Her appearance on morning Joe was incredible. She successfully took on Eugene Robinson, Mike Barnicle and Andrew Sorkin and ran rings around them and her argument was so strong that Andrea Mitchell who followed her was hesitant to attack even with her gone.

If we need a face and a voice for the GOP you just saw it.

Update: I guess her argument is was good enough for Ford but she would have taken exception to the word torture, and is the worm turning?

Update 2: Rush is running with this today

…against the barbarians lined up against them, but you know as a Catholic the idea that the Pope owes the state of Israel an apology for the Holocaust is not only nonsense but in my opinion requires an apology for the attempt to hang Hitler’s final solution around the neck of my church in general and this Pope in particular.

The democratic state of Israel is waging a just struggle against lying barbarians who would slaughter them all and then cheer. They deserve support and as a civilized man I am obliged to give it. The Jewish race and religion are the older brothers of my Catholic faith. They are no less God’s people then they were when God spoke to Abram. They deserve respect. These are facts and one insult is not going to change it, but I’m feeling very Josey Walesish today.

Here is the speech in question:

BTW I want to again give Israellycool big props. I suspect we don’t agree on this issue but he posted the speech in full and linked to the reactions so people could make up their own mind. He has been very fair and to continue the metaphor from above, brothers disagree and get angry on occasion, but that doesn’t mean we don’t stick together.

Q: What is the best way to find Lester when he is missing?

A: Ask Robert Frost, he’s always going on about the road Les traveled by.

Q: What does this have to do with a Rabbi?

A: Edwardo Michelangelo Vitagiliano is a 61 year old native of Fitchburg. He went to Fitchburg High School graduating with the same class as Mike Barnicle. He went to Vietnam and still never talks of it. That is where he picked up the nickname “The Rabbi”. From that day on, only his late Mother and his wife of almost 40 years call him by his actual name. He moved to Florida about 6 years ago and currently lives there.

He known for his knowledge of sports, he love of warm weather, and his absolutely horrible jokes. He will tell a joke that is horrendous and then pump is fist saying either “I’ve got a million of them.” (He Does) or “I’ve still got it.” (Unfortunately he does). The people who know and love him after decades of these jokes refer to any joke that is sufficiently bad as a “Rabbi” joke, that is a joke that would be told by the Ed “the Rabbi” Vitagiliano.

So when you see the “Rabbi Joke” label beware the joke that follows is likely very bad.

Update: Actually his wife is 61. He is older but I don’t know his exact age.

Anderson Cooper is losing to Olberman’s RERUNS!

The amiable star is about to be passed in the late evening cable ratings by Keith “Worst Shouter on Cable News” Olberman taped reruns.


Maybe the Obama White House’s recent expressed preference for MSNBC, reported here in The Ticket, is helping out the NBC outlet.

This is a great example of Rush being right. To wit:

Fox is clearly right leaning, anyone who denies that is not honest. They have been for years and have earned a large amount of loyalty from the right.

MSNBC is clearly left leaning (actually in my opinion beyond left leaning but a person of the left might say the same about Fox) anyone who denies that is not honest. They have in my opinion made a decision to program in that direction. They have earned the loyalty of liberals who have over the last few years moved farther left.

CNN leans left but doesn’t affirm the left to the degree that MSNBC does. They will throw the odd bone to the right but the right doesn’t trust them.

If the audience was in the middle or even center left CNN could draw them, but the country is center right. CNN is in the wilderness that is not where the people are.

Moderates are not a majority.

7:00 a.m. Photos of Miss California in a hot swimsuit, this is a scandal?

7:01 a.m. Mika doesn’t get the satan thing, isn’t she a Catholic? If she is a Catholic that shouldn’t be weird at all. Tina Brown is one thing but Mika and Mike are both supposed to be Catholic. That earns the post the “War on God” post.

7:02 a.m. I understood what Steele was saying, if they can’t then they are not even trying.

7:04 a.m. She is right about the plastic surgery and nobody is asking it. Why not?

7:05 a.m. They shake their head because Palin called Miss California to offer support and they are making fun of it. Didn’t Palin go through the same?

7:05 a.m. They mention the Pope’s visit but not the walkout. I’d say that was news.

7:08 a.m. It may seem like Christmas now for the left now but Cheney is right and reality has the habit of rising to the surface. 2010 and 2012 is going to be very interesting.

7:10 a.m. Did these guys notices that Powell voted democratic last time?

7:11 a.m. Ok if you don’t think he is doing this for love of country what IS the reason.

7:22 a.m. Mika asks a solid question and Savanah refers to the memo’s as the “so called” torture memos. My God she is a real reporter!

7:31 a.m. “Opponents of health care” that is like “opposing immigration” We oppose NATIONAL health care. We can’t let them get away with the playing with languages.

7:40 a.m. Nobody is saying that the Obama administration shouldn’t hit the former one. A big Zing from Liz Cheney.

7:41 a.m. Joe is calling in…and points out the media double standard and the selective release of intel.

8:00 a.m. Liz Cheney is staying to talk to Eugene Robinson that should be interesting.

8:04 a.m. This is one of the reasons why war sucks. , the problem is the alternative is often worse.

8:08 a.m. I see you want him to shut up because you disagree with him.

8:09 a.m. She crashed his car as a teen. I’m afraid of that one myself.

8:10 a.m. Cheney is just taking him apart.

8:13 a.m. This is a great debate but Ms. Cheney needs to let Robinson make his point.

8:14 a.m. Robinson makes a good point about the legality, Cheney makes a great point about how the legalities were established.

8:15 a.m. God she is able to defend against him AND Barnicle get this woman in the White House.

8:16 a.m. Cheney hits the point, is waterboarding torture or not. That is the actual question. Who is right depends on the answer to that question.

8:18 a.m. Barnicle makes a great point that if he is the only card we have the intelligence is in trouble. Cheney agrees.

8:20 a.m. Why aren’t people talking. Maybe because of the talk of prosecution.

8:22 a.m. PLEASE PLEASE HAVE HER ON AGAIN! I’ll even not change the channel when Andrea Mitchell comes on.

8:25 a.m. Boy I wish Liz was here for this segment.

8:27 a.m. If Cheney was there she wouldn’t let Mitchell get away with the torture line in fact even though she said afterward advanced interrogation she made finger quotes to say “yeah right”. Can you say squirm?

8:30 a.m. She claims American values trump American safety (she didn’t use the term American safety).

8:33 a.m. Carlos Watson compares Dick Cheney to Roger Clemens in terms of passionate defense, he wouldn’t have gotten away with that if she was still there.

8:34 a.m. They didn’t get to the point. Mika is correct this is not a winning issue for Democrats.

That is the kindest word I can give on this:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned in early 2003 that the Bush administration was waterboarding terror detainees but didn’t protest directly out of respect for “appropriate” legislative channels, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.

I’ve never understood the willingness of reporters to allow themselves to be lied to, then lied to again and then go back to the same people for more.

Remember all of this lying is to cover her rear with her left wing friends and her district, if she was worried about popular opinion she would be bragging about it.

As you should have figured out by now, I don’t believe in “Gay Marriage” (thus the quotes). I think it like a lot of the cultural excesses of today are massive exercises in narcissism. As a Roman Catholic it would also be considered sinful.

That being said appalling is not a strong enough word for this:

Unfortunately, the Iraqi government is neck-deep in the gay butchery themselves. Interior Ministry police hunt down gays in Baghdad, raid parties, hunt them online by using fake foreign IP addresses (as Iran does), then tortures and exterminates them in the worst possible ways. Just as Iraqi Spiritual Leader Ali al-Sistani declared they should be, in his 2006 fatwa of death against Iraqi LGBTs. Though removed from his website after controversy, the fatwa is still in full effect.

Allow me at this point to question the spirituality of a religious leader favoring any pogrom, or stating that ANYONE should die in the ‘worst possible ways’.

Here is one former Mahdi Army member who now makes a career of being a gay death squad ’surgeon,’ cutting out the cancer of homosexuality the Americans brought with them to Iraq. His words, not mine. Also, one particularly subhuman technique of killing gays, now quite popular with Iraq’s most pious Shiite extremists, is to super-glue a gay man’s anus shut, pump him full of a diarrhea-inducing compound, and have a few laughs as the victim suffers unbelievable agony before dying. The Iraqi tribes also now have carte blanche to exterminate any Iraqi LGBTs they find.

Job one is Iraq is of course the defeat of any Al Qaeda elements that could threaten either Iraq or the US. The author forgets this, eyes on the prize and all. Still it is our responsibility to do all we can to stop this slaughter and we can actually do quite a bit. To hold the Iraqi’s to a lesser standard would be a bigoted action against them as if they were not civilized enough to know better.

The question is what will the administration do? It is incumbent on us to ask the question.

I must confess to my shame that I had absolutely no idea this was going on in Iraq. With knowledge comes responsibility to speak. So I’m speaking but Mr Simpson gets credit for speaking first.

I’m not much for Gay rallies but if I lived in San Francisco I’d attend the rally of the 17th. If you are in the area you should too. As Americans and as Catholic we need to speak against this evil

And a quick suggestion to our friends on the left. If you want people on the right to attend and support said rally keep it a rally in support of LGBT’s in Iraq and not a rally either against the war or against Christianity or against prop 8. We can argue about those things when people aren’t being slaughtered for their sexual sins.

And in case you are a person who says good riddance, as the moral argument won’t work with you let me make the practical one: If a society can slaughter people over sin, you’d better hope that said society doesn’t decide to make your perceived sins capital ones.

You know everything the Pope does gets worldwide attention. When he lifted the excommunication on the St. Pius X society “bishops” the press took the opportunity to jump on him as an anti-Semite. I wonder what they will say after today:

Taking the podium after the pope without being on the original list of speakers scheduled for the evening, Tamimi, speaking at length in Arabic, accused Israel of murdering women and children in Gaza and making Palestinians refugees, and declared Jerusalem the eternal Palestinian capital.

Following the diatribe and before the meeting was officially over, the pope exited the premises.

Apparently a few years ago the guy tried the same thing with John Paul II.

Damian Thompson comments:

I reckon the Holy Father responded appropriately. He didn’t precipitate a diplomatic incident by refusing to shake the speaker’s hand, but by leaving before the meeting was over he made it absolutely plain that the Vatican does not take sides in the Israel-Palestine dispute.

The American Papist comments and notes a parallel:

Pope Benedict is a model of Catholic dialogue. Evidently there are some cases of “dialogue” that are actually “false dialogue”. If Pope Benedict is willing to walk out of a dialogue he sees as unfruitful and even harmful, what should that tell us about avoiding situations of dialogue that contradict our Catholic principles?

Oh and PS … the “Notre Dame Center”?!

Hint Hint!

LGF notes it. Gateway Pundit does too.

Nothing yet from Atlas or Yourish but Isreallycool has coverage of the trip and reveals that apparently the pope can’t please anyone, certainly not the former chief Rabbi of Israel:

“A few points were missing in the pope’s address,” said Lau. “There was no mention of the Germans, or Nazis, who carried out the massacre. There was not a word of sharing the grief or of compassion or pain for the six million victims.”

“Instead of the word ‘murdered,’ as the previous pope John Paul II used,” Lau continued, Benedict XVI used the word ‘killed.’ There is a very clear difference between the two verbs,” the former chief rabbi stressed.

The youtube of the “offensive” speech is at his site…

…oh and by the way in case you didn’t notice the Palestinians are STILL sending rockets into Israel.

Update: Glenn comments:

Hey, you can’t have meaningful dialogue with some people. So why pretend?

Update 2: Atlas Shrugs asks the question:

What was the Pope expecting? Hasn’t he read the Quran? This was pious speech! As if these savages were capable of “peace” — it is an anathema to islamic doctrine. They will never accept a Jewish state.

It’s not a question of what do you expect. The pope since he is the pope is going to treat everyone he meets with Christian love and respect. It’s up to that person to earn it. This one didn’t.

The other McCain throws a shot at LGF:

Following the diatribe and before the meeting was officially over, the pope exited the premises. Army Radio reported that the pope shook Tamimi’s hand before walking out.
The Pope was immediately denounced as a “Eurofascist” and a “notorious Pamela Geller sympathizer” by the Little Green Footballs blog.

I might have added that last part.

Update 3 Hotair’s headlines notice

Update 4 The Anchoress:

Some forums are complaining that the pope didn’t leave in the middle of the speech. Some are complaining that he shook the sheikh’s hand on the way out. I say give the Holy Father props for maintaining the absolute minimum diplomatic courtesy to a very discourteous person and then absenting himself from this evil. I say give him some props for appearing to be the last man on the international stage with some both dignity and moxie.

Update 5: I guess we now know what they will say. Why am i not even slightly surprised?

drwhothelastMy review of the Big Finish Adventure #62 Doctor Who The Last is available at Amazon.com here.

There aren’t a lot of 8th doctor adventures from Big finish that can be safely missed from the series, but this one is. The sad thing is that the story had an awful lot of potential. What could have been makes it a bigger disappointment that it actually is.

Oh and in case I haven’t already made it clear, you can get all of the adventures in Big Finish’s Doctor Who ranges by mail from Mike’s Comics out of Worcester Mass.

but I have to disagree with one thing he says here

If they did not want him to win, they should have quit.

And they should have told the mainstream press.

They are lower than low — meaning below John Edwards.

First of all the mainstream media KNEW about this stuff and didn’t release it so telling them means nothing.

Second if they quit and said something they would have been “disgruntled former employees”

Third of all I think they were telling ole George a line. This is a variant of the we all belonged to the resistance bit. Years later safely out of the way they are trying to protect their own reps. I see Hot air agrees.

Fourthly they even if they are telling the truth (lucky for me I wasn’t drinking what I typed that) they are exactly what John Edwards AND HIS WIFE deserved.

As Mickey Kaus point out all of them including John and Elizabeth Edwards were willing to publicly destroy the reputation of Andrew Young (not the mayor):

You say Hunter had no right to disrupt your marriage. “Women need to have respect for other women.” But during the campaign an aide and friend of John Edwards, Andrew Young, stepped up and claimed paternity of Hunter’s child. Andrew Young has a wife. How do you think she feels about this? How do her children feel about it, and what other kids say about it, when they go to school? Do you really not care if she’s going through whatever she’s going through because she’s playing her part in a lie constructed in service to your husband’s, and your, unstoppable ambition? How are you respecting her and her marriage?

Elizabeth Edwards gets sympathy for her cancer, it’s something we an all relate to, but liars and phonies get cancer too.

These people played the public, Elizabeth Edwards in her desire to see her husband be president was an accomplice and is STILL playing the public for the same reasons to get John ahead.

People call Elizabeth Edwards a victim, I call her a misogynist. She used her sex to manipulate people particularly women to support her husband. Now she is manipulating women and the grand poo bah of women the Oprah to sell books and to sell her husband for her own ends.

If that’s not misogyny I’d like to know what is.

This is one of the least charitable posts I’ve written that didn’t involve murderous Islamic barbarians. I should likely be more forgiving as befits a Catholic but this really gets my goat.