At the end of it Evangelical Christian Joe Scarborough said “Happy Holidays” and proud and public atheist Christopher Hitchens said “Merry Christmas.” To quote his column of the 11th:

I myself repose no faith in any man-made text or made-man redeemer, so when it’s Christmas I say “Merry Christmas” with a clear conscience, as I respect Ramadan and Passover, and also because “Happy Holidays” is so thin and insipid.

And Joe you might want to bush up on your scripture a bit, particularly Matt 10:32-33.

With thanks to Tim Blair for the idea and Kipling who did all the work.

Take up the Green Man’s burden–
Send forth the best ye breed–
Go bind your children to exile
To serve your planet’s need;
To wait in conference meetings,
And airports expanses–
To change the western masses,
From carbon them to wean.

Take up the Green Man’s burden–
In patience to abide,
To ease the fear of Polar Bears
And all the creatures mild;
By dire speech and warnings,
A hundred times made plain
To stop that corporate profit,
For mother Gaia’s gain.

Take up the Green Man’s burden–
Impose your ways to bring,
And end for planets glory–
Those common comfort things.
Escew the modern toilet,
Water/paper,that they use,
And change to greener lightbulbs,
In cool neat windy tubes.

Take up the Green Man’s burden–
And reap his old reward:
The jobs at Boards and NGO,
And make old Berkley proud–
At dinners, conferences and parties
express your deep concern:–
“And oh that private Jet I took…
From Carbon Credits earned!”

Take up the Green Man’s burden–
Ye dare not stoop to less–
Nor worry too loud on Freedom
The movement it knows best;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
Make the masses one with nature
As ‘fore population grew.

Take up the Green Man’s burden–
Remove their childish ways–
The electricity, heat, and travel,
Those common people crave.
In schools and Media make them see
That Red, oops green is true.
Then they will learn to live and love,
The benevolence of your rule!

Take up the Green Man’s burden–
The savage ways of green–
Cull surplus population
For Earth’s abiding need;
And when your goal is nearest
The end that Al Gore sought,
Watch e-mails and true science
Bring all your hopes to naught.

Update: Camp of the Saints links, thanks muchly.

Update 2: Mad Minerva links too, thanks.

I’ve always liked Chris Hitchens even though he is seriously embedded with Palin Derangement syndrome and it was because of that syndrome that he made it on the last segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today.

In between talking sense on the war (which he always does) and pointing out that Joe Biden insulted Afghanistan with his “Good luck in your senior year” crack; (BIG NEWS) he backed up Eugene Robinson on his Palin Hit today and derided and insulted the governor so strongly that his old friends on the left might be tempted to have him back. Andrea Mitchell agreed but nobody can throw an insult like Chris Hitchens can, his insults are almost high art.

Somehow nobody at that MSNBC table mentioned climategate as a probable cause for any shift:

The president’s decision to attend the international climate conference in Copenhagen needs to be reconsidered in light of the unfolding Climategate scandal.

That is the first line in her Facebook post. Let’s look at the first line of her post op-ed

With the publication of damaging e-mails from a climate research center in Britain, the radical environmental movement appears to face a tipping point.

This point never made it to the table. For MSNBC Climategate doesn’t exist unlike say Glenn Reynolds who this morning had 6 posts on the subject between 7:50 & 8:45 this morning.

Morning Joe is the best MSNBC has, and Joe and Mika are the fairest people on that entire network, yet one blogger in Tennessee sees the elephant in the room that they can’t.

If they aren’t embarrassed then that is only because they have lost the capability to be so.

Update: Welcome fellow readers of Conservatives for Palin. Take a peek around. Check out my review of the Governor’s book here and on Amazon and note the tags. See my critique of Recovering Liberals post on Sarah Palin, Check out today’s death panel news, and remain calm when reading Mad Magazine and check out my poetic answer to Al Gore.

When Sarah Palin referred to death panels she was called a liar, or ignored and is still hit for it, even as the section was pulled.

When examples from England’s NIS of brought up we were told that is had nothing to do with the US.

When the mammograms recommendations came out we were told that it isn’t an example of how Government health care would work.

We were told all these things, but there is one important thing about reality, it exists whether or not you want to acknowledge it:

New York used to screen women of all ages, but this year the budget crunch has forced them to focus on those considered at highest risk and exclude women under 50. “It’s a scary thought. It really is,” said LaBarge, who fears she’s at a higher risk because her grandmother died of breast cancer.

Well that is just one state that is on the brink, it’s not like a bunch of states are doing it…oh wait:

At least 14 states cut budgets for free cancer screenings this year: Colorado, Montana, Illinois, Alabama, Minnesota, Connecticut, South Carolina, Utah, Missouri, Washington, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Arkansas.

Via Gateway and Say anything who got to it yesterday.

This story should be a whole lot bigger than it is.

Let me tell you something, if we as a society give the power of life and death to government bureaucrats, we better not be surprised when they will use it.

…that thinks this deal is simply horrible:

Lackey is one of three pitchers in the majors – joining Carlos Zambrano and Johan Santana – with at least 162 innings and a sub-4.00 ERA in each of the past five years. His numbers (102-71, 3.81 ERA, 7.2 strikeouts and 2.6 walks per nine innings) in his career with the Angels are strikingly similar to Beckett’s (106-68, 3.79, 8.5 strikeouts and 2.7 walks per nine innings).

That may be. David Pinto echos one of my thoughts when he says:

I’m somewhat surprised the Red Sox would go five years on an older pitcher, but they must be very confident of Lackey’s health.

He likes the trade, however his fenway ERA is over 5.00.

Matt Young anyone?

I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

Update: I’m clearly in the minority on this one.