposal page. Click on “sculpture image” under the name Cheryl Foster. There’s our ugly toad.

Oh, and Google’s also got their annual April Fool feature up: Gmail Motion BETA. Or maybe it’s real. I just can’t tell the difference anymore.

St. Patrick’s Day: The Bar is Open


My favorite holiday of the year is upon us, but I can’t say that without acknowledging those who are working the hardest today: cabbies and bail bondsmen. This is the day my people, and many others in solidarity, try to live up to Michael Bloomberg’s stereotype.

As usual, every St. Patrick’s Day there are eco-weenies telling us how to make our parties environmentally friendly.

Here are my suggestions on how to “green” your St. Patrick’s Day celebration:

–Vomit only in a re-usable burlap bag, and if possible share your bag with others
–Use spinach to make your beer green instead of earth-unfriendly artificial dyes
–Insist police drive you to jail in a hybrid vehicle
–Change the lock on Al Gore’s private jet so he can’t use it

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Update: President Obama met with Ireland’s Prime Minister and “discussed how Ireland will bounce back from economic turmoil.”

Hopefully for Ireland’s sake that discussion was about doing the exact opposite of what Obama does here.

By the way, some of Obama’s Irish relatives aren’t fans of his politics.