Is Obama preparing a US Afghanistan surrender?

 Powerline  raises this provocative question and reveals that this  is what expert Andrew McCarthy thinks is happening. Apparently  the  Muslim Brotherhood's  Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi  -- a man dedicated to  world domination  by Islam--  has been recruited by the US  to mediate secret negotiations with the Taliban. Details here.  
 Imagine  what US combatants holed up in some freezing bunker in Afghanistan, must feel, enduring daily terror, the  death  and crippling of their comrades, knowing that all the sacrifice could  soon be thrown away just so that a politician can claim to have ended two wars and boost his chances for re-election.  Despicable. Obama  has no moral right to ask this of brave men. It's like Churchill  and FDR  invading Nazi-occupied Europe while simultaneously negotiating with Hitler for a withdrawal  of Allied troops.  

The farsighted professor

This time last year Professor William Jacobson made  his predictions for 2011.  Now he has graded them. The results are  remarkable. See here.

Dream on, Monsieur Noyer

The Euro could become the world's leading currency in the next decade if leaders of the single-currency bloc succeed in tightening fiscal integration, European Central Bank policymaker Christian Noyer says in an article to be published Sunday. Details here.   Dream on, Monsieur Noyer, the Albanian Lek has more chance of becoming the world's "leading currency."

Hey, Dude

So very Presidential: Ann Althouse reports receiving an Obama fundraising email with the  greeting 'Hey' and signed ' Barack'.  Better make 'hey' while sun shines,  Barack;  2012  begins  tonight and, with it, the countdown starts for  the end of your reign, Dude.

Cartoonist: Bob Gorrell

[via Town Hall]

Fitz n' Startz

If Obama extended his vacation by a  month,
 would anybody notice?

[Drawing: Alastair Graham]

Iran blinks in stare-down with US

 Iran delayed promised long-range missile tests in the Gulf on Saturday and Tehran signaled it was ready for fresh talks on its disputed nuclear program, Reuters reports. "Iran's state media initially reported early on Saturday that long-range missiles had been launched during naval exercises, a move that may irk the West concerned over threats by Tehran to close off a vital oil shipping route in the Gulf. But Deputy Navy Commander Mahmoud Mousavi later went on the English-language Press TV channel to deny the missiles had in fact been fired." Read it all.


Rule 5 Encore: Emily Ratajkowski

Never was there more helpful guidance  than R.S McCain's  'Rule 5' for getting a million hits on your blog:   Everybody likes a pretty girl. Emily Ratajkowski, here modeling lingerie for Frederick's of Hollywood, has  already brought visitors to this site from all over the world. 
We  therefore feel obliged to provide global connoisseurs of the human form another chance to hone their  aesthetic skills by assessing the qualities  and proportions of her physical structure.  
It goes without saying that this is all solely with the intent of  advancing artistic appreciation among our readers.

A tidal wave of Obama-bred crime is coming

Doug Ross makes a chilling  and convincing prediction of a massive crime wave.
Here, in essence,  is his logic:
 • Fact: There are a record number of Americans dependent upon government anti-poverty programs thanks to the Obama Democrats.
• Fact: Expanded access to welfare and food stamps greatly increases the number of children born to unwed mothers
• Fact: Single-parent families correlate to higher crime rates
• Conclusion: with the unprecedented increase in welfare, food stamps and unemployment, we will also see an unparalleled increase in violent crime within the next dozen or so years. Read it all.

New Year's ReVolutions

Dung Beetle Award goes to....

"Press this, Wordpress"
An Academy of Dung Beetles' Award is being rolled towards the blog platform WordPress for shutting down the  widely-followed blog Bare Naked Islam, bowing to complaints by CAIR rather than upholding the right to free speech. More here.

He wants to be a millionaire

The Daley Gator is only 4,000 hits away from 1,000,000 hits.  Visit this excellent site and  help give him a holiday gift to remember.
[h/t Wyblog]


Resolutions for a man who's already perfect

We have come up with  new year resolutions for  Barack Obama  -- since he may struggle to identify any of his own behaviors that are less than perfect:
I,  Barack Hussein Obama, resolve to be less:
Perfunctory, patronizing, peremptory, supercilious, arrogant, remote, insensitive, haughty, elitist, conceited [to be continued]

Happy New Year from the IDF

Prof. William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection has this new year's  video greeting from members of the Israel  Defense Forces, who are permanently only one rocket attack  away from combat.

Cartoonist of Day: Michael Ramirez

'Twas an Occupy Christmas...

 Hilarity from the People's  Cube:
'Twas an Occupy Christmas, when all through Zuccotti
Not a creature was stirring, not even the naughty.
Their demands were all sorted and stacked with care,
In hopes that Obama Claus soon would be there.

The Progs lay smug in their makeshift beds,
While hopes of entitlements danced in their heads.
Adorned by those cool proletarian caps,
Most had to sleep near where Comrades had crapped.

When somewhere nearby there arose such a clatter,
They sprang to the street to see what was the matter.
And straight to the barricade bound'ries they dashed,
In hopes their dealer had brought some more hash...
Read it all

Why Britain's future lies with America

In 1952, then-U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson said that "Britain has lost an empire but has failed to find a role." Sadly for Britain, it decided to renounce its longstanding global cultural, legal and philosophical links to North America and instead looked for that role in Europe, says  a fascinating opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal. "Despite its geographic proximity to Britain, the Continent is nevertheless home to a host of cultures, legal systems and governing philosophies very different from those of ...Britain. The consequences from that bad choice have bedeviled Britain for decades. Now, as a result of Prime Minister David Cameron's stance at the recent EU summit, Britain and Europe are at a crossroads. America could help Britain make the right choice, to both countries' mutual benefit." Read  it all.

When Greeks go on strike, how do you know?

 Greek tax officials walked off the job Thursday at the start of a 48-hour strike to protest salary cuts and other austerity measures.  Question: Will other Greeks notice any difference?


This speaks for itself:

[via Doug Ross]

Reich predicts Obama-Clinton ticket

Robert Reich, former Bill Clinton Labor Secretary, says: "My political prediction for 2012 (based on absolutely no inside information): Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden swap places. Biden becomes Secretary of State — a position he’s apparently coveted for years. And Hillary Clinton, Vice President. So the Democratic ticket for 2012 is Obama-Clinton. Why do I say this? Because Obama needs to stir the passions and enthusiasms of a Democratic base that’s been disillusioned with his cave-ins to regressive Republicans. Hillary Clinton on the ticket can do that." 
Full details here.

Cartoonist: Michael Rodriguez

Cabbie: Our Advice Columnist

Dear Cabbie: We're  going on vacation to Hawaii with the kids and everyone is complaining about the cost to taxpayers. It's only $4 million dollars. --Puzzled,  Washington D.C

Dear Puzzled:  $4million?  Ya gotta be kiddin' me. Dat's like every man, woman and child in New York City handing over 50c in taxes. You think ordinary folk are gonna be happy wid dat?  Fuggedaboudit, lady.   Hey,  wait...you call 50c a tip?  I need at least a goddam buck. You gotta problem widdat?  I got taxes to support. -- Cabbie

It's good to be queen

It's good to be Queen. Drudge has this picture of Michelle Obama [left]  on her Hawaii vacation, in a sundress said to  be priced around $2000.  That will bring comfort to millions of cash-strapped Americans struggling to  find bargains  on sale at their local mall.

Obama's year of living misguidedly

Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post catalogs Obama's annus horribilis, a year in which he has stumbled from one damaging misjudgment to another. Read it all.

Pacu, the testicle eater

[via The Telegraph]
 Britain's The Telegraph tells of a British angler, Jeremy Wade, 53, who spent weeks fishing in remote Papua New Guinea after locals told him how a mysterious beast was castrating young men in the area's waters. He finally caught the perpetrator: the Pacu fish, known locally as the Ball Cutter. 
Could one of these  have taken up residence in the White House plumbing? That would explain much about the Undecider-in-Chief.


Nanny Bammy's Labor Dept. to regulate farm kids

Dawn Buell had twice as many applicants as corn detasseling jobs this past summer. The young workers love the money, she said, and they're not scared off by the hot Nebraska sun.  But Buell and other agricultural representatives are hot under the collar over proposed U.S. Labor Department rules they say could end the longtime tradition of young teens detasseling corn — and, on a broader scale, could restrict the type of work kids have done for years on the farm. 
While the proposed changes are intended to protect kids from potential dangers related to machinery and livestock, Buell and farm groups, including the Nebraska Farm Bureau, think they go too far. They fear youngsters would be stripped of an opportunity to build a work ethic and an enthusiasm for farming as a potential career. More here
[Thanks: BJS]

Cartoonist: Glenn Foden

[via Town Hall]

Obama to ask for $1.2 trillion MORE

In spite of the incredible US debt (see posting below) Obama is going to ask for another $1.2 trillion this week.

The Incredible US debt


UK plans money clamp-down if Euro implodes

The British Treasury is working on contingency plans for the disintegration of the Euro which include capital controls, the Telegraph reports. "The preparations are being made only for a worst-case scenario and would run alongside similar limited capital controls across Europe, imposed to reduce the economic fall-out of a break-up and to ease the transition to new currencies. 
Officials fear that if one member state left the euro, investors in both that country and other vulnerable eurozone nations would transfer their funds to safe havens abroad."     
Capital flight from weak euro nations to countries such as the UK would drive up sterling, dealing a devastating blow to the Government’s plans to rebalance the economy towards exports. More here

Rule 5: Emily Ratajkowski

We posted a  picture of  Emily Ratajkowski a couple weeks ago to test the prominent blogger Stacy McCain's  [The Other McCain] Rule 5 for getting a million hits on a blog: Everybody loves to see a pretty woman. The reaction to  the picture of  the beautiful Ms Ratajkowski has been  astounding, with searches from all over the world. Who are we to deny the world another glimpse of her? This is  from a photo-shoot for lingerie makers Fredericks of Hollywood. Our purpose -- of course -- is purely to demonstrate the outstanding results that fine lingerie, a talented photographer and a skilled model can create. Look and learn. 

The Dung Beetle Award goes to...

"Try slugging this, lady"
The Academy of Dung Beetles Award is being rolled towards the New York woman who slugged a 71-year-old Walmart greeter in the face, fracturing bones, after the greeter asked to see the receipt for goods the woman was carrying out of the store.

Tweet of the Day

Q: Have you heard about McDonalds' new Obama Value Meal? 
A: Order anything you like and the person behind you has to pay for it.

Cartoonist: Michael Ramirez

[via Town Hall]


 "You want a free airliner to Hawaii.
Your name Michelle Obama?"


A contrast in styles

Contrast this condescending lecture from  President   Obama and wife, with Reagan's 1981 Christmas address  to the nation  in the posting below.

The meaning of Christmas and of American pride

Oh my goodness:  If you feel there's been something missing in American leadership, you are not wrong.  Watch this: Ronald Reagan's 1981 Christmas address.  As Tyler Durden,  who posted this at  Zero Hedge, says: Things sure have changed in the past 30 years. Transcript here.

Why affirmative action is backfiring

IF RACIAL preferences in higher education were good for racial minorities, we surely would have seen definitive evidence of it by now.  Instead, research increasingly suggests that the opposite is true -- that affirmative action in academia is not advancing minority achievement but impeding it, says a fascinating article in The Boston Globe. Read it all.

Obama: 'Most dangerous and damaging US President ever'

What is happening in American politics is simply astounding," writes British commentator Melanie Philips. "Here is an incumbent President whose approval ratings are rightly dire. He is the most far-left, dangerous and damaging President the US has ever known. In office, he has amply fulfilled the worst fears of those like myself who warned well before he was even elected that his agenda was to neuter America’s influence abroad and to extend the reach of the state into people’s lives at home.
     In foreign policy, he has made the world an immeasurably more dangerous place by strengthening America’s enemies and dumping on its allies (even vitiating the sacrifice of America's own soldiers in Iraq, now poised to descend into world-threatening anarchy because of the militarily illiterate and defeatist withdrawal of US forces from there.)"  More here.

Gingrich, Perry wrongfully excluded from VA primary?

A Christmas present for Perry and Gingrich: Tom White at VA Right says that there may have to be a recount due to incorrect application of  Virginia  law. Details here.

Obama's 'worst mistake'

"President Obama missed the boat on tax reform. He put politics above entitlement reform. He worsened already-tense relations with Israel. But the worst error, in large part because it was both avoidable and is not irreversible, was to pull all troops out of Iraq," writes Jennifer Rubin in The Washington Post. She thinks history will see him as the President who gave away hard-won victory for short-term political gainRead it all.


Newt's lead slips, as voters begin to remember him

DES MOINES (The Borowitz Report) – In a development that has imperiled his front-runner status in the Republican presidential race, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has plunged in the polls as voters have begun to remember who he is. Mr. Gingrich had been surging in recent weeks, but according to pollster Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research institute, “That was before people’s memories of who New Gingrich is started gradually kicking in.” According to a new poll released today, Mr. Gingrich fared especially poorly among voters who agreed with the statement,“Wait a minute, that guy? He was an enormous dick."

Greetings and...

The Ego has landed

Keith Koffler at White House Dossier reports that less than half an hour after reaching his Hawaiian vacation hideaway, Barack the warrior for the middle class, was out the door and making his way to the famed Morimoto Waikiki, the restaurant of the Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. "Perhaps the president whetted his appetite with one of the hot appetizer selections, like the Oyster Foie Gras at $22 a pop. After that, he might have dispensed with the laborious process of choosing his own sushi, letting Mr. Morimoto – or an appropriate stand-in – assemble a selection of raw fish for up to $160."
[Via Daletoons]

Cartoonist: Jerry Holbert

[via Town Hall]


Setback for the phone fascists

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood disagrees with the proposed NTSB   ban on  hands-free  carphones.  Details here. 
 For once, it seems commonsense may prevail.

Hark the Barack angels sing

On Tuesday, the tone-deaf Obama 2012 campaign released an instructional video titled “Home for the Holidays: Share Why You’re Working to Re-elect President Obama.” Instead of relaxing with loved ones, the president’s monomaniacal campaign staff and volunteers provide “pointers” and “strategies” for converting their “stubborn” families, writes  Michelle Malkin.  Read it all.

Ask Cabbie: Our mobile advice columnist

Dear Cabbie: My popularity is falling in spite of the fact that I'm the smartest guy in the room.  What should  I do? -- Newt G.

Dear Newt G:  "Newt " What kinda name is dat? I wouldn't  even call a cat Newt.  
"Smartest  guy in da room?" Fuggedaboutit --  everybody hates da smartest guy in da room--- just look how folks hate da putz in da White House. Dumb yourself down, buddy, and you'll be top of da polls faster dan it takes me to get from Macy's to Grand Central.  
Dat'll be  $10.50. You're welcome, buddy.  Hey, wait a second, Newt... you think dat's a goddam tip?

Britain is our bitch, says Goldman Sachs

Britain's Daily Mash reports: "Britain is Goldman Sach's bitch and Goldman Sach's bitch better have its money, it has been confirmed. The investment bank said it did not want none of our smart-mouthed bullshit and we better pony up with the green or we be hurtin' real bad..."  More here

Taxpayers subsidize teacher unions

Taxpayers in Colorado's largest school districts have spent more than $5.8 million during the past five years to subsidize the activities of local teachers unions, the Denver Post reports. Tax money paid for everything from full-time union leaders' salaries and benefits to providing leave for some teachers to attend union conferences.  More here.

Harvard ushers in new Dark Age

 Pamela Geller writes: "Harvard has  dropped economics courses taught by a Hindu professor, Subramanian Swamy, president of the Janata Party of India and a former Union Cabinet minister, because of something that had nothing to do with economics: he wrote an editorial that Muslims find offensive.  And now the Harvard Crimson has added insult to injury by applauding this decision and declaring a barbarian's war on the founding principle of this great nation -- our unalienable individual rights. 
The protection of academic freedom on campus, of which political free speech is the most protected, has been tossed away, weakly, meekly, cravenly, at Harvard -- pointing to the initial stage of the postmodern Dark Ages."  More here.

Secret Santas

President Obama's re-election  campaign  is attacking Mitt Romney for 'secrecy', which is more than a little ironic. Doug Ross explains why.

Cartoonist: Michael Ramirez

Bloggers: do you have a contingency plan?

Here's a fascinating contingency plan for bloggers in unfree countries and a chilling reminder for those in free countries how precious  that freedom is and why it must be constantly and vigorously defended . Details here.

Obama's holiday gift

 President Barack Obama's gift to the nation


Bo 'flown from Hawaii for photo-op'

[via NY Daily News]
 Keith Koffler at White House Dossier  reports that First Dog Bo may have been flown back from Hawaii  for a cynical photo-op  in  a Virginia  PetSmart branch so the President  could pose as a regular guy shopping (who happens to have had his dog flown thousands of miles for some  photos.)
Update: Michelle Obama's office claims Friday that Bo has been in DC the whole time.

Cartoonist: Dana Summers

[via Town Hall]

Celeb bemoans Obama's 'no balls' leadership

 Even Obama's former celebrity acolytes are turning on him. Actor Matt Damon says: " I'd prefer a one-term president with balls who actually got things done." More here.


Menace of the mercury morons

Why are the dim bulbs in government spending millions to reduce toxic mercury in the upper atmosphere while  putting  it into light bulbs inside in our  very houses? Chris Wysocki at Wyblog  takes us through the tortured reasoning of regulators. God save us from such people.

How Democrats fooled California's redistricting commission

"This spring, a group of California Democrats gathered at a modern, airy office building just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The meeting was House members only — no aides allowed — and the mission was seemingly impossible. In previous years, the party had used its perennial control of California’s state Legislature to draw district maps that protected Democratic incumbents. But in 2010, California voters put redistricting in the hands of a citizens’ commission where decisions would be guided by public testimony and open debate. The question facing House Democrats as they met to contemplate the state’s new realities was delicate: How could they influence an avowedly nonpartisan process?"  Read this  compelling expose from Pro Publica.
[Thanks: BJS]

The Kremlinator

Stormy weather

Via The Macho Response: Weatherman,  meet cockroach.

Why the GOP must halt this disastrous gift to Obama

A proposal by House Republicans to roll back the maximum duration of unemployment benefits from 99 weeks to 59 passed the House by 234 to 193. If such a plan also passes the Senate, that would be politically ideal for President Obama, says Forbes
Reducing the amount of time people can collect unemployment benefits would clearly cut the unemployment rate below 8 percent by election time, greatly improving the President’s chances for re-election. Yet the President could nevertheless pretend not to appreciate this generous gift and instead castigate Republicans for being as cheap as Scrooge and as mean as the Grinch. From Obama’s point of view, that’s an ideal combination. Find out more.
[Thanks: BJS]

Taxpayers pay $250,000 for each Chevy Volt

Each Chevy Volt sold so far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it – a total of $3 billion, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
 Hohman looked at total state and federal assistance offered for the development and production of the Chevy Volt, General Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. His analysis included 18 government deals that included loans, rebates, grants and tax credits. The amount of government assistance does not include the fact that General Motors is currently 26 percent owned by the Federal Government. More here.
[Thanks BJS]

Trump runs for North Korean presidency

PYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report) – Within hours of the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, real estate mogul Donald Trump roiled the political situation in that Stalinist country by announcing that he would run for its presidency. “Kim Jong-Il ruled North Korea as the egomaniacal leader of a personality cult,” Mr. Trump told reporters en route to Pyongyang.  “I can offer continuity of leadership.”  More here

Unquotable Quotes

Words we'll never hear:

"The family's flying together" -- Michelle Obama

" I'm wrong" -- Newt Gingrich

"Let's not be clear" -- Barack Obama

"Ruffle my hair" -- Mitt Romney

"Here's your loan, paid in full" --Greece

" I'm running" -- Sarah Palin

Cartoonist: Glenn McCoy

[via Town Hall]


Newt F-bombed

A taste of what it can be like on the campaign trail, trying to debate Joe Sixpack. 

The Dung Beetle Award goes to...

"Superintendent, here's your gift"
Today's Academy of Dung Beetles Award is being rolled towards the elementary school superintendent of Saugus, Massachusetts, who cited "religious concerns" in ending the tradition of local firefighters dressed as Santa handing out coloring books to school kids. Maybe, if those firefighters were to rename themselves 'Usama bin-Claus,' the superintendent would  withdraw his ban, out of fear of being branded 'Islamophobic.'  More here.

Rule 5: Competitive coffee

There were four Catholic men and one Catholic woman having coffee.

The first Catholic man tells his friends, "My son is priest, everyone calls him "Father."

The second man says: "My son is a bishop,  people call him  Your Grace."

The third man says: "my son is a cardinal, People call him Your Eminence"

The fourth man  says: "My son is the  Pope.  When he walks into a room, people say  Your Holiness." 

The lone woman  sipped her coffee and  the four men looked  at her.  "I have a daughter,"  she said:.  " Beautiful, slim, 38D breasts, 34" hips. When she walks into a room  people say Oh, my God."

Cartoonist: Gary Varvel

[via Town Hall]

Democrats win 'Lie of the Year'

PolitiFact has awarded its 'Lie of the Year' to Democrats for making misleading claims about the GOP's Medicare plans. Details here.

Bam cozies up to progressive pals

Obama has had his "progressive" pals over for a cozy meeting over coffee. Jake Tapper at ABC's Political Punch reports that they included the Washington Post's Ezra Klein and Greg Sargent, MSNBC anchors Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and Chris Hayes, the Nation’s editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel, the New York Times‘ Frank Bruni, and stars of the interwebs Arianna Huffington, Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo, Faiz Shakir of ThinkProgress and Joy Reid of The Reid Report. 
 What did they discuss? Tapper says: "The group chatted with the president about economic messaging, his agenda for 2012, the various campaign arguments against different GOP candidates, the desire among some Democrats for him to highlight his foreign policy accomplishments, fighting corporate influence and the “crappiness” of the Senate filibuster, as one attendee put it." 
 So we can assume that POTUS has  been given his  instructions for next  year.
[Thanks BJS]

Cartoonist: Michael Ramirez

Anger builds over Michelle's vacation spending

Well, our advice columnist Cabbie did warn her. Now the indignation is growing.
[Thanks BJS]


Euro crisis deepens

Is this Palin's masterplan?

Sarah Palin says on Fox News  that it's not too late for another GOP  candidate to enter the race.  
Yes, the timing would be radical and  could handicap her. But -- at the same time -- might it not be a  political masterstroke to  have avoided the  circular firing-squad so far?  She already  has overwhelming recognition, so that's not a problem.  Judging by  the seesaw polls, Republicans are still uncommitted. Laughing Conservative loves to speculate: Palin is a master of the unexpected, and this could be the shrewdest,  most unexpected move of all. POH Diaries has a more skeptical and likely more rational view:  "It's official -- Sarah Palin  is a tease." 

Michelle keeps her head down

Michelle Obama is keeping a very low profile on Oahu, as she should-- after ignoring our columnist Cabbie's  sage advice and running  up a $100,000 tab  for  taxpayers by hopping a separate flight  from the Presidential 747 to Hawaii. We asked Cabbie if he had any reaction.  He just  shook his head silently, honked  his cab's horn,  and asked:  "How 'bout dem Yankees?"  Keith Koffler has more on Michelle's flight. here.

Toy story

The Dung Beetle Award goes to...

"Play this, Holder"
The Academy of Dung Beetles Award is being rolled towards  Attorney General Eric Holder for playing the race card in the face of withering criticism over his handling of 'Fast and Furious.'

Obama says he's the 4th best US president

The Ego has landed:  Barack Obama made the cringe-inducing claim--  later cut from a CBS interview -- that he's the fourth best President, after Lincoln, FDR and Johnson.  And  he's modest too -- only the fourth best? Details here.
[Thanks: BJS]

Cartoonist: Dana Summers

[via Town Hall]

Feds use legal sledgehammer to crack nut

 With so much going on it's nice to know that the  Federal Government is concentrating on  really important things:  Reuters reports that  the U.S. Government is suing Nebraska University  for alleged violations of the federal Fair Housing Act for refusing to accept a dog that  a student claimed she needed to soothe her anxiety attacks. More here.
[Thanks: BJS]

Passing parade

"Dear Leader," as North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il  was known to his unfortunate subjects, has died. His life was testament to statism and corruption,  as he savored Cognac and cigars, sponsored development of nuclear weapons, and left  his people to starve. Meanwhile, our own testament  to statism has  most of next year to screw things up further. Happily for us, we can then kick him out.


Be proud to be a Christian country, PM tells the British

Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Britons to defend Christian values and "not be afraid to say" they live in a Christian country.  Alas, this implies that   the insidious  left-inspired notion of political correctness  already has made them afraid. In a speech to celebrate the 400th birthday of the King James Bible, Cameron said it had given the country "a set of values and morals which make Britain what it is today." Nice sentiment, but it ignores all the domestic jihadists and their fellow travelers intent on imposing a very different set of values on Britain and the Anglosphere.  More here.

Dear Cabbie: Ask our street-wise advice columnist

Dear Cabbie:   We're going on vacation to Hawaii, but I don't want to wait a few days to fly with my husband in his private airliner.  I want to go now .with the kids in another airplane. People are saying that's  a waste of money. What should I do? --M.O., Washington, D.C.

Dear M.O:  Wait a couple days and share your husband's airplane. You gotta problem with that? Holy moley, lady, what planet  are you from?  I work two shifts a day and even that's not enough  to pay rent and feed my wife,  my kids and my mother-in-law. Taking a second goddam airplane?  This country is already so deep in the crapper, that we can't afford the first one.  Hey, where's my tip? --Cabbie  

America's most fateful moment

Jim Garrison  at the Huffington Post writes: "The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, if signed into law, will signal the death knell of our constitutional republic and the formal inception of a legalized police state in the United States. Passed by the House on May 26, 2011, the Senate version was passed on Dec. 1, 2011. Now only one man -- Barack Obama, a scholar of constitutional law -- will make the decision as to whether the Bill of Rights he went to Harvard to study will be superseded by a law that abrogates it."  Read it all.  Because everything America represents is at stake.  
Read an outside view here.
[Thanks :BJS]

Chopped liver of the Right

"Conservative Bloggers, despite their massive success at wrecking up the leftist narrative, are the chopped liver, ugly unwanted stepchildren, of the American right. What else could explain the stunning lack of support for the dextrosphere by the very people who directly benefit from the largely thankless work that Conservative Bloggers do every single day?" asks Zilla  of the Resistance.  Hit Zilla's tip jar if you agree.


A hat for Michelle's vacation

First Lady Michelle Obama’s separate journey  to Hawaii promises to cost taxpayers tens of thousands of  extra dollars, as her separate entourage piles on the costs, says Keith Koffler at White House Dossier. The total tab will certainly exceed $100,000, so we suggest that Michelle might like to economize by using this modest beach hat. 

Cartoonist: Henry Payne

[via Town Hall]

The Curse of O strikes again

 Most everything Obama touches takes a turn for the worse -- and that includes people. The curse  continues to claim new victims. Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister of France, had the good sense to avoid the full Obama handshake here, but has still come to grief this week, being outfoxed  by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron in EU negotiations with Germany and facing an imminent  downgrading of France by credit rating agencies. Beware The One Who Knows  Much Better Than You Do What's Best For You. 

New EPA emissions scam will cost each taxpayer $280

Doug Ross has done the math
As we've been saying for months. O must Go! 

Cartoonist: Nate Beeler

[via Town Hall]


Obama plan threatens America's most vulnerable

Abandoning commonsense and compassion in favor of socialist ideology, the Obama Administration has announced plans to extend minimum wage and overtime protection to more than 2 million workers who provide in-home care to frail and disabled people. 
The result will advance  Obama's socialist agenda at the real risk of cuts in care for America's most vulnerable citizens. Details here[Thanks BJS]

Rule 5: Competitive Coffee

There were four Catholic men and one Catholic woman having coffee.

The first Catholic man tells his friends, "My son is priest, everyone calls him "Father."

The second man says: "My son is a bishop "  people call him  "Your Grace."

The third man says: "my son is a cardinal.  People call him: "Your Eminence"

The fourth man  says: "My son is the  Pope.  When he walks into a room people say: "Your Holiness." 

The lone woman  sipped her coffee and  the four men looked  at her.  "I have a daughter,"  she said:.  "Tall, slim, 38D breast, 34" hips. 

When she walks into a room people say: 
 "Oh, My God."

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Cartoonist: Glenn Foden

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Rule 5: Emily Ratajkowski

Eminent  conservative blogger Stacy McCain created the infallible Rule 5 for blog success: everyone likes a pretty girl. Today, the Laughing Conservative brings you this sample from an extensive lingerie photo-shoot of Emily Ratajkowski, purely to hone your photographic skills for the holidays, of course.


Giuliani weighs GOP candidates

Rudy boosts Gingrich, Santorum. Calls Paul a distraction.

Cartoonist: Gary Varvel

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Stopping the phone fascists (3)

Glenn Reynolds  makes a compelling case for excluding hands-free  phones from the NTSB's proposed  total ban on using phones in cars. Read it all.

Cartoonist: Gary McCoy

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